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How To Take Good Care Of Your Beloved Laptop

Care For Your Laptop Properly

Taking good care of your laptop is very important in order for it to function well.  Caring for it properly will ensure that your laptop will last long.  It may also mean requiring less maintenance for your device.

This article contain tips on how to take care of your laptop properly.  Some of these tips may maintain your laptop’s speed.  Check your device once in a while to remove any errors or problems which might have crept during routine usage.

 

Keep Liquids Away From Your Laptop

Drinking coffee, soda, water, or any other liquid while using your laptop cannot be avoided.  Usually we set our drinks near our device.  Accidents may happen and liquid may spill on your laptop.  Spilled liquid may ruin the microelectronic internal parts of your device.  It can even corrupt data or permanently destroy some parts of the laptop.  If you cannot help having liquid around while using your laptop, use a cup or tumbler with cover.  In case it spills, the cover may contain it.  But the best thing to do is to keep liquids away from your laptop.

The Best Defence For Your Laptop Is To Have An Antivirus Software

Your laptop may be infected with virus if you download data, games, videos, etcetera.  Even if you know what you download, it may still contain a virus.  If you do not have an antivirus software  on your device, you run the risk of a circuit error or software problem in your system.  It may also slow down the system operations and performance of your device.

Keep Food Away From Your Laptop

Eating over your laptop is not advisable.  Crumbs and small food particles may fall between your device’s keys and invite small bugs.  This may damage the circuitry of your laptop.  Besides, a dirty laptop is not a good sight.

Do Not Use Your Computer If There Are Animals In The Room

Big animals may accidentally knockdown your device and damage it.  Animal fur and hair can get into the internal workings of your computer and cause damage to your device.

The Ideal Storage For Your Computer Is In A Clean And Dust Free Room

Keeping your device in a damp and dirty room may do damage to it.  Make sure your computer is stored in a clean and dry room and make sure it is covered for protection.

Other Tips On How To Take Care Of Your Laptop

Here are more tips on how to care for your laptop properly: 1) Always clean hands when using your laptop.  Dirt on your hands may stick with your device and might cause damage; 2)Protect the LCD display monitor; 3) Hold and lift the computer by its base and not by its LCD display; 4) Avoid placing heavy things on your laptop.  This will push the LCD display into the keyboard and eventually damage it; 5) Try to keep your laptop on a flat and even surface when you use it.

Despite all these tips, always remember to simply just use your common sense when it comes to caring for your device.

 

Tips When Buying a Laptop

Advice and Tips : Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop

There are several things to take into consideration when you buy a laptop. If people ask as which laptop is the best, we cannot answer that. The kind of laptop we buy depends on what our needs and preferences are. For those who are not that too knowledgeable about gadgets and devices, here are some tips.

What To Look For In A Laptop

Try to consider these tips when you buy a laptop:

1) SIZE – if you want portability, then you should probable choose one with a smaller screen and light in weight. Laptops marketed as UltraBooks should fit your bill.

2) SCREEN QUALITY – since you will be using your laptop for hours, choose a laptop whose screen is comfortable to look at. Laptops with touchscreens are glossy. Being glossy means having reflections.

So if you are not comfortable with staring at a screen with reflections for as long time, choose a laptop without the touchscreen feature. Resolution should also be considered if you want plenty of space to line up windows and keep things in view.

And the most important is the viewing angles. A laptop that touts IPS (in-plane switching) technology offers the widest viewing angles and the best user comfort.

3) KEYBOARD QUALITY – A laptop with a comfortable keyboard is something to consider for long typing sessions. Choose a laptop with comfortable keyboards. A keyboard with full-sized keys and space around the arrow keys. The keyboard must have a snappy responsiveness when you let them go. Make sure that the keyboard is backlit so you can type even in dim environment. As with the screen, try out the keyboard first before you buy if your main reason for buying a laptop is typing.

4) CPU – think Core i3, Core i5,and Core i7. These CPUs give the best performance when it comes to multitasking and multimedia tasks.

5) RAM – you need 4GB of RAM or more to get the most out of your system. More RAM means more applications running at the same time and more data to be quickly accessible by the system at any one time. This comes handy for tasks such as editing photos.

6) STORAGE – hard drives can be slow, bulky and produce noticeable heat and noise. A solid state drive (SSD) however, offers a lot more speed than a hard drive, runs silently, and can be installed in a form factor that doesn’t add too much on the weight and bulk of a laptop.

7) BATTERY LIFE – many variables affect battery life. It does not affect the functions of a laptop. Factors like screen brightness, screen resolution, and the tasks that you run are some of these factors. To prolong your battery life, make adjustments on the factors that affect it.

8) USB 3.0 – look for a laptop that has at least several USB 3.0 ports. This is used for plugging in hard drive to back up your data, mouse, and a fancy keyboard.

9) FINGERPRINT READER and TPM – fingerprints are great for logging into mobile devices. The latest Windows 10 Operating System makes more use of this with its Windows Hello System. Passwords can be guessed by other people. But with fingerprinting, only you can have access to your device.

10) BUILD QUALITY – despite our being careful with our laptops, it is inevitable that it might fall or be dropped, or get bashed. So choose a laptop who has undergone a lot of tests and with certifications for it.

So these are the most important things you have to consider when buying a laptop. Hopefully it will guide you to buying one which will help you accomplish your task. And one which you will be satisfied with.

Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) Review

Acer Chromebook 15 official review released

Acer Chromebook 15 is the only 15-inch sized Chromebook on the market. That’s why people tend to ask, “What if it were bigger?” That laptop was ultimately outclassed by more powerful or versatile Chromebooks. But Acer has revised the Chromebook 15 with a more premium aluminum design and better battery life.

There are lots of high-end laptops in the market. With their latest Intel processors, memory, and high-resolution screens that can compete with Windows and Apple laptops out there. Unfortunately, the $399-Chromebook 15 isn’t one of them. Its specs are the 1.1GHz quad-core Intel Premium processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

The company added another $100 dollars for the newest Chromebook 15. With the previous versions of the Chromebook at $299, that means you’re paying a larger amount for its additional specs. So, you’re actually paying for its metal case, extra battery, and bumped up processor.

The aluminum case of the Chromebook 15 is one of the biggest changes to the laptop.

The lid and palm rests are now made from metal instead of plastic. But the bottom of the laptop is a soft, rubber-coated plastic. The Chromebook 15 is somehow heavy and you may have a hard time opening the lid because usually it results to lifting the entire laptop.

Now, as for the screen, it’s just average. The 15.6-inch display is present as promised. But resolution is still stuck 1080p and stretching 1920×1080 pixels across the screen. The large screen makes text look almost blurry and rough around the edges. On top of that, the screen itself is dull in both brightness and color.

The connectivity feature of the Chromebook 15 may put Apple’s Macbook Pro line or Microsoft’s Surface Laptop to shame. It’s because the Chromebook has two USB-C that you may both use to charge the laptop. Two USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card slot.

Yes, the Chromebook 15 is much bigger but bigger doesn’t actually mean better. Well, actually all gadgets have flaws. But these tech giants are making sure to give us a new and better gadgets in the future.

Lenovo Released Its Education Focused Chromebook and ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo’s newest laptops are focused and designed specifically for classrooms.

It includes three new Chromebook laptops and two ThinkPad laptops. These five laptops are Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, ThinkPad 11e Yoga, 500e Chromebook, 300e Chromebook, and 100e Chromebook. The Windows of the two laptops, 100e and 300e were also announced.

“Chromebooks are hardened for education environments”, Lenovo said. It has rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and hinges, and anchored keyboards. The new education portfolio is MIL-SPEC tested which includes drop testing so expect that whether you drop these laptops by accident, it will not easily break. Because it is designed for students to use in schools, the laptops feature software tools, such as Lenovo LanSchool and AirClass, Google Classroom, and G Suite for Education.

Specs

The new Lenovo 500e Chromebook has an 11.6-inch HD IPS display, multi-mode form factor, 5-megapixel world-facing camera, and an Intel Celeron quad core N3450 processor. It only weighs 1.35kg and comes with 8GB RAM and 64GN internal storage. The 500e is said to launch later this month for $349.

The 300e Chromebook is powered by the MediaTek 8173C ARM processor. It has an improved ten-point multi-touch HD IPS display. The 300e is available with Windows 10 that comes with a pen support or Google’s Chrome OS. The Windows 10 model features Intel Apollo Lake processors. It weighs 1.35kg and will be available from January 2018 for Windows and February 2018 for Chrome OS. The price starts at $279.

The Lenovo 100e Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 processor with a11.6-inch HD antiglare display. It is also available in Windows 10 or Google Chrome’s OS. The 100e is much lighter at 1.22kg only. It is expected to be available in January 2018 for the Windows version and March 2018 for the Chrome OS. The price starts at $219.

The ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad 11e Yoga is Lenovo’s 5th generation release. Both laptops have an 11.6-inch HD IPS display. Lenovo said that these laptops are “thinner and lighter than the previous generation”. Windows-version laptops are powered by the latest Intel N series processors. Moreover, the ThinkPad 11e Yoga has a garaged pen feature for easier storage. It also has world-facing camera to enable picture and videos recording in tablet mode. These two laptops will be available from February 2018. The Yoga 11e’s price is at $429 while the 11e Yoga is at $499.

Laptops That Will Suit Your Needs and Your Budget

The Importance of Laptops

Laptops nowadays are not just for display. They are already considered a necessity. Why? Because  we do projects using them. We need them for our jobs and our studies.

But not all of us can afford those expensive laptops with high specs. But now, there are some which you can get on a cheap price.

Choose a Laptop that Suits Your Needs

Just because a laptop has great specs means that you need to buy it. Think about the reason why you need one. Is it for games, for online classes or for paper works? You don’t need to buy very expensive gadgets just to show people that you can afford it. Find one which will give you what you need.

Affordable: Under $300

Samsung Chromebook ($179.99)

If you’re the kind of person who will need a laptop for office work, this is a good choice for you. This is built around a web browser so your storage will mostly be relied on cloud.

Samsung Chromebook

If you’re looking for a laptop to use for gaming or Photoshop, then this is not the one for you. It supports a. 11-hour battery life on a single charge and water resistant keyboard.

Acer Spin 1 Touch Notebook ($237.49)

Acer Spin 1 Touch Notebook

A laptop which you can convert into a tablet because of its 360-degree hinge. It is one of the fastest gadget when it comes to web productivity and web-based tasks. It can also handle a little bit of gaming and editing photos. And did I mention HD videos as well?

It has 14-hour battery life which makes this a great deal for your money.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 ($179.99)

This is one of the cheapest laptops that you can find in the market. But of course, don’t expect high spec from low-budget devices.

It comes with only 2GB of memory with approximately 10-hour battery life. It can get you through a 9-5 job hassle-free. This includes 64-bit Windows 10 and has a long-range WiFi connection as well.

Always remember to think about your needs before your wants. It’s essential.

Maingear introduces the Pulse 11 inch gaming laptop

Gaming laptop is starting to flood the market and 11 inch versions have since been making waves. The latter has seen a roller coaster ride and hasn’t really achieved its potential yet.

The first 11 inch gaming laptop was released in the Consumer Electronics Show way back in 2010. Alienware M11X was unveiled during the annual event and took it by storm some calling it the best gaming laptop under 1000. Unfortunately, production was discontinued a year after as Intel’s new Ivy Bridge CPUs hit the market.

While Alienware pulled out its 11 inch gaming laptop, Origin unveiled their version with the Eon-11. The Eon-11 has one of the best gaming keyboard ever made!

Now, Maingear is trying to shake up the market as they unveil their own 11 inch gaming laptop.

Dubbed the Pulse 11, it is powered by a full-voltage third gen Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s latest GeForce GT 650M.

The Pulse 11 also features an internal 802.11 B+G+N wireless LAN + Bluetooth combo module. It has two built in speaker with THX TruStudio Pro Sound. It also has a built in 9-in-1 media card reader and a memory up to 16GB dual-channel DDR3 – 1600MHz.

The Pulse 11 comes with a genuine Windows 7 operating system.

If you have $999 to spare then you can bring this fancy gadget home.

Image source:cheaplaptops.org.uk

First enterprise SSD from Seagate introduced

Seagate’s first solid-state drive (SSD) is now available generally. Dubbed as the Pulsar, it will be the first of what will be a line of enterprise SSDs from the company.

According to iSupply, a technology research firm, despite the high memory price of SSDs in laptops making it harder to replace hard disk drives, it is still a growing market and it has been predicted that it will drive a sevenfold increase in market revenue this year to $883 million.

As to Seagate’s first SSD, it measures just 2.5-inch, has a SATA interface, is a single-level cell drive and is available with up to 200 GB of memory storage. At its peak performance, the Pulsar can execute up to 30,000 read input/output operations per second and 25,000 write IOPS. It can read/write data in an amazing 240 MB/s and 200 MB/s respectively.

With the SSD’s lower power usage, smaller size and faster input/output, vendors can probably expect to sell more of this new storage type in the coming years.

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/systems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222001173

Students choose Netbooks over Macs

According to a study conducted by Retrevo, a consumer electronics website, a big chunk of college-bound students preparing for school are planning on getting affordable netbooks than spending a lot for a Mac laptop.

The numbers?

Only a mere 17 percent of the students say that they intend to get Macs. And although 49 percent of students plan on getting full-sized Windows laptops, 34 percent of students will be buying netbooks – placing Macs in the last place.

And with the results showing 58 percent of students planning on spending less than $750 on their laptops, it’s really a hard case for Apple to with their cheapest laptop priced at $949, PCWorld reports.

It seems that with the netbooks’ affordability (with some priced under $200) and good-enough specs, students on a tight budget are choosing practicality over Mac-xury. J

Its not that Apple aren’t targeting the education market too. This year, the company is offering a free iPod Touch with every MacBook bought. But based on Retrevo’s study, it’ll take more than an iPod Touch to get students to cash out almost a thousand bucks for a laptop.

If you do have plans on buying a MacBook, hurry up though coz Apple’s special promotion ends on September 8.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/170539/mac_or_a_netbook_students_chose_the_latter.html