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Choosing the Right Laptop Size

Laptop SizeMost of us tend to think of laptops in the same way: a fairly small portable computer that can open and close like a suitcase, with all of the capabilities of a desktop. In fact, the term “laptop” is really very generic. There are currently four main styles of these portable PCs, each offering something a bit different, depending upon your specific needs.

Ultralights – Also known as sub-notebooks or ultraportable, this style of laptop weighs up to – but no more than – four pounds, making them ideal for travelers. The upside of an ultralight is that it doesn’t burden those who have to spend a lot of time carrying them with aching muscles, as its larger cousins often do.

The downside, however, is that – in order to cut down on the size and weight – this type of laptop is so small that there’s no room for a network card or internal CD drive. In order to reap the benefits of these types of “attachments,” you’d have to bring an external CD drive and port replicator. Another negative in the scenario is that ultralights tend to be on the expensive end of the laptop spectrum.

Notebooks – This is basically just a regular laptop, but is slightly less heavy, weighing in at four to six pounds. While it’s heavier than the smaller ultralight, it also offers more options with less fuss. Offering the flexibility of a combo bay, notebooks are designed with a large opening on the side which allows the user to plug a CD drive, floppy disk or extra battery – allowing you to access the features that you need without the burden of making room for those that aren’t needed.

Standards – Commonly referred to as “regular laptops,” these weigh between six and eight pounds and offer a full range of benefits. This technological pack-mule is the best buy – dollar for dollar – when you consider the cost/performance ratio. Due to their popularity, combined with their design and usability, it’s not uncommon to find discounts on these from major manufacturers.

Other types of laptops, which fall into more specialized categories, tend to be in the higher price ranges. The bottom line is, of the four main types of laptops, the standard is the most economical for the most reasonable amount of money.

Extra Large – Although this type of laptop doesn’t yet have a technical name, it’s best to simply refer to it as “extra-large,” since they weigh between eight and ten pounds and have a screen that measures at least 17 inches. In addition, the keyboard is much larger than a standard laptop, making it a more comfortable fit for those who find the keyboard of the standard laptop rather inhibitive.

There are a couple of downfalls to owning this type of unit, not the least of which includes its weight. There can be a four pound difference between the weight of a standard and an extra-large laptop – and that’s quite a bit, when you think about lugging it around all day. The other negative factor is the cost of this type of laptop. It offers a price tag that’s every bit as hefty as its weight and size.

The purchase of a laptop comes down to personal preference, and there are enough styles in the laptop community to please just about everyone. For those who can’t decide and just want “a laptop,” then it’s probably better to stick to the standard model.


The Increasing Popularity of Tablet with Phone Call Feature

Tablet For Phone CallsDue to its size, the computer tablets may not be the best or ideal device to be used to make a phone call. However, according to a report from International Data Corporation (IDC) the tablet that is equipped with the ability to voice call become more popular by consumers, especially in the region of Asia – Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ).

The market research agency noted that in the second quarter of 2014, the number of shipments for tablet devices with a number of voice call features in APEJ region grew by 60% over the same quarter from the previous year. In some developing countries such as India and Indonesia, the market segment for tablets with the voice call capability even controlled almost 50% of the overall tablet market.

This situation underscores the shifting of consumers interest , at least in developing countries in using the mobile device to perform various activities such as watching movies, taking pictures, making text messages, and even making a phone call with a 7-inch wide screen device.

According to the IDC statistics, there are 18.3 million tablets that had been shipped in the APEJ region throughout the second quarter of 2014. And 25% of those numbers are the tablets that have built-in voice call feature. And all of these mobile devices are using the OS from Android.

IDC believes that the growth trend of tablet that can be used to make a phone call will increase. These devices will able to meet the consumer needs for gadgets that able to do many things in affordable price. The IDC has classified that mobile computing devices with 7-inch screen or larger as a tablet, while a mobile gadget that has a smaller screen size as smartphones.

For now, it seems the Asians love and interest for a wider screen mobile device will continue to the future.


8 Core Processor from Intel Haswell-E

Intel presents one of their the processor family; Haswell E and Core i7 Extreme Edition which is intended for consumers who need speed, as well as for the CPU workstations.

The new i7 family consists of three new chips, which two of them are processors with six cores.
Those proessor are Core i7-5820K (which is priced for $389) with clock 3.3 GHz Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, and Core i7-5930K ($583) with 3.5 GHz clock and Turbo Boost up to 3 , 7 GHz.

Both of them have the HyperThreading feature, 15 MB L3 cache, and a TDP of 140W. The difference are; apart from the memory clock speed, i7-5820K version only has a 28 lane PCI Express 3.0 instead 40 lane.

However, that speed was 16 lane higher than the CPU quad-core models lane. In addition, there is still the 8 core processor i7-5960X ($999) which has a clock speed of 3.0 GHz, that has Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz, and 20 MB cache. In addition for the CPU, Intel motherboard also brings to families Haswell-E which uses the LGA 2011 v3 socket.

Unfortunatelly for the consumers who want to switch from Ivy Bridge to Haswell will be dissapointed. The Ivy Bridge-E motherboard and Haswell-E will not be compatible with the newest CPUs were mention earlier. In addition, the upgrader must also dispose of their DDR3 memory, because Haswell-E became the first Intel platform that integrates DDR4 RAM support.

The Intel’s new chipset also introduced to complement the latest hardware systems. The X99 chipset that has introduced by Intel’s support for a total of 14 USB ports (six of which are USB 3.0), one gigabit Ethernet ports, eight PCI Express 2.0 support, audio support, and a 10 port SATA III.

The Intel Haswell-E also supports the Thunderbolt 2.0. But the motherboard manufacturers have to integrate a special controller that supports the high speed data transfer feature.


Laptop Protection When Traveling

Laptop Protection When TravelingMost business people who travel these days have a laptop in tow. Since the workflow doesn’t stop when the need to travel arises, these are necessities that connect them to the rest of the world and allow them to take care of whatever business comes up during the time that they’re away.

That being the case, there are certain guidelines that should be followed in order to ensure the safety and protection of your laptop when you get called away from the office.

One of the first considerations that should be made is in regard to the laptop’s security. Since thieves will target these as often as they will cash, jewelry or other valuables, it’s critical to put as many security measures into place as possible when traveling through airports, bus terminals, train stations and any other form of public travel.

Of course, it’s never wise to leave your laptop unattended. It’s a sad testament to the way of the world, but you can be fairly certain that when you return, your equipment will be gone.

When packing for your trip, place the laptop in a case that’s different – and less obvious – from its standard carrying case, and make sure that it’s checked in as carry-on luggage. This will not only ensure that it doesn’t get stolen, but will be in the pressurized part of the plane, rather than the baggage compartment, which doesn’t have pressure or climate controls that are needed to ensure the integrity of the laptop.

If you’re planning to take a nap while you’re en route via public transportation, be sure to secure the laptop before going to sleep. Some people go so far as to cuff the unit to their wrist, but there are other measures that you can take, which include placing it in its case and putting it between your feet or between yourself and the wall if you’re sitting by a window. In the event that anything should actually happen to violate the integrity of the laptop – or if it should be stolen, despite your precautions – it’s to be expected that you’ll have backed up all critical information onto disks before beginning your travels.

When you arrive at the hotel, speak with the front desk clerk to be sure that their phone jacks are compatible with your unit. If they happen to use a digital phone system which differs in voltage from that of a standard phone jack, your modem will most likely be damaged when you try to plug it in and dial-up to get an outside connection. The best approach is to call ahead and check on these accommodations before making the trip, so that you’ll know what to expect and not be left with any nasty surprises.

In addition to the laptop itself, it’s always a good idea to bring an extension cord and extra batteries. Even though you may plan to use electricity, you should also include a back-up plan, and batteries may only give you a few hours’ worth of power at a time before needing to be recharged or changed. When possible, cut down on the use of those things which need large amounts of energy, such as CD-ROMs, and reduce the number of auto-saves on your machine.

By using your common sense and taking simple precautions, as well as including some back-up cords and batteries, you should be able to travel safely and simply with your laptop without a lot of hoopla.