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Few Precautions When Buying a Barebones Computer

Barebones ComputerGetting a new computer should be a cool thing, especially a cheap computer. After all that time struggling with you old machine, probably fighting with it to get the latest software to run, your new computer should be a ray of light for your computing future.

Oh, if it were that simple. If things were really that easy or simple when buying a cheap computer, life would be much easier, but just like every other thing, it’s not that simple.

Barebones computers have become extremely popular, and for good reason. Getting a barebones computer which does not include a monitor and comes with the bear minimum of parts makes them an upgradable, practical and cheap computer.

But not all things are great in barebones computer land…

Missing parts

Although barebones computers do come with the essential pieces, most people need at least one or two extras for their day to day barebones system. This is simply due to different applications people use them for. Don’t get caught missing that extra part from your barebones system that you then need to get later. You still need to do some homework and research to find out what you really need from your barebones system.

Super cheap computer deals

Beware; many corners can be cut to get those sub $200 dollar barebones systems. They can be great, but not always, carefully analyze the components of the package. Also remember that a barebones system couldn’t possibly include a monitor for that price, which adds a lot to the price.

Mismatched parts

This could become a problem if building your own computer, but it even happens in pre-assembled barebones computer deals. There is a chance that you get something that doesn’t fit with the barebones system. There are lots of different connections and speed ratings between parts. Make sure the ones you get match up to the other parts and your needs. Although not common, incompatibilities between parts are not unheard of.

Outdated components

To get super-cheap deals older parts are sometimes used in cheap computers. Although this can be a great cost-saver and some old parts are fantastic, there is nearly no chance of an upgrade without putting a major amount of money into your barebones computer again, perhaps as much if not probably more than you paid for your great deal.

Defective parts

Although this is another one that has gotten better as the competition has gotten stronger, there is a chance of defects in cheaper products. Your motherboard could be faulty, your power supply might give up after a month or two. These may not be intentional problems, but come hand in hand with “cheap computer stuff”.

Refurbished computer parts

Refurbished computer parts are a great way to save some money. Not always the biggest saver, but there can be problems with the updates to these computers in much the way as mismatches happen in barebones systems. Often the computer is slightly updated to meet needs, but is really quite an old model, just with upgrades. Can be fine, but the parts they replace might be replaced with something newer but inferior.

Claims of great warranty

To try and entice you into feeling safe, offers of long warranties are made. Most of the parts in the computer could have past their warranty dates, so the warranties are purely from the company that put the computer together. They can be hard to contact and take their time to get replacements to you as well as expect you to mail the computer to them so that they can do the repairs.

Barebones computers can be a great way to put together a second computer, build a computer for simple purposes, like writing documents and casual web surfing. Barebones fit perfectly as a second computer. Just keep these things in mind and you won’t get bitten by the bargain bin monster.


Windows 8.1 For Cheap Devices

Windows 8.1 For Cheap DevicesMicrosoft has announced a version of Windows 8.1 which is specially made ​​for cheap devices. The operating system was specifically named Windows 8.1 with Bing.

As reported by The Verge, a special version of the OS it should only be shipped to a computer device that offal is also cost-effective. Reportedly, there was virtually no restriction and the user experience will not be much different from regular Windows 8.1.

The biggest change is the license fee that is more efficient than other types of Windows. Of course, the license fee only applies to device makers (Original Equipment Manufacturer / OEM).

What are the conditions? For those who want to install the Windows 8.1 with Bing with the device, in addition to wearing only cost-effective hardware, OEMs also have to make Bing the default search engine in Internet Explorer in the OS.

Of course, users are free to change it again to other search engines – or even install another browser – while the device was already purchased.

Not only Bing, which is already listed in the name of this cheap version of Windows, Microsoft is also reportedly going to provide a bundle Office 365 for one year for certain devices.

So far it has not announced any devices that will use the operating system variant with a name that is long enough. But Microsoft has confirmed that only the device vendor that will be able to buy Windows 8.1 with Bing, not individual consumers.

The presence of Windows 8.1 with Bing is reminiscent of the glory days of the netbook are usually bundled with a special version labeled Windows Starter Edition. However, Microsoft may avoid the bad image of Starter Edition to create a new name.

In addition, the Starter Edition is usually synonymous with the restrictions that very not favored customers. Including, for example, can not change the wallpaper on the desktop.

Will Windows 8.1 with Bing to boost the prestige of Windows 8?


Google Chrome Browser Depleted Your Laptop Battery Faster

Do you ever feel that your laptop batteries run out more quickly when surfing with Google Chrome browser? Well you are not the only one who feel that way. A forbes contributor, Ian Morris, had raised the issue to the surface few weeks ago.

And also a few weeks ago, came the news that Google will solve this problem. Google’s statement, quoted by PC World mentions that they have try to fix a bug that waste the laptop batteries and make it as a “top priority” in the Google Chrome development team.

The real problem is, according to Morris, that this issue has actually been going on for a long time. This issue is being found out and first reported in 2010. However the issue never being taken care of by Google until later Morris wrote an article about it.

Morris explained that the batteries issue happen because the browser is forcing the processor to keep active (system clock tick rate of 1 millisecond) all the time, even if the browser is not working. In comparison, with the Internet Expoler browser which is using the tick rate of 15 milliseconds and only shorten the time when doing heavy tasks, such as streaming video.

Consequently, according to Morris explanation, the power consumption can be increased by up to 25% when users surf the Internet using Chrome. Google itself is not sure when Chrome will be updated to solve the batteries wasting problem.


Cheap Windows Laptop

What is the price of the cheapest Windows laptop can be purchased at this time? In the near future, people who are interested with these Windows operating system laptop will only need to spend around $199 to buy a Windows laptop.

That’s what the HP company set for the price for their new laptop “Stream”, which was announced by the company HP at the Microsoft partner conference in Washington DC, USA, July 14 yesterday.

HP did not disclose what kind of hardware components embedded in the laptop, however, noted that the Stream is planned to be released in the holiday season later this year. In addition, other Microsoft partner’s laptop manufacturer, such as Acer and Toshiba are also introducing their own cheap laptop models respectively.

Acer Aspire comes with ES1 which has an Intel Celeron processor 2.16 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, and a 15.6-inch screen. While Toshiba is relying on a small form factor with a 11.6-inch screen, 32GB SSD, and a weight of only 1 kg. Both laptops from Acer and Toshiba are priced at a relatively affordable price, which is $249.

The cheap prices from these new Windows laptop are aiming to face the invasion of cheap laptops from Google. The HP laptop has more value compare than a Chromebook which is their main competitor, so it will try to dominate this market segment.

Microsoft itself had been reduced their Windows OS license price prices in order to lower the overall Windows laptop price.

In the promotion, the software company emphasized the advantages of Windows compared Chromebook laptops, such as the ability to run desktop applications and works both online and offline.