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HP Spectre is the “World’s Thinnest” Laptop

Quick TEQ: HP will be releasing it’s so called “world’s thinnest” laptop which it calls Spectre.

HP’s has announced that its new laptop, Spectre will soon be the “world’s thinnest” laptop. Being measured in at 10.4mm in width, which is just as thin as a triple-A battery. HP’s Spectre has an aluminium chassis that will be CNC machined. The Spectre will have a full HD 13.3 inch edge to edge display, and will be available in two variants.

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8 Simple Steps to Extend the Battery Life of Your Laptop

With no charging plugs around we’ve all had that moment where we just needed a few more minutes of battery so we would finish off that essay, or that email that you were supposed to send to your boss an hour ago. It’s when the battery runs out that we realize of all the ways how we could have squeezed the extra juice out of it. In fact, it’s part of human nature to realize the importance of things only when their gone…enough philosophy now, this article aims to teach you readers of ways to extend the battery life of your laptop. Here are 8 simple steps to extend the battery life of your laptop:

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Origin EON 17-S: Power with a Price Tag

The Origin EON 17-S is no ordinary machine; in fact this isn’t even a machine. It’s a monster. Origin’s new EON 17-S is a hard-core gamer’s fantasy come true.

Hardware Specifications

This monster is packed with Intel’s best CPU, the Core i7-4940 Extreme Edition, and Nvidia’s insanely powerful 8Gb GeForce GTX 880M. If that wasn’t enough it also has 16Gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR3/1600 memory, a 750 Gb hard drive at 7200 RPM, and two 120 Gb SSDs. With a 17.3 inch LCD, Origin’s EON 17-S weighs a staggering 4.9 kg, and is nearly 2 inches thick. It has every I/O port a gamer could ask for. There is an HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet port, mini display port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader, and four audio jacks (headphone, mic, digital audio out, and analog audio out). It also comes with built in Onkyo speakers in a raised speaker bar.

ONKYO Speakers
ONKYO Speakers

Design and Looks

I hate to say it, but this heavy bugger had a very plastic feel to its chassis, and especially to its lid. The makers of the chassis, Clevo, should focus more on the body, and try to make it sturdier. I felt that if accidentally knocked off the table with the lid open, the sheer weight of the machine would definitely snap the LCD off.  Maybe Clevo should borrow some of the magnesium and aluminium based alloys from Dell to make the body sturdier. But other than that, the trackpad and the backlit keyboard were excellent. They provide a very smooth texture, which feels awesome under the fingertips.

Backlit Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard

Performance and Battery

The Origin EON 17-S is sheer genius. I played Grid 2, BioShock, and Call of Duty: Ghosts, without a speck of lag or even pixilation. The display apart, once you plug in a pair of headphones get ready to be transported to another world. Whilst playing Grid 2, the sound of the roaring engine, and the drifting sounds makes you feel the G-forces on your seat.

A lot of you might have guessed it right, but the Origin EON 17-S, only provides a battery backup of 2.5 hours. The AC charger itself weighs 1kg, forget the battery. I wouldn’t recommend buying an extra battery for this machine, as you would just be lugging extra weight.

Conclusion

The Origin EON 17-S is an excellent buy, and how much will it set you back buy? I’ll give you a moment to get yourself a glass of water….ready? Ok here it is then. $3,500. That’s about Rs.2.1 lakh for this mean machine. For all the gamers out there, this machine is simply power with a price tag.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000: a Mixed Goody Bag

Dell has stepped up their game by introducing the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. Its seems as though Dell has shifted their focus for once, from sheer affordability to a slightly higher tier. The 15 inch Dell Inspiron 7000 will put you back about Rs.69,000, and that too is the lower end version.  There are not a lot of noticeable differences between the Dell Inspiron 15 7000, and the Dell Inspiron 14 7000, except for screen size, but let’s take a better look at the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 anyway.

Hardware Specifications

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is available in two versions. The first is an Intel Core i5-4200U, has 6Gb RAM, a 500Gb hard drive, and a 1366×768 touchscreen. The second version is a higher end Intel Core i7-4200U, with 8Gb RAM, a 1Tb hard drive, and a full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen. The only similarity between both versions is that they both have a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics processor and a dedicated 2Gb GDDR5 graphics card.

It also uses Waves MaxxAudio Pro to enhance the sound, which makes it perfectly crisp. Dell also claims that it has installed a 58WHr removable battery, but the only problem with that is that you have to unscrew the bottom lid, to get to the battery. Doesn’t sound to “removable” to me…

Other than that, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes with a Microsoft Office Trial Pack, and a 15 month subscription to McAfee Security Centre. Most of the other preloaded tools only cause annoying popups to hamper the so called ‘Dell Experience.’

Design and Looks

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 comes in weighing at 2.6 Kg, and has a 15 inch screen. The laptop carries the same rectangular, rounded look to it as its predecessors did. It also has a hinge which just so happens to protrude from the body, which makes the laptop unable to lie flat when completely unfolded. Dell might claim pompously that the hinge can withstand 20,000 uses, but it can feel a bit too stiff at times of opening the flap, as it requires both hands to open the flap. I personally loved the full glass display, and the backlit, which most companies overlook too quickly.

The only problem I had with the design was that the trackpad could have been placed in the centre, rather than a bit to the left. My left wrist was lying on the trackpad whilst typing, which made the cursor move around frantically.

Performance and Battery

The performance tests came out to be just fine, and it felt as though the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 wasn’t tapping into its full potential. It was missing the default Nvidia Control Panel, which made me wonder whether it was even functioning. The battery life also seemed to me just fine, as it only has about 2.5 hours of juice running at its so called full potential. But then again I guess its fine, since the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has specs that make it more deskbound, rather than portable.

Conclusion

In an overall view the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has almost won my heart, but it has a few flaws that just glare you in the face. There are a lot of machines out there that outplay the Dell Inspire 15 7000, in terms of both cost and performance. It seems to me that this one is a mixed goody bag.

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Asus VivoBook S451LA

The Asus VivoBook S451LA is a midsize fancy looking machine that offers an 11 second boot time, and only sets you back about $650.  That’s about Rs. 40,000 for this 14 inch touchscreen laptop. Let’s take a geekier look at this.

As mentioned before it has a 14 inch screen, and a resolution of 1366 x 768. It also has a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor, which can be upgraded to a Core i7-4500U processor. This Vivobook has 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a 32MB Intel HD 4400 Graphics card. It has a 500Gb 5400 RPM hard drive. However it does not come with an optical disk drive. The machine runs on a 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS, and is 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. It also comes with an HDMI port, stereo speakers, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader.

The makers have used a brushed metal look on the VivoBook S451LA, and yes they have pulled off the rich look again. The S451LA is merely 0.97 inches thick, which gives it a deceptively light appearance, however weighs just over 2 kilograms. This suave machine might have a nice glossy touchpad, and a smooth looking body, but lacks when it comes to the screen. Its 1366 x 768 resolution does not offer a variety of viewing angles, which is a setback for users like me, since I just can’t sit still.

Asus really should have thought of putting an illuminated keyboard, as I have a tendency to work in the dark. The limited viewing angles of the screen make it even harder to work, as I had to find a fine balance between viewing the keyboard, and viewing the screen. The makers could have spent some more time on the speakers as they had a slightly echoing sound.

Asus VivoBook S451LA
Asus VivoBook S451LA

At the end of the day, Asus did manage to please its valued customers by offering 3GB of cloud storage on Asus’s Web Storage systems. The Asus VivoBook S451 is fine looking touchscreen laptop, but seems to have compromised a bit too much whilst focusing on the looks. Apart from that, my final words would be: Buy it if you must.

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Acer Aspire S7 Review:Beauty & Brawns

 

The Acer Aspire S7 is a one of its kind Ultrabook, that promises to amaze you in one or another way. This slim and gorgeous Ultrabook gives the Macbook Air stiff competition, and with the fine glass and aluminium finish it feels like a machine from the future!

 

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 IPS, LED backlit display with 10 finger multi-touch
  • Storage: 128GB SSD in RAID 0
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 with power-off charging) ports, 1 HDMI, 1 combo headphone/mic jack, 1 Acer converter port, 1 SD card reader
  • Connectivity: Intel Centrino Advanced-N7260, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Wireless Display
  • Camera: 1280 x 720 HD webcam

 

Sweet eh?

 

 

Looks and Feel

The Acer Aspire S7 measures at 12.72 x 8.78 x 0.51 inches (WxDxH) and weighs in at 1.3kg. It is one of those kinds of notebooks that require only one glance to tell that it means serious business. The Acer Aspire S7 has this aluminium frame with these panels of stark whitened glass set into the lid. The S7 has a highly reflective screen, and its lid can even fold back a full 180 degrees, but I found that the only problem was that it doesn’t go all around, rendering it uncomfortable to use as a tablet.

Personally speaking I loved the backlit keyboard which lights up automatically depending on the ambient light conditions. It has this out of this world greenish tinge, along with the blue function keys which only add to the aesthetic appeal.

 

Performance and Battery

In terms of performance, the Acer Aspire S7 is a good contender when compared to the Dell XPS 13, and the 13-inch Macbook Air. Acer claims that the Aspire S7 can run for up to 7 hours, but when we had it run under a normal workload with over 12 tabs open in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome each, YouTube buffering at 1080p, an image heavy chat application, a PDF reader, and a Word Document open, the results were a bit disappointing. It ran for just about 5 hours, a whole 2 hours short of what the company claims.

acer aspire s7 (2)

Verdict

Even though the Acer Aspire S7 has proved itself to be one of the coolest and quietest out of Intel’s Ultrabook Class, it still needs some major work to do on the keyboard and its placement of keys, as well as battery life. It’s clear that the Aspire S7 wasn’t meant to be used by the normal office goer, or school student, as the price indirectly dictate so. The Acer Aspire S7 costs roughly Rs.1,00,000, which might turn some heads… but other than that the Acer Aspire S7 is a machine built for the future, and owning it now means, owning the future!

 

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Laptops

HP Spectre is the “World’s Thinnest” Laptop

HP Spectre is the “World’s Thinnest” Laptop

Quick TEQ: HP will be releasing it’s so called “world’s thinnest” laptop which it calls Spectre. HP’s has announced that its new laptop, Spectre will soon be the “world’s thinnest” laptop. Being measured in at 10.4mm in width, which is just as thin as a triple-A battery. HP’s Spectre has ...
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8 Simple Steps to Extend the Battery Life of Your Laptop

8 Simple Steps to Extend the Battery Life of Your Laptop

With no charging plugs around we’ve all had that moment where we just needed a few more minutes of battery so we would finish off that essay, or that email that you were supposed to send to your boss an hour ago. It’s when the battery runs out that we realize ...
Read More
Origin EON 17-S

Origin EON 17-S: Power with a Price Tag

The Origin EON 17-S is no ordinary machine; in fact this isn’t even a machine. It’s a monster. Origin’s new EON 17-S is a hard-core gamer’s fantasy come true. Hardware Specifications This monster is packed with Intel’s best CPU, the Core i7-4940 Extreme Edition, and Nvidia’s insanely powerful 8Gb GeForce GTX 880M ...
Read More

Dell Inspiron 15 7000: a Mixed Goody Bag

Dell has stepped up their game by introducing the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. Its seems as though Dell has shifted their focus for once, from sheer affordability to a slightly higher tier. The 15 inch Dell Inspiron 7000 will put you back about Rs.69,000, and that too is the lower ...
Read More
ASUS VIVOBOOK S451LA Review

Asus VivoBook S451LA

The Asus VivoBook S451LA is a midsize fancy looking machine that offers an 11 second boot time, and only sets you back about $650.  That’s about Rs. 40,000 for this 14 inch touchscreen laptop. Let’s take a geekier look at this. As mentioned before it has a 14 inch screen, ...
Read More
ACER ASPIRE S7 REVIEW:BEAUTY & BRAWNS

Acer Aspire S7 Review:Beauty & Brawns

The Acer Aspire S7 is a one of its kind Ultrabook, that promises to amaze you in one or another way. This slim and gorgeous Ultrabook gives the Macbook Air stiff competition, and with the fine glass and aluminium finish it feels like a machine from the future! Hardware Specifications ...
Read More