Monday, July 21, 2014
Yoga - The Revolutionary Laptop from Lenovo

Find flexibility, a 1080p touchscreen, and fully rotating hinges in an excellent Ultrabook with Lenovo’s latest release in Yoga 2. Make the best of Windows 8.1 with this 13 inch laptop that acts as a tablet as well. Priced at $900, Yoga 2 Ultrabook by Lenovo is a wonderful hybrid option.

Great flexibility

Launched with innovative flexible hinges, the screen on this nifty device can rotate 360 degrees. Flip fold the screen back, or form a tent when using it as a tablet, on video chat, watching movies or playing games.

Technical features

With higher resolution than its 2013 predecessor, the 13 inch Yoga 2 holds a 1,920x1,080 pixel touchscreen. Built with a fourth generation Intel processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM which runs at 1600 MHz, at 500GB storage capacity at 5,400 rpm and 16GB SSHD, the 13 inch Yoga 2 also sports a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor, QHD 3,200x1,800 resolution screen with 1792MB shared Intel HD 4400 Graphics card.

Fitted with 802.11n WiFi router, this laptop tablet holds 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port respectively. Additional features include an SD card reader, stereo speakers, and Micro HDMI port. User friendly short keys to power shut down, volume rocker, and rotating screen lock enable better functioning in tablet mode.

Handy and portable

Around 0.7 inches thick, the body weighs in at 3.7 pounds or 1.7 kg, and is easily portable. An exceptional device for general use, this handy laptop when used as a tablet makes editing pictures, video clips, and playing games relatively easy and undemanding. The keyboard is backlit with an option to switch it on or off, while the touchpad supports multifinger gestures, and aids ease of swishing between windows and applications.

Battery life runs for about eight hours with basic online or general use and gives you around 7 hours and 15 minutes on video playback. Normal everyday use will get you around 6-7 hours of continued usage.

With top scores on mutlimedia multitasking tests, the 13 inch and 11 inch Yoga 2 models by Lenovo work brilliantly with media applications like music and image processors. The innovative option to avoid the keyboard heightens experience when watching movies or listening to music.

The integrated tablet is a great alternative for everyday use or even when traveling, an easy switch from laptop to tablet mode lets you continue working or keep engaged with applications when on the move. If you’re looking for a laptop rental, the Yoga 2 from Lenovo is a great option.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 picks up from the design and build of the bigger IdeaPad Yoga 2 and is the latest convertible laptop offering by the company. The screen resting on a hinge can swing around in four different ways and it also comes with a convenient easy-to-use keyboard. Add to this, a long lasting battery and you have a pretty decent system working for you.

Design

As far as hybrid convertible laptops are concerned, The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is priced modestly. The design options include a dark silver or light silver exterior as well as Clementine orange. The matte silver finishing on the keyboard is noteworthy and is a good contrast to the dark-colored keys of the comfortable keyboard. The keys are convex in shape to make them easier to use when typing.

The single piece touch-pad is slightly smaller in size but responds well to multiple touch commands. The full-sized QWERTY keyboard  disappoints slightly with its small arrow keys.

The screen is  pretty solid which makes it quite easy to use when the laptop mode is on in the system. The system does not come with pre-installed  applications . Some of the installed apps include Accuweather.com, Evernote Touch, eBay, Kindle, Microsoft Office (Trial) and Zinio. Some Lenovo applications are also available for use such as Lenovo Companion, Yoga Camera Man among others.

Performance review

Lenovo Yoga 2 (11 inch )

The Yoga 2 11 has an Intel Pentium N3520 processor and a memory of 4GB. In contrast to the other hybrid laptops,  lot of high-level multimedia tasks can’t be carried out on the Yoga 2 11. However, you can do the usual photo and video editing if required.

The battery life of the Yoga 2 11 extends up to a good 6 hours 53 minutes. This almost gets you through your entire day and is much more than what is offered by the Satellite NB1 by Toshiba.

If you’re looking to buy an ultra-book class of laptops from the Lenovo family, but don’t require all the ultra-book functions and want to avoid the luxury cost, then you could definitely go for the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. But it is good to keep other less costly options such as the HP Pavilion in mind which has a trendier look and the same internal configuration and functions. Go for the computer rental option to check out the various features of this new laptop by Lenovo.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
MSI GT70 2PC Dominator

If you are looking for a laptop for a great gaming experience, the 17-inch MSI GT70 2PC Dominator might be the one  for you. Equipped with the most recently introduced hardware by Nvidia, this laptop comes with a keyboard that can be customized. It also has a Blue-ray disk drive. There are some drawbacks, for instance the lack of support from a touch-pad for the perfect Windows 8 user experience. However, it is still a very appealing option for gaming lovers and comes at a very modest price.

Design features

 People who have already used MSI’s laptops in the gaming category previously, might find the MSI GT70 Dominator very similar  in its design with respect to the other laptops. The laptop comes with a trendy keyboard which is well designed by SteelSeries.

Several back-lighting colors are available with options of setting any rainbow color of your choice. The keys are easy to use with just the right amount of depth and the touch-pad support is reasonably good too. It has distinct buttons for left and right navigation but the option to ‘swipe’, which is a basic feature of Windows 8 navigation, is absent.

The screen is 17.3 inches wide and offers a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. The reflectivity and strain from the screen is greatly reduced by the matte finishing. The colors of the display are pretty good as well and the screen viewing is very comfortable even though there is no option to exercise the touch function. However, this is very common among gaming laptops. Last but not the least, there are two speakers fitted on the 2PC Dominator along with a sub-woofer built into the system.

Performance review

The GT70 2PC Dominator has an Intel Core i7-4800 (quad-core) processor. There is a memory RAM of 16 GB and it definitely is a strong performer in both the arenas of gaming and other productive functions.

As far as the multimedia performance is concerned, the Handbrake was completed by the laptop in 32 seconds and it took 3 minutes and 17 seconds for a Photo-shop function. This was quite a good speed  for video and photo editing functions even at a slightly professional level.

The battery life test for the GT70 2PC Dominator was not exactly thrilling as it lasted only for 3 hours and 19 minutes. Even though this was a better performance than laptops such as the EON 17 by Origin but it’s not as good as some of the other laptops in the same range. Get in touch with computer rentals to check out this laptop if you’re a gaming lover!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The MacBook Air 2014 had quite a low key launch in the market and doesn’t really have many improvements or alterations to boast about. The computer now has a CPU of 1.4GHz (Intel Core Haswell processors) as compared to the previous configuration of 1.3 GHz. The rest of the features of the laptop remain unchanged, i.e. an Intel HD 5000 graphics, 4GB Ram and a slim aluminium body. What is surprising is that the price range now starts at £749 and the entire range of the Apple MacBook Air models is now under £1,000.

Size: Depending upon what you are looking for-a lighter laptop or some extra screen space, you could go for either the 11 inch or 13 inch MacBook in this range. The amazingly thin 0.3-1.7cm unibody design is common to both the Air models offered by Apple. While the 11 inch machine weighs just about 1.08kg, the 13 inch MacBook Air, measuring 32.5X22.7 inches is 1.55kg in weight.

Apple MacBook Air 2014

Screen Resolution: The MacBook Air screens continue to lack Retina displays. This means they have lower pixel density as compared to the MacBook Pro which comes with a Retina display. The screen resolution of the 13 inch MacBook Air is 1,440 x 900 pixels. This is much lesser than that of the 13 inch MacBook Pro (2,560 by 1,600 pixels). The 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

Purchase Decision

Previously, there was very little difference in the price of the 13 inch Air model (2013) with a screen resolution of 1,440-x-900 pixels and the 13 inch MacBook Pro with a 2,560-by-1,600 'Retina' resolution. In 2013, the cost of a superior Retina screen was only £120 more than the starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Air and it came with several other benefits. However, now there is major price difference of £250.

MacBook Air with the 13-inchscreen is the only model that has an SDXC card slot. This definitely makes it an appealing purchase for professional photographers. Both the models lack a DVD drive. This means a user may have to purchase a separate Apple USB SuperDrive which is an added expense of £65.

There is a backlit keyboard in both the MacBooks along with a huge multi-touch track-pad.

Battery of MacBook Air

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air claims to have a full working day battery life which essentially means 12 hours and is the same as that of the 13 inch MacBook Air 2013 model. Computer rentals can help you decide which model of MacBook to purchase based on your specific use requirements.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

A lot of electronic waste is being generated with new technology coming in quickly. Most of the e-waste normally consists of old and bulky computers. However, we can recycle most of the components used in these old machines to make new gadgets. Many companies have even started taking steps towards this direction.

Components that can be recycled

Plastic plays a major role among the main components that can be recycled. It is also a major element used for making new gadgets. Many companies have kick-started their recycling program to use plastic in a better and eco-friendly manner. Other re-usable materials include metals and glass. According to experts, almost 99 percent of the components used in different kinds of electronic gadgets can be recycled. The current practice of carelessly dumping these elements is harming the environment as toxic metals and chemicals enter the food chain of many wild animals.

Companies need to put in more effort

Computers with Recycled Plastic

Computer and mobile manufacturing companies need to put in a more effort by expanding their hardware take-back program all over the world. These companies need to re-use  plastics and metals from the old computers, manufactured by them. However, they must also make sure that their efforts are sustainable so that they can keep following the practice for a long period of time. These efforts will surely turn profitable for such companies as they will be able to save a lot of money while maintaining an eco-friendly image.

Recycling practices can also reduce the production of virgin plastic, which causes major harm to the environment than other kinds of plastics. Companies need to make efforts to reduce the use of such plastic as its incineration produces toxic chemicals.

Another step which can encourage the use of recycled materials renting of computers. People do not need to purchase a computer if they need it just for a short span. Instead, they can go for the ones available for rent and return it when they don’t need it anymore. Computer rental companies generally have partnership with companies when it comes to providing their customers computer on rent. With such practices, there will be less generation of new computers which in turn will keep a tab on the amount of plastic used in the process.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s and the Toshiba Tecra Z40

Finding the perfect laptop for your needs is a serious matter. It can be overwhelming when you are staring at number of brands with their various specifications thoroughly confused about whether it is durable, secure, powerful, light or has a good enough battery life to fulfill your needs.

Hopefully we will try and help you out by comparing two excellent business laptops that are currently available in the market. Going through a computer rental will help you choose between the two efficient devices yourself.

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s

The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s features a smooth black casing with a lid made of carbon fiber, and chassis built out of magnesium. The laptop is extremely durable having passed several military standard tests including those of humidity, dust, extreme temperatures and vibrations.

The 1920x1080 touch display offers sharp images and vibrant colors. The glossy panel does not reflect much light back and provides for viewing angles that are very wide. The 10-point touch-sensitive screen is very responsive to all kinds of gestures, allowing you to use all ten fingers while working on the Windows Paint application.

The ThinkPad T440s has a jack for the headphones, a SIM card for mobile broadband and a USB 3.0 port. The integrated webcam is of a reasonable quality able to capture fairly solid images in a dimly lit room.

The 1.6 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor with its 8 GB RAM and built in integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics chip offers a strong performance good to ensure productivity.

The Lenovo ThinkPad comes preloaded with Windows 8 allowing a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 depending on the need of the user.

Toshiba Tecra Z40

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 offers impressive protection with a premium magnesium alloy Tough Body chassis, featuring a honey comb reinforced structure making the laptop incredibly rigid and durable even in under extreme stress. Toshiba’s EasyGuard Technology safeguards the components from moisture and heat.

The 1366x768 display offers clear image quality. However, users have mentioned that the screen brightness is not very comfortable to work with. This disadvantage can be neutralized by upgrading the screen for a meager cost of $30.

Though the laptop is extremely light-weight, Toshiba did not compromise on the number of ports available. A VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 and audio jack maintain the utility of the device. An Ethernet jack and a slot to lock the cable are added bonuses.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Android Tablet

Over the past five years, there has been a rise in the number of electronic tablets bought by consumers around the world. Due to its ease of use and multi-tasking features, tablets are now a common household item. For many customers, there is confusion between which tablets to choose – an Android tablet or an iPad. Here are a few reasons why it is a great idea to rent an Android tablet from a computer rental company.

Pricing

In the current market, the price of an Android tablet is very low in comparison to its Apple counterpart. This makes the rental price even lower and customers could rent an Android tablet for as low as $100 a month. The best part about its pricing is that although it is relatively low, Android tablets do not compromise on quality. This means you will be able to get a very good Android tablet at a great price.

Variety

Many people nowadays are conscious about the brands they buy. Whether it is an Apple, Samsung or LG, customers love to have their brand create a product that is readily available. For Android tablets, customers have a wide range of brands to choose from. Samsung, LG, HP, Sony, Google and Asus are the top brands in the market that sell Android tablets. This allows you to have a variety in choice as to which brand you would like to pick as all the aforementioned brands make the best tablets in the market.

External storage

One of the drawback of having an iPad is that you cannot use it as an external storage device without syncing the data to iTunes. However, all Android tablets can be used as an external storage device. This means you can copy data on to your tablet and transfer it to another device very easily.

Centralized control

All Android tablets are powered by Google. Many people nowadays prefer to use Google for its search engine, email and maps. As Google creates these products, they are automatically installed in each and every Android tablet. This makes it easier to manage your Google account on one device.

Extra storage

One of the best features about Android tablets is that most of them have expandable external memory. All you need is an SD card and you can increase your storage space from 8 GB to 32 GB.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Here are three servers that outperform various other brands in their price category. They all have extremely varied features, of course; so the list is for those who are having a difficult time choosing what they need for their businesses or homes. Compare prices, features and utility of three very different models.

Synology DiskStation DS212j

Synology DiskStation DS212j

This NAS is extremely compact, and is about the size of a small shoebox. Do not let the size fool you though, for the driver manages to pack a substantial functionality for its stature. The Synology DiskStation is sold without any hard drives. The device has a dual drive bay which supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD configurations.

This is the perfect server for those looking out specifically with something small in mind. There are other variations of the model that are available as well. The device runs on the DSM (DiskStation Manager) OS, which is very user-friendly. The installation process of the same is also rather simple, as it comes on CD with the NAS.

Even this grade of server has the capability of supporting Windows, Linux and Mac files. Remote file-sharing is an available option. To save you space, you can connect your system to the cloud as well. You can even download updates for the device on the Internet. The DiskStation is very competitively priced and stands at around £150.

Buffalo TeraStation Pro TS PVH12TL/ R6EU

This is one beast of a server. Among the best of the high-end servers available, it is fairly priced at a little over £900. The device uses the Intel Atom CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 1.66 GHz processor speed. This model of CPU is becoming increasingly common due to the excellent quality it brings to the table. Apart from this, the TeraStation is packed with excellent systems allowing it terrifying speeds. Additionally, it supports RAID 0 through 10, and JBOD too.

QNAP TS 219P II

Coming with a price tag of about £250, the TS 219P has similar in specifications to the Synology server. While the model does not support disks, it can handle a set of drives. The CPU runs at 2 GHz, on Marvell Kirkwood MV62682. The system can also hold 512 MB RAM DDR. Having 3 USB ports, being RAID compatible, and supporting JBOD are simply hygiene factors of the system.

Try these models out at the nearest server rentals before you choose the one that suits your needs.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The HP Pavilion x360

HP is known around the world for its ability to create high-end user-friendly devices that are durable and well-priced. With changing trends in the tech market, it looks like HP wants in on next generation ultrabooks, tablets and convertible laptops. Do not mistake the brand for a lagger. The Pavilion x360 is a Lenovo Yoga-like convertible laptop targeted at the middle class. The affordable laptop series is packed with a number of top-end features too.

However, it does not end at this one model. The Slate 21 Pro is priced at almost the same amount as the x360, making it difficult to choose between the two. Find out the similarities and differences, or check the models out at the nearest computer rentals to find out which of the two you would pick.

HP Pavilion x360 review

The Pavilion x360 seems to have been inspired by the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. The convertible laptop takes the best of the Yoga’s design, but is a little less sleek in style. The device weighs about 3 pounds, and is nearly 22 mm thick. It uses Beats Audio Technology to make it attractive to young buyers. Also, it has a rather reassuring price tag of $400. The x360 understandably has lower specifications when compared to more expensive Windows hybrids.

The 8 GB RAM and Intel Celeron processor makes the hybrid fairly user-friendly. While it may not be the most powerful system available in its category, it performs sufficiently well for the average user. Although the x360’s keypad is accessible even while it is in tablet mode, the keys get locked, allowing you to place the device on any surface, and use it as you wish.

Slate 21 Pro quick review

This design is unique, in the sense that you can use the device as a tablet, and as a regular LCD monitor. The 21.5-inch all-in-one Android device switches easily into a monitor which has an HDMI port. Also priced at around $400, the Slate 21 Pro comes fully equipped with a 1920x1080 display, 16 GB storage, 2 GB or RAM, and an impressive Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. You get an attachable keyboard and mouse as part of the package as well. The device has Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity options, giving you the freedom to carry it around as an Android all-in-one tablet whenever you are on-the-go.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Sony Vaio Duo 13

Sony launched the Vaio Duo 13 as a part of the revamped lineup of Vaio Ultrabooks in the year ending 2013. The predecessor to this device was the Sony Vaio Duo 11 which had failed to impress potential buyers even though it attempted to combine the best of an Ultrabook and a tablet device to create a dynamic yet comfortable device for use.

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is definitely an improvement over the Vaio Duo 11 as the criticisms against the latter have been taken into due consideration by the company.

Appearance and hardware

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is actually a Windows 8 Hybrid with a well-thought out design and look. Sony is known for coming up with stylish devices and Sony Vaio Duo 13 definitely lives up to that reputation. It is quite an attractive looking ultrabook that measures 13 x .8 x 8.2 inches. Available in two colors of black and white, it weighs around 2 pounds and 14 ounces.

A standout feature of the Vaio Duo 13 is the hinge mechanism that allows conversion from a tablet to an ultrabook. The screen actually slides up revealing the QWERTY keyboard and docs at about 120 degrees. An added accessory to the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is the N-trig active pen.

A significant improvement seen in the Vaio Duo 13 is that the battery life has been escalated to a potential 10 hours as opposed to the measly 4 hours battery life of the Sony Vaio Duo 11. This can largely be attributed to Intel’s new Haswell processor, as it is far more energy-efficient. The Sony Vaio Duo 13 does not come with a VGA port but an HDMI to VGA adaptor. It also includes a Ethernet to Wi-Fi adaptor.

Camera

There are two cameras in the Sony Vaio Duo 13- a two  megapixel front-facing camera as well as an eight megapixel rear. The lens of the front facing camera is placed at a suitable angle for a video chat.

Ports and Buttons

The ports included in the Sony Vaio Duo 13 are:

  • Audio Jack (3.5mm)
  • Input for charging
  • Two USB Ports (Full-sized 3.0 ports)
  • Combo SD/HD Duo card slot
  • Full sized HDMI

There is also an NFC (Near Field Communication) radio which is a cool feature to be added to the ultrabook.

The display of the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is 1080 x 1920 Triluminos IPS. Sony has managed to achieve quite a powerful screen for a hybrid device. The colors literally pop out as the screen is so bright and sharp.

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