Monday, September 19, 2016
Laptop Rental for Business Event

When you’re planning a business event, renting computer equipment makes more sense than buying and it’s sometimes an even better option than using your own equipment. Rental laptops are great for hands-on classes, exhibition booths and more and it’s much more economical and convenient than buying new equipment when it’s only needed for a short time.

Here’s how to find the right laptop rental for your business event.

Benefits of Renting

One of the key benefits of renting laptops for your event is that they relieve people from the need to bring their own laptops to the event. A full-service laptop rental company will not only provide the equipment, but will also make sure that it’s installed and working properly for immediate use.

Renting also ensures that you don’t have to bother about setting up the equipment. Technicians from the company will help you troubleshoot any problems you face during the event and you can even request a technician to be present at the venue to tackle any issues that may come up.

Renting Give You Flexibility

Renting laptops for your business event allows you the flexibility to choose from a variety of options. For instance, you can rent top-of-the-line equipment, so that your business appears more tech-savvy and professional at important business events.

Perhaps the most important benefit of renting is that it will cost you a fraction of what it would cost if you had to buy all of the laptops yourself.

Protect Your Own Laptops

Renting laptops, instead of using your own for a one-time event like a business meeting or conference also protects your personal equipment from the risk of damage during transportation and use.

Choosing a Rental Company

It’s important to choose the company you rent the laptops from carefully. Check the company’s reputation and credibility as well as their product and service offerings. Choosing a good rental company will ensure that you can look forward to a successful and stress-free event.

Crunch Some Numbers

The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out how many people you are expecting to attend your event. The sooner the rental company has the approximate number of laptops needed, the better your chances are of getting the same type of laptops for all of your attendees. This is especially important in a classroom setting, as it will be easier to give instructions to your students if they’re all using the same machine.

Technical Needs

Find out from presenters, instructors and exhibitors what they will be using the laptops for. Some of the technical specs needed may include the following:

  • High processing speed
  • Large hard drive
  • Maximum memory
  • Advanced graphics cards
  • External monitors and other peripherals like mice

Additional Software Requirements

Find out what operating system you want to work with and any additional base software that needs to be loaded on each laptop, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, accounting programs and the like. A good rental company will load additional software onto the laptops for you.

If the rental company doesn’t provide the custom software that you require, ask them if they can supply a test machine in advance that you can load with the appropriate software, so they can “ghost” the machine and load the additional software on to all of the machines.

Alternately, you could arrange for the laptops to be sent to your company or event location early, so they can be loaded with the custom software prior to the event.

Tried and Tested

Have someone who will be using the laptops, such as an instructor, presenter or exhibitor, test some of the machines prior to the beginning of your event to make sure they are working properly.

Be sure to find out if the rental company will supply spare laptops, in the event that one or more of the machines don’t work as needed due to a hardware or operating system failure.

Appoint a Trouble-Shooter

Your event should include keeping a computer tech on hand to trouble-shoot any small technical glitches that occur. This person should have the contact information for the rental company in case additional machines need to be delivered. Alternately, you could have a tech person from the rental company on hand during the event.

Leasing Makes Sense

When preparing for a special business event, leasing laptop computers and/or other technical equipment makes sense in a number of important ways. Just be sure to choose a rental company that can meet all of your business conference needs.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Laptop Computer

If you’ve decided to buy a new laptop, there are a few things you should keep in mind. By considering the following points carefully, you can decide which laptop will best suit your needs.

The 10 important things to consider before you buy a new laptop are as follows:

The Budget

The size of your budget is, of course, the first consideration when it comes to making any purchase. Determining what you can afford ahead of time will allow you to work with a sales rep to ensure that you get the best machine for your money.

Style of Laptop 

Knowing what you need the laptop for will determine whether you should get a netbook, ultrabook or something that can replace your desktop. How often you will use the machine, if you will be travelling with it and if it will be the only computer you will have are all important considerations. For instance, if you only need a laptop to use while traveling between client locations and going to the office, then a desktop replacement laptop will do the job for you.

Mac or Windows

The decision to buy a Mac or a Windows notebook might be influenced solely by your budget. If you choose a system different from the one you’re used to, you’ll need to determine how much time you want to devote to learning new programs and/or operating systems you’re not familiar with.

Connectivity

Find out if the laptop provides for a variety of network connections like HDMI, USB 3.0 and/or Bluetooth. Buying a laptop with the widest selection of available networking options will make it easier for you to work with any type of device, such as external hard drives, an extra monitor or different Internet connections.

All laptops now include wireless connectivity options. Also look for the number of USB ports the computer has and where they’re located. There should also be an Ethernet or RJ-45 port so that when a wireless connection is not available, you can still access the internet.

Manufacturer’s Reputation

Reading reviews of the different laptop models available will help you to see which brands may have issues and which ones are rated well. Also investigate how service-related issues such as warranties and repairs have been handled. Knowing about other customer’s experiences will give you an idea of what you can expect from a particular company, if you decide to buy from them.

Software Included

Some programs get installed when you install the operating system. If you don’t need or want some of these “extras”, you can uninstall them later. Programs such as Microsoft Office and anti-virus programs are trial versions only. If you want to continue using them, you’ll have to pay for the full versions.

External Devices

Whenever possible, try out the different laptop keyboards. You may need to buy an external mouse and/or keyboard because the touchpad and keyboards on some laptops aren’t very comfortable to use for long periods of time. Also, it’s not a bad idea to have an external hard drive available.

Warranties

Before you buy a laptop, read and compare warranties so you understand what kind of repair service you’re entitled to and what you will be covered for. Most laptop warranties cover hardware problems that weren’t caused by the owner. These include:

  • Defective keyboards
  • Monitor problems
  • Issues with the modem or other internal components

A laptop warranty will usually cover parts and labour and will detail what actions by you that will void it.

What Isn't Covered Under Warranty

The following things are not covered by a laptop warranty:

  • Damage to or loss of data
  • Any problems associated with software, whether bundled or installed by you
  • Theft
  • Damage or breakage caused by owner

When comparing laptop warranties, find out what the term of the warranty is. Choose a manufacturer’s warranty that lasts for more than a year, as long as it doesn’t cost more. An extended warranty is a way to extend the original term and most often adds to the purchase price of your laptop.

 

Retail service plans are offered by the retail outlet that you purchase the laptop from. They are different from warranties as they can be purchased for different time periods, i.e., one, two or three years and may cover more or different circumstances. These retail plans usually offer the best value.

Repair Solutions

Find out if any repairs that may be needed will be handled onsite or if your laptop will be sent away to be fixed. If it will have to be sent away, find out how long you could be without it. The laptop warranty will state how repairs will be completed and whether new, used or refurbished parts will be used. A new laptop that will be repaired with new parts is always best.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Convertible laptop

With so many different types of laptop computers on the market, you may be confused about the differences between hybrid and convertible laptop computers and you’re not alone. The terms “hybrid and “convertible” are often used synonymously but they are unique in one main way.

Most laptops on the market today are not only slim and light, but feature either a rotating or a detachable touchscreen that can be used as a tablet, a notebook or something in between. For 2016, the most popular models are powerful enough to handle all kinds of jobs, give you from 6 to ten hours of battery life on a single charge and the majority of them sell for under $1,000.

Hybrid Laptop

Hybrid computer is a slang term used to describe a portable 2-in-1 PC. The hybrid is a combination laptop and tablet featuring the corresponding functionality of both. It’s also called a “detachable” or “2 in-1.” A hybrid laptop has a removable screen that morphs into a tablet when separated from the keyboard.

In fact, the keyboard is more of an afterthought as the computer components are built right into the screen, which is why it can be completely detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet. The stand-alone tablet weighs in at only one or two pounds.

While 2-in-1 laptops have been around since the early 90’s, the latest hardware improvements have allowed manufacturers to create designs that appeal to most consumers and they can also be easily afforded by most.

Another configuration of a hybrid computer houses the batteries and ports in the keyboard base, making the computer more versatile but bulkier. You may prefer a simple keyboard base that’s lighter and good for extended periods of typing however, you may not get the benefit of an extra battery that way.

Hybrid computers combine both digital and analog components. The analog workings of the computer traditionally handle intricate mathematical computations, while the digital components take care of logical and numerical operations in addition to serving as the system’s controller. This makes a hybrid computer a cost effective way to perform complex simulations.

A tablet that comes with a keyboard built into the removable screen cover is not a hybrid; it’s simply a tablet with a keyboard.

Convertible Laptop

With a convertible laptop, the screen can’t be removed but remains attached to the unit. It is essentially a laptop computer that folds into a tablet. Convertibles are shape-shifters with contortionist-like flexibility, which is their distinguishing feature. The pivoting screen turns around and folds back onto the unit, turning the machine into a rectangular slate. But whether the screen simply swivels around or folds back on its lid, you can have the best of both worlds; a laptop and a tablet.

In tablet mode, a convertible is necessarily heavier and thicker than a regular tablet.

Types of Convertible Laptops

The different types of convertible laptop computers are as follows:

Flip laptops can transform from the standard laptop mode of clamshell, into two convenient shapes. It can stand with the keyboard facing down and the screen right side up facing you or it can be put into a tent-like position with the keyboard facing up to form a tent with the screen, facing you. Both setups are great for watching videos but the first position is best when using the touchscreen.

Pivot/Swivel laptops, as the name suggests, lets the screen pivot or swivel 180 degrees. Pivoting devices allow the laptop to transform into a tablet or stand. The keyboard never faces the surface you place your laptop on but always points up. This minimizes the risk of damage to the keyboard.  

Slide convertibles are more appropriately defined as tablet-first laptops. The screen is made to slide up, revealing the keyboard underneath. In this way, the keyboard is always protected when not in use and can’t be left behind or lost somewhere, since it’s permanently attached to the screen. Slide convertibles are a good middle ground for the best of both worlds, providing a tablet-like interface when you’re standing and a standard laptop mode when you’re at a desk.

More Popular Than Traditional Laptops

Convertible and Hybrid laptops are now so popular that they outsell traditional laptops. The reasons are simple. They’re easily portable when travelling and the features are being constantly improved. Besides having wide, touch screen displays and fast performance, these laptops also look great; sleek and stylish.

Questions to Ask Before Buying

  • Q. Do you want a hybrid or a convertible?
  • A. See above.
  • Q. Do laptops perform well?
  • A. The best ones are as good as any laptop
  • Q. What’s the weight of the model you’re looking at?
  • A. Some detachable screens can weigh more than a typical tablet but they may also have larger displays than other tablets.
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Monday, April 18, 2016
6th Generation Intel Core i7

Launched in August 2015, the 6th Generation Intel Core series serves as the “tock” in manufacturer Intel’s Tick-Tock manufacturing strategy, where they first release a smaller version of an existing microarchitecture, dubbed the “tick,” followed later by the “tock” – which is a new microarchitecture with substantial changes and improvements. The Skylake is notable for being released mere months after Intel’s Broadwell, which was already successful in its own right, and with Skylake using the same 14nm microarchitecture, it’s a “tock” that seems largely unnecessary at first glance.

The Target Market for Skylake

One thing to keep in mind about Intel’s past few generations of processors is that they have already beaten the competitor in all aspects save for the pricing category and in the SoC (system on a chip) market, which has been cornered by AMD based on the viability of APUs that deliver performance that beats Intel’s on-chip GPUs as well as some entry-level videocards.

Overclock-Friendly

Skylake marks a change in Intel’s treatment of the enthusiast market, particularly overclockers. As opposed to launching locked processors before releasing unlocked “-K” iterations, the first entry in the 6th generation of i7 processors is the unlocked Core i7-6700K, clearly signifying that Intel had overclockers in mind this time around.

If the K prefix isn’t obvious enough that this Skylake i7 is meant to be pushed to its limits, the retail packaging is noticeably thinner since the processor is shipped without an Intel stock cooler, requiring users to purchase a third party cooler. It may seem like a strange choice at first, but it makes sense when you consider the target market. Overclockers rarely have a use for the stock coolers Intel provides, as it’s not adequate when pushing the processor to its limits. The good thing is that the hole mounting for the new socket LGA1151 is similar to the previous generation’s, so existing heatsinks will be usable.

Massive Performance Improvements

Intel has released internal comparisons between the new Skylake i7 and several high end i7s from the Haswell, Broadwell, and Ivy Bridge microarchitectures and the performance improvements are significant enough to warrant an upgrade. According to the comparisons, the top end Skylake i7 is roughly 10 percent faster than the i7-470K, 20 percent faster than the i7-4770K, and around 30 percent faster than an i7-3770K. The older CPUs are still viable and can handle anything that’s out on the market, but the improvements are significant enough that Skylake can be a worthwhile upgrade. It becomes a must for people who are just getting their first PCs or those upgrading from a low-end model.

Not a Simple Upgrade

Unfortunately, the massive improvements provided by the 6th Generation Intel Core i7 comes with a catch. A 6th Gen Intel Core i7 is not the simplest of upgrades, even if you count the fact that you can reuse your old Core I cooler. In fact, the cooler is the simplest part.

For starters, you may need a new motherboard. The new LGA 1151 socket is incompatible with the LGA 1150 motherboards used by Haswell and Broadwell. Why did Intel require a change in motherboard? It’s because of another part that may need replacing: the RAM. Skylake supports DDR4 and requires a very different power delivery as opposed to its predecessors.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who upgraded to the high end Haswell-E platform in 2014, you may already have DDR4 memory on hand. If not, you’ll have to buy new ones. Skylake supports DDR3, but chances are it’s not the one you have right now. The DDR3 dimms that Skylake uses are called DDR3L, and they differ from the old ones because they are a lower voltage variant. These types of memory are rarely used that many motherboard vendors don’t even support them for their desktop boards.

Is the Upgrade Worth It?

There is a reason why Intel is targeting enthusiasts and gamers for the 6th generation of the Intel Core i7 processor: both of those market segments are known for focusing on performance and features above all else, and that’s what the Skylake processors offer.  It’s basically the usual recommendation of finding out what your needs are and just how much you are willing to spend to get it. Skylake costs a premium, but you will be getting your money’s worth and then some.

In a way, Intel is currently a victim of their past success. The previous generations of their high end processors are such great performers that Skylake isn’t really a cost-efficient or even practical upgrade, regardless of the improvements. However, if you don’t have a high end PC yet or just want the best performance and efficiency that money can buy, it would be foolish not to go for the Skylake.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Acer’s Budget Ultraportable TravelMate B

If ultraportables have seemed elusively out of reach, Acer’s new machine the TravelMate B also going by the model number TMB115-MP-C23C, may offer some respite.

Affordable touch-screen ultraportable

Acer’s ultraportable is a laptop that comes at a highly competitive and very affordable $379. This may seem a tad higher than others in the budget segment, but keep in mind that the TravelMateB is a touch-enabled device that comes loaded with Windows 8.1. The TravelMate B has a 10 point touch screen system which is almost unheard of at this price point. The touch screen adds a bit to its price tag, with cheaper alternatives in non-touchscreen variants available from the likes of HP.  An added bonus is the two-year warranty that Acer offers for this laptop, compared to the usual one year that is the norm.

Its polycarbonate frame in black matte is a diminutive 0.83 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches (height/width/depth) and comes with a 11.6-inch screen that’s big enough to get the job done. Don’t expect any wonders from its LCD screen that comes in a 1366 x 768 resolution and you won’t be disappointed. Easy to travel with, it weighs in at 2.89 pounds.

Flexibility and connectivity

It comes equipped with multiple ports making it a handy device for daily use at work or home. Users will find the flexibility of having two USB 2.0 ports, as well as USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot along with an HDMI port and Ethernet port a big plus. Add to that the thoughtfully included HDMI to VGA adapter and you have a machine that is handy to hook up to an older style monitor as well. The WiFi is enabled to work on 5GHz networks as well as 2.4GHz networks, while the wireless connectivity comes from Bluetooth 4.0.

Packing some decent processing power

The TravelMate B comes with the processing power of the quad-core Intel Celeron N2940.  And while it doesn’t top the charts, it isn’t a straggler either, coming in at a healthy midway ranking on most tests. The integrated Intel HD graphics and its 1.83 GHz processor don’t pack enough of a punch to let you do any serious gaming, but it does fine on regular processing, browsing and Photoshop usage tests.

The TravelMate B has better memory and more storage capacity than most others in the budget segment with 4GB RAM and 500GB storage capacity.

A battery that keeps giving

The big thing the ultraportable from Acer has going for it, is the healthy 7 hours plus battery life. It may not quite compare to the nine hours a new MacBook 12 inch, but then again, it is so much more affordable.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
MSI GT 80 Titan SLI

Hard core gamers have longed for the comfort and rigidity of a mechanical keyboard since a long time. But not anymore! MSI has started a new era of first gaming beasts with a lesser-known feature for gaming laptops like mechanical keyboard. Pack it with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and two NVidia GeForce GPUs in SLI and the much-needed ability to upgrade your hardware later, and you’ve built yourself a perfect replacement to desktop that you always deserved.

The great features

With amazing gaming performance, upgradable chassis and fantastic mechanical keyboard, this is surely a tough opponent for every gaming rig out there. Here is what MSI GT Titan SLI has to offer:

Design

MSI understands that an imposing but graceful design is perfect for such a gaming beast. This explains the extremely elegant black aluminum lid, brushed lightly. The red MSI Gaming Series emblem at the back along with the MSI logo simply adds class to the package.

It greets you with an amazing red back lit keyboard. Buttons for power and fan speed are placed above the track pad, to the right of the keyboard. Its carriage (rear and under) is made of black aluminum alloy, and the whole system design gives you the feeling of handling a muscle machine.

Keyboard

Keyboards with mechanical switches are far more durable than the ones with membrane switches and the Titan SLI keyboard has been tested to last 50 million keystrokes. It also provides a much stronger feedback than other gaming laptops in the market.

Display

The MSI GT 80 Titan SLI sports a 18.4-inch screen which is vivid, with crisp detail and expansive viewing angles. While a 4K display would have been truly awesome, the laptop's 1920 x 1080 panel is efficient enough to deal with anything you throw at it.

MSI GT 80 Titan SLI

Graphics and gaming

MSI has equipped their new gaming beast with not one but two Nvidia GeForce GTX 890 GPUs that deliver face-melting performance. You can run nearly any game on 'Ultra' graphics settings and it'll never make you feel a single glitch.

The touchpad and numpad combo

Pressing an illuminated Num button on the top-left nook of the touchpad changes it into a digital numpad. The two discrete mouse buttons provide powerful feedback, with a pleasant audible click that absolutely complements the mechanical keyboard.

The not-so-great features

  • Even though the laptop's 1920 x 1080 panel is amazing and crisp, a 4k display would have just made this a perfect gaming masterpiece
  • The laptop has a poor battery performance, even for a gaming laptop.
  • While the pair of Dynaudio speakers does sound fine, MSI could have used more bass to power the speaker.

The verdict

MSI's GT 80 Titan SLI has it all. It delivers amazingly fast performance every time you turn it on. All this, and it also sports a mechanical keyboard that delivers both superior precision and outstanding feedback.

GT 80 Titan SLI – Starting price: $3,399

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Asus ZenBook UX305

The Asus ZenBook UX305 is the latest in the line of ultrabooks by various companies, and one of the first to be released in 2015. This ultrabook was announced early September 2014, and was officially released in early 2015 and has been making waves in the little it has been in the market. It has everything an ultrabook should absolutely have – sleekness, power and easy portability. Although there are a few shortcomings, this ultrabook really delivers for its price and is possibly the best value for money among ultrabooks till date.

Features to look out for

The Asus ZenBook UX305 is packed with some really good features in its barely over half an inch thick all-aluminum body. It has a really good battery life that supports a well lit display and a powerful processor. Since it is made of aluminum, it is extremely lightweight, making it easy to carry around without having to struggle with the weight.

Some notable features and specs that thus new ultrabook has to offer:

  • 13.3 inch QHD+ display
  • 0.80GHz Intel Core M-5Y10a Processor
  • 4 and 8GB variants in memory space with SSD storage
  • Built-in HD webcam and dual microphones
  • Intel HD 5300 Graphics
  • Ports include 1 for headphones and microphone, 1 for SD card, 1 for micro HDMI and multiple USB ports
  • Weighs in at 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilos
  • 4-cell battery with a backup of up to 9 hours

That is a lot to be packed into a body that measures just over half an inch at its thickest. The finish of the aluminum is matte, giving it a very classy look. The edges are curved and smooth, making the device look even sleeker and beautifully fluid. Since there is no fan built into this ultrabook, its surfaces are smooth even on the bottom without any protrusions or bulk anywhere eon its body. The only thing it lacks is a good backlit keypad, a small addition that would have made life simpler for users. The touchpad is extremely responsive to all the various commands and never gets confused with multi-finger gestures or the right/left clicks.

The amazing

  • Very sleek and lightweight.
  • All aluminum body makes it sturdy.
  • Very quiet cooling.
  • Amazing battery life.
  • Good value for money.

The not-so-great

  • Bo backlight for the keyboard.
  • Speakers not very great.
  • Image quality in webcam not very good.

All in all, the Asus ZenBook UX305 seems to be a great ultrabook at an attractive price with some amazing features and performance specs. It seems to be a good investment right now if you are looking for an ultrabook that is portable and powerful, managing to look great at the same time.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Samsung

Samsung released the ATIV Book 9, once in 2013 and a newer model mid 2014. Both the models are quite similar, with a few changes incorporated in the 2014 model. It is a good thing that the company did not change much in the newer model, because this ultrabook is one of the best out there today. It is also competing with some other leading models in the market, like the Apple Macbook Air, Asus Zenbook Infinity and Acer Aspire S7. Although the ATIV Book 9 is priced at a premium, it is living up to the standard that you would expect at such prices. Let us take a look at what is great and not so exciting about this new ultrabook by Samsung.

Features that stand out

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is an ultrabook with the elusive wide screen in this type of laptops. It is competing with the best in the market and it does not let you down. Its body is completely made of aluminum, which helps it to be sleek and lightweight even with its bigger size. The screen is an HD LCD display unit that stands out at a wide 15.6 inches. Some features of this ultrabook worth noting:

  • Wide LCD touch screen, a rarity in ultrabooks
  • Intel Haswell Core i5/i7 ULV processor
  • Just over half an inch at its thickest
  • Weighs in at a little under 4 pounds
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Multiple ports, including USB, HDMI and VGA
  • Battery backup for a full day

The sleek and curved body makes it look even slimmer than it already is at just over half an inch. But the all aluminum body ensures that the sleekness does not take away from its sturdiness, making it a sleek but strong and sturdy ultrabook. Its screen size and color distinguish it from most other ultrabooks that have smaller screen and are available in silver.

What this ultrabook does lack is a big storage drive, which is a smaller 128GB SSD. But the smaller storage along with its sleekness help increase its battery life phenomenally, with battery lasting up to a full day with normal usage.

Pros

  • Large 15.6 inch screen in an ultrabook
  • Very lightweight and ultraportable
  • Long battery life
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Priced very high
  • Relatively small SSD storage drive
  • Graphics not very great

All in all, if you are ready to shell out big bucks, this ultrabook is worth every penny you pay for it. Extra long battery backup, wide LCD screen along with a sleek and lightweight body make this Samsung ultrabook a great buy for the price.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Acer C910 Chromebook

The release of the Broadwell microarchitecture in September 2014 raised expectations of laptops and desktops getting the new fifth generation Intel i5 processors that claims to be the best silicone chip till date. Acer has not yet released any laptops with this new processor, but it has revamped an older model, the Acer C910 Chromebook with the Intel i5 Broadwell CPU. This beefed Chromebook is slated to be released in April 2015.

Has Broadwell made a big difference to performance of the Acer Chromebook?

The Acer C910 Chromebook is the only laptop with chrome OS, other than the Google Chromebook, to feature Broadwell microarchitecture as of now. This is a step up for the laptop from the earlier Core i3 and Celeron processor options that it was initially introduced with. This new processor is capable of speeds up to 2.2GHz, which is quite a jump from the earlier processors featured on this mode which clocked at about 1.6GHz. This automatically makes this laptop work faster and more seamlessly than its predecessors and, with the large display, is a sure winner.

What new to expect in the new Chromebook

The Acer C910 Chromebook is the only 15.6 inch Chromebook in the market today. And this upgrade surely makes it more desirable. Many Chromebook users were complaining that the larger size and heavier body makes it less mobile than earlier Chromebooks, but that is something that does not really affect real usage, since most use these systems only at home or office, simply moving around within the space. 

Some amazing features of this laptop that you should know about:

  • Intel i5 5200U processor
  • First Chromebook with a 15.6 Inch full HD IPS display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD storage
  • Body can withstand up to 132 pounds/60 kilos of force and 18 inches of drop without damage
  • Largest touchpad in any Chromebook
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life in a single charge

One big drawback of this laptop, though, is it weight. At close to 5lbs, it is not build for being carried out, if that is what you are looking for in your next laptop. 

Given the sturdy build quality, this laptop is perfect to be used in public spaces and in schools, where there is every chance of it being dropped or handled roughly on a regular basis. Acer believes that this laptop can withstand more impact than almost any other laptop in the market today.

If you are looking at a laptop to be carried around, then this is might not be your top choice. But if that is not a priority, then this Chromebook might surprise you with its speed and performance, and let you enjoy the large screen and great sound while you watch your favorite videos and movies.

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro

Gaming laptops are no longer simply desktop replacements. The latest gaming device from Acer - the Aspire V15 Nitro - is sleek enough and can be easily placed in any book bag, yet it is packed with power to enable you to enjoy your games on it.

Design review of the V 15 Nitro

The Aspire V 15 Nitro measures 0.9x15.3x10.1 inches and weighs 5.29 pounds. It has a plastic framework in black and a rough texture on the top. The hinge comes in metal and is quite sturdy. This metal also forms the internal framework of the device. You will find “Aspire V Nitro" stamped across the hinge. Overall, the quite a decent design as far as a gaming laptop is concerned.

Just as the lid, the touchpad and the palm rest have a similar matte-black finish. However, backlight of the keyboard is a bright red which lights up the key edges and the lettering. There is quite a good feeling working on the chiclet-style keyboard as you type; however even though the slightly flat keycaps work, one might miss the curved key surfaces when comparing it to the Lenovo Y50 Touch.

You will get access to all gesture controls required in Windows 8 with a huge click pad, but it is not exactly ideal as far gaming is concerned. A separate mouse is designed for gaming is recommended.

The laptop rental comes with a 15.6 inch screen display along with a 1,920x1, 080 resolution. The Aspire V 15 Nitro’s screen display allows you to save a lot of money and you don’t really sacrifice on the gaming experience. In fact the audio is surprisingly good and comes with four in-built speakers and surround sound (Dolby Digital Home Theater). The quality of the sound is also quite clear with minimum warp even at a high volume.

Features of the Aspire V 15 Nitro

The laptop is equipped with a 128GB SSD which enables quicker boosting and enhanced performance. In addition to this, there is also a 1TB storage hard drive in the device.

Boutique vendors typically customize a gaming device and avoid installing any unwanted programs and apps. But the Aspire V 15 Nitro is loaded up in the same manner as the other Acer consumer models. The start screen will have several apps including eBook, Amazon Kindle, Netflix, Flipboard, eBay, Evernote Touch and many more.

The system has the GeForce Experience backed by Nvidia that offers one single dashboard for updating and installing drivers. There are numerous baked-in features such as ShadowPlay (recording/sharing video), GameStream as well as Battery Boost.

Check out all the features of this gaming laptop by Acer at a computer rental near you!

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