Laptops rely heavily on their batteries on the go and they are considered to be the weak link when it comes to overall performance. Better batteries and processor designs have indeed raised the bar in terms of usage hours but you could squeeze in a whole lot more juice out of your batteries the next time round.
Even with an old laptop, you could re-calibrate the power gauge software part of the manufacturer’s drivers by turning off power saving and hibernation. This would allow the battery to drain totally till the unit turn’s off. A quick recharge resets the power meter to the actual power capacity of the battery instead of the one recorded by the software, logged into the system each and every time you use the computer. Keep it cool always and if you use your laptop as a desktop, always plugged into a power outlet, pop it off. As long as the unit is plugged into the mains it’ll work fine(just remember to bring the battery when you do go mobile).
Wireless internet on the laptop is an essential feature for those whose work is based online and who are always on the go. Because laptops are mobile devices, users prefer that their laptop’s internet connection is just as mobile and convenient. As long as your laptop has WiFi capabilities, there are many places in the city where you can get easy access to the Internet and other online services. Currently, there are many business establishments that serve as free WiFi hotspots. This means that their customers and people in surrounding areas can go on the Internet using their wireless internet connection.
BenQ has disclosed a recent model in its Joybook R laptop series, the Joybook R45. Sporting an extraordinary leather-like finish on the outside, BenQ R45 also has a latch-free closure that adds to its smooth design and robustness. Powered by a 2.10GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with so many features such as a 14.1-inch widescreen display and a Wi-Fi together with a 2-megapixel webcam and so much more. The notebook comes with a standard of 512MB of RAM with support for up to 4GB as well as storage options ranging from 120 up to 250GB. It is said that it is set to release in China and Taiwan as well as in Russia.
Screen: Notebook screens continue to get bigger and wider, making it possible to view spreadsheets or movies with ease. Most notebook manufacturers offer laptops with 17-inch wide screens at affordable prices even budget shoppers could afford. Frequent business fliers can choose from among the many laptops with screen sizes of 12.1 or 13.3 inches–some of which are wide-screen models.
Battery: Battery life continues to improve. Notebooks using a Core Duo or Core 2 Duo processor averaged roughly 3.5 hours of life per battery and some notebooks can run for up to 7 hours. Sellers sometimes offer supplemental batteries to boost battery life.
Windows 8 have revolutionized the touch screen laptops. The Microsoft’s new touch focused operating system has paved way to different computer manufacturers to come up with their own touch screens that previously didn’t exist at all. This contradicted Steve Jobs when he said in 2010 that “Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical.” With the great Jobs being against this, people are expecting to be disappointed with the release of touchscreen laptops this year. Surprisingly so, it hasn’t been the case. It is now safe to say that touchscreens are the future.
Here are different types of Touchscreen laptops out now in the market:
Standard Touch – The least crazy design of all touchscreens. Just like a giant touch pad. This will always be used primarily as a laptop.
Convertibles – work by folding screen over the keyboard using a hinge. Has the same look as a regular laptop, the tablet mode is a nice bonus.
Sliders – With a display that slides over the keyboard. Most of the sliders are very light and small. The only downside is the reduced keyboard space.
Samsung has just revealed their latest and coolest product to date, their hybrid device. It is a tablet that works both with Windows 8 and Android. The product is called Ativ Book Q, and it was unveiled on Thursday in London for everyone to see. The Ativ Book Q has a screen and a keyboard, making it sort of like a laptop. The screen folds and has hinges that moves to make it into a tablet anytime a user wants. For watching videos or showing a presentation, the screen can be flipped over so that it can stand. The device is sleek and slim, it only weights 1.29kg and 14mm in size.
Samsung says this about the product “”Addressing a common desire among PC users to be able to access Android apps on a Windows-based PC, the Ativ Q allows you to now experience both Windows 8 and Android Jellybean 4.2.2 on the same device,” There is no announcement yet as to how much the product will be when sold in the market.
Have you ever been in a situation where you have to decide which is better, buying a laptop or a desktop computer? Some people have to decide when they are buying their first ever computer or needing an upgrade. This can be a very difficult decision especially now that there are so many available computers in the market today.
When you are making a decision, first thing to consider is location. Where will you be needing this computer? Is this computer going to be used a lot at home? At work? While traveling to classes (if a student)? If you need a computer that you can take with you everywhere then the smartest thing to do is buy a laptop. It is smaller and lighter than a desktop, therefore making it perfect for traveling.
If you only access the computer for work and won’t have to take it with you to travel, then a desktop is the best solution. If you are using the computer for very long hours, then desktop is built for long performances.
How ironic is it that the best performing Windows laptop was not actually made to be programmed by Windows. PC company Soluto reported that Apple’s Macbook Pro is the best performing Windows laptop! Soluto made this statement after having done tests and research. They have used 150,o00 laptops and experienced a total of 224,144 computer crashes. 84, 251 blue screen issues also occurred and out of all the 150,000 laptops, Macbook pro had the least number of crash incidents. The whole testing process lasted for 3 months.
Soluto said that it is impressive how Windows have worked perfectly with Apple. They said “A main factor in this machine’s metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean. With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops, this is a bit of an unfair competition,” The next computer who had least crashes is the 15-inch Acer Aspire E1-571, followed by Dell XPS 13
It has been the talk of town in the digital world for some months now that Google will be releasing their own touch screen laptop. Rumor no more! According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is coming out with this product this year. It seems like the multi-million dollar company is also doing well in terms of low-cost laptop mark. During last quarter of last year, they have managed to sell 100,000 Chromebooks in a $199 to $249 price range on the last quarter of 2012. This puts them closer to their rival, Microsoft. Microsoft already has their own version of touch screen computers, 25 percent of the computers sold last year were all touch screen.
Having touch on a regular laptop is becoming more and more popular. Though this doesn’t make it any better than a normal computer, it still has more edge. Google has not announced which hardware company they are partnering with on this project. It might be with Acer or Samsung, both companies they’ve already worked with in the past.
2013 is starting out well in the electronic industry. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) just wrapped up and people now have a clearer view on where the market is headed. There are a few laptop computers that stood out and should definitely be looked out for. This year, was a preview of Ultrabooks which made everyone believe that fat notebooks will be extinct soon. So here are some of the most exciting offers this year. Starting with Lenovo’s Yoga 11s. The system runs full with Windows 8 and is a full pledged PC. It can accommodate up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. It will be on sale for the starting price of $799.
Another laptop to watch out for is NEC LaVie X. This super thin device (12.8mm thick) looks really impressive, though there is not a lot of available information on specs except for 1,920 x 1,080 display. Also rumored to only be available in Japan.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is an 11.6-inch Ultrabook with a reversible display and promises 10 hours of battery life. This will be out in the market on February for an expensive $1,499 up value.