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756513 Gigabyte P25Gigabyte P25

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Feb 12, 2014
Certainly a unit to be considered as a Desktop replacement, it is large and heavy and for me anyway does not sit comfortably on the lap. It is however very fast and powerful. One feature I have not come across previously a yellow lid.

753107 kobo arc 10HD ebook readeA Kobo 10-inch Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Feb 6, 2014
As a store within a store, Kobo offers readers a viable alternative to that available from the Amazon Kindle family. Kobo even offers a full fledged tablet option.

752572 AOC I2460PXQU Ecran flat panel monitoAOC i2460Pxqu Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 24, 2014
This is – as you may guess from the name – a 24inch panel. I have yet to look at any offering from AOC that I would not be happy to put on my desk and use daily and this offering is no exception, a well-made unit with excellent response.
This can be lighter than an Android Tablet, however it runs Windows 8.1. The transformer part is a near full size detachable keyboard so all your Windows programs should run and it comes with Microsoft Office installed.

747741 HP EliteBook 840 GHP EliteBook 840 G1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 13, 2014
For some reason this is classed as a business product. For that reason I am told it comes with Windows 7 Pro but also Windows 8 upgrade ready on the unit at no extra cost so you can choose. I was sent the non-touch version.

747739 binatone appstar 7 inch childrens tableAppStar 7 Tablet

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 10, 2014
These days’ kids seem to be using such devices before they can walk. So the age level suggested seem almost pointless to mention. The only mention on the box is a circular road sign with a picture of a young person and a red line. The age beside it is 0-3. 4+ is mentioned on the side of the box, at four most children know far more.
I am told that the Android Tablet will replace the PC as the way we all connect to the world. Certainly as they get faster, have more memory and get screen resolution nearer to that we all have on our PC’s then this could well come true.

747736 HP Envy TouchSmart 15 j002ea 15.6 inch LaptoHP Envy TouchSmart 15

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Jan 3, 2014
Certainly not a small and light offering, ideal for a tower/desktop replacement, the native resolution is 1920x1080 just like what a standard panel will display. The advantage it can travel with you when required to do so.

742320 xplore rangerx rugged android tableRugged Android Unit

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 18, 2013
I always hesitate to be hard on review units, however the RangerX tablet is one that is designed to take more vigorous day to day use than standard products not survive. Here an Android device designed for the harder life.
First a multi card reader that works via USB 3, this is designed for USB 3 ports but will work with most USB 2 ports. Second a large capacity SD Card, so this can transfer large amounts of data via the card reader above and it is 64GB.

737592 Archos Xenon 80 8 inch Android TableArchos 80 Xenon

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 11, 2013
Perhaps the name gives a clue to the screen size if not its 8inches. This is an Android Tablet that is ideal to use over Wi-Fi. Of course its touch and with the creamy white surround to the screen it does not show your fingermarks, joy.

737589 Western digital 2TB My Cloud Personal Cloud StorageWD My Cloud

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 6, 2013
I saw this at a recent event which was itself ‘In The Cloud’ as 27 floors up on a misty damp day is certainly in the clouds. However while this storage and backup package lives in your home or office, not as ‘The Cloud’ often means far away.

737588 BenQ BL2411PT 24 inch Widescreen LCD MonitoBen-Q Panel BL2411PT

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Dec 4, 2013
This is a nice sharp panel, it has the ability to be used as one of a multiple panel display and can also be rotated 90degrees to be used as portrait which for those writing long items or viewing endless web pages saves a lot of scrolling.

731824 Samsung Ativ Book 915Samsung Ativ Book 915s

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 25, 2013
This is a small and light Windows 8 notebook with touch. On a unit of this size touch makes sense as it will be within reach of a finger, so if Windows 9 is for you then this latest offering from Samsung may have everything you need.

731828 Acer Aspire XC 600 SFF Desktop PAcer Small Tower XC600

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 22, 2013
A small Tower PC but with everything you need apart from a Panel and speakers and if you connect via HDMI you do not even require speakers. While they are no longer fashionable this is small and has far more connectivity than a notebook.

725855 Samsung S27C750PS 27 inch LED MonitoA Samsung Monitor

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by mfereday on Nov 12, 2013
The Samsung S27C750P is a 27-inch LED Monitor that forms part of the company’s Series 7 family of products. This particular model is of the type that can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation depending upon your needs.

727701 AOC E1649FWU 16 USB Powered Portable LED MonitoAOC e1659 USB Panel

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Nov 8, 2013
A somewhat unusual flat panel that requires just one connection, USB, no other power is required and it will configure itself as a second display. This is an ideal accompaniment to any Desktop or Notebook where a second display is required.

726216 microsoft windows 8.1 upgradUpgrading to Windows 8.1

Published in Laptops/PCs/Apple by paul_smart on Oct 21, 2013
For anyone not using touch I feel that Windows 7 is where you should be. However as most new machines now come with Windows 8 I gave up a night’s sleep to go through the long and torturous process of upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.
A silvery bronze colour is a good start as it looks far better than a shiny black offering. This notebook is rapid in response and if you do want Windows 8 then it must surely be with ‘Touch’ so this could be exactly what is required.
If one is upgrading from an older 4 x 3 monitor, or even a smaller wide screen display, it pays to consider the current generation of LED backlit larger screen units which will provide an improved user experience. With its 1920 x 1080 (HD) resolution the 23 inch AOC i2360 fits the bill both in size and performance.
Gigibyte are best known for making motherboards for both desktop and notebook computers. They also make rather good notebooks as the motherboard is itself perhaps the single most important component in the notebook.