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Acer Aspire Switch 10 – a Laptop or a Tablet?

Posted on 28 July 2014

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a little bit of both and a whole lot more. This tablet/laptop combo is a unique product on the market. This attractive piece of hardware supports Windows 8 and offers several modes for use. Its lightweight and versatile design gives it a unique touch at a pocket-friendly price.

Design
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is an incredibly efficient laptop/tablet combination. It is equipped with an attractive aluminum lid that has a subtle crosshatching and is slightly raised. At the centre of the Switch 10, there is a diamond-cut chrome logo of the maker. The design has straight edges and slightly rounded corners with a thick black bezel bordered by a strip of aluminum that surrounds the 10-inch display. Two small stereo speakers fit right beneath the screen and feature a dark gray Acer logo.

Features
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is equipped with a 1.33-GHz Intel Arom Z3745 and supports Microsoft Windows 8. With a 2GB Ram and a 64GB SSD hard drive, it is definitely a beast. But the specs don’t just end here. This laptop/tablet also sports an Intel HD Graphics Card that boosts the overall performance. The Switch 10 sports a 10.1-inch HD display screen that offers a 1366 x 768 resolution which ensures you get clear and crisp images. The laptop has 2 USB ports, a micro HDMI port and a Combo Headphone/ Mic Jack.

The two front speakers offer amazing sound quality and the HD webcam of the device is capable of capturing images and videos in a 1920 x 1080 resolution. There is no battery or heating issues. This laptop/tablet combo is capable of running for 6 hours and 34 minutes with continuous web surfing at 100-nits of brightness.

The Switch 10 comes at an incredibly reasonable price and gives you the option of using a laptop and tablet both at the same time, making it a worthwhile investment.

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Dell Precision M2800 – an Affordable Windows 7 Workstation

Posted on 25 July 2014

Dell has made a successful effort of providing an affordable and the most portable workstation that is wallet-friendly. Equipped with a military tested powerful chassis and robust security software for the protection of data, the M2800 is definitely worth the investment. Although it is similar to the M3800, its sleek design and features make it quite impressive.

Design
The Dell Precision M2800 features some stylish cues. This portable workstation supports a MIL-STD_810G- tested chassis and sports an anodized aluminum lid which has a Dell logo in the middle of the laptop. The design supports a lock at the top to keep the notebook shut without any issues. Its black keyboard provides a sleek look and also enables its users to efficiently use the laptop for hours without pain in their wrists. There is a large vent on the left of the laptop, an optical drive on the right and two vertically striped stereo speakers at the front of the laptop.

Features
The Dell Precision M2800 is equipped with a 2.8-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4810MQ and supports Microsoft Windows 7. With an impressive 8GB RAM that is upgradable to about 16GB and a 128GB hard drive, it definitely proves to be a beast. But the specs don’t just end here. The laptop also sports an AMD FirePro M4170 graphic card with a video memory of 2GB that boosts the overall performance of the laptop.

The M2800 sports a 15.6-inch HD anti-glare display screen that supports a 1920 x 1080 resolution which makes heavy images look clear and detailed. The stereo speakers offer topnotch sound quality and are perfect for listening to ambient music. The laptop is equipped with numerous USB ports, an HDMI port, VGA input and the HD webcam takes perfectly usable photos and videos.

Although the battery life of the workstation may seem unimpressive and won’t last a full day, all other features and the performance of the workstation definitely make it worth buying.

 

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T-Mobile 768 – a Cost-Effective Smartphone

Posted on 21 July 2014

The T-Mobile 768 may not boast the features consumers have come to expect of smartphones on the market today. However, that does not at all mean that you should write this smartphone off completely. To your surprise, it can prove to be a great budget option. If you are looking for a cost-effective smartphone, your search may have just ended. Let’s go over the features and specifications of the T-Mobile 768.

Design
You might consider the phone as nothing more than a normal flip phone. The design includes a dark-blue band that separates the camera from the rest of the body. The phone’s texture is incredibly grippy and can stay put on almost any surface. Not only is the phone light and weighs no more than 3.45 ounces, but it fits easily in your pocket or handbag. The phone is held together with a sturdy hinge and feels nice when slapped shut. You will find the volume and the camera button along either side of the phone.

The phone houses a 2.4-inch screen, with a 320 x 240 resolution, that performs exceptionally well. The phone has a smooth four-way directional keypad and is quite accurate at navigation. Surprisingly, the phone’s alphanumeric keypad is backlit and can be serviced as well.

Features
The phone offers admirable features considering its price. You can store up to a thousand contacts and it has a 32 MB internal storage to satisfy your basic needs. In addition, you have a 2-megapixel camera. The camera might not be much but you can take some basic snaps. However, you are not restricted to your internal storage and can expand the memory with an SD card to fulfill your multimedia requirements. It also has an FM radio with an auto-tuner that works exceptionally well.

Costing no more than $72, the phone has an old school look and offers you 3G connectivity and access to basic applications, making it a worthy alternative to the expensive smartphones on the market today.

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HTC Desire 610 – a Cheap Android KitKat Phone

Posted on 18 July 2014

HTC has taken great interest in low-budget smartphones. Considering the massive demand for such phones, it has come up with a new addition to its budget smartphone series. The unveiling of the HTC Desire 610 might make you wonder why you should actually consider purchasing it. Well, you are in for a surprise: the phone has a lot to offer without denting your wallet. To learn more about the phone, read on.

Design
The phone has a luxurious feel to it. It has a cutting edge design but at the same time provides the best bang for your buck. Even though it is made of plastic, it still manages to be sturdy. Although it’s no surprise that the phone does look much more of a budget device.

The phone has rounded corners with Boom Sound speakers located above and below the screen. A thick bezel surrounds the display, making the screen look squashed. This can be a drawback as it gives away the price range of the phone. You can use the phone with one hand comfortably since it is slender. The micro-USB port is located on the bottom of the phone with the 3.5 mm jack. On the side, you will find a flap that effectively hides the nano-SIM and micro SD card slots.

Features & Specifications
The phone houses a spectacular 4.7-inch screen offering a 960 x 540 resolution. The screen offers 234 pixels per inch, which can be disappointing for some users. The phone runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with the integration of the Sense 6 interface. The phone has an 8-megapixel camera in the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. The camera does manage to provide decent results with good exposure.

With 8 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM and a Quad core processor, it will not fail you in terms of performance. You can expand the memory with an SD card to fulfill your multimedia requirements as well.

The phone is affordable and offers more than the required features in comparison to its alternatives. If you are looking for a budget smartphone, you should look no further.

Photo credit: HTC

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Dell Venue 11 Pro – a High-End Business Tablet

Posted on 14 July 2014

Dell has introduced a new tablet in the market. The Dell Venue 11 Pro is considered to be a top of the line tablet with superior security features. This tablet is mainly built to meet all the requirements for an enterprise and is definitely amongst the leading high-end business tablets available on the market today.

Design
The Dell Venue is physically identical to the Venue 11 Pro. The tablet is built such that it only weighs 1.8 pounds, making it easy for you to comfortably use it on your lap. With a 10.8-inch screen with a 10-point clear and bright IPS display, it is sure to take your breath way.

Performance and Specifications
The tablet features a 1920 x 1080 resolution display. It is available in 128GB as well as 82GB. The tablet comes with a year of Dell Pro Support in addition to the standard one-year warranty. It is equipped with an Intel Core i5-4300Y processor with a 4GB of DDR 3 RAM, two Hyper-Threaded cores clocked to 1.5GHz with a Turbo peak of 1.9GHz.

The Venue Pro has a 36W battery augmented with a 28Wh unit in the tablet keyboard, meaning the battery life is also incredibly good, supporting it to run all day. The Dell Venue 11 Pro uses microUSB charging and is equipped with both a front-facing 2 Megapixel and a rear-facing 8 Megapixel camera. The tablet can also be configured with a WLAN module that supports the new and fast 802.11 ac Wi-Fi.

The touchpad of the Venue Pro is wider as compared to other business tablets. The size of the touchpad is 90 x 45 mm (3.5 x 1.8 inches) and the impressive shiny and sleek touchscreen recognizes up to ten fingers at a time, supporting Multi-touch gestures.

To conclude, Dell has made a successful attempt at launching a high-end business tablet. The features and specifications more or less guarantee that it will make an impact on the market.

Photo credit: Dell

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Stage Fright – Sing Your Heart Out

Posted on 10 July 2014

Everyone is aware of the fact that the most interesting subgenre of horror is the musical horror. There are some great examples of entertaining horror musicals that did the job, including Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. However, horror musicals in general lack the cutting edge to help them rise above the limitations of the genre and become mainstream successes. This is where Stage Fright faces its biggest challenge. No doubt there is a market for horror movies but do the people want to see a horror musical?

Starring Allie MacDonald as Camilla Swanson, a shy singer disturbed by her past, who wants to follow in the footsteps of her mother who was murdered on the opening night performance of “The Haunting of the Opera”. Camilla does everything she can to get the lead role in the play and fulfill her dreams, but she doesn’t know she is the target of the bloodlust of a killer, who kills anyone who believes that the show must go on.

The concept of this movie is creative which allows the director of the movie, Jerome Sable, to experiment and have some fun along the way. The songs and the set-ups are solid and the violence is wicked, in a way that should appeal to horror lovers. The only drawback is that the movie has been made on a low budget. It is quite clear that the low budget constrained the director’s vision and he could have gone for a grander scale had he gotten the money for it.
Even with the slight bumps due to the low budget, the movie has all the ingredients of being a good horror musical. Best of all, it has a sense of mischievousness in its mix of music, comedy and horror that make it inventive and a great addition to this interesting subgenre.

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Lenovo A8 – Keeping It Simple

Posted on 07 July 2014

The market for tablets is highly competitive. Competitors are looking for ways to tap this market using various methods and techniques to take control of a larger portion of the market segment. Lenovo is one such manufacturer that is constantly evolving and catering to the demands of various income groups at a time. The Lenovo A8 is a tablet that will satisfy the needs of any and all bargain shoppers. To learn more about it, read on.

Design
The A8 is offered in a wide array of colors ranging from red, white and yellow to dark blue. The tablet is comfortable to hold with its back panel that is wrapped around to the front of the rounded corners. However, the matte finish does attract fingerprints but with a smooth tactile feedback, it can be forgiven for not being smudge proof.

Not only is it light, it is ultraportable, although it is not sleek as an iPad. The top of the tablet houses the headphone jack and a micro-USB port. You will also find the rounded power button along with the volume rocker on the top-right edge.

Specifications
The tablet is quite basic and offers simple features. It runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. With 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal space, you can fulfill your basic storage needs. It does however house a micro SD expansion slot. For your connectivity needs, you can make use of Bluetooth 4.0 and the latest Wi-Fi adapter.

Since it’s a budget tablet, it offers an average 1280×800 screen resolution. With an 8-inch screen, it is quick to respond and portrays a sharp display that is effective for when you are reading or browsing the web. The distinguishing factor is the built-in Dolby Digital audio speakers. The audio speakers are not only impressive but also offer a rich sound even at high volumes.

If you are looking for an affordable tablet, you should seriously consider buying the Lenovo A8 as it can fulfill your daily tasks and your entertainment needs at the same time.

Photo credit: Lenovo

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