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​Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Review: Redefining Rugged Flexibility

Posted on 19 October 2017

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is not your average entertainment two-in-one laptop. Its keyboard can connect with nearby electronic equipment; it can survive a 4-Foot drop, sand, water, dust, extreme temperatures and altitudes. The laptop/tablet is specifically designed for professions like field work, police, government agencies or any work that can subject the PC to a harsh environment.

Product Specifications

Following are the key specifications of Panasonic Toughbook CF-33:

  • Display Size : 12-Inch, 160×1440 touch display
  • PC CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-7300
  • PC RAM: 8Gb DDR3
  • Graphic: 128 MB dedicated Intel HD 620 Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Networking: 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)

Features

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 sports has a 3:2 ratio display screen mostly intended to work for legacy softwares. Being a two-in-one laptop, the screen can be converted to work like a tablet. It has a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet, Micro SD, audio and HDMI ports. It also has a port to store the stylus to use on screen once it is converted into a tablet.

It has an IR Webcam for secure logging. You can use Windows Facial recognition or TPM 2.0 security for logging in. It has an optional integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband to connect the laptop to the internet in locations where the only network available is mobile. The batteries are swappable, meaning that you can change batteries easily. Panasonic says that CF-33 has 20 hours of battery, but in our test, we found that the battery lasted for 9 hours only, but that also depends on how you are going to use it.

Performance wise, we didn’t find it to be a beast, but it can perform well in multitasking or when multiple applications are open. If you are thinking of using this for professional photo editing keep in mind that it has 128MB of dedicated Intel graphics card, which is not capable enough to do anything overly graphic-heavy.

Verdict

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is really a durable and tough laptop/tablet for people who work in extreme conditions. It is one of the most durable and versatile laptop cum tablets ever made and can survive falls – making it perfect for fieldwork and whatnot. What we don’t really like about the CF-33 is that it has limited graphics capabilities.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen): Versatility To the Max

Posted on 26 September 2017

Lenovo is one of the top leading laptop manufacturing companies in the world and has been in the industry for many years. The company has recently launched its most awaited product, ThinkPad X1 (second generation).

This laptop computer/tablet is a mini but an advanced version of its predecessor. This 2-in-1 machine is the ultimate computer for not only business oriented people but also for those interested in art.

The ThinkPad X1 packs some amazing features that one just cannot overlook. However, there a few weird quirks about this machine too.

Primary Features

Processor:
o Core i5 (3.2 GHz)
o Core i5 vPro (3.3 GHz)
o Core i7 vPro (3.6 GHz)
o Dual Core

Storage:
o 128GB
o 256GB
o 512GB

RAM:
o 8GB
o 16GB

Display:
o 12inch Full HD
o Touch-screen
o Glossy

Graphics:
o Intel HD Graphics 615

Keyboard:
o Magnetic attachable ThinkPad keyboard

Camera:
o 8MP (back)
o 2MP (front)

Battery:
o Two-cell 37WHr

Operating System:
o Windows 10 Home
o Windows 10 Pro

Secondary Features
o Fingerprint reader (optional)
o ThinkPad Pen Pro (optional)
o Dual stereo speakers
o Black color
o 1.69 lbs tablet only. 2.35 lbs tablet + keyboard
o Nano-sim port (optional)
o USB-C 3.1 and USB-A 3.1ports

Pros
o Great performance
o Ultra clear display
o Accurate touch sensor
o Kickstand is practical
o Perfect for designing

Cons
o Good-for-nothing speakers
o Poor battery life
o Expensive
o Sensitive
o Poor back camera results

The ThinkPad X1 tablet PC is a fantastic product and one of the most advanced and decent looking laptops you will find on the market. The perfect size makes it easy to carry. It comes with a price tag that most people find to be a bit more but if you are a fan of ThinkPad and want to make it portable, this is the thing for you. Plus, the features ensure you get great value for money

Photo by: Lenovo

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HP’s Omen X Laptop Coming Soon

Posted on 19 September 2017

The earlier version of HP’s Omen 17 did not exactly leave a good impression on everyone. The price was relatively lower however the performance was what earned it poor reviews on the internet. With a Geforce GTX 1070 video card, people weren’t exactly excited about the laptop when it hit the market for the first time.

It seems like HP learned its lesson because in comes HP’s Omen X laptop. It was priced at $1600 and is designed to meet any gamer’s needs. Both the design of the laptop as well as the performance are impressive and worth the price. HP moved to a metal chassis after the last mistake of a plastic one, which takes the weight up a notch, however, the durability of the powerhouse laptop increases. The laptop has a 16GB RAM and a 1TB hard disk. The laptop’s GPU ratings are 8.2 out of 10, and it has the latest Intel i-7 core with a G-sync display panel. Everything about the laptop screams a desire to want to purchase it.

Furthermore, the laptop comes with strong software that handles most of the lighting of the laptop known as Omen Command Centre. There are reportedly eight zones of lighting that the laptop has and control over them is at your disposal. You can enjoy customizing your laptop to the way you want. You can also manage the network traffic as well as override the macro controls of the laptop.

This aspect can help if the laptop ever gets stuck around a task which is highly unlikely with the current specifications we are considering. HP wanted to make sure its customers receive the best and are also giving them the option to prepare for the worst possible situation. In the end, the Omen X is one of the most powerful laptops to hit the market.

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Dell XPS 13: High Performance Laptop with InfinityEdge Display

Posted on 13 September 2017

The modern world focuses on the design now more than ever before. Companies have to constantly brainstorm new ideas that can inspire a purchase from the customer. Newer features increase the probability of that product gaining popularity soon after its launch. The rest depends on the advertising campaigns and the reputation the company has procured over the years.

Similar is the case with Dell. Dell’s new XPS 13 has surely caught the attention of many on both social media as well as other platforms. The 13-inch screen laptop is perfect for those who prioritize portability more than durability. The starting price of the laptop is $800 on Amazon. The question of the price level being higher than it should depend on how much you know about the product.

The XPS 13 has a 7th generation Intel Core CPU, a long lasting and more efficient battery life as well as a stronger Wi-Fi. Gone are the days where you have to worry about the laptop being out of range at your home. Although the laptop is not as thin as that of Apple’s, it is lighter and made from machined aluminum that not only gives it a strong surface but also less weight. A soft carbon-fiber material deck is built on the inside to protect your fingers from any stiffness. You can easily type away for hours and not feel a thing.

The laptop comes in two colors, i.e., silver and rose gold. Both colors are beautiful to look at and make for excellent laptops in the workplace. The speakers of the laptop are too powerful for its good as the sound sometimes gets harsh when the volume is at maximum. Other than that, the laptop is a smart purchase at a price it is available at, and you should look into the idea of buying it.

Photo by: Dell

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Acer Predator Orion 9000

Posted on 11 September 2017

A gamers dream is to find a CPU that can power every single game there is in the world. There are many gaming CPU’s available in the market, but a common problem amongst all of them is the way they constantly get hot after hours of play. Somehow companies haven’t been able to get around the issue of making a design that can withstand hours of gaming.

Acer recently launched its newest and most promising CPU ever. The Predator Orion 9000 is not only impressive at first glance but is also over the top with its performance. This powerful beast has the newest Intel Core i9 edition which has an 18 core processor. However, the best part comes when we look at the graphic card or, in this case, cards! Yes, the CPU has two NVIDIA GTX 1080i graphic cards with up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory.

The reality is that the cards get so hot that the company had to install a liquid cooling system and five fans for exhaust. The company also considered the many environments the customer might live in therefore advise them to put the CPU in an open area rather where air can circulate through the fans.

When you consider the price, Acer promises that the CPU will be available from $2000 to $3000. The newest feature, however, does not revolve around the specs but the wheels Acer has attached to its new CPU. They considered that many users might take the CPU out from underneath the desk to add the keyboard or mouse wires which are why they installed the wheels. It will save many customers from a lot of stress trying to pull out the CPU and can also be safer while moving the CPU around the house.

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​Lenovo Miix 720 Review

Posted on 25 August 2017

​If you’re up to date with the news, you will find that Lenovo’s Miix 720 is the new rival to the Surface Pro. Companies like HP, Asus, and Dell have tried in the past to make worthy adversaries to the Surface Pro, but only Lenovo has been able to manage that. The subnotebook promises its users with the right capabilities of any other laptop. With a 12-inch design, the Lenovo Miix 720 promises its users the best battery life, number of ports and an amazing cooling system.

The tablet is made of aluminum and weighs only 1.15 kg. Gone are the days of needlessly dragging your heavy laptop from place to place. With Lenovo Miix 720, you can expect a lighter approach to life with a strong case that protects it from harm. The Miix 720 comes with a better 5MP camera at the back compared to its older version which provides countless high-resolution pictures. If you love Skyping, the Miix 720 is the perfect little tool you need as it would not cause the usual arm pain a laptop would if you are standing. Even the touchpad is thinner than usual with quicker reactions to inputs. The only drawback is that it can break easily.

The last key feature of the Miix 720 is its pen. You do not have to type down notes or even waste time with highlighting anything using a mouse. Simply take your stylus off from the monitor and use it. Take down as many notes you want, draw and even play a range of games. If your hand gets tired, you can always put your hand on the screen. Do not worry about any errors because of that as the design suits your usual habits. Overall, the subnotebook looks amazing and is extremely easy to use.

Photo by: Lenovo

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Lenovo Yoga 720: 15″ 2-in-1 Laptop

Posted on 10 August 2017

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a convertible laptop that comes packed with a variety of features. For instance, it’s robust, yet slender metal framework is lightweight, weighing just 2.9 pounds. Considering the fact that it is 0.6 inches (14.3 mm) thick; this makes it 13% lighter and 17% thinner than its predecessor.

Alternatively, the brightly backlit keyboard sports a Windows Precision touchpad. The screen, permitting a 180 degree rotation, can be converted into a tablet. The keyboard, in turn, is deactivated while in tablet-mode.

While it is only available in Platinum silver, it appeals to both domestic users, with its aesthetic design, and to people in the corporate sector given its sleek, professional look.

One of the two USB Type-C ports incorporated on the left side of the chassis supports Thunderbolt 3 technology for high speed connectivity. Also found on the left side is the headphone jack with the USB 3.0 port and the power button on the right. Apart from that, wireless connectivity includes both Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi.

The 2-in-1 is equipped with a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD; these specs ensure that even the most impatient users can buy this without having to worry about lagging.

When compared to the Apple MacBook Air, although they look and weigh the same, the features surrounding the Yoga 720 make the Air seem obsolete: a full HD-IPS touch screen, with edge-to-edge glass and a minimal bezel, the 180 degree screen rotation, to mention a few. Not to forget the fact that it is pen-enabled, which allows the user to both draw and write on the screen. Also it is $100 dollars cheaper than the Air, considering it starts at around $800.

The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 comprises of a multitude of features, with its sleek, attractive design, its lightweight, its sturdy stature. Its blisteringly fast storage is an added bonus. It offers all of these and more, the additional perk being an impressive price-tag.

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