Archive | Laptops

​HP Envy x2 Review: Redefines Mobility

Posted on 04 June 2018

Purchasing a tablet with splendid battery life and performance are a tough nut to crack. If you are looking for a device that allows working on multiple tabs, binge-watching Netflix, and jaw-dropping battery life, HP Envy has launched for you. It is one of the first tablets that are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. You must be familiar with the term if you are a tech enthusiast. It would not be wrong to claim that HP is one of the stylish devices available on the market currently.

The company has invested a decent amount of time on the design. You will find it thin as compared to various tablets. It measures only 6.9 mm. No question the tablet is a well-constructed device. The designers have used CNC-machined aluminum that is why it feels sturdy. Moreover, it sports USB-C port. You should use it for charging. And you will also find microSD slot on one of the sides. You will get microphone/headphone jack, a nano SIM slot, and volume buttons as well.

The HP Envy offers pre-configured keyboard cover and stylus. It sports blue colored keyboard designed with a leather-like material. It is worth mentioning that keyboard feels soft. The company has opted for a creative approach for touch-pad. It does not have height, and it is wide instead. The touch-pad runs smoothly make swipe gestures and scroll easier.

An HP Digital Pen stylus functions well even on pressure-sensitive points. You can take notes using HP Digital Pen as well. The Envy X2 comes with a 12.3-inch display along with a 1920 x 1280 resolution. The screen appears sharp and goes up to 480 nits. It will enhance your movie and media experience. The tablet performs well as it sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8GM of RAM which is convincing enough to invest in HP Envy x2.

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​Acer Aspire E15 Review: Better Everyday Laptop

Posted on 11 May 2018

Acer has launched its Aspire E15 with some jaw-dropping specs. Finding a top-notch and pocket-friendly laptop is not an easy task. Thereby, the machine could become your final choice if you are looking for a solid laptop with long battery life, optical drive, and comfortable keyboard on a budget.

Acer Aspire E15 sports a simple design and offers a laptop mode only. The laptop weighs 4.9 pounds and it is 1.2 inches thick. You will get a pair of USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, HDMI port, Ethernet jack, along with USB type-C port and security lock slot on the left side. The E15 comes with an SD memory reader, headphone jack, DVD-RW double layer drive, and power input. The developers have incorporated optical driver which you can rarely find in latest laptops.

The display of the machine is not touch-sensitive and it sports a 15.6-inch screen. The 1920 x 1080 panel allows you to experience details due to the 74% production of the sRGB spectrum. Also, the overall performance of the display will enhance your work or movie experience alike.

Aspire E15 comes with a backlit keyboard including a number pad. And it provides a comfortable typing experience. You will also find a 4.1 x 3.0-inch touchpad working fine without creating a hassle. It can also recognize Windows 10’s navigational gestures correctly as well.

Acer’s newest machine is equipped with 8 GB of memory and Intel Core i5-8250U processor. Aspire E15 provides fast speed in multitasking sessions. This quality makes it an ideal option for students and professionals alike. You can work on multiple Google chrome tabs including Google Docs, Slack, and Giphy at the same time and it functions without a single pause. Moreover, for audio, E15 sports splendid speakers that provide rich sound and accurate bass which will make your YouTube or Netflix experience enjoyable.

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​LG Gram 15 Review: Lightweight, Slim and Durable

Posted on 20 April 2018

LG launched just launched the Gram 15 laptop. The machine weighs comparatively lighter than the company’s previous flagship ultrabook. The new device combines cutting-edge specs with an elegant design. It is worth noting that the laptop isn’t designed for gaming and watching movies. The company has integrated some futuristic features including a splendid battery life to cater the needs of students and professionals.

You will find various minor updates on the design making it appear distinctive from previous laptops. The designers have replaced their brand logo with the gram logo and pushed the webcam above the screen.

They have redesigned the power key and incorporated a fingerprint scanner which works faster as compared to typing a password. Unlike rival brands, developers used nano carbon magnesium for the body. Also, you will find a small bezel around the screen – enhancing the aesthetics of the machine as a whole.

The trackpad and keyboard are similar to LG’s previous laptops. The keyboard is a full-size chiclet, comes with a numpad located at the right side. You may find some keys smaller than average such as the enter key. The trackpad is smooth and perfect-sized. It is responsive and supports multi-finger gestures without any problems.

The screen is quite decent with a Full HD (1920 x 1080). The display isn’t only colorful and crisp, but it is touch-sensitive as well which is a useful feature for laptops – enjoy uninterrupted scrolling now! Also, the Gram 15 sports a 255cd/m maximum brightness – making the machine ideal for outdoor use.

There no denying that LG laptops are amongst some of the favorites because of their excellent battery performance with some models with a battery life of 12 hours on full charge. However, this time, the developers enhanced the battery life on the flagship series by integrating a 72Wh up from the 60Wh battery. The brand claims that it will last up to 16.5 hours on a full charge – now that is awesome!

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​Asus Zephyrus M (GM501) Review: Laptop for Gamers

Posted on 18 April 2018

The Asus ROG has launched its slimmest laptop yet – the Zephyrus M GM501; it is a worth laptop for gamers! It is safe to say that the machine is an improved version of previous Zephyrus laptops. The device has a slick and unique chassis and has enhanced audio and keyboard qualities. You will find it performing comparatively better compared to notebooks with Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU and 8th Gen Core i7 coffee lake processors.

Asus has kept the exterior simple yet elegant. The laptop comes in Black Titanium – with a two panel lid – vertical striations and horizontal lines giving the device a two-tone effect. The exterior seems quite similar to the brand’s previous flagship device. You will find significant updates in the interior such as the digital touchpad, which they moved along with the keyboard and placed in the center of the deck.

The keyboard and touchpad have gone through a modification process and feels comfortable with an additional numpad. The power button has pushed up on the top of the home key. You will find buttons for the volume and ROG gaming center above the F1-F4 buttons.

The GM501 features two USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the left and one on the right side. So much so, there is an option for a Thunderbolt 3 port and secure lock slot along with HDMI port, combine headphone and power jack on the left side. Also, to enhance your gaming experience, the GM501 sports a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 matte screen. The developers have incorporated Nvidia G-Sync technology as well, which reduces screen latency and tearing. With awesome video qualities, Asus has also significantly improved the audio quality of the machine and you can experience surround sound and fantastic bass as the device is integrated with Sonic Radar 3 software.

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​HP ZBook x2 G4 Review

Posted on 06 April 2018

The ZBook x2 isn’t a regular tablet. It is a 2 in 1 mobile workstation that comes with a detachable keyboard. You can use it as a laptop or a tablet – and it comes with Wacom and a touch pen input enabling you to perform a variety of different tasks. The company claims their flagship laptop series is designed to rival top-notch machines such as the Microsoft Surface Pro. It comes with 32GB RAM and can handle a heavy workload. Although the machine is a Quadro-based workstation, you can optimize it for various major applications like 3D CAD.

The laptop is also ideal for digital artists, photographers, and for a variety of different, creative purposes. It is a remarkable solution for Adobe Creative Cloud application users. It will cater to your needs if you require hardware color profiling and the Adobe RGB gamut coverage for intricate digital brushwork.

The HP ZBook display comes in two versions; one with DreamColor and one without it. The DreamColor version offers accurate Adobe RGB rendering, with an extreme brightness of 340 nits along with a black-level of 0.23 nits. You will get 1,500:1 contrast and up to 2.2 gamma curve. The version is incorporated with sRGB/bt.709, DCI-P3, DICOM profiles.

However, the display comes with 90% P3, which you can fix via using the software. You will get an HDMI or Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect to an external monitor. Moreover, the display of the machine is chemically etched serving two core purposes. It adds friction to your screen providing precise and natural strokes, decreasing glare.

The HP ZBook comes with a 14-inch display – but with no 4K rendering. Incorporating a pen is a completely new approach for HP. The designers have adapted Wacom’s electromagnetic resonance EMR pen technology. You don’t need a battery to use a pen; it will begin functioning when you touch the screen with it. For the keyboard, you get will mixed opinions. The detachable keyboard feels rigid, but key travel is appropriate for fast typing.

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​HP Spectre x360 Review: Convertible Laptop

Posted on 26 March 2018

Say hello to HP’s new and improved Spectre x360 – a laptop with enhanced performance and stylish design. If you are tired of thick and heavy machines, this latest release may be very appealing for you. HP has come up with an improved version in its spectre category. Tech enthusiasts have stated that it could compete with high-end machines such as Lenovo Yoga 920 and Microsoft’s Surface Book 2.

HP Spectre x360 is beautifully designed with silver aluminum, a speaker griller, and shiny buttons. You will find a slot for microSD card on the left top of the laptop. The latter comes with an embedded power button with light-indication. Plus, it has a USB 3.1 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The right side of the machine is equipped with fingerprint sensor, two USB-C ports with thunderbolt 3, and a volume rocker. You will not find multiple port slots on the laptop, there are USB type-A and C integrated so that you don’t have to constantly switch ports. Moreover, you can now also use the thunderbolt 3 port to charge the laptop.

The Spectre x360 weighs 2.78 pounds and measures around 12.04 x 8.56 x 0.53-inches. That makes it a light-weight and compact laptop that is super easy to carry. It could become an ideal machine for university students and as well as for professionals.

Moreover, the fun part is that you will find two hinges above the speaker grille. They allow the laptop to rotate 360-degrees while switching modes. You can use this functionality to transform the Spectre x360 from laptop to tablet as well. These hinges are unbelievably smooth and enable smooth and unhindered screen movement.

The machine comes with the HP Pen, which is a pleasant addition. HP has done a significant work in this area allowing the stylus to function with the Windows 10 ink – so taking notes has now become more incredible. Plus, you can also use the stylus draw various figures. You will also observe that the interaction of spectre x360 and stylus is coherent. All in all, a recommended purchase!

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​Asus ZenBook 13 Review: Speedy and Portable

Posted on 22 March 2018

If you are looking for a pocket-friendly laptop with long battery life and quality graphics performance, Asus ZenBook 13 has debuted for you. Also, it is one of the most light-weighted and thin laptops on the markets. It is super easy to carry as it can fit in your backpack and you can take it along anywhere – college or work.

The company hasn’t opted for integrated graphics as in most cases; they affect your system by not handling challenging games or graphics. ZenBook 13 offers Nvidia Geforce instead. The makers have incorporated MX150 chip, and the device is designed with 2GB memory.

Moreover, Nvidia will function to provide better and fast performance specifically when it comes to graphics, editing, and gaming. The brand has opted for significant upgrading to improve your working or gaming experience on the laptop.

The Asus device comes with a 13.3-inch, full HD-resolution with touchscreen technology. The screen is bright and provides satisfactory color performance. You will find it responsive as it can function well with ZenBook active pen.

Gadgets enthusiasts pay extra attention to Keyboards. And the one comes with Asus is not significantly impressive. However, it is spacious and you will need to put a little force to press keys. Although the key traveling feels adequate, you might find typing uncomfortable on the laptop.

You may feel disappointed when it comes to USB-C slot. The gadget offers USB 3.1 not expected thunderbolt 3. You will get limited data speed and display support. Also, the slot will the not charge your laptop and you will need to carry 65-watt power supply around.

The laptop is available in the sparkly blue color that appears tasteful. It sports dual stereo speakers along with an amplifier as the company has teamed up with Harman Kardon to providing you an outstanding audio experience.

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