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​Microsoft Xbox One X Review: True 4k Gaming

Posted on 22 November 2017

Gamers need to hold their breath as Microsoft has debuted much awaited Xbox One X. It will be exciting for gamers to learn that Microsoft is addressing all those old rants about previous Xbox with newly released Xbox One X. This console is comparatively sleeker, faster and smaller than the original one. And regarding raw power, it is noticeably more enhanced than PS4. The boot-up animation of Microsoft is flawless, loud, and brighter with impressive sound bass. Xbox One X determines brand’s “original 4K” gaming message which makes it the world’s most solid console.

Xbox One X Hardware

It is interesting that Microsoft has managed to keep all this power into a small case, successfully. Xbox one X, regarding volume, is comparatively smaller than Xbox one S. But in some dimensions, it seems larger. The size is moderate, can be fit into a backpack easily. It does feel heavier than S with similar ports and inputs.

And if you wish to connect it to a TV, there is HDMI-in given at set-top box, with an Ethernet port, and two USBs at the front and rare. Like real Xbox One, external power supply is integrated into and dual voltage. The new X looks exactly like the Xbox One S from outside, and for the Kinect, it may need a USB adaptor.

Microsoft came up with a robust Jaguar processor, a Radeon GPU, and 12GB of RAM. Gamers will be stun to learn that with One X, Microsoft has completely kicked out PS4 Pro. It is small but sturdy, includes a 4K Blu-ray player and of course, you will need a sound cooling system to cool this beast.

Xbox One X Promise – 4K Gaming

The real thing about Xbox One X is “true 4K” gaming. And it may give tough time to rivals with its rapid popularity amongst gamers. The Xbox X has the capacity for 4K gaming because it is swift than the original Xbox One. It is slightly less powerful as compared to latest gaming PCs but it depends on which game you will be playing. They have done the impressive work of providing an unforgettable gaming machine.

Microsoft has promised 150 “enhanced” games for the latest version, but it is not sure if they all will be 4K. Some games may be capable of HDR or instead of 4K resolution; some enhancements might have better frame rates. But as Microsoft has promised, other enhancements might come with better frame rates, HDR, and 4K. It is totally up to game developers what they have stored for you and how they can satisfy gamers.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

Posted on 04 May 2016

Compared to its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is not very bulky and isn’t as complicated to use at all. The predecessor also features Windows 8, which was difficult to use in a touch screen device. However, despite all its downsides, the original Surface Pro was still able to revolutionize the world, but it looks like the same cannot be said about the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Overview
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 features a comfortable design, which is not very different from the Surface 3, the new device might be a pound or two lighter, but the dimensions are still the same. In addition, while the new device is a lot let bulkier than its predecessor, it is still quite bulky for a tablet.

The Surface Pro can be used either as a PC or a Tablet. You can use it for reading e-Books but it gets a little uncomfortable because of the device being a bit bulky.

Upside
On the upside, there is a thoughtful location of buttons. The power and volume buttons can be found located on the upper left edge of the device. In addition, the power brink connector also works well and has magnetic properties that allow you to align it easily.

Unlike the Surface Pro predecessors that features an awkward keyboard layout with insufficient amount of gaps, making the device difficult to use if you are typing down long essays, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features a Type Cover that entirely fixes the problem and makes the device easy to use for typing. In addition, the touch pad is also larger and allows more flexibility.

Downside
The Type Cover is still sold separately so if you want to use the device more efficiently, you will have to spend extra cash. In addition, the battery life is still an issue much like its predecessors. The stylus still remains to be bulky and the device is difficult to use if you do not have a hard surface to put it on while working.

Bottom Line
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 might look great but it still has a number over flaws that are not worth your money.

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Acer Chromebook 13: Nvidia Jumps on the Chrome OS Bandwagon

Posted on 10 November 2014

The Chromebook has received a significant upgrade with the Chromebook 13 from Acer. Generally, Chromebooks are considered to be low-end devices that are available within an affordable price range. This time though Acer has definitely stepped up the game, boosting the processing power by adding an Nvidia processor. The Acer Chromebook 13 thus becomes the first Chrome OS device to feature an Nvidia processor.

Acer had previously used the Intel Core i3 processor in the Chromebook and this time goes for Nvidia’s Tegra-based K1. The ARM-based processor is quite similar to what you would find in Android devices. And that is not all. The body of the Chromebook 13 is much sleeker and slimmer and boasts an angular design. The standout feature is the superb 1920×1080 pixels, 13.3-inch, and full-HD display. The battery life of the Chromebook is also exceptional.

As far as storage space is concerned, the model comes with a 16GB SSD and a 2GB RAM. Since it runs on Chrome OS, discussing the on-board specs of the Chromebook 13 is not necessary. You will have to use the Google Chrome browser as well as Google’s cloud-based services to enjoy optimal functionality on the Chromebook 13.

The only major drawback is the minimal offline functionality, which is the case with almost every Chromebook. Also, there might be some compatibility issues because of the new ARM-based processor. The absence of touch input can be a problem for some users. Keeping in mind the price and the features you get with the Acer Chromebook 13, the drawbacks are comfortably outweighed by the benefits.

Even with the upgraded specs and features, the Acer Chromebook 13 costs only $300. The device carries on the trend of affordable Chrome OS devices and the price is totally justified by the performance you enjoy. So, if you are looking for a decent and affordable notebook, go for the Acer Chromebook 13. It is definitely the best Chromebook till now.

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Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series – a Stylish Laptop at a Budget Price

Posted on 29 September 2014

If you are looking for a thin and light laptop which is affordable, the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series is surely a laptop you should consider purchasing. It’s attractive, perfect for short trips and provides a performance good enough for you to get through daily tasks and entertainment easily.

Design & Features
When it comes to design, the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series looks better than various other laptops in this price range. The chassis is made of polycarbonate with a brushed metal finish on the lid, in addition to a Dell logo in the middle. Most of the mainstream laptops you will find are heavy and thick. However, that is not the case here as it’s one of the lightest and thinnest laptops available on the market.

The keyboard is backlit and spill-resistant with keys which are a bit spongy but overall not a bad typing experience. The touchpad is fairly large and capable of supporting gestures up to four fingers. Coming to the display, it features a decent 14-inch touch-screen display which has a 1336 x 768 resolution. The main drawback is it appears to get duller in daylight, which might prove to be problematic. Also, the colors and contrast aren’t that impressive.
Processor & OS

The 14 5000 series comes with three different configuration options. The typical model boasts an Intel Core i3 CPU that is backed with 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and an Intel Graphics HD 4400 integrated graphics. You can also step up to Core i5 or Corei7 processor with an impressive 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 OS.

So, with the Dell Inspiron 14 5000, you can easily carry out your tasks with ease, making it the ideal choice if you are looking for a laptop which provides decent features at a budget price. It is definitely a laptop you can consider buying.

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Dell Inspiron 14 7000: the Laptop With Backlit LED Touchscreen Display

Posted on 20 June 2014

Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is the latest addition to the Dell Inspiron series. The model features touchscreen technology which sets it apart from its predecessors. Its quintessential slim look is a trademark of Dell Inspiron series. Though the device is similar to Ultrabooks, it still retains the performance of a high-end laptop. Without wasting any more time, let’s see what the product has to offer its users:

Design
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is designed in an aluminum-chassis along with a hard plastic hinge which can be bent to 180o. The laptop’s sleek design is further accentuated with chamfered edges. Its 14″ Gorilla-glass touchscreen and backlit keyboard add substance to the timeless beauty of this laptop.

Performance
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is integrated with an Intel 4th generation CoreTM processor namely i7-4500U processor together with 4M Cache which can retrieve information at a speed of up to 3.0 GHz. The laptop has a beautiful interface and it is powered by the Windows 8 OS. The laptop has a quick response time attributable to its 8GB ram with Dual Channel (DDR3L) which operates at a speed of 1600MHz.

Display
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 has a crystal-clear display thanks to its FHD touchscreen which is made of Corning Gorilla Glass. This produces a sharp and clear picture result that brings out the minutest details in an image. The screen has a resolution of 1920×1080.

Battery
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 uses a 58WHr battery that can provide standby power for up to 8 hours. This means you can perform all your multimedia activities without any interruption for 8 hours. In fact, it is among the laptops with the longest battery life.

Verdict
The Dell Inspiron 14 7000 is one laptop that is a whole package. It performs exceptionally well in almost all aspects. Although its performance sometimes turns off the users, it manages to satisfy users as a whole.

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Windows Phone 8.1 – Microsoft Reinventing Itself

Posted on 27 May 2014

Microsoft has been immersed in its attempt to penetrate the smartphone market against competing giants like Apple and Samsung. It is also worth noting that Nokia had been acquired by Microsoft as well, providing the latter with the platform that it had always wanted. Previously, Windows phones were not able to compete with other smartphones. However, in recent times, trends have changed and people are more than happy to consider a Windows phone to suit their needs. The windows platform is quite diversified and, in terms of functionality, is quite different from how Android or iOS functions.

The Outlook
The recent introduction of Windows 8.1 has shown that Microsoft is taking interest in its consumers. It is the biggest effort to bring the smartphone OS in line with its competitors. The operating system not only feels unified, but is more powerful and singular in nature. The already existent Microsoft-based apps are also sure to balance out the difficult aspects of human-tech synchronization and connectivity.

In addition to the apps, the OS is powered by Bing and offers an improved Xbox Music and better Wallet services. The system is also designed to ensure auto connectivity, interactivity and control all with little to no hassle.

Enhanced Functionalities
The system has taken advantage of the A.I “Cortana”. The advanced mechanics and dynamics of the program are breathtaking. Apart from its basic functionality, the OS is versed in characterizing your traits, hobbies and preferences and incorporating them effectively for improved functionality.

The notification center allows for quick and easy access to normally used options. The design and look is also quite user friendly;even a child could pick such a phone up and in a matter of minutes be able to operate it flawlessly. Besides, the home screen can be manipulated into accessing more files and apps, which is definitely a plus.

Overall, Windows 8.1 can be considered as a successful approach as Microsoft attempts to reinvent itself without having to start from scratch.

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The Ultimate All-in-One Computer for Your Family

Posted on 09 September 2013

Buying a suitable all-in-one computer for your family can be tricky, especially with so many different options available in the market. An ideal all-in-one for home use should be reasonably priced and offer a decent range of specifications. If this is what you are looking for in a computer, look no further than the new 20-inch all-in-one desktop launched by Hewlett Packard.

Specifications
The HP Envy Rove 20 is a great all-in-one desktop computer for home use. The screen size is not as big as what other computers offer but it is a good 20 inches. The screen resolution is 1600 x 900 and is touch enabled. It features a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3-4010U processor and a 4GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM. These specs are guaranteed to give you a great processing speed for seamless everyday computer use. It has a built in graphics processing unit which is a 32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000.

The boot speed and application loading speed further enhanced thanks to the SSHD type 1TB hard drive installed on the Rove 20. The all-in-one doesn’t feature an optical drive but an external one can be attached using one of the USB ports. Users have the ability to connect to the internet with an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi or with an Ethernet port. The computer also has built-in Bluetooth which enables you to connect any Bluetooth enabled device to it.

The HP Envy Rove 20 is running Windows 8. Combined with the touch enabled screen, using Windows 8 on this computer is going to be a whole new experience.

Design
The Envy Rove 20 features a sturdy design with a full-metal back. The kick-stand for the computer is easily adjustable. The Rove 20 does weigh more than its competitors but stand adjustment is made easier with the single hand-operated hinge trigger.

Price
Although competitive all-in-one computers offer a bigger screen size and are lighter in weight than the Rove 2, it certainly excels when it comes to the pricing. Priced at $879, the Rove 20 is a great option for your home. You also have the option of upgrading the specifications for a little more money.

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