Ivy_Bridge_laptopsWith so much change coming to laptops this year, it can be difficult to decide when to buy a new laptop and when you do decide, which one do you go with?

The first step is to find out what you need it for. Do you need it for just everyday use such as browsing, word processing, and video streaming? If so, you probably don’t need to spend more than $500 unless you want something fancy. Even the Surface 3 is $499 and is a fully featured laptop/tablet hybrid. If you need something that can handle more demanding applications like photoshop or video editing software like Camtasia, then you will want to aim for at least a Core i5 processor with 8gb of ram.

You’re also going to need to decide how much you will be travelling with the laptop and how much you value portability. If you plan to travel daily, you will probably want something light weight, smaller screen size, and longer battery life.

As you probably already have a basic idea of what you need in your laptop, you will probably find that there are still so many laptops to choose from. In this case, I recommend using one of the many laptop filter tools on the internet. The Laptop Finder tool  can filter performance, features, portability, hard drive space, etc. It will also take user reviews into account to make sure the quality is good and others are satisfied with it.

For example, I was looking for a gaming laptop with 16GB of ram that can play games on high settings. I then picked the best rated one and came up with the ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71. If I were willing to settle for gaming at medium settings, I could have saved some money and gone with the Lenovo Z70 80FG0037US. This tool saved me hours of going through and comparing specs, features, and price.

Whether you’re looking for something simple that can get you through the day of simple everyday task, or you are looking for something that must have a specific feature, searching for the perfect laptop is no longer an overwhelming task.

 

 

 

 

 

Google just introduced an entirely new kind of computer – a simple USB-like dongle sized computer that plugs into your TV.

This will work with any display with HDMI inputs. So for under $100, you can have a full computer on your TV.

Google isn’t the first to announce a device like this. Intel recently announced their Intel Compute Stick which will run Windows 8.1 and will cost $150.

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So what about the specs on this Chromebit?

Well it features the Rockchip RK3288 processor with quad core graphics, 2GB of ram, 16GB of SSD storage, Bluetooth, and a full sized USB 2.0 port on one end.

This is enough to do everyday type tasks such as browsing the web, word processing, streaming video, etc. However, if you are looking for full on PC experience able to run programs like Photoshop, you will need something with Windows 8. Chrome OS is designed to meet just basic everyday computing needs.

How will a keyboard and mouse be connected?

Well i’m not exactly an expert on this newly announced device, but I assume you can connect a keyboard and mouse wirelessly using Bluetooth. It does have a USB port, but that may be used for powering the device.

Personally, I’d go for the Windows 8.1 compustick from Intel when it comes out. It will provide a much better experience for larger displays and will have more functionality. However, you will have to pay a little more.

Needless to say, it is an exciting time for technology. Computers you can carry in your pocket to plug into a TV? Sign me up!

 

 

 

 

Microsoft has announced the Surface 3 which is the latest addition to the Surface family.

The Surface 3 is a sleek, thin, and portable tablet that works as a laptop. This version of the Surface is more affordable and it’s the thinnest and lightest version to date.

Compared to the Surface Pro 3 it is smaller and feels really intuitive and solid when using it as a tablet.

It also uses the same 3:2 aspect ratio with incredibly accurate colors and clarity from even the widest viewing angles.

It features a 1080p webcam in both the front and rear cameras. It also has very long battery at ~10 hours which should carry you through the day on a single charge.

What’s unique about this device is you don’t have to compromise, it can be used as a tablet yet when you click on the keyboard it works just the same as a laptop.

It includes USB 3.0 port which can be used for connecting any USB device such as a external hard drive or a mouse. It also has a Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD card slot.

So what is the difference between the Surface 3 and the Surface 3 Pro? 

surface 3 and surface 3 pro

Well to put it simply, if you need something for very demanding applications such as video editing or 3d modelling, then you want the power and performance of the Pro version. If you just need something for everyday use like Office, browsing the internet, watching videos, casual games and entertainment, then you can save and go for the new Surface 3. It will deliver everything you need.