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Review: UbiSlate 7Ci tablet

- February 20th, 2014

Have you been thinking about getting a tablet but wasn’t really sure if it was worth it? Most tablets can’t measure up to laptops and the few that do cost a pretty penny. But even the cheaper ones can put a bit of a dent in your wallet. That is, until now.

I recently had a chance to test out the UbiSlate 7Ci, which has the distinction of being the world’s cheapest tablet. As the Canadian-based DataWind as a low-cost alternative to mobile devices for people in developing world, the device retails here for only $37.99.

Datawind's UbiSlate 7Ci

DataWind’s UbiSlate 7Ci. (HO)

The UbiSlate 7Ci is actually part of a family of low-cost 7-inch tablets, which includes the $79.99 7C+ and the $129.99 3G7. The main difference between them is that while the 7Ci is Wi-Fi only, the 7C+ and 3G7 run on the Edge and 3G networks, respectively. Other than that, the specs are roughly the same.

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Review: Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop

- January 7th, 2014
Alienware 14

Alienware 14. (HO)

Admittedly, I’m not much of a PC gamer anymore. But I used to be. Growing up, I never owned any consoles, so I did all my gaming on computer – mostly on an oversized desktop computer that I would upgrade with new graphic cards, RAM, hard drives and even sometimes new motherboards as need required.

But after years of frustration with issues installing new games, from annoyware authentication software that often crippled Windows, to the games just failing to install properly, I gave up on the format for the most part. Since 2006, I have played video games almost exclusively on the PlayStation 3 (and occasionally on the Xbox 360).

So I wasn’t sure to expect from Dell’s Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop.

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Review: ID America TouchTone portable wireless speaker

- December 10th, 2013

TouchTone Red

Every new vendor of Bluetooth speakers tries to somehow differentiate their products from the rest of the bunch and ID America is no different. Known for earbuds, their latest creation, the TouchTone, is a stylish portable speaker and wireless speakerphone that connects to your computer or portable device via Bluetooth.

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Toshiba Satellite P50t-A review: A solid touchscreen laptop

- December 4th, 2013
Toshiba Satellite P50t-A

Toshiba Satellite P50t-A. (HO)

Finding a good, reliable laptop can be a chore. For myself, I always want something that’s not too heavy so it’s portable and has a good battery life. And as I am occasionally using memory intensive programs, whether it be for work or play, I want something that’s fast and powerful. And hopefully doesn’t get hot too quickly so it doesn’t burn away my manhood as  I use it on my lap.

And on all of these points, the Toshiba Satellite P50t-A satisfies. The p50t-A is an all-around solid laptop. It runs on a 2. 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor and has 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 16 GB). This means the machine is powerful enough to run a number of memory sucking programs at once, without having too many issues.

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