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Dell’s Latitude 10 a decent tablet

- October 6th, 2013
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Dell Latitude 10. (Supplied)

If you’re looking a tablet, there are a lot of options out there. Of course, there are couple of different iPads to choose from and a veritable army of droids, but generally speaking Windows tablets don’t get the same kind of notice. Part of this may be because, until the last couple of years, the mobile Windows experience was frankly just terrible. And while Microsoft improved thw OS with Windows Phone 7 and 8, the nice thing about Windows tablets, now, is that they’re advanced enough that they don’t necessarily need a mobile version of Windows to run on them.

Granted, many Windows tablets run on Windows RT, which, strictly speaking, is a mobile version of Windows for devices based on the ARM architecture. (This is the most common architecture for tablets as most Android tablets use ARM processors.) But it is a full OS, offering much of the same functionality as Windows 8. My main issue with Windows RT devices is that since the OS has been optimized for a different architecture than your desktop (or laptop), you can only run programs on it that you can find RT versions for – usually through the Windows Store. So even if I could find an RT version for every program I could ever want, I instinctively lean towards tablets that run Windows 8. And one of those that’s worth a look is the Dell Latitude 10…

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SanDisk solid-state drives now more affordable storage solutions

- November 14th, 2012

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If you purchase a MacBook Air, newer MacBook Pro with Retina display or an ultrabook these days and chances are the storage is a solid-state drive (SSD).  Compared to traditional magnetic drives that have spinning platters and floating heads, SSDs have no moving parts. Of course being a newer technology, SSDs have had a much higher cost per megabyte compared to standard hard drives, but with prices falling and their significant advantages, they may now be worth looking at for your storage needs.

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Macbook Air hard drive replacements from OWC

- May 11th, 2012

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Macbook Air is a hit for Apple, and its success has spurred competition in the form of Ultrabooks, Intel’s spec for the next generation of ultra-slim, lightweight and energy-efficient Windows laptops. Both make traditional notebooks feel like bloated antiquities that pose a risk of denting your thighs, and burning your junk. (Though as an aside, you know you probably have it pretty good, when your biggest problem is “my laptop is too heavy and hot.”)

I love my mid-2011 Macbook Air—tucked into a backpack on the go and plugged into an Apple Thunderbolt Display at home, it’s become my primary machine. Equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and a solid state hard drive (SSD), it outperforms the 2007 iMac it replaced in every way, except for one: upgradability. What happens when a Macbook Air runs out of hard drive space? Read more…

Solid State Drive Performance: MacBook Air (SSD) Vs MacBook Pro (HDD)

- November 25th, 2011

Solid State Drive (SSD) technology is taking the mobile computing world by storm. The performance advantages of SSD technology over traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are substantial. To demonstrate just how much a Solid State Drive can improve a laptop’s performance, we put a 2010 MacBook Air (with a Solid State Drive) against a much more powerful 2011 MacBook Pro (with a Hard Disk Drive).

The advantages of the Solid State Drives are not just faster boot times, applications loading faster and less waiting around, they are also more durable. Solid State Drives are basically flash-drives and they have airtight construction and no moving parts which makes them ideal for mobile computing.

You will pay a premium for SSD technology, but prices are dropping and in the near future most laptops will have Solid State Drives.