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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Dell’s Latitude 10 a decent tablet

- October 6th, 2013
Dell Latitude 10

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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XPS 18 AIO straddles the line between a tablet and a desktop

- August 21st, 2013
XPS 18 AIO

XPS 18 All-in-One computer. (Supplied)

When I’m in a store, and I see a 24-inch all-in-one computer, with a wireless mouse and keyboard, my mind immediately accepts that’s it’s a desktop replacement.

But when the screen is only 18.4 inches, a funny thing a happens. I know it can still easily be used as a desktop, it’s actually still somewhat portable. Throw in a touchscreen and you have what appears to be an oversized tablet.

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Intel banking on convertibles

- December 4th, 2012

Intel

Ultrabooks are known to be thin, fast and powerful machines. They weigh about three pounds on average, can hybernate in seven seconds, turn back on almost immediately due to their solid-state drives and offer high-performance.

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