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Microsoft’s big Surface Pro 3 deal: Is it worth it?

- June 24th, 2014

Microsoft has an interesting deal going on that tech heads might want to take note of.

Available through any Microsoft store in Canada and the U.S, Windows is willing to take up to $650 off of the new Surface Pro 3’s if customers trade in their MacBook Air’s.

Although Microsoft specifies the deal is only valid on “select” Airs , a list of accepted models doesn’t appear anywhere on the site.

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Apple WWDC 2013 announcement wrap-up

- June 11th, 2013

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The Apple 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco kicked off with its traditional keynote lead by CEO Tim Cook. As expected, there were a number of announcements with respect to new hardware, updates to the Mac OS and iOS, which were not only designed to enhance the user experience but also a next step in bringing their desktop and mobile operating systems that much closer. Notably absent was any mention of refreshes to the iPhone, iPad or iPad mini, or the illusive iWatch, the last of which I was totally not surprised.

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Toshiba’s Z830 Ultrabook Blows The MacBook Air Away

- December 7th, 2011

If you’re tired of trucking a massive laptop with you to school or for business travel, it’s time to take a look at Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are lightweight laptops designed to be super-portable yet still function like the workhorse you need. While the MacBook Air gets a lot of hype (deservedly so), Toshiba has just released an incredible Windows-based competitor called the Z830.

The Z830 is Toshiba’s first entry into the new ultrabook category, and they’ve nailed it out of the gate, offering a super-fast computer with all the bells and whistles. The Z830 is lightest in its class for 13.3” displays, thanks to a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloy. It’s even thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air, measuring 1.6 cm thick and weighing in at under 2.5 lbs!

Despite its light weight, the Z830 is a heavyweight when it comes to power. The super thin, ultra-light Z830 is stacked with a second generation Intel Core i3 processor that’s ready to rip through everything you throw at it. With 128GB of incredibly fast SSD storage you’ll be impressed with how fast browsing and accessing your media really is.

The Z830, which retails for approximately $150 less than the MacBook Air, doesn’t scrimp on connectivity either. It offers both HDMI and VGA connections, an SD card slot and three USB ports. And don’t worry about spending time getting up and running – Toshiba’s new ‘Hi-Speed Start Technology’ lets the Z830 series boot Windows in mere seconds.

When considering purchasing an ultra-portable laptop you definitely want to consider durability. The Z830 is tough, thanks to the ribbed magnesium body for strength, and it’s got a spill-proof backlit keyboard. That’s something every MacBook Air owner who has destroyed their laptop by spilling liquid on it wishes they had.

You can pack the power adapter up to go, but with an 8-cell battery you might want to leave it at home, as it can run up to 8hrs. Another thing I like is Toshiba’s USB Sleep and Charge technology, so I can charge a USB device like a smartphone even when it’s powered down. That’s pretty convenient.

All in all, the Toshiba Z380 ultrabook is comparable to the MacBook Air in performance, battery life, and style. However it’s got the popular Apple laptop beat when it comes to durability and price, making it my pick for one of the best laptops of 2011.

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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.