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Review: Asus VivoMouse

- July 9th, 2014

The basic design of the mouse has not really changed that much over the years. Sure, optical sensors have replaced trackballs and some gaming mouses have a futuristic scifi look with extra buttons and ridges that make it easier to grip.  But the basic functionality has not really changed.

The Asus VivoMouse, on the other hand, turns the standard mouse design onto its head by adding a circular three-point multi-touch touchpad on top. The VivoMouse can be used as either a standard mouse by moving it along a surface or you can drag your finger along the top of the device to use it much as you would a touchpad on a laptop.

Asus VivoMouse

Asus VivoMouse. (Supplied)

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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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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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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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