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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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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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Sony shows off its Touch Vaio lineup

- December 18th, 2012
Sony

REUTERS/Kyodo/Files

Sony clearly sees touchscreens as the future of computing.

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An Ultrabook that can play DVDs

- December 12th, 2012
Asus S56C Ultrabook

Asus S56C Ultrabook. (Supplied)

An optical drive seems like a largely unnecessary accessory these days. You can easily download most programs or media you want from the Internet or transfer what you need from one computer to another with a USB key or memory card.

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