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May 27, 2016 • Editorials

Has Windows 10 Ruined My Kool-Aid?

Everyone who knows me and my tech preferences know me as an Apple guy. Some say I have drank the proverbial Kool-Aid. Other than work, I have used Apple products exclusively for almost a decade. A recent review by Judie persuaded me to jump back into the world of Windows. The jump has been surprisingly …

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April 29, 2016 • Sponsored

HP Pavilion 12 x2: Accomplish More for Less with Four Modes, a Full HD+ Display, and a Full-Size Keyboard

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are mine. Dan was telling me about taking five of his graduating seniors out to dinner the other night. Of course, they talked about the gear they needed for college; key among the items they’ll bring is a computer. I suggested he have them look at the HP Pavilion …

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April 13, 2016 • Reviews

The HP Elite x2: This Two-In-One Is Ready for Business

Confession: I bought a fully loaded Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with the (optional) purple keyboard cover last year. But as much as I loved the idea of the 2-in-1 Surface Pro, I ultimately sent it back. Why? One of the biggest reasons was that I hated the keyboard.

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March 16, 2016 • Reviews

Dell XPS 15 Laptop: Bigger Really Is Better #DellXPS

The Dell XPS 13 has turned out to be such a fantastic travel laptop that I’d find myself wishing for a larger version, and the Dell XPS 15 does not disappoint. With its machined aluminum body, carbon fiber composite interior, and Gorilla Glass Infinity Edge touchscreen, the XPS 15″ manages to wedge a 15.6″ laptop into a 14″ body.

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March 8, 2016 • Editorials

The Surface Pro 3 Is Ready to Meet All Your Computing Needs

Years back, I got caught up in the UMPC — UltraMobilePC- fad. (I blame James Kendrick and his JKontheRun blog.) None of those devices lived up to their promise of a full PC in a small, touchscreen device. Fast forward, and that promise has been realized in the Microsoft Surface line of computers. microsoft, via …

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March 7, 2016 • Gear Bits, How to Do It Yourself!, Travel

How to Charge USB Devices with Your Dell Powered Off

When I purchased my Dell XPS 13 9350 a couple of months ago, I expected to be able to charge devices off the USB port while it was powered down. It’s a feature I’ve become accustomed to with Macs over the years, and I’ve been using it increasingly as I travel overseas where hotel rooms …

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February 21, 2016 • News

Lenovo Shines with Travel Ready Convertible Laptops and a Detachable Tablet

Today Lenovo is introducing two new convertible Windows 10 PCs, the YOGA 51o and the YOGA 710, along with the affordable ideapad MIIX 310 a 2-in-1 detachable tablet. All of the new devices sport better battery life, versatility, and portability. YOGA 510 14″ and 15″ The YOGA 510 14″ and 15″ boast more than 50% …

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February 20, 2016 • News

Alcatel Announces the Pop 10 Laptop!

Seems as if Alcatel has taken every opportunity so far here at MWC in Barcelona to let the world know they mean business!

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February 9, 2016 • Reviews

The Dell XPS 15: Go Big and Go Home with the Smallest 15″ Laptop on the Planet!

When I got my 2015 13″ MacBook Pro retina, Kev inherited my “old” 2012 15″ MacBook Pro retina. So when I read the Dell XPS 15’s reviewer guide and saw that Dell was calling it the “smallest 15-inch laptop on the planet”, heck yeah I was skeptical! But I had the means to do a quick …

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October 6, 2015 • News

Microsoft Releases Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Microsoft Band 2, and New Lumias!

Microsoft may be a software and services company, but when they deal in hardware they aren’t joking around. They proved it today with a jam-packed presentation, releasing a new wearable, demoing a future holographic XBox option, new Lumia phones, a new Surface Pro 4, and a surprise release of a laptop called the Surface Book!

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September 3, 2015 • News

New Acer Predator Computers at IFA – and a Deca-Core Phone!

Acer CEO Jason Chen started their IFA 2015 press conference with a bang; not only did he announce a new Chromebook and a new 2-in-1, he also announced new additions to the Predator gaming line. Are you interested in bigger, faster, and stronger? That’s what Acer seems to be aiming for.

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June 19, 2015 • Reviews

How I Ended up Buying the New MacBook 12-inch: A Personal Review

It’s common knowledge that Apple makes products that are extremely polarizing. The original iPhone, for example, was very polarizing. More recently, the original MacBook Air and Apple Watch became polarizing products. Add to that list the new 12-inch MacBook. I recently bought one to use as my primary personal computer. Why would I do that? …

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June 2, 2015 • Reviews

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Notebook PC Review: Sleek and Secure

Last fall I attended IFA, and one of the biggest announcements to come out of the show was the introduction of Intel’s newest Core M Processor. This year there are quite a few laptops that take advantage of Core M, and the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 is one of them.

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March 23, 2015 • Reviews

Five Reasons Why the Dell #XPS 13 Ultrabook Is Perfect for Road Warriors

I’ve been using the Dell XPS 13 for several months, and I’ve recently completed almost a full month of travel with the it as my only laptop. During this time, I found that it performed extremely well, and it will be replacing my 11″ MacBook Air. Here’s why I think you should consider the XPS, too.

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March 14, 2015 • News

3rd-Party Cords Will Now Charge Your New 2015 MacBook

Let’s face it, Apple’s accessories are brutally expensive. The premium that they charge for virtually everything, from lightning cords to you know, watches, is ridiculous. With that being said it’s surprising to find out that Apple will start allowing third party MacBook battery packs and third party chargers. After many warnings from Apple warning their …

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February 24, 2015 • Reviews

The #Dell #XPS 13″ Ultrabook vs. the 11″ MacBook Air: Which Would You Rather?

When the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook was announced at CES, it definitely piqued my interest. This laptop puts a 13.3″ screen in the body of an 11″; it is available with a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a touchscreen. It also has an SD slot, something I’ve sorely missed on my 11″ …

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January 16, 2015 • News

Dell Updates Latitude Portfolio with New Processors and Technology!

Last week I mentioned some of Dell’s exciting highlights from CES. I overlooked some more in-depth details specific to how the Latitude line-up has broadened its appeal and updated all of the systems in the product portfolio. The changes made impact the Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1, Latitude 7000 Series, Latitude 5000 Series and Latitude …

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January 16, 2015 • Reviews

A MacBook/iPad User’s Take on the Toshiba Chromebook 2

This post about the Toshiba Chromebook 2 has been a long time coming. It isn’t because I don’t like the machine. I do. Rather, it has taken time because I tried to see how it might fit into my workflow. I’ve come away from the experience impressed by what Google and Toshiba have done. Still, …

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January 10, 2015 • News

Dell Launches Laptops, Tablets, Gaming Systems, Monitors & More at CES 2015

As I was reading Dell’s CES 2015 announcements, I to remember a ‘Dell-free’ time in my life … and had to go back more than 20 years, during which time I’ve had an OptiPlex, Dimension, Inspiron, XPS or Alienware system close at hand. With the recent buy-back Dell has seen resurgence in both innovation and …

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October 10, 2014 • Reviews

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Tablet and Expansion Jacket with Battery Review

One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is the touch aspect built into the OS that makes laptop and/or tablet — 2in1 — computing possible. When using Windows 8.1 laptops, I’ve wondered if I’d be able to manage without a dedicated keyboard. Testing the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 for the past month has allowed me to decide.

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September 9, 2014 • News, Sponsored

What You Missed If You Weren’t at #IFA14 Last Week #Intel2in1 #IntelPartner

I’ve just returned from Berlin and a hectic week at IFA; it was my first time to attend. Perhaps because I went in with zero expectations, I left thinking the show was larger than expected, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that it was a great consumer electronics expo, and I’m glad that I was there.

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