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Review: Lenovo G580 Laptop

The old Dell 6400 finally showed its age when I tried to play a full HD, .mp4 movie; 29 minutes in, my five year old workhorse gave up. Time for a desktop replacement. I ruled out another Dell, Toshiba and Compaq/HP. Having been recommended Lenovo as solidly built workhorse machines earlier in the year I … Continue reading

How-to: ‘MakeUseOf’ Guide – Buying Laptop Computers 2012

MakeUseOf Guide – Buying Laptop Computers 2012 By Matt Smith, Edited by Justin Pot I was going to write the second part of the article started last month when I discovered the folks at technology site had done the job I was going to do: “This 2012 update is debuting half-way through the … Continue reading

How-to: Laptop Buying Guide Part One

Here we are, almost a year on from the last article on the subject.  Perhaps, like me, you have the tag “knowledgeable friend” when it comes to technology? Constantly giving out free technical advice on what kit your friends and family need to buy? To help out, here’s another post on choosing the best laptop … Continue reading

Opinion: Where Next Chromebook?

I’m promoting a conversation with Chromebook Enthusiast from a previous post in order to look further at the implications of the Chromebook Price cut. “The Chromebook is a great concept as a thin client… for education, in the classroom, with Internet access, and access to my VDI infrastructure, it’s a very compelling solution. The total … Continue reading

How-to: Travel in Safety with Technology

I find business trips bring on a whole Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that I don’t suffer at any other time. Stressful enough as train stations and airports are, what with trying to get somewhere on time, I develop a whole set of nervous ticks and anxieties; checking bags and pockets twice a minute, searching for ‘free … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 7 on Netbooks

Each time Microsoft upgrades the Windows operating system, there seems to be an accompanying jump in hardware requirements; faster processors, more memory, more storage, better graphics. Moreover, if you recall the launch of Windows Vista, you will remember how the re-architected code rendered a vast swathe of hardware obsolete overnight. Unsurprisingly, not everyone appreciated the … Continue reading

Review: Living with the Dell 6400

The Dell Inspiron 6400 (also sold as the Inspiron e1505) is currently my main machine. We remain locked in the love-hate relationship we have shared since I bought it in 2007. It wasn’t the cheapest Dual-Core Centrino laptop at the time, but a good, solid, mid-range workhorse…

Laptop Check List 2011

A friend of mine has repeated for years that “you’re only buying a given amount of technology for a given amount of money at any point in time. There will always be a cheaper, faster gizmo along next week.” Translation: if you wait for the best gizmo there is, then you will never buy any … Continue reading

Chromium OS on Dell Mini-10

The good news is that there is a new build of Google’s Chrome OS for the Dell Mini 9 and 10, courtesy of Dell themselves. The better news is that the wireless connectivity now works on the live USB and Dell gives the plaudits to Broadcom for providing drivers. I tried the old live USB release … Continue reading

The Mighty Atoms

Netbooks (mini notebooks) have been on the market for a few years now. As ultra-portable budget PC’s you can’t go wrong. Almost all netbooks are powered by an Intel Atom processor of some sort; a few VIA chip-sets are still around, their numbers declining as the performance couldn’t match the first and second generation Atom. … Continue reading

Dell Inspiron Mini 1011 Netbook

It seems we’re into an arms-race with netbooks. Since the Asus eee-PC’s first appeared with bargain-basement specifications and rock-bottom prices, subsequent generations have moved up the scale like sub-compact cars which get larger and pricier as the models develop and mature. I’ve now reached end-of-life with the old Compaq notebook I regularly carried around for … Continue reading

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