Dell is starting to revise their entire laptop lineup as they begin to introduce the Intel Haswell processors. The first of the new consumer oriented laptops is the 7000 series models that are geared towards the middle high-end of the market. The systems have the look of premium class laptop with their aluminum clad exteriors but offer relatively affordable options with a diverse array of configurations. Of course, many people looking at a 15-inch laptop likely want it to have features and performance as this is probably their primary computer system. Is this a good choice for those wanting a larger laptop with more features than the popular and smaller ultrabooks? Find out in my review of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 touchscreen laptop.
Cyberpower is a private systems integrator that specializes in producing custom built desktops and laptops at reasonable prices. In addition to building custom order desktops and laptops, they sell a set of same-day shipping prebuilt units available directly through them or several retail partners. Being a relatively unknown company in the major consumer market, how well do they support their computers? Find out in my profile of their support department.
Included in the profile I list the various avenues that users have for support, tips and advice. In addition to this information, I have also added a poll so that readers can share their opinion of the companies support. If you have used their support and would like to let others know of their experiences for better or worse, please vote in the survey and share your experience.
How would you rate Cyberpower's support?
Laptops come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. They can range as small as a thin ultrabook that weighs around two pounds all the way up to the behemoth that should be a desktop computer often referred to as a luggable because it is so big you won't be carrying it frequently. Each of these portable computers has a specific role and offer very different experiences to the users that buy them. Because of this, it is important to understand how the size and weight of a laptop computer will play in your selection of the right type of laptop for you.
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Welcome to my weekly posting where I highlight some of the special offers that are available online for those looking to get a new laptop, desktop, tablet, monitor or desktop components at a discount. It is now a week since Black Friday and the Cyber Monday week sales are all ending. The result is fewer offerings for steep discounts and more general discounts. Dell has a couple of really low cost options for a desktop or laptop and it might be a good time to look at adding a Blu-ray drive to a desktop.
These are all limited time offers that should be valid through the weekend although some may go on longer or end sooner due to a limited number of uses. Be sure to check your orders before they are finalized to ensure you have received any discount.
- Dell Inspiron 660 desktop with 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 1Tb hard drive for $499.99 with free shipping!
- Dell Inspiron 660s slim tower desktop for $249.99 with free shipping!
- $250 off Dell XPS 8700 desktop with 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB memory, 1TB hard drive for $799.99 with free shipping!
- Dell Inspiron 15 for $279.99 with free shipping! Coupon code DMG5HG3LJW2JF9
- ASUS Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black Blu-ray Drive - $47.99 w/$20 off code AFNJ2972 + Free Shipping at Newegg.com, exp 12/8
- Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive(SSD) - $174.99 w/$45 off code AFNJ2964 + Free Shipping at Newegg.com, exp 12/6
- MSI Gaming N760 TF 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - $299.99 W/2 FREE Games + Free Shipping at Newegg.com, exp 12/8
- SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE DVD Burner - $14.99 w/$5 off code AFNJ2966 + Free Ship. at Newegg.com, exp 12/8
- SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card (100326LP) - $69.99 after $15 MIR + Free Shipping at Newegg.com, exp 12/8
After the release of the Haswell based processors earlier in the year, Dell decided that it was time to redesign their smallest Alienware laptop. Even though it is supposedly reengineered inside and out, the system still retains much of the same look and feel of Alienware systems from the past few years. So what exactly did Alienware do with the system and is this a system to consider over a larger 15-inch laptop? Find out in my review of the 2013 Alienware 14 gaming laptop.
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Back in the October press event, Apple announced a refresh of its MacBook Pro laptop lineup. While the 13-inch model received some notable changes, the 15-inch version looked to have remained much the same except for some internal changes and a $200 price drop. The pricing is certainly welcome as Apple's premium laptop is far more expensive than the average 15-inch laptop. It certainly provides a very compact system with lots of performance but what advantages does the refreshed internals provide to consumers? Find out in my review of the updated MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display.
Much of the attention when it comes to tablets is in the 7-inch segment because they offer some incredible features and values. But what if you want to spend a bit more either for a larger tablet or more features? $400 seems to be the upper spending limit that many people who aren't willing to splurge on the iPad Air are willing to spend. The two most prominent tablets at this price point are Apple's iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. Interestingly, one is considered a scaled down version of the tablet while the other is a larger version. So which is the better? Find out in my comparison of these two tablets.
Lenovo's Yoga laptop was a solid choice for those looking at a convertible laptop back when Windows 8 first came out. The system offered some good performance, a unique design to move between modes and was very well built. Since its release, it was overshadowed in terms of features from other systems. Lenovo went about redesigning the system with the result of the new feature packed Yoga 2 Pro which showcases a amazing high resolution display that is a first for a convertible laptop. The price for the system is also quite reasonable but how does it fair in terms of performance and usability? Find out in my review of the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro convertible laptop.
ASUS was probably best known as a motherboard manufacturer. They are one the largest producer of motherboards in the world and supply many of these parts to other big name companies to use in their full PCs. ASUS is also a fairly large producer of computer systems as well. After their success in the tablet market, the company is now offering more laptops and desktop computers in the US market. So just what kind of support does ASUS offer for their wide variety of products?
Included in the profile I list the various avenues that users have for support, some published ratings of the their product support, tips and advice. In addition, I'm posting a survey below and in the profile asking users for their opinion of ASUS. If you have used their support and would like to let others know of their experiences for better or worse, please feel free to share your experience.
How would you rate ASUS's support?
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Tablets are extremely hot right now both with manufacturers and consumers. They are smaller and lighter than traditional laptops but still provide users with many of the basic tasks they need a portable computer for. Even within the tablet market, there is a wide range of sizes and weights available. Some may be smaller and lighter which is great for traveling but have the drawback of being a bit more difficult to use. Others might be almost as big as a traditional laptop because that is essentially what they are but without the keyboard. Because of this, I've put together a guide to tablet PC size and weight to help consumers look at the different physical attributes of the tablets to help them in picking out the right tablet for their needs.