While solid state drives may not offer the capacity when compared to hard drives, they are finally starting to reach sizes that provide enough space at a reasonable cost. The performance difference between a SSD and a hard drive is very dramatic such that an older PC can feel like it has received a major boost. If you happen to be thinking of upgrading your desktop or laptop to use a solid state drive, check out my selections for the best solid state drives based on value, capacity, reliability and performance. There are even options for those on a smaller budget that would like to use a SSD as cache for an existing desktop PC.
With more and more 17-inch laptops becoming specialized for gaming, their price tags has steadily increased. In general, you will have to spend over $1000 to get a laptop with a larger screen. Lenovo is one of the few companies that still offer laptops in this size for under $1000. Obviously they are not meant for gaming but how well do they perform as a general purpose laptop or possibly for entertainment? Find out in my review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 laptop.
Consumers are familiar with companies such as Dell, Gateway, HP, Apple and Acer when it comes to computers. This makes it difficult for a company such as Polywell to get noticed at times. They offer a wide range of computer options including desktops, laptops and even servers that they build according to customers desires. All the big companies have large support departments, but Polywell is much smaller. Does it impact their customer support? Find out what they offer to customers in my support profile.
Included in the profile I list the various avenues that users have for support, tips and advice. In addition, I'm posting a survey below and in the profile asking users for their opinion of Polywell. 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.
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A tablet is not going to be more than a glorified e-reader or media player without networking connectivity. Because of this, the networking features are a critical component of any tablet. Pretty much every tablet comes with some form of Wi-Fi built in. Of course, if you need even more connectivity it is possible to buy one with wireless broadband capabilities. But what about 3G vs. 4G tablets? Is it worth it to buy a subsidized tablet? Check out my guide to tablet networking features to answer these questions and learn more before you pick out your tablet PC.
HP announced some time ago that it would be integrating Leap Motion's technology into a number of their computer systems. The ENVY lineup of laptops was the first of their mobile computers to feature the new motion controls. The feature is typically found only on their most expensive models and adds roughly $100 to the cost of the system. Does the newly integrated touch controls really enhance their performance oriented laptop? Find out in my review of the HP ENVY 17t-j100 Leap Motion 17-inch laptop.
Origin PC is a systems integrator that puts together customizable gaming PCs. The EON17-S has been their flagship gaming laptop for a number of years and it was updated last year to include the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics. Now their laptops use a standard chassis that has be customized with specific internal components and exterior embellishments. Depending upon the configuration, this can make it quite expensive if you are looking for top of the line performance. But what about their entry level configuration? Is this sufficient for a solid PC gaming experience? Find out in my review of the Origin PC EON17-S gaming laptop.
Digital Storm is a name that is known for building high quality, customized gaming systems. The Krypton is one of their recent releases that offers a bit of a style upgrade over many other laptops but also offers a high level of performance. Now most sites tend to look at the fully decked out versions that cost upwards of $4000, but most people probably don't want to spend even half that amount for their PC these days. As a result, I decided to take a look at the entry level which they call the Level 1 or Good configuration. Is this good enough for a 17-inch gaming system or does it really require a fair amount of expensive upgrades? Find out in my review of the Digital Storm Krypton gaming laptop.
The low cost video card market is seeing a huge resurgence thanks to a number of recent graphics processors released from AMD and NVIDIA. In particular, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 series cards bring gaming performance to those that previously were unable to get performance graphics for their brand name desktop PCs that lacked the required high wattage power supplies. So, if you have any desktop PC with a PCI-Express graphics card slot and want to play games up to 1920x1080 resolutions, be sure to check out my updated list of graphics cards available for under $250.
While touchscreen displays became very common in smaller laptops after the release of Windows 8, the 17-inch laptop market still seems to lack this feature. Much of this can probably be attributed to the fact that touchscreens get much more expensive the larger the display. Another factor is that most larger screen laptops are built for gaming where touchscreens are not really used much. This makes Dell's latest high end Inspiron laptop very unique for its size but is it enough to make this a top choice 17-inch laptop? Find out in my review of the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch laptop.
One of the major goals for those purchasing a laptop PC is the ability to connect to the Internet from just about anywhere. This makes the networking features an important aspect when selecting a laptop computer. So, how exactly does one know what networking features are in a laptop? This article explains the basics of PC networking to help buyers select the laptop that is right for them.