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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Laptop's Round Up of 7+ Hour Run-Time Notebooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 01:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/all-day-s...sting-notebooks

"A good laptop should last 5 hours on a charge. A great one will give you nearly a full workday's worth of juice for surfing the web, checking e-mail and social networking updates, and getting other stuff done. That's why we made the cut-off for this elite group of portables 7 hours. All of these machines were able to surf the web continuously with the screen on 40 percent brightness (about the default level when you unplug a notebook) for at least that amount of time."

Sometimes you want raw power in a laptop, and other times you want something that will keeping going and going and going - just like that damnable bunny with the drum! Laptop Magazine has pulled together the longest lasting laptops and netbooks that they've reviewed recently, and the results are impressive. Keep in mind these are products that have been tested to last longer than seven hours, which is a big difference from simply rounding up laptops that on paper say they last seven hours. If you're looking for a laptop that lasts and lasts, this list is a good place to start.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Technology: Buy Now or Wait?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 12:30 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/should-yo...s#axzz16zP1QBxG

""Should I wait or buy now?" I get asked this question constantly, because everyone wants to know whether there's some better, faster, or cheaper gadget coming around the bend that will make the device they covet today seem dated."

Interesting dilemma. There is new technology arriving on the scene all the time, but when does one decide that the time is right for that purchase? This article notes some upcoming technologies with notebook computers, smartphones and tablets. The author's recommendations are to go for that new notebook now if you need one, since low prices currently outweigh near-term technology improvements. As for smartphones, some compelling new products are on the horizon, including some sporting dual core CPUs and/or much better resolution screens, so waiting may be a good idea. Tablets? Wait a few months. Expect prices to drop (the author guesses under $300), with more competition to the iPad. As Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" arrives, expect a glut of new tablets, as well as RIM's PlayBook, and that some of the crappy rush-to-market products will fall by the wayside.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Battery Life Time Warp

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/0...nies-be-honest/

"The Tested.com article got me thinking about battery life claims we see on PCs of all shapes and sizes. Why is it that HTC, Apple, Motorola and the rest of them can come within spitting distance of what people experience when using their smartphones as they were intended to be used, but mobile computer companies feel the need to sprinkle their battery life claims with a sack of fairy dust? When’s the last time you were able to see anything close to the claimed battery life on your notebook, netbook or Tablet PC?"

Cell phone power usage tends to be much less variable than full fledged computers, where power consumption can easily triple depending on what you are doing. Of course, as smart phones are getting much more complicated and powerful, we are seeing the same range in battery life in them as we do laptops. However, the point is valid. Battery life claims on PCs are far too optimistic in a real world scenario. I wish I knew how they calculated their numbers as it seems like you can only have the computer turned on, not doing anything, to come close to manufacturer claims. With people demanding more of their computers, from watching videos to playing games, all very power draining activities, the are going to find that the alleged 10 hours of battery life will fly by in what seems like 4.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Netbook Revolution is Over, But it Served a Purpose

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 04:23 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/the-netbo...hat-did-you-win

"Congratulations! The netbook revolution is over and you won. Monday, Intel announced the general availability of new systems from most major vendors featuring its dual-core Atom N550 processor. The company also shared that it has shipped over 70 million Atom CPUs since it first launched the low-voltage, low-priced platform back in 2008. Yet with so much success has come massive stagnation-and even declines in sales. The problem isn't that netbooks have failed. On the contrary, they've succeeded so well that they have become irrelevant."

Despite what some iPad hype-masters would have us believe, the drop is netbook sales has nothing to do with the iPad coming out - the reality is that netbooks re-shaped the notebook landscape, cluing manufacturers into the fact that for online tasks, a small form factor and "good enough" hardware are what many consumers were looking for. Netbooks still sell, especially amongst certain segments (they're big with students), but because the technology in a 2010 netbook isn't very different from a 2008 netbook, it's not surprising that people aren't rushing out to replace their hardware - especially since, odds are the first netbook they bought meets the "good enough" criteria.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Minnesota Wizards Predict Computing's Future

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/the-man-b...omputing-future

"The "value equation." It's a term we've heard laptop makers throw around for years. That's what Best Buy uses to decide which notebooks gain access to its precious shelf space, and therefore exposure to millions of shoppers. This equation has so much influence, in a way this single retailer has the power to determine which technologies are ready for the masses, and which ones still need time in the oven. But what goes into this mysterious formula? And who's behind it?"

With the dozens (hundreds?) of brands and models of computers available for resale, I've often wondered how a large retailer like Best Buy decides what actually makes it into their stores and onto their web site. There's only so much brick and mortar shelf space, so, who decides, and how? This article provides some interesting insight into how Best Buy has made the selection process into a predictive art, based on a number of factors, including sales numbers by brand, assigning a value for each component, the service experience, the length of the warranty, and the design. One very highly valued trait is backlit keyboards, something that Best Buy says (because),"customers told us that they couldn't see their computers in the dark." The story also talks about some trends, and some predictions for the near future, including a rosy future for Wi-Max/LTE/3G enabled products. Interesting reading!


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