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As much as we obsess about the latest and hottest hardware, we sometimes like to take a look at a value system to see what kind of bang you can get for your buck on a tight budget. And with the school year just getting underway, the Dell Inspiron 11 3147 caught our eye as a possible candidate for a highly mobile classmate or conference room colleague. It’s a light, tiny laptop with a screen that folds completely back so you can use the device as a tablet whenever it suits your needs. To a budget-minded student who wants a versatile laptop (and that won’t feel like brick in his or her... Read more...
Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it pans out. The roof panels of the C-MAX Solar Energi have a concentrator, like a magnifying glass, that more efficiently collects the sun’s rays to charge the battery. The company claims that a day’s worth of sunshine can deliver the same performance... Read more...
The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise, because their systems can accommodate multiple drives of different form factors without issue. But SFF and mobile systems are usually outfitted with only a single 2.5” drive bay, so if you want the performance of an SSD, but need a large capacity drive, you’ve got to shell out big bucks for a high-capacity SSD or settle for the lower... Read more...
Solid state drives continue to be all the rage, due to their durability, silence, and high performance versus traditional hard drives, with spinning magnetic media. And while SSD prices have dropped significantly this past year, they remain relatively expensive in terms of cost per gigabyte, and are still many times the price of a hard disk drive. The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise,... Read more...
The ASUS Transformer Book T100 packs an impressive list of features into a diminutive chassis and companion keyboard dock. After working with system, it's clear that ASUS is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle, for the second time... It has been six years since ASUS launched the first Eee PC and kicked off a miniature revolution in mobile computing. Eee PC models weren't fast, they weren't particularly well-featured, and they didn't have the best displays. Even so, these lightweight boxes were the harbingers of the netbook bonanza that kicked off in earnest with the launch of Intel's Atom processor... Read more...
The Asus Transformer Book T100 packs an impressive list of features into a diminutive chassis and companion keyboard dock. After working with system, it's clear that Asus is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle, for the second time in a row. It's been six years since Asus launched the first Eee PC and kicked off a miniature revolution in mobile computing. Eee PC models weren't fast, they weren't particularly well-featured, and they didn't have the best displays. Even so, these lightweight boxes were the harbingers of the netbook bonanza that kicked off in earnest with the launch of Intel's... Read more...
I'm not at all opposed to owning and driving a hybrid automobile, which is why if I ever have the means, I won't hesitate to buy a LaFerrari. Realistically, that's a pipe dream and is unlikely to happen, not just because of the price tag, but also because Ferrari only plans to build 499 of its new model car. It's already received twice as many requests, and for those who can afford one, it's easy to see why. LaFerrari looks nothing at all like a Prius or Volt or any other mainstream hybrid vehicle. In fact, it doesn't look like a hybrid at all, though Ferrari claims it reduced Co2 emission by 50... Read more...
This weekend, we posted news that Seagate is discontinuing its 7200RPM notebook hard drives, which is a move that signaled more of a focus on flash-based storage solutions over spinning magnetic disks. As it turns out, Seagate isn’t abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs--the company is going all-hybrid. Seagate announced the Seagate Laptop SSHD (“solid state hybrid drive”), slim 7mm Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD, and the a desktop version, the Seagate Desktop SSHD. Flash has clearly been the superior alternative to spinning magnetic disk-based consumer storage for a long time, but cost... Read more...
Samsung is the latest OEM to out its lineup of Windows 8 machines, and it certainly seems as though the big trend is toward laptop/tablet hybrids. According to VentureBeat, Samsung is calling its hybrid models “Smart PCs”, and two are slated to launch with Windows 8 on board. The ATIV Smart PC 700T will cost $1,200, while the ATIV Smart PC 500T will debut at $650 (or $750 with the keyboard). Samsung also announced a quartet of laptops, most notably the 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch, which boasts a touchscreen and will cost $860 for the Intel Core i5 edition and $810 for one running... Read more...
The Chevrolet Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all revved up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about his unique driving lifestyle… Eric J. Rotbard, Esquire is a self-proclaimed... Read more...
The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all revved up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about his unique driving lifestyle… Dennis Jackson spends a lot of time in his car driving... Read more...
Although we may not be able to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note here in the US yet, the hybrid smartphone / tablet is already experiencing great success. According to Samsung, the company has already shipped more than 1 million units of the Galaxy Note globally. Although the number of units shipped is always greater than the number of devices in end-users' hands, this figure is still impressive, especially considering the fact that the Galaxy Note has been available for less than two months. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note is expected to be available in the US next year. Samsung Electronics Ships... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version of the drive... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version... Read more...
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