Saturday, February 23, 2013

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

This isn't just an ordinary wireless keyboard. It is the world's first environmentally friendly wireless solar keyboard by Logitech. Powered by light and built from fully recyclable plastic, this super-slim keyboard that only measures at 1/3 of an inch boasts dual solar panels that sits on both side of the Logitech logo on top of the keys. It keeps the keyboard charged while you type without the hassle of battery replacement. With plug and play simplicity, just plug in the USB receiver and you can start typing.

Logitech puts in a lot of effort when it comes to the environment and no doubt about it when it comes to the K750. A great innovation in typing technology, the keyboard has a PVC-free chassis and even its packaging is made from recycled material. The dual solar panels on top of the keys power the integrated ML2032 lithium manganese button-cell rechargeable battery that then pushes power to the keyboard. The solar panels can also draw perpetual power from artificial light sources--in other words, you don't have to raise the keyboard to the sun for it to work; the fluorescent bulbs above you will charge it just fine. Logitech claims that a single 2-hour charge will retain power for three months in total darkness, or more if you remember to flip the on/off switch when you step away.

The K750 uses Logitech's PerfectStroke key design that adds exactly 3.2mm of space between each key and uniform tactile feedback across the entire concave key surface. In practice, the key response is similar to that of an IBM ThinkPad laptop, so if you're used to typing on a regular keyboard, the K750 will be an acquired taste. Your accuracy might suffer in the interim, but we actually found ourselves typing faster after less than a week of using it.

With USB ports quickly filling up with hardwired peripherals like speakers, mice, and Webcams, we're happy to see that the K750 integrates Logitech's 2.4GHz Unifying USB microreceiver. The Mini-USB plug sticks out less than an inch from any standard USB and can work in conjunction with up to six other Logitech input devices for up to 10 meters away from the source.

With an exception of an integrated palm rest and glossy black chassis that reveals fingerprints and scratches, overall this eco-friendly affordable keyboard will definitely help you to reduce energy consumption and save money by not investing in batteries. Unlike the mechanical keyboards currently popular in the peripheral market, this input device uses scissor switches underneath that register key presses with a lighter touch, and give the additional benefit of low noise and comfort.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro

One of the most highly anticipated product by Microsoft has finally been released into the market. The Microsoft Surface, known for its sophisticated VaporMg liquid metal magnesium design is the first attempt by Microsoft to compete in the tablet world. The latest variant of the tablet, Surface Pro, is a more powerful version of the first Surface tablet released six months ago. It is loaded with the latest 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a bigger 64GB/128GB storage space. The 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro has been sold out within hours of its release in the Microsoft online store.

You'd be forgiven for taking a casual glance at the Surface Pro and thinking that Microsoft designers basically phoned it in here; that they took the dark, angular, visually distinctive look of the Surface RT, made it a fraction of an inch thicker to make room for a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor (plus requisite active cooling) and called it a day. Look closer -- or, better yet, hold them at the same time -- and you'll see this is more than a processor transplant.

Indeed, the biggest change is in the dimensions: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (27.45 x 17.3 x 1.35cm) vs. 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 (22.45 x 17.2 x 0.94cm). (At just under two pounds, it's about 25 percent heavier, too.) But rather than just being a thicker version of the same, the Surface Pro looks as if it had an additional plate grafted on the back. The flat kickstand mounted on the rear returns, but here it's set a few millimeters away from the edges of the chassis. This forms a line that is continued around the entire device, a slight and curious gap between the back and the sides.

The Surface Pro resolution is added by stepping up to 1,920 x 1,080 makes things a little more complicated. Here we have a 10.6-inch display that looks great, offering very nice contrast and brightness, plus viewing angles that maintain that contrast from just about wherever you can see the display. (Helpful, that, because the non-adjustable kickstand means you'll quite often be looking at this thing from a less-than-optimal perspective.) It's optically bonded, like on the RT, which reduces glare when compared to a traditional glossy panel.

It's that higher resolution that we occasionally struggled with when running desktop apps. By default, the tablet is set to scale text to 150 percent its original size, making most (but not all) menus and buttons huge and reasonably finger-friendly. That's great when you're actually using your fingers, but it results in a lot of wasted space on the display when you're using a mouse. More troublingly, it made the text and icons in many apps appear rather blurry.

Overall performance of the Intel Core i5 Surface Pro more than met our expectations. A cold boot is completed in eight seconds or less, which is quite impressive indeed, and apps launched snappily and reacted well. Performance here is definitely adequate to get some serious work done, impressions that were backed by our benchmarks. The Surface Pro attained a 4,673 average score in PCMark 7 and 3,811 in 3DMark06, marks that favorably compare to the similarly specced Acer Iconia W700.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is a full-featured tablet that can be transformed into a notebook with its detachable colorful touch or type cover keyboard. It makes a very good replacement for your old netbook, with a more powerful processor, bigger RAM, bigger storage space and Windows 8 Pro. Best thing is it can handle all your apps with ease including Windows 7 desktop apps. However, being a high performance tablet notebook that has desktop capabilities, the Microsoft Surface Pro has a pretty bad battery life despite having a bigger 42.5Wh battery.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Razer Edge

The year of the tablets has just gone extreme with the introduction of the world's first tablet designed for PC gamers. It isn't just an ordinary tablet with gaming capabilities. It is a tablet that comes with 4 different modes to suit the gamer, ultimately making it a unique and innovative tablet that stands out from the crowd. The 4 different modes namely the Tablet mode, the Keyboard mode, the Mobile Console mode and the Home Console mode target mainly the 4 types of gamers which consists of the tablet gamers, notebook gamers, PSP gamers and the Xbox/PS3 gamers.

Mobile Console Mode
The Razer Edge is powered by 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processors with NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB DDR3 graphics in a 10.1” high definition multi-touch display, and a rugged 128GB/256GB high-speed solid state drive that screams incredible performance in a portable form-factor. The Gamepad Controller for the Razer Edge makes it the only tablet in the world that allows for console style gaming on the go with full PC game support, immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics.

Tablet Mode
Without the gamepad controller, the Razer Edge is a full-fledged tablet, ready to play all of your favorite touch screen games and applications. With Windows 8, gamers will have access to the largest library of games in the world, so you’re not waiting on the most popular games and software.

Home Console Mode
The Docking Station for the Razer Edge expands connectivity to 3x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and MIC in/Stereo out. Ready to connect your favorite peripherals, controllers, external display, headset, speakers, and charge your Razer Edge all at the same time. The docking station also supports your favorite Razer gear for the unfair advantage. Take advantage of the complete home console gaming experience. It’s the most versatile tablet ever.

Keyboard Mode
The Keyboard Dock for the Razer Edge is optimized for PC games and applications by converting the Edge to a notebook style PC. It is designed to channel sound through a direct reflective acoustic chamber, enhancing the Edge's native speakers for an immersive gaming experience. Also with the optional extended battery, you’ll enjoy additional game time.

For gamers who would like to feel the 4 in 1 gaming experience; having a tablet, laptop, PSP and Xbox in one device, the Razer Edge is the best gaming device you could ever bought. Imagine the power of bulky Alienware notebook in a portable tablet form factor that you bring anywhere without adding much weight to your backpack.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Samsung SSD 840 Pro

One of the best upgrade a PC can receive is the changing of HDD to SSD. It breathes new life to a PC by tremendously increasing the sequential read/write and boot time by using NAND flash memory instead of a spinning drive and right now we are gonna check out one of the fastest and most energy efficient SSD in the market, the Samsung 840 PRO.

Samsung SSD 840 PRO is based on proprietary Samsung triple core MDX controller consisting of three Arm Cortex R4s running at around 300MHz with 512MB of LPDDR2-1066. The new-generation 2bpc 21nm MLC NAND coupled with a 400Mbps Toggle 2.0 interface is capable of delivering up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s of sequential read and write speeds for ultra fast file transfers including random speeds of up to 100K IOPS for the fastest real-world performance. Samsung 840-series SSDs are available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

The Samsung SSD 840 PRO provides workstation-class performance for seamless video editing or the ultimate gaming experience while safeguarding your data. Samsung-designed multi core controller and firmware ensure long-term sustained computing with superior write performance for non-compressible data like images, music and videos. AES 256-bit full disk encryption provides advanced data security.

Weighing at only 62.5 grams, it is 100% Samsung designed and manufactured using the highest industry standards and advanced Samsung memory technology. No moving parts mean no hard-drive spin-ups, no noise and superior data protection. As the first SSD to support Device Sleep mode for Windows 8/Haswell chipsets, it also features industry-leading energy efficiency that provides up to 50 minutes longer battery life.

If you aspire your desktop or notebook to be one of the fastest around, do not miss this chance to upgrade your HDD to the Samsung 840 PRO which is one of the best SSDs in the market featuring the new 4th generation MDX controller from Samsung. It comes with Samsung Smart Data Migration Software, Samsung SSD Magician software CD, user manual & 5 year warranty.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Acer Aspire S7

Acer has recently launched their new touch-enabled Windows 8 Ultrabooks dubbed the Aspire S7. Calling it an upgrade of Aspire S5, the Aspire S7 has a super-slim finely textured aluminium unibody design and comes with glossy Gorilla Glass 2 for the 13.3 or 11.6 inch Full HD screen. As an Acer notebook enthusiast, I was always looking forward for an Acer notebook that is ultraportable and has a slim, unibody aluminium design just like Apple's Macbook at an affordable price.

The white Gorilla Glass 2 is radically thin, supremely strong, scratch resistant and easy to clean. It makes the beauty of the 13.3 inch Aspire S7 gleam at an ultra-thin 11.9 mm. The 11.6 inch model with its sleek aluminum unibody is just 12.2 mm slim. Either way, the Aspire S7 gives you the freedom to go anywhere, carefree and looking fabulous. The Aspire S7 crisp Full HD 1920x1080 display generates deep detail and 10-point touch puts control at your fingertips. Able to open 180 degrees, this ultrabook can be laid flat and used from both sides for terrific teamwork.

In the park, on the bus, out camping or wherever it's dark, you can rest assured there will be light. The Aspire S7 electroluminescent backlit keyboard illuminates automatically, optimizing its glow to suit the ambient light and keep your eyes comfortable.

The Aspire S7 is always cool under fire with its unique twin air cooling system. One fan pulling in cool air and another releasing warm air. Weighing at only 1.3kg, it is comfortable in your lap and under your palms. Smart technology makes this ultrabook experience a real joy all the time.

The Aspire S7 features the latest third generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5/i7 with integrated Intel HD graphics 4000, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB/256GB SSD. It also comes with USB 3.0, Micro HDMI, Dolby home theater speaker system and a 4 cell 4680mAh battery that is quoted to last at least 6 hours.

The Acer Aspire S7 makes a perfect college companion and business partner that does not add much weight in your backpack or when carrying it by hand. With super fast computing power, capacitive touch screen and gleaming white Gorilla Glass design, you will be able to breeze through presentations with style.

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