The new Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 was just unveiled, and this new tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 4:3 aspect ration and a 9.7-inch IPS screen with a 1024×768 resolution. Will it be a worthwhile alternative for those considering an iPad or Kindle Fire?
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While you can toil and try to build your own greener computer, there are some manufacturers who actually already offer energy efficient and greener parts sourced computers. These ready-made solutions will allow you to choose a computer that uses less energy and possibly has more recyclable parts for easier e-cycling. Not all of these options are widely known, which is a shame, but here are a few we think are worth considering the next time you’re in the market for a new machine…
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While we love using iPads and iPhones, we have to say that we are somewhat dubious about using a touch-based all-in-one PC at home. HP and a few other manufacturers don’t see this as a problem. The new TouchSmart comes with a swivel screen, allowing for easier access when manipulating the computer with gestures.
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Imagine that this is your little netbook, the one that actually fits in your pocket that you take with you everywhere. It’s the perfect size to do some browsing, check up recipes in the grocery store, and just have a computer with you for computer-like tasks. Stay in touch with your buddies, check out the latest gossip on Facebook, it could do everything. The only trouble is that this is a 2-year old concept by Lenovo and that Sony just released a netbook that looks very similar to this one.
My roommate got a new laptop for his work. I was surprised to find out that he paid about $800. It’s an HP Pavilion Entertainment series, comes with dual core 2.16 processors, 4GB of RAM, 320 GB of HD, and it looks pretty cool. It’s comes with a 15.4 glossy WXGA wide-screen display.
On top of those nice specs, it looks good. It’s got some designs all over its surface, the keyboard has a nice response to it. The lights are all white, and just like Apple computers, the HP logo lights up on its cover. I was really impressed by it. Prices have come down significantly in the last year.
Having learned my lesson with laptops back in 2004, I will never buy a desktop replacement laptop again. That being said, I’m probably going to try a tablet PC next, something like the Lenovo X200 Tablet series or the HP Touchsmart. For some reason, HPs are getting really affordable. A quick check in Taiwan let me know that these fancy new computers can be had for between $1000 and $1500. For some reason, configuring the X200 on Lenovo’s American website led me to an $3,800 MSRP. That’s pretty shitty. The Touchsmart was a whole lot cheaper. One of my caveats would be getting a 64-bit OS and having 8GB of RAM. Other than that, 500GB of internal storage and that’s pretty much it. Factoring this in, it would be a lot cheaper to do this myself, since I don’t think I’ll spend the $800 extra to get 4GB extra and MSW 7 64-bit from the vendor.
Then again, vendors in Taiwan aren’t like vendors in the US. I’ve never paid for having an OS installed on my computers.
In laptop design, portability is a must for most users. A laptop must be small, portable and fit in a small bag. However, this isn’t true for all users. Designers, programmers and even gamers use mobile workstations, laptops designed to replace a workstation when they are on the go. These laptops are meant to be plugged in at all times. Their battery lives are very short. A really great design comes from Lenovo. The ThinkPad W700 is a 17″ widescreen mobile worstation designed to satisfy the needs of most gamers and graphics-intensive users.
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