Top 5 Laptops To Buy In 2015

Laptops have become essential to everyone’s daily needs. Whether for use at home, in the office or at school, they are meant to serve many purposes. Buying a laptop is complex because of the variety of options available. As for me, the easiest way to narrow down your choices is by identifying these primary factors–the purpose of the laptop, 

Let’s explore the top 5 laptops of 2015 so far:

Top five laptops that would take 2015 on stride!

  1. Toshiba Satellite L505 is an easy pick for those who want a basic laptop at a really low price. Priced at about $529, this laptop is cost effective. However, the low cost models from HP and Toshiba offer better performance.
  2. Asus UL30A is a lightweight razor thin laptop with a thickness of just 0.98 inches. The battery of the laptop offers a 12-hour back up and the configuration enables high speed performance.
  3. Apple MacBook is for Apple lovers. Even though the cost is on the higher side, the specifications and hardware provided are good.
  4. Dell XPS 13, which was launched recently, has become the forerunner laptop for the brand. Packed in an 11-inch chassis, it is a compact laptop. Useful for those who travel a lot with their laptop.
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad X250 has become a leading laptop of 2015 because it has a wonderful hardware. It is lightweight and comes with 15 hours of battery life.

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Windows 10 Release Date: The Build Is Ready To Embrace New Laptops And PCs

By now, Microsoft should be making some last minute changes to the Windows 10, given that July 29 is almost here. The release to manufacturing deadline has also arrived and so, the American tech giant has unveiled a brand new build alongside, known as the RTM 10240.

Windows 10 Is Ready For New Laptops And PcsMore Details

The new build will make way into the new line of PCs or laptops to be available from their OEMs. However, before you set your hopes high, remember that a limited number of these machines pre-loaded with Windows 10 will be available for July 29. As of now, the RTM build 10240 will be accessible to testers of Windows 10, if they are part of the exclusive Microsoft Insiders program.

No More Previews

Release of this RTM build also means that you will not get your hands on the Windows 10 preview builds anymore. Microsoft is currently planning to work in unison with the Insiders groups so that the latest OS is not glitched and to understand the plausible upgrades that will be needed, according to Microsoft OS Group engineering general manager Gabe Aul.

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Dell Inspiron 13 7347 VS Apple Macbook Pro With Retina Display — Who Emerges As The Best?

Laptop users today prefer compact machines that offer great functionality. At the same time, they want it for a good price. Two recent releases seem to meet all these requirements–the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 and the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch version. We compare both the laptops for their worth:

Dell Inspiron 13 7347 vs. Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch)

The latest Dell Inspiron is sturdy and slim so it works well as a business laptop. Easy to carry, it also works well for entertainment purposes. The edges have a curved appeal for a soft look. With a screen size of 13.3 inches and IPS touch screen grade, it is convenient to use for longer hours. This laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Delving Into The Dell

The processor does not let you down with its Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U CPU Dell Inspiron 13 7347 VS Apple Macbook Proand Intel HM87 chipset. As for video viewing, you can experience good clarity thanks to an integrated Intel 4400 HD build. With an 8 GB DDR3 memory inbuilt in the system and Seagate ST500LM000 500 GB SSHD grade storage, storing files and using them is easy. Finally, the two-in-one form factor and the HD webcam are show-stoppers on the Windows 8.1 OS backed laptop from Dell but we are more impressed with the Apple Macbook 15 inches.

Apple Keeps The Dell Away

The resolution of the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display is mind blowing at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels on a 13.3-inch screen. The CPU keeps it going thanks to the 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-5257U processor. Performance is also enhanced with the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz memory. Gaming or videos appear smooth thanks to the presence of 1,536 MB Intel HD Iris Graphics 6100. Presence of a unibody aluminum frame and the edge-to-edge glass display finally earns the Apple baby brownie points and threatens the success of the Dell competitor.

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Best Laptops To Buy In 2015: Apple Macbook Tops The List

Technology has been improving year by year and every year there is a new range of laptops. Here are few that can be considered the best buys in 2015.

  • Best Laptops to buy in 2015 Apple MacBook – This is one of the finest ultraportable laptop this season. Priced at $1,289.00 – $1,299.00, this laptop has got excellent reviews from experts. With Intel’s Core M Processor and 12 inches of screen, this machine offers a sleek look, which is exceedingly easy to carry.
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13”– Not quite different from its 12-inch counterpart, this 13 inches machine has all features like Force Touch trackpad, long battery life, fast memory and Retina display. What else you can ask for at the price of $1,299.
  • Lenovo LaVie Z – It is one of the light-weight laptops of 2015 that can be called ‘lighter than the air’. With price of $1,499, LonovoLaVie Z is loaded with powerful processor and an improved set of connections and ports.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 –Despite of the larger screen i.e. 12 inches and high resolution, Surface Pro 3 is lighter and thinner than its two predecessors. It is more than a laptop and good as a tablet with new kickstand that makes it easy to use even on desk. The device is ideally priced at $695 to $799
  • Dell XPS 13 Non-touch –The borderless display make this revamped 13” machine into one of the smallest laptops we have in 2015. The Intel’s latest CPU and long battery life is all that forces buyers to get hold of Dell XPS laptop.

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Is The HP Stream 11-D023tu: Worth A Buy Or Does It Miss The Mark?

At a time when you have phablets, tablets, smartphones and mini-laptops, it is tough for an entry level laptop to make a big mark. So when a maker like HP decides to push the boundary with the HP Stream 11-D023tu, one is made to sit up and take notice.

In terms of physical looks, we so love this piece. While the color—a bright shade of blue—could be distracting for many, it has a funky feel to it.

The challenge with this laptop is that there are so many entry level laptops flooding the market that we need to actually weigh its pros against the plausible cons. Only then can we know if it scores a hit or a miss.

HP Stream 11For starters, we barely found any impressive hardware on the Stream 11. However, this is well made up for by the presence of the integrated 3G modem. Basically, this allows for smoother internet connectivity sans the worry of hotspot or dongles.

There are three ports and the usual HDMI output. However, all of these are on one side. The basic flaw we noticed here is the absence of any vent or fan. In fact, the speakers fire downwards being located on the lower lip curve of the device.

Moving in to greater details—there is no touch input support but then, the 11.6-incher screen is of poor quality and comes with 1366 x 768 resolution. The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N2840 CPU.  Other specs around his niche are-

  • 2.16 GHz dual core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB  memory
  • Flash support of only upto 32 GB
  • Windows 8.1, 34-Bit

While the full size keyboard is a good spec, we are let down with the pre-installed apps such as Connected Music, Trip Advisor and MySMS among others. The battery is beefy and offers 5 hours of activity post a single round of charging. However, this is just about it. For us, the HP Stream 11-D023tu misses the mark—big time!… Read the rest

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Sony Vaio Pro 13 Vs. Macbook Air 13 : The Clash of Titans

 Sony Vaio Pro 13 Vs. Macbook Air 13: The Clash of TitansNotable competitors and valuable devices, Apple’s 13-inch Macbook Air and Sony’s Vaio Pro 13 are both worth a comparison. Let’s consider the specifications and features of both the laptops to see which one outdoes the other.

Weighing 2.34 pounds, the Sony Vaio Pro sports a 13.3-inch touchscreen. Lightweight and stylish, the device sits at less than an inch of thickness, half an inch at one end and 0.68-inch on the other. This machine is made of carbon fiber, which makes it sturdy and lightweight.

Sporting Sony’s Full HD Triluminos Display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,090 pixels, the Vaio Pro comes in carbon black and silver color choices. Running fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor, the device holds a PCIe SSD drive. It can be grabbed at a starting price of $1149.99. 

Considering the other in line, Apple MacBook Air also holds a 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen. However, the MacBook Air is not a touchscreen device, which does give the Vaio Pro an edge here. Weighing 2.96 pounds, the device sits at a thickness of 0.68-inch on being closed.

The unibody construction offers it durability. With Intel HD Graphics 5000, the MacBook Air sports a resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels. Running 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, the device holds 3MB shared L3 cache and 4GB of 1600MHz DDRL3L SDRM along with 128GB of PCI Express Flash storage that’s available on its smaller storage model.

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Dell XPS 27 Bounces And Shine: The Apple Mac Book Pro and Sony Via Pro 13 Killer?

With price tag of $2,099.99, the Dell XPS 27 laptops come packed with Intel’s latest fourth-generation Core i-series CPUs, touted Haswell with a better battery life and improved integrated graphics.

Bragging a 27-inch screen size, the XPS 27 holds a screen resolution above 1080p, at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

Strong and stylish, this laptop holds 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM. Running 3.1GHz Intel Core i7 4770S CPU, the device comes with storage of 2TB, 7,200 rpm hard drive. It sports Gigabit, Ethernet, 802.11g/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 networking and runs Windows 8 (64-bit) operating system. There’s a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT750M graphics card included in the XPS 27.

Made with round edges and a rectangular metal base, the device looks attractive and holds a black bezel under edge-to-edge glass. It sports an adjustable hinged arm that connects the stand and screen.

Included in the laptop is the optical drive for DVD or Blu-ray on the right with 6 USB 3.0, SD card reader and audio ports on the left.

Dell wireless mouse and keyboard set are also included.

The device holds a HDMI-in, HDMI-out, Thunderbolt/display port for video along with jacks for stereo speakers, headphones and microphones.

Fast and quick, the XPS 27 offers good speed for editing in Photoshop, streaming HD videos or Web surfing.

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Laptops in Combat: From Apple MacBook Air vs Sony Viao Pro 11 vs Microsoft Surface Pro

The Potential for Laptops is Huge. With a wide consumer base and equally extensive competitive market, each firm is vying to offer top-class products to users. Let us consider specifications of few such devices on the display.

Specifications Apple MacBook Air Toshiba Satellite U845t Sony VAIO Pro 11 Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11s
Display size 13.3-inch 14-inch 11.6-inch 10.6-inch 11.6-inch
Operating system Mac OS X 10.8.4 Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Microsoft Windows 8
Memory 4GB of RAM 6GB of RAM 4GB of RAM 4GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11n 802.11n/g/b 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Camera 1.3-megapixel 1.3-megapixel 1-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 1.0M 720p HD
Processor Intel Core i5-4250U Intel Core i5-3337U Intel Core i7-4500U Intel Core i5 3317U Intel Core i5-3339Y
Dimensions 32.5 x 1.7 x 22.7 cm 13.5 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches 11.22 x 7.76 x 0.68 inches 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches 11.70 x 8 x 0.61 inches
Weight 1.35 kg 3.8 lbs 1.92 lbs 2 lbs 2.96 lbs
Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels 1366 x 768 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1366 x 768 pixels
Battery life 12 hours 6.25 hours 6.5 hours 5 hours 5.54 hours
Connections 2 x USB 3.0, FireWire via optional adapter, SD Flash card, 1 Thunderbolt 2 x USB 2.0, USB 3.0, LAN, HDMI NFC, WiDi, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 Ethernet, HDMI USB 3.0, Cover port, Mini DisplayPort, Headset jack, microSDXC card slot USB 2.0, SD Card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0 No 4.0 4.0 4.0
Touchscreen No Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Dell XPS and Dell Inspiron :The Latest To Join The Windows 8 Club

Dell XPS 12 convertible laptopJust few days before the Windows 8 operating system officially hit the shelves, various PC makers have already announced rolling out their latest devices, all made with Microsoft’s latest offering.

The latest to join the club is the technology solutions provider Dell, which uncovered its Dell XPS 12 convertible laptop, the Dell XPS One 27, and Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktops. All these laptops are up for pre-orders on the company’s US site. Dell promises to ship all pre-ordered devices on Oct. 26, the day Windows 8 launch.

The Dell XPS 12 convertible laptop is the successor of Dell Inspiron Duo, which came out in 2010.

Hugely publicized as a laptop and a tablet, the XPS 12 converts from laptop to tablet easily via a flip-hinge design. Designed in a 12-inch size, the device sports a full HD display. The price range of Dell XPS 12 starts at $1,199.

Next in line, the Dell XPS One 27 boasts of a 27-inch screen. This all-in-one PC is designed with a 10-finger capacitive touch screen. With hinged-arm design and high-resolution display, this system makes a good choice starting at a base price of $1,599.99.

Coming to the next, the Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktop is designed with a touch-enabled screen. Measuring 23 inches, this system offers a resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. Available with Ivy Bridge CPUs, the starting price of Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktop is $779.99.

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New Ultrabook On The Block: Toshiba Portégé Z935

Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 UltrabookTech war can never get over with the old technology always making way for the latest and most innovative devices. The most recent in line is Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 Ultrabook. Slim, lightweight, and smart, this ultrabook makes a good choice for business users.

Let’s take a look at some of the specifications of the Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 ultrabook–

-13.3-inch display with 1366 by 768 pixels resolution

-0.63-inch in thickness

-VGA-out port for connectivity with projectors

-Lightweight at 2.47 pounds

-Costs around $900

-Third-gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive

-Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel’s WiDi technology

-Runs 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium

-Quick use with second-gen Intel Core i5 desktop processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive

-Startup time of 14.5 seconds

-Relies on Intel’s integrated HD graphics chip, has no discrete graphics card

-Frame rates of between 12.1 frames per second and 25.6 fps (low-quality graphics, 800-by-600-pixel resolution)

-Up to 6 hours of battery life

-Body made of light-gray magnesium-alloy

-Lid has brushed metal finish and a thin and reflective Toshiba logo in the centre

-Brushed metal finish and chromed accents on inside

-Black island-style soft-touch keys on keyboard

-Keyboard has smooth, velvety finish

-Small keys, adequate trackpad

-Two mouse buttons on trackpad

-Trackpad supports multitouch gestures

-Most ports at the back

-Headphone jack, microphone jack, and SD card reader at the left

-One USB 3.0 port and a Kensington lock slot at the right

-A gigabit ethernet port, HDMI and VGA-out ports, and two USB 2.0 ports (one with Sleep-and-Charge)- all at the back

-Medium video playback feature

-Speakers at the bottom, near the front

Considering all the features of the Toshiba Portégé Z935 Ultrabook, we conclude that it makes a decent choice of laptop for users. However, for those who want it for business purpose, it makes a good choice keeping quick meetings and basic presentations in mind.

After all, it’s lightweight, a solid overall performer, and has various good hookup choices such as VGA, HDMI, WiDi, and Bluetooth.

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