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Monday, May 9, 2011

The LapDawg X4: A New Breed You Can Cuddle With

Posted by Eric Juillerat in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

When life's circumstances breed new technology, great things happen. The LapDawg X4 is a good example. If you use your laptop to get your email in bed, browse the Internet from the chaise longe, or work in non-office environments, the LapDawg X4 is for you! Or, if you are just looking for the ultimate in ergonomic adaptability, you need to read on. Read more...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

iPads and Tablets May Be Killing Consumer PC Sales

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:00 PM

"A new analyst report suggests that tablet makers will have a very hard time keeping pace with Apple's iPad 2 moving into 2012."

According to an analyst from the Deutsche Bank, 45 million tablets will be sold in 2011, and 35 million will be iPads. The total expected to be in use by 2012 is about 70 million. His prediction is that the iPad will maintain a 70% market share, unless the competition beats Apple on price -and- offers a superior user experience. Accordingly, his prediction for PC growth has been lowered from nine percent growth down to four percent, and he opines that about one in three tablet purchases are a notebook replacement. Finally, he believes that corporate PC sales remains strong, and that tablets aren't killing PC sales in the business world. How many of you have replaced (rather than supplemented or complemented) a desktop or notebook with a tablet?

Viovio Photo Books Reviewed: Free Your Photos!

Posted by Eric Juillerat in "Digital Home Printing" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Photo Books and Printing
Manufacturer: VIOVIO
Where to Buy: VIOVIO
Price: $5.99 USD and up (varies)
System Requirements: Internet Browser, Laptop or Desktop computer
Specifications: N/A


  • Massive library of templates;
  • Excellent customer support;
  • Impressive printing and pricing options.
  • Internet based application can be slow;
  • May not be compatible with some browser plugins;
  • Finished project may not have the printing option you want.

Summary: Am I the only one who has gigabytes of photographs gathering digital dust on my hard drive? I'm not, right? And why? Because ink and photo paper is expensive, and it would take me forever to print them out! And then what? Invite the family over for a sit-down where you pass one photo hand-over-hand to the person on your right, over and over? No, no, this can't go on, and that's exactly what went through the brilliant minds over at Viovio. What if you could pick up a book, and inside have your photos displayed on high quality photo paper? And what if it had interesting notes and text, amid a visual playground that didn't just display your photos, but presented them? Viovio turns Family-Vacation-Photo-Night into an upper scale gala, thick with praise and hyperbole, but more importantly with love. And speaking of love, hidden in this review is a 20% off coupon for you to use! Read more...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Everki Track Laptop Messenger Bag

Posted by Chris Baxter in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: Laptop Bag
Manufacturer: Everki
Where to Buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
Price: $59.99
Specifications: Length: 16.54 in., Width: 7.09 in., Height: 12.99 in., Weight 1.98 lbs.


  • Handy compartment designed for Apple iPad or any other similar sized tablet computer;
  • Lots of additional compartments to store other electronics, including power cords;
  • Small enough in size to take anywhere, yet can hold a lot more equipment than you would think.
  • Clasps on front flap are difficult to manage while on the move;
  • The bag only accommodates up to a 15.6" laptop.

Summary: The Everki Track Laptop Messenger Bag, is a bag with a twist. It comes with a compartment especially designed to carry an Apple iPad. Given the wildly popular reception the iPad has received since its debut, there have been a lot of products designed to carry and protect it, but this is the first time I have seen a solution designed into a laptop bag, and that makes it rather unique. While some people might argue that the whole reason they bought an iPad was to ditch their laptop, for other people, myself included, that just isn't realistic. As handy as my iPad is, there are just some things that are done more efficiently with a laptop. So how do I easily carry both? Everki attempts to answer that question with their Track Laptop Bag. Just how successful are they? Let's see!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Apple Has Greenest Notebook Line Overall

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

"Following an investigation of a complaint by Dell, NAD, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, said Apple was “unique” in having chosen only to produce laptops that meet the highest EPEAT environmental standards. “While other manufacturers may have subcategories of lines with similar ratings, none has comparable high ratings for all of the notebooks it produces,” NAD said. However Apple was asked to remove the the reference to “world’s greenest” given the potential for overstatement. NAD noted that some individual Toshiba Portage notebooks have a higher EPEAT rating than MacBooks."

Interesting distinction. There are individual laptops that are as green or greener, but not an entire line that's as green as the MacBooks. Fair enough. Frankly, I think this whole rush to get green thing is a bit annoying already, but there are obviously people who make their buying decisions based on the color of their environmental impact (not to mention idiots like GreenPeace who won't shut up).

Frankly, I don't buy computers based on their environmental footprint, but that's me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Complete Guide To Building Your Own Hackintosh

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 09:00 AM

"OS X is out there. You've seen it in coffee shops, on TV, in the laps of hipsters at the local taqueria. There‘s no shame in wondering what all the fuss is about. Hell, it's healthy to mix it up a little bit. If only the idea of sending Steve Jobs and the rest of Apple, Inc. thousands of your hard-earned dollars didn't send you into a cold sweat that only a game of Left4Dead can cure. Still, OS X is the subject of many glowing reviews. Even hardcore PC users are singing its praises. If you have the itch to try out OS X, but you're not down with shelling out the cash for a new Mac, we have one word for you: Hackintosh."

This is a really good detailed guide about what to get, how to get it, and what the consequences of each parts choice are. I'm not a big fan of Hackintoshes per se, mainly because I worry about upgrades breaking things, but I guess there's a place in the world for the industrious young lad who wants a Mac but doesn't dare buy one!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Apple Updates White MacBook

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple released a stealth upgrade of the entry-level MacBook this morning. The white MacBook, still priced at $999USD, now has a 160GB hard drive, a 2.13GHz processor and a slight increase in RAM speed -- 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM."

The MacBook White is still a solid deal for anyone in the market for a new laptop and is quite the capable little machine. Apple may not compete in the low end, but when it comes to the mid range, the White is still a solid performer. At $999 it would probably satisfy a good majority of the needs of the people who need a new laptop.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Microsoft Unleashes New "Laptop Hunters" Ad

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

Yep, they're at it again. Meet Lisa, a mom who thinks Apple computers are "popular at that age" (as she points to her whatever year old kid) and her son, Jackson, who wants a big hard drive, speed, and a computer that's good for gaming. What do they look at? Why, a Vista 64 laptop from Sony, of course! Doesn't everyone?

Unlike in the Giampaolo ad (surely you remember him? he's the "picky" and "technically savvy" guy who walked out of Fry's with an utter piece of slow heavy crap after saying he wanted speed and portability), these guys actually got a halfway decent machine. Of course, you'll never find that machine listed on the Laptop Hunters site; they don't put the machines there anymore, so you can't make fun as easily as you used to!

Either way, it has all the features of a typical "Laptop Hunters" ad. The stupid dig at Apple, the revelation that they need a PC, and the purchase of a PC at a big box store where your options are grossly limited to whatever they have in stock on the shelves. Should be interesting to find out, down the road, how well Jackson's gaming is going on a laptop (!?) running Windows Vista 64 (*sigh*), with a graphics chipset that's roughly 2 generations old (nice move). But hey, they have Blu Ray! On a 16.4" screen! With a remote!

Here's the machine they bought.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Apple Doing Better With Greenpeace

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"HP, Lenovo, and Dell haven't fared too badly in some of Greenpeace's previous e-waste reports, but it looks like three companies have fallen well short of the organization's expectations this time around, with each getting called out for failing to live up to their promises."

Not that anyone cares (or should) about what Greenpeace has to say about anything, but Apple's a frequent target of their ire (they went so far as to disrupt Macworld San Francisco last year with their stupid stunts) and it seems like they have much bigger fish to fry now. While Apple isn't exactly in the green, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Acer are all worse and are all selling more units than Apple will ever sell in any market, so maybe Apple goes off their radar for a bit and they start focusing on the bigger guys who will, justifiably, ignore them.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Macs Not Much Faster

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:00 AM

"When clock speeds are identical between systems, such as with the new low-end 2.66GHz iMac and a mid-range predecessor from last year, the difference in test scores becomes almost unnoticeable, coming down to 11 points in the case of the two all-in-ones. Even the 2.93GHz iMac, which replaces a 2.8GHz model, has only a 189-point advantage -- or about a 5 percent speed difference that directly maps to the higher clock rate."

Apple Insider does note that there's probably a big leap in video performance due to the new Nvidia chips inside, but in operations where there's a lot of CPU and memory throughput, there isn't that big of a difference between the current model iMacs and the new ones. That's food for thought if you're planning on purchasing one of the newer systems. A caveat, of course, is that we don't know how much this will change when Snow Leopard rolls around, so choose your weapon carefully!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Do You Share Your Computer?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Your computer is your life. All of your important information is on there and you have the settings just the way you like. Now someone wants to use it. Does that make you uncomfortable?"

It's an interesting question, and to get the discussion started, I'll relate my own experience. My wife and I both own MacBooks (she a BlackBook, I a MacBook Pro) and at any given time one of our laptops is in the living room near the couch. There are times when I'll need to look something up and will not even consider touching her BlackBook; I usually use my iPhone instead. She, however, has no qualms about grabbing my MacBook Pro. It's not that I don't trust her, but I consider a computer someone's sacred space which is why I won't go near hers unless she asks me to or if there are software updates that need to be done. If we had one computer and had to share it, I may think differently, but we don't so I imagine its made me somewhat territorial.

Now that I've gotten that out in the open, it's your turn. How do you feel about others using your computer? Open up and vent! And while you're at it, hit up the link at the top and help the boys at Gizmodo out with their poll!

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