computers

Beware Of The 5400 RPM Hard Drive!

5400 RPM hard drives make computers slow!

Computer manufacturers are letting us down. Computers are being sold with specs that appear to be perfectly fine, but buried in the small print is a detail that means they are deliberately hobbled. They will disappoint you from the first day they’re turned on. Beware of the 5400 RPM hard drive! […] continued

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Shopping For Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon & X1 Yoga - silver & black

Previously: This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops – what to look for in a new laptop

These are some of the best looking new and upgraded laptops shown off at CES last week. They will be coming on the market during the first six months of 2017.

I’m not going to list all the individual prices and features – in part because articles with lists of specs are mind-numbingly dull, but mostly because I don’t want to work hard enough to get the details right. […] continued

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This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 2017

This will be a great year to buy a premium business laptop. Manufacturers are showing off lovely new and upgraded high-end laptops that will go on sale in the next few months.

In this article, I’ll tell you about the characteristics that make this year’s laptops stand out, and I’ll give you some general shopping tips that will help you choose any laptop. […] continued

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HP Spectre X360 Joins The Best Business Laptops

HP Spectre X360

The new HP Spectre X360 joins the small group of the best business laptops.

A business-quality laptop costs $1,000-$1,200. The best laptops in that price range are not gold-plated; they’re not over-powered; they don’t have unnecessary extra features. Instead, they’re perfect. They’re thin and light, they have long battery life, the screens are crisp and large enough to get work done, and they have full-size keyboards that are comfortable to type on. […] continued

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Stylish Desktop PCs Are Just Myths, Right?

HP Pavilion Wave

The gently curved triangular cylinder in the above picture looks like a particularly attractive speaker. Wrapped in thick-threaded fabric, a lid that looks like it’s made for distributing sound evenly – obviously it must be a subwoofer or all-in-one speaker. And in a sense you’re right, because that’s a high-quality Bang & Olufsen speaker blasting out through that lid. […] continued

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Upgrade Your Computer With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade your computer with a solid state drive

You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.

It’s a combination of two things:

•   Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.

•   Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.

There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs help avoid crapware

Here’s a shopping tip if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop PC: check the Microsoft Store for Signature Edition PCs.

Signature Edition PCs are shipped with Windows 10 – and nothing else. The drivers are installed that match the specific hardware but Signature Edition PCs don’t have any unnecessary programs at all. […] continued

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Lenovo Sets The Bar High For Business-Class Computing

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Lenovo has expanded its X1 line to include a traditional laptop (Thinkpad X1 Carbon); a convertible laptop with a keyboard that flips 180 degrees (Thinkpad X1 Yoga); a Surface-style tablet with detachable keyboard (Thinkpad X1 Tablet); and an ultra-stylish all-in-one desktop computer (ThinkCentre X1). […] continued

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Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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How Long Should You Keep Your Computer?

How long should you keep your computer?

The PC industry just went  through the biggest drop in sales in its history. The single biggest reason for the long-term decline is the switch to phones and mobile devices for everyday computing. Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 contributed to the drop in sales in the last half of 2015 by giving older computers a secure way to stay in service as long as the hardware keeps working. […] continued

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Why An SSD Is The Most Important Part Of Your Next Computer

Hard disk drive vs SSD performance

If you get a solid state hard drive (SSD) instead of a conventional spinning hard drive in your next computer – laptop or desktop PC – it will make more of a difference than any other choice you make for the computer. An SSD changes the performance of a computer more than any other single component in the history of personal computing. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2016

Rules for computer safety 2016

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2016.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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The Best Laptop You Can Buy: Lenovo Updates The Thinkpad X1 Carbon For 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

The huge electronics trade show CES is in progress in Las Vegas, with manufacturers showing off a dizzying array of new laptops and tablets for 2016, along with talking refrigerators and autonomous drones and a lot of useless gadgets that will never actually make it into production. The best announcement so far: at the show Lenovo announced this year’s update for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, the single best business laptop on the market, plus an unexpected addition to the Thinkpad X1 lineup. […] continued

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Microsoft Surface Book–The Ultimate Laptop, With A Secret Trick

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Executives at Dell and HP and Lenovo put their head in their hands and moaned as they watched Microsoft’s presentation of new hardware on Tuesday.

It was Microsoft’s best presentation in years, showing off new phones that can turn into computers; a Hololens augmented reality demo that had a goggle-wearing presenter shooting lightning bolts at robots climbing out of the walls; and the Surface Pro 4, which is generally improved in just about every way from the already impressive Surface Pro 3. […] continued

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