Reviews of the Xbox One have started making their rounds. The general consensus seems to be that it’s set to be a great system after some patching and exclusive releases like Titan Fall hit the shelves in a few months. We have yet to get our hands on one for our own review, but we are looking forward to it this week.
Here are a few peaks to get an idea of how the initial reviews are going:
“Microsoft’s monolithic black box won’t win any design awards but it’s a different story underneath that functional exterior. Much has been made of the company’s multimedia ambitions for the Xbox One, and while the lack of integration with Sky and Virgin Media is a blow, you can still plug your set top box into the back of the console and multi-task, watching live TV in a window on the side of the screen while playing video games at the same time.”
“If it’s successful — and I’m not saying it will be; ask me again in four or five years — it has the potential to change everything about TV and streaming media and the living room as we’ve known it for decades.”
Boing Boing Score: 8/10
“If you need guidance, all I can suggest is to be patient. The Xbox One and the PS4 are similar, and both have unexciting launch titles. If you’re not sure which to get, wait a week or two; see what games get good buzz from players as well as critics. If you’re not sure whether to get either, there’s no harm waiting until there’s more to do with the next-gen consoles, period, before making a choice. And if you’re waiting for validation on a decision you’ve already made: go buy it already. The …
It’s approximately been 1 year and 3 months since the release of Windows 8. Ever since that release it seems that the majority of people are still complaining about Windows 8. Just browsing PCs on amazon, I found many 1 star reviews on the devices themselves because of Windows 8 (please people, learn how to review a product).
It took me all of 15 minutes to get a grip on Windows 8. Basically hitting the Windows key or dragging down to the left corner brings you to the equivalent of the start screen. The only other trouble I had was quickly navigating to the control panel. Solution? Browse to control panel on metro screen or windows key + X to bring up a list of system options. It’s honestly not very difficult to transition over to Windows 8 from Windows 7.
I personally think that these are the same people that complained about Windows XP when it came out – and if it where up to them, they would still be stuck with Windows 98.
Sony’s line of laptops and ultrabooks makes for some difficult decision making for the holidays. Mobiletechreview did an excellent video comparison between the Sony Vaio Flip and the Duo.…
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The ASUS ViVoBook S500CA-DS51T is one of ASUS’s latest 15 inch laptop offerings. It is a good mid range laptop that is designed for the everyday user.
The ASUS ViVoBook S500CA-DS51T is ran by a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 CPU. This is a dual core CPU that handles windows 8 just fine. The laptop comes with 6GB of RAM. While this may be adequate for most users, some people may find that it is worth it to upgrade to 8 or 12GB since RAM is pretty inexpensive and easy to install. To install RAM, you simply take off the RAM cover located at the bottom of the laptop and slide the new RAM stick in. Some people may find this task easier than others.
You get 500GB of hard drive space. This is enough to store a lot of media and many people will not have any issues running out of space.
If you are a gamer, you will be able to play most games on medium settings. One user reported getting about 60 frames per second with medium settings on Counter Strike Source.
As far as looks are concerned, the ASUS ViVoBook S500CA-DS51T highly resembles Apple’s MacBooks. The shell is silver aluminum and the frame surrounding the display is a glossy black. Many laptops out there have a plasticy cheap feel, this one does not. It is made up of high quality materials and the laptop feels like it is durable and built with quality in mind.
If you do a lot of data entry and accounting, you will be pleased to know that this laptop does have a number pad. Asus did a really good job fitting the number pad in next to the keyboard while maintainging a more compact size.
The ultra thin profile and …
The Samsung UN55F8000 is one of Samsung’s latest LED TVs. It is a 55-inch LED 240Hz 3D smart TV with a sleek design that is different than what we have seen with previous Samsung releases.
Out of the box, the picture quality is already superb with the Samsung UN55F8000. You can tell they they have done a better job with the factory settings on this model. While some tewaking may still be necessary, many users will be happy as it is out of the box.
One of our favorite aspects of this unit is the micro dimming technology. The micro dimming technology allows the TV to fine tune the black levels which enhanced detail greatly. Micro dimming can individually alter one of thousands of mini LEDs on the screen. It can darken or lighten the LEDs, or even complete shut them off in order to produce the deepest blacks possible.
Many people will be happy to hear that there is no light bleed around the edges as this is not an edge lit LED. This is a full backlit LED that is definitely a notable improvement over the edge lit displays.
Te refresh rate is 240Hz to eliminate motion blur. This is great for action movies, sports, or video games.
- Outstanding Design
- Micro Dimming
- Superb Picture quality
- Built in Camera
- No edge bleeding
- The stand may be to wide for some TV stands.
All in all, the picture quality is remarkable.
It is safe to say that the Samsung UN55F8000 has all of the bells and whistles that you can expect with a top of the line Samsung TV. The built in WiFi gives you access to the Smart Hub. There, you will be able to download all of your streaming apps and other useful …
If you are looking for an affordable Windows 8 touch screen laptop, there is a good chance you have come across the Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814. This laptop was designed for the typical user looking to run non-graphics intensive programs efficiently. For a 15.6 inch laptop, it has surprisingly good portability with its light weight (5.5lbs) and a battery life of up to 5 hours. Once you can get past some initial quirks that may come with this laptop, there is very little to complain about.
The performance is perfectly suitable for a student, office worker, and everyday user. The Intel Core i7-3537U processor allows you to run many programs at the same. It also comes with 8GB of ram so there is no need for any ram upgrades. 8GB of ram on Windows 8 goes a long way.
The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce GT 710M which may seem like a gaming card, but it’s not. If you are looking for a gaming laptop you will probably need to shop 1 or 2 price tiers higher to get anything that can run the latest games smoothly. This graphics card can handle HD videos and probably some older/lower graphics intensive games which is expected for the price.
Many manufacturers seem to overestimate the battery life in their specs. However, the battery life does in fact last up to about 5 hours with continuous usage.
The one issue some people are having with this laptop is WiFi connectivity issues, but it can be fixed very quickly and easily with the most updated drivers from Acer. Just make sure you uninstall the atheros driver in the network adapter settings, reboot, and install the new drivers.
The Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 meets the “sleek and slim” standard that most new laptops …
If you are looking for an affordable smart TV, there’s a good chance you came across the VIZIO E401i-A2 40 inch LED Smart TV. At under $500, it may come as no suprise that this is one of the more popular VIZIO Smart TVs. In this VIZIO E401i-A2 review, we will go over the features, the design, and some of the ups and downs of this TV.
Smart TV Features
One of the most notable features for the VIZIO E401i-A2 is the built-in WiFi and Internet apps. More and more people are cancelling their cable service due to the availability of streaming shows and movies from apps like Netflix and Hulu. Other popular apps include Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The Vizio app interface gives you easy access to all of these services. One improvement we think Vizio can make is the speed of the apps. We are so use to having things load instantly on our smart phones or TVs, that it is easy to notice the slightest delays in the app interface. Smart TV capababilities is still somewhat new in our Televisions and there is no doubt that there is room for improvement in just about any SmartTV. Given the price of the VIZIO E401i-A2, this is not that big of a concern.
The VIZIO E401i-A2 features the E-Series slim frame design.The thin frame surrounding the TV is a nice improvement over previous models. This leaves less room for distraction and greatly improves the overall viewing experience.
The profile view is also thin to add to the sleekness of the design.
- E-Series Thin Frame Design
- 120Hz Refresh Rate
- Built in WiFi and Apps
- Slight delays in the App Interface
The 1080p high definition resolution combined with a 120Hz refresh rate results in a sharp image. …
Many people are looking for the MacBook alternative for the PC due to the clean design and high quality external hardware. The Samsung Series 9 NP900X4D-A05US comes pretty close. This is a 15 inch ultrabook designed for portability. It is less than an inch thick and weighs only 3.5lbs which is quite impressive for a laptop this size.
The design is the most notable aspect of this ultrabook. Samsung did a good job listening to their customers to make this laptop a big improvement over the previous version. The first change you will notice is that their is a backlit keyboard. Not only does this improve the overall user experience, it contributes to the aesthetics as well.
Many users complained about the lid not staying shut with the previous version. This has also been fixed with an improved magnetic lid.
One of to most common issues with a PC laptop is the trackpad. Many manufacturers seem to overlook the importance of having a smooth functioning trackpad. With the NP900X4D-A05US, this is no issue. This is a high quality trackpad with gesture capabilities. We always recommend upgraded to the latest trackpad drivers out of the box since there are often improvements.
- SSD Drive
- Quick Boot times
- Backlit keyboard
Performance and Internal Hardware
It is important to mention that there are cheaper laptops out there with the same specs as the NP900X4D. So if internal specifications are more important to you that the design, you will probably want to look elsewhere. This ultrabook comes in at a higher price due to the quality of the design.
Processor – The CPU is an intel Core i5 ivy bridge processor. This is a dual core processor clocked at 1.7Ghz.
Memory – There is 4GB of DDR RAM …
The Acer Aspire S7-391-9427 is another variation of the Aspire S7 line of Utrabooks. It is a drop dead gorgeous laptop that features a touchscreen monitor for added flexibility. This laptop is designed to be very easy and convenient to carry around. Perhaps the only downside portability wise is the ~4 hour battery life under normal usage. However, Acer has a slim secondary battery (sold seperately) which can be conveniently attached to add up to 4 hours to the battery life.
One of the most impressive aspects of this Ultrabook is the 1080p resolution which is unmatched by the majority of 13.3″ Ultrabooks on the market. It also complements the 10 point touchscreen quite nicely as it makes it more accurate to use.
The display itself is made out of gorilla glass which is scratch resistant and easy to clean. The display opens 180 degress which allows you to lay it flat on the table. This is handy for sharing the screen with another person.
The keyboard is much thinner than any Ultrabook keyboard we have seen. It is also backlit which looks nice and makes it easier to type in the dark.
- 1080p Resolution
- Gorilla Glass
- 10 point touch screen
- Light Weight (2.8lbs)
- 256GB SSD
- 4.5 hr battery life
- Ram cannot be upgraded
CPU – The CPU is a Intel Core i7-3537U clocked at 2.0GHz. This processor runs on 2 cores which is useful for multitasking.
Memory – Unfortunately the ram cannot be upgraded beyond the 4GB. This can be a problem for those who plan to run heavy processes such as video editing programs.
SSD Drive – Windows 8 is installed on a 256GB SSD drive which is a noticeable performance improvement over a regular hard drive. Boot times are faster and …