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Dual Core Laptops: This Isn’t Your Last Year’s Laptop!

The laptop world is seeing double. The next evolution in laptops is dual-core technology. Dual-core processors are quickly raising the laptop experience to the next level and laptop users are benefiting from the extra boost in performance.

Dual-core means exactly what you think it means, you have two processors or CPU’s in your laptop instead of one. Theoretically this should mean twice the performance level for all those multi-tasking chores we call upon our laptops to do. However, you must have ways or technology (the platform) to utilize and handle all this extra power. There is some catching up to do but to keep things simple, Hyper-Threading, PCI-Express and SLI are all ways of harnessing or using this extra power.

With the recent introduction of the new Centrino Duo Mobile Technology, Intel has entered the multi-core arena. All this extra dual power and Hyper-Threading will finally put some punch into laptops and especially gaming laptops. Now almost on par with desktop PCs, laptops and notebooks can finally hold their heads high when it comes to performance. This isn’t your last year’s laptop!

How quickly things change, Intel expects the Core Duo chip will be in 230 different laptop designs in the first months of 2006. Intel also claims this Duo chip will deliver 68% more performance over the current Sonoma processor (many manufacturers say this will be around 30%) and reduce battery consumption by another 28% (Giving 5 hours for a standard battery and 10 hours for an extended cell battery).

Still, dual-core processors coupled with Hyper-Threading technology, will and does greatly improve the multi-tasking functions of your next laptop. The only minor hurdle, many of today′s current video games can’t use all these multi- applications features. But as more games come on stream which can take full advantage of all this new technology, expect your gaming enjoyment to increase. As with any new technology there will probably be a lag time before all the multi-applications can be applied to the majority of new games hitting the market.

Some major laptop makers now sporting the Intel Core Duo include Dell with its new “entertainment” Dell Inspiron e1705 line of high end laptops. HP with its Pavilion dv1000 line of laptops, which comes with a remote and you can play CDs and DVDs without booting up.

Nor is Intel the only player in town with a lot of chips on the gaming table. Intel’s main rival AMD has introduced dual-core into its mobile Turion 64 X2 processors. Also keep in mind, in recent head-to-head CNET Labs testing, AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 chip performed better than Intel’s desktop Dual-Core chip. http://www.cnet.com/4520-6022_1-6410042.html

You’re probably wondering, how will all this new laptop technology be applied? And what does it mean for the average laptop owner? What does it mean for gaming laptops?

Well, lets examine one sample notebook to see what all this next generation technology will do for laptops. Take for example, the Xtreme SL, a new gaming laptop designed by Rockdirect. Rockdirect, formerly known as Rock computers, is a leading UK laptop manufacturer who introduced some of the world′s first dual core laptops last summer (2005).

Rockdirect’s latest gaming offering, the Xtreme SL has specs or features which are rather awe-inspiring, even for the non-gamer. It comes with an AMD Turion 64 ML-44 2.4GHz processor, sporting 1MB L2 Cache and 2 Gigs of DDR 400MHz RAM. More importantly, it has twin NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX 256MB graphics cards with PCI-Express and SLI (Scalable Link Interface).

SLI lets you have two graphics cards on your laptop, working in tangent to increase or double your graphics performance and visual quality. Throw in a 19 inch WSXGA+ X-Glass TFT Screen and you have a perfect example of where gaming laptops are headed with all this new technology.

For those involved in gaming, this means the ultimate gaming experience can be best captured on a laptop with Dual-core processors and dual graphics cards using all the latest SLI or Hyper-Threading technology. And it is just not for gamers. The new mobile multi-core chips are turning heads for ordinary laptop users who want the best performance possible in their sleek shinny new laptops or notebooks.

Besides, why should gamers have all the fun, these new technologies will greatly benefit all laptop users. It means a sleeker, faster, and more powerful laptop for everyone. It also means longer lasting battery life for your laptop, a much needed improvement. For the demanding laptop user working in multi-media authoring, multi-tasking with video editing, spread sheets, large graphics… these dual core laptops offers a very capable alternative to the bulky and oh-so stationary desktop PC.

This new multi-core technology offers ultimate performance in a sleek, quiet package that buyers will find hard to resist. It will draw even more potential customers into the laptop market, looking for the ultimate in style, portability, and performance. Dual-core laptops may just deliver the goods.

This surely is not your last year’s laptop.

what is the difference between dual core processor and core 2 processor?. Thanks to http://www.bizwaremagic.com/


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The Real Difference Between The Apple IPhone And The Motorola Droid

Coverage: Call Quality and 3G Speed

If we step away for a moment from all the bells and whistles (or in this case itunes and app stores) of the Apple iPhone 3Gs and the Motorola Droid, we can take a closer look at some of the more overlooked features of these phones, not seen by the naked “i”. But enough with the iPuns, let’s get down to discussing how AT&T supports the iPhone compared to Verizon Wireless and the Droid.

Just like in football, where it’s the kicker’s job to kick the ball, it’s the cell phone carrier’s job to provide phone coverage. But with the recent Verizon and AT&T commercial media battles, who’s to know which company is telling the truth. Hands down Verizon has the best call quality and service. It is what they have stood by from the beginning, “Can you hear me now?” AT&T doesn’t compare to Verizon’s call service, but they make up for it in their superb data coverage, thanks in large part to the iPhone. But don’t just take my word for it, take it from me and my friends! I did a review with a group of my friends who are spread out all over the continental U.S., with an equal amount of iPhone and Droid users.

Personally, I’ve had service with all the major carriers over the course of my 15 years of being a cell phone junkie. All except T-Mobile who always seems to be a bit behind in technology although they were rated to have the best customer service. My sample of friends have similar histories as well, so…

Here’s what we came up with.

This is how we rated each carrier according to voice coverage:

1.) Verizon Wireless 2.) Sprint 3.) T-Mobile 4.) AT&T Wireless

We ranked data coverage as follows:

1.) AT&T Wireless 2.) Sprint 3.) T-Mobile 4.) Verizon Wireless

Equipment: To touch, or not to touch (screen)

Let me preface this section by acknowledging that whether or not someone would rather use a touch keyboard or a full QWERTY keyboard is a matter of personal preference of course, but to take the debate further I examine the difference in touch screens themselves.

What is not known to much of the touch screen toting public is that there is a huge difference in the iPhone touch screen and most other touch screens out there. The iPhone relies on the electrical properties of your finger to identify where on the screen you are touching. This allows it to be much more responsive and intuitive to what you want to do. The rest of the industry uses a resistive touch screen that relies on pressure to identify location. By using multiple layers stacked on top of each other it uses the pressure applied by your finger or stylus to cause those layers to touch and thus provoke the appropriate response.

The slide-out keyboard on the Motorola Droid is pretty typical. For those who could not or would not get acclimated with touchscreen keypads the slide QWERTY keyboard does comes in handy. Although some may say that the slideout keyboard makes the Droid a little more heavier, others like having both options.

No matter what manufacturers continue to crank out, the iPhone 3Gs is still the standard by which all other smart phones are judged. The Droid came out with a ton of media hype and it has proven itself worthy to be in the same room with the iPhone, though not usurping it in any way. However, until the Apple iPhone is officially available on the other networks it will continue to be judged not only on its own merits, but that of AT&T Wireless as well. I guess that means we’ll still be seeing a lot of Luke Wilson in the near future.

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Laptops Vs Desktops – What Everyone Should Know

OK so the question has been set :

Laptops vs Desktops. I’m not here to sell you either so i have no vested interest. If you are interested in this question then read on as i have listed the basic pro′s and cons with a little opinion at the bottom.

The basic pro′s and cons : Laptop Pros ( 3 ) 1 – Portable 2 – Relatively cheap when compared completely ( include the screen , keyboard etc ) 3 – Built in battery – ( ever had a power cut and lost some work ? )

Laptop Cons ( 5 ) 1 – Small screen 2 – Uncomfortable for long periods of work without desktop keyboard and screen ( suddenly not so portable ) 3 – Can be expensive / impossible to repair 4 – Laptop hard disks are a major bottleneck : Laptop hard disk are much slower and do not work well when filled up with data. 5 – Laptop processors at the same Ghz ( measure of speed on chips ) do not perform the same ( 30% more in favor of the desktop ).

Desktop Pros ( 5 ) 1 – Powerful 2 – Easy to upgrade 3 – Easy to repair 4 – Desktops last longer ( they don’t break as easily as laptops ) 5 – If you need lots of Power the desktops are significantly cheaper.

Desktop Cons ( 2) 1- Not portable ( try carrying one of these to work and back everyday ). 2 – No built in battery ( external batteries called UPS can be purchased as an extra).

Final Point Score :

Desktop Pros / Cons: 5 / 2 Laptop Pros / Cons :: 3 / 5

Conclusion : Desktops win convincingly ! If your planning to buy a computer and your planning to leave it on a dedicated table then you should definitely buy a desktop. Its cheaper more powerful , easy to upgrade etc.

If you really need to move with your computer then you have no choice but to go with a laptop. ( Do ask if you really need to move with it – not the old fantasy of ” I’m going to work in the garden with my laptop – its just not going to happen ; glare on screen when its sunny and sparks from your laptop when it rains, bad wifi connecting , battery running out , etc).

Example : 3Ghz desktop chip vs a 3Ghz laptop chip the laptop chip is approximately 30% slower ( this is due to a number of factors – heat , voltage and general punching power – ghz are about speed but just because a boxer punches 3000 times doesn’t make him a powerful boxer as a boxer who weighs twice as much can punch 2000 times and produce more power than the boxer who punches faster — Speed X Weight = Power

How to choose a laptop processor. Thanks to http://www.justclear.com/


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Upgrading Your PC for Non-experts

Intro

One of the big advantages of PCs over earlier types of computers is that they’re upgradable. If you get to the point where you need a faster computer, more storage space or whatever, you don’t have to buy a new PC. You can upgrade it by buying just the extra part you need. But sometimes it’s better to just take the plunge and replace it… and how do you know what part to upgrade? Here’s my guide:

Memory

Adding memory is one of the most popular upgrades. It makes a big difference to how fast your PC runs. When your PC runs out of memory for what it’s doing, it stores information on your hard drive instead. Your hard drive is nowhere near as fast as the memory. The more memory you′ve got, the less often your PC will need to store things on the hard drive as it works. So the faster it will go.

How much memory is enough does depend on what version of Windows you′re running. With Windows XP, 256MB is considered a bit on the low side, though it’ll be just about OK. 512MB is decent and 1024MB is really good. If you have Windows 95 or 98, you can get by on 64MB though it’s worth going to 128MB even if you just use your PC for basic office work. More will make it really hum along.

It also depends on what you′re using your PC for — if you′re just typing up the odd letter and sending emails, then 256MB will probably do you but if you′re editing video or playing the latest 3D games, it’ll be worth getting the full 1024MB.

If you buy memory, make sure you get the right type for your computer — the best thing to do is go to a shop and get them to pick the right type and to fit it for you. You CAN fit it yourself if you know what you′re doing but be careful!

Hard Drive

Another upgrade that can be worthwhile is a bigger hard drive. If you don’t have enough space for all your files and programs then it’s obviously a good plan! I’d also recommend it if you have only just enough space. When your hard drive is nearly full your PC has to scamper around it trying to find empty space every time it wants to save something… and that takes time.

I’d recommend keeping your existing hard drive and adding a new one instead of actually replacing your existing one. No point in throwing it away if it’s still working!

A typical hard drive nowadays is anywhere from 40GB to 160GB — if you′re getting a new one it might as well be big!

With a hard drive you can either fit it yourself or get a shop to fit it… or there’s a third option. You can buy an external version which plugs into your computer via a USB port. These are great for moving information from one PC to another. If it’s always on one PC, I prefer the hard drive neatly tucked away inside the case… but again, it’s up to you.

Bigger/flat monitor

If you′ve got a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor (the type with a box sticking out the back, like a television) you might fancy one of those stylish flat ones. It’s not just a fancy gadget, they also fit better on a small desk and you can have it closer to the wall than a big cumbersome CRT.

If you decide to go for it, think about whether you want one with built in speakers. It keeps you desk nice and tidy and looks more stylish. But you can get much better sound quality with separate speakers.

You also could think about what size of screen you want. It’s measured in inches from one corner to the opposite one. 17inch is pretty standard for desktop PCs though the flat screen types tend to seem bigger than the CRT type even when they’re the same size. For normal use, I wouldn’t particularly recommend getting a big one but if you do a lot of design or gaming, it might be worth it.

Processor

I’m not a big fan of processor upgrades. People talk about the processor speed when they’re saying how fast a PC is but there’s a lot more to it. Upgrading the processor without upgrading the other parts doesn’t tend to make much difference. And if you′re going to change the other bits too, you′re probably best off just buying a new PC. It’ll probably be cheaper.

CD Writer/DVD player/DVD writer

This is a simple one. If you don’t have a CD writer and you want to be able to write CDs, get one! As usual, I’d advise you to get it fitted at the shop you buy it at. Or you could get an external one that plugs into a USB port.

If you fancy it you could even get a DVD player or DVD writer, if you want to put your home movies on DVD. Again, you can either get it fitted or buy an external one.

Graphics Card

This is a bit of a specialist one. If you′re into fast 3D games, then it might be worth getting a faster graphics card. If you aren’t, it probably isn’t. A standard graphics card can handle ordinary graphics pretty well. It’s only when the PC throws fast 3D at it that it struggles. Then the PC itself has to do some of the work for it, leaving less time for the PC to work out whether you′ve been clobbered by a goblin.

Epilogue

The crucial point about upgrades is that it really does depend on what you use your PC for. If you′re happy with what your PC is doing for you, don’t let anyone talk you into feeling you have to upgrade.

One of the things that helps keep a PC usable with current software are processor upgrades. Thanks to http://www.osaat.co.uk/


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