Laptops are transforming before our eyes (Literally)
Every year there’s a huge conference for all the big dog PC companies in the best place you’ve never heard of, Taipei. HP, Dell, Asus, and all the other members of the PC family get together and mostly determine how they’re going to come closer to developing the almighty “Macbook Killler” the same way you might expect mobile phone providers do to compete with the iPhone. This years products have gathered to exhibit small profile tablet/laptop hybrids, face detecting laptops, 4k screens and so much more. Here are the results!
ASUS Transformer Book T100HA
Wow, this laptop looks amazing at first glance. This is one of Asus most successful products in years which is similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It’s a full on touch screen tablet with Windows pre-installed on it featuring a detachable keyboard and it’s everything you want form a PC. Its about 20% thinner than the previous version they released last year and it will have Windows 10 pre-installed by default. There’s also really strong magnets on this one which will help with the keyboard docking to make sure you get a really great fit as you would expect to feel using a regular laptop. The screen measures diagonally at 10.1″ with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 and has a manufacturer rated 11-hour battery life thanks to new developments with batteries and LED lighting technology. It also features the new USB Type-C port so you’ll get super fast transfer speeds with portable hard disks and it will charge your phone super fast. Out of the box you’ll get 4GB of memory and 128 GB of storage.
HP Pavilion X2
Well hello there. What a beautiful little laptop. Featuring a 10.1″ screen with detachable keyboard and mousepad, this is a great contender for this years hybrid tablet/latpop market. You wouldn’t even know about this little secret had it not been quietly revealed at the COMPUTEX 2015 show. We’re still waiting to find out how much it will retail for but here’s what we know so far:
USB Type C port included
Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor
Dell XPS 15
We saw the evolution of the Dell XPS laptops just 2 years ago into highly competitive and breathtaking PC laptops. The XPS is a larger version of the XPS13 which was so popular just two years ago. Gizmodo rated the XPS 13 the “Windows laptop to beat.” It appears this version will be a continuation of what we’ve seen in the past and if that’s truly the case, the outlook is very strong:
2 USB 3.0 ports
HDMI port + SD Card slot
Hi-Def 4k Screen
Intel Skylake Processor
Carbon fiber keyboard deck and aluminum construction
Toshiba’s nameless Face Detecting 2-in-1 Hybrid + 4k Screen *drooling*
This laptop so far doesn’t have a name. What would you call? The profile is simply gorgeous and the bells and whistles on this 2-in-1 laptop are going to be mind blowing. The laptop was built in mind to offering high levels of bio-metric security which are supposed to be unprecedented in efficiency and control.
Infrared face-recognizing web cam
256 Toshiba solid state drive
Intel Core i7 CPU
12GB DDR3L Memory
Price (expected to be between $1000-$1500)
What a familiar design. By now Apple fanboys are switching to a different webpage. For those PC lovers who stuck around, you’re in for some great news. It may look like an iMac imitation made by Acer but the reality is that that it’s a full-on tablet with a built-in mount for sitting on a desk and a traditional mouse and keyboard connected wirelessly. The tablet is just 1.4″ thick and is expected to be around 12″-14″ in terms of screen size featuring touch-screen capabilities and possibly a 4k resolution though the details remain unconfirmed on the production model. We don’t even have a price range on this one yet because it’s so new. To be clear, the touch screen will be separable from the desktop mount.
There’s a lot of great machinery coming our way in 2015. Expect your local Best Buy and computer stores to start carrying these in stock in just a month or two from now. As usual, Zombie Techs will work to provide you not only the machinery itself, but also updates on all the latest and great developments in the PC and Apple world. Here’s our question to you: Which PC is your favorite? Are you planning on buying a PC in 2015? Leave your response in the comments section below.
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Mint – by Intuit
In a modern America, managing your finances means everything for your personal survival and can greatly influence how you experience life and impact those closest to you. Money is simple the common denominator for the exchange of goods but how do you control it with so many daily charges, expenses, and temptations? Practice good personal financial planning using Mint.com or Mint for your iPhone/Android phone.
What does Mint do?
Mint allows you to take an iPhone or Android phone and organize all of your bank account, loan info, stocks, and many more things all into one self-updating account that can help you visualize your spending habits, control your budgets, and plan for the future. Mint comes packed with helpful tips on how to upgrade to credit cards or bank/credit union accounts that would give you preferential advantages over your existing program and can even compare some programs side by side against your account to demonstrate your savings by switching over. It’s worth noting that Mint is a free application that is intended for personal use rather than business but will work in business application as well to give the user a 360-degree financial view experience.
Mint requires only your bank login in formation and some configuration in order to send out text message alerts about upcoming bills and charges. You can even use mint to send you alerts daily, monthly, or weekly to your phone via text message alert to indicate your account balances or any large spending that you can define in the options page.
Mint gives you what you always wanted to see about your money: a visual projection of your spending habits, budget analysis, and all the pie charts you can dream of. Mint can show you in a pie chart what categories of spending your throwing money into every day/week/month/year. You can also view the same pie chart based on merchant so you can see if any one particular store or retailer is eating up all of your money every month. The first time I used it I discovered I was spending about $300 a month on red bulls at gas stations and $300 a month on drinks at bars. Combined together, that’s a monthly payment on a very decent car.
Why you should download it today
When you start personally managing your finances, great things happen to your life. But the game is all about using your mind to make decisions and discipline yourself in spending, as well as having great information to look at. Practicing financial management will improve your credit score (you can view your credit score once a month within Mint.com), free up more cash in your life, get you thinking about savings and the future, give you a clear idea of what it’s going to take to get out of debt, and give you a clearer picture of what things you need every month and can’t live without vs. which things you can live without. Download Mint today and begin your question to financial freedom.
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Never overpay for Electronics Again!
We all love technology and everybody wants to have the latest and greatest right? There’s nothing like unboxing a first of it’s kind iPhone or graphics card for your PC but you have to ask yourself, are you overpaying for technology? If you’re like most people, you buy it when you want it, not when the cost becomes reasonable. Here’s a few websites you can use to beat the retail game and pocket yourself some awesome gear for cheap. Check it out:
Check it out, gotApex has been around forever and yet nobody knows about it? It’s one of those hidden gems in vast online world that you may never come across and yet they find deals on everything! You can save yourself a lot of money and Apple products, high end PCs and Laptops as well as a ton of other things like dishwashers, TVs, printers, and even fitness equipment. If you buy love technology, you better send this site straight to the bookmark bar (use Chrome by the way, it’s better). I once found a deal online for Dell Inspiron laptops that had compatible chipsets for Apple iOS and I bought like 6 of them for $2000 and then turned them into ghetto Macbooks (still very cool and stronger than the competing macbooks of the time).
Straight from the top, this is a website that only offers one deal a day per category and thats it. It’s worth checking out because you can find some pretty amazing deals here especially where factory refurbished or reconditioned equipment is concerned. Seriously, I have bought iPad 2s on this website before for half off. You’ll want to hold onto this one to check up on it now and then.
Here’s one for all the mac and photography fan boys out there. This site manages to pump out more deals on Mac and photography related technology than any other I’ve seen. Most of the time you’ll find 15% off this or 10% off that which is not bad but if you stick with checking the site, usually you can find awesome Mac gear for very cheap almost weekly. I highly recommend you check this out if you’re a godless marauding Apple fanboy. Anyways, just like their logo says this site will teach you how to go broke on saving money.
This is a site which offers a ton of computers, cell phones and more at like 5%-10% off prices and they want to mislead you into beleiving that those are “deals.” However, if you look through their site for anything that was manufacturer refurbished or on clearence, you can find some amazing equipement for very little money. The other day they were selling an awesome Asus Transformer tablet for nearly $100 and the week before that it was a Samsung Galaxy tablet for half off. One of my friends bought his Nexus on this site for $100 retail selling price so definitely give it a shot.
Here’s an epic site where you can find loads of quality deals and great pricing on PC equipment and phones. Realistically they have a huge line of up hard hitting deals on laptops, pcs, speakers, and flash drives. Be careful in the mac/apple section because that’s really just stuff posing as deals but the rest of the site is pretty cool. Right now you can buy an epic 27″ monitor for $179.99 down from $352 and if you check the reviews, it’s an awesome savings and if you’re trying to blow all of your money on electronics like us, this is a great place to start.
by the way, http://www.macofalltrades.com/ is not a deal site.. that is a 10% off site… seriously you’ll only save tax money so please do not comment about why this site wasn’t part of my superior list of deal sites.
When it comes to graphics cards for gaming, few can argue the nVidia hasn’t dominated the arena for the last few years. Their cards keeping coming out bigger and stronger than previous generations and the development of their CUDA core smashes processing and compressing at unprecedented levels. All-in-all, it’s been the best bang for the buck. The GTX 680 has over 1500 CUDA cores making your game play and video rendering experience and absolute blast.
Whether you’re playing games which don’t require huge video card output like World of Warplanes or you’re blowing through something intense like rendering entire MMORPG games, the GTX 680 was built versatile enough to handle a broad spectrum of loads. I personally use it to run 4 monitors in extended desktop as well as a number of different games like Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online, Need for Speed, Crysis, Starcraft II and more.
When it comes to compute repair in Schaumburg, there’s no better place to go than the Zombies; but did you also know we build custom gaming computers? Come by the shop and pick out your parts and we will assemble the custom computer you’ve always wanted. You can also bring your budget to us and we’ll come up with the best design for what you’re looking for to come in under budget. If you’re in the market for parts soon, you might want to check this out- the following build offers great gaming power and versatile processing performance while remaining affordable and effective: GA-B85-HD3 Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-DDR3-1600-Motherboard-GA-B85-HD3/dp/B00E36XNQ0 INTEL i5 4670 Socket 1150 CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116898 nVidia GTX 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827 Crucial Ballistix Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148560 I want to tell you any power supply and case will do but really it’s not the case, you will need a decent power supply for this build. Options are open but check this one out, it should do the trick. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA30R1PG3558 It’s important to consider the output power on the 12V rails because if your video card requires more than what the power supply can output, you’re going to have a bad time. The reality is your game will be choppy and “slideshowy.”