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Lenovo ThinkStation E50 Review

Lenovo ThinkStation E50 Lenovo is hoping to lure game developers and others to its refreshed workstation line, the ThinkStation. Lenovo is also pushing the green angle on the ThinkStation series. The S20 and D20 are Energy Star 5.0 certified.   A long time ago, laptop manufacturers used desktop components to keep costs down. Taiwanese manufacturer ECS, for example, shoved a desktop processor into a laptop form factor without the battery and called it a desknote (desktop and notebook). Video About Lenovo ThinkStation Now Lenovo has gone the other way, using laptop components in a desktop computer – and it, kind of, makes sense due to economies of scale. Using the same components across different parts of your product portfolio means that you can theoretically bring down the bill of materials and have more flexibility in your supply chain. Meet the Lenovo ThinkStation E50 (90BX0018UK), which is also known as the ThinkCenter E50. It uses an external power supply unit, a 65W model, just like a laptop, to power the base unit, rather than an integrated one. If something goes wrong with it, you only need to send the PSU back rather than the whole thing, plus this method saves up to a third compared to a traditional desktop power supply. Read more Source:Desire Athow Image Source:Vernon Chan...

All You Need to Know About Apple MacBook 2015

Apple MacBook 2015 Apple packed a ton of new tech into the 2015 MacBook, but thanks to a completely redesigned interior, DIY repairs on this laptop can be a real nightmare. The 2015 MacBook isn’t just a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook Air. Apple has completely redesigned the laptop from the ground up and unfortunately, those changes also make DIY repairs a real nightmare. The 2015, 12-inch MacBook comes in two base hardware configurations (1.1GHz CPU with 256GB storage and 1.2GHz CPU with 512GB storage) and three colors (silver, gold and space gray). Our gold test unit, had a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300. Video About Apple MacBook 2015 All the new MacBooks have a Retina Display, and Apple went with a single USB-C port instead of separate power, USB and display ports. They did however, leave the 3.5mm headphone jack. The keyboard has been completely redesigned. The mechanics under the keys, the actual keys themselves, and the lighting is all new. The new MacBook also has Apple’s Force Touch trackpad, which the company used on the 2015 MacBook Pro. And those are just the changes that you can see on the outside. There’s lots more to see on the inside. Read more Source: Bill Detwiler Image Source:Jun...

Samsung Galaxy Young: with Jelly Bean despite its budget price

Samsung Galaxy Young The Samsung Galaxy Young is a low-end smartphone by Samsung Electronics which was released in March 2013. Like all other Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy Young runs on the Android mobile operating system. The phone features a 3.27 inch TFT LCD touchscreen. The Galaxy Young is one of the cheapest Android phones we’ve seen, having dropped from around £90 when we first reviewed it last year to just under £50 today. This may look extremely tempting and, frankly, for a throwaway phone it’s not a bad deal. But as you’ll see from our review, there are quite a lot of sacrifices you’ll have to make for not spending £30 or £40 more. Video About Samsung Galaxy Young You get a good-looking phone for your money, which feels well made. We like the soft-touch plastic on the rear, which is similar to that of the Galaxy S3 and S4, and the silver sides manage to make the phone look classy rather than tacky. The Young is a compact handset, with a small 3.3in screen, but is a relatively chunky 12mm thick. We liked the extra thickness, as it meant we could keep a firm grip on the handset despite its small width and height. Like many budget phones, the Young has a 320×480-pixel screen. For Android to look its razor-sharp best we like to see a minimum of 480×800 pixels, and the Galaxy Young’s text is slightly on the blurry side. There’s also a significant amount of grain, but the screen is certainly usable. Read more Source:Chris Finnamore Image Source:paul...

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date, price & specs rumours

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is definitely coming in September 2015, so we take a look at what its best features will look like. It could include features introduced on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. After a period of slight stagnation, with iterative changes to its smartphone line, it’s fair to say that Samsung’ back with a bang with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets. Made of metal and glass, with all-new internals, these new handsets are massive improvements over their predecessors. They’re also good clues as to what Samsung will do with its stylus-controlled phablet Galaxy Note range. Here we’re rounding up all of the current rumours to find out what the Note 5 has in store for us. Video About Samsung Galaxy Note 5 PhoneArena has reported that Samsung has confirmed in a presentation for analysts that it’s planning to release a UHD 4K (3,180×2,160) smartphone display in 2015. All of the current evidence points towards the new displays going into manufacturing in August, which would tie in nicely with the Note 5’s rumoured launch date of September at IFA (see below for more details). Apparently, Samsung is ready to produce two displays: a 5.78in display for the Edge variety and a 5.89in version for the regular flat-screen version. That would give the displays incredible pixel densities of 762ppi and 748ppi respectively. Having these panels is one thing, but there are some issues to take into account. For starters, we’re definitely getting diminishing returns from higher resolution phone screens: will we really be able to tell the difference between 2K and...

Asus Zenbook UX305: A Macbook Alternative

Asus Zenbook UX305 The Asus ZenBook UX305 is one of the best and most affordable Ultrabooks available now.  Asus has answered this call for thinner and lighter machines with its own Intel Core M powered ZenBook UX305. Intel’s Core M mobile processors are revolutionising what we expect from an ultra-portable laptop. The new chip is at the core of the much-hyped new 12in MacBook. However, Apple isn’t the first to market, with a number of Windows-based laptops coming out. Better still, the chips aren’t exclusive to top-end devices and can be found in laptops under £700. Enter Asus with the 1.2kg Zenbook UX305 – which at £650 is almost half the price of the new top-end MacBook. Video About Asus Zenbook UX305 This stunningly thin laptop takes full advantage of the low power consumption and low thermal footprint of its 0.8GHz Intel Core M-5Y10c processor. 800MHz may sound pathetically slow, but keep in mind that it can Turbo Boost to an impressive 2GHz when thermal conditions allow. If we didn’t know what processor was inside the laptop, we’d have guessed it was a Core i3. The advantages of such a low-power processor are clear. First, the laptop has a fanless design meaning it’s completely silent no matter how heavy a load it’s under. As a result, it’s thin (just 12.3mm) and extremely light thanks to the lack of a heavy cooling system. The thin design means you’re left with just a single micro HDMI output, SD card reader and no Ethernet port alongside the 3 USB3 ports and 3.5mm audio jack, although that’s a heck of a lot more...

Google launches its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners

Google mobile network Rumors of Google launching its own mobile network have finally been proven true, as the company has announced Project Fi. Google will soon be offering a wireless service to owners of the Nexus 6 smartphone, although it will be invite only at first. Google is now a mobile carrier. Today the company has made official its plan to offer wireless service to owners of its Nexus 6 smartphone. It’s called Project Fi, and Google is launching an early invite program beginning today. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” the company wrote in a blog post. Video About Google mobile network The service is only available for the Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card for Project FI — it will work with both existing Nexus 6 devices and new ones. Google says that right now the service is only available as an “early access program,” and during that program it won’t work on other phones. Google’s new offering is unique in that the company will charge consumers only for the data they use rather than hit them with a flat monthly fee that comes with a preset amount of data. If you fail to use all the data you’ve paid for, Google will refund you the difference. Read more Source:Chris Welch   Image Source:Chris...

iMac with Retina 5K display Review

iMac with Retina 5K display The new 27-inch Apple iMac adds a stunning 5K display for not much more than last year’s high-end model. The design, while not updated, remains the gold standard for all-in-one desktops. When Apple announced the iMac with Retina 5K display toward the end of 2014, it didn’t come as a shock. The Cupertino-based company slimmed down its previous-generation iMacs two years earlier, and it felt like a matter of time before they would join a growing fleet of Retina-equipped products that now includes the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and the new MacBook. Video About iMac with Retina 5K display Going one further than 4K, the Retina iMac’s 5K display features a pixel-resolution of 5,120 x 2,800, which lends it more than 14.7 million pixels – four times that of the non-retina 27-inch iMac. But instead of running at its native resolution, which would render elements on the desktop uncomfortably tiny to use, the new iMac uses the same pixel-doubling scaling as Apple’s Retina smartphones, tablets and notebooks to make icons, text and Retina-coded apps appear incredibly sharp and detailed. Read more Source:Kane Fulton Image Source:William...

HP Pavilion x360: A colorful back-to-school laptops

HP Pavilion x360 Review The Pavilion x360 is the more interesting convertible. Its 11-inch $410 model is nearly $100 less than Microsoft’s Surface 3 (not including the $130 keyboard), and it’s powered by a Pentium N3700 processor and 4GB of RAM. The new back-to-school laptops and hybrids from HP emphasis flexibility, and offer a wide array of options for components, features, and even colors. Nearly all the products announced on April 22 are available with Intel or AMD processors, and with HD (1,366×768) or Full HD (1,920×1,080) displays, in touch or non-touch versions, and many start right around $500, which will be good news for back-to-school shoppers. The Pavilion x360 line of fold-back hybrids has been updated with new 11-inch and 13-inch models. Of those, the 11-inch is the more interesting, as it moves up to Intel’s new Core M processors, the much-talked-about chip that powers Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, among other laptops and hybrids. Older Celeron and Pentium chips are also available. Video About HP Pavilion x360 The 11-inch Pavilion x360 has a fanless design, a key feature in many Core M systems, and will come in several colors, including silver, red, purple and green. The display, while a touch screen, is a lower-resolution 1,366×768 panel, and the memory can go up to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Read more Source:Dan Ackerman Image Source:Intel in...

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: The best compact Android phone gets a makeover

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a larger screen than its predecessor in the same size body, it has tonnes of power, it’s completely waterproof allowing for underwater photography and it has a good camera. Sony’s Xperia Compact handsets aren’t like your average ‘mini’ branded smartphones. While the vast majority of smaller flagship handsets share the same design as their larger siblings, the small screen isn’t the only thing that helps keep the price down. Instead, most have a reduced specification as well, making customers compromise on performance for the sake of a cheaper, smaller handset. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, however, does the exact opposite by tweaking the design and keeping the high-end specs. Video About Sony Xperia Z3 Compact It’s still quite expensive for a ‘mini’ phone, as contracts currently start from around £27.50 per month for 1GB of 4G data, while SIM-free prices haven’t dropped much below £325, leaving it feeling quite pricey for a six month old handset. This is particularly true when last year’s set of full-sized flagship phones now cost roughly the same on contract as retailers make way for this year’s Galaxy S6s and One M9s. There’s still a lot to like here, though, especially when the upcoming Xperia Z4 looks to be such a minor spec-bump, giving little impetus for existing owners to upgrade. If anything, it should help the Xperia Z3 Compact’s price to fall in the coming months, making it better value than ever. Read more Source: Katharine Byrne Image Source: Waldemar...

Nokia mobile plans to sell in 2016

Nokia Mobile Many people thought that we had seen the last of Nokia when they sold its Lumia devices business to Microsoft. Luckily that’s not the case it will be back on 2016 selling mobile phones. Nokia is reportedly planning to get back into the mobile phone business, despite having sold its handset division to Microsoft. That 2013 deal precludes Nokia from selling phones under its own brand until next year, but the company is already plotting a return as soon as the embargo lifts, according to Re/code. Video About Nokia Lumia 1520 Nokia has been nibbling away at the mobile market over the past couple of years, despite its non-compete agreement with Microsoft. The company has produced a homescreen, dubbed ZLauncher, for Android devices – providing a firm hint of the company’s thinking when it comes to the operating system it might use for future Nokia handsets. That homescreen also appeared on the Nokia N1, an Android tablet that the company unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. If Nokia did re-enter the mobile business, it would almost certainly have to rely on a third-party manufacturer to physically build the handsets. Nokia disposed of its manufacturing plants and supply chain as part of the £4.5 billion deal with Microsoft in 2013. Read more Source:Barry Collins Image Source:John...

Samsung Ativ Book 9: A slim 12-inch laptop that doesn’t skimp on ports

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Review Samsung fits a good number of ports into its very slim 12-inch Ativ Book 9. The system gets the best battery life to date from a Windows system running a Core M processor. Before Apple even announced its slim, lightweight 12-inch MacBook, Samsung had already released a nearly identical product. First seen at CES 2015, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 matches the MacBook nearly spec for spec. Both systems have 12-inch displays with better-than-HD resolutions, both use Intel’s Core M processor, both have premium-feeling designs and are very slim and light, with each weighing just a hair over two pounds. Video About Samsung Ativ Book 9 Side by side, they’re very similar, so why does the MacBook have an edge in our head-to-head comparison? While Samsung is among the most forward-looking companies making Windows PCs (it practically invented the ultrabook concept with the original Series 9), this new 12-inch Book 9 falls short in a few key areas. Read more Source: Dan Ackerman Image Source:Vernon...

LG G4: LG’s new flagship will sell on April 29

LG G4 Review Aimed initially at consumers in South Korea, the new phone will offer them a free screen replacement for the first year and a free 64GB memory card if they buy it by May 31. LG’s new G4 phone will reach consumers on April 29 — at least those in South Korea, the company told CNET. LG touted the new phone and a special promotion via a Korean blog posted on Monday. The blog didn’t reveal when the phone will hit retailers in other countries. LG told CNET that other markets will announce their respective rollout dates after April 28, the same date the company will hold a launch event for the new phone. Video About LG G4 Last year, LG kicked off its G3 initially in South Korea and then later introduced it to other regions. To entice customers, LG is offering a couple of freebies. Buyers of the G4 will get a free screen replacement. If your screen breaks within the first year of ownership, LG will replace it at no charge. Further, buyers will get a free 64GB microSD card. However, both freebies are good only for consumers in South Korea, LG told CNET. Both promotions end May 31. Read more Source: Lance Whitney Image Source:Arun...