Acer Aspire E3 Vs. ThinkPad Edge E145

Newage is all about war of technology. Every day a new technology story comes up, a more advance gadget replaces the older one. Well, this is the same what is happening in the laptop industry. If you are planning to buy cheap laptop or notebook within the budget of £260 and unsure of which laptop, we are going to make things easier for you. Here is the battle of 2 machines, Acer Aspire E3 and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145. Both of these 11.6-inch notebooks comes under the budget of £260, these two are inexpensive netbooks which you can opt for working at home or for professional use. Let’s see which is a more suitable buy for your needs.

Acer Aspire E3 Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145:

Design and Display

E3-111_silver_nontouch_nonglare_zoom_bigAcer Aspire E3-111, is one of the larger affordable netbooks you will find around. Coming with basic specifications, it isn’t has something really pretty to shout about but it does manage to grab our attention by its robust design with attractive price and performance. It is well-equipped to cater students, home users and can be taken as a secondary PC to work with.

You wouldn’t find Acer Aspire the slimmest netbook but weighing just weighing just 1.3kg it does win the tag of being slim and well-updated. It has been designed intelligently that even though not being full sized, it has all the useful ports. The plastic chassis are designed elegantly with smooth curves, the lid showcases a thin layer of aluminum giving it a classy look. 1366×768

lenovo-laptop-thinkpad-e145-blue-back-view-8Coming onto its rival, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 is ideal for students, home and office user. With the same size as Acer Aspire E3, this 11.6 –inch machine gives a tough time to both subnotebooks and netbooks providing excellent battery time. Coming with a matte surface and same display resolution as of Acer Aspire E3 (1366×768) pixels, you can easily work on it even in outdoors. However, it weighs 1.5kg which makes it slightly heavier than the Acer Aspire.

Operating Systems

The Acer Aspire E3 supports only Windows 8.1 whereas Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with 2 versions of operating systems, it either runs on Windows 7 or uses the FreeDos operating system. However, it can be updated to windows 8 as well.

Battle of specifications

Until now, we discovered that both of the devices comes with same size and display resolution. This makes our decision harder. When comparing both, judging both the machines on grounds of specifications. The Acer Aspire is powered with Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41GHz making it to work at much higher clock speed enabling it to perform better than what AMD processor of ThinkPad Edge offer you. Talking about the power of Graphics, Acer is integrated with Intel HD Graphics while Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with AMD Radeon graphics.

Acer Aspire coming with 64MB of dedicated system memory, 2048MB DDR3L Memory, 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) while Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with RAM size of 4GB.

Both the netbooks come with wide range of connectivity options. Acer Aspire packs the latest 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN, has two 2.0 USB ports and a 3.0 port. It also lets you connect to bigger screens as it comes with a HDMI port as well. However, The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with connectivity options that are better suitable for business activities as it packs a VGA port, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports.

If we analyze the specifications of both overall, the main differences are found in their processors, graphics and memory making Acer Aspire more Adaptable for the home and student use and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge better suitable for professional life.

Battery Life 

Well, when it comes to battery life, we do get really concerned. Let’s see which of these has a better stamina to keep on going. The ThinkPad Edge was made to undergo few battery tests which revealed some superb results in comparison to its rivals around. In the idle mode, battery kept the device alive for 19 whole hours leaving behind its predecessors which only made 6 hours. The Easter Reader’s test exposed that ThinkPad Edge works for total 4 hours when display was set to the lowest brightness with wireless modules turned off. The overall battery tests revealed that ThinkPad edge is ideal for those who demand for longer battery life. Whereas, Aspire couldn’t catch up to this level in terms battery life. It remained alive for 7 hours and 16 minutes in the idle mode. In Easter Reader’s test, again it couldn’t beat the superb battery life of ThinkPad edge. It was found shut down after 1 hours and 48 minutes.

Which One Should I Go For?

Well if you ask us to choose one out of both, our vote is for Lenovo ThinkPad Edge. But this is not the end. Acer’s Aspire locks a really decent keyboard and matte screen with a powerful Intel Celeron processor. But despite being so slim and light weight, we cannot really call it portable because of the battery issues. So, if you plan to have it for the use at university and or professional life where you are most likely to carry you netbook everywhere, it would be a bad choice. It is relatively suitable for working at home where you can easily get an access to charge the device. Undoubtedly, Lenovo’s ThinkPad is a better option if you want to have a netbook which possesses a better keyboard and lasts longer to carry out your professional business tasks efficiently or making university assignments. As both the netbooks come in the same size and with a little price difference but with varying battery lives, you can definitely make a choice easily. However, if you ask about the computing power, then Acer Aspire plays a stronger role performing better but dies soon.

With the Kabibi update success which offers a substantially higher GPU and a decent application performance, ThinkPad Edge manages to earn more points over Aspire especially in battery terms.

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Top 4 Ultrabooks of 2015

If you are seeking a latest ultrabook that can serve you with best of the features that comes with attractive ultra-portable design, here is a list of 4 best ultrabooks that will surely rock your computing world. These all ultrabooks are installed with Intel Core processors, fast SSD storage and USB 3.0 connectivity with the price range of £584 to £1,169.

  1. Dell XPS 13

dell-xps-13-still-100565160-origThis is probably the best laptop you’ll come across in the galaxy of ultrabooks.  This 13.3 –inch notebook features horse power which would make your work and play both an enjoyable experience. Its gorgeous display is an added treat to this super-light ultrabook. It has enough battery to keep you on roll for hours. It runs on Intel Core i5-5200 with 8 GB RAM giving impressive performance every time. However, it doesn’t have any ether port which is a slight drawback. Weighing just 2.8 pounds, this is an ultra-portable device providing you with immense pleasant experience.

  1. Asus ZenBook UX305

Asus-inline1Presenting the superbly-built Asus ZenBook with full metal chassis, a very thin and light ultrabook that will surely make you run after it. Powered by 800MHz Intel Core M 5Y10, it is an incredible machine providing excellent performance. It is a highly portable device loaded with intelligent features; it is a beauty with brains. With Intel HD Graphics 5300 and 8 GB RAM, it serves you in its best forms no matter where you go. Moreover, it comes with full HD display bearing crystal clear and bright images letting you enjoy everything on the screen. And how can we forget to mention its long battery life which enables you to work in relaxing environment for long periods. It is truly the most desirable ultrabook with a much agreeable price point.

  1. Lenovo LaVie Z

maxresdefaultWondering which ultrabook holds the record of being the lightest? Well, here it is, the unmatchable Lenovo LaVie Z weighing just 1.87 pounds! Apart from being light weight, it also wins at providing the user with excellent performance and stunning display. The 13.3 –inch LED anti-glare WQHD display comes with the resolution of 2560 x 1440 defining picture details in finest forms.  Furthermore, powered with Intel Core i7-5500U, it serves you with superb performance. Few things are questionable, the mediocre battery life, build quality and astronomical price tag. Otherwise, it is by far one of the best ultrabooks you’ll find around.

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-touch-ultrabookHow can we forget to mention Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon when talking about the top rated ultrabooks in town? This is an amazing business ultrabook that comes big on features. This elegantly designed machine comes with Intel Core i5-4300U and 4 GB RAM. The 14-inch screen has a decent resolution of 2560 x 1440 IPS.  With clever ergonomic keyboard and offering fantastic specs, it is something worth noticing for your business world. However, the battery life proved to be an average one. Overall, it’s a remarkable business laptop that serves you stylishly with excellent performance.

Encounter the Within-Budget Lenovo Laptops Trio

Lenovo has managed to bring us quite a lot of variety in the gadget world winning a lot of appreciation in the market. Introducing wide range of smartphones, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Now, Lenovo is all set to release budget laptops this June that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera.

Lenovo Z series

lenovo-laptop-ideapad-z580-gray-backThe launched Lenovo’s Z series is our top prioritized budget laptops in the list. The Z51 and Z41.

Lenovo Z51-70

Z51-70 is an affordable 15-Inch laptop with great specs features especially if you are looking for laptop that works great for multimedia and also provides you with refreshing gaming experience. Talking about the performance, Z51-70 is probably one of the best laptops that show smooth performance as it has been equipped with newest technology and power saving. It comes with 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U dual-core processor featuring a reliable speed. The 16GB memory facilitates you to carry out daily computing tasks responsively. Whether it be multi-media, latest games or any other heavy loaded wok, Z51 doesn’t let you down. It is also a commendable multi-tasker enabling you to do things simultaneously very efficiently. Not only that, now enjoy crispy, bright and clear images on the Full HD LED-backlit display with 1920×1080 resolution. Watch your favorite movie shows providing stunning visuals and maximum entertainment.  Z51 with its great performance and reasonable price is surely a smart buy for you.

Lenovo Z41

Ideapad_100_14_Black-15The 14-inch Lenovo Z41 can be referred as the sibling of Z51 as both run on the latest 5th gen Intel Core i7 and supporting upto 16 GB of RAM and a storage capacity upto 1TB. It is equally good for enjoying home entertainment as well as carrying out official tasks. It delivers stunning graphics as it has a FHD display. In order to make your multi-media experience even more superb, it introduces the impressive Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theatre. This definitely provides an ideal atmosphere to experience ultimate pleasure of crispy sound, clear visuals. You will surely enjoy listening music and gaming on the laptop.

Moreover, It comes with the advance Wi-Fi technology, 802.11 a/c. This makes the internet speed 3 times better than what we usually experience on our regular laptops. So this means you can now have the option of faster web surfing, faster downloading of your favorite songs, and games. The Z series come in vibrant colour options namely, ebony black, crimson red and chalk white. Loaded with so many features and latest specs, there is no doubt that Z41 and Z51 are intelligently engineered ensuring higher levels of productivity. Considering the affordability factor and full on packed performance, these laptops deserve a good applause.

Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Laptop-Lenovo-IdeaPad-100-14IBY-14.1inch-giá-5.2-triệu-2In competition with the HP stream 13, Lenovo has come up with its IdeaPad 100. It is made available in both 14- and 15 inch size installed with Windows 8.1. The display having a pixel resolution of 1366 x 768-pixel delivers relatively dim 200nits. This is understandable because of its low price range. The battery life is just 4 hours which is quite disappointing for people who have to work on laptops for long hours.

However, it renders good connectivity options as it comes with one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. Also featuring HDMI, Ethernet and a card reader as well. The specs are quite modest but are good enough for simple use.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70

lenovo-ideapad-z50-70-blackLenovo IdeaPad Z50-70, a beauty offering high end technology and stylish design compelling us to review it with best of our observations and deciding whether the input devices and the case are worthy to its price tag. Lenovo’s Z50-70 series comes up in several blacks and whites with numerous different combinations of CPU, graphic cards memory and storage devices. Let’s find out more of what it offers.

Elegant Design

You will surely find the design of IdeaPad Z50-70 and high class one in premium form. Most of the display has been painted plastic with the top deck as well the metallic trim runs to the laptop’s circumference fashioned out of original metal. The display lid comes up with a satin silver finish and the underside is black plastic. The edges of the laptop have been shaped down slightly giving it a distinguished look.

15.6’’ Display

The 15.6- inch TN large display comes with the usable pixel density of 141 ppi offering full HD resolution. It appears sharp in the windows interface and with 125 percent scaling applied makes the fonts appear clear. However, the screen is quite shiny and you would have to make an effort to fight passed reflections to use it in daylight. Moreover, the color contrasts and reproductions are not very impressive. It covers only 56 percent of the humble sRGB gamut in the tests taken and 90:1 lousy contrast ratio, typical for a cheap Windows laptop after all.

Connectivity

Coming in much lesser price, connectivity cannot really keep up the expectations. IdeaPAd Z50-70 has two USB 2.0 ports located one on each side. It also has an extra v3 port on the left joining HDMI and VGA video ports there. To make the heat exhausting process efficient, internal finned heat sink is present on the side helping hot air to exhaust rapidly.

Performance Test

Till now we have discovered features of this notebook quite average. Let’s find out how well this machine performs. Installed with the powerful corei7 CPU accompanied by the GPU Nvidia GeForce 840M and a dedicated memory of 4GB, it promises a relatively satisfactory performance.

IdeaPad was made to undergo few tests to specifically discover about its performance in comparison to other PCs and its own predecessors. Greenbench 3 revealed that Lenovo’s processor and memory combination satisfies to around 70% of the performance measure. The Lenovo IdeaPad scored around 2222 points in the PCMark 7 while PCMark 8 recorded total of 1959 points at home usage and scored 2638 points at work. These results are competent in line with the hard disk and chipset specification. This confirms that the performance delivered by Lenovo ThinkPad is quite good for performing office tasks as well as for carrying other computing activities such as real time video editing, complex picture editing etc.

Talking about games, limitations are there by GPU than the CPU. But it should enable you play even complex titles with 1366×768 pixels in medium, sometimes even high, settings.

Battery Runtime

If you are a gaming fan and interested in mobile gaming, it will probably last for just one-and-a-half hours in this configuration. In the WLAN test, the battery run time of 281 minutes is the recorded average result. But considering the small capacity of 41 Wh, this isn’t so bad after all. Consequently, we can say that the battery life proved to be good enough lasting for nearly five hours (4 hour 58 mins) in the lopped-video over Wi-Fi endurance test.

Verdict

The Lenovo Z50-70 is a good-built 15-inch laptop with a full-HD display and distinct NVidia graphics. The quality of its hardware is quite good considering its price, and battery life of around five hours, plus sub-2.4 kg weight, makes it more usable as mobile workstation. Overall, Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 was found to decent and strong. The performance is found quite well and its efficient thermal management makes it cool and comfortable to use.

How to Choose a Laptop for Father

fathers-day-laptopsFather’s day is coming up and it’s a call to get your old man a new PC. Though your father might have his pension 3x your salary but it’s the thought that matters. He must have bought you couple of PCs over the years so it is time to get him something special a pay back to the technology he always bought you. Before buying you need to make a plan of everything as we suggest before letting you spend your valuable earnings on something and a list of steps that you might need to take.

His Usage Habits

Find out what is your father’s usage habits? If he is a businessman then get him a multitasking laptop with spacious RAM and more storage options. If he have retired and spends his most of the time sitting at home and enjoying the discussions with his friends then get him the laptop with lesser complex functions and make sure that it provides the necessary media supportive apps.

Your Budget

Yes budget matters because you do not want to end up asking your dad for second pocket money. No matter what your budget is you can get the best laptop easily with all the facilities of any expensive laptop.

Size

Size matters a lot keeping your father’s comfort in consideration you need to be very careful about the side. But their capabilities vary with their sizes. A 10 to 12 inches will be thinnest and lightest but you might have to sacrifice keyboard size for portability. A 13 to 14 inches usually weight 3 to 4.5 pounds with best balance of portability and usability. 15 inches is the most popular size and also inexpensive but some of them are on the bulky side. If laptop will be kept on desk all then you can get 17 to 18 inches.

Battery Life

Figure out how much you father will be using it. If used rarely than 3 hours or less battery life will be enough. If he will be using for half of the day then 5 hours of endurance or more will be perfect to buy. But if he is a busy bee and do like all of his work on his laptop then look out for 7 hours of juice to assist him in his uninterrupted work.

Operating System

Choose which operating system you want to have. Either you can get what you have already experienced (if had a good experience) or just go with the expert’s advice. Starting with Windows that are preferred almost by everyone and comes in widest variety can put a little dent on your pocket. Compared to Windows Mac OS can be affordable, available on Macs only provides an attractive, powerful UI perfect for strong multitasking. They can be more expensive when it comes to Macbooks. Chromebook are much affordable and ideal for surfing Web, social networking and emails.

Brand

In the last, which brand you want to go for. If there is any specific likeness of your father then get him that same brand or go with your choice.

HP 250 G3 Laptop Review

hp-250-g1-2Before getting connected to HP we need to review its pros and cons. From display to the internal functioning everything appeals to the buyers. Where its robust structure matters, its looks are also considered that must go with your personality. HP 250 G3   offers you certain features that will even make you drool over it or you might just go for some other product.

Reasons to Support

Structure

Starting from its construction; it is entirely made up of matte plastic. Matte plastic benefits you with a scratch resistant surface along with no fingerprints and easy in gripping. It is 2.8 cm (~1.1 inches) and weighs only 2.14kg with 15.7-inch display making it quite portable and easy for you to carry anywhere.

Input Devices

It is provided with a chiclet keyboard that is famous these days in netbooks and notebooks. Because of the design of the keys and the way this keyboard is designed, these flat keys will feel softer while typing especially for rigorous typing your fingers will not get tired. A smooth touch-pad measuring 11.1 cm x 5.4 cm (~4.4 x 2.1 inches) with click keys will surely spare you from the pain of keeping a spare mouse. For website surfers, this touchpad is perfect as it executes multi-touch commands and moves very fluidly. All in all this handsome notebook will not disappoint you when it comes to its input devices.

Display

LG have contributed in providing it with 15.6-inch TN display that have a resolution of up to 1366×768 pixels. In both AC power mode and battery mode the panels runs at an average brightness of 206 cd/m². With a contrast of 841:1 and black value of 0.24, it does considerably better here.

Processor and Graphics

To make their product affordable HP have installed an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor. Such type of processors are usually found in smaller notebooks or netbooks and provide you with a base clock of frequency of 2160MHz. Comparing out product with other products: Intel Celeron 2955U in Acer Aspire E1-532 is based on Haswell architecture rather than the HP device’s Bay Trail Architecture and have proven to provide better results. Our notebook houses a Bay trail version of Intel HD Graphics, directly integrated into the CPU whereas the other competitors that include Acer Aspire E1-532 boasts a Haswell version of the Intel HD Graphics and the HP Compaq 15 has an AMD Radeon HD 8210. Both of these competitors are providing better service compared to our notebook in this area.

Storage Devices

5400 rpm magnetic hard drive installed in this HP notebook provides you with ample space of 500GB.

Power Consumption Rate

The power consumption rate of our product have surely kicked its competitors aside. Where our device require a low 15.4Watts; the Acer Aspire E1-532 needs a much higher 26.5 W.

Reasons to Oppose

Battery Life

HP 250 G3 offers less battery life. The 28.8 Wh should be capable enough to make the machine work for up to six hours but taking our hopes up, our HP computer cuts out after just 3h and 29 min whereas its competitors are promising a longer battery life.

Case and Connectivity

Though out device is lighter in weight but have a thicker structure with 1-3 mm (~0.03-0.11 inches). Assembled cleanly but the frame around the Ether port is rather sharp-edged and a little pressure can be harmful for the display lid. You will be provided with three USB port but only one of the port supports USB 3.0. that is not highlighted with blue unlike other notebooks. For easy accessibility to the power input and the Kensington lock, all of these computer’s connections are located towards the front but it comes with the disadvantage of getting all devices and cables near the front of the notebook get tangled, might become a headache when it comes to USB-based mouse.

No maintenance hatch is made rather sealed construction is done and battery can be removed without any tools which Acer Aspire E1-532 unapprove of for inexpensive notebooks.

Outdoor Performance

For outdoor use, the TN panel’s is pitiful as it provides less brightness and display will not be visible in sunny days.

Low Graphics

A bad news for the fans of computer games, because of its weak hardware performance we will suggest you not to play new games on this system. Some older games can be played with low graphics settings.

System Noise

Though it have a fanless construction that might make it quieter but the sharp clicking sounds from its hard drive have been complained by many users that is found quite disturbing.

Audio Quality

It will not provide you with great audio quality so it will be hated by music lovers but for occasional films or YouTube clips it will be sufficient enough.

Might not be good enough for gamers or music lovers but it is a convenient device for basic use that include office work or internet surfing, also perfect for students who are looking for an inexpensive assistant for their studies. Because of its light weight and compact display they can carry it quite easily without getting bothered by its weight and fear of getting its matte display ruined by scratches.

Ace of the ACER

Recently, in a press conference held at New York’s City New Trade Center, Acer’s CEO claimed that he will be the last man standing for the PC industry. The company grew its business PC market share by 80 percent, he added. Jason Chen also promised of being the first one on delivering tech geeks with the devices showcasing the best of the newest technology & products.

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Acer unveiled dozens of its products including tablets, PCs, gaming products and smartphones. Talking about the finest picks, Aspire Switch 11 V laptop-tablet hybrid catches the limelight. It comes up with unique hinge design enabling it to position in 4 distinct modes. Its key features include 11 inch full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3 providing protection against damage, can be detached from the key board base to become a tablet, excellent battery life up to 8 hours with high quality keyboard. However, its poor touchpad, clunky, unimaginative built are its drawbacks.

Furthermore, Acer announced about its Z series line up. Recently launched, Acer Aspire Z Series is the talk of the town. The two new AiOs — the Aspire Z3-710 and the Aspire ZC-700 — with Windows 8.1, will be getting the windows 10 update when such time rolls around. The Z3 is the larger & superior of the two, sporting a 23.8-inch touchscreen display with 10-point multi-touch, while the ZC model has a more modest 19.5-inch display. However, both the models entail Full HD resolution and LED backlight.

The Z 3 model with its slim body, measuring in at 36 mm, comes up with various processor options to its users. Buyers can choose among the Intel Core, Pentium, or Celeron processor. Talking about the storage, Z3 has 2TB of hard drive storage and up to 8 GB of RAM. Further enhancing, there is also an optional DVD super Multi optical drive for those needing it.

Acer has also introduced 2 new models of Chrome box CXI2, featuring a 4th generation of Intel core i3 processor making chrome box powerful & a better performer. Talking about the design, the Acer Chrome Box has been adorned in such an attractive way that it provides with a refreshing user experience. The exterior of the unit is adorned with a diamond-like engraved texture that’s an energizing change to the usual slab of matte plastic on most Chrome OS devices. The chrome box CXI2 is shipped along with the mouse and keyboard. This is a bonus to its users considering the price of the overall package.

Well, this was a brief drive of the newly introduced Acer products. After all the reviews loaded up, checking out the latest Acer batch is a sure thing. Considering the technology used, features & design, Acer has certainly put in efforts to provide their buyers with best of the user experience. However, Acer comes no more different than its rivals such as AUS, Dell & MSI but Acer has the edge on being the biggest vendor of chrome devices.