How to save money on Chromebooks

Chromebooks are the most reliable, efficient and affordable laptop choice for anyone. They are known to boot up quickly, are very reliable and never get viruses. They are also excellent devices for portable use, and can be used by anyone –even those with limited or no computer experience. Chromebooks are affordable devices, however buying a refurbished Chromebook can save you even more money! Refurbished laptops range from devices which are good as new however the box has been opened, devices which are ‘like new’ along with the manufacturers warranty, however have a few visible markings, or devices which have been tested by our engineers but may show signs of use. Find out more here. At Laptop Outlet, we have an extensive range of refurbished laptops from leading manufacturers such as Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Apple and Acer. Here are just a few of the best refurbished Chromebooks we currently have in stock;

 

Asus Chromebook C300MA 13.3″ Intel Celeron N2830 2GB, 32GB £119.99

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The ASUS Chromebook C300MA is ultra-portable at only 0.8 inches, along with a substantial 32GB hard drive which allows users to easily transport offline programmes and files. It features a 13.3” screen with a detailed 1366 x 786 high-definition display, making it the ideal device for entertainment. The ASUS Chromebook C300MA also has a built-in HD camera, which delivers precise visuals in low lighting and different angles.

HP Chromebook 14-X054NA 14″ Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra K1 2GB RAM 16GB eMMC £149.99

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The HP Chromebook features the latest-generation NVIDIA fan less processor along with a 2.3GHz Quad Core Processor, delivering great speed, power and performance. Up to 100GB of files and content can be stored in the Google Cloud Storage, making this Chromebook ideal for portable usage. It also features a premium design along with the HP Image Pad which allows precise pin-point navigation.

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-B-103 13.3″ Intel N2840 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD £109.99

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The Toshiba Chromebook CB30-B-103 is a high-performance device, which is lightweight (1.5 kg) and has an impressive 9-hour battery life. It also has 100GB of free storage via the built-in Google Drive, allowing users to access data anywhere. The Toshiba Chromebook also has an integrated HDMI port, SD card slot, and 2 USB ports for effortless data transfer between devices.

Lenovo N21 Chromebook 11.6″ Laptop Intel N2840, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD £149.99

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The Lenovo N21 Chromebook is a highly efficient and durable device, primarily designed for education. It is built with a drop-resistant design (from up to 2.3 feet), along with a fan-less design which keeps the laptop safe from accidental damage. This Lenovo Chromebook also features a 720p HD webcam with integrated speakers, and a rotatable camera for easily recording images and videos.

Chromebooks are the ideal choice of device when considering reliability and performance. They are also the perfect portable companion, with ample storage available to access data on-the-go. Buying refurbished Chromebooks are an excellent way to save even more money! Check out our full range of refurbished laptops at http://www.laptopoutlet.co.uk/laptops-and-notebooks/refurbished-laptops.html.

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Laptop Outlet selling Top Brands

Laptop Outlet is one of the UK’s largest specialist suppliers of LaptopsPCsTablets, Computing Accessories and more. The company stocks leading manufactures such as Lenovo, Acer, Apple, HP, Toshiba and more. They aim to deliver the best cheap laptops without compromising on performance.

Whether you are looking for business laptopsgaming laptops or an affordable laptop for personal use, Laptop Outlet will definitely have the ideal device for you within their extensive range. Laptop prices at www.laptopoutlet.co.uk start from only £117.99 (for the HP Chromebook 14X050NA).

Laptop Outlet has a huge range of affordable devices including tablet PC’sdesktop PC’sprinters and smartphones have all the latest features such as Quad Core, i3, i5, i7, Windows 10 and more. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 is one of Lenovo’s latest releases, and Laptop Outlet stocks this high-quality device for only £389.99. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 features Lenovo AnyPen Technology, Android 5.1, Integrated Rotatable Projector and four adjustable modes to enhance user experience. Find out more about this great device here.

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Laptop Outlet also stocks all leading manufacturers of laptops, desktops and monitors –such as LenovoAcerAppleHPToshiba and more.

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Lenovo Flex 2 14” dual-mode Laptop Review

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The Lenovo Flex 2 14” is a flexible and affordable notebook, with its main feature being the dual-mode option, which enhances your user experience whether gaming, socialising or working! It is superbly practical whether for business, home or travelling, and is currently available at Laptop Outlet for only £349.99 (with a special offer which includes BullGuard Antivirus).  

 

Main Specifications:

  • Multimode – 300 degree folding design
  • HD Display
  • AccuType Keyboard
  • Lenovo Veriface Pro
  • Stereo Speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2
  • 720p HD webcam
  • 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, LAN port
  • 2-in-1 card reader(SD/MMC)
  • Up to 6 hours of battery time.

 

 

Design/Surface

The Flex 2’s have a wide range of colour options for users to choose from, in order to personalise your user experience.

It features a thin and light design, as well as a good sturdy surface, perfect to use portably.

Lenovo says: “Thin and light laptops usually bear a hefty price tag, but the affordable Flex 2 is only 22.4mm (0.87″) thick and weighs in at just 1.9kg (4.2 lbs)”

 

Dual-mode/ Multi-touch

The Lenovo Flex 2 features a unique design adapting to your needs. The classic laptop mode is perfect for working, and the stand mode is a welcome feature with entertainment, web chatting or when using the touchscreen. The stand-mode option is similar to the Lenovo Yoga, however the Lenovo Flex 2 is also possible to use in tent-mode which is very useful for those who prefer touchscreen.

Lenovo says: “Interact with your Flex 2 by using simple, intuitive gestures directly on the 14″ 10-point multi-touch display — optimized for Windows 8.1”.

 

Touchpad

The touchscreen featured in the Lenovo Flex 2 has good gliding capabilities, and is exact in the peripheral areas, offering ease and comfort for users The Multi-touch gestures also allow a responsive gaming experience that means best among gaming laptops. The firm hinges used mean that the touchscreen to be used in classic laptop mode.

Lenovo says: “Optimized for Windows 8.1, the intuitive, easy-to-use touchpad features simple scroll, zoom, and rotate functions”.

 

Display

The high display resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is a key advantage of the affordable 14” Lenovo Flex 2. It also features an impressive 88% brightness distribution, which is similar to more expensive devices such as the ASUS Transformer Book T300LA.

Working in bright outdoor environments can be problematic however, due to slight reflections in the display

 

Keyboard

The Lenovo Flex 2 14” features an AccuType Keyboard with finger-friendly curved keys and an ergonomic spacebar, which make typing quick and easy.

Lenovo says: “The acclaimed AccuType keyboard is ergonomically designed to make typing more comfortable and to reduce errors”.

 

Performance

The Lenovo Flex 2 14” dual-mode laptop is powered by an Intel Core i3-4030U/ 1.90 GHz Processor with integrated graphics and 4GB RAM. The performance is impressive considering the affordable price of the notebook, making it accessible for all users.

 

Overall, the Lenovo Flex 2 14” is an all-round impressive device, it is the best laptop to buy if you want to work in different modes, as it is perfect for all types of activity. It has a number of striking features, as well as an affordable price point, so it is the perfect multimode laptop for anyone.

Hands on Acer Chromebook 15 C910

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School vacations are just about to end or some students have already started attending their classes.  If you are finding a device which perfectly serves the purpose of doing your school or college based tasks then here is a good news for all the students and teachers: Acer has come up with yet another hit, the Acer Chromebook 15 C910. This is an incredible Chromebook that meet your demands perfectly by offering a wide range of essential latest features. We have seen that most of the Chromebooks come in small sizes and in affordable budget but this is a special one as it is bigger on size, bigger on price and above all bigger on features. With the Core i5 processor and 15.6 inch screen size, it has got rivals such as Pavilion Chromebook by HP and the king of Chromebooks, the Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2. Targeted to the student class, let’s see if this Chromebook offers with the power and performance one looks for when buying a notebook for carrying out assignments and other important tasks.

Design and Display

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We always like to start off our review by analyzing the display and design of the device as it is always interesting. Anyways, C910 is undoubtedly a big notebook with a decent stylish look. It weighs around 4.85 pounds which is heavier than its competitors we outlined in the beginning. However, it is ideal for people having meetings and work on the go.

Furthermore as it is aimed at students and teachers, it is perfectly designed for such people who would have to spend long hours on working by resting the notebook on desk. Coming with fabric-textured chassis, it flaunts in its gorgeous black color. Well, the bad side about its design is, it is highly magnetic to finger-prints, dirt and smudges but can be cleaned easily by just one wipe. Parents who are spending money on this device for their children need not to worry as it is highly robust and won’t break down easily even if it fall.

Coming onto its display, this 15.6 inch laptop is full HD with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. With this, you will be able to enjoy all your favorite movies, games and other stuff. The display also features wide-viewing angles, enabling you and your friends to watch things comfortably. But if we talk about its rival, Pixel 2, it surely would have to improve as it comes with a better resolution of 2,560 x 1,700 IPS and is touch enabled.

Concluding this section, the Acer Chromebook has ideal display and a decent design that surely catches the eye.

 Performance and Features

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We can’t review any device without talking about its performance and features. Powered by Intel Celeron 3205U / 1.5 GHz and dual-core, it can be considered as one powerful notebook. However, we cannot compare it with its competitor Pixel as it comes with a different processor i-e, the Intel Core i5 which is entirely different story. Overall, the performance was found decent, perfectly syncing with the needs of students and teachers.

Battery Life

A device cannot be called an all-rounder until it has a good battery life. Acer Chromebook is not only better outside but also inside as it manages to work for around 8 hours and 48 minutes which is more than enough for working. However, when compared with the Pixel 2, it slightly under performs in terms of battery.

Key-board and Track-pad

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People who have to write endlessly and are quite sensitive about the key-board and trackpad, they will feel happy to find out about these input devices. The trackpad has been ideally designed with a really smooth touch. Key-board is spacious and keys are ergonomically placed. This well-sized and spaced out keyboard lets the user to type without any problem and with lesser typos.

Connectivity is made easier as it features USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as HDMI and an SD card slots accompanied by bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Final Verdict

Acer Chromebook 15 C910 is definitely not something for everyone. It is specially designed for students and teachers which are likely to work by sitting in one place. It doesn’t run in the race for being the lightest, it has its own market and own people to target.

It is amazingly designed with long-lasting battery and delivers outstanding performance, perfect for carrying out daily computing tasks.

Hands On Acer Iconia B1 Review

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Acer Iconica B1, the 7-inch tablet, fully packed with awesome features and coming in a good price, we really felt the need of reviewing this machine. This Android Jelly Bean tablet is available at a much affordable price of £99. There are few things that might disturb you such as its lower amount of storage and low resolution. Let’s explore the Acer Iconica B1 in more detail to assess it deeper.

Display and Design

Coming in much lesser price, the Acer Iconica is a light weight built machine with plastic chassis. Weighing only 320g, it wins at being lighter than its potential competitors such as Google Nexus 7. But, the overall the machine is better than what Acer Iconica is offering. However, Iconica fails to provide with ample amount of storage but the good news is the rear of the tablet covers microSD slot. You will find two other connections in the tablet, MicroUSB charger socket on the bottom and headphone jack up top (3.5mm). Moreover, the design is a bit different than what we often complain about Acer machines being dull and boring but this time Acer has pulled the design better than before. A sleek blue line has been added in its design, giving the tablet a classier, differentiated look.

Talking about its display, it instantly disappointed us as it compromises on its screen the most, coming with a low resolution of only 1,024 x 600 pixels. The image quality appears to be very poor and colours do not come out in their finest forms. This is the real major drawback we experienced. Even if the screen was of average quality, it would’ve been satisfactory but that’s not the case.

Browser

We normally do not talk about browsers of any machines we review, but here is a special one. The Acer Iconica worked really fast, it wouldn’t be wrong if we call it a super-fast browsing device. Powered by dual-core processor, it opens up the web pages very quickly enabling the user surf on internet easily. Well, this information was meant for casual users. The professionals who surf heavily and demand upon faster internet usage may find it a bit slower.

 Performance and Benchmarks

Performance is what we find the most important showdown where a machine is judged. Coming with an Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system and dual-core MediaTek MTK8317T it is expected to perform strongly. However, the tests carried out generated some average results. For instance, the Acer Iconica produced below average results with the AnTuTu app scoring just 5,825. Google Nexus was far ahead winning by scoring 12,726 points in the test.

Moreover, other tests performed were a mere disappointment. The web based Javascript test the SunSpider again showcased some average results. Sadly, the rivals of Iconica were again discovered to be much reliable and powerful.

Though coming with powerful features, the Acer Iconica failed to impress us when assessed on performance. We can only tag it as an ‘Average machine’

Battery life

Alas, what do we say about its battery life now when Acer Iconica itself accepts being ordinary at providing with a longer battery life. It couldn’t manage to work for more than 4 hours which is pretty bizarre to know. This certainly makes it least desirable especially for people who aim to own a tablet for some serious working. Obviously, who would like to have a device having such short battery life?

Camera

The Acer Iconica features 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera and has still image resolutions of 640 x 480. This definitely doesn’t make it a good machine to capture pictures with. If you want to make any video-calls, you will have to find a good lighted place in order to appear clearly visible on the screen.

Verdict

Reaching on the conclusion, we have discovered the device quite an average one but as it comes in a low price, it wins some attention. It is more of a budget tablet and less of a performing tablet. The screen’s resolution deprived the essential clarity and colors. The performance based tests revealed quite average results. The Iconica was left far behind by its rivals in terms of performance. Moreover, the much talked about camera wasn’t found to be very remarkable as well. If we had to suggest you any alternative, then Tegra Note is what you can look for. It is well equipped with latest latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset and showcases smooth frame rates.

Driverless Cars on Public Roads of UK

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Every coming day technology amazes us with mind-blowing inventions, the gadgets which we could only imagine in our wildest dreams are now a part of our daily life. But how many of us had even thought about the cars which would drive itself? Technology has again left us stunned with the latest invention of ‘Driverless Cars’. Yes, you heard it right! Driver less cars are soon going to be launched in UK. For now, green light has been given for the testing of driverless cars on public roads of UK.

UK has shown a lot of interest in the development of driverless cars on its roads. The business secretary, Vince Cable, stated that £10m fund will be allocated for the researchers involved in the exploration engineering driverless cars. “The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as pioneers in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects,” said Cable. “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society.”

Testing of Fully Autonomous and Driver-Equipped

The testing of cars on public roads will be done according to laws similar to that of US where driverless cars have been tested on public roads since 2011 in some states. There will be two particular kinds of tests reviewed on public roads: fully autonomous cars without a driver, and those with a qualified driver who could take control at any time

 Government Money to Aid The Research Groups

UK is to aid the research groups with great investments to make the driverless cars work.

UK’s innovation agency the Technology strategy Board is to govern the fund of total £10m. The local institutes are given an opportunity to apply for funding by submitting a business case along with the authority as to why the self-driving cars are convenient for transport solution that particular area. It was pre decided that 3 cities of UK will be selected to the driverless car trials in 2015. Deadline for the car research applications is soon going to end in October 2015.

How Does The Car Work?  

The car will be detecting traffic and other objects by special camera and sensitive sensors, the problem which is being face right now in the current prototypes are regarding different factors. The driverless car is unable to detect bad weather, potholes, and temporary traffic lights. Also, it has a difficulty of recognizing police officers & human signals.

 

Benefits Brought by Driverless Cars 

“Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network – they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2,” said the transport minister, Claire Perry.

Well, the UK government is pushing its engineers to excel in the driverless car technology with full support. By observing the UK’s enthusiasm and devotion towards this technology, we can predict rapid positive outcomes. Google has also been in this race for years and has been testing the autonomous cars in California. It has been predicted that this technology may be seen on the roads by 2020.

Top 5 Android Smartphones 2015

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If you are looking for an android phone with great software, stunning specs & highly user friendly features, 2015 has a lot to offer you. There are certainly some smartphones that always stand above the others in the gadget race. Buying a new smartphone is not an easy job since we have got countless options. Well, you can run down all the standard specs and features and look for the one that highly satisfies you.

Here is the list of 2015’s Top 5 Android smartphones which will rock your world for sure!

  1. Galaxy Note 4

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It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Galaxy Note 4 has managed to win over the smartest phones of 2015. The stunning 5.7 ‘’ Quad HD Super AMOLED display has an incredible range of precise colors and high contrast, captures bright and clear images with its incredible front and rear cameras. Along with the ultra-power saving mode, the phone charges faster making it to last longer than other phones. It’s seamless and natural multitasking is surely going to please you. The latest Multi Window functionality gives you much more flexibility to manage multiple applications at once on a single screen.

 

  1. Google Nexus 6 google nexus

Google Nexus 6 is the new love. With its massive Quad HD display, Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor provides lightning fast multi-tasking and the Adreno 420 GPU gives you brilliant graphics. Individuals who frequently use phone and face horrible battery issues, then Google Nexus is something you would desire. Charge up to 6 hours of use from only 15 seconds of charging. Moreover, capture great images with its f2.0 lens and 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization in daylight and low light. The only problem with the phone is that it’s still extremely hard to find in the stock, so if you get lucky enough of finding one, grab it with confidence!

3.One Plus Oneone plus

A little time ago, onePlus one was an alien name in the smartphone market, but now it can be tagged as the ‘Smartest phone of the year.’ With its stunning design and impressive features, OnePlus is a proper high-end smartphone that comes at a fraction of the price of the competition. It has a superb value with plenty of power and Large, high-quality screen. Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz CPU; 3GB RAM; Android 4.4.2 with CyanogenMod, the OnePlus one has got it all. With its all in one features and attractive price tag it’s like you’ve been offered a cake, have it. The only drawbacks of the phone are its Patchy 4G support in UK and too-quiet call speaker.

  1. Motorola DROID Turbo4Motorola DROID Turbo

The only problem most of the Smartphones have is the battery issue. We can talk about impressive design and high quality features of a phone for hours and hours but none of it would be good enough until the battery lasts longer. DROID Turbo wins you at the battery life. It promises up to 48 hrs. of battery life along with great specs.  Offering a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, a 21MP camera, Motorola’s awesome custom software and a body that’s not all that fat, DROID Turbo is a catch for you!

  1. Xperia Z3 Compact xperia z3 dgdg

Xperia Z3 Compact is the latest entrant brought in by Sony. It is the most elegantly designed phone of 2015 with flagship specs. With a 4.6-inch screen (compared to the Xperia Z3’s 5.2-inch), the Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the more expensive mini variants of flagship smartphones that we’ve seen. Compact Z3 is a good choice because of its stunning camera of 20.7-megapixle, ability to stream PlayStation 4 games on the phone and its dust and water resistance feature is an additional treat.