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.

Best 13 Inch Laptops You Should Buy

As our life is becoming faster we need to stay updated and productive even on the go. Gone are the days when office work was only done in offices, now you need to check your mails, have video conferences with colleagues and do a lot more on the go. For dealing with this busy routine you need to have a laptop which can be easily carried around. The 13 inch notebooks are the most suitable devices for carrying on the go, these Ultrabooks are slim and light plus they are equipped with all the latest features so you won’t have to compromise on anything.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

250441-apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-thunderboltApple as ever has brought some drastic changes in its new version of Mac Book. Though you may not find much difference in the outer look but there are some great improvements inside. Last year’s MacBook was equipped with Haswell chip whereas the new 13 inch MacBook with retina display packs in Intel’s core i5 processor and integrated Intel Iris 6100 Graphics. Featuring an Apple’s Force Touch Trackpad which uses different levels of sensitivity to perform functions rather than conventional clicks, it adds more smoothness in your work. Plus the new processor also gives you some extra hours of battery as compared to 2014’s MacBook.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

Lenovo-Yoga3-Pro13-Slv-Angle1bLenovo’s Yoga series is one of the best series ever introduced by Lenovo. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a perfect blend of stylish design and ultimate flexibility. It is Lenovo’s first laptop featuring Core M processor. Not just this processor offers better speed and more responsiveness but it is the first fanless processor, in short it is the best processor a laptop can get. With metallic hinge and slim design it can bend back up to 360 degrees and offer you multiple modes for working so you can choose one which is most comfortable for the task at hand. Its stylish design and modern finishes make you look smart while working.

Dell XPS 13

XPS 13 Ultrabook Touch NotebookSome of the thin and light 13 inch laptops are beauty with no brains but this is not the case with Del XPS 13. It is a balanced combination of stylish design and powerful performance. Dell XPS 13’s previous version of 2014 was also impressive but the latest 2015’s version is simply amazing. Its long lasting battery and powerful processor gives you an experience you’ve always wished for. You also get the option of upgraded quad HD+ version touchscreen.

Toshiba Chromebook 2

toshiba-chromebook-2-product-photos-02If you are trying to buy a 13 inch laptop which offers all the essential features in an affordable price then Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the best option for you. Toshiba Chromebook comes in two versions one with a Full HD screen (1,920 x 1,080) and one with an HD screen (1,366 x 768) so you can opt one according to your needs. Chromebooks are often thought as laptops with cheap built and poor performance but Toshiba Chromebook 2 is not like this at all. It has a stunning display and incredible overall performance.

Review of Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

lenovo-yoga-3-proSleek, stylish and flexible laptops are all people can talk about these days. All the leading laptop brands are striving hard to produce improved Ultrabooks so they can give best to their customers in terms of size, technology and features. With all this fondness for flexible and convertible laptops Lenovo has introduced an exceptionally flexible convertible laptop, Yoga 3 Pro, which is bound to rule the market with its groundbreaking features. I am reviewing this laptop so you can have a close look at its features and get a better idea what this superb device has to offer you.

Stylish Design

Lenovo is capable of bringing best on best and that’s what it has done in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. Its ultra-stylish design can make all other Ultrabooks envious of it. Measuring only 13.8mm and weighing only 1.19kg it is one of the slimmest and lightest laptops available in the market. With its slim and light profile you can always slip it into a bag along with your books and documents. Its design makes it more handy and easy to carry. Featuring a watch band hinge it lets you flip it to 360 degrees and enjoy four separate modes. In short, it is a perfect blend of performance of a laptop and convenience of a tablet.

Power and Performance

The latest Intel Core M-5Y70 processor is the heart of Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is the first device that came with Intel’s new processor.  All those geeks who want to use latest technology as soon as it hits the market were dying to buy Yoga 3 Pro because of its Broadwell processor. When this brand new processor is combined with a 256 GB solid state drive, up to 8 GB of RAM and Intel integrated HD Graphics 5300, it gives you a performance beyond imagination. Yoga 3 pro gives you more than enough power for web browsing and streaming HD video content in fact it lets you do editing of high resolution pictures and video editing efficiently.

Display and Sound

What better can Lenovo offer you than a 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200×1800 IPS display? With wide viewing angle the screen looks good from any angle plus it delivers bright and extremely sharp images. Its thin touchscreen is even better than Full HD. Made up of Corning Gorilla Glass it has the potential to withstand the pressures of tough life on the go. So have a more interactive experience with its high quality intuitive touchscreen. But its glossy display may cast reflections under sunlight which makes it difficult for you to work comfortably outdoors. It comes loaded with JBL stereo speakers which are excellent for enjoying immersive audio while watching movies or paying games. It is also certified with Waves Audio which enables you to produce studio-class sound easily.

Connectivity Ports

Even though it has dramatically thin and sleek profile but it stills packs all the essentially needed connectivity ports. Yoga 3 Pro is equipped with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, a SD card reader and an HDMI port. SD card reader supports all the famous card formats plus it also helps you in expanding your storage. Featuring an HDMI port it enables you to have a clutter free connection and allows you to enjoy your media on large screens by connecting it to projector or other large screen display units. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which allows you to stay connected and more productive even on the go. All the ports are placed in the sides of laptop, making them easier to access.

Battery Life

Featuring a 44.8 Wh internal battery, Lenovo claims Yoga 3 Pro has a battery life of 7.2 hours. However when the laptop is used with moderate brightness and multiple applications running at a time, it lasted lesser than the acclaimed time. When we used it for web browsing, downloading applications and streaming videos with 70 percent brightness and the backlit keyboard also switched on, the battery lasted only for four to five hours. But by keeping its slimness in mind we cannot say that it has an unsatisfactory battery life.

Final Verdict

However, Yoga 3 Pro may not exceed other Ultrabooks in terms of battery and audio but it still manages to satisfy us. Apart from these two, its amazing and exceptionally good features can easily justify its expensive price tag. Considering its option of multiple modes and latest Intel processor along with other top notch features, Yoga 3 Pro is a device everyone would love to buy.

Best Laptops for Programming

If you are a programmer, planning to buy a new laptop and need some advice, then you are at the right place. With so many options of laptops available in the market it becomes extremely difficult for a person to buy a laptop which is best for him. Where some brands offer better processors, some offer more features. Some offer long battery timings and some offer laptops in cheap price but lack in features. With so many complexities, finding a perfect laptop for yourself is a tough job.

There are few specifications which you should keep in mind while buying a laptop for programming. If you are into graphic based programming, then you need to be more careful because in addition to other important features, you must make sure that your laptop has a dedicated graphic card for better rendering of your program. Without a well-built laptop, you’ll encounter many problems like laptop making loud noise, laptop overheating and many times you will end up re-starting the computer because it just stops functioning. We are providing you a list of laptops which are best for programming and coding. This list will narrow down your options and help you in finding a perfect laptop at perfect price.

Lenovo Y50

lenovo-laptop-y50Lenovo Y50 was designed to attract the gamers but it is great in programming also. This laptop has been equipped with some of the amazing features which makes it an ideal laptop for coding and programming. 8GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive space, GTX 860M graphic card from NVIDIA, and quad core fourth generation Intel i7 processor with 6MB cache combines together to give you a smooth coding and programming experience. With its 5 lbs and back lit keyboard you can carry it everywhere and work in every sort of lighting conditions.

HP Envy

hp-envy-laptopHP Envy is a best option for all those who are looking for a cheaper laptop for programming. This budget friendly laptop will do a fine job with its fully loaded features. Featuring 15.6 widescreen, 8GB RAM, AMD-A10 quad core processor and 750GB of hard drive, it gives you all what you want. Having AMD Radeon HD 8650G and optimized to work with windows 8 operating system, it gives you more responsiveness and better performance.

Lenovo Z710

lenovo-laptop-z710If you are looking for a laptop with wide screen for coding purpose then you cannot get anything better than Lenovo Z710. Lenovo Z710 offers you all the features you need as a programmer. It comes with 16 GB of RAM, 8GB solid state drive, fourth generation Intel i-7 quad core processor (2.5GHz), GT745M graphics card from NVIDIA and 1TB of hard drive space. This new introduction from Lenovo is a good choice for coding and programming.

Acer Aspire V3

v3-acer-laptopWhen you want to buy a programming laptop within a budget then Acer Aspire V3 is your best option. It is one of the cheapest programming laptop. It is equipped with a backlit keyboard, Intel HD 4400 graphic card, 1TB of hard drive, windows 8.1 operating system, and has 15.6 inch screen. This solid laptop from Acer gives you a long battery life of almost 7 hours which lets you work uninterruptedly.

Apple MacBooks

macbook-appleMAC os X is preferred by a number of programmers over Windows and other operating systems. There is certain coding which can be done only on Mac OS, you can select a MacBook of your choice from this impressive range of MacBooks, depending on your budget. More money you spend on MAC, better will be your coding experience. We will not suggest any specific MacBook as all are great in programming so choose one which best suits your budget and requirements.