• June 20, 2015

TOSHIBA SATELLITE C55-C5240 Specs, Price and Review

If you are looking for an affordable laptop that has all the necessary features and provides reliable performance, then you should take a look at this entry level laptop – Toshiba Satellite C55.

Design

If you compare this model with any other model from the Satellite series, you won’t notice any important differences. There’s just one thing that separates this model from the others – it has a textured resin finish. Simple black finish looks great, we have to say that, but matte black C55 has is awesome.

TOSHIBA SATELLITE C55-C5240

Performance

Average home and office users will get everything they need from C55-C5240. This mainstream notebook is not made for intensive work, like 3D modeling, video editing or playing demanding games. On the other side, i5-500U will deal with demanding tasks whole lot better than other affordable Pentium and Intel Celeron CPUs.

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  • June 14, 2015

Is Windows 10 really as new as Microsoft would have you believe?

Now that that the newest versions of the two major operating systems are being launched, it is time to sit back and let fanaticism aside (as it’s growing with the arrival of the new features of Windows 10). Many will attack OS X El Capitan claiming that it does not advance, while Microsoft really does. Others will say that El Capitan is a major change with respect to Yosemite, and much better than Windows 10.

Both views are wrong, because if something the history of operating systems has taught us is that eventually everyone will end up copying from each other. And that’s something that benefits users. In this article I will dispel some points that Microsoft is using to prove their superiority, which are being preached by its fans.

Windows 10

A Convergence which is really not

Microsoft has become a champion of convergence. They indicate that Windows 10 is the same for all devices, and from a technical point of view this is not true. A clear example: can you use your desktop Windows 10 on a smartphone? The answer is no.

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  • June 13, 2015

Use shorter cables to improve the performance of your peripherals

It is very frustrating to buy a USB portable hard drive of large capacity and find that it does not work well on certain computers because these do not provide enough power through its USB ports. This happened with USB 2.0 but it was aggravated by the incorporation of USB 3.0 interface. One trick that has helped me many times is to always have short cables.

We all know that electrical current (amperage) decreases with the quality of the wiring and the distance, so always keep handy a high quality shorter cable and you will see the difference, so your USB hard disk will have almost full compatibility, even on older machines. Some drives have bifurcated cables, to add the power of two connectors, but they are usually a nuisance and they eat up two ports, which in many cases they are not even close one from the other.

shorter cables

As you see, the difference between a normal cable, a drive or external drive, is that the shorter it is, the more evident that it results in better performances on machines with power problems.

The standard cable that usually comes with USB drives is around 50-60cm long. Reducing its size by half allows us to maintain much more amperage to power the drive. My advice: get some cable of about 30cm, that is affordable and that can improve the portability of your drive. It seems silly, but not always bigger is better.

  • June 6, 2015

MSI Gaming 24GE 2QE 4K-002US Desktop Review

As announced last March, we have with us the All-In-One (AIO) MSI 24GE 2QE, a model that will replace the AG240 with some changes beyond a graphics card update.

MSI 24GE 2QE

Equipped with an Intel Core i7 4720HQ (4 cores / 8 threads) processor at 2.60 / 3.60 GHz and with Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5) dedicated graphics, it also has 16 GB of RAM DDR3 1600 MHz memory and a combination of 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The image quality is already taken care of with an excellent Full HD IPS screen 23.6" (touchscreen feature optional) in dimensions of 583.6 x 434.3 x 32.4 mm and weighing less than 10 kg.

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  • June 5, 2015

The frequencies of the new NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti were revealed: its performance will be similar to a Titan-X

Yesterday we presented you the first images of the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti, but today there have been more leaks, since from Hardware Battle there appeared a GPU-Z capture to show us more about this new model.

In the GPU-Z capture we can see a GPU at 1,000 MHz, the GPU Boost to 1,076 MHz and a memory frequency of 1,753 MHz (7,012 MHz effective in GDDR5), the data bus of 384-bit is confirmed, the 2816 CUDA Cores and 6GB of memory.

NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti

All this will make the performance of the GTX 980 Ti to be very close to what is the current GTX Titan-X, but at a much lower price, as it’s estimated that its price will be at least 30% less than the value of a GTX Titan-X.

Besides this, NVIDIA already approved the development of custom models made by the assemblers, so surely we will see models from Asus, MSI, EVGA, Zotac, among others, including the design of their own models and factory overclocked versions.

  • June 3, 2015

GeForce GTX 980 Ti, information on the frequencies and scores at 3DMark.

The new Nvidia graphics card GTX 980 Ti is about to be released and some details have leaked in the past few days. According to a screenshot by GPU-Z and published on Hardwarebattle.com, it’s confirmed that they use a GPU GM200 with 2816 active CUDA cores and 6 GB of memory GDDR5.The bus remains 384 bit.

The card features a 1000 MHz frequency as a base and 1076 MHz GPU Boost modality like its sister model, the GTX Titan X, but the benefits of this new card is that partners will be able to personalize it: besides different heatsinks, we’ll see cards with much higher frequencies than what we normally do.

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Memory will have the same frequency of the GTX Titan X, at a 7 GHz. At the moment, the only data we’re missing is the number of ROPs, but it should be around 96 like in the flagship model. HardwareBattle published the results of two tests at 3DMark; 14,071 points in Fire Strike and 29,444 points in Cloud Gate.

The price could be around 700 and 900 dollars. However these are only rumors. Nvidia doesn’t seem to be prone to releasing an aggressive price, at least at the beginning. Concerning the release date, it’s only a matter of days, but at the moment there is no NDA thanks to the publications and reviews.

  • June 3, 2015

NVIDIA Shield Android TV, release

Google I/O. NVIDIA used the celebration of conference with Google’s Developers to put out in the market the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, a device for videogames execution and multimedia playback, while in the middle of a battle for the living rooms.

This set-top-box for the Android TV platform is powered by a SoC Tegra X1, the most powerful of mobility with an 8 core 64 bit processor and an NVIDIA graphics with 256 CuDa cores and a new generation Maxwell architecture.

It has 3 Gbytes of RAM and is offered in 2 storage capacities. A 16 GB and a 500 GB version. Its connectivity is good despite its compact size (25 x 21 x 13 mm). It has Gigabit Ethernet, Wu-Fi ac 2×2 MIMO with double band, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB 3.0, micro USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0 output, microSD card slot and IR receptor compatible with remote controls such as the Logitech Harmony.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV

The device includes applications for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, PLEX and Sling TV, and is awaiting other applications such as HBO Now. The users will also be able to buy and rent content from Google Video and Music. Shield can play 4k content as the one available in Netflix, although it will require a steady 25 Mbps for such resolution.

It is compatible with the NVIDIA Grid game platform (free till June) and GameStream, Google Cast and of course, all Android games.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV includes a console, a game controller, an HDMI cable and a power cable. It is already available in the U.S for $199 in the 16 Gbytes version, while the 500 Gbytes version is $299.

  • May 25, 2015

Acer Revo One RL85 mini PC review

Many readers will remember the "netbook fever" that we lived a few years ago. To a lesser extent, several months later some computers appeared under the nettop concept, intended to bring that philosophy to replace the desktop. Acer was one of the first manufacturers to opt for these alternative formats that years later seem to resurrect. The Acer Revo One we discuss today is an spiritual heir of one of the first nettops that passed through the PC4U technician lab.

In the end, it seems that the PC is not dying but it’s simply transformed to suit the needs of the new profile of the domestic user: hybrid, convertible, microPC, Steam Machines or barebones are all kinds of solutions that should keep the PC alive, while the arrival of Windows 10 will help it recover some lost market.

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  • May 21, 2015

1080p at 60 fps now available for NVIDIA SHIELD

Now that NVIDIA has given up manufacturing their own communication systems they have more time and resources to improve the products they already have in the market. Perhaps this is why they have announced on their blog that the game streaming service (GRID) is now available in 1080p at 60 fps.

NVIDIA SHIELD

GRID is a cloud service through which NVIDIA offers a Catalog of Games which you can play remotely (via streaming), one of the advantages of this being that you no longer have to go through the hassle of having to install the game in your devices. The catalog is quite good, since you can find games like: Batman: Arkham Origins, Devil May Cry 4 or Borderlands: The pre-sequel, among many others.

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  • May 21, 2015

The Windows 10 Beta version will be updated to the final version if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

A few days ago the manager of the Windows 10 Beta Testers program from Windows Insiders said that they would be able to upgrade to the final version. After he was asked again, this time via Twitter, he said that in order for this to work you will need a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license, meaning that it won’t work with previous versions such as XP or Vista.

It is in line with the previous Microsoft comments regarding the free Windows 10 upgrade for those users who already have Windows 7 or 8 installed on their PCs. Previously it has been mentioned that non original copies (used without a valid license [pirated copies]) will also be able to upgrade to Windows 10, although that doesn’t mean they will become legal copies.

Microsoft will turned a blind eye at first with the pirated copies so that the maximum number of users can upgrade to Windows 10. This is because Windows Store and other Microsoft services included (Office 365 or OneDrive) are the financing sources that the company wants to promote towards the future.