Best Of Windows 8 Hardware – Tablets / Convertibles

With Windows 8 being launched today, a whole slew of devices or computers were launched over the past year to complement it. here’s a list of my favourite tablets, with a list on desktops and laptops coming soon.

1. Dell XPS Duo 12

pros: innovative design, good specifications, ultrabook like form factor

cons: expensive ($1,200) (still cheaper than certain macbook air’s and better IMO)

2. HP Envy x2

pros: looks like a laptop but is also a tablet, brilliant battery life

cons: still unsure for now, will update if any are found

3. Asus Vivo Tab

Just as you expect it to be, comes in RT and Normal variants.

4. Samsung ATIV Smart PC

comes with an S-Pen for galaxy note like functionality!

5. Dell XPS 10

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How to speed up your PC, and prep it for Windows 8!

first of all, Happy Windows 8 day everybody! it’s a great day today is it not? I for one am super excited for Windows 8, I may be a bit speculative of it tho which is why I shall only install it on my laptop and then once I’m comfortable with it I shall install it on my pc. Over the past couple of months my laptops been giving me a hell load of problems, it’s a great laptop no doubt, great specs, 8GB of RAM and it’s still slow as hell. So I downloaded some software, cleaned up some stuff and voila, it’s ready for Windows 8. First I’ll be taking you through the things to do to speed up your PC, then I shall tell you about the methods of updating from windows xp, vista and 7 to windows 8 and finally an alternative for the lazy people.

1. Speed up Your PC!

one disadvantages with PC’s is the amount of clutter you end up installing over the years, the amount of temp files that are stored and cache files, all of this collect over time and slow down your computer quite a bit. The worst part is that windows doesn’t let you easily access these files and even when you access them you can’t tell the difference from the important ones and the unimportant ones. That’s why you should download CCleaner. With one click of a button it deletes all the unnecessary temp and cache files and really helps in increasing you’re computers speed and performance, it cleaned up 13GB space for me! There are many softwares you could use for uninstalling software but in my opinion the built in one for windows works fine, but if you don’t like that then CCleaner has one as well which works quite well. Another thing you should do is browse through your files for unnecessary junk that’s taking up space on your pc, this really helps free up some valuable hard drive space. Once again doing this manually works great but if you want to do it in a “prettier” way I suggest you download DiskSpaceFan. [Sources: LifeHacker]. Some people say that with windows 7 you don’t need to worry about defragmenting your hard drive (google defragmentation if you don’t get it) but I still feel that it does increase performance. My favourite tool for this is Auslogics Disk Defrag  This concludes my guide for speeding up ypu’re pc, now windows 8 time!

2. Different Upgrade options

There are two types of Windows 8 (normal and Pro) and they’re not really that different. Pro just adds various options for businesses and power users, if you don’t know what a power user is then chances are you aren’t one and the normal version of Windows 8 should be fine for you. If you’re on windows 7 pro or ultimate then you have to update to windows 8 pro. Any other Windows 7 types have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 8 pro. Upgrading to windows 8 from windows 7 is a breeze, just click upgrade and all you’re apps, settings and data(files you’ve stored on your hard drive like documents, movies, songs) will be automatically transferred for you, no hassle. If you’re upgrading from windows Vista to 8 then only you’re settings and data will be moved. From XP to 8 only data and nothing else will be moved. One thing to note is that to upgrade from Vista you have to update to SP1 first and from xp you have to update to SP3 first. This can be done from within windows and don’t worry, it’s free. Chances are it automatically updated for you already so you may be good to go. To check just go into Control Panel, System and Security, System and see what it says next to Operating System.

3. Easy yet Hard yet Easy way Out

Do a fresh install. A fresh install is when you get the windows disc and empty you’re hard drive and install from scratch, giving you the feeling that you’ve just bought a new PC. I used to be a big fan of fresh installs, I used to love doing them. I never minded backing up all my data and software and stuff and starting from scratch everytime, it was actually quite fun. The reason I called this easy is because there’s no need to clean your cache and stuff, since you start from scratch, there’s no nonsense stored on the pc, thus letting it perform to it’s full potential. Doing this will even give you bause speeds on 1GB of RAM… for a while.

Tech Round Up

hey there,

firstly, I would like to sincerely apologize for not posting in a long, long time. I know it’s no excuse, but I’ve been so tied down with school lately and a lot has been going on, I haven’t even watched any of this years tv episodes! (yes I know Nisha Bhojwani is going to be furious at me for that) l

Now on to the tech, where to start??? So much has hapenned! A slew of phones and tablets being released over CES and MWC! We have quad core phones with the HTC One X, phones that replace everything else, yes I’m referring to the Asus Padfone, a part phone, part tab and part laptop. That’s right. Also, the invasion of the netbook is upon us, in a frantic battle to push the post pc era as far back as possible, Intel launched a slew of Ultrabooks (Super slim and portable yet amazingly powerful laptops) at CES2012, all set to battle the beautiful and elegant Macbook Air. Also, as a preparation for the post pc era, Intel launched ARM based Medfeild processors for phones and tablets, they’re pretty brilliant in my honest opinion.

Also, If you haven’t noticed already, the rage comics revolution is really taking the society by a storm. Try finding someone, in my school at least, who won’t laugh to b**** please, or doesn’t know what me gusta is. It’s crazy, but I too am one of the loyal followers, although my weapon of choice is iFunny.

In the windows world, if you read my windows 8 dev preview review and wanted to get your hands on a more stable version, have no fear, the final version is close, so close I can almost taste it… But for those impatient bum’s such as myself, the consumer preview is available for download right now, and it’s impressive. I’ve been running it as my primary OS for the past few days and its gorgeous! A review of that will be up as soon as possible.

And last but not least, the new iPad is being launched today! Big whoop! Sorry,that was mean, but it’s not that big of a deal to me. Mainly because the iPad 2 is still quite awesome. Anyway, I’ll be up watching the event and if you want to stay updated you can follow me on twitter (@SnazzyHam). The iPad is rumored to have an HD retina display, 4G LTE(America Only), A better camera and a quad core processor, although lately there have been rumors of Apple planning to stick with dual core, rendering this as the iPad HD and not the iPad 3.

Well folks, I guess that will be all, Take care and have a supercalifragilisticespialidocsious day.

Snazzy Out.

 

OS Review – Windows 8

Yes, it’s true, for the first time since 1995 Microsoft has decided to overhaul the user interface on their coveted windows OS. People like me have been screaming “yes, finally!! get rid of that dipshit UI” but those loyal to microsoft are being very annoying regarding their concerns on the modernisation of the user interface.

I installed the Windows Developer Preview on my daily driver, my beloved laptop. Now yes I agree that is a very very stupid thing to do, considering this is just test software and not nearly stable enough to be my daily OS of choice, and all that is true. Although I was and still am truly amazed my the METRO UI on a big screen, especially since I’ve long been a fan of windows phone, this build had way to many bugs and glitches to run any of my software properly, It drained my battery like crazy, giving me a 3hour life span when I used to get 7, the brightness could never be adjusted, sound never worked and WiFi always got disconnected, hell it couldn’t even install the blackberry desktop software due to problems with .NET but I’m here to give you my review of what is to come in windows 8, and so far so good 🙂

We shall start with probably one of the most talked about features of the new OS, the start screen. The start screen was amazingly well thought of and all the work and effort by the entire microsoft team is visible in this dev preview. Even though it’s mainly designed for tablet use and finger touchy touchy, the new UI works great with a mouse and keyboard as well. With a multitouch trackpad, you can use two finger swipe to scroll back and forth around your start screen and pinch to view the entire thing as a map, although I have not been able to accomplish this. The use of keyboard shortcuts also helps navigating around your start screen, such as
“windows key + a” lets you search for apps, all in a very METRO way.

Moving on to number two, the explorer. The new windows explorer is amazing! I never liked the ribbon system, but over here it’s extremely useful and allows much more quick and efficient workflow. I can do all the usual stuff from right on top plus a hell of a lot more stuff I never knew I could, and with 3rd party developers allowed access to add their own plug ins to the ribbon, there’s gonna be some pretty good stuff heading our way. The transfer system is also really amazing, I used to hate copying and moving stuff on the old OS’s because windows explorer would crash or lag if you tried to move too many different things from different places, not to mention the crazy number of pop up windows. the new system allows all the transfers to combine their-self into one window and finally transfers can be paused! thank you microsoft! Oh and not to forget native ISO support! Bowchickawowow

On to my most favorite part of windows 8, the new task manager, now many people don’t even care about this so I shall make this breif, while sitting in my briefs. THE NEW TASK MANAGER IS AWESOME! that’s all I have to say, as you can see in the picture above, it allows us to monitor our memory usage, cpu usage, data trafic, etc. and gives us complete information detailing what’s going on in our computers, sweet!

Applications baby! the most amazing this about this OS are the applications! They’re built atop of html5 and other languages and incorporate metro so they have the best user interfaces and feel completely awesome to use! I do not know how to explain this in words, you will just have to use these yourself to know how awesome they are. Some apps I could really see being built amazingly in metro are Skype, Twitter/TweetDeck, Microsoft Office, Adobe CS’s, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, uTorrent and basically everything else! It will just feel completely awesome, awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome!

In conclusion, windows 8 is a very fast, smooth and easy to use operating system thats not only beautiful in terms of the UI but also under the hood. I am extremely excited about the next release of windows and even though I am uninstalling it from my laptop, I will miss it immensely and I am eager and anxious for the next build, which is the beta build, expected to be released by feb 2012 and will definitely be reinstalling it on my laptop.