apple – Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:55:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Best Laptop Under $1000 for Students http://reviewtech.info/best-laptop-for-students/ http://reviewtech.info/best-laptop-for-students/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:10:30 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2143 When you’re in college, you definitely need a good laptop. It’ll help you immensely when you’re studying or pretty much whenever. Here are some characteristics of a suitable laptop for your specific needs as a student: Size and weight – It should be portable enough to tote around campus easily It should also fit nicely ...

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When you’re in college, you definitely need a good laptop. It’ll help you immensely when you’re studying or pretty much whenever. Here are some characteristics of a suitable laptop for your specific needs as a student:

Size and weight – It should be portable enough to tote around campus easily It should also fit nicely on a small desk, like the ones that are connected to classroom seats. At the same time, it needs to be big enough for you to work comfortably on.

Specs and features – Is it all you ever wanted in a laptop? Well, maybe it doesn’t have to be the most amazing thing you can get, but it must be satisfactory as far as your expectations are concerned. How’s the battery life? Is the screen bright enough? Does it have a backlit keyboard? How are the speakers? If you happen to want a touch screen, you should check if it has that too. Does it have a disk drive? USB 3.0 and if so how many? Solid state drives are much faster than hard drives and can really boost the performance of your computer, so you might want to pick something that includes an SSD. You should make sure your laptop has enough memory, otherwise you’ll need to get an external hard drive just to fit all your files. Cloud memory has come a long way these days, but it would be less than ideal if you had to depend on it due to lack of sufficient hardware. Make sure it has enough RAM for you to have a bunch of research windows open while fact checking and gathering data. Also, does it have a fast enough processor for video editing if you need that?

Value – Are you getting the most bang for your buck, and can you effectively afford the laptop you want?

Warranty – Will the manufacturer have your back if it stops working properly, and for how long?

There are countless options to peruse through, but if you’re looking for the best deal in terms of value, we have got you covered. The laptops below should tick all your boxes, and each of them will cost less than a grand to get your hands on. *Drumroll*

Macbook Air

Apple Macbook AirYou might not be surprised to see a Macbook Air as our number one pick. They’re very reliable, durable and efficient. It’s all metal shell will protect it while it’s in your backpack or if you accidentally drop it. If you’re used to Windows already, it will be an adjustment—not because Macs are complicated, but because they’re overly simple. You may find yourself looking for settings you don’t need or don’t have access too. But all in all, Mac rules.

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Dell XPS13 UltrabookDell XPS13 Ultrabook

Dell has really come a long way with their laptops. Dell is kind of known for basic-looking computers that are reliable. Dell computers are like the Toyota Corollas of the tech world. But the XPS 13 is a far cry from the blandness we’re used to seeing from Dell. This laptop has a fantastic screen with an extremely thin bezel. It looks great, and is a pleasure to use. It has a 2.2GHz 5th generation Intel Core i5-5200U, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 13.3-inch full HD WLED backlit Infinity screen and comes with Windows 8.1 which is of course upgradable to Windows 10. Though this one might not have a surplus of internal storage space, the perks of having an SSD should outweigh the minor inconvenience of having to either use cloud storage or an external hard drive.

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Lenovo G50 2015

Lenovo G50 2015The newest version of the G50 has a nice 15.6-inch full HD display, an Intel Core i7-5500U (3.0GHZ), 16GB RAM, a 1TB HDD and comes with Windows 8.1. This notebook’s inclusion of a massive amount of storage space and RAM and a very fast processor will give you plenty to work with. It’s a good computer all across the board. It might not be as fancy looking as the previous two mentions, but it is still sleek. Considering its specs, the G50 a great option for the price.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)

The Microsoft Surface is the first of a slew of popular new gadgets. This is actually a tablet and not a laptop, but it has the ability to replace your laptop. It’s nifty like that. It’s available in a few different versions, so take your pick of processor and internal storage space. The smart keyboard is sold separately, so you may have to stretch your budget a bit for that, or get a slightly lesser model than this one. The Surface pen is included though. The Surface Pro 4 is very light and thin with an HD 12.3” screen. What is probably the coolest thing about the Microsoft Surface is that you can take notes in class using the surface pen or by typing, or both!

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 & 6s Review http://reviewtech.info/apple-smart-battery-case/ http://reviewtech.info/apple-smart-battery-case/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:07:37 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2139 Apple has released a new battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s. The 6 and 6s suffer from less than sufficient battery life, unlike the 6 Plus and 6s Plus which tend to last through the day. Though Apple’s new iPhone case seems to work quite well, it has a few major flaws. First ...

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Apple has released a new battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s. The 6 and 6s suffer from less than sufficient battery life, unlike the 6 Plus and 6s Plus which tend to last through the day. Though Apple’s new iPhone case seems to work quite well, it has a few major flaws.

First of all, its appearance is unconventional to say the least. Some people may not mind the protruding rectangular lump on the back side of the case, but it’s undeniably goofy looking. It’s just an unnatural shape. Maybe if the added battery housed in the case covered the entire back of the device, it wouldn’t be so awkward looking. This is a bit of a blunder for Apple. Apple is known for having sleek, fine looking products that are always aesthetically pleasing. For many, Apple products are the best on the market. Let’s face it though, you can take one glance at this thing and know it’s not the best battery case available.

Let’s not judge the iPhone Smart Battery Case without acknowledging its advantages. It integrates with your iPhone, which is one of its redeeming qualities. You can view the remaining battery power by sliding down your notification panel. Though there is no LED battery indicator on the exterior of the case, it’s not totally necessary as you can view the power gauge within the phone.

The Smart Battery Case charges using Apple’s proprietary lightning port instead of a micro USB like all other battery cases. That is very convenient. There’s a charge indicator placed inside the case, which can’t be seen while the phone is harnessed by the case, so it’s pretty much useless.

The area around the headphone jack on the case does not dip in to allow all types of headphones to be inserted. If you have a nice pair of headphones that you want to keep using that won’t fit while the Smart Battery Case is in place, you won’t be able to. This inconvenience could be a deal breaker altogether. Apple’s proprietary headphones fit fine of course.

Now, let’s look at what’s really important about this case—the battery. Apple claims that this case will allow 25 hours of talk time and 15 hours of LTE data. Compared to Apple’s stock battery limit, the Smart Battery Case offers 11 and 5 additional hours respectively. The Smart Battery Case has a 1877 mAh battery and costs around $100. That’s not a very good value considering that you can get a 2850 mAh battery case from Anker Ultra for $40 that doesn’t look like its pregnant. There are several other competitors as well, and all of which offer better bang for your buck. The Mophie Juicepack Air, currently being sold at Apple stores internationally, is the same price as the Smart Battery Case, but offers a higher capacity 2750 mAh battery instead. But with the release of the Smart Battery Case, Apple stores may stop selling the Mophie Juicepack for the iPhone 6 and 6s, or any other battery case for that matter.

Overall, this new case represents a reduction in quality from Apple. If Apple releases a slew of other sub-par products following this one, they could risk compromising the integrity of their incredibly solid brand. Luckily for Apple, there will certainly be those who will buy anything Apple sells, just because it has the Apple logo on it. If it weren’t for the name ‘Apple’ being put on the box, this battery case probably wouldn’t sell much. Who wants a lumpy, awkwardly shaped, expensive, low-capacity case when you can easily find something better for much less?

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Best Laptop for Writers and Freelancers http://reviewtech.info/best-laptop-for-writers/ http://reviewtech.info/best-laptop-for-writers/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2015 23:14:11 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2119 If you’re going to be writing and you need something portable, your laptop will need to have a comfortable keyboard, a great screen. It should also be light and small enough to bring around with you, but large enough to allow you to work comfortably. Let’s take a look at the factors to be considered ...

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If you’re going to be writing and you need something portable, your laptop will need to have a comfortable keyboard, a great screen. It should also be light and small enough to bring around with you, but large enough to allow you to work comfortably. Let’s take a look at the factors to be considered by writers or freelancers shopping for a new work station.

  • Has a full sized keyboard that is not compacted into a small space

You don’t want to be cramped up in a small ultrabook if you have a lot of work to do. It’s really worth it to get something you can type comfortably on with plenty of room to stretch your fingers out and let that beautiful magic flow from your fingertips.

  • Good keystroke response, impression, sound and feel of pressing the keys in.

The feel of the keys is very important. There’s something very satisfying about being able to feel a button-like reaction from your keys. If there’s no kind of audible or at least tangible feedback coming from your keyboard when you’re working, let’s face it; it feels weird. It feels like you’re not even typing anything and just paddling your fingers around for no reason. Until you really get used to it, you need to watch the screen to make sure the computer is even registering your finger taps.

  • Has a good sized, bright and clear screen to allow small fonts to be clearly legible.

Some people don’t mind working on an 11-inch ultrabook, but their smaller size can be limiting to others. Though it’s much more convenient to have something very light and small enough to tote around easily, it’s not as conducive to producing quality results and working comfortably. It would also be pretty convenient to be able to use your laptop for watching movies, playing games or whatever you else you may want to do other than writing. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement, size matters. Either way, 13” – 15” is the ideal size for a writer’s laptop.

  • Size and weight

As discussed above, Instead of being small enough, the question is: Is your laptop going to be big enough to use for work on a daily basis? 17” is obviously too big, and 11” is just too small. As far as weight goes, the lighter the better. Laptops aren’t exactly made of lead though. Pretty much any laptop is light enough to be portable. Although it is quite nice if you can’t feel it weighing down on your shoulder so much while bringing it from A to Z. Light weight shouldn’t be a major factor though, just a nice bonus.

  • Is it durable and dependable enough?

Does it work well and is it stable enough to keep your files safe? You should be regularly backing up your files anyway, but it’s something to consider. Will it last for more than a couple years? You’ll likely want to keep it for three or four years before it’s time for a replacement, and when you do get a new one, you won’t want the old one to be in shambles. Hopefully it will still have some resale value or still work good enough to be given to someone else.

  • Does it have the right specs?

For writing, your laptop should have plenty of RAM for keeping those open browser pages during research, and a long lasting battery. The processor matters less.

Now that we have the most important factors in sight, let’s take a look at a few top picks and what they have to offer.

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA

If you don’t want to spend too much, you can get a great 13.3” full HD laptop from Asus for only less than $600. The UX305FA has 8 GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel Core M-5Y10 processor, a good keyboard and up to 10 hours of battery life. If you want something a little snappier from Asus, try the ZenBook Pro UX501.

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Apple Macbook Air

Apple Macbook Air

Retina display is a great feature to have if you’re going to be staring at your computer screen all day. Durability and dependability are pretty much guaranteed with a Macbook as well. It has a very comfortable keyboard, a 13” HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and about eight hours battery life. Many writers, including Steven King, swear by Apple.

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Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-592G-71ZL

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-592G-71ZL

This 15.6” laptop has a full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, 6-hour battery life and a pretty good keyboard. It comes preloaded with Windows 10 and costs approximately $900. Acer also makes a UHD version for a few hundred dollars more.

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iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil Review http://reviewtech.info/ipad-pro-review/ http://reviewtech.info/ipad-pro-review/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:31:36 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2093 Apple’s iPad Pro bridges the gap between tablet and laptop with the help of some nifty proprietary accessories. Though not totally unoriginal, the iPad Pro is undeniably a response to the Microsoft Surface, which has been out for years now. That’s totally normal though, as Apple and Microsoft have been biting off each other back ...

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Apple’s iPad Pro bridges the gap between tablet and laptop with the help of some nifty proprietary accessories. Though not totally unoriginal, the iPad Pro is undeniably a response to the Microsoft Surface, which has been out for years now. That’s totally normal though, as Apple and Microsoft have been biting off each other back and forth since their inception. Like the Surface, Apple doesn’t include the iPad Pro’s accessories with the device. We’d have liked to have seen the Smart Keyboard and Apple pencil included, but it’s not surprising.

Apple iPad Pro

Okay, so what exactly is the difference between the iPad and the iPad Pro? The iPad Pro can do anything a normal iPad can do, but its sheer size, more powerful A9X chip and inclusion of the Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard set it apart. Though it can do everything a tablet can do and more, it can’t do everything a laptop can do, just some things. It doesn’t have a disk drive of course, USB port, memory card slot, HDMI output or a full sized keyboard.

It’s large 12.9” high definition screen is as vibrant as on any other Apple device. It’s incredibly thin at only 6.9mm. It features an 8mp rear camera and a 1.2mp front facing camera that captures 720p video, but let’s face it, the iPad Pro is too big to be holding up in the air and snapping pictures. The iPad Pro comes with 32-128GB of internal storage depending on which model you buy, and all models come with 4GB of RAM.

The graphics processing of the iPad Pro is far superior from the any of the iPads. Its proprietary A9X chip is basically a faster, updated version of what they’re using in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As it’s brand new, there are some formatting and support issues with various games and apps, but the vast majority will work fine on the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro’s biggest drawback is that it is completely unadjustable. If you don’t like the viewing angle that it sits at with the Smart Keyboard connected, tough luck. Microsoft’s Surface however is completely adjustable.

As expected, the iPad Pro includes a fingerprint sensor to keep your device secure. Its battery should last around 10 hours with intensive use. It comes in space gray, silver and gold. Retail prices are currently around $640 for just the iPad Pro at 32GB.

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Apple Smart KeyboardJust like the Microsoft Surface, the battery-less Smart Keyboard connects magnetically and doubles as a cover for the iPad Pro. Typing is satisfactory as each key is rigid and has a ‘click’ response that you kind of need to feel like you’re actually typing something. It lacks some shortcut keys, a trackpad and palm rest. These things aren’t essential, but their absence takes some getting used to. It costs roughly an extra $140.

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Apple Pencil

The approximately 90-dollar Apple Pencil is fantastic for drawing. You can’t really use it like a stylus, though it can do some things. You’ll still need to use your fingers pretty much constantly with the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive, which allows you to shade and use it pretty much the same way you would if you were sketching with a real pencil. But why would you spend $1,000 to do something to can do for less than $1? Undoubtedly, the novelty of the Apple Pencil is attractive enough to draw some artists in, no pun intended. The Apple Pencil is just a neat accessory to have—another example of how fascinated we are by technology imitating real life.

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