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Best 13 inch Laptop 2016

Thanks to the specifications imposed by Intel on Ultrabooks, 13-inch laptops have become popular by leaps and bounds.

In many ways, a 13-inch notebook is the perfect size, they are not as complex or harmful to the eyes as netbooks, but they are not as heavy or uncomfortable as a larger laptop. Moreover, there are a lot of options in the market, for both Windows and Mac .

For more information, we recommend that you take a look at our article on the best laptops today. But, whatever you do, keep reading the following paragraphs to find out which 13-inch notebooks are our favorites of these past months, be aware that you can consider each of these notebooks as the best of these inches within their price range.

Our favorite 13-inch notebooks

Acer Chromebook 13

Welcome the Chromebook with most duration.

Acer Chromebook 13

This Chromebook is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 4-Plus-1 Quad Core ARM Cortex-A15 Mobile processor and has a bunch of features in a very small body. Users will love its 13.3-inch screen and 1080p resolution, as well as its portability. With its one and a half kilos of weight, the Acer Chromebook 13 is a fairly light laptop.

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Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse

When you have been dedicated to a game for a while, you get the hang of it and you knows how to respond to each situation almost instantaneously, and to show that knowledge, skill and hours of play, you need your tools respond as due.

There is no need to have pro-grade peripherals, but a minimum of quality with which to fight your enemies to death almost without them knowing what hit them, and when you play at a certain level online, that requires pinpoint accuracy and speed. You will find all these requirements met in the Razer Diamondback, a great fellow on the playing field.

Features

The Razer Diamondback mouse is 12.5 cm long, 5 cm wide and 1.2 cm high, big enough for a hand to cover it just right, though I did wanted a little more height to finish embracing the mouse completely with my hand. It does not have the ability to vary its weight so it is always kept at 90g, which is just enough for it not look like a toy mouse. Finally, it has a cable of 2.1 meters in length, something I appreciated since the PC I have it’s located a bit far away from the mouse pad.

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Acer Convertible Chromebook R11 Review (11.6-inch HD Touchscreen Notebook)

A Sheet of Aluminum tops the back of the Acer Chromebook R11’s screen. This is probably the only noble detail in a product that neither hides nor is ashamed of its humble conception and modest benefits. But for a price around 300 dollars little more can be asked of this hybrid between a laptop and tablet operating under Chrome OS. Let’s not forget: it’s a Chromebook and from Acer, an excellent utilitarian firm.

The chromebook market begins to show signs of saturation. There are many companies that have jumped onboard the bandwagon of computers running Google’s operation system and whose philosophy is to always be connected. Asus, Dell, Toshiba, HP and obviously Google have already shown their cards.

And one thing has become clear: with the exception of a few cases in which the price seems like a rocket heading towards a galaxy of millionaires, the idea here it communing decent benefits -such as a battery that holds a full work session- with attractive prices. The Acer Chromebook R11 tries to wager battle in this area.

Laptop and Tablet Computer

The first thing that draws the attention in the Chromebook R11 is its successful minimalist and functional design. Elegant lines, a thickness of 2 centimeters and a weight -somewhat convincing- of 1.25 kilos. Despite this last detail, it is really a convenient and affordable product, of those that liked to be carried around (if you aren’t the typical fanboy of certain brands with allergy to more functional products).

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ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72 Gaming Laptop User Review

I am extremely pleased with this laptop. Having used it for nearly two months, the performance is excellent, and I love the modern feel.

The specs of ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72:

  • 17.3-inches Matte IPS FHD display (1920 x 1080)
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (up to 3.50GHz).
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3 GB DDR5 VRAM
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD + 128 GB PCIeG3 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM (supports up to 64 GB memory)
  • 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type-C), 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI. Bluetooth 4.0

The highlights:

1. One of the things which makes this computer stand out from the crowd, is the cooling system. Testing shows that this computer can run almost 18 degrees F lower than the next best laptop. Having experienced this for myself, I can tell you that this is a massive bonus.

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MSI GS60 Ghost Pro-002 User Review

This is a hybrid gaming laptop that I think I can recommend to everyone so far. I bought this for media creation, video editing in Premiere, Photoshop, Light room, & Adobe After effects. I used a desktop for editing purposes for almost 2 years but when I decided to buy this laptop and used it instead, it makes my life easier. Let me share my thoughts on the pros and cons after doing some test.

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PROS:

  • It is thin and light so if you are on the go on gaming, then this is for you.
  • It has an amazing full HD display and delivers sharp color to have a realistic viewing.
  • It has a matte screen that acquired less battery usage and a 3 GB VRAM video card: GTX970M.
  • I downloaded DOTA to test it on max settings and the data transfer rate is so fast.
  • It has improved settings that make navigation smoother and faster.
  • The keyboard has tactile-fast action keys.

CONS:

  • SSD size is not enough for gaming. The OS Windows 10 takes up a third of that. It would be best if there is an additional memory of 256 GB. This model has already that kind of memory however acquiring an additional upgrade is really a waste of money and time. Moreover, the performance will not be as smooth as expected. The hard drive should have it all.  For example, after downloading two games, the memory will be full. It is easy to replace SSD and it is inexpensive but buying additional parts to upgrade it is not an option. The hard drive should have been better on this model.
  • I encounter a lot of problems with the Intel HD graphic chipset. The screen flickers and turns to black especially when I am on Facebook. I installed the latest drivers and didn’t work better still.
  • The position of the windows key and the bloat ware is not strategic. The windows key is located in the right section. I find it confusing since most windows keys are located on the left portion of the keyboard. http://pc4u.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MSI_gs60_pro_keybrd.jpg
  • The size of the keyboard is very small for me. The main keys became smaller to occupy all the secondary keys with the same size. The Delete key has been positioned in the middle of the home key and end key. These are confusing as a writer.  
  • The power cord connects about mid-way to the left and I find it awkward and usually encounter the cable wire because it gets in my way often when I move around.

Other thoughts:

The battery doesn’t last long. It lasted for almost 4 hours while on eco mode without gaming. I did a lite Photoshop and WordPress works, browsing with 15 tabs at the same time and writing. I played two rounds of DOTA while on battery and it was great. The microphone and speakers don’t have an outstanding quality sound output. With this, I used external speakers or headphones most of the time. I don’t have any review for its touchpad since I usually use a wireless mouse especially when gaming. When starting up the laptop, I encountered a lot of bloat ware but it didn’t take much time.

Thanks the author: Frank

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SLI and CrossFire, a necessary analysis

I remember perfectly that it was 3DFX which marked the starting point of the multi-GPU configurations, with the release of the Voodoo 2 in the general consumer market, as graphical solution that can be considered the origin of what would later become SLI and CrossFire, made by NVIDIA and AMD respectively.

Originally SLI (Scan Line Interleave) mode of the Voodoo 2 acted in a simple way: two cards running in parallel resorting to a division of the processing load simply but effectively, dividing the screen in two and distributing the lines 50-50.

As is the case with the current solutions at that time, this meant doubling the power of rendering, but the texture memory is not added for a very simple reason which is that each graphics card needs to double the scene data it’s working on.

This is a very important limitation that we currently still have, just like the level of support on the software side and many others that we’ll review in this special, where we will give a series of basic guidelines that will allow you to better understand how SLI and CrossFire modes work and assess whether or not they are really worth it.

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A preview

Before we jump in, we will explain a little better what these technologies are and how they work, as that will provide us the necessary foundation on which we can have a better understanding of everything that we will explain below. Please note that this article is intended to be useful even for the most amateurish, so it is likely that you find plenty of information you may already know.

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HP Star Wars Special Notebook Edition Laptop Review

Sometimes when we are fans of some important saga, either in film or video games, sometimes we do everything possible to get special editions that are unique either because they are limited in number or because we imagine how such products and accessories would look in our room or office.

Introduction

This time our friends at HP Pavilion sent us a special edition of Star Wars notebook. Its presentation is spectacular, from the packaging to the sponges that protect the computer, everything is custom made, to the smallest detail. In fact, it looks so good that when out of the box the first thing you imagine is “this must be very powerful” – sure, as long as you have not read the technical specifications and you’ve given in to its looks.

HP Star Wars Special Notebook Edition Laptop

And unfortunately this is not the gaming laptop of your dreams, at least not the model that was given to us. We have the model with the Core i5 processor and 6GB RAM. In stores, they sell more expensive models, with better technical specifications. Coming back to the presentation, we know that you could be disappointed with the “not the gaming computer of your dreams” thing, but although it is not, this device is focused on multimedia entertainment and its distinctive “I have Star Wars notebook” bragging right thing.

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ASUS ROG GL552JX Gaming Laptop Review

Portable gaming for those not so demanding.

Asus lent us one of there computers that is designed for gamers who want portability, and a great gaming PC to play anywhere without having to suffer to much over having to carry a huge case where we could easily throw in three changes of clothes. Lets not forget the peripherals and the monitor. If you move around a lot, you’ll understand how important it is to have a Portable console. So from this the line Republic of Gamers is born and today were taking a sneak peak at one of its models, the Asus GL552JX.

ASUS ROG GL552JX

The Asus GL552JX is great for pc gamers that want these type of characteristics mentioned above in one single machine. Portability and enough power to play comfortably is what makes this line and this model in particular right in the middle of these two properties. It’s exterior design is very attractive, made of very resistant polished black plastic, the interiors are a perfect match, plus with a smooth finish, which make it easier to smudge it when handling it to much.

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Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 Review

Year after year, Bitdefender continues to grab the best positions in the tests of independent companies, AV-Test in front. With us as well, antivirus has been consistently distinguished by excellent performances, innovative features and its user-friendly interface. But is it not always more difficult to surprise when navigating in the higher realms for many years? This is the challenge that Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 will have to face by submitting to our annual assessment. Discover that this new version was in the offing.

The installation of Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 was successful. Contrary to last year, the antivirus installed very fast though it remains far from other solutions such as Panda. As a bonus, Bitdefender takes responsibility of carrying out a pre-analysis of history of sensitive files. And here comes the first novelty : Bitdefender Central. It is a platform that allows you to centralize all of the devices on which you have installed a Bitdefender product. With some competitors, Creation of an account is optional, but that is not the case here.

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SanDisk Ultra II SSD Review

A SSD, no matter what on your gaming computer.

SSDs are already fully entrenched in the gaming world and are no longer unknown to the majority. Using flash memory instead of a magnetic disk, reading and writing speed, as well as its access times are much higher than those of the latter. Besides the fall in prices has experienced an acceleration in recent months, so having a major SSD on a gaming computer is a must.

Today we bring you the analysis of the SanDisk Ultra II SSD, a high performance SDD using the SATA 3 protocol and which can reach a reading speed of up to 550 MB/s and 500 MB/s for writing, both figures of sequential writing and reading, although we hope soon to have available units with NVMe protocol, which is the new standard that will replace the current SATA.

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