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Best Windows Laptop alternatives to new Macbook Pro/Air 2017

Introduction

With the launch of its new Macbook Pro, for which Apple has taken longer than usual, prices have been revised upwards, the cheapest model being up to 200 dollars more expensive than the models of the beginning of 2015. A price increase that also comes with improvements, but we can have many of them with alternatives from different PC manufacturers.

Today we’ll mention some of these options that go from classic designs to more modern models with more versatile configurations. Great options that will allow us to have a PC as good or better than Apple’s new Macbook Pro.

Razer Blade Stealth

One of the most attractive options can be found in the hands of Razer,  In fact, no matter how much it bothers some Apple users, the design on the new Macbook is pretty similar to this model. It is thin and it has high quality screen options. It is updated with some of the best Intel processors and also supports Thunderbolt III.

Razer Blade Stealth

 

It has a 12.5” screen we can find in QHD and 4K resolutions. It has a thickness of only 13mm, it weights less than 1.4Kg and it is completely made of aluminum. It also has a touch screen, a programmable illuminated keyboard (RGB) and a great trackpad. The latest version comes with Intel Kabylake processors, 8GB of RAM and storage of up to 512GB SSD.

Razer Blade Stealth

The battery life on this new model is around 9 hours, which is very close to the 10 hours of the new Macbook. Its price starts at 899 dollars, which is a much more attractive price than the current Macbook Pro.

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HDMI 1.4 vs 2.0, what‘s the different and how to choose?

The HDMI cable lets you transfer audio and video data by using a connection that allows to put the quality first (HDMI is the acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface).

The first uses of the HDMI interface are dateable to the end of 2003: at that time, actually, it was important – looking at the future – to predict a valid replacement for the VGA and DVI interfaces.

Over the years, the HDMI had a gradual evolution with several specific versions (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.0 and 2.1), and each of them introduced new features and functions.

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Asus ROG PG348Q review: ultra-panoramic and curved aimed at gamers

Ultra-panoramic monitors are and will be one of my weaknesses. From the first experiences up until now I must admit that it’s a format that I really like. For working with them as well as for consuming media or enjoying the latest PC games. For some weeks I’ve been testing the Asus ROG PF348Q, an ultra-panoramic monitor aimed at gamers.

This Asus display belongs to the ROG family (Republic of Gamers), which offers different solutions such as the PG278Q monitor or the more recent Asus GX7000 laptop which we analyzed here. Going back to one of its distinct features, for some, an ultra-panoramic panel might not seem attractive and they might prefer a 1080p monitor with lower response time and greater refresh speeds. This is totally valid since it’s a matter of personal taste, especially if you also want to use it for playing console games. But if you were looking for something different or you simply don’t want to use two monitors for an extended gaming setup then pay close attention.

Asus ROG PF348Q, specs

The tech specs of the Asus ROG PG348Q monitor are very similar to those of other screens on the market. The differences are, in addition to the curved panel that not all 21:9 include, in the refresh rate improvement which can reach 100Hz with turbo mode and the software extras for its configuration. Still, let’s review the most important ones.

  • Screen: Curved IPS (3800R radio)
  • Size: 34 inch
  • Resolution: 3440x1440p
  • Density of pixel: 109ppi
  • Refresh Rate: Up to 100Hz via DisplayPort and 50Hz over HDMI
  • Color reproduction: 10 bit
  • Contrast: 1.000:1
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • View angle: 178º
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Connections: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 4 x USB 3.0, handset / speaker output
  • Extras: Nvidia G-Sync technology, Flicker-Free backlight, HDCP, VESA support, different picture modes and other extras to enhance the gaming experience

A very gaming aesthetic

When you sit down in front of a monitor like its logical that you will be surprised at first. With its 34 inch display, the Asus ROG PG348Q doesn’t let down. It’s overwhelming to see that ultra-panoramic image right in front of your eyes. Of course it’s also a bit shocking if you’re used to 16:9 screens.

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Is The PS4 Pro Worth Upgrade or Buying? Face to face with the PlayStation 4 Pro

The “Join the Future of Play” event took place November 3rd, an event aimed at the press in order to show the new capabilities of the PS4 PRO in light of the release of the new console from Sony. We’ll tell you in detail what we saw, played and learned there.

We know that many of you have questions about the PS4 PRO, is it worth it if you don’t have a 4K TV? Is it worth it even I have a 4K TV but already have a PS4? We will try to answer all of your questions after the Join the Future of Play event organized in London focused on the press to observe first hand the capabilities of Sony’s new console. This is what we were able to discover and learn about the Pro model of the Playstation 4.

After a welcome we could admire the Playsation VR and its peripherals, as well as the PS4 Slim and Pro and the new official controllers from Razer and Nacon, they took us to a conference where they explained to us what HDR consists of and how the PS4 was going to improve the gaming experience with HDR like no other console had previously with Mike Somerset and Simon Rutter. They also gave us some technical specifications of the console: 4.2 F of power, Overclocking the GPU as well as the CPU, new dedicated Chips… After the presentations of Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the GT Saga and Yosuke Hayashi, creator of Nioh and main designer of Team Ninja, we went on to what we were all waiting for, the games.

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PS4 Pro and HDR

One of the main improvements to the PS4 is that it focuses on HDR. Xbox ONE S as well as PS4 have and will have compatibility with HDR, not but all HDRs are the same. Normal screens, like the ones most of us have at home, called SDR (standard dynamic range) can display a maximum of 100nits. A nit is a unit that measures color, contrast and brightness. The HDR supported by the PS4 and the Xbox ONE S is HDR1000, which can display 1000nits, 10 times as much as standard screens. In addition, PS4 PRO is compatible with the BT2020 system which is capable of displaying up to 10.000 nits, 10 times as much as the Xbox ONE S and 100 times more than normal screens.

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Best Motherboard Buying Guide: Where to start

Which motherboard to choose, sometimes, can be a real pain, since the motherboard is the intermediary of all components of the computer, and is the one that guarantees its functionality.

The type of socket the PCI express ports, HDMI outputs, VGA, USB 3.0 ports, the motherboard is a fundamental and key component of every computer, sometimes, trying to save some money on this aspect can cause incompatibility problems in the present and future, so we advise you to be very careful so that you won’t have any regrets when choosing a motherboard for your PC.

What should you consider when choosing a motherboard? We’ll explain:

1. The processor and our motherboard

As we already mentioned in this article, you can’t use a socket 1155 processor with a motherboard compatible with 1150 processors. So, the socket of the motherboard should match the processor’s.

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The Best Intel 1151 Motherboards 2017 – December 2016

As we saw in this article, choosing a motherboard for our computer can sometimes be a real headache. The type of socket, the PCI express ports, HDMI outputs, VGA, USB 3.0 ports… the motherboard is a fundamental and key component of every computer, for that reason we will make it easy for you, in this article we will show you the best Intel 1151 socket motherboards that currently exist organized by price.

Low Cost Motherboards

These motherboards are designed for modest computers, perfect for office or home PCs which are not used a lot and that don’t require too much RAM. Although they are modest, we should mention that they can handle any current processor based on the 1151 socket, but they are somewhat limited. These boards usually only have two sockets for RAM, a PCI-E and a basic sound card. The options we recommend are:

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Best TV for PS4 Pro (Playstation Pro)

The Best TVs to Enjoy 4K

The PS4 PRO, the new version of PS4 oriented to the most demanding gamers, is already here, and among its features are the possibility to run games at 4K and in HDR, but very few of you have a TV that supports these features, and you probably think this console is not for you. That is why we have prepared an article to help you if you intend to renovate your TV in view of this new technological leap.

4K, two characters that lately we see repeated throughout the length and width of technology articles, but really, what is 4K? This refers to the 3840×2160 resolution, also called UHD (Ultra HD), a resolution four times greater than the standard 1080p, 1920×1080 or FullHD. Four times is almost as much as the difference between 480p (resolution of the PS2) and 1080p.

Best TV for PS4

This is why there is so much trouble reaching 4K, since that increase of resolution has a high cost in power, if you want to multiply the resolution by four, you need also four times the power. It is for this reason that Sony decided to keep the vast majority of games to an intermediate resolution between 1080p and 4K and apply a rescaling which gives a really good result.

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PS4 vs. PS4 Pro, what’s the difference? Which console should I choose?

After the launch of the new Sony console many users were left with a big question, whether they should choose the PS4 or the PS4 Pro, and it is natural, since the second has not finished convincing us and is still swimming in a sea of uncertainty.

We say this because the improvements we have seen in games of both consoles are in generally quite small, and because of that many users do not find enough motivation to opt for PS4 Pro, although at the same time they question if this is just something temporary and if it will end up being improved in the short term, when developers start getting the gist of said console.

All this leaves us with a difficult decision, and now that we have Black Friday and Christmas shopping coming soon, we want to help you dispel doubts and clarify ideas a bit, so that you can choose the system that best suits you.

PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro, a console that is not what it seems

Sony has “sold” PS4 Pro as a 4K console and it really is not, at least not strictly speaking. It uses rescaling techniques and HDR, elements that allow it to offer an improvement in graphic quality without consuming too many resources, but that obviously does not reach the level of what would be a native 4K experience.

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Trend Micro Internet Security 2017 Review

Trend Micro is certainly not the most popular antivirus producer of all. However, it has found a place among some of the leading companies such as Kaspersky, Norton and even ESET in proposing accessible security solutions. The producer also plays an active role on the web and carries out frequent publishes of detailed reports in areas of security. The most recent was moreover related with the French Dark net. This year, Trend Micro stands ready to introduce its newest wave with its flagship solution: Internet Security. We have closely studied it here for you.

Installing the Trend Micro Internet Security

Like most antiviruses available in the market, Trend Micro facilitates its users with a downloading tool allowing to download the most recently updated version of the software. The full installer of the 2017 version carries only 112 Mb. Once the download is successful, the tool then proceeds to data decompression.

First your computer is checked for compatibility before initiating the actual installation procedure which, as usual, is carried out by entering the serial number followed by agreeing to the license agreement. The installation will then run smoothly for less than 5 minutes.

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