smallest Apple laptop: 11-inch MacBook Air 2013 review

Written by NotebookKey.


Well, the 11-inch MacBook Air isn't only the smallest Apple laptop. its also the lighter, and otherwise ostensibly the same thing as its 13-inch brother. And at $999, it’s cheaper to boot — even though its solid-state storage has been doubled to 128GB.


there’s really nothing aesthetically new with the latest Air. The one miniscule change is the same between models: there’s a second microphone on the left edge, designed for noise cancellation. For all intents and purposes the 11-inch model looks the same as always, with black keys and accents on a silver body. Just I still love the wedge design.

 

The trackpad is still smooth, responsive, and easily the best in its class, but it’s not as good as the larger model just because there’s not as much room to roam. I can’t scroll as quickly or move around the screen in a single swipe anymore, and the whole computer just feels slightly cramped in a way a larger machine doesn’t.


The 11-inch Air weighs 0.6% of a pound less than the 13-inch model, That’s one of its good advantages. really its sole reason for existence — it’s small. And it is small, noticeably more so than the 13-inch Air.

Small is good. But in the time I’ve been using the 11-inch Air, I’ve found a handful of sacrifices you make by choosing the smaller model. The first is an SD card slot, just I hate always needing another dongle. in addition to the USB-to-Ethernet cable and USB hub I already have to carry, because the Air is pretty sparse on ports to begin with.

the screen is 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display. it is actually slightly sharper than the 1440 x 900, 13.3-inch display on the larger model (135ppi vs. 128), that doesn’t change the fact that the smaller display makes multitasking harder and isn’t as good for watching movies. Plus, both screens start to look old-fashioned next to the super high-res screens on the Sony VAIO Pro, or the MacBook Pro with Retina display, or the Toshiba Kirabook.

battery life is great. I got 10 hours, 23 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, which cycles through popular websites and high-res images at 65 percent brightness, while in Safari. In Chrome, that number was 8 hours, 51 minutes. Both are class-leading numbers.


Performance is otherwise roughly what I expected — very slightly better gaming and graphics performance, and better compatibility with the latest Wi-Fi standards thanks to a small upgrade from Apple. But it's basically identical in everyday use — it's fast and smooth, Since it run the 1.3GHz Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB of RAM, there’s no obvious difference between Haswell and Ivy Bridge, except for that ridiculous battery life.

Alienware 14 review (2013 Model)

Written by NotebookKey.

 

Alienware's design has always been a world apart from practically anything else on the market, as the company tries to build machines that evoked living alien creatures, with gaudy lighting seeping out of their frames.

the Alienware 14 weighs 6 pounds and its 1.6 inches thick, it's not the most comfortable artifact to carry around or stuff into certain kinds of bags, but the reinforced magnesium alloy frame is as stiff and strong as I've ever seen. There's no creak, no flex, not even when you grab the base at opposite corners and twist with a good deal of force.

the design shares much with its predecessors, but it's more reserved, angular and precise. It feels awesome when you open the finely textured aluminum lid with its glowing slits and watch the keyboard, trackpad, and underbody light up in anticipation of your commands.

 

The best change in the new Alienware is that it has all but done away with distractingly glossy screens. Even the base $1,199 Alienware 14 has a matte panel, although it's a low-res 1366 x 768 deal. in addition of that the Alienware offers the gorgeous 300-nit 1080p IPS panel as a $150 upgrade.

it's not quite up there with the panels in the MacBook Pro or Chromebook Pixel, but it's crisp and clear at typing distance from the screen, viewing angles are excellent, and the colors just spring to life. Blacks are deep and dark enough to play games and movies that try to depict night. And honestly, it's the right choice for gamers — 1080p is the right resolution for the amount of gaming performance in this machine, and this is the best 14-inch 1080p panel I've seen.

 

This machine feels crafted in a way that makes sense for gamers. The black soft-touch surfaces give the laptop a dark, silky, grippy, premium feel, and insulate the hands from heat. Meanwhile, there's enough metal to make the machine strong and to catch the eye without appearing as garish as previous generations.

The Alienware 14 doesn't have a lot of ports like Thunderbolt, HDMI input and VGA. but it still has all the majors ports as we expect like: three 3.5mm audio jacks, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, a Gigabit Ethernet socket, an SD card slot, and a lock slot... Also the USB ports are nicely spaced, with one on the right and two slightly apart on the left, and The DVD/Blu-ray is still around for movies and disc-based installation.

 

The Audio quality isn't quite as stellar, but it's still very good for a laptop. It's reasonably loud, reasonably crisp with great performance that works particularly well for all the tiny little sounds that accompany action sequences in games and movies.

the Alienware 14 currently cost $1,199. and it comes with a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ Intel processor(Haswell batch), 8GB of memory, 750GB of storage, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, and the standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen. and you can upgrade to GeForce GTX 765M GPU for only additional $150 to help with games on the 1080p display.

If it isn't yet clear that Alienware marches to the beat of its own drummer, the company's choice of operating system should seal the deal: it's Windows 7, rather than Windows 8 (You can pick Windows 8 from the company's configurator). Alienware includes Steam and its own Alien apps for customization and tuning (It changes the laptop's lighting to match the action).

so Alienware14 is the best choice for any gamer.

 

Sony Xperia Z4 Review: Is it a Tablet or Laptop ?

Written by NotebookKey.

How could we really describe this new impressive device ?, can we describe it as a light weight tablet or a nice light weight laptop ?. just we can describe the Xperia Z4 Tablet as the actual successor to last year’s Xperia Z2 Tablet, and very little has changed in the way it looks and feels. This is still one of the best-engineered electronic devices on the market, feeling featherweight and durable at the same time. That’s is an important and powerful combination, as it allows you to toss the tablet around like a literal notebook, not having to worry about the added fragility of it being a piece of high-tech equipment.

sony xperia z4

 

We weren't particularly satisfied with the low 224ppi of the predecessor, rather thin even by last year's standards and we're happy to note that the tablet's display resolution has been brought up to date and is now 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet is a hugely promising premium offering on the full-size tablet market. Perhaps a touch too premium. It is the only mainstream tablet out there to boast IP68 certification and manages to do it in a super-slim and lightweight body. And that's one of the major question marks hanging above it - will battery life be good enough, or has the push for compactness meant a sacrifice in autonomy?

sony xperia z4 front

 

The Z4 Tablet has evolved to now also include a capless USB port, removing the annoying flappy cover of its predecessor. The Z4 has 6,000mAh battery like the Xperia Z2 Tablet, but I’m having to recharge the newer device more often, whether I use it or not. That’s somewhat unusual for tablets, which can last for multiple days when left idling. But most importantly, an IP68 certification means you can submerge it in water for up to 30min and 1.5m in depth, without fearing for its life.

Sony augments the gaming appeal of the Z4 Tablet with the inclusion of PS4 Remote Play. Connect a DualShock controller to the tablet via Bluetooth, boot up your PlayStation 4, and stream the games directly to your Z4 Tablet.

sony xperia z4 water proof

 

Sony's design language has remained unchanged for a while, and while it may be getting a bit tired, it's stylish light 393g weight. A few excess millimetres have been trimmed off the footprint, while thickness has been brought down to match the Apple iPad Air 2 at 6.1mm. its  10% lighter than both the predecessor and the Cupertino rival.

The BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard is literally just that: a keyboard. There are no additional ports or extra battery for the tablet, which just slots into a receptacle at the top of the dock and wireless connection. Once the two are tethered up, you are presented with a small task bar and something akin to a Windows Start menu at the bottom left of the screen.

sony xperia z4 back

 


Full Features:
    Screen: 10.1" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen Triluminos display, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, 299pixel density; X-Reality engine
    Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57,
    RAM: 3 GB,
    Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
    GPU: Adreno 430,
    OS: Android OS v5.0.2 Lollipop with custom UI
    Connectivity: Quad-band 2G/3G, hepta-band 4G connectivity, LTE Cat.6 for download speeds up to 300Mbps
    Camera: 8.1MP autofocus camera with Exmor RS sensor; Info-eye, AR effects
    Front Camera: 5.1MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
    Video: 1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
    Bluetooth v4.0
    Storage: 32GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot
    Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
    Stereo speakers
    6,000mAh Li-Ion battery

 

sony xperia z4 keyboard

 

Sony Xperia Z Tablet Review

Written by NotebookKey.


The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is very light, thin Android tablet, it seemed like the perfect companion for reading, watching movies and listening to music. There's really no room for anything on the insanely thin 6.9mm edge (it's thinner than the iPad Mini, thinner than pretty much anything else you're wondering about). More than any tablet I've ever used, holding the Tablet Z feels like you're just holding a screen.

 

The Tablet Z is just a big Xperia Z. A slightly better version, maybe, because the tablet's soft-touch matte black back feels a lot better than the phone's glass panel. Also the power button is the most distinctive design touch, a lone silver sphere in a sea of black. it looks and feels good, but it's way too easy to press (it might gets turnd on/off accidentally).

 

It may "work" while wet or even submerged, but an underwater tablet this is not. I used the Tablet Z outside in a rainstorm, and it worked okay untill a raindrop occasionally pressed a button I didn't want, but the tablet still sensed my finger and mostly did my bidding.

Later I started submerging the tablet in the sink or running water over top of it, and it stopped being usable at all. Like a stream of water constantly pressed buttons, changed settings and opened apps. The Xperia Tablet Z is not a tablet you'll want to use in the water, it's just a tablet that can go in the water and not be totally ruined.

 

 

The Tablet Z's ports are covered by plastic flaps, which is terribly annoying every time I try to plug in my headphones or charge it. There's at least a good reason which is getting completely waterproof tablet. I dunked it in water, ran it under the sink, and accidentally-on-purpose spilled a bunch of Diet Coke on the device, and as long as the ports are sealed the device just keeps working like a charm.

 

It's something wonderful about using a tablet that's not afraid of a few drops. it's not great underwater for reading or anything involving a lot of touching the screen, but you can play a song and let it play. More often, I just appreciated the peace of mind of knowing that a drop of water wouldn't ruin my tablet. I loved having one device that I didn't have to worry about all the time.

 

The Xperia Tablet Z comes with 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 display. As always, Sony makes a big deal of its Bravia engine. the 8-megapixel camera is fine but not meaningfully better than any other tablet despite Sony's pronouncements about its backside-illuminated sensor, and the lens' placement in the top left corner of the back makes framing any close-up shot really awkward.

The Tablet Z's base model comes with 16GB of internal storage, and the $599 version has 32GB. both come with microSD slots so you can augment as you see fit. and the speakers get louder than most, It is rare thing for a tablet. and they have an impressively full, rich sound. it sounds like you're listening to music on an 1880s gramophone.

The battery life is very good, It lasted seven hours and nine minutes on The Battery Test. the Tablet Z is well above average for a 10-inch tablet. it's better than many, and in more normal use lasted two or three days.

The Xperia Tablet Z is a great Android tablet, it might be my favorite one yet.