Comparison of 34” Widescreen Monitors – Dell, LG, and Samsung

by Blogger ‎03-30-2015 09:56 PM - edited ‎03-31-2015 12:51 PM

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If you are like me, you probably never thought of getting a large widescreen monitor, but having tried a couple out my entire perspective has changed. A widescreen monitor is like having two monitors in one, with the added benefit of being able to watch movies or play games with an entirely different experience. Sure, they are pricier than those standard format monitors that most of us have, but these widescreen monitors are a joy to use and can really improve your productivity. If you are in the market for one, here is a comparison of three very good candidates; and if you are not in the market for one you should be soon.

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Asus Zenbook preview.jpgOne of the more popular Windows Ultrabook options in recent years has been the ASUS Zenbook series. Thin and lightweight, with instant visual appeal, Zenbooks offer a premium portable computing experience at a reasonable price. ASUS sent me their latest, the Zenbook UX303LN—with its ultra high resolution 3200 x 1800 pixel display—and a powerful Core i7 CPU. This is one handsome Ultrabook with features and performance that ensure it stands out for more than just looks.

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preview.jpgBest Buy—along with tech expert Marc Saltzman and representatives from Microsoft and Intel—held a Twitter party last week. The purpose of the #SpringTechChat Twitter session was to give people the opportunity to ask the questions that will help them make the best choice possible when they buy their next laptop. I sat in on the event and was blown away by the volume, scope and quality of questions that came firing in during the hour. For those of you who missed out, I’ve done my best to capture some of the themes I spotted among the conversations along with some of the more interesting topics

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Get your taxes done quickly and efficiently with the right tools

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 01:54 PM by Editor in Chief

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Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Super uplifting and not at all depressing, right? Ugh. It’s the kind of sentiment that makes you want to bury your head in the sand isn’t it? Well don’t. As disturbingly accurate as this quote may be, I’m here to offer up some tips and tools that will help you make this year’s tax season as painless as possible. I’ve also included some advice from a finance pro that will come in handy this year and for many years to follow. So let’s dive in, shall we?

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Dell XPS 15: full-sized premium laptop with Quad HD+ resolution

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 09:12 AM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 09:34 AM by Editor in Chief

XPS 15 preview.jpgYesterday I posted details about Dell’s award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook. It’s a great little ultraportable with a beautiful display. What if you want a premium Windows notebook with that same Quad HD+ resolution, but a 13-inch display is just too small? No worries, Dell also released the XPS 15, a full-sized, premium laptop that boasts a fantastic 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display.

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XPS 13: Dell’s hot new ultraportable available now

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2015 03:30 PM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:28 PM by Editor in Chief

Dell XPS 13 preview.jpgOne of the hottest new laptops at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the Dell XPS 13. Even now, three months after CES, the XPS 13 is still in the spotlight, frequently referred to as one of the great laptops of 2015 and Dell’s MacBook Air killer. With the XPS 13 now available at Best Buy, it’s worth taking a deep dive to learn what all the fuss is about.

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Join Best Buy, Microsoft, Intel and Marc Saltzman to discuss tech on Twitter

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2015 12:28 PM - last edited on ‎03-25-2015 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief

twitterparty.jpgJoin us at Best Buy Canada this Wednesday March 25th from 8pm to 9pm (EDT). We’ll be joined by "Tech-sperts” from Microsoft, Intel Canada and special guest Marc Saltzman who will share their tech insights and best buy recommendations for the perfect 2-in-1s, tablets and PC accessories. They are primed and ready so bring your questions and let’s have a conversation.

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PC Gaming that delivers more power and performance than you can imagine

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2015 04:11 PM - last edited on ‎03-19-2015 04:26 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_PCGaming.jpgPC Gaming is arguably the most popular it's been in almost 2 decades. Boasting features you can't get on consoles (including more powerful components) has there been a better time to make your next gaming choice a PC?

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Create the ultimate computer room

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 12:45 PM - last edited on ‎03-05-2015 12:49 PM by Editor in Chief

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My home office is what I consider to be a pretty good computer room. It has everything I need, including the computer, an ergonomic chair, stereo, colour laser printer and a LEGO General Grievous perched on the desk (not everything in a computer room needs to be functional). It’s a pretty good setup. But it’s not the ultimate computer room. To get to that stage, you have to plan well and invest in some top notch gear. If you happen to be planning your version of the ultimate computer room, I’ve put together a list of things that I’d consider must-haves.

 

 

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Laptop memory preview.jpgWhen buying any PC, memory and storage are important. With a laptop, even more so, since upgrading after the fact may not be an option. You want to get it right, but there are lot of acronyms, numbers and technical terms in play. In this piece I’ll cover off what you should know about memory and storage when buying a laptop, including RAM, VRAM, ROM, SSDs and cloud storage.

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Envy X2 preview.jpgMicrosoft set the standard for convertible laptop PCs when it released the Surface Pro 3. But the success of the latest Surface also opened the door for competition from other PC makers. The HP Envy x2 is a great example of how this class of ultra-portables just keeps getting better. With features like an even bigger 13.3-inch display, dual BeatsAudio speakers and a backlit keyboard, the HP Envy X2 is worth a look for anyone considering a Windows 8.1 convertible PC.

 

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Review: New Dell U3415W Curved IPS LED Monitor

by Blogger on ‎02-24-2015 09:01 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 04:52 PM by Editor in Chief

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Being a laptop user for years, I haven’t had much need for a monitor or so I thought until I recently tried out the LG 34UC97. It made me realize how much utility that a laptop user can get out of a monitor, especially an extra wide screen that allows you use the display in many ways. I also recently tested out the new Dell U3415W Monitor, and discovered how it makes the computing experience much better, while providing a lot of flexibility. Here’s why I really liked it.

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Amazing Dell laptop with powerful I7 processor

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2015 03:51 PM - last edited on ‎02-23-2015 01:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Dell preview.jpgThere are some beautiful and powerful laptops out there, especially if you have an unlimited budget. Trying to keep things more reasonable—under $1,200 for example—it can be pretty tough to get both performance and looks in one package. The Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop is one of those rare PC notebooks that offers both specs and looks, without breaking the bank.

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Preview.jpgThe display is one of the most important features to consider when choosing a new laptop. The display is the way you’ll be interacting with that laptop, so getting it right is critical. Resolution, size, aspect ratio, glossy or matte, touchscreen support, viewing angles, brightness, colour accuracy, response times—there are a lot of factors to consider. Pick a laptop with the wrong display and you’ll quickly dread using it. But at the same time, if you want a portable PC for casual use, you also don’t need to pay extra for a professional grade display. Buying a laptop? Here’s what you should know about displays.

 

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Review: NEW LG 34UC97 Monitor - Big and Beautiful!

by Blogger on ‎02-13-2015 02:00 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 04:53 PM by Editor in Chief

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As a dedicated laptop user I am not used to using a separate monitor, but I got a chance to test out LG’s new 34” LCD monitor. This wide-body monitor was so impressive I felt like I have been missing something for years. So much so, it made me definitely want to add this display to my laptop, which already has a very decent built-in retina display. The LG made my laptop dance in a way it never danced before, while making its small display feel very amateurish.

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BBY_02132015_CS.jpgWhen buying a laptop, there are some features that get all the attention: the display, for example and the CPU. Something that doesn’t always get the focus it deserves is connectivity. Ignoring this can have serious ramifications when it comes to actually using a new laptop—connectivity is not something that should be taken for granted. So when it comes time to buy your next laptop, here are the connection options you should consider.

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Buying a laptop: What you should know about processors

by Blogger on ‎01-31-2015 05:25 PM - last edited on ‎02-10-2015 12:10 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgOne of the most confusing aspects of buying a laptop is the processor, or CPU. It’s not difficult to figure out which CPU a laptop has—in fact, processor specs are one of a laptop’s primary bragging points. But what does it all mean? Is AMD better than Intel? What’s a core and what’s the difference between having two (dual-core) four (quad-core) or six (hexa-core)? How can one Intel Core i5 CPU be so much faster than another Intel Core i5 CPU? The answers to these vexing questions and more as I outline what laptop buyers should know about processors.

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How to protect your data like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-30-2015 04:15 PM

preview.jpgGiven the amount of money we spend on things like smartphones, tablets and PCs it’s understandable that physical protection—cases, covers, screen protectors and laptop bags—are big business. What’s on these devices is often overlooked, though. If your basement floods and your PC is submerged you can buy a new PC. If you haven’t backed up the data on that computer’s drive, you have a much bigger problem and files like your digital photos, school work  and music could be gone for good. Don’t let that happen. Here’s how to protect your data like a pro.

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How to choose your next PC like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2015 07:23 AM - last edited on ‎02-10-2015 12:06 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgThere will come a time when a new PC is in your future. Maybe it’s your first, or maybe you’re moving on from an older computer that just didn’t make sense to upgrade. Making the decision to buy a new PC is one thing, but picking the right one? That’s a lot tougher, especially when you begin to wade through all the specs and promotional material. Don’t make your choice based on who has the best marketing department. I’ll help you to choose your next PC like a pro, so you end up with a computer you’re happy with.

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How to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro

by Blogger ‎01-25-2015 12:10 PM - edited ‎01-25-2015 12:11 PM

Preview.jpgMany of us have an older PC or laptop kicking around that simply isn’t cutting it. The easy solution is to buy a new one. But there’s a cost to doing that and it isn’t always necessary. A relatively small investment in parts, software and labour can often make an old computer run like new. It may not be quite so fast as the current crop of PCs, but you can make it zippy enough that using it is enjoyable again. And if you still have an eye on an upgrade to a new model, you’ll have a nice machine to pass down to someone else. Here’s how to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro.

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Header.jpgThe cool gear coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show continues, including the latest trend in desktop PCs: curves! I don’t mean the case, manufacturers are taking what they’ve learned with those curved Ultra HD TVs and are applying the same treatment to PC displays. The latest USB standard (more interesting than it sounds) is also being shown off, iPhone 6 case choices are ramping up and Nabi is offering new wall-mounted kids tablets that are probably bigger than your TV.

 

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Preview.jpgWe’re into the second official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and the new gear just keeps coming, including new wireless routers from D-Link that look as though they’re channeling alien technology. Here’s a round-up of the latest cool PC and mobile products in the CES 2015 spotlight.

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CES 2015: Intel Broadwell CPUs, LG Flex 2, big Chromebooks, portable SSDs and more

by Blogger ‎01-06-2015 04:04 PM - edited ‎01-07-2015 04:46 PM

preview.jpgThe first official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up. Between today and the pre-show press conferences, a huge number of new products are coming down the pipeline when it comes to computers and mobile technology. I’ve put together an overview of some of the biggest news in this area, including one announcement that’s already had a big ripple effect in the PC industry: Intel’s “Broadwell” 5th generation Core processors.

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preview.jpgHave someone on your holiday shopping list who uses a desktop PC? There are tons of gifts you could give that will make their computer better, more fun to use and even add years of life to it. I’ve put together a list of suggestions to help them to get the most from their desktop PC this holiday season.

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BBY_Holiday_gifting.jpgAs the go-to person in my large Irish family, I’ve helped young and old pick the technology that works for them. It’s a question of figuring out their likes and dislikes to fine tune what they actually need rather than what they think they want. This approach seems to work as we've ended up with a wide range of products that has made everyone happy. Is there a product here that suits your family?

 

 

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Gifts_CS_BBY.jpgFrom the Nexus 9 —the first of a new generation of Android Lollipop tablets— to convertible touchscreens, AiO PCs like the 14.7 million pixel 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display and designer laptop bags, these are some of the hottest trends in desktop, laptop and tablet computing.

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Eurocom Armadillo reviewed: a gamer-friendly, business casual ultra portable

by Blogger ‎10-31-2014 06:15 PM - edited ‎10-31-2014 06:16 PM

Promo:preview.jpgEurocom is a well known manufacturer of high performance gaming laptops. I’ve had the opportunity to test several of the company’s models in the past and they always impress. This time, I have a Eurocom Armadillo, something different. It’s a thin ultra-portable with a touchscreen display and long battery life—something different for a gaming laptop. Read on to see what I thought of the Armadillo.

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Mac OSX Yosemite: worth the upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:54 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Yosemite preview.jpgApple continued its fall tradition of releasing a new version of the OSX operating system that powers its Mac computers and once again, it’s a free upgrade. This year’s version is OSX 10.10 Yosemite. Should you make the leap? I’ve spent the past week test-driving OSX Yosemite on a MacBook Air and put together a guide of how to do it, what to expect and what you need to know before making the decision.

 

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Hexa-Core Processors: Six Cores Are Better Than Four

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 02:40 PM by Editor in Chief

Hexacore preview.jpgMulti-core CPUs have been a mainstay in PCs (and mobile devices) for over a decade. The innovation of having multiple cores in a single processor —each able to run software in parallel— has led to significant performance boosts. Quad-Core used to be the high end in consumer PCs, but now Hexa-Core chips are making it into the mainstream through computers like HP’s new Pavilion x360 Convertible. Here’s why you might want a Hexa-Core processor in your next PC.

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Is PC Gaming stronger than ever in the face of the new consoles?

by Blogger ‎08-31-2014 10:25 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 10:26 PM

XSniperTower.jpgThere was a while there where it seemed PC Gaming (with the exception of RTS games and MMOs) was starting to fall off the face of the earth. While some of my friends remained steadfast (most playing Civilization IV, and V World of Warcraft or both,) I ditched my PC for consoles almost exclusively since high school. I've started to go back a bit, and I'm seeing that the game has changed so much. I can't live without a mechanical keyboard now, and I'm sure my wife appreciates her gaming mouse too.  Developers are coming back too.  Read my thoughts on the matter.

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