Month: March 2010

LED or LCD for Your Next Laptop

The new generation of laptop screens offers you the choice of switching to an LED screen. Initially this can sound confusing and exciting until you see the price tag. So what’s all the fuss about LED? The term LED actually refers to Light Emitting Diode and is a reference to the backlighting that is used in new laptops. The prevalent method of backlighting is Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps or CCFL. Both methods use LCDs in front but the benefits of LED are far superior. In terms of power consumption, LED are great because they use up to 30 % less power than the CCFL screens. In terms of a laptop, this is a huge saving as the battery will last longer. Since you will charge the laptop less frequently, this also means that you save on your energy bill. LED backed screens also give brighter and richer colors. Color accuracy and contrast is also improved. However, since LEDs adjust brightness levels automatically based on ambient lighting levels, these features may be less evident at times. If you plan to use your laptop for a few years then LEDs are a good bet too. Over time CCFL screens start dimming and the output does not look as it once did. LED screens last longer and do not diminish over time. They also are lighter so the overall laptop weight goes...

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Choosing an Internal Blu-Ray Drive

If you hanker after quality in everything you do, then investing in a Blu-Ray drive is worth it. Although somewhat expensive, the quality that Blu-Ray offers is so far ahead of DVD that the price is justified. When it comes to choosing a Blu-Ray drive for your PC, it is the features you should look out for rather than the brand. There are also two technologies that you should know about as well. The first of these is High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). HDCP is a content protection method which is verified all the way through up to...

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Windows 7 and Netbooks – 6 Steps to Harmony

With Netbooks spreading like a wildly contagious infection all over the world, it will be only a matter of time before users want to get Windows 7 for their machines. The latest operating system from Microsoft has revealed itself to be surprisingly kind on resources and works quite well on low spec machines. Installing it on a NetBook is fairly straightforward but you should make sure that a few things are in order. 1. Windows 7 has an excellent driver database but they are not always the best drivers. On a normal laptop or PC you can be not-too-bothered...

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What is WiMax?

Currently the majority of internet access takes place in three ways: Broadband – This is in widespread use in homes and offices. Usually home users have DSL or cable modem and offices go in for T1 or T3 lines depending on the amount of bandwidth they need for operations. WiFi – This technology brought the internet to users almost everywhere. These days you can access the internet while you are at a coffee shop, hotel or even restaurants without having to fix a physical cable into your laptop. The freedom of wireless connectivity has almost created a mobile society....

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Tips for Improving a Wireless Connection

Up until a few years ago, wired network connections were the norm. While wired connections do provide a little more bandwidth, the hassle of laying out cables and maintaining them is becoming a problem for various reasons. Especially in the case of offices, the cost of re-laying and re-installing cables during a relocation of office premises is enormous. The most cost effective solution is a wireless router. With router prices dropping drastically over the years, it has become practical for even home owners to install a wireless network. The convenience of being able to work from within any part...

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