Tagged: Computer hardware

TNP USB-C Hub Adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe TNP USB-C Hub is a dongle you can add to your Mac or PC. It adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging or using another USB-C device. I’ve been using with my HP Elite X2 laptop for when I need a Ethernet connection, 2nd monitor, or extra USB device. Ethernet is a 1 Gigabit and transfers data very well within my network. Sometimes I need the wired connection for video and screen-sharing. Ethernet connections have a lower latency, and less chance of getting bumped off the network if too many wireless devices are connected. In connecting to my Vizio M50 4K TV, I had no problem getting the 2160p signal the monitor can produce. I can then use my x2 to present, or watch a video online or one I created. The Elite X2 also has one USB-C...

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ASUS MG279q WQHD Gaming Display with AMD FreeSync

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out the latest in WQHD monitors with this ASUS MG279q 27 inch FreeSync gaming monitor. It’s part of their growing line of gaming gear, but could this also become a great part of your home entertainment gear? On my desktop I run 2 monitors – one in portrait mode for reading and the other with productivity software on it. However, just like when the tech industry introduced 16:9 monitors over 4:3, I could see a lot of 2-screen users switch back to a single screen simply because of the content you can put on this monitor. Specs – ASUS MG279q 4K Monitor with FreeSync First of all, let’s take a look at the specs of the ASUS MG279q. This is a 27 inch WQHD monitor with a planned maximum resolution of 2560×1440 – otherwise known at 1440p in 90 Hz....

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Coffee Talk with Manish Goel of HP Storage – HP Discover

Earlier this year, HP Storage hired a new Senior Vice President in Manish Goel (NetApp) after David Scott (who came over from the 3PAR acquisition) retired last year. Manish sat down with the top Enterprise bloggers who wanted to ask the hard questions as to the new direction of HP Storage. Of course, Goel had some pretty big shoes to fill, and the bloggers wanted to know what his direction is for storage. Along with Siamak Nazari, Brad Parks, and Ivan Iannaccone, the group answered questions about infrastructure and hardware technology, storage management, and the direction of 3PAR. One hot topic in the coffee talk was the direction of flash and flash-array storage. As 1-out-of-3 arrays are all-flash, the bloggers were really interested in Manish’s vision. Following is the full video for this coffee talk. Note that the first 15 minutes we had wireless interference, so you might...

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Video Streaming Computer Build Part 1: AMD Processor, Gigabyte Motherboard

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember when you changed out your desktop computer every 18 months. Yet, I have been using the same computer now for the last 6 years. The AMD Phenom II 4-core processor has not failed me in those years of work. But now with newer chipsets and faster speeds, I can more than quadruple the power of my desktop. Therefore, I am off to start building a new machine – with one of the top AMD processors out there. Why a Desktop? Why not a Laptop? I have laptops that also do the job. While ultimately portable, the desktop has a level of adjustability. If I need to add a drive or card, I can do so rather easily. I also like the idea of having a workstation. Sometimes that gets lost in a laptop. This corner is where I can...

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ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard: Foldable Keyboard for your Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMobile devices have become more powerful, but sometimes their size makes it harder to do things like type up notes, messages and more. ZAGG is helping those who need to use their phones in more of a laptop setting with the ZAGG Pocket foldable keyboard. I have used ZAGG products for a few years now. The Folio on my iPad has turned that tablet into a more powerful machine and I don’t have to bring my laptop to everything. That is where the Pocket comes in even handier – all you need is a pocket to put the keyboard into. About the ZAGG Pocket Foldable Keyboard The Pocket folds up into the size of a pencil case. Unfold it to reveal a slightly smaller keyboard, stand for your phone, and kickstand to hold it at an angle. Bluetooth connection to the...

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HP Z1 G2 All-In-One Workstations for Powerful Editing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAB 2015, I checked out the powerful Z desktops and the Z1 G2 All-in-one workstation. This is a 27-inch touchscreen all-in-one. Inside is an Intel – i3,i5, i7 or Xeon E3 processor – DDR3 non-ECC RAM at 1866 MHz, Intel or NVidia graphics and more. The HP Z1 G2 is easy to open to fix or replace parts. Simply slide it down, and open the top up from the latches in the front. The hydraulic arms keep the unit from crashing down. Green tabs show you where you unlock-and-pull to take out hard drives, memory, fans, and more. Other features include an internal USB for wireless mice or any special dongles that need to be locked up. Speaking of locks, a Kensington lock option not only keeps the workstation on the desk, but also prevents unauthorized users from opening...

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HP Stream 11, Stream 360 Cloud Laptop for Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCloud based laptops seem to be a great hybrid between tablet and computer. HP has come out with a great sub-$200 laptop in the HP Stream 11 – an 11 or 13 inch laptop running Windows software and internal hard drive of only 32 GB. However, with the free 1 TB OneDrive and Office365 (for 1 year), you can run what you need and get things done. HP Stream 11 x360 I got to talk with Bianamarie Carniel about the Stream 11 line of cloud-based computers. The first one was the Stream 11 x360. This laptop can become a clamshell, flip to become a tablet, then open to be its own stand or tent for watching video on a table or in bed. The Stream x360 comes in blue or magenta and you can even get a 13 inch model with...

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HP Omen Gaming Laptop with Beats Audio

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to check out the HP Omen gaming laptop while at HP Discover. This is a lightweight laptop with 15 inch screen and Beats Audio inside. This premium gaming laptop comes with a fourth generation Core i7 processor and NVidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics inside. Many great features for gamers include programmable buttons for quick reactions and a back-lit keyboard that is also programmable to different LED colors. Get the HP Omen From Amazon The Omen is also designed with all USB and display ports in the back of the laptop. That way a gamer can put down gaming mice and not have cables get in the way. Further, the fan also comes out the back so hot air does not blow out onto the hands. The HP Omen also can have 8 or 16 GB inside, along with SSD of...

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Tablift Tablet Stand Holds iPad, Kindle, Surface, Xperia in Bed

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSometimes as an entrepreneur, my work at home life can allow me to do a lot of cool things – no pants days, no commute work week and especially work from bed days. Whats cool is when I have some neat products to review that keep me in bed such as Tablift. What is Tablift This is an adjustable leg device that allows you to enjoy your tablet or phone hands free. Whether watching a movie, surfing through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or any website, you can lie in bed and play Candy Crush in comfort. Tablift has three slots to help in positioning your tablet. If you are lying down or sitting up you can set the tablet or phone in the direction you need. Get the Tablift Universal Tablet Holder by Nbryte at Amazon And it doesn’t matter the tablet! I...

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Jabra Solemate Max: More than a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker-Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s tailgate time! You have your grill, you have your mini-bar. But do you have an awesome audio system to run the music through? Today, I’m going to show you the Jabra Soulmate Max – a speaker system for whatever you need. The Solemate Max is the largest of the solemate series. This 6.6 pound brick is set to blast some sound for long periods of time. This is also a great speaker system for all devices – mobile to laptop and even works well as a TV bar. The Max is a 90 Watt amplifier with 2 tweeters, 2 woofers and a passive bass radiator. This means it can sound even better if you set it on a wood surface but the rubber footed bottom keeps it from vibrating around. The 3 cell 2200 mAh Lithium Ion battery gives you...

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Comparison: GeForce GTX 760 vs. AMD R9 280 Video Graphics Card

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have a desktop computer that is approaching 5 years now. Yes – 5 years. I remember how I never had a machine for over 18 months. I now have 3 laptops and two tablets that I also use. Add to that the desktop really isn’t as obsolete in power as it would have been in 2004. So I’ve upgraded the machine during the five years to keep it working as best it can. New memory, new hard drives and even the upgrade of the video card. Over the summer I had the opportunity to try out two videos cards – the EVGA 760 2 GB graphics and the ASUS R9 280x 3 GB card. All to find out which one could extend the life of my desktop for another year. The Computer First of all, lets look at the specs...

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2 with Verizon 4G vs. iPad Air

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS“So slim and light, you forgetting your holding it” touts Sony in this newest tablet in the market. The Sony Xperia Z2 is a LTE-based Android tablet using Sony’s Trilumios technology. What is Triluminos? Its an approach to LED lighting that is different from most screens. Sony uses an uncoated LED inside a thin tube. The tube has what are called “Quantum Dots” of Red and Green. When electricity goes through the tubes, the wavelengths will determine the color. Blue is always the constant – emited via the main LED. The end result is a more vibrant experience. How vibrant? Well, lets put it side by side with the iPad Air to see the difference. Now we got that out of the way lets look at what Sony packs in their tablet. The Sony Xperia has a display area of 10.1...

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HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Storage for Archiving Data

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago I conquered a challenge that a lot of Small to medium businesses don’t do. Backup my data. My friends at HP sent me an RDX unit with 2- 2TB drives to try out. The RDX unit is a external or internal USB 3.0 disk backup storage unit. The key is it can work in place of that tape system you might have or might still be using. The RDX removable backup system works by inserting the disk cartridge into the device. You can then backup the way you want. If it’s a single computer, copy files or run an OS backup. If its a Enterprise server, schedule backups of the OS and files using the RDX software. It takes me back to one of my old IT jobs where everyday I had to go into the server...

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HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone Throwdown Part 2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week I showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all its glory. This week, we turn the tables and look at the HTC One M8. These phones are loaners from Verizon, so I thank them for allowing to use for comparison. Next up is the HTC One M8 phone. This device has a definite feel difference since its got a metal back design. You even have color options in gun metal grey, champagne, gold, and now red – which is a Verizon exclusive. The HTC One has added the UltraPixel module for depth of field. So if you are a shutterbug, this device not only will get you the best pictures, but also some great selfies. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core at 2.3 GHz. The screen is 4.7 inches with 440 ppi. The HTC One also...

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I Convert My Macbook DVD into a USB Drive with OWC SuperSlim

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSince I put the OWC SSD into my system and moved out the DVD drive for another hard drive, I have parts from the Macbook left over – mainly the optical drive and older hard drive. There may be times I’ll still need the DVD, so I want to put it into an enclosure. Best part is I can use the DVD drive for any Mac or PC in the house. Especially since I just got an Ultrabook that doesn’t come with DVD drive, but did come with discs to install the OS and other drivers. In this video, I show you how to place in the DVD drive to the OWC SuperSlim, and how to place the SATA hard drive into the OWC Express USB enclosure. Get the OWC SuperSlim Get the OWC Express  

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I Replace the Macbook Optical Drive with OWC Data Doubler

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part one I showed you how I replaced the Macbook hard drive with an OWC SSD. Because of this, I now have an extra hard drive lying around. But what’s more interesting is I have a DVD drive that I don’t even use anymore in my Macbook taking up space. OWC has a solution that will give me more hard drive space in the Macbook. It’s called the OWC Data Doubler – a metal cage that forms to the specs of the DVD drive but allows me to put in my old hard drive, or another SSD. In this video, I go through the steps to take the old DVD drive out of my Early 2011 Macbook Pro and put the Data Doubler in with my old hard drive. Get the OWC Data Doubler Of course, this information is going to be...

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HP Elitebook 1040 Folio G1 Ultrabook: Durable, Secure, Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS“Thinner than a dime”, HP’s EliteBook 1040 Folio G1 is the company’s latest answer to business professionals seeking a lightweight and secure laptop. But this laptop has a lot of great hidden features. You can even watch me dump water on the machine and throw it down! I am no stranger to HP laptops. I’ve had a few in my lifetime, including this G-60 that now sits behind me. Of course that was the day of laptops. Today, we live in the world of Ultrabooks – machines smaller and more powerful than ever before. Is it the best business laptop? HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1 Ultrabook – Thinner than a Dime Measuring a maximum 1.59 cm at its widest, the G1 truly is thinner vertically than the diameter of a U.S dime. The scarcity of its profile is complemented by the...

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Mimi Smart Hearing Uses iPhone to Improve Hearing – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEver been in a location where you cannot hear the other person because of the bounce of a room? MIMI has a solution – throw your headphones on and adjust the room sound so you can hear the other people. I personally have a hard time hearing female voices due to the fact I am a drummer. Even the noisy bustle sound at Disrupt and the quieter voice of Eva Maria Zoll made it tough to hear. The best part was I put my headphones on and ran the app – I was able to hear her voice better. The app brings you through a quick hearing test which can tell you where your loss is at. Switch over to the active part and adjust the levels so you can hear the conversation. MIMI is also working on a Bluetooth LE...

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Contest: AMD Radeon R7-250 Video Card

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday, I am taking a look at the AMD Radeon R7-250 video card. This is a sub $100 card perfect for those getting into gaming, or just want to extend their desktop computers for another year. Enter below for a chance to win the R7-250 card The MSI R7 250 video card is a PCI-E slot card running Direct X 11.2. The card needs 65 watts of power, so you might not have to upgrade the power supply. The card has a DVI-D, HDMI and VGA interface, but can also be set up to run with another video card. The AMD ZeroCore Power technology adjusts the power usage. Get the MSI R7-250 video graphics card here This card also comes with afterburner so you can overclock the card by up to 85%. Fan speed control will help you keep from overheating...

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