2016 New computer and other stuff – Part 1

Following an accident with the floor a dog and coffee I am now looking for another computer. Yes a little bit annoyed but accidents do happen, besides its more stuff to write about. More so when if you have noticed working on categorising the web site’s content more broadly. So for the time being I’m using the Microsoft Surface Pro which is positively ancient in tech terms but will works perfectly! The Surface Pro is great little tablet and spare ‘PC’, pity the new models are a little on the pricey side in 2016.

As always I check out what Apple has to offer and find that nothing has changed in since 2014 except even higher prices. Disappointed that’s for sure but there are plenty of people still paying a premium for dated technology and design! That said the main change has been to equip them with SSD drives which are clearly faster and cover for the very old CPU and GPUs. There is no reason to pay 3 times more for a Apple Mac than for a Windows based PC unless you have more money than common sense. That’s PR for you.

On the other hand I checked out so many new Windows based PCs and clearly it’s going to take some time to work out which is the best one to get!

In regards to the sales pitches…

Plastic vs metal computers. Metal feels great but Apple metal looks old and almost always have static when you touch it. There’s plastic and there’s plastic, Sony plastic for example is usually better than Acer or any number of HP computers. Admittedly only the really cheap computers use the nasty stuff these days.

The big plus for Apple is that system updates are free for the time being. Mind you if you’re running Windows 10 updates are also free. Apple doesn’t make touch screen computers as that would mean updating their OS and that is too expensive.

I want my computer to have a touch screen it makes using them easier. I’m old I don’t want to test my motor skills pointing a mouse. I really don’t care about finger prints on the screen as when it gets smudged enough I will clean it.

I like a nice screen and Apple has lovely screens on their MacBooks and iMac desktops. Windows notebooks can be just as good but you really need to buy a better screen which is fair enough.

I want a fast computer that doesn’t cost more than my holiday budget to purchase. I am not fooled by the SSD on the Apple’s to make them seem faster despite using old tech CPUs, I’ve seen and used PCs and notebooks running Windows 10 that are just as fast if not faster using a mere regular spinning hard drive. Furthermore my life needs more space than 100Gig or even a 512 Gig drive Apple can only offer. I want the minimum of 1Terabyte hard drive so I can have everything!

More to come…


My Computer Update – December 2014

asustx300Welcome to my continued review of the ASUS TX300A convertible notebook.  As always my reviews on the internet are the ones that real people can actually relate to. This is genuinely the first convertible notebook design that attempts to cover all bases aka as a tablet and a full power notebook.

Like buying any new computer in 2014, I had to install a bunch of updates before I could actually use it. First off was to make sure that the built in virus scanner software was working then connect to the internet for the updates which included the latest Windows 8.1 OS. Internet speeds are slow in Oz and unlikely to get any faster thanks to specifically the current short sighted government. Hopefully that may change when the next one gets in.

Connecting to the internet was easy as plugging a full sized ethernet cable. Once updated which took a an hour or two it was unplugged and ready for setting up wireless internet and battery use. Booting up took just over 5-8 seconds. In desktop mode I installed everything I needed that ran on 7 and XP pretty quickly and without any errors and various new Windows Apps. I can report no problems what so ever.

The TX300A is really fast and no complaints about performance of the notebook and it hasn’t crashed yet either. Even when sold at it’s original RRP it has all the specs and performance you could want. Unfortunately due to the small minded reviewers of Windows 8 and lack of marketing for these convertible notebooks it never really took of until about now.

Best parts:
Fully functional Windows 8.1 in notebook and tablet form means I can simply take it to bed or lounge and continue being productive.
Great 13.3 inch  1080P HD touch screen.
Easy to take apart and use as a tablet
Two hard drives 128Gig SSD in the screen and 500Gig in the keyboard part.
MicroSD and standard SD card slots and full size USB when means I can plug in everything.
Stereo speakers actually sound really good even at high levels.
In tablet form it feels light for a large screen.
Very solid construction considering all it’s panels are metal.
All the connectors you could want.

Not so good:
It is relatively heavy in notebook form but considering the power it packs acceptable.
Not a gamers notebook but then most aren’t.
The exterior metal finish is a little bit too shiny but the interior is classy.
Battery life is a little over 3 hours.

Simply put the ASUS TX300A is a great little notebook and tablet. Sure it wasn’t ultimately a desktop PC that would probably suit my needs better but the price was too good to go pass up.