Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Review: This Is The Right Start

After a week passed, sitting down in the middle of a forest, I was using the Lenovo U310 ultrabook and thought, “you know, it’s not the best laptop I’ve ever used, but for the price, it’s okay”. Now, I think about that thought and realize that the U310 has a design akin to another laptop, to the point where Lenovo’s creativity could be questioned, but that isn’t per say a reason to be hostile towards the U310.

It’s an inexpensive sub-$1000 — depending on the configuration — ultrabook, perfect for the back-to-school season, and it has a decent display, processor, and even 6 hour+ battery life. And for all of that, you get a decent package.

It’s Just Common Sense: Laptops Before And After The Macbook Air

Of course the companies will “take cues” from Apple’s original designs of the Macbook Air and their other devices. To what extent the change is however, you have to see Sebastian De With’s post — at the source link — comparing the two eras of laptops, and how much they changed afterwards Apple debuted the Macbook Air design in 2008. It’s really mind-boggling to see the truth, as part of an illustration of press photos that those companies use to promote their newest products.

Check it out. Via: De With

The Razer Blade: An Ultimate Gaming Laptop For Less Cash But More Power

Enter, the late-2012 Razer Blade. It costs $300 less from the original $2,799 (making it $2,499) and from that you get an unannounced, highly-improved Ivy Bridge quad-core Intel Core i7 chip, a beefed-up Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics card, two hard drives for storage — a 64GB SSD and a 500GB HDD, and the rest of the design remaining the same as the last model — very thin frame, gaming performance, a weight of 6.6 pounds, and a “sharp” name (sorry for the pun, had to).

Expect the Razer Blade to enter pre-order status on September 4th with shipments expected to begin on September 30th. Via: Razer

Nokia Lumia 920 may just be the new flagship Windows Phone 8 phone

Oh, and awkward headline and a possibly leaked press photo of a smartphone set to be announced on September 5th in New York City. Above these words is the Lumia 920, which is supposed to be a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a super high-resolution PureView camera and a 4.5-inch screen, with a polycarbonate body available in different colors, on either AT&T 4G LTE or T-Mobile networks.

It’s all very exciting in some ways, and we’ll all know in less than a week what really happens.

Via: evleaks

Brevity Review: The Voltaic Array Solar Power Backpack Is A Win

Imagine having a backpack with three 3.4 Watt solar panels on the back, capable of charging a 60 Watt battery that supports devices up to 19 Volts of output. That means you could charge a laptop, tablet, multiple phones, and just about anything that uses a USB cord or is included in the variety of connectors that work on different laptop power jacks. It’s all very nifty, fine and dandy.

New Goal: Reach Virgin Atlantic Galactic Status And Head To Space

In classic sir Richard Branson style, Virgin Atlantic has a rather unique challenge set up: the flier with the most miles by August 7th, 2013 will have reached “Galactic” status, and will be flown out to space using Virgin’s  SpaceShipTwo by riding along with WhiteKnightTwo at 50,000 feet before being launched into space. This should be exciting for whoever has the most miles and reaches spaaaaaace.

Via: TechCrunch

Samsung Galaxy Note II: “Phablet” With A 5.5″ Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note II. Now officially the biggest hunk of smartphone technology you can fit, probably not in one hand, and pretty sure not in your pocket. It now sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display (.5 inches more than the previous), with a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64 gigs of storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Samsung’s S Pen/stylus/thingy.

Throw that all together with an 8 megapixel rear camera, along with 4G LTE, NFC with the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a bigger 3100 mAh battery — and you have the phone of giants, kings, and those of you who can’t distinguish the difference between phone with tablet —  a “phablet”.

Via: Samsung

Samsung’s ATIV Tab Is The WIndows RT Anti-Surface

Low and behold, today was composed of a mass unveiling of new technology in Berlin, and despite being an ocean away in the United States, the noise still resonates of Windows RT-based Microsoft Surface competitors: for the first time, Microsoft will have to fight for market share against its own, long-term PC partners.

The Samsung ATIV Tab features a 10.1-inch 1366×768 display, is 8.9mm thick, and weighs 20 ounces. Processing power is decent, with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, and either 32 or 64 gigs of storage. Also included is the industry-standard Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC and GPS chips, and finally, USB 2.0 and mini-HDMI ports. 5MP back-facing and 1.9MP front-facing cameras are also included.

No notes are available from Samsung on pricing and availability, but expect for it to release sometimes when Windows 8 does in October.