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Your Questions About Lenovo Ideapad

Thomas asks…

Which laptop is better specwise, lenovo ideapad z560 or Sony viao f series?

I’m kind of leaning more towards the vaio but I want to see your answers.

steve answers:

Sony would be better. But honestly, macbooks are amazing, i have one and they dont get viruses they are not slow, theyre just great.

James asks…

Anyone know anything about the US release of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10?

I wanted to get the S10 in the deep blue finish and the official website states that it would be available this month, but I don’t see it anywhere. Does anyone know when that color will be made available?

Thanks in advance!

steve answers:

Well, the white and pink one are available at tigerdirect.com. I would say to keep checking there since they get new stuff every week.

Helen asks…

Is Lenovo ideapad a good laptop?

I am thinking about getting a Lenovo thinkpad (paticularly U460 or z560). I had never used Lenovo before and am wondering it it is as good as other PC’s. If you have ever had an experience with it- good or bad, I am happy to hear it.
ideapad, not thinkpad..sorry

steve answers:

Lenovo is good no matter what you buy. IBM hardware is solid no matter what you buy…it’s just some machines are more powerful than others. IBM machines typically last much longer than your typical consumer laptop or desktop, so much so that I still see people using older IBM ThinkPad machines still to this day.

Ruth asks…

Is the Lenovo ideapad y510 good?

So I’ve been sereosly considering getting this laptop I’ve heard its good for just about everything but mainly is it good for minecraft and call of duty because I’m starting a youtube and need a computer that’s good it has 8 gb of RAM and is upgrade able to 16 gb will this be good for gaming

steve answers:

Lenovo’s are very good machines.
Take a look at these rankings:


You need to look at the performance rating of the video card in the laptop and what the games recommend.

Lenovo, Asus, HP, and Samsung are the top 4 laptop brands. I wouldn’t consider any other brands.

Dell makes Alienware and they are not worth the money charged.
Acer makes Gateway. You’d have to pay me to use one of their machines.
Sony hardware has generally been good, but they are notorious for putting huge amounts of crapware/bloatware on machines and gathering information on their consumers without their knowledge or permission.
Toshiba has bottomed the rankings. Personally, I have used them and never had a problem, but that does not appear to be the case any more.

Lizzie asks…

Should I buy a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510?

I found a deal that after rebates I will pay $499. I will use my laptop for surfing the web, music, photos, watching dvd’s and working on and emailing my resume. Really just your basic stuff. Is this a good buy??

steve answers:


Lenovo laptops are actually IBM Thinkpads who’s rights were bought out by Lenovo. Now these laptops are no joke, they are what we IT specialists refer to as Commercial grade. There are 2 grades, Commercial and Consumer.

Consumer = Low End Affordable (Disposable) units geared to gain sales for stock statistical value.

Commercial = High End, Reputation building machines for fortune 500 companies who contract the PC firms to outfit their company with new models every 5 years. So these machines MUST hold up in order to secure the next term contract.

Lenovo, almost everything is Commercial grade! You would do well to nab it. And look at it this way, at least in 5 years, you’ll have a nice gift for a friend when you buy your next laptop.

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Your Questions About Laptop Cases For Girls

James asks…

Teen Girl Wishlist Canada!!!?

Hi!! Im a canadian girl looking for somethin to put on her wishlist for christmas! Im 14 and im no where close to being spoiled or anything. I know its a wishlist so i can ‘wish’ for watever i want but this year i want to put realistitc things! i’m preppy/girly but i have a lot of different looks in my closet! i dont like clothes, i have a laptop, ipod and phone. any other ideas? much apprecieateeedd! thanks so much guys!

steve answers:

How about these♡-
-phone or iPod cases
-case for you laptop
-maybe some laptop games
-bow and arrow♡♡♡
-iTunes card for your iPod
-Colored contacts
-if you wear glasses maybe get some contacts or new glasses of your choice
-room deco’re..Paintings, mirrors, posters. Etc
-new blanket
Some funky awesome pillows
-straightner or curling iron..
-Hair products
That’s what I thought of in 30 seconds. Your welcome-xoxo

Ken asks…


Hey guys, i was just wondering if any of you know how big the laptop bag is that is included in the gossip girl show bag from the royal melbourne show 2010? Im going to the show tomorrow and the show bag is $25 so i don’t want to purchase the bag and then get it home and my laptop not even fit in it. If anyone knows, please tell me! Thanks :)

steve answers:

I checked the showbag on the Royal Melbourne site, googled the laptop bag (Gossip Girl Neoprene Laptop Bag) and I found this quote:

A stylishly, fashionable neoprene laptop bag can accept a laptop or notebook computer with screen sizes 10 – 17-inches in diameter, either to be carried on its own, or slipped inside a laptop case, messenger bag, or backpack so no one will none the wiser that you’re carrying a computer.

From: http://www.neoprenelaptopsleeve.org/

Michael asks…

do girls like gamers?

steve answers:

In my case, yes I love my nerdy boyfriend :P . I like them because instead of going and getting drunk and ‘getting’ with girls, being a stereo typical guy, they will be by you, so if your on the laptop they can play the xbox, and have cuddles. In my experience my gamer lover is the best boyfriend I have had so far. I really dislike dudes who party a lot so it is nice to have a boy who I can buy a game and it makes him happy :P

Sandy asks…

Which MacBook laptop case do you like best?

I can’t decide on which one to choose

1. http://www.colcasac.com/macbook-sleeve/the-federale-macbook-sleeve/
2. http://mac-case.com/Leather%20Site/MacCase%20PL%20Sleeves.html

which color do you like for the leather case

steve answers:

For girls the red one
For guys the leather one
I like the leather one not just cause I am a guy either

Mark asks…

Where can i find(online) an hp new windows 8 laptop cover case for girls?

all i can find is macbook hard cases. not a laptop case when your traveling, but i mean like a case where u can snap it on to make it look cool. for girls , it can have butterflies or just pink or something. plz help

steve answers:

Only you know the size (11 through 17inches), so you are on your own.

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Your Questions About Tablet Android Apps

Ken asks…

How do you get apps on an android tablet?

i have the pandigital planet

steve answers:

From the market place application. If you dont that certain app look for one similar that has appstore in its name or something

Mary asks…

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook Run Android Apps?

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet run Android apps? And if so, how well?

steve answers:

According to RIM Playbooks are supposed to be running Android Apps before end of Oct (pushed out from the Summer).

I ran the beta (early-stage) version of Android on Playbook and found that it ran well with the apps i tried. I’m looking forward to seeing what the final version looks like. Hopefully RIM doesn’t take too much longer since the delay is hurting RIM and Playbook’s reputation.

Betty asks…

Android Apps to make Samsung Galaxy tablet a phone?

I bought this tablet withthe idea that it would replace all my other devices (ipod , laptop etc.) and the only thing that it doesnt replace is my phone, which is fine but Im traveling overseas and it would just be easier to carry round one thing :)

So are there any apps (free or paid) that will let me send and recieve txts or phone calls

steve answers:

Sipdroid or GrooVeIP (both are VOIP apps) along with the Google Voice app.

Lizzie asks…

How to get apps on your Android tablet ?

steve answers:

Frm android market

Sandy asks…

What Android apps (for tablets) should I get?

I recently got an Asus eee pad transformer tablet to substitute bringing my laptop to school.
For a college student, what apps would ya’ll recommend me getting that would be useful to use in a college setting?

Stuff like Microsoft Office/Excel, or whatever else you all think is cool! :)

steve answers:

There’s a free App store called Getjar which offers free (and legal) downloads of apps that would usually cost money on the android market. From that site the more useful programs would be; Smartoffice plus (basically a microsoft office style setup) and Wikipedia Pro.

Other than that I’d say to just pick up a basic memory booster/task killer, a file explorer and then any media or entertainment services you’d like.

Without knowing what you’re studying those are the best I can offer. There are a huge amount of apps available though from advanced tablet drawing apps to geology tools.

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Your Questions About Sony Vaio Laptop Reviews

Mary asks…

Are Sony Vaio laptops good?

I like the laptop a lot and my last laptop which was a HP broke after 3 years. I know that these laptops are usually quite expensive but I’ve been saving for a while but I’m not really sure about the laptops themselves because I’ve seen some other questions about this laptop and some are bad and some are good so I was wondering whether or not to get it.

steve answers:

You can read annual surveys:



and see reports


and check reviews of particular models by googling the model.
You can look up CPU power



and graphics performance if interested on that:



You consider a brand at a price point. Just as comparing a $30,000 automobile with a $20,000 one is not a fair comparison, you need to consider a price point or small price range to see what is available.

Sony, at a price point, tends to have good keyboards and LCDs. They used to have very good audio, and reviews might show that. They have a good software package included in most of their laptops. The quality record now is “variable”. There are people that swear by and praise the laptops, and those they swear at the laptops and call them total junk. In general, at a price point, the CPU and graphics processor will be a little lower.

I group laptops in two tiers.
Lenovo Ideapads and Thinkpads, HP Envy and Elitebooks, Samsung and Asus over $450, Toshiba business lines, Dell XPS Latitude and Precision, and the higher priced Sony tend to belong in the upper half.

Lenovo Essentials, HP Pavilion, HP-Compaq, Acer/Gateway, just about any laptop under $350, Toshiba Satellite, Dell Inspiron
all belong in the lower half

Anything else takes more research for a model record.

Paul asks…

Is Sony Vaio generally a good laptop?

Is it? Or tell me whats a good computer for sims 3. N stuff.

steve answers:

The Sony VAIO N series is a bit of a new page in the playbook for Sony. The VAIO N is a 15.4” widescreen notebook that can actually be called a budget level notebook, in the past we haven’t seen Sony go after cost conscious customers. The VAIO N is squarely targeted at consumers that want a stylish and suitably powerful laptop just for around the home. This review will investigate whether that goal is achieved.

Mandy asks…

Which laptop should i get, a sony vaio or a dell xps?

im looking to spend between $1000-1600

steve answers:

I would go with Dell.

At that price range, Sony tends to be way more overpriced for what they put inside of it. All you’re usually getting is a name and a fancy case. Sony sells some laptop with the some setting at $1000, but Dell might offer a similar/better setting for a few hundred dollars cheaper.

On that point, both are reliable names, but Dell has the advantage in terms of selection and price. You have many more options to customize your Dell and select warranty options in comparison to those offered by Sony. Plus, they have a great support website that is better tuned for the PC user than Sony’s.

However, if you really have your eyes set on a Sony, be sure to compare prices and check reviews to make sure you’ll be satisfied with the product and attracted by the price.

Ruth asks…

plz give me a review of sony vaio nr17g?

steve answers:

Visit the following links for better /good review




Ken asks…

Which is better? Sony – VAIO Laptop VGN-CS215J/W or HP TouchSmart tx2-1020us?

I’m buying a laptop and I can’t decide within this two.

steve answers:

There is really no BEST laptop brand as manufacturers all have produced “Gold” and “Lemons” in their time.

Most answers will tell you to buy “THIS” or “THAT” brand because it is the best, just remember that it is the best for THEM not for you.

Most people will tell you of a best “brand” but their actual answer is based on the MODEL they have not the entire brand and you should not judge a company by ONE model as they make hundreds of them.

This being said, here is how to do more precise research to find the best one for YOU:

The first step is to get information on the laptops that you are interested in and, as a second step, to search online at web stores (like Amazon or similar) or at retail shops (BestBuy, staples or similar) for the best deals on the ones you would really like to have based on your search.

This way, you get the best working laptops at the best prices.

As laptop specs change often, it is good to get non-vendor/non-partisan/non-groupie information so you should do some checking on these review/guide sites to help fine tune your search.

At each site, start by checking those two models and then compare them with others (and against each other) by choosing different options using boxes and drop down menus to customize the search and get what you want in your laptop ( there is even a way on some of those sites to look by inputting the price you are willing to pay to minimize the impact on your wallet ).

Your time will not be wasted (after all, you get all this from the comfort of your home) and you should find something to your liking and budget.

Stop 01 here: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/?tag=hdr;snav
Stop 02 here: http://www.pcworld.com/products/computers/laptops.html
Stop 03 here: http://review.zdnet.com/filter/laptops?categoryId=3121
Stop 04 here: http://www.notebookreview.com/

Good luck on your research.

P.S.: By the way, I own a Dell ;) but it’s an older model (2002) on the way out soon (to be replaced by a still unknown brand as I will be doing research).

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Your Questions About Tablets Computer Art

Charles asks…

What is a tablet (Art wise)?

Computer and art wise. I’ve just heard of them…I looked them up and when I saw them they looked really sophisticated and cool. It’d be great if I could have some information on them.

steve answers:

It’s basically another peripheral like a mouse. The tablet itself being square, has points on it that corresponds to points on the screen, when you press the pen to it, it’s like a mouse click, and when you draw, you’re basically pressing and dragging the pen around to click the mouse like you would while drawing with a real pen. You can get tablets big or small, it doesn’t matter. The cursor will still show up on the screen where it is on your tablet.

I own both a tablet and a tablet pc (I’m on it now) Tablet PC’s you can draw directly on the laptop screen. Also, if you invest in any tablet, make sure it’s wacom penabled. They are basically the leading manufacturer of tablets and they have drivers that enable pressure sensitivity and more penlike usage.

Jenny asks…

My computer will not allow me to open art programs (Photoshop, SAI, MSPaint, etc) or install my tablet? Help!?

Ive been like trying to download my art programs onto my computer and whenever I try to use the installer it will go ‘unable to install please click quit’. It’s only happening with these art programs and also with my tablet installer. My tablet is an intuos4 and it had been working yesterday :(

Please help! My computer is a Windows 7 btw :)

steve answers:

Try to find an antivirus to solve the problem i think and im sure its a virus problem or its preferable to reserve your data on a cd or usb and format the computer :)

Lisa asks…

Getting better at art on computer?

Well I bought myself a Wacom tablet to start drawing on the computer with Photoshop.Using the tablet is so different! Any tip/ tutorials, HELP! XD

steve answers:

Http://www.drawsum.com – inspiration and practise in one.

Sandra asks…

Which one is Better? (ART TABLETS)?

I would Like to Know which Tablet is better, the Intuos5 –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/45066-pth-450/k0-c is more expensive but smaller, and the Fun Pen and Touch –> http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/43733-cth-670/k0-c is cheaper and bigger in size. I just want to know why, as in what features does the Intuos5 have that the Fun pen and touch doesnt . :D

steve answers:

Fun pen and touch

Sandy asks…

If I wanted to draw art on the computer would I need to use a…?

WACOM Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet? Is that the best one to use.


steve answers:

Yeah, the bamboo pen tablet is a great tablet for starting out. I’ve had a wacom tablet for years and have never had any problems with it. You can draw with a mouse but the tablet has a lot of advantages like pen pressure to control line thickness or brush opacity. Drawing with a mouse can also really hurt your wrist… :(

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