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Linda asks…

Should I buy a Nook Tablet?

I am interested in purchasing a table but I’m fairly frugal (i.e. cheap). I mainly want to use it as an e-reader and for the internet with internet usage being fairly simple – read the news, check email through Yahoo, Facebook and possibly on-line shopping. I want something to do the simple things, not pay a lot and be able to take it with me at all times…is the Nook Tablet for me?

steve answers:

Hello, Mindy, I believe Nook Tablet is the best deal on the market for the device of this quality and performance. You can do all the things you mentioned on it and much more. Here’s the features of Nook Tablet – 1.0 Ghz dual-core processor, 1.0 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, battery is 11.5 hours reading and 9 hours of video, microSD slot up to 32 GB, fully non-glare laminated HD screen with the best viewing angles on the market, loaded with optimized Netflix, Hulu Plus and bunch of other apps (Pandora, Angry Birds, etc.), has a built-in microphone can be used with Skype for voice conferencing and for dictations with speech recognition software, physical volume buttons on the side, weights only 14.1 oz. It’s been getting very good reviews on the web and it the hottest item on the tablet market.

Carol asks…

Which site sells Phentemine weight loss tablets online. Best deals needed?

steve answers:

Http://www.phentemine375.com/ is the official seller of Phentemine tablets online. You can get the best and the cheapest deals with them online. Be careful and buy original and genuine products online.

Steven asks…

Good deal or nawh?…..?

Is this a good deal or no?
Wifi HD touchscreen multi media tablet . 8g memory, 720p HD hdmi. Andriod 4.0

Its brand new, still in box. I saw an ad online for it. And this is the information they gave. Also its only $50.00.

steve answers:

Well nina, if the seller is a legitimate seller and not a scammer then yes it is a fairly good deal. With that said I will caution you to go slowly and investigate the legitimacy of the seller. The scammers and rip off artists are everywhere online and at this time of year they increase in leaps and bounds always trying to make as much money as they can before disappearing never to be heard from again. Anyone with a little knowledge can create an absolutely great looking website with what appears to be affiliations with sites like Microsoft,Norton,McAfee and so many more when in actuality it is nothing more than a nice looking page they use to rip off unsuspecting shoppers. Please before making any purchase from any site or e-tailer check them out and ask either your friends or here on Y!A if anyone is familiar with the seller and are they safe to buy from.

Good Luck, keep your chin up, a smile on your face and may the sun always shine upon your day.

David asks…

iPad1 vs. Android Tablet?

looking to take notes and small stuff like that.
so android tablet and ipad1

already i have the ipod touch 4

steve answers:

Quality Control shop

http://www.freewebstore.org/qualitycontrolshop

The only difference is android tablet is much better than a iPad for the half of the price!

I can sugest you two choices ….. New android 4.0 tablets now available. Those tablet are the “iPad killers”!

- Cube U9GT2 (16GB) ~249$

- ONDA vi40 Elite (16GB) ~289$

Both the Onda VI40 Android 4.0 IPS Capacitive tablet PC and the Cube U9T2 ICS have very similar specifications and features. First is the 9.7″ Capacitive multi-touch IPS screen.

Onda made its name way back in 2008 when it released a 4.3″ touch screen mp4 player that please called an iPod Touch wannabe or alternative. This model did well, but the marketing and product development of the company went astray.

This is why I was both suprised and happy to be reviewing first 9.7″ Android 4.0 tablet PC by Onda, the VI40 Elite Edition Tablet PC. Boasting 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 capacitive multi-touch IPS display it seems to be 5-point touch. It adopts the fastest yet 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A10 processor with Mali-400 GPU (graphics processor).

The onda VI40 Elite tablet also packs dual cameras, a 1.3 Mega Pixel front-facing camera and a 5.0M pixel rear-facing camera. More the VI40 supports 2160p Super HD video playback.

It has a 6500mAh battery giving you around 4.5 to 5 hours of internet surfing time.

The Cube U9GT2 also has a 9.7″ IPS screen but with a more responsive 10-point multi touch screen. The processor is not as fast but will do the job clocking in at 1.2GHz on a Rockchip RK2918 CPU.

In addition to a better screen, the Cube Android 4.0 Tablet also has 16gb of built-in memory compared to Onda’s 8gb. The Cube tablet also has larger 8000mah battery for 6 hours of internet surfing or “10 hours music, 4 hours video, 5 hours wifi.”

The Cube doesn’t have a 5mp camera but it does have dual 2 mega pixel cameras for quality photos and video from front and back.

The Onda VI40 Elite may prove to rule supreme as today’s android tablet forum enthusiasts like the cheapest deal, even if the battery only gets an hour less usage from a full charge.

Both have microSD card slots so one could buy a memory card to make up for the 8gb of memory the Onda so dearly misses.

Last thought, the Apple iPad 2 should be wetting its pants now. Both of these tablets are more powerful and have just as responsive capacitive screens. Not to mention extra goodies like dual cameras and open source Ice Cream Sandwich. Yum!

Full specificatons, reviews and buy links here:

http://www.freewebstore.org/qualitycontrolshop

Mark asks…

advice on graphics tablets?

im looking to get a decent graphics tablet, one that can be used for digital painting. i have not used one before and don’t know which one i should get. i would appreciate any help and thank you for it.

steve answers:

Any Wacom tablet is a good investment. If you want one for a cheaper price but good quality, the Bamboo Craft(around $100) is really great! If money isn’t an issue, go for an Intuos tablet. Those are for professionals. I would suggest buying a tablet from Amazon because I found that they often had better deals than retail stores.

Also, when choosing a tablet size, the smallest size will suffice, trust me. Good luck choosing a tablet! :D

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Google Laptop Chrome Os]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-google-laptop-chrome-os-8/ 2014-10-19T21:07:48Z 2014-10-19T21:07:48Z

Donna asks…

I got laptop formatted and i want google chrome is it safe to download?

I used to have firefox but my grandad dont trust it and told me off everytime he uninstalled it i re installed it.

steve answers:

Google Chrome is indeed Safe and lightweight..

Already installed it on ALL my Friends their laptops and Desktops ^_^

And Google Chrome OS is in the make, can’t wait =)

Also according to the papers here, Google Chrome (and safari) are officialy faster than Firefox

(Ps: It never hurts to have a good Anti-virus ;-p )

Helen asks…

Google Chrome OS… Well?

Google will shortly bring out their operating system… what are your expectations ?? …. I think it will be much better than windows…. all google applications are smooth and friendly …..
If you have any information other than that on google blog , please share it …. thanksss
Unbuntu sounds great,too …
I didn’t take notice that Chrome is for netbooks … I read it as notebooks :p…
Are they willing to make it for all computers ??

steve answers:

*Yes, it will work on DeskTops and most likely including NoteBooks/LapTops!. Because it most likely will be Linux, and most likely FREE download, you heard me correct, FREE download.

*Make a ISO (not data ) BackUp of your Windows Operating System, before installing any other Operating System, unless you have a Windows or Recovery Disk (not upgrade). All you need is a CD or DVD blank.

Http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/Data-CD-DVD-Burning/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-Free.shtml

Google News

http://news.google.ca/news?um=1&ned=ca&hl=en&q=chrome+OS

Windows Killer? Nope.

Ubuntu is close to being a killer (owner Mark ShuttleWorth)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Ubuntu (Super Version)
http://ubuntu.com (Standard Version)
http://lubuntu.org (Light Version)
http://u-lite.org (Light Version #2)
http://xubuntu.org (Lighter Version)

All Operating Systems Website, DisCluding Windows and MacOSx

http://distrowatch.com

Google’s focus will always be internet.

For the time-being, ChromeOS will be available on NetBook’s, hence the word, “Net” or “Internet” or “mostly for Internet Surfing”, but , won’t happen till 2010.

Until ChromeOS is released, check out Google’s Cloud-Computing:

http://thinkgos.com

( also available on http://distrowatch.com )

Robert asks…

Problems with Google Chrome OS?

Hi. I desperately need to meet a deadline for Monday. The problem is is that I just bought the Google Chromebook Samsung laptop yesterday and I was hoping to complete work for Monday. I inserted my USB but I’m trying to open up a document that is a Microsoft Word document but it won’t open it for me and it doesn’t give me any apps for it. I tried downloading Microsoft Office for free and that won’t open either. Please tell me there is some way I can work on a document that is a Microsoft Word document on Google Docs… PLEASE D:

steve answers:

Hey,

That’s the problem with a Chromebook, it’s only meant for internet usage. Can’t you upload a file to Google Drive from your flash drive and edit it there?

Charles asks…

Is Google’s Chrome OS practical for a college student?

Alright, so I’m going to college next year and my parents said I can get any laptop I want. I’m undecided between getting a Macbook Pro or the Google Chrome Pixel. The problem is I love the hardware of the Pixel, but I am skeptical if Google‘s operating system is good for college. I realize the Pixel is pricey, but I’m not asking about the laptop itself. Also keep in mind that I have also own a Mac desktop computer that I could always use as a fallback.
Cronin: I will probably go with a Macbook then. But not with windows. Everything I need for college is covered with Apple’s OS, but thanks for your suggestion.

steve answers:

I say don’t get either one and get a PC laptop.. Both will cripple your ability to run necessary software for school. Granted you can run windows on a macbook pro.

The extra cost of an Apple product can be spent buying you a much better PC laptop.

Google Chrome Pixel is a waste of money under Google Chrome OS. It’s like buying a nice car but only an old lady with vision problems can drive it and you can only get rides.

Either way you go, if you want the most bang for your buck you have to wait for the Intel Haswell chips later this year.

Richard asks…

Is Adobe Photoshop Elements available for Google Chrome OS?

I would like to edit my photos on the new Google Chrome laptop.

steve answers:

No.

Adobe Photoshop (Elements 11 and CS6) only runs on Windows or Macs.

Google Chrome OS is a Linux based operating system.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Netbook Samsung Nc10]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-netbook-samsung-nc10-13/ 2014-10-19T17:07:53Z 2014-10-19T17:07:53Z

Sandy asks…

Where is the disc drive on the Samsung NC10 notebook?

I can’t find the damn thing anywhere. It’s driving me mad!! Does it even have one?? I thought all laptops had them!!
Thanks for the answers :) So if I have no disc drive then how am I supposed to install things?!

steve answers:

Netbooks do not have any optical (CD / DVD) drives

The netbook’s form factor prioritizes small size and low weight — with a smaller size than a notebook and a typical weight of 2 to 3 lb (about 1 kg). To this end, netbooks typically feature an LCD screen of 7-10 inches, measured diagonally, and a keyboard usually 80 percent to 95 percent of a full-sized laptop’s. Netbooks may include wireless connectivity and solid-state drives — and may forego a hard disk drive or optical disc drive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netbook

add:
an external optical drive you can connect via your usb ports
SAMSUNG Gray & Black USB 2.0 Slim External 8X DVD Drive Model SE-S084B , $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151178

these are your options at bestbuy, but more expensive

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&id=pcat17071&type=page&ks=960&st=external+cd+drive&sc=abComputerSP&cp=1&sp=%2Bcurrentprice+skuid&qp=&list=n&usc=Computers&nrp=15&iht=n

LG External DVD Drive, Model #: LG GSAE40L , $59.99

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/LG-External-DVD-Drive-GSA-E40L/sem/rpsm/oid/185288/catOid/-17223/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

also download from internet, where ever possible

Susan asks…

Information on the Samsung nc10?

Im hoping on getting this laptop for christmas and i was wondering, does it need a stick coming out of the side to make it connect to the interenet or is it just simply using built in resources. + any other cool things about this laptop, may get you the best answer winner… TYVM

steve answers:

It has a built-in wireless network card so will connect to a router in your home or to a public hotspot when you are out and about; because it runs Windows XP, you will also have no trouble using a 3g mobile broadband modem from Vodafone, T Mobile, 3 etc so you can connect to the internet wherever you are.

There is a full review of the Samsung NC10 here

http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/2008/11/17/Samsung-NC10—10-2in-Netbook/p1

“It’s better made and better looking than either the MSI Wind or Asus Eee PC 1000H, runs cool and quietly, has the best keyboard and arguably offers the best balance of features and price. “

John asks…

Recommend a netbook to me?

Ideally it would have the Intel Atom processor, at least 1GB RAM and preferably have a solid state drive.

Recommend one for me please!

steve answers:

I bought a Samsung NC10 after doing a lot of research on netbooks. The NC10 is a good price, has a larger hard drive, RAM and better battery life than the rest of the competition. Sony’s are expensive and the spec on Dell’s aren’t as good.

There is also another one called MSI Wind or Asus EEE PC which also seem to be pretty good but I haven’t used either but they have good reviews.
Here is the link of where I bought mine – Small Laptops Guide via Dabs.

Http://www.smalllaptopsguide.com/samsung-nc10-black-price-comparison/

Maria asks…

Linux Lovers – Netbook Help?

I got a samsung NC10 Netbook not long ago, And i Have windows 7 on it right now, Runs well all good! I would like to Put a Linux OS on it. Out of Kubuntu or Ubuntu what one should i put on it, And if so Netbook or Desktop version?

I would like the one that looks better, and is faster :)

steve answers:

On a netbook, the netbook versions will run faster, as these are intended for netbooks. The netbook versions also have a special interface for netbooks, which in my opinion looks better for a netbook and make the netbook easy to use. Ubuntu comes with the Gnome window manager. Kubuntu comes with the KDE window manager. I personally prefer Gnome, others will prefer KDE. The choice is yours.

Nancy asks…

Which of these netbooks are best?

Inspiron Mini 9
MSI Wind
HP Mini 1035NR
Samsung NC10
Acer AOA150

I’m going to get it from a freebie site so the price doesn’t matter.

steve answers:

Samsung NC10. Has great reviews on Amazon.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Google Maps]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-google-maps-10/ 2014-10-19T13:07:55Z 2014-10-19T13:07:55Z

Steven asks…

Are there sources of satellite imagery on par with google maps but more recent?

Also how old are the images on google maps on average?

steve answers:

Look at the lower left corner of the Google Map display. Depending on location, the photos are updated about every 6 months.

If you want something better, then you have to pay -
http://www.mapmart.com/Products/SatelliteImagery/SPOT.aspx?_kk=spot%20imagery&_kt=d7d8e35c-15c0-4ca6-856b-c357e2ed6855&gclid=CK7AnP7BsbQCFal7QgodhDUAPQ

Laura asks…

How do i fix my location problem on google maps for iphone?

I have a iphone 3gs and everytime i press the find my location on google maps it sends me to about half a mile from where i actually am. I have no idea how to fix it please help!!

steve answers:

I guess it’s normal, Google map location is depends on GPRS data, that will be not that accurate, if you use GPS to get data, that will be much more accurate

http://www.pandaapp.com/

Richard asks…

How to export co-ordinations (multiple points) from a map created on Google Maps?

I created a map on Google Maps and tagged multiple places on it. How could I export the places, and get the longitude & latitude of each place of my map on excel file?

steve answers:

I do not know of a way to export the coords of locations created directly in Google Maps itself, but if you are willing and able to re-create those locations on DigiPoint ( http://www.zonums.com/gmaps/digipoint.php ) you can export the coords of your locations into a variety of formats.

Best way to go about it is to use the mouse wheel to zoom into the area you are interested in, change the map to Google’s street view by clicking Map and then the Map button, and then click on your locations same as in Google. When you are done, click the export button and voila.

Donna asks…

How can I put any address in google maps?

I want to put my colony in google maps.

steve answers:

When you go to print a map you can add an address in Google Map printout.

Go to Google Map Maker http://www.google.com/mapmaker

Betty asks…

Why is street view in google earth not as good as in google maps?

The title is pretty self explanatory.
Google maps has a street view that flows, and is much more convenient to use than the one in google earth, the one in google earth floods my screen with camera icons, and feels really dodgy when I try to move around.
Am I missing an option here? Or is it really like that.. And if so, why?

steve answers:

The quality itself is the same, but the user experience using google maps versus google earth is different.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Samsung Fascinate]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-samsung-fascinate-10/ 2014-10-19T09:07:42Z 2014-10-19T09:07:42Z

Thomas asks…

Can the Samsung Fascinate use google navigation?

Thinking About Getting A Samsung Fascinate. Can the Samsung Fascinate use google navigation?

steve answers:

Yes, contrary to popular belief it can. You will have to download Google Maps and Google navigation from the Android market which are free, and it works just fine. Has turn by turn navigation as well. I LOVE my fascinate.

Sandra asks…

Can you make the samsung fascinate run google?

I really like the video reviews for the samsung fascinate, but I don’t want to use bing. Can I make this phone use google instead?

Also if anyone has this phone what are some of the things you like or don’t like about it?

Thanks

steve answers:

Yes you can, but you must root the phone and then install a file.

James asks…

Where can i get a slim case for my Samsung Mesmerize?

I’m looking for a slim case for my Samsung Mesmerize ( Samsung Fascinate). I’ve looked at some silicone cases before that were too thick and made the already bulky phone a handful. I want a case much like the ones that fit Ipod touches, slim, good grip, and colorful. If anyone has purchased one online or at a store like this please tell me.

steve answers:

Verizon has some plain cases you may like. Amazon has some too, and those are relatively cheap. I love my fascinate, but I wish it were more popular because its hard finding cases for it

Lisa asks…

Could I trade my Samsung Fascinate for an iPhone at Verizon?

I got a Samsung Fascinate in September of 2011 and it is in great shape still- no problems yet. I was wandering if it would be possible for me too trade it in for an iPhone 4? Also, both the Samsung Fascinate and the iPhone are under Verizon coverage and are or could be on a 2-year contract.

Any help is appriciated(:
Thank you! :)

steve answers:

Im just wondering how you bought your fascinate in september of 2011..?

Anyways, since you bought the phone in september (of 2010 im assuming), your upgrade is GONE

You can buy the iphone for around $650 – $700 –full retail price.

Possibly, you can trade in the fascinate (at radio shack) for around $50 dollars

Carol asks…

Why won’t my samsung fascinate sync all of my songs from i-tunes?

I got a samsung fascinate yesterday and i learned how to sync the songs from itunes to it. The problem is, I have 38 songs that says they were transfered successfully but after the phone scans it it only shows 8 songs in the music player on the phone. My wife has a Fascinate too and hers synced all off her 165 songs successfully and they all showed up. Any Help!?

steve answers:

Make sure those songs are in correct format, or you need to convert them before transfering.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Cheap Laptops At Best Buy]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-cheap-laptops-at-best-buy-7/ 2014-10-19T05:07:42Z 2014-10-19T05:07:42Z

John asks…

How can I unlock a laptop without administrator password and system disk?

I bought a cheap laptop but it doesn’t have disk drive. So I can’t insert system disk. Plz help me unlock my laptop!!!

steve answers:

Here is a password reset tool.
It’s very easy to reset ur password without re-installing ur OS.
And it offers u step by step tutorial.
Even u dont have any pc sense, u can reset it easily within minutes.
I used it and successfully reset the password. I think it should work for u too:)
Good luck!

Helen asks…

What sort of cheap laptop will be okay?

I want to buy a cheap laptop for my partner for his birthday. We have a desktop computer which has all the important things and programs on. He goes away a lot and misses being able to use the computer when he needs to. What sort of memory and stuff would I need? I have no idea about that sort of thing. I found a laptop that has 512 MB memory and 8 GB SSD and 10 GB Eee storage. Would this be okay or is that not very much? Any brands I should avoid?

steve answers:

Great inexpensive laptop… Http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9382946&type=product&id=1218095770391

Sandra asks…

Do the iMac and MacbookPro have differences between the capabilities of their programs?

I’m considering getting a MacbookPro, but I was wondering whether there were any features that are missed out on the programs that come with it?

Is there a difference between using a program like iMovie or GarageBand on iMac, compared to if you used it on a MacbookPro? If so, what are they?

Just a side question. Do you think its worth getting a cheaper laptop and just buying programs that are similar to Apple ones?

steve answers:

The iMac and Macbook Pro comes with the same programs that are used in exactly the same way. The only difference between the two is the larger screen and lack of attached keyboard and trackpad on the iMac (because it’s not meant to be moved).

Also, I do believe it’s a better idea to purchase an Apple laptop than a cheaper one. You get what you pay for — Apple laptops are very high quality. There will be some answers telling you that they’re stupid and people only buy them because they’re pretty, but this simply isn’t true. They are a bit overpriced, but they’re also very good machines. You’ll really like your Macbook Pro.

I hope this helps — congrats on your new computer!

David asks…

i want to buy a cheap laptop with good memory with good enough graphics?

all i want is were to buy a cheap laptop that has lots of GB and has enough graphics to play games on it

steve answers:

View here…

Michael asks…

What is the cheapest laptop/tablet I can buy for word processing?

Well. My laptop died and I bought a desktop for gaming and stuff I need.

I would like to know what is the cheapest mobile computer (laptop or other device) I could use for writing (microsoft word, generic office work) and web browsing on the go.

I saw that Toshiba had some laptops for $200.00

Don’t just post the Newegg website.

steve answers:

Low cost laptops here is where to find it. The computers below are good and will meet most needs. Buy one and put the rest of you money in the bank…

Http://www.squidoo.com/best-cheap-gaming…

http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Search?NamedQ…

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Ga…

Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…
Good luck…

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Netbook Mouse Wireless]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/19/your-questions-about-netbook-mouse-wireless-10/ 2014-10-19T01:07:44Z 2014-10-19T01:07:44Z

Mark asks…

what is a good laptop for me?

I’m looking for an inexpensive laptop, on which I can do word processing, run excel and access the internet via my wireless connection. I would need to manage my email on it, This would be a work computer. I wouldn’t mind if I could also plug in a remote keyboard and mouse (which I have). I wouldn’t be running games, watching video, or anything else. Any suggestions? I would like to spend as little as possible and still get a reliable computer. Thanks

steve answers:

You should get a NETBOOK if you do not mind 10″ screen.

Go for Dell Mini or Acer Aspire One or Toshiba NB2500.
Dell is the most expensive and will come in 450$. Others are much cheaper (as low as 250$)

Donna asks…

i have a logitech M515 wireless mouse and how do i conect the mouse to my laptop without using my small dongal?

please help

steve answers:

Hi nico
basically you cant mate….. The logitech M515 wireless mouse requires that dongle to communicate with your laptop…. Without it the mouse couldnt transmit the movements that the mouse makes
some peripherals are now avalible in bluetooth which is better since most laptops and netbooks support bluetooth and you can simply connect directly to the laptop/netbook without any need for any dongles or adapters
one such mouse is the “Logitech Bluetooth® Mouse M555b”( http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/peripherals/miceandtrackballs/910-001266.html ) …and this uses a laser sensor for enhanced precision …. And from my experience i have allways found logitech products to be top notch
also check out the “Verbatim 49033 Mouse”( http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/peripherals/miceandtrackballs/49033.html ) .. This is less expensive but still has all the features you expect from a bluetooth mouse…… And at £19 this represents excellent value
i hope this helps nico,any questions let me know
good luck mate and happy xmas !

Linda asks…

How long do netbooks last if well looked after?

how long do they last if well looked after

steve answers:

My first generation Acer One (N270) bought in September 2008 is running like new on the original XP installation (knock on wood.) It’s used every day, and is generally left (next to an armchair) on AC in standby mode overnight, for days at a time. There was only one warranty issue, a faulty power cord for the AC adapter. I use a wireless USB mouse instead of the little touchpad, keep it on a flat surface instead of my lap to avoid overheating.

I don’t keep the little 3 cell battery in the machine, but store it at room temp on 50% charge, and only cycle it every month or two except when travelling – on that basis it still has over an hour left, but most users probably use the battery more and it would normally wear out before year 2.

Ken asks…

what is the best netbook?

i’m planning to buy one and in need of recommendation. i need it to be long lasting and i prefer windows.

steve answers:

The one I have in front of me! An Asus 1000HE Atom 1.66Mhz (N280) 160Gb HD, Bluetooth, and 1GB of 667-bus ram (upgraded to 2GB!), WinXP Home and at a mere fraction of the price of that above Alienware! Oh yeah not to mention the 6-cell battery with up to 9hrs of battery life!

It’ll run anything I have and atm I have a 1 terabyte external drive running through it (along with a wireless mouse)

Joseph asks…

usb not recognized any wireless mouse on acer netbook?

i tired troubled shooting with ms usb shooter and it says no problems found how do i fox this i am running windows 7 and my wired mouse works with my netbook

steve answers:

Hello, Microsoft answer desk is free, give it a try and you will like it.
Http://www.answerdesk.com/ This is new and very good… Speak to Microsoft Certified Technicians Call 1-866-610-3132 Toll Free
microsoft-support.fixnow.us Here is the
old stand by http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/#tab0
Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…
Good luck…

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Asus Mini Desktop]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-asus-mini-desktop-13/ 2014-10-18T21:07:54Z 2014-10-18T21:07:54Z

Jenny asks…

the new Mini notebook gaming?

would the new mini notebook play top of the line pc games very well? i know there is different versions of the mini, but would the 199$ one do it? if not, what is the cheapest one that will?
thank you

steve answers:

I think i know what you talking about, its one of the netbooks i beleive, no. Probably one of the best mini notebooks, (netbooks) for low cost is the asus 900 series (mine is the asus 900ha) and it costs 300 dollars, it can play world of warcraft at slow fps but thats pretty much it. Your NEVER going to play top of the line games (fallout3, crisis, orangebox, halo3, whatever) on a pc for 200$

if you want to play top of the line games, you must get a desktop pc (unless you feel like paying 3000.00 for alienware or something…)

Susan asks…

What’s better for hardcore gaming: laptop or desktop?

I am thinking of starting WoW again and right now i am typing this on my laptop that i use to use for WoW, it worked good, not bad at all actually but in LFRs it would freeze/sometimes crash. Before MoP i had 60+ fps which is insane considering that this is not even a gaming laptop, but after MoP it dropped to 15-45 fps sometimes even lower and in raids that does not help. I have also played on a desktop and i liked it because i could relax and put food on a shelf or something and eat while i raid, with a laptop i could lay in bed and be comfy but have to have cord constantly plugged in so it wouldn’t die. Also desktops are not portable but laptops are and if i go somewhere i might or probably would want to play WoW obviously i can’t bring a desktop with me but a laptop i can. I would also play for hours on end usually 40-50+ a week so it has to be able to maintain itself. I mainly want something that can give me 50+ fps in 25m raids which i know will be expensive probably but i have money. Please I only want answers from either hardcore gamers or veteran wow players who know a lot about the fps of the game/ect.

Thank you!… also looking for a guild veteran pally tank & destro warlock. they are my mains, also have priest, shammy, rogue, huntard, mage, you get the idea

steve answers:

Well you know desktop computers have come a long way too.

There is a little something called the mini-itx form factor.
Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345016 is a mini-itx case and they make mini-itx boards which are more then capable of supporting high end gaming builds (and they ahve things like built in wifi and bluetooth). The downside to mini-itx is alittle less overclockability on cpus (but they actually make boards which can like some of the asus with vertical VRM which are amazing).
But the biggest downsize to mini-itx is there is usually only one expansion slot, so you likely will not be able to buy/use a sound card.

Something like this is awesome board which can handle overclocking a cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132028
but wow isnt something that will need overclocking tho lol
but this board is still amazing none the less

use that and hook it up to a big 1080P TV and you can sit in your bed and play if u wanted, and its easily portable.

Michael asks…

is ASUS HD 6570 requires 400watt? my psu is 275w?

i have a SFF gx620 and i want to buy ASUS HD 6570 ,,, but my psu is 275w..

will it work fine? without any problems?

what if i get Asus AMD Radeon HD 6450??
does that require 400w? and will it work for my pc psu 275w?
MY pc is dell OptiPlex GX620
it has
intel pentium D 3.00GHz

steve answers:

Before you even get this far you need to check that your Dell will accept normal height graphics cards, these models came either as mini tower, desktop, small form factor(SFF), and ultra-small form factor (USFF).

The mini tower will accept standard height cards, the others only half height cards (desktop and SFF) or not at all (USFF)
The ASUS HD 6570 is available as a low profile card and this is about the only one that will fit your SFF case. The 400W recommendation is for the whole system including the card, this allows for the fact that the card itself uses 75W. The other problem is if you are planning to upgrade it, is to check that the PSU is standard ATX dimensions,- it may not be. Initially I would try without upgrading the PSU if you are lucky it make work.

HTH
David

Paul asks…

Whats a good laptop / nice small desktop for a decent price?

steve answers:

If you’re just looking for basic functions, try one of the new Mini-Notebooks offered by companies such as Asus, Acer, and HP. I’ve heard good reviews on the HP model, and you can customize it to your specifications. They are very portable and affordable.

I also recommend HP for desktops. I personally have the Pavilion Slimline. It’s a little bigger than you’d expect, but half the size of a regular desktop.

HP makes solid machines. They’re affordable and customer service rocks.

Sandra asks…

Good desktop for gaming? Read description?

I’m in the market for a desktop that isn’t just for gaming but is good for overall everything. I already have a monitor picked out so I just need the desktop. I want to play arma, dayz, battlefield, and a lot of simulators. Please give me some links or recommendations on towers. I was looking at an Asus, is it anygood? I’m looking to spend no more than 1000 dollars. I can’t put the link but the one I was looking at is an Asus with 16gb memory and a 2tb hdd. It was at bestbuy.com listed for 947.98 if you want to check it out. Thanks in advance everyone!

steve answers:

In the common brand names you know, almost always, the computer case is cheap with bad air flow and a top mount power supply. That power supply is minimal performance. The motherboards are custom and hard to get upgrade information about them. They never support crossfire or SLI. The graphics card is often either low end for the GPU used, or a custom one. Gaming is based on the graphics card performance unless bottlenecked by CPU or ram. Without looking, I can tell you it is not a great deal without further upgrades.

What you refer to is Asus Model: M51ACUS002S
i7-4770 is good, but note that the i7 hyperthreading does not help gaming (except crysis-3 or in recording gaming). The graphics performance is below entry gaming level as NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics.
The GT 640 is a custom with 3GB RAM, but should be DDR3, so is useless extra ram.
It would cost $812 to build on your own and would get you a windows disk

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Hxzr

A high quality pre-built to order is $1059 plus shipping, and sales tax collected in California

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/vanquish.asp

It is not the highest performance for the price, but it is made from high quality parts.
The CPU is lower performance, graphics is a powerhouse for gaming in relative terms, and it is gaming optimized.
Buildup cost, $975 including an LED light bar inside the computer and an extra fan they include

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2HxS3

GTX 760 is slightly below GTX 670 (by 6%), but to get a compare to GT 640, I needed 2012 data which excludes the GTX 760

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/612?vs=598

That is the gaming difference of the Asus to Digital Storm Level 3

Newegg.com has some decent gaming PC’s pre-built of a lower quality of parts and construction as compared to the Digital Storm but at higher performance for the price.
Newegg collects sales tax in NJ, TN, CA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=10&N=100019096%204021%204022%204023%2050081232%2050011210%2050012046%20600014730%20600014723%20600218180%20600337482%20600335268%20600483909%20600452224%20600373004%20600365527%20600478944%20600335668%20600478945%20600325632%20600453348%20600441838%20600300656&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&OEMMark=R,N

There are several decent choices.

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883258061

$1000 Avatar mini. Smaller HDD than the Asus, but has the GTX 760 and core i7. No bluray.
Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case, and an ITX size motherboard.
It is an inexpensive case, but better than the asus.

If wondering about how a few choices compare that interest you, I can explain the difference.
Newegg almost always prices better than Best Buy.
You can get non-gaming and multitask performance here for a CPU:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

Gaming hierarchy:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

The 947.98 is just over $1000 with tax.

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229540

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883258065

and others hold to $1000 ceiling.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Hello Kitty Pictures]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-hello-kitty-pictures-5/ 2014-10-18T17:07:57Z 2014-10-18T17:07:57Z

Maria asks…

how do u put pictures in the computer with a hello kitty camera?

steve answers:

Did you read the directions? My friend has a hello kitty digital camera. She said its just as simple as a regular digital camera

James asks…

were can i go in new orleans to get a hello kitty cake for my daughters 1st birthday?

i have visited several websites, but most dont offer pictures of a hello kitty cake and im worried that the detail will not be up to par.

steve answers:

Try Walmart they have everything and do a great job, or you can bring the picture you want and they can copy it to the top of the cake

Donna asks…

Who in her right mind would want to marry wearing a Hello Kitty gown?

http://www.romance-fire.com/2007/10/20/another-18-more-pictures-on-hello-kitty-wedding-1-wedding-video/

Isn’t that plain crazy, lol?

steve answers:

HAHAHAHA
no one in their right mind would marry wearing a hello kitty gown.
You may as well have unicorn decorated plates and dorothy the dinosaur cutlery
over and out =D.

Daniel asks…

Where can I find loads of pictures/photos of females with Hello Kitty accessories?

Websites? Forums?

steve answers:

Shall I puke now or later?

Helen asks…

URL to a really big picture of hello kitty?

I tried looking on google for a big image of hello kitty‘s face. Its for making this cake. Also, any suggestion or advice when making the hello kitty cake? It’s gonna be for my friend’s birthday (:

steve answers:

Http://blogue.us/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/hello-kitty-color.GIF

this is a really big picture of her face, and thats it, hope it helps :)

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Tablets Under 200]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/18/your-questions-about-tablets-under-200-7/ 2014-10-18T13:08:05Z 2014-10-18T13:08:05Z

Carol asks…

How do you use 3G on a tablet?

I was considerin buying a tablet today, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy, it said it has 3G/Wifi, but how would it use 3G? Would you need a sim, contract or how does it work?

Plus if ylu could recommend a tablet under £200 that’s nice…

steve answers:

For 3G you would need a SIM – it could be contract or pay as you go.

Michael asks…

Looking for a good tablet or a reliable tablet brand?

A smartphone is not anywhere in my near future, so my next best option is a tablet. I’m looking for something to kind of mimic a smartphone- i.e. small, easily portable, app capabilities etc but just for wi-fi use. I want to stay under $200. Does anyone have suggestions of great tablets or good brands to look into? Everyone knows the Kindle and iPad and Samsung Note etc, but has anyone used any of the lesser known brands?

steve answers:

If you are looking in that budget. I would actually suggest a known brand for reliabilty otherwise you may end up in buying something which wont last for months.

I suggest you read this comparison between the most popular tablets in your budget:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&docId=1001069011&linkCode=ur2&pf_rd_i=1232597011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=1557096962&pf_rd_r=E1E93B81E3284ACC9FB5&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&pf_rd_t=101&tag=bg_itr_a-20

The Kindle Fire HD IMO is the best option as you get features like:
- Dual WiFi antenna
- Digital Dolby stereo speakers
- Dual core processor
- Front Facing HD camera
- 16/32 Gb storage option with 1Gb RAM
- 1280*800 HD display @216PPI
- HDMI Out

Sandra asks…

Best Wacom tablet for a beginner in flash?

I’ve just started making flash animations and I want to buy a good Pen tablet to make them with. It would need to be under 200$ CDN but still good for animating. If you have any recommendations because you have used it or know a lot about it please answer!

steve answers:

From amazon
http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=148268-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

Betty asks…

Can I buy a tablet to replace my laptop?

And if so, which is a good tablet? Maybe under $200? I hear the Kindle Fire is good but would it replace the laptop I have (its awful).
Thanks!:)

steve answers:

The kindle fire sounds good. It can do everything that a laptop can for the most part. I can’t tell you you if it would be better than your laptop since I don’t know what kind of laptop you have.

Mary asks…

Need some help in buying a graphics tablet?

Need some help from people who actually use these for producing graphical art. My daughter has asked for one for Christmas and will be starting a university course next year where she will need it. I would like to buy one for under £200 but have a bit of flexibility on price.

steve answers:

I saw one for the first time–I was in a Circuit City Store..and was wondering about getting better results on the MOUSE-side/well there were 2-models..USD(150-300)..I think standard and deluxe..look up the website of Circuit City for a PART#..www.circuitcity.com/

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