Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review: eMachines ET1810-03
With consumers tightening belts and cutting corners, thrifty spending is one of the reasons that inexpensive nettop PCs (tiny systems typically equipped with Intel Atom processors and other netbook-like components) are gaining in popularity. Nettops, however, are usually hampered by slow performance and a lack of upgrade potential, which limit their functionality and lifespan. Those who need a little more oomph and staying power from their desktop PCs are better served by considering a budget-minded, full-fledged desktop, such as the $369.99 (MSRP) eMachines ET1810-03...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 Student Buying Guide: How to Buy the Right Desktop PC for School
CPUs and RAM got you stymied? Part by part, learn how to pick the best PC for your budget with our no-nonsense guide.
Summer vacation, alas, is always way too short. For certain, you (or your school-bound son or daughter) may someday look back at these times as the endless summers of youth. But let's be practical today: It’s never too early to start thinking about computing needs for the upcoming school year. It takes time to shop for that perfect PC, get it delivered, and poke and prod it enough before you or your child is comfortable relying on it...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: When a Deal is Not Really a Deal
Yesterday, my home phone rang and it was a number I didn't recognize (the Caller ID said "Jacksonville, FL"). I often don't answer the home phone if a non-descript Caller ID appears or if I don't know the number. I work at home and have a separate work line (I always answer the work line--that call could be my next freelance gig!). For some odd reason, I chose to answer the phone this time. On the other end was a friendly voice, a man who identified himself as Carl, who wanted to offer me a great deal on upgrading my Comcast-provided services...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Review: Pogoplug NAS Device Review
For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have become surprisingly easy to set up and use, but most still require at least a modicum of networking knowhow. In a bid to allay the fears of even the greenest of computer users, however, CloudEngine's Pogoplug makes setting up and using a NAS device as easy as it can possibly be...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Review: Dell Inspiron 537s
As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder: Certainly, many buyers will find the sleek, shiny, and colorful options of the Dell Inspiron 537s slimline mini-desktop line to be quite fetching. But according to another well-worn saying, beauty is only skin deep—and beneath the surface of the 537s is a somewhat anemically powered system with lackluster performance overall. It's more than capable of handling basic productivity duties, moderate entertainment tasks, and light, dialed-back gaming...