Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Samsung RC512 Review
Extras tend to count for a lot more if all the basics are in place. Would you care about sporty wheels and tinted windows on a two-cylinder Fiat? That may seem like a harsh analogy, but we think it's not too far from what you get with the Samsung RC512. This $1,099 mainstream notebook touts a whole list of smart-sounding premiums that are nice for the price: Nvidia’s Optimus graphics technology, a 4G (WiMAX) radio for wireless broadband Net access, wireless HD output to a TV (via WiDi), a Blu-ray drive, a Core i7 processor, and more. But the system is marred by shoddy-feeling materials and construction that make us wonder just how much—if any—mobility this portable can handle...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (16GB) Review
Not only did the Apple iPad start the tablet wars, but its latest iteration—the Apple iPad 2—continues to dominate the tablet market. While other manufacturers have tried to cash in on the iPad’s popularity with their own tablet designs, no real iPad contender has yet to even come close to knocking the iPad off its pedestal. Pundits had high hopes that the Motorola Xoom Android tablet would be up to the challenge, but its long list of missing features delegated it to the not-ready-for-prime-time category. Here in June 2011, the focus has now turned to the new 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet—a bigger version of Samsung’s original 7-inch Galaxy Tab. What makes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 different from those that have come before? Mostly its size and weight...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review
Leave it to Google to create an entire new class of mobile-computing products—and no, we’re not talking Android phones or tablets. We mean Chromebooks. A Chromebook is a lightweight notebook—akin to a netbook or ultraportable—that runs Google’s Web-based Chrome operating system. Acer and Samsung are the first manufacturers out the door with Chromebook models, both of which go on sale June 15 at Amazon.com and Best Buy. Acer's Cromia 700 Chromebook models start at $379.99, and Samsung's Chromebook Series 5 units start at $429.99...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

HTC Flyer Review
If the pen truly is mightier than the sword then the HTC Flyer Android tablet has a weapon in the form of an optional “digital pen” that provides an additional level of functionality on top of the device’s multi-gesture touch-screen interface. Unfortunately, the features and usefulness of the digital pen are limited, making it more akin to a dagger than a broadsword. Take away the Flyer’s digital pen (which is a $79.99 option) and you’ve still got a decent 7-inch Android tablet that has a few standout features, such as a very quick boot time, excellent screen quality, and superb speakers. But the Flyer suffers from mixed performance and a relatively high price tag at $499.99...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seagate GoFlex Satellite Review
How many movies, songs, and photos can you store on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device? If your answer is “not enough” then you might want to take a gander at the $199.99 Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless media-streaming hard drive. The GoFlex Satellite is a pocket-size, battery-powered external drive that connects to your mobile devices over its own Wi-Fi connection. With 500GB of storage space, a large chunk of your media collection can travel with you and be enjoyed on your portable device. Even better, if you want to let others share in your good taste in movies, music, and photos, up to three devices can connect to the GoFlex Satellite at the same time—with each person watching or listening to a different media stream.

Notes From The Technoground: Where My Fingers Do The Walking With a Few Keyboards and Mice
Some keyboards and mice are built to impress and last, some are shrunk down to travel size for convenience, while others are one-trick ponies that don’t quite measure up.
I’m not fanatical about keyboards or mice, but I know plenty of folks who are. Some people are very particular about their keyboard’s key-travel distance, key resistance (or springiness), the spacing between keys, the size and shape of keys, backlighting vs. no backlighting, and so on. For mice, size and shape are important, as is button placement, right-handed vs. left-handed use, and so on.