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Month: April 2018

Designed for Real World Power

Looking for both a laptop and tablet for your on the go designing work? Then, look no further than the Dell Inspiron 13 5000. It’s not just the 8th Gen i5 processors, the 8GB of DDR4 RAM, on the 256GB SSD drive that make it fabulous. It’s also the 360-degree hinge, long battery life, and large screen resolution that make it awesome.

This review in PC World gives the Inspiron a solid 4 star review for having brisk performance at a reasonable price. Weighing in at about 3.5 pounds, the 13.3-Inch screen feels a bit heavy but it does have a screen that fully swivels into sandwich mode. The 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor is a Quadcore beast that breezes through tasks that dual core systems struggle to finish. Battery life is about 5.5 hours, depending on how hard you push it.

Specs

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to [16GB], (additional memory sold separately)
  • 256 GB (SSD)
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Truelife, LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera
  • Be more productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done

Review Summary

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 has a four star review on Amazon with 20 total customer reviews. Here’s a summary of the most helpful reviews:

  • The build quality is nice. Despite being a plastic shell it feels of good quality to the point of questioning if it is plastic. The finish is nice and doesn’t appear to attract finger prints as much as glossier finishes. Its a good balance of enough weight to not feel cheap but not too much that its “heavy” for its size. The hinge between the base and monitor is sturdy and feels like it should last if treated well. I dont notice any wobbling while typing on a hard flat surface. The keyboard is ok but not great. For the price I was unable to find a laptop with everything I was looking to compete with this. I wanted a 13″ or smaller 1080 touchscreen with an 8th gen CPU, 250GB+ SSD, 8GB+ DDR4 RAM. Battery life appears to land me at about 6+ hours of steady use so I am very happy with it. This was the best deal I could find at the time including that ($709).
  • I’m surprised. I’ll be honest in saying I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to love this laptop as much as I did. After my tablet finally died I wanted something more versatile, and was thinking detachable keyboards would be the way to go. Saw this for the right price and decided to give it a shot. I’ll never buy a 2-in-1 that can’t swivel, ever. Can rotate it to any angle, adapts right away to tablet mode. It’s a solid little powerhouse that can get a bit hot, but that’s expected. Low storage isn’t a huge issue. You can keep most things on another homegroup computer and keep the essentials local. Overall, great laptop for the price.
  • Great Specs & Touch. This is one great laptop. Amazing tech stuff, memory and all. No doubt about it. The touchscreen is pretty good and I can’t see how it could be better. The resolution is perfect (especially for a 13″ screen). I know some will complain about how the screen could fit more the size and stuff like that, but this is a 2in1 laptop. You’re supposed to have somewhere to hold if you’re in tablet mode. Keep that in mind. I think the only thing that could be better is the touchpad. After a few changes in windows options, I managed to find a pretty good balance, but it’s not yet perfect.
  • Very Flexible. I have been using this laptop for the past few weeks and have nothing but great things to say about it! The laptop is very thin and lightweight. Very sleek looking and easy to throw in a carry all bag or computer sleeve and run out the door. The battery life has been good. It has been disconnected for about 4-5 hours, laptop was connected to wireless internet and Microsoft running and still the laptop had battery to give before it was plugged back in. Some of the features that took some time to get a hang of, but I ended up loving, were the touchpad and the touchscreen. The touchpad is very sensitive. While typing if you hover close enough to the touch pad it will move the mouse and change your screen. For having a laptop that is for personal use, mostly email, online, and Microsoft office this laptop is perfect. It is fast, lightweight and easy to use.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 for $649.

Need a Work PC?

Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Stylish DesignYou might want to consider Acer’s TC-780-ACKI5. It comes packed with Inte’s 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400 (3Ghz), 12GB DDR4 RAM, a large 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, and wireless 802.11ac connectivity. This amount of power will be perfect for all types of internet browsing, web applications, Office 365/Word/Excel use, and some light graphics photoshop type use. It comes with an integrated graphics processor so it won’t be good enough to do heavy video/graphics work or gaming unless you buy a powerful graphics card and install it yourself.

Specs

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
  • Connectivity- 802.11ac wireless LAN, Gigabit LAN. Drive Interface-SATA 6 Gbps. 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • Windows 10 Home

Review Summary

Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Design
Acer TC-780-ACKI5 Design

The Acer TC-780-ACKI5 has a 204 customer reviews with a 4 star over rating at Amazon. Most users are saying things like that it’s a “great value for a home office,” it’s a “great computer for browsing, media, and office work” and “great daily use computer.” Setting this machine up was as easy as plugging it in. The basic setup of the case has older school USB 2 ports in the back for peripherals, and a couple of USB 3 ports in the front and the power button is obvious, on the top, and easy to access. The case is a mid size tower with a nice, conservative brushed metal look to it, but it’s plastic on top. The 7th Gen i5 Processor is fast. It’s got 1.5 terabytes of space so you won’t be running out of space any time soon. A couple of users found airflow to be an issue and added added zip tied USB fans for better air flow. Overall, it’s a great computer.

Here’s a couple of recent reviews:

  • The specifications on the hardware are very good with one exception. The 12 gb of DDR4 memory is great! That’s a modern spec of memory and a generous amount. The processor alone, an up to date i5, is worth $185. This level of i5 is about as good of a processor as you can buy before getting an eight core processor. This may mean nothing to you, but it’s basically the best processor you can get today that isn’t the premium i7 or AMD 8000 level costing a lot more money. Even if you’re getting this machine to play games, this is a potent processor and probably more than enough. It’s also a value sweet spot as this computer will be useful and relevant for several years, but wasn’t super expensive. 2 TB of hard drive space should be enough for you. To upgrade any component on this computer, you would unscrew two screws on the side panel. I did so and it was easy to access the guts on this machine. It would take two minutes to add another hard drive (such as a small SSD) or a graphics card.
  • Bought this along with a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card for my husband for Christmas. He was ecstatic about the set up as it was a huge upgrade from his 7 year old desktop. He pretty much plays World of Warcraft and browses the internet on his computer and this setup does a fantastic job with each. For the price point I could not be more pleased. Setup was a breeze and he runs WoW on practically max graphic settings.
  • The computer comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 which are fine for most uses, and even ran Photoshop fine, but I may eventually add a dedicated video card. Fortunately, this desktop has one PCI Express x16 slot (PCIe v3.0) and one PCI Express x1 slot (PCIe V2.0) so you can easily add a powerful graphics card for gaming or video editing. Only issue with adding a video card is the power supply is only 300W, so I may have to upgrade that as well.
  • Solid bargain. Good integrated audio and video performance. I do not mine any tokens or game on the is machine. I run standard native browser apps like Outlook 365 including Office and YouTube and this machine easily handles it all simultaneously. Lots of room to expand if I want to throw a GPU or sound card in someday. At this point I’m happy enough with the performance to skip those extra items and live with the low cost of ownership as is.
  • Great value, 2tb hard drive and 12 gb of ram are unusual at this price point. The onboard wifi is faster than the usb type I had on my old system. System boots and runs fast and there was no crap ware loaded for which I am thankful. There is also room for a 2280 type ssd but no additional sata. Plenty of ports for inputs. Two usb 3 and card reader in the front, another usb 3 and four usb 2 in the rear.
  • The actual score of this computer is 4.5. The only issue I have is the video card. You have this beautiful machine and you are then let down with the video source. It is an onboard and you can tell. For most things this is ok but if you want to do any gaming you can tell. If you spend another hundred or so dollars on a decent video card you will have an awesome machine for the price. You get a two-terabyte hard drive. You could always add an ssd card here but so far startup is pretty quick. The machine is very quiet and all in all this is a super solid machine. Acer produces some really nice items and this computer is no exception. Setup is a breeze. You plug in the computer to a video source. Turn it on, follow instructions and about 5 minutes later you are online and ready to go. My wireless connection was ok but it could have been my house. A wired connection was lightning fast and it did everything that I wanted it to do.

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Where to Buy

You can pick up the Acer TC-780-ACKI5 at Amazon for $480.  Looks like a great overall desktop home office computer.

 

 

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