Category: machines

HP STREAM 7

HP Stream 7

The HP Stream 7 is a low cost tablet that was launched in September 2914. It came with Windows 8.1 configured for touch screens. This tablet outcompetes rival Google Android tablets in the under $120 market. The HP Stream 7 even beats the iPad Air 2. The model being reviewed in the Signature Edition which …

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OUR CORSAIR 300R PLATFORM

CORSAIR CARBIDE 300R with side window

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This machine was assembled from a new chassis, motherboard and RAM. The CPU was recovered from the dead M4A77D board. Initially we …

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MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO

The Microsoft Surface Pro was released on February 9, 2013. The machine came with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions. In Japan a 256GB version was seen.The 64GB version is being reviewed. The Surface Pro is a high-end machine compared to the earlier Surface RT. The Surface Pro has a much faster Ivy Bridge i5 …

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MICROSOFT SURFACE RT

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The Microsoft Surface RT was released on October 26, 2012. The machine came with 32GB and 64GB versions. The 64GB version is being reviewed. The Surface RT sold poorly due to the non x86 CPU and poor performance. MSFT reported that losing $990 million following a price cut. Many were not accustomed to having Windows …

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LENOVO X230 LAPTOP

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The Lenovo X230 laptop is a 12 inch class ultra mobile business class machine. The machine reviewed sells for $1299. System Model 2320HPU is being reviewed. Intel Core i5-3320M dual core with hyperthreading 3.3 GHz CPU turbo boost 35W TDP 3MB L3 cache, 1MB L2 cache HM77 chipset DDR3-1600 16384MB maximum memory HD 4000 graphics with …

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RASPBERRY PI SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER

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Thr Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that was developed as a teaching aid. The board has a Broadcom BCM2837B0 CPU with 1GB of LPDDR2 memory. The most basic version sold for $5 plus postage. The board uses about 1.5W at idle and up to about 8W when loaded. Various version have been released with …

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OUR RAIDMAX TORNADO PLATFORM

RAIDMAX TORNADO CHASSIS

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2011 machine was assembled in October from a new components. The low cost Raidmax Tornado chassis is a standard ATX model …

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GAMING ON THE LENOVO X220 VS LENOVO T500

Generally games that are playable on the Lenovo T500 with the HD 3650 graphics are also playable with the Lenovo X220 using the Sandy Bridge HD 3000. The T500 has a 1680×1050 LCD while the X220 has a 1366×768 LCD. The X220 LCD is less demanding which makes games run generally better at …

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LENOVO X220 PLAYABLE GAMES

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The Lenovo x220 comes with an Intel i5-2520m processor. The machine has a 1366×768 LCD.  Many games natively support the LCD, other games may only support 1280×720. The i7 version of the X220 has the game graphics as the i5 CPU. The HD 3000 (Sandy Bridge GT2+ core)  includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL …

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LENOVO X220 HARDWARE UPGRADES

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The Lenovo x220 has a whitelist BIOS. See Lenovo x220 UEFI BIOS  post to obtain a ROM with the whitelist removed. Field replaceable units do make make any sense when upgrades are desired. FIELD REPLACEABLE UNITS The Lenovo x220 has 2 mini PCI express slots under the keyboard. The larger 30mm by 51mm slot …

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