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August 22nd, 2012  | Tags:
HP Touchsmart Elite 7320

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August 20th, 2012  | Tags:

How you interact with your laptop is about to change forever. Synaptics, the company that develops software and firmware for the clickpads and touchpads found on any number of laptops, has debuted a new version kind of touchpad dubbed the ForcePad that incorporates pressure and gesture sensing technology.

The ForcePad represents a sea change of sorts for the way consumers interface with their laptops, and has been developed alongside Windows 8 to ensure that the pad takes full advantage of the operating system’s gesture-based UI. We spent some early hands-on time with the ForcePad and were very impressed with what we saw.

Not only can the ForcePad detect pressure from individual fingers, but it can differentiate between the amount of force you apply to the pad with five fingers. To demonstrate the ForcePad’s pressure sensitivity and accuracy,  Synaptics’s reps opened a test program featuring an animated sponge.  As we applied pressure to the ForcePad, the sponge deformed. Moving our fingers close together and adding more pressure created a large indent in the sponge, while reducing pressure decreased the size of the dent. 

Synaptics also lets us toy around with a video game that saw us maneuvering a fighter jet based on how much pressure we applied to either side of the ForcePad. The more force we used on the right or left side of the pad, the sharper our turns were. Putting more force on top of the pad would determine how quickly our jet climbed into the sky. 

Some of the more practical ways Synaptics is integrating the ForcePad into the Windows environment is by improving gesture controls. Whereas pinching-to-zoom on an image or map would see you repeating the gesture several times until you reached the level of zoom you wanted, the ForcePad allows you to pinch and then press down to continue zooming. It makes for a much smoother experience than the traditional jerky movements you experience with a standard touch or clickpad.

Also seeing improvement is the all important two-finger scroll feature. Instead of having to drag and lift and drag to reach the bottom of a long web page, the ForcePad allows you to scroll and apply pressure, which in turn continues the scroll without a hitch. The more pressure you add, the faster you’ll scroll. Reduce the pressure and your scrolling will slow down.

But perhaps the best part about the ForcePad is its size advantage over current clickpads. Synaptics says the ForcePad is 40 percent thinner than a similar current-generation pad. That adds up to a lot of additional space for battery packs, cooling, or even a thinner overall laptop.

Synaptics isn’t stopping at the ForcePad, though. The company also gave us a preview of its next generation ThinTouch keyboard, which will feature a redesigned key mechanism, capacitive touch sensitivity that can be programed to allow users to enter special characters by applying more pressure to a key and even autocomplete. Like the ForcePad, Synaptics says the ThinTouch keyboard will be 30 to 50 percent thinner than the competition. The photo above illustrates the difference in thickness between one of Apple’s proprietary MacBook keyboards and Synaptic’s ThinTouch keyboard.

To help spur innovation for the ForcePad and ThinTouch, Synaptics is taking part in the annual User Interface Software and Technology Student Innovation Contest. 

Article source: http://blog.laptopmag.com/synaptics-debuts-forcepad-touchpad-and-thintouch-keyboard

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August 19th, 2012  | Tags:

  【IT168 评测】惠普TouchSmart系列是其家用娱乐影音的触控一体机系列,一直以来凭借出众的外观设计,稳定的性能和实用灵敏的触控体验广受好评。今天笔者带来是TouchSmart家族的一款新机器——TouchSmart 320,它搭载了AMD A6-3620处理器,AMD Radeon Graphics HD 6530D 显卡,4GB内存和1TB硬盘。下面请看它的详细评测内容。

AMD触控一体机 惠普TouchSmart320评测
 

整体外观介绍

  惠普TouchSmart 320整体以灰、银两种颜色为主,第一眼看上去给人一种时尚但又不过于个性,属于低调的时尚,适合不同家庭的品味,和大部分家具搭配都没有问题。

AMD触控一体机 惠普TouchSmart320评测
▲机身正面

  从正面看,惠普TouchSmart 320的设计简约大方,灰色哑光磨砂材质包裹机身,既典雅美观又防止指纹留在机身上。惠普TouchSmart 320采用16:9的20英寸WLED背光高触摸式镜面显示屏,触控反应灵敏。

AMD触控一体机 惠普TouchSmart320评测
▲机身背面

  从背面来看,HP大大的Logo最为醒目,机身上方的提手设计非常实用,惠普TouchSmart 320的机身重量为9.44Kg,如果没有个提手,移动起来还真有点费力,人性化的设计也是用户喜爱它的原因之一。

AMD触控一体机 惠普TouchSmart320评测
▲机身侧面

  从机身侧面来看,惠普TouchSmart 320的机身厚度不算纤薄,但较圆润和弧线设计和银色包边都让它看起来很时尚,而且有一种憨憨的可爱,可以说惠普TouchSmart 320属于男女老少通吃的类型。

AMD触控一体机 惠普TouchSmart320评测
▲机身可调角度

  惠普TouchSmart 320的底座面积很宽大,机身稳定性很好,其底座和机身连接的方式比较特殊,不是传统的支架式连接,而是由机身两侧的包边与底座和为一体,感觉有点像秋千,这种借助看似悬浮的独立轮廓可使机身回倾25°

Article source: http://aio.it168.com/a2012/0816/1385/000001385772.shtml

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August 17th, 2012  | Tags: , ,

July 24, 2012

Joplin Humane Society gets IT makeover

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From staff reports
The Joplin Globe


Tue Jul 24, 2012, 12:20 PM CDT

JOPLIN, Mo. —
Executives and team members from HP, Microsoft and Intel are at the Joplin Humane Society today and Wednesday to provde an Extreme IT Makeover for the shelter.

Shelter Pro and Joplin-based Heartland Technology Solutions also are helping with the project.

Included in the makeover is a Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Premium on an HP ProLiant Gen8 Server using Intel vPro, HP TouchSmart All in One workstations and Elitebooks and a 42-inch digital display that will be used to showcase animals at the shelter.

 







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August 17th, 2012  | Tags:

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news.idealo.fr Informatique HP Touchsmart 520-1120ef : Écran tactile 23 pouces, Intel Pentium, HDD 1 To, AMD Radeon


Écran tactile full HD 23 pouces

Le Touchsmart 520-1120ef développé par HP, est un ordinateur tout-en-un équipé d’un écran tactile inclinable jusqu’à 30 degrés d’une taille de 23 pouces. Affichant dans un résolution full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), cette dalle LED rétro-éclairée est accompagnée par un lecteur graveur DVD placé sur la tranche de l’appareil, une webcam vidéo avec microphone ainsi que deux haut-parleurs stéréo estampillés Beats Audio, le tout placé dans un boîtier mesurant 580 x 217 x 457 mm. Cet ordinateur est en outre livré avec un clavier et une souris sans fil, vous offrant par conséquent un gain de place vraiment appréciable dans votre bureau ou votre salon.

Le tout-en-un HP Touchsmart 520-1120ef avec son clavier et sa souris sans fil


Processeur Intel Pentium et carte AMD

Les performances de cet ordinateur tout-en-un sont ici délivrées par un processeur Intel Pentium G630 (mémoire cache 3 Mo) qui sera particulièrement efficace dans la gestion de vos activités bureautiques et multimédia (Internet, vidéo, traitement de texte, retouche de photos). Cadencé à 2,7 Ghz, ce processeur est épaulé par une mémoire vive de 4 Go en DDR3 et un disque dur HDD tournant à 7200 tours/min d’une capacité généreuse de 1 To. L’affichage quant à lui est géré par une carte graphique AMD Radeon HD 7450A d’une mémoire dédiée de 1 Go, un modèle qui montrera très rapidement ses limites dans la gestion de jeux vidéo gourmands en ressource.


Les connexions

Cet ordinateur tout-en-un adopte une connectique composée d’un lecteur de carte mémoire 6 en 1, de quatre ports USB 2.0, de deux ports USB 3.0, d’une entrée et d’une sortie audio sur laquelle vous pourrez par exemple brancher un système audio externe. Cet ordinateur est également équipé d’un module Wi-Fi (norme 802.11 b/g/n) et d’un port Ethernet Gigabit pour vous connecter au net à distance ou en filaire.

 

 


Prix du Touchsmart 520-1120ef

Fourni avec Windows 7 Edition familiale Premium 64 bits ainsi qu’une panoplie de logiciels adaptés, le Touchsmart 520-1120ef est une très bonne machine qui saura à coup sûr trouver son public. Ce tout-en -un se négocie actuellement à partir de 699,90 €.


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August 17th, 2012  | Tags:

  第1页:引言:Omni到Pavilion的蜕变

  在惠普的家用产品线里,Pavilion畅游人无疑堪称经典,许多优质产品都出自这条产品线之下。而在Pavilion 23出现之前,惠普一体电脑并没有出自Pavilion的产品,除了高端的TouchSmart之外,在主流家用市场推出的则是Omni系列,与横跨笔记本、台式机的Pavilion系列相比,Omni在知名度与影响力方面都略欠火候,而2012年,惠普将主流一体电脑产品放到Pavilion系列的举措,无疑能够帮助惠普一体电脑在主流家用市场扩大影响,从而占据一定的市场份额。

  此外,产品线的规整对于厂商自身而言更加便于管理,而对于消费者来说,则能够更加明确产品的选购方向,因此,Omni系列的淡出对于惠普自身以及惠普的潜在消费者而言,未尝不是一件好事。

惠普Pavilion 23评测

  我们本次评测所拿到的Pavilion 23是一款入门级配置的产品,它采用了英特尔奔腾G640处理器、500GB硬盘、2GB DDR3 1600MHz内存的配置,参考售价约为4500元,作为入门级产品而言,Pavilion 23在品质方面继承了Pavilion系列的高素质。

  而在整体外观设计方面,Pavilion 23也并非Omni系列的简单过渡,而是做了一些瘦身化、硬朗化的改变,从而使机器的档次感与时尚感有所提升,对于现代家居设计风格、以及用户本身审美观念来说,也能够有更好的融入感,这是Pavilion 23最值得关注的地方。

  第2页:外观:减小机体厚度增加线条硬朗感

  ·减小机体厚度增加线条硬朗感

  惠普Pavilion 23从配置来看,似乎是要取代此前的Omni系列而成为向主流市场推广的产品,不过在外观设计方面,笔者个人觉得Pavilion 23要比Omni更加时尚,更能吸引用户的眼球。与Omni略显圆润可爱的设计风格不同,Pavilion 23在外形上更加硬朗一些,摆放在家中的感觉也更好一些,这是Pavilion 23给笔者的第一印象。

惠普Pavilion 23一体电脑

  从机体侧面来看,Pavilion 23整体还是比较纤薄的,虽然不如早期的TouchSmart那样纤细苗条,但是相对于惠普前两年的一体电脑产品而言,在身材上已经作出了一些“回归性”的调整,当然,如果能够将外观设计拉回到TouchSmart早期的设计风格上的话,对于用户和产品两方面来说,也未尝不是一件好事。

机体设计比较纤薄

  机体背面的设计与惠普其它一体电脑相比没有什么明显的不同,正中依旧是经典的“hp”LOGO,而右下角依旧是常用接口的分布区域,顶端和底部均设计了散热窗,以保证机体拥有高效的散热通道。

Pavilion 23机体背部设计机身前端支架设计

  如今,许多一体电脑在机体支架的设计上都采用了更为时尚、简洁的单支架设计,利用良好的工程力学控制来保证机体的平衡稳定,而Pavilion 23则采用了传统的双支架设计,机身前端和背部均设计有机体支架,其中,前端支架作为机体侧边的延伸部分,其配色与机体腰线保持了一致,银色金属质感效果为整体增添了时尚感与档次感。

标配的有线键鼠

  第3页:细节:抛开繁复冗余增强质感表现

  ·抛开繁复冗余增强质感表现

  一个个精致细节的组合能够使整体变得更加完美,因此在设计电脑的时候,一定要考虑到如何把握细节。Pavilion 23在细节方面其实要比Omni好很多,虽然二者在价格与定位上可能相差不大,但是Pavilion 23给人的感觉更加舒服,档次感十足。

  显示屏右上角印有白色的“Pavilion 23”标识,为黑色的边框做了恰到好处的点缀,而从下面的图片中我们也可以看到,这款产品显示屏边框采用了亮面钢琴烤漆材质,虽然比较易留手印,但是在时尚感方面有所展现,当然这也是时下很多电脑产品的首选材质。

钢琴烤漆显示屏边框

  在众多电脑品牌中,惠普作为老牌厂商,其LOGO却一点都不老气,显示屏正下方音箱部分镶嵌的“hp”LOGO质感十足,圆形金属质感材质正中镂空hp字样,为整体档次感的提升作出了不小的贡献。

金属质感hp LOGO机身背部支架

  在机体背部支架的设计上,Pavilion 23采用了比较中庸的设计模式,并没有一些突破性的设计融入到其中。背部支架为一块儿圆角矩形钢琴烤漆面板,靠下的部分做了镂空,可以用作束线器,支架的可调角度大概在0°到60°之间,这就使得显示屏的可调角度能够满足家庭用户的视角需求。

机身背部顶端的散热窗机身左侧上部的电源键

  第4页:接口:解决实际应用提升用户体验

  ·解决实际应用提升用户体验

  一般来说,虽然用户不会经常移动一体电脑,但是时常与桌面进行一些摩擦却不可避免,因此如果机体支架没有设计脚垫的话,就会留下难看的划痕,虽然这些划痕一般都不甚明显,但是总给人不舒服的感觉,因此Pavilion 23在前端支架底部设计了脚垫,这些脚垫仅比支架高出一点,不会影响机体的稳定性,但同时又能增加摩擦力,避免机体在光滑的桌面上滑动,这也是设计师对于机体安全性方面的一些考虑。

机体前端支架设计有脚垫机身右侧配置了光驱配置2个USB 3.0接口机身背部接口配置与布局

  机体背部右下角是常见接口的主要分布区域,包括电源插孔、RJ-45以太网口、4个USB 2.0接口和1个音频插孔。本次所测的Pavilion 23-1008cx并没有配置无线网卡,因此RJ-45就显得非常重要了。此外,除了这些常用接口外,在区域下方还设计有安全锁,这对于一些中小企业用户来说,也是很有必要的一个接口。

  第5页:性能:入门配置实现超高性价比

  ·入门配置实现超高性价比

  在硬件配置方面,惠普Pavilion 23搭载了英特尔奔腾G640处理器,主频为2.8GHz,采用英特尔H61芯片组,标配500GB硬盘,以及2GB DDR3 1600MHz内存,显卡方面,该机型采用NVIDIA GeForce 610独立显卡,拥有1GB显存,下面我们通过常规测试来看看这款机器的整体性能表现。

整机配置一览

  从AIDA 64 CPUID对处理器的检索中我们看到,这颗奔腾G640处理器处理器基于32nm工艺,核心代号为Sandy Bridge,主频为2.8GHz,共享的二级缓存为3MB,不支持睿频加速、不支持超线程、不支持AVX指令集,采用双核双线程,可以看出,这是一款入门级的桌面处理器。

处理器基本信息一览

  下面我们采用CINEBENCH R10这款软件对处理器性能进行测试,它能够对处理器的单核和多核性能给出直观的评分,这颗奔腾G640处理器较快的完成了全部的测试,其单核得到了4525分,双核成绩为8745分,运算速度不错,相对于AMD APU来说,与A6 3620性能相差不大。

处理器性能测试整机综合性能测试

  因此从PCMark Vantage测试成绩来看,Pavilion 23作为日常家庭娱乐平台还是不错的选择,当然如果用来办公也是非常实惠的选择。

  第6页:结语:Pavilion填补主流市场空白

  ·Pavilion填补主流市场空白

  其实,除了我们今天所评测的这款Pavilion 23-1008cx之外,Pavilion系列还有另外两款更高配置的产品,分别搭载了酷睿i3和酷睿i5平台,这也是时下主流电脑用户群所占比例最大的硬件平台。从奔腾到酷睿i5,我们可以清楚的看出惠普正在通过Pavilion系列填补他们在主流一体电脑市场的“空白”。

  为什么要把空白加引号呢?这是因为惠普此前并非在主流市场没有产品,Omni系列以低价姿态呈现于主流市场,这在一段时间内获得了不错的反响,但是毕竟Omni系列在外观设计上略为保守,档次感不足,因此即便价格足够便宜,也并没有带来更大的影响力,而借助Pavilion系列此前在笔记本、台式电脑市场积攒的人气,无疑能够让Pavilion 23一体电脑的推广更加顺畅自如。

惠普Pavilion 23一体电脑

  从产品本身来看,Pavilion 23整体给人的感觉要好很多,外观设计开始向早期TouchSmart系列的纤薄化靠拢,而更加硬朗的机身线条也使得Pavilion 23显得不那么“孩子气”,摆放在家中也能够更好的融入现代家居的设计风格当中,这无疑能够更加容易的吸引用户的目光。

  从性能来看,奔腾G640、酷睿i3与酷睿i5三个平台的跨度,正好涵盖了主流市场用户群对于硬件性能的需求,区分鲜明,能够方便用户进行产品的针对性选购。

  总而言之,Pavilion 23可能并不是那种让人一见倾心的产品,但是对于消费者而言,却是性价比非常不错的实用型产品,尤其是在档次感与时尚感提升之后,相信Pavilion 23会比Omni系列有更为广阔的发展空间。

Article source: http://tech.hexun.com/2012-08-17/144848958.html

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August 16th, 2012  | Tags:

If you’ve bought back-to-school gear for your kids, or any kid, in the past couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that the entire back-to-school shopping experience isn’t what it used to be. Spiral binders and big heavy textbooks have been replaced by tablets and e-readers. And although kids may be thinking about how cool they’re going to look with that sleek new gadget in hand, a lot of parents are thinking something else: pricey!

According to a survey by deal-aggregator site TechBargains, about 36% of shoppers plan to spend more money on electronics during their back-to-school shopping this year. And it isn’t because people are all of a sudden rolling in dough; the majority of those who expect to pay more say it’s because schools are now requiring more.

About 25% of shoppers plan to buy a tablet and 14% of those say it’ll actually be their primary device for school. No surprise here, the iPad is the most wanted tablet, followed by the Google Nexus and then the Kindle Fire. And even more people are after laptops. About 28% of shoppers plan to buy a laptop. And here’s the biggest sign of the times: 30% of people will spend at least half of their back-to-school budget on gadgets.

But fortunately, shoppers have learned a few lessons over the past few years. About 90% of people plan to do their shopping online, and then about 95% of them will use coupon codes to save! Gadgets can get pricey, so consumers need to be smart.

Another thing to consider for back-to-school shopping is when you buy. HLN Money Expert Clark Howard says the best time to buy a computer is in September or right around the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Obviously if kids are headed back to school, they need the gadgets now, but doing a little research and comparison shopping can save you a lot of money.

Clark suggests using electronics pricing sites like Shopobot.com and Decide.com to help you figure out the best time to buy a particular gadget. The sites provide historical pricing data so you know if you’re getting the best price, or if you should wait. TechBargains also has some back-to-school sales going on for computers and laptops, while the deal-site Dealnews has an overall guide to back-to-school savings.

For deals on tablets, check out Micro Center. Some deals are online and others are only in stores. Just know that if you can’t get a deal online, Micro Center is currently only in 16 states. Also check out Ben’s Outlet. The site offers daily deals on various types of gadgets and there have been some huge bargains on tablets recently.

We did a little extra digging around Consumer Reports to get you started and we found some great ways to stick to your budget, without compromising on quality gadgets and other supplies.

Electronics gear for college students

Consumer Reports came up big this year with tips on how college kids can keep up with the latest and greatest technology without giving up everything else in their life. As tradition would have it, most college kids are on a budget and live in a small confined space, but even they might pass up the biggest and most expensive TV if it means living on store-brand Ramen noodles and having basically no space all year. And since TV technology changes so quickly, spending an outrageous amount of money on a TV that’s going in a dorm full of college kids may not be the best idea.

The compromise is a 32-inch Samsung model that’s big enough to get the full high-def experience but small enough to pull double duty as a computer monitor. This model is $480, according to Consumer Reports, and it’s one of the few 32-inch sets in the CR’s ratings to provide excellent high-definition picture quality. The TV even comes with a feature called ConnectShare Movie, which lets users directly play videos, music or photos stored on any device or flash drive that can be connected to the TV’s USB connection. Borrowing music and movies from buddies down the hall just got a whole lot easier!

And one thing to remember about buying a TV, Clark says never, never, never buy the extended warranty. No matter how many times the person in the store asks you, don’t buy it. The technology changes too quickly for it to be worth your money. But buying the TV with a credit card will get you some protection.

College kids who already live in the world of Apple are probably there to stay, so when it comes to streaming video the Apple TV is your best option, according to Consumer Reports. It’s only $99 and connects your iTunes TV shows, movies and music libraries directly to your TV. It also offers access to Netflix and YouTube. And there’s more. Apple TV allows users to stream content from an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

For students who want even more content, Consumer Reports suggests the Roku XS for only $100. Everyone knows college kids love their games and movies, and the Roku offers access to Amazon, Epix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. It also has Pandora Internet radio and Angry Birds. But, no YouTube.

If you’re looking for even more, check out Consumer Reports’ suggestions for Headphones and Home theater in a box.

Computers for kids of all ages

You can’t fight it anymore, kids of all ages need computers these days. And although your kids’ penmanship may be slowly circling the drain, it’s still important to keep them up to speed with the latest equipment.

So where do you even start? First of all, the necessary features and capabilities of gadgets vary for students of different ages. A college kid and a kid in middle school probably don’t have the same priorities when it comes to gadget capabilities. 

Computer for the home

For kids in elementary and middle school, using the family computer at home most often should suffice. Consumer Reports recommends a few desktop computers that are great for schoolwork, but have features that appeal to the entire family.

  • High-end desktop: HP TouchSmart 520-1165xt – An all-in-one desktop with a 23-inch HD touch screen that actually tilts back up to 30 degrees so you can adjust it. It costs about $1,000 and includes a built-in memory card and Blu-ray reader.
  • Budget desktop: Dell XPS 8500 i5 – A full-size desktop that costs only about $700, but still has a lot of features like capabilities for demanding video games. Consumer Reports testers rated it a Best Buy.

Just a note about desktops in general, Consumer Reports found that Apple desktops are among the most reliable.

Clark says if you do want to buy a younger kid a laptop, you don’t need to spend a ton of money. You can get a great full power laptop for around $250. So use that as a target price and do some comparison shopping online.

High school

As kids get older, their school demands begin to increase. So high school students may need more than just the family computer. Consumer Reports suggests a 15-inch laptop. And if the kids are reaching the end of high school, keeping the laptop through college would probably work just fine.

  • High-end: 15-inch MacBook Pro – There probably isn’t a high school student out there who wouldn’t love one of these. This model is $1,800 for tons of the latest and greatest features. It also has Apple iCloud built in so you can share content across all your Apple devices.
  • Budget: Dell 15-R-2nd Gen i5 – Huge price difference between this one and the high-end laptop. This one is only $550, and maybe even cheaper some places, and it’s very portable and versatile, with plenty of space for music, photos, movies and of course school projects.

College

Consumer Reports suggests a powerful 13-inch Ultrabook laptop, which usually has a lot of features and won’t take up too much room.

  • High-end: Sony Vaio SVT1311CGXS Ultrabook – This one is a little pricey for a college kid’s budget, but it’s a great tool and it’ll last. It costs $1,200 and is powered by the latest Intel processor, which CR says “makes it a good choice for hard-core gaming after the schoolwork’s done.”
     
  • Budget: HP Folio 13-1035nr Ultrabook – Priced at only $800, CR named this one a Best Buy. It’s thin, light, and has enough battery power to last through a full workday.

So when you head out to buy electronics, remember to shop, shop, shop. Make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck!

Article source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/08/16/back-school-laptops-gadget-buying-guide

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August 16th, 2012  | Tags: , ,

By Joel Santo Domingo

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 ($1,449.99 list) is a very good touch-screen PC. The best way to describe it is a 27-inch tablet PC with an ergonomic stand. You won’t ever consider this 25-pound system a portable, but if you’re specifically looking for a family-friendly touch-screen system that lets you enjoy casual games, photos, videos, and music, the IdeaCentre A720 desktop PCs. That said, it lags behind the competition in terms of features and performance. It’s not a bad system per se; it just needs more than design and a great touch screen to win over its competition.

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Design
The A720 is one of the most design-forward all-in-one PCs brought to market, and that includes systems like the Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) ($1,999 list, 4 stars) , which has been built around the same basic design philosophy since 2004. Unlike the current iMac versions, which has all its components built behind the screen, the A720 has its components and motherboard built into the base. In the past, it had been considered clunky to put the system’s motherboard into the base, since that would result in a system that requires chunky arms to hold the screen or a very short overhang like the one on the Samsung Series 7 (DP700A38-01) ($999.99 list, 4 stars) . The A720 has a double-hinged arm holding its slim screen, resulting in a system that looks svelte from most angles.

The system’s 27-inch screen is full 1080p HD (1,920-by-1,080 resolution), so it can display 1080p HD Web videos and Blu-ray movies in native resolution. That is, you see all the pixels you paid for, not scaled up as they might be on non-1080p displays. The screen tilts from a few degrees off vertical down to 90 degrees (laying flat). That said, it’s somewhat disappointing that the A720 doesn’t have a higher resolution screen. Systems like the iMac and the Dell XPS One 27 ($1,999 list, 4.5 stars) up the ante by providing a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution screen at 27-inches. It’s not quite a deal-breaker, but you may want to consider the latter two if you are a multimedia content creator, like a photographer.

The screen is a 10-point capacitive touch screen. What this means is that you can do full 10-finger touch typing on the onscreen keyboard, and touch-screen games like the included Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja play like you’d expect them to on your tablet or smartphone. It was an interesting experience playing Angry Birds on the touch screen. There’s a little bit of extra friction dragging on your finger since you have to move your finger a further distance compared with that you would do on a tablet screen, but it’s easy to get used to the extra effort. One thing missing from using Windows 7 with a touch screen is that you don’t have the sense of inertia while scrolling, but that is easily corrected with browser plug ins.

Though the hinge that holds the screen has enough friction to keep the screen from moving during Angry Bird sessions, and it even holds still when you’re playing a touch-based action game like the ones included in Lenovo’s Idea Touch interface. The screen is steadier than the wobbly Samsung Series 7 screen, and much closer to the rock-steady tilt screen mechanism on the HP TouchSmart 620-1080 3D ($1,899 direct, 4 stars) . There was still a bit of movement when you touch the A720′s screen, but the motion is dampened quickly after you pull your fingers away from the screen. The steady screen of the HP TouchSmart 6xx series is still the design to beat for extended use touch screens, but the A720 is almost as stable in day-to-day use.

In addition to the touch screen, the A720 comes with a 720p webcam, which can be used to control a few games by visual tracking. In practice, this works kind of like the Microsoft Kinect on the Xbox 360 platform. However, the game selection that works with the motion control is somewhat limted. The Kinect is a much more mature platform at this time.

The system comes with a quad-core Intel Core i5-3210M processor, 6GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics. They are quite rightly in the middle of the pack in terms of components, which is fitting for a midrange all-in-one PC such as this. The system comes with a Blu-ray reader (BD-ROM) so you can play HD movies on the 27-inch screen. It’s essentially a home theater on a desk, especially since the system has a decent pair of speakers in its base.

The base holds the system’s keyboard out of the way when you’re watching a movie or TV using the system’s built-in HDTV tuner. We were able to watch daytime coverage of the London Olympics, and it looked crisp and clear via our local NBC station. The lower bezel of the screen has a row of backlit touch-sensitive controls, which control functions like volume, screen input, and screen presets for text, the Internet, and movies. One nit for the system is the need for a USB IR dongle for the remote control. An IR receiver should be built into the system’s chassis, so you don’t have to “waste” one of the system’s two USB 2.0 ports.

The A720 has a very good set of I/O ports for connecting other devices. It comes with two USB 2.0 ports (filled by the keyboard/mouse dongle), two USB 3.0 ports, audio, jack for the TV tuner antenna, Ethernet, Kensington lock port, and an SD card reader. There are both HDMI-in and HDMI-out ports conveniently located on the left side of the base. This way you can hook up an extra monitor to the HDMI-out port for additional screen space, or you can hook up a HD source like a cable box to the HDMI-in port. You can also use the HDMI-in port to extend the life of the system’s monitor. You should be able to use the 27-inch monitor even after the internal components are obsolete, just hook up your future PC to the A720′s HDMI-in port for an instant upgrade.

The system’s notebook-class, 2.5-inch 500GB, 5,400rpm hard drive is adequate for media consumption duties, particularly now that many people look to online streaming for entertainment. If you’re a video collector, you may want to pick up a larger USB 3.0 drive for your downloads. The hard drive comes with quite a few Lenovo programs and utilities pre-installed. The usual Lenovo Rescue and Recovery tool is here, along with Lenovo Vantage Tools and Idea Touch, both of which help you organize programs and documents in a touch-friendly interface. ArcSoft PhotoStudio Paint is pre-loaded, as are touch games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and an oddly named Pong-clone (Wong). There are also a bunch of other utilities and programs pre-installed, like Office 2010 Starter, Google Chrome, PowerDVD, and a 60-day trial version of McAfee Anti-Virus Plus.

Performance
Lenovo IdeaCentre A720
The IdeaCentre A720 was a “merely okay” performer at our benchmark tests, meaning that it is mainly aimed at the media consumer rather than the media creators out there. The combination of the Intel Core i5-3210M processor, 6GB of memory, 5,400 rpm hard drive, and relatively low-end Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics results in adequate scores and times. The system completes our Handbrake video encoder test in 1 minute 46 seconds and our Photoshop CS5 test in just over four minutes (4:03). These scores lag the Editors’ Choice Asus ET2701INKI-B046C ($1,399 list, 4 stars) by a significant margin (1:07 Handbrake, 2:51 CS5). The A720 also placed behind other recent 27-inch systems like the Dell XPS One 27 and both recently reviewed versions of the HP Omni 27. That said, the A720 is perfectly fast enough for 1080p HD playback, whether your source is online videos, Blu-ray, or over the air HDTV signals. The A720 was an unremarkable performer at the 3D games: its score of 55 frames per second (fps) at Crysis and 30 fps at Lost Planet 2 (both at medium quality) put it in the “somewhat playable” category.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 hits all the right media consumption buttons. It has a huge screen, it’s fast enough and shouldn’t feel slow too soon, plus it has an innovative screen hinge that makes it a superbly usable touch PC. However, systems like the current Editors’ Choice for midrange all-in-ones, the Asus ET2701INKI0B046C trump the A720 in just about all stats except the utility of the A720′s touch screen. The Asus ET2701has a lower price, much faster processor, better multimedia performance, more memory, more storage, and better 3D performance. If you need a touch screen now, the A720 should float a bit higher on your list, but until Windows 8 appears pre-loaded on desktops, touch screens aren’t (yet) a must-have component.

BENCHMARK TEST RESULTS

Check out the test scores for the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

COMPARISON TABLE
Compare the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 with several other desktops side by side.

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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408445,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

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August 15th, 2012  | Tags:

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August 14th, 2012  | Tags:

The light version of the Microsoft Surface will sell for $199, a new report says.

At that price, the 10.6-inch tablet could seriously threaten the sales of the Apple iPad and the new Google Nexus 7.

The Surface, announced this summer, received a positive response from media and consumers, but the biggest question Microsoft left unanswered was how much it would charge for the tablet.

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But now a report by Engadget says the lightest version of the Windows 8 tablet will be available for the same price as the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire despite having more than twice as much storage as the higher-end Nexus 7 and a larger screen than the iPad.

The Microsoft Surface will be available in four versions upon its launch in October alongside the release of Windows 8. The Surface will come in 32 GB and 64 GB versions running Windows RT,  a slimmed down version of Windows 8 designed for tablets. The Surface will also be available in 64 GB and 128 GB versions running Windows 8.

The 32 GB Windows RT Surface would presumably be the one that costs $199.

Microsoft shared its Surface launch plans at a recent conference, an inside source told Engadget.

At $199, the tech site speculated Microsoft would likely lose money on each unit and would be counting on consumers to spend on media and apps to make up the cost.

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Article source: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-microsoft-surface-199-20120814,0,1498017.story

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