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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sony Vaio F Series at a Glance

Pros:
  • Portable and light
  • Amazing media playback?
  • Comes with a Blu-ray drive
  • Sharp look
  • Complete full featured movie and gaming machine
Cons:
  • A bit bulky
  • Average performance
  • Battery life is disappointing

Sporting a 16.4-inch screen and 6.7 pounds of weight, Sony Vaio F series can barely make it to desktop replacement category of laptops. The appearance is modern with sharp angles and smooth lines, but this series does not beat other laptop replacements in the performance score.

It sports a second generation Intel Core i7 2670QM processor, 640GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce 540M discrete graphic card. It also offers an in-built Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray Disc player. Though this series qualifies as a desktop replacement in terms of size, however in performance tests it secures a much lower position in the top 10 desktop replacement laptop list.

In Graphics performance, it showed a below average result with a frame rate of 21.1 frames/second where other devices of this category came out with more than twice of that rate (52.5 fps).

Sony Vaio F series has not very attractive but interesting design. To begin, the laptop is matte black with simple lid and a silver VAIO logo at the center. The catch of the design though, is the lid, which when closed, leaves about an inch of extended space of its base uncovered. This creates a small step from the top fold to bottom and although it gives an edgy look, but seems mismatched. Even the inside of the laptop has minimal design, which doesn’t add to anything interesting. The Chiclet-style, backlit keyboard is comfortable and also has a ten-key number pad. The default setting of the backlit light makes it glow brighter when you hit the keys is annoying, however this can be turned off.

The video playback on VAIO F Series is splendid. High definition videos stream seamlessly. The Blu-ray disk also looks excellent. Though its speakers suffer from tininess and lack of bass, but still audio on VAIO F series is pretty good.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Some Unknown Google Tips and Tricks

Here are some amazing Google tricks that you’ll love to use while surfing net.

Definitions:

If you want to find definition of a word, just prefix “define” (without quotes) before the word. For example, if you type define bravura, and this will display the definition of the word.

Local Search:

Go to Google Local and look for any area that you want to search in your locality. This will give you the most perfect result. For example, you can type “Restaurant” and this will display all local restaurants to you.

Phone Number Lookup:

Enter full phone number along with the area code and this will give you the details of name and address associated with the number.

Find Weather and Movies:

Type “Movies” or “Weather” followed by the city, zip code or state and this will display the current weather condition or the movies theaters in your area.

Take Airline Flight and Packages:

Enter airline and flight number and this will give you the details of the status of the flight, its arrival timing, etc. You can also find direct link to courier tracking information. For example, write FedEx along with tracking number and this will give you the status of the courier.

Translate:

Use Translate to translate full webpage. You can search by using Google Language Tools.

Pages Linked to You:

You can find what all pages are linked to your website or blog by simply typing the “link:” followed by your website’s URL.

PDF Results Only:

If you want your search result to display only .pdf file, type “fileType:” along with the keyword. For example, type fileType:pdf keyword and press enter. This will display all pdf files related to that keyword. It is a very good way to find manuals.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Laptop Screen Troubleshooting

You cannot deny the fact that laptops are more convenient than desktop. It’s because of its portability and sleek design. But you face the difficulty when it stops functioning. If you have a laptop you must be aware of the truth that its screen is the first element that fails easily and creates the frustration when you have some important work to do. However, there are numerous elementary troubleshooting steps that you can attempt before going to repair shop.

Step 1

First attempt all the basic troubleshooting steps, such as looking at the battery level to ensure that the laptop is not dead. Also, view at the backside of the laptop to check if the battery is connected properly.

Step 2

Turn off the laptop and then turned it back, and then try to remove and replace the battery to check if the screen appears properly after the laptop restart.

Step 3

Check the button at the back or side of the laptop that depresses after the lid is shut down. Just ensure that it is not broken or stuck as it can cause the screen of the laptop to remain turned off even if the lid is opened.

Step 4

Attach an external monitor to your laptop and check if your desktop comes on the monitor. Reboot your computer and enter the system settings by hitting the “F2” key when the OS is loading. Go to the BIOS and check if your laptop is held in hibernate mode and require changing manually.

Step 5

Roll back you have made any current modifications to the laptop, such as setting up new software or downloading latest drivers, by reformatting your computer’s hard drive completely or loading a system restore point.

Step 6

You are done with all the aforementioned steps, but still your laptop screen is not appearing. In this instance, you should send your laptop to the manufacturer to check for fan or processor hardware problem or graphics card.