Need A New Laptop For Work Or School? Tax Time Is A Great Time

The end of financial year is great time to buy new tech gear. If you use your computer at home for work — you may be able to claim your PC as a tax deduction. That applies to some students, too. Further, small businesses with total incomes less than $2 million can write off purchases valued under $6500 immediately in the year the cost occurred. So what new laptops/tablets are best for work or play? Here are some ideas.

Keep Your Laptop Cool With An Egg Carton

If you’re in dire need of some way to cool down your laptop and don’t want to spend the cash on a cooling pad, Instructables has a simple solution in the form of some overturned egg cartons.

Disable Windows' Annoying Adaptive Brightness Feature On Your Laptop

Many modern Windows laptops now come with light sensors that automatically adjust the screen’s brightness based on ambient lighting. The feature works inconsistently in Windows, which can make for a frustrating experience. If it’s driving you crazy, here’s how to disable adaptive brightness.

This Handy Tool Keeps Your Laptop's Fan Under Control

Unfortunately, Speed Fan doesn’t always accommodate the specialised hardware you often find in a notebook — that’s where Notebook Fan Control, or NBFC for short, can save the day.

Dealhacker: Get A Windows 8.1 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid From ALDI For $599

From 26 March, ALDI will be selling the Medion Akoya P2212T; an 11.6 inch touchscreen laptop that converts into a Windows 8.1 tablet. With a price tag of just $599, it’s one of the most affordable Windows 8.1 laptop/tablet hybrids on the market. But will you be able to live with the necessary hardware concessions? Let’s take a look at the specs.

Clean Your Laptop's Slot-Loading DVD Drive With A Credit Card

Whether you use your laptop’s optical drive or not , it’s important to keep it clean so it’s there for you if you need it. Here’s an easy way to clean slot-loading CD and DVD drives (like the kind found on older model Macbooks) with a cotton strip and a plain old credit card.

Convert An Old Laptop Into A Monitor With A Build-In Stand

If you have an old laptop sitting around that you can’t bring yourself to destroy, Instructables user Damutsch has a guide for converting that laptop into a monitor. This build sets itself apart both in the fact that it has a handy stand and that it accepts inputs like HDMI and RCA.

Hitting The Road With The HP Chromebook 11

The latest Chromebook to hit the Australian market is HP’s Chromebook 11 — a stylish-looking design with more than a hint of the MacBook Air about it. Can it measure up to Road Worrier’s needs for a travel machine?

Ask LH: What's The Best University Laptop I Can Buy For $500?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m starting university this year, and I’m looking for a new laptop which will have sufficient battery life to substitute as a textbook in my classes and be used for some work as well. I only have around $500 to spend — any suggestions?

Web Browser Battery Usage Compared

Window weblog 7Tutorials has done another round of its web browser battery usage tests. The results are pretty much the same as usual: Internet Explorer keeps your computer running longer.