Dear Lifehacker, My Asus U36sg is a nice, light notebook with good features, but the screen is 1366 by 768 and nothing to write home about. Assuming I could afford the $150 hardware cost, I would like to try putting something like a B133HAN03 1600 by 900 screen in its place. How far out of my depth am I? Is this a non-starter and I’m totally deluded? Thanks, Screen Queen
Once the sole domain of Apple, the “luxury laptop” market has really kicked off in recent years, with most major vendors offering über shiny high-end models that place maximum emphasis on style. But does anyone actually care about laptop aesthetics, or is portability, functionality and battery life all that matters?
There are some great laptops out there these days, but who says you need to spend big bucks to get a great device? Is it possible to buy a great laptop on a budget and still get everything you need? Let us show you the best laptops on a budget.
PC troubleshooting and reporting tool Soluto is taking all the information on its users’ crashes, blue screens of death and long boot times to report which laptops perform the best. If you need help knowing which which laptops are the least problematic for users, Soluto is the way to go.
Sorry for the late announcement on this one guys! Click through to see who beat out over 40 amazing (and fun!) photo entries. Two Lifehacker readers have won the $599 VivoTab Smart — a slim convertible featuring a dual-core Intel CPU, 64GB storage, NFC, SD card reader, micro HDMI and more.
The 10.1-inch VivoTab Smart packs some impressive features for a slim $599 convertible: dual-core Intel CPU, 64GB storage, NFC, SD card reader, micro HDMI and more. It also has an extra-long 9.5 hours battery life and Asus’ special ‘TranSleeve’ cover/stand/wireless keyboard (normally $119 separately) to keep you productive on the move. Want one? Lifehacker has two to give away. Entering is easy.
Switching to a solid state drive, as we’ve mentioned repeatedly, is one of the best upgrades you can make. Because of the cost, however, upgrading to an SSD usually means reducing your storage capacity. For the best of both worlds (speed and large storage), install an mSATA SSD as the boot drive to your laptop.
Working on a laptop for long hours can have a nasty impact on your back, neck and overall posture. An easy and affordable way to upgrade your workspace ergonomics is to use a laptop stand. Whether you build one of your own or buy one with a fancy design, it can make a big difference. Here’s a look at five of the best laptop stands, nominated by readers.