Dell's notebook department has been kicking goals for the last few years, with the latest XPS 13 refresh easily the Windows 10 ultrabook to beat. The company was also doing well on the budget gaming front, thanks to its Inspiron 7000: 15-inch IPS display, 7th-gen Intel CPU and GTX 1060, all for under $2000 (often much less, thanks to regular sales and discounts). Except this flavour of the 7000 has disappeared, replaced by something inferior.
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Dell's spiffy Developer Edition notebooks are a product of the company's "Project Sputnik", an "open-ended exploratory project to identify what developers wanted in an ideal system". Unfortunately, despite being widely available in the US and Europe, you can't get them in Australia (the exception being the Precision 5520). So, why do we miss out?
Laptop battery life has improved massively over the last few years, thanks to increasingly more power-efficient CPUs and GPUs. But when you're away from an outlet, it doesn't hurt to take extra steps to preserve the electrons in your lithium-ion, like tweaking the settings of your antivirus software.
Gaming notebooks that don't compromise on price, weight or performance are growing increasingly more common. Dell's managed to secure a place as one of the better options if you're considering such a laptop, with its Inspiron 15 7000 the best contender. Right now, you can grab the budget powerhouse for less than $1400, an amazing deal considering it packs an NVIDIA GTX 1060.
There's nothing good about running out of juice when you're trying to get stuff done and being unable to find a plug to recharge your battery in the meantime. If you work on the go at all, here are some easy tips to extend the life of your laptop's battery, both in a pinch and before you leave the house.
Android/iOS/Mac: You have a ton of options for notes apps, including heavyweights like Evernote and OneNote. Zoho Notebook takes the same catch-all approach as Evernote and OneNote, but has a few design ideas of its own.
It has been four years since Apple updated its MacBook Pro notebook range and existing users have been dying for a refresh. Their prayers have now been answered. Today, Apple announced the new and improved MacBook Pro line that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than the previous generation. Here are the details on the MacBook Pro 2016, the spec sheet and the pricing.
Android: OneNote is turning into a pretty killer note-taking app (especially after Evernote started limiting its free users). Today, its Android app is getting better with multi-window support, password protected sections, audio recording and more.
Look up #bulletjournal on the social media platform of your choice, and you can feast your eyes on a sea of neatly inked notebook pages designed to track everything from daily to-do lists to inspirational quotes. Go ahead, roll your eyes. But bullet journals are an amazing productivity tool, if you can learn to adapt them to your life. No coloured pens required.
I've been using pen and paper for most of my organisation and to-do lists for the past six months. I've experimented with different analogue systems during that time, and tried things I made up myself to figure out what suits me best.
As I experiment, I always keep an eye out for any new ideas or systems that might work better for my workflow. I came across an analogue system recently that's almost too simple, yet quite clever in some ways.
I've been a fan of ASUS' ZenBook series since the UX32VD, which packed not only a good CPU and discrete GPU (in the form of the 620M), but had upgradeable RAM and hard drive. The UX31A and its ilk was more questionable with its proprietary and failure-prone SSDs, but ASUS seems to have learnt its lesson there. But let's focus on what we have today -- the UX303UB, which comes with a 2.5GHz i7, 940M GPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD -- all for less than $1300.
Chrome: A simple pocket notebook is great for jotting down quick thoughts or notes, but maybe you prefer to stay digital. Papier is a simple browser extension that lets you type quick notes just by opening a new tab.
Notebook coolers aren't exactly expensive, but if you're feeling handy, it doesn't take much effort to build your own. Rather than go with something elaborate, you can get by with an elevated platform and a fan to circulate air under the chassis.
It's really hard to believe, but I have to say that one of the most -- and possibly the most -- profound changes I've made in my life over the last several years was the simple decision to start carrying a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Unless I've made a mental miscue when swapping out a finished notebook or something, I do not leave the house without my pocket notebook resting in my hip pocket or my shirt pocket, with a trusty pen right there beside it for jotting notes.
Windows 10 is finally upon us. If you're hunting for a new laptop that will run the latest Microsoft OS, we've assembled a list of the best models you can buy right now for under $1000. (Prices start at just $296!)