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Samsung BL103 Digital Camera- A Review

February 6th, 2009 No comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011

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Update : This has been in the 2010 November Black Friday Sale. If you happened to purchase this camera, please feel free to write your remark in the comment section below.

Samsung BL103 Digital Camera

Samsung BL103 is a 10.2 Megapixel Camera offered at Walmart. The camera is was available for sale for $69 at Walmart on November 2010 Black Friday. The Walmart is opens at 5 am on the Black Friday morning. You will have to get up early in the morning to take advantage of it.

Let us take a look at some broad specification of this Camera
Specifications

* Resolution – 10.2 Megapixel
* Screen size 2.7″
* Optical Zoom 2.7″
* 2GB DDR3-800Mhz SDRAM
* focus range – 31.5 inch min
* 1 x DC power input
* 1 x composite video/audio output
* Video Formats -AVI – 640 x 480 – 30 fps ¦ AVI – 640 x 480 – 15 fps ¦ AVI – 320 x 240 – 30 fps ¦ AVI – 320 x 240 – 15 fps

HP HDX18 notebook – A Review

February 6th, 2009 No comments

Last Updated on May 27, 2011

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Review of HP HDX18 Notebook

HDX18 notebook is a powerful notebook if you include the option of 2.8 GHz processor. It will however cost you close to $2000 in its configuration with T9600 processor ( Core 2 Duo , 2.8 GHz). But the main reason you may want to buy this one is its big 18 inch display. You may like to configure it for 3GBytes memory for optimum performance to price ratio.

Let us take a look at some broad specification of this notebook

Specifications

* Operating System – Windows Visa Home Premium
* Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz ( in base configuration)
* 250GB hard drive (5200 rpm in base configuration)
* Chipset Mobile Intel P45 Express
* 2GB DDR2-800Mhz ( in base configuration)
* Windows Vista Premium
* 18.4″ display
* Weight: 9 lbs.
* Weight with AC Adapter: 9 lbs.

Processor

The HDX18 has a Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz processor. This with 3GB Momory is good enough for most of your needs. You have the option of choosing processor speeds 2.26 GHz , 2.4GHz, 2.53 GHz or 2.8 GHz.The Base configuration that costs $1399 from HP direct will have a price tag of $1399. You will have to add $50 for 2.4 GHz, $150 for 2.53 GHz and $400 for 2.8 GHz processor. HP is also offering 2.53 GHz quad processor (QX9300) at an additional price tag of $950 over the base price. You should choose the processor just good enough for your task.

Memory

The base HDX18 comes with 2 GBytes of DDR2 memory. You may upgrade it to 3GByte at at additional cost of $50. If you want to upgrade it to 4 G Bytes it will be $150 extra over the base price. Obviously 3 G Bytes makes the best bet unless you want some gaming of compiling power needs.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook will last 2 hours and 15 minutes with video playback. This is normal with a 18.4 inch LCD display and the 8 cell Li Ion battery.

Screen

HDX18 has a Big and Wide display. There are very few laptops that come with 18 inch diagonal screen size. This HP Notebook comes with 18.4 inch laptop and on the top of it has a wide aspect ratio of 16:9. This is perfect if you want to see a movie. Most notebooks have 16:10 aspect ratio. If you watch a movie on a normal screen, you will find a blank on the top of and bottom of the screen. This affectively means that a portion of the LCD screen stands unutilized. Mathematically speaking 10% of the area of normal display is unutilized when watching movie.

So, if you do want to see movie on this laptop, it becomes a more compelling reason to buy this. The notebook has a resolution of 1920×1080. It means that, if you want to see a Blu-Ray disc or an HD content it is perfect for that.

Speakers

The notebook has speakers with subwoofer. The sound quality is accepatbly good for movie watching. A headphone or an external surround system will definitely provide a better sound experience.

Ports

HDX18 has VGA-Out as well as the HDMI. Most of the entertainment notebooks today have HDMI port. This notebook also has 4 USB 2.0, mini FireWire, SD card reader and eSATA port.It also includes modem, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This pretty much covers almost everything that is needed.

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Gateway T-6330U Review

February 6th, 2009 No comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011
Gateway T-6330UU Review

In demand of many users requirement of the need for a quick pros and cons, this review will begin with a quick pros and cons of the Gateway T-6330U. Not many readers want them to be bored with lengthy reviews. Time is precious, life is short.

With this the style of writing is being experimented in this blog. I will give a quick pros and cons followed by a quick final thought. If you feel like it is something that appeals you can always continue to ready or you may move on.

Pros

* Long battery life
* includes HDMI output
* Nice Display

Cons

* Dual core in place of Core 2 Duo
* Audio speaker quality could be better

Bottomline

The battery life and the low cost option makes gateway T-6330U an attractive option. However becasue of the Dual core processor in place of Core 2 Duo makes me look for other options in similar price.

If you want a more deatiled description keep reading.

Gateway has been trying to capture the low cost notebook market with this notebook. It is able to do so by using a low cost Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor instead of the Core 2 Duo Processor. Its performance is adequate for basic surfing and word processing uses. If you are using it as high end computer, then you may like to consider some better choice. This notebook has a price tag of around $499. There are still some better choices though.

Specification

* Price $499
* Processor 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200
* Memory 3GB at 667MHz
* Hard drive 250GB at 5,400rpm
* Chipset Intel 965 Express
* Graphics Intel GMA X3100
* Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
* Screen size 14.1 inches
* System weight 5.5 lb
* Weight with AC adapter 6.2 pounds

Display and Touchscreen

The gateway T-6330U has 14.1 inch screen with 1280×800 resolution. This is a standard resolution for displays of this size. The display quality is good.

Fro the specification, this notebook looks great. The Core 2 Duo at 2.8 GHz is good enough for almost any task. The Blue-ray ROM is good for multimedia enthisiasts

Processor and performance

The T-6330U has intel dual core processor at 2.0 GHz. This keeps the cost down for this entry level notebook.

Battery Life

The gateway T-6330U has battery life of 2 hours and 45 minutes even when running video playback with its 6 cell Li Ion Battery. With slighhtly less intensive task the battery life is expected to be even higher.

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What to do when buying a Digital Camera

February 6th, 2009 No comments

Lat updated on May 27, 2011.

Megapixel – Megapixel in a Digital camera refers to the resolution – the higher the better. To exaggerate the effects of the resolution, look at the following two pictures one at higher resolution and other at lower resolution.

Now a days any decent digital camera rarely come with less than 4 Megapixels (But you may still find few people hanging around with this lower resolution older camera). A 4 Megapixel camera is good enough for 8″ x 10″ print. But if you occasionally want higher size print you may want to consider 6 to 10 Megapixel camera. A 6 Megapixel camera is good enough for 11″ x 14″ print.

Optical Zoom – Using optical zoom you can bring a far object near. In other words you can take the picture of the face of a person even id he is standing far away. Most of the point and shoot camera come with 3x Optical zoom. If it does not has a optical zoom, it will be cheaper. Usually you will like to have a minimum 3x optical zoom. But, if you really want to have a very cheap camera, and you do not want ability to capture “far” images, you may do without optical zoom.

Most cameras also have digital zoom. The digital zoom is same as editing the photo by cutting out a part of the picture. The digital zoom lowers the photo quality and should not be considered at all when buying a camera.

Computer Connectivity – Most digital Cameras now a days connect using the USB Card. Look for the Camera that does not require any special software to get connected to computer. In other words. Your camera is recognised similar to a USB Flash card. The advantage – you can connect the taken picture on any computer, without the need to install the driver software. It is not a binding requirement. This is my personal opinion.

Memory Card – Most Cameras need External Memory Card to store the pictures. These are either MMC, SD, Compact Flash or rarely in built. You should be ptrepared to pay extra $20 or so for the memory card. The important thing here is if you want to store the video and if so for how long. Now a days most cameras come with decent Video capabilities. A 2 GB Card will normally hold about 40 minutes ( ? ) of VGA qaulity video.

Video Mode- Now a days most of the Cameras come with video capability. If you want video capabilty check that it has audio capture capability. You must also check the highest resolution of the Video quality. The video quality varies higly from camera to camera. You must read the reviews on the internet if video quality is a concern.

Battery and Battery Charger – All digital cameras need rechargeable batteries. Look for the Battery life of the battery. The higher the better. In my view the important thing to note is, if they provide a battery charger with the camera or not. If they do not provide battery charger, be prepared to pay additional $15 for battery charger. Personally I like a design where we do not need to take out the battery and there is a socket in the camera with a supplied charger.

Other Concerns Pricing is something you are always going to be concerned about. For video, you will also look for ability to display video on TV. Slim cameras fit into pocket but cost slightly more.