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2012 Ford Explorer Review and Price

August 30th, 2010 1 comment

Ford Motor Company is one of the biggest players in auto manufacturing world and has a unique style to be the market leader. Noticing the ever increasing demand for the exclusively luxurious SUVs, Ford is soon coming up with a new redesign from its engineers – The 2012 Ford Explorer. This is a redesign of Ford Explorer American concept vehicle. 2012 Ford Explorer is labelled as a powerful SUV (Sports utility vehicle) which can also be the best big family car. It is distinctly attributed with spacious interiors and bigger cargo space to offer luxurious comfort and good value for money. What’s new for the 2012 Ford Explorer?

2012 Ford Explorer gets a new peppier heart. The model will have three bar grille front with chrome strips which has the colour of its body with bulging fenders. It has classic 4 doors and has a capacity to accommodate 7 passengers. It has a three row sitting arrangement and the extremely spacious cargo floor. The seats can be completely folded to further increase its cargo floor. For extra demand the cargo space can be increased upto 80.7 cubic feet. It is equipped with tinted glass power windows and a wider moonroof also called as sunroof, cruise control as well as air conditioning system. It is equipped with executive class Terrain management system which allows us to set the specific terrain thereby improving its performance. It is equipped with standard 17 inch steel wheel with the option of 18 inch alloy wheel.

Most appealing is its mechanism. 2012 Ford Explorer comes with two kinds of mechanisms. One is 2.0 liter turbo and 4 cylinder Eco boost engine which is capable of generating 275 horsepower and a torque of 280 lb.ft. The second is 3.5 liter 6 cylinder (V6) Eco boost twin turbo engine generating 340 horsepower and a torque of 340 lb.ft. It offers both front wheel and 4 wheel drive mechanism which can be considered to give better fuel efficiency. The front wheel drive mechanism is additionally capable of maintaining traction on slippery roads. For additional safety on road the Explorer is equipped with antiskid mechanism and electronic stability control to give firm grip. Part of the standard safety features is antilock four wheel disc brakes, front and side air bags to prevent from inside collisions and the improved anti theft system. The dashboard will be equipped with more improved new gauges including touch screen navigation system.

The consumer is more concerned with the fuel economy. The uni-body design with front wheel drive mechanism improves the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. 2012 Ford Explorer is expected to perform good by giving the mileage of 25 miles per gallon on highways.

As we are aware of all the major features and specifications of the beast, we would also like to know about its price factor. The base price of the luxurious 2012 Ford Explorer is expected to roll around $28,000. All new 2012 Ford explorer is expected to make its appearance in the showrooms by early 2011. This beast comes with an assurance to make us feel special and immensely powerful.

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Dell Inspiron iM501R or 501R Review

August 30th, 2010 No comments

Dell Inspiron 501R or iM501R is an AMD Athlon II p320 dual core processor equipped laptop. It is cheap notebook similar to Compaq Presario CQ62-225nr but specifications are better than to its Compaq counterpart. We are going to review Dell Insipiron iM501R-1212LPK which is available in at $550 at the time of writing review. Let us review Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212 series then we will differentiate it with Compaq CQ62-225nr

Specification of Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212

Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212 comes in 5 colors and models are as follows

IM501R-1212LPK lotus pink

IM501R-1212TMR Red

IM501R-1212PBL Blue

IM501R-1212SMG Green

IM501R-1212MRB Black

Similar to Compaq Presario CQ62-225nr laptop, Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL or other models of Dell 501R comes with AMD Athlon II P320 processor which is a dual core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz and have L2 cache of 1MB.

When comes to main memory , Dell imM501R-1212 series comes with 3 GB DDR3 memory which can be increased up to 8GB. However, in some model like Dell Inspiron iM501R-1323PBL or other iM501R-1323series ( available in staples) it  comes with 4GB installed system  memory.

All model of Dell Inspiron 501R comes with ATI mobility radeon 4250 HD graphics As I told in my earlier laptop reviews which equipped with same graphics, that the Mobility Radeon 4250 has ability of decoding HD content as well as Blu-ray content. So you can enjoy HD videos but display must support High definition feature.

For gaming purpose, you can play some old game at low details like 30fps  Good example is Sims 3.  Dell Inspiron iM501R will not allow some recent powerful games even in low details.

The display is HD WLED display and size is 15.6” with 1366*768 resolution. The operating system it incorporated Windows 7 home premium

The major difference with Compaq CQ62-225Nr is Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL comes with 7-1  media card reader. Infact whole iM501R series features this option.

Also comes with built in webcam, 3 USB 2.0 port, one shared with eSATA combo port. Wi-fi card, RJ connector and 10/100 network card for wired networking support and optical drive.

The 6 cell li-ion 48Whr battery gives approx 4 hours of battery life.

Pros Dell Inspiron iM501R

Good for home computing, home office computing and medium gaming

7-1 media card reader

Cons of Dell Inspiron iM501R-1212PBL


Final thought

Dell Inspiron iM501R or 501R is nice laptop in cheap laptop segment for day to day computing. The machine is able to perform home computing and office computing as well as moderate gaming. Now question comes in mind which one to buy – Compaq Presario CQ62-225nr or Dell Inspiron iM501R.? Dell Inspiron iM501R comes with media card reader while CQ62-225nr lacks it. However,CQ62-225nr is cheaper so decision is onto you which one you need.

However there is another model that is Dell Inspiron iM501R-1459MRB available at amazon at $541

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Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR Review

August 30th, 2010 2 comments

Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR is an elegant laptop which comes with a price of netbook but it comprises of all features one need for home computing, home office computing and for playing casual games. At $429 it is available in Amazon and around $500 at Staples at the time of writing review.Let us see how it stands out from other competitor-

Specification of Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR

Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR comes with latest Athlon II P320 processor which processes at the speed of 2.1GHz and have both L1 and L2 cache.L1 comes with 256 KB with L2 cache memory of 2*512KB. It is dual core processor. When comes to powertrain it is almost equivalent to dual core processor of Intel Pentium or Celeron processors having more less similar clock speed. Athalon II P320 comes with integrated memory controller for faster connectivity with main memory.

The graphics comes with ATI mobility radeon 4250 which is slightly better than Intel integrated HD graphics. ATI mobility radeon 4250 comes with UVD2 engine will able to decode Blu Ray as well as HD content. However, CQ62-225NR doesn’t have Blu Ray support. You can play star craft 2, Half life 2, Sims 3 in low details with better fps and Modern Warfare 2, Fear 2 as well in low details with lower fps approx 25fps.

Compaq CQ62-225NR comes with 320GB Hard drive with 7,200 rpm speed. Memory comprises of 3GB DDR3 RAM up gradable up to 8GB.

Operating system of Presario CQ62-225NR laptop is Windows 7 home premium version.

Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR comes with DVD burner 3 USB 2.0 port; networking is both wired and wireless. Wired support is 10/100 Ethernet LAN, and wifi is supported by 802.11b/g/n WLAN.

The 15.6” HP Brightview HD display comes with resolution of 1366*768 in 16:9 aspect

The laptop comes with Altec lansing speakers known for elegant audio.

When battery is point of concern, it equipped with 6 cell li-ion battery of 47Whr.

Pros of Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR

HDD with 7,200 rpm speed

3 GB DDR3 Ram

15.6” display size

Cons of Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR

No Bluetooth

No HDMI port

Final thought

The Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR is good and cheap laptop if you need a laptop for general computing as well as if you are a avid gamer. You can’t play games at high details. You can’t use it for compiling as well. As per some user the keys are not very easy to type, so the mousepad. So you might need external mouse

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2012 Chevrolet Suburban Review and Price

August 29th, 2010 3 comments

About 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet brand has been making waves in the auto industry as of late and Suburban is just one of the vehicle series that has been helping propel the brand name to its current status. However, you have seen nothing yet as the unveiling of the new 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is bound to take things to a whole new level. To get a closer look into the features of this new vehicle release, you can get more details below.

The Suburban series has had a long history that dates back in 1935 when it was introduced into the market way before the SUV genre was even famous. It also gained the recognition for being one of the largest SUVs in the market with its full size covered wagon that has a large interior space that can accommodate passengers and luggages. However, the series has gone a long ways off since and the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is bound to represent the peak of that long-running series.

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is a sports utility vehicle that have enough room to accommodate 6 to 9 passengers. There are two body types available here: half ton and ¾ ton. Each body type are also available in three trim versions notably LS, LT, and the LTZ. There are two options available for the drivetrain for this model, which are the rear-wheel and four wheel drive.

When it comes to the interior features, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban offers a rich combination of standard and innovative features to ensure comfort and convenience. Some of the basic features available here include air conditioner, tilt steering wheel wrapped in leather, heater in the back, OnStar system, powered driver seats and adjustable in 6 different ways, music system, cloth seats, satellite radio, CD or MP3 player on the dashboard, to name a few.

The real power of the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban lies beneath the hood, though. All half ton models of the SUV will be equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 320 horsepower. Meanwhile, the default engine for the ¾ ton model is the 6.0-liter V8 engine with up to 352 horsepower. There are two options available for the transmission system, which are the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. For safety and more efficient driving purposes, you can also get the following features: curtain side air bags, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. There are no data available yet for the fuel economy rating on this model as it has yet to be test driven.

Pro’s of 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

*Nice interior with a good set of features;

*Quality construction and build;

*Powerful engine capacity;

*Wide range of options for trim levels and body types.

Con’s of 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

*Fuel economy rating still unknown.

Pricing Details

No pricing information is available yet for the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban since announcements will be made shortly before the release of the model into the market.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the prime SUV models in the market today. Given that it has managed to survive several years in the market could attest to its quality and ability to deliver the kind of performance expected of it. All of that remains unchanged with this new model and you should certainly consider this if you are looking to buy an SUV.


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AMD Turion II X2 N530 – dual core processor

August 29th, 2010 No comments

AMD Turion II N530 is a dual core processor with core frequency of 2.5 GHz. It is the step big brother of the AMD Turion II P520 which is a 2.3 GHz part. The Turion II N530 also consumes higher power – 35 Watts as compared to just 25 Watts by Turion II P520.

The Turion II N530 has integrated DDR3-1066 memory controller which makes the transfer between the processor and the memory ultra fast.

The transfer between the processor and the chipset is done using the HyperTransport Bus at 1800 MHz ( or 3600 Giga Transfer per second). The HyperTransport is a highly scalable differential bus with massive bandwidth. AMD has been the pioneer in the use of the differential bus for processor to processor and the processor to chip set communication. Intel has just followed the AMD’s footsteps with its newer processor interconnections.

The Turion II N530 processor offer serious competition to the similarly clocked Intel Core 2 processors.  The Intel processor at same clock speeds perform slightly better than the Turion processors. Also, the higher  cache memory in the Intel core 2 processors  gives it slight edge over the turion processors. The Turion II N530 has 2MB of cache ( 1 MB for each of the two cores).

So it all boils down to the pricing. If you get AMD’s Turion II N530 at somewhat lower price compared to the similarly clocked intel core 2 processr, it is still a good deal.

If you are a notebook buyer, your may like to make a comparison with the overall pricing of the similarly clocked core 2 processor based notebook. A cheaper Turion II N530 based  processor may not be a bad choice.

Manufactured on 45nm technology AMD Turion II N530 has 64 bit support and fits in S1 socket. The manufacturer part number for the  Turion II N530 is TMN530DCR23GM. The benchmarking numbers are not yet available. There are not many notebooks coming with the Turion II N530 processors.  Among the few that are available with the Turion II  N530 processor include  HP Pavilion 16 dv6z.

The comparable intel processors that you may like to consider  include Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 ( 2 GHz, 3MB Cache),  Intel Core Duo T2700( 2.33 GHz, 2 MB Cache).

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