Best Ultrabooks of 2013

Ultrabooks are being touted as the next big thing in computer world. People are tired of carrying big and bulky laptops with them and now, they want something that is as light as iPad, but productive as their laptop that would allow them to work on the move. Here is the list of best ultrabooks…

Ultrabooks are being touted as the next big thing in computer world. People are tired of carrying big and bulky laptops with them and now, they want something that is as light as iPad, but productive as their laptop that would allow them to work on the move. Here is the list of best ultrabooks of the year 2013.

1) Lenovo U410 – The Lenovo U410 was one of the first to be launched in the European and Indian market. The U410 comes with 14.1 inch display and packs 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Performance is top notch, thanks to very powerful Intel Core i5 3317u processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics. Other specs include a full size HDMI port, gigabit LAN and headphone jack. It retails for $ 1000.

2) Toshiba Satellite U50T – If you find the U410 a bit too big for your everyday use, consider taking a look at the Toshiba Satellite U50T. It packs the same Core i5 3317u CPU but features a smaller 13.3 inch screen. You get 500GB hard disk for storage and 32SSD as scratch disk. Specs include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Windows 7 home premium 64 bit operating system.

3) Asus UX31 – We have been waiting for the Asus to launch the Zenbook in the market and it is finally here. The company has launched Zenbook UX31 that has a very high resolution, 1600 x 900 pixel screen, which will allow you to edit two documents at the same time. Its specs include mini VGA, HDMI, Wi-Fi b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. OS is Windows 7 home basic (64 bit, of course). Price is around $ 2000 in the US and 1 lakh rupees in India.

4) Samsung Series 5 13.3 – If you are a fan of Samsung brand and want a Samsung ultrabook, look no further than the Series 5 13.3 model. It has the Core i5 2467m processor and Intel HD 3000 for graphics. Like Lenovo U510, you get full size HDMI port as well LAN for local Ethernet. Series 5 retails for $ 1000 in the US.

5) Samsung Np900X1b – There are very few ultrabooks that feature a full HD screen and one of them include the Series 9 Np900X1b. This one packs full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) in its 13.3 inch screen. Graphics are handled by the Intel HD 3000. Processor is Intel Core i5 2467M that has two cores which are capable of handling up to 4 threads at a time. Since the frame of its chassis is so thin, Samsung had to go in for micro HDMI and smaller LAN port. This ultrabook retails for $ 1800 in the US and 87,000 rupees in India.

A Simple Guide On How To Save Money When Printing

There are so many ways in which we can save money these days. We will stay focused on printing. Did you know that you can save hundreds of dollars every single year? This is especially true in the event that you consistently use printers or when referring to running a business. Save On Paper And…

There are so many ways in which we can save money these days. We will stay focused on printing. Did you know that you can save hundreds of dollars every single year? This is especially true in the event that you consistently use printers or when referring to running a business.

Save On Paper And Ink

Most of the savings will come when you reduce how much paper and ink you use. For starters, just print those documents and emails that are really necessary. If you do not have to store a document in a filing cabinet, do not do it! You can easily save the documents and emails on your computer or with cloud storage. Also, try to print on both sides of the paper whenever possible. Remember that some printers only print on both sides when a Duplex feature is activated. It is usually not by default. You can even print more document pages on one page if you do not mind the size.

You need to change the Quality settings in order to save ink. This brings in quite a lot of saved money. Make sure that you use Draft or Fast. The words may be splotchy, but if that is not a problem, you will love the extra money in your pockets. Normal should be used for regular printing but whenever you do not need good quality, use Draft or Fast.

Choose The Correct Fonts

Most people do not think about this but it is actually a really good idea. As a very simple example, Century Gothic will consume a lot less ink than Arial, which is sort of the industry standard. Statistics show that a firm that prints around 250 pages weekly end up saving $ 80 yearly when switching fonts. Times New Roman is also cost effective but Century Gothic is better. In Microsoft Word go to “Change Style” and you can also go to “Tools-Options-Mail Format-Stationery and Fonts” in Microsoft Outlook to change the fonts.

Buy A Second Printer

This is definitely not something that you considered till now and it might seem like a paradox. It is a very good idea to have 2 printers as this can save money. The principle is quite simple: you use one for printing only black-and-white and the second one to print color. Invest in a laser printer for black-and-white and the color printer should be one designed for photo prints.

One of the worst things that you can do is print black-and-white documents with photo printers. The laser printers are not at all perfect but they are a lot cheaper when compared with inkjet. Do research before you buy since there are differences when referring to price per page when referring to laser printers! You will certainly love the 2 to 4 cents average for laser printing a page. Also, printing is faster.

Extra Tips For Offices

The need to save money for an office manager is a lot higher than that for a regular user. If you can not get the employees to use the correct printers, make sure that you label them. In addition, in the event that still does not work, ban individual printing desks. This basically means that you move the printer to another room. We noticed the fact that many employees think twice before printing if they have to walk to the printer to take the documents out. They only do so when they actually need to.

There is no employee that will need a special printer, one that is dedicated just for him. There are just a few exceptions to this.

Death of the PC Announced – Again

It was just announced that Microsoft is reorganizing again and the story online read that it was in response to the fact that the latest Windows version's sales are lagging and the majority of people are now using their tablet and smartphone more than their laptop or PC. So the PC is going the way…

It was just announced that Microsoft is reorganizing again and the story online read that it was in response to the fact that the latest Windows version's sales are lagging and the majority of people are now using their tablet and smartphone more than their laptop or PC. So the PC is going the way of the dodo bird, huh? Let's explore what the future looks like without it.

You may or may not have noticed that the hardware in a lot of offices is disappearing. This is the impact of cloud computing, where servers are now based in data centers (ie the cloud) and accessed via the internet. It's what the Fortune 500 did some years ago as it's more dependable and much less expensive and uber-scalable. So what's that have to do with the PC?

Well, once your server is virtualized on a cloud super computer you can access it from any web enabled device. So this means you can access it from anywhere, home, the office, the road, etc. And commonly used to replace the PC tower is a device I call ahe caddy. It's about the size of a paperback novel, uses one tenth of the electricity of a tower, has no moving parts and lasts eight to ten years. You plug your monitor, keyboard and mouse in and away you go.

So now look at what the future office looks like: No server, no PC towers, no moving parts. A greatly reduced need for electricity, a fraction of the in-office CO2 emissions, and with all of the old fashioned hardware elsewhere the hassles and issues are reduced to almost nil. What's nil? We've calculated that with a cloud setup such as this 95.1% of a network's hassles are history. But it gets even better. Ninety-five percent of that remaining 5% are problems that can be handled remotely. That means that 99.75% of your network and computer problems are out the door, for good.

No wonder so many people are skeptical of the cloud, it's going to eliminate their job! But that's a disruptive innovation effect because there is no escaping it now or in the future. And imagine the devices we'll be using to access the cloud, already it encompasses televisions and all web surfing devices, what next? Holograms that are 3D movies and shows and concerts that just hang in space, or perhaps surround us, all driven by cloud based technologies.

This elimination of all of the hardware in offices is much more than just a clean up move, an efficiency play. It's nothing short of a major shift of hardware risk from you to a vendor. Now the vendor has the responsibility of maintaining and replacing the servers. And often the device itself used to connect to the cloud. Your network is now upgraded and the upgrade lasts forever. Understand? Your network is forever new because the vendor is constantly updating, upgrading, replacing and repairing out of your sight and out of your mind.

So look to the cloud to free you from the longstanding hidden of the old fashioned hardware network. Once you make your move you'll wonder why everyone does not do this. And someday, they will.

CAPEX vs OPEX: The Transformation of IT Expenditures

That aging server's been slowing down. And out of the twenty-three PC's you have in the office nearly half of them are ancient and are starting to exhibit “end of life” characteristics. Time to see what's budgeted for the year for IT to see what your options are. Unfortunately, it looks like IT's been budgeted…

That aging server's been slowing down. And out of the twenty-three PC's you have in the office nearly half of them are ancient and are starting to exhibit “end of life” characteristics. Time to see what's budgeted for the year for IT to see what your options are. Unfortunately, it looks like IT's been budgeted for a new server but no new PC's. So what's the answer? Make the PC's the priority and replace the worst of the bunch and squeeze another six months out of the server? Is not there a better way?

Yes, in fact, there is. Today small business can make the move the Fortune 500 made a long time ago and that's take a long, hard look at the cloud. With the cloud your problem is no longer a problem. There's no choosing between two unattractive choices, otherwise known as a dilemma. You can forget the capital expenditure (CAPEX) for new hardware and opt for an operational expense (OPEX).

Let's say that you currently have a month to month agreement with an IT firm that runs you $ 2530, or $ 110 per device. Instead of continuing that and incurring the $ 15,000 needed to upgrade the server and several PC's you go to the cloud. With the cloud you sign up for three years, will not need the IT vendor anymore and have no upfront costs, just your monthly fee. And if that fee is $ 2970 per month you're going to be way ahead. Yes, you do have to pay first and last month's fee, but of course, you consider that last month banked, not lost.

So you've increased your OPEX by $ 440 per month but you've eliminated your network's CAPEX for good. No more buying servers, no more buying PC's and no more endless hardware hassles. Once you've eliminated the old fashioned hardware in your office fully 99.75% of your issues are gone from your office. Not that a small percentage beyond the 99.75% do not remain, but now they're handled remotely, out of sight and out of mind.

So now you've got a network with no moving parts in the office and one that requires a fraction, less than ten percent, of the electricity the old one consumed. And it's accessible from anywhere, anytime with any web enabled device. Plus it's always on, always running beautifully and here's the most amazing part: Always new. How's that? Because you've very wisely shifted the hardware risk to a vendor and away from you. They have to maintain the hardware and the moving parts, you just access it when needed.

So if having a fixed fee setup with no server failures, PC slowdowns and other issues appeals to you, the cloud might be something you'll want to investigate. Here's the main benefit to a cloud network beyond the savings. A cloud network essentially gets you out of the IT business for good. Now it's just plug and play, use your network and pay. It leaves you free to focus on your business without the interference of endless IT issues. Is not that refreshing?

KVM Rack Mounted Drawers and How It Is a Game Changer

With an ever changing economic period globally, cost of every little thing is getting under the scanner over and over again. One such challenge is the cost of administration in an office. With almost the entire globe now connected with a wire, one can not imagine an office or a work place without computer systems.…

With an ever changing economic period globally, cost of every little thing is getting under the scanner over and over again. One such challenge is the cost of administration in an office. With almost the entire globe now connected with a wire, one can not imagine an office or a work place without computer systems.

This use of technology involves a consistent expense of software, hardware and the space these hardware consumes. Office Managers and Administrator face this challenge daily of adapting to newer technology with minimizing cost. The network administration deployed in each of these office spaces is mostly limited to a server room which further limits space and ease of administration.

With many servers deployed at an office the 3 most commonly used peripherals – Keyboard, Video or Monitor and Mouse (KVM) supporting SUN Solaris operating systems contribute to the most important and innovative solution of minimizing cost and space consumption for offices using this OS.

A Keyboard, Monitor and a Mouse when assembled take up to 6U to 8U area, and this is when Slim Liquid Crystal displays are in use; with CRT Monitors, this goes up to about 10U to 14U of space consumption. Over time this setup has now been identified to be far from efficient.

With the introduction of KVM supporting SUN OS, it now not only saves cost and space but also allows ease of administration, less cluttered environment, centralized management and much.

So, what really happens if we combine these 3 peripherals? With this technology, now we can monitor various servers from one console instead of having multiple sets of these units. This can be mounted on a rack at your comfort and be connected, switched to and from various systems simultaneously. It is straightaway a favorite addition in offices around the world to replace the old setup assembly. Rack Mounted Drawers are creatively designed and engineered to consume less space, power and enhance security.

We now have a wide range of Rack Mounted Drawers with different features in terms of sizes, support of language, compatibility with other operating systems as well, connectivity type (PS2 / Universal Serial Bus), display resolution and much more. Each of these consoles or units generally takes only 1U to 2U of your much needed office space that allows storage to be easy. Overall, this affordable solution which is reliable and brings ease of administration is appealing Office managers globally.

How To Identify Counterfeit Samsung Toner Cartridges

There are too many people that currently buy Samsung toner cartridges with the belief that they are genuine and what they receive is counterfeit. The huge problem is that it is kind of hard to identify the counterfeit cartridges. Most people use the new cartridges without realizing that they are not originals. In order to…

There are too many people that currently buy Samsung toner cartridges with the belief that they are genuine and what they receive is counterfeit. The huge problem is that it is kind of hard to identify the counterfeit cartridges. Most people use the new cartridges without realizing that they are not originals. In order to help you out, let us think about the various security features that are included and that you should look at. While there is not much that you can do when you buy online, you can still avoid buying counterfeit cartridges the second time.

The Security Label

Every single Genuine Samsung toner cartridge that is shipped will have an embossed, intact security label. The feature that makes it stand out is a color-shifting feature. When you change the viewing angle by 60 degrees, you will notice a change in colors from white to either cyan or blue. Also, “Samsung” is embossed on that label and you can feel that when you touch it. While the security labels changed as years passed, these 2 features still remain.

The Packaging

The packaging used is a clear sign that you are offered a genuine cartridge. You will never have tonsers from Samsung shipped in plan brown, unmarked or white packaging that is generic. The shipping is done with the use of new and sealed packaging that has a bar code and an individual serial number that is unique for every unit. Never buy from a shop again if the packaging is blank and does not have any sign that it is original.

The Price

It is very important to take into account what price tag you are offered. When you see that the price is too good to be true, you are most likely faced with a counterfeit printer cartridge. Look at the market averages in your country. If the price is too low and the discount is just that high, avoid that deal. While there is absolutely no problem in taking advantage of a discount, when that discount is too high, there is certainly a problem. The Samsung toner cartridge may be remanufactured or counterfeit.

The Store That You Buy From

You should never buy from a store that just appeared on the market and that does not have a high reputation. Those stores that have been around for a long time are basically the best choices available because you can see what the customers say about the services that are offered. It is not difficult to find reviews about the stores and if you notice that there are various customers that say they received counterfeit toner cartridges.

Conclusions

You can avoid 99.99% of absolutely all scams on the internet if you take into account the facts that were mentioned above. Try to use your common sense at all times. The great thing about the online world is that there are many options that are available when you want to buy anything. If you see that there are signs that a particular store might sell counterfeit Samsung toner cartridges just look for another one.

Benefits of a Good Wireless Printer

Wireless printers are a convenient utility tool for offices and home. These handy printers are being considered by most offices these days. Almost every brand of printer has its own range of wireless printers. These printers run on wireless technology that does not involve any wire except the power plug. This range of printers support…

Wireless printers are a convenient utility tool for offices and home. These handy printers are being considered by most offices these days. Almost every brand of printer has its own range of wireless printers.

These printers run on wireless technology that does not involve any wire except the power plug. This range of printers support infrared, WiFi and Bluetooth technology, and makes it easy for a group of people (or the office staff) to get the printer without any physical USB connection. Almost everyone connected through a WiFi / Bluetooth network can use it. There are several other benefits of wireless printers, check them out in following –

Convenience: if you use a laptop or tablet and want to take a print, and the condition is you have a traditional device, you need to unplug your laptop, carry it near the printer, and connect it with the USB, and wait for the page to come out. But with these high-tech wireless printers, what you need to do is just to press the CTRL + P and send the command, after switching on the WiFi on your laptop / tablet. Even more, not only you, but the whole workgroup can use this wireless printer with his / her laptop. And even if you have an older version of desktop computer, then also you can get your system enabled for Bluetooth or WiFi technology, and connect it to the wireless printer. And surprisingly, you can also use it with your smart phone.

Moreover, you can keep the printer anywhere in the room or the office, without bothering anyone. And, when someone has to take the print, he or she will have to give the command and go to the printer to collect the page.

Cost effective: Using a wireless printer for offices is really a low-cost printing solution. If using it, the whole office staff can utilize it; there is no need of installing a printer for every computer / laptop in the office. The whole office network as a workgroup can use it. It saves cost, and gives the same quality printing as each printer. It not only saves you from high investment but also reduces the electricity bill that is caused by multiples printers.

Wireless printers are based on the technologies: Infrared, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Out of which, Bluetooth and WiFi enabled printers are more preferred. For small offices, Bluetooth one will be more suitable. And for large office campus, WiFi printers are more convenient, as they cover larger area than the Bluetooth enabled ones.

Support a soothing ambiance: if using a wireless printer, the ambiance inside the offices is more beautiful as there are no unnecessary wires and cables. Connecting these printers to a laptop or a supporting device is very easy; you just need to locate the printer, and install it either with the help of internet or driver DVD.

How To Fix The Most Common Printer Ink Problems That You Will Encounter

Most people around the world are not technologically savvy. They buy a printer and do not know much about printer ink cartridges or about troubleshooting problems that might appear. It is very important that every single printer owner out there reads articles like this one and that research as much information as possible about how…

Most people around the world are not technologically savvy. They buy a printer and do not know much about printer ink cartridges or about troubleshooting problems that might appear. It is very important that every single printer owner out there reads articles like this one and that research as much information as possible about how to fix problems that appear. I say this because most problems can actually be fixed. You would lose a lot of money if you just buy a new cartridge every single time that something wrong happens.

Dirty Printhead

The dirty printhead can appear due to many different reasons and the fix is ​​actually a lot simpler than what you might think. All that you need to do is use warm tap water. Run the printhead through it for a few minutes. After you are done, use a cloth to dry all the excess water that appears before you put the cartridge back in the printer. The ink that is discharged in the nozzles can be dissolved. Such a fix should be considered whenever cartridges are removed from the printer and are exposed to air for too much time.

Partial Printing And Streaks

When most people see partial character printing and streaks, they think that there is a need to change the cartridge since it is run out of ink. This belief is false. In reality, something like this happens when the electrical contact between cartridges and printers is poor. You will need to basically clean all the contacts inside the printer carriage and on the actual cartridge. The contacts of the cartridges have to be cleaned with lint-free, soft, dry, clean cloth while the other contacts stated should be cleaned by wiping contact pins with a swab that has a cotton-tip and that was dampened in water. All the cotton fibers that might remain should be removed.

Smeary Prints

This happens because an ink build-up appeared on wiper blades. This is quite common with HP deskjet printers. When this is something that you see, just clean your wiper blades and the problem will most likely be fixed.

Software Display Errors

There are many situations in which you will receive some sort of error message on your computer screen. Most of these problems are solved by looking at the troubleshooting section of the printer's manual that came with your purchase. If you do not have the manual, go online and visit the site of the manufacturer. You will surely find what you are looking for there. As an extra piece of advice, it is a good idea to remove the cartridge and re-install it. This solves most problems that appear.

Tips on Purchasing Ink Cartridge Refills

Buying computers and printers may look like a big expenditure for beginners but they soon discover that this was actually a small part of their expense. The real expense comes when dealing with consumables which end up being quite expensive, many times ending up being more cost because of the increased price of regular replacements.…

Buying computers and printers may look like a big expenditure for beginners but they soon discover that this was actually a small part of their expense. The real expense comes when dealing with consumables which end up being quite expensive, many times ending up being more cost because of the increased price of regular replacements. Under normal circumstances, Original Equipment Manufactures' – OEMs replacements will come with a huge price tag such that in some cases they end up costing more than the printers themselves.

For those who have that extra time, there is an alternative that is more affordable in the name of Do It Yourself ink cartridge refill kits. These DIY kits are very easy to use especially when you consider the fact that they come with very easy to follow instructions that any buyer can use, even those who use it for the very first time. If you want to consider using a DIY ink cartridge refill, there are a few simple tips you need to follow in order for you to enjoy the experience.

Know the printer and cartridge : This is an extremely important step because as a matter of fact, there are hundreds of printer models in offices and households. Every single inkjet model uses a specific cartridge and ink formula. You need to know exactly what your model is and especially the serial number; this is because consumables form one brand will just not work with a different brand. It is also important to know that even printers from the same brand will differ in their workings depending on which model you have.

Check the kit's contents : If you are buying a DIY kit for the first time, it is important for you to check that every necessary tool is included so as to ensure a successful and fast installation for the refill you are buying. The kit is supposed to have some syringes for hassle free ink infusion, specifically designed plugs for resealing holes after replenishing without forgetting a users' manual in a language that you clearly understand.

Ask for a manual : While the entire process of refilling an ink cartridge may seem like a walk in the park, this can end up being a herculean task especially for a first time user. However, the instruction manual that comes with the kit will make process simple. If you check and find it missing, do not hesitate to ask for one.

Take precautions : After you have everything you require to complete the refill, you need to work carefully in order to avoid messing everything in your office. You need to ensure you wear clothes that you do not mind getting some stains and also use the latex gloves that come as part of the kit. Read and clearly understand the entire process before you begin working; the instructions provided are normally easy that anyone can follow the step by step illustrated procedure. You do not have to worry about running out of ink for your printer when you can use DIY ink cartridge refills that are sometimes 85% cheaper than branded cartridges.

Applications and Features of Toughbooks

Computers have found a lot of use in many fields. They are no longer used only for computations, programming and research inside of offices. These computers have stepped out of the delicate office environment and entered the robust & harsh environment. Toughbooks are computers that can be used in harsh environments. The toughbooks are made…

Computers have found a lot of use in many fields. They are no longer used only for computations, programming and research inside of offices. These computers have stepped out of the delicate office environment and entered the robust & harsh environment. Toughbooks are computers that can be used in harsh environments. The toughbooks are made to use in outdoor areas where the normal laptops / notebooks would fail to perform consistently.

Listed below are the few areas where these toughbooks can be used by employees working from remote locations:

Field Work: – Construction sites, roadside drillers, factories are unfavorable environments for computers. A laptop computer may stop working if some construction material falls on it. The screen can get damaged. This will lead to a bad or no display on the screen. Toughbooks can be transported in strong cases. They have a strong and durable outer coverage. This protects the delicate and sensitive machinery from getting damaged. They perform extremely well in this environment.

For exploration: – Researchers travel to places with extreme temperature. The normal laptops may not perform. Freezing temperatures may freeze the circuits and the laptop may not respond to the user. In a very hot climate, the performance may be degraded with problems like system crashes and processor overloading. A toughbook can withstand both types of extreme temperatures. It can be used for such expeditions to record and analyze data and create reports based on various conditions. This sort of information is very useful. At earlier times all data was sent to a central server of the company. Processing the information and then sending it to the location for further research. This consumes a lot of time and costs a lot to the company.

Handheld Computing: – Handheld devices are commonly used by industrialists to move around in the factory / plant and record data at the same time. Inside chemical factories, there may be chances of exposure to chemicals and varying temperatures can damage the hand held device. Handheld toughbooks can face this and continue to perform well. They have the features like multi touch screens and digitizers.

Toughbooks are being increasingly used by many industries today. Owing to its robustness and durability it is gaining popularity in many countries. The normal laptop and PC can be taken into use as well. But in such situations they are bound to be damaged. If the damage caused is accidental then there are chances that the normal warranty may not cover it. This will lead to a big bill for you to pay. Repairing and replacing this damaged laptop will cause a lot of problems. The work will be delayed for the time the device is in repair and business will suffer losses. This is completely undesirable. Rugged toughbooks are a workaround for this situation. The user can continue to do his work without fearing about the damage. As they are strong they can withstand the force and external conditions.

Panasonic is a recognized brand for toughbooks. A wide range of toughbooks is available. They also come along with protective cases to store these computers. After packing them in their cases, they can easily be transported to any location.

Since these toughbooks are so strong and can perform even in a lot of pressure, refurbished toughbooks are also available in the market. They can be searched and ordered online very easily. Delivery prices vary with the location of delivery.

Refurbished toughbooks have parts that have been replaced to improve the performance. A degraded processor, memory upgrades, adding graphics hardware etc. are minor upgrades that can be done on these toughbooks before they are sold as refurbished products. If possible it is advised to buy the case of the rugged notebook as well. Cases are expensive when bought separately. When buying the toughbook if you select the case at that time itself, you can also get the chance to buy other products at competitively better prices.