Review: Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
August 28, 2012
Roughly a month ago I got my hands on the new(ish) Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It’s a fairly long name a device I lovingly nicknamed the “Dellbook Air”. Yes, it’s a Dell, but it is a MacBook Air clone, a fairly good one at that. My review is going to cover the usual features I do and don’t like, along with a fair number of comparisons to the 2011 MacBook Air model (Sorry, I don’t have a 2012 Air to compare with yet).
Review: Dell Latitude E4200 Ultralight
November 22, 2010
As of late, I’ve been on a “light and portable” kick. First it was the Dell XT2, then the ASUS Eee PC 1215N and now I’m onto the Dell Latitude E4200 which falls under the “ultralight” category. While I enjoyed the XT2, the digitizer (aka the touch sensitive or “poke” screen) just wasn’t really “there” yet for me. The E4200 was, I thought, simply the non-touchscreen version. It is… and it isn’t.
Fresh Install on Alienware M15x
September 23, 2010
Whenever we get new machines for the office, Jon will reformat and reinstall them to get rid of all the “crap” that they are shipped with. Normally, this is a good thing as it will make let us start fresh, however sometimes this can cause problems. The first problem I ran into was after using my newly configured laptop involved it slowly dying. It started with the machine locking up while watching DVDs, then it was any videos. Eventually, contacted the Alienware tech support (different number than Dell tech support) and he informed me that there is a very specific order you need to install the drivers for the M15x.
$800 in Apple Tax?
September 13, 2010
Yesterday I stopped by Digg, which I don’t do much these days since they went Spam-Point-Owe. I did catch a few interesting things, once of which was an infographic titled “Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Mac". The author took a picture of the configuration screen for a Mac desktop and annotated the parts with what they would cost elsewhere. It was an interesting view, something I had not thought to try. It peaked my curiosity as to how it would apply to me. So I thought what better test then to spec a 15” MacBook Pro against a Dell Precision M4500 (15”), which are as close to identical machines as I can find from Apple/Dell.
Lose your wireless adapter? Check the BIOS
February 2, 2010
As you may or may not know, Windows 7 RC is coming to an end. This isn’t unexpected (presuming you remembered to read this at some point), but it is a problem. So with that in mind, I decided it was time to install the actual version of Windows 7. Since Jon was up and harassing me, I handed it to him while I was working on other things. He delivered it back a little while later and I started Windows Update (one of the Optional Items I selected was Atheros 5007EG Wireless Network Adapter). Things were going fine until the screen went black.