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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: Another Pretty Good Review Of The Chuwi LapBook Air

By Tim

I am a huge fan of the notebook in this review and I will eventually be purchasing one. This review comes to us from Linus on the TechLineHD channel on YouTube.

He seems to be a very honest and straightforward reviewer and does point out the shortcoming of the device as well as all the reasons you might want to get your hands on one of these.

This notebook is still on sale at Banggood for roughly $380 so make sure to visit their site to see current pricing.

Be aware this is not a Dell or HP or Lenovo, but also be aware that the money you would save for a useful notebook over those high-end brands can get you a 256 GB SSD and perhaps a few hundred more in gasoline to fuel your car to get to work each day.

As I always try to do when sharing a video, I recommend this channel and I would highly suggest subscribing if you like this kind of tech info that is darned honest and gets to the point without the frills.

So all of that being said below you will find the video.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) Carefully Details Special Features, in New Video

By Radu Iorga

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) was unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018, but you may have been left wanting more details about this rotatable machine. Samsung reveals extra tidbits in the video below, so let’s check it out.

The fresh clip details some of the device’s features, like the 10 point multi touch, side fingerprint scanner and more. This midrange notebook comes with Windows Hello, a 360 degree spin hinge and a generous battery. It’s shown interacting with a stylus and putting to work its 8th gen Intel quad core CPU. Windows Ink is also supported and the format looks rather versatile. I know you’ve been wondering, but here it is: yes, the keyboard is backlit.

This is a 13.3 inch laptop with a Full HD resolution, a multi touch display and it lets you use the trackpad or just a finger for interaction. The extended battery life comes courtesy of a 43 Wh battery, in tandem with a CPU that has great power management. Samsung also shows its new program called Studio Plus, which is basically a rival for Apple’s iMovie, meant for video editing and movie creation.

Security Folder is also available, as an extra security feature for the laptop. Expect its debut in Q1 2018, priced close to $800 like the predecessor, but that’s my own estimate, so don’t bet on it.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 Inch Version Now Available Internationally

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft Surface Book 2 debuted last October and it was available in pretty limited fashion till now. Today we learn that the laptop is ready to expand beyond the USA, in official fashion. Apparently all the markets that have Surface products will get the Surface Book 2 from April.

Interestingly, the 13 inch Surface Book 2 was already available worldwide, but not the 15 inch one, which should be ready for an expansion by April. The new list includes countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and UK, plus a few more. Preorders are live today for the 15 inch Surface Book 2.

Starting with February and then through March and April the 13 inch and 15 inch configs of the Surface Book 2 will expand to places like Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Spain and more. Prices will of course vary and depend on the region, starting at $1499 in USA for a 13.5 inch laptop with integrated graphics and the 7th gen Intel Core i5 chipset.

Add a newer CPU and you pay a $500 premium for that. GTX 1060 packing models will cost $2500 and up, plus extra RAM adds to the price. Nice to see Microsoft going worldwide with its quality laptops.

Let’s just hope they fixed the battery drain problem.

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: The Teclast F6 Convertible, Unboxing And First Impressions

By Tim

Teclast has stepped up their game a bit with the new F6 Pro convertible notebook. It costs quite a bit less than the high end stuff such as the Lenovo Yoga or HP X360 types and it has decent, although not stellar specs.

This one is courtesy of Andrew over at AMDTech and gives us the initial impressions and of course that whole unbox thing.

The very first thing you may notice in the video is that Teclast has put on the SSD upgrade hatch on the bottom of the device. That is a very positive sign that the Chinese manufacturers are finally catching on to the fact that eMMC storage just ain’t hacking it when trying to compete with the big boys.

The fact it has a Core M3 -7Y30 processor also makes this a much faster and more premium convertible than you would expect at this price.

The product does sport a 13.3 inch, non-laminated, IPS touch panel, but still looks good for indoor use.

We will have to wait for a full review for all the details but in the meantime we get a hands on look and some testing right here, right now. See below…

This product is available on Gearbest for $596 currently, but as always check that link for flash sales.

That is all for this morning,

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition- More Notebook Stuff!

By Tim

We all know by now what the latest laptop/notebook offerings are. Of course there are some amazing ones out there and if you feel the need to blow $1000 plus or even $1600 plus, I say go for it!

However tonight’s post simply concerns the fact that what looks pretty and slim and bleeding edge may NOT be what you need.

I would love to own a new Ford GT but I simply can’t justify blowing $450,000 on a car. After all, for the most part a Ford ZX2 will take me from point A-B just as well at a considerably lower cost.

So remove your preconceived notions about PC notebooks and let us get right into the costs. Bottom line  is do you watch YouTube/Netflix and edit some documents or perhaps even edit a photo or two? In that case keep reading, if not, walk away, you probably want a gaming device and that means buying the high  end stuff.

If you are still reading that means you probably need a budget notebook. You want something that can get the job done and nothing more. Thin, light, fast and to put it mildly…cheap!

So that brings us back to what you really should buy and the total cost and advantages/disadvantages of each of my top 2 selections.

That leaves us with 2 stellar budget notebooks which are the Chuwi LapBook 14.1 and the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro 13.3 inch notebooks. Certainly the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is sort of in the mix, but let us stick to, at least in this article, the more traditional  notebook sizes.

Keyboards might be an issue, so do you like to type in the dark? If that is the case, only one clear winner here, the back-lit Chuwi LapBook Air. If not, then we still have a tie. Touch pads on both are about equal so that doesn’t even fit into the buying equation.

Chuwi LapBook Air

So first of all you have to ask yourself does size matter? After all, 13.3 inch versus 14.1 inch simply isn’t that huge of a difference. So for 95% of you readers this is a tie, so lets move on to the display type. Both of the top contenders have an IPS panel, but what is the environment that you will be using yours in? Outdoors? Get the Jumper, it has a matte coating, no sunlight reflections. All indoors? Get the Chuwi, with the full lamination display.

Jumper EZBOOK 3 PRO

Wireless speed and ports? Both of these have pretty much the same USB, microSD,  HDMI and headphone and charging ports and wireless speed  via wireless 802.11ac, including the same Intel 3165 chip sets. Battery life on both is within a few minutes.

Now as far as RAM goes, the Chuwi has more, although clocked at a slower speed to save battery life. Obviously these are not gaming machines, so that speed difference is pretty much offset but the 2 GB extra on the LapBook Air. But do you actually need 8 GB ram for doing the basics? Video, text, documents, web browsing? That is a very personal choice. If you want to multi-task more is better, but more is simply more expensive. We are talking budget here, yes?

So all the above being said we have sort of a tie ballgame, except now we hit that big one, pricing! The Chuwi, depending on the website and flash sales will generally be about $150 more right off the start. Roughly $379  for the LapBook versus the Jumper’s $239.  So if you are thinking pure budget, then the Jumper wins…but wait! Yeah, now some more things to consider.

The Jumper has an eMMC drive of only 64 GB which means you will absolutely need to upgrade it to an M.2 SSD right away for some decent storage and to speed performance.  The Chuwi comes with a 128 GB eMMC drive so perhaps you will wait on that SSD upgrade for a few months. Bottom line is, let us say you decide on a ZTC 128 GB M.2 2242 SSD, you would be spending roughly $70. That gives you lots of room, but still 64 GB less on the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro. Obviously if you have a microSD card laying about you can bump that up for next to nothing.,(purely a storage solution, because the microSD card will be 90% slower than an SSD). I have also found a site that offers ZTC Armor 2242 SSD cards for well under what you would pay for a slightly faster Transcend drive. How does $112 for 256 GB sound? Check them out and no I make zero off this link, I just happened across it.

So let us look at the costs, you would be spending about $319 for the EZBook 3 Pro because you will want that SSD and if you get the LapBook Air and the SSD you are looking at about $450. In the long run the Chuwi might be the overall winner, because of the extra RAM and bigger screen, but if you are simply looking to get some work done on your notebook I am going to have to recommend the EZBook 3 Pro as your best choice.

Obviously these devices may drop in price as all the new stuff hits for 2018, so keep a good lookout on that if you are simply waiting to pull the trigger on a purchase. Make sure to check the video on the top 3 budget notebooks that I posted quite awhile ago.

That is all for this morning,

Tim

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