Review: HP Pavilion 360

The HP Pavillion x350 is a 13.3″ laptop/tablet hybrid PC with a hinge that places the keyboard’s bottom against the backside of the screen for tablet mode. This disables the keyboard to prevent typing. The system has an Intel i3 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB mechanical Hard Drive, and an SDXC card slot. There are 3 USB Type A ports – two of which are USB3 ports. There is also an HDMI, and a condensed RJ45 jack. Wireless communications is a Wifi-N, and Bluetooth 4.0.

I bought the PC as I needed a new Windows PC. My current better quality notebook is confined to the desk for a number of issues. I had a notebook, but the I-View system was inferior even when considering the price which in my opinion was too much. At this time, there are still resources I rely on that requires Windows (such as the Email client and label printer). The system was purchased with Amazon Credit. Continue reading Review: HP Pavilion 360

Review: Acer CB3-531

The Acer CB3-531 is a 15.6″ notebook PC running Chrome OS. It has a Celeron 2.8Ghz CPU, 2GB of memory, 16GB of storage, and an SDXC card slot. The system has Wifi-AC, and Bluetooth 4.0 with a basic Webcam. There is one USB2 and one USB3 port. Acer claims the 4 cell battery will last 8 hours.

I purchased this notebook in hopes to move myself to Chrome OS and hopefully will receive Android App support as time goes on. There are still a number of resources I use that Chrome OS does not support fully or at all, but eventually – will want to consider phasing those resources to merge with support. The PC was $220 on Amazon which Amazon Credit was used. Continue reading Review: Acer CB3-531

Review: Motorola Moto 360 (v.1)

The Motorola Moto 360 was purchased in replacing the Martian Notifier which the battery failed to work properly followed by Martian claiming to never receiving the watch for repairs. The Moto 360 is an LCD Android wear watch with a mostly round display. The watch has the processing power to do its functions and roles, and a non-user replaceable watch band.

The watch was purchased from Amazon using my credit line with them to acquire the watch. The watch was $165, and could not find the preferred version 2 of the watch which would have a replaceable band. Continue reading Review: Motorola Moto 360 (v.1)

Motorola Moto 360: First Impressions

The Moto 360 is a round face watch that was released about 2 years ago. It is water resistant for up to 1 meter at 30 minutes. The watch has a 1.56″ round face with a 205ppi resolution. The watch has a 1Ghz CPU, 512MB of memory, and 4GB of storage. The watch runs Android Wear, and has a couple of updates waiting when it is first activated.

I bought the watch through Amazon for $165, and was purchased with the credit line I have with Amazon. The watch was purchased as the Martian Notifier failed to meet my needs. Rather than going cheap on my next smart watch, I went with one that had a good reputation of reliability. Continue reading Motorola Moto 360: First Impressions

Acer CB3-531: First Impression

The Acer CB3-531 is a 15.6″ notebook PC running Chrome OS. It has a Celeron 2.8Ghz CPU, 2GB of memory, 16GB of storage, and an SDXC card slot. The system has Wifi-AC, and Bluetooth 4.0 with a basic Webcam. There is one USB2 and one USB3 port. Acer claims the 4 cell battery will last 8 hours.

I purchased this notebook in hopes to move myself to Chrome OS and hopefully will receive Android App support as time goes on. There are still a number of resources I use that Chrome OS does not support fully or at all, but eventually – will want to consider phasing those resources to merge with support. The PC was $220 on Amazon which Amazon Credit was used. Continue reading Acer CB3-531: First Impression

HP Pavilion x360: First Impression

The HP Pavillion x350 is a 13.3″ laptop/tablet hybrid PC with a hinge that places the keyboard’s bottom against the backside of the screen for tablet mode. This disables the keyboard to prevent typing. The system has an Intel i3 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB mechanical Hard Drive, and an SDXC card slot. There are 3 USB Type A ports – two of which are USB3 ports. There is also an HDMI, and a condensed RJ45 jack. Wireless communications is a Wifi-N, and Bluetooth 4.0.

I bought the PC as I needed a new Windows PC. My current better quality notebook is confined to the desk for a number of issues. I had a notebook, but the I-View system was inferior even when considering the price which in my opinion was too much. At this time, there are still resources I rely on that requires Windows (such as the Email client and label printer). The system was purchased with Amazon Credit.
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Review: Martian Notifier

Recommendation – Do NOT Buy

The Martian Notifier is an Analog Watch with an OLED display that takes the 5 – 7 points of the watch. This screen is used to display notifications from the watch. This watch was purchased as I needed a suitable replacement for the Pebble watch, and it costed me $50 through Walmart.

For those that want some flavor of Analog, but will benefit from notifications to show on the watch will benefit from this watch. This is the only sub $100 analog watch I could find that would have a notification screen. On a personal level, I think I will benefit from an Android Wear Watch, but more that later. Continue reading Review: Martian Notifier

Martian Notifier: First Impressions

The Martian Notifier is an analog watch with a smartphone app and an OLED screen that offers some basic notification integration. The watch is not much to be compared to when looking at other smart watches, but if needs are simple, this might be an option.

I bought this watch because the e-Ink display on my Pebble was misbehaving and not properly refreshing. This was a serious issue on a regular basis, and since the screen refreshes on a minute basis (changing the time), this happened several times a day. The watch to replace will not have much in specs as I normally give out as this is not on such technical level. The watch has an Analog watch face with a quartz battery. This means the time had to be set manually, and there is no need to wind it daily. The watch has a small OLED screen which will show basic information, and two buttons on the left side. The watch pairs with the phone via Bluetooth.
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Review: Apple iPad Mini 2

The iPad Mini 2 was intended to provide a tablet replacement and supplement the role of the phone. The iPad Mini 2 is a couple of generations old, so I didn’t expect much, but with Apple’s claim that apps are optimized with their devices, I did expect better.

When comparing, my closest comparison is the second generation of the Nexus 7 with LTE. If there was a choice of offering, I would have likely preferred to stay with the Nexus and Android system, and with hindsight, this would have been better. Continue reading Review: Apple iPad Mini 2

Apple iPad Mini2: First Impressions

The iPad Mini2 is an iOS based device from Apple which originally came out in November 2013, and still sold by Apple as a budget tablet. The tablet has a 1.3Ghz4 CPU with 1GB of memory, and I have the 32GB with LTE (AT&T bands). The display is a 7.9″ 2048×1536 display with 326ppi. The cameras are 5MP with a 1.2MP front camera. The tablet supports Bluetooth and Wifi-N (both frequencies)

I purchased this tablet refurbished from Gazelle for $265 which included shipping, and 1 year ADP ($50 deductible) warranty. The tablet was purchased to replace my entertainment tablet, and hopefully function to some level as a light productivity tablet. I do play a few games, and I am hoping that the tablet will support at the least T-Mobile’s GSM-3G service which I will attempt to get the free 200MB service. Continue reading Apple iPad Mini2: First Impressions