When we buy a new Windows 10 computer this summer, we’ll be asking ourselves: Should we get one with a traditional hard disk drive or one of the new solid state drives? Hard disk drives have been around for 60 years. They were a tremendous advance over floppy disks. They were invented by IBM and were originally called “Winchester Drives,” because they were as fast as a rifle bullet, they said. The name may have been influenced by the fact that the IBM lab that designed the drive was across the street from the Winchester mansion in San Jose, Calif. Solid state drives have no moving parts, they’re all chips. But even if you buy a computer with one of […]
Until the other day, we thought there were only two things to remember when buying a new computer: Get one with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and get at least eight gigabytes of RAM. Here’s a third tip: Get one that’s easy to restore to its original factory settings. We learned this lesson after attempting to replace Bob’s nine-year old HP machine with a Lenovo.
In March, Intel is coming out with “Compute Stick,” a plastic thingie that plugs into any late model TV and – Poof, turns it into a Windows 8.1 computer. This is way beyond the Roku, Chrome Cast and the Amazon Fire Sticks we wrote about recently. You just have to ask yourself if you want a whole computer on your TV. It’s $149 for the Windows version, and for the real techie types, there’s a Linux version for $89. A keyboard would be extra – but they’re cheap. Our take on this? It would be good for people who find themselves squinting when they look at computer monitors. Get the BIG picture.
Sales of Google “Chromebooks,” computers that run the Chrome operating system instead of Windows, Mac or Linux, were up 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to market research firm ABI Research. ABI predicts this year’s Chromebook tally to be double last year’s.
Zotac is a small company known for small computers, and this time they’ve gone the pink limit. It’s a full featured Windows computer that can be slipped into a jacket pocket. It is slated to be available in mid November and will sell for $199. This little computer is called the “Zbox Pico” and is about the same size as two smartphones stacked on top of each other. You can plug in a monitor, hard drive, keyboard and mouse wherever you happen to go. It has a quad-core “Atom” processor made by Intel, two gigabytes of RAM, and 32 gigabytes of flash memory. It also a micro SD slot for your camera card, two USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, an Ethernet […]