Traders Hotel Manila Review

“Maybe Traders does not have all the fanfare at the entrance, like greeting you with a high hat bellhop to open the doors, but it certainly has everything you need in terms of facilities and good service. The very well trained front desk staff (Justine, et al.) receive you with open hearts and immediately apologize for the renovations taking place in the hotel, including the swimming pool, but hasten to tell you that they have arrangements with the nearby Sofitel hotel for you to use theirs. The lobby is not imposing, but who cares after I was directed to my room on the VIP 18th floor and told that I am entitled to use the all day lounge on the 19th floor where a well trained and elegant staff welcomes guests, and you can snack on sweet delicacies and fresh beautifully arranged exotic fruits of the Philippines.

My room was spacious, maintained by meticulous housekeepers who make sure the room is kept spotlessly clean and that sheets and down bed covers are changed daily as well as your bath robes. The bathroom has a large, deep tub (unlike the super luxurious Sofitel which features miserable shower heads in their rooms at almost double the price). The air conditioning is a little noisy, but that is actually an advantage since it muffles any noisy activity coming from the hallway. Their restaurant is honestly and moderately priced and their buffet (for under 20 dollars) offers a variety of local and international foods whether it be breakfast or dinner. For breakfast, there are made to order omelets, smoked fish, American style waffles and pancakes, plus fresh fruit and Asiatic congees. Dinner is more elaborate with such choices as local fresh fish and giant shrimp which you pick from a raw selection that is then cooked to your desired taste and spiciness. Traders is good and well worth your money.” LikeCouchakji

” Stayed overnight on the 8th floor suite. The view is perfect, the CCP and the Manila Bay. The room is big enough, huge tv in the living room and another a little smaller (32″) tv in the bedroom. Walk in closet, powder room, and the bathroom with rainshower and bath tub. Mini bar fully stocked, strong wifi connection. This is a good place for business travelers. I noticed 3 wide desks where you can plan out your day. Office table complete with basic needs is perfectly situated near the floor-to-ceiling window. Good sleep only woke up sneezing. Maybe the carpet was not cleaned well, smells quite old. Breakfast buffet so-so.” rj_travelbug

“Traders hotel Manila has a very good location immediately fronting the majestic Cultural Center of the Philippines and Aliw theater and Star city complex. It is part of the Shangrila group of hotels.

Yet it panics when they become full. Services and sensitivity to the guest needs is almost lost when busy….
my experience april 14 to 17 as follows:
* they may have more smoking rooms than non smoking because they all gave us smoking rooms to our group of definitely non smokers
* breakfast area could not accommodate all diners
A bad experience we had when we lost 2 items and also charged for 2 bottled water we did not use, when we complained, the front desk lady just said sorry for the inconvenience not to look at it or at least inquire and investigate.about it.
The front desk even has a tripadvisor logo on the front desk” EdS16

“we spent one night here in May last year before we flew back to the UK after our visit to the Philippines, I have to say I don’t think we will be going back, we were in a room on the 5th floor which would be no problem if the lift didn’t take 15 minutes to finally reach the Ground floor, the rooms were clean and way bigger than we actually needed however we were roadside and getting any sleep was impossible, we phoned reception and asked if we could move to another room as we had to be up at 4.30 am but were told it would cost an extra one thousand peso to do so. All in all if you stay here ask for a room away from the road or bring earplugs!” Kenneth J


One of 2015’s top selling laptops was the Toshiba Satellite model number C55-C5241. It is the latest entry in Toshibas satellite series of notebooks that takes advantage of the Intel i5. Today we’re going to take a look at it while explaining exactly why what this product has to offer and whether or not you should spend your hard earned money on it.

Build and Design:
The Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 appears as a standard 15.6 inch laptop like many others on the market. But what truly sets this notebook apart from its competition is the sleekness it has as well as its matte finish, which can be seen in how unexpectedly light it is considering its size. That’s not to imply that its design is without its flaws however. The C55-C5241’s overall design doesn’t feel very sturdy despite its size. Its feels as though in the unfortunate, but completely expected event that you drop it, it would shatter. Its screen is also another area of concern, because it should be better considering other models on the market today. It’s also worth noting that even if you connect it to an external display, its video adapter is only capable of displaying a maximum resolution of 1366 X 786. and for some reason they felt it necessary to require users to remove the entire bottom cover just to upgrade the memory. Now I don’t know about you but that doesn’t exactly scream solid design to me.

Display, audio and speakers:
This notebook features a substandard display with a resolution of 1335 X 768 pixels. It’s worth noting that while that is the standard resolution for a laptop of this size, companies like this should always strive to be above average. The speakers are no great shakes either; this can be easily remedied however by using headphones to get a better audio experience. The touch pad is very responsive which is wonderful to see on a laptop considering most can be spotty at best. This one however gives a smooth scroll when placed on your lap, as well as a large number of customization options for different swipe combinations.

Ports and Features:
The Toshiba C55-C52411 features a standard set of ports considering its 2015. In addition to two USB 2.0 ports it also has one USB 3.0 port an HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet plug and an SD card slot. It also features a DVD Super-Multi Optical Drive. So like I said, it’s a pretty standard machine in terms of ports and accessibility. This model also comes with Bluetooth capability. This is always a useful feature that can be used for headphones, certain mice and other peripherals. But the most important feature of Bluetooth capability is that it gives you the ability to easily transfer files from your computer to most smart phones.

The key board has a great solid feel with responsive keys which are contoured for comfort and doesn’t give much key bounce which is fantastic. In addition to a great look and feel it also has a dedicated Numeric pad which can be hard to find on most 15 inch laptops. The only improvement I could suggest they make to the keyboard is giving it back lighting.

The hard drive is absolutely massive and is capable of being expanded upon further. But remember the larger the hard drive is the slower your access times will be. The Ram included is more than enough for any programs you would need to run; the exception being a few of the larger video editing programs such as Adobe Premier. It can be upgraded should you feel the need to do so. Remember though the entire bottom of the machine needs to be removed in order to do this. The graphics card that comes is unremarkable is it does its best to handle games but it’s not recommended for you to do so. On the other side of this however it has no problem handling HD media of any other kind

Battery Life:
the battery life is noted as being capable of lasting for seven hours. This is another overstated selling point though. Yes, the battery is capable of lasting for seven hours but the here’s the catch. The screens brightness will need to be turned all the way down and you can be using things like a word processor or maybe the calculator. You also can’t be using the Wi-Fi or listening to music. So yeah, the battery can last for seven hours but would you even want it to considering the conditions necessary to do so?

as with most other Toshiba Brand laptops this model can get extremely hot if left plugged while you are using it. So it’s best to give it a full charge before you’re going to use it. If you fail to do so keep this in mind, there have been reports of this model in particular having holes burned into the motherboard around the charge port from being used while it’s plugged in and being left on the bed. The noise level is minimal which is surprising considering the quality of the chassis. The only time it seems noticeable is when a DVD start up or you are putting the machine under a great deal of stress from playing a game.

• Massive hard drive with quick load times
• Quick CPU and an ample amount of RAM
• Full size keyboard with contoured keys
• All the standard ports this generation is expected to have
• Bluetooth connectivity

• Poor structure and design
• Low audio quality from built in speakers
• Overheats too easily
• No touchscreen
• Difficult to upgrade system memory

So what type of person should buy this computer?
This is a machine that could be used by a pretty small group of people. Consider the amount of people in the world who use computers for total media centers and low end gaming machines. Are these people really going to bother paying for something like this? It’s lack of power and short battery life really only makes it a suitable machine for college students as a carry around and older individuals looking to play simple games like solitaire and check their E-mail

Should you buy it?
I’m not saying that this computer is entirely without its demographic however. It could be a wonderful first laptop for a child because let’s face it; Kids are being introduced to technology at younger and younger ages every year; and I don’t know about you put I don’t particularly feel like spending around $1300 for a top of the line computer. So I could recommend it to parents to buy for their kids. It makes a good throw away computer. Or even a computer simply for the sake of introducing home computers to you young family. For the low price tag, you really don’t have anything to lose.


Nest Cam – Unbiased Review

I just got mine from Bestbuy today and I ordered the second one from Amazon. If you read this review until the end, you will know why I get it from Amazon…


The design:

Impressive build quality and design.

The design sleek and minimal compare to its predecessor. Looking at it’s appearance, and it’s weight, you can tell it built with quality material.

It doesn’t gives you the plastic feel and a typical ‘IP Cam’ look and it can easily blend in to your home environment.

You don’t want to place an ugly IP Cam in front of your baby’s cradle or your modern living room.

The easiness to setup:

This is one of the simplest and easiest setup I have ever gone through. You only need to download app, and key in you network pass code. Right after that, you will be able to access the video feed.

There are a lot of similar product out there which require you to change the port forwarding on the router but hey, as a normal home user we don’t really care how the technical setup, we just need something that easy to maintain.

Nest Cam is the ‘Apple product’ in IP Cam world.

The video quality:

The video quality is great with the options to go from 720 to 1080 resolution within get the app.

We used to treat IP Cam a tool for surveillance and security purpose but with the 1080 resolution makes you feel you are really presence in that location.

Technology no longer serve the basic needs but it’s connecting you with your loves one too. (You can even talk and listen – hear the baby or tell your dog to get off the couch!)


The price tag:

It will be really beneficial if Nest willing to lower down the price. I would really willing to purchase a couple more unit for different purpose but the price tag stopping me for doing that.

For it to be of any use you need to pay the subscription, and it is a per camera subscription, which can get expensive fast. Come on Nest, is this the best you can offer us?

The mobile apps:

The mobile app has limited functionality when it comes to history or alerts.

So far I have not received any alerts and I think it takes time for the Nest cloud computing algorithm to analyze.

Ps. Side notes

I do read a reviewer here stating that he got a display unit and it was paired.

I am lucky to get a complete new unit from Bestbuy therefore I decide to get my second unit from Amazon although the shipping takes longer. I just want to avoid the problem he is facing.

I will constantly update this review as I still need more time to explore and test on it. Thanks.


Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC is the perfect PC for your family to browse the internet, stream music and movies, or to use for a small business. It is very inexpensive and a great value for the money. It is fast, even when multi-tasking.

If you want a laptop that is portable, look no further. This laptop is very portable. It only weighs about five and a half pounds, a full battery will last for up to 5 hours and, with its size finding a laptop bag for it would be easy.

This laptop is a great choice if you have a small business as well. Work in Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Power Point all at the same time.

Build and Design

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC casing is flat black in color, making it resistant to dirt and smudges. The screen, itself, has a glossy finish, which could cause glaring. Aside from that, it has a nice bright display. The keyboard, keys and touch pad are also finished in a flat black. It has a plastic casing on top and bottom. Overall, it seems pretty sturdy, as long as it isn’t being slammed around, but that’s true with any laptop.

There is a plastic fan grille on the side to help ventilate the laptop. The speaker cover is also plastic. The plastic hinges are countersunk into the body of the laptop and appear to be very sturdy.

The keys on the keyboard are slightly raised and surrounded by plastic borders. This feature appears to make the keys less likely to get popped off and lost. The power button, on the other hand is slightly lower than the casing and less likely to come off.

Display/Touch Screen and Features

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 has a 15.6″ wide screen display. The display features High Definition TruBrite LED Backlit Technology. The display supports 720p content, has an aspect ratio of 16:9, and it has a High Definition resolution of 1366×768. Unfortunately, this laptop does not come with a touch screen.

The C55-A5300 has a built-in microphone so you can talk to your friends online. It also has built-in stereo speakers so you can listen to the music you’re streaming. If you’re up late and everyone’s asleep, there’s a stereo headphone jack, as well. That way, you can listen to your music without waking anyone.

Ports and Features

This Toshiba has an RGB port, an HDMI output port, a memory card reader and 3-2.0 USB ports. It does not have a smart card reader.

It has such features as an HD Webcam, an 802.11b/g/n wireless network card, and 10/100 Ethernet LAN.

Keyboard and Touch pad

This computer has a US standard keyboard. It also has a dedicated 10-key number pad for easy calculating. There is also a multi-touch control, touch pad and pointing device. If you would rather use a mouse than the touch pad, it is possible to connect, via USB, either a wireless or a wired mouse.


The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC has a 500GB HDD that operates at 5400rpms over a SATA host adapter.

It has an Intel Celeron Processor 1037U, in which a graphics card is integrated. The graphics card is operated by Mobile Intel HD Graphics. It runs at approximately 1.8 GHz.

This computer also boasts 4GB of DDR3 memory with a speed of 1333MHz to keep you computing smooth.

For those of you who like to burn your own discs, the C55 has a double layer DVD-SuperMulti drive.

Battery Life

The 6 cell Lithium-Ion battery will operate the C55 for up to five hours.

Heat and Noise

The C55-A5300, even when used a lot, stays cool and runs quietly.


Price– At around $200-$250, this laptop is well worth the price.
Cool and Quiet– It doesn’t get hot, even with heavy usage, and it runs quietly.
Battery life–Battery last for up to 5 hours.
Screen– Screen is large and bright.
Speed–This computer is fast.


Sound–Speakers have a tinny sound to them, no base.
Storage–Not enough memory, but can be upgraded to 16GB.
Keyboard–Keys are not backlit.

This is For Who?

This computer is great for students to do their homework on. It is also good for people who just surf the net or visit facebook. If you just use the Internet to check your email or if you have a small business and use Microsoft Word, Excel, or Power Point during the execution of your business, this is a good computer for you. You can even multitask on it without sacrificing speed. This is not, however, a computer that a person would want if they are a gamer.

Why Should You Buy it?

This is a great computer for the price. If you need a new computer, but you can’t afford to spend much money, this Satellite could be the answer to your prayers.

In some of the product reviews, people said that they even chose this computer over more expensive ones when they were thoroughly prepared to pay upwards of $600 for a new laptop. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of people who bought a Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC said that they would recommend it to a friend.

You may find a better computer, but you won’t find a better value for the price.


UltraBook – The Future of Laptops?

Since the iPad, the future of laptops changed forever. Consumers now have their eyes set on smaller and more maneuverable mobile devices that provide an aesthetic look and unique convenience. To answer this demand, computer manufacturers are looking to produce laptop based computers that mimic the thin and sleek design of the iPad. Intel has coined the term “UltraBook” to refer to this new generation of computing, and set specifications on what a practical UltraBook should offer potential customers in terms of performance as well as price.

The Goods of UltraBook

This ground-breaking generation of computers provide all the convenience of an iPad, but with higher performance and an affordable price-tag. As research and development continues to hone in on these innovative devices, many people are speculating the line between laptop computers and tablet computers will crease to exist completely. Below are some of the important aspects of the UltraBook computers that make them appealing to consumers.

1.) The cost of these computers, while still difficult for some, will veer sharply from the $4000 price-tag that many would put on a piece of a hardware that meets the same specifications. However, since the release of the newest MacBook Air that rivals
many of the hardware specifications for the UltraBook, which is priced at $999, Apple has proven it is possible to create this technology and offer it at an affordable price.

2.) The convenience associated with UltraBook computers is an extremely appealing aspect to the masses. Currently, the Asus UX21 is the only UltraBook that is set to be released, and is 7mm at its thickest point. A computer that meets these size specifications would not only be easy to carry around due to its phenomenal light weight, but also proves extremely easy to

3.) The specifications set for the pioneer machine in Ultrabook technology; the Asus UX21, exhibit powerful performance that rivals some of the most top of the line laptops available. Through this development, people will not only have a lightweight and easy to store computer, but a powerful one as well.

The Bads of UltraBook

1.) The sleek size of the UltraBook is extremely appealing solution to the fast pace demands of modern society. However, the size of these innovative computers can also be their downfall. The UltraBook is extremely fragile in its micro-thin state, and while it can take a few occasional bumps and dings, it is much more susceptible to long-term damage than traditional laptops.

2.) While UltraBook contains specifications that are phenomenal for the size and compact environment of the casing, there are unfortunate limitations that result. Advances in computer hardware and components limit the peak performance capabilities of the current UltraBook due to the sleek design. Some people might be turned away by the fact there are higher performing laptops on the market that in some cases, are priced less than
the UltraBook.

Why Should you Consider Buying One?

There are many reasons that go into considering the purchase of a UltraBook. The most important of these reasons is the overall convenience that ties hand in hand with owning a powerful computer that is lightweight and easy to store. Students and professionals that are in need of consistent computer access will benefit greatly from UltraBook.

What to Expect in Buying One?

Currently, price specifications for the UltraBook are set under $1000. Look for them at popular online and brick and mortar electronics retailers in September, 2011.

To sum up

Ultrabook computers will set the bar higher for manufacturers in terms of convenience and overall performance. While this might prove a bad thing for the manufacturers themselves in having to continue building upon past accomplishments in innovation and performance, consumers are truly experiencing an electronics Renaissance.


Gaming Laptop Buyers Guide

The average laptop that is on the market today is usually sufficient for basic word processing programs and surfing the Internet. For the person who is going to utilize a laptop computer for gaming, there are very specific needs and requirements to do this properly. If trying to run video games on a basic or outdated system, the user will quickly find that it is not up to the challenge. That is why a gamer needs a specific type of laptop.

The Best Graphics

Computer games are very intensive when it comes to the images and graphics. Because of this, the laptop should be equipped with the best and most up to date graphic card that is available. Since the technology is constantly changing, having a laptop where the graphics card can be upgraded at a later date is also wise.

Along with the graphics card, the display quality is important. The display should be able to handle the game graphics. This is generally not a concern with decent laptop computers. A general rule would be to have a screen resolution of at least 1440 x 900 for a 15 inch model. For a 17 inch screen, the resolution should at least be 1680 x 1050.

The most RAM

RAM refers to random access memory. When the computer is running applications, this memory is being utilized. Depending on the operating system, there is always a minimum recommended amount of RAM required. The laptop should have the largest possible amount of RAM installed. This will ensure that the computer is able to handle high demand or large gaming programs.

Video RAM is also something to consider. This is specifically used by the video adapters. It is essential when it comes to playing 3D video games. Older or lower priced computers will not have RAM that is specifically dedicated to video.

The Hard Drive

Along with the RAM, having a fast computer and fast hard drive is essential for gaming. This will ensure that the game never freezes up while playing. The speed of the processor is seen in MHZ. MHZ is short for megahertz. Basically, a higher speed equates into the computer being able to process information quicker.

The Extras

There are a few additional items that are necessary when it comes to purchasing a laptop for gaming.
As with any laptop, the touchpad device will not be the most efficient when it comes to game play. Purchasing a decent wireless and rechargeable mouse is best. If size and weight is not a factor, get one that fits the hand the best.

Sound Card

In addition to the graphics, the sounds associated with the video game are also important. The factory speakers on the laptop are usually inadequate when it comes to providing the best sound quality. A decent pair of headphones will be easily portable and provide great sound.


Gaming requires a good deal of energy consumption from the computer. Because of this, the laptop will not be able to perform for a long time solely on battery power. Having an additional battery and extra power cords can help. When running on battery power, many laptops will adjust the power settings or power scheme. This generally means that performance is not as good as when on AC power. Settings can be adjusted to change this, but battery life will certainly be shortened.

To Sum Up

Gaming requires a great deal of resources from the computer. That is why purchasing a laptop for computer games should be done carefully and with adequate research.

Getting a laptop with the most amount of RAM, highest speed hard drive and best video card is not always an option, especially when it comes to purchasing a computer on a budget. All factors should be considered, and one can certainly find the best gaming laptop that fits his budget and his needs.


Asus has just rolled out an exciting, yet affordable new laptop – the Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR. You’ll be happy to know that this sleek T100TA is 64GB – a nice laptop that bears the Transformer name. The T100TA comes with a detachable screen, an IPS display, long battery life, full windows, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two gigs of DDR3 RAM, and is light in weight.

Asus T100TA-C1-GR (64GB)
Asus T100TA-B1-GR (32GB)

The detachable screen fits easily into your hands and is very lightweight. The T100TA is essentially a unique combination of a tablet and a very portable laptop. It’s actually two computers in one. The touchscreen display unit detaches from the keyboard when you need it to, and it transforms into a powerful tablet with full Windows 8.1 applications.

Build and Design

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This notebook measures about 10.4″ and weights at 2.4 lbs. The tablet itself weights 1.2 lbs. It’s a very small, lightweight device, and you can easily take it with you wherever you go. It’s very portable. The Asus Transformer Book T100TA-Ci-GR is 64 gigs and is very versatile in use, as it can operate as a tablet or a notebook. It’s lightweight features allow it to be used for small routine jobs when out and about. As a tablet, its powerful, because it handles Window 8 applications. The touch screen operates very well, and the long battery life makes it very appealing.

Display/Touchscreen Function & Speakers

This tablet has a great IPS display touchscreen! The resolution is 1366 x 768 on a 10.1″ panel. It also offers a 178 degree viewing angles, which allows for excellent viewing. This makes it easier to read, although there are better ones on the market. This display is midrange, sharp enough, has great contrast, but is lacking in brightness levels. Although this tablet’s display is sharper with wider viewing angles than laptops in price ranges of $500 and $700, and that’s really exceptional. The speaker quality is good.

Ports and Features



The T100TA comes with a 3.5mm combo audio jack, a micro USB charging port, a micro HDMI port, and a micro SDXC card slot and these ports are located on the side of the table. There’s a volume control on the left side and the power button is on top. There’s a 1.2MP webcam above the screen, and the capacitive Windows button is on the bottom. The keyboard dock has a full-size USB 3.0 port with a connector that inserts into the tablet. The T100TA locks securely into the dock, and there’s an easy release button that releases the tablet from the dock. This is a full Windows tablet, and so you can use your USB port with any Windows compatible peripherals, to include printers, hard drives, and 3G/4G LTE USB modems.

Keyboard and Touchpad

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The T100TA’s keyboard is wonderful, such as its key travel is generous for a tiny and slim product, and the keys are big. The units keyboard dock is designed to be comfortable in long-term use, and has a multi-touch pad. Although the keyboard is better than other small tablets with its 10.1″ size, its best for the occasional typists perhaps, as the keyboard isn’t large enough to support writing long papers, articles, or long detailed emails.


Let’s say bravo for the T100TA Atom CPU! When new batches of Atom dual core tablets came out last year, we’ve been anxiously waiting for the faster quad core Bay Trail Z3740. The T100TA’s CPU is about twice as fast as others in the same category, and has improved graphic performance. It’s Intel HD graphics is light-years ahead of the Clover Trails. This table is responsive, but may have some issues in lags. If you are a user of Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio, and Civ V, then you will love this tablet. All the programs run smoothly enough for a small tablet. Multitasking is limited as there is only two gigs of non-gradable DDR 3 RAM. Happily Adobe Photoshop CS is very usable, but heavy duty software, such as Adobe Premiere and Visual Studio can be a bit sluggish. Games run smoothly. Also the T100 uses eMMC storage and not the faster SATA SSD drives.

Battery Life

This little T100TA comes with a compact two watt mobile OS tablet style charger, which won’t take up a lot of space in your bag. The USB cable is only 3 ft. long; however, you won’t be plugging it in as much, because it has a long battery life. It does take a long time to charge, and so it’s best to charge it overnight. You have eleven full hours of use before having to recharge.

Heat and Noise

This little tablet has a passively cooled CPU – this means no fans! With low power, low heat, and little noise, the CPU’s back never gets hot – only warm. It comes with a two cell, Lithium Ion battery, and its sealed inside. Even with the WiFi on, you will have about 11 hours of use before having to recharge. Also the tablet can lie idly for days with minimal power drain.


• Free copy of MS Office 2013 Home and Student Edition software
• IPS Display
• Long Battery Life
• You can install Adobe Photoshop and other heavy duty software packages.
• Small, lightweight, Convertible Laptop/Tablet
• Intel Atom Z3740 1.86 Ghz Processor


• The T100TA is an impressive laptop, but it’s only a natural evolution of the netbook
• It has less speed than what you’d get with an Intel Core CPU
• Tiny keyboard
• Underpowered for serious gaming

This Is For Who?

The Asus Transformer Book T100TA is ideal for those who want to use the new Metro apps, get a lot of work done by using the installed MS Office 2013 Home and Student package, surf the internet, do emails, and watch videos. It’s also great for those graphic designers on the go, because they can download Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio and other software programs, and get their work done wherever they are. It’s also for the student looking for a great inexpensive tablet to write their reports and research papers. It’s very durable and functional, and extremely ideal for students, professionals, and others looking for a bargain and that packs a lot of power and has some really nice features.

Why Should You Buy It?

You should buy this little tablet, because the pricing is great, and you won’t find a keyboard dock with other tablets at these prices. You also get a lot of storage space in the 64 gig, and the display screen is wonderful. You can spend about 11 hours on the tablet before having to recharge. You can download lots of heavy duty software, such as Adobe Photoshop and others, offering a full range in how you can use your tablet. It already comes preinstalled with the MS Office 2013 Home and Student software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, so that you can get right to work, and it saves a bundle from having to purchase it yourself.

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Asus T100TA-C1-GR (64GB)
Asus T100TA-B1-GR (32GB)


The first thing that come into my mind when I receive this Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-953BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) is it’s overall size. Size can be pros or cons to any consumer products and it’s really subjective how you interpret it.

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My First Impression

I used to work with 14.0 and 13.3 inch laptop all this while and I have to admit I am really surprise when I unbox this laptop and found it’s really wide. Check the photo below and you will notice 7″  Kindle Fire HD become so small sitting beside this giant laptop.

I doubt anyone will really bring this laptop to go anyway with him but rather than make it a desktop replacement. Why not buying a desktop then? Well, no matter how big a laptop is, it will still mobile enough to occasionally use it outside, for example attending some workshop for few days or week. Desktop can’t give you this flexibility.

If you are a mobile worker or student that wish to bring your laptop all the time with you, then this laptop is not for you. You need a second tablet or smaller laptop to serve that function.

The second thing that grab my attention on this laptop is it’s surface on the lid and palm rest. It’s a textured surface design. I can’t say the textured design is really cool but it makes the computer looks sturdy, rough and stain proof.


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Compare to typical laptop reviews, we normally read a lot of Chromebook reviews over the internet that always start with: – If you are looking for xxx, this is not for you…

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Expectation Management

Well, Chromebook is already known not mean to sell and work as a normal laptop. For me, I think potential buyers should fully understand the functionality of Chromebook and what its offering you before buying and not becoming the next unsatisfied customer that leaving a 1 star critics on just because Chromebook couldn’t deliver what they expect normally what a laptop does.

 – If you going to purchase your first laptop or desktop as a primary working station (or you are planning to replace your only laptop / desktop) – Don’t Buy This

– If you need to run typical Windows programs which normally only works in Windows/Mac – Don’t Buy This

– and if you don’t know what actually a Chromebook is offering you – Please, Don’t Buy this

Chromebook basically used as a second laptop to browse the internet and some very lightweight and limited functions. It’s running on ChromeOS and everything is on the ChromeBrowser itself. Some people use it as a coffee table laptop, and some students use it to take notes due to it’s weight.

We can potentially end up with 3 full pages article talking about the functionalities and why buying Chromebook but what I want to stress in here: Please understand and do expect correctly what will you get from a Chromebook. 

Acer C710-2834 11.6-Inch Chromebook (Iron Gray)

Acer C710-2834 is one of the latest Chromebook manufactured by Acer. It’s better known as Acer C7 Chromebook in general and comes with different options of hardware specification.

The main difference of Acer C710-2834 comparing to it’s predecessor Acer C710-2833 is the processor. C710-2834 is using a slight updated version of Intel Celeron processor. Other than that, both model doesn’t shows too much difference in terms of specification and cosmetic.



We love the crispiness and brightness of this Chromebook. It comes with a glossy surface LCD which can found in most of the consumer laptops. The screen size of this Chromebook is 11.6-Inch which is a comfortable size for all web-browsing devices.

It’s able to support up until 1366 x 768 pixels and you can connect this Chromebook with HDMI port to external monitor.

Touchpad and Keyboard

For a $199 laptop, I feel surprise with the quality of it’s keyboard and it’s quite comfort for me typing on it. Nothing much to complain about the keyboard. What I really don’t like is the touchpad, it seems the surface is too smooth and uncomfortable for finger to swipe over it for longer time.

This seems to be the weaknesses on a lot of low end laptop nowadays and I really do hope the manufacturer has a revolutionary solution to solve this problem. Naturally nobody would like to bring a mouse for a mobile laptop that just for internet browsing and light weight activities. (PS. Perhaps touchscreen could solve the problem.)

Ports and Connectivity

This chromebook comes with Ethernet, USB, HDMI, VGA and audio jack port. We have tried to plug in to external LCD, keyboard and mouse and it works fine without any installation or configuration.


Build and Design

The build and design of this Chromebook is very identical to some Acer’s low-end laptop design. We guess Acer able to save up some cost by using back the same design of it’s laptop to this Chromebook.

It’s not as attractive and solid as other high-end laptop out there, but please bear in mind of it’s price.

What I do want to credit on this Chromebook is it’s color and surface material makes it seems to be stain proof in comparing to HP Chromebook 11 – which basically is a stain magnet due to it’s color and built material.



I have nothing much to complain about the processor and RAM as it does what it should – light weight usage and internet browsing. Besides that, I believe SSD did give the boot up speed a boost and I just love the quick start up compare to conventional laptop.

What I do see the possibilities of improvement is the use or a better processor that reducing the energy consumption. The 4 hours battery life should be sufficient for most of the people but nobody will complain of having a longer battery life for whatever device they have.

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Where’s The 0.5 Star Goes

Overall this is a 4.5/5 star laptop. It over deliver what it cost. It will become a perfect laptop if:

– It using Micro USB cable for power charging

– The touchpad definitely needs improvement as we don’t find comfortable using it

Comments? Ideas?

Please let us know via the comment section if you need further clarification to help your understand more about this model?

Acer C720 Chromebook
Acer C710 Chromebook


The Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5240NR is an budget friendly laptop that was created specifically for students who need the highest level of performance as the lowest price. This powerful laptop was built with a powerful hard drive so students can run multiple applications at a time and multitask between various assignments with out the laptop freezing or slowing down in performance.


The new Toshiba Satellite laptop is made of all plastic, and comes in a glossy metallic brown and black color. Although the The 14 inch rounded plastic shell provides a stylistic appearance, although it does not look particularly different from any other laptop at first glance other than it’s glossy yet partially matted finished. Although the laptop is encased within a thin plastic casing, the hinges are sturdy. The hinges are usually flimsy and easily broken, which causes concern in regards to longevity and resistance to breakage. Because thee hinges proved extended support and can resist being worn out easily, there is no need to be concerned about the life span of the laptop, it is sure to last for a long time to come. Although the top of the laptop appears to be normal and simplistic, the bottom portion underneath the laptop shows off a noticeably different design. This laptop features upgrades that allows access to the hard drive, RAM, and wireless card, which are hardware components that are normally enclosed withing a laptop and only accessible through the control panel.


The vibrant LED screen of the laptop measures 14 inches diagonally, sporting a 16:9 aspect ratio and the standard 1366 x 768 laptop resolution. The even and bright display gives a sharp contrast with rich colors, so graphics are clear and distinguishable. The makes it easier for students to see images and texts clearly not only in dim lighting, but in bright lighting environments. So the sunlight or bright classroom lights do not interfere with the visibility or illumination of the monitor. In addition, the speakers on this laptop feature large speaker grills that sit just above the spacious keyboard. That means that the sound is upwards and towards the user. The quality of the non-branded stereo systems is great and standard in comparison to other notebooks. Students should find it easy to listen to recorded lectures without the muffled or distorted sounds that can be often found with other laptops.

Ports & Connectivity

There are more than a sufficient number and assortments of ports available for use, so this laptop is equipped to be accessible, reliable and connectable. Although there are no ports located on the rear of the laptop, in the front of the laptop there is a slot where memory cards can be inserted to store or retrieve documents stored on the memory card. On the right side, there is a DVD drive, a USB port, and a Video graphics Array port to connect the laptop to another monitor. Finally, the left side houses the ports to connect a modem with an Ethernet port to connect to the internet. There 2 additional USB ports, and a High Definition Multimedia Interface port, so students can digitally receive videos with sound. Also, there are audio jacks located on the left side as well, right by the lock slot.

Keyboard & Touchpad

This Toshiba Satellite notebook sports a sturdy keyboard that does not fluctuate in balance as the user types. That means that students do not have to be restricted to using the laptop on flat surfaces in order to keep the notebook steady. The notebook is steady and sturdy, even when it is used on your lap. The full sized keyboard has flat individual keys that are larger than standard keyboards. This is appreciated by students with bigger hands, or those who find it difficult to type on small keyboards. In addition to the accommodating keyboard, the notebook also comes with a matte textured Synaptics touch pad. This button less keypad uses dedicated touch pad buttons that allows students to navigate on a smooth surface with clicking precision.


Even though this laptop runs somewhat slower than more expensive laptops, the processor and graphics card is compact but powerful. This means that the laptops till performs well enough that students can run multiple applications, play videos and listen to audio without complications or technical difficulties or high power consumption.

Battery Life

This laptop comes equipped with a stock 6-cell battery, that has 5 and half hours of battery life. While this is not a significant amount of battery life, it is sufficient for lecture classes or long video presentations. Students may find they only have to recharge their laptop once, if at all, while at school, depending on their usage.

This laptop has a smaller processor than normal for the size of the notebook, so the internal heat that is transmitted from the processor has empty space to circulate and cool off inside the casing. This means that the laptop foes not emit a high temperature of heat. To assist with the cooling off of emitted heat, the laptop has a self controlled fan that will increase it’s speed when necessary. The fan operates quietly, so the fan is not bothersome or irritating.

The benefits of purchasing this notebook includes:

• Sleek high tech look – the laptop has a glossy black finish and has multiple modern components

• Very fast – this notebook navigates quickly and processes information in lightning speed

• Variety of Port options – Users can connect to the internet, a modem, and even another monitor, with ports available for multiple external storage connections

• Cool feel and quiet operation – The processer does not emit a lot of heat, and the cooling fan operates quietly

• Lightweight – The slim design and plastic casing weighs 4.5 pounds, so it is light enough to carry anywhere

• Lengthy battery life- The battery can operate up to 5 1/2 hours without being recharged

In contrast the disadvantage of this laptop includes:

• There is not an optical disk drive – Users cannot access data stored on a optical disk

• When compared to other models of it’s size, this laptop is priced higher- Although this laptop is reasonably priced, it still costs more than other laptops of the same size

Why Buy? For who?

This Toshiba Satellite is equipped and with large storage capabilities, which is perfect for students who have heavy course loads because the laptop can store a large number of assignments without the student being worried about loosing their work. Its compact enough to fit inside a book bag, but is large enough to to space out the keyboard so students can type rapidly. The notebook has sufficient port access to connect multiple forms of media and storage hardware externally, including internet access and modem connectivity.

Anyone who is shopping for a laptop that is multi-functional yet inexpensive should buy the Toshiba Satellite laptop. It has all the hardware and software features that are needed by high school and college students while it is reasonable priced to be affordable and budget friendly. Adults who travel or work outdoors in the field will also find this laptop useful, as it is sturdy and can be used for multitasking or note taking tasks. Professionals who need to be able to share video presentations with his laptop, since it has a high resolution screen that is bright, as well as a DVD drive and a High Definition Multimedia Interface port. This laptop is affordable on almost any budget, which makes it an ideal investment for just about anyone.