Lenovo Flex 10 SSD upgrade has great results. Recommended hack!

Posted on 06 June 2014

When I reviewed the 270-euro Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10 recently I knew it would be a great candidate for an SSD upgrade. This fanless, touchscreen hybrid is the very model of a modern casual portable laptop but it was fitted with a really poor quality hard drive that was obviously holding the system back. After completing the SSD upgrade yesterday I can report that the difference is amazing. Applications are […]

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Intel NUC as low-cost media center with Openelec, XBMCbuntu. How-To.

Posted on 14 May 2014

Following my Windows 8.1 and Android KitKat tests with the Intel N2820 NUC I installed the software that this mini-pc is really ideal for. XBMCbuntu and Openelec are Linux-based distributions that are built purely to run the XBMC media center software. These well-developed OS builds for a mature application and for the average user are a perfect match and I’ve had success with both. The Openelec build even allows the […]

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How To Survive with 32GB Storage on Windows 8.1 Tablets

Posted on 01 April 2014

32GB SSDs are popular on some of the lower-cost Windows 8 tablets and 2-in-1’s but after the operating system is installed and the device is updated that 32GB partition can leave just 10GB free. As time goes by, increasing storage usage will eventually leave you with an unusable Windows 8 PC. To make that space more manageable there are things you can do to increase the capacity and to reduce […]

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Windows 8.1 Built-in 3G Hotspot in 2 Easy Steps.

Posted on 17 October 2013

Windows 8.1 is here and I hope you’re in the process of updating. On Clovertrail tablets it takes 2-4 hours for the download and upgrade but it’s worth it, and not just because of the new Facebook app (video demo here.) No, the most important thing for small screen tablets and mobility was the promised support for 3G in Connected Standby / InstantGo. In combination with the new Hotspot feature, […]

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Connected Standby Problem – How To Check It’s Working via the Hidden Win 8 Battery Report

Posted on 17 February 2013

As I wrote about driver update V2.04 for the Acer W510 I noticed a few user reports of poor connected standby battery life. The following day I heard about V2.08. I updated again but I was seeing some serious Connected Standby issues. Battery life was way below what it should have been. Here’s some information about how you can access a very cool battery life report on Windows 8, check your CS […]

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How to Turn Your UMPC into a DIY AirPlay Receiver

Posted on 13 October 2012

My Sony Vaio UX180 UMPC spent many years as the center of my mobile world. However, since the rise of the consumer smartphone, it hasn’t seen much field use lately. While the latest mobile devices are wonderful in many ways, they still lack the amazing software/hardware compatibility which comes with a full-fledged Windows-running x86 PC. I hung onto the UX180 knowing that it would be able to fill some role […]

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Review: The 700gm Mobile Reporting and Blogging Kit

Posted on 06 September 2011

  700gm turned into about 1.2kg last week as I tested a smartphone and tablet combination for content creation. I used the Samsung Galaxy Tab for writing the text, staying connected on social networks and I also used it as the ‘business grade’ 3G connection via a T-Mobile true day-flat option. The Nokia N8 performed camera, video and video editing duties as well as back-up Twitter client and of course, […]

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The No-Bag Pro-Blogging Challenge

Posted on 26 August 2011

Ramfrancisuk called it The Holy Grail of mobile computing – doing your job with pocketable devices – the No-Bag challenge. I know many of you have achieved this in the past so I won’t embarrass myself by claiming this is any sort of breakthrough but I will say that after 5 years of testing mobile computing equipment, this is the most confident I’ve ever felt about a set of pocketable […]

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Ultra Mobile Video Editing Part 4 – Lenovo S205 / AMD Brazos Video Editing Test

Posted on 12 April 2011

You may recall that I lost a number of days work last week. Test results, screen caps and a whole bunch of text went out the window when I did a factory re-install on the device I was both testing and writing the article on. That will teach me! The article was Part 4 of the Ultra Mobile Video Editing series and was a detailed look at two Brazos-optimised video […]

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Acer Aspire One 522 Upgrade. How-To and Tests

Posted on 14 March 2011

Out-of-the-box, the Acer Aspire One 522 is a very decent netbook. 3D graphics and HD video support out-pace anything that’s built on an Intel platform and with a dual-core 1Ghz CPU that challenges the dual-core Atom at 1.5Ghz AND keeps the battery drain down to impressive levels, a 1280×720 screen and a reasonable build quality you have something of a bargain at 299 Euros but I wanted to see just […]

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N350 Opened-Up. Easy Mem and Disk Upgrade

Posted on 05 November 2010

I’m quite the fan of the Samsung N350. 1KG and 4 or 5 hours of dual-core productivity. That’s impressive, especially when you can double that with just 200gm or so of extended battery. What I’m waiting for though is a 3G version because as you’ll see in the video below, RAM and SSD upgrade will be easy but the PCI-Express Mini slot is just a placeholder. No connector or antenna. […]

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Tega V2 Naked

Posted on 27 October 2010

Yes, we were unlucky and got a faulty Tega V2 so Tegatech kindly shipped over a new one for us to play with. Work starts on that soon but in the meantime, what should we do with the faulty one? We hinted at a little nakedness to Tegatech and they agreed, so here it is. The metal back is tough as nuts and there should be no problem doing some […]

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