How To Choose A Right Bag For Laptop?

If you own a laptop that makes you feel proud, you probably want to do everything you can to defend it from harm. That’s why it’s crucial to get a special bag that’s designed exclusively to protect your compact computer.

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Thankfully, there are many varieties of exciting, stylish and effective laptop bags available to purchase.

Sleeves
Laptop sleeves are a popular option. Sleeves are sleek and streamlined protective options that are suitable for people who wish to avoid big and bulky bags. Laptop sleeves are so thin and convenient that you can often even easily place them inside of your other bags.

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If you have a roomy rucksack, your laptop sleeve should be able to fit easily inside of it.

Shoulder bags
Shoulder bags that are reminiscent of briefcases are also available. There are even laptop bags that look and function just like briefcases themselves.

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If you’re interested in a laptop bag that can give a polished, professional and serious impression to others, going the briefcase route may make an optimal choice for you.

Backpack laptop bags
Backpack laptop bags can be helpful for people who are constantly on the go. If you lead a hectic lifestyle and find that you don’t always have a lot of time, a backpack laptop bag may be a wise choice for you.

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These bags can also be great for people who don’t often have spare hands. If you’re always looking at your phone or holding a bottled water or cup of coffee while you’re walking from point A to point B, keeping your laptop secure in a backpack may just work like a charm.

Customize your bag
A couple other dependable, attractive and practical laptop protection options include rolling laptop bags and messenger bags. Some people even choose to customize their laptop bags.

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If you want to invest in a one-of-a-kind bag for your laptop, custom choices may be ideal.

And finally….
Now that you know more about extensive selection of laptop bags around. A laptop bag is only accessory which can protect your working device. But if you have any problem with your laptop, tablet or other devices or you need a quick visit from the computer doctor, you can find help at Laptop MD.

Laptop buying guide: Essential Tips

At LaptopMD, we encounter just about every consumer electronics problem you could imagine on a regular basis. For the most part, there aren’t many technical snafus we can’t rectify. However, some laptops are simply beyond fixing for one reason or another.

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In that case, it’s time to upgrade to a new machine. Use the following laptop buying checklist we’ve put together to guide your decision the next time you need a new laptop.

Step #1 – Pick a Platform: Windows or Mac
Probably the most important decision you’ll make is the default operating system that a laptop comes with.

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For most consumers, it’s basically a choice between Windows 10 and Mac OS X.

Step#2 – Do you want 2-in-1?
The main decision to make nowadays when it comes to mobile computers is between a standard laptop and a hybrid. A normal laptop has a permanently attached keyboard while a hybrid usually has a detachable keyboard. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the iPad Pro, Lenovo Yoga 900 are usually given as examples of the latter.

Step#3 – Choose a Size That’s Right for You
Since it’s an inherently mobile device, a laptop must be perfectly suited to its user on the basis of size and weight.

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  • 11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inches screens and typically weigh 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. Examples – Surface Pro 4, Macbook 12;
  • 13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability if you get a laptop that weighs under 4 pounds Examples – Macbook Air 13, Dell XPS 13;
  • 15 inches: The most popular size, 15 inch laptops weigh 4.5 to 6.5 pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you are not planning to carry your laptop around often. Examples – Macbook Pro 15, Asus Zenbook Pro UX501.

Step#4 – Find a Machine That’s Powerful Enough
The CPU and on-board RAM of a laptop will dictate what you can do with it in the field.. The key is to thoroughly peruse laptop benchmarks before buying.

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  • Intel Core i3/i5: If you are looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get a Core i5. Core i3 is a small step down.
  • Intel Core i7: High-end performance for gaming rigs and workstations.
  • Intel Core m3/ m5/ m7: Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below Core i3/ i5.

Step#5 – Find a Machine with the Right Longevity

A laptop that can’t run as long as you’d like when it’s off the cord won’t do you much good. While a Macbook should be good for 10 hours or more under normal circumstances, a solid laptop usually won’t last much longer than five.

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Some particularly efficient yet robust hybrids may be able to run for 8 hours or so on a single charge before eventually sapping their battery power.

Step#6 – Select a Laptop That Fits Your Budget
Finally, the right laptop is one that ticks all of the aforementioned boxes at a price that fits your budget. That range could be anywhere from $500 to 3000$. Knowing what you want and what you’re able to get for the money that you’re willing to part with is the key.

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Shop around a little once you’ve dialed in your preferred specifications to avoid being ripped off on any given option.

Making Your Laptop Go the Distance
Finally you’ve found the perfect laptop for you. It would be awesome if all your data, pictures, notes, and music appeared on your new machine seamlessly as well as a pre-installed anti-virus program. Unfortunately it can be complicated for many users to do this by themselves. When you have an issue like this the friendly and experienced staff at LaptopMD is on your side.

10 Great Mobile Messaging Apps

We all know the old adage; New York is indeed a melting pot. Millions of people from all over the world call New York home, but how they you contact their friends and family overseas? Long distance calling cards are OK. International mobile plans are expensive.

Social Media is cool but nothing compares to the instant connection that mobile messaging Apps offer. They allow you to talk to anyone around the world for free, and are a prime means of international communication. Many may not know just how many options there are to choose from.

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iPhone 6+: The Tablet Killer

iphone 6 plus repair nycAre “Phablets” phasing out Tablets? Not only are the iPhone 6 and 6+ flying off shelves, tablet sales have lowered 30% according to Best Buy CEO Joy Hubert. Is there a correlation between increased iPhone sales and lower tablet sales?

An analysis by Gartner calculates Apple sold a record 74.8 million phones in the 4th quarter of 2014, a stark increase from the 50 million they sold the previous quarter. Samsung managed to sell 73 million devices in the same timeframe, but it was a notable drop from the 83 million they sold the previous quarter.

Apple’s big fourth quarter has made them number one in the global smartphone market. Additionally, the demand for the iPhone 6+ supports a widespread belief that large smartphones, now deemed Phablets, are usurping the tablet market entirely. Business Insider released a report that predicted sales of Phablets will outnumber tablets 3 to 1 by 2019. Continue reading

Apple the new iPad

The (Kind of) New iPad

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The new iPad is here. No, not the iPad3 or the iPad HD. The new iPad goes by the humble name of The New iPad. A fittingly boring name for a fittingly boring device. It really shouldn’t come as a shock, since the release of the iPhone4S set the stage for this release cycle being more about polishing the old and less about anything new, but on many levels it still comes as a disappointment.

So what exactly makes the New iPad new?

The Screen: Probably the biggest and most noticeable improvement is the updated screen. Apple has managed to take the great Retina display we’ve grown to love on the iPhone and make it big. With a resolution of 2048 x 1536, it looks significantly better than the iPad2. If what you’re looking for is the prettiest screen on any tablet out today, this one may well be it.

The Processors: Dispelling rumors of a Quad+1 processor, a la the Tegra 3 found in some Android devices, Apple instead went for a more traditional dual-core A5X processor, but supplemented it with a additional quad-core GPU. Why? I imagine their reasoning was that the iPad is rarely tasked with any serious processor-intensive tasks, however it is used to play games often. If they have also integrated proper load-balancing across the cores, this could make the battery life significantly longer than an all-in-one solution. On the other hand, if they didn’t it could mean that that you run out of juice shortly after turning it on. Oh, did I mention it’s supposed to be twice as powerful as the iPad2?

The Cameras: In a move that shocked no one, Apple has finally put a real camera on the back. About 3 years after everyone else. And it’s only 5 megapixels. Granted, that’s more than 5x the camera on the iPad2, but considering the size of the device I don’t see any real reason not to put a bigger camera with a dedicated image chip in. There is absolutely no excuse for the camera on a high-end tablet device to be outdone by $100 point-and-clicks. The front camera remains unchanged, though with so many video chatting services handicapping image quality for bandwidth purposes anyway, .3 megapixels is more than enough.

The Connection: 4G. And only a year or two after everyone else jumped on board. Which actually makes the New iPad a better phone device than the iPhone4s. Other than that, the only real improvement is the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0, which should make using peripherals for gaming significantly more responsive and provide a much better experience when playing games, and I guess doing work.

What’d they miss?

A lot. I know I’m not the most Apple-friendly person in the city, but really there’s a lot missing here that should have been a no-brainer.

The Shape: It’s thicker AND heavier than the iPad2. Granted it has a bigger camera and beefier processors, but it still adds almost 2 ounces to the total weight. It’s noticeable. It’s also almost a millimeter thicker, which is a lot less noticeable, but still adds to the slightly bulkier feel.

Siri: The only big deal fro the iPhone4S is shockingly absent. This seems like a huge omission. My only guess is that they are working on making Siri play with the big screen better and will release her as an update, but nevertheless it feels sloppy.

Anything New: The internet, as always, was abuzz with rumors prior to the release. After Apple filed a patent for a carbon-fiber shell, many believed there would be new form factors or designs. We also expected something, anything, to get excited about. Even the addition of new colors would have been enough. Instead we got what is essentially the device Apple should have released last year as the iPad2.

So what does it mean for me?

If you have an iPad2? It means you’ve got another year to wait if you want to upgrade to something significantly better from Apple. If you have a first-gen iPad? It might be worth the upgrade cost to trade in for the newest model, but even then I’m on the fence. If you don’t have an iPad at all? Take a look at some of the Android options out there. They’ll give you significantly more bang for the buck. Or take advantage of the price drop on the iPad2.

As far as what this means for Apple? Based on Apple’s stock price, investors are very underwhelmed. This might be the first time in the last decade that Apples shares haven’t soared immediately after a new release was announced. Just as troubling is the lack of any real innovation in this release cycle. Technology has moved a LOT since the iPad2 came out, but the new iPad hasn’t kept pace. We saw much the same thing with iPhone4S. It’s too early to make a final call, but I’m going to speculate that Jobs played a much smaller role in the release of these two devices than he has in the past and I think it shows. With the cult of personality around Jobs dissipating in the Apple offices, I have to wonder if a lot of the employees are who had been running at 150% on fear and adrenaline are finally burning out. I guess we’ll see in a couple of months when the iPhone5 is announced.

The Best Technology Holiday Gift Guide Ever!

It’s here, it’s here! The LaptopMD+ Holiday Wishlist/Gift Guide! We know all five of our regular readers have been waiting with baited breath for this since last year. This year, though, we decided to do things a little differently – we’re posting one suggestion from each of our staff members. We’re a pretty diverse bunch, so there’s a lot of variety in the items, and a lot of really cool stuff.
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And so without further ado and in no particular order: The Best Technology Holiday Gift Guide Ever! Continue reading
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Black Friday Tech Deals: The Doctor’s Top-10

 

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It’s that time of the year again: the streets smell of chestnuts roasting, the Rockefeller tree lights up the night, and Oh Ya SHOPPING! Hours waiting outside, the lines to buy what you wanted the joys of holiday shopping are here. With Black Friday coming up this week to kick off the season we wanted to know what deals were worth climbing over people and standing in line for. Here are the deals that we’re standing in line for:

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Ultraportable Laptop Buying Guide: What You Need to Know to Make the Most of Your Money

Ultraportables are the latest big thing in laptop computers, and it’s obvious why: all the power and performance of a standard laptop, in an incredibly (one might almost say ultra-) portable and lightweight package. Ultraportables are the summit of what a laptop was envisioned as being. So now that you’ve decided to invest in the future, what exactly do you look for when buying an ultraportable laptop? The short answer is the same things you would look for in a regular desktop PC. The long answer? Read on:

Essential Software for the Every Day Person

Whether you’re a student, a busy professional, or just a person learning how to make better decisions in life everyone from time to time needs to switch things up, right?  In the technology world that means all of us are constantly looking for new computer programs to make our lives more efficient and productive.  I recently read an article on PC World of their picks of the must-have downloads for 2011 school year and I realized that there were a few programs I use personally that make sense for just about everyone, not just students.

Evernote: Evernote is a free program download and web service that allows you to take quick notes of any kind (text, images, voice memos, etc.) and store them in an easy, tagged based system.  Evernote is available as a PC or Mac program but you can also use the web or your smartphone (iPhone or Android) to take, record, and retrieve your notes from just about anywhere.  If you consume a lot of information and need to save it in an easy to retrieve manner, then this program is for you!

Scrivener: Scrivener is a great tool that allows students or individuals who like to compose and organize larger written works than just notes.  Scrivener functions as a digital white-board or cork-board to brain storm ideas, move paragraphs, and compose perfectly written masterpieces, whether it’s a term paper, business deal, or the next New York Times Bestseller.  This is another tool that I have personally used and I must say that I have found nothing better to organize my thoughts for larger writing ‘assignments’.  This program is available for Mac as a 30 day free trial and costs $45 after the trial ends.  You can also take advantage of the public beta of their new Windows version as well!

LibreOffice/OpenOffice.Org: If you’re looking to unshackle yourself from Microsoft Office and not pay the sometimes ridiculous software prices, I would recommend checking out either of these open source office suites.  I have personal experience with OpenOffice.Org and can only assume that LibreOffice is the same if not better.  Both office suites offer alternative programs other than Word, Excel, or PowerPoint but give you the same functionality as those name brand software titles and also you to open and save in native Microsoft formats.

Check out the PC World article for some more great back-to-school software tips.  Share your recommendations in the comments below.

Top Back-To-School Tech Tips

back-to-school computer tipsWith the school year just around the corner, students across New York are gearing up to ship out to colleges, some going back to a familiar haunts and others just getting ready for a new adventure. And while some students are lucky enough to get a brand new computer, in this tough economy a lot of students and their families have to cut back on expenses and make old laptops and other devices stretch just another year or two. With that said, there are a couple of tech tips and tricks that can give new life to old equipment and make it stretch through one more year away from home.

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