Laptop Buying Guide

Buying a laptop can be a challenging task for many who don’t understand what different CPU models are, what graphics cards are useful for, how much RAM they need, and so on. This guide will offer an introduction to the different kinds of laptops you can buy so that you can make a choice that justifies your needs.

  1. The 2-in-1s and Ultrabooks

If your laptop use is confined to browsing the internet, consuming media, checking emails, and making presentations and reports, then you might be happy with a small, lightweight solution like a 2-in-1 or an ultrabook. These laptops are easy to carry, easy to use, and last for a very long time. They mostly come in 11 and 13-inch screen sizes and boast U series processors that are known for stable performance and low temperatures.

  1. The “Pro” Grade Ultrabooks

If you want better performance than a typical ultrabook, then you can opt for one that has a better processor and discrete graphics. Laptops like the Dell XPS 15 and the Razer Blade Pro are great for things like video editing while also being attractive and not so heavy.

  1. Gaming Laptops and Workstations

If you want the best performance possible, then you can either get a gaming laptop or a workstation, depending on your budget. A gaming laptop, as the name suggests, is best for gaming. But it can also be used for some heavy duty work like 3D design and rendering. It won’t be as good at these tasks as a workstation, but it’ll still work well.

A workstation is specifically designed to handle multi-core and multi-threaded work and has discreet graphics that specialize in these tasks. Mostly using NVIDIA’s Quadro line of cards, these laptops are the ultimate workhorses.

Both gaming laptops and workstations are heavy, big, and can get hot at times. They can also get quite expensive, so only go for these categories if you really need all that power.


Windows Now Also Has the Best HDR Editor

If you are a photographer and you like taking HDR photos, you know how important it is to have a great HDR editor at your disposal. There are many such editors one can use, each providing something different from the other. However, when Aurora HDR came on the scene in 2015, it was reserved for Mac OS only.

This year, Aurora HDR has finally been made available for Windows users too. This is great news as it is one of the best and easiest to use HDR editors available.

Packed Full of Features

When you visit Aurora HDR’s website, you will see all the new features the 2018 version of the editor brings. Other than its ever-excellent HDR processing prowess, the new version also adds lens correction settings, a new UI that is suitable for both beginners and professionals, more speed than before, and a number of new brushes and masks.

Windows users will finally be able to use this software for their HDR needs. Not only does Aurora HDR let you create true HDRs by combining multiple brackets but also has some great tone-mapping algorithms to turn individual photos into HDRs.

Cheaper than Many

Before Aurora HDR, many people used only Photoshop and Lightroom to make HDRs. However, both these programs are limited as compared to a true HDR editor, and ever since they have started charging a monthly fee to use them, they have become much more expensive than Aurora HDR’s $90 in the long run.

So if you have been waiting for a true HDR editor to use on your Windows computer but haven’t found one that suits your needs, Aurora HDR might be just what you need.

Should you be Interested in Windows 10 S?

If you’re even a little interested in Microsoft’s products and devices, chances are you have heard of Windows 10 S by now. It’s a new operating system (of sorts) that the company has developed for some of its devices. The recently released Surface Laptop, for example, runs Windows 10 S by default.

So what exactly is Windows 10 S, and should you even be interested in it? Let’s find out.

Safe, Secure, Store’

The idea of Windows 10 S is that it’s a safer version of Windows 10. It’s aimed not only at students and educators, but also at people who are interested in Google’s Chrome OS devices. That is because the devices coming installed with Windows 10 S are expected to be cheaper than those with full Windows, and will be targeting Chromebooks.

So how is Windows 10 S more secure than the full version? The answer is that Windows 10 S devices will allow you to install only those apps on your computers that are on the Windows Store. You will not be able to download any program from the internet, or use any other sort of setups to install them. This, however, does not mean that you won’t be able to run full Windows programs on your computer. You just won’t be able to run those that are not on the Store bundled as apps.

So should you be interested in Windows 10 S? If you are looking for a quick, secure, and hopefully cheap computer that doesn’t need to run too many programs not on the Store, then you might as well be.

Why A Compact Camera is still better than your Phone’s

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in recent years. The quality of photos that can be taken with a smartphone camera is sometimes too good to be true. Smartphones these days not only come with manual controls and wide apertures, but also boast optical zoom by using dual lenses for different focal lengths.

So you may wonder, why does one need a compact camera if smartphones have come so far?

For Larger Sensors

Smartphones may use wide apertures and good sensors, but the fact remains that a typical point and shoot compact camera still has a larger, often better, sensor than your smartphone. A larger sensor means better ISO performance, more detail captured, and overall potential to produce a better image.

For Optical Zoom

Yes, we just mentioned that smartphone cameras now have optical zoom, but it is very limited. Compact cameras, however, boast an impressive range of optical zoom. Most such cameras allow for 3x zoom, with some reaching over 30x zoom. This optical zoom is essential for many people who want to bring faraway subjects closer to their cameras without affecting quality.

For More Control

While some smartphones these days provide full manual control over your photos, not all of them are in the same camp. For complete creative control over your images, a compact camera will probably serve you much better than your smartphone. Especially in the case of long exposures and low light photos, you need this kind of control in your camera for taking an ideal shot.

So if you want a camera that allows you to go beyond what your smartphone can do, compact cameras are still very viable purchases. However, if you just take photos to post on social media or record some casual memories, you will probably be content with the one on your smartphone.

Some of the Best Tips to take Photos of Tech

Every time you visit an online store to buy some new tech, the pictures you see are the first impression that product has on you. A large number of people make online purchases based on the images they see. A picture can definitely be worth a thousand words; it shows the materials, the specifications, the condition, and the design of whatever product you’re looking to buy. Without a picture, you just cannot imagine how a product might turn out to be.

Now that we have established the importance of product photography, here are some of the things you should always keep in mind if you want your tech to look great in photos:

  1. Set your Backdrop

One of the most important things in product photography is the backdrop. You should try to use white backdrops for most of your tech products to showcase their own design and color. Any other color used in the backdrop is bound to make the actual product look different than it is.

  1. Pay Attention to Lighting

Lighting is key for taking photos of your tech. You should remember to use soft lighting so that strong shadows and contrast can be avoided. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. There are many DIY solutions that you can use to create budget tech photography setups.

  1. Take it Outdoors

If you want your photos to stand out among the rest, try taking your tech outdoors. Place the product against a nice, natural backdrop and use the sun’s natural light to bring it to life. If needed, you can even try taking HDR photos of your tech. There are many easy to use software programs you can use for this purpose, like Aurora HDR 2017.

  1. Choose the Right Equipment

In order to take excellent photos of your tech products, you need to invest in the right kind of camera equipment. You don’t have to buy very expensive gear, but you do need to know what kind you should buy. For example, even a basic DSLR camera will do the job paired up with a decent prime lens and propped up on a tripod. Keep in mind that you should not use wide angle lenses for product photography as these tend to warp your subject.

  1. Shoot RAW

Last but not the least, always take your photos in RAW format. This will allow you to take them into a RAW editor later and adjust the brightness, contrast, color, noise, and much more without destroying the image quality.

Another thing you should always remember is to take your time with photography. Don’t rush things because then you’ll probably just have to do it again. Pay attention to your setup, adjust the lighting and the white balance of your camera, make sure your camera is not moving and the tripod is stable, and once you’re satisfied go ahead and shoot.

Running Windows 10? Here are Some Tips and Tricks

Windows is, without a doubt, a great operating system to be running on your PC. While a lot of people prefer Mac OS over Windows, people who are invested in Microsoft’s services usually tend to stick with its own operating system.

The Creators Update for Windows 10 was just rolled out to devices a few weeks ago, and it brings with it lots of new features and changes in the overall software. However, there are some things that might go unnoticed due to being hidden in menus and settings. Read on to find out some of these hidden tips and tricks.

Be in Control of your Storage

The more you use your PC on a regular basis, the more it is bound to fill up with junk you don’t need. Sometimes you don’t even know it exists, which is why a feature called Storage Sense has been added in Windows 10. With it you can have your PC clean itself up, which included delete things like temporary files and recycle bin items, every 30 days. This also shows you clearly as to what kind of items are taking up what amount of space on your computer.

Take it Easy on the Eyes

Another great, albeit simple, feature that Microsoft decided to add in Windows 10 is Night Light. This casts a warm hue over your entire screen so that your eyes don’t have to deal with the negative effects of blue light during later hours. This can be found in Display settings on your Windows PC.

Troubleshoot All in One Place

Windows has finally consolidated all of the different troubleshooting options in one place. The new Troubleshoot option can be found in Update and Security settings. Here, you can troubleshoot any and all kinds of issues you might run into on your computer without having to Google as to where you should navigate or how you should tackle a problem.


These are only a few of the hidden tips and tricks that have been added in Windows 10 Creators Update. There are a lot more useful features like these that are bound to make your computing experience much better and easier than before.


Perhaps the Best MacBook Alternative is here

In recent years, Microsoft has shown the world that not only can it do great software, but has the ability to create some very interesting hardware as well. This was made clear when the software giant started releasing their Surface devices. These were well-built 2-in-1 devices that really pushed the boundary as to what these kind of devices could offer to the people.

After the success of the Surface Pro lineup, Microsoft has just released its first ever proper laptop, the Surface Laptop. This, unlike the Surface Book released previously, is not a hybrid computer but rather a more conventional laptop. And it might just be the perfect machine for you if you are looking for a MacBook alternative.

It has the Looks and the Muscle

Two of the biggest reasons people prefer the MacBook are its solid build quality and its excellent looks. The Surface Laptop has both. It’s a lightweight laptop that looks very sleek, and uses some interesting material choices like the Alcantara material that covers the entire keyboard area of the laptop. Not only this, but the Surface Laptop comes in a variety of interesting colors as well, including Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Platinum, and Graphite Gold.

It is great for Students

The Surface Laptop is aimed directly at college students. The sleek and lightweight form factor, coupled with the colors and a special version of Windows 10 is what makes it a great choice for students. This version of Windows, dubbed Windows 10 S, ensures that no malware gets into the computer by using apps from outside the Windows Store. This may seem like a negative point to many, but this will ensure that the laptop stays secure and speedy.

Other than sheer looks and the OS, the Surface Laptop also features a great touchscreen that works with the excellent Surface Pen. Couple this with the Surface Dial, and you might just have everything you need from your computer if you are a college student.

But, it’s not Perfect

All that said, the Surface Laptop is not perfect for a number of users because of one glaring reason; it’s an expensive machine. Starting at $999 for the base model, the Surface Laptop is easily outdone by many other gaming-grade laptops by Lenovo, Dell, and Asus. However, none of those laptops have the quality of craftsmanship that the Surface does.

So if you want something that feel more premium than the plethora of laptops out there, and you have the money to buy it, go ahead and get the Surface Laptop. We assure you it’ll be a great alternative to Apple’s MacBook, if you’re looking for one of course.

Sketch better with technology rising out of necessity

There are many strugglers in world trying to draw elephant ends up like cows. Yeah that certainly happens for everybody beginning to draw. Don’t worry anymore because the Google has come up with “Autodraw” option to enhance your drawings skills. Drawing is art form with unique details. But when it comes to leisure drawing we are always in need of readymade options to swipe with. Here is the platform for the right technology made by Google based on user’s experience.

Your drawing may be miserable but the technology can upgrade your ideas on how to sort out things easily. When you have a doubt at today’s trend what you do? Where you go? Just go with Google. Google has come up with new algorithm for identity the terrible drawings of humans and change them with good ones stored in pre-built option.

Your doodle

Google is special for its doodle on famous person’s birthdays and all special days. Likewise your doodle can also be identified with the help of auto draw option in google. The Al does recognize the shapes you are trying to draw and show suggestions that you are in need of.

You can simply click and select. For instance let us take you are trying to draw bicycle draw two circles and a line connecting them you will come across options like eye glasses, wheels, and bicycle. Just click the bicycle and finish your work.

A new showcase

It comes with the same principle of quick draw and each and every small drawing is stored in memory. When you are searching for normal drawings like

  • Tree
  • Clock
  • Watch
  • Glass
  • Car

  When you start to draw its outer shape it can give its suggestions for the shapes you are drawing. If Google can’t recognize then you must quite not worry about your drawing skills because they are unique ones.