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Bryan Hill's Blog - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:59am

Product Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch 14” Ultra Book

Bryan Hill's Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:25pm

This is a review for a new 14 inch Touch Screen Ultra Book we purchased from Best Buy.  It is a Lenovo IdeaPad U430. We purchased this as a package deal from Best Buy’s Deal of the Day with a Lenovo Windows 8 Tablet. It’s original price is $829.99 we got it as the package deal with the tablet for $699.99.

I have not used this device much but did do the initial setup and updated it to Windows 8.1. In the short time I used it, it seemed more then adequate, it was very responsive and stable. I have to mention that the specs of this device are better than average, this is one of the reasons we snatched this Deal of the Day up. Here a few that caught my attention:

Processor: Intel Haswell Core i7-4500U Dual Core 1.8 MHz-3.0 MHz

Memory:  4Gigs

Hard Drive: Hybrid 8Gig/500Gig (For even faster boot times, Windows 8 is fast anyways)

Dragon Voice Control

Backlit Keyboard

I also have to mention that the build of this particular ultra book,with it’s polished aluminum chassis, sets it apart form other price comparable units.

Overall my wife is the main user and she has had absolutely no complaints, other than the learning curve of the new operating system. You know the saying, if Momma is happy, then everyone is happy!! It is a rock solid unit, from it’s components to it’s case.

**I have no material connection with this manufacturer or supplier.**

Product Review: Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet

Bryan Hill's Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:43pm

This is a review for a new 8 inch tablet we purchased from Best Buy. It is a Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet. The product page on Best Buy’s website, are not correct. It shows that it is running Windows RT, this product actually is running a full blown version of Windows 8.0 which I recently updated to Windows 8.1 for free. Another spec that seems to be overlooked, is that this particular model ships with Microsoft Office Student/Home 2013 (which retails at $139.99 from Best Buy)This unit sold for 199.99 from Best Buy. We purchased this unit as a package deal with a Lenovo Ultra Book which cost $699.99 via the Deal of the Day.
We both are very happy with this unit, it is very fast. The processor is an Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3740, part of Intel’s Quad core family, clocked at 1.33Ghz, and sports 2 Gig’s of ram and a 32Gig hard drive. It charges via a micro Usb cable and allows for external micro SD card.
The windows 8.1 interface is very responsive, and seems more logical in the touch configuration.
The cameras work well, the battery is sufficient, and the display is gorgeous.
A side note, we decided to install the Microsoft Office on the laptop instead of this tablet. We figured it would get used more on that particular device and it worked fine without a problem. Keep in mind that Office does not come preinstalled, the activation key comes in the package, if purchasing this unit, use caution not to discard it or mistaken it for a Windows 8.1 activation code.
Pros:
  • It’s form factor (8.5” x 5.25”) is perfect for typing with my thumbs.
  • Snappy for being a full version of windows 8.1
  • It comes with Microsoft Office Student/Home
Cons:
  • Lack of a flash on Rear facing camera
  • Only left with 5 Gig of hard drive space (apps cannot be installed on the micro SD card)
  • After Market cases don’t quite fit (at least the ones that stores have locally, I will probably turn to Amazon)

**I have no material connection with this manufacturer or supplier.**

New Setup...

Bryan Hill's Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:19am


...on my desktop. We recently bought Brenda a new touch screen laptop, so I inherited the year old non touch Lenovo 15.5 inch laptop to replace my six year old Dell desktop that was still running Windows XP. I made the decision to mount my extra 19 inch monitor above it to extend my desktop. I was a little hesitant, but now that I have been using it for a couple of weeks, I love it! After being forced to use windows 8.1, I have to admit, that I am a fan. I stumble around sometimes and find myself saying, it used to be easier. But then once I figure out the new way to do it, it's not so bad. One nice tip I found a lot of people were unaware of, is if you are looking for something, from the start/metro screen, just start typing what you are looking for, nine times out of ten this results in finding what you are looking for. Thanks for visiting the blog and have a blessed day.

Someone looks serious...and maybe a little angry.

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:04am


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Life of Georgie – Hanging with me…

Bryan Hill's Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:39am

…on the couch.

Hannah and Ryan’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:08am
On Saturday April 12th 2014 we were at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Hannah and Ryan. Hannah and Ryan were married at Heinz Chapel at 4:30 pm. Guests began arriving at Soldiers and Sailors Hall shortly before 5:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers as […]

The Emperor’s New Art

Xaotik Designs - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:00am

A piece of art consisting of a canvas painted blue with a white line down the middle sold at auction for $44 million. Let that settle in for a minute. Something that took half the skill of the average house painter sold for more money than most people will ever see in their life. Was […]

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What if Lovecraft invaded other movies and shows?

Xaotik Designs - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:00am

After making the Book of R’lyeh image, I thought it would be fun to imagine what it would be like if Lovecraft’s work found its way into other movies and shows. For instance, just imagine Gordon Shumway’s surprise when he discovers the truth behind this city full of cats. Or picture the joy of LeVar […]

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?

My Brilliant Mistakes - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 3:49pm

Playing with a turtle on the small front porch of our house in Exton, PA.

The Book of R’lyeh

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:07pm

The Book of Eli is a movie about a guy named Eli, who has to take a book across the country at the behest of the voice he hears. (Some spoilers after the jump) Eli spends 30 years wandering the now post apocalyptic United States before finally winding up in a town run by Carnegie […]

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Chelsea and Bobby’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:37pm
On Saturday April 05th 2014 we were at The Magnolia Room in Creighton Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Chelsea and Bobby. Chelsea and Bobby were married at 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Butler PA. Guests began arriving at The Magnolia Room at 5:45 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers […]

TBT - First Fishing Trip...

Bryan Hill's Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:04am
...on our boat in May 2006.


Jessica and Randy’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:53pm
On Saturday March 29th 2014 we were back at our favorite banquet hall in Butler, The Crystal Room. The event was a wedding reception for Jessica and Randy. Randy and Jessica were married at 2:00 pm at Saint Victor’s Church in Bairdford Pennsylvania. Guests began arriving at The Crystal Room shortly before 5:00 pm where […]

Facebook isn’t inspirational

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am

I keep seeing these stupid inspirational quotes and memes on Facebook, and nothing makes me happier than pointing out how each one is wrong…

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Bryan Hill's Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:03am

 

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