The Ice Wind Pro is a breeze to install

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One neglected feature of heatsinks has always been the ease of installation, which has become much worse now that many heatsinks are so heavy they require a backplate to prevent its weight from damaging your socket or motherboard.? For those who would prefer a heatsink that can be installed without needed to access the back of the motherboard, or even removing the board from its case, DeepCool’s Ice Wind Pro might be a good choice.? At 650g it is light compared to many other models and the handy bracket offers more than enough support for that weight.? Of course there are some downsides to such a light cooler, check out how well it could cool a CPU?over at Overclockers Club.

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“The thing that impressed me the most about this cooler, believe it or not, was its installation process. The 100% tool-free, in-case, no-rear-access-required installation went through like a breeze. It took only minutes to go from having no cooler to having this one installed. It’s the first of its kind that is done this way and I hope other manufacturers take a step for lighter-end coolers that can get away without a heavy-duty mounting mechanism. The cooler’s build quality is top notch, which follows in the steps of previous DEEPCOOL heat sinks that I have had the opportunity to review.”

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Trimming the price but not the quality from their KNS series of headsets

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If you are looking for a decent pair of circumaural headphones that simply offer great performance and do not delve into simulating 5.1 or 7.1 sound and have a budget of around $100 then check out KRK Systems’ KNS 6400.? One of the best features of both this headset and its more expensive brother are the cords, which are not integral but can be replaced if they become damaged or if KRK?Systems follows TechPowerUp’s suggestion of selling custom cables for those with specific needs.? The audio quality is not top notch when compared to more expensive headphones but for $100 KRK?Systems seems to have done very well.

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“KRK Systems is well on their way to becoming a big name in the headphone business. Today we will be taking a look at yet another interesting set of closed back headphones, namely the KNS 6400s which feature the same mechanical design as the KNS 8400.”

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Take the PC Perspective Survey – Win Prizes!

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Take the PC Perspective Survey – Win Prizes! | PC Perspective PC Perspective PCPER WEB HomeReviewsNewsForumsPodcastHW LeaderboardSSD Decoder Graphics CardsMotherboardsCases/CoolingProcessorsChipsetsMemoryDisplaysSystemsStorageMobileShows/Expos Username: * Password: * Register | Password Reminder Home ? News Take the PC Perspective Survey – Win Prizes! Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2012 – 09:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: survey, ocz, giveaway, corsair, contest

Every once in a while take an opportunity to learn about YOU, our faithful fans of PC Perspective. ?Today is one of those days as we have setup a small survey to help point us in the right direction for the future of the website. ?We can learn a lot from your help with this:

We learn about you.We learn what you want to read on PC Perspective.We learn what you don’t want to read on PC Perspective.We learn what you want to see as the future of PC?Perspective.

As you can see, YOU?have a lot of power over what is going to happen here, so wield it wisely.? If you write in the comments section that we should fire Josh then we’ll probably do it probably not do it.?

Other than the obviously great feelings you’ll receive from helping out your friends at PC?Perspective, we decided that to entice you to spend the 5 minutes on the survey that it will require we are going to offer up a handful of prizes as well!

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1 x OCZ?128GB?Vertex 4 SSD

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1 x Corsair Vengeance C70 Military Green Chassis

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1 x Gigabyte Z77 G1.Sniper M3 Motherboard

All you have to do to win one of these great prizes is:

Fill out our survey.Wait for us to pick you as a winner.

Man, we pride ourselves on making our contests and sweepstakes easy, but this is ridiculous!? The competition is open to ALL?people around the world though you can ONLY enter one time!? The survey will run through the 8th of June, so get your entries in!

Good luck and thank you so much for being a part of PC Perspective!

Continue on to the survey for your chance to win and support PC?Perspective while doing it!

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Age Range: Under 1616 – 2526 – 3536 – 4546 – 5556 – 65Over 65

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Income Range: Under $10,000$10,001 – $20,000$20,001 – $30,000$30,001 – $40,000$40,001 – $50,000$50,001 – $75,000$75,001 – $100,000$100,001 – $150,000$150,001 – $200,000More than $200,000

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What industry does the company your work for primarily operate in?: – None -Arts and RecBanking and FinanceComputer HardwareConstructionEducationGovernmentInternetIT and Systems IntegrationManufacturingMedical and HealthcareProfessional ServicesReal EstateRetailTelecommunicationsUtilitiesOther With which of the following job functions are you involved?: Business Development Consulting Customer Service Design Education Engineering Executive Finance Healthcare Human Resources IT Services Legal Services Operations Research Sales and Marketing Software Development Tech Support OtherUpgrades I plan on upgrading or buying this component in the following time frame: Less than 1 month1 – 3 months3 – 6 months6 – 9 months9 – 12 months12 – 24 monthsMore than 24 months CPU / Processor GPU / Graphics Card Motherboard System Memory Hard drive or SSD Power Supply Case / Chassis Monitor / Display Keyboard and/or Mouse Wireless Router Notebook / Laptop Mobile Phone Tablet

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New Technologies How interested are you in the following technologies?: Very InterestedSomewhat InterestedNeutralNot Interested Multi-Display Gaming Multi-GPU Gaming 3D Gaming Solid State Drives Thunderbolt Ultrabooks / Ultraportable laptops HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) / APUs OpenCL HTPC (home theater PC) builds / components Family CTO Who do you help make technology suggestions and selections for?: Friends Family Co-workers Online Friends/Forums How often do you make suggestions to the above groups?: Daily Weekly Monthly What products do you make recommendations about?: PC Components Pre-built PCs Notebooks / Laptops Computing Accessories TVs and Electronics Mobile Phones Do you consider a discrete graphics chip important for your next notebook purchase?: Yes No Are you interested in tablets and tablet technology?: Yes No Are you interested in mobile phones and associated SoC technology?: Yes No Would you like to see reviews and information about desktop PCs from Dell, HP and others?: Yes No Are you considering any external storage or NAS devices?: Yes No Would you consider using Wi-Fi technology on a desktop PC?: Yes No Have you ever utilized our Hardware Leaderboard ( for buying decisions?: Yes No Are you interested in more notebook coverage at PC Perspective?: Yes No What component reseller do you check FIRST when shopping?: Newegg Tiger Direct NCIX Amazon Fry’s Microcenter Best Buy Directron MwaveWrapping Up Do you have any suggestions for the PC Perspective staff on how to improve the site or our content?: Enter your email address so we can contact you about the prizes!!: Email: Source: PC Perspective Comments Post a comment May 24, 2012 | 09:52 PM – Posted by TinkerToyTech

Fill out the survey and show your love for the folks at PC Per and Win Stuff!

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:12 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout


reply May 24, 2012 | 10:16 PM – Posted by John Hodder (not verified)

Just a quick edit for this post Ryan.
” If you write in the comments section thtat we should fire Josh”
Just a slight spelling error but i thought i’d let you know anyway 🙂

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:23 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

Fixed thanks!

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:35 PM – Posted by Sphex (not verified)

Also $50,001-$50,000 is an amount you can make?

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:54 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

Doh, not any more… lol

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:37 PM – Posted by JSL

No @ firing Josh… I’ve enjoyed his partially inebriated humour in the podcasts.

Also, I noted in my response for the survey about the favicon for the site being the drupal logo, and has been for several months… I’d like to bring it up here, just incase it’s overlooked in my survey comment.

reply May 24, 2012 | 10:54 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

Odd…not for me:

reply May 25, 2012 | 09:59 AM – Posted by JSL

For me, it only shows the correct icon using firefox. IE & Chrome show this
Changing it from a local relative address to its global address would solve it.

reply May 25, 2012 | 10:45 AM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

Odd, it works for me on FF and Chrome…

I’ll look into it.

reply May 25, 2012 | 02:06 AM – Posted by cyow

Don’t fire anyone just get colleen back from time to time just to see how she going.

reply May 25, 2012 | 05:00 AM – Posted by Starkie24

I keep getting validation error when I try to submit my survey. Any ideas on this?

reply May 25, 2012 | 12:21 PM – Posted by klatch

It means your answers are incorrect. 😉

reply May 25, 2012 | 01:29 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

I honestly can’t say I’ve seen that. Do you have a screenshot?

reply May 25, 2012 | 06:14 PM – Posted by Starkie24

Here is a screen shot:

reply May 25, 2012 | 12:32 PM – Posted by klatch

I’d note that you acknowledge other regions but the component resellers are all American and there is no “other” or fill in available. I’m Canadian and check memoryexpress and NCIX generally and I know there are some Canadian versions of some of the sites such as newegg, tigerdirect, and amazon but they generally pale in comparison to their US counterparts.

EDIT: Was NCIX there yesterday when I filled in the survey? If so I totally missed it.

reply May 25, 2012 | 01:29 PM – Posted by Ryan Shrout

It certainly was. 😛

reply May 25, 2012 | 05:52 PM – Posted by Draca (not verified)

Agree on the resellers most of the companies listed don’t even ship to Sweden so it really needs a other option.

reply May 25, 2012 | 12:59 PM – Posted by Gunbuster

I am so ready to win that case!

reply May 25, 2012 | 01:03 PM – Posted by benefit14snake (not verified)

Gimmie that vertex! Lol been reading here since 05 or 06 and havent won yet. Wouldnt mind winning something =)

reply May 25, 2012 | 02:31 PM – Posted by vanster

Thanks PCper, some nice stuff.

reply May 25, 2012 | 05:51 PM – Posted by Super Six Two

I hope I win the case…then I will have no choice but to build a new system 😛

reply May 25, 2012 | 09:16 PM – Posted by MeNotYou (not verified)

Keep it real, Keep it Fun

reply May 26, 2012 | 09:25 AM – Posted by Branthog

I absolutely REFUSE to participate in data-mining surveys. On the other hand, I’ll make an exception for you guys. Just promise me you’re not going to be reselling this to someone else and dumping it back into the whole data-mining system. Keep it for yourselves and we’re good.

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NVIDIA’s big chip, the GK110

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We at PC?Perspective were not the only ones who became a wee bit excited when we had the news from NVIDIA?about what the GK110 Kepler chip is going to be capable of.? The chip will be powering professional HPC systems with the Telsa K20 board which will deliver over a teraflop of double precision processing power.? That precision is not so important to the proper rendering of fluid dynamics in the underground water of Crysis 2 but for scientists trying to model the real world it is double what they say from the previous generation of Fermi based Tesla boards.? Check out The Tech Report as they delve into how NVIDIA?tweaked their new architecture to deal with new choke points and the compute enhancements they’ve added.

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“At its 2012 GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia revealed plenty of details about the biggest GPU of its Kepler generation. Here’s what you need to know.”

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Lenovo Abandons Beveled Keyboards On New ThinkPads, Unveils X1 Carbon

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Lenovo Abandons Beveled Keyboards On New ThinkPads, Unveils X1 Carbon | PC Perspective PC Perspective PCPER WEB HomeReviewsNewsForumsPodcastHW LeaderboardSSD Decoder Graphics CardsMotherboardsCases/CoolingProcessorsChipsetsMemoryDisplaysSystemsStorageMobileShows/Expos Username: * Password: * Register | Password Reminder Home ? News Lenovo Abandons Beveled Keyboards On New ThinkPads, Unveils X1 Carbon Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2012 – 01:23 PM | Matt Smith
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Brace yourself, enthusiasts. The recent rumors that Lenovo will be ditching its traditional beveled keyboard in favor of a more modern – and some would say, inferior – chicklet-style design are true. Lenovo today announced new ThinkPad L,T, W and X series laptops. All of them ditch the old design for a keyboard similar to the one Lenovo has been using on the ThinkPad Edge since its introduction.

Lenovo’s ThinkPads have held strong for years as chicklet-style keyboards overtook the industry, causing enthusiasts looking for a great typing experience to flock in the company’s direction. Changing the design is sure to raise the ire of some enthusiasts.

The “Precision Keyboard,”as it is being called in Lenovo’s literature, is not entirely without benefits. The key surface allegedly reduces typing errors. It also finally gives ThinkPad owners a backlit keyboard option, something that couldn’t be offered on previous models because the beveled keyboard could not accommodate it.?

Some rumors had suggested that the ThinkLight (a small LED used to illuminate the laptop’s interior) would perish as a result of the new backlit keyboards. This does not seem to be the case. Screenshots clearly show that the light remains.

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Lenovo’s other big announcement is the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Lenovo’s previous X1, which we reviewed last year, was an ultrabook that predated the ultrabook – super slim, fast and expensive. Lenovo is now bestowing the X1 with the label and, as the new name suggests, a “roll cage” made of carbon fiber.?

The changes don’t end there. The new X1 is lighter, weighing it at 3 pounds instead of the 3.73 pounds of its predecessor. It has a better display, which is now 14 inches in size and ups the resolution to 1600×900. ?And, as you’d expect, it receives Intel Ivy Bridge processors. That’s true of all the other ThinkPads announced today, as well.?

What do you think of the new keyboard? Love it? Hate it? Or don’t care??

Source: Lenovo

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Windows 8 gives a little more attention to multiple monitors. Oh look — a feature for traditional PCs.

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PC Mag highlights enhanced support for multiple monitor systems in the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview. It is like Microsoft has finally thrown a bone to the desktop and to a lesser extent, the laptop. Some features that were mentioned in the article have been around for a while, however.

If you have given the gift of a multiple monitor setup — do not expect a take-backsies without a fight.

Chloe Albanesius of PC Mag wrote an article which outlines what enhanced support multiple monitor users will experience if they move to Windows 8. A refreshing suspend of the ctrl-alt-deleterious news. Or maybe Microsoft was just afraid of being attacked with vestigial display cables?

Just think of the possibilities of per-monitor backgrounds… a shrine just for Josh…

The article opens with a description of the author’s triple monitor setup. Oddly enough my layout is very often an exact mirror image of her layout, horizontally. I would not be surprised if that choice was due to my left-handedness — very amused, but not surprised.

Windows 8 will make it easy to load different backgrounds for each monitor but earlier versions were capable of that for as long as I could remember. The trick is to create a single very large background image in a program like Photoshop or The GIMP. This very large image must have the same dimensions as the sum of your monitor resolutions horizontally by the sum of your monitor resolutions vertically. The top left of that image is the top left of your “primary” monitor. Fill in the backgrounds wherever the desired monitor falls on that grid — making sure to put whatever is above and to the left of the top left corner of the primary monitor at the extreme right and bottom. Set that background to “tiled” and you are set.

Notice how I never said that making it easier would be unwelcomed rather just that it was already possible.

The more important features include the ability to enable the taskbar on each monitor and customize how icons will appear for each display. That, combined with enabling corner context support for each monitor should help alleviate some of the juggling over real estate on the primary monitor.

You should be able to see all the changes for multiple monitor users in the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview.

That is, of course, unless Microsoft ends up starting from scratch before they launch — again.

Source: PC Mag

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Windows 8 Metro browser will have some Flash support

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Windows 8 Metro browser will have some Flash support | PC Perspective PC Perspective PCPER WEB HomeReviewsNewsForumsPodcastHW LeaderboardSSD Decoder Graphics CardsMotherboardsCases/CoolingProcessorsChipsetsMemoryDisplaysSystemsStorageMobileShows/Expos Username: * Password: * Register | Password Reminder Home ? News Windows 8 Metro browser will have some Flash support Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | May 23, 2012 – 10:46 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: WOA, windows 8, flash

Microsoft has backed down, to some extent, from their “plug-in free; web standards only” position for the Metro-half of IE10. Some, but not all, Flash content will be able to play in the Metro browser. This change should be included in the Windows 8 Release Preview expected to be released in early June.

You may turn your back on Adobe but you’ll be back in a Flash.

Rafael Rivera has published a post on his Within Windows blog which he co-authored with Paul Thurrott about Flash integration with the Metro web browser. Until recently Microsoft was passionately against anything other than web standards in their Metro browser. Plugins are still not allowed in the application but that does not exclude Microsoft from embedding Flash into the browser directly.

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I guess Silverlight is not popular enough…

(screenshot credit:?Within Windows)

Adobe actively supports Microsoft’s efforts and has provided the source code to facilitate the integration into Metro Internet Explorer 10.

Security will rest somewhat on Microsoft’s ability to patch their software in time but will also be supported by a whitelist system. Flash for Internet Explorer 10 will only be supported on certain websites in certain ways. Unless your website is listed as requiring Flash for compatibility reasons then your website will not have access to the platform.

I am not really sure whether there is a cut or dry answer to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. The only thing I can say for certain is that Microsoft gives the impression that they had a strong and clear vision for Windows 8 and since completely abandoned their plan.

It follows the rumors of what happened to Vista: a bunch of years working on a secure memory management architecture that was scrapped at the last minute requiring over half of the OS to be rewritten in C++.

We all know how great that turned out.

Source: Within Windows Comments Post a comment May 24, 2012 | 12:45 AM – Posted by Darkwing Duck (not verified)

Microsoft should just buy Adobe – Problem solved and full integration. It would give us a reason to upgrade from windows 7 if paint was replaced by Photoshop lite, whereas windows 7 is on the track to be the next XP. If you want everyone to upgrade, create a crappy version of windows (Vista) and then follow it with something good. Instead of the tick-tock cycle of Intel, it could be the crap-good cycle of Microsoft.

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HP dm4 Beats Edition Available For As Little As $798

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HP dm4 Beats Edition Available For As Little As $798 | PC Perspective PC Perspective PCPER WEB HomeReviewsNewsForumsPodcastHW LeaderboardSSD Decoder Graphics CardsMotherboardsCases/CoolingProcessorsChipsetsMemoryDisplaysSystemsStorageMobileShows/Expos Username: * Password: * Register | Password Reminder Home ? News HP dm4 Beats Edition Available For As Little As $798 Subject: Mobile | April 9, 2012 – 01:40 PM | Matt Smith
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Pricing research is an important part of our laptop reviews. We always price out the laptops we receive on the website of the manufacturer and popular e-tailers, such as Amazon and Newegg. We also look at similarly priced laptops to judge how well a product’s value stacks up against the competition. ?

Still, mistakes happen. HP altered us to one such error in our recent HP dm4 review. In that review we discovered that the HP dm4 Beats Edition cost $1169 if customized with the hardware we received, which was far too much given the laptop’s entry-level roots. However, we missed a quick-ship option that configures the laptop as it was received for just $899. That’s $270 less.?

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HP also told us that Wal-Mart is selling the HP dm4 Beats Edition. We looked in to it and found that the review configuration is currently out of stock, but if you don’t mind a slight downgrade in processor performance and the loss of the solid state drive, you can pick up the laptop for $798.?

Such a large difference in price would have an impact on any review, but it’s particularly important in this case. We didn’t find anything wrong with the laptop’s performance. We also praised its 1600×900 matte display and decent, though not excellent, user interface. It was the price we could not tolerate – paying HP Envy bucks for a gussied-up dm4 didn’t strike us as a great value.

The correction in pricing has resulted in a change in the review’s conclusion. The laptop now earns a Gold Award. ?In fact, buying the pre-configured dm4 Beats Edition actually appears less expensive than buying the basic HP dm4 when it is configured to match the hardware found in our review unit. So-so battery life and unexceptional design are now the only traits holding it back from an Editor’s Choice.

Source: HP Comments Post a comment April 9, 2012 | 01:54 PM – Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

With a display adapter like that, who needs enemies?

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ASUS B23E: 12.5 Inch Screen And Ultra-Thin Design

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ASUS B23E: 12.5 Inch Screen And Ultra-Thin Design

A new ASUS notebook hits the market with a 12.5 inch screen and an ultra-thin design. ASUS continues to present new developments in its product portfolio for the year 2012 already runs. The new release of the company is the ASUS B23E, this is an ultraportable that stands out for having a small but very interesting 12.5-inch screen, refined design and all the power of Intel hardware.

In spite of having dimensions and appearance of an ASUS ultrabook it apart from the rest and classified as an ultraportable. The model is as powerful as a ultrabook but with a much more competitive price. The format LED screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels plus a non-glare interesting resource. The design is simple with a black tone prevalent, the device is actually thicker at a traditional ultrabook.

In return this is much more powerful, this model receives second-generation processor line Core i Series models Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 or i7. The speeds of the Intel chips can reach 2.7 GHz to complete the proposed maximum performance is a notebook with compact dimensions and low weight the ASUS B23E can receive up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD graphics, HDMI output , 750 GB hard disk storage, input Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0 and 3.0.

The main focus of this notebook is a business market and data security resources prove this. The device features technology LoJack tracking equipment and password protection through the BIOS. The Asus B23E is available for purchase in the United States and its initial price is $ 922. Meanwhile Hewlett Packard launches a netbook with Intel Atom N2600 and the operating system Windows 7 Home Premium, HP betting on small laptops announced the launch of the new Mini 1104.

The netbook has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and comes with the new generation of Intel processors. Atom N2600 processor has two cores and 1.6 GHz frequency besides GMA 3600 graphics card and up to 2 GB of RAM. The combination allowed the manufacturer to place the operating system Windows 7 Home Premium. The laptop has specifications simple, has the WiFi network connectivity and HSPA +, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

To store data, the netbook has a 320 GB hard drive at 5,200 rpm and a 6-cell battery that promises a range of up to 9 hours use. Hewlett Packard Mini Model 1104 is available for purchase in the North American market for the suggested retail price of $ 399.

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