How to Choose a New Optical Drive for My Laptop?

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It is really a bad luck that I bought a laptop with a bad optical drive two years ago. And obviously it did not work. I have tried several times to play DVD. The results made me feel frustrated.

I have made my decision to change it to a good one for two reasons. First, I will start using my laptop to enrich my spare time for watching movies and some documentary film. Second,I will start my children education using my laptop. Although it seems impossible now for a peaceful using process with a baby boy tapping here and there with his little fingers.

How to choose a new optical drive for my laptop?

There are internal DVD drives and external DVD drives. However, I don’t have an external DVD drive. So It sounds a good idea for me to choose a internal notebook DVD drive.

There are two flavors: CD Optical Driver and DVD optical drive. I want a DVD. All DVD drives can read CDs, so there’s no point in buying a plain CD drive.

The next is important for me. I want to record DVDs and burn DVDs. Most optical drives that record support all the standards. I do not want to burn CDs, so I don’t need a combo drive. I only need a optical drive that can read and write discs.

How about the interface of optical DVDs?

There are three main types of DVD drive interface: IDE, SATA and ATA. I should know and compare the features to select one.

IDE is the older of these technologies, so any computer built before 2006 will be very likely to have IDE connectors. Any computer built since mid-2007 will be very likely to have SATA connectors. ATA: The daddy of all hard drive and optical drive connectors is the ATA, which stands for AT Attachment. The AT came from the IBM PC AT computer, introduced in the 1980s. Yes, it’s an old standard.

What about Blu-ray DVD?

Blu-ray is the current top-of-the-line optical drive standard developed by Sony. High capacity and with high prices, and much software cannot support blu-ray or do not compatible with blu-ray DVDs. Considering all these limitations, I gave up blu-ray dvd drive.After checking the hardware information and the connections instructions, I decided to buy a SATA interface laptop DVD drive.

Finally I choose this Genuine Lenovo Thinkpad Dvd 8x Sata Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive.And I will start my plan to make home movies with my laptop and burn them to dvds.Stay tuned for my stories.

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How do I connect a laptop to TV?

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Questions: How do I connect my laptop to my TV? In that case, I will always watch my videos, TVs or movies on the big screen in our hall. This question is haunting me for a long time. And I finally determined to cope with it.

First, I would like to list the benefits of connecting a laptop to TV for me:

1. Watching movies, podcasts, TV and videos on my biggest Plasma TV. Large Screen experience as watching in the cinema.
2. Meantime, we can surf the Internet freely with the tiny laptop on comfortable sofas or with a laptop stand.
3. Make a home theatre atmosphere with DIY popcorn.
4. Share wonderful screens with all your families
5. Video call with my families who are far away.
Thinking of this, I can’t help to resolve it in no time.

Part One. Before start, which materials do I need?

Find the right Port of my laptop and TV. There may be DVI Port, HDMI port, VGA port.
We need to find all our videos and audios ports of the laptop and TV. And if the port can’t be connected together, you may need an adapter cable. a DVI-to-HDMI adapter or a DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter. you might need to use an audio patch cable to connect the notebook’s audio to either the HDTV or a nearby set of speakers. Still, a direct, wired connection is the best method if you value speed over all else.
Apple TV is the best solution for Macbook user.

Part Two: With these tools and materials, How to set and connect my laptop to TV?

The following video is a good step by step guide. You can watch it carefully before setting it.

Part three:With other products to solve directly.—the most easiest way

Most Convenient and easiest : WiDi . Use intel WiDi around $50. But you need an notebook computer with WiDi built-in, and most current Intel-based Windows notebooks should already have that covered.

Part Four: Enjoy home theatre with our family.

Enjoy my video call with my mommy and sister from far away. And then watch “Furious 7” with DVD inserting into my laptop.

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Laptop Stand for Bed and Sofa

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Laptop Stand for Bed and Sofa

Have you ever thought of reading or surfing the web on your bed or sofa without holding your laptop on your knees? It is cool to use notebooks in this easy way. The lighter you feel, the better your laptop experience is. With a laptop stand for sofa or bed, you will never need to worry about holding a heavy giant box, and you can feel the same as surfing on the mobile devices with the bigger screens.

Let us look at several comfortable and good laptop stands.

1.      Adjustable Folding Ventilated Laptop Notebook

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coolest-best-latest-top-new-fun-high-technology-electronic-gadgets-nottable-laptop-stand_1The folding notebook stand is so popular nowadays. Look at the following picture. You can view websites casually with ease and greatly relaxing yourself..

Where can we buy this style laptop stand?

These types of notebook stands are available on many online shopping sites. By the way, it is good time to build a shopping list for Women’s Day Discounts. You can search either on amazon, ebay, walmart or any other e-commerce site.

The Price is about $20~$100.

 2.      Fixed floor standing notebook stand.

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This style can also be used beside sofa or bed. This height of laptop stand is adjustable. And you can rotate it 360 degree.

Height adjustable, 360 degree rotate, best stand for bedside/floor/anywhere stand/holder

Hold all Laptop 10-15″ laptop

The holder tilt, swieval,turns for best viewing angle

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Beautiful sleek design made by Alumium alloy material

Besides these you can consider some other factors, like mouse, the cooling pad. Some laptop stands contain these, some do not.

 3. A laptop stand can do more than a notebook stand:

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a desk or tabletop laptop stand to raise the computer to a comfortable viewing level for use with an external keyboard and mouse

a  breakfast table

a TV dinner table

a reading stand

a study table

a bed desk

a lap desk

You can use it for life or work. And it sounds good to have breakfast with this stand on bed. Wow. Cool idea! I can’t help own one instantly..

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What are the Top 10 best laptops in 2014?

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What are top laptops in 2014? How to buy a laptop? Shopping for a laptop is a pretty difficult task if one doesn’t know what he wants. Every newbie needs some guides in shopping a laptop among millions of laptops. You can get some tips from How to buy a Laptop.

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Of course, you can choose from the 10 best laptop of 2014 by PCMag. This page gives you a comparison of these laptops, ranging from price, type, processor name, Processor Speed to platform, RAM, Weight, screen size, touch screen, graphics  cards to Storage capacity. If you want to check the details reviews by the experts of PCmag, just check their reviews one by one

According to the latest report of the PCmag.com, which is released on MARCH 21, 2014, the 10 best laptops are respectively these 10(from the 1st to the 10th):

  1. Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2013),
  2. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2013),
  3. Asus Transformer Book T100TA (64GB),
  4. HP Chromebook 11 (Verizon LTE),
  5. Dell Inspiron 14R-5437,
  6. Dell Latitude E7440 Touch
  7. Lenovo G580
  8. Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch
  9. Lenovo ThinkPad X240
  10. Origin EON17-SLX (2014)

Apparently, Apple is overpriced among all these. In Chinese, people call these who buy Apple series products like iPhone 5s, MacBook pro “Tuhao”. That always means those are rich enough to buy an Apple devices.

Maybe everyone has his own list of laptop in 2014. The sheer amounts of laptops in the markets make us daunting to determine between HP, Dell, Lenovo, or Asus etc. The most important is to find out what you really needs before your choice. Are you a game fan or a office man ? After seeking out your own needs you can finally get a proper laptop or notebook. Additionally, do valuate your pockets money. Exam the reviews details if you want to buy one from the top 10 laptops list 2014.

 

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How to Make Your Laptop Wallpaper Perfect?

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Choosing unique and beautiful computer wallpaper can really make your workspace more pleasant and appealing you to use with a happy mood. Don’t only take the dull default setting pictures as your laptop wallpapers. The wallpaper world is full of newbie and colorful elements for you to explore. How to make your computer with your delicate wallpaper? There are the following steps.

First, check the screen resolution of your laptop. Where to check? Go into control panel/display & see what you have got your screen resolution set at.

Second, set a theme for your laptop in your mind.  For examples, there are several categories of themes, people, cartoon, landscape, woman, man, animals and stars. As to me, I would love to choose landscape or cartoon.

Third, set your favorite image as your wallpaper. You can search and download from the internet. Or you can select one from your camera photos.  If the picture is not very perfect, you can edit them with your photo editing software.  There are lots of photo editing software. The most professional and widely used is Adobe Photoshop.

And in the end, I would love to share some of my collections of wallpapers. These wallpapers are not only beautiful but are also eye-protected.

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How to Make Your Laptop Run Faster?

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I have being so frustrated by this question: How to make my laptop run faster?  When I was writing a document, the computer froze frequently. When a business man contacts me by skype, the talk window sometimes freezes. I really hate a pokey computer. Slow computer not only harm your business, your mood, and can ruin your important files in seconds when it is locking up and interrupt your normal life or business.

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There are the following ways to speed your laptop computer.

1. Remove the unused software on your computer.

You had better check your installed computer from time to time. We usually install some instant use application and never use it again. Check and list it , and then uninstall them all.

2. If your program is all essential one, just enlarge your memory.

Enlarging the memory to enhance the efficiency of working on your computer is quite important. And the memory is not as expensive as before. Just give your computer a larger memory and space to run more programs.

3. Use a cleaner to clean the using history.

If you are a computer expert, you can delete the temporary files, personal histories from time to time. If you are not good at finding these files, just apply a cleaner software. Ther e are so many of them. Choose one of high rates from Cnet or other download sites. It is of significant to choose one that suite you.

4. Spy your computer program.

Take care of the computer virus. Some probably slow down your computer or eat your memory.

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Dell’s skinny Latitude Ultrabooks get Haswell boost

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By Kane Fulton

Dell has souped up its Latitude 3000, 5000 and 7000 corporate Ultrabook and laptop ranges to include Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell CPU and optional touchscreens.

Its new flagship 7000 Series models flaunt Ultrabook stylings, available in a 12- and 14-inch model.

The 12-inch edition measures 20mm thick and weighs 1.3kg, coming in at just a smidgeon plumper than Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air (17mm thick) and weighing the same.

But that beauty isn’t skin deep as the Ultrabooks feature Dell’s Intel vPro capabilities for remote BIOS management, are backwards compatible with previous E-Series Latitude docks and are configured with government-grade system disk encryption.

Dell claims that the high-end models are a solid option for business and home users alike. The laptops run on Intel ultra-low voltage processors in i5 or i7 variations, are housed in brushed aluminium cases reinforced with magnesium alloy and can be quipped with a full-HD display.

If you’re not that enamoured with a touchscreeen, you can pick one up now from £789. Touch screen versions are due to see the light of day on September 12.
Tough laptops

They are joined by new 5000 Series laptops available in 14.1-inch or 15.6-inch sizes. As with the 7000 series models, they are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass NBT, which the company claims is 10 times stronger than the soda lime glass that’s standard on today’s industry models.

The laptops come in optional SSD or hybrid SSD configurations and feature mobile broadband, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN connectivity. They are also compatible with Dell’s existing Latitude E-family docking stations.

At the budget end are Dell’s new 3000 Series models, which feature a more traditional laptop design but can be upgraded with discrete graphics packing up to 2GB RAM.

Available at a starting price of £429, you will also be able to pick both the 3000 Series and 5000 Series models from September 12. Read more

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Samsung Ativ Q Intergrated Windows 8 and Android

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The Samsung Ativ Q is a switching tablet and laptop, a most interesting and the most popular model computer. It offers both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean on the same device.

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The highest resolution on the market is 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 touchscreen. Maybe you want to catch it. So you can choose the Samsung Ativ Q, as a big rival to Asus Transformer Pad series.

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There are also some other brands also offer the tablet and laptop intergrated version, like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga and Dell XPS 12.

The Samsung Ativ Q is relatively slim, measured 13.9mm in thickness. although the 1290g (45oz) weight may make this hybrid a little unwieldy in hand.

You can let it as “stand” or “flat”There are threer “modes”: the traditional laptop position , “float” and “stand” position for more versatile viewing angles.

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You will find Intel’s new Haswell chip that within the Ativ Q’s case comes within the kind of a Core i5 processor under the hood . this is often saved with fourGB of RAM that provides the facility for the quick shift between Windows and candy 4.2.2.

You get 128GB of internal SSD memory, a camera capable of shooting 720p video, electric battery Samsung claims can last 9 hours, and the Ativ Q conjointly sports USB three.0, USB 2.0, microSD and HDMI ports for a wealth of property choices.

There’s presently no word on the Samsung Ativ Q unharness date or worth, however the Korean firm has confirmed it’ll be accessible within the Great Britain later this year – and we’re chasing for details on different regions.

 

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Dell’s XPS 12 with Intel’s Haswell processor Offers 9.5 hours Battery life

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Dell unveiled their latest PCs with Intel’s Haswell processor, Dell’s XPS 12. It is a laptop-tablet hybrid,and the battery life of it is 9.5 hours.

 Dell's XPS 12 with Intel's Haswell processor

Dell’s XPS 12 with Intel’s Haswell processor

The thin and light-weight XPS twelve has been redesigned and can associate with Intel’s Core i5 or i7 chips, reckoning on the configuration. The laptop’s battery life is quite 3 hours longer than its precursor, same Cami Collins, XPS product manager at dingle.

The laptop’s announcement coincides with Intel’s launch of Haswell chips at Computex trade exhibition in Taiwan. Intel has claimed that Haswell chips can improve laptop computer battery life by five hundredth compared to previous Core processors code-named vine Bridge, that shipped last year.

The XPS twelve offers laptop computer and pill practicality because of a revolving screen connected to the hinge. The screen is turned in a very circular motion and placed flat on the keyboard to show the device into a pill.

The screen cannot be detached, therefore the device might feel thicker and bulkier than keyboard-free tablets. The device is 1st a laptop computer, and might be a pill once required, Collins same.

There ar many folks inquisitive about hybrids and would love a keyboard, Collins same. For people who desire a pill 1st, dingle offers XPS ten and Latitude ten, to that a separate keyboard accent is connected, Collins same.

The laptop computer is additionally 63%t quicker, and graphics ar one.6% quicker than the precursor, dingle claimed. The laptop computer includes a full high-definition screen and NFC (near-field communication) capabilities.

Starting at $1,119, the XPS twelve can become obtainable worldwide, tho’ a date wasn’t proclaimed. The hybrid can vie against a bevy of dual-functionality devices being proclaimed at Computex by Acer, MSI and alternative firms.

Dell additionally proclaimed the XPS twenty seven all-in-one with Haswell processors and Windows eight. The all-in-one includes a 2560 x 1440-pixel screen, and a Thunderbolt port therefore peripherals like auxiliary storage devices is connected to the computer. The computer supports up to 2TB of storage. it’s priced beginning at $1,599 and can become obtainable worldwide in June. facultative solid-state drive storage and Nvidia distinct graphics cards ar obtainable.

Dell additionally proclaimed the XPS 8700 desktop with Haswell chips for users WHO wish the flexibility to expand, upgrade and connect peripherals. The desktop will support up to 32GB of memory and 4TB of storage in four bays. It additionally has six USB three.0 ports to host external peripherals. the value of the desktop wasn’t in real time obtainable, however it’ll become obtainable worldwide.

 

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How Do I Connect My Laptop to My TV with Wired Connection

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We usually buy or rent some TVs or movies online and watch on our laptop. The laptop screen is not really big enough. Further more if you have a HDTV, and maybe your home theatre system, Why not enjoy your movies on the large cinema-like TV screen? In most cases, your laptop won’t have an HDMI output, so you’ll have to get a converter to go from the 15 pin DVI cable to HDMI. Plug the HDMI cable directly into your TV, and the DVI converter into your laptop-monitor output.What do you need to prepare for connecting your laptop to a TV?

How Do I Connect My Laptop to My TV with Wired Connection

To resolve this question, all you need is your right ports , cables or other accessories, if there are any. Generally, TV and laptop don’t share the same standard. So checking both your TV and your laptop port. HDTVs offer multiple connections, with HDMI and DVI being the most common and highest quality options for connecting a laptop to an HDTV. And most standard-definition TVs support an S-Video connection, which delivers a less sharp picture.

There are the following resolutions for you to choose.

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Case one. if your laptop has a HDMI cable and your HDTV is ready, it is easy. There are two types of HDMI cable, a fat one that you probably already have if you have an HDTV, and a very slim unidirectional cable that requires you plug it in with the correct orientation: “TV” needs to be plugged into the TV on mine, for example. Plug in the HDMI cable on the back of the TV , see the indications and select one to turn on the tv. After a sucessful connection, what you need to do is change the laptop resolution to proper settings. Done. Open your favorite websites, either YouTube or Hulu.com, or neflix.com, pick any content you ‘d like to watch and Enjoy the cinema-like experience.

Case two. You have a TV with HDMI port, but your laptop not. Buy a HDMI cable and do as case one.

There are some other situations. But the aims are consistent. All you need to do is to match your laptop port with TV for video playback. If the ports are not the same standards, do choose proper cable like HDMI or some adapters. DVI cables and VGA wires must be combined to display normal video.

Wish you enjoy your movies on TV pleasantly.

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