I’ve got Left4Dead 2… and it loves to crash!
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I’ve got Left4Dead 2… and it loves to crash!

By Brad Nov 29 2009 add comment


Hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. I got one of 2009’s smash hit (to be) FPS titles over the weekends – Left4Dead 2 for PC. One word to sum up gameplay: Awesome! The graphics are not particularly game changing or Crysis-like, but nevertheless still mindblowing. Valve did a good job proving that Left4Dead 2 is more than just a “DLC” that could’ve been applied to the original Left4Dead. New zombie models, plenty of new weapons […]

HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian now official; renamed to iPAQ Glisten
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HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian now official; renamed to iPAQ Glisten

By Brad Nov 25 2009 add comment

Well people, it’s official. The HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian has now been officially announced by AT&T, and also renamed to become the HP iPAQ Glisten. Not as if it’s design is particularly flashy (looks much like a modernized Blackberry, in fact) or it’s features are mind-blowing… they’re not. But the iPAQ Glisten looks like a decent offering to anyone wanting an average smartphone (or Blackberry) with a touchscreen – that is, if it becomes sold unlocked in addition to the […]

Spotted: Next-gen HP Elitebook 8440w/8540w in real life and online
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Spotted: Next-gen HP Elitebook 8440w/8540w in real life and online

By Brad Nov 23 2009 17 Comments

Photo sent by reader Michael K; next-gen Elitebook using HP's 'round' logo
One of our readers, Michael K, recently sent in two pictures of what seems to be one of HP’s next generation Elitebook models. Clad in a dark gray, and what seems to be metal/magnesium alloy, casing – this mysterious machine seems to be either the 14 inch Elitebook 8440w model or 15 inch Elitebook 8540w (judging by the amount of real estate on the palm rest area, it’s unlikely […]

Multi-touch trackpads – just a gimmick or what?!
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Multi-touch trackpads – just a gimmick or what?!

By Brad Nov 14 2009 add comment

Multi-touch trackpads – seems like every computer manufacturer nowadays has several models touting them. But having used multi-touch trackpads for several weeks now, as well as a ‘single touch’ trackpad for my own notebook, I’m wondering right now if multi-touch trackpads are just a gimmick. Seems I love single touch trackpads because I don’t have to shift my entire right hand each time I want to do something.

Tapping and clicking – Both single and multi-touch trackpads can do these.
Scrolling – […]

HP Envy 15 has TWO fans
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HP Envy 15 has TWO fans

By Brad Oct 29 2009 1 Comment

Bet you didn’t know that, huh? The HP Envy 15 has two fans for cooling, one on each side (upper left and upper right corners). Both act independently of each other in terms of speed… but when playing Left4Dead at full HD, max everything (All quality settings, AA), both blow out a LOT of air. The fans on the HP Envy 15 are generally louder than the HP Elitebook 8530w’s fan running at full blast, though not really as noisy […]

Thoughts about the Envy: Elitebook owners, don’t jump
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Thoughts about the Envy: Elitebook owners, don’t jump

By Brad Oct 22 2009 3 Comments

I was lucky enough to get to try out a friend’s new HP Envy 15 (one of the first few shipments) and my impressions are… not so good. He got the Core i7 1.73 GHz config with full HD screen, 8 gigs of RAM and 500 gigs of disk space. I was under the impression that the ATI Radeon 4830 paired with i7 would beat the poop out of the Nvidia Quadro graphics found in the Elitebook 8530w and 8730w […]

HP Elitebook 2810 whispers?
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HP Elitebook 2810 whispers?

By Brad Oct 21 2009 add comment

Well, something is brewing at HP and whatever it is, I expect it to be coming soon. Judging by the rumors and sightings compiled this week, it seems that HP may be planning a launch of products aimed at business/enterprise users. Well, we already heard about the rumored Elitebook 8440w, 8540w and 8740w notebooks last month when people were talking about the two new Envy models and other consumer notebooks/netbooks (lots of links about that out there, Google it yourself). […]

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