How Families Can Agree on Computer Use

A family that has one desk-top computer and one laptop computer for its use is fairly covered for their expected needs. When both parents and children both have needs for computer use, it is really difficult when there is only one unit available for use. With work requirements pulling the parents on one side and children being pulled from the other end by school requirements, there are bound to be sacrifices on both sides.

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Computer Needs of Parents

Parents whose job or business is based at home will have constant need for the use of computers. Computer use becomes a regular part of home life. There is a tendency to have need for the computer all the time especially when there are no set hours for a business.

Computer Needs of Children

Children’s needs for computer use is increasing because of the demands of school work. Usually, their need to use the computer will be immediate because of the requirement to submit an assignment the next day.  This creates a problem for families who need to agree on computer use that will serve the purpose of all.

Possible Solutions

1. Set specific time for the use of each so that everyone will have the chance to use the computer.

2. If the required use for the computer is not solved by time sharing, parents should consider purchasing another computer for the use of either the parent or the child.

3. If purchasing another computer becomes the only option, find the most family-friendly option in tems of budget and functionality.

Asus X501U

The Asus X501U is a laptop that is both budget-friendly and family-friendly in features. It comes with an impressive 320BG hard drive  which is ideal for storing a lot of videos, photos, files, and documents. Its slim design comes with a 15 inch screen. It also provides ports that will enable charging of gadgets and devices.

Although it does not come with the full Microsoft package, it is still quite functional for student use especially as it comes with Windows 8 OS. Parents need not actually bother themselves with the absence of some features since these are the ones that are not really needed for school use. This budget laptop will serve its purpose for the family and that it was is important.

Asus has made it easier for families to address needs like this by offering lower cost laptops. Purchasing a laptop has become quite realistic and affordable. when families find it impossible to agree on the use of a single computer, it is probably time to buy another which will not wreck havoc on the family budget.

Touchscreen Laptops: The Upside and the Downside

The coming of the touchscreen laptops was inevitable. It had to come sooner or later and it is a reality now. If you’re looking for a new laptop to purchase, why should you consider it and why not?

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Touch controls were introduced through Windows 7 but with the recently rolled out Windows 8, there are more reasons to use them plus the multi-touch gestures. All these new things being introduced are pretty exciting  but there is still time to consider if you will be one of those who will choose to buy a touchscreen laptop. While the touchscreen is an obvious choice for tablets, it is still anyone’s choice to choose it for desktops or laptops.

The Upside

The Touchscreen technology on laptops present its advantages through easy navigation around applications. It is far easier than using the track pads provided in laptops. This is especially for laptops having track pads that cannot support other tasks. Convenience of use is evident.

The Downside

The Touchscreen option has a tendency to use more power than the traditional way of using a laptop. Although relatively small, the continuous power draw will shorten battery life. That is of course a concern with laptops which is more commonly used in its portable state. This means no need to connect to a regular outlet.

Laptops with Touchscreen are more expensive than non-Touchscreen laptops. The difference is price can be substantial  ranging from $100 to about$200. It is possible to find a touchscreen laptop at a lower price but this will come with a sacrifice in relation to the other features such as CPU performance, storage, and the like.

Using a touchscreen laptop will present some challenges in keeping the screen clean. This is the result of course of touching the screen which what is the feature is all about anyway. Users just need to be more conscientious on clearing the display panel of smudges and accumulated grime.

Would You Choose a Touchscreen Laptop?

It really is a matter of preference. The beauty of having choices is that we get what we like depending on our personal circumstances. If you choose a Touchscreen laptop, make sure that it can perform according to what you need and you’ll be happy with it.

About the Author:

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

The Ideal Computer Environment for Home Offices

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If a home business owner wishes to maximize the potentials of his business, it is necessary to have the ideal computer environment to allow for easy and uninterrupted working.  One of the major considerations involved is whether to opt for a desktop or a laptop computer.  For the purposes of maximizing business opportunities, the ideal computer environment would need at least one of both.

Desktops provide advantages in power, comfort in use, ease of upgrade, easier replacement of accessories and components, features, and over-all performance.  However, desktops cannot beat laptops in portability.  All these are needed by business owners to make them more adaptable and flexible to the demands of doing business at home or outside it.

It is a good thing that most manufacturers such as Asus carry both.  There are advantages as well in having equipment and devices that are compatible with each other.  Having only one computer may be too limiting for businesses that need to sustain consistent online presence and availability.

Having both a desktop and a laptop will allow business owners to divide their tasks and back up their files more efficiently.  They are also assured of at least one computer for use if one unexpectedly conks out.  Having no available computer for use can be very disruptive to business operation. With at least one of each, the most ideal computer environment for home offices is attained since business owners are assured of power and portability.

Desktop computers are generally considered to be more secure than laptops since they are not brought out from the usual place of work.Laptops which are carried everywhere because they are portable are by nature of use more at risk for theft and damage.  Keeping backup files in the desktop computers is a wise thing to do.

Laptop computers allow business owners to work even when away from the usual workplace.  This is something which is difficult to do using desktop computers.  Taking advantage of the strong points of each makes for an easier and smoother workflow.

Long hours of working are more suited for desktop computers as laptops have a greater tendency for overheating in extended use.  Computers are intended to make work easier but having only one to serve all the needs may not be enough considering the great demands businesses.  With the great advances being made in laptops, many have become equals with desktops in features although battery life remains a major concern.

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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Laptop’s Expected Lifespan

The price of desktops and laptops have admittedly went down since the first issues and models.  This does not come without apprehensions even if lowered price is definitely good news.  The concerns are centered on whether lowered price comes at the cost of shortened lifespan.

It would appear that no matter how high or low laptop price becomes, it will still have a certain lifespan as a productive equipment.  Like any other electronic appliances and devices , its life is not forever.  So how long is that lifespan supposed to be?

If we are to read the various online forums that tackle this specific question, there seems to be an agreement towards the very productive use of laptops in the first two years.   The condition of the laptop after this period is anybody’s guess since the final number is really determined by the actual use.  The life of a laptop can be shortened or lengthened depending on the care provided to it by its owner.

Proper care is essentially good sense in handling an electronic gadget like a laptop.  Those who use their laptops more often should expect to get a shorter life span from their equipment than those who use theirs less. However, using them less but in an improper way can also lead to shortened laptop life.

Laptop owners will be lucky to have a laptop working efficiently after 4 to 5 years of use.  This period can be extended provided proper care is observed.  Manufacturers like Asus continue to find ways to lengthen the life of their offered products.

About the Author:

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

Customized Energy-Saving System for Laptops

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Since the year 2005, Asus has been tinkering with what it hopes will be the Green feature that would balance performance with system energy consumption.  Known as the A1Gear, it has been continuously developed during the following years and produced the Energy Processing Unit or EPU.

The EPU is a unique control chip which forms the core of a comprehensive energy saving system.  It commands and regulates the different parameters required to produce maximized energy-saving.  Contrary to common perception, it does not work alone but instead works with other components to enable a system that works.

Asus came out in 2007 with the EPU 1 with A1 Gear 3 to present the first hardware-based energy-saving solution that automatically detects as well as provide CPU power that has been optimized.  The motivation for this endeavour is to produce a motherboard concept possessing green energy-saving features.  The need for this is critical because of the continuing increasing demand for computing power with the reality of dwindling natural resources already demanding attention.

EPU offers a more stable system environment that allows energy saving while laptops are idle.  Low loading tasks such as word processing and email are opportune times for energy savings to kick in so that it can be ready for heavy loads such as gaming when needed.  Asus devices through its EPU have shown the maintenance of power efficiency at a high level even during heavy loading.  This has become more possible with the upgrade to the latest 6 engine version.

There are certain concerns about the possibility of having a considerably slowed-down system with the use of any feature related to energy-saving.  Many have contradicted this fear and have confirmed that it worked flawlessly.  The Asus EPU can function on stand-alone as a power consumption reducer mainly by enabling or disabling power phases whenever required.

People have been wanting to find the best way to save energy and in the process, reduce the cost of using energy as well.  The energy deregulation that is seen happening in many places around the world is now the subject of much interest and expectation.  Consumers desire to get the best value for the money they pay whether it is on a specific device such as a laptop or a household or business necessity such as electricity.  Most would also prefer to have more choices in energy sources and length of contract which most independent electric suppliers are able to offer.

About the Guest Blogger

Randal is an active environmentalists who lauds the recent New York Electricity Deregulation.

 

The ASUS Essentio

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It is a fact that many computer users would like to have the advantage of less bulk and yet are not inclined towards a laptop or a notebook for that matter. The answer to this of course is a more compact desktop such as the ASUS Essentio Series. It is now being offered with Windows 8 64-bit edition.

The primary advantage of the ASUS Essentio Series, particularly it’s Mini Desktop PC is its lightweight form that is provided without any reduced functionality which most loyal desktop users have learned to love.  In fact, it is able to provide superior performance compared to earlier models of desktop computers. PC gaming and online gaming are very much a part of this model thus making it a work horse and an entertainment source in one package.

Computer users will be happy to note that this desktop is friendly to the environment with low power consumption and freedom from noise pollution. It likewise offers quality sound through high theatre audio. Not to be forgotten is the high speed internet connectivity.

What does all these prove? It simply proves that consumers have the advantage of choice regardless of what preference they may have in computer use. By expanding its product line to include quality choices in different forms, ASUS has made its newfound popularity useful to more people. There is no single market that can take advantage of its products since it has provided critical option to a wide range of computer users.

The regular Essentio Series can be a user’s personal entertainment center, a multimedia PC or just a means to simplify everything.  The mini Desktop PC provides maximized space saving with its slim and sleek design that does not compromise quality. The Essentio Series can be the equivalent of computer essentials.

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The Transformer

The tablet computer known as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer created enough splash in early 2011 to merit serious attention from people on the look-out for such a product.  It features a 10.1” IPS multi-touch screen and an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip.  The manufacturer also offers an optional docking keyboard that converts the tablet into a laptop computer.  It originally used a modified version of the Android 3.1 Honeycomb but has since been updated to improve its compatibility with various applications.  The Transformer has also been released with the promised update using the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Before the year 2011 ended, the Transformer’s successor came out boasting of yet a slimmer design and the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip.  With the Android 4.0 in place, users marveled at how much can be done with the Transformer Prime tablet in the area of work and play.  Games have been optimized for graphic performance and video-editing has never been better.   Even before it has the chance of exhausting its target market, the new version of the Transformer Prime is expected to come out sometime this year with an upgraded screen, enhanced Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS performance, and a boosted front camera.

The Transformer’s strong showing in its market is credited to its ability to respond to the two most common criteria required by tablet users – power and style.  It sports a classy and expensive look with its thin frame suggesting anything but delicateness or frailty.  It is as tough as any mobile gadget consumers want them to be.  After-all, who would want to be burdened by the need for extra-ordinary care in highly-mobile situations?

Power is provided by the quad-core processor which offers five times the capability of its predecessor.  The obvious winners in this product are the gamers who will never say no to proposition of better configurations for their games.  Hopefully, we will see other benefits of this technology soon.

Learn, Work and Play

“Easy to learn, Easy to work, and Easy to play”, so goes the advertising slogan of the Asus Eee PC – and learn, work, and play we will.  The Asus Eee is essentially known for its light weight and low cost.  Coming in at least a dozen models which are all able to run the various Microsoft Windows reiterations, it is considered the commercial equivalent of the XO-I notebook associated with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative.

It is a good thing that the Asus Eee Laptop came as it did considering the need for ultraportable and less costly versions in spite of the existence of many other model choices.  Asus typically assigns a letter to start its model names.  Buyers who are more interested in multimedia usage would most probably be interested in models that start with “K” and “M” while those who are interested in gaming will find the “G” models more to their liking as they offer the greatest power.  Those whose main consideration is portability will most likely look into the “U” models although these models offer the least features.

As a preferred learning equipment, students will readily appreciate its built-in features for web browsing and word document processing.  Models with faster processors may be required to satisfactorily accomplish more intensive tasks such as graphic design work and playing video games.  Extra features can be considered depending on budget and actual need.

The success it was able to generate was unexpected, giving rise to certain challenges such as the variations found between test models and final retail models.  In trying to keep up with the high demand, Asus factories found in Taiwan and China worked round the clock.  The most notable variation noted was in the battery size used which has since been addressed.  Asus Eee’s success just confirms the fact that there will always be a place for cheaper products offering acceptable functionality.  Learning, working, and playing become more interesting when there are more viable options to choose from.

 

Do You Have A Portable Printer?

Bringing an Asus Eee PC around is really a huge convenience. Our favorite miniscule mini-laptop started this whole netbook thing. With the dawn of these affordable and slightly underpowered and undersized notebooks, everyone suddenly decided to take this whole portable computing thing seriously. I don’t think I’ve seen that many laptop or netbook toting people before, and that’s a good thing.

And that’s the keyword here. Portable. As much as we want to bring our computers with us everywhere we go, there’s a bit of a limitation with carrying our laptops around – how in blue blazes are going to print our documents when needed?

Of course we can upload our files to dropbox, our webmail accounts, or some other cloud storage solution, and go to the nearest internet café to have it printed. And we all know that internet cafés aren’t available everywhere. We may not even have an internet connection – wifi, 3g or otherwise – available to use for uploading our Word documents.

This is why some people opt to buying a portable printer so they can print almost anywhere they want. Of course, it means that they’ll have to bring extra stuff like the printer, paper, and, in some cases, inkjet cartridges. I doubt portable printer owners would bring laser printer toner cartridges around because that would be ridiculous – there are no portable laser printers just yet.

Of course, being portable, these printers would be subject to a few corners cut here and there to ensure that it’ll be light and compact enough to carry around anywhere. You’d lose some features like duplex printing, the clarity of printouts used with Brother printer toner cartidges, and of course I doubt you’d be able to use these gadgets for heavy-duty printing. However, if you need to have hard copies of your documents handy, it won’t hurt to carry one of these babies along with your Asus Eee PC.

Switching Back to Linux. Well, soon.

I’ve been using the Eee PC 701 for almost two years now, and it’s been pretty neat. It’s super portable, and the Windows XP installation has been pretty good to me.

Well, until recently. Sometime after Mozilla rolled out Firefox 3.5, I’ve been getting nothing but constant crashes out of my Eee PC. Switching to Chrome and later Opera helped a bit, but I’ve pretty much lost the ability to multitask. Imagine: I’m doing an article on my Eee PC and I have my IM programs running on my Nokia E63; sometimes I even torrent via my phone.

So I defragged, ran an antispyware and virus scan, and removed a lot of crap from the registry, and somehow XP seems to have stabilized. Still can’t get Firefox to work, though. I might downgrade to FF 2.5. I’m sticking with XP prolly for an extra week or two, but the moment I get another major crash as I write in My Asus Eee PC, I’m switching asap to Crunchbang Lite.

What do you guys think? Do you have any other OS recommendations?

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