Author Archives: Michael Crider

Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Five things you don’t need in your next smartphone

Five things you don’t need in your next smartphone

Gadget bloggers tend to share a few key traits, and one of those is an inability to resist high-end hardware. Super-fast processors, hi-res screens and next generation features get our blood rising. But we sometimes get blinded by our desire for specs, and all too often we ignore the high price that these features come with. Let's take a step back and examine the need, or lack thereof, for some of the capabilities of the latest round of smartphones.

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Samsung debuts premium vacuum tube speaker dock and home theaters

Samsung debuts premium vacuum tube speaker dock and home theaters

Samsung has been steadily expanding its audio equipment into the upper echelons of the audiophile range, and today they're adding to their line with three new pieces of seriously high-end gear. The DA-E750 Audio Dock, HT-E6500W Blu-ray 3D 5.1 Home Theater System and HT-E6730W Blu-ray 3D 7.1 Home Theater System all have impressively styled construction combined with vacuum tube amplifiers for rich, old-school sound production. Of course there's some new tricks as well: the The DA-E750 can dock with an iPhone, iPod or iPad, as well as Samsung's own Galaxy S II.

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HP Omni 27 Review

HP Omni 27 Review

HP's made a name for its TouchSmart series of all-in-one desktops over the last few years, culminating in some quite desirable models as of late. But what about those consumers who want a large, stylish machine and have no particular need for expensive touchscreens? Enter the Omni 27, a self-contained PC with a gigantic 27-inch screen and a major in personal media, with a minor in usability tweaks for those of a less technical disposition. Read on to see how the Omni 27 stacks up against its more established competition.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 benchmarked in quad SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 benchmarked in quad SLI

What's better than a top-of-the-line graphic card for a rabid PC gamer? Try four strapped int to the same motherboard and running in tandem. This sort of thing's been possible for quite a while (for those with the cash for compatible hardware and power bills) but it's always fun to see the latest and greatest pushed to the maximum levels of performance. So it is with NVIDIA's brand new GeForce GTX 680, the company's latest in ultra-powered GPU excess. Hardware.Info strapped four GTX 680s into a quad-SLI motherboard and let the benchmarks fly.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook versus HP Folio 13

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook versus HP Folio 13

Yankees and Red Sox. Edison and Tesla. Dell and HP. Both American PC titans have release shiny new ultrabooks this year, hoping to find a small place in your carry-on bag. The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is a few weeks newer, but not so much newer that the HP Folio 13 is out of the running: both are slim, stylish notebooks with 13-inch screens, Intel Core processors, SSD drives and the latest version of Windows. So which between the two of them should get your hard-earned dollar? Let's break it down.

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Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

We had a good long look at Dell's shiny new XPS 13 earlier this month, and came away impressed with the build quality and screen. But two points of contention in our official review were the rather noisy system fan (a rare thing on an ultrabook) and the fidgety touchpad, an all too common occurrence on the trendy new all-in-one designs. Dell followed up with us today to say that they've updates both the system BIOS and the Cypress drivers for the trackpad, neatly addressing both issues. XPS 13 owners can get the BIOS here, and the trackpad drivers here.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was easily one of the most promising ultrabooks we saw at CES 2012, and a few months of waiting hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. The premium notebook combines high-end features and unique materials into a 14-inch body that's distinct from just about everything on the market, which is something you couldn't say for many of HP's previous entries in the ENVY line. Does this unique machine rise above the pack? Let' find out.

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Samsung compares the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the new iPad

Samsung compares the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the new iPad

It's all about the iPad today, but no company worth its salt would miss the opportunity to remind tech heads of its own upcoming prospects and vie for your consumer electronics dollar. Since Samsung has become Apple's #1 foe on the worldwide market, it wants to make sure you remember its new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Essentially an upgraded version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the added benefit of a Wacom digitizer, S-pen stylus and plenty of custom apps, Samsung is hoping to transition its tablets into the creation space.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable Review

Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable Review

Dell has a reputation, deserved or not, as being a reliable, economical and (not to put too fine a point on it) dull choice when it comes to PCs. There have been many attempts to change rectify this; the first in recent memory was coincidentally titled the XPS 13. Various incarnations of this machine and others like the Adamo line have again and again tried to break this perception, and while admirable efforts, they’ve fallen mostly on deaf ears. Enter the XPS 13 Ultrabook, which utilizes Intel’s vague set of standards to hopefully stand above the crowd.

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HP updates Z-series workstations with up to 512GB of RAM

HP updates Z-series workstations with up to 512GB of RAM

The vast majority of PC users, even those who would consider themselves "technology professionals", won't ever require the kind of computing power that a workstation-class machine can provide. But for those that do, specifications are paramount, and HP aims to please with its updated Z420, Z620 and Z820 workstations. Upgrades to the previous Zx00 models include faster Xeon processors, expanded storage, a redesigned chassis for and (gasp) up to 512GB of system memory.

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