Category | How To

Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook Battery Replacement

Posted on 10 February 2014

Take a look at the back of most Ultrabooks and you’ll find nothing. By having sealed-in batteries the OEMS save money, weight and space. The owner, however, is left with the big unknown of battery lifetime and if you’ve ever owned a laptop you’ll know how totally useless they are when you have to drag the mains cable around with you everywhere. I recently had to order a new internal […]

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See Average Battery Life and Check for Connected Standby on Windows 8

Posted on 15 May 2013

  What’s Connected Standby? It’s the hardware and software that turns a PC into a smart device. Always on, Always Connected! You can find more information here and I encourage you to read it and to consider this ‘seal of efficiency’ for your next laptop or mobile PC which, in 2013, can only be an Ultrabook or a Clovertrail or BayTrail based laptop, tablet, convertible or dockables. Here’s a way […]

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10 hours Battery Life on an Ultrabook. Test and How-To

Posted on 17 February 2013

While Ultrabooks generally perform to similar efficiencies under load there’s quite a difference when it comes to near-idle operations and that can seriously impact the length of time you can use an Ultrabook as an offline word processor. As a blogger that’s a very important scenario for me and I suspect that if you’re offline and answering a bunch of emails or writing a presentation or report, this scenario is […]

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What’s the Difference Between Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks and How to Tell Them Apart

Posted on 27 November 2012

If you’ve been following along the last few days, you saw us highlight plenty of Ultrabook deals for those looking to snag a machine on the cheap for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The deals came in many shapes and sizes and often spanned the gap between first generation (Sandy Bride) and second generation (Ivy Bridge) Ultrabooks. If you haven’t been following the Ultrabook space closely, as we have, you […]

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Toshiba Z830 Windows 8 Upgrade Report

Posted on 30 October 2012

After spending a good two months with Windows 8 on the developer preview Touch Ultrabook I decided I was 100% happy with Windows 8 and that there was no reason not to upgrade the Toshiba Z830, a first generation Ultrabook. The upgrade was completed fairly smoothly although extra drivers, as always, are going to mean a bit of searching and a bit of luck with the installation order. Toshiba Z830 […]

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Black Mesa is a Free Remake of Half-Life, Here’s How to Optimize It for Your Ultrabook [video]

Posted on 25 September 2012

If you know about Black Mesa, congratulations — you’re a gamer. This obscure fan-lead remake of Valve’s famous 1998 title Half-Life has long been shrouded in mystery. Going on 8 years of development, with the only mention of a release date being “when it’s done”, most thought Black Mesa would never see the light of day. However, earlier this month the official website for the remake began buzzing with hints […]

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How to Get the Most Battery Life out of Your Ultrabook

Posted on 23 July 2012

Intel’s Core processors dynamically adjust the speed of your Ultrabook’s CPU to give you power when you need it and battery savings when you don’t. The battery savings come when your Core processor intelligently clocks itself down to the minimum level during tasks that don’t require much power. For instance, as I write this and listen to a song in the background my processor is in ‘Energy Saver’ mode where […]

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SSD Upgrade How-To: Toshiba Z830/Z835 Ultrabook

Posted on 26 June 2012

We’re happy with the Toshiba Z830 that Intel sent to us for a long-term loan. It’s a fast, lightweight and well-connected Ultrabook. We’ve already dropped in a 4GB RAM module to take it up to 6GB but there’s one more thing we can do to pimp it out – upgrade the SSD. We contacted MyDigitalSSD with the plan and they kindly sent us a 256GB BulletProof mSATA SSD with SATA […]

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How To Update Your Ultrabook’s Intel or Nvidia Graphics Drivers

Posted on 23 April 2012

If you’ve got an Ultrabook, it likely has either integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics or discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics. Recently we gave you 6 excellent game suggestions for your Ultrabook. Now we’ve got a suggestion to make sure your Ultrabook is running those games as well as possible. One of the best ways to keep the graphical capabilities of your Ultrabook performing at maximum capacity is to ensure that you’re […]

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