Apple Updates Retina Macbook Pros

Apple is seemingly giving its Retina Macbook Pros one last Haswell processor refresh before Intel releases their newest architecture, code named “Broadwell”, sometime next year. The 13″ Macbook  Pro models all had More »

LG Announces 105″ UHD Curved TV, Yours for the Price of a Mortgage!

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Facebook to make Messenger Standalone App Your Only Option

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Spotify Arrives on Windows Phone 8

No really, you heard that right. Quite possibly one of the biggest applications that was missing from the Windows Phone store has finally arrived for your device. Up until now, Spotify was More »

Everything Mobile Podcast Season One Episode 1 – 12/16/12

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Verizon Releases Jellybean for Galaxy Nexus


It’s about damned time after the huge wait they put everyone through! It seems as if the entire technology community is against Verizon as of now, so I don’t think I need to complain any more up here.

Anyway, today is your lucky day if you’re a GNexus user on Verizon. Check out and see if your phone can download it ASAP. It should be rolling out steadily, so if you don’t see it now, be sure to check it later. For those curious, Android 4.1.1 (Jellybean) is a large update built on top of Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) that includes several new features. Some of the big ones include Google Now and Project Butter. Google Now is Android’s answer to Siri, even beating it in most areas. Project Butter is the much needed speed boost for Android (Finally!). Scrolling through home screens should be much smoother and simply everything should be considerably faster.

Enjoy and tell us about how it’s working in the comment area!

Galaxy SIII Developer Edition Finally Released


Remember a couple months back when big ol’ Samsung announced the Dev Edition of the hugely popular Galaxy SIII because Verizon refused to allow unlocking of the bootloader? Well if you’re like me, then you probably forgot about it because it’s pretty much useless now as modders at XDA-Developers have solved this problem already, actually, long ago.

If for some reason anyone actually wants to buy this phone, you can do so now. We just don’t see any reason why you would. It’s a fantastic phone, just this one offers nothing more than the normal edition.

iOS 6 – What you need to know


iOS 5 was a pretty big update, which came around the launch of the 4S. Same schedule and same promise this time again, but this time we have iOS 6. Well, should you update? That’s what we’ll talk about below!

iOS 6 as a whole really doesn’t contain a whole lot of new features, but there are a few that are certainly worthy of noting. First and foremost, one of the new apps is Passbook which is a coupon and ticket organizer. It’s something that we’ve seen in 3rd party apps on the store for a while, but the Apple version will probably be more polished and attractive. For all of you people who enjoy talking to your device, Siri is now out of Beta. Sounds like sports info is greatly improved and you can now make restaurant reservations! Essentially the update for Siri just improved upon what they already had. Perfect timing too considering how Google is showing it’s voice muscle with Google Now.

Here’s the part that people seemingly have been most excited about: Improved sharing including Facebook recognition. We were all stumped when iOS 5 launched without a Facebook share option, despite it having one for Twitter, so it’s fantastic news that Apple finally filled that void.

The bad: The new Maps app and lack of the YouTube app. Here’s where Apple really made a huge mistake, in our minds. As the Apple vs. Google thermonuclear war continues, Apple made the decision to essentially rid iOS of as much Google as possible. Say goodbye to Google Maps and YouTube, and say hello to the crappy Apple Maps. Other sites like The Verge have covered this pretty extensively thus far, and there are even several large Twitter topics going around about this. It seems like a pretty bad replacement, which is surprising considering the high amount of polish we usually see in Apple software. It mainly lacks detail and completion, and the bugs are pretty bad. If you choose to look at the Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see a picture of what almost looks like a collapsed freeway. How about the Statue of Liberty? It literally isn’t there. If you’re worried now, it gets worse. Apple Maps is far worse in other countries, most of the time giving wrong locations and even tons of wrong names.
Luckily, Apple didn’t attempt to remake YouTube. They simply got rid of it from the vanilla state of iOS. It’s still on the App Store, so those who want it are still able to get it. It’s hardly more than a minor inconvenience for most users, but it’s still rather irritating.

So should you upgrade? Well, if you rely on Google Maps, then almost certainly no. Otherwise, it builds upon the already solid (albeit somewhat dated) iOS by eliminating lots of other bugs and adding useful sharing options as well as Passbook. Hopefully we’ll get to review the iPhone 5 sometime soon so we can talk about the experience on that!

iPhone 5 – What you need to know


It’s big news, the iPhone 5 has been announced! The successor to the extremely popular iPhone 4s is already available for pre-orders via Apple and other retailers. If you decide to wait until it comes out on the 21st on US carriers, then you can avoid the steep 2 week delay for pre-orders.

The latest of the series includes some modestly updates specifications, most significantly including the slightly bigger display, clocking in at 4 inches. The previous iPhones all had 3.5 inch displays and most of the competition was raising the bar, namely Samsung, so it was pretty necessary to bump up the screen real estate. For those curious, the resolution is 1136 x 640, giving it a more than respectable PPI of 326. This means you won’t be seeing any individual pixels without a magnifying glass. Also upgraded is the processor. Gone are the A5’s and in is the new A6. It’s a dual core CPU seemingly clocked in at 1GHz. Given that iOS is already pretty smooth, we’re going to be looking at some pretty slick performance. The iPhone 5 also includes a full gig of RAM, up from 512MB, which was truly necessary given that iOS really has a somewhat poor multitasking solution. The camera is MOSTLY the same, for the exception of a slightly improved sensor and a better front camera. Probably not going to notice a difference there.

The new iPhone will be shipping and be sold with the latest software, iOS 6.

The iPhone will be available on September 21st on the major US carriers, so should you buy it? That’s your decision, but we’ll talk about that some later today. It’ll be a pretty big Apple day for us!

Samsung Galaxy S III Review Video


Here it is! After a couple failed uploads to YouTube, it is finally up!

Interview with Jake Bowen of Washington DC’s Periphery!


I was thrilled when Jake agreed to do the Interview and it’s my pleasure to feature him on Revenge of the PC! Jake is a guitarist and long time member of Periphery, a progressive metal band from Washington DC. They just released their new album Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, which you can find in stores and online. Be sure to see one of their shows too! They’re currently touring in the Summer Slaughter Tour and just may end up near you. Anyway, check out the interview just below!

1. Again, thank you for participating! As Revenge of the PC is mainly a technology website, it’s only fitting that I ask some questions about the gear and tech. that you use. So what gear has been particularly reliable for you throughout the years?

It’s my pleasure thanks for the opportunity. for starters I have to mention my Ibanez guitars, for years they have inspired many ideas and really make playing guitar enjoyable. Next is the Fractal Audio Axe FX, it pretty much is the core of Periphery’s live and studio guitar tone as well as heavily incorporated into creating ambient textures for my electronic project. I also heavily use a Korg Kontrol49 as my main midi controller, it’s great. Recently I’ve been messing around with the wifi midi capabilities of the iPhone, there’s a great app called Touch OSC that allows you to Have extra x/y surfaces, triggers, faders, encoders, just more ways to customize your automation-it’s fun to control elaborate layered synths with it.

2. What instruments do you use in the creation of your electronic music?

Like I mentioned before, the Axe FX is crucial. There’s more guitar featured than any other instrument or plugin, even stuff that doesn’t sound like guitar was originally a guitar part until I cut it up and made it sound different. I use various kick and snare samples for my sequenced drums.

3. I’m sure there are many people who have taken up trying to learn how to make electronic music after listening to your work. What advice do you have for these people?

Trial and error. Just keep experimenting, I’ve never had any formal training and just kind of figured out my own way of doing things. I guess first figure out what recording program (DAW) you’re going to use, I use Cubase 6.

4. What programs do you use regularly in this process?

I use many of the native instruments plugins, Reason, and Omnisphere. All of these are used within Cubase 6 as VST plugins.

5. When did you first hear of Periphery and how did you become a part of the band? Did you ever expect it to grow to what it has become today?

My friend showed me Misha’s Soundclick.com songs back in 2005, I was just amazed at how Misha got such a great sound with a minimal setup in a bedroom. So I hit him up online and we became friends, I was asked to join the band soon after that in late 2006. If there was never any indication of growth I wouldn’t have joined the project, this was not the case with Periphery. I just got the greatest feeling from the tunes as well as Misha and I having great writing chemistry so I knew this band would grow, and we still have a long way to go.

6. How are you enjoying the Summer Slaughter Tour so far? And can we expect and headlining tours for Periphery this album cycle?

It’s great! I love being on summer tours, all the bands are great and everyone is super rad, it’s just like hanging out with your buds all day everyday. Of course there’s always work to do but it’s manageable. We’re definitely going to headline soon, but as far as when that will happen is still up in the air.

7. How have you and the other members of Periphery grown together musically and through friendship?

We spend enough time with each other on the road and at home that we’re always learning from each other – it’s never a competition but we’re always being motivated to push the limits of our playing. We’re very laid back and have the same senses of humor so we’re always joking around and being goofy, it’s good times for sure.

HTC One X Review

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The HTC One X is the the Thai manufacturer’s flagship device attempting to change the company’s image. Can it do just that? We’ll see down below!

Hardware & Design:
The One X is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 processor along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 4.7″ Super LCD display, and a 1800mAh non-removable battery. Keep in mind that the back does not snap off like those of the Samsung devices, so you don’t have removable storage either.

The design of the One X is the greatest I have ever seen on a mobile device, bar none. The large display takes up the front of the device and is surrounded by a white or grey poly-carbonate bezel that curves under the screen giving it a really innovative and modern feel. Every part of the device feels like it’s just… “One” essentially. The materials blend perfectly into each other, and it’s really something that one has to see to believe.

On the back of the phone is the 8MP rear camera, some Beats and HTC branding, and some cleverly placed holes for wireless charging. Aside from the Beats branding (which I despise on any device), the back is very elegant. If it weren’t for the Beats branding presence, I would easily give the HTC One X a 10, at least in the design.

Display:
The One X rocks an HD screen (1280×720) like most other high-end Android phones now, but this one is very special. The Super LCD 2 technology really shines here. It’s closest competition is the panel on the SIII, which will be detailed in the next review. If you’re not one for the notorious over saturation of Samsung’s AMOLED technology, then this is definitely the best display for you. I actually like the AMOLED displays quite a lot, but this is pretty damned close. Many would argue that this is currently the best mobile smartphone display, and that’s the truth, depending on your personal preference.

Contrast and color reproduction were very, very good on just about everything. One of the real benefits, or actually one many, of LCD technology is the traditional RGB pixel layout. This means that text will appear sharper than that of AMOLED displays because it doesn’t add in an extra green sub-pixel. This means that one would have to try incredibly hard to see any pixelation at all or any rigid text. That’s pretty great. The LCD technology that the One X sports also allows for some fantastic viewing angles. You can see whatever is on your display until you actually cannot see your display. Colors just do not wash out, whatever you do.

The display is also fairly usable even under direct sunlight. I am pretty confident that it is easier to see than my old iPhone 4, but you still will have a hard time seeing some things here and there. I may just be particularly picky on this subject. Whatever the case, it’s usable and one should have no issue with this. Just don’t go outdoors expecting the quality that you see indoors.

Camera:
The phone has an 8MP camera with full 1080p video recording all running atop HTC’s Imagesense software. It sounds very impressive, and the results are pretty good. Pictures are very detailed and are sure to impress, at least for a mobile device. Videos, on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. I found that video recorded even in 1080p seemed to lack detail. Lighting was a whole other story, and the end is the same. Not pretty. If you’re looking for a camera, the phone will definitely do the trick. A video recorder? Look elsewhere. I’m certain that there are people who disagree and even I’ve seen better video performance from others on YouTube. The fact is that mine didn’t perform well, and that’s the one I am reviewing. You can see the video and the sample pictures in the Flickr gallery below. Don’t worry, soon we’ll have a better way (hint, hint).

Performance:
Considering that it’s powered by the Qualcomm S4 and a full gig of RAM, you’re going to get some pretty great performance out of the One X. Generally performance all around was very snappy, but there were a few too many hiccups, and sometimes they were pretty bad.

Sense is very pretty, but it adds a hell of a lot of bloat and takes up a lot of the phone’s limited RAM. It’s definitely better than it used to be, but its presence only hurt the phone’s performance. Swiping through home screens was only fair. Stutters were pretty common, even without the addition of live wallpapers or 3rd party applications. At that moment I knew that HTC already screwed themselves over. Next on the bucket list is the application drawer… Haven’t clicked it in a minute? Great. Next time you try to go there, be prepared for a two second delay before you see your applications. It’s not a huge delay, but when you’re paying for a high end smartphone, you expect snappy performance! It only gets worse too. Next on the list is the dreadful loading. Not the loading of applications, that was quick. The loading I’m talking about is something I have never even seen happen before on an Android device. Occasionally when I would quit out of an application with hopes of returning to my home screen, I was actually treated to a darkened background with a large loading symbol in the middle. This lasted a good 15-20 seconds. Not good. It happened time after time again as well.

So we all love the new multi-tasking in Android 4.0, right? I’m sorry again, but prepare yourselves… Part of HTC Sense is a different form of multi-tasking, and odds are you won’t love it. It is very pretty though! For those of you who have used WebOS, it is a card interface much like that, just much less useful! It WILL show your recent apps and let you revisit them. Here’s the bad part though: If you’re using an app like Facebook or Instagram, the app will just reload and you’ll lose whatever progress you have made with it. It’s enormously frustrating, to say the least.

Gaming and other applications all loaded quickly and worked great, just Sense screwed everything else up. I know the phone SHOULD have good performance, and does when not affected by the software. I will rate the two separately and accordingly.

Call Quality, Data Speeds, Speakers, & Battery Life:
Call quality was excellent throughout all testing. AT&T’s network in Los Angeles is pretty well covered. The only dropped calls I had were in very hilly areas. In general though, the One X performs admirably here! (Phew!)

Data Speeds! Yes! Another good area! AT&T’s 4G LTE is very quick and under utilized right now, so now is the time to use a 4G smartphone on their network. My download speeds peaked at 26 and hardly went below 10. Pretty good!

Speakers: Nothing to write home about, but nothing bad either. The speakers don’t pump out too much noise, but for what it is, it’s pretty high quality. It’s the in-ear action that HTC advertises though. Unfortunately they no longer provide Beats in-ear headphones, so you will have to deal with standard audio without them. The only real difference is a bass boost, or at least real difference I could notice. It’s really just a gimmick. :(

Battery Life: This was actually surprisingly good for a 4G Android device! I had no problems getting through a full day once I finally convinced myself to turn down the brightness. This was with some pretty standard usage, email syncing, web browsing, occasional gaming or video streaming. Don’t be fooled though, like any phone you will not get a days worth of continuous usage. I’d still keep that charger nearby, you’re going to need it when you get home.

Wrap-up:
This phone has SO much potential. I love it in so many ways, believe it or not. The design is impeccable and the performance should be incredible. Actually, scratch that. The performance IS good, under that crappy software. I will safely recommend this phone once it’s easier to unlock and install a stable custom ROM. With HTC Sense running though, I just cannot recommend this to anyone over an SIII, or even the new Atrix HD. HTC ALMOST has a winner. Just for that reason, this phone saddens me.

 

Why iPad?


I don’t get it. Regular readers already know I’m not a huge fan of Tablets. But I admit they can be neat gadgets. Some say they’ll even replace books one day. Just think of all the paper that would save. However, I don’t understand the iPad.

Remember the days of the large, clunky iPod Video? Then the iPod Nano came out. The iPod Videos just disappeared into everyone’s drawer, replaced by the newer, slimmer Nano. In the case of the iPad, this process happened in reverse. First, the iPhone and iPod Touch were released. I’m not an Apple fanboy, but this really did change the mobile phone industry. For those who didn’t want the iPhone, the iPod Touch served as a modern iPod that was frankly close enough.

Then the iPad came out. There was tremendous hype around it. There still is. But why? Other than having a larger screen, it’s just an iPod Touch. The way I see it, the iPod Touch might as well be called the iPad Nano. There is almost nothing new on the iPad compared to any other device running iOS.

So what are iPads used for? I repair computers and other technology gadgets as a side job while going through school. Clients frequently need help getting their email set up on their iPads or learning how to put e-books on them. Older clients can’t find any use for them at all. Younger clients say to me “My kids gave this to me for my birthday. What is the best use for it?” I can’t help them. Yes, you can put your email and books on it. Same with ANY other tablet out there. The difference is with the iPad, you’re spending hundreds of extra dollars.

Now, if you have hundreds of extra dollars just sitting around and you can find NOTHING else to spend it on, you’ll probably still have fun showing your iPad to all of your friends. But if you want to get any value for your money, I strongly urge you to look at other tablets on the market. Any feature you want to use on the iPad WILL be available on all of the cheaper tablets. Most of them also run faster than the iPad ;)

HP DV6T Quad Edition Review

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The DV6T Quad is officially my new daily driver, so it’s very worthy of a review! It is the replacement of my older HP G60T Notebook with the following specs: Core2Duo @2.20, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD (5400 RPM), and the Intel GMA 4500MHD. Clearly I wasn’t computing with power, even at the time I purchased it. Times have changed though! Read more below to hear about my new companion!

Design:
HP used to not be a company that one would look to for looks in computers. They used to be pretty bulky and ugly, to say the least. I had only seen pictures of the DV6T before I purchased it, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Upon opening the box, I was greeted with a very elegant looking machine just daring me to turn it on. The first things I noticed were the very professional inscribed “Hewlett Packard” text on the hinge and the LED HP Logo on the lid. These things actually do contribute to the design and add a really nice feel to the whole computer.

My DV6T Quad came with the Dark Umber finish which is a very dark brownish-black. There are lines running down the entire body of the laptop and they have an intentional slight texture. So far, it appears as if the build materials are pretty top notch so the design isn’t just a gimmick here. It’s supported by some pretty good materials which isn’t something too common in the market, especially for HP in my experience.

Once you open up the laptop, you’ll be greeted with the display first and foremost. The bezel is pretty slim, so that shouldn’t be an issue for most people. Under the display there’s a speaker bar (Beats, of course) which accompanies two other speakers in the front. More on that later! There are only two buttons here, the power and HP QuickWeb. Under this you’ll find a full-sized keyboard with a number pad. Below that is the standard Synaptics Touchpad. Interestingly, there’s a LED light that borders the Touchpad, however, in this model there is no keyboard backlighting. The new Ivy Bridge models released do appear to have this feature though. Honestly, I saw no point to this at first, but it actually did grow on me over time.

Click to view all the design photos for this laptop.

Keyboard and Touchpad:
These are two very important parts of a laptop computer because they’re the main drivers of the machine. Keyboard fanatics should be very pleased with HP’s solution here. The keys feel just perfect. There’s enough bounce and almost no flex. The keys are just about the perfect size as well. In fact, typing this review was incredibly easy and almost pleasing. Typing was almost fun in a way. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself sometime! The only experience that comes close is on a Macbook. On the right side of the keyboard there’s also a number pad. I haven’t used it too much yet, but it seems to work well too. For business people, I’m sure it would be very useful.

The Touchpad isn’t great, but it’s pretty good for a Windows PC. In all of my usage time thus far, I haven’t had one bit of random jumping around which is greatly appreciated as my last HP laptop had a major problem with this. It feels very accurate and the sensitivity levels can be set just right for anyone. There are dedicated “clicking” buttons as well, so it’s not like what you would find in an Apple laptop in that sense. HP also included other Synaptics software that allow things like two-finger scrolling, one-finger scrolling, zooming, and more. These features were a bit more buggy than the rest of the Touchpad. Two-Finger scrolling was near impossible to get right, and zooming was even worse. I went straight to turning zooming off due to its terrible inaccuracy and the difficulty of controlling it. So it’s not the greatest I’ve seen overall, but it definitely still stands out in the current market.

Display:
The configuration I’m testing comes with a 1366×768 HP Brightview display, but before you all instantly close this tab, it is possible to upgrade to a full 1080p. Unfortunately I haven’t seen the 1080p screen just yet, but for this resolution, the display still impresses.

Despite the lack of extra pixels, colors are very accurate and pop out with lots of personality. There isn’t over-saturation, in fact, it feels just right in that aspect. Whites are extremely white and blacks are really dark. I can’t just ignore the fact that it’s 1366×768 on a 15.6″ display though. When looking closely, it is fairly easy to make out individual pixels. I normally use the computer from about a foot away, so it hasn’t been too much of a problem for me, but for some it could definitely prove itself an issue.

Viewing angles were acceptable. Most side angles until you reached the extremes still provided not too washed out images, so several people could definitely watch a movie with ease. Vertical angles though were fairly dissappointing. While moving the display up usually worked fine, doing the opposite ensured a terrible viewing experience.

How about during gaming or just one person use? This computer can handle that with ease. We’ll get onto graphics performance later, but the display definitely can help the newest titles shine. Colors when looking head-on (viewing angles described above) were very good! Movies and TV shows were just the same. Even without 1080p on my configuration, Blu-Ray movies looked phenomenal.

Click to view all display photos for this laptop.

Performance:
Here’s the section that probably most of you actually came here for! Don’t let the average price fool you, the DV6T will play with the big kids. My unit is powered by a Sandy Bridge Intel core i7 2670QM @ 2.20 GHz, 8 gigs of RAM, a Radeon 7690m XT, and a 750GB HDD @7200RPM. It’s no slouch, but boot times and program opening times will be slightly limited due to the lack of an SSD. This wasn’t really an issue with my unit as I don’t really mind the time it takes for a computer to turn on, and if you do, lots of Ultrabooks are covering that territory.

General performance was incredibly snappy, as expected. Tens of browser windows, a couple downloads, and music streaming all were smooth as could be. There were virtually no slow downs noticeable which is something that once you have, it’s impossible to live without.

Clearly this computer is designed for more than those easy tasks though. Given that the machine has a 7690m XT, moderate gaming should be possible as well. I’ve been pretty late to this review, and that has actually been good because I’ve gotten to really test how it handles gaming. I went straight in for the hardest title possible. Battlefield 3 is the ultimate test for gaming computers as of right now.

Keep in mind that the resolution of the display is only 1366×768, so we won’t get true HD gaming, but the game still looked great on the screen. For fun, I decided to put all the settings on ultimate to see how things turned out. Surprisingly even with 4X AA, the game ran at 20 or so FPS. That’s not playable for an FPS, but it was quite impressive considering the hardware. Toning down the graphics to High and lowering the AA will give a perfectly smooth experience that never once hovered below 30FPS. Quite impressive to say the least. The new DV6 comes with a 550m, so expect even better performance.

Other titles like DOTA 2 and Call of Duty MW3 all ran on highest possible settings without issue. Moderate gamers will definitely be pleased!

Speakers and Other:
One of the major advertising points of the DV6 right now is the Beats speaker system. It’s both a gimmick, and not a gimmick. I’ll explain. So normally Beats means just a simple bass boost, so I was not expecting anything special in terms of audio quality here. However, I was still excited to see how the 4 speakers and subwoofer would play out. The first thing I did was play around with the Beats control center where you can actually really get your sound the way you like it, much to my surprise. It’s a hell of a lot more customizable than I ever imagined it would be. This is entirely different from different Beats enabled HP products, like the Touchpad.

So once I got the settings the way I liked, I gave one of my favorite songs a listen. I fired up Ji by Periphery (It’s pretty heavy, not sure if it is suitable for all of our visitors here). At max volume, there was no distortion, which was quite the feat considering how incredibly loud these speakers can go. With my palms resting on the laptop as well, working or playing becomes much more… interesting. Gaming was pretty spectacular with these as well. Battlefield (I know, it’s one of my favorites) really came alive.

Another gimmicky feature is the Fingerprint sensor included. I highly doubt the safety value of it, but unless someone else has your fingerprint, you’ll be completely fine. I had several people try to crack it and they never once prevailed. That is more than good enough for me, but definitely not for those who require high security. As for actual usefulness, it definitely did more than I expected. Every website that requires a login allows for the fingerprint sensor to be used, and it can hold more than one account that you can scan into. It makes logging into anything incredibly easy. Beware though, you may find that you forget all of your passwords…

Battery life is as good as you pay for it to be. The standard configuration includes a 6 cell battery, but I opted for the 9 cell since I don’t like worrying about running dry. My very long and boring test lasted 8 hours and 42 minutes on the HP Recommended setting with Half brightness. To conserve battery, the computer also relies on the Intel HD graphics rather than the higher end Radeon solution. This is a lot of power that is saved. Considering the processing power even without the better graphics, that time accounts to a ton of productivity. You will not have to worry about reaching for that charger too much. One important thing to awknowledge however is that the 9 cell battery will add a “hump” to the laptop and make it appear much thicker. The placement is spot-on as it fits in between your legs if it’s on your lap, but some would still call this a major negative, especially if you’re lacking space. The keyboard indirectly benefits though. The added slant really enhances the typing experience.

Wrap-up:
I really have given this computer a ton of praise throughout the review, and that is after setting my expectations very low. My previous experiences with HP laptops have been iffy at best. For the price on the DV6T Quad right now, this is the middle to high end machine to beat! Just keep these things in mind, you’re going to want an external monitor and a real mouse to really take advantage of the computer!

 

Coming tomorrow:


You guys are in for a treat tomorrow!

Look forward to the following:
HP Touchpad running Cyanogenmod9 Review
HP DV6T Quad Edition Review
HTC One X Written Review
Samsung Galaxy SIII Review
iPad 2 Review (mostly to see how it still plays out in the tablet world)

We have a lot more on the way so stay tuned!