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Hmmm…finally we are having a 64 GB flash drive.The first question that wud come to mind might be why do we ever need that when we can get a TB of space as an external HDD.Well the point is the size and light weight.You can always carry it around in ur pocket and can be used as a lock for the pc or laptop(they do provide the software support for that).And needless to say they dont need the power cable at all.

Looks a bit fat for pen drives,but still small enogh to score over an HDD. And there are also some backup softwares bundled.Hmmm…anyway i cant have my backups fit into a 64 gigs capsule.

On the negative side I doubt the performance.The 32 gig one from kingston I have used was so slow that the only thing it can be ever used for will be to store backups which are hardly ever accessed.And I suspect the performance to be ever worse in this case.Well thats something I am assuming.I havent yet put my hands on one of this.Call me the prejudiced.Now I will come back to one point I already mentioned.Do we really need it. Personally I will preffer to go for an external HDD which does not need an external power supply.  I just bought one from Seagate(320 gigs) for 3.5 K (INR).Thats way less than a 100 dollars and comes with a 5 year warranty and amazing performance weighing just 160 gms.So why wud I ever need this 64 gigs thing especially if it costs over INR 2000.

Anyway its all upto you,but I strongly recommend not to go for this one unless you have a lot of money and you are out of options.

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An Alienware PC was always my dream but I had to settle for a Dell XPS,afterall Alienware is now a Dell posession. Doesnt matter there is no one to preceed the Aliens when it comes to style and performance,though it can burn a hole in your pocket. But now the two giants Google and Alienware (Dell) joins hands to make THE PHONE.Well see that for once and then we will talk about the rest.

Alienware makes the body and Google makes the soul.Yes its a Google Android powered phone.I cant take my eyes off this one.God gimme a few hundred bucks and I am gonna have one of its kind.I love that Alien glow. Put short the highlights of it are(adopted contents):

  • Classic Alienware eye catching design
  • Large screen with high resolution
  • Superb video gaming capability
  • Fantastic Audio
  • Built on the Google Android platform
So is it a plane,is it a superman or is it an Alien.
PS: Mr.Superman is also an alien from Krypton…lol.

My Dell XPS 1530

Posted: April 19, 2009 in hardware, reviews
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Well its not new,it was six months back I bought a Dell XPS 1530 laptop for my personal use,but that time I wasnt blogging.So this is a belated review about the same. Well you have one advantage,I am writing this after using the machine for a considerably long time as opposed to most other reviews written after a few days or even a few hours of running.

As you know Dell lets you to customize ur laptop to every possible bit lemme first tell my configuration.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T8300 2.4GHz, 3MB Cache, 800 MHz FSB

Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium 32 bit SP1 Edition (English)

15.4″ Widescreen WXGA+ (1440×900) TFT Display with TrueLife(TM)

4GB ( 2 X 2048MB ) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM

250GB SATA Hard Drive

256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 8600 GT

And some other fancy stuff like the biometric fingerprint reader and n-mini card WiFi.

Now let me put it straight,I am damn happy with my laptop.It gives me all the punch I ever needed.I can run any application available and till date my configuration didnt prevent me from playing any title on the market. May be for the latest games you will have to settle with some lesser visuals,but still for the money I paid it rocks.And the look and feel is good.The tuxedo black fits all ocassions.

The processor is powerful but it never heats up too much.In case of heat emission my laptop never troubled me.But always make sure you keep it on a flat surface. Even in the power saver mode it can do most of the work faster than my PC. 4 gigs of RAM mostly lies unused so i shared a good part of it with the graphics card.Now with an additional 1.5G memory my card gives me amazing visuals.I just finished playing Crysis:Warhead and EndWar(now waiting for FEAR 2 to reach me).

The little beast is pretty feature rich and delivers power too.With that WXGA+ screen you have an amazingly good view angle.The slot load dvd saves a lot of space on my desk and free me from the worry that the tray might break off one day. The battery back up is average.I get a 3 hour backup in the power saver mode but might fall to one hour or less at high performance and wifi on.

Now lets talk a bit about the darker side.It sometimes gives some sound from the harddisk as if some grinding is happening inside. The build quality of Dell was never too good and so is the case with this one.The hinge joints looks good but will be history in one good smash. The lit up touch buttons on the front panel are a bit unresponsive and can be very annoying when you try to do the volume control from there. The slot load dvd never let you play the small sized discs. The media direct button is one part you will never touch in your whole life.

But despite of all these the machine is a consistent performer.It hasnt gone down even a bit since the day it arrived. And the service they offer is amazing.You get a motherboard replacement in 36 hours. And for all this I paid 66K after all taxes and deductions.

It was only a couple of weeks back I bought an Altec Lansing VS3251 5.1 channel speaker system and a week back I complimented the same with a creative audigy value (7.1). All that cost me less than 5.5 k (in INR ok..may be a 100 dollars).A decent system I should say especially at that price. And the best part is that it comes with a wireless remote so that I can now stay on my bed while listening to music.

It also has an auxiliary input port on the front pannel so that u can easily plugin ur mp3 player or iPod into it and u can switch between aux and main from the remote. U have seperate volume controls for the rear, center and subwoofer channels but the front channel is controlled by the master volume itself. You can also switch to a stereo mode when only the subwoofer and front channel works,exactly like a 2.1 system.

If you are trying to show off with the looks, then surely its not ur element.The looks are just average. The rear of the woofer is pretty clean. There arent too many ports to confuse you. Well u can take a look at it :

That made it pretty easy to install. There is also a detailed setup manual. But the main power button is kept on the rear making it pretty inaccessible but we would hardly ever need it.

The problem with the speakers is that all the controls are in the remote. So if u ever lose it, its all gone.

Now the other issue with the remote is that u have no way to find out at what level the volumes and reading are fixed now. There is no display of values.So its pretty hard for u to set the volume to ur comfort.Its always trial and error.

The sound quality is good.Its clear,there are no screaching sounds. But the speakers cut the lower band of the sound, so that u are gonna lose some of those small sounds. The bass is caught pretty well especially with a good sound card. All these features makes it perfect for gaming. For a gamer its the best choice in its segment. It works pretty fine for movies as well. You can feel the bullets flying right next to ur ears.But if you are into music alone, I wudnt recommend this box to you.Its better you go for a creative. But defenitely I didnt mean that its bad for music, but i was just telling there are better options for music. For me it was worth the money I spent.

The technical specifications are as follows:

  • General Features:

  • Sound Pressure Level (SPL): TBD dB
  • Total Continuous Power: 70 Watts RMS

  • Front Speakers:
  • 9 Watts/channel @ 4 ohms @ 10% THD @ 120 Hz – 17 kHz 2
  • Channels Loaded

  • Rear Speakers:
  • 9 Watts/channel @ 4 ohms @ 10% THD @ 120 Hz – 17 kHz 2
  • Channels Loaded

  • Center Speaker:
  • 9 Watts @ 4 ohms @
  • 10% THD @ 120 Hz – 17 kHz Single
  • Channel Loaded

  • Subwoofer:
  • 25 Watts @ 4 ohms @ 10%
  • THD @ 40 – 120 Hz Single Channel Loaded
  • System Response: 40 Hz – 17 kHz (-10 dB)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio @ 1 kHz input: > 70 dB
  • One 5.25-inch long-throw woofer

So all the best for a purchase..