Interestingly, this laptop's battery supports up to 11 hours of operational backup, and comes with a hot swappable option which enables a user to change batteries without the computer shutting down. The company claims that this mean machine can run for around 2 to 2.5 minutes without battery, which we think is commendable. These machines, which are meant for enterprise use, comes with 3 years warranty.
Gunjan Sachdev, General Manager (National Business Head), Toughbook, Panasonic India claims that they already hold a 70% market share in the rugged PCs market in India and in the next fiscal, he would like to take up this number to 75%. He told us, "By launching Toughbook CF-54 like notebooks, we want to extend our market reach in India and enter new industry vertical like aviation, ports, law enforcement sector etc."
He further added that Panasonic might make an interesting announcement in the next 3-4 months; it would be a fully rugged product, which would give a new dimension to the rugged PCs category in India.
When we quizzed Gunjan if Panasonic India has any Make in India initiative in the pipeline, he shared that the company is still in a wait and watch mode. If Panasonic's sales volume would increase as per their expectations, then they would open Panasonic configuration centers in the country first. Sigh!
Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 remains to be one of the hottest items in the market even before it sees the light of day. New reports suggest that the new MacBook Pro will come with sensitive keyboard without keys and improved battery. Are you excited?
Yibada reported that the Cupertino-based tech giant had filed a patent for a force-sensitive input structure for their upcoming devices. The said patent was just made public recently. With this new technology, Apple aims to offer utmost comfort and convenience to their traveling customers. Per the report, the company refers to it as zero travel, suggesting that MacBook Pro 2016 will not come with the usual physical keys.
There are rumors that MacBook Pro 2016 will come with a Force Touch feature and it seems that the same technology will be experienced in the new laptop. According to the report, the surface of the keyboard can sense the varying pressures from the user's fingers and respond appropriately.
This MacBook Pro 2016 feature offers a better configurability because users can now set aside portions of the device for a special set of keys, numeric keyboard and trackpads. The keyboard will feature micro-perforations or holes for every key and it will be visible through backlighting. If this is true, MacBook Pro 2016 users will have to deal with lesser dirt and reduced risk of component failure.
MacBook Pro 2016 Equipped with Better Battery Life
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Meanwhile, Christian Post reported that the MacBook Pro 13-inch would run for 10 hours if full-charged. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro 15-inch can survive up to 9 hours between charges. Aside from this, the two laptops allow for a 12-hour and 9-hour movie playback respectively.Yibada added that MacBook Pro 2016 would include an improved retina display and stereo speaker. Aside from this, it will sport a built-in microphone and two USB C Ports.
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Pitched by HP as a (literally) flexible computer with an “exquisite craftsmanship”, we were curious to see how the HP X360 15.6” felt like in the real world and if it could live up to the legend. We took it for a spin at Mobile world Congress – there’s nothing like a real world situation such as a trade show coverage to see what a laptop is made of. In this review, we go over the all-metal industrial design, the 360-degree hinge and the overall performance and value proposition of HP’s Spectre X360 15”.
The HP Spectre x360 design allows it to go from laptop to tablet mode by rotating the display all the way. This design choice makes it a real competitor for Lenovo, which introduced the “multimode” idea with the YOGA line of products.
hp-spectre-x360-15__05The 360-degree swivel design makes the computer feel like a completely normal premium computer (and not a 2-in-1 tablet) while the tablet mode or tent mode makes the Spectre x360 nice to use if space is cramped (long flight), especially when reading documents or watching movies.
"AN ALL-METAL DESIGN WHICH FEELS VERY NICE AND EXTREMELY RIGID"
The pure tablet mode is better on real “detachable” 2-in-1 tablets, but the x360 design has a better ergonomy in productivity mode. HP has other 2-in-1 models to address specific needs.
hp-spectre-x360-15__12The Spectre x360 15” is an all-metal design which feels very nice and extremely rigid. There’s a shiny HP logo behind the screen, and the bottom is where the cooling vent is. Screws retain the back cover, and it seems possible to open the laptop to access the motherboard (I haven’t opened it). There are two speaker grills in the back, but the main ones are in the front.
On the left side, you will find the Power connector, one USB 3.0 slot, the 3.5mm audio jack, the full-size SD card reader and the Power button. That’s also where the hot air exhaust exits.
The right side has two more USB 3.0 ports, one USB C port, along with one micro Display Port (DP) and one full-size HDMI connectors. The volume rocker is on that side too.
Opening the laptop reveals the keyboard which is painted with a grey metallic color to match the overall appearance of the laptop. I really like the key travel depth and the overall feel of the keyboard. They keyboard quality is very important to me since I spend most of my time writing and answering emails.
The keys also don’t become greasy over time. I mention this because I’ve seen many keyboard designs have that problem. The key layout is classic, and you will have no problem adapting to it.
On either side of the keyboard, there are two large speaker grills. If you look closely, you will see that HP has worked with Bang and Olufsen to tweak the audio for this laptop. In general, bigger laptops have an inherent advantage with sound volume and quality because there’s more space to build the air intake and to place larger speakers. It’s all about “pushing air” at the end of the day.
The trackpad is very large. At 5.5” x 2.5”, it’s one of the largest that I have used to date. The glass surface is also very smooth to the touch, and it looks like HP has made a particular effort to make it as comfortable as possible. If you use many trackpad gestures to boost your productivity, this detail should score some serious points.
You can click on the lower left/right of the trackpad to emulate the corresponding mouse buttons. The amount of force required seems just right to me: not too stiff, not too soft — and the trackpad is so wide that there’s no way to click the wrong side by mistake.
Display: 4K IPS, with Quand-HD and 1080p option
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It doesn’t sound like it when you read tech sites, but 15” is the most popular laptop size. That’s probably because many users are more interested in something comfortable and productive, instead of having something ultraportable. It’s true that the extra real-estate and/or display resolution does matter, a lot.
I use both 15” and 13” computers and when I’m in a non-mobile situation (remote office, hotel…) the 15” feels so much better when working on a desk. It’s definitely a trade-off, but if you’re transporting your laptop in your car most of the time, it’s very different from having one on your back in a bag.
"GET THE 4K MODEL AND DON’T LOOK BACK" The HP Spectre x360 15” has several display options ranging from 1080p to 4K. Although we have both the 1080p and the 4K models in the office, the 4K is the main one we used, and since the difference between both options is only $60, we see no reason to hold back — just get the 4K model and don’t look back.
The only exception to this rule is if you use Photoshop CS or other software that don’t handle hi-DPI (very pixel density) very well. The app icons can become tiny and this could be a source of frustration. Do a little bit of research to make sure your favorite apps will work well, but 4K is crystal clear – it’s worth it.
All models use a shiny glass surface treatment, which makes the colors nicer (they “pop” more), but of course, the display is quite shiny if you work outdoors on a sunny day.
At 368 NIT, the display provides plenty of brightness to make it comfortable in bright lighting conditions. The backlight seems to be stronger on the upper-right. Although it’s not very visible to the naked eye (unless you know what you’re looking for), the brightness is strongest at the upper-right (374 NIT) and a bit less so on the lower-left (315 NIT).
Regardless of the resolution, all option use an IPS LCD panel, which provides a great viewing angle, and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the display. The only thing that would love to see is thinner bezels and an OLED option, but at the moment, I haven’t seen any competitor with a 15” OLED display.
The company is expecting high demand, however, and is already tempering delivery expectations. On the Oasis page, Amazon notes that, “Due to popular demand, some configurations will ship after April 27th,” noting that you’ll get a revised shipping estimate on the checkout page. If you decide to pre-order, make sure you check to see when your Kindle will arrive.
You probably perked up at the mention of an external battery case, and it’s true – Amazon is included one of these stylish leather cases in the box along with every Kindle Oasis. That’s probably one of the reasons why the starting price point of the new model is so much higher than for previous devices.
You’ll be able to purchase the Kindle with your choice of either Black, Merlot (a wine red color), or Walnut shades of leather (Canadians get black only); if previous cases are any indication, you can expect Amazon to do a really nice job on how the case feels.