This post is sponsored by Best Buy, but all opinions are my own.
Over the past few months, my trusty laptop has started acting up, and I could tell that it was only a matter of time before it would finally kick the bucket. So I have been on the hunt for a worthy replacement, one that’s powerful enough for my needs, light enough to travel with, and cheap enough for my wallet.
The HP Envy x360 Laptop check off all of the boxes (and then some), and it’s sporting some pretty impressive specs, including a AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 128GB Solid State Drive, a 13.3″ Full HD touch screen, and a 360° flip-and-fold design. And best of all, it weighs in at a svelte 2.87 pounds.
Another cool thing about the HP Envy x360 is that it’s a 2-in-1 device, which can convert from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. Now, instead of lugging around a tablet and a laptop, I can get the functionality of both in a single device. How great is that?
Best of all, now through July 28th, you can save $100 on the HP Envy x360 laptop at Best Buy!
Just check out the specs on this bad boy:
- Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
- Built for Windows Ink: Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.
- Full HD touch screen: The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.
- Ryzen 5 processor: Enjoy high application performance and smoother gaming experiences with AMD Ryzen™ 5 processors, with machine intelligence, multitasking capabilities and efficient architecture with up to 4 cores and 8 processing.
- 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
- Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
- 360° flip-and-fold design: Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.
But don’t wait too long, as this deal ends on July 28th, 2018!
Here’s How To Stay Secure While Using Free Wi-Fi In Public
Raise your hand if you’ve connected to a free Wi-Fi network while you’re out.
Yes, we’ve all done it. But what most people don’t realize is that when you connect to that free Wi-Fi, you are hopping onto an open network, which leaves your computer vulnerable to hackers who can intercept your potentially sensitive information with a few clicks of their keyboard.
That’s right. When you fire up your laptop at Starbucks and log into Gmail, there’s nothing to stop a nefarious person who’s nearby from using some simple software to get your password. But that’s not even the worst of it. If you purchase something on the Internet while on public Wi-Fi, someone could steal your credit card info!
In fact, this happened to my girlfriend just last week, despite my constant warnings to her about just this thing. Lucky for her, her credit card company noticed some suspicious activity on her account and contacted her to verify these transactions. Turns out, she had ordered some shoes from Nordstrom’s website while sipping on an Iced Caffe Mocha at Starbucks a few weeks ago, and someone snagged her CC#.
So how do you keep yourself safe when using public Wi-Fi?
If you absolutely must connect to Wi-Fi, consider these security tips to keep prying eyes out of your devices:
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi to shop online, log in to your financial institution, or access other sensitive sites.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to create a network-within-a-network, which keeps all of your data encrypted. There’s a comprehensive explanation on how VPNs work here.
- Only visit websites with HTTPS encryption when you’re in public places.
- Turn off the automatic Wi-Fi connectivity feature on your phone so it won’t seek out hotspots.
- Buy an unlimited data plan for your device and stop using public Wi-Fi altogether.
Hopefully these tips will help you guys stay safe out there when you’re surfing on a free Wi-Fi network. If you have any other questions, please leave me a comment below.
Razer’s Project Linda Turns Your Phone Into A Laptop
Last January, Razer wowed the crowds at CES with an impressive triple-screen gaming laptop, and this year they are back with another innovative concept, the Razer Project Linda, a 13.3-inch laptop design powered by the company’s Android-based Razer Phone.
Razer’s Project Linda laptop seamlessly docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside and connects with the press of a button. The phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM deliver responsive performance, instantly transforming it into an Android laptop. The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more.
“Android power users and laptop enthusiasts share a need for performance in a mobile form factor, which we provide with our award-winning Razer Phone and Razer laptops,” says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Project Linda combines the best of both worlds, bringing a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, enhancing the experience for gaming and productivity.”
This is a great idea in concept, and it may actually hint at the future of the computer as we know it. Use your smartphone for the basics, like surfing the web, social media, games and apps. And when you need to be more productive, simply place the Razer Phone into the “dock” so you can write long e-mails and do other productive things where you’d benefit from a larger screen and keyboard.
We’ve seen a few products try this before (like The Superbook, which raised nearly $3 million on Kickstarter), but if there’s anyone who seems poised to pull this off, it’s Razer. It should be interesting to see if Razer will move forward with Project Linda, or if it’s just another CES concept that never sees the light of day.
For more information on Razer’s Project Linda concept, visit razerzone.com/projectlinda.
Photo credit: Razer
The Azulle Byte3 Mini PC Proves That Good Things Come In Small Packages
Back in the day, I had this bulky, awkward computer in my living room that I used to stream movies and other content onto my big-screen TV. And while it worked great, it really ruined the aesthetics of the room.
Thankfully, computers have come a long way since then, getting smaller and more powerful over the years. A perfect case in point is the sleek and lean Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini PC, which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough to tackle anything you throw its way.
Despite its small stature, the Byte3 packs quite a punch, with a 64-bit Quad-Core Intel Apollo Lake processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage (with a Micro SD card slot that accept up to 256GB). Hook it up to a TV or monitor, and you’ve got a lightning-fast computer that looks right at home in your living room or on your desk, and thanks to its fanless design, it’s whisper quiet to boot.
Sure, with the Byte3 you can browse the web, check e-mails, do online banking, and shop online. But with 4K at 60 FPS, you can also stream Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other video services without breaking a sweat. Or use Microsoft Office to complete any business, school, or leisure-time task. Heck, you can even connect a webcam to your mini PC and make video calls on the big screen.
As you can see, the Byte3 has a wide variety of ports that enable you to connect a wide range of peripherals. I kept things simple, hooking up the mini PC to my 50″ TV via HDMI, and connecting my Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse over Bluetooth. Once that was done, I was off and running.
Overall, I was really impressed with the Byte3. It’s a fantastic little computer that will do almost anything you need it to do, despite it’s tiny footprint. Without a doubt, the Azulle Byte3 is the feather-weight champion of fast, functional, user-friendly and affordable technology. At it’s quite a bargain at just $199.99.
What do you think of the Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini PC?