For the money, replacing a rotational hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) is one the most rewarding upgrades for any PC. Compared to a standard hard drive, an SSD has no moving parts, which affords it greater durability, better resistance to vibration/shock, and lower power consumption. Your PC will also gain quicker boot-up times and faster overall operation.
The 7mm Toshiba Q Series Pro Solid State Drive fits in both slim and full-height drive bays, and to make replacing your current drive easier, a free copy of NTI Echo disk cloning software is included.
Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, Q Series Pro SSDs are available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models. Prices start at $159.99, which might sound pricey, but sizable discounts are commonplace online. For more information, visit Toshiba.com.
Can an Ultrabook be a work of art? HP's Spectre 13 makes a compelling argument.
HP recently unleashed one of its most impressive notebooks to date, the Spectre 13 Ultrabook, an upscale portable with a machined aluminum chassis designed to compete with the Apple's MacBook Air.
Unlike the MacBook, an edge-to-edge, full HD (1920x1080) LED-backlit touchscreen is standard, and thanks to Intel's Haswell architecture, battery life is 9 or more hours.
Weighing just 3.3 pounds, the Spectre 13 comes with 4GB RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor, 120GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Beats Audio, DisplayPort technology, 64-bit Windows 8.1, and a two-year warranty. Also among its standout features is an ultra-wide touchpad.
Prices start at $999, but if you opt for 8GB RAM, a Core i7 CPU, 256GB SSD, 802.11 AC WLAN, and a stunning 2560x1440 QHD touch-screen, you're talking $1,435.
Let's be realistic. No one will gasp if you produce an HP Spectre 13 at the meeting, but HP's premium Ultrabook is very good-looking (providing you like its truffle-colored finish.) If you're a longtime Windows user teetering on the brink of buying a MacBook Air, you owe it to yourself to give the new HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook a look. For more information, visit HP.com.