Archive for January, 2014

I’m not in the market for a new laptop, but I’ve been eyeing the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Unfortunately, it isn’t offered here in the country, and buying it on the gray market will set me back twice its actual amount. And it’s not inexpensive to begin with.

Then I saw this:

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It’s the 10.1-inch Tablet/Hybrid from Asus, the Transformer T100TA. Simple, but I find elegance in it.

I wanted to buy it from the moment I laid eyes on it. But I held back, decided to check out the specs first.

Its 10.1-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768, powered by Intel HD graphics. Hardly anything to write home about, but it’s decent for that size. Windows 8, and this is important, is the OS, albeit SL (Single Language). Not RT. Which means you can run regular Windows programs in desktop mode in this.

Being a tablet  of course means that it’s a touch screen. And a touch screen is where Windows 8 UI shines. I know because I’ve been enjoying the touch functionality on my Toshiba Satellite S40T for a while now.

Processor is a quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom Z2760, clocking in at 1.3 GHz. Not bad.

Now the let-downs. It only has 2 GB RAM, and it being a tablet, no provision for an upgrade. Hard disk is a 64-gig SSD, but with Windows and the recovery partition, it shrinks to about 32-gig usable space. It does come with a microSD slot, though, and the dock/keyboard half has a lone USB 3.0 port.

An added perk is a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. Doesn’t have Outlook, but okay.

Given these specs, I decided that I still like it after much thought. What kept me on the fence initially was the price tag. Its SRP is Php23,995 (roughly more than $530 at today’s forex rate). It’s way higher compared to other countries. If you search for its price, on say, the US, it generally retails for less than $400. Customs, am I right?

So today I made up my mind. I’m gonna buy it. I dropped by the ASUS store at the mall on the way home.

I asked the store attendant if there really is no way to bump up the memory; just wishful thinking. I was biding my time looking at the brochure since they had another customer who came in earlier than I did; they were busy setting up his purchase.

When the customer and the other attendant went to the cashier to settle the bill, the attendant I asked earlier gave me some more information.

Information that ultimately made me change my mind about buying the damn thing.

He said that the models that are now being sold only had 32-gig HD capacity on the tablet. They compensated with a 500-GB regular HD on the dock/keyboard part.

I was disappointed. See the thing above regarding Windows and the recovery partition? That meant the SSD will have very little, if at all, free space left. The 500-GB hard drive on the dock, though spacious, is leagues slower than an SSD. Not to mention it will keep me anchored to the dock for my files unless I immediately shell out more money for a microSD.

Sir, p’wede n’yo naman po lagyan ng microSD!” was his last attempt to get me to buy it before out the store I went, empty-handed.

I imagined my wallet heave a relieved sigh.

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On a Lumia520

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Blurbs
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Not for lack of material or topic to cover, I have again neglected posting on this blog.

Once in a while I’d think about putting down my thoughts into writing, immortalized in an ever-growing digital world, but, that was all they had been. Thoughts. I blame #Twitter for it all…

Well now it’s another jumpstart. Let’s see where 2014 takes us.

One thing I’m certain, though. Maintaining posts on this blog won’t be through this hard-to-use, counter-intuitive, outdated and feature-challenged Windows Phone 8 app!

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2013 in review

Posted: January 1, 2014 in Blurbs

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Personal Message:

Thanks to all who have dropped by to view any one of my blog entries. More thanks to those who have left comments, I really appreciate it! Happy new year and may all of us prosper and live happy lives. Cheers!