Laptop, Ultrabook, Netbook, Tablet, OR Hybrid? SO MANY CHOICES!

Over the past few years there have been a lot of versions of the laptop that have come out. Now it's a little bit hard to differentiate the different versions and tell what they are. If you are in the market for picking up something new, you should know what you are getting into! Here is a little bit of information to put an end to the confusion.


A laptop used to be exactly what it sounds like: a laptop computer. Now it is hard to find just a regular old laptop. But basically, the idea is still the same. A laptop is just a computer with the typical clamshell design that you would expect. It folds, it has a screen and a keyboard built in. There really isn't much more to it.


If you have been looking at laptops then there is a good chance that you have come across the term "Ultrabook". This term was invented by Intel. Basically an Ultrabook is a super laptop. Intel decides what type of specifications a laptop needs to be considered an Ultrabook. It depends on what kind of processor it has, the battery life, the overall power and extra special features. They are still laptops though. And upon just looking at one, there really isn't much different when it comes to the design and how they work. Just think of these as really, really powerful high end laptops.

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The netbook was created to be a really, really cheap laptop. Like the name implies, they are really designed for basic web surfing. They don't have the power to tackle any serious work or run a lot of big programs. Most times they are really small and don't even have a drive to insert a CD or anything. They also quit using the term Netbook recently because people associate the term "Netbook" with being cheap and worthless. I wouldn't call them worthless, but if you plan on doing anything besides surfing Facebook then I would consider something different.



Tablets are not laptops at all, but they were born from the idea of the laptop. They are basically just a slate with a touch screen. No keyboard, no nothing. All you have is the screen. You can surf the net, take pictures, and download apps. They are really good for small businesses for taking surveys or accepting credit card payments. They are also good for casual reading or web surfing. Other than that, there really isn't a way to use a tablet to replace your laptop for any type of work. But like I said, they do have their place.

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Laplets and hybrids

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Hybrids and Laplets basically take the best features from laptops and tablets and put them together. Most times they are less powerful and have less features than a laptop, but more features than a standard tablet. There is generally a detachable keyboard so you can use it like a laptop. If you want to use it like a tablet, you can take the keyboard off and use the touch screen. The first hybrids to come out were basically nothing more than tablets with keyboards, but there have been some coming out recently that might actually be able to replace your laptop. They get better all the time.

Why Businesses Rent Windows-Based Laptops

Windows Laptops For Training ClassCalling all Windows fans! Are you looking to get the best of what Microsoft has to offer? Everyone knows Microsoft has been around for a while now, and that can only mean they're doing something right! A company like Microsoft that has been able to last throughout the ages and has even adapted to the changing software and technology needs over the years, which means your business can rely on their products.

Microsoft-based laptops are the perfect devices for any of your business needs! Here at, we know that when it comes to business, you want the best technology and software that you can get, and that is exactly what we offer, nationwide!

Renting your business technology is one of the best and most economical ways of taking care just about any short-term business need. Why exactly would you want to rent technology though? The obvious answer is that it can save you a lot of money, but how exactly?

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First of all, maybe you have a big short-term company event. Perhaps your company will be represented at a convention or your company is conducting some employee training. Additionally, maybe you need to test out some new software before it's deployed companywide.

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The Software You Need offers the latest Windows software on our laptops! We know that Window's latest software, Windows 8, is still a bit fresh for some users out there. For this reason, we do our best to offer later versions such as Windows 7, Vista, and even Windows XP! (And soon to come Windows 10)

Rent In Bulk

When you're thinking of rentals, you may be concerned about the quantity of laptops you need. With, it's always most cost-effective to rent laptops in bulk.

Keep in mind that not only is renting in large quantities good from a cost per unit standpoint, but also the larger the rental the more you save over the the cost of buying the equipment for your short-term business need.


One Less Stress

When it comes to using your software on a rental laptop, you may be curious as to how you're going to get that software loaded on a large quantity order. No worries! We've got you covered there too! We can upload your company's software directly onto any number of laptops that you may need. We can even let your staff install the software to your exact specifications and make an exact image for use on the entire order! When the laptops are delivered with your exact software already preloaded and taken care, that's just one less stress to worry about!


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Is A Tablet-Laptop Hybrid Better Than A Regular Laptop, Or Is It The Other Way Around?

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As it has been recently, we've been seeing a rise of tablets and tablet-laptop hybrids. It seems as if the production of laptops has slowed, and that tablets have jumped up to the main forefront of mobile technology. I personally still use a laptop, and I genuinely enjoy it. I don't really have a need for anything touchscreen, aside from my smartphone. To some, it might be all about application and what you need to do. To others, it could be about what looks the best and what is, in fact, more mobile. No one ever thought that something could be more mobile than the laptop. It was/is a mobile computer after. Then the tablet came and it seems as if everything changed.aspire switch 11Now again, the tablet market is changing to add in attachable keyboards to the tablets. They're being called tablet-laptop hybrids. The real question is, which is better?

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The Laptop Feels Like Home

When you use a laptop, you know you're getting something responsive. What I mean by responsive can be attributed to when you're typing or clicking on something. Laptops have the track pad, but there are some people who enjoy still plugging in a USB mouse for added control. Laptops are normally more accurate. You're not having to type on a single surface screen. Not to mention the fact that laptops naturally feel sturdier. They feel a bit more productive than tablets. Think about this. The tablet has the screen and everything else as part of a single unit. The laptop, however, has the screen as a separate unit away from from the keyboard and "computer" part of the system. You can usually pack much more power into a laptop than you can with a tablet. That being said, the tablet has made changes of their own to adapt to user needs...Razer Blade

The Tablet-Laptop Hybrid Doesn't Feel Bad Either Though

Tablets are normally used for more consumable content. Things like Internet games, YouTube videos, or just surfing the web or Facebook. It's mainly for recreation, or at least it would be to the average user. Here is where the tablet took note. There were some who wanted to use the tablet for a more productive purpose but felt that they weren't as accurate as they could be with typing things out. It was too difficult to get work down. Now, there are quite a number of tablets with attachable keyboards on the market. Behold the tablet-laptop hybrid and all of its glory. Now that there are plenty of tablet-laptop hybrids, you can have all of the power of the new tablets all while attaching a quick and responsive keyboard to make it much more productive. You can still use the touchscreen features even when the keyboard is attached. Does this mean that this is the new age of laptops though?

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It's All About What You Need

At the end of the day, when deciding, you have to ask yourself the age old question; What do I need it for? Some people enjoy the mobility of a tablet and having an attachable keyboard essentially makes it a laptop to those users. That being said, there are certain programs that are designed for laptop use. They would be much easier to operate on a laptop, and again, there is more room to pack in more power with the laptop. If you're going the gaming route, there is no tablet that could outdo a gaming laptop in performance or graphic quality. You can upgrade laptops as well. Should you want to upgrade your tablet, you're going to look towards purchasing a new one.

When it comes down to it, opinions are still opinions. That being said, being productive with a laptop will probably be a lot easier than being productive on a tablet. There are just somethings you can't beat about a good ol' fashioned laptop!

Dell's New Alienware Laptops Have Intel's Fastest Mobile Chip Ever

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As if Dell's Alienware computers weren't already monsters, they are now giving their new Alienware 18 laptop even more power with an overclocked 4.4GHz Intel Core i7 chip. On Thursday they also announced a new 17 inch laptop that has an optional i7 chip that overclocked past the 4.0GHz point.

alienware textOverclocking a processor is pretty common in the gaming world. It boosts the PC performance and makes everything run a lot faster. Intel and Micro Devices are always trying to find new ways of cranking up their clock speeds and are always fighting to make computers run faster than ever. This is a very good thing.

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Most of the time chips operate in the 1.4GHz to 3GHz range. And usually chip makers just add more cores to speed things up rather than overclocking them. But there are always those people out there who are just never satisfied and always have to push things as far as they will go just to make sure that they have the best of the best. For those people, Alienware already has you covered. You don't even have to mod anything to have the best of the best.

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Overclocking like this can cause some heat issues, but Dell thought ahead and made some changes to the design of the laptop to compensate for it and make sure it doesn't overheat or cause any damage.

Both of the laptops support up to 32GB of RAM. The battery life of them hasn't been posted anywhere yet, but lets be real, with this kind of power it would probably last for like 5 minutes. Luckily, no one is going to get these laptops for the battery life.

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The New Asus Zenbook NX500 Is Really Expensive, But Might Actually Be Worth It

The new Asus Zenbook NX500 might be ridiculously expensive, but it does come with some pretty cool features. This might be hard to believe from a brand that made their name by selling really affordable netbooks, but it's true.

For starters, the display is a 15.6 inch 4k touchscreen that is based on quantum dots. You probably don't know what that is, but it already sounds expensive. Let's just say that its probably one of the best looking displays that you are ever going to find on a laptop right now. This 4K screen displays images at a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution which is 4 times better than a regular high definition display. Asus is also the only company right now to put out a 4K display with quantum dots.

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Under the hood of the NX500 there is a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics processor. This means that you can pretty much do whatever you want on that laptop and it will be able to handle it. It can also support multiple solid state drives in PCI-Express 3.0 and SATA slots. It has SonicMaster Premium speakers as well, because why wouldn't it? They already made everything else awesome, it might as well sound awesome too.

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Next month is going to be a pretty big month for Asus. They have a lot of cool new devices that will be shipping out. The Zenbook NX500 though, is the highlight here. Asus has never put out anything as high end as this. Not only is it going to be interesting to see how people react to it and how it does on the market, but I'm also actually really excited to see one in real life and try it out for myself. The price might sound a little crazy, but it might actually have the chops to back it up.

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The New MacBook Air Might Be More Than Just A Rumor

A while back, I posted about some rumors that there might be a MacBook Air coming out that would be even more slim than before. The rumor seems to be more than just a rumor now. Jack March, a well known blogger who is famous for posting leaks says that the next MacBook Air will certainly be slimmer, and it will even come in the same three colors as the new iPhone 6.

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Pretty much every report on the internet confirms that the new 12 inch MacBook Air will have a design that doesn't need a fan to keep it cool. That is how they are going to cut off even more space and make it slimmer and lighter. The keyboard is going to be pretty much edge to edge, with very little space left on either side of the computer. The new processor that it will have is rumored to be the Intel Broadwell, which will boost performance and also run much cooler at the same time. That means a fan won't even be an issue.

The only problem with this so far is the fact that there have been delays with the Intel Broadwell processor. We don't know much else, but the delay of the new processors has also delayed the release of the other rumored MacBooks that a lot of people were expecting to see this year. The MacBook Air isn't expected until next year, so it may not suffer so much from this delay but only time will tell.

If you're the kind of person who wants to look way cooler than you actually are, you will be able to match the color of your MacBook Air with the color of your new iPhone 6. Rumors say that the MacBook Air is going to come in Space Gray, SIlver, and even Gold. Not only will you now be able to be the coolest person sitting in Starbucks while you write your novel with your gold MacBook, but it's exciting for everyone else as well because this is really the first time you'll be able to have anything other than regular old silver. At least besides that one time when there was a white MacBook and a black one that lasted for like a year.

The new Air is said you have a reversible USB Type C port, a new type of charger, and the speakers will be above the keyboard instead of under it.

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There is no official word from Apple about this, but rumors from the same sources had the iPhone 6 figured out months before anyone could even confirm if it was ever going to come out or not. So chances are, you can start planning on which color you are going to get to match your iPhone now.

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The New 14 Inch HP Stream Gives You Windows 8.1 For The Price Of A Chromebook

hp stream backMany people have considered Chromebooks just because they are always so cheap. But it is hard to choose between a cheap computer and having actual usable features. HP has decided to put out a laptop that makes this decision for you. With the HP Stream laptop, you can have an AMD powered 14 inch notebook with Windows 8.1 for just $299. You get all the flexibility of Windows for the price of a Chromebook, and it is available on September 24th.

HP also has some new Chromebooks coming out this year. One of them is also 14 inches and is the exact same price as the Stream. HP is really good at having something for everyone this year. The HP Stream is along the same lines as the Chromebooks though, it looks about the same and has the same amount of storage which is only 32GB. It is expandable though with the built in SD card slot. You also get 100GB of free storage on Microsoft OneDrive for two years as well.

It has a lot more in common with the Chromebook too. They both weigh 3.8 ounces and they both have the same ports. They have three USB ports, an HDMI port and a microSD slot. The HP Stream's screen is 14.1 inches with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

hp stream1The AMD processor in the HP Stream has a thermal profile that is low enough to let the laptop run without a cooling fan at all and be fine. It's pretty nice that you won't have to listen to a really annoying fan all the time. HP says that the Stream will get up to 6.5 hours on a full charge, which is nothing to write home about, but still fine.

One of the main drawbacks of the HP Stream is the fact that it is made to give you the flexibility of Windows for the price of a Chromebook, but it doesn't really have enough storage space to be able to install a ton of Windows apps. Some people say that it wouldn't really be ideal for storing pictures on either... But all I'm saying is, if you can full up 32GB of memory with just pictures, then you're probably really creepy and weird and don't have any business being on the internet anyway. Plus you have the free cloud storage, I'm pretty sure there is enough space.

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The fact that this computer even exists means that Microsoft is realizing that Google is a real threat with their Chrome OS. It seems like they may be on to something here, and I'm pretty excited to see what happens in the future.

The ASUS ZenBook UX305 Combines A 3K Display With A Super Light Body

asus zenbookIf you have been exploring your options for a laptop with a display that it better than HD, your search is about to come to an end. The new 13 inch ASUS ZenBook UX305 is sporting a 3k display, a fantastic processor, and it all comes in a really lightweight package.

Yesterday at IFA 2014 in Berlin, ASUS was proud to show off their new UX305. It is a really nice laptop that would be way more than enough for casual computing or any business needs, and it could probably even handle some gaming. It has an Intel HD 5300 graphics card, an Intel Core M processor, a front facing HD camera, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid state hard drive.

Obviously, the main draw to the UX305 is its incredible display that is probably better than real life. The 3200 x 1800 resolution display on a 13 inch screen is a breathtaking combination. If you are going to be looking at or doing any work with photos or photo editing, this is going to be really awesome to work on. It would also be really great for streaming movies and TV shows. I can't think of a better way to view your favorite films when you're on the go. It might even be cooler than watching them on your actual TV.

All of this awesomeness is packed into a really small package too. The laptop is only 0.48 inches thick and weighs only 2.65 pounds.

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The UX305 isn't going to win anyone over who is just looking for the most power they can get out of a laptop, that isn't what it is about. This would be absolutely perfect for anyone who travels a lot though. It is more than enough to get some work done, and it is basically a small, light entertainment center. Having a 3K display to watch movies on during flights or even on your lunch break would be really nice. Not only that, but it is really slim and light, so it will be easy to pack up and carry with you anywhere you go without making your arms tired.

Dell's Cheap Inspiron 11 3000 Hybrid Doesn't Sacrifice Quality For Price

inspironWhen Lenovo announced its 2-in-1 Yoga hybrid series of laptops, it got people talking, but the above average prices didn't really get too many people buying. Users were waiting for something that offered essentially the same thing the Yoga series did but at a price that didn't make them feel like they were making a ritualistic sacrifice of their wallets.... and that's exactly what Dell has come up with.

Dell's new Inspiron 11 3000 is basically a stripped down version of the company's $1,200 XPS 11, leaving in only the essential technologies with a $500 price tag. In addition to that, Dell also managed to keep the 360-degree hinges for the device's laptop-to-tablet design.

The 11 3000 has entry-level components on the inside that vary depending on location. In the US Dell has two different configurations. One has a dual-core Celeron N2830 while the other has a quad-core Pentium N3530. These replace the Intel Atom processors that are typically found in this type of ultraportable. This change is actually a really good one as it delivers more performance with improved power efficiency.

$50 separates the market value prices, with the Celeron running $450 and the Pentium running $500. These prices have been known to change, however, as both models have been found priced at $400 and $480, respectively, with slightly varying specs. The specs that do remain constant, however, include 4GB of memory, integrated Intel HD graphics and a 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive.

Unfortunately for you readers in the UK the 11 3000 is currently unavailable on Dell's UK site, though you can pick one up from the Australian site for AU$599. What's interesting is that the Australian model comes with dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, a model that isn't available in the US version.

Despite the price, the 11 3000 is a nice looking hybrid. The body is made of plastic instead of aluminum, though from afar one could confuse the two. In addition to that, the body feels solid, though the hinge design does make the design slightly thicker. The overall thickness of the 11 3000 is still under an inch thick, 11.8 inches wide and 7.9 inches deep.

When opened, the 11 3000 looks like a typical clamshell laptop. The 1,366 x 768 IPS touchscreen allows for wide viewing angles. Below the screen is a Windows logo key that can be set to go to the Start menu or the desktop. The keyboard leaves a decent amount of room below it for resting your palms on with the touchpad wide enough for easy access and use. In addition to that, the keys are also just big enough with no small, awkward keys, making typing easy and comfortable.

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Since the device doubles as a tablet, the power button and volume button are located on the right side of the 11 3000. Also located on the right side is a USB 2.0 port, SD card reader and security slot. The left side houses the headphone/microphone jack, an additional USB 2.0 port as well as a USB 3.0 port with sleep charging. There's also a full-size HDMI output along with the power outlet. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi with a single antenna instead of the newer 802.11ac and instead of dual-band.

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 may not be the beefiest hybrid on the market, but if you are looking for something that doesn't need to have to do too much more than basic home office or student work then this is a great option, especially for the price. The versatility is a great thing to have and you can even upgrade the memory or storage yourself. That coupled with a long battery life makes the perfect combination.

How Do You Know What Type Of Laptop Is Right For You?

laptopsDo you ever look at all of the technology choices that we have today and just kinda think "Well crap... I'm lost". Believe it or not, there are some of us out there who aren't huge techies. Shocking, I know. For those of us who might not be as technologically adept as others, it can be difficult to sift through all of the technology that we have available to us. I mean, it seems like some sort of new device comes out just about every week. That's a lot of devices to sort through. One thing that you can also be sure about though, is that whether you're looking for business or pleasure, a laptop can get you what you need.

Ask Yourself Some Questions

Just like anything else, when trying to pick from the myriad of laptops in existence to see which one is right for you, you need to figure out what it is that you're looking for exactly.

  • Are you looking for speed?
  • Are you looking for performance?
  • Will you be using it more for business and productivity purposes, or will this be a gaming laptop for you?
  • How mobile do you need it to be?
  • How durable should it be?
  • And of course, how much are you willing to spend
  • Are you looking to stick with a particular brand?

After you ask yourself these questions and then come to a conclusion on which direction you need to head, you should be able to narrow down your list of choices. It's all about figuring out what you need and what you will be using it for. Once you find that out, then you can start to look at subcategories and move on from there.

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The Subcategories

Subcategories help you start solidifying choices and ideas. You've decided that you just need a mid-level laptop that's pretty productive. You need to make sure that your laptop has the processing power that you need in order to run the programs that you want and function properly. Processors are one of the most important parts of your laptop, that and the amount of RAM that you have, that will determine how fast and how well your laptop will run. If you go for a gaming computer, you need something with incredible processing power and a graphics card to match. The display of the laptop needs to be on point as well.  Any type of laptop that's going to be running large programs such as for music, recording, art editing and design needs to have a powerful processor as well. Knowing what you want helps.

Are You On A Budget?

There is a beauty to laptops and computers that you can't get with other mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Much like computers, you can also upgrade your laptops. Let's say that you're on a budget but you really want a nice laptop. There are some laptops that can be built for a custom order. Now sometimes they can also become expensive. That being said, you can get an entry level laptop to perform the basic functions that you need and then slowly start to upgrade it by buying the parts yourself. Add more RAM and storage if you'd like. If you're really advanced, you can even go in and upgrade the processor just like you could with a computer.

The bottom line is that it helps to know what you're looking for in the beginning of your search. When you are able to figure out what you're going to be using your new laptop for, every other decision really comes down to how much money you have in your wallet.

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