Amazon, Flipkart Host Back to College Laptop Sales: Here Are the Top Offers

 

Amazon India and Flipkart are both hosting Back to College laptop sales on their respective sites. Both the e-commerce verticals are offering different deals, exchange offers, and No Cost EMI options on laptops from varied brands for students going back to college after the long summer vacation.

Amazon India has listed Intel-powered laptops from Lenovo, HP, Dell, and more with exchange offers and No Cost EMI options. The e-commerce site has also segregated laptops into curriculum sections like – Humanities and Commerce, Engineering, Medical Studies, MBA, Design and Architecture, and even Gaming.

With respect to price, the cheapest laptop listed in the sale is the Lenovo Ideapad 15.6-inch laptop available in Black, and priced at Rs. 18,990. Amazon is offering up to Rs. 10,000 off on exchange with an old laptop, and the option to get additional two-year warranty worth Rs. 4,990 for Rs. 1,499.Amazon, Flipkart Host Back to College Laptop Sales: Here Are the Top Offers

Flipkart, on the other hand, is hosting its Back to College Sale from Tuesday, July 18 to Thursday, July 20. The e-commerce site is offering the HP Imprint Core i3 6th Gen Windows 10 Home running laptop for Rs. 35,964. There’s an exchange offer of up to Rs. 7,000 listed, along with a No Cost EMI option that begins from as low as Rs. 999 per month from banks like ICICI and Citibank for a period of 36 months.

Flipkart has segregated its sections based on price, and budget laptops start from as low as Rs. 9,999. This includes Acer, iBall, and Lava laptops, some of which also offer No Cost EMI options. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 laptop is also listed with a price cut, up to Rs. 15,000 off on exchange, and No Cost EMI options. Exchange offers on gaming laptops from HP, Dell, and Lenovo go up to Rs. 20,000. You can view all the Flipkart laptop deals here.

 

Akitio Node Cabinet review: Real, affordable graphics for your laptop

 

The Akitio Node external GPU cabinet is here to give your Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop a big boost. This affordable unit—basically, a big steel box with a 400-watt PSU and a fan in front—lets you drop in most modern AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and then connect it to a laptop using PCIe over Thunderbolt 3/USB-C.

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The Akitio features one fan for the PSU, and one in front that offers plenty of airflow.

For the most part, when it works, it’s amazingly smooth. For example, we cracked open the Node, dropped in a Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card, then plugged it into a HP Spectre x360 13t. Once we had the latest drivers installed from Nvidia’s website, we were off and running. As these results from 3DMark FireStrike Ultra show, the tiny HP Ultrabook gives what-for to big, giant, fast gaming laptops.

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Yes, a sub-3lbs. laptop can hang with big fat gaming laptops–if you cheat like we did.

The score you see above, however, is the overall score for 3DMark FireStrike Ultra, which also counts CPU performance. The dual-core Kaby Lake chip in the tiny HP Spectre x360 13T isn’t going to compete with the quad-cores. In the 3DMark test that includes just the graphics performance, however, you’ll see a better spread from the GTX 1080 in the giant EON17-X laptop.

Yes, there’s a good chance the limited x4 PCIe Gen 3 could rob you of some performance over what you might get if the GPU were in a desktop. In fact, the same GPU will typically score in the 7,000 range when in a full x16 PCIe Gen 3 slot. But just remember: The alternative is being stuck with the integrated graphics in the laptop, unable to game at this higher level of performance.

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MacBook 2017 review: Apple’s updated ultraportable laptop comes at a price

 

Trying to figure out which of Apple’s MacBooks you should buy can be a confusing experience. For years, we were presented with a simple, binary choice: the MacBook Air for those who wanted a cheaper, more portable option, and the MacBook Pro for those who needed firepower.

In 2015, Apple made things a little less simple. In came the “MacBook”, a 12-inch super-portable laptop with a long battery, a new shallower keyboard, the high-definition retina screen, and, controversially, only one port – the USB-C connection used for connecting to peripherals, displays and charging.

A year later, the MacBook Pro got a lightweight overhaul that borrowed many of these features and introduced the touchscreen “Touch Bar” above the keyboard on some models. The MacBook Air remained on sale but lacked a retina screen and looked a little outdated by comparison.

Then last month, Apple updated its entire laptop range. All models, even the MacBook Air, received a speed boost and the MacBook Pro got a new cheaper model. The MacBook itself also received a few tweaks, including an improved keyboard design. Following a mini update last year, this is technically the third iteration of the laptop since its release in 2015.

At the same time, Apple is pushing its iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, with the release of a new 10.5-inch model and an iOS software update featuring a host of PC-like functions.

So who is the MacBook for?

The 2016 price hike following the Brexit vote saw the MacBook lifted to £1,249, at the dear end for a laptop, twice the price of equivalently specced Windows laptops, and significantly more than a new MacBook Air.

While the 2017 model is no more expensive, Apple recently dropped the price of the entry-level MacBook Pro, so for the same £1,249 price you can get a more powerful machine, a bigger screen and an extra USB-C port. Both claim a 10-hour battery life, although when it comes to video playback, the MacBook can stretch that out an extra couple of hours longer than the Pro.

Where the 12-inch MacBook excels is in portability and, to a lesser extent, design. At 0.93kg, it is two-thirds the weight of Apple’s other laptops (and less than half that of my ageing 2010 MacBook Pro). It is envelope-thin, small enough to fit in any backpack and many handbags. If you spend a lot of time carrying your laptop around like I do it’s a godsend not to feel like you’re lugging a sack of bricks from place to place, and it’s dinky enough to sit on your lap or the cosiest coffee shop table.

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Apple’s MacBook Pro contains extra power

None of that has changed from last year, of course, but other updates made this year mean you’re not sacrificing portability for performance.

The most significant upgrade is to the keyboard

One of the MacBook’s little niggles since it first launched is that it is so thin that the keys have very little depth, making typing feel more like hammering away at a set of small tiles than at computer keys. The new keyboard mechanism, first introduced on last year’s MacBook Pro, makes keys feel a lot more responsive even if they’re not actually moving very much.

It’s a reassuring change, especially if you do a lot of typing. The flatness of the keys take a little adjusting to, but you’ll find your fingers gliding across them after a while. Apple has decided to not port over the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, and I can’t say it’s a feature I’m desperately asking for on this.

The other change of note is to the MacBook’s innards. It has been updated with Intel’s new seventh-generation Kaby Lake chips as well as 50pc faster memory, which gives it a hefty speed boost. Geekbench scores peg it as being around a third faster than last year’s model

This is plenty unless you’re going to be doing any photo or video editing, or if you share my unfortunate habit of keeping dozens of tabs open in Chrome. For an extra £90 you can pick up a model with an Intel i5 processor, which I would say is worth the cash to future-proof your MacBook.

Most people’s biggest complaint about the MacBook hasn’t been fixed

There’s just one USB-C port on the left-hand side, which is used for powering the laptop as well as connecting any peripherals. This is a result of its slim design (the headphone jack is on the other side), and to be honest, I haven’t found myself in a position where I’ve needed two ports.

The MacBook’s battery is long enough to last a day, so you can simply plug it in to charge overnight as you would a phone, and I’m rarely plugging peripherals into my laptop.

But batteries degrade over time, and I can see myself in situations where it becomes annoying: if you want to charge your laptop and connect to a screen you’ll need a dongle, if you want to charge your iPhone (the standard cable still uses USB-A) you’ll need a dongle; if you want to take photos off an SD card you’ll need a dongle.

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Verdict

If you carry your computer around a lot, the MacBook is the ideal laptop – as with previous models, it’s ridiculously thin and light. The keyboard and power boosts also mean it’s more capable of becoming your full-time computer. But I’m struggling to justify it at that price.

For the same amount, you get a perfectly portable MacBook Pro with more power, an inch more of screen and, crucially, two ports (albeit at 128GB, half the storage). If your laptop is going to spend most of the time on its desk, there’s little reason not to go for the Pro.

There’s also a lot of cheaper premium competition out there, from Microsoft’s very nice new Surface Laptop to Apple’s own recently-upgraded MacBook Air, which will match it for power and battery life, albeit without the retina display or the MacBook’s looks. There’s no doubt that the MacBook’s sleek design and extreme portability makes it a superior machine – if you’re willing to stretch to it.

 

In a new technique for looking photo databases, a hand-drawn cartoon is all it takes

Laptop scientists at the college of Basel have advanced a brand new technique for accomplishing picture and video database searches based available-drawn sketches. The user draws a cartoon on a tablet or interactive paper, and the system searches for an identical image inside the database. the brand new approach is free to get admission to for researchers.

In a new method for searching image databases, a hand-drawn sketch is all it takes

People nowadays are more and more faced with the mission of having to discover their way round enormous collections of snap shots and motion pictures, both of their paintings lives and at domestic. despite the fact that search engines inclusive of Google and Bing make it smooth to discover files or web sites quickly and efficiently the use of seek terms, the options for searching collections of multimedia gadgets are extra limited.

A widely defined similarity idea

Researchers at the branch of mathematics and computer science on the college of Basel have advanced a gadget known as ‘vitrivr’, which lets in a search for pictures and motion pictures by means of a comic strip.

The user creates a caricature of the preferred object on a tablet or interactive paper, and the program grants the images and movies that most bear a resemblance to it. For films, the consumer can even specify at the cartoon wherein course an item is transferring inside the searched sequence.

In designing the system, the researchers intentionally set a completely wide similarity concept and tailored it to specific varieties of sketch; for instance, similar colorations, shapes or directions of motion.

individual searches can then be augmented with the aid of a variety of other question types – search phrases, examples of pics and motion pictures, or combos of some of these. An essential feature of the new system is its scalability, a feature meaning it may be used inspite of very huge multimedia collections.
Freely available system

The vitrivr machine is totally open source and is consequently freely available to the worldwide research community. it is already being used for a huge variety of purposes, from discerning patterns of movement in sports movies for the Federal office of sport to searching collections of virtual watermarks in a collaboration with the Basel Paper Mill.

Researchers round the world are currently running on growing the gadget, often with the help of 9aaf3f374c58e8c9dcdd1ebf10256fa5 packages, inclusive of the Google summer season of Code. vitrivr is likewise the basis for the iMotion research undertaking, that’s funded by the eu and the Swiss countrywide technological know-how foundation, and is ready to be used as a search engine for large-scale video collections as a part of a collaboration with pink hen Labs within the US.