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13-inch MacBook Air vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

For many years now, computer manufacturers have been trying to create the perfect computer that balances power and portability. From laptops and notebooks to netbooks and tablets, newer computers are getting smaller and smaller. However, only a few really succeed in packing a significant amount of power in a portable package. Apple is one company that has shown success and promise in this regard as it continues to release powerful products that boast of portability.

Its MacBook Air has become a favorite among users who have found its MacBook Pro powerful but not really portable. And for a while, MacBook Air enjoyed the attention. That is, until the MacBook Pro with Retina Display was introduced – more powerful that the Air but almost as thin. So which should you go for?

MBP retinaPortability

When it comes to the size and weight of these two devices, there really isn’t that much of a difference. MacBook Air remains lighter (2.96 lbs) compared to the MBP with Retina (3.57 lbs). In terms of size, Air is also thinner (17.3mm compared to the MBP, which is 19.1mm in thickness), although it is a bit wider and longer (325mm x 227mm compared to the MBP, which measures 314mm by 219mm).

Power

The MacBook Pro with Retina is still the winner here. For one, its Intel Core i5 chip is still faster. Its RAM is also bigger (even double) – 8gb. However, what really makes the MBP stand out here is, as its name implies, its 2,560 x 1,600 display. Imagine it as a hundred extra pixels per inch, creating very smooth icons on your screen and very crisp images and texts.

MB AirPrice

This is where a huge difference can be seen. The MacBook Pro with Retina has a starting price of $1499, $300 more than the starting price of the MacBook Air ($1199). Upgrades and higher specs will cost you even more. For instance, you can get a Core i7 processor upgrade if you want faster operation. The standard storage available for both devices is 128gb. If you need bigger storage, you have an option to get the 256gb. And if you need optical drive, you will need to spend more money because both of these don’t have one.

Now the question: which should you go for?

Given that both of them are portable, thin and lightweight, the two biggest differences that you’ll need to consider will be their performance and their price.

So what are you going to use your device for? The MBP with Retina is perfect for people who work on high-res graphics and those who do a lot of video editing. The Retina display will surely be of great help to your work. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air is ideal for other non-power-demanding activities. Its portable design is ideal for being a travel companion

And as to the question in terms of price, well that would depend on whether you’re willing to pay a few hundred dollars for the features that the MacBook Pro with Retina has. Our suggestion would be: if you really need those features, then go ahead and spend. But, if you don’t have any particular or serious need for those, skip the extra dollars and go for the MacBook Air. Once you’ve decided which to get, you can check Google Store to find your needed device.

Google Glass vs. Apple iWatch: The Battle for Wearable Technology is On

The newest technologies of Google and Apple have created a buzz way earlier than the actual release of the said technologies. And now that the news is out, everyone’s looking forward to what is predicted as the new products set to bring a whole new level of revolution in the way we interact with and use technology. Let’s take a look at these newest gadgets, the Google Glass and Apple iWatch, and the features that are about to change the technological industry.

iwatch What They Are

When you look at these two products at their basic level, they’re a simple eyeglass and a watch that’s incorporated with various technologies. You can look at them as supercomputers in a wearable package.

How They Are Designed

Google Glass is a voice-activated display mounted into an eyeglass. The entire technology can be found in the top right portion of the device. It is built with a rocker button on its right frame, which offers a second option for controlling it (next to voice command). It also comes in different colors: charcoal, tangerine, cotton, sky, and shale.

Meanwhile, not much can be said right now as to the final design of the Apple iWatch, except that it’s a future-looking piece of gadget that looks much like a modern watch and can perform a whole range of functions.

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How They Work and What They Offer

Google Glass is powered by Android OS and, through your voice, can perform a wide range of actions: take photos, record live events (and share them), send messages, and even work as GPS. It can provide your needed information (all you have to do is ask), as well as translate foreign language.

The Apple iWatch is iOS-operated and can sync to your Smartphone through Bluetooth. It can work with Siri, will allow you to control the music on your phone, and can even have health tracking features. Like the Glass, it has GPS, too.

Some of those features, however, are just expectations at the moment (especially those for the iWatch). More or less, those are what you’ll find in these devices, and we can expect more improvements in the months or years to come.

So Which Is The Cooler Wearable Tech?

When it comes to fashion and style, the Apple iWatch takes the cake. To start with, the iWatch will be easier to incorporate in one’s wardrobe than the Glass. The Glass will remind you of its presence the whole time you wear it, whereas the iWatch can be worn and forgotten, until you need to use it. When it comes to technology, though, Google Glass is way more advance. So do you want the latest technology, or do you want a technology that you can wear comfortably? Whichever of the two you choose, you have various choices at Geekie Store.

Finding the Best Chrome OS Experience: Samsung Chromebook vs Acer Chromebook

While many laptop users are looking for PC functionality in a compact device, there are some people who are after simplicity, cost effectiveness, and ease of use in their laptop experience. And while netbooks meet these demands on one end, Chromebooks are trying to bridge the gap on the other end for people who need more online connection or more data on the web.

Chromebooks are products of Google, in partnership with certain companies (primarily Acer and Samsung), which operate on Chrome OS and which offer a different kind of laptop experience. They’re ideal for people who use Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google-based programs. Although they’re not yet mainstream, Chromebooks are slowly gaining wide use. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Chromebooks offered by two leading Google partners: Samsung and Acer.

acerAt First Glance…

It’s easy to notice that the Samsung Chromebook is thinner and lighter than the one from Acer, although both of them have the same screen size. The Acer Chromebook has more ports, so connectivity is better. However, it doesn’t have Bluetooth compared to the one from Samsung.

Underneath the Device…

The Acer Chromebook runs on a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor while the Samsung Chromebook is powered by the company’s ARM-based, 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Dual system on chip (SoC). Both have 2GB of RAM. When it comes to overall performance, the Acer Chromebook is noticeably better at working with the Chrome browser—especially in the way it handles video streaming.

Storage-wise, Acer has gone a bit over the top here with the 320GB hard drive included in it (which is really unnecessary since Chromebooks are meant to work on the web – online storage). The Samsung Chromebook, meanwhile, has a 16GB flash storage.

In terms of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook is the sure winner. It has more than 6 hours of battery life, compared to the 4 hours battery life of the Acer Chromebook. When used at optimum level, the life of the Samsung shortens to approximately 4 hours while that of Acer goes down to shorter than 2 hours.

Overall Experience

Samsung

Aside from differences in performance and battery life, another thing users might want to consider is the user comfort offered by each Chromebook. The one from Samsung has fewer keys, and the keyboard offers the advantage of a larger touchpad and palm rest area. However, of the two, the Acer Chromebook has a more accurate and responsive trackpad. And since Samsung incorporated fewer keys in the device, some users might need to re-familiarize themselves with the keyboard when typing. Acer did some changes as well (i.e. giving the caps lock key a search function).

We Conclude…

That both Chromebooks have something new to offer to the market. The main things you might want to look into when choosing between the two would be their performance, storage, and battery life. If you’re looking for something that performs better and offers more storage, go for the Acer Chromebook. But, if you want just the simple Chrome OS experience in a more compact device with a longer battery life, the Samsung Chromebook is for you. You can check out Geekie Store to find these devices.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Razer Edge: Which is the Better Laptop-Tablet Hybrid?

Laptop or tablet? Usability or portability? More function or increased ease of use? For a long time, it didn’t seem possible to combine the best qualities of laptops and tablets, and geeky consumers had to choose one feature and sacrifice another when they’re searching for a gadget. But, with the introduction of the new laptop and tablet hybrids, all that has changed. These new devices pack the most appealing features from laptop and tablet devices and combine them in a device that is ultimately functional and portable. And when it comes to this new generation of gadgets, two names are taking the lead. In this article, we compare Microsoft’s Surface Pro and the Razer Edge to see which of them are worth our dollars.

razer edgeDesign and Built

Being a hybrid between a laptop and tablet, both the Surface Pro and Razer Edge are lighter than most laptops and heavier than most tablets. Of the two, the Surface Pro is lighter and more compact. It is also thinner compared to the Edge, which is a bit chunky. In terms of screen size, the Surface Pro gets a bigger 10.6 inches clear HD display compared to the Edge’s 10.1” multi-touch HD display.

Both hybrids come with various accessories, at a price. The most interesting add-ons for the Surface Pro are its Type Cover and Touch Cover, covers that double as keyboards. The Type Cover works like a real keyboard and attaches to the device magnetically, whereas the Touch Cover is, well, as its name implies, touch-operated. Of the two, the Type Cover is more responsive (and costs $10 more than the Touch Cover’s $120 price tag). For the Razer Edge, there is an available docking station that will allow you to connect it to your TV. Another available add-on is a gamepad controller that you can attach at both sides of the Edge so that you can play games.

surface pro

Function and Power

The Surface Pro is powered by a 3rd gen Intel i5 processor while the Edge is powered by a dual core i5 processor. In terms of display output, Surface Pro offers an edge because it supports up to 1080p resolution. Meanwhile, Razer Edge is perfect for gaming because of its dedicated Nvidia graphics. One more feature that most users love about the Surface Pro is the Surface Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus that attaches to it magnetically. This enables writing and drawing on the Pro’s surface easy and convenient.

Between the two, the Surface Pro offers features that are more work-oriented, whereas the Razer Edge has features that will highly interest gamers. Unfortunately, both devices have a pretty short battery life. The Surface Pro has approximately 3 to 4 hours of power while the Razer Edge has an even shorter life (approximately just half of the Pro). And, that life is even shortened when you play games. Razer Edge offers a battery pack that you can use when gaming to extend battery life, but that also comes at a cost.

Our Final Say

Both devices are successful in their attempt to bring users’ laptop and tablet experience to a higher level. For those who want a laptop functionality in a tablet, especially professionals who need power in a compact device, the Surface Pro is a good choice. Meanwhile, those who are looking for a new gaming experience may want to get the Razer Edge. You can find both of these devices at Geekie Store.

Cubify CubeX vs. MakerBot Replicator 2x: The 3D Printer War is On

The printing industry has just reached a higher step in the technology ladder with the introduction of 3D printers. Although they look rather new in the industry, 3D printers have actually been here for quite a time now. Only, the previous printers in the market were not as user-friendly and were very expensive—it’s only now that these printers have become more affordable and more accessible to users and consumers. There aren’t many options in the market just yet, but there are two leading names in the industry right now: the Cubify CubeX and the MakerBot Replicator 2x.

Both makers have been in the market previously with the earlier versions of the mentioned printers, but their newest products are expected to bring more to consumers and to make 3D printing an even more accessible option to those who want to create. Let’s take a look at these two products.

cubexPrinting Operation

3D printers work with the use of layers of plastic to create 3-dimensional objects. Depending on the printers, various kinds of plastic may be used. Both the CubeX and Replicator 2X can accommodate ABS and PLA plastic. ABS is the stronger kind of the two (it has a higher melting point), but PLA is a good option because it is biodegradable. Both printers make use of different software, but the software in the Replicator 2X has an edge because it supports different file types. Meanwhile, the CubeX software requires that the file to be printed be first converted into a .cubex format. But, those who want a bigger print area may want to overlook that little inconvenience and still go for the CubeX because it offers just that—it has a basic printing area of 10.8″ x 10.45″ x 9.5″ compared to the Replicator 2X’s 9.7″x 6″ x 6.1″ dimensions.

MakerBot Replicator2X

Cost and Construction

The CubeX is cheaper by $300 in terms of its basic price, but that difference costs an extra nozzle. It only has a single nozzle, whereas the Replicator 2X has two nozzles—meaning, it can accommodate two different materials or colors right from the start. Now, if you want that capability in a CubeX, you have to upgrade it by getting a second nozzle (for an additional $500) or maybe even a third nozzle later on (for an additional $1000). If you think you will be needing up to three nozzles in your printing, go ahead and purchase the CubeX. If you won’t be needing the extra nozzle, however, the Replicator 2X may be your best bet. Additionally, the material used by the Replicator 2X is cheaper compared to that used by the CubeX. So, you’ll really get more savings in the long run. But then again, it would all depend on your printing needs.

Conclusion

The CubeX and Replicator 2X are both bound to change the 3D printing industry this year, and both hold a lot of promise. Both are not yet widely available, although their earlier counterparts have been here for quite a time now. These two new items are expected to be in various stores in the next few weeks. If you are looking for 3D printers and 3D printer supplies  for the Cube printers or for the Replicator printers, you’ll find lots of choices at Geekie Store.