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Tablets may seem like a fad to power PC users, but their success last year has turned heads in the industry. Tablets are not only here to stay, they’re commanding far more interest from consumers than was previously thought. Although Apple’s iPad is still one of the most popular tablets, many princes have come forward to try and claim the throne.

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The first thing you notice about the ASUS PB278Q 27” Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor is its large 27-inch screen. Considering that this is a monitor and you’ll be sitting much closer to it than you would to an HDTV, the 27 inches really becomes magnified.

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Windows 8 is more than just an updated operating system from Microsoft. While previous versions of Windows usually got a visual bump with each update, it never strayed far from its trademark user interface of a Start button and a task bar.

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Western Digital unveiled new Red NAS hard drive models on July 20, 2012. This innovative line of SATA hard drives is specifically designed for home and small office network attached storage (NAS) enclosures with one to five drive bays.

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Remember when Mac computers only had USB 2.0 ports? Well, now that the 2012 MacBook Air and Pro models include USB 3.0 ports, your choice is no longer limited to just USB 2.0 or Thunderbolt external hard drives, which usually have a huge disparity in terms of storage space and price.

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Now Mac users and PC users can share their operating system experiences with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. This virtualization software lets you enjoy the latest Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without rebooting your computer.

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If there’s one thing you should know about Thunderbolt connectivity, it’s this: Thunderbolt transfers data fast. Very fast. 10Gbps fast. Twice that of USB 3.0’s 5Gbps speed. If you’re looking for an external hard drive that can transfer data at those speeds via dual Thunderbolt ports, includes RAID support and provides up to 2TB of storage space, the Western Digital 2TB My Book VelociRaptor Duo Thunderbolt Desktop Hard Drive delivers.

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The term Ultrabook is everywhere these days as more and more consumers demand that their electronics be smaller, lighter and more efficient. The Ultrabook category is no exception—manufacturers strive to keep Ultrabooks under 3 pounds and under 1” thick when closed.

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The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabooks are very handsomely designed laptops that enable you to speedily carry out tasks as well as enjoy digital media, in a very lightweight and size-efficient footprint.

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It’s no secret that Ultrabooks have become more and more prominent in recent years, slowly phasing out older, underperforming netbooks. It looks like ASUS has now fully embraced the Ultrabook category.

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The first thing you’ll notice about the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 10.1” Tablet is how similar it looks to its predecessor, the ASUS Transformer Prime 10.1” Tablet. It still has a volume rocker and power button on the top, as well as a microSD card slot, reset button, micro-HDMI port and 3.5mm combo audio jack on the left side.

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Johnny Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, describes the new MacBook Pro with Retina display as “…the very best computer we’ve ever built.” Offering new levels of capability in terms of image resolution and the ability to connect bandwidth-hungry peripherals, it’s an ideal portable computer for photography and video production.

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I recently tested two new Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 notebook computers: the 14” M5-481T-6670 and the 15.6” M5-581T-6490. These laptops are officially classified as Ultrabooks—a new category of powerful computers that strive to be as thin and lightweight as possible—but just think of the M5 as an ultra-portable workhorse.

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The Western Digital 2TB My Passport is a compact and portable hard drive that features USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfer and bus powering, which means that it doesn’t require a separate power cable in order to operate. It’s compatible with Mac and PC computers (reformatting is required for use with a Mac), and its USB 3.0 jack is backward compatible with any USB 2.0 port.

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When you first open the box, you’re greeted by the Acer quick start guide. This quick start guide folds out into a four-panel page showing you how to set up your Acer Iconia Tab A700 tablet, complete with pictures and different languages. Remove the quick start guide and you’re face to face with the glossy 10.1” screen. 

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