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NEO N81: Laptop or Tablet? Why not both? 

  

The husband and I are currently looking for a new laptop which we can use for our freelancing gigs. Right now, we are trying to determine what use we’ll have for the laptop in order for us to maximize it. 

If you’re the type who love using your gadget for work and for pleasure, consider the NEO Shift N81. 

NEO, one of the local laptop brands in the market, recently launched its laptop and tablet hybrid with dual platform technology for an ease in performance and productivity. With Shift N81, play games and work on your files as you enjoy Android 4.4 Kitkat and Windows 10 interface in one device.

 If you’re the type of person who want to be trendy and professional at the same time, this gadget will best suit your lifestyle. With its 8.9” IPS Touch screen display and 16.2mm thinness, its sleek and trendy design can get you going, anywhere. Its detachable keyboard is really convenient.

NEO Shift N81 is powered by 1.33 GHz Quad-core Intel Z3735F Processor Baytrail platform which performs well and runs intensive apps and games. It also has 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash Storage that you can multi-task with your games and workload. The device, also, has a built-in sim card slot so you can access 3G and your social media sites.

(Press Release) 

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Review: Asus X102B – Pretty on the outside, sluggish on the inside 

Trying to restart a career in writing means one must always have the tools of the trade at hand. With two laptops dying one after the other, I have no choice but to buy another one specifically for the sole purpose of blogging and writing. 

With a very specific purpose in mind, I embarked on a dedicated research for the best laptop/netbook which my very limited budget can get me. Endless research (read: mostly bugging one of my tech savvy friend) has lead me to the ASUS X102B. 

 

ASUS X102B is a ” full on Monet”

 

I am not a techie – my definition of high-tech is connecting a Bluetooth speaker to my iPhone, but the assurance of my tech-head guy friend is enough to convince me to buy. Now, I am not sure if it’s the laptop that’s a problem or me. 

On the outside: 

This thin netbook is a beauty. The metallic blue finish sets a nice background to the silver ASUS logo. Weighing at just 1.1kg, the thin body makes for a gadget that slips easily inside even the most compact of bags. I usually bring it to meetings with the WeKnow Creatives team and even when it’s stuffed my smallest shoulder bag, I can barely feel it’s weight. Supplementing the laptop is a charger that looks like it was built for a smartphone than a laptop. 

 

updating for eternity

On the inside 

 In my month of using the ASUS X102A, I have come to realize that this laptop is a “full-on Monet”, to quote the great Cher Horowitz (Clueless, 1996).  For those that needs brushing up on pop culture: 

Full-on Monet: Someone attractive from afar, but when you get close you see that said person is not as attractive as they appeared from a distance.

My love-hate relationship with this thing started from the minute I pressed the on/off button and started playing with its features. The track pad and screen is very sensitive which can lead to folders closed easily and emails delegated to the trash bin in one swipe of an errant finger. It can be sluggish and cannot accommodate growing on multiple opened tabs at the same time.  

While the feel of the keyboards is just the right fit for me, I hated that there are instances when keyboard response to typing is slow or way behind. Laptop also has tendency to hang. 

For streaming videos – which I do in the interest of my Korean dramas — streaming usually starts very promising that is, until a loud whirring noise will commence (while I panic). This will go on for 3 minutes before stopping abruptly, in which that danged laptop will again proceed to hang.  Which will lead me to restart the whole thing again. 

The problem is that usually, in 5 times out out ten, the laptop while try to update itself VERY SLOWLY, rendering it unusable. 

  
I have no idea what to do with this thing. I am thinking of luring my clueless techie guy-friend to coffee before asking him for help in making this thing work. Another option is to sell it – but thanks to this glowing review, I don’t think people will be inclined to purchase something that can cause headaches. 

Meanwhile, I am still tinkering with it – one because I really need to watch 2Days, 1Night and two, because I need to catch up on some writing. Ironically, blogging – which is the main reason why I bought “Monet” in the first place – is now done via my iPhone. Yeah, I know — ironic and pathetic at the same time. 
Tech Specs (lifted from Villman website)

AMD® Temash Dual core A4-1200 1.0 GHz Processor

Operating System: Windows 8

Memory: 2GB DDR3

Display: 10.1″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight Glare panel

Graphic: AMD Radeon® HD 8180G

Storage: 500GB 5400 RPM HDD

Card Reader: 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC/ SDXC/ MMC)

Camera: HD Web Camera

Networking: Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11a/b/g/n

Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 

10/100 Base T

Interface

1 x COMBO audio jack 

1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor

1 x USB 3.0 port(s) 

2 x USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert 

1 x HDMI 

1 x SD card reader

1X AC adapter plug

Audio

Built-in Speakers And Microphone


Currently searching for a new boyfriend

Moralists, family advocates and well-meaning friends, put down your pitch forks, I have no intention of cheating on The Hubby.

When I mean “new boyfriend”, I do mean it to be Momo. Momo–not Jun Matsumoto Momo–but Momo, my future laptop/netbook which I hope to purchase by end of the week.

With my blogging and the desire to write freelance and do online work, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and finally buy myself a laptop/netbook. This has been long overdue, since a) I am and will always be a writer b) I can’t sleep if I haven’t updated KamikazeeGirl c) I have been receiving freelance inquiries for the longest time evah. Thanks to The Queen, I finally came to terms with what I want and thus will be buying the netbook during the weekend.

Here are the candidates for the “Big Boyfriend Hunt”. Your comments regarding their potential for long-term relationships would be very much appreciated.

Asus eeeeePC 900
MSI WindU130
Neo Edge
Suzuki Neutron 1001

While I would have wanted my boyfriend to be the alpha of all boyfriends–meaning, more of Domyouji than Momo–I would have gotten something from Apple or an HP Mini. But since my budget is something that is worth PHP11,000 to PHP14,999…the above mentioned candidates are the best that I can afford.

or…

(Yes, I managed to post about my MatsuJun in spite the fact that this post is about gadgets)

My requirements for this relationship are not complicated really:
1. It must connect via wifi or the internet at home because it’s primary purpose is for blogging and for online work. Without connection–this relationship would be futile.
2. I should be able to save memories — documents and pics to be exact
3. It should be lightweight enough to be placed inside my huge bags and that it shouldn’t take much of my space
4. Should be sturdy enough to last at least for two years before I can afford my Domyouji
5. Should look good (cos I don’t want a cheap looking boyfriend, right?)

So, if you have any bad experiences with any of the above mentioned candidates, feel free to let me know.