Feb 27, 2016

Inspiron 13 7353 (Skylake) SE Laptop - Review

My new laptop arrived a few days ago. Yay!
Time for a quick review.

This model (7353) is the Skylake version of the Special Edition Inspiron 13" convertible laptop. The current, regular edition, is 7359 but has a plastic case vs the chamfered aluminum & rubberized casing on this one.

Quick specs:
i5-5600U, 8GB DDR3, 128GB SSD (upgraded to 500GB), 3x USB3, SD Card slot, HDMI.

I was debating between this and the XPS15 (also XPS13). I chose this one as the XPS 15 is about 3 times the price but the differences (lighter, small bezel) aren't enough to justify the much higher cost.
Special Edition units don't come with Dell's passive stylus (regular ones do) but the passive stylus isn't much more than a cheap stylus you can buy for a few dollars. I already have one so I don't miss it.
I was hoping this version would support Dell's active stylus but they took out the digitizer from this laptop series starting with the 7352 (previous version of this laptop).

128GB is not much space these days (especially for a laptop) so I purchased a Samsung 500GB EVO SSD to go with it. When it arrived, I did a quick upgrade from the stock 128GB SSD (also Samsung) and am quite happy with the result.

The laptop screams now.
Here's the disk benchmark with the EVO SSD. As comparison, the stock SSD did about 450 on sequential read but about 100 on writes.

And here it is with RAPID (Samsung's memory caching technology) enabled:
That speed is insane! Can't wait to enable it on a server. Must have UPS though, as you're taking risk by enabling RAM caching* like this.

*RAM caching uses a portion of your computer's memory (which is really fast) as hard drive. It is much much faster than even the best SSD.

Overall, I wish this unit was a bit lighter (similar to the HP Envy X360) but it's good enough. The Envy is much more money and is weaker (harder to upgrade too).

So, how much did I pay? I purchased it from Dell Outlet with a $300 off coupon so it came out to a nice $459. I had a $150 GC so it was $309 out of pocket for me. :)
Thanks Slickdeals. You make me poor by saving money everyday.


Wow it's 2016 and my blog hasn't changed for years! Totally forgot I had a blog, lol.

Well, this year I'll try to do something with it.

I recently came across some blogs that gave me some ideas. There's a bit of content I could come up with that would be beneficial to others so I'll make an effort to share them this year. We'll see how that goes. Finally got off my butt to do some cleaning and changed to a new theme. Woot!

May 30, 2011

Get your FREE console game emulators for Android devices

After Google  App store pulled his popular series of emulators (for everything from NES, SNES, to N64), the developer of these awesome emulators decided to post them on SlideMe, an alternate Android app market, for FREE!
Go get yours now before the become un-Free:

Here's a recent Engadget article with more detail on these emulators.

Feb 10, 2011

Trace Element I - AURIN


Aurin is the first in a series of Trace Elements. It is one of the base elements and, as such, it represents the foundation of my being. Concepts such as love, happiness, and life, are represented here
  1. Enigma - The Same Parents (Seven Lives Many Faces)

    We all have the same parents...many million years ago. Why can't we live in freedom? Without hunger, with out war...I don't, I don't understand...why, so much hate...
    This song perfectly illustrates how I feel about the state of the world today. So much anger, so much hate. Why?

  2. Enigma - Boum Boum (Voyageur)

    My heart goes boum boum boum, every time I think of you...
    If the first song was about Peace, this one is about Love. It's a simple rythmic song that really make you feel (or remember) the magic that people call Love. If you've ever been in love, you know what I'm talking about. That first time when you talk to "the one" or see that person. That first date...boum! boum! boum!
    Going into the Valentine weekend, this is a good song to listen to.

What is Trace Element?

At the beginning of the year I, like many people, made some new year's resolutions. One of them was to start a project that has been on my mind since I started listening to music: Trace Element.

What is it?
Trace Element is a way for  me to share my appreciation of music with others. It is also a creative outlet that allows me to express and explore my creative and technical aptitude in the fields of multimedia design and development.