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Best Windows Productivity Apps

Computers do nothing without the help of apps that make life easier. Increased productivity is what we all aim at. And since Microsoft is very much involved in publishing frequent updates on their OS, it’s worth the effort of finding a few apps that can increase your productivity. What do you think?

Here is a list of some essential Windows productivity apps you should make use of

1 LaunchyHolo_3172858b

For you to increase your productivity, you should work with a super efficient system that launches apps in a matter of seconds. With Launchy, you can launch programs really fast by only using a few keystrokes on your computer.

What’s more, this program lets you perform multiple tasks at the same time. For example, it’s possible to open documents and folders, kill processes slowing down your computer, perform calculations or even search the web and do other complicated stuff like starting SSH sessions.

It should be noted that Launchy  isn’t the only application launcher designed for Windows. However, it’s one of the best programs out there to work with on your Windows system.

2 Evernote and ResophNotes

It’s a fact that each one of us need to jot down and store their notes and clipping somewhere. But even though this is the case, a few individuals will still have unique needs not addressed by the typical note taking software. This category of individuals also have something dedicated for their special needs.

Therefore, as for this note-taking pack, we have two programs called Evernote and ResophNotes. Evernote tends to be more of a filing cabinet for web clipping, notes and just about anything else you will need for your office work.

On the other hand, ResophNotes help you sync plain text notes through Dropbox or SimpleNote, which lets you get back to work fast and efficiently.

Evernote may seem like an overkill especially for the first time user. It takes familiarizing yourself with its UI before it can ever become an indispensable equipment for work and play.

3 PhraseExpress

Typing texts should be a priority for any task you carry out during the day. Typing is already a tedious process for you. So why don’t you make it easier by only using a few keystrokes (thanks to PhraseExpress) to write your bits of code, canned email addresses, or anything else fast and conveniently?

This platform is designed to save you hours of typing. In fact, it’s the best typing option for Windows, though it has a few pitfalls here and there. But once you’ve got a hang of what’s happening here, perhaps you might consider upgrading to a service like Breevy.The-Paper-App-Divas-Wanderlust

4 Wunderlist

These days we have lots of to-do apps. It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed. However, when it comes to choosing the best ones, it depends on your style of getting tasks done. However, if you still have to pick the best among the best, then Wunderlist would simply make it to the top of the list, why? Because it’s a free platform which syncs to the cloud, plus it exists on just about any device you might want to use it on.

In fact, this is exactly how you want to craft your to-do list, isn’t it? Just make it easy to add your to-do list and also move tasks. Once you know how the setup works, you can easily move on to doing them at the right time.

5 LibreOffice, or perhaps Microsoft officelibreoffice-logo-100565083-large

When you realize that Google Docs isn’t giving you enough in your Word processing needs, the focus must turn to something else. A good choice to opt for is LibreOffice. It’s a free, cross-platform office suite with all the features you’d want in your Word processing endeavors.

Essentially, it’s a Word Processor, Presentation creator and a Spreadsheet tool as well. All these features should make it easy to work on your documents fast and efficiently.

But in case you’re still not satisfied, then it’s recommended that you work with the traditional Microsoft office tools. As for those who are interested in viewing their documents from any device, they can do so using Microsoft Office Viewers. It’s fast and convenient for those who love working with texts and images.

Conclusion

Boost your productivity with the top apps and platforms listed above. We’re not saying they are the best though. But certainly, it’s a fact that these tools will get you completing tasks sooner than expected, and this is a good thing when it comes to boosting your productivity.

 

 February 17th, 2016  
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Feb
15

Top Windows Business Laptops 2015

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

As a user favorite, this laptop by Lenovo is a tough and durable laptop that is recommended by a plethora of users and critics for any businessman or businesswoman who needs a portable workstation that is more serviceable than an Ultrabook which simply doesn’t have enough battery power, computational power, ports, or features that are needed in the world of business.

The Specs:

  •  5th Generation Intel Core i5-5300U;
  • 2.3GHz processing speed; Standard with Windows 8.1 Pro; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD Storage Capacity;
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500; 14-inch screen size with a 1920 x 1080 IPS resolution screen; 15+ hours of potential battery life;
  • comfortable typing and navigation;
  • Back-Lit, two-mode Keyboard;
  • Rugged Chassis;ThinkPad-T450s-1
  • Spill Resistant Keyboard;
  • 3.8lbs; Dolby Digital Plus audio; heat control;
  • one USB 3.0 port; Ethernet connection; headphone/mic jack;
  • Kensington lock slot; 4-in-1 card reader; 720p webcam;
  • and VGO which is still used on projectors, conferencing systems, and other business machines.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T450s’s mix of speed, durability, lifespan, configuration options, and keyboard are better than nearly all of the business laptops out there. Users love the feel of the keyboard as well, citing quicker typing and words per minute, making it ideal for business use, where time equals money.

This is a top pick on almost every tech site’s list of 2015’s best business laptops.

Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Also a user favorite, the XPS 13 is a sharp-displayed, compact, Ultrabook that does not compromise power or usability for its sleek, slim, and portable shell.

The Specs:

  • The option of a non-touch or quad-HD touch display figures heavily into the configuration:
  •  Non-Touch Display: 13.3” FDH AG 1080p InfinityEdge Display;
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor;
  • 3M Cache, up to 2.8 GHz; 8GB LPDDR# 1866MHz memory;en-INTL-L-Dell-XPS-13-9343-2773SLV-i7-256GB-Silver-Androidized-CWF-01967-RM1-mnco
  • 128GB SSD;
  • Intel HD Graphics 520;
  • Bluetooth 4.1;
  • starting weight of 2.7lbs;
  • Two USB 3.0 ports, one with PowerShare, SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), headset jack,
  • Noble lock slot,
  • Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 supports: power in/charging; PowerShare;
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2;
  • Native Display Port 1.2 video output, VGA; HDMI;
  • Ethernet; and USB-A via Dell Adapter. 720p HD webcame with microphone;
  • Backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3 mm travel.

This business laptop by Dell is a businessperson’s dream. With extreme portability, extremely thin design, high resolution InfinityEdge Display, excellent CPU power, a variety of ports, and the newest technology crammed inside this compact laptop, it is a favorite among businessmen and women who need to get work done with high quality gear but without a huge or bulky laptop to slow them down. The Dell XPS 13 touch or non-touch options both have it all for your business’ needs.

Acer TravelMate P645-SG-79QV

This laptop by Acer was created to be portable for travel and business. But not only does it have portability, it also has the perks of a high-quality personal laptop in terms of processing power and graphics.

The Specs:P645_zoom_big

  • 14-inch, 1080p display; Intel Core i7-5500U processor,
  • 2.4GHz or processing speed; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD (storage capacity);
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory; 2048 graphics memory;
  • a standard battery life of 9 hours and 10 minutes;
  • back-lit keyboard; sturdy, magnesium-aluminum alloy and carbon-fiber construction;
  • HDMI port; three USB 3.0 ports;
  • VGA port; webcam, and microphone.

This laptop is all business: with its high-quality graphics and display capabilities fit for a PC gamer, along with its intense processing speeds and storage capacity, this laptop can do it all for any business you’re in. This model would be an especially excellent pick for graphic designers, engineers, web designers, artists, and those in the field of technology or where presentation is key.

Whatever laptop you choose to purchase for your business, make sure that your new workstation is complete with the best business laptop that best suits your needs, is within your budget, and is upgradable for whatever the future throws at you.

 

 February 15th, 2016  
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Feb
14

Best Convertible Windows Laptops

Convertible/2-in-1/Hybrid laptops are not only more popular than ever but more powerful and better suited for entertainment, studies, and work as well. The best Windows laptops all have a few things in common: portability, usage as a tablet and laptop, processor speed, graphics performance, and ease of transformation from laptop to tablet and vis versa.15386936806_87e8c6db65_b

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

With high portability, light weight, and options for different keyboard colors, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has made waves in its innovative creation of a true tablet that can turn into a laptop with a quick click of a connected keyboard.

The Specs:

  • The Surface Pro 3 contains a powerful CPU with a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U (Dual Core, 3MB Cache, and up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost);
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 card; 8GB LPDDR3 of RAM;
  • a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display screen with ClearType 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • With 256GB SSD and Bluetooth 4.0, this hybrid has the specs to defy a full-sized laptop.
  • In addition, the Pro 3 has two 5MP webcams in 1080p HD resolution and weighs only 1.76lbs.
  • With a dimension of 7.93W x 11.5D x 0.36H inches, this sharp displayed and powerful convertible Windows laptop rivals almost anything a laptop can offer while far exceeding anything a normal tablet can do.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was created as the apex of convertible laptops, with excellent conversion into a tablet or laptop and a sharp display. While it has a rather mediocre battery life and runs a little hot sometimes, it is perfect for those who need to study or work on the go, using as little of a workstation footprint as possible.3

HP Spectre x360

The Specs:

  • This Windows 8.1 convertible laptop comes equipped with a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB of RAM with ability to upgrade to 16GB, 256GB SSD,
  • a display of 13.3-inches, 1080p resolution,
  • Intel HG Graphics 5500, an HDMI port, headphone/mic ports,
  • Mini Display port, a 2-1 card reader, and weighs almost three times as much as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at 3.26lbs.

Don’t let the weight of this convertible fool you, however; the positive of this 2-1 tablet/laptop is that the keyboard is a full-size laptop keyboard rather than an attachable one like the Pro 3 and other tablets-first-laptops-last computers. It does make it a little difficult to use as a tablet unless you have it on a table, propped, or in your lap. However, if you are interested in a powerful hybrid with more laptop aspects to it than tablet, you may wish to consider the HP Spectre x360. This can give you more computational options than a hybrid that is more similar to a tablet with a small or attachable keyboard.

The HP Spectre x360 is a very capable and functional convertible laptop that is perfect for students and for work as well as entertainment.

Asus Transformer Book T200TA

If you are looking for something different than both the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the HP Spectre x360, which both embody the differences that 2-in-1 convertible laptops can come in, consider the Asus Transformer Book T200 model.

The Specs:

  • With a different processor than seen in other hybrids, the Asus comes equipped with a 2.39GHz Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Z3795 1.59GHz processor and comes standard with Windows 8.1.
  • With memory of 4GB LPDDR3MHz SDRAM and an 11.6-inch 16:9 IPS HD Multi-Touch Screen (1366 x 768),
  • this hybrid contains an Integrated Intel HD Graphics card.
  • In addition, it has 64GB of eMMC storage and a Micro SD card reader; a front 2 MP camera and a rear 5 MP camera.

Another feature is the interface’s built-in Bluetooth V4.0 and the following ports: 1 microphone-in/headphone-out jack, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1 Micro USB, and 1 micro HDMI. The tablet has 1 micro USB port and 1 micro SD card. The hybrid also has 2 built-in speakers and a digital array microphone. With a weight of 3.6lbs and dimensions of 12 x 7.9 x 1.0 inches, this is another laptop-first, tablet second hybrid that may weigh more but also has more power and laptop abilities than a tablet with some laptop features.

While the display is not 1080p, it is still HD and for those who do not plan on using this 2-in-1 for uses that need perfect resolution (such as graphic artists, web designers, or those planning on using this hybrid for entertainment purposes), this is an excellent and different convertible laptop that is unlike others on the market.

 

 February 14th, 2016  
 Simon  
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