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“Quick” laptop buying guide

dont let the wallpapers and looks fool you . This is probably some stupid netbook .

* graphics :
ALWAYS go for a laptop with at least a low-end nvidia or ATI graphic card   (direct x 11 at least).
I prefer nvidia coz they have a feature called digital vibrance that really enables amazing colors and clarity on the screen , TRUST ME  it makes a lot of difference (especially for watching HD movies).
ATI card enabled laptops  generally have slightly more power and are cheaper . but screen clarity is often sacrificed .
The graphic card can contribute a hefty amount of processing power to the laptop .
Other than games and videos , graphic cards are also used to  run the aero and visual features of  windows 7
Graphic cards usually come in 3 ranges  low , medium and high-end graphic cards.
LOW end cards  : in laptops usually within 250 kd ,  can play most games , though not in their highest resolutions and without full settings . (geforce 9200 , gt 320m ,  gtx 420 , gtx 530 ..etc) . u need at least , a low-end card to play games like street fighter 4 (the gameplay i posted below this post , im playing it with a geforce 9200m gs)  or call of duty black ops .
MEDIUM end cards : should be in below 400 kd laptops . can play games smoothly in high resolutions and with most settings on high. (geforce 9600 , gtx 450 , gtx 560 ..etc)
HIGH end cards : usually in laptops above 400 kd  ( like alienware , most of them are hard to find in stores , must be preordered ) . For playing games in their highest resolutions (1900X1080) and every setting on HIGH ( even anti aliasing).  (geforce 9800 , gtx 580 , gtx 680 + )
oh and get laptops with at least 15 inch screens .
13 inch screens provide slightly better sharpness and better battery life , but they are terrible to look at and have pathetic aspect ratios and colors .
DO NOT , buy a laptop with intel HD graphics .

*processor :
considering current generation intel processors , anything ” i5 and above” should be sufficient for the next couple of years .
i3 range of processors  are quite underpowered so DO NOT buy  i3 .
I suggest getting a  “medium end”  last gen (core 2 duo) processor than getting an i3 . (people who bought it here encountered slowdowns during heavy tasks)
BUT
if u just want to play videos  , documentation and presentation work , play  small games (CS , old need for speed games,fifa)  then the  i3 is more than sufficient .
(processors usually heavily effect tasks such as  multi tasking , file transfers , video conversion , video playing ..etc)

*RAM :
At least  3GB ram is highly required for running windows 7 smoothly.
(I have tried it on a 512 mb ram PC , windows 7 without its aero effects take around 256 mb ram on startup  , so you will only have 50 % (around 200mb) of memory to run applications , plus if you try to multi task apps , expect a lot of slowdowns and hungups )

*disk space :
350 GB is usually sufficient , but more the merrier . I say 1TB if u can afford it 🙂 .
its safer to keep important files in an external hard disk .

*additional features :
security features like face detection and fingerprint scanners are awesome , and works great on most laptops . a bundled anti-virus is also great . new features like USB 3.0 and thunderbolt will be awesome .  more USB ports , the merrier and don’t forget to look for laptops with HDMI ports , so you can easily plug it into HDTV screens .

* operating system  :
If you are technically able , getting a laptop WITHOUT an operating system is actually an excellent choice  as it removes a large amount from the total price tag .
you can install an OS of you choice later 😉
I recommend windows 7 ultimate .

*warranty :
Extremely important in . Things can get damaged or stolen EASILY in India . Get an international warranty if you are buying from abroad   else get a laptop from India with 3 years warranty.

*battery life :
6 cell batteries at least . if u have a powerful laptop , chances are it will have pathetic battery life .
if u want great battery life go for laptops with below 15 inch screens , graphic cards, crappy processors  and net books.

* PRICE :
Always try to get a laptop within the 200 – 300 kd mark with the above configurations.
Cause most of the laptops can’t be future upgraded ,  you will feel sorry 3 years later when new powerful systems arrive .
Make sure the price is justifiable .
Sometimes laptops cost a lot (because it is designed well) , BUT wont have  highly desired features (a descent graphic card or a proper OS) and is not comparable to cheaper models .
eg. dell alienware’s are great for gaming , but they aren’t exactly justifiable , since most games do not actually require all that power , most high-end other brand laptops can easily play the games at slightly lesser setting and  cost  much lesser too.
same situation for MAC’s , you can’t play games and software support for the mac is limited compared to the windows laptops .

*important :
Sometimes cheap laptops will have just what u need .
friend of mine bought a Toshiba satellite laptops for 38,000 rs . it has a low-end processor , crappy screen , terrible built-in speakers (headphones are louder)  BUT it had a  “medium end” ATI graphic card  and amazing battery life (6hrs+) .
I have a laptop with a medium end processor , beautiful screen , amazing speakers  BUT   a  low-end Nvidia graphic card  and average battery life ( – 4hrs).
I WANT his laptop . HE can  play new games at high-resolution and all setting on high . I can’t  ;(
( I hope you understand what I am implying here)

*brand  :
chose one with a descent amount of service centers in your area . and with less technical issues .
HP (the current generation models are amazing)  and TOSHIBA (amazing build quality but very few service centers here) are my top favorites .
ASUS is also makes excellent powerful laptops for descent prices .
DELL is great but slightly over priced . friend of mine bought a dell xps  and it was a mess . he had to replace pretty much everything .
BUT they have the best warranty and service centers . they replaced everything except the screen of my friends laptop under the warranty (he didn’t have to spend a dime ).

IF
u have LOTS OF MONEY and DO NOT  want to game or  run powerful applications , get an APPLE MAC BOOK 😛  or a netbook 😀 .

recomendable MODELS :   HP envy and dv6 series , dell xps (only the high-end ones) series , toshiba satellite series (the one my friend got) ,  ASUS g-series

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How to make a slush in 6 steps.

The other day I had put in a bottle of Mirinda into the freezer and after a while it came life a slush. Gave me Slush eating memories while I was in Kuwait. Well, I did a little research on the net and found out how to make my own slush. And it tastes awesome! Personal tip – Try using a dilute version of the fruit juice you want. 🙂

1. Take a large bowl and fill it with ice cubes.

2. Add three tablespoons of salt, and stir.

3. Take your favorite fruit juice and pour it into a glass.

4. Carefully stand the glass of juice upright in the middle of the bowl.

5. Stir juice every ten minutes for an hour and a half. By that time, the juice should have started to become slushy.

6. Stir every five minutes for another half hour. By THAT time, it should be a slush.

There you go. Instant(Okay, 2 hours) Slush. Happy sucking. 🙂

Introduction – By Haneyl. Not Vimal.

Hello,

As this is the first post in this blog, I guess a little introduction is in hand. My name is Haneyl. Haneyl Jacob. Me and my brother, Vimal Jacob have created this blog to give our personal opinions on movies, games, songs and whatever we feel people need a personal opinion for.

Vimal, my brother, will doing most of the movie, game and gadget reviews over here. I believe his hatred towards twilight, 24/7 gaming and a knack for just lying there going through sites(Which I’ll never visit) makes him deserve that job.
Haneyl, I, will be posting random stuff  like pictures and headphones and others debit cards(With PINS).

It’ll be fun, I hope. Keep reading to stay updated. And trust me, you WILL be updated. 🙂

Cheers,
Haneyl.