Kindle eBook Reader

by Marcel 20 March 2011

Kindle eBook Reader

I'm a bit of a late starter as far as eReaders go. Although I love reading books, consuming at least 3-4 per month, I found eReaders too expensive and I couldn't let go of the experience of a 'real' book...

But when Amazon released their 3rd generation Kindle Reader late July I was one of the first to order. 

It arrived a few days after the official release date and I couldn't wait to get started. The packaging comprises of a few items:

  • the Kindle eReader itself
  • a Quickstart Guide
  • A US charger with micro USB cable (international customers sometimes only receive the USB cable)

I also ordered the Lighted Kindle cover, to protect the reader and for reading in bed.

First thing you notice is the screen, it does not look like the kind of screen you are used to from a laptop, monitor or TV, it looks kind of, well fake. But in fact it is the best screen you could hope for on a book-like device, crisp text, great contrast and best of all great to read outside (even in direct sunlight)

I loaded up a few free Kindle ebooks and got started reading, the screen flash on page turns is a little unnerving at first, but now I don't even notice it, it's quicker than turning a page in a real book, and much much easier, especially with one hand. (It's great when holding the baby!)

Battery life is as good as Amazon says, with mine lasting well over two weeks between charges (with WiFi on and using the reading light) and about a month with Wi-Fi switched off.

Reading in the bath is also great, some use a zip-lock bag to protect their kindle, but I prefer the KwikTek Dry Pak as it really is waterproof and isn't shiny.

All in all, a great device, I'm even considering getting a Kindle DX reader for reading work documentation and PDF files.

I highly recommend the Amazon Kindle eBook reader, personally I feel it is the best value for money at the moment, it's a great device!


The Dell Inspiron M101z review - a Great Little Laptop

by Marcel 18 March 2011

Dell M101z laptop

After my little EeePC 901 died, I had to get a new netbook, and although I loved the 901 I wanted something with more power, a larger keyboard and also a higher resolution screen. So, not really a Netbook and not yet a notebook, let's call it a sub-notebook or as others call it, a Not-book.

I spent about a month comparing different machines and finally had to decide between the Asus EeePC 1215N and the Dell M101z...

After double checking all the specs, the Dell M101z won out due to the better CPU performance of the Dual core Neo k345 and faster hard drive (7200 rpm instead of only 5400 rpm)

I ordered the machine on a Wednesday during my lunch break, and also ordered the blue cover and larger battery extras. 

The following Monday a UPS delivery van was parked before the door and I signed for my shiny new Dell Inspiron M101z! I couldn't wait to get started!

The first thing that hits you on first unpacking the laptop is that it is shiny, everything is shiny... not really to my taste but Dell has pulled it off nicely with a classy little machine that feels and looks extremely solid.

The specs are pretty good for a sub-notebook:

  • AMD Athlon II Neo K345 (dual core)
  • 4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
  • Integrated ATI Mobility Radeon™  HD 4225
  • 320 GB SATA-hard driuve (7.200 rpm)
  • Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n combo-kaart
  • Integrated 1.3MP Camera
  • 11.6" HD-TFT-screen WLED (1366 x 768) with TrueLife™

After completing the installation and burning the recovery disks I started installing my software. Wow, what a fast litttle machine, I wasn't expecting a blazingly fast performance machine, but I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't a fully blown laptop the way it performed it's tasks so quickly.

I've had this machine for about a month now, and have not regretted getting it for one moment, I use Visual Studio 2010 on it daily, and not only does it perform extremely well, the keyboard is great to type on. 

A top little laptop/netbook buy the Dell Inspiron M101z from the Dell Store


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