It’s a Great Time to Make PC Personal Again

Jan 13, 2012 by

Christmas has just passed. It was that time of the year again for parties, get-togethers, travels, dine outs and for the most part, shopping for gifts for your family and loved ones.

Growing up as a kid, my Christmas wish list would include new clothes, a pair of pants, pair of shoes or sneakers and on top, the latest action figures or robot toys.

Fast forward to today, if you’re going to ask the kids for their Christmas wish list, pretty sure topping the list would either be a PC, tablet, smartphone, gaming console or a music player. I remember my daughter asking me for a PC for Christmas present as early as the first quarter of this year.

Of course it is not only our kid who would be glad to have a PC as a gift this Christmas, a PC would be a good and useful gift idea for my wife (and for me) too.

I am a software developer and my job requires me to have a powerful PC for programming, a fast, reliable PC that can handle multiple running applications and databases at the same time.

A PC that’s flexible both for work and home use and one that can be easily carried is the best choice for my wife, who mostly uses Microsoft Office 2010 applications.

My daughter (who loves everything pink) would simply love an ultra slim PC that’s perfect for surfing, playing games and watching videos on the web.

PCs have become an integral part of our daily life. It has significantly evolved and changed the way we live: how we communicate with friends and families overseas, how we work and how we do business.

At home, it provides us all sort of entertainment: music, movies and games. PCs also serve as an important tool in my kid’s learning.

My kid, my wife and I share the same interest in PCs and I’m just glad that technology brings us closer together.

It’s a great time to be a family with Microsoft

This holiday season, Microsoft provides families with the capabilities of connecting and enhancing their relationship through technology by offering a Windows Holiday Campaign. The promo presents a variety of Windows 7 PCs that suit every member of the family. Check out Microsoft’s different Windows 7 PC offering below.

For Dads: High-performance workhorse PCs that will let him be the best Dad he can be

ASUS UX21


GROUNDBREAKING
The Asus UX series are the first PCs to market to feature the fast SATA III solid-state drive, ingeniously integrated into the circuit board to maintain the slim design. The “Instant On” feature allows it to resumes from sleep in 2 seconds and hibernate for 7 days without risk of losing your data.
HEAD-TURNING
Little details make a big difference. The stunning lid has a brushed “spin pattern” inspired by the spiral grooves of a vinyl record. The design speaks of elegance; a glass trackpad, metal keys, even the bottom case is detailed with a unique serial number for each machine. Just 0.67″ at its thickest point, but don’t let the slim profile fool you; durability is enhanced with a strong single piece anodized aluminum design.
CAPABLE
Easily handling the jobs of much larger machines, the Asus UX21 features a speedy Intel Core i5 processor. It is ready to connect to larger displays with a mini-HDMI and proprietary VGA ports. Around 5 hours of battery life enhances productivity, allowing you to work longer and without interruption, even while transferring data through the super-fast USB 3.0.

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I3/I5/I7
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 64 GB / 128GB / 256GB SSD
GRAPHICS INTEL UMA (GT2)
SCREEN 11.6 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE 5 HOURS
WEIGHT 2.4 POUNDS
HEIGHT 0.67 INCH

Samsung 900X1A


CAPABLE
Under that beautiful hood this notebook packs power. The second generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor and 64 GB solid-state hard drive work seamlessly with Windows® 7 to provide a faster and more responsive experience while extending battery life.

FEATHERWEIGHT
At 1.06kg and with a design inspired by the curves of a racecar, this notebook refuses to sacrifice performance for good looks. The case is made of Duralumin, a lightweight material that is twice as strong as aluminum and commonly used in aircraft construction.

VERSATILE
Light enough to carry everywhere, this small and powerful notebook will keep up with your life and style. Backlit keyboard and anti-reflective SuperBrightPlus LED screen allow you to enjoy movies and games day or night. Finally, you can relax knowing that TPM hardware works with Windows BitLocker software to protect your data from falling into the wrong hands.

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I3
MEMORY 2GB
STORAGE 64GB
GRAPHICS INTEL HD GRAPHICS 3000
SCREEN 11.6 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE UP TO 6.1 HOURS
WEIGHT 1.06KG
HEIGHT 15.9MM

Sony Vaio S-Series


PERFECTLY MOBILE
VAIO S Series achieves the ideal balance between mobility and performance. It packs a 13.3″ widescreen display and a built-in optical drive in a body that’s just 23.9mm thin and weighs a mere 1.72kg.

ALL-ROUND EXCELLENCE
With no moving parts, the SSD* (Solid State Drive) is highly resistant to shocks and vibrations, and greatly speeds up access to data and launching of applications. It also enables VAIO S Series to boot up in under 17 seconds.

STYLISHLY FUNCTIONAL
The isolation keyboard automatically lights up when used in dark places for better typing comfort. An ambient light sensor even adjusts the screen brightness according to the level of surrounding light.

PROCESSOR INTEL ® CORE™ I7-2640M PROCESSOR 2.80 GHZ
MEMORY 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (UPGRADEABLE UP TO 8 GB)
STORAGE 640 GB (SERIAL ATA, 5400 RPM)
GRAPHICS AMD RADEON™ HD 6630M / INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 3000
SCREEN 15.5 INCH WIDE (FULL HD: 1920X1080) TFT COLOUR DISPLAY
BATTERY LIFE 12hr battery life with bonus extended battery
WEIGHT 1.72kg
HEIGHT 23.9mm

Toshiba Portégé Z830


DURABLE
Magnesium alloy chassis is both thin and durable, ready for the knocks and bumps of daily travel. The brushed-metal lid is stylish, yet professional. In the case of a fall or spill the Hard Drive Impact Sensor senses rapid increases in speed and locks the HDD to prevent damage, and the spill-resistant keyboard buys you time to save your data and shut down safely.

WELL-EQUIPPED
The built-in DVD burner gives it an edge over other thin and light PCs, and you likely won’t mind a couple ounces when you have the capacity to leave your external drive behind. TPM protects your data from thieves, and there is even an alarm to set if you need to step away from your laptop to refill your coffee.

PRESENTATION READY
Dynamic businesses require flexibility, you might not know where your next meeting will be held, but the Z830 is ready for anything. WiDi allows you to wirelessly stream audio and video to an HDTV while HDMI and VGA ports make standard connections a breeze. Want to present on your coworkers PC? The speed of USB 3.0 will transfer that huge file in no time flat.

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I3
MEMORY 6GB
STORAGE 128GB
GRAPHICS INTEL HD GRAPHICS
SCREEN 13.3 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE 8 HOURS
WEIGHT 2.5 POUNDS
HEIGHT 0.6 INCHES

For Moms: Lightweight PCs to help Mom keep track of everything between the office and the home in style

Acer Aspire S3


LIGHT
At an amazingly thin half inch thick, the Aspire S3 is thinner than some magazines. Crafted of a lightweight aluminum/magnesium alloy, the S3 has a 13.3? display and second generation Intel Core processor. You will be delighted at how substantial this lightweight PC will feel in your hands.

SMART
Whether you have made plans or are playing it by ear, the Aspire S3 is ready. The 320 GB hard drive, powerful processor and Dolby Home Theatre V4 allow you to store and enjoy your video and music collection wherever you are without wasting time transferring data from external storage.

READY TO GO

The Aspire S3 is ready to fit into your mobile life. It boots fast, instantly connects to the internet, and features Bluetooth® 4.0 so you can connect peripherals without hogging your ports. (Peripherals that you can afford because you saved a bundle on the S3.)

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I3/I5/I7
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 320/500GB HDD OR 160GB SSD
GRAPHICS INTEL HD GRAPHICS 3000
SCREEN 13.3 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE 6.5 HOURS
WEIGHT 3 POUNDS
HEIGHT 0.5 INCH

Dell Vostro V131


DESIGNED FOR WORK VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE, ANYTIME

From its undeniably sleek, ultra-light and ultra-portable design to the optional backlit keyboard for nighttime computing, the Vostro™ V131 shines bright. As thin as 16.05mm and weighing just 1.82kg , the stunningly crafted Vostro V131 travels well anywhere you do.
COMMANDING PERFORMANCE

The power to run multiple applications and deliver fast, uninterrupted multitasking is essential. That’s exactly what you can count on with the Vostro V131 laptop with up to 8GB DDR3 memory. Get the invigorating performance you need with brisk processing options of up to 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors plus Genuine Windows® 7 Professional operating system.

COLLABORATION IS KEY

Stay well connected to valuable clients and family members while on-the-go with enhanced video conferencing features like digital array microphones and SRS Premium Voice Pro™ software. This cutting-edge audio suite delivers superb voice intelligibility for improved communication and a maximized multimedia experience.

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I5
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 750GB
GRAPHICS INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 3000
SCREEN 13.3″ HD WLED ANTI-GLARE (1366X768)
BATTERY LIFE 9.5 HOURS
WEIGHT 1.82KG
HEIGHT 16.05MM

For Sons: Multimedia PCs that will easily keep up with him as he learns and plays


HP Pavilion dm1


THIN STYLE
Built light and measuring less than 1? in the front, the HP Pavilion dm1 is available in sleek charcoal.

FEEL THE EMOTION IN EVERY BEAT
Unlock all the sounds that musicians and producers have perfected in their studio. With Beats Audio™, you can enjoy studio-quality music and hear your favorite song the way the artists intended.

HP PREMIER EXPERIENCE
The HP Premier Experience focuses on the things that matter most. Get quick one click access to grouped applications on the taskbar with HP Launch Box. And with automatic intelligent cooling from HP CoolSense Technology, your notebook stays noticeably cooler.

PROCESSOR AMD DUAL-CORE E-450 ACCELERATED PROCESSOR
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 320GB HDD
GRAPHICS AMD RADEON HD 6310
SCREEN 11.6 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
WEIGHT 3.46 POUNDS
HEIGHT 1.2 INCHES

Samsung 700Z5A


FAST PERFORMANCE
Innovative ExpressCache™ technology provides 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard that works as an ultra fast HDD. Its intelligent, automatic caching takes 45% less time to boot up and starts Internet Explorer and frequently used applications 2 times faster, while still maintaining the safety and integrity of your data.

SUPERIOR DISPLAY
With Max Screen, enjoy a more immersive visual experience and greater value with the same body size providing up to 1 extra inch screen. Seeing is believing. Get the best you can with Samsung SuperBright Technology. With screen brightness 36% – 50% brighter than conventional screens and 16 million colors, every photo, video, website and even document looks stunning.

PREMIUM DESIGN
Weighing just 2.29kg and only 23.9mm thick, the compact design is less than 1″ in height to provide maximum style and portability. But even though it’s one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks in its class it still incorporates comprehensive functionality for optimum performance on the move

PROCESSOR INTEL CORE I7
MEMORY 8GB
STORAGE 750GB
GRAPHICS AMD RADEON HD6750M
SCREEN 15.6 INCHES (1600 X 900 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE UP TO 8 HOURS
WEIGHT 2.29 KG
HEIGHT 23.9mm

For Daughters: Customizable PCs to help her discover herself and express who she is

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s UltraBook


LENOVO BREATHABLE KEYBOARD
Allows airflow through the keyboard which keeps your notebook constantly cool

INTEL TURBO BOOST TECHNOLOGY 2.0
Enjoy adaptive performance that is more intelligent, energy-efficient and dynamic than ever before

LENOVO EE RAPIDDRIVE
Boot up in as little as 10 secs with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology

LENOVO LONG LIFE BATTERY
Up to 8 hours usage and 30-days standby time

PROCESSOR INTEL® CORE™ I7-2677M OR I5-2457M
MEMORY UP TO 4GB DDR3 MEMORY
STORAGE UP TO 256GB SSD STORAGE
GRAPHICS INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 3000
SCREEN 13.3” ULTRA-SLIM HD DISPLAY (1366X768) 16:9 WIDESCREEN
BATTERY LIFE 8 HOURS PRODUCTIVE USAGE OR 30 DAYS ON STANDBY
WEIGHT 1.32KG
HEIGHT 14.9MM

Sony Vaio Y-Series


RELIABLE PERFORMANCE
VAIO Y Series features AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350 with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310*, depending on the model. Together with the latest Windows ® 7 operating system, you can handle your daily tasks and special projects with ease, whether at your desk or after hours.

SUPERB MOBILITY
Weighing only 1.46 kg and with a compact profile, you can take VAIO Y Series just about anywhere – from your desk or a meeting room, to the outdoors or back home. And with Wireless LAN and Bluetooth ®, you’ll have connectivity to the Internet wherever you are.

IMPROVED EFFICIENCY
The 11.6-inch wide high-resolution (1366 x 768) screen display provides a comfortable viewing environment perfect for surfing the net, updating your blog, editing or manage your photos and documents and much more.

PROCESSOR AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350 (1.6 GHz)
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 320GB
GRAPHICS AMD MOBILITY RADEON HD 6310
SCREEN 11.6 INCHES (1366 X 768 PIXELS)
BATTERY LIFE VGP-BPS21B Lithium-ion battery: up to 4 hours of use
WEIGHT 1.46 kg
HEIGHT 1.3 INCHES

For the entire family: Entertainment PCs that bring to life the magic of family time

Sony Vaio L-Series


FULL HD ENJOYMENT
Enjoy High Definition in all its glory with the convenience of touch on the roomy 24? Full HD Touchscreen LCD of the VAIO L Series. Featuring a wide viewing angle and automatic colour adjustment that syncs with the visual content, it assures you of the best viewing experience always.

A TOUCH OF BRILLIANCE
Featuring a bezel with integrated touch controls, the new VAIO L Series boasts Edge Access technology to give you quick access to frequently used functions, while keeping the screen free of unwanted fingerprints. Now, zooming in and out, flipping pages back and forth, even pulling up the onscreen keyboard, require nothing more than a simple touch of the frame.

ALL-ROUND ATTRACTION
The bezel on the VAIO L Series serves more than just as a beautiful frame. On it you’ll also find integrated touch control sensors that offer easy access to commonly used functions. Highly functional while still maintaining a streamlined design, the VAIO L Series fits any lifestyle and décor.

PROCESSOR INTEL® PENTIUM DUAL CORE I3/I5/I7 OR QUAD CORE I7
MEMORY 4GB
STORAGE 500GB
GRAPHICS INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 3000 OR NVIDIA® GEFORCE® GT 540M
SCREEN 24? 2D/3D TOUCH LED VAIO PREMIUM DISPLAY (1920 X 1080)
BATTERY LIFE N/A
WEIGHT 25.83 LBS
HEIGHT 23.94? (W) X 16.89? (H) X 6.62? (D)

It’s a great time to get a Windows 7 PC

I’ve been using Windows 7 (Ultimate) for almost two years now. As compared to the previous versions, Windows 7 is faster and more stable. It also has a more appealing UI and themes and provides me an easier way of doing things (file manipulation, etc.). I also don’t have any issues connecting my other devices on my Windows 7 PC. It also provides me more security and user control options which help me in setting up and monitoring my kid’s user account and PC activities.

How about you? Did you get a Windows 7 PC this holiday?

Disclosure: MICROSOFT Philippines sponsored this post

PROCESSOR

QUALCOMM MSM8255, 1 GHZ PROCESSOR

OPERATING SYSTEM

WINDOWS® PHONE OS 7.5 (MANGO)

MEMORY

8 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM

DIMENSIONS

120.5 MM (L) X 61.5 MM (W) X 10.9 MM (T)

WEIGHT

137 GRAMS (WITH BATTERY)

DISPLAY

3.8-INCH TOUCH SCREEN WITH 480 X 800 WVGA DISPLAY

NETWORK

HSPA/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE

INTERNET

3G/GPRS/WI-FI

TETHERING

USB AND WI-FI® TETHERING

GPS

INTERNAL GPS ANTENNA

CAMERA

REAR CAMERA/FRONT CAMERA/HD VIDEO RECORDING

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