May 3, 2015

Benchmarks - Yoga 15, X230T, Surface Pro 3, Mini-ITX PC

Gear: Custom Mini-ITX PC, Lenovo ThinkPad X230T, Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15, Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

This page has several benchmarks for many systems.  The tests include NovaBench, UniGine Heaven, and 3DMark.  Keep in mind that some of these systems are not really meant for gaming or 3D programs.  However, I think some of these benchmarks give us a good idea on the capabilities of the systems.

Tech Specs of each system.
Custom Mini-ITX PC
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz at 4.0GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (or Intel HD 4600)
Memory: 16GB RAM.
Windows 8.1

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 15
CPU: Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz at 2.4GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 840M
Memory: 8GB RAM
Windows 8.1

Lenovo ThinkPad X230T
CPU: Intel Core i7-3520M 2.9GHz at 2.9GHz
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Memory: 16GB RAM
Windows 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (i5)
CPU: Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz at 2.5GHz
CPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Memory: 4GB RAM
Windows 8.1

May 2, 2015

Contour Design RollerMouse Red plus and Pro2 - Box Contents & Details

Gear: Contour Design RollerMouse Red plus,  Contour Design RollerMouse Pro2, Contour Design Products.

Have you ever wondered if there is something better than a mouse for computer cursor input?  I have., and over the past few weeks I have been testing several systems to investigate the possibility.  Most of the devices were not sufficient for me to want to drop the traditional mouse and switch over.  However, Contour Design has created several "roller" mouses that are surprisingly good.  For some people the roller mouse design can become their new and more comfortable mouse.  Below you can find information, images, and comparisons regarding the Red plus and Pro2 models.

Wireless Optical Pen Mouse - Box Contents & Details

A while ago I bought a "pen like mouse" called the Penclic Mouse R2.  The device had good and bad things, but it was not as good as a real mouse.  This time I'm going to test a pen-like mouse device, which sometimes goes by the name of "2.4 GHz Wireless Optical Pen Mouse" or at other times is referred to as "Pen Mouse (Fairy) Series."  The results are not as bad as you think.