Gaming Notebook from HP
When you think of gaming computers, one of the least likely names that comes to mind is
Hewlett-Packard. But lo and behold, HP
( www.hp.com) has introduced the HP Pavilion
Gaming Notebook, designed “to deliver intense
design, graphics, power, and performance gamers
crave in an affordable Windows 10 gaming PC.”
It doesn’t look much different from other
notebooks except for the backlit keyboard that glows
green and the “fierce gradient reptilian pattern on the
keyboard deck.” Inside, you get a NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 950M and a sixth-generation Intel®
Core i5 or i7 processor. Also available is up to 16 GB
of system memory, 2 TB of hard drive storage, 1 TB of
hybrid HDD, or dual storage with a 2 TB HD and a 128 GB SSD.
For I/O, you get two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI
port, and an SD card reader to expand storage.
It sports an optical disk drive, and audio from Bang and Olufsen.
The list price starts at $899.99. ▲
EVENTS, ADVANCES, AND NEWS
COMPUTERS and NETWORKING
Four-Stream Router Boosts Rates
If your Wi-Fi connection is
slowing you down,
you may be
interested in the
latest router from
TP-LINK ( www.tp-
link.us): the Archer
C2600. Based on
compatible with 802.11b/g/n), it features multiple input/multiple output
(MIMO) data transfer and four-stream capability to optimize transfer
rates for multiple devices on the network.
According to the company, its 2. 4 GHz and 5 GHz bands can
reach maximum speeds of 800 Mbps and 1,733 Mbps, respectively. In
addition, it employs a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor to boost
performance, plus beamforming technology to improve Wi-Fi coverage
via stronger, more reliable connections.
Other features include two USB 3.0 ports to share photos, files, and
so on; a free tether app to manage your network from your mobile
device; and Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections. The C2600
will set you back $249.99 list. ▲
March 2016 9
Fax for Free
Most of us tend to keep up with modern technology, so we killed our
landlines and dropped off our fax machines
at the Salvation Army a long time ago.
Years later, though, such entities as
doctor’s offices, banks, lawyers, and other
slow learners cling to their tech dinosaurs
and expect us to do the same. In case you
haven’t noticed, you no longer have to
schlep down to the local copy shop and
pay them to send a fax for you. Several
websites now allow you to fax documents
directly from your computer for little or no
One of these is faxZERO
( www.faxzero.com). All you have to do is
log on, enter sender and receiver
information, and upload a .doc, .docx, or
.pdf file. The site allows you to send three
faxes of up to three pages each per day.
The only catch is that the company adds a
self-promotional image to each cover page.
If that’s a little too tacky for you, another
option is to pay $1.99 for a commercial-free fax, and this one can be up to 25
Before you do that, consider that for
$2.99, you can send up to 500 pages per
month. Any way you look at it, it’s a pretty
good deal. ▲
■ HP’s Pavilion Gaming Notebook.