This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.
You guys, I use my computer a LOT. And my old computer was constantly warm, even after replacing the cooling system. I just worked it like a farm mule. The new one seems to be doing a better job at keeping up with me.
Things I’ve been doing on my computer, almost always multiple things at a time:
- Updating my address book in Evernote (which I have to do OFTEN with so many Navy friends!)
- Organizing recipes, décor ideas, and craft project plans in Evernote
- Updating my budget in Excel
- Paying my bills online
- Reading blogs online
- Catching up on what my friends and family all over the world have been doing via Facebook
- Writing LOTS of blog posts (Since it’s NaBloPoMo!) with Windows Live Writer
- Skyping with my parents and grandmother
- Checking email and responding
- Using TweetDeck to post photos and updates throughout the day
- Using ACDSee and Photoshop Elements 6.0 to edit photos
- Watching the season finale of Project Runway on Lifetime.com (and I got to use the awesome wireless put-your-computer-stuff-on-your-TV technology! But really, it’s called Intel® Wireless Display, or WiDi for short, and it’s only available with the new Intel® Core™ processors)
- Listening to music on Pandora.com and iTunes
One thing I’ve noticed with the new computer (I guess due to processor speed) is that it takes a LOT less time to boot up the computer, and less time to open and close programs. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but with my old computer, sometimes it would even take several minutes to CLOSE a program. The resulting situation was that I never wanted to close anything I might need again soon, and I didn’t want to reboot because it took so long to start my computer!
Of course, those things were pretty stupid because they only slowed everything down MORE. I knew that intellectually, but I still wanted everything “right there” so didn’t change anything. (I’m a piler, not a filer, and this is one aspect of the sickness – you want everything you might need right at your fingertips.)
With the new computer, since programs open and close so much faster, and I have the ones I use most frequently “pinned” to my taskbar, they ARE “right there” without having to be open all the time. I don’t always have 25 tabs open in Firefox waiting for me to read them (in fact, right now I only have TWO) and I’m not afraid to shut my computer down, since it boots pretty quickly the next time I need it.
Still, with the way I work, I tend to have at least 5 programs running at any given time, and this computer has kept up with me so far!
I especially noticed that the processor speed was faster when I was using ACDSee and Photoshop Elements 6.0 at the same time to edit photos. That ALWAYS made things “not responding” and freeze up on my old computer. This one handles it like a charm.
The Intel® WiDi technology is also pretty cool. It basically shows whatever is on your computer screen, but on your TV (wirelessly!) and plays the audio through the TV’s speakers. I skyped with my dad and saw him on the “big screen” which was awesome. I also watched a couple TV shows that way. It’s not so good if you just want to use the TV as your monitor, because there is a cursor delay of about half a second, which is pretty significant. But if you have a photo slideshow, home videos, TV shows, or Skype, it’s a really cool accessory to be able to use. It only works with the new Intel® Core™ processors though!
So, I know I’m not the only one who does a million things at once on the computer. Quick, without closing anything, tell me what you have running on your computer right now. How many internet tabs? How many other programs, and what are they?
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