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Setting a Bad Example
he legal victory Apple has scored over Samsung has far reaching and long-term

T consequences. Rest assured, Apple won’t leave a single stone unturned, and will
have many phones completely banned from further sale. The company has
already filed lawsuits around the world in an effort to block what it considers
rampant and blatant copying of its inventions. Not surprisingly, on the very same day of the
US verdict, albeit without the media glare, Samsung won a home court ruling in South Korea.
Judges in Seoul said the company didn't copy the look and feel of the iPhone, and that it was
in fact Apple that had infringed on Samsung's wireless technology. The ruling affects only the
South Korean market, but shows how each company is using its home turf to its advantage.
Apple has
reaped the However, don’t count on being forgiven if you, like me, are wondering what the fuss is about a
bunch of seemingly minor features and design quirks. The fuss is worth upwards of $1.05
first-mover billion, and we haven’t even hit primetime in this patent battle. So expect more Android
advantage and manufacturers to get broadsided, and more markets to get neutron-bombed. This is where I

has become think common sense could make its presence felt, but somehow always fails to, especially so
in cases where large legal egos are at stake. But what really shocks me time and time again
the world’s are the kinds of the penalties awarded for these infringements. Either it’s an all-out ban or a
most valuable massive multi-billion dollar fine—akin to life imprisonment for something as petty as
shoplifting. If you actually go through the type of patents that were up for discussion, then
company! you’d realize why these rulings are more like extreme and irrational overreactions.

Apple’s crying hoarse about technology “innovations” that include the ability of a scroll-list to
bounce back, pinch to zoom, one finger scroll, and tap to zoom. Granted, they are pretty nifty,
and in many ways unique to the iOS experience. But with touchscreens wouldn’t your fingers
be limited to the natural movements you are already used to? Just because Apple was the
first to figure out finger scroll on a touchscreen, do we expect other manufacturers to use a
one-knuckle scroll? Sure you should get the accolades that come along with such
innovations, and Apple has reaped the first-mover advantage and has become the world’s
most valuable company! But then to duke it out with competitors about the use of basic
finger gestures is ridiculous in my opinion, and in many ways unbecoming of them.

So where does that leave us? Based on what Tim Cook famously said very recently, India is
not really a priority market for Apple. I’m guessing we can continue to use bouncy scroll-lists
on our Android devices. And Samsung can continue as much as they want here without the
threat of a thermonuclear war.

Hatim Kantawalla

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Meanwhile, Iran is withdrawing from the Internet to prevent releases sales figures.
citizen uprisings and attacks by the US and Israel. Government Steam could become a significant software distribution
sites are now accessible only through a domestic intranet. channel thanks to its massive existing user base and the fact
Banking and other services still require international links, so it that the Windows Store will offer only apps that run in the new
is unclear whether the country will unplug itself entirely. "Modern" environment.

SOFTWARE WEB BUSINESS POLITICS

Assange safe in Indians behind in 9gag gets serious, Wiki edits reveal
Ecuador embassy cloud awareness raises $2.8m political moves
Controversial Wikileaks A survey sponsored by
founder Julian Assange, who market intelligence firm
has outstanding warrants Blueocean shows that Indians
for his arrest and fears are largely unaware of the
extradition to the US, has been concept of cloud computing,
granted asylum by Ecuador. although they do use several
He is currently holed up in services without necessarily Popular visual humor site Political commentators turned
the Ecuadorian embassy in knowing their significance. 9gag has raised $2.8 million in to Wikipedia's edit pages
the UK, confined to a single Fewer than 10 percent of venture funding, promising to to try to predict who US
room due to convoluted laws Indians surveyed were able turn the irreverent blog into a presidential candidate Mitt
regarding legal jurisdiction. The to articulate what cloud serious business. The site takes Romney would pick as his
UK has threatened to invade computing is, compared to advantage of Facebook and VP nominee, but the results
the embassy in violation of around 20 percent in the Twitter shares to spread simple this year didn't necessarily
diplomatic norms, sparking US and Germany, the other jokes and messages virally, match the previous nominee.
outrage. Assange cannot be countries in which the survey which makes it attractive Then-relatively-unknown
safely transported even from was held. Awareness of the to investors. The money Sarah Palin's page was edited
the embassy to Ecuador. In term "cloud computing" was will be put into new staff, a massive 68 times right
a statement made from a around 40 percent, although mobile apps, and expanded before her nomination was
balcony, he equated himself to adoption of services was as infrastructure. Often accused announced, but Paul Ryan's
a political prisoner. Wikileaks high as 80 percent. Security, of mass automated plagiarism, page received major edits
has been responsible for privacy and ease of use were 9gag still attracts over a billion only after his announcement,
a number of high-profile the major concerns regarding page views from 70 million indicating a PR effort to
embarassments to the US. the use of cloud services. unique visitors per month. present him in the best light.

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SECURITY SECURITY SECURITY

Wired journalist hacked by simple Thief breaks into


NEW SECURITY phone call Jobs home
RISKS DETECTED Mat Honan, a multiple-
AND PATCHED award-winning journalist
who has worked for
Wired and Gizmodo,
has documented how
he nearly lost his entire
digital life, including
irreplaceable photos, A witless thief broke into
through a shockingly the home of Steve Jobs'
simple targeted attack. Despite using convoluted random- family, making off with
character passwords and maintaining multiple backups, a nearly $60,000 worth of
group of attackers was able to have his accounts reset by gadgets, jewelry and personal
calling Apple and Amazon's helplines and using publicly items, but was nabbed a
BSNL
available information and social engineering tricks. The few days later. The house
An Indian security worker has
attackers remotely wiped his MacBook and locked his was unoccupied at the time,
discovered a critical flaw in the way
BSNL's website handles typed URLs iPhone and iPad. They also managed to gain access to his and the thief was seemingly
allows for a carefully crafted SQL Twitter and Google accounts, which they spammed and unaware of whose house it
injection that would give an attacker then deactivated. Honan managed to recover some data was. He was caught after
access to subscriber databases and from the wiped MacBook SSD, but much of his digital life trying to use the stolen
allow any arbitrary code to be has been lost. His blog posts at www.emptyage.com recap devices with his own iTunes
executed on the web server. the harrowing experience and highlight the dangers of account, and nearly everything
SOLUTION: BSNL has not responded to connecting various accounts to each other. has been recovered.
our requests for comment.

KERALA STATE CEE PRIVACY PRIVACY


Another hacker has discovered a
similar SQL injection vulnerability on
the Kerala state government
Anonymous reveals existence of μTorrent users
Commissioner of Entrance
Examinations website. An attacker can
TrapWire surveillance network protest ads
spoof exam results and access data on
the server
SOLUTION: The Kerala CEE has Anonymous and Wikileaks have uncovered
responded to our discovery and proof that a massive public surveillance
assured us that work to rectify it has network known in limited circles as
already begun.
TrapWire is in operation across the United
States of America, unbeknownst to its μTorrent, the world's most
ADOBE FLASH citizens. A huge number of ordinary popular Torrent client, came
Remote-code execution vulnerabilities cameras in public places that most people think are under intense criticism
could leave users open to attacks in used only by police or building security staff are in fact after announcing that it
which harmful code embedded within
connected to a nation-wide surveillance facility which can would introduce "sponsored"
a Flash animation is executed on their
track individuals by face as they move about. Its accuracy automatic downloads in future
machines.
SOLUTION: Patches are available for is said to be superior to current commercial face tracking releases. The ads will now
Flash Player 11 for PC, Mac, Linux and products and works for vehicles as well. The system is be opt-out, but μTorrent will
Android. Adobe AIR should also be designed to help assess threats in public spaces by detecting continue to experiment with
updated to the latest version. and flagging "pre-attack behaviour". Major cities whose new revenue models to earn
cameras are part of TrapWire include New York and Los money from its 125 million
ANDROID Angeles. Private facilities include Las Vegas casinos, and active users, according to a
Apps promising to display nude cameras outside the US are also thought to be connected. company statement. μTorrent
wallpapers instead send hundreds of TrapWire was created by a security contractor called is estimated to have a 75
SMSes to premium numbers, thus Abraxas, which was formed by several ex-CIA and percent market share across
making money for the scammers. intelligence agency officers. The news is the result of a platforms. Furious users have
SOLUTION: Stick to trusted sources for
recent hack by Anonymous activists on the US Strategic threatened to abandon it or
apps, such as the Google Play store.
Forecasting Intelligence Agency. revert to much older versions.

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BUZZ LIST

LEGAL ISSUES GADGETS

3D printed keys and guns "iPad mini" speculation


causing trouble for police reaches fever pitch
3D printers are soon going to be a huge headache for law Rumors of a smaller,
enforcement agencies. Their ability to allow anyone to create cheaper iPad mini have
objects cheaply and precisely means that cheap plastic copies of been leaking onto the
the keys that lock handcuffs are already being circulated. These Web fairly regularly, but
keys are obviously highly protected, but are usually of the same the amount of specific,
design so that no one consistent information
has to track down a that has come out in the
particular key when it's past month make it
needed. A German almost certain that Apple
security worker who is working on such a product. Chinese accessory makers are
only goes by the name already showing off cases and covers, indicating that the size and
"Ray" demonstrated specifications are finalized. However, they were famously wrong
copies of such keys he about the shape of last year's iPhone 4S and the previous-
managed to obtain on generation iPod touch. So far, details seem to indicate a 7.85-inch
his own. These could be 1024x768-pixel screen, a new smaller dock connector, 8 to 16 GB
distributed cheaply and of internal storage, 3G and Wi-Fi, and a

BUZZ
concealed by criminals who would then starting price of US$ 200-250 range at
later use them to escape. A separate launch this October. If Apple actually does
initiative that calls itself the "Wiki Weapon launch the device, it would compete with
Project" is trying to create a blueprint for a Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7

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firearm that anyone can duplicate at home and capitalize strongly on Apple's iTunes
using existing 3D printers. store and iCloud streaming services.

WEB WEB

Twitter alienates COMPILED BY JAMSHED AVARI

The simple lowdown on Hotmail turns


its partners what everyone's talking
about this month
into Outlook.com
Twitter has seemingly turned on many of the Microsoft has decided to bring all of its
services that have helped it build up its name and user base over email-related offerings under a single brand. Outlook.com will
the years. A new version of the protocol used by third parties to complement the
access Twitter content specifies new restrictions on how Tweets desktop Outlook
may be presented and enforces a new authentication scheme. program and largely
The regulations might help Twitter look more consistent across replace Hotmail and
services, but it drastically reduces the scope for innovation. Live.com. Users can
Clients might not be able to sufficiently differentiate themselves sign up for a new
from the official Twitter and Tweetdeck clients. External actions account or migrate
involving sharing Tweets through other networks are prohibited, an existing Hotmail
and Tweets may not be displayed alongside feeds from other or Live account
sources. The "Find my Friends" function has been withdrawn from without losing any
Instagram and email, folders or settings. Much like everything else Microsoft
Tumblr, and it will does these days, the service has been designed to match
be compulory to Windows 8. The look is sparse and blocky, with the signature thin
display sponsored typography and loads of white space. There are also feature
Tweets. Developers improvements such as improved search, keyboard shortcuts,
are crying foul, but fitlers, and large thumbnails of attachments. SkyDrive has also
it remains to be been redesigned to match, and it's only a matter of time before
seen if any will shut the Calendar joins them too. While existing users will have their @
down or reinvent hotmail.com addresses indefinitely, this is the end of the road for
themselves. one of the Web's earliest and most successful names.

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NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

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and strong resistance. A high-grade ensure smooth and comfortable operation capacitive 5-point touch screen powered

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NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

The products and services listed here have not been reviewed by IC-CHIP.
These are not endorsements or recommendations. All prices, specifications
and claims are as stated by the respective manufacturers and publicists.

PNY output and full, clear sound with a bass that


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POCKET SMS

PocketSMS: App for the Deafblind


For those with both hearing and visual disabilities, communicating with the world at large
is quite a task. PocketSMS, an app that makes use of Morse code and the phone's vibration
mode, hopes to solve this problem. BY PRIYANKA TILVE

T
echnology means different things to If the user doesn’t wish to reply to the
different people. While it spells ease SMS and wants to go back to the reading
and convenience for most of us, for section, they need to type “rx”. If they wish
those with disabilities, it is liberating and to reply, a long press will take them to
life-transforming. Technology has made the reply section, which is basically one
them less dependent on others and has large text box. If the reply is meant for the
opened up a world of opportunities. Braille sender, the user has to input “tx” and once
keyboards and screen readers have made the SMS is sent, the app will return to the
computers and gadgets truly accessible reading section. If the user wants to send
to the visually-impaired. But there is one the SMS to a new number, they will have
set of people, the deafblind, who are still to input a long press, which will take them
somewhat ignored, at least when it comes to the reply section where they can feed
to the technology being developed for in their message and then type “nx”. This
them. As per a 2010 survey conducted by command will save the contents of the
Sense International India, there were an text box and then clear it, so that the user
estimated 444,000 deafblind people in can type in the number of the recipient
India. and type “sx”, which will send the SMS.
Delhi-based Bidirectional Access “All these commands are not case
Promotion Society (Bapsi) has been sensitive. The reading section of the app
working on developing technology to aid has three areas – a pastel yellow displays
those with disabilities for years, and on the SMS in English, a pink area displays
their to-do list was a communication the alphabet that is being vibrated along
solution for the deafblind. Dr Arun Mehta, every word is well-defined.” with its Morse code, and a bright yellow
President of Bapsi, says, “We were aware The app was developed on App allows you to customize the duration of
that the vibrate function on mobile Inventor during his Summer Internship the vibration for a dot, which will then set
phones could work for the deafblind, but Programme at Bapsi by 23-year-old the corresponding duration for dash.” The
the programming of mobile phones was, Anmol Anand, a post-graduate in Masters app is not yet available on the Android
until recently, quite a complicated thing. of Computer Applications, Lal Bahadur app store, but it can be downloaded from
With the launch of Android phones and Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi. He Bapsi's website.
developer tools like App Inventor (now the says his biggest challenge was developing While it seems pretty straightforward,
MIT App Inventor), all the pieces of the the user interface. He explains, “All the the main challenge for deafblind people,
puzzle came together, and that’s when we functions of the app, right from reading who may know Braille, is that they will
decided to create this app.” the SMS to sending the reply, had to be have to first familiarise themselves with
PocketSMS uses phone vibrations to made possible using just one button. Morse code. Aware of this issue, Dr Mehta
denote Morse codes, which, Dr Mehta And this was the biggest challenge. and his team have also developed a Morse
explains, is the best choice for binary Apart from this, I had to think of different trainer. The PocketSMS app has been used
communication channels like the vibrate codes that would determine whether by several visually-impaired people and it
mode. He says, “Morse code is a fairly the user wanted to send a reply, forward works as intended. However, much to the
sophisticated means of communication. it to a different number or just go back Bapsi team's disappointment, they haven’t
It is widely used and is also available in to the reading section.” This application yet found a single deafblind person to
a number of languages. It is basically has been designed to work on Android- try their app. He points out that the only
dots and dashes, so in the app, a dot is based touchscreen phones available at piece of tech available for the deafblind
represented by a vibration of short duration reasonably low costs. Also, the app needs is Refreshable Braille display, which is
while the dash is represented by a vibration to be kept open and running at all times. expensive. What PocketSMS offers is an
of longer duration. So when a message is Elaborating on the app's functions, inexpensive, simple yet effective solution
received, every letter in the message will he says, “When a SMS is received, the that can be further adapted for many uses.
be denoted by short or long vibrations phone will vibrate and the user will need They are now looking for funding for Morse
depending on its Morse code symbol. Here, to provide a short press to read the SMS. training and plan to organise competitions
every pause is fixed; how long a pause The app will then convert the message to for deafblind people where the winner will
should there be between each letter and Morse code and provide output through get a free phone.
how long a pause should there be between corresponding vibrations for each alphabet. – priyanka.tilve@chip.in

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DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT

Digital
Empowerment:
Connecting
the last miles
The Digital Empowerment
Foundation is working
relentlessly with an aim
to bridge the digital divide
in India through wireless
networks. BY PRIYANKA TILVE

F
or us city dwellers, connectivity is passionate about empowering people have particularly challenging terrain. What
is a given. Be it looking for with the help of technology. His journey started with Chanderi has today reached
information, getting work done, began after he opted for journalism Sonapur in Assam, Tura in Meghalaya,
social networking, shopping, online over engineering. Lack of technical Baran in Rajasthan, Tehri in Uttarakhand
activism and even voicing dissent, we're knowledge didn’t stop him from working and Tilonia in Rajasthan. Manzar says,
able to connect with anyone, anywhere. for an IT magazine or later heading the “We realised that there was a possibility
But a vast swathe of the population is Interactive Media division of a leading to utilise wireless technology for last-mile
deprived of this convenience. And just how media company. In fact, he went on to connectivity by using the unlicensed or
serious is this? India was ranked 39th in start his own IT solutions company and license-free spectrum the government
the Digital Inclusion Index, released in 2011 subsequently wrote a book, "The Internet provides for community networks. Not
by UK-based MapleCroft, which studied Economy of India", which proved to be a many people are aware of its existence;
the level of digital inclusion across 186 turning point as he became aware of the 5.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz are the bands made
countries. While India is one of the five huge digital divide in our country. free by the Department of Telecom and
BRICS countries, it was the only one to be But instead of seeing it as a divide, he Ministry of IT. We use this free spectrum
categorised at extreme risk owing to the saw it as an opportunity, as he believed with wireless technology to connect
severe lack of digital inclusion. that the existing technology was enough remote areas. We do not run it as a
In a country like India, which is already to bridge that divide. With that thought, commercial entity, nor are we distributors
grappling with economic disparities, a he established the Digital Empowerment or ISPs. We use it more as a community-
digital divide will further widen the gap Foundation in 2003. Emphasising the based network; we take one connection
between the haves and the have-nots. importance of digital inclusion, Manzar and share it among multiple users on a
While the economic disparities need says, “If you're not connected, you're contribution basis.”
complex solutions, the same is not the completely in a situation of exploitation While using wireless technology made
case with digital disparities, as is shown as you can’t access media, you can’t perfect sense, what they also had to
by initiatives like Wireless for Communities. access information, so on and so forth. We consider was the cost of the infrastructure
This is an initiative started more than realise the fact that the whole problem of and affordability. DEF’s strategy was to use
two years ago by Delhi-based non-profit poverty and economic deprivation is also low-cost products without compromising
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) related to information poverty, as the more on effectiveness. “Once we identify the
and the Internet Society (ISOC). Flagged disconnected you are, the less informed location where we have to create a
off in 2010 from Chanderi, a small town in you are.” Wireless for Communities is network, we go ahead and explore the
Madhya Pradesh renowned for its exquisite one of DEF's many initiatives; the others low-cost equipment for the networking. We
Chanderi weaves, the initiative is making include Digital Panchayat, eNGO, Digital currently make use of equipment from TP
rapid progress in connecting the last miles. Knowledge Centre and GyanPedia. Link. The average cost of connecting one
The man spearheading the initiative Over the years, DEF has made Internet node is around 25 to 30 thousand rupees.
and the founder of DEF, Osama Manzar, available in remote areas, some of which Whereas, if you talk to any telco or any

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The community of weavers is now making effective use of software and online DEF also undertakes training programs where they teach the local youth the
tools to create designs nitty-gritties of wireless networks and maintenance.

player who is into wireless connectivity to replicate the success in other regions In Chanderi, the community members
as a commercial service, it will cost three as well. Manzar states, “In Chanderi, who are part of the project manage the
to four times more than what it costs us. under what we refer to as a ‘Community network themselves. Right from new
Besides being low-cost, it also enables us Wireless Network’, we have connected 25 connections to even troubleshooting.
to do point-to-point networking and point nodes. The connections are being used In fact, we plan to organise a proper
to multi-point networking, which is known by the weavers and there are around six-month training programme for all
as mesh networking. Mesh networks are eleven schools that have opted for the our aspiring community-level network
very effective for connecting networks, connection. Many had computers, but engineers so that they become
especially in hilly areas. If, for instance, lacked an Internet connection. Besides, our absolutely robust technology hands.
there is a valley that is surrounded by service is used by cyber cafés, community Besides this, we have also been running
hills, you can erect a tower on the hill and radio stations, government health centres regular computer literacy programmes
the entire line of sight is connected,” he and even some government offices. And for the people of the community.”
explains. The only hindrance they face in since it is a community network, we ask Riding on the success of its pilot
terms of infrastructure is the unreliable for donations from the people who use the project, DEF has set its goals for the next
and irregular power supply, a common service. As of today, the donation is a fixed couple of years. The Digital Empowerment
problem in almost all rural areas. DEF is rate of Rs. 500 per month. There is huge Foundation has a huge network of rural
currently using batteries to tackle this, but demand and we are now considering to go centres that help them identify a location
are looking forward to using solar panels for a dedicated leased line.” in need of connectivity. DEF also has
for power. Besides providing connectivity, DEF people approaching it to replicate networks
However, these hindrances pale in also undertakes training programs where in their areas. DEF then does its research
comparison to the ways in which this they teach the local youth the nitty-gritties on the ground to find out the base line and
project is transforming the lives of the of wireless networks and maintenance. the need before deployment.
people. For instance, not only have Manzar says, “The whole idea of a “Our plan for the next three to four
the people of Chanderi gained a lot community wireless network is to make years is that each and every Digital
from the project, but it never ceases to sure that the community itself understands Empowerment Foundation centre should
surprise tourists visiting the town. The what wireless technology is so that they be working with wireless technology
community of weavers is now effectively participate not only in its deployment but and serving the communities around it
using software and online tools to create also help manage it. Most of it is on-the- in different states. The next big wireless
designs and advertise their weaves across job training, but we are not very happy with networking project we will be taking up is
the globe. Chanderi has a place of pride the outcome. However, we are happy with in the Baran district of Rajasthan. Here, we
in the W4C programme and DEF hopes the participation and the interest shown. are also enabling video-conferencing, as
owing to low literacy, people in rural areas
appreciate video-conferencing more than
chatting or text messaging. This year, we
We realise the fact that the
are going to establish networks in at least
whole problem of poverty and
five tribal areas. These include the Guna,
economic deprivation is also related Balaghat and Shivpuri districts in Madhya
to information poverty. The more Pradesh, the Giridih district of Jharkhand,
disconnected you are, the less and the Kohima district of Nagaland. The
informed you are. very point of selecting these locations is
that they are remote, not well-connected
– Osama Manzar and are mostly populated by tribals or one
Founder, Digital Empowerment Foundation of the subjugated populations.”
– priyanka.tilve@chip.in

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SPOTLIGHT

PC

ASUS ROG
TYTAN CG8565
VERDICT: A good package, but quite expensive.
FOR: Great aesthetics; mechanical keyboard.
AGAINST: Too overpriced for the configuration.

W
e’ve seen a lot of enthusiast-class x1 slot. The other PCIe x1 card below the graphics
motherboards and graphics cards card is a Wi-Fi adapter.
from Asus’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) Our expectations weren’t too high for a gaming
brand. What we are reviewing here is neither of PC of this calibre, but we were quite disappointed
the two, but a mean-looking gaming PC called to find the GTX 560 Ti DirectCu II, a mid-range
Tytan CG8565. It certainly looks powerful, but graphics card. We believe it should have carried at
let us see what it packs under the hood. least the GTX 670. Maybe Asus couldn’t afford to
fit in a more powerful card, but any hardcore gamer
Features would expect a high-end card. This graphics card
The first thing anyone would like to know about a isn’t factory overclocked, but it sports a custom
gaming PC is its configuration. The Tytan CG8565 is cooler that’s much superior than the one featured
powered by the former Sandy Bridge top-end CPU, on Nvidia’s reference design. The graphics card has
the Intel Core i7-2600k. Considering Ivy Bridge has two DVI outputs and a mini HDMI port.
already been released, this is slightly disappointing. Wouldn’t you expect a SATA 6 Gb/s SSD and
We would have liked to see a Core i7-3770k, but high-end memory in an ROG PC? If you did, prepare
the Core i7-2600k is almost as powerful. Asus has to be disappointed as the SSD fitted here is a 64
used its own motherboard based on the Intel Z68 GB SATA 3 Gb/s; just for the operating system,
chipset, a P8Z68-V Pro. Again, a decent choice, but applications and a few games. Your movie library,
it could have chosen the P8Z77-V Pro instead. The music, photos and other stuff go onto the 1 TB
P8Z68-V Pro offers an impressive feature set: you Seagate Barracuda hard drive that uses a SATA 6
get four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four Gb/s interface. Asus has opted for a pair of 4 GB
SATA 6 Gb/s ports, DDR3-1600 modules by ASint. The plain green sticks
and support for both don’t look high-end at all. Although they should
SLI and CrossFire. suffice, you’ll need high-end modules if you wish to
The rear panel has heavily overclock this PC. You won’t have to worry
a Bluetooth adapter about the CPU getting overheated thanks to a
and three video closed-circuit liquid cooler by Asetek. A radiator with
outputs (D-sub, a 120 mm fan mounted on it is fitted onto the rear
DVI and HDMI). of the cabinet. Other features include a BD-ROM/
Even though the DVD-writer combo drive, a hot-swap bay for 3.5-
motherboard has a inch hard drives, and a card reader that can read
7.1-channel audio chip, Memory Stick, SD and CompactFlash (CF) memory
Asus has thrown in cards.
its Xonar DX sound What we liked most about this PC are the
card for better audio cabinet and input devices. As mentioned earlier,
Nothing special about the RAM quality. This is fitted the cabinet looks awesome. It would have looked
used in the Asus ROG Tytan.
in the topmost PCIe better had it featured a transparent side panel, LED

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fans and some lighting within, but that


would be asking for too much. The top
panel of the front bezel slides down,
exposing the 5.25-inch bays behind it.
A geared mechanism prevents it from
coming down crashing. The ROG logo
lights up in blue, as does the lower
part of the bezel. The colour changes to red on of the SSD, but the write speed was significantly
pressing the Speed button on the top left corner, higher. Here, higher read speed is important for
which overclocks the processor on-the-fly. The better operating system response and quicker
stock speed of the Core i7-2600k is 3.4 GHz and it’s application loading.
configured to run at a default speed of 4.2 GHz on Gaming performance was also good, but it would
this PC. The Speed button further boosts the CPU’s have been much better had Asus used a high-end
speed to 4.4 GHz on the first press and to 4.6 GHz graphics card. Here is what this PC scored in the
with the second press. real-world gaming benchmarks which were run
The bundled keyboard is a mechanical one with at a resolution of 1920x1080. The games ran very
Cherry MX-Black switches. The keys are linear and smoothly, but they won’t be as smooth on larger
don’t make clicking sounds when pressed. The screens with higher resolutions.
layout is standard, and the keyboard comes with
a detachable palm rest. The mouse bundled is an  Crysis 2
Asus GX900. It sports a right-handed design and Ultra preset - Hi-res textures - No AA: 37.4 fps
uses laser-tracking. The keyboard and the mouse Ultra preset - Hi-res textures - 4xAA: 35.7 fps
have a matte, rubberised finish.  Dirt 3
Ultra preset - No AA: 67.69 fps
Performance Ultra preset – 8x MSAA: 57.5 fps
The overall performance of the Tytan is excellent,  Battlefield 3
thanks to the Intel Core i7-2600k. It scored 5367 Ultra preset - No AA: 62.4 fps
points and 4776 points in the PCMark 7 and 3DMark Ultra preset – 4x MSAA: 41 fps
11 benchmarking tests respectively. It breezed  Batman Arkham City
through the real-world tests, taking only 18 seconds Extreme preset - No AA: 75 fps
to transcode a one-minute MPEG video to H.264 Extreme preset – 8x MSAA: 43 fps
format, and clocked 24 seconds when we went
about compressing 100 MB of data to .7zip format Verdict
with Ultra preset. Note that these numbers are very The Asus ROG Tytan
low; a standard desktop PC would take more than CG8565 comes at
twice as long. a hefty price of Rs
The read and write speeds were good, but not 1,15,000. It is one of
very impressive owing to the SATA 3 Gb/s SSD. It the most powerful
logged sequential read and write speeds of 201 configurations available
MB/s and 60.79 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark and SiSoft in the branded gaming
Sandra 2012 respectively. SATA 6 Gb/s drives are PC category. We liked
more than the inclusion of a
SPECIFICATIONS twice as fast. high-quality mechanical
Rs 1,15,000 The Seagate keyboard and a gaming
www.asus.in
Barracuda hard mouse. However, at this
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k; Chipset: Intel Z68;
drive managed price, you can easily
RAM: 8 GB DDR3-1600; SSD: 64 GB; Hard disk: 1 TB;
Optical drive: Blu-ray combo. to log 153 MB/s build a more powerful
CONTACT ASUS Technology Pvt Ltd and 151 MB/s in gaming PC with Intel
PHONE 022-67668800 sequential read Core i7-3770k, Asus
EMAIL reachus@asus.com and write tests P8Z77-V Pro, 8 GB of
RATINGS respectively. The high-end RAM, GTX 660
BUILD QUALITY
read speed of Ti and a large SATA 6
ERGONIMICS
FEATURES the hard drive GB/s SSD — all of which
PERFORMANCE was marginally this PC lacks. ASUS has gone in with an SSD + Hard Disk setup to combine
OVERALL RATING
lower than that - Anand Tuliani speed with plenty of storage space.
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TV

LG 72LM9500
FOR: Massive size; decent quality; Smart TV features are well
detailed; integrated Flash-enabled web browser; well built.
AGAINST: Backlighting issues; 3D performance is average;
extremely expensive.

T
he new LG 72LM9500 is a 72-inch also have the option to connect a Wi-Fi
full-HD LED-backlit LCD TV, and adapter or a USB keyboard and mouse to
it’s a mammoth. Even though it the TV for easier use.
is an LED-backlit TV, it’s nowhere close The TV has a variety of smart TV
to light and weighs a massive 65.5 kg, features, which are quickly accessible with
so it’s not very easy to shift and move the press of a button. Important content
around. Wall-mounting may not be an categories are positioned in boxes one
option either. The TV isn’t very slim at 6 after another. Apps and web services such
cm thick, which is way more than most as Facebook, Youtube, Google Maps and
LED backlit TVs. Unlike other TVs, this one even a 3D content gallery are available.
is mostly made of metal. The entire rear Additional apps can be downloaded.
of the TV is made of metal and it’s very There’s also a Dual-Play feature using 3D
sturdy. The stand allows you to rotate glasses, which lets you view two views of
the TV, but it won’t do a complete 360. a game using a single TV.
There’s nothing too different about Video quality in general is good as
the remote control that comes with the long as you sit at a distance. Backlighting
TV. It has roughly the same design found has some issues and it’s easy to see
on the current line of LG TVs. You have a large patches of backlight bleeding
dedicated 3D button that lets you switch at the corners of the screen. Black
from 2D to 3D mode. In case of non-3D levels otherwise are pretty good. 3D
content, you get the option to quickly performance is decent. Audio quality is
enable 2D-to-3D content conversion. average. It’s not an issue. If you’re going
The TV uses passive 3D glasses to be spending so much on a television
technology; the newer glasses are sleeker, of this size, it’d be wrong not to buy an
made of plastic and don’t have batteries. equally impressive sound solution.
Connectivity-wise, there are USB ports at Media playback performance is good.
the rear of the TV but they’re placed quite Quality of the videos is decent and
high up, which means a small corded jumping from one video to another and
USB hard drive will hang in mid-air. There skipping happens effortlessly. Skipping
are three USB ports on the rear and four and fast-forwarding videos is also well
SPECIFICATIONS HDMI ports to use for different sources. done. Fast-forwarding can be done by
Rs 5,95,555 There’s also a D-Sub port and an optical moving the playback point to the place
www.lg.com
connector. For internet connectivity, you want to get, then skipping to it.
Dimensions: 1694 x 1114 x 386.3 mm; Screen size: 72
inch; Resolution: 1920x1080; Screen type: IPS, LED- there’s a LAN port, which is particularly Overall, the TV is a good mix of viewing
backlit LCD panel; Connectivity: 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB handy if you want to stream high- area, performance and features.
ports, LAN port, AV-in, RF-in, Component in, D-Sub in.
definition content over the network. You - Rossi Fernandes
CONTACT LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd
PHONE 1800-180-9999
EMAIL serviceindia@lge.com VERDICT
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
THE LG 72LM9500 IS A GOOD BUY, IF
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY.
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PHONE

LG OPTIMUS 4X HD
FOR: Sturdy build; powerful hardware; good camera quality.
AGAINST: Average battery life.

T
he LG Optimus 4x HD is only a Manager, which, as the name suggests,
bit heavier than the HTC One X lets you view installed apps and uninstall
on paper, but the device has a them. There’s a Backup App that lets
nice, solid feel to it. The build quality is you back up your downloaded apps,
good and there aren’t any flimsy flaps bookmarks, calendar, call log, contacts,
to worry about. Though it may not messages and system settings onto the
have the aesthetic feel of the One X, internal memory or the SD card. The
this Optimus has enough class to be Media Home works as a hub for your
classified as a flagship phone. The front videos, photos and music. The other
comprises of a large 4.7-inch IPS display apps include LG’s SmartShare for DLNA
with three backlit capacitive buttons streaming, LG SmartWorld, LG RemoteCall
and a front camera. The left houses the for diagnosis, and Memo.
volume rocker, while the bottom has a The Optimus 4X HD is loaded with an
microUSB slot and the noise cancellation 8 megapixel camera with a single LED
mic. The back has an 8 MP camera, an flash. Outdoor snaps are really good and
LED flash and a speaker grille. Under the the colours look natural. Focusing is good,
hood, there is a 2150 mAh battery, the though you might have to try a couple of
SIM card slot and a microSD card slot. times to get your best shot. Continuous
The Optimus 4X is powered by a 1.5 shot lets you snap six photos at a time
GHz quad-core processor with 16 GB and macro shots are nice, but we still
of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM – preferred the One X’s macro and burst
enough to keep it chugging all day long mode effects.
or till the battery lasts, at optimum If you’re hoping that the 2150 mAh
speed. The latest version of the Optimus battery would last more than a day, you’re
UI works smoothly on the 4X HD; there going to be disappointed. In our video
wasn’t a single instance when the loop test, we managed nine hours, which
phone actually froze or slowed down. is higher than what the One X managed.
Multitasking is an absolute breeze - we We’d recommend you to carry a charger
opened a couple of memory intensive (or an extra battery) if you have moderate
apps and there was no hint of lag to heavy usage.
whatsoever. On paper, the Galaxy S III performs
The Optimus 4X HD is a quad band faster in benchmarks, but has a
SPECIFICATIONS handset. It has 3G, dual band Wi-Fi, DLNA, questionable design and build and the
Rs 34,990 Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and bland TouchWiz UI. The One X doesn’t
www.lg.com
last but not the least, NFC. The phone have a removable battery or a microSD
Dimensions (WxHxD): 132.4 x 68.1 x 8.9 mm; Weight:
also comes with two NFC tags that let card slot, but has an overall better look. If
133 g; Display: 4.7-inch HD-IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels;
Internal storage: 16 GB; Camera: 8 MP with autofocus you set up profiles for corresponding you’ve got no brand preferences, the 4X
and LED flash; CPU: Quad-core 1.5 HGz Cortex-A9; environments – car, office, sleep, etc. HD won’t disappoint you one bit.
RAM: 1 GB; OS: Android V4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The phone comes with an Application - Karan Shah
CONTACT LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd
PHONE 1800-180-9999
EMAIL serviceindia@lge.com VERDICT
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO BOTH THE
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
GALAXY S III AND THE HTC ONE X.
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PHONE

HTC ONE S
VERDICT: An excellent multimedia droid.
FOR: Excellent design and build; good camera; ICS onboard; AMOLED screen.
AGAINST: Battery life could have been better; purple colour fringing issue.

T
he One X-inspired design gives we noticed on certain backgrounds, but
the One S an extremely sexy and overall, the colours are well saturated.
streamlined look. It’s slim at just The interface is slick thanks to the 1.7 GHz
7.8 mm and is light as well, weighing CPU. The Indian version, however, comes
SPECIFICATIONS just 119 gm. The ceramic shell is very with the Qualcomm S3 chipset instead
Rs 33,000 smooth and feels durable. The front has of the S4 due to supply shortages. The
www.htc.com/in
a row of capacitive buttons and a front music and video player features Beats
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm ; Weight:
119.5g; CPU: 1.5GHz dual-core; RAM: 1GB; Display: facing VGA camera, while the sensors Audio along with SoundHound, Tune-in
4.3-inch, 540 x 960; Camera: VGA front facing; Storage: are behind the black bezel. It also has a Radio and 7 digital services. You also
16GB; OS: Android 4.0 ICS
microUSB port, a 3.5 mm audio out, and get 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and
CONTACT HTC India Pvt Ltd
PHONE 9811428765 the power and volume rocker buttons. TV-out via MHL, but no NFC. The 8 MP
EMAIL shaurya.vedvyas@brightpoint.com There’s no expandable memory card slot, camera is very good and the battery
but it has 16 GB of onboard memory. life is not bad either. For Rs 33,000, the
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY The Super AMOLED display with a 960 One S makes a very good buy if you’re
ERGONOMICS
x 540 resolution looks sharp and crisp. looking for an ICS-based droid.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE There is a slight purple fringing issue that - Roydon Cerejo
OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY

PHONE

SONY XPERIA NEO L


VERDICT: Ideal if you aren’t looking for dual-core processor performance.
FOR: Decent performance; good call quality; large screen.
AGAINST: Average battery; not a very good camera; 1080p content won’t play.

T
he Sony Xperia Neo L is a fat would have liked a little brighter screen
device at 12.2 mm thick and is on maxed out settings.
available in black and white. It has In-call quality was good and the
a large four-inch display with a resolution speaker is loud enough too. The Neo
of 480 x 854 pixels. The keys at the L comes with a 5 megapixel camera
bottom are slightly cramped together and on board. There’s no dedicated shutter
the front camera rests at the top with the button and you’ll have to hold down
SPECIFICATIONS
sensors. The back has the speaker grill, a the icon on the screen to focus. The
Rs 17,990
5 megapixel camera and an LED flash. autofocus capabilities of this phone aren’t www.sony.co.in
The Neo L is powered by a 1 GHz too impressive either. Dimensions: 61.1 x 12.2 x 121 mm; Weight: 131.5g;
Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and The front camera is good enough for Display: 4-inch, 854x480 pixels; CPU: 1GHz; RAM:
512MB; Camera: 5MP; OS: Android v4.0 ICS.
has 512 MB of RAM with 1 GB of internal video calling and self portraits. Video on
CONTACT Sony India
storage, besides a 1500 mAh battery. the phone in 720p mode was somewhat PHONE 1800-103-7799
Audio via the bundled earphones is good framy and the colours didn’t appear too EMAIL NA

but video playback is limited to the stock natural. The Neo L is powered by a 1500
RATINGS
formats supported. It won’t play 1080p mAh battery, which should last you for BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
files, but manages 720p videos. The more than a day.
FEATURES
display has good viewing angles, but we - Karan Shah PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
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TABLET

BSNL PENTA T-PAD (WS802C)


VERDICT: One of the best budget Android tablets in the market.
FOR: Good connectivity; Android 4.0; 1080p video playback; 3G with voice calls.
AGAINST: Slightly heavy; viewing angles and resolution could have been better.

T
he T-Pad WS802C is BSNL’s average due to the low screen resolution.
highest-end offering in this The tablet has 4 GB of built-in storage
segment. The tablet is a bit expandable to 32 GB through a microSD
heavy, so it’s not well-suited for one- card. The Penta T-Pad is a 3G tablet and
SPECIFICATIONS handed use. You get an eight-inch has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Rs 14,700 capacitive touchscreen with front and The 2 MP rear camera manages to
www.pantel.in
rear cameras, 3G, a microSD card slot, capture pretty decent pictures. We got
Dimension (WxHxD): 117.28 x 192.8 x 12.53 mm; CPU:
1GHz Cortex-A8; RAM:512MB; Display:8-inch 800 x HDMI, USB OTG, 3.5 mm headphone around seven hours in our video drain
600; Camera: VGA front facing; Storage: 4GB; Video jack and a standard USB port. test, which is pretty good. There is a
output: HDMI; OS: Android v4.0 ICS
The tablet is powered by a 1 GHz CPU column of capacitive buttons along
CONTACT BSNL (Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd)
PHONE 0120-4805200 and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. It also has the edge, which make it easy to use in
EMAIL info@pantel.in the ARM NEON video decoding engine, so landscape mode. For Rs 14,700, the BSNL
it is capable of handling Full HD content Penta T-Pad is one of the best budget
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY too. It comes with ICS and the interface ICS tablets we’ve come across till date
ERGONOMICS
is extremely smooth. Videos look good, and is highly recommended.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE but the picture quality is just about - Roydon Cerejo
OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY

ZEN A100

ZEN ULTRATAB A100


VERDICT: Recommended for the low price, but has low battery life and no HDMI.
FOR: 1.3 MP front camera; low price; sleek design; matte finished exterior.
AGAINST: No HDMI port; shrill speaker; very low battery life.

Z
en Mobile recently entered the can connect to USB drives, accessories,
tablet segment with the Zen etc. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 ICS
UltraTab A100. Just 10.5 mm and has some bundled apps.
thick and weighing a mere 295 gm, The A100 performs at par with any SPECIFICATIONS
the tablet is pretty lightweight. Its tablet in its category and we did not Rs 6,000
www.zenmobile.in
chassis is very sturdy and the matte- find issues with speed or usage. The
Dimensions (WxHxD): 181.5 x 121 x 10.5 mm;
finished body looks good. Overall, display quality is good with good viewing weight: 295 g; Processor: 1.2 GHz, Mali 400 GPU;
the tablet is comfortable to use. angles. It natively supports common Display: 7-inch capacitive multi-touch, 800 x 480;
Memory: 512 MB DDR3; Storage: 4 GB internal, 32 GB
It comes with a 1.3 MP front-facing media and document formats. HD videos
expandable via micro SD slot; Camera: 1.3 MP front-
camera, a microSD slot and a seven-inch ran smoothly and gave no issues. Music facing; Operating system: Android 4.0, ICS; Connectivity:
capacitive display with a resolution of playback is pretty good and the built-in Wi-Fi b/g/n, micro USB, USB host via adapter, 3G
internet via USB; Battery: 2800 mAh.
800 x 480 pixels. It runs on a 1.2 GHz speaker is loud, but shrill. The battery is a
CONTACT Zen Mobile
CPU, a Mali 400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. bummer as it lasted barely four hours in PHONE 011-29531910
You get 4 GB of storage, expandable to our battery test, which is a very low score EMAIL samay.sayal@zenmobile.in

32 GB via microSD cards and a built-in for a tablet. We would recommend the
RATINGS
2800 mAh battery. It comes with Wi-Fi, Zen UltraTab for its low price, but it has BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
but doesn’t have Bluetooth or an HDMI low battery life and lacks HDMI.
FEATURES
port. You get a USB OTG cable that you - Francis D’sa PERFORMANCE
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TABLET

MILAGROW TABTOP 7.4


VERDICT: Very well-built with good performance, but the screen lacks quality.
FOR: Solid build; slim design; will get Jelly Bean; decent CPU-GPU performance
AGAINST: Average screen; poor camera quality; could have been cheaper.

M
ilagrow’s latest TabTop 7.4 but the viewing angles are quite poor.
feels like one big solid block The TabTop doesn’t have a SIM card
and is a tad heavy, but it isn’t slot, but it supports 3G or 4G dongles.
SPECIFICATIONS as heavy as the iPad. It runs on Android We also have a USB 2.0 port. Our review
4.0, has a seven-inch screen and three model had 4 GB of internal storage and
Rs 10,990
www.milagrowhumantech.com physical buttons that are very flat but was expandable to 32 GB with a microSD
Dimensions: 180 x 131 x 6.5mm; Weight: 361g;
sturdy. The tablet is powered by a rather card. The TabTop 7.4 only has a 1.3 MP
Screen size: 7-inch (800x600px); Processor: 1.2GHz
ARM Cortex A8, Dual-Mali 400MP GPU; RAM: 512MBV quick 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU and front-facing camera, which is particularly
DDR3; OS: Android ICS 4.0.3; Storage: 4GB (internal), 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. Graphics are useful when you’re video conferencing,
expandable to 32GB (microSD).
handled by a Mali-400 MP GPU that but is not built for photos. Camera quality
CONTACT Milagrow
PHONE NA should further boost performance. is pretty bad and video recording is even
EMAIL NA There’s also a Jelly Bean upgrade worse. The battery on the tablet has a
expected. In most of the benchmarks, capacity of 4000 mAh, which allows it to
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY it matches the BSNL Penta T-Pad run a DVD quality movie for three and a
ERGONOMICS
WS802C. The quality of the speakers on half hours, which is average.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE the tablet and the screen are average, - Rossi Fernandes
OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY

DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS SH 25-MR
VERDICT: A well-designed camera with above-average zoom capability.
FOR: Good image, video and colour quality; GPS works well.
AGAINST: Average screen quality; minor image stabilisation issues.

T
he Olympus SH 25-MR comes codec in the MOV format.
with a 16 MP CMOS sensor that There were no anomalies seen
has an ISO sensitive range of up on the screen even when shooting
to 6400 and a 12.5x optical zoom lens. directly at the bright sky. While shooting
The camera has an all metal body, images indoors, we observed that there
with a rubberized hand grip at the front. was a lot of detail present. Colours and
The large, three-inch resistive touchscreen skin tones appear natural and the overall
SPECIFICATIONS
is easy to use. The buttons located here indoor performance of the camera is Rs 19,499
www.olympus-imaging.co.in
include a four-way navigation pad, an really good. The camera does well while
Dimensions (WxHxD): 109.2 x 30.6 x 61.8 mm; Weight:
OK button, a dedicated video recording capturing images in a bright environment 208g; Resolution: 16MP CMOS sensor, Optical zoom:
control, a playback button and a menu and is great for shooting in badly-lit areas 12.5x; Display: 3.0-inch touchscreen; Aperture: f/3 -
f/5.9; ISO Range: 80 to 6400.
key. The camera has a GPS module and a too. Video quality is really good and there
CONTACT Olympus Imaging India Pvt Ltd
pop-up flash. were no issues faced at all. The flash PHONE 022-61420400
The screen quality of the camera works well and can easily light up an area EMAIL inquiry@olympus.in

is average, but the 430k dot display is of around 12 feet. The colour reproduction
RATINGS
more than sufficient. The integrated GPS is really good and the camera does a BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
feature works rather well. The camera good job overall.
FEATURES
can record 1080p videos using the H.264 - Aaron Almeida PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
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MONO-LASER PRINTER

HP LASERJET PRO 400


VERDICT: Recommended for features and performance.
FOR: Print apps; good print quality; duplex printing.
AGAINST: None.

T
he HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn (duplex and
network) is made for SMBs and enterprises. It has
a boxy appearance and a slightly large footprint.
The front has a nice brushed look with two trays and the
power button. It has a USB port on the left using which
you can print stuff on the go. The top consists of a 3.5-inch
touch panel and the Ethernet port is located at the back.
This printer has a unique feature – it supports business
apps that allow you to print at pre-scheduled times. It
also has HP’s ePrint
SPECIFICATIONS capabilities with
Rs 32,724 which you can print
www.hpindia.com
by sending an email
Dimensions (WxHxD): 364.6 x 271 x 368 mm; to your printer’s email
Connectivity: USB and Ethernet; Print technology: Laser;
Print resolution: 1200 dpi; Paper trays: 2; Monthly duty address. The printer’s
cycle: Up to 50,000 pages. drivers are installed
CONTACT HP India automatically as they’re
PHONE 1800-4254-999
stored on the printer.
EMAIL NA
This printer has a
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PERFORMANCE out in eight seconds.
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The print resolution is
up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.
In default mode, a full page of text took 10 seconds to
print while it took 11 seconds under economy. A complete full-
sized image document took 15 seconds in both modes. It took
46 seconds to print a batch of 10 text documents, bringing
the average to 4.6 seconds per page. The default mode has
brilliant quality and it has no blotches, smooth curves and
the printer does its job well. The LaserJet Pro 400 M401dn is
a complete package. Extra features such as Print Apps and
the quality and speed of prints make it a good investment.
- Karan Shah
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HARDWARE

DIGITAL CAMERA

FUJIFILM F660EXR
FOR: Good dial and button layout; very good image quality; sturdy
build; good performance.
AGAINST: User interface could have been better; no effect filters.

F
ujifilm’s FinePix F660EXR packs lens is wide enough to capture a broad
a telephoto lens, full manual field of view. You won’t have to stand too
control and Full HD video recording far from a subject to shoot full-length
capability in a slim body. It is available portraits or large groups of people. The
in black, blue and red. It’s small enough, lens extends to 360 mm, which translates
but is a tad heavier than most ultra- to 15x optical zoom. Besides the regular
compacts due to the slightly larger body auto and PASM modes, the F660EXR
and telephoto lens. There’s a large rubber offers EXR, Advanced, and Scene modes.
grip on the front and rubber dimples for The camera supports Full HD video
the thumb on the rear for a slip-free grip. recording in 720p at 30 fps. High-speed
The rear has a three-inch LCD screen shooting is also supported: 320x112 at 320
with a resolution of 460K dots. The fps, 320x240 at 160 fps and 640x480
button layout is pretty standard with a at 80 fps. When played at 30 fps, high
five-way D-pad and dedicated buttons speed videos appear in super slow
for playback, video capture, F-mode, motion, which looks very cool. You can
and Display/Back. The F-mode button also capture stills while recording videos.
brings up a small menu for setting the If you like a frame while recording a video,
ISO, image size, and drive and color just release the shutter to shoot a pic.
modes. The user interface is not intuitive Although the overall reproduction of
enough for a first-timer to get used to colour and detail is excellent, the camera
quickly. The menus are in full screen and struggles with bright backgrounds and
there are often multiple pages. Each tends to render flares around subjects in
parameter has a separate sub-menu, the foreground. What we particularly liked
which makes operation a tad fidgety. was the Pro Low Light mode. You get
At the heart of this camera is a 1/2-inch very good exposures, good amounts of
CMOS sensor with an effective resolution detail and low noise even in poor lighting
of 16 megapixels. Note that this sensor is conditions. Full HD videos also came
slightly larger (15 percent) than 1/2.3-inch through very well, except for the stereo The angled mode dial and the jog dial around the D-pad
sensors found in most compact digital mic, which picks up the hum of the motor make operating the camera comfortable.
cameras, so expect better control over when you zoom in or out, making for quite
noise with the ISO set above 800. You’ll annoying sounds in videos. The overall
find negligible noise if you stick to ISO performance of the F660EXR is excellent.
100. The results are quite acceptable This camera might have been even SPECIFICATIONS
with ISO values of up to 400, after which more fun to use if FujiFilm had included Rs 16,599
 www.fujifilm.in
luminance noise or graininess starts effect filters such as Miniature, Pinhole
Dimensions (WxHxD): 103.5 x 59.2 x 32.6 mm; Weight:
creeping in. At up to ISO 1600, photos and Fish Eye, but, for the kind of
217 g; Resolution: 16 MP; Focal length: 24-360 mm;
shot in good lighting and rescaled to performance and the feature set it offers, Optical zoom: 15x; Aperture: F3.5-F5.3; Shutter:
about 50 percent still look very good. the price is quite justified. 8 - 1/2000 sec; ISO: 100-12800; LCD: 3-in, 430k dot;
Movie recording: 1920x1080 @30 fps.
At 24 mm (35 mm equivalent), the - Anand Tuliani
CONTACT Fujifilm India Pvt Ltd
PHONE 022-42360000
VERDICT EMAIL vihangghag@fujifilmindia.com

A VERY CAPABLE CAMERA WITH GOOD RATINGS


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LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE. FEATURES


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LAPTOP

SONY VAIO SVE14A15FNB


VERDICT: A good performance multimedia notebook that’s worth a look.
FOR: High resolution screen; good performance; comfortable backlit keyboard.
AGAINST: A bit heavy; no Ivy Bridge.

T
his VAIO E-series notebook is GB of RAM, which can be increased to 16
quite chunky but feels well-built. GB. For storage, we have a 640 GB hard
In terms of connectivity, we drive and for graphics, we have an AMD
have a DVD burner, two USB 2.0 ports, Radeon HD 7670M with 1 GB of dedicated
SPECIFICATIONS microphone and headphone jacks at video memory. The high resolution
the right, while the left has two USB screen (1600 x 900 pixels) makes a big
Rs 54,310
www.sony.co.in 3.0 ports along with VGA, LAN and difference when it comes to applications,
Dimensions (W x D x H): 341 x 33.3 x 245 mm;
HDMI; quite a good set of connectors pictures, video and even reading text. The
Weight:2.3kg; CPU: Intel Core i5-2450M; Speed:
2.3GHz; RAM: 4GB; HDD: 640GB; Screen: 14-inch (1600 for a 14-inch notebook. Inside, we are VAIO E puts up quite a good show despite
x 900); GPU: AMD HD 7670M; OS: Windows 7 Home greeted by a spacious backlit chiclet having an older CPU. While it does take a
Premium 64-bit.
keyboard. You also get a matching beating when performing CPU-intensive
CONTACT Sony India
PHONE 1800-103-7799 keyboard skin and laser mouse. tasks since it’s a dual-core, there doesn’t
EMAIL NA We wished it was a bit lighter as you’ll seem to be too much of a difference
certainly feel the 2.3 kg on your back. The when it comes to games. At Rs 54,310, it
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY notebook is powered by an Intel Core makes a very good multimedia notebook
ERGONOMICS
i5-2450M CPU based on Sandy Bridge and is recommended.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE running at 2.5 GHz. Besides this, we get 4 - Roydon Cerejo
OVERALL RATING
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LAPTOP

ACER ASPIRE 5750Z


VERDICT: Not very impressive performance-wise, but it’s good bang for your buck.
FOR: Decent build quality; decent battery life; affordable pricing.
AGAINST: Average performance; slightly outdated hardware.

T
he Acer Aspire 5750Z (AS5750Z- Bridge options in the market. Hard drive
B942G50Mnkk) is a well-built performance is average as well, with
notebook with an attractive speeds hovering around the 73 MB/s mark
design. The hinge of the display doesn’t for read and write tests. The integrated
move around too easily, which is a graphics card is only ideal for handling
good thing. The keys have a good bit older game titles.
of travel to them and are isolated. The screen quality here is just average, SPECIFICATIONS
The trackpad appears a tad small as but it’s large, so you can use it to watch Rs 26,999
www.acer.co.in
compared to other large notebooks. movies and TV shows every now and
Dimensions (WxHxD): 382 x 33.2 x 253 mm; Weight:
This notebook runs an Intel Pentium then. Colours appear a tad pale, but 2.6 kg; Processor: Intel Pentium B940 (2GHz); RAM:
Core B940 dual-core processor clocked viewing angles are pretty decent in 2GB DDR3; Hard drive: 500GB; Screen: 15.6-inch;
Resolution: 1366x768.
at 2 GHz with 3 MB of L3 cache, 2 GB of general. The speakers aren’t very loud,
CONTACT Acer Pvt Ltd
RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. It also has but the quality is good. They are mounted PHONE 080-3940-8700
a large 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen that at the front, facing the user, so the sound EMAIL ailenquiries@acer.co.in

runs a native resolution of 1366 x 768. isn’t muffled. The notebook lasted a good
RATINGS
The Aspire 5750Z is an average hour and a half in our CPU-intensive BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
performer. Its Pentium B940 is a good battery test.
FEATURES
20 percent or so slower than the Sandy - Rossi Fernandes PERFORMANCE
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MEDIA PLAYER

XTREAMER SIDEWINDER 3
VERDICT: Feature-wise, the SideWinder3 is great, but can be refined.
FOR: Solid build; tons of features; pretty good value for money.
AGAINST: Average aesthetic design; poor interface; buggy software.

T
he Xtreamer SideWinder 3 isn’t There’s an Android app to control the
the best-looking HD media Xtreamer but we faced disconnection
player in the market. It comes problems. The player has support for
with two USB 2.0 ports on the side, Airplay and DLNA. Like other Xtreamer
and there’s also a USB 3.0 port. There’s devices, you get a web interface using
SPECIFICATIONS
also Wi-Fi capability via a USB dongle. which you can control the player. The
Rs 9,999
The Android environment integrated Xtreamer also acts as an NAS device.  www.xtreamerindia.in
into the device comes with some apps. Another feature that is rarely found on HD Processor: Realtek 1186X; RAM: 512MB DDR3;
Implementation is poor (we faced some media players is the ability to download Connectivity options: 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 host
port, 2.5-inch drive SATA slot, DLNA/AirPlay support
crashes), but the feature has some BitTorrent content directly to the device.
CONTACT Xtreamer
potential. Popular online media services The Xtreamer SideWinder3 might PHONE NA
including YouTube and Shoutcast radio have its glitches and bugs, but it can EMAIL info@xtreamerindia.in

stations are accessible. There’s also a play almost every format available. It’s
RATINGS
web browser that you can use. Rendering somewhat buggy - we had lock-ups and BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
is good and the performance isn’t too no firmware updates fixed the issues.
FEATURES
bad. Flash isn’t supported though. - Rossi Fernandes PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
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MEDIA PLAYER

DUNE HD TV-101
VERDICT: A brilliant media player, except for a few minor glitches.
FOR: Ultra compact design; very good build.
AGAINST: Expensive; user interface could have been better.

D
une’s HD TV 101 is a compact device. The remote is rather small, but
media player. It lacks an internal is cumbersome if you want to handle
power supply or a hard disk, it for long (like typing using the virtual
and in fact, there are no buttons on keyboard).
the panel. Similarly, it has no direct This player starts up and accesses
SPECIFICATIONS card slots and a single USB slot at media files from connected disks quickly.
Rs 11,900 the front. You get an Ethernet port, an It also reads UPnP files as well as other
dune-hd.com
HDMI output, and 3.5 mm composite shared folders on the network. While it’s
Dimensions (WxHxD): 110 x 26 x 77 mm; Weight: 152
video and analogue stereo output. easy to navigate, there is no option to
g; Memory: 128 MB flash; Sources: Ethernet and USB
port; Video output: HDMI 1.3 and Composite; Video This little wonder box supports all deal with folders having too many files
codecs: MPEG-2/4, XviD, WMV9, VC1 and H.264; Audio types of video and high-quality audio — a scrolling option would have been a
codecs: AC3, MPEG, AAC, WMA, FLAC and OGG.
formats. Powered by a Sigma Designs boon. The picture quality of high-quality
CONTACT Kripa India
PHONE 1-800-224-244 8670/8671 processor and 256 MB of RAM, rips was stunning and the audio quality
EMAIL NA the player is fast and feature loaded. was pristine. The Dune HD TV-101 is
It also has a built-in BitTorrent client a good player, but kind of expensive
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY for download movies and music. You considering the more affordable
ERGONOMICS
get a remote control to operate the HD alternatives by other brands.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE TV-101 — this is the only interface to the - Mehul Mepani
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GRAPHICS CARD

ZOTAC GTX 690


VERDICT: The best graphics card money can buy.
FOR: Very good performance; excellent design and build; is cool and quiet.
AGAINST: Extremely expensive; will not fit in most chassis.

R
ather than just slapping a sticker now 3072, memory is 4 GB and we have
onto Nvidia’s reference design, two 256-bit memory bus lanes. Nvidia
ZOTAC hasn’t done anything has scaled down the core speed from 1
to the card and left it as it is. This GHz to 915 MHz, while the memory speed
is by far the best-looking and built has remained the same. The ZOTAC GTX
reference card we’ve come across by 690 is easily the fastest graphics card
SPECIFICATIONS
Nvidia, or even AMD for that matter. we’ve ever tested and nothing really
Rs 67,777
The rear connectors include three comes close in terms of performance. www.zotac.com
DVI ports and a display port. There’s The card’s true potential, however, lies in GPU: Nvidia GTX 690; Core|Memory Speed:
even support for SLI, should you be mad resolutions above 1920 x 1080. It idles at 915MHz|1502MHz; Memory: 4GB; Memory bus width:
256-bit x2; Video outputs: 3x DVI and 1x DP.
enough to get two of this beast. The around 60 degrees Celsius, while under
CONTACT ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd
bundle includes two eight-pin to Molex stress, it doesn’t go beyond 78 degrees, PHONE 0120-4555666
power adapters, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, which is incredibly good for a dual-GPU EMAIL sales@adityagroup.com

driver disk and an Assassins Creed 3 card. At Rs 67,777, it’s easily the most
RATINGS
game pack. expensive card in the market, but power BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
Think of the GTX 690 as two GTX does come at a price.
FEATURES
680s in your system - the shader count is - Roydon Cerejo PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
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GRAPHICS CARD

XFX R7750 BLACK EDITION


VERDICT: A well-designed card, but a bit too pricey.
FOR: Good design and build; runs silently; good performance.
AGAINST: Expensive; faster alternatives are available for the same price.

T
his is XFX’s custom-built HD 7750 as it draws all the power from the PCIe
designed for overclocking and quiet slot itself. The core is still clocked at
operation. Their cooling solution 900 MHz and the 1 GB of GDDR5 RAM is
takes up two slots, which is typical of clocked at 4,500 MHz (effective).
cards in this segment. XFX uses what it The XFX R7750 will easily handle
calls Ghost Thermal Technology, which is games at resolutions up to 1600 x 900,
a floating heatsink design that increases while scalable titles such as Dirt 3 and
SPECIFICATIONS
airflow through the other components Batman: Arkham City will run smoothly Rs 11,000
www.rptechindia.com
too. Double Dissipation technology makes even at Full HD with everything maxed
GPU: AMD HD 7750; Core|Memory Speed:
use of two fans to effectively cool the out. The dual fans do a very good job of 900MHz|1125MHz; Memory:1GB; Memory bus width:
GPU as well as the other components. cooling the card as well as keeping noise 128-bit ; Video outputs: 2x DVI and 1x DP and 1x
HDMI.
We have two DVI-I ports, an HDMI port levels down to a minimum. We got an
CONTACT Rashi Peripherals Pvt Ltd
and a DisplayPort. XFX has also used idle temperature of 41 degrees C while on PHONE 022-40470828
IP-5X fans, which are completely dust- load; it never went beyond 54 degrees C. EMAIL response@rptechindia.com

resistant, so the card won’t be bogged The card is priced quite high at Rs
RATINGS
down with dust in the chassis. Since the 11,000. It makes more sense to go in for BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
HD 7750 only requires 55 W to operate, the HD 7770 or the HD 6850.
FEATURES
you don’t need an external power supply - Roydon Cerejo PERFORMANCE
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MOTHERBOARD

ASUS MAXIMUS V EXTREME


VERDICT: One of the best Z77 boards money can buy.
FOR: OC Key, VGA Hotwire, CrossFireX and SLI support; very good for OC.
AGAINST: Very expensive.

T
he Maximus V is a full ATX temperature, etc. over whatever’s on your
motherboard that uses Intel’s monitor, and you can overclock these
Z77 chipset. This means you values through the OSD itself. Pressing
have Socket 1155, which is compatible the ROG Connect button toggles your
with both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge keyboard’s input between Windows and
CPUs. The rear has a PS2 keyboard/ the overlay interface. The board also has
SPECIFICATIONS
mouse combo port, Thunderbolt, a feature called Subzero Sense that lets
Rs 29,800
www.asus.in DisplayPort, HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 ports, you monitor temperatures when using
Socket Type: LGA 1155; Form Factor:ATX;Chipset: Intel 4x USB 2.0 ports, a LAN jack, S/PDIF liquid Nitrogen. It can read temperatures
Z77; CPU Type: Intel Core i7/i5/i3, Memory Standard: in and out, audio jacks, a clear CMOS as low as -195 degrees Celsius. PCMark 7
DDR3; PCIe: 3 x16/1 x4,1 x1.
button and an ROG Connect button. scored the board 3584, while Cinebench
CONTACT ASUS Technology Pvt Ltd
PHONE 1800-090-365 The board also supports CrossFireX and R11.5 returned an OpenGL score of 88.9
EMAIL reachus@asus.com four-way SLI multi-GPU setups along fps and a CPU score of 6.98. This is one
with LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology. of the most expensive motherboards
RATINGS
BUILD QUALITY One of the highlights of this board available, but it also happens to be one
ERGONOMICS
is the OC Key. It enables you to see of the best.
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE readouts of the CPU’s current voltage, - Roydon Cerejo
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MOTHERBOARD

MSI B75MA-P45
VERDICT: An affordable motherboard with a very limited feature set.
FOR: Good value for money; very good performance.
AGAINST: Few USB ports on the rear; no HDMI; limited set of expansion slots.

T
he B75MA-P45 is MSI’s attempt at two RAM slots, but they’ve offered four,
a super-affordable motherboard so you can add up to 32 GB of memory.
for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge We loaded the B75MA-P45 with Intel
CPUs. The feature set here has been cut Core i7-2600k, 8 GB G.Skill RipjawsX,
down and you get the bare necessities – Radeon HD 6870 and Plextor PX-256M2S
PS/2 ports, six USB ports including two SSD. The test rig scored 4917 points SPECIFICATIONS
USB 3.0, D-sub and DVI video outputs, an in PCMark 7 and 4415 in 3DMark 11 Rs 4,500
http://in.msi.com
Ethernet port and audio jacks. It would (performance mode). It took 26 seconds
Chipset: Intel B75; CPU Socket: LGA 1155; Memory:
have been nice if MSI had added an HDMI to transcode a one minute MPG video
DDR3-1600 (32 GB max); Expansion slots; 1x PCIe x16,
port. You have a PCIe x16 slot, a PCIe x1 in H.264 format and Cinebench R11.5 1x PCIe x1 and 1x PCI; SATA ports: 5x 3 Gb/s and 1x 6
and a PCI slot. There is sufficient space reported 6.69 points, which is what the Gb/s; USB ports 2.0 | 3.0: 8 | 4; Video outputs: D-sub
and DVI.
between the PCIe x16 and x1 slot for Core i7-2600k should log at stock speed.
CONTACT MSI India
dual-slot graphics cards. The bottom right For Rs 4,500, the B75MA-P45 is one PHONE 1800-2000-004
has six SATA ports, including one SATA of the cheapest boards for Sandy Bridge EMAIL technicalindia@msi.in.com

6 Gb/s port. The headers at the bottom and Ivy Bridge CPUs. It’s priced at par
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include two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, with some of the older H61 and H67 BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS
each supporting two ports. MSI could models, but is definitely a better deal.
FEATURES
have further cut costs by offering only - Anand Tuliani PERFORMANCE
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SSD USB FLASH DRIVE KEYBOARD

CORSAIR FORCE GS CORSAIR FLASH CORSAIR VENGEANCE


240 GB VOYAGER SLIDER K90
VERDICT: Recommended for gaming and VERDICT: A flash drive with very good VERDICT: Consider it if you’re going for a
high performance PCs. read speeds. high-end gaming PC.
FOR: Excellent read/write speeds; FOR: Read speeds above 60 MB/s; FOR: Solid design; customisable.
bundled 3.5-inch adapter. retractable design; good build. AGAINST: Expensive; not all keys are
AGAINST: None. AGAINST: Write speed could be better. mechanical keys.

SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS


Rs 15,300 Rs 832 Rs 7,280
www.corsair.com www.corsair.com www.corsair.com

Form factor: 2.5-inch; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s; Capacity: 240 GB; Capacity: 8 GB; Interface: USB 3.0. Dimensions: 502 x 163 x 24mm; Weight: 1900g; Keys: Cherry
Controller: SandForce SF-2281 series; Flash memory: Toggle CONTACT Corsair Memory Inc MX mechanical; Other features: 18 customisable keys, backlit,
NAND. PHONE 1800-425-5464 volume roller and multimedia keys.
CONTACT Corsair Memory Inc EMAIL indiaservice@corsair.com CONTACT Corsair Memory Inc
PHONE 1800-425-5464 PHONE 1800-425-5464
EMAIL indiaservice@corsair.com RATINGS EMAIL indiaservice@corsair.com
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T he Corsair Force GS features


Toggle mode NAND flash for
faster performance. The GS has a
T he latest addition to Corsair’s Flash
Voyager lineup of premium USB
flash drives is ‘Slider’, which uses the
T he Corsair Vengeance K90 seems
to be designed to last, and to
perform flawlessly. Its frame is made
bright red theme and the shell has a USB 3.0 interface. The flash drive is of brushed metal and holds the usual
rough finish, which does lend a sort available in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 set of keys. There’s a separate plastic
of rugged feel. The package includes GB variants, and comes with a warranty panel that attaches to the main
a 3.5-inch adapter and screws for period of five years. The overall build frame of the keyboard, and this setup
installing the SSD into the hard drive quality of the plastic-body Slider is gives you 18 customisable keys.
bay of the PC case. The Force GS SSD good, but could have been better. The cable on the K90 is thick
is backed by a two-year warranty. We got sequential read and write and well-sheathed. The keyboard is
We tested a 240 GB Force GS on our speeds of 64 MB/s and 15 MB/s ergonomic and allows you to attach a
Ivy Bridge rig powered by an Intel Core respectively in CrystalDiskMark. SiSoft palm rest. Customised profiles can be
i7-3770k CPU and 8 GB of DDR3 G.skill Sandra 2012 recorded random write set up and switching between them is
RipjawsX RAM. CrystalDiskMark and speeds at 2.43 MB/s, which was easy. Users can disable the Windows
SiSoft Sandra 2012 reported 505 MB/s disappointing. ATTO Disk Benchmark key and there’s a volume control along
read and 285 MB/s write speeds. noted sequential read and write speeds with some multimedia controls next to
Between the Force GT and GS, at 67 MB/s and 15 MB/s respectively. If it. Backlighting controls are also present
choose either and you’ll get almost you want read speeds almost five times on the keyboard itself. The Corsair V90
the same performance. So, it would faster than a USB 2.0 drive, buy the Vengeance is great for both typing and
be wise to choose Force GT which is a Slider. But if you want high capacity for gaming. Typing is effortless because of
little cheaper. low price, buy a USB 2.0 flash drive. the mechanical design of the keys.
- Anand Tuliani - Anand Tuliani - Rossi Fernandes

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PORTABLE HARD DRIVE POWER SUPPLY UNIT PORTABLE 3G ROUTER

SEAGATE BACKUP PLUS COOLER MASTER SILENT TP-LINK TL-MR3020


VERDICT: A USB 3.0 drive with a useful
PRO HYBRID 1050W VERDICT: A great three-mode router
backup utility. useful for travelling and outdoor use.
FOR: Great build; very good read and VERDICT: Recommended for high-end FOR: Small size; easy to set up; USB
write speeds; useful backup software. gaming rigs and silent servers. powered; triple operation modes.
AGAINST: None. FOR: Protection; high power rating, AGAINST: Glossy body; USB for 3G only.
modular design; fan control unit.
AGAINST: None.

SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS


Rs 7,700 Rs 16,500 Rs 3,499
www.seagate.com www.coolermaster.in www.tp-link.in

Dimensions (WxHxD): 81.1 x 14.5 x 123.4 mm; Weight: 224 g; Power rating: 1,050 watts; Efficiency: 90 percent; Protection: Dimensions (W x H x D): 74 x 22 x 67 mm; Weight: 65 g;
Capacity: 1TB; Interface: USB 3.0. OVP / UVP / OCP / OPP / OTP / SCP; Connection: Modular; Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 150 Mbps, 1 x 10/ 100 Ethernet
CONTACT Seagate Certification: 80 Plus Gold; Others: PSU and case fan regulator. WAN/ LAN, 1 x USB (3G); Modes: 3G router, AP, WISP.
PHONE 011-2647 2491 CONTACT Cooler Master CONTACT TP-LINK India
EMAIL Sales@fortune-it.com PHONE 9820207871 PHONE 9768012285
EMAIL sanket_naik@coolermaster.com.tw EMAIL sales@tp-link.in
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S eagate Backup Plus is a portable


USB 3.0 hard drive that’s slightly
different from its brethren. The USP
S ilent Pro Hybrid 1050W is Cooler
Master’s first PSU with integrated
dual 7V fan ports. The 7V rail regulates
S mall enough to fit in your pocket,
this is a three-in-one wireless
router from TP-Link. It is a wireless
of this drive is the software bundle the fans and limits their speed to N router capable of speeds up to 150
(Seagate Dashboard Agent) that reduce noise, unlike traditional case Mbps. It is compatible with 120+ UMTS/
allows one to backup data – not just fans directly connected to 12V rails. HSPA/EVDO 3G USB modems and
local data, but also photos and videos A fan speed controller occupies a can be configured as an access point.
from social networks. The Share tab 5.25-inch drive bay and lets you control It can also act as a Wireless ISP client
allows you to upload media to social the speed of the internal 135 mm PSU module. It features a 3G/WAN failover
networks with a few clicks. A backup fan and has speed control for up to backup strategy to provide a sustained
plan can be configured to backup three system fans. The PSU uses a Internet connection to all users. A
specific file types or user-specified single +12V rail that operates at over mini USB port is used as a power
data. It can be hourly, daily, weekly, 90 percent efficiency and has an 80 input. It also has IP-based bandwidth
monthly or continuous. Seagate Backup Plus Gold certification. All the cables control, which allows administrators to
Plus is available in 500 GB, 750 GB are modular, which ensures cleaner determine the amount of bandwidth
and 1 TB variants. We reviewed the system build. It also has a double- allotted to each connected device.
1 TB drive and got sequential read Layer EMI Filter for protection from The sides sport the mode switch,
and write speeds of 115 MB/s and 114 electromagnetic interference. It can Ethernet WAN/LAN port and the USB
MB/s respectively in CrystalDiskMark. be used for rigs with four-way SLI and port for 3G dongles. Bundled with it
It’s slightly expensive, but the backup CrossFire modes with Dual CPUs. You are a power adapter, a USB power
software justifies the premium. get a five-year warranty on the PSU. cable and an Ethernet cable.
- Anand Tuliani - Francis D’sa - Francis D’sa

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The
Cutting
Edge
Thee ultimate
showdown
owdown of some
of the hottest
Ultrabooks
trabooks in the
market. Find out which
one
ne is the sharpest.
BY
Y ANAND TULIANI AND ROYDON CEREJO

N
etbooks offered cheap and performance of a MacBook Air, but with CPUs and witnessing the dwindling
affordable computing for the a more familiar working environment. sales of their brainchild, Intel decided
masses, which is why they Enter Ultrabooks – a notebook with to relax some of their guidelines so that
were wildly popular just a few years enough power to run resource-hungry OEMs could make a few compromises to
ago. However, one of the recurring multimedia applications, yet slim bring the prices down. This led to some
complaints about netbooks was its enough to easily slip into your briefcase. chunky notebooks being passed off
sub-par performance in multimedia The first wave of Ultrabooks that started as Ultrabooks, even though that went
tasks and the small screen which wasn’t hitting retail outlets towards the tail- against the whole concept; the new Dell
really apt for being productive on the end of 2011 were simply too expensive XPS 14 is a perfect example of just that.
go. Apple’s MacBook Air changed this, for most consumers to afford. The With SSD prices stabilising, we’ve seen
but again, came at a premium, and not reasons behind this were the aluminium larger storage capacities in the second
many Windows loyalists were willing to chassis and SSDs used by OEMs; it wave of Ultrabooks, and even some that
make the transition to OSX. Intel saw an wasn’t really their fault since they had use a combination of a standard hard
opportunity here to meet the increasing to stick to strict guidelines set by Intel drive and a small SSD for caching. This
demand for a Windows-based notebook for a notebook to be classified as an allows OEMs to lower the price of an
that offered the portability and Ultrabook. After the launch of Ivy Bridge Ultrabook while offering more storage to

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PERSONAL TAKE

the user so everyone wins. We also Next, we proceeded towards


have some Ultrabooks with higher
hav Ergonomics, which is another
res
resolution screens to stand out critical area while using a portable
from the competition.
fro device. This section analyses ANAND TULIANI
anand.tuliani@chip.in
Nevertheless, since all the essential elements such as the
major OEMs have their offerings
m keyboard’s keys and its layout, the Given no budget restriction I would pick the
in the market, we decided to put pointing device and its buttons, Zenbook UX31E with my eyes closed. Asus hasn’t
together a little roundup of some
to status indicators, hotkeys and a compromised on any aspect with the Zenbook. It
o
of the hottest Ultrabooks trending few more. looks gorgeous – personally, I find it sexier than
rright now. These fall into various Finally, the actual performance the MacBook Air. It’s unbelievably slim and the
price brackets, feature sets and matters the most. In the build is top-notch. Going by its size, it was hard to
configurations. Read on to find out Performance section, we ran a believe it had the most powerful configuration of
which one trumped our benchmark set of exhaustive tests on each all the Ultrabooks we tested. But then, the scores
charts and which one offers the Ultrabook. The tests were divided made things very clear!
best bang for buck. into synthetic and real-world tests. Now, if I had to buy an Ultrabook right now, it
The synthetic tests made use of would be the one that doesn’t cost an arm and a
TEST PROCESS four utilities which help analyze leg. I like the Sony Vaio T for its design and
The Ultrabook evaluation process core components such as the features, but I would prefer a larger screen and
consists of five main parameters: processor, memory, storage and good sound quality. Hence, I would opt for the
Features, Build quality, Ergonomics, the GPU. These tests included Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-481T. It’s slightly less
Performance and Warranty. Each utilities such as SiSoft Sandra powerful and a tad heavier (by around 600 g)
of these parameters were carefully 2012, PCMark 7, 3DMark Vantage, than the Vaio T. However, it’s more comfortable
scrutinised to generate a table CineBench R11.5 and 7-zip. The real- to use, you get an optical drive, and more
of scores that finally pronounced world tests consisted of another importantly, it costs only a few hundred bucks
the winners. We award the best set of utilities and the scores here more than the Vaio T. If you have a budget of Rs
Ultrabooks in the Best Performance would help analyse the actual 50,000 for a laptop, I suggest you go in for the
and Best Value categories. performance of the Ultrabooks. Timeline U M5.
In the features section, we noted These included a file compression
important characteristics such as test using an assortment of
the main hardware configuration files, video transcoding of a
which makes up the core. This 60-second MPEG clip to H.264,
includes the processor, graphics, ray-tracing of an image and,
memory, storage and display. Later, lastly, the file transfer speeds of
we also noted other feature-sets the internal storage medium. We
ROYDON CEREJO
such as I/O ports, USB 2.0 and also subjectively evaluated the roydon@tech2.com
3.0, video interfaces, pointing quality and power output of the
devices, networking interfaces, built-in speakers. To wind up the If I had the dough, I would go for the Asus
optical drives, operating system performance test, we ran a test Zenbook UX31E any day of the week. Its style,
and a few more. Lastly, the weight to get an idea of the maximum finish and lightness mean that this Ultrabook is in
of each Ultrabook was given high battery life under maximum load. a league of its own. Even though Asus has packed
importance. Lastly, the Warranty section in the same horsepower as our performance king,
The Build quality section is evaluates the amount of support the Dell XPS 13, it’s a lot lighter and slimmer,
the evaluation of the build and (in years) provided by the which makes it the ideal travel companion. It’s
the distinctiveness of each of manufacturer of each Ultrabook. also one of the few Ultrabooks to feature a high-
the Ultrabooks. These include The Value for Money (Best res screen that makes everything sharper and
the quality of the chassis, screen Value) award was awarded to gives you more screen real estate when browsing
frame, hinges, keyboard, buttons the Ultrabook that offered a good the web or working on spread sheets. For its size,
and switches. We also looked balance of all of the feature-sets it also delivers surprisingly good audio quality
at vital areas such as scratch- mentioned above within the lowest due the Bang & Olufsen speakers on board. Asus
resistant exteriors and the use of price bracket. gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and even
metal in the construction. Lastly, To find out additional though it comes at a premium, I’d still go with it
we subjectively rated the aesthetic information about the various over the Dell XPS 13.
appeal of each Ultrabook on a five- tests in each section and compare
point scale. values, simply flip over to the table.

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DELL XPS 13
T
VERDICT here’s no getting away from the look and also allows Dell to fit a larger
fact that Dell has created an screen into a smaller chassis. Along with
THE XPS 13 GIVES incredible-looking notebook. It
doesn’t matter which angle you look at
the 1.3 megapixel webcam, there’s an
ambient light sensor that automatically

YOU GREAT, FAST it from, the XPS 13 is definitely a head-


turner. This is mainly due to the choice
dims and brightens the display based
on the amount of light in the room. The

PERFORMANCE of materials used to build the chassis.


The lid and most of the base is crafted
keyboard area has a very nice rubber
finish to it and the rubber finish extends

TOPPED WITH A from machined aluminium, and the rest


of the base is carbon fibre. This makes
to the trackpad as well. Overall, the build
and finish of the notebook is very good

KILLER DESIGN. it extremely sturdy and durable while


maintaining a very slim profile. The
and amongst the best you’ll find in the
market today.
notebook measures about 18 mm at its With a Core i7 CPU and a super-fast
thickest and weighs around 1.36 kg. The SSD under the hood, the XPS 13 is super
fit and finish is impeccable, and Dell has quick at any task you throw at it. The
paid a lot of attention to detail. XPS 13 managed to clock in some of the
Connectivity isn’t the best when it highest scores we've seen among the
SPECIFICATIONS comes to Ultrabooks. While it’s nice Ultrabooks. Typing is relatively stress-free
to see USB 3.0, there are just two and the keys offer good tactile response,
Rs 90,467
ports where we normally have three. so it doesn’t cause fatigue even after long
Weight: 1.37 Kg; CPU: Intel Core i7-2637M; RAM: 4 GB; SSD: 256 GB;
Display: 13.3-inch; Video outputs: D-sub, DP and HDMI; USB ports DisplayPort is a nice addition, but it hours of typing. At Rs 90,467, it’s quite
2.0 | 3.0: 1 | 1. would have been better if we had HDMI expensive, but you do get best-in-class
CONTACT Dell India as the cables are easier to find and are performance. So, if it’s speed you’re
PHONE 1800-425-4026
EMAIL NA cheaper. Other ports include a headphone looking for, the Dell XPS 13 is one of the
jack and a battery status indicator. The best Ultrabooks money can buy.
RATINGS XPS 13 has a 13.3-inch display with FOR: Excellent design and build, superb
BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS Corning’s Gorilla Glass for protection. performance, Gorilla Glass screen,
FEATURES
This ensures your display remains free of comfortable backlit keyboard.
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING unwanted scratches over time. The edge- AGAINST: Expensive, touchpad
VALUE FOR MONEY to-edge glass gives the screen a seamless placement could have been better.

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SONY VAIO T
S
ony always comes up with designs on performance. The hard disk is
VERDICT
very different from the rest. The complemented by a 32 GB SSD. It caches
Vaio T is Sony's attempt to offer
a stylish Ultrabook at a competitive price.
frequently-used data for speedily booting
the OS and launching applications. The
THE SONY VAIO T
The SVT11113FGS is an 11.6-inch variant of
the Vaio T series. Weighing just 1.4 kg, it’s
11.6-inch LED-backlit display looks crisper
than most of its larger counterparts
HAS A SLEEK
more convenient to carry than Ultrabooks
with larger screens. With the lid closed,
because it has the same resolution of
1366x768 pixels, resulting in a higher pixel DESIGN AND A
the brushed aluminium finish, a chrome-
coloured Vaio logo at the centre and a
density. The keyboard is of the chiclet
type and the keys are flat, not bevelled. GREAT FEATURE
chrome strip across the rear looks great.
Sony has paid attention to the finer
The touchpad is nice and wide.
In terms of performance, the Vaio T SET FOR A VERY
details: you have two tiny rubber stubs
on either side of the keyboard and a long
rubber strip above the screen frame to
SVT11113FGS is almost at par with the
Dell XPS 14, HP Envy 4 and Toshiba
Satellite U840-X4310, all of which use
GOOD PRICE.
protect the screen from rubbing against the same combination of CPU, memory
the keyboard. What we liked most and hard drive. The scores indicate the
were the two plastic bits at the back configuration is as capable as an entry- SPECIFICATIONS
of the laptop which slightly elevate the level desktop PC — very good considering Rs 49,990
keyboard when you open the lid. The you’re also getting good battery life.
Weight: 1.37 Kg; CPU: Intel Core i5-3317U; RAM: 4 GB; Hard disk:
USB, VGA, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet Under medium to light load, the battery 500 GB; Display: 11.6-inch; Video outputs: D-sub and HDMI; USB
ports, card reader and an audio jack are should easily last between four and seven ports: 2.0 | 3.0: 1 | 1.
placed on the sides. hours. The Sony Vaio T SVT11113FGS is CONTACT Sony India
PHONE 1800-103-7799
The Vaio T SVT11113FGS has an Intel one of the most affordable Ultrabooks in EMAIL sonyindia.care@ap.sony.com
Core i5-3317U CPU, HD 3000 GPU, 4 GB the market. It’s great bang for your buck,
RATINGS
of RAM and a 500 GB hard disk. The hands down! BUILD QUALITY
suffix ‘U’ in the processor model number FOR: Great value for money, very good ERGONOMICS
FEATURES
suggests it’s an ultra-low voltage (ULV) battery life, excellent design.
PERFORMANCE
processor. It’s skewed towards good AGAINST: The screen frame should have OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY
battery life with minimal compromise been thinner.

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NAME DELL XPS 13 Dell XPS 14 DELL XPS 13


Contact Dell India Dell India Dell India
Phone 1800-425-4026 1800-425-4026 1800-425-4026
E-mail NA NA NA
Price* Rs 90,467 Rs 79,038 Rs 80,943
OVERALL
Features (25%) 55 65 50

Build quality (15%) 99 97 99

Ergonomics (20%) 81 79 81

Performance (35%) 87 82 80

Warranty (5%) 100 100 100

0 50 100 0 100 0 100

Overall (OUT OF 100) 80 80 77


Value For Money
FEATURES
Dimensions ( W x H x D) | Weight 317 x 19 x 206 mm | 1.37 Kg 337 x 22 x 234 mm | 2.12 Kg 317 x 19 x 206 mm | 1.37 Kg
Processor | RAM Intel Core i7-2637M, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB Intel Core i5-2467M, 1.6 GHz | 4 GB
Screen size | Resolution 13.3-inch | 1366 x 768 14-inch | 1600 x 900 13.3-inch | 1366 x 768
Storage | Cache SSD 256 GB SSD | NA 500 GB Hard Disk | 8 GB 128 GB SSD | NA
Graphics processor | Video outputs Intel HD | D-sub, DP and HDMI Intel HD 4000 | DP and HDMI Intel HD 3000 | D-sub, DP and HDMI
Gigabit Ethernet | Wi-Fi N | Bluetooth ✔ (via dongle) | ✔ | ✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔ (via dongle) | ✔ | ✔
Optical drive | Backlit keyboard | Card reader ✖|✔|✖ ✖|✔|✔ ✖|✔|✖
Fingerprint scanner | Webcam ✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✖|✔
USB ports: 2.0 | 3.0 1|1 0|2 1|1
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
BUILD QUALITY
Chassis | Screen frame | Hinges 5|5|5 5|5|5 5|5|5
Resistant to scratches | Use of metal in construction ✔|✔ ✔|✔ ✔|✔
Aesthetic appeal 5 4.5 5
ERGONOMICS
Keyboard: Key size | Spacing | Tactility 4|5|5 4|5|5 4|5|5
Touchpad: Button size | Placement | Tactility 5 | 4 | 4.5 5 | 4.5 | 4.5 5 | 4 | 4.5
Status indicators: Wireless | Battery level ✖|✔ ✖|✖ ✖|✔
Media player controls ✔ ✔ ✔
PERFORMANCE
Synthetic tests
Sisoft Sandra 2012 (Overall)
Processor multimedia | Memory bandwidth 79 Mpix/s | 16.25 GB/s 82.56 Mpix/s | 8.87 GB/s 68.55 Mpix/s | 16 GB/s
CrystalDiskMark: Read | Write 439.2 MB/s | 264 MB/s 149.4 MB/s | 102.2 MB/s 447.9 MB/s | 259.2 MB/s
PCMark 7: Overall | Lightweight | Productivity | Entertainment 3896 | 4265 | 3575 | 2767 3260 | 3510 | 3158 | 2704 3545 | 3806 | 3078 | 2546
3DMark Vantage (Entry): Overall | GPU | CPU 8135 | 8394 | 7444 20662 | 19845 | 23575 7647 | 8148 | 6457
Cinebench R11.5 2.26 points 2.36 points 1.94 points
Real world tests:
File compression: 100 MB files to 7.zip (Ultra, 256-bit encry) 84 sec 83 sec 114 sec
Video transcoding: 1 min MPEG to H.264 (2nd pass) 70 sec 68 sec 84 sec
Ray tracing: POVRay (800x600 AA 0.3) 45.96 sec 46.16 sec 57.6 sec
Audio: Volume level | Quality 4.5 | 4.5 5|4 4.5 | 4.5
Battery life (Battery Eater Pro): Classic test 98 minutes 150 minutes 116 minutes
WARRANTY
Warranty period 3 years 3 years 3 years
Scores out of 5 * Prices are indicative and are subject to change, taxes extra

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4 5 6 7 8

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E TOSHIBA SATELLITE U840-X4310 HP ENVY 4-1002TX Toshiba Portege Z830 SONY VAIO T SVT111A11W
ASUS India Toshiba India HP India Toshiba India Sony India
1800-2090-365 0124-4996600 1800-4254-999 0124-4996600 1800-103-7799
helpline_west@asus.com NA NA NA sonyindia.care@ap.sony.com
Rs 99,999 Rs 53,500 Rs 58, 325 Rs 96, 250 Rs 49,990

59 58 59 65 52

100 82 80 80 87

83 77 84 74 74

76 76 76 63 73

33 100 33 100 33

0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100

75 74 72 70 68

327 x 18 x 224 mm | 1.4 Kg 344 x 22 x 229 mm | 1.66 Kg 341 x 21 x 236 mm | 1.77 Kg 317 x 17 x 227 mm | 1.09 Kg 297 x 19 x 216 mm | 1.37 Kg
Intel Core i7-2677M, 1.8 GHz | 4 GB Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB Intel Core i5-2557M, 1.7 GHz | 6 GB Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB
13.3-inch | 1600 x 900 14-inch | 1366 x 768 14-inch | 1366 x 768 13.3-inch | 1366 x 768 11.6-inch | 1366 x 768
256 GB SSD | NA 500 GB Hard Disk | 32 GB 500 GB Hard Disk | 32 GB 128 GB SSD | NA 500 GB Hard Disk | 32 GB
Intel HD | D-sub, DP and HDMI Intel HD 4000 | HDMI Intel HD 4000 | HDMI Intel HD | D-sub and HDMI Intel HD 4000 | D-sub and HDMI
✔ (via dongle) | ✔ | ✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔
✖|✖|✔ ✖|✔|✔ ✖|✖|✔ ✖|✔|✔ ✖|✖|✔
✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✔|✔ ✖|✔
1|1 2|1 2|1 2|1 1|1
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Basic, 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit

5|5|5 4 | 3.5 | 3 4.5 | 4.5 | 4 3.5 | 3 | 2.5 4|4|4


✔|✔ ✔|✔ ✔|✖ ✔|✔ ✔|✔
5 4 4 4.5 4.5

5|5|5 3.5 | 4 | 4 5|4|4 3.5 | 4 | 4 3 | 3 | 4.5


5 | 5 | 4.5 5 | 4.5 | 4 5 | 4.5 | 3.5 4 | 4.5 | 3 5 | 4 | 4.5
✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖
✖ ✔ ✔ ✖ ✖

82.29 Mpix/s | 16.32 GB/s 83 Mpix/s | 10.65 GB/s 82.73 Mpix/s | 10.74 GB/s 77 Mpix/s | 14 GB/s 83.42 Mpix/s | 8.26 GB/s
440 MB/s | 251.7 MB/s 111.5 MB/s | 42.56 MB/s 195 MB/s | 92.38 MB/s 182.6 MB/s | 44.58 MB/s 94 MB/s | 55.57 MB/s
1905 | 1960 | 1603 | 1449 4045 | 3068 | 3042 | 3355 3745 | 3652 | 3309 | 2882 3245 | 2855 | 2682 | 2600 3449 | 3295 | 3235 | 2747
7885 | 7964 | 7658 10960 | 12368 | 8169 15372 | 21410 | 8327 8203 | 8463 | 7509 10187 | 11269 | 7908
2.29 points 2.4 points 2.35 points 1.7 points 2.38 points

85 sec 83 sec 83 sec 97 sec 83 sec


90 sec 68 sec 96 sec 72 sec 69 sec
46.62 sec 46.78 sec 57.2 sec 48.39 sec 46.41 sec
4.5 | 5 4|4 3.5 | 3.5 3|3 3|2
108 minutes 128 minutes 110 minutes 90 minutes 137 minutes

1 year 3 years 1 year 3 years 1 year

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NAME ACER ASPIRE TIMELINE U M5-481T Acer Aspire S3 SAMSUNG SERIES 5


Contact Acer India Pvt Ltd Acer India Pvt Ltd Samsung India
Phone 080-39408700 080-39408700 NA
E-mail ailenquiries@acer.co.in ailenquiries@acer.co.in NA
Price* Rs 50,460 Rs 66,949 Rs 54,390
OVERALL
Features (25%) 58 53 69

Build quality (15%) 87 89 64

Ergonomics (20%) 75 67 71

Performance (35%) 61 65 58

Warranty (5%) 33 33 33

0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100

Overall (OUT OF 100) 66 64 63


Value For Money
FEATURES
Dimensions ( W x H x D) | Weight 341 x 22 x246 mm | 1.89 Kg 324 x 19 x 217 mm | 1.38 Kg 334 x 21 x 230 mm | 1.77 Kg
Processor | RAM Intel Core i5-2467M, 1.6 GHz | 4 GB Core i5-3317U, 1.7 GHz | 4 GB Intel Core i5-2467M, 1.6 GHz | 4 GB
Screen size | Resolution 14-inch | 1366 x 768 13.3-inch | 1366 x 768 14-inch | 1366 x 768
Storage | Cache SSD 500 GB Hard Disk | 32 GB 500 GB Hard Disk | 32 GB 1 TB Hard Disk | 16 GB
Graphics processor | Video outputs Intel HD 3000 | HDMI Intel HD 4000 | HDMI Intel HD | D-sub and HDMI
Gigabit Ethernet | Wi-Fi N | Bluetooth ✔|✔|✔ ✖|✔|✔ ✔|✔|✔
Optical drive | Backlit keyboard | Card reader ✔|✔|✔ ✖|✖|✔ ✔|✖|✔
Fingerprint scanner | Webcam ✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✖|✔
USB ports: 2.0 | 3.0 0|2 0|2 1|2
Operating system Windows 7 Home Basic, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Basic, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
BUILD QUALITY
Chassis | Screen frame | Hinges 4 | 4.5 | 4.5 4.5 | 4 | 4 3.5 | 3 | 2
Resistant to scratches | Use of metal in construction ✔|✔ ✔|✔ ✔|✖
Aesthetic appeal 4 4.5 3.5
ERGONOMICS
Keyboard: Key size | Spacing | Tactility 4|5|4 3 | 3.5 | 4 4.5 | 4.5 | 4
Touchpad: Button size | Placement | Tactility 5|4|4 4.5 | 5 | 5 5 | 4.5 | 4
Status indicators: Wireless | Battery level ✖|✖ ✖|✖ ✖|✖
Media player controls ✔ ✖ ✖
PERFORMANCE
Synthetic tests
Sisoft Sandra 2012 (Overall)
Processor multimedia | Memory bandwidth 67.56 Mpix/s | 15.89 GB/s 82.91 Mpix/s | 9.9 GB/s 68.79 Mpix/s | 14.2 GB/s
CrystalDiskMark: Read | Write 112.8 MB/s | 113.6 MB/s 98.92 MB/s | 104.7 MB/s 88.36 MB/s | 86.2 MB/s
PCMark 7: Overall | Lightweight | Productivity | Entertainment 2148 | 1669 | 1226 | 2077 2520 | 1707 | 1348 | 2402 1658 | 1549 | 1139 | 1801
3DMark Vantage (Entry): Overall | GPU | CPU 7827 | 8350 | 6588 9567 | 11698 | 6186 11759 | 15843 | 6631
Cinebench R11.5 1.92 points 2.41 points 1.94 points
Real world tests:
File compression: 100 MB files to 7.zip (Ultra, 256-bit encry) 103 sec 85 sec 108 sec
Video transcoding: 1 min MPEG to H.264 (2nd pass) 84 sec 68 sec 84 sec
Ray tracing: POVRay (800x600 AA 0.3) 58.35 sec 46.31 sec 57.53 sec
Audio: Volume level | Quality 5 | 4.5 2.5 | 2 3.5 | 3.5
Battery life (Battery Eater Pro): Classic test 133 minutes 115 minutes 130 minutes
WARRANTY
Warranty period 1 year 1 year 1 year
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An Android for everyone


A
ndroid-based handsets to get you moving smoothly on the segments.
have made their mark in the information superhighway with access FEATURES: We began the smartphone
smartphone segment. Almost to Internet, GPS, e-mail, chat and social tests by noting down the important
every other person can be seen flaunting networks on the go. Higher processing details of each phone. To start with, the
one due to their affordability. Android power is called for when you need the version of the Android operating system
smartphones started off barely two years device for high-end gaming or heavy was noted, as were the dimensions and
ago with 600 MHz processors, which image/video processing. Look around and weight of each phone — a phone too
could easily run the Doughnut and Éclair you shall find enough people happy with bulky or heavy is a put-off. The display
versions of the Android operating system their single-core Androids. type and size was recorded, as a larger
(OS). But are they efficient enough to This roundup highlights budget screen and a higher resolution create a
meet your requirements? The demand Android smartphones under the Rs richer visual experience. The processor
for higher speed, better performance 15,000 price tag. Most phones feature specs were marked — a faster processor
and compatibility with newer versions a processors ranging from 600 MHz to increases the overall performance and
of the OS is pushing mobile phone 1 GHz, which is enough for casual use ergonomics. We noted the memory
manufacturers to build the fastest like Internet surfing, e-mail, chat, music capacity because memory and storage
smartphone on earth. Take for instance, and movies. The phones featured here space too have an impact on the overall
the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Galaxy are definitely not future-proof, but their performance. Finally, we took down the
Note, both of which feature dual-core feature sets surely can last you a year or battery types, talk time, standby time,
processors, large multi-touch screens two, if not more. The comparison table networking, data interface, and the
and are ready for the next-generation in this article may help you pick the best capacity of the bundled memory cards.
Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). phone for your budget. BUILD QUALITY: A device handled for
Both phones come with a price tag of Rs. almost 90 percent of a user's waking
25,000, which not everyone can afford TEST PROCESS hours should have rugged build quality.
to shell out. Also, everyone may not We tested each phone according to In this section, we noted important
need dual-core processor handsets for parameters such as Features, Build characteristics such as the quality of the
daily use. Android smartphones based Quality, Ergonomics, Performance, and shell, the battery compartment, spacing,
on single-core processors and either Warranty to finally declare the winners overall quality and tactility of the keys,
Gingerbread or ICS are good enough in the Performance and Value for Money location of the interface ports and

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Android phones are growing in popularity owing to ease of use


and the huge number of compatible apps. Take your pick of eight PERSONAL TAKE
Android phones priced under Rs. 15,000. BY FRANCIS D'SA AND SHAYNE RANA

presence of port flaps. The performance and clarity of the


ERGONOMICS: As the touchscreen is display was also recorded by viewing
the main input medium, the ergonomics a few pictures and videos. Finally,
of the phone depend completely on the we put together the scores of the FRANCIS D'SA
francis.dsa@chip.in
display and a few buttons. We noted features, ergonomics and performance
the discrete buttons available for search to determine the phone with the Best Android smartphones are definitely popular
and the camera. Performance. The scores were marked but choosing the perfect handset is a big
PERFORMANCE: The performance across various parameters because challenge. Hunting for a phone that has the
of the phone matters the most. the performance of a phone is highly perfect balance of features and price is
Here, we benchmarked each phone dependent on its overall features and definitely a task. As Android smartphones
using applications such as Linpack, ergonomics. with increasingly powerful processors, larger
An3DBench, An3DBenchXL, AnTuTu WARRANTY: A device that is used display screens, and newer versions of the
Benchmark and Quadrant. These all the time, usually handled with OS constantly emerge, I recommend opting
display the performance results of the almost no care, continually exposed for the latest handset with Jelly Bean.
CPU, GPU, memory, I/O and storage. to changing weather, dropped a few However, if your budget limits you to a basic
The performance of the camera is times and tweaked for its performance handset, I suggest you consider the HTC
also important, as cameras with the should carry a good warranty from Desire C. It is small in size and has most of
same specifications do not necessarily the manufacturer. The phone with the the essential features, Ice Cream Sandwich
perform similarly. We did a real-world highest number of years of warranty included. For an additional couple of
test on the cameras by shooting was given extra points. thousand bucks, you can get a phone with a
indoors and outdoors, and evaluated VALUE FOR MONEY INDEX: This index is dual-core processor and a larger screen.
each camera’s results against those derived by clubbing the overall scores Cheaper than the Desire C is the Karbonn A7.
of the rest. The sound quality of the of a phone's features, performance, You could get your hands dirty by using the
built-in speakers matters, especially build quality, ergonomics and warranty A7 as your first Android phone while saving
while watching a video or listening to against its retail price. The final number some dough for a better one in the future. I
music. We played a few songs and indicates if the product is worth its price am sure the best of today’s phones will be
video files and noted the quality of tag when compared with its competitors within reach in a year’s time.
the sound produced by the speakers. in the same category.

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MOTOROLA DEFY XT
F
VERDICT ollowing up on its rugged mobile apps a smooth process with just the
editions in the Defy series, Motorola tiniest hint of lag. The device has 512
DUST-PROOF AND has rolled out the DEFY XT. Taking
the cue from its predecessors, this
MB of RAM on board and 1 GB ROM
with support for 32 GB of expanded

RESILIENT, THE hardcore handset has proved itself to be


the best overall performer in our current
memory via microSD cards. The DEFY XT
is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with

DEFY XT IS A comparison test. The DEFY XT stands


out when it comes to durability. It is IP67
A2DP support, and USB 2.0 for starters.
Wi-Fi capabilities have been enhanced

GREAT, ROBUST certified, which means it’s very capable


of following you underwater; only up to
with Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA for media
streaming; it can also turn into a Wi-Fi

SMARTPHONE FOR about 1 metre and for about 30 minutes,


though. This also means it can keep
hotspot to share its 3G connection.
The DEFY XT is more than capable

THE INDIAN dust at bay. Its rugged shell and Corning


Gorilla Glass display ensure safety from
of providing its users with a better-than-
average battery life. You’ll easily get a

ENVIRONMENT. the elements.


For our durability test, we left the
full day’s usage out of this handset with
a single charge, unless you’re using Wi-Fi
phone switched on in a jar of water for a or watching videos quite frequently. But
SPECIFICATIONS while; we sent messages to the number you’re assured at least a full work day.
and even made calls. After about 25 The Motorola’s DEFY XT is a great
Rs 15,000
minutes, we checked the handset and it phone for the Indian environment. It
Dimensions (WxHxD): 58.5 x 115 x 12 mm; Weight: 130 g; Display:
3.7-inch, 480 x 854 pixels; OS: GB; CPU: 1GHz; GPU: Adreno 200; was functioning just fine. On removing is sturdy, water and dust-resistant to
RAM: 512MB; Storage: 388MB built-in, 2GB bundled; Camera: 5 MP. the rear panel, which has its own locking quite a high degree and offers a lot of
CONTACT Motorola Mobility system, we noticed just a little moisture functionality for everyday usage. Perhaps,
PHONE 0124-4988500
EMAIL NA in areas that could damage the handset. it’s only downside is that it comes with
The battery, SIM, memory card and Android Gingerbread out of the box.
RATINGS another major components were bone Maybe Ice Cream Sandwich will be on the
BUILD QUALITY
ERGONOMICS dry. The DEFY XT's benchmark scores cards soon. We have our fingers crossed.
FEATURES
were a little ahead of the other devices in FOR: Internal storage, rugged shell, water
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING our tests. The handset’s 1 GHz processor and dust-proof, good performance.
VALUE FOR MONEY made navigating menus and activating AGAINST: Slightly expensive.

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MICROMAX A50 SUPERFONE NINJA


T
he A50 from Micromax is dubbed to plug it in. Video playback is limited
VERDICT
Aisha, which stands for Artificial to native formats, and coupled with the
Intelligence Speech Handset
Assistant. The A50 has a plastic body
poor display, the A50 is not meant for
watching videos.
NOT A TRUE VFM
that feels like the parts will soon fall
apart. It scores pretty low in terms of
3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS are
other features that the phone sports. Call
PHONE, BUT IT’S
build and design, but this comes as no
surprise if you consider the price. Its
quality is decent via the earpiece and
the loudspeaker. We have a 2 megapixel CERTAINLY THE
shell is incredibly glossy and the screen
is a fingerprint-magnet. The A50 has a
camera which has very bad photo and
video quality. The A50 Ninja is powered CHEAPEST
3.1-inch display with a resolution of 240
x 320 pixels. You have three physical
by a 1200 mAh battery, and keeping
in mind that this is a dual-SIM phone, ANDROID
backlit buttons making up the control
panel, a microUSB port, a volume rocker,
the battery comes up as average. If you
operate only with a single SIM though, SMARTPHONE OUT
THERE.
a power button on the top and a poorly- the battery life improves considerably.
designed 3.5 mm slot. The Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja
Under the hood, you have dual-SIM has an impressive price, but the number
support, a microSD card slot and a 1200 of cons it features prevents us from SPECIFICATIONS
mAh battery. The Ninja is powered by a actually recommending it. It is just the Rs 4,849
650 MHz processor and a PowerVR SGX cheapest price between the eight phones
Dimensions (WxHxD): 61 x 113 x 13 mm; Weight: 117 g; Display:
531 GPU, 256MB of RAM and 180 MB of that actually helped it bag the Best 3.11-inch, 240 x 320 pixels; OS: GB; CPU: 650GHz; GPU: PowerVR
internal memory. It runs on Gingerbread Value award. If we were to recommend SGX 531; RAM: 256MB; Storage: 180MB built-in; Camera: 2 MP.
2.3.6 and the interface is surprisingly a cheaper Android phone instead of this CONTACT Micromax Informatics
PHONE 1860 500 8266
quick for such a low-power CPU. The one, it would definitely be the Karbonn EMAIL info@micromaxinfo.com
A50 comes with a stock media interface A70. For a slightly higher price, you are
RATINGS
that has a range of enhancements at least promised better quality and BUILD QUALITY
and equalizers that work pretty well. performance. ERGONOMICS
FEATURES
What seems a design flaw here is the FOR: Cheap price
PERFORMANCE
headphone jack; we were worried the AGAINST: Below average build, bad OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY
headphone jack might snap while trying camera and display quality.

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1 2 3

SpecScan

BRAND MOTOROLA iBALL MOTOROLA


Model Defy XT Andi 4d Defy Mini
Contact Motorola Mobility Best IT World Motorola Mobility
Phone 0124-4988500 1800-300-42255 0124-4988500
E-mail NA sales@iball.co.in NA
Price* Rs. 15,000 Rs. 9,490 Rs. 11,490
OVERALL
Features (30%) 85 84 75

Build quality (10%) 54 53 54

Ergonomics (10%) 54 54 80

Performance (45%) 42 81 69

Warranty (5%) 100 100 100

0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100

Overall (OUT OF 100) 79 77 72


Value For Money
FEATURES
Dimensions | Weight 58.5 x 115 x 12 mm | 130 g 61 x 122 x 10.75 mm | 157 g 58.5 x 109 x 12.6 mm | 107 g
Operating system version Gingerbread Gingerbread Gingerbread
Processor 1 GHz, Single Core 1 GHz, Single Core 600 MHz, Single Core
Memory: RAM | Internal storage 512 MB | 388 MB 512 MB | 142 MB 512 MB | 165 MB
Memory: Bundled | Hot swap 2 GB | ✔ 4 GB | ✔ 2 GB | ✔
Display 3.7-inch, 480 x 854 pixels 4-inch, 480 x 800 pixels 3.2-inch, 230 x 480 pixels
Camera | Flash 5 MP | ✔ 5 MP | ✔ 3.15 MP | ✔
Video resolution | Frame rate 480 x 480 | NA 640 x 480 | NA 640 x 480 | NA
FM Radio | HDMI Port ✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖
Battery | Standby time | Talk time 1650 mAh | 300 h | 5.5 h 1630 mAh | 450 h | 4.5 h 1650 mAh | 504 h | 10 h
Aestheric appeal 3.5 4 3.5
BUILD QUALITY
Quality: Shell | Buttons 4.5 | 4.5 4 | 4.5 4.5 | 4.5
Sturdiness of back panel 4.5 5 4.5
Resistant to scratches | Port flaps ✔|✔ ✖|✖ ✔|✔
ERGONOMICS
Buttons: Size | Type 4 | Touch 4 | touch 5 | Touch
Physical buttons: Camera | Search ✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✔|✔
PERFORMANCE
Quality: Audio | Video | Photos 4|4|4 4.5 | 4 | 3.5 4|4|4
Camera imaging: Indoor | Outdoor 3.5 | 3.5 2|2 3.5 | 3.5
An3DBench (Overall) 6088 7503 6640
An3DBench XL (Overall) 23068 25414 19883
AnTutu System Review (Overall) 3002 2933 2299
Linpack: Single-thread | Multi-thread (MFLOPS) 24 | 23 18 | 22 7 | 13
Memory 289 285 165
CPU: Integer | Float 629 | 410 598 | 389 363 | 240
Graphics: 2D | 3D 252 | 889 340 | 961 403 | 873
SD card: Write | Read 6.0 MB/s | 9.8 MB/s NA | NA NA | NA
Quadrant (Overall) 1185 1370 944
CPU | Memory | I/O 1646 | 1696 | 843 7125 | 1658 | 1349 979 | 1062 | 980
Graphics: 2D | 3D 175 | 1567 505 | 1735 521 | 1176
WARRANTY
Warranty period 1 year 1 year 1 year
Scores out of 5 * Prices are indicative and are subject to change, taxes extra

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4 5 6 7 8

SPICE KARBONN HTC iBALL MICROMAX


Stellar Craze MI-355 A7 Desire C Andi 3e A50 Superfone Ninja
Spice mobile Karbonn Mobiles HTC India Best IT World Micromax Informatics
0120-4363879 011-4660 4660 9811428765 1800-300-42255 1860 500 8266
parikshit.markanday@spicemobile.in karan.kumar@jainaindia.com shaurya.vedvyas@brightpoint.com sales@iball.co.in info@micromaxinfo.com
Rs. 7,999 Rs. 7,490 Rs. 13,800 Rs. 6,990 Rs. 4,849

64 66 74 60 55

73 48 48 73 43

50 54 40 72 64

78 76 61 52 60

100 100 100 100 100

0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100 0 50 100

72 69 63 61 59

61 x 117.5 x 12 mm | 118 g 61 x 117 x 11.5 mm | 120 g 60.6 x 107.2 x 12.3 mm | 100 g 58 x 111 x 12.9 mm | 103 g 61 x 113 x 13 mm | 117 g
Gingerbread Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich Gingerbread Gingerbread
800 MHz, Single Core 800 MHz, Single Core 600 MHz, Single Core 650 MHz, Single Core 650 MHz, Single Core
512 MB | 213 MB 512 MB | 177 MB 512 MB | 960 MB 256 MB | 170 MB 256 MB | 180 MB
✖|✖ ✖|✖ ✖|✔ ✖|✖ ✖|✖
3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixels 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixels 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixels 3.2-inch, 240 x 400 pixels 3.11-inch, 240 x 320 pixels
5 MP | ✖ 5 MP | ✔ 5 MP | ✖ 3.2 MP | ✖ 2 MP | ✖
352 x 288 | NA NA | NA 480 x 320 | NA 640 x 480 | NA 720x 480 | NA
✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖ ✔|✖
1420 mAh | NA 1420 mAh | 100 h | 4 h 1230 mAh | NA 1400 mAh | 400 h | 8 h 1200 mAh | 240 h | 4 h
3.5 4.5 3.5 4 3

4|4 4|4 4|4 4|4 3.5 | 4


4 4 4 4 3.5
✔|✖ ✖|✖ ✖|✖ ✔|✖ ✖|✖

3.5 | touch 4 | Touch 4 | Touch 4 | touch 4.5 | Physical


✖|✔ ✖|✔ ✖|✖ ✔|✔ ✖|✖

4|4|4 3.5 | 4 | 3.5 3.5 | 3 | 3.5 3.5 | 4 | 3 3.5 | 3 | 2.5


3.5 | 3.5 3 | 3.5 2.5 | 3 3|3 2 | 2.5
5740 5757 6084 3772 10276
20325 20768 17920 13596 12898
2516 2710 1176 1477 2372
19 | 17 21 | 17 16 | 11 8|7 7|8
226 230 177 142 143
485 | 320 498 | 328 352 | 219 247 | 170 247 | 170
314 | 851 313 | 832 148 | 155 149 | 614 699 | 958
12.9 MB/s | 9.7 MB/s 11.2 MB/s | 9.2 MB/s NA | NA NA | NA 7.2 MB/s | 12.6 MB/s
1360 1219 1077 719 917
1422 | 1306 | 1640 1313 | 1337 | 1445 953 | 939 | 2447 639 | 728 | 570 644 | 933 | 607
809 | 1278 731 | 1260 211 | 833 509 | 1149 607 | 751

1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year

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SPOTLIGHT

OS X v10.8

MOUNTAIN LION
VERDICT: The price is right, but the philosophy will take a while to get used to.
FOR: Super-low price, useful new apps with iCloud syncing, speed and graphical improvements.
AGAINST: Frustrating new file storage model, could be confusing for users.

M
ountain Lion, the follow-up Certain recent models are excluded, such
to last year's Lion, promises as Mac Minis launched before mid-2009.
further adoption of concepts If you didn’t get it preinstalled on a
from iOS and a stronger focus on iCloud. new Mac, your only option is to download
If you feel restricted on an iPad as Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.
opposed to a computer, you might not The download is 4.7 GB, but installation
like what this update brings. Mountain took us only 40 minutes on a 2008
Lion is aimed at the kind of user who MacBook and just under 20 minutes on a
doesn’t care where files are saved as 2011 MacBook Air.
long as they exist, and who loves how
iPad apps disappear into the background OS LEVEL CHANGES
when not needed but magically FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The dock now seems a lot more aggressive, and we
remember what you were doing when has an almost-opaque frosted glass noticed programs terminating as soon
you bring them back. finish, and a new Notification Center icon as documents were closed, in a very
The iPhone and iPad now make up 72 displaces Spotlight from the top-right Windows-like fashion. If you pin an
percent of Apple's business, with Mac corner of the menu bar. The dock isn't app to the dock and allow programs to
sales accounting for only 14 percent. It, functionally different, except that the resume exactly where you left off, the
therefore, shouldn’t come as much of a little dots that indicate when a program distinction between running and not
surprise that Apple wants to apply the is running are now barely noticeable. running becomes somewhat unimportant.
iOS formula to the Mac line. Apple has refrained from arbitrary NOTIFICATION CENTER: This is one
OS X v10.8, better known as Mountain visual tweaks, so the flat monotone of Mountain Lion’s headlining features.
Lion, comes almost exactly a year after windows and menus remain as they were Programs that support it—including the
Lion and marks a transition to a cheaper in Lion. You’ll see icons for the new Notes new iOS-inspired ones—can place their
yearly release cycle, much like what iOS and Reminders programs in the dock. All alerts and reminders in this unified space.
users are accustomed to. Notably, the your preferences will be carried over from Some stay till you click a button, while
“Mac” in “Mac OS” has been dropped, your previous OS version if you upgrade. others disappear after a few seconds.
and the “X” signifying version 10 has Mac OS has always differed from The most recent five of each type live on
become part of a new name, “OS X”. Windows in that a program can be in the Notification Center till you dismiss
Previous releases were spaced several “running” even without being open—an them. At launch, Notification Center
years apart and cost US$ 129 (Rs 7,170) icon would stay in the dock until the can show alerts from all the built-in
each. Mountain Lion costs only $19.99 program was manually shut down. Lion programs. This is infinitely better than
(Rs 1,110) and includes a number of introduced iOS-style 'backgrounding', the variety of dialog boxes and popups
visible features plus loads of background in which programs would quit on we’re used to seeing. Thankfully, there’s
improvements. Only specific Mac models their own when the OS decided the a Do Not Disturb mode, and notifications
are eligible to run Mountain Lion, with the RAM they consumed could be put to are automatically suppressed when
oldest being the mid-2007 iMac refresh. better use elsewhere. Mountain Lion you’re using a projector. You can check

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Notification Center at any time by Then, as you go along, changes are


swiping inwards from the right edge of saved on the fly. This makes the ‘Save’
your trackpad with two fingers. Mouse- dialog box unnecessary. Since documents
confined users can click the bullet-list are saved and named from the outset,
icon. The desktop slides to the left, discarding changes actually means
revealing a dark-textured underlay. deleting the current version and reverting
For some reason, Notification Center to an older one. An option in the
also lets you compose new Tweets (and ‘General’ System Preferences category
soon, Facebook status updates). If this will force programmes to ask
was a full-fledged Twitter client it might whether you want to save changes
make sense, but you're limited to just to documents, but the default
reading incoming mentions and direct behaviour is not to prompt the
messages. You can’t even reply to them. user. A new ‘Duplicate’ command
ICLOUD AND THE NEW FILE in the File menu lets you manually
STORAGE MODEL: Even before you save different versions of a file, but
get to the desktop, OS X will prompt older versions are retained in the
you to sign in to iCloud. This is the first background. You can pull them up
sign you’ll see of the most fundamental through the easy-to-miss ‘Revert
changes to how you’re expected to use To’ command in the File menu. This
your computer. Apple’s catch-all online pops up a Time-Machine-inspired
service synchronizes apps and settings view of all previous versions for you
between your Macs and iOS devices, to restore at any point. It’s pretty
gives you access to personal information seamless, but you lose the security
from any web browser, and provides a of being able to dabble with a
limited amount of space for file storage. file after saving a known good version; worked for decades.
If you’re an existing iCloud user, you’ll changing formatting and rewriting Even the iCloud dialog boxes look
immediately see your contacts, email sentences, for instance. Everything you like an iOS home screen with large
accounts, photos, calendars, reminders, do is saved, even accidental deletions, thumbnail icons on the standard textured
notes and documents synced and so the better way to work now is to background. It quickly becomes difficult
available in their associated apps. If you explicitly create a duplicate. In this new to identify which file you need in a sea of
have any privacy concerns, you should universe, you also don’t see a “confirm similar icons. You can create folders only
turn these functions off in the System changes” dialog if you quit an application by dragging one icon over another, and
Preferences dialog. iCloud also lets without explicitly closing the file you’re these can be only one level deep.
an application’s state persist between working on, simply because it will pop iCloud files are cached on your hard
devices, which is how changes in a up exactly as it was when you next drive, but not in a user-visible location.
document on your laptop reflect near- open that application and OS X doesn't The assumption is that you'll always
instantly on an iPad, and browser tabs consider it closed. have an Internet connection and will
open in Safari on your iPhone can be There are other frustrating changes. never be able to tell the difference
retrieved on your iMac if you want them. You can’t browse through your iCloud between local and online storage. The
iCloud is now the default location space like you would a hard drive. The problem with this, especially in India,
where all files will be saved. Upon only way to see files is through the is that you’re quite likely to be caught
opening TextEdit and Preview for the Open dialog box of the
first time (third-party apps will need to program that created
be updated), you’re presented with a them, and you can
brand new dialog box asking you to drag see only that app’s
and drop supported files. There
SPECIFICATIONS files already isn’t any way to see all
$19.99 on your hard your files at once, and
www.apple.com
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
drive to there’s no way to store
CPU: Intel-based; RAM: 2 GB; Disk iCloud. Even if different types of files
space: 8 GB you just want related to a specific
CONTACT Apple India
to type into project in one folder. You
PHONE 1800-425-0744
EMAIL indiasales@mac.com a blank text get the feeling that files
document, are stored within apps,
RATINGS
FEATURES it will be which is how iOS likes
PERFORMANCE  created in to present things, but is
EASE OF USE
OVERALL RATING your iCloud completely at odds with
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without reliable Internet access when Vimeo, attach to an iMessage, or post won’t materialize till an OS update much
you need a file that should by all means to Facebook. Each of the options brings later this year. You’ll be able to choose
be right in front of you. The other big up a small “Share Sheet” over whatever privacy settings for anything posted
problem is that you get only 5 GB of you’re doing. Just type in a message or using a Share Sheet and you’ll be able to
space. Users are going to run out quickly caption and hit ‘Send’. You’ll see ‘Share’ choose which album a photo should be
and could easily be confused by “low functionality elsewhere as well: Safari added to. Your Contacts will be updated
space” error messages which ask users lets you add a page to your offline when friends change their profiles, and
to pay for more storage when their hard reading list and the ‘Add Bookmark’ birthdays (and presumably, events) will
drives have always been good enough. command has moved here as well. Select show up in your Calendar.
The iCloud model feels simultaneously any text in TextEdit and an option in There's no way to send a photo or
too advanced and too retrograde. If the context menu will let you share via post a message to multiple services
we could take 100 Mbps always-on e-mail, tweet or iMessage. All built-in at once. It also isn't possible to attach
connections for granted, it would be programs (including Quick Look) have multiple files to a single Share Sheet,
easier to go with it. If, like us, you’re left some level of sharing, and third-party restricting the feature’s utility.
with some misgivings about the iCloud software can add it as well. GATEKEEPER AND SOFTWARE
way, you can click the “On my Mac” TWITTER AND FACEBOOK: Twitter UPDATE: Gatekeeper caused us to raise
button in each Open or Save dialog is an option in pretty much every Share our eyebrows, but is not as threatening
box’s title bar, which takes you back to menu, and as detailed earlier, you can as it seems. In an ideal world, Apple
the world we all know and understand. receive notifications in the OS itself. If would lock its computers down the same
However, we get the feeling that Apple your OS X/iCloud contacts match your way it has been able to lock iOS devices.
will eventually shepherd us into the cloud Twitter subscribers, their profile photos Gatekeeper is a simple system preference
whether we like it or not. and usernames will be added to their that gives you three choices: allow only
SHARE SHEETS: Every Open and Save contact cards. Apple hints that Facebook programs from the App Store; allow
dialog now has a ‘Share’ button, which integration will be even deeper, but it outside downloads if they have been
lets you send files as e-mail attachments
or to other Macs via AirDrop filesharing.
Depending on the type of file, you’ll also
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pre-approved by Apple; or allow anything


from anywhere. The default choice is
the middle ground—Apple now provides
signed certificates to developers and can
pin “signed” software to its source. With approved choices of software. been lifted right out of iOS, but have
this setting, executables downloaded DICTATION: The global speech-to-text expanded functionality such as better
from unknown sources are blocked (this feature is not full-fledged Siri, so you text formatting. It should go without
applies only to downloads, not files on don’t get voice commands, but you can saying that iCloud syncs notes and
USB media or preexisting on your hard speak into any input field you would reminders between all your devices, and
drive). You can right-click on a file and ordinarily type into. The first time you try alerts show up via Notification Center.
click ‘Open’ to execute it anyway. Apple to use Dictation, you’ll be warned that Contacts and Calendar ditch their
believes this will protect casual users recordings are transmitted to Apple’s former names (Address Book and iCal
and pacify power users. Honestly, we servers. You’ll need to allow Apple to respectively) to better match their iOS
never noticed that anything had been take your Contact list so that names counterparts. We disliked the gaudy faux-
restricted. can be processed to improve recognition leather-and-ripped-pages look which
Software updates now happen accuracy. English (India) isn’t supported debuted in Lion and is still here.
through the App Store. The standalone and won't be a priority for Apple either, MESSAGES: iChat, the multi-protocol
Software Update app is gone and the but English (US) worked for us with instant messaging client, has been
new interface shows less detail than its about 90 percent accuracy. Dictation replaced by Messages, adding Apple's
predecessor. Checks for security updates doesn’t happen on the fly, so you have own iMessage protocol, which iPhone
now happen every day. Incidentally, only to pause after every sentence to start users will be familiar with. There’s no
those programs downloaded from the uploading and processing what you’ve contact list; you have to start typing a
App Store can hook into Notification said. This will be more of an occasional name and you’ll see entries from the
Center, Game Center, iCloud document convenience than a daily tool, but is Contacts programme that match. There
storage, and other features. Software especially important to those with will be individual entries for each e-mail
vendors now have to choose between mobility impairments or injuries. address, protocol and phone number. We
giving users a consistent experience and often ended up with multiple threads for
maintaining their independence (and THE NEW "APPS" the same person, and couldn't be sure
profit margins). This increases the App NOTES, REMINDERS, CONTACTS, if they had received messages unless
Store's prominence, but points to a CALENDAR AND MAIL: The new we annoyed them by spamming every
future in which people see only pre- Notes and Reminders look like they've service. FaceTime lives on as a separate

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program that is called up when you thumbnails which looks exactly like the without activating the display or sound.
try to video chat with an Apple ID user tab switching mechanism on an iPhone, This keeps your iCloud, backups, location,
(who might or might not be an iMessage but doesn’t make use of the much larger e-mail and notifications current. Updates
user). iMessage complicates things for screen. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a are also downloaded and installed. It runs
iPhone users whose accounts are tied Share button. iCloud Tabs let you see when you’re plugged into mains power by
to their phone numbers. You can't chat what’s running on other devices (iOS 6 default, and doesn't even cause the fans
with them unless they also associate an required) and bring individual tabs over. to spin. AirPlay Mirroring originated on the
e-mail address, and they can't fall back Game Center looks and behaves iPad but now lets you mirror your screen
on SMS to reply. Even worse, if you’re exactly the same as its iPad incarnation. wirelessly on any TV or projector through
signed in to iMessage on your Mac, it’s High scores and achievements should an Apple TV set-top box. Your Mac’s
possible that someone trying to reach now sync across the iOS and OS X screen will scale itself to 1080p so the
your phone could have their message end versions of a game. Cross-platform output on the big screen looks crisp.
up on your computer, and you wouldn't multiplayer is also on the cards, but
see it till you sat down at the computer doesn't work yet. PERFORMANCE AND
again. iMessage is confusing enough The System Preferences dialogs have CONCLUSION
when we use multiple mobile devices, received tweaks and changes. You need Apple’s historical practice of tightly
but mixing SMS and IM was so messy to sign in to Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo integrating hardware and software has
that we just turned it off. and Flickr through the Mail, Contacts paid off again. We noticed no stuttering
and Calendars page for any of the Share or instability after upgrading the 2008
MISCELLANEOUS Sheet features to work, even though they MacBook and 2011 MacBook air to
Safari has a faster rendering engine, don’t quite belong there. Time Machine Mountain Lion. The price is low enough
unified URL and search bar, and visual can now create encrypted backups and that we can recommend this upgrade
improvements. You can now “zoom multiple backups in different locations. to everyone, and the download and
out” to see a swipable row of page Owners of the new MacBook Pro with installation process couldn’t be simpler.
Retina display A few years ago, Mountain Lion would
and most recent have been an incremental OS update
MacBook Airs can rather than a whole new version, but the
use Power Nap, world has changed and Apple is pushing
which wakes the everyone into a new era.
CPU, storage and In that sense, Mountain Lion is just the
Wi-Fi up from sleep beginning of a much larger shift. At every

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step of the way, you’re encouraged to put your
files on iCloud, connect your apps to iCloud and
sync your settings through iCloud. This is where
everything is headed, and this is why Apple is so
intent on unifying iOS and OS X into consistent
points of entry. Microsoft is doing the same across SEPTEMBER 2012
Windows 8, Windows Phone and its various online
services, so you’re probably going to have to RED HOT APPLICATIONS
choose one camp or the other at some point. Once
all your data and devices are hooked into iCloud, Adobe Fireworks CS6 12.0.0.236 and more...

it’s going to be very difficult to switch allegiances.


Even now, if you’d rather just save files to your
hard drive, you need to understand what iCloud is
FULL SOFTWARE
in order to bypass it. And what does all this mean Avidemux 2.5.6 AviSynth 2.6.0 Alpha 3
for hardware? Will future devices evolve around JahShaka 2.0 Camstudio 2.6c Beta
a cloud-based file storage model? Will Internet Video Edit Master 2.0.0.0 AVCHD Editor 0.4.4.1 and more...
access infrastructure be able to keep up?
Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to describe or explain
FULL GAMES FF-Multi-Converter 1.4.0 SECURITY
the multifaceted online service, and there’s no VLC 2.0.3
Racing Show 1.0 Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware 1.62
one app where users can, for instance, browse Street Racing Club 1.02 Midnight Commander 4.8.1.4 Cryptographic Encryptor
Home Base Komodo Edit 7.1.0 and more... 1.6.3.305
through all their stored files. We expect users to
Alien Strike McAfee AVERT Stinger 10.2.0.699
be a bit confused when they start seeing prompts
Assault Droid TOOLS Folder Security 1.0.1
about uploading files or running out of space—and Apocalypse Motor Racers MULTIMEDIA WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5
considering that a single iPhone or iPad backup Last Space Fighter WebSite X5 Free 9.1 COMODO Cleaning Essentials 2.5
Ultra Drag Racing Screenshot Captor Portable 3.08 iSpy 4.3.7.0
can occupy up to 3 GB (without app data), that Avira Protection Cloud 0.1.0.1
Super Police Racing and more... ezvid 0.8.5.0
free 5 GB quota will run out very quickly. We PictuTools 2.1.4 Kurupira Web Filter 1.0.29
Comodo Dragon 20.1.1.0
expect Apple to at least double the free quota and GAME DEMOS Portable Free Any Burn 1.1
AVG Internet Security 2012 12.0
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes MKVToolnix 5.7.0
put a lot more effort into explaining what iCloud Build 2197a5126
Deponia Demo 1.1 MediaPortal 2.0.0.0 Alpha
does for users in the near future. There are other Fresh HTML 3.69 Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
Rolling Coaster 1.0.2
Blender 2.64 Test COMODO Internet Security
constraints as well: those used to an always-on ETHER VAPOR Remaster and more...
PCAudi 1.22 Premium 5.10.228257.2253
Internet connection will find themselves without HandBrake 0.9.7 Kingsoft Antivirus 2012
the most recent versions of their files if they’re ever GAME ADD ONS NanoStudio 1.33 SP3.5.061417 and more...
Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue
cut off. Our quick experiments with text files and KMPlayer 3.3.0.33
Dragon Oath
RealPlayer 15.0.5.109 SYSTEM
JPEG images worked flawlessly, but we can hardly Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Speccy
VLC media player 2.0.3 and more...
Eudemons Online Client K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool 5.4.0
imagine storing a lifetime’s worth of photos or
Conquer Online Cumulative Booster+ 1.0 Beta
working on heavy files in professional video editing INTERNET
Forsaken World Notepad++ 6.1.5
Vuze 4.7.0.3 Beta 64
and animation software via iCloud. Those of us Angels Online and more... PDFMate Free PDF Merger 1.03
CamDesk 1.2
TeamViewer 7.0.13936 LyX 2.0.4-1
with “fair usage caps” of 2 GB and 5 GB on our
Belarc Advisor 8.2g (8.2.7.14)
Internet service are shuddering at the thought. GAME TRAILERS GroupMail Free Edition 5.3.0.123
Wise Registry Cleaner 7.36
Dead or Alive 5: Gameplay Tag Keyword Bee 1.0
Mountain Lion reminds us that the computer is Talk.to 0.3.8.451 Beta Freeplane 1.2.16_04 RC
Team Trailer
Facebook Messenger 2.0.4447.0 EasyPC Cleaner Free 1.29
in no danger of dying and that even Apple doesn’t Ghost Recon: Future Soldier -
M Multi Yahoo Messenger 2.0 NoteTab Light 7.0 and more...
Arctic Strike DLC Trailer
imagine everyone will be able to live happily with Facebook Pro 1.2.3.0
Resident Evil 6: Comic-Con Trailer
only an iPad. The computer is, however, evolving WWE 13: Austin 3:16 Collector’s MultiLoader 1.0.0.1 MUST HAVES
Edition Trailer Easy Download Manager 3.3 .NET Framework Version 4.0
to a new middle ground that will probably prove
Guardians of Middle-earth: Rylstim Youtube Downloader 3.0 AMD Catalyst Drivers 12.6 XP
uncomfortable for anyone over 25 today who Gandalf and Gollum Battle Firefox 16.0a2 Aurora AMD Catalyst Drivers 12.6 Vista
considers themselves a “power user”. On the other Profile Opera Web Browser 12.50 NVIDIA Forceware 301.42 WHQL
Mass Effect 3: Earth Multiplayer Internet Explorer 8 Final XP/Vista
hand, this will be well received by anyone who has Realtek AC’97 Driver A4.06
DLC Trailer Internet Explorer 9 Final Vista / 7
been frustrated by what they see as unintelligible Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth Fresh Download 8.77 and more... Realtek High Definition Audio
instructions and illogical conventions. E3 Trailer and more... 2.70 XP/Vista
MOBILE DirectX 9.0c (Jun 10)
Mountain Lion and Windows 8 are going to Syncios 1.0.0 JRE 1.7.0.5 (32-bit) and more...
escalate the Mac vs PC argument to a whole
LINUX Nokia PC Suite 7.1.180.94
LINUX DISTRIBUTION Safe Deposit Box 1.05 ADOBE PLAYERS
new level, and it soon won’t be as easy to make 4MLinux Game Edition 3.3 WhatsApp Messenger Adobe Air 3.4.0.2200 Beta 1
a choice between the two as it is now. This is Antivirus Live CD 3.3-0.97.5 (Symbian) 2.6.97 Flash Player 11.3.300
where computers are headed, and if you can’t Tiny Core Linux Plus 4.5.6 QQ Browser Mini for Java 2.6 (IE & Non-IE) and more...
GParted LiveCD 0.13.0-1 Skype Lite (Nokia) 1.2.11
get used to these seemingly “dumbed down” Android-x86 4.0 RC2 and more... MXit Lite (Java) 5.9.2
operating systems, now is the time to take a BOLT Browser (Java) 2.52
E-BOOKS
fresh look at Linux.
LINUX TOOLS Kaspersky Mobile Security CHIP ARCHIVES
FrostWire 5.3.8 (Symbian) 9.4.109 and more... APRIL to JUNE 2012 (3 months)
- jamshed.avari@chip.in
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VERDICT

ESCAN FOR MAC


IS A GREAT
SOFTWARE FOR
REAL-TIME
PROTECTION OF
YOUR MAC OS X
SYSTEM.

ANTIVIRUS

ESCAN FOR MAC


FOR: Real-time protection.
AGAINST: Takes a while to install; uninspiring user interface.

W
Installation is simple and it takes under 15 minutes ith emerging threats, security live technical support as well, which
with updates if you have a speedy net connection. solutions for Macs are on can be accessed from the HELP
the rise. eScan for Mac looks section on the top right corner.
more like eScan for Windows owing to The current OS version supported
the lacklustre graphical user interface. is Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or
It’s uninspiring at best with pale blue later. System requirements include 1
colours and very Windows-like icons. GB of available memory and 500 MB
The main panel gives you access to the of free hard drive space. Supported
main functions – scan and update. Scan languages are English, Latin Spanish,
options include a full scan, scanning German, Greek, Spanish, French,
home directories, a custom scan, and a Italian, Dutch and Russian.
separate scan for USB devices. Logs and A 30-day trial version is available
data monitoring is possible as well. as well. The software takes about ten
The key feature here is real-time minutes to install. It’s a simple download
protection against security threats. link with a key so there’s not much that
SPECIFICATIONS
Whenever a malicious file is accessed can go wrong here. After installation
Rs 1,677 or executed, the software immediately and registration, an additional 47 MB
www.escanav.com
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS notifies the user on a real-time basis. update was downloaded, which took
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher; RAM: 1 GB; Drive space:
Besides this, files that are downloaded off around ten minutes on a fast connection.
500 MB.
the Internet or transferred via a network While running a scan, CPU utilisation is
CONTACT eScan
PHONE 022-32564578 are actively monitored as well. close to 70 – 90 percent with around
EMAIL support@msspl.co.in
On demand scanning lets you 272 MB of memory utilisation. There
RATINGS select different files and folders to was no noticeable lag in performance
FEATURES
scan for viruses. Besides that, there’s while the scan was running.
PERFORMANCE
EASE OF USE a scheduled scan option. There is – Karan Shah
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VERDICT

A CONVENIENT
WATERMARKING
UTILITY THAT
COULD HAVE BEEN
BETTER.

IMAGE WATERMARKING

STAR WATERMARK PRO


FOR: Allows using images as watermarks; batch resizing.
AGAINST: Sliders would have been convenient; doesn’t allow dragging the watermark.

R
escaling and watermarking is To make it simple, the location drop- It takes less than a second to add watermark to each
important for photographers to down list has nine coordinates on a 3x3 image in a batch.

protect their work. Star Watermark grid. To move the watermark around,
Pro is a simple utility that presents a you have to offset the coordinates by
simple workflow to watermark a batch increasing or decreasing the values. Being
of photos in one go. The UI has minimal allowed to drag the watermark on the
elements, but it works effectively. The image would have been most convenient.
toolbar gives you options to add/remove Next, you can add shadow and edge to
photos, preview the output, start/stop the text. The angle of shadow, blur radius
processing, etc. The work area is split into and alpha blend can be tweaked. The Pro
two panes and is below the toolbar. The version also allows you to use images as
left pane lists watermark templates and watermarks.
the large pane to the right is where you Double-clicking on an image in the
add photos. batch displays the preview with the
SPECIFICATIONS
The demo template is self-explanatory. watermark and in the specified scale, if
US $ 19.5 (approx
Double-clicking on it opens a large you have enabled resizing. Clicking the
dialogue box with a real time preview Processing button starts the job and it
Rs 1,080)
www.star-watermark.com
of the watermark placed over a sample takes under a second to process a single SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
RAM: 512 MB; Hard disk space: 4 MB; OS: Windows All
photo. Later, you can move on to creating image on a basic home PC.
and Mac OS X 10.5 and above.
your own templates. The program lets Star Watermark Pro is so simple to
CONTACT Star-Watermark.com
you have multiple templates with different use that you won’t need a user manual. PHONE NA
EMAIL support@star-watermark.com
watermarks and styles. However, it would have been even simpler
Creating a template is simple; you start if you had sliders to change values RATINGS
FEATURES
by specifying the text string followed by instead of manually entering them.
PERFORMANCE
the font and location of the watermark. - Anand Tuliani EASE OF USE
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VERDICT

BESIDES
CONVERSION TO
3D, VIDEO
CONVERTER
ULTIMATE
DOESN’T OFFER
MUCH MORE THAN
OTHER
FREEWARE.
VIDEO CONVERTER

4VIDEOSOFT VIDEO
CONVERTER ULTIMATE
FOR: Has conversion to 3D; easy to use UI; plenty of conversion formats and support.
It is possible to tweak the audio and video parameters
in the preset profiles. AGAINST: GPU acceleration issues; a bit expensive.

4
Videosoft’s Video Converter 4Videosoft has included a wide
Ultimate, unlike many of the free range of popular platform presets like
software available, supports GPU- PS3, Xbox, Blackberry, Android, iOS and
based hardware acceleration as well as Windows Phone. Each preset has sub-
3D conversion. The user interface here is menus for individual devices – you can
simple; you can drag and drop files into choose between specific phone models
the window, select a preset profile and for optimised screen performance.
start encoding a video. The program also The converter supports a wide variety
lets you rip DVDs. Moreover, you have of video and audio formats. Overall, Video
editing tools that let you trim portions of Converter Ultimate comes with a good
the video, save certain sections, etc. You set of features in a simple and easy to
SPECIFICATIONS can choose between anaglyphs, if you use interface.
US$ 45 (approx Rs have the red/blue glasses, or stereoscopic 4Videosoft Video Converter Ultimate

2,500) 3D if you have a 3D TV. There are also is priced at about Rs 2,500, which is a
www.4videosoft.com 3D video presets. You can even add bit expensive. Besides the 3D conversion
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
a watermark to your videos. In the feature, most of the other functions are
OS: Windows all; RAM: 512 MB; Drive space: 150 MB.
‘Preferences’ section, you can even set the easily available in other free software.
CONTACT 4Videosoft Studio
PHONE NA number of cores that will be used during The GPU acceleration doesn’t seem to
EMAIL support@4videosoft.com
the encoding process. There’s also full work too well either. Moreover, it doesn’t
RATINGS support for GPU acceleration, so we have seem to work well with AMD cards, too.
FEATURES
Nvidia’s CUDA technology and AMD’s APP We think you should give this a pass.
PERFORMANCE
EASE OF USE acceleration. - Roydon Cerejo
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PASSWORD MANAGER

STICKY PASSWORD PRO


VERDICT: Sticky Password does the job, but it's a bit too expensive.
FOR: Encrypted database; simple user interface; imports passwords from browsers.
AGAINST: None.

S
ticky Password Pro is a password all your passwords with you on a portable
Sticky Password is capable of storing passwords of both web and
management tool. Using it is simple drive too. The interface is simple and easy app account passwords. The user interface is very intuitive.
— you have a master password that to use. The left panel takes you to the
secures all your other content. The software main sub sections while the right has quick
recognises all the sites you have password access buttons. Time-based locking lets
protected and immediately logs you in. you automatically lock your data after a
Tedious form-filling is also taken care of. period of computer inactivity, (10 minutes
You need to enter all your information once by default). Sticky Password runs silently SPECIFICATIONS
and the tool will automatically enter it then in the background and has minimal strain US$ 29.99 (approx Rs
onwards. Integration with browsers is taken on system resources. Importing data and 1,660)
www.stickypassword.com
care of, so all your data is easily accessible. getting started is easy and requires very SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Sticky Password lets you automatically little time from the user’s point of view. It’s OS: Windows all; RAM: 256 MB; Drive space: 15 MB.
import passwords from browsers and quick, fast and nifty. We tried loading data CONTACT Sticky Password
PHONE NA
other programs. It comes with a password from mutliple sites and apps and it neatly EMAIL via website
generator that lets you create strong arranges the content in a list. You can even
RATINGS
passwords. The entire database is launch a service from the list itself to get FEATURES
encrypted with AES algorithms. There’s a you started with your work. PERFORMANCE
EASE OF USE
separate portable version that lets you take - Karan Shah
OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY
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NETWORKING SYSTEM UTILITY DESKTOP NOTES

cFosSpeed 8 My Drivers Professional NoteFly


VERDICT: A solid network traffic shaping VERDICT: A quick and easy solution for VERDICT: Recommended over Windows'
program backing up existing drivers. Sticky Notes
FOR: Customisable; supports multiple FOR: Simple; easy to use; quick backup; FOR: Note management, customisable.
adapters and strict download budgets. can save drivers as .exe. AGAINST: None.
AGAINST: Can be intimidating for new AGAINST: Slightly expensive for a home
users; slightly expensive. user.
SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS
US$ 19.90 (approx Rs 1,100) USD $39 (Approx Rs 2,340) Freeware
www.cfos.de www.zhangduo.com www.notefly.org
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Windows all; RAM: 512 MB; IP v4/v6 router or DSL cable OS: Windows all; Disk space: 10MB. OS: Windows All; RAM: 512 MB; Disk space: 460 KB.
modem. CONTACT HunterSoft CONTACT d9ping
CONTACT cFos Software PHONE NA PHONE NA
PHONE NA EMAIL info@zhangduo.com EMAIL NA
EMAIL via website
RATINGS RATINGS
RATINGS FEATURES FEATURES
FEATURES PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE EASE OF USE EASE OF USE
EASE OF USE OVERALL RATING OVERALL RATING
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VALUE FOR MONEY

c FosSpeed 8 is the latest version


of the popular Internet speed
limiting program. It is tiny and is also
T here are several occasions when you
might need to reformat your system
or re-install your operating system. The
D esktop sticky notes are handy for
noting small chunks of information
such as reminders, contact details,
available for trial. At its heart is the reasons can range from a virus infection website addresses and so on. Windows
speed limiting feature, which is very or a system file corruption. It's possible 7 has a built-in note taking application
customisable. You can choose to that you end up with a missing hardware called Sticky Notes, which has minimal
limit speeds and even set download driver due to a misplaced or damaged functions; all you can do is change the
limits. Although highly configurable, driver disk. One utility that's quite useful note's colour and it highlights web links.
the program is pretty easy to use, at such times is My Drivers Professional. Desktop Notes is way more versatile
offering users simple sliders to adjust The utility is powerful and can help you than Sticky Notes and it comes for free.
bandwidth priority for each software quickly backup existing drivers from the The app sits in the system tray and all
and protocol. Users can also choose older OS installation and reinstall them of its functions can be accessed from
to give higher priority to latency. It also after a complete format. Simply select its context menu. Edit mode allows you
supports multiple network adapters the hardware device(s) you see in the to format text. Right click on the note
and traffic shaping can be toggled for list, right-click on it, and in the context and you can make it stay on top, set
each of them. menu, click on backup. You have three the colour, save it as a text file, hide
Besides this, it also has a real-time types of options to backup the drivers: it and even send the contents to an
network speed graph. Speed limiting backup to folder, backup to a .CAB file email client. The most useful feature
is done instantaneously, so it’s pretty or to a .EXE file. You can also remove is the manager with which you can
quick. Memory consumption is also or update your existing drivers from the backup/restore notes, perform a search
limited to under 15 MB for the entire same menu. A 15-day trial version is and sort notes by colour. Give this one
suite with close to no load on the available for testing and the full version a shot if you want a better app than
processor. costs Rs 2,340. Windows' Sticky Notes.
- Rossi Fernandes - Francis D'sa - Anand Tuliani

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FILE MANAGER

Q-DIR
VERDICT: A file manager for those who frequently move around a lot of data.
FOR: Customisable view; makes file operations easy.
AGAINST: Cluttered interface; not much useful than Windows Explorer.

Q
-Dir is a Windows Explorer subfolders displayed in the status bar.
replacement that makes file transfer You can also enable colour themes to The multi-window interface makes it very convenient to perform
easier and adds a few additional differentiate file types. You get sober file operations.
features that Windows Explorer should themes and also some gaudy ones with
have had. By default, it shows a quad- wacky names such as I Like Dune, I like
Window view with a tiled interface, which Superman and I Like Barbie. Another
makes it convenient to drag and drop files useful feature is the option to print the
and folders. The number of Windows in the contents listed in the active Window. It is
interface and the layout can be customised even possible to export the list of contents SPECIFICATIONS
using the representative icons in the as a TXT, CSV, HTML, Word file or Excel Freeware
www.softwareok.com
toolbar. Windows can be tiled vertically or spreadsheet. It would have been nice if the SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
horizontally and you can even have a single developer had added templates to print RAM: 512 MB; Hard disk space: 750 KB; OS: Windows
All.
large window on top and two horizontally- inserts for CD/DVD covers. Despite the
CONTACT NenadHrg
tiled windows at the bottom. Furthermore, additional features, we didn’t find it worthy PHONE NA
each window has a tabbed interface and enough to replace good old Windows EMAIL via website
the icon view can also be customised. Explorer; we're just used to it for a very RATINGS
What we found handy was the count long time. FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
and size of selected files, folders and - Anand Tuliani
EASE OF USE
OVERALL RATING
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SOFTWARE

PHOTOGRAPHY GAME
or take a new one from within to achieve than they sound.
Photo Editor+ the app. After that, you'll see Super Mole Escape Gems can be redeemed for
a strip of tools that let you speed and agility boosts, as
US$ 0.99 (approx perform basic brightness/ US$ 0.99 (approx well as shortcuts that let you

Rs 55) contrast adjustments, add Rs 55) jump ahead in the game. As


iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; iOS 4.3 text labels, draw squiggles, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; iOS 4.3 is now the norm, you can just
OVERALL RATING and add a few special effects OVERALL RATING buy thousands of gems at a
filters. You can clean up red- go and upgrade your mole to
In a sea of photo editing and eye effects and play with the Adult Swim has created yet the maximum limit. The fun
manipulation apps, Photo sharpness and colour tone of another whimsical yet addictive two-player mode lets you race
Editor+ doesn't really stand an image. The Auto enhance little game. This time, you're against friends or random
out. It has nothing new or option was the only one that a criminal mole escaping Game Center members.
unique to offer, but it is at least impressed us. There are only from prison, digging through - Jamshed Avari
easy to use. You can choose a 12 non-adjustable effects, layer after layer of rock, lava
photo from your Camera Roll including simple monochrome and ice. There's an easy path,
and sepia, which is but it isn't direct. Along the
disappointing. You'll way, you can collect gems
also be prompted to and powerups while avoiding
pay extra for pointless assorted obstacles and always
"stickers" that can be staying ahead of the police (or
superimposed on an bribing the magistrate when
image. Overall, you you do get caught). You control
can do much better your path by tilting your device,
elsewhere and most and collect lines of gems for
likely for free. little speed boosts as you go
- Jamshed Avari along, both of which are harder

GAME atmosphere of the older Luxor GAME can combine to warp to bonus

Luxor Evolved HD games, the Geo-Defense-


inspired update is still just as
Idol Tower levels in between rounds of
play. You can choose between
fun to play. The pace is faster three different control layouts,
US$ 4.99 (approx but the core mechanics are Free but we found that swiping
iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; iOS 3.0
Rs 277) exactly the same — shoot at worked better than hitting
iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; iOS 3.2 OVERALL RATING
the chain of coloured marbles on-screen buttons. You'll want
OVERALL RATING
as it progresses along the path, The classic block-stacking to keep trying again and again,
blowing up sequences of three puzzle gets a 3D makeover especially later on when there
Luxor is back in an all-new or more marbles before any with Idol Tower. Rotate the are more colours to juggle and
avatar. The ancient Egyptian of them can reach your base. platform and cycle through levels that allow only certain
theme is still very evident, Many of the paths are lifted colours in the falling bars to kinds of matches.
but it's been wrapped up in directly from older iterations of match three or more in a row. - Jamshed Avari
a futuristic new neon style this game, so not much is new You can't see the entire tower
that's nothing like the original apart from the visuals. Controls at any time, but the game
games' detailed world. While are also a little fidgety and starts off slow enough for you
we did miss the charm and it's easy to misfire when you to get the hang of it. You'll
intended to swap marbles progress through dozens of
in the shooter. There are levels, playing out an extremely
20 types of powerups flimsy backstory about being
and assorted upgrades. shipwrecked on a remote
We hope more levels are island whose native inhabitants
added in future updates, hide a massive treasure in the
because if you've played jungle. Of course, things get
the originals, there's faster and more demanding
nothing new here. as you level up, but there are
- Jamshed Avari also bonus blocks which you

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SOFTWARE

GAME words, a game will last you 15 BLACKLISTING APP you choose not to block SMS,
minutes. Classic Words Free is block all calls and SMS, block
Classic Words a lightweight application and Calls Blacklist private numbers, and disable
works even on older Android notifications after calling, or
Free devices. Thanks to auto-zoom Free send an SMS. The Pro version
Android while playing, the game is Android of this app costs Rs 110 and
OVERALL RATING playable even on devices with OVERALL RATING the only difference is that it’s
You must play this game if you smaller screens. A blacklist app is nice to have ad-free.
are a Scrabble fan. No different - Anand Tuliani if you’re frequently bothered - Anand Tuliani
from the original Scrabble, by unwanted calls and SMSs.
Classic Words is a turn-based Calls Blacklist is a vanilla app
game where you have to make but it does its job very well and
words from seven letter tiles comes at no cost. The app has
on a 15x15 grid board. The three tabs; the Blacklist tab
layout of the board is similar is where you can add phone
to the original Scrabble board, numbers to block. Simply click
and they retain their original on the Add button and you can
locations and the colour-coding select numbers from the call
for the cells. Scrabble can be logs, messages log, contact list
played between four players, or key in the numbers manually.
but here you play against the On dialling your number, the
computer. You get six difficulty blacklisted contact gets a ‘user
levels (Very Easy to Extremely busy’ message right after the
Hard) and the word list (British/ first ring. The Calls & SMS
American English, French and tab has a log of the calls that
Italian) can also be selected. have been blocked with time
If you’re quick at making stamps. The Settings tab lets

UTILITY the battery percentage, and UTILITY the GPS co-ordinates. You can
also animate it when charging. also dock the phone on the
ChargeBar- MIUI It can start automatically on Dashboard Cam car docking unit and control

Battery Bar boot and also show up on the


lock screen. It can overlay itself Free
the app remotely via another
smartphone or tablet. You can
on the edge of the screen even Android customize the app to view
Free when full-screen apps and OVERALL RATING the information you need and
Android
videos are on. Dashboard Cam is a fantastic hide the details you don’t
OVERALL RATING
- Francis D'sa app for recording information wish to view. This app is best
Those who frequently flash about car journeys such as used on tablets as phone calls
third-party ROMs on their speed, compass, time, date, can send the application into
Android phones might be map and location. The app the background and stop the
aware of the eye-candy allows you to record videos recording. You can choose to
that MIUI-based ROMs offer. and take fullscreen photos of use the smartphone in flight
Though there are a few home all information overlaid into mode or use a Bluetooth
launcher themes, skins and the picture or video. Dashboard hands-free to avoid such
icon replacements available, Cam uses your phone’s problems.
the system tweaks are not camera, GPS and compass - Francis D'sa
available for other ROMs. to create videos.
ChargeBar-the MIUI Battery Bar Maps are updated
is a free, customisable battery via Wi-Fi or 3G, if
bar that does not require a enabled. External
rooted device. You can change Bluetooth GPS
its position on the screen or in devices are also
the notification bar, set its size supported; these
and even hide it. You can set can help improve
different colours for indicating the accuracy of

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 Canon PowerShot SX260 HS


Rs 18,995
www.canon.co.in
verdict A fun camera with excellent
performance and plenty of filters to play
around with.
love Plenty of fun filters; good user
interface; GPS for geotagging; good build.
hate A larger aperture at the telephoto end
would have been better in low light.

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 231 g; Resolution: 12.1 MP; Focal length: 25-500
mm; Optical zoom: 20x; Aperture: F3.5-F6.8; Shutter speed:
15 - 1/3200 sec; LCD: 3-in, 461K dots; Video: 1920x1080.

ANAND'S PICKS

TRAVEL COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS


Tele-photo lens in a portable form factor for under Rs 20,000.

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 


Rs 17,990 Rs 19,990
www.sony.co.in www.panasonic.co.in
verdict A good performer and the most verdict A good, lightweight option, but it
affordable travel compact camera with built- should have been priced a bit lower.
in GPS. love Touchscreen; good feature set;
love Sweep Panorama mode; user-friendly lightweight; colour options.
interface; sturdy build; crisp display; built-in hate A few of the buttons should have
GPS. been larger.
hate Slightly heavy and chunky.
SPECIFICATIONS
SPECIFICATIONS Weight: 206 g; Resolution: 14.1 MP; Focal length: 24-480
Weight: 245 g; Resolution: 18.2 MP; Focal length: 24-384 mm; Optical zoom: 20x; Aperture: F3.3-F6.4; Shutter speed:
mm; Optical zoom: 16x; Aperture: F3.3-F5.9; Shutter speed: 15-1/2000 sec; LCD: 3-in, 460K dots; Video: 1920x1080
30-1/1600 sec; LCD: 3-in, 921K dots; Video: 1920x1080

 FujiFilm FinePix F660 EXR Nikon CoolPix S9300 


Rs 16,599 Rs 18,950
www.fujifilm.in www.nikon.co.in
verdict An economical option with good verdict A goood option for those who
performance, but no GPS. don't need manual controls.
love Sleek design; color options; 24 mm love Light weight and compact; 18x optical
wide angle lens; light weight. zoom; crisp display.
hate The inclusion of GPS in this model hate No manual or semi-manual shooting
would have sweetened the deal. modes.

SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 217 g; Resolution: 16 MP; Focal length: 24-360 mm; Weight: 215 g; Resolution: 16 MP; Focal length: 25-450 mm;
Optical zoom: 15x; Aperture: F3.5-F5.3; Shutter speed: 8 Optical zoom: 18x; Aperture: F3.5-F5.9; Shutter speed: NA;
-1/2000 sec; LCD: 3-in, 460K dots; Video: 1920x1080. LCD: 3-in, 921K dots; Video: 1920x1080

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COLUMN

BUILD A COMPLETE PC FOR


RS 20,000 OR JUST THE
BOX FOR RS 14,000
ANAND TULIANI, DEPUTY EDITOR - TECHNICAL

ULTRA-BUDGET PC
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ntel’s branding is so strong that almost the boards based on the AMD A55 chipset
everyone has heard of Core 2 Duo, are the most affordable; priced at around
Core i3, i5 and its other CPUs. People Rs 3,300. The AMD APU and motherboard
looking to buy a laptop or build a PC combo works out to Rs 6,600, which is
first check for the Intel platform. Despite slightly less than the Intel combo and
being on a low budget, they don’t mind undoubtedly better value for money.
shelling out a few extra thousand bucks Now for the components that you need
for an Intel CPU. The company clearly has to build just the box: a 2 GB stick of DDR3
an upper hand in the mid and high-end RAM, a 500 GB hard disk, a DVD-writer
segments – their Core series of processors and a micro ATX PC case. You can buy a
rules the roost. However, AMD’s solutions 2 GB DDR3 stick for Rs 725, which is the
offer better value for money, especially the cheapest component. The prices of hard
APUs that integrate a very capable DX11 disks have come down and
GPU. Intel currently doesn’t have low-cost
processors that can give AMD’s A-series
the lowest capacity that you
can easily buy is 500 GB for Rs AMD’S APUS ARE
GREAT BANG FOR
models a run for their money. 3,700. A DVD-writer shouldn’t
Consider the Intel Pentium G620: it cost more than Rs 950, and a
is a 2.6 GHz dual-core processor with decent micro ATX cabinet will
integrated Intel HD Graphics that’s DirectX cost Rs 1,750. The cost of these YOUR BUCK!
10.1 compatible. Priced at Rs 3,500, it is the four components adds up to Rs
cheapest Intel Pentium processor available. 7,125. Combined with the AMD combo, the
Any motherboard with socket LGA 1155 will cost of the box works out to Rs 13,725.
run this CPU and the best low-cost boards The rest of the components needed to
are based on the Intel B75 chipset. Boards build the PC are the display, input devices
based on the Intel H61 chipset are available and speakers. An 18.5-inch monitor with a
for as less as Rs 3,250. So, the lowest resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels costs around
possible price of the CPU and motherboard Rs 5,700. The cheapest keyboard and mouse
combo works out to Rs 6,900. combos cost less than Rs 600. I recommend
Now, consider the AMD A4-3300 APU. spending a little more and going in for a
It’s the cheapest APU available and it costs good brand like Microsoft or Logitech. The
Rs 3,300. The A4-3300 is a dual-core model Logitech MK200 wired USB combo costs Rs
that runs at 2.5 GHz and the integrated 850. Lastly, a good pair of stereo speakers
Radeon HD 6410D graphics is DirectX like the Creative SBS A35 costs Rs 600.
11 compatible. It will definitely render Everything put together should cost you
smoother transitions and play HD content anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 21,000.
much more seamlessly than the Intel HD It is possible to further bring down the price
graphics engine. Also, it officially supports to under Rs 20,000, but I don’t suggest
DDR3 memory up to 1600 MHz while the compromising on quality and reputed
Pentium G620 has a 1066 MHz controller. brands.
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GAMING - ENTRY-LEVEL Rs 46,400 GAMING - HIGH - END Rs 1,49,365
Processor Intel Pentium G620, 2.6 GHz 3,450 Processor Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz 18,900
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H, Intel B75 4,900 Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Pro , Intel Z77 17,750
RAM 4 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 MHz 1,450 RAM G.Skill Sniper F3 DDR3-1600 - 8 GB kit 3,500
Corsair Force Series GT, 120 GB SSD + Seagate
Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.14, 500 GB 3,800 Hard disk 13,600
Barracuda 7200.14, 1 TB
Graphics card HIS H679F1GD - HD 6790, 1 GB GDDR5 8,850 Graphics card Zotac GeForce GTX 680 - 2 GB DDR5 35,690
Optical drive LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer 950 Optical drive LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer 950
Monitor BenQ GL2250HM - 21.5-inch LED 9,500 Monitor AOC e2795Vh - 27-inch LED 17,800
Keyboard Logitech Gaming Combo G100 1,550 Keyboard Razer Lycosa 4,450
Mouse Included in combo - Mouse Razer Death Adder 2,675
Speakers F&D A520, 2.1 stereo 2,200 Speakers Creative Gigaworks T3, 2.1 stereo 15,000
PC Case Cooler Master Elite 311 2,150 PC Case NZXT Phantom 410 6,250
Power supply unit Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500W 3,300 Power supply unit Corsair CMPSU-750TX 6,500
Operating system Windows 7 Home Basic 4,300 Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 6,300
TOTAL 46,400 TOTAL 1,49,365

HOME Rs 30,930 HTPC Rs 89,400


Processor AMD Athlon II X2 260, 3.20 GHz 3,700 Processor AMD A8-3850, 2.90 GHz 7,400
Motherboard Asus M5A88-M, AMD 880G 5,750 Motherboard Asus F1A75-M, AMD A75 6,900
RAM 2 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 MHz 900 RAM 4 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 MHz 1,450
Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.14, 500 GB 3,800 Hard disk Western Digital Caviar Green, 1 TB 5,500
Graphics card Onboard graphics - Graphics card Sapphire Radeon HD 6670, 1 GB GDDR5 5,650
Optical drive LG GH22 SATA 22x DVD-writer 950 Optical drive Sony BD-5300S, 12x Blu-ray Writer 11,000
Monitor LG E2042C - 20-inch LED 7,200 Monitor BenQ V2400 Eco - 24-inch LED 15,450
Keyboard and Keyboard and
Logitech Deluxe 250 Desktop USB 680 Logitech Wireless Combo MK320 1,650
mouse combo mouse combo
Speakers F&D A111, 2.1 stereo 1,900 Speakers Creative Gigaworks T3, 2.1 stereo 15,000
PC Case iBall Pride 1,750 PC Case Silver Stone Milo ML03 10,700
Power supply unit Included with the PC Case - 250 Watts - Power supply unit Corsair CMPSU-430CX - 430 Watts 2,500
Operating system Windows 7 Home Basic 4,300 Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 6,200
TOTAL 30,930 TOTAL 89,400

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BUDGET MAINSTREAM DESKTOP REPLACEMENT
PROCESSOR Intel Pentium P6200, Intel Core i3, PROCESSOR Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 PROCESSOR Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5 MEMORY 3 GB or more MEMORY 3 GB or more
MEMORY 2 GB or more HARD DRIVE 500 GB or higher
HARD DRIVE 320 GB or higher
HARD DRIVE 320 GB or higher
DISPLAY 14.1-in or 15.6-in DISPLAY 15.4-inch to 17-inch
DISPLAY 14.1-in to 15.6-in
GRAPHICS On-board or Discrete GRAPHICS Discrete
GRAPHICS On-board or discrete
WEIGHT 2.3 Kg to 3 Kg WEIGHT 2.5 Kg to 4 Kg
WEIGHT 2.3 Kg to 2.7 Kg
OTHER Bluetooth, DVD-writer, Wi-Fi b/g, Webcam OTHER Bluetooth, DVD-writer, Wi-Fi b/g or n, Webcam OTHER Bluetooth, DVD-writer or Blu-ray, Wi-Fi n,
PRICE RANGE Up to Rs 35,000 PRICE RANGE Rs 35,000 To Rs 45,000 Webcam, TV Tuner
PRICE RANGE Rs 45,000 to Rs 1,50,000

GATEWAY NE-56R SAMSUNG RC520-SOA TOSHIBA SATELLITE L850-Y5310


Rs 21,629 Rs 36,500 Rs 53,990
CPU Intel Pentium B950, 2.1 GHz; MEMORY 2 GB; CPU Intel Core i3-2330M, 2.2 GHz; MEMORY 4 GB; CPU Intel Core i7-3610QM, 2.3 GHz; MEMORY 8 GB;
HARD DISK 320 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 640 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 750 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in;
GRAPHICS On-board; WEIGHT 2.6 Kg; OS Linux; GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT 520MX, 1 GB; GRAPHICS AMD Radeon HD 7610M, 2 GB;
OTHER Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI, Card reader WEIGHT 2.48 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Premium; WEIGHT 2.2 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Premium;
OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI

ACER ASPIRE 5560 DELL INSPIRON 14 ACER ASPIRE V3-571G


Rs 27,809 Rs 38,990 Rs 62,829
CPU AMD A6-3420M; MEMORY 4 GB; HARD DISK CPU Intel Core i5-3210M, 2.5 GHz; MEMORY 4 GB; CPU Intel Core i7-3610QM, 2.3 GHz; MEMORY 4 GB;
500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; GRAPHICS AMD Radeon HD HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 14-in; HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-inch;
6520M, 512 MB; WEIGHT 2.6 Kg; OS Linux; GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT 620M, 1 GB; GRAPHICS Nvidia Geforce GT 630M, 2 GB;
OTHER DVD-writer, Bluetooth, HDMI, Webcam WEIGHT 2.1 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Basic; OTHER WEIGHT 2.6 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Premium;
Bluetooth, Webcam, Wi-Fi, HDMI. OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI

LENOVO G580 59-337032 HP PAVILION G6-2106TX HP PAVILION DV6-7039TXX


Rs 29,500 Rs 39,200 Rs 63,500
CPU Intel Core i3-2370M, 2.4 GHz; MEMORY 2 GB; CPU Intel Core i5-3110M, 2.4 GHz; MEMORY 4 GB; CPU Intel Core i7-3610QM, 2.3 GHz; MEMORY 8 GB;
HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 1 TB; DISPLAY 15.6-in;
GRAPHICS On-board; WEIGHT 2.6 Kg; OS Free DOS; GRAPHICS AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 2 GB; GRAPHICS Nvidia Geforce GT 630M, 2 GB;
OTHER DVD-writer, Bluetooth, HDMI, Webcam WEIGHT 2.47 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Basic; WEIGHT 2.45 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Premium;
OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMIMI OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI

HP 2000-2116TU LENOVO IDEAPAD Z580 59-333346 LENOVO IDEAPAD Z580 59-339355


Rs 33,550 Rs 44,990 Rs 63,700
CPU Intel Core i5-3210M, 2.5 GHz; MEMORY 2 GB; CPU Intel Core i5-3210M, 2.5 GHz; MEMORY 4 GB; CPU Intel Core i7-3612QM, 2.1 GHz; MEMORY 8 GB;
HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 500 GB; DISPLAY 15.6-in; HARD DISK 1 TB; DISPLAY 15.6-inch;
GRAPHICS On-board; WEIGHT 2.45 Kg; OS Free DOS; GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GT 630M, 1 GB; GRAPHICS Nvidia Geforce GT 630M, 2 GB;
OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI WEIGHT 2.60 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Basic; WEIGHT 2.45 Kg; OS Windows 7 Home Premium;
OTHER DVD-writer, Bluetooth, HDMI, Webcam OTHER Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI

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THE BEST APPS

THE BIG APP-GUIDE


The guide to the app stores. Be it productivity, games, tools, multimedia or holiday apps,
we're listing the best apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
BY JÖRG GEIGER

84 09/2012 INTELLIGENT COMPUTING CHIP SMS us!  Story code: FBA to 51818
Photoshop Touch offers

PhOtOgRaPhY professional functions


for mobile devices.

IpHoTo ($4.99)
Complete photography package
Apple uses the iPhoto OSX programme to complement
the pre-installed photo apps on iPads and iPhones. iPhoto, which
is officially compatible with the iPad 2, iPhone 4 and subsequent
models, brings together image administration, processing and
presentation in a single package. The app’s handling is simply
perfect on the iPad. You can use gestures to browse through your
photo collection, and multi-touch enables you to make use of the iPhoto enhances the
pre-installed tools and effects. iOS photo app with
useful features.

AdObE PhOtOsHoP tOuCh ($9.99)


Image processing with premium features
APP-TICKER
Photoshop Touch brings the most important features Paper Camera ($0.99)
of Photoshop, and professional image processing capability to Paper Camera presents photos in an animated environment.
iPads and Android tablets. It features levels, smart tool-selection, What’s cool is that you don’t even have to take the picture.
The app displays a real-time preview of the effect.
various filters, and extensive colour adjustment – no other photo
app can keep up with it. It does have its limitations though - the PicsArt-Photo Studio (free)
image resolution may not be higher than 1600 x 1600 pixels. This app offers a deluge of photo effects, filters, frames and
cliparts that can be used to enhance images. You can send the
FaCe SwAp (FrEe) photos directly to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or Dropbox. You
Fun photos with face-swapping can even send them as e-mail attachments.
This app, created by Microsoft Research, is dedicated PhotoSync ($1.99)
to assembling faces. All you have to do is take a picture of two As an alternative to Apple’s iCloud, PhotoSync uses Wi-Fi to
people and shake your smartphone. The app then swaps the swap images between iPhones and iPads. The app
faces of the two individuals. You can then post the modified automatically detects pairs of PhotoSync-equipped gadgets.
images on Facebook or Twitter.

MUSIC SoUnDhOuNd (FrEe)


The song-detector
Many smartphone users are familiar with Shazam,
the music identification software. SoundHound works in the
same manner, but it has some advantages. The app’s basic
function is the song-recognition capability, which is very smooth.
SoundHound is not totally dependent on original versions of
music either. The app can even identify covered tracks.

SpOtIfY (Na)
The king of streaming You can identify any clip of any song and discover lots of new music as well.

Spotify enables you to access millions of music titles,


even when you are travelling. It will soon be available on the iPad APP-TICKER
too. The free version allows you to play music on your iPhone or
Android phone for six months, after which a 2.5-hour limitation
radio.de (free)
The free radio.de app enables you to tune in to more than
is set. The music is streamed onto the mobile device via Wi-Fi or
5,000 radio stations. A neat feature is that it’s very easy to
UMTS. An offline mode that saves songs for a limited period of find local stations from your area.
time is available. Sadly, Spotify is currently not available in India.
Poweramp ($3.99)
AiRmUsIc ($2.99) Poweramp offers several features related to music. It gives
you a powerful equalizer and can even play formats such as
Music is in the air
FLAC. We thought the menu and the user interface were quite
Streaming music can be simple, even without an Apple
impressive.
TV. The AirMusic app can equip an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
with DLNA capabilities, making it possible to stream music onto Last.fm (free)
other devices that support DLNA, such as a PC or a PlayStation Last.fm caters to individual musical tastes. Just enter the
3. If the devices are located within your Wi-Fi network, the music name of an artist or a genre, and the application generates a
playlist containing songs that are similar to each other.
is automatically detected and streamed.

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VIDEO PrImEtUbE (FrEe)


YouTube on steroids
This app is a real head-turner. It is free of commercials
and features a brisk search function. It can’t play HD videos, but
everything else works like a charm. Users can share videos on
social networks directly from the app, create shortcuts and post
comments. PrimeTube offers useful shortcuts and Viddy decorates video recordings with
transforms YouTube into a head-turner. artificial effects.

ViDeO DoWnLoAdEr PrO ($3.99)


Watch web videos offline APP-TICKER
This iOS app lets you download videos from any
VPlayer Unlocker (Rs 285)
website. The videos are stored in their entirety on your iOS device
VPlayer accelerates your device's hardware, which gives you
and can be played offline. Playlists and bookmarks enrich the jerk-free HD video playback. The player’s connectivity to
experience. The handling is quite attractive, thanks to an accurate Dropbox, Facebook and Gmail makes it more flexible.
search function and impressive sorting functions.
Plex (Rs 276)
Plex, which is already well-known on PCs and Macs, can be used to
ImEdIaShArE ($4.99)
play photographs and music on any type of device. Plex can
Multimedia headquarters
even access more than 200 online video channels in order to
iMediaShare streams videos, music and photos from play web videos.
mobile devices to TV sets and stereo systems. All of the devices
must be located in the same Wi-Fi network and support DLNA, Viddy (free)
which is something that most gadgets do. The connection is The app records videos, decorates them with special effects
and posts them on social networks. At the moment, the
set up with a simple tap of the finger. The app can even stream
recording duration is limited to 15 seconds.
YouTube videos to a TV set.

OFFICE NoTaBiLiTy ($0.99)


Helpful notepad
If you want to use your iPad to do serious work, you will
need the ability to process PDF files and Notability is more than
up to the task. If used in conjunction with the Retina Support in
the iPad 3, it can be a real head-turner. Intricate tasks require
the use of a stylus, but you can use your fingers to take down
notes. You can use the wide variety of tools, such as underlining, Paper enables you to captures ideas in a
playful and inventive manner.
markings and bullet points, to structure your notes.

SpLaShToP ReMoTe DeSkToP ($4.99)


SkyDrive gives you an easy to use
Remote access to your home computer
online storage medium.
With Splashtop, you can use a smartphone or a tablet
to access a remote computer via Wi-Fi or a 3G connection.
Initially, you must install the Splashtop Streamer application on
APP-TICKER
the computer, after which you can log in with your Google Mail iAWriter ($0.99)
account.
This text-processing app is best used in combination with an
external keyboard and comes with Dropbox and iCloud
integration. The app also features integrated AirPrint support.
SkYdRiVe (FrEe)
Lots of online storage OfficeSuite Viewer 6 (free)
Skydrive, Microsoft’s online file hosting service, enables OfficeSuite Viewer supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
you to access documents when you are travelling. It is most PDF files. The best overview of the available documents is
given on devices with Android 4.0.
compatible with Windows Phone. It enables you to view the
documents that were used most recently, upload several photos Paper by FiftyThree (free)
and videos simultaneously and share files in an uncomplicated Paper is an elegant tool that can be used to outline,
manner. When files are to be shared, the app generates a link describe, or sketch out ideas. You can post your thoughts to
that can be sent via e-mail. Facebook or Twitter.

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EDUCATION WoNdErS Of ThE UnIvErSe ($6.99)
Visual lessons on the universe
This app is an interactive 3D encyclopaedia, and as a
physics lesson, it’s an absolute stunner. Prof. Brian Cox explains
the fundamental principles of the world, covering everything from
giant galaxies to subatomic elements.

KhAn AcAdEmY (FrEe) Wonders of the Universe explains how our world is held together.
Free knowledge
The iPad version of the Khan Academy brings over APP-TICKER
3,000 videos dealing with mathematics, physics, history or
Solar system ($0.99)
economics to the tablet. Most of the English videos have
If you want to know why Pluto isn’t a real planet, you should
subtitles. You can even take tests and put your knowledge under get this app. It reveals several interesting details about our
the microscope. solar system.

10 StEpS VoCaBuLaRy TrAiNeR ($0.99) Mental arithmetic ($0.99)


How much is 7 x (4+9)? If you want to be able to do sums
Vocabulary trainer for the road
like that as quickly as you can, you should practice mental
The 10 Steps Vocabulary Trainer helps you practice your
arithmetic techniques. The app’s difficulty levels ensure that
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Russian. The 1,300 it will be equally useful for children, teachers and professionals.
words that are used most frequently will cover all your needs
when you are on vacation. All you have to do is choose the native Homework (free)
and foreign languages. Teachers can use this app to manage homework assignments
and study plans. The app sorts test dates and even offers a
widget for the start screen.

VACATION AdAc CaMpInG/CaRpOrT GuIdE 2012 ($7.99)


Wikipedia for campers
The ADAC app has all the information you need for your
next vacation. It answers questions such as ‘Which camping sites
are equipped with Wi-Fi?’ or ‘Are dogs allowed?’. The app covers
about 5,400 camping sites and 3,400 carports from across
Europe.

AiRpOrTs ($0.99)
A must for travellers
This app puts flight data related to the most important The ADAC camping guide provides all the The Streetview app is helpful during
airports on the screens of frequent flyers and holidaymakers, information that campers need. journeys, but is too expensive overseas.
along with all kinds of detailed information such as departure
or arrival time, gate, airline and weather. The flights’ status is
updated by the minute, and push-notifications can be used for
APP-TICKER
certain airports. Translator (free)
Bing’s translator is a must for Windows Phone users. All you
have to do is take a picture of the text or enter it into the
StReEtViEw In GoOgLe MaPs (FrEe) device, and the app translates it for you.
Fine-tuning Google’s mapping service
Instead of relying on an abstract map or satellite image, Trip Advisor (free)
you can use Streetview to generate the real view of a street, Trip Advisor supplies information on hotels, restaurants and
which can be very useful if you’re trying to get your bearings in an activities. You can use the proximity search to find the next
unknown neighbourhood. Consequently, Streetview is an absolute secret tip in your immediate surroundings.
must for visits to inland cities. Using the app when you are
Travel Guide ($1.99-$5.99 per city)
abroad is not recommended, as the quantities of data become This app makes it possible to use the Lonely Planet travel
expensive very quickly. A trimmed-down version of the app is also guide on the iPhone. The offline maps for several cities are
available for the iPhone. accompanied by insider tips, translation aids and other
information.
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GaMeS AnGrY BiRdS SpAcE ($0.99)


Pigs in space
Angry Birds Space brings zero-gravity pig hunts to your device.
Almost every smartphone user is familiar with Angry
Birds. However, Angry Birds Space deserves a special mention,
because it really is a brilliant sequel to the well-known game. The
fundamental principle hasn’t changed, but in the sequel, the birds
are attacking the pigs in outer space. The game also makes use
of neat little devices such as the gravitational pull of planets. The
app contains 60 levels, and every now and then, the manufacturer
adds new difficulty levels. For fans of the original, there are new
challenges, new birds and new superpowers, so don’t miss it!

PiNbAlL Hd ($1.99)
The arcade classic
Pinball automats aren’t dead; they continue to thrive
on the iPad. With Pinball HD, you can set up three virtual pinball
PES 2012 is the ideal game for the half-time breaks in soccer games.
tables on your tablet and bounce the polished steel balls all
over the arcade. It’s easy to handle and guarantees long hours of
unadulterated fun. If you want to make the game as realistic as
possible, you’ll have to switch on the sounds, even if it happens
to bother the people around you. The racket in the background is
a little irritating, but the creaking, rattling components are part of
the game and quite realistic.

ShArK DaSh ($0.99)


Sinking ducks
Ever since Angry Birds was released, animal games have
been striking gold on the iPad, and Shark Dash is one of them.
What could be more disruptive to the peaceful life of a shark
than a rubber duck? The objective of the game is to rescue the
kidnapped shark-girlfriend and eliminate all the rubber ducks. The
gamer has to neutralize the rubber ducks by whacking them with Pinball HD brings the flair of the arcade Shredder Chess is well-suited for chess
the shark’s tail fin. The fewer attempts you need to gobble up the to the mobile device. training on the road.

ducks, the better it is. The game has about 100 levels featuring
various environments, from ancient Rome to Japan. APP-TICKER
Shredder Chess ($7.99)
DrAw SoMeThInG ($2.99) The Shredder app adjusts its difficulty level according to your
Painted riddles level, so it’s suitable for entry-level players as well as
Back in school, you had to look at little pieces of a professional competitors. The app even hands you tips for
painting and guess what the other student had painted. Now tricky situations.
there’s an app for that. It is possible to share drawings over social
networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The app does slow down
Taptitude (free)
Taptitude contains more than 60 games, including classics
the flow of ideas, though. There are about 2,500 concepts that such as Mine Flagger, Video Poker, Solitaire and Finger
can be sketched, which means that there are an equal number of Twister. You have to perform certain tasks in order to
options. Unfortunately, some Android devices have some stability activate all the levels.
problems, but an update has already been announced.
International Snooker (rs 218)
The billiards variant can be a lot of fun on mobile devices,
PeS 2012 ($5.99) thanks to its easy handling and graphics. You can play
Kicking with many extras spontaneous games involving one or two players or use the
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 offers great graphics on all game’s tournament mode.
platforms. You can set up a team and use it to challenge other
players. The app features various competitions such as the Micronytes (Rs103)
Champions League and the European league. It gives you different
In this game, the gamer uses jump-and-run operations to
steer tiny tokens through a human body. The game is simple,
kinds of balls, variable weather conditions, and various control
and its 80 levels are quite challenging.
options, which guarantee long hours of pure fun. You can also use
the free kick challenge to improve your marksmanship. What’s the place? ($0.99)
This twenty-question game deals with landmarks, famous
personalities, important places and well-known cities. You
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have to mark the answers on the map.
SPORT UeFa EuRo 2012 (FrEe)
Euro 2012 fever
The official UEFA app is available for free on Android
and iOS and supplies you with the latest tournament-related
news and player results. You can also activate push-notifications
for select pieces of information. You need to pay to view the video
highlights of individual games, but these highlights can only be
viewed after midnight. On the other hand, the tournament-related
photos and tables are free.

FoOtBaLl ApP (FrEe)


Soccer wizard iLiga has photos and videos of the biggest soccer events.
The free iLiga app is a must for popular tournaments
such as the German national league, the DFB cup or the
Champions League. It covers the European Championships too.
The editable live-ticker always contains a compact summary of
the highlights, breakdowns and lists of players, along with photos,
background information and updated overviews of the groups and
tables. The package is complemented by news items that relate
to the selected competition.

RuNtAsTiC PrO ($5.99)


Virtual training partner
Like running? If yes, Runtastic PRO is the app for
you. Runtastic PRO is a personal fitness assistant that displays
information related to time, distance, calories burned, tempo,
altitude in meters, etc. for exercises such as running or cycling. If
you wish, you can configure the app to play a sound notification
when you reach the final stretch or display details regarding how
many calories have been burned. When you are done, you can use
Google Maps to trace the routes you've covered. If you want, you
Runtastic helps you optimize your Climbing Mate has important
can even share your exercise-related details with your friends via
jogging program. information for rock climbers.
Facebook or Twitter.

5-MiNuTe AbDoMiNaL TrAiNiNg ($1.99) APP-TICKER


Abdominal exercises for office workers
You are your own Gym (Rs 110)
This app claims that five minutes of exercise per
This app presents several exercises that do not need fitness
day should be enough for you to flaunt a six-pack. The kit is devices, and which make use of normal household
impressive and features more than a hundred five-minute units, appliances. It also features a timer and 10-month plans.
along with a timer and an archive of completed exercises.
However, if you take a closer look, you will notice that the units iCross WoD Free (free)
Crossfit is an American fitness trend that involves new
are combinations of about 20 exercises. The app does not cover
training units being posted to a website every day. The app
nutrition-related matters or exercises that go beyond abdominal brings these WoDs (Workout of the Day) to your phone.
muscles, but it’s a good way to get started.
FooDDB (free)
ZoMbIeS, RuN! ($7.99) FooDDB brings an extensive calorie-table and nutrition log to
Run for your life smartphones and tablets. The nutritional value table contains
information on more than 1,20,000 different foods.
Zombies Run motivates you to start running and keep
running. The app leads athletes to believe that they’re being runens ($0.99)
chased by zombies. The only way to avoid them is to take to your Runens is a combination of a training app and a social
heels and collect as many virtual objects as you can. The virtual network. The app can be used to compete with other runners
objects are hidden somewhere along the jogging route. The app in the network who use Runens.
is still incomplete, though. The developer wants to develop 30
Climbing Mate ($1.29)
missions, only half of which have been completed so far. The app Climbing Mate helps you understand the evaluation systems
also records the route traversed, the time and the speed. for different routes. It displays nine climbing evaluation and
- feedback@chip.in three boulder evaluation systems. The app also features a
little section related to knot-tying.
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Restore Windows
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Snapshot, time machine or exact copy—use whichever method you wish and Windows will be
fast, stable and clean again. BY MARKUS HERMANNSDORFER

M
ost tuning tools available installation without reinstalling it. point on the timeline and restore
on the web promise to If you want to avoid a re-installation Windows to an earlier status. Genie
optimize Windows with just and keep all your applications and data, Timeline operates like a deluxe variant of
a click. But in most cases, you do you can opt for Drive Snapshot. The the System Restore application in-built
not know the changes the software tool backs up your system and restores in Windows.
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makes to the operating system during it after the next restart using Windows’ Windows 7 features a tool that can
the tuning process. If Windows is very own shadow copy service (VSS). clone an entire system and restore
unstable or does work at all after The backup file created from this is half it completely. Planned functions for
the tuning, you may even have to the size as the secured system partition. Windows 8, like Reset and Refresh, take
reinstall the operating system. There's If you have very little space available, this a step further. Here, you restore the
no need to fret, however, as we have you can backup all your data and operating system to working status or
other options. Here, we describe settings using Genie Timeline (on the reinstall Windows without losing your
three ways to get a fresh Windows bonus DVD). Here, you select a restore applications.

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THREE WAYS TO THE GOAL
Do you want to try risky programmes, revitalise a clunky
installation or replace your drives? For each scenario, we
have developed optimal, three-step workshops so that your
Windows installation runs smoothly again, without fail.

EXACT COPY
METHOD: System cloning
WINDOWS DOES
NOT START AT ALL REQUIRED TOOL: Windows complete
backup
1
EXPENDITURE 10 minutes
OF TIME*:

SNAPSHOT
METHOD: Secure current sta-
WINDOWS CRASHES tus of the system
OCCASIONALLY REQUIRED TOOL: Drive Snapshot
EXPENDITURE 5 minutes
OF TIME*:

TIME MACHINE
METHOD: Recover
LOSS OF FILES operating system
FROM THE PC REQUIRED TOOL: Genie Timeline
EXPENDITURE 3 minutes
OF TIME*:

SNAPSHOT 2

of the system
CREATING A BACKUP Download Drive Snapshot directly
1 from its website (30-day trial version at drivesnapshot.de)
and run it; the tool does not need to be installed. Click on
“Backup Disk To File” and select your Windows partition in the
next dialog box. Enter a memory location for the backup copy.
A second local drive is optional. Click “Start Copy” to run the
backup automatically in the background. You can continue
working without restrictions.

2
SETTING UP RESTORE Once you have backed up the 3
system, you can install programmes to your heart’s
content, or even play around with the registry values as a test.
If Windows does not function properly after that, start Drive
Snapshot and select “Restore Disk from File”. If you have more
than one backup file, select the most suitable one. Else, just
click “Next” in the assistant.

RESTARTING WINDOWS Select your system partition


3 and activate restore in the next dialog via “Next | Yes”.
The tool will now automatically recover your system on the
next restart. If you want to abort this process, press any key
within ten seconds of the restart, or else the Windows partition
will be restored. On our test computer, which has a 20 GB
system partition, the process took just ten minutes.

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TIME MACHINE
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SETTING UP THE TIME JUMP Install Genie
1 Timeline from the bonus DVD and start the tool. It
will create a new folder, “Backup free zone”, on your
desktop. If you want to exclude specific files from the
backup, you save them there. On the main screen, select
an external drive to save the backed up data. The free
version of Genie Timeline automatically archives your
data every hour. You can set shorter time intervals for 2
running backups if you upgrade to the full version
(approx. Rs 3,777).

SELECT FILES TO BE BACKED UP Determine the


2 files and settings to archive. You can select MS
Office files, images, e-mails, contacts, browser
bookmarks, etc. Once this is done, Genie Timeline
automatically backs-up the selected files in the
background. Timeline runs permanently in the background
and saves your changes automatically; for instance, as
soon as you save a new image, it is automatically copied
into the backup file. The amount of space on the backup
drive required by individual files can be viewed on the pie
3
chart on the lower right corner of the screen. If the drive is
full, you can delete older backups just like in Windows
system restore.

GOING BACK IN TIME Click on “Restore” and then


3 on “Restore from Timeline” to retrieve accidentally
deleted files. You can see the backups made on a time
bar with the exact dates. Just move the slider to a
specific date to restore your data.

Reset and Refresh in Windows 8


Two brand new features in Windows 8 are all set to make the task of system recovery
even easier. The Reset feature restores your PC to its original, freshly-installed state. All
data and installed programs are thus lost. It is imperative that you have administrator
rights for executing the Reset feature in the Control Panel. If you want to retain your data,
select the Refresh function. This feature backs-up all your data and applications in a
special area, and then reinstalls Windows and subsequently recovers the backed up data.
Reset: Completely re-installing Windows: If you’re planning on selling your PC, all your
files, settings and programmes need to be securely deleted in advance. The Reset function
does exactly this and reinstalls Windows; an assistant guides you step-by-step through the
process. The Reset feature writes random data in the sectors where the data was deleted,
making recovery of files using tools such as PC Inspector File Recovery impossible.
Refresh: Backup applications as well: With Refresh, Windows 8 backs-up and restores
the operating system with all your applications, settings and personal data intact. But this

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1

EXACT COPY
of Windows 7
START COMPLETE BACKUP Click on “Start |
1 Control Panel | System and Security | Create
backup of the computer” to start the backup application
integrated in Windows 7. Select “Create system image” in
the next dialog and select a memory location for the
backup. You can only backup “On drive” if you actually
2 have a second, physical drive. If you only have one drive,
Windows does not display this option. The option “On
DVD” has become useless in the terabyte age and the
only option remaining is “On a network address”. It is a
good solution to send the data to an NAS drive.

MAKING A RECOVERY CD Once the backup


2 process is over, the assistant will ask you if you
want to “Create a system repair disc”. This is only
required if you do not have a Windows setup DVD. You
can store the system image on a recovery disk and use it
to repair a defective Windows partition.

RESTORING DEFECTIVE SYSTEM If Windows


3 3 does not boot properly, you can either boot the PC
using the recovery CD or the Windows setup DVD. For
this, you must set the DVD drive as “First Boot Device” in
the BIOS. Select “Computer repair options | Restore using
a previously created computer image“. An assistant helps
you search the drives for the backed up system image.
Options to format and create new partitions are provided.
This is required if you have replaced a defective data
carrier with a new one. Once the backup is restored,
restart the computer. Windows should start running now.
If all of this works flawlessly, revert the BIOS to its earlier
settings during the next start up.
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feature has a catch. Microsoft recognizes individual Metro apps as


applications and classic applications cannot be uniquely identified
by the recovery system (Windows RE). Windows, however, presents
a list with the names of the concerned programs.
Small detour, better solution: If you want to recover Windows
8 along with its classic applications, take a detour and use the
command line tool Recimg.exe. First set a new folder for the
backup - for instance, "D:\Backups” - and look for the complete
backup of the Windows partition in the PowerShell in the Start
menu using

recimg createImage D:\Backups\

Once done, the recovery system will use this image for recovery.

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USE THREE SYSTEMS


on a PC
Virtualisation enables you to make online transactions safely, test software without risks,
clone your computer and emulate consoles. BY MARKUS HERMMSDORFER

W
indows can do a lot, but it Linux or a second Windows version. and may be a problem in the case
can’t do everything. Windows VirtualBox shares the CPU and main of emulators. The BIOS of a game
users occasionally shoot memory with Windows, enabling the console is copyright reserved, but you
envious glances at Linux, which promises OS installed on it to run simultaneously. can read the BIOS from your own
good security, is rarely infected with It also allows you to use the Internet PlayStation. We explain in this article
viruses and is thus well suited for online connection or existing USB ports how you can manage the task quickly
banking. Apple’s Mac OS X is also quite simultaneously. The virtual computer can and safely. Likewise, you must have an
coveted owing to its trendy user interface read data on your physical hard disk to original copy of Apple’s Mac OS X.
and dedicated applications. Some users install an OS, but it cannot write to it.
may also want to test console games You require an emulator for systems More tools, more games,
or other software not meant to run with special hardware components, more user value
natively on Windows or on their systems. for example, the RISC CPU of the On the following page, we show you
Virtualisers and emulators enable you to PlayStation 1 or the architecture of how you can extend your computer’s
run all these systems on a Windows PC. an Apple PowerMac computer. This functionality by way of virtualisers and
tool simulates the complete hardware emulators. You shall find all necessary
Should I emulate or of the external device in a special tools on the DVD bundled with this
virtualise? environment. Emulators generally run issue. We also demonstrate how you
You can install a virtual system on your slower than virtualisers because they can safely clone your system for testing
system with VirtualBox (on this issue’s must clearly carry out more operations. applications, software or extravagant
DVD). You can choose to install either The legal situation is often unclear configurations.

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3 4

Online Transactions on a virtual PC


Rule out hack attacks with a high security operating system for online transactions that protects
you against hackers and viruses
INSTALL BITBOX: BitBox (www. SAFE SURFING: Double click the shared from your Windows installation. For
1 sirrix.de) is one of the best solutions
2 newly saved “Browser in the box” Puppy Linux (www.puppylinux.org), you
if you don’t mind virtualisation or Linux. symbol after the installation. BitBox first need only 128 MB of hard disk space and
This banking software is a heavily- initializes the virtual machine and a new 256 MB of main memory. If the new virtual
armoured version of Firefox that runs from window opens in which the Linux version PC is listed in the main window of
inside a secured Debian Linux installed on of Firefox starts. Now you can type in your VirtualBox, click “Mass storage” and click
a virtual machine. To begin, click on the bank’s website and carry out your “Blank” under “IDE controller”. Now you can
set-up icon and let the application start transactions. Once done, select “File | give the path for the Puppy Linux ISO file.
the set-up wizard. The set-up wizard first Close” in BitBox. All browser tracks are Confirm with “OK” and “Start” the virtual
unpacks the system to a folder of your automatically deleted when shutting down PC with the mini Linux. The new operating
choice and subsequently installs VirtualBox the virtual PC and all changes are rejected. system is installed there.
and reboots the computer. Once booted, A clean, newly installed BitBox is available STARTING HOME BANKING: You
run the BitBox set-up file again and follow with the next start.
4 can immediately start a banking
the wizard’s remaining instructions. Select ARRANGING A VIRTUAL PC: If you software adequate for home use using
“Expert mode” to set up each aspect of
3 want to run finance software on your “Menu | Business | Homebank Finance
the system by yourself. For security virtual PC, start “Oracle VM VirtualBox” by Management”. You can find additional
settings, we recommend selecting the BitBox and set up a virtual PC inclusive of tools by clicking “Install | Click button to
“Confirmation by the user” choice,” which the hard disk and main memory using run the Puppy Package Manager”. Enter
will enable you to check on all data traffic. “New”. Note that the resources shown in “gnucash” in the following window to
The remaining steps are self-explanatory. the wizard for the operating system are install this well-known banking software.

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3 4

Duplicating Your Personal PC Virtually


Test semi-finished software on a virtual copy of your personal computer or test extravagant
configurations
CLONING SYSTEM PARTITION: To partition. If you have a separate partition IDE hard disk, you must also select the
1 clone Windows 7 and your that includes your application or have a “IDE controller” in the virtual PC. You also
applications to a virtual hard disk, enter multiboot hard disk with different operating require a Windows 7 DVD. You include
“Save” in the search line of the Start Menu systems, you will see several large virtual these two in the ‘”Mass storage” field.
and select “Create backup of the computer hard disks. Now create a new “VHD” ORGANIZE BOOT SECTOR: Start
| Create system image”. Follow the directory outside the “Windows Image
4 the virtual PC and press [F12] to
instructions of the wizard. Reject the backup” folder. Copy the virtual hard disks boot the Windows DVD. Click “Computer
option to create a repair data carrier that’s to this new directory. Right click on one of repair options” in the Wizard. Open the
offered in the end. the VHDs and select “Properties | Security “Input request” in the “System restoration
EXTRACTING A VIRTUAL HARD | Advanced | Owner | Edit”. Now, you can option” in the dialogue. Type in the control
2 DISK: Windows creates a change the owner from “System” to sequence that is given on the DVD as a
“WindowsImageBackup” folder when “Administrator” and copy the virtual hard test file (“diskpart-listing.txt). Afterwards,
saving a new file. The “[Computer name}\ disk to “VHD”. Also change the file name make the Windows partition bootable with
Backup [Date]” subfolders are located for a better overview. Name the small VHD the “bootrec/fixmbr” and “bootrec/fixboot”
there. Confirm the pop-up dialogue by “system reserved” and the big one as commands. Close the input request and
clicking “Continue” when opening this file “Windows 7 copy”. select “System start repair”. You must
to receive the necessary access rights. You ORGANIZE VIRTUAL PC: Create a execute it three times because the boot
will find VHD files in the backup folder
3 virtual PC in VirtualBox (free manager cannot find the Windows
which include the “System reserved” download) using “New” and add your partition easily. Only after you do this can
partition and a big file with the Windows VHDs using “Mass storage”. If you have an you boot your cloned computer.

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3 4

APPLE MAC OS X on Windows PC


Revive old programs that do not run on Intel Mac with the PearPC emulator in Windows
PREPARE: You require a legal copy Click “New”, enter a name, in the wizard minutes on a computer with a multi-core
1 of Apple’s OSX as an ISO file for this and select the operating system to be CPU and 2 GB of RAM. At the end of the
workshop. The PearPC emulator (on issue emulated here. Enter the path to file installation, PearPC shuts down the Apple
DVD) supports OSX versions 10.2 (Jaguar), “pearpc.img” under “Primary master HD operating system automatically. Remove
10.3 (Panther) and 10.4 (Tiger). First, image”. Give the file path for the ISO file of the entry for the set-up DVD using “IDE”.
create a new directory “C:\PPC” and the Mac OSX in the “IDE slot” field. Exit CREATE SHORTCUT: Click “Create
decompress PearPC there. Create a the wizard with “Finish” and switch the
4 desktop shortcut” by clicking the
subdirectory “image” in the “PPC” folder. display resolution to “1024x768x32” under main window of VBox GUI to start Mac
Unpack a blank virtual hard disk – the “Video”. Click “Next” and change the entry OSX easily in the future. From now on, you
PearPC image file (pearpc.sourceforge. to “select” under “Boot | Boot method”. If can start your new Apple PC using the
net). This is compressed in the “bz.2” you have a PC with at least 2 GB of RAM, shortcut. The operating system requests
archive format. If unpacking fails, install increase the main memory to 1 GB under all sorts of data and a compulsory
IZArc (izarc.org) and decompress the “System”. registration. The registration is used to
image with this tool into the folder “PPC\ INSTALLING MAC OS: Click “Start” avoid the installation of the OS copy on
Image”. In “pearpc.img”, you can change
3 to activate the emulator. The tool several Macs or PCs. Once the system is
the file name of the packed image file. shows a bootable partition marked with installed, you can start programs like iChat,
Lastly, copy the Mac OSX ISO file in the “cdrom0”, which you select with the [1] Safari and the QuickTime player using the
image folder. button. Subsequently, the installation of task bar. Otherwise, open “System
CONFIGURE EMULATOR: Now Mac OSX starts. It runs automatically to a settings” and configure the system by
2 install the PearPC tool Vbox GUI. large extent and lasts for approximately 40 yourself.

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Emulating Game Consoles on the PC


Do you have children playing with your PlayStation all day? Get the console absolutely legally on
your Windows desktop with an emulator.
READ PLAYSTATION BIOS: If you “.mcr” with every BIOS part that is LOAD GAME: EPSXE can read your
1 have a PlayStation 1, you'll have read downloaded. Now, install Biosmerge
3 PC's DVD drive. As soon as you insert
the copyright protected BIOS on it. Unpack (forums.ngemu.com/showthread. a game disk, you can run it via “File | Run
the BIOS dumper (forums.ngemu.com/ php?t-93161) and move the five BIOS CDROM”. With Nero or ImgBurn, you can
showthread.php?t=93161) and burn the parts to its directory. The tool merges them also save games that are not copyright
“psx.exe” file from the archive onto a CD in a “SCPHxxxx.bin” file. Replace the four protected onto a hard disk and load them
ROM. Insert a blank memory card in the x-digits with the serial number of the using “File | Run ISO”. If it rejects the game,
PlayStation and insert the CD you just PlayStation that you will find at the see under “Help | Contents | Specific
burned. Once the dump tool starts, select bottom of the device. games” whether the developer of the
the BIOS parts displayed first with the [X] CONFIGURE EMULATOR: Unpack emulator offers any solution.
button on the controller. Once the
2 EPSXE (www.epsxe.com) and open TUNE GRAPHICS: High-end
selection is done, exit the console by the file. Now, copy the BIOS of the
3 graphics are never to be had from
pressing the [O] button. To read the PlayStation in the “bios” directory. Start the nostalgic block graphics. However, testing
memory card on the PC, you'll need a emulator and follow the instructions in the plug-ins available on pbernert.com is worth
device called DexDrive available on eBay wizard. If you are unsure whether a driver the while. If one from those available is
for approximately 20 Euros (approx. Rs functions on your system, click “test”. If an able to better support your graphics card,
1,362), and the tool Memcard Rex error occurs, use another driver. Use you can go for high resolution in the video
(shendosoft.blogspot.de). Do the same for “Config” to configure video, audio, CDROM configuration of the emulator or increase
all four parts to retrieve all components of and controller settings according to your the image frequency (“FPS”).
the BIOS. Change the extension “.gme” to preference. - feedback@chip.in

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You may have a great business idea, but translating it into a successful business is not
an easy task. Getting your idea incubated with an incubation centre or being a part of an
accelerator programme is one of the smarter ways to get started. BY PRIYANKA TILVE

A
n engineering student was Hisamuddin. Today, it answers more are more traditional, usually funded by
travelling when he came across than two million queries a day and more governments or hosted by educational
a word he couldn't understand. than 10 million users have availed of the institutions and offer long-term support.
He had a basic phone with no Internet service. The latter is InterviewStreet.com, They incubate all kinds of startups and
connectivity and wanted to look it up. co-founded by engineers Vivek Ravisankar also encourage social entrepreneurial
It was then that it struck him: why and Harishankaran K. Its roster includes projects. On the other hand, accelerators
can’t there be an SMS-based search companies like Zynga, Facebook, Amazon are a relatively newer phenomenon and
engine? He got together with his friends, and even NASA. are usually run by people who have
discussed and deliberated, and they were While both are undoubtedly great been through the rigmarole of setting
convinced that an SMS-based search concepts, their founders believe they up a startup and thus, offer mentorship
engine did make sense. Elsewhere, as couldn’t have achieved half of what they to budding entrepreneurs. Accelerator
a part of their college project during have if it were not for the belief, support programmes are usually of shorter
the placement season, two friends got and mentorship they received from the duration and may not offer physical
together to set up a forum for conducting business accelerators they were part of. incubation space. They tend to favour
mock interviews, making it easier to So, what exactly are accelerators and tech startups that leverage technologies
shortlist candidates. Its effectiveness incubators? What’s at stake and how do and platforms like the Internet, cloud
got them thinking and they realised it they help? We find out. and mobile. However, many traditional
had the potential to be used by large incubators have also started offering
companies for shortlisting candidates. Incubator or Accelerator? short-term accelerator programmes.
The former went on to become Since both incubators and accelerators
the extremely successful SMSGyan, offer almost the same type of eco- Why incubate?
launched by Innoz, which was founded systems for startups, they are often Let's imagine that you have an excellent
by four students from LBS College of confused together. Both are used to business idea. You may even start working
Engineering, Kerala – Deepak Ravindran, encourage good business ideas, but on it and create a prototype, but you can
Abhinav Sree, Ashwin Nath and Mohd. there is a subtle difference. Incubators run into some problem and then just give

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WAY TO SUCCESS Jagdish Limbachiya

up on it altogether. Or, you may simply to be a successful entrepreneur; and problems both from the technology and
lose interest in the project. Then, probably there are enough startups out there business perspectives. They will help
a few years later, you may come across that have made a mark on their own. you understand where and why things
a successful business that was just what However, the eco-system they provide could go wrong, what will or won’t work,
you had thought about. How you wish will ensure your idea meets its full etc. It will encourage you to look beyond
that had you pursued your idea a little potential. Ravisankar, the co-founder what you have been doing, which makes
longer, that successful businessman could of InterviewStreet.com, said that being your chances of success much higher.”
have been you. Well, that’s just what an part of the programme at The Morpheus Microsoft runs several programmes for
incubation centre or an accelerator will helped them most in making decisions. budding entrepreneurs based on the
help you do – focus and hone your idea He says, “It was a fantastic experience. feedback it received from the student and
into a successful startup. If they think your When we started, we had no idea what developer communities. Its initiatives like
idea has potential, they will offer you work a startup was all about and Morpheus DreamSpark, BizSpark, BizSpark One and
space, initial funds and technical support. helped us understand the business side BizSpark Plus are highly successful. The
They will connect you with a mentor and of startups. I don’t think we would have company recently launched the Microsoft
also help you raise funds by connecting achieved the same success had it not Accelerator programme in Bengaluru,
you with VCs, angel investors and private been for the support we received there.” which is a four-month programme aimed
investors. Once you find space in their InterviewStreet went on to become the at helping early stage startups.
programme, you can focus on fine-tuning first Indian startup to be incubated by Tanvi Rangwala, Director - iAccelerator
and developing your idea. And if you US-based accelerator Y Combinator, & ICT Initiatives, Centre for Innovation
stumble along the way, rest assured you which is no mean feat. Incubation and Entrepreneurship, Indian
will have a lot of helping hands. They will Kattayil Rajinish Menon, Director- ISV Institute of Management - Ahmedabad,
also offer you help with things like your & Cloud Strategy, Developer and Platform says, “The number one way in which a
business model, marketing and IP issues. Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation, startup benefits is in the form of initial
However, in return for all the support and supports Ravisankar’s claim. He says, investment in return of equity. This will give
mentoring they offer, they will claim an “The core benefit is that it will help you them a longer run base. Most of them start
equity stake in your business. narrow down your idea and understand off by utilising their own savings, which
Are they necessary? No. There is no and pin-point your problem areas very may be limited. So, the initial investment
rule that says you have to be a part of well. You will understand, as you speak that they will receive will certainly keep
an incubator or accelerator programme with the experts, what could be the them going for a longer period of time.

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Incubators provide all the facilities that you could possibly need. Entreprenuer Wide, open spaces that allow teams to sit together is beneficial as it encourages
working on a project at SINE, IIT Bombay. healthy competitiveness and interaction. The set up at TLabs.

Secondly, we also provide infrastructure points out: “We put a lot of emphasis on have a core team in place. You cannot
support in the form of office space; we the team as it is very important for the have people working part-time for you.”
provide help related to IP, compliance and success of your idea. As there may be a
with everything else that they'd need to lot of obstacles that can come along the Things to consider
run their startup.” The CIIE runs several way, they need to have a good leader. Getting into an incubation centre or an
incubation programmes for different types Most of them are really young guys with accelerator programme is not as easy
of projects and SMSGyan is a product of good educational backgrounds and they as it seems. And there is no right time to
its iAccelerator programme. know the kind of jobs they can easily get. approach an incubator or an accelerator
Despite that, they choose to start on their with your idea, as many of them provide
You need more than just an own, so there is a lot of motivation that support to projects at all stages. Whether
Idea goes into it.” you have just a sketch of your idea or a
For incubators or accelerators to select Agreeing with the thought, Rajinish working prototype, you will find the right
you, your idea has to be powerful. It will added, “You need to have a core team programme. However, there are certain
be evaluated by domain experts and of believers; you may have an idea, but things you should bear in mind before
you'll find a place in the programme only you also need to successfully rally some approaching them. Padmaja Ruparel,
if they see potential in it. The seats are people around. Because, it is very rare President, Indian Angel Network, which
limited and the competition is fierce, so that someone can build a company on runs an incubation centre, says, “Before
your pitch has to be strong and should his own. You need to have a team who approaching an incubation centre, the
convince them of its value. What will also understands and stands by you. If you are entrepreneur should consider if their
determine your success is your core team. thinking of building or making a mark on goals are compatible with the goals and
In fact, when you approach incubators the eco-system today, you need to have objectives of the centre. The incubation
or accelerators, one important point of a good team in place. It doesn’t matter centre's ability to provide the tools and
consideration is whether your passion whether the team is from a marketing or mentorship that you require should also
is shared by your core team. Rangwala technical perspective, but you need to be taken into account.”

One of the benefits are the mentorship sessions, which will immensely add to The accelerator centres also provide facilities like recreation rooms. Seen here
your knowledge. A session underway at The Startup Centre. is the recreation room at Microsoft's Bangalore Accelerator.

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SOME OF THE INCUBATORS AND ACCELERATORS OPERATING IN THE COUNTRY


National Design Business Incubator, Technopark TBI Microsoft Accelerator
NID www.technopark.org www.microsoft.com/en-in/accelerator
www.ndbiindia.org The Morpheus The Startup Centre
Centre for Innovation Incubation and www.themorpheus.com www.thestartupcentre.com
Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad TREC-STEP TLabs
www.ciieindia.org www.trecstep.com www.tlabs.in
Society For Innovation And IAN Incubator The Hatch
Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay www.indianangelnetwork.com/ www.thehatch.in
www.sineiitb.org incubator

Before approaching them, it’s always have an edge over others when it comes product. However, he is quick to point out
good to do some research about the to being incubated and even receiving that the situation is changing. Investors
programme and their expectations. It funds. While this is partially true, it are now willing to fund entrepreneurs for
will also give you a head-start when doesn’t necessarily sum up the situation. projects and the number of incubation
making your pitch. Sameer Guglani, a Mahesh Krovvidi, CEO, National Design centres has increased as compared to the
serial entrepreneur with over ten years Business Incubator, National Institute of last ten years. There are incubators – most
of experience and the co-founder of Design, Ahmedabad, agrees that Internet- of them funded by the government and
The Morpheus, has some words of based startups find it easier, but blames hosted by institutes like the IITs, NITs
advice, “Check if the accelerator has it on the business economics of quick and the IIMs – that cater to the needs of
full-time partners who have been startup returns. He says, “Unfortunately in the entrepreneurs who are developing products
entrepreneurs themselves. If yes, it can be country, a large number of people are in the technology, science, medical,
extremely valuable to work closely with involved in developing Internet-based engineering and mechanical fields.
them for three to four months because products as it's easier for them. Even
they can step into your shoes, understand from the incubators' perspective - they Incubation equals success?
your situation and give you the right usually incubate products for two to three Getting into an incubation programme
advice, direction and suggestions. years - if they take up a startup with a is definitely a big deal, as it proves that
Typically, accelerators work with a set mechanical product, it’s highly unlikely your idea has the potential. But that
of companies as a batch, which creates that the product will hit the market in doesn’t necessarily guarantee success;
a good environment with lots of peer three years. On the other hand, Internet- the biggest reason could be you. Guglani
learning and healthy competition. So look based projects are relatively easy to states, “The biggest factor in the success
for spaces that are more open and where develop and can be ready in two to three or failure of a startup is the hard work
different teams sit next to each other. years. This is why most incubators are and tenacity of the founders. Accelerators
Also, go for places that are flexible and biased towards startups that leverage the or incubators cannot help founders who
relaxed in terms of culture, work timings, Internet.” are not ready to put in the enormous
etc. Most importantly, take a look at the Another factor at work is the mindset effort that a startup needs.” Most of the
deal terms, the equity expectations and where manufacturing companies favour people we spoke to agree that this is the
cash fees if any. Other factors include a products that are successful abroad biggest factor in making or breaking a
friendly community of portfolio founders instead of supporting a local entrepreneur startup after incubation. Of course, there
that you can be a part of and also good who may have developed a similar could be other factors at play, like market
relationships with angels and VCs so that product. And it’s not just the manufacturer; fluctuations or some technical flaws. But
they can introduce you at the right time.” it’s the same kind of mindset even that’s very rare as your idea is thoroughly
consumers have. Krovvidi rues the fact that analysed. Once incubated, you benefit
Is it easier for Internet even the innovators here are rigid; they from support, mentorship and funding –
projects to get incubated? want to do everything themselves instead things that will enable you to turn your
It may seem that startups that leverage of partnering with the right manufacturer idea into a successful startup.
the Internet, cloud or mobile platforms and getting somebody to market their - priyanka.tilve@chip.in
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requent online shoppers will be oving and adjusting to another city o you freelance? What do you
well-aware of how tedious the is difficult, with your social life think about the idea of an open
price comparison process can get. being the worst-hit. Making new marketplace for freelancers?
The newly-launched CompareRaja does friends is easier at events or activities Launched in 2008, UK-based
all the work for you, bringing you that you are passionate about, be it PeoplePerHour.com is a purpose-driven
results from a whole range of sites. dance, cycling, hiking, film, travel or platform that works on a simple
In terms of design and layout, the site pets. Where could you find information premise. Here, businesses can post
is quite intuitive and easy to navigate. about such activities happening in your their requirements and freelancers
After a user selects a category and neighbourhood? Treetle.com aims to can sell their skills. What sets it apart
enters the product, it displays a list of become a platform for connecting people from other freelance job listings is
websites selling that product against its over common hobbies and interests. that all assignments are sold by the
cost. Search results are arranged from You can sign up on Treetle and create hour. The home page of the site has
the lowest price to the highest, with your profile by selecting your hobbies a video featuring Mark Zuckerberg,
the best deal highlighted. Additionally, and activities of interest. Depending Andrew Warhol and JK Rowling,
the website also shows discount on your selections and location, you and signifies that their best ideas
coupons, if any are available. Results will get updates. You can create or join were thought of in a few hours.
are pulled in from sites like Flipkart, hobby clubs and invite people to join PeoplePerHour has a product called
HomeShop18, IndiaPlaza, Naaptol, them. Similarly, you can organise events, ‘Hourlies’ that enables freelancers to
Yebhi, InfiBeam, Indiatimes Shopping post their details and invite people to sell their skills by the hour. Post a skill
and Sulekha. Choose your deal, and participate. Every new member has to you have, state the amount of time you
the site takes you to the e-commerce verify his or her phone number before need, and quote your charges. When
site to complete your transaction. You getting complete access to the site. posting your skills, you can upload
can compare prices of mobile phones, An additional feature is ‘Appreciations’, images, videos or a portfolio. You
tablets, cameras, camcorders, laptops, which are somewhat like Facebook need to enter a description of what
watches, perfumes, and books. ‘Likes’. For every ‘Appreciation’ you your client should expect and what
An interesting feature is an add-on receive, you get credit points. People you require to get started. Services
for Chrome and Firefox browsers. When who enjoyed any event or activity you posted on the site include SEO, social
you’re browsing an e-commerce site, organised can give you ‘Appreciations’. media, writing reviews of products,
it displays prices and discount details Credit points can be redeemed in the editing documents, creating logos,
from other sites. Apart from price form of e-vouchers of Treetle’s merchant re-touching photos, making itineraries
comparison, it allows you to ask your partners. The website is still in the for a destination, caricaturing, creating
Facebook friends their views about a beta stage. Though it is available in flash banners, and animations. The time
product. You can set price reminders for over three thousand cities in India, required for delivering the products or
notifications when a particular product most events currently listed are in and services is crucial. All your postings are
is available at the price specified. around Bengaluru. Currently, over 70 displayed on your profile along with
The site displays ratings by clubs have been formed. The platform their levels and ratings. You can browse
experts and users alike. In addition, has tremendous potential for growth, the jobs posted by category and apply
CompareRaja plans to have a user- considering the fact that it has a more for them. The job posting states the
rating system for e-commerce sites so focused approach as compared to requirement, the fees and the duration
it can feature only the best deals. groups on social networking sites. for which the services are required.

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with the problem of plenty. It has hile I won’t term myself but there was no sign of the product,
also become dreary seeing the same as a serial e-shopper, even after a few days. She called the
products and services listed on every I do shop for books customer care only to be informed
site. In such a scenario, a new site regularly. I have also that the item was out of stock. They
needs to offer more than just good shopped for electronics and my biggest assured her that her money would be
deals to capture consumers’ attention. online purchase has been a digital returned and as a goodwill gesture,
PepperFry.com is like a breath of fresh camera. In fact, a particular site tops gave her some bonus credit points.
air in the cluttered e-commerce space. my list owing to its prompt delivery, no One reason for such problems could
With a Pinterest–like layout, payment gateway glitches, an efficient be the business model these sites follow.
PepperFry claims to offer over 30,000 delivery status notification system and While some prefer to stock products
lifestyle products across categories. You good customer service. I must say that in warehouses, many procure it from
can select a particular category and then it has spoilt me and I expect the same vendors only after receiving an order. If
set filters for an efficient search. For from the rest of the competition. I mean, they stock products in their warehouses,
instance, mobile and tablet accessories if this site can do it, why can’t the rest? they know their inventory and are thus
are filtered according to colour, material, Unfortunately, that’s not the case. in better control. However, maintaining
or warranty. This is quite a handy I had never shopped for clothes or a warehouse adds to the cost for them
feature as it helps narrow down choices shoes online and was tempted recently and they also have to deal with unsold
considerably and makes selection easier. when I came across an e-commerce site products. On the other hand, procuring
It also saves you from browsing several offering great discounts on top brands. it from vendors after receiving an order
pages to find the product of your choice. A particular pair of jeans caught my might be cost-effective, but the site
Though there are a limited number attention, and even though it was a has little control over the inventory.
of products featured in each category, site I hadn’t heard of before, I decided And so, while you may see the product
most are not available on a lot of other to go ahead with the order. I added as ‘in stock’ online, the reality could
e-commerce sites. On PepperFry, you the item to the cart and proceeded to be otherwise. However, it’s hardly
have the option to place bulk orders make the payment. I had to fi rst create a problem that cannot be solved.
on which you receive special discounts. an account and once this was done, I While each site focuses on offering
Bulk orders can be placed in case of clicked on ‘Payment Options’. But, to my great deals, most overlook the crucial
home décor, jewellery, and clothes. surprise, a window popped-up saying aspect of customer satisfaction. Instead
Goods ship locally at no extra cost, and that my shopping cart was empty! I of spending large sums of money on
there are several easy payment options, went back to the product page and it advertising, what they should do is focus
including cash-on-delivery as well as showed an out-of-stock sign; it simply on getting their back-end right. After
interest-free Easy Monthly Instalments vanished! Needless to say, I felt cheated all, no number of crazy deals is going to
(EMI). If you are not satisfied with the and robbed of a good pair of jeans. help if customer satisfaction is lacking.
product, you can return it within seven Discussing the misfortune with If you ensure that you deliver what you
days of receiving it, stating the reason friends brought out tales of the horrors promise, as a customer, I wouldn’t mind
for your dissatisfaction, and get your of shopping online. One had ordered paying a little bit more than I what I
money back. PepperFry offers deals, a product from a daily deal site and currently do, as I’m assured of service.
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[Q] Hello, Dr CHIP. I would like to block any site that has the word or characters file is not a foolproof method and it can
some websites from my system. How ‘torrent’ in it. In order to do so, login to be easily re-edited by the user to lift the
can I do that? Can you please give me your router with admin privileges and ban. Another method is to use OpenDNS
step-by-step instructions? I have a look for the filter section; it could be (www.opendns.com) to block websites.
Wi-Fi router and we have a desktop and named ‘website filter’, ‘parental controls’ Using OpenDNS is simple, but can be
a laptop connected to it. I would like or something similar. This will differ from complicated for a new user. I think the
to block websites so that any system router to router. Enable the filtering and best option for you is to use the router’s
connected to this router cannot access enter the keywords or URLs accordingly. blocking feature.
these sites. Finally, how do I remove the You can also specify if you want the
restrictions? Thank you. blocking to be applied to certain PCs [Q] Hello, Dr CHIP. I have a LAVA
– Putou (MAC or IP address-based filters) or 730G USB Internet Dongle for using
applied within a time frame. This will also 3G wireless Internet on my laptop.
depend on the features of the router (if But when I plug-in the USB dongle, it
it has a built-in option). To disable it, you mysteriously disables my sound card.
can simply go back and disable the filters What I mean is that if I open YouTube
when you need access. Certain routers or any other website, it opens without
also have profiles that can be saved and any problem, but there is no sound. I
applied when needed. If you want to also checked by using the same dongle
block URLs on a specific PC or laptop, on my friend’s laptop, and the problem
you can do so by editing the ‘hosts’ file persists. When I remove it, everything
on that PC. The file is located in the works fine. I bought the dongle from
folder ‘C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc’. Flipkart. Please help.
Open the hosts file using Notepad. Now, – Sagar
You can use the router’s in-built blocking for example, if you want to block the
mechanism to block sites by URLs and keywords. website ‘www.facebook.com’, you need
to add the line ‘127.0.0.1 www.facebook.
[A] Hello, Putou. In order to block a com’ at the end of the document. Ignore
website on your given network, you can all the other lines that are already
make use of the router’s internal features. present in the file and save it.
You need to login to your router and Now, when the user tries to access
specify the websites you want to block. the Facebook website, the browser will
You can also block multiple sites by first access the 'hosts' file and try to find
barring certain keywords. For example, if the website on the IP address ‘127.0.0.1’,
you block ‘www.torrentz.eu’, users will which is the same PC, and the website
only be blocked out from that particular will not be displayed. You can keep adding
website. But if you block the keyword multiple websites to the 'hosts' file. ConnectifyMe can share an Internet connection
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[A] Hello, Sagar. There is absolutely no a wireless card (or wireless USB dongle) Add another Google account and
connection between a USB modem and to the PC and use an application called switch to that account in the market’s
the sound/audio being disabled when ConnectifyMe. This software will share settings.
they are both operated together. There the connection from the 3G dongle with Finally, backup your data and settings
seems to be either a hardware fault or other PCs using the Wi-Fi card or dongle; using Titanium Backup and restore
a driver issue. Try downloading a fresh the software turns the PC into a wireless factory defaults (reset the phone
copy of the drivers for both the dongle router. If you want to connect other settings).
and the sound card and reinstall them PCs via an Ethernet switch or standard
after removing the older drivers and see wireless router, you can do so by sharing [Q] Dear Dr CHIP. I want to install
if the problem is solved. If it persists, you the 3G dongle’s Internet connection on both Windows XP and Windows 7 on
should write to Flipkart and to Lava and your computer's internal Ethernet card. my Acer Aspire 5552G. Is this possible?
leave a complaint explaining the issue in Then connect the PC to the WAN port of If yes, then how?
detail. Also ask for a replacement under the router using an Ethernet cable. The – Prateek
warranty. It could be a factory defect router will take care of the sharing from
with the dongle hardware and could there on.
possibly be rectified with a replacement.
[Q] Hi, Dr CHIP. I have a Samsung
[Q] Hello, Dr CHIP. I have a Micromax Galaxy Ace s5830i Android phone,
Wi-Fi router; model number MMX400. which I connect to a BSNL Internet
The router is for use with multiple connection through a Wi-Fi router. The
devices like tablets and laptops. BSNL connection uses a Nokia Siemens
The problem is that in my area, the modem. The IP address of the router
signal connectivity of any of the GSM (modem) is 192.168.1.1. The problem is
operators is very poor and there is that on the Play Store, the apps just
no possibility of a wired telephone/ don’t download over Wi-Fi and throw
Internet connection at my place. Tata up an error code - "error 927". Please The system will show a menu during the booting
stage on a PC with two or more operating systems.
Indicom photon Plus, I believe, works help me.
well in the area. My questions are: – Chari
Will the Micromax router I have work [A] Hello, Prateek. Yes, it is possible to
with CDMA networks? Or will it work install both Windows XP and Windows
only with a GSM network? 7 on the same PC. But for both the
How can I use multiple devices on operating systems to exist on the same
Wi-fi using a GSM 3G dongle/Tata PC, you will need to partition your hard
photon Plus or similar 3G dongles like drive into two partitions so that each
the ones from Vodafone or Airtel? operating system can be installed on
Can I use the 3G dongle and make different partitions. Secondly, in order to
my laptop or desktop PC a hotspot and install Windows 7 along with Windows
connect multiple devices through it? XP, you will need to install Windows
Need urgent help. Thanks XP first and then install Windows 7
– Capt Aseem on another partition. Take a complete
[A] Hello, Aseem. Since you believe Tata Clearing the cache and Dalvik cache via the backup of your data on another media
photon Plus works well in your area and recovery utility can help solve issues with the OS. (external USB hard drive or DVD). Then
the other services don’t, it seems there boot from the Windows XP CD and divide
is a Tata signal tower close to where you [A] Hello, Chari. The problem is with the drives into two (or more) partitions.
live. A GSM dongle cannot be operated the Google Market app (now known as Format the partitions and proceed with
with a CDMA service or SIM. You will Google Play Store). In order to get rid of the Windows XP installation on drive
need a CDMA router or dongle. If you the errors while downloading apps from C:\. Once done, you should boot from
want to use multiple connections on a the Play Store, you will need to take the the Windows 7 DVD and install Windows
single 3G dongle, you will have to opt for following steps and check if it works at on drive D:\. After both the installations
a 3G router or a router that is compatible every stage. are complete, your system will show a
with a 3G dongle. The router will login Try clearing the cache and Dalvik menu during the booting stage that will
and connect to the Internet using the 3G cache from the recovery mode or use an ask you which operating system you
dongle and then share the connection app to do so. would like to boot into. Once you have
with other devices and PCs connected to Go to the applications section in installed the two operating systems, you
it. You can also connect the 3G dongle to settings and clear out the data from the should be very careful while installing
a laptop or a desktop PC and share the market app. applications and deleting files. If you
connection with others on the network. If Try force closing the market app, then install applications or delete important
you want to connect other devices to this uninstalling the market app updates. files from the other partition, you could
PC wirelessly, you will need to connect Reboot. end up with an operating system crash.

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[Q] Hello, sir. I have a Sony VAIO


VPCEB34EN laptop and the DVD drive
is giving me some problems. It doesn’t
read most discs and usually shows them
as blank discs. When it does read a disc,
it but stops reading after a few minutes
and I have to eject and re-insert the disc.
Please Help.
– Rishav

Brute force attack is a method that tries all Install Windows 8 on a USB drive and boot from it
possible combinations of specified symbols. to save yourself the troubles of dual booting.

symbols. Brute force attack is a method difficult to suggest something for dual
that tries all possible combinations of booting and installing Mac OSX on it. But I
the specified symbols. If the forgotten can suggest an alternative. Why not make
password had less than six symbols, then use of your USB port and an external hard
the recovery can be quickly done. With drive to boot another operating system?
longer passwords, the password recovery There are many methods you can
tool will take much longer; it may take employ to have a live operating system
Moisten an ear bud with a little isopropyl alcohol
hours and even days at times. Since you booting and running directly from a USB
and gently clean the lens.
need to recover the password for your pen drive or a USB hard drive. In this way,
[A] Hello, Rishav. Your laptop's optical document, you can try Word 2007/2010 you can make use of Mac OS on your
drive seems to be either failing or the lens and Excel 2007/2010 Password Recovery PC and use Windows 8 from the USB
is dirty. Try using a DVD lens cleaner or from ‘www.lastbit.com’. You could also drive. But in your case, you already have
moisten an ear bud with a little isopropyl try some other utilities that are available Windows 7 installed and this is going
alcohol and try gently cleaning the lens. on ‘www.freewordexcelpassword.com’ to make it more complicated. Why not
Wait for a few minutes and then check if and ‘www.password-crackers.com’. A take the safest and easiest route? Take
it works again. If not, the lens is probably free utility for cracking Word and Excel a complete backup of your data from
misaligned, weak or almost dead. If it's the files called ‘Crackit’, developed by Jack the hard drive, repartition and format
latter, you'd have to replace the drive or Kennel, is available for download on ‘www. the hard drive; install Mac OS and then
opt for an external USB DVD writer. password-crackers.com/crack/guaword. install Windows 7 or Windows 8 after that.
html’. Please do note that none of these Alternatively, you can install Mac OS on
[Q] Hello, Dr CHIP. I created an MS utilities are completely guaranteed to work the laptop and then use Windows 8 via
Word file two months ago in Microsoft or give you the required results. You may a USB drive. Another option is to opt for
Word 2007 and applied password be lucky in certain cases if the password another 2.5-inch hard drive and install the
protection to prevent the file from applied to the document is weak. operating systems individually on each
editing. But now I have forgotten the drive and switch them whenever you need
password for it. Every time I open the [Q] Hello, Dr CHIP. I have a Sony VAIO them. In this way, you have a complete
file, it asks for a password. Please help E series VPCEH18FG laptop powered drive for each operating system, enough
me figure out if there is any way to open by an Intel Core i5 Processor. I want storage space, no data confusion between
my file now. Please help me. Thanks in to install Mac OSX on it together with the two operating systems and finally, no
Advance. Windows 7 64-bit in dual boot mode. dual boot troubles in case one OS fails.
– Ashutosh Rai I had installed Mac OSX earlier and it
worked fine except for some missing [Q] Hi, Dr CHIP. I read your section in
[A] Hello, Ashutosh. As we all know, drivers. The laptop has ‘Insyde H20’ every issue and find it very helpful. I
Microsoft Office 2007 is built with BIOS and I know it supports UEFI want to ask you a question. There are
significantly improved security features and booting, but I am not able to install some keys on my laptop for playing or
the passwords allotted to Word and Excel Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit stopping the songs, but they only work
2007 documents are extremely hard to versions using UEFI. I know I will have with Windows Media Player, which I
break. Presently, there are only two basic to reformat the drive completely, but I don't use. I use VLC Player more often.
methods of breaking passwords and they don’t want to do it and want to install Is there any way through which the keys
are dictionary searches and brute force the other OS with dual boot options. can be made to work with VLC Media
attacks. Dictionary search is very quick, but Please help. Player. Thanks.
it doesn't help much if the password was – Shahzadpreet Singh – Sagar Goel
created artificially, which means that the
password is not a word, but is a random [A] Hello, Shahzadpreet. Since you don’t [A] Hello Sagar. You can remap or assign
combination of letters, numbers and/or want to format your hard drive, it is very keys from your keyboard to VLC at any

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the ports were working fine, but after I or reinstalling the chipset drivers for
installed Windows XP again, one port the notebook. The final alternative is to
shows an error. Whenever I try to reset reinstall Windows completely after taking a
the port, it doesn’t get done. There is backup of your data.
no USB device connected to it, but it
still shows a power surge icon. One port [Q] Hello, Dr Chip. I recently got an
works while the other one is blocked. Acer Aspire E1-531, which runs Windows
7 Professional Edition. I also have a
PC. I was fiddling around with the
Homegroup and Sharing options on
my PC and succeeded in sharing the
required folders. I wanted to share the
You can remap or assign keys from your keyboard
to VLC at any given time.
full drives, but I couldn’t. After all this
messing around, an extra drive partition
time. To do this, try the following steps: has popped out of nowhere on my
Click Tools and select Preferences laptop. I’ve tried to remove it, but can’t
From the left hand side, select Hotkeys do so. Please help me to get rid of this
You will now see a window for partition as it’s really annoying. I have
configuring an action and associating attached a screenshot of the drive for
it with a Hotkey. Scroll down until you SiSoft Sandra is an easy way to find what your reference.
find the action ‘next’ and then double- components your PC or notebook is using. – Erin Viegas
click on it.
You should now be prompted to enter a I have consulted various hardware
new key for ‘next Track’. Now press the technicians, but all in vain. Could you
multimedia key on your keyboard which suggest any company technician who
represents the next track. could solve the problem or could you
When done, do the same for the play, suggest a solution so that I can do it
pause, stop, volume and all other keys myself? Thank you.
you want to map with the multimedia – Somnath Paul
keyboard. This mapping will now be
saved in VLC’s database and you can [A] Hello Somnath. The problem, at its
use them in future. worst, could be with the hardware — in this
Usually, VLC has frequent updates case, the motherboard itself, as it houses
which should take care of the keyboard the USB ports. To check if it is a software The Disk Management feature within Windows is
an easy way to delete volumes and partitions.
mappings automatically, unless the or driver issue, you can try the following
hardware design is not a common one. In things. First, try to reinstall the USB drivers [A] Hello, Erin. You can see if there are
these cases, you can use the above trick. for your notebook. This will be available on any additional partitions showing up in the
your notebook manufacturer’s site. You can ‘Disk Management’ option in the Control
[Q] Respected sir, I have been reading also use software such as ‘SiSoft Sandra’ Panel. Click on Start > Control Panel >
CHIP magazine for the past year and it to correctly identify the components used System and Security > Administrative Tools
is the best. I have a problem with my in your notebook, so you can download > Computer Management to access the
Dell laptop, the Latitude D505. I have drivers from the chipset manufacturer’s Disk Management feature. Here, you can
Windows XP Professional SP3 installed site. The other solution is to try a different view, edit, shrink and delete the partitions
on the laptop. Recently, I had formatted operating system such as Linux to see that you see. Make sure you have no data
my system and installed Windows XP if all the ports work properly. If they do, on the partition before deleting it.
SP3 Professional all over again. The then it’s merely a software problem that - Send your queries to Francis D’Sa
laptop has two USB ports. So far, all can be fixed by either repairing Windows at drchip@chip.in
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A DVR for your car


This workshop will demonstrate how you can make a cheap car video recorder using a cheap
spy camera in less than Rs 1,000. BY FRANCIS D'SA
Vishal, a senior manager at a well- Car recorders are growing popular
known bank, drives to work every day. all over the world. There are plenty of
One of the safest drivers in his circle, he ways in which DVRs prove useful. Taxi
never breaks traffic rules and has never operators can monitor if their drivers
got a ticket in all his years of driving. are following the rules; parents can
One morning while driving to work, a check that their children are being
young man suddenly darted across the responsible; and innocent car owners
highway to cross the road. The man was have evidence in case an accident occurs.
hit by Vishal’s vehicle, and while a police Installing a video recorder in your car is
complaint did ensue, he wasn't hurt recommended to deal with any untoward
much and escaped with a few scratches. incidents, but a branded DVR for the car
Spy cameras are cheap and small
Fortunately for Vishal, he had installed is very expensive. Here, we show you how
a digital video recorder (DVR) in his to make one for less than Rs 1,000. its entire journey. Some DVRs comprise of
car. From its place on the dashboard, it NOTE: The amount of money you spend dual cameras for front and rear (driver and
recorded every part of his journey that will depend on the type of recorder you rear view) recording, wide angle lenses,
day. The recording proved in court that want to build and the storage and battery high definition recording, high speed or
Vishal was driving safely, was following capacity you need. high frame rate recording, night vision,
the speed limit of 60 Kmph, and that the Automobile digital video recorders and GPS geo-tagging. The prices of these
jay-walker was at fault. Vishal was found (DVR) are standard digital video cameras DVRs are exorbitantly high. The cheapest
innocent, all thanks to the DVR in his car. mounted on a car’s dashboard to record and simplest China-made car video

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RIG THE SPY CAMERA FOR ACCOMMODATING THE LARGER BATTERY EXTERNALLY

recorder can cost you around Rs 4,500. Since the voltage requirement of a Now, solder the other side of the wires
We show you how to make a simple DVR video recorder is usually 3.7 V DC, you will to a battery holder for your battery. Mount
for less than Rs 1,000 with an inexpensive require a battery with a similar voltage the device on the car’s dashboard for
spy camera and a few parts that can be output, and a rating of 1000 mAh or testing, plug in the memory card and start
found at home. above. You can use these batteries: recording your journey to test the video
First, find the cheapest spy camera  An 18650 battery either purchased quality, video frame and time.
available and buy it. There are many from the market or ripped off from an As every camera has a different kind
variants such as pen, keychain, button, old laptop battery pack. of housing, you can make use of strong
cap, tie, book, and toy. We chose the  Any old or new mobile phone battery magnets, Velcro strips or mobile phone
keychain spy camera as it has a small with a rating of 1000 mAh. mounts to mount the DVR on your car’s
housing that can be easily hacked.  Batteries ripped out of non-working dashboard. Use your imagination to
A keychain spy camera without a media players or similar gadgets with a find a secure place where the camera
memory card was bought for a meagre higher rating. can face the front and capture the best
Rs 650. An 8 GB microSD memory Remember to check the voltage and angle of view. Place the camera in a way
card was bought for around Rs 250. the rating before using any battery. You that it does not pick up vibrations from
Small, lightweight and easily mountable can alternatively use a power adapter or the engine, music, or bumpy rides, as
anywhere on the windscreen or a cigarette lighter mobile charger unit. vibrations reduce clarity. Using permanent
dashboard, the keychain spy camera has Since their output voltage is 5 V DC, magnets from old hard drives is one of the
very good quality video recording. It is not you need to step it down to 3.7 V DC by best options we have tried so far.
easily noticeable because of its small size. incorporating a voltage dropping circuit. That’s it. Test ride your recordings and
The battery used in spy cameras has a You can find one on Chinese electronics find a suitable angle for the camera. Make
very short running life, and cannot record websites or make one yourself. The work changes to the memory card storage size
more than 20 to 30 minutes of video. The and cost involved would then increase, and the battery capacity depending on
battery capacity is usually only 150 mAh to but you are assured of never running out your journey time. You can also use old
300 mAh, as the camera package has to of power. Once all your requirements are camcorders, handheld video recorders,
be as small as possible. We need to bump in place, proceed to hack the recorder. mobile phones and other such devices.
up the battery life for the camera to record Open the spy camera casing and locate You can also use an Android phone as
at least two hours of video. If you need the battery and its terminals. Carefully a DVR by using the apps available. You
more video recording time, buy a larger de-solder the wires from the PCB and can instantly see the video on the display
storage card and install a battery with store away the original battery. We suggest screen too. Using an Android phone is
higher capacity. you connect this battery to a small motor a lot easier; you do not need to rig the
There are two ways to increase battery or LED to discharge it entirely before battery as your car charger will work fine
life: either replace the internal battery with storage or disposal, as Li-ion batteries are here. Apps such as ‘DailyRoads Voyager’
a larger-capacity, rechargeable one, or dangerous, especially when the terminals and ‘VideoRoad (Car Video Recorder)’
simply rig the unit to run off an external can short each other. are available for free on the Play Store.
power source. Using a larger capacity Now, solder the long wires onto the These apps also include GPS geo-tagging,
battery means the battery unit would proper places on the PCB by confirming current speed and timestamps as an
need to be externally attached as the the positive and negative terminals, overlay on the recorded video. The videos
shell would be too small for it. Using a ensuring your connections are safe and can be stored and viewed later.
power source such as a power adapter or secure. Make a small hole in the enclosure Installing a car DVR is also beneficial
a converter from the car’s cigarette lighter of the spy camera’s shell so that these to those who want to improve their driving
point is the best choice. Either way, you wires can be routed outside the camera. skills. You can review the video after every
have to open the camera and de-solder Ensure the wires are not loose to avoid drive and identify your mistakes and areas
the existing battery. Then, attach a pair of breakage. You can use some wax or hot for improvement. Driving instructors too
longer wires that can conveniently reach glue to secure the wires in place, but do can monitor their students' performance
the power source. A metre's length of wire this only after the complete gadget is with a car DVR.
should be enough. ready and tested. – francis.dsa@chip.in

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Correcting
OVEREXPOSURE
Six simple steps to retrieve fine image details out of heavily overexposed snaps.
BY LUDWIG GROSS

C
orrecting overexposure - one with distinctive depths and another the image sensor of the camera.
automatically used to be with corrected overexposed areas - which
a feature available only on can be eventually combined into a single This is How You Correct
expensive, digital mirror reflex cameras, image in Photoshop. As a result, you Display overexposed First, open
but in recent years, middle to high class get perfectly balanced images with the
1 the file “modell_fluss.CR2” (on the
compact cameras also include this details lost in too much light retrieved by bonus DVD) in Camera Raw and select
feature. You see, RAW files are “exposed” using optimised depths. “White balance” in the settings palette
or “developed” on a computer. These The human eye can recognise high on the right hand side as shown. On the
terms conceal complex image data contrast better than any camera. With histogram curve on the left, you can
processing, which includes, in the case of just a blink against a light source, your clearly see the very brightly overexposed
overexposed images, white balance, light eye can identify different tonal values. area of the image. Press the [O] key to
exposure and sharpness processing. This While clicking photographs against a view all the overexposed details in the
gives us the option to retrieve seemingly light source, the camera has a bit better image.
lost visuals by manipulating the image. balanced exposure – overexposed areas Adjust the brightness Drag the
2
PHOTO: ANAND TULIANI

In this tutorial, we will show you how are a result in which the details are not scale for “Exposure” to the left. A
to optimise an overexposed RAW snap visible anymore. Image information in value of “–1.60” is sufficient to retrieve
using Camera Raw in Photoshop CS or the “eroded” areas of the motifs are details from the overexposed areas. You
Elements. completely lost in a normal JPEG snap, can ignore depths and midtones for now;
For this, the original RAW file is but not in a RAW snap. RAW files are they are handled separately later. Click
processed with two different exposures largely unprocessed data delivered by on “Open image” to automatically load

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the image in Photoshop and save it as a original image. One will have all details in overexposed areas from the “Dark_Area_
Photoshop file. Name it “Overexposed_ the overexposed areas and the other will Details” layer. This will bring out the
Details.psd”. have details in the darker areas. Select correctly exposed layer under it.
Adjust the depths Open the RAW the contents of “Overexposed_Details. The final touches Reduce the size
3 file “modell_fluss.CR2” again. This psd” using [CTRL]+[A] and copy the
6 of the brush according to the
time, optimise with respect to the person selection using [CTRL]+[C]. Then go to subject in the image. If you have
on the left using depths and midtones “Dark_Area_Details.psd” and add the accidentally deleted the correctly
without paying attention to the copy using [CTRL]+[V] as a new layer. illuminated areas, you can undo this
brightness. Set the “Contrast” to “+44” Delete unwanted image details using the [X] key, thus exchanging the
and “Brightness” to “+70”. Click on “Open
5 Duplicate the background layer foreground and background colours. The
image” and save the document as a with [CTRL]+[J] and give them finished image will now show distinct
Photoshop file. Name it “Dark_Area_ appropriate names. Select the “Eraser” colours and details in the areas blocked
Details.psd”. tool using the [E] key and set the out by too much light with added details
Fetch the images You should have “Opacity” to “48%”. Ensure that you in the depths.
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Visualising complicated
EXCEL DATA
Newer Excel versions offer much more than standard diagrams to represent data. CHIP
shows you how to do this. BY PETER POSSE
Classify and visualise
O
verloaded or too many diagrams and complex tables. But it is often hard
and small labels disrupt clarity individual values to represent such a data collection, and
in an Excel spreadsheet. But An absolute value cannot be represented even its creator easily loses the overview
for trends, even mini-diagrams within a by a number. Visualisations also serve at some point or other. Though traditional
cell are good enough. These are called in case of individual values whose diagrams really look boring in Excel, we
Sparklines in Excel 2010, in case of classification is in relation to default now have new, innovative options to
the accompanying XLSX file format ranges or other individual values, but the illustrate data and results. The correct
(see images 3 to 5 on the right). structure only delivers one part of the way to do this depends on the available
Sparklines are a special cell format at information. The simplest form for this is space and on what and how much data
an intermediate level. Theoretically, the representation of profit and loss as has to be represented. Thereby one
the same cells can have data in the very indicative black and red numbers by differentiates fundamental groups of data
foreground and other structures in the the number formats as shown in image that belong together as well as individual
background. Moreover, Sparklines cannot 6. More complex options offer conditional values whose variables - for example,
be deleted like normal cell contents. formatting where practically all formats of range in a characteristic area - should be
The relevant command is “Delete” in a cell dependent on the value in the cell, immediately identifiable.
the field “Sparklinetools” in the section or even by another cell, can be defined.
“Grouping”. Excel 2003 and 2007 still do As compared to the earlier versions with Diagrams are ideal for data
not identify Sparklines. The free add-on attachable conditions, now everything is collectives
Sparklines for Excel (on the bonus DVD) rule-based. Typical data collectives are monthly
can, however, upgrade the functionality Lots of data, facts and trends can be turnovers, daily temperature values or
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Multiple values must be represented in relation with one another.
Such variables are often dependent on a variable like time. All
types of classical diagrams are suited for this. They are available
in a huge number in the “Insert” section of the menu ribbon.

THIS IS HOW
Classic diagrams For a marked data area, there are a
1 variety of diagram types available for selection via Symbols
under “Insert”, which can be configured.
Alternative diagram forms Try a shape like “Net” or “Ring”
2 once in “Diagrams” under “Others | All diagram types”. Suit

4 your figures to catch the eye as per your needs.


Using Microdiagrams To insert Sparklines, mark the target
3 cell, click on “Insert” in “Sparklines”. For a shape like “Line”,
mark the “Data range” using the mouse for the displayed dialog
and confirm with “OK”.
Creating Sparkline groups Mark a Sparkline and other
4 cells. Transfer the structure using “Filling area” in “Edit” and
group the cells.
Adjusting Grouping options Through the superimposed
5 “Sparklinetools”, the groups can be commonly processed for
form, colour and axis and data options.
Red or black Clearly black and red stand for plus and
6 minus, which you can define from “Format cells” |
“Numbers” for “Negative numbers”.

5 7
Manage conditional formats All active conditional formats
of a cell are shown by the command “Conditional
formatting | Manage rules”. This enables you to update, process
or delete the conditional formats.
Using colours and symbols In case of ranges of individual
8 values, “Conditional formatting” quickly visualises the
individual values in context using “Data bars”, “Color scales” and
“Symbol sets”. “Conditional formatting” with “Rules to highlight
cells” is also a helpful tool.
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SHARE YOUR TIPS. Write to: tnt@chip.in

Sachin Pandit

system again. Now, if you search for a information. Subsequently, lock the taller
term in the Start menu, you will find the taskbar in place by activating the option
WINDOWS
link ‘Search through the Internet’ in the ‘Lock the taskbar’.
WINDOWS 7 list of results. This option opens your
1 Initiate a web search directly browser and searches for your term on WINDOWS 7 / 8
from the Start menu the Internet using the default search 3 Adjust the colour scheme with
engine. the current background image
1
WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7 Ideally, your system's colour
2 Always see the current date in scheme should automatically adjust
the taskbar to match the background, especially
when Windows is set to change the
The single-line taskbar always desktop wallpaper at regular intervals.
displays the time but there is no place The tool AeroRainbow can do this for
for the date. However, if your monitor is you. Download it from www.winaero.
big enough, you can enable this without com and install it on your system.
much trouble. For this, right-click on the Go to the ‘Software’ tab and click on
A small registry tweak will add a Web search border and make sure that a tick mark is the ‘AeroRainbow’ option and then on
function to the Start menu. not set in front of the ‘Lock the taskbar’ ‘Download AeroRainbow’. Save and unzip
option in the context menu. You need to the file ‘AeroRainbow.zip’ in any directory.
You need to manipulate the deactivate this option and then place the The program runs both on Windows 7
Windows 7 registry a bit in order to trigger and Windows 8. The downloaded ZIP file
an Internet search directly from the Start 2 will contain a folder for both the versions.
menu. To do this, click on ‘Start’ and type Start the appropriate installation and
in ‘regedit’. Run the program and select let it finish. You will then find a rainbow
the key ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ icon in the notifications tray after a
Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer’ in restart. Right-click on the icon and select
the left pane of the editor. If the required ‘Configuration’ from the context menu
key is not available, you can generate a to define the criteria for changing the
new one by going to ‘Edit | New | Key’ and colour scheme. You can now activate the
then ‘Edit | New | DWORD value (32 Bit)’ option ‘Use wallpaper as colour source’
for the entry ‘Add Search Internet Link In so as to balance the colour scheme with
A simple way to see the date all the time in the
Start Menu’. You can then double-click Windows taskbar. the current wallpaper. The OS will adjust
this entry to select it, then set the ‘Value’ the window frame and taskbar colour
to ‘1’ in the dialogue ‘Edit the DWORD mouse cursor on the upper edge of the as per the current. You can even request
value (32 Bit)’ and confirm with ‘OK’. bar. Drag the bidirectional arrow upwards a random change of colour scheme
Close the registry editor and start your to widen the bar and display more (‘Always random colour’) or use the

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3 4 5

This simple utility will let you cycle between Microsoft's online Compatibility Center will let you Quickly detect all the devices on your Wi-Fi
chosen colours or match the wallpaper. see which of your programs and devices will work. network to identify intruders.

option ‘ Use the colours list’ and define update links for older versions. Those IP addresses with the relevant device
colours which AeroRainbow will cycle who have already tested a product on names, MAC addresses and additional
through. You can define the frequency of Windows 8 can share their result on other information. Use the command ‘Options
the change in colour using the scroll bar developments of this database, where | Background Scan’ for monitoring the
‘Speed’ and then save the specification it labels them as ‘Compatible’ or ‘Not network. You can also activate ‘Options
values using the ‘Set’ option. compatible’; this requires you to register | Beep On New Device’. This enables an
with a Windows Live ID. You can find aural alert as soon as a new device is
WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7 the entry of your choice by entering the detected on your network.
4 Find out if a PC is compatible suitable term in the search field. In most Note that if you are already using a
with Windows 8 cases, system tools and security software set of NirSoft tools either separately or in
require the latest versions, although it is Windows, then you need not download
As a general rule, we can seen that the programs and devices in this again. Just find the tool in the
say that performance and hardware many old systems still function well. collection.
requirements keep on increasing with
every new version of Windows. Most of WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7 WINDOWS 8
the time, suitable drivers are also not 5 Quickly display the devices 6 Comfortably access your PC
available for the older devices. Thus, it connected to your network with an image password
is very important that before opting for
Windows 8, which is currently available Many times, you may need an Entering passwords on a
as a Consumer Preview, to conduct a overview of all the computers currently touchscreen can be difficult sometimes
compatibility check for the intended active in the local wired or wireless as it's easy to make a few typing errors,
computer and the relevant hardware to network. This is possible from the and entering special characters is a bit
see if your system is compatible or if it Windows Control Panel but it takes a bit tedious. To circumvent this, Windows 8
can be made compatible with suitable of time. However, this overview will not has come up with an alternative: image
updates. https://www.microsoft.com/ show other devices such as smartphones passwords. This feature grants access
en-us/windows/ compatibility/en-US/ and tablets using your Wi-Fi network. It based on a series of defined gestures.
CompatCenter/Home is of great help for is possible to gain a quicker and more This feature is also quite suitable for
such a compatibility check. By using the complete view through the freeware tool desktop PCs as graphical cues are quite
‘Browse product catalog’ on the left, you Wireless Net View by NirSoft (www. easy to notice. The only difference on
will be able to go through categories for a nirsoft.net). The program doesn't need the PC is that the gestures are made
number of programs and devices — these to be installed and you can simply with the mouse. To enable this, login to
are all checked to be compatible. The start using it right away by extracting your system as usual and click on your
detailed information here will tell you if the ZIP archive and running the file profile image on the Desktop. Now click
any necessary measures need to be taken ‘WNetWatcher.exe’. After a few seconds, on ‘Change profile image’ and select the
care of. It even provides you with suitable you will get a complete list of the active category ‘User’ and then click on the
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option ‘Generate image code’. Enter your theoretically, it is possible to at least the address bar and pressing the Enter
password for access and confirm with trace the returned IP address. A free tool, button is enough to reach the correct
‘OK’. Now, click on the option ‘Select DNSCrypt, which is presently available website. The only requirement asked of
picture’. You can browse through a for Windows on a trial basis, can be you here is that you need to enter your
number of folders or even get a photo used for added security. It encrypts and login data for signing in. Use the 'Upload'
carries your request through the server link given in the folder where you want
6 of DNS provider OpenDNS and lets the to upload files for uploading files from
request be answered. The software has your system. Generally, other browsers
been is available on www.opendns. pop up the file dialogue directly, but
com/technology/dnscrypt/. The only Internet Explorer 9 gives you a section in
additional prerequisite is that you need which you can comfortably drag and drop
to have the .NET framework 3.5 installed. files from Windows Explorer. Doing this
The program can be started immediately automatically triggers the upload process
after installation and runs silently in the in the background. The link ‘Select from
background. You can gain access to the computer’ in this section opens the
this tool from the information section standard file dialogue.
The picture password is a good compromise
between security and convenience.
7 WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7
9 Always have a tool box ready
from SkyDrive or Flickr. Drag the image for emergencies
to the position you wish to set it and
confirm this step by clicking the button It is often necessary to have an
‘Use this image’. Now, make three offline first-aid packet for your PC at
movements or gestures one after the hand. Most of the tools you may need is
other on the image to define a code. For available for free as part of a portable
this, you may simply use straight lines, tool collection called Microsoft Fix it. You
circles and tapped points. The inputs can find this tool at http:// go.microsoft.
are faded in after each of the actions is You can use this free service to encrypt your
browser's DNS requests and improve security.
recognised and the number of the next 9
step is displayed on the left pane. Note
that the gestures' position in the image, in the Control Panel. You will get to see
their size and their orientation are equally the current protection status of your
important. However, the system tolerates system here in colour codes. In case of
small inaccuracies. Once you repeat the any difficulties with your firewall, you
process for confirmation, you can store can activate the option ‘DNSCrypt over
the image code by clicking on ‘Finish’. You TCP / 443’ so as to lead the request as
also have the option of logging in using a HTTPS. In addition to this, the option
password at all times, which is a way out ‘Fall back to insecure DNS’ is generally
if you forget your image code. You can also activated. This feature ensures that This free tool can help you repair most common
even change the code once you're logged the OpenDNS server can be changed to Windows problems.

into your system or can view it once normal unencrypted operation in case you
again for revision or practice. can't access it. com/?linkid=9775982. You will need
to download the program and then you
WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7 WINDOWS XP / VISTA / 7 will have to install the necessary tools in
7 Use encrypted DNS requests 8 Comfortably use SkyDrive in your desired storage location. Now, start
and thus surf in a secure way any browser Microsoft Fix it and follow the steps
given for preparing rescue USB flash
When you type in a website's URL Those who use the free online drives. You'll need to plug in the flash
in your browser, a Domain Name Server space provided by the Microsoft SkyDrive drive, click on ‘Browse’ and then select
(DNS) converts the site's name to the normally access it through a browser. the portable drive as the target. Let
relevant IP address. Since this has always However, if you use Internet Explorer 9 the option for the Windows PowerShell
been carried out as an unencrypted for this, you could optimise the benefits remain unchecked and then select the
service till date, attackers can track of the integration and can operate option ‘Save’.
your surfing patterns or can even guide SkyDrive in a much simpler fashion. Now, if you have a PC that's not
your requests to some other website. Here, you need not remember the exact working, plug in your rescue disk and
Encrypting your data will always make address nor do you need to bookmark browse to the folder 'Fix it portable'. Run
sure that monitoring or manipulating a the page in order to open the SkyDrive the program ‘Launch fix it.exe’ from the
DNS request is not possible. However, website. Entering the term ‘skydrive’ in USB stick on the affected PC. You can

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limit the erroneous regions with the help to open the “Go to” dialogue box. In the Here, deactivate the option “Ignore other
of the categories and can then carry box that appears, enter the desired cell applications which use the Dynamic
out suitable troubleshooting actions. information in the ‘Reference’ section. data exchange (DDE)” by clicking on the
For this, click ‘Start now’. You can even This will include the cell addresses for corresponding checkbox. When you're
open the relevant link in case you have the left upper and right lower corners, done, confirm your changes with “OK” and
a working Internet connection — this which are to be separated by a colon. close the Excel sheet.
helps ensure that the latest version of For instance, if the starting cell is A1 and
the troubleshooting tool is always running the last cell is L54, then your input will Word 2007, 2010
when connected. Now, just keep following be ‘A1:L54’. As soon as you confirm your 12 Quickly scroll without mouse
all the instructions and you can safely input, Excel will highlight the desired using the Panning hand
solve most PC problems. data. However, do keep in mind that
selecting cells with the mouse is much 12
APPLICATIONS faster and simpler when it comes to
EXCEL XP selecting small cell sections.
10 /2003/2007/2010
Select large cell areas without EXCEL 2007/2010
much fuss
11 Avoid warning messages while
opening files

10 11

Use the panning hand to navigate easily in Word


without using the mouse.

In the 2007 and newer versions


of Word, you have the option of scrolling
through larger documents using the
panning hand. But you first need to
activate this hidden function. For regular
You can easily mark huge areas without having to You often face problems when opening a file in use, it is advisable to integrate it in the
scroll up or down by using the “Go to” dialogue. Excel if the dynamic exchange is disabled.
tool bar for easy access. To do so, click
the arrow in the quick access tool bar
When working with large amounts You will often get an unexpected and select the “Word Options” entry and
data in Excel, it can be particularly error message if you are trying to open an go to “Customize”. Here, in the “Choose
difficult if you want to select all the Excel work sheet directly from Windows commands” combination field, change
data. One of the easier ways to go about Explorer; this message is generally the setting to “All commands”. Now,
this is to first keep the cursor on the regarding the path and prevents the file search for and select the “Panning hand”
starting cell and then, while keeping the from opening. The reason for various error entry from the list on the left; the entry
left mouse button held down, move the messages popping up or unexpected is labelled “Moving hand” in the case
cursor to the lowermost cell to the right behavior points toward the fact that the of Word 2010. By clicking “Add”, select
of the sheet. If the amount of data is Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) option the command and confirm with “OK”. In
significant, then there are chances that is deactivated. You should be able to the future, you can activate this mode
you may overshoot the target if you scroll open the file without any error once by clicking the icon in the quick access
too fast. If you do that, you will have this function has been activated. For toolbar. Once this is activated, the cursor
to repeat the entire process. Instead, this, go to “File | Options” or for Excel takes the shape of a hand, with which
you can use the technique described 2007, click the Office button and then you can move the view in any direction
below as it is both precise as well as “Excel Options”. Now, select the category instead of selecting sections of text. You
fast. For this, press [F5] or [Ctrl] + [G] “Advanced” and go to the “General” tab. can return to normal mode by pressing
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the [Esc] key or clicking the icon a second make your picture look a lot better than it palette and increase the white shade
time. The advantage of this function over was earlier. once again. For this, move the white
the mouse scroll is that you can also slider toward the left in the histogram
scroll sideways and hence, also use it on IMAGE EDITING and subsequently reduce the opacity of
a desktop PC. 14 Give a finishing touch to the layer. Now, set up a new setting in
portraits with shining eyes the “Levels” in order to brighten the iris.
PHOTOGRAPHY Close this dialogue box without changes
The eyes are the most important by pressing the “OK” option. Reverse the
IMAGE EDITING part of any portrait; an image will look mask using the key combination [Ctrl] +
13 Brighten up the subjects and much more intense if the sparkle of [I]. Now, paint the area around the pupils
minimise the image noise paint with the foreground colour as white.
14 You can now run the filter “Gaussian blur”
Many times beautiful subjects over the mask and then minimise some
are hidden because of bad photography of the opacity.
techniques or camera settings. In most
cases, it is possible to resurrect these SHOOTING TECHNIQUE
15 Use the blurriness caused by
13 movement for giving an effect

In principle, photographers face


a lot of problems when it comes to
An image will look much more intensive if the eyes capturing moving objects, as you can
sparkle in the right proportion.

15
an eye is in the right proportion. Many
portraits often appear unprofessional
on the PC. In such cases, the blame
Images captured on cloudy days or with incorrect generally lies in the dark and dull eyes. It
camera settings can be pepped-up in Photoshop.
is therefore important to be very careful
while giving the final touches to the eye
images with the help of a little touch-up. region. To start with, create a copy of the
The photo seen here is somewhat background in Photoshop in the Layer
underexposed; the graining can hardly palette using the key combination [Ctrl] +
be noticed, especially in shady regions, [J]. The “Stamp” is the most suitable tool You can capture quick moving objects impressively
with the help of the longer exposure times.
and the artifacts are seen to possess to remove the red veinlets in the eyes
image noise in the mountainous region. and small strands of hair. Use the “Clone
The image noise stands out clearly if Stamp Tool” to remove any unevenness reproduce only one short snapshot per
you increase the brightness to see more in and around the eyes. However, ensure image, and nothing when a movement is
detail. The photographer can capture the that while doing these retouches, one traced. However, there are simple tricks
same subject in a much better manner must work at hundred percent zoom view that will help you click great pictures of
if he/she uses a longer shutter speed or to do a fine job. The white part of the even moving objects. You can use the
a manual exposure correction of one to eye is reddened most of the times, which resultant blurriness to your advantage,
two f-stops. A possibly low ISO value can be quite disturbing. To rectify this, as blurriness gives off an illusion of
would also reduce the visible image create a settings layer of the type “Hue movement. The effect created is quite
noise. Or, you could brighten the photo /Saturation” in the layer palette. Now, impressive, at times even more so
using Photoshop. To do so, select the reduce the saturation and increase the than the real situation. For this, all you
option “Image | Adjust | Levels”. You brightness. need to do is to set your camera to a
can define the total value spread in the However, make sure that you do not longer exposure time. Thus, it does not
editing dialogue using the 'Black & White' increase it to extreme levels, because freeze up the moment, but captures the
slider. If you move the right white slider then the white will quickly start to movement of the object on the sensor.
to the left, then the entire image will appear grayish. Reverse the mask using The lines left behind on the image
become brighter than it was earlier. The the key combination [Ctrl] + [I]. Now, will be sharpened and the still elements
disadvantage here is that the image noise paint using the paint brush tool and in the picture will be softened. The
will be clearly seen. However, it can be colour the eyes properly using white. most suitable option to do this is the
rectified with the help of the function You can even activate the option for the time pre-selection shutter priority “TV”
“Filter | Noise | Reduce noise”. To do this, eye white by clicking on the layer mask mode. Once you set the exposure time,
move the slider for “Reduce Color Noise” “Hue/Saturation” while keeping the [Ctrl] the camera will automatically select the
to 100 percent and then move the other button held down; this gives a radiating most suitable aperture. A time value
slider correspondingly. The end result will effect. Once done, open the “Levels” of 1/8 or 1/15 seconds is a good value

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in daylight. As a counter move, a small a blow-up effect. As a general rule, shoot camera well in advance. Before locking it,
f-stop makes for a wide-ranging depth of with a larger aperture opening so as to make sure that the rubber ring is perfectly
field. You can disable the image stabiliser reduce the depth of field of the lens. in place. Shut the plastic cover or there
option, as it is of no use for this particular The reception is the perfect opportunity are chances of sand sticking to the cover.
process. Instead, use a tripod to avoid to capture all the groups. You need Make sure that the device is secured
any shakes. The beauty of this process is to position yourself such that you can properly, so that you don’t lose it.
that you can even get a good result with capture both the bride and groom as well
a simple lens, as the speed is completely as the well-wishers. The most precious SOCIAL NETWORKING
irrelevant due to the long exposure times. and special moment, a must-capture, FLICKR
Even the picture errors do not attract is when the bride and the groom are in 18 Hide geo data attached to your
attention if your picture is blurry. front of the ceremonial fire. Here, we images
would recommend a full shot of the bride
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY and groom. Or you could use your tele- Your location details are often
16 Use a wide-angle lens to make photo lens and zoom in. An especially included when publishing photos on Flickr.
wedding photos memorable perfect moment for portrait pictures is This information, along with some images,
also the reception. Remember to use can be equivalent to your postal address,
16 a powerful flash so that all the images which can be quite interesting information
captured are crisp and clear. for miscreants. Besides this, the frequency
of uploads from one location can also
UNDERWATER give away your whereabouts. In order to
17 PHOTOGRAPHY help maintain privacy, Flickr has special
Ensure your camera's safety by geo-privacy settings. This setting protects
following some basic rules your location, much like building a fence
around a selected area. To set it up, type
in www.flickr.com/account/geo/privacy/,
17
and under “Set up your geofences”, click on
Unusual perspectives can make wedding photos “Create New”, search for your location and
even more special.
define the radius of the protection zone
in the field “How big”. We recommend
Wedding ceremonies are generally selecting a large radius and assigning an
not spontaneous events. You can area that's not in the centre of the location
therefore get detailed information about to be protected. You can even define
the string of events planned for the party the category “Who can see the location
in advance. You need not pester the information”. All the security settings will
bride and groom with your questions, as be in effect only for the images uploaded
A few things to keep in mind before you dive in
most of the times the witnesses to the with your camera. henceforth. For old images, you will have
marriage, which include family members to open each individually and change its
or close friends, will have all the required Underwater equipment is made geo-privacy setting by clicking on “Edit the
information. However, the important fact of tough polycarbonate and tested to be location”. This menu then relates to the
here is that you are able to capture the water-resistant to up to 40 metres below existing geo fence. Here, you also need to
splendid wedding table at a point when water. We would highly recommend a make a relevant change in the combination
the decorations are still intact. If possible, bucket test before diving in with your field for the visibility of the photos from
capture the table arranged in front of the camera. For this, lower your closed camera “Anyone” to the desired option. This
invitees as soon as everyone has taken in a bucket of water. If you do not see change must be confirmed by pressing on
their place. A wide-angle lens will play any air bubbles on the operating buttons the “Save location” button. Other areas can
an important role here. It is usually used after it has been in water for some time, also be protected in a similar manner.
to move details like the polished glasses rest assured that everything is working – Compiled by Team CHIP
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IF THERE IS MASS REVOLT AGAINST


WINDOWS 8, MICROSOFT COULD JUMP ON
ON
THE "RAPID RELEASE" BANDWAGON ANDD
BRING SOMETHING NEW OUT NEXT YEAR.
R.
R.
JAMSHED AVARI, DEPUTY EDITOR

COMMITMENT hings aren’t looking good for Windows who do see Windows-based tablets in their

T 8. Developers and software professionals


have been posting their impressions of
the fi nal version, known as the Release
to Manufacturing build, since the middle
of August, and the popular sentiment is not
future are excited about the possibilities that
will open up. Plus, of course, the apps and
experiences can only improve over time.
However, millions of everyday users are not
familiar with the radical changes to Windows,
overwhelmingly positive. Microsoft has also and won’t have any choice when it comes to
made a 90-day trial available to the general what’s preinstalled on their next laptop. Offices
public though you’ll have to jump through a few that decide to roll out upgrades will also have
hoops to get it (details are available at http:// to take on massive staff retraining efforts.
go.chip.in/dlw8). This is the fourth public Things are going to behave unexpectedly and
preview of what has turned into the biggest ever people don’t react well to change.
reinvention of the world’s most widely used Which brings us to the unfortunate
operating system, so those who follow the tech conclusion that at least for a year or two,
press should be more or less familiar with what’s Windows 8 is going to be the next Vista. It
new. I’m trying to keep an open mind and will will work well enough, but people will avoid
be spending the next few months with the RTM it based on hearsay and apprehension. The
as my primary OS before I make any concrete biggest thing working against Windows 8 right
conclusions for myself. now is that there’s absolutely nothing wrong
From what I’ve seen so far, the general with Windows 7, and no amount of advertising
tone of the tech-familiar seems to be one of will change that. The world’s current favourite
subdued resignation. People might have hoped OS doesn’t feel tired, incapable or old-fashioned
for and vocally demanded an official backtrack in any way. Its replacement will be new and
of the Metro (now known as “Modern”) UI different, but not appreciably better. People
and touch-centric strategy, but this facet of are going to demand Windows 7 long after
Windows 8 has instead become completely Microsoft would like them to have moved on.
unavoidable. Public opinion of the new Modern This time, though, Microsoft might not
environment and its apps is overwhelmingly oblige them. It has too much invested in the
negative—the music, videos, mail and calendar brave new world of Windows 8—phones,
have been described as underpowered and tablets, laptops and desktops will be unified
borderline useless. Even worse, no one seems for the fi rst time, Office and all the major Web
to be able to get the hang of the new, reduced services have been reinvented to match, and
concept of multitasking or the gestures Microsoft has changed its own logo for the
designed for touchscreens. fi rst time in 25 years. The company has clearly
There’s some amount of praise and respect thought long and hard about the enormous
for having made such a bold move, even if it risk it's taking and is literally putting
is given only grudgingly. Some are enthusiastic everything it has on the line. Whichever way
about the futuristic, forward-looking this situation plays out, it will define the next
experience. Many point out the various other era of computing and personal technology.
improvements in Windows 8, such as better - jamshed.avari@chip.in
battery life and SkyDrive integration. Those - twitter.com/ja140

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MARKET WATCH

MARKET WATCH
PROCESSORS: Intel
NUMBER OF
NAME PRICE (Rs) CPU SOCKET CLOCK SPEED MFG PROCESS TDP
CORES
Intel Pentium G620 3,708 LGA 1155 2 2.60 GHz 32 nm 65 W
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5700 4,790 LGA 775 2 3.00 GHz 32 nm 65 W
Intel Core i3-540 5,665 LGA 1156 2 3.06 GHz 32 nm 73 W
Intel Core i3-550 6,386 LGA 1156 2 3.20 GHz 32 nm 73 W
Intel Core i3-2120 7,571 LGA 1155 2 3.30 GHz 32 nm 65 W
Intel Core i5-2320 11,176 LGA 1155 4 3.00 GHz 32 nm 95 W
Intel Core i5-2400 11,742 LGA 1155 4 3.10 GHz 32 nm 95 W
Intel Core i5-2500 12,875 LGA 1155 4 3.30 GHz 32 nm 95 W
Intel Core i5 2500K 13,596 LGA 1155 4 3.30 GHz 32 nm 95 W
Intel Core i7-2600 18,550 LGA 1155 4 3.40 GHz 32 nm 95 W
Intel Core i7-3930K 36,823 FCLGA2011 6 3.20 GHz 32 nm 130 W
Intel Core i7-3960X 59,998 FCLGA2011 6 3.30 GHz 32 nm 130 W

MOTHERBOARDS: AMD
CPU PCIE X16 | PCI |
NAME PRICE (RS) CHIPSET MEMORY SUPPORT D-SUB | DVI | HDMI
SOCKET SATA | USB
Jetway N68M 2,318 AM3 Nvidia GeForce 7025 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|1|4|8
MSI 760GM-P33 2,472 AM3 AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|1|6|8
Digisol DL-A76ML-K 2,601 AM3 AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 1 | 2 | 4 | 12
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 2,829 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|1|6|8
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2PT 2,964 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|1|6|8
Asus M5A78L-M LX 3,013 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1 | 1 | 6 | 10
Asus M5A78L-M LE 3,090 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 1 | 2 | 6 | 12
Digisol DL-A88GMV 3,348 AM3 AMD 880G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 5 | 12
Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 3,554 FM1 AMD A55 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 1|1|4|8
Gigabyte 880GM-D2H 4,017 AM3+ AMD 880G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 4 | 12
Asus F1A55-M LE 4,069 FM1 AMD A55 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 2 | 1 | 6 | 12
Digisol DL-A75M 4,867 FM1 AMD A75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 6 | 14
Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 5,459 AM3 AMD 880G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 5 | 14
Asus M5A88-M 5,794 AM3+ AMD 880G + SB710 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus F1A55-M 6,155 FM1 AMD A55 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus F1A75-M LE 6,309 FM1 AMD A75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus M5A97 6,824 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 DDR3 NA 2 | 2 | 6 | 14
Asus F1A75-M 6,901 FM1 AMD A75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus M5A97 Pro 8,318 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 DDR3 NA 2 | 2 | 6 | 16
Asus M5A88-V Evo 8,575 AM3+ AMD 880G + SB850 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 3 | 5 | 14
Asus F1A75-M Pro 8,627 FM1 AMD A75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 16
Asus M5A97 EVO 8,704 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 DDR3 NA 2 | 2 | 6 | 18
Asus F1A75-V Pro 9,245 FM1 AMD A75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 16
Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 9,940 AM3+ AMD 990X + SB950 DDR3 NA 3 | 2 | 6 | 18
Asus M5A99X Evo 11,820 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 DDR3 NA 3 | 1 | 8 | 18
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 14,266 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 DDR3 NA 3 | 1 | 8 | 18
Asus Sabertooth 990FX 15,219 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 DDR3 NA 3 | 1 | 8 | 18
Asus Crosshair V Formula 17,356 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 DDR3 NA 3 | 1 | 7 | 18

NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.

PROCESSORS: AMD
NUMBER OF
NAME PRICE (Rs) CPU SOCKET CLOCK SPEED MFG PROCESS TDP
CORES
AMD Sempron 145 2,215 AM3 1 2.8 GHz 45 nm 45 W
AMD A4-3400 3,605 Socket FM1 2 2.1 GHz 32 nm 65 W
AMD Athlon II X2 260 3,657 AM3 2 3.2 GHz 45 nm 65 W
AMD A6-3500 4,635 Socket FM1 3 2.1 GHz 32 nm 65 W
AMD A6-3670 6,077 Socket FM1 4 2.7 GHz 32 nm 100 W
AMD FX-4100 7,107 AM3+ 4 3.6 GHz 32 nm 95 W
AMD A8-3870K 7,210 Socket FM1 4 3.0 GHz 32 nm 100 W
AMD Phenom II X2 560 5,150 AM3 2 3.3 GHz 45 nm 80 W
AMD FX-6100 8,446 AM3+ 6 3.3 GHz 32 nm 95 W
AMD FX-8120 10,300 AM3+ 8 3.1 GHz 32 nm 125 W
AMD FX-8150 13,596 AM3+ 8 3.6 GHz 32 nm 125 W

MOTHERBOARDS: Intel
PCIE X16 | PCI | SATA
NAME PRICE (RS) CPU SOCKET CHIPSET MEMORY SUPPORT D-SUB | DVI | HDMI
| USB
Biostar G41D3+ 2,590 LGA 775 Intel G41 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|2|4|8
Asus P5G41T-M LX 2,987 LGA 775 Intel G41 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 1|2|4|8
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 2,987 LGA 775 Intel G41 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|2|4|8
Jetway MIH55T-MV2 3,103 LGA 1156 Intel H55 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1|1|4|8
Asus P8H61-M LX 3,245 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1 | 0 | 4 | 10
Biostar H61MHB 3,348 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1|2|4|8
Digisol DL-H61-MXEL 3,348 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 4 | 10
Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2H 3,451 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1|2|4|8
Intel DH61WW 4,017 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✖|✖ 1|1|4|6
Asus P8H61-M Plus V2 4,429 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✔|✖ 1|1|4|8
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H 4,532 LGA 1155 Intel B75 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 2 | 6 | 12
Digisol DL-H67M 4,661 LGA 1155 Intel H67 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 6 | 14
Digilite DL-B75M 4,764 LGA1155 Intel B75 DDR3 ✖|✔|✔ 1 | 1 | 6 | 10
Intel BLKDH67CL 5,871 LGA 1155 Intel H67 DDR3 ✖|✔|✔ 1 | 3 | 5 | 16
Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H 6,283 LGA 1155 Intel H77 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus P7H55/USB3 6,670 LGA 1156 Intel H55 DDR3 NA 2 | 2 | 6 | 12
Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 6,747 LGA 1155 Intel H61 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 0 | 2 | 10
Asus P8H77-M LE 8,060 LGA 1155 Intel H67 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 1 | 2 | 6 | 14
Asus P8H67-M 8,369 LGA 1155 Intel H67 DDR3 ✔|✖|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Intel DZ68DB 8,446 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ✖|✔|✔ 1 | 3 | 5 | 12
Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H 8,534 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 2 | 1 | 6 | 14
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z 13,983 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ✖|✖|✔ 2 | 0 | 6 | 16
Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 17,047 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ✔|✔|✔ 3 | 2 | 8 | 16
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 17,402 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 NA 4 | 1 | 10 | 18
EVGA Z68 FTW 18,901 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 NA 5 | 0 | 6 | 14
EVGA X79 SLI 19,225 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 NA 3 | 0 | 8 | 10
Intel DX79SI 21,321 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 ✖|✖|✖ 3 | 1 |6 | 18
Asus P9X79 Pro 22,609 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 NA 4 | 0 | 8 | 18
Asus Sabertooth X79 24,386 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 NA 3 | 1 | 8 | 20
Asus Rampage IV Formula 25,261 Socket 2011 Intel X79 DDR3 NA 4 | 0 | 8 | 18
Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z 28,068 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 NA 4 | 0 | 8 | 19

NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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MARKET WATCH

MARKET WATCH
GRAPHICS CARDS: AMD
PRICE MEMORY MEMORY | BUD
NAME RADEON GPU DIRECT X SHADERS CORE | MEMORY SPEED
(RS) TYPE WIDTH

Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 2,730 HD 6450 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 64-bit 160 625 MHz | 667 MHz
Asus EAH6450 Silent|DI|1GD3 2,987 HD 6450 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 64-bit 160 625 MHz | 600 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 3,399 HD 6450 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 64-bit 160 625 MHz | 667 MHz
MSI R6570-MD1GD3|LP 4,043 HD 6570 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 128-bit 480 650 MHz | 450 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 4,750 HD 6670 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 128-bit 480 800 MHz | 800 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 5,253 HD 6670 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 480 800 MHz | 800 MHz
XFX HD-657X-CNF3 5,459 HD 6570 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 480 650 MHz | 500 MHz
XFX HD-667X-ZHF2 5,562 HD 6670 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 128-bit 480 800 MHz | 800 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 5,691 HD 6750 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 128-bit 720 700 MHz | 800 MHz
MSI R6670-MD1GD5 5,897 HD 6670 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 480 800 MHz | 1000 MHz
Asus HD6670-2GD3 5,974 HD 6670 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 480 800 MHz | 900 MHz
XFX HD-675X-ZNLC 6,567 HD 6750 11.0 DDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 720 700 MHz | 1000 MHz
MSI R6770-MD1GD5 7,519 HD 6770 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 800 800 MHz | 1100 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Vapor-X 7,519 HD 6770 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 800 800 MHz | 1200 MHz
HIS H775F1GD 7,870 HD 7750 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 512 800 MHz | 1125 MHz
Asus HD7750-1GD5 8,112 HD 7750 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 512 820 MHz | 1150 MHz
HIS H677FN1GD 8,302 HD 6770 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 800 850 MHz | 1200 MHz
MSI R6790-2PM2D1GD5 8,833 HD 6790 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256 bit 800 840 MHz | 1050 MHz
HIS H679F1GD 8,843 HD 6790 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 800 840 MHz | 1050 MHz
Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 9,888 HD 7750 11.0 DDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 640 1020 MHz | 1150 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 12,103 HD 6850 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256 bit 960 775 MHz | 1000 MHz
HIS H687QN1G2M IceQ 12,628 HD 6870 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 1120 900 MHz | 1050 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 13,236 HD 6870 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 1120 900 MHz | 1050 MHz
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC 14,034 HD 6870 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 1120 900 MHz | 1050 MHz
XFX HD-695X-ZNFC 16,661 HD 6950 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 1408 800 MHz | 1250 MHz
HIS H785F2G2M 16,738 HD 7850 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 2048 860 MHz | 1200 MHz
HIS H787Q2G2M 23,768 HD 7870 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 1280 1000 MHz | 1200 MHz
XFX HD-697A-CNDC 27,424 HD 6970 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 1536 900 MHz | 1400 MHz
HIS H795F3G2M 27,553 HD 7950 11.0 GDDR5 3 GB | 384-bit 1792 800 MHz | 1250 MHz
Asus HD7950-DC2T-3GD5 29,639 HD 7950 11.0 GDDR5 3 GB | 384-bit 1792 900 MHz | 1250 MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 35,123 HD 7970 11.0 GDDR5 3 GB | 384-bit 2048 925 MHz | 1375 MHz
HIS H797F3G2M 36,746 HD 7970 11.0 GDDR5 3 GB | 384-bit 2048 925 MHz | 1375 MHz
XFX FX-797A-TNFC 38,754 HD 7970 11.0 GDDR5 3 GB | 384-bit 2048 925 MHz | 1375 MHz

EXTERNAL DRIVE
NAME PRICE(RS) CAPACITY INTERFACE FORM FACTOR
Verbatim 53002 USB 2.0 4,275 500 GB USB 2.0 2.5-inch
Verbatim 3.5-inch External Hard Drive 4,609 500 GB USB 2.0 & FireWire 3.5-inch
Buffalo HD-PXT500U2/B 5,050 500 GB USB 2.0 2.5-inch
Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 5,305 500 GB USB 3.0 2.5-inch
Western Digital My Passport Essential 5,305 500 GB USB 3.0 2.5-inch
Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 5,950 1 TB USB 3.0 2.5-inch
Buffalo MiniStation PNTU3 7,056 1 TB USB 3.0 2.5-inch
Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 7,953 2 TB USB 2.0 2.5-inch
NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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GRAPHICS CARDS: Nvidia


NAME PRICE (RS) GEFORCE GPU DIRECT X MEMORY TYPE MEMORY | BUS WIDTH SHADERS CORE | MEMORY SPEED

Asus EN210 Silent/DI/1GD3/V2 2,241 210 10.1 DDR3 1 GB | 64-bit 16 589 MHz | 600 MHz
Forsa GeForce GT610 2,987 GT 610 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 64-bit 48 810 MHz | 650 MHz
Asus ENGT520 SL/DI/1GD3 3,193 GT 520 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 64-bit 48 810 MHz | 600 MHz
Asus GT620-1GD3-L 3,760 GT 620 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 64-bit 96 700 MHz | 600 MHz
Zotac GeForce GT 620 Synergy Ed 4,046 GT 620 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 64-bit 96 810 MHz | 533 MHz
Zotac GeForce GT 630 Synergy Ed 4,262 GT 630 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 96 810 MHz | 667 MHz
Forsa GeForce GT630 4,378 GT 630 11.0 DDR3 1 GB | 128-bit 96 780 MHz | 650 MHz
Forsa GeForce GT620 4,429 GT 620 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 64-bit 96 710 MHz | 650 MHz
Asus GT630-2GD3 5,356 GT 630 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 96 810 MHz | 910 MHz
Asus GT630-2GD3 5,356 GT 630 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 128-bit 96 810 MHz | 910 MHz
Zotac GeForce GTS 450 6,592 GTS 450 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 128-bit 192 1620 MHz | 902 MHz
Forsa GeForce GT640 7,107 GT 640 11.0 DDR3 2 GB | 192-bit 384 900 MHz | 900 MHz
Zotac Geforce GTX 550 Ti 7,828 GTX 550 Ti 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 192-bit 192 900 MHz | 1025 MHz
Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 8,318 GTX 550 Ti 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 192-bit 192 910 MHz | 1026 MHz
Zotac Geforce GTX 560 11,356 GTX 560 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 336 820 MHz | 1002 MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SuperClocked 15,785 GTX 560 Ti 11.0 GDDR5 1 GB | 256-bit 384 900 MHz | 1053 MHz
Zotac Geforce GTX 560 Ti 16,480 GTX 560 Ti 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 384 822 MHz | 1000 MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 22,145 GTX 570 11.0 GDDR5 1280 MB | 320-bit 480 732 MHz | 950 MHz
Zotac GeForce GTX 670 29,021 GTX 670 11.0 DDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 1344 915 MHz | 1502 MHz
Asus GTX670-DC2-2GD5 30,102 GTX 670 11.0 GDDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 1344 915 MHz | 1502 MHz
Zotac GeForce GTX 680 35,690 GTX 680 11.0 DDR5 2 GB | 256-bit 1536 1006 MHz | 1502 MHz

PROJECTORS
NAME PRICE (RS) TYPE BRIGHTNESS RESOLUTION CONTRAST RATIO
Mitsubishi EX200U 29,536 DLP 2300 Lumens 1024 x 768 1250:1
Viewsonic PJD5152 30,720 DLP 2600 Lumens 800 x 600 3000:1
Sony VPL-EX100 31,415 LCD 2300 Lumens 1024 x 768 2200:1
Sharp PGD2500 38,754 DLP 2500 Lumens 1024 x 768 1100:1
LG BX275 39,849 DLP 2700 Lumens 1024 x 768 2200:1
Sony VPL-EX120 41,715 LCD 2600 Lumens 1600 x 1200 2500:1
Viewsonic PJL3211 45,192 LCD 2500 Lumens 1024 x 768 500:1
Mitsubishi EX320U 45,372 DLP 3000 Lumens 1024 x 768 2000:1
Acer P1201 45,643 DLP 2700 Lumens 1024 x 768 3700:1
Viewsonic PJD6531W 51,578 DLP 3300 Lumens 1280 x 800 3200:1
Mitsubishi XD550U 51,861 DLP 3000 Lumens 1024 x 768 3000:1
LG HX301G 53,372 DLP 270 Lumens 1024 x 768 2000:1
Sharp PG-D3010X 53,586 DLP 3000 Lumens 1024 x 768 2000:1
LG BX286 55,492 DLP 2800 Lumens 1024 x 768 2100:1
Acer K330 59,548 DLP 500 Lumens 1280 x 800 4000:1
Sony VPL-EX175 61,285 LCD 3600 Lumens 1024 x 768 4000:1
Sony VPL-SW125 63,345 LCD 2600 Lumens 1280 x 800 3800:1
Acer S5201 69,977 DLP 3000 Lumens 1024 x 768 4500:1
Acer P5206 75,770 DLP 4000 Lumens 1024 x 768 4500:1
Mitsubishi WD570U 83,585 DLP 3500 Lumens 1280 x 800 3000:1
Viewsonic PJL9371 99,086 LCD 4000 Lumens 1024 x 768 2000:1
NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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MARKET WATCH

MARKET WATCH
LAPTOPS
PRICE HARD OPTICAL
NAME WEIGHT PROCESSOR SPEED RAM DISPLAY OS
(RS) DISK DRIVE
Samsung NP300E4Z-A06 20,858 2.10 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.10 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
Asus X53E-SX1556D 21,373 2.45 Kg Intel Celeron Dual Core 2.80 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HP Compaq CQ43-412TU 21,991 2.20 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.00 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HP Compaq CQ43-300TU 22,506 2.20 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.00 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
HP Compaq CQ57-300TU 23,021 2.50 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.00 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo B570 59-306815 23,793 2.44 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.00 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Asus A43SJ-VX503D 23,948 2.44 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.00 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
HCL Series 1014-AE1V3067-X 24,075 2.30 Kg Intel Pentium B960 2.20 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HCL Series 1015-AE1V3179-I 24,400 2.60 Kg Intel B970 2.30 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HCL Series 1044-AE1V3113-I 26,000 2.10 Kg Intel Core i3 -2350M 2.30 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo G560 59-318295 27,192 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.53 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
LG ED530-G 27,809 2.66 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo B570 59-307494 28,840 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Toshiba Satellite L750-P5210 28,840 2.45 Kg Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.20 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Toshiba Satellite L750-i5010 29,201 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.30 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Samsung NP300E5Z-A07IN 29,304 2.30 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 3 GB 15.6-inch 640 GB DVD±RW DOS
Toshiba Satellite C640-X4013 29,355 2.10 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
HP Pavilion DM1-4014TU 31,518 1.60 Kg Intel Core i3 1.40 GHz 4 GB 11.6-inch 500 GB No Win 7 HB
LG E530-G 31,673 2.66 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Toshiba Satellite L740-X4010 31,930 1.45 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo G570 59315902 32,342 2.44 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HP Pavilion g4-1200tu 32,703 2.10 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 Starter
HCL Series 1024-AE1V3232-I 32,740 2.20 Kg Intel Core i5 -2450M 2.50 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Samsung NP300E5Z-A0HIN 32,909 2.30 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14 33,681 2.30 Kg Intel Core i3 2.30 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
Samsung NP350U2B-A08IN 33,733 1.40 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 4 GB 12.5-inch 500 GB No Win 7 HB
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 59-313716 34,711 2.44 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 2 GB 13.3-inch 320 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Toshiba Satellite Pro C640-i4411 35,020 2.10 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW Win 7 Pro
LG S530-G 35,535 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
LG S530-G 35,535 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
HP Pavilion G6-1301TX 35,793 2.30 Kg Intel Core i3 2.30 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Samsung NP300V5A-A07IN 35,844 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.30 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
HCL Series 1015 -AE1V3081-I 36,400 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5-2450M 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
HP G6-1200TX 36,452 2.30 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14 36,565 2.30 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 320 GB DVD±RW DOS
HCL Series 2025-AE1V3091-X 36,600 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3 -2350M 2.30 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB

NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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LAPTOPS
PRICE OPTICAL
NAME WEIGHT PROCESSOR SPEED RAM DISPLAY HDD OS
(Rs) DRIVE
Lenovo Z470 59-313567 36,771 2.30 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Lenovo G570 59-329524 36,977 2.45 Kg Intel Core i5 2.00 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Lenovo G570 59-318794 37,286 2.45 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Samsung NP300E5Z-S08IN 37,389 2.30 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 59-306861 37,595 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW DOS
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 59-314056 37,801 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 2 GB 13.3-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
LG S530-K 38,625 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
LG S530-K 38,625 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3 2.10 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
Samsung NP350U2B-A09IN 38,625 1.40 Kg Intel Core i5 2.30 GHz 4 GB 12.5-inch 500 GB No Win 7 HB
HCL Series 2035-AE1V2943-X 39,000 2.60 Kg Intel Core i3-2330M 2.20 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
HCL Series 2035-AE1V3226-X 39,300 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5-2450M 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW DOS
Samsung NP350U2B-A0AIN 39,655 1.40 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 4 GB 12.5-inch 1 TB No Win 7 HP
HCL Series 2025-AE1V3125-X 40,071 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5-2450M 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HB
LG P420-N 40,170 1.99 Kg Intel Core i5 2.30 GHz 2 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Asus K53SM-SX010D 41,200 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW DOS
Toshiba Satellite Pro S750-I5430 41,612 2.45 Kg Intel Core i3 2.20 GHz 2 GB 15.6-inch 320 GB DVD±RW Win 7 Pro
HP Pavilion g4-1201tx 43,415 2.10 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 Starter
Toshiba Portege R830-i3310 43,729 1.39 Kg Intel Core i3 2.30 GHz 4 GB 13.3-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 59-315960 43,878 2.60 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW DOS
LG P530-K 45,835 2.16 Kg Intel Core i5 2.30 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14 46,865 2.30 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 500 GB DVD±RW Win 7 Pro
Samsung NP530U3B-A02IN 47,895 1.42 Kg Intel Core i5 1.60 GHz 4 GB 13.3-inch 500 GB No Win 7 HP
HP Pavilion dv6-6154tx 48,359 2.63 Kg Intel Core i5 2.30 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
HP Pavilion DM4-3010TX 51,439 1.40 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 6 GB 14.1-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Toshiba Satellite L750-X531B 51,758 2.45 Kg Intel Core i5 2.50 GHz 6 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Samsung NP300V5A-S0CIN 52,324 2.45 Kg Intel Core i7 2.20 GHz 6 GB 15.6-inch 1 TB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Samsung NP530U4B-S02IN 53,766 1.79 Kg Intel Core i5 1.60 GHz 6 GB 14.0-inch 1 TB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 59-315953 54,590 2.60 Kg Intel Core i7 2.00 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Toshiba Satellite L750-Y5310 55,105 2.45 Kg Intel Core i7 2.20 GHz 6 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
HP Pavilion dv6-6165tx 60,719 2.63 Kg Intel Core i7 2.00 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
LG A520-D 61,028 2.50 Kg Intel Core i5 2.30 GHz 4 GB 15.6-inch 640 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Lenovo U400 59-314001 61,182 1.98 Kg Intel Core i5 2.40 GHz 4 GB 14.0-inch 750 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
HP Folio 13-1017TU 68,367 1.49 Kg Intel Core i5 1.60 GHz 4 GB 13.3-inch 128 GB DVD±RW Win 7 HP
Lenovo ThinkPad X220 73,645 1.30 Kg Intel Core i5 2.60 GHz 4 GB 12.5-inch 500 GB No Win 7 Pro

NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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MARKET WATCH

MARKET WATCH
DIGITAL CAMERAS
PRODUCT TITLE PRICE(RS) RESOLUTION OPTICAL ZOOM WIDE ANGLE APERTURE LCD SIZE SHUTTER SPEED

Canon PowerShot A800 3,875 10 MP 3.3x 37 mm F3.0 - F5.8 2.5-inch 15 - 1/2000 sec
Olympus VG-150 4,699 12 MP 4x 27 mm F2.9 - F6.5 2.7-inch 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
Canon PowerShot A2200 5,188 14.1 MP 4x 28 mm F2.8 - F5.9 2.7-inch 15 - 1/1600 sec
Sony Cybershot DSC S5000 5,305 14.1 MP 5x 28 mm F3.2 - F6.5 2.7-inch 2 - 1/2000 sec
Nikon Coolpix L26 5,475 16.1 MP 5x 26 mm F3.2 - F6.5 3.0-inch NA
Fujifilm FinePix JX500 5,897 14 MP 5x 26 mm F3.5 - F6.3 2.7-inch 8 - 1/1400 sec
Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 6,283 14.1 MP 4x 26 mm F2.8 - F5.9 2.7-inch 1 - 1/1600 sec
Nikon Coolpix S2600 6,400 14.0 MP 5x 23 mm F3.2 - F6.5 2.7-inch NA
Canon Digital IXUS 105 IS 6,547 12 MP 4x 28 mm F2.8 - F5.9 2.7-inch 1 - 1/1500 sec
Canon Powershot A3200 IS 6,547 14.1 MP 5x 28 mm F2.8 - F5.9 2.7-inch 15 - 1/1600 sec
Canon PowerShot A3300 IS 7,639 16 MP 5x 28 mm F2.8 - F5.9 3.0-inch 15 - 1/1600 sec
Olympus VG-170 8,009 14.0 MP 5x 26 mm F2.8 - F6.5 3.0-inch 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
Sony Cybershot DSC-W630 8,730 16.1 MP 5x 28 mm F2.6 - F6.3 2.7-inch 2 - 1/1600 sec
Fujifilm FinePix T350 9,270 14 MP 10x 28 mm F3.4 - F5.6 3.0-inch 1/4 - 1/2000 sec
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 9,425 14.1 MP 12x 28 mm F3.4 - F5.6 3.0-inch 15 - 1/2500 sec
Nikon Coolpix S6300 11,475 16 MP 10x 25 mm F3.2 - F5.8 3.0-inch NA
Olympus SP-610 UZ 11,755 14 MP 22x 28 mm F3.3 - F5.7 3.0-inch 4 - 1/2000 sec
Fujifilm FinePix S4500 14,523 14 MP 30x 24 mm F3.1 - F5.9 3.0-inch 8 - 1/2000 sec
Nikon Coolpix S8200 14,675 16.1 MP 14x 25 mm F3.3 - F5.9 3.0-inch NA
Canon Powershot SX220 HS 14,704 12.1 MP 14x 28 mm F3.1 - F5.9 3.0-inch 15 - 1/3200 sec
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 16,274 14.0 MP 24x 24 mm F3.1 - F8.0 3.0-inch 8 - 1/2000 sec
Nikon Coolpix S9300 17,450 16.0 MP 18x 25 mm F3.5 - F7.0 3.0-inch NA
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX10V 17,536 18.2 MP 16x 26 mm F3.3 - F5.9 3.0-inch 4 - 1/1600 sec
Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR 17,665 16.0 MP 15x 24 mm F3.5 - F7.1 3.0-inch 8 - 1/2000 sec
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 18,325 14.1 MP 20x 24 mm F3.3 - F6.4 3.0-inch 15 - 1/2000 sec
Canon IXUS 310 HS 18,330 12.1 MP 4.4x 24 mm F2.0 - F5.8 3.2-inch 15 - 1/1600 sec
Canon Powershot S95 20,472 10 MP 3.8x 28 mm F2.0 - F4.9 3.0-inch 15 - 1/1600 sec
Fujifilm FinePix HS25EXR 21,167 16.0 MP 30x 24 mm F2.8 - F11.0 3.0-inch 30 - 1/4000 sec
Nikon Coolpix P510 22,050 16.1 MP 42x 24 mm F3.0 - F5.6 3.0-inch 4 - 1/2000 sec
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V 22,377 18.2 MP 20x 25 mm F3.2 - F5.8 3.0-inch 4 - 1/1600 sec
Olympus SZ-31MR 22,712 16 MP 24x 25 mm F3.0 - F6.9 3.0-inch 1/4 - 1/1700 sec
Olympus XZ-1 23,021 10 MP 4x 28 mm F1.8 - F2.5 3.0-inch 60 - 1/2000 sec
Canon Powershot G12 29,793 10 MP 5x 28 mm F2.8 - F4.5 2.8-inch 15 - 1/4000 sec

NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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CHIP brings you a roundup of all the latest and greatest products on the market.

MONITORS
NATIVE RESPONSE
PRODUCT TITLE PRICE(RS) SCREEN SIZE D-SUB DVI HDMI
RESOLUTION TIME
Samsung S19A10N 5,537 18.5-inch 1366 x 768 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✖
Asus VH197T 6,077 18.5-inch 1366 x 768 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✖
LG E2042C 7,200 20-inch 1600 x 900 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✖
Benq G2222HDAL 7,828 22-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✖
Dell ST2220M 8,755 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
BenQ GL2250HM 9,116 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
LG E2242C 9,625 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✖
ViewSonic VX2253MH 10,146 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
BenQ G2420HD 10,300 24-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
Philips 246EL2sbh 11,124 23.6-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✖ ✖ ✔
Acer D240H 11,588 24-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
ViewSonic VA2448M 11,794 24-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✖
ViewSonic VX2453MH 12,051 24-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✔
BenQ GL2450HM 12,618 24-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
AOC i2353Ph 12,669 23-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✔
Acer H243H 14,420 24-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
BenQ LED V2400 Eco 15,450 24-inch 1920 x 1080 5 ms ✔ ✖ ✔
Asus ML248H LED 18,386 24-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
Benq GW2750HM 20,343 27-inch 1920 x 1080 12 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
Philips 273P3 20,394 27-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
Asus PA238Q 21,141 23-inch 1920 x 1080 6 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
ViewSonic VX2753MH 23,536 27-inch 1920 x 1080 1 ms ✔ ✔ ✔
Asus VK278Q LED 28,480 27-inch 1920 x 1080 2 ms ✔ ✔ ✔

CABINETS USB FLASH DRIVE


PRICE PRICE
NAME NAME NAME PRICE (RS) CAPACITY
(Rs) (Rs)
Zebronics CC-20R King 1,159 Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS 4,841 Transcend JetFlash 500 232 4 GB
iBall i2241 1,751 BitFenix Shinobi Window 4,650 Transcend JetFlash 500 258 8 GB
iBall Piano 261 1,597 NZXT Guardian 921 RB 4,738 SanDisk Cruzer Switch 289 8 GB
Circle CC 512 1,694 Thermaltake Element T VK90001N2Z 5,125 SanDisk Cruzer Edge 335 8 GB
Circle CC 515 1,737 Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance 5,614 iball Ultra Strong 490 8 GB
Circle CC Stick 1,759 Antec Six Hundred 5,614 Sandisk Cruzer Blade 490 16 GB
Zebronics CC-219B Adorn 1,906 Lian Li Lancool First Knight Series 5,750 SanDisk Cruzer Switch 567 16 GB
Cooler Master Elite 311 2,163 NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 5,871 SanDisk Cruzer Edge 593 16 GB
Cooler Master Elite 335 2,369 Thermaltake Xaser VI MX Series 7,133 ADATA S102 670 8 GB
Cooler Master Elite 311 Plus 3,193 Thermaltake V9 VJ400G1N2Z Black 6,361 ADATA S805 670 8 GB
Lian Li Lancool Dragon Lord PC-K56W 3,300 Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced 7,133 Silicon Power Touch 835 799 16 GB
Thermaltake Wing RS 301 3,657 NZXT Phantom 7,650 Corsair Flash Voyager Mini 850 8 GB
Zebronics Reaper 3,451 Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 7,854 iball Ultra Strong 1,082 16 GB
NZXT Vulcan 3,502 Cooler Master HAF 932 10,970 ADATA S102 1,159 16 GB
Cooler Master Elite 431 3,193 BitFenix Colossus Venom 11,500 Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 1,211 8 GB
Lian Li Lancool Dragon Lord PC-K58W 3,800 Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 11,536 Sandisk Cruzer Blade 1,236 32 GB
Antec Three Hundred 4,017 Antec Lanboy Air 11,742 iball Ultra Strong 2,163 32 GB
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 4,301 Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1 13,674 Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 3,141 32 GB
NOTE: Street prices (incl. VAT) as on 10 August 2012.

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