battery

Mon
03
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Laptop Plugged in, Not Charging (New Laptop)

Infopackets Reader Susan M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently bought a new laptop that came with Windows 10 pre-installed. Last week, I received a Windows 10 update and now my battery keeps draining - even with the power plugged in! This doesn't ... make any sense to me; also my laptop is brand new! The balloon over the battery icon is reading '93% available (plugged in, not charging)'. I looked on the Internet to see if I could figure out what was causing this, and there are a lot of people having the same issue. Do you know why my laptop won't charge and how I can fix the 'plugged in, not ... (view more)

Fri
24
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Laptop Won't Turn On - The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide

Infopackets Reader Marion L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I haven't used my laptop for a few weeks. I went to turn it on today, but it won't turn on at all. I have it plugged in to the wall power outlet, but it still doesn't work. What do I do now? " My ... response: This is a fairly common issue with laptops; oftentimes the laptop won't turn on even if it's plugged into the wall if it's been sitting for a while - in your case, a few weeks. Sometimes, however, something else has gone wrong, and parts of the laptop may be corrupt or not working, or the laptop may have died. I'll explain what you need to ... (view more)

Tue
06
Dec
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Exploding Samsung Phone 'Too Thin' For Safety: Report

An independent report suggests the spate of Galaxy Note 7 phone explosions was caused by the design of the phone itself. Engineering analysts "Instrumental" say Samsung blundered in its attempts to make the phone as slim as possible. After initial ... reports of the phones catching fire this year, Samsung appeared to believe a particular batch of faulty batteries was to blame and proceeded to recall the affected handsets. When phones that had been replaced in this way continued to explode, Samsung took the costly and embarrassing step of abandoning the handset entirely . While Samsung ... (view more)

Mon
19
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Laptop Black Screen, Windows Won't Boot

Infopackets Reader Elijah N. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an HP laptop with Windows 10. Yesterday the laptop was working perfectly fine, but this morning I tried to turn it on and all I get is a black screen. The power light turns on, and the ... screen appears to be on (the screen backlight is on), but the screen is black and it won't boot into Windows 10. Nothing happens. What can I do to get my laptop working? " My response: This is a fairly common issue, and is either a hardware problem or a Windows boot problem. Some possibilities include: the laptop motherboard or display may have died, or ... (view more)

Tue
21
Jun
John Lister's picture

Microsoft claims Edge Browser 'Most Battery Efficient'

Microsoft claims its Edge browser uses far less battery power on laptops than rivals such as Google Chrome. The claims come as it publishes details of further tweaks to the browser's power demands. To back up its claims, Microsoft has released the ... results of tests it carried out using its own Surface Book computer, along with data gathered remotely from Windows 10 computers. As with any such non-independent tests, it's always worth remembering that not only could the setup of the tests be designed in a way that favors Microsoft, but there's no way of knowing that Microsoft hasn ... (view more)

Thu
05
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

New Lenovo Laptop Features 17-Hour Battery Life

Looking for a laptop with battery life that lasts throughout the work day and all evening? Lenovo's new ThinkPad T440 uses dual batteries to achieve that feat. The 14-inch ThinkPad T440 comes in two versions -- the base T440 and the premium T440s. ... The former starts at just $899 and is available with Windows 7 or Windows 8. New ThinkPad Features Next-Gen Hardware Specifications The T440 weighs in at 1.76 kilograms, making it one of the lightest sub-$1,000 laptops on the market. For extra cash buyers can upgrade to a 1600 x 900 touchscreen display. The T440s, meanwhile, starts at just over $1, ... (view more)

Thu
29
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

New Logitech Mouse Boasts 1,400-Hour Battery Life

Tired of having the battery in your favorite wireless mouse die just when you need it most? Then you might be interested in hardware maker Logitech's newest wireless mouse, the G602, which reportedly boasts a 1,400-hour battery life. According to ... Logitech, the G602 runs on two standard AA batteries. To hit that 1,400-hour limit, Logitech says the mouse uses a special "Endurance Mode". However, if precision is the name of the game, users can flick a mechanical switch on the device to engage "Performance Mode," though this sets the battery life back to about 250 hours. Performance Mode Designed ... (view more)

Wed
05
Jun
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Intel, ARM Go to War Over Mobile Market

The rivalry between processor makers Intel and ARM is heating up and that may mean cheaper prices on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Historically, both firms have been dominant in very different markets. Most laptop PCs use Intel ... processors that are very powerful but drain a battery in just a few hours. Meanwhile, cellphones and smartphones most commonly run processors based on ARM technology. These processors are less powerful, thereby restricting the range of functions available on the device. However, they also place less pressure on a device's battery. The line between these ... (view more)

Fri
01
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Dell XPS 10 Easiest Tablet to Tinker With: Report

A few weeks ago I passed along an iFixit report which found that Microsoft's new Surface Pro tablet computer was harder to repair than an Apple iPad. With the Surface Pro employing a battery glued to the frame and more than seventy small screws, ... iFixit was forced to discourage readers from ever opening the device for home repairs. Now, iFixit has released a new report that ranks tablet computers based on their 'repairability.' Important factors considered in determining a repairability score include the number of screws and amount of glue used to keep a device together. Surface Pro, iPad 2-4 ... (view more)

Thu
21
Feb
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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Super-Long Battery Life

Microsoft's new Surface Pro tablet computer has taken a lot of flak in recent weeks. One big complaint about the device: its battery life is too short . If you're looking for a tablet computer with a long battery life, then it might be worth ... checking out Lenovo's new ThinkPad Tablet 2. Like the Surface Pro, the new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 uses Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Also like the Surface Pro, it offers a 64GB solid state drive for storage and a separate Bluetooth keyboard, which can be purchased for $120. However, that's where the similarities between the two devices end. So ... (view more)

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