Review: Chuwi Hi10Pro

The Chuwi Hi10Pro is a dual boot Windows 10 / Android tablet that has a metallic keyboard dock to convert it to a standard clamshell laptop.

I bought the Chuwi Hi10Pro last year when it was on sale at Gearbest. It was selling for US$169 for the tablet plus keyboard dock. I also used Swagbucks for an additional 4250 SB which should be valued at around US$50 via Amazon gift cards. The issue is that I can’t seem to pass the US only verification as it requires a US number (non-voip). Bummer. I managed to get around it recently through the use of a US SIM. So how did this US$120 tablet / laptop fare?

The Specs

Screen Size 10.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1920×1200
Hard Drive 64 GB
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Operating System Windows 10, Android 5.1
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.31 x 6.59 x 0.33 inches
Rear Webcam Resolution 2 MP
Processor Intel X8350
4GB DDR3 RAM
Read More

Parallels Desktop 11 Brings Cortana to the Mac

Instead of Siri, Cortana comes first to OSX through Parallels Desktop 11. It’s well integrated too, as with Parallels “Coherence mode”, Cortana can live directly on your OS X desktop instead of through a separate virtual machine.

Parallels is the popular virtualization tool for the Mac OS X, and it is now in its 11th iteration. The new Parallels 11 offers speed improvements of up to 50 percent, and a new Travel Mode which extends battery life up to 25 percent while on the go. Other speed and performance improvements include:

  • Windows launch and shutdown is up to 50 percent faster
  • File operations inside of Windows are improved by up to 20 percent
  • Virtual machine suspend is up to 20 percent faster
  • Improved network performance

Read More

Windows 10 Available as Free Upgrade on July 29

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. Starting today, people can reserve their FREE upgrade if they choose. The reservation offer will be pushed to your computer, and would appear as a taskbar Windows icon. Mine has already appeared and I have made the reservation – you just need to enter your email account.

Windows 10 will help people be more productive and have more fun, with a personal and natural experience that works across all their devices. Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 will deliver ongoing feature innovations and security updates. Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, enabling hundreds of millions of people around the world to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Read More