The Dell XPS 13 with infinity edge display is one of my favorite hardware designs from 2015. The software side, not so much… You can read my brief review here. 🙂
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Here is a photo guide to upgrading the RAM and installing an SSD on the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1. This is a very nice laptop for the price and you can read a brief review here. For the upgrade steps, start and the bottom of the page and work your way up… 🙂 These simple upgrades take a nice basic machine and make it much more capable! 🙂
I have cloned a few hundred PC Windows/Linux drives, but today marked the first time that I cloned a Max OSX drive. On a 2011 era 21.5″ iMac I was cloning from an external Firewire boot SSD to a newly installed SSD. It was a success 🙂 Here are screenshots of the process.
NEW sealed Western Digital 4TB BLACK Performance SATA Hard Drive WD 6 Gbs 64MB cache 7,200RPM WD4001FAEX 4 TB Warranty: Still sealed in original anti-static wrapping, Western Digital factory warranty though Jan 3rd 2018. (see 2nd auction photo for screenshot of the serial number warranty lookup for the drive you are bidding on) Description: These are some of the best 7,200RPM SATA hard drives out there IMHO. The 64MB cache is nice and the drives perform consistently well, while
I recently encountered an issue where my DirecTV HDMI output was unusable on my new LCD. Thankfully, the following HDMI HDCP stripper allowed me to watch on my monitor 🙂 NOTE: The best price I could find was $19.95 on Amazon with free shipping and if you need the extra HDMI cable, they have them for ~$5.49. The process is very simple: Connect power to the HDCP stripper Connect first HDMI cable from DirecTV receiver to “HDMI INPUT” on the stripper Connect second HDMI
After upgrading from a Samsung S6 to a Nexus 6P, one of the few changes needed was new USB-C cables! Thankfully, Amazon has a nice assortment. I especially like the white USB-C cables here: They are usually available for around $6.99 and they allow easy connection to USB-A (“regular” USB) devices like most existing PCs, Macs and laptops. After purchasing a two pack, I’m a happy camper 🙂
Some exciting news about the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 14″ laptop, its GPU uses DDR5 memory. Woot! NOTE: For best performance I highly recommend upgrading the standard HDD to a SSD. You can find complete steps here: Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-14 SSD Upgrade Here is the DDR5 GPU memory screenshot: My specific Lenovo Y700-14 model: PS thanks to commenter Fee for asking the great question whether it utilized GDDR3 or GDDR5 🙂 PSS as the specs show, I have the 2GB version
Please find below photos showing Lenovo ThinkPad X220 disassembly and mSATA SSD upgrade. WiFi is also easily upgradeable (make sure to get whitelisted card or modified BIOS) Lastly, 2.5″ SSD is upgradeable without even opening up the case 😉 NOTE: I recommend the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the mSATA SSD. This drive costs < $90 at Amazon with free shipping. For the 2.5″ drive I recommend a larger SSD like the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB which is roughly $160 on Amazon.