A kit which transforms your average vehicle into a hybrid model has been developed by students at the University of Middle Tennessee. Many hybrid cars are currently beyond the scope of the average consumer. They may be a good financial investment in the long-term, but the shift to renewable energy and electric vehicles can be expensive when starting out. But would consumers find the idea of converting their existing vehicles into an electric kind on a shoestring budget more palatable? A team of students hailing from the University of Middle Tennessee have spent the last five years developing a full plug-in hybrid kit, currently installed in a stock 1994 Honda Accord, which improves the efficiency of vehicles through the use of electricity. According to the team, the $3000 plug-in offers between 50 and 100 percent better gas mileage. It works through two electric motors that push power directly to the rear wheels of a car, leaving the front wheels -- powered by the … [Read more...] about How to turn your car into a hybrid for $3000
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At $179.99, Dell's Inspiron 11 (3162) is a very affordable laptop. If you're not looking for many frills but want an ultraportable that's capable of basic tasks and is easy to carry with you, there are few better alternatives. For less than $200, you get a 64-bit Windows 10 operating system, a simple but sturdy physical build, long battery life, and fast enough processing for Web browsing, word processing, and other day-to-day tasks. The Lenovo IdeaPad 100S-11 costs slightly less, but features only a limited 32-bit OS and didn't perform quite as well on our tests. Aside from a single color choice that might turn away some potential buyers, this laptop has no unreasonable downsides considering its super-low price, so it's our top pick for cheap ultraportable laptops. Design and FeaturesA small, all-plastic laptop that measures 0.69 by 11.1 by 7.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.46 pounds, the Inspiron 11 (3162) is quite portable, stacking up well to the IdeaPad 100S-11 (0.68 by 11.4 by 7.9 … [Read more...] about Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series (3162)
Every time you see a patient and therapist in the cartoons, the former is lying on the couch while the latter sits in an adjacent chair taking notes on a legal pad. When I see my therapist, I sit upright while he takes notes on a MacBook Air. Intel, as you probably know, is spending $300 million to convert my therapist to Windows. That's the amount in the Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund, the chipmaker's investment to develop and promote a class of thin-and-light laptops called ultrabooks by Intel and its OEM partners. Detractors, however, might call them "Air-alikes," because of how closely their specs target the 13-inch MacBook Air: 0.8 inches thick at its thickest point, a 13.3-inch screen, no optical drive, at least five hours of battery life, and a solid-state drive instead of a hard disk for near-instant-on operation. The first handful of ultrabooks are out now, with a lot more – some say 50 or more – expected at January's CES, and a second wave due in the spring of 2012 … [Read more...] about Is ‘Affordable Ultrabook’ an Oxymoron?
Best described as an unusually compact desktop scanner, the Brother ImageCenter ADS-1000W is a touch too big to call portable. Brother says it's meant primarily for small and home offices, but it's really a reasonable choice in any size office if you need a personal scanner that's moderately fast, includes an automatic document feeder (ADF), and doesn't need a lot of room on a desktop. With a physical design similar to the portable Editor's Choice Canon imageFormula P-215 Scan-tini Personal Document Scanner but bigger, the ADS-1000W looks pretty much like an oversize black brick with the top sloping down from back to front. Weighing 3.3 pounds and measuring 3.3 by 11.2 by 4.1 inches (HWD), it takes up only about half the space of a typical desktop scanner. To use it, you flip open the top, which turns it into an input tray extending up and back from the scanner. The input tray includes a 20-sheet ADF, which can handle multiple sheets of up to letter-size paper or individual sheets up … [Read more...] about Brother ImageCenter ADS-1000W
The Acer Aspire V7-482PG-6629 ($899.99 as tested) midrange ultrabook delivers excellent performance along with a top-notch 14-inch 1080p HD resolution In-Plane Switching (IPS) touch screen. You also get discrete graphics and a diverse selection of I/O ports. The V7-482PG-6629 justifies its price premium over the entry-level ultrabooks we've seen recently, and it has the goods to satisfy the widest possible range of power users. All of this helps it to earn our Editors' Choice award for midrange ultrabooks. Design and FeaturesLenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch and the Toshiba Satellite E45T-A4300. At 4.18 pounds, it's imperceptibly lighter than either system. The chassis is a bright silver color that mimics the look of brushed aluminum (Acer calls it "Cool Steel"). The panels are actually made of plastic/polycarbonate, allowing Acer to invest more on the discrete graphics card and a 1080p HD screen. View all Photos in Gallery The 10-point touch display is bright and clear, with a … [Read more...] about Acer Aspire V7-482PG-6629