Spend Where It Matters Most Even if your budget allows, it’s probably not a good idea to just max out all of the available specs on whatever laptop you’re looking at. You’ll have to make some compromises to save money, but also to avoid buying more than you need. Go back to your list of things you’ll do with your laptop, and put your money into features that make those things easier. If you can find a laptop with 8GB of RAM that’s the same price, or even a little more, than one with 4GB, that’s a good place to stretch your budget. If you can find a laptop with an SSD that’s close to the same price as one with a traditional hard drive, that’s also a worthwhile upgrade. On the other hand, a laptop with a top-end processor or graphics card doesn’t make sense if you don’t use resource-hungry programs or play games. … [Read more...] about How to Choose the Perfect Back-to-School Laptop
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What about the big phones? Again, the iPhone 6 Plus feels a little behind the curve. The 1080p screen is a bit more competitive, but it probably won’t have the eyepopping colors and inky blacks of Super AMOLED technology. Also, it’s still crazy how broad-shouldered this phone is compared to its relatively small 5.5-inch screen, without even having a stylus or wireless charging to take up that space. Here, though, you’ve got that excellent optical image stabilization. That’s something. … [Read more...] about How The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Stack Up Against The Competition
For example, if you’re shopping for a smartphone, every review you read will make note of essential features like the processor, screen size, on-board memory and storage, camera quality, size, weight, and so on. Take those features and highlight the ones that matter to you. If you’re looking for a phone to make and take calls, grab your email, and maybe do a little social networking, the processor probably isn’t important to you. If you’re a shutterbug, the camera probably is important, and you should highlight it. Take some time to distill those massive feature lists into the ones that matter to you—you may catch yourself about to spend a premium on a device that’s heavily promoted, but just as good as a cheaper model where it matters to you. … [Read more...] about Checkbox Syndrome: Why We Spend Money on Things We Don’t Need
There won’t be any deliberation. There won’t be any disagreement. Zagato has always known what to do with Alfa Romeos. And what they did with the Junior back in 1969 is no exception. But how did Zagato get their hands on an already gorgeous Alfa Romeo design? Car designer and friend of Jalopnik Matteo Licata has the story. … [Read more...] about The Alfa Romeo Junior Z Was A Kammback Kid
Living in a city — Los Angeles — a small car makes a ton of sense for me. I need good fuel economy, a car that's easy to park and, since I spend all my money on motorcycles and camping, a low price is a big help too. But, I also spend virtually every weekend out in the mountains or desert, so I need a car that can make it down a difficult dirt road that may be washed out, full of deep sand or covered in slippery mud. A used Land Cruiser or Cherokee would seem to fit the bill, but my girlfriend will also be driving it and my puppy will be riding in it, so I want modern safety features too. And neither of those vehicles or anything like them will return anything like the Renegade's projected 30mpg+ fuel economy. If the Renegade shapes up to be the vehicle I think it is, I might just have to buy one. … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?
The Lite Edition also further simplifies the Versa’s design. Whereas the original had three buttons—one on the left and two on the right side—the Lite Edition only keeps the left button. It also comes in brighter colors. Like extremely bright colors. The marina blue looks like the sort of paint jobs you’d find on the cars of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, while mulberry is so purple it looks like Barney the Dinosaur was murdered and then slapped on your wrist. It’s not that bright colors are bad, per se. It’s just that it makes the Lite Edition look more childish. There’s just no way I’d wear the blue or purple options to a formal event. (To be fair, only Prince could love something that purple.) Thankfully, there are subtler options in silver and lilac that look more like the sophisticated wrist accessory most people are after. … [Read more...] about You Won’t Miss the Features Cut From the Fitbit Versa Lite