Five Types of IT Documentation

So in our past articles I’ve discussed how to figure out what your going to post. Here are some ideas that have worked in my own company.

How-To Manuals (Pictures are a must!)

These are great for tasks that you don’t have to do very often. For example, setting up a particular server or modifying an account in a special way. The trick to any how-to IT manual though are pictures! The more the better. Even though we may believe our words are super descriptive, nothing beats the 1000 words of one single picture… let alone a whole army of them!

Master Password Document

This is a bit more dangerous practice in IT, and you could even separate this into a lower level master password document and a higher level one. (With each having it’s own unique permissions.) The idea is that there are so many passwords in this industry you need to keep them all in a central location. Do not be tempted to have one password document for each area. If you can’t find the proper documentation area, or if it’s in the wrong spot, you could be out of luck.

Network maps with IPs (but without computers and printers)

Some techs like to get overzealous with their network maps and include printers and computers. However, I move my computers and printers around too much to spend the time re-generating the documentation. Instead, I would recommend documenting only items that don’t move very often. Networking equipment, servers, and even some phone equipment are things I like to have on my network maps.

Top 10 documents

I’ve had to train a lot of staff in my career. Nothing is easier or better than handing them several top 10 documents. Top 10 IT problems and how to fix them, Top 10 (Insert Product name here) problems and how to fix them, etc. To a newbie in your company this is pure gold! Not only do they feel like they have a sudden grasp on what the company does, but also in how to handle it!

Contact Lists

Having contact lists allows for that dusty old vendor to be called when their dusty old equipment gets too old and too dusty. In other words; help! this ancient tech is broken! Furthermore it allows you to also store other important information, like your account numbers and URLs you can use to order new equipment. I also recommend having a company contact list that allows all your techs to contact the right department or person should they need to.


USB Cell Drive Review – New Gadgets That Sync, Charge, Power and Store

With all of the flash drives, spare batteries, charges and flash drives I own for all of my gadgets, occasionally it gets me a little nuts. Enter the USB Cell Drive.

The Cell Drive is the latest to hit gadget news. It’s a new 4 in 1 USB accessory, which offers charging, an extra power supply, syncing and storage. Its syncing capability is compatible with an iPhone or other mobile devices, and can power other devices like ebooks, GPS devices, Tablets and laptops.

Measuring about the size of a standard thumb drive, it comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB version. It provides recharging power anywhere you are. Those that travel frequently love the extra juice for any of their devices, particularly if a long flight is required during a business trip.

It easily plugs into your USB slot of your PC, and gives you the ability to sync and transfer data as well as store pictures, video, presentations, class papers, or other types of media from your computer. Forget excess adaptors or wires. This device is here to make your life on the go easy.

Mass Storage Besides an alternate power source, it’s compatible with Bluetooth devices, MP3’s, GPS devices, USB portable devices and eReaders. It offers storage and transfer capability for data and media sharing and protection. It works as a backup battery, flash drive, data cable and charging cable for practically any mobile device-all in one compact little unit.

Back-up The Cell Drive has a rechargeable 430 mAh/3.7v lithium-polymer battery that gives you power whenever you want. Fully charged, the Cell Drive will give you over an hour of continuous talk time and days of stand-by time.

The drive and mobile device are charged simultaneously from a USB source to extend the use of the drive and mobile device. More over, if the Cell Drive is a full-on back-up system, so if you have information that has to be preserved, it allows you to backup your device immediately.

Syncing and Info Sharing Not only does the Cell Drive offer the ability to sync and transfer data such as e-mails, calendars, address books, and downloads between your computer and mobile device, it also provides 4 GB or 8 GB of mass storage for any type of file to be backed-up or transferred.

The media transfer function allows for the transfer and safe storage of pictures, videos, and other media between the computer and mobile device. Its syncing capability is driven by a patented data-link technology and software.

Featuring a high-speed 2.0 USB interface with 13MB/sec (read) and 9MB/sec (write) capability, once the phone data is stored on the computer, it can easily be transferred to the Cell. It works with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Mac 9.x and higher, and Linux 2.4x and higher.

Backed by a one-year warranty, the USB Cell Drive comes with a charge and sync Mini-USB connector, a couple of adaptors (3.5-mm for iPhone/iPod and 3.5-mm Micro USB), and a small carrying case. It comes in a 4GB and 8GB version, and retails for $49.95 and $59.95.

Bottom Line

The Cell Drive is extremely portability and combines many connecting options and many mobile features that are a road warrior’s dream. As it compares to other devices like it, this device is vastly faster, more portable and the price very affordable.

The 2.0 transfer speed is blazing. And because it works with literally every device on the market, this is the only mobile companion you’ll need. Love this product. It’s been all over the gadget news, and is probably one of the best new gadgets I’ve reviewed this year.


Why Everyone Should Own an E-Reader

E-readers. Millions of people own one, and millions are thinking about purchasing one. This article will not provide you with any insightful information on which one to choose, but merely provide you with reasons why you need to make the investment. If you’re thinking about making the investment here are some reasons why you need to consider the purchase of one of the many e-readers that are available today.


Have you ever driven to a bookstore only to find that they don’t have the book you want? Or they sold out an hour before you arrived? With an e-reader you will never have that problem. If it’s available for purchase you’ll have your own copy in seconds. With the recent closing of Borders stores some are required to travel more than twenty miles to browse or buy a book. The e-readers allow for you to browse from the comfort of your own home and even save gas! What if your in need of large print books? An e-reader allows for the font to be set at your own preference, so you’ll never need to worry if a large print book will be available.


The average cost of an e-reader ranges between $100.00-$500.00 bucks. There are quite a few different options available for purchase and you’ll need to go through each to see which one is best for you. The kindle, nook, and iPad’s are always great options (although there are more.) Also, the books that you’ll purchase will be significantly cheaper than what you’ll find in stores. For example, I bought a copy of The Help at a store for around $15.00. A copy on your e-reader? Around $10.00 bucks. Not only will you be saving gas money, but you’ll save on each book that you download.

Magazines and Newspapers

E-readers are not only convenient for books, but you can also purchase magazines and newspapers. Subscriptions to magazines are cheaper on e-readers. I personally have a subscription to the Rolling Stone and it’s 2.99 a month. If a newspaper like the New York Times isn’t available in your area, you can have your own copy every morning. The cost of most newspapers are also considerably less.


Lets say you’re trying to remember the book your friend told you about a month ago. All you can remember is one word from the title. Search using the one word you remember and look! You find the book in seconds. Or lets say you are reading a novel with words you are not familiar with–most e-readers provide the option to touch the word and immediately you’ll have a definition. You’ll also have the ability (on most e-readers) to connect to the internet and browse freely. Possibly the best benefit about some e-readers is that it allows you to share the books you’ve purchased with others. This option will save you even more money! The e-readers are small and portable, which will be much easier to take with you when you’re on the go. Looking for a little more? No fear, you’ll find plenty of other applications (or apps) such as games, calculators, Pandora, and countless others.

Even if you’ve purchased an e-reader you can still purchase books the old fashioned way

Personally, I prefer a real book. There’s something personal about my own copy that an e-reader cannot replace. I actually received a nook as a Christmas present last year. I didn’t know what to do with it, but I quickly realized that it comes in handy when I’m in need of a great read. Unfortunately, there are no bookstores in my area and my e-reader has provided me with an outlet to further my reading. My e-reader has not replaced my hard copy books and never will, but with hardly any other choice it has definitely saved me gas, and provided me with a way to keep on reading when I thought all hope was lost.


The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Considering a New Home Automation System

So you’re starting to think of some areas where home automation could offer some benefits to you, but how to go about choosing a system? There are many factors to consider; subscription, support, security, system expansion, and overall cost, just to name a few. While such a decision could become very overwhelming, using this article as a guide can help walk you through making this decision a little easier.

To help break it down, I have divided this article into the time-tested questions of Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How to cover all our bases. I have put these questions in an order that makes for the best sense and flow of the article.


The first step is to put some thought into why you want this system. You may already have a clear reason why, thus the interest. However, maybe you haven’t stopped to ask yourself ‘why’, or at the very least it could be good to expand on it.

What is the overall goal of adding an automation system to your home? Do you have a specific concern about safety, security, or efficiency? Is it for your home, second home, or the home of someone close to you? Maybe it is for your business? Maybe you are going for the ‘wow factor’ of being able to control your home from you phone?

Answering these questions for yourself and your situation will begin to define the trajectory of how your home automation project comes together.


What do you want from your home automation system? This is more technically specific than why you want the system. What does it do? Are you looking for something that is strictly security; with cameras and door and window sensors? Are you more interested in efficiency or ‘wow factor’ components like light and HVAC control? Do you want to be able to setup scenes, or macros, where multiple activities are initiated by certain occurrences (such as motion, light sensors, etc.)? Maybe you need to keep track of your home remotely and have some very specific concerns that you require notification about should they occur, such as water leaks and carbon monoxide or smoke detectors going off.

Deciding what your home automation system will be will allow you to refine your search and list of products and vendors.


To further expand on your systems definition, you should ask yourself who you want to install, maintain, and monitor your system. These answers are not necessarily all the same. You could have a local automation company install and monitor your system for you, while offering you the flexibility to add on to your system on your own if you choose. You may opt to look into a company that offers ‘end-to-end’ service, such as ADT, who will install your system, monitor it for you, and perform service calls whenever maintenance or system expansion is required. You may even be of the independent spirit, and decide you are going to take this project on as a do-it-yourself project, and assume end to end responsibility on your own.

Whichever option, or combination thereof, works best for you is the option you should pursue. Just as much as each system is customized for each home, so too is the mix of services that go into that system.

Perhaps most important of all is ‘who’ will be using the system. If you are setting the system up for yourself, you may have a better understanding of the subtleties of a DIY system than if you have a significant other, children, elderly parents, or guests sharing in the use of the system. Having a professional organization behind the system to support you and everybody else could save you a lot of effort and frustration over time.


Where your system goes may be another ‘no-brainer’ to many people, but for others it may be a more subtle question. If your home automation system is going into your home, odds are you are pretty familiar with the house, your needs, the local services available, etc. If you are looking into a home automation system for a loved one, or a second home that is several hours (or maybe states!) away, the ‘where’ becomes much more abstract. If you are working with a remote location, being able to spend time there getting familiar with the location and its needs is the best approach.

If this is not an option, most companies offer localized support and contact information online. Another option is checking local business directories for your required services. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, you can check the local Craigslist entries for people who work specifically with home automation or networking.


When your system is installed is entirely up to you, but keep an eye out for special pricing and offers. Many home automation companies will run promotions during the summertime. Even if the vendor you are looking at does not offer a promotion, it never hurts to ask. After all, everything is negotiable!

The other ‘when’ to consider is expanding your system. For many, a home automation system will be a project that grows over time, and having the flexibility to do so according to your needs will pay-off in the long run.

As with any major decision, it is best to shop around, and get multiple quotes. Ask lots of questions, its your salespersons job to answer them for you. A good salesperson can even help guide you and design your system with you. Conversely, a poor salesperson who can’t answer your questions or offers little to no help can be a strong sign that you would be better off avoiding that vendor.

Creating a clear idea of what you see for your home automation project will help make a lot of sense out of what could potentially be a very confusing exercise. Deciding what is best for your situation and before wading in can save you money, time, and effort; not just during the initial setup, but also very possibly over the life of the system. Adding these savings up will equal a much better overall experience with your home automation system for several years to come!


Taking Care of Your BlackBerry Playbook – Why It Is a Must for This BlackBerry Pad

Congratulations on purchasing your BlackBerry playbook. This 7-inch tablet is a wonderful, powerful machine that I’m sure you’ll grow to love. Whether you purchase the 16, 32, or 64 GB version, all of the tablets have their own cleaning and caring specifications that need to be recognized before exploring the world of this fascinating tablet.

Measuring less than half an inch, and weighing less than a pound the first thing you’ll notice on the BlackBerry Playbook is the vivid 7 inch high-resolution display. Crystal-clear HD quality video is one the main features of this tablet, but keeping it clean and fingerprint-less can often be quite a challenge. The tablet does come with a microfiber cleaning cloth, which will often be your best friend. Dust, prints, smudges, and smears will really ruin your viewing experience with the BlackBerry pad. The complementary neoprene case that comes with your device can hold this microfiber cleaning cloth perfectly. The case itself will not damage the screen, as its material is scratch resistant. I always carry the microfiber cloth behind my device in the case and it travels with me everywhere I go.

When cleaning your device with the cloth, be sure to clean the front and backside cameras. Just like any photographer takes great pride in cleaning their lenses, you should take the same pride in cleaning your rear and front facing cameras.

When looking straight on to your BlackBerry Playbook, you’ll notice that the device comes with two built-in speakers on the left and right side of the tablet. This stereo experience is a major selling point for the BlackBerry pad, but can also be a source where dirt and grime is held. Make sure that no gunk enters the side speakers and if it does, blowing a little bit of air as if it were an original Nintendo game can often resolve most problems.

On the bottom of the device, you’ll see HDMI, USB and power ports, which can be a major trap for dust and dirt. Any regular can of computer cleaning compressed air can be used to rid these nooks and crannies of any harmful particles.

On the top of the device you’ll see a headphone input, built-in microphone, and power, volume, and pause/play buttons. While the top buttons are sealed in and aren’t bulky enough to be knocked or damaged, the headphone jack does contain a little nook where crumbs can enter. Again, just be careful when eating your daily muffin while reading the newspaper, that you don’t get any blueberry scraps in the headphone jack.

Of course as with any device damage, scrapes, nicks, and scratches are inevitable. There are many good cases available for the BlackBerry Playbook, but the included neoprene case does the job just fine. Don’t stress, it’s only technology. The main thing is that you enjoy your BlackBerry tablet.


Asus Eee Pad Slider – Productivity in a Tablet

In a very crowded 10-inch tablet world, where many strong, fast and reliable products fight for topping the customers’ needs, it is very difficult for a new product to make an impact. However, if there is a device that can do it that is surely the Asus Eee Pad Slider, a slate that is preparing for its official release and that comes with some innovative and interesting features and specifications.

Design and display

While the Slider features a 10-inch display as other many tablets right now, Asus has come up with a whole new design concept. The Eee Pad Slider features a slide-out keyboard that makes the gadget more of a tablet-netbook hybrid than a simple slate.

This comes with both advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, the Slider is highly functional and perfect for those of you who write for a living or who want an easy to carry and affordable netbook-looking device. On the other hand, the tablet is quite bulky and heavy compared to the iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, for example.

In terms of display, the Slider holds the comparison with almost any other tablet right now. The 10.1-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, similar to the one featured by the Asus Transformer, offers great brightness, good colors and beautiful contrast.

Performance and software

In terms of performance, the Slider is more than decent and can again compare itself with any other 10-inch tablet on the market. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor and it features 1 GB of RAM memory. The 5 Mp rear-facing camera and the 1.3 MP front-facing camera are not great, but then again all tablets have problems in this area.

The Slider will be operate on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb and will have access to Android Market, which means loads of apps and very snappy overall performance.

Connectivity, features and pricing

As we have already told you, the Slider is a very functional piece of equipment, and this is not only due to its keyboard. Asus’s new tablet also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, as well as HDMI and USB ports.

The Slider also features an accelerometer, g-sensor, light-sensor and gyroscope. Furthermore, the tablet will probably be available in the near future with 3G connectivity, which will be the icing on the cake.

In terms of pricing, the Slider, which is not yet available for sale, is set to cost around 550 bucks (the Wi-Fi 32 GB version). While this is not the most competitive price on the 10-inch tablet market, you get what you pay for and more!


An original and new design concept, high functionality and versatility, loads of features, good software and high performance level. All in all, the Asus Eee Pad Slider will probably hit the tablet market with a bang and will attract large audiences.

It is not the iPad 2, but it is pretty much as close as an Android-based 10-inch tablet has ever got to Apple’s product. If you are willing to close your eyes on the whole weight and dimensions problem, this will probably be the perfect gadget for you! Especially if you need a tablet for more than browsing and watching movies, a tablet that can help your with your daily tasks.


How to Personalize Your Android Phone

We all can’t deny the fact that android is cool, even though we can’t leave our easy-to-use Microsoft’s web OS considering high-end business solutions on old PCs. But the amazing Google’s hackable and open-source Web OS featured on every smartphone today – if you’re eager and able, you can root your phone’s OS and make it appear exactly how you want it to. That said, we are not all comfortable with hacking a phone in the name of getting a pretty interface.

Does your Android phone lack visual flair? Luckily, you can make your Android device smarter without having to hacking it.

Making your wallpaper live

For Android phones there are two types of wallpaper: static wallpaper, regular, and dynamic, “live” wallpaper. Live wallpaper is effective -particularly when you’re bragging off your Android phone to iPhone users – but watch out, it could drain your phone’s battery and overwhelm its software.

The solution to choosing live wallpaper is to be sure it’s not too animated. Too much animation will only lead to negative affects your phone’s system, yet makes your phone appear messy and busy.

Use attractive widgets

Probably you’ve seen those neat widgets that you put on your phone’s home screen? They’re Android-only-and they don’t apply to iPhone users here. Certainly, not all widgets are created the same: even though most offer useful information, many are bulky and unappealing.

Example of a widget for your home screen is both practical and classy is the SwitchPro (developed by Droid Shogun @ $1) the widget restructures your home screen’s toggle switches (for turning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the like on and off). SwitchPro’s widgets not only switches better than Android’s (and customizable), but they are numerous of them, including switches for, vibration/silent mode, autorotate and flashlight.

Text with style

If you are into text, and let’s be honest, the Android texting app just isn’t that pretty. Luckily, a number of supercharged Android texting apps available out there let you do things for instance add backgrounds, colors, including even custom LED notification lights to your texts.

These apps don’t alter the original texting app – they’re detached systems, so unless you like being notified twice in relation to text messages, it’s a good thought to have your default texting app’s notifications turned off your. A few example of such text app is the Handcent SMS (developed by Handcent, offered free of charge).

Handcent (customizable) is simply a texting app that allows you transform the look of your texts in your Android phone. For example, Handcent lets puts texts in bubbles – comparable to the iPhone’s texting interface, which is very easy look at. You have the advantage of tweaking the bubbles, background, text, and text-entry box plus colors and fonts.


How to Use a Portable GPS Tracking Device System

GPS systems are a great tool that can be used for a wide variety of uses. You can utilize a GPS tracking device to pinpoint your exact location while you’re driving, hiking, running, fishing, sailing, biking, or exploring. No matter where you are in the world, a GPS tracking system can help you find your way.

GPS isn’t just for finding your own location, however. It can be used for car tracking, equipment tracking, asset tracking, and tracking people too. If you have a valuable item out in the open, such as a boat or motorcycle, you can put a GPS tracking device on it, and track its location in case it gets stolen. Business owners also utilize GPS fleet tracking to keep track of their company vehicles and ensure drivers are going where they’re supposed to be going. Read on to learn how to use this amazing technology.

Getting Set Up with Your GPS Tracker

There are two types of GPS trackers: hardwired and portable battery-powered tracking devices. For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing portable GPS trackers. Portable trackers are wireless, so you can use them for different things on a regular basis. Portable systems can move easily from car to car or person to person. There are no cumbersome wires anywhere on the device.

Once you have bought your new portable GPS tracking system, it’s important to determine where it can and cannot track from. The GPS signal will penetrate glass, plastic, foam, fiberglass, and wood, but will not penetrate metal. So areas like under the hood of a car or in the trunk will not work, but underneath seats or the glove box of a car are okay. You can also put it in a backpack to track your child or attach it to a valuable item in case it gets stolen.

Always ensure your tracking device is fully charged before you use it to track someone/something. Most trackers will give you around eight hours of use on a full charge, and extended-life battery kits can provide anywhere from 60 up to 120 hours of actual movement on a single charge.

Tracking Options

Depending on the tracking device you have purchased, your options may be different, but most will require that you log on to the tracking/reporting website and activate your account. It’s usually on this website that you will find live tracking features to show specific information about the vehicle (or other object) you are tracking, such as latitude, longitude, and its speed of travel. You will also find most reporting and alert system options online, such as when certain “alert zones” are entered, aggressive driving, speeding, etc.

GPS Tracker Options

If using the tracker in your own car, you will find many options on the interface which will usually include directions and routing, maps, and search features to find nearby gas stations, restaurants, etc. This feature can be helpful to guide a driver of the vehicle to any of these locations. Because there are so many different types of GPS trackers on the market today, this article cannot cover exact directions for every type. For more information on using your portable GPS tracking device system, consult your user manual.


Vizio 8-Inch Tablet – Quick Look At an Interesting and Affordable Device

If you are a technology fanatic and you would like to purchase a beautiful, fast and reliable tablet right now, your options are very numerous and will probably satisfy your every need. However, devices such as the iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer come at pretty high prices, which can’t be afforded by everyone.

Technology fanatics on a budget should nevertheless despair, because there are affordable tablets that offer some pretty good specs on the market today. One of these is the Vizio 8-inch tablet, which we are going to quickly review.

Design and display

Giving that the Vizio tablet’s keyword is ”cheap”, you probably wouldn’t expect much in terms of design. However, we are glad to tell you that the slate is a pretty surprising device when it comes to the aspect, the back side looking especially cool and chic. Also, it doesn’t weigh very much( 1.2 pounds) and it’s pretty thin, which doesn’t make portability an issue.

The LCD 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display is also pretty decent, offering 1024×768 pixels resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s not an IPS panel and does not offer great viewing angles, but is better than you might expect.

Performance, storage and software

While the design and display are OK, the performance level is not great. The Vizio tablet comes with a 1 Ghz Marvell Armada 600 Series single-core processor and 512 MB of RAM memory, which is not extraordinary. The tablet features a pretty poor front-facing camera and no rear-facing camera, and looking at the software things are not much better.

The Vizio runs on the outdated Android Gingerbread, and not on the Android Honeycomb, which makes for a stable, but not very rewarding experience with a limited number of apps. Things are even worse looking at the storage space, considering that the Vizio only comes with 2 GB of internal storage. This can be increased with a micro SD card, however.

Connectivity and pricing

The Vizio features Bluetooth and WiFi compatibility, as well as HDMI, but no USB port, which is another downside. In terms of pricing, however, the tablet is competitive, to say the least, being currently available for about 290 bucks.


The Vizio 8-inch tablet offers pretty poor performance, standard-looking features and ports (without any USB port, though), insufficient storage space and a mediocre touchscreen. However, for its current price tag, you could not hope for much more and you might be pretty satisfied overall with the quality-price ratio.


Sager NP8170 Review – A Gaming Laptop for the Geeks

Sager is a computer manufacturer known mostly to gamers for its high end gaming laptops. One of the most popular Sager laptops on the market today is the np8170 with a 17-inch display and some pretty impressive technical specifications.

Design, ports and features

The Sager laptops are not extremely popular amongst gamers from the design point of view. That is mostly because the design is simplistic and a little rough on the edges. Despite that, the np8170 design is not necessarily unattractive, being at the same time simplistic and professional.

The new model from Sager is elegant, classy, but could seem a bit more attractive if it had some curves on it. Also, the np8170 is a bit thick and its weight is not exactly travel-friendly.

The ports are numerous and cleverly placed so as not to crowd either sides of the laptop. On the right side, you have the headphone, the microphone, an optical/digital out and additional audio out with a USB 2.0 port, while on the left side there is the card reader, three USB ports, Ethernet and CATV input.

Keyboard, touchpad and screen

The keyboard is, as the entire laptop, solid, but quiet. The chiclet style is nice and the keys are well-placed and well-distanced so as to offer plenty of comfort. The touchpad is a Synaptics one and supports multi-touch. There are also distinct left and right metal buttons, separated by a fingerprint reader, a nice touch if you ask us and a welcomed change from the usual toggle bar.

The 17.3-inch display full HD with LED-backlit display technology and a resolution of 1920×1080 offer extremely clear images, with brilliant colors, contrast and excellent brightness. The viewing angles are also more than decent for a 17-inch display laptop.

Performance, graphics and battery life

If the Sager np8170 suffers a little in terms of design and elegance, as far as performance is concerned this is one of the strongest laptops on the market. The second generation Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M with 2GB DDR5 will guarantee that you can play all the new video games with the highest quality and the fastest speed.

As far as battery life is concerned, the 8-cell 77WHr should provide you with a decent autonomy of at least three hours and a half, even when the laptop is at a high power usage.


In conclusion, the Sager np8170 is one of the most interesting gaming devices available today, the level of performance and the quality-price ratio canceling the design and elegance problems.

And yes, this might not be the best looking or the slimmest of all gaming rigs on the market, but is one of the fastest, and if speed is what you need, you’ll hardly find anything better than a Sager.