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Dell Inspiron 13 Review

Category : General May 29th, 2020

This is a short review of a product I purchased recently, I am talking about the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Laptop. As of May 2020 you can still find it here on their website.

I love Dell. I will continue buying their laptops, I own 7 Dell computers myself and I still think they are the best Windows based computers currently in the market. I would build my own laptop if I could but until that is possible I am sticking with Dell.

REVIEW

On the first day of using Dell Inspiron 13 I was blown away by the quality of the screen and trust me, it has an AMAZING 4K display. After a week the problems started showing up and I liked it less and less. This laptop packs a 10th Gen intel i7 processor and it is very fast but it also gets extremely hot. I used an infrared thermometer and it registered 127° F on the bottom, making it impossible to put it on my lap. The hot air leaked to the keyboard area my hands started getting sweaty, the computer did not slow down, it gave me all the performance I needed but eventually it got too hot. I updated the BIOS and all the drivers as recommended by the manufacturer but didn’t fix the problem.

I can’t draw in this thing either, this laptop includes a properly placed pencil between the keyboard and screen, when drawing the DELL pencil feels like it bounces on the screen instead of gliding naturally, the feeling is quite synthetic with a click sound.

So if you need a laptop for internet browsing, making spreadsheets and sending a few e-mails this is the absolute best laptop you can get and the price is not bad, but if you try to design anything or even play a little bit of Minecraft, forget it.

PROS

  • Absolutely incredible 4K screen
  • Light as a feather
  • Very thin
  • Enjoyable keyboard
  • A whisper silent fan
  • Very fast computer
  • Finger recognition

CONS

  • Feels cheap, too much plastic.
  • Gets extremely hot when doing intensive processing (127°F)
  • Can’t open it with one hand like my other laptops.
  • Only USB-A port (USB-A is still the standard)
  • Feels like I am going to break it every time I fold into tablet
    mode

I still love you Dell but sadly your XPS line does not come in black.

Mobile Wallpapers

Category : General Mar 22nd, 2020

Some wallpapers I made a while back, someone requested them so here they are. If you like my work, please make a donation

If you want to request a wallpaper, leave a comment below.

A word from Chuck Close

Category : General Jan 30th, 2020

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.

All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive.

You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Category : General Jul 31st, 2019

The colors Nintendo chose for their new line of products are a terrible choice. Being a long time fan of their products couldn’t help but notice how insipid the new choices look.

Why Nintendo...why?

So I added the colors that are NOT available for sale and I honestly think my options below are much better.

Game design is hard

Category : General Jan 24th, 2018

Designing a game is way more difficult that I ever imagined, kudos to those companies who do well in this industry. I have been testing different technologies and languages and the more research and study time I commit to the project the more I realize it is a monumental task. Not impossible, just monumental.

I have completed a few tests with scrolling graphics, hit-boxes and touch controls and it feels great when the things just happen on the screen. I will continue this experiment as long as I can and hope at least I can produce something slightly amusing.

The original plans for the game will probably have to wait due to the simple fact I do not have the technical knowledge to make things happen. Some people have told me “sell your idea to SUPERCELL” but let’s be realistic here, ideas are worthless if they are not implemented.

Selling a prototype is a much solid prospect than offering a set of ideas and rules. Nobody ever got rich by having an idea and sitting on it. Ideas require action and action leads to results.