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FreedomPop Review Plus Special Discount

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FreedomPop is a “freemium” Internet service provider; a relatively new company (publicly launched in 2012) but one with fantastic products and backed by some major league players like the people from Skype. FreedomPop offers wireless hotspot devices with free mobile data in addition to free home broadband and has recently launched America’s first free cellular smart phone service. We had the opportunity to review two of FreedomPop‘s mobile devices; the Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro (a 4G and 3G hotspot for multiple devices), and the Freedom Stick Bolt (instant internet connection from any USB port).

Freedom Stick BoltFreedom Stick Bolt

The Bolt requires no wires or charging cables. You simply plug it into any device with a USB port and instant broadband Internet access is delivered. It only takes a few seconds to connect and no WiFi hotspot is created, it’s simply plug-and-play. Typical online tasks can painlessly be done — stream HD 1080p videos from YouTube, play high quality online browser-based games with little to no lag on the highest graphics settings, and of course it works perfectly doing some simple browsing or online shopping. Speed test results were not too bad, about 4 ½ Mbps down and 1 Mbps up, however, this was only with a reception of 3 out of 5 bars. With perfect reception you can expect up to about 12Mbps down.

Overall this little USB stick is a great device. The build quality is fairly decent and it’s great that it supports virtually any device with a USB port. The LEDs are a nice touch to see your signal strength.

The only drawback is that it is a bit wide so it may be difficult to use a computer’s second USB port while using the device. Nonetheless, it is relatively the same size as other products on the market and it is extremely portable; you can easily slip it into your pocket or book bag.

Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro

Overdrive Pro

The Overdrive Pro basically creates a WiFi hotspot that allows up to 8 devices to be connected (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.) simultaneously. One of the best features is that you can set a password to secure your network and be sure that only the people who have the password can connect and use your data. The battery lasts for about 6 or more hours and you charge it through the provided micro-USB cable and a wall charger. It is also small, about the size of a pad of sticky notes, making it incredibly easy to be on the go with. Reception was hit and miss while testing the Overdrive Pro but for the most part it worked rather well and the build quality is great.

FreedomPop Service

An important thing to keep in mind is when going through the sign up process that you pay attention to what you are signing up for so you’re not spendThe most enticing part of FreedomPop‘s service is that it is contract-free, meaning you can cancel at any time as well as renew it whenever you would like. This is what gives FreedomPop a leg up on the bigger competition such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Additionally, there are no data caps or speed-throttling and you get 500 free MB each month with any 4G-only plan. You can also get another free 500MB monthly when you refer your friends and you can get additional unlimited free data by completing offers and surveys.

Finally, the last thing to notice is that they will show that your first month’s service is free, which it is, but after that first month your credit card will be charged for the 2GB plan. The first month is a free trial of the 2GB plan so you can get a feel for the service and gauge how much data you may need, but you can always downgrade to the free 500MB 4G plan and add friends for extra data that will renew each month. In summation, you are only charged if you choose to continue on the 2GB plan and you can downgrade to the free plan at any time. Nonetheless, it is still extreing any money on extras that you do not actually need. A lot of FreedomPop‘s extras like Online Security and Data Rollover are free for the first month but will cost you a couple of dollars afterword. However, Data Rollover is an excellent and extremely affordable option to save up to 20GBs of data for when you might be traveling or away for an extended period of time.

mely cheap and contract-free compared to the big companies like Verizon and AT&T and they do tell you the price that you pay after the first month in smaller print; like anything you just have to make sure you that read the details and do not rush through the sign up.

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ASUS Zenbook: Style and Substance

Ever since the release of Apple’s MacBook Air, ultrabooks are becoming more and more popular. However, many individuals are Windows users and prefer to use a thin laptop of great quality that utilizes that platform. These days, you have many great ultrabooks from which to choose, one of which is the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52. This device has many amazing features and specifications, making it the ultimate computer for any user who is always on the go. While ultrabooks are pricier than most standard laptops, you can purchase it cheaper with a Newegg coupon code when you shop. If you are considering buying the Asus Zenbook, you should explore all the details you can expect.

  • The design of the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52 is extremely similar to that of the MacBook Air by Apple. It is constructed from an aluminum unibody that rivals its Mac competitor. When closed, its silhouette appears in a teardrop shape and it sports a 13.3 inch screen that has a resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels. The ultrabook is primarily silvery gray with silver keys on its keyboard, making it not an exact clone of the MacBook Air like many Samsung models. It is very lightweight at just over three pounds, making it a breeze to tote around.
  • The Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52 is equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. It includes 4GB of memory and sports a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, which is sufficient if you plan on using the machine for browsing the Internet, listening to music, watching videos, and for saving a minimal amount of files. The ultrabook sports a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 or i7 processor that is speedy and efficient. The speakers in the Zenbook are spectacular and superior to those of the MacBook Air and many other competing ultrabooks, so if your main goal with the device is listening to music or watching movies and videos, you will be completely happy with this feature.
  • Battery life of the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52 is not the best at around five hours. This is one feature of the ultrabook that may be negative to some, so if you need a machine that is going to perform for many hours outdoors or in an area where you may not have access to an outlet, you may want to reconsider this device. However, if you will be out for no more than five hours with your ultrabook, the Zenbook is perfect for you.
  • The regular retail price of the Zenbook UX31E-DH52 ranges from $1,099USD to $1,449USD, depending on the amount of hard drive space and processor you select. This makes it somewhat cheaper than a MacBook Air, though you can find it for under $1,000USD at certain stores if you do your research and comparison shop.
  • Other features you get with the Asus Zenbook are a multi-click touchpad, a USB 3.0 port, micro-HDMI connectivity, and an SD card slot.

When considering a new ultrabook, the most important question you should ask yourself is: What are the features I truly need, and how much money am I willing to spend? You can also decide whether you require the pricier version of the Zenbook if you feel it would be well worth the extra cost.

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Windows 7 Background

How to Install Windows onto a New Hard Drive / Solid State Drive

The Windows revision shown in this video is Windows 7 Home Premium x64.


1. Turn on the computer and insert the installation DVD into the optical drive.
2. If DVD is not automatically loaded, reboot computer.
3. If asked, select the “Windows Setup” option by pressing ENTER.
4. Select your preferences.
5. Click “Install”.
6. Select the OS that you purchased to install.
7. Accept the license terms.
8. Choose “Custom Installation”.
9. Choose which storage device you want Windows to be installed on.

How to install other components:

Processor (CPU):
Memory (RAM):
Graphics Card:
Liquid Cooling:
Optical Drive (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive):
Power Supply (PSU):
Storage (HDD/SSD):
How to Build a Full Computer:

Build a Computer

How to Build a Computer

Building a full computer really isn’t that difficult. The only challenging part is making sure that all of your components are compatible with each other. Then it’s just mounting them to your chassis (or motherboard, e.g. CPU, RAM, graphics card, etc.) and providing them with power via the power supply (PSU) if needed.

Components used in this build:

Chassis: NZXT H2
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7 2600K (O.C. to 4.5GHz)
Memory (RAM): 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 w/ 2GB GDDR5 (flashed to 6970)
Power Supply (PSU): 750W Thermaltake TRX-750M TR2
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24x DVDRW SATA drive
Storage Device: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD
Operating System (OS): Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Jump to sections in this video:

How to install a motherboard: 1:45
How to install a processor (CPU): 3:13
How to install memory (RAM): 4:20
How to install a graphics card: 5:56
How to install a power supply (PSU): 7:01
How to install an optical drive (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive): 7:37
How to install a storage device (HDD/SSD): 8:34
How to install liquid/water cooling: 9:44
How to install Windows: 12:03

Multi-Channel Memory Technology:

Multi-channel architecture is a technology that increases the transfer speed of data between the RAM and the memory controller by adding more channels of communication between them. Theoretically this multiplies the data rate by exactly the number of channels present. Dual-channel memory employs two channels which theoretically doubles the data transfer rate. Higher-end chipsets like the Intel i7-9x series and various Xeon chipsets support triple-channel memory. Intel has released (2011) chipsets that support quad-channel memory.