Friday, January 22, 2010

Home Workspace

My home workspace setup.You can finally congratulate me. The upgrade to my home workspace is complete — new computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and general clean up. And yes, I finally did get my computer. Not the way I planned it originally, but much better in the end.

Dell Studio XPS 8000.Here are the final specs of the machine — Dell Studio XPS 8000.
  • 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-860
  • 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600MHz1 DDR3 SDRAM — 4×2GB
  • 1TB Western Digital RE3 32MB Cache SATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
  • 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
  • nVidia GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3
  • 16x DVD+/-RW w/ Double Layer Write
  • 19-in-1 Media Card Reader

And that goes in conjunction with:
  • Dell UltraSharp U2410 24 inch IPS Panel Widescreen Monitor
  • Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution Keyboard & Mouse
  • Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Dell AS500 Sound Bar2

Inside the case -- not a lot of room for anything else.When I received my computer I had a lot of plans for it. I wanted to do a number of upgrades and modification, but I also wanted to gage how much of an effect those changes are having. For that I decided to use a rather simple benchmarking applicaiton — Geekbench.

Logitech MX Revolution mouse.My first 3 runs yielded an average result of 7071. After that I updated BIOS to a new version, enabled a bunch of BIOS features3, upgraded RAM and did a fresh install of Windows4. The top benchmarking score after these updates was 88085 with an average score slightly below 8800 mark. When I run the same benchmark after installing an antivirus, keyboard control application, a pair of IM clients, adding several gadgets to the desktop and so on I get consistent scores of 8650 and higher.

Ports on the top. Continent way to hook in a USB key without having everything else on the key chain hang in the air.Needless to say I’m very happy with the setup and performance. Photoshop CS4 starts up in under 3 seconds. Everything else starts up even faster. Also I can’t say how happy I am to finally move to a widescreen. Everything is just so much easier and more efficient. Photo editing is great as well with so much screen real estate.

Old vs New. Old Gen 3 XPS next to a new Studio XPS 8000.And on top of that I was able to get rid of a million useless cradles and accessories plaguing my work space. The card reader is built right into the computer, speakers are replaced with a sound bar and mouse and keyboard no longer need an RF receiver on the desk, just a simple bluetooth dongle in the back of the computer.

I also will say that I’m very happy with Windows 7. Never had the urge to try Vista, so I stuck with XP for many years. I’m glad I made the jump now.

  1. Because of Dell BIOS limitations RAM runs at 1333MHz. Mobo upgrade? []
  2. This one can be considered an antique, but it’s a nice space saver. []
  3. Dell, by mistake, has left several key performance CPU features on disabled. []
  4. I used a Dell CD that was included with the computer and was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s a clean version of Windows, without Dell “features”. []
  5. My score and how it compares to others. []

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mice Infestation

Apple Mighty Mouse and Logitech MX RevolutionYesterday we went to our local Best Buy and bought1 a whole bunch of mice. I wanted something for my Mac, since some development tasks with a touch pad are much harder to perform than they should be. A natural choice was Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse — Apple design and bluetooth technology in one package. So far I like it.

Another one was for Alёna’s office. Apparently they still use non-laser, non-optical mice at her company, and since she spends all day holding that thing in hand it makes sense to get something nice, comfortable and wireless. We went with Logitech MX™ Revolution. It feels good in hand, has additional buttons to speed up certain tasks and comes with a charger — she doesn’t need to worry about replacing batteries.

  1. Apple’s mouse was $69.99, Logitech’s was $99.99. []
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