Should you upgrade to Broadwell powered PC?

Should you upgrade to Broadwell - Pros & Con

Now, more than ever we are inter-weaved with technology, we depend on its benefits that connect us on a global level. These technological advancements furthered our culture and science to such extent, that every citizen of the world today can acquire knowledge and power that no historical genius and monarch could have ever grasp before. Still, in this rapidly changing industry it’s hard to keep up with continuous upgrades and improvements that come out even on a daily basis. One of the examples of such change is within the realm of laptops – upgrading from Haswell to Broadwell. So what are the pros and cons of this change?

First things first, what exactly are Haswell and Broadwell?

Well, both Haswell and Broadwell are Intel's core microarchitectures (Processors' architecture). Since the microarchitecture decides how well a processor performs, it is really an accounting factor when it comes down to buying a new Processor or a new PC in that regard.

Haswell is a third iteration of Intel’s core microarchitecture processors. The chips based on Haswell are made of 3D tri-gate transistors with the 22 nm manufacturing process and were announced in late 2nd quarter of 2013. As each series of iteration of it’s core technology CPU units based on this microarchitecture were named Celeron, Pentium, i3, i5 and i7. Performance vise the jump from Ivy Bridge was quite low, exactly matched products per name (i7 3770K vs i7 4770K) were different from each other from ~1% - 10%, while sometimes they were even In some tests and the later had a bigger TDP of 7 Wats. Somewhere in the middle of 2014. Intel released a refresh of Haswell, which had higher clocks and nothing more, that’s why it was named Haswell Refresh.

While Haswell was a new architecture, Broadwell is a simple die shrink of Haswell. It’s based on 14nm fabrication process and is intended for motherboards with Intel Z97, H97 and HM97 Chipset while some of the Intel series 8 chipsets are compatible too. Also Broadwell based processors intended for desktop are being released only in higher segments, namely i5 and i7 while all the others are remaining from Haswell series. The biggest “refresh” is in mobile segment given the smaller fabrication process, and improved power efficiency. The mobile segment is receiving a complete series overhaul all the way from Celerons up to i7s.


As stated before the main advantage of Broadwell based CPUs is in its power efficiency. However overall performance gain ain’t all that shiny. When compared to each other in synthetic and real time benchmarks the difference in performance is in lower ends of the scale <10%, which is you have to admit disappointing because since Sandy/Ivy Bridge we haven’t seen some nice 20-30% jumps or more. The main culprit for this state of manners might be found in Intel’s only competitor AMD. They have been performance runnerups ever since Intel released Core2 series CPUs and haven’t been able to truly jeopardize Intel ever since. The numbers speak for themselves, Intel owns 90+% of the notebook marketshare, they are everywhere, from office and multimedia to high – end business and gaming laptops (especially here).
And if we are speaking from a computing power standpoint Intel’s latest processors aren’t bringing in anything revolutionary in the market.

Business and security

With a new Core chip that supports the vPro technology will make security and remote management of computers much easier. Let’s say someone has stolen your laptop with all the vital, or even confidential data in it. System administrators will easily be able to remotely disable, or even wipe out that data in emergency demands it. This tech will also allow remote troubleshooting of laptops which are especially beneficial for businesses. Also, Intel wants to abolish the need for remembering passwords with Broadwell, even though this aspiration is in working progress and isn’t finished. A theory that could prove viable in practice involves the downloadable McAfee software that will use biometric authentication – face, or fingerprint recognition to help you log in to your PC, Email, bank account, etc. Just like in the movies, only this time, there are no cameras...

Is it worth it?

Not so tough question when giving everything stated above a thorough thought. Sure new technologies are always welcome and needed, as we do strive for newer, better and bigger (in this case smaller). But here we have marginal performance increase, better power/perf. ratio and some new technologies that less than 5% of us will actually have use for. The answer is if you already own a Haswell based laptop you should wait for Intel’s Skylake microarchitecture based CPUs that are scheduled for late 2015 release. Skylake is a completely new architecture, a “tock” in their tick-tock principle and should bring better performance gain than Broadwell.
On the other hand if you are buying a new laptop without already owning one, it is completely unreasonable to go for anything else than Broadwell based product. You will have same or marginally better performance but better battery life, better thermal capabilities and thinner ultrabooks.

About the author

Although a Physics graduate, Marcus opted for work in technology, marketing and web. He owns a Cat with a pirate eye patch, likes an occasional game or two and has seen Star Wars 44 times.

HP Spectre x360 13-4007na: Ultra quality convertible laptop

When it comes to superb quality laptops, then there’s no dearth of it in the market. However, for a group of laptop users, flexibility and convenience plays a major factor when it comes to choosing a laptop. Needless to mention, for this group, the style factor also plays a crucial role. Well, there is really no harm if a quality working machine also flaunts great looks to grab eye-balls; it makes the machine a perfect combo of style and performance. And what more can one ask for, if a very functional laptop bends it to offer you great flexibility at work? That is exactly what the HP Spectre x360 13-4007na does for you.


HP has released the Spectre x360 13-4007na which is a true blue all-rounder when it comes to great quality, sturdiness, performance, looks and flexibility. This is a stunning premium laptop; an ultra quality convertible laptop to be precise.

This means that you get to enjoy the vast benefits of an extraordinarily built laptop that offers excellent sturdy and premium built quality along with debonair styling, super smooth uncompromising performance and the flexibility to turn your notebook into a tablet while adjusting its lid in any way you want for an overall grand experience.

Versatile Feature

When the modern gadget buffs are concerned, asking for much more from your device is well acceptable. And thus, the HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible is constructed keeping the demanding, on the go users in mind. This superb notebook is not only highly functional, but also outstandingly flexible with elegant and classy x360 design. It is more like a yoga notebook that is meant to offer the flexibility of folding or bending the laptops display lid anyway you want to work on it as a notebook, tablet, a display stand and more. No matter how you bend this device, its performance remains unaltered to offer you perfect performance and picture perfect display quality all the time.

This laptop offers you a seamless transition from a conventional notebook position to everything else with its amazingly versatile and sturdy 360° hinge that only offers great convenience, but also looks great no matter in what position it is set in owing to its graceful design.

Design & Display 

HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible gets a premium, sleek and classy design language. It is housed in classy silver finished slim outfit with width of just 16 mm, while weighing at just 1.5 kg. The notebook can be easily converted from its conventional regular laptop mode to the various other modes for your convenience. Its design and flexibility are simply mind blowing.
The HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible flaunts a high quality and brilliant 13.3 inch QHD LED backlit display with a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The stunningly clear and crisp display is bound to charm anyone with its lifelike detailed display which offers ultra rich vibrant colors and immaculate image quality. The multi touch touchscreen panel is amazingly responsive and brilliantly functional to offer matchless viewing angles and comfortable workability in any position. The device’s touchscreen alone can make you fall in love with this laptop.

Processor & OS

HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible offers unbeatable high performance which is smooth and hindrance free. It is powered with an advanced 5th generation Intel Core i7 which is the most powerful CPU till now. The processor is clocked at the speed of 2.4 GHz and is supported by 8 GB DDR3 RAM which ensures a very smooth, lag free uncompromising performance all the time no matter what you are working on.
The HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible laptop boasts of the most updated 64 bit Windows 8.1 Operating System to make sure that its users get to enjoy best intuitive experience on its excellent touchscreen.

Camera, Storage & Multimedia

The HP Spectre x360 13-4007na packs in the company’s TrueVision webcam to offer crisp clear and high quality video conference. To further facilitate a superb video calling experience, the notebook also comes with dual digital microphones.
The Spectre x360 13-4007na comes with a massive 512 GB SSD internal memory space which not only allows you to store vast files and folders, but also ensures ultra fast responsive performance.
When music, videos and gaming are concerned, then this mesmerizing laptop apart from its great display quality also offers dual stereo speakers to offer high quality audio output to ensure satisfying multimedia experience.

Battery & Connectivity

The HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible laptop draws its juice from a 3-cell Li-Po battery pack that offers a massive up to 12 hours of battery backup for unhindered all day work.
The Spectre x360 13-4007na offers the connectivity options such as digital media reader, mini DisplayPort, Bluetooth v4.0, WLAN, HDMI out, and offers 3 USB 3.0 slots.

Final Words

The HP Spectre x360 13-4007na convertible laptop is surely a thing to behold and fold. With its great 360° flexibility, classy design, premium metallic built quality, mesmerizing display quality and outstanding performance certainly make it an overtly alluring laptop that money can buy.
However, HP Spectre x360 Price has been tagged at a premium rate of £1,099, which clearly makes it an exclusive choice for only those who can shell out this hefty amount.
This looker of a device is highly portable and can be easily carried around wherever you want, while its different modes let you work on it as you wish. This ultra quality laptop with top performance and charming features is a must buy for everyone who can afford it.

How to rename multiple files in LINUX/Windows 7/8/8.1

Renaming multiple files is always a hassle in any operating system, if done manually. It always proves to be a tedious job.

In this article, we present you some Bulk Renaming Utilities for both Windows and LINUX, which make renaming multiple files a breeze.


Bulk Rename Utility

Bulk Rename Utility is a great renaming tool that comes with multiple options - Use regular expressions, String replacement, Insertion/Deletion of String in the file name.

  1. Open Bulk Rename Utility.
  2. Select the folder which contains the files to be renamed.
  3. Then select the files to be renamed
  4. Now, enter the text which you want to replace in the file name in the Repl [3] group and then click on Rename

  5. String Replacement

    Adding Numeric Prefixes
  6. If you know a thing or two about Regular Expressions, then you can use Regex [1] group. (References section contains useful links to Regular Expression)
Rename using regular expressions



pyRenamer supports Pattern matching, Substitutions, Insert/Delete text in the file names. Although this one provides pattern matching, it is not as robust as regular expressions are. So this one will require you to write one hell of a pattern for long file names.

  1. Open pyRenamer. In the left pane, navigate to the directory that contains the files which are to be renamed
  2. Then click on the 'Substitutions' tab.
  3. Now enable the 'Replace' checkbox and enter the text to be replaced and the replacement text (you can leave it empty, if you just want to delete the text).
  4. Rename using text substitution
  5. Click on 'Rename'. The text in the file names will be replaced.
  6. If you know basic concepts about patterns or Regular Expressions, then you can go for 'Patterns' tab. pyRenamer does not use Regular Expressions, but instead uses its own pattern matching.
  7. Hover the mouse over the text fields to see the patterns offered by pyRenamer
Rename using patterns


  1. Regular Expression - Tutorial
  2. Regular Expression - Character Classes

4 Ways to Try LINUX without installing

LINUX is slowly gaining an upper hand in the Operating System market. But newbies do not want to straightaway install this "so called OS for nerds" (bull**it - LINUX has become much user friendly for beginners). They might want to try it out before installing it on their system. Also some LINUX users may want to try other LINUX distros before moving to any other LINUX distro
This tutorial aims at such people who wants to try any LINUX distro before installing it on their machine.

Possibilities :  

  1. Boot from Live DVD
  2. Boot from Live USB Stick
  3. Boot from ISO
  4. Trying it out from Virtual Machine

1. Boot from Live DVD :

This can be done by burning the ISO image of the LINUX distro you have downloaded to a DVD and booting from the Live DVD.
For burning the ISO file , you can use softwares like Nero, Power ISO, Ashampoo Burning Studio, etc.. under Windows
For burning the ISO under LINUX, you can use K3B, Brasero Disc Burner, etc

2. Boot from Live USB Stick :

This is the most popular option that everyone stick with. With this, you can even make your Live LINUX persistent (i.e. You can save files in them).
For this you need the LINUX distro ISO and software like Universal USB Installer, LiLi Boot ( for Windows) and UNetBootin ( for both Windows and LINUX)
Then open the software and select your distro as well as the USB drive from which you want to boot the GNU/LINUX distro.

3. Boot from ISO :

I have already made a post on How to Boot Ubuntu based GNU/LINUX distros directly from ISO file.

4. VirtualBox :

This method is obviously the first thing that pops out in anyone's mind who want to try out any new distro (Not just GNU/LINUX). There is no need to restart the PC unlike other methods. This is also the least time consuming process.

Click here to download VirtualBox for your system.

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How to set default options for youtube-dl youtube downloader in GNU/LINUX

Before we begin, we shall see what exactly is youtube-dl, for those who might have stumbled upon this page accidentally.

What is youtube-dl ?

youtube-dl is a free command line utility that can be used to download videos from youtube (not just limited to youtube) in Windows and GNU/LINUX.

Linux Mascot Tux holding Youtube
Linux - Youtube

View the full list of sites supported by youtube-dl

Why should I set the default options ?

These are the benefits that I can come up with for myself :
  • Bandwidth is  saved
  • Prevent the video(s) from getting corrupted accidentally
  • Set you preferences for the video/audio format/quality
The benefits are not limited to the ones stated above.

Saving the bandwidth :

Problem :

Suppose that you have a limited bandwidth internet connection. You want to download some videos with youtube-dl , and only as moderate quality videos. Will you enter the options every time you paste a youtube link to download the video ? Sometimes you might forget to do so, and the youtube-dl might start downloading a HD quality video. Boom... Bandwidth loss for you.

Solution :

Set the default option to download the video in a particular quality or restrict the maximum size of the video file that can be downloaded

Prevent the video from getting corrupted accidentally :

Problem :

You start downloading a video and suddenly want to download the video in another format. You cancel the download and start the download. Unfortunately, if the new video is saved under the same file name, youtube-dl considers it as the same video being resumed and downloads from where the last video was stopped downloading. Result - Corrupted Video

Solution :

Set the saved video's file name to be VIDEO TITLE - VIDEO ID - FORMAT.EXTENSION . This could have saved my bandwidth and my time too. was out of luck

Prefer a Video/Audio Format/Quality Everytime :

Problem :

You may want to download the video/audio in a specific format/quality. But specifying them everytime will be a tiresome work.

Solution :

Set your preferred video/audio format so that you do not have to enter it everytime

Setting the default options for youtube-dl :

You can set the default options for youtube-dl in two ways: Graphical way or the nerdy command line way

Graphical way :

  1. Open the file manager.
  2. Open the .config directory in your home folder (If this is not visible, use Ctrl + H to make it visible)
  3. Open the file named youtube-dl.conf. If it does not exist, create one.
  4. Then enter the options that youtube-dl should take as default while downloading the videos. 
  5. Save the file.

Command Line :

  1. Open Terminal and enter the following :
  2. cd ~/.config/
    vi youtube-dl.conf
  3. Then enter the default options for the youtube-dl and then save the file
From the next time when you download the youtube videos using youtube-dl, the default options will take effect.

Download Videos without default settings :

Just as much you want to download using the default settings, you might also want to skip the default settings for some videos.

For you to download the video in the way you like, just add --ignore-config flag to the youtube-dl.

youtube-dl --ignore-config


If you just want to prevent a specific flag from taking effect, then you can also pass that flag with the value you want

Lets say, you have set the default video format to 18 (mp4 - 640x360), but you want to download a video in 720p webm format , you can pass the flag -f 247 .

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How to open LINUX's Ext filesystem in windows xp/7/8/8.1

I have always mounted the NTFS and FAT partitions in GNU/LINUX, but never the other way around - mounting EXT partitions in Windows. Searching for the solution, I stumbled upon Ext2Fsd, a project that aims at mounting the Ext partitions in Windows.

Installing Ext2Fsd :

  1. Download Ext2Fsd
  2. While installing, it will ask for an option to whether provide the support for writing data to Ext partitions. If you wish to enable write access to your EXT partition, then you can enable the options ( Even if this option is not selected, I was still able to write to the partitions, so i am not sure what these options are for)

  3. After installation has finished, open Ext2 Volume Manager - this will be used to manage mounting the Ext partitions

Mounting EXT Partitions :

  1. Then select the Ext partition that you wish to mount in Windows. As a note, the Ext4 partitions are listed as Ext3 in the Ext2 Volume Manager, but no problems in mounting them.

  2. Ext2 Volume Manager

  3. Right click the partition and select 'Ext2 Management'
  4. A box will pop up presenting you with the options to mount the Ext partition

  5. Mounting options

  6. If you want to only mount the partition with any drive letter, you can use the first option 'Automatically mount via Ext2Mgr'
  7. If you want to mount the partition with specific drive letter every time, you can use the second option 'Mountpoint for fixed disk, need reboot'
Ext 4 Partition mounted under Windows 8.1

More info :

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Micromax Canvas Win W121: Top 5 features you need to know

Micromax has become quite a popular manufacturer in the past few years and the android operating system has been of great help. They launched various android devices that were powerful and offered excellent value for money. Now they are going beyond android and are making a move towards windows phone. They recently launched two new windows phone devices and they seem to be quite impressive. The smartphones are Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092. The Win W092 is priced lower though the price of Win W121 is quite affordable as well. We take a look at some of the features of the Canvas Win W121.
Micromax Canvas Win W121
Micromax Canvas Win W121

Impressive build quality
Micromax has really work on the quality of their devices in these years and this one doesn’t look or feel like a budget smartphone. It has got a slim profile with rounded corners that look nice. It features a metal frame which gives it a nice feel. The device is large with 5 inch display but it has been designed well so handling is not an issue here. You can easily hold and use the device using one hand only.
The device is light and the weight distribution is proper. This came as a relief as many earlier Micromax devices have been heavy in the upper half making them tough to handle. The back of this device feels premium as well due to the leather finish. There is no Micromax branding on the front face of the device and they have kept it to a minimum on the rear as well. The front has got three capacitive keys below the display and they haven’t gone for the virtual buttons like on Lumia 630. The volume button sits on left and power key on right of the device. There is no dedicated camera key.

HD display
The canvas Win W121 comes with an impressive HD display. It measures 5 inches and has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This gives you a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. While this might not be a very impressive number for a mid-range device, for a budget device, it is. The display has got superb viewing angles and due to the high pixel density, it looks very crisp. The fonts look very clear and even the small texts are easily readable. The display does justice to the colourful interface of the windows phone. The contrast ratios are good so the blacks of windows phone look quite good as well. The colours are well saturated though they look a bit unnatural at times.
Micromax Canvas Win W121
Side View
Decent hardware
We wanted to write powerful hardware here but suddenly we realised that they sell octa core devices for just a few thousands more. The hardware isn’t very powerful but it isn’t a slouch either. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset runs a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It gets the Adreno 302 GPU and has got 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage and supports micro SD cards up to 32 GB. The hardware is pretty good to ensure smooth operation.
The Lumia 630 which is available at a slightly higher price tag is the closest rival for this device. It features a better chipset and GPU but gets half the amount of RAM. This limits the number of apps you can run on your device. With the Micromax Canvas Win W121, you won’t have to worry. You can run almost all the apps available on windows app store.
The device offers most of the connectivity options you would need. It supports 3G networks with speeds up to 21 Mbps, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB 2.0. The device comes with support for dual SIM. That is a rare feature on windows devices and saves you the trouble of carrying multiple devices. You can have two sets of messaging and call apps for each SIM card. This would give you individual call logs, messages and speed dials. In case you find this too complicated, you can switch to a unified system as well. You get the usual list of sensors like proximity sensor, gravity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer.
Budget devices rarely come with good cameras. Well this isn’t exactly the case here. This device has got a pretty decent 8 megapixel camera. The camera quality is quite good even when shooting indoors. The photos don’t turn grainy until the light goes very low. Outdoor shots are quite impressive and the colours are replicated well. You don’t find a flash or front camera on low end Nokia Lumia devices but here they have provided a LED flash and a 2 megapixel front camera. The front camera is not very impressive and the images you click are grainy.
W121 Camera and LED Flash
8 MP Camera and LED Flash

Fresh Operating System
There are hardly any devices in the market right now that run the Windows Phone 8.1. This makes it quite an early player on this platform. While the operating system is very much similar to what we saw on the Lumia 630, you can’t have the Nokia Apps here. Thankfully they have decided not to add any of their domestic apps. You get Office 365 access on the device. For web browsing, you are short of options and would have to live with the Internet Explorer. Not that it is bad but we are so used to Chrome and Opera Mini that if feels a bit weird.

One thing that we surely missed here is the ‘Here Maps’. It is a Nokia app so you won’t be able to get it on this device. Nokia has got some other nice apps as well like the lenses. The app support is limited but you aren’t left out without the popular apps. Even the Instagram is here now after a long waiting. The experience of most of the apps is very different from their android counterparts and new users might take a while getting used to them.

About the author

The article has been written by Kundan Srivastava, who is passionate about technology. He's working at and writes about the latest in the tech domain, right from devices to innovations.

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