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As an Ultrabook, the Acer TimelineUltra M5 disappoints. It's simply too big (with a 15.6-inch screen) and too heavy (at 4.5 pounds, not including accessories), to fit comfortably in the Ultrabook category. If anything, decision to market this model as an Ultrabook puts the TimelineUltra M5 a disadvantage, since it can't compete with the sexy sleekness of smaller, lighter Ultrabooks.
We should instead call the TimelineUltra M5 what it is: a very good-looking 15.6-inch ultraportable laptop with a discrete graphics card.
Our review model, priced at $829 as of July 23, 2012, has excellent specs considering its svelte form. It packs a third-generation, Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card. The M5 also has a 500GB hard-disk drive alongside a 20GB solid-state drive, which uses Intel’s Rapid Response SSD caching technology to boot up and resume from hibernate quickly. The M5 runs a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
On PCWorld Labs' WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, the TimelineUltra M5 earned a mark of 104 --not a bad score, but far below the category leader, which happens to be the M5's predecessor, the Acer TimelineUltra M3. Though the M3 carries a second-generation SandyBridge-based Intel processor, the CPU is a more powerful i7, not an i5; and the M3 rode it to a much better WorldBench 7 score of 155.
The M5 lacks the M3's i7 processor, but it has the same Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and it performed well on our graphics and gaming measures. In our graphics tests, the M5 managed excellent frame rates ranging from 39.9 frames per second in Crysis 2 (at high quality settings and 1366-by-768-pixel resolution) to 114.7 fps in Dirt 3 (at low quality settings and 800-by-600-pixel resolution). In short, the M5 is among the few ultraportables that should have no problem handling the vast majority of your gaming and graphical needs.
The M5's battery life is very good, too, considering the laptop's screen size. In our tests the battery held out for 7 hours, 24 minutes--about 40 minutes less than the battery life we recorded for the M3.esign: Chassis, Keyboard, Trackpad
Though the M5 fits Intel's broad technical specifications for an Ultrabook--it has an Intel processor, is less than 21mm thick, and resumes quickly from hibernation--it is nothing like the tantalizing slivers of the first wave of Ultrabooks.
The M5 looks exactly like its immediate predecessor (the M3), and it's housed in a slim, dark silver, brushed aluminum chassis. The cover is simple, with a small raised metal Acer logo in the center, and the screen is slim and sturdy on its hinges. The interior features graceful lines with a wide wrist-rest area, a full-size keyboard, a full-size 10-key number pad, and a large off-center trackpad.
Both the keyboard and the trackpad are comfortable to use, though the keyboard suffers from smallish, slightly stiff keys. The trackpad has no discrete buttons--instead, the lower half of the pad depresses, much as the glass trackpads on Apple's MacBook line do. The trackpad is accurate and smooth, and it supports multitouch gestures. It's a little too sensitive when you aren't using it, however, which causes the mouse to jump around on the screen as you type.
Like the M3, the M5 has all of its key ports located in the rear: three USB ports (two 3.0, one 2.0), an ethernet jack, an HDMI-out port, and a Kensington lock slot. The left side of the machine is reserved for the M5's tray-loading DVD drive, and the right side of the machine sports an SD Card slot and a combination headphone/microphone jack. The power button is located on the front of the machine.
Screen and Speakers
The biggest draw--and regrettably, the biggest disappointment--of the TimelineUltra M5 is its 15.6-inch screen. The M5's big display has a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels--the same resolution you'll see on much smaller computers, such as the 11-inch MacBook Air. On such a large display, that resolution leaves individual pixels easily visible and makes text and other lines look a little fuzzy. I'm not sure why Acer decided to keep the resolution so low, especially given the processor upgrade and the nice graphics card.
Once you gt past its low resolution, the screen looks pretty good. Colors seemed accurate, though a bit washed out at times (especially at higher brightness settings), and off-axis viewing angles were solid. Video looked and sounded fine on the M5, with virtually no artifacting or noise, even in darker, action-packed scenes.
The TimelineUltra M5's audio was especially impressive, managing to sound both loud and full-bodied at the highest volume setting.
The TimelineUltra M5 runs on a newer but weaker processor than the M3 used, and Acer pulled the older model's speedy 256GB SSD in favor of a 500GB HDD with a 20GB SSD boot drive. The result is slower overall performance, which is reflected in the 50-point difference in the systems' WB7 scores.
Another disappointment: Acer shortchanged the TimelineUltra M5's 15.6-inch screen with 1366-by-768-pixel resolution--a huge letdown on a system with nice graphics performance.
The only real upgrades are in the ports, and those aren't great. You now get two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port (the M3 had one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports), and the headphone/microphone jack is now located on the right side of the machine (the M3's jack was located, inconveniently, on the rear). But these minor port upgrades aren't enough to justify calling the M5 a winner.
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US Online Poker Sites for US Players
Is US Online Poker Legal? Though United States poker sites aren't exactly abundant at the moment there are still some high quality poker sites for US players available where you can play Texas Hold'em for real money. The best US poker sites do require a little hunting to find. In the meantime, the current selection of US online poker sites that continue to accept USA players will depend on the future legal issues of online poker in the United States of America. The passing of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act) was aimed at financial institutions and calls for them to block funds transfers to (deposits) and from (cashouts) from US online poker sites by US players.
Notice: Online Poker US Players - Please remember that there are still plenty of legal, real money US poker sites accepting US players!
Best Poker Sites for US Players
Many Americans are searching for US legal poker sites because the law is not clear. Online poker for US players is legal except in the following states where you will want to consult the relevant state legislation: Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. In many of these states it merely restricts rooms from operating there, but does not prevent players from using offshore websites. Cardschat has reviewed the best legal poker sites for US players so that our United States poker players can enjoy real money legal US online poker and casino games in the USA. These include www.Bodog.com (Casino & Sports Betting available), now called Bovada.lv (Las Vegas), Carbon Poker for Americans, as well as the many places linked above.
For non-US poker sites or Europeans we have reviews and bonus offers for rooms like Titan Poker and 888 Poker. If you're from the United Kingdom and are interested in playing on line poker from the UK visit the UK Poker Sites website.
Looking for more real money US online poker sites that are legal in the USA? For more of the best US poker sites for US players see our internet poker bonus page and best online poker games guide.
By Poker Pro Matt Vengrin
1. Play good starting hands. Only play hands like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, 99, AK, Aqs until you get comfortable playing the rest. They are easier to play and don’t get you into as much trouble as the KJ, KQ etc.
2. Play within your bankroll. Do not take shots, play in games you are comfortable playing in. I remember when I started I played 5-10 NL one time with only 2k in my account. I was super scared, won a pot and left but I easily could have lost. I definitely was not comfortable in that game. Even today I play 1-2 and 2-4 NL and PLO sometimes because I feel super comfortable in them.
I would suggest leaving yourself some outs as they say. If you lose a session you cannot go broke ideally. So with 50 dollars id probably leave myself with at least 20 buy ins to the game, so you could buy in for $2.50, but lets just say $2. So you could play 1-2 cent cash games. These have a buy in of 2 dollars, and you can move up if you win.
I normally suggest having 100 buyins for tournaments if you are playing professionally. If you are playing for fun, you could probably play 2-5 dollar tournaments. I remember when I started I had 55 bucks or so, played a 3 dollar buyin with 1700 ppl and won it for like 700 dollars, was a huge boost.
3. Do not tilt. I cannot stress this enough, I believe mental stability is paramount while playing poker, especially no limit holdem. The ones with the clearest minds will definitely prevail over the long run. That's what I accredit most of my success to.
4. Learn all the games. I did this when I started out, if there were no good no limit games but a really good mixed game I would play the mixed game because I knew how. It gives you a chance to take a soft spot and exploit it, something most NL players are not capable of. I like HORSE and I think that’s a good place for people to start.
5. How to spot a fish. Generally, while playing cash or tournaments people who limp generally are not too good. When I see a limper in my games, ill usually try to isolate him and play pots against him. For example, I was playing a 2500 satalite to the WPT championship a few days ago and there was one guy who had shown down 92s after he limped and hit a hand. He limped and I isolated 3 times in a row, the third time getting his stack.
Bankroll management is the process in which a player decides how much of their money they should risk in any given game, specifically in regards to poker. If you are simply playing for fun, then play for whatever stakes make you happy. Otherwise, if you are trying to maximize your chances of growing your bankroll in the long term, then read on.
Never play with scared money
The first rule of bankroll management is to never play with scared money. By scared money I mean money that you need for important things like rent, food, or other necessities. Not only could this ruin you life, but it will undoubtedly effect your play, usually for the worse. Your bankroll should be an amount of money set aside specifically for poker.
Let your bankroll always determine your limits
After some minor adjustments, your bankroll should determine the stakes in the game you sit down at, every time you sit down. This rule is very simple in theory, but gets a little complicated when you look at the details. The purpose of doing this is so that when you inevitably take a big downward swing, it usually won't bankrupt you. Your starting bankroll should be whatever you are comfortable with (i.e. an amount you won't cry about if you lose it). With sites like Full Tilt Poker you can select from games as low as 1¢/2¢, so you should be able to follow these rules even with a very small deposit.
Limit vs. no-limit cash games
In limit cash games, the general consensus seems to be that you should have a bankroll of about 300 big bets. So if your bankroll is $150, then a good game to play would be .25/.50. No limit cash games are much more volatile, so when you do have a bad run of variance, you'll need more of a cushion. A typical no limit cash game player should have about 20 maximum buyins in his/her roll. The max buyin is usually 100 times the big blind, so that works out to 2,000 big blinds if you want to think of it that way. So if your bankroll is $500 a good limit to play would be .10/.25. I realize that sounds like peanuts, but no limit cash games can get bloody very quickly.
Sit and go's and Multi-table tournaments
For sit and go tournaments (often referred to as SnG's), a rule of thumb is to have at least 25 buyins in your bankroll before going for one of these tournaments. Multi-table tournaments (MTT's) with fields as high as 5,000 players are exceedingly volatile investments. A very good player is very likely to only cash in about 15% of these large tournaments, however if you do cash, the winnings could be gigantic. MTT entries should be few and far between if you even play them at all. If you were really serious about playing MTTs regularly for long term profit, I think a bankroll in the range of 60-100 buyins sounds reasonable.
Styles of play
The numbers given so far are only guidelines, as your style of play will effect these numbers greatly. If you are a winning, solid conservative player, you may be able to lower your threshold of 300x big bets in limit down to 200x since your variance should be more stable. Note that this will put you in a high risk / high reward game. On the other hand if you are a hyper-aggressive type player, you may need to up it to 500x to handle those bigger swings. Additionally, if you play poker for a living, you may want to up it to 500x just to take things conservatively in order to make sure you can easily pay bills even after a losing streak. Again, the opposite of that position would be if you are willing to make more risky play in the hopes of building your bankroll quickly, or if you can easily afford to lose your entire bankroll without a sweat. In these cases you can consider dropping your threshold down to 200x for limit cash games as an example. However you slice it, figure out your metric and stick to it. Y
ou do not want to suddenly change these requirements because you think you are doing very well or you need to 'make up' some losses. Any changes should come slowly so that you can account for variance.
After you have established your metric, changing levels should be a no brainer. Once your bankroll can support higher limits, move up. If you have taken some losses, then don't be too proud to move down. Moving down in limits happens to the very best players, don't let it effect your play. Chances are that in the long run, even with a big cushion in your bankroll, you will probably even go bust at some point. Most professional poker players have a story about going bust, just don't let it happen to you suddenly. You would have to be some sort of superman to go from 1¢/2¢ up to $30/$60 without having to go down in levels at some point. Of course your available games will vary depending on which site you decide to play, so if the site you are playing on doesn't offer a $2 + $0.20 SnG game, you should stay down in the $1 + $0.10 buyin games until your bankroll is ready for the $5 + $0.50 game. He is an example metric for a tight aggressive SnG player:Index= 47
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Samsung and Spotify have just unveiled a new partnership that will bring a Spotify app to Samsung’s already app-heavy Smart TVs. If you’re the owner of one of Samsung’s ultra-slim, stylish E-series models, from the top-notch Series 8 down through Series 5, you can expect access to the Spotify app right now. Owners of last year’s D-series models can expect the app in the near future.
Spotify has essentially become the “Netflix” of music apps. An alternative to Apple’s iTunes and the soon-defunct Zune music service from Microsoft, Spotify provides streaming access to millions of songs through apps on desktops, tablets, smartphones, and now Samsung smart TVs.
For an increasingly connected, media-hungry audience, Spotify on TV makes decent sense, even if a music service on TV isn’t a game-changer. "The television is at the heart of most people’s home entertainment experience, so it is a natural fit to make our music service available on internet-connected Smart TVs,” according to Pascal de Mul, global head of hardware partnerships at Spotify.
If you’re an existing Spotify subscriber, you can download the app via Samsung’s App Store and just sign in. You’ll (apparently) have immediate, full access, and a gradual, WiFi-based sync of the playlist on your account. We imagine this process will be relatively painless because of the power of Samsung’s dual-processor equipped Series 8 TVs. (Spotify provides a 30-day free trial to gun-shy, would-be subscribers, though it’s unclear if the free monthly subscription plan will be available on the TV platform.)
The Spotify app is one more good reason to invest in one of Samsung’s new, evolution-ready 2012 TVs, but we might hold out until Samsung’s voice and gesture controls are integrated to allow us to tell our Sammy TV what music to play.
has one of the best smart TV platforms on the market, thanks to its marriage of the motion-controlled Magic Remote and smartphone-esque icons that populate the screen. There are even a few decent apps lurking in the depths of its app store. We’re still a long way off from taking TV app markets seriously, but LG has a head-start. Here are our favorites:
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
nasalogo.jpegDon’t let the name fool you—this app isn’t some crazy game about building rockets in a NASA lab. But it’s still a cool collection of videos about the Curiosity rover’s current mission on Mars.
The video quality is decent and there is an option to watch videos in full-screen mode. Plus you’re literally looking at another planet, millions of miles from home. The interface is pretty basic, with a list videos on the left-side of the screen and a description of each highlighted video on the right. And there are currently just 15 short clips available. But the content is engaging, and we’re sure that NASA will add some more.
kpoplogo.jpgInterest in Korean pop music has never been higher in America than it is right now, thanks to the sublime masterpiece Gangnam Style by Psy. But before the video went viral, LG was staying true to their Korean roots by offering the K-POP Zone app, which allows users to browse K-pop videos and check out concert footage.
Recently, we put together some buying guides for the best TVs for watching sports, best 3D TVs and the most valuable budget TVs. These niche guides are meant to be a resource for consumers whose interest revolves more around the TV’s integration into their lifestyle than the TV itself.
But maybe the most important thing to you is flawless picture quality. If what you want most out of your TV is vivid, lifelike color, shadows as black as the cosmic void, or bright whites that glow like the beard of Zeus, here are five TVs from this year that deliver the gift of perfect picture.
Oddly enough, these five picture powerhouses are not flagship TVs—they’re not loaded with all the “bells and whistles.” While cheaper than the top-of-the-line models, almost all have at least one flaw outside of the realm of picture production. The trade-off here is that you’re getting excellent picture quality at a much lower price than you’d be paying for the high-end TVs from the same manufacturer.
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The Samsung PN51D6500 is priced at $1299 (MSRP), making it one of the best deals for a big screen plasma TV. The performance is strong in most regards and the weakness are endemic to plasma TVs, not this model in particular. Samsung’s new approach to multimedia content makes it the best Smart TV platform, arguably. Throw in 3D display and this TV is well worth investigating.
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung PN51D6500. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the PNxxD6500 series. The PNxxD6500 series includes the following models: PN51D6500 and PN59D6500. Read here for more details on series differences.
he Samsung PN51D6500 performed well in our RGB color curves. As you can see in the chart below, each of the channels (red, green, and blue) moved in relative uniformity. The blue channel will appear less bright than the other channels, but only by a little. Ideally, we’re looking for a smooth line. Each of those little squiggles represents an area where you might see color “banding” rather than smooth troduction
Samsung’s E7000 series is a step down from the E8000, the most expensive, feature-heavy series out of Samsung’s 2012 plasma TVs. The PN60E7000 (MSRP $2529) is identical to the E8000 models in almost every way, except that it does not have voice and gesture controls.
The 60-inch E7000 is a large but flexible TV that comes equipped with 3D technology and internet capability. Its cross-bar stand and thin bezel give it a stylish appearance, to boot. Samsung’s E8000 series proved excellency when we reviewed it earlier this year, and we went into our testing of the E7000 with high hopes.
We were extremely impressed with the E7000’s screen performance—its viewing angle is huge, and it has great motion. While it tested with worse color accuracy than the E8000, it’s still one of the best TVs to hit our labs all year.
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung PN60E7000. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the PNxxE7000 series. The PNxxE7000 series includes the following models: PN51E7000, PN60E7000 and PN64E7000. Read here for more details on series differences.
There isn’t much that sets the Samsung LN32D403 apart from other similarly priced televisions. This TV nails the “generic” television look: wide bezels, thick profile, and an oval-shaped stand. The only things that set this TV apart from other cheap TVs are the bright Samsung logo and the touch-sensitive buttons on the bezel. We can’t complain about the design too much, though—it looks like a TV and does exactly what it’s supposed to do.
This lightweight remote is comfortable to hold and has just enough buttons for the basic features that the Samsung D403 offers. Accessing the menu is a breeze thanks to the bluish-green button located in the middle of the remote, plus the channel and volume control buttons are easy to find.e regarded Sony’s HX9V as easily the best travel zoom camera of 2011, and let’s face it, 2012 turned out to be sort of a weak year for this category. So we continued recommending the HX9V, even after the new year, and even after this product starting to become less and less available for purchase on the market. When we finally got around to testing Canon’s SX260, it seemed to be the only camera capable of dethroning the HX9V. And now, finally, we have Sony’s response: the HX30V. (Not to be confused with the HX10V, which has been repositioned as a lower-end camera)
They’re both great cameras that appear quite equal on paper, but this is a face-off that’s been two years in the making. So which one is best? That depends on what you want to use it for.
This is probably the least exciting part of the comparison, since the two cameras are on pretty equal footing features-wise. They share the key component, a 20x optical zoom lens, and both offer more manual controls than most other competition—the HX30V has a hamstrung manual mode, while the SX260 HS actually offers all the PASM modes. Continuous burst speed is identical at 10 frames per second for 10 shots. Both cameras also offer GPS functionality that actually works, and the HX30V also includes Wi-Fi, though this features is of dubious usefulness.
Perhaps the most significant differentiating feature is video. The SX260’s handling of video is certainly competent, but it’s no match for the HX30V’s gorgeous 1080/60p clips. If video is important to you, this Head to Head is over.
Canon is going to take this category. While both 20x lenses are strained by their ambitious design, resulting in some chromatic aberration, the SX260’s lens starts off sharper than the HX30V, and stays sharper regardless of focal length. The HX30V’s sensor also produces more image noise than the SX260 HS. Much more. In fact, shots captured with the Sony at ISO 100 could almost be compared to shots captured with the Canon at ISO 400, or even 800. The SX260’s dynamic range is also superior, by about two stops, though this figure is exaggerated by the difference in noise performance. Still, the SX260 takes better photos, hands down.
Ease of Use
Although we appreciated the HX9V’s manual mode last year, this feature should’ve evolved into a full sized mode to stay competitive in 2012. Obviously that didn’t happen, making the SX260 a much more flexible option for changing settings and styles on the go. The gulf is widened by Canon’s intuitive menu systems, against Sony’s version which hasn’t been designed as wisely. Sony’s interface seems