Lenovo X1 Carbon (7th Gen) Review

Lenovo X1 Carbon (7th Gen) Review

As a writer, blogger, and all-around everyday computer user, I cannot begin to explain the significance of a laptop that works efficiently and effectively at all times. I was in need of a new laptop a few weeks ago and decided to branch out from my typical update to my MacBook as the prices have skyrocketed for their products over the last few years. This leads me to what I will be discussing throughout week 28’s review, the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

General Lenovo Laptop Info

Lenovo is extremely well known as one of the best laptop companies for powerful, business computers. They have a ton of different series of workbooks as well, ranging from the X-series (the “Ultraportable Productive” series that I went with) to their P-series (their most powerful mobile workstation). At first glance, their laptops are more expensive than many other competing brands, yet Lenovo almost always has some sort of mega-deal going on. They also proudly tout five different types of laptops that one can buy: Traditional, 2-in-1, Thin and Light, Complete Mobile Workstation, and Chromebook. Because of the largely varying types, sizes, and specs you can also find very reasonable prices on many models even before the sales price kicks in.

Comparison to Mac

As I mentioned above, I ended up going with the X-series laptop because it had the exact mix of power and performance that I wanted. I currently am only using my laptop for writing, researching, and day-to-day activities, but I wanted something that could withstand massive business excel spreadsheets for when I transition to a remote role over the next year or so. So I ended up buying the following…

ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen7)

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor with 1.1 to 4.7GHz
  • 6 Cores with 12 MB of Cache
  • 14″ Anti-glare touchscreen with a 720p HD front-facing camera
  • 16 GB of Memory with a 512 GB SSD Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics

Now, this specific model was a little over $3,000, but after the “sale price” is applied the total ends up just over $1,500. Let’s compare the specs of the closest MacBooks…

MacBook Pro (13″ Base Model) – $1,299

  • 13.3″ Retina Display
  • Quad‑core Intel Core i5, 1.4 to 3.9GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM
  • 128GB SSD with 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

MacBook Pro (16″ Base Model) – $2,399

  • 16″ Retina Display
  • 2.6GHz 6‑core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, with 12MB shared L3 cache
  • 512GB SSD with 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 onboard memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory and automatic graphics switching
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

So as you can see, my laptop more closely resembles the 16″ base model for Apple’s laptops. Even though the MacBook has a larger screen, it is not touch screen compatible. Almost everything else matches up, yet the base price is roughly $700 more than my laptop. Also, I continue saying “sale price” for the Lenovo laptop, but these sales run year-round. If you’re paying full price for one of their products you’re doing something wrong!

The 13″ MacBook model barely even compares when it’s fully maxed out, and that will run you a hefty $1,999. I did, of course, lose the general easiness that comes with setting up a Mac and its supporting products, but all in all I haven’t struggled too much with this completely new system. I am more than happy with my decision and would highly recommend making the switch if you’re in need of a powerful alternative to the ever-increasing prices that come with Apple and its products.

Thanks for reading my Weekly Review on my new Lenovo Laptop! If anyone else has recently made the move away from Apple I’d love to hear why and how it’s going in the comment section below. As always, be sure to head on over to the DustyPosts blog after and give the rest of my content a read!

You – Season Two Review

You – Review of Netflix’s Hit Season Two

Wow. Just look at you. Sitting in that chair in the corner of coffee shop like you own the joint. You’re probably scrolling through your favorite WordPress blog… Oh wait, is that me? Is that my blog you’ve stumbled across? What’re the chances that add you just clicked misdirected you right to my page? Seems like it was fate. Seems like my post directed right… at… YOU.

If you couldn’t already tell, this week I’ll be diving head first into Netflix’s You, and why you need to give it a second chance if you weren’t in on season one.

A Little Background Info

So, You is essentially about a troubled young man who tends to fall in love extremely easily. He goes through his day to day life by stalking the girls he falls in love with, but he tries to play it off as if it’s all happening naturally. He is extremely tech savvy and uses a mixture of social media and stealth to track his women. The show is also based on the psychological thriller written by Caroline Kepnes, but both Lifetime and Netflix have taken their respective liberties in these first two seasons.

Season One of You (Lifetime)

The synopsis for season one is as follows: “The First season follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager in New York, who meets Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, that he becomes immediately infatuated with. To feed his obsession, he soon turns to social media and technology to track her presence and eliminate any possible obstacles that stand in the way of their romance.” At first it may not draw you in, but its oh so much better than it sounds (and I thought it sounded good from the get go). I loved this first season, but as it came to a close, I was very concerned with what they would do for a second season. I think Lifetime had this same worry as they never picked the show up for season two. But thank goodness Netflix didn’t have those same worries.

Season Two of You (Netflix)

Almost immediately, Netflix reminds us that this is a new show and it will take place in a new location. They have Will, A.K.A Joe, making his way through a movie set as his inner monologue explains to us why he had to leave New York. It ultimately came down to the fact that his thought to be dead ex, Candace, returned and was planning to torture Joe with her presence. He flee’s to Cali where he meets Love, who turns out to be just as crazy as our favorite murderous boyfriend, Joe. These two have their moments, but it all leads us to quite a twist in the penultimate and final episodes. Netflix did a splendid job with season two. It almost made season one seem like a totally different show! We will definitely be in for quite the ride when Netflix releases season three in a year or so.

All in all, this show is a 10 out of 10 recommend to any and all of you reading this. It blends the perfect amount of comedy, thriller, and mystery all into one concoction that has us all wondering if we know anyone like this in our lives.

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The Elder Scrolls Review

The Elder Scrolls Review

Welcome back to DustyPosts. This week we tackle one of my favorite gaming series of all time, The Elder Scrolls. I’ll briefly jump into what the Elder Scrolls world entails and also cover why it has been such a staple in my fantasy-gaming life for so many years.

Elder Scrolls Background Knowledge

The Elder Scrolls is a massive, and I mean massive, fantasy RPG world developed by Bethesda Games. The first game in this series, Arena, was released in 1994. Unfortunately for me, I was only a one year old at that point so I didn’t ever play this generation of gaming by Bethesda. My first knowledge of the game came in right before Oblivion was released when I began playing Morrowind. But from what I’ve heard these games were generation defining and I wish I would’ve been around to experience them in all their glory. Bethesda know has seven RPG games out and each and every one they release continues getting better and better. The eighth game is no under way, but it won’t be something we Elder Scrolls fans see for some time as Bethesda must finish their current project up before releasing TES6.

The Love Behind TES

As I mentioned above, my first toe-dip into this beautiful realm was all the way back when Oblivion was near its drop date. I very briefly played Morrowind before jumping into Oblivion, but I ultimately would go back to play the third installment some years later as well. Oblivion will go down as one of my favorite games of all time, but it is nothing in comparison to what Skyrim, the fifth installment from Bethesda, would eventually become. I cannot even fathom the hours I’ve spent playing this game over my lifetime. It was, and still is, the most incredible world that has ever been built for a video game and I will go to bat for it 1000% of the time. Each and every detail is superb and the stories intertwined with your hero’s constantly have you wondering what choice is the correct choice. That along with the fact the gear, weapons, spells, and essentially everything within the game is absolutely awesome will have you lost for hours to come.

It’s safe to say that Bethesda’s TES games will always have me coming back for more, so why don’t you go out and give them a try yourself!

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Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly review. This week I’ll be telling all of you why you MUST go watch Netflix’s The Witcher the second you finish reading. This show hasn’t even been out for two weeks yet and I’ve watched it through three times, so you already know Netflix did this show right!

The Witcher Franchise

The franchise itself has been around for roughly 40 years now and was originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 80’s. Back then it all started Polish short stories but quickly evolved as these Witcher stories grew in popularity. It had grown so much in fact that in 1996 a video game had went into development. Unfortunately, the game flared out and we would need to wait until CD Projekt Red released their rendition of the Witcher series as a video game in 2007. Since then, the series has truly taken off. The Witcher III was released in May of 2015 and is renowned as one of the greatest video games of all time. The success up until that point is ultimately what leads us to current day and Netflix beginning their own rendition of Sapkowski’s stories.

Netflix’s Plot

For the most part, Netflix’s The Witcher takes on the main portions of Sapkowski’s stories. They have, of course, taken their own creative liberties for certain pieces, but all in all we see Geralt and his companions following the same path that had previously been laid out for them. The story so far revolves around our Witcher trying to find a princess he’s destined to protect (Ciri) all while he’s accompanied by a wide array of companions (Jaskier/Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold, etc. etc.). As a Witcher, Geralt obviously kills a plethora of monsters (including some of human kind) throughout this first season of epic television, but we also get much, much more. The first season jumped around quite a bit and even confused many with its multiple timelines, but it was a perfect setup for what’s to come in season two.

Witcher Cast, Predictions, and Rumors

I do not even know where to begin with how wonderful this cast was for season one of The Witcher. Before the show was released in late December, many people were unsure of how Henry Cavil’s performance of Geralt would pan out. Countless online personalities were saying he should have been played by someone else, ranging from Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft) to Mads Mikkelson (Death Stranding, King Arthur, Hannibal). Even though seeing either of those two would have been incredible (especially Fimmel, he’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors), it’s hard to imagine anyone but Henry Cavil playing Geralt at this point. For those of you who don’t know, Cavil is a massive fan of The Witcher franchise and loses himself within the series/video games all the time. His performance along with those of Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Joey Batey as the wonderful bard Jaskier, this show could not have been cast anymore perfectly.

With out spoiling season one’s ending (WARNING: potential spoilers ahead) I’d like to discuss some predictions for what we should expect to see in season two. With Geralt and Ciri finally finding each other, we have to assume season two revolves around the two of them making their way to Kaer Morhen. I cannot imagine they would jump directly into the two joining Vesemir at the training grounds for the wolf school of Witchers, but that is also a possibility. I think the former will be the case because if they jump directly into Ciri’s training they will need to introduce The Wild Hunt very early on in the show, and I think that is something they will probably want to hold on to until the finale of season two or maybe even season three. Not to mention, Freya Allen is returning as Ciri for season two so we can anticipate the 14 to 15 year old Ciri remaining within the story line rather than the older rendition of Ciri we have seen in some of the books and video games over the years.

As far as rumors go, there are not that many yet for season two. The second season has already been green lit by Netflix after its massive success and is set to begin production in early 2020. With that being said, we should expect new episodes by late 2020 or early 2021, but nothing can be for sure until writing/shooting/etc has been completed at some point in 2020. On top of that, it is spreading that Mark Hamill himself will land the role of Vesemir (come on, how could you not give it to him…), but at this point those “rumors” are pure speculation.

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A Song of Ice and Fire Review

A Song of Ice and Fire Review

Welcome back! It’s so crazy to think were already halfway through our first YEAR of weekly reviews. We’ve covered some awesome subjects over the last 23 weeks, but this week we will dive into one of my favorite authors, George R. R. Martin (AKA G.R.R.M.) and his fantasy series, ASOIAF.

G.R.R.M., as I’ve already mentioned, is one of my favorite authors. His A Song of Ice and Fire series may just end up being my favorite series of all time too. Granted, only five of the seven books have been released, but G.R.R.M. would really need to screw up to taint the series for me. And in all honesty, the way the TV series ended I cant imagine its anywhere but up from there.

Game of Thrones (2012) Episode Title: Blackwater Season 2, Episode 9 Air Date: May 27, 2012 Jerome Flynn as Bronn

These first two books were masterfully crafted yet they didn’t really do much for me. I had already watched the first few seasons of Game of Thrones so everything was already pretty redundant. That is in no way G.R.R.M.’s fault though, as I just didn’t know the books were there until it was too late. Plus HBO essentially copied the books word for word. Book three was where this series really began standing out for me. As little details that had been left out of the show began surfacing in the book, my mind immediately started thinking of all the potential theories arising (ahem, reddit). Little did I know, these books had been out for ages by the time I got to them in 2018, and there was an unimaginable amount of theories for me to sift through.

Books four and five of ASOIAF then began to drastically change. New characters, new places traveled, and new story lines that are so much more interesting than the ones HBO went with (no shade at HBO, just think the mastermind’s story was better lol). These books are also extremely interesting because they were originally one book. G.R.R.M. actually had these two books as one but had to split it due to size. This pushed his six book series to seven, and led to another six years of waiting for his beloved fans. He really descends into the other areas of his realm in these two books as well.

These books will easily go down as some of the greatest fantasy books of all time. They’re even a pretty big piece of the reason I began writing my own book. I wanted to immerse myself in my own Seven Kingdoms, and G.R.R.M. 100% opened that door for me. I don’t think I, or the countless others, could ever thank him enough.

Death Stranding PS4 Review

Death Stranding PS4 Review

Hey everybody, welcome back! On week 23’s recommendation I am briefly going to explain to you why the PlayStation exclusive, Death Stranding, is a must buy.

This all started three years ago when I first saw the trailer for Death Stranding. It only showed some invisible tar creatures attacking a man (played by Norman Reedus) and his crew, but It immediately drew me in. I started researching the game but quickly found out that the release date was years away. Fast forward three years and here we are with what may be one of the most ingeniously creative games of all time.

This game is nothing like any other game you’ve ever played before. Sam, played by Norman Reedus, is a man attempting to save the United Cities of America from an apocalyptic event. You face off against BT’s (Beached Things), and you also come across some genuinely awful humans who can control BT’s and other tar creatures with their DOOM’s/Repatriate/Etc. abilities. Sam, of course, has abilities himself, and can come back from death if need be. His purpose is to connect outposts and cities in hopes of reconnecting the world.

Now I still have not finished Death Stranding, but I know for a fact that it is already one of my favorite games of all time. I’d bet that it goes down in history as one as well. So stop whatever you’re doing if you’re a PS4 owner and go snag a copy of this magnificent Hideo Kojima game!

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A Land Remembered Review

A Land Remembered Review

Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly rec! This week I’d like to recommend one of my all time favorite books, A Land Remembered. Also, I know I typically don’t talk about books all that often, but prepare yourselves to start seeing a lot more about my must read books.

So I read this book for the first time my senior year of high school. The way my English teacher premised the book at the time made me think I was going to hate it. Not to mention, the book looked like an absolute monster page wise, especially for a high school kid who (at the time) only read when required. Looking back at it and its 403 pages, it’s really nothing compared to the ASOIAF books. But any who, it ended up being shockingly amazing and I will always be thankful that my teacher made us read it at the time.

Without giving too much away, this story is about a family who is trying to survive after they make a move into Florida in the mid-to-late 19th century. The thing that I liked the most about this though is that there was three parts, all a different generation of this family. It begins with a father and his son, who turns into a father and has a son, thus spanning three generations over the course of about 100 years if I’m not mistaken. It is such an interesting read and an even more interesting way to break up a book! A Land Remembered is an all time classic novel, and you be a fool if you didn’t give it a read soon.

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Knives Out Review

Knives Out Review

Welcome back friends! On this weeks rec I’m talking movies, more specifically the incredible recent release that is Knives Out. This movie was incredible. I went into it not knowing much other than the fact it was a murder mystery and I left with my jaw dragging behind me on the floor. It was a superb film and its on my must watch list of 2019 movies (be on the lookout for this article soon).

For starters, the cast of Knives Out was absolute insanity. Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Laketh Stanfield (who is one of my favorite actors at the moment), Jamie lee Curtis… the list goes on and on. This movie had a $40M budget and I’d bet almost all of that was for the cast. They all did such an incredible job too, especially Ana de Armas, who essentially played the main character of the movie. The plot was awesome as well, and kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Without spoiling too much, its essentially about an accidental murder that Marta (de Armas) is attempting to get out of that results in a huge twist (or three) throughout the movie. If you’re looking for more on the movie, I have a slightly deeper review here, and you should 100% go give it (and the site itself) a look!

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Rhythm + Flow Netflix Review

Rhythm + Flow Netflix Review

I can’t believe I’m already at my 20th week of recommendations for you all! I have an absolute banger for you guys this week too. If you haven’t heard, Netflix released its own music competition show in early October. The twist to many however is the fact that its actually a musical competition based around the Hip-Hop/Rap genre (which, admittedly, is my favorite genre of music). So sit back and relax, turn on with Rhythm + Flow, and get to enjoying a masterfully curated competition by T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper.

For starters, I’ve never been a massive fan of musical competition shows even though I am a huge music fan. I can’t tell you what it is, but after week two when things get serious and the comedic aspect of the show is gone, I am typically out on these types of shows. But Rhythm + Flow is different. The stories of some of these artists are beyond inspiring. The seriousness of the show mixed with the intense competition and camaraderie of the contestants is stunning. I haven’t seen the final three episodes yet, but I already know I will be eagerly awaiting season two the entire next year.

Whether you listen to Hip-Hop/Rap on the reg or absolutely despise it, you should still be giving this show a chance. Not all of the artists are for everybody, but the ones who are there for the right reasons will truly leave you touched and inspired. Thank you to Netflix, T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper for making such an amazing show!

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My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

Welcome back! I know its been awhile since I’ve posted one of my weekly reviews (you can thank the difficulties of home-ownership for that), but we will be getting back to our regularly scheduled posting now. This week, I wanted to discuss one of my absolute favorite things that I discovered on a mini vacation to Tennessee a few weeks back, and that is cooking on a griddle (Big shouts to Zac and Becca!).

A griddle is, essentially, a flat top stove. However, what makes the griddle special is that the “stove top” area is made of cold rolled steel (or at least mine is), which helps retain heat throughout the entire grilling surface. Most people associate griddles with breakfast foods such as pancakes, french toast, or bacon and eggs, but it can actually make so much more. I actually whipped up a heaping portion of hibachi for myself the first night I got mine going! Other than that, its great for cooking burgers, quesadillas, or insanely cheesy grilled cheeses.

So, 10 out of 10 recommend you dabbling in the art of griddling if you have the means to do so. They come in all shapes, sizes, and prices as well. I’d prefer the outdoor griddle just to keep all the smells from oils outdoors, but a tabletop griddle can do just as good of a job as an outdoor standalone. If you already knew about griddling, leave your favorite recipes/things to cook in the comments!

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