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Ed ch it n o io n

Hey my bachelor buddies. How is the month going,


Editor’s Note getting all heated up in Dubai? It is warming up globally now, being just the beginning of June and the temperatures are going crazy. That’s why we at Men’s Era have decided to GO GREEN from our next issue. We will be printing and using all the possible eco-friendly materials. As we promised previously, we have brought the most exciting issue this month. This month, get geared up with the techno edition of Men’s Era. We introduce you to 3D animation - an exciting career and investment opportunity. Also new sections - MY RIDE, MY STYLE on cars are here to interest, inspire and entertain you more.

Editor : Savio Dias Photographer : Savio Dias Design : Savio Dias Phone Number : 04- 261 2646 Email: Feedback: Website:

Printing At : Digi World , Karama , Dubai

Keep all those precious feedbacks, comments and suggestions flowing in so we can improve and get

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you better entertaining and informative issues. So get set to be informed, inspired, and entertained.

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Volume 3

Savio Dias. Editor, Men’s Era

Issue No. 3 I

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Fact Zone

Making your own gaming PC Pg. 2

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My Ri d




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Hang out


Play some cool games at a really low cost

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Another simple man interview - Amit Dharadhar



Cook It up

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Bachelors are going to learn something new

Gamer Zone

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Check Out Batman - Arkham Aslyum On PC

Mobile Zone

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The E66 - new in business communication

Laptop Zone

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Toshibha A-300 is in town

Top 5

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This weeks top 5 Movies & Songs


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As always we bring you some unusual facts. This time it is about games , some of them will totally blow you off.

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Guys enjoy playing games more than girls do; they never seem to get bored of them. You always wished to show off in front of your friend but don’t have the budget for a monster PC or the alien ware. Here is an amazing system put up together, the right thing for you. Many people make the mistake of going only for branded things, as brands have been successful to manipulate the minds of people. But why not think of saving a bit from your hard earned money if possible. Here are some ways which will help you do so. The sytem put togeather is not just a Gaming PC but complete machine which has the capability of handling a lot when it come to 3D Production. Yes we are putting togeather a professional & Fun system. So lets get started....

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THE GAME MONSTER “Fast, Efficient & Cheap Solution” “Ever wanted to show off with your super fast speed computerWritten By : Savio Dias

Here is your chance”

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First you need to select your processor • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 is fairly recommended - Costing approximately Dhs. 450 Other options are available if you are willing to spend more,

• Intel Core i7 2.5 - Approx. Dhs. 1050

• AMD Phenom X3 2.5 - Approx. Dhs. 800

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Next is the motherboard • Recommended - ASUS P5Q - Turbo – This costing us approximately Dhs. 550 The next best alternative is gigabyte. Many people go in for Intel based motherboards. The normal intel mother boards are good only when it come to normal stuff. and their high end series are really expensive. Just ensure that your motherboards support 2 PCI-E (Express) Slot and 4 slots for Ram DDR2. >> 3

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Ram Fill it up - Can take all the 4 slots with 2 GB of ram DDR2 -800 MHZ

Alternative to that is the ATI 5870 card which will cost you about Dhs. 850. Nvidia Graphics are really good but they are really over price. The card equivalent for ATI 5770 cost you around 1200 Dhs.

Other equipments

Total to 8 GB DDR 2 - 800 MHZ – Costing only Dhs. 500

• 500 Watt Power - If using 1 Graphic Card – Approx. Dhs. 110 - Normal one

Hard Disk

• 720 Watt Power - If 2 Graphic cards – Approx. Dhs 200

1 500 GB WD ( Western Digital ) - Dhs. 150 If needed you can go in for another 500 GB

• DVD – ROM - you can purchase good ones costing you only up to Dhs 100 Most important is the coolant fan for the processor and system For processor you can go for gigabyte cooling – Approx. Dhs 100 fan ( For Core 2 Duo) External Small fans - Approx. Dhs 15 A decent casing of your choice would cost between Dhs 50 – 150. If you are capable of assembling it yourself, then do so otherwise you can always ask for help outside or from a friend you know who can do it. Assembling with help of an outsider will cost you up to Dhs 150 - 200.

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hard disk , if u really require it. Make sure you go for the same company this will help a lot.

Graphic Card Most important heart line of the Gaming system The one in budget is Sapphire 5770 HD 1GB DDR5 – costing approx. Dhs. 650

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OS: You can either use XP or Windows 7 but to obtain the best out of your system double cores and ram take 7 Ultimate 64Bit. Now if you really got some extra cash then go and get a really cool monitor. We like the Samsung SyncMaster P2370. It a huge 23 display which is fun to work and play with. Get all of it installed in your system and fire up those games and you will be ready to proudly show it off to your friends. Broadband Computer Trading (L.L.C) Tel: 04 351 1300 At Computer Plaza , Al Ain Centre, Dubai , U.A.E. 4

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A n U n d is cove re d b is t ro The Spice Club is a perfect restaurant for Indian cuisine and foodie people. It has a pleasant ambience with a variety of specialties both in vegetarian and non – vegetarian food. In earlier days, people used to mull over the approach in which they present something with great passion. This has been reflected in the appearance of the restaurant and in the excellent flavoured food plus mouth watering dishes.

It is entirely based upon the values of traditional Indian hospitality and service, which has been delivered with style and panache. The Indian cuisine served here is at its best

Buffet Cost @ 70 Dhs Per Person

quality and the menu is a stunning repertoire of favourites. It is an appropriate selection of place, be it for dining with family or for business parties, or can simply be known for a decent party spot. The restaurant is located at LE MERIDIEN Fairway Hotel, Dubai and is one which should definitely be tried out by all Indian food lovers.

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The Spice Club, Le Meridien Fairway Hotel, Al Gharood , Dubai Tel: 04 608 5000 (ext 298) Lounge Bar : 12:00 noon -3.30pm 6:00pm - 12 midnight Written By : Savio Dias

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Puranik Prasad


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A car enthusiast , gamer and a budding engineer. Puranik Prasad like his Outlander. He is fun to go crazy dude,who likes enjoying each and every part of life.

“I liked cars since my childhood and my dream is to make a car with immense beauty, that every guy who looks at it falls in love with it, leaving his girlfriend behind.”

“I like the way she moves”. “I like taking it for long drives .”

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“ It is small and tinny just like me ”

- Dipesh Soni

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Dipesh Soni Small , Tinny, Fast & Thrilling. Dipesh Soni an employee at RAK Bank , likes his Focus.

“Focus was the car which i brought as it gave excellent pleasure & thrill that this small car could do.” He like riding his car at top speed on the Emirates Road on his way back from office.

“I mostly have shifts which get over in the night and at that time the roads are clear to speed. But I do make sure to maintain my limits and follow the rule.”


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Swarup Vasudevan My car is simple as me , it gives me the bossy look which I like to have.

“ I aspire to be a business man and having a car like this gives me the thrill of being on the way to it.”

Swarup is and IT student at Manipal Universtiy , he likes being on the road.

“I prefer diriving inspite of having college transport. I love my ride and like to go about in different places in it.” Compiled By : Savio Dias June 2010


Enter Your Digital Avatar June 2010

Explore 3D as a Career

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Well avatar is everywhere so we thought this would be a better way of letting you know about a new career option WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF 3D.

In this article we are introducing you

to a new industry altogether - 3D as a career. while every one wants to sit and work calmly on a computer with no intervention where this is a industry which takes you closer to it. Well not all companies but maximum of them have free casual environment in the entertainment technology also called the ET industry.

of movement. It is an optical illusion of motion due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, and can be created and demonstrated in a number of ways. The most common method of presenting animation is as a motion picture or video program, although several other forms of presenting animation also exist.

2D : The traditional type of animation or also famously known these days “ the Disney style animation “. It is hand drawn sequentional to create the illusion of motion from tom and jerry to the latest the princess and the frog. Earlier 2D was just hand drawn now it combination of hand and computer working together. From Tom & Jerry to the recent Disney hit the Princess and the Frog

3D: As computer became more

3D Model By: Savio Dias

We the growth of technology and need of content has lead to the creation on various different fields in this article we will introduce to various different career options and field within in the industry. So lets us the understand the two different major fields in the industry

Animation: Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion

powerful and multitasking came to ease technology took to front and the 3 rd dimension came in . With the help of technology now we can create three dimensional character write in the computers. From ratatouille to Avatar it all 3d now.

To give more idea how work goes on a film project check the illustraction on the following page. This a just a workflow pattern followed by most company. >> 12

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Editing,Dubbing, Music Mixing and distribution takes place. This is the final stage where the idea concept at Pre-Production



This stage we add color to the character and it surroundings.




Here The Charater actually starts to walk and move around all neede movements are done at this stage. This includes the Camera also.


This Process includes make of the character, The charater which is designed at the PREProduction is go to life here.

Production Stage Of Animation

Here is the stage where the character gets life. In other words to say he gets his bones. This stage he learns his rules of running , walking and Talking.


The first stage in which the idea is developed. From Character to voice recording takes place here. Storyboard, character design etc. all take place here.

The Basic WorkFlow

This stage we glow the surrounding , we get the element of darkness and lights in it.

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Note be that the Production stage of animation goes more deeper. We have just explained it in most easiest and simple way so that you get an rough idea what exactly goes on where. The Stages at production level changes slightly as per studios as per their convenience.



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VfX Shot: Savio Dias

VFX : Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual F/X or VFX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shoot. Visual effects often involve the integration of live-action footage and computer generated imagery (CGI) in order to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture on film. They have become increasingly common in big-budget films, and have also recently become accessible to the amateur filmmaker with the introduction of affordable animation and compositing software. From Matrix to Transformers.

Where can I pursue my studies in 3D? There are many institute here in the UAE and also internationally. All of them provide specialized courses for different level of specialty. June 2010

UAE SAE Institute Al Khazimi Institute Abu Dhabhi – Which is part of Maya Academy of Advance Cinematics, International. International Vancouver Film School Gnomon Maya Academy Advance Cinematic International (MAAC) SAE Institute. Both MAAC & SAE have 100’s of branches spread across the globe from India to Uk To Nepal. However in order to understand what you want to do or what type of course you want to pursue it important to know where all animation is used. It not just films but the industry has a wider scope. >> 14

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Areas where animation is used It not jst films that uses animation but it used in many other industries.

Automobile: Car design – most of cars are designed today in 3d which gives you a chance to play a lot with design, and also gives an assumption of what complexity you might face in the design. This not just helps in the creative aspect but also gives u better chance of placing your product before your future clients.

Architectural : 3D walkthrough & Design today highly depend on this. You need investors to help u make your construction possible and this again helps u there. But more importantly you can see what exactly your dream project is going to look like. Show people what u want actually no wonder learning 3d software’s are become a must for interior designers.

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Other Industries : From various other industries like civil, Oil , Mechanical , Scientific and even space exploration 3d is used as a learning part or as a guidance. With the capability to handle and show results a lot to reality form collisions to separation the 3d Visualization is become a big game player. Doctors can now demonstrate a operation or their new techniques using the help of 3D visualization which help them to show the same object or procedure in different form or angles.

Software Used in the Industries

Snapshot By :Savio Dias Maya 2011 In Use

There are various companies which make softwares for various use and various departments. But one software which you should learn and is leading in industry is Autodesk Maya. Maya Is conquering the industry for many years now. its been used in many Hollywood films from the latest Avatar to Lord Of the Rings.

From architectural design to engineering this industry is wider then you excepted. The scope of animation or 3D as overall is definitely on a high in UAE, but a bit slow due to the slowdown. Written By : Savio Dias June 2010



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Amit Dharadhar Car Crazy

• What is the one thing that excites you about your car ?

• What is one thing so special about the you car ?

I like to race and speed up my car and push it limits to the extent. Whole excitement of being the first to stand in the line at a traffic signal in Bur Dubai and being the first to pull it up. However I m not kind of person who will race to any limit without considering the safety of others.

The special thing in the car is me. It’s me in the car I took care of it like my baby. All the modification which you see in the car the add-ons in the car lights, sound system , engine is all done by me on my own self. I am not a mechanic or something I myself did it all to make the car feel my own.

• What is MR. Amit all about ? I am soft person and like to things at my pace. Currently I m pursuing a degree in computers from Manipal University. I like to hang out with my friends like any normal guy and love to drive. • Since when you be riding you car ? Its been 2yrs since I got my license , but I would like to confess that I would drive my car way before that somehow or the other. I used to always take my car on rides in empty parking lots. I was the only one in the family who took care of the car since the age of 11. And today 9 years later I feel proud at looking at my car.

“ My car might look old but dont go on its look , it can take on most of the latest Toyatas on the road. ”


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Bachelor Simple , Fast & Tasty

Cooking Chef Savio Dias

Bombay Vegetable Sandwhich Ingredients: Bread - 4 slices  Tomato - 1  Potato -1  Red onion - 1  Chat masala - 1/2 tsp

(or Mirchi (Chilly) Masala will do)  Butter - As needed  Green Chutney Photograph By: Savio Dias

 Salt - to taste

Preparation Steps:• Cut onions and tomato into thin rounded Slices. Boil and Peel potato, slice it also into

round slices. • Apply butter on one slice bread and chutney on the other. (Trim Edges if you like so) • Layer potato, tomato, onion on two bread slices. • Sprinkle chat masala and salt.

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Aloo Bhaji Ingredients: 4 large-sized Potatoes (cut into very thin strips)  3 finely chopped Green Chillies (optional)  1 tsp Black Cumin Seeds  1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder  1 Dry Red Chilli  4 tbsp Oil  Salt to taste Photograph By: Savio Dias

Preparation Steps:-

• Heat oil in a flat pan and add red chilli after breaking it in two pieces. • When the chilli turns brownish; add the cumin seeds and allow it to splutter. • Now add turmeric powder, green chillies and potato strips. • Fry till the potatoes on high flame for 20 seconds and then on low flame till tender. • Add salt to taste and stir properly for 1 minute; put off the flame. • Serve hot with freshly prepared rice and dal.

Come and enjoy the all new SPICY TASTE The taste of real India is here..... June 2010


Reviewed By : Savio Dias Eidos and developer Rock steady bring to you Batman Arkham Asylum. For those who have read the comics the iconic psychiatric hospital is essentially Gotham City’s Alcatraz, and it has just about every villain Batman has ever twisted with at one time or another.Arkham Asylum is a great third-person action game in which the lunatics take over the asylum and only you can stop them. At the start of the game you learn that Batman has captured Joker. As the lengthy intro sequence plays out, you see him being returned to the asylum under Batman’s watchful eye. Joker doesn’t seem to be worried at all by his tight spot, and it promptly becomes apparent that he has deliberately allowed himself to be captured as part of a grand plan that involves taking control of Arkham Island. Clearly you know now that it’s a trap, but as Batman you just can’t walk away from it.

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Being the Batman, you not only get to go toeto-toe but also get to play with great gadgets, solve some remarkable riddles, and do an honest detective job. In short, you can do all you want when you don a Batman costume in a game. But the game misses the whole enthusiasm of getting behind the wheel of the bat mobile. The reactions of enemies, the dialogues and the voices give a sensation of playing as a bona fide superhero. June 2010

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Batman Arkham Asylum Platform:PC

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Game play in this dark, creepy world breaks down into three main portions -- fist fighting, attacking from the shadows, and exploration. As you move from room to room chasing Harley or Commissioner Gordon’s kidnapper, you’re going to run into bad guys. Lots of times, you’ll find a crew milling about or the Joker will spring a trap with handfuls of guys who are ready to kill you. This is when you’ll make use of your straight hand-to-hand moves. Fist fighting in Arkham Asylum is pretty much easy to learn/hard to master combat system. The game allows Batman to move faster than his enemies and engage them in 360 degrees. Overall the game is impressive and graphics are super cool for any such type of game. However the game is unsatisfactory in terms of two things: The Game Play and the Incompleteness of Bat Mobile. Special Price : AED - 190 /At Sharaf DG, Times Square , Dubai , U.A.E. Ratings: 20

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Nokia E66

Reviewed By : Savio Dias

Mobile review

Currently business mobiles have reached at a greater level. More and more mobile companies are coming up with huge number of devices which are being specially designed for the purpose. Nokia E-series is almost a default name that comes to our mind in consideration to business mobile. Nokia E66 is the talk of the day.

Nokia E66 packs with some serious business power despite the lack of the full QWERTY keypad in comparison with E71. The great looks and the more than decent multimedia capabilities are also a welcome bonus. Nokia E66 has a lot of competition from BlackBerry. But Nokia’s huge market, its simplicity and prices are an ultimate challenge. Nokia E66 features a 2.4” 16M-color QVGA display. Its performance is completely up to Nokia’s usual high standard with great contrast and brightness. This enhances the picture quality and gives it a pleasurable look. Nokia E66 is powered by a single 369 MHz CPU and has 128MB of RAM. This feature is really good when it comes to Symbian mobiles, allowing it to go fast and smooth with no holdups. Even the new animations and transition effects that pervade the menu do not cause any problems. Memory Full warnings are highly unlikely and you should make quite an effort to deplete the available RAM.

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The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is on all mobile phones, companies can use the number to identify valid subscribers and the type of equipment used. The carrier could thus use the number to remotely disable the phone in the event it is stolen or reported lost and customize data content to be compatible with the type of equipment used, among other things. How do you know IMEI Number : (Here’s one of many methods used to get your IMEI Number.) June 2010

What’s Your IMEI ? • Ensure your phone is powered on. • Clear any numbers you pressed while

making that call. • Press the following keys one by one: * # 0

6# • The number that appears on screen is you

IMEI Code. Certain mobile phone name it as serial code also.


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From, Love

Technology is all over the world we use it or we may misuse it, this being the techno edition let’s see how technology can make your love life better or how it can ruin it. Here we put together some Do’s and Don’ts and some tricks.





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ERRO R In Conn ectio n

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This is about dating and mostly against technology but there is wider positive scope here. This one is specially of all those bachelors friends of mine who are in love. Turn to the next page and see how technology can be used conveniently to make your love life easier and more romantic.


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To conclude, technology is both an devil and an angel. Use it well and the halo remains over you. The minute you make a misuse of it, see your own heart crying. So go ahead guys think good, do good and you will get good back.

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Fast , slick & attractive looks and a price buster. Toshiba’s Satellite A300 is a visually outstanding system, especially in the age of notebooks. As in the competitive market where vendors are striving for notebooks that is ever smaller and less noticeable. The A300 stands out for the semi-business-like tone & casing with stripes gives it, as well as the Harman/Kardon speakers that right above the keyboard.

responds well to even quite quick typing speeds. Almost all of the A300’s physical features, from the screen to the speakers

Toshiba sells a huge number of configurations under the A300 branding, so it’s important to check that what you’re getting matches what you expect. We tested the satellite A-300 which was packed with Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, 350GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive and Windows Vista Professional, Off course 32 bit and the most pleasing recovery partition. The A300 15.4-inch WXGA display is run from an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 with 512MB of RAM and the ability to grab up to 1800MB of memory in total from the unit’s 3GB of on-board RAM. Optical duties are handled by a DVD SuperMulti double/dual-Layer drive. The A300’s also not lacking in ports, from a single ExpressCard slot, HDMI, VGA, S-Video, three USB 2.0 ports, one shared USB/eSATA port, one FireWire port, gigabit Ethernet and a five-in-one card reader. Wireless networking is covered by both Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11a/g/n WiFi. One feature that you always wanted has been the keyboards, which are usually roomy and shabby looking. The A300 doesn’t disappoint, with a slick feeling keyboard that Reviewed By : Savio Dias June 2010

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offered up good clarity for most multimedia tasks. The biggest issue however is the weight of the laptop which is bit heavy compared to the its competitor. Standard ports are accounted for. A D-Sub and an S-Video out port allow for connections to display devices and a five-inone card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, xD) allows for the easy downloading of images from cameras. The FireWire port can be used to grab video off a camcorder. You’re going to want to keep it plugged in to a power supply, however. The A300 lasted a mere one hour and 20 minutes at total high performance for gaming and high end application. . It’s not really a portable laptop to begin with, but the battery life issue pretty much seals its fate as a desktop replacement. Price : AED - 3200 /At Sharaf DG, Times Square , Dubai , U.A.E. Ratings: 25

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s g n o S h s i l TO P 5 E n g 1. OMG Usher


2. Hey, Soul Sister


3. Break Your Heart

Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris

4. Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

5 Your Love Is My Drug


gs n o S i d n i TO P 5 H 1. Oh Girl You’re Mine


2. Ayaashi

Badmaash Company

3. Aye Khuda


4. He’s Such A Loser


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