Archive | January, 2014

The PowerPot V, the Perfect Way to Charge Your Gadgets Outdoors

Posted on 28 January 2014

One of the main concerns with camping or any outdoor activities is charging your phone or device. We have grown so attached to our devices that we simply can’t do without them. We can always carry a charger or a USB cable in our pockets to charge the device, but what if there is no electrical socket available?

The answer to this concern is PowerPot V. This is an innovative means of charging your device on the go. The best part, the device itself doesn’t require charging and you won’t need any electrical outputs. All you need is water and fire.

The PowerPot V uses a revolutionary technology which converts heat energy into electrical energy. The device itself looks like a regular pot for boiling water. However, the wires at the side will give you a good idea of its capabilities. If you are ever in a place that doesn’t have electricity around, you can charge your device using the PowerPot V.

All you have to do is simply fill the PowerPot V with water and set it over a fire. The heat generated by the boiling water will be converted into electrical energy and charge your device. The PowerPot V doesn’t just work with fires, you can also use it with an induction cooker. The aim is to boil the water and an electric current will be generated.

The PowerPot V has a UBS output. It generates up to 5 Volts and 1 ampere. This output is enough to charge a media tablet, cell phone or an MP3 player. It also comes with USB cables which fit most devices. The handle of the PowerPot V is flame-resistant and so are the chords.

The PowerPot V is available for $149 which is quite reasonable. You will however, need to be careful when using the PowerPot. All in all, the PowerPot V is a great device. If you are an outdoor person, it is a must have.

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The Cheap and Cheerful Oontz Curve

Posted on 24 January 2014

Most Bluetooth speakers available in the market are quite large. This makes it rather difficult to carry them around. As for the smaller ones, they don’t provide the same sound quality and are extremely pricey. The company Cambridge SoundWorks has introduced a great new Bluetooth speaker that is compact, has good sound quality and is quite affordable. This speaker is the Oontz Curve. It has a practical and appealing design. Let’s look at what the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Curve has to offer.

An amazing aspect of the Oontz Curve is its size. It is the smallest Bluetooth speaker manufactured by the company. It is perfect for those who do not enjoy having to carry large Bluetooth speakers. The speaker is quite heavy for its size. However, the weight suggests that the Oontz Curve has a sturdy built. The speaker weighs nine ounces. Larger Bluetooth speaker weigh around five to six ounces. The shiny finish of the Oontz Curve looks great.

The sound quality of the Oontz Curve is quite decent for its size. While the tiny speaker does distort sounds at extremely high volumes, this is only the case if the quality of the song is low. High quality audio files play extremely well. Since it just has a single speaker which is a drive, it doesn’t play the bass in certain songs. But the price of the Oontz Curve is definitely worth it.

The Oontz Curve has track control buttons on the speaker itself. This way you can just pair your phone to the speaker and control the playlist from the Oontz Curve itself. Built-in controls make it a pleasure to use. The best aspect of the speaker is its price of just $29.99. Considering the price and the sound quality that it offers, the Oontz Curve is a must have.

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The Perfect Adventure Cam – a Drift Ghost-S Review

Posted on 22 January 2014

Portable cameras are an excellent way of capturing adventurous moments. However, most adventure cameras are not waterproof. They usually require an aftermarket casing to use them in or near water. However, with the new Drift Ghost-S you can capture videos and pictures in any condition. This action camera offers top-of-the-line features for an astonishing price. Moreover, it has various video shooting options to suit different situations. The compact design makes it easy to carry and you can even view videos and pictures on the camera itself. Let’s look at the features that the company has offered with the Drift Ghost-S.

The Drift Ghost-S weighs only 5.6 ounces which makes it easy to carry. Moreover, the action camera will fit easily in your hand and it can be strapped anywhere. You can attach it to your helmet or to your goggles. The great thing about the size of the Drift Ghost-S is that it’s not too small and not too big, it’s just the perfect size.

The Drift Ghost-S comes in a sturdy case which will keep the camera safe when not in use. There are various aftermarket mounts that you can use with the camera. These mounts will enable you to attach the Drift Ghost-S to almost anything from a helmet to your car’s windscreen. The camera also come with a mount which can be used on flat and curved surfaces.

The video quality of the Drift Ghost-S is impeccable and much better than the previous model. Recorded images and vides are crisp. The Drift Ghost-S records videos in 1080p which guarantees the best video quality. Another great thing about the Drift Ghost-S is the RF remote. This remote is wearable and you can begin recording or pause it in action. You can even change a shooting mode on the go with the remote.

The Drift Ghost-S is priced at $399 which is a rather decent price for the device and its amazing features.

Photo courtesy of driftinnovation.com

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Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 – the Next Best Thing

Posted on 20 January 2014

There are many Android walkman players in the market nowadays. While they are all pretty fun to use, they lack an innovative design. Most players are bulky and small. There are even some that are only designed to play audio files.

Some don’t even incorporate a touch screen. However, Sony is looking to change all this with their latest walkman. This is the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 and just by looks, it’s a definite winner. Let’s look at what Sony is offering with this innovative Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1:

The design of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is quite appealing. The device has a four inch touch screen and looks like a smartphone. The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is able to play HD music formats. Usual devices will not amplify the sound of such HD format music. However, the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is equipped with a top notch amplifier. It can also play HD videos.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 has 128GB of storage space. If you load regular format songs into this device, there is more than enough room for over 1500 songs. However, the NWZ-ZX1 is designed for HD music. If you put HD songs into the NWZ-ZX1 then you will only have room for about 800 songs. One of the best features of this device is its ability to change the audio files’ format.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 can change the format of regular quality songs into good quality versions. So, even if you have low quality versions of your favorite playlist, you can bump up the quality with this player. The sound quality of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is exceptional. However, it doesn’t come with a pair of headphones.

Moreover, the regular headphones that are available with iPods won’t give you good sound quality. So you will have to spend some more money on a pair of high quality headphones. This is in fact the only drawback of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1. The price of this device is not yet announced for the US, but it is expected to be around $900.

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The Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker – a TDK A33 Review

Posted on 17 January 2014

p>Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. It is a great way of listening to the playlist on your phone out loud. However, most Bluetooth speakers available in the market have their limitations. For instance there is always the risk of damaging your speakers at the beach or by the pool.

TDK has come up with a revolutionary concept for portable Bluetooth speakers. Their latest speaker, the TDK Life on Record A33 is weatherproof. Let’s look at the TDK Life on Record A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker in detail.

The design of the TDK Life on Record A33 is very appealing. It is simple, yet elegant. The buttons are located towards the top of the speaker for easy access. The buttons are all quite prominent and backlit with LED lights. So you can easily use your TDK Life on Record A33 even if it there is little or no light to see the buttons. However, there is one drawback.

The TDK Life on Record A33 lacks a button to play/pause the music. It also lacks the track skipping buttons. This means you’ll have to control the music from your media device. But the sound of the speakers is quite good for a Bluetooth speaker. It is equipped with two drivers, each of which is 1.5 inches in diameter.

For serious bass while playing tracks, the speaker is equipped with a 2.5 inch sub-woofer. The TDK Life on Record A33 is definitely resistant to spills, but it’s not water proof. So while it will certainly resist spills at the beach or by the pool, it won’t survive if you take it for a swim. The speaker also has a USB port that you can charge your device with. However, the speaker itself can only be charged using a regular plug in charger, it can’t charge directly via USB.

The TDK Life on Record A33 is available for $134.00 which is a decent price for the specifications. If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker which you can take anywhere, the TDK Life on Record A33 is for you.

Photo courtesy of tdkperformance.com

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 – the Next Big Thing

Posted on 15 January 2014

The Lenovo Yoga literally took the hybrid laptop computer market by storm when introduced. The Yoga was the first laptop of its kind and it offered immense versatility. The company has introduced another hybrid computer which is sure to amaze everyone. This is called the IdeaPad Yoga 2 and it is stupendous.
It offers top of the line features, combined with incredible speed and an excellent appearance. The IdeaPad Yoga 2 offers portability and convenience at its best.

The best thing about the new hybrid is the price tag. The IdeaPad Yoga 2 is available at a very reasonable price for the specifications that are offered. Let’s look at the features and specs of the Yoga 2 in more detail:

Specifications
The specifications of the IdeaPad Yoga 2 are beyond amazing. The display of the Yoga 2 is a 13.3-inch diagonal screen. The screen is touch-enabled. One of the most incredible aspects of the Yoga 2 is the screen resolution. The resolution is a whooping 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, giving you the crispest picture quality. It has an i5 Processor combine with a 4GB RAM. The specifications of the IdeaPad Yoga 2 promise incredible processing speed.

Design
The design of the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is quite attractive. It is slim and extremely light. Since it is a hybrid computer intended for use on the go, the Yoga 2 definitely serves the purpose. It will be relatively easy to carry around the IdeaPad Yoga 2, especially in the tablet mode. The IdeaPad Yoga 2 weighs 3.1 pounds only.

Battery Life
The battery life of the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is very impressive. The battery time of the Yoga 2 is far greater than the original Yoga. You can use the Yoga 2 at maximum capacity for up to 7 hours.

Price
The price of the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is $1,099.99. Considering the technology and features on offer, the price is extremely reasonable.

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Premium Tablet With Astounding Interface – Samsung TabPro

Posted on 13 January 2014

Tablets are equipped with the most innovative features nowadays. Some tablets have a superfast processor while others have a lifelike display. There are even some premium tablets that offer HD display and a fast processor. Samsung is one of the leading manufacturers of tablets and smartphones. The company is famous for its Galaxy Series of phones and tablets.

The products offered by Samsung boast performance and quality. Samsung’s latest introduction is the TabPro which is bound to amaze all Samsung fans. The features offered by this tablet are definitely amazing. Moreover, the operating system is what make is truly astonishing. Let’s look at what the new Samsung TabPro has to offer:

Specifications
The Samsung TabPro is a superfast tablet. The processor being used in the gadget has not been revealed yet but is expected to be one an Exynos or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The processor configuration will be different for each region. The tablet will be introduced in three variants of different sizes; 12.2 inches, 10.1 inches and 8.4 inches. The RAM for the 10.1 and the 8.4-inch variants will be 2GB and 3GB for the 12.2-inch variant.

Display
The screen resolution for the Samsung TabPro series is incredible. All the variants will be equipped with a 2,560 x 1600 pixel screen. This will give the user an astonishingly crisp display. This screen resolution also makes the Samsung TabPro 8.4-inch version the smallest tablet with such a screen resolution.

Operating System
The best aspect of the Samsung TabPro series is the operating system. This series is equipped with the Android version 4.4. The operating system is based on interactive widgets which make it look something like Windows 8. It is extremely user-friendly so customers will have no trouble whatsoever getting used to the gadget.

Price
The price of the Samsung TabPro series is not definite as yet. But considering Samsung’s track record, the tablets will be priced reasonably.

Photo courtesy of Samsung.com

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