Archive | May, 2014

Tags: , ,

HP Photosmart 7520 – All in One Printer With Enhanced Functionalities

Posted on 30 May 2014

HP wishes to do more than just stick to the basics. With the introduction of the HP Photosmart 7520, it is easy to understand that even though the printer has been designed for home use, it does possess office-centric features. The initiative is remarkable considering that the device is an All in One Printer which costs nothing more than $199.

Features
The printer surprisingly makes use of its predecessor’s features while incorporating newer ones. This (sort of) makes up for the rather simple design. In addition to the basic printing, copying and scanning functionalities, the printer can print and scan from and to memory cards and USB flash drives. In addition, the device also allows you to preview your photos on its 4.3 inch display.

The tray can deliver up to 125 pages at a time, which though feasible may not be great in comparison to the other models. However, it does have a separate photo paper tray that can house sheets up to 5 x 7 inches. This ease of not having to switch between photo sheets and papers on a single tray is a blessing.
In addition, the HP Photosmart 7520 allows connectivity using a built in WI-FI adapter. It also makes use of printing apps like Apple Air Print or HP ePrint.

Performance
Based on tests, the printer can print 3.7 pages per minute. It is, however, faster than its competitors. The output quality is also brilliantly defined and offers distinct color schemes to provide more than the expected results. The HP Photosmart 7520 is overall an effective inkjet printer that goes out of its way by offering extraordinary graphic quality for home and office purposes.

The Verdict
The HP Photosmart 7520 is definitely a great addition to your home or office. It is nicely priced for the features and output it provides. However, it will only do you good if you do not have massive printing needs.

Photo courtesy of HP.com

Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

Acer Aspire U5 – More Than an All in One PC

Posted on 28 May 2014

Tabletop PCs are flooding the market, especially with new additions on a daily basis. Acer, as a pioneer in the field of computing, has managed to dish out some serious innovations every now and then. The unraveling of the Acer Aspire U5 has left many wondering whether it is any better than the PCs available in the market. If you are one of those looking for answers, read on.

Design
The design is quite futuristic and bold; a beveled design on the front edge further enhances its overall appeal. The Acer Aspire U5 has a 23 inch display with a screen capable of producing a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The display is able to fold back on its kick stand. In addition, it can be placed down flat to become a tabletop display.

Features
The PC is capable of being spec’d out with high end components. It already comes equipped with the 4th generation of the Intel i7 processor and a massive 16 GB of RAM. In addition, you have the option to add in a dedicated Nvidia Geforce GTX 850M graphics adapter for smoother operations and improved visuals.

The storage is also not limited or restricted in any way. The user has the option of to choose between 500 to 1 TB of storage. That aside, the Blu-Ray Disc Combo Drive along with the 1080p webcam is surely a treat, but highly welcomes for the Acer Aspire U5’s high price of $999.

The Verdict
The Acer Aspire U5 only lacks the long-lasting battery offered by the competing brands. However, that will not be an issue because the tabletop is quite powerful and comes with a number of features that relatively justify its high price. So if you want to flaunt the latest technology, this is one device to own.

Photo credit Acer.com

 

Comments (0)

Windows Phone 8.1 – Microsoft Reinventing Itself

Posted on 27 May 2014

Microsoft has been immersed in its attempt to penetrate the smartphone market against competing giants like Apple and Samsung. It is also worth noting that Nokia had been acquired by Microsoft as well, providing the latter with the platform that it had always wanted. Previously, Windows phones were not able to compete with other smartphones. However, in recent times, trends have changed and people are more than happy to consider a Windows phone to suit their needs. The windows platform is quite diversified and, in terms of functionality, is quite different from how Android or iOS functions.

The Outlook
The recent introduction of Windows 8.1 has shown that Microsoft is taking interest in its consumers. It is the biggest effort to bring the smartphone OS in line with its competitors. The operating system not only feels unified, but is more powerful and singular in nature. The already existent Microsoft-based apps are also sure to balance out the difficult aspects of human-tech synchronization and connectivity.

In addition to the apps, the OS is powered by Bing and offers an improved Xbox Music and better Wallet services. The system is also designed to ensure auto connectivity, interactivity and control all with little to no hassle.

Enhanced Functionalities
The system has taken advantage of the A.I “Cortana”. The advanced mechanics and dynamics of the program are breathtaking. Apart from its basic functionality, the OS is versed in characterizing your traits, hobbies and preferences and incorporating them effectively for improved functionality.

The notification center allows for quick and easy access to normally used options. The design and look is also quite user friendly;even a child could pick such a phone up and in a matter of minutes be able to operate it flawlessly. Besides, the home screen can be manipulated into accessing more files and apps, which is definitely a plus.

Overall, Windows 8.1 can be considered as a successful approach as Microsoft attempts to reinvent itself without having to start from scratch.

Comments (0)

The Pebble Steel – Style With Affordability

Posted on 23 May 2014

Gone are the days when wrist watches were restricted to telling time.The introduction of smartwatches has taken the world by storm. Not only do they complement the functions of your smartphone, but they enable you to look stylish and up-to-date. However, not many people know that the concept of smartwatches was initially introduced by a startup hardware company called Tiny Pebble. The gadget the company introduced at the time caused uproaras demand for the prototype increased. It is still available in the market and sold under the name Pebble Steel.

Functionality
The smart watch is a perfect example of how less can sometimes mean better. Even though its competitors, such as Samsung and Sony, have introduced their own variations, those lack the flare of Pebble Steel. The gadget synchronizes with your smartphone and notifies you about texts, emails and messages. It also provides you with basic controls like music playback.

Design
In comparison, Pebble Steel is cheaper than most. It costs $249 with the controls that you would normally expect from this type of gadget. However, it is virtually the same hardware in a compacter metal case. That aside, you get a choice between leatherand a metal band.However, the company is pushing forward with its unique design and customized software, topping others in this aspect.

Enhancements
You may wonder how Pebble Steelmay be different. For starters, it comes with its very own app store that contains specifically tailored softwarethat is compatible with the watch. Apps which have also been designed for iOS and Android offer a wide array of options that are normally not available elsewhere. Software aside, the information provided to the smart watch is almost instantaneous with fluid connectivity.Using it as an extension of your phone’s operating system is bound to offer much more than you initially expected.

The potential that the Pebble possesses is limitless. Considering that it is already competing with big brands, its company’s efforts are nothing less than applaudable.

Comments (0)

JVC Gumy Plus – Offering Rich Sound With Affordability

Posted on 22 May 2014

The numbers of headphone producers have grown exponentially over a short span of time. The competition is not only tough, but is raging on to a whole new level. Companies like Dr. Dre and Kenwood are giving everyone a run for their money. However, there are a few that still make waves in the industry. One such company is JVC, which has created the JVC Gumy Plus for one sole purpose: to deliver sound quality with affordability.
Since JVC has always been an inexpensive headphone producer, it should come as no surprise that it wishes to penetrate the market using innovative products that are cheap at the same time.
Design
Being cheap does not necessarily mean that the product is below the industry’s standards. JVC has made effective use of plastic that is quite durable. To complement their strength and enhance the design, the headphones are offered in a variety of colors. The lightweight pair also comes in three different sizes; and for an additional$2.99 can come with silicone ear tips. This sound isolation increases the bass output exponentially. As if all of this is not enough, the design is so flexible that you can wear the headphones for long durations without feeling uncomfortable.
Performance and Functionality
The headphones are definitely worth the investment. They sound pleasant and are not noisy as others. The touch of harshness present in the sound complements the quality and output of the headphones. For a $7 pair of headphones, they do offer a lot of bass. In addition, to a certain extent, the JVC Gumy Plus is able to deliver the most natural and dynamic sounds.
Overall, this pair of headphones is not a bad deal. However, consider the options out there before settling for this one. Still, if your budget refuses to stretch, these JVC headphones are ideal if you want a rich sound at an affordable cost.

Comments (0)

LG Pro 2 – Evolution Guaranteed

Posted on 21 May 2014

The smartphone industry is expanding and reinventing itself on a daily basis due to the fact that consumers are always wanting more. Generations of smartphones have evolved exponentially over a short time. Competing giants like Samsung and Apple are churning better smartphones every year as well. All of this has made the market highly saturated, rendering companies to be unable to introduce something better. However, that is not the case with LG, which has taken advantage of Android’s strength to introduce its highly stylized and efficient LG Pro 2.
Overview
The phone is faster and sleeker than its predecessor. The huge display is great for watching videos and is excellent in its performance. Unfortunately, it is highly underrated as LG has focused more on functionality and moved around a lot of its buttons for user comfort.
Design
The phone is large and incorporates the features of both a phone and a tablet. It is considered as a major competitor in the phablet niche market. In addition, the phone is not only sleek, but it offers a refreshing alternative to initial designs. The textured finishing on the back is surely something to look forward to. In terms of grip and feel, the phone shines despite having a made of plastic.
Hardware
The phone is relatively larger than its predecessor. The phone is also easier to manage with its 5.9 inch screen, which offers rich and vibrant colors that are worth noting. On the inside, the phone harbors a massive Quad-core Processor Snap Dragon 800. Along with the 3 GB of RAM inside, it is no surprise that the user will have a smooth experience. For visuals, the phone’s 13 megapixel camera comes equipped with an LED Flash. Although the secondary camera is restricted to 2.1 megapixels, its results are more than satisfactory.
If you are interested in getting this phone, make sure to decide whether to go for the 32 GB or 64 GB version. If you need more space, there is an additional card slot provided for external memory storage. So enjoy the beauty of LG’s latest smartphone.

Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

Samsung WB350F – a Smart Camera for Smart People

Posted on 19 May 2014

Digital cameras are the hot products in today’s market. There’s a diversity of high-end digital cameras available in the market, one of which happens to be the latest Samsung Smart Camera WB350F. As expected, this is the upgraded version of the WB250F model. Intriguingly, the WB350F is considerable as a smartphone with loads of camera apps. Here are some standout qualities of Samsung’s latest creation:

Wi-Fi Capability

This camera features superior Wi-Fi capabilities and is equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC). This further facilitates photographers in sharing their images almost immediately after clicking them. It also features a “Tag & Go” option through which users can connect their camera with their tablets or smartphone, without any real configuration. Other notable connectivity functions include AutoShare, Photo Beam and Mobile Link. These features also aids in transferring, storing and organizing images on your smartphone.

Camera Quality

This camera comes with a 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor and a broad ISO Range (80-3200). So as far as close details and impeccable clarity is concerned, the WB350F doesn’t disappoint whatsoever! Moreover, it shoots full HD videos at 30 frames per second, thus ensuring the dynamic action of any sight is conveyed accurately, even if you are in motion at speed.

Design

The WB350F features a slim and attractive design, covered in an exquisite leatherette finish. This gives it a premium feel and design. In addition, it comes with a crystal clear 3.0-inch touchscreen and a display resolution of 4608 x 3456, perfect for capturing wide sights.

Price Tag

Samsung Smart Camera WB350F is priced at $259.00, which is quite reasonable, considering the number of features it comes with. So if your budget allows you, then the WB350F is definitely the camera you should go for. It has an exquisite design, loads of options and captures images with incredible details, the perfect package. It is perfect for pros as well as amateur photographers!

Comments (0)