Archive | June, 2014

A Quick Look at the New Samsung Chrome Book 2

Posted on 11 June 2014

Samsung Chrome Book 2 is the second generation of the device released in 2012. It features a large display housed within a very distinctive design. If you are interested in buying this device, know that it is available in a 13-inch and 11-inch models and comes with a stylish faux-leather lid. With that out of the way, here are some things you should know.

On the Outside
The laptop’s body is of matte plastic, but the finish is of the quality you would expect from Samsung. However, even that pales in front of the display, which is perhaps the most prominent feature of the Samsung Chrome book 2. The 13 inch model screen is 12.7×8.8×0.65, which is unusual for its price range, while the 11-inch model screen is 11.4×8.1×0.66. The 11-inch Chrome Book also features a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels while the 13-inch comes with a full HD resolution.

Peripherals
The first thing to discuss in this part is the keyboard, which is another feature that makes the Samsung Chrome Book 2 stand out. The plastic keys are not only smooth and soft, but their subtle curve design also allows them to feel comfortable under your fingers. This allows for remarkable ease for typing.
The model also comes with a set of stereo speakers. These are located on either side of the bottom surface, providing you with a sound quality that you will definitely enjoy. That aside, the laptop features a 720 p webcam, ensuring crisp images and video.

Performance
Samsung claims that its latest device offers a battery life of 8 hours for the 11-inch model while the 13-inch model offers 8.5 hours. This may not be as impressive as other companies’ offerings, but the silent performance and the laptop’s inability to get warm make up for this.

The Takeaway
The Samsung Chrome Book 2 is a good addition to Samsung’s family and lives up to expectations. Its biggest strengths are the screen and keyboard plus the fact that the laptop offers a full HD screen for its 13-inch model, a feat unique for the time being. So if you are looking to buy an economical yet good laptop, the Samsung Chrome Book 2 is indeed what you have been waiting for.

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LG G3 – the Thinnest Phone Available

Posted on 09 June 2014

If you want to experience the best smartphone technology but with a new twist, you should most certainly consider the new LG G3. Attempting to compete with Samsung in particular, LG wishes to provide huge screens while keeping functionality in check. If you are considering whether or not to purchase the phone, read the following to make up your mind.

Design
The phone is quite wide as it houses a 5.5 inch screen. However, considering its size, it is one of the thinnest phones available in the market. In comparison to its main competitor, the phone is relatively classy and offers a premium look. In addition, its back comes coated with a matte finish and has tapered edges.

Features and Specifications
LG is comes loaded with impressive hardware specifications that can compete with any smart gadget available in the market currently. The phone weighs no more than 149 gram and is offered in two variations. You can choose from either the 16 GB model that comes equipped with 2GB of RAM or consider the 32 GB model equipped with 3 GB of RAM. In addition, you also have the option to install up to 128 GB of external storage space.

The 5.5 inch screen offers a true HD viewing experience. Moreover, the phone makes effective use of the Dolby mobile sound enhancement technology to provide superior clarity and loudness without compromising on quality.

That aside, the phone houses a 13 megapixel camera with a dual flash for better quality pictures even in low lit environments. In addition, you get a secondary 2.1 megapixel camera that can record in 1080p as well. That aside, resources are always able for your multi-tasking needs. The quad core CPU along with the Adreno 330 GPU ensures that you have massive resources available for your gaming needs.

Conclusion
It is safe to say that LG’s flagship is sure to be the cause of worry for competing brands. The phone has the potential to be a success, but it will be credited to the fact that it is highly marketable. However, it goes without saying that you will not have to worry about investing in a normal smartphone; the LG G3 is above normal in all its glory.

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Sony KDL-70W850B – Offering a New TV Viewing Experience

Posted on 06 June 2014

Sony has previously monopolized the market for TVs. However, emerging competitors like LG and Samsung have been able to penetrate the market effectively. Luckily, Sony seems to be on track. This can be noted with Sony introducing the KDL-70W850B. To learn more about Sony’s innovative TV viewing experience, continue reading.

Design
Sony has moved away from its traditional design while designing new TVs. The W850B is available in either 60 or 70 inches. It offers the innovative iconic wedge display that everyone is talking about. The TVs vertical doorstep shape is not only attractive, but it appeals to most. The large panel is balanced on the single bottom weighting on each side. Additionally, you can move the feet of the TV closer to the center of the TV. This has been integrated to accommodate narrow tabletops.

Features and Specifications
Sony has taken a huge step by offering 4K resolution,ensuring that you will be hooked onto your new Sony KDL-70W850B. Moreover, the local dimming feature adjusts the backlights according to the surrounding, hence providing superior picture quality. A Motion Flow sensor has also been integrated into the TV, offering up to 120Hz refresh rate.

Apart from the 4K resolution, the TV can easily support 720p and 1080p. The TV is also considered to be an advanced 3D TV. It comes equipped with two 3D glasses for your movie viewing needs. To sweeten the deal, the TV also offers “Smart” functionality. This includes features like a web browser and apps; this is managed and controlled by standard remote or by investing in a touch-pad clicker.

Conclusion
Despite an impressive new overlay for its Smart TV program, the TV is indeed pricey and costs around $2,000. However, you cannot ignore the fact that it does offer value for your money. So if you are looking for a new TV to invest in, you should look no further than the Sony KDL-70W850B.

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Sony SRS-X7 – a Wireless Speaker System With a Punch

Posted on 04 June 2014

In comparison with the portable speaker systems available, the Sony SRS-X7 is able to provide even more options than you would normally expect. Apart from the basic functionalities of connecting your smart device for sound output, there is much more to expect from this extraordinary device.

Design
The design is inspired by the Sony Xperia Smart phone series in general. The speaker looks like a big black box; but upon close inspection, it is actually more attractive. The front panel compromises of a dark gray metal whereas sides are made from aluminum. Upon closer inspection, the device is large as it measures up to 11.8 by 5.2 by 2.4 inches and weighs a hefty 4.3 pounds. However, it is portable and can be carried anywhere.

Functionality and Features
The speakers can be paired with a device either using Bluetooth or NFC technology. The speakers also support DLNA and Air Play as well. The top panels are where you will find the volume keys along with the power button. Meanwhile, the network buttons for Air Play and LAN are located on the top. That aside, the conventional 3.5 mm audio aux input and USB port are on the device.

On a full charge, the Sony wireless speaker can provide six hours of music playback at most. The sound never seems to get distorted and can provide exceptional bass at maximum volumes as well. This is the power you will need for the next party, but control the volume since the speakers can carry sound all the way to your neighbors.

The Verdict
The Sony SRS-X7 offers a huge variety of features at a cost of $300. It goes without saying that there is no other device in the market that offers such functionality with an affordable price tag. If you are not willing to spending extravagantly, look no further than the Sony SRS-X7.

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Logitech Harmony 350 – Let’s Get Universal

Posted on 02 June 2014

Logitech has made it a goal to offer remote controls that combine the best value while offering a huge array of features. With the introduction of the Logitech Harmony 350, the company has once again targeted its niche market with an affordable gadget. Considering the low price it comes with, the device still offers an excellent design and can easily connect with up to 8 devices simultaneously.

Design and Features
The remote’s design is simplistic in nature. Though made from plastic, it is sturdy and durable. The buttons are also smooth and function flawlessly without the use of brute force.

Like other similar devices, the remote has to be programmed. This is done online as the device should be registered before it can be synchronized. Unlike various cheap remotes, the registration is simple and does not require the use of trial and error.

One option you may love is the Favorites option, which allows you to store your preferred channels. With the touch of a button you can easily access the channels you watch the most without any hassle whatsoever.

The device can also work smoothly with more than 200,000 devices, including TVs, cable boxes, and DVD players. It also comes equipped with programmable buttons and is Wi-Fi enabled with an intuitive touch screen control. These features and others will give you more control than you could have ever possibly imagined.

The Verdict
Considering the fact that it is not expensive in comparison to its competitors, it is simply the best. You can get one for as low as $50. The remote does have its flaws; for instance, the battery is not accessible to the user. However, there are a few perks that make it special, such as the position of the D-pad, which may be awkward but it considered refreshing. Overall, it is safe to say that the gadget is a safe bet. You will also be able to enjoy efficiency and ease at the tip of your fingers. So add it to your shopping list if you have a habit of losing your remote controls.

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