Archive | March, 2016

Parrot Zik 3.0 Headphones: Wireless Everything

Posted on 30 March 2016

Parrot is known for its funky fancy products. It recently revealed its 3rd generation headphones, the Parrot Zik 3.0. This headphone is an upgraded version of the Zik 2.0, and the design and specifications have been altered to give it a futuristic look. Zik 3.0 is a wireless luxury headphone for audio enthusiasts, especially musicians and artists.

Features and Design
The new upgraded Zik 3.0 features Active Noise Cancellation and improved wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has wireless charging plus USB audio, features which were not available in the Zik 2.0. The corresponding app makes it easier to tune the settings so you can enjoy crips audio without hassle. The core features include wireless charging that allows users to keep the headphones on instead of plugging in, plus the USB audio feature is for HD audio.

The headphone design is sleek and smooth with high quality leather strap and ear caps that are comforting. The headphones are of good solid quality with capacitive touchpad on the ear cup. They also feature motion sensors that stop music when you take off the headphones. The Parrot smartwatch app allows users to sync their headphones with the watch and control it from there so there is no hassle of using the controls on the headphone itself.

The battery life of the gadget is immaculate, i.e. up to 18 hours, which is quite impressive compared to other wireless headphones. Zik 3.0 has also improved its Bluetooth range and the sound quality is almost equal to the Beats.

Verdict
Parrot’s Zik range is topnotch and is worth the price they are asking for. Zik 3.0 is priced at $340. This headphone is durable and reliable as well as stylish. Consumers often fail to see the quality of the product and go for the features but Parrot Zik 3.0 is a new generation advanced headphone which provides a great audio experience.

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New 4 Inch Apple iPhone SE

Posted on 25 March 2016

Apple is extending its iPhone brand series by releasing a 4-inch iPhone SE model. This time Apple isn’t focusing on being futuristic and developing topnotch smartphones with advanced features. In fact, Apple is aiming for the bottom-line by releasing the iPhone SE to boost their mid cycle sales. The iPhone SE is similar to the old iPhone models but with impressive hardware. This move by Apple is quite like how they launched the iPhone 5C.

Specifications
As all iPhones are known for their hardware, this phone is equipped with a 4-inch LED IPS display with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution and supports multi-touch, powered by Dual Core 1.84 GHz twister processor with Apple A9 chipset, armed with powerVR GT7600 six core graphics GPU, internal storage capacity of 16/64 GB and runs on 2 GB RAM. The camera on this little device is immaculate with 12MP f/2.2 dual led camera, video quality of 2160p and secondary camera of 1.2 MP 720p, with a long-lasting Li-Po 1642 mAh battery.

Design and Features
The design of the phone is similar to the 6 series with thick rectangle shape with curved edges and shiny front and back surface with many cool colors to choose from. This mini iPhone has tons of features Apple fans would expect and hope for. Core features include 4K video playback, Apple Pay, M9 motion coprocessor, and 64 bit A9 chip, which is an impressive fit inside a small casing. It also comes with the flagship features all iPhones have but for a phone this size, the iPhone SE has faster LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, retina flash, 63 MP panoramas, and 240 fps slo-mo and focus pixels.

Verdict
The 4-inch iPhone SE is set to be released this month with a price tag of $399. The reason why it’s a must buy product is because it’s packed with awesome hardware power but with a small screen it still is attractive. Apple will succeed in gaining massive sales yet again.

Photo courtesy: Apple

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Smart TV: Insignia NS-55DR710NA17 (55-Inch)

Posted on 23 March 2016

The dawn of 4K TVs have risen. Smart TVs and 4K technology have changed the way consumers experience the world through the small screen. The Insignia Roku 55-inch 4K HD smart TV doesn’t cost a fortune and is a great piece of technology. Insignia has succeeded in making a great 4K smart TV at an affordable price.

Specifications
This digital masterpiece has a 55-inch LED display with minor curved sides and UHD format display. The unit itself is 30 inches high, 48.8 inches wide, and with 12.1 inches in depth. It weighs 36.8 lbs, with a 60 Hertz refresh rate, 4 HDMI ports, composite video, analog audio, 1x USB port and smart OS features.

The Insignia Roku TV allows users to experience 4K quality with its immersive smart feature options. The user interface allows users to easily access the web and stream HD Movies or videos. The built-in apps include Netflix, Amazon Video, and VUDU, plus Roku’s official app which features 4K movies, videos and TV shows when connected through the Roku streaming box. Best Buy has marked this stylish 4k TV as most liked by consumers for its reasonable price. The standard features with smart TV applications and interface makes the TV great.

Customizable themes and wallpapers and interface are unique along with the dedicated channel store which lists Genres, Top Free, Top Paid and even Games. Users can browse through the categories using the Roku remote which has toggle buttons with sliding buttons to navigate through the screen. Users have to sync their account on the TV and stay connected to get updates as well as save their details and history.

Verdict
For $650, this 4K TV offers the best smart TV experience and HD display. All in all, the TV is well worth each and every penny you spend on it. It truly offers a one of a kind visual experience for you.

Photo courtesy: Best Buy

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Posted on 21 March 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is this year’s most anticipated and advanced smartphone. The phone is the new version of the Galaxy S7 which took the market by storm and became one of the leading smartphones of all time. The Galaxy S7 Edge has achieved immense popularity with its high-end features and unique look.

Specifications
The phone features a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display with a 1440 X 2560 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an Octa core processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, with an Adreno & Mali GPU, 64 GB internal memory and microSD slot for storage up to 200GB. A 12MP HD autofocus camera, 2160P HDR quality video camera and 5 MP secondary camera and 4 GB RAM are the other notable features. The phone runs on the Android OS 6 Marshmallow

Features and Design
The Galaxy S7 Edge comes loaded with unique and incredible features. The shape and built is different from the S7 as the edged curve gives it a sleek and smooth look. It features a Nano SIM option and provides 4K quality. The Hyperlapse feature is what makes S7 Edge unique from its competitors, Hyperlapse allows users to make videos by moving the camera and take photos quickly and then put them together in a video. Hyperlapse offers time-lapse and shake-free features which makes video recording great and hassle-free.

In addition, the phone is dust and water resistant with a floating game tools button and an elegant aluminum frame. The Edge Audio and Edge Camera are other standout features of the smartphone. These features are linked with the Samsung Gear VR and provide an amazing user experience.

Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a high-end masterpiece and comes with a price tag of $780, which is quite expensive but worth every penny. The features and design plus its unique look have earned it its place at the top. The exclusive deals and packages which include Samsung Gear and other accessories are available at discounted prices.

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Master and Dynamic MW60 Headphones

Posted on 18 March 2016

Master & Dynamic has made its name in the audio technology market with its sharp design and audio quality. The MW60 is a wireless over ear headphone with many features and perks that makes it different from other headphones in the market.

Design and Features
Master & Dynamic is well known for its comfortable products and great sound quality. MW60 is a class product made from leather and metal and available in multiple elegant colors. The head strap is comfortable to wear and is of good quality with a solid bendable body. The whole headphone is made of steel and aluminum which gives a sleek attractive look and also no worries of dropping it as it’s quite durable.

This product is equipped with chunky hardware to give a great sound experience to its users. While some wireless headphones have a limited range and low battery life, the MW60 is solid on both counts, which makes it worth the price. The sound quality is exquisite, the range is not an issue and quality doesn’t deteriorate even at 50 feet as it features advanced components. The dual antenna is what makes it powerful. The battery provides up to 16 hours standby or more, which is among the best in its range.

Technical Specifications
MW60 has dimensions of 200mm x 185mm x 50mm and 45 mm Neodymium drivers, impressive 32 ohms impedance, lightweight 345g, cable system includes detachable 1.25m cable and micro USB input cord. Headphone connections consist of 3.5mm passive audio micro USB charging plus firmware update input. The circum aural ear coupling makes the headphones comfortable and it also has detachable memory foam, microphone type Omni directional and Bluetooth 4.1 with Aptx high quality audio.

Verdict
MW60 is a good professional choice for a price of $549. A great design, detachable cable, and a wide long range as well as great battery life are the pros of the gadget.

Photo courtesy: Master & Dynamic

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The Acer Predator 15

Posted on 16 March 2016

Acer Predator 15 has surprised its competitors with its strengths, solid build, amazing screen and long battery life. Predator 15 has made it to the top with Alienware because of its impressive hardware specifications and structure that has allowed gamers to switch from desktop gaming to laptop portable gaming. Released at the end of 2015, Predator 15 has become the gamers’ second choice.

Hardware Specifications
What makes this gaming laptop unique and stand out is its high-end hardware, equipped with HD IPS 15.6-inch LCD with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Nvidia Geforce GTX 980M onboard GPU with 4 GB RAM, Powered by Intel core i7 processor, 32GB extreme DDR 4 RAM, OS Drive 512 GB SSD and 1 TB Storage HDD with 7200 rpm, Blu-ray optical disc, 4x USB 3.0 slots 1x 3.1, HDMI port, thunderbolt 3 and Windows 10.

Design and Features
Predator 15 looks like an old laptop but gives a good solid tough look with stain resistant matte grey body and predator skull on top. The design is thick with a great cooling system to prevent overheating as well as back and bottom vents to provide heat ventilation. The menacing red LED along the keyboard and on the body gives a cool textured look and provides lighting effect when kept on a table.

The core features include Predator Sense that allows gamers to tweak and control the fans and temperature as well as over clock the processor of the laptop. It comes with a Predator steel series gaming mouse and predator frostcore fan if bought from official dealers.

Verdict
Predator 15 is a beast when it comes to portable gaming at a midrange price of $2500. The design and features plus durable battery stand out along with the strong body. In terms of performance, it has benchmarked almost to the Alienware and has excelled in its great sound speakers and cooling specs.

Photo courtesy: Acer

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LG K8 Review

Posted on 14 March 2016

LG has proudly cemented itself among the leading names in the smartphone industry by developing high-end smartphones. LG has expanded its K series with the release of K8. K8 is a brilliant mid-range smartphone available at a competitive price. The phone is remarkable with some great new features and perks.

Specifications
LG K8 Features a 5-inch HD IPS Display with 720X1280 resolution, Mediatek Chipset with Mali – T720 GPU, Powered by Quad Core Cortex Processor, MicroSD slot which supports up to 32 GB with 8 GB internal memory, 1.5 GB RAM, 8MP HD autofocus camera with LED flash which includes Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama features.

Additional features include a video camera with 1080p quality and a 5MP secondary camera. K8 is a single SIM GSM Smartphone which houses micro SIM. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and 4G. Apart from these features, the K8 has impressive sensors for a mid range smartphone, which include a proximity sensor, Accelerometer, gyroscope and Ambient light sensor. It is also backed by a 2125 mAh removable battery.

Features
For a mid-range Smartphone, K8 is packed with amazing features. The phone has premium design with curved edges with 2.5D Arc Glass look which gives it a sleek appearance with a woven back cover that provides a comfortable and secure grip. The K8 is powered by Android OS 6 Marshmallow and the standard LG user interface.

Verdict
LG K series are the best mid range smartphones consumers can buy at an affordable price packed with latest features. The K8 is no exception to this rule. The LG K8 will be launched soon with a price tag of $200, which is relatively low for a smartphone with a 5-inch display and runs on Android Marshmallow 6. All these features combined make the K8 a great smartphone for budget buyers. You can expect great functionality at the best possible price point in the market.

Photo courtesy: LG

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