Archive | May, 2016

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-440WF

Posted on 31 May 2016

Klipsch is one of the leading audio technology companies based out of the US which specializes in loudspeaker drivers and enclosures, high fidelity sound systems and personal computers. Klipsch is known to be one of the pioneers of audio technologies. For those who prioritize ease of setup and sparkling undistorted surround sound performance, the Klipsch RP-440WF system is the best choice. This product from Klipsch’s has no speaker wires, thus saving the hassle of long complex wire management for setting up.

This 5.1 channel system is one the best for home theatres as it is wireless and easy to set up. It’s not completely wireless but compared to other products in the market, it has less speaker wires. The design and features are immaculate. It consists of WiSA, wireless speaker & audio which is a new standard designed to setup multi speaker system without using many wires, more like an adapter.

The Wisa box consists of many options, HDMI 4X, HDMI Out/TV, Analog in, Coax in, optical in, IR in and USB. This box transfers the sound wirelessly. The design is impressive with a grayish black shiny finish with dark orange speakers that gives it a stylish look. The sound quality is what matters and Klipsch’s products always satisfy. This beast can extended to 7.2 channels and has a built-in amplifier as well. The Wisa control box offers both Dolby and DTS decoding plus it supports 4K also.

Performance of premiere RP-440WF is competent, clean, undistorted, balanced and the wireless technology gives no issues in sound transmission. The surround sound experience is best for watching movies especially.

Verdict
The Klipsch RP-440WF is priced at around $1000, which is not expensive for a home theatre system with 7.2 channels plus wireless features. The design is eye catching and the quality of the sound is great. For the price, it’s worth it because Klipsch’s products are the best when it comes to sound performance.

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Alienware X51: a Topnotch Console Like PC

Posted on 27 May 2016

Alienware X51 is a topnotch small PC gaming rig by Alienware, which is famous for their gaming products. X51 is a console sized system with amazing casing and hardware specifications. While other gaming rigs are huge, the X51 is compact and works and looks great for a small desktop gaming PC.

Design and Features
This console sized PC is almost similar to the size of PS4 and Xbox One. It can be set both vertically and horizontally. With a glossy plastic casing and an Alienware logo that illuminates, the design is exquisite with the same Alien capsule look and Skull in front, altogether a shiny smooth surface which makes it look like console instead of a PC.

The standout features are its casing which offers great heat management system with vents and internal cooling fans for prevent overheating. Since the design and casing is compact and small, it offers everything on its front panel. Despite its compact size, the hardware is expandable.

Specifications and Performance
Hardware specifications are high-end. Just buy and play and no need to upgrade. Armed with Intel i5 and i7 processors, Nvidia GTX 745 GPU, some models opt for AMD but mostly Include GTX series, 1TB Sata and 250GB SSD 7200 RPM SSD, and an 8GB DDR3 RAM. These configurations are best for medium to high gaming.

Plus, users can upgrade the RAM and GPU easily. The performance and benchmark results are great as it runs Dying Light and Fall Out 4 on high settings with 60 FPS with some graphic intensive options excluded. Plus, for animation and 3D modeling, it provides quick multitasking and sharp image.

Verdict
For a price of $1300, X51 is a great buy as it also supports external GPU amplifiers that will soon be released and would make it faster and better. For a midrange compact console like PC system, Alienware X51 is the best option.

Photo courtesy: Dell

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HTC One M10

Posted on 25 May 2016

HTC has progressed and cemented itself as a leader in smartphone innovation. The brand is ranked 3rd after Samsung and LG in Android based smartphones. The HTC One M10 is the new flagship phone which is soon to be released, preferably along with their HTC Vive headset later this year. HTC One M10 will put HTC back on track and help them regain their position. The phone is pure perfection and has amazing new features and configurations with enhanced quality that makes it superior than its rivals.

Features and Design
The design is immaculate, sleek and slim with chamfered edges which give it a distinguished look plus the metal body and curved back are similar to M9. The phone is waterproof and provides great grip because of the smooth surface. The features are still unknown but apart from its unique design, it features fingerprint scanner and a Quad HD display and ultra pixel camera with outstanding sound and battery which would create a big impact on arrival.

HTC has been always about quality. Quality features is what they aim for. Fingerprint sensors with rumored 4 levels or 3 similar to the Huawei P9 plus, the boomSound speakers front and back both offering loud clear sound, the Quad HD display is the most loved attraction plus the Ultra pixel camera is what consumers are waiting for. Waterproofing and redesigned power button makes it even better and comfortable to use while holding. Other features include Gyro, proximity sensor, quick charge 3.0, Google Drive with 100GB storage, and also active noise cancellation.

Specifications
The HTC One M10 is equipped with QHD Amoled 5.15-inch display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, armed with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with Adreno GPU, powered by Dual Core double processors, MicroSD slot up to 200 GB, 32GB internal, 4GB RAM, 12 MP ultra pixel camera dual LED, 2160p video recording, OIS 1080p secondary camera and non-removable Li-Po battery.

Verdict
The HTC One M10 will be released in 2016 in amazing gunmetal gray, amber gold, and silver/rose gold at a price of $750 which is less than other flagship phones in the market. Also, HTC might introduce a special package with HTC Vive.

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Alienware Graphics Amplifier

Posted on 23 May 2016

When it comes to gaming accessories and gaming Hardware, Alienware is a market leader and the best choice for gaming enthusiasts. Gaming laptops and PC rigs have come to a point where they can’t be improved more to provide advanced performance for gaming as the whole upgrade is expensive plus not feasible. The GPU is the main hardware which is most important when gaming. It can’t be improved or used to its full extent as new upgrades are being released regularly.

For this purpose, Alienware has developed a beast external GPU enclosure, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. The amplifier can be used to amplify the graphics capabilities of PCs and gaming laptops. It is plug n play and is almost compatible with all gaming laptops and PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier is a chassis which can house a desktop-class graphics card and also act as external power supply, which you can then connect to a supporting Alienware PC or laptop. This will allow users to you connect external displays or provide more power to the internal GPU for better and increased performance. The box supports all graphic cards but the system should have a Thunderbolt 3 slot.

This is great because instead of upgrading the whole system or buying a new laptop, since GPUs in laptops are not expandable or replicable, GPU amplifiers provide external support and power. Gamers can buy this enclosure and double their speed and GPU power easily. It is preferable for laptops but now PC gaming will be enhanced and get more advanced. The Alienware GPU amplifier is a cool looking box with a great shape, matte smooth finish, glossy plastic vents with Alien Logo on front that illuminates, also the internal is illuminated, and metal casing which gives it a good futuristic look.

Specifications
Under the hood it has 460W Power Supply with 70% efficiency, Super Speed 3.0 USB 4x, system bus extender type, 1 PCI Express slot with full length and a high quality fast cooling fan.

Verdict
The box enclosure costs $300 excluding the GPU. For a high-end GPU amplifier, it is priced extremely reasonably keeping in mind its features.

Photo courtesy: Dell

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Posted on 20 May 2016

When it comes to developing high-end tablets identical to Notebooks, Samsung has always succeeded in surprising its customers and competitors. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the latest release of Samsung. It’s a Windows 10 supported laptop plus tablet as it comes equipped with a keyboard and removable touch display. Samsung has recently started using Windows as their new operating system.

Specifications
TabPro S features a large 12.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a 2160 x 1400 resolution, Intel Core M chipset with Intel HD graphics GPU, Powered by Intel Dual Core Processor, Micro SD Slot supported with 128/256 GB internal memory, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 5 MP HD 2592 x 1944 resolution autofocus camera with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama features.

The device features a camera with 1080p quality. TabPro S is a single SIM Tablet with 2G, 3G, and 4G network connectivity plus GSM. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and 4G. It is backed by a 5200 mAh quick charge battery.

Features and Design
The design and features are amazing, since it looks almost like a notebook from a distance. The tab itself is thick and sleek and is quite identical to and the iPad Pro and the Galaxy Tab S2. The device has a magnesium Uni body design frame with a plastic back plus its light weight makes it easy to carry around with its keyboard.

The cover that holds the screen and keyboard is adjustable and flexible to provide comfort. Apart from previous Android tablets, TabPro S Windows 10 offer stability and performance. The speakers and screen quality is topnotch plus the Intel GPU tops all benchmarks and provides impressive HD experience. The 5200 mAh fast charge battery makes mobility easier and the camera is perfect for selfies.

Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a top class Windows tablet that includes immaculate features and Microsoft perks. It is among 2016’s most awaited gadgets and is priced around $900. This tablet is for people who are Windows lovers and want to avail hardware benefits of Intel.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

 

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LG G5: a High-End, Mid-Range Smartphone

Posted on 18 May 2016

LG has proudly cemented itself on the top of the smartphone charts by developing high-end phones. LG has expanded its G series with the release of G5. G5 is a brilliant new flagship phone and a great value smartphone available at a good competitive price. The phone is remarkable with awesome new features and perks. It features a modular design that allows users to change modules and features an attractive shape and body.

Specifications
LG G5 features a 5.3-inch HD IPS Display with immaculate 1440×2560 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset with Adreno 530 GPU, Powered by Quad/Dual Core Cortex Processor, MicroSD Slot which supports up to 200 GB with 32GB internal memory, 4 GB RAM and 3 GB RAM on H840 chipset, 16 MP HD autofocus camera with LED flash which includes Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama features.

The phone also includes a camera with 2160p resolution and an 8 MP secondary camera. G5 is a single SIM GSM Smartphone which accepts nano SIM plus connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and 4G. Apart from these features, G5 consists of impressive sensors for a midrange Smartphone which includes proximity sensor, Accelerometer, gyroscope, color spectrum and Ambient light sensor. It is also backed by a 2800 mah removable battery.

Features & Design
G5 is a metal body phone with a sleek and curvy look that gives a reflective shiny surface. The phone is lightweight and has a rear fingerprint sensor gives it a classy corporate design. It’s available in many exciting colors, such as pink, grey, silver, and gold, plus white if bought in special packages through specific carriers.

The features of the phone are great. The fingerprint scanner and the wide angle camera for selfies is what makes it a great smartphone, plus a high resolution phone with a 5.3-inch display provides HD experience and supports Android Marshmallow 6.0 upgradable. The performance of the phone is impressive.

Photo courtesy: LG

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HP Elite X3

Posted on 16 May 2016

The biggest PC maker is now again hoping to carve a niche in the smartphone market by releasing high-end Windows devices with amazing features and capabilities. HP has failed many times to enter the mobile market but this time the HP Elite X3 might just take them all the way because this mini PC smartphone has all what it takes to beat its rivals.

This smartphone is business class. Consumers who loved the unique corporate BlackBerry in the past will definitely love the Elite X3 as its design and features are geared towards corporate users in particular. There is no doubt that Elite, as its name implies, it’s almost as if HP has made a miniature PC or laptop into a smartphone because it fulfills all computing needs.

Features and Design
Since the phone is designed for business users, the shape is designed for perfection with smooth curves and edges with sleek sides which gives it a simple yet elegant look. It’s slightly similar to HTC phones but the size and shape make it classy and attractive. HP has gone for All-in-One features. The best feature is it includes support for Continuum. This allows users to connect the device to external display and transform it into a computer plus two topnotch accessories, the HP Desk Dock and Mobile extender which makes Continuum possible.

HP Elite X3 provides support and procurement. The security features are also impressive with dual biometrics, FIPS 40-2 cryptography, 256-bit key full disk encryption, and TPM 2.0, protection against firmware rollbacks along with extensive business apps for carrying out task and work on the go. It’s dust and water-resistant as well as fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock resistant.

Specifications
HP Elite X3 is packed with great hardware, including a 5.96-inch touchscreen with 1440×2560 pixel resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with Adreno 530 GPU, armed with Dual core processors, powered by a 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and Micro SD slot up to 200GB. Other features include a 16 MP autofocus LED flash camera, 8 MP secondary camera with 1080p video recording, Bang & Olufsen sound and a removable Li-Ion 4150 mAh battery.

Verdict
This business class smartphone will be launched at an estimated price of $650 which also includes accessories.

Photo courtesy: HP

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