Archive | August, 2016

Acer’s New Swift 7 Laptop

Posted on 29 August 2016

Just around 9.98mm or 0.39-inches to be precise, the Swift 7 is an amazingly thin Windows 10 machine. Such a sophisticated and graceful laptop profile is guaranteed to honor with the Taiwanese-based Acer Inc. the pleasure for providing us with the thinnest notebook on the market.

Weighing merely 2.48 pounds with a slick aluminum unibody design, it also boasts a Gorilla Glass covered display bordered with thin bezels. Having an impressive battery life of nine hours on a full charge, the notebook’s petite frame gives an outstanding performance and is ideal for using out of office work hours.

The Corning Gorilla Glass screen offers clear images on a 13.3-inch full HD display but it is actually what is inside the machine that will make it a reliable purchase. Already labeled as a proverbially trusty laptop, the Swift 7 series comes with an Intel Core i5 processor running Windows 10 operating system on a 256-gigabyte SSD. Moreover, it has a working memory of 8 gigabytes. Providing full support to Acer, Microsoft Inc. is the original equipment manufacturer of the Swift 7 laptop.

With the most recent wireless technology featuring an 802.11ac router, it offers a faster network connection. Swift 7 comprises of two USB 3.1 Type-C ports for swift data transfer with a speedy connection to an external display as well as for charging the notebook.

With an HD webcam along with HDR support and microphones, Acer has invested an enormous amount of detail to massive improvements not only in thinness but in overall design. Often cited as the code name Kaby Lake, Intel’s new seventh-generation Core I-series processors will provide extra power for playback and video decoding.

The gold and black framework adds a touch of elegance to the laptop and is priced at $999 for the North American market. The European customers can enjoy it for EUR1,299.

All set to hit North America from October, the series will have three other Swift models and each one will be sporting 14-inch displays.

 

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HTC Vive Review

Posted on 26 August 2016

Virtual reality has made a great impact on the world and is the most awaited technology since decades. Consumers are eagerly waiting for VR devices to launch. Virtual reality is a technology that makes users feel in a virtual environment by using VR Glasses or headsets. HTC has proved its technology power by developing groundbreaking products and soon it will release its virtual reality gadget, known as HTC Vive.

HTC Vive is the direct rival to Facebook’s Oculus Rift and now both these products are on the verge of getting launched. It offers immersive amazing virtual 3D reality experience with sharp visuals, great motion control features and 360o sensor features that allows users to walk and roam in a virtual place .

Specifications
The specifications are immaculate, with OLED Display with 2160 x 1200 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, runs on Steam platform , 110o field of view , 15 by 15 feet track area, built-in audio, built-in Mic, official Steam VR controller or any PC compatible game pad, accelerometer, gyroscope, laser position sensor, front-facing camera , HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

Features and Design
HTC Vive looks like futuristic military gear. It’s comparatively big since it supports Smartphones up to 6 inches plus the design is a black smooth surface and comfortable headgear that doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable when wearing. The Velcro adjustable straps and padding on interior faceplate add to the comfort.

Vive is packed and featured with advanced VR immersion and superb graphics plus it’s more of a gaming device and would target gamers and consumers interested in VR Games. Vive has high-end hardware and its own exclusive Steam VR platform which would provide it an edge in the market. The core feature that makes Vive the best is its sensor systems that outperforms others products.

Verdict
HTC Vive will soon be launched this year with a launching price of $800. Depending on the packages, it is worth buying for the revealed price as it is relatively lower than other products, plus HTC Smartphones and accessories already have a strong and loyal fan base.

Photo courtesy: HTC

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HP Chromebook 14 inch Laptop

Posted on 23 August 2016

If you are tired of using a Windows device, you must opt for the HP Chromebook 14 that is operated by Light Google Chrome OS. This 14-inch HP laptop allows you to experience the best use of the chrome OS. This laptop is bundled with an Intel Celeron processor and a 1080p display packed in teal and white body that is eye-catching and attractive.

This laptop looks simple but it can satisfactorily handle tough and rough tasks without affecting the quality of performance. It has an efficient battery life with a vibrant and colorful screen. You can store important data and files with a 2GB RAM. The laptop has amazing features and specifications that cannot be overstated.

Design
The design of this compact laptop is unique and available in different colors, such as peach, orange, turquoise or snow white. These attractive colors make this simple laptop mesmerizingly loud and vibrant. The laptop has a 14-inch LED with HD display so it is probably the best device to enjoy videos and games, but you might need maximum brightness to have the best results.

Sound Quality
HP Chromebook 14 comes with excellent sound quality with noise control. There are two thin speakers on the base. Although there is no great audio like other laptops but with a reasonable hint of bass, you can enjoy better, well defined, loud and clear audio. With the forward facing speakers, you can enjoy the full force of audio. Not only this, the laptop has clear sound for voice chats but it also includes a webcam on the top of the screen. The webcam is installed with a flash to make night chats possible.

Connectivity
The HP Chromebook 14″ can be connected with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, headphones/ mic jack, USB and HDMI cable. HP offers free 3G access for two years to its users which means there is no reason to avert buying this amazing HP Chromebook 14″.

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A Review on the Apple MacBook Air

Posted on 19 August 2016

The MacBook Air is one of Apple’s finest creations that literally forced competitors to create an entirely new class of laptop. The ultraportable laptop offers exceptional durability, reliability, and performance and comes equipped with a faster flash storage and 5th-Generation processor that makes it easy and fast to use. Look below to learn more about the laptop:

Design and Build
In terms of design, the MacBook Air has not undergone significant changes. The chassis is pretty much the same, but Apple has added a new aluminum shell that is as thin (17mm) and light as ever (1.4kg), which contributes to the excellent portability. However, this does not mean the laptop is not durable. Although designed to take up little space, the MacBook Air proves to be strong in build and genuinely attractive. Keyboard has not changed and typing on the Air remains incredibly convenient and comfort.

Performance and Specs
For the latest MacBook Air, Apple has equipped the laptop with a Dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-5250U processor, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 card. The specs are perfectly decent, allowing users to easily perform modest tasks like document editing, web browsing, and multi-tasking with a range of tabs open on browsers. Users can even enjoy simply photo or video editing. The Blazing flash storage offers instant startup and shutdown times, while offering fast transfer rates of 358.4 Mbps.

Ports and Battery Life
Unlike the 12-inch MacBook released last year that offered only one USB-C Port, the brand-new 13-inch MacBook Air comes equipped with an SD card Slot, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Thunderbolt 2 port. The battery life of the laptop is also impressive and the MacBook Air can easily last for an epic 14 hours, which is 2 hours longer than Apple’s last year’s Air and battery claim for the new model.

Therefore, if you are looking for a premium laptop that is portable, utilizes an amazing design, and comes equipped with good specifications, the Apple MacBook Air is definitely worth the buy.

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A Review on the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Posted on 17 August 2016

With the introduction of the Windows Tablets category, numerous smartphone manufacturers are trying to make their mark. Among these smartphone brands is Samsung, releasing its brand-new Galaxy TabPro S, which certainly makes a lasting impression with its glass and polished metal design. Also offering best-in-class battery life and a colorful Super AMOLED screen, the tablet is one-of-a-kind. Look below to learn more about the tablet.

Display
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy TabPro S with a 12-inch diagonal display utilizing a very slim bezel. The screen is the main standout feature, using the first ever Super AMOLED display on a Windows Tablet. This display has the ability of turning off pixels completely. Subsequently, the quality offered is superb, making colors more vibrant and bright and blacks deeper, while also giving the tablet the ability to save lots of battery power.

Design
In terms of overall design, the Galaxy TabPro S looks incredibly beautiful and stylish. Featuring a glass display, metal around the edges, and magnesium-allow frame, the laptop feels expensive and durable. It does not resemble Samsung’s design schemes for phones, but is available with a better range of colors along with white or black.

Performance
For performance specifications, the Galaxy TabPro S comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and a powerful 2.2GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, which is good enough for performing basic productivity tasks like having several programs operating simultaneously, opening multiple browser windows, and working on Microsoft Office or Word.

Battery Life
The combination of the energy-efficient AMOLED display and the 5,200-mAh battery has enabled the Galaxy TabPro S to offer a remarkable 11 hours 13 minutes of battery life on continuous use. You will enjoy watching movies on the tablet, without the worrying of charging after every few hours.

Therefore, if you are looking for a tablet that offers high-quality display along with a good design and excellent battery life, purchasing the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is definitely a good option.

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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A Review on the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Smartphone

Posted on 15 August 2016

The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is often praised with the same media attention as other Android smartphones like the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, and LG G-Series. The smartphone is without doubt the brands finest creations, featuring top-of-the-line specs and a technology that has not yet been seen on any other phone before. Look below to learn more about the Droid Turbo 2:

Design
Motorola phones are renowned worldwide for their high-quality workmanship and build quality. The Droid Turbo 2 is no less. It is a well-built and excellently designed smartphone with a unique flagship presence. Utilizing an etched pattern at the back panel, the phone is easy to grip and the Turbo 2 is not rounded on the back as compared to its Maxx 2 counterpart. The phone is more flat, edgy and thin, but boasts a large battery at the same time.

Durability
If you are tired of poorly built phones and broken glass, then the Droid Turbo 2 is the phone to buy. Utilizing Motorola’s ShatterShield technology, the smartphone’s screen is GUARANTEED not to shatter or crack whether you face-first into the payment, drop it on an edge, run your car over it, or even drop it from 900 feet. Best part of all: it is not just some marketing baloney. You can cruise around YouTube and find many videos of people stress testing the phone.

Performance
In terms of performance, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is as excellent as any expensive flagship phone. Utilizing 3GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the phone lives up to its “Turbo” name, offering buttery smooth multi-tasking, scrolling, and gaming. Also sporting a Quad HD display that offers resolutions up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, viewers can enjoy watching HD movies and videos.

Therefore, if you are looking for an almost indestructible smartphone for a good price – offering top-of-the-line performance and high quality build and design, Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is definitely the right way to go.

Photo courtesy: Motorola

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Review

Posted on 12 August 2016

Dell Chromebooks are trending these days as people like the design and usability. But it is pretty expensive so if you are looking for cheaper options in the Dell series, Dell Inspiron is a great option. So, what makes it a good laptop even though it is not as stylish as a Macbook or Chromebook. It weighs only 1.2 kg, making it pretty easy to carry around. It is currently available in 4 colors and the colors give it a vibrant edge unlike Macbooks.

Hardware
Dell Inspiron 11300 has two full-size USB ports a full-size HDMI port, a microSD slot and a headphone jack.

Battery Life
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 has a pretty good battery life. If you are not streaming anything, the device’s battery can last for a full day. The battery was tested using the standard battery test during which the laptop plays a looped 720p video and the battery lasted eight hours and fifteen minutes. So, don’t worry when you have to complete a document with a low battery, because the battery would last.

But despite these features, the power output of the Inspiron is limited. Keep in mind this is a simple laptop. The websites will take a longer time to load because Dell uses the Intel Core I series for this laptop. If you want to perform a complicated task on this device, it would be almost impossible. In that situation, a device with an Intel Core i3 CPU or above is preferred. The available storage is also poor, with only around 8GB storage of the full 32GB is available for actual use.

But you get your money’s worth as the laptop is inexpensive. If you want a low budget laptop which is good for at least writing documents, this one is a great option. That being said, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a decent laptop if you are not looking for a device for gaming or watching high-resolution videos.

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