Archive | September, 2016

A Review on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Ultrabook

Posted on 28 September 2016

When it comes to producing durable, reliable, and high-performance laptops, Lenovo definitely proves to be one of the best manufacturers in the marketplace. And this can further be proved with its latest hit ultrabook model, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (not to be confused with the ThinkPad X1 or Carbon Tablet).

The ultrabook is a fusion of Lenovo’s very own Yoga with the classic ThinkPad DNA, offering exceptional performance, design, and capability. It is praised by Lenovo as the lightest business 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop in the world and is offered at a price point that places it in the union of high-end devices.

For more information, take a look below to learn about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Ultrabook’s design, modes, and performance features.

Design
In terms of design, Lenovo’s engineers have equipped the ThinkPad X1 Yoga with a dual-hinge form that boasts a smooth, modern and attractive anthracite matte finish. Weighing at only 1.27 KG, the Ultrabook proves to be the lightest in the market. It’s thickness (17mm) and footprint is slightly bigger than an A4 sheet, which also makes it the perfect convertible laptop (that can be transformed into a smaller tablet device within seconds). A 14-inch HD screen also ensures you enjoy watching movies, TV shows, and playing games, either in laptop or tablet form.

Modes
One of the best things about the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is that it utilizes a 360-degree hinge, which enables you to use it for three different modes. In its normal form, you can use it as a simple laptop. When folded all the way to the back, you can use it as a tablet. When you turn it upside-down in a V shape, it acquire a tent position with the keyboard face-down and the screen pointing towards you.

Performance
In terms of performance, Lenovo has definitely gone the extra mile. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6600U (2.6GHz with Turbo to 3.6GHz) CPU, Intel HD Graphics 520 Card, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and 256GB NVMe Solid-State-Drive, you can feel assured to receive maximum performance from your ThinkPad X1 Yoga at all times. To promote better capability, Lenovo has even equipped the Ultrabook with an OneLink connector, a microSD slot, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort, and 3 USB 3.0 ports.

So, if you are looking for a reliable 2-in-1 ultrabook that comes equipped with plenty of advanced technologies, purchasing the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Ultrabook definitely proves to be a good option.

Photo courtesy: Lenovo

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Samsung Level U PRO Bluetooth Headphones

Posted on 26 September 2016

The Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones and their comfortable design make it possible for one to listen to music whenever they desire and also have easy access to taking phone calls. The headphones are splash and sweat resistant, so let nothing get in the way of some head-bobbing to Sweet Child of Mine while you work.

They are noise canceling which makes it easier to avoid interference and interruption during important phone calls. You can connect the headphones to the Samsung Level App which makes it possible for you to get access to additional features, such as Sound effect (SoundAlive), Text-to-Speech and Volume monitor.

The dual microphones help deliver the 24bit digital audio experience and the fact that they are noise canceling only adds to the charm. The sleek design makes the headphones all the more appealing. In addition to the two-way speaker units, the Level U Pro headphones provide Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) which makes them ideal for listening to music on the go.

To achieve the desired UHQA effect, the headphones are best paired with selected Samsung Galaxy phones. Its long lasting battery life on the side of noise cancellation and echo resistance makes the Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones perfect for people with active lifestyles, as they are durable as well as easy to carry around.

The level U Pro Bluetooth headphones are designed for long-term wear, whether it’s for everyday office use or for a marathon run. With the help of noise canceling ear gels, the headphone set makes the music experience vivid and quite like the sound at a concert. Overall, they provide a comfortable experience and are good for long-term use, unlike some sets that gives the users a headache after less than an hour or so of usage.

Level U Pro Bluetooth Headphones are designed to fit the requirement of people who prefer keeping their headphones on all the time!

Photo courtesy: Samsung

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New Huawei MediaPad M3 Tablet

Posted on 23 September 2016

As the name reflects, the hardware of this tablet is powered for media consumption. The device has an 8.4-inch screen with a great resolution. Huawei has teamed up with Harman Kardon to get certified stereo speakers and a high-resolution audio support is one of the top features of this product.

The MediaPad M3 runs on Android 6.0. The tablet is bolstered by the Kirin 950 octa-core processors, designed by Huawei itself. To boost performance, you get 4 GB RAM with up to 64 GB expandable storage space available. The battery has been upgraded to ensure the tablet lasts longer on a full charge. The cameras on the device come in handy when you need to take a picture and is probably the only downside to the tablet.

Like Apple’s iOS, each one of the apps is displayed on scrolling home screens. We have seen major improvements from Huawei with this particular tablet. However, users who are used to standard Android on Nexus may require a little time to adjust to this tablet.

Even though the colors are vivid, with darker blacks and brightness that can be increased to a higher level, it has a different pull-down notification shade and using the MediaPad M3 outside in different light conditions can be somewhat tricky. But for avid readers, the tablet is a treat as eBooks and magazines appear crisp and sharp to be easily read.

A fourth generation fingerprint sensor lies below the screen, ensuring the highest level of security. The MediaPad M3 tablet is of just the right size with the good features for being an all-rounder. The tablet even has a SIM card slot for adding data to be used while being on the move. It’s not a phone but can be a good alternative for other costly big-screened tablets.

The M3 is priced differently for each model. The device will be available beginning Sept. 26 in countries like China, Spain, Germany, Thailand, U.K. and many more.

Photo courtesy: Huawei

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New HTC One A9s Smartphone

Posted on 21 September 2016

Many people went crazy when the HTC One A9 smartphones hit the market last year. However, its successor, the One A9s doesn’t seem to live up to the expectations of the HTC One A9 users who were looking for a better upgrade. On the surface, the only change to the handset is that the earpiece length has been reduced, while the logo from the front of the phone has been removed.

The biggest letdown for fans will be that HTC hasn’t made any significant changes to the phone except removing the Full HD display which has been replaced with a 720p panel. And that’s not all. The processor has also been downgraded and the aperture of the rear camera has been changed, eliminating any possibility of image stabilization. Surely, these are all strange moves from HTC.

However, the front camera is now 5MP instead of 4MP. Moreover, the battery has grown from 2150mAh to 2300mAh for lasting longer hours with that 720p display. One of the only things that HTC has seemed to have done differently is they have made use of a dual-finish metal for the rear and sides of the phone. This produces a unique light and tone reflection for the frame of the device as compared to its back. Another useful feature is the fingerprint scanner that provides secure use of the phone, enabling you to enjoy better privacy and security than the previous model of the phone.

The phone is all set to be available in 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage as well as in 3GB of RAM and 32GB flash memory. A few other noteworthy specifications feature Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 2,300mAh battery and 4.2, and Cat 6 LTE. The HTC One A9s will be launched globally this year in October. Currently no pricing details are known. We are assuming a cheaper price tag than its predecessor considering such downgrades instead of any exceptional upgrades.

Photo courtesy: HTC

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New Dell Alienware 15 Gaming Laptop Review

Posted on 19 September 2016

Even though the Alienware 15 is the middle child in the manufacturer’s set of gaming laptops, it continues to shine. Owing to Alienware’s out of the world designs and solid specifications, Alienware 15 provides a smooth gaming experience. The gilded lid in gray anodized aluminum is topped off with black plastic and the backlit components are inclined intentionally to attract you to the glowing red alien’s head that is in the center.

As soon as you open the lid, you are treated to a keyboard deck soaked with a soft-touch black finish. The large keyboard is topped with another alien’s head, giving off an otherworldly blue glow. There is a USB Type-C port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, and a 3-in-1 card reader along the right side of the notebook. The left side of the device features slots for connecting headphones and power, while there is a Noble Lock slot as well. You also get two USB 3.0 ports. The proprietary port is also located here as is the HDMI port.

An amazing 2.2 millimeters of key travel and 65 grams of force needed to depress the keys and the glowing keyboard is a joy to type on. For saving energy and low heat consumption, the Alienware 15 shifts to the Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU while doing less strenuous tasks, like viewing videos. Colors appear nicely and an above average 120Hz refresh rate makes it an ideal choice for competitive gamers.

The 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB of RAM makes the Alienware 15 much more than a gaming dynamo. The CPU efficiently handles streaming and the pair of side-mounted speakers delivers crisp and loud audio. The updated hardware implies that the new Alienware 15 is VR-ready and will work with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Measuring VR performance can be tricky. However, during the demo playing games on the HTC Vive using the Alienware 15, the result was impressive.

Photo courtesy: Dell

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone

Posted on 16 September 2016

ZTE Axon 7 Mini inherits a major portion of what users liked about the amazingly functional ZTE Axon 7. It shrinks everything down to create a more compact experience without compromising much on quality and features. The phone is convenient to hold on to and can be gripped with one hand. The device has a Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in memory.

The Mini is a compressed adaptation of the original Axon 7. With the same functional design, the phone offers a smooth user experience. The device features a 5.2-inch display, with full HD capability. However, the pixel density of the screen is lower than the previous version. For providing more space, there is a micro SD card slot. With Hi-Fi audio and front-facing speakers the phone also has a fingerprint sensor.

The battery is also smaller (2,705mAh instead of 3,250mAh) and a rear camera which is also less sharp. Despite the low resolution, the camera is decent and actually enables you to capture crisp and vivid pictures. The front 8MP camera delivers decent selfies that are bright and clear. However, in low light conditions, the phone’s single-tone LED flash may result in imperfect colors as compared to the dual-tone light of the device.

The device takes quite some time to recharge because it features Quick Charge 2.0 in place of the latest 3.0, implying that half an hour or charging gets it 46% charged as compared to the performance of its original version, which charges 83% in 30 minutes.

On the whole, the Axon 7 Mini is a good purchase owing to its affordability. It can be a good keep for users who shy away from keeping a hefty handset. For its price, this could possibly be one of the best phones with true mid-range specs and a dependable battery life.

The Axon 7 Mini will arrive in October, and the US pricing is not currently announced and is sold for EUR299 in Europe.

Photo courtesy: ZTE

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Jabra’s Elite Sport Earbuds: Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Posted on 14 September 2016

A pair of in-ear headphones that make the cables go obsolete, are announced by Jabra. The Jabra Elite Sport, as they will be called, is all set to deliver a wire-free wearing style. Whether you wish to use one or both earbuds, they come with a selection of ear gels and ear wings along with foam tips for enhanced bass and passive noise-cancellation. The gear is guaranteed to offer one of the most comfortable wireless earphones in market.

The Jabra Elite Sports can operate for three straight hours of phone calls and music. Users get an extra six hours, with the carrying case the earbuds come in as it serves as a portable charger. As the company revamps its Jabra Sport Coach and Jabra Sport Pulse for integrating automatic and nonstop VO2 Max monitoring, Jabra is obviously becoming enthusiastic about developing biometric tracking sports headphones that people are yearning for.

The VO2 Max testing and in-ear coaching, the manufacturers seem to gain an edge over their rivals with such unique features. The headphones resist water and perspiration. This implies they are capable of working for nearly half an hour in case they are submerged in water up to three feet.

With a total of four microphones (each earbud has two), users will be able to switch between music and calls conveniently. The earbuds analyze external sounds and mechanically shift to the ear where background noise is minimal to ensure that the call is not disrupted. Like the Gear IconX and Dash, you can use a single bud or both ones. The headphones connect to iOS and Android by means of the Jabra Sport Life app which uses the earbuds’ in-ear heart rate monitor for monitoring the fitness level of the wearer.

The Jabra Elite Sport earbuds are priced at $249.99 and will be available for pre-order in late October with online pre-orders ready in late September.

Photo courtesy: Jabra

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