Archive | April, 2018

​Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: New Cutting Edge Features

Posted on 25 April 2018

Android smartphone giant Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S9. Tech enthusiasts will welcome the subtle enhancements the company has made this time maintaining the feel and look similar to S8. The company has opted for the strategy often followed by various rival brands. Samsung made minor modifications that resulted in a boost of the overall performance of the device. Also, the users will find various cutting-edge features in S9 – not available in S8.

Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a durable aluminum rim. The smartphone is also incorporated with Gorilla glass for absolute protection against minor fall damage (the screen is layered with five glass coatings). You will find the thickness of bezel has been reduced a bit above and below the screen making it a top-notch smartphone – and some say it has already given the iPhone X a run for its money.

Also, the company has done considerable work and finally moved the fingerprint scanner beneath the camera of the phone. The designers and developers have used metal and glass to design and kept its curved display. The Galaxy S9 is also IP68 water-resistance. The handset also features a microSD card slot.

The display offers rich colors with splendid contrast which put its rival brands in the rearview mirror. Although it is curved with 5.8 inch AMOLED quad-brightness, the handset allows you to customize colors adjusting the amount of green, blue, red as per your choice. The Galaxy S9 supports mobile HDR10 streaming HDR content from Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Moreover, Samsung has considerably enhanced the sound quality of the phone, featuring dual speakers in the device. As for the camera, you will absolutely love what the tech giant has done; the developers came up with an innovative camera with dual-aperture shutter and a powerful frame.

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​LG Gram 15 Review: Lightweight, Slim and Durable

Posted on 20 April 2018

LG launched just launched the Gram 15 laptop. The machine weighs comparatively lighter than the company’s previous flagship ultrabook. The new device combines cutting-edge specs with an elegant design. It is worth noting that the laptop isn’t designed for gaming and watching movies. The company has integrated some futuristic features including a splendid battery life to cater the needs of students and professionals.

You will find various minor updates on the design making it appear distinctive from previous laptops. The designers have replaced their brand logo with the gram logo and pushed the webcam above the screen.

They have redesigned the power key and incorporated a fingerprint scanner which works faster as compared to typing a password. Unlike rival brands, developers used nano carbon magnesium for the body. Also, you will find a small bezel around the screen – enhancing the aesthetics of the machine as a whole.

The trackpad and keyboard are similar to LG’s previous laptops. The keyboard is a full-size chiclet, comes with a numpad located at the right side. You may find some keys smaller than average such as the enter key. The trackpad is smooth and perfect-sized. It is responsive and supports multi-finger gestures without any problems.

The screen is quite decent with a Full HD (1920 x 1080). The display isn’t only colorful and crisp, but it is touch-sensitive as well which is a useful feature for laptops – enjoy uninterrupted scrolling now! Also, the Gram 15 sports a 255cd/m maximum brightness – making the machine ideal for outdoor use.

There no denying that LG laptops are amongst some of the favorites because of their excellent battery performance with some models with a battery life of 12 hours on full charge. However, this time, the developers enhanced the battery life on the flagship series by integrating a 72Wh up from the 60Wh battery. The brand claims that it will last up to 16.5 hours on a full charge – now that is awesome!

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​Apple iPad 9.7-inch Review: Like and Unlike Any Computer

Posted on 19 April 2018

Tech giant Apple has just launched their 9.7 inch iPad. With an attractive design and fantastic battery life, Apple’s iPad will make rival brands run for their money. You will find similarity in aspects such as the dimensions (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches), weight (1.03), stereo speakers, and Touch ID home button of the product. The sleep/wake key sits at the top of the tablet and the volume key is placed next to it. Also, the lightning port is located at the bottom between the speakers.

The audio isn’t as loud as the previous iPad and you might need to connect Bluetooth speakers to the device for a better sound experience. The iPad sports a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution. Not to mention, the resolution is low as compared to rival brands. The display still looks sharp, vibrant, and colors appear bright in daylight. The 9.7-inch size iPad has grippy texture and is easy-to-hold. Due to its compact size, you can even fit it into handbag.

There is no denying that the new iPad performs well. You can depend on it regarding everyday tasks. With a faster processor, you can use multiple applications at the same time and not worry about the device slowing down even for a millisecond. Play games, watch movies or listen to your favorite songs – the new iPad is a things of beauty. Also, working with Apple pencil on 9.7-inch iPad is similar to using it on an iPad Pro. You may find it works faster on the iPad Pro as compared to 9.7-inch.

However, the Apple pencil works smoothly on the 9.7 version and you can use it for writing or drawing. The battery life is quite impressive as it will only go down to 61% quickly after constant browsing, gaming, and YouTube binging for more than five hours. You will not find fast or wireless charging feature on the device whereas rest of the specifications makes it a top-notch gadget available currently.

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​Asus Zephyrus M (GM501) Review: Laptop for Gamers

Posted on 18 April 2018

The Asus ROG has launched its slimmest laptop yet – the Zephyrus M GM501; it is a worth laptop for gamers! It is safe to say that the machine is an improved version of previous Zephyrus laptops. The device has a slick and unique chassis and has enhanced audio and keyboard qualities. You will find it performing comparatively better compared to notebooks with Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU and 8th Gen Core i7 coffee lake processors.

Asus has kept the exterior simple yet elegant. The laptop comes in Black Titanium – with a two panel lid – vertical striations and horizontal lines giving the device a two-tone effect. The exterior seems quite similar to the brand’s previous flagship device. You will find significant updates in the interior such as the digital touchpad, which they moved along with the keyboard and placed in the center of the deck.

The keyboard and touchpad have gone through a modification process and feels comfortable with an additional numpad. The power button has pushed up on the top of the home key. You will find buttons for the volume and ROG gaming center above the F1-F4 buttons.

The GM501 features two USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the left and one on the right side. So much so, there is an option for a Thunderbolt 3 port and secure lock slot along with HDMI port, combine headphone and power jack on the left side. Also, to enhance your gaming experience, the GM501 sports a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 matte screen. The developers have incorporated Nvidia G-Sync technology as well, which reduces screen latency and tearing. With awesome video qualities, Asus has also significantly improved the audio quality of the machine and you can experience surround sound and fantastic bass as the device is integrated with Sonic Radar 3 software.

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​HP ZBook x2 G4 Review

Posted on 06 April 2018

The ZBook x2 isn’t a regular tablet. It is a 2 in 1 mobile workstation that comes with a detachable keyboard. You can use it as a laptop or a tablet – and it comes with Wacom and a touch pen input enabling you to perform a variety of different tasks. The company claims their flagship laptop series is designed to rival top-notch machines such as the Microsoft Surface Pro. It comes with 32GB RAM and can handle a heavy workload. Although the machine is a Quadro-based workstation, you can optimize it for various major applications like 3D CAD.

The laptop is also ideal for digital artists, photographers, and for a variety of different, creative purposes. It is a remarkable solution for Adobe Creative Cloud application users. It will cater to your needs if you require hardware color profiling and the Adobe RGB gamut coverage for intricate digital brushwork.

The HP ZBook display comes in two versions; one with DreamColor and one without it. The DreamColor version offers accurate Adobe RGB rendering, with an extreme brightness of 340 nits along with a black-level of 0.23 nits. You will get 1,500:1 contrast and up to 2.2 gamma curve. The version is incorporated with sRGB/bt.709, DCI-P3, DICOM profiles.

However, the display comes with 90% P3, which you can fix via using the software. You will get an HDMI or Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect to an external monitor. Moreover, the display of the machine is chemically etched serving two core purposes. It adds friction to your screen providing precise and natural strokes, decreasing glare.

The HP ZBook comes with a 14-inch display – but with no 4K rendering. Incorporating a pen is a completely new approach for HP. The designers have adapted Wacom’s electromagnetic resonance EMR pen technology. You don’t need a battery to use a pen; it will begin functioning when you touch the screen with it. For the keyboard, you get will mixed opinions. The detachable keyboard feels rigid, but key travel is appropriate for fast typing.

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​Oppo R11s Review: Dual Camera Upgrade

Posted on 05 April 2018

Chinese smartphone brand Oppo is thriving to provide cutting-edge smartphones at a low cost. The company launched their R11s handset recently and every aspect of its design is creating a buzz. It wouldn’t be wrong to claim it a mid-range phone with jaw-dropping functionality. Also, Oppo released the handset in two sizes.

The 6.01-inch one is available in Australia only. However, for those who prefer phablets, they can consider buying Oppo R11s Plus with a 6.43-inch display. The company offers futuristic features in a mid-range phone which might make rival smartphone brands run for their money.

Unlike its predecessor, the new Oppo phone comes with reduced bezel size making it appear similar to Huawei Mate 10 pro and Samsung Galaxy S8. The developers removed the home button – a feature common in previous Oppo phones. The new design sports an on-screen navigation bar. You will find a fingerprint sensor placed to the rear of the handset which comparatively works fast than many notable brands.

Although Oppo had introduced face unlock feature long ago on their flagship F5 model, the company has significantly enhanced the speed and performance of the functionality in the R11s incorporating secure facial recognition technology.

You will get a combination of a micro SD and a dual SIM slot on the right side with thin edges. For music fans, Oppo incorporated a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plus, the phone has 64GB of onboard storage.

Moreover, Oppo has also worked on creating a durable and scratch-resistant screen for people who often drop their phones – so no need to worry anymore. The fantastic 3,200mAh battery lasts up to eight hours and doesn’t take long to fully charge.

For the camera, Oppo is still ahead of various brands with a 20MP front-facing camera aiming to improve your selfie experience – and the phone comes with pre-installed with beautify.

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​Dayton Audio T652-AIR Review: Home Aduio

Posted on 03 April 2018

If you are looking forward to a lasting audio experience, you need to invest in the T652-AIR tower speaker immediately. The designers didn’t only work on enhancing the quality of sound but the portability factor of the device makes it much more desirable – you can place it anywhere you want in your house!

The T652 comes with an Air Motion Transformer tweeter along with twin 6.5-inch polypropylene woofers.

You can find a port for bass at the bottom. The designers integrated non-marking rubber feet so that you don’t have worry about damaging the underbelly of the device. Also, to enhance your audio experience, the company suggests incorporating an amplifier with a range between 90 and 150 watts.

It is worth noting that the T652-AIR tower speaker is loud enough for a large space. The speaker is only two feet in length, which makes it the shortest tower speaker available on the market. Apart from this, the Dayton Audio sports various specifications such as:

  • 6 ohms impedance
  • 45-20,000 Hz frequency response
  • 1” AMT tweeter
  • 30” H x 7.1” W X 9.5” D dimensions
  • 88 dB 1 W/1m sensitivity

The AMT tweeter guarantees sound clarity and a powerful bass punch. The bass reflex tower is incorporated to provide a solid bass foundation to 45 Hz providing a rich and satisfying music experience.

Moreover, you can also use the tower speaker as an auxiliary for your home theater system. Install it anywhere in the house and it will give you a concert like feel.

Not to mention, the speaker is unbelievably budget-friendly compared to various bookshelf speakers. The company is determined to provide surround sound and debut each model with futuristic features. The design, sound quality, and specifications are convincing enough to invest in a low-cost speaker to experience splendid music.

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