Archive | May, 2018

​Oculus Go Review: Standalone VR Headset

Posted on 17 May 2018

It wouldn’t be wrong to claim Oculus Go as a new breed of VR tech. This VR headset has a built-in computer. It means you can start watching a movie or playing a game as soon as you put the Oculus Go on. There is no more hassle of connecting headset with your smartphone or gaming console. Oculus go doesn’t need any set up or external tracking sensors. You only need to pick up the controller and it will begin functioning. Isn’t that fantastic?

The headset comes with 5.5inch, 538 ppi panel along with the sharp 2560 x 1440 resolution. The developers and brilliant designers have removed the “screen-door” effect which was a significant problem in the company’s previous flagship headsets. Also, fast-switch LCD display is incorporated into the Go to provide better pixel experience to the users. You will find pixels larger and there will be fewer chances of screen-door effect.

The goggles in Oculus Go are made with topnotch quality. The developers have built them into the strap-mounts allowing the comfortable goggles to sit on each side of your head. The company has released their VR headset with spectacular speakers – which is fantastic for movie buffs and gamers. The device is going to provide you with an otherworldly experience for sure!

You will find numerous VR apps in the in Oculus Go. It comes with three degrees of freedom (DoF) similar to the previous Gear VR. You will not find touchpad on sides of the headset. However, two buttons are given on the top; one to control volume and other for power on/off. Gamers will be delighted to learn that you can find all the fun games apps from Oculus store in no time. Simply download the app on your phone which is available for both iOS and Android users.

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​Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review

Posted on 16 May 2018

The Chinese giant Huawei has finally launched P20 and users will find it the most interesting smartphone of 2018. You may find some specs similar to company’s flagship release Huawei P20 Pro including the design of the phone. However, Pro sports tri-camera configuration and P20 comes with a dual-camera setup, both cameras are co-engineered by German optics titan – Leica.

Huawei P20 comes with the 5.8-inch LCD screen. It provides 1,080 x 2,244, IPS RGBW panel which sports the right amount of brightness. Huawei P20 allows you to adjust the whiteness of the screen as per ambient light. This interesting feature was only found on the iPad and iPhone earlier but now you can experience it on your P20 as well. It has an option to switch between normal (sRGB) or vivid (DCI P3) modes.

Additionally, if you find yourself running out of battery, you can simply reduce the resolution to 720p. You will find the home button at the bottom of the screen and you can use the home button as a fingerprint mode if you are not a fan of face-recognition technology. For music lovers, Huawei P20 could be the best choice as it delivers a fantastic sound and rich audio. A single loudspeaker is given at the bottom located near USB-C slot on the left side.

Huawei P20 is fast and responsive. The overall performance of the smartphone is spectacular as it powered by octa-core 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip. The device offers 128GB storage and 4GB of RAM. You will get a solid battery life along with a 12-megapixel camera and 1/2.3 sensor and a 1.55um pixel, which are undeniably larger than most smartphones sports. Huawei P20 delivers stunning snaps as it combines with an aperture of f/1.6, 4 in 1 hybrid focus on the mono camera. The specs and functioning are no doubt convincing enough to give P20 a try.

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​Acer Aspire E15 Review: Better Everyday Laptop

Posted on 11 May 2018

Acer has launched its Aspire E15 with some jaw-dropping specs. Finding a top-notch and pocket-friendly laptop is not an easy task. Thereby, the machine could become your final choice if you are looking for a solid laptop with long battery life, optical drive, and comfortable keyboard on a budget.

Acer Aspire E15 sports a simple design and offers a laptop mode only. The laptop weighs 4.9 pounds and it is 1.2 inches thick. You will get a pair of USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, HDMI port, Ethernet jack, along with USB type-C port and security lock slot on the left side. The E15 comes with an SD memory reader, headphone jack, DVD-RW double layer drive, and power input. The developers have incorporated optical driver which you can rarely find in latest laptops.

The display of the machine is not touch-sensitive and it sports a 15.6-inch screen. The 1920 x 1080 panel allows you to experience details due to the 74% production of the sRGB spectrum. Also, the overall performance of the display will enhance your work or movie experience alike.

Aspire E15 comes with a backlit keyboard including a number pad. And it provides a comfortable typing experience. You will also find a 4.1 x 3.0-inch touchpad working fine without creating a hassle. It can also recognize Windows 10’s navigational gestures correctly as well.

Acer’s newest machine is equipped with 8 GB of memory and Intel Core i5-8250U processor. Aspire E15 provides fast speed in multitasking sessions. This quality makes it an ideal option for students and professionals alike. You can work on multiple Google chrome tabs including Google Docs, Slack, and Giphy at the same time and it functions without a single pause. Moreover, for audio, E15 sports splendid speakers that provide rich sound and accurate bass which will make your YouTube or Netflix experience enjoyable.

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​Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Review: Durable, Kid-Proof Case

Posted on 10 May 2018

Finding a reliable device for children can be a pain in the neck. You need something sturdy yet kid-friendly. Amazon has felt the need and finally launched a top-notch tablet – Amazon Fire 7 designed specifically for children. You will get fantastic features such as a FreeTime subscription for a year, two years warranty for accidental damage, a durable casing for your slate, and curated content.

The design of the tablet is similar to Black Fire 7. However, the new edition offers durable casing available in yellow, blue, and pink. The foam case is children-friendly and comfortable for their small hands. The slate weighs 13.8 oz with the case on and measures around 8.7 x 5.5 x 1 inches which is quite lighter than company’s flagship Fire HD 8 Kids version.

Moreover, the Fire 7 sports volume rocker, headset jack, power button, and micro-USB port on the left side of the tablet. The device comes with 16GB storage onboard and allows you to increase up to 256GB which is a smart addition. This way, you can download as many videos as you want to watch offline.

The Amazon Fire 7 comes with a 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution and it displays 75.4% color gamut, which is appropriate for kids use. The slate runs on Amazon’s Fire OS and has its separate apps store. You will find three buttons – a square open apps, triangular back, and round home button to manage or run your apps. Android users must be familiar with these buttons and functioning.

Additionally, there are three profile modes such as children, teen, and adult. Children and teen profiles are very much identical and include; books, apps, and videos whereas you will find an adult one similar to a regular kindle. This kid-friendly slate with splendid specs does not sound a bad deal at $99.

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Fitbit Versa™: Health and Fitness Smartwatch Review

Posted on 08 May 2018

Fitbit has launched the Versa with two useful features as the brand promised. The developers have already incorporated fantastic features in a tiny fitness device that has made it a must-have item for fitness junkies. With the debut of Fitbit Versa, you will be delighted to learn that the smartwatch now offers various health and fitness tracking for females and allows you to send quick replies.

Users have appreciated various fitness tracking features in previous devices. And health tracking is surely the best move made by the company. Now, women can get all the health related details such as pulse, calories, etc. on their wrists. The smartwatch will allow you to record and compare symptoms of the menstrual cycle. And you will get general information related to your health including weight, sleep, and other activity in the app.

This way, you can keep track of health and fitness patterns alike. It is worth mentioning that you can find general information about topics covering women health issues along with a community tab where you can also connect with other women and share experiences.

Moreover, it is kind of annoying when you miss out on something interesting due to a workout session. The developers have found a jaw-dropping solution for your problem. The latest version will let you send quick replies. It is a handy feature if you have a huge social circle and you cannot afford to be not in touch. Plus, quick replies are essential in case of an emergency. You will find default messages such as:

  • What’s up?
  • Sounds good!
  • Can’t talk now, will reply later
  • Yes and No

Apart from this, you can customize your messages too. The Fitbit Versa offers 60 characters or under message option. You can even find a few emojis in the device. Isn’t that cool? The smart-watch also works for text messages along with other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook.

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​Marshall Mid ANC Review: Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 04 May 2018

Music fans will be delighted to learn that Marshall has launched its Mid ANC noise canceling headphones for the first time. The headphones are also an updated version of the company’s flagship Major II wireless headphones. With its surround sound and deep bass, it is safe to say that the Mid ANC can easily put rival brands such as Sony or Bose on a run for their money. The developers and designers have done an outstanding job on the design and sound quality of the product.

The new headphone set from Marshall is an on-ear model – and perfectly fits. You will feel comfortable wearing it and the wireless mode will facilitate your music experience. So, you never have to worry about your ear-phone plopping off when you are out for a jog or in the gym lifting some serious metal.

Moreover, the Mid ANC provides top-notch sound quality and deep bass. With noise canceling technology, you can enjoy the surround-sound on the Marshall Mid ANC anywhere you want. So, you can finally say good bye to all that distracting background noise that totally derails your focus when you’re working or studying or playing a video game – and just enjoy an immersive experience.

The headphone design may appear to be a bit bulky – however it is quite comfortable and ergonomic. It sports metal hinges, 40mm drivers, and a carrying case – allowing you to safely carry the headphones wherever you go. It is worth noting that the headphones come with separate cords that you can connect or disconnect as per your choice.

Moreover, the battery life of the Marshall Mid ANC is splendid. You can use it for more than 19 hours in wireless mode when noise canceling and Bluetooth are activated and over 30 hours when both features are turned off. You can rarely find an on-ear wireless headphone with a maximum battery life such as this. There is no doubt that the overall performance of the Marshall is brilliant and the upgraded version is creating a buzz thanks to the slew of fantastic features – surround sound, comfortable design, noise canceling, and long battery life at a reasonable price – not a bad deal at all.

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​Phicomm K3 Smart Home Router Review

Posted on 03 May 2018

If you are looking for a wifi router that is fast and has a good range, the Phicomm Smart Home K3 is exactly what you have been looking for. Made by Jacob Jensen Design, a high-end Scandinavian firm, wifi device functions flawlessly and you can even adjust it anywhere in the house. Also, with a 2.4GHz range, you can connect multiple devices to it. Isn’t that amazing?

The K3 router comes in metallic gray and black with rounded sides. There aren’t any external antennas. However, the upgrade is a 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen. It will allow you to monitor your internet connection, Ethernet port status, router information, connected devices, and network names. You will also get a 3.0 USB port. Moreover, the router installation is quite simple. All you need is to set up connections and passwords.

You can find 17 icons on the device’s app, PhiWiFi. The developers have worked on the complex settings removing VPN, port forwarding, DMZ, etc. The powerful device instantly picks up your device’s signals directly connecting with it –and it has a single SSID mode that lets it select the best network, and MU-MIMO. However, you will have to manually turn on these setting from the menu.

Apart from this, under the ‘advanced’ tab, you will find 22 more options that are default icons. These icons come with a description and help you find what you are looking for. The K3 offers standard WPA2-PSK security and an on/off option for firewall and Denial of Service (DoS) protection set up. However, the company hasn’t incorporated an additional antimalware or security specifically for the connected devices.

The high-speed and useful features of Phicomm surely make it a smart device for your home. It allows you to connect various devices without affecting the internet speed which sounds like a good deal – that too at a reasonable price.

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