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​Microsoft Xbox One X Review: True 4k Gaming

Posted on 22 November 2017

Gamers need to hold their breath as Microsoft has debuted much awaited Xbox One X. It will be exciting for gamers to learn that Microsoft is addressing all those old rants about previous Xbox with newly released Xbox One X. This console is comparatively sleeker, faster and smaller than the original one. And regarding raw power, it is noticeably more enhanced than PS4. The boot-up animation of Microsoft is flawless, loud, and brighter with impressive sound bass. Xbox One X determines brand’s “original 4K” gaming message which makes it the world’s most solid console.

Xbox One X Hardware

It is interesting that Microsoft has managed to keep all this power into a small case, successfully. Xbox one X, regarding volume, is comparatively smaller than Xbox one S. But in some dimensions, it seems larger. The size is moderate, can be fit into a backpack easily. It does feel heavier than S with similar ports and inputs.

And if you wish to connect it to a TV, there is HDMI-in given at set-top box, with an Ethernet port, and two USBs at the front and rare. Like real Xbox One, external power supply is integrated into and dual voltage. The new X looks exactly like the Xbox One S from outside, and for the Kinect, it may need a USB adaptor.

Microsoft came up with a robust Jaguar processor, a Radeon GPU, and 12GB of RAM. Gamers will be stun to learn that with One X, Microsoft has completely kicked out PS4 Pro. It is small but sturdy, includes a 4K Blu-ray player and of course, you will need a sound cooling system to cool this beast.

Xbox One X Promise – 4K Gaming

The real thing about Xbox One X is “true 4K” gaming. And it may give tough time to rivals with its rapid popularity amongst gamers. The Xbox X has the capacity for 4K gaming because it is swift than the original Xbox One. It is slightly less powerful as compared to latest gaming PCs but it depends on which game you will be playing. They have done the impressive work of providing an unforgettable gaming machine.

Microsoft has promised 150 “enhanced” games for the latest version, but it is not sure if they all will be 4K. Some games may be capable of HDR or instead of 4K resolution; some enhancements might have better frame rates. But as Microsoft has promised, other enhancements might come with better frame rates, HDR, and 4K. It is totally up to game developers what they have stored for you and how they can satisfy gamers.

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​Acer Predator Triton 700 Review

Posted on 07 November 2017

People who still prefer to using laptops always look for an innovative alternative. The tech experts keep an eye out for not only new gadgets, but they are quite excited for something cutting-edge and deeply innovative. Talking about innovation, who would say no to a laptop that offers quality and satisfaction at the same time? Therefore, if you are looking for a laptop that enables you to get the job done and provides you with exciting gaming experience, the Acer Predator Triton 700 is here!

The exterior of Acer Predator Triton 700 is pretty or borderline dull. Only the logo signifies that it is a powerful gaming computer. However, the interior of the laptop has stolen the show. It is extremely attractive. The very thing first you would notice is the touchpad because you would not find it – it has been designed beneath the keyboard. But it sits nicely below the screen – which is a unique idea for laptops.

Gorilla glass touchpad

The touchpad is made with gorilla glass and is placed right above the graphics card. You can clearly see the GTX1080 beneath it. The Gorilla glass enables users to see internal features. The touchpad is extremely smooth to use – designed perfectly for web surfing.

Satisfying keyboard

The keyboard is impressive. Also, it has dynamic RGB themes, bright and colorful. It is an appealing keyboard innovation. The keys are smooth to click and they border on ASMR. For gamers, playing PUBG would be a joyous experience. Plus, playing any game with a WASD control scheme on Triton 700 would be exciting.

Triton 700 touchpad

One thing is worth mentioning that its touchpad – although it is extremely attractive it gets uncomfortably hot and it happens because it is made of glass. There are chances that when you run apps with Nvidia1080 GPU, the Predator touchpad may get too hot to handle. It is suggested to use a mouse or gamepad to deal with this. However, using both might not help if you browse through several Windows menu or navigate the steam game launching application.

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​Apple iPhone X Review: Jaw-Dropping Features

Posted on 02 November 2017

The Apple X or the Apple iPhone 10 is here! What a fantastic and mind boggling way to commemorate ten year of Apple’s ingenuity and innovation in the tech industry. With jaw-dropping features including face-recognition, it is safe to say that the iPhone X is Apple’s greatest creation so far.

Bezel-less Display

Apple has been focusing on designing a “bezel-less” display for quite some time. The idea behind a designing bezel-less smartphone is to reduce edges and let the user enjoy an all-screen experience immersing yourself in true HD quality.

Introducing OLED technology for the first time in any Apple smartphone, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen with 2,436 x 1,125-pixel resolution (458 pixels per inch) with true color.

Exceptional camera

The camera is no doubt amazing, but the design and features is somewhat similar to another flagship Apple phone – the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X features a wide-angle lens, 12-MP camera with f/1.8 aperture. But its telephoto 12 MP lens is designed to produce f/2.4 aperture as compared to f/2.8, which is what the iPhone 8 Plus has. The camera also has optical image stabilization similar to the 8 Plus. The feature will help you take more stable and motionless pictures when you zoom into your object.

Face ID – hallmark

The Face ID feature was making headlines since the day it was announced. It serves as a hallmark for the iPhone X. It could be troublesome as it has replaced Touch ID entirely. You are now only required to look at the phone and it unlocks.

Face ID is indeed an innovative and futuristic feature; however, it is not as reliable and quick as Touch ID. For example, it may fail to recognize your face at first then force to try again or enter a PIN code. The function does not stop here as even after face recognition, you still have to swipe up from the bottom to access the home screen – while it was supposed to take you there after face recognition.

Final Verdict

With an assortment of powerful features, there is no doubt the iPhone X will set a new benchmark when it comes to smartphone development. However, it is important to realize that the phone costs about a $1,000.

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​Razer Blade Stealth 13.3”: Ultrabook Laptop Review

Posted on 23 October 2017

When we think about Razer laptops, there is only thing that comes to mind – an ultimate gaming experience! However, most Razer laptops aren’t designed strictly for gaming purposes – and the Razer Blade Stealth 13.3” is a pretty good example of one of them. The Blade Stealth is designed to compete with a premium built, non-gaming version of MacBook Air and Microsoft Surface.

Product Specifications

Following are the key specifications of the Razer Blade Stealth 13.3”.

  • Display Size: 13-Inch, 3200×1880 touch display
  • CPU: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • RAM: 16Gb DDR3 SDRAM
  • Graphic: 128 MB Intel HD 620 Graphics
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • OS: Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)

Features

The Razer Blade Stealth 13.3” 2017 now comes in matte grey with a 13.3” screen instead of 12.5”. In order to give it battery more life, they have dropped the resolution slightly so that it is not 4k anymore. However, the output feels the same with excellent display result.

What makes Razer laptops standout is their keyboards, they have backlighting options that offer a magnitude of different colors. The Blade Stealth 13.3” however, runs short on this technology and comes with only white backlight option – which is primarily to give it a more professional look and feel.

It is a slim laptop, yet it packs almost all the needed ports, a USB-C thunderbolt 3 port, full sized two USB ports and an HDMI port. Since it has Intel HD 620 graphics, HD gaming and heavy photoshopping is not possible. But with an Intel Core i7(7th Generation) and 16GB RAM it will perform well. With an improvied, 8-hour battery life, you can use it for longer periods of time but at the expense of a 4k resolution.

Verdict

A premium built Core i7 laptop with a large screen will appeal to many people who want to stick to buying a Razer laptop for professional work and whatnot.

Photo by: RazerOne

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​Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Review: Redefining Rugged Flexibility

Posted on 19 October 2017

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is not your average entertainment two-in-one laptop. Its keyboard can connect with nearby electronic equipment; it can survive a 4-Foot drop, sand, water, dust, extreme temperatures and altitudes. The laptop/tablet is specifically designed for professions like field work, police, government agencies or any work that can subject the PC to a harsh environment.

Product Specifications

Following are the key specifications of Panasonic Toughbook CF-33:

  • Display Size : 12-Inch, 160×1440 touch display
  • PC CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-7300
  • PC RAM: 8Gb DDR3
  • Graphic: 128 MB dedicated Intel HD 620 Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Networking: 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)

Features

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 sports has a 3:2 ratio display screen mostly intended to work for legacy softwares. Being a two-in-one laptop, the screen can be converted to work like a tablet. It has a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet, Micro SD, audio and HDMI ports. It also has a port to store the stylus to use on screen once it is converted into a tablet.

It has an IR Webcam for secure logging. You can use Windows Facial recognition or TPM 2.0 security for logging in. It has an optional integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband to connect the laptop to the internet in locations where the only network available is mobile. The batteries are swappable, meaning that you can change batteries easily. Panasonic says that CF-33 has 20 hours of battery, but in our test, we found that the battery lasted for 9 hours only, but that also depends on how you are going to use it.

Performance wise, we didn’t find it to be a beast, but it can perform well in multitasking or when multiple applications are open. If you are thinking of using this for professional photo editing keep in mind that it has 128MB of dedicated Intel graphics card, which is not capable enough to do anything overly graphic-heavy.

Verdict

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is really a durable and tough laptop/tablet for people who work in extreme conditions. It is one of the most durable and versatile laptop cum tablets ever made and can survive falls – making it perfect for fieldwork and whatnot. What we don’t really like about the CF-33 is that it has limited graphics capabilities.

Photo courtesy: Panasonic

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​Apple AirPods Review: Wireless and Effortless

Posted on 17 October 2017

After much debut and criticism from the public and fans, Apple’s infamous wireless AirPods are finally here. Announced during the revealing of iPhone 7, they are wireless earphones which connect with Bluetooth and specially made for iPhone 7 since it does not have 3.5mm audio jack.

Features

Apple AirPods design is basic and takes much of its liking from its predecessors. Honestly speaking they look the same with only one exception that there is no wire. We liked how clean the design is but overall we didn’t like the fit and comfort. Even though it fit me well, it didn’t fit properly in the ears of my colleagues when we were testing them. Apple has not included ear tips in AirPods, and we still wonder why? The possibility that you may buy it without trying and it will fit in your ear is slim to none. We strongly recommend to try them before you decide on buying them.

What we liked about them is Apple’s use of the W1 chip. It gives a solid Bluetooth connection without any breaks and constant need to reconnect them. Battery life is also very good, with continuous playback, they can last up to 5 hours, and you can charge them quickly. Being the basic earphones, they will not provide you with awesome sound quality. We played a couple of music, and we think that sound quality is good to average. However, the quality remains constant and doesn’t drop due to a strong Bluetooth connection.

Verdict

Is it worth getting Apple AirPods? If you are looking for awesome sound experience in $150 price tag, then look somewhere else. In this price tag there are several other good options available but if you want earphones to use solely on iPhone 7 then go for it as they are designed to work with Siri and IOS.

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​Apple TV 4K (32GB) Review: Stunning Picture Quality

Posted on 13 October 2017

Apple always comes with gadgets that are revolutionary and have a premium feel. With Amazon TV and Roku dominating the market for 4k/HDR stream boxes, Apple has released its own streaming device that can finally play movies and TV shows in 4k and HDR.

Features

Apple hasn’t really deviated from its original TV design, the new 4K TV looks similar to its predecessor, however, there are slight differences. This model is designed and raised up a bit to expose the air vents, which is what essentially keeps the Apple TV processor cool. It doesn’t come with a USB C port, but instead, Apple chose to go for an HDMI port, an upgraded gigabyte Ethernet jack, and a power outlet. The remote remains similar as well with Siri voice controls, volume controls, play/pause and same motion control capabilities. The only new addition to remote is a ring around menu button, which glows in the dark.

Powered by A10X fusion chips, it makes Apple 4k TV a lot faster and more capable of running huge files. It runs on Apple TV OS, which is far better than what others are offering. The interference is nice and user-friendly however, Apple could have done much better. It comes with 32Gb and 64gb of storage.

Apple now plays movies on HDR and 4k, which offers four times more pixel than 1080p. You can easily see very fine details in movies and TV shows. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. Things we loved in Apple 4k TV (32GB) are of course the quality. The colors are much richer now with the good level of depth and clarity. You can point out even the smallest details like hair strands of actors. However, what we didn’t like about Apple 4k content is that it can only be streamed, you can’t download any show or movie and for that.

Verdict

Is it worth updating to Apple 4k (32GB)? Yes because if you have files downloaded in HD quality, the TV will convert the content to 4K, absolutely free. The processor is powerful to handle large video files, the presentation is smooth and the colors are vibrant. For us, it is must-have upgrade.

Photo by: Apple

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