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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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​Anker SoundCore Boost Review

Posted on 06 October 2017

Anker has made quite a name when it comes to sound devices. They have recently introduced new a sound accessory by the name of Anker SoundCore Boost. By its design and functions you can easily say that it’s a smaller version of SoundCore 2, but its way better.

Features

Anker has really stepped up their game when it comes to design; this SoundCore Boost has a soft rubberized finish with rather large buttons on top for easy handling. The top also features Bluetooth connectivity functions, play/pause options, and volume control. It also sports USB input and has a 3.5mm audio jack port. You can connect it wirelessly as it as a good range of connection, which is up to 60 meters. You can use the USB port to charge various devices; this feature always comes handy when you run out of charging ports.

Anker SoundCore Boost is water resistant with an IPX5 rating so you really don’t have to worry about small splashes or wet hands. Its decent 5,200 mAH battery gives you 10-12 hours of music playback. You can use the boost system by pressing the boost button located on top of the device. It has Anker’s patented Boost up technology. We played different tracks and turned the boost button on. It was a real pleasure to know that sound quality was actually really good. Several deep bass frequencies can be easily handled by Anker SoundCore boost with good results. Even at louder volume, the bass quality remained pretty awesome and quite refreshing to the ears as it does not distort or create any additional noise.

Verdict

The design may not be so outstanding, but with this price tag, it has exceptionally good sound quality. Sound always depends on the size of the speakers, the Anker SoundBoast Core may be small, but it does not make any comprises when comes boosting frequencies. With a decent battery life and water-resistant capabilities, it is really a useful sound device. It will give you nice sound with you have to spend through the roof.

Photo by: Anker

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Bose SoundLink Micro Review: Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 29 September 2017

The Bose SoundLink Micro promises to be one of the best-sounding speakers money can buy. The SoundLink Micro gets everything right for a speaker this size. However, it may seem a bit costlier than other similar products to some buyers.

You also get a battery-life indicator that is near the Micro-USB charging port with volume controls on the speaker. In addition, there is a multifunction button to control the playback. The battery lasts for 6 hours, which is usually the standard for other kinds of speakers.

The speakers have been stress-tested by numerous users and they have provided several favorable reviews about the how well the product performs in different environments. The product is built to maintain a rock solid Bluetooth connection so you can link it wirelessly with other Bose speakers via the Bose Connect app.

Product Specifications

The following are the major key specs of the Bose SoundLink Micro.

  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Size: 1.5 inches
  • Charger: Micro-USB
  • Price: $110, £100 or $AU170
  • Colors: Bright orange, midnight blue and black
  • Battery life: 6 hours
  • IPX rating: IPX7

Features

It is an efficient pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker that is capable to play rich and loud sounds compared to several other similar products in the market. Being waterproof, the product performs well in all kinds of environments. It has a built-in microphone for speaker calls along with an integrated strap.

With high quality components and tear resistant rubber strap, users can easily clip the speaker onto just about anything such as a bag or your bike’s handle. The speaker also features a base port on its underside. The speaker is engineered to rest on a flat surface for better performance.

It is the company’s moderately expensive and smallest Bluetooth model that intends to defy other conventional speakers currently available.

Final Verdict

The Bose SoundLink Micro speaker delivers exceptional performance with an incredible Bluetooth audio performance, especially for its size. However, it is a bit expensive for its features and specifications.

Photo by: Bose

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen): Versatility To the Max

Posted on 26 September 2017

Lenovo is one of the top leading laptop manufacturing companies in the world and has been in the industry for many years. The company has recently launched its most awaited product, ThinkPad X1 (second generation).

This laptop computer/tablet is a mini but an advanced version of its predecessor. This 2-in-1 machine is the ultimate computer for not only business oriented people but also for those interested in art.

The ThinkPad X1 packs some amazing features that one just cannot overlook. However, there a few weird quirks about this machine too.

Primary Features

Processor:
o Core i5 (3.2 GHz)
o Core i5 vPro (3.3 GHz)
o Core i7 vPro (3.6 GHz)
o Dual Core

Storage:
o 128GB
o 256GB
o 512GB

RAM:
o 8GB
o 16GB

Display:
o 12inch Full HD
o Touch-screen
o Glossy

Graphics:
o Intel HD Graphics 615

Keyboard:
o Magnetic attachable ThinkPad keyboard

Camera:
o 8MP (back)
o 2MP (front)

Battery:
o Two-cell 37WHr

Operating System:
o Windows 10 Home
o Windows 10 Pro

Secondary Features
o Fingerprint reader (optional)
o ThinkPad Pen Pro (optional)
o Dual stereo speakers
o Black color
o 1.69 lbs tablet only. 2.35 lbs tablet + keyboard
o Nano-sim port (optional)
o USB-C 3.1 and USB-A 3.1ports

Pros
o Great performance
o Ultra clear display
o Accurate touch sensor
o Kickstand is practical
o Perfect for designing

Cons
o Good-for-nothing speakers
o Poor battery life
o Expensive
o Sensitive
o Poor back camera results

The ThinkPad X1 tablet PC is a fantastic product and one of the most advanced and decent looking laptops you will find on the market. The perfect size makes it easy to carry. It comes with a price tag that most people find to be a bit more but if you are a fan of ThinkPad and want to make it portable, this is the thing for you. Plus, the features ensure you get great value for money

Photo by: Lenovo

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HP’s Omen X Laptop Coming Soon

Posted on 19 September 2017

The earlier version of HP’s Omen 17 did not exactly leave a good impression on everyone. The price was relatively lower however the performance was what earned it poor reviews on the internet. With a Geforce GTX 1070 video card, people weren’t exactly excited about the laptop when it hit the market for the first time.

It seems like HP learned its lesson because in comes HP’s Omen X laptop. It was priced at $1600 and is designed to meet any gamer’s needs. Both the design of the laptop as well as the performance are impressive and worth the price. HP moved to a metal chassis after the last mistake of a plastic one, which takes the weight up a notch, however, the durability of the powerhouse laptop increases. The laptop has a 16GB RAM and a 1TB hard disk. The laptop’s GPU ratings are 8.2 out of 10, and it has the latest Intel i-7 core with a G-sync display panel. Everything about the laptop screams a desire to want to purchase it.

Furthermore, the laptop comes with strong software that handles most of the lighting of the laptop known as Omen Command Centre. There are reportedly eight zones of lighting that the laptop has and control over them is at your disposal. You can enjoy customizing your laptop to the way you want. You can also manage the network traffic as well as override the macro controls of the laptop.

This aspect can help if the laptop ever gets stuck around a task which is highly unlikely with the current specifications we are considering. HP wanted to make sure its customers receive the best and are also giving them the option to prepare for the worst possible situation. In the end, the Omen X is one of the most powerful laptops to hit the market.

Photo courtesy: HP

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Dell XPS 13: High Performance Laptop with InfinityEdge Display

Posted on 13 September 2017

The modern world focuses on the design now more than ever before. Companies have to constantly brainstorm new ideas that can inspire a purchase from the customer. Newer features increase the probability of that product gaining popularity soon after its launch. The rest depends on the advertising campaigns and the reputation the company has procured over the years.

Similar is the case with Dell. Dell’s new XPS 13 has surely caught the attention of many on both social media as well as other platforms. The 13-inch screen laptop is perfect for those who prioritize portability more than durability. The starting price of the laptop is $800 on Amazon. The question of the price level being higher than it should depend on how much you know about the product.

The XPS 13 has a 7th generation Intel Core CPU, a long lasting and more efficient battery life as well as a stronger Wi-Fi. Gone are the days where you have to worry about the laptop being out of range at your home. Although the laptop is not as thin as that of Apple’s, it is lighter and made from machined aluminum that not only gives it a strong surface but also less weight. A soft carbon-fiber material deck is built on the inside to protect your fingers from any stiffness. You can easily type away for hours and not feel a thing.

The laptop comes in two colors, i.e., silver and rose gold. Both colors are beautiful to look at and make for excellent laptops in the workplace. The speakers of the laptop are too powerful for its good as the sound sometimes gets harsh when the volume is at maximum. Other than that, the laptop is a smart purchase at a price it is available at, and you should look into the idea of buying it.

Photo by: Dell

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Acer Predator Orion 9000

Posted on 11 September 2017

A gamers dream is to find a CPU that can power every single game there is in the world. There are many gaming CPU’s available in the market, but a common problem amongst all of them is the way they constantly get hot after hours of play. Somehow companies haven’t been able to get around the issue of making a design that can withstand hours of gaming.

Acer recently launched its newest and most promising CPU ever. The Predator Orion 9000 is not only impressive at first glance but is also over the top with its performance. This powerful beast has the newest Intel Core i9 edition which has an 18 core processor. However, the best part comes when we look at the graphic card or, in this case, cards! Yes, the CPU has two NVIDIA GTX 1080i graphic cards with up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory.

The reality is that the cards get so hot that the company had to install a liquid cooling system and five fans for exhaust. The company also considered the many environments the customer might live in therefore advise them to put the CPU in an open area rather where air can circulate through the fans.

When you consider the price, Acer promises that the CPU will be available from $2000 to $3000. The newest feature, however, does not revolve around the specs but the wheels Acer has attached to its new CPU. They considered that many users might take the CPU out from underneath the desk to add the keyboard or mouse wires which are why they installed the wheels. It will save many customers from a lot of stress trying to pull out the CPU and can also be safer while moving the CPU around the house.

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