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Lenovo Yoga 720: 15″ 2-in-1 Laptop

Posted on 10 August 2017

The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a convertible laptop that comes packed with a variety of features. For instance, it’s robust, yet slender metal framework is lightweight, weighing just 2.9 pounds. Considering the fact that it is 0.6 inches (14.3 mm) thick; this makes it 13% lighter and 17% thinner than its predecessor.

Alternatively, the brightly backlit keyboard sports a Windows Precision touchpad. The screen, permitting a 180 degree rotation, can be converted into a tablet. The keyboard, in turn, is deactivated while in tablet-mode.

While it is only available in Platinum silver, it appeals to both domestic users, with its aesthetic design, and to people in the corporate sector given its sleek, professional look.

One of the two USB Type-C ports incorporated on the left side of the chassis supports Thunderbolt 3 technology for high speed connectivity. Also found on the left side is the headphone jack with the USB 3.0 port and the power button on the right. Apart from that, wireless connectivity includes both Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi.

The 2-in-1 is equipped with a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD; these specs ensure that even the most impatient users can buy this without having to worry about lagging.

When compared to the Apple MacBook Air, although they look and weigh the same, the features surrounding the Yoga 720 make the Air seem obsolete: a full HD-IPS touch screen, with edge-to-edge glass and a minimal bezel, the 180 degree screen rotation, to mention a few. Not to forget the fact that it is pen-enabled, which allows the user to both draw and write on the screen. Also it is $100 dollars cheaper than the Air, considering it starts at around $800.

The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 comprises of a multitude of features, with its sleek, attractive design, its lightweight, its sturdy stature. Its blisteringly fast storage is an added bonus. It offers all of these and more, the additional perk being an impressive price-tag.

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Eero Home WiFi System: From the window to the wall

Posted on 02 August 2017

We live in an era of digital innovation and wireless connectivity. Staying digitally connected has become an integral part of our daily lives – both in professional and personal capacity. Well, with the Eero Home WiFi system, things have just gotten a little easier. Eero is a powerful and easily integratabtle wifi device that seamlessly works in every single area of your house. Cutting-edge Eero Beacons blanket your entire house with ultra-fast WiFi.

These beacons are wirelessly connected to each other to form a WiFi mesh, which ensures you have uniform connection throughout your house. Say goodbye to blind spots because with the Eero WiFi system, you will have a connection in every corner of your house, including the yard.

An Eero and two beacons are a good combination for most homes, however, you can add as many beacons as you want to enhance the effectiveness of the mesh. This is a feature unique to Eero. Most WiFi systems have a limited number of beacons that can be added to the system.

There are some subtle features of the Eero home system that makes it a good deice to have, such as the option to locate a connected device and easy installation with regular automatic updates.

The Eero system provides its users a great WiFi experience in which multiple members of a family can use it simultaneously without having to worry about their location or a substantial drop in internet speeds. However, this does not justify the fact that the Eero system is almost twice as expensive as its counterparts from renowned companies like Google.

The system comes with a modem and three beacons, one of which is connected to the Eero and the other two kept in different places in the house. The set is available for $500, which is absurd compared to the price of Google WiFi, a similar system that can be bought in under $200. While the Eero does have some nice features, they are not enough to justify its price, which is why you’re better off getting one of its less expensive counterparts.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus: Revolutionary Gaming Laptop

Posted on 31 July 2017

A decade ago, high-Fi gamin on laptops was considered absurd with so many standalone components that had to be purchased. The inception of gaming laptops brought a boom in the gaming industry, a much needed win for PC-based gamers that preferred PC gaming in comparison to buying consoles such as the PlayStation or the Xbox. Gaming laptops, in the beginning, were huge, bulky machines which had a limited amount of memory and laughable specifications. But they have come a long way.

Modern gaming laptops are slim, smart and savage. Take the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, which is an absolute beast. It has set very high standards among ultra-thin laptops, taking competitors by surprise.

The ASUS Zephyrus is one of the most aesthetically built laptops in the world, which gives its owner a sense of pride.
When it comes to ASUS’s flagship PC, it’s not just the look that’s appealing. In terms of performance, it may be one of the best we have seen so far. It is extremely powerful – and I mean ridiculously powerful. With an Intel Core i7 Quadcore processor and 16 GB RAM, the ASUS Zephyrus packs a powerful punch. If you have these specs, you don’t have to read the game requirements on the back of the disk cover.

ASUS has also incorporated 512 GB of storage space in the hard disk and an 8 GB NVIDIA Graphic card, which gives the Zephyrus unmatchable performance capability.

Weighing just less than 4.9 pounds, it has a 15.6 inch screen with Full HD resolution (1920×1080), which gives you the ultimate gaming experience without straining your eyes because of the anti-glare screen.

The ASUS Zephyrus might be one of the most popular laptops in the world; however, gamers have reported a couple of drawback in its overall design. For example, the absence of an SD card slot prevents gamers from using a popular form of storage to create a backup of their data. The only good thing about the keyboard is its appearance. It performs poorly.

Perhaps the most serious issue users have had with the ASUS Zephyrus is its battery life, which has been described by critics as being “laughable.” Choose wisely before buying the laptop; it does have beastly performance, but be wary of its poor battery life.

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Origin Evo15-S Review: Thinner, Lighter and VR Ready

Posted on 20 July 2017

Portability really isn’t something you commonly associate with gaming laptops. Most of the flagship devices in the category are over an inch in thickness. But I guess thinner is better. With the new Ultra- thin Origin EVO15-S, things are changing. This 15-inch VR gaming laptop is half the thickness and weight of other popular devices from popular companies such as NVIDIA.
This ultra-thin laptop has all the features, which its more bulky counterparts have to offer, hence the success of the device.

Features:
o NVIDIA GTX 1060 6 GB Graphics Card, which gives you the ultimate gaming experience.
o Use the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive for a desktop ready gaming experience, which is certainly something that is fresh.
o 7th generation Intel Core i-7 Quad core processor with Turbo Boost coupled with Hyper-Threading technology to allow you to run the latest applications and heaviest games with ease. Lightning fast speeds are guaranteed.
o 16 GB of DDR4 memory gives you the privilege of saying goodbye to delays in switching apps and slowdowns in the system.
o 2 terabytes of storage capacity enable you to store your data without fretting over how much storage space is left on the disk.
o Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Dual Band Wireless Networking, LAN card and USB Connectivity allow you to connect to your phone, should you need to do so.

The poorly placed power button and the absence of a touch screen can create reluctance amongst some gamers. It is also absurdly expensive, which acts as a major hindrance in sales, but it being expensive does not justify the fact that it is not worth the cost. Although many other laptops are available with the same NVIDIA Graphics card for a considerably less amount of capital, this is by far the best.

Despite these unfavorable features of the EVO15-S, it has certainly proved that gaming laptops do not have to be the size of cartons, which break your back every time you carry them.

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

Posted on 19 July 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

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Dell XPS-27 (2017) – Review

Posted on 10 July 2017

Dell, a leading tech giant, has never failed to please its customers and provide them with amazing products. Dell is known for making the most high tech and decent looking laptops and processors. The Dell XPS-27is another addition to its vast range of products.

With great engineering and designing, the XPS-27 is probably the best all-in-one PC available in the market as it comes with an unparalleled performance, great looks and a sound bar that plays music louder and clearer than any PC you can find.

Primary Features
o 27″ Ultra High Definition touch-screen
o 16GB DDR4 RAM
o 512GB ROM
o 720P infrared camera
o Lightweight body: 17.3kg
o 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700 quad-core processor
o SD card slot x1
o USB 3.0 slot x5
o HDMI-out
o Thunderbolt x2

Design
With a slim and sleek design, the XPS 27 is also a great looking machine. While the back is made beautifully smooth and grey, the front comes with a one-piece glass panel that not only covers the display screen, but also the sound bar.

Some critics have compared the back of the XPS 27 with that of its main competitor, iMac. Although the iMac is way more appealing, but who looks at the sides or the back of a computer any way? The multiple way adjustable stand of the Dell XPS 27 enables you to set the screen in a position that suits you the most.
Pros:
o Ultra clear spectacular sound
o Bright 4K display
o Unmatched bass
o Satisfying mouse and keyboard
o Easy to set up. just plug and play
o Split-screen function

Cons:
o No HDMI-in
o Significantly more expensive than most of its competitors
o Not suitable for 4K gaming
o Difficult to reach the various ports

Verdict
The Dell XPS 27 is just the perfect machine for audiophiles. The price tag might seem a bit too much, but as compared to majority of its rival products, the XPS offers more features and a better user experience.

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Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series

Posted on 07 July 2017

Built for the on the go worker, the new Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series is available in a variety of colors, namely buff white, diamond black and carbon grey. It is a handy accessory for an executive employee, or for someone who has a fidgety occupation.

Features:
o A mute alert system detects and immediately informs you when you start talking while the call is muted.
o Voice alerts will announce names of callers when you receive a call, their connection status, and the time you have talked for at regular intervals.
o Google Now, Siri and Cordana can be activated easily; at the touch of a button.
o Smart Sensors embedded in the headset can answer calls and transfer them when you put on the headphones. The headphones can also respond to voice commands such as “answer” or “ignore” to manage incoming and ongoing calls.
o NFC pairing is possible with NFC-enabled devices.
o Range of Bluetooth connectivity can be up to 30 meters. (This range is applicable to Class 1 Bluetooth devices only)
o Voyager 3200 can be synched to Platronics Hub, which can then be used for headset configuration, changing language and to locate the device in case it is misplaced.

Some people have found it disappointing that the device doesn’t come with Bluetooth 5.0. Another grievance among people who have used the Voyager 3200 is that its battery life is no better than the Platronics Edge, which is unsatisfactory. A new model should overcome the previous one’s shortcomings, a fact which, in this case, the developers chose to ignore.

One major upgrade from previous models is the triple-mic noise-cancellation technology, which prevents background noise from blending with your speech and ruining the quality of the call. I guess that is more than just a silver lining.

The Platronics Voyager 3200 is a top quality ear piece which is discreet, elegant and visually executive. If you’re a professional who needs to look the part, you should definitely give the Voyager 3200 a chance.

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