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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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​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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​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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​HP Spectre x360 Review: Convertible Laptop

Posted on 26 March 2018

Say hello to HP’s new and improved Spectre x360 – a laptop with enhanced performance and stylish design. If you are tired of thick and heavy machines, this latest release may be very appealing for you. HP has come up with an improved version in its spectre category. Tech enthusiasts have stated that it could compete with high-end machines such as Lenovo Yoga 920 and Microsoft’s Surface Book 2.

HP Spectre x360 is beautifully designed with silver aluminum, a speaker griller, and shiny buttons. You will find a slot for microSD card on the left top of the laptop. The latter comes with an embedded power button with light-indication. Plus, it has a USB 3.1 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The right side of the machine is equipped with fingerprint sensor, two USB-C ports with thunderbolt 3, and a volume rocker. You will not find multiple port slots on the laptop, there are USB type-A and C integrated so that you don’t have to constantly switch ports. Moreover, you can now also use the thunderbolt 3 port to charge the laptop.

The Spectre x360 weighs 2.78 pounds and measures around 12.04 x 8.56 x 0.53-inches. That makes it a light-weight and compact laptop that is super easy to carry. It could become an ideal machine for university students and as well as for professionals.

Moreover, the fun part is that you will find two hinges above the speaker grille. They allow the laptop to rotate 360-degrees while switching modes. You can use this functionality to transform the Spectre x360 from laptop to tablet as well. These hinges are unbelievably smooth and enable smooth and unhindered screen movement.

The machine comes with the HP Pen, which is a pleasant addition. HP has done a significant work in this area allowing the stylus to function with the Windows 10 ink – so taking notes has now become more incredible. Plus, you can also use the stylus draw various figures. You will also observe that the interaction of spectre x360 and stylus is coherent. All in all, a recommended purchase!

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