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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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​Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet

Posted on 08 September 2017

​Are you looking for a laptop that focuses on durability? Do you have a job that requires frequent travels to disaster struck areas? The market is flooding with newer technologies every day. While some are useful, a majority of them have no real importance or useful attribute for the customer. In such cases, shiny surfaces and colorful advertising attract customers. The question arises, how do you distinguish between what you need and what the market is providing you?

It can be surprising how a few hours of research can lead you to a better purchase. The Dell Latitude 7212 is a handy device for travelers or members of the National Guard. With a battery life that lasts throughout the day and better resistance to cold weathers, the Dell Latitude is ideal for people who spend time on outdoor adventures. The 11.6-inch laptop screen with a staggering weight of 6 pounds is the perfect companion to bring along with you on your adventures. The entire structure of the laptop is built to withstand drops as high as 6 feet in the air and is also waterproof, so you do not have to worry about the laptop frying up.

The laptop is available for $640 on Amazon. The price is reasonable is considering its strength and ability to adapt to any situation it faces. The detachable screen has the windows button on it so even if you take it with you, it is fully functional. It also has a five point resistive touch screen which means that in case you are in extremely cold conditions, you can still use the tablet while wearing gloves. Overall, this laptop gives the performance that it is paid for and is a smart purchase for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.

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​Anker SoundCore 2: Bluetooth Speaker Review

Posted on 31 August 2017

​Battery life is a constant concern for many gadgets nowadays. Recharging seems like a nuisance because for that brief moment when you have to sit in one place trying to use your device awkwardly. That issue is no longer prominent in the area of portable speakers with the arrival of the Anker SoundCore 2. The speaker hit several headlines as well as had many great reviews online because of its 24-hour battery life.

Many customers were satisfied because they did not have to worry about recharging their speakers again and again. That allows more time to enjoy the music and lesser worrying of the battery running out.

Along with that, the company added a bigger bass that has a 24-hour playback session. That way you can enjoy the music without any unnecessary stops in the middle of your playlist. The Bluetooth has a surprising 66 feet range, and that means it is quite possible to play music from almost anywhere in your house. Even while you’re cooking or taking outside, you can play your favorite music seamlessly.

The speaker has an amazing sound system. By using two 6W drivers, the portable speakers has loud sounds that are audible outside of a closed room. Many music types have different highs and lows, and in that case, this speaker’s incredible BassUp technology plays them crystal clear. Overall, Anker promises that the battery can last up to 500 songs with a 4-minute playback. That’s quite impressive considering the speaker has no external power source except for its battery. The speakers are a smart purchase for anyone looking for durability, powerful sounds, and a long-lasting battery.

You don’t have to pay through the nose and at the same time, get the sound quality and features you would expect from a high-end model. In other words, you should definitely consider purchasing this speaker.

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