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​Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review

Posted on 16 May 2018

The Chinese giant Huawei has finally launched P20 and users will find it the most interesting smartphone of 2018. You may find some specs similar to company’s flagship release Huawei P20 Pro including the design of the phone. However, Pro sports tri-camera configuration and P20 comes with a dual-camera setup, both cameras are co-engineered by German optics titan – Leica.

Huawei P20 comes with the 5.8-inch LCD screen. It provides 1,080 x 2,244, IPS RGBW panel which sports the right amount of brightness. Huawei P20 allows you to adjust the whiteness of the screen as per ambient light. This interesting feature was only found on the iPad and iPhone earlier but now you can experience it on your P20 as well. It has an option to switch between normal (sRGB) or vivid (DCI P3) modes.

Additionally, if you find yourself running out of battery, you can simply reduce the resolution to 720p. You will find the home button at the bottom of the screen and you can use the home button as a fingerprint mode if you are not a fan of face-recognition technology. For music lovers, Huawei P20 could be the best choice as it delivers a fantastic sound and rich audio. A single loudspeaker is given at the bottom located near USB-C slot on the left side.

Huawei P20 is fast and responsive. The overall performance of the smartphone is spectacular as it powered by octa-core 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip. The device offers 128GB storage and 4GB of RAM. You will get a solid battery life along with a 12-megapixel camera and 1/2.3 sensor and a 1.55um pixel, which are undeniably larger than most smartphones sports. Huawei P20 delivers stunning snaps as it combines with an aperture of f/1.6, 4 in 1 hybrid focus on the mono camera. The specs and functioning are no doubt convincing enough to give P20 a try.

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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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​Marshall Mid ANC Review: Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 04 May 2018

Music fans will be delighted to learn that Marshall has launched its Mid ANC noise canceling headphones for the first time. The headphones are also an updated version of the company’s flagship Major II wireless headphones. With its surround sound and deep bass, it is safe to say that the Mid ANC can easily put rival brands such as Sony or Bose on a run for their money. The developers and designers have done an outstanding job on the design and sound quality of the product.

The new headphone set from Marshall is an on-ear model – and perfectly fits. You will feel comfortable wearing it and the wireless mode will facilitate your music experience. So, you never have to worry about your ear-phone plopping off when you are out for a jog or in the gym lifting some serious metal.

Moreover, the Mid ANC provides top-notch sound quality and deep bass. With noise canceling technology, you can enjoy the surround-sound on the Marshall Mid ANC anywhere you want. So, you can finally say good bye to all that distracting background noise that totally derails your focus when you’re working or studying or playing a video game – and just enjoy an immersive experience.

The headphone design may appear to be a bit bulky – however it is quite comfortable and ergonomic. It sports metal hinges, 40mm drivers, and a carrying case – allowing you to safely carry the headphones wherever you go. It is worth noting that the headphones come with separate cords that you can connect or disconnect as per your choice.

Moreover, the battery life of the Marshall Mid ANC is splendid. You can use it for more than 19 hours in wireless mode when noise canceling and Bluetooth are activated and over 30 hours when both features are turned off. You can rarely find an on-ear wireless headphone with a maximum battery life such as this. There is no doubt that the overall performance of the Marshall is brilliant and the upgraded version is creating a buzz thanks to the slew of fantastic features – surround sound, comfortable design, noise canceling, and long battery life at a reasonable price – not a bad deal at all.

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​Fitbit Versa Smartwatch Review

Posted on 27 April 2018

Fitness junkies would be delighted to learn that Fitbit has launched the Versa – a fitness watch with improved quality, design, and battery life. It shares the same functionality as of its predecessor and the company’s flagship model – the Fitbit Ionic.

The Versa has given a fresh look and comes in silver, rose gold and black. The company has termed it as Squircle due to its square shape and round edges. The Versa doesn’t weighs that much compared to other fitness watches and is super comfortable to wear – you can wear it for hours on end without being irritated. That is because the designers have used anodized aluminum and ultra-thin casing for large and small wrists alike.

The material doesn’t make it look cheap and the product is a definitely a trendy and valuable addition to your workout attire. Moreover, on the left side, Versa has back/wake-up button and a “finish workout” button and two small pause buttons on the right side – all are ergonomically placed.

Another very important thing to look for in fitness wrist wearables is the ease of taking the product off and putting it on – and how comfortable the strap is. There is no question your experience with the Fitbit Versa will be awesome as it comes with interchangeable straps and you can replace them with silicon, fabric, or even colored metal to add more style.

The display offers vibrant colors. It is worth noting that its brightness goes up to 1,000-nits and it will remain visible in daytime and underwater as well facilitating your workout session. Now, you can go swimming wearing Fitbit Versa without giving it a second thought.

Also, the touchscreen functions well and does not have latency issues like previous devices. You can also track various exercises via the exercise app and it will provide necessary information such as distance, time, burned calorie intake, calories burned, etc. In all, investing in a device that provides splendid overall performance on a budget doesn’t seem a bad idea.

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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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​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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​Polk Signa Solo Universal Sound Bar Review

Posted on 31 March 2018

Isn’t it utterly irritating when your TV speakers provide crappy sound? Did you know you can get rid of it without spending a hefty amount? If you desire for clear and crisp sound, you should consider purchasing the Polk Signa Solo. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it the younger sibling of Polk Signa S1.

You will find it as one of the most pocket-friendly devices available on the market. The device will help provide an impressive surround sound experience without putting in much effort. Moreover, it is an ultra light and is compact device. Moreover, you will never need a subwoofer; the device alone is enough to enhance the overall sound effects.

Also, it is one of most simple sound bars to attach to your TV set with. The sound bar is quite straightforward to connect and has 3.5mm analog input along with Bluetooth and is ready to use – and you can also mount it as you see fit.

Furthermore, the device offers four drivers – 2.5-inches each and it comes with built-in bass ports. The company has collaborated with Dolby Digital to provide high-quality sound. The Polka Signa is rectangular in shape and measures 3.54-inches. The sound bar is 3.91-inches wide and 39-inches in length.

You will find numerous EQ settings such as night mode, movie, and music. Therefore, you can switch to any mode depending on your choice. The Polk Solo also comes with the company’s approximation of surround that is called copyright SDA digital surround.

The sound bar is designed to provide an unforgettable experience – all on your fingertips. It is a plug and play device and you can alter the dialogue level and the bass settings as per your preferences, using just the remote. Selecting bass setting is quite common in the sound bar category. However, the dialogue volume option is only seen in high-end sound bars; but in this case, you don’t have to spend through the roof to enjoy quality sound thanks to the Polk Signa Solo.

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