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Netgear Arlo Pro 2: Smart Home Security Camera

Posted on 13 July 2018

You cannot finish off the idea of smart-living without installing a top-notch security camera. It would not be wrong to claim that a home security camera has become a necessity to keep an eye on each activity happening around in your absence. You can find various options on the market. However, you need something reliable when it comes to security. That is where you should invest in Netgear Arlo Pro 2.

It is available in two and four camera-bundles allowing you to choose how many cameras are required to ensure your safety. Netgear is equipped with jaw-dropping features that make it stand out amongst competitors. The company offers a basic plan that includes free cloud backup for seven days. It sports a weatherproof design, wired or wireless functioning along with robust geofencing and scheduling capabilities.

The base station of Arlo Pro 2 contains two prominent advantages. First, it provides efficient wireless communication with the cameras. It connects with your router directly via Ethernet. Secondly, it’s fantastic battery life – the juice can last up to six months – depending on the amount of camera activity. You will get 100-plus decibel siren and two USB ports to connect external hard drives.

Moreover, Netgear retains your footage in the cloud. It stays secure in there for a week whereas most security camera offers only 24-hours basic plan. Despite two-way audio, night vision, sound and motion detection, Arlo Pro 2 offers a combination of scheduling and geofencing keeping you aware of your surrounding 24/7 with Full HD 1080p camera.

It offers simple brightness slider as well which works like an exposure compensation dial on the Netgear allowing you to set the brightness up or down to retrieve high-quality image. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that Arlo Pro 2 features Amazon Alexa supporting smart devices available at your home. You can watch the footage on an Amazon Fire-Connected TV or Amazon Echo Show.

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation Review: Smart Speaker with Alexa

Posted on 27 June 2018

Installing Echo Dot can assist you in various house chores. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Amazon’s latest device can make phone calls, play music, give you weather updates, send and receive message merely on a single command – all due to the state of the art integrated Alexa ecosystem.

It is safe to claim that you can turn the dream of smart living into reality via Echo Dot 2nd Generation.

The developers have kept its design quite straightforward and practical. It seems the company has put in significant efforts to enhance the functioning of the device.

Echo Dot is a hands-free and voice-controlled device. It comes with a small built-in speaker which connects to your speakers and headphones via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm audio cable.

Now, you can relax on the couch after a chaotic day and ask your voice-activated virtual assistant to turn on/off lights and lock the doors.

Moreover, it allows you to control various home features including thermostats, fan, TV, and more. It is worth noting that the Echo Dot is super-easy to use. All you need is to activate the device by saying wake words such as Amazon, Computer, or Echo.

The built-in microphones inside the device are always listening. Once they hear the ‘wake’ word, they begin recording your commands.

The microphones will then send your audio snippet to Amazon’s servers through the cloud. These servers recognize your commands and direct Alexa in this context. Plus, this activity takes less than a minute to perform the function. Isn’t it great?

Alexa, being a virtual assistant, can stream music from Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, or Spotify along with podcasts from TuneIn and iHearRadio. You can opt for it to set kitchen timers and morning alarm alike.

Not only does it manage a calendar but Alexa reads headlines for you from various new sources. No question, Echo Dot can lead you to smart-living without hurting your bank.

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 Review

Posted on 20 June 2018

Music lovers often look for a lightweight pair of headphones that provide a lasting music experience. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Plantronics Go 600 has launched with splendid features. The designers have incorporated Advanced Acoustic technology into BackBeat 600 to deliver rich and balanced sound. Not to mention, you prefer to listen to your favorite tracks without interruption. The earcups are made with lightweight memory-form to ensure distraction-free listening. Also, the material used in manufacturing the earcup provides comfort.

Moreover, BackBeat Go 600 is creating buzz on the market for one of its outstanding features. It allows your adjust EQ setting. And now, switching from balanced mode to bass boost mode is at your fingertips. It wouldn’t be wrong to claim various famous and high-end brands have overlooked this fantastic feature.

Also, a wireless headphone has become a trend. That is why Plantronics 600 comes without cords. You can enjoy music free from the hassle of ridiculously long wires for hours. You may not believe, but with BackBeat headphones, you will get whopping 18 hours of power on just a single charge. It also offers a 3.5 mm backup jack. Apart from this, it provides control buttons located on the left earcup along with USB charging port and volume controls. You can connect the headphone to Bluetooth enabled devices as well.

Plantronics headphones allow you to pick or make calls too. It comes with a wideband-enabled microphone to support your calling experience. You can access Siri, Cortana hands-free, and Google Now via voice command as well. BackBeat Go 600 is available in khaki, navy, gray, and black. Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 does not sound a bad deal if you are looking for a top-notch pair of headphone without breaking a bank.

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​Samsung HW-N550 Soundbar Home Theater Review

Posted on 08 June 2018

Purchasing a soundbar is a tough nut to crack. It is nearly impossible to find a quality bar in invested money. Not to mention, the cost does not always provide quality. If you are struggling to purchase a decent soundbar, you may want to try Samsung HW-N550. There is no denying that the company is famous for its splendid handsets. It is safe to say that the developers have done an equally great job on HW-N550. Samsung has made significant changes on the design and has switched from a cheap-looking body to a more sophisticated one.

You will get the sound bar in brushed gray and metal grille. It is 41.7 inches wide and 2.32 inches long. The soundbar comes with a metal bracket allowing you to hang it on the wall. The Samsung N550 soundbar features wireless subwoofer. It sports both DTS decoding and Dolby Digital to improve your sound experience. It is promising as company’s websites state before the launch.

The HWN550 also offers Bluetooth, USB, HDMI 2.0a in and out, and digital optical. All you need is to connect the sound bar to your Samsung TV via Bluetooth for sound either from smart TV application or onboard tuner. And enjoy your favorite movies within few minutes. The sound bar is front-firing one. You can incorporate rears too as the company has introduced compatible wireless rear kit known as SWA-8500S.

For setup, you will need to insert in an HDMI cable preferably UDP-205 Blu-ray player one on a Samsung 4K TV. The Samsung sound bar comes with a 3.1-channel system. Additionally, you can opt for subwoofer volume letting N550 control treble tone and bass. You will be delighted to find that it provides surround sound with a top-notch bass, giving you high-quality audio but without having to break the bank.

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​Sony Xperia Ear Duo: Wireless Stereo Headset Review

Posted on 05 June 2018

Sony Xperia has introduced quite unusual earbuds. You may not find any device similar to this ear duo on the market. It would be a fun device to try. Sony Xperia is creating buzz for its two in one functions. It allows you to hear background noise while you are listening to music. This makes it a useful ear duo when you are driving or even walking. The Xperia ear duo is secure and comfortable to wear. It fits around your earlobe.

There are not many earphones available that let you enjoy workout session without a hassle of wires. With this smart device, you can go for the hours-long gym session without dealing with ridiculously long cords. It was surely a challenging idea but Sony Xperia has done the job effectively. The ear duo is made from rubber and is circular in shape. You will find a hole in the center. There is a pipe given that transfers audio into your ear directly.

The device allows you to hear music on the high volume without leaking it. This way, it measures your privacy and you can enjoy music in public places as well. The functioning of the Xperia ear duo is based on touch and gestures. You will only need to swipe a finger to adjust the volume or to stop the sound.

It is worth mentioning that the device is sports high technology. You just need to nod to accept a call and shake to the right to skip soundtrack. The performance is buttery-smooth. You can control various smartphone apps via Sony Xperia ear duo. It provides location-based alerts. You can configure information including calendar events or weather updates etc. The ear duo works well with Siri and Google Assistant. With the fantastic sound quality and fantastic features, Sony Xperia ear duo could become your next go-to ear-piece.

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​Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: New Cutting Edge Features

Posted on 31 May 2018

Android smartphone giant Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S9. Tech enthusiasts will welcome the subtle enhancements the company has made this time maintaining the feel and look similar to S8. The company has opted for the strategy often followed by various rival brands. Samsung made minor modifications that resulted in a boost of the overall performance of the device. Also, the users will find various cutting-edge features in S9 – not available in S8.

Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a durable aluminum rim. The smartphone is also incorporated with Gorilla glass for absolute protection against minor fall damage (the screen is layered with five glass coatings). You will find the thickness of bezel has been reduced a bit above and below the screen making it a top-notch smartphone – and some say it has already given the iPhone X a run for its money.

Also, the company has done considerable work and finally moved the fingerprint scanner beneath the camera of the phone. The designers and developers have used metal and glass to design and kept its curved display. The Galaxy S9 is also IP68 water-resistance. The handset also features a microSD card slot.

The display offers rich colors with splendid contrast which put its rival brands in the rearview mirror. Although it is curved with 5.8 inch AMOLED quad-brightness, the handset allows you to customize colors adjusting the amount of green, blue, red as per your choice. The Galaxy S9 supports mobile HDR10 streaming HDR content from Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Moreover, Samsung has considerably enhanced the sound quality of the phone, featuring dual speakers in the device. As for the camera, you will absolutely love what the tech giant has done; the developers came up with an innovative camera with dual-aperture shutter and a powerful frame.

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Monster Superstar S100 Wireless Speaker Review

Posted on 25 May 2018

When looking for a portable speaker, everyone concerns about will this speaker provide surround sound or not? It seems like Monster Superstar S100 has been launched to solve your query. Investing in a portable speaker means you want to enjoy some great music while doing chores. It brings a lot of disappointment when the speaker does not provide sound in each corner of your room. The company has considered the fact this time. And Superstar S100 is creating buzz for its loud and clear sound.

You will find two speaker grills on each side. One end introduces micro USB charge port and an audio jack whereas the other end sports a button for Bluetooth syncing and powering. You will also get silver bolts on either side giving it an industrial look. On the top, you will see Monster insignia embossed. There are rubber grips given as well to provide support to the speaker while music is thumping.

You will be pretty excited to learn that the S100 is IPX7 rated for waterproofing. It is a waterproof speaker which means you can take it to summer pool parties without giving it a second thought. Plus, it comes with a strap making it convenient for you to carrying around.

The features are easy-to-use. You need to connect the Superstar via Bluetooth or an audio jack. Also, you will find syncing quite straightforward without any significant issues. Moreover, the battery life is satisfactory as well. It can go up for good six hours.

When it comes to sound, you won’t regret investing money to Superstar S100. It thumps out the jaw-dropping bass. You will hear clear sound from each grill. If you want an improved music experience, listen to music while facing one of the grills in front of you, and you will hear the audio.

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