Archive | February, 2015

Preview: Fluance XLHTB (Cherry Wood)

Posted on 13 February 2015

The Fluance XLHTB is described as an “ambitious” home system by its critics. The device was designed to provide users with a “thunderous” sound. The system has two full-sized speakers along with a central speaker, and 2 two-way surround speakers. The XLHTB’s towers also include 8″ woofers as a bonus. All of this comes at an affordable price tag that is less than $1000. Here are further details about the product:

Design
The long floor standing speakers can be differentiated with other similar items due to their curvy sides, these tend to reduce internal reflections and come in a beautiful cherry wrap color. The other speakers in the system also have the same outward appearance. Plus, The system’s components are neatly finished with mahogany veneer.

Features and Specifications
The Fluance XLHTB is recognized due to its perfectly matched five speaker system that has the ability to impress any onlooker. The front of the speaker’s cabinet is colored in piano black. As part of its design, one 6.5″ polymer treated midrange driver is placed over the 1″ silk dome tweeter, along with a second one below. The name of this special arrangement is D’appolito configuration. Every speaker of the system has an 8″ subwoofer that is built over a mounting plinth near the bottom. Though, these “subs” aren’t designed to get connected to your receiver’s LFE output. In order to get around this, you can choose to route the speaker’s LFE channel to your right and left speakers for added bass effects.

The surround and center speakers also have, similar to other speakers in the system, but their drivers are 5″ smaller: one on the surround whereas two on the center. The system has ample bass, which makes it special when compared with the rest of its competitors.

Conclusion
The Fluance XLHTB has a beautiful shape and also comes in attractive colors. It has some of the best quality features that can come in a home system. Because of all of this, it can be said that the system is a good buy for any economy buyer.

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BlackBerry’s Best Phone yet: the BlackBerry Z30

Posted on 09 February 2015

Whenever you talk about the smartphones, the first names that come to mind are Apple and Samsung. These two are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones globally. However, these two are not the only smartphone manufacturers. There are quite a few other companies that do manufacture solid devices. One of these companies is Blackberry. The company manufactures excellent smartphones, even though its popularity scale may have been on a downward trajectory for some time.

With the launch of the Z10, the company hoped to step back into the competition. Unfortunately for Blackberry, the Z10 did not appeal to as many customers as it was hoping. However, the company has no plans of giving up or backing out. They are ready to give it another shot and this time they might just knock it out of the park.

Specifications
Blackberry has announced a new phone that it plans to launch in the months to come. This is the Z30 and it has all the features that a user looks for in a smartphone. The Blackberry Z30 is one of the most advanced devices ever to have been launched by the company. The company will be releasing this smartphone in November. For the moment it is being launched by Verizon only. Let’s look at what Blackberry has done under the hood of this one.

First of all, the new Z30 runs on the Blackberry 10.2 OS. Now for the processor, the Z30 is equipped with a massive 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor, not to mention Adreno quad-core graphics. To add to the big processor and graphics unit, the phone boasts a 2GB RAM. The smartphone not only features a 16GB memory but also supports a microSD card for additional storage. The Z30 has an 8-megapixel camera.

Design
The design is where BlackBerry has completely nailed it. The phone features a beautiful 5-inch HD display. The pixel density of this large screen is 295 ppi. The body of the Z30 is extremely sleek and for a large smartphone is incredibly comfortable to hold.

Price
The contract price for the Z30 at Verizon is $199. The off-contract price is not yet revealed. However, this phone is offering premium features so a premium price can be expected.

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The Dell Alienware 18: a Powerful Gaming Laptop

Posted on 06 February 2015

Manufacturers are striving to make their laptops more compact. The laptops you see nowadays are much more sleek and powerful than previous models. This rule is quite the opposite when it comes to gaming laptops. Hardcore gamers like their laptops bulky and tough, and of course, lots of juice under the hood. Dell specializes at delivering exactly what hardcore gamers want from a good gaming laptop. Let’s look at what’s new in the latest Alienware.

Specifications
The latest gaming laptop from Dell is the Alienware 18. The specifications of this laptop are nothing short of amazing. It’s got everything a gamer could possibly ask for in a laptop. As always, Dell offers various customization options for their machine. You can enhance the configuration of the laptop as per your preference.

The standard specifications of the Dell Alienware 18 include a massive 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-4900MQ processor. The laptop has a 32GB 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, which guarantees spectacular performance. A 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU ensures crisp graphics when playing the latest games. The laptop has dual storage for optimum performance. It is equipped with a 512GB SSD and another 750GB hard drive. The user also has the option to order the laptop with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Design
The Alienware 18 has an 18-inch screen which delivers the ultimate gaming experience. The laptop is built like a tank and delivers a performance to match. If you like a large screen, a big keyboard and an overall comfortable gaming experience, the Alienware 18 perfect for you. Summing it up, this laptop delivers topnotch performance and looks great. It is without a doubt the best gaming laptop on the market today.

Price
With the high-end specifications, the price may seem like it’s steep. The Alienware 18 is priced at $4,249. However, if you consider the specifications and the hardcore design, this is a fair price for such a powerful laptop.

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NHT SuperBud Earphones

Posted on 04 February 2015

NHT is a globally renowned company known for creating some of the best quality speakers available in the market though this is the first time they have ventured on to create earphones. The NHT superbud earphones have been lauded by its critics for their high quality performance. Furthermore, here are some details about this item:

Design
The earphones come in a cannabis-themed packaging, though besides the packaging feature the headphones are completely drug free and feature aluminum-clad housings. In terms of overall appearance, this earphone resembles many others, but can be differentiated due to the comfort it provides to its user.
An important feature regarding the design of these headphones is that every wearer is bound to hear a different sound when wearing it. This is because the length and shape of the ear canal varies from person to person, thus affecting the perceived response, especially in bass frequencies. Not wearing the earphones properly will result in you hearing different bass frequencies. You might hear a thin or a heavy bass sound. Plus, the item’s braided cord facilitates its durability and cannot be easily tangled

Features and Specifications
The NHT superbud earphone consists of 2-way coaxial dynamic drivers that can provide superior sound.. The earphones are compatible with smartphones and also contain an in-line mic. It has a multipurpose button that facilitates the functions of call and music control. Furthermore, the web page of the device offers a free equalizer app for Android and iPhone devices users.
NHT offers several accessories to its customers upon the purchase of this headphone. This includes five sets of latex ear tips, Comply T-200’s two sets of memory foam tips and five sets of latex ear tips. The company also offers a one year limited warranty as well.

Conclusion
All in all, this item is appreciated by the critics due to its overall features. It comes in a beautiful design and is also compatible. And because of its many benefits and features, it can be deemed as an excellent choice for all categories of users, especially those who intend to use it with their smartphones.

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Preview: Xiaomi Mi Note

Posted on 02 February 2015

Xiaomi is an upcoming Chinese tech giant that isn’t well known in global markets. However, all of this is about to change as the company is aiming to shake global competition through its Xiaomi Mi Note handset. Here is why this device can be easily compared to some of the latest and most advanced handsets available in the market today:

Design
The Mi Note comes with a glass and steel design. It is distinct from its competitors because of its slim design that misses out on any bulge. Another great thing about its designs is that unlike a most smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi Note does not have a protruding camera on the back. This makes its appearance fairly unique and is the cause of much fascination consumers. With a curved glass rear and front design, the Mi Note takes resemblance of some of its best features from its market rivals. The design is also very durable and is reported to stay scratch free from falls of about 5-feet.

Features and Specifications
The Mi Note offers competitive specs when compared to top handsets available in the market. Its 2.5 GHz 801 quad-core processor provides the users with some breathtaking computing experience. The device has 3GB of RAM and comes with 16GB and 64GB internal memory, though it lacks microSD expansion. It has HD display of 5.7-inch and supports dual 4G SIM.

The Mi Note utilizes a 3,000mAh battery. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera unit that comes with optical image stabilization technology. Its 4-megapixel front camera uses a sensor with pixels that are double the normal size. Because of its large screen, the device offers a one-handed mode that you can use when swiping from its home button to the right or left. You will also have the option of choosing the screen sizes of 3.5, 4 or 4.5 inches.

Conclusion
Xiaomi is making its mark on the global market. It is easily one of the most advanced and beautiful handsets available in the market. It stands out due to its processing speed, camera and durability factors.

Photo credit: Mi.com

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