Xiaomi Mi5s Pros and Cons Before you click "Buy"

Xiaomi keeps pushing the boundaries when it comes to launching new and attractive smartphones. Today we're going to tackle one of its most recent forays into the mid range segment; the Xiaomi Mi 5s. While not as visually stunning as the recently revealed Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Xiaomi Mi5s delivers a solid performance with updated internals and a very competitive price point that will make it irresistible to many consumers.

Today we seek to explore everything there is to know about this handset as we set out to list the pros and cons of the Xiaomi Mi5s, on sale at iGoGo for just 325€. Wanna tag along for the ride?

[Pros and Cons] Elephone S7, a deeper look

On the current smartphone market we've got to main trend-setters; Apple and Samsung. Typically, when you check out low cost smartphones of less popular brands you'll find that they tend to imitate either of these companies flagship phones. It's with that in mind that Elephone decided to do a full on copy of the Samsung Galaxy S7 when the company launched its Elephone S7.

The new smartphone comes packed with features, and offers users a much more affordable alternative to the ever popular Galaxy S7. In fact, you can buy the cheapest variant for just 129€ on iGoGo However, not all that shines is gold, with that in mind today we aim to explore the best and worst features of the Elephone S7 as we take a deep hard look onto its pros and cons. Care to join us?

[Reviewed] HP 15-ay020nr, a Generic Laptop without much surprises

HP has found tremendous success with it's new laptop lineup. Truth is that most people looking to buy a new laptop will surely place HP at the top of their list thanks to the companies continuos commitment to excellency.  Proof of said commitment is one of the companies latest forays into the mid range; the HP 15-ay020nr.

This new laptops doesn't really stand out when you take a simple glance at its specs but its the fact that its an HP product coupled with good hardware what makes you ultimately take the plunge and buy this model. That said, let's take a deeper look in our review of the HP 15-ay020nr.

The Good: 5th gen Core i3 CPU, 1TB of storage, 6 hour battery life, lightweight design, competitive pricing.
The Bad: 4GB of RAM should be a bit more for hardcore multitaskers.

[Ultimate Review] HP Pavilion 15-ayo91 the unfiltered truth...

As we've stated several times throughout the past few months; laptops are changing rapidly. What was once a pretty stagnant segment where changes would be seen every two-three years has now become an exciting terrain where anything is possible.

It used to be that only the most expensive of the bunch had great features but nowadays you can buy a pretty great laptop that's a mixture of mid and high end specs for a bargain price. Today we're going to tackle one of such laptops; the recently released HP Pavilion 15-ayo91, a very affordable alternative to high end models.

HP's latest venture into the touchscreen laptop segment packs a 6th generation Core i3 processor, 1TB of hard drive and a latest generation RAM module. All of this on a signature edition laptop which means you finally have the chance to use a notebook that's not stuffed with unnecessary apps that you didn't ask for nor actually want. Without further ado, let's see what all the hype's about on this review of the HP Pavilion 15-ayo91.

[Review] Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM All bets are off!

Well, I guess it's official; mid range laptops have never been more affordable. Such is the case of one of Acer's latest offerings, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM. This extremely affordable laptop packs some killer features such as a 7th generation Core i3 processor, DDR4 RAM, ultrafast WiFi and up to 12 hours of battery life, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Care to know more? I know I do so here's our in depth review of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM.

[Review] ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 a gamers best friend

We could open this paragraph explaining how far mobile graphics have come. And that would be about right: gaming laptops were once a joke; today, that’s no longer the case. But the recent developments in this category of products are a total game changer, and you’re about to find why.

We are looking at the review of the ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 this time, a 15.6 inch gaming laptop that packs the latest from everyone, including Intel but, most importantly, the new graphics card from Nvidia. Let’s see what this is all about.

Pros: power on every corner: 1080P IPS G-sync display, i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and the newest, most absurdly powerful card from Nvidia
Cons: aesthetics can put off some people who are looking for a more serious look

A body and display for gamers

You won't mistake the  ROG GL502VS-DB71 for something else than a gaming machine thanks to its black body mixed with red accents, including the lighting in the backlit keyboard and the now familiar ROG (Republic of Gamers) logo from Asus. We also find that this is a very slim system at just 0.94 inches thick, and a modest weight of 4.9 pounds.

As for the screen, there are very good news here, especially for gamers. Asus stuck with a 1080p panel on this one, the best balance since putting a higher resolution could hurt gaming performance. The screen is also matte, so reflections won’t bother you, but the best part is that it is IPS (for viewing angles) and also comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which will improve how your games look getting rid of things like screen tearing.

Skylake power

Games rely heavily on graphics, but CPU is also important. Besides, you’ll probably be using this for much more than just games, don’t you think? Fortunately, here we find an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor included. This quad-core 2.6 GHz (up to 3.5 GHz) chip belongs to the latest Skylake generation from Intel, and it sits on the highest category of mobile units.

That means all kind of tasks are possible with this powerful processor. Gaming will, of course, benefit from this on the ROG GL502VS-DB71, as well as intensive applications. Top that with the 16 GB of DDR4-SDRAM (2133 MHz) included, and you won’t have to worry about doing several of those things simultaneously.

Oh, those graphics

And now it’s time to talk about what really matters for a gaming computer. The ROG GL502VS-DB71 comes with an GeForce GTX 1070. Yeah, you read that right. That’s “1060” without the “M” that labels it as a mobile GPU, and that’s because this is the same graphics card used for desktop units. Nvidia has just launched this all-powerful line of GPU for laptops, and the game (as well as the games) has changed forever.

Modern AAA games are playable in at full resolution basically at the highest possible settings. According to NotebookCheck benchmarks, for example, some tougher titles like The Witcher 3 can be a bit more demanding (although they’ll still run fantastically), but expect to play at a consistent 60fps in every game you try. This is the real deal, there’s no compromise whatsoever.

Gaming on battery?

The ROG GL502VS-DB71 gets its juice from a 4-Cell battery that Asus claims will get you up to 5 hours of battery life. It’s worth noting though, this will vary wildly depending on what you’re doing, and it's always healthier to expect a bit less than what’s advertised. Still, battery life is never a focus for gaming machines, so we have to keep that in mind.

The power of ports

On the connectivity side, we can say that one of the most valued features in gaming hardware is a decent video connectivity. Fortunately, that’s the case here thanks to both the HDMI and the mini Display Port available, the later which supports resolutions higher than 1080p. That also extends to the USB Type-C included, as well as three other USB 3.0 conventional ports.

There’s also the basics: audio jack, SD card reader and even an Ethernet port if you plan on doing a LAN Counter Strike party. Just saying!

We were pretty impressed with the storage, to say the least. First, we have a 1 TB mechanical hard drive with a 7200 RPM speed, much higher than the mediocre 5400 RPM most companies use. But as if that weren’t enough, there’s also a whooping 256 GB of flash storage, so what you essentially have is a fusion drive; the best for both performance and raw storage available.


This might sound a bit too dramatic, but the overall conclusion of the ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 review is very simple: this is clearly a beast. There’s just not another word we can use to describe this laptop. From its aggressive aesthetics to its absurdly powerful internals, you won’t find a thing you can’t do with it. Even if you plan on gaming on higher resolutions with an external display, that’s perfectly possible thanks to the offer of ports it has.

This year, everything changed thanks to Nvidia’s new strategy for mobile GPUs, which are now almost on par with the desktop models. And the ROG GL502VS-DB71 is one of the first machine to show us just what we can achieve on a 15-inch form factor. Spoiler: it’s a lot.

[Review] Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P0KR outstanding; no, good; yes

Since the arrival of tablets, the existence of netbooks has been a little more difficult to explain. But the companies behind this machines eventually realized they had to come with a competitive solution, and that’s exactly what they are trying to do. You can’t beat the presence of a physical keyboard, after all.

In any case, laptops can change and offer different form factors even though they follow basic outlines to be considered a laptop in the first place. Like a convertible, for example. This is the review of the Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P0KR

Pros: Great battery life (up to 8 hours), includes HDMI port, expandable RAM, low price tag.
Cons: 64 GB of storage might put some people off, screen has a lower resolution