Monday, October 31, 2016
Slowly but surely, BLU has made a name for themselves when it comes down to unlocked phones. The company that started off with entry level phones has now expanded towards mid range phones that are giving major manufacturers a run for their money.
Today we tackle one of the companies latest flagships, the BLU Vivo 5R, an attractive octa core phone running Android 6.0 on top of a 5.5 inch display at a spectacular price. But all that's just the tip of the iceberg, without further ado, let's get cracking as we review the pros and cons of the BLU Vivo R5 to see if it's actually worth all the fuss.
The HP Pavilion lineup has provided us with some very precious gems over the past few years. However, few have presented as great a cost/value relationship such as the model we're gonna tackle today. Specifically, today we're gonna take on the review of the HP Pavilion x2 10-n113dx.
This is a nice little detachable laptop that can work both as a standalone tablet or as a modest entry level laptop. It doesn't have much in the way of technical specs but its low cost price coupled with its quality build have helped it become a rather unusual success for HP. Let's see what all the fuss is about, shall we?
Pros: Low end price, quality build, nice display, 2.5 pounds, comfortable keyboard.
Cons: Atom series processor, 2GB of RAM limits multitasking.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Dell's foray into the convertible laptop market has been quite successful thus far, with a wide range of convertibles reaching the market, the company has everything from entry level to high end convertibles on its catalogue. Today we take a look at one of its most popular mid range models; the quite affordable Dell Inspiron i3179-0000GRY.
This new laptop packs a retractible 11.6 inch touch-sensitive display powered by a very efficient Intel Core M3 7Y30 processor and 4GB of DDR3L RAM. Now, we take a look behind the curtain to see if this laptop has what it takes to spark our interest in this review of the Dell Inspiron i3179-0000GRY.
Cloudbooks have definitely made a name for themselves in the last couple of years. They are cheap, efficient and portable options that deliver the Windows 10 ecosystem at a fraction of the cost of owning a powerhouse laptop.
More and more companies are jumping onto the cloudbook bandwagon and with HP being one of the first companies to do so with its "Stream lineup", today we thought we'd take a deep look and review one of the companies most attractive and competitively priced models; the recently launched HP Stream 14-ax010nr.
This 14 inch cloudbook boasts a latest generation Celeron CPU, an impressive 10 hour battery life and a very lightweight design despite being on the higher end of the screen size scale (14 inches). However, that's just the tip of the iceberg, so without further ado, let's get on with our review of the HP Stream 14-ax010nr.
Not everyone has the same needs when it comes to computer hardware. Some are powerusers who won't go anywhere near a laptop that doesn't have at the very least a Core i5 couples with 8GB of RAM whilst others are more casual users who value portability and a budget price above everything else. It's for this set of users that Dell has come up with the perfect notebook under the name Dell Inspiron i3162-0003BLU.
This new notebook weighs very little, comes with the latest generation Celeron processor and works mainly in the cloud thanks to its 32GB of eMMC onboard storage. Today we seek to explore everything there is to know about this particularly affordable notebook as we set out to review the Dell Inspiron i3162-0003BLU.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Since Dell stoped being a publicly traded company it's become quite clear that the company is determined to take more risks as it tries to gain more marketshare not just from the enterprise users but also from the home users. Such risks become clear in models such as the Dell Inspiron i3179-0000RED we're going to review today due to its very affordable price tag.
This particular laptop is what we'd call a 2-in-1 laptop which offers both the laptop functionality as well as the tablet function. As such, it comes with certain compromises which other fully fledged laptops in its price range don't take on.
Such compromises can be seen on the display, or even in the storage. That said, let's get on with our review so you can draw up your own conclusions to determine if this machine is worth it or not.
Dell seems pretty keen on taking over the touchscreen laptop market. As such, the company keeps launching new and very interesting new models that seems to improve with each passing generation. Such is the case of the laptop we're determined to explore today; the Dell Inspiron i3179-0000BLU.
On Dell's latest foray onto the touchscreen segment we have a 7th generation Core M processor, an 11.6 inch display and 500 GB of storage, all at an immensely competitive price point. Without further ado, lets get on with our full review of the Dell Inspiron i3179-0000BLU.
Apple sure kept us waiting for its major MacBook Pro refresh and while many people will argue it was worth the wait, I for one am glad I bought my MacBook Pro a month earlier even whilst knowing that a major refresh was imminent. Sure, the new 2016 MacBook Pro models pack a series of interesting new features but such features also come packed with some serious disadvantages.
Today we put the new MacBook Pros with Touchbar to the test and do an extensive recap of the pros and cons of the 2016 MacBook Pro.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
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?
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?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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.
Monday, October 17, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
First there were desktop PCs. Then came laptops, and both coexisted for some time. Then a little thing called the iPad arrived to disrupt the market, and laptops have never been the same again. Today we have all sort of different products available, like convertibles and hybrid machines.
But what is exactly a “hybrid machine”? Is it a laptop that bends all the way to be some kind of oversized tablet? Not necessarily. As Microsoft’s Surface line has proven, it can be the other way around, and today we’ll be looking at that. This is the review of the Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-78M8.
Pros: great QHD IPS display, competitive price, powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD storage, 8 hour battery life.
Cons: just two USB ports
Netbooks have proven to be a compelling choice to consumers since their introduction thanks to their small size and even smaller price. They were designed to do simple tasks, and that’s what they did. But eventually tablets came to challenge Netbooks, and the battle has been interesting to say the least.
Various results have come out of this, and the laptop we’re reviewing this time is most likely the evolution of the Netbook for a more touch-friendly approach. That is to say, a convertible. This is the review of the ultra affordable Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P7HA
Pros: great battery life (up to 8 hours), includes HDMI port, expandable RAM and swappable HDD
Cons: hard drive is on the slower side, screen has a lower resolution
Depending on who you ask, this might be one of the best times to buy a new computer. We would be inclined to agree: there are just too many cool things going around at the moment like powerful processor, insane graphics, the new and better Windows 10 and of course, crazy models like convertibles.
This is the review of the HP ENVY x360 M6-ar004dx, a medium-sized model that also offers a thin and clean design. It’s a high-range convertible with great specs for anyone looking for a serious machine. Keep reading to find out what it is all about.
Pros: 1080p display, powerful AMD processor, backlit keyboard, fast mechanical hard drive, compelling price.
Cons: 8 GB RAM is good but not amazing, no dedicated graphics
Though we always have new versions of several products in the tech category, from hardware to software, there’s also usually a number of users who prefer previous versions of any product for specific reason. This often applies to Windows, which was updated a year ago to its latest version, Windows 10.
This time around we have the review of the Asus P2520LA-XH71, a laptop that offers an option for those who want modern, capable hardware but don’t necessarily want a newer version of the popular OS. The best part? You can actually choose which OS to use. All in all, a very attractive and affordable alternative to the Windows 10 models running around.
Pros: powerful Intel Core i7-5500U processor, excellent battery life, speedy mechanical hard drive, afforable pricing.
Cons: screen could have higher resolution, the keyboard is not backlit
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