Friday, March 31, 2017

Huawei Mate 9

   The Huawei Mate 9 smartphone comes with a lot of power packed into it. Huawei is the world’s 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer. Their goal is to be ranked number 2 by the end of 2018. Whether, they will reach that position is still a question mark. Here are the specifications of the Huawei Mate 9: This smartphone measures 6.18 x 3.1 x 0.31 inches and weighs 190 grams. It has a screen size of 5.9 inches  and a native resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. For this smartphone, Huawei uses it’s own processor known as Hisilicon Kirin 960. Huawei Mate 9 has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of SSD, 4000mAh battery, a Dual 20MP camera that has 12MP sensors and a 8MP front camera. This smartphone is Daydream VR ready and this is probably the reason why it placed a powerful processor inside this smartphone. I am not sure if it is the best phone to use for Google’s VR platform. This is because it does not have a 2k display. The Huawei Mate 9 was built to last. This is why Huawei has placed it’s own MLA   ( Machine Learning Algorithm ) in this phone. Having this in your phone assures you that your phone will be faster as it ages. This smartphone has so many divergent functions that the user can tweak. Huawei claims that the MLA in this phone gives 20% increase in smoothness of performance, 50% increase in system response and a 20% boost to the graphics read and write speed. The Huawei Mate 9 costs $600.
   The Huawei Mate 9has a full metal design. It does not look attractive at all. Huawei built this phone to perform and not for it’s outer looks. This phone is quite large . There is more screen on this phone when comparing it to other rival phones. You will find a fingerprint scanner on the back side beneath the Leica dual-lens camera. There is something peculiar about this phone. If you placed the phone on a table, you need to unlock the phone by picking it up or press the power button. You can use your PIN to unlock the phone. At the lowest part you will see two speaker grilles. The sounds on these speakers are good and reliable. You can also find a USB Type C-slot (  between the 2 speakers ) at the bottom. On the topmost part of the phone ( right hand side ) you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a power button located on the right hand edge. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a full HD panel and it has good viewing angles. This smartphone comes with the Emotion UI 5. It is so much alike the Android Nougat 7.0. The phone has a lot of unneeded apps on this phone. There are also a lot of very useful software on this phone too. If you don’t like the added bloatware on this phone, simply uninstall it. You can watch a bit of videos on this phone and the quality is quite good.  This smartphone can be used to play games regular or intensive. This is where the battery becomes so useful because of it’s long life.

   The Huawei Mate 9 performs quite well, but it is not the best smartphone available as claimed by Huawei .The battery can last the user for a full day, if used intensively. If you do not use it on a regular basis then the battery can last for almost two days. The Huawei Mate 9 has a 20MP monochrome sensor for it’s rear camera and a 12MP color sensor for it’s front camera. The monochrome sensor gives out more detailed results. This is based on the idea when the mono image is combined with the color image, the result is a clear and well detailed picture. The Huawei Mate 9 rear camera does a splendid job at this. This camera can also record video. The front camera performs well using it’s color sensor. The details are not well defined when pictures are taken in the dark or at night time. Having said that,if you are not fussy over the design, the Huawei Mate 9 will just be right for anyone who likes performance and battery life.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HP EliteBook 1030 G1

   The HP EliteBook 1030 G1is a business notebook gives you good tractability because it is so easy to handle and work with. This machine has the strength to handle business workloads. It is really a first class machine because working on it is so easy. The keyboard is sturdy and the performance is quite good. There are three configurations for this Elitebook. The entry level is $1200 while the configuration discussed in this article cost $1500 and the higher rank model cost $1870. This particular model comes with a Core m5-6y54processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256 SSD and a full HD ( 1920 x1080 ) non-touch screen. display. Here are the general specifications of the HP EliteBook 1030 G1:  ( 1 ) Windows 10 Operating System. ( 2 ) Two kinds of processors (  6th generation  Intel Core m7 or m5 processors ). ( 3 ) Intel HD graphics 515.  ( 4 ) Choose from these screen types ( 13.3  inch diagonal QHD+eDP ( 3200 x 1080 ) touch or 13.3 inch diagonal FHD EDP 1.3 or (1920 x1080 ) Touch display.  ( 5 ) You have a choice of  Solid State Drives up to 512GB. ( 6 ) Memory is 16GB. ( 7 ) The weight for a for a non-touch screen is 2.55 pounds and the weight for a touch screen is 2.56 pounds. ( 8 ) The keyboard is spill-resistant, backlit keyboard with drain and function keys. ( 9 ) It has clickpad with gestures support ( 10 ) 720p webcam ( 11 ) Audio by Bang & Olufsen with integrated speakers . ( 12 )  For Connectivity purposes the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 comes with Intel 820.11 a/b/g/n/ac WI-FI and Bluetooth 4.2 combo. HP said that is passed the MIL STD tests.
The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 13.3 inch delivers substantial colors and attributes. It is bright but it could have been brighter. This notebook gives out 116 percent of SRGB gamut and this is above the category average of 98 percent. The display dishes out 239 nits and this is below the category average of of 302 nits. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 has wide viewing angles. This particular ultrabook has a nicely built design. I would consider it a show-off design. It comes with a nice silver color. The aluminum deck and lid has a very a nice touch to it. This particular notebook has a nice thin bezel and well-polished sloping edges. This is what makes this EliteBook attractive. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 has a complete set of ports and slots. On the left side, you find a a security lock, HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, a data only USB Type-C port. On the right side you will find the power port. The headphone jack, second USB 3.0 port and docking connector. The fingerprint scanner is located at the right side of the keyboard. This ultrabook comes with a TPM ( Trusted Platform Module ) and it’s job is to protect the notebook’s hardware. This particular configuration comes with a vPro chip which allows encrypted storage of important substance. The HP EliteBook 1030 G1also comes with the HP Sure START technology and it will protect any attack intended on the System’s BIOS. The keyboard is pleasant because the keys are very responsive. The keys make-up for the shortage of travel on the keyboard.. The average is 1.5 mm while this ultrabook ticks at 1.4 mm.. The touchpad has a measurement of 3.6 x2.1 inches and delivers precise tracking  while navigating is going on. The Audio speakers are located on top of the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 keyboard’s deck. The sounds coming out from the speakers are of good quality. 
   This particular configuration can handle a moderately large amount of multitasking. In the Geekbench 3 performance test, this ultrabook produced 5,739 points and it is just above the category average of 5,523 points. The 256GB SSD is quite fast and it can transfer 4.97GB of files in 35 seconds.  It records a transfer rate of 145MBps. It still does not match the category average of 173.01 MBps. In the OpenOffice Macro test, this ultrabook managed to finish matching names in 4 minutes and 32 seconds. It is faster than the category average of six minutes and thirty twoseconds. On the Storm Unlimited graphics test the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 scored 59,071 points and it is above the category average of 51,805 points. The 0.9 megapixel camera is good for taking selfie shots and the other details are bearable. The Battery life is good for about nine hours. Just remember that this is a business notebook and I personally would not use this UltraBook for intensive gaming purposes.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lenovo Thinkpad T560

   The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 is one of the best business laptops that is out in the market. There are several reasons why this laptop is outstanding. It was built with a lot strength ( the body is durable ). It delivers strong performance and it has a very responsive keyboard. The configuration on this article will cost $1,290 dollars and it standard model cost $810. These are the specifications of the model described herein: The Operating system is Windows 10 Pro and the processor is a Core 15-6300U. The RAM is 8GB and it can be upgraded to 32GB. It has 256GB of SSD. The display measurement is 15.6 inches. It has a full HD resolution ( 1920 x 1080 ).  This laptop has a a 128MB video memory. It carries an 802.11 b/g/n/ ac WI-FI Intel Dual Band Wireless- AC 8260 model. This laptop comes with a touchpad that measures 3.9 x 2.2 inches. The size of this laptop is 14.98 x 10.16 x 0.88 inches. The weight will depend on your battery size. If you opt for a 3 cell battery, your laptop will weigh 4.8 pounds. A 6 cell battery will increase it’s weight to 5.2 pounds
     Lenovo does not change colors and sticks to the same black color like it’s previous predecessors . You can find a bright red color because of it’s status light and trackpoint nub. This laptop is not light and you can check the specifications on the first paragraph. I personally would advise users to get the 6 cell battery because it increases the staying power of this laptop. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 was constructed from polypphenylene sulfide on it’s lid and deck. The bottom is made glass-fiber-reinforced plastic bottom. According To Lenovo, this particular laptop has gone through the MIL-SPEC durability benchmark tests for very high temperatures, shocks, dust and vibrations. This particular laptop according to Lenovo passed all of these tests. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 comes with a Trusted Platform Module ( TPM ). It keeps your hard drive and Bios pass word protected. This is only available if you choose the i5 -6300U processor or higher. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 has a spill resistant keyboard. The keys are nicely curved and it allows ample travel time. The keyboard has shortcut keys for the calculator app, web browser, file explorer and screen lock. It has a track pointing stick just in between the G and H keys. The nub allows you to navigate precisely. It is also useful for highlighting, clicking on a really small icon. I still prefer using the 3.9 x 2.2- inch buttonless touchpad. The touchpad is so nice to use because there are no drawbacks to it. The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 Full HD non-touch display on this configuration has wide viewing angles and precise colors. This display delivers a tolerable 71% of color gamut. It is still below the category average of 89%. You can purchase also other models that come with a 1920 x 1080 touch screen panel, a 1336 x 768 non-touch standard model and 2880 x 1620 non-touch display panel. The audio speakers are just rightly tuned for listening and enjoying a bit of music. The 720p webcam is at level with those of other business laptops.
   The Lenovo Thinkpad T560 has several ports. On the laptop’s right side you will find 2 USB 3.0 ports, a miniDisplay port and a Kensington lock slot. On the left side you will find you will find a smart card reader, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, an HDMI-out port and a 3rd USB 3.0 connector. The configuration mentioned here delivers a very good performance and it can do much more than just productivity and multitasking. On the Geekbench 3 test that measures overall performance, this laptop had a score of 6,210 points, a bit below the category average of 7,265 points. This particular model was able copy 4.97GB of mixed media files having a rate of 181.76 MBps. It is much faster than the category rate of 130MBps.The 6 cell Battery is a $15 dollar option but it can last for at least twenty hours .Using a 3 cell battery will bring it down to 10.hours and that is still laptop category average of 6 hours and thirteen minutes. This is a good laptop to acquire but it is not suitable for gaming purposes. This laptop was released in 2016 and it might cause a bit cheaper now.

Fujitsu Lifebook E736

   The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 is a business laptop that commands a high price. This is good for those who are in business and who would not mind spending money. For a laptop of this size, it has a lot of capacity in it. According to Fujitsu, this laptop delivers very good functionality and a great looking design. The manufacturer is just trying to tell the buyers that they built this laptop without compromises. It is not as slim like it’s competitors but it has a complete assembly of connectors and elements inside this laptop worth considering. The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 can also be called an Ultrabook. It manages to put in 32GB of RAM despite this being a 13.3 inch laptop. The Top of the line model is the one featured in this article. Here are the main specifications: ( 1 ) Intel Core i7-6600U processor ( 4MB cache, .6GHz standard frequency that can reach as much as 3.4.GHz ). ( 2 )  Intel HD Graphics 530 ( 300 MHz standard frequency  and it can reach a limit of 1.05GHz frequency  (  3  ) 32GB DDR4-2133 RAM. ( 4 )  13.3 inch full HD IGZO ( Indium gallium Zinc Oxide ) Display Screen.  (  4  ) 256GB OPAL FDE SATA 3 SSD with complete disk encryption.  ( 5 ) 2 x audio ports ( microphone/headphone ), 2 x digital microphones, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, full size Display Port, Ethernet port, Docking connector for Port Replicator, Smartcard slot, SD card slot, SIM card slot ( for models with 3G/4G ).  ( 6 ) 4G LTE modem, 802.11ac WI-FI, Bluetooth 4.0  ( 7 ) Fingerprint sensor, TPM 2.0 module, Kensington Lock support. ( 8 ) Weight is 3.5 pounds. ( 9 ) Size is 321 x 228 x 20mm. There is a port replicator and 2 batteries that adds up to 100 Whr ( 9.3Ah  with 12 cells ). This particular model will cost $1,920. Check out for discounts because this has been in the market for quite a time. You can also choose another model that comes with an Intel Core-17-6500U processor. Let go of the extra battery, 24GB of memory and port replicator. The SSD drive will be doubled. Doing this will lower the price level to $1,330.
   The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 has a full HD Resolution ( 1920 x 1080 pixels ) and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1.  It’s brightness level is 330 cd/m2. This laptop comes with a matte ( dull  ) finish. The colors are vivid and not overdone. Fujitsu must have realized the high cost of this laptop and this could be the reason why it came out with a high-quality design. It must have wanted to catch the attention of it’s prospective buyers. This laptop features gunmetal lid which has it’s famous S logo and a red border that goes from one side to the other. It has a metal palm rest and it is well polished. Unlike other laptops, the display on the Fujitsu Lifebook E736 can be made to lay back. I find this of no use at all. There are two hinges that are attached to the base. The keys on the keyboard have a soft touch and it has a more than average travel. It has a large touchpad and two physical buttons.. You can find a fingerprint reader on the palm rest. There are also two small speakers that don’t have much depth, five status lights, the power, WI-FI on and off plus Eco mode buttons. These amenities are all located on top of the first row of keys.

   This laptop has a lot of power packed into it. This is what makes the Fujitsu Lifebook E736  a standout. The Fujitsu Lifebook E736 performed extremely well in this array of benchmark tests: ( 1 ) 3D Mark: Skydiver-3,979 points, Fire Strike-956 points, Cloud Gate-5,883 points, Ice Storm-57,959 points, Ice Storm Extreme-42,279 points. ( 2 ) PCMark 8 Home-2,931 points ( 3 ) PCMark 8 Creative-2,810 points. ( 4 ) PCMark 8 Work- 3,247 points. ( 5 ) CineBench: OpenGL- 45.46fps: CPU-341 points. Geekbench: Single Core-3,710 points, Multi core-7,503 points. With full usage of the laptop, the battery can last for twelve hours. This laptop comes with a price but considering everything, this is a real good laptop.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Asus ZenPad 3S 10

  Asus has clearly defined it’s image in computer technology world and it wants to be up there with the big boys. With the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 , Asus wants to stay up there with it’s competitors and make this tablet more affordable. Here are the specs of this particular tablet. The measurement of the body is 9.47 x 6.44 x 0.28 inches and it weighs 430 grams. The display is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16m colors , 9.7 inches in size ( minus 74% screen-to-body-ratio ), 1536 x 2048 pixels ( resolution ), multitouch up to 10 fingers and it uses Oleophotic coating for protection purposes.  It comes with an Android OS v 6.0 Marshmallow, Mediatek MT8176 chipset, and a Hexa-core ( 2 x2.1 GHz & 4 x 1.7 GHz ).. For memory purposes it comes with a microSD up to 256 GB ( dedicated slot ), 32/64 GB of internal storage, 4GB RAM. It comes with a primary camera that has 8 MP, a secondary camera with 5MP, 1080p and the video is 1080p 30 fps. The camera features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection , HDR and panorama. For sound purposes, it has vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones, 3.5mm jack and stereo speakers. For connectivity purposes it comes with an 802.11 a/ b/g/n /ac WI-FI, dual-band, WIFI Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX. It has a GPS-GLONASS and a USB v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The sensors are the following: fingerprint ( front-mounted ), acceloremeter, gyroscope, proximity and compass. This tablet come s with Email, Push Mail and IM messaging. The Browser is HTML5. It has fast charging (Quick Charge 3. 0 ), Google Drive with a  100GB Cloud Storage MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.264 player,  Document viewer, Photo and video editor. The Battery is a non-removable Li-Po mAh battery ( 22 Wh ). TheAsus ZenPad cost $300.
   The design has a 4:3 display and that is what makes this tablet distinct from it’s competitors. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a good-looking tablet. It’s metal body is rather striking. I like the way the bezels are cut on the corners. The edges on this tablet have very fine curves and that is why it is so pleasant to hold in your hands. On the top right corner of this tablet, the user can locate the volume and power buttons. You can see also see the home button and it can be used also as a fingerprint scanner. There are two capacitive buttons that can be used for multitasking. On the top most point of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10, you will find a 3.5mm headphone socket and at the bottom you can find a USB Type-C port and NXP amp stereo speakers. The IPS screen on this tablet is it’s best feature. It delivers solid punches when it comes to images, color reproduction and fascinating contrast. This is all due to the VisualMaster technology of Asus. The viewing angles are really good. The audio on this tablet give out a solid performance and this is because of the AudioWizard app. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow 6.0 comes with the ZenUI 3.0 and it has an app called Mobile Manager. This app has settings that will allow the user to control apps. The Power Saver menu gives the user a series of battery modes. You can preserve the battery life or put more it.

   This is how The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 performed in several tests. In the Geekbench 4 test, this tablet had a score of 3,270 and this is above the category average score of 2,994.  This tablet had a score of 14,124 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Gaming Benchmark. This is a bit below the category average of 15,504. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 took only 2 minutes and 52 seconds when transcoding a 1080 video to 480p in Vidtrim. This is above the average 8.23 seconds. In the JetStream JavaScript benchmark test, this tablet scored 57.7 and it was above the average of 49.2. This tablet needed only 7 seconds to secondary cameras can take good enough pictures but the contrast on these cameras fell short of my expectations and the video suffers from the same problem. The battery life is good for 8 hours.The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 delivers a good performance. It has good sounds that makes this tablet desirable for watching videos and multitasking.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

   The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is what I call a futuristic tablet. It is the first tablet to come out with an HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) screen. It’s all glass design upgrade makes this tablet quite desirable. The other thing that makes this tablet a good buy is it’s S Pen. It comes with the tablet and you do not need to purchase it: Here are the following specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The measurement of the body is 9.34  x 6.85 x 0.34 inches ) and it  has a  Nano SIM. This tablet comes with an HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) Super AMOLED DISPLAY capacitive touchscreen, 16 M colors, size is 9.7 inches, a  Quad resolution of 2048  x 1536 pixels and you can use five fingers for multitouch. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a platform consisting of an Android OS, v7.0 Nougat, a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, with a Quad-core  ( 2 x 2.15GHz Kryo & 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo ), and an Adreno 530 graphics processor. For memory purposes this tablet comes with a microSD, u that can be jacked up to  to 256 GB  with an exclusive slot, an internal storage of 32GB and 4GB of RAM. It comes with a front camera that has 5MP, f/2.2mm, 23mm, 1080 p.  The rear camera is 13 MP, f/1.9.27mm, autofocus, LED flash, video 2160 with 30fps. It has Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes, with vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones. This tablet has 4 stereo speakers courtesy of AKG/Harman and it comes with a 3.5mm jack. For connectivity purposes, it comes with a WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Wi-FI Direct, hotspot.. This tablet also has an A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, a v3.1USB, Type-C reversible connector, magnetic connector.  These are the following features: fingerprint sensor ( installed on the front ), acceloremeter, gyroscope and  compass sensors. For messaging purposes , the user can use SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email and IM. The browser is an HTMl 5. This tablet has fast charging, Ant+support, MP4/H 264 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flash Player, Photo/video editor and Document editor. The Battery is a non – removable 6000mAh. The colors of this tablet is Black and white. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will cost $600 plus another $130  for the keyboard. The S Pen comes with the tablet.. This should be available on March 24, 2017 in the U.S.A
   The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a lot better looking than it’s forerunner. It has a premium design because it was built with glass and metal. It really looks classy. Hold this tablet and you will feel at ease and comfortable. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Is slimmer than it’s more high-end competitor. The HDR Display is the real deal with this tablet. It heightens up the contrast ratio and the four speakers. sounds are much better than the other tablets out there in the market. With the HDR on this tablet, it’s like you are present and watching a real movie scene take. I mean everything seems more realistic. This is the future of videos and Samsung has made it a reality. The resolution on this tablet gives the user higher contrast ratios and more illuminated highlights. The four speakers on this tablet are more powerful than it’s predecessor. It has been modified to adjust to your movements. If you move around the tablet, the speakers will adjust to the changes. This means you will always hold it the right way. These are AKG tuned speakers . The S Pen is bigger than those of the Note phones, tablets and Chromebooks. It comes in a flat design and has a clip. Having a clip means it will not get away from you by sliding or rolling away. It’s a lot better for the user to buy the keyboard, this is if you want to have the full capabilities of having a 2 – in – 1 tablet. You will have the full tools that the S Pen needs, like Notes, Smart Select, Screen Write and others. The Keyboard looks a bit tight, but it is quite usable and the travel is relatively good. 
   This tablet comes with the new Samsung Experience software which any user can handle easily. It is useful for navigating. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 runs an Android 7.0 Nougat. If you want entertainment this is the tablet that will suit your needs. Watching movies, music and games will be delightful. You’ll have full realistic colors. The QualComm SoC ( System on a chip ) that this tablet has packs a lot of power. It can play 3D games easily. For productivity, it a very good tablet to acquire. The primary camera on this tablet is a 13MP camera that has autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture plus a flash, For a tablet it gives you good quality pictures. It has gesture control and 4k video recording. The 5MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture is good enough and can be used for video chats. It has a low- light performance and you can’t use it in dimly lit areas. I hope Samsung can improve on this. The battery life can last for at least 8 hours.. With this on mind, This is a good tablet to acquire because of it’s performance and productivity. It is good for users who want to look into the future.


ZTE Axon 7

    ZTE is the largest telecommunications Company in China and it has set bases in at least 140 countries. The ZTE Axon 7 was built to be an alternative to the more famous Samsung Galaxy 7 and iPhone 7. This smartphone comes with the following specifications. This is a touchscreen smartphone and it weighs 185 grams. The Battery of this phone is a 2350mAh and is non-removable. It comes in Ion Gold and quartz Grey colors. The screen size of this smartphone is 5.50 inches and it has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 1.6GHz quad-core. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage. The storage can be expanded by using the microSD and it can go up to 128GB. The rear camera has 20 megapixels and the front has 8 megapixels. The camera on this smartphone has a flash. The operating system is an Android 6.0.1. For connectivity purposes , the ZTE Axon 7 comes with an 802.11 b/g/n/ac WI-FI, GPS, Bluetooth v 4.20, NFC, 3.5mm headphone,  and 2 SIMs. The first is a Nano-SIM and has a GSM. The second is also a Nano-SIM and it comes with a GSM, 3G and 4GLTE. The ZTE Axon 7 also has the following sensors: Compass/Magnetometer, Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Barometer and temperature sensors. This smartphone also has it’s own interface called MiFavor and you can use it if you want to. The price for this smartphone is $400.
    The ZTE Axon 7 has it’s own unique design that sets it apart from the others. The body is made of aluminum that is well polished. The screen of this phone has curved edges.  On the front of this smartphone is a 5.5 inch AMOLED Display panel that is surrounded by a black border that goes all the way to the edges. You can spot triangular cutouts up and below it. This marks off the two stereo speakers on this smartphone. On top of the bottom grille, the user will find three touch sensitive buttons. They are used for navigating purposes. These are the back, home and a shortcut button to go straight to the multitasking menu. The ZTE Axon 7 also has beautiful backside. On the center of the backside you will see the camera lens, flash, and fingerprint sensor. The logos of this phone can be spotted below. On the sides you will find the power button, volume rocker and a merger of SIM/ Micro SD card tray that has the same color of the phone. The AMOLED screen Display on this phone is really clear. The audio on this phone sounds really good.  What’s good about this smartphone is it put a lot of it’s attention on the audio system. It has 2 audio chips, the AKM AK4961and AKM AK4490. These chips provide good support for HI-FI and audio playback through headphones, loudspeakers, and front facing speakers. The ZTE Axon 7 uses the Dolby Atmos Technology. The rear camera has 20 megapixels that comes with an f/1.8 aperture that controls phase detection autofocus. The result is that it locks in the focus quickly. It comes with a Optical Image Stabilization and this neutralizes the effects of hand shaking while taking pictures. It has high dynamic range that enhances brightness and color contrast. The front 8 megapixel camera is good for taking selfies and videos too. The pictures on this smartphone are good.  It could have been better if only the manufacturers exerted more effort.
    The ZTE Axon 7 has a lot of speed. You can use it with a lot of apps, do multitasking and it will not bog down. This smartphone did quite well in two benchmark tests.  In the Antutu test, it had a score of 142,672. In the Geekbench 4 single core test, this smartphone had a score of 1,694. These scores are above the normal averages.  If you are talking about performance, this smartphone does it’s job. The battery on the ZTE Axon 7 is bigger than some of the smartphones out there. The battery can last for at least a day. If you are going to use it intensively for games and streaming then the hours will be reduced.   For the price and performance, this a good smartphone to acquire.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Moto G5 Plus

   The Moto G5 Plus comes with the following configurations:  The measurements of this phone is 5.91 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches and weighs 155 grams. The resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels.  It has Dual SIM and a dual stand-by. The display of this phone is a touchscreen.  The size is 5.2 inches. The Moto G5 Plus uses a Corning Gorilla Glass for security purposes. The OS is an Android v7 Nougat and the chipset it uses  is the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625. The CPU is an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex- A53. The Graphics used in this smartphone is a n Adreno 506. For memory purposes, it has a microSD that can be extended to 256GB. The internal storage is available in these variants 32/64GB 2/4GB RAM and 32GB 3GB of RAM. The main camera is a 12MP f/1.7, autofocus, dual LED ( dual tone ) flash.  It has several features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto HDR. The video is 2160 30fps for the USA/ 10880 30 fps for the EMEA countries. The secondary camera is a 5MP f/2 .2. The smartphone has vibration and a WAV ringtone. The Moto G5 Plus has a loudspeaker and a 3.5mm jack. This smartphone comes with a WI-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WIFI Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR. It comes with a GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio and a microUSB v2.0, USB Host. The Moto G5 Plus has several sensors: fingerprint that is on the front side, an acceloremeter, gyroscope, proximity and compass.  It can be used for messaging using MMS, SMS, Email, Push Email and IM. The Browser is an HTML 5. The Moto G5 Plus has fast battery charging, MP3/AAC +/WAVFlac player, Photo video editor, Document viewer. The Battery is a non-removable Li-Ion 300mAh battery. This smartphone comes in these colors; Lunar Grey and Fine Gold. The price of this smartphone in the U.S.A is $230. This phone will be released in some countries on the 3rd or 4th week of March 2017. I expect this smartphone to be released in the U.S.A. in the  early 2nd quarter of this year.
    The Moto G5 Plus has an all metal-aluminum  body finish. It has a larger screen than it’s predecessors. The Moto G5 Plus looks very strong This smartphone looks good for an affordable phone. It has the Moto branding between the earpiece and display. The fingerprint sensor is located underneath the. There are chrome accents on the front and back of the large screen. It has a rounded housing on the back part of the camera and the dual Led flash. The logo is engraved on this smartphone. Though the Moto G5 Plus is 7.7mm thick, it thickness gives the user a good grip on the smartphone. The screen does a good job when you watch videos, movies and when you play games. I would not recommend playing intensive games on this smartphone. Viewing angles are good. There is a color mode that you can use. You can set it to standard or vibrant color reproduction. The cameras on this smartphone are very good. The front camera will work well in dim areas.  The rear camera has a feature called autofocus. This lets you lock in quickly. It has an 8x digital zoom  and a nice view finder. The colors are accurate. Settings can be adjusted. You have the white balance, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and manual focus. The Moto G5 Plus really has an outstanding camera.
   The Moto G5 Plus is good for multi-tasking and you can use so many apps. You can work with different media files and you won’t have any problem. The Battery can last a full day of ordinary usage. If you are going to use it for intensive purposes then it may last for only 12 hours. The turbo charging on this smartphone is very useful.  The Moto G5 Plus is one of the best phone at it’s level.  For the price, there might be some people eager to get their hands on this smartphone.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook

The Fujitsu LifeBook U745 is a 14 inch business ultrabook and it comes with the following specifications: The Processor is an Intel Core 15-53000u 2.3 GHz. It uses the Intel HD Graphics 5500 Core 300-900, dual channel 10, 18, 10.3977. It has 4GB Of RAM DDR3- 1600. The display  is 14inches 1600 x 900 pixel. The soundcard that it uses is a Realtek ALC282 Intel Broadwell PCH- LP High definition Controller. The internal storage is 256GB Samsung SSD. . The Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook has 3 USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1, 1 VGA, 1 Display port, 1 Kensington lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connectons:  headphones out, microphone-in, SDcard reader, 1 smart card, 1 fingerprint reader, Sensors: Brightness sensor, TPM 1.2. For Connectivity purposes it comes with an Intel 1218-LM Gigabit ( 10/100/1000Mbit ) Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 ( a/b/g/h/n/ac ), Bluetooth 4.0, Siena Wireless EM7305. The size of the Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook is 0.75 x 13.09 x 9.21 inches. The Battery is a 45 Wh Lithium-ION 14.4 V 3150 mAh. The OS is Windows 8 ( 64 Bit ). T You can use Windows 10 with it too,. The Camera is an HD webcam. It has a weight of 3.75 pounds. This configuration cost $1500. The starting price is $1000.
   The body of the Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook is constructed from aluminum and magnesium. The hinges are firmly built. You can find 3 large hatches  that keeps the battery and SIM card slot hidden.  The RAM slot is behind the small hatch. Fujitsu has placed in the Palm Secure sensor and it allows biometric access control. The Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook has an enlightened Chiclet keyboard and it has two brightness levels. The 5 keyboard is quite suitable for typing. The touchpad has a size 9.5 x 5 cm. and it is rather large. This is useful for gesture control. You will have no problem using the touchpad, because it is smooth and has a nice feel to it. This configuration comes with a touchscreen and it works really well. The glare on the screen is very minimal.. There is only one display option for this model and that is 1600 x 1900 pixels. The horizontal display of this model makes reading quite easy. You can use this when you are outdoors and even when it is not sunny.

    The Fujitsu LifeBook U745 Ultrabook gives a a very satisfactory performance. Windows boots so fast . You can do all kinds of work like mult-itasking, opening at least several browsers and it will just work out fine.  This is a business ultrabook and you can do a lot with it like spreadsheets, research and other stuff that is needed for your business. If you hear a bit of sound from the ultrabook, you can go to the BIOS and change the fan control. Just put it to normal mode and that will resolve the issue.  My advice is not to play games with this ultrabook. The battery lfe is good for 6 hours.  This is a good ultrabook to use for business. Maybe there is a bargain price for this ultrabook since this was released in 2015.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Acer Chromebook 15

The Acer Chromebook 15 is the biggest Chromebook that has come out and it’s from Acer.  It comes  with a 5th generation processor. Although it is rather large when you compare it to other Chromebooks, the price remains affordable at $350. You might get this at a slightly lower price now since this came out in the year 2015. These are the specifications of this budget machine. The processor is a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205u ( dual core, 2MB cache ).  It uses Intel HD graphics. The RAM is 4GB DDR3. The screen is  a 15.6 inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution  with an LED-backlit Display. It comes with an internal storage of 32GB SSD. There are several ports that are available: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2, HDMI, SD card reader, headphone /microphone jack. For Connectivity purposes it uses a 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The camera is a 720p HD webcam.  It has a weight of 4.85 pounds and  the dimensions of it’s screen is  15.08 x 9.65 x o.95 inches
    This Chromebook looks quite sturdy and the Taiwanese based manufacturer did a wonderful job of using more durable plastic. The plastic exterior is covered in a net-like texture. The whole laptop has the same type of finish. It includes the lid, bottom and the back of the screen hinges. This just means that you’ll have more grip on this budget machine. It has a well fabricated finish. It’s so nice to hold on to. When you open the laptop you will see the huge 15.6 screen and it deflects reflections or glare. Acer has a name for this and they call it Comfyview antiglare display. Below the display, you will notice a spacious keyboard deck. This means that you will have a large size keyboard. There is no number pads but instead you’ll find two big speakers. On the bottom you will see a large trackpad. The Acer Chromebook 15 The audio on this Chromebook is reliable and the sounds are good.  The keyboard has island style keys. The keyboard offers good spacing and it feels nice to type on. The portraits taken from the 720p webcam are clear. Because you are using a Google OS, you’ll have all the google apps available to you.
   The Acer Chromebook 15 processor is so fast and you will not have any problem opening pages, tabs and apps. This Chromebook is good for multitasking purposes. In the Peacekeeper browser test it scored 3,261. In the Snupsider Javascript test it completed the test in just 319.3 milliseconds. In the WebGL test the Acer Chromebook 15 did well with 26 frames per second. Acer Chromebook 15 passed all of  these tests. It just proves that this particular Chromebook is not only sturdy bit it offers good performance. The battery will last you for at least 8 hours.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

   Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom is the second Zoom phone to come out from the company. If you are in to photography and you really like good images, then you might consider this smartphone. It is built exceptionally well and this is because the specifications of the smartphone are really very good. The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED display 1920 x1080 pixels a 2.06GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, Adreno 506  GPU and 4GB LPDDR$ RAM. You can choose to have a 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. It’s expandable by using microSD and it could reach as much as two Terabytes. It uses the SIM 2 slot. The Asus Zenfone 3  Zoom smartphone  has a dual 12 MP laser AF camera ( 2.3 x optical zoom ) with dual-LED. This smartphone comes with a flash and Optical Image Stabilization. The front camera is 13 megapixels.  This smartphone has a dual SIM,  For connectivity purposes  it uses 4GLTE FDD known as ( Frequency –Division Duplexing ) with  Bands  ( 1,2,3,5, 7 8, 9, 18, 19 26, 28 ), TD-LTE meaning( Time Division ) with Bands ( 38, 39, 40, 41 ). It also has WCDMA which means ( Wideband Code Division Multiple Access ) with Bands ( 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 , 19 ), 802.11  b/g/n WI-FI and a Bluetooth 4.2. This smartphone has a fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C. It comes with a 500mAh Li-Ion battery with quick charging and reverse charging.  The OS used in this smartphone is an Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ Zen UI 3.0. The measurements are 154.3 x 77 x 7.99mm. The weight is 170 grams. The price of this phone is estimated to be at $500.
    The design on this phone is quite different from the Zenfone released in 2015. It is not heavy despite of it’s larger battery. The Asus Zenfone 3  Zoom looks chic and slim. It is more appealing than the Zenfone 3 Max. It was designed to match the beauty of the higher standard smartphones. The front side features the 5.5 inch display and the receiver is on top of it near the 13MP selfie camera, notifications and sensors. On the down part you can see 3 unlit capacitive keys that can be used for navigating. The front side is secured because it has a Gorilla 5 glass.  The right side has the volume rocker, power and lock button. It is made of metal and the texture and it has a firm touch. On the left side you can find the hybrid SIM tray that can house 2 nano sized SIM cards. It could even be a nanoSIM or a microSD card. Right on the top, you can spot the microphone and down below there is a 3.5 mm audio port, main microphone, USB C port and a loudspeaker. On the backside of the smartphone is the 12MP camera, the Laser AF module, dual-LED flash. The finger print scanner is located at the center. There are also glossy antennas on the top and bottom corners. The backside has a matte black but refined fish and it has a good grip. This smartphone can be held with just one hand and the nice thing about it is that it is not heavy. Sporting a 5.5 inch screen with full HD resolution, the Asus Zenfone 3  Zoom has a 401ppi pixel density. The AMOLED dis play gives you vivid colors and wider viewing angles.

    The best feature of this smartphone are it’s  dual cameras on the back that comes with a setup with 12 MP sensors.The two cameras are not the same. On the first one you have a Sony IMX 362 sensor with a color correction ( RGB  Sensor ), f/17 aperture, 25mm focal length, 4 axis OIS, 3 axis EIS. It supports 4k video recording and it has the ASUS Tritech + AF system and it includes Dual Pixel PDAF, 2nd GEN Laser AF and Contrast Detect AF. The second camera has a Samsung 3M3 sensor, f/26 aperture, It has 2.3x optical zoom and is adequate to reach up to 12x digital zoom, It has a 59mm focal length and uses a Contrast Detect AF. They perform differently. The Zenfone Zoom uses the Sony sensor and the Samsung zoom camera can be used when you are shooting at long distances and close up macros. Both cameras gives you vibrant images. The front camera is good for selfies and you will be amazed at the results. The performance of this smartphone is excellent.  It’s so nice to use and does not lag behind when you are using it. In full use,  the battery can last you for at least 24 hours. The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom is really a good smartphone and it’s good for all the photo buffs out there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Acer Aspire S13

   The Acer Aspire S13 is not the slimmest of all notebooks but it performs quite well and the price can swing a lot of users to buy it. The entry level will cost as much as $600. There is another model that is priced at $750. This notebook comes in two colors Obsidian Black and Pearl White. The Obsidian black is the color of the lower models, while the color of it’s top of the line model  is Pearl White. What is mentioned here is the high end model that cost $1000 and has the following configurations: The top of the line model comes with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-6500u ( dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost ). For Graphics purposes it has an installed Intel HD Graphics 520. It has 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. The screen is a 13.3 inch 1920 x 1080 anti-glare LED-backlit IPS touchscreen display It has speaker grills that are facing downwards. The Acer Aspire S13 has 512GB SSD. It has a 45 Wh battery. The Operation System is Windows 10 and it has Windows Office 365. There are several ports 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, SD card reader, and headphone/microphone jack. For connectivity purposes, It uses a 802.11ac WI-FI and it comes with a 2x2 Mu-MIMO technology ( Dual Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz ) plus Bluetooth 4.0. The camera is a 720p webcam. It weighs 3 pounds. The size of this notebook is 12.87 x 8.98 x 0.57 inches.
    By design you cannot say it is a high end notebook. It looks like a budget laptop. Everyone likes the well-polished aluminum type. This is probably because of the ridged texture of the plastic lid. It has very thin pinstripes that you will not notice. The engraved texture that’s on this notebook gives you more grip on it.  I personally do not believe that the coating is made of aluminum but it is unwrinkled and even. The other parts of this notebook are nice. The sides have been nicely tapered off. Having the sides tapered allows the sound to be clearly heard. The keyboard and touchpad are nice to work with. The best feature in this notebook is it’s 13.3 matte touchscreen. Use this notebook anywhere and there won’t be any reflection. There may be times that you might have to increase it’s brightness. It has the BlueShield Technology. This is good because you won’t strain your eyes. The matte screen will assure you that you won’t have fingerprint stains on it.
    The Acer Aspire S13 is really fast because of it’s storage and the Core i7 processor it uses. You can stream videos from any service providers like Google or Netflix and there won’t be any problem. Webpages and Applications will load up quickly. The manufacturer says that the battery life will last for 13 hours. It does not, the battery life is good for about  8 hours. In the 3D Mark: Cloud test it scored 5,885; Sky Diver 3,569, Fire Strike; 816. Using the Cinebench CPU test the Acer Aspire S13 scored 31cb; Graphics 41.43 fps. In the PC Mark 8 Home test this notebook had a score 2,771. In the Geekbench 3 Single Core test the Acer Aspire S13 had a score of 3,247. In the Multi-Core test the score was 6,884.  The tests show that the Acer Aspire S13 did considerably well. Acer did cut down on the design but I believe what stands out here is it’s performance.  Since this notebook was released in 2016, maybe the price is lower now. Why not find out if you can get it at a bargain.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fujitsu Stylistic R726

    The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 hybrid 2-in-1 laptop/ tablet has their eyes set on business customers.  It’s one of the Original Equipment Manufacturers ( OEM ) that builds it’s equipment in it’s home ground.  In the case of the R726, it was not built in Japan but in Germany. The model that is discussed here is the Core i7 model that costs $1610. This comes with an optional docking station that cost $147. This does not include the Value Added Tax. The entry level of this hybrid is a Core i3 that cost $875 and it also has a i5 model. The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 uses a Windows 10 Pro and has a kickback stand. It comes with a detachable keyboard. It has a 12.5 inch display and a resolution 1920 x 1080 touchscreen. The Pixel Density is 176 PPI and the aspect ratio is 16.9. The resolution on this hybrid is fairly bright. It uses the Intel Graphics 520. It comes with an Intel Core- i7-660U dual core processor. The Processor cache is 4MB and it uses a 4-cell 34Whr lithium battery. The memory has a 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. The RAM speed is 1600 MHz and it has 2 DIMM slots. The measurement of this hybrid is 12.55 x 7.91 x 0.37 ( inches ). It weighs 2.58 pounds. The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 has 512 of SSD storage. It has rear and front cameras, a USB 3.0 port, one Mini DP port, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and GPS.
    The body is built using both magnesium and aluminum. The rear part is color grey and this is where you can spot the number 8 logo. It has a bigger than average bezel. You can see quite a number of air vents on this laptop/notebook. The digital stylus pen is optional, The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 comes with a kickstand that can go as far as 90 degrees from it’s placed position. This hybrid will give you a maximum typing angle of 45 degrees when you are using it on your desk. If you are quite tall, you might have to raise the screen so you can type with comfort. The touchpad is small but it has a nice feeling when you touch it. The hinge mechanism is sturdy. The Keyboard attaches magnetically to the tablet. The island style keyboard will give you a nice typing experience because it provides the user a good amount of time travel. You will feel a positive reaction when typing on the keys.
   The speed of the Core i7 processor on this model is 4% faster than the average i7 processor. Because of Intel’s turbo boost technology, the speed automatically increases by 0.8 GHz in circumstances when it needs extra processing power. It has a dual core processor and that means it can give provide power to multiple applications. This is a hybrid laptop that is not meant for gaming. Fujitsu says that the battery can last for almost 10 hours. To be fair to the users, The Fujitsu Stylistic R726 battery will last for 8 hours on my estimate. Since it is 2017, You can look around for a good bargain price.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700

   The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 is a good looking desktop computer. It looks stylish and has well-pointed corners and bent speaker grilles. The stand is V-shaped and it is quite densed. The matt white finish will not appeal to all users. It still doesn’t make this desktop less appealing. The screen can be easily attached to the stand. You can use the thumbscrews for attaching purposes. The bezels are a bit big for this 23.8 inch screen. You can find the best angles that you want because there is a lot of back and forth tilt to it. Just choose the angle that is best for your seating position. The processor is a Quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core 15-6400 and it comes with a processor socket LGA 1151. It comes with 8GB of RAM DDR4 and it can be expanded to 16GB. The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 has several ports: 2 USB 3 on the front and  the rear has 2 3 USB2 and 2 x USB 3, HDMI. For connectivity purposes it carries a 1 x 10/100//1000 Ethernet, 802.11ac WI-FI. It has an all in one type of case and d the dimensions are 461x579x110mm. It has 2TB of hard disk drive storage, an SDcard reader. The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 has a 2GB NVidia GeForce 930A graphics card. This computer has an HDMI port for graphics /video ports, 1.35 mm headset that can be used for sound card outputs and integrated speakers. The Display Resolution 1920x1080 resolution and the display is a 23.8 integrated touchscreen. It has a HDMI for it’s inputs. It uses the Lenovo Accutype keyboard and the Lenovo Wireless Mouse. The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 comes with an Intel RealSense camera. The Operating System is Windows 10. This computer costs $1300. There's a big probability that you can acquire this computer at a lower price now.
   The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 HD screen lacks a bit of depth and images are not that vivid. It is good enough for browsing, business work and for practical purposes. In terms of quality it’s just as good as a budget monitor. It is better than some of the computers that have the same price level. The contrast ratio is just quite low and this is the reason why it lacks details. For the price, it’s still a good catch, as long as you are not involved in photography work. If that is the case then you’ll have to get an external monitor that has a higher resolution. The speakers are loud enough. You can disable the pre-installed enhancements on the Dolby audio software if you do not like the sounds you are hearing. Switching to the EQ setting will solve your problems. The wireless mouse performs quite well. You’ll have a bit of problem with the keyboard but after some time, you will be able to adjust to it. It has curved-like keys that are quite convenient to use. When you familiarize yourself with these keys, you can type on them for a long time.

   With the kind of specs that this computer has, the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 will perform strongly. It can do intensive works like photo editing. In the Image rendering test it got a score of 90 and that is close to superior and 92 in the video rendering test.  Because it has two Terabytes of storage hard disk, this computer is a fast runner. The graphics on this computer uses a slower end card but it can do the job except I would not play intensive games using this computer. This computer uses RealSense camera. In the box you will find a card which you can use to enter Intel’s website via the key on the card. Once you are inside the site, you can download an array of software that you might need for this camera. The downside of this computer is the screen. The upside to this computer is it’s processing, a lot of connectivity and  useful peripherals. There is no upgrade for it’s internal elements. This is still a good computer to use.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Microsoft Surface Studio

   Microsoft has shocked the computer technology world with the release of the Microsoft Surface Studio. It is so large and the design is so daring. The screen of this computer can bend to as much as 20 degrees. It reinvents the way computers are used. The entry price is $3000. What we have here is the top of the line configuration that cost $4200. The main configurations are the following: 2.7GHz Core i7 6820HQ processor that has 32GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 2TB HDD. The Graphics is a NVIDIA GTX 980M with 4 GB of RAM. This is a pretty looking computer. It looks so simple but yet stunning. Of course when you look at this computer, you will look closely at the 28 inch screen. The screen is connected to a small aluminum base that is incorporated with 2 chrome hinges These 2 chrome hinges accommodates an 80 spring mechanism that makes bending the screen smooth and easy. The resolution of the display screen is 4,500 x 3,000. This has the equivalent of 13 million pixel resolution. This computer has a very thin base but this is where all the studio’s hardware is located. This is a touchscreen computer. There is a surface pen that you can use for several purposes. This is a well-balanced computer.  It is built from aluminum. You can feel the smoothness of the aluminum on the sides and back of the screen. The base is so refined and nice to touch. Don’t be deceived by the looks of this computer, It was built with a lot of strength. Although this computer weighs 21 pounds, it is so easy to move this computer from one place of your home to another.
   The Microsoft Surface Studio has four USB 3.0 ports ( One of these ports has a lot of power packed in to it ). There is a gigabit Ethernet jack, a Mini DisplayPort connection, a full-sized SD card reader and a headphone jack. It has a 5 megapixel camera that is located on the front. You can use it to take pictures of yourself or it can be used to skype someone. This camera is found alongside an IR camera that can be used for faster logins. You can see the volume and power on the right side. The new surface keyboard and mouse have the same gray exquisite color. Microsoft Surface Studio has island style keys that are quite satisfying to use and the mouse can be used in so many surfaces. The Display screen produces vibrant looking images and documents can be read easily. If you are an artist, you will surely love this computer because it is capable of  switching from SRGB to a larger DCI-P3 color gamuts. There is also a surface Dial that you can acquire for $100. Move it around and you can control the volume or zoom. You can use it to choose options. Dangle this object on the screen and provisional options will appear. You can do a lot of things on this screen like sketching and drawing.

    The Microsoft Surface Studio is very powerful because you can use 12 tabs at the same time while doing 4k video playback and ou can do multitasking. The disk speed is considered to be a bit slow. This because of it’s hybrid SSD/mechanical hard drive access to it’s storage. Just like any computer, there is no computer that is perfect. All computers have their downsides. This computer cannot be used for intensive gaming purposes. It’s at par with most notebook graphics but because of the price I hope Microsoft could put some improvements here. A bit of better graphics will make this desktop computer outstanding. This is a computer that is meant for those people who are creative. With that said, the user must find out if this desktop will be worthwhile to buy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

   The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the follow up model of the Dell XPS 13 2015 model. What they did to the new edition is that they added a hinge that allows the user to bend the screen to a full 360 degree and make it look like a tablet. The entry model starts at $1000. What we have here is the configuration of the $1300 model. These are the important specifications: The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has a 13.3 inch display screen. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 touch display. It comes with a 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has a 128MB Intel Graphics 615. The internal storage is 256GB SSD. For connectivity purpose it ha a 80211acWI-FI and a Bluetooth 4.0. The dimensions are 0.32-0.54 x 1i.98 x 7.8 inches. For audio purposes, it uses the Max Audio Pro 1W x2. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 uses the 4 cell ( 46 Whr ) battery. The Operating system is Windows 10 Home ( 64 Bit ). It weighs 2.7 pounds.
  The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has a snap on keyboard that makes it more of a laptop than a tablet.  This hybrid convertible laptop has all metal body design.  It is thin and It is tightly packed. All the space has been properly used. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has high grade features such as: a fingerprint sensor, Thunderbolt USB C-ports, dual lens IR webcam. It also has a microSD card slot and the display is just so nice. The power button is located on the right side edge. You can use the fingerprint sensor to log in to Window Hello. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 keyboard travel speed is 1.3 millimeters, and is just a bit short than the 1.5 millimeter standard.. Once you get used to it, it won't bother you.The i7 chip is a lot faster and better than the i5 chip on the standard model. I would choose the $1200 model than the $999 model. The styling of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 looks so good. There were some concessions that were made but it still looks better than the previous model.
   This 2-in 1 laptop uses the fanless “Y” series processors.  ( It used to be called Core M ). The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 uses the Kaby Lake 1.3GHz 7th generation.  This is performs better than the Skylake 6th generation chip. On the Geekbench  4  CPU . The user will get 15 to 20% more effective performance with the Kaby Lake processor on the single core and multi-core performance. This can vary depending on applications wherein the delta is larger or smaller. Intel is more fixed and concentrated on battery life with the Y series. Remember that this is a fanless 2-in-1 convertible and of course it cannot be compared to laptops that have fans. A fanless machine will be slower than others that have fans. It works well as a traditional laptop. You can use this like a tent and in standing mode. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will give you steady performance when you are working at home or even in your office.. It is suitable to use for business purposes. The battery can last for a full 8 hours. I do not advice to use this 2-in-1 convertible for games or running your browser on more than 10 tabs. This will kill your battery life. The Dell XPS1 3 2-in-1 is still better than the previous model.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oppp A57

   The Oppo A57 is better known as a Selfie type  Smartphone. It has upgraded it’s processor, better RAM and has more internal storage. These are the following specifications of the Oppo A 57: The measurement in millimeters is 149.10 x 72.90 x 7.65. It’s weight is 147.00 grams. The Battery capacity is 2900mAh and it is non-removable. This smartphone comes in 2 kinds of colors: Rose Gold and Gold. The screen size in inches is 5.20 and it is a touchscreen.  The resolution is 720x1280 pixels. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 1.4 GHz octa-core.  It has 32GB of storage. It has a microSD card and the storage can be expanded to 256GB. The camera comes with a flash. The rear camera has 13-megapixels and the front camera is 16-megapixels. The Operating System is an Android 6.0 and the skin is ColorOS 3.0. For connectivity purposes it has the 802.11 b/g/ n WI-FI, GPS Bluetooth v 4.10, USB, headphones 3.5mm, FM, USB OTG and it comes with 2 SIMS. The OppoA 57 has the following sensors: compass and magnetometer, proximity sensor, acceloremeter, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. This smartphone will cost $378
    The Oppo A 57 has a full metal unibody built and it has a fingerprint scanner that is located on the front home button. The fingerprint scanner unlocks the phone quickly. It has a matte texture that gives you more grip on the phone. The Oppo A 57 comes with an HD resolution that is reasonably sharp. The images are vivid and the viewing angles are just right. This smartphone uses the Gorilla Glass 4. The Gorilla Glass 4 should protect your smartphone from shattering when it falls. There is a SIM Tray situated on the right side for the two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card that could be expanded up to 256GB. The Oppo A 57 is thin and light. In the box you can find a micro-USB cable, charger, earphones, case, screen guard, SIM ejector tool and some manuals. The Oppo A 57 operates on ColorOS 3.0 that is on the Anddroid 6.0 Marshmallow. The interface works just fine. You have a Custom App store from Oppo and O-Cloud for backup and gestures ( when you use it with one hand and turn the screen off  ).

    The Oppo A 57 works well with basic apps, social networking and email. I wouldn’t play games on this smartphone, although, light gaming is possible. If you are doing something that is rigorous with this phone, there is a tendency for the underneath to feel warm. You must at least leave 1.5GB of RAM so that everything will work out just right. Doing this will prevent hitches. The Oppo A 57 can tackle video files up to 1080p. The speaker on this phone is not loud. The camera on the front works well and you can get very good shots on selfies. You can take good shots on the rear camera during daylight. Video recording can only reach 1080p. This is good enough.  For me 12 hours of runtime on the 2900mAh battery is alright. Just keep in mind that you are buying a “selfie smatphone.” For practical purposes, This is a good smartphone to acquire.

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