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More work less sleep - what's new for 2014

TestProductReview and the upcoming new year

New year new luck they say. For 2014 we intend to spend more time on our consumer tests and product reviews and hopefully get more new readers. 
It is the end of a pretty much controversial year and there is much to be desired from our small consumer blog. I am not quite sure in which direction things will go but we will definitely put more efforts into our everyday work and this is a promise to be kept.
This time I am not going to throw some big words about the future but we will try to make our way through the challenges that we face with hard work and consistency. We all know there is not many proven recipes for success but there are many known roads to be followed. 

For the new year 2014 most of all we would wish you to be healthy and to stay positive. You are always welcome to share your thoughts with us not only as consumers but in any aspect. Be good and hope to see you soon.

Merry Christmas to all of our TestProductReview.com readers

It's Christmas time, enjoy, have fun and be happy

It is Christmas time and almost the end of another long and full of emotions year. Most of time time we talk about products, price and goods but at least in one day of the year we have to focus on the most important thing that keep us going every day - and that is you. On this day we want to wish you to feel good and enjoy yourselves without any of the products that we review because as you all know these are not the most important things in life.
We wish you a very nice and cheerful Christmas and be good.

Telefunken MID10013G tablet specifications

Full specifications of the cheap 10-inch Android tablet Telefunken MID10013G

Honestly, I didn't know that Telefunken are making Android tablets until today when I took a quick look at the Daily deals at eBay where the Telefunken MID10013G was offered on a special deal.
It appeared that this tablet is already quite popular and there are plenty of reviews online. So I am not going to waste your time and I will give you the full specifications of the Telefunken MID10013G:

  • Processor: Rockchip 3066 1.6GHz ARM A9 Dual Core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Hard drive: 16GB Storage
  • Graphics: Mali-400 graphics accelerator
  • Screen: 10.1" IPS (Capacitive 5 Point Multi-Touch Capable, 1280x800 Resolution)
  • Operating system: Android 4.1
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g WiFi
  • Webcam: front webcam with Microphone, rear webcam
  • USB ports:  Mini-USB Port
  • Bluetooth: Version 2.1
  • Speakers: Integrated
  • Battery life: around 5-6 hours 
  • Charge time: around 2.5 Hours
  • HDMI port: Yes
  • Warranty: 12 Months RTB Warranty "Return to base"
  • Weight: 925g

Here is also a quick unboxing video of the cheap Telefunken MID10013G Android tablet:

Telefunken MID10013G unboxing video


I would very much appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Telefunken MID10013G as we don't have any experience with this tablet so far. I would also recommend you to take a look at the rest of our tablet reviews.

You can also check the cheaper Telefunken MID9703G tablet.

The best 32 and 42 - inch LED TVs for 2013

By the end of the 2013 we crown the best 32 and 42 - inch LED TVs

It is the end of the year and it is time to give the credits to the best products that we reviewed through this exciting year 2013. We decided to start with the best performing 32-inch and 42-inch LED TVs as these are the two most popular TV sizes according to one of our surveys.
Best 32-inch LED TV for 2013
Samsung UE32F6400 reviewIn the 32-inch LED TV category the winner for 2013 is the Samsung UE32F6400 which is one very well balanced FULL HD 3D LED TV. The advantages of this amazing TV set include great picture quality, intuitive Smart TV functions, best in class active 3D experience and last but not least important a very reasonable price tag. You can take a look at all the pretenders in the 32-inch category at our short list of best 32-inch LED TVs for 2013.

Best 42-inch LED TV for 2013
Sony Bravia KDL-42W650 Full HD LED TV review We had plenty of very good competitors in this TV size category as these days most customers prefer exactly this size and manufacturers paid big attention to their 42-inch offers. The winner for this year is the Sony Bravia KDL-42W650 which thanks to its good price, amazing picture quality and variety of functions achieved very high sales in almost any country it has been sold. It was very difficult to select the best 42-inch TV for 2013 since the competition was very tight and almost all of the competitors deserve to be on the top of this chart. You can take a look at the other best 42-inch LED TVs for 2013 that we have previously rated.

For 2014 we intend to extend significantly the scope of the reviewed TVs so you will have even better idea of which are the best products offered in the different categories so please stay tuned don't forget to visit us again.

Feedreader.com issue creating duplicate content of your site and blog


Wy Feedreader.com creates duplciate posts and Google kicks your site out of the search results?


More Google search updates were noticed recently and yet more problems occur for many webmasters all over the world. A missive problem has been spotted with one of the most popular feed readers - feedreader.com. It seems like Google is taking all RSS burned articles in feedreader.com as the primary source of original content and kicks out of the search the actual sites where the content was first submitted and published.



What is actually happening?

Actually we made a further research on this and this issue was first reported to Google more than a year ago and believe it or not the most popular search engine did nothing about that.

The problem continues with lack of support from the feedreader.com side who seem to ignore all feed removal requests. But that could be considered quite normal as they are making huge money on someone else's efforts. It is also quite annoying that Google support seems to be ignoring this as well even though this has been reported from hundreds of webmasters and site owners across the world.

Actually what happens as a consequence is that your website content is taken as duplicate to the one that shows up in your feedburner.com feed and your pages are kicked way back in the search results.

Our blog testproductreview.com also suffered from that and most of our top performing articles with original content either disappeared from Google search results or dropped significantly so traffic was no longer generated from these.





So, is there a way to block feedreader.com from showing your own content and restore your site's ranking?

Well, we are still not quite sure if there is complete resolution to this but we promise to get to the bottom of this and update you with all the info we have. We recently reported this to Google but it seems very hard to make any of the useless Google vendors do something about the issue with feedreader.com.

Currently we are using something like a workaround which is not completely resolving the case with the duplicate content. What we do for our blog is to insert a simple code which basically redirects the visitors form all iframe feed readers directly to the original article. The code that you can insert somewhere between the opening <head>  and the closing </head> tag is <script language='javascript' type='text/javascript'>

if (window!= top) top.location.href = location.href;

</script>.

As I said this is not a complete resolution as search engines like Google will still index the duplicate feedreader.com pages but we will do our best to find a solution which will be helpful for all webmasters affected by this copyright and search engine indexing problem.

Until then we wish you good luck and don't give up on your blogs.

Samsung: Introducing Industry’s First 1 Terabyte mSATA SSD



Samsung Introduces Industry’s First 1 Terabyte mSATA SSD


840 EVO mSATA

 



News by Samsung: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it launches 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) line-up, including the industry's first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD this month.

The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD is an extension of the 840 EVO line-up which was introduced in July at Samsung SSD Global Summit. The new SSD features the compact mSATA form factor which is approximately a quarter size of a 2.5-inch SSD, and offers the same level of high density and high performance. 

"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."

The new 840 EVO mSATA SSD utilizes Samsung's advanced 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory based on 10 nanometer class* process technology. To form a 1TB version SSD, a total of four flash memory packages are used, each package having 16 layers of 128Gb chips. Based on the advanced memory technology, the 1TB mSATA SSD comes in a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8.5 grams, which are approximately 40 percent and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive (HDD) respectively.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up is available in 120 gigabyte (GB), 250GB, 500GB and 1TB, and achieves the highest level of performance based on Samsung's proprietary controller and TurboWrite technology. The 1TB version offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , as well as sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s, enabling complex multi-tasking for advanced users.

Especially, the new 840 EVO mSATA SSD can be used along with another data storage device embedded on a notebook, either HDD or SSD, as long as the notebook has the mSATA socket. The new mSATA line-up is also offered with Samsung Magician 4.3, a software solution that allows the maximum of over 1,000MB/s sequential read speed on RAPID ( Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode, which is a performance level of approximately twice that of a typical SATA SSD and ten times of an average HDD. Samsung also applied Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up.

Applying 256-bit AES keys, the new mSATA SSD allows strong data security, and is compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 standards. Users can also easily move their data to the new SSD using Samsung Data Migration as well as Samsung Magician 4.3 which are compatible with Windows 8 and support 10 languages.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up will be available this month globally, and exact launching date can vary depending on the region. Samsung will continue to introduce leading-edge SSDs with higher performance and security level, and maintain its leading position in the global SSD market.



Lenovo IdeaPad S300 affordable 13.3-inch laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad S300 - the perfect balance between price and performance

Lenovo IdeaPad S300 laptop review
Lenovo IdeaPad S300 affordable 13.3-inch laptop
Couple of days ago I was asked to recommend an affordable small and lightweight laptop for a student and I what I recommended after my quick research was the Lenovo IdeaPad S300. This is definitely one of the smartest choices when comes to portable laptop with good characteristics and low price tag.
Design and looks
Lenovo IdeaPad S300 is a quite good looking piece of technology. This 13.3-inch laptop is quite thin, very close to the ultrabook thin territory but still not quite there. Of course the IdeaPad S300 doesn't pretend to be an ultrabook, it is just a very stylish and compact notebook which will suit perfect to students who will not make huge efforts carrying it around. 
Another thing that I particularly like about this small laptop is the fact that it feels quite solid. We have seen plenty of cheap Lenovo laptops recently which are made of cheap and not durable plastics and are not very pleasant to use.
Lenovo IdeaPad S300 review
Lenovo IdeaPad S300
Hardware
Most configurations of this laptop doesn't have the highest technical specifications but offer just about enough for the daily tasks like Internet browsing, writing some homework, watching some videos or playing some not very graphics engaging games. 
Probably the most popular configuration of the IdeaPad S300 is the one with 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 500GB hard drive. The integrated HD graphics is good enough for watching HD movies/videos but forget about playing any game with heavy graphic acceleration requirements. 
As for the networking you will be relying on 802.11 b/g/n wireless adapter but Bluetooth is optional. Other connection options that are included are the 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port and HDMI port.
 Lenovo IdeaPad S300 comes without any optical drive installed and that is basically what keeps this laptop so thin and light. In case you need to use an optical device you will have to use an external one which in my mind is not a such a big deal these days. 

OS
Most IdeaPad-s S300 come preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit which is nice feature and definitely a plus for this laptop.

Price
The price is probably the biggest plus of the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 laptop. It is not very often that you can find a portable and yet capable laptop for under £300 but that is exactly the case with the IdeaPad S300. This affordable 13.3-inch laptop can be found in tech stores and eBay for as low as £270 which is an amazing deal considering the good specs of the laptop.

For those who still haven't bought a Christmas present and are still wondering what to buy I would definitely recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 as it is a very smart purchase. Another very smart deal that you can consider is the slightly bigger Asus X55V which we reviewed few months ago.
I would also recommend you to take a look at our 2013 Christmas shopping guide which suggests couple of good ideas when shopping during the Christmas holidays.

TestProductReview.com going for Alexa top 100,000

Our newly developed consumer blog is heading to the Alexa top 100,000 websites in the world

TestProductReview.com

New year new luck or at least they say so. For the new year 2014 we are expanding our project and our consumer blog TestProductReview.com is heading for positions between the most popular sites in the world and a place within Alexa's top 100,000 ranked sites in the world.

How are we going to achieve that?
We were asked for quality and that is what we are going to deliver to our readers. We will provide better reviews with more information related to the highlighted product, we will involve consumers into providing more indepth feedback and help other consumers get all the information they need. We will also research upon customer's requests and work together with the biggest manufacturers and retailers to achieve the best balance between customer satisfaction and business success.

What's next?
What is coming next is many days of hard work. Being devoted to a certain goal takes up a lot of time and effort but we are ready for the challenge. 

What's new?
For the new year we will work with better media sources and we will also improve the quality of the reviews we serve. We know 'more reviews with better quality' may sound way too optimistic but that is how we intend to work in future so get used to this. We are still going to stress on consumer electronics but we are also going to add couple more categories. Of course computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, TVs, cameras and other popular gadgets will be in the focus in most of our reviews. 
In last few months we also got a little behind with our car reviews but that is also about to change and cars will be reviewed more often than before. 

Enjoy the ride
Despite all the sceptical voices that we heard since the launch of this project we are still up and still running and let me tell you something - there is no bigger motivation than that. We would love to hear your point of view as well so please share with us whatever you have in mind.

2013 Christmas shopping guide

Some useful advice for how to make the 2013 Christmas holiday shopping experience a real pleasure

Today we are going to spend couple of minutes on the Christmas holidays and how to make a successful Christmas shopping. 
For 2013 there are no major differences in the way you should approach the Christmas holiday shopping process. Basically you need to focus on some key factors when making a decision whether to make a purchase or not. In order to do that you need to ask yourself couple of important questions:
- Do I need this?
- Is it worth the money?
- Can find it cheaper?
- What's the emotional value of this as Christmas gift?
These key points and the answers to those questions are really going to help you in those cases when you have some doubts before buying a specific product.
Do I need this?
During the Christmas shopping rush a lot of shoppers are willing to buy something only because it is on a huge discount and never ask themselves if they really need this product or it is just the price that draw their attention. It is the same story when buying something for someone else - the fact that it presents are not obligatory doesn't mean that you can buy stuff that no one is going to use. Useful gifts doesn't always mean boring, if you are smart enough you can even make the useful gift bigger surprise than expected.

Is it worth the money?
Buy only goods that deserve the money spend on them. Many sellers try to serve their products like something more exclusive than they actually are and that's why you need to stay alert for such marketing blurbs. Don't make a decision on a purchase by taking someone else's opinion as a key buying point.

Can I find it cheaper?
A short research on a product that you liked can save you tons of money. With all the modern communication options you can check the offers online on your smartphone or tablet while you are still in the shop. That really makes it quite easy to check if what you've been offered is really a 'deal'  or it is just some price tag trick. For bigger and more expensive purchases I would recommend to make a more indepth research on the product, search for online retailers and I am sure you will always find a better price.

What's the emotional value of this as a Christmas gift?
Christmas presents doesn't only have a specific material value but they also carry sentimental value which sometimes can be more important than the gift itself. This part we will leave it to you as you are the one who's buying the present and you should decide what emotional value a certain product could bring.
My advise is to spend some time thinking on this and I am pretty much sure you will figure it out.

No matter what you buy and how much you spend just do it with love and be pleased with the choice you made. The purpose of these presents is to make you happier and bring joy. Whit that said I wish you a very nice and cheerful 2013 Christmas holidays and please come back to our Test and Review blog soon as we have plenty more interesting topics to discuss.

MID-756 7-inch Android tablet review

Price, specifications and full review of the cheap 7-inch Android tablet MID 756

MID-756 tablet
MID-756 Android tablet

Today we are going to take a quick look at another of the cheap Android tablets that is offered on the global Android tablet market. MID 756  (MID-756) is a 7-inch tablet that has been offered in online tech stores for quite some time and probably very soon it will be replaced by a new model as its performance and specifications are quite outdated compared to what we see these days.

Design and Looks

MID-756 is not the best looking tablet out there but one thing we particularly like about it is the solid build quality of the device. Though it is an entry level Android tablet the MID-756 leaves the impression of a very good crafted gadget with no major cons. The tablet that we tested was pink but you can get it couple of different color choices including blue, white, yellow and black. If you are intending to buy one of these tablets I would recommend you to take a black one, as it looks sample and stylish compared to the other color options which remind of some cheap toys.
MID-756 is a small tablet and it is quite easy to hold it with one hand. It measures 182x121x12 mm and weighs only 273g which is considered pretty light for a 7-inch tablet.

pink MID-756 tablet


MID-756 tablet

MID-756 Galaxy Nexus
The MID-756 size comparison with the Galaxy Nexus

Hardware
MID-756 will not impress you with any cutting edge technology or innovative hardware. It is well pretty familiar in the cheap Android tablet segment - 1.2 GHz Allwinner A13 single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. The storage space is expandable up to 32GB with additional microSD card (card slot available). The current updated version of the tablet comes with 1.2 GHz processor while the previous one has slower 1.0 GHz. Another difference that we found in the updated model is the additional rear camera which was missing when the tablet was first released.

The display isn't anything special as well. Actually I needed to set the screen brightness to its maximum level to achieve some reasonable image quality on the 7-inch 800x480 pixels Multi-touch capacitive display.

The MID-756 also lacks connectivity options but thankfully it supports fast 802.11b/g/n WiFi connection which makes surfing the web a real pleasure. Web pages and videos load pretty fast without any noticeable lags. You can also use the micro USB connection with the USB cable provided in the package. 3G connection is available only through external dongle. Unfortunately the MID-756 doesn't have GPS receiver so this tablet isn't any good for navigation purposes.
MID-756 tablet appsMID-756 Android settings


MID-756MID-756 front camera

The battery is definitely not one of the strongest points of the MID-756. With 3000 mAh it achieves average worktime of 3-4 hours which is acceptable but definitely far from the top performers in the segment.

OS

The first release of the MID-756 tablet comes with Android 4.0.4 and the updated version of the tablets gets the much better Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

MID 756 Android
The outdated Android 4.0.4 is definitely no match for the newer 4.2 Jelly Bean


Price

This is the part where the MID-756 really shines. You can find this tablet for around $60 and I think that is the most that you should spend on a device with similar specifications. You can get it even cheaper from on of the Chinese retailers that we strongly recommend - MID-756 with free shipping.
There isn't much more to be said about this tablet, it is cheap and uninspiring but you get what you pay for.

I would also recommend you to take a look at our MID 806 tablet review and unboxing video.