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Archos 97 Titanium HD tablet specs and video review

Archos 97 Titanium HD - Android tablet specifications, price and video review

Today we are taking a quick look at one of the affordable 9.7 inch Android tablets around - the Archos 97 Titanium HD. I will present you with its main specs and also very informative video review just to get better idea what is this tablet all about.

Archos 97 Titanium HD specs:

Brand: Archos
Model: 97 Titanium HD
Display size: 9.7in (24.64 cm)
Storage: 8 GB
Operating system: Android
Internet Connectivity Wi-Fi
Supported File Types 3GP, AAC3, AVI, FLAC, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP3, MP4, OGG, PS, TS, WAV

Processor
Processor manufacturer: ARM
Processor speed: 1.6 GHz

Camera
Rear camera : 5 megapixel

Connections and Expandability
Expandability: microSDXC
Expansion ports: HDMI

Dimensions
Width: 9.4in (23.88 cm)
Weight: 1.41lb (0.63 kg)

Price
Around $90

Archos 97 Titanium HD video review



Couple other 9.7-inch Android tablets that I would recommend you to take a closer look at are the Prestigio MultiPad PMP5597D BF 9.7 Ultra Duo S and the JoyTAB 9.7 REV2.

Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT - one year review


Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT review - car audio system review after more than a year of use











Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT car audio system
Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT

 


I have been using the Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT for more than a year and that's why I decided to share my overall impressions with its performance, pros and cons.

When I firs bought this affordable car stereo system for around 65 Euros I was a bit skeptic as it didn't have a CD-player but a bunch of other possible connection and playback options that really make sense.

Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT - Playback and sound quality




Most of the time I am using the Sydney 220 BT listening to different radio stations and I can say the reception (depends on many different factors) and sound quality are pretty good and there isn't really something significant to complain from. It's also quite often when I would just pair my smartphone through Bluetooth and listen to the playlist I have there and also use it as handsfree when driving. I can't say that the sound quality through Bluetooth is exceptional (as with many other wireless devices transmitting sound) but it is quite good and it pretty much depends on the quality of the tracks you have recorded on your phone.

I usually connect it to my Samsung Note 3 Neo and it pairs pretty easy but when I want to connect different device I have to go through some settings on both devices and it gets a bit time consuming and if I have to be honest not that user friendly at all.


Of course other options we have with the Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT are AUX, USB and SD card slot but these I don't use that often but I can say they work just fine.

I can say I've never missed the lack of CD player as I don't record music to CDs any more but I know for some consumer it would be a big deal and they won't consider buying this system


Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT - Ease of use


In this category the Blaupunkt Sydney 220 BT scores good points but not maximum as it has some pretty small buttons which is not a plus for any kind of car controls. Also pairing this car audio system with another device through Bluetooth is quite difficult job but this also depends on the device you are trying to connect and its interface set up. Other than that this Blaupunkt audio system is pretty easy to use and all the controls still function as expected.


So, I can say that my overall impressions with the Sydney 220 BT are good and it's really worth its affordable price. I would also like to hear your opinion about this Blaupunkt car stereo so please feel free to share and comment in the form below.

Curved LED TVs - are they any good?

Curved LED TVs - the future of LED panels or yet another marketing blurb

Curved LED TV panels
Recently there is a significant increase in the interest in curved LED TVs and also very aggressive marketing campaigns from the largest TV manufacturers. That is the reason why I decided to raise a small discussion on the topic and see if curved panels are the future of LED TVs or we are just part of another marketing blurb which will result decrease in the interest in just couple of years. I would also really appreciate your opinion on the topic, answering couple of simple questions like would you consider buying curved LED TV, would you spend more money for a curved TV if you have similarly equipped flat panel for half the price and couple more related to the topic.

Advantages

Curved panels are supposed to deliver significantly improved field of view compared to standard flat panel TVs. This creates the impression that you are looking at a much larger screen and you also get a very realistic three dimensional feeling that combined with built-in 3D technology has significant advantage in the realism category compared to standard 3D TVs.

The negative

First of all, I wold mention price which is always a key factor for taking the final decision when purchasing new TV set. Curved LED TVs are much more expensive and those which support 3D are really considered a luxury as they are really far from what we call affordable. 
Another significant drawback is the subjective effect that curved panels create that might not be very suitable for certain types of  TV content (e.g. sport content) and some customer just can't over the fact that the curve is not a defect but something that is something considered natural to their receptions.

As I previously said, I will expect your opinion on the topic as I think it is really interesting to learn more about what different people think about the curved LED TVs.

Colorfly G708 tablet review

Video review of the 7 inch Android tablet Colorfly G708

Colorfly G708 tablet review
Colorfly G708 tablet

Today we are taking a look at one of the very interesting affordable 7 inch Android tablets on the market - the Colorfly G708. And when I say interesting I mean for something that has a fast octa-core processor, GPS and 3G connectivity, IPS display and costs around $90. Yes, on first look this looks like an amazing deal but lets see what is the Colorfly G708 all about and if it is any good in real world testing:


Colorfly G708 tablet review - video

Sony XBR-55X800B 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Sony XBR-55X800B 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV specifications and video review

Sony XBR-55X800B
Sony XBR-55X800B 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Sony XBR-55X800B is one of the latest offers in the big screen TV segment by the Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer. This 55 inch 4K Ultra HD TV offers amazing picture quality and additional features like Smart TV, 3D and many others at a very competitive price.
And here is the full list of features and specifications of the XBR-55X800B:

Audio
    • Audio Power Output : 10W+10W
    • Speaker Configuration : 2ch, Full Range (30x 80mm) x2
    • Speaker Position : Down Firing
  • Audio Features

    • Sony Original Surround : S-Force Front Surround
    • Headphone/Speaker Link : Yes
    • Alternate Audio (Digital) : Yes
    • Clear Phase : Yes
    • Signal-to-Sound Architecture : Yes
    • Digital Out Format : Dolby Digital, PCM
    • Auto Mute (on no signal) : Yes
    • Reflector : Yes
    • Sound Mode : Standard; Cinema; Sports; Music; Game; Compressed Audio
    • S-Master : Yes
    • Advanced Auto Volume : Yes
    • Sound Booster : Yes
    • Stereo System : MTS (AUTO SAP)
    • Audio Out : Fixed / Variable
    • Dolby® : Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
    • 5.1 Channel Audio Out : Yes
  • Convenience features

    • Picture Adjustments Lock : Yes
    • On/Off Timer : Yes
    • Auto Shut-off : Yes
    • On-Screen Display for External Input : Yes
    • Info Banner : Yes
    • Parental Control : Yes
    • Channel Block (with password) : Analog & Digital
    • Auto Photo Mode : Yes
    • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
    • Picture Frame Mode : Yes
    • Twin Picture : PAP (Variable)
    • USB Play (Contents) : MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotinJpeg) / MOV/ WMV/ MKV/WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / WAV / JPEG / MPO / RAW(ARW)
    • Scene Select : Photo; Music; Cinema; Game; Graphics; Sports; Animation
    • Show/Hide Channels : Yes
    • Panorama : Yes (2K only)
    • Skin Naturalizer : Yes (2K only)
    • USB Super Multi-Format Play : Yes
    • Label Inputs : Yes
    • USB Play : Yes (USB viewer supports FAT16, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS file systems.)
    • Channel Jump : Yes
    • On-Screen Clock : Yes
    • Edit Channel Labels : Yes
    • Channel Surf : Yes
    • Multiple Language Display : English; Spanish; French
    • Sleep Timer : Yes
    • Input Skip : Auto
  • Design features

    • Illumination LED : Yes
    • Stand Design : Silver
  • Display

    • Screen Size (measured diagonally) : 55" (54.6")
    • Display Resolution : QFHD
    • Viewing Angle (Up/Down) : 178 (89 / 89) degree
    • Aspect Ratio : 16:9
    • Screen Size (cm) : 138.8 cm
    • Dynamic Contrast Ratio : Over 1 million
    • Viewing Angle (Right/Left) : 178 (89 / 89) degree
  • Display features

    • Display Device : LCD
    • Dimming Type : Frame Dimming
  • Energy Saving & Efficiency

    • Power Saving Modes : Yes
    • Dynamic Backlight Control : Yes
    • Backlight Off Mode : Yes
  • General features

    • Hotel Mode Menu : Yes
    • Closed Captions (CC) : Analog; Digital
    • Demo Mode : Yes
    • HDMI™ InstaPort : Yes
    • Finish (Surface Color) : Silver
    • Start Up Sony Logo Display : Yes
    • ARC HDMI (Audio Return Channel) : Yes
  • Inputs and Outputs / Connection options

    • Subwoofer Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP and Audio Out)
    • Analog Audio Input(s) (Total) : 2 (Rear)
    • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s) : 1 (Rear / Hybrid)
    • Audio Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP)
    • USB 2.0 : 3 (Side)
    • Composite Video Input(s) : 2 (1 Rear / 1 Rear Hybrid w / Component)
    • AC Power Input : 1 (Rear)
    • HDMI™ Connection(s) (Total) : 4 (Side)
    • Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ Audio Out)
    • Ethernet Connection(s) : 1 (Rear)
    • MHL version : MHL3.0 (for HDMI2), MHL2.1 (for HDMI4)
    • HDCP : HDCP2.2 (for HDMI1/2), HDCP1.4 (for HDMI3/4)
    • MHL : Yes
    • RF Connection Input(s) : 1 (Side)
    • HDMI PC Input Format : 640x480@60Hz; 800x600@60Hz; 1280x768@60Hz; 1280x768Hz; 1360x768Hz; 1024x768@60Hz; 1280x1024@60Hz; 1920x1080@60Hz
    • Digital Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
    • HDMI™ PC Input : Yes
  • Network features

    • Wi-Fi Standard : a/b/g/n
    • Wi-Fi Frequency : 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz (for Wi-Fi Direct / Screen mirroring: 2.4Ghz Only)
    • Wi-Fi Direct : Yes
    • Skype™ : Ready
    • TV Tweet : Yes
    • One-touch mirroring : Yes (Ready)
    • TV SideView™ : Yes
    • Screen mirroring(Miracast) : Yes
    • Related Search : Yes
    • Search : Yes
    • One-Flick entertainment : Yes
    • Social Viewing : Yes (Tweet only)
    • Photo Sharing Plus / Photo Share : Yes
    • Net AD : Yes (depends on ad provider)
    • Seamless Streaming : Yes
    • DLNA Content : MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotinJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / LPCM / JPEG / MPO
    • Sony Entertainment Network : Yes
    • Wireless LAN : Integrated
    • Opera Apps (System) : Yes
    • Wi-Fi Certified : Yes
    • Internet Browser : Yes (Opera)
  • Power

    • Power Consumption (in Standby) : 120V : 0.2W / 240V : 0.3W
    • Power Requirements (frequency) : 60Hz for UL cUL 50/60Hz for other
    • Power Requirements (voltage) : AC 120V for UL cUL AC 110-240V for other
    • Power Consumption (in Operation) max. : 257W
  • Regulation and Standards Compliance

    • VESA® Hole Pitch : 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 in (300 x 300 mm)
    • VESA® Hole Spacing Compatible : Yes
  • Sensing features

    • LightSensor™ Technology : Yes
  • Service and Warranty Information

    • Limited Warranty Term : 12 months (US,CA)
  • TV System

    • TV System (Analog) : M
    • Number of Tuners (Terrestrial/Cable) : 1 (Digital / Analog)
    • Channel Coverage (Analog) : VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69 / CATV: 1-135
    • Channel Coverage (Digital Terrestrial) : VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69
    • TV System (Digital Terrestrial) : ATSC
    • TV System (Digital Cable) : Clear QAM
    • Channel Coverage (Digital Cable) : CATV: 1-135
    • Color System : NTSC
  • Video

    • Video Signal : 3840x2160/24p; 3840x2160/25p; 3840x2160/30p; 4096x2160/24p; 3840x2160/60p (YCbCr4:2:0 8bit); 1080/24p (HDMI only); 1080/60i; 1080/60p (HDMI / Component); 480/60i; 480/60p; 720/60p; 1080/30p (HDMI only); 720/30p (HDMI only); 720/24p (HDMI only)
  • Video features

    • 3D Comb Filter : Yes
    • MPEG Noise Reduction : Yes
    • Blinking Type : Frame Blinking
    • Intelligent Picture Optimizer : Yes
    • Wide Mode : Full; Normal; Wide Zoom; Zoom; Caption; Normal / Full1 / Full2 for PC
    • 4:3 Default : Yes
    • PhotoTV HD : Yes
    • Picture Mode : Vivid; Standard; Custom; Photo-Vivid; Photo-Standard; Photo-Original; Photo-Custom; Cinema1; Cinema2; Game-Standard; Game-Original; Graphics; Sports; Animation
    • Cinema Mode : Yes
    • 24p True Cinema™ Technology : Yes
    • Auto Wide : Yes
    • Video Processing : 4K X-Reality PRO
    • Live Color™ Technology : Yes
    • Deep Color : Yes
    • Portable Game Mode : Fine Full; Fine Normal; Portable Game1; Portable Game2
    • Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) : Yes
    • Motionflow™ Technology : Motionflow XR 240
    • Clear Mode : Yes
    • Face Area Detection : Yes (2K only)
    • Scene Optimized Energy Saving : Yes
    • Super-resolution for Game Mode : Yes
  • Weights and Measurements

    • Packaging (Approx.) : Carton dimensions: 52 3/8 x 32 3/4 x 7 7/8 in (1329 x 829 x 198 mm) Carton weight: 70.5 lbs (32.0 kg)
    • Dimensions (Approx.) : TV only: 48 5/8 x 29 1/4 x 2 5/8(1 1/8) in (1232 x 741 x 66(27.9) mm) TV with stand: 48 5/8 x 31 x 11 1/4 in (1232 x 785 x 285 mm)
    • Weight (Approx.) : TV only: 51.8 lbs (23.5 kg) TV with stand: 53.1 lbs (24.1 kg)

  • Price - around $1600

Sony XBR-55X800B video review


Sony XBR-55X800B is really a wonderful choice in case you are looking for new LED TV with cutting edge technology but affordable price tag.