Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

What to expect form the Windows 10 - video preview

Video demo of what to expect form the all new operating system Microsoft Windows 10 

Windows 10 will be available for most marker across the world pretty soon and many people are excited about the all new operating system - what new features it will offer, will it be a Windows 8 successor or entirely new platform etc.

From what I see in the online Windows 10 demos and presentation I can say that I am not very big optimist about this all new OS. Probably that is due to the fact that Microsoft is trying to serve one platform that will suit multiple devices, including mobile ones which is pretty risky as way some users may consider it not too focused on the specifics, something that is quite important for most business and corporate users.

For now I still think the latest release of the Windows 7 is still the best operating system out there. Microsoft would also offer free upgrade from 7 and 8 to Windows 10.

Here is a quick video demo with technical preview which will give you a better perspective of what's to come in the very near future:

Windows 10 video preview


 

Archos 80b Platinum 8 inch Android tablet

Archos 80b Platinum 8 inch Android tablet with quad-core processor and IPS dispaly -  price, specifications and quick review

Archos 80b Platinum tablet
Archos 80b Platinum 8 inch Android tablet

In today's tablet review we are taking a closer look at one of the cheap 8 inch Android tablets that is on the market for over an year now - the Archos 80b Platinum.

Archos 80b Platinum specifications:

  • CPU: Rockchip RK 3188 Quad-core @ 1.6GHz GPU; Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4 
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal storage: 8 GB; expandable storage: Micro SD card up to 64 GB
  • Diagonal Size: 8 inches (20.32 cm)Resolution1024 x 768 pixels
  • Display type: IPS
  • Software
  • Operating System: Android 4.2.2, "Jelly Bean"
  • Application Store: Google Play
  • Internet browser: Chrome
  • Voice Assistant: Google Now Google Apps preinstalled Gmail, Calendar, Hangouts, Maps, Play Music, Play Movies, Play BooksARCHOS Apps preinstalledARCHOS Media Center, Video, Music, System Monitor, Files, Media ServerEmail CompatibilitiesPOP/IMAP/ Exchange Active Synch/ SMTP/Push Mail
  • Wireless connection
  • Wireless displayYesWifiDual Band WiFi (2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz)Wifi DirectYesBluetoothYes
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 0.3MP - webcam; rear camera: 2MP
  • Power
  •  Battery size: 5000 mAH
  • Battery Type: Li-Pol Battery 
  • Weight: 98 g; Number of cells: 2 cell; Charging Adaptor: 5.0V - 2.0 A, Mini DC-in
  • Multimedia
  • Video Playback: H.264 HD (up to 1080p @30fps), MPEG-42 HD (up to 1080p @30fps), extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV
  • Audio Playback: MP3, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC3, AAC+ 5.13, OGG Vorbis, FLACImage viewingJPEG, BMP, PNG, GIFuPnP /DNLAYes, via Video and Media Server applications
  • Ports and Sensors
  • Loudspeakers: Back facing speaker
  • Audio out: 3.5mm Jack 
  • Microphone: Yes
  • USB: Micro USB with USB host via OTG cable 
  • HDMI: Yes, HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
  • G-sensor: Yes

Archos 80b Platinum hands-on video review



Archos 80b Platinum price

This cheap 8 inch Android tablet costs around $80. That is a pretty low price but considering it has been on the market for quite some time I think it is a fair one.


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Allview AX4 Nano - cheap 7 inch Android tablet

Price, specifications and quick review of the 7-inch Android tablet Allview AX4 Nano 7


Allview AX4 Nano tablet
Allview AX4 Nano tablet

Today we are taking a look at one of the very cheap 7-inch Google Android tablets on the market - the Allview AX4 Nano. This device is particularly popular in Eastern Europe and there are two main reasons for that - the tablet is manufactured in Romania and second reason of course is the low price which varies around the 70 Euro price tag. Actually some call the AX4 Nano a phablet as it also comes in a version with 3G connectivity but I would say it is more of a small tablet rather than tablet (I really doubt anyone will use it as phone even though it has SIM slot).
Here are the main specs of the Allview AX4 Nano:

Allview AX4 Nano specifications


  • Display: Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 7.0 inches
  • Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels (~133 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
  • GPU: Mali-400
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
  • Internal: 4 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels; Geo-tagging; Video
  • Front camera: 1 MP
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker:  Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • Wireless:  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, EDR
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
  • Radio: FM Radio
  • USB: microUSB v2.0
  • Sensors:  Accelerometer
  • Messaging apps:  Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: yes, HTML; Java: No
  •  File type support:
  • - MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
  • - MP4/WMV/H.264 player
  • - Photo editor
  • - Document viewer
  • - Voice memo
  • Network (3G model only): GSM / HSPA
  • Dimensions  190.9 x 107.8 x 9.3 mm (7.52 x 4.24 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight  256.2 g (9.03 oz)
  • Battery:  Li-Pol battery
  • Stand-by: Up to 250 h
  • Talk time:  Up to 4 h

Allview AX4 Nano price

Around $80-100 for the 3G version

Allview AX4 Nano unboxing video



Samsung UE32J6200A Full HD LED TV

Samsung UE32J6200A Full HD LED TV price and specifications

Samsung UE32J6200A Full HD LED TV
Samsung UE32J6200A Full HD LED TV

Samsung UE32J6200A is one of the latest 32 inch Full HD LED TVs offered by the popular electronics manufacturer. This TV impresses with quite unique and interesting design and good set of features and technical specifications.
Samsung also offers 40 (UE40J6200AW), 48 (UE48J6200AW), 55 (UE55J6200AW) and 60 (UE60J6200AW) inch versions of this TV. 

Samsung UE32J6200A main features and specifications:

  • 32 inch, 80 cm LED TV
  • Resolution: Full HD 1920x1080 pixels
  • Quad Core processor
  • DVB-T, DVB-C
  • Picture-in-Picture (1-tuner)
  • SmartTV
  • WEB-Browser,
  • Skype ready
  • USB-TimeShift
  • WLAN interface
  • Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi Direct

Price

Samsung UE32J6200A costs between 500 and 600 Euro depending on your location. This particular version is offered mostly on the western Europe market, more specifically in Holland and Belgium. Off course it will be offered in other countries as well, just with different name.

HP Deskjet 2542 all-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner all-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner

HP Deskjet 2542 All-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner - price and specs

HP Deskjet 2542 all-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner
HP Deskjet 2542 all-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner
HP Deskjet 2542 is a cheap multifunctional device of the type all-in-one Wi-Fi printer and scanner. Currently it is offered at the Argos online shop at eBay for just £35. 

Here are the main specifications of the HP Deskjet 2542:

Printer:
Compatible with PC and Mac
A4 print speed - black text: 7ppm (pages per minute)
A4 print speed - colour text: 4ppm (pages per minute)
Up to 4800 x 1200dpi print resolution
Double sided (duplex) printing
60 sheet paper capacity
Uses 2 ink cartridges
Scanner and copier:
1200 x 1200dpi optical resolution
USB port
Connectivity:
USB
Wireless/WiFi enabled
Apple AirPrint
Mobile print enables printing direct from your smartphone or tablet through brand specific apps.
General information:
Weight 3.6kg
Size H25, W42, D55cm

HP Deskjet 2540 (similar to HP Deskjet 2542) unboxing and set up video


You can also check the HP Officejet Pro 8000 and HP Deskjet 1000.

Philips HTL2150/12 60W sound bar speaker system specs

Price and specifications of the 60W Dolby Digital Sound bar speaker system with subwoofer Philips HTL2150/12

Philips HTL2150/12 specs
Philips HTL2150/12 60W sound bar speaker system

Today we are taking a quick look at the affordable 60W sound bar speaker Philips HTL2150/12 which usually comes with separate dedicated Philips subwoofer. From what I managed to find in the online consumer reviews this sound system offers pretty good sound and seems to be a great choice for home cinema.

Philips HTL2150/12 specs:

Color: Black
Dimensions: Depth (mm): 76 mm, Height (mm): 52 mm, Width (mm):800 mm
3D compatible: No
Connections: Opt, Coax, Aux in, Audio in Bluetooth
Ipod dock: No
Number of channels: 5.1
Total output: 60W
Sound processing: DOLBY DIGITAL
Speaker layout:  Horizontal
Wireless speakers: No
Guarantee: 1 Year

Philips HTL2150/12 price

The Philips HTL2150/12 is offered around £70-90

2015 Audi Q3 video test drive and review

Test drive and video review of the 2015 Audi Q3 compact SUV

2015 Audi Q3 video test drive and review
2015 Audi Q3
In today's test drive and review we are presenting you the all new 2015 Audi Q3. This best selling compact SUV received a major facelift for this year's model line with some technical and visual updates.

The Audi Q3 has been selling really well in the last couple of years and turned into one of the most desirable women's SUVs. And that is definitely a huge achievement considering the amount of competitors in this class.

Here is a quick test Drive and review of the 2015 Audi Q3. Enjoy the video:

2015 Audi Q3 video test drive and review



You can also check the Audi Q3 price list for UK.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 consumer review after six months

Consumer verdict and review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 smartphone after six months of use

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo consumer review
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 consumer review after six months
I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 on daily basis for the last six months and today I will share some thoughts on its good sides and negatives as well as provide some valuable feedback about this mid-range 5.5 inch smartphone.



Performance and ease of use

This is my biggest phone so far and in the beginning I had some concerns if the Note 3 Neo is the right choice for me or its size will just annoy me throughout the day. Actually after using it for half year I would now consider buying even bigger smartphone which is kind of a surprise for me as I usually prefer more compact smart devices on the go. But it really makes sense, if one is buying phone with so many advanced features then the big display is a must or all these features will come in vain. As a smartphone consumer for more than 5 years it was almost impossible for me to have some adequate browsing experience on a phone before I got the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. I consider sizes between 5 and 5.5 inch just the perfect measurement for daily use without sacrificing comfort of use. I was also surprised that you can even get used to one-handed operation on such big device but that's also a fact.

my Galaxy Note 3 Neo is still in pretty good shape after six months of use

The perofrmance on the other hand is something that I really can't complain from. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 is fast and responsive thanks to its quality hardware and the only thing that really ruins the overall experience is the TouchWiz interface which often lags and crashes without any particular reason. Other than that it is all good impressions here - the HD Super AMOLED display is second to none, the huge battery would easily get you throughout two days and the build quality is above the average in this price range.
One thing that really improved the performance of my Note 3 Neo was the recent and long waited (official) update from Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean to v4.4.2 KitKat which also significantly improved battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Android KitKat
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

Since the very first week I've been using my Note 3 Neo with cheap TPU case that I bought for just 5 Euros but it happened to be quite durable and it is still accompanying my phone today. I am also using a screen protector which affects the touch sensitivity a little but prevented any scratches or dents on the display (so far).

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 TPU case
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 case
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 screen protector
Note 3 Neo screen protector

Verdict

So, I can say I am really satisfied with the purchase I made six months ago. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505 is a well performing smartphone and a really useful device on the go and for purchasing price of about $300 I can say it is really worth the money.

Dell Latitude E7240 - six months review

Review of the premium 12 inch ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240 after six months of intense use

Dell Latitude E7240 six months review

As some of you probably know Dell Latitude E7240  is my everyday companion for work related purposes and also for some multimedia and entertainment as well. After six months of intense use I decided to share the feedback with you so lets not waste any more time and begin with the useful stuff. 

The good

Before buying the Dell Latitude E7240 I was considering Apple's MacBook Air for my next certain choice of mobile computer. Unfortunately despite the fact that it looks awesome the MacBook Air can't really match modern ultrabooks in terms of performance and versatility. I am not going to discuss this topic now as I know that plenty of you really like Apple's products and the love Mac OS interface but I am just not one of these Apple fans.

Probably the best thing about the Dell Latitude E7240 is its versatility as it has the ability to suit almost any purpose - compact mobile workstation, multimedia companion on the go, everyday PC for browsing Internet and playing games. Also, the variety of connection options and interfaces makes it really easy to pair with different devices, something that is a huge issue for some MacBook laptops. 

I also really like how compact this ultrabook is. It is really light and very comfortable and its keyboard is probably one of the best in business. The touchpad is also very precise and comfortable to use and I would also put it among the best in class. Durability is another thing that is also quite typical for the Latitude E7240. 

I am also impressed with the quality of the stereo speakers which deliver clear sound which is loud enough for listening to some music.

To be improved

I think Dell did what they could to put a large enough battery in this compact laptop but the battery life is something that could be improved for the next generation Latitude ultrabooks. I managed to get an average of 3-4 hours which is about half of what the MacBook Air usually achieves. Probably we should mention here that this poor result is partly because of the Windows 7 operating system which not very energy efficient compared to the competition from Apple.

Another thing that didn't stood up to the price of  1500 Euro is the display which lacks depth of colors and delivers picture that just doesn't match the rest of the components in this top of the line computer.

So after six months of using the Dell Latitude E7240 I can say that I am really pleased with its performance and it is really worth spending the extra cash and moving away from my old (but awesome) HP EliteBook 6930p.

Digihome 32272SMHDLED 32 inch Smart LED TV with Freeview

Price, specifications and quick review of the 32 inch Smart LED TV Digihome 32272SMHDLED

32 inch Smart LED TV with Freeview
Digihome 32272SMHDLED 32 inch Smart LED TV with Freeview

The LED TV market is literally flooded with offers these days. With so many options it is really hard to make the right choice. Some advice that I can give you is to set a firm budget after you made your mind on how big your next TV would be and what features it should have. In today's quick review we are taking a look at one of the budget offers in the 32 inch segment - the Digihome 32272SMHDLED.
This cheap 32 inch LED TV offers good set of features including Smart TV with integrated WiFi connection and good HD picture. Other interesting specs are the 50Hz refresh rate which is quite low for a modern LED TV, 2x 6W stereo speakers and Integrated Freeview.

Digihome 32272SMHDLED also has 2x HDMI ports and PC Input. The energy rating for this 32 inch Digihome TV is 'A'.

Price

You can find the Digihome 32272SMHDLED for around £160 which looks like a pretty good deal, just don't expect amazing picture quality from this cheap TV.

Unfortunately, currently we don't have full video review of this TV but we will research online and update you in case something comes up. Meanwhile you can check the rest of our TV reviews.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6 video comparison

Video comparison of two of the most popular smartphones in the worlds - Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6

Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6

As you probably already know Samsung recently released the 6th generation of its Galaxy flagship smartphone - the S6 which is expected to take on the competition of best sellers like Apple's iPhone 6, HTC One M9 and many others of what is now very crowded segment.

In today's video review will take a closer look at the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 which are expected to take the biggest piece of the premium smartphone market. What we can say about these two is that they are both very similar in design and dimensions but as usual Samsung offers the more advance technology and features. Which one is better, well it is up to the customers to decide how they want to spend their $600-700 which is the average price for one of these. I personally would consider neither of them as I think they are way overpriced but that's just my opinion. Enjoy the video.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6

Samsung UN50F6800 50 inch Smart TV

Specifications and quick review of the 50 inch Full HD 3D LED TV Samsung UN50F6800


Samsung UN50F6800 is one of the latest offers in the 50 inch LED TV segment. This big screen TV offers exclusive design and build quality but costs way more than the average 50 inch Full HD panel. In today's review we will take a quick look at it's main specs and features.

Design

Samsung UN50F6800 has quite unique design featuring premium build materials and some specific elements that you won't see in any other TV. Probably the most interesting element is the frame most of which is transparent. One thing I am sure is not going to suit all tastes are the two metal legs on both ends of the frame that act as stand. Even though they have nice chrome finish their shape is a bit odd and probably not all of you will like it.

Samsung UN50F6800 specifications

Picture Quality
- Full HD 1080p
- Micro Dimming
- Clear Motion Rate 600
- Black Optimizer
SMART TV 2.0
- Dual Core Processor
- Smart Hub
- Full Web Browser
- S-Recommendation

Smart Interaction 2.0
- Motion Control Ready 
- Voice Control

Smart Connectivity
- AllShare
- Samsung Smart View (Clone View Only)

Full HD in 2D and 3D (active 3D) modes

Connections
- 4 HDMI® Connections
- 3 USB Connections
- Wi-Fi Built-in
- 1 Component in
- 1 Shared Composite in (AV) 

Audio
- Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® Pulse
- DTS Premium Sound | 5.1™ decoding with
DTS Studio Sound™processing

Comes with
- Smart Touch Remote Control
- 2 pairs of 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5100GB)

Price

Samsung UN50F6800 costs around $1800 which seems like a lot of money for a TV but you should consider the premium build quality and amazing picture quality that come with this 50 inch panel.

Samsung F6800-series review


Few other interesting offers in this segment - Bush 50 inch Full HD LED TV and Samsung UN50F5500.