Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

What makes the Dell Latitude E7240 the ultimate ultrabook?

Why I think the Dell Latitude E7240 is the ultimate business ultrabook - my consumer opinion

Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook

I've been using the Dell Latitude E7240 as personal work computer for over a year now and meanwhile testing some of the newest ultrabook laptops released on the market. And even though the E7240 is not perfect I can confidently say that is among the top 3 ultra portable laptops ever sold.

What makes it so much better than the competition?

A quick comparison between the Latitude E7240  and the 2013 MacBook Air I've been using for a while reveals one of the biggest advantages of the Dell when speaking about work laptops - the keyboard. And even though so many users rate MacBook's keyboard as one of the best on the market (I totally don't agree with that statement) I can say the keyboard of the  E7240 is in a league of its own - it is comfortable to use, precise and feels as stable as my desktop keyboard does.
The touchpad also works flawlessly and is really quite accurate.

Another thing that always impresses me is the performance the E7240 delivers. I am using the 8GB Core i5 version with 256GB SSD which is very close to the top of the range Core i7 and it is easily manage my daily tasks, including some image editing, online streaming and video playback.

If I have to be completely honest, the Latitude E7240 is not the very best in most aspects - it is not the cheapest, neither the smallest, nor it has the longest battery life . But the overall package and doing everything above the average makes it one really successful business computing machine and I totally like it. If it doesn't fail in any way I would be happy to use the Latitude E7240  as my primary work computer many years ahead.

Facebook outage - down for the second time in a week

Facebook is down for the second time for less than a week



The biggest social network in the world is down for the second time in the last couple of day.

Few days ago Facebook had an outage for about 10 minutes which frustrated their users all over the world.

Today, the social network is experiencing problems for even bigger period of time and again it seems to be affecting all locations.

We still don't have an official announcement from Facebook stating what might be wrong but these outages definitely bring a huge concern among investors and advertisers using their platform.
Hopefuly, it is all temporary issue and Facebook will operate smoothly from now on.

HP Spectre X360 - video review

Full review of the compact touchscreen ultrabook HP Spectre X360

HP Spectre X360  laptop

Today we are going to take at one of the very popular ultrabooks for 2015 - the HP Spectre X360. This basically is a 13.3 inch hybrid laptop with touchscreen that can be easily adjusted to the preferred angle or just flipped back as a real notebook. HP Spectre X360 is a high-end device with pretty high price-tag of around $1100.

For more information and in-depth look of this interesting laptop please check the video review below.

Video review 2015 HP Spectre X360 ultrabook



Please also make sure to check our favorite ultrabook - the amazing Dell Latitude E7240.

Nikon Coolpix L330 digital camera specifications

Full specs of the cheap digital camera Nikon Coolpix L330

Nikon Coolpix L330 digital camera
Nikon Coolpix L330

Nikon Coolpix L330 specifications

General info:
Color: black
Includes strap and USB cable
Batteries required: 4 x AA batteries not included
Size H7.6, W11.1, D8.3cm
Weight 430g
20.2 megapixels
26x optical zoom
3in screen with TFT LCD technology
Focal length of 4.0-120mm
22.5mm wide angle lens
Optical image stabilisation
Up to 1 frames per second
Shutter speed of 1/1500 to 1 sec
CCD sensor

Lens information:
Lens type: super wide angle zoom
Minimum aperture: 3.1
Maximum aperture: 9.9

Other features:
Minimum ISO rating 80 and maximum ISO rating 1600
Built-in flash
720p HD recording
Video capture with sound
Detect up to 1 face
Features intelligent scene mode feature
Memory card compatibility:
SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats

Price
Nikon Coolpix L330 costs around $150.

Guarantee: Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee

Top 7 used cars - consumer list for the best used vehicles on the market


Short list with some of the most successful second hand cars in the last couple of years



list with the best used cars for 2015

Today, we will talk about the top 7 used cars which would be a shot list of what we think are the top choices if buying a used car this year. Please note that these cars are sold globally and I am not going to divide them depending on location and other characteristics.
Honda Accord

Honda Accord and its model specifications starting from 2008 up to 2014 are rated pretty high in most consumer surveys. For the European market I would strongly recommend the 2008 Accord Estate diesel which comes with a very punchy 2.2 DTEC engine with 150 bhp. Honda's 2.4 petrol engine on the other hand suits perfect for the North American and Asian markets where customers prefer mostly sedans.

Accords from the model years I mentioned are well known for their reliability and low maintenance costs. Fuel-consumption is pretty good just like the dynamic figures. As an overall we can say with Honda Accord you get the complete package.
Some known issues with this Japanese car are related to its low practicality coefficient and lack of exciting/innovative features.
Opel Insignia / Vauxhall Insignia / Holden Insignia / Buick Regal

In the last couple of years the Insigna proved to be one of the most reliable cars on the market. Actually this car received numerous awards from different sources around the world.
Opel Insignia gained great popularity in Europe where the Sports Tourer (estate) version is also a hit due to its awesome exterior design and comfortable interior.
Fuel consumption was put as main priority when designing the new Insignia and we can confirm it really scores among the best in this category.
In North America where the Insignia is sold as Buick Regal it is sold only as sedan and mostly with turbocharged gasoline engine and 4x4.

Also, many companies decided to renew they car fleets with the new Insigna which made it even more popular, great achievement for both Opel and GM.
Toyota Auris

The hatchback version of the most popular car on the planet (Toyota Corolla) is mostly sold in Europe where it is one of the biggest competitors of the best selling VW Golf and Opel Astra.
This compact car impresses with great reliability scores and fuel consumption figures.  The interior and exterior design might not suit everyone's taste but we can't say the car looks ugly or anything.  Toyota Auris is one of those unexciting cars that are design and constructed just to do what they are supposed to do - carry you form point A to point B without any hassle.
BMW 1 series



Even though BMW is not very popular with reliability and cheap maintenance when talking about used cars but the 1 series definitely stands out with its good quality build and design that still looks modern.

Please note that we are not talking about the latest generation 1 series but the one that's for sale since 2005 and facelifted in 2007.
Some of its great advantages are the wide variety of engine choices and proper rear wheel drive handling. Most of the engines are also quite good on fuel and not that expensive to maintain.  Overall, it is a great little car, definitely worth spending 5,000 Euros on it when bought used.
Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb is the biggest and most luxurious vehicle that the Czech car manufacturer currently produces. The second generation of the Superb was released in 2015 and almost instantly became big success in  Europe. Good reliability and customer satisfaction scores, huge interior space and practicality and great value for money are just some of the key factors that made this car popular on the second hand market as well.  And even though it is a bit expensive for a car with the Skoda badge it definitely exceeds the expectations and is often compared to much more refined and luxurious vehicles like the Mercedes E-class and Audi A4 and A6.
Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30 2013  The 2013 Hyundai i30 is a car that we first saw at the 2013 Paris Motor Show. Back then we thought it has very bold design which actually still looks very fresh today. For these couple of years the i30

proved to be very reliable and also quite practical car as well as a very strong competitor of the VW Golf and Toyota Corolla / Auris. Hyundai i30 is offered with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engines which are compatible with Euro 5 emissions norm.


BMW 3 series F30

BMW 3-series F30 review
The 3 series has been the leader in the luxury executive small sedans for years now and their latest generation 3 series (F30) keeps this trend despite the strong competition from Mercedes and Lexus.

The 3 series offers the most advanced engines from the bunch here and therefore you can expect the highest maintenance costs here. But having the comfort and dynamic characteristics of this vehicle is really worth spending the extra money. From the F30 model line we can recommend the 320d which offers great blend power and fuel economy as well as the estate model which is quite practical especially with the optional xDrive 4x4 technology.


These are our top 7 choices for buying used car in 2015. We would love to hear your opinion as well, what is the car you are driving and would you recommend other cars for this list.

Please also check the mounting of the universal armrest for Opel / Vauxhall Astra H.



Lenovo G50-45 laptop

Lenovo G50-45 laptop price, specifications, unboxing and video review

Lenovo G50-45
Lenovo G50-45 laptop
Today, at our consumers blog we are taking a closer look at one budget 15.6 inch laptops on the market. The Lenovo G50-45 laptop offers good variety of features and average specs and performance figures. For the price of under $400 you can and you shouldn't expect a lot bu the  G50-45 is definitely a great choice for the home user and students as well.

Lenovo G50-45 laptop specifications

Brand: Lenovo
Model: G50-45
MPN: 80MQ0014UK
Screen size: 15.6 inch
Screen resolution: 1366 x 768
Memory: 4 GB
Processor: AMD Quad Core
Processor speed: 1.30 GHz
Hard Drive capacity: 500 GB
Operating system: Windows 8.1
Graphics processing: Integrated/On-Board graphics AMD Radeon HD 8280
Primary drive: DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Webcam: Integrated webcam with microphone
Wireless Lan WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
1 x HDMI Port1x USB 3.0 - 2 x USB 2.0
2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
VGA port: Yes
Kensington Lock: Lock Slot
Battery: 4 cell battery Lithium-Cylindrical
Speakers: Integrated Sound System Stereo with Dolby Advanced Audio
Weight: 2.1 kg
1 Year Warranty

Lenovo G50-45 laptop unboxing and video review




General Features:

15.6" HD Widescreen Display
This display delivers bright, crisp visuals in 16:9 widescreen format and 1366 x 768 resolution.
DVD drive
Finding a laptop with a built in or DVD drive is tougher than it used to be, but the G50 offers this option, nestling snugly into its less than 1" thin body.
Epic Sound and Vision
Thanks to its stereo speakers with Dolby® Advanced Audio™, and up to AMD Radeon graphics, the G50 offers stunning, stutter-free visuals and immersive sound for a fuller, more satisfying home entertainment experience.
Multitouch Touchpad
Optimized for Windows 8.1 features, this touchpad lets you toggle charms and apps, switch between apps, rotate, zoom, and use other functions with various easy swipes and gestures.
AccuType Keyboard
Featuring a modern look and feel, the acclaimed AccuType keyboard has island-style, ergonomic keys that allow a more fluid, spacious, comfortable, and accurate typing experience than standard keyboard designs.
Fast Data Transfer
Move data between the G50 and other devices quickly with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed; it's up to ten times faster than previous USB technologies, and it's backward-compatible.
Battery-Saving technology
Lenovo Energy Management protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses advanced energy-saving technology to increase time spent between charges.
Simple maintenance
With OneKey Recovery, recovering from viruses or other technical difficulties is a snap.
Connectivity options
With 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity, 10/100 LAN, and Bluetooth®, you'll be able to connect to the internet wherever you go.
Integrated Webcam
The G50's 720p HD webcam will help you enjoy web conferences or online video chats like you're really there.
HDMI Output
For easy connection to a television or other display.
Ample Storage
With up to 500 HDD storage, you won't have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music or photos.

Price

As low as $350.

The most popular TV sizes on the market today



Sony KDL32W705 review

Which are the most popular TV sizes in 2015

Nowadays, the TV market is expanding to a level where we would expect variety that is going to cover literally every taste. Some consumers find it very hard to choose their next TV as there are so many characteristics to consider and so many models to choose from. That's why we decided to initiate this small discussion on which are the most popular TV sizes on the market today.


32 inch LED TVs

This particular TV size is not very popular in North America but sells pretty well in Western Europe and most parts of Asia. Some of the popular choices for this particular size that we can recommend are marked in our Best performing 32-inch LED TVs article. 
I would also recommend you to check this year's best seller Sony KDL32W705.

The 42 inch sized panels

Probably this is the most commonly sold TV size in the whole world. The 42 inch panels offer something good from both worlds - big screen TV while still remaining relatively compact in size. It is perfectly understandable why this TV size became so popular as it is suits almost all purposes and fits almost any room. If you want to see some of the best offers in this segment please check our 42 inch TV list. I personally prefer 40 inch LED TVs which are just a bit smaller but feel somehow more natural  and even easier to fit in smaller rooms. Unfortunately, the 40 inch size never got as popular as I hoped for but you still some great TVs of this size. 

47 inch TV

47 inch TVs are also very popular and would definitely put them among the top 5 sizes sold across the world. Probably panels starting form 47 inches and above can be considered big screen TV requiring more space than the average living room.

50 inches and above

These days tech stores offer bigger and bigger TVs as manufacturers want fill any gap left in that niche. Some consumers get overwhelmed by the size of their next TV an often purchase screens much bigger than they need. That's a pretty common mistake these days that's valid not only when selling TVs but almost any merchandise. 

Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 tablet review

Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 tablet review

Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 tabletspecs and consumer review


Why is it necessary to say the entire name of the model - Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770? On the market you can encounter device with almost the same name - but in the end the figure is 50, not 70 (Acer Iconia One 7 B1-750). It is a little older, with very different design and hardware. For example, the CPU there is Intel, the extent of your screen tablet is Mediatek.

B1-770 can be found in white and black. The back is embossed and therefore resistant flounder and ensures better grip. Although second is not so important if it will not use the tablet with one hand when calling as phablet. Here the curious you can view our video "What is the difference between Tablet and phablet?"

Display

The display is the most common diagonal of 7 ". It is universal - that is big enough that we are easy to use and small enough that it does not take up much space. He's IPS capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Consequently we get 170 ppi, which is an average result, common in budget class. Viewing angles for a horizontal point of view, and the vertical are good. The colors of the transmission too. The only problems that will inevitably arise are associated with glare when working outdoors in direct sunlight.

But this is unavoidable because of the glossy coating on the display. However, if you want to watch a long video content such as movies, we recommend that you navigate to the tablet with a higher resolution and display size. Say 8 "with 1,280 x 800 pixels you would have been enough. Moreover, the market and one has quite tempting offers at an affordable price. For example, Revo T882 3G  costs about $150. Here is the time to mention the price of the test today One 7 B1 - about 135 Euros.

Hardware

As mentioned earlier, it has a CPU MediaTek. The exact model is MT8127 and quad-core with 1.3 GHz clock frequency. The RAM is 1 GB LPDDR2 in the internal memory 16 GB. By microSD memory card reader, you can add up to another 32GB. In combination with the operating system Android 5.0, the tablet will cope with basic daily tasks and light games.

Acer Iconia Tab W1-810 Tablet specifications and product review

Camera

A similar situation exists for taking pictures and video with two cameras. The front is a VGA and not particularly shines with quality, but we are pleased that he has and we can conduct Skype calls and other enabling him instant messaging. The main already has 2MP, which can be made a little better photographs. Battery which is equipped Acer Iconia One 7 has capacity  of 10.28 Whr.

 Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 video review



Acer Iconia One 7 B1-770 tablet specifications

  • Operating System
  • Operating System      Android™
  • Processor & Chipset
  • Processor Manufacturer        MediaTek
  • Processor Model        MT8127
  • Processor Speed        1.30 GHz
  • Processor Core        Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Memory
  • Standard Memory        1 GB
  • Memory Technology        DDR3L SDRAM
  • Memory Card Reader        Yes
  • Memory Card Supported        microSD
  • microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
  • Storage
  • Flash Memory Capacity        16 GB
  • Display & Graphics
  • Screen Size        7"
  • Display Screen Type        Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
  • Screen Mode        WSVGA
  • Backlight Technology        LED
  • Touchscreen        Yes
  • Multi-touch Screen        Yes
  • Screen Resolution        1024 x 600
  • Network & Communication
  • Wireless LAN        Yes
  • Wireless LAN Manufacturer        MediaTek Inc.
  • Wireless LAN Model        MT6627
  • Wireless LAN Standard        IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth        Yes
  • Bluetooth Standard        Bluetooth 4.0
  • Input Devices
  • Keyboard Type        Touchscreen Keyboard
  • Built-in Devices
  • Microphone        Yes
  • Software
  • Operating System        Android™
  • Battery Information
  • Number of Cells        1-cell