Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA Curved UHD TV

Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA 55 inch Curved UHD TV - full consumer review

Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA Curved UHD TV
Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA Curved UHD TV


Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA review
Curved UHD TVs are getting more and more popular these days so big tech manufacturers like Samsung are making huge efforts to take the biggest market share in this newly developed market. Today we are taking a look at one of their latest offers in the 55 inch UHD segment with the full of features Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA.


Design and looks

Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA is a quite futuristic looking piece of equipment. Some critics may say the frame of the TV is way too thick compared to some competitors which have thinner frames. 
The build quality is good, something that is typical for Samsung TVs and a huge advantage when compared with brands that stress more on high specs and forget about the quality of the end product.
The curved stand of the UN55JU7500FXZA suits the curved frame just fine though it might be a bit too shiny and light reflecting in some conditions.



Features

Being the 2015 Editors' Choice by Reviewed.com you can expect from the Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA to be full of useful features, here are just some of them:
  • 4K UHD - 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • Curved 4K UHD TV with Full Array Backlighting
  • Peak Illuminator
  • Curved Panel
  • Auto Depth Enhancer
  • UHD Upscaling
  • Motion Rate 240
  • Smart TV
  • Smart View 2.0
  • Quad-Core Processor
  • Smart Remote Control

Price

Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA costs around $1600 on the North American market where it is exclusively offered. Of course this very same TV is offered on many other markets but with different name tag under the UN55JU7500 series.


Please check one of the big competitors of the Samsung UN55JU7500FXZA - the amazing Sony KD-55S8005C.

Buying a second hand car: Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B

Detailed information about Buying a second hand car Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B - pros, cons, consumer opinion and prices


Vectra B used car
Second hand car buying guide: Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B

Buying a used car is never easy as there is always a risk of not making a successful purchase. Many consumers find it very hard to make their choice when choosing their next used vehicle because of the uncertainty - if the car is going to be in good shape or the seller provided misleading information, if the choice they made would suit their need etc.

Today in our second hand car guide I am going to present you one of the most successful midsize automobiles of the late 90's - Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B. I personally was proud owner of two of these vehicles and I can say that Vectra was the benchmark car in its class back that and there are some pretty good reasons for that. 

First impressions
The production of the Opel Vectra B started in the late 1995 and stopped in the mid 2002 where the last facelift of the model was released. I owned both the initial model from 1996 and a facelifted one from late 2000 and there wasn't really a major fault with any of these two. Basically I replaced them because I just needed a newer vehicle as I am making lots of highway mileage and a newer car felt safer and more cost efficient.

Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B used car

The first car I owned was 1.6 (101 bhp) petrol, silver hatchback and I have to admit it really looked stunning back than. When parked to a equivalent aged Mercedes C-class the Opel looked like it came from a different era, with modern curves and aerodynamic design that was totally liked by young customers and also one of the top choices for corporate fleets.

The second one I owned was an estate with the more powerful 1.8 (115 bhp) petrol engine which was extremely practical with the advantage of having an enormous boot that easily fitted two of my bikes. I have to admit that the bigger petrol engine fitted this car much better, there was always power on demand and highway cruising happened on much lower RPM which improved the comfort when travelling on long distances. 

Vectra C - second hand car for the masses


Used car Opel Vectra B - silver hatchback

Engines

Vectra B was offered with variety of petrol and diesel engines, each of them having their own pros and cons. For family vehicles probably the 2.0 DTI (101 bhp) diesel engine was the most successful one as it return and average of 5-6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers which 15 years ago was a huge achievement. I personally liked the 1.8 petrol engine best as it was punchy enough but still performed well on fuel economy. I have no impressions from the sportiest V6 petrol engine as I have never tested it but I think it would be way to nose heavy for such a light chassis (about 1350 kg overall weight).

Suspension
When constructing the Vectra B Opel's engineers had in mind that this car will be a huge seller in countries where potholes are something quite common  (like Eastern Europe) so they designed one really tough suspension. Probably we can rate the ride of the car a bit on the firm side but it was never uncomfortable.

Comfort
The comfort provided by the Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B was on a good level. I can't say that was the most comfortable car in its class but it definitely was above the average ratings - extras like climate control, electric windows, multifunction steering wheel with adaptive steering column, cruise control, ABS, heated seats, useful armrest and extremely good sound systems all added value for the overall good impressions for the comfort in Opel Vectra.




The rusting issue

It is not a secret that many of the Opel-s of the 80s and 90s had the 'quality' to rust pretty badly. Thankfully, Vectra B has a good rust protection and only a few owners complained from any rusting issues with their cars.

Verdict

My opinion is that Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B was one of the successful GM models for the European market. It achieved pretty good sales and remained a trusted second-hand purchase for many years. You can still see 15+ years old Vectra-s running smoothly on the road but you have to be really careful when purchasing one - please make sure that it was serviced and maintained on time and there are no hidden issues with the engine, the gearbox and the electronics. My recommendation is to always test the car you liked on completely cold engine as engine faults don't show up on already warmed engine. 

If you have any concerns or questions about the Vectra B don't hesitate to leave a comment below, I will be happy to address them. 

I would also recommend you to check our used car guide for the Opel / Vauxhall Astra H where you can find more useful information about another of GM's successful compact cars in Europe.

Best cheap 50 inch TV in North America - Sony KDL-50W800C 50 inch FULL HD LED TV

Sony KDL-50W800C 50 inch FULL HD LED TV is one of the best sellers in the 50 inch segment in United States


 Sony KDL-50W800C features




  • X-Reality™ PRO
  • Sony's Android TV™ *1
  • Slim Design
  • 3D
  • One-touch Connection (NFC)
  • ClearAudio+

Digihome 20265HDLEDDVD


Digihome 20265HDLEDDVD 20 inch HD LED TV with Build-In DVD Player and Freeview




Enjoy watching DVDs and want a small HD TV? Well then this 20 inch Digihome HD LED TV with DVD combination complete with Freeview TV is the perfect choice with 1 x HDMI, 1 x Scart and 1 USB slot. With this built-in DVD player you don’t just have access to watching DVDs you also have the freedom to listen to music view photos and stream media through the USB port. What more all this can be viewed in vivid HD quality.


The size of this TV makes it perfect for small rooms or where space can be limited whilst still maintaining its great picture. The Freeview will allow access to up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without a subscription.


TV picture quality:



  • Edge-lit LED TV screen

  • HD Ready display resolution

  • Screen size: 20 inches

  • Motion rate 60Hz

  • Viewing angle 170/160 degrees

  • Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels




Connectivity:



  • 1 HDMI socket, 1 SCART socket and 1 USB port 1 VGA

  • Component video socket

  • Composite

  • Headphone socket

  • AV socket

  • Wallmountable




Sound quality:



  • DTS sound system

  • 28 watts RMS power output




Digital features:



  • Features USB video playback

  • Freeview digital tuner

  • Gesture control

  • This TV will not work with digital signals in the Republic of Ireland, you will require a digital set top box or satellite source

  • 7 day electronic program guide (EPG)





If you are in the search for a bigger television though I would strongly recommend you the 49 inch 4k HDR TV Digihome 49UHDHDR which impresses with its high Ultra HD resolution and premium picture quality. It is offered for £320 and it is one of the hot offers for the World Cup this year.




Additional features:

Sleep timer

Colour of TV black

Child lock

Size of TV H29.6, W47.8, D5cm

Weight of TV 3kg (unpackaged).

Weight of TV with stand 4kg.



DVD features:



  • DVD player

  • Dolby sound system

  • Playback compatibility: DVD




Energy efficiency information:



  • Energy efficiency rating: A

  • Energy efficiency index (EEI) 0.2

  • On mode power consumption 20 watts

  • Off mode power consumption 1 watt

  • Annual power consumption 29kWh

  • Standby power consumption 0.5 watt

  • Standby mode power consumption less than 1 watt





Price - around £120 in UK


I would also recommedn you to check the bigger 22 inch Digihome 22272FHDDVDLED.

Zenithink C91 - 10 inch Android tablet

Specifications and video review of the cheap 10 inch Android tablet Zenithink C91

Zenithink C91 - 10 inch Android tablet

Zenithink C91 tablet has been on the market for more than 3 years now and you can still find it brand you in some online tech stores. Probably that means that it is a good value for money product which worth taking a look at in case you are looking for a budget 10 inch Android tablet.


We will start our presentation with a short video review of Zenithink C91 tablet:

Zenithink C91 video review


As you saw from this introduction consumer video of the Zenithink C91 it is definitely a well made product with pretty low specs to be used as a primary tablet. And while talking for specs, here is a short list with the main specifications of the 10 inch Zenithink C91 tablet:

Zenithink C91 tablet specifications

  • CPU: ZT280 1GHz
  • OS: Google Android 4.0
  • RAM: 512M DDR
  • Storage (memory capacity): 8GB
  • Expandable storage: Support TF card extend 16GB max
  • Display: 10.1 inch TFT LCD touch panel 1024x600
  • Battery: 7200mAh
  • Networking: Wifi 802.11 b/g
  • Video: 1080P video supported

Price

I searched for this Zenithink tablet online and managed to find it in just couple of online stores. The asking price was $180 which is not a lot but considering the low specs of the tablet it is probably a fair price.

You can also check the popular Zenithink Zepad ZT102 Android tablet.

Vizio E32-C1 - the best cheap 32 inch Smart LED TV?

One of the most popular and best selling TVs in Amazon these days is the cheap 32 inch Smart LED Vizio E32-C1

Vizio E32-C1 cheap LED TV
Many of you probably haven't even heard of the brand Vizio but it happens to be quite popular in some online stores. Today we are taking a look at one of their best selling Smart TVs which is the Vizio E32-C1. This TV has been quite popular in Amazon web store where thousands of people purchased it online and also shared their feedback about it. It is kind of surprising that the E32-C1 is rated pretty high and most consumers are happy with the purchase. So what is it that impressed the buyers so much?

Design and looks

Vizio E32-C1 has design very similar to the Samsung UN32J5003 which is another best seller in North America - simple, with a stand that is not going to suit any taste (looks like a spider on sick leave to me). The frame is thinner than the one on UN32J5003 which is an advantage considering the fact these two TVs are direct competitors.

Price

The price for the Vizio E32-C1 is pretty reasonable. Offered at around $230 at BestBuy and Amazon this TV really starts to make sense and a very strong competition for other budget 32 inch LED TVs like these.
As I already mentioned the biggest competitor of the E32-C1 is the Samsung UN32J5003 which costs around $300 but currently on sale at Amazon for just $180 (what a deal that is).


Vizio E32-C1 specifications

Compatibility
  • Wall Mountable Yes
  • VESA Wall Mount Standard 100mm x 100mm
  • Media Card Slot No

Video
  • Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080 Full HD
  • 3D Technology No
  • Curved Screen No
  • Maximum Contrast Ratio (Dynamic) 200000
  • Local Dimming No

Dimensions
  • Product Height With Stand 19.03 inches
  • Product Depth With Stand 7.87 inches
  • Product Height Without Stand 17.06 inches
  • Product Depth Without Stand 2.55 inches
  • Product Weight With Stand 11.79 pounds
  • Product Weight Without Stand 11.31 pounds

Inputs
  • Number Of Component Video Inputs 1
  • Number Of Composite Video Inputs 1
  • PC Input No
  • Number Of DVI Inputs 0
  • Video Input(s) Component video, Composite video, Ethernet, HDMI, USB


Power
  • ENERGY STAR Certified  Yes
  • EPEAT Qualified Yes
  • EPEAT Level Bronze
  • Estimated Annual Operating Cost 9 United States dollars
  • Estimated Annual Electricity Use 79 kilowatt hours

Outputs
  • Number Of HDMI Outputs 0
  • Number Of Analog Audio Outputs 1
  • Number Of Digital Optical Audio Outputs 1
  • Video Output(s) Analog Audio, Toslink optical
  • Speaker Output 10 watts

Display
  • Language(s) Displayed
  • English, French, Spanish
  • Screen size: 32 inches
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Horizontal viewing angle: 178 degrees

Audio
  • Simulated Surround Yes
  • Number Of Speakers 2
  • Surround Sound Supported DTS Studio Sound

Connectivity
  • Network Compatibility Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Headphone Jack No
  • DLNA Certified Yes

Features
  • Remote Control Type Smart
  • Integrated Camera No
  • Cable(s) Included Power
  • TV/DVD Combo No
  • Instant Content Supported Netflix, Amazon Video, iHeartRadio, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Crackle, Facebook, Twitter

You can also check our list with the best 32-inch Full HD TVs on the market.

USA best seller TV: Samsung UN32J5003, 32 inch Full HD LED TV

Best selling TV in United States - price, specifications and quick review of the 32 inch Full HD LED TV Samsung UN32J500 2015 model

Samsung UN32J5003 32 inch Full HD LED TV
USA best seller TV: Samsung UN32J5003

Samsung UN32J5003 review - the 2015 version of the Samsung UN32J5003 turned into real best seller in North America and some other parts of the world. Even though this TV doesn't offer any of the latest cutting edge features it managed to become one of the top choices in the 32 inch LED TV segment. Of course the great picture quality it offers is the main reason behind the success and that combined with the affordable price of under $300 make the UN32J5003 a real best seller. 

Design and looks

Design is pretty simple, nothing to really like or dislike. The TV itself is not very thin and neither is the frame of the UN32J5003. The overall impression with the design is good but nothing special.

Picture quality

The good picture quality is one of the biggest advantages of the UN32J5003. Typical Samsung color setting is not the most accurate/natural with some of the colors being way too sharp but for most time they are presented well.

Samsung UN32J5003 TV specifications

  • 3D Technology No
  • ENERGY STAR Certified No
  • Estimated Annual Electricity Use 52 kilowatt hours
  • Estimated Annual Operating Cost 6 United States dollars
  • Media Card Slot No
  • Speakers 2 DTS Premium Sound 5W
  • Number Of Component Video Inputs 1
  • Number Of Composite Video Inputs 1
  • Number Of HDMI Inputs 2
  • Number Of USB Port(s) 1
  • PC Input No
  • Vertical Resolution 1080p
  • Horizontal Resolution 1920p
  • Screen Size 31.5 inches
  • Display Type LED
  • Video Input(s) HDMI|Component video|Composite video
  • Wall Mountable Yes
  • Warranty Terms - Parts 1 year limited
  • Warranty Terms - Labor 1 year limited
  • Width 29.2 inches

Price

The retail price for the Samsung UN32J5003 is around $300 but as I already mentioned you can easily find it for less. Currently it is offered at Amazon for $180 which is an amazing deal.

If you are interested in buying a budget 32 inch LED TV I would recommend you to check the Samsung UE-32H5030 review or the Samsung UE32EH6030 which are both pretty cheap. 

Sony XBR55X810C 55 inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV - top seller in United States

Specifications and quick review of the best selling in USA 55 inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV Sony XBR55X810C


Sony XBR55X810C review - the 55 inch Sony XBR55X810C and the bigger 65 inch Sony XBR65X810C are two of the best selling 4K Ultra HD LED TVs in United States. That is thanks to the amazing picture quality they offer and off course the reasonable price tag. You can easily find the Sony XBR55X810C in BestBuy for less than $1000 which is an amazing deal considering that is one premium big screen TV.

Here are the main specifications of the smaller panel of the two which is the 55 inch Sony XBR55X810C:

Sony XBR55X810C TV specifications

Display Type
LED
Number Of HDMI Inputs
4
Number Of USB Port(s)
3
Screen Size
64.5 inches
Digital Tuner
Yes
Warranty
Parts
1 year
Labor
1 year
Compatibility
Wall Mountable
Yes
VESA Wall Mount Standard
300mm x 300mm
Media Card Slot
No
Video
Maximum Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
3D Technology
No
Curved Screen
No
Additional Dimension
Product Height With Stand
35.5 inches
Product Height Without Stand
33.63 inches
Product Weight With Stand
51.4 pounds
Product Weight Without Stand
48.1 pounds
Input
PC Input
No
Video Input(s)
HDMI
Power
ENERGY STAR Certified
No
EPEAT Qualified
No
Estimated Annual Operating Cost
21 United States dollars
Estimated Annual Electricity Use
170 kilowatt hours
Output
Number Of HDMI Outputs
4
Number Of Digital Optical Audio Outputs
1
Display
Screen Size Class
65 inches
Vertical Resolution
2160p (4K)
Connectivity
Headphone Jack
Yes
Feature
Remote Control Type
Standard
Cable(s) Included
AC power
TV/DVD Combo
No
General
Color Category
Black
Dimension
Width
57.63 inches

Design and looks

Sony XBR55X810C is a super slim TV with super thin frame. It is almost entirely black and  looks quite simple and elegant. It is made of durable and high quality materials and it definitely leaves the impression of a high-quality product.

Here is also a very nice video review of the Sony XBR55X810C so you will get to know better how this TV looks like and performs in real world testing and also a quick tour to assembling the TV set itself when you get it out of the box for the very first time:

Sony XBR55X810C video review



Another 55 inch TV from Sony's model line that I totally recommend is the curved Sony KD-55S8005C which is more expensive but also comes with a set of premium features that make it one of the more desirable 55 inch screens on the LED TV market today, not only in the United States but worldwide. 

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 laptop review

No matter where you are, or what you are doing, the 2-in-1 detachable Satellite Click Mini can adapt to meet your needs. At just 978 grams for a complete laptop with full keyboard and excellent display, you can make the most of unrestricted computing almost anywhere. A full-functioning laptop one moment and an easy-to-use tablet the next, the Satellite Click Mini quickly transforms between modes. 


  • The satellite click mini offers a FULL HD IPS display to make all of your content clearer. You can enjoy a stunning visual experience when watching movies, video calling friends or browsing your favorite photos - thanks to a bright 16:10 screen, its 1920 x 1200 resolution, and an impressive viewing angle of up to 176° that lets you see the screen from all sides without distortion.
  • With a battery life of up to 13 hours in laptop mode (HD video playback in low brightness setting), the satellite click mini keeps up with your busy social life, ensuring you can enjoy what you do, all day long.

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 specifications

CPU, Memory and Operating System:
  • Intel Atom Intel® atom™ processor for tablets z3735f quad core processor
  • 1.33GHz processor speed
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB solid state hard drive
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • This device can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free
Display features:
  • 8.9 inch screen
  • High definition display
  • Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Graphics:
  • Intel HD Graphics card
  • Shared graphics card
Interfaces and connectivity:
  • SD media card reader
  • Secure Digital (SD)
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi enabled
Multimedia features:
  • HD webcam
  • Built-in mic
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound system
Software included:
  • Dolby® Digital Plus
  • McAfee LiveSafe™
General features:
  • Size H0.98, W23.5, D16.1cm.

Toshiba Click Mini 8.9 video review

Most wanted gifts for New Year

Short list with the some of the most desirable products on New Year's


Such list probably will vary depending on the location and few other important factors that will make you want a specific product. We will discuss just the most common ones that are popular in most parts of the world.

Sony PlayStation

Well, it makes sense the most popular gaming console in the world to be among the most desirable products in the world.

Xbox 

Another very popular gaming console.

LED TV

Many people these days wish a big screen TV and most get it as the prices dropped significantly in the last couple of years and TV sets of over 42 inch became quite affordable.

Smartphone

Everyone wants a new smartphone, no matter if you already have one or not, there are always newer and better ones. iPhone, Samsung and LG are probably the most desired ones.

Vacation tickets

For me personally that is one of the best New Year's presents due to the fact that there are so many locations to choose from and it most certainly would be a surprise for those who receive it.


Pets

Pets are always fun, definitely a top choice for a New Year present.