Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

Ulefone Power 3 smartphone review

Ulefone Power 3 Android smartphone features, specifications and review

Ulefone Power 3 as a phablet features 6.0 inch display afford you a vivid and different visual experience. 21.0MP ( SW 16.0MP ) + 5.0MP dual back cameras and 13.0MP ( SW 8.0MP ) + 5.0MP dual front cameras, you can enjoy vivid images. It comes with most of the features we've come to expect from a phablet, including 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM storage equipped with Android 7.1 OS and 6080mAh battery that you can play games faster. With Hi-Fi function, you could enjoy high fidelity music and video.

UMIDIGI S2 Pro unboxing video and quick overview

The super-capable and quite cheap phone UMIDIGI S2 Pro is packed with features and impresses with amazing specs

Top performers in 2017 - consumer electronics awards

Here is the list with the top performing consumer electronics products in the outgoing year 2017


Today we are taking a look at some of the best products we've reviewed in 2017 - computers, TVs, smartphones, cars and other consumer electronics. Of course there might be better ones out there, that is why we rely on your opinion as well.

So, lets start with the list and the best entry level ultrabook for 2017:

Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook T460 - solid build quality but average performance

Lenovo Thinkpad T460 is a decent laptop for business purposes with long battery life, middle to very good performance depending on load and sturdy build. Maybe I would have recommended it if it wasn’t for the price – this Lenovo ultrabook should definitely not cost the US$1,200 it’s currently sold for.

Next, we will stop our attention on the best mid-range smartphone for 2017:

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – the best mid-range smartphone


The Samsung J5 (2017) impresses with its sample and stylish design. Entirely made of metal (except for the screen of course) and offered in couple very nice colors it really stands out in the crowd. The fingerprint sensor and quality 13MP selfie-camera are just some of its features that you get for less than $350. In comparison, for the same price you can get a Honor 7 Lite which is worse in almost any aspect that we've taken into consideration.

It's time to rate our top choice for best LED TV to buy in 2017:

Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650

Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 is the best 40 inch display we've reviewed in 2017. I think for a price of around 400 Euros the Sony Bravia 40WD650 does a great job. The 40 inch size is a good compromise for both watching TV or if using it for home cinema (for cinema only I prefer 43 inch TV sets, while for TV specifically I think the perfect size is 39 inch). Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 is a great TV for the money. I’ve always preferred Sony for TV and cinema electronics and this 40 inch panel did not disappoint me. Probably our next TV will be a bit bigger (43 inch) and with 4K resolution but I think there will be some time before we move on with this 40WD650.

The next item we will award this year is the Teclast Tbook 10 Android tablet:

The best cheap 10 inch Android/Widnows tablet in 2017 - Teclast Tbook 10
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The Teclast Tbook 10 impressed us with very powerful hardware, solid build quality and stylish design. The price was also good compared to its rivals.

Next is the best used vehicle we've tested in 2017

Opel Vectra C - the best second-hand purchase in 2017

The petrol Opel Vectra C we've tested earlier this year impressed with good product quality and very wide set of features and extras offered in this car. I would totally recommend the Vectra C as a second hand purchase. Just make sure to make your research and pick the right car for you. If I needed to buy one now I would avoid the 1.9 CDTI and the 2.2 direct engines due to expensive servicing. The 1.8 petrol engine is my strongest recommendation. Opel / Vauxhall Astra H is another car that we tested and liked in general.

So, these were the top performers in 2017 or at least we think so. Please feel free to share your opinion about these or your personal favorites.

Wish you happy and productive 2018!

Majority Fulbourn DAB+ DAB Digital FM Radio Alarm Clock

Majority Fulbourn DAB+ DAB Digital FM Radio Alarm Clock With USB Charging Black

Majority Fulbourn radio
Majority Fulbourn radio
Looking for a new and stylish alarm clock? Well, today at For consumers we will take a look at one. A feature packed, bedside DAB digital radio, the Majority Fulbourn offers a blend of quality and style that’s hard to beat. The digital radio alarm clock allows you to set dual alarms with both DAB digital and FM radio stations. Along with this, the Fulbourn has wireless Bluetooth connectivity, NFC compatibility and USB ports to pair your phone.

The Majority Fulbourn has been personally designed within Cambridge, UK to provide the best quality radio for you. With many desirable digital alarm and audio features, this radio is personally tailored to be practical yet perfect for listening to your favorite audio.

BMW X2 video presentation

The all new BMW X2 compact SUV will hit the showrooms in 2018


X2, the all new super compact SUV from BMW was officially released and will hit the showrooms very soon. BMW X2 looks sporty and yet very elegant. It follows the design language of its bigger siblings X3 and X4 but in a more compact shape. The X2 will be offered with a variety of petrol and diesel engines which all promise to be very economical.

Here is a quick video presentation of the all new compact SUV BMW X2:

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Video review showing interior and exterior features of the all new 2016 BMW X1 XDRIVE 28i

The X2 will share plenty of its components with the X1 which has the more conservative looks. Prices will be similar as well.

Vernee X - best Android smartphone under $300?

Vernee X smartphone features, specifications and quick video preview


Vernee X is on the market for couple of months now and there seems to be a huge interest around this smartphone. And honestly there are couple of very good reasons for that, here are some of them:

  • Great looking - nice design with solid build quality and good feel in the hand

  • Exceptional hardware specs - Helio P23 octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM

  • Amazing big screen with Full HD resolution

  • 6200 mAh battery - great battery life

  • Dual front and dual rear cameras

  • Great value for money - offered for $250 at GearBest


Vernee X video preview


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Vernee Mars 4G Phablet – strong competitor of the iPhone 7


I personally like the Vernee X and I strongly recommend it. It combines all the good qualities of a high-end mobile device with the price tag of a mid-range premium branded smartphone.

Please feel free to share your impressions with this Vernee smartphone or with any other cheap Chinese phone that made you good impression.

Budget TV Christmas gifts from LG

Last minute Christmas gift ideas with LG!


Still looking for that tech gift for your loved ones for Christmas? Or maybe a new gadget at home for the holidays? Here are some ideas from the LG brand for budget TV options.



LG 37LH3000


This is a 37-inch black TV with full HD with an LCD 1080p screen. It is an older model from 2009 but that shouldn't worry you. The picture quality is good enough for its price. If you can find it online, the price is around USD 300, however many sites don't carry it anymore.


LG 32LJ510U


This 32-inch TV is a 2017 model and is available on Amazon and associated websites for around USD 300. It boosts a picture mastering engine and embedded surround sound system. At 32 inches, this may not be a great home cinema option, but it serves for those of you looking for a budget home TV. It features plug and play connectivity with multiple inputs for your devices. The picture quality is good.

LG 32LF550A


This 32-inch TV is currently available on the market for around 380 USD up to 400 USD. It features a10 W speaker output, 1366 x 768 HD Ready display with good picture quality. LG boosts that this model has a 300 Hz refresh rate for motion blur free picture and smoother movements in videos. We don't consider this characteristic to be true, it may be falsely inflated. However, the motions are good enough for a TV of that price range.



Have you bought your Christmas TV present for your family? Share your reviews, opinions and pictures with us!

Useful tips how to properly wash your car

Few tips and tricks how to properly wash your car


Check out how the professionals do it and wash your car the same way:

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Well, this seems to be an expensive way to do it but you can learn from those tips and tricks and save some money by washing your car yourself.

 

 

11 Christmas gifts ideas for women you should consider this year

Best Christmas gift ideas for women for winter 2017!


Still struggling with your Christmas shopping this year? Look no further - our 11 top picks will help you select a gift for any woman in your life. Mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, cousin or simply a coworker - we are here to help you make the best choice!

New TV for Christmas .... great idea!



1. Jewellery


Any type of jewellery is always a good choice for a woman you're close with. Receiving a jewellery box this time of year will make any lady feel special and cared for. However, you should be mindful as a ring could be a misinterpreted gift. I would advise you to stick to a safer option. A bracelet or a necklace would be my choice.

A couple of good picks are these necklaces from Amazon - a white gold, luxurious heart-shaped necklace or a more budget-friendly option in silver:

2. A purse / handbag


A thoughtful and useful gift for any lady would be a high-quality purse for her credit cards, change etc. or a handbag that she can use for work or day use. Make sure you select good quality leather, regardless it's genuine or faux. Opt for natural and non-demanding colors if you're not closely familiar with her taste.

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3. Lingerie / sleepwear


For your significant other, lingerie or a cute night gown / night set is always a good option for almost any holiday. Very important though - consider this option only if you are sure that you can select the right size! It does not matter if she can exchange it later - not choosing the right size for your lady can be very hurtful for her.

4. A favorite book / e-reader


All bookworms will be ecstatic to get a book by their favorite author as a gift for any occasion. If you're not certain about the literature taste and you're prepared with a bigger budget, you can opt for an e-reader. Nothing can compare to the convenience of having all your favorite books with you everywhere you go. And it fits in a handbag!

kindle

5. Fitness bracelet / set of weights for use at home


Many ladies enjoy a good workout and are engaged in fitness in one way or the other. If the lady you're selecting a gift for is a health nut and loves to exercise, she will appreciate a Fitbit bracelet or other type of a sport accessory.

fitbit

6. Voucher for a full SPA day


Your significant other or friend / mother has been very busy lately? She will definitely appreciate a full day to herself with a SPA treatment in a luxurious hotel. Add a free drink and ideally, a hair do afterwards and she will be the happiest woman on the planet!

7. Gift card


If you know where your lady shops most often, a gift card is a thoughtful and always welcome gift, This way you can make sure that she buys something of her taste and make her happy!

8. Fan merchandise


If your coworker or not-so-close friend / cousin is a fan of a certain book or movie, you can be sure that you will surprise her nicely with a fan gift oriented toward her preference.

9. Make-up set


If you're familiar with the type of decorative make-up she uses and what she needs or lacks at the moment in her boudoir, you can opt for a make-up set or collection. That will definitely impress her, especially if the good choice is made by a man. Tip - Rihanna's Fenty Beauty collection is all the rage now.

10. Scarf / gloves


Accessories are usually a safe and classy gift to choose for your loved ones or not so close people.A pair of good quality gloves or a scarf / shawl is a great choice for the holiday season.

11. Hand watch


In my opinion, not only men can receive watches as presents, although it's somewhat of a classic. A stylsh watch is a perfect gift for any lady.

What do you think of our suggestions? Have you chosen a gift already? Share your thoughts with us below!

New TV for Christmas... great idea!

Getting new TV for Christmas sounds like a great idea this year


Why getting a new TV on Christmas sounds like a very good idea? Well, there are few very good reasons for that, here are couple of them:

Christmas Discounts


Discounts on Christmas are second to none. Retailers are rushing into giving bigger discounts on Christmas and clean up old and unsold merchandise left from the outgoing year. Black Friday 2017 generated many sales but there are goods left in stock and the best moment for clearing these is Christmas. That is the main reason why you can get an amazing TV deal on Christmas. In US stores like BestBuy usually give generous discounts but I would recommend you to check online as well. Big screen TVs are expensive so any additional discount would save you money.

Samsung UE50MU6120 50 inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Great Present for Christmas


You are out of Christmas present ideas? Why not buy a new LED TV, there are so many to choose from and almost everyone would like a new modern TV for Christmas. Kids would love it for sure but it is not only them who would appreciate a new fancy TV. You can also couple it with Xbox or PlayStation for full media experience.
Variety

There is an amazing variety of screens offered - curved, Full HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 3D, HDR.... and many more. That would ensure that you can pick a TV for any taste, no matter the size or the specs. I would recommend you getting non-curved 4k display between 39-50 inches depending on your needs. In regards to the brands I would suggest Sony, Samsung or LG if you are going for a premium purchase. If you are more of a budget oriented person then brands like Finlux and Hisense are the ones you should check.

Opel Vectra C - pros and cons

Main pros and cons of one of the most popular cars in Europe - Opel Vectra C (2002-2009)


 For its seven years of production Opel Vectra C achieved good sales in Europe and some parts of Asia, turning into one of the favorite business and family vehicles for many consumers. I personally have owned two Vectra B cars and a Vectra C and I would say these are some great cars, inexpensive to run and service and pretty reliable for its price.

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In 2009 Vectra C was replaced with the much more sophisticated Insgina which is sold in almost any continent around the globe and proved to be one of the most successful cars of the brand prior it was sold to PSA.

Opel Insignia at the 2017 Sofia Motor Show




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So what was good about the Vectra C? Well, here is a short list with its main qualities:

Opel Vectra C pros

  • Wide variety of diesel and gasoline enignes

  • List of features and extras - back in 2005 you could find almost any feature available in car manufacturing in the Vectra C

  • Fresh, modern design

  • Very roomy interior and enormous cargo space in the Estate/Signum versions

  • Cheap to run - inexpensive spare parts and maintenance

  • Good fuel economy across the range


Buying used car – Opel Vectra C

This third generation of Vectra also had some downsides which are well known after so many miles and opinions shared in the forums. Here is a short list of its negatives:

Opel Vectra C cons

  • Bad/cheap plastics in the interior

  • Strong but unsettled suspension - neither on the sporty nor on the comfort side

  • Engine refinement - some are noisy and with high level of vibrations


I would totally recommend the Vectra C as a second hand purchase. Just make sure to make your research and pick the right car for you. If I needed to buy one now I would avoid the 1.9 CDTI and the 2.2 direct engines due to expensive servicing. The 1.8 petrol engine is my strongest recommendation.

I would be very happy to hear other Vectra C owners so feel free to share your thoughts about this beautiful second hand car in the comments section below. Thank you!

Buying used car - Opel Vectra C

Opel Vectra C is reliable and very cheap car to service - great second hand choice

Vauxhall Vectra C - second hand
Opel / Vauxhall Vectra C - top second hand choice

Today at our consumer blog we will review one of the very popular on the used cars market vehicles - the Opel Vectra C (also known as Vauxhall Vectra in UK). For today's review I have chosen the 1.8 petrol engine version in a hatchback body style (known as GTS in its sportier variation which comes with lowered suspension).


Opel Vectra C is offered with various engines, including petrol and diesel in 4 and 6 cylinder block. Here are the ones that I know that I have feedback about:

What car to buy in 2018?


Petrol engines:

1.6 16V (102/105 hp) - the smallest of the petrol engines, really not fit for the 1350 kg heavy car, not enough power and the fuel consumption is good only at urban driving, on the highway it is as thirsty as a 3.2 V6. Vectra C with this engine variation was mostly used for company fleet vehicles.
1.8 16V (115/122 hp) - a bit better compared to the 1.6 engine, adequate performance and fuel consumption under mixed driving conditions, not many problems reported with it.
1.8 16V variable valve timing engine (140hp)
2.2i (147 hp) - powerful enough and pretty strong engine, mounted in the initial and the facelift versions of the car, mostly preferred when adding LPG to Vectra C
2.2 Direct (155 hp) - Direct-injection engine. For the first time direct-injection engine is mounted in Vectra so there are some flaws with it.
3.2 V6 (211 hp) - the sportiest of all, used for the OPC version as well. I personally wouldn't recommend it since the car becomes a bit nose-heavy and understeers a lot due to its weight and front-wheel driving.

Diesel engines

2.0 DTI (101 hp) - strong and reliable engine but not enough power. Very popular with its fuel economy.
2.2 DTI (125 hp) - powerful enough for Vectra C with decent fuel consumption
1.9 CDTI (101, 120 and 150 hp) - this engine was manufactured in cooperation with Italian car giant Fiat and was offered in three different versions with different power and performance specs. The 150 hp version is popular with great dynamics figures but reliability is not on the bright side.
3.0 CDTI V6 (177/184 hp) - engine delivered by Isuzu, with great dynamic and performance figures but expensive to run and service. This engine was mostly used for the Estate version of Vectra C as well as for the bigger Signum.

Buying a used car: Opel / Vauxhall Astra H


For these engines Opel used manual and automatic (regular tiptronic Japanese automatic gearbox or semi-robotic Easytronic) gearboxes that are pretty reliable under regular maintenance.

1.8 16V 140 hp petrol engine - the best choice for your Vectra C

It is a bit rear to find since this engine was planted in Vectra C only for couple of years. It is a variable valve timing engine with good performance and economy under mixed driving cycle. Under regular maintenance the 1.8 petrol engine proves to be hustle free experience.

Vectra C - the good
  • Cheap to buy second hand and cheap to run, lots of spares
  • Good looks and styling - still looks fresh and modern after more than 10 years
  • Roomy interior
  • Variety of petrol and diesel engines for any taste
  • Premium list of extras - climate control, ABS + EBD, ESP/Traction control, Cruise control,dynamic xenon, heated leather seats and interior, athermic windscreen and tinted windows, electrically operated windows, mirrors and seats, alarm system with interior sensors, parking sensors (front and rear), DVD/Navigation system with AUX and many others.

Vectra C - the bad
  • Some reliability issues in certain versions (manufacturing plant in UK...)
  • Noisy engines - petrol and diesel
  • Unsettled independent suspension (bigger wheels and lowered suspension make this a bit better, on good surfaces only)
  • Interior plastics

I hope you find the information about useful but feel free to comment in the section below in case you have questions about Vectra C, I will be more than happy to answer. Meanwhile, I will be happy to hear your opinion about this Opel or any other you have driven recently.

Hoover Dhl1672d3 - one of the cheapest washing machines on the market

Hoover Dhl1672d3 washing machine - one of the cheapest and yet rated with A+++ energy efficiency



Hoover Dhl1672d3 is one of the popular cheap washing machines at eBay UK these days. It has nice design and very good energy efficiency. It spins with up to 1600 rpm and can hold up to 7 kg of laundry.

You can use any of the 16 available preset programs for your dirty clothes. Here are the rest of the features and specifications:

Hoover Dhl1672d3 washing machine specifications

OVERVIEW
Type Freestanding washing machine
Colour White
Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year

PERFORMANCE
Capacity 7 kg
Energy rating A+++
Wash performance A
Annual energy consumption 175 kWh
Annual water consumption 9600 litres
Consumption per cycle - 0.9 kWh
- 43.63 litres
Spin performance A
Maximum spin speed 1600 rpm
Noise level (wash) 58 dB(A)
Noise level (spin) 79 dB(A)

WASHING PROGRAMS
Variable temperature Yes
Number of programs 16
Wash programs - Active eco 20 deg
- Baby 60 deg
- Cottons
- Daily 59min
- Dark colours
- Delicates
- Drain & spin
- Handwash
- Mixed
- One touch
- Rapid 14/30/44
- Rinse
- Shirts
- Sports
- Wool
Wash functions - Easy iron
- Pre-wash

WASHING TIMES
60° wash time 210 minutes
40° wash time 130 minutes
20° wash time 120 minutes
Quick wash time 14 minutes for 1.5 kg
FEATURES
Variable spin Yes
Spin stability Yes
Water remaining after spin 44%
Loading - Front loading
- Large porthole
- 180° opening
- Hinged on left
Other features KG mode
WIFI / SMART
Connectivity NFC
Smartphone app Hoover Wizard app
Compatible platforms Android 4.4 & later
Smart functions - Autoclean
- filter clean
- Remote wash programs
- Voice assist
- Energy monitoring
- Download new programme
- Machine check up
- User manual link
- Clever end delay
- Voice assist

CONTROLS
Display type LED screen
Program selector Dial & touchscreen
Delay timer Yes, 24 hours
Time remaining indicator Yes

GENERAL
Box contents Hoover DHL 1672D3 NFC 7 kg 1600 Spin Washing Machine
Dimensions - 850 x 600 x 520 mm (H x W x D)
- 33.46 x 23.62 x 20.47 inches (H x W x D)
Boxed dimensions 890 x 650 x 560 (H x W x D)
Weight 68 g
Boxed weight 69.70 g

Consumer review of washing machine Gorenje SensoCare W6523/SC


Price
Hoover Dhl1672d3 washing machine can be found on sale for under 200 GBP.

Ideal Christmas present for her - Remington Ilight Ultra

Remington Ilight Ultra - solution for laser hair removal at home


Looking for Christmas presents for your wife, girlfriend or just a special woman? I would recommend the new Remington Ilight Ultra for home laser hair removal. Laser hair removal machines for use at home are getting increasingly popular the past few years. As their popularity increases, the prices reduce. Laser hair removal is no longer something you can only afford at a salon for a huge price. Now there are machines for home use for a very good price. The Remington Ilight Ultra is at an affordable price and comes with a lifetime guarantee!


Remington Ilight Ultra is an FDA approved machine for laser hair removal. It's the first Remington machine cleared for facial hair removal. However, keep in mind that the machine is only suitable for women' facial hair. Remington does not recommend men to use it to remove beard.

Among IPL systems, the Remington Ilight Ultra is one of the most powerful, delivering 7 - 8 J / cm2 of light energy. The head of the machine is fairly large. This makes it suitable for use on the body as well on the face. If you're looking to remove hair from larger areas such as arms, legs, chest etc., this is the machine for you. It is cost effective and convenient to use.

Perfect gift for the special lady in your life – face and body skincare set

Pros:

  • One of the strongest machines on the market
  • FDA approved
  • Capable to remove hair permenantly
  • Suitable both for face and body
  • Lifetime guarantee for cartridge

Cons:

  • Results are a bit slow to see. It will take you 6 - 8 sessions to remove hair. This is typical for all IPL systems.
  • Initial investment of USD 449 (current price at Amazon)

Overall verdict

This is one of the reasonably priced IPL machines on the market. It comes with a lifetime warranty of the cartridge. The IPL system is very strong - the strongest Remigton have made so far. We would definitely recommend it - it is a single investment which will serve you a long time!

Thank you for checking this review. I will be more than happy to hear your comments about the Remington Ilight Ultra in the comment section below.

Samsung UE50MU6120 50 inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Christmas shopping ideas - Samsung UE50MU6120 50 inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV - True Ultra High Definition experience


As the Christmas holidays are very close now, we are starting a series of posts about Christmas shopping and gift ideas. You all probably know that we are keen on electronics and gadgets and that's why most of our suggestions will point at that direction.

So, we chose the Samsung UE50MU6120 because it is offered at many of the popular stores and we saw very good deals at John Lewis, Tesco, eBay and many others.

Samsung UE50MU6120 impresses with its premium 4k Ultra HD picture quality and quite pleasant design.

Samsung UE50MU6120 TV specifications

  • LED TV Screen
  • Ultra HD 4K certified display resolution
  • Screen size: 50 inches
  • Motion rate 1300PQI
  • Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Connectivity:
  • 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI sockets.
  • Smart TV.
  • Component video socket.
  • Composite socket.
  • Optical connection.
  • S-Video socket.
  • Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Ethernet connection.
  • DLNA compatibility
  • Mobile high-definition link
  • Miracast.
  • Open browser
  • Suitable for wall mounting 400 x 400 bracket
Sound quality:
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound system
  • 10 x 2 watt RMS power output
Digital features:
  • Features USB recording and video playback.
  • Micro dimming technology improves the contrast by dimming individual sections of the TV screen
  • Freeview HD digital tuner
  • Saorview digital tuner (Saorview can only be received in the Republic of Ireland)
  • Quad core processor
  • CI plus slot
Additional features
  • Sleep timer
  • Parental controls
Energy efficiency information
  • Energy efficiency rating: A
  • On mode power consumption 93 watts
  • Annual power consumption 129kWh
  • Standby power consumption 0.5 watt
More information about the Samsung UE50MU6120 can be found at the official Samsung website.

Magnetic bike Body Sculpture BC 5500 at a glance

Body Sculpture magnetic bike BC 5500 - quick overview

I recently bought the magnetic bike Body Sculpture BC 5500 and want to share a quick overview with you. It's a budget magnetic bike for every home. It can fit easily anywhere and you don't need much space. It's convenient and easy to use.

The bike comes with a display that shows you time, distance, heart rate and burned calories. You can manage the parameters you want to see with the buttons under the display.

Intelligent Air Purifier


The display

The bike comes with 8 hardness levels. You can choose the dsired level with the rotator under the display. For beginners, I would recommend going with levels 1 and 2 until your legs are well-trained and toned.

Overall this is a great budget bike for your home cardio. We at Testproductreview.com definetely recommend it!

LG 49SJ800V - is Nano Cell technology worth it?

LG 49SJ800V uses Nano Cell technology, but is it worth the money?


LG employs their infamous Nano Cell technology for precise color and wide viewing angle in their LG 49SJ800V TV model. The technology promises a lot, but does it deliver? Let's see!

Specifications


Screen type / size

  • 49 Inch Screen Size LCD

  • Ultra HD 4K Native Resolution (3840 x 2160)

  • Edge-LED Backlight Panel Type

  • IPS Display Panel


Specifics

  • 120 Hz Refresh Rate

  • 15 ms Input Lag (Game Mode)

  • LG Ultra Luminance

  • HDR10 | HLG Support

  • LG Nano Cell Display

  • 300 x 300 VESA

  • 2800 Picture Mastering Index Rating


Smart TV

  • webOS 3.5


Sound and connectivity

  • DVB-T/T2/S/S2/C + Analog-NTSC/PAL/SECAM

  • 2.0 ch Speaker System 20W

  • Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

  • Bluetooth

  • 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0

  • 4x HDMI 2.0


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Sharp and elegant design of the LG 49SJ800V



Design and features


As soon as you take it out of the box you can see that this is no standard run-of-the-mill TV. LG have done their best to show that this TV is worth every cent of its over 800 USD price. The thin and elegant screen and the barely visible silver bezel show exactly that. The LG 49SJ800V comes with an elegant middle screen stand slightly reminding us of Samsung models. It can be wall-mounted too.

Samsung UN55KS800 55-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV


Smart TV comes without asking here too. LG has used their latest Web OS 3.5 for an effortless lag-free experience. Connectivity is not an issue with this TV as you get 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi also included. LG 49SJ800V can receive almost any type of signal including satellite signals so you don’t need to buy an external tuner.

Picture and sound quality


As described by LG: "Genuine LED innovation. IPS 4K Nano Cell technology allows for consistent pixel placement one nanometre apart, creating uniform colour volume and outstanding picture quality, even at off centre angles".  Nano Cell technology featured in the LG 49SJ800V is a breakthrough technolgy, which promises a lot, but also delivers. You can check LG's own stand on the topic here: Nano Cell behind the scenes.

The key points here with Nano Cell are: colour accuracy and viewing angle. Although this is not OLED, the LG 49SJ800V with help of Nano Cell deliveres great accurate vibrant colours, deep blacks and perfect whites. The viewing angle is so much bigger than that of a normal TV that you will not be able to look at your old TV the same. I can honestly say that here at TestProductReview we were impressed.
Samsung UE50MU6102 review

With such great picture, it's only natural that they'll use good sound too. Well, this is right. LG have used Harman Kardon speakers in the LG 49SJ800V. Its built-in audio is designed and engineered to deliver rich, full-range sound through its two integrated speakers.

Final verdict


The LG 49SJ800V delivers rich and vibrant picture and you'll love its features. The price corresponds the quality you get. You can find it currently around 800 - 1000 USD depending on the seller. However, we say that this is a good deal and this TV's perfect picture is worth every cent!

IDEA XJ-3800-1 / Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 7-in-1 IntelligentAir Purifier

IDEA XJ-3800-1 / Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 7-in-1 Intelligent Air Purifier with Sensors that Monitor Air Quality, Pollutant Types and Performance



So, how I bought our IDEA XJ-3800-1? Some times ago I decided that we need an air purifier since the city we live is famous with its dirty air. Even though the decision was made I did not purchase one because most of the air purifiers I liked were really expensive - $300 and above.

Cheaper than the competition

IDEA XJ-3800-1 which is almost equivalent to the air purifier offered at Amazon - Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 is really much cheaper than the popular equivalents offered by Philips, Rowenta and co.

I found mine on this year's Black Friday at a local store for just a $100 which is an amazing deal considering the fact that most online tech shops offer it at $140-160.

My first impressions with the IDEA XJ-3800-1 were quite positive, even though the product does not look premium. The operation is quiet on the lower setting and there is also night/silent mode as well. What I liked most is the fact that this air purifier has an auto mode which makes it simple to operate with it.

Specifications

  • Advanced diagnostics that monitor pollution levels, types of pollutants detected, filter performance and filter life
  • Cleans the air in 7 ways, an air-cleaning technology for virtually every airborne indoor pollutant
  • True HEPA air filter, combined with ionizer, to capture dust &allergens such as pollen, ragweed, dust mites & mold spores
  • Includes activated carbon filter for chemicals and odors and germ-killing UV lamp
  • Washable electrostatic dust collector cell adds yet another proven air-purifying technology

Monitors pollution levels, pollutant types and filter performance

No more guessing how clean or dirty your air really is
The Clean Air Monitor tells you whether the air in your home or office is clean, filthy, or somewhere in between. There are four indicator lights representing each category of air quality (from left to right): Clean, Some Pollution, Significant Pollution, Severe Pollution.

Know exactly what you are breathing in
The Clean Air Monitor doesn't just tell you 'how much', but it also lets you know 'what'. The lower indicator strip shows the type of pollutant being detected by the sensors, whether it be dust, allergens or odor-causing compounds.

The right amount of power for the right amount of pollutants
When set to Auto Mode, the IDEA XJ-3800-1 / Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 will automatically adjust settings according to the level of pollution being detected. For instance, if severe pollution levels are detected, it will ramp the unit up to the highest power setting, protecting you from contaminated air. If no pollution is detected, it will lower itself to Quiet mode, minimizing both sound and electricity usage.


7 proven air-cleaning stages for virtually every pollutant type

Captures Dust, Allergens, Mold Spores and other Particulate

True HEPA is the most effective type of filter at capturing dust, allergens and other physical particles.

Electrostatic Dust Collector Grid magnetically attracts particles and pollutants to metal plates. This adds another level of dust and allergen protection. Simply wipe clean when dirty--no replacement required.

Pre-Filter removes larger debris, increasing the effectiveness of the high-efficiency filters downstream.

Neutralizes Odors, Chemicals, Bacteria & Cigarette Smoke
Activated Carbon is the most effective filtration type against chemicals and odors.

Photocatalytic Filter takes care of VOC's and bacteria. Photocatalytic filtration has proven to be effective in multiple studies by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Produces Negative Ions, which help neutralize dust, allergens, chemicals and bacteria. Negative ions have proven to be both safe and effective in numerous government and university studies.


Destroys Germs and Viruses
Germicidal UV lamp is lethal against harmful micro-organisms. Recommended by the CDC (Centers of Disease Control).

This was my consumer review of the IDEA XJ-3800-1. We are still using this budget air purifier at home. I wouldn't rate it among the best in class since we still found plenty of dust in the room where it is located but still I believe it is efficient enough for its price. Please let us know what you think of the IDEA XJ-3800-1 air purifier in the comment section below and thanks for stopping by.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) - consumer review

Consumer video review of the beautiful Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)


 

As I am proud owner of a J5 (2017) and after just couple of months spend with it I can confirm that it is one of the biggest hits on the smartphone market for 2017.

With few minor modifications the Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) impresses with great design and build quality and a quite fair price tag of just $250 (prices vary depending on the carrier). In the following video review we want to show you what is this new smartphone all about and if it is worth considering it:

Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) consumer video review


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Top 3 things I like about the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)


 

Black Friday 2017 continues at Amazon UK until 26th November

The shopping Black Friday fever this year will continue online at Amazon UK until 26th November


 

Black Friday 2017 is almost over and most stores ended up their promotion for this year's shopping event. Luckily there still some online stores that will offer big discounts for those who missed the biggest shopping event of the year. One of these stores is Amazon UK where you can purchase almost everything - from consumer electronics through clothing and many other consumer goods.

What to buy on Black Friday 2017 – consumer tips


Of course there are other stores that will keep their discounted prices for couple more days are many of the items remain overstocked and they need to go before new arrivals come for the Christmas shopping. Black Friday also continues at eBay where discounted items are offered with up to 70% off.

I hope all of our readers managed to get their hands on a good deal on this year's Black Friday event. If not, cheer up and get ready for the Christmas promotions. Meanwhile check our latest product reviews and get yourselves familiar with the latest trends in technology and consumer goods.

Echo Show multimedia device by Amazon

Full skincare regimen with Vichy and La Roche Posay

Perfect gift for the special lady in your life - face and body skincare set


If you have combination skin and are over 25, this selection of Vichy + La Roche Posay will be perfect for you. We've taken care of your face as well as body with the baby body lotion that can be used by adults too!

Facial care


I've selected these moisturizers specifically for combination skin. My skin is oily in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and normal to dry elsewhere. It's hard to pick up your daily lotion for that type of skin, but the options I offer you do the trick perfectly.

day lotion and thremal water

Daily moisturizer and thermal water by Vichy



Vichy


Daily moisturizer Aqualia Thermal light cream is a very good daily option for combination skin during colder months. The creme moisturizes and nourishes your skin during the whole day and prepares it for makeup application, if you use makeup on a daily basis.

This creme is suitable for ladies under 35 as it doesn't contain specific anti-age compounds. Also, keep in mind that it doesn't have an SPF factor so you may want to avoid it in sunny and hot months. Depending on how oily your skin tends to get, you may also use it at night and select a lighter version for the day if your skin is having a very oily day.

The thermal water was a gift when buying the set. It's light and refreshing. You can spray it on your face or body when your skin's feeling hot or irritated.

day creme with SPF

La Roche Posay's daily moisturizer



La Roche Posay


This moisturizer by La Roche Posay is suitable for oily and combination skin. It has a high SPF (30) and is suitable for hot and sunny months. The creme is lighter than Vichy's moisturizer and promises to correct your imperfections and spots.

I use both moisturizers on separate days depending on what my skin needs. If my face is getting dry, I go with Vichy. If my face is oily, I go with La Roche, as it has a slightly matte effect.

If my skin is feeling especially dry, I use Vichy's night care after I clean my skin well before getting to bed. This creme is rich and moisturizing, but if your skin is not dry it will not be absorbed well even in the morning.

La Roche Posay also gave me samples of their facial gel. I've washed my face with it a couple of times already and I'm happy with how cleat it feels without added dryness.

Body care


I bought La Roche Posay's baby body lotion for my daily body moisturizing care. The lotion is suitable for infants and adults alike. It contains to parabens or preservatives. It's hypo-allergenic and has no perfume.

Body lotion

La Roche Posay's gentle body lotion


I like the texture of this lotion and how well my skin absorbs it. Initially I though that the lack of odor will disturb me, but I got used to it. The lotion is overall very good and prevents skin dryness and irritation.

Overall verdict


I highly recommend this set of two very experienced and professional cosmetic companies. It's a perfect gift for a special lady with combination skin under 35. You can be sure that you have selected a thoughtful and caring gift!

Six months with the Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 LED TV

Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 LED TV is my personal choice for home TV - pros and cons after six months of use

Sony KDL-40WD650

Today I will share my personal consumer opinion about a TV we bought some six months ago - the 40 inch Full HD Smart LED TV Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650. This is a non-3D panel with great viewing angles and a fair price of around 400 Euros.

Pros
We've been very pleased with the TV in the last couple of months. Among some of its biggest advantages I can point out:
  • Good picture quality - good color reproduction and picture processing
  • Great viewing angles
  • Nice sample and stylish design that fits almost any interior styling
  • Got it cheap - less than $500
  • Smart functions

Cons
There are of course some negatives but honestly it is just few that I can recall since buying the Bravia KDL-40WD650 LED TV:
  • Smart TV Not an Android TV which offers bigger set of features
  • Mediocre sound quality (we are using external sound system)

Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 in-depth user review

Veridct

Sony Bravia KDL-40WD650 is a great TV for the money. I've always preferred Sony for TV and cinema electronics and this 40 inch panel did not disappoint me. Probably our next TV will be a bit bigger (43 inch) and with 4K resolution but I think there will be some time before we move on with this 40WD650.

World famous entrepreneur Elon Musk creates the biggest lithium ion battery

On 23 November Elon Musk announced that his company has finished building the biggest lithium ion battery in the world


 

Recently we heard that the colossal project for making the biggest lithium ion battery in the world was put into motion in March this year to help South Australia with its energy problems.The deal happened mostly over Twitter, when on 09 March Elon Musk tweeted "100 days from contact signature or it's free". This way he essentially committed that his company will not charge the South Australian government if they don't deliver on time.

elon musk tweet

Today, 23 November he announced that Tesla has finished developing the battery and tests will initiate in the coming few days. Being ready ahead of schedule is a rarity for the company. The 100 MW battery set known as Tesla Powerpacks has been installed at Neoen's Hornsdale windfarm and will be subject to extensive testing before its operation date on 01 December.

"The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader [sic] renewable energy with battery storage," South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said in a statement. "An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time."

batteries

Tesla Powerpacks in South Australia


The historical promise was brought on by a major power outage in South Australia. Last September the country suffered from a state wide blackout. That sparkled political debates regarding energy security and independence. The Government blamed the renewable energy failure to cover for the power loss at that timeframe. Ironically enough, Musk's batteries are chared by energy from renewable sources - wind, solar. When the requirements for power are high, the battery farm powers the grid. When usage is low, the batteries start charging.

TESLA got crazy!


Musk finally signed the contract in September this year with South Australian's government. A curious fact is that by the date of signing, Tesla has already finished half of the project. In all fairness though, he promised to have the battery farm ready up to 100 days after contract signing, not after promising to do it, so he delivered as promised.

Expect more info about the project at our consumer blog very soon!

Electric stove Electrolux EKC52550OX consumer review and cleaning tips

Consumer review of the Electrolux EKC52550OX electric stove after 6+ months of use


Most of you probably know that we've had a new kitchen at home and bought all of our appliances brand new. The Electrolux EKC52550OX electric stove was one of them. I've used it actively for more than 6 months and want to share my experience.

 

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Full view of the freestanding Electrolux oven with my cat in front



Overview


This is a freestanding stove so you don't need a special place in your kitchen furniture for it. You get a combination of an oven + four ceramic electric hobs. My household doesn't use gas so we decided on all-electric stove and the EKC52550OX was the perfect choice. It is a high energy class (A+++) also.

 

Specifications


Energy efficiency class: A+++
AC input voltage: 230
Control type: Rotary
Delayed start timer: Yes
Grill: Yes
Convection cooking: Yes
Number of ovens: 1
Total oven(s) interior capacity: 56 L
Oven power source: Electric
Height: 858 mm
Width: 500 mm
Depth: 600 mm
Colour of product: Black, Stainless steel
Number of burners/cooking zones: 4
Number of glass door panels: 2
Product type: Freestanding

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The hobs vary in size - you have a small one, two middle-sized and a big one. They're very practical and heat up very fast. You get 10-scale controls for the hobs for precise selection of the temperature you need. Keep in mind that you will have to wipe the hobs with warm water and soap after 2-3 uses otherwise the ceramic top gets sticky.

Electrolux oven

You get four hobs in varying sizes


scales of oven

The oven + hob controls are mechanical, not electrical and there's no display


The stove also features a single oven with volume of 56 litres. In my opinion, this is more than enough for a middle to large household. A big tray or pan fits perfectly. The oven heats up fast but evently on both top and bottom so you won't burn your meal. There's also a fan for convection cooking. It features a timer as well.

Electrolux oven inside

The oven capacity is big enough for any household



Final verdict


I love this stove! It's practical but elegant and fits perfectly in my kitchen. I've used it a lot and can't find a weak spot so far. The stove is a great investment for your kitchen and can be bough for under USD 350.

Hisense H55N5500 - cheap big screen TV for Black Friday

Hisense H55N5500 / H55N5500UK 55 inch HDR Widescreen 4K Smart LED TV with Freeview on a good price for Black Friday


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  • Perfect Picture: featuring Ultra HD 4K - 3840 x 2160 Pixels for Ultra High Definition realism and quality

  • Easy to use: Hisense VIDAA U Smart TV platform with Quad Core processor giving fast access to Netflix, YouTube and Amazon streaming services

  • Multiple connections for all your AV Kit Built in PVR and time shift capabilities to record your favourite programs from the TV EPG.

  • Amazing sound with DBX Total Sonics, Enhanced effects with DBX Total Surround, and DBX Total Volume for perfect control.

  • Multi tuner selection with digital terrestrial, digital cable and digital satellite compatibility - DVB-T2/T/C/S2/S


Well, the long waited Black Friday is very close and everyone is looking for good deals online. As expected this year tech products and gadgets will be the most desired ones.

Today we are taking a look at an amazing deal for a 4K Smart TV - the Hisense H55N5500 (known as Hisense H55N5500UK in UK). This is 55 inch HDR widescreen TV which is perfect for home cinema. Here are some of its main features and specifications:

TV Features and Specs


The Hisense 55" UHD 4K HDR Smart TV features a 4K Ultra HD screen, capable of delivering four times the detail of a regular HD screen. Enjoy your favourite movies and TV shows in crystal clear 4K. Boasting a large panel screen in a stunning grey bezel, the Hisense 55" UHD 4K Smart TV is perfect for everyday viewing and to create a stunning home cinema set-up. Complete with lots of great features to improve your experience, from TV streaming services to built-in speakers, this fantastic new Hisense television is an ideal choice for anyone looking to upgrade their home viewing experience.

Price


Probably after the great picture quality this TV delivers the price is the second best thing here. You can easily find the Hisense H55N5500 for $650 (around 600 GBP in UK for the Hisense H55N5500UK model) in online stores and that is the price before Black Friday has even come. Probably we can expect even more discounts on the biggest shopping day of the year which will turn the Hisense H55N5500 into one of the hottest offers for a big screen TV these days.
Hisense 55 inch 4K TV review


Hisense H49M3000 TV specs

What to buy on Black Friday 2017 - consumer tips

Black Friday 2017 promises to be one of the busiest shopping days this year


 

Black Friday 2017 is very close and most stores are getting ready for the shopping fever. Consumers are also getting excited as many of them are waiting this day to spend some money on a long waited product.

So, which are the most desired products in 2017, here are some of our top picks:

  1. Smartphones - just like in the last couple of years smartphones are the biggest hit in tech stores. Among the most desired I can point out iPhone X and iPhone 8 / 8 Plus. From the list of phones which run on Android we should definitely mention the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google's Pixel 2.

  2. LED TVs - usually on Black Friday consumers choose their next TV. For 2017 I would say we see a significant drop in the interest in 3D TVs and curved panels. People these days are mostly focusing on 4K Ultra HD resolution and screen size as the biggest purchasing drivers.

  3. Consumer electronics - all other consumer electronics like kitchen appliances, refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and dryers are among the most wanted on Black Friday.

  4. Clothes - even though discounts are not as big as those in the consumer electronics market we see many people focusing their resources in buying some quality(expensive) shoes and clothing, including some accessories.

  5. Sporting goods - bicycles, tennis rackets, golf clubs and home exercising related.

  6. Gaming - gaming consoles and single games


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So, as I mentioned Black Friday 2017 promises to be very exciting. Please feel free to share your best deals and experience for this year's shopping marathon in the comment section below. Thank you!

The worst support ever - Booking.com

Need help with your reservation with Booking.com? Make sure to prepare yourselves for some of the worst customer support interactions you can imagine


Since this is a consumer blog today I decided to share my extremely bad experience with Booking.com support team.

How did it all started?


Almost a month ago I decided to take advantage of their so called "Invite and Earn" program (also known as Refer a friend) which is a referral program which allows you to share personal unique link which your friends can use when making the reservation. So, what's the benefit - if anyone uses this link to book their stay you get $15 after their stay. And here is what's exactly said on Booking's site:

"After their stay, you get US$15 back on your credit card! (And your friend gets 10% back.)"

Everything looks fine so far, I have used the link to share with my friends and actually one of them used it shortly. What went wrong is the fact that Booking.com promises to pay the referral seven working days after the guests check out as stated on their website: "You should receive your reward within seven working days after giving us your card details". And as you can guess 20 days later the $15 are still not transferred, neither my friend received their 10% back.

Of course as an active Internet user I guessed there might be some technical issue or delay in the system so contacting support was the best and the most appropriate solution.

The worst support experience ever


The first attempt I made was through their online form. Some time later I received extremely unsatisfying canned response answer that was totally not aligned with my issue. Yep, I replied back for further answers but unfortunately nobody contacted me back.

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Then I decided to give them a call... again, total waste of time. I was advised to wait couple of days as the problem might have been caused by propagation.

After waiting three more days I replied back as advised by the customer support representative - the response really pissed me off. Another canned response without any relation to my request. I gave them a call almost immediately. Then things got even uglier - the support representative was hardly speaking any English and after 5 minutes of struggling to make a decent conversation she just hang up on me, without any notice or anything, she just cut the line.

I called again

The next support representative had better English but in contrast with the very bad communication skills and knowledge of the product (still English skills were below average). Unfortunately, after couple of minutes left on hold I was told that there is no obvious reason for the delay and I should just keep on waiting (waiting on the world to change I guess :) )
Get your sh*t together Booking!

I am not sure if Booking.com are outsourcing their support services but I think they should really get into this more seriously. This is world's most popular booking service and I think it is totally inappropriate to offer such bad experience when relating to support services and customer support in particular. This is not a complicated "science" and using the services of adequate QAs and supervisors should improve the process significantly.

I am still waiting for my $15 so Booking.com, please stop sending me surveys (I will keep replying with DSATs as that is the most accurate score for such bad support experience) and get your sh*t together and take your customers and their  requests more seriously. Thank you!

User review of Huawei's Honor 7 Lite Gold

Hands-on review of my Honor 7 Lite after 6+ months of use!


I've had my Honor 7 Lite made by Huawei for more than 6 months now and I'd like to share my experience with you. Long story short, this is a decent mid-range phone currently under USD 200. It has a good camera, sleek beautiful design and average performance. I am overall happy with this smartphone despite the occasional drawbacks.

honor 7 lite front view

Specifications


Brand – Huawei
Model – Honor 7 Lite
CPU – Octa-Core 4×1.7GHz + 4×2.0GHz GHz
Chipset – Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 650
Camera – 13 Megapixel With LED Flash | 8 Megapixel Front camera
Memory – RAM – 2GB| ROM 16GB with a micro sd, microSDHC, microSHXC card Support with 128GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)
Display – Screen size 5.2 inch IPS, LCD FHD
Dimension & Weight – 147.10 mm x 73.80 mm x 8.30 mm, 156g
Battery – Non-Removable Lithium-Ion 3,000mAh battery
SIM – Hybrid Dual SIM with Nano + Nano/microSD SIM Compatibility, Dual Standby.
Support 2G/3G/4G Networks with a speed of HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps in 3G and Cat6 300/50 Mbps in 4G LTE Network.
Sensors – Accelerometer sensor, Proximity, Ambient Light sensor, Gravity, Fingerprint, Compass
Color – Gold
Operating System – Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1

Honor 7 lite backview

Design and appearance


I've read several reviews on the Honor 7 Lite where people complain that the phone is overly simplistic. In my opinion, Huawei have designed this smartphone beautifully. The back is entirely metal, very sleek and shiny. The display takes the major part of the front side. The power and sound control buttons are on the right side, the sim and SD card slots on the left. The headphone jack is on the top, the mini USB jack along with the microphone and the speakers on the bottom. The Honor 7 Lite also features a fingerprint reader on the back under the camera.

 

Performance and features


The phone came with Android 6 Marshmallow, but after a while I had the option to upgrade to Nougat, which I did. Currently I'm running on Android 7. In regards to performance, there's a place for improvement, but we shouldn't forget that this is a budget Huawei edition. I've had several occasions where the phone became totally unresponsive and I had to restart it. Mostly that happens when running several heavy applications - the Honor 7 Lite doesn't seem to be coping with them very well. Also, it takes too long time to reflect the change when I try to rotate the screen when using Google Maps navigation.

Another issue I've had and I don't know if this is common or not - wireless networks connectivity. There have been times when I connected to the wi-fi, but no pages load on the browser. The apps also don't connect to the Internet, but the phone shows that I'm connected to the network. This happens on different wi-fi networks but never on mobile data.

These issues are only occasional and irritating, but do not interfere in the general use of the Honor 7 Lite. Other than these, I've not had any other problems. If you don't use heavy resource-eating apps or if you don't open many apps at once, the phone performs well.



My favourite feature of this smartphone is the fingerprint scanner. It's very easy to unlock your phone with only the touch of a finger. It's more secure too, instead of a pattern that anyone can see when you enter it. Of course, if your finger doesn't scan well, you have the option to enter a password to unlock your phone. If your finger is even slightly wet or dirty, the scanner won't take it - keep that in mind. However, I'm surprised at how well it works even compared to Samsung J5 2017's fingerprint scanner.

Issues with Samsung J5 fingerprint scanner



Camera


Now don't expect anything even remotely close to iPhone's camera, but the Honor 7 lite's 13 MP back and 8 MP front camera perform well especially for the phone's price. The camera does exhibit some issues in bad lighting, but it takes overall good quality pictures. Here are some examples:

outdoor photo

This picture has been taken outdoors in good lighting (somewhat cloudy day). The focus is good, the colours are accurate and clear, there's barely any noise to be seen in the photo.

outdoors close up

Another outdoor picture, closer up than the previous. Here you can see some blur on the edges of the picture where the focus didn't take. The colours are again very good and accurate.

macro

I tried to test macro mode here and as you can see, the focus on the water droplets is good. The outer edges of the picture are slightly blurred as they're outside the scope of the camera's focus.

inside pic

Here I've tested the camera indoors with bad lighting. You can see that the focus isn't great and there's a lot of noise in the picture. It's slightly blurred too. If you try using flash, you'll get better results though.

Final verdict


I\d say I've enjoyed my 6+ months with my Honor 7 Lite. The price is great, the performance is average. I like the big 5,2-inch display, the camera quality is also decent. Besides the slight performance issues I've described above, I've had no other problems so I think this is a good budget Android smartphone. If you haven't used Huawei before and you have high expectations, it may leave you a bit disappointed. However, if you're just looking for a budget option with big display and overall good performance, the Honor 7 Lite is the right choice for you.

Have you used Huawei's smartphones before? What are your impressions? Share with us in the comment section below!

What tennis racket should you buy in 2018

Choosing a new tennis racket in 2018 might be a difficult job!?


 

If I should give a straight answer to this question that still would be Babolat. The Pure Drive Lite is my personal choice for tennis racket in 2017 and I will count on it 2018 for various reasons. Here are couple of them:

  • Maneuverability

  • Top spin

  • Remains stable with low vibration levels

  • Lightweight (for the Pure Drive Lite model)


After couple of months using the Wilson Pro Staff Six-One 100 Lite BLX and then the HEAD Youtek IG Radical MP I realized I should look for something completely different. Babolat as a brand has always been a bit of a mystery for me, I just knew that Rafa Nadal is relying on it for many many years. After switching to the Pure Drive lite I found a well-balanced racket that suite well to a recreational player like myself. And that is what I think most people are looking for - good balance, quality made tennis racket, which remains table throughout the court no matter what.

2018 rackets


For 2018 I am expecting something new and different by HEAD who lost the momentum recently and lost some of its market in favor of Wilson and Babolat. But that is kind of expected as two of HEAD's superstars Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray  were injured last couple of months and we could see much of this brand in action in the very best tournaments. Instead of that, world's 3 best tennis players for 2017 relied on different brands - Nadal (Babolat), Federer (Wilson), Dimitrov (Wilson).

I hope we will see some new offers from all brands and hopefully some innovative features and materials will be implemented.

DZ09 Bluetooth smartwatch specs and video review

Full specifications and consumer video review of the cheap Bluetooth smartwatch DZ09


DZ09 smartwatch reviewDZ09 is one very cheap Bluetooth smartwatch with very good list of features and specs to suite the needs of most consumers.

DZ09 smartwatch specs

  • CPU: MTK6261D 533MHz
  • SIM Card: SIM Card: To install a local network SIM card, Can be as a phone
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Storage: RAM 32M, ROM 32M; External memory: Support TF card up to 32GB
  • Display: 1.56 inch TFT LCD, 240 x 240 pixels
  • Camera: 0.3 M
  • Music: Support
  • Hand-writing: Support
  • Picture Format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
  • Music Format: MP3, WAV
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Deutsch, Russian, Arabic, Persian,India
  • Functions: SMS, Call Reminder, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Dialer, remote notifications, remote picture, camera, photo albums, Anti-loss, Settings, pedometer, Sleep Monitor, Sedentary Reminder, QR Code, intelligent search, intelligent alarm clock, calendar, sound recording, browser, file management, phone book, audio player, Bluetooth music, Facebook, Whatsapp,Twitter
  • Battery: 380 mAh
  • Talk Time: 3 Hours
  • Standby Time: 180 Hours
  • SMS: Support
  • USB Port: micro USB 5pin interface
  • Color: White / Gold / Silver/ Black/Orange
  • Gravity Sensor: Yes

Review: DZ09 Bluetooth SmartWatch with Camera 

DZ09 Bluetooth smart watch consumer review


Alternatives

If you are in the search for cheap Bluetooth smartwatch you should definitely check the K88H which looks very stylish and also comes for under $60.

Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV video review


Today, at our consumer blog we'll be reviewing the 2016 Samsung UN55KS8000 .The Samsung 4K SUHD TV and its 55 inch version UN55KS8000 completely redefines the viewing experience with the revolutionary Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology. The KS8000 features innovations that produce a remarkable High Dynamic Range picture experience, regardless of room-light interference. Access your favorite streaming content services easier and faster with our premium design Smart Remote Controller.

Samsung UN55KS8000 video review


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  • The Premium Flat 4K SUHD Picture with Quantum Dot Color Drive. Fires off a billion more colors than HD TVs for a lifelike picture(unlike anything else

  • More than just pitch black, get the best shades of black with Triple Black Technology. Never miss a detail in the dark.

  • HDR 1000 mirrors the high contrast and vividness the way movie makers intended

  • Get richer colors and deeper contrast with UHD Dimming

  • Smart 2016 - Use one universal remote to switch from Live TV to streaming seamlessly. Easily access everything you want to watch.


Samsung UE50MU6102 50 inch 4K HDR TV

Nextbase 402G dashcam specifications

Nextbase 402G Professional Car Dash Dashboard Video Camera 2.7" 1080P HD DVR Cam



Dashcams are getting very popular these days for various reasons. Today we are taking a look at one of the top sellers in UK - the Nextbase 402G dashcam.

Specifications

2.7 inch 16:9 LED screen
Bright and clear screen making viewing playback and menu functions easy

1080p Full High Definition recording at 30 frames per second
Provides the clearest possible image, even allowing you to read signs and number plates

Inbuilt GPS module for location & speed tracking
Using PC software provided you can see the exact position and speed on Google Maps at any part of your journey. Your speed and location can also be shown on your video's if you choose.

WDR - Wide Dynamic Range image processing
The ultimate video processing ensuring you can record and view clearly on the brightest day and darkest night

140 degree Ultra Wide viewing angle
Captures any detail at the very edge of a drivers vision and beyond, including cars coming in from the side/changing lanes

3 Axis G Sensor
Records and displays G force data (acceleration, deceleration, turns and impacts) on a graph, showing your every move behind the wheel.

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6G Lens
Japanese made Six-Element Sharp Lenses, made up of 6 layers of glass provides stunning clear and non-deformed images

Motion Detection video recording
Parking Mode: motion detection automatically activates and records if your car is parked and an impact is detected (requires iN-CAR CAM to be left powered-up)

Motion Detection video recording
Parking Mode: motion detection automatically activates and records if your car is parked and an impact is detected (requires iN-CAR CAM to be left powered-up)


Price - sold in UK tech stores for around 80 GBP.

Lada XRAY - list of comfort features and specs

Lada XRAY SUV comes at a price of around 7000 Euros and promises nice list of features and optional extras


 

Lada XRAY crossover is the long waited SUV from Russia which will hit the showrooms around Europe very soon. The announced price of around 7000 Euros tells us that this new vehicle will compete directly with the super successful Dacia Duster. Do I think it is worth taking the risk of investing your money in Russian manufactured car... well, check out the features and specs listed below and decide it yourself. There are some positive feedback about the all new Vesta which we reviewed in February earlier this year so probably that is a good trend not only for a single model but for the whole model line of the Russian car manufacturer Lada.

New Dacia models


Here are some of the standard features and optional extras that the new Lada XRAY will offer:




  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Maintains control over the vehicle in case of emergency braking;

  • Brake assist system (BAS): In case of quick pressing of brake pedal system automatically increases pressure in brake piping thereby maximally slowing down the vehicle;

  • traction control system(TCS): Allows dynamic start at slippery and uneven surface and in case of one wheel slipping, this system blocks differential;

  • electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) efficiently distributes efforts between axles thereby preventing drift.



  • heated front seats;

  • driver's seat height adjustment;

  • heated windshield;

  • rain sensor;

  • central lock with remote control;

  • glove box with cooling;

  • outer trunk opening button.



  • Two-side zinc coating of body outer panels;

  • anticorrosion coating for underbody and cavities;

  • increased up to 195 mm road clearance;

  • efficient cabin air filter;

  • time-proven B0 platform - this is reliable chassis, known electronics, thoroughly calculated body power elements;

  • plastic trims and rubber seals for sills: reliable insulation against soiling.


[caption id="attachment_1904" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Lada XRAY engine Lada XRAY engine bay[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1905" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY crossover Lada XRAY crossover - exterior view[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1908" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY exterior Lada XRAY side view in orange (looking awkward, doesn't it?)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1907" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY interior Lada XRAY interior door panel[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1909" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY rear seats XRAY crossover - rear seats[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1910" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY dashboard Lada XRAY dashboard[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1911" align="alignnone" width="840"]Lada XRAY dashboard-1 Lada XRAY dashboard - interior panel / Image credits - lada.ru[/caption]

Engines


Lada XRAY is offered with a choice of two gasoline engines - 1.6l and 1.8l. The smaller of the two produces around 106 bhp and the bigger one is rated around 122 bhp. Both these engines will be coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox and 4x2 front-wheel traction. Fuel consumption is expected to average around 7l per 100 km.

More info about the all new XRAY cross over can be found on Lada's official page.

Diesel vs Gasoline vs Electric and Hybrid vehicles - what's the future of cars?

Car market changes have never been so dramatic but which technology will take over and lead the rest?


Probably many of you are sick of listening to stupid comments of the is the future of cars or which is the most economical technology that will dominate the market in the years to come. Still, today at our Test and Review blog will talk about cars and how we see their future, which technology you should invest in and of course how much it will cost you.

Diesel cars
I am starting with most updated and obsolete technology in regards to regular cars. And even though diesel engines are promoted as being the cheapest to run in regards to fuel economy they are failing in many other categories:
  • Expensive to build and maintain - diesel engines are much more expensive to manufacture in comparison to gasoline engines and also very expensive to service (which happens a lot more often, unfortunately).
  • Environmental issues - one of the biggest pollution factors in urban areas
  • Expensive to buy - equivalently equipped gasoline car costs much less

Gasoline cars
Gasoline cars these days are are a great option for occasional drives looking for a reliable but yet affordable cars.
  • Cheap to buy and maintain
  • Less polluting compared to diesel engines
  • More reliable than modern diesel vehicles

Electric/Hybrid vehicles
Well, that is the future, like it or not, hybrid and purely electric vehicles will dominate the car market after couple of years. What Tesla is doing these days will become a common practice in automotive industry, while hybrid vehicles will get better and more affordable.
  • Eco friendly
  • Cheap to run but expensive to buy and maintain
  • Sill quite expensive
Thanks for you time. Don't forget to share your impressions.

EKEN H9R 4K action camera features and specs

Features and specifications of the 4K WiFi action camera EKEN H9R


 

Today we are taking a look at one of the cheapest 4K action cameras sold in Amazon, eBay, GearBest and many many other online tech stores - the EKEN H9R 4K action camera. The H9R features compact design and a price tag of around $65.

EKEN H9R camera features


High Resolution—4k action camera video resolution: 4K25fps 2.7K30fps 1080p60fps 720p120fps. Photo: 12MP max. Versatile Shooting Mode: video mode, photo mode, burst photo, time lapse, and loop recording mode. EKEN H9R 4k camcorder enables people to self-capture immersive and engaging footage of them enjoying their favourite activities.

Built-in WiFi & HDMI output—Edit and share your sports action camera actions as soon as it’s recorded with the App EZ iCam. WiFi signal ranges up to 33 feet. HDMI output is supported, which means you can preview videos or see real-time display on the TV with a HDMI cable.

Waterproof housing up to 100 feet—The waterproof case of action camera is designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions. This helmet camera is wearable and mountable: enables immersive capture during your favourite activities like, surfing, diving, snorkeling, biking, and driving.

2 inch LCD FHD Display—High quality display for video or photo playback. Get the full spectrum of the features with easy setting adjustments, you can do it all on your 4K waterproof action camera.
Sports camera additional features—Use the 2.4G wrist remote to shift the functions between video, photo, burst photo, and time lapse instantly. Long-lasting batteries: 2 hours of video shooting with 2 batteries.

  • Main Features:
    EKEN H9R 4K ultra HD action sport camera
    170 degree wide angle
    4K ultra high definition video shooting
    Sunplus 6350 chipset and OV4689 image sensor
    Built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, suitable for Android 4X quad-core and iOS 8 devices
    Waterproof housing case, up to 30m water resistance
    With 2.4G 3m water resistance remote controller (built-in 3V CR2032 button cell battery)
    Remote control distance: 15m
    WiFi distance: Up to 30m
    Video resolution: 4K at 15fps, 4K at 10fps, 2.7K at 24fps, 2.7K at 15fps, 1080P at 60fps, 1080P at 30fps
    Photo resolution: 12M (4608 x 2592), 8M (3760 x 2120), 5M (2976 x 1672), 4M (2648 x 1504)
    Looping video on / off (10min at 1080P, 5min at 4K / 2.7K)
    Burst photograph (3 photos)
    Time stamp (off / date / date and time)
    Time-lapse recording (2s / 3s / 5s / 10s / 20s / 30s / 60s)
    Continuous lapse (on / off)
    Battery: 3.7V 1050mAh li-ion battery
    Charging time: 2 hours
    USB cable length: 60cm

  • WiFi App Download:
    Scan the QR code showed in picture to download WiFi App
    WiFi name: Ez iCam
    Password: 1234567890


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EKEN H9R action camera specifications


Display: 2'' Screen
Video: 4K 25fps / 2.7K 30fps/ 1080p 60/30fps 720p/120fps (H.264)
Video Format: MOV, H.264
Photos Format: JPG
Photo Resolution: 12M/8M/5M/4M
Burst Photo: 3 Photos
Time Lapse: 2s/3s/5s/10s/20s/30s/60s
Loop Recording: support
Super Wide Angle Lens: 170 degree
Waterproof: Up to 100 feet
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Multi-Language: English / Traditional Chinese / Italian / Spanish / Portuguese / German / Dutch / French / Czech / Polish / Turkish / Russian / Japanese / Korean / Thai
Storage: Micro SDHC card (Not included)
Battery: 1050mAh (1080p30 1.5 hours, 4K 25/1080p60 50 mins)
Input/Output: Micro USB/ HDMI