Real World Consumer Tests and Product Reviews

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Xiaomi Mi TV 3S 4K Smart TVs – 55’’ and 65’’

Xiaomi Mi TV 3S 4K Smart TVs specifications – 55’’ and 65’’ 


Up until recently, the Chinese market for 4K TVs was dominated by second-rate manufacturers and low-budget models. That is, until the smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced their range of 4k Smart TVs with amazing quality, boosted specs and very reasonable price.
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HP - ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6 Touch-Screen laptop, one different notebook

2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive – Silver


The HP ENVY x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop can bring versatility to your computing. In case you need a laptop for your work or a tablet for leisure, you can use this HP convertible laptop. The Intel Core i5 processor provides powerful performance when using your favorite programs and apps, and the 1TB hard drive lets you store plenty of digital files. This HP convertible laptop rotates a full 360 degrees for customized viewing of the 15.6-inch screen.


Product Features:
The laptop comes with Windows 10 which reminds a bit of the old Windows 7 – at least the familiar Start Menu is here.

The most interesting feature of the laptop is by far the multi-touch screen – 15.6’’ Full HD for hands-on control with 1920 x 1080 resolution, IPS technology and WLED backlight. You can touch, tap and glide on the screen – basically use it as a fully functional tablet. It’s also 360 deg flip-and-fold.

The 7thGen Intel Core i5 gives you the performing power you need on a ultra-low-voltage platform. The laptop comes with 12 GB RAM for full-power multitasking. You can smoothly run games or heavy photo or video-editing applications.

This option also comes with 1TB of hard storage space to save your files. If you’re not looking into lots of storage and would prefer the faster performance of an SSD, the laptop is also offered with 128 GB / 256 GB of SSD, which, of course, is taken into consideration in the price as well.


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You get Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics) which provides good everyday image quality for the casual user, but not good enough for heavy games or image editing applications.

This laptop weighs barely 2.17 kg and is less than 18 mm thin to make it ultraportable with its smaller screen and no DVD drive.

As far as connectivity goes, you get Bluetooth interface, 3 x USB 3.0 (backward compatible with 2.0), HDMI output, media reader, and, of course, Wi-Fi.

The laptop has a built-in webcam with two microphones, a backlit keyboard and a headphone / microphone combo jack.



HP - ENVY x360 Specifications

Key specifications

HDD capacity

1 TB

HDD type

SATA

OS

Windows 10

Processor speed

2.5 GHz

Processor model

Intel 7th Generation core i5

RAM

12 GB

Graphics card

Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics)

Battery life

10 hrs

Screen size

15.6’’

Touch screen

Yes

Graphics

Graphics type

Integrated

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 620

Video memory type

Total available

Memory

Type of RAM

DDR4 SDRAM

Number of memory slots

2

Connectivity

HDMI

1

USB

3

Port type

HDMI, Headphone, Microphone, USB Type C

Bluetooth enabled

Yes

NFC enabled

No

Embedded mobile broadband

None

Wireless

Wireless networking

Wireless-AC

Display

Screen resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Display type

Full HD Widescreen LED

General

Optical drive

None

Built-in webcam

Yes

Numerical keyboard

Yes

Touchpad type

Multi-touch

2-in-1 Design

Yes

Backlit keyboard

Yes

Speaker type

Stereo

Battery type

Lithium-ion

Battery cells

4 cells

Colour

Silver

Dimensions

Height

17.78 mm

Width

381 mm

Depth

249 mm

Weight

2.17 kg

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10 - affordable performer in the 10.1' segment

Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is an entry level 10.1 inch Android tablet with good specs and great sound

Lenovo Tab 2 A10 tablet
Lenovo Tab 2 A10

Extra-large tablets are getting increasingly popular but the 10-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10 with a beautiful display and epic battery life is an excellent option for less than $200. Despite the seemingly modest specifications, the tablet is still a great choice if you’re on a budget but are looking for strong battery and a good display.

Specifications

Display
10.1-inch screen
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
IPS technology
Multi-touch screen
LED backlit display
Processor & Memory
1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
2GB RAM
32 GB internal storage
16 GB memory card capacity
Operating system
Android Lollipop 5.1
General features
Built-in speaker
8-megapixel back camera
5-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth enabled
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Microphone
microSD memory card slot
Micro USB
Measurements
Thickness: 8.95 mm
Height: 17.1 cm
Width: 24.7cm
Weight: 525g

Design
With an elegant metallic blue polycarbonate shell, the Tab 2 has a sleek look. The camera on the back is slightly protruding (typical for Lenovo tablets). The logo on the back is placed in a way that suggests the tablet is to be used in landscape position. The headphone jack is situated on the top edge of the tablet near the front camera. The Tab-2 has a multi-speaker sound bar at the top of the device’s shell and in the middle of the sound bar is the back camera.
The USB 2.0 micro port is on the left edge of the tablet next to the volume and power buttons. The micro SD is hidden under a cap on the right side.

Display
Despite being a mid-range tablet, the 10-inch Full HD IPS display is impressive. It provides a sharp, colourful image. The brightness measures at 380 nits, a bit higher than category average. The colour is also reproduced wonderfully, at 94% sRGB gamut.

Audio
The sound comes crisp and clear when the Dolby Atmos settings are set to Music preset. The Dolby app is by default set up to Movies preset however even with those settings the audio does not degrade. Still, the Music preset provides more balanced and open audio.

Software and Apps
Lenovo keeps the Tab 2 experience closer to stock Android. Android Lollipop is fast and responsive on the tablet – make sure you upgrade to Lollipop as the tablet most likely will be delivered running KitKat.

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Lenovo’s stock apps are down to a minimum in order to keep the Android experience. You get Google's own apps (Drive, Gmail, Play, Photos, Maps and others), Lenovo's apps (including Calendar, Camera, Music, Email, SYNCit HD and its SHAREit), and some useful third-party apps like Amazon Kindle, Evernote and Kingsoft's Microsoft Office-compatible WPS Office suite.

Performance
Powered by a 1.5-GHz MediaTek MT8165 64-bit, quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Tab 2 is good for surfing the Web while listening to music or watching videos. There isn’t any issue listening to a music stream (e.g. Spotify) while browsing in Chrome and navigate between several apps.
In the Geekbench 3 synthetic benchmark test, the Tab 2 earned 2,371, putting it below the category average (2,648).
This tablet didn't fare well in our 3DMark gaming benchmark test, either, notching 9,282. That's less than half of the category average (18,974). The ZenPad S (13,041) may have outdone the Tab 2, but the Iconia Tab 10 (5,379) got a worse score.
In terms of battery life, the Tab 2 A10 lasts an impressive 12 hours on the Laptop Mag battery test.

Camera
The 8-megapixel rear camera shoots well and captures fine details while the front 5-megapixel produces good selfies with fine color balance. The Camera app has the Picture in Picture feature, which to take two photos at once, and place one in a polaroid-film frame in a spot of your choosing. The Camera app also comes with a "Face beauty mode," which is becoming fairly standard on most Android phones and tablets.

Battery Life
A fully charged Tab 2 has enough battery life to last 12 hours on the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. That's almost 3 hours longer than the category average (8:48).

Configurations and Accessories
For $20 more, the Tab 2 comes with 32GB of flash storage, as opposed to our entry-level model's 16GB. Lenovo also offers a few useful accessories for the Tab 2, including a 16GB USB and micro USB flash drive, which costs $25. There's also a 5000mAh external battery available for $30, to support the 7200mAh battery inside the Tab 2.
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IRULU 10.1’’ Android Lollipop tablet PC - eXpro X1 Plus Series

IRULU eXpro X1 Plus Series 10.1’’ Android Lollipop tablet PC reviewed

IRULU eXpro X1 Plus Series tablet
IRULU tablet
Today we’ll review one of the budget tablet PC options of a non-popular producer – IRULU. Their 10.1-inch tablet is priced at under $60 but offers more computing power that you’d think such a budget tablet will have.

Build-wise, the tablet is thicker and heavier than an iPad 2 but still compact and travels well. Additionally, the smooth plastic back of the tablet feels comfortable in your hands but gives a bit of a cheaper look.

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XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 – 15.6 gaming laptop

XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 –  15.6" gaming laptop - my review

XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 gaming laptop
XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71

In today’s review we will take a look at an Asus model for a very well executed gaming laptop with target mid to high range budget clientele. This is the XOTIC Asus GL502VM-DB71 – a FHD G-Sync Gaming Laptop with Intel I7 6700HQ, Nvidia GTX 1060, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The laptop sells at around $1750 and you’re about to understand why.

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Acer Aspire ES1-512 - cheap but reliable 15 inch laptop

Product review of the cheap 15.6 inch laptop Acer Aspire ES1-512 powered by Intel Celeron processor

Acer Aspire ES1-512 cheap laptop
Acer Aspire ES1-512

The Acer laptop we are reviewing in this article – Acer Aspire ES1-512 is a hot seller at Amazon and Argos recently. It tops the leader board at both retailers and this is why we decided it’s worth to take a look.


Acer decided to stick to a tried and trusted formula with this model and to pack in as many features as they can for as low of a price as possible. The laptop is currently selling between $230 - $280.

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Luxor TV

Buying Luxor TV, 50 inch Full HD and 4K LED TVs - price, features and specifications

Luxor 50 inch Full HD and 4K LED TVs
Luxor TV















Picture

Resolution

1920 x 1080 Full HD



Technology



Edge-lit LED technology



Refresh rate



50 Hz



Screen size



50’’



Features



Wi-Fi



Built in



Processor



Single-core



Smart TV



Yes



Services / Apps



BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Freeview HD



Communication



3x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x SCART



Audio



Dolby Digital Plus



Dimensions



H: 70,5 cm, W: 113,4 cm, D: 22 cm




So, who has ever heard of the Luxor brand? Well, I think not too many consumers, not to mention Luxor TVs. Today I will make you more familiar with this innovative brand and more specifically with one of their latest 4k LED TV sets. Overall, the TV gives moderately good picture, although the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. The price is at around $600 or less so if you are looking to save a buck and get a decent TV, you may look into Luxor. We haven't done many Luxor TV reviews so far but the reason for that is that as a brand they haven't released any new products recently.You also have the freedom to plug in up to 3 HD devices, including a Blu-ray player, games console, set-top boxes, home cinema set-up and more. You can still use your older standard definition devices too, plugging in appliances, such as video recorders with the TV’s SCART port. This TV is also Bluetooth compatible, allowing wireless connectivity to headphones and soundbars. 


Specifications
The LED edge lighting provides fairly good color, brightness and image clarity. The TV features a thin gloss black design that you can mount on a wall or sit on the provided plinth.

In today’s review, we would like to bring to your attention another budget solution for home television. Luxor offer a 50-inch screen Full HD 1920x1080 resolution and a 4K option as well. The full HD option features a built-in Freeview HD tuner so you can enjoy 12 HD channels without needing a monthly subscription package, including BBC HD, ITV HD, CBeebies HD and C4 HD. You also get built-in WiFi to link into your home broadband to access on demand movies with Netflix, catch up TV with BBC iPlayer and on-tap internet access through the web browser. You can also use Twitter and Facebook and share your videos through YouTube. 


How to get IPTV on Luxor Smart TV



Honestly, I am quite eager to see what the Luxor brand will offer in the near future, not only on the LED TV market but in general. Recently I saw another of their TVs grow popularity - the 40 inch Full HD Smart TV Luxor LUX0140004/01. Hopefully there's more to come from them in the near future.

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Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS 55 inch Ultra HD TV

Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS 55 inch Ultra HD TV reviewed

Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS 55 inch Ultra HD TV
Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS 55 inch Ultra HD TV


Today we would like to take a look at one of Sharp’s Smart TVs, namely the Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS. This is a 55-inch budget 4K Ultra HD Smart TV that does not support 3D.

Before we get into details for the model itself, let’s say a few words for Sharp TVs in general. Most of Sharp’s 4K UHD TVs are what we’d call budget models which offer some decent to very good picture. The more expensive Sharp 4K models also pack some very nice features even if they don’t quite compare effectively with top shelf models from Samsung, Sony or LG. In other words, Sharp is a very decent go-to brand if you want to get started with 4K that offers quality but don’t want to spend a fortune.
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Meizu M3 Note - excellent 5.5 inch smartphone

 Great hardware and performance features from the beautiful looking Meizu M3 Note



Meizu M3 Note smartphone
The latest Meizu family member – the Meizu M3 Note – builds on the M1 and M3 ad adds a faster processor, bigger battery and a more premium design. It keeps the 5.5’’ 1080 p display and uses a more powerful Helio P1- chipset with a 4,100 mAh battery. The other features are similar to the predecessor, the M2 – 13P main camera, 16 or 32 GB expandable storage, LTE connectivity, dual SIM. The M3 also features a fingerprint scanner on its home button on the front.

The Meizu’s all-metal design is a welcome change compared to the M1 and M2 – improves the looks and hand feel and gives a much better built quality than the plastic shells.


Key features
  • 5.5" 1080p LTPS IPS LCD display of 403ppi
  • Flyme OS 5 UI on top of Android Lollipop
  • MediaTek Helio P10: octa-core Cortex-A53 processor (4x 1.8GHz + 4x 1.0GHz), Mali-T860MP2 GPU, 2GB or 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP camera with two-tone LED flash, 1080p video recording @30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video recording
  • 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage; expandable via a microSD slot
  • Cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); Dual SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou; USB On-The-Go
  • mTouch Home button with a fingerprint scanner
  • Active noise cancellation via a dedicated mic
  • 4,100mAh battery
  • 153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2 mm, weighs about 163g

Main disadvantages
  • Launches on Lollipop
  • No fast charging
  • Weaker GPU

The drawbacks in the Meizu M3 are few, the most prominent of which is the lack of fast charging. The Android Lollipop is fairly recent but not the best option and given the track record of Meizu’s OS updates, the M3 is not very likely for an upgrade.

The M3 Note features an all metal subtly curved rear cover, except the antenna cutouts covered with plastic. The 5.5" display isn't perfectly suited for one-handed operation, but the phone still feels great in hand and you can easily do the important stuff with one hand. It isn't as lightweight as the MX5, but still slips nicely into pockets. The grip is secure enough, but because of the big footprint and the suspicious screen glass we'd recommend handling it extra carefully.


Above the display is the front selfie camera – 5 MP. Below the screen is located the fingerprint scanner / home button. On the left side of the screen is the dual-SIM tray and the volume and power buttons are on the right. The audio jack is located on the top along with the secondary microphone. The bottom of the phone fits the micro USB port, the primary microphone and the speaker. The primary camera is on the back (13 MP) with a dual-tone LED flash.

Display
The display of the Meizu M3 Note employs a 5.5" LTPS IPS LCD panel of 1080p resolution. The colors are nicely saturated and the viewing angles are quite good. The high resolution is definitely a treat for the price and more than sufficient at 1080p. The M3 Note's display matrix is a standard RGB arrangement. The Meizu M3 fares well in terms of maximum brightness and black levels, however its predecessors are a bit better in this aspect. The colour rendering of the M3 Note is below average and the colour saturation is not as good as it should be – the whites tend to be bluish. Outdoors, the Meizu M3 Note is a below average performer in terms of sunlight legibility. The glass on top of the display is quite reflective, so most of the time you'll be able to barely see what's happening on the screen.

Battery life
Powered by an impressive 4,100mAh battery, the Meizu M3 Note promises solid uptime on a single charge. The Meizu M3 Note's overall endurance rating chimed in at 93 hours. That means you can use the M3 Note for just shy of 4 full days of full usage.

Performance
Meizu M3 Note runs on the MediaTek Helio P10, which isn't widespread as the X10. The P10 packs an octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.0GHz. The Meizu M3 Note does OK for a mid-ranger and its processor has enough power to handle most tasks.

Meizu M3 Note smartphone camera


The 13MP camera sets high expectations, with options for HDR but ends up being a slight disappointment – the details of the pictures are compromised by blurry spot near the center and a high level of noise. The dynamic range however is ok and the colours, contrast and white balance are accurate.

Meizu M3 Note key findings
  • Great built quality and hand feel
  • Very practical home button with fingerprint scan, although the press and tap needs getting used to
  • Big screen but mixed impression – not the best colour rendering, contrast ratio and poor sunlight performance
  • Great battery life – a bit under 4 days of regular use
  • Speaker output is shallow and the loudness is not impressive
  • Rear camera does not perform well in terms of detail and noise levels but makes up for it in terms of dynamic range and colours

Meizu M3 Note video review



Thanks for checking my Meizu M3 Note review. I would be more than happy to hear what you think about this alternative premium smartphone so please let me know in the comments below. Also I would like to know which is your favorite smartphone as of today and why?
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Laptop / Tablet Lenovo Flex 4 1570

Laptop / Tablet Lenovo Flex 4 1570 quick video review


The laptop has a metal housing, great FHD display, Genuine Windows 10, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, LED backlit keyboard.

Laptop / Tablet Lenovo Flex 4 1570



Lenovo G780 M84BVUK price, specs and unboxing video

Specifications
  • Intel Core i7 Dual Core Processor with Turbo Boost (2.5GHz)
  • 16GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 15 "LED HD Display (1920x1080)
  • AMD R7 M460 Graphics
  • Optical Drive (DVD / CD): Not Included
  • Built-in Webcam and Microphone
  • Media Card Reader
  • bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 10 Operating System
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Premium tech: LG OLED B6P 4K TV

Price info and features of the premium 4K  OLED TV -  LG OLED B6P

Premium tech: LG OLED B6P 4K TV
LG B6P TV
Today’s review will feature one of the highest quality 4K TVs on the market – the LG OLED B6P. This TV outperforms almost all TVs out there, with the exception of the more expensive OLED TVs from 2016. The perfect black levels, wide viewing angles accurate colour and bright picture, the TV proves to be top of the top. The design is also strikingly slim and sleek.

A major drawback, however, is the price – this is a high-end TV and it’s priced around $2800 which makes it not too affordable. It still is high-end and delivers the best picture quality so it could be considered as a best value buy for the OLED series.
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