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.

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.

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.

Lenovo Flex 4 (15") - affordable 2-in-1 laptop

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.

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.

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.

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.

Luxor TV reviews

Buying Luxor TV, 50 inch Full HD and 4K LED TVs - price, features, specifications and customer product review of sample Luxor TV

Luxor 50 inch Full HD and 4K LED TVs
Luxor TV - is it worth it?

So, who has ever heard of the Luxor brand? Well, I think not too many consumers, not to mention Luxor TV

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.

Sharp LC-55CUG8462KS 55 inch Ultra HD TV

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

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.

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?

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

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 color 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.

Lenovo Flex 4 - affordable 2-in-1 laptop

Lenovo Flex 4 is powerful machine for the average user


Lenovo Flex 4 laptop

The Lenovo Flex 4 (15”) is equipped with Intel® 7th Gen Core™ processor. The processor performs fast and makes the 2-in-1 suitable for daily work, heavy image-processing applications, browsing and gaming as well. The machine itself feels more expensive, with a diamond-cut beveled edge around the aluminum palm rest. The keyboard is improved with larger keys for speed typing.


The battery is said to provide up to 7 hours of life on a single charge according to Lenovo’s tests. In reality, you can expect 6 hours of battery life when doing regular work + browsing or around 3,5 hours if watching video. The laptop recharges quite quickly, in around an hour.

2017 BMW 5 Series consumer test and review

Consumer test and car video review of the all new 2017 BMW 5 series sedan

2017 BMW 5 Series test and review
2017 BMW 520d test in UK

The all new 2017 BMW 5 Series was recently released in the BMW dealerships and it is already one of the most analyzed cars in the luxury car market. Of course there is a reason for that, as the 5 series has always been one of the two best selling luxury sedans together with the Mercedes E-class.

Test drive BMW M5 (F10)

Today at our consumer blog we are taking a look at the 520d sedan with full test drive and review, talking about the engine specs and different engine choices as well as the interior and exterior design and features.

2019 BMW 3 series (G20) vs 5 series (G30)


2017 BMW 5 Series video review


Starting MSRP is expected to be around $55,000 in North America. Very soon we will publish a price list with more accurate pricing for the different trims and model lines.

BMW 3-series F30 test drive and review

Lenovo Z50-75 15.6’’ 1TB laptop - best budget notebook?

Is the mid-range Lenovo Z50-75 one of the best budget laptops at the moment... probably not

Lenovo Z50-75 15.6’’ 1TB laptop

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75, which is the subject of today’s review, is a budget laptop (~$430) with good all-round qualities for everyday activities, but all in all the configuration is nothing too impressive if you’re looking for top notch performance.

Display

The 15.6’’ screen with a resolution of 1366x768 (100 dpi) is produced by the Taiwanian Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO). It’s a simple TN screen, not a high quality so you get a clear bluish cast which can be corrected via an adapted colour profile. Overall, the colour reproduction and grayscale have room for improvement.
The Lenovo Z50-75’s glare screen does not perform well under low brightness outdoors and in direct sunlight, you basically get a mirror. This makes the laptop more suitable for home use rather than outside portable device.

Processor

The AMD processor reaches the full 3.2 GHz in practice. However, this is limited to very short load peaks and simple single-thread benchmarks like SuperPi. The clock rate drops even further in multi-threading – to 1.8 GHz, which is just below the base rate.

Storage Devices

Lenovo has not opted for just any 1 TB hard drive but for a so-called SSHD. These drives combine the high capacity of an HDD with the responsiveness of an SSD by integrating an additional flash storage cache. Seagate's SSHD installed here has a capacity of 8 GB, which is enough to significantly speed up booting Windows and important programs. All this happens fully automatically in the background; the user does not see the swift cache.

System Performance

The Z50-75 can stand up to Intel-based rivals. The swift-responding SSHD offers a higher added value than a faster processor in many situations. The operating system can be used right after booting without delays, unlike with hard drives lacking an SSD cache where a certain waiting time has to be figured in. Also, the 8 GB working memory proves extremely useful particularly in multitasking involving complex software.

Lenovo G500 laptop with Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6″ display

Graphics Card

Both the integrated Radeon R6 and the dedicated Radeon R5 M230 are in the low-end sector. First the Crossfire array opens the way for an impressive overall performance. That at least functions exemplarily with AMD's new Catalyst Omega 14.12 in the popular 3DMark series. The gains when dual-graphics is enabled are approximately 70 to 80%, which boosts the Radeon R6 M255DX to the level of a GeForce 840M from Nvidia. This mid-range model is found in many identically priced laptops of other manufacturers.

System Noise

Although the integrated fan is always active even when idling, its low speed level is only noticed in very quiet surroundings. That, alongside the hard drive's restrained hum, results in a noise level of just above 32 dB(A). The Z50-75 is noticed considerably more during load with approximately 37 to 38 dB(A). However, this is not a really distracting operating noise. The fan's low-pitched and stable noise characteristic particularly contributes to this positive impression.

Lenovo G780 M84BVUK review 

Temperature

The laptop only heats up marginally even in the vent's area when the Windows desktop is idle. Light load, such as browsing, does not increase the temperatures much so that it is possible to use the device on the lap without restrictions. Two spots first surpass 40 °C during full load. The wrist rest and many other surfaces remain relatively cool.

Power Consumption

The Z50-75's idle consumption of 7.1 to 12.9 watts is consistently approximately 3 watts higher than the Intel-based Z50-70 sister model. This will, of course, hardly be noticed on the electricity bill, but it will affect the battery life.


Battery Runtime

Despite the relatively high energy requirement, Lenovo installs a weak 32 Wh battery that only provides correspondingly moderate runtimes.
The user will only be able to browse on the Internet or play videos for just over 2 hours in everyday use when the screen's brightness is set to 150 cd/m². It is also possible to drain the battery in roughly 60 minutes when the hardware is loaded with a 3D application.

Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)                      4h 26min
WiFi Surfing                                                      2h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)                                  1h 03min


Lenovo Z50-75 specifications


DESCRIPTION
LENOVO Z50 AMD
Processor
  1. AMD Kaveri, 17/19W
  2. FX-7500, 19W; A10-7300, 19W; A8-7100, 19W; A6-7000B, 17W
Operating System
Windows® 8.1
Graphics
  1. AMD R7-M260DX for FX
  2. AMD R6-M255DX for A10/A8
  3. AMD R5-M230 for A6
Memory
Up to 16GB DDR3
Webcam
HD 720p camera (1MP)
Storage
Up to 1TB HDD or 1TB SSHD with 8GB NAND flash
Audio
Stereo speakers with Dolby® Home Theater®
Battery
Up to 4 hours
Display
  1. Up to 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
  2. 16:9 widescreen
  3. LCD HD/FHD
Dimensions (W x D x H)
15.11" x 10.43" x 0.98" (384 mm x 265 mm x 25.0 mm)
Weight
2.5 kg
Communication
  1. Bluetooth® 4.0 (Optional)
  2. 802.11 a/c or 802.11 b/g/n
  3. WiFi
  4. 10 / 100 / 1000M LAN
  5. 1 x USB 3.0
  6. 2 x USB 2.0
  7. Audio Combo Jack
  8. HDMI-out
  9. 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader

Avera 49EQX10 49″ 4K Ultra HD LED TV (2016)

Avera 49EQX10 49″ 4K Ultra HD LED TV features, prices, specifications and product details

Avera 49EQX10 49″ 4K Ultra HD LED TV (2016)

Picture quality:

The Avera Equinox Series 4K Ultra HD LED Televisions claim to offer 4K UHD resolution and a lot of picture-quality enhancement technologies at a very modest price. As one of the cheapest options on the market for its features it’s worth to take a look and see if it’s worth the money.

Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B Smart 4k Ultra HD 49 LED TV

Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B Smart 4k Ultra HD 49" LED TV

Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B TV


Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B - our customer review
The DX600 series is a middle-class TV from Panasonic's 2016 range of 4K TVs. This DX600 range is very like the DX700, but a bit cheaper and without HDR features. It offers up to four times more detail than Full HD TVs, HEVC and VP9 decoders, which allow streaming 4K content from Netflix, YouTube etc.

Panasonic is the only TV manufacturer to use Mozilla's Firefox OS, which is simple, clean and looks like a phone interface. Firefox OS on smart TVs is all about customization, with constant opportunities to 'pin' anything to that main home screen.

HP 24-g099na 24 All-in-One PC - White 2 TB HDD Intel® Core™ i3-6100Uprocessor

Consumer overview HP 24-g099na 24" All-in-One PC - White 2 TB HDD Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor


The subject of today’s review will be the HP All-in-One-PC 24-g099na. One of the best things about this PC is the all in one design – monitor + box in one which saves space, and let’s admit it – looks cool. The HD screen delivers very good quality image for all media and the processor is reliable for work or daily activities. Merging the ease of a laptop with the power and screen size of a desktop, all you need to do is plug in the power cable to get started.

1000 product reviews and counting

Test and Review reached a milestone of 1000 product posts

We are happy to announce that our Test and Review blog reached a milestone of 1000 consumer product reviews.

This happened in the very beginning of 2017 and to celebrate this amzing achievement we made a complete overhaul of our blog's design. Now it has improved navigation and looks. Hopefully the content would be on even higher level this year. 

Another successful year for the Test and Review blog

Thanks for all your support and stay tuned for many more consumer reports and product reviews.

Cello C40ANSMT-4K LED-LCD TV

Cello C40ANSMT-4K LED-LCD TV description, features and price

Product Description

This 40" Ultra HD 4K Android Smart TV is a very low-cost solution for large screen connected viewing.  The TV is priced under $400 which makes it affordable to all. The 40inch LED 4K screen is perfect for watching seasonal blockbuster movies.  You also get 3 x HDMI ports, USB and Wi-Fi for better connectivity. You can download and use Android apps directly on the TV, including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix etc.


Samsung KU6300 4K UHD LED TV series

Samsung’s KU6300 class offers a range of 4K UHD LED backlit LCD Smart TVs with HDR

Samsung KU6300 4K UHD LED TV series
Samsung KU6300 4K UHD LED TV series

Samsung’s KU6300 class offers a range of 4K UHD LED backlit LCD Smart TVs with HDR including a 65’’ option – UN65KU6300; a 60’’ option – UN60KU6300; a 55’’ option – UN55KU6300; a 50’’ option – UN50KU6300; and a 40’’ option – UN40KU6300.


Appearance and Design
The KU6300 has a nice design with a half inch border charcoal black matte frame surrounding the screen. The screen is 2.5” in depth so pretty thin for wall mounting.

Samsung KS8000 Series Smart LED TVs - big competitor for Sony X800D andX850D

Samsung KS8000 Series Smart LED TVs offer nice design, great functionality and acceptable price tagSamsung KS8000 Series Smart LED TVs

Samsung KS8000 Series Smart LED TV[/caption]

The KS8000is Samsung's top flat screen TV for 2016 and is essentially the same as the company's other flagship edge-lit model the KS9000. The only difference between the two TVs is the curved shape of the screen of the KS9000 and the Auto Depth Enhancer feature. In all other respects the two TVs are identical. The UE55KS8000is the 55’’ option of the series priced at ~$1980. The series also offer a 49’’ and a 65’’ option.

Design

The KS8000 has the same 360-degree design that Samsung uses on all their KS Series this year – an ultra-slim chassis and a single chrome stand. There’s also a panel that covers the minimal connections on the TV itself. The panel is 41mm deep, there is a silver trim around the outer edge and a 5mm wide black border around the screen. The stand measures 87 x 38cm and there is 9.5cm of clearance beneath the screen. The stand can't be swivelled but you can wall mount the KS8000 using standard 400 x 400 VESA mounts. The 55-inch model measures 1230 x 800 x 376mm (WxHxD) with the stand attached and it weighs in at 20kg.

Connections & Control

There are very few connections on the TV itself – an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port, an Ex-Link (RS-232C) connector and a Common Interface (CI) slot. All the other connections are on the One Connect box – 4 x HDMI 2.0a inputs, 2 x USB 2.0 ports. There's also an optical digital output, dual terrestrial and satellite tuners and built-in WiFi. The One Connect box itself measures 20 x 7 x 2cm and the proprietary cable that connects it to the TV is 2m long.

The KS8000 comes with Samsung's Smart Controller – an universal remote which works in conjunction with the KS8000's auto device detection feature. When the TV detects a new device being connected via HDMI, it automatically sets that device up in the Smart Hub and adds the remote control codes. You can then use the Smart Controller to control that connected device, as well as the TV itself.

Features & Specifications

The KS8000 uses a flat screen with a 10-bit panel and Quantum Dot technology to deliver purer colours and brighter images. As a result, the TV can deliver 96% of DCI-P3, along with brighter highlights, improved viewing angles and better energy efficiency. The panel also includes Samsung's Ultra Black filter to reduce reflections and Precision Black local dimming. The KS8000 supports HDR, specifically HDR 10, with over 1,000 nits of peak brightness. As with all of Samsung's TVs this year, the KS8000 doesn't support 3D.

Picture Quality

The uniformity of the picture is impressive, with an even backlight free of any obvious clouding or bright edges and corners. The local dimming is excellent and even in the low setting the KS8000 could deliver deep blacks and bright whites, without crushing shadow detail or clipping highlights. There is no haloing, especially when sat directly in front of the TV. For SDR you can find the local dimming to be impressive, even though the KS8000 uses edge lighting with LEDs along the bottom. This limitation is however more obvious with HDR, where the increased brightness and the local dimming on the high setting could sometimes reveal haloing or brighter edges. The motion handling on the KS8000 is good for an LCD panel, with no stuttering or frame dropping.

In standard definition, the KS8000 performs well in matter of deinterlacing and upscaling the image. When you move to Full HD, the results get better, nature programmes look wonderful, and, as expected, when you switch to Blue-ray, the performance picks up once again.  

Sound Quality

Like the KS7000, the KS8000 uses an ultra-slim chassis so the sound quality is not expected to be perfect but Samsung has tried to get the most out of the small speakers. The mid-range is decent, the higher frequencies managed to refrain from sounding sibilant and the TC can go loud without becoming brittle. Still, if you’re into great sound experience, you need to look for additional speakers or a soundbar.

Kindle Paperwhite 2016 - the better ebook reader

 Kindle Paperwhite 2016 is the current king of ebook readers

Kindle PaperWhite 2016  review

Amazon released a new Kindle Paperwhite in July 2016 with specifications similar to the 2015 edition, except the new one is available in white. This is in contrast with Amazon’s usually black Kindles, the reason may be that they are looking to improve the reading experience by giving a white frame that almost blends in with the background colour and gives off the illusion of a bigger screen.

Lenovo V110-15ISK 15.6 notebook with Intel Core i3 processor

Lenovo V110-15ISK 15.6" notebook with Intel Core i3 processor - features and specs

Lenovo V110-15ISK laptop
Lenovo V110-15ISK laptop

The Lenovo V110-15ISK is offered with 500 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD if you need faster performance rather than bigger storage.


In this article, I’d like to review a member of the Lenovo V110 range laptops – the Lenovo V110-15ISK. The V110 range represents Lenovo’s affordable business class – the prices vary between $420 - $480.