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LG G5 Modular Smartphone Review

Key features and specifications as well as consumer review of the very interesting LG G5 Modular Smartphone

In today’s review, you will see LG’s 2016 model G5 – a nice, sleek model with great screen, lots of memory and a lovely wide-angle camera. There are certain drawbacks, like the ugly software and the build quality but overall, this is a good modular smartphone option currently selling at around $350.


Key specs
·        5.3-inch IPS QHD screen
·        Snapdragon 820 processor & 4GB RAM
·        32GB onboard storage and microSD slot
·        2,800mAh battery
·        USB Type-C v3.0 port
·        Fingerprint sensor
·        16-megapixel rear camera & 8-megapixel front camera
·        Additional 8-megapixel wide-angle rear camera
·        LG UX 5.0 on Android Marshmallow
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LOGITECH Z333 Multimedia 2.1 Speakers

LOGITECH Z333 - my review of the better cheap 2.1 multimedia speakers



LOGITECH Z333 Multimedia 2.1 Speakers
LOGITECH Z333 Multimedia 2.1 Speakers

LOGITECH Z333 REVIEW

Today we will review a good budget sound solution – the Logitech Z333 multimedia speakers. Currently selling at around $60, these speakers are mostly suitable for PC sound or a low-end home cinema setup. The set includes 2 speakers and a subwoofer.


The sound these speakers produces is fairly clear and deep – the Z333 delivers 80W peak power and 40W RMS sustained power. The bass is intense with the large 5-inch front-firing driver. A lot of power and a large driver are required to accurately reproduce and make you feel the low-end frequencies. By directing the low frequencies to this dedicated subwoofer, it provides the needed listening experience and allows you to hear the bass as it was recorded.
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Vodafone Smart Prime 6

In today’s article we will review Vodaphone’s ultra-budget solution Smart Prime 6 – this is an under $100 phone (it’s currently priced at ~$90). As you could expect, the Smart Prime 6 is not a best performer or a looker, it’s unremarkable in mostly every way but for those shopping at the bottom end of the market it's worth shortlisting. The design is solid and not bad-looking, the battery life is good and it comes with Lollipop so despite the shortcomings in a lot of aspects, there’s still market for it.

We're at a time in smartphone evolution when budget phones are actually not all that and that means you can save yourself some money without ending up with a real clunker of a handset. The Smart Prime 6 is pretty much the cheapest way to get 4G today and you get a 5-inch 720 x 1280 pixel display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop too. The camera is 8-megapixel shooter and there's a 2-megapixel model on the front. 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (expandable via memory card) round out the key specs.
Design and features
The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is well constructed and feels comfortable to hold. The back panel is gray plastic and the metaling trim around the screen adds a touch of class to the otherwise simple and boring design. The screen is somewhat disappointing – not really sharp or bright  but it is usabl, although you may need to use it on full brightness most of the time.
Button and port positions are standard, with a headphone socket on top and the microUSB connector underneath. The back is removable, but the battery isn't – flipping off the case lets you get the memory card and SIM card slots.
Maybe the best thing about this phone besides the price is that it comes with Lollipop – it feels so polished that you could almost be fooled that you’re using a much better phone. Otherwise, the performance is not brilliant – you get a 1.2GHz CPU but it works well enough. Trying to scroll down complex websites does occasionally give a noticeable lag when using the phone.
If used to a normal extent – a bit of texting, a bit of web browsing, a couple of YouTube videos and several calls for 2 days straight the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 leaves the battery at 75% which is much more than we expected. We believe that if you’re a heavy user, the Smart Prime 6 can get you through a whole day. With a low-powered CPU and a so-so screen, you'd expect battery life to be decent, but nevertheless it's good to know that the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 can stay juiced for a very respectable length of time.
As a phone that sticks to the basics, the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 actually does them rather well – calls, texts and web browsing are all neatly taken care of. The stock apps for these essential functions remain largely unchanged from their stock versions with the exception of the Messenger app for SMS that has been given a red color. The keyboard is very much stock Lollipop, too.
Camera
The 8-megapixel doesn't exactly inspire confidence, and the photos taken by the phone are pretty underwhelming, with details getting blurred and noisy. The phone struggles particularly with low light, and though there is an HDR mode to try to lighten up shadows and darken highlights it's not particularly refined. The full HD video clips are fine, too. As with budget phones as a whole, we've now reached a stage where any mobile is going to be at least passable in the camera department, and that's exactly what this is.
Overall impressions
The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is an under-powered, ultra-cheap phone that still gives you 4G and Android Lollipop.  The screen is a bit of a let-down, though it's good enough for the money you're paying. Some extra brightness and resolution would certainly be welcome. The battery is surprisingly strong and can get you through a whole day with heavy use, so this is really more than you can expect for less than $100. The camera, which despite a decent interface and fast operation produces pictures that are very average. If you want great shots you'll need to carry a separate camera with you.
Specifications
Physical Features
Dimensions: 121.6 x 64.4 x 11.8 mm (4.79 x 2.54 x 0.46 in)
Weight: 112 g (3.95 oz)
Screen size – 4 inches, 480 x 480 pixels
Camera
2 MP front camera and 8 MP back camera
Connectivity
GPRS: Yes
EDGE: Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0m A2DO
MicroUSD v2.0
Battery
Li-Ion 1400 mAh
General
CPU: Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A7
Accelerometer         
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
      Browser: HTML     
Radio: FM radio     
GPS Yes, with A-GPS     
3.5mm jack         
MP3/eAAC+ player           
MP4/H.264 player     
Photo/video editor     
Document Viewer     
Voice memo/dial/commands
Memory
Internal: 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
microSD, up to 32 GB


Vodafone Smart Prime 6 video review
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Sony KD-43XD8099 Bravia 4K TV

Sony KD-43XD8099 Bravia is one of the best in the 40-50 inch 4K TV class


Sony KD-43XD8099 Bravia 4K TV review

As one of the absolute leaders in modern TVs, Sony represents a titanic shift in home entertainment. We will look at one of their 4K models – the Bravia XD8000 series, more specifically the 43-inch Bravia XD8099.
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Samsung UE49KU6100 4K UHD LED TV

Samsung UE49KU6100 4K UHD LED TV



The KU6100 model is essentially the curved version Samsung offers for its base KU6000 model. In respect to picture quality, features and performance, the two models are pretty much the same. We will take a look at the curved KU6100 version as the curved TVs seem to be all the rage nowadays – whether it’s just for the fashionable look or Samsung’s claim for more immersive TV experience is true we cannot yet determine (nor could anyone else, for that matter, and to my eye the difference is mostly cosmetic).

Features
Starting with the visual inspection, this TV is sleek and elegant, slim, and beautifully curved. The rim around the edges is thin and practically unnoticeable when you turn on the TV – it does not ‘eat’ the inches of the screen away. The single metallic stand in the center is stable and position in such a way that lets you position the TV on a smaller table if needed. The KU6100 is also wall-mountable.

As you can see in the specifications below, this is the 49-inch version that costs approximately $700 - $750 and supports 4K resolution. The price is mid-range and the features are great, the TV is overall very impressive. The KU6100 takes full advantage of the UHD resolution for day to day television and the is a 4-step upscaling process that does the job incredibly well so you can enjoy your existing Blu-Ray collection without the need to constantly pump UHD content to the TV.

Samsung’s Smart features are impressive as always and easy to use – you get the usual BBC iPlayer, ITV player, ALL4 and 5 On demand plus premium content. UHD content is available through Netflix, Amazon prime and Youtube. You also get a full web browser that is re-designed and much easier and faster to use.

You can also use the TV for gaming – you get access to an array of games without the need to invest in a console. You will, however, need a separately sold game controller and not all of the game features are available in all locations.

Picture Quality

The dynamic range of this TV is impressive, and it's able to show a huge amount of shadow detail. However, motion clarity is less impressive. This is a 50Hz screen, and Samsung's Auto motion Plus system is able to replicate an effective motion rate of 100Hz, but that's not as fast as we'd like when it comes to watching sport or action, especially on a screen this big. Viewing angles are also restricted, so if you sit too far off-center, the colors start to grey out and fade.

The 4K resolution is beautiful, however models up from this range will produce a more lifelike image, and smoother motion for sport and movies. Overall though, the picture is great, you can experience impressive brightness, enhanced shadow detail and naturally accurate colour. UHD Dimming technology divides the TV screen into hundreds of small zones, analysing each one independently to adjust color, brightness and sharpness so you can experience better shadow detail and accurate color when watching your favorite video content.


Samsung UE32F6400 32-inch 3D Smart LED TV


Specifications

General Information
Product Name
49" KU6100 6 Series Curved UHD HDR Ready Smart TV
Product Type
LED-LCD TV
Interface Ports
HDMI
Yes
CI+
Yes
USB
Yes
Energy and Performance
Energy Efficiency Class
A
Maximum Resolution
3840 x 2160
Physical Characteristics
Depth with Stand
31 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate
13.50 kg
Weight Approximate
12.30 kg
Width with Stand
110.4 cm
Height with Stand
70.1 cm
Width
110.4 cm
Depth
11.9 cm
Height
64 cm
Colour
Black, Silver
Technical Information
Features
Media Player, Curved Screen, UHD Dimming, Game Mode, Picture in Picture, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Wall Mountable, Picture on Picture, Auto Power Off, Film Mode, Screen Mirroring, Eco Sensor, Web Browser, Auto Program, Closed Caption
Streaming Service
Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, HbbTV
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Backlight Technology
LED
Internet Access
Yes
Smart TV
Yes
PC Streaming
Yes
Electronic Program Guide
Yes
Screen Size
124.5 cm (49")
Network and Communication
Ethernet
Yes
Wireless LAN
Yes
Audio
RMS Output Power
20 W
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HP Elitepad 1000 G2 tablet

HP Elitepad 1000 G2 tablet reviewed


Let’s take a look at one of HP’s tablets – the HP Elitepad 1000 G2 which was released in May 2014 as a successor of the Elitepad 900. This is a good build quality tablet with bright full-HD display and a large selection of available accessories. Unfortunately, the design of the tablet is poor and quite honestly, it could perform better. Currently the tablet sells at around $220 - $250.


Features

The 10.1-inch HP ElitePad 1000 G2 features an average 800p display and Intel Atom CPU. The chassis is made of high-quality aluminum which gives a solid feel. It’s 9.2 mm thick and weighs 700 g. The build quality is pretty much the only good thing one could say for the design of this tablet though. It’s been compared to an oldschool iPad design and is overall bulky and not impressive.

The display is 10.1 inch IPS with resolution of 1920 x 1200 which is a good resolution for this screen size. It’s very bright and easy to view outdoors when set on full brightness. The viewing angle is almost 180-degree and the glass is scratch-resistant with anti-smudge coating for easier cleaning. Touch input works perfectly with high accuracy.

There are cameras on the front and back of the device (2MP on the front, 8MP on the rear) which are adequate for video calling, but little else, being comparable to the type of pictures a mid-range smartphone can take.

Connectivity and accessories


Without accessories, the device offers only an audio port, power connection, and a micro SD slot. For that reason, you could consider purchasing one of HP's expansion jackets to get hold of more. They would be vital if you’re looking for extra connections and longer battery life. You can get a battery jacket for additional 20 hrs of battery and expansion jacket for additional 2 x USB ports, 1 x HDMI port + headphone jack while also adding protection.

Further connectivity options are available with the accessory dock, which turns the tablet into a convenient mini desktop setup by adding four USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI and Ethernet, while acting as a stand. Additionally, you may opt for a Bluetooth keyboard to complete the notebook feel of the tablet. In our opinion, a tablet is meant to be a portable device and if you over-accessorize it, you’re better off buying a laptop, but the options are out there so it’s worth mentioning them.

Performance and battery life

HP decided to include an Intel Atom processor in the ElitePad rather than a Haswell chip. Combined with the nippy 64GB drive, the device boots in under 10 seconds, opens apps instantly and can play 1080p video smoothly when connected to an external display over HDMI. Inside, Intel's HD4000 is used for graphics, so you'll be restricted to very light gaming. Battery-wise, without the battery jacket you can expect 13 hrs of use.

Specifications:

CPU
CPU Family:
Intel Atom 1.6 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache
Display
Screen Size:
10.1 in
Screen Resolution:
1920 x 1200 Pixels
Memory:
4096 MB LPDDR3 SDRAM 1067 MHz
Storage
Capacity:
64 GB
Type
SSD
Audio
Sound Device:
High Definition Audio with DTS Sound+
Speakers:
Built-in Stereo Speakers
Microphone:
Yes
Video
Video Card:
Intel HD Graphics
Camera
Webcam:
Integrated (Front/Rear)
Camera Resolution:
Front: 2.1 Megapixels / Rear: 8.0 Megapixels
Built in Flash:
Yes
Media Adaptor
Removable Flash Memory Media:
Card Reader
Interfaces/Ports
Headphone/Microphone Combo Port:
1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Port
Wireless Communications
Wireless System:
Broadcom (2x2)
Mobile Broadband:
4G
Bluetooth:
Yes
WWAN:
HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+ Gobi 4G
System
Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)
Electrical
Battery:
2 Cell (30 WHr) Lithium-Ion Polymer
Power Supply:
10W AC Adaptor
Measurements
Width:
26.10 cm
Depth:
17.80 cm
Height:
0.92 cm
Weight:
0.680 kg


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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw multifunctional printer


Today we will review HP’s color laserjet multifunctional printer MFP M177FW. This is a relatively small and compact, low-price device (around $300) and we were pleasantly surprised that for its price, it supports LAN and Wi-Fi, even cloud printing. The output quality is good and the price of the device itself is very reasonable, however the laser toner is on the expensive side which brings up the cost per page.


Design and features

Communication-wise, the M177fw has USB, 10/100 Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. Setup seems easy enough and the driver dialog is intuitive.

The device has an easy to operate 3-inch touchscreen display. The paper capacity is limited – monthly usage is recommended to be no more than 950 pages. The open-faced input tray can take up to 150 pages, the output tray – up to 50. The automatic document feeder is only 35 pages and is quite noisy.

The scanner lid doesn't telescope, even slightly. Even most non-telescoping lids have slight give in their hinges, but the M177fw's lid cants upward even when scanning a 100-page magazine.

Output quality and performance

The M177fw's overall output quality is almost perfect. Photos are rendered exceptionally well for a laser printer, with very little graininess. Text and monochrome graphics are equally outstanding—sharp and black. There is economy mode which saves a lot of toner, but still produces legible text. Given the cost of the toner, it’s good to have it.

The M177fw has the slower performance that's typical of low-cost color lasers. Text and monochrome pages exit at 9.9 pages per minute on the PC, and 7.7 pages per minute on the Mac. Snapshot-sized, 4-inch by 6-inch photos print at just under 2 per minute to plain paper, and 1.5 per minute to glossy laser stock. A full-page photo exits in about 55 seconds. Copies proceed at about 4 per minute, and scans speeds are equally acceptable.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 consumer report

The biggest downside of this machine however is the toner costs – the 1300 black toner is sold at $55, with the colour toner being even more expensive. The M177fw comes with a 500-page toner so you will need a new cartridge soon enough. The cartridges are mounted on a carousel inside the printer. To access a cartridge, you have to press an icon of the cartridge in the supplies menu on the control panel


HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw
Reviewed by Test and Review on 02/17/2017
Rating: 4.0
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Car update: 2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental  quick video review

The all new 2017 Lincoln Continental was released couple of months ago and we only hear superlatives about this great looking limousine. The renewed version of this all-time classics is not only pretty but also quite capable vechicle - it is packed with features that make the new Continental look and feel like a premium luxury car but offered on quite a reasonable price.

I personally like the 2017 Lincoln Continental quite a lot and I think it will be a serious competitor for the Mercedes E-class and Lexus GS series as well as for some of the popular American models. Of course the Continental hasn't show up on the US market for more than a decade and it will need to prove its good qualities from scratch.

Enjoy this quick two minute video review to learn more about the 2017 Continental:

2017 Lincoln Continental video review



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2017 Lincoln Continental
Reviewed by Test and Review on 02/02/2017
Rating: 4.5
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LG 55EG910V OLED TV

55-inch LG 55EG910V OLED TV reviewed 


Let us introduce in this review one of LG’s flagman models – the  brilliant LG 55EG910V OLED TV. The OLED technology offers picture that is better than any LCD or plasma TV. It's equally adept in bright and dark rooms, shows accurate color, and looks better from off-angle than any LED LCD. Its 1080p resolution is plenty for a 55-inch screen.

Despite its great picture and incredible looks, the 55EG910V is still very expensive for a 55-inch TV. Unlike most high-end TVs it doesn't support HDR sources, and some LED LCDs can get brighter. Its 3D picture quality isn't great, and uniformity problems can appear in the darkest scenes. Don’t be fooled – for an OLED TV, the price is among the lowest on the market – after all, no TV delivers the same level of picture quality as an OLED but still, it’s hard to call a $2000 TV a bargain.

You are probably wondering why such a hassle for an "only" 1080p and not 4K resolution TV it turns out that it still outperforms any LED-based LCD TV including the highest-end models with 4K and HDR.

We can’t help but point out that no one else on the market manufactures OLED TVs but LG and the most distinguished characteristic of OLED display is that it allows TVs to get remarkably thin: the top third or so of the EG910V is thinner than a pencil. The bottom third however is fattened by the internal electronic and measures 1 ½ inches. This means that it doesn’t fit well on a wall and you need a special bracket to mount it, the standard VESA won’t do the trick.

Key Features

Display technology          OLED
LED backlight                   N/A
Resolution                        1080p
HDR-compatible               No
Screen shape                   Curved

55" LG 55EG910V 3D Full HD OLED Television


Screen finish                    Glossy
Smart TV                           Web OS 2.0
Remote                             Motion
3D technology                 Passive
3D glasses included         2 pairs
Others:                              Smart TV, 3D, settings and connections

The 55EG910V runs on LG's Web OS 2.0 Smart TV system, which is quite a bit faster and more responsive than version 1.0. There's also a (weak) web browser and (decent) voice search. Check out my EF9500 review if you want more details on Web OS.

The 55EG910V has 3D capability, with two pairs of included passive glasses. It shows similar known issues as other 1080p resolution TVs with passive 3D, namely jagged edges and some visible line structure.

Communication-wise, the TV’s back panel has 3 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port, an antenna output, optical digital audio and an analog AV input that supports component or composite video via an included breakout cable.

Picture Quality

The overall picture quality of the 55EG910V is simply breathtaking. It lives up to every single expectation out there for the OLED technology and surpasses all non-OLED TVs, even the high-end models. The contrast is incredible and the black level is absolute – this is what OLED is famous for, after all.  Colours on the EG910V are very accurate and natural. Video processing is delivered in the correct 1080p/24 film cadence, and just like previous OLED sets, the default Off position for TruMotion introduces a bit too much judder.

Motion resolution is lower than Samsung TVs, because the 55EG910V, like all current OLED sets, uses sample and hold technology. The input lag is low enough to play on Game mode without any issues or disturbances in the experience.

When it comes to uniformity, the OLED has an excellent off-angle image. When seen from positions other than right in the middle, every LED LCD will lose fidelity, becoming discolored and washing out. With an OLED like the 55EG910V, the image remains vibrant and pristine from just about any angle. However, the 55EG910V still falls short than high end LCD TVs in terms of uniformity.

It’s worth to note that OLED is typically not that bright and this is visible in 55EG910V as well – its maximum light output is a bit lower than competing LED LCD TVs. That only shows in not very well lit rooms. When the room is adequately bright, the OLED TV does not seem dim at all.
In terms of 3D, we have to admit that it’s not top quality. The downside is the visible line structure and jagged edges and it tends to be worse than some 3D LCD LED TVs.

Specifications:

General Information
Product Series
EG910V
HDMI
Yes
Digital Audio Output
Yes
Number of HDMI Ports
3
Number of USB Ports
3
CI+
Yes
USB
Yes
Network RJ-45
Yes
Weight Approximate
12.80 kg
Dimensions
71.9 cm (H): 122.5 cm (W): 48.9 cm (D)
Features
Curved Screen, Progressive Scan, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), Time Machine
Aspect Ratio
16:9
3D Type
3D
Internet Access
Yes
PC Streaming
Yes
Screen Size
139.7 cm (55")


LG 55EG910V
Reviewed by Test and Review on 02/02/2017
Rating: 4.0
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