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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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)


 
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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 – 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.
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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!
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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.
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World famous entrepreneur Elon Musk creates the biggest lithium ionbattery

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.
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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.

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.
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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

  • 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
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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


Asus X55V laptop review


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!
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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

booking.com support experience

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.
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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.
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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)
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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

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.
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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

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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.
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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

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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.
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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
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The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show - calendar, tickets and info

The 88th Geneva International Motor Show was officially announced for 2018



The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show which is the 88th in the Swiss city was officially announced couple of weeks ago. This would probably be the largest European motor show for 2018 so I would advise you to get ready for it and book flight and tickets couple of months in advance.

The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show will take place from 8 til 18 March the Palexpo.

"Visitors to the show will be able to discover an exceptional variety: from the everyday cars to the rare and expensive super cars, and including the “driverless” concept cars. A visit to the Motor Show will be synonymous with pleasure and amazing experiences. A new special exposition by the chronometer maker TAG Heuer will capture the hearts of both automobile and watch enthusiasts. There will be simulators to provide the experience of driving a race car or to perfect the techniques of economical driving.

As every year, a number of themed restaurants will have available everything from extensive menus to casual sandwiches and drinks."
2012 Geneva motor show

Tickets

Ticket prices (Entry Rates) for the 2018 International Geneva Motor Show
AdultsCHF 16
Children from 6 to 16, pensioners and disabled person:CHF 9
Groups (bulk order for minimum 20 people)CHF 11 - /each
50 % discount on all entry tickets sold on site after 4 pm for an entry on the same day (this cannot be combined with any other offer)

Exhibitors - Main Categories

  1. Motor Cars and chassis with 3, 4, or more wheels, electric cars and alternative powered cars
  2. Special bodywork motor cars, concept cars and refined cars
  3. Accessories and parts for motor cars
  4. OEM (Original Equipment Manufactures)
  5. Workshop installations for repair, storage and maintenance of motor cars
  6. Miscellaneous products and services related to the car industry
  7. Animations/Attractions



    More information for tickets, accommodation and press info will be available at the official site of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.  It looks it will be a very interesting event so I would strongly recommend you to consider it.
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    User review of our new Beko DS 8133 G tumble dryer

    Review of our new tumble dryer Beko DS 8133 G + pictures


    Recently we purchased our first tumble dryer for our new home. After careful research, we decided for a mid-range condenser tumble dryer that we can use without connecting to the house's water lines. So, naturally we selected Beko DS 8133 G model and are very happy with our choice.

    Characteristics

    What I like the most about the Beko DS 8133 G dryer is that it doesn't have to be connected to the pipeline of the household. You only need to plug it in the power outlet and you're in business! This is exactly what we did when we received it. Unpack and plug and you're ready, it's that easy and you don't need any tools.

    This dryer is not a slim model, but it's not too bulky. It measures 85 x 60 x 54 cm and fits perfectly in its designated spot. However, keep in mind that if you have a slim washing machine, you won't fit this dryer on top. Another thing I was pleasantly surprised with is the interior light of the dryer when turned on.

    Gorenje SensoCare washing machine for the average consumer


    As I mentioned above, this is a condenser dryer, no heat pump. Now I know that you've read all about heat pump dryers and how they're so famous these days, but this condenser dryer has its benefits as well. The price is the biggest one of them - the difference between a condenser and a heat pump drier is at least $150. Most people think that this spending will be compenstated by the difference in the electricity bill, however to justify that you would have to use the drier at least 7 years to compensate for the used electricity.

    The Beko DS 8133 G has a water container for the condensed water after your clothes are dry. Naturally, you will have to empty the container yourself. It probably takes 3-4 dry cycles to fill the container depending on how much clothes you put in and how wet they are.

    Programs

    The dryer has 16 programs depending on the type of laundry you are going to try. In my opinion, the programs are more than enough to suit all needs. When you select the desired program, the diod light next to it fires up. Usage of the programs is as below:
    • Jeans - you can use specifically for denim clothes
    • Baby protect - gentle program for baby clothes
    • Shirts 15 min - short program for more delicate drying with less wrinkles
    • Sport - use for synthetic, cotton or mixed fabric laundry
    • 10 min, 20 min, 40 min, 60 min - dries for the selected time duration regardless of drying level
    • Cottons iron dry - you can use for durable cotton laundry, dries enough to be ironed afterwards
    • Synthetics iron dry - you can use for non-durable synthetic laundry, dries enough to be ironed afterwards
    • Cottons Cupboard dry - you can use for durable cotton laundry, dries enough to be stored in your warderobe
    • Synthetics Cupboard dry - you can use for non-durable synthetic laundry, dries enough to be stored in your warderobe
    • Cottons Cupboard dry plus - you can use for durable cotton laundry, higher dryness level
    • Cottons extra dry - you can use for durable cotton laundry, highest dryness level
    • Delicates - low-temperature drying for delicate clothing
    • Freshen up -  ventilates the clothes for 10 mins; usable if you've left the dried laundry in the tumble dryer for a long time

    Final verdict

    I am perfectly happy with this dryer and I think that the Beko DS 8133 G is a great choice for a dryer that corresponds perfectly to my needs:
    • Budget price
    • Comfortable and easy to use
    • Good dryness level
    • Relatively energy-efficient
    • No need to connect to the drain system
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    Asus Zenpad 10 Z300C - convertible tablet review and specifications

    Asus Zenpad 10 Z300C is the perfect budget convertible tablet?


    The Asus Zenpad 10 Z300C is a convertible tablet launched in 2016. The starting price of the Zenpad 10 was around $250, but nowadays it can be found on Ebay or Amazon for under $150. This makes it one of the middle to budget range tablets. For its price, the Asus Zenpad 10 delivers great quality.

    Design and display

    The Zenpad Z300C has simple design, similarly to most Zenpad tablets. The frame around the screen is relatively thick, the edges are smoothed out. The back of the tablet is plastic and has a comfortable feel, but it's very far from high end. The Asus logo is in the top left corner on the front, the main camera is right behind it on the top left. If you hold the tablet in landscape position, the power and sound buttons are on the left side.
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    Samsung UE40MU6100 - good middle-price choice TV or not?

    This Samsung UE40MU6100 is a 40-inch Smart TV for under $500. Does it provide value for money?


    The UE40MU6100 is a 40-inch TV Samsung they launched in 2017. The model is mid to low-range price-wise and can be currently found for under USD500. Testproductreview decided to see if this TV is good choice for its price range.

    Design


    The TV has the typical Samsung look featuring the typical Y-shaped stand. It is similar to the higher-end models, but a closer look will give out the fact that this is a budget TV. The frame around the screen is a bit thicker than the more expensive models and it's plastic, not metallic.

    However, the TV still keeps it signature stylish looks. The Y-stand featured here too is one of my favorite TV stand designs, but it has a small drawback - it's a bit longer than most so you will need a bigger table to put the TV on. The UE40MU6100 is a bit thicker than the higher end Samsung models. At a little bit above 6 cm, the TV is reasonably slim, but not exceptional.

    samsung 40mu6100

    Front view of the Samsung UE40MU6100


    Relatively small according to today's megalomanic standards, this 40-inch Samsung is suitable for your living room or bedroom.

    Picture and Sound Quality


    The Samsung UE40MU6100 is 4K, but at this size, 40-inch, you will not be able to see the difference between Full HD and 4K resolution. Although a good feature, you'll definitely need a bigger screen size to make use of the 4K.

    Best TV size to choose in 2017

    You will be able to enjoy this TV's vibrant colors and deep blacks - something Samsung are famous for. The viewing angle however is not that great, so I suggest to place the TV in the center of the room. The motion is good though, thanks to Auto Motion Plus enhancer - another popular Samsung feature.

    The sound of this TV is not its brightest feature though. Although passable, it's not as good compared to higher end models. I would definitely suggest you get a sound system along with the TV although that can cost you more for the whole set.

    Samsung HW-J355 soundbar system

    The Smart TV is Samsung's famous Tizen smart hub, which is easy and comfortable to use and is also featured on higher-end TVs.


    Back view of the Samsung UE40MU6100



    Specifications


    HDMI 3
    HDMI 2.0 Yes
    HDR Format: HDR10

    USB: 2
    Headphone Socket: No
    LED Backlight Edge: LED
    Local Dimming: No
    Motion Processing: 1300 PQI
    Netflix 4K Streaming: Yes

    Panel Bit Depth: 8 bit
    Panel Frequency (Hz): 50 Hz
    Pixel Resolution: 3840 x 2160

    Quad Core Processor: Yes
    Remote Control: Yes
    Scart Sockets: No
    Screen Size: 40 inch
    App Control: Yes

    Speakers: Yes
    Stand: Yes - Fixed
    Twin Tuners: No

    Outer Box Dimensions WxHxD: 1175 x 642 x 161
    Wall Mount Required: VESA 200 X 200
    Weight (KG): 8.9

    4K Ultra HD: Yes
    HDR: Yes

    Final Verdict


    This Samsung UE40MU6100 is a good budget option if you're looking for a mid-price range TV with responsive OS, good picture quality and sleek looks.

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    Ainol Novo 7 Mars - will that unpopular brand tablet live up to the competition?

    Ainol Novo 7 Mars - budget tablet, but does it compare to the competition?


    The Novo 7 is manufactured and sold by the Chinese company Ainol Electronics. The 7 in the name of the tablet stands for the screen size. Ainol also has the Novo 8 and 5.Ainol produces tablet computers and phablet and are famous for launching the first Andorid 4.0 Ice cream sandwich tablet - the Novo 7.

    Design
    At first look, the Novo 7 Mars is not that impressive. The design is clean and simple - thick black frame around the screen, metallic silver backplate, rounded edges. It's a bit thick for my liking at 10.9 mm. The default position of the tablet is in decided to be landscape.

    The Ainol logo is situated in the middle of the bottom frame below the screen. The sound contro and power buttons are on the top frame on the right side of the screen. The Mini-USB, headphone jack, SD card are on the left frame of the tablet.


    What I find unusual is that the tablet doesn't have a back camera. Maybe that's a good choice, after all, who takes pictures with their tablet nowadays? But anyway, it's still uncommon and peculiar at first. The only camera is in the front and it's 0.3 MP, so don't count on any great selfies.

    Performance

    The overall impression with this tablet screams 'mediocre'. The best feature is the unbelieavable price. Several Amazon offers list the Novo 7 Mars at USD 53. Other than that, the tablet doesn't have much to impress you with. The 7-inch screen is a tad small by today's standards. The Amlogic processor isn't as fast as some tablets in a similar price range. There are user complaints that some apps don't run on the Novo 7 and that factory reset will be needed at some point in the device's life.

    The battery is 3700 mAh so you can't expect it to run more than a day on average use. The audio is bearable, as well as the image quality. The good thing is that it has 8 GB internal memory which can go up to 32 GB with an SD card. It has USB and Wi-Fi as well.

    Technical specifications
    Display Resolution: 1024*600
    Display Size: 7.0 Inches
    Camera Front: 0.3MP
    Data Services: Wifi, External 3G Dongle
    Operating Systems: Android 4.0.3 (Ice cream sandwich)
    Processor: Amlogic8726-M3 Cortex-A9(1Ghz)
    RAM: 1GB DDR3
    Dimensions: 191x125x10.9mm
    Memory Internal 8 GB
    SD Card: Up to 32 GB
    Weight: 360g
    Battery: 3700 mAh
    WLAN: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek 8188 chip)
    USB: Yes
    Bluetooth: No
    Audio: MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
    Video: 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV
    Special Features: G-sensor: 3 axis G-sensor
    GPS: No
    Price: USD 53

    Final verdict

    The best thing about this laptop is the price. At as low as $53, it's unbeatable. Other than that, the Novo 7 Mars is not suitable for heavy mobile devices users, but it will make a good and budget Christmas gift for your kids or elder parents.
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    Pros and cons of a budget Sony TV - the Bravia KDL 43WE750 + technicalspecifications

    Low-cost but high quality Sony TV model - meet the Sony Bravia KDL 43WE750!


    This Sony Bravia Smart TV comes with a Triluminos Display and HDR. Triluminos uses a wider palette to make colors more alive. HDR provides more detail in the darkest and lightest parts of the image. This allows you to enjoy the Sony KDL-43WE750 when watching a movie, series or sports.

    The TV's design is stylish and the narrow frame brings your full attention to the screen. The remote is also very handy - with only one button you can play YouTube's favorite videos and watch exciting Netflix series.
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    HP 14-an060sa 14-inch laptop specifications

    HP 14-an060sa 14-inch laptop features and specifications

    TypeLaptop
    BrandHP
    Model14-an060sa
    MPNZ9B41EA#ABU
    Screen Size14-14.9"
    Screen Resolution1366 x 768
    Memory4GB
    Processor TypeAMD E Series
    ProcessorAMD E-Series
    Processor Speed1.80GHz
    Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
    Operating SystemWindows 10
    Operating System EditionHome
    Graphics Processing TypeIntegrated/On-Board Graphics
    Primary DriveNo DVD Drive
    WebcamIntegrated HD Webcam with Microphone
    Network Cardcard10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
    HDMI1 x HDMI
    USB Ports1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
    Battery3-cell, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    SpeakersDTS Studio Sound with 2 Speakers
    4G/3G Mobile ConnectivityNo
    Backlit KeyboardNo
    TouchscreenNo
    2-in-1No
    Weight1.94 Kg
    Special Features

    AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 1.8GHz Processor, AMD Radeon R2 Graphi



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    How to start mining Bitcoins

    If you're a Bitcoin beginner and want to start mining, we're here for you!


     

    Before we begin, a word of advice - most of Bitcoin users don`t mine! There are 3 major ways to obtain Bitcoins:

    • buying at an exchange

    • getting Bitcoins for products or services instead of your local currency

    • mining


    It's not necessary to start mining to get Bitcoins. Also, don't think that this will be the cheapest way - you will have to invest in hardware and electricity. The bigger your investment, the bigger the probability that you will make some Bitcoins.

    Everything you need to know about cryptocurrency, blockchains, Bitcoins and how to mine Bitcoins!


    Bitcoin is called 'the web gold', so naturally, the way of creating Bitcoins is called 'mining'. Miners discover the new Bitcoins much like gold is produced from the Earth. Also like gold, Bitcoins are a finite number - 21 million Bitcoins will ever exist. Currently there are around 12 million discovered in the world, but that number changes every 10 minutes.

    We say that miners discover the new Bitcoins, but the basis of what they do is to approve transactions in the blockchain of Bitcoin users. A Bitcoin transaction is not fully complete until confirmed by a miner, hence the need for people who put in their computing power for the purpose of approving these transactions. As a reward they get Bitcoins every time a transaction is approved. The need of these approvals comes from the fact that there's no central entity (Bank) in the world of Bitcoins which can verify that a certain transaction is legit, e.g. the user doing the transaction hasn't already spent these Bitcoins on something else (double-spending). To prevent cases of double-spending, miners have to compare the Bitcoins involved in the transaction with the Bitcoin this person had previously and all their previous transactions. When that's done, they need to add a block on the blockchain containing that newly approved transaction. As Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain are secured with cryptokeys, essentially the miner's way of approving the transactions involves computing cryptological puzzles.

    As more and more Bitcoins are discovered, the difficulty of discovering the next block on the chain increases. When Bitcoin fist appeared, it was easy to generate them and an ordinary computer was enough in terms of hardware power for the task, Nowadays a PC is hardly enough to do any actual work, that's why Bitcoin rookies or small-time miners join mining pools, where people share their hardware power and subsequently share the profit they make. I'll tell you more about pools in my next article.

    Hardware requirements


    To start mining. you need to get the appropriate hardware. As I mentioned, PCs or laptops won't cut it in today's world of Bitcoin competition. Most users get ASICs (application specific integrated circuits). ASICs are machines specifically designed for the task of mining. Their prices and productivity vary largely from machines under $100 to machines over $3000. Their productivity is measured in Th/s (terahash per second).

    I've gathered below the top 3 ASICs currently on the market. There are many other options, which you can purchase on Ebay, Amazon etc.

    Antminer S7



    • The advertised capacity of the S7 is mid-range, 13.5 Th/s. It's sold for $470 - $700 on Ebay, some specimens include CPU but generally the miner comes without one. The expected Bitcoins generated per month is 0.1645


    Antminer S7 full review
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    Antminer S9



    • The advertised capacity of the S9 is high-end, 4,73 Th/s. It's sold for $3000 - $5000 on Ebay, some specimens include CPU but generally the miner comes without one. The expected Bitcoins generated per month is 0.3603


    Avalon 6



    • The advertised capacity of the S9 is high-end, 3,5 Th/s. It's sold for $305 - $425 on Ebay, some specimens include CPU but generally the miner comes without one. The expected Bitcoins generated per month is 0.1232


    Software requirements


    Once you've received your bitcoin mining hardware, you'll need to download a special program used for Bitcoin mining. There are many programs out there that can be used for Bitcoin mining, but the two most popular are CGminer and BFGminer which are command line programs.

    If you prefer the ease of use that comes with a GUI, you might want to try EasyMiner which is a click and go windows/Linux/Android program. GUIMiner is another GUI-based option.

    Bitcoin wallet


    Once you've started mining, you'll need to keep the Bitcoins you win in a wallet. This can be a soft wallet, used on the web or as a separate application where you're identified by your unique address (not a name or any characteristic linking the wallet to you as a person). A good soft wallet option is Copay.

    There's the option for a hardware wallet as well. You can research Ledger Nano S if you're interested.

    Are you considering mining your own Bitcoins? Comment below!
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