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Jaguar E-Pace is the new face in the compact SUV market

Jaguar E-Pace promises to be one of the most successful models in the brands' lineup


There are so many different crossovers these days and the Jaguar E-Pace is the new face out there. It is basically a compact SUV with aggressive styling. The E-Pace focuses not so much on practicality but rather on being yet another fashion instrument for rich people.

The tech behind


The Jaguar E-Pace is a compact sport utility vehicle (compact SUV) produced by the British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). It was officially revealed on 13 July 2017.

[caption id="attachment_2264" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Jaguar E-Pace front Front view of the compact SUV Jaguar E-Pace - looking very stylish and yet sporty[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2263" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]E-Pace SUV E-Pace side view[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2265" align="aligncenter" width="768"]Jaguar E-Pace SUV Jaguar E-Pace looking very good in white[/caption]

The car is built in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr and from 2018 is also scheduled to be built by Chery Jaguar Land Rover, JLR’s joint venture with partner Chery, in Changshu, China.

Designed under the direction of Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum, the car is based on a modified version of the JLR D8 platform as used by the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

2016 Jaguar XF test drive and review

The car dimensions are: length 4,411 mm (173.7 in), width (mirrors folded) 1,984 mm (78.1 in), width (mirrors unfolded) 2,088 mm (82.2 in), height 1,649 mm (64.9 in) and wheelbase 2,681 mm (105.6 in).

Jaguar E-Pace has a transverse front engine and is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.

Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV - test drive and video review

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North American models receive two variants of the 2.0-L Turbocharged DOHC Inline-4 engine that produces either 247 hp (184 kW; 250 PS) or 296 hp (221 kW; 300 PS), all of which are mated to a 9–speed ZF 9-HP automatic. Furthermore, all trims are offered in all-wheel drive only.[citation needed]

Stunt driver Terry Grant performed a world record “barrel roll” jump in the car for the reveal which took place at the London ExCel centre.

Lada XRAY – list of comfort features and specs

In 2017, Euro NCAP awarded the Jaguar E-PACE their top five-star safety rating.

/ text source: Wikipedia

Opel Corsa C - reliable second hand choice

If you are looking for a cheap small second hand car, then the Opel Corsa C might be perfect for you

Opel Corsa C second hand
An old Opel Corsa C might be a very good choice for many

Opel Corsa C is a compact vehicle offered in 3 and 5 -door versions sold in Europe from 2000 to 2006. In Mexico the Corsa C was sold in 4-door sedan as well.

Great second hand vehicle


Corsa C is small and yet very reliable car, offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines which all are very economical. In Europe Corsa C was mostly sold with 1.7 liter CDTI diesel engine and 1.2 liter petrol engine which achieved record breaking figures in regards to fuel economy (under 4/100 for the diesel engine and under 5/100 for the petrol one).

Opel Corsa C 1.2

All of these make this little car perfect for the city and a great second hand choice. Right now prices of well equipped low millage used Corsa C vary between 1000-2500 Euros depending on the modification. The 1.2i 5-door hatch is among the most expensive on the second hand car market.

Running costs are quite low here. Parts and labor for Corsa C are among the lowest on the market these days. Used parts are also easy to find from dealers and private owners.

Opel Vectra C – second hand car problems and issues

Interior

Surprisingly for such a small car the interior is quite spacious and it feels really roomy inside the Corsa C, especially if you are tall anywhere under 1.90 m. Design and materials used in the cabin are nothing special though and some cheap plastics can be found in the interior. Standard and additional equipment include climate control, electric windows, stereo and few others. Trunk space is also big enough for a city car.
Used Corsa C dashboard
Used Corsa C dashboard and steering wheel

Opel Corsa C seats
Corsa C interior is super roomy for such a small car

Opel Corsa C trunk
Plenty of space in the trunk of Opel Corsa C

Comfort
The interior of the Corsa C is pretty spacious, both in the 3 and 5 - door versions. The ride nevertheless is pretty harsh and many drivers wouldn't appreciate that. Opel decided to compromise ride quality a bit for the sake of having strong and durable suspension that many would appreciate if choosing Corsa C as a second hand vehicle. Other than that this little car is pretty standard inside, the trunk is also pretty good for a vehicle of this size. Visibility is also good, thanks to the large windows all around.

Buying a used car: Opel / Vauxhall Astra H


Verdict
Opel Corsa C is a great second choice and we strongly recommend it.

I hope you really liked my review of the Corsa C. For any questions or comments about this small car please use the comment section below, we will be happy to hear from you. Thanks!

LG 28MT49DF 28 inch HD LED TV spec and review

Consumer test and review of the compact 28 inch HD LED TV LG 28MT49DF


I will start today's review straight to the conclusion - the LG 28MT49DF is a fine 28 inch TV, with build quality better than the average in this class and very good picture quality for the price. This conclusion is based on looks, performance and value for money. In the next few lines I will explain more about it.

Design and looks

LG 28MT49DF has a simple design, decided entirely in black plastic but not feeling cheap by any means. The TV stand is stable and does not look ridiculous like in some of the recent panels we've seen.

[caption id="attachment_2243" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]LG 28MT49DF picture LG 28MT49DF offers good picture quality[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2244" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]LG 28MT49DF LG 28MT49DF LED TV rear back side[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2245" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]LG 28MT49DF LED TV LG 28MT49DF LED TV and IPS monitor[/caption]

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The frame is not very thin but does not look intrusive at all. Overall, the 28MT49DF looks simple and is solidly build which are two very important things for any budget LED TV.

Performance

LG 28MT49DF received some very good online reviews from customers in UK (that is where this TV is mostly sold). Its viewing angles are also pretty good. Here is a full list of its features and specifications that pleased consumers:

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Size (Inch / cm)27.5" / 70cm
Panel TypeWide Viewing Angle
Colour Gamut (CIE1931)68%
Colour Bit8bit (6bit+FRC)
Colour Depth (Num of Colours)16.7M
Pixel Pitch (mm)0.44475x0.44925
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution1366 x 768
Brightness(cd/m2)250 (Typ.), 200(Min.)
Contrast Ratio (Original)1000:1(typ.)
(DFC)5M:1
(GTG)5ms (High)
Viewing Angle (CR≥10)R/L 178 (Typ.), U/D178 (Typ.) (CR≥10)
Surface TreatmentNon Glare
Jack Input / Output
HDMIYes (1EA, HDMI1.3)
CI SlotYes
USB (Ver.)Yes (USB2.0)
Jack Location (Signal Input)Rear/Side
Digital(Tuner Input)Yes(DVB-T/C)
AnalogPAL/SECAM
Jack Location(Tuner Input)Rear
Speaker
TypeInternal
Audio output5W x 2
Power
TypeAdapter (32W)
Input100~240V
Normal On (typ.)28W
Power Save/Sleep Mode(Max)1W
DC Off (Max)0.4W
Frequency
HDMI (H-Frequency)30kHz~83kHz
HDMI (V-Frequency)56Hz~75Hz
Resolution
PC (HDMI)1366 x 768
Video (HDMI)480p, 576p 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Scart576i
Control Key
Key Number (Power Key Included)1 Key
Key TypeJoystick(4 direction-center push)
LED Colour (On mode)Off
LED Colour (Power save mode)Amber
LED Colour (Standby)Red
[ Key Location ]Bottom(center)
OSD
Languange(Country)36 Country (Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK)
Number of Language35 Language (Bosnian, Czech, Danish, German, Estonian, English, Spanish, Greek, French, Gaeilge, Croatian, Italian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Dutch, Norwegian, Uzbekistan, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Albanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Mongolian, Arabic)
Special Feature
HDCPYes
Remote ControlYes
Key LockYes
Plug & PlayDDC2B
EPGYes
TeletextYes
Audio Description (Visual Impaired)Yes
Flicker SafeYes
Eye Comfort ModeYes
Gaming ModeYes (Black Stabilizer)
Cinema ModeYes
Divx HD player (USB Media Player)Yes (Video, Music, Picture)
USB AutoRunYes
Smart Energy savingYes
Motion Eye CareYes
USB Game (Download)Yes
Built-In GameYes
Picture ModeVivid/ Standard/ Eco/ Cinema/Sports/Game/Expert1/Expert2
Triple XD engineYes
ARC-PC16:9, 4:3
ARC-Video16:9 - DTV, ATV, HDMI Original - DTV, ATV, HDMI Full Wide - DTV, ATV 4:3 - DTV, ATV, HDMI Just Scan – DTV, HDMI (720p↑) All-Direction Zoom - DTV, ATV, HDMI Vertical Zoom - DTV, ATV, HDMI
Virtual surroundYes
AVL (Auto Volume)Yes
EqualizerYes
Auto / Manual ClockYes
On/ Off TimeYes
Sleep TimerYes
Auto Off / Auto SleepYes
Hotel ModeYes
USB CloningYes
Colour
FrontBlack Glossy
B/CoverTexture
StandBlack Glossy
BaseBlack Glossy
Stand
Base DetchableDetachable
Dimension (W*D*H, mm)
Set (with Stand)641.5 x 178.8 x 444.0
Set (without Stand)641.5 x 59.5 x 396.3
Box788.0 x 108.0 x 437.0
Wall Mount size (mm)100x100
Weight (Kg)
Set (with Stand)5
Set (without Stand)4.5
Box6.5

 

Price

LG 28MT49DF is sold in UK for around £180-200. In the rest of Europe you can find this TV priced at around 200 Euros.

Verdict

Like I started in the beginning of this review, the LG 28MT49DF is good looking and good performing small LED TV. I would recommend it for its very nice HD picture quality, good sound and for the solid build quality. The LG 28MT49DF is also quite reasonably priced.

LG 32LJ500U - cheap 32 inch LED TV

If looking for a quality cheap HD LED TV then the LG 32LJ500U might be the perfect choice for you


LG 32LJ500U. There are so many different LED TVs offered on the market today that it is really hard sometimes to make the right choice. Even the not so popular and very cheap brands produce good quality products. Some times even brands like Sony, LG or Samsung need to catch up with the latest trends and technologies offered by the competition.

Released in 2018 the LG 32LJ500U is a cheap 32 inch LED TV, offering good HD picture quality. With simple design and not very stylish this LED panel is good fit for bigger kitchens or bedrooms, as a secondary TV. For your living room one would probably need something bigger.

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[caption id="attachment_2236" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]LG 32LJ500U TV LG 32LJ500U LED TV - good value for money TV in the 32 inch segment[/caption]

Main features and specs


LG 32LJ500U is a non-smart TV with HD image resolution of 1366 x 768. Probably some of you would complain it is not a Full HD 1080p TV but believe me for the 32 inch size it wouldn't really matter and you will hardly notice the difference (especially when watching HDTV/cable TV).

LG 32LJ500U with stand measures 732 x 182.4 x 478 mm (732 x 67.6 x 438 without stand).

Here are some of the picture improvement technologies:

Resolution Upscaler
Color Master Engine
HEVC Decoder
VP9 Decoder
True Motion refresh 50


The sound in this TV comes from 2x 10W downfiring stereo speakers which are pretty powerful for watching TV and movies in an average sized room.

The price is also good. Offered mainly in Central and East Europe, the LG 32LJ500U can be found for around 200 Euros.

As an alternative I would recommend the Star-Light 32DM3500 which is even cheaper 32 inch TV but not very popular in countries outside Eastern Europe.

Vectra C - second hand car problems and issues

Consumer information about issues and problems with the used vehicle Opel and Vauxhall Vectra C

black Vectra C hatch

Vectra C is quite reliable and if serviced regularly it is going to serve you for a very long time. I have been proud owner of couple of Opel and other GM vehicles so far and I would say some of the problems I had were quite common for the brand. I would basically categorize them in the following categories:


  • Engine - Ecotec engines are not popular with their durability and that is why they are not preferred for LPG installation. Since valves are not their strong point many consumers are reporting issue after adding LPG to their Ecotec engine. Opel's Gasoline are often rough on high RPM and tend to sound like a modern diesel. Burning oil is another popular problem among gasoline Ecotec engines. Diesels in Vectra C are powerful and economical but also quite rough - issues with EGR, dual mass flywheel or nozzles are often reported. Thankfully these are cheaper to fix compared to other cars in the segment (Passat or Audi A4 for example). The 2.2 Direct (155 ps) engine is also not the strongest in this model. As being the first direct injection engine in Opel it is easily to guess that it is far from perfect. It's dynamic figures are much better than regular gasoline Ecotec though.

  • Interior wear - the interior of the Vecra C is spacious and nice for the most part. Unfortunately it wears quite badly on some spots - door handles and switches and stitching on leather seats. Some switches also give up after some time of active use.

  • Clunky gearbox - having tested the gearbox in the 1.6 and 1.8 petrol engines with variable valve timing I can confirm that the gearboxes coupled with them are quite clunky, especially on 1.6 116 ps in Astra H.


Overall the Vectra C is a reliable car with strong suspension and a bit firm ride. I prefer the hatchback modification the most because of its sporty look and enormous trunk.

What's the coolest gadget to buy in 2018?

Few suggestions about the coolest gadget one can buy in 2018


 

It is already 2018 and this is going to be yet another interesting year for the technology markets. It is clear for everyone that more and more innovations will define people's path. We hope to see many interesting and cool new gadgets throughout the year.

Here are few of the suggestions that are already on the market and we classify under cool gadgets:

Robot

Buying a robot is something that many people will go for in 2018. Now there's a huge variety of intelligent RC toy robots as well as fully independent and costing thousands of $ super advanced robots (and I am not talking about robot vacuum cleaners here).

A+ 20000 mAh power bank


Drones

Drones are getting dangerously popular these days and having a drone is the dream of most kids. The so called "quad-copters"  are also implemented in some industries where set of different services are performed with the help of drones.

Smart Glasses

Google Glass was a bit hit some time ago but for unknown reasons the project was put on hold. Now more and more tech manufacturers are developing their own products combining the functionalities of multiple smart devices into smart glasses. I think this would be one of the hottest gadgets to buy in 2018.

A+ 20000 mAh power bank review

Product review of the massive 20000 mAh A+ power bank for smartphones and tablets

A+ 20000 mAh power bank review
A+ 20000 mAh power bank

Today, at our Test and Review blog we will take a closer look at one of the more powerful portable power banks on the market today - the A+ 20000 mAh.

A+ 20000 mAh power bank video review My first impression with this battery were good. It came with nice packaging and the power bank itself looks very nice in silver with metal looking frame. This A+ power bank also has an information display which shows the current state of the charging process and the percentage left as a power source.
A+ 20000 mAh power bank
My review of the A+ 20000 mAh power bank

My first test was using my Samsung J5 (2017) and all I needed to do is plug in the white cable that came in the box contents (see video below). It topped up its battery for less than an hour.

After the A+ power bank was fully drained (it took some time to do that since it is massive...) we plugged it in for charging its internal batteries. And here came one of its downsides - it took over 10 hours to fully charge it to 100%. This is my first full charge of this power bank so I am not sure if that is going to improve and the next time something will speed up the process or not.

A+ 20000 mAh power bank

A+ 20000 mAh power bank

So, these are my first impressions from the 20000 mAh external battery from A+. I will make sure to give you updates once I have used it for couple of more cycles. I hope it will do its job fine most of the time and will be a true power back up for my mobile devices.

Samsung T32E390SX - affordable 32 inch Full HD LED TV in 2018

Enjoy streaming and fast performance with the Full HD Samsung T32E390SX Smart 32" LED TV in the beginning of 2018

Samsung T32E390SX TV
Samsung T32E390SX 32 inch Full HD LED TV

In today's TV review we will take a closer look at the Samsung T32E390SX which is offered on a very good deal in the beginning of 2018 at eBay UK.
Here is a detailed list of the features and specifications available in the Samsung T32E390SX 32 inch Full HD LED TV: