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Goodbye Intel 9th ??Gen CPU, stop on sales by the end of 2021

Intel is preparing to finally say goodbye to its 9th generation CPUs. The processors Intel Core 9th January will not be sold to the public by the end of the first half of 2021 with the end of the last expeditions planned for late next year.

Intel has issued a Product Notification Change in which it outlines its plan for ending sales of 9th Gen CPUs. The Intel Core 9th Gen CPUs will no longer be available for purchase from June 2021 while the latest chip shipments that have reached the end of production are scheduled for December 24 of the same year.

Intel wants people to buy newer and better processors, so at some point it has to stop manufacturing

Among the various processors that will no longer be produced, shipped and sold, we find many excellent chips such as the Core i9-9900K and the Core i3, i5 and i7 based on Coffee Lake architecture that users have enjoyed very much so far. Many Pentium and Celeron processors will also reach termination.

The 9th generation Core CPUs are also the basis of many of the hugely successful portable products in 2020, although by now these processors have been replaced in many of the laptops and ultrabooks with the new Tiger Lake chips.

Intel Comet Lake mobile chip

Intel wants people to buy newer and better processors, so at some point it has to stop manufacturing and selling the old chips. The discontinuation of the sale of 9th generation processors by Intel obviously has no effect on the processors already in circulation that will continue to work without any kind of problem.

As for the desktop market, in the first half of 2021, Intel is expected to announce to the world its CPUs based on the Rocket Lake architecture . There is therefore no need to be saddened by the loss of the now old, albeit excellent, family of Coffee Lake processors, already replaced by the recent 10th Gen based on Comet Lake .

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DRONE Product Review

DJI presents Mavic Air 2, now with 48 Megapixel sensor

The famous drone manufacturer DJI officially unveiled the new Mavic Air 2 , a light, foldable model with excellent technical characteristics. The drone weighs 570 grams (in flight order) and this makes it heavier than the model it replaces but the extra weight is certainly justified by the improved technical specifications and a more solid construction.

, the Mavic Air 2 is also equipped with APAS 3.0 (a sort of 3D mapping to also recognize obstacles in height) and a system called ADS-B

First of all, the autonomy is now 34 minutes thanks to the new engines, improved aerodynamics and better battery. Another novelty is certainly the 1/2″ sensor with 48 MP resolution and QuadBayer scheme that takes 12MP photos of great quality thanks to the pixel-binning technique but can also capture at 48MP in High resolution mode if the environment has a good brightness Although the photographic aspect is important, the main use is certainly the one related to the video world.

Here too important news: the maximum video resolution rises to 4K @ 60p with a bitrate of 120Mbps, but it is also possible to record in FullHD up to at 240 frames per second or create Hyperlapse in 8K format.

 

video resolution of Mavic Air 2  rises to 4K @ 60p with a bitrate of 120Mbps, but it is also possible to record in FullHD up to at 240 frames per second

 

There are many new intelligent modes such as HDR photo (take up to 7 photos with different exposure to automatically combine them) or Hyperlight mode (a sort of night mode that, like for smartphones, combines various photos with different shutter speeds and different ISO) and finally the automatic recognition of the scenes which is grateful to automatically adapt to the types of framing (sunset, snow, grass etc …) to optimize colors and details.

All automatic flight mode systems have also been updated, for example there is Active Track 3.0 (automatic tracking system), Point of Interest 3.0 and Spotlight 2.0 which allow you to perform complex shots in total autonomy. Improved drone safety with obstacle detection sensors on the front and rear, sensors and lights on the bottom for safe landings. In addition, the Mavic Air 2 is also equipped with APAS 3.0 (a sort of 3D mapping to also recognize obstacles in height) and a system called ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) which is able to detect if there are other drones nearby and then report them to the operator (well before you get to hear them).

As a last novelty we point out the presence of the OcuSync 2.0 system which gives the Mavic Air 2 a range of action of 10Km. The new Mavic Air 2 is already on sale on the DJI website starting from € 849 for the normal version or € 1049 for the Fly More Combo which includes an additional 6 propellers, two batteries, and a multiple charger. As soon as the first offers come out, we will publish them on our Telegram channel.

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Future Tech Product Review

Athena Fit, we analyzed this intelligent and complete scale of SPC

SPC is a firm with which we are constantly collaborating to be able to test your products and obviously to make exhaustive analyzes of them and thus be able to show it to all of you. On this occasion SPC is taking an important turn towards the IoT and above all home automation, we are going there with the first of the products that we are going to analyze in the coming days.

We have in our hands the Athena Fit of SPC, a new intelligent scale with many capacities, stay to discover our in-depth analysis. As always, we will tell you the best and worst of this product so you can consider your purchase.

We have in our hands the Athena Fit of SPC, a new intelligent scale with many capacities, stay to discover our in-depth analysis

In this case we are going to judge not only its physical section, something sovereignly important in a product of continued use such as a scale, but we will also take into account the rest of the details for daily use as the integrated software of SPC that includes the same, the configuration section and absolutely everything you need to know about a product with these characteristics. We go there with the analysis so you do not miss anything, however, first we leave you THIS LINK of purchase so you can get a unit at the best price.

Design and construction materials

Well, we find a scale that is built in its upper part of tempered glass with a white layer to make it look of the aforementioned color, with rounded corners and a rather thick glass that sincerely brings peace of mind. In the lower part we have totally black plastic and four legs that are slightly adjustable, this means that thanks to these four supports the scale is going to keep in good position independently of the imperfections of the floor on which we place it, and this is quite important when using a scale accurately.

It has a total size of 300 x 300 x 26 millimeters for a total weight of 1.7 kilograms, it is not large, but rather we would say that it has the standard size for a scale, in fact it is not high considering the technology that It houses inside. It has four metal zones in charge of measuring the rest of the data and for its operation it will need three AAA batteries that are not included in the package. The packaging is quite good, the scale arrives well protected and is easy to transport thanks to its handle, so I recommend not to get rid of the package in the first days of use. It should be noted that we will be able to acquire it in both white and black, but I sincerely recommend it in white.

Measurement capabilities

It is an intelligent scale, so we can understand that it is able to take into account more parameters than usual on a scale, right? This is all we can see in the SPC IoT application once we have synchronized our Athena Fit:

Total weight
Body fat
Water content in the body
Body Mass Index
Basal metabolism
Protein in the body
Skeletal muscle
Bone mass
Volume of fat in the body
Defatted body weight
Muscle volume
Degree of fat viceral
Muscular control
Fat control
Age and body condition according to measures

With the analysis of these data and through the SPC IoT application we will be able to generate statistics and graphs of weekly, monthly and annual trends. These graphics are quite easy to understand through the application, although for my taste they give too much information, let’s be honest, most of us are just going to focus on a few of those fifteen parameters that the SPC Athena Fit is capable of measuring, right? Maybe this is when we start thinking that this scale is more than a simple weight, it is an ideal complement for people who play sports regularly.

Featured features

The scale has an unlimited number of users, that is, within the SPC IoT application that as you know is interconnected in the cloud with the different devices, we will be able to register different users for the scale and this is how we will save a historical data for each of the users and for each of the measurement parameters, this is very interesting, the scale will identify the user automatically and send the record that we can see in the SPC IoT application the information automatically just after weighing us, could it be easier?

The scale has a measuring range ranging from 5 to 180 Kg, but it should be noted that we will also be able to measure the result of the measurements in pounds. This scale to operate takes advantage of the typical wireless characteristics of this type of products, the Bluetooth and the WiFi network of 2.4 GHz. We have a LED panel on the front where we will be able to see mainly our weight, but also the connections of the weighing machine.

Configuration and editor’s opinion

To configure it, we will just insert the batteries in the scale and we will press the button on the bottom until the symbol of the WiFi parapadee quickly. Then we will open the SPC IoT (Android) application ( iOS ) that we download for free, select the scale and the connection will be made automatically. The scale will be unified with the rest of the SPC products that we have connected and with which we will be able to interact quickly.

Pros

The design and materials are taken care of, they look good in the bathroom
The price is moderate taking into account everything that offers
The SPC IoT application is well integrated
Gives a lot of information that is easy to read

Cons

Maybe using lithium batteries would not have been a bad idea
It is not compatible with 5 GHz networks, important to configure it
At the time of configuring it sometimes gives problems, it is solved with a reset

SPC is working hard and its strong point is the management of everything through the SPC IoT application that is getting good scores in the App Store thanks to its performance. SPC products are usually democratic in price and that shows. Few scales you will find for only 39.99 euros at home that are capable of providing such a complete service, design and materials accompany, so I have no choice but to say that if you are thinking of buying a product of these characteristics, the SPC Athena Fit is a clear competitor.

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Accessories Luxury Gadgets Product Review

Robot vacuum cleaner Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S: successor of the Mi Robot Vacuum

The two models, both the 1S and the new T6, have a suction power of 2000 pa.
Design of the My Robot 1S

Xiaomi has once again surprised us with a model that will thrill many of the users of robot vacuum cleaners. The Mi Robot of Xiaomi conquered the market in 2016, becoming one of the most sold and the robot vacuum cleaner par excellence. Now his successor is preparing to conquer 2019. In this article you have all the details about the new robot vacuum cleaner Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S.

As we can see in the specifications, the differences with the first generation are more numerous than we expected. The Mi Robot 1S could be considered the competitor of the Roborock T6 announced recently. Below we show you the differences in detail.

The Mijia logo can be seen in the laser distance sensor (LDS) located at the top of the robot, so we can know that the robot is part of the Mijia product rangeSpecifications: comparison with its predecessor and Roborock T6

My Robot 1S: Optimization of the 1st generation?

At first glance it seems that it is simply an offer of the first generation of successful robot vacuum cleaners Xiaomi / RoboRock. But if we look closer, we can see a kind of black lens on top. It is an improvement of the mapping sensor. With this optical sensor, the Mi Robot 1S should be able to detect doors, corridors and other similar objects with much more precision and be oriented even better around the house.

Sensors of the Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S

The Mijia logo can be seen in the laser distance sensor (LDS) located at the top of the robot, so we can know that the robot is part of the Mijia product range. The manufacturer RoboRock, which has been involved in the development of all models of Xiaomi, is present again in this model.

Until now, however, we have not read that it has scrub / mop function to be read. It seems that this is a function that only the most expensive models include. The two models, both the 1S and the new T6, have a suction power of 2000 pa.

Programmable working hours for each room

With the laser sensor away, the 1S scans the house and creates a map, as we already know from other robots. This is shown in the “Xiaomi Home App” (recently renamed). The 1S includes another improvement that has also been introduced in the RoboRock T6 : the division of the house into rooms. In addition, different operating hours can be programmed for each room . For example, clean the room at 9:30 and the kitchen at 12:30.

Room layout with the Mi Robot 1S

The Mi Robot 1S divides the different rooms by sections like the Roborock T6.
Like its predecessors, the 1S comes with a brushing head on the bottom, the spare parts and accessories should be compatible with those of the other models , as usual. This means that the owners of another Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner can use their accessories in the new model and do not need to buy new ones.

Improvement (not only) compared to the first generation

If you consider the RoboRock T6 as an optimized RoboRock S50, you can also see the 1S as an optimized My Robot. However, the 1S has very interesting functions that are also present in the new high-end model T6 (see the comparison table above). Briefly the improvements of the Mi Robot 1S are:

Programmable cleaning of one and several rooms

  1. Room distribution
  2. Storage of maps of different floors
  3. Cortex A35 quad-core ARM processor more powerful
  4. optical sensor for more precise orientation
  5. simultaneous mapping and SLAM of the Mi Robot 1S

The really surprising thing is that Xiaom has incorporated the most innovative feature of the T6 in the Mi Robot 1S. We refer to the storage of maps of different floors , as well as the scheduling of one or more rooms. It’s something we did not expect. To compare the differences in the two models we have to wait to try them, since the technical data of the software speak more in favor of the 1S, which is probably cheaper than the T6.

Once the maps are saved, the 1S should be able to gradually optimize the routes . This feature is also present in the software package of other models, but in a more rudimentary way.

Forecast: The new Top model of robot vacuum cleaner?

The crowdfunding price in Youpin is 1999 Yuan ( € 270 ). We have no doubt that this objective will be achieved in a very short time. As usual, the Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S will be launched in China first, but we still do not know when it will go on sale.

Of course, we will have to see if the new features will work well in practice and if the guideline value of the current price will turn out to be the final price. Xiaomi still has not disappointed us in the field of robot vacuum cleaners and has always applied the functions announced to perfection. The RoboRock T6 is still under development and as soon as possible we will have a test model. We will do the same with the 1S when it goes on sale, and once we have tried it we will update this article.

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DRONE Hi-Tech Gadgets Product Review

Drone Review for beginners: Technical details of MJX Bugs 3 Pro

REVIEW Drone for beginners MJX Bugs 3 Pro
The Bug 3 Pro by MJX is a drone with a classic design perfect for beginners. The main reason is that the control is very simple. In addition, it has a camera that can be removed. For this price it has seemed a very interesting option for those who are willing to enter drone world.

Drone with  Bug 3 Pro camera from MJX

Technical details specifications of MJX Bugs 3 Pro
The package and the drone have arrived at the office without any damage. On the outside of the box, we can see some small images of the drone and some technical information. The upper part has a handle to facilitate the transport of cardboard. Inside, the contents are very safe thanks to a polystyrene foam coating .

After opening the box, we have found many accessories. There are a total of eight propellers (four as spare parts), four feet and 10 screws (including two spare ones), a USB charging cable and a charger and camera. The camera also has its own cable, stand and battery. All the tools necessary for assembly are also included. In this way, a screwdriver and a specialized tool are included to secure the feet and the propellers. For the remote control it includes a support for the smartphone.

Step one: place the important pieces. The feet are fixed with two screws each, which only took a few minutes. Unfortunately, this does not fit in the box, making it difficult to transport. To remove the supports, it is necessary to use the screwdriver. eye! Do not forget to keep the screws so you do not lose them.

It really is not that complicated to transport it, but this model does not have folding arms. This feature is usually present in much more expensive drones.

The camera support is simply placed on the bottom. A small switch keeps it in position.

The propellers are bolted and can be disassembled very easily . Thanks to the marks A and B the rotors can not be placed incorrectly. The tool provided is in fact superfluous, since the propellers can also be placed with the fingers.

The elaboration of the different parts is well done. The feet may fall at some point although this has an easy solution.

MJX Bugs 3 Pro Remote control

The remote control is quite large, but it is comfortable and fits well in the hand. The flight information (GPS, battery) is displayed on a narrow screen at the bottom. The included smartphone holder can be connected at the top. Unlike many other low-cost remotes, all buttons have symbols that indicate their function. This makes the use very simple even without reading the instructions. On the other hand, there are buttons that really do not have much use. A clear example is the top wheel. This is used to tilt the camera, although it is very rigid so it is not really used.

The first time it is turned on, the drone and the remote control must be connected through the two buttons. You also have to calibrate the drone’s compass before the first launch. For this, the Bugs 3 rotates several times around its own axis. In the instruction manual all these steps are described very clearly.

Remote control App for MJX Bugs 3 Pro

The application has all the features to which we are accustomed. Simply scan the QR code of the instruction manual and download the Bugs Go app. It is available for both iOS and Android. First, we must select the corresponding model (in our case, Bugs 3 Pro), as well as the English language in the icon on the top right.

The interface itself also offers a standard image that reminds us of many other similar apps. Flight information such as altitude, distance and battery status are shown at the top. On the left, you can select the RTH and the tracking option. Clicking on the right side, we can access the camera. You can access the settings through the gear icon located in the top center.

Camera of MJX Bugs 3 Pro

There are several versions of this drone: with 720p camera, 1080p or without camera. The 1080p version is somewhat more expensive, while there is virtually no difference between the 720p and the cameraless model. This already tells us that we should not have very high expectations. Actually, it is possible to put any action cam that we have in the support so it really is not necessary.

The support is perfectly adapted to the camera provided and is 6.1 cm wide and 4 cm high . Unfortunately, larger cameras can not be used. Keep in mind that the action cams of the 4K Yi series are 6.5 cm wide. In addition, the camera is charged with the drone and transmits the WiFi signal, so the app can only be used with this camera.

In our order we do opt for the camera version, so we can tell you a little more about it. The outside looks like an action cam any, but when you take it you can see it is much lighter. This model basically consists of a plastic housing and an image sensor. Next to the USB port there is an SD card slot . The photos are also stored without SD card directly in the mobile phone.

As expected, the quality of the camera is not good. The images come out very blurry. It shows that they have not invested in a stabilization system because the camera vibrates a lot when accelerating and braking. In addition, the vibrations of the motors are clearly visible in the form of horizontal bands in the video, which makes the image even worse. Here we give you an example:

The photos are taken with a resolution of 1280 x 720p (approximately 1 megapixel) and look even worse than the video.

Features of MJX Bugs 3 Pro

This model has all the normal GPS functions. Therefore, the Bugs 3 Pro maintains its position using the GPS and can also identify the turning points. When the battery level drops (or at the touch of a button), the drone returns to the starting point. The “point of interest” function, in which the device rotates around a point, can also be activated in this way (and not through the camera). Do not expect the accuracy of a DJI Mavic 2 or you will be disappointed.

Functions such as headless mode or 360 ° turns are not recommended for recording videos. As we have said before, the quality of these will be even worse. If you want to use them, you can leave the camera and fly without the supports. The flight characteristics are quite good although the ideal is that there is not much wind. The automatic return works slowly but surely. Considering the price, we have no complaints at this point.

Drums

The 2800 mAh battery is quite interesting. It is large enough and is supposed to provide a flight time of up to 22 minutes . Of course, these objectives are not really achieved, but the 20 minutes we can guarantee them. The only drawback is that the remote control emits a warning tone when the battery is low. The last minutes are always accompanied by an annoying beep.

Conclusion

The MJX Bugs 3 Pro is available since the fall of 2018 and is definitely a model designed for beginners. Without a gimbal it’s really hard to get stable videos. The 720p camera is below the average when it comes to quality. Probably the 1080p version is better. As a hobby and to learn to record with drones this model is more than enough. One of its strengths is the duration of the flight that is around 20 minutes. If you also choose the version with 3 batteries when ordering you will have a flight time. That said, for good video recordings, you definitely need another model like the DJI Spark, FIMI A3 or FIMI X8 SE.

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Hi-Tech Gadgets Networking Product Review

Ideas to keep IoT and home network safe and secure

Internet of Things (IoT) has an impact on how we interact with the world around us, since the Billions of things from televisions, refrigerators and cars to smart meters, health monitors and wearable devices and many more elements are going to talk to each other. The data that moves around the IoT will provide information about each one of us but the biggest challenge is to protect that information.

Security is not a one-time activity, but an evolving part of the IoT ecosystem
If you understand the IoT concept as the ability of the devices to connect and transfer data among themselves, we observe that it is currently becoming a reality in the consumer market itself. The possibility of controlling the lighting of your home or having smart home locks are clear examples of this new technology.

Billions of connected devices will increase the use of software applications and the data found in corporate resources and consumer devices, which means new attack points for malicious hackers.

An attacker can access different data from a connected device of your home network in several ways. The four main target of hackers includes but not limited to frequently used apps, the device, the infrastructure of the cloud and the network. To confirm you and your network is safe we recommend you to check and scan your home network with the free iot scanner.

Not only in home environment, IoT technology is also used in transportation and manufacturing processes, where devices that operate in a machine-to-machine (M2M) environment, without proper security, having a greater chance of being attacked that might cause a major incident in the organization itself.

So, now the question is how can we solve the security problems before causing any kind of damage?

If you have to take care of the entire network manually to protect your devices from any type of possible attack, you must ensure the device security first. Besides, lifecycle management of security, safe browsing, vulnerability assessment, sensitive data protection, anomaly detection, brute-force protection, exploit prevention are most important things to be considered. Fortunately, there are newly developed gadgets, such as iot security solution, that can do all these tasks automatically on behalf of you.

Security is not a one-time activity, but an evolving part of the IoT ecosystem. The addition of new devices, the dismantling of the device at the end of its useful life, the integration of the device into a new ecosystem of the cloud or vice versa, the management of the download of secure firmware / software are activities that need a complete management of the identities, keys and tokens.

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Computer Product Review Reviews & Opinions

The 10 Best Laptops of 2017

What are the 10 best laptops to buy the 2017? With the debut of Windows 10 now for almost two years, new laptops have flooded the market and right now it’s time to renew your laptop. Not surprisingly, 2015 will be remembered as one year as a genre in which they debuted the new Intel processors and graphics cards from Nvidia. But time has passed and it’s time to look further for the latest, more and more succulent for those seeking power for example for editing photos and videos without forgetting the purest gaming. Although tablets are slowly replacing laptops, many features offered by the latter can not be made more compact devices, although these may not even offer the same convenience as a keyboard and wireless devices also evolved. In this article, then, let’s find the 10 best laptops to buy in 2017. After continuing we find all the information with the data sheet , all of the hardware features , the price and the direct link to purchase.

RETINA MACBOOK PRO

Macbook Pro with Retina display released in late 2015, and the price around 2000 EUR is one of the most solid choice for those looking for design

Macbook Pro with Retina display released in late 2015, and the price around 2000 EUR is one of the most solid choice for those looking for design, performance and stability. The hardware can build on an improved graphics card and a battery with longer lasting life. There is also the versatile Force Touch trackpad that offers superior sensitivity. The datasheet is handsome (albeit burdened by a not indifferent cost); thus we find Core i7 processors with speeds of 2,300 GHz, 8 GB RAM, storage from 256 GB, the 15-inch screen – the default – the operating system Apple OS X 10.7 Lion.

TOSHIBA CHROMEBOOK 2

the best Chromebook is precisely Toshiba Chromebook 2 that not only mounts a data sheet significantly higher than the average

According to many analysts and reviewers, the best Chromebook is precisely Toshiba Chromebook 2 that not only mounts a data sheet significantly higher than the average, but also offers an aesthetic more than pleasant. We find an onboard Intel Celeron Core i3-5015U processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics card 4GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch screen with resolution 1920 × 1080 pixels and eMMC 16GB internal memory. Recall that this category of devices counts on OS based on the Google browser that you can (and should) harness connected to the Internet to go to use the various applications.

HP ENVY 13

HP Envy 13 is a good choice at the price and with excellent yield

HP Envy 13 is a good choice at the price and with excellent yield. It can be found in different configurations, but its strong point is definitely a choice of Intel processors to date, a very attractive design and a long battery life of the battery. The 13-inch format, which is not so beat despite some interest from consumers, makes him buy a few more points. What is the hardware configuration HP ENVY 13-d012nl? We find the 13.3 inches WLED, Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD memory, Intel HD Graphics graphics card and – of course – Windows 10 operating system.

RAZER BLADE STEALTH

A gaming notebook, or rather say ultrabook, with the flakes of Razer blade stealth that mounts the Intel Core i7 processor with the latest generation Intel HD GPU Graphics 620

A gaming notebook, or rather say ultrabook, with the flakes of Razer blade stealth that mounts the Intel Core i7 processor with the latest generation Intel HD GPU Graphics 620, RAM up to 16GB internal memory, up to 1TB SSD, a screen from 12.5 inch resolution QHD + (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) or even 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) and keyboard IGZO LED-backlit multi-touch. This choice is recommended, however, not only for those who want great performance in the game, but also for programs that require some computing power as those for photo and video editing.

MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK

Microsoft Surface Book is a choice of great power, but - at the same time - also a certain weight in terms of price

Microsoft Surface Book is a choice of great power, but – at the same time – also a certain weight in terms of price. In this sense is the true rival of the Macbook Pro Retina. Here too we find a battery with long life and a high-performance graphics card even in the basic model. The basic hardware configuration relies on a display with a diagonal of 13.5 high definition, starting from Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM, internal memory of 128 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 520 Pro graphics card and Windows 10 operating system.

SAMSUNG NOTEBOOK 9

Samsung Notebook 9 offering a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics card

Why spend a fortune if you want a mid-power notebook that has everything you need? Take for example Samsung Notebook 9 offering a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch screen with FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) LED-backlit, anti-glare and memory internal 256GB. While not young any more in terms of presentation, it provides a relationship between quality and price very good and, therefore, yet fully considerable.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX303U

Asus ZenBook UX303U presents a calibrated relationship between quality and price

Asus ZenBook UX303U presents a calibrated relationship between quality and price. Its main rival is Macbook Air with respect to which it loses something in the battery, but gains in processor performance and display quality. Excellent efficiency even with demanding software. The base configuration offers the screen reaches a diagonal of 13.3 inches and a full 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution LED, Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB RAM, SSD faster internal memory of 256 GB, Nvidia GT graphics card 940M 2GB and Windows 10 operating system.

HP SPECTER

HP Specter 13-v003nl is a complete and aesthetically pleasing notebook, with its mid-power Intel Core i5-6200U processor

HP Specter 13-v003nl is a complete and aesthetically pleasing notebook, with its mid-power Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD PCIe, a good Full HD WLED display with a diagonal of 13.3 inches and Dark Silver Ash color. A reliable and complete solution for those looking for a mid-range device.

DELL XPS 13 9350

Dell XPS 13 9343, with a precious design almost without edge for high-quality 13.3-inch screen

Finally, the more celebrated Dell XPS 13 9343, with a precious design almost without edge for high-quality 13.3-inch screen. Right now is a viable alternative to the HP Envy above. On board we find a Core i7 5600U clocked from 2.6 GHz, operating system Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD, optical drive, screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), Intel HD Graphics graphics card 5500 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

LENOVO YOGA 900

Lenovo Yoga 900 2-1 is a bit expensive, but puts on the plate a lot of quality and style

We end with a great classic that is the convertible Lenovo Yoga 900 2-1 that becomes a tablet. It’s a bit expensive, but puts on the plate a lot of quality and style. There is a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6560U CPU, graphics card Intel Iris Graphics 540, 8GB to 16GB RAM, 13.3-inch QHD + 3,200 x 1,800 IPS and internal memory 512GB to 1TB SSD. A particular hybrid device that moves halfway between the two worlds and that represents to perfection as is moving this ever developing sector.

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Product Review Samsung Devices

Testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is Samsung’s first tablet to cover the segment of 8 inch tablets on Android. With an S Pen, and is probably ideal for entertaining all the family members. The model tested here is that having only the WiFi network, but we will still try to describe the 3G version which also serves phone.

Before starting the test, we invite you to take a look at this comparison chart that highlights the shops practicing the cheapest price for the Galaxy Note 8.0:

Unpacking

The contents of the packaging box of the Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with the bare minimum. Indeed, it will be entitled to a mains charger which 5V supply, micro USB cable, and of course the tablet followed by many booklets. The box itself is made from recycled paper as is customary at Samsung.

Design

The design of the device is similar to the Galaxy S4, so that the Galaxy Note 8.0 seems to be a Galaxy S4 we have expanded. Suddenly, the tablet contains material Polycarbonate and gives a sense of lightness and good impact resistance. However, the fact that it is made of shiny plastic that it is much more vulnerable to scratches.

The design of the Galaxy Note 8.0 is similar to the Galaxy S4

Otherwise, on ergonomics, the shell of the Galaxy Note 8.0 is more or less thick, so you can easily hold the device without covering the edge of the screen with your fingers. Also, different physical buttons are always present with example on the left side are buttons power and volume control as well the infrared port, and to the right, the micro SD card slot as well as the Micro SIM for the 3G version. The speaker and the microphone USB port is in turn at the bottom. This is the back of the Galaxy Note 8 you will find the main camera of 5 MP digital followed by an LED flash.

Hardware

Regarding the hardware, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has everything it takes to be considered one of the best tablets on the market today. Indeed, it offers SoC Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.6GHz, running smoothly and fluidly Android Jelly Bean and TouchWiz overlay. This processor is much helped by 2GB RAM and Mali-400MP GPU. Otherwise, 16GB of internal memory is available with obviously the possibility of using a micro SD card to expand the storage memory.

Here are some benchmark tests to measure the raw power of the Galaxy Note 8:

Antutu test of the Galaxy Note 8.0
Antutu test

Display

As you might expect, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has an 8-inch screen LCD that offers a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels for a pixel density of 189 ppi. While the resolution is low especially if you are expecting a full HD on this type of device, but it appreciates against the suitability of the screen to sunlight. It should be noted that the light sensor works fine, and the viewing angles are good, and the overall effect of the image is clear.

Linpack test of the Galaxy Note 8.0
Linpack test

Digital Camera

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is certainly not the ideal camera to take pictures of its size (in fact no tablet is really made to take pictures). However, its main 5 MP sensor can be a great help to capture the moments that require immediate decision. The device is effectively doing pretty well, and the LED flash is a big help when it comes to taking a picture in a dimly lit environment. Moreover, the quality of video in HD 720p is ok but nothing special.

For its part, the front VGA camera is also able to make good videos and performed his duties very well when it comes to making video calls. By cons, it is less effective when it comes to taking pictures.

In any case, one can find several features in the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy Note 2 as the panorama mode, different scene modes, etc..

Quadrant test of the Galaxy Note 8.0
Quadrant test

Audio

The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a stereo speaker that fits on the bottom that provides a powerful and clear sound, but tends to decrease quality when the volume is cranked. However, the quality of sound that comes out of the earpiece is always good, provided it has a good headset or headphones.

Battery

It was found that the autonomy of the tablet is very good, because the Galaxy Note 8 was able to stay awake all day before coming to a complete discharge to 19 hours after heavy use, which is great for a tablet.

Software

The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs the Samsung TouchWiz UX Nature which is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean interface. It features a classic Samsung keyboard with famous Swype.

The entire OS is fluid without showing signs of latency although several open applications, thanks to its quad-core and its RAM 2 GB Besides processor, you can open two applications at the same time from a single window on the screen. However, applications that are supported are not many, but at least the system is very handy when you want, for example, open a calculator on a corner of the screen. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 provides several features that were already available on the Galaxy Note 2 to help you enjoy the S Pen.

Also in terms of performance, the Mali-400 MP is probably not the reference point in terms of GPU on a mobile Android, and does not measure up to the Adreno 330 Qualcomm or Tegra 4 Nvidia. However, most of the games that launched the tablet look pretty good, although the HD games do not provide the best graphics as is the case of Dead Trigger 2 or Asphalt 8 among others.

Conclusion

To conclude, I would say that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of the best tablets offering this size until now. So if you are looking for a not too large nor too small for family use tablet, we recommend the Galaxy Note 8.0 is available at € 294 for the WiFi version and a little more for the 3G version which allows you to call.

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Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Last week, the world of Smartphone was marked by the arrival of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C from Apple. If you have a small way up the latest information about this, you should definitely have an idea in mind of features as well as new what do these smartphones compared to their big brothers. We have presented the information needed to make a face to face with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5S.

Design

At first glance, one can immediately see that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is greater than the iPhone 5S, which measures 137x70x7.9mm for a total weight of 112 grams, while the Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams. However, although the Galaxy S4 is greater than the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4 is much more comfortable. Otherwise, Apple has always kept a very good aesthetics of the new iPhone, but here it is rather matter of taste.

Screen

If the Galaxy S4 has a larger screen, it also has a higher resolution display quality compared to the screen of the iPhone 5S. Indeed, the Super AMOLED screen 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 offers a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 441 ppi, while the iPhone 5S is equipped with a screen 4 inches with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.

iPhone 5S offers internal storage ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB which is not expandable

On this point, I much prefer the Samsung Galaxy S4, because it will be more comfortable to surf the internet, watch video or play on a 5-inch screen Full HD on a 4 inch screen.

Internal Storage

The iPhone 5S offers internal storage ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB which is not expandable. For its part, the Galaxy S4 offers an internal memory of 16 GB up to 64 GB Everything can be expandable via a memory card up to 64GB.

Processor

It is true that the iPhone 5S is ahead of the Galaxy S4 on the processor. Indeed, if the clock is not yet known, it is known that the iPhone 5S runs SoC M7 which has the particularity to be 64 bits. Furthermore, this architecture allows for better management of battery life thanks to the low power core that is perfectly synchronized with the accelerometer, gyroscope and other sensors of the smartphone so that it can recognize the positions its user. For its part, the Galaxy S4 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, which is clocked at 1.9 GHz. However, there is a version of the Galaxy S4 Snapdragon that runs 800.

Software

Regarding software, TouchWiz overlay Samsung Galaxy S4 is responsible for several new features that slow down from time to time the user interface, but are for the most part, very helpful. For its part, the iPhone 5S runs on the new Apple iOS7 which has the particularity to be very fluid system. If the iPhone interface is very simple and fun to watch, that Android is still ahead on its customization. Moreover, although it takes some getting used to at first, it is always easy to navigate the Samsung TouchWiz overlay.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is greater than the iPhone 5S

Camera

It is still too early to judge the camera of the iPhone 5S since no test has yet been done about it. We just know that it uses the same technology as the HTC UltraPixel One, but with a higher resolution 8 MP, pushing the pixel to 1.2 microns to 2 microns against the HTC One. For its part, the camera is a digital camera of the Samsung “standard” which uses a resolution of 13 MP. We certainly know more about this when tests will be conducted.

Battery

Finally, if a lot of people say it has no great significance, being able to quickly replace the battery presents itself as a real asset for smartphones of the moment. In any case, if the iPhone 5S does not always allow users to access the battery, Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that still provide the possibility of its flagship smartphones.

Again, I prefer the Galaxy S4, because after some time the batteries hold less charge, so that if you want to keep your smartphone for a while, it is best that you can change the battery when the latter struggling to keep the charges.

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BenQ W1500: a wireless projector Full HD 3D Home Cinema

BenQ has announced the latest innovation in Full HD 1080p 3D projectors with the new W1500, a wireless device capable of streaming from a wide variety of media sources with HDMI interface such as laptops and Blu-ray players. A great zoom and two built-in speakers with SRS WOW HD, make this projector a great alternative to build your own home theater.

To eliminate problems at the time of installation, the BenQ W1500 integrates a Full HD interface 5GHz wireless to provide uncompressed video streaming from any device with an HDMI output maximum range of 20 meters. And with its built-in speakers with 10 watt SRS WOW HD not need a sound, although it is recommended. It is able to offer up to 84-inch image at a distance of only two meters, something perfect for those who have a limited space.

wireless projector Full HD 3D Home Cinema

Another important feature of this projector is that it supports 2D and 3D, also played a vivid and natural colors while the room is illuminated, thus satisfying the most demanding requirements of high-definition video. In addition, the W1500 has the advanced technology DarkChip 3D LP from Texas Instruments to provide better brightness and more intense black levels, allowing you to enjoy cinema-quality picture and a very real ultrafluidas movies; thanks to the frame interpolation technology MEMC.

BenQ W1500 integrates a Full HD interface 5GHz wireless to provide uncompressed video streaming

In matters of 3D entertainment, the W1500 supports popular 3D timing and mandatory HDMI 1.4 a 3D, allowing you to view 3D content directly from the Blu-ray player or satellite and 3D video gaming with PS3. For this you must add it the Nvidia 3D TV support some graphics cards offered in laptops and high-end computers. This wireless projector is capable of converting 2D content into 3D, so that you can enjoy it whenever you want using their new 3D glasses more comfortable than before.

The BenQ W1500 projector will be available later this month at a price of 2,000 USD or 1,599 euro. An amount may seem excessive but fits everything that it offers this great family entertainment device.