Hands On Acer Iconia B1 Review

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Acer Iconica B1, the 7-inch tablet, fully packed with awesome features and coming in a good price, we really felt the need of reviewing this machine. This Android Jelly Bean tablet is available at a much affordable price of £99. There are few things that might disturb you such as its lower amount of storage and low resolution. Let’s explore the Acer Iconica B1 in more detail to assess it deeper.

Display and Design

Coming in much lesser price, the Acer Iconica is a light weight built machine with plastic chassis. Weighing only 320g, it wins at being lighter than its potential competitors such as Google Nexus 7. But, the overall the machine is better than what Acer Iconica is offering. However, Iconica fails to provide with ample amount of storage but the good news is the rear of the tablet covers microSD slot. You will find two other connections in the tablet, MicroUSB charger socket on the bottom and headphone jack up top (3.5mm). Moreover, the design is a bit different than what we often complain about Acer machines being dull and boring but this time Acer has pulled the design better than before. A sleek blue line has been added in its design, giving the tablet a classier, differentiated look.

Talking about its display, it instantly disappointed us as it compromises on its screen the most, coming with a low resolution of only 1,024 x 600 pixels. The image quality appears to be very poor and colours do not come out in their finest forms. This is the real major drawback we experienced. Even if the screen was of average quality, it would’ve been satisfactory but that’s not the case.

Browser

We normally do not talk about browsers of any machines we review, but here is a special one. The Acer Iconica worked really fast, it wouldn’t be wrong if we call it a super-fast browsing device. Powered by dual-core processor, it opens up the web pages very quickly enabling the user surf on internet easily. Well, this information was meant for casual users. The professionals who surf heavily and demand upon faster internet usage may find it a bit slower.

 Performance and Benchmarks

Performance is what we find the most important showdown where a machine is judged. Coming with an Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system and dual-core MediaTek MTK8317T it is expected to perform strongly. However, the tests carried out generated some average results. For instance, the Acer Iconica produced below average results with the AnTuTu app scoring just 5,825. Google Nexus was far ahead winning by scoring 12,726 points in the test.

Moreover, other tests performed were a mere disappointment. The web based Javascript test the SunSpider again showcased some average results. Sadly, the rivals of Iconica were again discovered to be much reliable and powerful.

Though coming with powerful features, the Acer Iconica failed to impress us when assessed on performance. We can only tag it as an ‘Average machine’

Battery life

Alas, what do we say about its battery life now when Acer Iconica itself accepts being ordinary at providing with a longer battery life. It couldn’t manage to work for more than 4 hours which is pretty bizarre to know. This certainly makes it least desirable especially for people who aim to own a tablet for some serious working. Obviously, who would like to have a device having such short battery life?

Camera

The Acer Iconica features 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera and has still image resolutions of 640 x 480. This definitely doesn’t make it a good machine to capture pictures with. If you want to make any video-calls, you will have to find a good lighted place in order to appear clearly visible on the screen.

Verdict

Reaching on the conclusion, we have discovered the device quite an average one but as it comes in a low price, it wins some attention. It is more of a budget tablet and less of a performing tablet. The screen’s resolution deprived the essential clarity and colors. The performance based tests revealed quite average results. The Iconica was left far behind by its rivals in terms of performance. Moreover, the much talked about camera wasn’t found to be very remarkable as well. If we had to suggest you any alternative, then Tegra Note is what you can look for. It is well equipped with latest latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset and showcases smooth frame rates.

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Top 4 Ultrabooks of 2015

If you are seeking a latest ultrabook that can serve you with best of the features that comes with attractive ultra-portable design, here is a list of 4 best ultrabooks that will surely rock your computing world. These all ultrabooks are installed with Intel Core processors, fast SSD storage and USB 3.0 connectivity with the price range of £584 to £1,169.

  1. Dell XPS 13

dell-xps-13-still-100565160-origThis is probably the best laptop you’ll come across in the galaxy of ultrabooks.  This 13.3 –inch notebook features horse power which would make your work and play both an enjoyable experience. Its gorgeous display is an added treat to this super-light ultrabook. It has enough battery to keep you on roll for hours. It runs on Intel Core i5-5200 with 8 GB RAM giving impressive performance every time. However, it doesn’t have any ether port which is a slight drawback. Weighing just 2.8 pounds, this is an ultra-portable device providing you with immense pleasant experience.

  1. Asus ZenBook UX305

Asus-inline1Presenting the superbly-built Asus ZenBook with full metal chassis, a very thin and light ultrabook that will surely make you run after it. Powered by 800MHz Intel Core M 5Y10, it is an incredible machine providing excellent performance. It is a highly portable device loaded with intelligent features; it is a beauty with brains. With Intel HD Graphics 5300 and 8 GB RAM, it serves you in its best forms no matter where you go. Moreover, it comes with full HD display bearing crystal clear and bright images letting you enjoy everything on the screen. And how can we forget to mention its long battery life which enables you to work in relaxing environment for long periods. It is truly the most desirable ultrabook with a much agreeable price point.

  1. Lenovo LaVie Z

maxresdefaultWondering which ultrabook holds the record of being the lightest? Well, here it is, the unmatchable Lenovo LaVie Z weighing just 1.87 pounds! Apart from being light weight, it also wins at providing the user with excellent performance and stunning display. The 13.3 –inch LED anti-glare WQHD display comes with the resolution of 2560 x 1440 defining picture details in finest forms.  Furthermore, powered with Intel Core i7-5500U, it serves you with superb performance. Few things are questionable, the mediocre battery life, build quality and astronomical price tag. Otherwise, it is by far one of the best ultrabooks you’ll find around.

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-touch-ultrabookHow can we forget to mention Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon when talking about the top rated ultrabooks in town? This is an amazing business ultrabook that comes big on features. This elegantly designed machine comes with Intel Core i5-4300U and 4 GB RAM. The 14-inch screen has a decent resolution of 2560 x 1440 IPS.  With clever ergonomic keyboard and offering fantastic specs, it is something worth noticing for your business world. However, the battery life proved to be an average one. Overall, it’s a remarkable business laptop that serves you stylishly with excellent performance.

Encounter the Within-Budget Lenovo Laptops Trio

Lenovo has managed to bring us quite a lot of variety in the gadget world winning a lot of appreciation in the market. Introducing wide range of smartphones, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Now, Lenovo is all set to release budget laptops this June that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera.

Lenovo Z series

lenovo-laptop-ideapad-z580-gray-backThe launched Lenovo’s Z series is our top prioritized budget laptops in the list. The Z51 and Z41.

Lenovo Z51-70

Z51-70 is an affordable 15-Inch laptop with great specs features especially if you are looking for laptop that works great for multimedia and also provides you with refreshing gaming experience. Talking about the performance, Z51-70 is probably one of the best laptops that show smooth performance as it has been equipped with newest technology and power saving. It comes with 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U dual-core processor featuring a reliable speed. The 16GB memory facilitates you to carry out daily computing tasks responsively. Whether it be multi-media, latest games or any other heavy loaded wok, Z51 doesn’t let you down. It is also a commendable multi-tasker enabling you to do things simultaneously very efficiently. Not only that, now enjoy crispy, bright and clear images on the Full HD LED-backlit display with 1920×1080 resolution. Watch your favorite movie shows providing stunning visuals and maximum entertainment.  Z51 with its great performance and reasonable price is surely a smart buy for you.

Lenovo Z41

Ideapad_100_14_Black-15The 14-inch Lenovo Z41 can be referred as the sibling of Z51 as both run on the latest 5th gen Intel Core i7 and supporting upto 16 GB of RAM and a storage capacity upto 1TB. It is equally good for enjoying home entertainment as well as carrying out official tasks. It delivers stunning graphics as it has a FHD display. In order to make your multi-media experience even more superb, it introduces the impressive Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theatre. This definitely provides an ideal atmosphere to experience ultimate pleasure of crispy sound, clear visuals. You will surely enjoy listening music and gaming on the laptop.

Moreover, It comes with the advance Wi-Fi technology, 802.11 a/c. This makes the internet speed 3 times better than what we usually experience on our regular laptops. So this means you can now have the option of faster web surfing, faster downloading of your favorite songs, and games. The Z series come in vibrant colour options namely, ebony black, crimson red and chalk white. Loaded with so many features and latest specs, there is no doubt that Z41 and Z51 are intelligently engineered ensuring higher levels of productivity. Considering the affordability factor and full on packed performance, these laptops deserve a good applause.

Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Laptop-Lenovo-IdeaPad-100-14IBY-14.1inch-giá-5.2-triệu-2In competition with the HP stream 13, Lenovo has come up with its IdeaPad 100. It is made available in both 14- and 15 inch size installed with Windows 8.1. The display having a pixel resolution of 1366 x 768-pixel delivers relatively dim 200nits. This is understandable because of its low price range. The battery life is just 4 hours which is quite disappointing for people who have to work on laptops for long hours.

However, it renders good connectivity options as it comes with one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. Also featuring HDMI, Ethernet and a card reader as well. The specs are quite modest but are good enough for simple use.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70

lenovo-ideapad-z50-70-blackLenovo IdeaPad Z50-70, a beauty offering high end technology and stylish design compelling us to review it with best of our observations and deciding whether the input devices and the case are worthy to its price tag. Lenovo’s Z50-70 series comes up in several blacks and whites with numerous different combinations of CPU, graphic cards memory and storage devices. Let’s find out more of what it offers.

Elegant Design

You will surely find the design of IdeaPad Z50-70 and high class one in premium form. Most of the display has been painted plastic with the top deck as well the metallic trim runs to the laptop’s circumference fashioned out of original metal. The display lid comes up with a satin silver finish and the underside is black plastic. The edges of the laptop have been shaped down slightly giving it a distinguished look.

15.6’’ Display

The 15.6- inch TN large display comes with the usable pixel density of 141 ppi offering full HD resolution. It appears sharp in the windows interface and with 125 percent scaling applied makes the fonts appear clear. However, the screen is quite shiny and you would have to make an effort to fight passed reflections to use it in daylight. Moreover, the color contrasts and reproductions are not very impressive. It covers only 56 percent of the humble sRGB gamut in the tests taken and 90:1 lousy contrast ratio, typical for a cheap Windows laptop after all.

Connectivity

Coming in much lesser price, connectivity cannot really keep up the expectations. IdeaPAd Z50-70 has two USB 2.0 ports located one on each side. It also has an extra v3 port on the left joining HDMI and VGA video ports there. To make the heat exhausting process efficient, internal finned heat sink is present on the side helping hot air to exhaust rapidly.

Performance Test

Till now we have discovered features of this notebook quite average. Let’s find out how well this machine performs. Installed with the powerful corei7 CPU accompanied by the GPU Nvidia GeForce 840M and a dedicated memory of 4GB, it promises a relatively satisfactory performance.

IdeaPad was made to undergo few tests to specifically discover about its performance in comparison to other PCs and its own predecessors. Greenbench 3 revealed that Lenovo’s processor and memory combination satisfies to around 70% of the performance measure. The Lenovo IdeaPad scored around 2222 points in the PCMark 7 while PCMark 8 recorded total of 1959 points at home usage and scored 2638 points at work. These results are competent in line with the hard disk and chipset specification. This confirms that the performance delivered by Lenovo ThinkPad is quite good for performing office tasks as well as for carrying other computing activities such as real time video editing, complex picture editing etc.

Talking about games, limitations are there by GPU than the CPU. But it should enable you play even complex titles with 1366×768 pixels in medium, sometimes even high, settings.

Battery Runtime

If you are a gaming fan and interested in mobile gaming, it will probably last for just one-and-a-half hours in this configuration. In the WLAN test, the battery run time of 281 minutes is the recorded average result. But considering the small capacity of 41 Wh, this isn’t so bad after all. Consequently, we can say that the battery life proved to be good enough lasting for nearly five hours (4 hour 58 mins) in the lopped-video over Wi-Fi endurance test.

Verdict

The Lenovo Z50-70 is a good-built 15-inch laptop with a full-HD display and distinct NVidia graphics. The quality of its hardware is quite good considering its price, and battery life of around five hours, plus sub-2.4 kg weight, makes it more usable as mobile workstation. Overall, Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 was found to decent and strong. The performance is found quite well and its efficient thermal management makes it cool and comfortable to use.

Quick and Easy Steps to Share Files between Windows, OS X and Android

Do you find transferring files between PC, Mac and Android hard? We will let you know several easier ways to transfer your files.  After reading this up, you’ll definitely be able to transfer your files effortlessly.

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File sharing involves few simple steps, start by plugging in the USB Hub into a spare USB Hub on a windows PC. It can run on both windows 7 and 8.  A pop up of auto play will be seen inquiring what you want to do with the device. All you have to do is click on Run SKLoader. Exe.  You will be required to select ‘Always do this for software and games’. Now you have 3 port USB Hub attached to the Windows PC.

The next step involves connecting Windows PC to Mac. You will be requiring a USB-USB cable included in the box. Then attach one end to a spare USB port on your Mac and the other Magic port at the end of Inateck. You’ll again experience a pop up on Mac desktop, an untitled drive and a CD icon called ‘’MacKMLink’, click on the icon and choose MacKMLink. You are all ready now for the file transfer. You can easily copy paste now between the PCs with the same method. Simply drag and drop them between the PCs. This will enable you to copy the file and you are good to go.

When you are on android, PC or Mac should be the host device. You have to plug the USB into a spare USB Hub on a Windows PC or Mac. This was done on Windows 7 however it works on Windows 8 as well. After this step, you’ll get a notification of AutoPlay. Click on the Run SKLoader.exe. After acting out this step, you will have a total of 3 USB ports attached to your Windows PC. You will be able to use any other USB ports on the laptop.

To carry out the file transferring tasks, you will have to download the free WinDroid Linker app on your Android device. You can do it in two ways. Let’s Discover the easiest one first. Simply search and download it form Google Play. Otherwise, you can click the MacKMLink icon present in task bar, you will get the direct link to the app download. Tap the web page link on your tablet or phone, whatsoever you are using. Just tap the OK option and download the .apk file. Now drag down the notification bar and tap on the file download and click ‘install’.

In order to connect the Windows PC to Android device that supports OTG, you will have to connect the OTG adaptor included in the box to one end of the supplied USB cable. Plug one end on your Android phone or the tablet, and the other into Magic Port present at the end of the Inateck Hub.

After going through all this process, a window will pop up on your PC screen. This will show your android files. Now you are all set to transfer files between PC and Android.

Enjoy the Best of Instagram With These 5 Apps for Android

Instagram is one the most used social networks in the world. It is no doubt the most popular photo sharing platform available to everyone. 70% of the Instagram users check their feed at least once a day, 35 % several times a day and number of likes per day is 1.2 billion; that’s 8500 likes per second. Wow, this is just oh so great number. Well, there are few annoyances we face on every social media platform, few are there on instagram too which we really wish we had some alternatives for. Check out these 5 best apps to fulfil your wishes. 

  1. VSCO Cam

vsco-camA regular Instagram user and tired of frequently using filters on Instagram? Why not choose an alternative, ‘The VSCO Cam’. This will help you edit your photos with a professional touch. You can make your photos more attractive by adjusting your photo’s exposure, brightness, contrast and temperature. It also offers plenty of other options to make your photos even more gorgeous.

  1. InstaMessage

unnamedIntaMessage is the new craze. While instragram Direct lets you share photos and other stuff upto 15 people in the group, InstaMessage is a smart alternative. With this app running, you will automatically be able to make friends with people who have the same app installed. You can start chit chatting with your new friends instantly. If you want your own pals to be present on it, send them the invites and enjoy better communication options.

  1. Xposed Instagram Downloader

instagram111111You get tagged by your friends on Instagram and you find it impossible to download your favorite pictures since there is no such option present around. Try the Xposed Instagram Downloader to combat this disappointment. It introduces modules that allow you to integrate this very feature in the official instagram app. Once you download the module, reboot your device. You will be able to discover a download option if you click on the additional options button. Now you have got the access to all of your desired photos and videos. Cheers!

  1. TrackGram

unnamed (1)Well we do get quite inquisitive about the following numbers on Instagram. If you are facing problems of finding out who followed you or if you have followed them back? This is where TrackGram comes in to answer your questions popping up. Though TrackGram you will be able to discover about the new followers, the people who unfollowed all present on one page.

  1. InstaPlace

azazdsWhere is my delicious cupcake pictures I uploaded on Instagram? We do upload a lot of food pictures but we forget to save them with a proper date and location. And after few days we are unable to search them. Well to cope up with this problem, you can certainly use the InstaPlace. It enables you to tag the photographs with few categories of skins you can choose from. Together with a date and automatic location finder.

5 Cunning Gadgets for College & University Students

‘Student life is awesome!’ – The statement will hit every student in a dissimilar way. The individuals who are going to their take exams soon and have to prepare some ultimate scary stuff will take this as a serious life threat while those who are about to end their student life and entering into professional spheres might agree with it. Nonetheless, student needs remain the same. Taking notes, carrying heavy bags, deadlines, tests, grades, money constraints, and lastly efforts to look great are the major highlights of a student life.

Well, let’s make your life bit fun and easier by introducing 6 clever gadgets that will change your college or university life for better. And of course, you’ll be able to look good after having these gadgets around.

  1. Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook

95afee71d0749cc47424178f124ec7fa2To which category you belong, note takers of note stealers? Well the good news is Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook doesn’t discriminate. Write down your class lectures via pen and paper, and simply translate them with all the organizational and accessibility perks of Evernote app. Moreover, you can even translate from paper to pixels by simple use of of Evernote’s page camera on your smartphone and capture a photo of your notes.

Store up these notes in the app with a whole bunch of organizational options available. You can make use of customizable, searchable ‘’smart sticker’’ for the purpose of tagging. It might even solve your money problems. How? Share your notes with others trough this gadget and charge for every lesson.

  1. OtterBox phone charging case

apl33-iphone-5s-20-2Academic life can get really chaotic especially if you keep things messy and lack organizing skills.  Running to get in class for time, internships, extra curriculars, tests and what not. In this kind of hectic routine, you might just not be able to charge your phone fully or your phone might die during long working hours. But, we have got a solution here, The OtterBox Phone Charging Case.

It extends the battery life twice over, and will auto-stop charging to conserve power. Isn’t it cool? Grab this one, stay connected and live!

  1. Kindle Voyage

kindle_voyageHate carrying books with you? Then you don’t need to do it anymore.  Technology hasn’t forgotten your daily life problems. Now easily get access of you books in digital form. Through Kindle- select from a collection of over 600,000 books lists every semester. Moreover, the Kindle Voyage has a night light function enabling you to read even in dim light.

  1. Fitbit Flex

simple.b-cssdisabled-png.he2e3da70d98b34b28ddbee568cbd794cAs discussed before, studenthood is all about being active and meeting deadlines. But individuals often fail to balance their routine life with studies. Welcome Firbit Flex in your life. This is an incredibly useful gadget helping you to manage stuff easily. Now you can stay fit and manage to set up your routine thorough this gadget. This will act as your basic tracking device, complete with a silent alarm option. You are surely going to appreciate this device.

  1. Portable ice maker

T_WithoutZoomOh, we talked about a lot of gadgets except something that could make your body happy. Let’s break the ice, Portable Ice Maker is the cool gadget both literally and figuratively. If summer semesters are annoying you with its heat, then enjoy frosty beverages by making up to 26 pounds of ice per day. Chilly drinks are going to leave your mind and body refreshed and relaxed.