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Digisol DG-WR3001NE wireless repeater review

WiFi is like the core of any house when it comes to connectivity from the outside world. If you have a complex home with too many walls or if the router is not having good coverage, then you won’t get the network in all the rooms. This is a common problem for many homes and people use a device called repeater to extend the WiFi range. One such device from Digisol is the DG-WR3001NE wireless repeater. It’s a universal repeater which means you can plug it anywhere and repeat wireless signals which the device is in range of. Also, it has AP mode which lets you extend the wired network to a wireless medium. Let us check out the Digisol DG-WR3001NE wireless repeater review to find out if it is worth buying. I have used this repeater for 3 weeks and I am sharing my views through this review.

Digisol DG-WR3001NE wireless repeater review:

Design

The design of DG-WR3001NE is very basic with a cuboid like casing. What is noticeable are the two external antennas to provide better range of the extended network. The adapter is fit inside the repeater so that the whole thing gets plugged in any wall socket you want. On the bottom of the repeater, you will find the LAN port and USB charging port. On the left is the reset button and the WPS/power led with WiFi range meter, LAN led, WPS button on the front. The color for the repeater is plain white and has some grills on the left & right for heat dissipation. Overall the build and design are decent for the repeater.

Performance and features

The repeater DG-WR3001NE can work as a wifi Universal repeater which can repeat any wifi signal within its range. Also it has a feature of AP mode where you can plug a LAN wire which is a wired network and make it go wireless. It has a LED light to notify of LAN connection. You can also know the original wifi router signal strength using the LED bars. One can easily connect the repeater to a Wifi router using the WPS button. There is a USB charging port below the repeater to charge your smartphones in case of need. So it will work both as a charger and repeater if it is occupying the socket. But the current rating for the USB port is just 1A which is less as compared to fast chargers out there.

Position of repeater explained

It is said that there should be some distance between the router and the repeater for it to work properly. If they are too close then there might problem while switching between router and repeater wifi. But if it is too far such that the original router wifi has a very weak signal then also it will not work properly. So you need to decide such a spot where the repeater gets some good signal from the original router like two bars are enough and it is not too close to the router to cause interference in switching.

Configuring DG-WR3001NE

  1. Plug the repeater into wall socket by keeping in mind the position explained in the last point.
  2. Connect to the repeater hotspot which will be open by default with the SSID as DIGISOL.
  3. Next go to browser and type 192.168.2.1 and enter admin as username and 1234 as password. These are the default settings.
  4. Now the web panel opens up and it will ask you to setup SSID and password for the repeater. I would suggest you to choose clone the router settings option as it will not create any confusion with two wifi networks in one single home.
  5. Next you will see a table with all the Wifi networks in range to the repeater. You can choose the one which is your router wifi name/ssid and type the password.
  6. As soon as you do this, press finish and the repeater will restart and connect to the router. Once it connects successfully it will start extending the Wifi and you will have a connection.

The speed at which DG-WR3001NE was able to repeat were great. Hardly any loss in speed. But if there are walls or obstruction in between the repeater and our device then the speed drops. So in terms of penetration, it gets you the connection but the speed will drop so bear that in mind. I did connect like 4-6 devices to the repeater and it worked smoothly. Again there is no need of unnecessary restarting of the repeater as it works without any lag or hang. The only issue I faced was, it takes a bit of time to switch from router to repeater sometimes. In best case when you change the zone from router to repeater just toggle the wifi off and on once so that it connects to the repeater one. Same is applicable for the reverse case while moving from repeater zone to router. Apart from that the repeater is pretty easy to configure and works in a decent manner.

Price

The Digisol DG-WR3001NE repeater will cost you around 2,999 INR but it is available on Amazon for 1,949 INR. Now this is where I feel that there are other repeaters like TP-LINK which will cost you bit on the lower side. Digisol should have kept the price a bit competitive so that people could go with their products as performance wise it was good.

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PTron InTunes bluetooth earphone review

PTron is a company that makes various mobile accessories at an affordable price range. They try to introduce some great features in products that don’t cost too much on customer’s pocket. One such latest product is the InTunes bluetooth earphones which are sweatproof. So today we are doing PTron InTunes bluetooth earphone review. I have used this earphone for 2 weeks and here is my opinion if you should buy it or not.

PTron InTunes bluetooth earphone review

Design

PTron Intunes have a shiny metallic finish on the earphone. The plastic feels good with that metallic paint as the color I got was the golden-black one. They also have grey-black and red-black as other color options. The two earphones are connected with a short wire and a controller in between. The controller has the battery inside it with some volume control and main function key to receive/reject/play/pause music. It is also used to turn on the earphones. This whole wire can go around your neck so that if earphones accidentally fall, then they rest on your shoulder itself. To make things more secure there is magnet too on each earbud. But the magnet is one of the weakest and smallest I have seen on any bluetooth earphone. It can barely hold the two earbuds together. The major issue I faced was with the earphone fitting. The earbud has a shape like Airpods that means no rubber adjustments, its all plastic. Now this problem will vary depending on your ear specifically. As for me the earphones didn’t fit properly. But when I checked with one of my friend, they fit just perfectly. But the issue with no rubber adjustments is that it starts to pain a bit after prolonged usage. So I guess PTron should keep the rubber adjustment designs for better fitting ratio and prolonged usage. Apart from that, the earphones are quite light in weight which is a good sign. Also they are sweatproof which is something that you don’t normally see in budget earphones. Though that doesn’t imply that you can just dip the earphones in water and expect it to survive. 

Performance

The audio quality for PTron InTunes was decent according to the price. Do not expect much of a bass if you are a fan of that. The earphones have volume up/down buttons along with 1 main function key. This is also the power key to turn on/off the earphone as well as put it in bluetooth pairing mode. PTron InTunes comes with bluetooth v4.2 that means it can connect to two devices simultaneously. Multiple connectivity is one thing that many people are still unaware of. The audio driver unit is very small just 14.2mm. It has in-built mic too to handle audio calls. The transmission range is said to be 10 meters which is when there are no obstacles. The battery capacity for music playback is around 2-2.5 hrs. Now this is something which is considered to be less on bluetooth earphone. But again as per the price point this is what you will get since these are budget bluetooth earphones. The battery capacity in figures is 70 mAh. I guess the weight factor can be compromised a bit to increase the battery level next time. It takes about 1 hr to charge the earphone to full battery. You can charge it with normal micro-USB charger. You do get a small cable with the earphones for charging it with laptop or an existing smartphone charger. The one thing I felt weak was the magnet as it was not at all powerful may be due to the small size. So just take care and do not rely on the magnet.

The PTron InTunes bluetooth earphones will cost you around Rs. 749 on their official LatestOne website and Flipkart too. Though I think they are giving extra 10% off on their official website if you pay online. Overall the earphones are good at this price considering the features. If you want to try out the latest wireless earphones and don’t have too much money to spend then definitely go for these. Do let me know if you liked the PTron InTunes bluetooth earphone review or not.

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Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router review

Digisol is a company which makes products in the networking segment. They have products for consumers as well as industry/corporate solutions. Recently I got the Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router for review. This router is the latest one in their consumer segment with many features. People normally prefer low-cost routers from TP-Link/D-Link/Mi or any other brand. But this time let’s explore something different and see how this one performs. So today we will be doing Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router review. Do note that I have used this router for 2-3 weeks now and I am sharing my experience about it. I have around 10-15 different devices connected at a time and have a space of 3BHK which requires one repeater/extender too.

Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router review

Design

Well the very first time when I received the router, I must say that the design lacks the modern style. It looks like a very simple router which is very serious about doing its task. Some of the routers from TP-Link have quite good design and even the latest one from Mi. Though the design factor doesn’t matter much, but I feel consumer products should have a bit of style factor so that they look good while placing it at home. The plastic used is quite sturdy and it has 4 antennas which are all facing up perpendicular to the surface. You can bend the antennas a bit to maximize the coverage or else just keep it in the perpendicular position. On the top, it has holes grill design with LED indicators for power, dual-band WiFi, WPS and LAN. The LEDs are yellow-greenish in color. The WAN and LAN ports are at the rear side along with the DC power-in jack. The antennas are given a bit diagonal cut which adds a bit of style to the router. Overall, durability wise the router is good, the design could have been a bit more stylish.

Performance

This is the main thing to look for while you are buying a networking device for your home. A router is like the heart when it comes to connecting your house with the outside world. Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router has 4 antennas of 5dBi each to provide a good coverage across your house. It almost covers my 3BHK flat with almost negligible coverage in the extreme corner room, but that is ok as there are too many walls and even the other routers don’t cover it. I am pretty happy with the coverage of this router. 

After coverage, the second main thing I look for is the stability of holding connection continuously. Many times I see cheap routers require you to restart them from time to time as they drop connection or run out of resources to server the clients. In my case, I got some great stability in the connection. There was rarely any need to restart the router. Secondly, the router handles multiple connections in a great way. So I have one smart TV which is connected to the 5GHz network, with 2 Laptops and others are smartphones connected to 2.4GHz network. In total at a time 10-15 devices are easily connected and the router is able to handle this number easily. Other cheap TP-Link/Mi routers have failed in the past probable due to insufficient resources. But Digisol DG-BR5411QAC router has satisfied in this segment too.

After these points, the next thing to discuss is about the features. Despite the design fact, I like that the router comes loaded with advanced networking features. If you are an advanced user then you will enjoy using this router. To start with, the router supports dual-band Wifi that is 5GHz and 2.4GHz. It has gigabit LAN support that means speeds can go up to 1000 Mbps over LAN considering your PC/Laptop has a gigabit port. As for wireless, it supports 802.11ac which can go up to 867 Mbps as for the conventional 802.11n goes up to 300 Mbps. This speed is quite sufficient for gaming as well as high-quality video streaming. It also has IPv6 support. Apart from all this, the router has many functions to support VPN, dynamic DNS, dedicated firewall section, and a status page to display all the information. This status information tells if the connection is proper, or if there is some issue in the WAN cable. It also identifies the type of cable connected to the router. This all things helps a network expert to debug the network properly without even requiring third-party tools.

One amazing feature that I was able to spot was different modes of this router. This router can act as an AP hotspot and connect to existing router simultaneously. Also you can use this router as an extender. For an office, you can create a mesh network using many such routers which is an amazing feature to find in a budget router. The advanced customizations this router offers are very rare to find in a router with this price point. The router settings interface is simple as it gets and they have a quick setup for people who don’t want to mess around with all the options. Though I did not find any option to create guest network, though there is an option to have multiple AP which did not have an option to set password for that. Below screenshots have all the options available with this router.

Pricing

The router Digisol DG-BR5411QAC is priced at Rs. 3,999 and I was unable to find it online. I guess Digisol is focusing more on offline network and sales, though I had wished they make it online to attract greater number of users and gain some name quickly in the consumer low budget segment.

Verdict

Design wise the router is pretty simple. It has 4 antennas which are capable of covering a small office or large home. Performance wise I have tested the device for 10-15 number, though I am sure you can squeeze in some more. Or you can have multiple routers to create a mesh network. For small offices, the custom options available for networking are great. People should shift to these routers which are priced a bit higher than those cheap ones. But this router can give you maximum speed across your home and a stable connectivity. Overall I would suggest that you can go for this router and consider it as an option for stable connectivity.

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Targus KB55 multiplatform bluetooth keyboard review

Targus is a company that deals in computer accessories and bags. We got one such product Targus KB55 bluetooth keyboard. The speciality of the keyboard is its form factor and multiplatform functionality. The look feels premium too. Let us check out Targus KB55 multiplatform Bluetooth keyboard review. The review is written after using the keyboard for 2 weeks.

Targus KB55 multiplatform bluetooth keyboard review

Design

As soon as you unbox the keyboard, you will notice its really small compact design. There is no dedicated numpad on the keyboard. It has the scissor switch keys which have enough key travel. The key spacing is also good so adapting this won’t be an issue. The best part is the design of the keyboard. It has some really clean design with z-black glossy glitter type polish on the keys. Due to this glossy glitter coat on the keys, it looks quite premium. There are special function/media keys on the top with the respective feature icon painted in blue. Though the keyboard is a multiplatform one, it has a layout like a mac keyboard. On the top it has low-battery indicator. The two AAA batteries go on the backside. On the back, the keyboard has a on/off switch with connect press button. The connect button helps you to switch the keyboard in pairing mode. When you see from the front, you will see that the top section is a bit thick with batteries going inside from the back, due to which it is lifted to a height. This helps you to type on the keyboard with ease.

Performance

We will start with the typing experience of the Targus KB55 keyboard. The keyboard has enough key travel for you to enjoy typing on this keyboard. Due to the similar key spacing like a desktop keyboard, it is not hard to adapt with Targus KB55 multiplatform bluetooth keyboard. Though the key actuation point is a bit on the lower point. Because of this, you need to press the keys a bit hard. If you have a habit of typing on the normal desktop keyboard then it won’t be an issue. But if you are a latest Mac user then you might have to get a hang of this physical keyboard, when you have the habit of butterfly keyboard. That goes for almost all the physical keyboard out there. It was the only small thing that bugged me, but surely normal users won’t face this issue. The thing I liked the most was that this keyboard has the layout of a Mac keyboard. That means I get the keys like command, control, option just like it is in Mac. For Mac users, these keys mean a lot. But at the same time this keys will act as Windows button, Alt and Ctrl for a Windows users. This satisfies both the Windows as well as Mac users. Though Windows users will miss the Windows sign on the keyboard. Now the great news comes for Android users. This keyboard pairs with an Android phone and takes application of a smartphone to next level. Though I had the basic idea that a Bluetooth keyboard might be capable of pairing with a smartphone, but when I actually connected it – the experience was very different. You can toggle through the app drawer, minimize apps, and even browse through FB or Insta feed without even touching your phone with just the help of Targus KB55 keyboard. When you type on a physical keyboard and see it getting displayed on the smartphone, you understand the true power of a smartphone. It can be really helpful to carry just the keyboard with a smartphone and still continue writing blogs/emails or just work. One of the most important features in this keyboard is auto-off/hibernate, which means if you don’t use the keyboard for some time it will disconnect Bluetooth saving battery. But as soon as you press any key, it will reconnect with the device. It works on Bluetooth 3.0 technology.

Pricing and Warranty

Targus KB55 multi-platform bluetooth keyboard is priced at Rs.1400 on Amazon. You get two AAA batteries with this keyboard. This is a normal price for bluetooth keyboards out there. Also the keyboard comes with 3-years warranty. That means you can be assured that there won’t be much issues when it comes to durability. 

Verdict

This was our review of Targus KB55 multiplatform bluetooth keyboard. I didn’t find any cons worth mentioning. Considering that you want the compact form factor and have no requirement of dedicated numpad you can surely go with Targus KB55 keyboard. Do let us know your views about the same and if you would buy this keyboard or not.

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ASUS TUF FX504 full review

ASUS is one of the leading companies when it comes to gaming machines. They have some of the best hardware packed inside them. Though the price might be higher if you compare it with an assembled gaming PC, but they provide the same thing in a portable laptop. One such device ASUS TUF gaming series FX504 laptop was reviewed by us. We played various games, did some work, and even carried it to work. This is an ASUS TUF FX504 full review after using it for 2 weeks.

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ASUS TUF FX504 full review:

Design – 9.5/10

As the series name suggest TUF, it really has a good build. The laptop casing is built from plastic with some grey grid design. On the lid, it has some protruding corners that converge at the center ASUS logo. The laptop overall has a matte finish with some cleanly cut grills. Surprising a gaming laptop weighs the same as a normal laptop that’s 2.3 kg. So you can carry this with you and make the gaming portable. ASUS TUF FX504 comes with a red led backlit keyboard. Clearly, red is the way to go for gamers! What I like is, ASUS has though much about the keyboard and the ports while making the laptop. All the ports like USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1, HDMI, audio jack, RJ45, and power jack are placed on the left. When you first see it, you will feel odd seeing this type of port placement. But it does makes sense to avoid all the wire clutters on the right side which is the play area for the mouse.  Talking about the keyboard, the keys are well spaced and arranged like a desktop keyboard. I have enjoyed typing on the keyboard of FX504 with sheer satisfaction. What amazes me is the key actuation point which is kept at midway, so one doesn’t need to always press the key to the bottom while typing. Also for those who want to enjoy the key travel, you still can press it till the bottom overstroke point. This generally happens while you are too much engrossed while playing games and end up killing your enemies by showing force on the keys. The spacebar has greater width on the left side to perfectly accommodate the thumb in WASD gaming mode. There is a dedicated numpad which is used for work and sometimes while gaming. Also the trackpad has the Windows 10 precision drivers for gestures to work properly and it does the job well. I love it when the gaming companies make the products by keeping every small gaming detail in mind.

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Display – 9/10

ASUS FX504 comes with the LED backlit full HD 120 Hz display that means it is capable of displaying 120 frames per second. Normal displays have a 60 Hz refresh rate. Now while playing movies it might not make much difference, but for a gamer higher FPS means much better and smooth gameplay. Games can have a higher refresh rate then normal videos. So only if your FPS goes above 60, you would be able to enjoy this advance display. It also has anti-glare feature which avoids external light and provides a crystal clear view. The viewing angles on this laptop are good, thought the vertical viewing could have been improved. In low brightness you will have to adjust the display if you are playing a game that has lot of dark scenes. It has a 130% sRGB color gamut which gives better contrast to the display. You can also switch between normal, vivid, and eye care mode for the display.

Performance – 8.5/10

ASUS TUF FX504 has two variants one with i7-8750H and other with i5-8300H. The one which I received had an i7-8750H hexa core CPU with Intel HM370 Express Chipset. It has 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM which can be expanded using extra SO-DIMM socket upt to 32GB. As for storage, the laptop has a 1TB 5400 RPM FireCuda SSHD which is a bit different from HDD. It has a flash memory which stores frequently accessed files without accessing the HDD resulting in better performance, less power consumption, and quieter hardware. SSHD is a very good alternative to the traditional HDD. Also the ASUS TUF FX504 packs 128 GB of SSD, so the operating system works in the best way it can. The boot time is very less on this gaming laptop. Overall the performance is good on the ASUS TUF FX504. We will talk about the cooling separately. Here are some of the results from the bench marking software.

Coming to the graphics, ASUS TUF FX504 comes with three variants 
4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 4GB GTX 1050TI, or 6GB GDDR3 GTX 1060. The one that I got was the 4GB GTX 1050TI. It worked quite well and I was able to play games like Crysis 3, call of duty world war II, NFS Payback etc. The gameplay was smooth and the smart placement of fan did manage to keep the keyboard cool. Overall the 1050TI packed in a laptop did perform well for the figures.

Cooling – 8/10

ASUS TUF FX504 cooling

ASUS has this patented Anti-Dust cooling(ADC) system which prevents dust particles to get accumulated in the vents. This keeps the cooling efficient and increases the lifespan of the system. Here you have a manual control over the fan to keep it silent, balanced or just switch it to overboost mode while gaming. It has two fans one situated directly below the WASD keys to keep the system cool while gaming. With intense graphics game and overboost mode, the fan makes 50-55 dB of noise which is quite audible. The temperature can go high even with the cooling system when the graphics is put to test under a lot of stress. It might be as there are only two copper pipes out of which one is common for CPU and the GPU. Overall in most of the scenarios the cooling system on this laptop does help in keeping the gameplay smooth. 

Sound and Connectivity – 9/10

ASUS TUF FX504 has two speakers very well placed on the left and right edge of the laptop. As the speaker placement is on the sides, they are not obstructed by the surface below or your hands. It has the DTS Headphone:X tech that supports 7.1 surround sound experience. I would say, that the audio through speaker on this laptop is surely amazing. I had to turn down the volume while shooting some guns as it was feeling quite realistic with all that rounds firing. 

As mentioned before, the ports on this laptop are kept only on the left hand side to keep the play area for mouse clutter free. It has 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 audio-microphone combined jack, 1 RJ45 port, and lastly the power jack. Using these ports the laptop can cater the gaming needs. As for the connectivity ASUS FX504 has 802.11AC WAVE 2 which is about 12 times faster than the conventional 802.11 b/g/n.

Battery – 8.5/10

The battery of ASUS FX504 can last for approx 4-5 hrs while normal work/movie or 2-2.5 hrs for gaming. It has a 3 cell 48 Wh battery with a charger giving output of 19V 6.3A. 

Pricing

ASUS FX504 is available on Amazon, Flipkart  i5 GTX 1050, i5 GTX 1050 Ti, and i7 GTX 1050 Ti. The price for them starts at around 60,000 INR and goes up to 78,000 INR for the highest variant. 

Verdict

At this price, ASUS FX504 has some balanced feature and if one wishes to buy a gaming laptop can go for this model. The build is tough, performance is good until you don’t mind the fan sound, highly portable, display is good for gaming, impressive keyboard with some great sound. Do let me know your views about ASUS TUF FX504 gaming laptop and if you have any doubts, do mention them in the comment section below.

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ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA full review

ASUS has quite a good line up of laptops with the new series of Vivobook series. One such model ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA which has balanced features. It is pretty lightweight when compared to normal laptops. Let us check out ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA full review and find out if its worth the money or not. The model which I received had the i5 processor in it. I used this laptop for roughly around 10-12 days for light gaming, heavy work, watching movies etc.

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ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA full review:

Design – 7.5/10

The laptop has a brushed aluminum finish plastic body to keep the weight to a minimum. I would not say that this is the best premium design I have ever seen, but it doesn’t look that bad too. The plastic quality is decent enough for the chassis. I am not a fan of the brushed design which is present on the top. Though the matte around the keyboard and the dotted print near the keys looks good. Overall the thickness of the laptop reduces as you go from the top(battery) to bottom(touchpad). There is a slot-like space between hinge bar and laptop base. If you look closely, you will find air vents for cooling. The vent is also present at the bottom and I felt that most of the air escapes from the bottom which might get hot if you keep the machine on the lap. The vent placing could have been improved to avoid heating issues at the bottom. It can be unbearable if it comes in contact with skin or while you are wearing a thin clothing. The touchpad is placed at the center just below the keyboard. It is large enough to operate the laptop properly. Keys are well spaced too and the typing experience was good. The laptop weighs just 1.2 kg and is highly convenient to carry at all times. Overall the design of the laptop is decent enough.

Display – 9/10

Display

When you open the lid you will see that the display has thin bezels on the sides, bit thick on the top and the max on the bottom. The bottom part feels quite thick considering the other sides. As soon as you boot the laptop, you will see that the display is very crisp and clear. ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA comes with an FHD(1920×1080) 14-inch LED-backlit display. It has an anti-glare coating on the display which does work in sunlight to avoid too much light reflections. The viewing angles on the display are good and the display is bright enough to make it work outdoors. One of the major issues with the display lid is that it wobbles while you keep the machine on the lap by opening it to for more than 90 degrees and start typing. This issue is with the hinge design may be. And the other small factor is the large bezel at the bottom which could have been avoided by making the laptop form factor even small. But that is something you can work with. Overall if we only speak about display then it is pretty good.

Connectivity – 8.5/10

This laptop has pretty much everything if ports are concerned. ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA has a USB 2.0 port, USB 3.1 type A port, USB type C 3.1 port, micro-HDMI, micro SD card slot, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It does not have a LAN port given the thickness of the laptop. It has inbuilt Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The options given for connectivity are sufficient for any normal usage.

Performance – 9/10

ASUS Vivobook is a laptop which is meant for powerful multitasking work and not for gaming as it doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia or AMD. In terms of processor, it comes in three variants – i3-7100U, i5-8250U, & i7-8550U. I had the i5 processor version which is a quad-core system having a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz and can go up to 3.4 GHz at peak. The machine has 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256/512 GB of SSD storage. Because of the SSD, the performance is quite good along with the operating system boot speed. I tried playing music along with many tabs of Google chrome opened up simultaneously which worked smoothly. It comes with Intel HD/UHD 620 integrated graphics which will help in day to day applications and not particularly meant for heavy gaming. Though I managed to run GTA San Andreas and some other low-graphics game pretty easily. I would say you can try out a few games on this laptop. I had no complaints regarding the laptop performance as such, the only issue was with the heating vents present on the bottom which can get heated up and irritate sometimes. As for the OS, it came with Windows 10 home 64-bit out of the box which worked pretty great.

Below are the results from Geekbench 4 – CPU and Compute Benchmark.

Speaking about the keyboard, the keys are spread out as there is no dedicated numpad. The travel distance is around 1.4mm which gives quite nice typing experience. I enjoyed typing on this chiclet keyboard even at night as it comes with backlit keys which surely does help. The touchpad comes with a fingerprint sensor to unlock the laptop, which works pretty good too. Apart from that, the laptop has an HD 720p webcam for video calling.

Sound – 8/10

ASUS Vivobook S406UA Speaker Grill

ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA comes with 2W stereo speakers from Harman Kardon along with microphone support. The speakers are placed at the bottom, which is a bad place. If you use it on a flat surface like a desk, then the sound output is maximum. But in case you keep it on lap or bed or on a pillow, the sound will get suppressed. The sound quality is amazing and is very crystal clear. Though I felt that the audio level could have been better to match with something like Macbook. Overall the audio experience for movies and games was decent.

Battery – 8.5/10

ASUS Vivobook S406U rear/bottom

ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA has a 2 cell 39 Wh battery which lasts for about 6 hrs with normal work usage and 4 hrs with music+power usage. The laptop battery will survive based on your usage. I would say that the battery life is decent and considering that it charges quickly – 60% in 1 hr approx. The power adapter is square in shape and pretty compact to easily carry it along with the laptop.

The laptop is priced at around 46,500 INR for the i3 model, 51,000 INR for the i5 version, and 71,000 INR for the i7 model on Amazon. The machine has 2 years of warranty and is available in Grey and Gold color options.

Verdict

The new ASUS Vivobook S14 S406UA is a laptop that is lightweight, good on performance, has an excellent display and a decent battery life. It is not meant for hardcore gamers but for someone looking to carry it around for multitasking, requiring good performance or to watch movies its a good choice.

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Rapoo K2600 Wireless Touch Keyboard review

The reason why iMac looks clean to use is because of the wireless keyboard and mouse. Most of us will agree that the accessories that comes with a PC/laptop should be wireless as it is convenient to use and looks neat. Rapoo K2600 is a wireless touch keyboard which solves our purpose for a Windows PC. Though I personally like a mouse for high precision use, K2600 is something I needed to get my hands on. So let us check out Rapoo K2600 Wireless Touch Keyboard review. This opinion is being published after using the K2600 Wireless touch keyboard for 1 month.

Rapoo K2600 Wireless Touch Keyboard review:

Design:

The Rapoo K2600 has a good design with proper spacing between the keys. There is a dedicated key for left click present on the top left corner of the keyboard. There is no separate numpad on the Rapoo K2600. Instead you get a touchpad in place of the numpad on the extreme right. The size of the touchpad is decent to operate any laptop with ease. There are no physical left, right click button present on the touchpad. They are just touch based and you don’t need to press the touchpad like a physical butoon like in normal laptops. This again may take a while to adjust with. On the top-left corner one also has some quick-access shortcut keys like search, reload/refresh, settings, lock and power off. Below that is the usual set of keys with numbers, alphabets, and special keys. There is a dedicated Windows key too. This just shows that the keyboard was made to use with mostly Windows operating system. The top part is a bit thick to maintain better position while typing and has the space for batteries and USB receiver(from the back). The receiver is quite small in size and the keyboard is light-weight in case you decide to use it over your lap. Overall the design of keyboard is all matte and looks quite decent to operate with.

Usage:

Using Rapoo K2600 was a bit different experience for me as I shifted from the latest Macbook Pro with butterfly keyboard which has very less key travel. In Rapoo K2600 the key travel was nice and therefore I was kind of enjoying typing on the keyboard just like the good old days. The voice of keys pressing was kind of flat and not too loud. Ofcouse it depends on the force that you apply while typing. Due to the matte finish, there were no sign of smudges while typing with a bit of sticky or dirty hands. The feel of the keys pressed was nice with the key texture. The keys are spaced properly, but they wobble a bit because of which you might press the neighboring key by mistake. It might take time to get used to this keyboard, if you want to retain your writing speed if compared to your regular keyboard. But after a while the typing experience was good. Speaking about the touchpad, I would rate it around 7.7 out of 10. It would have been 8 or 8.2, but as I come from using a Mac keyboard the expectations might be a little higher on my end. What I liked was the proper use of gestures in Windows 10 while using Rapoo K2600 which makes Windows a great OS for multi-tasking. The absence of physical button for left and right click does take a while to adjust with. As I told earlier, if you can manage using the right hand for touchpad and simultaneously the left one to control special left click button on top left, the usage might speed up. The touch was nice, but I managed to accidentally single tap the touchpad many times while moving the cursor which should not have been the case. They might need to give an update to sort this issue out. This was the only problem which bugged me till the end, rest all I got accustomed with during regular usage. You are reading: Rapoo K2600 Wireless Touch Keyboard review One of the shocking thing was that this keyboard didn’t work properly with Mac. I really would have hoped that they launched some kind of driver for Mac too making it universal for all the operating systems. Though on Windows it did work properly without any issue. The link to driver is broken, but seems like I didn’t require any. It would have helped if they had put a tutorial for Windows touchpad gestures. The price of Rapoo K2600 is around 2200-2400 INR on Amazon.

Verdict:

For people who want Rapoo K2600 to be used on a Windows machine, it can be a good choice. Though it might take sometime for you to get the usual typing speed without errors. The only thing that bugged me was the accidental left click with touchpad while moving cursor around. It didn’t happen too often, but not to less to just ignore it without mentioning. Apart from that the design and typing experience was great with Rapoo K2600. Hoped you liked Rapoo K2600 Wireless Touch Keyboard review. If you have any questions please mention them in the comment section below. I would be happy to help with any queries.  
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Is Lenovo K9 worth buying?

Lenovo a brand which use to focus on the budget segment of smartphones is back with some of the new devices like Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5. Both these phones lie in the low-budget(Lower than Rs.10,000) price point. The Lenovo K9 comes with a quad camera AI setup(dual in front and back) and the A5 has a whooping 4000 mAh battery. I have used Lenovo K9 more than the A5 so here are the views on this deivce. It surely does pack some decent specs in the price point. But is Lenovo K9 worth buying? Let us find out with a full review of the device.

Is Lenovo K9 worth buying?

Design: 9/10

Lenovo K9 is covered with glass on the front and the back with aluminium alloy frame. The back has a shiny linear trail and is visible when you move it with vertical axis. On the bottom it has the type C port, speaker grill, and the 3.5 mm audio jack with power button & volume rockers to the right. On the left is the hybrid SIM card tray with fingerprint sensor on the back. The navigation button are on screen with some considerable bezel on the top and bottom. From the design point of view, the device looks just great and that too with such attractive price point. Apart from the bit of the bezels on the front, I would say the device is sleek and feels premium for the price.

Display: 8.5/10

Is lenovo K9 worth buying

The new Lenovo K9 comes with a 5.7 inch 18:9 HD IPS LCD display. The viewing angles of the display is good for watching videos/movies etc. The brightness is great and the device can be used in outdoors with sunlight. There is no dedicated gorilla glass protection, but the build quality of device looks good. I tried some drop tests from pocket length and above, but the device was able to survive every fall without any damage in particular. The glass back and front is made up of some toughened glass because of which it manages to avoid scratches too. Though it catches few fingerprint smudges due to glass surface. The navigation buttons are on screen itself. I would say the display does a pretty decent job.

Performance: 9/10

Let us start with hardware first. Lenovo K9 comes with a Helio P22 octacore processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with Mediatek MT6762 chipset. It has 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. When you boot up the device and start using it with various apps, you will see how snappy and fast it is. Frankly speaking, I never expected this kind of performance from a low budget device. But it surely did amaze me, and I found out one of the core reasons. By default Lenovo has turned of the window animation, transition scale and other factors to 0. This is one of the reason the device feels so quick to open up apps and switch between them. I had to turn on developer option to confirm the same. Though it seems like a good idea for the low-budget smartphones. Coming to the gaming performance, it has a PowerVR G8320 GPU which can support decent gaming. I tried playing the very famous PUBG game on this device at medium and low graphics setting. On medium I experienced a lot of lag, but on low graphics the experience was much better. I also tried Asphalt 9 high-performance mode, and the results were quite the same. You can play high graphic games on K9 at low graphics for a better performance and for low graphics game it works all fine. Though a bit more of performance from the processor would have made the gaming experience much better. The normal usage of apps on this device is excellent with a very few app crashes. Multitasking is also great with Lenovo K9. The device doesnt heats up much during gaming and you can barely feel the heat.

On the software end it comes with Android 8.1.0 with a stock like UI. It comes with some preinstalled games and apps(bloatwares) which you can remove. The stock like UI does feel great to use if we compare it to other companies fancy UI skins. The fingerprint sensor takes quite some time to record your fingerprint, but works fine to detect it afterwards. There is no face-recognition on this device. Overall the performance of the device is good and one of the key features when it comes to K9 and its budget.

Camera: 7.5/10

The Lenovo K9 comes with a quad camera setup having 13MP + 5MP shooter on both front and the back. There is flash again both on the front and the back. Front flash feature is not something which you normally see in every device. It does help to take some decent selfies in low light. With Lenovo K9 you can click some decent pictures in adequate light. The shutter speed of the camera is quite less because of which the camera is quite fast to click pictures. One needs to hold the camera still as many of the pictures clicked by me were a bit shaky. Also the bokeh mode was not at all impressive. It was able to blur the background to some extent, but it needs improvement. Lenovo needs to work on the camera end to improve it on its devices.

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Sound and Connectivity: 8.5/10

Is lenovo K9 worth buying

The speaker is located on the bottom of the device. It is pretty loud and clear which makes the movie watching experience good. As for the connectivity the device has basic options of Wifi, bluetooth, & GPS. Though it lacked magnetic sensor/magnetometer which was a real shock. When I launched the maps it took me a while to figure out that my orientation is not shown because of the missing magnentic sensor. Also the GPS takes sometime to acquire fix which should be fixed with a software update if possible. Apart from that it offers hybrid SIM slot and supports dual 4G which is a very necessary feature. That means you can use two JIO sims with network connection on both of them. I didn’t have the best of experience with the microphone while on a call, I had to keep the phone in a proper position for the other person to hear me perfectly.

Battery: 8.5/10

Lenovo K9 comes with a 3000 mAh battery. It will last till evening with power usage and full day with medium usage. I always have Wifi or 4G connection turned on with bluetooth and sometimes GPS. With 3 hrs of video playback and frequent calling, messaging the device lasts till evening and sometimes full day too. I was pretty satisified with the device battery. Lenovo says that it comes with quick charging feature, though it has a power rating of 10W with 5V and 2A. It takes about 2-2.5hrs approx to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent. Initially it took more time than but once the battery got calibrated the time reduced.

Price and availability:

The Lenovo K9 is priced at 8,999 INR and is available exclusively on Flipkart. It comes in two colors blue and black.

Verdict:

The device Lenovo K9 is great when it comes to design, performance and battery. The software UI usage experience is good too. The factors which I think can be improved includes camera performance, magnetometer, microphone audio quality input. Apart from these factors the device in good and can give a tough competition to the Redmi Series and other competitors. If you are focusing on looks and performance with decent battery then definitely go for this device. If you want a better camera then you can go with other devices. Do let me know your thoughts in the comment sections below.

 

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SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset review

With all the tangled wires, people have shifted to bluetooth earphones for comfortable and easy usage. When it comes to budget segment, you don’t have much great choice for bluetooth earphones. SoundBot is a company which has good products in the affordable range. We got hands on one such product SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset which is quite good in the budget segment. Let us review SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset. I used this headset for quite a while now to know almost everything about the same.

SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset review:

Soundbot SB565 bluetooth sports headset

 

Design

SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset is a bit big when it comes to the size of normal earphones. They are connected using a flat wire which you put around the neck to prevent the headset from falling. The earbuds are tilted to fit in your ears properly, though one needs to adjust it in correct position. The plastic used to build the earphones doesn’t feel premium but the earphones are quite light in weight if we compare it with the size. The earphones have a matte finish with the SoundBot logo in glossy color. One of the protruding logo part is actually the primary button(used as power key, calls, pairing etc.). You also have buttons for adjusting the volume. The buttons wobble a bit when you touch them which should have been a little sturdy. I am not particularly happy with the primary button as you have to press it hard sometimes to power up the earphones. The micro USB port for charging is present on the headset. As the headsets comin in the sports category, they are water resistant so sweat and water doesnt affect it. You can use it freely while jogging or for sports related activity. It has a multi-color LED in the headset which indicates if it is in pairing mode, paired etc. Overall the design is good looks wise, fits in properly in your ears, but it can be improved a bit at least for some better button.

 

Features

SoundBot SB565 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and is supported by all platforms. To power on/off, one needs to long press(4-5 seconds) it and check the LED indicator. If you need to pair then keep pressing the button when you turn on and the LED turns red and blue alternatively. It means that it is in a state of pairing and you will be able to find it in available list of devices. If you are getting a call then you can press the button once to receive it and after you are done just press it again to disconnect. When the headset is on, the blue light turns on after every few seconds. So you need to check properly for the indication once it is on. You can tap the button twice if you want to reject an incoming call. One can connect the SoundBot SB565 to 2 devices at once, and it will work with both but one at a time. This helps when you want to receive calls from mobile and switch to laptop for music. The volume can be adjusted using the volume + and – buttons present on the headet. You can also long press the volume buttons to change music tracks. The SB565 has inbuilt microphone in it which works great when you are in a silent place and is not the best thing to use in noise surrounding. It auto powers-off if the headset is not connected to any device for quite sometime. I really wished if they could have given some LED indication when the battery is fully charged. But you do get an approx battery indication on your smartphone.

Controls:

Power on/power off – 4-5 seconds long press(Blue LED on power on and RED on power off)

Pairing mode – 7+ seconds long press(Blue/red alternate)

Receive/end call – Press once

Reject incoming call – Press twice

Volume controls – Tap once

Music track control – Long press volume button

Audio quality

SoundBot SB565 has decent music quality and dynamic range. It is loud enough for people who want to listen music at high volume. Though at max level there might be a bit distortion in the audio. Overall bass, audio clarity, and other parameters are decent on the SoundBot SB565. The audio quality is good if we actually keep the pricing in mind.

Soundbot SB565 bluetooth sports headset

Micro USB charging port

Battery

The SoundBot SB565 gives you a battery life of around 4-5.5 hrs depending on the volume settings you use and whether you are listening to music or are just attending calls. This is the case when you are using the headset continuously. It takes approximately 2 hrs to charge the headset and there is no indication if the battery is full or not. While charging the Red LED goes on and it stays ON unless you unplug it from the charger.

Price

SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset are available for Rs. 1,850 on Amazon. It is available in black color and comes with USB charging cable, some extra earplugs. It has 1 year of manufacturer warranty.

Verdict

SoundBot SB565 bluetooth sports headset has some good audio quality when it comes to calling, listening to music/audiobook. It fits in the ears properly and is quite light in weight. The battery life is decent too. For this pricing I would say, you can go for this headset without any doubts in mind.

Pioneer SPHC19BT featured

Pioneer SPHC19BT enables distraction free driving

Driving car without distractions is not possible if you have a habit to look at your smartphone every now and then. I have observed people operate smartphones while driving and showing it off as a skill. Most of the road accidents happen due to distraction by using smartphone or engaging one hand to hold the smartphone to talk. Pioneer one of the leading infotainment and audio systems brand has launched SPHC19BT car audio system which makes the whole experience simplified. Their goal is to enable drivers to do all kinds of operation like calling, listening to music or navigating through maps without causing much of a distraction. Their new audio system has minimalistic options which are important and which user can find easily without getting disturbed.

Pioneer SPHC19BT car audio system

Design

Pioneer SPHC19BT has a simple design with buttons for crucial controls. It has a screen with illuminated dotted RGB leds that notifies you of an incoming call or makes the mood according to the music playback settings. The display on Pioneer SPHC19BT is a one line display. It has buttons for music control, voice commands, maps navigation, reading messages, launching phonebook, and menu button. The system actually works with your smartphone, and has a smartphone holder in-built the system. One can remove the face panel and insert or pull out the smartphone holder. The smartphone can be either set as landscape or in potrait mode depending on the convenience of the user. It’s quite a unique design which you don’t regularly see in any audio system especially the smartphone holder thing. It is very minimalistic, futuristic design that Pioneer has engineered for new users. The basic buttons would help in giving better control to the driver and help him/her to focus more on driving. It also has a USB port for inserting USB drives for music, or for charging the smartphone quickly(Android or iPhone).

Features

The basic idea of Pioneer SPHC19BT is to use the smartphone’s display in sync with the audio system. They have their own Pioneer Smart Sync app on the playstore and on the appstore. Again it works on the principal of having a simple basic UI which can give access to music, phonebook, maps, and third-party music apps like Gaana, Amazon Music, Wynk etc. The app acts as a launcher having simple UI while driving. If one needs to make a call or play certain music, they can just press the voice recognition button and operate the system using voice commands. One can also give voice commands for navigating to a certain place using Google Maps. It has a separate button to read out incoming messages so that the driver is not distracted too much with small texts in the notification bar. You can easily launch the phonebook by pressing a button. All the other advance settings and features can be accessed through the extreme right Menu button. It is very easy to set the equalizer by making a swipe on the smartphone or choosing from default audio profiles. Due to the larger screen of smartphone, it is much easier to operate the audio system and play around the controls. One can connect the smartphone to the system using bluetooth pairing. The voice and track change controls are present on the corner of the face panel. The audio system can also connect with steering controls and work accordingly. Pioneer has got their own set of separate parking sensor which can be integrated with SPHC19BT and user can get detailed information about obstacles in the mobile app itself. Overall the audio system has almost everything a driver would need to access while driving the car. I would not say that this is the full proof method of avoiding distraction, but yes it will help the driver to a great extent. It is much better than using smartphone directly for the requirements mentioned above.

Pricing and Availability

The Pioneer SPHC19BT is priced for Rs. 7,150 and can be bought through authorised retailers of Pioneer. One can download the Pioneer Sync App from the playstore or app store.

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