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Stellar Data Recovery Lab Process review

We have talked a lot about data recovery in the past which involved a software to recover the data from storage device. But one of the major problems that people face is data recovery from a physically damaged hard drive. This happens because a hard drive has moving parts which get damaged due to physical impact may be due to falling or other reason. We got a chance to visit Stellar Data Recovery Lab and we saw how they recover data from physically damaged hard drive. So here is Stellar Data Recovery Lab Process review where we will walk through the whole process they follow in recovering complete data from any damaged storage media.

Stellar Data Recovery Lab Process Review:

Most of the data recovery cases are related to the Hard Drive as I mentioned before hard drive is a very fragile device that has a lot of moving parts.  Data recovery professionals/experts at Stellar are able to recover the data as they have specialized tools, spare parts, and a special room called Class 100 clean room which is prerequisite in recovering data from hard drive. The important thing is one needs to identify the problem to solve it properly in a minimum span of time. Apart from hard drive recovery, Stellar also offers its professional data recovery services for SD card recovery, SSD recovery, Raid Recovery, Smartphone data recovery, Server data recovery etc. 

Here is the complete data recovery process: 

1. Submitting storage media device

The very first step is you will have to submit the storage media device which can be a hard drive, SSD, micro SD card, smartphone etc. to them so that they can perform analysis test on it. Now you might have faced a logical problem that means the data was erased/formatted accidentally or affected by virus or ransomware. This is a case of logical recovery which is also done by Stellar Data Recovery. One of the other common cases is physical damage to the device or storage media because of which one is unable to read the data. The third case can be of Logical cum Physical recovery which is again covered by them. You can walk into one of their 15 centers spread across India to submit the device or avail for their pickup service too. The pickup service also has an option to go for safety box (in-case of the hard drive) which is provided by Stellar, and it prevents any further damage to the storage media while shipping. 

2. Analysis

The second step is performing analysis to see the condition of storage media and check how much data can be recovered. This is all part of an assessment report which covers the state of media, how much data can be recovered, the time required to recover data, and lastly, the charges involved. So this analysis gives the customer a complete summary of data recovery process, charges and chances of data recovery. 

3. Data Recovery

After getting the approval from the customer, they perform data recovery. The customer needs to specify any important data that is required which may be a folder, file related to work. Stellar Data Recovery has a policy of No Recovery No Charge and if they will not able to recover desired data, there are no recovery charges… So this gives the customer a confidence in trusting the company for their services. After this, the data recovery experts start the data recovery process. If it is a case of logical recovery then they will use various software to recover the data. In case of physical recovery, they repair the hard drive or other storage devices temporarily then make a clone image out of it. This image is then used to recover the complete data of the customer. The data recovery takes place in ISO certified class 100 clean room which provides a highly controlled environment with a preset temperature, humidity, and dust particle level. It has only 100 dust particles per cubic foot of air which is the standard they have to maintain in class 100 clean room. These rooms are required if a hard disk is to be disassembled and maximum data is expected from the storage device. They have a lot of spare parts too to temporarily repair the hard drive or any other storage device. The company maintains a high level of security in each lab with fingerprint sensors and only authorized personnel gets access to the data recovery lab. This is required to maintain data privacy across different people in the company.

4. Data verification

As the data is recovered, the customer is informed and is asked to review & verify the recovered data. This can be done by walking in the centers or one can also verify the data using TeamViewer.

5. Data delivery and privacy

Lastly, the data is delivered to the customer in the external storage media device provided by the customer. Additionally, the company also provides external storage media with data care pack at a discounted price. It is up to the customer how they want their data back. After the whole process Stellar wipes the complete data backup from their servers after 7 working days ensuring complete data privacy and protection.

So this is how the process of data recovery happens at Stellar Data Recovery Labs. The clean 100 room is USP of the company as it is mandatory for the physically damaged hard drive and other media storage. Also, data privacy is one of the major factors in Stellar Data Recovery. Only people with authorized access has entry to specific labs and the engineers working inside only know the Job ID and no such information about the customers. This protocol is followed so that customer’s data privacy is maintained at each and every step. Data authentication is also a step which is kept completely transparent with the customer so that the customer can make sure that all the data recovered is correct. After handing over the data, they use a software to automatically wipe out every single bit of data from their servers for customer data privacy. During my visit, I saw the company has a number of spare parts (because they receive old hard drives, many manufacturers may have discontinued old models and so for recovering data they require spare parts) and a variety of tools that are required to recover the data. Here is something that I experienced after my visit to Stellar Data Recovery labs that this whole process is not a simple task and needs a lot of efforts along with tools, class 100 clean room, and trained experts. All this is present at Stellar Data Recovery Labs which is why I am pretty sure that they can recover complete data out of any damaged storage media such as hard drive, raid, server, mobile phones etc. If you really are thinking of getting the data back, then local vendors are something you should avoid. Because they might damage the storage media and you won’t get the complete data out of it. So it is always better to seek professional help and go with a market leader like Stellar Data recovery. Let me know if you have any doubts regarding the process in the comment section below.

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Hostinger single web hosting review and features

Hostinger is a web hosting company that provides various plans for shared hosting and VPS. The best thing about this company is that it offers some great products at a very affordable prices. I am using their single web hosting for quite some time so I wanted to share its review with my readers. This review is based on my 1 year usage of the service and I will also list out the features in detail. This will help you to understand what all features you get with this hostinger single web hosting so that you can use it for the best purpose. So read my full hostinger single web hosting review and the features it has to offer.

Hostinger single web hosting review and features

We will start with the basic features list down and then understand in detail with my review. So these are the basic features which are also listed on the website. You can buy it from here for some exciting discounts.

Hostinger Single Web Hosting features:

  • 1 Website
  • 10 GB Disk Space
  • 100 GB Bandwidth
  • 1 MySQL Database
  • 1 FTP User
  • 1 Email Account
  • Easy Website Builder
  • Powerful Control Panel

So this plan is suitable if you just want to host one website online. The resources are enough to handle single website on their server. The company is highly transparent as they don’t have the word unlimited listed in this feature list. You can see that you get 10 GB disk space which is more than enough for one website. Other companies hide the truth by writing unlimited and then giving you limited storage by mentioning it in the terms and condition. You get 100 GB of bandwidth which is again enough for starters considering you don’t host a lot of media like videos which is never recommended on any shared hosting. So for single website this should suffice. Next you get 1 MySQL database which can easily handle one website. Single FTP account using which you can do file transfers easily. I just love using FTP service to backup/restore my website on any server. One email address which is enough if you are the sole owner of the website. But if you have got a team then this won’t suffice. I guess they should increase this to atleast 3 or 5 email accounts. But considering the price range we cannot argue much. If need arises, then you can shift to a third part service for email like Zoho which offers 10 users in their free plan. Next is website builder feature which comes free with this plan. So if you don’t wish to use a CMS like wordpress you can design your website using this too. It has many prebuilt templates to build the website easily. And last but the most important thing is CPANEL access where all the action happens.

So these were the resources and features you get with single web hosting. While most of the features are enough to satisfy the need of single website, the only thing which is missing is more number of email accounts. But I already told you the solution of using free third party services to compensate that too. So now let’s move on to control panel and the various options available.

The best thing about this Cpanel is it is clutter free with minimal useful options only. So you don’t have some unnecessary things which you will never use. So there are some normal options for email settings like adding email, auto-responders, email forwarders, G-Suite etc. You get some auto-installers where you can install various CMS and there is a long list to choose from. I used wordpress installer which was very easy to use. You have got two different file manager options with this plan. The first one is basic but great in looks. But the second one has some useful features like zip and unzip too if you upload a zip archive directly. If you are facing issues for uploading backup files using file manager then it is always preferred to use FTP for the same. Other common features include MySql database, phpMyAdmin, FTP accounts, cron jobs etc. You don’t get SSH access with this plan. But one amazing feature that I noticed was GIT, so you can use this server to make your repositories private. Also you can deploy applications directly from public git repository too. This is just for advanced users so if you don’t know about GIT it is ok. The last section of others include some features like IP manager to whitelist/blacklist IP address, fix file ownership, activity log etc.

Payment options:

For people living in India, the option of debit card might not work so you might have to pay using credit card only. Or you can use Paypal account and they even accept payments using cryptocurrencies which is really cool. But as of now the transaction fees for crypto transaction is high so choose the best option which suits you. You can get full refund within 30 days of purchase if you are not satisfied with their services.

So these were some features of the hostinger single web hosting plan and the resources at your disposal. Overall my experience was great of using Hostinger for more than a year now. The uptime with these servers was good and I would totally recommend this product to anybody wishing to take their business online. If you have any type of doubt then please post it in the comment section below. I am hoping that you like this Hostinger single web hosting review and features list. I would love to do more such reviews if it proves helpful to the readers.

Dual Rear camera

Honor 9 Lite launched with quad camera

Honor today, at an event in Delhi, released the latest quad camera smartphone, which delivers unparalleled images for the selfie lovers.  The Honor 9 lite was launched at an extremely competitive price point of INR 10,999 for 32 GB variant and INR 14,999 for 64 GB variant. The Honor 9 Lite is a 5.65-inch smartphone with a 18:9 IPS display, designed with dual cameras on both the front and rear. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0.

Honor is an industry leader in its creation of reasonable value products, combining top-end quality and performance at a highly competitive price point. Compared to other smartphones in the same price bracket, the Honor 9 Lite leads the way in combining value with the all-important wider screen, bezel-less display and a series of high-end features; from the premium glass body, quad-lens camera, a long-lasting battery and unmatched durability and quality:

Impressive Quad Camera setup

The Honor 9 Lite sports a 13MP quad camera setup which is paired with a rear 13MP dual-lens camera and PDAF fast focus, taking pictures that look more natural and lively. Moreover, with advanced wide aperture mode which enables the users to refine the focus after photo taking, allowing the user to capture their life’s moments with greater accuracy and artistry.

Stunning bezel-less, Full HD screen

Honor’s pursuit of constructing bezel-less screen smartphone has resulted in the Honor 9 Lite being built with a 5.65-inch FullView FHD+ screen while keeping the body of a typical 5.2-inch screen device. Its 2160×1080 FHD+ and 18:9 bezel-less display empowers the users to multi-task and enjoy a more dynamic visual experience.

Reflective glass body

Honor 9 Lite has a sleek design with a premium double-sided 2.5D glass unibody. Constructed with layered nano-etched design on its back, the Honor 9 Lite shines bright with its mirror-like effect. On top of that, the slim integrated design and PPVD craftsmanship frame together enable light to flow around the device, bringing a seamless visual experience.

Uncompromised Performance

The Honor 9 Lite runs on EMUI 8.0, which is equipped with the latest AI technology including enhanced F2FS file system, resulting in more optimized system caching and no more worrying about the device getting slower over time. The Honor 9 Lite is equipped with the latest Kirin 659 Octa-core processor, fabricated in a cutting-edge 16-nanometer process. With a CPU that runs as fast as 2.36GHz and 3GB of high-speed memory, the possibilities are endless for users – whether they’re running multiple apps at once or playing high-performance games. The smartphone also houses a microSD card of up to 256 GB can be used to increase data storage.

Long Lasting Battery life

Honor 9 Lite clocks in at a massive 3000mAh battery that has been tested rigorously and optimized through Honor’s fifth-generation smart battery saving technology allowing the user to go a whole day on a single charge. With six power-saving features, the users can enjoy 86 hours offline music listening or 13 hours offline video watching, without worries.

Fast fingerprint scanner

Honor 9 lite is constructed with a rear fingerprint scanner mounted on the rear. It runs on Honor’s fourth-generation fingerprint identification technology speeding up the unlock process to an almost imperceptible 0.25 seconds.

“We are excited to bring to our customers the latest offering Honor 9 Lite. Boasting not only advanced camera setup but also elegant and superior unibody glass design, the Honor 9 Lite will prove to be an all-around package. We are delighted to bring this phone to the consumers with our latest EMUI 8.0 designed in the India R&D Center.” said P Sanjeev, VP- Sales, Consumer Business Group, Honor India.

“We are thrilled to partner up with Huawei for the Honor 9 Lite. Given its excellent price, specifications and honor’s technology, we’re sure it will be a Flipkart bestseller. Honor has been our esteemed partner and we are happy to bring to our customers Honor’s choicest offerings. ” said Ajay Veer Yadav, Flipkart.com

The Honor 9 Lite will available in three colors – Sapphire blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black. The smartphone will be available for purchase from January 21st, 12 midnight onwards via flash sales exclusively on Flipkart.com.  Honor has announced this special pricing basis an exciting campaign where, only the first one million customers of Honor 9 Lite would get an instant discount worth one billion. Additionally, the Honor 9 Lite will come with a complimentary back cover. And during the flash sale customers also avail bank offer of 10% cashback on CitBank Credit and Debit Cards at flipkart.com.

Honor has recently rolled out EMUI 8.0, an innovative software has been designed in-house in the R&D center in India and promises to deliver a quality user experience, aided by AI powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition.

Goqii fitness band

GOQii Fitness tracker with coaching review

GOQii is a fitness brand that has some of the amazing wearable fitness tracking technology. They have introduced a fitness tracking band which you can wear like a wristwatch. The band is quite slim when compared to a wristwatch dial. The fitness band does a good job in tracking your physical activities in various parameters like the number of steps, heart rate, etc. There is one unique feature that GOQii offers which is a real human fitness coach. So let us check what this is all about and is the band worth the buy.

GOQii Fitness tracker with coaching review:

We will start with the features first and then support them with my views of how good the features are in reality. Let us first check out the design followed the by the performance and we will end the review with the coaching review.

Design

GOQii band has a small OLED display covered by a rubber band. On the back of the display is the heart rate sensor. The display supports one tap touch to navigate through the options. The band is pretty comfortable to wear. At the start, you might not have a habit to wear something for the whole day, probably the night too. But then gradually once you get a hang of it, you might not even notice it on your hands. The rubber band can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth. Same goes for the tracker too. You can actually remove the tracker from the band, doing that will expose the charging USB system. You can directly plug the tracker into your charger which supports USB. There is no need of any USB cable for charging. Overall the design is pretty simple and nice.

Performance

The GOQii band measures quite a lot of parameters which can help you keep track of your fitness. It all starts with our plain and simple watch which shows time, date, and day too. Next, the watch measure’s step counts for the day. Depending on the count it gives you some distance data in Kms. Apart from that, you can know your sleep pattern. For this, you will have to connect the band with your phone using our classic connectivity tech – the Bluetooth. Just wear the band and go for a nice sleep. But first, you need to tell the app what is your sleep time. Based on that it will tell you how was your overall sleep in terms of deep and light sleep. It’s an amazing thing to see how you do at night. In terms of steps count, I would say the band picks up steps even when you are traveling in rick or bus. GOQii needs to work on this to remove unnecessary wrong counts. Though when you are walking, it measures the step quite well. Now depending on the workout, steps count, distance, it measures how many calories did you burn over the day. One of the features that GOQii introduced in the smart band segment was the heart rate measure. It measures the heart pulse per minute. This is a nice feature to experiment with while doing different types of activities. Apart from this, when the band is connected with phone via Bluetooth, it will also alert you for app notifications. One can set an alarm too in vibration mode. Also, you can set an alarm for inactivity for a long period of time – like sitting idle. The battery for the tracker is said to last 7 days depending on your usage.

Overall my experience of using the tracker was good. There were some false step counts while traveling in a vehicle due to movement, but apart from that, the tracker worked pretty decently.

Fitness Coach:

When you buy the band, you also get a free membership to GOQii coach for a limited period of time. This coach will guide you towards your goal and take follow-ups every few days over a phone call. The coach will recommend exercise and a good diet based on your daily routine. This was one of the best features I liked about this band. The coach gives you a human touch with this device.

Overall its always good to spend a few bucks on fitness trackers. With GOQii you get good tracking along with a coach to try on. So let us know your views on this new band and the fitness concept GOQii has introduced.

Car-Inverter

Intex car inverter charger full review

Intex had launched this multipurpose car inverter charger which can be used to convert car 12-14V DC battery power to 200V AC power. Now this can be used to plug in chargers of laptops/mac or if need be you can even plug in some light load appliances. This is one amazing device as one can gain benefit of charging laptop inside a moving car(dream come true right!). Apart from that there are some other charging features too. We did a complete review after using the product for a sufficient amount of time. So let us share our Intex car inverter charger full review.

What is an inverter?

Well in terms of electronics an inverter is something that converts direct current DC to alternating current AC. Our phones and laptops normally use chargers to convert AC to DC and then charge on DC power supply. Every car battery is a DC supply of around 12-14V that cannot be directly used to charge our laptops. Now using an inverter we will convert 12-14V DC to 200V AC and then use a charger to again convert it to suitable DC voltage of approx 19V in most cases. So in short apart from mobile charging, you can now charge your tablets and laptops while travelling in a car.

Intex Car Inverter Charger Full Review:

So Intex Car inverter DC-200 is a highly portable device and has a shape of small dustbin. Well it is shaped more like a cuboidal glass with tapering bottom. The reason behind this is you can easily place it in a glass holder which are already present in most of the cars. On the bottom there is a small fan which keeps the inverter cool enough to shed of some heat. Prolonged usage may lead the inverter to get a bit warm I would say. Also if you try to draw more current then also it will get warm but that is not something to worry about. There is a lid on top of the charger inside which are all the ports that you need. There is a standard 3 pin plug which gives output of around 200V AC when measured. Next there are two USB ports one with 2.4A written over it and other with a Auto range of 0-2.4A. There is not much of a difference as the current will be drawn based on your smartphone. These two usb ports can be used to charge your smartphones. Next you also have a cigaratte lighter slot in case you plan to use it or else you can again plug a car charger inside that. Now to turn things on/off we have a small white toggle switch and a indicator LED(power/fault). The design is great and the build is good too. You get a cable with car charger plug that goes into your car’s cigarrete lighter slot.

Features:

  • 3 Pin AC Plug for laptop chargers and other appliances
  • 2 USB 2.4A ports to charge smartphones
  • 1 car charger slot/cigarrete lighter

To get into some more technicalities, it is 200W rated with 250W max output and that can go up to 500W peak power. The USB ports are rated at 5V 3.4A rated.

Overall the device is a saviour for people like me who wish to carry their workstation inside a car. Your devices like laptop, smartphone, tablet charged along with some good internet is what you need to spend your life travelling in a car.  Never miss client’s call or  quick skype meeting if your laptop battery ran off. Also we tried powering Nvidia Jetson board with this and it worked pretty well. Just remember that you don’t plug in any heavy loads and even if you do it by mistake then there is a fuse and overcurrent protection on the inverter. The price of this device Intext DC-200 car inverter charger is around 2750 INR on Flipkart and Amazon. Let me know your views on this amazing car accessory and whether you will go for it or not in the comment section.

Vivobook S510

ASUS launches VivoBook S15 and ZenBook UX430

ASUS ‎today unveiled its latest flagship mainstream notebook ‘Vivobook S15’ at ‘Beyond The Edge’ press event in New Delhi. The event also showcased the all new Asus Zenbook UX430, the thinnest-ever ZenBook with discrete graphics. The latest ZenBook and VivoBook thin-and-light laptops push the boundaries of design and technology to deliver ultimate mobile computing experiences.

 

 

On the sidelines of the event, Mr. Peter Chang – Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager said “Today, the consumers want their everyday laptop to be stylish, slim, ultra-portable and yet a powerful performer for their daily tasks. With a set of unprecedented features, our latest VivoBook goes beyond the edge to ensure our users stay ahead of the curve. We believe that it will redefine the ‘Everyday’ laptop category in India.” 

ASUS VivoBook S15

A 15.6-inch laptop designed for those constantly on the go, featuring a 17.9mm profile and weighing just 1.7 kg. The ASUS VivoBook Series is renowned for offering outstanding value and performance, but the new VivoBook S Series pushes the boundaries to deliver levels of style and performance normally only found in higher-end laptops. The thin and lightweight VivoBook S is the latest and most stylish model in the VivoBook Series. It has a metallic Icicle Gold finish for a quality feel and features a NanoEdge display with a 7.8mm-slim bezel that provides a larger display area for more immersive viewing. This stylish laptop is powered by up to 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and feature NVIDIA® MX150 graphics.

NanoEdge display for immersive viewing

ASUS VivoBook features a Full HD (1920 x 1280) display with 178° wide-view technology for astonishing visuals, even when viewed from extreme positions. It’s the first laptop in its class to feature the slim-bezel NanoEdge display — the bezel is just 7.8 mm thin and gives VivoBook S15 an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Simple yet stylish design
The compact ASUS VivoBook S15 measures just 361 x 243.5 x 17.9mm and weighs 1.7 kg. It’s perfect for those constantly on the go and easily fits into a messenger bag or backpack. It has an attractive Icicle Gold metallic finish for a premium look. For comfortable working in any lighting conditions, the notebook is equipped with an ergonomic backlit keyboard. An integrated fingerprint sensor offers extra security and allows easy one-touch, password-free login with Windows Hello.

Performance & multitasking

ASUS VivoBook S15 is powered by an 8th Generation quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U and i5-8250U  processor with up to 16GB DDR4 2133Hz memory for super-smooth multitasking performance and features NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 graphics. It has dual storage drives, with a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) to give users ample space to store music and media libraries, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) to reduce boot-up and app loading times.  The reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port makes it easier to connect devices, with USB 3.1 Gen 1 providing superfast data transfer speeds — making it possible to transfer a 2GB movie to a USB drive in seconds. For maximum convenience and compatibility, ASUS VivoBook S15 also features one USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and Bluetooth® 4.2. Its dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides up to 6X-faster data speeds over the previous 802.11n standard.

SuperBattery
ASUS VivoBook S15 laptops feature a Lithium polymer battery that offers up to 8 hours battery life and a 3x longer lifespan than standard Lithium-ion cylinder batteries. The new ASUS Battery Health Charging Technology prolongs battery lifespan, decreases battery expansion rate and helps ensures the battery stays in a good condition. Fast-charge technology also charges the battery to 60 percent in just 49 minutes. If a laptop is constantly plugged in and the battery stays at 98% to 100% of its maximum capacity for long periods, this will significantly decrease its lifespan and may cause it to expand physically.

The ASUS VivoBook S15 has two technologies that prevent this and extends the battery’s operational life:

  1. SuperBattery – A special battery preservation technology known as “SuperBattery” that gives it three times (3X) the battery lifespan of conventional laptop batteries. SuperBattery does this by intelligently monitoring and limiting the maximum charge that can be given to the battery cells. With SuperBattery, the ASUS VivoBook S15 can:
  • Achieve a total of over 900 charge cycles compared to 300 for a conventional notebook’s batteries
  • Rapidly charge the ASUS VivoBook S15 from 0 to 60% of the capacity in only 49 minutes.
  1. The Asus Battery Health Charging App – This allows users to manually set the Relative State of Charge (RSOC) to 60%, 80% or 100%. Limiting the laptop charging in this way helps to further increase its battery’s operational life.

ASUS Beyond The Edge’ also showcased ZenBook UX430, the thinnest ever ZenBook with discrete graphics. Weighing only 1.25kg, the Full HD 14” Windows 10 laptop features 7.18mm NanoEdge bezel providing an 80% screen to body ratio. Offering a 178-degree wide view with a matte non-reflective surface, ZenBook UX430 is powered by up to Intel 8th Generation Core i7 processor with the main memory of 16GB DDR4 (2133MHz) and up to 512 GB Storage. Offering a 9-hour long battery life & performance benefits of NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics up to MX150,  for work or entertainment, the ZenBook UX430 is best suited for people on-the-go who want to take more in less space!

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

  • ASUS VivoBook S15 will be available from October 01, 2017 across all online and offline retailer and partners at a starting price of INR 59,990/-
  • Asus Zenbook UX430 is available across all online and offline retailer and partners at a starting price of INR 74,990/
ASUS Zephyrus

Best Slimmest Gaming Laptops 2017

The best gaming laptops take on many different appearances, these slimmest laptops are the best ones for gamers which are easy to move, they can enjoy their passion inside out. Gamers will end up loving the deadly combination of the software and the lightest weight. Here are the best 3 light weighted best slimmest gaming laptops 2017:

Best Slimmest Gaming Laptops 2017

  1. ASUS GX501 Zephyrus – The world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 (Kaby Lake) processor and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics with Zephyrus features the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultra-slim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system. It also features customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects and a super-fast 120Hz panel with wide-view technology, 100 percent sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ for breathtaking gaming visuals.

Price – Rs. 2,99,990/- onwards

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2. Lenovo Legion Y720 – the gaming laptop features a 15.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device is powered by the latest Intel Core i7- i7-7700HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) along with NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 graphics card. The laptop is backed by up to 16GB RAM (2x8GB DDR4 2400) and 2TB of internal storage. On the connectivity front, it offers three USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi 2×2 AC, Bluetooth 4.1.

The device runs on latest Windows 10 and comes with loaded with HD 720P webcam. It measures 38.0 cm x 27.7 cm x 2.9 cm and weighs 2.95 Kg and offers up to 5 hours of backup.

Price – Rs. 1,49,990/- onwards

3. Acer Predator Helios 300 – The Predator Helios 300 notebook is powered by up to a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, mated with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop can be configured with either an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics processor. The AeroBlade 3D fan inside the notebook keeps it cool while you play graphics-heavy games.

Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display. It offers a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage.

Price – Rs. 1,29,999/- onwards

So these were some of the best slimmest gaming laptops 2017. Let me know which one would you go for in the comment section below.

Android-Nougat-7.0

How to get Nougat 7.0 update in Honor 6X [No Root required]

Honor 6X was one of the budget devices that was launched with dual cameras. Honor manages to successfully optimize the software to make the best use of the hardware. Even the battery capacity is good with Honor 6X. But the one thing that it is lacking is the Android 7.0 Nougat update and Google recently announced its successor Android Oreo 8.0. Though Honor did start rolling it(Nougat 7.0) out, many people still haven’t received it, especially in India. So today I will tell you how to get Nougat 7.0 update in Honor 6X.

Before we start off, I need to tell you that you will be receiving an official update from Honor using this method. We will just change the IP address so that the servers will give access to you for the updates based on your new updated location. You don’t require to root your device though you can backup the files in case of some update failure just to be safe. In my case, I didn’t do it and it is working all fine.

How to get Nougat 7.0 update in Honor 6X [without Root]?

  1. Go to Play Store and download the app Firmware Finder.
  2. After downloading it hit the refresh icon and check out the updates for your device.
  3. Now go to settings from the left options panel and then unselect and select the “Use proxy for install” option.
  4. It will then prompt you to download another app called Firmware Finder Proxy. It is not available directly on Play Store.
  5. Download it and install it too. Before that make sure that you have checked the option to install apps from unknown sources in the settings menu.
  6. Now just open the new Firmware Finder Proxy app and read the instructions written on the app.
  7. You need to connect your device to some WiFi connection. Then select the WiFi connection to modify network by long pressing it. In the modify network option, click ‘show advanced option‘.
  8. In the advanced option select proxy as manual. In the server space, you can enter localhost and the port can be 8080. The app firmware finder proxy actually assigns your device a proxy IP address so keep it open in the background.
  9. Now go to settings -> update. And keep hitting refresh in the interval of 10 seconds. You will soon see an Android Nougat 7.0 update popping up.
  10. Download it and install the update like the normal method. Just keep both the apps running in the background till the update is completed.
  11. As soon as you are done with the updating, go to WiFi and select proxy as none. If you keep it on manual, then the internet won’t work.

In this way, you can get Android Nougat 7.0 update in Honor 6X device without root. Though I miss some features and layouts of the older version, I feel that this is more snappy than earlier. 3 days now and I am used to the new layout. You can go ahead and change the launcher layout in settings to vertical scroll. I hope this will fulfill your wish of using Android Nougat 7.0 on Honor 6X and you won’t feel left out in the Pixel or Nexus software update race. If you have any issues in following the above method, drop some comments down below.

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Is Lenovo Ideapad 310 the best yet from Lenovo?

Have you been thinking of buying a new laptop lately? Do latest and pocket-friendly gadgets fascinate you? Then we might just have the best laptop for you, which is none other than – Lenovo Ideapad 310. This newly launched laptop comes with many exciting features at an amazing price range. Not only is it the one sure shot answer to all of the above questions, but it also is, undoubtedly, a better-quality laptop as compared to most of the existing lots in the market. But is it the best? Let’s find out.

Lenovo Ideapad 310:

Lenovo first introduced the Ideapad 310 and Ideapad 510 together. Their launch in the Indian market was done in October 2016. There were also some of the cheap laptops in the same range but this model has some good features too. Let’s now head on to some of the striking features of this laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad 310 is backed with the latest 7th generation Intel Core i5 7200U processor running on Windows 10 Home Operating System. It comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM. The handy screen size of 15.6 inches which is actually a Full HD IPS Display coupled with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, enhances gaming, surfing, and visual experience. Lenovo Ideapad 310 also has N16V-GMR1 DDR3L Graphics processor and a hard drive space of 1 TB. Not only this, it flaunts a 1 MP webcam with microphone for better video calling and recording experience, Trackpad for scrolling and navigation, and a built-in DVD Drive. The features ensure that you get a never before experience all through the day.

 

Coming to the price, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is available on Amazon.in at a very reasonable price point of Rs. 46,990 only. If are an HFDC cardholder then with current Amazon HDFC offer you can grab additional 10% cashback. This price is very cheap if we take into consideration the Intel i5 7th Gen processor and other exquisite features of this laptop.  Buying from Amazon also gives you a choice to either pay full at the beginning or make use of the no cost EMI offer.

Pros:

Lenovo Ideapad 310 has plenty of features that make it stand out from the rest of the crowd-

The Look- The laptop offers a very clean and simplistic design. The silver-colour adds a touch of sophistication to the laptop and resembles aluminum. The sides, on the other hand, are black and flat. This Black & White contrast gives the notebook a classy retro look.

However, the interior is a different story. Sturdy from top to bottom except at the middle of the keyboard which feels really comfortable with the popular AccuType design, this laptop has got the looks to watch for.

The Cost- Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes at an unbelievable price point of just Rs 46,690. Most other companies do not give such a powerful processor in this range. Even if they do, there is surely a significant compromise made on some other aspect of performance.

Take Lenovo Yoga 510 Notebook, for instance, which is also equipped with the 7th Gen processor, but costs around 13,000 more or Dell Inspiron 500, which has roughly the same specifications as the Ideapad 310, but costs approximately Rs 12,000 more. So, Lenovo Ideapad is very cost-efficient.

The Processor- Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6500U (Skylake) dual-core processor, the Notebook’s CPU offers better than sufficient performance results for its most users. A 2.5 GHz base clock speed, that can be increased to 3 GHz (two cores) or 3.1 GHz (one core), using Turbo, is offered by the processor. The Cinebench R15 test, a tool to compare graphics and performance across various platforms and processors, gives Lenovo Ideapad 310 total 131 points as opposed to the 74 points to Lenovo Ideapad 500 (AMD A10-8700 Processor), proving  310 to be a much better performer.

Cons:

Lenovo Ideapad 310, just like everything else in this world, is far from perfect. Here are the factors it needs serious improvement on-

The Screen- Having a glossy screen with a default resolution of 1366×768 pixels, the display of Lenovo Ideapad 310 offers a fairly good contrast of 714:1, but the brightness feels insufficient. Not only this, many instances of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) flickering at a rate of 50 Hz at 80% or lower brightness levels, has also been observed. The quality of visual also decreases as we change the viewing angles, with the occurrence of contrast shift across the board. Besides, the device also shows flickering at the time of power adapter connection. All of the above factors, on prolonged exposure, may result in headaches and eye problems for users.

The Battery- The battery capacity is on the lower side, at just 30Wh, so that reflects in the performance too. When the Windows power profile is “Balanced”, the notebook is not in power saving mode, and the brightness is set to 150 cd/m², the IdeaPad reaches a run time of just 5:32 h, which is quite an average battery life.

So, is it the best from Lenovo?

The answer is No. Going through the hardware and software configuration of Lenovo Ideapad 310, it can be clearly seen that this notebook is quite budget friendly but performance wise, it is not completely up to the standard of some of its counterparts. In simplest terms, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is okay in most respects. It is good, but certainly not the best. It gives you the latest generation Intel Core i5 processor paired with Intel Integrated Graphics, which can be considered just fine compared to most other alternatives in the market. However, the screen problems and reduced battery life are a problem we just cannot overlook.

Instead, for a few extra bucks, you can always go for the more powerful Lenovo Ideapad 510, with 8 GB RAM and offers great multimedia capabilities. It can better support the 7th Gen Intel Core I5 processor and has a 2 GB Nvidia GeForce Graphic Card to enhance your gaming experience too.

At the end of the day, the Ideapad 510 is a great improvement over 310 in terms of performance, screen quality and extended features. The notebook is available on Amazon.in at an exclusive price point of Rs 59,990 only. Additionally, you can use the available electronics offers to trim down your cost considerably.

Conclusion:

Overall, Lenovo IdeaPad 310 is an amazingly designed yet affordable 15-inch gadget with newer hardware but might not necessarily be future-proof. So if you are planning to buy a laptop with nice features but have a stringent budget window of around Rs 45,000, then you can surely go for this grab. All in all, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is a very sophisticated, stylish yet powerful laptop available in a very reasonable price range, but isn’t still the best from Lenovo.

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Angel Broking ARQ: Smart Financial Advisor!

Every time, I see people investing, they mostly choose the safer option of going with F.D. or PPF. But what other smart people do is go for stock markets, mutual funds or buy equities. Recently many people did invest in crypto currencies too. If you sum up the financial investment trend then you will realize that the safer routes you take, the less returns is what you get. But if you go for the stock markets with higher risk potential, the returns might be more. For you to succeed and make a smart choice, you need a financial advisor who knows everything about the current market and make some smart future choices. The traditional approach was going to some people who possess such kind of knowledge, but we are living in the 21st century so let us just make good use of technology. Here is where the company Angel Broking comes in which is one of leader when it comes to financial investments. They have launched a smart investment engine named ARQ which actually understands the current market and can make better future investment choices for you.

Angel Broking

For those of you who don’t know about Angel Broking, it is a stock broking firm which was established more than 25 years back. They provide retail investors with a good range of investment options and financial advisory including the execution services through membership of all key capital market institutions in India. Lead by Mr. Dinesh Thakkar who is the Managing Director of Angel Broking, his vision made Angel Group India’s one of the most preferred broking service group in commodities, equities, and currencies. If we talk about numbers, Angel broking has a presence in 103 cities, 9000+ registered sub-brokers, and over 1 million clients.

What is ARQ?

ARQ is a revolutionary automated investment engine which helps retail investors by providing them personalized advice to invest the money in the right stocks which can give huge returns. It works on advanced machine learning algorithms and modern portfolio theory to provide you with best financial guidance while investing. There are various financial experts monitoring ARQ 24×7 to make it even better and accurate. In simple words, it lets you harness the max performance of equities as an asset class. ARQ will offer you recommendations for equity stocks and mutual funds.

Foundation of ARQ

ARQ is a powerful investment engine because of these factors:

  • Machine learning
  • Cognitive Algorithms
  • Teraflops of Processing power
  • Experts Insights

How to get started with ARQ?

There are basically two methods using which one can access ARQ – Desktop & Angel Broking Mobile App. I would suggest you go with the latter option as it is pretty convenient to manage all your financial investments through your smartphone. The App is available on Android, iOS and Windows platforms which are widely used.

So to begin with one needs to have a Demat Account with Angel Broking. Normally opening a demat account is very tedious process as the documentation work is quite heavy. But Angel Broking has even made this process simpler by using technology at its best. So you can now open a Demat account in approx an hour if you have all the required documents ready. Once you have the app installed you will see that it is a one-stop solution for maintaining your financial portfolio. You can keep records of your equity, mutual funds, bonds, commodity, currency etc. all in just one app. Once you login and jump to the ARQ section, it will first check your age, risk appetite, your previous investment experience, and other factors to determine the best mutual funds and equity choices. It will send you recommendations through SMS notifications and you can execute the trade if you wish to do so. Just remember that ARQ will provide you with guidance and smart choices, but in the end it all comes down to your choice whether to go with it or not. So you are in control of where you are investing your funds. ARQ’s model has been tested using scientific testing and validated by its past track records. It is calibrated to take advantage of upticks in stocks or mutual funds during one’s investment period.

Overall I think that it is always better to take help of the latest technology and make a smart choice when it comes to investment. If you are anyways going to take the risk, then why not just cross check with some financial investment engine like ARQ which is monitored by experts. I won’t say that the system is perfect or flawless, but it will reduce the risk factor and increase the chances of gaining more returns from the market. Let me know your thoughts on the latest investment engine ARQ by Angel Broking and share your experience of using it.