Google Home Vs Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which is best for India?

While Smart Home Speakers are still to mature as a fully grown product, they are creating a good buzz around themselves. In India, the market of smart home speakers features only two major players, Amazon and Google. While Amazon entered the Indian Market with its Amazon Echo much earlier, Google has recently unveiled its Google Home in India. So now Indian buyers do have options, but to choose one from these two isn’t an easy task. Both of these have some amazing features while both miss out on some qualities also. So the question is, how should one go about buying a smart speaker? Well, to answer this question, we need to dig deep and find out the pros and cons of each of them.

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which is best for India?

Price and Availability

Indian Market is one of the most price sensitive ones. So, the first thing that everyone would be looking to know is the price comparison. Well, on the price front, both Google, the late entrant, has played smartly and kept the price exactly the same as Amazon Echo. Both Google Home and Amazon Echo cost Rs 9,999. The other versions, Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot also cost INR 4,499 each. However, Amazon has introduced some discounts on its products and one can avail various Amazon coupons as well.

Availability is also not an issue with both. While Google Home is easily available on Flipkart, Amazon Echo can be bought on Amazon.in. Both the companies have tied up with offline stores also and you can get these at Croma, Reliance Digital and other offline outlets.

Design

On the design front, Google Home feels much more pleasing to the eye as compared to Amazon Echo although it is also a good one. The top half of Google Home is covered with white plastic, which the bottom half is more round-ish and is covered with fabric. At first instance, it does look like air-freshener or fancy lamp and doesn’t make you feel that it is a highly technical product.

On the other hand, Amazon Echo has a basic cylindrical shape, but it does give a swanky industrial look. Since the design is pretty basic and minimalistic, there isn’t much to talk about. However, this nowhere means that Amazon Echo doesn’t look good.

One more thing to notice is that Amazon Echo has mechanical buttons on the top, while Google Home touch-sensitive buttons. Also, Google Home comes with 4 colored LEDs on the top, which gives it some brownie points when it comes to design. But again, not all the people will love a single design. So both are good looking, but Google Home does a little better on design.

Features

We’ll talk about Google Home first. Since, Android is the most popular OS in the country, using Google Assistant isn’t a tough job to learn. Just say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘Okay Google’, and the speaker wakes up. You can set reminders, play music and do some basic searches on it. If you have Google Chrome cast installed in your house, you can sync both the devices and control chrome cast by voice command only.

Further, Google Home can read aloud the news for you, can even speak the recipes for you, and can also play podcasts. However, one big disappointment with Google Home is that cannot make calls. Despite Google already having the access to calls and contacts in your phone, not being able to make calls through Google Home is certainly dissatisfactory.

On the other hand, Amazon Echo has the assistant named Alexa. It wakes up by just saying ‘Alexa’, which feels more natural and comfortable to say. While Amazon Echo can also do routine tasks like playing music, setting alarms and reading news, but it cannot read aloud recipes or podcasts. However, it can definitely read e-books for you, which definitely compensates the deficit of podcasts. Also, Amazon Echo can make calls for you, which gives it a big plus over Google Home. Moreover, you can do shopping through Amazon Echo, and Track delivery status also, which is another amazing feature.

But more than all this, what gives Amazon Echo a big lead is ‘Skills.’ Amazon allows Alexa to be linked with third-party apps. So which Amazon Echo, you can book a cab on Ola, order food on Zomato and do a whole lot more of things, which Google Home isn’t even close to doing.

Also, Amazon Echo has a feature named ‘Routine’, which does some customized tasks for you on saying a specific phrase. For example, whenever you say ‘Good Morning Alexa’, it can start reading the news for you, remind you all of the meetings for today and can even turn on the lights. You just need to customize it and you can do much more ‘routine’ tasks. So feature-wise, since Amazon is the early mover as it gets a clear advantage over Google Home.

Sound Quality

If you’re looking for sound quality as you get in those JBL speakers, you’re seriously expecting a lot. The music playback on both the speakers isn’t the most impressive one and is more of a pastime rather than some serious entertainment.

However, when it comes to accent, Google has tried to give its assistant an Indian accent, but it fails miserably. The sound output of Google Assistant feels robotic and unnatural, which distorts the comfort. However, Alexa’s accent is much more natural, and it actually feels like talking to someone when you’re using it.

Both of the speakers do not have the support of any Indian language like Hindi, Tamil or Punjabi. However, both of these do recognize proper nouns like ‘atta’ and names of Indian singers and movies, which makes their usage very smooth.

Although, Google Home does better than Amazon Echo in sound output, it struggles to recognize the voice of user while playing music on high volume. One has to nearly shout to make Google Home recognize the voice, which becomes slightly irritating. Amazon Echo has 3.5 mm audio jack support, while Google Home misses out on this feature.

Privacy

Imagine a device from a multinational internet company is listening and saving everything that you say at your home, sounds a bit strange right? Well, if you are placing a smart speaker in your home, the privacy of your conversations is a big concern.

Amazon Echo records each and every conversation you do with Alexa. All the conversations are converted into an audio file, and stored in your Amazon account. Although this is to improve your future searches, but the fact that everything is getting recorded might feel uncomfortable to some. However, Amazon does give you the option to delete all these recordings also, but that will impact Echo’s performance.

On the other hand, if you want to use Google Home, you’ll have to turn on features like Web & App Activity, Device Information and Voice & Audio Activity, which is definitely going to cause uneasiness to a lot of people. Many people prefer to keep these settings off, and for Google Home, it is mandatory to turn these on. Further, turning on these setting for Google Home also turns them on for Chrome Browser and your phone too, which again a mess. Although, Google has maintained the trust from so many years about data privacy, but being aware of these facts related to privacy is a necessary thing.

Verdict

So here comes the final call, Amazon Echo or Google Home, which one you should go for? Well, both of them are amazing devices and offer great functionality, but in Indian Context, it seems like Amazon Echo is slightly ahead of Google Home. Amazon has been there in the market for a while and has introduced some worthy changes to make their device better. Many features like making calls, better privacy, and better accent, shopping and routine make it a much smarter device that Google Home, and that is why it wins the race.

However, it must not be forgotten that Google has just entered the market. It is pretty obvious that Google will introduce many improvements to make Google Home a device better than Amazon Echo. So at the moment, Amazon Echo seems like the clear winner. But 6 months down the line, the answer to this question can change.

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.

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Vivo’s Diwali 2017 Carnival offer

This festive season, Vivo, the premium global smartphone brand, announces the first-ever Vivo Diwali Carnival starting 10th October. The three-day carnival will witness exciting offers on the selected range of Vivo smartphones such as the latest V7+, V5Plus, and V5s exclusively on Flipkart.

The Vivo Diwali Carnival offers some attractive exchange offers, zero cost EMI and cashbacks. Customers can avail up to Rs.2000 off on an exchange of any smartphone against the recently launched flagship V7+ and up to Rs.5000 off for V5 Plus and V5s. Additionally, it offers a 12-month no-cost EMI and 10% cashback across all HDFC credit and debit cards for customers who place pre-paid orders on Flipkart. Other exciting offers include BookMyShow couple vouchers up to Rs. 500.

Do check out the latest flagship by Vivo that was Vivo V7+ launched recently with amazing display and performance.

Speaking on this festive occasion, Mr. Kenny Zheng, CMO, Vivo India said “We are delighted to host the first ever Diwali carnival during this festive season. It is that time of the year when festivities bring an unparalleled joy to people and it is essential for us to engage with our customers during these moments. India is a key market for Vivo and we are humbled to receive much love for the brand and our products. We are confident that our exciting offers on various flagship devices will be a great shopping experience.”

Link to the offer: Vivo Diwali 2017 Carnival offer Flipkart

Do let us know which offer is the most attractive according to you.

Car-Inverter

Intex Unveils Multipurpose Car Inverter Charger for the ‘On the Go’ Generation

Intex Technologies, one of the leading mobile handset brands, has enhanced its mobile accessories vertical with the launch of the multi-purpose Car Inverter Charger – DC-200 – for professionals on the move. The red coloured Car Inverter model DC-200 is a 200W power charger having an AC Socket, 2 USBs and a Cigarette Lighter Socket that allows 4 devices to be charged at one time. The multi-purpose Car Inverter is available at an affordable price of ₹ 3,499/-.

Along with DC-200, Intex’s latest range of mobile accessories includes the Wireless Ear Phones flaunting a sporty look to be carried when out for walking or jogging. Also launched today were a range of Power Banks.

With the growing need to make the smartphone experience better, Intex has launched these latest accessories for the tech savvy generation.

Commenting on the launch of the Car Inverter and other mobile accessories, Mr. Manish Gupta, Business Head – Mobile Accessories, Intex Technologies, said “In today’s busy lifestyle, especially for professionals, mobile accessories have become much more important than the mobile phone itself and so to cater to the convenience of the tech savvy youth, Intex has introduced the multipurpose car inverter charger. The product is especially beneficial to travelers and professionals who regularly travel by road. Intex has always designed products keeping in mind consumers’ needs & demands and we are sure that the latest range of accessories will prove to be a consumer’s delight.”

The Intex Car Inverter DC-200 has a multi-protection system – covering overloading, overcurrent, overheating, low voltage, short circuit, low battery shutdown and surge protection, which ensure there is no harm caused to the electronic devices when charged. The DC-200 takes a DC input and converts it into an AC output, since car batteries provide DC voltage output, and most consumer electronic products work on AC power, making it useful for charging laptops, mobiles, camera and other electronic devices on the go. Key features include an AC socket, a cigarette lighter socket, and Dual USB output with silent heat emission making the DC-200 Car Inverter a unique and powerful product when travelling anywhere.

Another element present in the Car Inverter is Fuse Protection with built-in 25A/32V fuse protection. Hence, when the battery voltage goes up, it does not damage the device, but increases its life and keeps the car wiring safe. The Trip in Overload feature ensures that the car inverter while receiving high voltage (more than 15v-16v or lower than 9v-10v), automatically manages the fluctuation through overvoltage, under-voltage.

A unique mobile accessory launched today from the House of Intex is the Wireless Ear Phones BT 13 priced at ₹ 1,499. Flaunting a sporty look with excellent sound quality, it is designed specifically for sports and health/fitness enthusiasts. The earphones are comfortable to wear and don’t fall off, enabling users to run and move freely. It is supported with Bluetooth V4.1 and has an operating range of up to 10 meters which is compatible with most bluetooth devices. It is also equipped with a built-in high definition microphone and has voice prompt for easy operation. The smart BT-13 earphones come in three colours – Yellow, Green and Black.

As a part of the series, Intex has also introduced Polymer Cell series of Power Banks with 6000mAh, 8000mAh and 1000mAh & 12500mAH Ion Series capacities that ensure users’ phones are charged even on the go. Available in Yellow, Black and White colours, the users have the option to choose what suits them best.

Way back in 2011, Intex Technologies entered into the mobile accessories segment with the objective of narrowing the gap between mobile batteries and chargers. This gap was bridged by INTEX GO Green batteries and reliable chargers. Intex has been designing and developing mobile accessories ever since. Batteries, Chargers, Hands-free, Cables and Power banks are major products driving the business.

Key Features
Car Inverter: DC-200 Wireless Ear Phones BT 13
  • Output Power- 200W (250W Max.) with 2 USB Output Port (DC 5V/3.4A)
  •  AC Socket
  • Cigarette Lighter Port
  • Input Voltage – DC 11V~15V
  • Output Voltage – 220V~240V/50Hz
  • Multi-protection: Built-in 25A/32V fuse, overvoltage, under-voltage.
  • Protection: Low Battery Shutdown, Low Voltage Protection, Overload Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Over Temperature Protection, Surge Protection
  •  Version: Bluetooth V4.1.
  • Support mode: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP, Atp-x.
  • Distance: ≤10 meters.
  • Track: HD Stereo
  • Talking time: 3.5~4.5 hours
  • Chargers time: 1.5~2.5 hours
  • Standby time: 150~170 hours
  • Supporting function: music, Conversation, voice tone, voice prompt, battery status

 

GST

Airtel launches ‘GST Advantage’ for Small Businesses

Airtel Business, the B2B arm of India’s largest telecommunications service provider Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), today launched Airtel GST Advantage – a solution specifically designed to enable small businesses and start-ups to file their GST returns accurately, securely and seamlessly.

Launched in partnership with ClearTax, Airtel GST Advantage is being offered free to all existing Airtel Business customers, who simply need to register on Airtel GST Advantage.

Airtel GST Advantage – a three-pronged offering for customers

  • Get free and secure access to the GST Network via ClearTax: Airtel has partnered with ClearTax, India’s largest tax filing platform, to enable easy digital submission of returns by companies. With Airtel GST Advantage, customers can access ClearTax’s services free of charge. In other words, ClearTax’s GST software and platform will be available to Airtel customers without the subscription fee. This access to ClearTax is available till March 31st, 2018.
  • Get the best on-demand professional advice about GST:  All Airtel customers will have access to Airtel’s newly launched GST Advantage Helpdesk between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm on all weekdays. The Helpdesk will be managed by GST experts who will be available to advise Airtel customers on any query relating to GST. Airtel has also published a GST knowledge bank – developed by renowned tax experts. This knowledge bank will empower all Airtel Business customers with an in-depth information about GST.
  • Additionally, preserve bandwidth while filing GST returns: Airtel GST Advantage will also enable customers to upload their returns without worrying about bandwidth charges. With GST Advantage, businesses will get free additional data* with any Airtel corporate connection or device, to help them file returns.

Ashok Ganapathy, Director & CEO – Airtel Business said, “ The new GST regime is a landmark reform for the Indian economy and with Airtel GST Advantage, we would like to enable small businesses with free filing of returns, and free and secure data access. Airtel is also the data hosting and connectivity partner for the Goods and Services Network (GSTN)”.

 

Archit Gupta, CEO – ClearTax added, “We are excited to partner with Airtel. Since the launch of GST, we have been working hard to help businesses and Tax Professionals become GST-ready and make compliance easier in the new tax regime.  Together, we are sure to add many more milestones in our journey to getting India GST-ready.”

ClearTax offers cloud-based tools that help businesses with all their GST needs – right from creating invoices to filing returns and performing reconciliation. The Airtel GST Advantage uses ClearTax’s technology to offer hassle-free GST utilities to all its customers.

The launch of Airtel GST follows Airtel’s recent initiative of launching a first-of-its-kind digital platform to serve the growing connectivity, communication and collaboration requirements of emerging businesses

Amazon Prime

How to get Amazon Prime Membership for Free

Amazon started a Prime membership program that enables users to get quicker deliveries and some exclusive deals on its e-commerce website. Anyone could get 1-Month of Free Prime Membership on a trial basis. But now that offer is gone for good. As of now, you need to pay Rs.499 to get 1 Year of Amazon Prime Membership which is worth Rs. 999 as original pricing. But what if I tell you that you can get the benefits for Free. There is a glitch in the Amazon buying procedure which lets you enjoy Prime benefits for free. Ofcourse there is a catch to it, but it will work for sure. Let us see how to get Amazon Prime Membership for Free.

The glitch was accidentally discovered which activated the Amazon Prime membership. Here is how you do it.

How to get Amazon Prime Membership for Free?

  1. Log in to your Amazon account.
  2. Check the logo of Amazon. You will see the Try Prime option just below it. Click on it and the membership page will appear.
    How to get Amazon Prime Membership for Free
  3. On this page, you need to click on ‘Join Prime Today’.
  4. After this proceed normally like buying a product. You will see the total amount, just click on buy/check out.
  5. Enter shipping address, you can keep it as your home or any daily used address.
  6. Next step is to choose the payment method. Here is the main step where the magic happens.
  7. Select Net Banking as your payment method and choose HDFC Bank gateway for payment. Next click on Place Your Order and Pay.
    How to get Amazon Prime Membership for Free
  8. Netbanking page of HDFC will be opened in front of you. Just enter 123456789 in the user ID /Customer ID and click Continue.
  9. You will get an error message saying ‘You are not authorized to do this transaction’. Just close the window and open Amazon website.

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  10. Boom! You will see that your Amazon Prime Membership is activated.

Now the catch is that the Prime Membership stays for about 1 day. You will get various emails from Amazon saying that your Prime membership will be canceled if you don’t actually go ahead and pay. Just ignore them and buy the products you want. Once you have placed the order in the Prime Membership period, it will be delivered accordingly even if the Membership is canceled the next day. So whenever you need to purchase anything through Amazon Prime, then just repeat the same procedure. This works every time you do it and is totally tested. Just a few steps and you get Free Amazon Prime Membership for 1-day ‘n’ number of times. This is how you get Amazon Prime Membership for Free without paying any money. Enjoy the full benefits using this method. Let us know if you face any issues regarding the same method and we will be happy to help.

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.

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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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This Raksha Bandhan Strengthen Your Bond of Love With The Band of Fitness – Honor Band 3

The widely observed and much celebrated Raksha Bandhan, a quintessential Indian tradition that symbolizes the precious bond between brothers and sisters is also an occasion for treasuring memories through a thoughtful gift.

What better than the recently launched Honor Band 3, available in 3 vibrant colors that has taken the market by storm. The perfect gift for a sister or brother as everyone today is keen to pursue an active lifestyle. Honor Band 3, this bestseller amongst health bands is available in 3 vibrant colors Elegant  Black, Dynamic Orange, and Classic Navy Blue exclusively on Amazon.in.

If you need  further convincing that Honor Band 3 makes for the perfect gift at an attractive price point of Rs 2799/-, here are several reasons:

  • The minimalist design of Honor Band 3 is a first in its category to provide water resistance up to 50 meters and has customer swimming modes to track swim time, and calories burned.
  • It comes with optical heart rate monitoring technology that lets you check your statistics anytime with a twist of your wrist. For heart rate tracking, the band has five zones to help you precisely track and optimize your workouts – warm-up, fat burning, aerobic, anaerobic and extreme.
  • The Honor Band 3 comes equipped with options of automatic recognition of burnt calories, measuring the distance and intensity of activities.
  • Further, the band’s larger bright display not only helps you track your statistics but also works as your All Day Assistantwith notification alerts like caller ID, emails, call rejection, social media and calendar alerts. Integrated with Huawei TruSleep™ tracking technology.
  • The band adopts the sleep monitoring technology of TruSleep, which can accurately analyze various stages of sleep, including deep sleep, light sleep, REM sleep and awake, to help you obtain sleep quality evaluations and recommendations authorized by the CDB center of Harvard Medical School.

Friends too are often valued as much as siblings. There is Friendship Day on Aug 6 that is another opportunity to tell your bestie/s how much you treasure the bond or wish to rekindle a lost friendship. The Honor Band3 is a great way to express yourself.

What’s more, the Honor Band 3 is available at an attractive price of INR 2,799 exclusively on Amazon.in with a 12-month service warranty. So now is the time to break free from the staid and traditional gifting ideas and surprise them with the cool and hip Honor Band 3.

E-learning explored

Kobybo – Digital Education Platform explored

Now that the digital platform is dominating all other sectors, E-learning is something which is getting a lot of attention too. The traditional method of learning by physically going to attend a class consumes a lot of time of both the student and the teacher. This method also tends to exhaust a lot of resources. Today’s parents are not able to spend enough time teaching academics to their kids because of which the concepts are not clear. Not every student present in a class is of the same caliber and so is the grasping power. All this contributes to poor education quality and promotes loss of interest. On the other hand, e-learning can solve all these problems easily. Digital Education platforms like Kobybo are working on ‘Knowledge Beyond Boundaries’ concept wherein anybody can learn without the physical boundaries.

What is Kobybo?

Kobybo is basically a digital e-learning platform wherein anybody from a toddler to someone appearing for competitive exams can gain knowledge without any restrictions. The core members include Himanshu Chauhan(CEO), Himansu Sekhar Kisan(CTO) and Vijendra Chauhan(CSO). They have a team of highly trained and skilled teachers who can impart knowledge to students in a very effective manner. They focus only on e-learning so that people living in any geographic area can get proper resources for education.

How is E-Learning a better option?

According to various International research, e-learning increases information retention by 60% and 69% people prefer the learning process to be online. Plus, it is a scalable solution that can be built in detailed given a short time span. Making changes or updating process is also fast. Along with that, it saves a lot of traveling time and infrastructure cost making the course comparatively affordable to all.

Using solutions of Kobybo, students can learn at their own pace and at their own convenience. People are allowed to go through the content n number of times till they don’t understand the logic behind it. Everybody can maintain their own pace without disturbing others. A standard course can be provided to students without having to miss out on crucial points. Here in e-learning with Kobybo people can actually overcome their fear of failure and be more curious about new things that they are about to learn. The basic architecture is totally dynamic as the teachers can update new content anytime and students always have access to it.

Products and Services from Kobybo:

  • Sharing LIVE Classroom
    LIVE classroom through the internet can provide real-time communication between teacher and students. Though it is present online, LIVE classroom will still give the student an old-school experience.
  • Replay LIVE Sessions
    Once the LIVE session is completed, there will be many people who didn’t understand the logic or are slow learners. So, Kobybo provides the same LIVE session recording to students even after it is completed.
  • Learning Management tools
    There are many tools present for both students and teachers which can be used to create, edit & share content.
  • Sharing Content
    Teachers can share their assignments online in the form of audio-video. Students can take notes and need to complete the given assignment when the session ends.
  • Highly qualified teachers
    Teachers availability is no more an issue as the course is online and can be watched even after the live sessions are over.

So now you know why people are moving towards e-learning platform like Kobybo to remove the boundaries and promote learning.