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Panache Air PC Review – A PC for the 21st century

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When I was a small kid, My dad bought me a PC, It was maybe an Intel Celeron powered machine backed by 356-MB of RAM and 40-GB of internal hard disk, The only portable device I knew was a floppy disk. That PC used to be a big hefty machine and required patience and a lot of strength to move it here and there. Fast forwarding 15 years and today we have a super – portable Pendrive sized PC which can be hooked up to a screen and can do all the tedious tasks with no hassle. You can’t get a gaming Rig of that size, but It can easily be great for people who use a PC for some light to medium usage, like web browsing and creating documents. Can the Panache Air PC be your next buy? Let us find out!

Panache Air PC 16GB Review

Box contents

Panache Air PC comes in a small and compact box. Opening the box, the first thing we get is the PC stick itself, other than that we also get a power adapter which has a micro USB port, An OTG cable and an HDMI extender. We also get a warranty card which is applicable for the first year.

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I would have liked to see a wireless mouse as well as a keyboard in the box as It would make the setup process more streamlined and complete. I have also used the iBall splendo and I really liked the fact that it comes with the keyboard and a mouse.

Ports

If you go on Google and search for “PC stick” you will get a lot of very similar product like this. Almost all the PC sticks will have the same layout the only difference will be the logo on it. This means, every PC stick with the same number of slots which is kind of disappointing.

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You get a Micro USB port for charging and a micro SD card slot on one side while a USB port and a micro USB port on another side. So you get 2 functional USB ports in total as the Micro USB can be converted to USB by the OTG cable provided in the box. Nowadays 2 ports are pretty standard on an ultrabook or a netbook. In fact the netbook on which I am writing this also has only 2 USB ports but a laptop is different from a PC stick, If you need a functional PC setup then you would need a keyboard and a mouse and after connecting both of them, you get no ports available which is personally a bummer for me. In my testing period, I had to copy some images to my Pendrive and for that simple task I had to lookup for a USB hub. Which is no simple task either, I had to turn off the PC stick, disconnect it from the TV, attached the cable of the USB hub and then again turned it on. If Panache could have provided 3 functional USB slots then it surely would save a lot of time and effort.

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Like all the other PC sticks, the Panache Air PC has a male HDMI port the can be inserted on your TV/ Monitor. As it is a pocket sized PC I would not ask for a VGA port but would have liked to see a 3.5-mm jack. The Air PC relies only on HDMI for the sound interface which for some people might be a disappointment.

Personally I wold have liked it, if the Air had a couple of more ports like another Micro-USB port and a 3.5-mm jack. Also they could have provided an HDMI to VGA converter so that users who don’t own an HDMI monitor can also use this PC.

Performance

This being a very tiny device, you may think that it won’t perform good at all, but that’s not the case, this device over performs for the price you pay. I have an AMD PC which I bought for around Rs.10,000/-, It has an AMD Sempron and a Biostar motherboard. It is big, bulky and performance wise it sucks. Also, it did not have any Windows copies at the time and I had to buy a copy of Windows which bought up the total cost to about Rs. 16000. Now let’s come to the Air PC, I have played GTA San Andreas and I got an FPS read-out of around 50 which is seriously unbelievable. I also played some graphic-heavy titles like Need for speed most wanted and the games was very much playable at high settings, when tinkered the settings down, I was able to play the games flawlessly. I was also able to play COD4 at around 20FPS which was not at all expected as even my laptop can’t run it. This is maybe because of no bloatware OS and compatibility of DirectX11 on windows 10.

I also did a Geekbench 3 benchmarking test and you can see the result below-

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As you can see the Air PC has a great processing power but is somewhat lacking in the memory section with just 1000 Mhz DD3 RAM.

Storage

The Panache Air PC comes with 32-GB of Internal storage out of which we get around 18-GB of free space. Now you can store thousands of songs in the 16GB or tens of Movies in it but If you want some more storage you can always attach a micro SD card. Though any micro SD card will work. Microsoft suggests using a class 10 memory card on a windows machine for optimal performance.

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Here is a screenshot of the C drive with only one program and some files in it.

OS

The Panache Air PC is the first such portable PC which comes with windows 10 out of the box. It has a 32-bit genuine pre-activated copy of Windows 10 which just requires a little set up during the first boot similar to a laptop.

NOTE : If by chance the initial setup is interrupted, you can recover the windows by pressing shift when starting up the device

Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows from Microsoft. It eliminates the ‘Live Tiles’ start menu and brings back the good-old trusty start bar. Windows 10 assures that both the desktop as well as tablet users get the most out of it, unlike Windows 8/8.1 which was more tablet-centric and Desktop users often find it as a clutter.

A screenshot of Windows 10

Verdict!

The Panache Air PC is idle for people who do mediocre tasks like word processing and web browsing, It can also be used as a Living room PC or a backup PC. The Panache Air PC provides the best value for the users money, It is portable, powerful and comes with Windows 10 out of the box. This can surely be a Diwali gift for the techy in your family!

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1MORE iBFree Bluetooth earphones review!

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There was a time when you would have to shell out 10-12 thousand rupees to get a good pair of Bluetooth earphones. It 2018 now and the scenario has changed. Now, you can get unbranded bluetooth earphones from 700rs and upwards. I have tested a lot of Bluetooth earphones and almost all of them have some problem, it could be the battery life, standby time, ergonomics or just the sound quality. 1MORE is a popular brand based out of Shenzhen which has its market all over the globe. 1MORE is also known for the piston earphones they make for Xiaomi.

I have been listening to iBFree from 1MORE. Apart from the name, How good actually are these earplugs? Well, we will find that in this review!

Box Contents
In the box, you get following things-

  • Earphones
  • USB A – Micro-USB
  • 2 extra tips
  • 2 extra hooks

The unboxing experience of these was great, The quality and the design of the box is well thought off. However, India is a competitive market and most of the bluetooth earphones here come with a solid case which these lacks. If not a case, 1MORE could have included a pouch at least. Anyway, moving forward.

The earphones are made up of solid metal and are very well built. You can throw these around, drop them and even step on them, They will continue working. The design is exceptionally good as well and gives a premium look.  There is a rubber tube to provide support to the wire. The wire is also thick enough and can easily handle the normal wear and tear. According to the 1MORE website, these aren’t officially sweat proof but in my usage, they haven’t given me any problem while using them at the gym or in the rain. If not deliberately destroyed, These can easily last long.

iBFree are sports earphones and to ensure that these don’t fall out, 1MORE has provided ear hooks as well. And believe me when I say this, Once they are inside your ear, they are not going anywhere. The ear hook is tilted which might be the reason for such snug fit.

Talking about sound leaking, The design of the ear tips is such that, very minimal amount of sound gets leaked so If you have to wear these in subways/metro then rest assured, Your co-passenger won’t be hearing your songs :p. Also, If you do gym, then these will also reduce the outside noise in the gym if your gym plays their own songs, It won’t be a problem.

Talking about the sound quality, These are downright the clearest sounding earphones. The highs on this are a bliss to listen. You might have to tune the equaliser to get the best out of these. If you are into bass, then you might dislike these initially. Let them run for 4-5hours and they will burn-in into something incredible. For the size of these, They produce excellent sound.

The audio controls are on a small remote attached to the wire. The middle button is used to play and pause as well as to turn on and off the earphones. the right and left switch can be used to increase or decrease the volume and Next and the Previous song if you hold them for two seconds. The earphones come with MEMS microphone which eliminates the noise while you are on a call.

These come with Qualcomm aptx technology which ensures that there is no latency while you are playing songs or watching movies. This feature is only available on Android phones with Qualcomm processor.

These charge in less than 2 hours on a 2A charger and last for about 5-6hours is medium volume. Do note, that these are very loud and you will end up listing on the low volume.

Conclusion

If you are looking for bluetooth earphones for the gym or normal commute than these are best earphones to go for under 4,000INR. You get great battery life, Awesome sound and durable body.

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Stanley 12 in 1 multitool review!

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I have been a tolls guy ever since I was a kid. I have had many tools with me and I have a sweet spot for a multitool. Having a multitool makes me feel like a boss. Some who can do a lot of things and is always ready. Initially, I had a good Victorinox multitool but being an outdoor guy, I wanted more. I wanted pliers which Victorinox only provided in the higher end models and that too a small one. So now, I went searching and I knew leatherman makes the ones I want but they have a hefty price tag. But the cheaper ones too could do the job. It was just that I couldn’t find it in India. I asked leatherman to send me across and the shipping+ customs made it too damn expensive. Soi got my hopes low and thanks to google for storing my every action and seeing that I was searching for multitools, It started giving me ads related to multitool. And it was there when I first saw the Stanley multitool. It has 0 reviews and seemed like it was just launched in the store. It was selling for 669Rs which I felt reasonable. So without any second thoughts, I bought it. Now I knew about Stanley and knew it made quality products but I really didn’t had high expectations for a such priced tool. So I have been using the tool from March, it has been around 9 months and have used the tool extensively. So today I will give you my review of this Multi-Tool. So let’s get started.

List of  useful tools

Now Stanley claims it has 12 tools. I would name the tools which I have used in the past 9 months the most.

  1. Pliers
  2. Knife
  3. Saw
  4. Philips head screwdriver
  5. Normal (-) screwdriver
  6. Bottle opener
  7. Can Opener
  8. File

Build Quality

Now, let’s us come to the build quality of the products. The quality seems fine for most use. The specific tools have a great quality, things like the knife, saw are hard and would not break unintentionally. I have even used the knife to dig some soil, a and it is still going well. The hinges/joints by which the tolls are connected to the main body is somewhat bad. THere are washers between the tools and after some use, the washers tend to bend which can cause some little movement/ rattle of the tools. For me, it has happened to the saw. Well, it has a small saw and if you are not an expert in cutting woods from the small saw, then you can expect the bending of washers. I have also used the knife quite a lot and there is no major bending of washers for the knife side. Well, it may be that the bending could be caused by mishandling. Still, even with the little rattle, It is 100% useable and in no way disturbs while cutting wood. Overall, THe quality is fine, I would give it a 7/10. You can drop it from 1m, 10 meters, or even 30 meters. It would not fall apart. It is built well.

Knife

The knife is of good quality but out of the box, It is not that sharp. If you would be using this knife while camping, then I would suggest you sharpen it. Out of the box, it is fine for small things like cutting the tape or cutting small fruits etc. You can not cut meat from it. You would have to sharpen it.

Pliers

The pliers work fine and the user gets a pretty good grip as well. The pliers don’t get a spring action which is not a deal breaker for me but keep it noted. The pliers overall work fine and do the work well. It also has a wire cutter but that is the worst case, you can’t have it as your primary wire cutter. It is small and can hardly cut and rubber of the wires.

Saw

The saw works fine and has lasted for a while. Eventually, with use, the blade of the saw will get damage and after that time, it would be very difficult to cut the wood. I would suggest you carry a different saw and use this one as a last resort when you have no choice. It works well but it is small and it is not something which can cut anything you want.

Rusting

I have used the multitool near water, have dropped in water, in the ocean and till now, there has been no rusting on it. THey have maybe galvanized it or what, but rest assured, It won’t get Rusted.

Final verdict

So, should you buy it? Absolutely. This is a tool which every man needs and should have it around them all times. It can get you out of some tough situations. So should it be your only go to tool for all your needs? Uhmm, No. You should have separate pliers, screwdrivers, saw in your toolbox. This should be used as an emergency choice when you don’t have your toolbox and still want to get the work done. DO NOT buy it as a replacement for a toolbox.

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Logitech X100 Bluetooth Speaker Review!

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Bluetooth speaker is nowadays one of the essential things one should carry with him around, You never know when you want to party or just chill with some songs in the background. There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers in the market but the Logitech X100 is one of the most popular ones. So today we would be reviewing the Logitech X100 and seeing why really is the X100 so popular.

Logitech X100 Review – The Best Bluetooth speakers you can buy!

Key Specifications

  • Power Rating (RMS): 3W
  • Driver Size: 1.5 in (38.1 mm)
  • Sound Pressure Level (SPL Max): >78dBC
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): <-85dBr
  • Frequency Response: 132Hz – 20kHz
  • Battery Details: 750mAh; 3.7V

Design and Build

The Logitech X100 is pretty small and is approximately the size of a palm. As you can see from the image below of a small cricket ball, The speaker is not that big and can also fit in your pocket. The speaker is very light as well at just around 240g.

The Speaker is made up of plastic all around except the metallic mesh on the top. The plastic used is of high quality and is rubberized at some places to prevent it from sliding. I have dropped the speaker many times and there are no scuffs or any damage at all. The speaker is very sturdy and can withstand a good amount of beating. The X100 comes with a small ling as well by which you can also hang it in many places.

Check out Logitech X50 – Logitech X50 Bluetooth Speaker Review!

Sound Quality

A Bluetooth speaker makes no sense if it does not produce good audio. There isn’t a good way to actually determine audio quality for you, So you would have to believe what I say. The audio quality of the speaker is phenomenal, The sound which this speaker produces for the size of it is just extraordinary. I have other Bluetooth speakers which are 3-4 times bigger than the size of this but they are not even near the sound this speaker produces.

There is enough bass, good treble and overall the audio is well adjusted. It can go very loud and in full volume, it can easily fill up a big room. It is the loudest speaker under 2,000Rs. I have tried many other speakers from brands like JBL, Le Tv etc and none is comparable to the loudness this Bluetooth speaker produces.

Battery Backup

The speaker will last for about 5 hours in 100% volume which however is too load and mostly you would be playing it on 50-60% volume in which It would easily last for 8-10 hours. THe charging time of the speaker is also very low of just 3 hours, Do note that charging time depends on the Voltage and ampere of the charger as well.

Microphone

The Logitech X100 unline X50 comes with a microphone as well. THis is a simple microphone with no noise cancellation feature. The input range of the microphone is good and The other person on the phone can hear you even if the speaker is on the farthest corner of the room.

Connectivity

The Logitech X50 can be connected to an audio source by either Bluetooth or AUX cable. Most of the Bluetooth speakers don’t feature an AUX port, this speaker does which is of great help when connecting the speaker to your PC which doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity.

Final Verdict

Overall, The speaker is a steal deal for the price it is available, In fact, it is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy for under Rs 2,000.

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