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Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016

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Laptops nowadays are very necessary to one’s life. Be it a school work, office work or just for you home, Today we will tell you Top 5 Laptops under $300 US dollars. These Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 are handpicked with keeping in mind every possible use including gaming, Yes, you can game on a $300 laptop. Don’t believe me? Check out the list and test it for yourself. So let’s get started –

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016

5) Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6 Inch Laptop

Even though the Samsung Chromebook 2 costs just $190, the build of the laptop is no less than the $1000 Apple Macbook, with a cool metallic finish and a sleek design, this is the lightest as well as the most well-looking laptop in the list. It is running the latest version of Chrome OS and can do almost every task you will need except gaming. Chrome OS gives you the flexibility of using any web app based on chrome. This will help the laptop you utilize all its hardware capabilities to only one thing, web browsing, unlike other Macs and window’s laptops.

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 - Samsung Chromebook 2

Samsung Chromebook 2 Laptop

The Samsung Chromebook 2 has an Intel Celeron processor coupled with 2GBs of  DDR3L(Low power consuming) RAM. IT has a 16GB Solid State drive and by no means it is enough but you can always expand it by a micro SD card. The SSD storage in the laptop is super fast. The laptop ecosystem makes it very easy to store your data on the cloud, that is Google drive.  It also comes with intel HD graphics for all you essential needs. It will hardly take 5 seconds to boot up. It has an 11.6″ 720p LCD panel which is enough for doing word processing or even consuming media. It has a leather finish on top and a metallic finish on the bottom. It has a chiclet style keyboard and comes with 2 USB ports as well as one full-sized HDMI port.

ProcessorCeleron 2.16 GHz
Operating SystemChrome OS
Memory 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage16GB SSD
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Weight4.35 pounds
ShippingFree
Price$190
Rating4.6/5
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4) Dell Inspiron i3452 14″ Laptop

This is a mediocre device featuring a plastic body with some decent specs inside. Dell’s premium series is very popular amongst gamers and professional like its XPS and Alienware series. As a Dell laptop user, I will say that it is bang for the buck, The spec sheet is usually very good compared to other brands in same price bracket, though you will need to adjust to the bulk and low battery life.

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 - Dell Inspiron i3452

Dell Inspiron i3452 laptop

The Dell Inspiron i3452 comes with an Intel Celeron N3050 processor clocked at 2.16Ghz. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage(eMMC). It has a 14″ LED Display with Dell’s Trulife technology. Talking about the IO, It has almost every port including HDMI, LAN except VGA which is now days hardly seen anywhere. It comes with Windows 10 home addition along with Onedrive.The only downside of this Laptop is its battery life and the bulk. You can get his laptop for just $200 which is why this is 4th on our Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 list.

ProcessorCeleron N3050
Operating SystemWindows 10
Memory2GB SDRAM
Storage32GB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Weight5.8 pounds
ShippingFree
Price$200
Rating3.5/5
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3) HP Stream 11-r010nr 11.6-Inch Notebook

This is that kind of a laptop which are always trending, This laptop was released a couple of years ago but it is still selling like butter. The HP stream 11 now comes with windows 10 out of the box. It is made keeping mind the need of students, from the tangy colours to its portable size. It has an 11.6″ display which is enough for daily use. It has a plastic body but is of high quality.

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 - HP Stream 11

HP Stram 11 laptop

The HP Stream 11 comes with an Intel Celeron N3050 1.6Ghz processor which is a dual-core processor. It has 2GB of SD RAM and comes with intel HD graphics as well. It comes with 32GB of Solid state drive but with HP stream 11 you also get a 1TB of cloud space. Along with this, It also comes with a 1-year office 365 personal subscription for absolutely no cost. This can be termed as the Windows version of the Samsung Laptop which was presented at the beginning. The HP stream 11 also comes with a colour matching accessory which is an added bonus if you are that kind of a person who likes such stuff. This laptop comes with a battery life of about 10 hours of web surfing which is UNBELIEVABLE, It is in fact made for students. Talking about the I/O, It comes with a full-sized HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port and a micro SD port for expansion.

ProcessorCeleron N3050
Operating SystemWindows 10
Memory2GB SDRAM
Storage32GB + 1TB Cloud
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Weight2.6 pounds
ShippingFree
Price$195
Rating4.3/5
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2) Lenovo B01BAXQ61M 15.6″ Laptop

Lenovo is not a new brand, They have been making PCs and Mobiles from years and they even bought American brand Motorola a couple of years back. Coming to the laptop, the Lenovo B01BAXQ61M is a decent performer with some standard features like an Optical disc drive.

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 - Lenovo B01BAXQ61M Laptop

Lenovo B01BAXQ61M Laptop

The Lenovo B01BAXQ61M comes with an AMD e1-6010 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon R5 GPU. The best part is that unlike other laptops in this list, you can easily increase RAM by just adding a new DIMM. This laptop is a bit bulky but the form factor is really thin. Another pro of this laptop is that, that the chicklet style keyboard of this laptop is on par with quality, they key press feels real and it is one of the best laptops for bloggers who don’t mind the bulk. The laptop features a full sized HDMI port, VGA port, three USB ports as well as some other essential ports like LAN and audio. The only bottleneck I find in the laptop is the processor which gets fixed in the next laptop.

ProcessorAMD E1-6010 Dual Core Processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 x64
Memory4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage500GB
GraphicsAMD Radeon R5
Weight5.5 pounds
ShippingFree
Price$269.99
Rating3.5/5
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1) Asus B019HZVHJ6 15.6″ Laptop

Asus has been making laptops for years and years, and this is their cheapest offering. The Asus B019HZVHJ6 comes with windows 10 out of the box and that too 64-bit. The Asus laptops are known for some solid build, a good lifespan and an almost excellent support.

Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 -Asus B019HZVHJ6

Asus B019HZVHJ6 15.6″ Laptop

This laptop came in the market just this year so it means that you are getting the latest device. It comes with an Intel Celeron Dual Core processor, 4GB DDR3L Ram which is expandable to 8GB as well as intel onboard graphics to make the experience much better. It also comes with a DVD writer and has all necessary I/O ports such as HDMI, LAN (RJ-45), USB 2.0, USB 3.0 etc. One added bonus of this laptop is its full sized keyboard and a great mousepad, this makes it an idle laptop for bloggers and writers who are looking for something in the budget. The laptop also coming with a whopping 500GB of storage. This definitely deserved a spot in our Top 5 Laptops under $300 April 2016 list.

ProcessorCeleron N3050
Operating SystemWindows 10 x64
Memory4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage500GB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Weight4.85 pounds
ShippingFree
Price$267
Rating3.5/5
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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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