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Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Best Ultrabooks

We scoured the internet for the best ultrabooks, this is the top 5 best ultrabooks.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2018 Best compact digital cameras

We scoured the internet for the best compact digital cameras.  This is the top 5 compact digital camera list.

While digital cameras come in all sorts of sizes, we think your average consumer probably doesn't want a bulky camera to carry around but would prefer a more compact digital camera that still takes great pictures.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2018 Best fitness trackers

This is a list of the top rated fitness / activity trackers for 2018.
We searched all sorts of sites to find the top 5 fitness trackers.  Also Find the best fitness trackers with continuous heart rate monitoring, and stylish fitness trackers for women.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Moto G - another great phone for kids or anyone

The Moto G 3rd generation is another great phone for kids.  You don't need to pay hundreds of dollars for the top end phones like iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S series when there are quality phones like this for much less.

Full HD looks great

The phone works great and can run games that your kids will enjoy

  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD Display; GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable
  • microSDXC Memory Card Slot
  • Rear 13MP Camera + 5MP Front
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core CPU; 32GB Storage Capacity + 2GB RAM; Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Unlocked and carrier friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad. Single SIM
  • Pure Android™ experience
  • Features 2 GB of RAM and an SD card slot that supports up to 128 GB of additional storage.

With a good screen, decent performance for this price tier.  Plus specs are on par with others in this class, make this a good phone to consider.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Need a good less expensive phone for your kids (or anyone) they will actually like? try the Samsung Galaxy J3

Your kid will thank you for this phone.  It looks similar to the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S series, but won't break the bank like those models.

The performance is great for a phone in this cost range.

The 5.0” HD Super AMOLED display looks great.  Its not high resolution like its bigger cousin but most folks really don't need screens like that.  These screens look bright, great and for this price range its perfect.

With 16 GB of built in memory
2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera
You can add memory with an SD card.

The phone speed is good.  Its fluid and can even run many games

Amazon: Samsung Galaxy J3 J32A Unlocked Smartphone, 16GB, 1.5GB RAM, U.S. Warranty (White)

If you plan on the phone mostly being for emergencies and you or your kids can live without data Tracfone plans can be a pretty good value.  If you purchase a 365 day plan for around ~$50 (they only offer that when you are purchasing minutes through their site and they will offer as an add on - it costs $99 purchased separately but still a pretty good deal) thats less than 5 dollars (or <$9 ) a month, and if you don't really use the minutes unless emergencies load with 180 minutes for ($19.99 if you have a SIM card or phone they consider a 3 times face value)  Then that's still $10 a month equivalent for a phone (there is no data plan and you'll need to pay more if you use your minutes but not too bad compared to the $40 or $50 plans from most main stream carriers).  If your kids use texts you could run out of texts pretty easy.  You can reload 1000 text messages for around $5 though.

Adding data can get fairly pricey at around $10 per gig of data.

You'll need to buy a sim kit from tracfone and install it to have this phone work on their network.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dell XPS 13 - 16GB i7 512GB review (one of the best ultrabooks)

The Screen

The screen on these units are beautiful.  Good contrast, and color, nearly edge to edge.  These units are even smaller than the older XPS 12 units with the convertible screens due to the bevel they had.
The screens are a bit on the reflective side so have quite a bit of glare.  The high resolution screen works great for almost everything except when you want to remote in with RDP to another machine that has a different resolution.  In that case it was hard to read things in that screen resolution.  It was hard to find a satisfying resolution in that case,  Using lower res it was possible but then it used up much less of the screen.  Other than that though the screen has been great.  I find I don't use the touch screen at all though.

The overall speed of this machine feels good.  On par with what you would expect in this category for an ultrabook i7.

Touch pad
The touchpad is much better on the XPS  13 than their old XPS 12 laptops.  I much prefer a mouse than a touchpad, but the touchpad on this laptop is pretty good.

Dock - Thunderbolt (not included with the XPS 13)
The dock using thunderbolt had issues charging the unit when the laptop was completely without power.  We had to upgrade the firmware to improve things for the laptop.  We still had some issues, I suspect the dock may have had problems.  I didn't use all of the functionality on the dock, mostly just used it for charging.  The normal laptop power charging adapter always worked fine even when the dock did not.

Weight and Size
This laptop feels great, solid, excellent sizing.

Battery Life
Initially had problems with the laptop not wanting to stay asleep or stay shutdown, this could have been due to re-imaging the laptop the we did.   After some tweaking we were at least able to get it to stay shutdown.  Might have been better if we kept the original factory image.

Battery life varied, I didn't do a rundown test but it seemed like it was about average for a laptop of this configuration.

The laptop build/weight feels great, solid, well built.  The excellent screen, decent speed and battery life make this a really nice laptop.  One of the few I've seen that compete with the ultrabook size/weight/performance.  It is a pleasure to use, and carry around when you need to.  We did encounter those couple issues with the machine not sleeping (possibly our fault), and issues with the dock.  All is working well now.  If you want a machine with good speed, graphics, weight, a little on the pricey side but for the weight class its about in line with the category.

Amazon link:Dell XPS9350-8008SLV 13.3" 3200x1800 Laptop (Intel Core i7-6560U 2.2GHz Processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SDD, Windows 10 Microsoft Signature Image) Silver