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2017’s 10 Best Laptops Going for Under $1000

2017’s 10 Best Laptops Going for Under $1000

It’s common knowledge that when you’re looking for anything good, you must have a deep pocket. So it must be a relief to know that there are many great laptop options if you’re working on a budget. Below are 2017’s best laptops that you can get for less than $1000:

Dell XPS 9360-1718SLV

Dell XPS 9360-1718SLV is only 13.3”. But its Full HD Infinity display gives you crisp and bright visuals.

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The laptop runs on the 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and with an 8GB RAM, it can easily multitask. Although it has no graphics card, the onboard Intel HD 620 chipset cover well enough.

Perhaps the storage capacity, at 128 GB SSD, is the biggest negative. But you can still use external storage device and you’re set for extra storage space.

Ultimately, as a Microsoft Signature edition, and with a battery that can go for as long as 12 hours, depending on what you use it for, Dell XPS 9360-1718SLV is certainly a great bargain.

Apple MacBook Air MMG2LL/A

Apple MacBook Air MMG2LL/A packs the things for which Apple products are famous for: elegant design, long-lasting backup for battery; and powerful configuration.

At only 13 inches, it has great performance and reliability. Preloaded with macOS, it runs on the 7th generation Intel Core i5 processors and 8GB RAM. This means it’s great for multitasking.

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It also has a great battery backup that can take you for as long as 12 hours at a time. This partly or largely owes to the fact that MacBook Air MMG2LL/A has no integrated fan for cooling the CPU. It’s therefore very power-efficient.

But really, for an Apple, the only surprise is that MacBook Air MMG2LL/A comes for less than $1000.

Asus ROG Strix GL553VD

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The first exclusively gaming laptop on the list, this laptop, like its other Asus ROG colleagues, has impeccable performance. It’s also the biggest laptop so far, at 15”, which with a Full HD resolution gives you great display.

It runs on the 7th generation quad core Intel i7 processor. Coupled with a 16GB of the latest DDR4 RAM, you have great performance in your hands, with great multitasking capabilities. On top of that, you have much-needed storage space in a 1TB HDD. It also comes with graphics card, a 4GB GeForce GTX 1050.

The major negative here is a poor battery, going for a maximum of 5 hours. But all else, you really can’t complain.

Asus Zenbook UX303UA

The first thing that gets your attention in Asus Zenbook UX303UA is its polished mirror-like chassis. But it’s not all about looks. It also packs one of the best laptop performances in the market.

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Only 13.3”, the laptop gives you exceptional visuals in a Full HD display with great viewing angle. It’s 6th generation intel i5 processor is certainly no 7th generation processor, but coupled with 8GB RAM, you still have great performance. Plus it has integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. As for storage, 256GB SSD is not much, but you can always use external HDD, which means you don’t lose much.

For under $1000, this is a great deal.  You can also find the UX360CA version model on the market for less than $600, though it has a much weaker processor..

 

Acer Aspire S13

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You could say that this is a better version of Asus Zenbook UX303UA. It’s for the power user who’s also looking for a more powerful ultrabook. Powered by the 7th generation Intel i7 processor and a 512GB SSD, Acer Aspire S13 can not only store more power, but also handle more powerful applications. Simply, you get a much better performance, and even then you still don’t pay more than $1000.

Asus R518UQ-RH74T

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The first convertible notebook on the list, and yes, you still pay under $1000. This is a 2017 model, and it unsurprisingly comes packed with not only a fresh design, but also the latest hardware.

Speaking of the design, Asus R518UQ-RH74T exhibits a black and silver finish in its exterior chassis, earning it a premium look. At 15.6”, you also get great visuals and exceptional good viewing angles. It also runs on the 7th generation Core i7-7500U processor. Coupled with a 12GB RAM, you enjoy speed and efficiency. On top of all this, you have more than enough storage space in a 1TB HDD, plus 256GB M.2 SSD.

Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK

Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK is the best all-purpose laptop in the market for the budget-conscious buyer. It exhibits great design, with its stylish and sleek faux-metal chassis.

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For a start, the laptop has 15.6” FHD LED, and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Simply, you get great visuals. It also runs on the 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with an 8GB RAM, expandable to 32GB. It also comes with more than enough storage space of 1TB SATA HDD. As for graphics, Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK comes with a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, which is one of the very best graphics card in the market.

Lenovo ThinkPad T460

Something for the business crowd, Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is best known for its versatility. But first, the laptop’s charcoal dark grey wrapping gives it one hell of a smooth texture. Its 14” Full HD screen, with a resolution of 1920×1080 also gives you great display and visuals.

Internal features include an Intel Dual Core i5-6300U processor, backed by an 8GB RAM. The laptop can therefore multitask without strain. It’s 256GB HDD storage space is also not bad. Besides, you can top it up with external HDD.

Although the laptop comes with an Intel HD graphics, it may be necessary to mention that this is not the latest or even the fastest graphics the market can offer. Still, you get decent graphics performance.

 

For under $1000, this machine should be on your list.

Acer Aspire VX 15

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Another major gaming laptop on the list, Acer Aspire VX 15 packs a great new design. Looking like it belongs in the Asus ROG series, this laptop looks sleek in its black or dark red finishes. Other than that, it has standard 15.6” display. Although advertised as an IPS panel, some reviewers found the viewing angles and brightness to be less than adequate.

As for performance, there are not many equals for the budget-conscious buyer. It’s powered by the 7th generation Intel i7-7700HQ processor. Graphics-wise, it’s also backed by the latest in the market, NVidia GeForce GTX 1050. In the end, this laptop excels in all the areas that count.

But perhaps the biggest downside, particularly for a gaming laptop, is its 256GB HDD storage. Thankfully, though, you can use external storage, and in the end, this is a win.

Razor Blade Stealth

Razer is also famous for great designs and performance. Unsurprisingly, even at 12” Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook has some of the best features you need in a laptop. For one, it’s powered by the 7th generation Intel i5 processor, which is coupled with the more-than-capable 8GB RAM. The biggest problem, however, is the storage space. 128GB SSD isn’t much. But at the end of it all, you don’t have much to complain about, especially for under $1000.

As this list shows, there’s something great for the not-deep pocket, too. Find what works for you.

 

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Arduino Controlling The Glowing Led Eyelashes

Arduino Controlling The Glowing Led Eyelashes

The world is in a state of innovation and with each passing we are getting amused with the things coming up to make our lives more comfortable. These help in shaping our lives in a great deal. Science has contributed in a massive way to make the world more advanced and this has helped us in living our dreams easily. Well, with the evolution and inception of the internet we have seen some of the greatest discoveries in and around the world. The world loves fashion and style. We do adore that and when technology is mixed with fashion it gets a new dimension. Recently, in an event it was showcased glowing eyelashes with LED Eyelashes. Well, we know what the eyelashes can do in terms of the beauty and style segment. The normal eyelashes adds to the beauty of both the face and the eyes. It changes the appearance and gives a completely new look. It certainly is a beauty in the make-up process for the women. The latest LED Eyelashes are totally new and have created a buzz among the new generation.

The Mechanism of Glowing Led Eyelashes

Well, it is a matter of real wonder and surprise the concept of glowing eye lashes. And it certainly is. Well you can use glitter to make the eye lashes glow and get them in various colours like red, blue and many other shades of pink. These eyelashes are made up of LED. These LED Eyelashes have been designed by a great Arduino designer of Arduino Tien Pham. These LED eye lashes are light weight and comes in various variations of modes, colours and many more. These LED Eyelashes can be changed with a light scroll and you can do many more wonders with the new kind of eyelashes. These beauty products are a great invention in the field of both beauty and electronics.

The Specifications –

Well, these LED Eyelashes run on a 3.3-volt battery which are normally found on watches. They can last for long hours and provide service, once they are charged. Normally they can provide service for 4 hours after one full charge. The best part is that they do radiate any kind of heat. This is something phenomenal. They can also withstand sweat once you put them on our beautiful eyes. You can stick them on your eyes using normal glue that is used for the eyelash. There are some wires which are invisible to the naked eyes. They are connected to a PCB with each eyelash. The battery is placed on the rear part of the head with normal hair clips.

We all know what the Arduino is capable of. It is mainly used for robotics purpose. But now it is used in improvising the beauty of the world and eyes. The Arduino controller is normally placed behind the head. This is the main thing which keeps control of everything. The proper mechanism of the LED Eyelashes has not been disclosed yet. So, you need to have some patience before the thing gets rolled out in the market.

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Samsung SoundAssistant App Launched, Brings More Audio Controls to Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung SoundAssistant App Launched, Brings More Audio Controls to Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung unveils the SoundAssistant app for Galaxy smartphone

Samsung brought a better way to control the sound on the range of Galaxy smartphones with a whole new app called SoundAssistant. As the name suggests this SoundAssistant app will allow the Samsung Galaxy users to personalize as well as customize the sound setting on their devices. This will allow them a wider control over the sound on variety of individual apps present on the smartphone. At the moment Samsung has made this SoundAssistant app only fully compatible to its high end models of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ therefore users on other devices will find some of the features missing. This app is designed specifically for those who also complain about the lack of sound controls on their devices.

New features more freedom

Some of the new features include the ability to set a preference for a specific path for each app. In short users will be able to guide the sound depending on the app either to the Bluetooth speaker or phone speaker without the need of setting this selection each and every time. Some other cool features of SoundAssistant include is the ability to control various functions of audio like automatically switching the volume keys from the control over call volume to the media volume. In this way users will be able to control the media audio directly from the physical keys rather than getting into the app to do it.

 SoundAssistant

Samsung has brought a deeper level of customizability to the device sound control with this new SoundAssistant app. The customization of the sound on the Galaxy devices using this SoundAssistant app is so deep that one can even reach 150 steps in order to refine the sound quality and volume. It also comes with the Floating Equalizer (EQ) support along with the ability to create and active the highly personalized sound settings. Users will also be getting a chance to tinker with the left and right balance along with making most of the support for the mono audio.

Dual App features comes to Galaxy devices

Samsung has given a twist to the Dual app by bringing the very same feature to the SoundAssistant wherein users will be able to play music from two different apps at the same time. So now users will be able to listen to the YouTube video on their smartphone while at the same time Spotify app can be used to play music directly to the Bluetooth speakers. The best thing about this innovative music control is that they will not overlap each other and controls for the both of them will be completely separate for the users for increased usability.

If you are a Galaxy device users then go to the Google Play Store and download the SoundAssistant for free. This SoundAssistant app is only compatible with the Galaxy device running on or above Android 7.0 Nougat. Samsung is working round the clock to increase its compatibility on wider range of Galaxy as well as non-Galaxy devices and even allow it to work like a charm of some of the old version do the Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Samsung Galaxy Book Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

As the race for the best PC in the market continues, so does developments from various companies worldwide. Microsoft being the epitome of PC’s, is copied often and recently so was done by Samsung. The goal is to make a tablet which mimics a laptop, is portable, travel friendly and easy to charge. The Windows 10 powered Samsung Galaxy Book is one such recent release by Samsung. It is an upgraded version of the Surface pro and TabPro S.

The Variations of Samsung Galaxy Book:

This mighty gadget Samsung Galaxy Book is released in two variations. The 10 inch Wi-Fi model and the 12 inch WiFi cum LTE model ay a higher price. Along with the tabs, a pen and keyboard accompanies, again separately chargeable.

Intel Core it processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage HDR Super AMOLED touchscreen are few of the features the 12-inch version boasts of. The clarity is superior. As reviewed, the only issue is the massive drop in brightness and the 3D screen saver which pops up.
The separate keyboard helps functioning as a stand for the tab as well as input device, with no charging necessary and easy connectivity.

The Functioning of Samsung Galaxy Book:

The gadget is big to use independently as a tab, hence most of the times it is paired with the keyboard and backlight facility of the keys. The touch gestures are superior and state of the art.
The multi tilt facility of the Surface pro is however not met in this device as it is attached by magnets to the display, but better than Apple’s Smart keyboard. The problem with the Samsung Galaxy Book device is to balance on moving objects and un-plane areas like someone’s lap. On the other hand, it is stable on a flat table.
The LTE book would be super user friendly if the stability of the device was superior. Powered by Verizon, it is the gadget of the future.
The Apple or Microsoft pencil might be better, but this one works just fine for different functions. It needs no pairing and is kept on a pen loop on the keyboard. Again, shabby.

The performer:

Definitely better than the TabPro S, the Samsung Galaxy Book is handy for business usage and not for heavy loads. It is petite and has very few performance issues. The hum of the machine is a constant though. As usual, the Samsung Galaxy Book runs out of charger faster than what the company claims.

Compromises:

Even though the gadget Samsung Galaxy Book has advanced from its previous models and seen improvements, but with that there are more issues which brings it down. Also, the price is very high. Newer devices are being developed and released in the market, and such devices fall short and remains mediocre. Samsung needs to either buck up or halt the competition it has since the market is competitive and people will buy what sells.

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Garmin VIRB 360: Action Cam for All-Round Recordings

Garmin VIRB 360: Action Cam for All-Round Recordings

Garmin has presented a new Gadget that is the action camera with the VIRB 360, which can record the experience in 360 degrees. The model is to convince with a high 5.7K resolution, 3D audio and many other features.

It is subordinated to the action camera series VIRB , which is why it is predestined for an outdoor use of course. The housing of this Gadget, for example, up to 10 meters deep waterproof and also protected against falls.

With this wonderful Gadget VIRB 360, Garmin has presented an action camera with 360-degree optics. The Gadget will be available from next month at the price of 799 euros. Garmin is thus the market leader in this segment GoPro, the Fusion has announced a 360-degree camera, but interested customers must wait here until the end of the year.

The camera of this VIRB 360 Gadget records 360-degree video with up to 5.7K resolution and 30 frames per second. For video recording, four integrated microphones provide an all-encompassing surround sound. 360-degree photos can be recorded with the amazing Gadget with up to 15 megapixel resolution. The waterproof camera is equipped with an LCD screen and can also be operated by voice control.

Directly installed in the camera are a GPS receiver, barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, whose data can be embedded directly into the recorded videos. With external sensors and other devices, the camera can be connected via WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and ANT +, for example by WLAN with an iOS device to edit or share the recorded video using the Garmin VIRB app. If this work is taken directly from the camera, still 4K at 30 fps is possible and photos can be shot with 15 megapixels.

Especially in video mode, the Gadget is to convince with special functions, including 3D audio. In order to enable a particularly good sound, four microphones were installed around the housing. In addition, the G-Metrix function allows the display of interesting data (speed, altitude, …) and a time-lapse feature is also available in this amazing Gadget.

 

This fantabulous Gadget Garmin VIRB 360, which finally supports numerous radio standards with NFC, Bluetooth, Wlan and ANT +, can already be pre-ordered in the US at the price of 799.99 US dollars and will probably be released soon.

VIRB 360 at a glance

360-degree video recording with up to 5.7K / 30fps and up to 4K with automatic stitching in real-time during recording

360-degree sound recording via four integrated microphones

360-degree photos with up to 15 MP can be taken by this amazing Gadget.

Automatic, spherical image stabilization with one click, in 3 different modes up to 4K / 30fps

Free VIRB Edit software and VIRBMobile app for viewing, editing and direct sharing of recordings

Easy operation with one-touch function and voice control

G-Metrix Data via GPS, barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and additional optional sensors via ANT + interface

LCD display, which is easy to read even in the sun

Waterproof up to 10m

Integrated WLAN for data transfer and live streaming via YouTube and Facebook (with compatible iOS devices)

Connectivity: WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, ANT +

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