Published by Chitiz, on June 13th, 2013, in the categories: News
The sleek and slim design of the MacBook Air clearly shows the innovative design concept Apple had introduced. Recently Apple has announced an update in some of the features of its MacBook Air notebook, resulting into better processor, faster flash storage and long battery life.
All the 11 and 13 inches MacBook Air notebook are being updated with the new Intel 4th Gen ULT dual-core processor, also known as Haswell Processor. So, the new MacBook Air notebook will be having 1.3-GHz Intel Core i5 Processor and if you spend a bit more, you can even upgrade your notebook with 1.7-GHz Core i7 processor as well. Not to forget that both of these processor come with 4G of RAM. Also, the newly improved processor improves the graphics capability as well. The newly improved Intel HD Graphics 5000 has twice the number of execution units, which results into 40% of improvement in the graphics content.
One of the biggest positive gains that the new Intel hardware would bring-in is the long battery life. In case of 11-inc MacBook Air, the battery life extends from 5 hours to 9 hours. Also the new battery life gives 8 hours of movie playback on Apple iTunes. Also, the 13-inch MacBook Air has larger chassis that provides more space for larger battery, resulting into more battery life from 7 hours to as long as 12 hours. Also the movie playback time is stretched to 10 hours. In order to provide fast internet connection to the MacBook Air user's, Apple introduces 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is the latest wireless standard that gives you 3 times faster access to the internet as compared to the current 802.11n standard. With such a fast internet connection, data on the web world is just a click away. This wireless standard will be able to provide fast internet speed for next couple of years and since its (802.11ac) is not commonly available in the market, all MacBook Air users will get a prior chance to experience this update feature in their upgraded Apple notebook. To come up with the permanent solution of the not-so-easily availability of this wireless standard, Apple is coming up with its own 802.11ac version of the AirPort Extreme.
Even the storage size has been double in case of 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air notebook. So if their previous models were supporting 64GB of storage space, now they will be having 128 GB of memory. Apart from increasing storage space, Apple has upgraded the performance of the flash memory as well. In all the upgraded versions of MacBook Pro, the flash storage will be 45% faster than the flash storage of its previous generation.
With so many important upgraded features, one thing is for sure that you would not be enjoying all these at the same price of its previous generation MacBook Air. So in case you are planning to get the upgraded MacBook Air notebook, make sure that you check the price tag.
This time, in Bose, the creative team of engineers took a 16-speaker subsystem and an audio processing technology and then paired it with a 55-inch LCD panel with LED backlighting. Even though there is a lack of web connectivity, then too it has become one of the top preferred best sounding TV to go for.
If compared with its predecessor model, the new VideoWave II is a bit thinner, almost 5.5-inches and features an internal speaker configuration, comprises of 6 woofers, 10 tweeters, a signal processing unit and a Wave Tunnel. To make it look more catchy, there is a silver trim around the perimeter of black cabinet. In order to keep glare and reflections to the minimal possible rate, there is a semi-gloss coating applied to the display screen. There are no I/O ports or any additional buttons on the cabinet. Rather there is an additional console box that contains all the required ports, A/V inputs, 2 USB ports and a headphone jack. Both, the console box and the display are connected via cable. Even the iPhone/iPod users can get access to this entertainment system using the available dock. There is a 5.5-inches click pad remote that features a silver finish at the top. All the necessary buttons are there on the remote, and to navigate around the icons on the screen, click pad is used. It may take a bit of time to learn all its features but once you know all about this remote, you will find it quite simple enough to access across the on-screen menus.
Moving towards the audio section, the new Bose VideoWave II features a custom ADAPTiQ system that really helps you while configuring the audio. Once it's done, you will get a perfect balanced audio for your room. There is no doubt that a fine sense of engineering has been implemented in this entertainment system, which loads it with plenty of power and bass punch, sufficient enough to play the VideoWave II as a regular stereo system for listening music. In short, the new VideoWave II sounds great and will keep on earning high marks on its audio quality, every time you play it. Even the display of the Bose VideoWave II delivers super color quality. You would not find any kind of color shifting during the video play. Even the brightness level is above satisfactory level thereby making pictures more visible and live on the screen. No matter at what angle you are sitting and watching the display, you will always find the screen brighter and more visible.
All the Bose VideoWave II buyers will get the Bose White Glove treatment, which provides you delivery and the complete installation of this entertainment system. Also, once the installation process gets over, you will be getting a complete product tour and its various features. Overall, the new Bose VideoWave Entertainment System II You will get an incredible audio output, highly detailed picture and a unique interface.
Featuring under-1-kg body along with an optional detachable keyboard and a Full HD screen, the new Microsoft Surface Pro tablet gives you a clear idea about the quality of material chosen by this company. However, its that glossy black frame surrounding that could annoy you in some or the other way. For propping the tablet like a frame, the bottom half of its back folds out as a stand. To make it look more handy, you can detach the keyboard and can use it as a tablet during a board meeting, conference or even for watching movies during travel.
All the available connectivity ports (one USB 3.0 port, mini-display port and an audio port) go well with the design. There is a USB hub plugged in, powerful enough to support external keyboard, mouse and even a 2.5" hard drive. There is a touch-sensitive button with the Windows logo shape that takes you to the start screen of the Windows 8 Operating System and just below that is the keyboard connector. Even its power adapter plays in a smart way and has a USB port on it, used to charge other devices (mp3 player, Smartphone) simultaneously. The cover with an inbuilt keyboard fits in well with the tablet. There is some kind of strong magnetism applied to it that sets the keyboard in its appropriate place.
Upon folding this "Type Cover" over the display, it turns out to act as a protective cover for the display. However, if you fold it to the rear side of the tablet, it turns off automatically. As a result, that keyboard enabled "Type Cover" turns off automatically, making it easier for you to use the touchscreen. Moreover the touchpad fails to give you as practical experience as you get through keys. Even the screen size is small and doesn't support multi-touch commands such as two-finger zooming.
Talking about its display quality, certain colors are over-exaggerated, but then too it comes in the upper category of notebooks (for its display). Also, it has a great contrast ratio of 1,000:1 along with the high brightness (445 cd/m²) that let you experience full HD resolution while streaming videos. But for some, its obvious that on a 10.6-inch display, you will find folder names, file names and menu a bit smaller in size, which could be annoying. However, the Surface Pro's Intel Core i3317U makes it as powerful as other ultrabooks, making it ready to handle almost any kind of task. Also its 128GB hard drive makes it even more responsive. Taking less than 20 seconds during startup and 10 seconds during shutdown, its worth to be noticed at least once!
Unfortunately, you can't experience the same level of gaming experience as you get in other higher versions of tablets. The Pro gaming capabilities of the Surface Pro are quite limited, leaving you with no other choice than to make your gaming choice extremely limited. As far as audio quality is concerned, the headphone/microphone jack is kind of okay, delivers clean sound and goes well with almost any headphone.
Even though the new Microsoft Surface Pro is a superb looking device with enough processing speed to get most of your work done, its low battery life, less connectivity option and overheat issues will definitely let you think twice before going for this Microsoft product, blindfolded.
Published by Chitiz, on May 13th, 2013, in the categories: 3D Displays
This Sony product is blessed with n number of eye-catching features that makes it look nicer in real than its images and snapshots. Top and bottom side of the unit has clean lines that are joined with curved edges at the sides. The concept of adding glass screen enhances the contrast ratio of the picture. Such high end finishing gives a sleek and stylish look to this PlayStation 3D display.
A set of stereo speakers and built-in subwoofer makes this 3D display stand separately from other regular monitors. These added features deliver superb sound quality that goes well with the high quality display. As far as connectivity is concerned, two HDMI ports are located on the right side of this 3D display along with a headphone socket and a single component input. But the absence of USB ports will make you think for an alternate option to charge your 3D glasses. Also this 3D display can be used with all kinds of gaming consoles and set-top boxes which support stereoscopic content and that too without having any requirement for separate video cables and adaptors.
With high picture quality, the new Sony PlayStation 3D display leaves a favorable impact on its viewers. Its 24-inch screen and 1080 pixel resolution gives you a crisp viewing with sharp and clear image. This display uses LED backlighting solution that gives higher-contrast ratio and brightness. Also, this backlighting technology reduces the energy consumption up to a certain extent. It delivers enough light for viewing 3D content during daytime and also maintains a balance between contrast ratio and brightness. When it comes to 3D gaming, split-screen feature is required to some extent. That is why Sony brings in SimulView technology in this 3D display that supports split-screen gaming if handled well. So, the concept of splitting a screen into two is a revolutionary idea and will be liked by most of the gamers for sure.
It would not be fair enough to compare this Sony product with other HDTVs as the company has introduced this PlayStation 3D display as an "entry level" monitor. But then too, the impressive 240Hz MotionFlow solution has done a great job in controlling motion blur up to a certain extent and also preserves most of the HD details. The beauty of this PlayStation 3D display is in its appearance and Sony has made sure that it should not be interfered with user controls. That is why, all the user controls are placed on the right hand side ( at the back side of the unit). While Power button is at the top, other controls are on the bottom side, thereby making it easier for you to touch and identify the controls individually. Even the "on-screen" options are user-friendly as well. Using Dynamic, Standard and Cinema modes, you can make changes to picture and audio settings. Even though there is no remote control for this display, but it is fully compatible with new-style PlayStation remote control, so you can now access all the monitor's functions without any problem.
In short, the new Sony PlayStation 3D display is a treat to experience. Its unique range of features will definitely help you in experiencing a unique 3D gaming and viewing.
Published by Chitiz, on April 17th, 2013, in the categories: Sony
High quality screen is proving to be the most important feature for any pricey LED TV. Luckily, Sony has focused on this main feature in its new KDL-55HX850 that make a big difference (in a positive sense) from its competitors.
Talking about its design, the new HX850 features Gorilla Glass, ensuring that the screen will not shatter easily. The edge of the screen has a narrow ring of aluminum, which does not have any practical use but just used to enhance the appearance of the television and make it look catchy. The KDL-55HX850 stand resembles like a curve shaped stem and in case you are not finding it attractive, you can buy an additional luxurious stand by spending some extra cash.
Today most of the TV manufacturers are trying to increase their sale value by adding several features to their product. But Sony has its own plan and is implementing the same. As per their choice, the public should consider a TV based on its screen quality rather than non-useful features. The new Sony KDL-55HX850 has an addition of SEN (Sony Entertainment Network) interface and to access this feature, an additional button has been provided on the remote control. SEN brings-in together all the major types of entertainment (apps, movies and music) under one menu. In order to enhance the viewing experience, the KDL-55HX850 uses a MotionFlow system that is combined with fast screen refresh rate and doubles it from 480 Hz to 960 Hz, thereby resulting in better picture quality undoubtedly. With "Impulse Mode" feature, Sony KDL-55HX850 guarantees to make your viewing experience as real as a movie theatre. It will be true to say that Sony's TV is highly known for offering highest accuracy of color. Users are allowed to make adjustments as per their choice. In total, Sony KDL-55HX850 offers superb picture quality, just the way you have expected. "Black Levels" are deep and delivers excellent shadow details. Even the color accuracy seems to be impressive in this case. This new Sony product allows its users to perform on-board adjustments to the color settings and set it just the way they like.
The new KDL-55HX850 features several connectivity options including two USB connectors, a composite analog input, a VGA input and four HDMI. Wireless and Ethernet capability are some of the other additional connectivity options available. Also this new Sony television has a local-dimming algorithm, which pinpoints light/dark areas. So you won't be finding any issues related to backlighting. Chances are there that reflections can make turn your viewing experience into a disaster, so while positioning the KDL-55HX850 make sure that there is no widow opposite to it.
After experiencing all the features in real that we have discussed in the Sony KDL-55HX850 reviews, you might be impressed with this Sony product but its whopping price will make you think twice before bringing one home.