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Best Drone’s under $1000



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Best Drone’s under $1000 for 2018

Drone’s have gotten to be a huge market for the aerial hobby enthusiasts.  They are much easier to control then plane’s and even helicopters generally speaking.  With the addition of a quality camera you can get some great still shots or video to share.  Some of these have several different modes for shooting great video/stills.  You can program them to follow you or take a certain path using GPS.

Here’s the best drone’s under $1000 I’ve found for 2018 so far.

 

 

DJI Spark Portable Mini

DJI Mavic Air Drone Quadcopter

DJI Mavic Pro Collapsible Quadcopter 8330

Typhoon H RTF Hexacopter Drone with CGO3 4K Camera

Camera 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera; 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video.

Aerial selfies capable

Capture 4K Video @30fps and 12MP Photos; 3-Axis Gimbal-Stabilized Camera 4K video at 30fps and 12 MP Stills. No Electronic Image Stabilization is used, ensuring all footage is 4K CGO3+ 4K-resolution camera.  12.4 Megapixels
Capabilities Gesture and TapFly Control; FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
Subject Tracking from Various Angles; GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode; Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
Control, Edit, Share with DJI GO App
GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation; 8GB of Internal Storage
FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection; Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes; Up to 21 Minutes of Flight Time
Foldable, Portable Body32 MP Sphere Panoramas 120 fps slow-motion video
The Mavic uses Sky Autonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away. It can then bypass these obstacles or brake to hover, preventing accidents even when flying beyond visual range.

The Mavic is only 1/6th the size of the Phantom 4 and is capable of reaching an absolute max flight time of 27 minutes and a maximum distance of 8mi (13km) due to its powerful, high efficiency motors.

The Mavic works in tandem with DJI’s GO mobile app for accessing settings, getting a telemetry readout, viewing a low-latency video feed, and even editing and sharing your footage. In addition traditional joystick style controls, you can fly with simple tap-based commands, and the Mavic can even recognize gestures for the perfect selfie

The copter is powered by its easy, intuitive remote control, the ST16 Personal Ground Station, which features a 7-inch Android touchscreen that displays live footage of your flight.   Team Mode With Team Mode, you can bind one Personal Ground Station to the copter and one Personal Ground Station to the CGO3+ camera simultaneously. Through cooperation between the pilot and the photographer, capturing breathtaking still images and video has never been easier. Collision Avoidance The front sonar sensor allows the copter to detect obstacles automatically, ensuring a more stable, intelligent and overall safer flight.

Global View The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera captures ultra-stable video and vivid still images and can be adjusted to an unlimited, 360-degree range of motion. The CGO3+ gimbal camera features a 115-degree wide-angle fixed focus lens, an integrated video downlink module that delivers 720p real image transmission of your flight as well as the option of manual camera settings. Retractable Landing Gear With retractable landing gear, you can get a full, 360-degree

Flight time up to 25 mins per battery and top speed at 43.5 mph.

Range Up to 1.2 Mile Control a range of 4.3mi (7km) Up to 1 mile for video transmission
Accessories in the box 3 x 4730S Quick Release Folding Propellers for Spark Drone
Intelligent Flight Battery for Spark Quadcopter
Charger
Micro-USB CableStarter kit Option Extra
Storage BoxSanDisk Ultra 16GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter
Lens Hood
Spark Cap
Waterproof Case
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Remote Controller
Intelligent Flight Battery
Charger
Power Cable
3 x Pairs of Props
Set of Prop Guards
RC Cable (Lightning)
RC Cable (Micro-USB)
RC Cable (USB Type-C)
Gimbal Protector
Communication Cable
USB Adapter
RC Cable Slider (Large)
2 x RC Cable Slider (Small)
Carrying CaseStarter kit Additional Includes
Sandisk 32GB MicroSD Memory Card
Powerbank Portable Charger
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Remote Controller
Intelligent Flight Battery for Mavic Quadcopter
3 x 8330 Quick Release Folding Propellers for Mavic Drone
Gimbal Clamp
Charger
AC Power Cable for Charger
16GB microSD Card
Micro-USB Cable
RC Cable with Lightning Connector
RC Cable with Micro-USB Connector
2 x RC Cable SliderStarter kit Additional Includes
SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter
Transparent Lens Cover/Gimbal Lock
Lens Hood
Landing Gear Height Extender Kit Stabilizers
USB-C Cable
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Drone

Remote Controller

(2) Flight Batteries

Charger

64GB High speed SD Card

Colors Alpine White, Lava Red, Meadow Green, Sky Blue and Sunrise Yellow Arctic White, Flame Red and Onyx Black One color Black

http://us.yuneec.com/typhoon-h-overview

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Smart Watch

Best Smartwatches for 2018



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Top 5 Smartwatches for 2018

 

All of these work with both Android and Apple devices.  All except for the last one are round, which is my personal preference.  I did leave off the Apple Watch just because it only works with Apple devices so didn’t really make my requirement for this list.  Not saying it’s a bad watch since it does do some things really well.  The version 3 you can see here https://amzn.to/2Q4ZQ9W

So these are my top 5 smartwatches for 2018 so far.  The first two have watch faces that are fully digital so can do a lot of things, but the battery life takes a hit because of it.  The next two are hybrids so they look more like traditional watches with smaller digital displays for showing notifications, alarms, steps, etc…  The last one is the Fitbit Versa, which is more like the first two except it has a square screen.

Garmin does make a more sturdy smartwatch geared more towards someone that either works or plays in the outdoors a little more.  It has the sapphire screen option that makes the screen virtually unbreakable and very hard to scratch.  I didn’t include it mostly because it is pretty expensive compared to all of these upwards of $500.  If interested in that one you can find that here https://amzn.to/2oHrygw

Smartwatches

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Silver, SM-R800NZSAXAR

TicWatch Pro Bluetooth Smart Watch, Layered Display

Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Garmin vívomove HR, Hybrid Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch One Size (S & L Bands Included)

Display 42mm(Midnight Black or Rose Gold) or 46mm (Silver)

1.3 Inch sAMOLED 360x 360

military-grade durability, swim-ready water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ that prevents the display from getting scratched.

45mm diameter and 14.6mm thick

Display is 1.39″ AMOLED 400×400 pixels

Has both a high resolution AMOLED screen and a power saving FSTN LCD screen to empower you with unprecedented control over extending battery life up to 30 days

36mm (Rose Gold/Black, Rose Gold/White, Silver/White, Silver/Black) or 40mm (Silver/Black)

36mm model: 36.3mm diameter (1.4’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 39g (watch only)
40mm model: 39.5mm diameter (1.6’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 49g (watch only)

chemically strengthened glass

43 x 43 x 11.6 mm

64 x 128 pixels

Width 1.34″

diagonal Screen Size 0.9478″ x 0.9478″

 

Bands v4.2Strap: 22mm silicone.  Can use standard 22mm Can use standard 22mm Easy to customize bands

36mm model: 18mm wristband width (0.71’’)

40mm model:  20mm wristband width (0.79’’)

Several sizes to choose from as well as colors.

20mm, Industry standard

Sport: silicone

Premium: leather

Small/medium fits wrists with a circumference of 107-177 mm

One size fits most fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm

One Size (S & L bands included)
The minimum and maximum circumference range between 140 – 206 millimeters
Charger Wireless Magnetic with pins Magnetic Clip style with pins Base with pins
Battery Life Up to 4 days 5-30 days on a single charge due to layered display with two modes. Minimum 5-day battery life is possible if Auto switch to Essential Mode is turned on. 415mAh Steel HR is the first activity tracker with heart rate monitoring to offer a long-lasting battery life of up to 25 days.

+20 days if in power reserve mode (time and activity tracking only)

5 days if in workout mode the whole time.

up to 5 days in smart mode; up to 2 weeks in watch mode 4+ days
Internals Processor: 1.15 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 0.75GB RAM 4GB internal storage
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Memory RAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
N/A N/A N/A
Sensor Type Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor Heart rate infrared sensor
Day & Night motion sensor
High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer
Low power consumptionAlexa Integration
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor

Barometric altimeter

Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor

3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
Optical heart rate monitor
Altimeter
Ambient light sensor
Vibration motor
SpO2 sensor
NFC (in special editions)
Tracking Automatically tracks select workouts, monitors heart rate and detects when you switch activities. Get credit for up to 40 workouts, plus GPS capabilities when you go for a run GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, step counter, calories burned counter, speed & cadence monitor, sleep monitoring Steel HR is a comprehensive activity tracker that automatically recognizes walk, run, swim, and sleep and delivers in-depth reporting right to your smartphone.

Steel HR helps you wake up at the optimal point in your sleep cycle. Simply set a window of time, and Steel HR will wake you via a silent vibrating alarm during your lightest sleep stage within this range.

Steel HR includes a screen that shows the information you want at a glance, but with no compromise on style: heart rate, number of steps, distance, calories burned, alarm time, and smartphone alerts.

24/7 heart rate monitoring with Elevate wrist heart rate technology

Wellness monitoring tools, such as all-day stress tracking and a relaxation timer, help you manage stress
Includes fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age

Displays steps, calories, distance, heart rate and intensity minutes
Stay connected with smart features such as auto uploads, smart notifications, music controls and more

7 timed activities; 14 days of activity tracking data

Track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages — all with a 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors)

Take your favorite music phone-free by storing 300+ songs or downloading stations from Pandora or playlists from Deezer

Use 15+ exercise modes like Run or Swim (Fitbit Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters) to record workouts and connect to smartphone GPS for more precise real-time pace & distance

Easily fit in workouts with personalized on-screen coaching that play on your wrist and coach you through each move
Access your favorite apps for sports, weather & more and get call, calendar, text, and app alerts. Send quick replies to messages (Android only)

Water Resistent Swim Ready (50m submerge) IP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended) Steel HR is a heart rate monitor that can accompany you to the pool, hit the showers, and survive a downpour. SWIM rated, 5 ATM Up to 50 meters. (Some reviewers say it’s not however)
Mobile Payment Samsung Pay (NFC) Google Pay (NFC) No No Special Edition versions include a built-in NFC chip to make secure payments without your wallet and an additional black classic accessory band.
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Bluetooth.

Mobile connectivity through places like Verizon, Sprint, At&t and T-Mobile

Bluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz Bluetooth Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+® WiFi antenna (802.11 b/g/n)

Bluetooth 4.0

OS Tizen Wear OS (Formerly Android Wear) Nokia Proprietary Garmin Proprietary Fitbit Proprietary
Release Date August 24th 2018 July 10th 2018 April 2017 Q1 of 2018 April 16th 2018

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Best Bluetooth Earbud headphones Under $50 for 2019



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Top 5 Best Bluetooth Earbuds for 2019 Under $50 that are also

Sweat-proof

If you’re looking for some new Bluetooth earbud style headphones that cost less than $50 and you can wear in the gym or running? Here’s the top 5 I’ve found for the best Bluetooth earbud headphones.  There’s a bunch out there so I only looked at the ones with good reviews that weren’t fake.  There’s a lot of fake reviews so those that didn’t pass the www.fakespot.com test of at least a B were eliminated right away.  These are all the type that are wired in between the earbuds so these aren’t the true wireless style.  I’ll be doing those next so check back soon.

In looking for the best Bluetooth Earbuds I also eliminated any with older technology.  So these will all be at least Bluetooth 4.1 or better.  Bluetooth 4.0 was a big step for this wireless technology making the devices much lower in power consumption.  This was enhanced with 4.1 making the connection smarter with interference and connectivity.  4.2 didn’t add much to headphones, but the new 5.0 makes the connections faster, longer range and can handle more data (not that it helps headphones) You can find more differences here http://majorhifi.com/the-difference-between-bluetooth-3-0-4-0-4-1-4-2-explained/

I could have named this under $40 since that’s the most expensive one at the time of this writing, but will leave the title in case one comes out that is around that price I can just modify this page.  If I’ve missed one that you think should be on this list let me know and I’ll put it through my test against these.  If you’re looking for the true wireless variety check out my Best True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds under $100.

 

Model and Links for Easy Purchase

BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless

Anker Soundcore Spirit X Sports

SENSO Sweatproof Earbuds

Bitzen Sport Headphones

Edelin Noise Cancelling IPX7

Connectivity Bluetooth V5.0 provides the reliable and strong 33ft bluetooth range connection

Protocols: HFP1.7, HSP1.2, HD Voice, Voice Prompts, A2DP1.3, AVRCP1.6, Voice reporting, Multipoint

Bluetooth 5.0 BLUETOOTH V4.1 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY WITH CVC 6.0 NOISE SUPPRESSION TECHNOLOGY – Connect seamlessly with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away. With Noise Suppression technology focus on your favorite music and answer calls without skips or missed words. Advanced Bluetooth 4.1 CSR integration BLUETOOTH v4.1 + EDR Technology – Our in ear headphones are compatible with any Bluetooth device, and can be connected to two different devices simultaneously, the quality of connection will amaze you within the distance of up to 30 feet
Battery Life Earbuds last for over 2.5 hours to 3 hours’ music playtime on a single charge. While on the go charging case, it can last up to 12 hours.

Battery Capacity: Each earbud: 50mAh/ 3.7V

Charging Box: 700mAh/ 3.7V

12-Hour Playtime: Get sublime bass-driven sound for well over a week of workouts from a single charge.  5 min charge = 1 hr use. 1.5-2 hr total charge time. The new and improved lithium polymer battery 85mAh allows seamless enjoyment of music for up to 8 hours and 240 hours stand-by with a quick charge of only 1.5 hours. These powerful bluetooth in-ear headphones can work for 9 hours straight!

Lithium Polymer.

up to 8 hours of music play or 240 hours of standby with a charge time of only 1.5 hour.  100mAH
High Fidelity Audio 3D Stereo Audio BassUp technology and a 10mm driver ensure Spirit X’s thumping low-end is balanced by lush mids and crystal-clear treble.  Supports AAC. TRUE HD HIGH FIDELITY SOUND Featuring latest Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology and state of the art acoustic components that produce incredible sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble. In-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones STEREO SOUND + DEEP BASS – Will enable you to enjoy high fidelity audio with incredible bass and crystal clear treble, CVC 6.0 noise isolating technology gets rid of distractions and prevents interference of noises and sounds
Sweat or Weather Proof IPX4 Waterproof Better than IPX Even the highest IPX-ratings are simply not enough to defend against the corrosive power of sweat.  SweatGuard: Truly sweatproof technology specially designed to resist the corrosive properties of sweat. IPX-7 WATERPROOF RATING – ActivBuds feature Ergonomically designed flexible ear hooks with gel flex silicone earbuds to ensure your headphones stay comfortably firm in place to guarantee fatigue free ears and tangle free comfort. Bitzen’s patented waterproof earbuds make unique & thoughtful gift ideas for fitness-minded people, including bodybuilders & trainers. GREAT FOR SPORT + WATERPROOF IPx7 RATED – Edelin2 cordless headset is perfect for run, jogging, yoga, fitness, crossfit, riding, exercise. It is hard to loose, stays in ears and it will not interfere with your actions.
In the Box 1 * [Bluetooth 5.0] BW-FYE1 TWS True Wireless Earphone

1 * Micro USB Charging Cable

3 * pairs of eartips (two pairs of M-size eartips and one pair of S-size)

1 * User Manual(English, Germany, French, Spanish, Italy, Japanese)

1 * Card

Soundcore Spirit X, XS/S/M/L/XL EarTips, S/M/L EarWings, 2 x Cable Clips, Shirt Clip, Micro USB Cable, Travel Pouch, Carabiner, our worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.
  • Bluetooth Headhpone
  • Carrying Case
  • Short Charging Cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips – Small, Medium, Large
  • 1 Set of Memory Foam Ear Tips
  • Cable Management Clip
  • User Manual

Bonus Items: Air vent Magnetic Car Mount Cellphone Holder

  • Mobile Phone Wallet / Card Holder

1 YEAR WARRANTY and 30 days no-questions-asked return policy. Value for money guaranteed, Buy the Senso ActiveBuds worry free today.

1 x Bitzen Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds

1 x USB Charging Cable

6 x Earbuds (2 equipped on the earphones)

2 x equipped Ear hooks

1 x Carrying case

1 x User Guide

  • Edelin Headphones
  • S, M, L Ear Tips
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • Carry Case
  • User Manual
  • Cord Management Clip
Weight 4.4 ounces 5.4 ounces .16 ounces 6.4 ounces .48 ounces
Rating 4.0 with 96 Customer Reviews 4.3 with 77 Customer Reviews 4.3 with 233 Customer Reviews 4.7 with 755 Customer Reviews 4.5 with 143 Customer Reviews
Model and Links for Easy Purchase

BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless

Anker Soundcore Spirit X Sports

SENSO Sweatproof Earbuds

Bitzen Sport Headphones

Edelin Noise Cancelling IPX7

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Best Mesh Wireless Networks for Home 2018



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5 Best Mesh Wireless (WiFi )

Does your wireless network need a boost?  The new craze in wireless networking is mesh wireless network topology and there’s a pretty good reason why.  They use multiple nodes (wireless devices) that work together to figure out the best path for your device and are smarter then traditional router/access point setups.

So what is a mesh wireless network?

According to Wikipedia a mesh network is local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients. This lack of dependency on one node allows

Mesh Wi-Fi Networking

for every node to participate in the relay of information. Mesh networks dynamically self-organize and self-configure, which can reduce installation overhead. The ability to self-configure enables dynamic distribution of workloads, particularly in the event that a few nodes should fail. This in turn contributes to fault-tolerance and reduced maintenance costs. For a full explanation visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesh_networking

I picked the top 5 mesh wireless networks currently in 2018.  These are all packaged and all have additional configurations. I tried to keep these close to the same type of setup for this comparison.  Most have 3 devices in this roundup except for the Netgear since the 2 are a little more powerful then most of the 3’s.  There are also some new options that can turn your current wireless setup to a mesh network with an add-on, but I stayed away from those for now.

Management

All of these have a mobile app that you can manage your network so gone are the days of logging into a web based solution to configure your network.  The big advantage to that is you can login remotely from anywhere you have internet access.  So if you’re out with friends and have a teenager at home not doing what they’re told you can shut down their connection.  Yes I’ve done that before and keeps you in control along with your sanity.  That might sound lazy or cruel to some, but internet access is such a big deal today for these kids that sometimes they need to be disconnected so they can use their brain again.  When it comes to the parental controls part some offer an upgraded version with even more control if the basics don’t meet your needs.

These 5 are not listed in any particular order since they all have different strengths that will differ for your own individual needs/wants.  Mesh wireless networks should improve just about every home and business networks over the traditional type.

 

Coverage Area Up to 5,000 sq. ft. (2) 1,500-3,000 sq. ft.

(3) 3,000 – 4,500 sq. ft.

2-4 bedroom home (no sq. ft. given) Up to 5,400 sq. ft. Up to 5,500 sq. ft.
Speed Up to 3 Gbps (AC3000) Up to 1,200 Mbps (AC1200) Up to 1,200 Mbps (AC1200) Up to 1,750 Mb per second (AC1750) Up to 1,300 Mbps
GB Ethernet Ports 8 (4+4) 2 per device 2 per device 2 per device 2 per device
Parental Controls Disney Circle.

Limit daily Internet time for websites, apps, and more. Set individual filter levels for family members to match their age and interests.

Family Wi-Fi controls.
Google Wifi allows you to pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices, like during bedtime or dinnertime.
Pause the internet
In a few taps, create profiles to set schedules and pause the internet on your kids’ devices.
AiProtection Classic Parental Controls.

You can group devices that belong to your children to  apply scheduled block times and content filters with just a few taps.

Reserve valuable family time or help your children develop responsible behavior by selecting scheduled time periods to block internet access on specific devices.

Block specific websites, and apply these settings to all devices belonging to individual family members.

Keep the internet safe and fun for your kids. Create profiles for each person and use existing filters or set your own to automatically block websites. Plus, see which sites they’re using, set time limits and even pause the internet with the Deco app.
Bands Tri-Band

802.11 a/g/n/ac

Simultaneous dual-band Wifi (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.

eero: Tri-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz wireless.

eero Beacon: Dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless.

Both: 2×2 MU-MIMO, Beamforming, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Thread 1.1 Border Router, Bluetooth LE 4.2.

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.  AC1750

Lyra Trio has a 3×3 MIMO antenna design that provides an additional spatial stream compared to 2×2 mesh Wi-Fi systems, meaning it can handle more simultaneous network traffic for fast, reliable performance even when many devices are connected to the network.

5 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
Security Features You’ll rest easy knowing that your information is safe from security breaches, viruses, malware, and network worms. Industry-leading security features such as wireless encryption, verified boot, and auto updates to keep your network safe and secure. World-class security
eero adheres to the best standards in network security by issuing one-time passwords for eero app access and only allowing WPA2-compatible devices onto your network.
1 year free antivirus on 4 devices from Trend Micro Deco M5 guards your Wi-Fi and personal information against incoming cyber threats. Deco M5 also protects every device, including Wi-Fi cameras and smart locks, from viruses and malware. (free 3-year subscription)
Extra These do work with OnHub units.

Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices

Networking services
DHCP, NAT, VPN Passthrough, UPnP, Static IP, Port Forwarding.
Smart-home ready with Amazon alexa compatibility Works with Amazon Alexa.  Cannot open individual ports at the moment.

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Gaming Headphones Comparison CORSAIR HS60 vs HyperX Cloud Stinger



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Gaming Headphones

Here’s a quick comparison of these mid-range gaming headphones that we have used with our systems.  These both are multi-platform so if you have more than 1 system they are great.

These have both performed admirably and are lightweight with soft ear cups so gaming for hours is doable.  The Corsair is slightly heavier, but not too noticeable.  If you check out other gaming headphones you’ll notice these are on the lighter side of most so long term use is achievable.

The swivel to mute feature of the HyperX Cloud Stinger worked very well at first, but after around 9 months of use it started to cause some sound distortion.  The Stinger does have a wider range of microphone sensitivity however so should be a little more accurate.  It’s possible we were just too rough with the Mic or used it more than normal.

Comparison
Compatibility Use on PC, Xbox One*, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

*May require Microsoft adapter sold separately. *7.1 surround sound only available on PC.

PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, Wii U and mobile devices² and has a single 3.5mm stereo plug (4 pole) and PC extension cable with dual 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

¹May require controller adapter (adapter sold separately).

²Compatible with devices with CTIA standard connectors.

Headphone Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz 18-23,000 Hz
Headphone Sensitivity 111 dB (+/- 3 dB) 102 ± 3dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
Impedance 32 Ohms @ 1 kHz 30 Ohms
Connector 3.5 mm analog Single 3.5mm analog + extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Headphone Driver 50 mm 50 mm directional drivers for audio precision
Microphone Impedance 2.2k Ohms N/A
Microphone Type Uni-directional Noise Canceling Swivel Uni-directional, Noise Canceling
Microphone Frequency Response 100 Hz – 10 kHz 50Hz~18,000Hz
Microphone Sensitivity (+/- 3 dB) -40 dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Weight 11.2 oz 275 grams (9.7 oz)
More info and to purchase

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Top 15″ Laptops in the $600-$700 Range June 2018



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Top 15″ Laptops in the $600-$700-ish Range June 2018

Looking for a new 15″ laptop that has good power, but won’t break the bank?  This is kind of the sweet spot for 15″ Laptops in this price range to value in my opinion.  I will be adding more ranges to meet more needs so check back often.  15″ Laptops are not too big and not too small, but are still fairly portable.

Prices will fluctuate with these, but these are the 15″ Laptops I believe are the best in this price range.  I did highlight in green the areas that one system shines over all the others.  Some are too close to call so those areas I did not highlight.

I used to be very critical of the Acer name-brand. I started using them again a couple years ago and have been impressed with the cost/value ratio compared to other brands.  They have been holding up well and have only needed to contact them once about a failed system so far.  Support was responsive and the matter did get resolved even if it wasn’t the best solution that I was looking for.  I’ve been a big fan of Lenovo laptops as well, but they made a huge mistake on several of their models.  The up arrow key was basically in the spot the right shift key would normally be so typing was very frustrating.  They have now resolved that with their newer models so they are back on my radar again.

The Dell and HP line have been solid brands, but usually a little higher priced.  The Inspiron line I used to stay away from cause they were poor quality compared to their Latitude business line.  That has gotten better however so feel those can be looked at again.  I couldn’t find a HP laptop in this price range that would beat or even tie any of these so will be doing another comparison with a higher range next to get one of those in cause they are nice.

Make/Model
CPU 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz) 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz) AMD Quad-Core FX-9800P(2.7 / 3.6GHz, 2MB) 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz(4 Cores, 6M Cache, up to 3.40GHz) 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
RAM 8GB Dual Channel Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory 8GB DDR4 8GB DDR4L 2400 MHz can add up to 16GB 12GB DDR4 Memory
Screen 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Comfy View widescreen LED-backlit display 15.6″ Full HD(1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display 15.6″ Touch screen for hands-on control; 1920 x 1080 IPS HD display; Energy-efficient LED backlight 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch(10-finger) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
Storage 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD
Optical 8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW (M-DISC enabled) No DVD-RW No No
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM Dual Graphics, 2GB AMD Radeon R7 + R8 M535DX Intel HD Graphics 620 Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
WiFi and Bluetooth 802.11ac WiFi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1 802.11ac Wi-Fi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 Next-Gen Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.2 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) 720p HD Webcam 1280 x 720 HD webcam w/ Facial recognition HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
Fingerprint Reader No No No No Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello
Backlit Keyboard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery 6-cell Li-Ion Battery (2800 mAh), Up to 15-hours Battery Life 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours of battery life 2-cell lithium ion, Up to 4.5 Hours Battery Life 3-cell Lithium-ion 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 9-hours Battery Life
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
Ports 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card 1 – USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 port (with power-off charging), 2 – USB 2.0 ports, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP support, SD Card 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x 4 in 1 (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card) 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, SD Card 1 – USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 2 – USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 – USB 2.0 port, 1 – HDMI port with HDCP support, SD Card
Weight 5.27 lbs 4.41 lbs 4.85 lbs 5.07lbs 4.74 lbs
Dimensions L x W x H 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches 15 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches 14.9″ x 10.2″ x 0.90″ 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches 14.6 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
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