Sunday, October 22, 2017

Top 10 Aerial Photography and Videography Drones under $200

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Top 10 Aerial Photography and Videography Drones

Until recently,  aerial photography was reserved for the heavily invested movie producers, who pried the skies with hired choppers and expert skydivers. Today, however, advancements in drone technology have extensively opened up the scene. Everyone, from budget-strapped amateur photojournalists to deep-pocketed professional filmmakers, can experience the thrill of shooting and filming at bird’s eye view.

We spent hours on end scouring the market for the ten best reasonably-priced photography and videography drones, based on features, quality, expert reviews, and popularity. While the models in this guide don’t offer all the bells and whistles of high-end pro-grade drones, they have all an upcoming photographer needs to develop and sharpen their aerial shooting skills.

1. MJX Bugs 3

The Bugs 3 drone

The Bugs 3, one of the most popular entries from MJX, is arguably the best budget drone on the market. In addition to being among the cheapest brushless quadcopters you can find, its bulky body and sturdy frame make it insanely fun for beginners and enthusiasts. While the lack of a camera can be a drawback, the drone’s support for GoPro’s and virtually all other action camera models means you won’t get bound to a single shooter for the entire lifespan of your drone.

The specifications, are excellent to say the least, as you get a more than decent 19 minutes of flight time from its 1800mAh battery, 300+ meters of control distance, 3D stunts, and low voltage protection. You won’t find a movable gimbal, altitude hold or anything else that would deal with shakiness, but the drone is stable enough to counter distortions from typical aerial vibrations.

Drone shoppers that aren’t looking to spend extra for a camera may be tempted to steer away from the MJX Bugs 3, but if you already own a GoPro and would like a capable pocket-friendly drone to mount it onto, the Bugs 3 is a perfect choice.

2. Holy Stone HS300

. Holy Stone HS300

After a successful run with the HS170 Predator Mini, Holy Stone is back with the new HS300 drone, an impressive model with a decent set of features. Incorporating automatic altitude hold, emergency stop, one-key return, adjustable speed levels and controllable LED lights, the HS300 is a great option for beginners.

What wins the prize for the HS300, however, is its mounted 5MP camera, which offers high still-image quality and up to 1080p, 30 frames-per-second video shooting. And although its bulkiness has a few downsides – most notably the battery life –  it does help to keep the camera reasonably stable in the windy outdoors.

As for the flight time, the HS300’s 2000mAh can hold it in the air for about 8-12 minutes, depending on nearby interference. That, coupled with 200 meters of control distance range makes Holy Stone’s jewel an excellent purchase for the budget lovers.

3. Altair AA108

Altair AA108 drone

It’s hardly been more than a few months since the Altair AA108 hit the shelves, but it has already taken the drone market by storm. With a wide-angle HD camera, the aggressively priced drone can shoot decently pixelated pictures and high-quality videos. And, despite lacking hardware image stabilization, it produces remarkable imagery, with little shakiness.

Brushed motors are hardly as powerful or as durable as brushless motors, but the AA108’s motors will last quite a while if you operate them correctly, which means disarming the drone (setting throttle to 0) immediately after a crash.

The Altair AA108 is powered by a relatively small 1S LiPo battery, but because of its light weight, you get a decent 10 minutes of flight time. As for the range, the drone can barely go beyond 100 meters. On the upside, it comes with other pleasant surprises, including FPV (first person view) support, one-button take-off and landing, altitude hold and even an OOR (out of range) alarm system, all which make flying it an absolute joy.

4. AEE AP9

. AEE AP9 Drone

The AEE AP9 may not be nearly as popular as the top three drones on this list, but it offers pretty competitive quality all around along with some crucial additional features, at a decent price tag.

Like the MJX Bugs 3, the AEE AP9 doesn’t come with a camera but supports a myriad of action cameras, including GoPro’s and AEE’s S-series products. Nevertheless, if the lack of a mounted camera is a deal breaker, perhaps the detachable gimbal and GPS may tickle you enough to reconsider. The AP9 is also one of the few under-$200 drones that offer altitude hold and automatic return-to-home, in case of connectivity issues.

Inside the package is a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi transmitter, with which you can control the drone from up to 500 meters, and also incorporates a mount for FPV streams with your smartphone. To top it all, the AP9 features a high-performance 11.1V 5300mAh battery that offers a remarkable 22 minutes of flight time.

5. Force1 F100 Ghost

Force1 F100 Ghost

The Force1 F100’s specifications sheet may not seem like much, but if you’re a hobbyist photographer looking to take your exploits to the sky, it offers great value for the money.

For starters, the drone boasts brushless motors, which not only allow for precise control but also contribute to a smoother, quieter flight, improving the quality of your video and audio. Its nimble flight control also makes it an excellent beginner/intermediate drone for both still photography and aerial videography.

Arguably the Force1 F100’s most admirable traits are its 15-minute flight time and 500-meter control range, both which give it an edge over the competition when it comes to long, high-altitude filming. And if that’s not enough to seal the deal, the F100 supports a host of third-party cameras, including GoPro’s HERO series, along with useful accessories like gimbals and prop guards.

6. UDI U818A HD

UDI U818A HD Drone

Since its release two years ago, the U818A has made its mark in the drone scene as one of the sturdiest around. Its robust, lightweight build and integrated prop guards provide enough protection against unprecedented crashes, while surprisingly doing little to affect the drone’s stability in the air.

The newly upgraded U818A now features a forward-facing camera that can capture decent 720p, 30fps video. The LCD-fitted Wi-Fi transmitter lets you see what you’re filming in real time, and you also get the choice of incorporating VR headsets for a more immersive FPV experience.

Other impressive features are custom flight mapping and headless mode, the latter which negates the need to adjust the drone’s position before flying it. And while the 10 minutes of battery life is admittedly average, the copter comes with an extra battery and power bank to quadruple your flight time.

7. Force1 U45 Blue Jay

Force1 U45 Blue Jay Drone

Perfect for budding photographers, drone hobbyists, and beginner flyers, the U45 Blue Jay is pretty fun to fly. Its 6-axis gyroscope offers enough stability and wind resistance for 360-degree flips and rolls. Moreover, thanks to Altitude Hold, the drone can hover in the air to give you sufficient time to use the camera. And with Headless Mode, you won’t need to worry about setting your drone to proper orientation before lift-off.

The Blue Jay further simplifies the flying experience with automatic take-off and landing, and you can even use custom route mode to map your desired path before you fly it.

As for the camera, you get a 2MP shooter that can shoot HD images and videos from above. Filming at 30 frames per second helps to reduce shakiness, but the lack of a gimbal means the footage won’t be at all perfect. On the bright side, the camera comes with FPV support and with a high-end VR-friendly smartphone, you can enjoy seamless immersive VR FPV. The drone’s 10-minute flight time and 100-meter control range are also commendable for its price tag.

8. Hubsan X4 H502S

Hubsan X4 H502S

Coming right after Hubsan’s overwhelmingly popular H501S model, the H502S is a significantly smaller and more affordable version of its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, the H502S has traded several key punches for a cheaper price tag, most notably ditching brushless motors for brushed ones, and a lower 720p resolution camera. Nevertheless, the build quality remains impressive, as does the overall camera stabilization system.

Hubsan claims a decent 13 minutes of maximum flight time, and a 250+ meter control range, although FPV is limited to around 150 meters. You’ll probably not even be able to see it at that distance, but thanks to its inbuilt GPS, you won’t need to worry.

9. Cheerson CX-35

 Cheerson CX-35 Drone

Cheerson may be more famous for the CX-10W – one of the smallest Wi-Fi FPV flyers on the market – but the company’s newer CX-35 seems like the obvious choice for buyers looking to buy a large, feature-packed quadcopter. The CX-35 is one of the friendliest drones to fly on this list, primarily because of 6-axis gyro, which provides excellent stability. You also have altitude hold onboard to hover the drone at a desirable height, so you can best utilize the mounted 2MP HD camera.

While many camera-fitted drones in this price range come with manually adjusted or fixed front-facing cameras, the CX-35 lets you tilt its shooter remotely for different recording angles. And with an FPV monitor mounted on the transmitter, you can see through your camera in real time.

Admittedly neither the CX-35’s 7-minute flight time nor its 100-meter control range is remarkable. Nonetheless, the flyer’s low-voltage auto-landing, one-key return, and automatic landing/take-off features make it a decent purchase for any first-time drone owner.

10. Sky Viper V2450 HD

Sky Viper V2450 HD Drone

The Viper V2400 HD may be coming in last on this list, but it’s far from being the least. This little green guy is remarkably stable, and the build quality is robust enough to handle a few first-timer crashes. Altitude hold is a nice touch, as is the one-button launch and land feature, both which make the Viper exceptionally easy to fly. The controller also adds a sensitivity adjustment button to give the hovering a manual feel when desired.

The mini-drone comes with a 2MP camera, with which you can record decent 720p HD video. Furthermore, if you attach your smartphone to the controller – via the phone clip included in the package – and download the Sky Viper app, you can stream live footage straight from the camera. To add to the immersion, the V2450 also packs a pair of comfortable, adjustable FPV VR goggles.

However, the drone is not without downsides. One of them is the fixed camera, which you can’t adjust remotely or manually. The 10-minute of flight time may also be a deal-breaker for some demanding shoppers. Thankfully, the camera has a decently wide field of view, and the drone’s LiPo batteries are cheap enough for you to get a few extra pairs at no sweat.

Conclusion

And there you have it! The ten best aerial photography and videography drones under $200. Unsurprisingly, budget drones come with more than a few limitations, most significantly low-resolution cameras, limited smart features, finicky stability, and short flight times. While the drones above don’t come close to competing with professional-grade market leaders like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Yuneec Typhoon H Pro, they’re still ideal for anyone looking to dip their toes into aerial photography and nurture their flying skills.

So, are you thinking of getting yourself your first photography UAV? Let this list be a trusted guide to making the purchase that will perfectly suit your needs and your wallet.

 

 

Be Responsible: 10 Ways To Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone

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Old iPhone

People often fail to realize the impact their everyday decisions can have on the rest of the world. Simple things, such as throwing your old smartphone away, could result in big repercussions for both, nature and humanity when a lot of people do it.

E-waste is one of the biggest pollution problems in the world, and it just keeps growing. Between the start of 2017 and the end of August the same year, mankind has generated more than 26 million metric tons of e-waste, according to statistics from The World Counts. A lot of this will be recycled, but the majority will be taken to a third-world country to become a huge burning pile of electronics and plastic, spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and poisoning the soil.

If you want to make sure that your old smartphone doesn’t end up in those same toxic piles, there are a lot of ways to be responsible and recycle or reuse it. Here are ten great ideas to get you started.

Carrier recycling programs

Every major wireless carrier in the US, as well as most around the globe, have some sort of a buyback program for old devices. This is a great way for consumers to save some cash on a new smartphone, but it also helps with preserving the ecosystem.

In most cases, carriers make sure to dispose of electronics waste responsibly by recycling or refurbishing them. So, not only will you get a discount for your brand new handset, but you will also sleep calmly, knowing your old device won’t pollute the environment.

Donating old phones

Believe it or not, a lot of organizations will gladly accept your old electronics as a donation. In most cases, they will turn it in for recycling and use the money to aid their cause. This trend can be found all across the world of charity, from zoos, through soldier support organizations. You won’t be getting any money out of this, but you will have the chance of supporting organizations in need and responsibly recycling your phone at the same time.

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Keeping old phones as a backup

There are some cases in which having your $900 flagship smartphone with you is not the wisest decision. About 2 million smartphones are stolen in the US each year and there are certain situations when the chances of someone lifting your handset are somewhat higher.

So, instead of throwing your old phone away, why don’t you keep it as a backup device? Next time you go to the beach, just pop your SIM card in the old handset and leave your expensive flagship at home.

Give it to a family member

Let’s face it, your grandparents don’t care if their phone is brand spanking new. They just want a handset that works. So, when theirs starts to give in, consider giving them your used, but functioning phone.

Or maybe put a stop to the kids asking for your phone to play games? Transform your old device into a dedicated gaming smartphone for your children and you can keep yours to yourself.

Make a burner

Burner phones are not just for spies and criminals. Every time you sell something on Craigslist, you’re effectively giving your phone number to complete strangers on the Internet, and this is never a good idea. So, maybe you could transform your old handset into a burner phone.

Stick a cheap prepaid SIM card in it and you can now post it all over the Internet without worrying that you’re giving your personal phone number away. If the calls become overwhelming or someone who shouldn’t have your number gets to it, you can just switch the SIM card and you’re done.

DIY home surveillance

Why would you pay hundreds of dollars for a home surveillance camera, when an old smartphone, connected to your home Wi-Fi could do the same job? There are plenty of apps and tutorials that will allow you to do it, so just search around the Internet and you could have your own DIY home surveillance in a matter of minutes.

Car-dedicated smartphone

Are you tired of always having to hook up your phone to the car for music and navigation? This can easily be avoided if you just leave your old phone in the car. Hook it up once and just keep it there. You can now have multimedia and navigation at all times, while your primary handset sits comfortably in your pocket. Just make sure that the newly-installed phone isn’t visible from the outside when you’re not in the car. Not to mention that you will never forget your daily driver in the car ever again.

Dedicated jukebox

If you’re a fan of music and you like to use a phone and Spotify for the purpose, you could always dedicate your old phone to that. Just connect it to your stereo system, and you will have a functioning DIY jukebox (without the quarters, of course).

Not only will this allow everyone at the party to change the tunes, but it will also spare your primary handset from the battery drain, and you will be able to use it for everything else, such as taking calls, chatting, and so on.

Cheap e-book reader for the family

Why would you buy several copies of an e-book, or deal with the frustrating family account procedures of e-book stores, when you can just repurpose one handset to do it all. Just install the Kindle app and login with an account you created for the family library, and voila.

This will also allow you to let the kids read ebooks to their heart’s content, while you keep your business-related titles on your own account. This sure sounds like a win-win, doesn’t it?

Join a botnet

Botnets are not all bad. They certainly picked up some bad rep, thanks to hackers using them to initiate a variety of denial-of-service attacks, but the technology can be used for good too. An example is BOINC – UC Berkeley’s botnet.

If you choose to join BOINC, you can simply install its app on your old Android smartphone and keep it charged. The botnet will use its resources when idle for a variety of computational tasks. Berkeley has made BOINC work on curing diseases, looking for extraterrestrial life, and whatnot. You can even choose what you want your old phone to contribute to. Sounds pretty cool, right?

 


Abigail Smith is communications and PR specialist for CompareAndRecycle.co.uk, a mobile phone recycling comparison site that provides visitors with the best deal for their old phones and gadgets.

 

Top 10 Free Apps for Windows PC

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10 Best apps for Windows

After purchasing your favorite Windows PC, the next question that comes to mind is what are the best free apps for Windows? In order to maximize the performance of your PC, you’ll need to install apps and programs that are extremely valuable to both your work and social life. These apps enable you to listen to music, process documents, surf the internet as well as communicate effortlessly with friends and family. For simplicity, we’ve decided to divide the best free apps for Windows based PCs into the following categories: Antivirus/Security, Word processing/ document creation, Internet/communication, and Music/Movies.

Antivirus/ Security

1.   Avast Antivirus

avast antivirus

No Doubt, when you’re searching for the best free Anti-virus online, Avast antivirus usually comes out top on most list. In fact, it was once touted as one of the best antivirus on the market by many antivirus review sites. These days, Avast antivirus seems to have been relegated by other premium antivirus programs, which are usually paid, but its free version remains a good security program for any PC user.

2.   Avira Antivirus

Avira app

Avira is another powerful antivirus program that offers a free version for its users. It packs a good range of protective features that guarantees seamless operation of computers and smartphones and is regarded as one of the best in the industry. Although one will need to get a hang of its menu because it’s a little bit complicated to understand, but once you do, it becomes a powerful free program to defend your PC against viruses and malicious programs.

3.   Bitdefender Antivirus

bitdefender antivirus

Bitdefender, no doubt, is among the top dogs in the Antivirus industry and one of the best free apps for Windows. It offers both paid, and premium version to users and the quality of the free version is comparable to the first two mentioned above. Its free version looks very much basic in appearance and features, making it a little less complicated to operate and suitable for users with little to no Antivirus experience.

Word Processing / Document Creation

4.  Google Docs

Google docs

Google Doc is One of the most important suites for editing documents online and is owned by the largest search engine provider, Google Inc. For you to access the amazing features Google Docs has to offer; you’ll need to create a Gmail account. You can create, edit documents, spreadsheets and virtually any type of document you can conceive using this amazing program.

5.   Open Office

open office

Open office is one of the best, most reputable Office suites you can find on the market.  You can easily give presentations, creates spreadsheet, documents and perform a whole lot of word processing activities using this suite. It’s highly compatible with the world renowned Microsoft word format, which gives you the flexibility of working on systems not having the suite.

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6.   Adobe Reader DC

Adobe Reader Dc

There is no doubt that PDF readers are becoming indispensable in recent times owing to their global acceptance. The Adobe Reader DC is one the best PDF readers for Windows based PC and have become global standard when it comes to PDF file management. This software program is free, easy to install and use. You can use it to quickly read and modify PDF files that are editable as well as access PDF files on the web.

Internet and Communication

7.   Google Chrome

google chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser you can find on the market. Roughly half of the world’s personal computers have Google Chrome installed because it offers amazing speed, security, and accessibility to other Google programs. One of Chrome’s best selling points is its security, which protects users from accessing harmful sites.

8.   Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla firefox

This internet browser is another stalwart in the ICT industry and one of the best free apps for Windows. It was one of the top browsers that challenged the dominance of the Internet Explorer in the early days. Today, millions of personal computers around the world have the Mozilla Firefox browser installed on them. This internet browser comes with lots of add-ons that help to optimize the browsing experience of users.

Music and Movies

9.   iTunes

iTunes app

When it comes to music, no other app does it better than iTunes, making it one of the best free apps for Windows based PCs. iTunes enables users to easily purchase and download their favorite songs as well as manage their music library. It’s free for users to download and not particularly restricted to Mac PCs.

10.   Spotify

Spotify App

Spotify is one of the best apps and programs for streaming music. It provides you easy access to lots of music stores online, and most of the times, it allows you stream them for free. Except for the occasional ad that the app may display to help them keep running cost low, you shouldn’t experience any financial difficulties managing an amazing app like this.

Conclusion

This list only provides a small dose of the amount of free apps and programs available for Windows PC. But we have taken time to highlight the core free apps and programs available for PC users to download. However, we should understand that most of these free apps and programs offer paid versions that contain premium features hidden from their basic apps. The basic features seen on these apps are just enough to satisfy the average PC user, but if you are looking for premium features to optimize your experience as well as enhance your PC Performance, then you’ll need to go paid. Do you feel we’ve left out other important free apps and program for windows PC, do feel free to mention them in the comment section and we might just update this list with the important apps and programs suggested by you.

Amazing Tips to free up Your Smartphone Storage Space

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Smartphone Storage Space

Smartphones are cool gadgets to own and carry about if you need to keep in touch with friends and family, stay entertained on-the-go, or perhaps complete jobs sent to you via email while working outside your office premises. Depending on your habits or how you use your smartphone, you might find out that you are quickly running out of your smartphone storage space, which is one of the most dreaded situations smartphone users face at some point in time.

Most times smart phones users often delete their precious pictures, apps, and interesting games, but then, they only seem to extend their internal storage space by some megabytes or gigabytes.  The major challenge for smartphone users, with regards to managing their smartphone storage space, is how to achieve long-lasting storage space increase without depriving themselves of the functionalities they enjoy or are used to.

Freeing Up Storage Space on Android Smartphones

android phone

Freeing up space on your android gadgets is a must especially if you want to enjoy flawless, smooth operation of your android devices. Android smartphones, as compared to iPhones, tend to slow down considerably when their storage space is being maxed out. They freeze most time and can become a pain to use if actions aren’t taken by their users to increase their internal storage space.  Start with erasing temporary files, because you won’t need to have them all the time and their removal have little or no adverse effect on the operation of your Android smartphone.

If you own smartphones with the options of moving these temporary files or cache to SD card, take advantage of that feature and free up your smartphone space. If your Android smartphone lacks the functionality that allows you shift the location of temporary files, don’t hesitate to delete or erase your temporary files or cache. You can also get an overview of how much all the apps and games installed on your Android smartphones consume in real time. This method will allow you make critical decisions that will see you achieve significant gains and free up storage space for your Android smartphone. To do this, simply go to your Smartphone’s settings and click on the storage tab or button. Then identify apps or games that occupy huge space and are of less importance to you and delete them.

Freeing Up Storage Space on iPhones

iphones smartphones

One major advantage iPhones have over android phones is how it operates quite efficiently despite users maxing out its storage space or running multiple apps. On the other hand, Android Phones tend to lag behind when handling multiple apps or maxing out its internal memory space. However, the performance of your iPhones can be enhanced if its users free up its internal storage space. Just like Android Smartphones, you’ll need to access the storage features via settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. This will provide you with an overview of all the apps and programs consuming that vital storage space you crave.

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Windows Phone

Windows Phone

Windows phone isn’t any different from the others mentioned above, just a little difference in how it names its phone apps and settings. To get an overview of all apps and programs taking up space on your Windows smartphone simply go to > Storage Sence > Phone or SD card.

Use SD card more often

There are certain smartphone features that take a toll on your smartphone’s memory especially when used more often. Some of those features include Videos, music, and photos. Try to ensure that the default storage settings for these media features are set to the memory card. You can also make use of streaming services such as Spotify to store and stream your favorite music etc.

Monitor Heavy Apps frequently

Apps such as Facebook and Instagram may require an initial storage space of 80 to 100 MB, but with time, they can take up space up to 600 MB each. These apps often cache images and web pages to make it easy for users to access these files quickly and efficiently. So it advisable to delete these caches if you feel you don’t need them, at least it will free up space for more important activities.

Conclusion

You can easily free up valuable storage space on your smartphone by following the tips provided above. However, there are still other personal tips you can apply to help you free up as well as maximize your smartphone’s storage space not mentioned above. One of which is curbing unnecessary downloads, which is one of the biggest eaters of smartphone memory space in recent times. Too many files you don’t need are available online. Freeing up your smartphone space is extremely helpful if you intend to optimize your user experience and satisfaction. It helps your smartphone respond quicker and process information faster. As technology progresses, there will be a point in time when our smartphone will possess unlimited memory capabilities. Until then, make this guide your daily companion

The Big Dilemma: What Kind of Screen to Pick for Your Home Theater

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Fixed Frame Projection Screen

Movie theater prices hit a record high in 2017, jumping to a whopping $8.84 per ticket (a massive increase from the $2.23 it cost our parents to watch Saturday Night Fever back in 1977!). As a result, more and more Americans are opting to set up their own ‘theaters’ right in their own homes, giving themselves that classic movie theater experience, without the hefty price tag to go along with it.

Setting up a home theater is actually easier than it sounds, but there are a number of factors to take into account to ensure you’re getting the best possible experience, including seating layouts, sound considerations and, perhaps most importantly of all, the type of screen. Although the cheapest option is, undoubtedly, a painted wall coupled with a low-cost projector, this simply isn’t going to give you the results you’re looking for as wall texture, paint texture, imperfections, and reflections can all affect overall quality. It really is important to select a dedicated screen for your home theater. However, with so many options it can be difficult to know where to begin! Here’s some guidance to get you on your way:

Type of Screen

There’s two main categories of screen to choose from (and a whole host of sub-categories, but we’ll get to them later!): projectors, and big screen TVs. Projectors are typically more cost effective, but really it all comes down to personal choice, as both options can work very well in a home movie theater setup.

If you’re in the market for a projector screen, then there’s two general types to choose from: fixed frame projectors and roll-away projectors. Fixed frame options are perfect for dedicated home theater rooms. They tend to be a little more affordable and are well known for staying stretched tightly which not only produces higher quality images but also helps to extend the life of your screen. Roll-away projectors, however, are good for multi-use rooms, where the screen may need to be stored discreetly or protected from damage, for instance, if you also have kids who make use of the room on a regular basis. Tension is a long-standing issue with roll-aways, so be sure to look for ‘tab tensioned’ screens which fare a bit better.

If you’re working on a tight budget, then a big screen TV can sometimes make you break out in a cold sweat; it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a TV as big as you’d be able to pick up a projector for. However, if you’re happy to go with a more modestly-sized screen then you will find that there are a number of advantages to TVs over projectors: brightness, color accuracy, and contrast to name a few.

Screen Color

If you do decide on a projector and screen pairing for your home theater, then there’s something extra to take into consideration: color. Projector screens are typically available in either white or gray, so what’s best? Technically speaking, white is better in terms of quality, and it’s probably the most obvious choice for purpose-built home theaters where light can be adequately and accurately controlled at all times. Non-purpose built theaters with windows and doors which are subjected to varying degrees of light throughout the day may be better with high contrast gray, which absorbs and neutralize ambient light.

Screen Size

For many people, one of the most important factors when choosing a home theater screen is size… and rightly so. This is one area where size really does matter. Generally, 100 – 120 inches diagonal is the most popular choice, but it’s vital that you check for any restrictions before making a purchase. Especially consider window placement and sloping attic frames and remember that the most important thing in these circumstances is to select a screen that properly fits the space that you have available to you.

 

If you don’t have any physical sizing restrictions imposed by the room in question, how do you choose? One factor to think about is whether or not you have multiple rows of seating in your home theater, or just a single row. This is because a large screen that reaches all the way from the ceiling and down towards the floors could significantly affect visibility for those sitting in rows towards the rear of the room, essentially cutting off the view of the base of the screen, providing a sub-optimal experience.

Also be sure to consider viewing distances and viewing angle, and remember that even if you have all the space in the world available to you, you don’t need to use it all. In fact, it’s probably better for your viewers if you don’t. A good rule of thumb is to create a viewing angle that is somewhere around 30 degrees. Some say it should be a little less, while others say it should be a little bit more. The George Lucas-created THX movie theater company swears by a 36-degree angle for perfect viewing every time!

Definition

HDTV, with its impressive 1080p resolution, is pretty much the standard today for home theater screens. However, there’s a new kid on the block that you may want to think about: Ultra High Definition (also known as UHD or 4K). With a 2160p resolution, it’s sharper and offers greater clarity, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Yes! The difference between HDTV and 4K is roughly equal to the difference between standard definition (SD) at 480p and HD, so there really is a massive difference between the two.

If you’re wondering whether or not you need 4K, then think about the size of the screen you want. As a general rule the larger the screen, the more pixels you’re going to need. Many experts now recommend 4K for any theater screen greater than 50 inches. The good news about 4K is that, although it’s still quite new, it has been around for a few years now and so the ‘early adoption’ price tag has gone. The bad news, on the other hand, is that availability of 4K content is still few and far between. Saying that Netflix and Amazon do have some 4K content (particularly original content), and 4K Blu-Ray is also available.

Aspect Ratio

There are really three main aspect ratios that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with: 4:3, 16:9, and 21:9. However, most of us can completely disregard the old, square-shaped 4:3 which largely became obsolete in the world of home theater with the introduction of widescreen (unless you really happen to enjoy those thick black lines on the top and bottom of your image, that is!). So we’re left with 16:9 and 21:9.

16:9 basically replaced 4:3 as the industry standard, and it’s probably the most obvious choice and certainly one you’d pick for watching HDTV in bed at night. However, for home theaters, it’s really a toss-up between this standard 16:9 and 21:9, which is associated with the old ‘Cinemascope’ films like Lady and the Tramp and Billy Liar. Although Cinemascope is now considered to be a thing of the past, and a little outdated, the aspect ratio has remained quite relevant in the movie world, giving movies a more ‘epic’ and more ‘film-like’ appearance, and many Hollywood blockbusters are still shot like this today.

Screen Shape

Curved or flat… that is the question. In all honestly, sticking to a more traditional flat screen will always be the better option for most people. This is especially true if you have a small home theater space with quite a cozy seating arrangement, as those sitting at the edges of the screen may experience distortion.

However, curved screens aren’t quite as much of a gimmick as they’re made out to be; in fact, they have been used in commercial cinema for decades. Yes, they can be a bit of a hassle to mount to the wall properly, but their advantage is that they’re great for increasing brightness as they focus light directly onto the viewer. If you’ve thought about it and you still can’t decide between a curved screen or a flat screen, then there’s always Samsung’s rather bizarre and somewhat futuristic flexible screem!

Additional Considerations

We’ve discussed everything from screen shape to size, and everything in between, but there’s more to think about when selecting a home theater screen. Here are a few additional things to think about:

  • Frame: Many people will prefer a black frame for their home theater screen and, believe it or not, it’s not all about aesthetics. A black screen not only looks sleek and sophisticated but also helps to increase contrast, making the colors on your screen appear sharper and more vibrant. It also helps to minimize distractions around the picture — from reflections or other external light sources — making your home theater that much more immersive for an authentic experience.
  • Room Design: Depending on the layout of the room you’ve selected to house your home theater, you may find that there are some issues with wiring up your projector or TV screen. With a projector, you will need to be able to mount the projector to the ceiling and run video cables to it, whereas with a TV you will need to be able to run video cables to the screen without causing any obstructive visual clutter which can prove to be a bit of an eyesore in your theater.
  • Future-Proofing: Although there may be more initial work needed to set up a projector and screen pairing, once installed it is in place forever (unless you decide to redesign/relocate your room, or if you choose to upgrade to a bigger screen, of course). Even if you decide to upgrade your projector from HD to 4K, and eventually to 8K or higher, you won’t need to change the screen unless you want to. A TV is different, and the entire unit will need to be replaced if you decide to upgrade. This could be a hassle if you have had any kind of treatment around the screen (new paint, for example), or if the new TV takes its inputs from the opposite side to the old one, meaning you would need to buy extenders for all of your nicely routed and fixed cables.
  • Maintenance: The great thing about TV screens is that they are essentially zero maintenance, which makes sense if you lead a very busy, very hectic life and simply want to get home, kick your shoes off, and relax with a movie. Projectors, on the other hand, can need a little bit more nurturing to keep them happy. Depending on the type of projector you choose, you will need to replace the bulb every 750 to 6000 hours, with an average HD projector bulb lifespan being around 2000 hours; that’s about 1000 movies. And remember that projector bulbs don’t suddenly die; instead, they’ll gradually grow dimmer, so your theater experience may suffer.

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Creating Your Perfect Home Theater

There’s no doubt that the sort of screen that you select for your home theater will have a massive impact on the viewing quality and the overall experience, so taking the time to choose the right screen is very important. However, as we can see from the comparisons and considerations above, there really is no right or wrong, and what works for one home theater may not work for another. Always be sure to consider your own circumstances, taking into account the size of your space, your seating layout, and any obstacles which may restrict or limit what type of screen you can accommodate, and where it can fit.

But don’t let all these considerations put you off. With just a little bit of planning and attention, you can easily narrow down your options and ensure you give yourself — along with your friends and family — the very best home theater experience. Why go out on a Saturday night, when you could stay in?

 

About the author

Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women’s amateur rugby league.

 

Fans in Focus at Major E3 Video Game Trade Show

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One of the biggest Video Game Giants, Electronic Arts, stole the spotlight on Saturday by wetting the taste buds of its teeming fans with its popular video game “Star Wars Battlefront.” The major industry trade show, which is coming up in Los Angeles, is going to be a battleground for many video game giants as they look to consolidate their grip on the world’s video game market.

The Hollywood Palladium was filled with professional gamers and enthusiast alike along with EA executives, provided an appetizer of what is to be expected in the coming days. The “Fan Fest,” which is scheduled to last three days, was kick-started at the event and it’s expected to provide gaming enthusiasts a glimpse of what is to come. At the eve of the formal start of the trade-only Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), EA Live will come to an end, signaling the start of an exciting expo.

Shawn Layden, the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, told AFP that the interest seen in the industry helped to communicate more directly with the average gamer. Unusually, E3 made thousand of tickets (15000 precisely) available for fans at $149 each, which is geared to enable them to attend panels and explore the show floor better. EA was one of the first in the lineup of console and game makers to hold the first series of press events leading up to E3.

Star Wars Battlefront, which was greeted with strong criticisms after its release two years ago, and blockbuster shooter Battlefield, were on display at the event to the amazement and excitement of fans and gaming enthusiast alike.

Andrew Wilson, EA Chief executive, made it known on stage that the company received a good number of positive and constructive feedbacks, which only meant that there was still room for improvement. I for one would prefer playing Star Wars Battlefront than other gamers, despite the flaws seen in its testing. Many gamers also love to play online roulette games than Star Wars Battlefront. These type of gaming enthusiast aren’t obsessed with the perfection of Battlefield or Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, so they might not criticize as compared to professional EA gaming enthusiast.
Some of the glimpses provided by EA art include “Anthem” from Bioware, which is a new science fiction shooter work, and “A Way Out,” which is a buddy, character driven prison break game that fans will need to play cooperatively with their friends and acquaintances.

The major essence of EA’s fan-fest is not only to prepare the ground for its upcoming blockbuster games or build on the gains witnessed in the video game industry but help foster strong friendships and ongoing relationships among gamers in the online community.  Jon Peddie Research’s senior video game analyst, Ted Pollak, said that the E3 event was geared at bringing in people who are fans but not really involved in the in the industry.

Dueling consoles

As earlier stated in the opening paragraphs of this article, the E3 expo with provided a battle arena for major players in the video gaming industry such as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony to slug it out. Some of these video game consoles have had their fair share of successes with Nintendo captivating the enthusiasm of fans with its recently-launched Twitch and Sony dominating the market with its PlayStation 4 console. Microsoft, on the other hand, isn’t resting on their oars in a bid to establish its dominance in the video game industry. It is expected to unveil at the expo a muscular Xbox console, referred to in development as Scorpio.

Piscatella pointed out the successes of the major game makers with Nintendo making a strong comeback with “Switch,” while PS4 and Xbox have done better at the market compared to their predecessors. Nevertheless, these video game consoles are fast losing ground to their PC counterparts. Makers of computing ‘rigs’ and chips for graphics are expected to showcase their wares at E3. With the growing sophistication and technology witnessed in the industry, we can only be optimistic as to what the future holds for video gaming in the coming years.

5 Common Mistakes Gamers Make When Shopping for PC Gaming Hardware

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PC gaming has continued to witness massive surges in popularity and growth in recent years, thereby reducing the need for a dedicated video gaming console. The advantage of using a PC as your primary gaming console can’t be overemphasized because, asides gaming, the computer system can be used to perform a broad range of tasks useful for everyday formal and informal life. That’s why many passionate video gamers are opting for PC gaming these days because of the flexibility it affords. However, choosing the right gaming PC remains a daunting challenge for many players because many of them aren’t conversant with the requirements and specifications needed to run memory demanding games. Some just purchase gaming PCs without doing proper research and then they realize they’ve gotten the wrong hardware, which can be costly to replace. That’s why we are pointing out the common pitfalls to avoid when shopping for your favorite gaming PC.

1.   Choosing the wrong hard drive

A lot of gamers get this aspect wrong during the shopping process. Many gamers forget that modern PC games consume lots of hard drive storage space, living little for other nongaming programs to operate efficiently. These days it’s unsurprising to see lots of PC games exceeding 30GB in size, which means gamers will need to get hard drives of at least 1 Terabyte to start with. Anything less isn’t recommended, especially if you don’t intend to use your PC solely for gaming purposes. Besides, gamers will need to be futuristic when shopping for the right gaming PC because computer games are going to be more demanding than ever before. So choose the perfect hard drive size for your gaming PC that’s equipped to meet future storage needs easily.

2.   Shopping for a gaming PC based on aesthetics

While it’s cool to choose a PC that appears “badass” to your friends and acquaintances, you shouldn’t forget that quality of internal hardware components supersedes external aesthetics as far PC gaming is concerned.  Don’t be deceived by the shiny whistles and bells most PCs produced these days come packed with. Instead, look for gaming PCs with the right internal hardware components because that’s what matters most especially when it comes to playing powerful, memory-sapping, graphic demanding games. However, we aren’t saying you should get an ugly PC box or machine because of the components they possess. Nevertheless, there should be a perfect balance between aesthetics and hardware functionality.

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3.   Neglecting power supply

The importance of getting the right power supply for your PC can’t be overemphasized as ignoring it entirely could lead to dire consequences such hardware damage or starting a fire. Besides the damage that could materialize from using the wrong power supply components for your PC, gaming performance could be impaired because the GPU and CPU aren’t getting the much needed power. You should understand that gaming computers require more power to run efficiently than nongaming PCs and should, therefore, plan accordingly. You should check system specs to know your power needs and ensure you meet the minimum requirements. You may also want to make hardware upgrades in future, and these upgrades may make your PC power thirsty. So you’ll need to ensure that your power supply is sufficient to handle the hardware upgrades you may carry out in future.

4.   Lack of strategic foresight

Strategy has a lot to do with the future. Gaming technology isn’t static; it changes every day in terms of technical features and scope. As they evolve in technology, so does their hardware requirements. Many PC gamers get carried away by their current gaming systems specs. They often fail to take into consideration likely future upgrades they are likely to make when shopping for their favorite gaming PC. They often find themselves stranded or left behind when newer, more powerful games get released in future. Many gamers carry out expensive upgrades to keep up with the future technological changes. But those with strategic foresight when shopping for gaming PC make fewer hardware upgrades, saving them time and money, which they could use for other more important value-adding activities.

5.   Acquiring excess RAM capacity

Yes, we know how important a PC RAM size is to gamers. However, many gamers get infatuated by the amount of RAM their gaming PC possess. More isn’t necessarily better as most gaming PCs come with sufficient RAM to handle basic gaming needs. That doesn’t mean you should go for PCs with miserly RAM size, e.g. below 16GB. Instead, channel more efforts into acquiring better graphic cards with much-improved VRAM. This option will help you get better graphic performance, higher texture resolutions, thereby optimizing your PC gaming experience.

Conclusion

Getting the right PC for gaming hardware shouldn’t be herculean having read this guide. You should endeavor to know your current and future gaming requirements and plan accordingly. When shopping for gaming PC hardware, you should do so taking into consideration your future gaming needs. This will help you save some good bucks on costly upgrades and time as well. Don’t be fooled by the crazy aesthetics most PC gaming feature these days. It’s the internal hardware components that matter. However, there is a balance you must strike in regards to aesthetics and hardware components when it comes to shopping for the right PC gaming hardware. Feel free to ask questions from more experienced PC gamers so as to avoid making mistakes that could set you back some hundreds of dollars, if not thousands in future.

9 Best TVs to Buy if You are on A Tight Budget

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If you are looking for the best TV to buy online and you are on tight budget, you might want to keep this LED TV buying guide as your companion so you can always make informed decisions.  There are lots of LED TVs available at the market these days, which makes it difficult for buyers to make the right choices when it comes to looking for the best TVs to buy. Many LED TV manufacturers claim their products possess one form of functionality over the other, which in many cases are just mere hype designed to woo unsuspecting buyers into making uninformed choices. That’s why we have decided to come up with a list of TV products we have tested and are familiar with, so our readers can make informed choices.

The best TVs to buy aren’t actually the priciest or most expensive.  Although many pricey LED TVs produced these days are packed with amazing features, not all live up to expectation despite the high prices they command. We believe that you that don’t have to break the bank when looking for the best TVs to buy, however, we believe in value for money. That’s why we are recommending 9 Best TVs to buy if you are on a limited budget

9 Best TVs to Buy

1.   VIZIO E241i-B1 24-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED HDTV

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The VIZIO E241i-B1 is a small, compact Smart TV that can effectively double as a monitor when the need arises. It comes with a Full 1080P HD display that churns out super-bright, beautiful pictures and videos. Unlike some bigger Smart TVs that feature 720P screen, the VIZIO E241-B1 comes with Full HD resolution, which offers users better value for money.

Also included in the VIZIO E241i-B1 is the Vizio Internet Apps Plus, a platform that provides you access to a world of entertainment apps. This Smart TV also comes with a built-in WiFi that offers unsurpassed internet speed for HD streaming. Some useful apps you find on the Vizio internet app plus platform includes Amazon instant video, Netflix, VUDU, HULU Plus, Pandora, Youtube, Facebook, iHeartRadio and much more.

The Vizio E241i-B1 offers more flexibility to users as it can be used as a computer Monitor. Most computers can deliver signals in 1080P, and the VIZIO E241i-B1 Smart TV offers more working room because of its 1080P compatibility. When it comes to streaming online contents, the VIZIO E241-B1 performed exceptionally well, especially when compared other Smart budget LED TVs in the same price range.

Essential Features and Specs of the VIZIO E241i-B1 Smart TV

  • Display: 24 inches, 1080P Full HD
  • Built-in WiFi: Provides clutter-free Internet access
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus: Grants users instant access to Music, television               shows, and hit movies
  • Razor LED backlight: Enables the production of brilliant pictures through the             efficient distribution of LEDs along the screen’s edge

2.   Samsung UNH5203 32-inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV


Samsung UNH5203 32-inch 1080p 60Hz

The Samsung H5203 boasts of a Smart platform to boot and superior picture performance unrivaled by most competing Smart TVs within its price range. Although its 32-inches display isn’t exactly big, you can always make a switch to bigger and wider models when can afford to do so. The Samsung H5203 punches above its weight when it comes to picture quality.

It has significant deep black levels and excellent color accuracy, and with full 1080P HD, the Samsung H5203 resolution stands in a class of its own, especially when compared to other Smart TVs within its price range. Gamers and movie lovers looking for an entry level smart TV, equipped with a full 1080p display and impressive picture quality need not look any further.

Its styling is quite impressive, considering that the H5024 is entry level flat screen TV, but isn’t as classy as mid to high-end products. Looking at the back of this Smart TV, you will find component and composite ports, an Ethernet port, a digital audio port, two HDMI port, two USB ports and a coaxial connector.

Basic Features and Specs of the Samsung H5203

  • Display: 32-inch full 1080p display, Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes
  • Accessories Included: Universal Remote control
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • Connections: a digital audio port, 2 X HDMI port, 2 X USB ports, Ethernet port

3.   Samsung UN40H5203 40-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TV

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Looking for a 40-inch 1080p equipped Smart LED TV? Look no further as the Samsung UN40H5203 fits the bill perfectly and is optimized to ramp-up your viewing experience to a whole new level. Using the Samsung UN40H5203 Smart LED TV, you will get to watch and play your favorite movies and videos games in 1080P 40-inch Full-HD.

This smart TV lets you witness a wider spectrum of colors on your screen using its Wide Color Enhancer Plus feature. Using a clear motion rate of 120, the Samsung UN40H5203 lets you view every single detail of action packed movies and sports easily. The Samsung UN40H5203 Smart TV functionality grants you access to a world of premium TV entertainment. You can get personalized movie and TV recommendations based on your preferences, what’s trending and what’s popular using S Recommendation.

The Samsung UN40H5203 Smart TV also comes with a full web browser that lets you enjoy everything from entertainment news, social media browsing to online shopping, YouTube videos making the rounds. Using the screen mirroring feature, you can wirelessly mirror your Smartphone as well as other devices having screen mirroring technology, onto the Smart TV screen.

Basic features and specs

  • Display: 40-inches, Backlight Technology: LED, Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Maximum             Resolution: 1920 X 1080
  • Sound System: DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, Surround Sound,           Dolby MS10
  • Inputs: 2 USB, 2HDMI, 1 Composite in, 1 Component in
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • Motion Interpolation Technology: Clear Motion Rate 120
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • Other features: Game Mode, Mirror, closed caption, Web Browser

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4.   VIZIO E43-C2 43-inch 1080P Smart LED HDTV

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The VIZIO E43-C2 1080p Smart LED HDTV comes with some of the best picture quality, smart features, and design. This Smart TV is extremely fast and easy to use, especially when compared to other competing products in its class. You don’t have to pay through your nose to enjoy top-class, premium HD entertainment, as the VIZIO E43-C2 is quite affordable, especially when you take into cognizance the price and some top-end features it possesses.

Get instant access to iHeartRadio, Netflix, Amazon Instant video, Spotify, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more, using the VIZIO E43-C2 built-in, high-speed WiFi. Using latest advanced technologies such as Active LED zones and full-array backlight, the E-series Smart LED TVs, from the stables of VIZIO, continues to deliver superior images with pure, deeper black levels.

The Vizio E43-C2 also features the Clear Action 240, which is a technology that combines the 120Hz effective refresh rate and powerful image processor to produce improved details of extreme action sports and movies.

Basic Features of the VIZIO E43-C2

  • 5 Active LED zones: Creates higher contrast, deeper, purer black levels by                 dynamically adjusting the LED backlights per Zone
  • Display: 43-inch, full-array Backlight, delivers superior picture performance and           light uniformity by distributing LEDs behind the entire screen
  • Clear Action 240: Enhances motion clarity in fast action scenes and sports, using       powerful image processing and 120Hz effective refresh rate
  • Built-in WiFi– Grants users speedy, unrestricted wireless access to VIZIO                   Internet App Plus
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus: Gives users access to latest TV shows, hit movies,           music, TV shows and premium apps straight from the Internet to their TVs

5.   TCL FS4610R 40-Inch 1080P Smart LED TV

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Are you looking for a 40-inch, mid-range priced Smart LED TV to take your viewing experience to the next level? Think Roku TV! Think TCL FS4610R!! This sleek, well-designed Smart TV offers some of the very best Smart features in the mid-range, Smart TV category. Roku TV offers some of the best LED smart TV deals in the market and online, and the FS4610R is certainly amongst the very best mid-range priced smart TVs you can get at the moment. The Roku stick is renowned for producing better-streaming functionalities and experience than products from popular giants such as Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Now combining its successful Roku box/stick with a fantastic LED TV unit, TCL FS4610R, TCL has succeeded in creating what we call “The Smart TV Monster.”  It still features the same simple remote, an unparalleled selection of apps and an interface that make competing products look inferior. The TCL FS4610R Smart LED TV features a full array 40-inch, edge-lit LCD with a 1080p resolution and churns out impressive graphics, designed to take your view experience to a whole new level.

Basic Features of the TCL FS4610R Smart LED TV

  • Display: 40-inch, full-array LED backlight LCD display, 1080p resolution
  • Refresh Rate: Clear Motion Rate 120 (Effective), 60Hz (Native)
  • USB Media: Video/Photo/Music
  • Inputs: 1 USB, 3 HDMI, Composite, RF, Optical Audio Out, Headphone Jack
  • Smart functionality: Roku integrated
  • Accessories: Detachable power cord, Remote W/batteries

6.   VIZIO E40-C2 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV

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The Vizio E40-C2 Smart LED HDTV takes HD entertainment to a whole new level with its impressive array of start-of-the-art features. It comes with an ultra-modern design, easy-to-use smart system, and brilliant picture quality. The Vizio E40-C2 also comes with a built-in high-speed WiFi, which helps you stay connected with the people that matter to you using amazing apps such as Spotify, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Instant video. Using state-of-the-art technologies such as 5 Active LED Zones and Full-Array backlighting, the Vizio E40-C2 is capable of delivering amazing picture quality with pure, deeper black levels.

Fans of fast action scenes will find the Vizio E40-C2 simply incredible because the Vizio E-series TVs combine 120Hz effective refresh rate and Clear Action 240 for enhanced detail, especially when viewing extreme action sports or movie scenes. Using the Vizio Internet Apps Plus, you can instantly enjoy the latest music, TV shows, hit movies and premium apps directly from the internet to your Smart TV.

Basic Features of the Vizio E40-C2 LED TV
  • 5 Active LED Zones – gives users the ability to enjoy higher contrast, deeper, purer       black levels, by dynamically adjusting the LED backlight per zone
  • Built-in WiFi- gives users access to high-speed Vizio wireless Internet App Plus
  • Full-Array LED Backlight – Helps in delivering superior picture performance and           light uniformity by distributing LEDs behind the entire screen
  • Clear Action 240- uses 120Hz effective refresh rate to enhance motion clarity,               especially when watching sport and fast action scenes

7.   Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TV

Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080P 60Hz Smart LED TVThe Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch Smart LED TV is a fantastic LED TV that comes with excellent black screen uniformity and impressive contrast ratio. The picture quality is quite impressive, especially when compared to other Smart LED TVs within its price range. However, the Sharp LC-48lE653U is a budget Smart TV and offers one of the Best LED TV deals with its features and pricing. It comes with a sleek modern and ultra-narrow bezel design that adds so much glamor to its appearance. You can access Vudu, YouTube, Netflix and CinemaNow easily and efficiently using its built-in WiFi. It features Flickr and Picasa for photos, Pandora and Rhapsody for music, and TV tweet and Facebook for social networking.

The Sharp LC-48lE653U Smart LED TV can play media from network or USB storage, and also comes with Miracast support and a web browser. The Sharp LC-48LE653U is energy efficient as it consumes 67watts of energy under normal viewing conditions, but its power consumption can be brought down to 51watts by using the standard picture setting that’s energy 5-star compliant.

Basic Features of the Sharp LC-48LE653U
  • Smart functionality using Smart Central apps
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Accessories Included: Universal Remote
  • Inputs: 1 X USB, 1 X MML, 3 X HDMI
  • Displays any image using Wallpaper Mode display
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Accurate performance with solid colors

8.   LG Electronics 42LF5600 42-inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

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Are you a video game or movie Lover? Do love watching TV programs on widescreens? Look no further, as the LG Electronics 42LF5600 comes packed with fantastic features, designed to take your viewing experience to a whole new level. This budget LED TV comes with a well polished, pretty slim bezel that gives it its posh, ultra-modern look.

It also comes with an impressive viewing angle, which is better than those featured in other competing products within its price range. Unlike other LED TVs, the LG electronic 42LF5600 viewing quality isn’t compromised, especially when viewing programs from the sides.  The LG Electronics 42LF5600 TV stands require a little wider space than expected, but then it’s well designed and blends perfectly with the overall TV design.

The LG Electronics 42LF5600 comes with a full 1080P resolution, which provides high-quality, super-bright images and videos. This TV also comes with HDMI feature. The HDMI cable provides superior video and sound quality, which is necessary if you want to enjoy your video games and movies thoroughly. This product is “Energy Star” qualified, which makes this product energy efficient. This LG HD TV is guaranteed to make your favorite programs, movies, sporting events, and video games, come alive with its innovative and excellent features.

Basic Features of the LG Electronics 42LF5600

  • 42-inches (diagonal) perfect for medium-size living rooms
  • 1080P resolutions optimized to give you impressive graphics
  • Performs well in different lighting conditions
  • Impressive viewing angle

 9.   Samsung UN24H4500 24-Inch 60Hz Smart LED TV

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If you are looking for a small, compact, budget Smart LED TV, think Samsung, think Samsung UN24H4500. This Smart TV is perfect for guest rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and offices and much more, because of its ultra-portable design and build. Although it isn’t a full HD Tv, the Samsung UN24H4500 punches above its weight with its exciting, state-of-the-art features.

Unlike most entry level smart TVs, the UN24H4500 boast of an impressive collection of connection ports. They include -2 HDMI ports, a coaxial connector, 2 USB ports, a digital audio output, headphone shared component/composite inputs, Ethernet port, and RS-232.The Smart features of the UN24H4500 are quite average at best, considering its price and how it compares to high-end Smart TVs. It’s equipped with a Smart Hub, which is at the heart of the UN24H4500 Smart activities.

Some apps you’d find on this smart TV include Facebook, Netflix, HBO Hulu, which come preinstalled or are available for download. The picture quality of the Samsung UN24H4500 is quite good, as it’s able to deliver images with deep enough black level.

Basic Features of the Samsung UN24H4500

  • 24-inch Display
  • 120 Clear Motion Rate (Effective), Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Equipped with Samsung Smart Hub
  • LED (Edge-lit) Backlight
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports
  • Impressive picture and image quality

Conclusion

No doubt, this buying guide isn’t exhaustive when it comes to hunting for the best TVs to buy. You can do a little research before giving out your credit card details using the guide and format we have provided above. This strategy will save you the stress of purchasing the wrong TV set. Make sure you create a budget and ensure you keep to the allotted amount for your new TV set in your list. Make sure you list out the features you want so you can easily make comparisons before deciding on the best TVs to buy. Using the basic TV features we have outlined above, you get the best value for your money when shopping for the best TVs to buy. 

Is A Harry Potter RPG On The Way?

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We’re only a few months removed from an enticing Harry Potter gaming rumor that still won’t quite go away. In the aftermath of Pokémon GO’s explosion to worldwide popularity, people started speculating about the idea of an imitation concentrating on the world of Harry Potter. It was specifically supposed to deal with the magical creatures from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Even as late as November of last year, it was rumored that “Harry Potter GO” would be released by Niantic in early 2017. Sadly, we haven’t seen any concrete updates as of yet.

Now there’s another rumor going around, and it might be even more enticing for Potterheads. Back in April, following the collapse of Disney Infinity, word got out that Warner Bros. was hiring an RPG writer (or seemed to be, at least). More specifically, the company also requested that said writer be familiar with “British culture and grammatical presentation.” Warner Bros. has a lot of franchises under its umbrella, including DC Comics and characters, The Lord Of The Rings, the LEGO movies, Mad Max, and The Matrix. But only a few are distinctly tied to British culture, and The Lord Of The Rings already has some successful console series going. It’s by no means definite, but things narrow down pretty clearly to Harry Potter, which means we could get a wizarding world RPG in the near future.

Needless to say this would be welcome for millions of fans all over the world. It would also be particularly noteworthy given that Harry Potter-related gaming has begun to fizzle. Given that it’s one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, and has been kept alive by films, spinoffs, and new written material from JK Rowling it’s surprising that there are only a few recent examples of Harry Potter games.

Most notable among them was the title announced by Google for the Daydream VR headset. Google had partnered with Warner Bros. to produce a Fantastic Beasts tie-in that allows users to wave the Daydream controller like a wand and cast spells while looking through the headset at a world of magic. It isn’t a big, extensive game, but it’s certainly an exciting one in demonstrating a potential avenue for future Potter games.

On a slightly more obscure note, there’s also a recently designed internet slot reel that’s based on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. It’s not officially licensed material, so there’s no Warner Bros. tie-in and it’s called (somewhat cheekily) “Wintastic Beasts.” It’s still unquestionably a Harry Potter-themed game, even if it is unofficial. For those who like slot gaming it’s a fun, playful foray into a wizarding world atmosphere that should help keep you occupied while waiting for the real thing.

Aside from these two games there hasn’t been much new for Harry Potter fans. Even those two examples were more about the Fantastic Beasts spinoff than the original series. It’s clear that the public is still hungry for more Harry Potter material, and if Warner Bros. is working on a big RPG from this world, it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit.

All we can do now is wait and hope. The rumor regarding the writing hire is still fairly new, and that means that whatever game is in the works is still in the early stages. Furthermore, a Potter-related announcement could be more impactful as a total surprise than it would be as a gradually revealed process. That means the company has reason to keep things very quiet until there’s a trailer or a release date. Even so, it’s something to keep an eye on for the rest of the year.

14 Cool GPS Gadgets for Campers, Hikers, and Travelers

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14 Cool GPS gadgets

GPS, otherwise known as Global Positioning System, put in layman’s term, are devices that you let you track your location anywhere in the world using a special network of satellites in orbit. This means that you can know your exact position, speed, and direction anytime, anywhere by using GPS-enabled devices such as smartphones and other handhelds, portable devices. GPS gadgets are indispensable devices in the hands of campers, hikers and travelers, as this set of individuals tend to travel a lot.

The importance of GPS gadgets can’t be overemphasized as they could be lifesavers when you least expect. Are you thinking of hunting deep in the woods, camping at unfamiliar locations, or even traveling to unknown destinations? Then you might want to embark on such missions with your portable GPS Gadgets. However, the major problem facing many people who would love to own GPS devices is the type and quality of GPS products to buy. To help you out, we have recommended 14 affordable GPS gadgets you can use for camping, hiking, and traveling. Some of these GPS gadgets can be installed in your car while others are portable enough to fit into your pockets or worn on your wrist.

14 Cool GPS Gadgets

1.   Portable Lanzar SNV65i3D 6.5-Inch LCD Touchscreen with Bluetooth and GPS

Portable Lanzar GPS gadgets

The Lanzar SNV65i3D in-car entertainment/navigation system is designed to provide car owners and their occupant good entertainment and navigational functionalities they may need. The Lanzar SNV65i3D LCD monitor comes with touch screen functionality, which makes it simple and easy to operate. Besides, the quality of images displayed is picture perfect and crystal clear, which is important for entertainment and navigation purposes. This in-car entertainment monitor also comes with important video settings that allow you carry out necessary adjustments according to your specifications.

The Lanzar SNV65i3D navigation system comes with a 2GB SD card, and it is loaded with maps and navigational information that comprehensively covers North America – USA, Canada, and Mexico. This Lanzar SNV65i3D navigation/in-car entertainment system helps to keep the driver focused on the road because it comes with a good voice guidance service. It’s compatible with lots of digital formats including MP4, 3GP (video) and MP3, WMA (audio), and can be played with a USB stick or SD card. It also comes with a DVD/CD player, AM/FM radio (30 presets) and Bluetooth for seamless connection with smartphones. The total output is 320 watts, which comprises of audio channels at 80 watts each.

Also included in the Lanzar SNV65i3D is an iPod/iPhone cable as well as a Card-Sized remote control, which adds flexibility to the way you monitor and manage your entertainment system. Using this system, you can create a playlist and play music from your iPod.

Features of the Lanzar SNV65i3D

  • Parking video output, AM/FM receiver,
  • Treble /Bass/Balance/Fader/Volume Control
  • Supports DVD/VCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3 – Bluetooth function
  • 5-inch 16:9 Wide Screen TFT LCD
  • Auto Memory store/preset scan

2.   Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS – Waterproof Hiking GPS

 

Garmin-foretrex-401 Watch

The Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS is a highly sophisticated wrist-mounted GPS navigator, optimized to help you navigate your path easily, especially when your two hands aren’t available for navigational activities. The Garmin Foretex 401 GPS was manufactured using an excellent combination of highly-sensitive electronic compass, waterproof GPS receiver, and barometric altimeter into an ultra-compact device perfect for campers, skiers, and hikers. You can easily share data with friends, campers, and hikers by simply connecting the Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS navigator to a computer using either a wireless or USB connection.

Never Get Lost

We must admit that one of the biggest fears facing navigators and adventurers alike these days is the fear of getting lost. But when you are equipped with the Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS gadget, you don’t have to worry about getting lost or failing to retrace your steps. The Foretrex GPS 401 GPS gadget can keep track of your movement by displaying a dotted trail of your path, so at every point, you’ll be able to figure out where you were coming from and how to get back there. This portable GPS gadget is also equipped with an electronic compass and barometric altimeter that provides you valuable information about your bearing and altitude.

Track Your Data

The Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS gives users the ability to create and store routes to their favorite locations and provides other valuable information such as sunrise/sunset times, hunting/fishing data, and a trip computer. The Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS navigator can easily be integrated with important wireless accessories such as cadence sensor, heart rate monitor, and other health-related gadgets.

Basic Features of the Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch
  • Easy-to-read LCD and TrackBack feature that helps users retrace their paths
  • Comes with a powerful, highly sensitive GPS receiver with Hotfix for improved               reception and performance
  • features include – hunting/fishing information, sunrise/sunset times, electronic             compass, trip computer, barometric altimeter and compass
  • Keeps track of waypoints, routes, tracks, and heart rate using a heart rate monitor       (which isn’t included in this package)
  • Dual position readout which enables users to view their current location in multiple       formats
3.   Garmin GPSmap 64s Worldwide Handheld GPS

Garmin GPS map 64s

The Garmin GPSMAP 64s comes with a highly sensitivity GPS, 2.6″ Sunlight-readable color screen and GLONASS receiver with powerful helix antenna for improved reception.  It also comes with wireless connectivity, 3-axis electronic compass with barometric altimeter and a one-year BirdsEye accessory bundle.

Stay connected

Using a compatible iPhone 4s or later models, you can wirelessly receive texts, emails, and alerts using the smart notification feature. So there will be no need to search your pockets or backpacks for your Smartphone to keep in touch.

Get your bearing

The Garmin GPSmap 64s comes with a built-in 3-axis compensated electronic compass. It’s designed to show you the direction you are heading, and it does so accurately even when standing still or not being held in a level position.

Explore the terrain

The Garmin GPSMAP 64s comes with a 1-year BirdsEye satellite imagery subscription plus built-in worldwide base map with shaded relief, which is helpful when it comes to navigation. This device allows you to download geotagged pictures from the Internet and then navigate to them quickly.

Add Maps

The Garmin GPSMAP 64s unit gives you the ability to add more maps quickly because it comes with an array of detailed marine, topographic and road maps. You can use the Garmin GPSMAP 64s to transform electronic and paper maps into downloadable maps for your device, free of charge, because of its compatibility with Garmin custom maps.

Share Wirelessly

Easily share routes, tracks, waypoints, and Geocaches wirelessly with other compatible devices. You can easily share valuable information with friends wirelessly, and this helps to speed up the process of sharing important data.

Features of the Garmin GPSMAP 64s

  • 1-Year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
  • 6’’ Sunlight-readable color screen
  • 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter
  • GLONASS receiver with quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity GPS
  • Wireless connectivity via ANT+ or Bluetooth technology
4.   Humminbird 899 ci SI HD Fish Finder

Hummnbird 899 Fish Finder

The Humminbird 899 fish finder HD SI Combo is designed to provide unsurpassed quality to users. It’s a significant improvement over previous models. This fish finder comes with a 7” inch super bright LED display, which allows for improved readability and performance when used in sunlight. Unlike previous models, the Humminbird 899 fish finder uses its 800H X 480V widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio to deliver crystal clear, super bright images even in harsh sunlight. The Switch Fire and side Imaging/ Down Imaging Sonar with Dual Beam Plus has up to 8000 watts PTP power output, Ethernet Networking and GPS Chart plotting with built-in ContourXD map capabilities. The Ethernet feature helps you increase your odds by sharing GPS, Waypoints, Sonar and Radar with other Humminbird 899 fishfinder models.

Features of the Humminbird 899 

  • I-pilot Link Capabilities
  • Internal GPS
  • New cosmetics
  • 360 imaging compatibility
  • Newer high-speed processor
  • 7” color Display
  • 4000 watts PTP Power output
  • ContourXD maps with GPS chart plotting
  • Optional Ethernet Networking
  • Down Imaging/Side Imaging/Dual Beam PLUS Sonar
5.   Garmin Edge 500 GPS

Garmin GPS Edge 500

The Garmin Edge 500 GPS gadget gives cyclists the ability to sharpen and improve their performance using cutting edge technology. The Garmin Edge 500 GPS is amongst the very best Cycling computers optimized for performance-driven Cyclists and athletes, with the ultimate goal of improving performance. This Garmin Cycling computer comes loaded with data and is capable of efficiently tracking vital stats such as locations, distance, speed, and elevation, using its highly sensitive GPS. You can even get a finely-tuned analysis of your performance by adding the ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor, power meter or speed /cadence sensor, to the Garmin Edge 500 GPS.

Jumpstart your training

The Garmin Edge 500 GPS comes with a low-profile design and can easily be attached to the stem or handlebars of your bike, thus reducing the amount of drag during rides. The quick activation functionality ensures that you are a step ahead of your competitors. To get the ball rolling, all you have to do is to turn on your Garmin Edge 500 GPS, acquire GPS satellites and then you are good to go. This Garmin Cycling computer helps you to calculate your position faster using its highly-sensitive GPS receiver with HotFix® technology.

Get the data you need

The Garmin Edge 500 GPS cycling computer provides and records critical performance stats such as speed, time, distance, calories burned, climb and descent, right at your fingertips, for subsequent review. This GPS cycling computer also comes equipped with a barometric altimeter that helps to pinpoint changes in elevation in addition to providing extra-precise climb and descent data.

Basic Features of the Garmin Edge 500 GPS

  • Easy-to-read display
  • Battery life – up to 18hrs
  • Highly sensitive GPS receiver
  • Barometric altimeter – for accurate climb and descent data
  • Sleek, portable, light-weight design

Package

  • 1 X Garmin Edge 500 GPS unit
  • 1 X AC charger
  • 1 X Owner’s Manual
  • 1 X Bike Mount
  • 1 X USB cable
  • 1 X Quick start manual
6.   Portable 2013 Callaway Golf UPRO MX + GPS Unit

Callaway Golf Pro

Golfing requires lots of technical gadgets, and one of those is the Callaway Golf UPRO MX + GPS. This golfing kit comes with two basic modes – GoMode and BasicMode, and it’s preloaded with over 25000 courses. To get a realistic aerial image of the Golf hole, you will need to activate the Pro mode feature, because it will help you estimate its range. You can quickly preview each hole’s hidden hazards and layouts because this unit’s aerial video flyover provides a unique bird’s eye view, giving you a strategic advantage.

The Callaway Golf UPRO MX comes with an early point technology that allows you measure accurately distance to and from any location you select. Shot tracking, as well as a digital scorecard, provides you insight into your game. You can analyze your game instructions as well as rounds, using its Stat tracker (uxplore). This Callaway Golf UPRO kit is guaranteed to give your golfing life a significant boost, as well as make you enjoy the lovely game.

8.   Lowrance Elite 7X HDI Fishfinder with 50/200-455/800 KHZ Transom Mount Transducer

Lowrance Fish Finder elite

The Lowrance Elite 7X HDI fishfinder comes with an extremely powerful 7-ich, 800X480 pixel SolarMax 256-color TFT, Widescreen display with unmatched resolution, contrast, screen brightness and viewing detail, especially in bright light and at brighter angles. The screen and backlights are adjustable, which is important for improving visibility and usability day or night. The Lowrance Elite 7X HDI also comes with a 455/800 KHz DownScan sonar that provides high-definition details of objects beneath the surface as well as bottom structure. The DownScan imaging innovation of the Lowrance Elite-7X shows crystal-clear, Photo-like views of thermoclines, baitfish, bottom, structure and predator fish, directly beneath the boat.

The Lowrance Elite 7X HDI doesn’t require interpretation because of the easy-to-use features included in its development. The Lowrance Elite 7X HDI gives you the option to select 455 KHz for deeper and wider sonar imaging coverage, and for enhanced viewing of targeted locations, the 800 KHz option is a perfect choice. You can get new information about what goes under your boat by using both the high definition sounder as well as the standard sounder. This product comes with a one year warranty, so you can be rest assured of immediate replacement if the product becomes defective.

Features of the Lowrance Elite 7X HDI 

  • Superbright 7” Widescreen LCD
  • Transom mounts transducer
  • High Definition 455/800KHz Sonar
  • Standard 50/200 KHz Sonar
  • Deep/Shallow/fish alarms and NMEA 2000 interface

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.25”W X 5.4”H X 3.0”D
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
8.   Celestron CoursePro Golf Range Finder

Celestron Pro

The Celestron CoursePro Golf range finder is a GPS gadget designed to assist professional golfers in maximizing their potentials on the golf course. It comes with lots of golf courses stored in its built-in memory and can be displayed on the LCD when the need arises. Distances to the center, front and back of the green for each hole along with the par are shown right on the LCD screen of the Celestron coursePro Golf range finder. This unit comes with backlit LCD, which is important for viewing information and data in low-light conditions.

You can easily calculate your shot distance using this unit, which is important for improving accuracy. Golfers can get crucial, up to the precise information using Celestron CoursePro, and it will help them gain a competitive advantage over their adversaries.

Basic Features Celestron coursePro Golf range finder

  • Backlight for view in low-light conditions
  • 50-course capacity stored in its built-in memory
  • Displays distance to the center/front/back of the green
  • Short distance calculator (which is the distance from the point where you stand to         the green)
9.   Spy Tec STI_GL300 Portable Real Time GPS Tracker

Spy Tec STI_GL300 Portable Real Time GPS Tracker

If you are looking a portable, highly accurate portable real-time GPS tracker, then you should consider acquiring the Spy Tec STI_GL300. This top of the range, high-quality real-time GPS tracker uses GPS technology in locking a tight fix on the tracker’s location with alarming accuracy. This Spy Tec STI_GL300 Mini GPS tracker also comes packed with a 3-axis accelerometer that is optimized to improve tracking accuracy with motion detection.

Perfectly Discreet

The Spy Tec STI_GL300 mini real time GPS tracker comes in a portable design, making it extremely pocket-friendly and easy to carry around. It’s slightly larger than a matchbox, which makes it easy to deploy virtually anywhere. You can even track other vehicles you don’t own using this highly-mobile real time GPS tracker, and you can achieve that by deploying it with the waterproof magnetic case (sold separately) that allows you to attach it underneath vehicles.

High-tech tracking right at your fingertips

One of the highpoints of deploying the Spy Tec STI_GL300 real time GPS tracker is the ability to track and follow your assets or targets via the Spy Tec GPS platform using any device such as Smartphones, Tablets, Mac, and PCs. Activity records such as positions across the Google map, speed, and time, are easily tracked and monitored using this Portable real time GPS tracker, and you’ll be getting these vital stats via customizable reports.

The Spy Tec STI_GL300 comes with a comprehensive alert feature that can be customized to provide you alerts when the asset you are tracking starts or stops moving, breaks a certain speed, enters or exits restricted areas or when the battery of the real time GPS tracker is down. These alerts can be either be delivered via emails or text messages; the choice is yours.

Basic Features of the Spy Tec portable Real time GPS tracker

  • Excellent battery life– Capable of lasting up to two weeks of continuous use
  • Comprehensive emails and text messages alerts – Battery, Speed, Geofence and           more
  • 100% accurate real-time GPS tracking capability
  • Saves your historical tracking data to cloud for up to a year
  • $25 a month, No contracts, No activation fees, No cancellation fees

10.   Hummingbird Fish Finder 998C SI Down Imaging/Combo with Side Imaging Dual Beam

Hummingbird Fish Finder 998C

The Hummingbird fish finder 900 series allow you to get quickly to the bottom of things with its amazing 8-inch widescreen, which now comes with super bright LED for improved readability and performance while working under sunlight.  You can now see Down Imaging, Side Imaging, SwitchFire and the optional 360 imaging in high-definition pixel resolution, which is the perfect way it’s meant to be seen. The split screen viewing functionality of the Hummingbird fish finder 998 sonar and maps is made possible using the 16:9 aspect ratio. Optional add-ons such as Humminbird Radar, AIS, NMEA 2000 sensor or the new Minn Kota i-pilot-link, allow you to expand easily the navigational capabilities of this ContourXD equipped Fishfinder.

The high-Speed Ethernet of the Hummingbird fish finder 998C enables you to increase your odds by sharing Waypoints, GPS, Sonar and Radar with other Hummingbird Models. With all these unique, amazing technologies and capabilities at your disposal, getting fishes in the open shouldn’t pose any form of problem. The widescreen color display is perfect for viewing sonar graphs and charts side-by-side. This product also comes with a plethora of advanced GPS and sonar options, giving you a variety of tactical options.

Features and Specifications of the Hummingbird fish finder 998C

  • Built-in ContourXD and precision GPS
  • Down Imaging, Side Imaging and DualBeam Plus SONAR with SwitchFire
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Mounting: In-dash or Gimbal
  • Depth: 150ft (SI/DI) 1500 ft (3000ft and an optional 50KHz transducer for                 deepwater use)
  • 8” display with backlight with 480 X 800-pixel display
  • 16:7 color TFT
  • GPS Chartplotting with Built-in contour Xd mapping
  • Dual beam plus sonar with up to 8000 watts power output
  • Lakemaster and Navionics compatible
11.   Feneris Enduro Pro GPS Tracking Unit

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The Fenris Enduro Pro GPS tracking unit is designed and manufactured by TrackingTheWorld. It was created to satisfy individual and business needs, as well as personal safety, and covert tracking operations. The Enduro Pro GPS tracking unit is an all-weather capable GPS tracking device that offers greater accuracy and longer battery life than similar GPS tracking devices within its price range. The outstanding durability and reliability of the Enduro Pro GPS tracking unit are unrivaled in the GPS tracking industry, making the Enduro Pro one of the best GPS tracking devices available.

Features and specifications of the Fenris GPS tracking unit

  • 7V Li-Polymer, 1300mAh backup battery
  • 3D Motion Sensor
  • Capable of lasting up to two weeks on a single charge
  • Takes less than 25 seconds for cold start
  • Less than 1 seconds for hot start
  • Emergency alert, speed alert, and SOS alert
  • Features MMCX RF connector for external GPS antenna
  • IPX-5 water resistance
  • 50-chanel all-in-view tracking
  • Remote adjustments of tracking intervals
  • GSM Phase 2/2+ compliant
  • Includes a highly reliable UBlox 6 GPS chipset
  • Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Mhz
  • Sleek appearance: 67.5mm X 40mm X 21mm
  • Lightweight: 60grams

The Enduro Ankle Case allows you to utilize the Enduro Pro GPS tracking unit as an ankle bracelet tracker. All that you need to do in other use the Enduro Pro GPS tracking unit as a bracelet tracker is to insert it into its customized hardened ABS plastic, adjustable case and then attach it to whomever you want to track.

Multiple Applications

  • Child safety
  • Law Enforcement: Low – Risk Offenders
  • At-Risk Individuals
  • Home-based corrections
  • Alzheimer patients
  • Nursing facilities: Patients Security
12.   Spy Spot TT8850 Real Time Mini GPS Tracking Device

Spy Spot GPS TT8850

The Spy Spot TT8850 Mini GPS tracking device is designed to help users track their vehicles and other mobile assets. This GPS gadget comes with important alerts like low battery alerts, motion alert, and geo-boundary alert, which helps to notify users about the positions of their important assets. These alerts are important when it comes to preventing theft. For $29.95 per month, you can effectively track your assets using your Smartphone or Personal computer.

If you’d like to track your assets globally, it will cost you $25 per month.  Magnetic clips can be used to securely attach the Spy Spot TT8850 Mini GPS tracking device unit to the frame of a vehicle; however, magnetic clips are not included in this package. The tracking service provided for this device happens in real-time, so at every point, you’d know the position of your treasured asset.

Features of the Mini GPS tracking device

  • Free cloth carry pouch
  • Secure GPS Tracking from PDA-Styled cell phones and computers
  • SMS, motion, low battery and email alert
  • Long last battery life
13.   Mini Personal GPS Key Finder

Mini GPS Locator

The Mini GPS key finder/locator is designed to provide directions and distance to a destination, set the destination point, provide current position and speed, record the distance traveled and display accurate time synchronized by satellite. Explorers and adventurers alike would find this GPS guiding unit handy and helpful. The major advantage of using this GPS locator is that it’s extremely portable and easy to carry around.

It’s as small as a wrist watch and can be attached easily to your key-holder, making it handy and accessible at all times. This mini GPS key finder is also perfect for Drift, climbing, hiking and many other outdoor activities. Its accuracy positions stand at 5 -15m, which isn’t bad especially when compared to similarly priced GPS devices on the market.

Features GPS key finder/locator

  • Bright Backlit 1.4inch display
  • Multifunction and simple operation
  • 512 MB storage capacity
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery
  • Speed measurement calculator

 Specification

  • Housing: ABS
  • Color: Army Green
  • Dimension: 65 X 53 X 21mm
  • Certificates: FCC/CE/Rohs

Package

  • 1 X PG03 Mini Handheld Multifunction GPS
  • 1 X User manual
  • 1 X Keychain

14.   GPS Vehicle Tracker TK104 60days Standby Time

TK104 GPS Vehicle Tracker

The TK104 GPS Vehicle tracker employs the use of GPS, GSM, and GPRS in determining the exact position of vehicles being tracked. Unlike other tracking devices that solely rely on GPS, the TK104  GPS vehicle tracker combines GPS, GSM and GPRS features in one unit, which makes tracking results more accurate and efficient. You’ll need to insert a 2G GSM SIM into the compartment of the TK104 GPS vehicle tracker, and then call the unit. It will send to you, via SMS, real-time geo-coordinates of its location. This GPS vehicle tracker can also be configured to send location, via GPRS, to send location information to a web server or computer.

Features of the TK104 GPS Vehicle Tracker

  • Over Speed AlarmIt can be programmed to track speed of vehicles which have           unit installed and then alert you when the fixed rate is exceeded
  • Features powerful magnets that make the attachment of the GPS Vehicle tracker to       vehicles firm
  • Comes with Shock sensor alarm, Geo-fencing alarm, movement alarm and remote         monitoring
  • Movement alert: Once the car is parked, you can set up barriers. Once the vehicle         is moved it informs you immediately
  • Geo-fence: The geofence feature is designed to keep the vehicle’s movement within a particular location, once the vehicle goes beyond its predefined boundaries; it sends messages to official numbers.
  • Comes with four tracking solutions
  • Remote engine stop and resume
  • Low battery function alarm
  • Supports for external GPS antenna, GSM antenna, and external power supply
  • Get GPRS real time tracking on web based server as well as absolute address by           SMS
  • Provides real-time tracking, which is necessary for recovering stolen vehicles and           cargo

Package

  • 1 X GPS Tracker 104
  • 1 X GPS Antenna
  • 1 X Relay
  • 1 X AC adaptor
  • 1 X Harness
  • 1 X AC Adapter (Input: AC100- 240 V, Output DC: 1.5A, 12V)
  • 1 X Lighter car adapter ( Car 12V or 12V)

Specification

  • Network band: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • GPS Module: SIRF3 chip
  • GPS precision: 5m
  • Working temperature: 20°c to + 65°c
  • GPS Sensitivity: 159 DBM
  • Storage Temperature: 40°C to +85°C
  • Standby time: 1500h (GSM sleep mode)

Conclusion

The GPS gadgets and portable GPS devices listed above may not be the very best or the most pricey gadgets in the market, but they certainly pack enough quality to help navigate unknown terrains or get out of the woods when you least expect it. GPS devices are “must-have” if you are an adventurer, camper, hunter or traveler. The convenience these GPS devices afford us cannot be overemphasized. Get out of your shell and explore the world, but don’t forget to carry along your GPS device or gadget. The GPS, although originally a military device, is one the best technological gifts to humankind in the 21st century.