ASUS VivoBook Gaming 15 (2020) Review: For the casual gamers

ASUS is well known in the gaming laptop space, with many popular devices in the ROG and TUF series. While their VivoBook series traditionally is meant for casual usage, both for students and working professionals, ASUS always releases a gaming variant in the VivoBook series, to give their users a laptop that can be used for regular work along with some casual gaming. The latest in the VivoBook series features up to a 10th Gen Core i7 processor which is great for everyday tasks and it is complimented with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPU, which is another great entry level mobile GPU. So how does the VivoBook Gaming 15 stack up? Does it deliver good performance in gaming and normal work? Read on in my review. Continue reading “ASUS VivoBook Gaming 15 (2020) Review: For the casual gamers”

Amazon Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen Review

A couple of months back, Amazon launched the successor to the popular Fire TV Stick – The Amazon Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen along with a ‘Lite’ version and it has been on sale in India since mid-October. The new Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick Lite are powered by a faster 1.7 GHz quad-core processor with IMG GE8300 GPU that is 50% more powerful than the previous generation. These offer 1080p HDR streaming, support Dolby Audio, and more. I have been using the device for quite some time now, and here’s my Amazon Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen Review.

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OnePlus 8T Review

Keeping up with the tradition, OnePlus launched the ‘T’ version of the OnePlus 8 series in India a few weeks back. The OnePlus 8T is similarly spec’d as its predecessor, but, it carries few upgrades too – 65W charger, a 200mAh battery bump-up, 5MP macro camera, 2MP depth camera and 120Hz display. However, the upgrades becomes meaningful only if it’s implemented right.

How good is the OnePlus 8T? We have jotted down the reason on why you should and should not buy.  Check it out! Continue reading “OnePlus 8T Review”

TicWatch GTX Review – Does it Tic(k) the right boxes?

TicWatch, known for its smartwatches and activity trackers belongs to parent company Mobvoi Information Technology Company Limited, which was founded 8 years ago. Besides smartwatches, they also make other wearables like TWS and headsets. Their top-of-the-line product in terms of activity trackers to date is TicWatch Pro.

At the lower price point the TicWatch GTX is an entry-level activity tracker cum basic watch sporting a classic look and is powered by its proprietary operating system. At around 5k, can TicWatch GTX justify the price tag? Let’s check out the review to find out. Continue reading “TicWatch GTX Review — Does it Tic(k) the right boxes?”

ASUS ExpertBook P2 Review: A versatile laptop for business users

ASUS has been in a launch spree lately as the company just launched laptops with the 11th Gen Intel Core processors, and the company has been expanding laptops in almost every price segment in India. On similar lines, recently, ASUS announced entry into the Commercial PC market in India with the Expert Series line up of laptops — ExpertBook P2, ExpertBook B9, ASUSPRO ExpertBookP1 series, and more. I’ve been using the ExpertBook P2 for some time now and this is the full review of the ASUS ExpertBook P2. Continue reading “ASUS ExpertBook P2 Review: A versatile laptop for business users”

POCO X3 Review: Tremendous value for what you pay

POCO launched the POCO X3 smartphone in India back in September as the successor to POCO X2 that was launched earlier this year. Even tough it retains the 120Hz FHD+ screen, this has a faster Snapdragon 732G SoC, upgraded cameras, and 6000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
The specifications look great on paper. Let us dive into the review to find out what the device has to offer. Continue reading “POCO X3 Review: Tremendous value for what you pay”

Amazon Smart Plug Review — Easiest way to remotely control your appliances

If you are looking for the easiest way to remotely control your domestic appliances, the Amazon Smart Plug might be of interest to you. I have tried smart plugs and power strips from several companies over the past few years and it is good to finally see a product from Amazon which is the creator of Alexa and has smart devices under the Echo and Fire line-up. Amazon had announced a similar product in the US market almost 2 years ago at a similar price of $25 and continues to sell it. Now the Amazon Smart Plug has been launched it in India and I have been using it for a while now. Here are my thoughts on the device and if it makes sense to invest in one.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Review: Affordable flagship done right…almost

It’s been close to 7 months since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series and its successor is expected to be announced sometime in January. Prior to that, Samsung surprisingly unveiled a toned-down version of the Galaxy S20 – the Galaxy S20 FE, the phone that is tailor-made for fans of all kinds. This phone has been created leaving no compromise behind, according to Samsung. I’ve been using the Galaxy S20 FE 4G for quite some time and in this review let us find out if this phone is worth your money and if there is indeed any compromise done.

Note: Our review sample is the 4G variant powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 SoC. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Review: Affordable flagship done right…almost”

OPPO Watch Review: Impressive debut that’s worth recommending!

Google made its debut into the smartwatch segment with the then-called Android Wear OS, six years back on the LG Watch. Thenceforth, the platform has had its ups and downs like the full-scale Android. However, the platform has rebranded to Wear OS and upgraded with meaningful software improvements over the past few years. Many OEMs including fashion brands like Fossil are coming up with smartwatches powered by the WearOS.

Recently, OPPO joined the WearOS bandwagon with ‘OPPO Watch’ in an attempt to create a broader ecosystem. Besides, the company also launched wireless earphones — neckbands and TWS in the various price segments. Continue reading “OPPO Watch Review: Impressive debut that’s worth recommending!”

WD My Passport SSD (2020) Review: Compact drive with ultra fast speeds

Western Digital is no stranger to the storage business, with years of experience in both internal and external storage drives for computers. For many of us, when we think of WD drives, words that come into our mind are reliability and speed. With the advent of SSD storage technology, the word “speed” for drives got a whole new meaning and Western Digital was definitely at the forefront of bringing SSD drives to market. The latest in their portfolio of external drives is the new My Passport SSD (2020), and here is our review of its 1TB model.

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Samsung Galaxy M51 Review — Brilliant display and long battery life

Samsung  launched the Galaxy M51 smartphone in the ‘M Series’ in India last month, soon after the launch of M31s. This comes with the same cameras as the M31s, but has a larger 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED display, replaces Exynos 9611 with the Snapdragon 730G and has whopping 7000mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging. Specifications look great on paper. Is the phone worth the price? Let us dive into the review to find out. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy M51 Review — Brilliant display and long battery life”

Realme 7 Pro Review: Solid mid-range smartphone under Rs. 20000

realme recently launched the realme 7 Pro smartphone, successor to realme 6 Pro that was launched earlier this year. This has a completely different approach compared to the realme 6 Pro since it moves from a 90Hz refresh rate LCD screen to 60Hz AMOLED screen, doesn’t have a telephoto lens or a secondary wide-angle front camera, retains the same Snapdragon 720G SoC, but this brings 65W fast charging for the first time in the price segment. Is the phone worth the price when you already have a lot of phones? Let us dive into the review to find out. Continue reading “Realme 7 Pro Review: Solid mid-range smartphone under Rs. 20000”

Xiaomi Mi Smart Water Purifier Long Term Review

Xiaomi has come a long way since they released their first smartphone in India back in 2014. Now, they are known not just for their smartphone, but also for a wide range of products in the smart home market, such as the Home Security Camera 360°, Mi Air Purifier 3, the Mi Smart Water Purifier and many more. We reviewed the Mi Smart Water Purifier back in November 2019, explaining many of the features it offered. It has been nearly a year now since we started using the water purifier for our workplace and here is our long term review.

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Avita Liber V14 Review (14-inch FHD display, Intel Core i5 10th Gen, Top Up Web Camera)

The laptop market in India is filled with a plethora of models for consumers to choose from and new brands like Xiaomi have entered the laptop market recently as well. On similar lines, AVITA which is operated by Nexstgo, a Hong Kong-based company forayed the Indian market early last year with its Liber lineup of laptops. The Liber laptops are priced aggressively in India and the specifications on paper seem really good for the price point. AVITA Liber V14 is a new product from the company that is priced at Rs. 39,990 and it packs an Intel Core i5 10th Gen CPU, SSD, aluminum body, and more. I have been using the laptop for quite some time now, and here’s the AVITA Liber V14 Review. Continue reading “Avita Liber V14 Review (14-inch FHD display, Intel Core i5 10th Gen, Top Up Web Camera)”

OPPO F17 Pro Review

In recent times, OPPO’s F series of smartphones have done quite well in the mid-range market segment in India. At the top end of the F series, OPPO recently announced the F17 Pro, a smartphone with a total of 6 cameras in a very sleek, beautifully designed body. The smartphone is also one of the first few devices to receive OPPO’s latest ColorOS 11, which is based on Android 11. At Rs.22990, can the F17 Pro justify its price tag or is it just simply overpriced? Read on in my review. Continue reading “OPPO F17 Pro Review”