Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dell Venue 11 Pro Review

Dell outfitted the Venue 11 Pro using a Total high definition IPS screen and made it very simple to gain access to the inner workings of the tablet PC. A Core i5 chip along with a fast SSD do the apparatus credit on paper also. But can the tablet PC win us around?

We are already knowledgeable about the Dell Venue 11 Pro, a model that was reviewed by us . Does this tablet actually increase anything, although the brand new central processing unit seems better on paper? The responses are revealed by our review.

The contest of the Venue 11 Pro includes company tablet computers produced by other firms, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as well as for example the Lenovo ThinkPad 10.

Considering that the two Venue 11 Pro versions are structurally indistinguishable, we will not cover the connectivity case, screen or loudspeakers in detail

Screen: high contrast IPS screen

The Venue 11 Pro has the exact same screen as its sister version. It is a glowing, high-contrast IPS screen with viewing angles that are constant. The measurements were different for both panels, yet this is not unusual. Two structurally indistinguishable screens register 100% results that are indistinguishable.

Performance: more than enough for daily usage

The performance of the central processing unit is more than adequate for ordinary office jobs. Dell offers this tablet PC in various settings, including variants.

Graphics Card: strong and very powerful for a tablet

The HD Graphics 4200 images center protects images jobs. The sister version of the Venue 11 Pro has the same GPU. Both tablets' results are on level. Both got results that were standard for apparatus outfitted with this particular graphics core. AMD offers more powerful GPUs in this section of the marketplace, compared for example to the Radeon R4 (Beema).

Gaming Operation:

Games that do not require too much of the hardware are fluidly rendered by the Venue 11 Pro. The games accessible to the Windows Store should not be any trouble for the apparatus. Same as in the PC Mark standards, the sister version of the Site attained better results in the kind -- in our gaming standards. We see the workings of how the images and central processing unit core slow down considerably when the two are under load concurrently.

Power Consumption

These amounts are significantly lower compared to 21.1 and 22.1 Watts we recorded for its sister version. Don't forget, the latter is outfitted having a central processing unit that was poorer. The CPU and GPU of our evaluation model do not run at anywhere and particularly not at the same time. At lower speeds, less energy is required by the centers.

Battery Life

In our WLAN evaluation, which was created to model practical, in regular use, we run a script that loads a webpage that is new every 40 seconds. Compared to its sister version (6:39 h), this not a great outcome. Both tablet computers are designed with all exactly the same battery. We ended up every time and repeated several times to the WLAN test with our present review apparatus: The more powerful Core i5 central processing unit just needs a bit more energy than the Core i3 central processing unit of its sister version.

Conclusion: not the biggest powerhouse, yet a great player

The remaining hardware parts do not differ much in the sister version. The bright, high-contrast IPS screen with viewing angles that are constant is not a negative part anymore. The ranks are joined by a fast solid state disk having capacity here also. It'd not be difficult to change the disc out, as the rear side of the pill may be removed with no tools.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Acer TravelMate P256-M Review

Acer attracts lots of office users using its old-fashioned, strong and powerful laptops. Generally, the cost-performance ratio is just right, but the purchase price will have to fall rather a lot in order for this to be accurate for our evaluation version, which uses the Intel Core i3-4005U and a Total high definition screen.

The difference is based on every model's hardware, as they are sometimes equipped with i3-, i5- and i7-CPUs, different sizes and 4 or 8 GB RAM. Several versions have dedicated graphic cards from Intel or AMD, also the buyer can select between resolutions ranging to 1920x1080 pixels (FHD) from 1366x768 pixels. This configuration is unavailable on the homepage of the evaluation version, but it is offered by a lot of retailers for costs beginning at 599 Euros (~$747). Therefore, why does our evaluation version cost a lot more? Could it be worth the extra cash because it has a higher resolution? We'll learn in our in depth review.

The search for devices that are similar was difficult. We selected two 15.6 inch versions which had similar costs and additionally use FHD screens with an optical drive. The P455 M sets itself apart in the evaluation version with its security attributes, such as the fingerprint reader as well as the TPM chip. It weighs 2.5 kg (~5.5 pound) and is somewhat lighter than our evaluation version. The competition is 5 millimeter (~0.2 inches ) more slender, and prices around ~$62 more. The Lenovo B50-70, costs about exactly the same sum in terms of the P256-M. The weight as well as the measurements are not dissimilar to the other models. The connectivity of all three versions is very similar.

Case: simple yet good looking

Acer offers old-fashioned, yet powerful notebooks in the cost ranges that are payable. All these usuallycome with the black case and you can't really tell them apart. This can be true for our evaluation model: matte, straightforward artificial surfaces, which may get dirty but is not too difficult to clean. The foundation could be pushed inwards using a tiny power and makes creaking sounds that were just about not too loud. The display cover could be opened with one hand, although it isn't as invulnerable. The cover can open farther, although it's not going to swing much when hit. We failed to discover any workmanship defects like irregular differences, sharp edges, etc. The manufacturer's style is straightforward, thus look elsewhere if you're trying to find an intriguing or elaborate layout.

Connectivity: good, but could be better

Standard case, conventional connectivity: although everything we usually need, including Ethernet and VGA, are provided, specific interfaces like DisplayPort or eSATA are missing. The interfaces are mostly set close to the front with adequate spacing as is typical for low-cost Acer laptops. But using an external mouse as well as other USB devices concurrently can result in a confusing salad or crashes.


Quick motions are recognized without problems as well as precision and the answer gives no reason to whine. We needed to increase the susceptibility of the touchpad to go around but the susceptibility was excessive, an outside mouse was joined. The pressure point is sharp (perfect for the examiner) as well as the acoustic feedback is not unclear.

Computer Keyboard

We'd have liked to have back lighting with this cost, but the caption of the keys that were level, somewhat harsh is certainly legible. The stroke space is adequate as well as the pressure points are not bad. The impact is somewhat cushioned. Overall, little sound is caused by typing, together with the exclusion of the space key that is noisy. This needs to be fixed for typists, although we knew it could not be a fantastic ThinkPad computer keyboard.


Acer undoubtedly believes that the matte Full HD screen (16:9) is worth the cost increase. The screen uses the low-cost TN technology, which usually offers the luminosity mark of 250 cd and inferior viewing angles  is hardly reached by the TravelMate. The notebook offers this luminosity on battery mode at the same time. 81%'s measured brightness is unworthy of praise, but no bright spots were detected by us when our display was totally dark. Unfortunately, both comparison model displays are not much too light, as they offer just 200 cd/m². There is a matte black not discernible by the human eye, but true this effort is made by the under-typical viewing angles. Despite having a somewhat better value, the TravelMate P455 M provides the same contrast as our evaluation version, while the Lenovo neglects utterly. But both rivals do far worse. The screen suffers from a blue tinge that is strong. We discover the sharpness to be acceptable: at times the picture appears a bit blurry. 51% of the AdobeRGB color space's coverage is adequate. All in all, our evaluation model's panel is not very bad amongst the poor TN panels.

Central Processing Unit

The Center i3 4005U is among the Haswell generation's slowest chips. Because of Hyper threading, it could process up to four threads concurrently, but it's no Turbo, meaning the clock speed of 1.7 GHz is additionally the maximum. In the multicore evaluation the opponents are beat by the i3.

Graphics Card

It shares the single channel memory together with the CPU and does not have any RAM. Compared to using the HD 4400 IGPs of Haswell central processing units which are more rapid, the i3 4005U of our evaluation version performs surprisingly well. Both low-speed centers of the CPU leave the TDP free to work with. The IGP. Astonishingly: regardless of what energy settings are set, at 950 MHz it consistently runs without stagnating. Saving electricity should never be a precedence.


Acer reveals attention by supplying two power adapters, to swapping out the battery, but the maintenance is restricted, because of the style of the notebook. The evaluation version works in office use, offers great workmanship and remains cool and quiet. Long battery life and our test model's ergonomic input devices are great attributes to have. If you're not in a rush, we recommend looking forward to a particular deal to the notebook as the Full HD bundle with adequate hardware is not bad.

Monday, December 15, 2014

HTC Desire Eye Smartphone Test Review

Selfie showoff. Its product line enlarges around its One M8 main, and has a smartphone with high performance hardware. It's mainly aimed at selfie lovers in view of a high resolution front-facing camera. Adequate pics are promised by the lens with a double as well as 13 MP -LED flash, and is fairly compelling. The complete package is rounded off by an IP certification.

The Taiwanese cellphone-contractor installs a 13 MP lens, and now desires to teach their opponents a lesson using the HTC Desire Eye -LED flash in the main camera in the rear and also the front-facing camera.

The configuration is quite striking otherwise. A fast Snapdragon 801 ensures a lot of computing ability, as well as the 2 GB is sufficiently dimensioned. But the smartphone isn't clad in aluminum, and therefore the buyer must be satisfied with plastic. A bigger battery could also happen to be used; it comes with a typical capacity.

Besides One E8 versions and the in house One M8, top of the line products like Nokia's Lumia 930 measure in line, Sony's Xperia Z3, Apple's iPhone 6, the G3 of LG, and Samsung's Galaxy S5.

Case: No metal, yet still quality plastic

An excellent impression is made by the plastic casing. The two slots are somewhat difficult to use so you need some time to get used to them.

HTC's Want Eye is created entirely of plastic, and is for sale in the colours "Submarine Blue" and "Coral Crimson". The handheld weighs 152 grams and is rather large.

The casing created a snapping sound in our efforts that were warping, but the smarphone proved fairly stiff and consistently returned to its initial state. The differences are flush and quite even. The user will not have to stress that an excessive amount of dirt will collect here. Besides this, the Eye isn't especially pressure sensitive. High force to the back is necessary to form waves that were light in the monitor.

The slots are somewhat difficult, given that they have to be watertight, but it is tolerable.

Connectivity: very good for everyday usage

OTG is supported so that linking USB flash drive or an outside input device is not an issue. The interface isn't MHL able, though.

Memory cards having capacity may be added in the microSD card reader. Sadly, App2SD isn't supported and from there and opened programs must be set up in the handheld. Nevertheless, temporary Internet files, notifications, along with audio recordings and picture may be directly saved on an optional SD card. 

Exactly the same telephone program as in the larger One M8 is used. It makes a very well-picture impression and is practical.

HTC's Desire Eye's voice quality is adequate. We heard our call associate clean and loud when held to the ear. It does its job well otherwise, although the speaker sounds somewhat piercing in high pitches. This is an excellent option in surroundings that are silent when the mode that is handsfree must be properly used. Although the enclosed headset is not useless, it's certainly not a long term option. On the one hand, it's very bass-heavy as well as to another, an incessant sound accompanies calls.

Cameras: great results by front and back camera

The distinction between both cameras in the Desire Eye of HTC is located in details. The backside illuminated detector (BSI) works by having an aperture of f/2.0. The graphics are sharp and show color precision that is great. But the lens will overexpose areas that are bright . The Desire Eye's low light properties will not be breathless regardless of the BSI detector. Sound immediately springs up in brightness that is poor and also the outlines appear frayed. The colors stay fairly natural as well as LED flash counters.

More individuals can be captured by in return, the 22 millimeter wide angle on a graphic. Actually, adequate results are presented by the camera. It's now the maximum-resolution front lens. The Ascend P7 (8MP) comes closest and some other devices are able to keep this pace in the industry. The grade of the lens in the Desire Eye of HTC can certainly satisfy selfie lovers, and can also be powerful. Even though the color precision may be somewhat better, the focus is not very bad.

Yet, bad, but in addition the diversity of characteristics is remarkable. There are 16 distinct filters while shooting photos which can be utilized, and post production has not been ignored by HTC, either. The image modes cover exactly what could be needed, while offering distinct panorama choices, motivation photos, an automatic passport mode, schism images that enables joining graphics from both cameras, simply to name some.

Videos can be shot by both lenses . Multiple modes can be found here. It's not impossible to make use of the cameras concurrently.

Picture Comparison with other devices

Pick a scene and browse within the primary picture. The zoom measure changes. The initial picture reveals the scaled picture of the evaluation apparatus.

Display: high level brightness

The brightness has significantly increased. The Eye realizes great 654 candle/m^2, which outshines the One M8 (maximum. 531 candle/m^2; 89%). Simply Sony's Xperia Z3 (maximum. 702 candle/m^2; 90%) is the only one brighter. The brightness is quite homogeneous. There is a minor shortcoming the faint aura in the lower right corner, which just became visible on an entirely black backdrop.

You will find almost no noticeable limitations in uncertain conditions. It may just be strenuous to go through the display over an extended interval in bright sunshine, but the Desire Eye can also be not inferior to numerous competitors despite its polished surface here.

The viewing angle firmness is also quite great. The IPS display doesn't have difficulties showing pictures even. We didn't assess a phantom effect or a luminescence. Only the brightness begins to fall marginally from an angle of about 40 degrees.

Performance: SoC guarantees plenty of power

The Desire Eye of hTC has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB. The SoC also shows that in practice, and guarantees plenty of power.

The machine is about on par using the opponents which are according to a single SoC, and provides the estimated scores in the standards. The AC model is somewhat quicker, but the functionality that is accessible is totally enough and ensures a simple system operation and quick launch programs under Android.

We determined a remarkable browser performance utilizing the stock browser. Internet browsing is speedy, as revealed in the standards.

The storage of 16 GB is really adequately sized, but the user just has 8.8 GB accessible after first use. The shortage might become tight fairly shortly, specifically for gamers despite the fact that it may be enlarged by up to 128 GB.

But the speed of the flash storage will outrun nearly all of its own competitors, and is very great. The G3 as well as the Galaxy Note 4 of lG, nonetheless, stay to function as measure.

Games: gamer will love the Desire Eye

A high resolution a big display, and excellent speakers ensure a lot of gaming pleasure with the Desire Eye of HTC. The Adreno 330 additionally still offers enough power for forthcoming tracks, and supports all common graphical interfaces. There's now no game in the Play Shop that shoves on the GPU to its limitations.

The adequate touchscreen and detectors that are running never destroy the amusement and doesn't give reason for criticism.


The Desire Eye of hTC is another top smartphone that's not clad in aluminum. The selfie handheld it not only for shoots at decent graphics in every scenario and under unfavorable conditions, additionally, it satisfies with the requirements of hardware buffs.

An incredibly speedy SoC in sort of the Snapdragon 801 is incorporated, which ensures easy use of Google's Android 4.4 KitKat. An upgrade to Lollipop can also be in the works. High speed LTE can also be installed, though not in the most recent variant. Besides that, we lose WiFi standard to the most recent ac. The GPS antennas also occasionally lose the network connection, which results in a localization that is somewhat erroneous. Moreover, the storage capacity that is available is a bit tight.

Despite this, the review sample shines with an excellent voice quality, strong loudspeakers, and long run times. Users who enjoy groufies and selfies will barely get around the Desire Eye of HTC.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Black Review

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was placed on the market as a counterpart to the Apple iPhone 6. Samsung wants to gains some points with high-end processing and it delivers a compact 4.7 inch smartphone that can be handled completely with only one hand. At the same time they use their own Exynos Octa Core processor. Will Samsung with the Galaxy Alpha find the perfect mix of design, quality as well as performance? We will go further into that question and will enlighten you if buying this premium Android is worth it.

With their Galaxy Alpha Samsung wants to offer the iPhone customers an alternative to the Apple iPhone 6. This smartphone integrates aluminum, clear lines, high-end processing, comfortable handling with one hand and other aspects, which you usually connect only with Apple. The new iPhones have grown in size, but at least the smaller example can still be operated by one hand. The trend goes clearly towards bigger 5.5 and 6 inch displays, however some people prefer something more handier.

The premium experience is being supported by a processor who has eight real cores, modern technology like a fingerprint scanner and pulse sensor. Still, Samsung isn't integrating all of its features, so you won't find a microSD slot same as you won't find a protection layer against dust and water. 

Case: elements made of aluminum

The manufacturer really put a lot of effort so that the Galaxy Alpha would become a premium device. That is why the frame is made completely of metal, same is the case with the well reachable and stable keys. On this device you won't find any keys who do wobble. You can find the mono loudspeaker on the lower part of the case edge, same as it's placed on the iPhone. It makes sure to reproduce a rousing sound. The aluminum elements definitely have a big influence with the first impression of this smartphone.

Considering that the Alpha Galaxy has only 115g and a dimension of 132,4 x 65 x 6,7mm it really is a convenient and very light smartphone. Yet, with the metal frame it still is upscale. 

Equipment: current Android version paired with classic TouchWiz surface.

12 megapixel: the camera makes exquisite photos and is able to record videos in 4K quality. To our delight Samsung didn't cut back on the equipment. With Bluetooth 4.0, LTE support, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with dual band mode the customer will get the most up to date transfer standards. LTE and WLAN connections can be used together in the download booster to improve the speed once more, like it is known with other smartphones from Samsung. NFC functionality does round off the overall package positively together with GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou support. In the matter of navigation and connectivity you don't have to worry with the Samsung Alpha Galaxy. 

Recordings of the 12 mega pixel camera can be saved in the internal flash memory, which is 32GB big and can't be expended afterwards. The camera is able to record videos in UHD/4K quality with 30 fps. A LED flash, auto focus and HDR recordings are available as well. The quality of those is more than satisfying. The installed front camera with 2.1 MP is more than enough for quality selfies.

For fitness friends the S health central from Samsung is already pre installed. With this feature you can see the number of footsteps you made, or you can read the data from the integrated pulse sensor. A good value pulse capture is possible, but you shouldn't expect a very high pulse monitor precision. 

Samsung uses the Google Android 4.4.4 KitKat, there will probably be an update to Android 5.0 at the beginning of the year 2015. Over the Android surface you can find the already well known TouchWiz software from Samsung. This brings some changes in the design, especially the setting menu and the home screen were modified a lot. Yet, you won't find any real differences to other Samsung smartphones. A real advantage in performance you can get with the download booster and the well configurable energy saver mode. With the energy saver mode you can limit the performance and if needed there is even an option for grey level or even the ultra energy saving mode. When the last mode is enabled you can only use the basic functions, but you can use the phone and SMS options for several more hours.

Performance: excellent speed thanks to very good hardware

Powerhouse, the hardware shows great performance in every day usage as well as in the benchmarks! 
You can find Samsung's own processor in the Galaxy Alpha. The Octa Core Exynos 5430 has four Cortex A15 cores with 1.8GHz clock frequency and for the easy tasks it uses that four Cortex A7 cores with 1.3GHz. The eight cores are being supported by 2GB internal memory and the ARM Mali T628 GPU. Even latest 3D games can be played smoothly in the highest detail settings, like with Asphalt 8. All together the smartphones profits from having a smaller resolution compared to other models with bigger displays. The hardware is more than enough for the 720p display.

Display: HD resolution for a great photo with super AMOLED technology

Like it was with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini you can find the same Super AMOLED panel 1280 x 720 pixel in the Galaxy Alpha. With a 4.7 inch big smartphone this resolution is completely adequate. By our tested device we didn't notice any issues with the display or the color gradient.

Conclusion: fast smartphone for lovers of small display and easy one hand handling

The intentions of Samsung with the Galaxy Alpha were pretty obvious. To create a premium smartphone with high end processing and a smaller display is not a bad idea at all. When one consider, that especially Android smartphones are very large and the usual mini versions pretty much always end with a weak hardware and a high price. So the Galaxy Alpha was added to the collection to fill this gap.

With the Samsung Galaxy Alpha you get a cool smartphone with 4.7 inch display and HD resolution. The performance and the camera are very good and the battery life is adequate.