How To Make Money From An Online Community

It’s no secret that the Internet has given rise to a plethora of online communities. Dubbed ‘forums’, they are online homes for like-minded followers of a particular cause. There are forums dedicated to car marques, business, travel, computer gaming and more.

As more members join these online communities, the amount of traffic to those sites increase. These days a lot of savvy forum owners are monetizing their sites to benefit from this increased web traffic.

If you’re a forum owner that’s interested to get in on the action, keep reading.

How to monetize your online community

Make sure you’re using good forum software

There are scores of different forum platforms you can use. For example, there’s vBulletin and Invision Power Board. The latter offers an optional content management system. Such an option is perfect for those that want to build a website around their forum.

phpBB is a popular (and free) forum platform that millions of people use for their online communities. If you’ve got good PHP coding skills, you could create a bespoke content management system around it.

For example, it’s possible to incorporate certain elements from phpBB to use on non-forum pages. Examples include logged-in usernames, post counts and more. There’s no clear winner as far as forum software goes. You just need to ensure you use the best for your site, according to your needs and budget.

Get the party started

The one thing that everyone with a new forum has problems with is attracting people to sign up and contribute. What most forum owners might not tell you is that they hire people to register on their sites and start posting.

Some forum owners with a lot of time on their hands might even create several profiles themselves and log in as each one. To the unknowing, this might seem like an unethical way to grow a forum. The truth is most people have done it. And it’s something that’s done elsewhere, like on dating websites, for instance.

Monetize your forum

When you have regular conversations from “real” forum members, you can start to monetize your site. There are plenty of ways you can do this. Google AdSense banners can get displayed on each topic page. Affiliate link schemes from Amazon Associates and VigLink can also get used.

Introducing search engine optimization practices to your forum will also help to increase revenue. One prime example is to ensure your topics use search engine friendly URLs.

If you want to grow your forum income to phenomenal levels, it’s worth speaking to branding experts like Todays Growth Consultant. It’s cheaper to pay companies like them rather than hiring teams of web gurus yourself.

Change with the times

Forums aren’t too different to websites. The look and feel, layout and structure needs to change to meet the demands of changing times. For instance, growing numbers of people look at forums using their smartphones.

Your forum ‘skin’ should have a responsive design so that the viewing experience remains good for users of all devices.

Best GPS for 2015

Whether you’re in your car, on your bike or just going hiking on foot, we present the best GPS navigators for 2015 to make sure you never get lost!

Top GPS for 2015

Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB

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  • 7″ Touchscreen Display
  • Free Lifetime Map Updates & Traffic Alerts
  • Hands-free Calling via Bluetooth
  • Traffic Camera Alerts by Phantom ALERT
  • Landmark Guidance

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Price: $339

The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB features an extra-large 7” high resolution screen, free lifetime map updates, free lifetime traffic alerts and integrated Bluetooth.

This Roadmate has a new technology called “Landmark Guidance” which give you directions using landmarks making it a more intuitive way to navigate.

The 9250T-LMB also features a new technology called “Junction View” which will give a picture-like view of the upcoming freeway signs and arrows to get you on/off the correct lane/exit.  Very handy if you are traveling to a location you have never been before.

Traffic camera alerts help avoid speed cameras by providing audible and visual warnings.

Tagg Pet GPS Plus

  • Geo-fence for keep track of your pet
  • TempSense pet temperature monitor
  • Ability to notify you via text or email
  • Pet activity tracking

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Price: $120

A first for consumers, Tagg’s pet GPS is a pet tracker that will send you a text message or email if your pets goes outside of a predetermined geo-location.  This is not a microchip – but full blown advanced GPS/cellular, which allows the device to be proactive and “know” where your dog or cat is and let you know if you need to find your pet quickly.

If that isn’t enough – the Tagg device also has TempSense technology, this monitor’s your pet’s temperature and can alert you if his/her temp gets too high or too low..

It also includes FitBit like tracking for your animal – the Tagg device tracks you pet’s daily activity and exercise so you have a complete report of the distances your pet moves in a day, if a vet is requiring more or less movement for your little buddy.

*Service contract is necessary.

Magellan SmartGPS

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  • Smartphone interface
  • Dynamic Navigation Content
  • Speed Limit Warnings & Hands-free Calling

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Price: $228

The SmartGPS has a 5 inch high res display and is a powerful mobile information hub that keeps drivers informed, saves drivers time and money, while providing safer navigation.

You can save time and money with valuable, local information delivered automatically to your SmartGPS including: lowest gas prices from preferred fuel stations, red light/speed cameras, weather and trafficz.

SmartGPS can leverage a companion smartphone app. Browse and select locations from web sources- plus it allows you to send destinations and contacts to the SmartGPS.

TomTom GO Live 1535M

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  • TomTom HD Traffic
  • Intuitive Voice Recognition
  • Premium maps with Lifetime Map Updates
  • IQ Routes Technology & Advanced Lane Guidance

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Price: $199

If you drive to work – the TomTom 1535M will help you cut drive time by using TomTom HD Traffic. It is the most accurate, real-time traffic “sensing” solution for GPS.

This TomTom unit will also connect with social travel/driving apps like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Twitter, and Local Search powered by TomTom – it can get you restaurant reviews, hotel suggestions and even get near by fuel prices…all from a GPS.

Bluetooth hands-free calling, has become a standard feature on GPS unit for a while – but TomTom adds intuitive voice recognition coupled with a Fold & Go Mount – allow it to come very portable too.

TomTom has premium maps of the United States, Canada, and Mexico and also includes lifetime map updates – a must.

The 5″ touchscreen will leverage TomTom’s IQ routes technology and must-have advanced lane guidance is great when on highway’s with multiple lanes.

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40

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  • 32-channel STM
  • 500 MB Memory
  • 3-axis electronic compass & barometric altimeter
  • Detailed onboard Base Map Data

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Price: $160

This handheld is a serious GPS with the Cartesio chipset, a dual-core processor giving you blazing-fast performance. With 500 MB of available onboard flash memory – there is support for high-capacity SD cards up to 32 GB.

A 3-axis electronic compass will keep you on the north-south while the barometric altimeter lets you know how high and low you are. The base map data for the US is very detailed and includes topographic maps, color aerial imagery, USGS 7.5-min. topographic quad maps, and NOAA nautical charts.

If you exchange data from the DeLorme use the USB 2.0 data transfers for fast transfers.

Garmin nüvi 52LM

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  • 5″ Touchscreen
  • Lane Assist
  • Turn-by-Turn directions w/Spoken Street Names

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Price: $99

With its bright, easy to use 5.0″ display and spoken directions which give turn-by-turn and spoken street names – it easy to see why the nüvi 52LM is a deal at the sub-$100 range.

Lane assist is very good when traveling on large hiways – and this Garmin adds junction view – a feature which shows you a picture of the next turn you are looking for. Helping with unfamiliar areas – the nüvi uses brightly colored arrows and detailed pictures to make things as easy as possible. The nüvi 52LM also displays speed limit and accurate arrival time.

The maps for the lower 49 states, which come pre-loaded, also includes free lifetime map updates.

Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT

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  • Dual-orientation 5.0″ touchscreen
  • Subscription-Free Garmin 3D Digital Traffic
  • Safe texting capable

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Price: $340

The Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT has a great multi-touch 5″ display with dual-orientation capabilities – meaning you can use it horizontally or vertically…handy for tight installation applications. Also – with safe texting capable the Nuvi will read text messages to you, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Fully loaded with the maps of North America and free lifetime map updates and points of interest. It also includes subscription-free Garmin 3D Digital Traffic updates as often as every 30 seconds.

This Nuvi has easy to understand driving directions and Garmin Real Voice which allows for a natural sounding, friendly voice. Also includes bluetooth and smartphone linking.

Depicts 3-D buildings and terrain so you know what to expect as you drive through the landscape and comes with a powerful magnetic mount which securely holds your nuvi as you drive.

Garmin Zumo 590LM

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  • Dual-orientation 5.0″ Glove-friendly Touchscreen
  • Music-Media Player
  • Traffic and Weather
  • Road Finder

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Price: $799

The zūmo 590LM has a big, bright 5.0″ touchscreen which is easy to use with gloves – perfect for your two wheeler. The dual-orientation assues it will fit the exact location you want to put the 590 on your bike.

Useing bluetooth – you can use your smartphone without the bother of removing gloves or your helmet. The zūmo will also call points of interest through the bluetooth interface if you have last-minute change of plans or need to find gas quick.

The spoken street names will save your hide when coming into unknown towns and will transmit voice prompts to your Bluetooth headset or helmet. The Garmin “Real Directions” talk to you like a human using landmarks and traffic lights, rather than hard-to-read street names.

With new tire pressure monitoring with Garmin’s integrated Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (sold separately). You can add TPMS sensors for each tire and easily monitor the pressure using your zūmo display. It can retro-activly add this greta feature to your older bike.

The Smartphone Link4 app (subscription required) will connect you to live weather radar and traffic information. This will keep you in the know when you are out on the open road.

New for the 590LM – there is a curvy roads routing feature that “finds” winding rides. This also has the ability to plan your ride based on time, distance or location. You enter requirements and the zūmo will connect the dots.

Keeping records is not always fun – but the 590LM will also help with storing tire mileage, tire changes, tire pressure, chain cleanings, oil changes, new spark plugs. The zūmo will keep track of it all. You simply use the included log to record date, mileage and performed maintenance.

This is by far the best GPS for motorcycle use.

Magellan eXplorist 710

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  • Rugged & Waterproof
  • High Sensitivity GPS Reception
  • Create Waypoints, Record Tracks & Route From Point To Point
  • Integrated 3.2 Megapixel Camera & Microphone

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Price: $355

When you think of an “All-In-One” device, a handheld GPS is not usually at the top of the list.  But when you look at features – that is exactly what this eXplorist 710.  It is very rugged and IPX-7 waterproof.

The GPS reception is  great with more than 30 navigational data fields. Leverage waypoints, record tracks, and point to point.

It has a camera – seriosuly.  And if that wasn’t enough, microphone and speaker to record geo-referenced images and voice notes.  This will truely allow you to relive outdoor adventures on your computer or share with others.

With 2D or 3D viewing angles – it also includes a complete road network in United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia. This unique, preloaded map also includes water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background.
Enjoy paperless geocaching – you can download and view 20+ characteristics of each cache.  (Details include: name, location, description, hider, size, difficulty, terrain, hint, and recent logs.)

Best GPS by Price

Top Mid-Priced GPS

TomTom GO Live 1535M

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Coming in at $199, the TomTom with HD Traffic and a 5″ display will keep you under budget and in the fast lane.  Advanced lane guidance keeps you right where you need to be when you approach exits, turns or difficult intersections.  The maps include points of interest from gas stations to hotels.

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40

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$160 is not a lot of cash for a lot of features in the Earthmate PN-40. Highly sensitive and bright, color screen; this handheld GPS offers some awesome tools and DeLorme’s topographic maps. The 32-channel STMicroelectronics Cartesio chipset, dual-core processor, electronic compass, accelerometer and barometric altimeter gives accurate altitude readings.

Top Budget GPS Units

Garmin nüvi 52LM – $80

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With its bright 5.0″ display, spoken turn-by-turn directions and many innovative features, the sleek nüvi 52LM offers dependable, easy to use driving guidance.  Comes preloaded with maps of the lower 49 states with free lifetime map updates. Lane assist with junction view indicates the proper lane for a turn or exit with brightly colored arrows and detailed pictures. The nüvi 52LM also displays speed limit and accurate arrival time.

Top GPS By Type

Top Car GPS 2015

Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT

garmin-nuvi-3597lmthdGreat for the car – the 5″ multi-touch screen responds quicly and easily – while offering features only found on computers and smartphones. The Nuvi 3590LMT will actually read your text messages to you with safe texting features letting you keep your eyes on the road.

Awesome Garmin 3D traffic, updating as much as every 30 seconds – the high quality lane assist will keep you on the road headed in the right direction.

Top Motorcycle GPS 2015

garmin-zumo-590lmGarmin Zumo 590LM – $799

The 590LM has a 5″ touchscreen display that is easy to read, even in sunlight. With dual-orientation, you can position the navigator horizontally or vertically. Most importantly it has a glove-friendly interface with bluetooth. It allows phone interaction without having to remove your gloves or helmet.

This Zumo has an MP3 player (compatible with iPod, iPhone and Pandora). It is a rugged design – resistant to fuel sprays, UV rays and weather.  The 590LM is built specifically for motorcycle use.

Using the smartphone link, the 590LM can connect you to live weather radar and traffic information.

Motorcycle specific features: built-in trip computer with compass display, digital fuel gauge so you can estimate how many miles you can ride before a fuel stop, speed limit indicator, bird’s eye junction and active lane guidance.

Top Handheld GPS 2015

Magellan eXplorist 710

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The eXplorist 710 combines high sensitivity GPS reception with easy to read mapping and accurate navigation. Rugged and waterproof. Has an  integrated 3.2 mega-pixel camera, microphone, and speaker. With a 3 inch touchscreen with button controls, the eXplorist combines the user friendliness of a touch screen with the reliability of two customizable hard buttons.

The World Edition map allows for 2D or 3D viewing angles. It includes a complete road network in United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia and major roads throughout the rest of the world. This unique, preloaded map also includes water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background.

Comes with Magellan’s award winning OneTouch favorites menu which provides instant access to bookmarks of favorite places. Battery life is 16 hours.

Top Pet GPS

Tagg Pet GPS Plus

tagg-pet-gps-plusUsing cellular GPS – the Tagg Pet GPS can track your pet or alert you when it has left a predefined geo-fence.  Built in temp sensors allow you to also monitor a pets temperature.  If things go wrong – a text message or email alert can be fired off.

Like a heath band for animals – the accelerometer tracks movement for keeping a health record of your pets activity.

Made with pets in mind – the Tagg was designed to fit existing collars and will convert a regular collar into a GPS enabled pet tracker.

Best E-readers for 2015

If you love reading and want something portable to store all your books in and carry with you anywhere you go, then look no further. Here we present the 8 best e-readers that are ultrathin and lightweight with high quality displays and very long battery lives to make sure you can read your favorite books in style whenever you want.

Top eReaders 2015

ectaco-jetBook-color-2Ectaco jetBook Color 2 – $500

Already implemented in Eastern Europe and Asia, the jetBook Color is the only eReader system in the world currently using a full Color e-Ink screen. Full speech recognition and fluent Text To Speech (TTS) make this unit completely interactive. Especially recommended for students the jetBook Color is the world’s first to utilize eye-friendly Color E Ink technology in an eTextbook Tablet oriented solely towards education.

The 9.68″ PVI EPD screen with a display resolution of 1600 (H) * 1200 (W) is exceptionally crisp, clear, and fast. With a dynamic speaker system and a Freescale i.MX508 800MHz with ARM Cortex A8 CPU the unit has instant response and functionality oriented towards an active student’s or teacher’s lifestyle.

sony-reader-daily-edition-prs-950scSony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC – $300

Responsive touch-screen interface with no glare or contrast issues; high-contrast 7-inch E-Ink Pearl display; both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity; integration with Sony e-book store; good battery life (up to 22 days); supports EPUB e-book standard, which enables e-book downloads from libraries and other third parties; audio capabilities; SD and Memory Stick Duo memory expansion slots; charges via Micro-USB port.

amazon-kindle-voyageAmazon Kindle Voyage – $199

Considered by many critics and customers to be the best e-reader ever, the Kindle Voyage has a high-resolution display (300 ppi) featuring sharp, dark text that reads even more like the printed page. The micro-etched glass screen is crafted to eliminate glare and feel like paper to the touch.

With a new adaptive front light, Kindle Voyage senses the light in your environment, and changes the setting to the ideal brightness.

PagePress allows you to turn the page without lifting a finger. By simply applying pressure on the bezel to turn the page, PagePress will provide a silent haptic response for consistent and immediate feedback. At just 7.6mm thin, Voyage is the thinnest Kindle ever.

Comes with built-in WiFi and the battery lasts for weeks.

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The Sony Reader PRS-T2 is a compact and lightweight touch-screen e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi and fast page turns. It offers access to a large catalog of e-books, magazines, and newspapers via Sony’s online store, plus online loaners from your local library. It also supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format. Its battery lasts for up to two months on a single charge with Wi-Fi off.

kobo-gloKobo Glo $129.99

One of the Kobo Glo’s best features is the revolutionary ComfortLight which illuminates   the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light. In fact, Kobo Glo is proven to be the most even 6″ front-lit eReader. Because Kobo Glo uses infrared touch technology, it doesn’t need extra layers of material like Kindle Paperwhite does. This means that there’s less material between you and your eBooks for the clearest display.

Its high resolution Pearl E Ink screen has a high contrast ratio for ultra-sharp text. Kobo Glo comes fully loaded with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate® Dictionary.

Kobo Glo has the most durable 6″ E Ink eReader screen. When keys were dropped on the screen from heights of 1, 2, and 3 feet, Kobo Glo was the only eReader to maintain readability with virtually no damage.

The Kobo Glo lasts up to a month on one charge for continuous reading on the go.

amazon-kindle-paperwhiteAmazon Kindle Paperwhite – $119

Thinner than a pencil, lighter than a paperback—and over 30% lighter than iPad mini.

Paperwhite guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light—unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably without eyestrain. You can also adjust your screen’s brightness for great reading in any light.

Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the latest Kindle Paperwhite  has no annoying glare, even in bright sunlight. A single charge can last up to eight weeks

Smart Lookup integrates entries from The New Oxford American Dictionary with information from X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings, and more without leaving your page or losing your place. Comes with WiFi.

barnes-noble-nook-glowlightBarnes&Noble Nook Glowlight – $99

NOOK GlowLight is ultra-slim and features a soft-touch trim and rounded corners, making it fit easily into the natural curve of your hand. NOOK’s latest GlowLight® is easy to adjust and provides a more evenly dispersed light for a perfect reading experience in dim light or total darkness.

It can hold up to 2000 books and you can download any book you want in seconds with the built-in WiFi. With a new top layer material and lamination process, NOOK GlowLight’s display is very durable.

Six stunning fonts optimized exclusively for NOOK ensure each character is fine-tuned to be as sharp as on the printed page. A single charge can last up to 8 weeks.

kobo-er430Kobo ER430 Slick Pocket eReader – $30

Featuring a 4.3 inch touchscreen, color high resolution display, 2GB of internal memory which can hold up to 2000 books, a Micro SD card slot for additional storage, built-in speaker and a USB 2.0 connection. Supports ePub, PDF, & TXT files. Very portable and great for people on the go.

 

The current leading e-readers on the market are undoubtedly the Kindles, but depending on your budget and reading needs you can choose any one of the top 8 e-readers for guaranteed satisfaction. Also check out our review on the top ultrabooks.

Best Gaming Desktops

For all the hardcore gamers out there we’ve picked out the best gaming desktops for 2015. Ranging from under $500 to over $3000 you’ll definitely find one that fits in your budget while satisfying all of your gaming needs with the latest graphics cards, 4th generation processors, liquid ventilation systems and more.

Best Gaming Desktop System

alienware-area-51AlienWare Area-51 – $3659

A beautiful slick design with a very powerful Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E Processor (6-cores, 15MB Cache, Overclocked up to 3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost), NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 770 with 2GB GDDR5 Graphics, 32GB Quad Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz, 4TB 7200RPM Serial ATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives, Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD/CD Burner, the Area-51 is guaranteed to impress.

Also has Intel 7260 802.11ac 2×2 Wireless, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Runs on Windows 7 Pro and comes with a one year warranty.

velocity-micro-edge-z55Velocity Micro Edge Z55 – $2049

EdgeTM Z55 is the perfect blend of ultra-performance hardware, expert engineering, and remarkable value. Comes with the latest Intel Core i7-4790k processor, EVGA NVIDIA GTX760 Graphics that provide astonishing detail and clarity, 16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and 1TB 7200 RPM HDD. Runs on Windows 7 Home Premium.

 

Best Mid-Priced Gaming Desktop

lenovo-erazer-x510Lenovo Erazer X510 $1149

With a futuristic, cutting-edge design, the latest 4th Gen Intel processors, lightning-fast NVIDIA graphics and plenty of storage, the Erazer X510 was built for extreme gaming. The processor is overclocking-enabled and with OneKey Overclocking, you’re in control when it comes to pushing processing to the limit. The Lenovo Cooling System uses conduction to keep internal temps at optimal levels to protect the system while overclocking.

Has Dolby Advanced Audio and 7.1-channel surround sound.

With 16GB of memory (up to 32GB DDR3 memory available), you can drive your PC’s performance and multi-tasking power to the next tier. And with up to 4TB HDD internal storage plus external HDD hot-swap bay, you’ll have more room than ever for all of your data.

Best Value Gaming Desktop

cyberpowerpc-gamer-ultraCyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra – $469

Armed with the powerful AMD Vishera FX-4300 processor, you’ve got four cores and a maximum 4.0GHz of speed ready to go when you need it. Combined with a NVIDIA GT 610 1GB discreet graphics card and 8GB of ultra-fast DDR3 RAM, the Gamer Ultra GUA880 has got the performance for all your computing needs.

It comes in a classy mid tower gaming chassis in a stunning black and blue color scheme.

With the installed 1TB SATA III 7200RPM hard drive, you’ll have all the space you need to save your media and applications. The 24x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Super-Multi Drive will allow you to read and burn DVD and CD media. The Gamer Ultra GUA880 also includes a gaming keyboard and mouse to ensure you’ll be able to play at your absolute best.

alienware-x51AlienWare X51 – $713

Gaming, movies and other images jump off the screen with the powerful NVIDIA graphics, Full HD, 3D and Blu-ray capabilities of the Alienware X51. With WiFi and ample front and rear I/O (input/output) ports (including a total of up to eight USB ports), the Alienware X51 is engineered to help you customize your gaming and entertainment experience. The Alienware X51 comes with powerful 4th Gen Intel Core processors, brilliant graphics and lots of storage. The redesigned Alienware Command Center 3.0 lets you choose lighting and special effects, accelerate your gaming performance, monitor in-game results, and more — all in one hub. Includes AlienAdrenaline, AlienFX and AlienFusion.

Best Gaming Desktop by Type

Smallest Gaming Desktop

maingear-sparkMaingear Spark – $1090

The Spark is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile gaming PC solution MAINGEAR has ever offered. It utilizes the AMD Radeon R9 M275X discrete graphics processor combined with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, supporting the latest graphics acceleration technologies including AMD Mantel API, Microsoft® DX12, Shader Model 5.0, OpenGL 4.1. It also features the 4-core AMD A8-5557M APU with a Frequency of 2.1 GHz and Turbo Frequency of 3.1 GHz, and up to 16GB of 1600MHz memory.

Offers an mSATA slot that supports SSDs up to 512GB and comes equipped with four USB 3.0 ports, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Best Graphics Gaming Desktop

xotic-insurgentXOTIC Insurgent – $1134

Take your PC’s megatasking abilities to extreme levels with the first native 8-core desktop processor built with dynamic, tunable performance to handle multiple intensive apps without breaking a sweat.  Delivering high frame rates and ultra-realistic gameplay, the intense and feature-rich AMD® RadeonTM graphics will expand your gaming experience like never before.

Perfect for advanced 3D gaming, complex 3D modelling and HD video editing.

With internal USB 3.0 connectors for modern motherboards, native SSD compatibility, eight expansion slots and room for long graphics cards.

 

So the next time you want to dive into the battlefield and experience hyper-realistic lag-free gameplay coupled with mind-blowing graphics than be sure to pick up one of the best gaming desktops for 2015 listed above. Also read our review on the best gaming laptops.

 

Best Tablets for 2015 – Great laptop alternative

If you’re wondering what tablet to buy and which one suits your needs the best then this article is just for you. Here we’ve compiled a list of the best tablets for 2015 factoring in performance, design, size, audio, display and video quality, not to mention a lot of the newest features on the market including Fingerprint Security.

Best Powerhouse Tablets

google-nexus-9Google Nexus 9 – $570

Google has really set the bar with the Nexus line of tablets.  If you have not held one – the fit and finish is high quality.  The whole package is very thin and attractive and with a great case designed for the Nexus – they just look wonderful.

The screen is 8.9 inch and of course uses industry standard Gorilla Glass 3 – a tough option which is what all big name tablets use today.  It is large enough to enjoy movies – but small enough to stow away in a laptop bag or backpack.  The speakers are front-facing and provide good sound.

The operating system is Google’s Android – and is always early with the latest version.  If this is important to you – going Nexus is a must, because Google releases the latest Android OS’s to their own tablets first.

Hardware:  64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver @ 2.3GHz CPU with 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera/1.6MP front.

samsung-galaxy-note-pro12-2Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $549

Samsung has been in the tablet game from the beginning. The Galaxy Note Pro has a HUGE screen, if you are looking for a tablet that can be a laptop replacement, check out the XXL 12.2-inch, 2560×1600 resolution screen.  Yes – that is very high resolution – with 4 million pixels representing.

This translate to seriosuly good color, high quality graphics and a very clear display.  The processor is a home grown Samsung Exynos 5 Octa – high power and brings very good results.

The Galaxy Note Pro also features an IR blaster.  A what?  Basically you can turn this thing into the biggest universal remote control ever – if you have trouble seeing the numbers on your current TV remote.  This is for you.  And, coupled with Samsung’s WatchON feature lets you type in your zip code and cable app – you can browse and search current TV shows and programming.  You’ll get personalized recommendations based on the things you watch.

If you do need to switch into laptop mode – the full-size, on-screen keyboard and office applications will not let you down.  And – with the ability to use an external microSD card – you can transfer files quickly and easily.

Specs:  Android 4.4/KitKat OS, 8MP rear camera/2MP front camera, 32 GB memory plus a microSD slot – battery life estimated 13 hours.

Best Mid-Priced Tablet

lenovo-yoga-10-hdLenovo Yoga 10 HD+ – $377

One of the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD’s key features is that it has a unique build allowing 3 modes of use – HOLD Mode for reading, STAND Mode for viewing and TILT Mode for gaming. This is done with a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up the multiple usage modes.

When I asked my son about this tablet, he was very excited.  he liked the idea of being able to us this is all three configurations.  This is a testament to what  other users are starting to think when they look at these new lines of computers/electronics.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon processing combined with a Full HD display and then dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio…its a graphics/audio package that doesn’t disappoint.  The new “Smart Display” helps with eye fatigue by adjusting to the ambient light.

I’m not sure if this can even be correct – but it boasts an 18 hour battery life.  Even if it is 2/3 – that is very solid.

Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera/1.6MP front camera, 18 hours of battery life, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, GPS (that works when offline) and the Dolby Digital Plus audio.

apple-ipad-air-2Apple Ipad Air 2 – $473

Lighter than ever, weighing under a pound, but with a surprising 9.7 inch screen with a 2048×1536 resolution and a new chip – A8X that delivers substantially better CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor. With its 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Air 2 is as powerful as many personal computers. Air 2 runs on iOS 8 – the most advanced mobile OS ever.

The Ipad Air 2 comes with a unique security feature – your fingerprint. Not only can you unlock your Air 2 with your fingerprint but you can also make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store.

The new iSight camera is the best iPad camera yet, with advanced optics, an improved sensor, and a powerful Apple-designed image signal processor. There are new features like panorama, time-lapse videos, slo-mo, and burst and timer modes.

WiFi is also twice as fast as the previous generation.

Best Low Priced Tablet

samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 – $289

On the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 you can enjoy rich graphics and clear text while you watch movies, play games, or read books on the 8.4-inch screen. With twice the resolution of an HDTV, the Super AMOLED display provides vivid images and extra-crisp contrast.

The Multi Window feature conveniently allows you to use two apps, side-by-side, and drag content from one window to the other.

Equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera, the Galaxy Tab S lets you take high-quality photos and video chat with friends and family members.

The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet yet. Measuring just 0.26 inches thin and weighing less than 1 pound.

The tablet offers 16 GB of onboard memory and includes a microSD card slot that allows you to add up to 128 GB of memory.

Also includes a fingerprint scanner for security. Up to ten hours of battery life, which can be increased with Ultra Power Saving mode.

asus-vivotab-note-8Asus VivoTab Note 8 – $265

The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 is everything you need for your busy lifestyle packed into a portable 8 inch device.

Powered by the latest Intel Atom Z3740 processor, the VivoTab Note 8 is the perfect balance of performance and energy efficiency. Up to 8 hours of battery life and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled means you can stay productive for an entire work day before it needs a charge.

ASUS SonicMaster audio technology uses a tailored mix of hardware and software to enhance sound quality to a level far above what you might expect from such a small tablet.

You’ll have plenty of space for apps, media, and files with up to 64GB MicroSD expandability.

You can wirelessly display any content from your VivoTab Note 8 to a compatible wireless display with Miracast.

Best Tablet By Type

Best Kids Tablet

amazon-fire-hd-6-kids-editionAmazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition – $149

The Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition is the perfect tablet for kids with a durable, lightweight case to protect against drops and bumps caused by kids at play, high definition touchscreen with 1280×800 resolution, 8 GB of storage capacity, a quad-core processor for great performance with 1 GB of RAM,  front and rear-facing cameras and Dolby Audio.

The Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games – at no additional cost.

You can also set educational goals, personalize screen time limits for your kids and choose what kids can access.

Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, and listening to music.

Also comes with a 2-year guarantee so if your kids break it replacing it is free.

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Best Hybrid Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – $999

Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. It has a stunning 12″ display in a sleek magnesium frame, 4th generation Intel Core Processor that provides insanely fast performance, Dolby-enhanced speakers, microSD card and USB ports and two 5MP HD cameras, front and rear-facing, with 1080p HD video recording.

Pro 3 gives you unmatched versatility both as a tablet and a laptop thanks to the multi-position Kickstand and the optional click-in keyboard.

Since Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro, you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Music and more.

Web browsing battery life of 9 hours.

Best Gaming Tablet

nvidia-shield-tabletNvidia Shield Tablet – $299

The SHEILD tables is undisputedly the best gaming tablet out there, with the world’s fastest mobile processor and unbeatable graphics, video and audio it delivers everything you need to get the most out of your games and movies.

The SHIELD tablet’s NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor uses the same NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers the world’s most extreme gaming PCs. And with a custom engineered thermal system, SHIELD harnesses the full power of Tegra K1’s extreme performance.

On top of all that, SHIELD has front-facing stereo speakers and a dual bass reflex port that provides crystal clear sound.

Also includes front and rear-facing 5 MP cameras, 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, and Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack.

If you are wondering why you should buy a tablet just remember the long list of advantages they offer: lightweight, portable, cheaper than laptops, start up quickly, provide fast web browsing, very handy for presentations and many can match the processing power of a PC. See our reviews on the top laptops for sale right now.