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.

Top Ultrabooks of 2015 – High Powered Laptops

Presenting to you the top ultrabooks of 2015, we’ve handpicked the best ultrabooks for all price ranges whilst ensuring high quality displays, powerful processors to deliver the performance you expect, durability and convenience.

High End Ultrabooks

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – $1512

The durable, carbon fiber constructed new 14″ ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is packed with premium features like an Adaptive Keyboard that changes automatically with apps, RapidCharge battery technology, a patented cooling system and a stunning ThinkPad ColorBurst WQHD display.

Highlights include: 10 point multi-touch screen, 2560 x 1440 high resolution, anti-glare display, dual speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4, dual noise-cancelling HD microphones, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 ports, OneLink technology, headphone/mic combo.

lenovo-thinkpad-yogaLenovo ThinkPad Yoga – $1,329

The ThinkPad Yoga delivers flexibility like no other ultrabook. Its 12.5″ display rotates 360 degrees to offer four different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tent, and Stand.

With efficient SSD storage, the ThinkPad Yoga has plenty of space for all of your important files, videos, photos, and presentations. And the Lenovo Performance Booster enhances performance by up to five times.

Intel Core i7-4600U 2.1 GHz (Up to 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost) processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM.

The ThinkPad Yoga can handle a lot of tough treatment thanks to its magnesium-alloy frame and scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display.

The ThinkPad Yoga’s Active Protection System locks and protects your HDD when it detects sudden movements.

Battery life is 8 hours.

dell-xps-13Dell XPS 13 – $1294

The XPS 13 has an Intel Core i7-4510U Processor, Intel HD Graphics 4400, a 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, 256GB solid-state drive, 13.3 inch FHD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 8GB DDR3 RAM.

Typing is very convenient, thanks to the notebook’s generously spaced island keys.

The XPS 13 also has 2 USB 3.0 ports and a Kensington lock.

Battery life is 8.5 hours.

Medium Priced Ultrabooks

samsung-ativ-book-9-plusSamsung Ativ Book 9 Plus – $1039

The ATIV Book 9 Plus features a 13.3-inch Quad HD+ (3200×1800) high-resolution LED touch screen display that delivers vivid images, sharp text, and true-to-life colors. SuperBright technology provides 350 nits of brightness, allowing you to view pictures, videos, websites, and more in exceptional color and clarity.

This computer comes with Samsung’s SideSync software, which automatically syncs files with your smartphone when you dock it and allows you to copy and paste files from the phone to the computer or vice versa.

The ATIV Book 9 Plus’ 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor provides faster and better performance. The i5 delivers CPU processing 10 to 15 percent more efficient than typical computer processors, along with media processing and 3D rendering that’s two times faster. In addition, the ATIV Book 9 Plus can boot up in as little as 5.9 seconds. It offers 4 GB of system memory and 128 GB of SSD storage.

acer-aspire-s7Acer Aspire S7 – $999

With a slick design of an aluminum frame wrapping a pearly white plastic encased in Gorilla Glass, a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost) and a 13.3 inch screen with 2560 x 1440 IPS resolution and LED backlit display with 10 finger multi-touch the Acer Aspire is sure to impress. With Intel HD Graphics 4400 and an 8GB DDR3 RAM.

Includes 2 USB 3.0 (1 with power-off charging) ports, 1 HDMI, 1 combo headphone/mic jack, 1 Acer converter port and an SD card reader, not to mention the 1280 x 720 HD webcam.

Also has 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel Wireless Display.

Low Priced Ultrabooks

lenovo-ideapad-u310Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch – $679

Extremely lightweight and ultrathin, the U330 Touch is ideal for people on the go. And with cutting-edge features like the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i Series processors and a 10-point multitouch display that allows all 10 fingers to interact with the screen at once, it’s definitely worth buying.

Has a 13.3 inch HD display 16:9 widescreen, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB HDD storage & 24GB SSD cache, Intel® 4000 HD graphics, integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Stereo speakers with Dolby® Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI connectors & 2-in-1 card reader.

Also includes an integrated 720p HD webcam.

Battery life is 6 hours.

asus-vivobook-k200maAsus Vivobook K200MA – $319

Combining ultra-portability with a unique design, the 10.1 inches display is held within a thin and lightweight body that’s available in four distinct colors

The HD touchscreen allows you to take full advantage of the Windows 8.1 experience. With actuators that are 5mm in diameter – nearly half as small as Microsoft requires – the screen is 150% more accurate.

Features the latest Intel Baytrail-M N2815 Dual Core processor. This delivers improved performance – for greater lag-free multitasking – while consuming the same amount of power. And with the Asus Super Hybrid Engine II, the amount of power at your disposal will be considerable: Enough to keep the notebook in standby mode for two weeks, with an Instant On resume time of just two seconds.

Also has a USB 3.0 port and an integrated 720 HD camera.

 Best Ultrabook for Graphics

dell-xps14Dell XPS 14 – $698

The XPS™ 14 Ultrabook™ is designed to deliver exceptionally long battery life, comes with powerful 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors in an ultrathin form and is supported by America’s Best Protection.

With up to 11 hours of battery life and a backlit keyboard, the ultra-thin XPS 14 Ultrabook definitely won’t disappoint.

The XPS 14 Ultrabook™ boots up to 33 percent faster than a regular hard drive and resumes in less than 2 seconds. A solid-state drive and Intel® Rapid Start Technology make it possible.

With new Intel® Core™ processors, Windows® 8 and 4GB of memory, the XPS 14 Ultrabook delivers exceptional speed and performance.

With performance-class graphics and a 14″ HD (high-definition) + (900p) display with 400-nit brightness, the XPS 14 Ultrabook delivers astonishingly high quality graphics.

gigabyte-u2142-cf2Gigabyte U2142-CF2 – $649

The U2142-CF2 packs a powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor in its body, and has a 1366×768 display with 10-point touch capability and 4GB DDR3 memory expandable up to 16GB.

It can also switch from ultrabook mode to tablet mode. All you need to do is swivel and close.

The battery on this Ultrabook lasts up to 5.5 hours making it a very portable choice.

Best Ultrabook for Gaming

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The 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen display, featuring an incredible 3200 x 1800 resolution that is five times higher than a standard HD display is guaranteed to meet your all of your gaming needs.

With a powerful 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, blisteringly fast NVIDIA GTX 840M graphics and state-of-the-art all flash storage, UX303 will ensure speed like no other ultrabook.

Thanks to new power-efficient Intel processors and the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology that boosts battery life by up to 25% for less demanding tasks, the UX303 delivers up to 8 hours battery life on a single charge.

 

So the next time you want a laptop so thin and light that you can carry it around without even knowing, with the processing power, high quality display and graphics of a notebook, be sure to pick up an ultrabook! We also review the top tablets of 2015.

Best Soundbar 2015 – Reviews on Wireless Theater Speakers

Here we present the top ten soundbars of 2015. When making the list we’ve taken into account high quality audio, performance, subwoofers, design, size and mounting convenience, features (WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, etc.) and of course budget, ranging from $90 to $1500.

 

paradigm-shift-soundscape-soundbarParadigm SHIFT Soundscape Soundbar – $1,499.99

This is the most expensive option on our list, no doubt about it, however, there’s a good reason why it’s so pricey.

The Paradigm SHIFT Soundscape Soundbar is considered by many customers and critics to be one of the best, if not the best soundbar of 2015.

If you want some of the best sound you can get without resorting to a massive soundbar then this might the option for you. It comes with a wireless sub-out module that you can expand with a sub-woofer if you feel like you could use an upgrade.

It has three tweeters that capture the highs in both music and video. They are coupled with 40 Hz of bass power and that’s before a subwoofer is even added. The secret however, is the 4-inch mid-bass drivers that help create a wider, flatter sound stage and more refined mid-range sound that captures voices with amazing clarity.

One of the best features of the SHIFT is that you can hook up any wireless subwoofer you wish without paying attention to the brands. It can also synchronize with any TV. It comes with Bluetooth for wireless operation but it lacks an HDMI opting instead to stick purely with an optical audio interface. It shifts well to accommodate both dialog and music.

 

sonos-playbar-soundbarSONOS Playbar Soundbar – $699.00

The SONOS not only connects to your TV and produces some brilliant quality sound, but it can also be connected to your WiFi network and you can play all sorts of music through it. An all-round excellent solution for all things audio, be it movies, TV or Music. Simple to set up, control and expand. Requires just two cords: one power cord and one optical cord (both included). Syncs with other Sonos speakers wirelessly. Understands and speaks most IR remote’s language and can be controlled by free apps for your Android®, iPhone® or iPad®. It even plays all sources plugged in to your HDTV: cable/SAT boxes, Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles.

 

 

pioneer-sp-sb23wPioneer SP-SB23W Soundbar – $396.99

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Even though it’s quite expensive it still manages to provide incredible value for money. It manages to satisfy even the most demanding of users while being very compact. It has Bluetooth connectivity options and the wireless subwoofer provides mobility. Its six 28 watt amps provide the quality. This soundbar also offers different customization options which can come in handy. You can choose from three different sound modes which include Movie, Dialogue and Music. In order to add even more quality, Pioneer decided to fit their product with Dolby Digital Decoding technology.

Offers outstanding sound quality for a sound bar and the performance is even more impressive considering the size of the tiny wireless subwoofer, which is easy to hide in the room. With the built-in Bluetooth you can wirelessly stream audio.

 

lg-nb3740aLG NB3740A Soundbar – $339.00

This is one of the prime candidates for the best soundbar of 2015. It offers internet access, allows you to connect to Netflix or YouTube directly through its network adapter. It comes with a strong Wi-Fi connection and it will allow you to stream music from your tablet or smartphone.

The package includes a wall bracket in case you decide to mount it .It has a smooth design and it uses a wireless subwoofer which can be placed anywhere around the room without losing sound quality. In spite of all its features it’s still one of the most affordable soundbars out there with a five star rating in quality and performance.

 

 

vizio-s4251w-b4Vizio S4251w-B4 – $268.04

This #1 bestseller on amazon comes complete with two rear speakers that help to capture ambiance and really make those cinematic jump scares get your girlfriend to squeal. It also has a wireless subwoofer to complete the ensemble without all the mess wires would make.

For this price, there is no partial component system that can give you the rear option along with the bass. The sound quality is extremely good and it comes with both Bluetooth and Dolby/DTS decoding.

 

samsung-hw-f450Samsung HW-F450 Soundbar – $227.99

Since for some people looks are just as important as performance the HW-F450 soundbar brings both design and top end features together in order to create what many have reviewed as one of the best soundbars of 2015. This is the perfect add-on to invest in if you have a HDTV. It will deliver a rich sound with crystal clear audio no matter the source. It comes with 3D Sound Plus technology, it is effortless to install and it requires no extra cables to connect to media sources. It is however, recommended for Samsung TVs which will provide the added benefit of extra control directly from the remote.

 

razer-leviathan-soundbarRazer Leviathan Soundbar – $210.32

This one is a great buy especially for all the gamers out there. Complete with a sub-woofer, Razer have managed to put all of the same Dolby goodness and 5.1 surround sound into a pair of speakers that should sound great no matter what you’re playing or watching. The Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar easily fits under any desktop monitor or living room console setup. It features 4 finely tuned drivers that are optimized for surround sound gaming. Versatile enough to be repositioned constantly in any situation, this sound bar features cutting-edge Dolby® technology, superior sound drivers, and a dedicated subwoofer, projecting crystal clear rich sounds.

The Razer Leviathan seamlessly connects to your Bluetooth devices via Bluetooth v4.0 with the award winning aptX® technology for audio quality indistinguishable from a wired connection with an impressive dynamic range. It has a connection range of up to 10 metres so you won’t have to worry about wires and cables. The Razer Leviathan also remembers your recently paired devices, allowing you to quickly connect with a single tap. The built in NFC technology allows for ultra-fast pairing.

 

sony-htct260hSony HTCT260H Soundbar – $188.00

The HTCT260H is one of Sony’s top-selling products. This 300W, 2.1 channel soundbar is very powerful and can transform your room into a cinema. The wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere around the room. It’s very compact and one of the interesting things about this soundbar is its shape. The hexagonal design will allow it to fit in almost any position and space. It can be mounted both on the wall and on a tabletop without using separate brackets because it already has two efficient wall mounts

jbl-cinema-sb100JBL Cinema SB100 Soundbar Speaker System – $149.95

For its size this is an extremely powerful soundbar. It comes with incorporated amplifiers and delivers very clear sound every time. Two premium 3.5″ cone woofers and two 1.5″ dome tweeters deliver the clear, authoritative sound.

It is designed with HARMAN technology which transforms normal audio into a surround sound experience. You won’t have any problem installing it and it comes with all the necessary add-ons attached so you definitely won’t have to spend extra money on cables and other elements that are not included with other soundbars. In terms of connectivity, this device has it all considering it is compatible with phones, TVs, tuners, disk players and more.

vizio-s3820w-c0VIZIO S3820W-C0 Sound Bar With Integrated Bass – $89.99

This soundbar is available to match a number of different size TVs. You can choose this in either 29, 38 or 54-inch variants and unlike other soundbars, it provides bass without a subwoofer. It also comes with Bluetooth so you can connect it to your smartphone/tablet and it’s arranged so that it can be mounted to the wall as well. The Vizio 38″ 2.0 Sound Bar with Integrated Bass will transform your TV’s ordinary audio into serious high quality sound. Its stereo full range drivers and dual bass radiators add room filling sound and an added bass boost to movies, games and music. It is also packed with Bluetooth, Dolby Digital® decoding, DTS TruSurround™ and DTS TruVolume™ post processing technology which is probably why it’s a number one bestseller on amazon.

 

You may be wondering why you should choose a soundbar over a surround sound system. The reason you should is because soundbars provide a compact, convenient solution to your audio needs, without any wires/cables, while matching and, in some cases, outperforming surround sound systems. They are also much easier to set up, install and connect. Looking for some cheap headphones? Read our review of the best headphones for less than $100.