8 Important Guides to Buying a Wireless Network Adapters

wireless networks
You need to go online for pretty much everything today, from watching Netflix to working while traveling. While you might believe that a laptop or a PC is all you need, you are probably missing one thing out – wireless network adaptors. They can help you connect to the internet quicker, helping you do more work and with the right wireless network adapter according to this blog you will surely achieve the fastest internet speed with a stable performance any where you will go.  

What are the advantages of a wireless network connection?

Plug in these adaptors into the desktop or laptop USB port or on an external switch. You would find it easy to get online in places which do not have a wi-fi connection or the internet speed just isn’t great. Here is what you would like about it.
  • Provide an effective and convenient access to internet anytime and anywhere.
  • Very affordable packages which vary from one service provider to another.
  • Readily available online or at a nearby electronic store.
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The Top 8 Tips to Help You Buy the Wireless Network Adaptor You Need

What is it that you’re looking for when it comes to internet connection? Is it the speed or the network quality? Do you want to get access to the internet even when the network speed isn’t great? You would need a wireless network adaptor then. However, the following things should be considered while buying a Wireless Network Adaptor.

1. Which is better – USB or PCI?

If you want a Wireless adaptor, there are two options from which you can choose. However, it is important to know the difference in their performance and capabilities first.  

2. USB Adaptor

A USB adaptor can be plugged in anywhere and operates as a kind of flash drive with in-built antennas and provides a good range of wireless network.  

3. A PCI

A PCI is a chip which is inserted inside a slot on the computer, has multiple antennas and gives a better range of wireless internet connection. However, it requires a lot more setting up than the simple ‘plug and use’ set up in case of a USB connection.  

4. The Speed and signal strength of the adaptor

The speed and signal strength that the adaptor is capable of providing is a very important factor which should be considered while buying it. Since speed is usually the priority, it should be such where instant downloads can take place. Download speed depends upon how strong the wi-fi signal provided by the adaptor is. A 4 or 5 bar signal is definitely better than a 2 or 3 bar signal.  

4. The range of the adaptor.

Wireless Adaptors come in 2 forms; – With an external antenna. – With an inbuilt antenna. It is always better to buy an adaptor with an external visible antenna than an inbuilt one has it provides higher frequency and also provides an excellent network range across walls as well. It is recommended to buy a connection with a wi-fi frequency of either 2.4GHz or 5GHz. Wireless

5. Daily Internet Use

How are you going to use your online internet connection? Is it going to be media-heavy or are you into more of working with documents online? Your internet requirements can vary according to the nature of the work for which the dongle is being used. However, buying a connection with minimum 6GB daily usage is optimum for work and other related purposes. A less usage connection may not allow you to complete the work which requires extensive internet surfing.  

6. Brand Name and Quality

While brand name is not a very legit factor to be considered while buying things like clothes, however, one should consider the Brand name and popularity along with its reviews while buying an electronic item.  

7. Wireless Adaptor for the best quality.

It is important to physically go to an electronics store or visit multiple genuine online sites like Amazon and eBay to compare the adaptor which offers the best quality at an affordable price and which also has good reviews as you do not want your adaptor to prove as a failure in a week for which thorough research before buying it is recommended.  

8. Size of the Adaptor

The size of the adaptor differs from its varieties and the purpose for which it is being bought. Small-sized and easy to carry adaptors which are not too bulky are the best for traveling and other purposes so that it does not act as an obstacle in between your work. However, if you are looking for an adaptor to be attached to your desktop or a fixed computer, a slightly big and bulky adaptor may also work as the computer does not have to be shifted and thus, may not come in the way of your work.  

9. Option to boost the connection

An adaptor should work in such a way that it is most convenient for you, therefore if someday you require a faster internet speed and more daily internet usage or if you feel that the connection is not enough according to the nature of your work, you should be able to boost the connection by talking to the service provider. It would always be better to buy an adaptor which has the option of boosting the connection package. AC600Mbps

Power usage of the adaptor.

While most wireless adapters do not use much power in their application and even if they do use power for purposes like data transfers or downloads, they require very less of it, however, there are certain kinds of adaptors which use more power and may even need an additional power supply to support their applications. Go in for an adaptor which can directly be connected to the computer so that less voltage is used.  

Should You Go in for a Wireless Network Adaptor?

A wireless adaptor is the most convenient and easy way of using the internet whenever and wherever required, given that it has a good score on the abovementioned points. However, the requirements of an adaptor can vary according to its application purpose. It would be better to compare different adaptors and choose the best fit according to your device and the nature of the work.

How to Find the Best and Most Affordable Motorcycle Ear Plugs That Work?

Motorcycle Ear Plugs
Avid bikers are on the road to get some exercise and enjoy the great weather. Others take a quiet ride along the country road to have fun, while others commute to work. Motorbike helmets are must-haves nowadays as it is used for protection against possible accidents. And there is an increasing number of motorcycle helmets making use of Bluetooth technology to make owners enjoy their riding experience. You may personally choose from Ironhorsetrading’s guide on the Best Motorcycle Earplugs for your road trips.

The Best Motorcycle Ear Plugs

For riding enthusiasts, it could be a lot of fun when you ride a motorcycle. What more if you are wearing the best helmet speakers? You can listen to your favorite MP3 music as you travel down the road. Much as wearing a helmet is obligatory in some states; you can find the best pair of speakers under your helmet, which is intricately designed. If you have been searching for these helmet speakers, you’ll be aware that there are a lot of varieties to choose from. You will know what to and what not to expect if you’re looking for the best motorcycle ear plugs. The speakers found in your Bluetooth helmet are similar to those personal headphones you use. The speakers provide you the same durability, comfort, and great sounds. However, they have to be connected to your helmet and work just like when you need it – for riding a motorcycle. ear plugs

What to Ponder Before Buying the Helmet Speakers?

Before you make your purchase for the best helmet speaker, it may feel great to ask yourself few questions so that you know it is compatible with you and those travel requirements have been answered. This will help you select what, helmet speaker will suit your needs, preferences, and budget:
  • Are they comfortable to your ears?
There are speakers innovated to slide into the helmet’s ear pads; there are also some that do not allow it. Depending on what kind of helmet you have, you need to choose a design and model that will fit properly on your motorcycle helmet, so you feel comfortable all throughout your joyride.
  • Do you wear motorcycle riding gloves?
Most helmet headphones provide some buttons and volume controls. For the best helmet speakers, the controls easily work with gloved hands. But there are also those maneuvered by hands which make driving a motorbike difficult. There are also times you need to consider controlled wireless speakers.
  • Is there a need for a microphone?
Sometimes, you need a microphone to have everything done by your Bluetooth helmet. It allows you to make or receive phone calls while you drive down the roads. There’s no more need of stopping or removing the helmet as you do it while riding. You can even use the GPS navigation to tell you which streets to take you to your destination. harley

Why Own a Bluetooth Helmet or a Motorcycle Ear Plugs?

Active lifestyles nowadays require that we stay in constant contact with others. Many of us bring our mobile phones and never fail to miss a call. If you pair your mobile phone with a Bluetooth helmet, you can easily receive and make calls in the breeze. Once you’re in a call, you have the choice to pull off the side of the road or continue while riding. The calls you make will depend on every situation. This is when a speaker and microphone are necessary to handle your calls while wearing the helmet. Another reason to own the Bluetooth helmet is the GPS navigation. When you pair your Bluetooth device with a handheld GPS, you allow it to give you GPS voice commands. It can come handy when you explore the country roads or places you have never been on an afternoon outing. It also allows your bike to bike communication. If you are riding your motorcycle with a group of friends, it will be so much easier to converse with them without stopping or yelling at each other. When you pair your Bluetooth helmet to a two-way radio system, you allow yourself to talk freely with your friends. It’s really helpful to keep in touch with some friends even if you are riding separately at one time.

How to Decide the Purchase?

Good earplugs You may need to consider whether you prefer speakers attached with adhesive or a clamp to the motorcycle helmet. They can also come with a thin headband to fit your helmet. Below are three examples of motorcycle ear plugs to narrow down your options: 1)    IDEAPRO Waterproof V6 Bluetooth Headset This headset offers an auto-call receiving feature that is hands-free and allows you to stay focused on the road. You can communicate with a maximum of six people by enabling switches for conference calls. The device is also waterproof making it withstand any weather conditions. 2)    IASUS XSound 3 Helmet Speakers This is one of the best motorbike helmet speakers. It is made of high-quality aluminum to ensure lightweight and sleek design. It is compatible with any smartphone, media players, and portable music. It has a good bass and sound quality. 3)    Outdoor Technology Chips Wireless Helmet Audio This innovation uses a simple looking pair of thin speakers connected to each other by a single wire. If the helmet has an inbuilt ear pouch, the speakers can be easily installed in your helmet. However, just like any motorcycle helmet speakers, they need to be positioned properly so the wearer can hear great sounds. It comes with a built-in microphone, so you don’t have to use your hands for communication. Your chosen motorcycle helmet speakers will greatly depend on your needs, the comfort and quality it provides. You also need to choose them on something that fits your budget. Yes, you want to use it for communication, listening to music and GPS navigation without using your hands as you are driving. To ensure that you compare prices and read first-hand reviews to know which one is most suited for your needs.

ZTE Mimosa X

ZTE Mimosa X
ZTE has cracked out Buck’s Fizz at MWC 2012 with the launch of the ZTE Mimosa X; it’s a dual-core Android 4.0 handset but is it worthy of its celebratory name? The Mimosa X has a certain Nokia-esque look about it, with the 4.3-inch screen housed in an extended, rounded chassis. As with most ICS devices, the Mimosa hasn’t got many buttons to speak of, although there are four softkeys running along the bottom of the screen, as well as a power button and volume slider. The top of the phone plays host to the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack, while there’s a micro USB slot on the side of the device. It’s not a particularly fat handset, but it’s certainly packing a little more girth than the comparatively-specced HTC One S, for example. Like most ZTE handsets, the Mimosa X feels fairly plasticky in hand – this is not top end build quality, that’s for sure – but these materials do help to keep the handset’s weight down, so it’s not all bad.

ZTE Mimosa X The Leg Work

ZTE Mimosa X  Oldy Review We like the qHD screen, although it is very reflective and the viewing angles are fewer and further between than the HTC One Series handsets coupled with Sense 4.0. The camera is a respectable 5MP affair, complete with a single LED flash and not too much of a lip sticking out from the back of the handset. But again, the camera hardware looks a bit Nokia. The Mimosa X comes running Android 4.0 with ZTE’s Mifavor UI running on top. It’s been styled to look very ZTE (sorry, that’s not a good thing) with generic clouds background and horrible digital clock which, luckily, you can customise away. The widgets are easily arranged by just pinching out on the home screen and rejigging as you see fit – you can also arrange apps into folders which is very reminiscent of iOS. The dual-core processor did a fair job of whipping through home screens and opening apps – it’s not the fastest we’ve seen with a second’s delay evident more than once, but that’s pretty good. As usual with ZTE hardware, we did have trouble getting the handset to respond to our commands occasionally, although this may have been down to pre-production hardware, we wouldn’t want to brand the handset fiddly until our full ZTE Mimosa X review. The camera did a passable job. Our images weren’t amazing and the autofocus just a touch slow so that we ended up with quite a few blurry shots, but the interface is straightforward, and there are effects aplenty to play with. Regarding typing, the predictive software wasn’t excellent (it didn’t suggest we change ‘wgat’ to ‘what’) but the keyboard is not bad, so if you’re an accurate typist you might not have too many problems. ZTE PF200
The screen isn’t so big that many people will struggle thumb-typing with the handset in landscape mode either.

Early verdict

To be honest, we’d prefer it if ZTE had stuck with vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich as its additions are not brilliantly designed and don’t add very much to the software beyond a bit of administrative prowess. The hardware isn’t bad though, and the design is not so hideous that we’d be ashamed to bring the handset out in public. The Mimosa X suffers by comparison to the HTC One series handsets that, quite frankly, blow it out of the water. But then the Mimosa X won’t be rocking an HTC One Series price tag – if ZTE can get the Mimosa X on to market quickly and at an attractive price point, we imagine it could find itself doing quite well.

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Samsung Galaxy Beam
Just when you thought phones weren’t going to get any more converged, we suddenly see the Samsung Galaxy Beam, complete with integrated projector. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, as this isn’t the first projector phone from Samsung, as two years ago we were subjected to a super chunky model – also called the Galaxy Beam. However, there’s a lot more to like here on the new and upgraded version, as it’s thinner, sleeker and runs a much more advanced version of Android. The screen is bright and vivid (although we were forced to play with it in near total darkness to fully get the effect of the projector) and the interface was slick under the finger. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is running a dual-core 1GHz processor at its heart, which the Korean brand says will help maximise the 2000mAh battery when chugging out images from the top of the phone.

The Beam sits well in hand, with the projector module not getting in the way of day to day phone use, thanks to being packed away neatly at the top of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Beam 3 It’s also moulded into the chassis, so even if you do come across it when taking a picture or the like, you won’t find it hinders your operation. The depth of 12.5mm is perfectly acceptable in our eyes for a phone of this quality, and we liked the yellow bezel to give it a more clean finish. The headphone port is the only real change from the standard Samsung Galaxy lineup (such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2) as it’s had to be shoved from the top of the phone to make space for the projector.

But let’s get to the good stuff: how does the Samsung Galaxy Beam perform as a projector?

It’s designed for two things: media and document sharing. The latter is achieved by chucking in a whole host of Microsoft Office support, and the former is easily managed as the projector module will mimic whatever is on the phone screen at the time. This is a little disconcerting when you forget about it – make sure you don’t accidentally fire up the Beam’s projector when browsing something a little dodgy on the internet. The 15 lumens of brightness didn’t impress us though – we’re talking nearly double the output of the original Beam, but that still didn’t mean it would work very well in anything but the darkest room. The beamed display looked a little washed out in real use, but not to the point of being unusable – we’d consider it acceptable rather than stellar. Samsung Galaxy

Early verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a fun phone that makes use of a new and improved projector module from the Koreans to good effect. It’s clear the technology is finally ready to be released to the masses, but whether many will feel a projector in their pocket is what they’ve been missing remains to be seen. If this is only the second generation of projector phones, there’s a lot of hope for the segment in the future – make the output two or three times brighter, and you’ll have an entertaining feature on your hands.

Audio-technica AT2020 Review

Audio-technica AT2020
A broad rule is that vibrant microphones including the Shure SM58S are exceptional for instruments and lifestyle performances. As a few fact, if you seriously consider what almost all live performers use, you possibly can almost bet, it can easily certainly be a Shure SM58S. On the other side of the coin hand, condenser studio room microphones are used for words or other soft recordings exactly where details are hugely significant. Since you can easily see, having the same type of receivers will be beneficial, but that comes down to your financial allowance. Audio-Technica AT2020The particular condenser has a flatter occurrence then the dynamic, which regarding recording vocals is essential. What ultimately happening when you file on a condenser studio mic such as the AKG UNDERSTANDING 220, you get a far clearer and accurate creating. The dynamic one the other side of the coin hand, tunes available some of the details for the reason that once again, they are intended as used for device recording and live routines. The founder studio microphone also uses a preamp or even a mixer, which will deliver the phantom power of around 24 volts. Because the founder requires the electric juice to run, the preamp is a booster. The actual dynamic doesn’t need any phantom power, seeing as the best way it’s a more rugged and fewer sensitive counterpart to it has the brother microphone, the founder. Additionally, there is another important aspect to consider when choosing the ideal studio microphone for yourself – the pick-up pattern. Mainly you will find three different type of “pick up patterns;” typically the omnidirectional microphones, the particular bidirectional microphones, as well as unidirectional microphones. Audio-TechnicaThe original omnidirectional microphones pick up sounds even if you decide to have a household recording studio, Try to avoid like microphones. Why? It will eventually take your TV, your neighbours TV, while your dog was barking for the feline. That is why the Audio-Technica AT2020 Review is a great option. Bidirectional microphones on the flip side acquire sounds from only a pair of directions, the front along with the back. They usually are used in broadcast interviews, which allow shed pounds share a good microphone Unidirectional microphones are the-the best for home recording parlours. These microphones pick up sounds derived from one of direction and allow anyone to isolate sounds you don’t want to document quite quickly. Also, they include the cardioid mic such as the Violet Microphones Baby Bottle Cardioid Fondre Mic. Throughout conclusion, it all depends upon what you will use your microphone intended for. Considering recording equipment or performing life, or by the microphone, for example, the Shure SM58S Oral Microphone is your best choice. On the other side of the coin hand, if you plan to become recording vocals and are concerned about the detail and clearness of them, then you need to purchase a condenser business microphone. The Audio-Technica AT2020 Review is by far one of the best out their home use.

Useful Tips to Choose the Best Gaming Motherboard Reviews

Best Gaming Motherboard
At the very bottom of the heart in your computer system, lays the term motherboard. The motherboard is the part that can connect every component inside your CPU box. The better the connection is rehearsed, the better your computer will run. Considering the importance of motherboard, for you who keen on playing any computer game better, choosing the right motherboard would an activity that is important to do precisely. The consideration below may help you a little bit better.

Choose the type of Processing Unit

The item of activity of selecting a processor is also related closely to the option of the compatible motherboard. The kind of Processor you choose will also affect the motherboard. Individual processors, like one of Intel’s, will require a different type of motherboard than AMD’s type. These considerations will get you closer to the correct choice of motherboard for your last activity of gaming. Money Intel Motherboards

Get the motherboard that supports your processor

Previously we have inspected the synchronisation of the motherboard and your processing unit. The one on Intel’s requires different types of the motherboard from one of the AMD’s. Different generation and specs of the processor from the same manufacturer need various kinds of motherboard also. Check carefully through the specs and for additional information you can always visit the web. Avoid spending your money on the things that would be useless.

The feature of overclocking

When you are overclocking you CPU, it is compulsory for you to get a motherboard that enables you to vary the FSB velocity and the CPU amount of voltage.

RAM support and memory compatibility

To optimise your gaming activity, the motherboard should be able to support at least DDR2 RAM. The reason is that DDR2 is fast enough to push your action to the limit. There is also expensive DDR3 RAM on the market as your additional options. Some motherboard only supports less speed than other. Usually, the more expensive the motherboard is, the better it supports the speed and capacity of the computer system. You can always upgrade your RAM as you go. The slot of memory on your mother board, the more you can improve your speed. Today’s motherboards may even equip with four slots to maximise the memory capacity. AMD High-End Overclocking Motherboard

SLI/ Crossfire ready facility

SLI motherboards enable you to use more than one, mostly two, high-performance graphic or video card to render the graphic on your computer to show the picture on your computer. These two cards work together hand in hand to serve a better and faster visual resolution onto your screen. Some motherboards have this ability, and some others do not. To prepare better for your future gaming activity, though at the time being you are not applying the particular system, you had better choose this kind of motherboard

SATA2 Controller

SATA2 has the ability to data transferring twice as fast as the SATA1. For gaming activity, the extra speed is critical to increasing the performance. The better the performance of your computers the better you play the game. The SATA2 provides you more compatibility as you can also place SATA1 on it. The case is different with the SATA1 port because you cannot place SATA2 on it. So, SATA2 motherboards provide you more flexibility of choosing your option.

Other extra features

Other extra features like some additional ports as USB 2.0 for general purposes, firewire or USB 1.0 for your digital video activities, LAN for your connectivity are also some consideration to support you as a gamer. Some motherboards provide you plenty of USB 2.0 slots. Feature that not important from a motherboard, as a gamer, are the onboard graphic and sound card. The onboard cards cannot support your need. The latest popular games available on the market urge you to use good enough graphic and sound cards. These games are demanding enormous capacities from those cards.


The better motherboard and computing system that you possess the better you play the game. By choosing the motherboards precisely you would be able to lift up the level of your gaming capacity.

Logitech G13 Gameboard Review

Logitech G13
It’s no secret that majority of keyboards being offered today are not for people who live for the game. Just like how the typewriter is, computer keyboards are meant for typing. Nonetheless, despite their limited functionality many gamers struggle to beat the digital bad guys for the sake of playing. Worry no more! Input devices are now available and ready to serve and assist users. To make computer gaming more practical, Logitech has released its first ever gaming keypad, the Logitech G13 Gameboard. Find out more about what the keyboard offers. The following sections provide a complete Logitech G13 Gameboard Review for players to make use of. Colour Grading with the logitech G13

The Importance of Gaming Keypads

Gaming keyboards are very useful because gamers get to keep and use their existing keyboard instead of replacing them for added gaming functionality. The manuals provide better access to the different parts of the keyboard and lessen the hassle when using the numbered keys. What makes the Logitech G13 Gameboard stand out is that it provides more than just the typical joystick and additional gaming features. It also features an LCD screen that helps games see system and gaming stats. It’s a handy feature for all gaming activities.

Out of the Box

It’s safe to assume for the Logitech G13 Gameboard, that the product is the most sophisticated compared to the rest of the market. The keypad offers a wrist rest along with an elegantly contoured design. Further, there are also 25 programmable keys and one programmable joystick. Depending on the game to play, there can be a total of 87 programmable core. Plus there’s a 160×43 pixel GamePanel LCD ready to assist the game. There are four keys positioned at the top and in the middle that provides circular grooves ideal for the WASD gamers. The keys are also perfect for low light situations because players can easily feel the buttons and maintain their position while playing. A round of Left 4 Dead and World of Warcraft should give players a good idea of the keypad’s full potential. The keyboard is compatible with Mac. Thus users who enjoy the Wolfenstein and Tetris can also use its full potential. Bezel around the button frame


Logitech G13 Gameboard review also credits the keypad’s overall design. Logitech’s approach to its keyboard design is simple: take what works and refine what doesn’t. Gamers will be pleased to know that the G13 is the complete epitome of such. With a black and grey exterior, the keypad has a striking appearance along with its glossy finish. The G13 can accentuate any disk space when added. For people who are worrying whether the keypad will be stable enough, G13 has rubber feet so it won’t budge. The design of the keyboard also matches the contours of a person’s hand so using it is very comfortable. As opposed to flat gaming keypads, it offers a wavelike design that angles the hand upward with the keys sloping downwards. With ease, comfort and sleek feature, every gamer should have the G13.  I hope you’re found the Logitech G13 Gameboard Review helpful.

Samsung SCX-4623F

Samsung SCX-4623F
A glowing recommendation for a Samsung printer is becoming almost a Monty event in these pages. Following the Samsung SCX-4600, this retooled version that adds 33.6Kb / fax facilities (among others) s in the mix. Some multifunctional devices make it difficult for you to switch between different functions. Not the Samsung SCX-4623F. This device comes with a simple yet intuitive control panel with buttons that let you slip seamlessly from one mode to another with the help of cheap OEM software. SCX-4623F And while the generous sampling of the number of tests needed for a good fax machine can swamp a lesser product, the Samsung SCX-4623F-pleasing interface remains clean and tidy. The general specifications are very similar to that of the Samsung SCX-4600, with the same 1200x1200dpi printing and scanning resolutions. Again, the robust paper to 250 sheets. The finished prints from the Samsung SCX-4623F come from the slot in the middle of the printer, a somewhat inelegant solution which, like the Samsung SCX-4600 will not be desirable for large print jobs. As with the other Samsungs, the Samsung SCX-4623F MFD has the Print Screen button to an almost instant snapshot of what you are viewing on the screen. While not a killer feature, this is a useful extra that Samsung seems to be rolled out on all new models. While the Samsung SCX-4623F SCX-4600 is similar to the in many ways, it does have a few extras of its own. And not only to the above fax but also in the form of a convenient 40-sheet automatic document feeder. This adds extra functionality to the already beautiful scanning component – speeds are very respectable, with good attention to colour. Samsung SCX-4623F ReviewThe Samsung SCX-4623F has no network facilities. However, should you require it, an improved model with these features, the SCX-4623FN is available for an extra 45. Strangely, the Samsung SCX-4623F was a bit slower in print tests than the SCX-4600, which our tests with figures of 15.8 and 14.6 pages per minute (in standard and best quality, respectively), rather than the scores of 17.6ppm and 16.2ppm carved by the SCX-4600F. This is a bit puzzling since the official rate of Samsung’s figures for the latter is identical to those of the Samsung SCX-4623F. Nevertheless, the difference is not as dramatic in reality. At its fastest, the Samsung SCX-4623F lasted 38 seconds instead of 34 of the SCX-4600F, so the real difference between the two should be small. And, at least this level of performance is still quite reasonable, considering the price. The Samsung SCX-4623F is well on quality, with clean, accurate reproduction of text, and the ability to generate many details while printing out graphics – traditionally a weak spot for mono laser printers.

Optoma PK301 Projector Review

Optoma PK301
Optoma knows of two about projectors, so it’s no surprise that the PK301 is not only small and lightweight but made with the same quality as its bigger siblings. These pico is pumping a relatively bright image, and we appreciate the convenient focusing. However, keep the PK301 relatively high price compared with LG Optimus 3D price and short battery life is back. And we must overcome some hurdles, see PowerPoints.


The Optoma PK301 looks like one of the companies was larger projectors in the dryer too long. The rectangular device measures 4.7 x 2.7 x 1.2 inches and weighs only 8 ounces. It’s all black to save for the chrome ring around the lens focus, and the sides are vertical slats allow the air in. On the back of the device are the inputs of its 24-pin universal connector, HDMI, audio output, A / V, Micro-USB and power. On the right is a microSD card slot, and the bottom is the battery and a tripod mount. The PK301 comes with a padded bag. The PK301 is also bundled with an adapter cable that connects the universal port with VGA. A 2.5mm-to-component connector and a USB cable. Unfortunately, the included documentation – is poor compared to the 160-page, 16-language booklet that comes with the Samsung SP-H03 projector – a simple folding brochure. Optoma PK301 Pico Projector


At the top of the PK301 is a four-way button navigation pad with two buttons for menu and input source. The all-black keys would be impossible to use them were not illuminated in blue. The PK301 is on-screen selections are easy to understand – the main menu you can switch between RAM (settings), microSD, USB, and select Search – but it is simple compared to the SamsungSP-H03. Also, the menu background becomes black, and it seems like the image is still cut off, the alarming is the first time you use.


While Pico projectors will never rival full-size projectors regarding brightness, we found the rated 50 lumens of the PK-301 to be much more appropriate in a darkened room. The brightness can also be rotated up to 20 lumens in standard mode. Although its native resolution is 854 x 480 pixels, the PK301 able to take pictures with up to 1080i project. It supports 3GP, AVI, MOV and MPEG-4 video formats and BMP, and JPEG photos. We found the focus ring to be highly accurate. It was the right amount of stiffness, so we do not attempt to force him into position, and did not feel it would drift out of focus. But we want an anti-keystone feature, giving those in PK301 not to be projected onto the same plane as the image. At 3 meters from a screen, the projector is a 23-inch diagonal image, slightly less than the 28 inches we saw with the Samsung SP-H03 beamed. Nevertheless, the images were bright and crisp: the discoverer of a 720p via VGA clip was played from our notebook wonderfully lively and supple. As with any pico-projector, you want to dim the lights. However, we found the PK301 to be brighter than the SP-H03 when it projected images against a wall lit by the sun; we could pull it over one or two feet further back. However, if we played a 1080i version of The Departed from a Micro SD card into the projector, the playback was choppy. Also, unlike the SamsungSP-H03 and the MPro150 3M can not natively PK301 view PowerPoint presentations, you first need the projector to a notebook via USB and install the ArcSoft Media Converter 3 software, which is on the projector itself. To view a PowerPoint, you must drag and drop files into the Media Converter 3 app, which will then transfer the presentation to the projector. Also, note that this software converts static images lose the present, you will not have animation and sound. While projector companies are usually in their claims, the PK301 declared battery life of 1 hour (in 20-lumen mode) was very close to hyperbolic accurate, the battery dies after 56 minutes of constantly playing a movie. However, took the Samsung SP-H03-battery 40 minutes longer. Optoma sells an extended battery pack that it claims offers more than 5 hours of play time. The PK301 is covered by a one-year parts and labour warranty. optoma pk301 projector


There are some things we PK301 on the Optoma, Pico-projectors of all we’ve recently tested, it is the easiest and most accurate focus, and it has a good number of connection options. Its pictures are is pretty bright too. However, we prefer the Samsung SP-H03, which is less expensive, longer battery life and can natively display has power points.

Pixma MX882 – Short Review

Pixma MX882
One of the flagships of the next generation of Canon Pixma printers adds, the Pixma MX882 multifunction printer a few upgrades on the line – especially regarding speed – but leaves some to be desired amenities. Like many other Pixma all-in-one, there is still a large, square, black box (which weighs more than 25). And it does not offer a large colour touchscreen that more manufacturers are rolling out. While it makes a 2.5-inch colour LCD, is less impressive, what Canon calls the “new dual-function panel, [that] makes navigating through menus and features a much smoother process.” I have the extra unlabeled, buttons, found a little confusing at first (they make sense for you to use the fax), and was not able to figure out how to turn off the loud sounds that come with every keystroke. Update: 21 March 2011. Many thanks to reader Martijn Verduin the Netherlands, that there is a place under the Device User Settings menu to make to adjust the volume on the keypad instructions carefully. Canon PIXMA MX882 On the bright side, Canon has ramped up pressure times velocity impressively with the MX882. While the similarly priced Canon Pixma MX860 took a minute about a 4×6 photo printing at the standard quality, the MX882 took a very respectable 33 seconds, without the quality and sharpness that Canon PIXMA knew for it. And you can also check out the LG Optimus 3D Deal! Warm up and the first page out times was also impressive, with the first page of a Word document (via a wireless network) in 16 seconds at standard quality and each side takes about five seconds. A large PDF took a little longer to get started, and pages took about twice as long as the Word document. The MX882 uses five cartridges which help to produce lively and seems fine prints and photos. Graphics looked particularly good, but the photos were perfectly fine, if not fantastic. Nevertheless, it is an all-in-one, so no big problem there. Setting up the printer has taken a while, but was trouble-free, always work to the built-in wireless was simple. Like most PIXMA I’ve tried, there is nothing wrong with the MX882, it’s an updated version of the previous PIXMA, and there is much the same price. It seems they would like to phase out the old lines because there is little reason to spend nearly the same money on the MX860.


The Canon Pixma MX882 is a worthy upgrade to the Pixma line. While it offers many of the same features as the MX860, it’s much faster and almost the same price. The printer has built-in Wi-Fi and automatic duplex unit and an extended keyboard, you face will help keep the printer employed by excessive (even if it’s still pretty full). Speeds were excellent, in particular for photos, and the quality was everything I expected from a Canon printer. It’s pretty big multifunction printers, however, and takes up about as much space as a laser printer