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Cool Things of December

Cool Things of December

December is one of the most beautiful months of the year: the atmosphere of the holiday is in the air, on the street, the snow is finally beginning to fall and not melt, and all companies are trying to put on the market interesting proposals to tempt customers. In this issue – laptops, phones, tips on how to wash properly and what fashion accessory to give your woman.

LG gram 14

Firstly, the laptop is almost weightless – only 970 grams, it seems like a fuzz. Secondly, it’s battery life. According to PCMag tests, the laptop gives out about 16 hours of work. Thirdly, these are technical characteristics and a set of ports. There are 2 USB 3.0, USB Type-C and there is an adapter to the Ethernet port, a slot for microSD, HDMI.

Hardware: the seventh generation of the processor from Intel (i5, i7), from 8 GB of RAM, SSD up to 512 GB. Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620. Full HD screen resolution. This is a touchscreen LCD IPS, enclosed in a very thin frame. And the keyboard has a highlight.

The technical characteristics can be nagged, but look at the battery life and weight. And if after that all the questions have not disappeared by themselves, then keep for dessert – this laptop can be dropped.

Of course, there are disadvantages. The keyboard is pressed when typing. LG says that this is a deliberate technical solution so that the laptop is better experienced squeezing and falling. But what they can not explain in any way, is the brightness of the screen.  In a room with a laptop, there are no problems, but I suspect that in the sun it will be quite faded.

HTC U11+

Once we started talking about LG, it’s impossible not to mention HTC. Not so long ago we witnessed a drama when Google neglected HTC and chose LG as the manufacturer for Pixel 2. For HTC, of course, it was insulting. But HTC decided not to lose heart, but to release their version of Pixel. And they called this splendor U11+.

The appearance of the smartphone is good, and compared to Pixel from Google – and even more so. There are no questions on hardware: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of memory + slot for microSD, a camera with increased pixel size and HDR Boost. Finally, front and back of the phone are covered by the fifth generation Gorilla Glass and protected by the IP68 standard.

The second trump card, which is not in Google Pixel, is stereo speakers. HTC called them simply “Boom sound”. And this name is great. A typical smartphone sounds 68-70 dB, here – 90.5 dB. For example, a freight railway car at full speed produces 90 decibels. So the smartphone has really boom sound. It can easily replace a portable audio speaker. At the moment it is the loudest phone on the market.

The phone out of the box works on the eighth Android. Oh, yes, it also has a translucent back cover that looks cool.

Samsung Galaxy A8

The smartphone has excellent technical characteristics, there is protection IP68, Samsung Pay with MST technology, when you can pay at any terminal, good battery life and for some reason a dual front camera. And here is FM-radio, Always-On display and premium design of the older S-series.

You can treat Samsung as you like, but the appearance of the latest “galaxies” is strikingly different from most devices. In my opinion, now in the market only the S8 and the iPhone X in terms of design look in a new way. When you look at these devices it seems that they are from the future.

Kodak Mini Shot

Reading the comments, I already realized that the blog gathered only professionals taking pictures on their smartphones better than Larry Woodman in the best years. However, perhaps you just want to have fun and take joyful moments of life.

I liked the solution from Kodak.

Kodak Mini Shot is a simple, but very funny camera. It has an autofocus, gamma and white balance, and exposure. Also, it has Bluetooth and a small LCD-screen (1.7 inches).

Bluetooth is needed to send a picture to the phone, to edit, apply filters, and make labels. The edited photo is sent back and printed. Another application can be used as a remote control for the camera. The pictures have the size of a bank card.

Photographic paper is very pleasant to the touch, not afraid of water, and there are no fingerprints on it.

Dolce & Gabbana “All I Need is Love & Wi-Fi”

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have made a fun bag that intelligibly explains that modern girls need to have love and Wi-Fi for happiness.

And the second point, in my opinion, is even more important than the first, because who needs this love, if you can not tell about it in social networks and put a lot of photos with bouquets, restaurants and cute romantic hashtags in Instagram. The bag is very beautiful and stylish. Your woman will look like a queen.

Nebia SPA

In translation from the Italian “Nebbia” means fog. And this is the main feature of the shower head. There are so microscopic holes that instead of jets you are enveloped by a cloud of water dust. Thanks to this technology, the skin rehydration process takes place. The Nebia shower covers an area 10 times larger than the usual one, that is, it immediately becomes wet, and consequently, even cleaner, even in the most inaccessible places, while saving water is 70%.

Christmas Gifts Under $100

Christmas Gifts Under $100

This collection is dominated by Chinese companies, so do not be surprised by the large number of accessories from Xiaomi and Meizu, they really have many interesting offers in this price segment. By the way, I use almost all described gadgets myself or gave them to my friends.

Mi Motion Night Advanced Lamp

This is a small stand-alone lamp with motion and light sensors. What is it for? Here the typical use case: go to the toilet at night, and in order not to stumble on everything, put this lamp in the corridor. As soon as you approach it, it lights up.

The light is soft, closer to cold tones. Interestingly, thanks to the light sensor, the lamp does not turn on automatically during the day. There is a lamp from three AA-batteries, do not forget to buy them separately, there are no batteries in the set.

Meizu A20

I have long wanted to buy myself an inexpensive portable speaker to listen to music in the shower or in the kitchen. It was necessary something with a beautiful design, good sound and a decent work time. Meizu A20 perfectly suits these parameters and already a couple of months is in my bathroom. By the way, the kit comes with a handy strap.

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Deppa NRG Turbo

Let’s think, what should a perfect external battery look like? First, it should have a charge indicator. Secondly – Type C port. Third, of course, fast charging QuickCharge 3.0, it is desirable to both the input and output.

NRG Turbo is an excellent gift, especially for those whose smartphones support fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

I’m not tired of recommending a fitness-tracker from Xiaomi for a year now. An excellent inexpensive thing for those who want to monitor their activity and sleep, but they are not ready to spend some fabulous money on sports trackers. And he works about a month from the battery.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Meizu Backpack

The model is interesting primarily for its design and protection from moisture and spray. All pockets and zippers are hidden inside, so the backpack has a simple minimalistic design, while it’s quite functional: inside there are two pockets, compartments for a laptop and a tablet, and outside there are places for an umbrella and a bottle.

Meizu Backpack

Mi Bluetooth Speaker

Another wireless speaker, this time from Xiaomi. Comes with a body of bright colors, a built-in microphone. Supports the headset mode.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

The only smartphone in our collection. Redmi 5A has a comfortable minimum of features, thanks to which it is convenient to use: excellent speed, good for its price display, oleophobic coating, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Meizu EP52

Last year, I recommended Meizu EP51, and just a week ago the company began selling the updated model. The EP52 has a separate arc that holds the headphones, now the wire does not pull them down, the ear pads have got a more standard look, and in Meizu, they assure that they have improved the sound quality of the headset.

Meizu EP52

Mi Piston Headphones Basic

I’d like to end the collection with the cheapest gadget. I used the same model of headphones from Xiaomi and was completely satisfied with it. For their money, this is an excellent offer, and even with a remote control.

Mi Piston Headphones Basic


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