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Welcome

So, welcome to the site! Here I am to give a European (for now), well, British view on the consumer electronics market. Bit of a self confessed geek at heart, for me it’s not so much about the brand, although reliability and pedigree does play a part, but more about the technological bang for your buck!

Hope you like the site, I’m trying to add content as often as I can. Sometimes I will just update the posts rather than write a new post, because I don’t want to clutter up my site with 12 generations of posts all titled best TV Under 500, or best tablet under 150, so be sure to keep an eye on the posts.

I hope you find it useful! – Chris

Best Tablet Under 150

So, in our quest for the best tablet under 150 bucks, what are we looking for? In my opinion the reason you want a tablet, is that a phone is too small, but a laptop is too bulky for what you want to do. Tablets are great at giving you that flexibility! So, we’re looking for certain dimensions, something between 7 inches and 11 inches. Any more and you may as well get a laptop, any less and you’re in big phone territory.

What else? Well as always, I’m looking for the biggest tech bang for your buck, so we want a high specification, and whilst a brand we trust is going to be paramount, the specification of the tablet is going to be ranked a bit higher… After all, I want to recommend the best value tablet, and value doesn’t necessarily mean a cheap big brand.

As always, for those who just want to see the winner click the link below.

Best tablet under 150

For those interested in the facts, keep reading…

LENOVO TABLET REVIEW

From Lenovo comes the TAB3 WUXGA 2-in-1 Tablet which comes in a couple of sizes, an A7 (7 inch) model and an A8 (8 inch) model. A very nice little package at an extremely appealing price point, coming in nearer $100 then $150! In fact, the A8 comes in at under $100.

The TAB3 2-in-1 Tablet comes with a good specification, like: a 1.0 GHz quad core processor to give you the power to deal with even the heaviest graphics, 1GB DDR3 Ram to allow for smooth running of apps and programmes, 16GB of on board storage with the ability to add more through the use of an SD card, a 5-megapixel camera and to top it off… A battery life of 8 hours on average. Perhaps the best value tablet but let’s look at some of the other options before we decide, next up, Huawei.

ASUS TABLET REVIEW

A smart spec. tablet package from Asus that comes in under $150 is the 8 inch ASUS Z380M-A2-GR Zenpad. There is a reason this 8 inch tablet comes in around $30 more than the Lenovo… Its specification is considerably better!

A 1.3 GHz quad core processor packs a processing punch while 2GB of DDR3L RAM provides a huge amount of memory through which to run multiple apps and programmes at once. Coming with a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5MP rear camera, Gorilla Glass1 screen and anti-fingerprint coating, it’s going to keep its smart looks.

FIRE TABLET REVIEW

So, coming in at around $125 is the Amazon Fire HD 8. It’s a nice device. 1.3GHz of the usual quad core processing power while 1.5GB of RAM gives it enough power to handle a number of open apps and programmes at once. The upsides continue with 32GB of in-built storage and a battery life of? 12 hours! On the down-side it’s only got a 2.0 mega-pixel rear camera. But it’s not really built for that. It’s built for reading, watching and playing.

SAMSUNG TABLET REVIEW

From Samsung I have chosen to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T350NZWAXAR, this is a real gem, and comes in well within budget. On top of that you get the Samsung brand and reliability, putting aside their recent issues, this particular product has nearly a full 5-star rating on Amazon! Really impressive when you consider that’s from over 2,250 reviews!!

A Samsung 1.2 GHz quad core processor gives you more power than the Lenovo, 1.5GB of DDR3 RAM give it an extra boost as well. Sure, it’s about $40 more than the Lenovo (it’s in the same bracket as the Asus on price) for the same 8 inch screen size, but it has the heritage, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, 16GB memory (expandable to 128GB!) and the processing power will keep it running smoothly for some time to come! Oh, the battery life on this tablet is around 8 hours as well… I like it, again, that’s why I’ve got one!

THE BEST TABLET UNDER 150?

Well, for me, and given the budget limitations, it has to be the Samsung Tab A. Purely on the basis of the specification alone you should be paying that price, so it’s like having the Samsung brand thrown for free as part of the bargain! The Amazon Fire ran the Samsung pretty close but at the end of the day I only had to look back at the first paragraph. We wanted a hybrid of laptop and phone. The phone has developed over the years from the old-school Nokia 3310 to cameras, email and the use of the internet. The Fire is great at playing media, but not so good at making it, pictures and the like. That’s why I have given this contest to the Samsung, a fantastic all-rounder!

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Best TV Under 500

What are we looking for? Are we looking for the best 40 inch, or are we looking for the best LED TV? In my opinion the best TV under 500 dollars might fit into both of these categories, in fact at the price bracket its almost certain to, but will it be the best? Perhaps not! We’re looking for the best value TV, that happens to come in under 500 bucks, happens to be 40 inches, and happens to be LED.

For those who can’t wait to find out what I have picked, click the link below, for those who want the full facts read on.

Best tv under 500

So where shall we start? Well we are definitely looking at the 40 inch LED TV range, so let’s start with the offerings of Vizio and LG, in our shootout to find the best TV under 500 $’s.

VIZIO VS LG

First up let’s look at the VIZIO D40u-D1 40-inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV. This machine is a really nice option, at about $400 depending on retailer, you’re getting a top-quality specification at a great price. The Ultra HD on this TV gives you 8.3 million pixels for stunning clarity. It’s a smart TV as well which means that you can stream directly off the internet on the TV. If that’s your main intention this TV has a heavy duty V6 6 core processor that will give you a fast, buffer free, streaming experience.

But what could we match that up against? Let’s take the 4K Ultra High Definition of the Samsung UN40KU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is simply stunning, the picture quality is stunning and combined with PurColor to bring you realistic reds, beautiful blues and gorgeous greens, as well as a Quad Core Processor for smooth transition, the picture quality is second to none. It has all the usability you would expect of a Smart TV, and aspects like the Smart View App, allowing you to watch content on either your mobile or TV and switch between the two, only add to an already very enticing package. The intuitive smart remote is also a useful addition and is easy to use, with its simple format.

SAMSUNG VS SONY

So, what is our final contender?? I have picked the SONY KDL40W600B 40-Inch 1080P 60Hz LED HDTV. It’s another big-name brand but how does it stack up? Well, it comes in around the same price as the Samsung, but the advantages with the Samsung, I.e. that it’s ultra HD and a 4K TV are lost when you look at the Sony. A question of Sony resting on their laurels? Pretty much, their a big name brand but that’s about all this seems to offer, for the price I was expecting more.

We all know someone, I was one of them, who had a Sony for 10 years without any problems, so reliability isn’t going to be a problem. But they really could have created a better package at the price point! How could Vizio and Samsung provide Ultra HD smart TV’s and the giant brand of Sony couldn’t? Simply put, you’re paying for the brand image with Sony.

THE BEST TV UNDER 500?

For me it has to be the Samsung. It’s the best value TV, the best LED TV, the best 40 inch TV and definitely the best TV under 500 dollars!! How did I come to this decision though? With the Samsung, you get a mix of the quality brand, a great package and a good price.

At about $50 less than the top of this price limit, with 4K Ultra HD for stunning picture quality backed up with a quad core processor to ensure the picture really lives up to expectations, it really is an extremely good option for those looking for the best TV under 500 bucks.

Its functionality is another great aspect of this TV, the Smart View app is a great little add-on, and the TV is really easy to operate. I’d also trust its reliability a bit more than the Vizio.best tv under 500

Best Laptop Under 500

When I talk about the best laptop under 500 bucks, I want the best value laptop! I am looking at bargain laptops that for the purposes of this article are those that offer the best all round package in terms of performance, reliability and ease of use. Because we are looking for the best value laptops, or in other words the real bargain laptops, I will focus the search to find the best laptop under 500.

I’ll look at Acer vs Asus vs Lenovo vs HP vs Dell, in my quest to find the best laptop under 500. But for those who just want the best value laptop straight away, click the link below, I’ve used a link so it doesn’t spoil the article for others.

Best Laptop under 500

For the rest of you, where to start? Well we can’t really go wrong starting with a shootout of Acer vs Asus…

ACER VS ASUS

When looking at laptops in this range, there aren’t many bigger matchups than Acer vs Asus, as both are huge players in today’s market. Having looked at Acer’s offering, bearing in mind the $500 limit. The best all round package I can see is the Acer Aspire 15.6″ LED Notebook (NX.G9ZAA.002;F5-571-50PF). This handy notebook is a comfortable and easy to use 15.6” screen, not so big that it become unwieldy and not so small that its unusable. But my interest is piqued by the stats!

This Acer Aspire LED Notebook has:

  • An Intel Core i5-4210U processor, with a 3MB Cache. The processor is what carries out the tasks you ask the computer to do.
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, which is important! RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is what allows your computer to process multiple things at once.
  • A 1TB SATA Hard Drive, which is the equivalent of 350,000 3MB high resolution images…

It also comes with a solid graphics card, Windows 10 operating system, Lithium Ion batteries giving it a 5 ½ hour battery life and weighs in at 5.3lbs. All this in a handy price nearly 20% lower than the top end of our budget. Happy days!

So, what are we going to compare it with? Well again, taking the best laptop under 500 in production by Asus, I have opted for the 2017 Asus 15.6” Premium High Performance Full HD 1080P Laptop. I’ll start with your first thoughts… It is around $100 more than the Acer… Yes, it is, but you get a bit more bang for your buck and this still comes in under 500 bucks.

So, what do you get? Well, the 2017 Asus Premium High Performance Laptop has an array of features, including:

  • 15.6” screen
  • A high-quality AMD Quad Core processor
  • 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 256 GB of storage (Who really needs a terabyte?)
  • But MOST IMPORTANTLY (!) this laptop comes with DVD RW ability.

It’s also got HD capability and comes in a little lighter at 4.6lbs. So, for my money, in the match up between these two, the best value laptop has got to be the 2017 Asus Laptop. Perhaps they’ve come to the same conclusion as me? Who actually uses a TB of storage? Why not spend that money on a higher performance specification, after all if you really need a TB of storage you can always plug in an external hard-drive.

ASUS VS LENOVO

So, when it came to Acer vs Asus… Asus won. But how does the 2017 High Performance Asus stack up against a Lenovo in the same: best laptop under 500 bracket? I’ve had a look and the best Lenovo under 500 that I could find was the 2016 Lenovo Premium Built High Performance. Yes, it’s last year’s model, but the specification of this laptop matches up to the Asus, and to be honest they’re shooting themselves in the foot marketing it as 2016 as to be honest that’s probably the main reason why it’s so cheap. It really is a bit of a bargain laptop!

So, what kind of specification are we talking?

  • 15.6” full HD+ Screen
  • A powerful AMD Quad Core Processor
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 128GB solid state hard-drive
  • And a DVD RW to boot

Price? A reasonable chunk under $400! Yes, you do take a hit on the hard-drive once again, you probably want to get an external hard-drive to go with it, but at this price, and with the processing power and SDRAM available, it’s a bargain laptop!

LENOVO VS HP

So, we’ve looked at Acer vs Asus and Asus Won, we took a look at Asus vs Lenovo and Lenovo proved the best value laptop. So, where do we go with our shootout now? It’s time to bring in some big hitters. Let’s take a look at the HP 15-ay013nr 15.6″ Full-HD Laptop. Yes, HP is a massive brand and you might be a little surprised that you can even get a comparable big brand name laptop under 500 dollars. Let’s look at the specification of this behemoth.

  • A reliable Intel® Core(TM) i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz with turbo boost up to 2.8GHz for those heavy processing tasks
  • 15.6” full HD Screen
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM as standard
  • 128GB hard-drive
  • DVD RW ability

To top it all off, it has 2 USB 2.0 ports (which the others don’t have) to allow more equipment to be connected to the laptop at the same time. For instance, an external hard-drive and a printer, or even just a mouse if you’re not a fan of the mouse pads that are standard on laptops. Yes, you pay a slight premium for the laptop and it does come in the most minute fraction heavier than the 2016 Lenovo at 4.7lbs, but the specification matches up, with the added bonus of 2 USB 2.0 ports, and the battery life is up to an amazing 7 ¼ hours. To be honest it’s a far more versatile prospect, and won’t leave you thinking: “Why didn’t I just pay the extra in the first place?” after all, it’s only around $50 more than the Lenovo and comes in well under the maximum 500 bucks

HP VS DELL

So, we’ve reached the end game. The HP Laptop has one contender left for the title of best laptop under 500 dollars. That contender? It’s made by another one of the big boys: Dell. The laptop in question? The Dell Inspiron 15.6 inch Premium Touchscreen Laptop. But what does this bargain laptop offer? Well…

  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5200U mobile processor
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 1 TB Hard-drive
  • Intel HD Graphics Card
  • 15.6” Touchscreen

All that means it is a fraction heavier, at 4.85lbs. With all the above in mind, as well as 2 USB 2.0 ports and HDMI port, meaning you can connect it to most modern TV’s to watch your favourite films and shows whenever you want to do so on a bigger screen, this could well be the best value laptop out there at the moment!

BEST LAPTOP UNDER 500?

I love the Inspiron Series, I have one, can you tell? They’re reliable and great specification machines, and come in a fraction under the cost of other big names, such as the HP. So for me, when I look at all the laptops we’ve looked at in this article, the best laptop under 500 has to be the Dell Inspiron! It’s currently less than $450…

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