Samsung Gear 360 review!!

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1. Portable Design
2. Easy to use
3. Reliable companion app

1. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone compatibility only
2. Fiddly tripod alternative


Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has overhauled its Gear 360 camera for 2017, adding some useful features, reducing the bulk and adding iPhone compatibility.
Altogether, the Samsung Gear 360 offers a far more refined experience than its predecessor, and for significantly less money. It delivers the best experience from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera without breaking the bank.


The first Samsung Gear 360 had a large spherical shape to it, with a pair of tripod legs that screwed into the bottom. In that sense it looked a lot like the DOkiCam I reviewed recently. For its second-gen model, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board and delivered a device that incorporates a natural handgrip.
It makes for a much more compact design, providing something that will much more easily slip into a pocket than the bulbous first-gen model. As you’d expect, its design is dominated by a pair of large lenses designed to capture the world from opposing viewpoints.
The Gear 360 has an almost all-white design, and it looks great. It’s lighter than the original, weighing around 130g. It has a plastic body that feels reasonably rugged but it’s not something you’ll want to throw around with impunity; this is not an action camera. It does at least have IP53 dust- and water-resistance, however.
On the back – and there is a back – you’ll find a small LCD display and a shutter button within easy reach. The display will tell you what mode you’re in, and how much footage or how many still images you can capture, as well as remaining battery life. It’s easier to make sense of than many other 360 cameras I’ve tested that only have basic LED indicators.
One annoyance, however, was that the display doesn’t let you know if you’re set to single or dual lenses, or at least doesn’t make it obvious at a glance. On one occasion I thought I was capturing the world in glorious 360-degrees but it was set to only one of the cameras – which was a massive disappointment.
The top of the lenses has a pair of LEDs that glow green when the camera is in standby and red when it’s shooting video. They’re pretty easy to see so you know the camera is recording. Handily, there’s also another blue LED on the side that lets you know when a smartphone is connected to the camera.


The companion app, which is available on iOS or Android (only compatible with Galaxy phones) is well designed and easy to navigate. The camera pairs with your phone through a Wi-Fi connection, which is stable and reliable.
You’re then able to use the app as a live view of the camera’s sensors and can flip between different view modes on the fly, such as Standard or Round, which is similar to the Tiny Planet setting you’ll find on other cameras. You can also opt for a split view, giving you separate perspectives from each lens or only capturing from one lens. In this latter mode the Gear 360 operates like any other camera but with the slightly wider field of view like a GoPro.


EU Slaps a Fine of $2.7 billion on Google!!

The European Union(EU) slapped a record $2.7 billion anti-trust fine on Google, dealing a fresh blow to the U.S. tech giant and risking the anger of U.S. president Donald Trump. “The European Commission has fined google $2.7 billion for breaching EU anti-trust rules” a statement said.


In 2009, barely few years after they had started a price comparison site called Foundem, Shivaun and Adam Raff moved the European commission with a complaint against Google. Their plaint was that the internet search giant had favored its own shopping service in search results, buying that’s of the rivals.

ON Tuesday, almost eight years after the Raff’s complaint, the Commission decided to slap a record fine of about $2.7 billion, concluding as it put in a release, that “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another product, its comparison shopping service”.

The case had seemed poised for an amicable settlement in early 2014, when Google agreed to display the links of rivals alongside its own. Joaquin Almunia, its then competition commissioner, noted in a release that “Google has finally accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search service on the page, the services of rivals will be displayed in a comparable way”. This was not before indicating that he was for settling this issue through ensuring binding commitments rather than an adversarial path.

Mr. Almunia couldn’t get this deal ratified and before long, his terms came to an end. Public opinion in Europe around this time, media reports note, turned against Google. In the backdrop of, among other things, Edward Snowden’s revealations that the National Security Agency in the U.S. had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone. Also, by this time, the number of official complaints against Google had increased to 19, as a 2015 reports noted. The list of complaints included Microsoft, Consumer review site Yelp and travel site Expedia.

Within six month of taking over, Margrethe Vestager sent Google a statement of objections, a formal step in antitrust investigations. This was a reversal of the path taken by her predecessor Mr. Almunia, that decision marks a culmination of that process.


Two more cases against Google are still being investigated. One is related to Android. A release note

That “the commission is concerned that Google has stified choice and innovative in a range of mobile apps and services on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in general internet search”

The Second one is Adsense, “where the commission is concerned that Google has reduced choice by preserving third party websites from sourcing search ads from Google’s competitors.

PETYA ransomware : Things You Need To Know !!



Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.


When a computer is infected, the ransomware encrypts important documents and files and then demands a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, for a digital key needed to unlock the files. If victims don’t have a recent back-up of the files they must either pay the ransom or face losing all of their files.



The Petya ransomware takes over computers and demands $300, paid in Bitcoin. The malicious software spreads rapidly across an organization once a computer is infected using the EternalBlue vulnerability in Microsoft Windows (Microsoft has released a patch, but not everyone will have installed it) or through two Windows administrative tools. The malware tries one option and if it doesn’t work, it tries the next one. “It has a better mechanism for spreading itself than WannaCry”, said Ryan Kalember from cybersecurity company Proofpoint.


The attack appears to have been seeded through a software update mechanism built into an accounting program that companies working with the Ukrainian government need to use, according to the Ukrainian Cyber Police. This explains why so many Ukrainian organizations were affected, including government, banks, state power utilities and Kiev’s airport and metro system. The radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl was also taken offline, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels at the former nuclear plant’s exclusion zone.


The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms in Europe and the US, including the advertising firm WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. The food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport firm AP Moller-Maersk and Heritage Valley Health System, which runs hospitals and care facilities in Pittsburgh, also said their systems had been hit by the malware.

It initially looked like Petya was just another cybercriminal taking advantage of cyberweapons leaked online. However, security experts say that the payment mechanism of the attack seems too amateurish to have been carried out by serious criminals. Firstly, the ransom note includes the same Bitcoin payment address for every victim – most ransomware creates a custom address for every victim. Secondly, Petya asks victims to communicate with the attackers via a single email address which has been suspended by the email provider after they discovered what it was being used for. This means that even if someone pays the ransom, they have no way to communicate with the attacker to request the decryption key to unlock their files.

Here’s a summary of the NotPetya outbreak:

  • The malware uses a bunch of tools to move through a network, infecting machines as it goes. It uses a tweaked build of open-source Minikatz to extract network administrator credentials out of the machine’s running memory. It uses these details to connect to and execute commands on other machines using PsExec and WMIC to infect them.
  • It also uses a modified version of the NSA’s stolen and leaked EternalBlue SMB exploit, previously used by WannaCry, plus the agency’s stolen and leaked EternalRomance SMB exploit, to infect other systems by injecting malicious code into them. These cyber-weapons attack vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft earlier this year, so the credential theft is usually more successful, at least at places that are on top of their Windows updates.


Sony HT-ST5000 review!!


  1. Dynamic, Exciting performance
  2. Excellent clarity with High-Res audio
  3. Premium Build Quality
  4. Powerful bass


  1. Dolby Atmos doesn’t Surround
  2. Short on streaming services
  3. Very Expensive


  1. Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
  2. Subwoofer
  3. High Res-Audio compatible
  4. Three 4K HDMI inputs
  5. Google Chromecast built in


Sony HT-ST5000

Don’t bother with the HT-ST5000 is you’re nursing a budget 40-inch telly. This is a full-width (1.18m) flagship sound bar that’s unashamedly ostentatious. Headline attractions include Dolby Atmos  compatibility, High-Res Audio support, Bluetooth and Chromecast Built-in. It’s comfortably the most feature-laden sound bar Sony has ever produced


Sony HT-ST5000

The fabric cover is removable so that you can admire the drivers. A pair of gold-rimmed, high frequency tweeters sit left and right, while a tweeter flanked by mid-range squawkers takes center stage. Top mounted, behind metal grilles, are up firing Dolby-enabled speakers for Dolby Atmos and Surround duties.

Even the wireless subwoofer, usually a cosmetic afterthought with 2.1 packages, is suitably premium. No mere MDF box, it features a forward-facing grille, matte lid and sits on a stylished plinth. Inside, there’s a forward-forward facing driver and large downwards-facing passive radiator. During setup it connects automatically with the sound bar, a green LED glowing in confirmation.

Connectivity is generous. Look to the rear and you’ll find four HDMIs, one ARC-enabled. All support HDCP 2.2 for 4K sources.

There’s also provision for an optical digital audio connection, stereo via minijack and ethernet. Wireless credentials include dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth with LDAC (Sony’s own high-bandwidth protocol). If you’re wondering where the USB port is, it’s hidden on the right edge of the bar.


Sony HT-ST5000

Functionality mimics that of an AV receiver. This is reflected by a tiled user interface which lists input options, plus connected home network devices. The Music Service List actually comprises just Spotify and Chromecast Built-in (formerly known as Google Cast).

Unlike the average AVR, though, the system doesn’t come with any calibration mic. There are some settings you can modify, such as Distance, Level and ceiling height, but it’s very much plug and play.

While the HT-ST5000 is clearly intended to be used with High-Res Audio content, you can upscale compressed audio using Sony’s mildly effective DSEE HX processor. There’s also a DRC (Dynamic range compression) control, but this should be left off. A range of rather well-designed audio presets can be applied to all sources.


Sony HT-ST5000

Seismic. Sublime. Sort-of-surroundy. All these can be used for the HT-ST5000. It is, by and large, a beautiful-sounding audio system, able to create a wide, stereophonic sound field.

It should be stressed that Dolby Atmos here is not directly comparable to that from an AV receiver running speakers in a 5.1.2 (or greater) configuration. Dolby itself refers to Atmos as an ‘experience’ that adapts to the hardware it plays on – and that’s what you get.


LG Signature OLED 65G7V Review!!


  1. Stunning HDR and SDR performance
  2. Strong audio performance
  3. Lovely design
  4. Sound bas can be folded for wall mounting
  5. Wide HDR compatibilty


  1. The Price Tag
  2. LCD TVs are brighter


  1. 4K resolution
  2. 65-inch OLED panel
  3. HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG Technicolor
  4. 4.2 channel, 80W sound system
  5. 4 X HDMI
  6. Manufacturer : LG


LG doesn’t hand out its ‘Signature’ badge very often. That’s because it’s reserved for VIPs: the best tech the company can muster. Last year, only the LG G6 OLED TV achieved Signature status.

Now we have its successor, the LG G7 (full name, LG OLED65G7V). And while it’s no longer the only TV to get a Signature badge this year – the wallpaper-thin LG W7 OLED shares the honour – the G7 boasts a much-improved picture performance.

Let’s be up-front about this – this is the luxury option. This is LG showing off and making a statement, and so it comes with an proportionately large price tag.

If you want this picture quality, but you don’t want the price, consider other 2017 LG OLED TVs, which offer more humble aesthetics. The LG B7 and LG C7, for instance, retail for £4499 at 65 inches.

So why might you want to pay an extra £2500 for the LG G7? It boils down to a really fancy design with an integrated and foldable sound base. That won’t be enough to justify it for most people, but buyers who want the absolute pinnacle of LG design won’t be disappointed.


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The LG OLED65G7V is easily one of the most beautiful TVs I’ve ever reviewed.

That’s quite an achievement for a recycled design – I say that because at a glance the G7 OLED looks identical to the G6, and it appears the only thing that has changed is the panel technology. That’s no bad thing, because the G6’s design was so nice that I welcome the chance to see it again.

The most striking thing here is the ‘Picture-on-Glass’ concept, which is exactly what it sounds like: a super-thin OLED panel mounted on a sheet of glass. I took the various cards out of my wallet and found the TV is roughly the thickness of seven cards. That’s pretty amazing.

There is a thicker protrusion towards the bottom, but here it’s a lot less pronounced than on LG’s other OLED TVs. That’s because most of the electronics are housed in the chunky speaker base stand.

There you’ll find all the connections (four HDMI, three USB) along with a 4.2 channel, 80W sound system. If you want to keep the ultra-slim design uninterrupted, and wall-mount it, the whole assembly folds back on a hinge and tucks behind the screen.


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LG tells me the design and audio elements are the only things that differentiate its 2017 OLED models. They’re all equipped with same panel, the same chip, processing and filters. That means you get the same picture whether you get the more affordable B7 and C7 models or go the whole hog and buy a W7.

So, this is what you get if you buy an 2017 LG OLED TV. First off, there’s a 10-bit OLED panel with a 4K/Ultra HD resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels). It’s flat, because LG reckons there is no longer any demand for curved screens. I’m sure Samsung would have something to say about that. LG also feels there’s no need to offer 3D anymore, so that’s gone too.

On the software side, the G7 runs on version 3.5 of LG’s excellent webOS interface. LG was the first to come up with a truly modern smart TV experience, and webOS remains the best on the market. There’s a handy launcher bar, which lets you look at your apps without making you quit what you’re currently watching. There’s a multi-tasking feature, which lets you jump between apps and inputs as easily as you might change TV channels. There’s a mouse-like cursor on the screen, controlled by a motion-sensitive remote.

Version 3.5 of webOS doesn’t rock the boat, but it does have some nice additions. You can now map your favourite apps to numbers on the remote – Netflix on speed dial, essentially. It’s also now compatible with 360-degree video clips. App support is generous and offers all the essentials: Netflix, Amazon Video, NOW TV, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.



LG has been pushing OLED far longer than anyone else – and it even supplies OLED panels to other manufacturers – so it’s safe to say the company knows what it’s doing.

These days, strong contrast and lighting precision is to be expected of OLED. The way the pixels turn themselves on and off individually means there’s zero chance of light bleeding from one area into another – even if you have very bright areas right next to very dark areas. Whatever you throw at this TV, it will display without any hint of light pollution.

That’s never been a problem with OLED, but brightness has always been an issue. It’s not just a matter of peak brightness, but rather the range of luminance the TV can operate in. As this is a brighter panel, LG has more room to manoeuvre, and the effect is a noticeable improvement on last year’s OLEDs.

For starters, the sound base isn’t like proper Atmos sound systems, which typically bounce effects off your ceiling to simulate the sensation of sound from above. True Dolby Atmos sound should leave you in bubble of sound with super-precise sound effects placement, and that just isn’t happening here.

Then there’s the matter of sources. The TV decodes Dolby Atmos, but only from USB or streamed sources – not Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray. That’s a shame, because Dolby Atmos soundtracks are by far more common on disc, and it would make sense for a premium sound system to handle sound from premium formats.

Games 2017 : You should Give a TRY!!!!

Nevertheless, following hours and hours of gameplay, RETOLIFE has put together a list of our top ten favourite multi-platform games that you can play right now. Naturally, as new games launch and fresh in-office debates kick off, this list will adapt. For now, however, the titles featured here are the ones we feel are the best of the best.


dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 is Arkane’s finest work to date and offers an amazing, expansive experience.

Arkane aims to deliver a game in the vein of old-school experiences such as Doom, where nothing is linear and the game world is a playground with myriad solutions to any problem – and it pulls this off spectacularly.



Blizzard doesn’t make bad games. In fact, it makes consistently brilliant games, and Overwatch is one such example of that.

The team’s first stab at the FPS genre has become a huge hit – even a year on from its launch, people eagerly await new skins to unlock for their favourite heroes. It’s proved a smash with the eSports crowd to boot, making longevity for the game unquestionable.

Blizzard does a great job of remaining committed to the title too, with regular updates and fresh content to keep players invested in the addictive gameplay and brilliantly balanced action. The developer also does well to welcome new players, offering a smoother learning curve than other shooters.

Yet to play Overwatch? What are you waiting for!?


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projekt Red has created a technical and creative masterpiece in the Wild Hunt.

This is a game that offers compelling stories in almost every quest. Whether in the main story or the briefest of side missions, Geralt’s story is simply one you cannot miss.

A deep and engaging RPG that will intrigue all players, knowledge of the previous two entries is beneficial but not essential, since the developer does a great job of crafting a standalone narrative for new players.

Also, Wild Hunt manages to include an incredibly addictive mini-game in the form of Gwent, which has since spawned its own dedicated free-to-play game.


Grand Theft Auto V

Although technically launching on the previous generation of consoles, Grand Theft Auto V didn’t fully come into its own until it became available on the PS4Xbox One and the PC.

GTA V tells a brilliantly madcap tale while following three bonkers lead characters; the player is able to switch control across all three on-the-fly at any time during the story.

Rockstar’s recreation of Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for troublemakers, giving you the freedom to do pretty much anything you want – including hijacking planes, tanks and automobiles.



rocket league

Rocket League started as a title in Sony’s PlayStation Plus’ monthly lineup and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon.

Achieving millions of downloads and still going strong, the football-meets-racing car multi-player is as replayable now as it’s always been – and it’s so much fun to play.

It’s crazy to think that even in 2017, with thousands upon thousands of games to play, there’s nothing quite like Rocket League on the market, which only adds to its appeal.



Eyebrows were raised when Dice announced it was returning to The Great War for its next entry in the Battlefield franchise, but the apprehension was short-lived, as Battlefield 1 is the best first-person shooter this generation has seen.

Providing incredibly epic multi-player set-pieces, the best single-player campaign since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and graphics (particularly on PC) that are simply breathtaking, this is an experience that has to be played. Plus, with a steady stream of expansion packs over this year, there’s even more of it to enjoy.



Best Fans And : Desktop and Tower Coolers!!!!



A fan can’t change the temperature of the room; it merely circulates the air. However, the breeze from a fan on your body aids sweat evaporation, which makes you cooler. The increased air circulation can also stop a room from feeling stuffy.

To actually cool a room, you need something that can lower the temperature. Air conditioning is the main option there but a second option is to use an evaporative cooler. These feature a tank of water, which slowly evaporates to cool the air, and work best in dry hot climate.

Noise is important, particularly if you want to sleep with a fan turned on. We’ve measured every fan’s sound levels at both maximum and minimum to help you decide.
A fan with a remote control can be a good option if you want to adjust settings on the fly; this is particularly true in the bedroom, where you may not want to get out of bed to turn off your fan. On that note, look for a fan with a sleep timer so that it can shut off after a set time.

More advanced options on high-end fans include air filters to help clean the air, or heating elements so that you can keep warm in the winter.


Swan Retro Desk Fan
These who have a perchant for 1950s styling will appreciate Swan’s 12-inch Retro Desk Fan. It’s certainly one that you’ll be happy to have out on display. Available in nine color options including cream, blue, orange, black and red, it will be easy enough to find a model to suit your decor.

As is typical for this type of product, some assembly is needed. Aside from the single screw that holds the metal cage together, the rest of the fan uses plastic thumbscrews. I had my sample built and ready to go in only a few minutes.

The bottom of the fan sits 140mm from its base, which is just about right for desk use. Height adjustment is possible, plus there’s an oscillating switch, too, which makes directing air comfortably simple.

This fan has three speed settings. The minimum speed produced airflow of 2.9m/s at 15cm and 1.2m/s at 1.5m; at maximum, the fan produced 4.1m/s at 15cm and 1.8m/s at 1.5m. If anything, the Retro Desk Fan could do with having a slightly slower bottom speed for more gentle cooling.

Pivot and Oscillation

  • 3 Speed settings
  • 140mm height
  • 350 x 265 x 470mm


Fine Elements Oscillating Remote Control Tower Fan
Tower fans are a great choice where space is at a premium. The large Fine Elements Oscillating Remote Control Tower Fan (model ES2017) is designed to cover a room. Built from grey and black plastic, this smart-looking fan looks great and should blend in with most people’s decor.

It offers a smart design, too, with a large LCD showing the current time. All of the fan’s controls sit beneath a flap at the top, which also houses the remote control (no batteries supplied).

With either set of controls, you get the standard options: you can turn the fan on or off; choose between the three speed settings; and toggle oscillation. There are some more advanced settings, too. Using the Timer button, you can set the sleep timer in increments of 30 minutes up to 12 hours.

There’s also a Mode button, which adjusts the fan’s output. In General mode, fan speed is constant. In Natural mode, fan speed is occasionally ramped up to make it feel more like the ‘real’ wind. Sleep mode dials down fan speed, before cycling back to the preset speed. I have to say that the constant speed mode is the best option; I found the other modes a little distracting.


Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is more than just a traditional fan. As well as blowing cold air, it can heat up the air, and monitor air quality, too, automatically purifying it. And, best of all, the fan is completely controlled via the Dyson Link app.
Dyson’s Pure Hot + Cool Link looks fantastic. It has the traditional Dyson bladeless design, giving the floor-standing fan a central hole through which you can stick your head – if you wish.

The front of the fan is home to only a power button, leaving the remote control – which attaches magnetically to the top of the unit – for most features and settings. From here, you can adjust fan speed (ten settings), set cool mode or heat.

With so many fan settings, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link goes from almost silent, with a gentle breeze, to a full-on rush of air. Even at the maximum setting, the fan isn’t too intrusive, and there’s little noise from the motor itself. It’s more air movement that makes the sound. Thanks to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology, the airflow from this fan is far smoother than that of a traditional fan. Heating is impressive, too, quickly bringing the temperature of a room up to a comfortable level.
You can control every feature of the fan through the app , and it also lets you monitor your home’s air quality. Dyson claims the Pure Hot + Cool link can remove about 99.95% of allergens and particles down to 0.1 microns. The fan is sensitive, kicking into life when we started cleaning and spraying chemicals. This soon turned our air quality from ‘moderate’ to ‘good’.


Dyson AM09
The Dyson AM09 is a floor-standing model that can output heat as well as cold air, making it a model designed for use all-year round. As with Dyson’s other fans, the design is stunning, with the clear, bladeless opening making it stand out from traditional fans.
The base offers a tilt function so you can point the fan in a more comfortable direction. There are no fiddly thumbscrews; simply push the fan in the desired direction. An oscillation mode allows the fan to sweep air across the room.
Aside from the power button, the fan’s base is bare of controls. Instead, everything is set via the remote control, which attaches magnetically to the top of the fan. With it you can select the fan speed (ten settings), cool mode or temperature (up to 37 ), set the sleep timer and toggle oscillation.

With so many fan speeds, the AM09 can output a gentle breeze almost silently, or a full-on rush of air. Thanks to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology, air is delivered smoothly, making this fan extremely comfortable to sit in front of.Even at its maximum setting, the AM09’s noise isn’t annoying, with very little sound from the motor. Heat performance is impressive, with the fan soon making a cold room feel more comfortable. If you want a fan for all year round use then the Dyson AM09 is a brilliant choice.


Benross Portable Air Cooler 60 Watts
Since evaporative coolers are most efficient in dry climates, the Portable Air Cooler has two additional cooling methods. First, it ships with four freezer bottles that you fill with water. You can attach any bottle to a cord, and drop it into the main reservoir to cool the water before it’s evaporated. Second, there’s an ice cube tray on the rear: when full, air is expelled through the ice, cooling it further.


Best laptops 2017: the best notebooks for all budgets!!

In early May, Microsoft announced its own laptop, the aptly-named Surface Laptop. This Dell XPS 13-rivalling machine could cause a serious challenge in the world of premium laptops, although coming equipped with the slightly cut-down Windows 10 S instead of full-fat Windows 10 might put some people off. And it’ll cost you money to remove those limitations.

Acer also recently refreshed its line-up, updating its Swift line (see below) with some new models set to come out in the middle of the year. It also announced the Switch 5, a potential Surface Pro 4-beater, along with the impressive Triton 700 gaming laptop.

Finally, it looks like Apple might be refreshing its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup with updated processors. It’s not thought to be a major update, though, although any leftover stock of this current generation may well see a small discount in retailers if it does indeed happen.

1.Acer Swift 3


This 14-inch laptop is a great buy if you want a light, all-metal laptop that can manage basic tasks as well as a bit of light photo editing. Its 1.5kg weight and small footprint make it very bag friendly, and the choice of specifications available mean you can spend from £500 to £750 on one. The model we reviewed cost £650, which is the best value, but the £500 Core i3 model is great for those who’ll just be doing a bit of light web browsing and document work.

The only minus points are that the display lacks the most vibrant colors so won’t be suitable for people who edit photos on a professional basis, and it’s heavier than some slightly more expensive rivals, such as the Lenovo Idea Pad 710S.


  1. 14 inch Full HD IPS Display
  2. Intel Core i3, i5 and i7
  3. 8GB RAM
  4. 256GB SSD
  5. Windows 10
  6. Battery life around 8 hours

2.Asus Vivo Book E200HA


This brilliant little netbook weighs less than a kilogram but still manages to pack all the features you could want from a budget laptop. With 12 hours of battery life in normal usage and a dinky footprint, this is the most baggable laptop we’ve ever tested.

With that crazy low price and weight comes performance compromises, but if you only use a few browser tabs at a time, you’ll be right at home.


  1. Intel Atom X5-Z8350 processor
  2. 2GB RAM
  3. 32GB SSD
  4. Weight : 980grams
  5. Battery life of 12 hours

3.Lenovo IdeaPad 710S


The Lenovo Ideapad 710S costs more than the Acer Swift 3, but for good reason. The 400g weight reduction alone is a big deal, and the screen is quite a lot better. The version we tested cost £900, but it’s available for as little as £700 with a Core i5 processor. Since our original review, the 710S has been updated to feature Intel’s latest 7th-gen ‘Kaby Lake’ processors.This is a quick laptop for photo- and video-editing tasks, and while it won’t match the performance of a quad-core machine such as the Dell XPS 15 for out-and-out power, it’s still fast enough for almost everything you’ll want to do on it.  It’s really light, too, at 1.1kg, so it’ll go into any bag without much fuss. The Full HD screen is brilliant for the price as well.

A small minus point: Battery life doesn’t match the likes of the Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Air, and the touchpad could be better. But that doesn’t detract much from what is a great laptop that hits a nice price sweet spot.


  1. Intel Core i7-6560U
  2. Windows 10
  3. Battery life around 8 hours
  4. Intel Iris Graphic Card 540

4.Acer swift 5


The 14-inch Acer Swift 5 is a great option if you want a larger screen without adding too much weight. It weighs 1.36kg, which is light for the size. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, which is great for logging into Windows 10 with just the touch of your finger. The screen is bright and colorful, and battery life is excellent and will happily go all day if you don’t push it too hard.

It has a similar spec to the Lenovo, so will perform just as well in day-to-day tasks. It doesn’t feel as well built as some rivals, so might not survive too many bumps and scrapes.


  1. Intel core is-7200U
  2. 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  3. Windows 10
  4. Battery life of 9 hours

5.Dell XPS 13


The Dell XPS 13 is the no-compromise option. We think it’s the best thin-and-light laptop you can buy right now. A great design, stunning screen and fantastic performance make this the ideal alternative to a MacBook Pro.

There are loads of different storage and processor options – our review model was perhaps the best value, but you can spend quite a lot less if you don’t need raw power or loads of storage.Most importantly, it’s more powerful yet cheaper than the rival MacBook Pro, which is a great combination. If you’re a Windows fan, or wavering Apple one, this is the laptop for you.