MacBook Pro Leak Hints at Apple Releasing 16-inch Laptop This Year

We have all been waiting for the new MacBook 2020 since the announcement Apple made about its silicon-powered Macs at WWDC 2020. With everyone looking forward to the new Mac 2020 keenly, a recent Apple leak hinted towards a surprise reveal.

Although many leaks and rumors pointed towards a 12-inch Mac that would launch the Apple silicon processor, there has been a visible reference to a 16-inch 2020 MacBook Pro in the latest MacBook Pro leak.

However, it could be an honest mistake. Still, Apple’s leak came from the new release notes for its Boot Camp software that stated “Fixes a stability issue that could occur during heavy CPU load on 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019 and 2020).” As we know that a 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro model doesn’t exist currently.

As exciting it may sound, we have to take it with a pinch of salt. MacRumors readers also suggested that this could be a typo. So everything is in the air for now.

The above tweet was shared by the Twitter user @atharvakale343 showcasing that the same issue was also being fixed in the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple is also rumored to unveil its first Mac with Apple silicon at an event on November 17, 2020.

Despite the rumors suggesting a smaller 12-inch model sporting the brand’s own silicon processor, it is a possibility that its other Macs also get a complete do-over running on Apple’s processors. Exciting times are ahead; we sure cannot wait to see how these new processors will compete against the long-running Intel processors.

2020 MacBook Pro 16-inch Rumored Specifications

The Mac Pro 2020 assumed the 16-inch Pro model would come with an Intel Processor as it supports Boot Camp. There is also a talk regarding the 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro to come with ARM-based processors. If Apple allows the 2020 model to follow the 2019 suit, we can expect slimmer bezels and a magic keyboard; which was released back in November 2019.

The 2019 version featured upgraded speakers and microphones along with the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics. It also featured an SSD storage of 8TB along with a large RAM of 64GB. So, we can safely expect that if the 2020 version arrives with the same features, there may not be a difference in the starting price.

There is much to unfold this year and in the upcoming weeks or months, so stay tuned to our updates regarding Apple’s new Macs.

For now, you may want to check our MacBook Pro 16-inch review to freshen up that memory.

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Amazon Bluetooth Speakers to Invest in– Our Top 5 Picks of 2020

Bluetooth speakers are the ultimate convenience, much like wireless chargers. In fact, at this point, anything that doesn’t chain us to a device or a charging port is a blessing. 2020 has given us some of the finest Bluetooth speakers easily available on Amazon at a great deal. So, music lovers can rejoice, for they do not have to connect their speakers to their phones, laptops, or smart TVs.

Nowadays, Bluetooth speakers come with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Meaning, you are not just getting a Bluetooth speaker but also a ‘smart’ speaker that can cater to your voice commands and play the song you desire from the internet without having you tied down to it.

Now, as many choices that you have available, picking the one that suits your needs best isn’t as easy as a nice walk in the park. We did the necessary testing to give you an honest and genuine review.

So, the list we have compiled for you will hopefully allow you to find your portable Bluetooth speaker that you are looking for.

Without further-a-do, let’s dive into the Amazon Bluetooth speakers.

1) UE Boom 3

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-IP67 waterproof/dust-proof

-Powerful sound

-Strong design

Specifications include:

-Battery life: 15 hours

-Weight: 1.2 pounds

-USB charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: 30+ feet

-Aux-in: No

-USB charging: Yes

You are looking at the speaker that doesn’t distort at high volume and plays the song smoothly. It is a lightweight Bluetooth speaker that won’t be a burden to carry around during your camping trip. Moreover, it is water and dust-proof, which is definitely a plus for any traveler looking for a compact speaker that won’t die-out at the slightest hint of a raindrop or a sandstorm. Thanks to its super tight interlocking weave and completely protected charging port, UE Boom 3 can be submerged in water for as long as 30 minutes.

Although compared to its predecessor UE Boom 2, the performance is a downgrade, but it still retains its position as one of the best Bluetooth speakers out there.

The UE Boom 3 comes in a range of two-tone iridescent fabric finishes that include lagoon blue, forest green, night black, and sunset red.

2) Bose Home Portable Speaker

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Nicely-balanced sound

-great compact design

Specifications include:

-Battery life: 12 hours

Weight: 2.4 pounds

-Aux-in: No

-USB Charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: N/A

Bose is already an established brand in the realm of speakers, headphones, and whatnot. With 2020 marking the era of portable smart speakers, Bose Portable Home Speaker is a great contender.

Bose definitely tapped into the minimalist chic concept that is all the rave this year and even included a handle for some enjoyment and head bopping on the go. Measuring 7.5-inches in height with a sleek and futuristic overall look. Not to mention it is quite convenient to carry around. 

Setting up the Bose Portable Home Speaker is also not much of a hassle. All you need to do is download the Bose Connect app and follow the steps to link up with your WiFi. Next, choose your voice assistant and select your music and radio services – you are all good to go.

3) Sony SRS-XB23

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Great sound quality

-IP67 rating Waterproof

-Stereo pairing and Party Mode

Specifications Include:

-USB Charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: 30 feet

-Battery Life: Up to 12 hours

-Weight: 1.3 pounds

-Aux-in: Yes

Sony isn’t a rookie in the speakers’ game and recently updated its 2020 Bluetooth Speakers line that gained rapid attention. This is why, we couldn’t leave Sony SRS-XB23 out from our list of best Amazon Bluetooth Speakers of 2020.

This Sony SRS-XB23 is a great choice. With its 12-hour battery life and IP67 rating, the price tag does this gadget good justice. Now bear in mind that this speaker isn’t the best for sound quality, but you will not be disappointed as this Bluetooth speaker can get loud without creating any massive distortion that some speakers do when the volume is raised to the highest. Also, the passive radiators help in keeping the bass in control, making it sound a lot clearer.

You may find this speaker’s inability to tell you the battery status a little annoying, as it only alerts you when you are below 30% to charge. Overall a great portable speaker that will prove to be a convenience when you’re on the go. Safe to say, you are dealing with a high-performing Sony Bluetooth Speaker that is worth every penny.

4) Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen)

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Lightweight and modern design

-Crisp and great sound quality

Specifications Include:

-Wireless Range: 30m (100ft)

-USB Charging: USB-C

-Battery Life: 18-hours

-Weight: 1.2 pounds

-Aux-in: No

Immediately, this speaker is appealing to the eyes. As for the ears, it is a decent speaker that serves crispy quality. The few things that it seemed to be weak in are the flawed Alexa support and the lack of sturdiness that makes us question whether it should be taken outside the home. Not to mention the awkward buttons that are hard to find and the lack of an Aux-in port. But since we are speaking about Bluetooth Speakers, the No-Aux feature can be pardoned.

Other than the minor concerns, this speaker also comes with waterproofing and has an extended battery life as compared to its predecessor. A compact sleek design that would complement any living area theme.

All in all, if you are looking for great portability, sound, and looks factors, then you should definitely go for the B&O Beosound A1.

5) VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-waterproof

-Great sound

-Super portable

-Wireless

Specifications Include:

-Weight: 6.7 ounces

-USB Charging: Yes

If you have been hunting for a shower Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t die out over the smallest splash of water, then you are at the right place. It’s 100% waterproof and gives great sound quality regardless of its damp surroundings. Just don’t submerge the device into the water; it may not hold well. Other than that, you are receiving 6 hours of playing at 70% volume, which is quite enough considering the compact design it holds.

This speaker is adventure-ready and comes with detachable suction and aluminum alloy metal hook. So, attach it with your bathroom tile or hook it up with your backpack; either way, its sturdiness, and waterproofing will allow you to enjoy without worrying about any damage.

Compatible with all Bluetooth devices and with Bluetooth 4.2, it ensures instant pairing and strong connection up to 33ft.

Wrapping Up

That’s all, folks! I hope this lineup of some of the finest Amazon Bluetooth speakers will help you pick the one that suits your needs the best. So, buy gadgets online, knowing exactly what you are receiving in terms of functionality.

Apple’s New iPhone 12 Upgrade Warning Includes MagSafe Chargers

Apple’s new happening line of its latest iPhone 12 range has proven to deliver exceptional performance. Although at a high price. However, Apple also generously served its consumers with several warnings for upgrades. 

MacRumors went through Apple’s new support document and revealed some warnings given by Apple. In that support document, Apple had warned users regarding some significant downsides to its innovative new MagSafe wireless charging system. These concerns extend further from just weak magnets. 

Apple Warns Users About Potential Harm from its MagSafe Chargers

At the end of the document, Apple, in a series of bullet points, warns buyers of iPhone 12 series phones that MagSafe can: 

  • Increase the heating and restrict the charging process. Apple said that if your iPhone gets “too warm,” then the charging will be limited. Which means at only 80% maximum. 
  • If the magnetic strips and RFID chips present in credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs come in between the iPhones and the MagSafe chargers, they will be damaged. 
  • Leather cases that were used with the charger were left damaged with ‘circular imprints’; similarly, silicon cases have also been reported to be damaged with just a few days of use. 

It doesn’t stop here; Apple also mentioned something alarming as well. 

The iPhone manufacturer mentioned that replacing damaged iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rear glass would cost around $449 and $549, respectively. You do have the option to buy Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy. But minor wear and tear are not included in this insurance. This brings us to the only resort that is purchasing a MagSafe-compatible case from Apple for $50. 

Beware, the cost keeps adding up from this point onwards. Apple’s support document states that “your iPhone charges less quickly [with MagSafe] when using a power adapter that provides less than 20W”. Now, do note that Apple has never sold a 20W charger with any previous iPhone. With chargers removed, you are looking at an additional cost of $20. 

MagSafe in itself has massive potential, and with third-party accessory compatibility, there is a lot to look forward to. This said, Apple’s warning shouldn’t be taken lightly. If anyone is planning on upgrading to the iPhone 12 model, you may want to wait for the next generation of MagSafe. Which might launch with the iPhone 13 in upcoming years. 

On a similar note, you may want to check out the news regarding Apple’s AirPods 2 disappointing leak.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick to Get Hands-Free Update Using Alexa Devices

Technology is progressing fast with virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and more not being a ‘futuristic’ possibility anymore. Amazon being the world’s largest retailer, is keeping up with the advancements. It is working on its popular Amazon Fire TV Stick devices and giving them an upgrade that consumers will thank Amazon for.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Update – From Manual Maneuvering to Hands-Free

As we all know that the Amazon Fire TV Stick option is accompanied by a remote control that helps you navigate through the user interface. The remote also has a feature that enables you to control your Fire TV Stick through voice commands. You simply press and hold down the mic button.

However, now, Amazon is taking a step ahead. It is planning on relieving its consumers from reaching out for the remote every time. Instead, according to an update on AmazonFireTV Blog, Amazon is soon releasing a hands-free feature. This feature requires an Alexa-enabled device so you can control content from your voice from anywhere at the given radius, much like Echo Show.

Sounds like cozy and lazy Netflix winter nights where you don’t have to take your hand out of the blanket – Bliss!

This new update is basically what Amazon coined as ‘Visual Experiences on Fire TV.’

It Gets Better

Alexa gives you an additional feature of taking complete advantage of the TV screen. You can view live smart home surveillance camera feeds, check the weather, and other commands that require visual responses. Further, you can play a movie, TV show, or search for any new content.

Let’s Get Started by Automatic Pairing – Simply Ask Alexa

It’s quick and easy. All you require to do is ask Alexa to play something and then confirm whether you want your Alexa device to control your Amazon Fire TV.

This automatic and flash pairing is enabled on all Echo devices excluding Echo Show/Spot. For that, you would have to use the Alexa app to pair the device to Fire TV. In case you need extra help, follow these instructions and you are all set for a great hands-free display.

Alexa Commands for that Visual Experience on Fire TV

In order to enjoy the famous Alexa experiences hands-free while connected to your Fire TV, all you have to say is “Alexa, show me….” before your request.

For example, “Alexa, show me the weather forecast” or “Alexa, show me my calendar.”

What’s best is that you can quickly navigate through the content with the generic Alexa phrases like Alexa, find horror movies” or “Alexa, show rock music playlist” and if you have to check your baby’s camera feed, you can then say “Alexa, show me baby camera.”

This is the convenience and quick navigation, that too hands-free, Amazon is aiming at. This great feature is expected to roll out to Fire TV devices in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to stay tuned!

Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Review – Cheapest, Reliable, and Student-Friendly

This AMD Ryzen 5 powered ultraportable device is a great laptop for students providing them with the two most demanded qualities that are long battery life and portability. Acer Swift 3 ‘aces’ these two domains; providing a lightweight laptop with premium performance, all under a fairly low price. Lucky us, we already had one of these with us so writing about it comes easy – so let’s get into our Acer Swift 3 review. What should be the starting title?

Acer Swift 3 Review – Premium Performance with ‘Slight’ Compromises?

Acer Swift 3 Review
Via PC World

This title seems apt given what we are about to disclose for all you potential buyers out there – keeping it transparent for best-learned buy. So, what does one of the cheapest laptops running on the new AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPU serves us?

Now, right off the bat you are getting the following when you unbox.

  • User guide
  • Warranty card
  • Power cable
  • 65W power brick
  • The Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 4500U

Design – Ultrathin, Lightweight, Compact and Metal Body Sleekness

It doesn’t get better than this.

Already excited for this Acer Swift 3 review? This 14-inch laptop with no dedicated GPU isn’t meant for gaming. Just to make this clear in case you are hoping to get some serious heavy gameplay session on this small laptop.

Now, with that disclaimer out of the way and coming to the design in its entirety, you are looking at a sleek and feathery light compact laptop that won’t be felt in the backpack. To back this up, it is 15.95mm thin and weighs a mere 1.2kg.

It has a premium looking magnesium-aluminum chassis with Acer logo in the center giving a neat high-end look. It is, however, a bit of a fingerprint magnet but all is good here.

With the lid open, you get a 14-inch Full HD IPS display with Acer logo at the bottom. The Acer Swift 3 Ryzen packs a nice backlit keyboard and a smooth trackpad. There’s a webcam on the top bezel and a fingerprint scanner below the arrow keys; which is reliable and secure in my experience. As for the speakers themselves, they are decent enough which can provide sound quality that is passable. But if you want good enough sound quality then I would suggest you find external speakers for a more refined audio experience.

Now, you must have noticed that there is a Numpad missing. But given the compactness of the machine, it is understandable that there was no room for it.

Other than all this, the lid is pretty sturdy and not made to be open with just one hand alone which is a blessing. You wouldn’t want hinges that loosen up easily overtime.

Specs Sheet of AMD Ryzen 5 4500U

Connectivity Ports

Acer Swift 3 Review

On the left side you are getting a dedicated charging port, USB-C port, USB-A port, and an HDMI port as well. On the right you have another USB-A port, LED indicators, a Kensington Lock, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.  

In a Nutshell

Overall, the feel is great and solid with nothing wobbly or loose hinges considering it does bend 180-degrees. However, the keyboard shows a bit of flex – so all you aggressive typers out there – you have been warned. Of course, you cannot expect to receive a feel like that of Macbook Pro 16-inch but considering the low price point, you are still receiving a great premium feel with that metal body.

Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 5 Review
Via Pocket Lint

The laptop lives up to its claim of being super productive as it provides 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD with a 60Hz refresh rate display. Yes, I would like to upgrade the RAM given the multi-task I do at work, but if you are a student, you may be alright with 8GB. Moreover, since the memory is soldered onto the board, you cannot expand it.

The downer would be the color inaccuracy and dim display (278-nits) but you can still work around it and it is not that big of an inconvenience given the price, so you can pass.

Let’s Talk About that AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and AMD Radeon Graphics

Unlike most of Ryzen 5 products out there in the market, this Acer Swift 3 includes Ryzen 5 without multithreading. So its a 6-core and 6 threads CPU and is a low powered version. Meaning, you cannot expect it to be as powerful as those higher-end ones including Acer Swift Ryzen 7 4700U.

Running a test on this, we were not disappointed as the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU performance outperformed the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU. In addition, it is faster than high powered AMD CPUs from previous generations. Given the results, this little powerhouse can enable photo editing and light 1080p video editing. Which is quite decent given the mid-ranger AMD is providing.

Coming to the AMD Radeon Graphics, it easily beats Intel’s HD Graphics and is in line with the MX150 and MX230 dGPU. Meaning, you can play light games like Overwatch, Minecraft, and similar comfortably over 1080p at over 60fps. Again, not a gaming laptop, but can manage on low settings.

Other than that, on the whole, considering the price range of the Acer Swift 3 Ryzen, these specs are an upgrade for a cheap laptop. Agree?

Battery Life

You get 6 hours of productivity, nearly 9 hours of Netflix (I know, right?), and 9-10 hours of light work that includes browsing and such. So, the battery life on this little compact Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 5 is above average. If the work gets tough and those processors start doing the heavy work, that one fan that Acer Swift 3 comes with won’t run at full speed and you will get a quiet laptop.

Verdict?

It’s a fantastic compact greatness that provides decent performance under a small price tag making it the cheapest AMD Ryzen laptop with great specs. Overall, this laptop provides a solid build quality with amazing battery life. Unlike the popular belief of AMD Ryzen’s exhausting the batteries out. Yes, it is not a perfect machine, but it did outperform some high-end components as we mentioned above – so this Acer Swift 3 is a winner.

If this Acer Swift 3 review has got you into buying it for yourself then, check out the competitive price this laptop is being offered at Amazon.

So, What Are Your Planning?

If you ask us, you should go for it and you will not be disappointed. If anything, the convenience will make it hard for you to let it go that easily. Ask me, one of us uses this machine as our go-to travel buddy.  

AirPods Pro 2 Leak Suggests Price, Release Date & Minor Improvements

If you go back to when the AirPods Pro first launched, the wireless earbuds came with all sorts of substantial upgrades. Those upgrades included a compact design, better battery life, and a new addition of noise cancellation.

Now with AirPods Pro 2, the expectations to amplify the AirPods Pro upgrades further providing a more refined premium product with stellar experience are high. However, it will take some time before the product hit the shelves and online store.

Tipster Shares About AirPods Pro 2 Launch Timeline – Says We Could See Them Earliest in Q4, 2021

LeaksApplePro gave us some insight regarding AirPods Pro 2 launch that isn’t going to be anytime soon; the best-expected launch timeline is the fourth quarter of 2021. He also stated that there is a possibility of seeing them as late as Q1, 2022. So, in case you were planning on getting the AirPods Pro 2 in hopes of getting your hands on the latest one, we would highly suggest purchasing the AirPod Pro that is available at a great discount.

AirPods Pro 2 Expected to Be Priced The Same as the AirPods Pro – $249 

LeaksApplePro also mentioned that the price of Apple AirPods Pro 2 is expected to be the same as AirPods Pro( $249 ), but with additional improvements. Those improvements, for example, he mentions is the battery life that will be improved. Now, exactly how much is what was not included in the leak. If we could take a guess given their size, it could be improved by at least 30 minutes to an hour. However, that is still a guess but would be a great battery life upgrade.

LeaksApplePro expects noise cancellation to be incorporated within the AirPods Pro 2. But if you are looking for a premium set of noise cancellation feature in your earbuds, then we recommend waiting for the AirPods Studio. Better yet, if you can, then buy high-quality over-the-head wireless headphones that are front runners of this domain.

So far, according to the tipster, AirPods Pro 2 will not arrive with mammoth upgrades compared to its predecessors. This entails, that if Apple continues to sell the first-generation AirPods Pro, then given their pricing strategy, the price tag on these will reduce significantly giving us excellent value for money.

Having said all that, the above information should be taken with a pinch of salt as it is not official news. We’ll keep you updated with more AirPods Pro 2 news as it comes; so stay tuned.

Source: LeaksApplePro

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 Review – AMD Ryzen Powered Budget Goodness

Do we have a 2-in-1 yet another mediocre machine or we finally have clamshell goodness and that too under a budget? In this Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 review, we’ll be finding out what the deal is about and how much value are we getting out of the Lenovo’s touchscreen laptop-cum-tablet.

lenovo flex 14 ryzen review
Via Laptop Mag

Overview – Ryzen Powered, still good enough?

With AMD’s Ryzen 4000 chips on the market and that too cheaper than intel counterparts, you best believe this is reality. Laptops powered by this processor are bound for high-level performance and Lenovo’s IdeaPad 5 14 isn’t any different running on 6-core Ryzen 5 4500U raising everyone’s expectations. On top of this, you are receiving 16GB of RAM under $600 which is a steal for these high-end specs.

Right off the bat, its pros and cons are:

Pros

  • Excellent value for little money
  • Two USB Type-A ports
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Touch-screen
  • Pen support
  • Webcam privacy shutter included
  • Elevated computer performance

Cons

  • Basic and boring design
  • Dim 250-nit display

Design – ‘It’s so Plastic, it’s still Fantastic’

Yes, Lenovo Flex 5 is an all-plastic laptop from top to the bottom. You must have expected some compromises at that price and this is where it is mediocre. You cannot expect Lenovo Flex 5 14 to sport an aluminum body construction as a MacBook Pro now can you.

Moving on, its 360-degree hinge allows the Lenovo Flex 5 to fold past 180 and easily be propped as a tent or fold it completely to turn it into a tablet. Not a problem there as the hinge is sturdy and promising for the many future folds ahead.

The convertible also sports a bulkier chassis measuring 0.82 by 1.27 by 8.6 inches and weighing around 3.3 pounds. Now by the standards of ultraportable, this chunky yet excellent performing convertible doesn’t make it.

However, you have options for thinner and lighter 2-in-1 designs but for double the price of Lenovo Flex 5’s. So, keeping that in mind, you are striking a great deal and saving a lot. I am sure a little more thickness than what the trend dictates with superior computing power won’t make much of a difference now, won’t it?

On the other hand, the thickness that some might find hard to pass, you are getting more connectivity ports that in a high-end machine out there in the market for a hefty price tag. You are getting two USB-A 3.1 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port, an HDMI 1.4 port, and, last but not least, a 4-in-1 SD card reader. Also, the power button is mounted on the right side.

Lenovo Flex 5 14
Via Laptop Mag

If you are into industrial looks and aesthetics than the dark grey Lenovo Flex 5 14 with a hint of chrome is quite great looking.

On the downer, Thunderbolt 3 is missing and wireless connectivity is still limited to WiFi 5. These negatives still do not create a big inconvenience for the price and the legacy ports you are receiving.

Performance Mark – Let’s Talk Numbers

We already talked about power-packed AMD’s Ryzen 5 chips so the performance marker should be great for Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14. With Ryzen 5 4500U that has six cores and six threads, this budget laptop did not disappoint. Do keep in mind that similar budget laptops like the Acer Swift 3 run on 8-core Ryzen 7 4700U CPU and still get good competition from a lower thread processor of Lenovo Flex 5.

Check out the benchmarks test scores

Geekbench 5 benchmark

Single-core test: 1,096

Multi-core test: 4,543

This IdeaPad Flex 5 is one fast laptop at such an economical price considering its more expensive counterparts.

Speaking about the graphics card, in a convertible laptop, is often used by media content creators that largely includes graphic designers. Flex 5 takes the lead here as well with its AMD Radeon Graphics integrated. Gamers can rejoice as well but in a lower resolution setting. Hey, it’s not specifically made for gaming, so you have to go easy on your gaming spree as this machine won’t hold well.

This brings us to our display section of this Lenovo Flex 5 review.

Screen – Lackluster and a Lesser Match for the Performance

With all the positives a visible and unfortunate negative would be the screen size and a dim backlight rated for 250-nits of brightness only. So unless you are in a dark room the Lenovo Flex 5 will be alright but in daylight-lit rooms, you will have to turn up the brightness to the max to be able to function. Moreover, because of its glossy screen, you will encounter glare problems in lit rooms.

lenovo flex 5 Screen
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As for the touchscreen feature, the panel is a Full HD IPS touch screen supporting inputs from Lenovo Digital Pen. The pen further sports two customizable buttons with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity making it a large stylus pen and great for long sketching sessions, unlike the integrated pens that are smaller in size and less comfortable.

Mounted above the Flex 5’s screen is an HD webcam that shoots in 720p. The image quality is noisy and overall poor compared to the current standards. But then again, the webcams of many great machines perform on a similar standard. Another great factor that Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 provides is the built-in physical privacy shutter when you are not using it. You may not get facial recognition just yet in Lenovo Flex 5, but you have a keyboard-mounted fingerprint reader for additional security.   

Others – Keyboard, Audio, and Touchpad

Lenovo Flex 5 Review
Via Windows Central

The backlit keyboard performs excellently and is rather comfortable with sturdy keys. Of course, you cannot expect to land a Magic Keyboard like the one MacBook Pro 16-inch sports, but this keyboard is still of good quality. So far so good with our Lenovo Flex 5 review?

Next up, the touchpad is great as well and offers smooth and precise touches. It supports Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad drivers, so you get the same Windows 10 multi-touch gestures with no lagging. 

Battery Life – ‘Flexes’ for Longer Hours

With Ryzen 5 chip running on Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14, anyone would assume instant drainage when doing heavy work and that too on full-brightness during the day. However, that is not the case with the Lenovo Flex 5 battery life and this high-end budget machine continued to flex for 13 hours straight running on a video test on a loop with 70 percent brightness without any internet connectivity. This isn’t as bad as one would assume and the battery life is pretty impressive.

So, for now, this is a fantastic deal at the price below $600 only. Check out the best deal on this Lenovo Flex 5 14 2-in-1 laptop below!

Buy this powerful machine under budget and enjoy great computing with minor compromises

Our Verdict- Should You Buy or Not?

It entirely depends on your budget. If you can afford high-end 2-in-1 notebooks then go for them. Otherwise, you have a decent laptop which is inexpensive and is not playing when it says it provides premium-level performance. A 15.6-inch touchscreen display, a nice backlit comfortable keyboard, storage expansion feature, and outstanding battery life for you to carry out your work without any interruptions.

Yes, the display isn’t as bright as we would like and the pen storage on the side looks lazy and inconvenient but under $600? I say a big YES; the value you are getting under this price tag is remarkable in this market.

Hopefully, this Lenovo Flex 5 Review gave you the necessary insight to come to a solid decision. Psst! But it.

MacBook Pro 16-inch Review – The Good, the Great & the Best

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch that was released back in 2019 gained massive popularity and for valid reasons. Not only that, but it also acquired noble claims from the crowd, tech, and Apple enthusiasts, like “Best Mac in Years” or “the most powerful Mac ever made by Apple.” Whether our MacBook Pro 16-inch review comes to the same conclusion or not, let’s find out.

These impressive claims are not far off from the truth, and we are here to explore just how accurate they are. If you have been a keen user of MacBook Pros like me, then you would understand the difference of experience with each one of them especially the 2015 MacBook Pro and the 2016 MacBook Pro. For starters, the painful experience with the keyboards and not to mention the outdated design and limited performance.

Now that I have 2019 MacBook Pro 16-inch and given the raving reviews, you think this could be the laptop for me? Let me give you a comprehensive MacBook Pro 16-inch review that in my early opinion is definitely an upgrade from previous Macs.

Best Mac Keyboard Apple Produced

Macbook Pro Magic Keyboard Review

The keyboard, thank god for the massive upgrade. Last time they tried to be ‘innovative’ they gave us the Butterfly switch keyboard, which we all know how it panned out; uncomfortable typing that felt like fingers hitting on rocks.

However, the keyboard on MacBook Pro 16-inch is the best keyboard ever released so far; “Magic Keyboard” with a Scissor mechanism. The feel is much refined as well; softer on the fingers without any deep-sounding hammer noise ringing in your ears. The soft sound would drift into the background and only light tapping would remain, allowing you to focus on your work.

In addition, the Escape key and invented “T” arrow key, both make a pleasant comeback. The Touch Bar still feels a bit imposed here as well. Not to mention an accident touch on the volume icon can end up muting your song and leaving you wondering what just happened. Other than that, it is an addition that may be useful for a lot of users.

Magic Keyboard MacBook Pro
Via PocketLint

Now considering the Magic Keyboard is a great upgrade over all previous Macs, we can hope that Apple introduces the same improvement on regular MacBooks and MacBook Airs, soon. With MacBook Pro 16-inch, say goodbye to stuck or non-responsive keys and hello to responsive and smooth experience – especially for a coder. You guys will definitely love it. 

Lesson learned? Do not compromise usability and user experience at the expense of producing the thinnest technology in the market. Just isn’t worth it- for the consumers or for your revenue.

Coming to the First Look; Sleekness & that Large Screen

MacBook Pro 16-inch Screen Comparison
Via Laptop Mag

You immediately notice the thin bezels around the 16-inch screen, which otherwise have been chunky on other Macs giving it an outdated design. Now here’s where Apple went smart; smaller bezels mean smaller overall dimensions of the laptop, leaving little room for the touchpad and other components. To remedy this while keeping the design of its MacBook Pro 2019 sleek as ever, they added an extra screen ratio, 0.6-inch, to be precisely 3,072 X 1,920 in resolution.

Bigger screen with better keyboard gives your remote workstation a complete feel where you can view everything completely and multi-task with ease. Not to mention with a powerful machine like this, designers and coders can perform excellently running heavy software smoothly.

So far so good? I hope this MacBook Pro 16-inch review is pleasant until this point. Let’s carry on.

The Extras; Bigger Battery, Speakers, and More

Why did I call this section the extras? Because with bigger screen ratio, there was more room for other improvements. Such as the larger battery cells and other aspects like the redesigned thermal system; a boost of 100-watt-hour battery to be precise. Although, larger battery bears good news on a regular day; however, when it comes to the MacBook Pro 16-inch the extra pixels do appear to steal the battery reducing it to a regular amount of time you would usually get on a MacBook.

Having said that, the large battery does compensate for the extra power this larger machine requires. So, when I personally used it, it lasted me for 10 hours. That too, with me running Chrome with a plethora of tabs, streaming music, and running two lightweight software to get my work done. Not a bad deal? Or passable in exchange for a comfortable keyboard and extra screen real-estate?

MacBook Pro 16-inch Speakers

As for the sound system, Apple tried to take a step further by incorporating not two but six speakers and dual force canceling woofers – this gets me excited just mentioning it. Why? Because the quality matches the description. This feature may not be a big jump for many users who do not care about the speakers. However, those that require laptop speakers for entertainment or content production would be glad about this factor; considering the fact that the 16-inch MacBook Pro is considered a media production machine.

Speaking of media production, this beast is ready to record studio-quality audio and this isn’t even a stretch. It also has three microphones built-in that allow the persons’ voice to be the main focus than the background noise. Now yes, it doesn’t come par with a proper professional microphone studio setup, but it is passable and above average for sure.

The built-in camera for all those Zoom meetings is still at 720p FaceTime HD rig. So you may require a better external camera for that 4K crisp quality.

What else?

If you are still not sold over the MacBook Pro 16-inch review is one of the finest machines that you can use for your work then consider these other updates in the internal components. Those updates include, 7nm AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics card along with configuration up to 64GB of RAM and up to 8TB of SSD storage. So, great news for video editors with these two upgrades; for any content creator to be honest.

2019 MacBook Pro 16-inch is every Mac user’s dream laptop, safe to say. However, Apple could have maximized on those ports instead of sticking to just four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and an audio jack.

Why Should You Buy?

Buy that Sleek Goodness of MacBook Pro 16-inch

This question does seem unreasonable at this point. But in case we have someone thinking of whether to invest in such a powerful and pricy machine or not, consider this:

A) Are you looking for a reliable and powerful workstation that is compact and is easily portable?

If yes, then 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019) is your pick.

B) Please refer to point A.

If yes, I will still say you go ahead with this mean machine and powerhouse. With expandable storage, high processing speed, larger screen, long lasting battery, and much more – you are in for the long haul.

Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro can be sweetly described as the version where Apple listens to users’ complaints and applies the necessary changes.

Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra Leaks Show Stunning Samsung Flagships

iPhone 12 has taken over the news with Apple shipping first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders already. However, Samsung isn’t too far behind with its brand new Galaxy S21; the leaks so far have a lot of claims regarding its camera bumps and the overall design.

If you have already made a guess on the leaker then you are most definitely right on the money. The revered smartphone tipster, Steve Hemmerstoffer, famously known as @onLeaks has spilled major beans on Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

So, what can we expect from Samsung’s next flagship that could arrive as early as January 2021? Sooner than usual, right?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Utra Leaks

Well, according to @onLeaks’ Samsung S21 renders that are based on leaks show a massive camera bump that cannot escape anyone’s eyes. Housing at least 4 shooters in Ultra model with a flash and is almost half of the phone’s width could either be a favorite or a complete miss for the consumers. As for the regular model, the renders show three shooters, only.

Samsung S21 Leaks

@onLeaks further tipped that Samsung may fit not one but two zoom cameras. Although the leaks do not show any S-Pen Support, the famous leaker didn’t rule out the possibility either.

The exterior profile doesn’t provide much information apart from the obvious difference of Bezels that are almost non-exist in Galaxy S21 Ultra while the smaller member seems to sport thicker more visible bezels. Hopefully, this isn’t just Samsung trying to upsell its more expensive variant.

Samsung S21 release date

Again, there isn’t an in-depth leak on the specs that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will sport. However, @onLeaks revealed that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a display between 6.7 to 6.9-inches with a slightly curved screen, measuring around 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm with 10.8mm additional with the camera bump. This makes the S21 Ultra slightly smaller than its predecessor. On the other hand, the regular Galaxy S21 matches S20 in measurements and screen size; making it 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm with 9.0mm of the camera and 6.2 inches of the display respectively.  

Check out @onLeaks’ 360 video for closer inspection.

Quarantine Gadgets Must-Haves to Live Smartly and Comfortably!

We are halfway done with 2020, and unfortunately, the novel virus hasn’t made our lives any easier with several countries expecting a second or even a third wave of Coronavirus. As we do our part by observing quarantine, we are at our wits’ end by multi-tasking and balancing our personal and professional lives. Some are having a ball, while others are having trouble coping with it all. This is where technology has proven to be the saving grace for many who are working remotely. Any average man can make his or her life manageable under quarantine with some pretty helpful tech gadgets.

So, let’s dive into the top 5 quarantine gadgets that would make anyone’s life a little more manageable.

1) Spend Quality Time with Family

If you are quarantining with your loved ones, then continually staring at your phones or being submerged in laptops isn’t the ideal situation. You need something that brings you all together for quality time that and what better to do that with than the Fire TV Stick 4K? 

Fire TV has a lot to offer – like famous games, including Heads Up and Jeopardy, or streaming your favorite shows from platforms like Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and more. Sounds great, right? 

2) Keep Your Children Occupied

Parents trying to entertain their kids even during the school hours and failing can rely on Amazon’s All-New Fire HD 10Kids Edition Children’s Tablet that has enough games to keep your kids occupied. 

Reasonably priced, including free shipping, you are getting access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for a year.

Moreover, you are also receiving more than 20,000 pieces of content that include games, apps, books, to even educational shows. What more can a parent as for? You do not even have to worry about the battery running out as it is proven to sustain a 12-hour battery time while in-use. It also comes with an ample internal storage of 32 gigabytes. Now that’s a full package.

3) Keep in Touch With Loved Ones

Staying connected to your loved ones during quarantine is one of the biggest challenges we are facing. Not only are you juggling work, family, and chores, but you also need to make time for loved ones far from you. During such times, you require a product like Amazon’s Echo Show that makes it easy for you to call anyone with Alexa’s help. All you need to say is, “Alexa, call (contact name).

4) Control Home Items Remotely

A voice controlled plug that works with Alexa is one on our list because of the convenience it allows. You can control your devices, schedule them to turn on or off, and more, all while being away or farther from the location. Simply plug in your device into the smart plug, open your Alexa app, and start using with your voice. Such convenience and accessibility is a must when quarantining; you can easily control appliances within your home from one location. Amazon’s smart plug is one of the best options you can find.

5) Purify Your Air

We are living in uncertain times, where constant sanitization has become a lifestyle. We also need to make sure the air we are continually breathing while quarantining is also clean of all toxins that may otherwise harm our health, making us vulnerable to the virus.  

For this, a smart purifier on Amazon, such as Toshiba’s, will work wonders for anyone spending long hours inside than outdoors. This air purifier can be controlled through the Alexa App or any Echo device. It is best to purify the air in your home. Not only that, but it also comes with UV Light Sanitizer that helps reduce and kill airborne viruses, providing a healthier environment for you and the family. 

That’s all, folks! We’ll add more items over time, but these five are a must-have when it comes to quarantine gadgets that will help you manage your life under the roof a little better. The best part is, they are all available with free shipping under reasonable price tags. Get yourself one, right away! 

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