Among all of the things that a person can buy, air purifiers might not be one of them. But, these are the things that you thought you would not need but you actually do need them in order to improve the quality of air that you breathe.
You see, if you live in an urban area, the air that you breathe might contain contaminants that can potentially affect your health in a negative way.
If you are convinced by that, do read further to find out the best air purifiers in 2020.
Best Air Purifiers
1.Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
If you want the best air purifier that you can find on the market, then the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the right one for you.
It is a relatively small product that can do a lot of things. First is that it has two filters- one that can filter out pet hairs and other noticeable contaminants and another HEPA filter which pretty much purifies the air in your immediate environment.
The HEPA filter can get even the smallest of air contaminants out there (about 0.3 microns small) which means that it can help protect you and your family from asthma-inducing agents and even the new coronavirus.
I am quite surprised that this relatively small purifier can help eliminate airborne contaminants in a relatively large area of about 350 square feet.
Since these products need to run at all times, I am also happy to say that the AP-1512HH is also pretty quiet.
At only 39 decibels on its medium setting, that is akin to an electric fan set at its low to medium configuration.
It is also pretty lightweight. At only 12 pounds, you can easily put this purifier anywhere in your home with ease.
When you first use this product, it is important that you let this run at its highest setting for an hour or so and then leave it at its medium setting to run 24/7.
You do not have to worry about your electricity bills because this is one of the most efficient purifiers on the market.
One of the more compact air purifiers out there, the LEVOIT H13 is another amazing product that can certainly help clean the air that you breathe.
This is a relatively small product that can easily clean a 300-square foot room. It makes use of a 3-stage filtration process that eliminates air pathogens as well as the odor in your room.
It has a pre-filter that will help prevent pet dander and other physical objects from entering the device. Then it passes through a HEPA filter which will remove any air contaminants and pathogens in your immediate environment and it then uses an activated carbon filter which effectively eliminates odors as well.
Even though this product is only meant for a small room or bedroom, its compact design actually allows you to lug it around with you and place them in any room in your house.
While it is not as powerful as the previous recommendation, its fan settings certainly provide you with a good level of protection nevertheless.
3.Blueair Blue Pure 211+
While all of the air purifiers on the market do some level of performance when it comes to cleaning the immediate air that you breathe, they mostly have bland designs and some people consider that as an eyesore.
If you want an air purifier that is still stylish, then the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ might be your fancy.
It has an amazingly powerful filtration system that is able to remove any harmful air contaminants in any room that you put this thing in.
Despite not being HEPA-certified, the technology that this product uses is still effective in removing dust particles and other contaminants. It makes use of electric charge that will help ‘magnetize’ the particles to stick to its filters.
You have to make use of the highest fan setting to get as many dust particles and contaminants as you can as fast as possible.
As mentioned earlier, this product’s pre-filter comes in five different colors. You can get quite a stylish one and you can also opt for a color that is subtle enough to fit into any kind of environment.
The only downside here is that it is one of the loudest purifiers on the market. But, at least you are getting an exceptional level of performance all throughout.
4.Coway Airmega 200M
The Coway Airmega 200M performs almost similar to the above recommendation. It certainly looks the same though this version packs a slightly more powerful motor that is able to clean the air faster than the previous one.
Anyway, the Coway Airmega 200M provides 99.4% air filtration in just 60 minutes which makes this quite an appealing choice for people that are still new to getting such a thing.
It also has a digital display that posts important information about its operations but it can be obnoxiously bright when it is turned on at night. Fortunately, you can shut the display off if it bothers you.
The Coway Airmega 200M shares the same physical characteristics to the recommendation above in that you can interchange some of its parts and it would still perform admirably well.
The only reason why I didn’t put this at the top of the list is that it is pricier. But, if this is the variant that is more readily available in your area, I can still wholeheartedly recommend it.
5.Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Air Room Purifier
If you are looking for an air purifier that can help clean the air in a large space, the Alen Breathesmart Classic is one that I can recommend to you.
It has a very powerful HEPA-certified filtration system that can help clean 99.97% of airborne particles. Even the smallest (0.3 microns) pathogens are not forgiven by the said product.
The Alen Breathesmart Classic can help purify the air in a room that is up to 1,100 square feet big. It also operates fast enough to clean the air within 30 minutes which makes this one of the most powerful on the market.
This thing is a bit big in that it measures 27 inches high and about 18 inches wide so you may have trouble carrying this around with you, but it certainly has all of the right things to keep air quality in your home or office up.
Other nifty features that this thing has includes a smart laser sensor that can help provide more information about the things that it purifies, an air indicator light that tells you that it operates as intended, and it also comes in 9 different panel colors to suit your home’s style.
6.Austin Air HealthMate HM-400
If you just did a paint job on your home, not a lot of people inside the premises would like the smell of paint. Fortunately, a powerful air purifier can also help remove volatile organic compounds as well.
The Austin Air HealthMate HM-400 is one of the most powerful air purifiers you can find on the market. One of its main selling points is that its filters rarely need any maintenance and you only have to change it after 5 years or so.
What’s interesting here is that it can certainly support a relatively large space. It can help remove paint and other smelly odors in your home or office without any issues, though you will have to use its medium to high settings for that.
The only criticism that people have with this thing is that it can get pretty loud. So loud, in fact, that using its highest setting should only be done during the day as it can be quite obnoxious to your neighbors.
It is also worth noting that this thing is one of the most power-hungry air purifiers on the market, which is a testament to how powerful this thing is.
Honeywell is a trusted brand when it comes to air conditioners, but did you know that the company also produces some of the most amazing air purifiers as well?
The Honeywell HPA300 comes with a true HEPA-certified filter that is able to eliminate almost all of the air contaminants and pathogens in your immediate environment.
It is relatively portable so you can easily place this in whatever room in your house or you can even bring it with you in the office as well if that is what you want.
This particular product can clean the air in a fairly large 465-square feet bedroom which also makes it ideal to be placed in your living room and other small rooms in your house.
It is fairly silent in its operation even when it is set to its highest setting which means that you do not have to worry about waking your neighbors up.
The only downside I can think of here is that it is a bit more expensive than other similarly specced products on the market. But hey, its quiet operation and filtration system certainly warrant the higher price tag.
8.Breathe Green Plug N Pure
As stated earlier in the article, air purifiers are typically not the things that people consider getting when it comes to home products, but they are certainly needed now, especially since we are suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now, do not get me wrong, all of the recommendations in this article are great in what they do but the problem is that they are quite expensive. If you want to convince people to get into purchasing air purifiers, you need to lead them to an affordable product and that is where this last recommendation comes in.
Breathe Green Plug N Pure is a truly compact air purifier in that you just plug it in an electrical socket and it will start doing its thing.
It uses an ionization process that can help eliminate dust particles and harmful air contaminants without a problem. It is pretty silent and because it is very compact, you can bring it with you with ease.
So, if you want to convince other people to purchase air purifiers, Breathe Green Plug N Pure is a nice product to start with.
Things to Consider
When buying air purifiers, what do you need to look at? Here are some of the things to consider:
- HEPA Filtration- HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air and what HEPA-certified filters do is that they help eliminate air contaminants by as much as 99%. Although there is one recommendation that doesn’t have HEPA certification, do get air purifiers that come with these filters to help clean the air that you breathe much more effectively
- Noise Level– Since air purifiers need to operate indefinitely, you’d want to consider getting one that has a silent operation. Fortunately, almost all of the things mentioned on this list are pretty quiet when they are turned on
- Energy Efficiency– Again, because these products need to function all of the time, it is imperative that you get one that has a high energy efficiency rating so that you won’t rack up your electricity costs
- Price– Although not as important as the others, it is still a worthy thing to consider, especially since not a lot of people deem air purifiers to be must-haves (which they actually are!).
Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers
Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.
You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.
That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!
For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.
Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.
With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.
For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.
On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.
At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.
Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.
If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.
This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.
Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.
Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.
To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.
The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.
On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.
It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.
However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.
Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.
The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.
Best Tech Deals in October 2020
Technology is always going to be there to help improve our lives. We at Startechnews will provide you with some of the best tech deals every month and today, I am going to be talking about some of the products that have received good price cuts.
Although Black Friday happens in the same month, most of these deals will not be a part of that special day.
Anyway, here are some of the best tech deals in October:
Best Tech Deals in October
1.Apple iPhone XR
Price: $550 (was $599) @BestBuy
If you are fond of using any devices under the iOS ecosystem, then I highly recommend that you get your hands on this Apple iPhone XR deal.
Yes, I know that this device is dated at this point but its specs, as well as its overall performance, are still really good in this day and age.
What I love about iPhones, in general, is that their Bionic chips outmatch the performance of any flagship Android device released in the same year, so you can rest assured that the XR can still be good for at least 2-3 years from now.
That being said, if you are okay with this, you can get head on over to Best Buy to get yours.
Lastly, if you have an old iPhone, you can also surrender that and get even more discounts as well!
2.Amazon Echo Dot
Price: $39.99 (was $49.99) @Amazon
The Amazon Echo Studio is always going to be the best in terms of Amazon’s line of Bluetooth speakers, but there are people who are okay with the convenience and the form factor of the company’s Echo Dot line.
The Amazon Echo Dot is currently sold for just $39.99 and although it is just a $10 discount, it is still pretty good nonetheless.
One of the reasons why I highly recommend that you get one for yourself is that you can actually use Alexa to help you do a lot of different things.
If you are following some sports teams, for example, you can ask Alexa to search for scores and any news about the teams that you are truly passionate about.
The device’s always-on microphone is there to take your voice commands and Alexa will do the rest for you.
Although it is relatively okay as an audio solution, there is more value when it comes to using its ‘smart’ features.
Price: $275 (was $299) @Amazon
The Nintendo Switch is considered to be one of the company’s best gaming consoles yet. The beauty about this particular game console is that you can either play it as-is (handheld) or you can wire it to your TV via HDMI to enjoy your games at a higher fidelity screen.
This deal is for the new version of the Nintendo Switch that aims to fix the joycon drift issue that has plagued the first version of the console and it has a bigger battery life so that you can play untethered for a longer period of time.
You can buy the discounted Nintendo Switch at Amazon.
4.Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro
Price: $199.95 (was $299.99) @BestBuy
The Beats by Dre Solo Pro is a really good pair of wireless headphones that have active noise canceling. Although you might not like its on-ear design, this pair of cans is still quite comfortable to use for hours.
You get a lot of different color options to choose from and its ergonomic design allows you to use these headphones without any issues.
The Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro currently retails at a discounted price of $199.95 down from $299.99. If you are a fan of the brand or just for good Bluetooth headphones, in general, this is a really good choice.
5.Apple Airpods Pro
Price: $219 (was $249) @Amazon
The Apple Airpods Pro needs no introduction. It is one of the best Bluetooth headphones that you can buy not only for your iPhone but also for your other mobile devices as well.
Part of the reason why so many people love this particular product is due to its active noise-canceling feature. Normally, you can only expect great performance if you are using over-ear headphones, but not the Airpods Pro.
Its active noise-cancellation is really good because it shows you a warning that you shouldn’t enable the feature when you are walking on a busy street. It is really that effective.
It has consistently been compared to other Bluetooth audio solutions on the market, but nothing compares to it unless, of course, if you are talking about high-end over-ear solutions.
If you are interested in getting your hands in an Apple Airpods Pro, you can head over to Amazon to purchase this thing for only $219.
Price: $229 (was $329)
If you want to get your hands on an Android TV that is really good and it doesn’t break the bank, then I suggest that you look at the TCL 43S425.
This is a 43-inch 4K TV that has the famous Roku operating system built-in. That means that you can enjoy a ton of different features, movies, and TV shows without ever having to download any application to do those things.
Although TCL is a relatively new brand in the US, you can rest assured that the build quality and the materials that are used in the making of these television sets are of high-quality.
7.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Price: $229 (was $279) @Amazon
We considered the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 as one of the best smartwatches for Android and even though it is a year and a half old at this point, it is still pretty good regardless.
You are looking at a smartwatch with great build quality and you can use this no matter what activities you are going to do.
Its battery life is okay, though not that great. The good thing is that you can top this device up quickly and easily using its included charger.
If you want a smartwatch that allows you to track your physical activity really well, get this product as soon as possible.
8.Bose QC 35 II Wireless
Price: $239 (was $349)
Consistently regarded as one of the best Bluetooth headphones for quite some time now, the Bose QC 35 II Wireless is great both in terms of comfort and sound quality.
Although its overall performance does not rival that of the company’s higher-end models, this is not to downplay whatever this thing is offering because it still provides you with some really amazing features- one of which is its award-winning active noise-canceling capability.
You should get the Bose 35 II Wireless right now because you can have the chance to get a limited edition Rose-Gold color if you order this month.
Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade
When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.
There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.
You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.
Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.
There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.
Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.
The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.
You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).
What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.
Specs and Performance
- CPU: A12 Bionic
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB/128GB
- Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
- OS: iPadOS 14
- Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
- Battery: 32.4 Wh
So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.
While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.
Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.
Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games.
Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.
It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.
Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.
However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.
My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.
If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.
The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.
Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.
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