In just a few weeks, we will experience the summer months and if you do not want to deal with the heat, you should consider getting the Blaux Portable AC.
Read further to find out everything that you need to know about this portable air-conditioner and why people are buying it left and right.
What is This Product?
There are a lot of portable air conditioners that you can find on the market. For those of you who do not know, they are things that will cool any room that you put them in.
While most of them come with handles and caster wheels for easier transport, the word ‘portable’ in their product class is not conveniently accurate.
You see, although you can place portable air conditioners in any room of your house, you will still need to set it up before you can use it. This is just way too cumbersome for people to do. If anything, they would just install it and never touch it, which defeats the purpose of a device that is supposed to be movable.
However, that concern of bulkiness has been fixed thanks to a company that developed the revolutionary product known as the Blaux Portable AC.
When you think about a portable air conditioner, this truly is one. It is the size of a relatively small box that has vents that can release cool air that will surely beat the summer heat.
How Does It Work?
Most air conditioners on the market would rely on using a single or dual-hose technology where it intakes the surrounding air and outputs a much cooler one, thereby cooling down any room that the unit is put in.
Single-hose air conditioners would use its only one hose to release hot air outside of the house. Dual-hose ACs, on the other hand, would suck surrounding air in while the other one releases hot air outside.
The use of hoses pretty much made other portable ACs on the market bulkier than it needs to be. Sure, they are powerful and they can cool any room in your house well, but the sheer amount of time that you need to spend to install it may not be quite convenient for you.
With the Blaux Portable AC, it is much different. Instead of relying on the usual hose technology, it makes use of water to cool down your room. Let me explain.
You put water in its reservoir and when you turn on the device, it will output cold air after a few minutes. The air is actually released through the vents and pushed by a fan that is built inside the AC.
Because it doesn’t use any hoses, this product truly embodies what a ‘portable’ air conditioner really is.
Now that you know how it works, you might be interested to know what its features are. Well, the Blaux Portable AC actually has plenty of unique ones. Here are just some of the outstanding features of the product:
- Simple Installation– To be honest, there is really no installation required. All you need to do is to charge the device to full beforehand, put water in the reservoir, and then turn the unit on. It is that simple
- Portable– This is one of the most useful features of the Blaux Portable AC. Unlike other products in its class, this is a true portable air conditioner in the sense that you can place it anywhere you want and have it cool the surroundings in the most effective way. No need for you to do some cumbersome installations and you also do not need to wheel in a huge device
- Silent Operation– Whether you are using a window-type air conditioner or a portable one, they usually output noise that might be too loud for you to sleep comfortably with. The Blaux Portable AC is different because it is completely inaudible. In fact, it is even more silent than your standard electric fan when it operates
- Effective Filter System– This product comes with an effective filtration system that ensures any air that comes out of it is filtered. That means that no dust, bacteria, or any foreign matter will be present in its surrounding area, giving you peace of mind whenever you turn this product on
- Smart Lighting System– On the top of the device is a subtle lighting system that not only provides mood lighting but it can also alert you if the device’s battery needs to be charged
- Reliable Battery– One of the things that make this a truly portable device is that it doesn’t have to be plugged into the wall socket for its power. Instead, it has a rechargeable battery and it can be topped up by using a USB Type-C cable. If you have a relatively new smartphone, you can actually use its charging block so long as it uses a USB Type-C cable
- Variable Fan Control– There are three cooling intensities that you can choose from. As mentioned earlier, the Blaux Portable AC comes with a built-in fan that is used to help output cool air into its surroundings. That being said, you can choose from low, medium, and high fan settings depending on your cooling needs. The lower the fan speed is, the longer the battery will last
- Easy to Clean– Every air conditioning unit out there needs cleaning and maintenance from time to time. I am happy to say that cleaning the Blaux Portable AC is a breeze.
How to Use
Unlike other air conditioners on the market that tout themselves as ‘portable’ ACs, the Blaux Portable AC is different because it really puts in its system complete mobility and portability.
The unit has a convenient handle so that you can bring the AC with you wherever you need it. That being said, here are the steps to have the product up and running:
- On the top portion of the AC, you will find a lid that houses the water reservoir. Open the lid and fill the unit with water up to a certain point (that is indicated on the reservoir)
- After filling the reservoir with water, you should place the included water curtain inside the unit. This also acts as the ACs filter and should be replaced every 6-8 months depending on the circumstances
- Lastly, you just turn on the AC using any of the three buttons on the top. Remember that its fan setting has various intensities and the lower the fan RPM, the longer the battery will last
- In the event that the unit is low on battery, the light that you can find on the top of the product will blink red which indicates that you need to charge the device as soon as possible.
Where to Buy This Product?
Now, you might be convinced to get this air conditioner for you and your family, especially since the summer months are fast approaching.
Well, you can only purchase the Blaux Portable AC online on its official website. You can also buy one on Amazon, but I recommend that you get yours on the product’s main site to get exclusive deals.
For those of you who do not know, the price of the Blaux Portable AC is $125. That is its original price tag, but the good news is that the company sometimes gives you some massive discounts, especially if you buy more than one.
As an example, at the time of writing this article, the price of the Blaux Portable AC dropped to $89.99 apiece, though keep in mind that that is usually a limited time offer. It would be best that you visit the company’s website from time to time so that you can get it at a bargain price.
It is also worth noting that buying more than one of these devices nets you even bigger discounts so it is a good thing to get them as soon as you can.
As a reviewer, I am always meticulous about the products that I talk about. Since the summer heat is imminent and is only a few weeks away, it is important that you buy an air conditioner that you can trust.
The Blaux Portable AC is truly a unique one in the sense that it truly is a portable air conditioner. The device is rechargeable by using a USB Type-C Cable. If you have an Android Phone, you can use its charging brick to top the device up to full.
Its ease of installation, amazing portability, and the fact that you can snag one up at a much lower price just makes the Blaux Portable AC even more appealing than other ACs on the market.
So, what are you waiting for? Get yours today!
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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