Shopping guide: Which is the best USB hard disk for P54 and Xbox One?

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Speaking about console storage, as we did on these last days, today we bring you a shopping guide so you can find the best external USB hard disk for the Sony PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, considering performance, durability, capacity and of course, the price-quality relationship.

Nowadays, the size of videogames grows bigger and bigger every day, so storage needs are on the rise. We always have the option of installing a different hard disk on our console, but both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One allow us to use an external USB hard disk even to install the games, so the internal storage of the console ceases to be a problem.

Some companies such as Seagate have external USB hard disks specifically designed for consoles, the Game Drives, which are nothing but standard storage units with 3.0 USB connectivity of up to 4 TB of capacity (of course, with green details on the Xbox version and blue details on the PS4 version) and with the possibility of the unit being an SSD for better performance. However, here we will be limited by the transfer speed of the console’s USB, so a normal mechanical disk serves us perfectly. Moreover, the settings and format of the disk will have to be set from the console, so we really can use any disk, in theory.

Keep in mind we’ve only selected 2,5” units, since 3,5” units need additional power and we are not interested in that: we just want to connect the device to the console and that’s it, no more cables and plugs. So let’s get on with the shopping guide.

3.0 USB Hard Disk of up to 500 GB

If we are looking for a 3.0 USB hard disk of up to 500 GB we can perfectly go to the cheap range and here the Toshiba Canbio Basics have the best price-quality relationship. We can find them from 48 euros in any store (they have a very big availability since they are top in sales).

3.0 USB Hard Disk of up to 1 TB

This is the best-seller external disk in 2,5” format, and we have the 1 TB version of the previous disk for only 6 euros more, something that would be definitely worth it. But since we are on it, let’s go to a higher range, and the unit we recommend is the WD My Passport 1 TB, that costs 66 euros approximately.

3.0 USB Hard Disk of up to 2 TB

We jump to the 2 TB, a very respectable storage size and here we switch brands again to recommend you the one that, from our point of view, has the best price-quality relationship. It is the Seagate Expansion 2 TB, whose price is something around 83 euros.

 

USB 3.0 hard drive of up to 4 TB

Let’s switch to 4 TB, a storage capacity that manufacturers no longer create in a 2.5-inch format, therefore the choices are more limited. This is why we choose the WD My Passport 4 TB again. Its price is around €137.

External USB hard drive, editor’s choice

In this last section, what I would recommend you is essentially what I would buy based on my personal preferences. To tell you the truth, I do not need a 4 TB storage capacity in my console, especially because I have the 1 TB version, which is more than enough. However, if I had to buy an external hard drive for the console, I would like it to be small, quiet and very fast, even if that means spending more money.

Therefore, my personal choice would be the Samsung T5 in its 250 GB version in this case, as I think it is more than enough to install around 8-12 games depending on their size. Also, it provides a great speed without making any noise or taking up much space. Moreover, its price is high (it costs approximately €150), but it is quite better than buying the 500 GB version.

5 interesting security apps for iOS devices

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The security of our devices is fundamental. There are more and more threats every day. Moreover, these are focused on the most popular devices or OS. Because of this, in the last months we have seen an increase in malware focused on mobile phones. In this segment, as we know, Android and iOS are the leaders. In this article we will focus on the bitten apple’s system. We will see 5 security apps for iOS devices.

McAfee Security

A classic in security. It contains an antivirus and security programs for many operative systems. It couldn’t be absent on iPhone. This is one of the five security apps for iOS devices that we want to mention.

As we know, they have been creating different antivirus for years now. On iOS it has some interesting tools that will be very appreciated by users. Among them, we can find the blocking of videos and photos, creating a security backup of contacts and locating our phone in case we lose it.

It is undoubtedly one of the best antivirus we can incorporate to our iPhone mobile. It has also customized options.

Avast Secure-Me

Another antivirus classic: Avast. Many of us have probably had in some moment an antivirus from this company. This application is the first one created to protect iOS devices.

If there is something dangerous when using mobile phones, that is connecting to unsafe WiFi networks. For example, being in an airport, mall or crowded places. We already talked about why you shouldn’t connect to a public network. Avast Secure-Me, among its options, warns the user when a WiFi connection is not secure.

Besides, it has also a VPN function that will protect our browser, our browsing history, data, etc.

Norton Mobile Security

The third option of the five options in security applications for iOS is the one from Norton Mobile Security. Another very well-known brand, many users trust this antivirus and those that use an iPhone mobile can do so too.

Among its functions, we can find a tracker in case you lose the device. We can also do security backups of our contacts and recover them. Besides, it has an alarm function that goes on when the device is lost.

Trend Micro Mobile Security

This application offers the possibility of guaranteeing a secure Internet browser all the time. It warns us every time we visit a website that could potentially be a scam, for example. It also makes a security backup of the contacts.

Lookout Mobile Security

This is one of the top rated applications by users. As the previous ones, it allows us to make a security backup of the contacts, as well as of personal data. It also keeps us safe from possibly unsafe WiFi connections.

These are some of the applications we can use to keep our iOS safe. As we always say, having security tools and programs is important, as well as having them updated. Only by doing this will we be able to face the threats that put at risk the good performance of our device.

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10 suggestions to protect ourselves against ransomware

10 suggestions to protect ourselves against ransomware

10 suggestions to protect ourselves against ransomware

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One of the malware attacks which has grown most during 2017 has been ransomware. As we know, the cybercriminal tries to seize the victim’s equipment. He encodes the files and folders, and in order to be able to recover them, he asks for a monetary ransom. They tend to attack corporations where this information is vital. An example could be healthcare, government or critical infrastructures. In this article we will give 10 useful suggestions to protect ourselves against ransomware.

Protecting ourselves against ransomware

Create secure copies

Certainly there is nothing better than this. The problem with ransomware is that we can’t access our files. If we periodically saved all of our documents in case of an eventual attack, the damage would be less. For this reason it is strongly recommended to create secure copies, especially of that which is really important to us. Even more so in the workplace.

Show hidden files

One of the abilities that ransomware has is to hide itself. To avoid having infected files without realizing it, a good option is to show hidden files. To do this you have to go to the “view” options for files and folders and click on the option to show hidden files.

Try to avoid the use of pen drives

Whenever possible, try not to share files on pen drives. This is a very common method for passing files between friends and family. However, we don’t know if a friend’s computer might be infected. When we do use them, we need to be very cautious with any strange files it may contain.

Careful with the downloads

One has to be very careful with the pop-up windows that appear on some websites. Sometimes they “invite” us to download files that can contain malware and in many occasions, ransomware.

The EXE

If there is a type of file we need to be very careful with, these are the EXE files. If we see one of these files in our email, we must never open it. This format is ideal for the cybercriminals to spread the threat.

Having security software

Something vital to keep our device safe is to have security software. Having security programs and tools, specifically focused on ransomware is key to detect threats.

Having the software updated

As important as having the programs installed, is to have them updated. Only if we have the latest version can we face possible threats that put at risk the good performance of our computer.

Disconnect the Internet in case of infection

If we have been infected by some kind of ransomware, the best thing to do is to quickly disconnect our computer from the Internet. This means, not only, to disconnect the cable but also the WiFi in order to avoid a worse case-scenario.

Don’t use old operative systems

Usually, the oldest operative systems have more security vulnerabilities. Most of them aren’t updated to face the most recent threats. So, it is advisable to have an operative system as recent as possible.

Common sense

Maybe this is the most important thing to prevent issues. Most of the ransomwares need user interaction to execute. Because of this, we should always be on guard to face any possible threat.

Should Microsoft pay more attention to the needs and requests of its users?

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The firm with its headquarters in Redmond has been one of the most important technology businesses for many years with many of its applications and platforms, among which has to especially stand out its popular operating system Windows, in its various versions.

Investigating more deeply the most-used system in desktop environments in the whole work, we can say that since it was launched around two-and-a-half years ago, Microsoft has planned to keep establishing a complete “Windows 10 Universe,” where its users can enjoy a complete multi-platform and multi-device environment that encompasses and synchronizes every type of platform, including their own as well as third-party ones.

For all of that, there is no doubt that one of the most important moves that the company has made is the creation of its program Insider, a project by which, all for a low cost, it has the possibility of knowing first-hand the experiences, opinions and needs of its users in the new developments that it is currently carrying out.

In this way, the Redmond firm can continue working on its projects based on the opinions of its users all over the globe, or at least that is what they frequently tell us. Therefore, what they affirm is that, by means of their Insiders, in addition to Microsoft’s own forums, they are able to develop Windows 10, along with other products, giving special attention to that which the users really want to reach them in the final development, which in the long-term affects many millions of clients.

Microsoft should pay more attention to its own users

This is, of course, what the software giant comments publicly on multiple occasions, nevertheless the reality is very different in a lot of cases. We say this because many of the users, especially those belonging to the Insider program, have been complaining for a long time that instead of listening to them, Microsoft often ignores even the most numerous feedback messages, many times producing completely the opposite of what is asked for.

It is true that little by little the firm adapts its projects to many of the needs of the majority, but perhaps at a slower pace than that which many would like. This could be one of the reasons, for example, why Windows 10 is not growing with the speed initially hoped for, since millions of users refuse to migrate from Windows 7, like the company would like.

In the same way, the fact that they are not listening to the majority, may have had a lot to do with the almost complete lack of acceptance of the mobile designs of Microsoft for mobile phones, designs which have never even been able to present a risk to Google’s Android or Apples’ iOS.

Microsoft sues a user who pirated Windows and Office

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It is an obvious reality that a large majority of the users of Windows and Office use them by means of pirated copies that they later activate with various programs (In China 9 out of 10 installations of Windows are pirated), although Microsoft has spent a lot of time in this area. It is so much the case that some users with pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 updated to Windows 10, and Microsoft verified the license, as long as they updated it. Nevertheless, now they are not going to let a really serious situation happen.

Microsoft has detected a user who tried to illegally activate more than 1,000 copies of Windows and Office

According to what Microsoft has detected, one IP address tried to activate 1,000 copies of software illegally. While it is not really relevant to Microsoft that one individual pirates copies, if a business or person does it to make money from it, that could be very damaging, so they have decided to sue the person who tried to complete these activations.

The company explains in its suit that the IP address used by the individual or group of people, which are referred to as “John Does 1-10” (Anonymous). The IP address used was 73.21.204.220, property of the American operator Comcast and is located in New Jersey.

To illegally activate the software, the accused party contacted Microsoft’s servers 2,800 times from December 2014 to July 2017, who sent them the information necessary to complete an activation of the operating system. According to the assertion of the company, they believe it could have to do with a store which illegally activated Microsoft products for its clients, and probably charged for the service.

 Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, along with Office 2010: the pirated products

Among the products that the store activated were Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 21010. According to Microsoft, the licenses were more that the permitted amount of times, or in some cases software was activated outside of the expected region for the license which was used.

It is known that Microsoft tracks the IP addresses of users who pirate Windows, and since they are the ones who have to verify the licenses, they can obtain all of the possible information of the unit which is trying to activate the copy, for the purpose of verifying the copy’s legitimacy.

The Huawei Matebook D are being updated: the 8th generation processors are here

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Huawei has introduced an update of its Huawei Matebook D laptops to stay up to date with the competition during the next year. With this update of the range it maintains its focus on big size laptops, with 15,6 inches screens and Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution on an IPS panel. But its internal components are the latest thing with the arrival of the 8th generation of processors.

Last summer, the Chinese company introduced its new range of laptops into Spain, with the Huawei Matebook D and also the X and E models. The ones that are being updated are the biggest ones, with 15.6 inches of screen. Huawei keeps on betting on an IPS technology screen, with 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution and Full HD to enhance the autonomy of the laptops in this range. The key of this update, in any case, is the introduction of the 8th generation processors, the Kaby Lake R, introduced during this year’s third quarter.

Huawei Matebook Ds brought up to date with faster and more efficient processors

Now, inside these new Huawei Matebook Ds, made of aluminum and with a weight of 1.9 kilograms, we find Intel Core i5 8250U processors in the most reasonably priced configurations, and the Intel Core i7 8550U for those with the best features. Furthermore, their hardware configurations start at 8 GB of RAM along with the NVIDIA MX150 as a graphics processor. And we can also choose storage from 128 GB in SSD format, or combine the SSD with a 1 TB HDD hard drive.

  • Intel Core i5-8250U processor + 8 GB + 256 GB SSD + MX150
  • Intel Core i5-8250U processor + 8GB + 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD + MX150
  • Intel Core i7-8550U processor + 8 GB + 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD + MX150

With these technical specifications of the Huawei Matebook D, according to the company we can reach 10 hours of battery life with mixed-use. Its price starts from 670 euros, though the official rates for the Spanish market have not yet been announced. The physical and wireless connections are unchanged compared to the first generation of the Huawei Matebook D, so the primary change is in the jump to the new generation of processors. Better performance and also a higher level of energy efficiency.

Multi-touch tablets for the classrooms. Simple and low-cost devices

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As the days go by, the start of a new school year approaches, and millions of students from the most basic to the superior levels are getting ready to go back to class once again. There are novelties every year, and among them we can see a major inclusion of PCs and other devices designed for everyone. Today, we are going to talk about multi-touch tablets.

These models boast several features that makes them more appealing than laptops in a major way, for example, smaller dimensions or the ability to write directly on them without having to use keyboards, which translates into devices that are lighter and easier to carry around. If we add another series of balanced features, like the price, for example, we can find useful and low-cost devices that could perform well in theory. Down below, we will show you a list of some of the devices that, despite coming from discrete brands in some cases, try to get their slice of the cake by enticing groups such as students.

1. Archos 101E NEON

We open up with one of the products on the gala technology. In some of the most important technologies fairs on this year, it has been showing its new supports in both table and smartphone format. In this case, we show you the 101E NEON, that for about 114 euros, offers features like a 10,1” screen with various simultaneous pressure points and a resolution of 1024×600 píxels, a processor disigned by MediaTek that reaches 1,3 Ghz and Android 5.1. Even though it doesn’t have Windows, it is possible to download text processors in it. Its storage capacity is 32 GB, and its RAM is 1 GB.

2. Multi touch but simple Tablets. Anteck 7

In the second place we find a more discreet terminal in every sense. Its 7” screen  recognizes 5 simultaneous pulses. Just as the first device that we show you, this one works with Lollipop too and it’s possible to install in it some apps to write and store writtings. Its RAM also stays at 1 GB and the initial storage is 8 GB, expandable with Micro SD. Talking about networks, it’s ready for 2G and 3G and besides that, it counts with two cameras. The back one of 2 Mpx and the frontal of 0,3. Like we said at the beginning when we presented you this model, its features are very modest, including its price, about 70 euros in the main Internet shopping portals.

3. Xoro PAD

As we are seeing, the shown multi-touch tablets are affordable, and because of this, we can not ask cutting-edge services. However, for those who are a little more demanding, the third option may result interesting. Like we said a few days ago, on the working environment and on classrooms, Windows offers more solvency than Android. Xoro Pad counts with the 8.1 version of this platform. In addition, it has a 9” screen accompained of a resolution of 1280×800 píxels, a processor that reaches 1,84 Ghz at specific moments, a 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage capacity. Even though it has an interface that today is very criticized, factors like its board mode, or its WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth and 3G can compensate it. It is around 159 euros.

4. iRULU eXpro 3

Another of the points in common of all of these supports, is the fact that they come, mostly, from unknown firms at least in Spain. On the fourth place, we show you a terminal that presumes to be compact: Just 7”. Despite of recognizing various simultaneous pressure points, writting on it could be a little uncomfortable because of its dimensions. The rest of its features are these: Android 6.0 according to its creators, expandable internal memory up to 32 GB, 1 GB of RAM and support for 3G and WiFi. It is equipped with two cameras of 0,3 Mpx. When it was launched a few months ago, its released price was close to 90 euros. Today it is possible to find it for about 56 euros. Do you think this last amount is appropriate having these specifications?

5. MaiTai 10

The last of the multi-touch tablets we are going to show you today comes, as you can think by its name, from chinese technology. This model, that cost about 119 euros, comes with the following features: 10,1” screen with QHD resolution, processor that reaches 2 Ghz peaks and two cameras of 8 and 2 Mpx. All of this set this terminal as usefull for more demanding users and for those who looks for a model focussed on leisure. It’s equipped with Android Nougat and admits several text formats like PDF, txt or html. It also can be use as ebook. It has a 8.000 mAh battery.

As you have been able to check, if you investigate with some patience, it’s possible to find  a lot of terminal that, with higher or lower success, try to go for specific types of users. Do you think these options we have shown you, may be usefull por certain gruops of students? Wich ones do you think might be the weaknesses that would winder its entry? In case of being one of those who are going back to classroom in a few days, what methods do you prefer to be up to date? We leave you related information avialable like for example, a list with educational apps that may complement the devices so you can know and learn more.

 

What mobile apps consume the most data?

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The now usual mobile devices that we all carry around most of the day are increasingly powerful, not only because of their out-of-the-box internal specifications, but also because of the importance of the apps and OS that make them work.

It is evident that this software should work, if possible, just like the hardware of these products, meaning that the programs that we use daily should offer more features as the hardware is improved. Such is the issue that in many occasions we find ourselves facing the inconvenience of having a performance that leaves a lot to be desired when trying to use the latest tools in a quite old device.

This is something that also happens regarding the mobile data that we have, depending on the data contract, as apps increasingly consume more data as time goes by. Of course, this happens because the services offered by the companies are much more affordable than in the past, with a greater bandwidth and larger amounts of data, which is something that app developers take advantage of. However, the problem arises when both elements come together, that is, apps that consume a lot of resources and a lot of data, the worst part being that they do it without us even using them.

In many cases, if we focus on the unnecessary data usage, we do not realize that there are some software programs that we typically use that cause havoc with our contract’s data, spending it unnecessarily. Therefore, we will show you down below what apps spend the most in this sense so that you can assess whether it really is worth keeping them installed or not.

We have to keep in mind that many of the apps that we are going to show you do not need to be open for them to use your data sometimes excessively, as it is enough to only turn our phone on for them to start running in the background.

It is clear that this is especially important for those who spend most of the day away from any available Wi-Fi network, meaning that they are almost constantly using their 3G/4G connection.

Facebook

Whether it is looking for new contact suggestions (by updating our personal wall in the background for the moment when we run the app) or sending notifications and alerts, the social network ranks first as the most data-consuming app.

Instagram

In a very similar way to the previous one, Instagram, Zuckerberg’s other great social network, also consumes a lot of data. Besides, in this case, we must take into account that most of the consumption is related to photos and videos, which is what this particular app is focused on.

Firefox

Among the web browsers for mobile devices that we can choose nowadays, Mozilla’s app is the one that consumes the most data, at least until the arrival of Quantum, the brand’s project that will be released shortly. It is already in beta phase, and this browser’s version promises to optimize data consumption, among other things.

The Weather Channel

Most of us have installed an extra app besides the one that comes by default with the system in order to be properly informed about the weather forecast at all times. The Weather Channel, which is an app owned by IBM, is one of the most popular apps worldwide, and given that its focus revolves around using dynamic screens, the data consumption is constant and high compared to its competitors.

WhatsApp

In this list, we could not miss the messaging app par excellence, WhatsApp, which nowadays is majorly used throughout the day for many things, like voice, data, exchanging multimedia files, and video calls. However, it keeps consuming data in the background even if we are not using it.

Chrome

Google’s option for these tasks is the second web browser that we find in this list, although the brand is working to reduce the data consumption as much as possible because it is aware of the problems that are being caused.

DU Battery Saver

Although it might seem somewhat contradictory, DU Battery Saver has also been featured on this list based on the report made by the security firm Avast. We are talking about an app that has been designed to help us optimize the battery usage, but it does the opposite with the available mobile data.

Facebook Lite

Although this is the official light version of Mark Zuckerberg’s popular social network app, this lightness is largely focused on the space it takes up, whereas in terms of data it consumes it even when it is in the background, like its “big sister”, without being used at that moment.

Google Play Store

At the bottom of the list, we find Android’s official store, although in a way having it on the list is only logical due to the updates and improvements of the installed apps that it performs by itself.

Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset, review and opinion

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The best

  • Design
  • The games’ sound
  • Removable microphone

The worst

  • The controls only work with the USB connector
  • The headband’s padding
  • The music sounds quite flat

Lenovo Y headsets

Gaming headsets have earned the right to be one of the most important gaming peripherals for any gamer, not only because of their sound quality but also because of the immersive feeling you can get with them.

In this article, we are going to carry out a thorough review of the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Headset, a model that ends up being the brand’s sole representative in this sector, just like it was with the Lenovo M800 gaming mouse that we reviewed recently.

We have to say that this is the brand’s first try in this sector, which already has very interesting models and where brands have been developing and constantly improving this type of accessories for a long time. Thanks to the current eSports boom, these peripherals are achieving increasing sales figures.

This model is not happy with being unnoticed, as it has all the features that anyone can ask for in a headset. We will see if it is capable of facing the best headsets.

Design

When you see this headset for the first time, you cannot fail to notice how striking it is. Its combination of red and black elements displays a unique aesthetic, especially highlighting the red-backlit Y sign on each of the speakers, with the possibility of using several effects.

Once we have the headset in our hands, we realize that it is quite light and has a decent volume. The fact that it is big does not hinder us excessively when carrying it from one place to another, as it can be folded into a size that is more compact and easy to carry.

As for the quality of the materials, this review of the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset shows us that it is in line with what was shown in the Lenovo M800, meaning that we have black plastic, which covers the device on the outside, alongside another piece made in a translucent red where the earpads rest. These earpads are made of a leather that is quite soft to the touch, and we see a breathable red fabric inside the speaker.

The headband is covered by leather, which feels almost identical to that of the earpads, and it shows the embossed Lenovo logo. On the inside, it is padded and covered by the same breathable red fabric that we see inside the speakers.

A striking and curious element is that the headset has two connections, a typical 3.5 mm jack to use it with the smartphone, and a USB connector through which both the audio and the microphone work.

Comfort

The headband provides the right pressure so that it stays in place seamlessly. The problem with it is that its padding is too hard, meaning that it can be slightly uncomfortable depending on how we wear it.

The opposite happens with the earpads, as they have a pretty substantial size that provides enough room to accommodate our ears.  The problem is their padding. The padding is very soft, which is generally appreciated, but in some cases your ears can rub against the fabric inside the padding, and this area is much harder and uncomfortable, so the headset can bother us during long gaming sessions if we do not wear it properly.

Even after knowing this and after testing the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset, it would be unfair to say that this headset is uncomfortable. If it is placed well, it offers enough comfort for a prolonged usage and does not get too hot while we are wearing it.

Sound quality

In terms of its features, we can expect a 40 mm driver and a 7.1 surround sound system that promises an incredible performance with games and movies. This would allow us to identify the sound’s direction and origin, giving us an advantage with action games.

We got the promised results while playing different games, as we were able to identify our enemies’ direction and origin, and get an outstanding ambient sound.

At a musical level, the device’s impressions have not met the expectations if we take into account how good we felt about the headset’s performance with games during our review of the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset.

This is obviously not a headset that is going to be used for music, but it is always nice to have an overall good sound quality. Here we can appreciate more clearly what this headset is really made for.

The overall sound is somewhat flat, as we can notice both a lack of mids and sharpness in highs, as well as some lows that are somewhat higher than what the music suggests. The equalization manages to correct this issue a little, although the best thing to do is not to change the curve too much. Something similar happens with movies, although with them the experience is better: a sharper voice and slightly artificial-sounding effects.

The microphone has its own audio jack to connect it to the headset, so it can rotate on itself to remove it when we do not need it. Moreover, it can be adjusted to put it however it suits us best. Thanks to its noise-cancelling system, the sound reception is quite accurate, as our voice can be heard sharply and clearly.

We have the volume control, which is featured on the cord, to adjust the headset’s volume and lock the mic by just pressing a button.

Software

A software to manage the headset could not be missing, as this is something that is now common in gaming accessories However, during our review of the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset, we verified that we do not need the software because the headset works anyway. Of course, we will not have some features, such as the lighting or the volume control with the built-in buttons, which ends up being annoying if we want to connect the headset to something other than a PC.

Once it is installed, we confirm that the app can only be opened when the headset is connected. When we open the app, we see that the interface design is really clear, and we have 8 main sections where we can adjust different sound elements.

Although each of the audio configuration sections can be clearly seen as soon as we activate and modify them, the truth is that the effects are not as beneficial as one might expect. In the end, it is best to simply set the equalization curve that we like the most and that best suits our ear.

Setting up the led lighting is quite simple, although we appreciate the possibilities that are offered. We are able to adjust the light intensity in 3 levels, as well as having a pulse effect with two speeds, keeping the light glowing steadily or turning it off.

The mic also has its own settings with an independent volume control and Magic Voice, Xear’s voice modulator, which modifies the sound so that our voice can be that of a duck or a tyrannosaurus, among others. This is something curious, but it can surely make us laugh.

Conclusion

After what we saw while testing the Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset, we can reward it with good scores. It performs adequately in every sense, although it stands out the most in the section for which it has been designed: gaming.

With eSports being increasingly popular, having the right headsets has become crucial for gamers, and this Lenovo model manages to offer an adequate performance for them. We can make the most out of any situation thanks to the accuracy of the sound during game sessions, which is high, and a microphone that works very well.

Getting used to this Lenovo gaming headset is not hard, although there are a couple of elements that could have been better, such as the padding of both the headband and the earpads. As for ergonomics, there are no complaints because the headset adapts perfectly to the head, and its lightness also helps.

The Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound Headset’s price point is around 32 dollars on Lenovo’s official store, which is quite high, although it is true that it has everything it needs to find a place for itself on this competitive market where it has rivals as tough as the Corsair Void Surround.

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What do we know about Android battery degradation and what can we do to avoid it

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Apple is going through a hard time with iOS. An exhaustive report has outed the guys from Cupertino: they are reducing the performance of the old terminals to try and enlarge the battery duration that, as time passes, loses capacity and hours of use because of the physical degradation. Even though this story is impacting iPhones, it is not a problem exclusive to these smartphones.

The degradation of lithium ion batteries affects all of the Android smartphones and besides losing autonomy it can affect the performance, but up until now, no manufacturer has given any details on the potency reduction. The problem is real and it doesn’t matter what we do because the usage itself will take place one way or the other. Now, we can control it and take measures in order to have a healthy battery.

What we know: after the first year, batteries lose capacity

Every time we charge our battery when it’s below 70% we initiate a cycle. So, if we charge our phone daily, we are doing approximately 360 cycles per year. Analysts specialized on ion-lithium batteries, such as Battery University, have built reports explaining how the degradation works.

According to their studies, starting from the 300 to 500 cycles the battery’s performance starts to change and the energy to reduce. In other words: since the first year of use, the smartphone will have less and less capacity and because of this we will have to initiate charging cycles sooner, forcing the rhythm and as a consequence, using our phone for less time. (more…)