Review Tech Best Product Reviews Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:39:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless vs Sennheiser HD1 Headphones: Which One Has the Edge? Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:33:27 +0000 ‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile ...

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‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile world. They also have a reputation for creating very expensive headphones like the Orpheus or the HD800s.

Beyerdynamic is a company that doesn’t have as much a reputation among newcomers to the world of high fidelity audio, but they do have a strong name that is backed by many knowledgeable enthusiasts the world over. Both of these companies are absolute titans when it comes to delivering some of the best headphones ever made, period.

We felt it was appropriate to put these two German kings head to head and compare a pair of their most recent products: Beyerdynamics Aventho Wireless and the Sennheiser HD1s. Similar in price range, power and style, these are brands that are aiming at the same audience, more or less. But which is better, for specific purposes and in general?

The Specs

Like any curious audiophile, you’re probably wondering how they compare on a technical level, so let’s get that out of the way. Both of these headphones are in the same price range, so they’re virtually identical when it comes to that. Both are closed-back headphones, meaning that the sound will not bleed through the casing. Closed-back headphones provide better isolation from external noise, though typically have less accurate or less authentic soundstage (the quality of emulating the position of instruments relative to your ear).

When it comes to impedance, both are in the same ballpark. Impedance is measured in ohms, and is an indication of a headphones’ power. The higher the impedance is, the more amplification it will require to function at optimal levels, though higher impedance is heavily correlated with better sound quality. All of the best reviewed and expensive headphones often have impedances ranging from 200 to 600 ohms.

The Aventho scores at 32 ohms, and the HD1 scores at 18. Theoretically, the Aventho is the more powerful pair but generally speaking the difference between 18 and 32 is negligible and probably isn’t even noticeable at all. 16-32 ohms is the common range and anything under 50 ohms can be easily powered by any simple portable device like a smartphone, requiring no external amplification. On paper, the Aventho wins by a small amount, but the difference is so minor that it may not even count in the end.


These headphones are very similar in aesthetics and appearance. The Aventho comes in two colors and the HD1 comes in a few, but they all go for the same kind of faux-leather look with muted, calm colors like brown, beige and black. Think of expensive sofas or the interior of luxury vehicles, these things often act as the influence for a lot of stylish looking headphones these days.

Both headphones have the velour faux-leather headband that splits into the adjustable metal bars that connect to the speakers. The pads themselves are the same color and fabric as the headbands. The combination of thin steel and velour gives them a very particular look, one that says they are half modern, half old fashioned, which is very likely a deliberate choice.

It was a hard pick as they both look quite similar but the HD1 wins when it comes to looks. The headband features stitching that gives it just a slight edge when it comes to character, and the metal pieces are more attractive and shinier looking, plus they sport the Sennheiser logo as a holographic symbol.


Comfort is a very important factor when it comes to just about any headphones. You are potentially going to have these things on your head for hours at a time, be that for music sessions, movies or gaming. The Sennheiser HD1s are the clear winner of this category.

The Aventho’s, like some of Beyerdynamic’s other brand, namely the DT1350, are a little too tight on the head. It’s ironic because these headphones are very adjustable and can fit any sized head and even feature swiveling ear cups. But they start to get too tight after a couple of hours. The earcups themselves are also supra-aural or on-the ear, meaning they push against your ears instead of completely enveloping them.

The HD1s are circum-aural or over-the ear, so they will completely cover your ears which always makes for a more relaxing experience. The headband is also a little softer and thicker than the Aventho’s and they have a wider girth, resulting in a less tight and more comfortable resting on the head. The HD1 also has much softer and thicker earpads. They feel like miniature pillows resting on your head.

Sound Quality

Here we go; this is arguably the only category that matters for some of you. The Sennheiser HD1s feature very good bass and mid-range frequencies, but are a little muddy on the high end trebles and soprano ranges. This might be a deal breaker if you listen to music that heavily relies on such ranges, like metal music or even some classical. Virtually every other genre of music sounds great, and if you have a very analytical way of listening to music and want to notice every minute detail, these headphones will satisfy your needs.

The Beyerdynamic Aventho is of course a wireless headphone, and often wireless headphones sacrifice quality for this extra convenience. That is not the case with the Aventhos so we have to give extra points to Beyerdynamic for that. All ranges of frequencies, low, mid and high, are represented quite nicely. The bass and the treble never seem to be inadequate and are always discernible and noticeable. The problem here is that they can’t handle heavy instrumentation. Pop and hip hop for example will be fine, but any tracks with lots of instruments (classical or big band) will suffer a bit. These headphones struggle at multitasking several different sounds and textures.

We’ve said this before, but it was a hard one to decide. In most respects, these headphones have a lot in common but ultimately we have to go with the HD1s. They are our winner for both sound quality and are overall the better headphones, even if only slightly. While the high end could be a little more crisp and clear, they are more analytical in their presentation and are better at exposing details. The nail in the coffin of the Aventhos was their lack of handling multiple instruments at once well enough.

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Final Thoughts

These are both great models that have hit the market rather recently, and we earnestly believe that anyone who buys either one of these will be deeply satisfied. It’s true that the HD1s are slightly more comfortable, better looking and better sounding, but it really was a photo finish throughout this article. We hope you enjoyed seeing these two great but slightly flawed products go head to head and we hope you end up having the pleasure of owning one of them soon.

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AKG K92 Headphones: To Buy or Not to Buy Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:48:10 +0000 The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they ...

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The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they have remained utterly unrivaled and unchallenged in attracting new members of the audiophile community.

AKG released a new pair that is also trying to gain some ground on this specific demographic. The AKG K92, an even less expensive pair of headphones, is trying to attract the same userbase as the HD598’s, though at an even lower price. Does it have what it takes to compete?

What comes in the box

The packaging of the K92 is standard affair. The cable length is 3 meters long, which already implies that indoor environments are what AKG had in mind with these headphones – more on that later. AKG also included a 6.3mm screw-on adapter, so that anyone who wants to plug in the K92 into an amplifier or a device with a larger input hole can do so. The headphones are fairly light, only weighing about half a pound or so. The earcups are circumaural, meaning they completely envelop your ears, as opposed to pushing against them. This combined with the light weight makes for a very comfortable piece of equipment.

The color and styling of the headphones is quite appealing. The black and gold combination gives it the look of a luxury item, but isn’t flashy or shiny enough to be considered excessive or over the top.

Tech Specs

AKG’s K92 doesn’t have any mind blowing specs that will intrigue audiophiles right off the bat, like with a much more expensive pair such as Beyerdynamic’s DT 990. The K92’s impedance is 32 ohms, which is fairly standard. This means they don’t need much extra power at all, and do not require external amplification from a dedicated headphone amplifier. Again, this is a technical detail that already heavily hints at the kind of consumer AKG is aiming for with these headphones. The K92s will work no problem by being directly plugged into virtually any device that plays audio, including phones or tablets.

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Sound Quality

There’s a couple of things that need to be gotten out of the way before we continue. For its price range, the quality of these headphones are pretty good. With the exception of some of Grado or Audio Technica’s cheapest over-ear headphones, the K92 does demolish a lot of the cheap brands that sell for similar prices like Skull Candy. But does the K92 offer a sound that’s as impressive as, say, the ATH-M20 or the SR-60e, which are just outside the K92’s price range?

For starters, the noise isolation on the K92 is adequate. While external, ambient noise is not completely blocked out, as you can still hear sounds when no music is playing, the noise reduction is perfectly fine as long as you have music playing at a decent volume. This is important as these are closed-back headphones, which means they prioritize noise isolation over characteristics associated with sound quality, like soundstage or imaging.

And how is the K92’s soundstage? It’s okay. Again, these are budget headphones, and that must always be taken into account when trying to compare different headphones, otherwise the only pair anyone would ever recommend in any situation would be the Sennheiser Orpheus. So compared to unknown brands one might find in a department store or HMV, the K92 will give the listener a taste of what the phenomenon of soundstage is like. You will be able to slightly detect different instruments coming from different directions. However, soundstage is a quality best experienced via open back headphones, and as such it is still quite limited on this pair.

It also isn’t the most suitable pair for being an all-rounder on the frequency spectrum. It manages to portray mids perfectly fine. Bass is mostly good and gives a noticeable vibration of a punch to low end frequencies without succumbing to any irritating hissing or buzzing like some cheap headphones do on strong low end frequencies. Vocals and voices in general are not too great, as they are often a bit too drowned out by other instruments. This won’t be a problem if you mainly listen to instrumental music. Having a music player with decent equalizer settings will be ideal if you purchase the K92s.

The treble is fairly weak, regardless of what genre of music is played. A brand like Grado is well known for having cheaper pairs with great treble, which is good news for fans of rock or metal. The K92s seem to be better suited for genres such as hip hop, rap, electronic, and various styles of pop that don’t take advantage of the entire scale of frequencies.

Who should buy these headphones?

While these cans fall short in some ares, it must be said that they are much better than your typical sub-$100 headphones. If you are on a very tight budget and are only used to something like Apple earbuds, the AKG K92 will satisfy your needs. However, if you’re already used to something that is in a higher price range or are simply willing to spend twice the amount of money, you’d be better off with some of the other items previously mentioned in this review. They’ll also work perfectly fine if movies, television or gaming is what you mainly will use them for.

The AKG K92 are a solid effort at delivering a value product for its price range and certainly are the better decision compared to many other cheap brands. Despite its flubs, its a reasonable entry into the ever growing list of gateway headphones that help introduce more people to the world of high definition audio.

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Sony XBR65X900E: A 4K Smart TV with a Lot to Offer Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:41:12 +0000 Each passing year, 4K TV sets, Smart TVs, or televisions that offer the best of both worlds are entering more households. This year alone, more and more newer models have entered the market and the decision to settle on one product becomes more and more complex. While Sony has several different models, all with different ...

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Each passing year, 4K TV sets, Smart TVs, or televisions that offer the best of both worlds are entering more households. This year alone, more and more newer models have entered the market and the decision to settle on one product becomes more and more complex. While Sony has several different models, all with different screen sizes and specifications, the XBR65X900E, or just X900E, is one of their newest additions. Does it have the ability to satisfy all kinds of customers: gamers, Netflix bingers and the like?

The Specifications

The X900E model we’re looking at here is a 65 inch set that weighs 77 pounds. It has wi-fi functionality, four HDMI ports, possesses full-array LED backlighting, and of course is an Ultra High Definition screen which supports full 4K resolution. Being a Smart TV, it can easily connect to a wireless router and provide access to streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Netflix. It comes with a plastic stand, but is also fully capable of being mounted on a wall.

The Benefits of the UHD Upgrade

Some might say it is still too early to spend the extra cash to make the upgrade from 1080p (2 million pixels) to 4K/UHD (8 million pixels). While many consider the difference in resolution definition to be very noticeable, it ultimately depends on what services you’ll be using. Is it mostly for Netflix? The website has some programs that offer 4K streaming, but the list isn’t entirely exhaustive. Will you mostly be gaming on this TV? You’re going to need either a powerful gaming computer, or a console like the Playstation 4 Pro.

HDR Gaming with PlayStation 4

Many Youtube videos offer resolutions higher than 1080p, including 1440p and 2160p (4K). Someone who watches a lot of content from there could also get the benefits of upgrading. And while satellite programs are slowly starting to release more and more higher resolution programs, the majority of content will still be in 720p or 1080p, as those are still by far the most common resolutions. A TV like the X900E would be best purchased by someone who constantly uses at least a couple of these options.

Picture Quality

In addition to having four times the pixel count of standard 1080p screens, the X900E has multiple features to separate it from the rest of the competition. Full array LED lighting gives it clear picture from any viewing angles, making the contrast between dark and light colors more distinct. In other words, dark scenes will be darker, and bright scenes will be brighter, to provide a more realistic representation of how light looks. In movies or games, details that are literally hiding in the shadows will be more apparent than on other sets.

Sony XBR65X900E ScreenThe HDR, or High Dynamic Range, of the X900E is extremely well done. Many TV sets or monitors fail to constantly adjust to different color displays or lighting scenarios. It can make some situations look fantastic, but others look drabby or blurry. With HDR, the fidelity or the realism of the image is extremely authentic and realistic. Just like how people wear glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision and make their world look more clearly defined, HDR aims to make all lighting situations look as real as possible.

The size of the TV also helps add to the visual fidelity. A 65 inch screen is very large, and would be much too big for lower resolutions. With 900,000 pixels in 720p or 2 million in 1080p, the pixels get enlarged and stretched out the bigger the screen is. Viewing distances need to be taken into account too, since you may not notice the pixelation from a few feet or a couple meters away. But the 8 million pixels 4K provides being paired with a screen exceeding 60 inches is an ideal combo. Whether you’re watching from 3 feet away or 10, the picture quality will still be excellent.

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Extra Components

Quite thin for its screen size and weight

77 pounds makes for a fairly heavy device, and with wall mounting becoming more and more popular, the X900E’s weight makes that the ideal approach. It does come with a plastic stand, but it is centered rather than being placed at both edges, which is a little less practical for a TV with this weight. On the plus side, the X900E is quite thin for its screen size and weight, which makes it easy enough to balance, and has an ideal composition for wall mounting.

The screen also features a refresh rate of 120hz, double the standard. While there are not many devices that can take advantage of a frame rate above 60, it could be a reasonable screen for anyone with a powerful gaming computer. Though you would have to have something that can run 4K and 120fps at the same time, which is a feat as expensive as it is uncommon.

The input lag of the X900E is estimated at around 32-35ms, which is adequate for gaming, though many purists would much prefer it to be 10ms at the most. It’s not the most practical feature for a modern day TV set to have, but it could come in handy for some.

X900E Series / Inputs

Like many 4K TVs, it is still lacking in the audio department. The speakers are fine, but they boast no real audio fidelity that is the sound equivalent of HDR. There’s a standard 3.5mm headphone jack that will probably see as much use as an old CRT lying in someone’s attic. Investing in a sound bar with a digital optical input for high quality speakers would be advised for anyone wishing to go the full mile.

Final Thoughts

If you still think your current 1080p setup looks fine, then by all means put your upgrading dreams on hiatus. But if you feel that your current television has inadequate looking dark shadows or bright colors, or you’re simply not capitalizing on higher resolution streaming or your PS4 Pro, Sony’s X900E is a great addition or replacement to your existing tech lineup. The colors are phenomenal, the size is perfect for 4K resolution, and it could serve as a great investment down the years as more gaming and television streaming services release higher grade content with more consistency. UHD content.

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Vizio D43n-e1: A 1080p Screen with Value Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:26:28 +0000 Periodically upgrading one’s screen, be it a computer monitor or a TV set, is an inevitable duty for most of us. After the more essential luxuries of a better home or a better car are attained, we often set out to acquire a better electronics den, and the TV screen is the center piece of ...

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Periodically upgrading one’s screen, be it a computer monitor or a TV set, is an inevitable duty for most of us. After the more essential luxuries of a better home or a better car are attained, we often set out to acquire a better electronics den, and the TV screen is the center piece of the room. With so much information about 4K and Smart TVs buzzing around these days, we sometimes forget that many people still just want a large, affordable and reliable screen that offers the basics in 1080p resolution.

Vizio’s D-Series 43n-E1 is meant to offer a basic option for customers who don’t need the most cutting edge TV set. While the brand offers many UHD sets with various other features. The D43n is a bare bones television that promises to deliver only where it counts, but we’ll see how much it delivers on that promise.


  • The D43n features a 42.5 inch screen. This is a large size, and is recommended to be used at viewing distances of at least a few feet. Some might say that this is too small and 50+ inches is the standard, but there’s a sweet spot to be considered with around 40 inches. Again, this screen is only 1080p, which means it has roughly 2 million pixels. Generally speaking, the more pixels, the better. However, the bigger the screen, the bigger the pixels, and nobody wants pixelated images.


  • To put it simply, 1080p will start to look too blurry on larger screens, and sizes as large as 50 inches should be saved for the 4K screens (8 million pixels).
  • The picture quality of the D43n is very impressive for its price range and for being an LCD TV. The technology referred to as “full array LED lighting” means that the screen produces its light from behind the glass in a uniformed manner, making the image look vibrant and crystal clear from any viewing angle.
  • The D43n also has 2 HDMI ports, which is the standard amount these days, and is 60hz, so it will be a good fit for modern day video game consoles that have standard frame rates. It is wall-mountable, and only weighs around 25 pounds, which is light for a screen size of roughly 43 inches.
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  • The D43n was deliberately designed to be a more minimalist option, in comparison to 4K resolution Smart TVs. What it aims to do, it does well, but anyone looking for a more complete package will be disappointed by this option.
  • This set offers no wi-fi capabilities, so it cannot be controlled with a smartphone to access sites like Youtube, for example. The biggest flaw for most people, however, would be the lack of Netflix or Hulu functionality. This set works perfectly fine if you only care about connectivity to a Playstation, a cable or satellite service, or to a DVD or Blu Ray player. But without wireless functionality, the only way to display streaming services on this TV would be to connect a laptop or PC via one of the HDMI ports, which is quickly becoming an outdated method.
  • The sound quality for the D43n is also nothing special, but nothing inadequate either. Audiophiles would benefit from plugging in external speakers or surround sound systems to the TV, but that of course increases the amount of money to spend. It’s also annoying that all of the input ports are on the backside of the TV, rather than being placed on one of the sides. It can become frustrating having to reach all the way to the back of the device to plug or unplug anything due to this hard to access design. If you have a lot of wires to deal with, you will want to keep this in mind.
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Who should buy this TV?

Anyone who doesn’t want to spend over $1000 on a television should definitely consider getting Vizio’s D43n. While it doesn’t have many features, what it does do for the most part is quite impressive. It’s one of the best 1080p screens in its price range and size, and will satisfy anyone who doesn’t need 4K or the perks of wi-fi compatibility. The D43n won’t impress everyone, but it will certainly please the specific audience it’s aiming for.

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Avast vs Norton: Which Keeps your Computer Safer? Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:27:23 +0000 If you are searching for reliable antivirus software for your computer, figuring which one best addresses your specific needs and budget can be quite difficult given the large number of options you have to choose from. If you spend enough time going through all the information you can get on the internet, your search will ...

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If you are searching for reliable antivirus software for your computer, figuring which one best addresses your specific needs and budget can be quite difficult given the large number of options you have to choose from.

If you spend enough time going through all the information you can get on the internet, your search will eventually lead you to these two extremely popular antivirus software options: Avast and Norton.

Before we try to decipher which of these two systems reigns supreme, let us take a closer look at each one:


Avast - You are Protected

Avast provides all of the basics one would want from an antivirus system. It allows you to browse the web safely and blocks any malicious attacks that come your way. It provides an additional firewall, gives you improved privacy, and helps you deal with the hordes of spam that you are constantly being bombarded with.

Avast also offers a feature known as “Safezone” that allows gamers to navigate potentially dangerous servers without having their PC compromised. It provides an added layer of security for all of your game profiles and private information – like your credit card information – associated with your profile.

The one glaring weakness of Avast is the lack of parental controls. However, it is free to download and use, and it certainly offers a lot of features.


Norton - You are ProtectedWithout a doubt, Norton is the more established brand when it comes to providing internet security. The brand is recognized all over the world, even by those who aren’t computer savvy. It does an excellent job of defending your computer from any malicious programs that come its way, and it also give you more options as far as how you want to deal with each particular threat it finds. That might not mean much to those who aren’t particularly knowledgeable about the inner workings of a computer, but technology geeks will certainly appreciate it.

Norton is well-known for providing stellar coverage across a wide range of devices, and that has led to a few accolades for the software brand over the years, including a bronze award for AV testing.

With Norton, the user is in full control of how the software works. There are easy-to-use parental controls that give parents the ability to control what their children can do on the computer when they are not around. If you need to free up some processing power, there is a sleep mode that allows Norton to run in the background. Norton also monitors your network for any disruptions or attacks. There’s also a two-way firewall.

Another noteworthy feature of Norton; it helps you create a recovery disc that can be used to backup your operating system and most important files. If your computer ends up crashing or becomes unrecoverable for any reason.

Norton does all the little things you don’t always think to do. It scans discs that are inserted automatically, addressing any malicious programs that might be hidden in it before there is an opportunity for the virus to infect other files. It also scans attachments you receive with your messages to ensure they are safe before you download them.

There is a well-established customer support system that can be reached at any time of the day, so there is always someone to talk to if you require assistance. Norton’s support staff is well known for how quickly they respond to support tickets.

Comparing the two systems

Just by going over these two systems individually, it’s hard to argue against the fact that Norton offers a lot more protection and features. That’s to be expected considering the fact that Norton is one of the older antivirus software manufacturers, so the company has had lots of time to fine-tune their product.

The only thing that makes some people hesitate before committing to Norton is that it requires a paid subscription to use. From time to time, the company does offer limited promotions, typically a 30-day free trial. If you have not used a free trial for their software in the past, you might be eligible to try it out for free.

Regardless of if you decide to continue with a paid subscription or not, Norton is certainly the more complete package.

The best thing about Avast is the fact that it is completely free, so, if you end up with a PC that does not have any current protection, and you do not feel like shelling out a few bucks to purchase a Norton subscription, getting Avast’s free antivirus software is the next best thing. With Avast, you still get all the basic things that you need to keep your computer safe from the typical threats that you are exposed to when surfing the internet.

Malicious scripts are automatically blocked. You can scan your system for known threats, and the software automatically removes any virus it detects during the scan. You also have the option of performing a quick scan, which only targets the locations on your PC that are most susceptible to attacks. Another noteworthy feature is the boot-scan option. This allows you to scan your entire system before your operating system is booted. This is especially useful if you have malware that’s hidden when your PC is running.

It is no surprise that Avast is one of the most downloaded antivirus software systems in the world. It’s hard to believe that something that’s free can be so useful. If you decide to upgrade to a subscription, you get access to a few more features like the “Real Site” feature that helps you detect phishing sites and other shady websites. With a paid subscription, you also get access to a sandbox which you can use to test any files you want virtually without any risk to your PC. You will also be able to utilize the firewall when you get a paid subscription.

Wrapping up

As you can see from all the information we shared above, Norton and Avast are two excellent options to go with if your goal is to keep your computer safe from online threats. Norton is the more comprehensive program, but that comes with a price tag. Norton isn’t just an antivirus system, it a complete PC management tool.

Avast on the other hand is a complete antivirus program that will keep your computer safe when you browse the web, and it has a few features that help you manage your computer as well. All of these come free of charge, and if you are willing to spend a little to upgrade to a subscription, you get access to a few more tools and features.

It comes down to what works best for you. If you are simply looking for a way to protect your PC, Avast is the way to go. If you are looking for a way to manage your PC, and control how others in your home can use it and your internet network, and keep all your important files regularly backed up, the benefits you would get from a Norton subscription surely outweigh the costs.

Norton key features

Norton Antivirus

  • Virus scans
  • Helps monitor wireless network
  • Creates backup files
  • Parental controls leave you in charge
  • Excellent support staff
  • Firewall

Avast key features

Avast Free Antivirus

  • Free
  • Virus scans
  • Helps monitor networks
  • Software updater
  • Privacy controls

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Best Back to School Laptop Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:37:09 +0000 Every student needs a decent computer for college, high school, or even middle school. The best back-to-school laptop should be efficient, reliable, and for your benefit, affordable. Asus ZenBook UX310UA meets all of those requirements. It can handle any task a student needs in school or anywhere for that matter with ease. And it looks ...

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Every student needs a decent computer for college, high school, or even middle school. The best back-to-school laptop should be efficient, reliable, and for your benefit, affordable. Asus ZenBook UX310UA meets all of those requirements. It can handle any task a student needs in school or anywhere for that matter with ease. And it looks great while doing so.

Asus ZenBook UX310UA Keyboard


The Asus ZenBook UX310UA looks expensive, stylish, and overall gorgeous. This model’s design is similar to the more expensive Asus’s line of ultrabooks. In fact, it looks almost the same as Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-XS74T, which is the best Windows laptop from Asus at the moment.

The UX310UA ZenBook is lightweight (1.45kg) and thin. It looks a bit bulkier than other Zen models due to the fact that it fits in both an HDD and SSD. The frame is aluminum all around, which adds extra-sturdiness that students and especially parents will appreciate. The lid design on the Asus ZenBook UX310UA is very sharp. It’s so stylish that looks fit for a high-end office or business meeting. The device is available in several shades of silver and gold.

The only noticeable flaw to the UX310UA design is that the area directly surrounding keyboard will flex under pressure. It’s a common flaw for the entire ZenBook series.

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Hardware-wise, the Asus ZenBook UX310UA is more than sufficient for a student. It runs on an Intel Core i5-6200U (dual core) and has 8GB RAM (DD4). The device features 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD, which gives you more than enough storage space for school projects. Note that you shouldn’t rely on the 128 GB SSD for basic file storage, as Windows will claim over a half of it.

The UX310UA has an Intel HD Graphics 620, which means it works good, but not fast enough to run the latest games. Buying a gaming laptop is only necessary if you plan on playing newer games. The top gaming laptops are bulkier than the UX310UA, and more expensive as well.

Asus ZenBook UX310UA ScreenThe UX310UA has an amazing screen. The quality of the picture is stunning and comparable to a MacBook. Considering the difference in prices, the Asus ZenBook UX310UA definitely wins against Apple in terms of valueyou’re your dollar here. The anti-glare on the screen is of superior quality, which is a great thing for those who love to study outdoors. Unfortunately, despite the great colors, the onboard Intel HD Graphics 620 can’t support advanced graphics software. Therefore, it’s not the best laptop for design students or intensive video editing.

The trackpad on the Asus ZenBook UX310UA isn’t the best on the market. It works fairly well if you don’t count the pinch zoom. Two-finger scrolling works but is rather wonky. Therefore, it’s best to use the trackpad only for the most basic of functions.

The keyboard, despite the slight design flaw mentioned above, is great. Its design is convenient but you might need time to adjust to it at first. Note that the Asus ZenBook UX310UA has cooling fans. The majority of laptops that run on i5 have them as passive cooling alone isn’t enough for that system. The downside to superior cooling is noise, which will be noticeable in a quiet room.



The Asus ZenBook UX310UA performance is one of the main reasons why it’s the best back-to-school laptop. The device works extremely well, being on par with some of the best ultrabooks on the market. It does the job well and costs much less than a top-of-the-line, brand new release. The UX310UA can handle the standard student workload so long as it’s not used for 3D modeling or graphics intensive tasks. The graphics capabilities are fairly limited, so you shouldn’t expect much from it. Its performance is suitable for powering games 2-3 years old, but not much else.

This laptop can easily handle things like browsing and office tasks, which is an important consideration for working college students.

In order to keep performance sharp, you should install the best anti-virus software you can get. If you don’t have anti-virus installed, you risk getting viruses and clogging your machine up with harmful files that will make it slower and possibly put your personal data
at risk.

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The Asus ZenBook UX310UA battery is above average. Like the rest of this device, it’s solid, good, but not really outstanding. However, it’s better than most comparable models in the UX310UA price range.

You or anyone using it will be able to work on the Asus ZenBook UX310UA for close to 5 hours with moderate performance. If you don’t do anything too taxing, it can run for up to 8 hours. You’ll need to minimize brightness for that (about 35%), but the screen quality definitely allows for that.

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is the best back-to-school laptop you can find today because it’s well-balanced, has a durable metal frame, and is extremely stylish. It’s very fast, reliable, and efficient enough that it can compare to the more elite models. However, it’s affordable enough for an average student. Although the device has weak graphics, it has a very solid processor, battery, and a design that looks attractive in any setting.



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The 5 Best URL Shorteners to Earn You Money Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:58:34 +0000 Whoever said that money does not grow on trees might have been right, but there is a way that you can earn money without having to even lift a finger. URL shortening is an effortless way to make money online that doesn’t require much in the way IT skills to get up and running. URL ...

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Whoever said that money does not grow on trees might have been right, but there is a way that you can earn money without having to even lift a finger. URL shortening is an effortless way to make money online that doesn’t require much in the way IT skills to get up and running.

URL shortening services offer you the chance to shorten URLs which you can integrate into your website or post to your social media in order to make money. The whole process is quick and easy, and only requires you to cut and paste the shortened URL to make it work. Every time a person clicks on the URL link you have posted, you will receive cash payment directly into your URL shortening account. The money accrued will be automatically deposited into your bank account (or PayPal) at the end of the month. It really is as simple as that.

Before we reveal the highest-paying URL shortener companies, here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to start URL shortening.
  1. Choose the URL shortener company that you prefer the most.
  2. When you have your link, make a shortened URL of it in your URL shortener account.
  3. Start sharing your shortened link on social media or add it somewhere in your website.
  4. Job done! Now you only need to sit back and wait for people to click the link and just watch the money come rolling in.
  5. When a person clicks the link, they will see a 5 to 15 second advertisement, after which there is no obligation to buy or do anything else.

What are the best paid URL shorteners?

  • High pay shortener service
  • Pays between $5 and $15 per 1000 clicks
  • 25% commission on all referral earnings for life
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout


Our Top Choice is a new URL shortener service that is taking the market by storm. Their service offers a high quality and creative ad service that pays between US$5 and $15 per 1000 clicks. You might struggle to make this pay if you are just posting it to your social media, but if you have a website that gets plenty of traffic, you could really make some serious money.

Another way that helps you make money is by offering a 20% commission for life on the earnings of any referral clients. So even if you don’t earn much yourself, if you refer someone who gets plenty of clicks, you can still make a good amount of money. Earnings will be transferred every 10th of the month to your PayPal or Payoneer account. A $5 minimum transfer amount is required before you can get paid.


  • Well-regarded and trusted URL shortener service
  • Pays between $3 and $5 per 1000 clicks
  • $25 flat rate referral fee
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout

2. LinkShrink.Net

It might not pay as much as service, but LinkShrink is one of the most used and trusted shortener services on the net today. They pay a respectable $3 to $5 per 1000 clicks, which still works out at a considerable income if you can get plenty of clicks. As far as referrals go, they offer a flat rate fee of $25 per referral that will be added to your next payment after the person has signed up. As with, there is a minimum $5 earnings before you can get paid.

  • Industry-leading URL shortener service
  • Pays between $5 and $10 per 1000 clicks
  • 20% referral commission for life
  • Pays via Paypal
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout

3. is the most well-known URL shortener service in the world. It has been around for a number of years and was really in the right place at the right time. It became a popular way to generate additional income because it offered high rates and reliable payouts.

Currently, offers $5 to $10 per 1000 clicks which is one of the best rates in the industry. This is quite strange considering higher rates are usually reserved for new URL shortener services that are trying to get a foothold in the industry. Whatever the reason, if you are looking for an established company that is not going to disappear overnight, pays on time, and gives industry leading rates, then this is the URL shortener service you want.

  • Pays $5 per 1000 clicks
  • 10% referral commission for life
  • Pays via Paypal and Bitcoin
  • Pays daily


For those who are looking for a URL shortener service that doesn’t require PayPal or similar accounts, is an excellent choice as they also pay in Bitcoin. You may also make daily withdrawals, which, considering the fluctuations in value of Bitcoin over the last 4 months, will be a welcome feature for many people.

Their rates are quite reasonable, paying $5 for every 1000 clicks, while they also offer a 10% commission on all earnings made by any referrals. Believe it or not, some people actually make so much money off referrals that this is their main source of income.

  • Reliable URL shortener service
  • Pays $0.5 to $7 per 1000 clicks
  • 20% referral commission for life
  • Pays via PayPal
  • Minimum $10 balance required for payouts


Last but not least is They pay $0.5 to $7 per 1000 clicks, depending on the country you are registered in. Like, they are one of the most established names in the industry and one of the most trusted. They offer lower rates than others, simply because they can afford to. People prefer to take a rate cut just to do business with them, confident in the knowledge that they know they will get paid on time and are not likely to wake up to discover the company has gone out of business, taking everyone’s click earnings with them. LinkBucks offers a handsome 20% for life commission on all earnings from referrals but require a minimum $10 balance for payouts.










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McAfee vs Norton Anti-Virus, which is the best? Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:10:46 +0000 The battle is on, now let’s find out whether McAfee or Norton is the best antivirus checker. We all know the names, but which of these two anti-virus programs is really best? Both McAfee and Norton are legends within the antivirus industry, holding equally solid reputations as very effective virus checkers that can be used ...

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The battle is on, now let’s find out whether McAfee or Norton is the best antivirus checker.

We all know the names, but which of these two anti-virus programs is really best?

Both McAfee and Norton are legends within the antivirus industry, holding equally solid reputations as very effective virus checkers that can be used on a range of different operating systems, including Windows, iMac, and Google’s Android.

Without expert insider knowledge or the huge resources required to test these two antivirus programs yourself, it really is hard to choose between them or any other program on the market for that matter. So to help you out, this article is going to closely examine the differences between these two programs so that we can tell you which really is the top antivirus checker, McAfee or Norton?

Why do I need a virus checker anyway?

Antivirus ScanningWe are living in an increasingly complex security environment, where we now require full time active protection from all manner of threats. Whether it is internet browsing protection, secure interfacing between our different devices, or safe interconnection with our cloud platforms, antivirus programs have more doors than ever to watch.

Today, we not only face more threats, but more types of threats than ever before. So complicated have these threats become in their breadth and form that the industry no longer uses the term virus to define them all but rather a variety of terms that include malware, trojans, worms, spyware, rootkit, and ransomware. To learn more about the history of antivirus software click here.

To give you an idea of the enormity of the problem as well as some insight into why having the best possible security is so important; here are some figures from 2016 concerning the number of attacks that US households alone have faced.

  • Number homes that have experienced a serious virus problem in the past 2 years -16 million
  • Have had spyware problems in the past 6 months – 8 million
  • Have lost money by phishing scams – 1 million
  • Total number all US households that have been affected by viruses – 40 %

The problem with so called virus software is that it cannot protect against viruses until after they have been first discovered and solved. Since these viruses spread very quickly, it is really important to find a virus program with a high detection rate as well as one that minimizes the disruption it causes to computer performance.

What do you need to consider when buying a new antivirus program?

Virus AlertFinding the right virus checker can be quite time-consuming, how time consuming exactly depends on the complexity of the system and environment that you wish it to work in. A large server system that is interfacing with a number of hardware options will require a greater level of protection than a standalone home computer, for example, and will therefore require much more time to research.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to assume that you are someone who is looking to protect a standalone private computer from the normal types of attack that such a system might expect to face.

In this case, here are a few features to look out for:

  • Free or Paid Plan – Usually this influences the level of protection.

If you are using Windows 10 and are worried about compatibility issues, read this.

Included features:

In order to ensure even the most basic level of protection your virus checker should have the following:

  • Real-time Scanner
  • Scheduled Scans
  • Real Time Browser Protection
  • Instant Messaging Protection
  • Automatic Virus Updates
  • Automatic Program Updates

Let the battle commence: MacAfee vs. Norton



Named after its eccentric founder John MacAfee, who was one of the first people to popularize the use and importance of antivirus software, MacAfee AntiVirus offers a free basic security scan program for PC’s, but if you want a good level of active protection, you are going to have to pay for it.

All of their 3 types of protection options are available with a free 30 day trial.

  • McAfee® AntiVirus Plus – Yearly Plan – $29.99
  • McAfee® Total Protection – Yearly Plan – $79.99
  • McAfee® LiveSafe™ – Yearly Plan – $99.95

For the sake of this comparison, we are going to look at McAfee® AntiVirus Plus plan as this is the most popular choice amongst home owners.



Norton was also an early player in the antivirus game, later being bought out by Symantec who continued the company under the same name. The company has placed a special emphasis on keeping its virus detection rates as high as possible to give it the edge on its competitors. To date, Norton is a seven-time winner of PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, proving that it really gets the job done consistently.

Like MacAfee, Norton offers 3 main levels of protection for home users that are also available with free 30 day trials.

  • Norton Security Standard – Yearly Plan – $69.99
  • Norton Security Deluxe – Yearly Plan – $89.99
  • Norton Security Premium – Yearly Plan – $109.99

To make things even, we will compare Norton Security Standard with McAfee® AntiVirus Plus. The latter of the two scores the opening victory, being $40 cheaper.

Winner: Norton

Though an antivirus’ user interface might not be thought to be that important when it comes down to it, appearance and ease of use can make all the difference to whether people like a particular anti-virus program and how well they are able to use it. Surveys have shown that people like convenient, easy to navigate interfaces that don’t interfere with other things that they are doing. So with this in mind, how do our two antivirus programs compare?

MacAfee has largely continued to use the same interface style for the last decade with very few changes. The interface feels a little old fashioned now and honestly, could do with an overhaul. That said, it is still fairly easy to navigate around all the main functions, though some aspects of the interface may still confuse people.

Norton has really come from behind in this area, and now has arguably the best interface of all. It feels really modern and responsive as well as being really easy to navigate. Even a total beginner can find their way around in a matter of minutes, something which makes this a much better interface than MacAfee’s.

Winner: Norton

According to various tests, Norton outperforms MacAfee in the key area of virus detection, discovering an average 7% more potential threats for a total of 98%.

Winner: Norton

MacAfee’s virus checker is underperforms in virus removal compared to Norton. While Norton is able to remove most of the detected viruses, or at least effectively quarantine them, MacAfee is not always able to effectively isolate select deep routed viruses. Part of this success lies with Norton’s ability to fix deeply embedded infections by creating and running an alternate recovery system reboot, after which, it is then able to successfully remove even the most deep rooted viruses with ease.

This fact has huge potential ramifications for infected computers as should a virus slip past MacAfee’s security detection and plant itself in the computer, once it detects the virus, it still won’t be able to properly remove it, leaving you in deep trouble.

Winner: MacAfee

Because McAfee® AntiVirus Plus and Norton Security Standard are the most basic antivirus programs offered by the two companies, they don’t feature a lot in the way of additional security features. Here are a few of the ones that they do:

Phishing Protection

One important feature that they both offer is Anti-Phishing protection. Phishing is big business and has affected millions of people. Antivirus programs now help to spot phishing scams and warn the user. According to our tests, MacAfee fared better in this area, being able to detect more phishing threats than Norton.

Identification Protection

Another area where MacAfee performs exceedingly well is protecting your online identity and keeping passwords safe. Well-developed parental controls reinforce this security net helping to keep your children protected too. Norton has its own system that it calls Identity Safe, which on the whole, is evenly matched with the MacAfee system, making them both viable solutions in this area.


Though the MacAfee software has an effective firewall, Norton seems to have a much bigger list of unsafe or undesirable sites which it will step into block. This might be excellent in helping to prevent unwanted cookies and spyware, but it can be a real nuisance at times when you just want to be free to view different sites. Fortunately, this feature can be adjusted to allow a lower level of protection and therefore prevent fewer sites from being blocked.

Winner: MacAfee

Virus checkers differ quite significantly when it comes to how fast and efficiently they run alongside your computers normal operations. This is an area that can really affect whether people want to use the software or not. Even if a particular antivirus program has the best virus detection and removal rate in the world, if it slows up the user’s computer or takes hours to complete a scan then they are just not going to want to use it. Though performance drag won’t be so noticeable on faster computers, if you are using an older computer that lacks ram, in particular, then you might suffer from your computer slowing down with more resource heavy antivirus software.

MacAfee’s virus checker is really good at using the minimal possible resources and therefore not slowing up your computer a great deal. Norton on the other hand is known for causing computer performance to drop, though this is becoming less of an issue on current versions of their software.


Norton has a great update feature called Norton Pulse, which updates virus databases every 5 to 15 minutes. Though if you are on a very slow internet this could be a minor frustration, it otherwise doesn’t do much in the way of slowing up overall system performance and really makes sure you are protected even against the most recent threats.

MacAfee’s update doesn’t update so regularity, which technically makes the software a little less safe. When it does update, however, it is completely unnoticeable, not causing any system slow down whatsoever.

Other notable features

Winner: MacAfee

One of the things that is also really nice with the MacAfee protection plan is that with just one license it is possible to use their security protection with all your PC’s, laptops, tabs, and phones. This is a really nice feature as it means that you only need to pay once and with that all your devices will be secured. According to their site, you can connect an unlimited number of devices under one membership, which massively surpasses Norton’s one device per membership policy.

Winner: Norton

Norton’s offers some of the best IM and chat protection, as well as the best social network protection in the business. Really good parental controls allow you to limit your children’s exposure and protect them from getting to undesirable sites and chat rooms. Many parents will be happy with the addition of their Safe Web for Facebook feature that is able to detect threatening links on Facebook walls that could allow for security breaches such as web cams being hijacked, for example.

Winner: Norton

Both companies offer a money back guarantee where they will refund you 100% of your money should their program fail to remove a virus from your computer after you install it. For reasons unknown, most antivirus companies only offer 30 days while Norton offers a 60 day period in which to get your money back. Though the difference is rather irrelevant, if you are someone who takes a long time to get around to things then Norton is the one to choose.


Both MacAfee and Norton have their strengths and weaknesses. For us, Norton is a clear winner when it comes to protecting your computer from unwanted viruses, malware, spyware and more. It has a better overall detection rate and is far better at removing deep viruses than MacAfee AntiVirus.

That said, the MacAfee virus checker still does a pretty respectable job detecting viruses, and does have a number of advantages such as running better on slower machines. And don’t forget, if budget is your main concern, it is cheaper as well.

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Best Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers on the Web Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:46:02 +0000 There are millions of websites available online today that offer everything from online stores, blogs, social media to banking and cloud services. Less than 15 years ago, unless you knew how to write code such as HTML then you would have to employ someone who did if you wanted to start your own website. This ...

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There are millions of websites available online today that offer everything from online stores, blogs, social media to banking and cloud services. Less than 15 years ago, unless you knew how to write code such as HTML then you would have to employ someone who did if you wanted to start your own website. This was quite expensive and often ended up preventing people from even trying.

In recent years, times have changed, and it is now possible to design and publish your own site completely by yourself without the need for any programing code knowledge whatsoever. Sites such as WordPress and Wix that offere the chance to create your own websites based on their templates, began to spring up everywhere. Though they were limited in the type of website that they could create at first, they quickly grew in sophistication to become really powerful tools in the field of website publishing.

An estimated 26% of all the websites in the world were created using WordPress. That’s how popular these types of web development tools have become. They are now a permanent fixture in web development and one that with the huge processing and infrastructure resources the emerging cloud platforms are giving sites such as WordPress, are going to become infinitely more powerful in the future.

What is WordPress?

For those who don’t know, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows users to generate and maintain web pages. Released in May 2003, its ability to allow any individual the chance to build their own website from scratch, with no outside assistance, quickly lead to it becoming the most popular web design tool in the market today. As of February 2017, WordPress is supporting some 60 million sites globally, meaning that it is responsible for one-quarter of all the independently developed sites on the web. This figure gives it roughly a 60% market share of all the web development platforms, making it 10 times that of its nearest competitor Joomla. Some of the most famous sites that are powered by WordPress include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, People Magazine, National Geographic, and Forbes.

What does WordPress do exactly?

WordPress allows its users to create websites and web pages by building them over a range of templates that the platform offers. These templates are organized into categories such as travel sites, blogs, and corporate portfolios to name a few. After users have selected the template they wish to build their site on, they are then given a range of powerful tools that allow them to change, add to or delete any part of the site they choose. These tools also include adding images, additional pages, charts, text and numerous other aids that really make sites look like they have been professionally done. For some more advanced design features, users will be required to hire web designers, as naturally there are limits on what WordPress can offer. WordPress is really easy to use, doesn’t require you to know any computer code and importantly, is a secure and reliable platform.

How Much Does WordPress cost?

As an open source project, WordPress is completely free. The costs associated with WordPress come when you wish to publish your website to take it live onto the net. For this, you will need both a domain name and a WordPress host.

What is a WordPress host and why do I need one?

A WordPress host is a company that allows a site to be hosted on its servers, thus making it accessible to people on the internet. Without internet hosting companies, the web would be empty as no sites would be accessible.

Website developers have a choice between two types of servers, dedicated servers that are specifically setup to handle one site and shared servers that handle a number of different sites at one time. Dedicated servers are usually reserved for large websites such as Facebook that can afford the extra costs that come with them.

There are literally thousands of web host companies, ranging from small obscure ones to huge hosts like Amazon and iPage. All web pages require a host and WordPress generated sites are no different.

How to choose the best WordPress host

Choosing the right host can make a huge difference when it comes to how successful your site becomes. Given the enormous amount of time that has been invested in developing websites, it is certain that the authors want it to be seen by as many people as possible.
The art of finding the best web host is balancing the cost verses the range of features, performance, SEO, security, and support that a particular host provides. Undoubtedly, all website developers would love to get the best performance and support on offer, but regrettably, the costs for such a premium service are way out of bounds of what most can afford.


Performance is fundamental to whether a website works or not. The upload/download speeds that a host offers, particularly at times of heavy use, can result in websites being slow and unresponsive. In extreme cases, heavy demand on a web host’s servers could result in sites crashing and going offline. In all these cases, the net effect will be extremely frustrated users who quite possibly might abandon the site. For websites that generate their income from paid memberships, this could be particularly disastrous as they might leave, while for other sites it can mean lost advertising revenue etc.

It is understandably very difficult to know what a particular host’s service speeds are prior to signing up with them, but by doing plenty of background research and reading customer feedback, you should be able to establish if they offer a good level of performance.

Customer Satisfaction and Company Reputation

The last point leads us into another important factor that should be considered when selecting a web host. A quick search of a company’s name will usually yield thousands of pages that offer reviews and direct customer feedback relating to customer experiences with that host. Obviously, all companies at some point or another have dissatisfied customers, but if you find that a large percentage of the reviews and comments are negative regarding aspects of the company’s service, then you can assume there is a problem with that host.

Reliability and Uptime

Reliability and uptime are two really vital components of a successful web host that are important to pay attention to. Generally, these two issues tend to be a concern with smaller hosts than with larger ones, for obvious reasons. Both reliability and uptime are at the mercy of the host’s server system, meaning that if a hosts system is under heavy enough load, it might well slow significantly or even fail. Should this happen, it will cause websites to go offline which is inexcusable to users.

Though even the largest host systems are susceptible to this kind of overload, it is much less likely as it will have the server power to deal with any spikes in workload. Larger hosts also tend to have multi-server systems that are located in more than one location. This means that should one server system be struck by lightning, for example, the other systems are able to take up the slack to keep sites online.


For sites such as public blogs and product review sites, both of which don’t hold any sensitive information, security is not as much as a concern. However, if your site contains sensitive customer data or bank card details, security is of huge importance. The type of security systems being used by your host could make your site more vulnerable to being hacked. Though there is no way for you to assess the effectiveness of a web host’s security, their reputation, size, and customer feedback will all give a good indication of how good their security is.


In such a competitive market, there is an obvious incentive for hosts to cram in as many security features with their deals as possible. Unfortunately, for most people, these are neither desired nor ever used. When searching for your web host, there are a couple of really advanced features to keep an eye out for. Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol used for securely running networks over the internet. SSH offers the best level of protection from any kind of attack as all the protocols are encrypted.

Other non-security related features include: access to control panels and email services as well as your own unique domain name.


Since support is only important when you need it, it is often overlooked by web host review sites. If you have any problem with your site, you will certainly need a good level of customer service as this could be a problem that you cannot fix yourself. A site crashing or going offline, slow loading speeds and certain security issues are all the responsibility of your host provider and will need their customer support to help fix.

Again, no company is ever perfect, so you certainly can’t expect not to read negative reviews as far as customer support goes, but to get the best idea of their how good a company’s support is, hit the review sites and forums. It won’t take long before you get a fairly good picture of how well their customers view their support.


Popularity is a good indication of how good a particular host’s service really is. User numbers are the main indication of popularity, though customer feedback scores also feature as part of the equation. One of the huge positives of being a popular service is that the larger incomes generated can be invested back into infrastructure to improve services even more. This is a healthy feedback loop that allows popular web hosts to offer a service that is better than their rivals.


One of the most commonly asked questions is: To save money, can’t I just use a cheap WordPress host?

Though it is an understandable question, trying to save money by using a cheap or indeed free WordPress host should definitely be discouraged. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”, which for the most part is true of web hosting too. If you know what you are doing, there are a few good low cost and even free web hosting services around, they include a number of conditions that definitely reduce the professional look to your site. These include domain names that are part of the website’s domain name, advertisements, and other things such as limited access to site features.

Another important thing to remember is that most of the paid host services include vital search engine optimization (SEO) tools and features that greatly enhance the ability to get your site noticed. SEO is a multi-million dollar a year industry that is fed by all websites owners’ desire to be ranked first on search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Baidu. Without these SEO features, your site is almost certainly going to suffer from not being ranked anywhere that it is likely to be seen.

We can’t emphasize more the fundamental importance of investing a little extra money into your website by choosing an effective paid package to make sure your site gets all the performance, support, security and SEO that it needs. Since you have put so much effort into your site, you certainly want to see it succeed.

To help you find the best web host service at the cheapest possible price, we have put together a list of the best providers of cheap web WordPress hosting on the market today.

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
A2 Hosting$3.92/month364ms99.93%
A Small Orange$5.00 /month532ms99.95%
Inmotion Hosting$3.49 /month615ms99.98%
eHost$2.75 /month556ms99.97%
Host Metro$2.95 /month545ms99.99%
Green Geeks Web Hosting$3.99 /month942ms99.99%
iPage$1.99 /month846ms99.99%


Editor’s Choice
Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime

Our top choice web hosting service is Hostgator. With hosting prices for dedicated managed WordPress sites from just $3.95 per month and basic packages from just $2.99 a month, if this list were based on price alone, Hostgator would be hard to beat.

Hostgator is a really good, effective hosting service. Boasting a perfect 100% uptime and page load times of 468ms, they offer a fast and reliable service that at this price is impossible to beat. It is great that they offer so many different packages to choose from because it means that you can pick the one that is most suitable. This helps to avoid getting stuck paying for services and features you don’t need, just so you can get the ones you do.

As far as WordPress hosting goes, HostGator offers 3 different packages that are called starter, standard, and business. The basic package allows you to host one WordPress site with a limit of 25,000 visits per month, with 50GB of storage and free email. The standard allows up to 2 WordPress sites, with 200,000 monthly visits, with 150GB of disk space. The business package allows you to host 3 sites, with 300,000 monthly visits each, and has unlimited storage.

It is really simple to setup WordPress on HostGator, so for those who are new to web publishing, you need not worry. Find the shortcut called ‘Get Started with WordPress Today’ and follow the quick links that help you get it setup. The whole process from setup to getting your site up and running will take you less than 30 minutes, making this one of the fastest web hosting services we tried, and a great pick for beginners.


  • Dedicated or Shared Server options
  • Really great selection of packages to choose from
  • Extremely well priced
  • Packages come with site building software
  • Great Customer Service record
  • Unbeatable 100% uptime


  • Don’t currently offer a Windows VPS service


Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime

For many people, Bluehost is the best of the bunch and their go to choice for reliable and fast website hosting. Bluehost has a great reputation within the industry, particularly as it is one of the oldest web hosting companies, having been founded back in 1996. They have remained competitive by offering a really low price along with excellent speed and reliability. Their customer service has also been highly praised especially given it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, live chat, and email.

They don’t offer quite as many different packages as HostGator but there are still plenty of options to choose from. The $6.95 package allows for you to host as many websites as you like, with unlimited space and no site visit limits. Another great feature is that you can add all the domain names you want to this package at no extra cost. The $200 of free vouchers is a welcome addition to the package and can be used to improve the SEO of your site with companies like Google and Yahoo.


  • Offer Shared, Dedicated, Cloud and VPS server options
  • Quick and easy to install WordPress
  • Reliable service
  • Fast page load speed
  • Publish as many sites as you like
  • Free domain names/vouchers and unlimited space


  • Not Windows based servers
  • Harder to setup thanks to upselling


Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime

SiteGround is another web host provider that is endorsed by the WordPress platform. They are held in equally high regard within most parts of the WordPress community for their unique tools and features that help to make sites more stable and secure. This security is enhanced thanks to their multiple data centers, which are located in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Their WordPress hosting package comes with a good range of features and extras, including free domain names, free daily site backup, and excellent customer service. This is another excellent low-cost solution for individuals and small to mediums sized businesses who are looking to keep costs down while still seeking maximum hosting performance.


  • Shared, Dedicated, Cloud and VPS server options
  • Low Cost
  • Reliable service
  • Good security and backup solutions
  • Secure free daily backup
  • Option for free domain names


  • No free vouchers to use to improve SEO

A2 Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
A2 Hosting$3.92/month364ms99.93%

A2 hosting offers some of the fastest page loading speeds of any web host priced under $25 a month. In a recent test, they averaged an incredible 364 ms over a 12 month period. Though this is not the 6x speed that many other review sites have claimed, it is nonetheless extremely impressive. They are another host to offer 24/7 customer support, which can be contacted via phone, email and live chat. The live chat feature is particularly useful as you get instantaneous replies that are extremely clear and concise, meaning that no matter what jam you are in, they will have it fixed in no time.

The only drawback with A2 is that their uptime is not as good as some might need. At 99.93%, this could be a deal breaker for some sites that can’t stomach lower performance in this area. That said, A2 offer extremely fast performance, low costs and an easy one click WordPress installation, making them the go to choice for some.


  • Extremely fast page loads
  • Great customer support
  • Low monthly fees
  • Fast and easy WordPress installation
  • Free and easy website migration


  • Poorer Uptime

A Small Orange

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Small Orange$5.00 /month532ms99.95%

A Small Orange hosting offers several Linux-based plans including tiny, small, medium, and large. While a good selection of available plans is always a welcome thing, it is still not enough to let A Small Orange complete with the first 3 web hosts on this list, where lower prices and better performance give them the edge.

That’s not to take too much away from A Small Orange, however. It still offers a reliable web hosting service with some pretty decent page load speeds. The interface is nice and simple, making it really easy to use. There is plenty of control also when it comes to site management, making it a pretty respectable platform. Sadly, it doesn’t offer the same level of customer support and lacks a phone service completely. The small number of tools when coupled with hosting limitations, definitely restrict this hosting platform to individuals and small businesses, for whom it offers a pretty solid low-cost option to manage their sites.


  • Relatively low cost
  • Good performance levels
  • Plenty of different package options


  • No managed WordPress hosting
  • Lacks phone based tech support
  • Not as cheap as HostGator

Inmotion Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Inmotion Hosting$3.49 /month615ms99.98%

InMotion is the preferred hosting provider for over 300,000 domains to date. This is due to their low hosting costs, which start at just $2.95 per month for the most basic package. This makes them cheaper than most other low-cost hosting providers, something that thankfully doesn’t affect their service and performance. They have a reasonably respectable average loading time of 615ms and a decent 99.98% uptime. Customer service representatives are friendly and are on hand round the clock to helpfully deal with any issues you might have.

All things considered, InMotion is a really good deal for the price, and thanks to its easy to use interface, is a great starting point for those beginning their journey into web development. We found it a little difficult to setup, mostly due to the difficult account verification process and were a little concerned at the lack of any website migration option, but other than this, it is an excellent platform for new and small business customers.


  • Very reasonably priced
  • Really easy to use
  • Good customer support
  • Good performance level


  • More difficult to setup


Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
eHost$2.75 /month556ms99.97%
eHost currently provides hosting for more than 1 million websites, many of which have been developed using WordPress. The main thing about eHost is that its services seem to divide their users, who stay for the cheap prices but complain about the slower page load speeds. Generally speaking, their service is still above most of the competition, especially when you factor in price. For less than $100, you can host your website for 3 years, and get $200 of Google advertising credits thrown in too.

Its WordPress integration is seamless, offering thousands of drag and drop website building tools that will make developing your site easier than ever. Many of these tools really help you to create a professional touch to the sites you are trying to build. We found some really great chart tools in there that allowed us to create some very professional looking charts.

Once again, for the price, it is really hard to complain about eHost’s service. If a few of the web hosting companies that appear a little further up this list went out of business, then when it comes to value for money, eHost would be impossible to beat.


  • Competitively priced
  • Seamless WordPress integration
  • 1000’s of drag and drop website building tools
  • $200 of Google advertising credits


  • Slower page load

Host Metro

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Host Metro$2.95 /month545ms99.99%
Host Metro is an undeserved underdog in the world of web hosting. It has an industry beating uptime of 99.99% and a fairly respectable average page load speed. Priced at just $2.95 per month with unlimited bandwidth, storage and number of web domains, it is a really competitively priced web hosting service.

They pack a range of extra features including a free script installer, unlimited email accounts, and a free site lock security seal that helps prevent unauthorized access to the site. The daily security scan is a nice little bonus that is not included in the basic packages of many other host providers either.


  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of extras including free domain names, unlimited storage, and bandwidth usage
  • Daily security scan
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free script installer included


  • Page load speed is known to increase during busy hours

Green Geeks Web Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
GreenGeeks$3.99 /month942ms99.99%
GreenGeeks is quite a big player in the low-cost web hosting business. It now hosts over 300,000 websites since starting up 10 years ago. The company proudly boasts of its near perfect uptimes and the fact that they offer their customers such reliable performance. They offer free site migration, data transfers, and domain names, bringing them in line with many of their competitors.

The main drawback to GreenGeeks hosting is their 942ms average loading times, which when considering that the industry standard is 700ms, makes their performance well below average. This is really unfortunate because it is bound to cause many WordPress users to avoid signing up with them in favor of a competitor. Otherwise, this is a really good hosting service that offers near perfect levels of uptime, it seems a little unfair for GreenGeeks to lose out in this way, especially when they buy 3 wind credits for every credit of electricity they use.


  • Reasonable pricing
  • Green energy solution – 3x wind energy credits purchased for each one they consume
  • Experienced company
  • Great customer service
  • Loads of free features including free site migration


  • Slow page load speeds


Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
iPage$1.99 /month846ms99.99%
It seems like iPage has successfully married lowest cost hosting with really good advertising. Founded in 1998, they were one of the first companies in the industry and now host more than 1 million websites.

They offer some great package deals that have so many extra features and giveaways thrown in that it will make your head spin. This includes a free security suite, free site transfer, sidelock security seal, unlimited email accounts and handfuls of free vouchers that you can use to improve site SEO.

Their platform integrates with WordPress in a single one click installation and includes a drag and drop site building tool which makes them a great option for WordPress developers. Though it has to be said that iPage is not the best performing host platform, plagued as it is by below average page load speeds, it is, nonetheless, the cheapest hosting service that offers reasonable performance and exceptional value for money.


  • Cheapest Price
  • Great uptime percentage
  • Plenty of free features
  • Free SiteLock security seal
  • Daily security scan


  • Slow page load speeds

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Best Super Thin Laptop: Asus UX490 vs Dell XPS 13 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:55:01 +0000 Having a sleek, thin laptop is truly great because it’s so light and it looks beautiful. After using one for the first time, you will never want to go back to a big bulky old machine again. The whole idea behind ultrabooks and ultra-portables is that they’re sleek and easy to take out and then ...

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Having a sleek, thin laptop is truly great because it’s so light and it looks beautiful. After using one for the first time, you will never want to go back to a big bulky old machine again. The whole idea behind ultrabooks and ultra-portables is that they’re sleek and easy to take out and then put away anywhere.

If you’re seated on the bus, you won’t hesitate to take your laptop out of your bag and type a few paragraphs on the way to school, work, or anywhere else. The same goes for the train, the airplane, and maybe even the taxi. There’s no limit to where you can and can’t use a super light, super thin laptop computer.

Asus vs Dell – Battle of the Titans

These are arguably the two biggest brands in the computer industry. They have made hundreds of models each, and these two are their best in a slim package. This is Taiwanese vs American ingenuity at its best. Let’s figure out which company makes the better laptop for roughly the same price range.

Thickness / WeightScreen SizeProcessorRAMCapacityPrice
ASUS UX490Asus UX4900.5" / 2.4 lbs14" FHD displayIntel Core i7-7500U16GB512GB PCIE M.2 SSD$$$$
Dell XPS 13Dell XPS 130.6" /2.9 lbs13.3" QHD displayIntel Core i7-7560U16GB512GB PCIe SSD$$$$

ASUS UX490UA-XS74-BL 14-Inch Zenbook 3 Deluxe Notebook

The UX490 is an updated version of their popular UX390 model. It’s very similar in design with a few internal upgrades. It packs a 7th gen Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7500U with a max clock speed of 3.5 GHz. It has a liquid crystal polymer fan for cooling that makes noise when running and runs often.

At only 0.5”, it’s the world’s thinnest 14” laptop. That’s incredibly thin for a fully functioning, high end computer. In order to achieve this, they had to get rid of a lot of ports, but the UX490 ships with converters for micro USB type C to standard USB and another for HTMI input. At 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg), it’s also among the lightest on the market. It feels more like you’re taking a folder out of your backpack than a computer.

The UX490 only comes in one style, blue with golden accents. The signature Zenbook design looks extremely attractive. This is definitely one of the best looking Windows machines out there, if not the best. It has surprisingly good speakers, but an average battery life at best. The FHD screen is glossy, which may be an annoyance in a very bright room. It includes 3 type C USB ports, including two Thunderbolt 3 that can be used with 4K monitors.


  • Gorgeous design
  • Thinnest laptop on the market
  • Extremely light
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports
  • Kaby Lake Intel Core i7
  • Fingerprint sensor


  • Glossy screen
  • Average battery
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Dell XPS 13 9360 13.3″ Quad HD+ InfinityEdge Touch Notebook Computer

Dell XPS 13 9360Dell XPS 13
Dell calls this ultrabook’s incredibly thin 5mm bezel the InfinityEdge. They originally released the XPS 13 series in 2015. Since then, they’ve upgraded it with a newer model each year. The 9360 comes in two versions, the FHD non-touch screen matte display, and the glossy QHD touch screen display. This review will focus on the QHD version as the price is just below the UX490.

The screen is excellent quality. And 13.3” is the perfect size for still having plenty of viewing area and typing space, while being compact and able to fit into a bag quite easily. The 14” Asus isn’t much bigger, but when you’re on public transit, size really matters. At 2.9 lbs, the XPS 13 9360 isn’t a whole lot heavier than the UX490, and at 0.6”, it’s only slightly thicker.

The 9360 has the 7th gen Intel Core i7-7560U processor, which is clocked at up to 3.8 GHz. It also includes one USB type C Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot. Adapters for HDMI and VGA are not included. It comes in either silver or gold. For its size, this is one of the best laptops on the market, hands down.


  • InfinityEdge 5mm bezel
  • QHD screen
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot
  • Super compact size
  • Touch screen


  • Glossy screen
  • QHD screen makes 60 Mh battery mediocre
  • No fingerprint scanner
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Although these are both excellent machines, the UX490 design is just so much nicer. It will definitely attract attention. The XPS 13 has more ports and a much better screen. They both have 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Intel integrated graphics. The XPS 13’s 5mm bezel bests the 7.46mm bezel of the Asus, but the Asus is lighter, slimmer, and has a bigger screen. The XPS 13 also a bit cheaper than the UX490. But when it comes to which one is nicer considering how evenly matched they are specs-wise, the UX490 wins.

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