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The LG V30 is the latest model in LG’s flagship V series.


The new smartphone features many industry innovations – the first F1.6 aperture camera lens, the first glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC, sound tuning by B&O PLAY, and Voice Recognition.


Building on the powerful heritage of the V series of elite-level multimedia devices, the V30 sets a new standard in the evolution of premium smartphones. It comes with upgraded video/audio features that allow anyone to create, share and enjoy pro-quality video content with ease.


The V30 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor but features a larger display. It is the lightest device within the 6-inch and over smartphone category. 


Video is now the most popular media played on mobile devices and more and more people are sharing their own videos on social media. Accordingly, the V30’s Cine Video mode gives the user’s video clips a professional quality. Cine Video achieves this with two features: Cine Effect and Point Zoom.


Cine Effect is the mood-setter. You choose from a palette of 15 presets – Romantic Comedy, Summer Blockbuster, Melodrama, Noir, etc. You can also adjust the intensity of the colors and add vignette effects. The colors applied in Cine Effect were developed in collaboration with post-production coloration experts.


Point Zoom in the Cine Video mode offers a new way of zooming in and out with a smartphone. Instead of only being able to zoom in on the center subject, you can use it to home in anywhere on the screen for greater creative effect. PointZoom allows you to move in on the subject in one smooth motion as if shooting with a professional camera dolly.


The V30 supports LG-Cine Log in the Manual Video Mode. It can preserve a wide dynamic range and color gamut in the saved files which gives you greater flexibility for making adjustments in post-production.


In the Gallery app, Quick Video Editor allows users to edit their clips in a range of ways including adding themes, text and soundtracks. 


The V30 builds on LG’s heritage of excellence in smartphone photography. It is the first smartphone to be armed with a glass lens. This is quite a bold first for LG, as glass lenses are usually found only in professional DSLR cameras. The Crystal Clear Lens, as it is called, has an aperture of F1.6 (the lower the F number, the wider the aperture) which allows more light through than conventional plastic lenses and which makes your images all the more vivid.


The V30 also takes wide-angle photography another step forward. Its edge distortion rate is significantly down by one third, and it applies a wider aperture than that of the V20. The result is better, brighter large-group wefies, vast interiors and panoramic landscapes.


Graphy, found under Manual Mode, professionalizes even amateur photographs. It provides a series of professional sample photographs that capture different moods in different styles and serve as guidelines, allowing you to replicate their metadata presets.


Once a sample is selected, Graphy adjusts white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO in line with the sample photo. You can add more professional photos from the Graphy website or mobile app available in Google Play Store


The plastic OLED (P-OLED) FullVision display in the V30 features the distinctive 18:9 aspect ratio and minimized-bezel technology for a truly immersive experience. The superb clarity comes from the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. Notably, LG’s self-emissive OLED display is capable of producing “perfect black” that deliversinfinite contrast ratio with each OLED pixel generating its own light. With OLED, there is no leaking of light so images look richer with ultra-accurate, but never overly saturated, colors.


Even with a six inch display, the V30 boasts a smaller body than its predecessor thanks to the slimmer upper and lower bezels by 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The V30 supports HDR10, delivering unparalleled high dynamic range video. Bright areas are brighter than ever and dark areas are darker than ever. The result is greater clarity and finer detailsfor the ultimate smartphone visual experience.


And with virtual reality now coming into its own, the OLED FullVision display takes V30 users into new worlds via Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality mobile VR.


The V30 supports a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P, with digital filters and sound presets newly added to the audio features of its predecessor smartphone. The digital filter, previously only available in high-end Digital Audio Players (DAPs), modifies the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response. The filters are offered in the digital filter: short, sharp and slow. 


You can easily find the sound options that best suit your taste via sound presets. The V30 offers four presets: enhanced, detailed, live and bass. These were chosen after extensive research into the modes most popular among audiophiles.


The Hi-Fi Quad DAC controls left and right audio signals separately. Adjustment to the balance is so refined as to make you feel like you’re right there in the performance. LG has managed to slash the distortion rate to a remarkable 0.0002percent.

 The audio paths are wider than ever which means the V30 can handle large, high quality audio files quickly and accurately.


The phone’s HD Audio Recorder lets you use its audio receiver as a microphone (Receiver-as-a-Mic or RAM). The RAM can make clear recording of sounds from a whisper to a thunderclap without any distortion.


The overall sound experience with the V30 has been fine-tuned by sound engineers from B&O PLAY*. Also, the phone comes with a set of B&O PLAY earphones.


LG V30 presents a highly refined UX that matches the top-end specs, the UX 6.0+. It comes with some smart, yet easy-to-use features like User Define Keyword Voice Recognition, Floating Bar, AOD and HD Haptic Feedback.


A Floating Bar replaces the Second Screen, a feature unique to the V series. Instead of taking up space on the top of the display, the Floating Bar can be placed anywhere on the display, or even dragged off-screen. While it usually sits on the edge of the screen as a semicircle-shaped icon, when tapped, it expands into a bar, showing most used applications, including Shortcuts, Quick Contacts, Music Player and Capture Tools.


In sleep mode, the V30’s Always-on Display shows useful information such as time, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Camera, Capture and Flashlight. Up to six features can be displayed on the AOD which can be customized with different clocks or thephoto of your choice.


Convenience and enjoyment are both enhanced. Voice Recognition unlocks the phone using user-defined keywords (ideally three to five syllables) by analyzing the characteristics of the sound and text. With the V30’s Face Recognition, youcan unlock the device in a split second just by holding the phone up to your face.


The Google Assistant on the LG V30 has capabilities specific to the phone. For example, saying, “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video” will activate Cine Video preset to Romantic. Customers in the United States can connect Google Home to the V30 and use Google Assistant to control a compatible washing machine or robot vacuum.


Despite its slim build and surprisingly light weight, the V30 is built to last. The front and back of the phone are coatedin Corning® Gorilla Glass 5, and the edges are made of AL6000-series aluminum, an alloy used in mountain bikesand sports equipment. The phone also uses an H-beam construction method which enhances tensile strength. Allof this spells real impact resistance. An with a weight of just 158g, the display experiences less stress when dropped.


Thanks to its svelte-but-solid construction, the V30 meets U.S. military drop-test standards. It passed 14 categories ofMIL-STD-810G – the U.S. Department of Defense testing standard – making the V30 good to go for military use inany circumstances.


A heat pipe keeps the V30 chilled under the hood. The pipe dissipates heat when watching and recording videos –major generators of in-device heat. The V30 is also outdoor-proofed, both dust and water resistant to IP68 standard.


The 3,300mAh battery supports both wired and wireless charging. With Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, it onlyrequires half an hour to charge from zero to 50 percent.

Hp recreates special moments with their new sprocket inkless printer.


In the 21st century where smartphones are getting more intelligent and lighter and portable one would think recreating something that is considered old school would be a waste of time.


But that's not the case with Hp, they have come up with their new gadget called the sprocket 100 with ZINK Zero Ink printing technology. Yes. Printing without ink, surprised?


This printer allows you to print instant photos from virtually anywhere in seconds using your smartphone and it is about the size of a cell phone, weighing around 170 grams.


What I like about this printer is your limitation is only your imagination, I would never use it to print photos but I have found other uses for it. I played around with different designs and shades and I was impressed with the quality the printer brings out.


Besides photos, I used the printer to print business cards and not only did they look fancy, the glossy finish gave the impression that I have got style.


For any business man this would be an ideal gadgets when you go to that meeting to get that deal done.

What I like about the printer is that it is very cheap to buy, for only R1,999 and you never have to worry about buying ink again which is very reasonable. Although the printer is cheap the printing sheets carry a heavy cost of R199 for only 20, meaning a sheet is R10. For a 2 x 3 size sheets. I think R10 is really expensive.


If you are an outgoing social person this would be an ideal gadget to have to create those photo stories to stick it up on the fridge…but there's more you can use this printer for all you have to do is use your imagination.

PROS:

1. The printer weighs around 170 grams
2. The printer is very cheap, costing around R1,999
3. Print about anything your limitation is only your imagination
4. Connect via Bluetooth
5. Edit your photos instantly and add cool emojis, text and borders
6. Rechargable via USB and you can carry anywhere

CONS :

1. R199 for 20 sheets it is pretty expensive
2. With the cost of data the Android App is almost 100MB to download to connect your phone to the printer
3. Printing 10 sheets at a go normally takes time as the printer at some point stops to cool-off

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unleashed a beast with their new 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor OMEN gaming laptop equipped with powerful hardware and a futuristic design.


The OMEN laptop does not only take gaming performance seriously but it has amazing response time to your normal day to day tasks.


Features & Design


The machine I played around with had a 16GB RAM (also available in 32GB RAM), NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design graphics card, 2 Terabyte SATA hard drive and comes with a 17.3 inch diagonal 4K IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit screen with up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.


Even though the laptop is big and heavy, it is complemented by a charcoal finish casing design which is easy on the eye. It also has crystal clear dual speakers with amazing sound quality from Bang & Olufsen.


It has a super fast charging capability which left me in awe. I got a 50% battery life after charging for only 30 minute; a full 100% battery life lasts up to 4 hours in full use.


The illuminated red glow keyboard  means you can you see your keypad clearly at night if you are working in the dark. So you are all set should we go through our load shedding horrors.


There is also the OMEN Command Center which tells you a lot about system performance of your machine including laptop’s heat temperature, CPU usage, memory usage of applications and programs and the network booster which you can use to prioritise applications or programs bandwidth usage.


Usability


It has unique keyboard shortcuts which allows you to perform functions like turning off the keypad glow. There's also an icon that locks your laptop with one push,as well as a flight mode button to turn off all communication instantly including Bluetooth, wifi and internet connectivity.


It also allows you to pair your laptop and mobile device. This feature enables to seamlessly move your pictures, videos, links and files from one device to the other through wifi.


Verdict


The OMEN Gaming Laptop comes with a hefty price tag starting from R22,000, which is worth every penny for those who are always on the road and work with multimedia projects or use applications, games and programs that require a lot of system resources.


Pros


* Speed and reliability

* Reasonable price

* Ability to pair with smartphone

* Fast battery charge and longer usage

* Unique, slick design

* Less than 5 seconds start up and shut down time


Cons


* It is heavy and battery size packs a few kilos

* It is a data hungry machine built with speed in mind, so you'd better have enough data for internet usage.