UE40EH5000Hi Guys! Just wanted to apologise for the lack of recent updates over the past few weeks. I have just moved into a new apartment so I have been extremely busy. Although this presents a fantastic opportunity to talk about the new tech I will be furnishing my apartment with. I thought I would kick start this update off with my new Television, the Samsung Series 5 LED 40 inch TV (UE40EH5000);

Price

I picked this tv up for £354 from Pixmaina online. I believe this is a French based company and I also noticed that on the parcel tracking it originated in France. Nevertheless the TV arrived within 3 days even though I had paid the cheaper shipping price of £21. The only disadvantage of ordering from an overseas company is that I had to fit an adapter on the plus, however this was all included.

Aesthetics

The TV has an extremely small surround and a really nice finish. It looks almost as good as some as some of the more expensive Samsung TV’s. Where it lacks is the actual thickness of TV. It is perhaps is a little too fat to go on a wall and not as slimline as some of the other competition in this price range.

Setting Up

The TV came nearly all assembled except for 8 screws that were needed to be placed in the stand. This took much longer than expected as the screws are extremely difficult to get in unless you have a large screw driver you can really get some leverage with.

Picture

The TV has a full HD 1080p LED screen. This produces a very high-quality picture although if I am being very critical it is maybe slightly dim in the corners, although you would never noticeable unless you were actually looking for it.

Conclusion

Overall I feel this TV is a great value 40 inch TV – If not one of the best for the price in the current market. It obviously lacks the Smart TV options that higher priced TV’s offer but if you have a PS3 or XBOX like I do it seems a little redundant when you have most of this functionality through your console anyway.


WLT162.lb_samsngseries9.samsng9a-580-90This next blog post is going to be focused around what I plan to be my next laptop purchase; the Samsung Series 9 Ultra Book. This laptop comes in both 13 and 15 inch screen sizes – although the 15 inch isn’t readily available yet in the UK unless bought online.

Design

Until you see a Series 9 in the flesh you will be amazed how thin this laptop really is. At only 13.2mm at its thickest point, this laptop is extremely portable. With a professional look to the exterior casing this laptop in my opinion is one of the best looking on the market at the moment.

Performance

This laptop features a powerful dual core i5 processor helping it perform just as well as its rivals such as Asus and Dell ultra books. For a small laptop I was surprised how well it performed when carrying out CPU intensive tasks such as photo editing. In terms of laptop batteries, this machine outperformed many of the competition when tested.

Verdict

Although a pricey option in terms of laptops, I believe this is one of the best laptops on the market currently. Although some larger laptops may offer slightly better performance at a lower price, the actual design and portability of this sleek Ultra Book more than makes up for it. As with any laptop purchase I would always advise to take advantage of laptop accessories that can be bundled together in the purchase.


440x330-iphone-5-vs-8Hi guys! So I have now been using my Apple iPhone 5 for nearly 6 months so thought I best deliver my verdict on it. Please let me know your thoughts and ideas by contacting me on mail@thebesttech.co.uk

The Display

Coming from an iPhone 4 screen my initial analysis of the new display was excellent. It looked sharp, bright and the slightly bigger screen made everything much clearer and easier to navigate. Although when comparing to the Samsing S4 display I feel the Samsungs Amoled screen slightly has the edge but not by much.

Camera

The new camera on the iPhone 5 is by far the best camera I have used on a smart-phone. Both clear and crisp and the pictures are ultra defined upon inspection. The full HD video proved extremely good too and this speedy phone had no problem handling it.

Performance

As expected the new iPhone has even better performance than the last on paper. Despite this I couldn’t really feel a noticeable difference from the 4s unfortunately, although still excellent performance all round under testing thanks to the A6 processor and new GPU.

Battery life

One of the most annoying things I have discovered when using these power hungry iPhone’s is that the battery just won’t last a full day. Unless you fancy carrying a charger around with you this can get very frustrating. Fortunately the new iphone 5 does not disappoint, tested under intense and typical daily use, the battery proved much better than my old iPhone 4.

What would you like me to review next?


surf-safeMost people believe VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are designed for corporations that require secure connections to their corporate networks and resources but in reality, everyone can use them. Personal VPN offers many benefits to home users. The biggest highlight is the security. A VPN service protects your computer from hackers and intruders. They work by creating a roadblock of strong encryption of traffic leaving or entering your computer network. This prevents hackers’ ability to create network eavesdropping.

The other benefit of a VPN service is the anonymous browsing. When you use the VPN servers to access the internet it protects your true IP address by hiding it. The websites you visit will only view the VPN proxy server address that you are using. Furthermore, most services allow you to change your address several times as you wish either manually or automatically. However, you should note that the anonymity browsing does not give you a pass to commit crimes as digital forensics experts can track you down. The other benefit offered to individuals by VPNs is the ability to serve their origin country’s network as if they are in their home country.

If your lifestyle involves a lot of travelling abroad, the service would enable you to access your country’s websites irrespective of the geographical filters put in place to control access. With the VPNs service you will even be able to access websites that are entirely blocked in your travel country. The other benefit is traffic encryption. Most services encrypt the traffic allowing you to serve safely in open public Wi-Fi hotspot. A few years back, it was safer to serve from IP address than it is today. This is because it was difficult to hack into systems without an expert knowledge. However, today almost everyone can hack into open networks with readily available downloadable software, which requires enhanced security systems.

The popularity of VPNs has tremendously grown in the last few years due to the increased users’ awareness. This has resulted in growth of companies that claim to offer VPN services. Some of the companies do not offer quality service as they claim and thus, you should be careful when selecting your provider. You should ensure that the provider is offering SSL encryption similar to those offered by credit card companies and banks. You should buy a service that suits your needs and budget. Different providers offer different services for varying charges. The charges can be anything from $5 to $20 dollars or higher a month.

In addition to cost and services offered, you should also check the reviews of the providers to understand their strong points and weaknesses. The important factors that you should consider in your VPN selection include bandwidth availability, connection speed and VPN servers’ location. You should also check the mobile devices support. Even if you spend majority of your time on your home computer, the temptation of using a mobile device to connect while on the move is high. Therefore, you should subscribe to a company that supports mobile devices. The other factor that you may consider is the set up process. Some companies may provide you with software or configuration details on how to set up your devices.

Author bio:

Maya is a blogger who is currently working on a project for SwitchVPN, one of the best known VPN service providers. She is very much interested in safe and anonymous surfing and how to unblock geographical restrictions for Facebook and other social networks so she did some research and turned it into this guest post.


It’s hard to believe that this time 10 years ago we were opening the internet over a dial-up connection and having access to the internet in your home was rare. The introduction of social media means we now can’t be without the internet. This sudden surge in need for faster internet connections led to the introduction of broadband. However, it appears now that there are more choices than ever before. Here we deliberate the five main types of broadband and which one is most fitting for you.

Fibre Optic

Currently fibre optic broadband is the fastest existing. In future it is envisaged that we will be experiencing speeds of 80Mbps, however the current maximum speed is 40Mbps. However, fibre optic broadband is not obtainable nationally until now. Only the greatest densely occupied regions now have access to fibre optic broadband.

DSL

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is the most prevalent broadband and is a diverse reliable internet link. To obtain a DSL connection, your property will need a phone line. Easiness to use and security are just two of the main benefits of a DSL connection. The key difference amongst fibre optic broadband and a DSL link is that a DSL link is slower. However, unlike other broadband links you will not need any extra hardware to access it. DSL is obtainable nationally with most broadband contractors.

Ethernet Leased Line

Security is the main benefit of choosing an Ethernet leased line. If you don’t want any other parties to join your circuit, then this is a great choice for you as it’s completely private. Leased lines are perfect for individuals wanting to share documents over a safe remote line.

Cable Internet

Irrespective of area, this connection is available nationwide. It is also a solid internet connection. This link is linked to your cable television package and is continuously available.

Wireless Broadband

This is another great broadband link. This connection is very similar to the other forms mentioned above. However, it has been designed especially to give internet access to devices such as laptops, through a wireless connection.
This piece was written by Brian Madden; Online Marketing Assistant at Strata Communications.


With the rapid progression of technology nowadays new innovative tech is constantly being introduced into the market. In particular 2012 has seen massive growth in tablets, new excited mobile platforms and also a new bred of laptops known as Ultrabooks.

So what is an Ultrabook?

An ultrabook is in theory a slimmed down version of a normal laptop primarily aimed at people on the go that might require a more transportable piece of hardware but without compromising on spec and usability. This new tech is all thanks the Intel’s new configurations allowing for much smaller and lightweight devices.

What can Ultrabook offer you over a laptop?

With the massive surge in tablet sales over the last two years largely thanks to Apple products, this is essentially Intel’s attempt at developing a product to compete in the market. To this extent the new Ultrabooks are high performance, amazingly thin and are designed to have a much longer battery life than your standard laptop. Designed for a quick on the go portable laptop they feature a much faster start-up time making it a worthy opponent for the tablet market.

What do I think?

Having been working on laptops over the last few years now rather than a desktop computer, I welcome this technology with open arms. Anyone who regularly has to carry a laptop bag round with them knows a large heavy laptop can be a substantial hindrance. Putting essentially the same performance into a smaller shell will be of massive benefit, one which I would certainly be willing to invest in. It’s worth noting however that I have personally found that the majority of the Ultrabook range in the UK are primarily 13 inch laptops, which obviously won’t suit everyone,  but there are some 15 inch alterative online if you shop round. I particularly like the sleek look of the Samsung range, albeit very pricey when compared with the competition.