1More Single Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

There is no shortage of in-ear headphones in the market, and you will find options that suit every price range. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are selling their models at around the Rs 2,000 mark, but there are other companies targeting users who are willing to spend more. We now have a pair of single-driver in-ear headphones from 1More, the same company that manufactures the popular Piston headphones for Xiaomi. These are priced at Rs 2,799 and command a premium over the OnePlus Bullets V2. So are these 1More headphones worth the extra money? We put them to the test.

1More Single Driver (1M301) design and features

The 1M301 is a pair of in-ear single-driver headphones, and the company even lists it as “1More Single Driver” on e-commerce sites. 1More uses a similar naming strategy for some of its other headphones as well.

The 1M301’s plastic box is unsurprisingly very similar to the one that the Xiaomi Piston Fit came in. The casings have aluminium alloy bodies that house the drivers, and an angled design that helps them sit flat when in the ears. The cables are rubber till the Y-splitter, with additional nylon braid from there till the 3.5mm plug. The nylon braid helps reduce tangles and should make the cable last longer. However, the rubber cables above the Y-splitter do tangle, which can get annoying.

1More Angled Buds NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

These in-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20 – 20000Hz and have an impedance of 32Ohms. The impedance is higher than that of other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 which means that you will need a powerful source to get the best out of them. According to 1More, the drivers have a triple-layer diaphragm comprising of aerospace-grade metal between two layers of PET. You get four sets of ear tips in the box which can be swapped based on your preference. 1More also offers a headphone pouch in the box which is a good add-on.

The inline control unit has three buttons – the call button and volume controls. The centre button can also be used to play/ pause music as well as skip tracks. Double-tapping it skips to the next track on your phone, while a triple tap jumps to the previous one. In our experience, skipping to the next track was easy but we couldn’t jump to the previous track on a OnePlus 5.

1More Single Driver (1M301) performance

We put these headphones to the test on a OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone while listening to MP3 and FLAC files, streaming music with Saavn, and watching YouTube videos. The focus tracks used while testing these headphones were How Long by Charlie Puth, Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, and Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons.

The first thing we noticed when wearing these headphones was their wide soundstage. You can easily distinguish between different instruments. The mids were quite strong and we enjoyed listening to music. You get good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids or highs. In fact, highs can be a bit too sharp and can somewhat drown out the mids and bass at higher volumes. We would pushing the volume all the way, for the best balance. The improvement in audio quality is evident when switching from MP3 to FLAC files.

1More offers an app called 1More Assistant which can help burn headphones in for you, which is recommended when you first buy them. The app also has its own inbuilt music player with loudness compensation, and we found that enabling this kept the highs in check, giving a more balanced output even at higher volumes.

1More Eartips NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

We must say that these headphones can get loud, and long listening sessions will cause fatigue. The ear tips provided with the 1More fail to provide a proper seal, causing a lot of sound to leak out. Everyone around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. We tried using our own Comply foam tips, which helped reduce leakage to some extent.

Apart from music, these 1More headphones can be used for calls as well. The in-line microphone cuts out ambient noise well, and we did not hear any complaints from people we talked to. The call button can be used to accept or reject calls, and long-pressing it invokes the Google Assistant on Android or Siri on iOS.

Verdict
The 1More Single Driver 1M301 offers clean and detailed output across different music genres. If you are a basshead you will miss the thump that other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 provide. If you just want to enjoy your music, these headphones are worth the price – just don’t forget to buy good ear tips separately.

Pros

  • Angled earbud design
  • Strong mids
  • Useful inline remote

Cons

  • Overpowering highs at top volume
  • Rubber tips don’t provide a good seal

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Value for Money 3.5
  • Overall 4

1More 1M301 Headphones Review

There is no shortage of in-ear headphones in the market, and you will find options that suit every price range. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are selling their models at around the Rs 2,000 mark, but there are other companies targeting users who are willing to spend more. We now have a pair of single-driver in-ear headphones from 1More, the same company that manufactures the popular Piston headphones for Xiaomi. These are priced at Rs 2,799 and command a premium over the OnePlus Bullets V2. So are these 1More headphones worth the extra money? We put them to the test.

1More Single Driver (1M301) design and features

The 1M301 is a pair of in-ear single-driver headphones, and the company even lists it as “1More Single Driver” on e-commerce sites. 1More uses a similar naming strategy for some of its other headphones as well.

The 1M301’s plastic box is unsurprisingly very similar to the one that the Xiaomi Piston Fit came in. The casings have aluminium alloy bodies that house the drivers, and an angled design that helps them sit flat when in the ears. The cables are rubber till the Y-splitter, with additional nylon braid from there till the 3.5mm plug. The nylon braid helps reduce tangles and should make the cable last longer. However, the rubber cables above the Y-splitter do tangle, which can get annoying.

1More Angled Buds NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

These in-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20 – 20000Hz and have an impedance of 32Ohms. The impedance is higher than that of other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 which means that you will need a powerful source to get the best out of them. According to 1More, the drivers have a triple-layer diaphragm comprising of aerospace-grade metal between two layers of PET. You get four sets of ear tips in the box which can be swapped based on your preference. 1More also offers a headphone pouch in the box which is a good add-on.

The inline control unit has three buttons – the call button and volume controls. The centre button can also be used to play/ pause music as well as skip tracks. Double-tapping it skips to the next track on your phone, while a triple tap jumps to the previous one. In our experience, skipping to the next track was easy but we couldn’t jump to the previous track on a OnePlus 5.

1More Single Driver (1M301) performance

We put these headphones to the test on a OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone while listening to MP3 and FLAC files, streaming music with Saavn, and watching YouTube videos. The focus tracks used while testing these headphones were How Long by Charlie Puth, Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, and Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons.

The first thing we noticed when wearing these headphones was their wide soundstage. You can easily distinguish between different instruments. The mids were quite strong and we enjoyed listening to music. You get good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids or highs. In fact, highs can be a bit too sharp and can somewhat drown out the mids and bass at higher volumes. We would pushing the volume all the way, for the best balance. The improvement in audio quality is evident when switching from MP3 to FLAC files.

1More offers an app called 1More Assistant which can help burn headphones in for you, which is recommended when you first buy them. The app also has its own inbuilt music player with loudness compensation, and we found that enabling this kept the highs in check, giving a more balanced output even at higher volumes.

1More Eartips NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

We must say that these headphones can get loud, and long listening sessions will cause fatigue. The ear tips provided with the 1More fail to provide a proper seal, causing a lot of sound to leak out. Everyone around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. We tried using our own Comply foam tips, which helped reduce leakage to some extent.

Apart from music, these 1More headphones can be used for calls as well. The in-line microphone cuts out ambient noise well, and we did not hear any complaints from people we talked to. The call button can be used to accept or reject calls, and long-pressing it invokes the Google Assistant on Android or Siri on iOS.

Verdict
The 1More Single Driver 1M301 offers clean and detailed output across different music genres. If you are a basshead you will miss the thump that other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 provide. If you just want to enjoy your music, these headphones are worth the price – just don’t forget to buy good ear tips separately.

Pros

  • Angled earbud design
  • Strong mids
  • Useful inline remote

Cons

  • Overpowering highs at top volume
  • Rubber tips don’t provide a good seal

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Value for Money 3.5
  • Overall 4

Flipkart Big Shopping Days: Best deals on gaming laptops

Flipkart is currently hosting the Big Shopping days sale on its site and is offering attractive discounts, bank offers, card offers and no-cost EMIs on several products including smartphones, electronics, fashion and furniture. Earlier, we had covered the best deals on smartphone and laptops, and now, we have something exciting for the gamers.

In this post, we have covered some of the best offers on gaming laptops being offered by Flipkart. The laptops are from companies such as Alienware, Asus, MSI and Dell. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days are ending on December 9.

Best deals on gaming laptops

Buy Acer Predator G3-572 at Rs. 69,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 40,000)

The Acer Predator G3-572 is currently available for Rs. 69,990, down from its regular price of Rs. 1,09,990. It comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. The graphic on the laptop are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and it runs on Windows 10 Home.

Buy Alienware 15 at Rs. 1,69,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 40,000) 

The Alienware 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 512GB SSD. It runs on Windows 10 Home and comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 for graphics. It is currently available for Rs. 1,69,990, after a discount of Rs. 40,000.

Buy MSI GV62VR 7RF-1067IN at Rs. 79,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 40,000)

It is currently available for Rs. 79,990, down from its regular price of Rs. 1,19,990. The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. For graphics, it comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and runs on Windows 10 Home.

Buy Acer Predator Helios G3-572 at Rs. 59,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 40,000)

The Acer Predator Helios G3-572 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. The graphic on the laptop are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and it runs on Windows 10 Home. It is currently available for Rs. 59,990, after a discount of Rs. 40,000.

Buy MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN at Rs. 67,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 37,000)

The MSI GV62 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for graphics and runs on Windows 10 Home. It is being offered at Rs. 67,990, down from its original price of Rs. 1,04,990.

Buy Alienware 15 at Rs. 1,29,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 35,000)

The Alienware 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 256GB SSD. It runs on Windows 10 Home and comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 for graphics. It is currently available for Rs. 1,29,990, after a discount of Rs. 35,000.

Buy MSI GV62 7RD-2297XIN at Rs. 54,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 25,000)

The MSI GV62 7RD-2297XIN comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 for graphics and runs on DOS. It is being offered at Rs. 54,990, down from its original price of Rs. 79,990.

Buy Acer Predator Helios G3-572 at Rs. 79,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 20,000)

The Acer Predator Helios G3-572 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. The graphic on the laptop are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and it runs on Windows 10 Home. It is currently available for Rs. 79,990, after a discount of Rs. 20,000

Buy Asus FX553VD-DM013T at Rs. 59,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 15,000)

The Asus FX553VD-DM013T is currently available for Rs. 59,990, after a discount of Rs. 15,000. It comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 for graphics and runs on Windows 10 Home.

Buy Asus ROG GL553VD-FY130T at Rs. 71,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 13,000)

The Asus ROG GL553VD-FY130T comes with a 1v5.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics on the device are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and it runs on Windows 10 Home. The laptop is currently available for Rs. 71,990, down from its original price of Rs. 84,990.

This giant e-reader doubles as an E Ink monitor

This year has seen a wealth of innovative E Ink e-readers, with Amazon all-but perfecting the Kindle with the new Kindle Oasis, the stylus-enabled ReMarkable tablet allowing you to get arty, and now there’s this: the Onyx Boox Max 2 Professional.

Its unique selling point? Not only is it a giant E Ink tablet, but it’s also capable of doubling up as a second display for your PC.

That’s a first in the world of e-readers, but that’s not all this 13.3-inch, 2200 x 1650 touchscreen slate has going for it.

Feature rich

As well as its standard e-reader features and its HDMI output option, the tablet is also compatible with the Wacom digitiser, letting you scribble away on the screen.

Internally it’s no slouch either, at least as far as e-readers go. Running a version of Android 6.0, it’s got a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. A 4100mAh battery gives it four weeks worth of standby time, while file format support includes PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, JPG, PNG and BMP.

Compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS, it’s also got a headphone jack for MP3 and WAV music playback and a built-in mic – which presumably is for Android voice control features. Though how they’d fare here is unclear, given the screen tech.

How well it works as a monitor, too, would be interesting to observe – Windows on an E Ink display, with a low refresh rate, might be a bit of a challenge, making it better served for static documents.

Up for pre-order now, expect to pay around $800 / £600 / AU$1,060 when it starts shipping from December 27th.

Best laptops under Rs. 40000

The top laptops under Rs. 40000 now often feature a dedicated graphics cards for gaming on a budget. Laptops have become powerful enough in this range if you are looking for something that can let you game at moderate settings.

Still, finding the best laptops among the options available can be a little challenging. There are many configurations available, some with newer processors and some with older ones. Some of the previous generation laptops may also be better than newer ones when you consider the specs-to-price ratio.

As always, we’ve tried to make the job of selecting the best laptop under Rs. 40000 easier for you. It is worth noting that these prices and deals were available when this article was written.

Lenovo Ideapad 110 80UD014CIH

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: AMD R16M-M1-30 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Full-fledged connectivity options

Comparatively light weight

Battery life

An ideal laptop for those looking for a big display and a moderately new processor, the Lenovo Ideapad 110 is a good option. With a textured design, the Ideapad 110 is a decent looking laptop. It also comes with a full set of ports and an SD card reader, so you don’t have to worry about carrying connectors with you.

HP 15-AY513TX Notebook

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 M430 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dual Speakers

Full set of connectivity options

Dull design

Another option under Rs. 40000 is the HP 15-AY513TX Notebook, featuring a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit display. HP’s offering also features a full set of connectivity options, with 1xHMDI, 1xUSB 3.0 and 2xUSB 2.0 ports, along with an SD card reader. It isn’t much of a looker, but the textured back should help you in gripping the laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15ISK

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Decent design

8GB DDR4 RAM

Core i3 6th gen processor

If you are looking for a more affordable option from Lenovo, the Ideapad 110-15ISK is also a good option. It comes with a textured black design and a 6th gen Intel Core i3 processor. The laptop features an integrated graphics card which should be enough for moderate gaming.

HP 15-BE015TU

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB DDR4 RAM

Dual speakers, DTS audio

Core i3 6th gen processor

HP has several affordable options when it comes to laptops with an integrated graphics card. The HP 15-BE015TU features a 15.6-inch HD backlit LED display, along with the full set of connectivity options. Dual speakers, DTS audio sound and HP’s Truevision HD webcam round up the specs of the laptop.

Dell Inspiron 3567

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Battery life

Core i5 7th gen processor, Intel HD graphics

4GB RAM

Dull design

The first Dell entrant in this list, the Inspiron 3567 comes with the latest generation of Intel’s Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It looks minimalist and comes with 6 hours of battery life, which is good compared to other options. The Inspiron 3567 also features a similar 15.6-inch HD display, but comes with half the RAM compared to its competitors at this price. You will have to decide whether you want the latest generation processor or more RAM.

Acer E5-575 Core i3

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Price

Full range of connectivity options, USB Type C support

4GB DDR4 RAM

Another option if you’re looking for a laptop with a 7th generation processor, the Acer E5-575 tries to bridge the gap between having the latest generation processor, adequate RAM and an affordable price. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HDMI and USB 2.0 port as well, so in terms of connectivity options, it is much better than other alternatives.

Acer Aspire E5-575G

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dedicated graphics card

Price

Weight

Core i3 6th gen processor

Another good laptop from Acer is the Aspire E5-575G. It comes with a 6th gen Core i3 processor, but makes up for it with a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. Compared to the E5-575, it is slightly more expensive but having a dedicated graphics card could be worth it if your main goal is to game comfortably.

Acer E5-575 Core i5

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB DDR4 RAM

Price

Average battery life

Acer has another E5-575 laptop with a newer Core i5 7th generation processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It also comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and a full set of connectivity options. Considering its current price, the E5-575 Core i5 is a very good option that you can consider, compared to the Dell Inspiron 3567.

Lenovo Ideapad 310

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce N16V-GMR1 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dedicated graphics card

Decent design

Average battery life

The Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes with a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce N16V-GMR1 graphics card. A full set of ports for connectivity and a decent design make the Ideapad 310 another worthy contender. It also comes with decent battery life, making it a good all-round package under Rs. 40000.

Dell Vostro 3468

CPU: Intel Core i5-7200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: Upto 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Lightweight

Connectivity ports

Screen size

The Dell Vostro 3468 with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor comes next in the list. The laptop comes with Window 10 operating system and has a plenty of ports including 1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xHDMI port and 1xVGA port. Weighing 1.96kg, the laptop is lightweight which makes it highly portable for the users. So, apart from getting a good processor, you will have a number of connectivity options and that too under a reasonable price tag.

Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB

CPU: Intel Core i3-7100U | Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics | RAM: Upto 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dolby Audio

Storage capacity

Core i3 processor

4GB RAM

Falling next under 40k category is the Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB. Priced at Rs 35,990, the laptop comes with in-built Harman speakers with Dolby Audio which ensure crystal clear sound to the users. Along with superior sound quality, the laptop also offers crisp display with up to full HD IPS resolution. The laptop is also available with i5 processor and in a variety of color variants as well. But, you can own these only if you can shed a few more money out of your pocket.

Dell Inspiron 15 5567

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Full HD display

Good range of connectivity ports

4GB RAM

To compete with the above mentioned laptops, here comes the Dell Inspiron 15 5567.  The laptop comes loaded with a good number of ports and Windows 10 Home operating system. Its anti-glare LED backlit display along with Waves MaxxAudio Pro will definitely enhance your viewing experience. In addition to this, the 1TB storage capacity will allow you to save a number of multimedia files in the system.

HP 250 G5 (1AS40PA)

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Good battery life

Operating system

RAM

Only HD display

Weighing 1.69 kg, this light weight laptop comes with DOS operating system and offers a good amount of storage space to the users. The CPU with a clock speed of 2 GHz along with 2 GB AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics card handles the gaming aspect of the laptop smoothly, thus leaving no space for glitches. It also provides a number of connectivity options and long working hours to the user.

HP 15-AY511TX

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB RAM

Windows 10 operating system

Weight

The specs sheet of this laptop is somewhat similar to the laptop that we have mentioned above. But, there are some differentiating features as well. This includes 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system, 8GB DDR4 RAM and the weight. Although the laptop will be heavy in weight but it will not be heavy on your pocket.

Dell Inspiron 5559

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100U | Graphics: Integrated Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR3 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Waves MaxxAudio

Storage

RAM

Weight

Last but not the least is the Dell Inspiron 5559. Powered by 6th Gen Intel core i3 processor with a clock speed of 2.3Ghz, the laptop comes with DOS operating system. The Waves MaxxAudio takes care of the audio of the laptop which provides you superior sound quality. The laptop also has a high end version with capacitive touch screen and windows 10 operating system but you have to spend more pennies for that.

If you are looking for the best convertible laptops, go check our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops in 2017.

Razer slashes its laptop prices with up to £700 off for Christmas

It might be the season to get a (jolly) gaming laptop, given some of the discounts that will be flying around, and as Christmas hoves firmly into view, Razer has some tempting offerings with up to 36% or £700 knocked off some of its notebooks (new and refurbished).

Note that these offers run until the end of December (or while stocks last, as ever), and that December 13 is the final date you can order to ensure that you get the machine on or before Christmas Eve.

36% off Razer Blade Stealth (4K + 1TB)
The biggest saving has been applied to the Razer Blade Stealth with a 4K screen, Core i7 processor and 1TB hard drive (select the spec using the drop-down menus). This ultra-portable gaming laptop has been reduced from £1,949.99 down to £1,249.99, a jaw-dropping £700 discount.View Deal

9% off refurbished Razer Blade (Full HD + 256GB)
If it’s a straight Razer Blade notebook that you’re after, then this refurbished version of the latest model with a Full HD display and 256GB storage has been reduced from £1,799.99 to £1,699.99, a saving of £100. It comes with a one-year warranty. Furthermore, if you want the configuration with 512GB of storage, that has been cut by £150 so it now costs £1,849.99 – again, select the spec you want from the drop-down menu.View Deal

15% off Razer Blade V5 (QHD + 1TB)
Alternatively, bargain hunters who don’t mind an older Razer Blade model – for the trade-off of a higher resolution display, and plentiful storage – should take a look at this refurbished Razer Blade V5 (in other words, last year’s model with a Skylake CPU rather than Kaby Lake) with a QHD screen and 1TB storage. It has been reduced from £2,649.99 down to £2,249.99, a saving of £400.View Deal

Best 13-inch laptops for December 2017

Thirteen inches. Arguably, it’s the perfect size for a laptop screen. Not too big nor too small, the best 13-inch laptop will sidestep the flimsiness and squint-inducing terror of a smaller notebook, absent the need to intimidate with a gargantuan form factor.

They’re not all Windows laptops either; Apple fans will rejoice at the fact that the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air continue to stun in 13-inch flavors. Whatever the case, you ought to find a notebook that – at the very least – incites interest. Whether it’s a 2-in-1 or a traditional clamshell you’re after, we’ve encapsulated the spice of life in our list of the very best 13-inch laptops.

For a broader view, take a gander at the best laptops in the world today, and if it’s thin and light you’re after, you can also find the best Ultrabook from TechRadar. But, whatever you do, be sure to read on to find our favorite 13-inch picks of the past few months in no particular order.

Best 13-inch laptops:

  1. Dell XPS 13
  2. HP Spectre x360
  3. Acer Aspire S 13
  4. Lenovo Yoga 910
  5. 13-inch MacBook Air
  6. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

1. Dell XPS 13

If it ain’t broke, make it handsome

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Faster than ever

Same long-lasting battery

Still poor webcam position

No Windows Hello

Now graced with 7th-generation Intel Core i processors, Dell has struck (rose) gold with the XPS 13. The lush design, lengthy battery life and even the SD card slot are still intact, only now it’s souped up with improved internal specs and sleeker appearances reminiscent of the MacBook and HP Spectre lineups. What’s more, the full-size processor and 13.3-inch display are crammed into an 11-inch frame made possible by Dell’s own nearly bezel-less InfinityEdge display technology.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

2. HP Spectre x360

HP’s flagship 2-in-1 goes ultra-thin with style

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS UWVA LED-backlit multi-touch display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Ultra-thin and light styling

Long-lasting and quick-charging battery

Lacks SD card reader

Especially thick bottom bezel

The HP Spectre x360 is the one you introduce to your parents. It’s strikingly well-crafted, boasting a silvery design that makes it every bit as cutting-edge on the outside as it is within. Given the choice between a 7th-generation i5 or i7 Ultrabook-class processor and a 1080p or 4K screen, HP has gives plenty of room for customization. It’s not underpowered, nor does its battery life suffer from overcompensation. In fact, in our own movie test, the HP Spectre x360 lasted a whole 8 hours and 45 minutes. The only real catch is that, like a lot of its competitors, the Spectre x360 also lacks an SD card slot, opting instead for a pair of USB Type-C ports.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x36

3. Acer Aspire S 13

A budget-friendly, thin-and-light powerhouse

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

High performance

Low price

Exterior feels a little cheap

Disappointing battery life

That’s not a typo you just read on the specs sheet – the Acer Aspire S 13 truly is a beast. Replete with a Skylake Core series processors shoved inside a tiny, 13.3-inch body, the Aspire S 13 can handle practically anything you throw at it productivity-wise. Unfortunately, the catch is that with all this power comes a distinct shortage on battery life. It may be an Ultrabook, but the Aspire S 13 only managed 3 hours and 12 minutes in our PCMark 8 battery test. Luckily, the Acer Aspire S 13 also comes with the benefit of USB 3.1, all but a boon in this awkward early age of USB-C.

Read the full review: Acer Aspire S 13

4. Lenovo Yoga 910

Versatile with a generous helping of elegance

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Substantially larger screen

Rocking speakers

Heats up (and gets loud) fast

Disappointing battery life

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is all about second chances. It throws away many of the signature design traits of the previous model, the Yoga 900, in favor of a more pristine outward appearance and a heavy duty Intel Core i7 processor as well as the option of a 4K display. Lenovo also managed to squeeze a larger, nearly 14-inch screen into the same 13-inch chassis of the Yoga 900 without compromise. Not to mention, even with the implementation of USB-C ports, the Lenovo Yoga 910 doesn’t completely neglect USB Type-A, dragging the precious connection standard of the past along with it.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910

5. 13-inch MacBook Air

The best battery life in a 13-inch laptop

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, LED HD (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Fantastic battery life

802.11ac Wi-Fi

No Retina screen

Not easily upgradeable

In a market densely populated with slim-line laptops from a massive range of manufacturers, Apple’s MacBook Air fights on admirably – though it started showing its age on the outside a long time ago. It has Intel’s fifth-generation Core-series processors rather than the newest Skylake variants, but it’s still a capable machine; even more so since Apple made 8GB of RAM standard across the line. If you don’t like the look of its lowly 1,440 x 900 pixel-resolution display, there’s always the 12-inch MacBook – and new MacBook Air models are expected to launch this summer.

Read the full review: 13-inch MacBook Air

6. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 – 650 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Faster processor

Superb battery life

Force Touch underdeveloped

Unchanged design

Though it may not have the 12-inch MacBook’s slick design, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina features Apple’s Force Touch track pad that uses different levels of sensitivity instead of mechanical buttons to make clicks. Even without the fancy Touch Bar, the MacBook Pro exceeds expectations with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, quieter fans, louder speakers and even a battery life exceeding 7 hours in our anecdotal testing. Despite a controversial keyboard mechanism, the MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter and ready to travel.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016)

Flipkart Big Shopping Days: Best deals and offers on laptops

Flipkart is back with its Big Shopping Days and is offering some good deals on mobiles, electronics, fashion, lifestyle and more. The sale began today and will go on till December 9. In this list, we have covered some of the best deals on Core i5 laptops.

Apart from the below mentioned discount, the laptops also come with a card offer. Customers who use SBI Credit Card will get a 10% discount of up to Rs. 1,600 on their purchase. Flipkart is also offering attractive no-cost EMIs on all the laptops.

Best deals on laptops

Buy Acer Aspire A515-51G at Rs. 35,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 3,000)

The Acer Aspire A515-51G comes with a 15.6-inch HD display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics on the device are handled by NVIDIA Geforce 940MX and it runs on Linux. It is currently available for Rs. 35,990, after a discount of Rs. 3,000.

 

Buy HP 15q-BU012TX at Rs. 44,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 3,000)

The HP 15q-BU012TX is currently available for Rs. 44,990, after a discount of Rs. 3,000. It comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It comes with AMD Radeon 520 Graphics and runs on Windows 10 Home.

Buy Dell Vostro 3000 at Rs. 40,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 2,000)

The Dell Vostro 3000 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics on the device are handled by AMD Radeon R5 M420 GPU and it runs on Ubuntu. It is being offered with a discount of Rs. 2,000 and can be purchased for Rs. 40,990.

Buy Dell Inspiron 3567 Core i5 at Rs. 40,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 2,000)

The Dell Inspiron Core i5 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics are handled by

AMD Radeon R5 M430 Graphics and it runs on Windows 10 Home. It is available for Rs. 40,990, after a discount of Rs. 2,000.

Buy Acer E5 – 575 at Rs. 33,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 2,000)

The Acer E5 – 575 features a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The laptop comes with Intel Integrated Graphics and runs on Linux. It is currently available for Rs. 33,990, after a discount of Rs. 2,000.

Buy HP Imprint 15q-BU011TX at Rs. 40,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 2,000)

The HP Imprint 15q-BU011TX features a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics on the device are handled by AMD Radeon 520 Graphics and it runs on DOS. It is currently available for Rs. 40,990, after a discount of Rs. 2,000.

Buy HP 15-be015TX at Rs. 38,990 @ Flipkart (save Rs. 1,000)

The HP 15-be015TX comes with a 15.6-inch display, a sixth generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The graphics on the laptop are handled by AMD Radeon R5 M430 and it runs on DOS. It is available for Rs. 38,990, down from its original price of Rs. 39,990.

Amazon Prime Video Finally Comes to Apple TV

Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is a finally a thing. In a world of walled gardens, it’s the customers who suffer from a lack of choices. And today, they’re set to get more options for their video consumption desires. To recall, back at WWDC 2017, Apple had announced that Amazon Prime Video will be coming to Apple TV as well as the TV app. The deal was also presumed to mean that Amazon would resume stocking the Apple TV set-top box on its online marketplace. The former has come to pass on Wednesday, but the latter has yet to happen.

First spotted on the iOS App Store, the Amazon Prime Video app for iOS had received an update on Wednesday that brought it to version 5.0. The changelog clearly mentions that users will now be able to watch Amazon Prime Video on their Apple TV directly, if they download the separate tvOS app – meant for Apple TV 3rd Generation and later set-top boxes. Now, a few hours later, the Amazon Prime Video app for tvOS has gone live on the dedicated tvOS App Store, with users across the world reporting seeing the app. Neither Amazon or Apple have yet to make an official statement about the launch. v5.0 of the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS also brings Universal Search support for iOS search, and iPhone X support.

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Amazon Prime Video app on iOS App Store earlier in the day, with changelog clearly mentioning support

The arrival of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV comes on the heels of a continued spat between Amazon and Google. Just this week, the latest blow was dealt by Google – the search giant announced it would block the YouTube app on Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices. As we mentioned, Amazon hasn’t listed the Apple TV (or Google’s Chromecast dongles) on its online marketplace since 2015. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon. However, Google clearly mentions this treatment as its reason for pulling YouTube support.

In a statement, Google said, “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,” Google said. “We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Amazon reacted to Google’s statement with its own, “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.”

Written with inputs from Reuters

RHA MA650 Wireless Review

RHA is a little-known audio brand in India right now, but one you should definitely be aware of. With a primary focus on in-ear headphones, this tiny Scottish company is slowly expanding its demographic from audiophiles to a broader audience with its new wireless products. The MA series currently consists of two models, the MA650 and MA750, both of which were officially been launched in India a couple of months ago.

We have the MA650 in for review today. It’s priced at Rs. 7,999, and the main difference between this and the MA750 is its drivers, which are all custom made by RHA. Let’s see if this good-looking pair of headphones can deliver comfort and quality.

RHA MA650 design and features

The MA650 is a premium pair of wireless headphones, and it shows right from the packaging. In the box, you get a USB Type-C charging cable, a mesh carry pouch, and a selection of eight single-flanged and double-flanged pairs of ear tips and a single pair of Comply foam tips. The quality of the silicone ear tips is very good, and their slightly rigid texture offers a good seal from ambient noise.

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The MA650 is a neckband-style wireless headset, which means it rests around your neck when you wear it. The entire band is covered with silicone, which feels comfortable against your skin even for long durations. It’s light too, at just 33g, and the body can be bent and contoured easily for when you need to store it in the pouch. It’s sweat- and splash-resistant thanks to the IPX4 certification, so it can be used for workouts.

The neckband terminates into cylindrical bulges on each side. The left side has the NFC chip, while on the right, we have a USB Type-C charging port, power button, status LED, and a built-in vibration motor for alerts. We love RHA’s attention to detail here, like the aluminium inserts on the edges of the neckband that complement the earbuds and in-line remote nicely. The remote sports a microphone and three buttons for play/ pause and adjusting the volume. Double- or triple-pressing the play/ pause button lets you skip a track or go to the previous one. A long-press activates whichever virtual assistant you have on your phone. The earbuds themselves are made of 6000 series aluminium, which makes them very sturdy, and they look good too. The backs of the earbuds are magnetic and attach to one another so they don’t dangle about when you’re not wearing them.

The headphones use RHA’s custom model 380.1 drivers, with a frequency response of 16Hz-22,000Hz. The RHA MA650 supports codecs like AAC, aptX, and the standard SBC. According to a frequency response graph published by RHA, the MA650 is tuned for better upper-mid-range performance and bass, whereas the highs are toned down a bit. This is another way it differs from its more expensive sibling, the MA750, which is tuned to deliver equal performance across the entire frequency range.

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RHA MA650 performance and battery life

We used the MA650 for a few weeks as our primary pair of headphones and absolutely loved how portable it is. We miss the convenience of retractable earbuds like the ones on LG’s Tone Active+ but the magnetic design served the purpose of keeping them from getting in the way. It would have been nice if the music paused automatically when the earbuds attached to each other, like with the Jabra Rox.

We found that the silicone ear tips worked very well in drowning out ambient noise, so much so that we didn’t feel the need to use the bundled foam tips. The earbuds have a snug fit and don’t stick out from your ears too much, making them quite inconspicuous. However, there is a bit of audio leakage, which is noticeable in quiet places. If you’re planning on wearing them while at work in an office, you might want to switch to the foam tips. We didn’t like the silly label with all the regulatory and trademark information that’s attached to left earbud’s cord, as it looks out of place. This could have been printed somewhere on the neckband instead.

The MA650 is mighty durable as even after a couple of weeks of rough usage, it still felt as good as new. The cords for the earbuds are secured firmly and didn’t feel like they would get loose, and the rubber lining managed to cope with our humid climate as well.

Setting up the RHA MA650 is also very easy as you have voice prompts to guide you. The in-line remote works well, but the buttons aren’t raised very much and we often found ourselves struggling to distinguish them by touch, because of the design of the rubber lining. The microphone does a very good job with voice calls, and none of the people we spoke with had any trouble hearing us.

Audio reproduction is balanced and crisp, with very good mid-range performance. Thanks to the way in which the MA650 is tuned, we never found the highs too piercing. This works well for pop tracks such as Maroon 5’s What Lovers Do, which was well balanced with just the right helping of bass and plenty of detail in the mid-range frequencies. Even at high volume levels, Adam Levine’s Falsetto never felt shrill. Another track in which the mid-range really shone, with good instrument separation, was Born to Touch Your Feelings by The Scorpions. Vocals were distinct and the overall sonic signature was warm and pleasing.

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The MA650 isn’t for bass-heads though. Although the bass is tight, it lacks serious thump, which is evident in tracks like I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd. This isn’t a complaint since that’s just the way the headphones are tuned, and personally, we’d take a bit more mid-range detail over bass enhancement any day. This is highly subjective and might not suit everyone’s taste. We tested the headphones primarily with Apple Music on an iPhone 6s Plus (Review), but also tried it with a mix of FLAC files played on a Google Pixel 2 (Review), using aptX. With the latter, we felt the soundstage to be a bit wider.

The MA650 is rated to deliver 12 hours of battery life, and during our review, we actually managed to surpass this. With a mix of calls and music, we were able to achieve 13 hours and 43 minutes of runtime. You can check the battery level at any time by pressing the power button (even during music playback). To save power, the MA650 automatically shuts itself off after 20 minutes of inactivity. When the battery level drops below 20 percent, you’ll hear warning voice prompts every few minutes. The white LED also changes to red. Charging the headphones fully from zero percent took us just under two hours, through the USB port of a MacBook Air.

Verdict

It’s hard to find any fault with the RHA MA650. It strikes a very good balance between premium features, performance, and price. Our only criticism would have to be that the buttons on the in-line remote aren’t the easiest to use by touch. Other than that, this might just be the only neckband headset you should even consider in this price range. The MA650 a little expensive but considering it’s retailing for slightly less in India than in the UK, it’s not a bad deal. You can find it online through Headphonezone, and at select Croma and Apple resellers offline.

We recommend the RHA MA650 for anyone looking for a feature-rich pair of wireless headphones that delivers a good balance of audio performance and battery life at less than Rs. 10,000.

Price (MRP): Rs. 7,999

Pros

  • Very good battery life
  • Detailed mid-range
  • Premium build quality
  • Feature-rich, good bundle

Cons

  • In-line buttons can be tricky to use

Rating

  • Design: 4.5
  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 4.5