Things to consider while buying a TV

1st December 2020
"Buying TV is not a piece of cake, from size to contrast, everything should be thoroughly examined."

Do you want to enrich the look of your living room with a beautiful TV? Or, are you in need of one and don't have proper knowledge about TV and how to choose an appropriate one? If you are looking for basic knowledge or tips to consider while buying a TV, then keep on reading. 

The trend of TV has been somehow decreasing due to the advancement of smartphones and the internet for the past decade. However, TV nowadays is as smart as smartphones with a bigger screen and better customer experience. Buying a Television for your home can be stressful with all the budget that one has to pour into it. Here, are few things to consider while buying a TV that'll cool your stress down.

Size

Bigger the size, the fancier the TV, and the better the user experience. However, one must not forget the capacity of the room. Measure the dimensions of the room and thoroughly examine the size of the TV that you require for your room. You might regret buying a 55-inches bigger, fancier TV if you have a small room of just 7-ft height and 8-ft length. So, select the size that is suitable for your room. 

Viewing distance

Viewing distance, when put straightforward, is the distance from the TV that must be kept in order to prevent any kind of stress in your eyes. Normally, a distance of 4-ft is a must if you're buying a 32-inches LED TV. And, for TV with 40-48 inches, a viewing distance of at least 7-ft is a must. Likewise, for 55-inch or 65-inch LED TV, a 9-ft viewing distance is needed.

Resolution

For better viewing experience, the resolution should be considered. If you are looking TV for normal usage like for watching news once or twice a day, and are short on budget, then you can go for a 720p resolution. Nevertheless, if you have enough budget and use the TV for gaming, watching movies, Netflix, etc., then don't settle for less than 1080p i.e. FHD. If possible go for UHD, or else go after FHD.

Audio Output

TV must have a good screen with good visuals, but the audio output of the TV should also be checked. Budget TV may have a pleasing display but the audio output may be a disappointment. So, try to get a soundbar speaker to enrich your experience with better sound quality.

Connectivity Options

The more connectivity options better the experience. If you want to use the TV for other purposes like gaming, watching movies, etc., then look out for other connectivity options like HDMI, USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and other AV ports. Also, the presence of Bluetooth connectivity will be an advantage.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate means the number of times the picture on the screen gets refreshed within a second. The higher the refresh rate is smoother the video appears. Go for TV with a refresh rate between 60Hz to 120Hz.

Contrast

The contrast ratio describes the range of brightness levels your TV can display. Better the contrast, better the brightness levels. There are different ways of measuring the contrast ratio; so, check thoroughly while looking out for contrast.

Smart TV

Not all 'smart TV' is smart. Some smart TV offer variety of apps and features, whereas some lack in such apps. Better go after the Google-certified or android-certified Smart TV that offers a variety of features including play store, voice assistant, etc.

 

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Things you should know about Smart Home

30th November 2020
"According to a report, around 85% of the burglary happens at day time when no one is at home."

What is Smart home or Home Automation? According to Investopedia , "Smart home is a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device. A smart home has its devices interconnected through the internet, and the user can control functions such as security access to the home, temperature, lighting, and home theater." 

With Smart home integration all the electrical equipments can be controlled by your phone. You can turn on your room lights before even entering your home or open your gate without even stepping down from your vehicle. Automation has made life much easier. There are many other things to worry about than worrying, "Did I turn off my lights before leaving or is my gate secure?"

There are various aspects of Home Automation and Security is one of them. Now a days, most of the people leave their home early for work with very minimal home supervisison. And according to a report, around 85% of the burglary happens at day time when no one is at home. So, one of the first thing to make a home smart is to install a security system.  Security systems available for home or office are pretty smart now a days. System when activated could detect movement around the premise and alert the home owner. Not only that many new security systems comes with two way audio communication feature, allowing the owner to warn the burglers not to enter their house. Many security system also integrates feature that not only alerts their home owner, but also alerts the local police so that they can come and assess whats going on.  Not only external threats, there are many internal factors that are big security threats to us and one of them is fire. There are products like smoke sensors or gas sensors which warn you if it detects smoke or gas leaks before any incidents happen, saving you and your property.

Another aspect of Smart Home is automation. There are various situation where automation can be very useful and hastle free. Imagine you are on a holiday and plannning to watch a movie which you were unable to watch couple of months ago. You switch on your TV than your sound system, DVD player, close your lights, close your curtains than finally sit to watch the movie. Automation allows all that with just a few taps on your mobile phone. There are various products for home automation which allows you to create a scenario and customize what you want in that scenario. Then that product will do all the predefinded tasks for that scenario. Taking the same example, automation product will switch on your TV, Sound System, DVD player, Close all your lights and curtains and any other task you customized at the same time with just a few taps.  

 

 

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5 Things to Consider while Buying Gaming Monitor

30th November 2020
"Planning to buy a gaming monitor but having problems with choosing one? We are here to ease your inconvenience."

Most of the people, while setting up a gaming PC, tend to prioritize the hardware and fill their computer case with expensive hardware. Besides the hardware, peripherals like keyboards and mouse are given more emphasis even though the average keyboard and mouse will do for most people. Monitors, on the other hand, are most important yet most bypassed part while setting up a gaming PC. What fun will it be if your display won’t have the specs that won’t augment your expensive hardware?

As the display or monitor shows your actions, moves, enemies and your entire game; it should obviously be considered cautiously while setting up a gaming PC. The things that should be considered while buying a Gaming monitor are:

Resolution

Resolution is the most important aspect to look for while buying a gaming monitor. Higher the resolution- higher the number of pixels, clearer the images and superior will be your gaming experience. The gaming monitors come in 3 resolutions- 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. Considering the hardware and GPU limitations 1440p can be regarded as the most suitable resolution for enhancing your gaming experience with inexpensive hardware. But, if you have advanced hardware and GPU, then you can go for 2160p resolution.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate, simply, is the number of times the image or frame in your screen is refreshed within 1 second. A monitor with 60 Hz refresh rate will be able to refresh the image on the screen up to 60 times per second. Higher the refresh rate, smoother and less choppy images will be formed. Generally, for gaming purpose, the refresh rate should be at least 75Hz for smoother gameplay.

Response Time

Response time is the speed at which a single pixel on the screen can change its color. Lower the response time, better will be the gaming experience. If response time is higher, it will create ‘motion blur’ effect. For gaming, monitor with response time less than 8ms should be considered.

Panel Type

Basically, there are 3 different types of panels each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses- TN, VA and IPS. TN is the cheapest and offers the lowest response time though its visual quality and viewing angles are relatively not so impressive. VA panels offer best viewing angles and have the superior visual quality to TN panels; however, its response time is higher and is a bit pricey. Amongst all, IPS panels are regarded as best panels but most expensive. They have the best visual effects and contrast but have about 4ms response time which is higher than TN panel. If your budget supports, IPS panels are best for consideration or else, TN panels with their lowest response time will also do.

G-sync or Freesync

NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s Freesync are the technologies that aim to eliminate the screen tearing (a graphics distortion where multiple frames are displayed in a single screen draw that occurs when graphics processor is out of sync with the display). They help your monitor to refresh at a rate that matches your graphics card. However, you cannot use AMD’s Freesync technology with NVIDIA’s graphics card and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology with AMD’s graphics card. Both technologies are good and you can choose among these relying upon your budget or the video card of your choice.
 

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Petrol vs Diesel car: 5 things to look before you choose

1st December 2020
"Choosing petrol or diesel engine car is one of the first decisions you’ll have to make before buying a new car"

After being in a position to buy your own car, choosing a petrol or diesel engine car is one of the first decisions you’ll have to make before buying a new car. From a financial perspective, there’s now less and less difference between petrol and a diesel car. It is still true that if you look at pure fuel running costs, diesel will cost less. You will, though, have to have high annual mileages and use motorways more often to get the financial benefits.

This is because newer diesel vehicles now have higher tax, which can cost almost as much as the fuel savings you could make in a year, and there are also concerns over air pollution caused by diesel. That means that if most of your journeys are local and your mileage is lower, a small petrol car might be more suitable for you, especially if you’re looking to change vehicles in the next five years. 

Here are some points to compare petrol vs diesel cars: 

Cost of Petrol Vs Diesel Car

The diesel variant of cars cost more than the petrol variant. A diesel engine needs to maintain a higher compression ratio and handle greater vibration than the petrol engine, so the construction of the diesel engine is more rugged and are costly than the petrol engine. For example, cars which cost less than 10 Lakhs, the showroom price between diesel and petrol variants differs from 2 to 2.5 Lakhs. The difference in the on-road price of petrol and diesel car variants will be even more. This higher initial cost has a major significance in the overall economics of choosing a model and depending on the cost of the vehicle and where it is purchased.

Mileage of Petrol vs Diesel 

Diesel engines tend to return more kilometres per litre than a similarly sized petrol motor.so we can say the mileage of the diesel engine is more than that of a Petrol engine. This factor tends to be the sole reason the majority of us tend to go for a diesel variant.  A diesel engine does not need a spark plug and thus has higher compression. This makes the diesel engine utilise more fuel as compared to a petrol engine. The better mileage of a diesel engine makes it easy to cover the extra cost of the car paid initially, but with the increasing cost of cars, the time required to recover this cost has increased. 

Smooth Drive

Apart from a fact that diesel engines are more powerful than petrol engines, they also have higher torque and hence they give a smoother drive. On the other hand, the harshness, noise, and vibrations in diesel-driven cars are way higher than that of a petrol-driven car which is a big reason for concern. In petrol engines, the power developed is low due to compression ratio whereas, in diesel engines, the power is more.

Maintenance Cost of Petrol vs Diesel Car 

The maintenance cost of diesel cars is higher than petrol cars. This is because consumables like engine oil and spares used in diesel vehicles are more expensive. Also, keep in mind that newer diesel has a special filter fitted to help prevent pollution. It’s called a diesel particulate filter (DPF). These can clog if the vehicle isn’t used regularly on a motorway, and is costly to fix or replace. This means if you don’t use motorways often, a diesel might not be for you. The resale value of a used diesel car is higher than that of a petrol car. However, the life of a petrol engine is more than a diesel engine.

The price difference between Petrol vs Diesel 

Since last one year, the prices of diesel and petrol have seen a big hike in Nepal. Fluctuation in price shows that the difference between both is reducing day by day, the difference in both is about 14 Rs per litre and is further decreasing day by day. The lower diesel price is a reality, with the price difference between a litre of petrol and diesel generally hovering 14 rupees. However in the long run, if you have to drive for a longer distance in a smaller span of time choosing Diesel engine car will be more beneficial.

Choice, it’s a personal thing

In the end, it's not possible to say which is better, petrol or diesel engines, because it's very much a case-by-case, or car-by-car thing, and it also comes down to personal preference. Some people just can't stand the sound that diesel engines make, particularly under strain, so they'll never buy one. Although some high-end brands, now make diesel that are so quiet you can barely tell which engine you're driving without putting the windows down.

Besides that, there are now many alternatives to petrol and diesel cars. Technological advances are beginning to make alternative energy vehicles a realistic alternative to petrol and diesel ones. With hybrid, electric, hydrogen fuel cell and LPG powered vehicles, there’s more choice than ever, some opportunities to save money, and there are of course significant environmental advantages to using this kind of vehicles.

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