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The Datacolor Spyder5

The Datacolor Spyder5If you happen to particularly revel in taking photos, you then’ve likely noticed an annoying predicament that comes about while you’re looking to print the images you’ve labored tough to take and edit. extra typically than not they come out very darkish or tinted a color that you simply didn’t see on your monitor, and there’s an excellent motive as to why.

The colour of your monitor and the specific colour of the snapshot are totally distinctive things, and with out support there’s now not a lot you are able to do to fix it.

There are a million specific versions and brands of calibrators, however for those simply commencing out who don’t want to blow tremendous quantities of money on one, the Spyder5 from Datacolor looks as if a excellent choice.

This makes use of a 4-step method with a purpose to consultant you by means of calibrating your monitor to get higher colour accuracy. which you can even see the before and after results of how your monitor is on some pre-set photos.

This has a 7-detector optical engine in an effort to help to take out the over saturation and high brightness displays are identified for. this way you won’t spend as so much time printing and re-printing, having to make use of up ink and paper just to figure out the place things went incorrect.

This comes with a dual purpose lens cap and counterweight, and will have to work with desktops and desktop monitors properly. this is going to rate you $129, and will hopefully support you turn out higher prints. There are larger exceptional versions, however the price jump and what they can do are significantly bigger.

Videocon VT10 review

Videocon VT10 review

The tablet market in India seems to be booming and most Indian smartphone makers are eager to get into this lucrative opportunity. Videocon is no different. The company has recently launched its first tablet in the form Videocon VT10.

It comes with a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The tablet runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The tablet is priced at Rs. 11,200. So what you are getting is a 10-inch tablet for around Rs. 10,000 market price. Is this a good deal? Let’s find out in our review

Hardware/ Build & Design
The Videocon VT10 is a 10-inch tablet, which comes with a white and silver casing. The device looks very plasticky. The silver colour on the back is a bit glossy and makes the tablet looks very tacky. Most of the front is taken up by the screen with white borders all around. The front facing camera lies just above the screen.

The screen is a fingerprint magnet and one needs to constantly keep cleaning the tablet.

The right panel houses the tiny power button, microSD card slot, HDMI port, reset pinhole, USB port, 3.5mm audio jack and power cord. There is nothing on the left panel.

The back panel has the back camera and the speakers. The dimensions of the tablet are 257.3 x 176 x 10.3 mm and at 650 grams it is certainly not one of the lightest tablets around.

The build quality of the tablet too is nothing to rave about either.

The 10-inch screen of the Videocon VT10 offers a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The surface of the screen feels a bit rough and the touch sensitivity could have been better.

The screen is bright and the experience of watching YouTube videos and reading e-books is pretty average. The screen is reflective and the viewing angles are bad.

The under sun visibility is also poor.


Software/ Interface
The tablet runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and that is one of the USP of this tablet. The device comes with a stock Android on-board.

The tablet’s on-screen controls are on the bottom left instead of the centre, and the notification panel and quick access settings (for Wi-Fi, Screen rotation, brightness, sound and shortcut to settings) are located at the bottom right.

Though the tablet is running on Android 4.1.1, it is not clear whether Videocon will be rolling out an update to Android 4.2.

The tablet comes pre-loaded with plenty of applications such as Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, E-Book, Echo, Go Weather, Documents To Go, nexGTv, Nimbuzz, PhotoFunia, Saavn, Skype and Zomato. There are also a host of popular gaming apps that come pre-installed with the tablet such as Paper Toss, Bubble Break, Temple Run, Temple Run2 and Where’s My Water.

The E-Book application as the name suggests helps in reading e-books. The app supports .txt, .pdf and .epub. There are no pre-installed e-books on this tablet but there is a service manual in a pdf format, which lists out name and addresses of the Videocon service centers. However, one does have an option to download e-books through Google Play store.

For browsing, there is a choice of three browsers – the native Android browser, Chrome and Opera.

This tablet houses a 2-megapixel camera in the front as well as on the rear. There is a native Android app for the camera and it only offers basic functions such as switching between front and rear camera, white balance and scene mode.

The pictures and videos clicked through both rear and front camera are very grainy and sub-par. The quality of the clicked images deteriorated even further when the pictures were clicked indoors.


Performance/ Battery Life
The tablet is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with 1GB RAM.

The tablet offers just 8GB of internal storage, which is a bit less when compared to what the competing tablets are offering. However, one does have an option to expand the storage by up to 32GB through a microSD card.

You will experience plenty of lags while playing around with this tablet. Forget multi-tasking, Videocon VT10 was not even able to play back a recorded video smoothly.

Videocon VT10 comes with a 6800mAh battery. In our experience the tablet took way too long to get to 100 percent charge (not sure if the issue is restricted to only the review unit we have got or if it is a universal defect). Also the battery runs out of juice in no time. We were barely able to get 2.5 hours, at most 3 hours of video playback from Videocon VT10.

There are three browsers available for the users of this tablet, the native Android browser, Chrome and Opera. The browsing experience through native Android browser is good. Even browsing through Chrome or Opera is enjoyable and breezy.

The experience of playing games such as Temple Run was average mainly due to lags and the device would run out of battery pretty soon.

The sound quality of videos played back through speakers is average.

The device does not support SIM calling or 3G, which means one can only use only when there is access to Wi-Fi. The more disappointing bit is that Videocon VT10 does not offer Bluetooth support.

Overall, we think that in terms of performance, the tablet is not able to deliver much. There are frequent lags and the tablet also drains out of battery quicker than what one would desire. The only thing that you can actually do with this tablet is browse the Internet. Thankfully, we encountered no crashes while watching YouTube videos or while surfing around used computers.

Videocon VT10 is a pretty mediocre tablet, which can be used at best to surf the Internet or watch YouTube videos. Even the experience of watching YouTube videos will be jarred thanks to the underwhelming display of the tablet.


The major issue with the Videocon VT10 lies in its battery. The device runs out of battery very soon but also takes forever to get to charge. Even on the camera front, there is a lot to be desired.

If you are looking for a 10-inch tablet and will not mind shelling out a couple of thousand bucks more, then Spice Stellar Mi-1010 (Review|Pictures) is worth considering. The Spice tablet is a bit heavier than the Videocon VT10 but has a better screen and also supports voice calling.

Also if you don’t mind a smaller screen, then the Acer Iconia B1-A71 (Review|Pictures), which has a 7-inch screen and is available for Rs. 7,999, is also worth a look.


  • Decent browsing experience
  • Jelly Bean


  • Poor build quality
  • Display is underwhelming
  • The device runs out of battery very quickly

Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 2
Display: 2.5
Performance: 3
Software: 4
Battery Life: 2.5
Value for Money: 2.5
Camera: 2.5
Ecosystem: 3.5
Overall: 2.5

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Review: Asus Eee Pad tablet transforms into laptop

Review: Asus Eee Pad tablet transforms into laptop

The tablet computers that compete with the iPad have mostly been uninspiring. The Eee Pad Transformer stands out with a design that isn’t just copied from the iPad: It’s a tablet that turns into a laptop.
For $399, $100 less than the cheapest iPad, you get a tablet computer with a 10-inch screen and hardware that doesn’t cut corners. It’s fully usable on its own. For another $149, you can buy a keyboard that connects to the tablet. Together, they look and open like a small laptop.
The Transformer is made by Asustek Computer Inc., the Taiwanese company that started the brief “netbook” craze a few years ago by selling small, inexpensive laptops. With the keyboard attached, the Transformer is nearly indistinguishable from a netbook.

But before you get too excited about the prospect of a laptop-tablet hybrid that combines the best of both worlds, I have to tell you that you’re not getting a Windows laptop in the bargain. The Transformer runs Google Inc.’s Android software, originally designed for smartphones.
That means it doesn’t run full-blown Windows programs or connect to peripherals such as scanners. This isn’t all a bad thing, as Android comes with important advantages, such as a long battery life, programs designed for touch input and a computer that comes to life almost immediately when you open the lid.
The keyboard may sound a bit expensive for $149, but it does more than help with typing. It has a track pad with “mouse buttons,” just as you’d find on a laptop. It also contains an extra battery that charges the tablet’s battery, two USB ports for connecting peripherals and a slot for SD memory cards, used in most digital cameras.

I tested the battery life by playing a high-definition video over and over again, with the screen set to medium brightness. I got a respectable nine hours from the tablet alone and 13 hours with the keyboard attached. That compares with 10 hours for the iPad 2.
The screen uses the same technology as the iPad’s, making it easy to read from any angle and in any orientation. It is slightly larger than the iPad’s and has a slightly higher resolution.
The Transformer has two cameras, as we expect from this year’s tablets. The picture quality is so-so but more than adequate for videoconferencing through Google Talk.
Of course, you could get an iPad and an accessory keyboard instead. There are good reasons for doing so — I’ll talk more about the software below — but let’s stick for the moment to discussing what’s good about the Transformer.

The iPad doesn’t make any particular accommodation for a keyboard. The accessory ones connect using short-range Bluetooth wireless technology, which can be a hassle to connect and troubleshoot. It also means the keyboards need separate batteries — Apple’s own model uses two AAs. The battery in the Asus keyboard doesn’t need to be charged for the keyboard to work, and in any case, it uses the same charger as the tablet.
Most iPad keyboards don’t attach to the tablet itself, because there’s nothing to hang on to. This is fine if you’re at a table, but juggling an iPad and a separate keyboard on your lap can be difficult. Some iPad keyboards are built into a case, which covers the tablet and forms a laptop-like unit, though an inelegant one.

The Transformer has two slots for the keyboard to lock into, forming a sturdy whole that’s easy to use on a lap or tummy, for those really lazy moments on the couch.
There’s another nice thing about the Transformer keyboard: The keys are designed for the software. There are keys that bring you to the Home screen and Settings. Others control screen brightness, volume and media playback. There are buttons for the Back and Menu functions of Google’s Android software.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen small laptops running Android, but it is the first time I’ve used one that runs Honeycomb, the first Android version specifically designed for tablets rather than smartphones. The update makes Android much better at taking advantage of a 10-inch screen.
But as tablet software, Android is still far behind Apple’s iOS software for the iPad. The biggest problem is the low quality and poor selection of applications from outside companies. Many of my favorite iPad apps, including Netflix and The Wall Street Journal are not available at all. Others, such as The New York Times, are available only in inferior versions, designed for the smartphone screen rather than the tablet.

I also had frequent crashes when using the applications. The Transformer is perhaps the best Android tablet out there, especially considering the price, but the software is still a major weakness. Still, the beautifully integrated keyboard should tempt people who don’t want to decide between a tablet and a laptop.

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Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 Review: Super-Affordable Windows 2-in-1 With 3G

Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 Review: Super-Affordable Windows 2-in-1 With 3G

Computer processors have shrunk to the point that we can stuff them into devices the size of tablets, and have become efficient enough that we don’t need fans to keep them cool. We’ve seen all kinds of slim designs in the past year or two, but what’s most exciting is that devices are getting less and less expensive as well. It is now possible to deliver an acceptable, mainstream level of PC performance in a device that costs less than a lot of smartphones.

We’ve reviewed the Notion Ink Cain (Review), Croma 1177 (Review) and Swipe Ultimate Tab 3G (Review), all of which were clustered around the Rs. 20,000 price point and all of which were tablets with wraparound cloth keyboard attachments. These products’ keyboards are fiddly to use, and just propping them up to look like laptops is annoying.


Enter Micromax with its new Canvas Laptab LT666, which can actually be used in a lap! It follows the same formula but has a solid base with a keyboard. In terms of features, it’s pretty much identical to the rest, with the exception of 3G. However, for all its improvements, Micromax has still managed to cut the price down by 25 percent – the Canvas Laptab LT666 sells for just Rs. 14,999. We’re intrigued to say the least – has Micromax cut corners elsewhere, or is this product truly going to blow its competition out of the water?

Look and feel
The front of the Canvas Laptab LT666 is as plain as touchscreen devices get these days, with thick black borders and only a capacitive Windows Start button below the actual screen. There’s a small webcam cutout on the top, and you’ll see a status LED in the upper right corner when charging. Our test unit came with a screen guard already stuck on, but bubbles could be seen around the edges.


However the sides and rear are styled pretty aggressively with accents that look like the whole device has a ruggedized rubber coating. Of course it’s nothing of the sort; just a different texture of plastic. Tall speaker grilles curve around the back on both sides, with the power and volume buttons sticking out quite a bit on the right. On top, the 3.5mm headset socket, Micro-USB port, microSD slot and Micro-SIM tray are incorporated into this border strip as well. The rear-facing camera is right in the centre.

The rear of the tablet doesn’t make for a very attractive laptop lid. There are two regulatory stickers and a bright blue Intel Inside sticker in addition to Micromax’s fist logo in one corner and a large Canvas Laptab logo right in the middle. The placement of the Micro-USB port is quite awkward for charging when the tablet is docked in its base, as the wire will stick straight out the top.


The base is far more interesting from a design perspective. Unfortunately, the docking mechanism isn’t secure at all. The tablet will stay put when it’s docked on a flat surface, thanks to some relatively strong magnets and two little pegs. You can even pick up the tablet and shake it aggressively, and the base will stay securely attached. However, with the “lid” down, the two halves just do not stay together. In fact the tablet can slide right out of the dock with very little pressure. There’s nothing holding it in but the magnets on one side, so you have to make sure you carry it with your fingers curled around the edges, firmly gripping the two halves together.

The keyboard itself, unsurprisingly, has a compressed layout. No keys have been left out, but the Canvas Laptab LT666 makes the classic netbook-era compromise of shoving the right Shift key beyond the arrow block. For some reason the standard QWERTY rows are not correctly offset, so the spacing between keys will throw you off if you’re used to typing with all fingers.


The keys themselves are tiny but are stiff and have good depth. Don’t expect the comfort of even a netbook keyboard, but this is a whole lot better than the folding ones we’ve used in the recent past on other low-cost Windows tablets. The trackpad is actually quite comfortable and usable. One nice touch is that there’s one full-sized USB port on the base, so you can plug in common devices without a USB-OTG dongle.

Overall, the Canvas Laptab LT666 is light and portable at 1.1kg and 9mm thick, but doesn’t come close to delivering a budget laptop experience.


At the heart of the Canvas Laptab LT666 is an Intel Atom Z3535F CPU, the same as we’ve seen on other low-cost tablets. It has four cores running at up to 1.83GHz, and basic integrated Intel HD graphics. There’s 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. You can use microSD cards of up to 64GB and of course USB storage devices if you need more space.

The screen measures 10.1 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1280×800. Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G data are supported. Both the front and rear cameras have 2-megapixel sensors. Finally, there’s a 7,700mAh battery.


Micromax includes a basic pair of earphones, a simple carry case, and, most useful of all, a USB-OTG adapter. The processor supports 64-bit operations but the Canvas Laptab LT666 ships with a 32-bit edition of Windows 8.1. You’ll be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 when it releases in the near future. You also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Thankfully there is no preloaded junk software.

We like the fact that the tablet boots up and resumes from sleep quickly, thanks to its flash-based storage. It’s not a speed demon by any means, but provides a reasonable level of performance for day-to-day tasks such as Web browsing and media playback. One thing we noticed right away was that the tablet did not insist on throwing up the on-screen keyboard every time we started typing with the dock, which a lot of others seem to do.


On the downside, the pre-attached screen protection film was not only ugly but also increased friction when using the touchscreen. The unit also tended to get a bit hot when running benchmarks and videos, so it’s probably best suited to lighter tasks in general.

Benchmarks revealed average scores, which were on par with those of the other Atom Z3735-based products we’ve tested in the past. POVRay took 24 minutes, 57 seconds to run its built-in benchmark. 3DMark could not be installed, but we didn’t have any expectations about gaming performance to begin with. PCMark 8’s Work scenario gave us a score of 2526 which is just about okay, and SiSoft SANDRA showed us that the CPU, memory and SSD performance were on par with other similar tablets, which is to say suitable for basic tasks but nothing truly demanding. SunSpider took 505.7ms to complete and Mozilla Kraken took 13,905.3ms.


The screen cannot be tilted in its base so you might have some trouble with reflections. We found it to be reasonably sharp, though not very impressive by today’s standards. Viewing angles are just about okay. Video files including 1080p clips played fairly well. The speakers were incredibly disappointing – sound was sometimes barely audible even at full volume, and music was hollow and lifeless. The two cameras were just as mediocre as we expected.

The 3G data support proved to be our favourite feature. With no full-sized USB port on the tablet itself, a 3G dongle would have been awkward to use. The built-in modem allows for a lot of flexibility and makes this device a great choice for those who need to work outdoors a lot, or who just want to move around without worrying about Wi-Fi range.


Battery life was pretty decent – we managed to get 4 hours, 32 minutes out of the Canvas Laptab LT666 in Battery Eater Pro’s standard test before it shut down completely. That should make for just about a work day of light usage though you’ll drain the battery faster with 3G in use.

We quite like Micromax’s latest venture, for a number of reasons. We’ve seen the tablet-with-a-keyboard concept before, but not only has Micromax raised the bar in terms of the physical keyboard dock, it has also brought the price down. If that wasn’t reason enough, there’s integrated 3G functionality which none of its direct competitors offer. The Canvas Laptab LT666 therefore stands out quite clearly as the best of the bunch.


However, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically a great product. Yes, it’s a very affordable, 3G-enabled Windows PC. It offers portability and a reasonable level of productivity. However, Windows tablets still have shortcomings when compared to Android tablet and iPads, such as awkward touch controls and lower battery life. If you’re looking for a pure entertainment device, you might be happier with one of those. On the other hand, there are also low-cost laptops which might be better suited for work.

If you want a versatile, portable PC for general usage and light multitasking, the Canvas Laptab LT666 is a fantastic product. It could fit multiple use cases, even as a secondary PC, thanks to its low price and great features.

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Micromax Canvas Laptab

Micromax Canvas Laptab

R 14999 3.5

  • Review
  • Key Specs
  • News
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Integrated 3G
  • Extremely affordable
  • Solid base
  • Bad
  • Tablet slips easily from dock
  • Weak cameras
  • Cramped keyboard

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Front Camera



1280×800 pixels




Windows 8.1



Rear Camera


Battery capacity

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BSNL Penta T-Pad WS802C review

BSNL Penta T-Pad WS802C review

It’s a season of tablets and there seems to be a new budget tablet being launched every other day. However, even in the midst of all these tablets, BSNL’s Penta T-Pad WS802C looks like an interesting option for a number of reasons.

Most tablets that have launched in India so far are either 7-inch tablets or 10-inch options, with the only exception being Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which has 8.9-inch screen. BSNL’s Penta T-Pad WS802C is a bit different in this regards as it sports an 8-inch screen. Also, this tablet comes at a very interesting price point. Priced at Rs. 14,699 Penta T-Pad is placed exactly in between the entry level tablets and high-end tablets. So let’s explore whether this tablet is a good buying option or yet another also-ran?

Design/ Hardware

BSNL’s Penta T-Pad is an ivory white tablet 8-inch tablet, which looks an interesting tablet on first glance. However, the moment you hold the tablet in your hands, the first thing that one notices is its weight! It is on heavier side, which means that you cannot hold it in your hands for longer durations.


The front of the tablet consists of four physical buttons and a camera to the right of the display (while holding the tablet in landscape mode, which is the preferred mode, based on the markings on the button). There is a mic on the right panel along with the microSD card slot, HDMI, USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, reset button and charging port. The USB port can be used to connect an external hard drive or mouse/keyboard to the tablet.

The volume rocker and the power button are placed on the top panel and the SIM slot is on the bottom panel. The top buttons are quite small and unless you have slender fingers, you may have to struggle a bit with these. Overall, this tablet looks decent without being great. The build quality seems sturdy. As mentioned earlier, the way keys are placed it seems more apt for using in the landscape mode than a portrait mode.


Most of the other tablets in the same price are 7-inchers and the extra one-inch was quite handy while watching movies/videos and even surfing the net. The Penta T-Pad comes with a display of resolution 800×552 pixels and one of the brightest screens amongst budget tablets, as long as you stay indoors. The viewing angels are average and so is the under-sun visibility. We found e-books reading on the tablet to be an enjoyable experience. On the downside, the screen is a fingerprint magnet.

Software/ Interface

BSNL’s Penta T-Pad comes loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.3) and the tablet is quite responsive and smooth. In the budget tablet category, this tablet is able to provide best Android experience that we have had so far.

The tablet comes pre-loaded with some interesting apps such as ES File Explorer and Task Manager, Facebook, LinkedIn, FreeNote, Photo editor, Yahoo messenger, Skype, Movie Studio, Polaris Office, Radee PDF Reader, UTPlayer, VidTrim and MobiVision. These apps are handy for users who would want productivity and entertainment from their tablet.


Penta T-Pad comes with a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing one. On the face value, we were not expecting the camera too be anything to rave about but this was the surprise element of this tablet. The image quality of both the camera was good. Even for pictures clicked in low light, the image quality was decent. However, on the downside the rear camera does not have auto-focus.

T-Pad WS802C

As this tablet comes with Skype pre-installed, one can use the front camera for video calls. The image quality on the video calls was decent.

Performance/ Battery Life

The moment you switch on the tablet, you are greeted by jarring opening sound, which is really irritating and there was no option to turn it off as well.

Powered by a 1GHz processor, this tablet feels quite smooth in terms of performance. We did not encounter any crashes while working on this tablet and multitasking was comfortable – perhaps the first budget tablet we can make these statements about

Penta T-Pad comes with a native Android browser and Opera Mini browser. The browsing experience on both was breezy but the Android browser had a slight edge in terms of performance

This tablet scores high on the entertainment as the quality of audio and video played is good. However, the earplugs that come with the tablet can be uncomfortable if used for a longer duration at a stretch.

One can make voice calls with the help of this tablet too but it is locked only to BSNL and as the SIM that was provided by the company did not work, we could not test the voice calling feature or the 3G connectivity.

BSNL Penta T-Pad WS802C comes with a 3000mAh battery but we had a disappointing experience. Our unit struggled to hold charge for any considerable duration of time. However, based on reports across the web, the problem could be limited to just our unit, and users can expect around 6 hours of backup with normal usage.


There are plenty of affordable tablets that are currently available in the market but most of them are unable to provide a good experience but BSNL’s Penta T-Pad is an exception in this regards. The only major disappointment for this tablet is its weight. Other than that, it is good value purchase especially for the early adopters in the tablet category!


  • Runs on ICS
  • Responsive
  • Good display for a budget tablet


  • Slightly heavy
  • Battery issues (could be specific to our unit)


A tablet for every budget

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