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Best Dell laptop 2018: the best Dell laptops we’ve tested this year

For as long as we can remember, Dell has been a leader in home computing like no other. Whereas Apple has become known for overpriced specs compared to the competition, Dell has made itself known as the competition Macs should be afraid of. That sentiment holds true nowhere else more than it does in the laptop space.

Dell laptops have, in our experience, torn down the barrier between you and a powerful on-the-go PC. In fact, its flagship laptop – the XPS 13 – has qualified for our best-in-class award three years in a row, making it the best laptop[1] to date across all categories. In doing so, it’s paved the way for other Intel-based clamshells to become more affordable along the way.

However, despite the best Dell laptop being, indisputably, the XPS 13, there are others out there worth your consideration. Especially if you’re on a budget that’s lower or higher than what the best Dell laptop facilitates, you’ll want to take a look at our alternative selections just to be sure. 

Without a doubt, you can guarantee that we’ve tested every Dell notebook we could before recommending it here. That being the case, take a look around and find which of the best Dell laptops suits your work (or play) needs. 

1. Dell XPS 13 (2018)

Winner winner, chicken dinner

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

Gorgeous new design Impressive performance Steeper starting price White option is pricier

As fickle as we may be about its unconventional webcam placement, the Dell XPS 13 remains our favorite and, dare we say it, the best Dell laptop you can buy. The keyboard and trackpad might be exactly the same as they were in years prior, but we admittedly prefer it that way. It’s as comfortable as it is powerful and stylish. The high performance comes from the use of 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (sorry, no i3 this time) and the dashing looks derive mainly from its use of an Alpine White color that’s been woven into the Rose Gold finish you once knew. It’s also more versatile than flagships from other brands as a result of its use of SB© USB-C ports in addition to the classic microSD card reader we’ve praised it for in the past.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13[2]

2. Dell Chromebook 3180

Dell’s rugged Chromebook is among the best

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) display (touch optional) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Rugged design Long battery life Touchscreen not standard Small keyboard

While the XPS 13 is focused on power in a premium shell, the Dell Chromebook 3180 is all about value. Reinforced by a 180-degree hinge, rubberized design and a sealed keyboard in addition to a forceful typing experience, this Chromebook is a finely portable package. Not only well geared for school and work, the Dell Chromebook 3180 even packs a pair of loud stereo speakers for listening to tunes or watching videos. Don’t worry about banging it up, either, as this device remains the most rugged Dell laptop on our list.

Read the review of its predecessor: Dell Chromebook 11[3]

3. Alienware 13 R3

Behold the first-ever OLED gaming laptop

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch HD 1,366 x 768 TN – QHD 2,560 x 1440 OLED touchscreen | Storage: 180GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

Gorgeous OLED screen Improved hinge-forward design Unexpectedly dense Short battery life

If you’re looking to game with Dell, this is the first place to look. Unlike most laptops of its size, the Alienware 13 R3 employs a hinge-forward design. By placing the heat sinks behind the display, the frame is allowed to be thinner than an inch. Unfortunately, this means you’ll struggle to find many 13-inch notebook bags that will actually suit this gaming laptop. While you may be drawn in by the included full-size Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, it’s the OLED touch display that caught our attention – the first of its kind on a gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Alienware 13 R3[4]

4. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

A fine little 2-in-1 that gets the job done

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS TrueLife LED touchscreen | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Good battery life Aluminum body Default storage is small Short on ports

If you want more versatility out of your laptop than even the XPS 13 can provide, this is where to start looking. For low-touch, everyday work tasks, the kind of thing you might do on the train to work, the Inspiron is rather delightful. The touchscreen that flips 360 degrees into a tablet makes for a sublime device to curl up in bed and zone out to with an ebook or comic. What we mean to say is, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a fine work laptop on the streets, and a fun tablet in the sheets.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1[5]

5. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000

This gaming laptop won’t leave you broke

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – UHD 3,840 x 2,160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 256GB SSD – 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Stellar battery life Ports for days Trackpad is touchy Screen is lacking

If the Alienware 13 is simply too much for you, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming may be a breath of fresh air. In dropping the Alienware moniker, Dell has produced a gaming laptop that’s just as powerful for for a fraction of the price, thanks to a slightly less premium build. The discrete graphics are as strong as the Alienware 13 for far less scratch. Plus with a battery life recorded at 7 hours and 38 minutes, it’s unparalleled in longevity.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming[6]

6. Dell XPS 15

The best 15-inch laptop available this year

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB SSD + 500GB HDD – 512GB SSD

Amazing power Sublime screen Slim design Poor webcam position

If you want the look and power of the XPS 13 at the top of this list, but also a bigger screen with even more graphics oomph, the Dell XPS 15 could be the best Dell laptop for you. Equipped with the same InfinityEdge technology, the screen extends right to the edges of the lid, which means it’s among the smallest possible 15-inch laptops in 2017. The highest-end model has a 4K, color-accurate touch display that is more than ideal for graphic design. Better yet, gaming performance is OK – just play at either a lower sharpness or on mid-range settings.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15[7]

References

  1. ^ best laptop (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Dell XPS 13 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Dell Chromebook 11 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Alienware 13 R3 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Dell XPS 15 (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ cheap Dell laptop deals (www.techradar.com)

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I wore the VR glove that fools your skin as well as your eyes

I weigh the rock in my hand, then toss it back to the ground. I run my hand across some tall grass, feeling the stems ripple, flatten and spring back. Then I reach out and take hold of a cloud and pull it toward me.

None of these objects exist. The rock, grass and cloud are all figments of virtual reality — yet they feel completely real against the skin of my hand. I’m trying the first public demo of a tactile glove from VR startup HaptX at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah.

The HaptX glove is designed to conquer one of virtual reality’s most annoying limitations: You can see and hear the virtual world in your headset but, as MC Hammer might say, you can’t touch this. Currently available VR technology lets you interact with the virtual universe by waving hand controllers around, but these only solve half the problem. When you see what appears to be a solid object in VR, you merely have to wave your hand in that direction to feel there’s nothing there.

This lack of physical interaction breaks the illusion of reality, or “presence,” that VR relies on.

The HaptX glove is still a demo at this stage, but is set to be used to train people in virtual simulations of potentially dangerous environments.

HaptX

Several other VR experiences displayed at Sundance‘s annual dedicated VR event, including a psychedelic space adventure produced by filmmaker Darren Aronofksy and another by VR luminary Chris Milk, get around that by limiting your interaction to conjuring nebulous trails of light. HaptX goes one better. I begin by sliding on the snug black glove made of a fabric with plastic thimbles clipped over each fingertip and flat plastic cables snaking over the back of my hand.

A thick umbilical cable attaches the glove to a VR rig. I don the VR headset — in this case an HTC Vive — which shows me a colorful virtual farmyard laid out in front of my eyes. I reach out to touch the red-painted wooden barn.

It feels solid. I move my hand to where I can see animated gray rocks, and feel resistance. I close my fingers around where I can see a virtual rock, and it genuinely feels like I’m holding something in my hand.

I touch rippling grass and spin the sails of a wooden windmill. All of them feel like I’m actually holding or brushing them with my hand. The glove works by inflating and deflating more than 300 tiny blisters of air across the surface of your hand.

The more of these air pockets on the surface of the glove, the finer the feeling. For example, the demo allowed a virtual spider to walk across my hand, and its footsteps were as light and tickly as you’d expect. I also felt confetti and rain lightly sprinkle into my palm.

The air pockets give the illusion of shape and movement. But what really sells the illusion of solidity is the way the glove resists when you try to push against something. An exoskeleton on the outside gently pulls back on your fingers as you try to close them, stopping your hand from simply closing around thin air.

This creates the feeling that there’s something beneath your fingertips. Combine that with the evidence that I was looking at a three-dimensional object or a flat surface, I totally bought the illusion. The only thing missing is the texture of the objects I’m touching.

The feeling of rough or smooth texture is the vibration you feel when you run your fingers over something, and haptic vibration to simulate texture is something tech companies have been playing with for a while. HaptX hints that it has its own ideas about that avenue, but it isn’t talking about it yet.

Training day

HaptX, founded in 2012, is one of a number of companies tackling touch and interaction with VR. Other similar VR wearables include the Sense Glove, on sale this year, and the Cerevo Taclim VR shoes.

So far, VR is widely recognized as a gaming thing, with PlayStation VR and other headsets marketed as gaming peripherals. But while gaming and related uses like theme park or movie theater VR installations could be in their future, the folks at HaptX are starting out by sharing a prototype with engineers and developers interested in VR training and simulation. VR has real potential for training people who require muscle-memory-based skills in environments that are expensive or dangerous to simulate.

That could include surgeons or military personnel for whom learning on the job might be risky to life and limb. It could include industrial workers who work in potentially dangerous environments, like oil rig roughnecks or deep sea divers. The advantage of VR in training is that it can be programmed — so pilots can learn different planes on the same system, for example, instead of requiring multiple expensive physical simulators — while still building the muscle memory required when holding actual scalpels, rifles or joysticks.

In the future, the system could be integrated into telerobotics, allowing operatives of drones or robots to “feel” what a machine is touching miles away. A full-body version is also potentially possible: The glove’s air-pocketed fabric is light enough to make a suit giving the illusion of touch all over you, although the exoskeleton element would be heavier and more complicated.

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At Sundance, HaptX also showed a demo that allowed you to feel temperature in virtual reality. It’s less advanced than the glove, requiring you to put your hand in a fixed machine rather than having the freedom to move your arms around.

But it’s still pretty clever, running hot and cold water through fine pipes in the palm reader with enough precision to simulate different temperatures on different parts of your hand. The demo featured a dragon breathing blasts of fire and ice, and it was precise enough to convey the feeling of heat or cold sweeping across the surface of my hand from one side to the other. There are many forms of virtual reality storytelling, from filmlike stories in which you’re just an observer to fantastic games in which you direct the play.

Not all of them need the element of touch.

But HaptX goes further than most to make the virtual a reality.

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Can a smartwatch save your life?

Many of us are used to our wearable devices telling us we need to get more sleep, sending us a little badge for beating our personal best running times or applauding us for hitting 10,000 steps.

But what about a wearable alerting you to a serious health problem that ultimately saves your life?

Thanks to advances in sensors, newly-approved accessories and improved deep-learning software, a future in which our wearables become as important as our doctors isn’t far off.

Last night an Apple Watch saved my life

We spoke to Rachael Fisher, a Customer Service Advisor for recycling company Bywaters, who last year had her life potentially saved by a wearable.

“I decided to randomly check my heartbeat to see what my resting BPM was using the Apple Watch[1]. However, to my shock it was showing it was 140/150bpm (the average is between 70 to 100bpm),” Fisher told us.

“I thought this was a one off, but as the weeks progressed into months, I realized that my heart was never slowing down,” she said. “Because of this, I had a blood test and it became clear that I have an overactive thyroid, so severe that my doctor said I could have had a heart attack at any moment. I am now on beta blockers and other medication which is slowing my heart down, thankfully.”

Fisher’s story is remarkable, but she’s not alone. Similar stories about how a mainstream wearable device has alerted users to an issue that proved life-saving have made headlines in recent months.

For example, in October last year Podcast Producer and Reporter James Green from New York wore an Apple Watch[2], which prompted him to seek urgent medical attention after it noticed a spike in his resting heart rate. Later he found out it was due to a blood clot in his lungs.

The Apple Watch serves up data about your resting heart rate. Credit: Apple

You’d be forgiven for thinking these might be rare incidents. But recent studies have found that the heart rate data collected from devices like the Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic[3] to be nearly as accurate as a medical grade electrocardiogram test[4].

So it makes sense that people without previous medical issues are finding out they might have problems they didn’t know about, like an overactive thyroid, irregular heartbeat or a blood clot, with the help of these consumer devices. And it’s likely that as the tech advances, this will become even more common.

From counting steps to saving lives

When wearables first entered the market, the data they collected was fairly simple, including step counting and how often you moved around at night. This was because most devices used an accelerometer, which does a good job at detecting movement but little else.

Fast-forward to the present day and now many devices are fitted with sensors that are able to gather all kinds of data about our health, fitness and lifestyles.

From keeping tabs on your stress levels with respiration tracking via an accelerometer, through to monitoring your VO2 max (the measurement of the amount of oxygen you use up) as you workout to gauge your fitness levels, all bases are covered.

This means they do far more than the souped-up pedometers of the past and in some cases have become as useful and smart as some of the medical-grade tech you’d usually only find in hospitals.

The sensors that are proving to be particularly useful in both telling us more about our health and detecting underlying problems are those that are built to monitor heart rate activity.

A number of Fitbit devices have a built-in heart rate monitor. Credit: Fitbit

We spoke to Mike Feibus, principal analyst at market insight company FeibusTech[5], who told us: “In 2017, we finally got to the point that even the worst heart-rate sensors in wearables were pretty decent. That’s an important milestone. Because it means that those companies that develop biometrics could assume a minimum threshold of accuracy.”

We asked Dr Keith Grimes[6], GP, Digital Health Consultant why heart rate is so important.

“In fitness heart rate monitoring has undoubted benefits for training, but when it comes to heart rate and health it’s a little more complicated,” he explained.

“As a doctor, I’m interested in extremes of heart rate (too high – tachycardia, or too low – bradycardia) as well as disturbances of rhythm (arrhythmias). Consumer HR monitors are making claims that they can identify arrhythmias such as Atrial Fibrillation (AF) where the heart beats irregularly. If found early and treated with blood thinning drugs, this can reduce the risk of strokes.”

Monitoring your heart with technology

There are two main ways to get an accurate measure of how your heart is functioning, and they’re known as photoplethysmography (PPG) and electrocardiography (EKG or ECG) technology.

Most wearable devices (especially those worn on the wrist) use photoplethysmography. It works because blood is red, so it reflects red light and absorbs green light. This means by using flashing green LEDs you can accurately detect how much blood is flowing through your wrist.

The more blood, the more green light is absorbed, so you can get an accurate reading of BPM (that’s beats per minute), as well as HRV (that’s heart rate variability), which is the variability in the length of the intervals between heartbeats and can be a good indicator of the health of your heart.

Here’s how the green LED lights look on the back of the Apple Watch. Credit: Apple

Both Fitbit and Apple, two of the most popular wearable brands with heart rate tracking tech in their devices, use photoplethysmography tech to track heart rate. Plenty of other brands use it too, but not always on the wrist.

A close-up shot of the PPG sensor on the back of the Fitbit Charge 2. Credit: Fitbit

For example, both Polar and Wahoo have PPG armbands that they claim are more accurate based on the position of veins in your arm, and the Moov HR Sweat[7] makes the same argument for being strapped to the side of your head.

Although most wearable companies with heart rate smarts use a similar kind of optical sensor technology, they’re working on improving their algorithms to bring a more useful and accurate view of a user’s fitness.

Let’s not forget there’s long been technology in a medical setting that can track heart rate extremely accurately too. If a doctor or cardiologist wants to get a better look at the way someone’s heart is working they often use an electrocardiography (or ECG) machine.

In contrast to PPG, ECG tech is all about reading electrical signals collected at various points over your body using a series of sensors. These electrical signals provide information about your heart’s rhythm and its electrical activity, which can be used to detect problems like arrhythmias, heart disease or cardiomyopathy.

Although most mainstream wearable devices use PPG, a number use ECG tech, such as the Polar H10 and other chest straps. There are also a number of ECG accessories being manufactured for use with wrist-bound devices, and there’s a good chance Apple will somehow incorporate ECG tech into its Apple Watch in the next version.

There’s a lot of scientific literature that discusses whether PPG or ECG tech is more accurate when detecting heart problems. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology[8] found wearable PPG tech to be just as accurate as ECG tech when it came to tracking heart rate and bradyarrhythmias (slow heartbeat), but not as accurate when identifying tachycardia (fast heart beat).

In short, ECG (or EKG) is generally considered more accurate, which makes sense given that consumer-facing wearables using PPG were largely first created to help people achieve fitness goals, not alert them to serious medical conditions.

But ECG equipment can be more cumbersome, more expensive and harder to wear. This means that although PPG isn’t always as reliable, its incorporation into more consumer-friendly devices might still make it highly important, and potentially life-saving.

In the hands of consumers rather than doctors, it’s important to remember that false readings could have much worse consequences.

“We have to be sure that consumer heart rate devices are accurate and that they genuinely help people manage their health,” Dr Grimes told us.

“A good example might be a patient taking beta blocker medication for their heart condition. Should the dose be too high, their heart rate will fall and they may experience side effects. Using a consumer-focused device that is inaccurate in any way might lead to false reassurance or false alarms.”

Using AI to better understand our bodies

But the current sensors alone can only tell us so much. That’s why a number of companies have been working on additional apps, deep-learning software and accessories that make the data collected from sensors more useful by comparing it to averages and past data, and making better predictions.

KardiaBand is now the first FDA-cleared medical device for the Apple Watch. Credit: AliveCor

For example, last year the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared AliveCor’s KardiaBand[9], making it the first true medical accessory for the Apple Watch. It comprises a watch strap that’s a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) reader.

So far the Apple Watch has proved capable of tracking heart rate using PPG, but what the KardiaBand does is allow your doctor to be kept informed of abnormal beats, as well as atrial fibrillation, by comparing current data with data that’s been observed in the past.

It sounds straightforward, but it could be a huge development, as currently you often only find ECG readers in a doctor’s office.

We spoke to Eric Topol, Executive VP and Professor, Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute[10], who agreed the algorithms used by the likes of AliveCor are the most valuable.

“Heart rate sensors by themselves aren’t of much use,” Topol told us. “But they can now be integrated with artificial intelligence – deep-learning subtype – to detect a heart rhythm problem, like atrial fibrillation, which can be a major risk factor for stroke.”

Feibus, of FeibusTech, explained that AliveCor’s tech is a great example of exploiting what wearables can do right now, despite their limitations. “Doctors trust AliveCor because their first product is a pocketable ECG. Hopefully, given its pedigree, AliveCor can inch the medical community in the right direction,” he added.

But extra accessories aren’t always needed. Last year, the team behind the Apple Watch and Android Wear app Cardiogram joined forces with the American Heart Association[11] and found that, using a deep neural network called DeepHeart, data from Fitbit and Apple Watch devices could be used to detect both hypertension and sleep apnea.

“This study is one of the first showing AI can be trained to perform a task doctors can’t do – analysing a week’s worth of ordinary wearable data, and discerning subtle patterns associated with hypertension and sleep apnea, which are invisible to the naked eye,” Cardiogram’s co-founder Brandon Ballinger told us.

“This lets both artificial and human intelligence play to their strengths – AI sifting through large data sets to discern hidden patterns, and humans delivering care with empathy and nuance.”

The intro screen for Apple’s heart rate study with Stanford Medicine. Credit: Apple

These examples are just the beginning. Apple made its intentions in the health tech space clear late last year, when it announced plans to partner with Stanford Medicine[12], to collect heart rate data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation.

This move has understandably led many insiders to predict that the tech industry has its sights firmly set on creating products, devices and services that give regular consumers more insight into their own health than ever before.

Dr. Grimes said: “The future will see more use made of sensor technology in smartphones, expanding the range of devices that will not only offer heart rate sensing, but heart rate variability, rhythm detection, and other important measurements like pulse wave velocity, oxygen saturation and respiratory rate.

“Coupled with greater pools of clinical data and the extended reach of machine learning, we could see much earlier identification of disease or adverse reactions to medication.”

Taking your health into your own hands

The Fitbit Charge 2 gives you a snapshot of your resting heart rate wherever you are. Credit: Fitbit

We’re at an exciting time, with wearables fast becoming important diagnostic tools not just for medical professionals, but for everyone else too.

“Healthcare is evolving, from the paternalistic ‘Doctor knows best’ of the past to a world where the patient is more in control of their care,” Dr Grimes told us. “Consumer tech is helping to meet the needs of modern patients, but we have to be careful that the promise is matched by accuracy.”

Mike Feibus believes the next challenge will be convincing the medical community there’s great value in wearables. “The biggest challenge is how to integrate insight from consumer-focused wearables into caregivers’ workflow,” he said. “These devices don’t naturally fit into the buckets that healthcare has dictated.”

Grimes added, “If we can find a way to turn the huge amount of data these devices generate into actionable information which can be used by patients and doctors alike, then the future is pretty bright. If we get it wrong, we’ll be flooding an already-struggling health service with the ‘worried well’.”

Let’s hope we get it right. That way, as wearable companies work to build more accurate sensors, integrate neural networks that can aid in analysis, and engage with healthcare professionals, those professionals will be better equipped to look after us, and we’ll all be able to keep a closer eye on our health.

References

  1. ^ Apple Watch (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ James Green from New York wore an Apple Watch (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Fitbit Ionic (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ nearly as accurate as a medical grade electrocardiogram test (www.onlinejacc.org)
  5. ^ FeibusTech (www.feibustech.com)
  6. ^ Dr Keith Grimes (www.drgrimes.co.uk)
  7. ^ Moov HR Sweat (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (www.onlinejacc.org)
  9. ^ cleared AliveCor’s KardiaBand (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ The Scripps Research Institute (www.scripps.edu)
  11. ^ Cardiogram joined forces with the American Heart Association (www.abstractsonline.com)
  12. ^ partner with Stanford Medicine (www.apple.com)
  13. ^ 13 affordable heart rate monitors: how to track your beats per minute on a budget (www.techradar.com)

LCD IPS 1.3″ Round Screen

Touch Screen OGS

Resolution 240*240

System Require:

App:”HitFit” download from Appstore or Google Play

Bluetooth 4.0 connect compatible with IOS 8.0 & Android 4.4 and above.

TIME: Connect your phone Bluetooth then automatically Synchronize your phone time.

Built-in GPS:Save waypoints and maps Calculates elevation data of your workout route

GPS tracking: Track your pace ,distance and route

Sport Modes:Offers several training options:biking, walking, running, climbing,indoor or trail run

Smart Notifications: Get notifications of SMS, emails,calendar events and social media

Heart-Rate Monitor:An optical sensor measures heart rate 24/7 at the wrist

Activity & Sleep Tracking: Track your steps, distance, pace , calories and sleep throughout the day.

Goals:Set up your daily goals

Inactivity Alert : reminds you to move after sitting for more than an hour

Watch Faces: Choose from a variety or vertical or horizontal watch faces

Music Control: Control songs from your smartphone remotely

Camera Remote:Control your smartphone camera remotely

Altimeter:Calculates elevation data

Barometer: Collects atmospheric pressure data

Temperature: Records ambient temperature

Find My Phone :Make your phone ring to easily find it

Anti-lost Alert:Alerts when your phone is out of Bluetooth operating range

Hardware:

CPU:MT2502C

Ram+Rom:RAM 16Mb+ROM 8Mb

Bluetooth:YES(BT4.0)

GPS:YES

Speaker:YES

G-SENSOR:YES

Gyroscope:YES

Heart-rate sensor:YES

PNI sensor hub:YES

Temperature+Pressure:YES

Altitude:YES

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  • GPS running Watch Built-in GPS module to receive GPS signal, accurate record real-time move trajectory, counts steps, distance, pace, heart rate,calories burned and route tracking,GPS position(N.E),Bluetooth connect App Upload routes to your phone.
  • GPS Fitness Watch With Wrist-based Heart Rate,Track your heart rate on your wrist 7/24,make your exercise more scientific and effective . It can also monitor the sleep quality and keep your good life habit.
  • Activity Running Watch profiles for Walking,Running,cycling,Trail Run,Run indoor,Hiking, Built-in Temperature/ Air pressure/ Altitude to share with you the data to know the real situation and help you with more safety outdoor sports,Perfect for indoors training and outdoor sports.
  • Multi-Sport Smart Watch with 1.3″ High-resolution Big touch screen ,you can see your key running stats clear at a glance. See email,message,call alert,calendar reminder on Watch from your compatible smartphone.App:”HitFit” ,Bluetooth 4.0 connect compatible with IOS 8.0 & Android 4.4 and above.
  • Battery Life:GPS MODE(8-10 hours),Only Bluetooth connect( 24 -30 hours),5-7 days Standby time (Off GPS and Bluetooth),Built-in 360 mAh Rechargeable Battery, Exclusive portable power-charger with 400 mAh battery inside for emergency use.Package including: 1 x GPS watch, 1 x SB© USB cable ,1 x Charging station,1 x Gift box

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Best drones 2018: DJI, Parrot and more for pros and beginners

Once the stuff of dreams, drones are now very much a reality – so much so that it’s possible to own one of these flying technological wonders for a surprisingly small amount of cash. 

As the general public’s appetite for drones grows, so too does the sheer volume of options available. The drone market has exploded in the past few years, catering for everyone from those who simply want to fly something around the sky for fun to industry professionals who use them to capture 4K aerial video without the need for a helicopter.

Below you’ll find a selection of drones which we consider to be the best ones available right now. We’ve included a wide range of price options as well, to cater for those shopping on a budget as well as deeper-pocketed individuals.

Before laying down your hard-earned cash for one of these drones, it’s wise to investigate what kind of regulations exist in your particular region. Many countries require users of large drones to register them officially, so make sure you’re in possession of the facts before taking to the skies to avoid any brushes with the law.

[Update: there’s an exciting new drone in town, the DJI Mavic Air. This foldable drone sits between the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Pro, which also features arms that bend in for easier portability. The Mavic Air also boasts a 4K camera and 21-minute flight time. We’ve checked the drone out already, and we’ll have our full DJI Mavic Air review up shortly. Stay tuned to see if it makes the list!][1]

1. DJI Inspire 2

Perhaps the finest flagship-level drone in existence today

Weight: 3440g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 30MP | Battery Size: 4280mAh | Range: 7 km

Amazing build quality Good battery life Plenty of features Cost is high compared to more consumer-oriented drones

Soundly knocking its predecessor off the top spot is the highly impressive Inspire 2. With a sleek metal composite bodywork upgrade, it’s a much more attractive piece of kit. Whats more, with more advanced object avoidance technology you don’t have to worry about that beautiful body getting scratched by you accidentally clipping a tree. 

You get more than 25 minutes of flight time out of the twin-battery arrangement, and the ability to swap camera lenses means that professional photographers and videographers have complete control over their images and 5K video.

The fully-featured smartphone app and dedicated remote control make this drone incredibly easy to control, but make no mistake, this is a professional piece of kit. 

Read the full review: DJI Inspire 2 [2]

2. DJI Inspire 1

A professional drone with a professional price tag

Weight: 2935g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.76M | Battery Size: 5700mAh | Range: 2 km

Amazing build quality and great performance Modular design means it’s easy to upgrade Too pricey for the typical consumer

The DJI Inspire 1 may look like some kind of fearsome war-robot from the far future, but once you’ve gotten over its rather intimidating appearance it’s all too easy to fall in love with this agile and feature-rich device. 

It comes with its own controller, which boasts amazing range (you’ll need to supply a monitor via your smartphone or tablet’s screen, though), and the camera – which is mounted on a gimbal for aiming – is upgradeable, so you don’t need to worry about your investment becoming obsolete after a few months.

Performance in the air is nothing short of exemplary, even in quite windy conditions. The DJI Inspire 1 is also incredibly swift and – when twinned with that excellent controller – easy to manoeuvre. It’s only shortcomings are its cost and the fact that the bundled battery only gives you around 15 to 20 minutes of flight time before it needs recharging.

Read the full review: DJI Inspire 1[3]

3. DJI Phantom 4

Sturdy and feature-rich

Weight: 1380 g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.4MP | Battery Size: : 5,350mAh | Range: 3.1 miles

Nice and stable 4K footage Nice and stable 4K footage Not as easily upgradeable as the DJI Inspire 1

A refinement of the already impressive DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the Phantom 4 brings with it a more sturdy construction, updated object-avoidance technology and – like so many of DJI’s offerings – an excellent dedicated remote control which connects to an equally feature-rich smartphone app.

4K video recording is supported, and the gimbal design means you get rock-steady footage even when the drone is moving at speed and changing direction. The biggest downer – and you’ll notice this is a common complaint with many commercial drones – is battery life, which is only around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how hard you’re pushing the drone.

While it’s not quite in the same league as its Inspire 1 sibling, the Phantom 4 offers a similar degree of performance and functionality for a lower price, making it an excellent option for budding aerial photographers rather than experienced professionals.

Read the full review: DJI Phantom 4[4]

4. Parrot Bebop 2

Offers a new perspective on drone flying

Weight: 500g | Controller: Optional | Camera resolution: 14MP | Battery Size: 2700mAh | Range: 300 metres

Fisheye lens allows for shake-free video recording Optional controller and headset are excellent Certain functions cost extra to unlock

The Bebop 2 is a mid-range offering which won’t break the bank yet offers a surprising amount of features for the price. The camera utilises a fisheye lens, and stabilization software removes the need for a gimbal; combined with the intelligent construction of the chassis, which uses rubber dampeners to reduce vibration in-flight, this results in video footage that’s refreshingly judder-free.

If you’re feeling especially flush you can take the Bebop 2 to the next level by purchasing the optional flight controller and FPV headset. The former connects to your smartphone and offers proper flight controls, while the latter uses your phone’s screen to present a first-person view of what the Bebop 2 is actually seeing. It’s initially quite jarring to fly the device in this fashion, but after a while you’ll wish all drones came with such an accessory.

On the downside, Parrot has locked away some of the Bebop 2’s more interesting features, such as route planning and ‘follow me’ functionality, behind a paywall, which means the cost increases further if you want to use these. Battery life is also somewhat disappointing, so it may be worth investing in a spare power cell.

Read the full review: Parrot Bebop 2[5]

5. DJI Spark

Small price, smaller drone, with Jedi-like gestural controls

Weight: 300g | Controller: Yes/Not included | Camera resolution: 12mp | Battery Size: 1480 mAh | Range: 2 km

Controller-free gesture controls Absolutely tiny Automatic Quickshot modes Spotty W-Fi connection with smartphones Short flight time Easily swayed by the wind

The DJI Spark is the company’s most approachable drone. With its incredibly cool gestural controls that make you feel like a Jedi and its different colored body shells, it’s definitely more fun out of the box than a lot of the others on this list. 

It is easily controlled using your smartphone, but it’s worth noting that that’s the only controller you’re going to have unless you fancy buying a separate controller. It’s definitely affordable in terms of drones, but still we would like to have a controller thrown in for good measure. 

It’s an incredibly light drone, unsurprisingly as it’s the size of a can. This is both one of its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses as it’s super easy to carry around in your bag, but will be affected by wind during flight. 

Read the full review: DJI Spark[6]

6. DJI Mavic Pro

Small and mighty

Weight: 734g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.35MP | Battery Size: 3830mAh | Range: 4.3 miles

Highly portable Dedicated remote control Low-light image quality is disappointing

Until the DJI Spark came along, the Mavic Pro was the smallest drone in DJI’s lineup, and features folding arms so it can be stowed away in your bag. Don’t let its diminutive size fool you though – this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI’s larger drones are famous for.

The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky. The Mavic Pro has a top speed of around 40mph, so it’s no slouch in that department, and the battery is good for around 20 to 25 minutes of aerial action.

As is the case with other DJI drones, the Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote control that uses your phone’s display to show you exactly what the device is seeing. Range is quoted as being over 4 miles, giving you the opportunity to capture some amazing stills and video without worrying about the connection dropping.

Read the hands-on review: DJI Mavic Pro[7]

7. Xiro Xplorer V

Looks good in the air

Weight: 1202.02g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 14MP | Battery Size: 5200mAh

Eye-catching design Good stamina Fisheye lens introduces distortion

It’s rare for a company to put the looks of its drone ahead of core functionality, but the Xiro Xplorer V certainly looks unique, especially when it’s up in the air. This device really does look the business thanks to its sharp edges, LED lighting and fetching camo color scheme. All of this fits nearly into a specially designed backpack, which is an optional extra but comes highly recommended.

Like the Parrot Bebop 2, the Xiro Xplorer V uses a fisheye lens to grab wide shots and capture stable video footage. Sadly the implementation of this lens isn’t as impressive as on Parrot’s drone, and there’s quite a bit of distortion towards the edges of the frame, especially during video recording.

That aside, the Xplorer V is recommended purchase, especially when you consider that it’s priced a little lower than some of its rivals. Battery life is good as well, topping out at around 25 minutes per charge.

Read the full review: Xiro Xplorer V[8]

8. ZeroTech Dobby

A drone that’s small enough to fit in your pocket

Weight: 199g | Controller: No | Camera resolution: 13MP | Battery Size: *970mAh | Range: 100 meters

Ultra-portable Smartphone app is feature-rich Battery life is poor

This is the smallest drone featured in this list, and also one of the cheapest. Despite its humble status (and rather odd name) the Dobby is a surprisingly powerful and versatile piece of kit. Pitched by ZeroTech as a ‘selfie drone’, it’s small enough to fit in your bag, which gives it an advantage over many drones, which are often too large to be carried around easily.

The small size of the Dobby means it gets battered around in strong winds, but on a good day its performance is impressive. It’s controlled via a smartphone application and features such as orbital moves, object tracking and facial recognition are all included as standard, and are easy to execute. The drone’s audio and visual sensors, fixed on its underside, mean you can perform palm take-offs and landings, and you can use it indoors.

For such a small drone it should come as no surprise to learn that stamina is perhaps the biggest sticking point with the Dobby – the battery lasts between five and 10 minutes, depending on variables such as wind speed and recording time. Photo and video quality are also a step down from some of the more expensive drones on this list.

Read the full review: ZeroTech Dobby[9]

References

  1. ^ DJI Mavic Air review (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ DJI Inspire 2  (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ DJI Inspire 1 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ DJI Phantom 4 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Parrot Bebop 2 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ DJI Spark (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ DJI Mavic Pro (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Xiro Xplorer V (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ ZeroTech Dobby (www.techradar.com)

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A new hologram generator uses a tractor beam and lasers to make 3D images

Ever since we first watched Star Wars, and saw the scene in which R2-D2 beams a hologram of Princess Leia into thin air, we’ve dreamed of having our own 3D-holographic projector. Thanks to scientists at Brigham Young University, our childhood Jedi-wannabe dreams may soon be a reality. What researchers there have demonstrated is a way to manipulate near-invisible specks in the air and to use them to create three-dimensional images that are clearer and more realistic than previous holograms.

They have shown off their work by creating a small holographic butterfly hovering over a (real) finger, as well as the aforementioned Princess Leia scene, reenacted by a graduate student. “Holograms create points by using a 2D surface to focus light,” Daniel Smalley, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, told Digital Trends. “Our eyes perceive that focus as a point. By comparison, our technology uses a tractor beam to capture a tiny particle of paper.

That particle is then dragged around and illuminated by red, green and blue lasers to make points. The primary difference is that when you look at an image point in our display you’re looking at a material object.”

At present, Smalley says that applications of this technology are limited because the display is so small. Short of sending out messages consisting of diminutive princesses tracking down exiled Jedi masters, it’s difficult to think of what this could practically be used for — although he suggests that it could be useful for medical visualization. “If we can make it a lot bigger, I would like to see what can be done with telepresence, since our technology allows you to physically occupy a space,” he said.

Doing this will require additional work and multiple beams.

Going forward, the team hopes to make the trapping of individual specks in the air as robust as possible and then to try and trap multiple particles to scale the display. “We are definitely willing to consider licensing the technology, including the potential for an exclusive license, and would be happy to have an industry partner willing to take a chance on an early stage research effort,” Smalley said.

A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Nature.

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