2018. Best (Artificial) Christmas Trees for 2018! Christmas is a time to spend with friends and family. A good looking (artificial) Christmas tree near the hearth is the best way to set the Christmas mood. Also very nice is a smaller table top Christmas tree. On this site you will find only artificial trees because real trees are very difficult to keep fresh and they will shed their needles on the floor. It is also much easier to store an artificial tree for the next year and best thing of all: most are pre-lit!
On this site I give you my recommendations for the best small Christmas trees under $25, which will look very good on a table top or in different locations in the house. After that I present the ‘Big/ Full size’ Christmas trees. A full size Christmas tree is the best place to present the Christmas presents for your loved ones!
Best Small/ Tabletop Christmas Trees under $25
My recommendations for small, tabletop Christmas trees under $25 are the the Darice 18-Inch mini Canadian Tree with 124 Tips with Wood Base, the 25 inch tall Charlie Brown Christmas Tree (Non-Musical)and the GKI Bethlehem Lights Green River Spruce Battery Operated LED Tabletop Christmas Tree. These are the most popular small Christmas trees this year.
This Christmas tree is a tall tree that will look especially good in a corner of your living room. It has 350 multi colored lights. Very useful is the reusable storage carton so that this good looking tree will beautify your living room for many years. The price for this artificial Christmas tree is around $140.
# 4 Christmas Tree: National Tree 7 1/2′ “Feel-Real” Downswept Douglas Fir Tree, Hinged, 750 Multi-Colored Lights
This tree with 1000 clear lights is the more expensive choice (around $450). For this money you get a beautiful tree that looks stunning and has the lights already attached in the tree. For this price you have a high quality Christmas tree that will be the center piece of the room for many years to come.
When someone is under stress or has just did a physical exercise the systolic value will spike. This is normal and nothing to worry about when it drops to normal levels when the stress has gone away and when the body is in rest.
Food/Lifestyle and Blood Pressure
Food and lifestyle have a big effect on your bloodpressure. for example: being physically fit, having enough exercise (that means:getting your lazy rear-end of the couch) and eating less salt/salty foods will be very good to normalize your bloodpressure and for your overall health.
(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are accurate at the time of writing, but may have changed)
#1 Blood Pressure Monitor: Omron 10 Plus Series
The Omron 10 Plus is in my opinion the best upper arm blood pressure monitor because it has all the features you need plus more and the price is very affordable (around $70). This is actually the #1 best selling blood pressure monitor at the moment of writing. Some of its features include: calibration check system, irregular heart beat detection, TrueRead (does 3 consecutive readings, displays the average following the internationally recognized guidelines), Comfit Cuff (fits standard and large sized arms, and many more. Click through to see all specs on Amazon.
#2 Best Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor 2017: Omron 7 Series
My recommendations for best blood pressure monitor is the Omron 7 series wrist blood pressure monitor (price around $55). It automatically activates when your wrist is at heart level and a flashing blue indicator light confirms when in the correct position. With a wrist blood pressure monitor this is important to have consistent and accurate readings. A hypertension indicator icon alerts you if your reading exceeds internationally recognized guidelines for normal home blood pressure levels.
#3 Best Blood Pressure Monitor: Panasonic Portable Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
This Panasonic is also an upper arm blood pressure monitor. It has a large LCD display for easy reading and an easy to use one-touch operation system. To assure accurate measurements it uses Digital Filter Technology and readings above 139 Systolic or 89 Diastolic will automatically flash on the LCD screen. You can save 90 measurements in the automatic memory feature. For a price around $40 this is a good blood pressure monitor for the money.
Jan 2018. The best usb Mouse 2018! The wired, wireless and gaming mice on this site are the best rated computer mice I could find! I was looking for the best usb mouse because I travel a lot and when I am on the road I have my laptop or netbook with me. I don`t like to use the trackpad. It is just too small! That`s why I always take my usb mouse with me. It is very small, plug and play and lightweight.
At home I have a logitech wireless usb mouse with my laptop and my desktop. works perfectly. When you want to buy a new mouse, first you have to decide if you are looking for a wired, wireless or gaming mouse.
Usb Mouse Facts
– Usb mice are lightweight and small. – They can connect to the computer either with a wire or wireless via the Usb port. – Wireless Usb mice are a bit more expensive then a mouse with wire and need a AA or AAA battery. – Usb-Mice are available in many different colors
Best Wireless Mouse 2018
The Usb Mouse is connected to the computer with a reciever in a usb-port
Logitech is the best known manufacturer of wireless mice. The Logitech M-series is relatively cheap but very good quality.
Best Wired Mouse 2018
The Mouse is connected to the computer with a cord and plugged into a Usb-port
The BIG advantage of wired mice is that they don`t need batteries!
Best Gaming Mouse
A gaming mouse is usualy more expensive then a regular mouse but it has more buttons and for the more advanced gaming mice the buttons can be programmed. They are designed for speed and accuracy needed for fast game-play.
Jan 2018. Best Intel Core i5 Laptops for 2018. The Intel i5 is one of the best selling cpu’s in laptops. On this site we review good, affordable Intel i5 Apple and Windows Laptops for family, college, gaming and work/business use. laptops today have a sleek design, are lightweight and have some serious processing power with the Intel i5 processor. The laptop brands discussed below are: Dell, Asus, Apple, Toshiba and HP.
When buying a new Intel i5 laptop there are several factors to take into account: price (a laptop with better specs is more expensive), processor (older i5-4250 or the newest i5-6200u Skylake processor makes a big difference in performance and price), iMac or Windows, graphics card or not, design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (casual use, gaming, laptop for family, student, business).
What Specs Do You Want?
An Intel i5 laptop is a midrange laptop that can be used as a family computer, as a laptop for college/school, as a laptop for “on the road”, for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. It is more than fast enough for normal day-to-day internet, social media, writing reports/documents/presentations, watching a movie etc. The Intel i5 processor has two cores which makes it suitable for multitasking. After deciding for an i5 processor in your laptop there are more choices to make, the specs you want your new laptop to have.
Amount Of RAM Memory
RAM Memory is short for Random Aces Memory. This is the memory that the i5 processor directly uses to process data. The amount of RAM is therefore very important for its performance. If you want your laptop to boot fast and react fast the available amount of RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB, 8 GB or more is preferable).
Type Of Storage: HDD or SSD
The type of harddisk makes a lot of difference for speed. SSD is much faster than regular HDD and is increasingly affordable but if you use the storage mainly for movies/photo’s etc then the bigger amount of GB’s for the money that a HDD provides can be usefull.
When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is important. The i5 is actually an Integrated CPU-GPU processor. This means that the i5 has integrated graphics processing and for normal use you don’t need a separate graphics card. A separate Graphics card is only necessary when you want to play heavy graphics demanding games on higher settings or use the laptop for video editing. Then you would better buy an Intel i7 Laptop which is more suitable for that purpose.
Dell has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Inspiron series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this 2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen (10-finger multi-touch support) High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory. For a price around $510 a 15.6 inch Intel i5 laptop with touchscreen is a very very good deal!
#2 Best Intel i5 Laptop 2018: Apple MacBook Pro With Touch-bar and MacBook Air
The Apple MacBook Pro is the most popular Apple laptop, closely followed by the Apple MacBook Air. Both are excellent laptops with the best specs you can get on the market, but they are also the most expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Pro shown below has a 2560 x 1600 screen, 512 Gb (very energy efficient) flash drive and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports . Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook or a MacBook Air. If you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows and Linux devices could be an obstacle.
#3: HP Intel i5 X360 13.3-Inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop
This HP 13.3 inch laptop is one of the most popular i5 laptop today. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $600. For that price you get: the newest 6th generation Intel Skylake i5-6200U, 10-point Touch HD LED-IPS 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Display, 2-in-1 Laptop, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit and B&O Audio. A very good laptop for everyday use at home, for a student or as a laptop for your work. It does not have the extreme quality of the Apple MacBooks but has a lot to offer for about 1/3 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #3 place in the ranking.
#4 ASUS ZenBook 13.3-Inch FHD Touchscreen Laptop 256 GB SSD
This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality and has a very sleek design. Specs: 6th-gen Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake (2.3GHz turbo up to 2.8GHz), 13.3 inch IPS LED backlit touchscreen Full HD (1920×1080) display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1.2MP HD Camera. For a price range around $850 these are awesome specs. Highly recommended.
This Toshiba Laptop has the following specs: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor, Mobile Intel HD 5500 Graphics, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1TB HDD, 15.6-Inch 1366×768 pixels LED-lit Screen, Windows 10 Home. For around $480 it does not have the newest 6th gen i5 processor but with 8 GB RAM it still out preforms a Intel i3 with ease. Also the screen is not full HD. For this price it makes a very good affordable laptop for everyday use.
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2018. Best Steam Showers 2018. Steam Showers are the best in the morning to start your day fresh, when you want to relax after a days work, after a fitness workout and when you just want to enjoy a warm shower.
There are many good steam showers to choose from so buying one is mostly up to your taste and budget. Please check out the best selling Steam Showers and my recommendations for affordable Steam Showers for 2016 on this site.
What Features Do You Want In Your Steam Shower?
Modern steam showers have features like computer controlled panels, fm radio, timer, Steam sauna with cleaning function for disinfection, Acupressure body jets for massage therapy. You can choose between a shower alone or a shower with bathtub in one. It is up to your wishes and budget to decide which affordable steam shower you want to buy.
#1 Platinum Pivot Door Steam Shower (Left Side Configuration)
The Platinum Pivot Door Steam Shower is a good, solid shower with sauna function, 6 body massage jets, an acupuncture massage aroma therapy System, chroma therapy lighting, a very handy cleaning function, computer control panel with timer and integrated FM Radio. The shower has a drain-able shower tray, a hand held shower head and a Rainfall Ceiling Shower. The Steam Shower is completed with overheat protection (very important!) a shower stool, ventilating fan, Wooden Floorboard and tempered glass. This is a lot of features for a relatively low price. Because it is not too big (47″ x 35.4″ x 84.6″) it fits in smaller bathrooms.
#3 Modern Steam Shower and Bathtub from Ariel Bath
A little more expensive but you get a shower and bath in one. features: drain with trap, ETL listed (US and Canada electrical safety) 220v, control panel with timer, steam sauna (6KW generator) with cleaning function for disinfection, 6 acupressure body jets for massage therapy.
#4 Ariel Bath ZAA212 White Steam Shower with Whirlpool Bathtub
This bath/steam shower combination offers 24 acupressure body jets for massage therapy, 6 whirlpool massage jets, control panel with timer, steam sauna function with thermostatic control. It has a hand held and rainfall shower head for ultimate shower experience. It is Etl listed (US and Canada electrical safety) 110v.
Jan/Feb 2018. Best Valentine’s Day Gifts 2018! Are you looking for much appreciated Valentine’s day gifts for your wife or girlfriend? On this site I have made a selection of the Best Romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts/ Gift ideas 2018 For Her. It is sometimes not easy to find a good gift for a special woman.
Men and women have different wishes for what they consider a romantic gift. Women (wife/ girlfriend) are more likely to appreciate a romantic movie, jewelry, fashion, chocolates, flowers or perfume as gifts. And if you are very unsure what Valentine’s gift to get her there is always a Gift Card so that she can buy something she really wants. That is why on this site you will find some romantic Valentine’s day gifts For Her to help you on the way.
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Nov/Dec 2017. The Best Prepaid Smartphones 2017! Prepaid smartphones are the best! On this site I have made a selection of the best budget prepaid smartphones available. I was looking for a good prepaid smartphone because I lost my previous one.
There are many reliable brands and affordable phones to choose from, I found. Because I only use my phone sporadicly to make a phone call a budget prepaid smartphone is the best option for me. I use internet and social media only when there is wifi available.
For me, buying a good prepaid smartphone has several advantages over a smartphone or mobile phone with service plan. First of all: It is a smartphone with No Contract. No monthly payments when I don`t use my phone. I pay upfront so I am always in control how much I spent => no contract for monthly fees, no surprises.
Best selling Budget Prepaid Smartphones
#1) Best Prepaid Smartphone 2017: Samsung Galaxy S4 4G
The S3 and S4 are available prepaid and unlocked so you can use them with a separate prepaid simcard of your choice. With the arrival of the S4, the Galaxy S3 and the S3 mini are a cheaper alternative when you want an awesome Samsung smartphone but also want to be cost efficient.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the best prepaid/unlocked android smartphone on the market today.
When looking for my new phone I found that the Galaxy S4 is the best prepaid smartphone at the moment. Especially the price/quality is much better then the competitor iPhone 5. This was for me the most important argument to choose the Samsung phone. Below you find the prepaid as well as the unlocked Samsung galaxy S4 and S3 for use with a separate prepaid simcard of the network provider of your choice. This way you have the best smartphone 2016 and the advantages of a prepaid contract.
(click on the pictures for more info, specs, options, and other providers/ prepaid plans)
The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C are available now but in my opinion the price for the 5S is too high and the feel of the 5C is too cheap, but that is my personal opinion of course. Here are the links for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C on Amazon
The original iPhone 5 for me is the second best prepaid phone at the moment. No true Apple user would be happy with anything less quality than an Apple. This phone comes 2nd for me because of the price. Apple quality is awesome but I was not prepared to pay the extra dollar for it. Also, the iPhone 5 does not communicate very well with a windows computer. This was an obstacle for me.
For the rest, The iPhone 5 is an awesome phone. The design of this Apple iPhone is sleek with glass on the front and aluminum plate on the back. The camera on the back and the LED flash are both nicely incorporated into the body of the iPhone. On the front Apple placed the ‘Front Facing Camera’ In the aluminum. This is a change from the previous model where the dark color of the camera module made the front camera not interfere with the overall design. I likes the way this was done in the iPhone 4 better.
Apple is very happy with the Retina Display screen of the iPhone 5. The human eye can not distinguish the pixels. All texts and images appear like “printed pages”, according to Apple. This shows the superb quality of the iPhone.
Talk time: 7 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G (GSM) Standby time: 300 hours Internet use: 6 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Blue-tooth 4.0 wireless technology Clear Apple Retina Display UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Photo and Video: 1.2MP Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio 8-megapixel iSight camera
HTC sometimes gets a bit lost in the battle between Samsung and Apple but Taiwanese company produces high quality smartphones for a very affordable price. In this time of economic crisis a factor to take into account. The quality of the phones is illustrated by HTC featuring BEATS Audio.
The HTC One in its variations is the flagship of HTC.
2017. Best Christmas Desktops 2017! Christmas time is known for good deals on Pcs/ desktops. Top desktops today have features like quad-core processors, fast hard-drives with plenty of GB storage, and awesome sound and graphics cards so that gaming and heavy duty graphic programs can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies. Continue reading →
Best 11.6 inch laptop Netbook: Dell Chromebook 11 11.6-inch
2017. Best Netbooks/ Chromebooks for 2017. Netbooks and Chromebooks are the best! A good netbook is easy to take with you, lightweight, affordable, has a sleek design and is fast. I bought a new netbook for when I travel. Long battery life and weight are most important for me. A good netbook is able to perform all basic functions like surfing the net (it is not called a netbook for nothing), all social networking, some basic text editing, watch a movie. 11 inch laptops have better specs but are not as cheap as a netbook.
Remember when looking for a new netbook: Netbooks ARE NOT full blown laptops and the specs are according to the price: basic. Netbooks are lightweight, have impressive battery life and are easy to take with you. The 11 inch laptop gives you the same portability, are although they cost a bit more, still very affordable but the cpu, motherboard and screen are generally speaking better quality.
The main competitor is the tablet, but I choose my netbook or 11 inch laptop over a tablet to take with me on the road in the USA anytime because it has a normal keyboard, and when I have closed it it is safe. I would never be at ease with a tablet in my bag in fear of breaking the expensive glass screen.
So, When you want to buy a new netbook or 11 inch laptop there are several things to consider like: price, weight, processor, Chromebook or not, Apple or Windows etc.
The Dell Chromebook 11 is the best netbook 2016. It boots in seconds, is easy to use and all Google apps are pre-installed and are updated automaticly. Battery: up to 10 hours. WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and support for 3G/4G Mobile Broadband as well as Browser based computing allows consumers to sync with other Android phones or tablets.
The Samsung Chromebook 2 is the #2 best netbook for 2015/2016 because it is a real netbook. The bootup is incredibly fast, mere seconds, due to 4Gb of RAM and a 16 Gb SSD. It is also a real netbook because you work as with all Chromebooks in the Google cloud and have to be online to do that. The advantage of that is that all the resources of the netbook are used for being fast and are not ‘wasted’ on running the programs. Other advantages: automatic updates, full protection against viruses and mall-ware, your work is automatically saved. It has no moving parts, is very thin and has very long battery life, up to 9 hours. Read more about Chromebooks here.
2017. Best Solid State Drives (ssd) and M.2 SSDs for 2017! Solid State Drives are the best! Why? Because they are fast. Very fast. And fortunately the price has dropped dramatically over the last years while the capacity of data storage has greatly improved. Now a good SSD or M.2 SSD with 250 GB is surprisingly affordable.
There are a few ‘big’ players on the SSD market: Samsung, Crusial, Kingston, Scandisk and Toshiba. With Samsung having the biggest market share. Samsung and Toshiba produce their own controllers and flash memory. The other manufacturers only produce the flash memory in their own factories.
On this website I have selected the 3 best Solid State Drives today.
SSD vs HDD
The main advantage of SSD above HDD is the speed. SSD`s are incredibly fast compared to HHD`s but there was the problem that Solid State Drives did not have much GB`s of storage and they were expensive. But no more ! The rapid development of the ssd has now overcome these problems. SSD`s are now available from 16 GB to 960GB and the price has dropped.
The SSD is this fast because it has no moving parts, a HDD does. This makes the SSD noise free, light weight and durable. The flash memory in the SSD delivers the data directly via the SATA 3 connector to the CPU. SSD`s are about 10 times faster than a 7200 RPM HDD.
Also the development of Chromebooks has made an impact. In these low budget laptops a small 16 GB ssd is build in because the bulk of the programs are stored on-line and not on the internal memory anymore. Because of the solid state drive chromebooks are very very fast. So, for the near future I see the HDD fading out slowly and the SSD taking its rightful place as cheap, fast and most used core memory in netbooks, laptops and desktops.
#1 ) Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
The best and most popular SSD on the market today is without doubt the Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series. At around $130 for the 250 GB version this is not the cheapest SSD but it is the best for a good price with proven quality.
#2) Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 2.5″ 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive
This SSD from Crucial is the cheaper (around $115 for 256 GB version) option but it has good specs and performance. The 512 GB version that I recommend here has more than enough GB memory for a normal laptop or desktop. Crusial can make the SSD cheaper by using a new production method which makes better use of the flash memory. With this method the SSD needs less chip surface to reach the required capacity.
#3) Kingston Digital 240GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive
The Kingston SSD is the cheapest (around $ 90 for the 240 GB version) in this top 3 list but for this money it has good speed and specs. Dont expect the same performance as the Samsung and the Crusial but when you want to replace your HDD with a cheap and decent SSD This Kingston SSD will do the trick. You will be amazed by the performance boost.