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Best Solid State Drive For 2021 (SSD/ M.2 SSD)

best ssd2021. Best Solid State Drives (ssd) and M.2 SSDs for 2021! Solid State Drives make the best performance upgrade for your desktop or laptop! 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 or higher 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.

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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. 


 


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#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.

 

best ssd solid state drive2Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive (Also available in 120 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB

Here is the link for the more expensive Samsung 850 Pro series SSD (costs around $60 more but better specs)


 

#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.

best ssd solid state drive3Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5″ 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive (also available in 128 GB and 512 GB)

 


 

#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.

best ssd solid state drive4Kingston Digital 240GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive (also available in 60 GB, 120 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB)

 


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Best Smart Watches 2021 (January/February 2021)

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Jan/Feb 2021. Best Smart Watches 2021. When looking for a good smartwatch look no furthe! We review and recommend Apple and Android smart watches like the Apple Smart Watch Series 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Smart watch. When you want to buy a new smart watch then you want to look at the battery life, recharge time, features, apps, compatibility with you current smartphone and if the smart watch is swimproof. Last but not least: it has to look good!

The best smart watch brands today are Apple and Samsung.

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What functions can you expect in a Smartwatch in 2021?

The latest smart watches have made a big step forward compared to their earlier versions. The cpu and speed/easiness to smoothly switch between functions and Bluetooth connection with the phone have improved. Also the apps and the screen quality are much better with Always-On Retina display/30% larger screen/sAMOLED display and more internal mem. Also the battery life has improved to up to 4 days with the Samsung Galaxy.

Apple vs Android smart watches

Most comparisons between the latest Apple and for example Samsung smart watches are overblown. Both are very good smart watches. The one you want to buy depends mostly on the smart phone you or the person you want to give the smart watch to as a gift has. When you have an Apple smartphone you have the choice between an Apple Smart watch or an Android/iOS smartwatch but it is normally good advise to stick with the brand smartphone you have to avoid compatibility problems. The Android smart watches are usually less expensive than the Apple smart watches.

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Best Apple Smart Watch: Series 5 and Series 6

The best Apple smart watch is by far the new Series 5 Apple smart watch. It has the following features: GPS + Cellular, Always-On Retina display, 30% larger screen, it is Swim proof, it has an ECG app and electrical and optical heart sensors. Also handy are the built-in compass and elevation and the Emergency SOS/ International emergency calling. This is the latest Apple smartwatch. Apple has updated the specs greatly from the Series 4. The battery life is around 18 hours, which is shorter than the Samsung Galaxy.

In my opinion this is the best Apple smartwatch you can get at the moment. You get all this for a very good price which has gone down lately because Apple has announced the Apple smart watch Series 6.

The new Apple Smartwatch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE
The new Series 6 has beside the already wide range of features of the Series 5 also a blood oxygen meter. This allows watch wearers to monitor the oxygen level in their blood. The sensor works with normal and infrared light that is reflected by oxygen-rich red blood cells. Users of the Apple Watch with new sensor can also participate in a number of scientific studies on diseases such as asthma and Covid-19.

The Series 6 has a brighter screen and altimeter. It will be available in range of different colors. Apple also introduced new bracelets for the watches. Apple has also introduced a cheaper Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE can be placed between the Series 4 and still available Series 3.

When looking at price-quality and value for money this Series 5 and when available the Series 6 is my choice for ‘best Apple smart watch 2021’.

Apple watch11Apple Smart Watch series 5


Best Android Smart Watch: Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch has a 1.3 Inch sAMOLED 360x 360 display and a 1.15 GHz Dual-Core processor with 0.75GB RAM 4GB internal storage memmory, the latest 2.4GHz Bluetooth v4.2 and a battery life that lasts up to 4 days. The watch has multiple sensors like an Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor and Light Sensor. Because this watch is much less costly than the Apple watch you get more value for money. The Samsung Galaxy below is less than $400 at the time of writing this review. Especially because of the value for money, the long battery life and the great looks this Samsung Galaxy smart watch is in my opinion the best Android smart watch.

but: also take a look at the other Android smartwatches below!

gaming desktop1Android Smart Watch: Samsung Galaxy

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Best Tech/Gadget gifts 2021 (January/February 2021)

gifts gadgetsJan/Feb 2021. Best Tech/Gadgets 2021 Gifts! Friends and family will be very happy with a thoughtful gift for their birthday/graduation/promotion/father’s day/mother’s day or any other happy occasion. What better gift than a gadget, robot/droid, laptop, tablet, drone, powerbank, virtual reality set or other electronic device? Gadgets make a perfect gifts for kids, teens and adults (men/women) alike.

On this site I give you my recommendations for the best tech/electronic/gadget gifts 2021 available for your loved ones!

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2019 Gadgets For Kids/Teens: Robot Pet Dogs/Droids

Chip the Robot Pet Dog

gadgets robot dog1WowWee CHiP Interactive Robot Pet Dog

CHiP is an adorable smart, affectionate, trainable robot dog that interacts with you through touch, the included SmartBand, and the CHiP app. Through the SmartBand CHiP will recognize and follow you and will also play fetch with the SmartBall and bring it back to you. How you interact with Chip shapes his learning and he will grow his own unique personality. CHiP automatically returns to his SmartBed to recharge himself when low on power. This is a perfect Christmas gift for children or teens!

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

gifts robot droid2Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid is a small droid that recognizes your voice and reacts to it. When you play with it it evolves and develops its own unique personality. 60 minute battery life, inductive charging, Gyroscopic propulsion, 30m range, App-enabled-iOS and Android compatible.


Newest Fitness Gadget For Teens/Adults: Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker

teens gift samsung earbuds1Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker

The new Samsung cordless earbuds are the best fitness gadget gift for men/women/teens in 2016. It has a built-in 4GB music player for phone-free listening and a built-in Fitness Tracker and Heart Rate Monitor that you can read out on your smartphone/tablet/computer. It can be used with 3rd party fitness apps and is coated to be splash and sweat resistant. In the box: charging carrying case (for storage and charging), USB Cable, USB to Micro USB Connector, Wingtips (S, M, L)/Eartips (S, M, L), Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card. Ideal Christmas gift for someone that likes to workout!


Gadget Gifts For Kids/Teens: Portable Gaming Consoles

Sony PlayStation

The PlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System – Piano Black is an excellent gift for Kids or teens. Features: a brilliant 4.3-inch widescreen color display, built-in microphone for use with Skype, lets you look at photos, listen to music, and watch videos and movies on the go. It has built-in WiFi for multiplayer gaming action and connecting to the Internet.

sony playstation portablePlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System – Piano Black


Nintendo 3DS XL

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Tech Gifts: Laptops

Best Laptop: HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop

adults electronics Laptop2HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 10)

This HP Pavilion series laptop is a laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs: 15.6-Inch screen, latest 6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 10, 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920×1080), HDMI, B&O PLAY with 2 speakers. For a price around $535 at the time of writing a 15.6 inch 6th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD) is a very very good deal!

Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

This Asus 15.6 inch laptop is one of the most popular laptop this Christmas. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $350 at the time of writing. For that price you get: the Intel i3-5010U 2.1 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM and a 15.6 inch FULL HD screen. 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 1/5 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #2 place in the ranking.

ASUS 15.6-Inch HD Dual-Core 2.16GHz Laptop, 500GBAsus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

teens gift Laptop42016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell produces reliable laptops already for many years. The Inspiron series are good laptops for a good price. The specs for this 2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlit Touchscreen Display High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory. With this laptop you get a 5th gen i5 processor, not the newest 6th gen. But with 8GB RAM in stead of 6GB and a HD touch screen in stead of a full HD non touch screen the choice is up to you :)


Most Wished For Gadgets: Samsung/Apple Smart watches


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Ultimate Gadget Gift: Virtual Reality Headsets And VR Bundles

These are the newest Virtual Reality headsets and packages out this Christmas for teens and adults.

For more VR headsets and VR bundles: see Gadget Gifts: Virtual Reality systems on Amazon


Electronics: Power Banks For Smartphone/Tablet


Gadget Gifts For Adults: Drones

Best Budget Drones Under $100

My recommendations for small budget drones as gift under $100 are the the Hubsan 4 Channel Quadcopter, the UDI 6 Axis Gyro Quadcopter and the Dromida Omnius Quadcopter. For a price under $100 you can expect a small drone which is easy to fly but doesn’t have the power/features/maneuverability that the more expensive drones have. Of the three drones shown below only the UDI Quadcopter has a HD camera for photo and video but this also means the price is higher than the two without a camera. All three are very good affordable drones to start with, to learn how to fly a drone or just to try out drone flying for fun. Never let kids fly a drone without supervision and first check out the regulations for drone flying in your area.

teen gadget drone1Hubsan 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quadcopter, Black (around $35)

adult gadget drone2UDI 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with (HD) Camera (around $90)

teen gadget drone3Dromida Ominus UAV Quadcopter RTF (around $75) Different colors available

 

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Tech Gifts 2020 For Adults: Weather Stations

A weather station makes a great gift!

Best Weather Staions Under $100

The best weather station I could find under $100 is the AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity.

Includes: 3-in-1 wireless weather sensor accurately measures the temperature, humidity and wind speed, color display with adjustable dimmer; electric-powered with optional battery backup, history chart displaying temperature, wind speed and barometric pressure trends over last 12 hours and many more for around $100

best adult electronic4AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity

 

Best Weather Stations around $150

For the best weather station around $150 range I recommend the Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86. Some of the specs include: weather forecast (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, snowy), display of Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric reading with bar graph, rainfall reading with bar graph.

It has a integrated wind sensor tower for easy set up and atomic time, so you always have the exact time and never have to adjust for Daylight Saving Time. It also shows the moon phase.

tech gift2Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86

An other very good option for around $170 (at the time of writing) is the AcuRite Pro Wireless color weather station. It has a beautiful color display and integrated rain, wind, temp and humidity meter. This wireless weather station streams real-time data including the moon phase, indoor comfort level, “feels like”” temperature and more. Highly recommended especially when looking at the low price for this much quality!

adult tech gift3Acu-Rite Professional Wireless Weather 5-in-1 Station with Color Monitor & PC Connect with Free Software & Smart Phone App


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Best Gaming Desktop 2021

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2021. Best Gaming Desktops 2021. When looking for a good gaming desktop PC look no further! We review and recommend gaming desktops in the affordable, mid- and high end budget range. When you want to buy a new Gaming Desktop you want specs like at least a quad-core processor (for example: Intel I5 or I7 or A6, A8 or A10 or higher), fast hard-drives like a SSD for the operating system and a big HDD with 1 or 2 TB for storage and plenty of DDR4 RAM. You also want to see reliable sound and graphics cards so that gaming and heavy duty graphic programs can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies.

The best Gaming PC brands today are Dell, HP, iBUYPOWER, SKY tech, OMEN, ROG and CYBERPOWER.

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What performance can you expect from a gaming desktop computer?

The speed of a gaming desktop depends on the quality of the central processing unit (CPU), single core, dual core, quad core etc, the available RAM (more internal memory is better: gaming desktops should have at least 4 GB). Besides the CPU the type of harddisk your OS runs on makes a big difference: a SSD is more expensive but much faster than a regular HDD. Today you almost don’t see single core cpu’s anymore. 2 or 4 cores is usual in regular desktops, at least 4 or more in gaming systems. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing like high speed games on higher settings the quality of the graphics processing unit (GPU)is crucial. The newest Intel i3/i5/i7 cpu’s are the 9th gen cpus that perform better and have better power efficiency.

When choosing a desktop computer the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the system. There are two main processor manufacturers namely Intel and AMD. The intel processors tend to perform slightly better but cost about twice as much compared to the AMD processors. Therefore, for about the same price as a 4 core intel CPU you can get a gaming rig with a 6 or more core AMD CPU or you can buy one with a better GPU.

DDR4 RAM

Newer Gaming desktops mostly have the newest DDR4 RAM which is faster and more power efficient. This can give you a massive gain in frame rate on higher settings.

Separate or integrated GPU?

Cheaper gaming Desktops with a CPU like the I5 or the AMD A6 and A8 have integrated Graphics in the CPU. You don’t need a separate graphics-card because it is build in, but in gaming those build in gpus give only average performance on low to medium settings. For more serious gaming than casual gaming you want to have the CPU and a separate graphics-card doing its own task. This is a bit more expensive but greatly improves the frame-rate and visuals on higher settings.


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Best budget/ affordable gaming Desktop 2021: Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop AMD Ryzen 7 2700

The best gaming desktop at the moment in my opinion is the Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop with AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor, 16GB DRAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card, Windows 10 64-bit, Blue LED with Keyboard and Mouse.

This is in my opinion the best budget gaming rig because it has the combination of the newest 4.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with 4 cores, together with the very fast 16 GB DDR4 memory. An AMD CPU always needs a lot of RAM for optimal performance and 16 GB is more than enough for any demanding graphics program or game at higher settings. OS: Windows 10. Because it is a budget gaming pc it doesn’t have a SSD but the latest High capacity, High speed 1TB 7200 Rpm SATA drive. This gives you more than enough storage space for a lot of games. Graphics card: Amd Radeon RX580 Graphics with 4GB GDDR5

You can get all this for a very, very good price under $700 at the time of writing this post. When looking at price-quality and value for money this Dell gaming desktop is my choice for ‘best gaming pc 2019’. It is also one of the best selling desktops on Amazon at the time of writing.

gaming desktop1Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop AMD Ryzen 7 2700


Best mid range gaming Desktop

Gaming PCs in the medium price range cost between $800 and $2000. They have better CPUs, better graphic cards and mostly SSD harddrives for faster performance with added HDD for storage.


Best high end gaming Desktop 2021

High end gaming rigs are pricy but you get the best performance, graphic cards and therefore the highest fps on the highest settings in any of the graphic intensive games today.High end gaming PCs feature liquid cooling, Intel I9 and comparable CPUs like the Intel Core i9-9900K Eight Core Processor (16MB Cache, 3.6GHz-5.0GHz) 95W w/ Liquid Cooling, up to 32GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM and 1TB NVMe Solid State Drives


Gaming monitors

Here are some recommendations for a Gaming monitor for your new gaming desktop.


Gaming Headsets

To make your gaming experience complete I give you some recommendations for a comfortable gaming Headset.


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Best Steam Showers 2021

Best Steam Showers 2020. 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 2019 on this site.

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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.

 


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#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.

Best Steam Shower1Platinum Pivot Door Steam Shower (Left Side Configuration)

 



#2 Sliding Door Steam Shower Enclosure Unit, Glass Color: Blue

This white Eagle Bath is a sliding door steam shower that measures 86.2″ H x 36″ W x 36″ D. It has a blue tempered glass color.
ETL Certified.

 

Steam Shower2Sliding Door Steam Shower Enclosure Unit Size: 86.2″ H x 36″ W x 36″ D, Glass Color: Blue


#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.

 

Steam shower3Modern Steam Shower and Bathtub from Ariel Bath


#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.

Best Steam Shower4Ariel White Steam Shower with Whirlpool Bathtub

 

Best Blood Pressure Monitors 2021 (Wrist/ Upper arm) For Home Use

best blood pressure monitorBest Blood Pressure Monitors for 2020! A good Blood Pressure Monitor for home use is very important to  keep track of your blood pressure.

A higher blood pressure than average can mean a serious health risk and should be examined by a doctor.

The blood pressure monitors on this website are wrist and upper arm blood pressure monitors from reliable brands like Omron and Panasonic.

Desired/ normal blood pressure values, when do I have hypertension?

For an indication of blood pressure values and more information about the heath risks of too high or too low blood pressure, see the following chart and see: wiki blood pressure.

Classification of blood pressure for adults
Category systolic, mm Hg diastolic, mm Hg
Hypotension
< 90
< 60
Desired
90–119
60–79
Prehypertension
120–139
80–89
Stage 1 hypertension
140–159
90–99
Stage 2 hypertension
160–179
100–109
Hypertensive emergency
≥ 180
≥ 110

 

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 blood pressure. 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 blood pressure and for your overall health.

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Newest Blood Pressure Monitors 2021

 


#1 Omron 10 Plus Series

The Omron 10 Plus is in my opinion the best upper arm blood pressure monitor. That is 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. Also it has 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.

Omron 10 PlusOmron 10 Plus Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff

 


#2 Best Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor: Omron 7 Series

My recommendations for second best blood pressure monitor is the Omron 7 series wrist 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 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.

blood pressure monitor1Omron 7 Series Wrist Monitor

 


#3 Panasonic Portable Upper Arm 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.

Panasonic EW3109W Upper ArmPanasonic EW3109W Portable Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

 


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Best Weather Stations 2021

best weather stations2021. Best Weather Stations for 2021! A home weather station gives you up to date measurements of the indoor, outdoor temperature, humidity and local weather forecast.

On this site I give you my recommendations for the best weather stations under $50, under $100, around $150 and high end weather stations from well known brands like Oregon Scientific, Ambient Weather,  AcuRite and Davis Instruments. Most of them have remote/ wireless sensors up to full scale weather measuring sensor towers.

Good weather station equipment is a must for every weather enthusiast and especially the local weather forecast is very useful for planning outdoor activities. Weather stations also make much appreciated Christmas or birthday gifts.

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Top Weather Stations around $50

My recommendations for best weather stations around $50 is the Oregon Scientific BAR208. It comes with a wireless remote sensor and display will show you the basic weather data including in- and outdoor temperature, indoor humidity, time/date and a 12-24 hour weather forecast. It also has a warning sign when the temperatures go below zero to warn you for slippery roads. Oregon Scientific is a well known and reliable brand and this weather station has excellent consumer reviews. I can recommend this weather station because I have this one at home and am very happy with it. Basic and affordable for around $55 at the time of writing.

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA Advanced Weather Station with Atomic TimeOregon Scientific BAR208HGA Advanced Weather Station with Atomic Time


Best Under $100

The best weather station I could find under $100 is the AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity.

It includes: 3-in-1 wireless weather sensor accurately measures the temperature, humidity and wind speed, a nice color display with adjustable dimmer; electric-powered with optional battery backup, a history chart displaying temperature, wind speed and barometric pressure trends over last 12 hours and many more. This is a good product for around $100 (at the time of writing)

best weather stations4AcuRite 00622 Pro Color Weather Station with Wind Speed, Temperature and Humidity

 


Best Weather Stations around $150

For the best weather station around $150 range I recommend the Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86. Some of the specs include: weather forecast (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, snowy), display of Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric reading with bar graph, rainfall reading with bar graph.

It has a integrated wind sensor tower for easy set up and  atomic time, so you always have the exact time and never have to adjust for Daylight Saving Time. It also shows the moon phase.

Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86Oregon Scientific WMR86 Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station WMR86

An other good option for around $170 (at the time of writing) is the AcuRite Pro Wireless color weather station. It has a beautiful color display and integrated rain, wind, temp and humidity meter. This wireless weather station streams real-time data including the moon phase, indoor comfort level, “feels like”” temperature and more. Highly recommended especially when looking at the low price for this much quality!

Acu-Rite Professional Wireless Weather Center 5-in-1 Staion with Color Monitor & PC Connect with Free Software & Smart Phone AppAcu-Rite Professional Wireless Weather 5-in-1 Station with Color Monitor & PC Connect with Free Software & Smart Phone App


High end, semi-professional stations under $400

When you are a bit more than just a weather enthusiast and you want (semi-)professional weather data, then the Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station is the best weather station you can get. Very easy to setup, install and maintain, this weather station offers a lot. When you click through you can see all the specs, there are too many to list here. This weather station receives very good consumer reviews and ratings. Also the companies help desk is excellent. Highly recommended.

Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather StationDavis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station


Best Christmas Gifts 2020: Gaming Desktops

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Nov/Dec 2020. Best Christmas Gifts 2020: Gaming Desktops. When looking for a good Christmas gift look no further: a gaming desktop will be very much appreciated! We review and recommend gaming desktops in the affordable, mid- and high end budget range. When you want to buy a new Gaming Desktop you want specs like at least a quad-core processor (for example: Intel I5 or I7 or A6, A8 or A10 or higher), fast hard-drives like a SSD for the operating system and a big HDD with 1 or 2 TB for storage and plenty of DDR4 RAM. You also want to see reliable sound and graphics cards so that gaming and heavy duty graphic programs can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies.

The best Gaming PC brands today are Dell, HP, iBUYPOWER, SKY tech, OMEN, ROG and CYBERPOWER.

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What performance can you expect from a gaming desktop computer?

The speed of a gaming desktop depends on the quality of the central processing unit (CPU), single core, dual core, quad core etc, the available RAM (more internal memory is better: gaming desktops should have at least 4 GB). Besides the CPU the type of harddisk your OS runs on makes a big difference: a SSD is more expensive but much faster than a regular HDD. Today you almost don’t see single core cpu’s anymore. 2 or 4 cores is usual in regular desktops, at least 4 or more in gaming systems. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing like high speed games on higher settings the quality of the graphics processing unit (GPU)is crucial. The newest Intel i3/i5/i7 cpu’s are the 9th gen cpus that perform better and have better power efficiency.

When choosing a desktop computer the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the system. There are two main processor manufacturers namely Intel and AMD. The intel processors tend to perform slightly better but cost about twice as much compared to the AMD processors. Therefore, for about the same price as a 4 core intel CPU you can get a gaming rig with a 6 or more core AMD CPU or you can buy one with a better GPU.

DDR4 RAM

Newer Gaming desktops mostly have the newest DDR4 RAM which is faster and more power efficient. This can give you a massive gain in frame rate on higher settings.

Separate or integrated GPU?

Cheaper gaming Desktops with a CPU like the I5 or the AMD A6 and A8 have integrated Graphics in the CPU. You don’t need a separate graphics-card because it is build in, but in gaming those build in gpus give only average performance on low to medium settings. For more serious gaming than casual gaming you want to have the CPU and a separate graphics-card doing its own task. This is a bit more expensive but greatly improves the frame-rate and visuals on higher settings.


(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are accurate at the time of writing, but may have changed)


Best budget/ affordable gaming Desktop 2020: Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop AMD Ryzen 7 2700

The best gaming desktop at the moment in my opinion is the Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop with AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor, 16GB DRAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card, Windows 10 64-bit, Blue LED with Keyboard and Mouse.

This is in my opinion the best budget gaming rig because it has the combination of the newest 4.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with 4 cores, together with the very fast 16 GB DDR4 memory. An AMD CPU always needs a lot of RAM for optimal performance and 16 GB is more than enough for any demanding graphics program or game at higher settings. OS: Windows 10. Because it is a budget gaming pc it doesn’t have a SSD but the latest High capacity, High speed 1TB 7200 Rpm SATA drive. This gives you more than enough storage space for a lot of games. Graphics card: Amd Radeon RX580 Graphics with 4GB GDDR5

You can get all this for a very, very good price under $700 at the time of writing this post. When looking at price-quality and value for money this Dell gaming desktop is my choice for ‘best gaming pc 2019’. It is also one of the best selling desktops on Amazon at the time of writing.

gaming desktop1Dell Inspiron Gaming PC Desktop AMD Ryzen 7 2700


Best mid range gaming Desktops

Gaming PCs in the medium price range cost between $800 and $2000. They have better CPUs, better graphic cards and mostly SSD harddrives for faster performance with added HDD for storage.


Best high end gaming Desktop

High end gaming rigs are pricy but you get the best performance, graphic cards and therefore the highest fps on the highest settings in any of the graphic intensive games today.High end gaming PCs feature liquid cooling, Intel I9 and comparable CPUs like the Intel Core i9-9900K Eight Core Processor (16MB Cache, 3.6GHz-5.0GHz) 95W w/ Liquid Cooling, up to 32GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM and 1TB NVMe Solid State Drives


Gaming monitors

Here are some recommendations for a Gaming monitor for your new gaming desktop.


Gaming Headsets

To make your gaming experience complete I give you some recommendations for a comfortable gaming Headset.


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Best Christmas Gifts 2020: Gaming Console (PS5/Xbox X)

best gaming console playstation 5Nov/Dec 2020. Best Christmas Gifts Gaming Consoles 2020! Christmas is the time for appreciating family and friends and making them happy. What better Christmas gift than a gaming console like the new PS5 or the Xbox Series X? PlayStation 5 or Xbox One Series X, Sony or Microsoft? Which is the best Christmas gift? That is the question at the moment in the gaming world. November will bring the new version of both gaming systems. Then the battle for the costumers will begin. Who will win the war and the hearts of the gamers? On this page we review the new PS5 and Xbox Series X, the PS5 Digital edition and Xbox Series S gaming consoles. The new gaming consoles by Sony and Microsoft both promise to be faster, better and more powerful than the current generation consoles. In these difficult times, what better Christmas gift for your loved ones than a Xbox One Series X or PlayStation 5?

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Xbox vs PlayStation gaming consoles

The Xbox One Series X and PlayStation 5 both have gained raw processing power and because of that can handle more graphic demands, have faster drives and therefore have an even better game experience then before.

When looking at the specs the Xbox has a little more power under the hood but when playing games this will not make much difference. Microsoft also announced a cheaper version of the new Xbox, the Xbox Series S. The Series S is cheaper but also smaller and much less powerful. Sony on the other hand has announced a “Digital edition” of the Playstation 5 that is identical but can not play disks.

Playstation 5Sony Playstation 5

Xbox Series XMicrosoft Xbox Series X


Exclusive Content/ Games

Each brand has its own unique games to put forward: Xbox has for example Forza, Halo and Fable while Playstation 5 has Ratchet and Clank, Spiderman and Horizon. When you choose one gaming system, it will mean you loose out on the titles of the other.
To have an advantage on amount of high quality game titles Microsoft has recently purchased Zenimax which adds to the Xbox dozens of much loved games like Doom, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. It is possible that new content for these titles will only be available for Xbox.


Play Station or Xbox gaming consoles, The choice is up to you

Expected release date: Playstation 5 and Digital edition: 12 November 2020
Expected release date: Xbox One Series X and Series S: 10 November 2020


Playstation 5, Digital Edition, Xbox Series X, Series S Specs

Console

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition

Processor

8 custom Zen 2-cores with smt

8 custom Zen 2-cores with smt

8 custom Zen 2-cores with smt

8 custom Zen 2-cores with smt

Cpu-Speed

3,8GHz (3,66GHz with smt)

3,6GHz (3,4GHz with smt)

3,5GHz (variable)

3,5GHz (variable)

Main data storage SSD

1TB, ‘custom NVMe-PCIe 4.0-ssd’

512GB, ‘custom NVMe-PCIe 4.0-ssd’

825GB, ‘custom PCIe 4.0-ssd’

825GB, ‘custom PCIe 4.0-ssd’

SSD-Speed

2,4GB/s (raw), 4,8GB/s (compressed)

2,4GB/s (raw), 4,8GB/s (compressed)

5,5GB/s (raw), 9GB/s (compressed)

5,5GB/s (raw), 9GB/s (compressed)

Ram memory

16GB GDDR6, 320bit

10GB GDDR6

16GB GDDR6, 256bit

16GB GDDR6, 256bit

Ram speed

10GB @ 560GB/s 6GB @ 336GB/s

8GB @ 224Gbit/s 2GB @ 56GB/s

448GB/s

448GB/s

Storage upgrades

1TB-ssd-addition (propriëtair)

1TB-ssd-addition (propriëtair)

Selected NVMe-ssd’s

Selected NVMe-ssd’s

Gpu

52 compute-units 1825MHz

20 compute-units 1565MHz

36 compute-units 2,23GHz (variabel)

36 compute-units 2,23GHz (variabel)

Gpu-architecture

Custom RDNA 2

Custom RDNA 2

Custom RDNA 2

Custom RDNA 2

Gpu-computing power

12,15Tflops

4Tflops

10,28Tflops

10,28Tflops

Resolution/fps

4k@60fps Max 120fps

1440p@60fps Max 120fps

4k@60fps Max 120fps

4k@60fps Max 120fps

Disc drive

Ultra HD Blu-ray

No

Ultra HD Blu-ray

No

Connections

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1


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Best Christmas 2020 Gifts: Laptops

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2020. Best Christmas Gifts Laptops 2020! Christmas is the time for appreciating family and friends and making them happy. What better Christmas gift than a laptop? It will be much appreciated by your husband, wife, teens, kids, grandchildren or friends because those are the most popular and most wished for presents for Christmas.

Why not make your loved one happy this Christmas with one of the most popular laptops like: the Asus 15.6 inch laptop, the Samsung Chromebook 2, a Dell, HP laptop or an Apple MacBook? With a laptop they can stay in touch not only at Christmas time but also the rest of the year. Laptops today have some serious processing power and the top brands like Apple, Asus, Acer, HP Dell and Samsung have a sleek design and are lightweight.

When buying a new laptops there are several factors to take into account: best price, processor, RAM, Chromebook/ iMac or Windows, design? Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for.

On this page I present my recommendations for the Best Christmas 2020 laptop gifts I hope you like them.

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Christmas 2020 Presents: Laptop Recommendations


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The Most Popular Laptop this Christmas

#1 Best Laptop 2020: Acer Aspire 5, 15.6″ Full HD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD

Best hp Laptop1ASUS Premium Flagship 15.6inch Top Performance Full HD Laptop

ACER has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Aspire series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. This Premium ASUS Top Performance Laptop is packed with good specs: Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 15.6 inch Full HD 1920×1080 Display and a 256GB SSD.


#2 Laptop this Christmas: The latest Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

The latest Apple MacBook Pro and MacBoook Air are the most popular Apple laptops. 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 10th gen Intel i5 processor, a 2560 x 1600 IPS screen, up to 1TB (very energy efficient) flash drive, 16 GB RAM and 4 thunderbolt 3 ports. Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air. When you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows computers could be an obstacle.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop Latest VERSION

Specs for the New 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop:

Tenth-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
Brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology
Backlit Magic Keyboard
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Ultrafast SSD
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

Up to 10 hours of battery life
802.11ac Wi-Fi
Force Touch trackpad

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM (NEWEST VERSION)

 


Best Christmas Ultrabooks

Here you find the best Ultrabooks available today.


AMD Laptops 2020

AMD processors have less processing power then Intel processors but they are about half the price. For example: for the same price as an Intel i3 processor which is a duo core processor you have a quad core AMD A10 processor. The AMD A10 and i3 processors are similar in performance. AMD processors run better with a good amount of fast RAM memory. Therefore you will normally see more GB RAM installed in the laptop. You will find better/ separate graphic-cards in AMD laptops then in Intel laptops for the same price because the processor is cheaper. This is useful for better graphics in games and video editing.


Best Gaming Laptops Christmas 2020


Some older and also cheaper laptops with good specs:



#3: Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

This Asus 15.6 inch laptop is one of the most popular laptop today. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $350 at the time of writing. For that price you get: the Intel i3-5010U 2.1 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM and a 15.6 inch FULL HD screen. 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 1/5 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #3 place in the ranking.

ASUS 15.6-Inch HD Dual-Core 2.16GHz Laptop, 500GBAsus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)

 


#4 The Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Laptop2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen Laptop

Dell is a well known laptop brand for many years. The Inspiron series are good laptops for a good price. The specs for this Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlit Touchscreen Display High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory. With this laptop you get a 5th gen i5 processor, not the newest 6th gen. but with 8GB RAM in stead of 6GB and a HD touch screen in stead of a full HD non touch screen. The choice is up to you :)


#5: Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-Inch

Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-InchSamsung Chromebook 3 16.1-Inch

This Samsung Chromebook 3 has the following specs: Celeron N3060 processor, 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 screen, 4 GB RAM, 16 Gb SSD. The Samsung Chromebook 3 is the successor of the long time very popular Samsung Chromebooks one and two. Pros: very, very fast because of the 4 GB RAM and 16 Gb Solid State Drive, lightweight, slim design and fully integrated with all Google services. Biggest problem for people who don`t like Google: fully integrated with Google services.


#6 Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook

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. That is why it is # 6 of the best laptops 2016.

Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen UltrabookLenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook


The Best Laptop Christmas Gifts From The Top Brands
– HP, Asus, Acer and Dell

HP

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HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

 

HP 17-Inch LaptopHP 2017 17-Inch Laptop

2017 HP 17.3HP Pavilion 17″ business/gaming Laptop


Asus

ASUS Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch LaptopASUS ROG OC Edition 17.3″ G-SYNC VR Ready Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB Intel Core i7-6820HK 32GB DDR4 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD


Acer

Acer ultrabook laptopAcer Aspire 13-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-3537U Processor, 4GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Windows 8) White


Dell

Dell Inspiron i17R-1316sLV 17-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron i17R-1316sLV 17-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RM-5123SLV 15.6-Inch LaptopDell Inspiron 15 i5547-5780sLV 15.6-Inch Laptop

 

 


 


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