Jan/Feb 2023. Best Desktops. On Birdymanbestreviews we review good, affordable Apple, Windows, family, college, gaming and work/business desktops. We look at specs like a quad-core or even a octa-core processor (for example: Intel I5, I7, I9 or AMD A8 or A10 etc), fast hard-drives SSD and/or HDD with plenty of storage and DDR4 RAM. Also important for gaming and heavy duty graphic programs are reliable sound and graphics cards so that they can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies.
The best PC brands today are Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Acer and Asus.
On this website you will first find my recommendation for the best (tower and All-in-One) desktops and then my choices for the best Intel i3, i5, AMD and gaming PC.
(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are accurate at the time of writing, but may have changed)
The best Desktop for the money at the moment is in my opinion the Acer Aspire Desktop, with 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700F.
This desktop has the combination of the 12th Generation power efficient Intel i7 12700F processor together with the newest very fast 16Gb DDR4 Memory. It is the latest Intel version and has a very good price/quality compared with the older 11th gen Intel processor. A big increase in performance of the Intel Core series was expected in the next 12th gen processors and the results are indeed impressive. The Intel I7-12700 has a Turbo Boost up to 4.9 GHz and 16 Gb DDR 4 3200 MHz RAM is more than enough for any demanding graphics program. For serious gaming you get the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics with 6GB GDDR6 Video Memory tht will let you play most games at higher settings. The RAM is up-gradable to 32 Gb if needed. OS: Windows 11. It has a 512 Gb SSD which gives a fast boot and reaction times and the extra 1TB HDD gives you more than enough storage space for all your data. It comes with a keyboard and mouse.
Price (at time of writing this post): around $1200 but this could have changed in the meantime. When I look at price-quality and value for money this ACER tower desktop is my choice for ‘best desktop 2023’. It is also one of the best selling desktops on Amazon at the time of writing.
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Gaming desktops are high-end desktops and are more expensive than normal desktops. This is because they have a better cpu, more/ faster RAM and a much better, almost always separate, video card than regular desktops, which are needed for fast game-play, high fps and excellent graphics in high demanding games.
When you just want a pc to do some everyday email, internet/ social media, watch an occasional movie or do some text editing then, a cheaper, more affordable budget computer is the best choice. The specs are not as good as the more expensive desktops have. So therefore don`t expect the fastest performance. If speed and specs are not the most important then the following recommendations are everything you need. And all that for a good price. Also check out the refurbished desktops which are good value for money.
Speed is a very important spec. The speed of a desktop is mainly dependent on the quality of the central processing unit (CPU), how many CPU`s (single core, dual core, quad core), the available RAM (more internal memory is better, today desktops should have at least 4 GB) and the harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD). You almost don’t see single core cpu’s anymore these days. 2 or 4 cores is common with 6 to 8 cores for the more expencive and gaming pcs. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the graphics processing unit (GPU) and/or video-card is very important.The newest Intel i3/i5/i7 cpu’s are the 10th and 11th gen cpu’s that perform better and use less power.
When choosing a PC 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 per core but costs about twice as much compared to the AMD processors. The advantage in performance can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the desktop for normal use. The newest Intel CPUs are the 10th and 11th generation. AMD processors get more out of a good GPU and RAM running on a high frequency.Therefore you mostly see AMD processors in gaming rigs.
Separate or integrated GPU?
Desktops for normal household use have integrated Graphics in the CPU. You don’t need a separate graphics-card. But for more graphics demanding video editing and gaming you want to have the CPU and a separate graphics-card doing. Then the CPU and GPU can do their own task. This is more expensive but greatly improves the frame-rate in gaming and speed in video editing.
The Need For Speed
The i3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end desktops for usual computer tasks. These are activities like surfing the web, email and administrative tasks. Intel Core i3 are the cheapest Intel processors with the lowest processing power. The Intel i5 series and equivalent AMD processors have better performance and can be used for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. The i7 and higher Intel processors and equivalent AMD processors are the most expensive. These will get you the most processing power, the best gaming experience and the best basis for heavy graphical programs and video editing.
In 2021 all new desktops have the new fast DDR4 RAM which is faster and more power efficient than the older/slower DDR3. When deciding on a new desktop I suggest you definitely buy one with DDR4 RAM.
Tower Desktop or All-in-One?
Desktop computers are available in two varieties: tower desktops and all-in-one desktops. A tower desktop usually does not include a monitor. You will need to buy one separately which adds to the total price, or use one that you already have. In an All-in-One desktop the computer components are build in in the monitor. This makes All-in-One desktops generally more expensive than a tower desktop without monitor. An AiO desktop saves space but it is more difficult to build in extra components if you want to do that. Also, you are stuck with the integrated screen and can not replace it with a new monitor later on. There are advantages and disadvantaged for both choices.
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Apr/May 2022. Best tablets For 2022! Tablets are the best! If you are going to use your tablet every day, you better buy a good one! When looking for an addition to my main computer, I found that a good tablet computer is easy to take with you and has some serious processing power for browsing the web. Tablets have many advantages over laptops and pc`s. Most of all: they are very portable and lightweight. Tablets today are affordable and have good specs. The tablets and accessories on this site are the best rated for 20157.
The most wished for tablets are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, 10 and 12 inch tablets, the iPad and the Kindle (fire) and popular brands are Kindle(fire), Apple, Samsung, Sony, Asus and Microsoft.
Tablets are not suitable to play heavy graphic games like MMORPG`s or work with video-editing programs. You can play many single player games, surf the internet/ email/ Skype on a tablet and there are many apps available for Google`s Android as well as Apple`s iOs. I use a tablet mainly as a addition to my laptop.
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Apple is one of the most popular tablet manufacturers. The quality of the tablets is outstanding and unrivaled. Apple products are usually a bit more expensive than other brands, but real Apple users wont have anything else than the uncompromising quality of Apple. Check out the latest additions:
An other good choice is the Samsung Tab S7 which has been on the market for some time now. The Tab S7 has a quad core 1.2 Ghz processor and a sAMOLED screen. It is also available in 8 inch, 10 and 12.4 inch version. The 12.4 Tab S7+ screen is 2800 x 1752 Pixels and a Qualcomm SDM865+ Octa Core CPU. Storage is 128 GB but is expandable up to 1TB Storage. Samsung tablets will be the best and the most popular this Christmas.
Other Samsung Tablets:
The new Kindle Fire HD and HDX 7, 8 inch and 10 inch are available!
Best Asus Tablets 2022
Asus tablets offer good tablets for the money. Asus is a Taiwanese Tablet manufacturer that has a good share of the market especially with the Asus Google Nexus, in cooperation with Google and the ASUS Zenpad. Also noted is the Asus Transformer that turns into a laptop/netbook when attached to its keyboard.
This is the hugely popular tablet made by Amazon. Now that it is in color with wifi: perfect for many people and not too expensive. A very good (and though out) concept.
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2022. The best usb Mouse! 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 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 than usb mice with a wire and need a AA or AAA battery. – Usb-Mice are available in many different colors
Best Wireless Mouse 2022
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 Usb Mouse
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 usually 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.
Apr/May 2022. Best Laptops For 2022. What is the best Laptop/Chromebook? On this site we review good, affordable Intel i3, Intel i5, Apple, Windows, family, college, gaming and work/business laptops and Chromebooks. Good laptops today have some serious processing power. The best brands like Apple, Asus, Acer, HP, Dell and Samsung have a sleek design and are lightweight. Who needs a desktop any more?
When buying a new laptop or chromebook there are several factors to take into account. You want to look at the best price (under 400, under 500, under 1000), processor, Chromebook/ iMac or Windows and design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (family, student, business).
Factors that determine the performance of a laptop computer
Speed of a laptop is mainly dependent on the quality of the CPU. The number of cores the CPU has (single core, dual core, quad core) and the available RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB) makes a big difference. And also the type of harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD) is important for speed. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is the main factor for speed. Ultrabooks usually have more RAM and a better cpu and video card than regular laptops.
What Speed Do You Need?
– I3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end laptops for usual computer tasks like surfing the web, email and administrative tasks. These are the cheapest Intel processors with the lowest processing power.
– The Intel i5 series and equivalent AMD processors have better performance and can be used for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs.
– Intel i7 Intel processors and equivalent AMD processors are the most expensive but get you the most processing power, the best gaming experience and the best basis for heavy graphical programs and video editing.
The gain in performance with a more expensive processor/graphics card can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the laptop for normal use.
Therefore I present and review on this page the most popular laptops, after that a section with Ultrabooks and after that the best laptops from the top laptop brands.
(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed)
Newest Laptops 2022
#1 Best Laptop: Acer Aspire 5, 15.6″ Full HD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD
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. This laptop is good.
#2 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.
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
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
Up to 10 hours of battery life
Force Touch trackpad
An Ultrabook is a fast, ultra thin, ultra lightweight laptop that can only be called “Ultrabook” when it meets specific requirements set by Intel. It has a low energy use so the battery will last a long time, it boots up extremely quickly and is automatically updated. These features are reflected in the price. Ultrabooks are usually more expensive than a regular laptop.
Ultrabooks For 2020
Here you find the best Ultrabooks available today.
Intel vs AMD
When choosing a laptop the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the laptop. Intel and AMD are the two main processor manufacturers. The Intel processors tend to perform better per core but are about twice as expensive as the AMD processors. For example, for the price of a 2 core Intel processor you can get a 4 core AMD processor.
It is difficult to say that the Intel CPU`s are better than the AMD ones because for the same price as one Intel core you can sometimes get more AMD cores which eliminates the performance gain that single Intel processors show in benchmark tests.
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 but 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.
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#3 Best Laptop: Newest HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U, 12GB DDR4 RAM
With this HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop, you will get the latest Intel Core i5-7200U Processor. Included is also an enormous amount of 12GB very fast DDR4L SDRAM, a 15.6 inch HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366×768) with Intel HD Graphics 620 with up to 6230 MB total graphics memory.
HP has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Pavilion series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop are: latest 6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD. It has Windows 10, a 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920×1080), HDMI, B&O PLAY with 2 speakers. For a price around $535 a 15.6 inch 6th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD) is a very very good deal!
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 #5 place in the ranking.
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. For about the same price as my #1 pick 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 :)
This Samsung Chromebook 3 has the following specs: Celeron N3050 2.6 GHz processor, 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 screen, 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 16 Gb SSD. It is the successor of the long time very popular first Samsung two Chromebooks. Pros: very, very fast because of the 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 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.
#8 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 # 8 of the best laptops 2018.
Mar/Apr 2020. Best Smartphones for 2020! Smartphones are the best! On this site we review good, affordable smartphones like the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9 and LG and Motorola phones.
Smartphones are mainly used for internet/social media besides of course for making a phone call. Therefore the phones on this page all have internet and Wifi. When you want to use your mobile phone for internet, email and social media => be smart and buy a smartphone.
Below you find the two Best Smartphones 2017 and after that the different categories: the best HTC, LG, BlackBerry phones.
New/ Upcomming Smartphones 2020
Which Smartphone Is The Best Choice?
That depends on what you want to use your smartphone for
The functions that are most important for myself in a smartphone in 2020 are:internet/ social media, making a phone call and the alarm clock. I use Internet and social media on my phone mostly when I am traveling by train and at home where I have wifi.I have a prepaid phone so I don’t want to use the internet on the 3g/4g network too much. An other choice you have to make is between an android/ Apple/ windows phone and if you want a more expensive high end smartphone or if you are satisfied with a cheaper alternative that covers the basic functions.
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#1 Smartphone 2017: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Best Android Smartphone On The Market Today
In my opinion: the new Samsung S7 Edge is despite the iPhone 6 (plus) the best smartphone 2015. This has mostly to do with the price/quality. The Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6 are both awesome smartphones but the S7 Edge has a display on three sides and specs that Apple will have to match with the iPhone 7 to stay in the competition. It certainly is the best android smartphone with a very beautiful design, fast and reliable. The best smartphone you can buy at the moment.
The Galaxy S5 is a very, very good smartphone for a now ridiculously affordable price. The link goes to the Verizon contract Galaxy S5, but AT&T and Sprint are also available.
#2) Apple iPhone 6 16 GB
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The iPhone 6 is an awesome smartphone and will be the best iPhone until the next iPhone is available. Unfortunately the iPhone is quite expensive while the basic model still has only 16GB, which is not much for the money. That is why the iPhone 6 is #2 in this list and not #1.
Apple iPhone 6, Space Gray, 16 GB (Unlocked)
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iPhone 6/ 6 Plus review and Specs
With the iPhone 6 Apple for the first time produced a smartphone with a ‘big’ screen. The 4.7 inch screen is considerably larger than previous iPhones, but thanks to the new design with rounded finished edges it feels comfortable in the hand. The screen is again beautiful, with high contrast and high brightness and thanks to the new Apple A8 chip the iPhone 6 is fast and has a good battery life.
The camera has been improved somewhat , especially in low light conditions. An other positive point is the new version of iOS, which provides Apple users and developers more choices and options.
If you can afford the iPhone 6 and you are an Apple enthusiast, then with the iPhone 6 you get one of the best smartphones currently available.
HTC is a very strong South Korean brand that is able to give competition with the HTC One M9 to the two big players in the smartphone market, Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone. The mobiles that HTC produced are high quality but a little less expensive than the latest Galaxy and iPhone series, making it a much appreciated alternative.
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December 2016. Best UHDTV For 2016/2017. If you are going to watch your tv every day you better buy a good one! When you want to buy a new HD TV, there are several things to consider. The main questions to answer are: what display size do I want/need, resolution, refresh rate, 3D technology, do you want the tv to be a smart tv with features like internet ready/wifi ready or wifi already build in? On this website I have made a selection of the best LED/LCD TVs which give you the best quality for your money based on performance, price, features, costumer ratings/satisfaction, sales and manufacturer.