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Surviving a Computer Crash with the Least Possible Pain and Loss

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Everyone's guide to causes, fixes, and recovering your files—

A computer crash is the most frustrating computer problem you'll ever have to deal with and to make matters worse they can appear out of nowhere.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being in the middle of something important on your computer and then:

Bam! Your computer either freezes or restarts unexpectedly.

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Here's the unfortunate reality:

A computer crash is just a fact of life for all PC users. But, the good news is that there are ways to fix and even prevent many of them from ruining your day.

What Is a Computer Crash?

A computer crash takes place when either of these two events happens within your computer.

  1. Your Operating System (OS) experiences a software error
  2. There is an error caused by a hardware malfunction

Generally speaking, hardware crashes are much more dangerous than most software crashes. Most software related crashes can be remedied with the right application of software code.

Worst case scenarios involve doing a clean install of the operating system, which wipes everything from the hard drive.

However, some hardware errors can't be fixed and can involve expensive repair or replacement.

Fun Fact:

"Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out."~Techspirited.com

Signs of a computer crash

Crashes typically take place when your computer either freezes or restarts without warning. During a system freeze, your mouse pointer will stop moving.

Also, your computer can sometimes make a long, loud beeping sound if you continue striking the keyboard.

On the other hand:

When your system restarts after a crash, it may emit a brief beeping noise before rebooting.

Fun Fact:

"'Crash Course' is another name for Microsoft Windows tutorials."~Techspirited.com

4 computer problems that look like crashes but aren't

Aside from crashes and freezes, other issues resemble a computer crash.

These problems are software-based and are usually not fatal to the life of your computer.

1. Exceptions

Sometimes programs can return what's called an exception.

An exception is an unexpected error that can result in a program displaying an error message but continuing to run.

Or, the program can crash by shutting down suddenly.

Here's the crazy part:

There may or may not be an error message.

It's not uncommon for many exceptions to take place during the installation of a new program, especially video games.

These errors can take place for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Corrupted installation
  • Missing files
  • Incompatible hardware
  • Malware
  • Malware protection software blocking the program
  • No internet connection

If the program provides an error message, write it down and research it. Many times there are user forums and articles on what you can do to fix the exception.

Fun Fact:

"On one of the world's most popular shopping websites, eBay, there are transactions of approx. $680 per second."~Techspirited.com

2. Hangs

A hanging program is a lot like a freeze. However, in the case of a hang, only the program is affected and not the entire system.

During a hang, the program becomes unresponsive and does not accept any input from the user.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Clicking on windows, controls, or fields with no response
  • Clicking on the menu bar with no response
  • Attempting to enter text with no luck
  • Trying to close a window but it won't close
  • Trying to switch to windows inside a program

Sometimes the mouse pointer can disappear, but most of the time it can still move.

Fun Fact:

"The 'Email' is older than the World Wide Web."~Techspirited.com

3. Malware

Malware, such as a virus, spyware, or some other unwelcome program, can cause program and system crashes.

Most of the time relatively harmless malware will slow your system down, sometimes producing unwanted pop-ups and notifications.

Here's something crazy:

Many pop-up viruses take the form of fake anti-malware programs that offer to "fix" your problem for a low introductory subscription price.

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In other words:

It's like the arsonist showing up to your front door offering to put out the fire he just started in your backyard for a small fee.

Malware infections can be hard to spot, depending on the type of infection. That's because not all malware wants you to know it's there.

And honestly, those are the nasty buggers that are the most dangerous.

Fun Fact:

"There are approx. 6,000 new computer viruses released every month."~Techspirited.com

4. Drivers

Driver-related computer crashes are among the most common software related crashes most users experience.

A driver is a program designed specifically to interact with the user's operating system and a specific device.

Sometimes the driver can become outdated or corrupt, resulting in a computer crash.

Beware the Screen of Death

Of all the terms which give PC users chills, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is probably one of the worst.

After a computer crash, your monitor or laptop screen may show a bright blue screen.

Blue Screen that appears on the monitor when a computer crashed

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Written on this screen in white letters is a sort-of a technical explanation of why you're computer crashed.

These messages are designed to help the user determine what component, program, driver, or part of the operating system is causing the crash.

You see the message may give you the name of a file (most likely a driver) that caused the crash.

However, it can also give you a long line of code that may look something like this:

0x0000000A

These codes mean specific things. However, they can also be caused by different things. Dealing with a BSOD can require a lot of technical know-how and patience.

Possible results of BSOD crashes

A BSOD computer crash can have several outcomes.

The crash could be the result of a bad program that caused something funky to happen with your RAM. Often, restarting and uninstalling (or reinstalling) the offending program can fix the issue.

Also, a good number of BSOD errors is caused by a faulty device driver. In those situations, you may have to go in and update the driver after your computer restarts.

Numerous free and paid driver maintenance programs will detect and fix bad drivers for you.

Hardware blue screens can be tougher to diagnose. That's because the BSOD won't come out and tell you that you have bad RAM or a failing motherboard.

Steps to fix BSOD caused by corrupted Windows files:

If your BSOD is caused by a corrupted Windows file, then there's usually going to be a message pointing to that specific system file.

Best case scenarios

Here are a few of the best case scenario fixes for a BSOD.

Fix it with CHKDSK

If you can restart your computer and log back into Windows, then you may be able to fix the problem within Windows.

The most common way to fix operating system file errors is a Windows utility called CHKDSK.

Here are the steps for accessing and utilizing CHKDSK:

  1. Press the Windows key or go to the Windows search bar near your start button.
  2. Type in "cmd" and click on the command line icon.
  3. Once in the command line window, type in CHKDSK C:  /f
  4. If your operating system drive uses a different letter, substitute "C:" for your drive letter followed by a colon.
  5. It will then display the following message: "Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)"
  6. Press "Y."
  7. Restart your computer and allow CHKDSK to attempt to check and fix any problems with your system files.

Once the scan finishes, hopefully, your BSOD issue is resolved.

Worst case scenario

Unfortunately, this doesn't always work.

But you still have options:

System Restore

Sometimes a BSOD computer crash can follow the installation of new hardware or software. Also, downloads, updates, and system configuration changes can also result in BSOD.

You can use System Restore to return your OS to the point just before the system change. However, this only works if your system made a restore point before the change.

If it did, then follow these steps to restore your system:

  1. When your system restarts press Shift + F8 while your system is booting up, just keep pressing this combination.
  2. Once you enter the recovery screen click on "See advanced repair options."
  3. Next click on "Troubleshoot."
  4. One of the first options should be "System Restore." Click on it.
  5. From there it will search for restore points.
  6. Select the most recent restore point and follow the instructions to restore your system.

If you experience a BSOD computer crash that doesn't allow you to boot into Windows, you've got a big problem. This means that the system boot files have somehow become corrupted or damaged.

Fortunately, there are several fixes for this scenario:

First try booting into the Windows Recovery Environment, which should be in a separate partition of your hard drive.

The Recovery Environment is created automatically whenever Windows 10 is installed on a system.

Accessing the Recovery Environment follows many of the same steps mentioned above directing you to System Restore.

Fun Fact:

"Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse in the year 1964, which was made of wood!"~Techspirited.com

Start-up repair
  • After you restart your computer, press a combination of Shift + F8 repeatedly to enter into the Recovery Environment
  • Then select "See advanced repair options"
  • From there you'll need to select "Start-up Repair"

Once this is done, hopefully, your startup issues will have been resolved.

However, if not, your system may require more in-depth troubleshooting or a complete re-installation of Windows 10.

Can't boot into Recovery Environment

If for some reason you are unable to boot into the Recovery Environment, then you may need to boot from a Windows 10 USB or disk.

To create a Windows boot disk or USB:

  • First, you'll need access to another computer and either a DVD or at least an 8-Gigabyte USB Flash Drive
  • Next, you'll need to download the Windows Media Creation Tool
  • Once the tool finishes downloading open the file
  • It may take a few minutes for the tool to load
  • When it finishes loading, click accept on the terms page
  • The next screen will ask you if you want to upgrade the current PC or create installation media for another PC
  • Choose "Create installation media"
  • Select your language, then click next
  • Next, choose either USB flash drive or ISO file
  • If you select the USB file, it will ask you to select the destination USB drive from a list of drives
  • After which, it will burn the Windows 10 installation media onto that drive
  • Or, if you choose ISO file, it will download the ISO file, in which case you'll need to use a program like PowerISO to burn it to a DVD

Fun Fact:

"One of the world's leading computer and computer peripheral manufacturer, Hewlett Packard, was first started in a garage at Palo Alto, in the year 1939."~Techspirited.com

Advanced troubleshooting

Once you've completed these steps and have your installation media ready, follow the steps in these videos, which shows more advanced boot recovery methods step by step.

The first video deals with the BSOD computer crash error message: "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO."

Note with the first video, the main directory represented as D:\ may be a different drive letter on your computer.

It's usually C:\ on most computers in America.

This video will show you how to rebuild the Master Boot Record and other files needed to boot into Windows 10.

This video will show you how to fix the /fixboot "Access is denied" error that you may run into while correcting the Master Boot Record.

When a Computer Crash Is Caused by Hardware

As mentioned earlier, a hardware related computer crash is one of the worst kind of crashes.

Many times these crashes are caused by things like incompatible new hardware or some other minor issue.

Other times they're caused by failing hardware.

Here are a few hardware issues that can cause a system-wide computer crash:

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Overheating

Overheating takes place when one or more components become too hot to function, resulting in a computer crash.

These types of crashes are atypical for most desktops but can be fairly commonplace with many laptops due to airflow issues.

When a laptop overheats, you may notice an increase in temperature if you touch the underside of the machine.

For desktops, it can be a little tougher to notice.

However, to know for sure if a component is overheating you'll need to go into your system's BIOS if it offers temperature monitoring.

Or, you can install a specialized program that will display the temperatures of components like your CPU, GPU, and RAM.

Check the internet to find the acceptable temperature range of the component that appears to have a high temperature.

Once you've found the overheating component, first make sure the system isn't clogged with dust. If it is, clean it out with canned air or pay a professional service to clean it out for you.

Often, this is why many laptops and some desktops overheat.

Also, make sure that all your fans are working, sometimes fans can slowly lose speed and power, resulting in overheating.

Here's a video on how to prevent overheating in your desktop.

And now for fun, let's look at the completely wrong way to cool down your desktop.

I did mention that was the wrong way right?

Failing hard drive

A failing hard drive can also cause a computer crash.

With traditional HDD drives, if you listen to it carefully, you may start hearing scratching and scraping sounds indicating that the drive is dying.

However, with newer SSD drives, unlike HDD drives, there are no moving parts that can break, making them tougher to diagnose.

Here are four ways to diagnose a failing hard drive inside of Windows 10:

Fun Fact:

"If you open up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures, which is of each member of Apple's Macintosh division of 1982."~Techspirited.com

1. Use the HDD or SSD manufacturer's tools

Some HDD and SSD drives will come with free downloadable software that can tell about the overall health of the hard drive.

To find the specific software for your hard drive you'll need the model number.

  • First, press the Windows key and type in "Device Manager"
  • Next, click on the Device Manager icon
  • In Device Manager, click on the arrow next to "Disk Drives" to unstack the drives
  • You should see the model number of your main drive
  • After you get the number, go to the manufacturer's page and search for software related to your model
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2. Windows CHKDSK tool

This is a built-in Windows tool that can scan your disk to find system errors and bad sectors.

It will then show you if you have any problems and if there's a bigger problem that it can't fix.

To get started:

  • Press the Windows key and type in "this PC" to bring up your list of hard drives
  • Right-click on the drive you suspect is failing and click on "Properties"
  • Select the "Tools" tab and click on "Check Now"
  • A dialog box will open up
  • Put a check mark next to both options and press start
  • Take note of any problems it could not fix for further investigation
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3. Use WMIC

Windows management instrument command (WMIC) is another great tool you can use to detect a failing hard drive.

The program allows you to perform many administrative tasks, including checking the health of your hard disks.

WMIC uses the S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature within your hard drive to provide a simple determination of its health.

Once its analysis is complete, it will return a message like "OK" or "Pred Fail" to give you an indication of the hard drive's health.

To get started:

  • Press the Windows key and type in "CMD"
  • Click on the CMD icon
  • Type in "wmic"
  • Type in "diskdrive get status"
  • Results usually take less than a second

4. Use a third-party hard disk health checking tool

You can also download a third-party disk health checking tool that can give you more information than both WMIC and CHKDSK may provide.

You can find many great recommendations for the best hard drive testing tools by completing a quick search.

We recommend you search within the current year to find the most up-to-date utility programs.

5 symptoms of failing RAM

Failing RAM can lead to a computer crash as well as a host of other issues.

Here are five symptoms of failing ram to look out for:

1. Slipping performance

When you turn on your computer, and everything's fine, but you notice performance slipping throughout the day.

Within a few hours, programs and other features load within a snail's pace.

This kind of gradual deterioration of PC performance could be a RAM issue.

Fun Fact:

"HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common. All of them were started in garages."~Techspirited.com

2. A crash followed by BSOD

You experience a computer crash followed by the brief flash of a blue screen with white text just before your system restarts.

This behavior could indicate bad RAM.

3. Files become corrupted

Files, especially ones that you frequently access and save, become inexplicably corrupted.

RAM issues can cause this problem, which only gets worse over time.

Eventually, the file structure of your entire hard drive will start to slowly degenerate, and you'll no longer be able to boot your computer.

4. Computer freezes or restarts randomly

Your computer randomly restarts or freezes sporadically.

It may also reboot almost immediately upon opening your desktop.

5. Program install attempts fail

All attempts to install a new program repeatedly fail for reasons unknown.

Or, you try to reinstall the operating system, but keep getting strange error messages.

Fun Fact:

"The group of 12 engineers who designed the IBM PC was called 'The Dirty Dozen'."~Techspirited.com

Diagnosing bad RAM

To diagnose bad RAM, you can use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool or a third-party program

To use the Windows tool:

  • Press the Windows button
  • Type in "windows memory diagnostic"
  • Click on the diagnostic tool icon
  • Select either the "restart now and check for problems" option or "check for problems the next time I start" option

As for third-party programs, there are a lot to choose from that may offer more in-depth analysis of your RAM.

Be sure to filter your search for only results from within the previous year for the best results.

Once you've established that your RAM is bad, you'll need to replace it with RAM that's compatible with your motherboard.

If you search "crucial system scanner," you can download free software that will scan your system and advise compatible replacement RAM.

You can elect to buy directly from the Crucial website or take the specs from their recommended RAM and search for modules by other manufacturers.

Computer event viewer page to diagnose a bad RAM

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Failing graphics card

When a graphics card starts to fail, it can cause visual stuttering, freezing, computer crash issues.

You may start to notice weird colors or see tearing while watching a movie or playing a game. Sometimes, strange shapes may appear on your screen.

Graphics cards can fail for a wide variety of reasons.

However, these are the most common:

  • Dust buildup
  • Overheating
  • Overclocking

If you start getting BSOD while in the middle of graphically intensive tasks like video games, movies, or video editing, then your graphics card might be failing.

Unfortunately:

In the case of a failing graphics card, the only remedy is to replace it.

Fun Fact:

"Amongst the most interesting computer facts is, the first Apple computer which was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, was made by using parts they got for free from their employers. They were made to scrounge spare parts from work."~Techspirited.com

Failing power supply

A failing power supply is a problem that can be more of an issue for desktop users than those with laptops.

Laptops have a power adapter that connects to the computer and charges up their batteries.

However, you can use a laptop without a battery, but it does make your system vulnerable to sudden shutdowns if any connected power cords are disconnected.

A bad power adapter for a laptop will likely not charge a battery nor will it power the laptop.

On the other hand:

A failing power supply (PSU) for a desktop computer can be a different story. A failing PSU can wreak havoc on a desktop system before it finally gives up the ghost.

The two most common symptoms of a failing desktop power supply are:

  1. Sudden shutdowns
  2. Sometimes a burning smell
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A sudden PSU-related computer crash can cause damage to your operating system, files, and computer's hardware components.

If you suspect you may have a failing power supply, the only realistic way to fix it is to replace it.

This could be a life or death tip:

Do not try to fix a broken power supply.

Power supplies are nothing to play around with. If your PSU is bad, replace it. Power supplies can be relatively cheap.

Even better:

They're not the hardest component to replace in a desktop.

Failing CPU and motherboard

The rarest computer crash for computers (laptops and desktops) concerns a failing motherboard or CPU. Both components can cause frequent crashes and freezes until your system completely dies.

Here's the bad part:

There are not a lot of free options to test for a failing motherboard. Most experts recommend physically checking the motherboard for bulging or leaking capacitors.

This process may require a trip to your local PC technician if you're not comfortable with this task.

However, there is professional software you can purchase to test and diagnose hardware including your motherboard, but it's not cheap.

The good news is:

There are a variety of free and paid CPU testing programs out there that can tell you if your processor is going bad.

File Recovery After Computer Crash

After a computer crash, you may decide to buy a new hard drive or re-install over your current Windows installation.

In which case, you may want to recover your files.

The best way to do so would be to have a backup already set up on a separate drive that you can recover using a new Windows installation.

However, if you don't have a backup copy of your files, there is special software, some free and for purchase, that may be able to recover files for you.

If you search the term "best file recovery windows 10" it should pull up numerous results listing the top file recovery software.

Once again, for the most current results, filter your search to include only information published within the current year.

You can also elect to remove the non-bootable drive and connect it to another computer to access the files that way.

Here's a video showing how this is done.

Note: This video shows you how to recover data from a hard drive used in a laptop.

You may need to purchase extra equipment such as a hard drive enclosure for the type of drive you're extracting.

Desktop hard drive removal

The same principle applies to desktop computers.

The main difference is that you'll need to remove the drive from the PC case.

Here's a video with an example of how to do that.

Note: There are many different types of desktop cases which have different hardware configurations.

Some Desktops may require tools such as a Phillips head screwdriver. You may need to look up the best way to open your particular desktop case based on the desktop model number.

For example:

If you bought an HP desktop, you'd just need it's model number to find instructions on removing your hard drive.

Of course:

If you built your desktop yourself, you probably don't need to read this part.

Fun Fact:

"Amazon is a printed bookseller company, that now sells more eBooks than printed books."~Techspirited.com

Steps to Prevent a Computer Crash

There are several things that you can do to help prevent a computer crash from ruining your day.

However, keep in mind the computer crashes will happen from to time. The idea is to make them happen less frequently and be less severe.

One thing you can do to prevent a computer crash is to clean your desktop or laptop regularly. Preventing dust buildup can in most cases avoid overheating which can cause components to fail.

The cheapest way to clean is to use compressed air cans, or you can opt for more expensive plugged in electronic dusters.

For desktops, you want to make sure you open your cases once in a while and blow out any dust buildup.

Here's a video to show you how that works.

Here's a video with some cleaning tips for laptops.

Preventing software crashes

There are a few methods to help avoid many software related computer crashes.

You should search for the best antivirus, antimalware, and PC maintenance utility programs for the current year. These licenses for these programs can range in cost from about $20 to $80.

However, installing and then using one more of these programs daily can prevent a lot of crashes.

Best of all:

Many offer free versions that can still provide some protection.

Pro Tip:

Out-of-date drivers are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to instigating a computer crash.

With maintenance utility programs, the best software will also include a utility for updating drivers.

Why a Computer Crash Isn't Always a Bad Thing

A computer crash can be a useful diagnostic tool to let you know when something is wrong with your laptop or desktop PC.

While BSOD messages are scary, they can also contain a lot of useful info to help you fix problems in your system.

The worst thing you can do is ignore warning signs and problems like a computer crash or freeze.

The most important thing to do after a computer crash is to remain calm. Most crashes are only warnings.

You only have to investigate the issue and apply the correct solution, which is usually easier than you think.

Have you survived a computer crash and lived to tell the tale? Share you horror stories with us in the comments!

Lenovo Yoga 900 Review – A Detailed Look at Its Specifications and Features

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The Lenovo Yoga 900 is the ultimate entertainment device. The rich display is perfect for binge-watching your favorite shows. Its powerful speakers deliver an immersive, dynamic experience. Also, the Lenovo Yoga 900 has the capability to project onto any surface.

Say Goodbye to Your TV with the Lenovo Yoga 900

2017 Newest Lenovo Yoga 900 13.3' QHD+ 3200 x 1800 IPS Touchscreen...

The remote control has been replaced with the swipe and select.

The way we consume entertainment has completely changed over the past five years. We are much more likely to be found binge watching a Netflix series on our tablet or phone while snuggled up on the couch or waiting for delayed flight.

High speed internet has allowed everyone to unplug from the traditional devices we no longer rely on, and trade the living room big screen with our favorite spot on the back porch.

Network programming used to rules the airways, but no longer. HBO and Netflix original programming consistently out performs at the Emmys over traditional broadcast TV networks.

Truth be told, TV is a very old technology. Its transition into the modern age of streaming has been a turbulent flight. The move to Full HD has been less than what was promised, capability issues and aspect ratio conformity has been all over the map.

People are getting used to watching what they want to watch, when they want to watch it — anywhere, everywhere and at anytime.

Both Google and Apple have staked their claim on television with Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Roku is another product that has gained popularity. These inventions gave our laptops and smartphones access to major entertainment outlets.

The audience is the main beneficiaries of this clumsy evolution. You need a device that is designed for new habits of consuming entertainment.

Let’s take a look at the impressive features of the Lenovo Yoga 900 Tab, and why 2 in 1 laptops are gaining popularity.

Introducing the Lenovo Yoga 900

2017 Newest Lenovo Yoga 900 13.3" QHD+ 3200 x 1800 IPS Touchscreen...
  • Intel Core i7-6560U Processor
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD;
  • Windows 10 Home

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro was truly an impressive convertible-hybrid laptop when it was released. Serious gamers took notice of the slim design that packed a lot of power. Even though Lenovo has decided to somewhat rework the naming of these hybrid convertibles, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is the successor to the Yoga 3 Pro.

The Yoga 900 is the fourth generation gaming laptop in the Yoga line that features the 360-degree hinges. If you aren’t familiar with the Yoga line from Lenovo, the clever name comes from the machine’s ability to fold into a tablet. That is why you will often times find the Yoga 900 referred to as being a “convertible” notebook and/or hybrid.

Due a larger battery and advanced cooling system, it is a bit the cake than its predecessor. However, you really have to applaud the engineers of the Yoga 900. The size of this machine is no indicator of the power that is packed into every bit of it.

If you are doubtful that there is a gaming laptop on the market can deliver the processing power of a gaming desktop, you need to take a serious look at the Lenovo Yoga 900.

Best Features of the Lenovo Yoga 900

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Lenovo Yoga 900 13 13.3-Inch MultiTouch Convertible Laptop (Core...
  • Intel Core i7-6500U 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 13.3in QHD (3200 x 1800) IPS Multitouch Display

The Lenovo Yoga 900 is a big-screen, android tablet that has been optimized for entertainment.

You will truly appreciate binge-watching on the 13-inch screen. The Full HD IPS crystal-clear display is made for the most yet-popping adventures. The Yoga has Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi.

There are dual, built-in speakers with Dolby Atmos for a surprising, cinema sound experience.

At 2 lbs, it is lightweight.

The battery lasts up to 5 hours.

Rotating Projector

One of the most unique features of the Yoga 900 is the revolutionary integrated projector. Any room can transform into your very own theater. The 50 lumen output is capable of projecting an image of up to 70” (178 cm) on anything flat.

Superior Audio

You don’t need headphones with the Lenovo Yoga 900. No other tablet on the market is designed to produce the dynamic sound that the Yoga 900 delivers no matter the content. There are four, large, front-facing JBL speakers that work hand in hand with the immersive Dolby Atmos sound software.


This audio system will surely impress you with clear, full range audio.

Picture

The QHD display on the Yoga 900 is engineered to provide rich, detailed video. The crisp, bright visuals work at all angles and ambient lights, so you can rely on the best visuals no matter where you are. Also, the screen is splash proof.

Battery Life

The Yoga 900 keeps you concentrating on the action and drama with a battery life of up to 18 hours on one charge. You can watch two seasons of Orange is the New Black without recharging, back to back. You can charge all of your devices with the USB power bank that is included.

Form and Function

The innovative design of the the Lenovo Yoga 900 places a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity.  This adds to the overall functionality of the device because it can stand on its own. So, go ahead and scroll through recipes as you are cooking, or check your social feeds while you eat lunch. Set it on your nightstand to fall asleep to a great classic.

Lenovo Yoga Tab Specs

Lenovo Yoga 900 13 13.3-Inch MultiTouch Convertible Laptop (Core...

The Lenovo Yoga 900 features a slick, minimalistic profile.  

The standout feature of this 2 in 1 laptop is the sparkling watchband hinge, ensuring the screen is always secure and stays put. Take a closer look at the base of the hinge, and you will see some clever cooling vents. Lenovo's innovative watchband hinge holds the whole package together, making it easy to switch among multiple modes.

The Yoga 900 has the familiar scallop shaped keys, and two levels of backlighting. The half-sized Shift key is a little frustrating. However, the Yoga 900 has a set of function keys above the number row. That will give you control of dedicated buttons.

There is a reversible USB Type-C port, three other USB ports (two USB 3.0 and a combo USB 2.0/DC-in) for connecting to peripherals. Also, there a SD card reader.

Specifications

Screen Size

13.3in QHD (3200 x 1800) IPS Multitouch Display

Max Screen Resolution

3200 x 1800

Graphics Processor

Intel HD Graphics 520

Processor

Intel Core i7-6500U 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz

RAM

8GB RAM

Memory Speed

1600 MHz

Hard Drive

Flash Memory Solid State

Card Description

Integrated

Wireless Type

802.11.b, 802.11.g, 802.11.n

Weight

1.47 lbs

Dimensions

8.86 x 12.76 x 0.59 in

Customer Reviews and Feedback

Although we are impressed with the slim design, the sound and picture quality, and the long lasting battery life, it’s good to take in some critiques by everyday users of the Lenovo Yoga 900.  

The following reviews were taken from Amazon:  

Buy This Laptop

After an exhaustive search, I came to the conclusion that this is the best 2 in 1 device out there right now for the money.

Pros

  • GORGEOUS screen
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Super thin & super powerful
  • You probably won't use it as an actual 'tablet' much, but I find myself using that 360 hinge more than I thought I would

Cons

  • Trackpad driver needed updated & fiddled with before it felt smooth
  • The power button is located on the side, exactly where you would grab the laptop to move it. I am constantly turning it off by mistake
  • Expect older programs to fail miserably on this high-res screen
  • The power supply annoyingly blocks both sockets on the outlet

Ktho

Great Linux Machine

I used this as a Window machine for a few months after switching from a MacBook Pro that I was using for years. Then, [I] remembered why I hated Windows. So, Ubuntu was thrown on here, and I haven't looked back. I've used this device for almost a year now.  My review will reflect its usage as a linux machine.


I really enjoy using this. Granted, I have no use for tablet mode anymore (besides, it was awkward even as a Windows machine, since the keyboard's keys are now on the bottom and you can feel them), I use the touchscreen almost daily, and that's worked without a hitch. My only real gripe about this machine (even as Windows) is the power button. Located on the side, I've accidentally hit it a few times and it's powered down. But it happens infrequently enough that it's not too much of a bother.


So many usb ports. Your dedicated left and right ones, the USB-C port, and if you just need that one extra, unplug it and use the outlet. Perfect. It doesn't get very hot, just a little warm, so it's fine to stay in my lap all the time.

I really wish you could upgrade some of the specs (ram, for instance). 8gb is good for a lot of things, but I'm a developer, so that means IDEs, emulators, etc. It can handle it really well a lot of the times, but I feel like it just needed a bit more.

Tavon

My Favorite Laptop Ever!

I love this laptop so much it is probably insane. Every single time I use it, I am so very happy. It is light, it feels like nothing. And yet, it is sturdy. The hinges are so great, and feel like they will last. The keyboard is wonderful to type on, I am doing online college and love it.


But, I am almost 30, and I also run the household, and use it for light recreational video games. And the power is a USB port which is great for me because I always mess up the power port. And it charges so fast, I am always happily surprised. I will cry when this laptop dies, which I am sure will be years and years from now. This is worth the money!!!

Jeni

Final Thoughts on The Lenovo Yoga 900

This is a truly well made, intelligently designed, 2 in 1 hybrid tablet with enough muscle for watching the biggest movies and television Hollywood can produce.

The Lenovo Yoga series starts at $1,099 for a new sixth-generation Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a big 256GB SSD for storage. For another $200 you can upgrade to a configuration with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB of solid-state storage.

All of the Yoga 900 have include a very responsive, 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen. For those of you keeping count, that puts this 2 in 1 in the same resolution game as the Apple Retina Display and Microsoft's PixelSense monitors.

Since Lenovo started the trend back in 2013, just about every PC brand makes a hybrid laptop with a hinge that folds back. It a a very popular design because it acknowledges that most hybrid tablet users are looking for a full-time laptop and part-time tablet.

Compromises made when designing the keyboard are the biggest let down, but not enough to turn away from this great product. Other laptop-tablet hybrids might last longer on a charge, but the Yoga 900 is easily one of the best 2-in-1 laptops money can buy.

For those of you familiar with the Yoga 3, the 900 is a bit beefier in size and weight, but leaves the Yoga 3 in the dust when it comes to performance. Without a doubt, Lenovo responded to criticism of the Yoga 3 Pro. They added a bigger battery, much better processor and improved the keyboard. Lenovo also fixed the flexing complaint on the Yoga 3 Pro.

These revisions add up to make the Yoga 900 an improved, thoughtfully designed product.

In conclusion, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is a fully reversible laptop with a touchscreen display. You can count on the picture being clear under most conditions, and the sound is fantastic for a tablet.

Compared to other hybrid, 2 in 1 laptops on the market, we recommend the Lenovo Yoga 900 for its sleek design, portability and performance.

MAINGEAR Gaming PCs – The Gaming Champions Preferred Rig

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Experienced PC gamers rely on high performance and superior quality at all times.

That is why MAINGEAR products are the first choice of serious gamers looking for a customizable platform.

If you are in the market for a gaming pc that is uniquely yours, powered by passion, and takes advantage of the most advanced technology available, then MAINGEAR offers you the gaming pc power you are craving.

Founder Wallace Santos: the MAINGEAR Origin Story

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When MAINGEAR founder Wallace Santos was at a crossroads over whether to start a new business geared toward his love of building PC's or molding or customizing cars engines, he came to the conclusion that one was not necessarily exclusive of the other.

Santos combined the best of both passions by starting a company that aimed to build high-performance, custom PCs that are fine-tuned for the most outstanding, heart-pumping, gaming experience you could want.

Maingear is a private company. Consequently, MAINGREAR is answerable to its founder’s core values, not a faceless crowd of disinterested stock holders.

For that reason, MAINGEAR has continued to shape the custom pc gaming industry by consistently challenging every other manufacturer in the market to achieve excellence above all.

MAINGEAR products have earned awards such as PC Magazine Editors’ Choice and Maximum PC Kick-Ass Editors’ Choice award.

What Gamers Can Expect from a MAINGEAR PC

The two main reasons experienced pc gamers keep coming back to MAINGEAR are (1) they integrate the most advanced technology into their PCs; and (2) the added value of a knowledgeable, dedicated and personable support team.

1. Hand-Built Systems Make the Difference

Believe us when we say that that every detail of your MAINGEAR system will be scrutinized and perfected.  

MAINGEAR’s quality assurance process is one of the biggest reasons you should be confident in your purchase.

From beginning to end, each MAINGEAR system is built by hand.

Once the system is completed and fully integrated, the quality assurance team takes over. The MAINGEAR quality assurance team vigorously test the system. They compare data against a “100-point checklist” before the product is approved.

What this certification process means to you is that when you power up your custom pc from MAINGEAR, it is blissfully ready to to take on whatever gaming challenges are ready to crush.

2. Latest Technology = Optimized Performance

MAINGEAR never stops improving their products. When new technology is available, MAINGEAR is quick to incorporate it into their systems.

  • They are a launch partner with Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and ATI, which translates to providing the most up-to-date performance technology made possible.
  • The audio, video, memory, and processing capabilities are chosen to provide the most immersive, thrilling gaming experience you can get form a PC.
  • There are no proprietary components in the architecture, so MAINGEAR computers are an entirely upgradeable to meet your needs. Also, this is intended to expand the life of your gaming pc.

3. Top-notch Customer Support

The MAINGEAR support culture is a real treat for anyone who has dealt with lackluster customer service in the past.

The support team is straightforward and customer-centered.  This award winning customer service starts with your purchase and continues throughout you pc’s use. Whenever you have concerns, you’ll be well served by a knowledgeable, up front support staff.

MAINGEAR is an Elite member of resellerratings.com, and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

4. Virtual Reality

Because they are powered by the latest Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, MAINGEAR systems are perfected for VR systems. They are well suited for either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headsets.

You can expect to experience the best virtual reality has to offer.

Your experience is driven by the latest VR Ready Nvidia GPU's and Liquid VR enabled AMD GPU’s. Including, any SLI and Crossfire configurations, so you kick your pc gaming up a notch — or ten.

5. Shhhhh…Quiet

The maintenance-free, closed loop liquid cooling makes all the difference when it comes to noise. You can crank up all your settings to high, load up as many applications as you like, and be virtually silent.

6. APEX Liquid cooling

APEX is a groundbreaking approach to liquid cooling. It is as visually stunning as it is revolutionary.

APEX combines the MAINGEAR dual pumps, the pressure regulated parallel cooling, and the high-capacity reservoir into a cooling system that lets you go to 11.

Artfully machined from crystal clear acrylic, APEX is the best performing and most visually stunning liquid cooling solution available.

MAINGEAR understands the threat of poor thermal management and sloppy wiring very seriously, and knows the threat they pose. MAINGEAR assemblers faithfully inspect each system to ensure the most effective airflow.

Each MAINGEAR system is assembled and wired for maximum air-flow.

MAINGEAR Gaming PCs You Should Consider

Why do we think a MAINGEAR PC should be on your wish list?

We appreciate the fact that all of their systems are designed and supported within the U.S. Their systems are had-built and tested for quality and performance – the very same team that builds your pc, supports the machines.

There is no bloatware installed.

Everything installed on these systems is curated for your gaming performance only.

MAINGEAR Vybe - Intel i9 12-Core 7920X, GTX 1080 Ti, 64GB RAM, 512GB...
  • NEW Intel i9 7920X 12-core Processor, GTX 1080 Ti - 60fps gameplay at 1440p and 4K! VR-Ready - Oculus Rift & HTC Vive
  • 12-core CPU, GTX 1080 Ti, RGB Lighting, 64GB RAM, 512GB M.2 SSD, 2TB HDD, Wi-Fi
  • Perfect for Battlefield One, Call of Duty, Overwatch, LoL, Dota 2, PUBG, Skyrim, GTA V, Fallout 4, and more!

Here is a gaming PC that is budget-conscious and designed for limitless upgrades. You will love the flexible configuration. Also, each Vybe is assembled in New Jersey by one man. This is not an assembly line product.

Performance-wise, these computers take a backseat to no one.

Take your pick from any incredible graphics options available from NVIDIA and AMD. Your experience is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processors. You can count on very fast and reliable storage options, all supporting the latest NVME SSDs and 10TB HDDs.

You can opt for up to 64GB of premium Kingston DDR4 memory.

If you are looking to get the most performance out of your Vybe, check out REDLINE. REDLINE is MAINGEAR’s factory tested overclocking service.

You can achieve even more power from the system by safely pushing the limits on the CPU or GPU

REDLINE is made possible by the liquid cooling system working in tandem with their Intelligent Airflow Control.

No matter what the game throws at you, you can handle it with your high performance Vybe.

The Vibe start out at $825.      

MAINGEAR R1 | Razer Edition - Stage 4 Custom Gaming PC - NVIDIA Titan...
  • Boutique build quality with industry-standard components and maximum upgradeability;Maximum 3 Bays Available
  • Designed and optimized for 60 FPS+ performance on Ultra in the latest and most demanding AAA PC games at 4K resolution
  • Powered by the VR-Ready NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) with 12GB of GDDR5X memory

The MAINGEAR R1 is a jaw-dropper.

This is a hand-built, high performance gaming PC that is ready for any challenge. You can make the Razer Edition as uniquely yours as you wish with unparalleled customizable options.

You think of it, they build it.

Simply put, the R1 is everything an accomplished pc gamer could hope for in a system optimized for specifically gaming. It is quiet and stays cool with the the maintenance-free, closed loop liquid cooling technology.

Don’t be afraid to crank up all of the settings to high, the R1 can handle it.

The R1 Razer is the best recommendation we can make for serious Twitch streamers and YouTube.

  • Boutique build quality with industry-standard components and maximum upgradeability
  • Maximum 3 Bays Available
  • Designed and optimized for 60 FPS+ performance on Ultra in the latest and most demanding AAA PC games at 4K resolution
  • Powered by the VR-Ready NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) with 12GB of GDDR5X memory
  • MAINGEAR R1 Razer Edition Chassis
  • ASUS Strix X99 Motherboard
  • Epic 240mm Liquid Cooler
  • 32GB HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD
  • NVIDIA Titan X
  • 750w EVGA 80+ PSU
  • HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, all built in
  • Surround Sound Audio

Amazon customer D. Tornabe had this to say about his Razer Edition: “The MAINGEAR R1 is incredibly well built and beautifully put together with no bloatware. I am an avid gamer, and the games I play have very heavy hardware requirements. I couldn't be happier with my new PC. It does everything I ask of it and more. It's well-built, looks good, and it's the quietest machine I have ever owned. This is the PC I will be using for the next 10 years.”

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ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3” 120Hz 3ms Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen...
  • 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor. 6 cores, up to 3.9GHz (Boost clock)
  • Powerful gaming performance with GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics
  • 120Hz 17.3" Full HD display. Ultra-fast 3ms response time; Battery: 64WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion

MAINGEAR’s customizable laptops are equally as impressive as their desktops.

There are two display sizes to choose from: 15 inch and 17 inch. MAINGEAR laptops can provide a great experience for 3D gaming, Blu-ray viewings, and even video editing capabilities.

MAINGEAR laptops are engineered and assembled with the same award-winning craftsmanship that makes their desktop gaming PCs stand out. Also, you can optimize your laptop however you wish. The team will be happy to pack as much gaming power into your laptop that will fit.

These portable gaming systems are way above the selection you’ll fine at Best Buy or Target.

One reason they aren’t like any off-the-shelf notebook is that your input makes all the difference. These are customizable laptops. You are free to configure them to your specific gaming style. Also, they are bloatware free. You don’t need to uninstall a bunch of useless software to get the most out of your system’s performance capabilities.

Another major advantage of purchasing a custom computer from us is the high level of technical support you receive from our team.

These are very versatile machines. Like the desktops, these machines offer exceptional graphics, lots of fast memory, and the same quality and personal touch you would expect from the MAINGEAR PC line.

Thin and Lightweight

The MAINGEAR Pulse is the lightest, most powerful laptop they have ever produced. The Pulse is only .86” inches thick. We are truly impressed with the ultra-slim bezel 1080p 15.6” display in the form factor of a 14-inch notebook.

Eye-popping Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The PULSE is the thinnest laptop available with a mechanical keyboard. The mechanical switches make for precise commands when it counts.


Combined with a silky smooth, multi-gesture touchpad, you get great accuracy and responsiveness.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

No doubt, the Pulse comes with all the performance power you would expect from a desktop GPU.


Featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB desktop graphics card, the Pulse enjoys the power you’d get from a gaming desktop.


Don’t let the size fool you. This is a serious gaming machine.

MAINGEAR MARC II

The MARC II custom paint process offers you the ability to customize your laptop’s appearance. You can opt for one of the designs offered on the website, or upload your very own artwork.


If you are going to take the time to customize your laptop on the inside, you might as well do it on the outside. Your artwork is applied with a durable high gloss finish.  


There are truly unlimited possibilities with the MARC II customizable exterior.

Game on with MAINGEAR

Product

Details

Price

MAINGEAR Vybe
  • Assembled by one man in New Jersey
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVME SSDs and 10TB HDDs
  • 64GB Kingston DDR4 memory
  • REDLINE's Intelligent Airflow Control
MAINGEAR R1 Razer Edition Stage 4 Custom Gaming PC
  • Boutique build quality
  • Designed and optimized for 60 FPS+ performance
  • Powered by the VR-Ready NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal)
  • 12GB of GDDR5X memory
  • 256GB Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD
MAINGEAR Pulse 15
  • 3D gaming, Blu-Ray viewings, and video editing
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Mechanical gaming keyboard
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • MAINGEAR MARC II

MAINGEAR customers know they can count on superior performance, unmatched quality, and tested dependability.

After avid fans of MAINGEAR are done bragging about the performance and design of their gaming PCs and laptops, they will always come back to the dedicated, award winning support team that consistently exceeds their expectations.

Everyone knows that things happen when dealing with high performance technology, and the best solution to any problem is an enthusiastic and determined customer support culture.

We think the comment on resellerratings.com Derek Allen from sums it up pretty well.

Derek wrote, "I can attest to the homework and research I put into look for a new rig. I looked and read for about a 18 months. I learned about the insides and outsides of PC Gaming rigs and workstations. Everything! Speeds, transfer rates, OS, SSD, M.2, GeForce, Loop cooling and on and on. I have never owned a PC that was liquid cooled and had a radiator. I have never had a computer that you could watch and see the insides of it. I really had no idea of what I was getting into!”

Allen concludes, “The looks of this computer is just awesome. Immediately when I saw this computer, I could tell the work and care that was put into this PC. I know I'm laying this on pretty thick, but I put a lot of time and effort into researching and choosing a new powerful system, and I am so very pleased with Maingear!”

No matter what your gaming style demands, MAINGEAR offers an impressive selections of products that will fit your needs.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 – Making Healthy and Fitness Habits Possible

Samsung Gear Fit 2

Fitness trackers have made a big impact on modern fitness trends. The Samsung Gear Fit2 is a perfect example of how much wearable fitness tracker technology has advanced, and become a part of everyday life.

With the Samsung Gear Fit2 you can:

  • Track your steps count, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep habits.
  • Accurately map your activity with the built-in GPS capabilities.
  • Auto tracking recognizes when you move.
  • Sync with your smartphone to receive notifications.
  • You can store playlists on the GearFit2, and connect with Spotify.

Reach Your Fitness Goals with a Samsung Gear Fit 2

Samsung GearFit 2

The ability to track your fitness is not new. However, smartphones and fitness trackers have truly revolutionized how we evaluate our progress, pushing you towards your goals. The popularity of these devices continues to grow.

What You Need to Know About Fitness Trackers

fitness tracker on a woman

When you start looking for a fitness tracker, the first thing you’ll notice is that the market is saturated with wearable products.

More and more brands are getting in on the trend, offering a seemingly limitless number of models with countless features.  

Whether you are looking at wearable fitness trackers like Fitbit or Garmin, choosing the best wearable tracker is pretty tricky these days.

If you have an older activity tracker, you may only be used to accounting for steps and sleep.

That has all changed.

The new products have built-in heart rate monitors, they are waterproofed for swimming, they have GPS capabilities, and sync with your smartphone for push notifications.

What to Expect from a Fitness Tracker

Before choosing a fitness tracker, you need to think about your expectations.

What do you expect to get out of wearing a tracker — all day and night?

Overall, a good fitness tracker will gather data based on you daily routine. You set a goal for yourself, and the tracker keeps you up-to-date on your progress.

From that information, you can gauge how successful your efforts are.

What Not to Expect from Your Fitness Tracker

There is a fair amount of bad information surrounding fitness tracker technology.

No doubt, it is fueled by the aggressive marketing of these products. Fitness trackers are excellent motivators. They help you stay on top of your goals and account for calorie burning. But they are not expert training tools.

Fitness trackers are great at recording bursts of activity. They are not good at analyzing that data. For example, if you like to do a lot of swimming, only expect to get a report of the movement and heart rate from those activities. You shouldn’t expect to get feedback on form or your specific performance.

Let’s focus for a moment on the common misconceptions surrounding running and cycling data.

Most fitness trackers are not able to accurately report on your pace or distance without GPS technology. So, if you are a dedicated runner or biker, you want to make sure your fitness tracker is GPS ready.

Don’t completely rely on the calorie counter.

Fitness trackers do not accurately count calories burned — the data is based on age, gender, height and weight, and then an estimate is made.

The Key to Getting in Shape with a Fitness Tracker

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When you wear a new fitness tracker, it’s easy to get excited about the changes that are coming. Three months later, the novelty wears off because you haven’t seen the results you wanted.

Like any piece of workout equipment you buy, (a rowing machine, or a yoga mat, or new bike), if you are not taking the time to use it properly and effectively, nothing will change.

You must accept that getting in shape is hard work.

Get a fitness tracker with a built-in heart monitor. Monitoring your BPM during exercise will ensure better results.

Here are a few quick tips for success:

1. Set daily goals

Most trackers come with some preset goals. Start there. After a week, or so, see how you are doing, and make adjustments that challenge you.

2. Micro Challenges

Setting up micro challenges is a great way to keep you moving throughout the day, instead of focusing on total end-of-day results.

3. Get social

Many devices have a social component you can incorporate into your routine. This is a great way to stay motivated by allowing other people to invest in your progress. It will help bring out your competitiveness nature.

4. Keep it on

It is very easy to plug in your tracker for a much needed charging and then forget about it. Look for a tracker with a long battery life.

5. Log what you eat

Studies have shown that writing down what you eat makes a big impact on your diet. If you are looking for a wake up call, try taking an honest, detailed inventory of what you eat, every day, by portion size, weight and calories.

6. Sync devices

Look for devices and apps that will share data with your wearable fitness tracker. If you can sync all of your devices with your routines — running, cycling, swimming, and food consumption — you will get a much better account of your efforts and progress.

Samsung Gear Fit2: Product Overview

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Samsung Gear Fit2- Pink, Medium/Large
  • Track your step count, calories burned, heart rate, sleep Quality and More
  • Map your activity accurately with the built-in GPS
  • Auto tracking recognizes and starts Tracking multiple exercises when you move

With the Samsung Gear Fit2 you can effortlessly keep track of your goals and stay motivated.

The Gear Fit2 utilizes a wide range of tracking sensors to accurately monitor your activity. The device gathers data on steps, calories, heart rate, and sleep schedule.

The Samsung Gear Fit2 automatically identifies the types of activities you are doing. For example, data related to activities such as cycling, running, elliptical, and more can be accounted for with the Gear Fit2.

The Gear Fit2 is water-resistant and comes with built-in GPS tracking capabilities. The super AMOLED screen allows you to see stats in real-time, and you can map any run with GPS.

Best Features of the Samsung Gear Fit2

Samsung Gear Fit2- Pink, Medium/Large

There are so many wonderful features integrated into this product. Let’s drill down on the features that impress us the most.

Workout in Water

man swimming with surfboard

One of the best characteristics of this wearable fitness tracker from Samsung is that the device is water-proof, so you are free to work out in the pool without any worries.

“Water Lock” mode keeps registering your workout no matter what touches the screen. The device is water resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet).

Wear Your Playlist

woman with earphones

Music is a motivator, and there’s nothing like being able to load your calorie burning playlist onto the Gear Fit2 for a great workout.

Additionally, if you have a Spotify account, you can download your favorite songs and playlists to fuel your workout.

The Gear Fit2 holds up to up to 500 tracks.

Better Accountability

woman doing grocery checking the phone

The designers have partnered with Under Armour to provide smart apps allowing you to track a wide variety of exercises, as well as attend to changes in your diet.

What the Amazon Critics Have to Say

We recommend the Samsung Gear Fit2 based on all of the great features integrated into the product.

When you take into account the intelligence behind this product, and the fact that it comes with a price tag of under $150, it is an easy recommend to make.

But let us showcase some reviews from real Amazon customers who have actually bought and used the Samsung Gear Fit2, especially those comments that speak to our concerns and recommendations.

Tested and Approved

Upgraded from a Fitbit to this Gear Fit2 Pro (after my Fitbit got wet and ultimately took a digital dirt nap) and was a little leery about getting another fitness band. After some time, and reading some reviews, I thought i'd give it another try.


First thing, I really like about it is the design: Sleek (more than enough pegs for adjusting to a correct wearing size), good weight, able to download different faces, and it being water-resistant were all clutch features. I don't swim all the time but wanted to give it a quick run under the sink to see how daily use would go. So far so good.


Secondly, …I'm liking Samsung's route of having an actual charging station. I would think it would add extra life to the product, too, since there is no need to plug a cord into the device all the time. Time will tell, I suppose. It, also, seems to be a pretty quick charge which I like as well.


Thirdly, I'm enjoying all the different tracking features this has. I mainly use it for tracking circuits and running which gives a pretty nice detailed report at the end. Also, just hooked up the music library to it which looks like has 2GB of space which is nice since I enjoy being able to change sounds on the fly depending on the workout. It took me a second to figure out what IP to go to, but by following the steps on the app, had no problem loading up the first 35 songs.


Overall giving the Samsung GearFit 2 Pro 5 stars because of the design, ease-to-use, not needing to worry about daily water encounters anymore, charging and playing beats. Sweet.

Adam Brown

Great fitness tracker/hybrid smartwatch

Fits great on my wife’s skinny wrist. Battery lasts about 3 days with heavy use (my wife is constantly chatting with several messaging apps). Notifications and quick responses work great with her Galaxy phone. The touch screen is smooth and responsive; looks great too. Very impressed. This is essentially a hybrid between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.


Took about 2 hours to charge up to 100% out of the box. Note that it does not come with a wall charger, just the cord and dock. I didn't notice this in the description, but it does say that. We have others lying around so it isn't a big deal, especially considering how long it goes without needing a charge. I haven't tried other fitness trackers, so I can't really compare them, but I do have a Gear S2 smartwatch and the similarities between the devices is impressive. Haven't had any problems with it tracking steps or heart rate.

Daniel Schneider

Glad I took the chance and bought it

I am not one to review items. However, after reading through all the reviews, especially the negative ones, I felt compelled to share my experience.


The negative reviews almost discouraged me from buying this item, but I am so glad I took a chance and bought it. I was initially concerned about it falling off as some posters claimed happened. If you simply put the band through the loop, like a belt, then it stays on. I went on two, 5 mile runs and had no problem with it falling off.


I was also concerned about the accuracy of GPS, as I am an avid runner. To test its accuracy, I wore the Gear fit 2 on one arm, and my Garmin watch on the other, and the data matched exactly every time I tested it.

I really love the features of this device, and was surprised at how comfortable it was.

Jeff Bidwell

The Ultimate Fitness Partner

It is self defeating to think that just because you strap a fitness tracker to your wrist all of those enduring bad habits will change overnight.

As we said, it is critical to your success that you approach your new fitness gadget with the correct attitude.

A wearable fitness tracker is not a substitute for your willpower. Just like an expensive treadmill or set of free weights, if you don’t use them regularly, everything stays the same.

That being said, we believe it is truly possible for you to attain your goals with this ultimate fitness partner. The Samsung Gear Fit2 is durable, swim-ready, syncs with many apps, plays your music, keeps track of your stats and maintains total connectivity.

Logitech G430 – Completing and Enhancing Your Gaming Experience

Logitech G430 - Completing and Enhancing Your Gaming Experience

Gamers love good sound. Gamers need good sound.

To get the most out of your gaming experience, you will need a headphone set that allows you to hear the enemy before the enemy hears you.

The Logitech G430 7.1 DTS Gaming Headset offers the level of comfort and life-like sound that even the most discerning pc gamers will appreciate.

At a price tag for less than $50 on Amazon, you will search long and hard for a reason not to try them out.

Logitech G430 Headphones Made for Modern Gaming

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Logitech G430 7.1 DTS Headphone: X and Dolby Surround Sound Gaming...
  • DTS Headphone: X and Dolby 7. 1 surround Sound: experience an immersive 360-degree sound field that lets you hear what you can't see
  • Built for comfort: lightweight design and soft sport cloth ear cups with 90-degree swivel for maximum comfort and a personalized fit
  • Folding, noise-cancelling boom mic: reduces background noise for clear voice pick up and rotates up and out of the way

Truth: Gaming is Social.

The absurd notion of a dedicated PC gamer sitting alone in their parent’s basement for hours and hours, playing mindless videos games on a dusty game console and forgoing any human interaction for a few golden coins is not only insulting, but it simply isn’t true.

That scenario is nothing more than a lazy, late night, talk show joke.

The reality of contemporary pc gaming is very different.

With the advancement of online gaming, MOAB games, eSports, and gaming tournaments, PC gaming has transformed into a shared experience with a positive outcome dependent upon effective teamwork and communication.

Gaming has grown into a very popular spectator sport as made evident by the success of ESPN’s Rift Rival competitions featuring celebrity gamers such as Tyler “ninja” Blevins and All “Myth” Kabbani.

As gaming laptops have evolved, it is easier for gamers to schedule meet-ups at local comic book stores or on college campuses, making gaming a much more social activity compared to years past.

In fact, a Pew Research Report reveals that PC gaming play an important role in the creation of a teens’ friendship.

Take a moment to appreciate these published stats:

  • More than half of teens have made new friends online, and a third of them (36%) say they met their new friend (or friends) while playing video games. Among boys who have made friends online, 57% have done so by playing video games online.
  • Nearly a quarter (23%) of teens report that they would give a new friend their gaming handle as contact information.

Technology plays a huge part in this social activity. Picture and sound work hand in hand bringing the designer’s vision to life.

Here, we will spotlight the many reasons why the Logitech G430 Headphones will be an asset to you and your team.

Choosing the Right Headset Makes All the Difference

Second only to picture, sound is the most important aspect of an totally immersive, reliably accurate, and most victorious experience — whether you are playing online, on a console, or in a group setting.

  • Consider Your Gaming Platform

Choosing the right headset makes all the difference. Take into consideration which platform you play on and the types of games you play.

  • Comfort is Key

Most gamers don’t play for 10 or 15 minutes. Gaming sessions can reach up to several hours. Most gamers don’t play for 10 or 15 minutes.

You need a headset that won’t drive you crazy after 30 minutes of play. You want a headset that doesn’t intrude on your concentration.

A great headset will to add to the experience, not take away from it.

If you play for many hours at a time, you need to pick a headset that is non-intrusive and very comfortable.

  • Microphone

You must clearly communicate with other players in the game. That means you need a headset with a hands-free, built-in microphone with noise cancellation.  That will guarantee that when you talk to your fellow players, you will be clearly understood.

  • Durability

When choosing a set of gaming headphones, you want to make sure the product is well made. You want a product that will last.

Looking great is one thing, but if the headphones start falling apart after a few long gaming sessions, what’s the point?

Make sure that top quality materials are used in any headphones you purchase.

  • Sound Quality

Superior sound is a "must have" when it comes to choosing the right gaming headset.

Competitive gaming requires you to trust the sounds you hear.

Being able to pick up on environmental sounds is absolutely essential to team victory. Your chances of survival in a game depends on instant reactions to specific sound queues.

To ensure your best efforts and that you consistently have the competitive edge, you need headphones that deliver accurate sound.

Logitech G430: Gaming Features

Controls

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The Logitech G430 features on-cable controls, so you can easily adjust the volume or mute as needed. Audio controls are located on the 2.3-meter cable.

Surround Sound Experience

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The best gaming experience comes from the feeling that you are immersed in the world the designers have created.

The Logitech Dolby 7.1 and DTS Headphones let you hear your game the way the developers intended.

Rotating Ear Cups

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You don’t want to be distracted by an annoying, ill-fitting pair of headphones. The G430 multi-positional ear cups pivot for a secure, personalized fit. They can rotate 90 degrees and lay flat, if you like. The lay-flat design makes them much more accommodating for travel, and much more comfy when resting on your neck.

Sports Performance Ear Pads

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Comfort is key when gaming for long hours.

Uncomfortable headphones can be a real distraction from your best gaming skills. The G430 ear pads are lined with a unique, sports-performance cloth that is soft to the touch and very comfy.

We really like that fact that you can remove the cloth cover to wash.

Lightweight Design

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Don’t lose your concentration.

The G430 ear cups are slimmer and lighter than others on the market, yet the audio quality remains top notch.

Noise Cancelling Mic

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When the rubber meets the road in gaming, you need to be able to speak with your team clearly. Background noise can interfere with your ability to communicate. The Logitech G430B Mic adjusts so that just your voice comes through.

Logitech G430 7.1 DTS: Customer Reviews

It’s good to get a sense of what people who own and use the product have to say about the performance and durability. The following are reviews that real Amazon customers have left regarding the Logitech G430.

I bought these to replace a high end Astro headset with an external amplifier. After it broke due to poor quality, and being out $200 for my trouble, I needed something that would work for long-term use. Some looking around, and the [Logitech G430 7.1 DTS] kept coming up in people's recommendations. I pulled the trigger without reading all the way, expecting a bog standard, cheapo headset with the bog standard 3.5mm jack, something I'd probably use as a stopgap until finding something a bit more substantial.

Comfy, great sound, with a USB sound card! All for $40!

My expectations were exceeded in just about every way possible!


Let's talk about comfort. The headset is light, without feeling cheap, which is a huge bonus for something being worn for hours at a time. There's enough padding on the headband that I don't have to worry about the plastic digging into my scalp. The ear-cups are just big enough, and despite having some misgivings when I first bought them, and got my hands on them (the fabric feels "crinkly" in the hand), hours later, there's no fatigue. A pleasant surprise.


Sound quality is utterly equivalent, at least to my ears, with my previous Astro set which was connected over optical. In other words, excellent. Highly, highly recommended!

Michael Parks

I love, love, love this headset!!!


Comfortable, crystal clear mic, 7.1 surround sound, nice build quality and it looks darned nice too!

Logitech Hit a Home Run with this Headset

If you are concerned with durability, my experience after 6 months of almost daily use is that I have not had a single issue. No cracks, breaks, tears, failures or diminished sound quality. It looks, functions and sounds like brand new to this day.


Considering the overall quality and functionality of this headset, at this price point, it's a no-brainer. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

Jedz

For the money, you can't get a better set of PC headphones. Mind you, they're not $200 SteelSeries, but they're 80% of that — at 30% the cost. We now have three pairs (everyone in the family), and have had zero problems with them.


For Stereo sound, these are full sounding and reasonably clear. There's a little mud, but if you're used to headphones in the low-mid range (up to $100), these will match up very, very well.


The artificial surround is surprisingly good in Guild Wars 2, with good directional field despite a little more mud in the sound overall —  some would call the mud "fullness." In FPS gaming, the surround leaves a bit more to be desired.


In TeamSpeak or Mumble the microphone is quite clear, much better than most of our teammates. If you're not into push-to-talk, the thresholds are pretty easy to configure, plus there's a mute switch on the volume controller that is usually within easy reach if you can spare the hand.

The included USB sound card is a good add, well-aligned to the capabilities of the headset.

Great Price, Great Value, Good Quality

This is easily the most comfortable headset I've ever used. I have difficulty with my ears hitting the speaker in many headsets, and I don't like a lot of weight on the top of my head. These headphones solve both problems. The clamping force is enough to keep the headset in place while using the top pad only to keep alignment; and the depth of the speaker cups ensures my ears don't contact the plastic around the speaker.


There have been some complaints about the pivot joint where the earpiece meets the headband. I can see this being a weak point, but after a few years, we've not seen one break yet.


All in all, an exceptional value. Until I'm willing to invest in a set of high-end full-surround headphones, these are my go-to.

Kalmirn

What the Critics Have to Say

It is easy to recommend this product after considering the sound quality, style, design and functionality of the Logitech G430 Headset.

When you combine those features with a price tag of under $50, the Logitech G430 is a super product for any gamer.

However, not everyone is satisfied with the Logitech G430 gaming headphones.

We think it is beneficial to point out what some of the “less impressed” purchasers have observed.

Some users have complained that, even after a firmware upgrade, their mic performance was less than what they expected.  Others have had experiences where the ear cups come apart, and the controller wire shorts out over time.

However, even the detractors are quite impressed with the sound quality and accuracy, as well as the overall comfort. Their expressed concerns are mostly related to the durability of the product.

Logitech G430 7.1 DTS: Product Specs

The Logitech G43O brings with it impressive surround sound and comfort for long gaming sessions. The noise cancellation microphone is a must-have.  The product looks good and is well made.

DTS Headphone: X and Dolby 7.1 surround sound

You will enjoy an immersive, 360-degree sound field, allowing you hear what you cannot see.

Built for comfort

Very impressive lightweight design. The soft, sport cloth ear cups are made for comfort, and the useful 90-degree swivel contribute to a personalized fit.

Folding, noise-cancelling boom mic

Reduces background noise for clear voice pick up.  Mic rotates up and out of the way for convenience.

Impedance

32 Ohms

On-cable sound controls

Volume dial and mute switch for audio adjustments.

Compatibility

Works with PS4 and Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista computers.

Headphone Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz.

Microphone Pickup pattern

Cardioid (Unidirectional)

Microphone Frequency response

50-20KHz.

Get Your Game On

We really like this product. Even though some users have been less than impressed, the overall impression from gamers is that the Logitech G430 delivers on all things that matter: comfort, superior sound and price.