Posted In:Gadgets and Gizmos Archives - Pligg

standard

The Best eBook Readers on the Market

May 23, 2017 - By 

Prefer to read books on the screen rather than by the page? Tired of all the clutter that comes with once-read books? Looking to streamline your reading routine?

30% of readers read from eBook reader last year, and if you’ve never tried them out for yourself, now might be the time!

The unique and attractive benefits of this cutting-edge technology include:

  • Portability. Rather than crammed bookshelves, thousands of titles can fit within one device
  • Environmental benefits. Less paper and packaging costs.
  • Instant downloading, rather than searching for it in the bookstore or waiting for it to arrive in the mail.
  • On-demand entertainment and convenience. Whether it’s learning how to level up your blog or repair your Yamaha WaveRunner XLT1200 Jet Ski, ebook Readers allow you to access infinite information from your fingertips.

Yet, with so many models on the market, it may feel overwhelming to find the right eBook reader for you. Luckily, we’ve done the research, and have come up with the ultimate list for you!

Let’s dig in!

The Hottest E-Book Readers on the Market

Best in Price

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Retails for $99.99

Why we love it

  • At $99.99, it’s one of the most affordable eBook readers on the market
  • Single charge lasts from 6-8 weeks
  • Can hold it comfortably with just one hand
  • Comfortable and appropriate lighting for a variety of settings
  • Includes Smart Lookup, which provides dictionary access and Wikipedia for increased learning
  • Available for free, 2-day shipping if you already have Amazon Prime
  • Access to the Kindle store

Best Large Screen

Kobo Aura One

Retails for $229.99

Why we love it:

  • Waterproof from the inside out, because who doesn’t love reading in the bathtub or poolside?
  • Seamless integration with your local, public library
  • Up to 1-month battery life
  • Can store up to 6,000 ebooks
  • Premium large screen with adaptability for large text
  • Access to Kobo marketplace and variety of accessories
  • Connects with Wifi/3G

Best Premium eBook Reader

Amazon Kindle Oasis

Retails for $289.99

Why we love it:

  • Lightest Kindle market on the market. 30% thinner than the rest. This means more comfortable reading for you. It also means taking up less space in your bag or suitcase,
  • Crafted technology designed to “rest” in your hand like a book. Suitable for one-handed reading (who doesn’t want that?)
  • Built-in light features 60% increased LED compared to other Kindle models
  • Automatically charges when cover is snapped on (no pesky cords)
  • Premium leather charging case included in price
  • Can connect with WIFI or 3G

Best Compatibility Features

Nook Glowlight Plus

Retails for $99.99

Why we love it:

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Naturally adjustable lighting that’s evenly dispersed
  • Six-week battery from a single charge
  • Seamlessly integrates with all devices
  • Supports local library access and borrowing
  • Free lifetime in-store Barnes & Noble customer support

Best for Sensitive Eyes

Kobo Aura H20

Retails for $159.99

Why we love it:

  • Extra-large no-glare touchscreen designed to look like actual paper print
  • ComfortLight directs the light on the page- rather than your eyes
  • High-definition quality
  • Waterproof and dustproof (drying cloth included!)
  • Options to customize- 24 font sizes, 11 font types, adjustable margins, ability to highlight, jot down notes, and its own dictionary

When Should You Consider a Tablet?

Interested in streamlining your book library while also being able to surf the Internet, take photos, or email?

Looking for something portable and accessible (and bigger than just a cell phone?)

If so, tablets might be for you. In addition to providing reader capabilities, they also allow for various other tasks, such as playing games, email, phone calls, social media, etc.

These can be excellent tools in the workplace or school. They also make for great sources of knowledge and entertainment for people of all ages.

But, with so many models on the market, it can feel tough to narrow down your choices. We’ve done the hard work for you. We recommend you consider checking out the following models:

Best in Price

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

Retails for: $64.99

Why we love it:

  • At $64.99, it’s one of the most affordable and effective, all-inclusive tablets on the market
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Stunning HD display with clear resolution and fantastic lighting
  • Alexa integration: can ask questions, get up-to-date news, and control your home with a simple request

Best for Apple Fanatics

Apple iPad

Retails for $329+

Why we love it:

  • Seamless integration with your other Apple products and tools (Macbook, iPhone, iCloud)
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • HD camera
  • Over 1 million apps available (through Apple app store)
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Variety of fonts, texts, and colors
  • Can be covered under AppleCare for additional cost

Best for Kids

Fire Kids Edition Tablet

Retails for $99.99

Why we love it:

  • Includes 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (excellent educational tools and games for children)
  • Attractive, sturdy case included with price
  • 2-year warranty guarantee. Perfect for clumsy kids
  • Unlimited access to kid-friendly books (promotes fun in learning)
  • Parental controls for monitoring
  • Makes for a great gift for the child in your life

Narrowing down Your Decision?

Some points to consider:

  • Where do you do most of your reading? If you’re a bathtub, poolside, or beach reader, we highly recommend waterproof models!
  • Does weight matter? Do you want it to “feel” like an actual book (lightweight and easy to flip through) or do you mind if it feels more like a screen?
  • Do you want a device that can “do it all?” If so, we highly recommend looking into tablets, as they provide tremendous bang for your buck.
  • What’s your budget? Technology prices can dramatically vary. An effective eBook reader can range from $60 to upwards of $400.

How to Take Advantage of Your Ebook Reader

Did you know that these powerful devices can be used for so much more than just books?

At Pligg, our extensive library offers everything from repair manuals to documents to software to music- all downloadable, all instantaneous, and all right to your streaming device.

We are constantly adding new content. In our database, we pride ourselves in featuring whatever is hot on the market, and we pride ourselves in being able to provide a totally customized experience for you.


standard

Which Night Vision Scope is Right for You

February 21, 2017 - By 
night vision

My first experience with night vision technology wasn’t in real life. What caught my imagination was that scene in Jurassic Park where Tim Murphy picks up the fancy looking night vision goggles and is then told by the lawyer to put them down because “those are probably expensive.”

I suddenly saw myself out in the pre-historic bush hunting velociraptors in the dark.

Now that I’m a grown man, I hunt other things in the dark. Which is why I use the best night vision scope. They don’t look as fancy as the goggles in Jurassic Park, but they are better.

1. Armasight CO-Mini 3 Alpha

This is technically a conversion piece, but it’s my go-to when I need a something reliable for medium range magnified night vision.

It Features:

  • Manual gain adjustment
  • A third generation vision scope
  • A QD mount for Picatinny rail systems
  • 1x magnification capability
  • Daytime optics conversion

2. ATN Thor-HD

This all-digital night vision scope is closest to what I saw in Jurassic Park and dreamed of using as a kid. This all digital device will give you full-color images instead of the traditional monochrome output.

It Features:

  • A digital thermal scope setting
  • A Color Display
  • Multiple digital reticle patterns for target variation
  • Has a long battery life for long hunts
  • Can run on one battery
  • Attaches to any standard Picatinny rail

3. Pulsar Apex XD50

A step down from the Thor as far as color goes, this digital wonder gives you vibrant images. It is clearly designed for long distance shooting as I can spot a target from 1400 yards on any given night.

It Features:

  • A wireless remote control for remote setup
  • A 1.9x magnification for long distance spotting
  • High-resolution imagery that is superior to tube imaging
  • Displays thermal signatures from 1400 yards away
  • It’s definitely one of the longest range night vision scopes on the market today.

4. Armasight Nemesis 6X Gen2+ SDi

Armasight definitely had hunters in mind when they built the Nemesis. It’s an interesting combination of second generation night vision technology with high powered magnification clear enough to feel like you’re standing in front of the target.

It Features:

  • Second generation night vision technology
  • 6 power magnification (highly powerful)
  • An auto-brightness control for easy hands-free use
  • It attaches to standard Picatinny rails
  • Includes an illuminated red center cross reticle
  • Made with sturdy waterproof construction for any weather situation

5. Pulsar N750 Digisight

This sight is a basic go-to sight. It works well enough.

It doesn’t stand out among the competition but it’s affordable. It doesn’t touch the geek side.

But when you need something dependable that won’t break the bank, the Pulsar N750 will do for just about any situation.

It Features:

  • A digital night vision scope
  • Second generation style technology
  • A long eye relief to keep any sort of distraction out
  • A built-in IR illuminator so you don’t have to purchase one
  • OLED display
  • A video out feature if you want to capture the hunt

Conclusion:

There are many fine rifle night vision scopes out there today. If you pick one that fits your needs and your preferences, you will see clearly in the dark for a long time.

What are you favorite night vision scopes? Let me know. And, as always, stay on target!