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1830 is the year when the first lawn mower was invented. At that time this lawn mower used spiral blades that were between 5-8 in number. This first mower relied on pushing the mower for the blades to rotate therefore cutting the grass.

Nowadays the market is full of different types of lawn mowers that you can use to cut grass and maintain your lawns. They have advanced technologically, and you can use electricity, batteries or gas to power them.

All the existing types of lawn mowers come with different features, merits, and capabilities. In this buying guide, we have listed the different types of their pros and cons.

The different types of lawn mowers that we shall look at in this buying guide include push reel mowers, self-propelled mowers, hover mowers, riding lawn mower and robot mower.

1. Push Reel Lawn Mowers

Push Reel Lawn Mower

Push reel mowers were the first type of mowers to be used in lawn and yard care. When using this type of mower, all you do is push it across the area on your lawn where you want to cut grass. While pushing, there is a cylinder which will spin and as a result make the blades to rotate thereby cutting grass.

This traditional reel lawn mower is a perfect option for you who prefers using environmental friendly garden tools every time you want to care for your lawns.

Not only that this mower free of gas emission and not using electric power, but this mower also produces less noise, so minimal chance for your neighbors to complain about the noise when you are mowing your lawn with this tools.

How Push Reel Mowers Works

This type of lawn mower entirely depends on you to move from one point of your lawn or yard to the other.

It uses a blade that spins to chop grass like scissors that will leave the grass well manicured and healthy. Below is a video describing how this mower functions.

Protips: When shopping for this type of lawn mower, you should look for one that is not heavy. The heavier the push mower, the harder it will be for you to push it around your lawn.

So it is essential to look for a mower that will be easy maneuver within the lawn. You should also note that while it is important to go for a mower that has a large deck, you should also remember that a large deck increases the weight of the mower.

The secret here would therefore, be to look for a mower that has a medium deck and is lightweight.

If you are a lawn owner who is okay with doing some workout in-form of pushing a lawn mower around the yard, then it would be an excellent option to go for this type of lawn mower.

As long as you find good quality type of push mower, cutting the grasses in your lawn will not be a challenging task.

Pros
  • These are the most environmental friendly type of mowers. There is no use of gas or electricity
  • Easy to carry and store.
  • They do not spread grass clippings all over the lawn while using as some lawn mowers do
  • Good option to go for especially if you are looking to exercise while taking care of your lawns and backyard
Cons
  • Only ideal for use in small-medium sized lawns that do not need a lot of grass cutting.
  • It becomes challenging to push the mower in places that have thick and tall grass. It can be frustrating using these types of lawn mowers.

2. Self-propelled Lawn Mowers

Self-propelled Lawn Mowers

This lawn mower is also known as Walk Behind Power Lawn Mower. The basic idea is similar with push lawn mower that we’ve mentioned earlier, but this type of lawn mower does not require you to exert your energy to pull the mower, as it has a system that propels it.

All the user has to do when using this type of lawn mower is to steer or guide it in the right direction while mowing.

Because of this self-propelling feature, these types of lawn mowers tend to be more expensive than mowers that require pushing in order to move them from one point of the lawn to the other.

These type of mowers are-vehicle like in-terms of how they move. Their drive system is designed in such a way that the user engages it by squeezing something known as a bail which then propels the mower forward. These mowers are good snow throwers and breakers.

It is ideal for individuals who prefer effortless lawn mowing rather than using their effort to push the mower around the lawn.

How to Operate Self-propelled Lawn Mower

Once you press the bail, the mower will not only start moving forward, but this action will also activate the blades to start spinning.

Since the mower has started moving, the operator will only direct or guide its movement. The blades will immediately cease spinning, and the mower will stop moving if you stop your grip or release your hand from the bar.

These mowers come in variable and single speed models. These types of mowers can also be a rear, front or all-wheel drive. It is simple to use self-propelled mowers that have front wheel drive system because all you have to do to turn the mower is by merely tipping and raising the front wheels a bit and the mower will be good to turn.

If your type of lawn is flat, then you should consider buying a self-propelled mower with front-wheel drive. You can find cordless electric or gas-powered mowers that are self-propelled.

Pros
  • These types of mowers will help you save not just energy alone but time also. You do not have to push it in order for it to move
  • Their performance is outstanding whether your lawn is flat, steep or rugged. It is the best type of lawnmower for uneven ground.
  • Self-propelled mowers can cut grass even in large lawns of up to 1.5 acres without experiencing problems using it
Cons
  • More expensive than the non-self-propelled machines.
  • More noise comes from the machine
  • Needs quite extensive maintenance

Protips: When looking for a mower for your yard or lawn, you should first decide whether you need something that will be propelling itself or something that is light and easy to push.

Grass cutting on the lawn can be easy and quick if the type of mower you use is easy to maneuver around your yard and has outstanding grass management techniques.

3. Hover Mowers

hover mower

This type of mower which invented by Karl Dahlman in 1964 has a unique way to cut the grass since it uses air cushion to make this works.

With hover mower, you can move the from one side to the other very easily making them ideal for use in any positions within your lawn. This is due to the air cushion makes the mower a little bit lifted up from the ground.

How does a hovering lawn mower work?

A thing for sure, they work differently from rotary lawn mowers and other types of mowers that move on wheels.

The unit of the mower gets lifted up from the ground the moment some air is pushed through the blades by the impeller. The grass only touches the blades as the rest of the mower remains afloat on the grass therefore making it easy to move the mower from one point to the next.

Most of its parts are made from plastic material which is the reason why they are very light. The only downside about hover mowers is the fact that they do not perform well when it comes to trimming flower beds or edges.

Pros
  • These are easily portable and maneuverable as they are light and can be carried easily when mowing or from the lawn to the store
  • They are a great pick for people looking for a mower that can help them cut grass on sloping lawns or lawns that have obstacles
Cons
  • Some of them are heavier than some wheeled mowers. However, a significant number of hover mowers are light
  • With hover mower, you are not able to create the attractive stripes for your lawn

4. Robotic Mowers

robotic mowers

These mowers are yet to win the hearts of many lawn mowers because of some programming hitches that have been reported about them. This is a unit that will cut grass in the area that you have set it to do so.

If you have been looking for a mower that lets you sit and relax while it does the mowing then this you have the answer. What you need to do to use this mower is to place a wire within the area that you want the area to work on.

This wire will act as a boundary and the mower will make sure that all the grass within the set boundary is cut and manicured. This mower was made for individuals with busy schedules and people who cannot find time to do the mowing.

This mower is expensive and if you are on a budget and do not want to spend a lot of money on a mower then this is not the best option for you.

But if you are a person looking for a mower that can help cut grass on your lawn without worrying about the price, then this is the best pick for you especially if you are always busy.

Pros
  • Time saving and you can always perform other tasks as the mower does grass cutting work on the lawn
  • These are the most environmentally friendly type of mowers. There is no use of gas or electricity
  • Comes with advanced technology that is not available in other types of lawn mowers. This technology helps save effort and energy
  • Storage of this mower is easy and has no problems. It is small and lights making it very easy to transport and carry to the store
  • This mower does not leave large and visible tracks on the lawn because of its small size and lightweight
Cons
  • It is expensive
  • This mower is slow and it cannot handle thick and tall grass without experiencing challenges. Because of its small size, it cannot handle thick and large portions of grass. The cutting widths are not large enough
  • The battery life of this mower is short therefore not able to cut grass on large lawns.
  • Getting spare parts is challenging, and it is also complicated to repair it if it gets damaged

5. Riding or Ride-on Lawn Mowers

riding mower

Zero turn lawn mowers are a type of riding lawn mowers that are designed in such a way that the operator sits on the mower and rides on the mower while it eats grass.

These mowers come with steering wheels so that the operator can maneuver easily, but compared to a walk-behind mower, ride on mowers lack grass cutting precision.

However, these mowers are still good mulching mowers that will leave your lawn looking stunning. One of the notable disadvantages of riding lawn mowers is their inability to perfectly work on areas on the lawn that have obstacles or bumps.

The other type of riding mower that also works excellently is lawn tractor. The functioning of lawn tractors is the same as that of riding mowers but the only difference that exists between these two mowers is the design or structure.

A ride on mower is ideal for lawn owners who prefer using a mower that does not require them to use energy or push.

Pros
  • No matter the type of lawn, these mowers will cut grass and manicure your lawns leaving them looking stunning without damaging grass.
  • The noise is much less than what is produced by some power mowers, electric mower, and some rear-roller mowers.
  • It is a good mower that does not damage grass and promotes lawn aeration for healthy growth of grass
Cons
  • It is not as good as some hedge trimmers as the cutting width or dimension is a bit narrow
  • The engine is not robust as it may encounter problems cutting thick and tall grass

General Tips Before Decide Which Type of Lawn Mowers for You

If you are planning to purchase a mower to support one of your lawn care activities, it is not only important to look for a mower that can get the work done but you should also consider other factors such as deck size, weight, and product registration details. You want a mower that you can easily find parts for repair just in case it breaks down.

Do not forget that the size of your lawn should also be a factor to consider in the long run as you do not want to buy a lawnmower that does not have the power to complete mowing after a few passes.

You now have the relevant information every lawn owner needs to have before going ahead to shop for a lawn mower. Make sure that the mower you are planning to buy suits you and has the important features that can enable it work to excellently even in unfavorable conditions. Go and get a mower that will help transform your home into a beautifully manicured place full of amazing lawns.

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So you want to be the next big name on YouTube as a vlogger and making money on YouTube? If this describes you then there are a few things you must put into consideration in order to drive the viewer traffic to your YouTube channel and become popular on YouTube before you know it.

This article will take you through a step by step guide on how to get started on YouTube and become the next badass vlogger that you probably want to be right now as you read this.

First things first, how do you get started or what is the starting point when you want to grow your channel?

It is always important to start building your YouTube Empire from scratch and see yourself become the famous YouTuber you have always dreamt of becoming.

Here are some tips you should consider in order to become a famous Youtuber:

1. Identify a name for your YouTube channel

It all starts with the name of your channel once you have created an account. Creating an account is as easy as a walk in the park and once you’re done with this step what should follow is a name for your channel.

How do you want to market yourself on YouTube and social media in general? The name should not just be attractive or unique but you should as well be able to give it a sophisticated touch that will make a statement on YouTube once you start using it.

Take your time and think about a name that suits your content or what you want to be on YouTube. It should be an easy to remember name that users can search and find you easily.

The username of your choice can either be something related to your channel or your personality. You should know that the name you choose will not just be used on YouTube but other social media platforms where you will be marketing your content.

2. Use of keywords in your video title

Keywords are not only important when used in web content but they are also very important when used to create titles for your YouTube videos. It starts by finding out what your audience to be is looking for on YouTube.

If you want your channel content to be easily discoverable on YouTube then you must be able to craft the best metadata which includes tags, keywords, description and title.

The types of keywords you use depend on the type of content you will be producing for your viewers. By now you definitely comprehend that successful YouTube channels do not just rely on high quality content or type of content alone but by use of keywords that make the channels discoverable on YouTube.

There are some very important tools you can always take advantage of when you want to learn how craft an engaging and easily discoverable title or metadata to help grow your YouTube channel.

These tools include Google Trends, YouTube trends and YouTube’s autocomplete search bar. Here you will be able to know how to use keywords and how to promote your YouTube channel easily.

When describing your channel you must also inform the reader what it’s about and inform the viewer about other places they can find your content.

The last thing that comes after this is a call to action which may be requesting people to subscribe to your YouTube channel and take advantage of a special offer which could be an eBook or something you want to share with them.

Before we wrap it up on keywords usage, it’s also important to note that the titles you use must be snappy and precise giving a quick insight of your video’s content.

3. Promote your channel – Market your brand, channel and yourself

Do not just rely on YouTube when it comes to reaching out to your viewers. There are also other social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat you can always market your YouTube channel.

YouTube isn’t the only channel you can always promote yourself on but there are several other platforms offering you a chance to meet your audience and tell them more about your brand.

Video thumbnail is also an essential aspect when it comes to marketing and promoting your video. By creating an attractive and easy to recognize thumbnail will help you to increase the Click-Through Rate (CTR) of your video.

But, avoid trying to increase your Youtube CTR using thumbnails or titles that are not relevant or mislead (aka clickbait). When your viewer realize that your video is not related with the thumbnail, they tend to close or end to view the video. Which mean average view duration will be very low, and Youtube are less likely to recommend that type of video for the users.

4. Grow your Youtube channel – Keep creating high quality & engaging content for your audience

You should make sure that the quality of your YouTube content is top notch. Your videos should be high quality by ensuring that you follow some vlogging guides by the famous vloggers.

Gear up yourself with the recommended devices to help you create a good video, like use the recommended camera for making a Youtube video, use camera stabilizer if you vlogging mobile, etc.

Be sure also to create content that able to engage your audience, for an example if you are a travel vlogger, your viewers should be interested with all the things that related with your travel experiences, travel gears, or tips and trick while traveling and so on.

5. Understand who your competitor is and link up with other YouTubers like you

You definitely want to be the best so you should be able to know what other vloggers like you are doing so as to be able to beat them and be the trending channel that’s a must watch.

Find if there are some platforms and opportunities that your competitors have not noticed and be the first one to use those avenues to increase the number of viewers subscribing to your channel.

Find out if there are special high ranking keywords that competitors do not use and include them in your title or metadata.

If there are other people doing what you are doing on YouTube or those with successful Youtube channels you should work with them maybe by collaborating or getting video ideas and using that to become a YouTube channel icon or star. There are several viewers out there looking to see you collaborate with someone doing a similar thing like you.

Summary

In summary, the following is a complete list of what you should do to make sure that you grow your YouTube channel and become a YouTube star.

  • Come up with your channel name or a name that people will use to find you on YouTube
  • Make sure that your titles are keyword optimized
  • Market yourself on YouTube and other platforms
  • Collaborate with other YouTubers
  • Create high quality and engaging content
  • Reach out to your audience and ask them to subscribe to your channel
  • Engage your viewers
  • Repeat again

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Gaming consoles are just getting better and better as years pass. In fact, they have evolved at an exponential pace that it would be a bummer if you will simply hook it up to an ordinary 1080p TV. Thus, to enjoy a one of a kind gaming experience, 4K TVs for gaming is a must.

There are many reasons why an ordinary high-resolution TVs will not be enough if you are hooked on Xbox or PS4 gaming all day long.

First, compared a regular full HD 1080p TV with only 1920×1080  resolution, 4K televisions have 3840×2160. Hence, you are getting superb color accuracy and overall picture quality. In addition, 8 million pixels in a 4K TV makes graphics clearer and crisper.

If you are in a search for the best 4K HDR TV for gaming, this article is definitely for you.

With tens of thousands of options in the market today, we will help select an ultimate choice by presenting you the advantages and disadvantages of top brands and also give you guidelines to help you choose the proper 4K television for gaming.

Best 4K Television for Gaming 2018

Choosing the products that you will never regret is such a daunting task. When it comes to choosing HDR gaming TV, there is no “one size fits all” principle. You need to determine what you need and choose the best product that offers you a great deal.

Below are just some of the best 4K ultra HD TV for video gaming:

Product NameMax. Refresh RateInput Lag TimeGame Mode
Capable?
Display
Technology
Ports
LG OLED55C7P120 hz21msYesOLED4HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
Sony XBR55X930E120 Hz26msYesLED4 HDMI; 3 USB; 1 Digital Optical Audio Out; 1 Analog Audio Out 3.5mm; 1 Component In; 2 Composite In; 1 Tuner; 1 Ethernet
LG 55SJ8500120 hz15msYesLED4 HDMI (all of them 2.0a and HDCP 2.2) ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out
Samsung UN55MU6300120 Hz20msYesLED3 HDMI 2.0a; 1 component video; optical digital audio output; 1 Ethernet; 2 USB inputs
TCL 55C807120 Hz16msYesLED3 HDMI; 1 USB; 1 Digital Optical Audio Out; 2 Analog Audio Out 3.5mm; 1 Composite In; 1 Tuner; 1 Ethernet
LG OLED55B7A120 Hz21msYesOLED4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite, Component Shared w/ Composite, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
Samsung UN55KS8000120 Hz23msYesLED4 HDMI; 3 USB; 1 Digital Optical Audio Out; 1 Tuner; 1 Ethernet
Input lag time score in 4k @ 60Hz with game mode on

1. LG Electronics OLED55C7P – Best OLED 4K Gaming TV

LG OLED55C7P ReviewIf you’re looking for a premium 4K TV with high quality pictures, extra low latency and smart features, this product is arguably our top pick.

LG Electronics OLED55C7P offers a whole lot of features that will surely satisfy everything that you want in gaming TVs.

Considered to be an upgrade from its predecessor models, this banner product of LG easily beats other brands when it comes to overall performance.

Main Features:

  • Input Lag  Time: 21ms
  • Speaker System: 2.2 Channel
  • Wi-Fi Built-in: 802.11ac with IP Control
  • Others: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Dolby Atmos®, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming
Unparalleled PerformanceBeautiful and CharmingConnectivity Set-up with Convenience

LG Electronics OLED55C7P picture quality is arguably the best among what we have seen so far. Its OLED pixels are built to light individually providing outstanding contrast and excellent picture quality.

In addition, its input lag time is at 21ms which is significantly lower compared to its contemporaries. You will notice absolutely no blur and latency in the images making it more perfect for Grand Theft Auto and other games.

However, when we checked the audio performance, it is not as outstanding as expected. We recommend using a good sound bar or even a surround home theater system.

Its High Dynamic Range or HDR performance is simply unquestionable. It delivers the deepest black and the brightest white colors resulting in an exceptional contrast.

The transition from frame to frame is also seamless and virtually undetectable. Without a doubt, LG Electronics OLED55C7P is a must buy if you want to bring your Nintendo Switch gaming experience to a whole new level.

Right out of the box, not falling in love with its best 4K HDR TV for gaming is next to impossible.

When you look at its design, the first thing that your eyes will take attention is its razor-thin top portion. Measuring just a quarter of an inch wide, it is almost as thin as laptop monitors.

Also, the bezel around the screen occupies only a minimal space giving you bigger area for viewing. The classy silver stand with the iconic LG OLED logo adds to the premium look of this product.

Hooking up your PC or gaming consoles will never be a problem with LG Electronics OLED55C7P. It is built with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports.

It also includes 1 composite video input, an Ethernet LAN port, 1 RF or antenna input, an optical digital audio output and you will get an RS-232 minijack port

Another feature of LG Electronics OLED55C7P that appeals to a lot of customers is the convenience of setting it up. Using LG’s patented WebOS, even the most tech-challenged person will be able to make it work. Also, using the WebOS application, you can easily detect and display if you are getting HDR or Dolby Vision.

Pros
  • Superb picture quality with minimal latency which is perfect for PC and Console gaming
  • Excellent picture contrast compared to other similar TV
  • Eye-catching ultra-thin design making it a great addition to your gaming roomTop of the line WebOS allowing easy configuration and control
  • Wi-Fi Built-in 802.11ac with IP Control makes it easier to connect with the networks at your home.
Cons
  • Occasional image retention problems when playing games due to the absence of black frame insertion
  • A little too pricey for customers in tight budget

Our Overall Take

Providing optimum picture quality and superb performance, it is hard to say no to this LG Electronics OLED55C7P. Built with premium design and cutting edge features, this TV is indeed something that will give you a pleasure in a high class level. Though it is a little costly, every buck you spent will be all worth it.

2. Sony XBR55X930E LED TV – Super Bold Gaming TV

Sony XBR55X930E Review

Another product that successfully landed on our list of the best 4K UHD gaming TV is the Sony XBR55X930E.

FIFA 18 and Sea of Thieves are guaranteed to run seamlessly in this flagship product from Sony.

Combining an upgraded version of Slim Backlight Technology and X1 Extreme chipset, this TV is ready to rock up your computer gaming experience.

Main Features:

  • Input Lag Time: 26ms
  • Speaker System: Front-face 3-way speaker (tweeter/mid-range/woofer)
  • Others: Slim Backlight Drive+, 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, Dolby Vision™, X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO, TRILUMINOS™ Display, Motionflow™ XR 960 (native 120 Hz)
Stunningly BoldClassy DesignPoor Viewing AngleBetter Sound QualityConnections & Ports

True to life colors and distinct contrast – these are some of the strengths of Sony XBR55X930E TV. If you’re looking for a product that performs best in upscaling HD sources to 4K, this TV is the one you need.

Thanks to its X1 Extreme chipset, picture details and colors in HD is effortlessly upscaled and can look like a 4K source. What is good about this model is that the quality of images is not distorted nor exaggerated during the process of upscaling. Isn’t it smart?

In addition to superb picture quality, Sony XBR55X930E also performs way beyond other brands when it comes to motion handling. In fact, it is one of the top choices when we talk about fast response time.

With a refresh rate of 120 Hz combined with a MotionFlow XR960 technology, every movement will be as smooth as silk.

Considering that this TV is built with the Slim Backlight Technology, it is quite disappointing to note that it is quite chunky compared to its contemporaries.

That being said, the combination of black and gold finish on its bezel makes it look premium and classy. The connection parts were also smartly located at the rear portion of the TV so that cable management won’t be a problem.

With a total of 4 HDMI ports, Sony XBR55X930E TV offers more HDMI connections compared to other brands with usually 3 ports only.

Aside from this, you will get the same connection options including 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet connection, 1 component input and 2 AV composite input.

Previous models of Sony 4K Televisions received flak from consumers due to the quality of sounds. Their R&D teams seemed to have dedicated a lot of time resources with Sony XBR55X930E TV as it has a much improved sound quality. In fact, Sony even widened the sound-stage in this model spreading under the screen from left to right.

As a result, you get to enjoy decent sound with depth and height. However, if this still falls below your standards, using a separate surround sound system is a viable option.

With a total of 4 HDMI ports, Sony XBR55X930E TV offers more HDMI connections compared to other brands with usually 3 ports only.

Aside from this, you will get the same connection options including 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet connection, 1 component input and 2 AV composite input.

Smart TV Features on Sony:

If LG has WebOS and Samsung uses Tizen, Sony won’t allow being left behind when it comes to producing “Smart” TVs. Using the latest version of Google Android TV, Sony makes it easy to configure and use the Sony XBR55X930E TV.

Aside from its simplicity & ease of use, this Smart Operating System also allows you to download tons of application in Android Google Play conveniently. Also, this TV is compatible with ChromeCast enabling you to transfer videos and other contents from your Android phone directly to your TV.

Pros
  • Exceptionally bright HDR images displaying real to life colors with optimum clarity
  • Top of the line upscaling capability converting HD sources to 4K versions with almost undetectable distortions
  • Improved sound quality with broader sound-stage compared to similar LED TVs
  • Uses the latest Google Android TV version allowing direct downloads and seamless phone to TV transfers
Cons
  • Insufficient viewing angle that distorts image quality in as little as 20 degrees off the center

Our Overall Take

This Sony TV definitely has a superb picture quality, which can satisfy your eyes when you like to enjoy every single detail of your favorite game characters during playing the game.

The input lag time probably not the best one in its class but it still able to give you speed experience without any lag issue.

The only downside probably on the viewing angle which is not better than the other aspects such as picture and sound quality. With all things considered, we still recommend buying the Sony XBR55X930E for gaming purposes.

3. LG Electronics 55SJ8500 – Best 4K Television with Lowest Input Lag Time

LG Electronics 55SJ8500 Review

PC games will never be the same with the LG Electronics 55SJ8500 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV.

When built this type, LG has put a lot of effort in ensuring that this TV able to deliver an unforgettable gaming experience, which we can see on the input lag time (15ms) which can be categorized as the best we can find in the market.

HDR experience is incomparable in this TV with enhanced resolution compared to an ordinary 1080p television. With smart features and advanced TV settings for gaming, LG Electronics 55SJ8500 is surely a great deal.

Main Features:

  • Input Lag Time: 15ms
  • Speaker System: 2.2 Channel (Sound Designed by Harman Kardon™)
  • WiFi Built-In: 802.11ac
  • Others: TruMotion 240 (Refresh Rate 120Hz), Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Nano Cell Display, Wider Color Gamut, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance
Decent Picture QualityViewing Angle Gorgeous DesignConnectivity and Configuration

Compared to OLED 4K TVs of LG, SJ8500’s picture quality is decent but not outstanding. This is expected given that generally, LED TV’s are inferior compared to OLED TV in this aspect.

However, SJ8500 still displays strengths regarding color accuracy, local dimming, and non-reflective screens. Also, LG SJ8500 uses a unique 4-step process that allows it to evaluate, process, and enhance videos thus improving its quality.

LG’s Priced Asset

If there is one thing that LG SJ8500 can be proud of, it is the viewing angle. Using an in-plane-switching (IPS), you can enjoy un-distorted picture quality and unaltered color saturation from side angles.

In addition, LG’s Nano Cell Display delivers over a billion true to life colors giving you crisp and sharp displays with minimal latency. This breakthrough technology helps LG SJ8500 display the same quality images no matter which seat in the gaming room you’re at.

SJ8500 retains the usual designs of LG TVs. Its silver arc stand looks stunning and compliments its ultra-thin borders measuring only 1 cm on all sides

Compared to other models, this TV is thicker measuring 6.5 cm at the bottom where all connectivity is located.

What turned us off in the design aspect is the plastic chassis at the back of the unit which does not flex as expected. Overall, this TV deserves to be the focal point of your game room.

There is nothing special with the connectivity ports of LG Electronics 55SJ8500 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. It has the normal 3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Ethernet LAN and RF antenna inputs.

Unlike Samsung models, this TV allows you to connect non-HDMI sources via its analog video input partnered with a component input. The configuration process is somewhat similar to other LG TVs using the WebOS operating system.

Pros
  • The best input lags time which guarantees you get a fast response time
  • Offers the best viewing angle quality among other LCD TVs
  • Decent picture quantity with a very responsive performance making it perfect for gaming
  • Excellent price for a midrange TV for gaming
Cons
  • Ineffective local dimming making blacks appear less deep and darker
  • Average HDR performance resulting in just decent picture quality

Our Overall Take

If lag during the game is what you’ve always had before, then you must consider this TV to replace your existing TV.

LG Electronics SJ8500 may not bring you the best HDR experience compared to its OLED counterparts, but it can satisfy a meticulous eye.

It may have some disadvantages when it comes to picture quality but it was able to make it up in terms of viewing angle, configuration, and connectivity. At a very affordable price, this 4K gaming TV will surely be gentle to your pockets.

4. Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 – Affordable 4K Resolution Gaming TV

Samsung UN55MU6300 4K Ultra HD

Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 redefines what 4K TV’s for gaming under $1000 are capable of providing.

This 4K Samsung TV belongs to the mid-range level of gaming TVs in the market. This television comes with a lot of features that you will need from a gaming TV, yet the price is still reasonable.

Operating this TV is easy and convenient. Running with Samsung’s patented 2017 version of Tizen, it gives its users ease of navigation compared to the older version of the operating system.

What is more impressive about this system is the fact that is it capable of voice command recognition. Simply use the microphone in the remote control, and you can start searching for other contents, change the TV settings and many more.

Main Features:

  • Input Lag Time: 20ms
  • Speaker System: 2 channels (Down Firing w/Bass Reflex)
  • WiFi Built-In: Yes (WiFi Direct)
  • Others: InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch), Anynet+™ (HDMI-CEC), Bluetooth®, Eco Sensor
Incredible Picture QualityDecent DesignAverage Sound QualityInput & Connection

Relative to other 4K Televisions in the same range, Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 has a more superior picture quality. In fact, it has one of the most commendable contrast ratio and deepest black.  Thus, you get to enjoy superb graphics.

However, we don’t recommend placing this TV in a huge room since the screen may not be bright enough and overcome the glare from other sources of light or reflection.

If there is one thing that disappoints us on this TV, it is the viewing angle. After moving a few degrees off the center of the TV, the black easily turns into grey and other colors are affected as well.

This is quite a disappointment considering that the quality of the picture is great upfront. Talking about the HDR capability, Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 lags behind the competition to a point that you can hardly differentiate and HDR to a standard dynamic range source.

It may not be the most stunning TV on our list but Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 is certain to amaze you aesthetically.

Its chassis is usually mistaken to that of Samsung KU6300 due to a lot of similarities. With only 1.7-cm border and a maximum thickness of 6.5 cm, you need not a lots space for this to mount on the wall.

Don’t expect too much about the quality of sound reproduced by Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300. To be fair, it can easily beat similar TVs when it comes to sound quality, but it is still far from perfection.

To optimize your gaming experience, a stand-alone sound bar or surround sound system will be necessary.

There is nothing special about Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300’s connection options. You still get to enjoy 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports alongside the Ethernet and the antenna connection.

The ports are perfectly situated at the side of the TV. Knowing the location of the ports will help you plan for cable management and installation.

Pros
  • Excellent depth of blacks that results in an incredible contrast ratio
  • Very responsive to games due to its commendably low input lag time
  • Less expensive compared to its contemporaries
Cons
  • Unsatisfactory HRD capabilities making pictures look like SDR sources
  • Unflattering viewing angle that significantly changes the color when the viewer moves a few degrees from the center of the TV

Our Overall Take

This product is a typical 4K gaming TV which can give you outstanding quality in above average score as one of the best 4K gaming televisions, but with the fact it comes with an affordable price in the market can make this TV a real deal for you.

You will still appreciate the crisp and bright images and average sounds from the speakers. Plus it probably not a TV with the lowest input lag time, but its number (20ms) are still above average.

Despite the disappointments in the viewing angle and the HDR capabilities, this TV is still a good deal for you.

5. TCL 55C807 – Best Budget 4K TV for Gaming

TCL 55C807 Review

It there is a TV on our list that stands out for both performance and cost, that is the TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD.

Arguably, this TV will crash all myths saying that in order to get a quality product, you need to spend a fortune.

Certainly an upgrade from TCL’s previous line of TVs, this amazing product might be your best option on a tight budget.

After various tests using the different spectrum to evaluate a TV’s performance, TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD showed a more than impressive results. Its level of contrast can be compared to some of the best 4K TV for PC gaming.

Main Features:

  • Input Lag Time: 16ms
  • Speaker System: Soundbar in toe
  • WiFi Built-In: 802.11ac 2×2 Dual Band (supports 2.4GHz & 5GHz)
  • Others: Dolby Vision HDR, Wide Color Gamut with TCL’s NBP Photon Technology, Roku TV Smart Platform
Lag Time No MoreCommendable PerformanceAverage Sound QualityFabulous as Always

TCL manages to achieve a pretty decent input lag time on its more than one billion display colors. It is operating at the maximum 120Hz refresh rate, with input lag 16ms, lags will never be an issue while you are in the middle of a game.

Plus, together with all other features, makes TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD very responsive to even the latest game that you can ever imagine.

The contrast is certainly above average without oversaturating the colors. Thanks to TLC’s trademark NBP Photon Technology, you get to enjoy true to life and vibrant colors.

Since TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD also uses a great combination of HDR Technology and Dolby vision to display HDR contents with optimum quality. The balance of colors merely is unimaginable, and the may even beat some LED and OLED TV in this category.

You should not expect too much with the quality of sound reproduced by Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300. To be fair, it can easily beat similar TVs when it comes to sound quality, but it is still far from perfection.

As a workaround, in order to optimize your gaming experience, a stand-alone sound bar or surround sound system will be necessary.

Considered to be a member of TCL’s most stylish series, TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD puts a significant emphasis on its sleek and slender design.

A bezel surrounds its screen with a metallic finish that adds to its premium look. The thickest bezel is located at the bottom of the frame that conceals the TV’s soundbar.

Ports and connectors are located at the back are in a location that you may not be able to access with ease of your TV is mounted on the wall.

You may connect up to 3 HDMI devices with one port for LAN. You may also connect your thumb drive to its one and only USB 2.0 port. Other ports include 1 digital audio, 3.5mm jack, and AV input.

Pros
  • Very responsive to games due to its commendably low input lag time
  • Excellent depth of blacks that results in an incredible contrast ratio
  • Super cheap in its class
Cons
  • Unsatisfactory HRD capabilities making pictures look like SDR sources
  • Unflattering viewing angle that significantly changes the color when the viewer moves a few degrees from the center of the TV

Our Overall Take

If you are on limited budget, then you will never go wrong with TCL 55C807 4K Ultra HD.

The input lag is the best after LG 55SJ8500, which guarantee you to leave the lag issue into a history.

Besides the fact that it is providing HDR quality displays, it is one of the best considering the price of this TV is. Although the sound quality is a major let down, this TV is still a jewel worthy of a spot in your homes.

6. LG Electronics OLED55B7A – The Winner in Viewing Angle

LG Electronics OLED55B7A Review

Yes! this is another OLED TV from LG, It may still not be a 4K TV under 1,000 dollars but LG Electronics OLED55B7A 55-Inch 4K could still be the gaming TV you’ve been looking for.

Similar with OLED55C7P  it has 55-inch screen size, with OLED technology which will wow you with its exceptional picture quality.

Picture Motion is definitely a strength of LG Electronics OLED55B7A 55-Inch 4K. Operating with 120 Hz refresh rate, there is almost an undetectable delay in its pixel’s response time. All these results in the elimination of motion blur making the transition from one frame to another seamless.

Despite all of these, the major downside of this TV for gamers is the absence of a black frame insertion. This part is responsible for reducing the blur whenever you are playing high-resolution games. As a result, you may experience lag or stuck ups from time to time but on a minimal frequency.

The only difference between this type with OLED55C7P is, it comes with lower quality of sounds that comes from 4.0 Channel without Dolby Atmos Support.

  • Input Lag  Time: 21ms
  • Speaker System: 4.0 Channel
  • Wi-Fi Built-in: 802.11ac with IP Control
  • Others: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming
LG OLED means Picture QualityA Real Winner in Viewing AngleStriking Design

LG Electronics OLED55B7A has simply a picture quality beyond compare. The colors appear to be natural with all really deep blacks. Local dimming and contrast ratios are almost perfect which should be expected for high-end OLED TVs like this.

When it comes to brightness, LG seemed to have mastered the art of optimizing 4K TVs brightness for both SDR and HDR sources.

Another major strength of this model is upscaling the quality of sources. The perfect combination of peak brightness and deep blacks together with a wide color gamut makes creates an unbeatable HDR experience even from low-quality sources.

In addition, brightness remains unaltered even in bright rooms since the screen has the capacity to reduce the intensity of glare and reflections.

If you are tired of 4K gaming TVs with terrible viewing angle, LG Electronics OLED55B7A with OLED screen is here to bring you some good news. Compared to other TVs with similar specs, this premier TV from LG has a wider viewing angle.

Color will start to change when you move 34 degrees away from the center which is very good compared to the 16-18 degrees of other brands. Ultimately, this TV is perfect for individuals who prefer to be seated on any side of the gaming room.

Move over Samsung and Sony, LG is definitely taking the competition seriously. It is hard not to notice how stunning LG Electronics OLED55B7A’s design is. Wrapped with a 1.1-cm glossy border and a white back chassis, you can easily tell that this product was built with elegance and durability. To top it all off, the iconic LG OLED logo on its arching silver stand seals up the deal.

Some of the ports are smartly located on the left side of the TV while others are at the back. You’re getting a total of 4 HDMI, 3 UBS, 1 Ethernet, 1 Cable, 1 digital output and 1 composite in.

Pros
  • Amazing picture quality even from an angle due to a good viewing angle
  • Deep blacks and peak brightness that results in outstanding contrast and colors
  • Excellent upscaling HDR performance despite a source of low quality
Cons
  • Occasional image retention problems when playing games due to the absence of black frame insertion

Our Overall Take

Without a doubt, LG Electronics OLED55B7A 55-Inch 4K is one of the best options on our list. Considered to be a top-tier gaming TV, this flagship product of LG is out to take over the market.

Given how powerful its HDR capabilities are, you can virtually immerse yourself in the game with its picture quality. Although there a few hiccups when it comes to image retention,  it is still an HDR TV that your game buddy will be envy of.

7. Samsung UN55KS8000 – Best SUHD Gaming TV

Samsung UN55KS8000 Review

If you are looking for a versatile 4K for gaming TV, Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV will never disappoint you.

This beauty TV built with hardcore features in a sleek and compact chassis that will sure cover everything that you are looking for in a native 4K television.

  • Input Lag  Time: 23ms
  • Speaker System: 2.1 CH (Down Firing With Woofer)
  • Wi-Fi Built-in: Yes (WiFi Direct)
  • Others: SUHD Remastering Engine, Ultra Black technology with low reflection, Precision Black (Local Dimming)
High-Quality PicturesViewing AngleClassy DesignSmart, But Not GeniusInputs & Connections

The quality of the picture displayed by Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is simply stunning. Even for SDR content, you can see the apparent richness of its colors with crisp details and edges.

Blacks are also remarkably black and hence, contrast quality is way above average. Though Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is capable of displaying HDR sources, you still get to enjoy unparalleled image quality from lower resolution sources such as cable, 720p and 1080p inputs. In short, upscaling low-quality materials is definitely one of its strengths.

Blur no more

Operating at 120 Hz refresh rate, Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV has no motion problems. With a response time of 9.4, which is about the average in the market, motion looks good on this TV.

Image retention is also not an issue, hence, regardless of the game you play or the movies you watch, you get a smooth transition from one frame to another.

Just like other 4K television, viewing angle is also a major let down in Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. After moving at least 16 degrees off the center, the colors started to deteriorate. Hence, we suggest considering placing this TV is a small room with a couch in front of it instead of mounting it on the wall.

You can’t almost point out something negative about the how the Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV looks.

The chrome bezel and a super shiny back chassis partnered with its silver stand make this TV look expensive and classy. And before we forget to mention, there is the fact that the thickest portion of this one of a kind TV is just 3.8 cm.

Samsung never fails to incorporation Smart features to their 4K TVs like on this TV. Though it allows you to navigate through the menus and other applications conveniently, it is not the best there is.

Case in point, whenever the system detects a new device connected to it, it interrupts what is currently displayed and switches to the newly recognized device. You certainly don’t want this nuisance while you are in the middle of a crucial game, right?

You will get a little of an advantage when you use Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. Instead of the usual 3 HMDI ports, Samsung was generous enough to give you 4. In addition to this, you are also getting 3 USB ports, 1 digital output and a cable/antenna tuner.

Pros
  • Excellent in displaying HDR materials showing exceptional contrast and superb picture quality
  • Good view angle and very low reflection on screen.
  • Above average performance in upscaling low-quality materials
Cons
  • Lack of features

Our Overall Take

Samsung is flexing their muscles with the Samsung UN55KS8000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV.

Given how powerful its features are, there is no doubt why this product has landed a spot on our list. Despite the poor viewing angle, there is no reason why you won’t give this TV a shot to bring your gaming experience to a level you’ve never been before.

Buying Guide: Aspects to Look for When Choosing 4K Television for Gaming

Buying a 4K TV can be easily considered as an investment. Considering the amount of money you’re spending for a single piece of an appliance, the selection process must be taken very seriously.

But how exactly should you choose the right TV with 4K technology for console or PC games? Below are just some factors that you need to consider to ensure that your decision will be a smart one:

1. Check The Maximum Refresh Rate

You might see this number often when you window shop for a television but not everyone knows what a refresh rate is. On a lay man’s perspective, refresh rate indicates by how many times an image or a video screen is updated for every sec.

Expressed in Hertz(Hz), the higher the refresh rate the smoother the display on the TV will be. Refresh rates on TV usually run in 60, 120, and sometimes even 240.

Slow refresh rate may lead to doubling of image commonly known as “ghosting effect” and drastically effects your gaming experience.

2. Get The Lowest Input Lag Time if Possible

Have you experienced playing your favorite Xbox game but there seems to a delay between the moment you pressed the button and the actions on screen? Your TV may have a huge input lag time.

When talk about input lag time, It doesn’t matter if you are a professional gamer or just a neophyte, this is something that you would obviously try to avoid. For a smooth and seamless gaming experience, choose the one that was input lag tested and select a model with the lowest result.

3. Feature Game Mode

As a gamer, you need to understand that being a monitor for gaming is NOT the primary purpose of Televisions.

Hence, if you intend to buy a 4K television specifically for gaming purposes, you need to need to ensure that it has a game mode feature. Or else, you won’t enjoy the gaming experience. But what it exactly Game Mode and why would you need it?

Game mode is a feature of some TVs that disables some of its basic functionalities and protocol. At times, turning the Game Mode on may result in distortion of colors.

But why would you want to activate this feature? The features of the TV that brings stellar and bright pictures are the main reason why gaming becomes sluggish and less responsive.

In short, the less activity your TV does, the more responsive it becomes to any kind of games.

How will you activate your TV’s Game Mode Feature? It actually depends on the manufacturer and the operating system used. To be safe, refer to your TV’s user’s manual.

4. Display Technology

Ultimately, TV’s will be judged and compared to what the viewer can see on the screen. This is the main reason why the display technology is an important aspect to be considered when buying a smart TV.

There are 2 main display technologies that you can choose from – OLED and LED. What’s the difference between the two and how it affects your gaming experience? Here’s how:

LED or light emitting diodes are millions of light bulbs and are commonly used as the backlight for LCD Displays. OLED, on the other hand, are LED’s that are made up of extremely small organic compounds that will only light up if electricity is present.

Hence, unlike LED, OLED pixels can light individually resulting in deeper back and brighter whites. To summarize the comparison between these two technologies and how they affect your gaming experience, please refer to the table below:

Criteria Winner Why?
Back Level OLED Pixels that are not getting electricity is completely shut off and is totally black
Brightness LED LED pixels partnered with quantum dots can be very right without causing damage to the pixels. Adjusting brightness to a maximum may cut the OLED’s pixel life significantly
Response Time OLED Since OLED diodes work independently from one another, response time is several folds quicker than LED
Screen Burn LED As mentioned, peak brightness can cut short the life of OLED diodes making LED a clear winner in this category
Power Consumption OLED OLED’s are more power efficient since they do not require an additional backlight

Will you prefer display quality over longevity? Given this comparison, try to weigh out the pros and cons and decide from there. Either way, both OLED and LED displays can surely elevate how you play your favorite game.

5. Ports

Regardless of screen size, a native 4K television will be useless without the necessary ports that will allow you to hook your PC or gaming console to.

An ideal TV must have at least 3 HDMI ports for high definition displays. These HDMI ports must be version 2.0, 2.0a or 2.0b for an HDR quality display. USB ports may be available allowing you to connect thumb drives and other devices. The rest of the ports are for audio, Ethernet, and component.

Knowing these factors will narrow down your choices and will increase your chances of getting quality 4K HDR TV for gaming.

Conclusion

Whichever model you select from our list, we guarantee that you will never regret making such decision. Every model has their strengths and features for further improvement. What is important is choosing the product that provides what you’re looking for without spending more than how much you wanted to spend.

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Computer systems and gaming consoles are simply useless without a monitor. Sure you can play games with a tablet or a mobile phones but gamers would agree that screen size matters. Hence, a gaming monitor is necessary.

You may have scouted for gaming monitors in the past and found out that there are tons of options on the market. In addition, there are lots of factors to take into consideration so that you can be sure that you’re making a wise choice.

The Buzz About the Hertz – 120Hz vs 60 Hz

One of the most important factors that you need to check before buying a gaming panel is the refresh rate. Simply speaking, refresh rate refers to the number of times an image displayed on screen refreshes for every second. Refresh rates are express in Hertz (Hz) unit. Gaming and computer monitors are usually running at 60 Hz and 120 Hz.

It is important to note the number of Hz in monitors play a vital role in the quality of the image displayed in the panel. The higher the number, the faster the refresh rate is. Consequently, it reduces motion blurring resulting in a smooth frame by frame transition of frames and better picture quality.

60 Hz monitors have been dominating the market for decades. It may not be the best but 60 Hz panels were decent and average. However, with all the technological developments that we are experiencing, 120 Hz monitors have captured the spotlight.

The difference between 60 Hz refresh rate vs 120 Hz is simply very obvious. Considering the displayed image refreshes twice the speed now, it is expected to be able to handle games with high graphics without sluggishness.

Benefits of Choosing Higher Monitor Refresh Rates

Now that we all know what the “Hz” is all about, let us now go over some of the reasons why displays with higher refresh rates are better:

1. Reduced Game Latency

Gamers will go wild if they experience sluggishness and slow response time while they are in the middle of a game. More often than not, these problems are caused by low refresh rates values.

Take for example a monitor with a 60 Hz refresh rate. If you are playing Call of Duty or Sea of Thieves that requires 120 Hz refresh rate, you will end up with a slow and underwhelming gaming performance. This is because your monitor cannot cope with the requirement of the game.

In addition, you can visibly feel the difference when it comes to Screen Tearing. This phenomenon occurs when your video card is sending out frames way faster than what your monitor can handle.

This indicates that there is a difference between your monitor’s refresh rate and the game’s frame rate. As a result, you’re getting half frames that are not shown together or synchronized. Can you imagine how distracting can this be let alone on crucial moments of the game?

3. Enhanced Motion Resolution

Pixels are just part and parcel of the factors that affect how good the display of a monitor will be. The other half relies on how fast your refresh rate is. In fact, improving screen’s motion resolution is the most important benefit of higher refresh rates.

The most common consequence of low refresh rate is blurring. This is evident by the uncertainty of edges and details in a picture. This problem can be answered by selecting a 120 Hz panel.

Some may not even notice the difference but believe us, you eventually will. Hence, if made to select between a 60 Hz and 120 Hz monitor, don’t think twice and prefer the one with a higher number.

4. Improved Game Responsiveness

Input lag is greatly affected by the monitor’s refresh rate. For example, the input lag time of a 60 Hz IPS is 16.67 millisecond while that of a 120 Hz is 8.33. Make no mistake about it but the most notorious games can easily tell the difference of monitors with different refresh rates.

The difference may be very minute (just a few milliseconds), but it greatly affects the sensitivity of the game.

This major difference between 60 Hz monitors and 120 Hz panels is frequently a deciding factor why most hardcore games consider the refresh rate as the top factor in selecting a monitor. In addition, 120 Hz panels can easily handle higher frame rates with almost undetectable effects.

Do You Need a Monitor with 120 Hz Refresh Rate?

There is no definite answer to this question. It basically depends on what you are using your monitor for. For example, if you are simply using the screen for office stuff and viewing ordinary videos online, a 60 Hz monitor will be good enough.

However, if you are using a monitor to play video games or doing some video editing works, monitors with higher refresh rates are highly recommended. In addition, online streaming contents and gaming console displays require high refresh rates for optimum performance. Hence, in cases like this, monitors with 120 Hz refresh rates or higher is the smartest option.

Below are the some of the most popular content and other related resources and their corresponding refresh rate requirements:

Content Source Refresh Rate Requirement
Apple TV 60 Hz
Chromecast 60 Hz
Xbox One S/X 24 to 60 Hz
Bluray Players 24 to 60 Hz
PS4 /PS4 Pro 24 to 60 Hz
Personal Computers 60 to 240 Hz

Is 120Hz the Best Option for Me?

Sure, 120Hz is a very great option for a monitor. However, this is not the best in the market so far. Monitors with 144 Hz refresh rate were released on the market not so long ago.

Though it was an upgrade, it was not that much of an improvement. For others, they can hardly see the monitor differences between a 120 and a 144.

Hence, a more powerful 240 Hz refresh rate was introduced. Monitors with 240 refresh rates double the speed of a 120. It seems like having the performance of a dual monitor merged into one.

Motion Interpolation

Sometimes, it is hard to identify if your monitor is running at 60 or 120 Hz. This is because some monitors are using what they call as motion interpolation.

It is their technique to smooth-en the display to cope with the blurs and deficiencies resulting from an inadequate refresh rate. With the help of a software, the quality motion is enhanced and could look better. Though they might offer some fixes, its performance is simply not as good as the real refresh rate.

Conclusion

We hope that this article has answered your queries about monitor refresh rate differences and other questions. It is important to note that the price of a 60 and a 120 Hz monitor is not that significant at all.

Hence, if you are not sure which one to buy, it won’t hurt to settle for a monitor with a higher refresh rate. This makes you ready for whatever new feature or content format technology giants may throw at you.

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Imagine yourself in a gaming situation, you already aimed at an excellent head shot and pulled off the trigger at the appropriate time. Then three seconds later, is when you see your gunfire.

ugh…

I’m sure this kind of scenario makes you wince, it is so disgusting, to say the least. But of course, several ardent online gamers usually have a similar feeling merely because of lags.

Lags during online gaming can be a disruption. In fact, in some instances, they can determine the difference in ranking high and last on the scoreboard.

Most definitely, online gaming is entirely dependent on the active internet connection. Therefore, any particular element that affects or interferes with this connection substantially contributes to lags.

The good news, however, is that as an online gamer, you can use several ways to ensure that you minimize lags and also maintain a stable gaming experience.

Tips to Help You Get Rid the Game Lag

Let’s explore some of these tips here and see how essential they can be in reducing delay during online gaming:

1. Check your internet connection speeds

You must ensure that your internet connection is of an ideal speed that would support seamless gaming.

Necessarily, an internet speed of about 15-20 Mbps minimum would be sufficient for an average gamer.

But you also need to take note of the fact that in many homes nowadays, you’ll find several devices that use the internet are connected to the bandwidth concurrently.

So when you stream movies online, browse and even work from home, the bandwidth will be strained by all these devices hence making gaming ineffective and full of lag.

For that reason, it would be appropriate to go for a higher internet speed of anything above 20 Mbp/s. It is what will enable you to have lag-free gaming even when all other internet related devices are also connected.

Besides that, you have to check the network latency. It is simply the element of how speedy the data packets move through the internet.

It is determined by the duration it takes for your gaming console to communicate with the gaming console.

Network latency is thus one of the many aspects that eventually leads to the high volume of lag since the many connections naturally suppress the internet’s feasibility level.

So you got to ensure that you reduce the latency levels as much as possible to enhance your online gaming since the data packets will always move faster.

And that is why it would also be vital to get a router that is specially designed for online gaming.

2. Use a router that specifically for gaming

Ordinarily, for best gaming experience, you need to make sure that you acquire an ideal router that is engineered for online gaming purposes

You’ll realize that most of the ideal gaming routers have excellent features that enhance the overall gaming experience.

One of the outstanding features that you’ll get from the gaming routers is QoS, which enables you to prioritize the volume of internet traffic on your console for high-quality gaming.

So that when you use it, you’ll be able to channel more internet bandwidth to your gaming console hence making it possible for it to use sufficient network and ultimately enhancing lag-free gaming

3. Configure other programs to use less bandwidth

You gaming PC and console could be having several applications that might be using internet bandwidth without your knowledge.

Programs such as security scans, chat messenger, and application updates among others can subdue the bandwidth hence increasing lag during gaming.

Understandably, you’ll realize that some of these programs need user permission to gain access. However, the rest could be running in the background necessarily without your approval.

In this case, it is pretty simple, just broach the task manager so that you’ll be able to see all the active programs or applications then cancel those that you feel are unnecessary.

This will undoubtedly allow for additional bandwidth suitable for gaming.

4. Put the Wi-Fi router within the ideal range

The router primarily supplies the wireless signals for the efficiency during gaming. And the exciting bit is that you’ll realize that some gaming consoles tend to be picky about these signals, specifically if there is a wall in between.

Sometimes your internet signals may appear strong even from a distance, but still, it can have a considerable impact on connection speed if your console is far away from the Access point.

To enhance efficiency and have lag-free gaming experience, ensure that the console is placed close to the router. The router should be put in a central Access Point to prevent cases of weak signals spots in the house.

Nonetheless, you may realize that despite the central and closer positioning of the router and the console, you still experience lag while playing.

In such a case, attempt to change your gaming position. You can as well modify its placement by placing it horizontally or even vertically, as long as it works perfectly.

Moreover, you can also check the router’s antenna and adjust them accordingly depending on the specific Access point.

This is fundamental in boosting the signals to enable the device to connect to the network even if it is positioned relatively far away from where you’re gaming.

5. Improve your line of connectivity

If your connection is not necessarily on a fibered network, it is vital that you carry out some elements that would enhance your connectivity.

Ordinarily, you may consider replacing your router immediately especially if its functionality is somewhat weak and has a conventional appearance.

You may also decide to monitor the ADSL light on your modem carefully. If you realize that the light keeps on blinking every time, it implies that the ADSL line configuration is unstable hence the need for fixing it.

Another approach to improving your connectivity is by reducing interference that would most likely emanate from sources such as wireless speakers, microwave ovens, and mobile chargers among others. Just make sure that move your modem away from these elements.

And finally, to eliminate the unnecessary noise on the phone line, you can as well use microfilters on that particular line from the wall jack to your phone or even modem.

6. Secure your wireless network always

The truth of the matter is that when you leave your wireless internet connection without protection, you’ll be subjecting it to a security breach.

Furthermore, your neighbors and other strangers within the vicinity will always find a doorway to enjoy your connection, in fact, free of charge.

In most cases, the routine use poses no harm but the moment they start downloading items, your broadband speed drowns and compromising the gaming speeds.

The ideal way of protecting your wireless network from freeloaders is by making sure that your password is strong and you also encrypt your network signals.

The Bottom Line

Everyone would wish to have the fastest internet connection for online gaming. However, not 100% of our problem caused by the internet connection speeds itself.

This day to have 50-100 Mbps connection speeds is very easy, plus with fact, average online games require internet speed of 20 MBps.

And since your home network is the one which transmits the internet speeds from your ISP, it is necessary to check your network settings, whether it is the hardware or the configuration.

Make sure there is no bottleneck in your home network that can reduce the internet speeds quality by check your modem or router. Best if you use a router which has designed to support gaming.

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It was not too long ago when people go crazy over Full HD televisions that promised to bring a different level of clarity to our viewing experience.

Flaunting 1080p resolution, it did not take too much time before people started scraping old cathode ray tube TV’s and bought a flat screen Full HD 1080p TV.

However, since the only constant thing in this world is change, the dominance of Full HD TV is coming to an end.

There’s no one else to blame for this but the increasing popularity of 4K TVs. What is 4K resolution and why are TVs with this feature selling like hotcakes? This article is packed with all the things you need to know about 4K TVs and HDR.

What is 4K Resolution?

By now, you must be already aware that the clarity of the image you’re seeing on your screen, no matter how small or huge it is, depends mainly on its resolution.

This number indicates how many pixels or “colored dots” make up your screen. The higher the number, the more vivid the display will be. Case in point, the Full HD 1080p TV has 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

We were very contented with Full HD TVs until 4K HDR TVs were released on the market. Also known as UHD or Ultra HD TVs, it offers a resolution four times better compared to regular HD TV.

In fact, it has 3,840 x 2,160 pixels which are significantly higher compared to that of a 1080p model. It follows that between Full HD and UHD, the latter is expected to have more defined and detailed display compared to the former.

Frequently Asked Question Regarding 4K TVs

We are sure that the information above is quite too much to process especially by individuals who are not tech savvy. To make things clearer, here are some frequently asked questions about 4K TVs and our take on each one of them:

1. Is 4K different from Ultra HD?

We might need to play with some words on this one, but to cut the chase, 4k and Ultra HD are referring to the same specification of a television.

However, technically, they are two different terms. Ultra High Definition or UHD refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. On the other hand, 4K is simply a term to reiterate that Ultra HD TVs has four times the number of pixels as the regular 1080p Full HD TV.

2. Am I Getting Better Quality with 4K TV?

The answer is a big YES! 4k UHD TVs are known to be more superior compared to the Full HD OLED TV or even QLED TVs.

Thanks to its amazing color depth and black levels, 4K TVs picture quality is simply stunning. In addition, you get to play 4k videos, 4k movies, and 4K content without distorting the quality.

3. Can I play any video format from different sources?

The generic answer is yes, you can. However, you cannot expect the same picture quality and peak brightness.

Only contents that came from native 4K sources will be viewed in 4K resolution. Sources with 1080p resolution or less will be viewed as it is unless your TV has an excellent upscaling capability.

Upscaling is a feature of TV that allows it to play lesser resolution sources and make it appear as if it was a UHD content.

4. What are Native 4K Resolution Sources?

To be honest, there are limited native 4K sources but they are growing really fast due to demand.

As of now, the most popular sources of 4K contents are 4k streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon through Fire TV. Amazon prime videos offer a wide selection of 4K movies and TV series for you to choose from. You may also access 4K content through 4K Bluray Players and Apple TV.

5. Can I Stream 4K Contents with Regular Internet Connection?

For sure yes, but depends on the internet speeds on your location, to able to stream 4K contents you need to have at least 14 Mbps connection speeds.

If your connection falls short below this limit, the picture quality will slide back to Full HD regardless if you’re viewing Apple TV 4K videos. On the other hand, this will not be a factor if you are using UHD Bluray Player as this device does not rely on the internet speed.

6. What are the ports included in a 4K TV?

The ports of 4K OLED TV are not too different compared to that of a regular 1080p. HDMI 2.0a port is always there but may vary in quantity from one model to another. It is a must to use HDMI port when using your Ultra HD Bluray Player to view the contents in 4K displays.

7. Is it possible to create your own 4K Videos?

For sure yes, it is possible. Considering how advanced the technologies are now, and will be, you can record a 4K video using your mobile phone. Examples of which are iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30, and many more.

Also, some camcorders and digital cameras are 4K video capable. Just prepare your credit card for mobile devices with this feature may come with a hefty price tag.

8. Is 4K TV good for large rooms?

Yes and no. Since 4K TVs come in large sizes with billions of pixels packed in the screen, it is perfect for a relatively huge room. The downside, however, is that you have to be closer to the television to see the difference of 4K TV. The moment you move several feet away, the details of the image starts to fade until the difference of 4K and 1080p becomes undetectable.

Table Comparison of 4K UHD vs HDR

To better understand how powerful 4K TVs are compared to the regular 1080 Full HD TVs, we have prepared a tabular summary for you below:

Feature 4K Ultra HD TV 1080p Full HD
Picture Quality 3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080
Sources of Content Not much for now but grows exponentially due to increasing demand Almost unlimited
Sizes Available 40 inches to over 100 inches (imagine that??) 32 to 55 inches only
Price Relatively expensive Relatively affordable

Arguably, 4K TVs are way better in terms of quality and features compared to 1080p. Despite having limited content sources and high price, it remains to be the best option. Now more than ever, viewing Ultra HD premium contents is possible.

4K UHD vs HDR

If you think having a 4K TV is already the best viewing experience you will ever get, think again. The wonders of technology don’t end there. Have you heard about HDR TV? Yes, you have seen nothing yet. Wait until you discover how 4K HDR TVs will rock your world.

So what exactly is HDR? If you have seen an HDR logo in your TV box, it means that your TV has High Dynamic Range capability. This allows the TV to offer the highest level of color contrast and thus displaying a realistic image.

Compared to just Ultra High Definition, High Dynamic Range is a huge leap.

Contrast is a very important aspect in determining whether a TV is good or not. It is best explained by how bright the whites are and how dark the blacks were.

The bigger the contrast, the more realistic the displays will be. Standard dynamic range TVs regularly runs with 300 to 500 nits (cd/m2) while that of an HDR goes way over thousands. That is definitely a remarkable difference.

But I have already purchased a 4K TV. Does this mean I already have HDR capabilities? Sorry to disappoint you, but the answer is no. Not all 4K TVs have the capacity to play HDR contents. Unless it is specified, regular 4K TVs may just run in SDR or standard digital range.

Is 4K HDR TV enough to view HDR Content?

Absolutely not. If you want to enjoy true HDR contents, you also need to have an HDR capable player for both movies and games.

Xbox One S and Sony’s PS4 Pro are just among the first consoles which offer HDR compatibility. Microsoft won’t allow being left behind and promises that their soon to be released Project Scorpio Console will be HDR compatible as well.

HDR in Gaming

HDR in Gaming

You may want HDR quality displays for your favorite movie but in a gamer’s perspective, HDR in gaming is bad ass. As mentioned, there are a number of consoles that offer HDR content for a top-notch gaming experience.

  • Xbox One X/S
    Microsoft gained a little edge when they initiated the addition of HDR compatibility to Xbox One X and S.Connected via HDMI 2.0a, it supports not only 4K but HDR10 as well.

    Unfortunately, Dolby Vision is not yet part of the partnership. The best part of all is that Microsoft decided to put a built in Bluray drive in this gaming console.

  • Play Station 4 Pro
    Play station 4 Pro is another gaming console that supports the HDR and 4K format. Even with the old version of PS4 HDR was already available.However, it was only on the Pro version where the 4K Ultra HD capability was added.

    Home theater fanatics may find it a bummer knowing that unlike Xbox One S, PS4 Pro does not have a built-in Bluray drive.

When it comes to movies and TV series, there is only a handful of available HDR contents. Even Amazon and Netflix are just starting to add more HDR contents.

However, with the use of 2 major HDR players namely Dolby Vision and HDR 10, viewing HDR will be within reach.

Dolby Vision HDR is a proprietary HDR Video format developed by Dolby Surround used not only for home theater but for commercial purposes as well.

Dolby Vision’s competitor, HDR10, performs almost the same until the release of HDR10+. Compared to its predecessor, HDR10+ runs a dynamic metadata that offers better image quality and peak brightness.

Regardless of the source, both HDR10 and Dolby vision elevates your HDR viewing experience.

Aside from Dolby Vision and HDR10, another player is entering the HDR arena. Hybrid Log Gamma or HLG is an HRD format spearheaded by NHK and BBC.

They function almost similarly. The only difference is that Hybrid Log Gamma does not run using metadata. This functionality could either be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how the manufacturer will use it.

Is your TV really HDR capable?

A simple print on the box saying it’s an HDR capable TV is not enough. To avoid misleading the customers, UHD Alliance composed of multiple TV manufacturing companies was created to establish standards for HDR Video capable TVs.

According to UHD alliance, the following criteria must for a TV to be an HDR TV:

  • Not less than 3840×2160 resolution
  • Built with 10-bit color depth ( should have 1,024 shades of primary colors )
  • Capable of contrasts higher than 1,000 nits for LED TVs and 540 nits for OLED TVs

Once a product pass through the UHD Alliance meticulous evaluation, it will be certified with an Ultra HD Premium label.

ultra hd premium
ultra hd premium

HDR Bluray Players Are Sprouting Like Mushrooms

To gain access to more contents aside from the usual HDR providers, HDR Bluray players are also available in the market. These are top of the line products that promise the much coveted true 4K HDR experience.

Though there is only a slew of products available in the market right not since this technology is still in the infancy stage, their number is growing faster than expected.

So start stacking your Bluray discs and get the popcorn ready coz your movie experience will be a great one.

The Future of Television

With the advent of more technological advancement, 4K TVs and HDR capabilities are the best that we have so far. However, you need to brace yourselves because we have seen nothing yet.

Believe it or not, 8K TV is already in the works and may come out in a matter of 2 to 4 years. Just imagine how stunning the display would be. Not to cut the popularity of 8K TVs short long before it was released, the possibility of having 16K TVs is not impossible after all.

Conclusion

HDR looks like your usual three-letter word but in fact, it is more complex than what you can expect.

I know that that most of the topics mentioned in this article are new to you. But isn’t it exciting to know that the TVs that we are enjoying right now have a lot of rooms for improvement.

Sure, 4K and HDR formats are significant improvements. But with the inception of 8K and 16K technologies, the best is yet to come and we can do nothing but sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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Possibly, all along you’ve been using some kind of pool vacuum for your pool which has been giving you unsatisfactory results.

In this article, we want to give you the reviews of some of the best above ground pool vacuum in the market to use in cleaning your swimming pool and get desirable results.

But before I do so, let us first look at some of the available types of pool vacuums for above ground pools;

Types of Above Ground Pool Vacuum Cleaner

Maintaining pool hygiene is quintessential; we can’t argue about it. It allows you to prevent unnecessary infections and also make the swimming pool an ideal setting for playing and relaxing.

But one of the most frustrating things as far as upholding sanitation of your pool is concerned is the type of tool you use.

For aboveground pools, it’s quite evident that pool vacuums are preferable. But do you know the particular type that suits your needs?

Let’s find out here;

1. Suction Pool Vacuums

Handheld Pool Vacuums
Handheld Suction Pool Vacuums

These cleaners are also known as suction-side pool vacuums. They are automatic pool cleaners designed to clean the pool by utilizing the pool pump suction power in conjunction with the filtration pump.

The suction pool vacuums require electricity to operate and also need the pool pump to be running as it cleans the debris.

Using these types of vacuums to clean your pool floors implies that you’ll also need to clean the filter regularly and at the same time use more diatomaceous earth.

The best part of using suction pool vacuums is that they are apparently the most affordable pool cleaners that are automatically operated.

2. Pressure Pool Vacuums

Pressure Pool Vacuums
Pressure Pool Vacuums

They are also referred to as pressure-side pool cleaners. These are relatively advanced than the suction pool vacuums.

In the sense that rather than using the power from pool’s pump suction, it utilizes pressure generated by water flow from the outlet which returns water filtered water to the swimming pool.

The essence of this mechanism is that it enhances the speed of cleaning given that they are independent of using pool filtration system to clean the debris.

Surprisingly, this type of above ground vacuums has a collection bag for debris hence making it easy for the entire cleaning process to be fast, convenient and with less maintenance.

It is thus suitable if you have a comparatively large swimming pool because it makes the overall cleaning tasks easy and faster.

3. Robotic Pool Cleaners

above ground robotic pool cleaner
robotic pool cleaner

These are arguably the most common types of pool vacuums in many homes. They are operated automatically and uses robotic power obtained from the pool circulation mechanism.

They are made of an internal collection bag that helps in efficient cleaning of the pool. This allows them to grab even the tiniest unwanted particle when cleaning your pool.

Additionally, they also have a small internal pump that they use to reduce running cost and time when using the device.

These types of vacuums are considered as the most efficient of all of them in regards to power consumption.

You will also find out that some robotic pool vacuum models are fixed with additional exciting features such as remote control and even four-wheel drives.

If you have an above ground pool that does not have a skimmer basket, this could be the best unit for automatically cleaning it with.

The fact that it is automatic also shows that it is easy to use and hence provides sufficient cleaning of the pool surfaces.

Things You Must Consider When Buying Above Ground Pool Cleaner

When you get to the market, be it online or offline, you’ll realize that pool vacuums are quite a number. Of course, this should be a blessing, but in some instances, it can be a curse in disguise.

What happens is that when you have so many options to choose from, it at times becomes difficult to make the ideal pick.

But in that case, I want to make it simple for you so that the next time you find yourself at such a crossroads, it becomes to maneuver.

1. Features

This is apparently the most significant factor that you have to consider when purchasing this item. Features are what generally guide or determine the ultimate purchase decision.

You need to look out at what you need in particular that you are sure will be able to make your pool cleaning easy.

Some of the features worth checking out when buying this machine include the following;

  • Weight: The device should be of a reasonable weight. Remember you need something portable that you can move with from one end of the pool to the other end.

    You thus need to ensure that whatever choice you make, it needs to be relatively light.

  • Power holding capacity: this primarily refers to the duration that the battery can be able to hold power on a single charge. It is necessary since it will make it easy for you to organize yourself whenever you plan to start cleaning your pool and avoiding unnecessary inconveniences.

    The other important aspect on the same is determining how long the battery takes to charge fully. This will make it easy for you to get yourself ready way before time.

  • Bag/Bag-less: when it gets to consideration of this particular feature you need to understand that it all narrows down to your preference.

    If you are okay with purchasing replacement bags every moment you want to clean your pools, then the best unit for you would be one without a bag.Otherwise, if you find it difficult to keep on changing the bags all the time you may consider choosing one with the bag.

  • Cord/cordless: This is also another vital feature that you need to consider whenever you’re purchasing a pool vacuum cleaner.

    If you decide to go with a corded unit, ensure that it is long enough. It should allow you to move around and get to end of the pool without unplugging from the power source. But if you go with a cordless one, also ensure that the battery is reliable and can hold power for a considerable duration on a single charge.

2. Filtration System

The filtration mechanism that your ideal swimming pool vacuum cleaner is engineered with is a vital aspect.

It is the ultimate element that determines how easy the machine will be able to clean the surface of the pool.

Furthermore, it also defines how convenient the entire cleaning process from the start to the end. Such that you do not end up doing and redoing the task every time.

An ideal filtration system should be able to power the machine and making it efficient when it gets to cleaning the debris on the pool floor.

3. Additional accessories

What you need to realize before or when buying swimming pool vacuum cleaner is that you can’t necessarily use them without other add-ons.

Such extra devices are suitable because they enhance the performance of the particular units as far as cleaning the pool floor is concerned.

Some models come together with such accessories while others would require you to purchase them separately.

The latter, however, might seem costly and can also be a little bit inconvenient at the time of need.

4. Warranty

Lastly, you also need to check on the guarantee of the unit you’re purchasing. Most of the automatic pool vacuums can develop mechanical hitches.

At times the hitch could be so serious that would render it useless. In such cases, warranty cover would save your day, only if it is valid.

So you need to ensure that you verify the viability of the warranty and also read the terms and conditions to understand every bit of the cover.

It helps you greatly to have a peace of mind whenever you’re using the unit especially the one you’ve spent a considerable amount of money to acquire.

The Recommended Above Ground Pool Models

1. Baracuda G3 W03000

Baracuda G3 W03000
BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner with Additional Finned Disc

This is one of the most reliable vacuum pool cleaners you can ever find in the market. It is designed to feature some of the best elements this type of unit can ever have such as minimum silence and wheel-deflector.

This powerful suction vacuum offers maximum efficiency given that it works with low-speed pumps.

With no wheels, flappers or gears, it implies that it is easy to operate and attain peak performance.

It is designed with a reliable one moving part technology, which at the same time makes its maintenance costs to be all-time low.

This unit also gulps both small and medium debris, pebbles, sand, leaves, bugs and dirt among others.

Thus making it ideal to efficiently clean all the major parts of your pool including floor, steps, and walls.

The FlowKeeper valve in this unit allows it to regulate water flow automatically. It helps in maintaining the optimum performance even when you’re using a relatively low wattage horsepower pump.

The 36-Fin Disc is designed to enable this unit to increase its adhesion. So that it doesn’t hung-up on pool fittings, drain covers and lighting system.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Offers efficient pool surfaces cleaning
  • Easy to operate and assemble parts
  • Comparatively durable
Cons
  • At times get stuck when cleaning corners and stairs
  • It is a bit pricey, but every element you get from this unit is worth the cost.

2. XtremepowerUS Automatic Suction Vacuum

XtremepowerUS Automatic Suction Vacuum
XtremepowerUS Automatic Suction Vacuum-generic Kreepy Krauly Climb Wall Pool Cleaner

This unit does not require electricity nor any tool to function. It comes with ten hoses that can handle up to about 30’ pool.

This machine features a silicone ripple cleaner that enhances easy cleaning of surfaces including tile, vinyl, concrete and fiberglass.

It comes with a bumper strap and seal clip that allow the machine to move freely during cleaning and for appropriate directional adjustments respectively.

The other good thing is that you can attach this vacuum to your already existing filtration system so that it becomes more efficient and easy to clean the pool.

To obtain the best out of this machine, you need about ¾ hp pool pump. The manufacturer nonetheless recommends that you can as well adjust the regulator valve and the weights to get desirable pool cleaning results.

It is relatively affordable but performs a lovely swimming poll cleaning task hence an ideal choice if you’re looking for one.

Pros
  • Smart design
  • Easy to unclog
  • Needs no electricity
  • Easy to operate
  • Relatively affordable
Cons
  • Requires constant adjustment of weight and regulator valve for optimum performance.

3. Zodiac Ranger Suction Side

Zodiac Ranger Suction Side
Zodiac Ranger Suction Side

This unit manufactured by Baracuda features a unique deflector wheel, which is essential in preventing it from sticking on stairs, corners or ladders when cleaning.

It also a one moving part technology, which makes it amazingly silent during operation and enhances its cleaning efficiency.

This product also comes with a patented FlowKeeper valve and Insta-Skim Compact for easy adjustment and regulation of water flow that leads to peak performance.

It is straightforward to use and comes with pre-assembled parts, which apparently easy to install.

This unit is and come with additional features that makes it suitable option if you’re looking for a suction pool vacuum.

It offers efficient cleaning to your pool given that it is fixed with an AG disc which enables it to glide effortlessly on all surfaces of your pool.

Pros
  • Easy to install and use
  • Easy to maintain
  • Smart design
  • Does not require any other accessories
  • It is relatively quiet
Cons
  • Unsuitable for cleaning intex or soft-sided swimming pool surfaces.
  • Cannot climb the walls

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As a homeowner, any element that poses a health risk is something to worry about. Radon gas is one of these features that can deprive you of your peace of mind in your home.

It is a real health deathtrap and according to Environmental Protection Agency, radon results to over 21,000 deaths annually, and ranks second after cigarette smoking in causing lung cancer.

Unfortunately, its effects are undetectable until that moment that uncontrolled damage is done.

So what’s the best way to deal with it? It’s a fact you can never entirely get rid of radon in your home due to its permeating nature. However interventions can be undertaken to ensure your home is within a relatively safe range.

And this is where the radon detector or radon gas test kit become handy. But then question abounds is how to determine the best radon detector.

In this article, we will discuss all the fundamental aspects revolving around the suitable radon detectors to have in your home.

Additionally, we will also review some of the best recommendations in the market. Hopefully, it will make your selection process much easy when purchasing, especially if you’re a first-timer.

Types of Radon Detectors

These test kits are unique but are designed to serve a similar purpose. However, we’ve got different types radon detectors that you may come across today.

Let’s describe them to understand more information regarding what each type entails;

1. Short-Term Radon Test

As the name suggests, these are designed to test radon gas within a relatively short term basis. They are ideal if you need to know the rough estimate radon within your home after about two to seven days.

They are the options that many people often go for first when in need of getting a rough idea of the amount of radon gas before taking particular actions.

Additionally, they are often inexpensive to acquire. However, the brands vary hence leading to disparities in results as well as the information that you obtain.

2. Long-Term Radon Test

These are options intended to measure radon levels in your homestead over a reasonably long duration, typically between seven to ninety days or thereabout.

They are ideal because you get to know precisely how possibly the levels spike in various seasons, weather conditions or even temperatures.

The ubiquitous nature of this gas makes this particular detection kit suitable for you if you need to determine a long-term solution to the problem.

In fact, the long-term home radon detector gives the most concise and reasonably accurate readings of all the available test kits.

However, it is not an ideal option to go for if you’re after more pressing needs, for the obvious reason that it takes longer to give you the needed results.

3. Digital Radon Detector

It is a type of radon test kit that provides you with continuous and consistent readouts. You do not require to take the samples to a lab to get the gas levels.

This type also has the ability to provide short-term and long-term results. Furthermore, this test kit is essential in determining the efficacy of radon mitigation mechanism.

So at the end of the day, you’ll know the amount of radioactive gas within your home and if there is need for moving out or not.

4. Alpha-Track Radon Detector

It is arguably one of the most popular radon test kits on the market. They are ideal choice to go for because you get long-term solutions for dealing with the radon needs.

These kits are made using a polycarbonate plastic sheet, which collects particles from the air. Tiny marks are made whenever the alpha particles come into contact with the plastic sheets.

The marks can then be analyzed by lab technicians to determine the levels of radon gas in that specific location.

In the same case, the lab analysts will be able to tell the radon levels by counting the pockmarks that are available on the polycarbonate sheets.

This is vital because after the analysis, you’ll be able to determine whether or not the air quality in that compound is suitable for your health.

5. Charcoal Radon Test

This option provides short-term solutions to radon detection. They are typically affordable and takes anywhere between two to seven days to give the results.

They function in such a way that the charcoal absorbs the radon atoms from the air after which the charcoal is taken for further lab assessment.

The speed at which the charcoal absorbs the atoms in the air is what denotes the levels of radon present.

The charcoal test offers relatively accurate results that you can rely on to make informed actions regarding radon mitigation systems.

Aspects to Consider in a Best Radon Gas Detectors

Given that currently we have a variety of products that can be used for testing radon, it would merely be ideal if you pick something good and valuable.

The interest is to determine the effective mitigation systems that would help in reducing the risk of carbon monoxide effects in your home.

Ordinarily, this is only possible if you’re familiar with these products. Otherwise, it becomes a little bit confusing.

But all the same, I’m here to guide you on how to do it. So let’s look at these factors one by one;

1. Accuracy

It is arguably one of the most fundamental elements to look in a home radon detector. In most cases, the long-term radon test kits tend to be more accurate.

It is probably because the long-term radon detectors can test over an extended period. Therefore, it becomes easy to give comprehensive information regarding different seasons and weather.

Short-term radon detectors on the other hand majorly provide a rough estimate to give you an idea of what the radon levels in that specific area could be.

The moment you can get accurate information from this tool, it becomes easy to make certain life-changing decisions based on the readings.

Experts recommend long term testing over short term testing of radon primarily because the former offers high accuracy levels than the latter.

User-error can also cause considerable inaccuracy in these test kits. It is thus essential that you carefully read and follow the instructions on the manual to avoid this kind of inaccuracy.

2. Usability Of Radon Testing Kit

This is necessary for ease of use. In most cases, these gadgets tend to require some technical knowledge especially if you want to understand the readings.

The other aspect that determines usability is whether or not you can be able to use them as required and get accurate results.

If you can’t use it correctly, then it would be vital to engage a professional who understands various elements regarding the tool.

this becomes important as a way of enhancing accuracy levels especially when it comes to detecting passive radon.

3. Ease of installation

It is also another critical factor that you have to look into when picking the best radon meter. The complexity of installing it inherently vary depending on the particular type.

Often, they come with user manuals that enable you to install them at accordingly for better results.

Due to some unavoidable technicalities, you may find other a little bit difficult to install. But still, to avoid possible tampering with the accuracy, it would be suitable to contact an expert and help you in fixing it where it is supposed to be.

It is also important to understand that you can only get better and more accurate results if you fix it in some particular spots within the homestead.

4. The price

Ultimately, you’ll have to purchase if you’re really in dire need of a digital radon detector. The cost, therefore, becomes a significant aspect to consider.

While the price varies depending on the type of radon test kit you’re purchasing, it is also essential to know the qualities that worth a particular test kit.

If you want one that typically offers basic short-term readings, the most appropriate one in regards to price is probably the charcoal radon kit detector.

They are inexpensive, easy to use and provide results within a short duration hence making it easy to solve your radon detection needs as quick as possible.

On the other hand, the long-term digital radon detector is usually a bit expensive. But the features and quality are indeed worth the cost.

So primarily, the amount you’d spend on acquiring this kit is determined by the particular type you’re interested in purchasing.

Top 3 Recommended Radon Gas Detectors

In this section, the interest is to show you some of the best radon detector reviews based on the tests that we carried out.

1. Corentium Home Radon Detector by Airthings 223

Corentium Home Radon Detector

It is arguably one of the best tools for detecting radon in homes. It features an LCD screen that allows you to read both short and long-term radon levels.

It is resistant to a wide range of environmental and physical conditions including weather, dust and electromagnetic interference among others.This radon detector kit is also battery operated.

This kit is easy to use and provides accurate results, both short and long-term, therefore, enabling you to make an informed decision.

This unit also provides easy interpretation of the results given that you can see the readings through its LCD display.

It is highly portable and has longer battery life. The best part of home by Airthings radon that once you’ve started using it, you can reset it as many times as you wish to commence another measurement.

Although it is quite pricey, the features and the quality that Corentium home by Airthings presents are worth the amount you spend.

2. Safety Siren Pro Series3 Radon Gas Detector – HS71512

Safety Siren Pro Series3

This radon detector kit from Family Safety Products, Inc is also regarded among the best in the market. It features a numeric LED display screen and carries out a self-test after every 24 hours.

It is easy to use, portable and easy to read. This kit also meets the standards of US EPA performance criteria making it ideal for detecting radon kits in your home.

Additionally, it tends to update the air samples after every hour. This helps in enhancing the accuracy of the ultimate readings which ultimately improves your home safety.

Nevertheless, you also happen to get both short-term and long-term readings when using this particular digital radon detector.

3. Radon Eye RD200 Smart Radon Monitor Detector

Radon Eye RD200 Smart Radon

This radon test tool is engineered with advanced technology that makes it one of the best on the market presently.

Its sensitivity is 20 times higher than the other competitive radon detector kits. This is, as a result, its accurate detection unit and the dual structured pulsed-ionization mechanism incorporate exclusive technology.

This kit also relays data in about one hour or less. It thus relieves you from the need to wait for results for longer days given that it provides comparatively short testing period.

It is convenient in regards to data logging, offers graph displays for easy analysis, has an alarm setting and supports Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones.

It is ideal always to identify the best place to put radon detector for effective results. However, the best part of this Radon Eye RD200 is that it can be placed anywhere and still gives accurate results.

4. Accustar Alpha Track Test Kit AT 100

Accustar Alpha Track Test Kit AT 100

This device is regarded as one of the best for detecting various types of radon gas within your homestead. It tracks the gas on the basis of diffusion by filtering out dust and radon scion via a structural filter.

This detector features a hemispherical base designed for maximizing sensitivity and creating consistent track distribution for ideal counting statistics.

It also features laser cut CR-39 sheets that are engraved with unique numbers with each calibrated and also receiving calibration factor independently.

Using this device is simple and gives you accurate testing results. You only need to remove the kit from a sealed purse then expose it to air for between 3 to 12 months.

This duration is enough to gather and determine the necessary radon concentration that would aid in providing the essential statistics.

In fact, this device is EPA-verified as an effective radon detector kit as well as rated as number one by a leading US National Consumer Advocacy Group.

The Bottom Line

It is always essential to carry out radon tests in your home at least after every two years. This will make it easy for you always to ensure that you’re living within the EPA recommended radon levels.

For that to be possible, you have to purchase the best quality radon detectors like the ones reviewed above. They have a reasonably long lifespan hence allowing you to test and retesting your home.

Furthermore, it ultimately becomes cheaper alternative if you’re always into testing and detecting radon levels in your home when you buy top radon detector kits.

Hopefully, we’ve guided you into picking an ideal radon meter to help you in solving your needs and possibly give you the necessary peace of mind.

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The interest for underwater photography increased by a significant percentage every day. It is a type of photography that provides an ideal way to see and capture the vibrant and exciting world that we rarely get the chance to explore.

Who doesn’t like to see and take images of beautiful corals, fishes and all amazing creatures of the sea?

The best part of underwater photography

Everyone can get access to underwater photography, irrespective of whether you are a beginner or professional. It would be appropriate to at the very least to give it a whirl.

You don’t necessarily need some of the high-end cameras to do this activity. Basic equipment and desire to get the best are enough.

This kind of photography is fun and provides numerous unique, viewpoints and creative compositions.

But in most instances, you will realize that any level of photographer enjoys their area of photography.

Nevertheless, regardless of your level of experience and the types of equipment that you use, the principles of underwater photography are still the same.

You can get stunning shots in no time if you adhere to conventional composition rules.

I’m sure you want to know the best techniques for exceptional underwater photography. Apparently, you are at the right place, just continue scrolling down this article. You will be surprised it’s not as hard as it looks.

The basic principles when take a photo underwater

1. Find the ultimate camera

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SeaLife Micro 2.0 Waterproof Camera

The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that you get the best underwater camera. If you are new to this particular venture, read the manual carefully.

Why is this important? Because it helps you to understand the dos and don’ts of using a camera if you’re a beginner.

You also need to know the right type of equipment that you should have. It is what makes it possible for you to get the best out of underwater photography.

Several types of cameras for photography under water are available in the market. The price for each varies depending on different aspects. It is essential that you choose one that suits your needs whether as an amateur or professional.

The bottom line is that you must have a good camera that will guarantee you high-quality images.

In this case, good simply refers to a camera that will help you get desirable images. Most people would think a good camera must be expensive one or manufactured by some of the highly regarded brands.

On the contrary, there are high-quality cameras that are fairly affordable. But the quality and results you attain from using them are epic.

2. Learn how to dive

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Learn how to dive

You know the deep sea divers, right? Or probably you have seen them may be on films or documentaries. What they do is an art. Perhaps you won’t necessarily go that deep but basic diving skills in this type of photography is a prerequisite.

Also, you must also know how to be flexible when diving. In a sense that you can dive, take images and focus on other aspects of photography all and more at the same time with relative ease.

Using camera under the water, often cause distraction. A new diver can easily crash into a reef or worse still float to the surface unknowingly. If you cannot master buoyancy well then getting well-composed photos will be a daunting task for you.

Take a photo under water can be fun and mad fun. This can make it possible for you to lose track of time once in a while.

Now you can imagine how dangerous this can turn out to be. Probably because of limited air supply as well as bottom time related to decompression illness, you may be pronounced dead! This should not scare you, it rarely happens, but it is ideal to have it mind, isn’t it?

3. Be patient

Patience is a virtue, not only in this type of photography but almost all aspects of photography.  What you have to know is that shooting under the water is relatively difficult than shooting on land.

It’s not as easy as it appears, especially when you are a beginner. Some people get too frustrated during their initial attempts and give up at the end of it all.

However, the easiest way of progressing rather fast is by taking large volume of photos. When you do this and experiment with your lighting and settings, believe me, the experience will be amazing!

The world has evolved, and so is technology. Nowadays, you can literally take up to 1000 images using digital cameras. That’s one great thing about digital photography.  After that, you can review them one after the other using suitable software and choose the best.

Honestly, you cannot fail to get the best out of all if you have that burning desire. For that reason, if you have to succeed in taking photo underwater, regard patience and resilience as key elements to your trade.

4. Get closer to the subject

Let’s face it, if you have to get superlative underwater images, you must just get closer to the subject. This is regardless of the quality of camera you are using.

I know there are some cameras with very powerful lenses and can still capture images from a distance. But also remember, to whom much is given, much is expected!

If you have a camera with powerful lenses, expectations are that the images have to be superb. So either way, you will just have to get closer to the subjects.

The fundamental principle when shooting under water is to ensure that you shoot through a minimum of water. The reason is that water is about 800 times denser than air.

This density can suck out colour from the full spectrum of light, therefore, hindering contrast, clarity and colour brightness of your subject.

Bottom line: There is no two way, you have to be closer! Ultimately, to attain this, you have to be calm, relaxed and learn ways of not spooking creatures.

You should also learn how to allow them to get accustomed to you. If you don’t know, during all these, you must control your breathe and make an approach with the camera already up.

5. Shoot upwards

Consider yourself an expert in your way once you are capable of diving, balancing and holding your camera. But a trick that will work wonders for you when capturing images is to, ensure that you shoot upwards in almost all cases when under the water.

The essence of this is simple; you wouldn’t want to get out of the water and realize you have messy pictures. Is it really worth the toil, risk and efforts?  I guess no! Water bodies have limited light. Aiming the camera downwards to shoot never gives attractive images.

So to save you the hassle, if you can dive, balance, hold your breath and set your camera, you simply cannot fail to aim the camera upwards.

Upward angles are vital in ensuring that your subjects are isolated against the water column. And if you are keen enough, you ought to have realized that most photographers often opt to use 45 degrees or 90 degrees viewfinders that are relatively expensive.

Additional fundamental information about photography under water

Most of the resources that provide underwater photography tips always aim at persuading you to take a try in the art. All words will be used to portray how it is easy to take epic images under the water. However, if there is one thing they will never tell you is how this art requires more than just the basic photography knowledge.

Again, some of these tips are basic.  If you happen to ignore them, then you will probably be so disappointed after that long and tiresome attempt of finding desirable images.

First things first, you have to get the right camera for the task. This point can never be emphasized enough. It is a primary requirement, and of essence, you also have to know how to operate it.

Secondly, you do not just wake up one day and decide to go for photo shooting under the sea. It is a learning process. You need to learn gradually by taking the pictures on land using your camera.

The great underwater photographers you see out there also took time, patience, practice and resilience to achieve what you now admire.

It is a fun activity, but observing safety measures can never be overemphasized enough.

For beginners, it is vital to go together with your friends, who are relatively experienced in this particular venture. They may be of great help when the need arises especially when deep inside the waters. You should also not be too adventurous and overambitious during your initial days as an under-water photographer.

Start small, practice more and grow into this art. As long as you have right tools and enthusiasm, you will certainly become a better photographer.

The good thing about this type of photography is that you always have that room for advancing. You may start as an amateur, but through experience and categorical interest, you will always learn as you go.

You do not necessarily have to buy a very expensive camera and other related photography equipment when starting out.

You will learn as you forge ahead to understand some of the aspects surrounding this type of photography that works for you and gets rid of those that do not work in your favor. Experience is always the best teacher!

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