Best of Car Tires

1. Michelin

Across the board, Michelin offers nearly a perfect blend of grip, handling, low rolling resistance for good fuel economy, and long tread life. In many instances, tread wear is class-leading, and Michelin has tread wear warranties on all replacement tires, including winter and summer tires. (Most competitors do not.) However, Michelin tires can be pricey and that holds back a lot of potential buyers. It’s too bad because if you factor in the outstanding tread wear, the Michelins might be a bargain compared to other tires with a lower price.

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All-season:Michelin Defender

Performance all-season:Michelin Primacy MXV4. The Michelin Premier AS is a successor and initial testing suggests a worthy one.

Ultra-high performance: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (all-season), Michelin Pilot Super Sport (summer)

Winter: Michelin X-ice Xi3, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 (performance), Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 (truck)

Truck:Michelin Latitude Tour (all-season), Michelin LTX M/S2 (all-season), Michelin LTX A/T 2 (all-terrain)

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2. Continental

Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Nipping at the heels, if not looking back at Michelin at times, Continental consistently offers high-scoring tires. Handling and impressive stopping grip on dry and wet roads are typical of this brand. As a bonus, they are attractively priced.

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All-season: Continental ProContact EcoPlus (discontinued model in limited supply). The new TrueContact is being tested right now.

Performance all-season: Continental PureContact

Ultra-high performance: Continental ExtremeContact DW (summer)

Winter: Continental ExtremeWinterContact (truck). Currently being tested, the new WinterContact SI has outstanding snow traction.

Truck: Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus (all-season)

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3. Goodyear

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric

Not every model is a hit, but in the last two years Goodyear has come on strong with some recommended truck and ultra-high performance tires. All-season car tires are a bit long in the tooth; still the Goodyear Assurance TripleTread All-Season car tire is impressive. If you need an all-season tire with great snow traction, the Goodyear Assurance ComfortTred Touring is it.

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All-season: Goodyear Assurance TripleTread All-Season

Ultra-high performance: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (summer)

Truck: Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure (all-terrain)

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Best of Rolex Watches

1. Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most iconic and renowned Rolex watches in the market.  This timepiece was engineered in 1963 as a perfect timing tool of professional race car drivers. It is built with a highly accurate and reliable chronograph and tachymeter scale which can be used by racers to precisely measure their speed of up to 400 kilometer per hour. This popular and admirable watch is truly legendary in the motor sports world.  Overall, the Rolex Daytona is truly remarkable due to its superb quality construction and state of the art timekeeping mechanism. With its superb quality and high-end materials, this watch will surely last for a lifetime. This watch is highly recommended to men who are seeking for a distinguished timepiece with an astounding history. If you value luxury, speed and performance, then the Rolex Daytona is perfectly right for you.

 

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2. Rolex GMT-Master II

 


Designed to satisfy the needs and desires of international pilots, the GMT-Master II is a genuine aviator’s watch with a cutting edge features and remarkable time keeping mechanism. This timepiece is proven to reliable and invaluable in terms of long distance travel. It features a rotating 24-hour advanced bezel and a distinct 24-hour hand.  With its excellent time tracking features, the wearer may simultaneously read three different time zones in one glance. The gold toned bracelet and dark green dial has an elegant look that is perfect for formal and classy occasions. This oversized watch has a large dial which exudes a gorgeous and classy appeal. The GMT-Master II is not only exclusively designed for pilots.  This aviator’s watch will surely amaze anyone with a superior taste for luxurious watches.  With its sophisticated design and refined appearance, the timepiece can increase your graceful charm and appeal.

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3. Rolex Yachtmaster II

The Tissot Quickster has been brought back into the sports collection combining sports and modernity whilst keeping a timeless design offering style, practicality and Swiss reliability.

 

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Best Of Tissot Watches

1. Tissot PRC 200 Lady Quartz

Like the athlete this watch honours, this limited edition is not just a pretty face and will leave everyone speechless at its performance and style. Behind its pure elegant expression refined by diamonds on the white dial marking every hour with a sparkle, surrounded by a pure ceramic bezel, is the heart of a sporty and tough high-level competitor. The watch combines sophistication to robustness and precision, giving this timepiece a distinctive look and an incredible charm.

 

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2. Tissot Tradition Quartz Men’s


The Tissot Tradition family gives ultra-modern watchmaking a hint of nostalgia with a vintage-style perfectly balanced with classical details and subtle finishes. These are complemented by design elements such as guilloche decoration on bracelet models and a gently curved case. A classic men’s watch that will remain timeless on the wrist.

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3. Tissot Quickster Quartz

The Tissot Quickster has been brought back into the sports collection combining sports and modernity whilst keeping a timeless design offering style, practicality and Swiss reliability.

 

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Best of Sony Cameras

Sony α6300

The Sony α6300 is equipped with a newly developed 24.2MP (approx.. effective) APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200. It can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format. The camera boasts a ‘4D FOCUS’ system with 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

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The body is made of a magnesium-alloy and is sealed against dust and moisture. As with most Sony cameras these days, the a6300 has onboard Wi-Fi with NFC.

 

Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

The Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 is a compact travel zoom camera with a unique pop-up electronic viewfinder, similar to Sony’s RX100 III and IV as well as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V. It sports a 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor along with a 30x optical zoom lens (24-720mm equivalent). It has a 5-axis image stabilization system. In addition to the pop-up EVF there’s also a tilting LCD with 921k dots. The HX80 also has manual exposure control (but no Raw support), 1080/60p video capture and, of course, Wi-Fi with NFC.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is Sony’s flagship compact digital camera, built around a 1″-type stacked CMOS sensor which produces 20MP stills as well as 4K/UHD video. The RX10 III surpasses the zoom range of its predecessor with a 24-600mm equiv. F2.4-4 lens, and this sizable lens makes room for aperture, focus and zoom rings, as well as a focus hold button. Sony claims that its SteadyShot stabilization system offers up to 4.5 stops of shake reduction. There’s also an XGA OLED EVF with 2.36 million dots, as well as a tilting 3″ LCD display.

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It’s no surprise that the RX10 III features a solid video specification, offering 4K video from 1.7X oversampled, full pixel readout without binning. The camera alsio offers the video-centric Picture Profiles that give fine-grained control over the camera’s tonal and color responses, and include the very flat S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves. Like the RX10 II, the III includes both a mic input socket for using an external mic and a headphone jack for monitoring that recorded audio. The RX10 III also offers the high frame rate ‘HFR’ videos modes that capture footage at up to 960 fps (albeit at reduced resolutions) and then play it back as 1080/24p.

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Best Of Citizen Watches

1. Citizen Men’s CC1076-02E

A lightweight design with extremely modern details is featured by this watch. This watch collects data from satellite signals, which means accurate time is displayed everywhere in the world. The strap is made from gray polyurethane, which is accentuated with gray-tone titanium. The round case is made from gray gray-tone titanium, which has an anti-reflective dual curved sapphire crystal within it.

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Citizen Men's CC1076-02E

Citizen Men’s CC1076-02E

 

2. Citizen Men’s AW0038-53E

This sporty watch from Citizen’s HTM collection features cool lines. A date/day feature and a minute track inside are offered by this watch, making it possible to always in style and on time. The bracelet and case are black ion plated, while the dial is also black and is accentuated with orange detailing. There are push buttons on the fold over clasp.

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Citizen Men’s AW0038-53E

 

3. Citizen Men’s NB1031-53L

This is an attractively built and stylish watch with accurate movement. With this Grand Touring watch, no detail will be left unchecked. The bracelet is made from stainless steel. The 45mm round case includes an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The dial is in blue with luminous detailing and silver-tone indices. This watch also features automatic movement and water resistance down to 300 meters.

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Citizen Men’s NB1031-53L

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Best Of Intel Processors

1. Intel Core i3-6100

  • Socket: Socket 1151
  • Specification: 2C/4T, 3MB cache, boxed, 3.7GHz
  • Best for: For those looking to build a solid system that is likely to last a few years.

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If you want to do some heavy lifting but don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a piece of silicon, then check out this processor. The Intel Core i3-6100 is the cheapest Core processor based on the new Skylake architecture and you don’t have to fork out a fortune for it. At less than £93, it is a bargain; true, you need to pair it with a motherboard with a decent chipset (Z710) in order to run faster memory (2.66GHz) but that isn’t necessary. It is not a K-model and there are two SKUs, the 6100 (higher TDP and higher clock speed) and the 6100T (lower TDP, lower clock speeds) so make sure you choose the right one. Using a 14nm node, it reaches 3.7GHz with a 51W TDP; its two cores/4-thread configuration should make for a decent gaming gear and the 4K-capable Intel HD 530 GPU is clocked at 350MHz.

 

2. Intel Pentium G3258

  • Socket: LGA 1150
  • Specification: 2C/2T, 3MB cache, boxed, 3.2GHz
  • Best for: Building an overclockable gaming machine on a very tight budget.

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There are cheaper Intel processors on the market, the Celeron G1840 being the cheapest we sourced. However, the Pentium G3258 is probably the best option at the low end of the market for a good reason. It is an excellent overclocker; at just over £52, this Haswell part sports 3MB L2 cache, hits 3.2GHz on its two-core, two-thread setup with a TDP of 53W. What makes it special though is that it has an unlocked multiplier, essentially Intel’s way of saying thanks to the enthusiast community (The G3258 was launched to mark the 20th anniversary of the Pentium brand). Don’t buy it if you only want to run it at 3.2GHz. Get a decent aftermarket heatsink fan and you can almost certainly look pushing it beyond 4GHz. Just make sure you pair it with a capable motherboard and don’t push it too much (watch the temperature).

3. Intel Core i7-6700K

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Specification: 4C/8T, 8MB cache, boxed, 4GHz
  • Best for: The bleeding, cutting edge from Intel with an inclination for extreme overclocking.

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This is Skylake, Intel’s sixth Core generation (yes, 6th). The i7-6700K, which cost just under £300 at Eclipse Computers, is the company’s most powerful Skylake model and It will replace the Broadwell-based desktop processors in the short term; we’ve got a pretty powerful processor with four cores, eight threads, 8MB cache, a base clock speed of 4GHz, a turbo-boost of 4.2GHz and an Intel HD Graphics 530 subsystem inside. Overclock is what may get some of us excited; this is a K-model and one built on a 14nm process. Pair that with a decent 100-series chipset, an oversized HSF and a couple of overclocker-friendly DDR4 memory modules and watch it fly. 5GHz anyone (although watch out for the 91W TDP)? Check out our review of the Core i7-6700K.

4. Intel Core i5-4690K

  • Socket: LGA 1150
  • Specification: 4C/4T, 6MB cache, boxed, 3.5GHz
  • Best for: Building a mid-range system with some serious overlocking potential.

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There is a good reason why the Intel Core i5-4690K is the best-selling processor on Amazon. This Devil Canyon’s part is one of the most, if not the most affordable K-series processor from Intel’s Core range at £168 and as such can overclock fairly easily with modest efforts. It has a base frequency of 3.5GHz with many users reporting being able to hit 25% increase in speed using a decent aftermarket HSF. It doesn’t come with hyper-threading but for the price, just under £168, that wasn’t expected. The processor has 6MB L2 cache, is built using a 22nm process, has an 88W TDP and integrates an Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU.

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Best Canon Camera Reviews

Canon makes a whole range of cameras, from pocket-sized point-and-shoot compact cameras, right up to professional DSLRs – but which is the best Canon camera for what you want to do?

The sheer number of Canon cameras can be quite confusing, so here’s a guide to the different types, who these cameras are aimed at and the best Canon camera for you.

 

Canon Ixus compact cameras

These are ideal if you’re a casual photographer looking for a simple point-and-shoot camera that doesn’t blind you with science. More experienced photographers could probably point out dozens of missing features and failings in the image quality, but not everyone is that demanding – and not everyone wants to have to learn about photography just to capture pictures of their friends, family and travels.

This is the market that Canon’s Ixus cameras are aimed at. They range from the inexpensive Ixus 145 and Ixus 150, both with a 16-megapixel sensor and 8x optical zoom, through the Ixus 150 (20 megapixels and 10x zoom) up to the 16-megapixel 12x zoom Ixus 265.

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Canon PowerShot D30 waterproof camera

The D30 is the perfect compact camera for more adventurous travellers. It’s waterproof down to a depth of 25m, which is pretty good going for a consumer camera without a specialised underwater housing. It’s also designed to survive a drop of 2m, and it has GPS built in so it can add location data to your photos.

Canon PowerShot D30

The PowerShot D30 is waterproof down to a depth of 25m.

The D30 also offers full HD video recording and a funky Movie Digest mode that’ll capture a short video clip in conjunction with your images and compile everything into an HD movie.

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Canon PowerShot N and N100

The PowerShot N has a fun design with a square, ‘any way up’ body and a flip-up screen that can also double as a makeshift camera stand for hands-free photography.

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The Canon PowerShot N is designed for fun ‘social’ photography.

The Canon N isn’t intended to take the place of a DSLR or even a phone, but to complement them as a ‘take-everywhere’ type camera. The Canon PowerShot N is easy to use, and it’s small enough to slip in a pocket, yet it produces high-quality images for a compact camera.

The newer PowerShot N100 looks more conventional – it’s rectangular rather than square, but it too is designed for fun, ‘social’ photography.

Its unique selling point is a second lens on the back of the camera that captures a selfie at the moment that you’re taking the picture.

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Canon EOS 1200D/Canon EOS Rebel T5

If price is the key determining factor when you’re choosing a DLSR, then the 1200D has to be a very strong contender. It delivers great image quality, classic DSLR design and handling and access to Canon’s full range of lenses and accessories.

Canon EOS 1200D

The EOS 1200D/Rebel T5 is the ideal low-cost ‘starter’ DSLR.

The biggest problem with the 1200D is that it’s just not that exciting. Its predecessor, the EOS 1100D, was on the market for a full three years, so it would have been nice to see some more audacious specs, such as built-in Wi-Fi or a touch-screen display, but the 1200D really offers more of the same – a set of basic but effective features for budget-conscious photographers and novices.

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Nevertheless, Canon has once again produced a reliable camera capable of creating some beautiful images. If you’re in the market for your first DSLR and you’re fine with a no-frills purchase, then the 1200D is a great option.

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Best Nikon DSLR Camera Reviews

Nikon D3300 Review

The Nikon D3300 is Nikon’s most advanced inexpensive super-compact DSLR ever. It comes included with an excellent 18-55mm VR II lens as shown.
The Nikon D3300 packs ultra-high image quality into a small and light package that you’ll want to carry everywhere.

The new D3300 is the lightest Nikon SLR or DSLR in in all of history at just 16.2 oz. (460g) with battery and SD card.

The D3300 weighs about as little as a LEICA screw-mount camera, and makes LEICA’s M cameras, especially the newest LEICA M typ 240 at 25 oz./710g with finder, feel like pigs by comparison.

The D3300 is also very quiet and refined, which is a huge bonus compared to Nikon’s pro cameras when shooting candidly.

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While not as fast or as distracting as Nikon’s professional cameras, the D3300 has as much or more resolution than any Nikon professional DSLR ever! The D3300 also has more resolution than any current Nikon professional DSLR; it has 24 MP compared to the $6,500 Nikon D4s’ mere 16 MP. (The D800 and D800E have more pixels, but are merely consumer cameras.)

The D3300 has the same 24 MP resolution of the $7,000 LEICA M typ 240 in a much smaller and more flexible package.

The Nikon D3300 is a wonderful camera for anything.

The D3300 has more than enough speed for chasing kids, school sports and theatre, and far more pixels than anyone will ever need.

 

Nikon D5 Review


The D5 is Nikon’s newest professional DSLR.

It improves on the old D4s with a faster 12 FPS frame rate critical for sports, as well as with crazier high ISO settings.

As expected, it has more AF points than before, but you can’t select them all. You have only 55 selectable points, even if there are a claimed 153 AF points hidden somewhere.

It ships in March 2016 in two versions (CF-card version or XQD-card-version) — but only to those who order it today and get the first ones. If you wait until tomorrow, it may be quite a while until Nikon can make enough of these to fill all the orders for the latecomers. With the Internet, the order queue fills within hours.

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The genuinely hot and new cameras like this always have people who wait a few days and then can’t get them for their summer vacations. With the Internet, the order queue fills fast and waiting another day can put you months behind. See How to Get It; never wait to order yours.

Of course get the CF-card version; the XQD-card-version is only for people with an XQD workflow. The only real advantage to XQD is that you can’t bend pins — an advantage if you swap cards fast, hard and often.

Nikon D3200 Review

The Nikon D3200 is Nikon’s newest replacement for their least expensive DSLR, 2010’s D3100, which was and still is a very good and inexpensive camera.

The Nikon D3200 is a wonderful camera for anything. The only reason to pay $6,000 for a Nikon D4 is if you’re a full-time professional sports and action shooter.

The D3200 is small, light, and very quiet and refined. The D3200 is smaller and quieter than Nikon’s more professional cameras, which is a huge help when shooting candidly.

While not as fast or as distracting as Nikon’s professional cameras, the D3200 has as much or more resolution than any Nikon professional DSLR!

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The D3200 has more than enough speed for chasing kids, school sports and theatre, and far more pixels than anyone will ever need.

You need a real DSLR like this to capture still photos of motion, sports, kids and action. Smaller non-DSLR cameras like micro 4/3, cell phones and point-and-shoots just can’t focus as fast as a DSLR to follow all the action.

The D3200 is for people who want great pictures. More expensive cameras are for men who just want fancier cameras.

While I cover all the more expensive Nikons which are of interest to hard-core photographers, when my friends ask what camera to get, it’s always this inexpensive D3200.

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