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Product Review: TP-Link TL-MR100 4G LTE Router

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Today, routers have become a basic need for smart homes and provide the flexibility to use the fast internet across the premises. The router market has seen a boom as people are deploying routers at their homes and offices to access fast internet and be connected with the digital world. Technology advancement & innovations in the router segment have led this market to grow at a great pace. TP-Link, a market leader in networking solutions has recently introduced its compact and feature-rich 4G Router, TL-MR100. We saw increasing demand for SIM-based router in recent months which is great support for consumers who are not able to a broadband connection or any other challenge in acquiring a stable wi-fi connection. Telecom Today reviewed this router to help you know its features and capabilities for a strong Wi-Fi connection.

In-box Items

The TL-MR100 4G router comes along with two detachable LTE antennas, a power adapter, a LAN cable and a Nano SIM to Micro SIM adapter. 

Design and Connectivity Options

Built with plastic, TP-Link TL-MR100 router is a very compact and lightweight router. The router comes in black color with a trendy design. Generally you forget this device somewhere in a corner after the set-up but thanks to its design, the routers appears very modern and premium so it drives your attention every time. The router has two detachable LTE antennas that you can simply connect with the router through given ports at the back of the router. You can adjust according to the placement of the router. We see that router gets heat-up a lot but the TL-MR100 router will not heat-up as it has been designed in a manner for air flow.

Also, there are two mounting holes underneath the router so you can simply wall-mount the router in case you don’t want to place this on any platform. We must say that TP-Link has gone extra miles if we talk about the design of this router. 

There are enough connectivity options in this router, there is one LAN port with which you can connect your PC or any other device with this router to have an internet connection. Moreover, there is one more port which can be used for both LAN and WAN. Also, this router has a micro SD card slot where you can insert your SIM card for 4G internet. 

Simple Setup

The TL-MR100 router is a plug-and-play device and you do not need to put extra efforts to set up this router. There are two options available in this router for accessing Wi-Fi. Either you can put in the internet cable provided by your service provider or you can insert your SIM card into the micro-SIM card slot of this router given at the back. Thereafter you can access the information about its setting on your PC. You can change the default Wi-Fi name and password on the web interface. There are no extra settings required to set up the Wi-Fi connection. The web interface of this router is so simple and well organized. 

You can achieve up to 150 MBPS download speed and up to 50 MBPS of upload speed with a SIM card, it is quite good speed for a router under this budget. TL-MR100 is a single band 802.11b/g/n router and operates at 2.4 GHz. The router provides up to 300 MBPS of maximum Wi-Fi speed on 2.4 GHz. 

Advance Features

For security concerns, TP-Link TL-MR100 router comes equipped with a Parental Control feature that blocks the harmful websites and allows you to restrict the internet activities of your children. Also, you can set the time limits to access the internet for your children. On the other hand, you also get the Guest Network feature in this router and it also operates at 2.4GHz. This feature will help you to set a separate network for outsiders and protect your core Wi-Fi. The router comes with IPv4 SPI Firewall for the safety of your network from any kind of cyber threat. 

Performance

When you use the internet through SIM card, the speed can vary because of your telecom service provider. During our speed test, we achieved quite a nice internet speed and we could easily finish off our tasks on a few smartphones and laptops. The router is definitely one of the best SIM based routers and provides the best Wi-Fi connection. We connected several devices with Wi-Fi and all the devices worked perfectly and we were getting a stable Wi-Fi speed. You can share the internet with up to 32 devices simultaneously and enjoy stable internet and it is a very nice thing as in many cases we see that if you connect several devices, the internet doesn’t work seamlessly and you face network issues. But with this router, you can have a stable internet speed. 

For the wired connection, we connected a laptop with router to test the speed. We tried uploading a 2GB files to google drive and we got a quite good uploading speed with stable network. We also played some 4K videos on YouTube to measure the speed. The videos didn’t stopped in between and we watched the whole video without any glitch. So the router is definitely a good device for consumer who want wish to buy best SIM router. 

Price:

This is one of the most affordable 4G routers current in the Indian market from a leading brand like TP-Link. You can buy this router for Rs. 3999 from offline and online stores. 

Telecom Today Review

We had a great usage experience with TP-Link TL-MR100 4G router as it provides stable internet speed. We used this router for about a week and it performed really well throughout our testing. The router doesn’t heat-up and work flawlessly. The security features on this router are also praiseworthy as they help you to stay safe digitally. 

Pros:

  • Good build quality with good design
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Stable WiFi Network with good range 

Cons:

  • Only two Ethernet ports 

Ratings Out of 5:

  • Security: 4
  • Speed: 5
  • Build quality: 4
  • Performance: 4
  • Overall: 4

Rajeev has witnessed the growth of technology across all verticals since he started his career in journalism. With a vast experience of almost 11 years in the technology market in India, he has worked closely with the industry leaders and has been part of this revolution in IT & communication market in India. He started his career as an entrepreneur in 2009 in the technology world. Currently, he is Director of News Dot Media Pvt. Ltd., Chief Editor for Digital Terminal (Magazine & Online) & Telecomtoday.in  

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Product Review: AVITA Essential

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AVITA recently launched its latest budget-friendly laptop AVITA Essental in India. We received this laptop for review so let’s check out what this laptop has to offer.

AVITA Essential Laptop Design

AVITA Essential is a quite modern and stylish laptop like the other models being offered by AVITA. The laptop seems to be an attention driver as its design and texture is really unique. The laptop comes in a cloth texture design and has a plastic body so it is slightly lightweight. Its actual weight is 1.37 Kgs which is not so heavy and allows you to carry it easily anywhere. However, the AVITA Essential is a budget-friendly laptop but due to its slim and unique design, it will give you premium laptop feel.

Apart from its design, there is nothing to see except the connectivity ports that are given on the backside of the laptop. It is to make this laptop free from tangled wires on the left and right sides. AVITA Essential laptop has one jack to power the laptop, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one full-size HDMI port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are two 0.8W speakers underneath the laptop which are provided on either side to make a balance for a good audio output.

Keyboard for comfortable Typing

AVITA Essential laptop comes with a big keyboard which allows you more comfort while typing. The typing speed gets enhanced with a full-size keyboard and makes the typing experience even better. The keys of the laptop are designed in a way to provide perfect gripping. Apart from it, the touchpad of the laptop is a little bigger than the usual size.

Anti-Glare Display with Narrow Bezels

Today most of the budget category laptops don’t come with a narrow bezel display and carry the conventional display with thick bezels. But AVITA has gone an extra mile to provide a great viewing experience to its users by bringing a laptop with 4mm thin bezels. This is an anti-glare display so it doesn’t fend-off the quality of the content when we watch anything from side angles. Also, the display has 1920 x 1080 resolution to support HD content. However, the screen is not so much brighter and vibrant which disappoints to an extent.

The 2MP webcam has been given near the keyboard because of the narrow bezels. This angle is a little disappointing because it might not show the face correctly and you will have a bit of disappointment while being in a virtual meeting or doing video chat.

AVITA Essential Specifications and Performance

The laptop falls under the budget category but it doesn’t make any impact on its performance as the laptop is packed with some good features. AVITA Essential comes with an Intel Celeron N4020 processor. Also, the laptop has Intel UHD graphics inside so it will let you have a smooth user experience. AVITA Essential comes with a 3200mAh battery and AVITA commits upto 6 hours of backup. During our review, we got around 2-3 hours of battery support which is not so bad. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home for a smooth and secure user experience.

As far as storage is concerned, AVITA Essential has something great to offer. The laptop comes with 4G DDR4 RAM and 256GB M.2 SSD. Due to the inbuilt SSD, the performance of the laptop has got a boost and we don’t see any lagging issues on the device. Moreover, the boot time of the laptop is nearly 10 seconds which is great.

AVITA Essential Price

MRP of AVITA Essential is INR 27,790 and it is available in three color variants, Matt White, Matt Black, and Concrete Grey. Pricing may differ depending on purchase platform.  

Telecom Today Verdict

AVITA has done a quite good job as AVITA Essential is really a nice laptop under budget. It is one of the ideal laptops for budget-conscious consumers who don’t want to spend much and want good features. The design of the laptop is really outstanding and it won’t let you feel that it is a budget category laptop. Also, the performance is good according to the features given on the laptop. People who are working from home and students who are learning from home can once consider this laptop for their daily work.

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Product Review: Kingston Canvas Go! Plus SDCG3 MicroSD Card

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Kingston recently upgraded its Canvas portfolio of SD cards with the launch of its new Canvas Go! Plus microSD cards. The Canvas Go Plus series offers storage capacities starting from 64GB and goes up to 512GB. We received the 256GB variant microSD cards for review. The microSD card comes along with an optional SD adapter. We tested the canvas series storage product on various parameters during the review. Read below the complete and detailed review:

As per Kingston, the Canvas Go Plus memory card support blazing fast read/write speeds up to 170/90MB/s. These storage products can help you shoot 4K UHD videos and high-quality pictures with ease. These memory cards are ideal for those who love to shoot on DSLR/GoPro cameras for excellent pictures and videos. Additionally, Kingston stated that Canvas Go Plus memory cards are waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof and X-ray proof. So we were quite happy with the review of this product from Kingston. 

Performance

Although, the company says that it can deliver 170/90MB/s read and write speed, but we wanted to be assured from our end. So we went through a speed test for its read and write speed. First, we checked its write speed which generally means that we transferred a 4GB file from our Lenovo AIO PC to the Canvas Go! Plus MicroSD card. The data file included high-quality pictures, MP3 files, MP4 files, ZIP files, some word documents and etc. The memory product recorded data transfer speed upto 82.5MB/s. Such write speed is considered good and it can save your time while being in an urgency to copy your data from any device to the SD cards. 

After checking its write speed, we moved ahead to check the read speed. The read speed means transferring the data from the storage device to your local device. We transferred that 4GB data file from the Canvas Go! Plus memory card to our Lenovo AIO PC. The read speed was also commendable as the memory card recorded 158.2MB/s speed. 

The read/write speed of the Canvas Go! Plus MicroSD card is amazing and there is one more good news for those who are looking to buy the Canvas Go! Plus device. The memory card comes with a lifetime warranty which means you do not have to worry about its quality. Kingston has shown a commitment to the quality of its product by offering a lifetime warranty. 

As the microSD card is capable of shooting the 4K videos, we used the memory card for shooting videos in our DSLR camera. The overall experience while shooting the videos and clicking the pictures was truly overwhelming. We can say that this device is good for professional photographers/videographers.

Price & Availability  

The Kingston Canvas Go! Plus microSD Card is priced at INR 4600 and available across online platforms. 

Telecom Today Verdict 

The Canvas Go! Plus microSD card from Kingston is really a great offering and it is good for today’s content creators who work on big storage files. Data transfer used to be a tough task but with the Canvas Go! Plus storage, it is no more a challenge as per our own experience. The data transfer speed which we experienced was really great. Moreover, its compatibility is also noticeable. The memory card worked well with our DSLR and we did not face any issue while shooting the videos or while copying the videos/pictures from the SD card to our PC. This Canvas series is aimed at professionals who can boost their performance. We find Canvas Go! Plus MicroSD worthy in our review and we give it 4 stars out of 5.

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Product Review: AVITA Essential

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AVITA recently launched its latest budget-friendly laptop AVITA Essential in India. We received this laptop for review so let’s check out what this laptop has to offer.

AVITA Essential Laptop Design

AVITA Essential is a quite modern and stylish laptop like the other models being offered by AVITA. The laptop seems to be an attention driver as its design and texture is really unique. The laptop comes in a cloth texture design and has a plastic body so it is slightly lightweight. Its actual weight is 1.37 Kgs which is not so heavy and allows you to carry it easily anywhere. However, the AVITA Essential is a budget-friendly laptop but due to its slim and unique design, it will give you premium laptop feel.

Apart from its design, there is nothing to see except the connectivity ports that are given on the backside of the laptop. It is to make this laptop free from tangled wires on the left and right sides. AVITA Essential laptop has one jack to power the laptop, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one full-size HDMI port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are two 0.8W speakers underneath the laptop which are provided on either side to make a balance for a good audio output.

Keyboard for comfortable Typing

AVITA Essential laptop comes with a big keyboard which allows you more comfort while typing. The typing speed gets enhanced with a full-size keyboard and makes the typing experience even better. The keys of the laptop are designed in a way to provide perfect gripping. Apart from it, the touchpad of the laptop is a little bigger than the usual size.

Anti-Glare Display with Narrow Bezels

Today most of the budget category laptops don’t come with a narrow bezel display and carry the conventional display with thick bezels. But AVITA has gone an extra mile to provide a great viewing experience to its users by bringing a laptop with 4mm thin bezels. This is an anti-glare display so it doesn’t fend-off the quality of the content when we watch anything from side angles. Also, the display has 1920 x 1080 resolution to support HD content. However, the screen is not so much brighter and vibrant which disappoints to an extent.

The 2MP webcam has been given near the keyboard because of the narrow bezels. This angle is a little disappointing because it might not show the face correctly and you will have a bit of disappointment while being in a virtual meeting or doing video chat.

AVITA Essential Specifications and Performance

The laptop falls under the budget category but it doesn’t make any impact on its performance as the laptop is packed with some good features. AVITA Essential comes with an Intel Celeron N4020 processor. Also, the laptop has Intel UHD graphics inside so it will let you have a smooth user experience. AVITA Essential comes with a 3200mAh battery and AVITA commits upto 6 hours of backup. During our review, we got around 2-3 hours of battery support which is not so bad. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home for a smooth and secure user experience.

As far as storage is concerned, AVITA Essential has something great to offer. The laptop comes with 4G DDR4 RAM and 256GB M.2 SSD. Due to the inbuilt SSD, the performance of the laptop has got a boost and we don’t see any lagging issues on the device. Moreover, the boot time of the laptop is nearly 10 seconds which is great.

AVITA Essential Price

MRP of AVITA Essential is INR 27,790 and it is available in three color variants, Matt White, Matt Black, and Concrete Grey. Pricing may differ depending on purchase platform.  

Telecom Today Verdict

AVITA has done a quite good job as AVITA Essential is really a nice laptop under budget. It is one of the ideal laptops for budget-conscious consumers who don’t want to spend much and want good features. The design of the laptop is really outstanding and it won’t let you feel that it is a budget category laptop. Also, the performance is good according to the features given on the laptop. People who are working from home and students who are learning from home can once consider this laptop for their daily work.

Pros

  • Good Design
  • Nice Built-quality
  • Thin and Lightweight
  • Excellent Performance
  • Impressive battery backup

Cons

  • Non-brighter display
  • Placement of webcam

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