Folding Lightweight Bike – Your Modern Alternative

Folding bicycle is a bicycle designed so that it can be folded into a much more compact size. It is ideal for campers, students , city dwellers and everyone who has problem with space.

Folding bikes can easily be packed down, so you can carry them into buildings and any kind of public transportation.  They fit into the smallest apartments and you can easily store them in a car, a plane or a boat.

Folding bikes are the holy grail for mixed-mode commuters. They are highly recommended by people who are against dependence on cars as the major mode of ground transportation.

Main cons you need to consider, if you want to be a proud owner of this ingenious product, is its speed and stability. Most of the bicycles have 20″ wheels, and this is more or less the “standard” size for a folding bike. However, the size varies from 16 inches to 26 inches. Smaller wheels are great for long-distance carrying  and larger are for a faster and more stable ride. One of the main things you want to pay attention to is weight.

Every folding bike is meant to be a light folding bike. Average weight of these bikes is from 18lbs to 26 lbs. The material has a big role when it comes to weight and price. Some customers prefer titanium bikes while carrying them. Others think that the difference between steel and titanium is insignificant. Your selection depends upon your anatomy and the frequency of your use. Whatever you choose, all bikes on the market are particularly light so you’ll have no problem with that. You have to know that weight plays a big role in the price. Price will be much higher if you want to consolidate all the good sides of folding bikes.

Most people search for the best folding bike.  Bikes differ in many ways, and it is hard to compare them. You should search for something that fits you, for example, if you are a commuter and you want your bike to be easily foldable, you will search for portable bikes. Every bike has its own incomparable performances.

Some of the advantages are:

You can take it anywhere – more mobility

Folding bike is small enough that you can put it under your desk and no one will notice it’s actually there.  Another great thing is that you don’t have to worry about thieves.

Save money

By being a mixed-commuter, you can save a lot of money. Say no to expensive fuel, parking fees and high auto maintenance.

Be fashionable

Many people avoid folding bikes because they think they are too complicated and too much 70s looking. Recent folding bikes are designed so fashionable and innovative that everyone looks great riding it. It takes you 10-15 seconds to unfold it. Not as complicated as it seems.

Exercise

Replacing car with bike is an effective way to lose weight and be healthy. The recommended daily physical activity time for adults is 30 minutes a day. This way you don’t have to go to the gym. You are saving money and getting in shape at the same time. Jackpot.

Low maintenance

You have to worry about:

  1. air in your tires
  2. charging the lights
  3. oiling the chain

and that’s it.

Even if you need to visit a mechanic, you’ll find they are waaay cheaper and more trustworthy.

Ice breaker

This one may sound weird, but every time you do your magic and open your bike, people will be interested and ask questions. It is fun and never gets boring.


What’s it like to ride a folding bicycle?

Folding bikes are very easy to use. All you need to do is practice. The most complicated thing is learning how to fold them, and that’s not hard.  You may notice it’s a little different than a regular bicycle when you first try it out.  Turning is a little more responsive because of the smaller wheels. This means you can quickly turn if you need to.  If you live in a hilly area, don’t worry! – many bikes have multiple gears, so you will be just as fast at hill climbing as with a regular bicycle.

How much do I need to spend? 

The prices vary from 150$ do 2500$. I recommend  to invest in a good bike, even if it is a little pricey. If you go for the cheapest one, you have to know that it’ll wear out faster. You can find a good bike for a reasonable price. Check out our buying guide so you can find a perfect match.

UNDER 500$

Vilano Urbana Single Speed Folding Bike

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Design – 80%

Functionality – 74%

Durability – 70%

Mobility – 65%

Price – 85%

Simplicity is the key. Vilano Urbana isn’t the worst folding bike around. For the money, it works totally fine but it seems to be below par in most departments. However, at this price point, you can’t expect something extraordinary. The bike weighs 21.4lbs and is a 20” one. If you want a folding bike and you have a tight budget, this is the bike for you.


 Rockefeller Integral 26-Inch Folding Mountain Bicycle

Design – 95%

Functionality – 85%

Durability – 90%

Mobility -80%

Price – 80%

This bike can handle the roughest terrain because of a full suspension soft-tail system and a double disc. This bike does it all – it looks good, it is super easy to fold and extra cheap. You want to have this bike!

CategoryFolding Bike, Mountain Bike
Speed21 Speed
GENDERMen’s
Bicycle Wheel Size26 Inch/700CC
Dimension (CM)172*105*40
Bike length (CM)170
MaterialAluminium Alloy
Frame MaterialAluminium Alloy
Fork MaterialAluminium Alloy
Wheel MaterialMagnesium Alloy
CassetteSuperwin-13-T28
Spokes6
Shift LeverSHINING SYS
Rear DerailleurSHIMANO SIS TOURNEY
Front DerailleurSHIMANO TZ50
Fork TypeSpringer Fork
Frame TypeSoft-tail Frame
Brake systemDouble Disc Brake
Pedals TypeOrdinary/Standard
Is there a suspension fork?Yes
If Folding or NotYes
Rider Height (CM)155-180cm
Rider Weight (KG)<=100kg
ColorWhite, Yellow, Orange, Red
Brand#Rockefeller ™
Net Weight(kg)17
Package Weight (kg)22

 RT-20 Folding Bike

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Design – 80%

Functionality – 75%

Durability – 80%

Mobility -70%

Price – 70%

 The 7 gears give a good speed. The weight of this foldable bicycle is 27.56 pounds with a dimension of 45.28 x 7.87 x 59.84 inches. It looks good in white and orange color.

  • 7 Gears Shimano
  • 20 in Mini Folding Bike
  • 12.5 KG Only
  • 7005 Aluminum Frame
  • Mechanical Brakes

Product Description

Weight:12.5kg
Size: 20 in
Color: White, Black, Orange, Yellow
Speeds: 7 Gears
Frame: 7005 Aluminum
Fork: Carbon Steel (Foldable)
Headset: Pro Integrated Model
Hand bar: 25.4 MM 7005 Aluminum
Stem: Quick Release 7005 Aluminum
Seat: Pro Saddle Seat
Post/Clamp: 33.9 mm 7005 Aluminum
Shifter Lever: SHIMANO –TX50-7 Rear
Derailleur: SHIMANO –TX50-7
Paddle: HS Brakes: Yinxing Mechanical Brakes
Chain Wheel: 52 T 7005 Aluminum
BB: TW Zhingqing
Chian: KMC
Freewheel: Shimano 14T-28T 7 Speeds
Tire: Chaoyang 20X1.5
Hubs: Pro Hubs Quick Release 7005 Aluminum
Rim: 40MM Double Layers 7005 Aluminum
Spokes: 14 #

Bike TypeRoad Sport Touring
Brake Styledual-disc-brakes
ColorWhite Orange
Frame Material Typealuminum
Item Dimensions45.28 x 7.87 x 59.84 inches
Item Weight28.66 pounds

 

Rim Size20 inches
Shipping Weight39.68 pounds
Size20 in
Suspension Typeno-suspension
Wheel Size20 inches


Dahon Jack D7 Folding Bike

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Design – 94%

Functionality – 96%

Durability – 97%

Mobility – 88%

Price – 85%

The Dahon Jack D7 folding bike is a model for city riding. It belongs in the 26-inch wheel category and is produced by Dahon, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of folding bikes.

This Dahon Jack D7 model is super light and it quickly folds for carrying and transportation. The Jack folds to 13 x 37 x 31 inches taking less than 10 seconds. The pedals also fold in. Therewith being a folding model, the Dahon Jack D7  is comfortable and has 7-speed Derailleur gear system, alloy handle bars and high quality seat. Its brother, the D8,  is almost the same, but with 8 gears and different paint job.

Specifications

  • Colors – Shadow
  • Frame Material – Aluminium
  • Bike Weight – 35.1lbs
  • Standover Height –  24″
  • Wheel Size – 26″
  • Speeds – 7
  • Folded Size – 27″ x 9″ x 54″
  • Maximum rider weight – 110 kg (240 lbs)

    Dahon Speed Uno

Design – 90%

Functionality – 88%

Durability – 85%

Mobility – 85%

Price – 90%

Dahon have provided a low-budget bike that can compete with the more expensive models.  The tires on the Speed Uno are designed and manufactured by Dahon , and those are high functioning Dahon Rotolo 20” tires. Each of them is pumped up to a total of 65 psi and has a thickness of 1.5 inches. The benefit of these wheels being large is that there is considerably more capacity to absorb shocks when traversing bumpy terrain.

Specification

Folded Size: 11.6″ x 29.9″ x 24.9″

Folded Time: 15 seconds or less

Weight: 24.1lbs

Speeds / Gears: 1

Wheel Size: 20″

Frame Type: K Series – SuperLite 4130 with ViseGrip technology

Brakes: Rear Caliper

Saddle: VL3057A

Max Rider Weight: 240lbs


Allen Sports Downtown

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Design – 78%

Functionality – 81%

Durability – 80%

Mobility – 75%

Price – 82%

This is not the most aesthetically pleasing folding bike, but for this amount of money, this bike offers much.  Allen Sports is a company that has been producing excellent folding bikes for several years now. It has one issue, as with all single speed bikes, and that is, it does struggle up steep hills. I would not recommend this bike if you are planning on using it in regions with lots of hills.

Specification

Color: White, Red and Blue

Folded Size: 15.3″ x 33.4″ x 27.9″ (38cm x 84cm x 70cm)

Weight: 25.9lbs (11.7kg)

Speeds / Gears: 1

Wheel Size: 20″

Max Rider Weight: 240lbs (120kg)


Schwinn Loop 7-Speed

 

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Design – 74%

Functionality – 70%

Mobility – 73%

Durability – 65%

Price – 80%

The Schwinn Loop 7-Speed folding bike is very popular among  those who are looking for a cheap, but quality bike, because they are known for making relatively inexpensive but good bikes.  The company was established in 1895 by Ignaz Schwinn who originated from Germany, and after relocating to America began developing Schwinn Bicycles.

Specification

Shipping Weight – 21.3Kg (46.9lbs)

Breaks – Long-lasting front and back linear pull breaks.

Gear Shift – 7-Speed Shimano grip shifting.

Frame – Low stand-over folding alloy frame. (For easier folding and storage)

Maximum Rider Weight – 104Kg (229.3 lbs.)

Additional Features – Comes with a nylon bag used to store the folded bike.

Weight – 15kg (33lbs.)

Folded Size – 40cm x 82cm x 66cm (16” x 32.5” x 26”)

Colors – Black and Green.

Wheels – 20-inch alloys.

Crank – 3-piece single crank set.

Box Dimensions – 72cm x 43cm x 77cm (26.9” x 16.9” x 29.9”)

Road spray protection added the front and back of the bike.

Built-in carrier at the rear of the bike. (For carrying items whilst travelling)


UNDER 1000$

Montague Crosstown Folding Bike

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Design – 95%

Functionality – 90%

Durability – 90%

Mobility – 89%

Price – 95%
This bike is different because of its full 26” wheels and 7-speed components. However it can be folded down into a relatively small size for easy transportation. The Montague Crosstown can be folded down in under 20 seconds. That is not bad, but it could be better. The bike wheels are a bit of an issue to carry due to their size but the bike is incredibly light so once you get used to holding it, it really is effortless.

Specification

ColorBoulder Gray
FrameCustom drawn 7005 Series, Aluminum tubing with DirectConnect™ folding system.
ForkRigid Unicrown, with CLIX™ Wheel Release System ramped dropout.
Rims700c  Alloy. 32 hole, Silver.
TiresKenda semi-slick.  700c x 35mm.
HubsetFormula. Alloy CLIX™ front quick release.
Spokes14 Gauge Stainless
SaddleGel with Elastomer Comfort System
Seatpost30.0 X 300mm Alloy with Montague logo
HandlebarsRiser style 30mm rise. 600mm wide. Alloy, Black.
StemOctagon™ height adjustable stem. No tools required.
ShiftersShimano 7-Speed RevoShift.
Front DerailleurNA
Rear DerailleurShimano Altus, 7-Speed.
Crankset42T chainring. Alloy 170mm crank arm with chain guard
CassetteShimano MegaRange 14-34T
Speeds7
BrakesetTektro dual pivot caliper. Side pull with Quick Release.
PedalsTrekking pedal with all-weather non-slip tread.
Bottom BracketSemi-Sealed Cartridge.
Frame Sizes17”, 19”, 21”
Folded Size36” x 28” x 12”
Approx Weight28lbs
MSRP$659.95

Dahon Mariner D7

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Design – 93%

Functionality – 96%

Durability – 98%

Mobility – 93%

Price – 91%
The Dahon Mariner D7 has managed to become the best-selling adult folding bike in the U.S. for years. The success is not undeserved. The bike is an ideal if you travel in a boat, as it is water and rust resistant. People love this bike because of its quality and slick design.  The bike has a sleek design in a polished silver color. This bike is not the lightest, but it has everything – a rear rack, mudguards, and 7 speeds.

Specification

Folded Size: 10.9″ x 32″ x 25.6″ (27cm x 80cm x 65cm)

Weight: 25.9lbs (11.7kg)

Speeds / Gears: 7 (36″ to 84″)

Gear Shifter: 7 Speed, SRAM – Facilitates rapid shifting

Wheel Size: 20″

Frame Type: KM Series, 7005 Alloy, ViseGrip technology

Brakes: DHV-107

Saddle: VL3057A

Max Rider Weight: 230lbs (105kg)


 STRiDA SX

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Design – 70%

Functionality – 69%

Durability – 77%

Mobility – 72%

Price – 68%

The STRiDA SX is truly in its own class when it comes to design with ‘umbrella-fold’ mechanism and has actually been going for more than 20 years. It takes a while before you set. It can last up to 30 minutes. One of the biggest advantages of this bike is that it could be folded under 10 seconds. Some people say it could be folded under 5 seconds with some practice. The STRiDA SX has slightly larger 18″ wheels than the 16″ wheels that are typically associated with their bikes – however, these are still smaller than the 20″ wheels that can be found on most folding bikes. Pros of this bike are that it is uncomfortable over large distances and slow due to having a single gear. Depending on the taste, this bike is aesthetically unappealing.

Age Range DescriptionAdult
ColorBlack
Frame Material TypeAluminum
Item Dimensions20 x 43 x 47 inches
Item Weight24 pounds
Number Of Speeds1
Shipping Weight29.55 pounds
Size16-Inch
Wheel Size16 inches

OVER 1000$

We’re getting to the point where standards are high. You can expect lightweight, quick and portable bikes with disc brakes, carbon frames, suspension forks and slick gearing. The fact these bikes fold down can be considered a bonus rather than their primary function.

SOGAR Two-wheeled Electric Bicycle

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Design – 93%

Functionality – 84%

Durability – 80%

Mobility -90%

Price – 73%
  • Mechanical shock, comfortable ride, effectively guarantee the long ride comfort
  • Within the triangle component of the cavity, the triangle structure formation cavity suspension, effectively eliminate part away
  • Removable battery, long life, the use of mainstream battery level supercar, movement of the “gas station”
  • Comfortable damping cushion, accord with human body structural cushion, comfort breathable shock absorption

Bilateral lock locking device, more reliable, more convenient fold


Allen Sports XWay Aluminum 20 Speed Folding Bicycle

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Design – 80%

Functionality – 75%

Durability – 85%

Mobility -80%

Price – 70%
  • 6061 Aluminum Frame and top end components deliver a light folding bicycle (11 KG/24 LB) that is great for long distance treks or urban commutes
  • 20 Speeds provides wide gear range designed for high speeds on flat terrain, climbing hills and everything in between
  • 451 MM Wheels deliver improved performance and handling over the standard 20″ or 16″ found on most folding bicycles
  • Patented frame release levers allow quick and easy folding of bicycle in less than 8 seconds
  • Patented wheel lock system secures the bicycle when folded and allows the bicycle to be rolled like a cart

 

Allen Sports XWay Aluminum 20 Speed Folding Bicycle received a full rating on Amazon. This lightweight bike is designed for urban environments.

Brake StyleMechanical Rim
ColorStone
Frame Material TypeAluminum
Item Dimensions33.5 x 14 x 27.5 inches
Item Display Weight88 pounds
Item Weight24 pounds

 

Number Of Speeds20
Package Quantity1
Shipping Weight32.85 pounds
Size12-Inch/One Size
Wheel Size45.1 inches

Montague Paratrooper Pro 27 Speed Folding Bike

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Design – 88%

Functionality – 85%

Durability – 90%

Mobility -70%

Price – 70%
 Montague Paratrooper Pro 27 Speed Folding Bike is also a worth considering. It is comfortable and good-looking. Black color adds to the charm of this gorgeous bicycle.
  • Weight: 29 lbs.
  • Folded size: 36″ x 28″ x 12″
  • Wheel size: 26″
  • Frame sizes: 18-inch and 20-inch frame.
  • Speeds: 27
  • CLIX system: The clever integration of the CLIX system into the Paratrooper Pro makes it possible to fold this bike in a little under 20 seconds without using any special tools. Folding this bike is as easy as flipping a CLIX quick release lever on the top tube to ensure it fits in small compartments like car trunks and on board buses or trains.
  • Paratrooper Pro Frame: This technology eliminates the need to break the frame in order to fold it. That makes the bicycle stronger while the use of the FIT (Folding Integrated Technology) makes the folding easier.
  • “LockOut” feature: The suspension has the ‘LockOut’ feature which allows one to turn on or off the suspension system depending on the type of road.
  • Faster tires: The CST Critter Knobby tires are faster on the streets and still good for dirt trails.
  • Speed: The 27 Speed feature gives you more gears and easier shifters for quicker shifting and responsiveness.
  • Front Derailleur: Top Swing Dual Pull. Shimano Acera.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX 9-Speed.
  • Chain set: Alloy 170mm crank arm, SR Suntour XCM. Matte Black
  • Frame: custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum with FIT System.
  • Shifters: Shimano RAPIDFIRE Plus Trigger Shifters
  • Stem: Alloy, K-alloy Direct Connect. 105 millimeters with 7 degree rise
  • Fork: Disc Compatible. 100 mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. SR Suntour XCM HLO with hydraulic lockout.

Pros

  • Powerful on and off-road riding because it has strong suspension and braking system that can control it when it is running at a high speed.
  • It is quick and easy to fold and release.
  • Montague Pro Folding Matte Black Bike can handle rugged mountain terrains.
  • It is a bike that can be carried and packed with ease.
  • The bike has 27 gear speed.

Cons

  • It is not ideal for commuter riding
  • It is a bit heavy and bulky to carry even after being folded.

The Montague 20-Inch Paratrooper Pro Folding Bike is ideal for off-road riding. This is a perfect folding mountain bike that will not disappoint in handling steep climbs or rugged downhill sections. Cyclists can comfortably roam in any place with this bike version since, it can maneuver those technical single tracks with ease and precision while letting you experience the comfort of riding on a folding bike. This bike is great for anyone looking to combine the joy of mountain biking and the luxury and convenience of owning a folding bike.


SOON

VEKTRON

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Tern Bicycles and leading electric drivetrain manufacturer Bosch are collaborating to create a compact and powerful folding e-bike. It folds under 10 seconds.

The Vektron is built around the German-engineered Bosch Active drivetrain. It includes a 400Wh Bosch battery for a range of between 50 and 100+ kilometers. The powerful Bosch motor has been adapted from Bosch’s automotive applications. Bosch’s batteries boast leading power density, while sophisticated Bosch electronics manage critical matters such as fast charging and auto shut-off in extreme temperatures. The Elektron also features Deore hydraulic disc brakes, for all-weather stopping power, an integrated 150 lumen Valo 2 light, for 24 hour visibility, and a cargo rack.

Vektron launched on Kickstarter in October 2016.  Pricing is expected to be between 2,999€ and 3,300€ in Europe and 3,500 USD in North America.


 

The Hummingbird

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The Hummingbird is the lightest folding bike in the world.  It weighs 6.5 KG (or 14,3 lbs). It’s a carbon fiber bike for commuters and mixed-commuters and it’s almost on the market. The Humingbird Bike Company is based in the UK. The Hummingbird utilizes a patented folding system that keeps the chain in tension when folded. It was entirely designed and made in Britain. The Hummingbird will be offered in two versions: with 16″ wheels or 20″ wheels.  The Hummingbird will be available either as single speed or 5-speed with 4 color choices: yellow, red, black and raw carbon fiber. Discounted Kickstarter pricing begins at £990 ($1500USD) with expected retail pricing starting at £1550 ($2360USD).


A-bike Redux – Electric Version

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The A-bike was invented by  Sir Clive Sinclair in the United Kingdom and introduced to the market in 2006.  It was a very compact folder that weighed only 5.5 kg (12 lbs).  Due to its small 6″ wheels, it had a fairly rough ride on uneven terrain.  Fast forward to today and a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to bring an electric version of the A-bike to market in the fall of 2015.  It will feature a detachable lithium battery and a brushless DC motor that is said to give a 15 mile (25 km) range and a top speed of 12.5mph (20km/h).  Touted as the “the world’s lightest and most compact electric folding bike” it weighs 26lbs (12kg) and has a folded dimension of 8.3″ x 15.8″ x 27.6″ (21cm x 40cm x 70cm).  Retail pricing of the A-bike Electric is projected to be £699 / $1089.

History of Folding Bikes

There are many companies that claim they are inventors of the first folding bike.  The truth is that the folding bike has been around for considerably longer than one might imagine and most claims of being the first are erroneous. When the military interests in bicycles arose in 1980s, French army deployed folding bikes for bicycle infantry use. The 1970s saw increased interest in the folding bike, and the popular Raleigh Twenty and Bickerton Portable have become the iconic folders of their decade. It was, however, the early 1980s that can be said to have marked the birth of the modern, compact folding bicycle, with competing tiny-footprint models from Brompton and Dahon. Founded in 1982, by inventor and physicist Dr. David Hon and his brother Henry Hon, Dahon has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bikes, with a two-thirds marketshare in 2006.


Conclusion

There is an enormous number of folding bikes on the market. Folding bikes have come a long way in the past few decades. If you want to pick one for you, the key is to know what you’ll use it for and how far you plan to ride it. Folding bikes with larger wheels are good for long distanced trips and you will be more familiar with them, although the smaller-wheeled versions are also very impressive. If you decide to buy one, remember that folding bikes don’t depreciate in value. That means if you want to resell it, you could always find a costumer and give it for a very decent price.

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Raspberry Pi Alternatives (March 2017)

Maybe it wasn’t what you were looking for? Doesn’t complete the tasks you need it to? It’s just not what you wanted?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, because in this article we go over a few alternatives for the Raspberry Pi that are out there in the world with different features and uses and maybe one of them is just right for you.

One might ask why would you need a Raspberry Pi alternative? There’s actually quite a few good reasons. The main one would be the price range. Yes, I know, $25-$35 is not much, but people who buy these products are usually between ages of 18-22 due to the fact that a person of that age usually goes to a university so they would most likely need one of these for projects and such. However, you don’t have to be a college student to have a reason to buy these. Simply said, if you do not have a stable income, $25-$35 might be a high price for you, so you would be looking into cheaper alternatives for Raspberry Pi.

Another good reason would be the fact that it simply doesn’t do what you need it to do, or it’s too big for a project you need. The original Raspberry Pi is quite big in size if it were to be used in some portable project, however depending on what you are doing and making, it may not be. But, in case it is, there are smaller alternatives which do pretty much the same function at cost of something else, such as processing power, number of ports and so on.

By the end of this article, you will have quite a few Raspberry Pi alternatives presented to you with their specifications and detailed descriptions and at the very end, there will be three category picks for BEST, BESTSELLER & BESTBUY according to the price, usage, portability and similar factors of the product.

Table of contents:

 

Banana Pi M3

  • Octa-core 2GHz CPU
  • LPDDR3 2GB RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • SATA Port

This is one powerful piece of hardware. I mean, it has a physical antenna attached to it, like.. damn. Anyway, this device is slightly bigger than the Orange Pi, but it has it’s reason as it comes with an eight core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU which has PowerVR GPU chip. Alongside the powerful CPU, it comes with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB onboard eMMC (memory) which is amazing, meaning you don’t even need an external storage source to have an OS running on this, as you usually would need with other products. The 4 USB 2.0 ports which enables you to have multiple devices and peripherals attached to it, like a keyboard, a mouse and similar. The 2.0 USB might be a slight drawback as the standard today is 3.0 however it makes it up with other features such as the gigabit ethernet and a SATA port.

Yes, a SATA port. This thing has a SATA port. You can plug in an external hard disk drive into this, or even an SSD, depending on your need, granted you would need to supply additional power for the external drive, but if you can handle that problem, you can easily have a 24/7 HDD or SSD operating on this device, which would extend your possibilities even more. Other than the standard USB ports and an HDMI output, it has an IR receiver which means this device is very suitable for somewhat big projects that reach into software development and electrical engineering and that unleashes even more possibilities.

Alongside those features, it has a really powerful WiFi chip which also brings Bluetooth 4.0 with it. The WiFi chip receiving and transmitting power can be greatly amplified by using an external antenna which comes with the product itself, and it’s really all straight-forward. From the hardware set-up to software side, this miniature and portable PC brings astonishing power in such small form. Whether you would use it for a simple media center in your home, or a cluster network, or pretty much anything else, it will suit your needs as it does pack a punch.

 

 

 

Orange Pi One

  • Quad Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7
  • ARM Mali GPU
  • 512MB DD3 RAM
  • 40 Pin GPIO
  • Various connectors such as HDMI and Ethernet

Other than the fact that this piece of hardware is noticeably smaller than its counterpart, Orange Pi, it has almost identical specifications.

The CPU itself isn’t much weaker than the one in Orange Pi, so it gets the job done, but due to the fact that this edition of Orange Pi boards is smaller than the other ones, it has a bit less features to it, but it is a fair trade-off because after all, you do get a much smaller board to work with, which is very useful if you’re using it for projects that rely on constant mobility and compact size.

In comparison to the full sized Orange Pi, this one has 2 USB ports less which is the biggest visual change when comparing the two. It still has the crucial 40 GPIO pins, so you won’t be left with little functionality as it still holds almost all the features as the full sized Orange Pi. Sure, it has a bit less RAM and a slower CPU, but you wouldn’t be buying this one if the full sized Orange Pi sufficed. Perhaps you need a much smaller board that’s easier to conceal? Or the original one just doesn’t fit.

Really, there are multiple reasons you could be getting this one, but the price isn’t one of them due to the fact that the price differential is less than $10, so yeah.. there’s that.

Other than the size, a little slower processor and less RAM, Orange Pi and Orange Pi One are almost identical and when you factor in the price difference between the two, the most common reason you would have for buying the Orange Pi One is due to it’s smaller size.

Orange Pi

  • Quad Core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A7
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Ethernet, HDMI, 40pin GPIO ports
  • ARM Mali GPU
  • 3.5mm audio output

The first product we’ve tested is branded as Orange Pi with a price tag of $24.98 on Amazon. This compact and modular ‘nanoPC‘ is truly amazing for its price. It outmatches Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 2 in multiple factors while it’s in rivaling grounds with Raspberry Pi 3 which is very powerful for its size. In general, it has all the ports you would need, ranging from Ethernet, HDMI, 3 USB 2.0 ports and 40 GPIO pins for use as you require. The ethernet port is 100Mbps so it may not be the most suitable choice for networking projects or similar as you would usually need 1Gbps ethernet ports for networks, but 100Mbps is still not bad if you were to go with this board.

The audio output is your regular 3.5mm port and it will deliver great audio to your speakers or headphones, which makes it suitable for a home cinema center. Alongside the 3.5mm port, there is a camera interface port for which you can buy an additional camera board. Upon connecting it to the board, you can turn this compact and portable PC into basically anything. On the bottom side of the board, you will find a TF card slot in which you can insert a memory card which will additionally expand the space you will have full control of. The most suitable use of this would be booting a different OS if you had to, or if you were for example going to have a media library on this PC for your home, you could store all the media on that card and just have it in the slot all the time which will grant you access to all the files on it over the Orange Pi PC.

Other than those, there is also a small sized microphone on the top side of the board which seems to be of decent quality. It won’t pick up all of the sounds, especially the ones from a far, however it can prove itself useful if working with applications which have voice commands and similar.

Powering this device might seem odd to you as you might expect it would use a micro USB port, however this uses a barrel pin and it’s rated at 5V 2A DC, but you do get an adapter with it so it shouldn’t be a worry, but if you were to power this on a portable battery, you might run into some issues.

The GPU itself is a Mali400MP2 chip clocked at 600MHz and it fully supports OpenGL ES2.0 which means you are able to run games off of it. Simply said, if you wanted to make a portable console of some sort, you are able to do it due to the OpenGL support alongside the HDMI output. However, it is not made for RAM intensive applications, after all, it does have only 1GB of RAM which is shared with the GPU, but it is able to run Google Chrome.

The operating systems you can install on this device are Android Ubuntu, Debian and a Raspberry Pi image. As previously stated, you will need a memory card to install anything on this PC. Overall, this compact and modular ‘nanoPC’ is very versatile as it has many uses and applications, however if you’re going to use it for RAM intensive applications and similar, it may not be the best choice, but other than that, it’s great.

 

 

Intel Edison Kit for Arduino

  • Intel Atom based on 22nm Silver Mont architecture
  • Yocto Linux, Arduino, Python and Node.js support
  • Open source community software tools
  • DDR3 1GB RAM alongside 4GB eMMC flash memory
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • C/C++, Python, Node.hs, HTML5, JavaScript support

Intel Edison is a great piece of hardware as it packs great features for it’s price of $84.99 and as bad as that price may sound, it is actually worth it as this board comes directly from Intel with their CPU, Intel Atom. The possibilities with this device are pretty much infinite as long as you have the idea and knowledge due to the fact that it has quite a powerful hardware and it is well built and optimised and tested over a long period of time by multiple developers coming directly from Intel. The point of this device was to induce creativity among people mostly on Intel forums however the goal went much further away and that’s a good thing as people have shown you can use this portable miniPC for anything, ranging from a simple home media library to a complex robotic system. As long as you have ideas, you will not get bored with this one. Even if you have some big ideas, this device can probably handle it as the parts that it’s made from are quality checked and well-made.

The CPU itself is an Intel Atom CPU clocked at speed of 500MHz, and yes, that may sound low, but don’t let it fool you, it’s actually very powerful. It’s made to handle CPU intensive works and applications so it can be used for parallel processing of data, even big chunks of data aren’t a problem due to the fact how good this CPU has become over the years. I have an Intel Atom Notebook clocked at 1.6GHz and that ‘laptop’ is tiny when compared to others, and you would think to yourself that it’s useless, however it’s not. I’m able to do intricate Java programming on it alongside HTML and Javascript, so, once again, don’t let the low clock fool you, it is actually pretty damn good for its size. Other than the CPU, it packs 1GB of DDR3 RAM which is pretty decent. If you ask me, I would like at least 2GB, however depending on what you do with it, 1GB should be quite sufficient as the CPU makes up for it in most of the areas where it lacks.

The operating system that comes with the board itself is Yocto Linux v1.6 and may require a bit of time to get used to it, but once you do, you will be unstoppable due to the fact that pretty much everything is open sourced. However, the point of this board is to create a bridge between itself and Arduino boards. Once you combine the features of both of those, you have a powerful system that can be used to any extent, depending on what you need.

As I have noticed, a lot of users which own different boards had a problem with temperature and overheating of certain parts on the board, and while there are solutions, Intel Edison board has no such problems. Its operating temperature is between 32 and 104 Fahrenheit and due to amazing cooling optimisation Intel has implemented on this board and similar products, it will basically never go over that 104 mark. HOWEVER, if you ever do experience problems with the temperature with the onboard chips, you can always buy those miniature aluminium heat sinks which work quite well from my experience.

To wrap it up, Intel Edison Kit for Arduino is a very good product I would recommend to any advanced electronics hobbyist as it involves physical circuits due to the fact that it connects to an arduino and it has unmatched features in this field.

 

And now, for the grand finale.. three different categories and only four participants. It looks like an easy win for everyone, but in reality.. it’s not.

As a reminder, we have three categories: BESTBESTSELLERBESTBUY.

Now other than the fact that we have only four candidates this time, it still wasn’t an easy decision on the category of BEST as they all compare almost evenly in various areas. Some have advantages and some don’t, but overall, they’re somewhat even when we take a look at their general score. Anyhow, the winners for three of the categories are as following:

 

 

 

 

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Printer with Cheapest Ink 2017 (June 2017)

We have tested 55 printers and we are going to present the results of our testing to you, so that you can choose the right printer with cheapest ink that suits you the best and which falls in your price range. Choosing the printer with cheapest ink takes a lot of time and consideration, so that is why we have narrowed down the selection for you, from the best to the cheapest, and the only thing that you have to do is to select the one that suits you the most.

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R2D2 Swimsuit and Replica

Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a man. This man had a vision to create a movie set in outer space. Little did he know that he would forever change the lives of millions of people. Spinning around a star somewhere in Milky Way was the planet Earth, a home to this man. Home also to other five plus billion, at the time, large primates who understood what a movie was. The man, the planet and the primates did not know how this movie would influence them, but it did.

R2D2 Swimsuit and Replica

On the serious note, there is not a single human on the planet that has not heard of the Star Wars movie franchise. The first movie was conceived and made at the height of space-craze during the 1970s, the decade after mankind had set foot on the moon. This movie made an astonishing impact on the popular culture, as almost every woman, man and child went to see this movie. It spanned two sequels, three prequels, numerous spin-offs and fan fiction, both endorsed and not by Lucasfilm, novels, video games, comics, toys and what not. Taking that into consideration, saying that Star Wars franchise is a popular culture phenomenon would be an understatement. The movie has also spanned numerous characters, some adored, some hated by the fans. Characters like Luke Skywalker, Leia Origana, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, C-3PO and R2D2 are just some of the large cast of characters which appeared in movies.

Star Wars fans are one of the most devoted groups in the world. Whenever there is a screening of old movies, or new, they dress up as their favorite characters and go to watch it. Every kind of toy, gadget, everything related to their beloved franchise has to be in their possession. They have gone so far as to create their own religion, named Jediism and based on the philosophy of the Jedi Order featured in the movies.

The character of R2D2 is a particularly favored character. It is a droid that is not capable of a human, or should we say galactic, language communication. Instead it communicates in a form of screeches and beeps. It was first in the property of Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi who later converted to the dark side of the Force and took the moniker of Darth Vader, and then later came in possession of Leia Origana, Anakin’s daughter, through her mother Padme Amidala. The droid later ends up with Luke Skywalker, Leia’s twin brother. We hope that this did not confuse you, but truth be told, if you are a fan you are already in possession of this information. If you are not a fan, well, what are you doing here? R2D2 memorabilia is one of the most popular in the Star Wars franchise. So today we have come up with two articles related to R2D2 to present to you: the tank top and a real-life replica that moves around and beeps. Whether you want to buy these products for yourself, or to buy them as a gift for someone who adores Star Wars, you are in the right place.

Womens R2D2 Swimsuit

Womens R2D2 Swimsuit

Let us first start off with a sexy product related to R2D2. Artoo-Deetoo is known as a smart and helpful but he is never taken seriously. The poor fellow is always considered a comic relief, even though he has gotten the main heroes out of some serious pickle on numerous occasions. Who stopped the trash compressor from flattening Han Solo, Luke, Leia and Chewie on the Death Star? Our little blue and white droid of course. If you feel treated the same way as our little robot then this is the perfect tank top for you. Or maybe you just adore R2D2, or you know a female human that does. This comfy piece of clothing Halloween is around the corner, so why not dress as your favorite droid? It is not really a costume, but with certain additions it could definitely pass as a part of one.

This tank top could be worn as a shirt or a short skirt; it depends on your body measurements and the size you purchase it in really. R2D2 tank top is a tank top (yeah, we used that word formation on purpose) that is covered with graphics representing the body of our beloved little droid. Legs and head are not included in this design. That is why with small modifications it could be a perfect Halloween costume, or just a shirt that you, or your friend could wear with pride. Since it is designed for the female part of Star Wars fandom, or should we say geekdom, it does not detract from the serious note. You can basically wear this shirt anywhere without being called geeky and dorky, just because of the sleek and appropriate design. Heck, most people will not recognize the graphics as belonging to our little beepy friend until you tell them. Or until you start walking around beeping and screeching. We will not judge you for that, because that is what our colleague did when she wore the shirt.

Womens R2D2 Swimsuit

But we cannot guarantee that people will not look at you as if you have gone crazy. You have been warned. So, this tank top with R2D2 graphics could be considered a fashion statement, or maybe a piece of clothing that will reflect the admiration towards the franchise. Whatever you are going to use it for, or the person you will give it to will use it for, you cannot deny that this piece of clothing for women is a good bargain for the price. R2D2 women tank top is a perfect gift for yourself or for a friend, maybe as a fashion statement or part of a Halloween costume, and it is definitely one of the cutest Star Wars memorabilia which will make every Star Wars female fan happy if she obtains the possession of this item. Just, please, restrain from beeping in your office while wearing it.

Here are some customer photos:

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Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot

Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot

So, ever dreamed of owning the adventurous Artoo Deetoo droid? We have, and you could not wipe the joy from our faces when we got this product. It is the real deal: a living, breathing (put that in quota marks) 13.2 x 13.2 x 17.8 inches R2D2 droid made by Hasbro. Here is a little bit of history on R2D2 before we describe this replica in detail for you. According to the movie lore, our little Artoo is an astromech droid in the R2 series, created by Industrial Automaton. Over the course of years, this droid has developed an adventurous personality. The droid comes with many resourceful tools which are used for numerous things, such as slicing computers, extinguishing fires, repairing starships and what not. It moves on three legs supported by wheels. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let us present to you this replica.

The only statement that we can make, so as to present to you this product is the following: it is a geeky dream of every child/teenager who adores Star Wars. Period. Once you pop in four AA and four D batteries, this little fellow comes to life and starts beeping and screeching all over the place. It will move on its own accord, and the movement replicates the one from the movie in detail. This little droid is capable of executing over forty voice commands, and the way to grab his attention is to simply say the two magic words: “Hey Artoo”. You can ask him about various Star Wars characters and he will respond in accordance to his relationship towards them. If you want him to screech in terror and start moving backwards, you just ask him about Darth Vader.

Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot

We won’t lie to you, we had countless hours of fun with this little replica in our office. One of our co-workers booped the little robot on the head, and the response that he got was hilarious. The little Artoo made an irritated voice and moved away from that person. Our little Artoo boasts of numerous features, including a secret cargo compartment, where you can hide things such as your lightsaber, or an extra sandwich, a utility arm for holding beverages, removable sensor scope, light beam, droid mood–status indicator and many more. Some of the commands that will initiate certain modes of this little fellow include “Go on patrol”, “Light Beam” and “Play Message”. If you send R2D2 on a patrol he will go on a patrol with his sonar navigation equipment and infrared location sensor and report back to you. We do not guarantee that you will understand him. Most of the times he will report back about your cat being present there.

Now, when you initiate the game mode, this little astromech droid starts responding to more complicated voice commands. He can act as a sentry to protect your things. Trust us, with the ruckus that he makes when someone or something approaches the guarding stuff will alert you even if you are far away from the spot. Another command makes him dance to the famous cantina music, which is an excellent and very fun little dance that will make you smile for hours afterwards. You can even play light tag with the little or make him spin around. There is also a command that lets you give Artoo directions as to where to move, or make him execute pre-programmed directions.

 

There is a small catch here, as when you enter the more complex modes, your commands might not be recognized by the little fellow at certain instances. But that is natural, as Siri will also misunderstand you, as will any apparatus, no matter how advanced it is, with voice recognition. The voice recognition hardware/software has not reached that point where it can be perfect. But you do not need to worry, as every simple command will be executed immediately without delay.

R2D2 interactive replica has grown to our hearts in a very small period of time. It is up and about our office as I write this. We all play with it, even though we are all adults. In a nutshell, this little droid is a perfect representation of the movie character we all love. With the features that it has, this would be a perfect gift for your child, or for anyone who loves Star Wars. If you buy this for your child, be convinced that the whole family will enjoy playing around with this droid. Star Wars fans and collectors will definitely want to have this amazing little droid in their personal collections. Our little Artoo is definitely worth every penny you pay for it and it is an amazing piece of robotic engineering. Well, not that amazing, there are things out there which surpass it, but for us, the Star Wars fans, it is the best modern robot ever. Period. Every time you are feeling down, this astromech droid can cheer you up. It really is priceless and a definite purchase for Star Wars fans. Just do not scare or irritate the poor fellow too much, because that would be considered droid cruelty you know. You would have to answer to the intergalactic robot labor union for that.

Conclusion

Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot

There are a lot of products out there related to Star Wars franchise, and Artoo himself. Here we have presented to you the tank top with the graphics and an interactive replica of the famous and adorable little droid. These could be perfect gifts for Star Wars fans and geeks alike. Whether you buy them for yourself or for someone else, it does not matter, as these products will definitely put a smile on the face of anyone who receives them. The tank top is perfect as a fashion statement, or even a piece of a Halloween costume. The R2D2 replica on the other hand is a perfect companion that will cheer you up and remind you of our little Artoo whenever you turn it on. You just pick up the one that you want and you are good to go. And, remember that the Force is always with you. Or in the words of Artoo: “Beep-boop-bip-beep-beep”.

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Hello Kitty Vibrator

hello kitty masturbator

Hello Kitty items are very popular, and their skyrocketing fame managed to push them out of Japan into the worldmarket, where the popularity soared even further into unimaginable heights. The most fascinating thing about Hello Kitty is that even though we automatically conclude that the iconic pink and white kitten is actually only meant for little girls, we are very, very wrong. In fact, Hello Kitty is mega popular in a much older demographics and a vast majority of weird Hello Kitty products is actually for adolescents and women.

We can think whatever we want but the bottom line is that Shintaro Tsuji, the 85 year old owner of Sanrio, the company that actually introduced us to Hello Kitty all the way back in 1974, is becoming a billionaire. Oh wait – he already is! Thanks to Hello Kitty’s startling rise to become one of the most iconic representations of the word “cute”, Mr. Tsuji made about $900 million just last year, so perhaps we shouldn’t question his notion of doing good business. This is how he looks like:

Shintaro Tsuji

The Hello Kitty vibrator was actually first marketed under the guise of a neck massager, but its very, uhm… suspicious design made us have that internal “Oh, really?” moment. Now, there is nothing wrong with owning a vibrator, and it is certainly healthier to be in a loving relationship with something like this than tolerate an abusive, degrading relationship with another person. We are not judging. Judging is for small minded people. However, we have to wonder why this interesting phallic object actually had to be presented as a neck massager at all in the first place. Just one look at it turns on a million light bulbs in your mind. But if you ever dug deep into the Japanese view on sex, then you will understand. One statistic shows that Japanese couples have four times sex in one year!

hello-kitty-vibrator-shoulderFirst, we have the phallic, elongated shape that is not really useful for the neck, but is awfully reminiscent of something else that just might be useful somewhere else. Khm. Secondly, we have the vibrating qualities of this product, so if we put two and two together, you bet we are going to get f-f-f-four. Okay, moving on.

This item was actually a brilliant idea and so was the decision to temporarily pull it off the market. To give you a bit of background, the Hello Kitty vibrator stirred a lot of controversy immediately after its release, but the company owners cleverly ignored all the commentary and kept selling this, um, contraption to the ladies and those who feel that way for a long time. Then, when the Hello Kitty erotic massager appeared in porn movies, the owners responded by allegedly being so shocked and appalled that they immediately pulled it off the market by making the licensed manufacturer go through a lot of legal trouble, thus losing the license to make Hello Kitty items. Mainly, it was off the market because of controversy. Yeah, right. Imagine that shock. But then the (un)expected happened! The lonely ladies rebelled and a lot of Hello Kitty fans that were now dissatisfied were starting to post serious reviews of this item, its practical usage, battery life, etc. You can basically guess what happened next – the Hello Kitty vibrators were immediately re-released in various colors, including black, which seems to be the most popular variant. And they were now released by Sanrio, and not by any other manufacturer that had the Hello Kitty license.

hello kitty vibrator

Surprise, surprise! If men didn’t want Hello Kitty to burn in Hell before, you can bet they do now. Especially if any of the Hello Kitty models can outperform them. And that is very, very humiliating, especially since when it comes to the quality of vibrators, Hello Kitty “massagers” suck. Not literally, of course. Or at least a part of the ladies report it so. The other part is blissfully silent.

One Amazon customer says in a review:
“First of all I’d like to say this product is not for insertion, and it’s not “mislabeled” as people might tell you it is. It’s long, it vibrates, and it’s from Japan! It’s not hard to figure out this was meant for sexual stimulation. It might be marked as a personal massager but just like the Hatachi Magic Wand this product is marketed as a personal massager as a modest …”

Some ladies report that they only can achieve an orgasm with a Hello Kitty vibrator, although they are not a Hello Kitty fan. Interestingly, the Hello Kitty vibrators, despite not being the best vibrators out there, still managed to become a cult item and a collectible. You can bet that there are dozens upon dozens of men frustrated because their wives are in love with Hello Kitty and want to have everything that the company produces – including the ever popular Hello Kitty sex toy. In fact, it is easy to stumble upon several blogs that are written by men who hate the Hello Kitty franchise because it is ruining their lives – their houses are full of Hello Kitty stuff and to top all that, there is another, evil Hello Kitty in the bedroom. Men don’t feel good sleeping close to pink phallic, “kawaii” objects. It’s just the way things are. Alas for them, the Hello Kitty just doesn’t seem to go goodbye.

The Sex Professor says:

“The Hello Kitty vibrator  is small, super cute and offers gentle vibration which is nice for those who either prefer more mild to moderate vibration or those who are new to using sex toys or vibrators. In case you’re wondering which part vibrates, it is indeed Hello Kitty herself and her little teddy bear.”

Hello Kitty Vibrator Massager Masturbator

Well, this is the vibrating stick that is supposed to be a neck massager. After being temporarily taken off the market, the Hello Kitty massager returned and started selling like never before. This product has become a cult collectible and is now back on the market for almost five years, so we have to assume it is doing something right if so many people like it. The return of this vibrating item has been marked by the company as glorious, but does it perform gloriously? Most ladies say yes. The first thing that needs to be clear about this interesting neck massager is that it is not made for insertion, but for stimulation only. As such, it packs a punch. The company even offers discreet shipping, so if you want one of these and are a bit embarrassed, don’t be – the package will arrive in a plain box that has no Hello Kitty logo or any other markings on it.

The Hello Kitty (or Hell-o Kitty as some men like to call it) vibrator uses one AA battery and vibrates at one speed. It is available in several colors, including the recognizable pink, red, purple and black, so if a lady feels like pink is not so original, she has more choices. Clever move, Sanrio, clever move.
The stimulating toy is actually not that big at all, and as we have mentioned before, it isn’t meant for insertion so the size is not the issue this time. The problem that some seem to have with it is the fact that it does not have a lot of vibrating strength and that it only has one speed. However, it gets the job done. The phallic Hello Kitty “toy” is made out of good quality material, and it actually vibrates pretty strong considering that it needs only one AA battery. It should be enough to relieve the daily stress, or to make an original gift for a special person who is into Hello Kitty.

Oh, and do keep it away from children, as they may think that it is a toy for them. Hide it well from men, too. 🙂

Conclusion

Hello Kitty vibrators are sheer evidence that in order for a product to succeed and make an astronomical profit for the company, it has to be at least a bit controversial. Not only did the Sanrio manage to profit from this relatively cheap vibrator, they managed to create such a hype by pretending that they are disgusted by its use in pornography that even more people were prepared to buy it for their stress relieving activities. At one point, when Hello Kitty vibrators were taken off the market, the value of each of these “massagers” rose over 150$ and these items were auctioned on Ebay and sold on websites as purely collectibles. Now that they sell normally, the price is logically a lot lower than that, but the sales are as high as ever.

The Hello Kitty neck massager and vibrator kit is a widely bought item for purposes of gift wrapping and sending to someone else, and whether this gift is meant humorously or not, the fact is that the Hello Kitty vibrator does its job. To prove that, you can go and read the commentary on the sales sites such as Amazon, where you will be able to read some in depth experiences we would rather not share here. You can also find a lot of pictures online, including pictures of the Hello Kitty vibrators, and Hello Kitty sex rooms in Japan where the rooms are crowded with Hello Kitty themed bondage and other sex alluding contraptions. The porn video portals are also full of videos with masturbating women with this toy. While some may find this stomach turning, other may like it and even be interested in procuring some of these other Hello Kitty sex toys. Unfortunately, anything else but the Hello Kitty vibrator is only available in Japan, where people seem to be oddly interested in this sort of thing. The vibrator fits your should bag for sure and at first sight it doesn’t look like a vibrator, so it is ideal for hiding your lovely toy.

To summarize, whatever your reason for buying a Hello Kitty massaging and vibrator kit may be, be sure to find it original. You may want to add something cute in your own bedroom routine, relieve some stress with your favorite cute character, or gift wrap it and send it to someone else. Either way, Hello Kitty will deliver what you need, even if it’s just a bit of humor in a gift wrap.

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Best Low Light Camera

Taking a good snap in low light depends on two things: your digital camera and your skill and understanding of which factors influence the quality of your shots in low light conditions. That said, you can basically conclude that even if your camera is perfectly built to take excellent photos in dim situations, your first shots will be blurry. However, as skill is something you can definitely work on, choosing a good low light camera is something you don’t want to do without some serious thought, as most of them cost quite a bit of money. The most important thing you need to know is that you will get the best picture in dim conditions if you use a digital camera with a big image sensor. Basically, this means that you need to look for specific features that will allow you to make fantastic and quality images in all conditions, and your camera will need to have all or most of these features to be able to capture some really good shots in the dark.

To enable you to find the perfect low light camera, we have gone to great lengths to test out over 30 cameras that bragged about their low light performances, and we have narrowed this selection to only 4 which we will review in depth. We tested these low light cameras by using them in all unfavorable conditions, such as dim lights, pitch black dark, and even in dim lights and bad weather conditions. While some of them performed pretty well, we had to make the cut and thus we chose the ones that not only shoot, but virtually see in the dark, and removed the ones with average and below average performances. We also tried to satiate all needs and the 4 cameras that made the cut befall in different price ranges so that even a person on a lower budget can get a camera that has proven to take nice low light images. That said, we have to mention some key features that we used as comparison points and that you should look for when choosing your ideal low light camera.

Features to look for in a great low light camera:

    • Low aperture – also known as the f-stop and the speed of lens, aperture is basically the amount of light the lens can capture. The lower the aperture number, the better. For instance, an f/1.4 camera can capture two times the light of an f/2 camera and is best suited to shoot in low light.
    • Image quality in relation to ISO – ISO is a number that represents the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher it can go without making the image grainy, the more suited the camera is to shoot awesome dim light images.
    • Larger image sensor – the bigger the camera sensor is, the better quality your low light image will be. It’s that simple.

    Best Low Light Camera – Sony DSC-RX100M II

    Sony DSC RX100M II Best Low Light Camera

    Sony DSC-RX100M II is a camera made in heaven for those who need great low light image quality, and it was built to provide the best low light capabilities and comes at a reasonable price all things considering. This camera was our top performer during the testing, and what was particularly impressive is how it handled the high ISO snaps. It has a sensor that was literally made to capture any and all light that is there, and it shows in the quality of images. The Sony DSC-RX100M II can literally see in the dark, and now we will list some pros and cons of buying this camera.

    Sony DSC-RX100M II PROS:

    Sony DSC-RX100M II has 20.2 MP and it is the most impressive sensor resolution in the batch of all the cameras we tested. The Ermor R sensor was made to capture low light pictures, and it does its job perfectly as the noise levels were extremely low and practically inexistent. The ISO sensitivity of this killer low light camera goes up to the astonishing 12800 – and even when ISO is set up to its max, the camera performs in dim light and produces fantastic shots. The aperture of the lens is f/1.8, which is incredibly accurate, and the camera has 3.6x zoom capabilities. In addition to that, the tiltable 3 inch LCD screen will allow you to see what you are doing perfectly, even in the bright light which can be very annoying for photographers. The Sony DSC-RX100M II is easily connectible to a smartphone, tablet or a computer via Wi-Fi, and this is a really cool feature that allows you to avoid all the cables.

    Sony DSC-RX100M II CONS:

    The only thing we did not like about Sony DSC-RX100M II is the fact that the battery charging is only in-camera, which could pose a problem for some. It is not a major flaw, but it is definitely a bit annoying and an obvious oversight by Sony.

    To summarize, Sony DSC-RX100M II is an excellent choice of a low light camera, and comes at a reasonable asking price considering all that it offers. The incredible ISO sensitivity of Sony DSC-RX100M II makes it the best camera on this list, even though the battery charging could have been solved better.

    Best Buy Low Light Camera – Sony DSC-RX100/B

    Sony DSC-RX100/B is another Sony camera designed to take excellent low light shots, and that is exactly what it does. It has most of the features of its brother, Sony DSC-RX100M II, but it also offers a lot of things for a lower price, which is a fair ratio. In fact, this camera is the best buy option on our list precisely because it has so many good qualities for a price that is about 200$ lower than our best choice, and that is quite a price difference.

    Sony DSC-RX100/B PROS:

    Sony DSC-RX100/B has a sensor built to absorb all the light there is, and it does so like a Swiss watch – without fail. It features the impressive 1 inch Exmor sensor of 20.2 MP which captures the light efficiently and displays all the details perfectly. Its aperture is f/1.8, which is simply top notch and will ensure excellent image quality. Sony makes really good cameras that have no ghost and flare issues, and Sony DSC-RX100/B is no exception to this rule. The ISO sensitivity will push your camera to the max 6400, and even at the maximum, this camera will not have any image processing issues or disturbances. Sony DSC-RX100/B dons a 3 inch LCD display that is no sensitive to bright light, and that is a really good feature.

    Sony DSC-RX100/B CONS:

    Sony DSC-RX100/B is pretty impressive, but the Sony DSC-RX100M II can push the ISO sensitivity to the outstanding 12800, and that is a major difference between these two cameras. To add to the list of things that could have been done better, we will mention that it does not have Wi-Fi and that the charging can only be done in-camera, which is not very convenient.

    To sum it all up, the Sony DSC-RX100/B is definitely a camera worth buying and is a unit that will give you the most for the money. While there are definitely better cameras out there, but it would be excruciatingly hard to find a better low light camera in this particular price range. The Sony DSC-RX100/B excels in many things, out of which the most important are its aperture, ISO sensitivity and its large sensor, which, when combined, provide you with everything you need to shoot exceptional images in dim light conditions.

    Best Buy Low Light Camera – Sony DSC-RX100/B

    Sony DSC RX100/B Best Low Light Camera

    Sony DSC-RX100/B is another Sony camera designed to take excellent low light shots, and that is exactly what it does. It has most of the features of its brother, Sony DSC-RX100M II, but it also offers a lot of things for a lower price, which is a fair ratio. In fact, this camera is the best buy option on our list precisely because it has so many good qualities for a price that is about 200$ lower than our best choice, and that is quite a price difference.

    Sony DSC-RX100/B PROS:

    Sony DSC-RX100/B has a sensor built to absorb all the light there is, and it does so like a Swiss watch – without fail. It features the impressive 1 inch Exmor sensor of 20.2 MP which captures the light efficiently and displays all the details perfectly. Its aperture is f/1.8, which is simply top notch and will ensure excellent image quality. Sony makes really good cameras that have no ghost and flare issues, and Sony DSC-RX100/B is no exception to this rule. The ISO sensitivity will push your camera to the max 6400, and even at the maximum, this camera will not have any image processing issues or disturbances. Sony DSC-RX100/B dons a 3 inch LCD display that is no sensitive to bright light, and that is a really good feature.

    Sony DSC-RX100/B CONS:

    Sony DSC-RX100/B is pretty impressive, but the Sony DSC-RX100M II can push the ISO sensitivity to the outstanding 12800, and that is a major difference between these two cameras. To add to the list of things that could have been done better, we will mention that it does not have Wi-Fi and that the charging can only be done in-camera, which is not very convenient.

    To sum it all up, the Sony DSC-RX100/B is definitely a camera worth buying and is a unit that will give you the most for the money. While there are definitely better cameras out there, but it would be excruciatingly hard to find a better low light camera in this particular price range. The Sony DSC-RX100/B excels in many things, out of which the most important are its aperture, ISO sensitivity and its large sensor, which, when combined, provide you with everything you need to shoot exceptional images in dim light conditions.

    Bestseller Low Light Camera – Nikon COOLPIX P7700

    Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Best Low Light Camera

    Nikon is famous for the quality of its cameras, and this one does not disappoint either. The Nikon COOLPIX P7700 is an exceptionally good camera that performs well in low light conditions, and it has a moderate price which, in combination with its popularity, skyrocket it to the best selling spot in our review. In fact, this moderate camera has a lot of good things going for it and has literally sold more units than the rest of all the cams we had on our testing list thanks to its ability to shoot quality images.

    Nikon COOLPIX P7700 PROS:

    Nikon COOLPIX P7700 dons a nice large 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, which is ideal for capturing images in low light situations. Its aperture is a little lower than that of its Sony predecessors on this list, and it amounts to f/2.0. However, do not be fooled as this is a really good feature, especially considering the price differences between this and the aforementioned best low light cameras. The Nikon COOLPIX P7700 performs well and your pictures will not be grainy even if you push its ISO sensitivity to the max 6400, which is cool as most low light cameras are not able to make a grain-free image when you do this. The swiveling 3 inch LCD screen is very practical. It has Wi-Fi, and the wireless connectivity is a really neat feature to have in a camera than can save you some time and frustration, as you can easily connect the device to your smartphone, tablet or computer without the hassle of fiddling with cables.

    Nikon COOLPIX P7700 CONS:

    Nikon COOLPIX P7700 is definitely a good low light camera, but there are some things that could have been done better. For instance, the annoying in-camera battery charging is also a flaw of this camera, and we find it very strange that Nikon has overlooked this impractical issue. The image processing speed could definitely be better, as it sometimes takes up to 4 seconds to between shots, and that can be extremely annoying. If you want to avoid this, you are better off with Sony DSC-FX100M II, as you will not have any lag issues with it and it has much better features.

    To sum it up, Nikon COOLPIX P7700 is a really good camera – it is balanced, has nice features and its price is not at all unreasonable in proportion to its capabilities. It has a lot of positives, including a large 1 inch sensor, great ISO sensitivity, good aperture, and so on. It major flaw is the lag in between taking pictures, but if you want to avoid this issue, you are probably better off purchasing any of the two before mentioned Sony low light cameras where this issue is non-existent.

    Cheapest Low Light Camera – Canon PowerShot ELPH 330

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 Best Low Light Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 is the cheapest camera on this list that takes really nice low light pictures. While it does not really compare to the Sony cameras we mentioned or the Nikon COOLPIX P7700, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 has a lot of good things going for it and it is definitely worth considering, especially if you are on a lower budget. After all, while this Canon camera is in a lower league than the others we reviewed, its price is also a fraction of the asked prices of the best cameras.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 PROS:

    This cheap camera has a Wi-Fi, which enables you to wirelessly transfer all your pictures and videos to your computer, smartphone or tablet. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 has a very sensitive 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, which, when combined with the 6400 ISO sensitivity, makes for some really good, vivid images. The sensor is pretty large at 1 inch of size, and because it is highly sensitive, you can expect some really good shots, even in the dim light situations. Another positive of this camera is its price, which is levels below what you would expect to pay for a nice low light camera.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 CONS:

    It does not come close to Sony DSC-FX100M II, Sony DSC-FX100/B or the Nikon COOLPIX 7700. It does not have a good battery life, which is not a good thing if you are often on the move and want your camera ready at all times. The instructions that accompany the camera are not very clear.
    To summarize, buying a low light camera on a budget is a challenge, and even despite all the deficiencies the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 has, it is still a top notch camera within its specific price range. The battery life may not be all too impressive, but it is important to keep in mind that the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 has certain features like Wi-Fi that even the much more expensive cameras do not have. Overall, Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 is a good camera and when compared with other low light cameras within its level, it definitely takes the crown.

    Conclusion
    A good low light camera will have to be able to perform in the lowest of lights and take a perfect snap of anything in pitch black, even if it is a moving object. To provide you with some solid choices, we have tested a lot of low light cameras and written comprehensive reviews for the 4 selected. That said, if you are here to find the best low light camera, you can trust that the Sony DSC-FX100M II will deliver and that you will enjoy its numerous excellent features. If you want to get the most out of your money, and don’t mind having a slightly inferior camera, then you will save a bit of money and walk away pretty happy and satisfied with the Sony DSC-FX100/B. Sony is not the only company on this list that can brag about excellent low light cameras, as we have the Nikon COOLPIX 7700 that is definitely the best selling item for a good reason. The Nikon low light camera will definitely deliver a lot for a reasonable price, and even though it does not stand shoulder to shoulder with the two killer Sony cameras, it is still a good choice that will disappoint only the too demanding. However, if you are on a tighter budget, you won’t care for all that and will continue to see what you can get for a lower price, in which case we would recommend you to give a shot to the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330, which is a really solid cheap low light camera.

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    Fitbit vs BodyBugg

    Whether you are very serious about your fitness or just plainly want to know what is going on with your body on a daily basis, activity trackers can help you. You can get rid of all paper based calorie loss calculations and calendars if you transfer to these electronic devices that offer a lot more. Activity trackers are basically an advanced version of pedometers. While pedometers are electronic portable devices that measure every step based on your hip movements, activity trackers do more than that. Accelerometers or altimeters for distance tracking, calculators for your calorie loss tracking,  some of them are able to monitor your heart rate and even the quality of sleep.

     

    What is the best activity tracker?

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    So, in layman terms, activity trackers are handy devices that help you oversee your fitness levels with computer-aided calculations for certain parameters. The term “activity tracker” has been used for these devices ever since the release of the original Fitbit in 2009. They usually come in pair with an internet-based or mobile application which help you to have a better insight in your lifestyle and physical health. Some of these devices can be connected to a smart bathroom scale and other similar devices in order to provide you with the most accurate data about your body. There are many forms and design shapes so they can be attached to your waist via clip-on technique, or they can be in a form of a watch that goes around your wrist. There are even some devices that can be attached to your shoe.

    Activity tracking devices

    When analyzing the best activity trackers out there, you have to take into consideration a lot of elements and features. The main ones being the amount of information with which such a device can provide you and of course, looks and design. Most people do not want these kinds of devices to be intrusive or seen by other people, and that is what makes the design a very important aspect.

    We have tested a lot of products out there, around fifteen of them, and we came to conclusion that two companies provided the best activity trackers on the market: Fitbit, with the original activity trackers, and Apex Fitness Group with their BodyBugg line of products. We really did not know how to select the best product from these two companies, as they all have different features that make them great. That is why we are going to present to you both, Fitbit and BodyBugg products, so that you can choose the best one for yourself. Your style and preferences will determine which one of these products is the most suitable for you, according to your needs. So, without further ado, let us present to you an in-depth review of these products.

    Fitbit

    The Fitbit Inc. produced the first activity tracker ever, the Fitbit Tracker. Fitbit Tracker was the first fitness device that was an update of the pedometers. The device used a three-dimensional accelerator to measure your body activity, such as the distance you have walked, floors you have climbed, calories burned, basically everything you did, plus the length and intensity of these activities.

    Fitbit One

    The device used a display to convey this information and came with a wireless station that enabled the user to charge the device, connect it to a computer and upload the data to Fitbit website. The upload of data to the website enabled the user to use numerous features, such as overview of physical activity, tracking of set goals, food log and interaction with other users. The website is free to use even today, whether you own a Fitbit or not. The design of this device was a breakthrough, as it was a small device which could be clipped on your body so that you can wear it all the time.

    Fit Flex

    There were numerous products developed in the Fitbit line since 2009 and the original Fitbit, such as the Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Force and even the Fitbit Aria which is a wireless smart scale for measuring of weight, body mass index and body fat. Fitbit Ultra was basically an upgrade to the original product with new features such as a new altimeter that could measure the floors you have climbed, digital clock and stopwatch.

    Fitbit Zip

    Fitbit Force is the latest addition to the family and it has all of the features that its predecessors have had.  Released in 2013, Fitbit Force comes with a beautiful watch-like design and it is a light-weight device that you would not even feel. The constant tracking of your progress is available through the top-notch accelerometer and you can access it with one touch of a button. This activity tracker tracks the number of steps you have taken, number of stairs you have climbed the distance you have traveled and the duration of these activities.

    Force is even able to calculate, based on all of the mentioned measurements taken, how much calories you have burned during your daily activities. At the end of the day, there is no need for you to take off this device when you go to bed, as it is able to track your sleep pattern with number of hours you have slept, how quickly you fell asleep and how many times you awoke during the night. All of these features come with a friendly alarm that will silently wake you up without bothering any people around you or even the person you are sharing your bed with.

    Another great feature of the Fitbit Force is the ability to connect wirelessly and automatically with a number of different devices through Bluetooth technology, including your PC, iPhone or your Android based devices. When connected to a device, only a tap of button on your Force will activate the companion application. Also, through this application you are able to connect to your personal dashboard where you can overview and calculate your data seamlessly, set up your goals and keep track of them.

    There is even an award system which gives you badges for your achievements. Fitbit Force is also able to integrate itself with other relevant apps, including Run Keeper, Map My Fitness, My Fitness Pal, etc. To sum it all up, this device is perfect for people who want to track their daily and nightly activities, whether they are professionally into fitness or just partly interested in the everyday activities of their body. With Fitibit practically inventing the activity tracker devices, you know you cannot go wrong with their products. That being said, when you add the great price for this product, we can say that the Fitbit Force is one of the best activity trackers on the market.

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    BodyBugg

    The largest chain of fitness centers in the world, 24 Hour Fitness, created a nutritional supplement company called Apex Fitness Group. This company was the creator and distributor of the 24 Hour Fitness’ activity tracker named BodyBugg. This device comes with a number of features. First of all, the device can be strapped anywhere on your body and is able to calculate the calories you have burned. So, basically it is a device that is excellent for people who want to exercise. The display, a watch-like designed device, is an optional purchase which will enable you to receive this information in real-time.

    This device is basically a calorie management system, as it tracks how much calories you have spent and how much of them have you consumed. All of these results can be viewed on the optional display but also on your Android based devices, your iPhone or personal computer.

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    The BodyBugg system enables you to connect wirelessly to those devices via a companion application. Upon the purchase of this device, you will be awarded a free six-month long subscription to the website where you will be entering a nutrition and fitness program. Through this program you will be able to enter the food you have eaten and based on that data you will receive suggestions for your future meals. The BodyBugg system also comes with one private session with a BodyBugg coach. The coach will help you set up your fitness program and your device. There is also an option to purchase the further aid of a fitness coach.

    The website itself also enables you to upload all your data and calculate precisely how much calories have you burned and based on that, you can set and monitor your goals for the future. This device is specifically made for people who are professionally into fitness or those who want to lose weight, as it is a very precise device when it comes to calculating the number of calories you burn.

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    Online programs, goal and food consumption monitoring systems with additional help from a personal coach are features that lean towards the statement made in the previous sentence. The features you get for the price you pay are amazing and the satisfactions of many customers who have used this device are the proof of what this device is capable of. That being said, and taking into consideration the relatively modest price, BodyBugg is definitely one of the best activity trackers out there on the market.

    Conclusion: Fitbit VS BodyBugg

    While testing these devices, we have come to the conclusion that they are definitely the best activity trackers on the market, and you can see from the overview of their features. They are both an advance version of pedometers, and are also excellent fitness aid tools that will satisfy even professionals. Considering all the features, one can see that the Fitbit Force is an all-purpose tracking activity device. It can be used for numerous purposes, such as for fitness training programs, weight-loss programs or even health monitoring. BodyBugg on the other side is a strictly fitness tool that built to help you lose weight and improve your training. Both, Fitbit Force and BodyBugg offer internet based services where you can monitor your data.

    The Fitbit website is completely free to use, while the BodyBugg one is free for only for six months after you purchase the product. Still, the BodyBugg web service is full of helpful courses about fitness and weight loss programs, what justifies the monthly subscription. Fitbit Force has some additional features that are not included in the BodyBugg system, such as the sleep monitoring ability.

    It also has to be noted that the Fitbit comes with a real-time display that will convey the measured parameters, which is a paid service with BodyBugg.  There is one BodyBugg  feature that is non-existent when it comes to the Fitbit Force, and that is the additional help from a fitness coach that will enable you to develop and improve your fitness or weight-loss program. While this feature is not free and requires a monthly fee, you still get one free session after you purchase the device.

    Product Recommendation: The Fitbit Alta

    This Fitbit tracker is the best buy tracker currently on the market. You can’t do anything wrong by buying it.

    That one session will certainly help to set your goals on the right course. Also, BodyBugg offers a full customization program which can be found on their website. The program will be based on your age, weight, height and your personal goals. Taking all these features into consideration, one can see why these devices are the best activity trackers on the market. Now, it is just up to you to select the one that suits you the best and fits your needs. You will get an all-purpose device with Fitbit and a strictly fitness and weight-loss aid device with the BodyBugg.

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    This article was updated on 14th May 2018!

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