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Best Dashcams of 2020

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Dashcams have become a necessity for drivers. Through this, you can show this as evidence during accidents or other incidences on the road. For travel reasons, you can capture your journey as well. But which are the best dashcams to use for your vehicle?

In this article, know the top 10 best dashcams drivers use.

1. Garmin Dash Cam 66W

The Garmin Dash Cam 66W is one of the best dashcams of 2020. It boasts a 1440 HD quality, allowing it to record crisper and more vivid videos of the road. It alerts drivers into becoming more careful on the road. There are even warnings included and alerts drivers of the stoplight ahead. 

Aside from that, it also has a voice control feature that will keep your eyes glued to the road. You don’t have to fuss over manually stopping or playing the dashcam. All you need to say is, “Ok Garmin”, and it will follow your command.

As for safety and emergency, its GPS comes in handy, especially when there are incidents. 

You will need an SD card so you can record more videos during your drives.

Pricing: $249.99

2. Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa

Here’s another Garmin fan-favorite. Primarily, it’s an Alexa device with a built-in dashcam.

Even if the 66W does have a voice control feature, Alexa is built-in to this one. You can be sure it will entertain you. Since it has Alexa, you can play music using this dashcam. Other than that, you can also ask questions to entertain you and your passengers. Not to mention, it has safety features too, which will warn the driver of possible collisions. 

As for the video quality, it is 1080p/30fps.

Pricing: $179.99

3. Nextbase 622GW

Get crisper details by installing the Nextbase 622GW on your car. The video resolution is 4K/30fps, which would capture HD videos even at night. Other than that, you won’t see shaky videos or images because of rough roads. It has a digital stabilization feature ensuring that videos will remain clear and smooth.

Garmin isn’t the only one with the Amazon Alexa integration, as Nextbase also has a built-in feature of the virtual assistant.

It’s the only dashcam in this list that has the what3words feature installed. It will help give an accurate location in cases of an emergency or incident. Speaking of emergencies, Nextbase also has Nextbase SOS, which will send an alert to emergency services. Plus, it will also send vital information like medical history to them as they respond to you.

Despite its hefty price, many consider this as one of the best dashcams of 2020.

Pricing: $499

4. Vantrue N2 Pro

The Vanture N2 Pro is a dual-cam type. For both front and rear cams, the quality is at 1080P. However, you can convert this into a single front camera, which could reach a 2560P resolution. This dashcam also has a built-in firmware, which will update the functionality for better use in the long run. Of course, like the other dashcams, it has night vision, emergency lock, and voice recording option.

Rideshare drivers trust the Vantrue N2 Pro. It was even featured in CNET, Forbes, and Business Insider.

Pricing $199.99

5. Vantrue T2

As one of the most affordable options on this list, Vantrue T2 can still pack a punch against its other competitors. What makes this different from the N2 Pro is it withstands harsh climates. It also includes features a standard dashcam would have, such as loop recording, night vision, and a parking monitor.

The video quality of this dashcam is 1080P. You can expect a clear output when you playback your video from the road.

Pricing: $149.99

6. Viofo A129 Pro Duo

Here’s another dual-cam dashcam that many users swear by. The Viofo A129 Pro Duo is a dual-cam dashcam. The front resolution is 4K, while the rear one is 1080P. Plus, it has a super night vision feature to record videos clearly, even at low light. You can load a 256GB memory card to store more videos as it loops.

One thing that makes Viofo different from other brands is the Circular Polarizing Lens (CPL). With this, you won’t have to worry about glare as the dashcam captures videos.

If unfortunate incidents were to happen, you can lock the recording, and the dashcam won’t overwrite it. Plus, it can even detect impact 15 seconds before it happens too.

Pricing: $249.99

7. Thinkware F800 Pro

One of the main features of the Thinkware F800 Pro is its ability to capture high-quality images even in low light. It even reduces the noise to render a clearer picture when you play it back. Aside from that, it also has a Wide Dynamic Range, setting the right exposure.

You can also access this dashcam on the phone and on-the-go because of the cloud. Plus, you can expect it to update to a better functionality because of its firmware settings. As for safety, it will alert the driver and even give warnings.

This is originally a single camera dashcam, but you can convert it into a dual-cam one when you buy the optional rear cam. The resolution for both is 1920×1080.

Pricing: $349.99 to $379.99

8. Thinkware U1000

Consider the Thinkware U1000 as an upgrade from the F800 Pro. Video quality is at 4K. And if you want to avail of the rear cam, the resolution is at 2K. You can expect smoother and clearer videos because it renders at 60FPS. Plus, with its wide-angle, you won’t miss any moment while on the road. That’s why many consider this one of the best dashcams.

Aside from this, once you set this up on your phone, it will send notifications about incoming impacts. You can get those even if you’re not in the car.

Pricing: $349.99 to $449.99 (bundled with rear cam)

9. Rexing V1

While it only has a 1080P quality, the Rexing V1 is still worth using, especially for its price. It also has a supercapacitor so that you can drive using this even in extreme temperatures.

Like most dashcams, it will overwrite old videos as part of its Loop Recording feature. But if you need to transfer videos to your hard drive or computer, simply connect to the WiFi to do it. Even if the Rexing V1 is below $100, it remains as one of the best budget dashcams for most drivers.

Pricing: $99.99

10. BlackVue DR900X-2CH 4K UHD

For many drivers, the Black Vue DR900X-2CH is one of the best dashcams. One of the reasons they love this dashcam is its cloud storage capabilities. You can view and record videos even if you’re not in the car. It’s all because you can connect it to WiFi or LTE. 

Aside from that, it also has a motion and impact detector feature. Not only that, but the dashcam will also detect if the engine is turned off and it will shift to the Parking Mode.

As with some other dashcams on the list, it can be activated via voice command. And you can wave a hand to turn the audio recording on or off.

Pricing: $479 to $639 (depends on the storage)

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Suunto 9 After 3 Months: Review

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The Suunto Baro 9 isn’t for everybody. It isn’t trying to beat Apple or Samsung or trying to replace your Fitbit. The smartwatch has a specific audience in mind – ultra athletes and those who need a reliable smartwatch when all else fails. The Suunto Baro 9 is the success of the Spartan and many considers it the Spartan V2. If you’re an athlete, an ultra-marathon runner, or an avid adventurer seeking a feature-rich smartwatch with insane battery performance and built like a tank, then continue reading.

What’s in the box?

The Suunto 9 comes in an all black paper box. It’s no frills packaging gets the job done and lets you access the watch without too much unpacking. Inside you’ll find the watch itself, a magnetic charging cable, sticker sheet, and a comprehensive manual covering multiple languages.

Overall, we appreciate the smaller footprint packaging. It is 2021 after all, and we’re glad brands are ditching cumbersome packaging to inflate the value of what’s inside.

Size & Weight

This is beefy watch without a doubt. Coming in at 50mm in diameter and 7mm deep, the size is noticeable especially on average to smaller wrists. The case and bezel are made of stainless steel and a composite materials. The watch feels sturdy and reliable in your hands. The weight is evenly distributed along all the surfaces making the overall feel of the watch actually light.

The Screen

The Suunto 9 sports a 320×300 pixel resolution touchscreen. The face is covered by sapphire glass making it resistant to scratches and normal wear and tear. The 3 buttons on the side lets you do all of the adjustments along with the touchscreen display. The display is a bit on the basic side. There aren’t many flash animations or even transitions. The background is black, I suspect that’s mainly to optimize for battery life.

Navigating the different features and functions of the watch is fairly easy and intuitive. Manual isn’t necessary so long as you put a bit of time into learning the different menus.

Navigation

One of the core selling features of the Suunto 9 is its accurate GPS that uses the United State’s GPS, Russian’s GLONASS, and the Japan’s QZSS satellites. Being capable of using all 3 makes this watch far more accurate and reliable than other smartwatches that can only use the United State’s GPS satellites.

The watch also comes with Fusedtrack, a proprietary feature developed by Suunto’s engineers to optimize performance by combining GPS signal and motion sensor data to give reading on your current location. This help reduce battery strain and keeps the GPS function running even when you have limited signals.

Battery Life

Battery life is where the Suunto 9 outshines many of it’s competition. The Suunto 9 is built on the promise that this watch will be with you for the whole journey. Many of the built-in apps offer 3 different performance modes you can select from, letting you know roughly how much you can squeeze out of the battery.

Performance mode with everything turned on will get between 20 – 25 hours. Endurance mode will give you about 40 hours. Meanwhile, Ultra mode can go as far as 120 hours on a single charge. That’s impressive battery life.

During our testing, we had a hard time getting the watch down to 50 percent through our daily activities. Even on Performance mode with GPS on and screen brightness at 80%, the Suunto 9 easily survived 2-3 days on a single charge. This is easily one of the best battery life we’d ever tested in a smartwatch.

Final Verdict

We felt like we cheated on the review a bit. Testing the Suunto 9 during a pandemic lockdown while logging average workout activities seemed a bit underwhelming. It’s like reviewing a Ferrari while driving the 25mph speed limit.

However, even with our limited activities to test, the Suunto was impressive in everything that mattered. This is a high performance, accurate, and reliable smart watch built for the ultra athletes. The Fusedtrack technology can also be a lifesaver if you’re a runner who often explore areas with sketchy signals.

The Suunto 9 is an easy smartwatch to recommend to athletes given it’s capabilities, build quality, and extreme battery life. For the average consumer who’s afraid of the wild, $600 can be a tougher sell.

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Best Unlimited Graphic Design Companies Of 2021 (+25% Promo)

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Looking for an alternative to a freelance graphic designer or trying to scale your business using your existing team? A new wave of companies who call themselves “Unlimited Graphic Design Services” are disrupting the creative industry, providing a solution to what is usually an expensive and unpredictable task. Here’s what their offerings have in common:

  • Monthly subscription model
  • 24-48 hour turnaround time
  • Work with their vetted team of designers
  • Unlimited design requests
  • Cancel anytime

Which Provider Should You Choose?

We’ve done the homework and curated a list of Unlimited Graphic Design providers for you and also negotiated special deals on your behalf. You can see them all below and decide which one fits your needs.


Unlimited Graphic Design Providers

What Does Unlimited Graphic Design Mean?

These unlimited graphic design services have a monthly subscription business model. That means you can sign up and cancel whenever you like. What sets them apart from your typical freelancer, agency, or in-house designer is you gain access to a workflow that is designed to be quick and to the point.

You’ll communicate with their team through Trello, email, or an online platform. The option given is dependent on the company you choose. For example, only a small selection of services provide a custom built online platform for their customers.

Once you’re connected to their workflow, you can begin submitting as many design requests as you want. Although they all claim “unlimited”, it generally means you can “create” unlimited design requests. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll work on them all at once. Usually, they just work on one design at a time. When one completes, they start the next design.

The usual turnaround time is between 1 – 2 days, and that’s just for the first draft. It doesn’t mean your entire request is complete. If you don’t like it, you can request as many revisions as you want, and that will take more time. So it can take up to a week to actually get the design complete if you have a lot of revisions.

Another thing to keep in mind is content. You need to be able to have everything ready and provide all the content needed in order for their designers to get started.

Are they worth it?

If you have a lot of design needs, they’re definitely worth it. Being it’s a monthly recurring investment, you’ll need to make sure that you have the need for an ongoing graphic design service. This graphic design service model is comparable to outsourcing a designer yourself, except much of all the management work is done by the company. The quality of designs and turnaround time also tends to be significantly better when outsourcing a designer yourself.

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The Jaw-Dropping Finale of The Mandalorian: A Recap and Review

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Warning: Spoilers

Last year, Disney+ became available and promised a slew of original entertainment to its subscribers. While they have yet to follow through on the quantity, the quality of their material, namely The Mandalorian has surely delivered. The finale to the second season was released on Friday and the tale of the lone bounty hunter and ‘the child’ seemingly came to an end. Fans of the series are clamoring with excitement. All of them are asking the same question: what’s next?

Synopsis

In the finale episode of The Mandalorian, our hero must rescue the child from the clutches of the evil Moff Gideon. The Mandalorian recruits the help of fan favorite, Boba Fett along with Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan, and Koska Reeves – four of the gnarliest heroines the galaxy has ever seen.

Cut to action

The episode wastes no time as Mando and crew literally crash land onto an Imperial vessel and start blasting. They are met with the usual incompetent stormtroopers. At one point, Cara Dune’s machine gun/blaster jams. So, she uses it to bludgeon a whole squad of troopers without sustaining so much as a scratch. Seriously, where does the Empire find these guys? While the stormtroopers don’t provide much opposition, the darktrooper droids are a different story (cue the twisted dubstep). The Mandalorian faces off against one and barely escapes with his life.

Trouble strikes in the end when the child is safely in the Mandalorian’s arms and Moff Gideon is in cuffs. The darktroopers come back in higher numbers. Defeat is surely imminent.

Guess who’s back

And that’s when the show delivers a surprise ending that had every viewer’s jaw on the floor. A young Luke Skywalker shows up to save the day. He arrives in an X-Wing donning his signature green lightsaber.

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The show ended how we knew it always would: The Mandalorian rescued the child and finally delivered him to a Jedi. This was only after sharing a tear-inducing moment.

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We found out that some Imperial troopers could be dangerous. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the scene after the credits where Boba Fett and Fennec Shand take over Jabba’s Palace with “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021” flashing over the screen.

Series: Success!

The past two seasons of The Mandalorian have developed an aesthetic of simple storylines, dynamic action sequences, and memorable characters – all while staying true to the tropes that Star Wars fans have loved for decades. The series walked the line between a nostalgic tribute and a new approach to a universe beloved by sometimes overly critical fans. The finale was no different. Lightsabers and blasters, TIE Fighters and X Wings – the finale funneled Big Screen cinema into our living rooms. It can be difficult to execute the end of a story arc while keeping fans happy. For this, The Mandalorian busted out the big guns in a way only Star Wars could pull off – with Luke freaking Skywalker! Poor CGI notwithstanding, this made for a satisfying ending.

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