The Easiest Way to Stream Content to Your TV

Ever find yourself wanting to watching something on your phone, tablet, or laptop and thinking, isn’t this what I have a nice high resolution TV for?

It seems like everyone has been trying to figure out the best way to stream content from your mobile device to your TV screen. We all love the convenience that our mobile devices afford us. We can instantly stream a YouTube video or even an entire movie using Netflix or Hulu Plus.TV

The Problem With Mobile Devices

There are a few problems, in my experience, when it comes to watching videos on my mobile devices. First of all, when I am at home and would like to watch internet content, I would rather do so on my 42 Inch HD television. After all, there is a reason I purchased a TV in the first place, right? Instead of inconveniently having to hold your device, it would be nicer to just sit back, relax, and watch your content on your TV. Also, I’ve found myself in situations where I have family and friends over and someone starts talking about a hilarious YouTube video that “everyone just HAS to see”. It is very inconvenient to have everyone crowd around a laptop, even one with a nice sized screen, not to mention the fact that no one can ever hear.

I’m sure you have your own moments when you just wish that you could take what was on your computer, tablet, or smartphone and broadcast it to you TV.

Smart TVs?

TV manufacturers have been trying to solve this problem for a while now. Many newer TV’s have WIFI built into it and will have apps that you can install and run, much like a smart phone or tablet. This is a good idea but it means if you want that convenience, you will need to go out and purchase a new TV. Even then, you really aren’t casting what you are already familiar with to your TV. It will likely take some learning to figure out the user interface of each app and I personally feel that controlling these apps with your remote control is, well, awkward.

Other Media Streaming Devices

TV manufacturers are not the only ones who have been working bridging this gap. Companies like Apple and Western Digital have been working on products like the Apple TV and the WD TV Live Streaming Media Player, respectively. These devices essentially turn your TV into a “smart TV”, giving it the ability to stream content.  Additonally, Apple TV integrates beautifully with other Apple devices. These devices add additional functionality to your TV and are certainly cheaper than buying a brand new TV.

Chromecast – The Simple Approach

Google has taken a different approach. With the lowest price tag of all the streaming devices ($35), Google Chromecast is certainly an interesting device. While other products have their own user interface and apps that connect to streaming services Chromecast does not. It simply streams content from the devices you already use to your TV.

Personally, when I first heard about Chromecast I was a bit indifferent. I thought it was just another streaming device, encouraging users to use the Android platform on TVs now. However, when I heard the device was being sold for $35, I preordered it right away. When I finally received my Chromecast, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being just another streaming device that encourages it’s own platform, Google viewed Chromecast as an opportunity to connect your already existing devices to your TV. You have the ability to cast a tab directly from Chrome on your computer, tablet, or smartphone to your TV. You can also stream movies from certain apps like Netflix.

chromecast1Chromecast is very simple to set up. Chromecast plugs into an HDMI port on your television and is powered by USB. Simply plug it in, power on your TV and, using any device with internet access, follow the provided instructions. It takes about 5 minutes and you are ready to start streaming content to your TV… FOR 35 DOLLARS.

Why Chromecast?

chromecastChromecast is awesome because it is simple. It has certainly taken the minimalist approach when it comes to streaming content to your TV. While other companies have tried to create a new product to stream content, Google has created a product to bridge the gap between your already existing products that you use every day.

If you want a simple product that takes the content on your computer, tablet, or smartphone and casts it on your TV… Google Chromecast is the perfect solution.

 

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Should You Buy a Laptop or Tablet?

We have many options nowadays when it comes to computers.

Windows or Mac? Tablet, desktop, or laptop? Touchscreen or keyboard and mouse?

Really, theres no reason you can’t have them all in one device! At Men’s Tech, we love the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. Simply because it is everything you need in one simple, easy to use device.

The Problem With Windows 8

Ever since the initial release of Windows 8, there has been plenty of negative feedback regarding the new ‘metro’ user interface. Many Windows users complain that they only use the desktop interface on their desktop, because the metro UI only proves useful on a touch screen tablet. Many devices, such as the Microsoft Surface have worked to bridge this gap by providing both a touch and desktop user experience, with little success in our opinion.

Problem Solved!

ideapag-yoga-laptopWhile the Surface may suit the needs of some, others may need their touch screen device to function as a laptop with a bigger screen. And while we are at it, a laptop that we could connect to a display, keyboard, and mouse, turning it into a fully functioning workstation.

Don’t get me wrong, many PC manufacturers have been doing this in one form or another. However, we use and highly recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.

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Whether you are in need of a new laptop, desktop, tablet, or are just curious about the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets… check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga in the links below.

Watch some videos, read some reviews, and see for yourself why the Yoga is so awesome!

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 11.6-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p

Years ago the only way to enjoy television was to have cable or satellite. And while having cable and satellite certainly has many advantages, such as allowing you to stream live television, there are a few things it can’t do. One of them is streaming your personal media collection.

The solution? Western Digital offers an awesome live streaming media player! Personally I enjoy watching Netflix and Hulu Plus more than I enjoy live television. With this live streaming media player, not only can you stream your own media library, you can connect to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, and more! This gives you the ability to not only stay connected to your entertainment, but also your social media.

The Western Digital Streaming Media Player comes with built-in Wi-Fi, a really nice user interface, and streams in 1080p! If you decide you would like to stay physically connected, this media player also has a built in ethernet connection available.

This device is getting really awesome reviews from consumers.

To find out why, order yours  by clicking the link below!

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p

 

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Portable Game Controller for Mobile Phones

 

There is no question that touch screen has dominated the mobile industry.  When the iPhone was first released in 2007, many people were uncomfortable with the idea of having a mobile phone that was all touch screen and had one button.

Now, due to incredible advances in design, the majority of us cannot imagine NOT having our touch screen devices. And while there is no doubt about the overall functionality of these devices, there is one thing they just don’t really work well as… a portable game controller.

Sure, if you’re playing fruit ninja or angry birds, touch screen works great. But if you are trying to play classic games, or even newer games where you need more control, you need a an actual controller.

We found a really cool, inexpensive, portable game controller that works with most android and iOS devices. Just charage it up and use it for up to 9 hours! As simple as that.

Order Gametel – Portable Game Controller for Mobile Phones and Tablets HERE!

LG Pocket Photo Mini Mobile Printer for Android

We live in an age where most of us use the built in camera on our smart phones to take pictures. And with the ability to take such high quality photos on a device that is easily accessible, it’s no wonder we prefer using our phones! However, if you are like me, you don’t like having to upload all of your photos, wait for them to be developed, then pick them up.  It’s inconvenient! Especially if you just want to print out a single picture really quick to give to a friend or family member. No longer will you have to tell your friends they’ll have to wait for a printed photo.

The LG Pocket Photo Mini Mobile Printer provides incredible convenience. It allows you to print photos directly from your Android smartphone wirelessly (Bluetooth, NFC) or using a USB cable.  Download the LG Photo App to edit your photos before you print them or share them via social media.

This printer has a lot of really cool features, so be sure to check out the link below and order while these printers are still available.  There’s a limited supply still on Amazon!

 

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Mini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler

You have a few options when you bring a drink to work: You can let it sit at your desk, allowing it to get warm by the time you are ready to drink it. Or you can put it in the refrigerator in the break room.

The problem with the second option is that it can be inconvenient getting up and going to the break room to get a drink. Especially if the break room isn’t close.

Even if you aren’t necessarily as lazy as I am, we can all agree that we love convenience. And what could be more convenient than a USB-powered fridge cooler!

With the Mini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler, you will no longer have to worry about watching as your drink gets disgustingly warm.  You will always have an ice-cold refreshing beverage close by. To purchase your own Mini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler see the link below!

 

Mini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler for Beverage Drink Cans in Cubicle and Home office (Red)

Withings Pulse

Do you have fitness goals but find it hard to track your progress? Withings Pulse is currently the smallest device that can give you all the information you need to track your progress. With this small device you can track how well you are sleeping, your steps, calories burned, and more. The best part is, this device can Bluetooth to your smart phone and is compatible with many of the latest fitness apps available for iPhone and Android, including the free Withings Health Mate app. It has never been more convenient to track your fitness goals!

Click here to buy your Withings Pulse device!

iPhone OtterBox Defender Series

Are you constantly dropping your iPhone?  Each time you drop it you gasp and hope that you didn’t crack your screen or render your phone useless in any other way. I’ve found that the best way to protect my iPhone was to use the OtterBox Defender Series iPhone case.  This case protects your phone like no other and looks awesome!  The next time your iPhone slips out of your hand after using the OtterBox Defender Series case, you can be confident that your phone will still be functional.  The best part is, the prices on these OtterBox cases have recently dropped significantly.  This case will make the perfect gift for a clumsy husband or son!

OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5

OtterBox Defender Series Hybrid Case & Holster for iPhone 4 & 4S

 

 

Minecraft Foam Pickaxe

There are many different popular games out there, all of which have awesome fan items that can be purchased. With that being said, none of them have come even close to the magnificent, glorious aura that the Minecraft Foam Pickaxe gives off. If you know someone who plays the game, (or even someone who just likes playing games in general), this is by far one of the cheapest but coolest gifts you can give them. While it can’t pierce through rock or any minerals at lightning fast speeds, it’ll still give you the feeling that you’re able to! Nothing seems impossible with this bad boy in your hands!

Buy your Minecraft Pickaxe HERE!

Leather Book iPhone Case

Ever want to hide or disguise your phone? You probably realize that most of the cases out there do not suit your need. The leather book case for the iPhone looks awesome, and you can hardly tell that a phone is inside! This is perfect for when you’re trying to text at school, or any place that you are normally unable to. It also offers a soft but sturdy casing for your phone, and it’s very easy to open. This case is pretty cheap compared to most iPhone cases, and with the added benefit of having the ability to camouflage itself, how can you go wrong? Order today, before they run out!

 

 

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