Projectors a Good Alternative to buying a Television? Reviewing the Dell Mobile Projector | M115HD

After selling all of our things when we moved from Toronto to Vancouver, we no longer had a television to watch content on. So when we recently signed our first lease in Vancouver, the idea of buying a mobile projector, instead of a regular television, came up.

I had never really thought about it before but it seemed like a really neat idea. Not only could we watch our content at home on a bigger screen but it would also allow us to bring it with us when we traveled.

There are so many portable projectors on the market at the moment, one of which is Dell’s M115HD Mobile Projector. Having just tested out one of their latest laptops, I was curious to try out their smallest projector.

OVERVIEW

With the Dell M115HD Mobile Projector being 104mm x 105.3mm x 36.5mm, it can easily fit in your purse or backpack, making it super easy to carry around. Additionally, it has a 1GB internal flash memory, meaning you can store some movies or videos on it without having to bring the media you want to watch with you. It allows you to watch media in Full HD 720p and is equipped with 450 ANSI lumens, thus making it extremely bright even in ambient-light environments. The projector’s connectivity capability allows you to plug all sorts of devices using their HDMI cable. You can also use the projector not only at home in your living room, on the ceiling in your bedroom but also on the road when you travel, you can get really creative with how you use it.

PROS

  • It comes with equipped with VGA, HDMI and USB inputs making it super easy to connect to your laptop, camera, DVD player, video game console or even mobile device. You can even watch content with a microSD card.
  • This Dell M115HD projector has a long projection life, which can provide up to 30,000 hours of projection.
  • The images are ultra colorful and bright thanks to the DLP® and BrilliantColor™ technology. You can also adjust the sharpness of the image with just the touch of a button.
  • You have the ability to project wirelessly from your laptop or even your phone using a USB dongle (sold separately unfortunately!) or WiFi Doc app (that you can download online!).

CONS:

  • Its built-in 1W speaker isn’t very loud, so we end up having to plug our external speaker to the headphone jack if we want to listen to something in a louder environment.
  • It does not have an internal system like other projectors that allows you to connect directly to sources like YouTube, etc.
  • The projector has already been out on the market for a little while so hopefully Dell will be coming out with a newer and even more powerful version soon!

RECAP

All in all, we’ve been using the projector for over two weeks and are really happy with the fact that we can now watch movies on a much bigger screen than if we would have bought a standard television. The Dell M115HD Mobile Projector can easily put it away and we can also bring it with us on our upcoming travels thanks to its practical travel case. It’s a really great alternative to those wanting to get a “home cinema” without spending all the money in the world.

For more information on the Dell M115HD Mobile Projector, go here.

Discovering the New 2018 Toyota C-HR

I had the pleasure of spending the last couple of weeks adventuring around British Columbia with Toyota‘s brand new car, the 2018 C-HR. It was the perfect vehicle for both city and nature discoveries. Its ultra-sleek and unique design combined with Toyota’s best safety features, made it a reliable and fun car to drive, in all driving conditions.

LOOK

Its two-toned colourful exterior turned heads everywhere I went. This car is without a doubt one of the coolest looking vehicles on the market with its modern design. Toyota did a great job imagining a car that stood out from the pack and pushed the envelop on a design standpoint. The vehicle’s standard 17″ alloy wheels and also diamond-cut lines, make it very pleasing to the eyes.

SAFETY 

Toyota is renown for its top of the line safety standards and features. The Toyota Safety Sense P system includes lane departure alerts, pre-collision system with pedestrian and dynamic radar cruise control, just to name a few. The vehicle also comes equipped with 10 airbags, a monitoring system that alerts you if you have low fuel or washer fluid, an ajar door, etc. Moreover, the vehicle also offers the Toyota Star Safety System that features Brake Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and more! All of these safety features gave me peace of mind while exploring through the city and mountains and allowed for the safest driving conditions.

PERFORMANCE

Performance enthusiasts will be happy to know that the C-HR contains a 144-hp, 2.0L, 4-cyl VALVEMATIC and a continuously variable transmission. You also have the ability to choose Sport mode, which transforms the vehicle in a simulated 7-speed sequential Shiftmatic transmission, making it that much more fun to drive. But with speed comes the need for a reliable breaking system, something that Toyota has not overlooked. The car’s braking system works with front and rear discs and an Anti-lock braking system, braking assist and electronic brake force distribution, which allows you to keep control of the vehicle no matter what situation may arise.

TECHNOLOGY

It’s impossible to talk about the vehicle without noting some of its great tech features such as the backup camera that comes up in the electrochromic rearview mirror, the rear cross traffic alert with blind spot monitor as well as the Smart Key system, allowing you to start the car with just the push of a button. And for avid music fans like myself, the car boasts an impressive sound system and all the jacks you could need to play your favourite playlists or albums while on the road.

RECAP

All in all, my time driving around with the 2018 Toyota C-HR was very pleasant. It allowed me to discover new parts of British Columbia and drive through windy country roads, mountainous areas, the beach as well as the crowded streets of Vancouver. The C-HR is a car that has all the modern features a driver wants, a spacious interior and trunk for longer trips while never compromising safety or comfort for the driver and passengers of the car.

For more info on the 2018 Toyota C-HR, go here.

Testing Out the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop

I’m super grateful to have the opportunity to try out some of the coolest new gadgets and gear currently available on the market, especially when they are products that fit so naturally with my lifestyle.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing out the brand new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop. I’ve been bringing it with me on my travels as well as to my outdoor workouts and to the fitness classes I’ve been teaching. The fact that this ultralight and portable computer is made with premium materials like machine aluminum, carbon fiber and hardened Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBTTM that allows for added durability, is a major plus for me since I’m always on the go.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the first laptop to introduce the InfinityEdge display, which is the 5.2mm border on the top and both sides of the computer, thus allowing for maximum screen space. The computer’s UltraSharp Quad HD+ display with 5.7 million pixels, anti-reflective coating and high contrast ratio allows for high resolution viewing, always providing a crisp and clear image no matter the lighting. So when I’m taking the laptop with me for some of my outdoor park workouts, it allows for a great viewing experience throughout my exercise session.

An added bonus is also the laptop’s long-lasting battery life. When you’re only using productivity applications like Word or Excel, or for me, timers for my workouts, the battery can last for up to 15 hours, or alternatively up to 9 hours when streaming video like Netflix content.

Plus! the device is a 360-degree convertible, meaning it can be used in 4 modes – like the tent mode above, the laptop mode, stand mode and even tablet mode! This allows me to use the computer in different ways depending on what activity I’m up to.

The device is a great all-around computer because in addition to its transportability and sleek design it is also fast and efficient. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is equipped with a 7th Gen Intel® Core i5, which means top of the line performance power. It also comes with an expandable 16GB memory. Furthermore, it is equipped with 2 USB Type-C 3.1 ports, which enables charging and display functionality. One of these ports is also a Thuberbolt 3 port, which allows for transfer speeds 8x greater than the speed of USB 3.0 ports at up to 40Gbps. Note that with this computer, you will also receive a USB-A and USB-C adapter. So whether I’m transferring music for my classes, photos for my website or working on some class prep or writing articles, I know the computer can handle it all.

But that’s not all! The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 also has a precision touchpad, allowing for easy manipulation. It allows you to pan, pinch and zoom as well as precisely select items on your screen. You can also use the Dell Active Pen, to help with handwriting, selecting and even drawing.

It also comes with stereo speakers that are professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro, which allows me to prepare playlists for my classes or even play music while I work out.

Finally, another important aspect worth mentioning is that the XPS laptop is one of the greenest laptops out there. From the design all the way to the recycled packaging, Dell always has the environment in mind. They avoid materials such as cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury and some phthalates plus they are all BFR/PVC-free. Additionally, the laptop ships in recyclable and compost-friendly packaging. Dell also offers the possibility to recycle old products through their Dell Reconnect partnership present in 78 countries.

As my first experience with a 2-in-1 device, I definitely see what the value is, especially for my lifestyle. You can learn more about the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 here.

This post was written in collaboration with Dell but all opinions are my own.

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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After having spent a great week with the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid this winter, I was thrilled to have the possibility to try out the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro for the very first time on my recent travels to Oregon.

The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most coveted trucks on the market, especially out in British Columbia, as this has become the go-to truck for outdoor enthusiasts in the area. With 4×2 and 4×4 models to choose from plus the option of choosing your own engine and transmission combinations, cab and bed sizes, there’s definitely a model for everyone!

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What I was immediately surprised by is the vehicle’s ability to handle the road as well as its interior comfort. Not only do you have an incredible view point from the driver’s seat but you also have access to a wide variety of accessories, that makes your drive the most pleasant. Things like the Cruise Control, Navigation, 7″ Display Screen, Bluetooth Capability, AM/FM CD with MP3/WMA Player, Audio Auxiliary Input Jack, USB Audio Input, 6 Speakers and Advanced Voice Recognition, allow you to relax while enjoying the road. They’ve also added a GoPro mount right at the top of the windshield, thus being the first to include that in the market.

The Toyota Tacoma‘s versatility is also a key feature. All 2017 Tacoma models include an independent front suspension of double-wishbone design with stabilizer bars and multi-leaf spring rear suspension. TRD SPORT models feature sport-tuned suspensions, while TRD OFF-ROAD models are equipped with Bilstein shock absorbers, so that whichever terrain you wish to venture out on, you can have full confidence that the truck will be able to handle it.

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The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro edition comes equipped with a 3.5 Litre, 6 Cylinder Engine, 6-Speed, Automatic transmission, Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT) and Lock Up Torque Converter. For those more mechanically inclined, the truck also features Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), 4-Wheel Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Sway Control, One-Touch 4WD, Vehicle Stability Control, thus making it the ideal vehicle if you want to pull an RV or trailer for your expeditions.

Toyota is also renown for its top of the line safety features. The truck provides a total of 8 Airbags, Seatbelt Anchor Height Adjusters, Front Seatbelt Pre-Tensioners and Force Limiters, Assist Grip, Front Tow Hook, Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection just to name a few significant items.

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The truck’s roomy and cozy interior as well as its bold and stylish exterior, will make truck enthusiasts and new passengers enviable.

In summary, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was the ideal companion for my adventures out in Oregon. Below is a short recap video of my adventures with the truck! For more info on the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, go here.

Polar M600

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I love trying out new technology that make my workouts more informative and exciting.

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Polar M600. This GPS Sports Watch is an Android Wear™ smartwatch that is perfect for those leading an active life. Its cool sleek design makes it the perfect watch for your workouts and also every day life. The watch is waterproof and combines both practicality and power.

Though I do not have an android phone, the Android Wear app is easy to download directly from the Apple store thus making the watch set up super simple. Through Google, it allows me to sync my phone up with my watch, so that I can get notifications directly to my watch.

I also downloaded the Polar Flow app, which allowed me to track my activities from my watch on my phone. The app enables me to track my workouts, set daily goals, etc.

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I tested out the Polar M600 on a few test workouts to see how it would fare compared to other watches I have tried in the past. The first feature that I immediately loved was the wrist-based heart rate monitor. In just a few seconds, the watch calculates your heart rate using your radial pulse and keeps feeding you that info throughout your workout. This is great information to have when training or running, as you can get accurate information about your level of exertion throughout.

The integrated GPS is also a huge plus. It allows you to accurately track your speed, distance and route, making it a big plus when running in new terrain and also to keep score of your speed improvements, etc.

Another watch feature that I particularly like is the activity tracker that computes steps, calories and sleep information. The watch’s activity guide gives you practical guidance and info that can help you reach your daily, weekly and monthly goals.

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I also loved the motivating feedback you get right after a training session with the Training Benefit feature. It is always uplifting to get real feedback immediately after finishing a workout that will tell you what you’ve improved on, the real benefits from the workout, etc.

The watch also offers Running Programs, which is perfect for anyone wanting to train for an upcoming race. The running programs offered range from 9-15 weeks with easy-to-follow instructions, supportive exercises, etc.

I couldn’t talk about this watch without mentioning battery life. The one inconvenient that usually comes with these watches is how long the battery lasts. Surprisingly, even while connected to the Android app, the battery can last for up to 2 days without needing a charge.

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Finally, the watch is perfect not only for working out but also as a fashion accessory for every day life.

For more information on the new Polar M600 smartwatch, go here.

Photos by: Offner & Cabello by Carolina

This post was written in collaboration with Polar but all opinions are my own.

 

Driving Mindfully with the Ford Edge

12991094_1719719268246182_7594874660587216206_nApril being Stress Awareness Month, I partnered up with Ford Canada to learn more about being mindful behind the wheel. Mindfulness is one of the subject matters that I’ve been exploring a lot more as of late. I have been trying a bunch of different apps and challenges to become more mindful in all aspects of my life.

With the help of the brand new 2016 Ford Edge, I went on a mindfulness adventure last weekend to explore some of the gems in and out of the city.

FullSizeRender(12)13055455_1720087844875991_8976517641422716414_nThere are a ton of great features on the car that make you feel a lot more at ease while driving. Some of my favorite features include the 10-Way Power Driver’s Seat, that allows you to sit the most comfortably, the Voice-Activated Navigation and Entertainment System that allows you to stay focused on the road and keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times without having to lean over, Heated and Air Conditioned Fronts Seats, Front 180-Degree Camera and Rear View Camera for maximum security and the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert that lends an extra hand while driving.

FullSizeRender(6)FullSizeRender(10)FullSizeRender(17)FullSizeRender(2)FullSizeRender(1)FullSizeRender(15)FullSizeRender(14)For this mindfulness weekend, I was also able to get a one on one session with Toronto yoga-instructor YuMee Chung, who gave me some helpful tips on how to stay calm, mindful and comfortable behind the wheel. Some of her tips are:

Tip 1Take Time To Stretch Before You Drive – either by doing the Triangle Pose or other stretches that are familiar to you. It will loosen up your muscles.

Tip 2Sit With Care – using the 10-Way Power Driver’s Seat you can find the perfect seating position to provide low back support. You can also use the heated seat to soothe lower back pain.

Tip 3Set Your Shoulders – Sit tall and roll your shoulders back to avoid slouching. You can also avoid “tech neck” by bringing your chin back until your earlobes hover over your shoulders.

Tip 4Get A Grip – Avoid clenching your fists when driving. At a stop light, you can rotate your wrists and give your hands a good shake.

Tip 5Slow Breath In, Deep Breath Out – It helps you destress, clear the mind and energize your body.

FullSizeRender(11)FullSizeRender(4)With these new tips in hand, I took the Ford Edge to Cheltenham for a picnic and a hike at the Cheltenham Badlands. The drive in the countryside was incredibly peaceful. I made sure to take deep breaths and enjoy the relaxing drive and the present moment. Leaving the city, even if just for a few hours always makes me feel so energized and inspired.

FullSizeRender(5)FullSizeRender(9)On Sunday, I took the car with me to the stunning Aga Khan Museum in North York and to the Scarborough Bluffs. I rarely get to go that far north or east since I don’t own a car so I was thankful to have the opportunity to visit these two beautiful locations.

FullSizeRender(19)FullSizeRender(20)I really enjoyed driving in the Ford Edge throughout the weekend. With the sunroof open, the sun shining, light music playing and open roads in front of me, it was hard not to be mindful and enjoy the present moment. The car made me feel at ease, made me feel secure and offered me all the little extras to made my mindfulness adventure the most memorable.

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