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Fishing is generally a fun activity for those who have mastered the art, but it could also lead to anger and frustration when someone spends all day or night out fishing with nothing to show for it. Being equipped with the best boat, fishing rod and the best fishing light money can buy will not exactly give you any good result if there are no fish in the waters you are fishing in. Throwing in the best bait will not do much either. To catch the fish, you need to know where to find the fish in the first place.

This is where fish finders come in. These very useful electronic devices scan under the water surface to locate the position of fish relative to your position. You will not be able to exactly see the actual fish, but the device will show an indication of where the fish is on the screen and an approximation of depth. Here is a review of some of the best fish finders on the market today.

1. Garmin Striker 4

Garmin Striker 4

Garmin Striker 4

This is a compact fish finder with a 3.5 inch screen and a built in moving map GPS. It uses a high quality CHIRP transducer technology with 200 watts RMS signal capable of penetrating up to 1600 feet deep in fresh water and up to 750 feet deep in salt water. The GPS comes in handy when you want to pinpoint your hotspots and mark them for future reference. The downside of this device is the small screen and having to switch between menus.

2. Garmin Striker 5Dv

Garmin Striker 5Dv

Garmin Striker 5Dv

This is an upgrade from the Garmin striker 4. It comes equipped with a 5-inch screen and a rugged housing. The big screen allows viewing of multiple parameters at once without having to switch between menus. The powerful RMS signal of 500 watts can reach a depth of 2,300 feet in fresh water and 1,100 feet in salt water.

3. Lowrance Hook-3x

Lowrance Hook-3x

Lowrance Hook-3x

This is not particularly a high-tech device and comes equipped with a rather small 3 inch LED screen. Its main strengths are its reliability and the reasonable price. If you are looking for a simple, cheap device, this is the one to go for. The downside of it is that the screen is not clear and one has to struggle to read and interpret the information presented. Also check the lowrance elite 7 and lowrance elite 5 hdi fish finders.

4. Raymarine Dragonfly 7 pro

Raymarine Dragonfly 7 pro

Raymarine Dragonfly 7 pro

Standard sonar on this device offers a very detailed photo like images of whatever is underneath. It comes with built in Wi-Fi to enable streaming of data to a smartphone. Although it lacks side imaging, the sonar has a wide angle and updates quickly. The mounting is rather simple and can stand anywhere on the boat.

5. Vexilar SP200 T Box

Vexilar SP200 T Box

Vexilar SP200 T Box

Vexilar SP200 T Box can work anywhere in the world. It is a smart phone capable device with a dedicated mobile app that streams information to the phone. It has an audio alarm that goes off when you get close to the fish. It comes with a depth finder which approximates the depth of the fish to help you adjust your fishing rod accordingly. The mounting is permanent which is desirable to those who don’t like carrying the device around.

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook Review

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook Review

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook

The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook is the latest Chromebook laptop design developed by Samsung. This Chromebook stands out because of its very affordable price, which at the moment stands at $233.69 on Amazon. Therefore, what are the specs of this model, and what are the pros and cons associated with it?

The Specs

• 11.6-inch Display
• Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor
• 16 GB Solid State Drive, 2 USB Ports
• 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years)
• 1.1 Kg weight
• Google Chrome OS

The Design and Build

At a first glance, the Chromebook Series 3 gives the impression that it is costed lower than it should be. This is because the Chromebook comes in a metallic silver finish, with a plain silver styling, which gives it a stylish and Mac look. It has a sleek tapering lines which are broken just at the hinges, and this tapering gives it a slim look. Most of the connectivity is located at the rear, hence the sides are kept neat.

The Chiclet keyboard – another wonder – is customized. It is the standard QWERTY keyboard, but a number of buttons have been tweaked, an example being the Caps Lock, F1, Delete and Windows or Apple keys, among others.


Standing out for this Chromebook is its Chrome OS. Chrome, in this case, is not just a browser, but the system with which the Series 3 operates. There are customized built-in apps and some added offline utilities. These apps include the Chrome Web Store, Google Calendar and Google+ among others, while the offline utilities that can be accessed by this device include Google Drive and Gmail. More apps can be accessed via the Chrome Web Store, and most of these apps are free.

When a USB flash drive or SD card is plugged in, the Chromebook accesses the contents via Chrome browser. Documents are opened using the in-browser document viewer, photos using Chrome’s light image editor while music and video files are opened using Chrome’s media player. This device is highly dependent on internet connectivity.

Pros and Cons

As previously mentioned, the first thing that will attract you to this device will be the affordability because, at the moment, it goes for less than $240 on Amazon. Apart from its price, this chromebook has a very good connectivity and the battery life is decent. The ARM processor gives the device a good performance while not messing with the battery life. The Chromebook is also very slim and stylish making the physical design very aesthetically appealing.

However, as expected, there are some cons. First is the fact that most of the connectivity is located at the rear, which makes it look a bit awkward. Also, this is a device that heavily depends on connectivity to the internet, and therefore while offline, this device is not at its optimum. Offline storage, at 16GB, is limited as most storage is expected to be done on Google Drive.

This is a very affordable laptop that will cater for all your online needs. However, if you need a PC that is programmed and efficient for more than just the internet, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook is probably not your best pick.

Tips & Tricks for Improving Your TV Reception

Ever since the digital migration to all-digital-signals, the quality of stations that you receive has really improved. However, this also comes with the all or nothing nature of the digital signals. This is because with digital signals, you will either get a clear picture or no picture at all. The good news is that you can get many of your local networks when you use an TV or HDTV outdoor or even indoor antenna. If you are any miles away from the broadcast tower, a good option is to get yourself an outdoor antenna.

Though for people who are not allowed to put antennas on their roofs the only option may be to get an indoor antenna, they still work as good as the outdoor ones. Now that you have got your antenna, you will need a little tinkering to get the most channels. So what are some of the tricks to get the most channels with your indoor antenna?

Bad TV Reception

Bad TV Reception

Find out where the broadcast towers are

Even before you set out to buy your antenna, the first thing to do will be to identify where the broadcaster towers are located in your area. This will help you determine how powerful the antenna needs to be in order to pick up stations you want to watch. To locate TV signals in your area, you can use websites like or They will help you know the direction and distance of most of the towers and what strength antenna you will need.

Place it in or near a window

When you are looking for the right spot to place your antenna, ensure that it is free from obstructions. Thick walls, ceilings, and big trees are some of the major obstructions. Placing your antenna in or near a window is best since there are fewer obstructions between the broadcast towers and your antenna. However, when you place your antenna in a window, you will now have to look out for heat absorption from the sun as heat may bend or warp it over with time hindering reception.

Move it higher

The higher you place your antenna the better the reception will be. This is the reason why outdoor antennas tend to pick up a lot of channels. When placing your antenna, you should try to place it as high as possible. If you are usoing an outdoor antenna and have a skylight, you can move your mohu leaf to your skylight and it will be as almost as having an outdoor antenna.

Test different antenna placements

When you plug in your antenna, you will find it start picking up a lot of channels already. However, you still have to test a few different locations to find the one that gives you the best results. Whenever you place your antenna in a new spot, ensure that you run a channel scan on your TV to see the number of channels that are picking up.

Getting great reception doesn’t have to be a daunting task anymore. With high quality outdoor TV antennas, hdtv outdoor antennas, or even an indoor one together with these tips, you will get the best reception possible.