Tekken 7 PC Performance Review

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tekken 7 on PC is cheaper than it is on PS4 or Xbox One
  • Its graphical settings are barebones
  • Tekken 7 PC specifications are lenient

Tekken 7 is the first mainline entry in the long-running fighting game franchise to see a release on Windows PCs. With its debut on the PS1 in 1995, developer Bandai Namco has kept the PC gaming community waiting almost 22 years. Has the wait been worth it for PC gamers? We tell you everything you need to know about Tekken 7 on Windows.

Tekken 7 PC price

Unlike most new releases on Steam that have been priced similar to their console counterparts, Bandai Namco seems to have taken a more generous approach. Tekken 7 PC price for Indian gamers is Rs. 989, while the Tekken 7 PC Deluxe Edition costs Rs. 1,608. The latter comes with the base game, a new character called Eliza, and access to the game’s Season Pass that brings a host of cosmetic items. In the US, the game costs $50 for the standard edition and $75 for the deluxe edition. This makes Tekken 7 cheaper in India, especially when compared to Bandai Namco’s previous releases such as Dark Souls 3 and Tales of Berseria that were priced at Rs. 4,299 and Rs. 3,284 respectively.

 Tekken 7 PC Performance Review

Tekken 7 PC minimum system requirements

•CPU: Intel Core Intel Core i3-4160 @ 3.60GHz or equivalent
•GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or 750 Ti, or equivalent
•RAM: 6GB
•OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
•HDD: 60GB free space
•DirectX: Version 11

Tekken 7 PC recommended requirements

•CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz or equivalent
•GPU: GeForce GTX 1060, or equivalent, or higher
•RAM: 8GB •OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
•HDD: 60GB free space
•DirectX: Version 11

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Tekken 7 PC graphics options

It’ll be clear from the above-mentioned specifications that you don’t need the latest and greatest to run Tekken 7 on PC. Nonetheless, the level of customisation on offer isn’t that huge as recent releases such as the excellent Prey. As you can see from our screenshot of Tekken 7’s in-game settings, it seems to have the bare minimum you’d expect from a game on Steam. There’s nothing out of the ordinary and in some cases with just three options of anti-aliasing (off, low, and high); while the lack of support for the 21:9 aspect ratio being down right anaemic.

Tekken 7 PC frame rate and image quality

On our test PC consisting of an Intel core i5 3470 at 3.2GHz, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, obtaining a fluid 60 frames per second at 1920×1080 (1080p) was easily achieved at Ultra settings. Ramping it up to 3840×2160 (4K) we saw a consistent 45 to 47fps with minor dips to the high 30s when special moves were being executed. Be it fur on characters like Panda, or the coat on the game’s central character Jin Kazuma, Tekken 7 looks good enough with very little out of place. Even the stages, ranging from the icy almost desolate Arctic Snowfall to Arena – a vibrant octagonal ring complete with a vociferous audience are graphically superb. However, the level of detail and difference between Tekken 7 PC at 4K and 1080p wasn’t tremendous and we found ourselves reverting to 1080p for a consistent 60fps experience.

One crucial option that’s nestled in the display options and not the graphical settings is motion blur. Switching it off nets you additional frames. Useful if your gaming PC is on the lower side of Tekken 7’s PC requirements.

Tekken 7 PC controller support

We tried Tekken 7 with three different controllers and came back with mixed results. As you’d expect, the Xbox One controller worked fine, as it does with most PC games. Our PS4 controller, however, was not fully recognised. While button presses register, navigating with the use of the directional pad or analogue stick did not work. Surprisingly plugging in a Nacon Revolution Pro PS4 controller worked just fine. But much like most PC games, controls are displayed only for the Xbox One controller. This means you won’t see the familiar set of cross, triangle, circle, and square icons, only A, B, X, and Y. You’d think that with Steam supporting the Dual Shock 4 natively, more game creators would as well, but evidently this is not the case.

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Is Tekken 7 worth buying on PC?

Given how cheap the game is in India (starting at around $15), it would seem like a no-brainer purchase if you live in a country where Tekken 7 is more affordable than what it costs in the US (starting from $50). Having said that, there are some strings attached if you decide to get it on PC.

For one, if you’re the sort looking to play it competitively, most of the fighting game community is on the PS4. Granted there’s the Tekken World Tour Mode that has events for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC but given how Street Fighter V and Killer Instinct have fared – it appears that the console version of fighting games tend to outlast their PC equivalent.

If you’re not a pro player, there are some other disadvantages. VR mode is exclusive to the PS4 and Xbox One owners get Tekken 6 free with purchasing Tekken 7. There’s no sort of uniqueness tied to the PC version of the game in terms of content. It doesn’t help matters that Tekken 7 on day one does not have Survival or Battle Modes, two well-received inclusions from previous games.

With threadbare customisation options, a lack of content, and questionable controller support, Tekken 7 PC’s price and performance are the only things it has going for it, making it feel like the best and worst version of the game at the same time. The lower price alone could be enough for many. If you’re a little more discerning though, you might want to give Tekken 7 on PC a miss.

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Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak

 

As we are in mid-July, we can expect the second batch of Nokia smartphones to be unveiled in the coming months so that they are released this year. Already, we have come across rumors that they are prepping a slew of smartphones including Nokia 2, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 with the last one tipped to be the flagship model. In the last week, a report stated that HMD will not launch the Nokia 4 smartphone as the number four is considered unlucky in many Asian markets. Now, a Chinese tipster with a consistent track record about the Nokia leaks in the past has posted the names of the seven Nokia smartphones slated for 2017 release along with the processor that will power each of these phones.Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak This information has come via NokiaPowerUser. In a nutshell, below is the list of Nokia Android smartphones and their processors. Notably, the list includes the names of the already launched and the upcoming smartphones. Nokia 2 – Snapdragon 212/Mediatek processor Nokia 3 – Mediatek MT6737  Nokia 5 – Snapdragon 430  Nokia 6 – Snapdragon 430 Nokia 7 – Snapdragon 630  Nokia 8 – Snapdragon 660 Nokia 9 – Snapdragon 835 From the order of devices and the already official Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, it is clear that the Nokia 2 will be the entry-level smartphone of all. Being the flagship smartphone, the Nokia 9 will be the high-end device of all and is expected to carry a premium pricing.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition Teardown Reveals It as a Galaxy Note 7 With a Smaller Battery

 

Earlier this month, Samsung made a major announcementas the company said that it will be releasing refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, called Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition. While the South Korean conglomerate said that it will be using components from the Galaxy Note 7 in the new model, the iFixit teardown of the new handset has revealed that it is the same old Galaxy Note 7 albeit with a new smaller battery.

In its note regarding the Galaxy Note Fan Edition teardown, iFixit says, “Beyond batteries, we’ve got exactly the same phone: no evidence of the rumoured processor bumps, and no surprises.”

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In comparison with the 13.48Wh (3500mAh) battery on the original Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition comes with a smaller 12.32Wh (3200mAh) battery. Notably, the new battery even weighs less than the one on original Galaxy Note 7. While the latter came with a battery that weighed 47.7 grams, the battery on Galaxy Note Fan Edition weighs in at 45.4 grams.

 Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition Teardown Reveals It as a Galaxy Note 7 With a Smaller Battery

To recall, Samsung said that it will only sell 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition in South Korea and will decide later whether to release the smartphone elsewhere or not. The smartphone was priced by the company at KRW 699,000 (roughly Rs. 39,700) and was released in South Korea on July 7.

To recall, Samsung had to recall around 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units due to reported explosions later attributed to faulty batteries. We will have to see if the company will introduced the refurbished units elsewhere on the globe as well, with a recent report claiming the company had not ruled out such a move.

 

7 tips and tricks for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNETSamsung’s latest Android tablet is a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad Pro line that holds its own. As you begin to set up and use your new tablet, keep some of these tips and tricks in mind. Oh, and don’t forget to adjust these five settings.

You don’t have to unlock the Tab S3 to jot down a note with the S Pen. Instead, scribble a note or sketch when the screen is turned off, and the tablet is locked using its screen-off memo feature.

Enable the feature in Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > Screen off memo. Slide the switch to the On position.

The next time your tablet is locked, and you need to write something down, hold the button on the S Pen in and touch it to the Tab S3’s screen.

View keyboard shortcuts

For those who opted to purchase the Samsung keyboard, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a hidden keyboard shortcut key in the settings app.

Open Settings > General Management > Language and input > Physical keyboard > Keyboard shortcuts. (I told you it is hidden.)

The “Super” key referred to in the list is the search button, located to the right of the Ctrl key.

To view shortcuts unique to an app, open the app and press the Super button along with “/”.

Quickly switch between apps

Since the Tab S3 is running Android 7.0 Nougat, you can quickly and easily switch between two apps by double tapping the recent apps button.

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A long-press on the recent apps button triggers split screen mode on the Tab S3. Resize each app by dragging the blue bar in either direction.

Use Samsung Cloud

Samsung’s backup and sync service, Samsung Cloud, keeps your data backed up and synced between Galaxy devices. After setting up your tablet, open Settings > Cloud and accounts > Samsung Cloud and double-check it’s enabled, as well as you have your preferred settings of items to backup and sync.

Make a GIF

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One of the unexpected highlight features of Samsung’s Note 7 (RIP) was the ability to use the S Pen to create an animated GIF with a few taps.

That feature made its way to the Tab S3, and it’s still just as easy. Open the Air Command menu by hovering the S Pen over the Tab S3’s display and choose Smart Select > GIF Animation.

Resize the window, set a quality setting and press record. Fifteen seconds later (or less), you have a fancy GIF.

Customize Air Command settings

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Speaking of Air Command, it’s possible to remove apps, add apps or reorganize icons in settings,

The easiest way to get there is to open Air Command using the S Pen (hover above the screen and press the button on the S Pen), then tap on the Settings icon in the bottom left corner.

 

Red iPhone 7 goes on sale in India, receives price cut as well

The (Product) Red edition of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has been launched in India. The models, which were unveiled and launched in the US last month, are now available for purchase in India through Amazon.Image result for Red iPhone 7

Interestingly, the retailer is already offering discounts on these variants. While the red iPhone 7 is currently going for INR 66,000 (around $1,025), the Plus variant is listed for INR 78,000 (around $1,210) – an INR 4,000 (around $60) price cut for each.

Retailer Infibeam will start selling/shipping the models tomorrow. For more information, head to the Source links below.

Nokia 7, Nokia 8, Nokia 9 is expected to be launched in July

Nokia 7, Nokia 8, Nokia 9 is expected to be launched in July

Nokia has re-entered the smartphone world with a bang. And while the brand is seeking to return to its former glory, the company seems to have many products in its pipeline for 2017.

Only a few days back we reported that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be launched in India in May. Now a new report has just appeared online which suggests that HMD Global is reportedly gearing up to release high-end variants of its handsets. According to various reports, the phones that HMD Global will be launching in the coming days are the Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 3310 will be released in India in May

However, we still do not any word or official announcement from the company, but the same report also notes that three models are expected to be launched in July or the first week of August. Other reports suggest that the devices could hit the store shelves by the end of the third quarter.

Besides, if these devices are launched it will take some time for them to reach India.Nokia 7

Nokia 7

Nokia 7 is expected to feature a metallic unibody design and come with full HD display with 1,080×1,920p resolution. The smartphone has already been reported to be testing Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

The handset is expected to run Android Nougat operating system. It is also expected to feature a camera by Carl Zeiss optics, with a changed back design. Nokia 7 is touted to come with a fingerprint sensor and fast charging technology.

Nokia 8

 

Nokia 8

Nokia 8 is expected to sport a display bigger than the Nokia 7. According to recent leaks, this phone is expected to come with 5.7-inch Quad HD display and have the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The device is expected to come with 22-megapixel OIS + EIS main camera and a 12MP front sensor. Nokia 8 is reported to use Carl Zeiss lenses for its cameras and the phone might feature 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and 6GB RAM.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 6 now receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

Nokia 8 is also expected to come with Android Nougat pre-installed. While some reports have stated that the phone would be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset like the Nokia 7 but more recent rumors hint at Snapdragon 835 processor.

Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are touted to be mid-ranger products from the company.

Nokia 9

 

Nokia 9

Many reports have suggested that Nokia 9 will be the company’s flagship device. And this phone is expected to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung. While expectations are high, Nokia 9 according to the leaks and renders that we have seen so far will sport a 5.5-inch QHD OLED display with a 1,440×2,560 resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

SEE ALSO: Nokia phones’ May release confirmed; Nokia 3310 will have huge buyer interest

Further, the smartphone should come with an IP68 standard making it water-and-dust resistant. Nokia 9 will have a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and an OZO audio. It may have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS, a 6GB RAM, a 64GB/128GB internal memory (with microSD card slot).

As for the cameras, the Nokia 9 is expected to feature an impressive 22-megapixel dual-camera system on the back with PDAF and Zeiss optics. The front should get a 12MP sensor. The smartphone will reportedly come with a huge 3800mAh battery and Quick Charge 4.0 technology.

iPhone 7 Was the World’s Bestselling Smartphone in Q1 2017: Strategy Analytics

 

Apple iPhone 7 has emerged as the worlds bestselling smartphone model in the first quarter of 2017, with an estimated shipment of 21.5 million units that captured six percent market-share worldwide, a new report said.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, with a bigger screen and higher price, shipped 17.4 million units for second place and 5 percent market-share worldwide in first quarter of 2017, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

“Global smartphone shipments reached a robust 353.3 million units in first quarter of 2017. The top-five most popular models together accounted for 1 in 6 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director Strategy Analytics, in a statement on Wednesday.

Apple today accounts for two of the world’s top five smartphone models.iPhone 7 Was the World's Bestselling Smartphone in Q1 2017: Strategy Analytics

Meanwhile, Apple iPhone 5s has emerged as the top premium smartphone in seven states of India while other versions of iOS-driven devices occupy the top five premium spots in non-metro states.
Oppo R9s was declared as the star performer, shipping 9 million units globally and becoming the world’s third most popular smartphone model.

Oppo R9s shipped 8.9 million units for third place and 3 percent market-share worldwide in first quarter and is a popular brand in China and growing rapidly across India.

“Samsung was still gearing up for the launch of its new Galaxy S8 portfolio, but managed to get two models in the top five during first quarter of 2017,” noted Linda Sui, Director Strategy Analytics.

Samsung Galaxy J3 captured 2 percent global smartphone market-share and fourth place, while Galaxy J5 took 1 percent global share to become the world’s fifth most popular model.

“Samsung’s J3 and Galaxy J5 are midrange devices that sell very well across Europe and Asia and they helped to offset Samsung’s troubles with the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco in the quarter,” Sui added.

 

7 things we love about the HTC U11… and 6 things we hate about it

 

It might have been one of the last heavy hitters to make an appearance this year, but HTC didn’t disappoint with the U11: it’s a fantastic phone that is just begging to be slipped into your pocket.

With some of the most distinctive colour schemes we’ve seen on a phone since the crazy days of Nokia, and high-end hardware to match, there’s lots here to like.

Don’t think it’s all positive, though – because the U11 isn’t perfect. Here are some of the things that grind our gears about HTC’s latest, as well as the good stuff that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

7 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE HTC U11

1) THOSE EYE-CATCHING COLOURS

There’s no getting away from it – the U11 has some truly terrific colour choices. HTC’s Liquid Surface glass adds different hues and shades to give the impression of a water droplet, one that shimmers and shifts colour when you hold it at different angles. Compared to a flat black Galaxy S8, or Space Grey iPhone 7, the HTC wins every time.

At launch, Amazing Silver is the star of the show, thanks to a mix of blues, purples and silver, polished up to a mirror finish, but wait a month or two and the luxurious Solar Red should arrive. It’s curiously crimson from the front, but switches to glorious gold at the edges. It’s a real stunner.Image result for 7 things we love about the HTC U11... and 6 things we hate about it

2) IT TAKES FANTASTIC PHOTOS

A 12MP sensor doesn’t sound all that impressive, but with dual-pixel autofocus and the world’s first 5-axis optical image stabilisation in a smartphone, the U11 punches well above its weight when it comes to the camera. The detail packed into each snap is fantastic, either matching or beating major rivals such as the iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.

It’s a dab hand when it comes to low light, too, thanks to an f/1.7 aperture that lets as much light hit the sensor as possible. HTC’s image processing algorithms are delicate, too, so detail isn’t stripped away just to hide noise.

3) WE’LL NEVER GET TIRED OF SQUEEZY SIDES

No, they don’t do very much right now, but the U11’s Edge Sense panels soon will. As a feature it’s bags of fun, and a totally different way to get things done on your phone. You can use those squeezable sides to do all manner of things: turning on your flashlight, for instance, or take a selfie, or summon Google Assistant (without having to shout “OK Google” first).

And that’s just the start. Once other apps support it properly, the possibilities will be huge.

4) IT’S A PERFORMANCE POWERHOUSE

Any discerning 2017 flagship phone has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 inside, and the U11 is no exception. That instantly gives it an edge over the likes of LG’s G6 and the Google Pixel, which make do with last year’s silicon. It’s quick enough to run just about anything you can throw at it from the Google Play Store, and has no trouble keeping Android 7 Nougat ticking over without any stutter or slowdown.

It’s not a battery hog, either. The U11 has a 3000mAh battery, but can easily last an entire day away from the mains – even if you’re feeding a serious Clash of Clans habit.

5) SPEAKERS THAT REALLY SING

Boomsound was easily one of the best things about HTC’s last-gen phones, and now we’ve got an even better version. They might not face forward any more, but the U11’s stereo speakers are so powerful that you won’t need a Bluetooth speaker to get the party started: just crank up the volume and let the phone do all the work.

Turning the inside of the handset into an acoustic chamber doesn’t exactly create a cacophony of bass, but it sounds much, much louder than any other flagship phone. Don’t think it’ll be nothing but distortion, either – sound quality really is very good for such a small set of speakers.

6) AMAZON’S ALEXA WILL SOON BE ON BOARD

The U11 will be the first phone to properly get Amazon’s Alexa, complete with wake word that’ll bring the handset out of standby and straight into the Alexa interface. Other phones have tried, but this is the first time we’ve seen it go completely hands-free.

That’s great, but one AI assistant just isn’t enough these days, and the U11 duly has room for two: Google Assistant is also onboard. While Alexa bests Assistant in areas such as smart home control, and will of course let you buy things on Amazon, Google’s helpful AI can still help out with Chromecast streaming and Google searches. The more the merrier, eh?

7) THE NOISE-CANCELLING CANS

Previous versions of HTC’s USonic ear buds already adjusted themselves to suit your own ear drums, using sonic pulses and built-in microphones to tweak the music EQ accordingly, but now they’ve got built-in noise cancelling too. And it really works!

OK, so it’s not quite as silence-inducing as a pair of noise-cancelling ‘phones from Bose or Sony, but they get the job done on public transport, and keep your office buddies from disturbing you when you’re trying to get some work done too. Not bad at all, seeing how they’re free and all.

AND 6 THINGS WE HATE ABOUT THE HTC U11

1) WHERE’S THE HEADPHONE JACK?

Come on, HTC – haven’t you learned by now? No-one wants to have to jam a dongle into their phone just to listen to music. The bundled USonic in-ears might be decent, and plenty of people have Bluetooth buds now, but that’s still no excuse.

If the mighty Apple can do it and still incur the wrath of its customers, there’s no way you can do the same and think you’ll get away with it. The bundled headphones don’t work in any other USB-C phone or laptop, either. Bring back the 3.5mm port!

2) THE BEZELS LOOK BEEFY NEXT TO THE COMPETITION

Samsung and LG did something a little different for 2017 – ditching the display bezels and finding room for 18:9 aspect ratio screens that stretch almost across the entire front of each phone. Samsung even added curved sides into the equation.

Sit either one of them next to the U11 and its thick top and bottom bezels make it look positively antiquated. The fingerprint sensor might be easier to reach on the HTC, but from the front you’d struggle to tell it was a 2017 phone. Its rivals are positively futuristic by comparison.

3) AN HDR SCREEN WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE, TOO

Both the G6 and Galaxy S8 also have HDR-ready displays, which let you watch Netflix or Amazon videos with more vibrant colours and greater contrast than you’ll find on a standard smartphone. HTC could have done something similar, but it decided not to bother.

OK, so we doubt many people are ready to stream HDR videos to their phone right now, but expect the tech to take off in the next year or so – and leave the U11 looking decidedly old hat.

4) SNAPS CAN FEEL A LITTLE SLUGGISH

As much as the U11 takes fantastic photos, it’s not quite as snap-happy as some of its big rivals. There’s a small delay between tapping the shutter button and the photo being saved. It’s not long enough to miss something crucial, but it’s still annoying – especially when the U11 is lightning-fast in just about every other area.

The Edge Sense shutter is even slower, but that’s because it needs to wait until your hand stops shaking after you’ve given the phone a squeeze. We don’t mind it so much here.

5) ALEXA AIN’T HERE JUST YET

Sure, we’re excited at having Amazon’s AI assistant built into our phones, and having Alexa accessible with a shout instead of a button press is a whole lot slicker than the setup you’ll find on other phones, but Alexa on the U11 isn’t ready just yet. We’ve got to wait till Amazon decides to give the green signal for Alexa to arrive in India.

Seeing how this is one of the things that helps the U11 stand out from the competition, we’re hoping HTC can get everything in place before its rivals do something similar.

6) EDGE SENSE DOESN’T SEE SENSE… RIGHT NOW

Those squeeze-able sides are a fun little extra right now – one that HTC says will be a lot more useful once its customisation app arrives in July. Until it does, though, Edge Sense is just another way of opening the camera app, or summoning Google Assistant.

You aren’t going to buy a phone on potential alone, so we’ll just have to wait until the app turns up to see if Edge Sense is truly as revolutionary as HTC says it will be.

We’ll get you the full review when HTC give us the go signal for the Indian launch dates.

 

7 Healthy Foods That Cost Under $1

It’s a common complaint: Healthy food is so expensive. While there’s no question you can spend a ton on good-for-you fare, the fact is, there are plenty of ways to save a bundle and still eat like a champ. Here are seven delicious and nutritious foods you can enjoy for less than a buck per serving.

Peanut butter

Gold ol’ PB has taken a backseat in recent years to more glamorous spreads made from almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and more. And while variety is great, classic peanut butter is hard to beat when it comes to inexpensive-yet-nutritious foods. Sixteen-ounce jars run from around $2.50 to $6 and beyond, with organic and flavored varieties at the pricier end of the spectrum. But even at $6 per jar, one serving (2 Tbsp.) is only about 43¢—and you get around 8g protein, healthy fats, fiber, and great flavor. Slather it on a sandwich or sliced apples or bananas; whirl it into a smoothie; bake with it; or whisk it with tamari, garlic, and ginger for a tangy dipping sauce.

Frozen chopped organic spinach

Frozen vegetables are a great option for money-saving: They’re less expensive than fresh, and since you only use what you need, there’s no waste. I like spinach in particular because of its versatility. Toss a handful into a skillet for an egg scramble, or add it to soup, mix into meatballs, whirl it into a dip, or blitz it into a smoothie. It can be a prominent ingredient (as in a spanakopita) or it can disappear into brownies. A 16-oz. bag of the Whole Foods 365 brand contains six 1-cup servings and costs $1.99, which works out to 31¢ per serving.

RELATED: 12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying—and 17 You Should Eat More

Eggs

Eggs are another versatile food packed with nutrients. They’re readily available, easy to make into zillions of dishes, and a great source of protein, vitamin D (which is hard to find in food), choline, B vitamins, and selenium. You can find them for as little as $1.50 a dozen. And you can get organic eggs for $6 per dozen, which is only 50¢ per egg.

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Talk about a great deal. Dried beans are cheapest—for a buck you can get a pound, which will yield you around 5 cups of cooked beans. But they require some planning, as they need to be soaked for a few hours and then cooked (unless you use a pressure cooker, in which case you can do it in less than an hour, even without soaking). But if you prefer the convenience of canned beans, you’re still looking at a pocket-change investment. A 15- to 15.5-oz. runs between $1.10 and around $2.50 (for organic), which works out to between 31¢ and 71¢ per ½-cup serving. Whirl them into dips, toss into salads, or mash with vegetables and grain and turn them into veggie burgers.

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Cabbage

One of the healthiest, most readily available, and most versatile vegetables in the produce section also happens to be one of the cheapest. A humble head of green cabbage, which costs around $2, yields about 5 cups, or 10 servings (5 servings if you cook it). So for 20¢, you get not only nearly half of your day’s vitamin C, but also nearly your full day’s vitamin K, plus folate and fiber. Cabbage is also a good source of prebiotics, carbohydrates that are non-digestible in the body but that feed good gut bacteria. Shred it and turn it into a simple slaw, or use the leaves as sandwich wraps in place of bread. You can also transform cabbage into a fast, healthy side dish by chopping and sautéing in a bit of butter until tender and turning golden in parts; then season lightly with salt and pepper. Red cabbage, at about $3 per head, is also a steal, and has all of the same benefits of its green cousin, plus it’s also loaded with vitamin A and phytonutrients.

Lentils

These small-but-mighty legumes are a superfood, loaded with protein, fiber, iron, B vitamins, and folate. A pound of dried lentils, which costs about a dollar, contains about 2 ½ cups, which works out to about eight or nine ½-cup servings cooked (at 8 servings, that’s about 13¢ a serving). Lentils make excellent dips, salads, spreads, soups, sauces, and more.

Oats

It’s hard to find a more comforting, familiar staple than oats—though in recent years, they’ve been overshadowed by fancier grains (that’s you, farro, quinoaand spelt). Time to give them a fresh look: Not only are they able to magically transform into many different dishes suitable for any time of day, they’re also amazingly inexpensive. An 18-oz. can of old-fashioned rolled oats, which has thirteen ½-cup servings, costs around $3, which calculates to 23¢ per serving. Of course you can have it for breakfast, made the traditional way, prepped in advance for grab-and-go overnight oats, baked into squares or whirled into a smoothie. But oats also work well as a binder for meatballs or meatloaf, and as a savory side dish or the base for a grain bowl.

 

An ode to my $7 HTC pack-in headphones

 

Headphones are an interesting slice of the technology market, where companies build products that are as much gadget as they are art. Design, style, and personal taste in sound quality and tuning are just as important as the more technical aspects of a pair of headphones. And there have never been more choices: from cheap, sweat-proof headphones for working out, to $300 pairs of cans for blocking out the sounds of your delayed commute, to $55,000 headphones that can probably re-create the voice of god with some accuracy.

Despite this, I’ve proven through long years of history, that I’m definitely not responsible enough for “real” headphones. So instead, my go-to headphone of choice have been these: the HTC Stereo Headphones, Part Number 39H00014-00M, more commonly known as “the headphones that came in the box with the original HTC One (M7).” I found the first pair lying around the house when I was in a rush and needed some headphones, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

To be clear: objectively speaking, these are not traditionally “good” headphones. They are free pack-ins from a smartphone that was released in 2013. They have a fairly major design flaw where the left earbud tends to just arbitrarily fail anywhere between a few weeks to a few months into use. The build quality is poor, the mic / play-pause button is extremely hesitant to work with iOS for answering calls or pausing music, and I’m almost certain that they’re not waterproof.

But that’s exactly the point. Because I can (and do) buy them in bulk off eBay for around $7 a pair, I can (and do) go through about four or five pairs a year. So it’s not as big a deal if I lose a pair on a bus or a plane (done that), forget them in my jeans pocket when doing laundry (also yes, although those still kind of work), or tear them in half because they got caught on a door (again, this is a thing I have done). I can wear them when it rains without fear, or worry about losing them in a snowdrift when I’m shoveling out my driveway in the winter. And at $7, it’s no real loss if I accidentally drop them on a crowded subway car to work and get them crushed by someone walking, since they’re practically disposable.

Plus, for headphones that cost the price of a fancy Starbucks drink, there are a few nice features. Sound quality isn’t awful, although having used plenty of nicer headphones, they certainly aren’t winning any awards either.

Most importantly, they have a flat cord made out of what seems to be the perfect matte rubber material, so they (almost) never, ever tangle. That means that I can casually crumple them up into a ball, stuff them in a sweatshirt pocket or bag, and watch as they magically tumble out knot-free when I need them. Unlike Apple’s EarPods, which tend to fall out of my ears in seconds, the HTC headphones actually stay in my ears relatively well. Additionally, having used the HTC headphones for years, I’ve gone through enough pairs that I have a nice supply of spare earbuds lying around for when I inevitably manage to lose those as well.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to upgrade to some lambskin-cushioned Master and Dynamic cansor a perfectly-tuned pair of B&O Play headphones without worrying about losing, destroying, or breaking them within seconds. Until then, I’ll be sticking with (and destroying) my red HTC earbuds until I run out of random eBay storefronts to buy them off.