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JBL E55BT Review: Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Posted on 31 March 2017

JBL E55BT is a $150 wireless pair of headphones designed for big bass lovers. The headphones offer a general signature sound that is well balanced with high frequency and strong high-mid presence. They are also comfortable and come with a removable cable to allow a wired, passive music experience.

The JBL E55BT headphones are available in black, white, red, blue and green, and come with a cloth-lined headband and comfortable leather ear pads. The exterior of the ear cups feature a matte plastic with the company’s logo embossed in the middle. The headset fits quite securely, due to its plentiful cushioning in the ear cups and headband, and allows listeners to enjoy their music sessions for hours. A 50 mm driver is installed inside each ear cup that is responsible for delivering the audio.

Inbuilt controls are placed on the right ear cup, but the plastic buttons feel a little tacky to the touch considering the high price, but they function properly. There is also a pairing/power switch with a status LED and a control panel consisting of three buttons that comprise of a main multifunction button and volume increase and decrease button, which works in combination with your device’s master volume.

When these buttons are held down, they help you manage track navigation. Many users did not find this feature all that impressive as it makes it easy to miss a track when you were only trying to control the volume. The removable cable also comprises of an inline one-button mic and remote control just beneath the chin level. The cable’s microphone provides high quality intelligibility, which is much better than the headphones’ mic itself.

The JBL E55BT headphones come with no additional accessories other than a removable audio cable and a charging cable. What many users were expecting was a protective casing, as the surface of the headband could easily get caught and hitch on to something.

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Endless Mission One: Unique Computer and OS

Posted on 30 March 2017

The Endless Mission One is a completely different computer that is not only different in shape but also runs on the company’s own Linux-based operating system, Endless OS. The $250 PC uses the Endless OS operating system to get an edge over other PC manufacturers. The Endless Mission One is the company’s latest and most advanced computer, which is powered by an Intel Celeron. Compared to its predecessor, the Endless Mission One is a lot more expensive but almost worth it all.

The gorgeous wood finish gives the PC an eye-catching look and allows you to keep it anywhere, as it would only help add to the beauty. The casing is made of white acrylic and bamboo, which also makes the PC strong and durable. You can choose between the two variants of the Endless Mission One – one with 500 GB of storage and one with 320GB.

The expensive looking cheap computer packs:
o 500GB HDD
o 2GB of DDR3 RAM
o Bluetooth
o A 3.5mm audio jack
o VGA out
o Intel Celeron N2807
o HDMI out
o Ethernet
o 2 USB 2.0 ports
o 802.11n Wi-Fi

The Endless OS is a completely new operating system, which was built from scratch and has only been used in Endless’ products. Several modifications and advanced technology was used to build this OS that is based on Linux. Moreover, it is not the final version as Endless is already working on making it better and faster.

Endless OS also comes with a wide range of pre-installed educational and reference content so you might not have to visit Wikipedia e now and then.

It is a wonderful piece of hardware and probably the most eye-catching desktop PC available today. It is capable of fulfilling your needs for a PC as it offers you more or less the same things but in a delightful manner. It would also be best for children as it come packed with educational stuff too.

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Plantronics BackBeat 500 (White)

Posted on 27 March 2017

The Plantronics BackBeat 500 (White) are an $80 wireless headphones that allow users to enjoy up to 18 hours of continuous, rich deep sound that too on a single charge. The headphones feature a cushioned and lightweight design that offers the maximum level of comfort when listening to music.

The on-ear Bluetooth stereo headphones bring you the Plantronics signature audio that makes the whole music listening experience high quality and affordable. It has an all-plastic body with ear cup forks made of metal. The white version is loud and has bright orange accents. On the left ear cup, you will find volume controls and playback along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microUSB charging port. On the other hand, the right cup houses the Bluetooth pairing slider and power slider along with the call answer/decline and microphone buttons.

The ear cups are also foldable for added convenience, and are quite twistable, making them more hardwearing. Although the Plantronics BackBeat 500 are quite comfortable for listening for short periods of time, a few users complained the headset put pressure on the ears when they listened for long periods of time. The ear cups are coated with foam that is stiff and not the most comfortable to wear. If you are looking for comfort, or use headphones for long periods, the Plantronics BackBeat 500 may not prove to be the best option for you.

In terms of performance and sound quality, these headphones are certainly the best of the entire Plantronics 500 series. What you can expect from the headset is a warm and pleasant sound that complements rock, electronic pop and rap music quite nicely. The focus is placed on bass, and the sound is well controlled so the music does not end up sounding muddy. However, because the bass masks some of the energy of the mids, music that is vocal-heavy can suffer.

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B&O Play Beolit 17: Powerful Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 22 March 2017

The lunch box shaped Beolit 17 is the latest and upgraded version of B&O Play’s portable speakers. Although this third gen speaker is much more powerful and comes with a couple of new features, the shape and looks are pretty much the same as the previous gens. The Beolit 17 features a new USB-C port with a 5 volt 3 amp charger for a fast and an efficient charging so now you don’t have to wait for hours for you speaker to charge before you take it out.

Bang & Olufsen has also come up with an additional button, which can be customized using the Beoplay app for different functions such as an alarm clock switch, a direct play button for a specific song etc. Apart from the additional button, B&O has also managed to upgrade the Bluetooth for better connectivity and an enhanced sound quality.

The B&O Play Beolit 17 features the signature leather strap along with the aluminum and plastic design. Strangely, Beolit 17 has given a lot of competition to none other but its own predecessor Beolit 15 in terms of pricing as the old gen is still up for sale and will cost you $100 more.

The Beolit 17, measuring 18.9cm by13.5cm by 3.0cm, weighs 2.6 kg and is a cuboid shaped portable Bluetooth speaker, which comes with a battery powerful enough to last for a day. Unlike the previous gen, the Beolit does not feature the cable tray hence making more space and producing better bass quality. In addition, the speakers all around the cabinet give you a 360 sound. The top of the player is made of polymer and with buttons on one side giving it a clean and simple look, and making it simple to use in the process.

You can also use an auxiliary cable to play your favorite songs on the Beolit 17 while your phone rests on the ”tray” on the top.

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Audeze iSine 10 In-Ear Headphones: Well Worth it!

Posted on 20 March 2017

The Audeze iSine 10 is may look strange but it’s one of the best sounding devices you can buy. The earphones will cost a hefty $400 but will come with different pairs of ear buds and detachable ear hooks so the in-ear headphones sit tightly and do not fall off as you walk, jog or sprint. The sound can also be controlled by an Odyssey DSP app that features a 10-band equalizer, which allows you to manage the EQ, but it is not something you would like to do every time you plug in the headphones.

It is not just the design of these headphones that is unique but the amazing use of advanced technology in Audeze iSine10 makes it a great sounding headphone with a finely tuned treble and a deep and equally distributed bass. To some they might seem very pricy but the exceptionally amazing sound of the weird looking and compact in-ear headphones is totally worth the price
The uniqueness of these headphones is that it doesn’t cuts you off from the outside world while not allowing external noises. The iSine 10 comes with two cables – an apple certified cipher lightening cable and a standard 3.5mm plug. The built in convertor uses the digital audio from the iOS to produce a very clear and loud music.

The iSine 10 will without any doubt make you fall in love with it once you experience the amazing sound quality. Each and every beat and detail is clear and once the music starts, you will definitely find escapism. What gives edge to Audeze iSine 10 in-ear headphones over its rivals is the amazing engineering marvel of using the planar technology in such small headphones.

If simply put, the planar magnetic technology creates a much stable and smooth sound by moving the entire diaphragm back and forth using magnetic waves. This technology is not a new one but has always been used in the over-the-ear headphones. Audeze has left behind the largest of companies using this technology in the in-ear-headphones.

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Denon HEOS AVR: The first 5.1-channel AV receiver

Posted on 17 March 2017

Tired of untangling wires while setting up a surround sound in your living room? Worry no more as Denon brings you the HEOS AVR which, if simply put, is a revolution in a box. The HEOS AVR comes in a very sleek, stylish and streamlined design adding beauty and simplicity to your room.

The HEOS AVR brings you the best quality real 5.1 surround and can be connected to your favorite speakers in the house with ease and without wires so you can play your music in high resolution in any room you want using the HEOS app. Denon has successfully made this device a very unique one as it offers you everything you need in a music player without any complexity.

The Denon HEOS AVR features a blue LED under the dark silver aluminum casing. The device also allows 5x 50W channels for a much more amplified sound. This is more than just a receiver as it can be used for home theatre systems as it has four HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs, which allows compatibility with Dolby TrueHD and 4K video.

Just like its predecessors, the HEOS AVR comes with AUX inputs, USB inputs, Bluetooth. However, Denon has designed the AVR for a much better and sophisticated look and used the advanced technologies to make it a much easier -to-use device with enhanced sound quality. The extensive number of connections in the AVR allows you to connect to many wireless (compatible) speakers at the same time. And what sets the HEOS AVR apart from its competitors is the built-in wireless streaming and multi-room functionality.

Denon has reduced the use of wires wherever possible making the HEOS AVR a very neat music streamer and receiving device. The device is supposed to be sold for $1000 when it releases in April 2017 and some sources say that it is indeed true.
With the all new HEOS AVR, surround yourself with sound and not with wires!

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HP Elite Slice: The Desktop Reinvented

Posted on 13 March 2017

HP has successfully managed to reinvigorate the PC market by introducing the all-new HP Elite slice. HP has given a new face and a new shape to PCs which is not only easy to carry, but is also very appealing and easy to use and customize. The best part about the HP Elite Slice is that you can carry it in your bag and do not have to worry about the wires, as there is none. It has a stunning 360-degrees copper vent. It is the first desktop with no wires and rounded corners.

The engineers have given the HP Elite Slice a un-desktop-like design. The casing can be opened without any hassle. The four screws underneath can be undone and you will find extra ports for extra RAM which can be upgraded to a maximum capacity of 32GB. The CPUs are available from the sixth-gen Intel i3, i5 and i7 processors.

However, the HP Elite Slice with a price tag of $900 would not allow you to play massive games like Call of Duty, GTA V etc. as upgrades would be required to run such games and that is definitely going to cost you more. This PC features many different ports for connectivity – two HDMIs, one USB-C, and a 3.5mm port for headphones and microphones. The Elite Slice also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

One thing that makes the Slice very attractive is that one can be creative with it as it allows you different modularity options – you can easily add your optical drive etc. The touch keys on the top gives a more sophisticated look.

Some sources say there will be new versions of the Slice with fingerprint scanners and built-in graphic cards powerful enough to support huge games. People are already looking forward to the upgraded versions of the HP Elite Slice, as the current one does not offer much.

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