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Bose SoundLink Micro Review: Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 29 September 2017

The Bose SoundLink Micro promises to be one of the best-sounding speakers money can buy. The SoundLink Micro gets everything right for a speaker this size. However, it may seem a bit costlier than other similar products to some buyers.

You also get a battery-life indicator that is near the Micro-USB charging port with volume controls on the speaker. In addition, there is a multifunction button to control the playback. The battery lasts for 6 hours, which is usually the standard for other kinds of speakers.

The speakers have been stress-tested by numerous users and they have provided several favorable reviews about the how well the product performs in different environments. The product is built to maintain a rock solid Bluetooth connection so you can link it wirelessly with other Bose speakers via the Bose Connect app.

Product Specifications

The following are the major key specs of the Bose SoundLink Micro.

  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Size: 1.5 inches
  • Charger: Micro-USB
  • Price: $110, £100 or $AU170
  • Colors: Bright orange, midnight blue and black
  • Battery life: 6 hours
  • IPX rating: IPX7

Features

It is an efficient pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker that is capable to play rich and loud sounds compared to several other similar products in the market. Being waterproof, the product performs well in all kinds of environments. It has a built-in microphone for speaker calls along with an integrated strap.

With high quality components and tear resistant rubber strap, users can easily clip the speaker onto just about anything such as a bag or your bike’s handle. The speaker also features a base port on its underside. The speaker is engineered to rest on a flat surface for better performance.

It is the company’s moderately expensive and smallest Bluetooth model that intends to defy other conventional speakers currently available.

Final Verdict

The Bose SoundLink Micro speaker delivers exceptional performance with an incredible Bluetooth audio performance, especially for its size. However, it is a bit expensive for its features and specifications.

Photo by: Bose

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Pioneer Rayz Rally: Lightning Powered Pocket-Sized Speaker

Posted on 28 September 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re attending a meeting in a conference room and you’re required to play an audio file on your mobile phone or make a conference call, but you find that your device is just not loud enough for everyone to listen to? I’m sure some of us have been in that situation and we know it can be frustrating and embarrassing at the same time. With the new Pioneer Rayz Rally, you will never be caught off-guard.

Power Efficient:
The Rayz Rally is an ultra compact, pocket-sized conference speaker, which can be plugged into the lightning port of your Macbook, iPhone or any other iOS device. This feature of the Rayz Rally saves you from the hassle of having to charge it. No charging or batteries required. Just plug and play.

Loudness:
The Rayz Rally is small, no doubt, but it packs a serious punch. Some people compare the clarity of the Rayz Rally to that of a conference system. It is undoubtedly louder than it looks and it does not sacrifice sound quality for volume.

Convenience:
Rally has a smart button, yes, just one smart button, which can be used to mute/un-mute and play/pause.

Talk and Charge:
Talk while charging your phone using Rally’s integrated charging port.

The Good:
Rally is highly portable, does not require charging and can prove an effective alternative for a complex conference system. It is easy to use and works on a simple plug and play principle. The box includes the speaker itself, a carry bag and a user manual. The speaker comes with a warranty of up to 12 months.

The Bad:
For something small and only slightly more efficient than its counterparts, Rally is pretty expensive, tagged at $99.95. Rally might also, to some users, look “odd” plugged into your phone. Bluetooth speakers slightly larger than Rally are available at a lower price, which, in most cases, have better sound quality than Rally.

I think the conclusion we can come to is simply how Rally can be useful for executives who need to be brand-conscious when it comes to their office accessories. For other, more casual users, normal Bluetooth speakers would do the job.

Photo by: Pioneer Rayz

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen): Versatility To the Max

Posted on 26 September 2017

Lenovo is one of the top leading laptop manufacturing companies in the world and has been in the industry for many years. The company has recently launched its most awaited product, ThinkPad X1 (second generation).

This laptop computer/tablet is a mini but an advanced version of its predecessor. This 2-in-1 machine is the ultimate computer for not only business oriented people but also for those interested in art.

The ThinkPad X1 packs some amazing features that one just cannot overlook. However, there a few weird quirks about this machine too.

Primary Features

Processor:
o Core i5 (3.2 GHz)
o Core i5 vPro (3.3 GHz)
o Core i7 vPro (3.6 GHz)
o Dual Core

Storage:
o 128GB
o 256GB
o 512GB

RAM:
o 8GB
o 16GB

Display:
o 12inch Full HD
o Touch-screen
o Glossy

Graphics:
o Intel HD Graphics 615

Keyboard:
o Magnetic attachable ThinkPad keyboard

Camera:
o 8MP (back)
o 2MP (front)

Battery:
o Two-cell 37WHr

Operating System:
o Windows 10 Home
o Windows 10 Pro

Secondary Features
o Fingerprint reader (optional)
o ThinkPad Pen Pro (optional)
o Dual stereo speakers
o Black color
o 1.69 lbs tablet only. 2.35 lbs tablet + keyboard
o Nano-sim port (optional)
o USB-C 3.1 and USB-A 3.1ports

Pros
o Great performance
o Ultra clear display
o Accurate touch sensor
o Kickstand is practical
o Perfect for designing

Cons
o Good-for-nothing speakers
o Poor battery life
o Expensive
o Sensitive
o Poor back camera results

The ThinkPad X1 tablet PC is a fantastic product and one of the most advanced and decent looking laptops you will find on the market. The perfect size makes it easy to carry. It comes with a price tag that most people find to be a bit more but if you are a fan of ThinkPad and want to make it portable, this is the thing for you. Plus, the features ensure you get great value for money

Photo by: Lenovo

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Vizio SB3621 Review: Entertainment Amplified

Posted on 22 September 2017

A reliable speaker is hard to find and the ones that have prices that touch the roof. Modern homes ask for more affordable as well as portable speakers that can look not only good near the television but also sound good. The Vizio SB3621 soundbar is an excellent speaker with great movie sounds and an even better wireless sub feature. The quality of sound is superb, and there are many good reviews of the speaker on the internet.

Priced at around $150, the compact speaker has a Bluetooth function as well as a wireless subwoofer that plays the best bass sounds. Imagine watching a horror movie with your friends. The sudden scares will leave you all breathless and everyone will surely praise the sound system. Comparing it to Google’s Chromecast, the Vizio is a better deal in home theatres designed to consider the changing times today. There is no excess wiring and no heavy equipment to move from place to place, just a 36- inch speaker that is lighter than most speakers.

If you are wondering if the material the brand manufactures the speaker from is low regarding quality, you can rest assured. People ask questions like is it made of plywood? Will it break easily? How could it be so cheap and still be so good? You need not worry about it because the speakers have a strong resistance to water and are high in durability as well.

The top of the speaker has a set of volume controls placed in a smart style and do not take a lot of space, which leaves your speaker as untouched as it could get. If you’re in the market and wondering which speakers are the best, we will recommend you take a chance on the Vizio SB3621. The price is reasonable and the features great!

Photo by: Vizio

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LG Stylo Review: Smartphone 5.7″ Display

Posted on 21 September 2017

Regarding smartphones this year, the market has seen newer features from several companies. Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 are both yet again taking the lead as the most purchased smartphones. However, customers who do not prefer both brands or cannot afford them are still entitled to innovative ideas from other companies. These companies have to consider the price, design, features as well as the battery life when designing a smartphone for that percent of the population.

That is the case with the LG Stylo as it adds a stylus to its smartphone design. LG previously hasn’t focused much on styluses, but this time the new feature has opened several options for the company. First and foremost is the idea of the ‘idle hand’ which allows users to take notes uninterrupted even while their fingers are on the screen. The stylus has a simple design and fits into the silo on top of LG Stylo.

The phone itself has a 5.5-inch touch screen with 720 x 1280 display feature which allows for better video and image visibility. With a 300 mAh battery, you can use the phone for up to 24 hours before you need to charge it again. Battery lifetime has never been an issue with LG products. However, the style functionality has. The Android phone has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor with 1 GB of RAM.

This feature, therefore, is the answer to any query you have regarding the speed of the smartphone. You can also take a lot of good pictures as the LG Stylo has an 8 MP back camera and 5 MP front one. You can shoot as many videos as you want as the SD card slot can read up to 64 GB of memory. Regarding features, this smartphone surely has a lot which is why it is perfect for people who cannot afford higher priced smartphones.

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HP’s Omen X Laptop Coming Soon

Posted on 19 September 2017

The earlier version of HP’s Omen 17 did not exactly leave a good impression on everyone. The price was relatively lower however the performance was what earned it poor reviews on the internet. With a Geforce GTX 1070 video card, people weren’t exactly excited about the laptop when it hit the market for the first time.

It seems like HP learned its lesson because in comes HP’s Omen X laptop. It was priced at $1600 and is designed to meet any gamer’s needs. Both the design of the laptop as well as the performance are impressive and worth the price. HP moved to a metal chassis after the last mistake of a plastic one, which takes the weight up a notch, however, the durability of the powerhouse laptop increases. The laptop has a 16GB RAM and a 1TB hard disk. The laptop’s GPU ratings are 8.2 out of 10, and it has the latest Intel i-7 core with a G-sync display panel. Everything about the laptop screams a desire to want to purchase it.

Furthermore, the laptop comes with strong software that handles most of the lighting of the laptop known as Omen Command Centre. There are reportedly eight zones of lighting that the laptop has and control over them is at your disposal. You can enjoy customizing your laptop to the way you want. You can also manage the network traffic as well as override the macro controls of the laptop.

This aspect can help if the laptop ever gets stuck around a task which is highly unlikely with the current specifications we are considering. HP wanted to make sure its customers receive the best and are also giving them the option to prepare for the worst possible situation. In the end, the Omen X is one of the most powerful laptops to hit the market.

Photo courtesy: HP

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Fitbit Ionic™ Watch Review

Posted on 15 September 2017

The apple watch has a new competitor in the market. Fitbit’s new smartwatch is a genuine masterpiece that is both modern and has a purpose. Apple’s smartwatch might dominate the market in most cases, but the new Fitbit Ionic is no less. With features such as sleep tracking, contactless payments, and music, the smartwatch is a portable device that makes life a lot easier.

The particular feature that strikes an interest for customers is its price. Fitbit’s Ionic is priced at $300 in the market and is affordable for most of the customers in search of not only a fitness device but a kind of portable smartphone. The smartwatch comes with a leather strap, and three different colors include charcoal black and smoke gray. The leather strap is comfortable and gives you extra grip while exercising or indulging in certain outdoor activities. If you’re traveling, the smartwatch has a battery that can last four days on a single charge, and that opens new realms in the areas of exploration and device usage. Imagine going camping and not having to worry about where you’ll find a plug to charge your smartwatch so you can play music. The very idea gives a sense of relief and content.

Other than that, the smartwatch has a water resistance of up to 50 meters underwater so going snorkeling is definitely in the picture. Fitbit’s Ionic will let you know of your heartbeat, and the miles traveled. With a built-in GPS, you will no longer get lost and will always find your way through. Based on the data you collect, you can optimize your workout schedule. It’s all a dream come true for trainers and travel enthusiasts.

Photo credit: Facebook/Fitbit

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