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Monster Superstar S100 Wireless Speaker Review

Posted on 25 May 2018

When looking for a portable speaker, everyone concerns about will this speaker provide surround sound or not? It seems like Monster Superstar S100 has been launched to solve your query. Investing in a portable speaker means you want to enjoy some great music while doing chores. It brings a lot of disappointment when the speaker does not provide sound in each corner of your room. The company has considered the fact this time. And Superstar S100 is creating buzz for its loud and clear sound.

You will find two speaker grills on each side. One end introduces micro USB charge port and an audio jack whereas the other end sports a button for Bluetooth syncing and powering. You will also get silver bolts on either side giving it an industrial look. On the top, you will see Monster insignia embossed. There are rubber grips given as well to provide support to the speaker while music is thumping.

You will be pretty excited to learn that the S100 is IPX7 rated for waterproofing. It is a waterproof speaker which means you can take it to summer pool parties without giving it a second thought. Plus, it comes with a strap making it convenient for you to carrying around.

The features are easy-to-use. You need to connect the Superstar via Bluetooth or an audio jack. Also, you will find syncing quite straightforward without any significant issues. Moreover, the battery life is satisfactory as well. It can go up for good six hours.

When it comes to sound, you won’t regret investing money to Superstar S100. It thumps out the jaw-dropping bass. You will hear clear sound from each grill. If you want an improved music experience, listen to music while facing one of the grills in front of you, and you will hear the audio.

Photo courtesy Monster

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​Ultimate Ears Blast Smart Speaker Review

Posted on 24 January 2018

Ultimate Ears blast smart speaker now in the market and ready to give you a boom of sound. This cylindrical shape mini echo device is 7.6 inches tall that allows the user to enjoy the journey while listening to the music as its small size easy to carry.

Features

It is embedded with multiple features including Amazon Alexa that supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and allows you to make a connection in two speakers if you want it to play loud.

This wireless speaker has 90 DB audio with a frequency of 90 Hz to 20KHz, and it comes with 39 mm of a passive radiator that won’t let it heat-up.

Now, you don’t have to worry about when you go to the beach or either you drop it into the pool; it will survive in water for up to 30 mints as its water-resistant IP67 allow you to enjoy your favorite activity without any worries. Its charging port is well covered with rubber that means water doesn’t harm its port.

As it is featured on Amazon Alexa, you can ask it for any information of artist, genres, radio stations and podcast you like. It is equipped with some basic features; For instance, you can also set the alarm, manage cylinder or set a reminder. But it doesn’t support calling feature this means you cannot ask Alexa to make a call from your phonebook.

Flaw

The thing you will notice in this products that its built-in system is not equipped with any button for changing and pausing music. Although it has Amazon Alexa for music navigation, the problem is it doesn’t have any indicator and not vibrant than any other device.

Bottom line

You can stream music with this audio system either you at friend’s home, go for a picnic and party. It sounds quality is pretty good if you want to experience its audio quality than give it a chance.

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Amazon Tap Review: Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 05 January 2018

The idea of smart living is turning into a reality with these smart devices. For every music junkie, here is the newest gadget that will leave you stunned. With Amazon tap, you can now listen to your favorite music just by giving a command. Isn’t that cool?

The Amazon tap is a wireless speaker that runs either by tapping or on your command. The device is simple to use, its mesh-like exterior makes it easy to hold, and it is light-weight enough to be carried anywhere – even in the parks. The setup of Amazon Tap is quite easy just download Amazon Alexa app and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Start talking by pressing the front button. You will find a Micro-USB port or an audio input port on the back of the speaker; plug the tap in here and voila – it will begin functioning.

You can also use Amazon tap on “hands-free” mode. Go to the settings on your Alexa app, select “Hands-free” option and start controlling tap with your commands. Simply say a wake word “Alexa,” and the device will run. This is the most convenient and smart way to use this innovative speaker. Moreover, you can mute and unmute music whenever you want just by pressing play button for only three seconds as the idea isn’t based on always listening functionality. The device can respond to your commands even if it is given from a considerable distance.

It is safe to say that Amazon Tap is extremely user-friendly. Not just it is an ideal speaker that provides surround sound, but it comes with an impressive battery life. Without hands-free mode, your device can work fine for good 10 hours, and it goes for 8 hours for microphone always on mode. Buying Amazon tap is surely a smart idea for your smart-home.

Photo credit: Amazon

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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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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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Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Headphones

Posted on 01 June 2017

With the increasing trend of removing the headphone jack from smartphones, and introducing wireless headphones for a more streamlined entertainment experience, it is a good idea to opt for cutting-edge wireless headphones for your smartphone available on the market today. And when it comes down to it, it doesn’t get any better than the Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless headphones.

You may not have head of the company, but Beyerdynamic is a very popular and reputable company based in Germany. They manufacture topnotch wireless headphones compatible with multiple smartphones. Moreover, these wireless headphones are integrated with Tesla transducer technology, seen in the Beyerdynamic’s wired model before.

If you’re looking for durable and high performing wireless headphones, it doesn’t get any better than Xelento Wireless. They have given it a new design with the Bluetooth and battery components fitted at the end of the cable. It also has a port to connect the 3.5mm cable to the charger once the battery dies. The company has ensured the headphones will also have same ear-buds that were offered in the wired version.

Another interesting feature is the fact these headphones and can intelligently and instantly switch to other formats for phones not having the required quality standard of the audio. The company ensures the battery life is brilliant with average time of 5.5 hours of continuous usage.

The headphones have a net weight of 7g; they are easily portable and have a durable design. The price is set to be $1,199. The product comes with a Bluetooth connection cable, a microphone and a charger. Plus, you can also expect to get a pair of silicone ear-tips with the product, which is what make it even more worthy to buy despite the high price.

The sound produced is excellent. The headphones will be released later this year.

Photo by: Beyerdynamic

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