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​Anker SoundCore Boost Review

Posted on 06 October 2017

Anker has made quite a name when it comes to sound devices. They have recently introduced new a sound accessory by the name of Anker SoundCore Boost. By its design and functions you can easily say that it’s a smaller version of SoundCore 2, but its way better.

Features

Anker has really stepped up their game when it comes to design; this SoundCore Boost has a soft rubberized finish with rather large buttons on top for easy handling. The top also features Bluetooth connectivity functions, play/pause options, and volume control. It also sports USB input and has a 3.5mm audio jack port. You can connect it wirelessly as it as a good range of connection, which is up to 60 meters. You can use the USB port to charge various devices; this feature always comes handy when you run out of charging ports.

Anker SoundCore Boost is water resistant with an IPX5 rating so you really don’t have to worry about small splashes or wet hands. Its decent 5,200 mAH battery gives you 10-12 hours of music playback. You can use the boost system by pressing the boost button located on top of the device. It has Anker’s patented Boost up technology. We played different tracks and turned the boost button on. It was a real pleasure to know that sound quality was actually really good. Several deep bass frequencies can be easily handled by Anker SoundCore boost with good results. Even at louder volume, the bass quality remained pretty awesome and quite refreshing to the ears as it does not distort or create any additional noise.

Verdict

The design may not be so outstanding, but with this price tag, it has exceptionally good sound quality. Sound always depends on the size of the speakers, the Anker SoundBoast Core may be small, but it does not make any comprises when comes boosting frequencies. With a decent battery life and water-resistant capabilities, it is really a useful sound device. It will give you nice sound with you have to spend through the roof.

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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.

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​Anker SoundCore 2: Bluetooth Speaker Review

Posted on 31 August 2017

​Battery life is a constant concern for many gadgets nowadays. Recharging seems like a nuisance because for that brief moment when you have to sit in one place trying to use your device awkwardly. That issue is no longer prominent in the area of portable speakers with the arrival of the Anker SoundCore 2. The speaker hit several headlines as well as had many great reviews online because of its 24-hour battery life.

Many customers were satisfied because they did not have to worry about recharging their speakers again and again. That allows more time to enjoy the music and lesser worrying of the battery running out.

Along with that, the company added a bigger bass that has a 24-hour playback session. That way you can enjoy the music without any unnecessary stops in the middle of your playlist. The Bluetooth has a surprising 66 feet range, and that means it is quite possible to play music from almost anywhere in your house. Even while you’re cooking or taking outside, you can play your favorite music seamlessly.

The speaker has an amazing sound system. By using two 6W drivers, the portable speakers has loud sounds that are audible outside of a closed room. Many music types have different highs and lows, and in that case, this speaker’s incredible BassUp technology plays them crystal clear. Overall, Anker promises that the battery can last up to 500 songs with a 4-minute playback. That’s quite impressive considering the speaker has no external power source except for its battery. The speakers are a smart purchase for anyone looking for durability, powerful sounds, and a long-lasting battery.

You don’t have to pay through the nose and at the same time, get the sound quality and features you would expect from a high-end model. In other words, you should definitely consider purchasing this speaker.

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​Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3 Plus

Posted on 23 August 2017

​Are your friends coming over today? Do they love music and taking turns to put up songs? Will you be going on vacation soon? How will you keep yourself entertained? Well, that’s easy. All you need to do is find the right Bluetooth speaker, and you are all set to embark on your many adventures.

Bluetooth has surely made life easy for people who do not like the use of wires. Wires always get tangled up which is why Bluetooth speakers are amazing. However, since they run on battery power, customers complain of the speakers running out of power quickly. That changes with the Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3 Plus. A powerful speaker as this one is capable of loud sounds regardless of its size. The price itself is lower than most Bluetooth speakers including that of Bose.

The Oontz Angle 3 Plus automatically pairs itself with the last phone it was paired with, lessening the time to connect. The design of the Oontz Angle 3 Plus only contains a play/pause button and no volume adjustment, which means you have to use the screen to perform most of the functions. Do not worry if you get a phone call in the middle of the song. The Oontz Angle allows the ability to become an auxiliary speaker with clear sounds. The major feature of this speaker is the IPX5 rating which means it is not only splash proof but also rain, dust proof with a hard surface that can survive a large impact. You can take the speakers with you at the beach and enjoy your favorite songs while you bathe in the sun. The lower price, durability and loud sounds are good enough reasons for people to buy it. Hopefully, the speakers will have a lasting impression on you the first time you look at it.

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Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series

Posted on 07 July 2017

Built for the on the go worker, the new Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series is available in a variety of colors, namely buff white, diamond black and carbon grey. It is a handy accessory for an executive employee, or for someone who has a fidgety occupation.

Features:
o A mute alert system detects and immediately informs you when you start talking while the call is muted.
o Voice alerts will announce names of callers when you receive a call, their connection status, and the time you have talked for at regular intervals.
o Google Now, Siri and Cordana can be activated easily; at the touch of a button.
o Smart Sensors embedded in the headset can answer calls and transfer them when you put on the headphones. The headphones can also respond to voice commands such as “answer” or “ignore” to manage incoming and ongoing calls.
o NFC pairing is possible with NFC-enabled devices.
o Range of Bluetooth connectivity can be up to 30 meters. (This range is applicable to Class 1 Bluetooth devices only)
o Voyager 3200 can be synched to Platronics Hub, which can then be used for headset configuration, changing language and to locate the device in case it is misplaced.

Some people have found it disappointing that the device doesn’t come with Bluetooth 5.0. Another grievance among people who have used the Voyager 3200 is that its battery life is no better than the Platronics Edge, which is unsatisfactory. A new model should overcome the previous one’s shortcomings, a fact which, in this case, the developers chose to ignore.

One major upgrade from previous models is the triple-mic noise-cancellation technology, which prevents background noise from blending with your speech and ruining the quality of the call. I guess that is more than just a silver lining.

The Platronics Voyager 3200 is a top quality ear piece which is discreet, elegant and visually executive. If you’re a professional who needs to look the part, you should definitely give the Voyager 3200 a chance.

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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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Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 08 February 2017

Emerging in the market with breakthrough technology, Bose QuietControl 30 allows its users to experience a high quality and balanced audio performance at any volume without any disruptions from the outside world. With its noise cancellation quality, the earphones give users the ability to control the outside noise. With Bose QuietControl 30, you can say goodbye to noisy commutes and thoroughly enjoy the music without the music conflicting with the road noise, unless you let it.

The earpiece comes with an ergonomic neckband design that is light and conforms to your body. It is fashioned out of soft materials, making it ideal for heavy music listeners to listen for longer periods without making their ears go sore. The noise cancellation technology works in a way that the microphones, both outside and inside of the ear buds, continuously compare, measure and react to the outside noise. The system then creates an opposite and equal signal for noise cancellation. Furthermore, The StayHear+ QC tips form a soft seal for extra passive noise minimization.

Another impressive feature of Bose QuietControl 30 is that they are wireless. You can now enjoy volume-optimized, balanced and consistent sound performance, and leave the wires behind. The earphones are also re-engineered with NFC and Bluetooth pairing which means connecting the earpiece to your devices without needing any wires is easy and very quick. In addition, an inline microphone also facilitates users in picking/ending calls, pausing/skipping music tracks and controlling the volume without reaching the device.

The Good:
o Excellent sound quality
o Comfortable
o Durable
o User friendly
o Admirable Design/appearance
o Sweat resistant
o Can be used as a sports head phone

The Bad:
o Rather pricey ($299.95)
o Lacks wired option for plugging into airline entertainment systems.

Overall, the product is a valuable investment. The noise cancellation quality, if not the most powerful, is still quite commendable and the earphones work really well as an everyday music accessory.

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