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​Oculus Go Review: Standalone VR Headset

Posted on 17 May 2018

It wouldn’t be wrong to claim Oculus Go as a new breed of VR tech. This VR headset has a built-in computer. It means you can start watching a movie or playing a game as soon as you put the Oculus Go on. There is no more hassle of connecting headset with your smartphone or gaming console. Oculus go doesn’t need any set up or external tracking sensors. You only need to pick up the controller and it will begin functioning. Isn’t that fantastic?

The headset comes with 5.5inch, 538 ppi panel along with the sharp 2560 x 1440 resolution. The developers and brilliant designers have removed the “screen-door” effect which was a significant problem in the company’s previous flagship headsets. Also, fast-switch LCD display is incorporated into the Go to provide better pixel experience to the users. You will find pixels larger and there will be fewer chances of screen-door effect.

The goggles in Oculus Go are made with topnotch quality. The developers have built them into the strap-mounts allowing the comfortable goggles to sit on each side of your head. The company has released their VR headset with spectacular speakers – which is fantastic for movie buffs and gamers. The device is going to provide you with an otherworldly experience for sure!

You will find numerous VR apps in the in Oculus Go. It comes with three degrees of freedom (DoF) similar to the previous Gear VR. You will not find touchpad on sides of the headset. However, two buttons are given on the top; one to control volume and other for power on/off. Gamers will be delighted to learn that you can find all the fun games apps from Oculus store in no time. Simply download the app on your phone which is available for both iOS and Android users.

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​Marshall Mid ANC Review: Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 04 May 2018

Music fans will be delighted to learn that Marshall has launched its Mid ANC noise canceling headphones for the first time. The headphones are also an updated version of the company’s flagship Major II wireless headphones. With its surround sound and deep bass, it is safe to say that the Mid ANC can easily put rival brands such as Sony or Bose on a run for their money. The developers and designers have done an outstanding job on the design and sound quality of the product.

The new headphone set from Marshall is an on-ear model – and perfectly fits. You will feel comfortable wearing it and the wireless mode will facilitate your music experience. So, you never have to worry about your ear-phone plopping off when you are out for a jog or in the gym lifting some serious metal.

Moreover, the Mid ANC provides top-notch sound quality and deep bass. With noise canceling technology, you can enjoy the surround-sound on the Marshall Mid ANC anywhere you want. So, you can finally say good bye to all that distracting background noise that totally derails your focus when you’re working or studying or playing a video game – and just enjoy an immersive experience.

The headphone design may appear to be a bit bulky – however it is quite comfortable and ergonomic. It sports metal hinges, 40mm drivers, and a carrying case – allowing you to safely carry the headphones wherever you go. It is worth noting that the headphones come with separate cords that you can connect or disconnect as per your choice.

Moreover, the battery life of the Marshall Mid ANC is splendid. You can use it for more than 19 hours in wireless mode when noise canceling and Bluetooth are activated and over 30 hours when both features are turned off. You can rarely find an on-ear wireless headphone with a maximum battery life such as this. There is no doubt that the overall performance of the Marshall is brilliant and the upgraded version is creating a buzz thanks to the slew of fantastic features – surround sound, comfortable design, noise canceling, and long battery life at a reasonable price – not a bad deal at all.

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​Bose QuietComfort 35 II: Wireless Smart Headphones

Posted on 26 April 2018

The Bose QC 35 II is an improved version of the original wireless headphone. However, the device is no integrated with a convenient – ‘action button’ that will allow you to connect with Google Assistant without even touching your phone. This innovation will surely attract music fans. Also, Bose has opted for the Google Assistant integration for the first time and it is undoubtedly a smart move.

Now you can perform daily tasks, receive texts, and play music simply with your voice. All you need is to press and hold action button and begin a conversation with Google Assistant. The headphone is also compatible with the smart devices – if you have any in the house.

It is worth noting that you don’t need Google Assistant to activate noise-cancellation. You can simply connect it with the Bose Connect app using the action button to activate noise-cancellation settings via the same app. There are two levels of noise cancellation you can set, high and low.

Not to mention the device offers top-notch noise canceling. The Bose QuietComfort goes up to 20 hours with active noise canceling and in wireless mode. With the passive mode, you can still use the headphone in case the battery is running out when you need it. Moreover, an interesting update is that you can still hear your voice in the headphones when you are wearing them and you don’t need to take them off.

The Bose 35 II has enhanced sound quality. Now you can enjoy surround sound and tremendous bass. The overall audio is smooth and well-balanced. It wouldn’t be wrong to claim that the QC 35 II provides better sound than most rival brands such as Sony. The Bose 35 is extremely comfortable to wear and easy-to-carry. With interesting updates and sufficient battery life, Bose 35 II could become your next purchase.

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​Asus Zephyrus M (GM501) Review: Laptop for Gamers

Posted on 18 April 2018

The Asus ROG has launched its slimmest laptop yet – the Zephyrus M GM501; it is a worth laptop for gamers! It is safe to say that the machine is an improved version of previous Zephyrus laptops. The device has a slick and unique chassis and has enhanced audio and keyboard qualities. You will find it performing comparatively better compared to notebooks with Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU and 8th Gen Core i7 coffee lake processors.

Asus has kept the exterior simple yet elegant. The laptop comes in Black Titanium – with a two panel lid – vertical striations and horizontal lines giving the device a two-tone effect. The exterior seems quite similar to the brand’s previous flagship device. You will find significant updates in the interior such as the digital touchpad, which they moved along with the keyboard and placed in the center of the deck.

The keyboard and touchpad have gone through a modification process and feels comfortable with an additional numpad. The power button has pushed up on the top of the home key. You will find buttons for the volume and ROG gaming center above the F1-F4 buttons.

The GM501 features two USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the left and one on the right side. So much so, there is an option for a Thunderbolt 3 port and secure lock slot along with HDMI port, combine headphone and power jack on the left side. Also, to enhance your gaming experience, the GM501 sports a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 matte screen. The developers have incorporated Nvidia G-Sync technology as well, which reduces screen latency and tearing. With awesome video qualities, Asus has also significantly improved the audio quality of the machine and you can experience surround sound and fantastic bass as the device is integrated with Sonic Radar 3 software.

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​Polk Signa Solo Universal Sound Bar Review

Posted on 31 March 2018

Isn’t it utterly irritating when your TV speakers provide crappy sound? Did you know you can get rid of it without spending a hefty amount? If you desire for clear and crisp sound, you should consider purchasing the Polk Signa Solo. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it the younger sibling of Polk Signa S1.

You will find it as one of the most pocket-friendly devices available on the market. The device will help provide an impressive surround sound experience without putting in much effort. Moreover, it is an ultra light and is compact device. Moreover, you will never need a subwoofer; the device alone is enough to enhance the overall sound effects.

Also, it is one of most simple sound bars to attach to your TV set with. The sound bar is quite straightforward to connect and has 3.5mm analog input along with Bluetooth and is ready to use – and you can also mount it as you see fit.

Furthermore, the device offers four drivers – 2.5-inches each and it comes with built-in bass ports. The company has collaborated with Dolby Digital to provide high-quality sound. The Polka Signa is rectangular in shape and measures 3.54-inches. The sound bar is 3.91-inches wide and 39-inches in length.

You will find numerous EQ settings such as night mode, movie, and music. Therefore, you can switch to any mode depending on your choice. The Polk Solo also comes with the company’s approximation of surround that is called copyright SDA digital surround.

The sound bar is designed to provide an unforgettable experience – all on your fingertips. It is a plug and play device and you can alter the dialogue level and the bass settings as per your preferences, using just the remote. Selecting bass setting is quite common in the sound bar category. However, the dialogue volume option is only seen in high-end sound bars; but in this case, you don’t have to spend through the roof to enjoy quality sound thanks to the Polk Signa Solo.

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​JBL Link 20 Review: Voice Activated Portable Speaker

Posted on 28 March 2018

If you are looking for a home speaker that will entertain you without distortion for hours, the JBL link 20 is just the thing you were looking for all your life! Plus, you will also be surprised to know the product comes built-in with Google Assistant feature! The speaker system is absolutely waterproof and can become your ultimate choice when it comes to surround sound and quality audio.

The JBL 20 is not a heavy speaker. Although it appears big, it is easy to carry around your house. The speaker weighs nearly 960g. With Bluetooth functionality, plenty of other features truly made it a convenient home speaker that can entertain you for a very long time.

The speakers are entirely rubber-plastic similar to the UE Megaboom. This helps make the speakers damage and fall-proof. But that doesn’t you throw it out of the balcony just to see how strongly-built it is! Also, it has IPX7 rating, which makes it considerably waterproof – again, don’t take in the swimming pool with you. However, you can listen to some music while take a shower.

The device is pretty straightforward to use – there is a power button at the back, just press it and start listening to your favorite tunes. There LED-lit light that indicate battery life and when you should charge the device. At 100%, the speaker will give you up to 20 hours of pure sound! That is what has put a majority of the product’s rivals to shame.

Moreover, once you have set up your JBL link 20 speakers, you can allow it to function via the Google Home app. Simply say “hello Google” and the speaker will activate. During this process, LED arrays on the front will light up indicating it is listening to your commands.

You can ask it to play your favorite music and that will give you a relaxing music experience after a long and tiring day. It is surely an interesting gadget for music lovers.

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​Puro Sound Junior Jams: Volume-Safe Kids Headphones

Posted on 08 March 2018

Puro Sound labs leave everyone stunned with an amazing idea. They have launched, Puro Sound JuniorJams headphones, specifically designed for children. Since the concept is dedicated to kids entirely, these headphones feature limited volume, compact design, improved battery life, daisy-chain audio sharing, and children-friendly colors.

The regular headphones aren’t ear-safe for kids and usually come without limited volume options, which make them threatening to their growing ears. The JuniorJams headphones are the smart and safe option. They feature interesting daisy-chain which is two pairs of headphones. They enable two kids, or one adult and a child to enjoy the same sound together. This option makes these headphones sibling-friendly.

According to a survey of World Health Organization, hazardous audio gadgets put around 1.1 billion children and teenagers at the risk of hearing loss. The Puro Sound JuniorJams headphones are nothing less than a blessing in such case.

The finest quality of the aluminum material is used in the design that promises durability. Since the JuniorJams are for children, they are lightweight. The design is space efficient as the ear cups close flat and inwards, makes it a travel-friendly device as well.

The device also offers Bluetooth Wireless 4.2 and wired connections. The JuniorJams have the volume limiting option available for both wired and wireless use. Thanks to AptX codec that allows CD-quality sound when you listen via Bluetooth. It is noteworthy that a high sensitivity microphone is also built in the headphones.

The company has come up with the idea that will prevent risks of hearing loss that cause by loud noises. The JuniorJams are not just suitable for sensitive ears of children, but these are the best in quality as well. These headphones come in pink, green, blue, and purple and can become a surprising gift for your children this holiday season.

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