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​Plantronics BackBeat Fit 300 Review: Wireless, Sweatproof, Sport Earbuds

Posted on 20 October 2017

Plantronics has introduced a new set of headphones called the BackBeat Fit 300, which they claim that it is the world’s lightest Bluetooth headphones ever. According to them, you can easily use them during your fitness routines and when you are done with it you can enjoy them much like any other headphones.

Features

The BackBeat Fit 300 headphones are design simple and plain with integrated loops and are a bit oval in shape, to perfectly fit your ear canals. The fit is quite snug and firm, which means you can easily perform your morning cycling or jogging routine and not worry about having to continuously adjust the headphones.

They are designed to isolate the noise in a way that it covers the ear canal. I tested them during my normal and tough fitness exercises and I found them to be really secure, they didn’t come off the ears easily.

The headphones have a pretty nice sound, the bass quality is above-par and the music you listen to is delivery with clarity and zero-distortion. The brand can easily compete with Beats X, which is more pricier than the BackBeat Fit 300. The battery life on the headphones is reasonable enough, it can last up to six hours, which is not great, but not bad either. I really didn’t like the inline remote; its slightly bulky and takes away the feeling of being an ultra-light headphone set. The inline remote contains the battery and USB charging port.

The inline microphone won’t disappoint you either. While jogging I answered few calls and the receiver did not complain of any background noise even though I was jogging in a rather crowded park.

I think the BackBeat Fit 300 is good for recreational use. It does somehow cancels ambient noises, providing you with a much clearer and crisp sound experience.

Verdict

If you are really on a tight budget, but want to enjoy a crisp and bass-riddles music listening experience, it is a good idea to opt for the BackBeat Fit 300. You can get them under $80.

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​Apple AirPods Review: Wireless and Effortless

Posted on 17 October 2017

After much debut and criticism from the public and fans, Apple’s infamous wireless AirPods are finally here. Announced during the revealing of iPhone 7, they are wireless earphones which connect with Bluetooth and specially made for iPhone 7 since it does not have 3.5mm audio jack.

Features

Apple AirPods design is basic and takes much of its liking from its predecessors. Honestly speaking they look the same with only one exception that there is no wire. We liked how clean the design is but overall we didn’t like the fit and comfort. Even though it fit me well, it didn’t fit properly in the ears of my colleagues when we were testing them. Apple has not included ear tips in AirPods, and we still wonder why? The possibility that you may buy it without trying and it will fit in your ear is slim to none. We strongly recommend to try them before you decide on buying them.

What we liked about them is Apple’s use of the W1 chip. It gives a solid Bluetooth connection without any breaks and constant need to reconnect them. Battery life is also very good, with continuous playback, they can last up to 5 hours, and you can charge them quickly. Being the basic earphones, they will not provide you with awesome sound quality. We played a couple of music, and we think that sound quality is good to average. However, the quality remains constant and doesn’t drop due to a strong Bluetooth connection.

Verdict

Is it worth getting Apple AirPods? If you are looking for awesome sound experience in $150 price tag, then look somewhere else. In this price tag there are several other good options available but if you want earphones to use solely on iPhone 7 then go for it as they are designed to work with Siri and IOS.

Photo by: Apple

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Oakley Radar Pace: Synchronized Smart Eyewwear

Posted on 24 May 2017

Oakley Radar Pace is a synchronized, smart eyewear with a voice activated coaching system which creates a special training program, keeps track of your performance and trains you in the act. It does that by collecting and analyzing your individual performance data, which includes power output, heart rate, cadence, speed, time, and distance.

Furthermore, it monitors your performance as a constant trainer, adjusting your coaching zones as you progress, provides you with personalized coaching that precisely adapt to your capabilities. Another impressive feature of Oakley Radar Pace remains its ability to analyze information from internal sensors, and connect with your sensors that use Bluetooth or ANT+.

Features

  • The device pairs to external sensors, such as distance, cadence, time, power output, etc, via Intel technology
    and sensor data integration.
  • Pairs to internal sensors, such as gyroscope, humidity, accelerometer, pressure, proximity.
  • Allows the use of microphones to enable voice commands.
  • Water/sweat resistant.
  • Lenses are interchangeable in order to enhance progress in any environment. Road visual acuity is sharpened
    with the help of Prizm Road lens.
  • Comes with protective gear, including Oakley’s Soft Vault, which also comes with extra capacity for additional
    lenses.
  • Can be recharged through a USB cable.
  • The whole package includes Clear lens for poor light conditions, two Ear Booms, eyewear case, a small bag,
    two Nose Pads, PRIZM Road lens, an Aero Clip, a quick user’s manual and a Micro USB cable.

Advantages

  • Full UV Protection: The radar pace’s lens completely protects the eyes from harmful UVB, UVA, and UVC up to
    400nm.
  • Impact Protection: The device provides users with uncompromising security against high mass and high-
    velocity impact.
  • Top Quality Optics: Oakley eyewear is patented by HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS®, which allows the radar pace to
    not only meet but exceeds the quality standards of optical clarity, impact resistance and visual fidelity, offering
    great results.

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Braven Flye Sport Go Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Posted on 20 January 2017

Incipio-owned Braven is excelling in the wireless earphones game with model designed especially for sports, which will feature cord-free earphones and ear hooks on each ear bud.

Features
o Wireless earphones
o IPX waterproof rated
o Playtime of 4 hours
o Hi-glow flash lights ear hooks for optimizing external visibility
o A charging case of 1400mAh which can help you add extra 20 hours of playtime and can also be doubled as a small travelling case
o Control EQ settings, virtual listening environments and bass boost through Sport Active application
o Available in different colors including crimson, silver, electric and slate

Offering an IPX5 waterproof rating and seven hours of continuous playtime and, these lightweight earphones provide users with low-profile comfort tips that fir in the ears smoothly and remain in place throughout any activity for a steady and enjoyable listening experience.

These Flye Sport Go earphones come with a water-resistant carry case and can therefore be easily stuffed into a purse or gym bag, providing maximum portability for activities and travel. You can choose these earphones from a number of colors including Slate and Electric, Crimson and silver for $50. Best suited for cycling or roadside, the Braven Flye Sport Go earphones are crafted with a reflective lining, which provides extra visual protection during morning activities.

The earphones also come with an app-activated flashlight, which you can use to set for safety reasons when cycling, walking at night or running. Moreover, you can also adjust the sound with the help of the same app and activate the earphones’ feature of Audio Ambient Awareness to let the outside sound in and hear the surroundings better. You can also make calls through the incorporated microphone thanks to the physical controls on the ear buds.

Overall, the features of this product make it a great buy, especially keeping its price in mind. So, if you want good quality earphones, the Braven Flye Sport Go is a great choice.

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Vinci Smart Hearable: First Smart 3D Headphones

Posted on 30 December 2016

You cannot see it while you are wearing them, yet it’s there. Vinci is a wireless, smart headphone driven by cloud technology and managed through voice commands. There remains no need to hook it with a smartphone, and they have a touch-screen on the side for the controls.

It is also the first 3D smart headphone, which can comprehend the user’s commands since it is powered by artificial intelligence and voice recognition to double as a music studio, phone, personal assistant, and more. Features include an advanced noise cancellation, 3D recording, a 3.2-inch touch-screen display, transparency mode, ability to screen body vitals, services based on location, and much more.

The headphones weigh around 260g, and have a battery lifespan of 10 hours for continuous playback. Vinci Smart Hearable will play or stream music from Spotify, Amazon Music or Soundcloud, and has an internal storage of 32GB and 1GB RAM on a regular model.

It will also recommend tracks and observe your listening behaviors. Besides, they also comprise of head tracking sensors and 3D binaural sound. Music suggestions will be likely based on listening habits, body vitals, preferences, and activities

The device comes with an ARM Cortex-A7 processor and 3G support, which facilitates the device to work on T-Mobile and AT&T networks. The product comes in a beautiful design and bright colors, and without a protective pouch. Some users find the use of the headphones a bit tricky, since figuring out how to select custom play and play music lists from other playlists was rather difficult and time consuming.

The sound quality is commendable, although not the best. Also, since these headphones have a built-in noise cancellation system, they work great for commute and travel. Lastly, the headphones are quite comfortable to wear and fit very nicely. The foam padding feels amazing against the skin and the headphones come with more adjustment options for enhanced comfort.

Photo by: Vinci

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JBL Reflect Aware Noise Cancelling Sport Earphones

Posted on 28 October 2016

We all know Apple has dropped the conventional headphone jack on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. You can press the lightning port for audio output along with its existing data transfer and charging and duties.

This is what makes the lightning-equipped Reflect Aware headphones from JBL all the more exciting. However, users who intend to move from Apple to Android devices, there is bad news. The headphones will be useless as currently there are no adapters for enabling the headphones to be used as a non-Lightning device.

However, a USB Type C version of the headphones will also be made available soon. This will make it compatible with Android smartphones featuring the new USB port. Noise cancellation is turned on by default on the JBL Reflect Aware, and can be regulated either via a button on the in-line remote, or through JBL’s app. The app also allows you to adjust the precise amount of noise cancellation applied.

They are loaded with 14.8mm dynamic drivers and have a frequency response of 10Hz to 22 kHz, offering more detailed stereo imaging. They are water and sweat resistant and the reflective cable barely transmits any microphonic noise to the ear. JBL’s priority has been offering a thunderous bassy sound with these headphones. This will make it a good workout and road companion.

These headphones can drain your iPhone battery sooner than normal when the noise cancelling is engaged. This is one of the major weaknesses of Lightning cable headphones that will require some time to fix.

From music fans to workout fanatics, the JBL Reflect Aware may be not the perfect set of earphones available on the market. However, they make us excited and all charged up for expecting a range of lightning-compatible earphone products in the future. They cost $200, which is pretty expensive, but the build and a nicely designed inline remote make it worth the price.

Photo courtesy: JBL 

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The Polar M200 GPS Running Watch

Posted on 26 October 2016

The Polar M200 merges all the inspiring features of a couple of their products, the A360 and the M400, and made it into an affordable product. Particularly aimed at amateur runners who want more from their workout sessions, the Polar M200 features the Finnish company’s technology for tracking your heart rate. The device will be able for $149 when it is launched for sale.

The A360 was the first device to feature their wrist-based BPM technology, but it was a bit of a disappointment. However, the recently launched Android Wear M600 displayed a more functional heart rate monitoring feature. With built-in GPS and access to Polar Flow, the watch offers dedicated running programs it offers much more functionality that can be matched to the rival Garmin Forerunner 35, which costs $50 more.

Moreover, the Polar M200 offers everyday activity tracking features, such as calories consumed, number of steps, sleep with and quality with smartwatch-esque options including texts, social media updates and calls. The battery life of the device hasn’t been revealed thus far but it does offer GPS tracking for up to 6 hours. The watch will be available in standard colors of black and red with other color options to follow.

Notable features of the device include
o Developed for runners
o Wrist-based heart rate monitoring, integrated GPS with 24/7 activity tracking
o Polar Smart Coaching features, like the Running Program
o 6 hours of training with optical heart rate and GPS
o Can be pre-ordered in Australia, USA and Canada
o Water resistant

The M200 has no voice control that means it won’t speak to you, but all notices and suggestions are displayed on the screen during your workout. The watch is somewhat large for a normal wrist size. It has exactly two buttons on both sides. While the right button serves as a center/confirmation button, the one on the left is for going back. It does not have a touch screen. The gadget will be available globally in 2017.

Photo courtesy: POLAR

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