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​Sonos One Review: The Smart Speaker

Posted on 14 December 2017

Making speakers that provide surround-sound isn’t a big deal for Sonos. Since the brand has excelled in this field, they are now all set to give a tough time to their rivals with Sonos One speaker. The company had announced an enhanced version of its trademark Play:1 speaker, which was considered as one of the best smart speakers in the market. It is worth mentioning that Amazon’s Alexa has built-in Sonos One that enables you to choose your favorite music from a whopping list of music applications (50 in total), for example, Deezer, Apply Music. Plus, it also includes Alexa’s specific applications including TuneIn Radio, Sirius XM, Spotify, Music Unlimited, etc.

Built-in Alexa app

If you are a true music lover, you will be delighted to know that Alexa will allow you to choose a particular artist or a song. It is also an excellent app that deciphers your request and turns it into an action. It means it can play music to your requests as well. You just need to make a request, for example “Play my hip-hop collection in the kitchen Alexa” and your smart Sonos One speaker will start from the top of the list or you can shuffle the music. The Sonos has made another smart move by pairing up with Pandora regarding full support to Pandora’s mobile application. All these music options are useless if the speaker does not provide quality sound but Sonos One is debuted to make a difference.

Sonos One sound quality

What is greater than listening to your favorite music and doing chores at the same time? With Sonos One speaker you can now enjoy a high-quality sound while performing multiple tasks. The sound quality is crispier and higher quality – however, you will feel as if you are listening to music on their previous model, which was the Sonos Play:1 speaker. But with the new and enhanced version, you can expect heavy bass – considering it is a tiny speaker. Also, you will notice how natural everything sounds, you will as if the singer is right in front of you, the midrange is uncongested, and the clear treble will make your music experience even amazing.

Photo by: Sonos

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Razer Phone Review: Smartphone for Gamers

Posted on 07 December 2017

Gamers would be delighted to know that the Razer Phone has launched a smartphone for gamers, which offers excellent sound quality. The company is already well-known for its spectacular gaming laptops and peripherals, and now, they have launched a device focusing on the screen and sound.

Superb Gaming Experience

If you are a true gamer, Razer’s new machine will surely impress you with its LCD technology and more colorful AMOLED. It is designed to deliver improved frame rates and refresh rates which make it ideal for 3D gaming.

The 5.7-inch screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, offering a reliable display but it is the size and resolution that may put rival companies into stress. The Razer Phone will provide an amazing gaming experience that you can’t get on any other smartphone currently available on the market.

Specifications

The smartphone is great for gaming, but that is not the only USP of this device. You get some great specs to work with, including

  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560
  • Screen size: 5.7 inches
  • Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Android 7.1.1
  • Screen size: 5.7 inches
  • Storage: 64GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 835
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Weight: 197g

Dual Front-Facing Speakers

The speakers featured in the smartphone have attracted tech enthusiasts. The dual front-facing speakers with the amplifier on each tuned to Dolby Atmos standards. It is noteworthy here that these are the first THX-certified smartphone speakers.

The company has done an impressive job on them to provide 3D visualization. Whether you are playing a game or watching a video clip, you will enjoy a loud, clear, and crisp sound. They have the right amount of bass as well which is unusual for a smartphone.

Photo by: Razer

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​Beats Studio3 Wireless: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 30 November 2017

Beats is the market leader when it comes to wireless headphones. The brand recently introduced an upgrade of its best wireless headphones, the Studio3. Available for $350 in red, the headphones offer a marked improvement over its predecessors.

What’s New

The main factor Beats has focused on in the new Studio3 is improving performance. You get a better audio quality. Also, the headphones are better at cancelling out noise as well. You will enjoy a pleasurable aural experience, regardless of the purpose for which you are using the headphones.

The battery life of the headphones has also been upgraded to provide longer performance, so that you don’t have to worry about the battery draining out when you are playing video games or binge watching your favorite show.

You can use the Studio3 Wireless as a headset for making calls when connected to your phone. You can easily connect the headphones to any Apple device, thanks to the W1 chip. You don’t have to wait even a few minutes in order to get the headphones to connect to your iPhone or iPad.

What’s Not New

The design of the headphones is the same as the previous model, and that’s not a good feature. Customers have complained of the headphones being rigid and same is the case with the new iteration as well. You cannot fold the headphones and carrying them in the case that comes in the package can be a hassle. That said, the headphones are sturdy and durable and will last you a long time without hassle.

Verdict

There is no doubt that the Beats Studio3 Wireless is an upgrade on its predecessor. A good thing the company has done is focusing on performance rather than design, which gives this device a clear edge on other headphones in its category.

Photo by: Beats by Dre

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​Plantronics Backbeat Fit 300 Could Be Your Workout Buddy

Posted on 24 November 2017

It takes a decent amount of time to convince you for a workout as the chance of de-motivation stays atop. It is essential to stay organized while planning to go gym or for any outdoor activity. During the workout, a person is not just moving but get extremely exhausted, and it becomes unable to manage extra stuff that he/she carries. And headphones are one of them. Listening to music helps a person throughout the workout session, but it gets annoying when headphones create disruption. Plantronics have solved the problem with its BackBeat Fit 300 wireless earbuds. You will not believe it, but an unstoppable workout routine is possible now.

Different Functionality

What makes them different and how they can become your workout buddy have become possible due to their different functions. Also, the company has taken a total diverse approach this time in earbud’s design to nurture its clients who are willing to go to the gym. They are tethered together, but the cord has made with fabric-esque material for the BackBeat Fit 300. Along with military grade nano-coating and IPX5 rating, it is guaranteed that you can do any posture wearing them in the gym or as well as outside.

The earbuds get snuggled in the ear and stay still in the same place due to accompanying wings designed in it. Due to this formation, you can stay focused on the task as they block all the noises around you. In case of head movement, a clip has been attached to the chord to give additional support to the earbuds and keep them secure in one place while you are wearing them. The whole idea was generated while observing exercises postures.

Variety in Fitness Category

You may have seen variety in clothing or exercise machines. But Plantronics has taken a step further as they are creating technical varieties in the fitness category. The newest launched Plantronics Fit 300 is the extremely lightweight that they are offering whereas Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500 has been created for fitness junkies who like to go for on-the-ear style. The BackBeat Fit 300 suits those who want inside ear – earbuds. No matter which one you go for, they are convenient and a smart choice for gym-goers.

Battery Life

The foremost question that arises for any gadget or device is about its battery life. Upon hearing prolonged battery duration, people start considering buying it. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit 300 go straight for 6 hours which is more than enough for a fitness device. First, you can go easily for 3-4 hours and second you don’t have to worry about the battery for good six hours once you charged it right.

Photo by: Platronics

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HTC U11 Life Review: The latest Edge Sense Innovation

Posted on 17 November 2017

It seems like a battle of innovation within technology world is not going to end anytime soon. In a time where intense competition runs among gadgets, it is hard to choose the right one. But the features, apps and battery life play an instrumental role in determining any cutting-edge device’s fate. Debuting highly innovative technology and competing with multiple tech giants, the HTC U11 has taken the world by storm. HTC made the newest addition in its U11 family with the HTC U11 Life.

Design and display

The HTC U11 Life has a curved designed, a decent camera at the back, a fingerprint scanner on the home button as well as several other cutting-edge features. The new device has a slight heavy bezel and even at 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm, it feels easy on the palm. U11 Life has a 5.2 inch display. You may find the device’s acrylic glass similar to U11 and U11 Plus, but in reality, it is not. To your surprise, the phone weighs 142 grams and is pretty light to handle.

HTC U11 Life overall performance

The phone may give you the pure experience of Android 8 Oreo on the screen. The device is free from copied apps and HTC’s Sense overlay.

The users will now be benefitting with three years of monthly security updates along with two years of OS upgrades by HTC and Google. It makes U11 Life a durable phone. The phone carries 64GB internal storage with a micro SD slot enabling you to use and expand as much as you want.

HTC’s famous squeezable Edge Sense technology is also available in U11 Life. It will give all the functions of U11 on U11 Life. So, you will be able to launch Google Assistant in an easiest possible way and will be able to handle specific actions within most used apps.

All about camera

The HTC 11 had a pair of 16 MP cameras that included phase detection autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, face detection, 4k video recording, a RAW format support and a pro mode with manual controls. The U11 life has a 16MP camera and it also has f/2.0 aperture. But the device can record video at 1080p and has a fascinating selfie panorama mode – which HTC announced long ago for this particular snapper.

HTC has also focused on the battery more, and the HTC U11 Life comes with 2,600mAh power pack, which the company claims is far superior to the HTC 10. The company also claims two additional hours of video playback.

Photo by: HTC

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​AfterShokz Trekz Air Review: Bone Conduction Headphones

Posted on 09 November 2017

You may have heard about cordless headphones, speakers, chargers and other devices. As if these gadgets were not enough to surprise us, AfterShokz Trekz Air has released a bone-conduction headphone.

It is worth learning that what bone-conduction headphones are and how they function? It is basically a headphone emits sound not through your ear but via your cheekbones! How awesome is that!?

For fitness junkies, the Trekz Air could become their next fitness buddy. There is no question how smooth and fun your workout session will become with these babies. This headphone is not just cordless, but it is quite moderate in size and design that it would not disrupt you during your regimen and would not get tangled in your clothes either. It is a product designed to provide you with a streamlined exercise experience.

Out-Side Sound

Traditional headphones block background noises enabling you to stay focused on your task. It has its own benefits; you can stay focused and all that external noise will not annoy you. It has its disadvantages as well. You may miss out anything essential or you may remain unaware of any danger ahead of you. To avoid all these possible issues, this bone-conduction headphone is here to keep you safe.

You can wear the Trekz Air like traditional headphones. It sits on cheekbones without covering the ears. It does not look like traditional headphones. The Trekz Air is not just an interesting invention, but a useful one too. This headphone may attract people who prefer listening to music during a workout or any other outdoor activity.

Features and performance

Earlier, the company debuted their flagship headphones – the Trekz Titanium, which had failed to impress users due to low sound quality and it was uncomfortable to wear. However, these new headphones have become a massive hit! They are 20 percent lighter than the previous model and weighs 29.5 grams only. If you talk about frequency response and talk/play time, it is similar to Titanium frequency 20Hz ~ 20 KHz and six hours of talk/play time. Also, the new device has 4.2 Bluetooth support.

The device also comes with a built-in microphone to attend calls. The left earpiece is lined with Also, on all the buttons to let you control the volume and playback and you can accept or drop calls. These buttons are almost invisible.

Plus, this headphone is comparatively comfortable to wear than the Trekz Titanium. It is worth noting that the headset is IP55 water resistant as well.

Photo by: AfterShokz

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​The Razer Phone: The Future of Mobile Entertainment

Posted on 03 November 2017

If you are a tech crazy and a gamer, here is everything you might want to learn about newly released smartphone – Razer Phone. The company has paired up with Nexbit, the inventors of Robin Smartphones who were veterans of Android. They sat high hopes and focused on building mobile phones with cloud storage.

Razer’s Co-founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan says, “They appreciate what Nexbit is doing on technology and cloud storage. They have gotten potential and talent.”

For gaming community, the company is expanding its business beyond software and hardware. In the midst of intense competition in the tech world, one surely wants to experience what this Razer phone has to offer.

For Gamers, By Gamers

The company’s logo which is “For Gamers, By Gamers” shows that it has been focused on gaming precisely. For the gaming market, the makers have firm belief in vertical integration and – creating a huge range of software and hardware. And an interesting fact linked to the company that despite being game makers, they have not come up with any mobile phone before now interlinked with the gaming world.

Also, the Razer Phone does have specific tweaks to entertain game lovers. The phone has stereo speakers on the front similar to Google Pixel 2 XL, and it does not block sound when you hold it horizontally.

Plus, the volume buttons are now available at the center of the phone case, there are not any chances of disruption while watching movies or playing games.

Specifications

Since the Razer Phone is designed focusing gamers, it has gotten crazy specs you may want to know: It has the similar Qualcomm’s ultra-speedy Snapdragon 835 chip that tech giants Samsung Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2 have.

  • 8GB of RAM
  • A big ol’ 4,000mAh battery
  • Power button having fingerprint sensor (on side)
  • Dual 12-megapixel cameras (different optical zoom – one telephoto, one wide angle)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/AC, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Display A 5.72 inch, 120hz – it refreshes screen quick and fast for unruffled movement in games/animation and scrolling.

Hold it Horizontally

You may have been holding your phone vertically since the beginning, and that is necessary when most applications require swiping and scrolling. However, the Razer Phone has come up with innovation – and made holding it horizontally a priority. This step is convenient for watching content, even shooting a video and of course for – gaming.

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