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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.

Photo by: Platronics

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AKG N60NC Wireless: On-Ear Headphones with Noise Cancellation

Posted on 30 June 2017

The AKG N60NC Wireless Headphones are compact and convenient, even more so than the extremely popular Sony MDR-1000X. They may be smaller than the latter, but that doesn’t mean they lack the power or quality that other top class headphones offer. For their price, they are probably the best set of cans competing in the market.

Build:
The wired and wireless headphones have minor differences, cosmetically. Wireless ones have a metal connection between the housings and the headband to provide security and durability to the set, not to mention makes them look much more stylish. A 10 mm wider headband and extra padding on the ear pieces prevent the classy design from compromising on comfort, because of which the N60NC is preferred even by people who sit in offices the entire day, wearing headphones for a considerable amount of time.

The right housing consists of a connection switch, which can be flipped to turn the set on, or held down to enter pairing mode. Below this is the playback button, which can also be used to answer calls.

Design:
As the name, suggests the AKG N60NC Wireless work on the principle of Bluetooth Connectivity, which adds them to the long list of intuitively designed wireless headphones. The option for a wired connection is also available. A headphone jack is provided on the left housing, to be used with an Aux wire which is also given in the box for people who prefer a more physical connection.

Sound:
The set gives a good bass-full punch when listening to trippy music, still having enough clarity in its calibration to retain the sound of the drum. When it comes to smooth, soft music, delivery is precise and extensive. The noise-cancellation feature is highly efficient, effective blocking sounds from surrounding traffic or office members.

The Bad:
These headphones are not cheap. They are in the $300 range. Sound quality on call is not as high as it should be for a set of its caliber and price.

They cannot compare to the quality that major market holders like Sony and Bose provide, but in the compact category, the N60NC are by far the best wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.

Photo by: AKG

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LG Sport Watch with Android 2.0

Posted on 16 June 2017

A smart watch has become an ultimate accessory to a smartphone. The times when people used to wear a wrist watch just to check the time and date are nearing an end. After the excessive use of smartphones, smart watches have been introduced and life has been made much easier. A number of brands including the leading ones like Apple and Samsung have launched their respective products in this category and have pretty much taken the hold of the market. To re-enter the market and expand its customer base, LG has introduced its Sport Watch, which is a lot better than most smart watches out there.

Features and Performance:
The Sport Watch by LG comes packed with a number of amazing features. The watch is powered by Android 2.0 and is super fast. It allows you to do whatever you can do with a smartphone. Unlike some famous and over-priced smart watches, the LG Sport Watch allows you to make phone calls even when your phone is not anywhere near you. What makes it sporty are the gym related features it offers you. The highly advanced and accurate processor and sensors allow you to keep a proper track of your gym workouts. Moreover, the infotainment system makes it easier for you to chill while doing intense workouts.

The 1.38-inch OLED display stays on all the time so you would not have to press a button every time you need to check the time. However, this drains the battery faster. The brightness also automatically adjusts with the sunlight for clear visibility.

Design:
When it comes to the design and style, it is no less appealing than any smart watch. In fact, it is far more decent and sophisticated-looking than most smart watches. The watch measures 51.2 by 45.4mm and is amazingly lightweight. You can buy it in two different colors: dark blue or titanium. Both the colors are specially chosen by LG to make the watch look slimmer than it actually is.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for the best smart watch available in the market, you should definitely go for the LG Sport Watch as it is has the best specs of any Google watch so far and comes with an affordable price tag of about $330.

Photo by: LG

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V-Moda Forza Metallo White Silver: Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Posted on 09 June 2017

As you are aware that there are many neckband-style headphones out there today; you should definitely check V-Moda’s Forza Metallo headphones. These headphones are designed for durability and top-notch sound. Moreover, the headphones turned out better than the BeatsX.

The Forza Metallo has a unique design. It wraps around the base of your neck making up to your ears with the wired ear-buds. There are multiple ear-bud tips of different sizes, giving you multiple options when it comes to precise fitting. During exercise, your ears can also hold the ear-buds through the sport-hooks included.

You will not face any problems during your work-out as the headphones are sweat resistant. Most importantly, these headphones have long wires connected to the ear buds, which make it easy for you to maneuver without worrying about the headphones plopping out.

The key selling point of the Forza Metallo headphones is that they have been designed to be easily customized as per your needs. You can attach the type of ear buds you want. The most interesting thing is that the product comes with an additional pair of ear caps available in metals such as gold, platinum, bronze, etc. but this can turn out to be an expensive choice.

The Forza headphones can also be used as a headset for making calls as it has a 10 hour battery life. The battery and other components are at the back of your neck when you’re using the headphone to receive a call.

They are available in white and silver and are priced to be $170. There is no doubt that they are a bit pricey, but if you want to have the best audio experience, it won’t disappoint you. You should go for it, granted you have the budget.

Photo by: V-Moda

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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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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 OPTICSĀ®, 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.

Photo by: Oakley

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JBL E55BT Review: Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Posted on 31 March 2017

JBL E55BT is a $150 wireless pair of headphones designed for big bass lovers. The headphones offer a general signature sound that is well balanced with high frequency and strong high-mid presence. They are also comfortable and come with a removable cable to allow a wired, passive music experience.

The JBL E55BT headphones are available in black, white, red, blue and green, and come with a cloth-lined headband and comfortable leather ear pads. The exterior of the ear cups feature a matte plastic with the company’s logo embossed in the middle. The headset fits quite securely, due to its plentiful cushioning in the ear cups and headband, and allows listeners to enjoy their music sessions for hours. A 50 mm driver is installed inside each ear cup that is responsible for delivering the audio.

Inbuilt controls are placed on the right ear cup, but the plastic buttons feel a little tacky to the touch considering the high price, but they function properly. There is also a pairing/power switch with a status LED and a control panel consisting of three buttons that comprise of a main multifunction button and volume increase and decrease button, which works in combination with your device’s master volume.

When these buttons are held down, they help you manage track navigation. Many users did not find this feature all that impressive as it makes it easy to miss a track when you were only trying to control the volume. The removable cable also comprises of an inline one-button mic and remote control just beneath the chin level. The cable’s microphone provides high quality intelligibility, which is much better than the headphones’ mic itself.

The JBL E55BT headphones come with no additional accessories other than a removable audio cable and a charging cable. What many users were expecting was a protective casing, as the surface of the headband could easily get caught and hitch on to something.

Photo by: JBL

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