BeatsX Earphones Review

At a glance, the new BeatsX wireless earbuds look like any other in-ear wireless earphones in the market. Except the fact that the BeatsX is one of the few earphones in the world incorporating Apple’s W1 chip for seamless Bluetooth pairing with Apple devices. While it’s not the first Bluetooth earphones to incorporate this technology (there’s currently the Apple AirPods, Beats Solo3 & Powerbeats3), the BeatsX is the most affordable at S$198. When Apple purchased Beats by Dre for S$4.2 billion in 2014, many were curious as how Apple will be integrating…

Nomad Rugged Cables Review

My first experience with Nomad went back years ago when they came out the innovative Chargecard – a Kickstarter project that puts a lightning cable into the form of a card. The campaign raised U$161,897 and the rest as they say is history. Now, Nomad creates well designed products that keep our mobile devices powered on-the-go. This ranges from portable batteries to Apple Watch accessories to mobile phone cables. The new rugged cable series are the latest accessories from the company. The Nomad rugged cable series comes in 3 different versions: Lightning Cable, 3-in-1…

HUAWEI Mate 9 Review

If you’re in the market for a phablet, the new HUAWEI Mate 9 should already be high on your choice. Featuring a 5.9″ Full HD, 1080p LCD screen, the Mate 9 has one of the largest screen available on a flagship phone with the LG V20 slightly lagging behind at 5.7″. While the screen isn’t quad HD quality or curved liked some other phones, it offers a very vibrant display with good contrast that serves its purpose well. Physically, the Mate 9 stays true to the design language that we have seen in previous Huawei’s…

Apple AirPods Review – true wireless done right

2016 hasn’t been much of a year for Apple. The company’s biggest product announcement was the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – which reviews are calling it more of a gimmick with inconsistent battery performance. Its long awaited iPhone update was a similar looking iPhone 7 with incremental improvements. More importantly, Apple took the “courageous” move of removing the 3.5mm audio jack – leaving iPhone users the option of switching to Bluetooth audio or make do with an additional 3.5mm to lightning adapter. To help ease the transition and…

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones Review

When Bose announced it was releasing its new series of wireless headphones, I was genuinely excited. While I really enjoyed the audio (and noise cancellation) on the Bose QuietComfort 35, a wireless in-ear sports earphones was something i would use more when working out in the gym or running outdoors. Along with the QC35, I had the chance to try out the SoundSport wireless headphones. And if you lead an active lifestyle and is looking for something with rich powerful bass, you should definitely read on. Right out of the…

Sony SRS-XB2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

These days, it’s hard to visit any electronic store and not be bombarded by the extensive range of wireless speakers in all shapes, sizes and colors. With the commoditization of this product category, it seem harder to define a specific purpose for these speakers and also the people who purchase them. Do people bring their portable speakers outdoors? Would people value portability over audio quality? With the SRS-XB2, Sony thinks that it has a product for people who value both portability and audio quality. Design The Sony SRS-XB2 is compact…

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones Review

When it comes to noise canceling headphones, it’s hard to find a brand as iconic as Bose’s QuietComfort series. Take a look around the plane during your next flight and chances are most people with headphones on will be using a pair of Bose QuietComfort. I reviewed the Bose QC25 previously and was really impressed at how effective the noise canceling was (despite the relatively weak audio performance).  And in this era of mobile connected devices, it only seemed logical for the company to follow up with a wireless successor…

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

If you’re a fan of wireless headphones, you would have probably heard of Jaybird or even own one of its products. The company introduced its first wireless headset in 2007 and since then its wing-like ear fin design has been pretty iconic. The wireless sports headphone market is now saturated with the different big audio brands vying for a piece of the action. Bose, Sony, Jabra, Plantronics all have wireless headphones in their product offerings. With the latest Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, the company has chosen to include several design innovations to stay…

Huawei P9 Review

Like many Android smartphones available in the market today, one would not have given much thought for the Huawei P9 if not for its unique key feature that comes in the form of a Dual Camera Lens. Designed in collaboration with Leica, the one thing that sets it apart from other smartphones is the appearance of two cameras located right behind the phone. Unlike most other major smartphones in the market today, the two lens are flushed neatly behind a glass enclosure, giving it a smooth and sleek appearance. Each…

EARIN True Wireless Earbuds Review

Both Ludacus and I are avid gadget consumers — He’s been veering towards photography and videography equipment more these days, and my past interest with mobile phones have moved into this weird weakness for audio products (speakers, earphones). Not all dollar-spend on gadgets are equal in terms of satisfaction garnered. I think we’ve both been trying to taper off gadget purchases to the best of our ability because of the diminished returns. New purchases give us joy and happiness for literally 30 minutes before it gets chucked into a dark drawer or equivalent, and it comes to a point where it’s just not…