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The new Cosmos Max home theater projector. (Source: Nebula)

Nebula announces new Cosmos and Cosmos Max home projectors

Nebula is a brand that has seen success on crowdfunding websites for its portable, compact projectors. Now, it is back with a more conventional launch for its new Cosmos and Cosmos Max products. They are rated for 1080p and 4K res...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:23:00 +0100
The Stealth 600 and 700 Gen 2s. (Source: Turtle Beach)

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and 700 Gen 2s were the best sellers in their gaming headset category in October 2020

Turtle Beach asserts that its Stealth 600 and 700 headsets have been top sellers in their markets for a few years running now. New data from the research group NPD indicates that this trend has been upheld by their latest generati...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:21:00 +0100
The new CyberPods. (Source: RedMagic)

RedMagic teases new CyberPod TWS earbuds to go with its gaming phones

The gaming phone brand RedMagic will release its latest TWS earbuds, the CyberPods, globally in November 2020. These accessories' design is an original take on the AirPod-clone form-factor that might complement its maker's flagshi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 22:35:00 +0100
The LSPX-S2 speaker. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker to the US market

With its "organic glass" body and in-built candle-effect lighting, the LSPX-S2 speaker has been designed to be enjoyed for its looks at as much as its sound. Then again, Sony claims its audio is also effective thanks to its "Advan...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:18:00 +0100
The latest Galaxy M12 leak. (Source: Voice)

Samsung Galaxy M12 renders turn up with a square rear camera hump and a waterdrop notch

The Samsung Galaxy M12 may be an interesting budget phone on its launch, especially if it comes with the 7,000mAh battery apparently destined for it. A new leak purports to show what it looks like from all angles, including an Inf...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:36:00 +0100
The AirPods Studio is thought to be arriving in March 2021. (Image source: Dan Farrell)

AirPods Studio: Apple teases the design of its upcoming US$350 headphones in iOS 14.3

It is a poorly-kept secret that Apple is working on a new pair of over-ear headphones, supposedly the first to bear its AirPods branding. The so-called AirPods Studio has now appeared in a beta of iOS 14.3, offering a hint at its ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:30:00 +0100
The Mi 10 Pro has been rated higher for its audio qualities than the iPhone 12. (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro remains atop DxOMark audio chart despite strong showing from new Apple iPhone 12

The new Apple iPhone 12 has been tested for its audio quality by DxOMark and has scored relatively well to give it a high position in the site’s audio chart. However, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s place at the top of the table has not be...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:39:00 +0100
The new Hesh ANC wireless headphones. (Source': Skullcandy)

Skullcandy launches ANC versions of its Indy TWS earbuds and Hesh wireless headphones

Skullcandy has updated its wireless headphones and earbuds with active noise-cancelling (ANC) variants. Both of these new audio products also have an Ambient mode for environmental awareness and in-built Tile technology to avoid t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:38:00 +0100
Sharkoon RUSH ER30 USB gaming headset (Source: Sharkoon)

Sharkoon launches the RUSH ER30 USB gaming headset

With a suggested price of just 30 Euros, the new Sharkoon RUSH ER30 USB gaming headset comes with a rich and attractive set of features and technical specs that includes RGB illumination, 50 mm drivers, a generous cable with gold-...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:15:00 +0100
Creative SXFI GAMER hands-on review by Notebookcheck (Source: Own)

Creative SXFI GAMER hands-on: Outstanding microphone, SXFI THEATER — wired — experience overall

Although it sports roughly the same design as the Creative SXFI THEATER, the SXFI GAMER drops the wireless sound and comes with an excellent microphone, improved RGB lighting, as well as both USB-C and analog connectivity.
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:12:00 +0100
The Amazon Echo Studio contains five carefully positioned speakers and costs from US$199.99/£189.99/€199.99. (Image source: Amazon)

Amazon Echo Studio and Harman Kardon Citation 200 top DxOMark's new speaker evaluation charts

The noted smartphone camera ranking specialist DxOMark has moved into rating wireless speakers and has now published a couple of charts showing the devices that have impressed the most. Topping the Essential chart is the Amazon Ec...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 08 Nov 2020 16:32:00 +0100
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 and PX5 in the double test - Premium sound for every taste

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 and PX5 in the double test - Premium sound for every taste

Worlds of sound. With the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 and PX5, we are comparing the two premium wireless headphones from the English sound smithy. The most striking difference is the design. You can read about the other differences between the two headphones here.
Daniel Schmidt, Sun, 08 Nov 2020 04:41:00 +0100
The new Mi Notebook 14. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the new e-Learning Edition of the Mi Notebook 14 in India

Xiaomi has pitched its latest version of its 2020 14-inch laptop at students in need of new remote learning hardware. It has many specs in common with its pre-existing vanilla and Horizon siblings, although it has a 10th-gen Core ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:53:00 +0100
The AirPods 3 look mightily like the AirPods Pro. (Image source: 52audio)

Apple AirPods 3: First photos of next-generation TWS earbuds emerge

The first pictures of the AirPods 3 have leaked, revealing that Apple has moved away from the current design and towards the design of the AirPods Pro. Apple is expected to announce the AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 21:07:00 +0100
The Pixel 4a 5G is released to more markets. (Source: Google)

The Pixel 4a (5G) is now available to pre-order in some European countries

Today, (November 5, 2020) Google has released the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a for pre-orders in Germany, France, the UK and Ireland. As with its flagship sibling, the 5, they come with an offer of free Bose wireless headphones with...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:39:00 +0100
Some AirPods Pro units suffer from a design flaw that affects audio quality. (Image source: The Average Tech Guy)

Apple starts replacing AirPods Pro for free because of a design flaw

If you own a pair of AirPods Pro that produce crackling or static sounds, then Apple will replace them for free. The replacement program also applies to units where active noise cancellation is not working as expected. Apparently,...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:06:00 +0100
The Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500 will begin shipping on November 13. (Image source: HMD Global)

Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500: Affordable TWS earbuds to begin shipping in mid-November

The Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500 is HMD Global's latest pair of TWS earbuds. Priced at €89.90, the earbuds come with noise reduction, aptX support and up to 25 hours of battery life.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 23:22:00 +0100
Samsung SmartThings Find service now live (Source: Samsung)

Samsung SmartThings Find gets launched globally

Introduced as a new part of the SmartThings app, SmartThings Find is now available for all Samsung users worldwide. This is a new way to locate a range of select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds at once thank...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:24:00 +0100
Creative SXFI TRIO hands-on review Notebookcheck (Source: Creative Labs)

Creative SXFI TRIO hands-on - Triple-driver USB-C in-ears that get the job done and then some

The Creative SXFI TRIO combines the features previously provided by the SXFI AMP headphone amplifier — Aurvana TRIO in-ear headphones duo. Priced at US$139.99, this product makes Creative's Super X-Fi technology even more affordable for smartphone users and today we will take a closer look at it.
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:41:00 +0100
Razer's new Hallowe'en event is on. (Source: Razer)

Razer announces new deals in its Hallowe'en sale

Razer's freshly-announced Hallowe'en 2020 sale is good news for those in need of an older mobile gaming controller from this brand. There is also up to 23% off Black Widow keyboards and Mamba mice. Certain Blade laptops are US$100...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:55:00 +0100
The Outlier Air V2 can last up to 12 hours from a single charge. (Image source: Creative Technology)

Creative Outlier Air V2 launched: Up to 34 hours of battery life with Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm cVc 8.0 and touch controls

Creative Technology has launched a new pair of its Outlier Air earbuds, the V2. The new model builds on the Outlier Air and Outlier Gold by adding touch controls, while retaining the stellar battery life and sound quality of its p...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:25:00 +0100
The next AirPods Pro may not arrive until Q4 2021. (Image source: Zana Latif)

Apple has scaled-back the AirPods Studio because of production issues; AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 scheduled for release in 2021 with new designs

Apple has plenty of audio hardware in the works, Mark Gurman and Debby Wu of Bloomberg have revealed. A new pair of AirPods are on the agenda, as are a second-generation pair of AirPods Pro and the AirPods Studio.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:12:00 +0100
OnePlus announces its new sale. (Source: OnePlus)

Deal | OnePlus announces a discount on its first-gen Buds, which are also back in gray

OnePlus' first-ever TWS earbuds were AirPod clones, but did come with a gray variant at least. They have been out of stock in many countries for some time, however. The OEM has now revealed that they are back in its store now, how...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:59:00 +0100
1MORE omthing AirFree TWS hands-on review (Source: 1MORE)

1MORE omthing AirFree TWS hands-on - Excellent fit, quality build, good sound, great value

My quest for good wireless earbuds below the US$50 price point continues with the 1MORE omthing AirFree. Since we are talking about a piece of hardware that can be purchased for as low as US$25, we need to see if the shortcuts used to achieve this price decreased the product's overall value too much.
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:22:00 +0100
The TONE FREEs are back, with ANC this time. (Source: LG)

The latest version of LG's signature TWS earbuds have ANC

LG now has a few generations of its TONE FREE AirPod-clones under its belt. Now, it has announced a new one. These buds look much like the old, except that they support active noise-cancelling (ANC) this time. Their series' UVnano...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:39:00 +0100
Discontinued iPod models: iPod Video, iPod 4th Generation, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle (Source: Chris Harrison)

Gone but not forgotten: The original iPod is now 18 years old

After spending almost two decades on the market, the only portable media player sold by Apple that still carries the iPod name is the 7th generation Touch, which is much closer to an iPhone than to the original iPod. Once accounti...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:08:00 +0200
The AirPods Pro 2 may not arrive until October 2021 at the earliest. (Image source: Apple)

Leaked AirPods Pro 2 purport new price and release of Apple's premium TWS earbuds

If you were hoping that Apple would release a successor to the AirPods Pro any time soon, then you are sorely mistaken. According to a new leak, the AirPods Pro 2 may not be arriving over a year. A rough price for the AirPods Pro ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:09:00 +0200
The Watch GT 2 Porsche Design. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei's latest accessories include a Watch GT 2 Porsche Design

Huawei's freshly-launched Mate 40 series has, as predicted through leaks, an extra-premium Porsche Design variant. It is accompanied by a similarly customized new smartwatch. This titanium-cased version of the Watch GT 2 has a new...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:44:00 +0200
The FreeBuds Studio are official. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei introduces its FreeBuds Studio headphones and Sound speaker

Huawei's major product launch of today (October 22, 2020) served to announce the Mate 40 phablet series and also several "companion" devices for it. They include the rumored FreeBuds Studio, the first ANC headphones from this line...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:20:00 +0200
FiiO M3 Pro: a great entry-range DAP/USB DAC hands-on review (Source: Own)

FiiO M3 Pro hands-on: The little giant that punches above its class

Although smartphones have replaced digital audio and media players for most people nowadays, there is still a market for such specialized devices. FiiO is one of the relevant brands in the field and the M3 Pro is a sub-US$100 digital audio player that has a few tricks up its sleeve, as we are going to see in this hands-on review.
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:12:00 +0200
DxOMark updates its testing methods. (Source: DxOMark)

DxOMark announces updates for its smartphone display and camera testing protocols

DxOMark is practically a household name for independent groups that release scores for smartphone prowess in areas such as their screens and cameras. It has announced that its system to test the former has been re-designed to refl...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:41:00 +0200
The EZVIZ C3X camera. (Source: EZVIZ)

EZVIZ releases the C3X night-vision security camera in the UK

The C3X is an external home-security camera of the type that integrates AI so as to distinguish potentially dangerous moving objects such as people and cars in the vicinity from others such as animals. Its maker EZVIZ also claims ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:54:00 +0200
The new Enco X earbuds. (Source: OPPO)

The OPPO Enco X are new ANC TWS earbuds tuned by Dynaudio

OPPO has launched the latest addition to its Enco series of TWS earbuds. They are equipped with a dual-core chipset to control their active noise cancelling (ANC) features. The OEM also describes them as having been developed in p...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:14:00 +0200
The new OPPO S1. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO launches its first-ever TVs with a 65-inch QLED flagship model

OPPO unveiled products new to this OEM during its October 19, 2020 Wisdom Life conference in China. They include its first-ever TVs, which run on a version of ColorOS developed specially for this new category. They have 4K panels,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:23:00 +0200
Xiaomi hypes its new Mi Air 2 Pros. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches new, noise-cancelling Mi Air 2 Pro TWS earbuds

Xiaomi has debuted the Mi Air 2 Pro, which may also become known as the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro in markets besides its initial Chinese region. These TWS earbuds boast a high-end matte finish and house specs such as active...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 18 Oct 2020 20:53:00 +0200
Celeron goes Tiger Lake. (Source: Intel)

Intel launches the Tiger Lake Celeron 6000 series

Intel's latest Celeron 6305 and 6305E processors have a number of up-to-date features and specs that may make devices based on them particularly worthy of consideration. There may have a lower base clock here compared to its immed...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 17 Oct 2020 20:05:00 +0200
LG Tone Free (HBS-FN6) Review - headphones with bacteria protection

LG Tone Free (HBS-FN6) Review - headphones with bacteria protection

Narrow-breasted. With the Tone-Free headphones, LG offers an exciting headset that features good runtimes, IPX4 certification and a charging case that is a real bacteria killer. Read the review to find out why it is not a TWS headset for everyone.
Daniel Schmidt, Sat, 17 Oct 2020 01:07:00 +0200
The TCL 4 series. (Source: TCL)

TCL launches its 4K Android TVs in the US

TCL now sells its 4-series smart TVs in the US. These 4K Android devices support Google's Assistant and have Chromecast functionality. They are available in 50-, 55- and 75-inch variants, some of which are already on sale for 2020...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:42:00 +0200
The Kokoon NightBuds. (Source: Kokoon)

Kokoon's ultra-slim NightBuds sleep-audio earbuds hit the US$380,000 mark on Kickstarter

The Kokoon NightBuds are, like the Amazfit ZenBuds or Bose Sleepbuds II, designed to be worn in bed so as to help the user fall asleep. To this end, they measure just 5.4 millimeters in depth, although they are not TWS. They have ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 23:07:00 +0200
The FreeBuds Studio will reputedly cost around €400. (Image source: @rquandt & WinFuture)

Leaked Huawei FreeBuds Studio details confirm the design of October 22-bound and €400 headphones

Huawei has a premium pair of ANC headphones in the works called the FreeBuds Studio. To be unveiled on October 22 in two colours, the FreeBuds Studio will retail for in the region of €400 and will look to challenge the likes of th...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:01:00 +0200
Oppo Enco W31 headphones Review - The design makes the difference

Oppo Enco W31 headphones Review - The design makes the difference

Enco In-Ears. The Oppo Enco Free True-Wireless headphones convince on the datasheet with a good overall package at a price of less than 80 Euros (~$94). Our test clarifies how big the differences to the more expensive Enco Free model are and whether it's worth spending more money.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 02:53:00 +0200
Uh oh, now laptops are beginning to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack

Uh oh, now laptops are beginning to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack

Last year, we posed the question to our readers about how they would feel if laptops begun shipping without integrated 3.5 mm audio jacks similar to most smartp...
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.90" | 1.4 kg
Allen Ngo, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 20:21:00 +0200
The AirPods Studio may not arrive until March 2021, but the AirTags may debut next month. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Concept Creator)

Apple AirTags reputedly launching next month with iOS 14.3, but production issues push AirPods Studio release until December 2020 at the earliest

The AirPods Studio may not be arriving until December at the earliest, according to a new report. March 2021 is another likely candidate for the release window of Apple's over-ear headphones, which are rumoured to cost up to US$59...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:08:00 +0200
Mobvoi has a Prime Day 2020 event going. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi announces its Prime Day wearables sale event

Mobvoi, the OEM behind popular lines of smartwatch and AirPod-clone accessories, has announced discounts on some newer models of these wearables. They include the TicWatch Pro 2020, as well as the stainless steel-cased TicWatch C2...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 22:39:00 +0200
The OnePlus Buds Z cost just US$49.99. (Image source: OnePlus)

OnePlus Buds Z launched with true wireless capabilities for US$49.99

OnePlus has launched the Buds Z, its no-frills pair of TWS earbuds. The company promises that the earbuds will deliver top-quality audio, water-resistance and a stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection for US$49.99. Google Assistant integr...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 19:46:00 +0200
The new Beats Flex headphones. (Source: Apple)

The new Beats Flex are surprisingly budget wireless earphones from Apple

The Beats by Dre brand has launched its latest pair of wireless earphones. Like the Powerbeats Pro before them, they are of the neckbud variety, but are also much cheaper this time. Nevertheless, they are rated for potentially sup...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:34:00 +0200
The new Homepod Mini. Image via Apple

Apple announces Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker with a big feature set

Apple announced the new Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker. The device features a single high-range driver and two subwoofers, as well as plenty of software smarts. Key features include Apple's trademark ecosystem integration, inc...
Sam Medley, Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:26:00 +0200
A "white HomePod Mini". Source: Voice

The iPhone 12 series and HomePod Mini are leaked in full color ahead of their launch

The next Apple Special Event is scheduled for today (October 13, 2020) - the same day on which Evan Blass has decided to leak high-quality renders of the products thought to be involved in all their new colors. They comprise all 4...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:53:00 +0200
The new PuroPro headphones. (Source: Puro Sound Labs)

Puro Sound Labs headphones are back on Amazon, and will be cheaper for the Prime Day event

Puro Sound Labs makes personal audio products that, as it asserts, provide a high-end listening experience while protecting the user's aural health. It is known for its PuroGamer headset, and has also just launched the PuroPro act...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 12 Oct 2020 23:22:00 +0200
The OPPO A53s comes with free Enco W31s for a limited time. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Amazon Germany puts the OPPO A53s up for preorder

The OPPO A53s is a phone freshly added on Amazon.de. It seems to have the exact same specs as the A53, which is powered by the new Snapdragon 460 SoC and has a 90Hz 6.5-inch HD+ display. It can be pre-ordered with free TWS earbuds...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 12 Oct 2020 16:41:00 +0200

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