Accessories Reviews

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

Apple's AirPods have made untethered Bluetooth earbuds mainstream, but the design itself -- that is, two untethered wireless ear pieces -- has been around for years. Go back far enough, and you'll find early models like the Sennheiser MX W1, a pair of big, clunky but functional earbuds that provided stereo audio without a wire tethering them together. As technology improves and prices substantially drop (the MX W1 retailed for $600 new), we've seen earbuds of this sort with increased frequency, and joining them are the QCY Q29 pair.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware. As such, I've separated this review from our primary review of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The review here suggests that this new controller is largely worth purchasing on its own if the user already owns the Gen1 NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, and will be a positive piece of the puzzle for those that purchase Gen2.

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Apple AirPods Review

Apple AirPods Review

Wireless headphones have been ripe for a reboot for years now, but no contenders for the crown have divided opinion quite like Apple's AirPods. Revealed alongside the iPhone 7, the fully-wireless earbuds were intended to salve the pain of losing the headphone jack. Unforeseen delays meant that didn't quite go to plan, but now the AirPods are finally here, do they really deliver the best wire-free experience on the market?

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Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

With its focus on the cloud it's in Google's best interest to get you online as fast, and as consistently as possible, and now that's down to Google Wifi. Handiwork of the same team responsible for OnHub, the system you see today is more than three years in the making. Its goal isn't just raw throughput but addressing what the company claims is the number one pain-point users complain about: inconsistent network coverage.

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Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

These days, the names of Harman Kardon and Bose are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in tech and in cars, but they are hardly the only trusted Hi-Fi names in the audio market. And while Sonos has had a good head start in the wireless Wi-Fi speaker market, it’s hardly the only game in town. And depending on your audio proclivities, it might not even be the best. Naim’s name holds just as much weight as the top players, especially in the UK, and while its first wireless system, the Mu-so, is almost two years old, it, together with the Mu-so Qb wireless speakers, remain one of the best sounding wireless audio systems money can buy.

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Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Caffeine is serious business, and if you're anything like me then coffee - and plenty of it - is your delivery mechanism of choice. Over the years we've seen a growing number of ways to bring not only brewed coffee but cafe favorites like lattes and cappuccinos into the kitchen, some more straightforward than others. Now, Starbucks has arrived with its new Verismo system, with redesigned pods and all-new brewers.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics cut the cord on active noise cancelling headphones two years ago, and now it's back with the BackBeat PRO 2 to cut the price, too. Follow-up to the well received BackBeat PRO of 2014, the revamped model slims down the hit on your wallet and the space occupied in your bag. That's while still promising superlative wireless performance and enough battery life for back-to-back transatlantic flights with juice to spare.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

If you've ever suffered texter's thumb, you might have wished for a full-sized wireless keyboard for your smartphone. Logitech has just that in the shape of the K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, and it goes beyond replacing the on-screen 'board too: it'll not only stand your iPhone and iPad up in its fancy, rubber-coated groove, but play nicely with your PC or Mac, too. One peripheral, three devices, and all for under eighty bucks.

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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Pokemon GO Plus Review : Great for one thing

Pokemon GO Plus Review : Great for one thing

Today the Pokemon GO Plus has arrived in physical GameStop stores and online through Amazon and, again, Gamestop. Our review here is going to be brief - in part because we've only been working with the device for a very short time. Because the device is so extremely simple, only a short amount of time was necessary, really - we're already confident that we know whether or not the Pokemon Trainers of the world should partake in this $35 piece of hardware right out the gate.

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Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Apple’s forced demise of the 3.5 mm headphone jack has ironically brought headphones and earphones into the spotlight, with many wondering whether wired audio accessories are still worth their salt. Audiophiles and audio professionals will wholeheartedly agree, and the second gen q-Jay in-ear monitors from Jays is one prime example. By no means an inexpensive purchase, the q-Jays quickly pays for itself in the priceless joy of having a pair of earphones that deliver outstanding quality, clarity, and fidelity worthy being called Jays’ most precise reference earphones.

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