Bang and Olufsen H2

Bang and Olufsen H2

To properly test any set of headphones, you have to put them on, close your eyes and listen. For the Bang & Olufsen (B&O) H2, that means taking some time to forget about its undeniably cool vibe, thoughtful design touches, and most importantly, its price. Using just my ears, the sound is superbly balanced and rich. Even the bass is impressively deep for a set of on-ear headphones. Opening my eyes reveals the H2’s

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime: Same Price, Better Value

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime: Same Price, Better Value

Not too long after launching the Redmi 2, Xiaomi has released a mid-lifecycle refresh called the Redmi 2 Prime. The new release, which is more of a variant than a whole new model, brings a slight but significant bump to the spec sheet which will help the company fend off fresh competition. The Redmi 2 is sticking around at its recently reduced price which allows the new Redmi 2 Prime to step in at its predecessor’s

iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4: Apple Announces

iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4: Apple Announces

Today Apple held their fall launch event, and it was the biggest event that the company has held in quite some time. We got firm launch dates for iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan. Apple also unveiled a slew of new products, including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a brand new Apple TV, and the new iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro. The latter two devices are what I’ll be covering here,

Strontium Nitro Plus On-The-Go USB 3.0 and Micro SDHC UHS-1 With OTG Card Reader

Strontium Nitro Plus On-The-Go USB 3.0 and Micro SDHC UHS-1 With OTG Card Reader

Strontium seems to have jumped into mobile storage in a big way. After our encounter with the Nitro iDrive for iOS, the company brought our attention to a couple of products aimed at Android devices which support USB On-The-Go. We’ve seen flash drives with Micro-USB connectors before, but we haven’t seen an external card reader. An increasing number of Android smartphones do not allow storage expansion, and some older ones don’t support high-capacity microSD cards. Putting new data onto a card and sharing large files with others is sometimes a pain, requiring you to take your phone apart and pull out its…

Asus ZenFone 2: Powerful But Quirky

Asus ZenFone 2: Powerful But Quirky

Way back in 1989, Asus started out as a consultancy service for motherboard manufacturers. According to industry legend, Asus got a leg up in the industry after designing a motherboard for Intel’s 486 CPU without access to a processor, even fixing problems that Intel’s own engineers had had. Today, the two are still close partners, and Asus uses Intel’s mobile processors in its smartphones and tablets. Last

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

  If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I’ll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won’t be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple’s new payments system brings us much closer. There were a few unexpected steps setting up Apple Pay on Monday, and the employee at a local McDonald’s looked befuddled as I stood there after waving an iPhone 6 over the wireless reader in front of the cash register. The transaction hadn’t gone…

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Introduction and features Pentax has stepped up the rate at which it releases new DSLRs of late, and the K-3 II marks the third launch in a year. The company’s latest top-of-the-line DSLR replaces the K-3, and introduces some new features designed to steal the enthusiast camera thunder of market leaders Canon and Nikon. Sitting at the top of Pentax’s lineup, although only featuring an APS-C sized sensor, the K-3 II

Meizu MX5: First Impressions

Meizu MX5: First Impressions

Smartphone launches these days seem not limited to a mere introduction of the product by the company but an exhibition of how large its fan base is. Lately, we have seen Xiaomi, Asus, and now Meizu announcing their new devices at events in India which also had their community in attendance. While there is nothing really wrong with this, but the definition of what constitutes a product launch seems to have gotten blurred.

Vivo X5 Max: The Slimmest Smartphone Yet

Vivo X5 Max: The Slimmest Smartphone Yet

After reviewing two really slim smartphones, the Gionee Elife S5.1 and the Oppo R5, we finally got a chance to review the Vivo X5Max – the latest smartphone to claim the title of slimmest in the world. The battery life and heating problems we faced with the Elife S5.1 and R5 lead us to believe that in a bid to make slim smartphones companies are making certain sacrifices. Can

InFocus M2: How Low Can Smartphone Prices Go?

InFocus M2: How Low Can Smartphone Prices Go?

We have no problem with companies launching great products at low prices that force the competition to respond, pushing prices down across the board. InFocus is just the latest in a long line to attempt to do this, and it has chosen to begin at the very enticing Rs. 5,000 price point. InFocus is a pretty big name in projectors and has interests in all kinds of corporate communication and collaboration

Apple TV: easy to use in contrast to other media streamers

Apple TV: easy to use in contrast to other media streamers

Introduction The rumours have been pointing to an update for Apple’s “hobby” Apple TV for a while now. But while we wait for an official announcement, it’s still worth noting that the current product is still a respectable device. Announced at the same time as the new (now not so new) iPad in March 2012, the current Apple TV wasn’t the full on Apple iTV, the rumoured Apple television that many had hopped for, rather

Toshiba Q300 And Q300 Pro Consumer SSDs

Toshiba Q300 And Q300 Pro Consumer SSDs

After all the enterprise and OEM drive announcements last month surrounding Flash Memory Summit, we’ve finally got a new drive to talk about that will be sold directly to consumers and available through retailers. Toshiba’s Q300 and Q300 Pro drives are client-focused SATA drives using Toshiba-branded flash and controllers. The Q300 uses TLC flash and has an endurance rating

TomTom Bandit

TomTom Bandit

Introduction and features For some, the world of extreme sports is as much about capturing and sharing the action as it is about the sport itself. The action is captured on small lightweight cameras, attached to a person or kit, and the best-known name in this market is GoPro. But GoPro cameras are not the only option, and there are some serious rivals. TomTom may be new to the field, but it has definitely done its

ZTE Blade V6: Solid features

ZTE Blade V6: Solid features

The ZTE Blade V6 was described as a “mass market, premium device” during its launch at IFA 2015. And to be fair, the Chinese firm may have a point. It’s promising to apply a “very good price” to the Blade V6, although we’re yet to hear exactly how much it will cost. Previous Blade handsets have come in towards the lower end of the market, and I fully expect the V6 to follow suit. The Blade V6 is due to