Thursday, October 28

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Sennheiser CX 400BT: establishing a bass line

The first thing that attracted me to the Sennheiser CX 400BT was the price. Wireless headphones retail for $ 180 in Canada, but right now, you can even find them for sale for as low as $ 129, a price that offers incredible value. Sennheiser is known for its high-quality audio products such as the recently announced IE 300 wave Momentum 2 wireless headphones, which cost around $ 400 in Canada. This is good as the company can apply its high degree of solid knowledge to low cost headsets. In practice, this change in strategy has paid off. Sennheiser's support page even says that the CX 400BT has the same audio technology as the Momentum 2, giving these headphones a soundstage well above their weight class. How do they sound?When it comes to sound quality, these headphones' 7mm spe...
Reviews, Smart Home

Walmart’s Great Value smart light is true to its name

If you're looking to outfit your home with smart lights, one of the best options surprisingly comes from Walmart. I recently moved in and while looking for some more smart lights, I came across a smart light from Walmart. And to my surprise, this $ 16 great value A19 LED smart light is pretty good. After doing some more research, this light looks like a simple rebrand of a Wiz light, which has probably been done since Wiz has an exclusive deal, so it only seems to sell its lights at Home Depot in Canada. Tried the color-changing version, but there are a few other options for basic white / blue lights and larger bulb sizes on the Walmart website. Set the lightTo set the light, you have to use the Wiz app, which is really simple and worked for me without any problems. The app looks c...
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TripMode 3 Review: Data Saver App Is A Must For Canadians

If you're not paying for an unlimited data plan in Canada, it can be scary to connect your wireless data plan to your Mac or other laptop. This is when TripMode 3 it is useful for your Mac with macOS Big Sur. The app, which can be configured to start automatically, essentially allows you to be in full control of what can access your data connection. The moment you connect your Mac to your iPhone's Personal Hotspot, TripMode detects this and turns on, limiting the applications that can connect to the web. From here, you can allow or disallow applications on your computer to obtain an Internet connection. This means that you end up using far less data when you control which applications connect to the internet. The macOS Big Sur version allows you to drag the window anywhere ...
Reviews, Smart Home

Nanoleaf Essentials excites me for more smart bulbs from the company

There are tons of smart light brands, but in my testing of the latest Nanoleaf Essential A19 Bulb, I have found it among the best. While the Toronto-based company's app still needs some work, the lights themselves are reasonably priced and work well. They are very bright, decently responsive, and offer a wide color gamut. There are some other cool features, but like most smart lights, I found myself simply using voice controls to turn them on and off. Part of this is because I spend most of my time interacting with smart lights through the Google Home app, and when it comes down to that, no matter how cool a smart light feature is, I think most of people use smart lights in much the same way as traditional ones. lights. A smart light bulb with some flairEver since smart light bulb...
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Huawei’s GT 2 Pro watch is boldly designed and packed with features

Smart watches provide useful information when you don't want to take out your phone. I normally use my smartwatch to check the time, monitor my heart rate, track my workouts, and tell me how I sleep. Huawei's latest wearable, the Watch GT 2 Pro, can do all of the above and more. Earlier this year, I took a look at the Huawei Watch GT 2, a reliable wearable that lacked what it needed to match Samsung and Apple's respective smartwatches. Huawei's successor still lacks an app store, but the watch makes up for it with a wide range of different features. Bold designThe Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro feels big on my wrist, and I'm usually someone who prefers smaller watches. Weighing in at 52g, the GT 2 Pro is noticeably heavier than the 41g Huawei Watch GT 2. Compared to other devices on the m...
Reviews, Smart Home

Roomba i3 + review: lower cost, but no less capable

Earlier this year, iRobot introduced the newest Roomba robot vacuum in its line, the i3. What stands out the most about the i3 is its lower price and compatibility with iRobot Clean Base, arguably one of the biggest improvements to robotic vacuums in a long time. For those unfamiliar with iRobot's latest innovation, the Clean Base was first released alongside the Roomba i7 in 2018. It is essentially an improvement on the typical Roomba charging base that allows the robot to empty its dust bin. automatically. This prevents users from having to manually empty the bin after each cleaning. The Clean Base was later expanded to the high-end Roomba s9 and now the mid-range Roomba i3. While it's not the i3's only benefit, the Clean Base makes the robot feel much more convenient than previou...
Apple MagSafe Duo charger review [Hands-On]
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Apple MagSafe Duo charger review [Hands-On]

Apple released its MagSafe Duo charger for sale this week, which includes a MagSafe wireless charger on one side and an Apple Watch charger on the other. Here's our quick review of Apple MagSafe Duo Charger, which costs a staggering CAD 169. MagSafe Duo Charger Haiku Review Compact and well madeFlimsy and glides on easilyToo expensive Unpacking the MagSafe Duo Inside the box, you will find the MagSafe Duo charger itself, a short 1 meter (!) USB-C to Lightning cable, standard safety and handling instructions, regulatory compliance information, and warranty summary booklets that no one ever reads. You don't get stickers. Also, an AC adapter is included ... NO!Yes, that is correct, in addition to paying $ 169 CADYou need to buy your own AC power adapter, either 20W for wirele...
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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: mediocre smart speaker, excellent alarm clock

Lenovo's little smartwatch is perhaps one of my favorite smart speakers with the Google Assistant to date. It doesn't sound particularly good and the screen quality is abysmal, yet it has been one of the most used smart additions in my home. What makes the smartwatch so good to me is that it is essentially a Google Nest Mini with a small screen placed over it, making it a near perfect night watch. However, Lenovo seems determined to take control of people's nightstands with its new Smart Clock Essential. The Smart Clock Essential is, for all intents and purposes, the Smart Clock, but instead of the small IPS screen, it has a small LED screen like you would find on a traditional alarm clock. It may seem like a step backward to drop a fully functional touchwired IPS display for a stati...
Accessories, Reviews

The Glorious Model D is a great mouse for the gamer on your holiday shopping list

There are a large number of computer mice available in a variety of prices, but if you play a lot on your PC, the Glorious Model D mouse is a great option. I had the opportunity to test out a Model D mouse, along with one of the excellent Glorious mouse pads, for the past few weeks and overall, I am very impressed. From excellent performance to its unique honeycomb design, the Model D is great for work and play.The mouse comes in a few variants: there is the 'D' and the 'D-', which refer to size (the D- is a bit smaller). Additionally, each size comes in black or white, and each color can be glossy or matte. I've been using the matte black, but both colors look great. I'm not a fan of shiny ones, but if that's your thing, more power to you. The overall design, while it looks like...
Accessories, Huawei, Reviews

Huawei FreeBuds Pro premium design and noise cancellation

In just a few years, Huawei has become a popular and well-known brand around the world, especially in Canada. While the company's focus in Canada has been primarily smartphones, the past year brought a wider variety of technology north. This includes laptops, smart watches, wireless headphones, and even a Wi-Fi router. Earlier this year, Huawei released the FreeBuds 3 true wireless earbuds, and now it's enhancing its headphone set with the FreeBuds Pro. These new headphones are comfortable, sound great, and include top-of-the-line noise cancellation. Huawei's FreeBuds Pro cost $ 268, putting them in competition with headphones like Apple's AirPods Pro, Samsung's Galaxy Live Buds, and Google's Pixel Buds (2020). Surprisingly premium designThe FreeBuds Pro are available in 'Frosted S...
Reviews, Smart Home

HomePod mini Review: Big Sound in a Small Package

The just over $ 100 smart speaker category is becoming extremely competitive. There are already a number of great inexpensive smart speakers like Amazon's new circular Echo and Google's Nest Audio. Now, with the launch of the $ 129 HomePod mini, Apple is also aiming to enter this space with its own tiny audio device. While the new HomePod mini is pretty miniature, especially compared to the standard HomePod, it still manages to output decent-sounding audio for such a small package. That said, even though Apple continues to expand Siri and HomePod features with features like 'Intercom,' the tech giant's voice-activated assistant isn't as capable as competitors like Amazon's Google Assistant and Alexa. Also, the compatibility of the music streaming service is unfortunately still not gre...
OnePlus, Phones, Reviews

OnePlus Nord N10 5G Review: Not the Nord I’m Looking for

OnePlus has expanded its low-cost Nord lineup with the new N10 5G, but the second Nord phone is not the cost-effective mid-range phone that its big brother was. While this summer's Nord proved that a great phone can cost $ 600, the new N10 demonstrates which corners shouldn't be cut out when making a budget phone. When it comes to low-cost devices, the Nord N10 5G is fine, but compared to the excellent OnePlus Nord, it's a considerable disappointment. What makes this a Norse?OnePlus is making big moves by launching two new low-cost phones in the UK, with availability in North America coming at a later date. However, these phones are not worth waiting for as they don't offer much that is not covered by current low-cost phones on the North American market. The N10 5G includes an oc...