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Skullcandy Introduces All-New Dime True Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy, the #1 selling brand in Stereo Headphones and True Wireless Earbuds under $100, announced today its all-new Dime True Wireless Earbuds. Priced at $24.99 MSRP, the latest solution outperforms other earbuds at the same price point, offering an affordable way to get into the true wireless game. Dime grants users the freedom to live without wires, combining expertly tuned audio with a noise-isolating fit and must-have features, like a microphone in each bud. Available now at Skullcandy.com and major retailers nationwide, Dime delivers a pocket-friendly, stylish form factor in a variety of colors that won't break the bank.

Dime is an ideal, everyday audio companion that boasts up to 12 hours of battery life, freeing users from the hassle of snagging, yanking and tangling wires. When earbuds are removed from the charging case secured with a snap lid, the buds automatically turn on. Easy connection offers a simplified listening experience that's perfect for those new to true wireless. Intuitive, touch-enabled media controls on the compact stick-style buds enable Dime users to effortlessly take calls, change tracks, adjust volume and activate native voice assistants like Google and Siri, all without ever reaching for their devices.

1MORE Introduces Comfobuds Pro Wireless Headset

1MORE, a globally distributed premium consumer audio company, today announced what they call their new "AirPods Pro Killer" in the form of the ComfoBuds Pro. Recently 1MORE received three 2021 CES Innovation Honoree Awards, marking 12 such awards in just the last four years that makes 1MORE the most awarded headphone brand by the CTA over that same period. One such product taking home those awards this year was the new 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro ($99); dubbed the "AirPods Pro Killer".

1MORE has now expanded its true wireless family to include nine new headphones, all released in just the last year and a half. Since 2015 1MORE has been climbing the ranks in the premium consumer audio market with award-winning designs packed with 1MORE's signature sound and solid build quality at extraordinary pricing. The recently launched ComfoBuds ($59) and the new ComfoBuds Pro ($99) are 1MORE's answer to Apple's AirPods family and are positioned to be "AirPods Killers" defeating the AirPods series on multiple factors including, price, sound quality, comfort and 1MORE's new proprietary QuietMax ANC Technology that was introduced last year with 1MORE's flagship buds; the True Wireless ANC ($199).

Epomaker Releases the Ajazz K620T 2.0 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on Kickstarter

[Editor's note: Our review can be found here for those interested]

Continued with the Ajazz K620T 1st Gen, Epomaker comes back with the Ajazz K620T Upgrade 2.0 this year. Featuring a minimalistic and sophisticated design, the K620T 2.0 is designed to be the ultimate solution to the perfect mobile typing experience. On top of all the features that Ajazz K620T 1st Gen has, the K620T 2.0 is hot-swappable with Bluetooth 5.0. This is on a call of the Epomaker community feedbacks after the K620T 1st Gen released. Being hot-swappable allows mechanical keyboard lovers to explore their favorite DIY experience and easily replace the switches with any other 3 pin switches. On the other hand, the bluetooth 5.0 ensures a better typing experience, expecially when users are on travel.

Designers and engineers have taken almost all practical needs of on-the-go typing into considerations when developing the K620T 2.0. Thanks to their effort, the K620T, which is a 60% compact keyboard, maximizes both utility and size while maintaining all of the necessary keys for a fully functional workflow. It comes with an integrated tablet stand so that smartphones and tablets with screen sizes up to 11 inches can easily sit in the dock. What's more, it can be switched in wired or Bluetooth modes by using the provided USB-C cable to connect it with the devices. After utilizing the latest iteration of the incredibly reliable and trusted Bluetooth 5.0 Chipset, the K620T 2.0 offers a faster and more accurate keystroke response. The unique chipset incorporation further allows up to three devices to be connected simultaneously as well as providing further transmission distances, no matter what operating systems the devices are. Combining with its 4400mA battery, the K620T 2.0 supports more than 880 hours of working time (without RGB backlit).

CES 2021: Thermaltake Introduces ARGENT Gaming Peripherals with Immersive Gaming Ecosystem

Thermaltake, the leading PC component brand offering premium solutions for cooling, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, today announced the ARGENT series, which includes ARGENT K5 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, ARGENT M5 RGB Gaming Mice, ARGENT H5 RGB 7.1 Headset, ARGENT HS1 RGB Headset Stand, ARGENT Gaming Desk, ARGENT Gaming Chair, ARGENT MP1 RGB Mouse Pad, and ARGENT MB1 Mouse Bungee.

"We have decided to create a gaming series that can be enjoyed at all levels, including visual, auditory, and tactility while providing users to game and compete at the highest levels. The ARGENT series is a concept about creating an ecosystem, the hardware, software, and even the illumination can evolve to a state-of-the-art level. A truly immersive gaming and art enjoyment!" said Kenny Lin, the CEO of Thermaltake.

V-MODA Unveils M-200 ANC, Its First Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphone

V-MODA, the award-winning manufacturer of the world's finest high-fidelity audio devices, announces the availability of the M-200 ANC, its first Bluetooth active noise cancelling headphones, featuring award-winning V-MODA sound coupled with hybrid active noise cancellation. The M-200 ANC takes V-MODA customization one step further by working in tandem with the new V-MODA app, allowing listeners to adjust their noise cancellation level and personalize their sound with EQ presets to fit their lifestyle.

"With this new release, we are propelling ourselves into a new generation of headphones that are unlike anything we've ever done before and into the V-MODA of the future," says Luca Bolognesi, VP of Marketing Technology of V-MODA. "We're thrilled to be introducing our customers to a brand-new kind of ANC headphone where they can fully customize their listening experience, as well as the physical build and design of the headphones they're wearing."

ASUS Unveils Fanless Chromebox

ASUS over the weekend announced the Fanless Chromebox, its latest from the Chrome OS ecosystem that does away with all moving parts, and uses an aluminium chassis that doubles up as heatsink, to cool the Intel 10th Generation Core or Celeron processor underneath. The Fanless Chromebox comes in three variants based on processors, all of which are 15 W chips—Core i5-10510U, Core i3-10110U, or Celeron 5205U. All three variants use the integrated UHD graphics solutions that come with the processor. Memory options include 4 GB single-channel DDR4, 4 GB dual-channel DDR4, and 8 GB dual-channel DDR4. Storage options include 32 GB eMMC, 64 GB eMMC, or 128 GB M.2 SATA 6 Gb/s SSD.

Connectivity options on the ASUS Fanless Chromebox include 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0, and 1 GbE wired LAN on all variants, four USB 3.2 ports, from which three are 10 Gbps type-A ports with USB BC1.2 power; and the fourth is a type-C with DisplayPort passthrough. There are two additional USB 2.0 type-A ports. Besides the type-C DP, you get two HDMI 2.0 ports. All variants also include an SDXC reader. The Fanless Chromebox is roughly the size of a premium Wi-Fi router, measuring 207 mm x 148 mm x 32 mm (WxDxH), weighing 1.2 kg. You can either put it on the desk (flat or sideways), or tuck it behind your monitor that supports VESA wall-mounting. Depending on the processor variant, you get either a 65 W or a 90 W power-brick. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Mad Catz Announces R.A.T. DWS Wireless Gaming Mouse

Mad Catz Global Limited, the leading innovators in gaming hardware, are excited to announce the new R.A.T. DWS gaming mouse, a wireless gaming mouse from the beloved Mad Catz R.A.T. series. Equipped with the hyper-responsive 2 ms DAKOTA mechanical switch, diversified accessories, and a 16K high-end sensor, R.A.T. DWS achieves the ultimate performance, tracking ability, and longevity which other gaming mice can't compete with.

R.A.T. DWS is one of the most customizable wireless gaming mice in the market. Moreover, the additional modular accessories make every game easier to maneuver. Its adjustable palm rest and swappable pinkie rests can fit into every size of hands and accommodate all grip styles. These two sets of pinkie rests enhance the grip friction and prevent you from having discomfort from long hours of play. With the Mad Catz software, you can set up various advanced hotkeys and macros on each of the 14 buttons onto 4 on-board profiles by which every magic spell or melee skill can be mastered in the fight.

Razer Announces the Kaira Pro Gaming Headset

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Kaira Pro Designed for Xbox, a high-performance wireless gaming headset for Xbox Series X|S featuring Razer's latest award-winning audio technologies, delivering a next level audio experience on the next generation of Xbox consoles. Using Razer's TriForce Titanium 50 mm Drivers and HyperClear Supercardioid Mic, and with Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, the Kaira Pro provides stunning audio and clear voice comms for both Xbox Series X|S and cloud gaming players.

Today, gamers can access more than 100 game titles on Xbox consoles, PCs and - with the advent of cloud gaming - Android devices with a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. But a lack of cross-platform compatibility left gamers using different headsets to play the same game on different devices, often compromising on performance and features. With the Razer Kaira Pro, gamers can use the same high-quality, feature-rich headset on their Xbox Series X|S, PC and Android phone or tablet, to enjoy the rich, immersive sound and crackle free comms for that perfect gaming experience, whether at home or on the go.

Razer Announces Expansion to Many More Gaming Peripheral Segments at RazerCon 2020

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, made October 10, 2020 a day to remember for the global gaming community. Fans across the world tuned in to the inaugural RazerCon to watch Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan's live mixed-reality keynote - a one-of-a-kind interactive session hosted against the iconic Singapore skyline. This was followed by Razer panels on new and unannounced products, and exclusive content showcases and giveaways from game studios such as Romero Games, Perfect World Entertainment, Paradox Interactive and technology partners such as Intel, NVIDIA and Western Digital.

The event was a huge hit with the fans, peaking at over 1 million concurrent viewers with a total of more than 250,000 hours viewed and 175 million impressions across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. In a true celebration of all things gaming, highly decorated veterans of the industry, including Brenda and John Romero, and Haz Dullul, presented their newest projects, whilst leading gaming celebrities CloakZy, CourageJD, PaladinAmber and many others engaged with the community during their sessions.

HyperX Adds New Wireless Cloud Buds to Audio Lineup

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX wireless Cloud Buds. The new Cloud Buds offers a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection using Qualcomm aptX HD and feature 14 mm drivers that deliver immersive premium HyperX sound for a range of playing and listening applications. Discrete and portable, the new Cloud Buds delivers immersive on-the-go gaming and entertainment with signature HyperX comfort and a multi-functional mic, making them a great fit for today's hybrid work and school environments that require extended hours of digital communication.

The Cloud Buds is designed with signature HyperX comfort, featuring three sizes of HyperX patented silicone ear tips to provide ultimate comfort and sound experiences on-the-go. The Cloud Buds also utilizes a lightweight, flexible neckband that features in-line mic and multi-function buttons that can be used to answer calls, control music tracks, and activate digital assistants with ease.

HP Announces the New Spectre x360 14

Today, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14, offering the viewability of a 15-inch device with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor for the ultimate browsing, reading, editing, and viewing experience. Also announced today is HP's expanded 11th Gen Intel Core Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle.

The PC has become more essential than ever, with many doing more from home like work, school, and doctor's visits, for the foreseeable future. But the home is a place often filled with roommates and family members also working or learning, requiring work and personal devices to be as flexible as the user's environment. Less than one-third of users have an office where the door can be closed, making living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens the open office floorplan of 2020. HP is creating devices like the new HP Spectre x360 14 to be adaptive and smart, with the use of intelligent features - like performance management and new AI-based audio capabilities - to anticipate needs before the user does.

GIGABYTE Unveils BRIX Pro Mini PCs Powered by "Tiger Lake" 11th Gen Core Processors

GIGABYTE unveiled the BRIX Pro line of mini PC barebones powered by 11th Gen Intel Core "Tiger Lake-U" processors. These include the BSi3-1115G4, which packs a Core i3-1115G4 (2-core/4-thread, up to 4.10 GHz, 48 Gen12 EUs), the BSi5-1135G7, with a Core i5-1135G7 (4-core/8-thread, up to 4.20 GHz, 80 Gen12 EUs), and the top BSi7-1165G7, powered by a Core i7-1165G7 (4-core/8-thread, up to 4.70 GHz, 96 Gen12 EUs). Since these are desktop platforms, the TDP of these "Tiger Lake" chips in all three models is configured at 28 W. All three models are based on a common chassis design measuring 196.2 mm x 44.4 mm x 140 mm (WxHxD).

Under the hood, you get two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots that support up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory; and two M.2-2280 slots. One of these has PCI-Express 4.0 x4 wiring from the CPU die, while the other has PCI-Express 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gbps wiring, from the PCH die. There's also a vacant SATA 6 Gbps port (possibly for devices such as DOMs). The BRIX Pro offers the full I/O feature-set of "Tiger Lake," including one Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 port, six USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, display I/O that includes four HDMI 2.0a ports, and networking options that include a 2.5 GbE port (Intel i225-V controller), a 1 GbE port (i219-V controller), and 802.11ax WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 from an Intel AX201 WLAN card. The BSi7-1165G7 includes an Infineon TPM. A 135-Watt power brick is included. The company didn't reveal pricing.

QNAP Launches High-speed Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 PCIe card for NAS and PC

Stepping into the Wi-Fi 6 era, QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today released the QXP-W6-AX200 dual band Wi-Fi 6 PCIe network card for NAS and PC. The QXP-W6-AX200 supports the IEEE 802.11ax standard (backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac), MIMO 2Tx2R, MU-MIMO TX/RX, and can be installed in a QNAP NAS, or Windows /Linux PC to provide fast Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. When installed in a Windows PC, the QXP-W6-AX200 also provides Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The QXP-W6-AX200 is a PCIe Gen 2x1 Wi-Fi 6 adapter with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 module, providing speeds of up to 2400 Mbps - significantly faster than Wi-Fi 5. The new antenna design supports dual band 802.11ax 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, and the multiple angle tilt and magnetic base provides the best signal strength direction and location.

ASUS AiO V241DA/M241DA All-in-One Desktop PCs Now Available

ASUS today announced that the AiO V241DA/M241DA is now available for purchase at US retailers starting at $519.99 USD. The stylish ASUS AiO PCs offer powerful performance in an elegantly designed, space-saving all-in-one desktop PC form factor. Enjoy an immersive, edge-to-edge viewing experience with the 23.8-inch Full HD anti-glare display featuring a near-invisible NanoEdge slim bezel design. The display offers wide 178° viewing angles and 100% sRGB color gamut for vivid and realistic-looking colors enhanced with exclusive ASUS Splendid and Tru2Life Video technologies. The ASUS AiO V241DA/M241DA also includes an optional touchscreen display, available on select models.

Designed for effortless performance and smooth multitasking, the ASUS AiO V241DA/M241DA is powered by an up to AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage space for superfast data performance. Experience high-speed connectivity with options for dual band 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Ethernet via an RJ45 LAN port, as well as extensive I/O access that includes four USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two HDMI ports (HDMI-in and HDMI-out) on the back of the PC for easy cable management. The V241DA/M241DA also comes with a sleek full-size wired keyboard and mouse (wireless keyboard and mouse available on select models).

Trust Launches Four New Affordable True Wireless Headphones and Earbuds

Leading value-for-money digital lifestyle accessories brand, Trust Electronics Ltd, is pleased to introduce its newest launches, the Nika Touch and Primo Touch Bluetooth Wireless Earphones, and the Tones and Eaze Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. The new launches offer the ultimate true wireless experience for an incredibly affordable price.

Combining great sound, an extra-long wireless range, portable charging capabilities and a premium, on-trend design, the Nika Touch offers a fantastic listening experience that is ideal for those who are always on-the-go. With a wireless range of 10 metres and Bluetooth 5.0, the earphones make listening to music or taking calls as convenient as possible, without the risk of losing connection. The earphones provide up to 6 hours of playtime from a single charge, however the carry case included with the earphones gives on-the-go charging, making the total playtime of the earphones up to 16 hours; ideal for long working days and traveling. With a stylish design, a secure silicone fit, touch controls and a built in microphone, the Nika Touch is a fantastic option for those looking for an affordable, ultimate true wireless experience.

Aipower Announces Bizarre Weabuds Pro Wireless Earbuds with Fitness Band Charger

Aipower has recently unveiled the Wearbuds Pro a set of truly wireless earbuds that are charged via the included fitness band. This bizarre product is actually in its second generation now, building upon the success of the original 1st generation Wearbuds which raised over 900k on their first round of crowdfunding. This new model brings several improvements to the earbuds and fitness band, the earbuds have gained Graphene Dynamic Drivers, Qualcomm smart audio chips, aptX support, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The fitness band has also gained some new features such as the scratchproof, fingerprint-resistant Corning glass, 262k color TFT HD display, and matte finish metal case. The fitness band has also received upgraded firmware to offer multiple sport modes which can accurately track various activities via the built-in motion sensor, seven-axis accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and pressure sensor. The Aipower Wearbuds Pro will be available August 4th on Indiegogo with pledges starting from $89 / £71. The full press release can be found below.

Acer Announces Swift 5 Notebooks Powered by Intel "Tiger Lake" Processors

Acer today announced its new Swift 5 notebook that offers a new take on productivity, powerful yet light enough to be carried around throughout the day. The ultraportable device is a beacon of both design and performance, sporting a professional aesthetic that is backed up by impressive functionality. This year's model features ultra-narrow bezels that allow for a 90% screen-to-body ratio, a touchscreen with Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass and new colors, such as mist green.

"The new Swift 5 pushes the envelope on what thin-and-light notebooks can be," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. "A productivity powerhouse housed in a sleek and ultraportable chassis, the Swift 5 is an excellent option for professionals who are always on the move and seeking a device capable of keeping up with them."

Fujitsu Launches 7 New Enterprise Notebooks Optimized for Remote Work

Fujitsu announced the launch of seven models of Notebook LIFEBOOK with Windows 10 and the latest 10th generation Intel Core Processor. Sales of the new models will be rolled out in Asia starting from today1. By expanding its lineup of superior mobile products, Fujitsu will continue to support initiatives on remote work, as part of the customers' workstyle transformation.

The new LIFEBOOK U7310 (13.3"), LIFEBOOK U7410 (14") and LIFEBOOK U7510 (15.6") models are enterprise-ready with common port replicators that provide the best-in-class connectivity. Webcams are equipped with a new privacy camera shutter to prevent unauthorized hacking and access. LIFEBOOK U7310 also comes with an optional ePrivacy Filter that users can protect screen from prying eyes with just one press.

Chuwi Launches the Tiny LarkBox PC

Chuwi has recently announced the LarkBox a Mini-PC which can fit in the palm of your hand. The Chuwi LarkBox claims to be the smallest 4K PC at just 61*61*43 mm (0.16L). The LarkBox features an 8th generation Intel Celeron quad-core N4100 paired with 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 128 GB SSD. The Celeron N4100's UHD Graphics 600 iGPU allows 4K video output via the HDMI port.

The Mini-PC could be a great low power home office machine for basic web browsing and word processing. The Chuwi LarkBox is cooled by a single ultra-silence cooling fan which should keep the PC stable under all workloads. The Larkbox features two USB-A ports, a single USB-C port, HDMI connector and a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with Bluetooth 5.0 support.

HP Unveils new ZBook Studio and ZBook Create Notebooks

Today, HP Inc. unveiled its newest Z by HP mobile workstation and HP ENVY portfolio - designed for creators who push the envelope of what's possible. The HP ZBook Studio, HP ZBook Create, and the HP ENVY 15 are the latest additions to the HP Create Ecosystem, which launched at Adobe MAX in 2019.

The powerful line-up enables all levels of creators, including consumers, prosumers and professionals, to capture, create, and bring to life digital concepts and ideas that can be shared, enjoyed, and experienced. In the past, creators had to choose between heavy workstations or bulky gaming devices to get the power they require for work and play. Today, HP is pushing the boundaries of engineering and creative productivity by allowing photographers, vloggers, graphic designers, architects, film makers, and everyone in between, to achieve what was never thought possible.

Razer Launches China Exclusive Pokémon Pikachu True Wireless Earphones

If your looking for a new pair of wireless earbuds and don't care about the sound quality, battery life, or features but require the most stylish headphones available the Razer Pokémon Pikachu True Wireless earphones may be for you. The Razer Pokémon Pikachu True Wireless earphones are a special edition version of their Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds. The charging case has become a Poke ball with front button LED indicator light.

As with the Razer's Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds the Pokémon Pikachu True Wireless earphones have 13 mm drivers, IPX4 water resistance and Bluetooth 5.0. For gaming the earbuds come with an low latency mode which reduces latency to 60 ms, along with customized voice prompts voiced by Pikachu. The earbuds will be available to purchase for $140 via Tmall when they launch in China on April 16th.

TP-Link Intros Archer TX3000E 802.11ax PCIe WLAN Card

For those of us on older desktops with plenty of PCIe slots to go around, and a brand new 802.11ax router in the house to drive a swanky new gigabit fiber Internet connection, TP-Link released the Archer TX3000E, a PCI-Express add-on card that gives your desktop 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The product consists of three components, the add-on card, an antenna assembly, and cabling. The add-on card features PCI-Express 2.0 x1 (5 Gbps per direction) host interface, and uses an Intel AX200 WLAN controller that's passively cooled by a heatsink.

The Archer TX3000E supports dual-band 802.11ax, with up to 2402 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and up to 574 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band, along with support for WPA3. Besides PCIe, a 4-pin USB 2.0 cable connects to one of your motherboard's vacant USB 2.0 headers, for the Bluetooth 5.0 component to work. The desktop antenna assembly features two multi-directional antennae, and a magnetized base. Available now, the Archer TX3000E is priced at 79.90€.

ASUS Announces Chromebook Flip C436, Powered by Intel "Project Athena"

ASUS today announced the launch of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436, the latest in the ASUS Chromebook Flip family that pairs premium features with uncompromising performance. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 introduces an eye-catching and elegant convertible form factor, featuring a frameless NanoEdge touch display that's designed to maximize screen size in the smallest form factor possible. The C436 is housed in a durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy chassis, which measures only 13-inches diagonally at a weight of approx. 2.58 lbs - perfect for on-the-go productivity.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 is verified by Intel's Project Athena innovation program and co-engineered for mobile performance. It brings unparalleled power in a convertible and ultra-portable form factor by integrating 10th Gen Intel Core processors with up to 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and cutting-edge Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity.

Quick Look: Philips PH805 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

zAnother day, another audio product quick look. This time, the folks over at Philips get some love with the US launch of their PH805 active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones, the news of which we covered before. The company has gone through big changes over the years, and one of the effects has been regional business units operating independently enough to have separate launch windows for products. Take this very product, for example, which had been out for purchase for a couple of months already last year in Europe and parts of Asia, and Philips USA only just got it in 2020. Somehow, we had no coverage on this to date, but that changes now.

The PH805, also referred to as the PH805BK or TAPH805BK, follows a trend of product names that make little sense, but all you need to know is that this is from the same company and team that brought out the excellent Fidelio series that offered great value for money to those wanting an open-back, over-ear headphones with a neutral signature without any real shortcomings across the frequency range. They are readying the new Fidelio x3 for launch soon, but the PH805 aims to interest a different segment entirely. In particular, the frequent traveler or mobile user that wants a lightweight set of cans with ANC and wireless connectivity. It ships in a retail packaging that is well designed, with the company and product name on the front along with a large render and marketing features throughout, with a clear note on Google Assistant compatibility. Sorry, iOS users! Read past the break for more on the Philips PH805BK, including an unboxing, user experience, and what it costs to get you one of these in the USA.

Quick Look: Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Earphones

Following up on our coverage of CES goodies that are more than just swag, we continue exploring the wacky world of true wireless (TWS) earphones. The first set in this quick look series examined the Altec Lansing Nano Pods that clocked in at just $30, and today we up the ante into the oh-so-barely-under-$100 with the Creative Outlier Gold at $99.99. The company has impressed yours truly for three CES showings in a row with their Super X-Fi headphone holography tech, which we examined in the first retail iteration via their SXFI amp. This technology aims to replicate a surround speaker speaker audio experience into earphones/headphones, and requires their SXFI DSP to make the most of it. So when Creative said they have TWS earphones with SXFI, I was intrigued and simply had to test them for myself.

As it turns out, the Outlier Gold does support SXFI, but only with a software experience from their mobile app. This makes sense considering these are meant to be quite small and, well, wireless, and yet Creative claim a whopping 14 hours of battery life per charge. In addition, this set is an upgrade to their previous Outlier Air TWS earphones, which were quite popular for offering good value for money, and we see signs of it already with the packaging going with a two-piece unboxing experience with renders, marketing features, and product specs all over the box. Read past the break for more on these, especially if you are looking for a good balance of audio performance, battery life, and price point.
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