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Sony Announces the new MDR-1000X Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Sony has launched the MDR-1000X noise cancelling headphones. The 1000X comes with a ‘Personal NC Optimiser’ function. The 1000X also showcases for the first time ‘Quick Attention’ mode that lets you place the palm of your hand to the outside of the headphone ear cup to have a conversation with someone, without taking the headset off.

These are also the first headphones with the DSEE HX built in to upscale compressed music from any source to near High-Resolution Audio sound quality, even in wireless mode. The headphones also feature upgraded filtering process, optimised dual noise sensor technology, and newly developed ear pads.

The headphones feature a ‘Quick Attention’ mode that ensure you never miss a word spoken to you when wearing these headphones. It’s instantly activated by simply placing your hand on the side of the headphone housing to allow natural sound to flow straight through it. “This means that you don’t have to remove the headphones to hear what’s happening apart from your music. You won’t even have to miss the flight attendants drink order on an airplane,” said the company.

Sony has removed the need for a wired connection while ensuring the same great sound quality but without the worry of getting tangled up in wires. Bluetooth technology lets you quickly connect to your phone or music player. Adding to the list of features to make sure you have the highest quality listening experience is LDAC and the S-Master HX.

The 1000X wireless and noise cancelling headphones offer a 20 hour battery life. “These headphones have been designed with the style conscious traveller in mind. They are as good to wear as they are to look at. With a swivel and folding structure, the 1000X can be stowed away in your bag in an instant, ready to jet off to your next destination,” said the company. Available in two colours, black or gray beige, the new 1000X headphones come with their own durable leather case.

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Review: Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise Cancelling Smart Headphones

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Bose’s new QuietComfort 45 headphones replace the successful QuietComfort 35 II. The new pair of headphones come with noise cancellation features, and a new “Aware” Mode to lets you listen to your environment through your headphones when you want to. It also offers voice isolation for easier conversations and 24-hour battery life on a single charge.

In terms of design, the QC 45 is very similar to its predecessor, the QC 35 II. According to Bose, it also uses the same audio drivers, and the buttons are also in the same place. There are a few differences, though. The QC 45 comes with a USB-C port, instead of the micro USB seen on the QC 35 II.

The QC 45 also comes with six microphones, four of which are beamforming and used for voice. The QC 35 II, meanwhile, had a total of four, two of which were used for voice. Like most headphones in the QuietComfort range, the QC 45 is also very comfortable to wear over the ear. The fit of the headphones is also very good, which translates into it being a perfect pair of headphones, for longer listening sessions.

The headphones also come with the new “Aware” mode, which we briefly mentioned earlier. This setting passes ambient sound from the headphones’ external microphones through to the headphones so you can hear what’s going on around you without having to remove the headphones. Bose has also upgraded the Bluetooth version of the headphones from 4.1 to 5.1.

In terms of design and build quality, the QC 45 is top-notch. The headphones are really well made and they are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. Bose also includes physical control buttons on the QC 45. This includes the sliding power switch on the outside of the right earcup, while there are three buttons on the underside of the cup, that handle music and call controls.

The center button has multiple functions – a single press plays or pauses audio; a double press skips to the next track; a triple-press skips back a track and holding it down summons your phone’s voice assistant. These are small nice touches Bose has added to the headphones. You also get a 2.5mm audio jack and Bose bundles a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable in the box.

The battery life of the QC 45 is rated at 24 hours on a single charge. In real-world tests, we were able to clock 18 hours of music listening sessions, before the headphones needed to be recharged.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 excels at audio quality. Lows, mids, and highs were perfect while the bass performance was on point. The guitar strings sounded very lively in Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. Listening to The Piano Guys’ rendition of Adele’s “Hello” was truly mind-blowing. Avicii’s “Waiting For Love” sounded magical on the Bose QuietComfort 45.

Priced at AED 1349, the Bose QuietComfort 45 is right up there among the most expensive ANC headphones. However, you really need to listen to your favourite music tracks wearing the Bose QuietComfort 45 to truly appreciate the sound quality. And at that, the QC 45 really excels. The Bose QuietComfort 45 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 1349

 

Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise Cancelling Smart Headphones AED 1349
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In terms of design and build quality, the QC 45 is top-notch. The headphones are really well made and they are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. Bose also includes physical control buttons on the QC 45. This includes the sliding power switch on the outside of the right earcup, while there are three buttons on the underside of the cup, that handle music and call controls.

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Review: Corsair HS55 Stereo Wired Gaming Headset

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Corsair has launched a new member in its award-winning HS family of gaming headsets, called the HS55 Stereo. The HS55 Stereo Wired Gaming Headset is one of the lightest gaming headsets we have used recently and is very comfortable to wear for an extended period.

The headset offers very good audio quality and an omnidirectional microphone that offers excellent voice clarity during gaming sessions and online calls.

The microphone also offers a flip-to-mute function and is Discord Certified for crystal-clear communication and brilliant sound. In addition, you also get an on-ear volume roller, that can be used to adjust the volume level.

Corsair is long known for quality products and the new HS55 Stereo is no different either. The HS55 Stereo offers solid build quality and is available in two colours – black and white. The one we received for this review was the white colour variant.

The headset weighs just 273-gms and is made using durable materials, including memory foam ear pads to offer an ultimate comfort level for stress-free gaming.

The headset uses 50mm neodymium audio drivers and comes packed with a 3.5mm connector and a Y-cable adapter.

This means the headset is compatible with a wide range of devices, including PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and even smartphones. The headset’s frequency response ranges between 20Hz and 20 kHz, while the microphone’s frequency response ranges between 100Hz and 10kHz.

The overall audio quality of the Corsair HS55 Stereo is very good. Since it offers an excellent sound range, your gaming experience is taken to a whole new level. In addition, the headset also supports Sony Tempest 3D audio on the PS5.

For a price of $59.99, the Corsair HS55 Stereo offers great value for money. It does so by offering an attractive design, is lightweight, and very good sound quality. So, if you are looking for a great-sounding pair of gaming headsets at a reasonable price, the Corsair HS55 Stereo Wired Gaming Headset comes across as highly recommended.

Price: $59.99

Corsair HS55 Stereo Wired Gaming Headset $59.99
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The overall audio quality of the Corsair HS55 Stereo is very good. Since it offers an excellent sound range, your gaming experience is taken to a whole new level. In addition, the headset also supports Sony Tempest 3D audio on the PS5.

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The Ultimate ROG EID Gift Guide 2022

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Gamers are a rare breed. They choose the very best gear for their gaming setups and hence it’s usually difficult if you want to gift them tech gear. But, worry not, because we are here to tell you what to buy, with help from ROG! In this gift guide, we have covered the best gifts for gamers and some drool-worthy items that’ll have you happily emptying your wallet to have the best gaming gear over the competition.

HEADSETS: ROG Delta S Animate

The groundbreaking ROG Delta S Animate features amazing programmable AniMe Matrix displays on the ear cups, a hi-fi grade ESS 9281 Quad DAC with MQA for impeccable audio, and an ASUS AI Noise-Cancelling Microphone for clear communication. At only 310 grams, it also ensures comfort with fast-cooling ROG Hybrid ear cushions, and USB-C and USB-A connectors bring multi-platform compatibility.

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HEADSETS: ROG Delta S

The ROG Delta S is a lightweight USB-C gaming headset with AI noise-canceling mic, MQA rendering technology, Hi-Res ESS 9281 QUAD DAC, and RGB lighting. It is also compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 5. It also features industry-leading high-resolution ESS 9281 with QUAD DAC technology, plus MQA technology support to deliver impeccably detailed, true-to-life audio. The headset also comes with the ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Microphone that offers crystal-clear in-game voice communication.

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HEADSETS: ROG Strix Go 2.4

This one is a USB-C 2.4 GHz wireless gaming headset with an AI noise-cancelling microphone and low-latency performance for compatibility with PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, smart devices, and PS4. It offers a low-latency 2.4 GHz wireless connection via a USB-C adapter that’s compatible with Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, smart devices, PC, Mac, and PS4, plus a 3.5 mm connector for Xbox One and other 3.5 mm devices. It offers an extremely lightweight design, with included carry bag for on-the-go use and protection. It also provides fast charging provides three hours of use with just a 15-minute charge, plus up to 25-hour total battery life for nonstop gaming.

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MICE: ROG Chakram

The ROG Chakram is an RGB wireless gaming mouse with Qi charging, programmable joystick, tri-mode connectivity (wired/2.4GHz/Bluetooth), advanced 16000 dpi sensor, screw-less magnetic design, and Aura Sync lighting. It offers tri-mode connectivity that includes dual-wireless 2.4GHz and Bluetooth(BLE), and wired USB. It also comes with 16000 dpi, 400 IPS optical sensor, and 1000 Hz polling rate support in 2.4GHz and wired mode.

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MICE: ROG Gladius III

The ROG Gladius III is a classic asymmetrical gaming mouse with specially tuned 26,000 dpi with 1% deviation, instant button actuation, exclusive Push-Fit Switch Socket II, laser-engraved ROG aesthetic, ROG Omni Mouse Feet, ROG Paracord, and Aura Sync RGB lighting. It offers 19,000 dpi with a class-leading 1% deviation (specially tuned to 26,000 dpi), 400 ips optical sensor, and 1000 Hz polling rate. It comes with a unique pivoted button design and tuned software for instant button actuation without unwanted clicks.

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MICE: ROG Keris Wireless

The ROG Keris Wireless is a lightweight FPS wireless gaming mouse with tri-mode connectivity (wired / 2.4 GHz / Bluetooth), specially tuned ROG 16,000 dpi sensor, exclusive push-fit switch sockets, PBT polymer L/R keys, swappable side buttons, ROG Omni Mouse Feet, ROG Paracord and Aura Sync RGB lighting. It has been optimised for FPS games, and comes with an ergonomic design that is based on inputs from esports pros.

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KEYBOARDS: ROG Claymore II

ROG Claymore II is a modular TKL 80%/100% gaming mechanical keyboard with ROG RX Optical Mechanical Switches, detachable Numpad and wrist rest, wired & wireless 2.4G modes, extra customizable clicky hotkeys, volume control wheel, and wireless Aura Sync. It offers Ultrafast 1 ms response in both wired or 2.4 GHz wireless modes. It comes with a 4000 mAh battery that provides up to 43 hours of use (full-size with lighting on), and the keyboard includes a built-in LED battery-level indicator.

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KEYBOARDS: ROG RX Strix Scope

The ROG Strix Scope RX optical RGB gaming keyboard is made for FPS gamers. It comes with ROG RX optical-mechanical switches, all-around Aura Sync RGB illumination, IP57 waterproof and dust resistance, USB 2.0 passthrough, and an alloy top plate. It also comes with per-key RGB LEDs with central lighting for all-around illumination, a backlit ROG logo, and customizable light effects.

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KEYBOARDS: ROG Falchion

The ROG Falchion is a 65% wireless mechanical gaming keyboard with 68 keys, wireless Aura Sync lighting, interactive touch panel, keyboard cover case, Cherry MX switches, and up to 450-hour battery life. It comes with German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical switches for precision input. It also offers dual-mode connectivity via wired USB and 1 ms at 2.4 GHz RF, and up to 450 hours of battery life offer stable, long-lasting performance (with RGB lighting off).

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!

ROG is giving a chance for you to win a complete gaming gear set that includes the ROG Delta S Animate, ROG Strix Scope, and the ROG Gladius III. Go to the ROG Instagram page @rog_me to know more!

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