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Sony Unveils its Signature Series of Products

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Celebrating its 70th anniversary in audio heritage, Sony unveiled its Signature Series that showcases the company’s engineering excellence in audio especially made for ultimate sound experience. The Signature Series has the high-resolution audio capability and innovative convergence of superior analog and digital technologies. All Signature Series products are based on the newly standardized φ4.4mm balanced connection.

The MDR-Z1R Hi-Res Audio stereo headphones have a wide frequency range that gives the luxury of a natural and open soundstage with up to 120kHz playback in High Resolution Audio. The 70mm HD driver unit increases the sound space to create natural sounds with controlled airflow and flat plane waves. The MDR-Z1R is packed with the new Fibonacci-patterned grill inspired by the Fibonacci sequence in nature. Its equalized opening further ensures minimal sound coloration and faithful reproduction of High Resolution Audio sources.

Owing to the Resonance-Free Housing for elimination of unnecessary resonance, the sound has real atmosphere and fine detail, making it perfect for late nights in the library. From the genuine leather, ergonomic ear pads and lightweight beta titanium headband, to the stainless-steel wire mesh housing protector, this exquisite product exhibits high-class luxury in every component.

The iconic Walkman is revamped for the ultimate sound quality with the flagship WM1 series, including NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A, Walkman Hi-Res Audio player. These digital music players can play any music file from the High-Resolution Audio end of the scale to low quality mp3, including support for DSD Native format (11.2MHz).

The DSEE HX technology, equips the new music players with five modes to select from (Standard, Female Vocal, Male Vocal, Percussion or Strings). This technology means it can carefully upscale lower bit rate files to near High Resolution Audio quality. The new Walkman models can also deliver music with purity, precision and a natural acoustic balance. The WM1Z has a gold-plated oxygen-free copper chassis showcasing Sony’s excellence in engineering.

The music player has a variety of modes with easy-to-use menu along with optimized audio line and clock control for laidback listening. Furthermore, the cable used inside the WM1Z from the amp to the headphone jack is a four-wire braided cable engineered with Kimber Kable that helps to achieve the richly expressive and refined audio quality. This iconic product also has the much-needed wireless features of Bluetooth and LDAC so that can play audio files from multiple sources without the worry of tangled cables.

A newly developed FT CAP (High polymer capacitor) has been built into the power supply of the amp section for approximately four times higher output power than the current NW-ZX2 to drive any headphones. Expansive transparency of vocals and instruments are also improved to achieve deep, powerful bass notes.

For those who prefer a sleek and aluminium finish on the chassis, there is also the NW-WM1A that gives low chassis resistance for clear and powerful bass notes. A special oxygen-free copper cable is used as the wiring material from the amp to the headphone jack for a powerful sound quality.

The TA-ZH1ES Hi-Res Audio headphone amplifier delivers the superior sound of High Resolution Audio (Up to DSD 22.4MHz/PCM 768kHz/32bit) for a truly musical home listening experience. The D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit gives the combination of Sony’s full digital amplifier S-Master HXTM together with analog amplifier, and preserves the fine detail sound of S-Master HXTM and low distortion sound with the support of analog amplifier.

The newly developed Frame/Beam/Wall (FBW) chassis combines Wall structure with the familiar FB chassis that has been cultivated in the ES series, and helps suppress unnecessary vibration. For preserving the feeling of original sound, the ZH1ES has new DSEE HX and DSD Remastering Engine which converts PCM source to DSD 11.2MHz. The new Z1R headphones and WM1Z/WM1A is compatible with other models as well.

The cables MUC-B20SB1, MUC-S12SB1, and MUC-M12SB1 are able to connect various Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones with the latest 4.4mm Balanced Connection headphone amplifier TA-ZH1ES and Hi-Res Audio player NW-WM1.

With an 8-wire braided structure, the cables achieve excellent sound quality with higher clarity, lower external noise, minimized crosstalk and optimal electrical parameters. Gold-plated plugs with high corrosion resistance are used, and the aluminium alloy grips with better robustness and its acoustic characteristics reduce unwanted vibrations.

The headphone-side plugs have screw-type lock rings, which enable stable and secure connections. The Balanced Standard Plug is plated with a non-magnetic material, which prevents magnetically induced noise and is exceptionally durable.

The Signature Series headphones and Walkman models, cable accessories and headphone amplifier are available at Sony Store in The Dubai Mall.

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Review: Huawei MateBook 14s

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Huawei has been churning out one awesome laptop after another in quick succession. We recently reviewed the company’s brilliant MateBook 14 which offered a 2K eye-comfort full-view display and metal unibody, 11th Gen Intel Processor, super device features, up to 16GB RAM+512GB SSD ROM, long battery life, and 65W SuperCharge and Shark-fin cooling fan tech. And today, we are reviewing the new 14s, which was launched a couple of weeks ago, and comes in at a price point starting at AED 5,299.

Huawei has used aluminium-alloy to construct the MateBook 14s and it comes in two colour variants – Space Gray and Spruce Green. The MateBook 14s packs in lots of features – it offers a 2.5K HD Huawei Fullview touch Display that offers a 90hz refresh rate and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It also offers a 100% sRGB (typical) colour gamut.

The display of the MateBook 14s can also render 1.07 billion colours to show vibrant colours and smooth transition, and the aspect ratio is rated at 3:2. The display is also certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light for improved eye protection with zero colour cast. It is also TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certified. The display can also automatically adjust the brightness to fit every situation.

The MateBook 14 also offers a new keyboard layout. And unlike the MateBook 14, where the web camera was built into the keyboard as a popup camera, this time around, the web camera has moved to the top center of the display. The overall footprint of the laptop is quite compact.

Huawei packs in a 14-inch display into a slim bezel with the overall weight of the laptop tipping the scales at 1.43-kgs. In terms of connectivity, you get plenty!

On the left edge, you will find two USB-C ports that support data, charging, and DisplayPort. In addition, you also get one HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right edge, you get one USB3.2 Gen 1 port.

As mentioned earlier, the web camera, which offers a resolution of 720p, is now built into the top center area above the display. Under the hood, the MateBook 14s variant we received was powered by Intel’s Core i7-11370H processor. There is also a variant that runs on Intel’s Core i5-11300H processor. You also get Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

In terms of memory, you get to choose between 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x Dual Channel, while storage options include either 512GB or 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The battery is rated at 60Wh and Huawei packs in a 90W supercharger, too. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Huawei MateBook 14s supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, and Bluetooth 5.1.

The full-size keyboard is quite nice to use – it offers a 1.5mm key travel and it is backlit, too. The touchpad support multi-touch and you also get Huawei Share built-in. The power button also comes with a built-in fingerprint reader for added security. The laptop is equipped with four speakers and four microphones.

The Huawei MateBook 14s runs on Windows 10 operating system and you will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

Since the Huawei MateBook 14s is part of the company’s Super Device, multi-screen collaboration between your laptop and smartphone is seamless. Just tap your phone on the touch board, and your Huawei smartphone and the MateBook will transform into one super device even without an internet connection. By this, you will be able to transfer to and from your smartphone to your MateBook with ease.

You can also take advantage of the PC and tablet multi-screen collaboration feature. If you own a Huawei MatePad 11 or a MatePad Pro, you can use the multi-screen collaboration feature in three different scenarios. In Mirror Mode, you can mirror the Huawei MateBook 14s screen to a tablet’s display, thus allowing you to directly work on files and annotate documents, or draw/sketch with the Huawei M Pencil of the tablet.

In Extend Mode, you can transform your Huawei MatePad Pro into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content. This can be very useful for online shopping or when you are browsing the internet and there are so many items to explore. The Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing you to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.

The laptop also supports Pop Up Pairing which can be used for seamless pairing between your Huawei MateBook 14s and your Huawei wireless earbuds such as Freebuds 4, Freebuds 4i, and Freebuds Pro. As mentioned earlier, the MateBook 14s comes with a high capacity 60Wh battery. According to Huawei, you get around 13 hours of continuous 1080p video playback on a single charge.

And since the MateBook 14s also comes with a nifty 90W power adapter, you can get up to 3 hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge. During our review, we clocked almost 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is excellent. Another stand-out feature of the MateBook 14s is the “Personal Voice Enhancement” function. This feature filters out your surrounding ambient noises and other people’s voices during meetings and calls, to ensure you’re always crystal clear.

The Huawei MateBook 14s is a very powerful device considering it packs in an H-series i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Even though it offers a tiny footprint, it can easily handle graphics-heavy workloads such as rendering videos on applications such as DaVinci Resolve, and even the occasional gaming sessions.

If you are one of those who want stellar performance but don’t want to lug around a heavy laptop, then the Huawei MateBook 14s is just for you.

Price: AED 5299 onwards

Huawei MateBook 14s AED 5299 onwards
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Since the Huawei MateBook 14s is part of the company’s Super Device, multi-screen collaboration between your laptop and smartphone is seamless. Just tap your phone on the touch board, and your Huawei smartphone and the MateBook will transform into one super device even without an internet connection. By this, you will be able to transfer to and from your smartphone to your MateBook with ease.

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RYSE Launches SmartShade

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RYSE has launched its SmartShades – a motorised shade. The company claims that it is the only retrofit solution, meaning it can be set up on any window shade already installed in your home, office, hotel room, or anywhere. The device involves a Chain-Drive system, in which the motor is mounted on the window frame and controls the chains or cords of your window shade. The idea is surprisingly simple – the motor essentially acts as a pulley system for your window shade.

Installation takes a matter of minutes. In 3 easy steps, you can transform your cord-controlled shades into motorised ones. All you have to do is install the mounting bracket on the window frame, loop the chain/cords through the cogwheel, and snap the device onto the bracket to tighten the chain/cord – that’s it. You can then program the SmartShade to lock the top and bottom positions into memory.

This motor is guaranteed to lift your window shade, regardless of its size or weight. How is this possible? This is because the clutch that already comes with your window shade helps reduce the required force needed to pull. While you can power the RYSE SmartShade with an AC Plug into the wall outlet, many of the company’s partners, including hotels and commercial office space, wanted a sleek clean look that is wire-free.

So the company created a removable, rechargeable battery pack that can last up to a staggering 9 months on a single charge, and you can simply recharge the pack via USB.

Control your shades via the buttons on the device or with our mobile app, where you can even create schedules – you can have them set up to rise at 7 am to help me wake up to natural sunlight, and close at 8 pm to give you privacy. Or integrate with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Apple HomeKit and control your shades by saying a few simple words. “Hey Google, open my window shades!”

Forget paying thousands of dollars per window just to have Smart Shades. RYSE SmartShade retails for only $149 – a fraction of the cost of competing solutions in the marketplace today.

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Panasonic Intros 4-in-1 Healthy Air Frying Convection Microwave Ovens

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Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa has announced the launch of its new 27L healthy air frying convection microwave ovens in the region, expanding its Home-Made Goodness range of kitchen appliances that make food preparation easier than ever, allowing you to be creative and serve fresh gourmet meals with minimal effort. With a variety of user-friendly programs, the CD67 and CT65 are perfect for health-conscious cooks as zero oil is required when cooking with the healthy air frying auto menus.

The air frying function works with advanced and powerful heating innovations so foods are cooked crispy on the outside and juicy and succulent on the inside which may be a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried foods.

Just like their predecessors, the 4-in-1 models combine Microwave, Grill, and Convection which work together to provide the optimal cooking method to ensure delicious results every time in one compact kitchen appliance, catering to today’s increasingly busy lifestyle. These functions allow consumers to prepare a variety of dishes, from everyday meals to full party repertoire and specialty cuisine, without the trouble of using multiple pans, pots, cooking utensils, and oil.

The new models also feature the healthy re-bake bread auto menus allowing you to recreate the delicious taste of freshly baked croissants and Arabic bread at home. The 4-in-1 Convection Oven comes with a selection of automatic menus that eliminate the need to calculate the cooking time required or repeated checking while it is cooked. The CD67 has 131 easy-to-use pre-programmed auto-cook options, while the CT65 offers 101 auto-cook menus.

Katsuki Nishimura – Manager, Appliances – PMMAF said, “The products in our Home-Made Goodness range have been designed to redefine home cooking by offering convenience and healthy eating. These new models are the result of more than three decades of experience in developing microwave cooking technology and are perfect for busy and bigger local families. From simple one-touch reheating options to a wide cooking space and multiple programmes they can cook diverse meals for the whole family. These Japanese-made kitchen appliances are the perfect companion when it comes to preparing à la carte meals for the fast-food loving school-age children or when you are running late for the office. The versatile microwave ovens are just the right fit for busy households where healthy and convenient cooking is key.”

Crispy fried chicken, potato chips, and nuggets are among the nibbles everyone craves. However, large amounts of oil are usually used in their preparation, which is not exactly conducive to good health. The Healthy Air Frying function, on the other hand, circulates hot air at high speed around the food to prepare crispy and juicy dishes that can be a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying.

Moreover, the stainless-steel interior makes cleaning the oven easy, while the compact design adds a stylish touch to any kitchen while making effective use of kitchen space. The ovens offer enough room to fit a 315 mm wide tray, large enough to prepare a meal for the whole family.

The newly launched models will be available in the UAE and Kuwait from mid-November, meanwhile, customers in Oman, Qatar, Iraq, and Pakistan can buy them in stores from December.

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