Belkin is known for quality smartphone accessories and the latest accessory it has launched onto the market is the Belkin Wireless Charging Stand 10W + Speaker. This Wireless Charging Stand + Speaker delivers up to 10W of fast wireless charging for Samsung, Apple, Google, and other Qi-enabled smartphones and devices. What’s more, you can charge your devices in both portrait and landscape orientation.
This BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Stand + Speaker allows you to quickly and wirelessly charge your smartphones and mobile devices at 10W, while listening to your favorite music. Since the charging stand also comes with a high-quality built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone, you can also make handsfree calls in difficult situations – such as while working on your kitchen counter.
The wireless charging stand allows you to connect to your smartphone or mobile device in one-touch through Bluetooth. And you do not need to worry about removing your phone’s case before charging since the Belkin Wireless Charging Stand 10W + Speaker can charges phones with plastic cases up to 3mm in thickness.
What’s more, Belkin also throws in a 2-year product warranty and £1,500 Connected Equipment Warranty to protect you from damages caused to your mobile device while charging, just in case. The overall design is quite compact – so it won’t take much of a space on your desk. The design is also top notch – something we have come to expect from a brand such as Belkin.
In terms of connectivity for power, the charging stand uses a male DC power connector – it would have been great if it used a USB-C port. That way, you would have one less power adapter to worry about. The charging slot on the charging stand is big enough to accommodate larger devices. There is also a slight tilt back which makes the screen viewable at a comfortable level.
The speaker grill is top mounted and it is behind where the phone rests to charge. Connecting the speaker to your phone is just one touch away – all you do is press the large Bluetooth button and it gets into the pairing mode and connects instantly.
For this review, we charged a Nokia 8.3 5G using this charging stand. Since wireless charging is limited to 10W, we were able to go from 0% to 100% in about 3 hours. In terms of sound quality, since the default on the charging stand + speaker is a hands-free phone (HFP) mode, the frequency response is cut short. Audio is transmitted in mono to allow the other channel for a mic.
The maximum volume at the speaker is rated at 80dB. The quality of the mic was average. Since the mic is in the front of the speaker, your voice on calls may sound a bit muffled to the person on the other end of the call.
For a price of AED 199, the Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Stand 10W + Speaker is a useful device if you need a wireless charging stand that also doubles up as a speaker for your Zoom or Google Duo calls. Especially for those working from home, the Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Stand 10W + Speaker does sound like a good accessory to invest in.
Price: AED 199
Review: Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless
A few days ago, gaming accessories major Corsair, announced the new M65 RGB Ultra Wireless gaming mouse on the market. The company sent us a review unit to test out its prowess and we are glad to report, it performed exceptionally well.
The Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless tunable gaming mouse comes packed in an alluminium frame and offers two ways to get wirelessly connected to your gaming PC or laptop. You can choose from either the sub-1ms Corsair Slipstream Wireless or through Bluetooth.
The accuracy of the gaming mouse is powered by a 26,000-dpi Marksman optical sensor and optical Omron switches.
You also get a six-axis gyro, which allows for ultra-low lift-off detection. You also get help from its 2000Hx hyper-polling that lets you perform actions two times faster than traditional wireless mice.
Just like its wired M65 RGB Ultra sibling, the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless also comes with six removable weights.
These are split into four sections such as internal weight, external weight, both, or neither. In addition to shifting the weight from 110 grams up to 128 grams, the weights are also distributed to adjust the center of gravity.
You also get eight programmable buttons on the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless, which is perfect for those who would like to customise their gaming mice to perfection.
In addition to the left-click and right-click, you also have access to the forward and back thumb buttons, up and down DPI adjustment, and the thumb sniper button, which is an iconic feature on the M65 range of gaming mice.
As mentioned earlier, for wireless connectivity, you can either use Corsair’s Slipstream wireless technology or Bluetooth.
You can toggle between them on the bottom of the mouse, as per your usage pattern. In terms of battery life, Corsair claims the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless offers up to 120 hours without the RGB lighting when using Bluetooth and 90 hours when using Slipstream.
What’s more, the mouse also automatically sleeps after 15 minutes of idle time. It is also good to know that Corsair has added a USB Type-C port for the charging functionality.
Corsair’s iCue software meanwhile, allows you to customise the RGB lighting and change button assignments, including mapping macro functions to any of the buttons.
Once you have everything set, you can even store your settings such as DPI, lighting, and macro profile on the mouse to use it without having to use iCue.
For a price of $129.99, the Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless is one of the best gaming mice out there on the market. The build quality is excellent, it offers good performance, optical switches, a massive battery, and USB-C connectivity for charging. The Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless tunable gaming mouse, thus, comes across as highly recommended.
Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless
Just like its wired M65 RGB Ultra sibling, the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless also comes with six removable weights. These are split into four sections such as internal weight, external weight, both, or neither. In addition to shifting the weight from 110 grams up to 128 grams, the weights are also distributed to adjust the center of gravity.
HyperX Outs the new Pulsefire Mat RGB Mouse Pad
HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. has announced the release of the HyperX Pulsefire Mat RGB mouse pad. Made with a densely woven cloth surface tuned for precision and control, the new mouse pad includes dynamic RGB lighting effects with lights that run along the edge of the mouse pad. Pulsefire Mat RGB features two lighting zones that are customizable with HyperX NGENUITY software.
The mouse pad offers onboard memory to save up to three lighting profiles, as well as a built-in touch sensor to easily switch between profiles for an uninterrupted, intuitive experience. Pulsefire Mat RGB also utilizes seamlessly stitched, anti-fray edges that provide a flat and uniform surface and resistance to daily wear and tear.
“Gamers are on the hunt for the latest gear to enhance their gaming setups, and the new HyperX Pulsefire Mat RGB mouse pad brings an extra level of customization to their gaming setup,” said Marcus Hermann, director of PC gaming, HyperX. “The new Pulsefire Mat RGB compliments HyperX’s existing RGB products enabling gamers to personalize their setups with customizable lighting across headsets, keyboards, microphones, mice, and mouse pads.”
The mouse pad’s gaming surface features densely woven cloth tuned for precision and an anti-slip rubber base offers stability to firmly keep the mouse pad in place to accommodate mouse movements and gaming setups, Pulsefire Mat RGB is available in XL size and can conveniently be rolled up for easy portability. The mouse pad is backed by a two-year warranty.
The HyperX Pulsefire Mat RGB mouse pad is initially available in EMEA for £49.99 / €59.99 through HyperX’s network of retail and eTail outlets.
Jabra Adds Three New Products to its Elite True Wireless Line-up
Jabra has announced the launch of three products to establish its new Elite true wireless line-up – the Elite Pro, Elite Active, and core Elite lines. The additions include the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, a revolutionary product that features Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology, offering best-in-class call performance. Jabra is also releasing the Elite 7 Active with pioneering ShakeGrip coating, perfect for those active lifestyles. Finally, the third addition to the range is the Jabra Elite 3, which brings fantastic sound while on the go to a wide audience.
This redefined Elite range signifies the latest breakthrough in true wireless technology: each one is specifically engineered to reinvent the true wireless experience as you know it by introducing new and unique technologies optimised for specific use cases in a sleek and modern design. As one of the first companies to introduce true wireless technology, Jabra has taken six generations worth of learning and is reinventing true wireless to better fit with the needs of today’s millions of true wireless users.
The new Elite range is tailored for specific use scenarios. Jabra’s new Pro category is designed for those who want the best of the best for calls and music, allowing users to experience true wireless without limits. Jabra’s Active category is tailored for sports and active lifestyles and the earbuds are specifically engineered to stay put when you sweat. Finally, Elite 3 makes up part of Jabra’s core category, a new standard for entry-level, on-the-go sound.
Jabra MultiSensor Voice
The introduction of innovative Jabra MultiSensor Voice technology for the Elite 7 Pro delivers ultimate call clarity, even in the noisiest places. More people are connecting through voice: Voice calling increased year on year in 2021 and is the number two use case after music. Jabra MultiSensor Voice combines a bone conduction sensor, four microphones, and algorithms to ensure crystal clear calls. Jabra’s expertise in developing intelligent algorithms resulted in the engineering of one of the first consumer earbuds that use this hybrid technology.
A cutting-edge voice pick-up (VPU) sensor in both earbuds makes Jabra MultiSensor Voice so effective. The intelligent algorithms constantly analyse the types of noise being picked up by the built-in microphones, and when they detect wind noise, they automatically activate the VPU sensor. Bone conduction technology is used to transmit voice via the vibrations in the jawbone, and the intelligent algorithm then uses the best combination of the bone conduction sensor and microphones to transmit the best call clarity.
In addition, adjustable Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) creates a fully immersive experience. Sound can be personalised even further by creating a personalised audio profile with Jabra MySound technology and using HearThrough – a technology that allows the user to define exactly how much outside noise they want to let in. The Elite 7 Pro earbuds are 16 percent smaller than the hugely popular Jabra Elite 75t, which are Jabra’s smallest earbuds so far.
By leveraging Jabra’s database of 62,000 unique ear scans, the technology pioneer was able to create a map of the average human ear and use the insight to totally redesign the earbud. Then, after excessive testing, Jabra has been able to produce an earbud that offers exceptional sound quality and optimised comfort. The all-encompassing earbuds come with nine hours of non-stop playtime with ANC and 35 hours with case charging, with fast charging that delivers 1.2 hrs of power in just 5 minutes. The Elite 7 Pro comes with Alexa built-in, Siri and Google Assistant.
Jabra ShakeGrip Technology
For those who are looking for the best fit for an active lifestyle, the Jabra Elite 7 Active is specifically engineered to suit them. Save for the Multisensor Voice technology, the Active version features the same top-quality experience as the Elite 7 Pro, with four built-in microphones for call technology and an additional two for personalisation plus adjustable ANC. In addition, based on Jabra’s unique understanding of the ear, the use of liquid silicone rubber, and a wing-free design, the new Elite 7 Active with ShakeGrip coating is designed to give the ultimate fit whatever your movements, changing the way people work out. For those who want to go outside whilst being active, the microphone mesh removes wind from calls, whilst the performance-boosting audio ensures a powerful workout music experience.
Jabra Elite 3
The Jabra Elite 3 is the perfect choice for those seeking a rich sound, powerful bass, and clear calls at a lower price point. After recognising a gap in the market for a lower price earbud that still offers the exceptional sound quality, Jabra has used its years of experience to make great sound an option for everyone. The earbuds are engineered to bring music to life with 6mm speakers and deliver crystal clear calls with 4-microphone call technology, a class-leading music equaliser, inclusion of Qualcomm aptX HD audio, and seven hours of battery life (28 hours including the charging case).
The earbuds offer outstanding noise isolation and with HearThrough awareness, users can tap into the sounds of their surroundings. Elite 3 also comes with an all-day comfortable and secure fit, sleek Danish design, and in a new range of colours including Dark Grey, Navy, Lilac, and Light Beige. René Svendsen-Tune, CEO at Jabra said, “We are more connected than ever before. The world has also never been noisier, which requires innovative technology to ensure people can be assured of a clear voice, calls, and music experience. At Jabra, we take our many years of experience to push the boundaries of technology, with the launch of our Elite 7 Pro, Elite 7 Active, and Elite 3 earbuds as a result. The introduction of these new products signifies huge developments within the market, and we are excited to be at the forefront.”
The Elite 7 Pro will be available for a price of AED 799. Stocks will be available in the second week of October. The Elite 7 Active is priced at AED 699 and stocks will be available end of Oct/early Nov. The Elite 3 is priced at AED 349 and stocks are already available in the market.
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