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Switch Intros Portable Outdoor Speakers

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The UAE’s exuberant lifestyle and technology brand, Switch, has unveiled its newest wireless speaker, the Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker. “Whether you’re in the market for a speaker to keep you company while working out, backyard barbeques, to use in the background while working or taking to the beach, the new Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker is a must,” said the company in a statement.

The Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker’s 7,200 mAh rechargeable battery provides more than 10 hours of playback time. The speaker has a powerful 60W output with two full-range drivers and two bass drivers for an immersive listening experience. The Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker supports True Wireless which means if there are two Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speakers around it will connect both for an amplified stereo sound.

The Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker is more than just a way to amplify music, it also comes with a built-in microphone to allow for hands-free calls. It also comes with a built-in smartphone charger, so if you’re on the go and your phone battery is almost out, the Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker is there to keep you charged.

There are multiple ways to connect your devices to the Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker, including Bluetooth, through an AUX cable that comes with the speaker, or even through old-school USB. The sleek design is built to last in every situation, with a handlebar and shoulder strap for easy portability and IPX6 Waterproof, you don’t have to worry about splashing some water on it or moving it out of the unexpected rain.

The Switch WS-Ultra 60W Wireless Speaker also comes in three striking colours to choose from, including Classic Black, Green Camo, or the unique Pink Camo. It is available here starting from AED 499.

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Review: ROG Cetra True Wireless ANC Gaming Earbuds

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Here at Gadget Voize, we have reviewed a wide range of true wireless stereo earbuds, including a few advertised as gaming earbuds. ROG’s Cetra True Wireless ANC Earbuds are also gaming earbuds that promise low-latency connectivity, a 27-hour battery life, wireless charging, and hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).

As soon as we opened the packages, we were impressed with the design and build quality of the ROG Cetra True Wireless ANC Gaming Earbuds. Inside the package, we get a clamshell-style matte black charging case, with a ROG logo on it. Open the case and you are greeted by an RGB-lit ROG logo and earbuds along with an LED on the lip of the charging case.

The opening and closing mechanism of the charging case is quite smooth. The earbuds themselves are quite lightweight and well-designed. They have an angular design with a silver ROG logo on each of them. There is also a small LED lining that displays the connection status of the earbuds. The earbuds also offer touch controls.

So, on the left earbud, if you Double press, it will shift through different modes such as Heavy ANC, Light ANC, Ambient mode, and ANC off. And if you press and hold the left earbud for 1 second, you will activate the voice assistant.

Similarly, single pressing the right earbud will play and pause the current song, while double pressing will skip to the next song. Triple pressing the right earbud will skip backwards while pressing and holding the right earbud for 1 sec will activate the gaming mode.

Inside the box, you also get a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, and two extra sets of ear tips. The earbuds fit quite snuggly into the ears and are very lightweight – so wearing them for an extended period won’t be an issue.

The charging case supports wireless charging, too. You also get IPX4 splash resistance and support for EQ/virtual 7.1 via the Armoury Crate app. The earbuds support low-latency wireless audio, with the gaming mode offering greater synchronisation of audio with video during a competitive gaming session.

The earbuds support Hybrid ANC technology, which detects and filters out the noise coming from inside and outside the earbuds, enabling an immersive audio experience. As mentioned before, the earbuds along with the charging case, feature 27-hour battery life with support for quick-charge technology. This means, that with ANC off, you get up to 5.5 hours of use on a single charge, with up to 21.5 hours of extra battery life provided by the charging case.

A special mention about the Armoury Crate app – it is possibly one of the best-designed earbud control apps we have seen in recent times. The app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, allows you to maximise the audio performance and enjoy intuitive control over gaming mode, EQs, and virtual surround sound.

The performance of the earbuds is very good. The Heavy ANC setting did a good job of blocking out noisy environments, while the lighter option allowed a little ambient noise through if you wanted a degree of awareness of what’s going on around you. The Audio output was detailed without any distortion. The earbuds were wonderfully agile – it did not matter if we used them for gaming or for listening to music, the audio quality was on point and consistent.

During our tests, we clocked around 5 hours of listening time before the earbuds needed recharge from the charging case. And if you do run out of battery completely, you can get around an hour’s worth of battery life in just a 10-minute charge. And the fact that the charging case supports wireless charging, is an added bonus.

The ROG Cetra True Wireless ANC Gaming Earbuds come in at an attractive price point of $125 (AED 460 approx.). The earbuds offer very good audio quality, excellent battery life, a bunch of gaming focussed features, a very good app, and more. Thus, you really can’t go wrong with the ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless ANC Gaming Earbuds.

Price: $125

ROG Cetra True Wireless ANC Gaming Earbuds
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The earbuds support Hybrid ANC technology, which detects and filters out the noise coming from inside and outside the earbuds, enabling an immersive audio experience. As mentioned before, the earbuds along with the charging case, feature 27-hour battery life with support for quick-charge technology. This means, that with ANC off, you get up to 5.5 hours of use on a single charge, with up to 21.5 hours of extra battery life provided by the charging case.

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Sony MEA Launches Shotgun Microphone ECM-G1 for Vlogging

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Sony Middle East & Africa has introduced the new small and lightweight ECM-G1 microphone that enhances the standard of video recording through the high-quality sound collection. With ambient sound suppression and clear frontal sound collection, users in the region can enjoy excellent sound quality when capturing content.

Clear, high-quality sound plays an important role when capturing content for video. The ECM-G1 boasts a large-diameter (approx. 14.6 mm) microphone capsule, providing clear sound collection whilst suppressing noise, greatly improving the quality of video production.

The ECM-G1 is the perfect microphone for vlogging as it captures voices clearly, includes a windscreen to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors and has an optimised structure to suppress vibration noise with anti-vibration dampers. When connected to a Sony camera equipped with the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, the cableless design also eliminates cable-transmitted vibration noise.

Clear sound collection from in front of the camera is emphasised due to the ECM-G1’s super-cardioid pickup pattern, with ambient noise suppressed to ensure only wanted audio is captured – great for selfie shooting. Even when shooting indoors, the ECM-G1 is highly effective at reducing echo pickup from walls and voice reverberation resulting in clear conversation sound collection.

MI Shoe support enables greater flexibility with battery-free and cable-free shooting. Power is supplied directly from the camera to the microphone so no issues with the battery running out or cables in the way – even when shooting with the vari-angle LCD monitor open horizontally.

The ECM-G1 is ultra-light, weighing just 34 g, and very compact (W x H x D: 28.0 mm x 50.8 mm x 48.5 mm) so can be used anywhere, anytime. Lastly, a recording cable is included and the microphone jack is compatible with a wide range of devices, such as cameras and smartphones, giving users the ultimate flexibility for various shooting requirements. The new ECM-G1 will be available in the Middle East & Africa from August 2022.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches New Gaming Headphones

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced an impressive lineup of gaming headphones, including the ROG Cetra True Wireless Pro, the world’s first wired/wireless dual-mode true wireless headphones, featuring an ESS Quad DAC and AI Noise-Canceling Microphone to deliver exceptional in-game audio and communication. For users who do not need a wired connection and the advanced functions offered in the top-end Pro model, the ROG Cetra True Wireless model delivers low-latency gaming audio.

The ROG Delta S Wireless, the first ROG dual-mode wireless gaming headset, features 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connectivity and hidden AI Beamforming Microphones with AI Noise Cancelation for clear voice communication. The Delta series also includes the ROG Delta S Core, a lightweight 270-gram wired gaming headset designed for extreme comfort.

Cetra True Wireless Pro and Cetra True Wireless
The ROG Cetra True Wireless Pro features dual-mode connectivity via Bluetooth and wired USB-C. A recipient of the iF Design and CES awards, the Cetra True Wireless Pro is the world’s first wired/wireless dual-mode true wireless headphones that feature an ESS Quad DAC and AI Noise-Canceling Microphone to provide listeners with exceptional audio and crystal-clear communication.

Built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound technology delivers a low-latency connection and premium quality 24-bit, 96 kHz music streams. The Cetra True Wireless Pro features a Gaming mode that enables ultra-low-latency 45 ms[ When used with a mobile phone supporting aptX Adaptive or Snapdragon Sound technology, such as ROG Phone 6.] performance when games are launched on ROG Phone 6. In addition, this headphone includes multiple Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) modes that cancel out general background noise, with additional enhanced modes filtering out a wider range of background and wind noises for unparalleled audio immersion.

Connecting the bundled USB-C cable with an in-line audio optimizer automatically enables wired mode. The innovative in-line audio optimizer features a hi-fi-grade ESS 9280 DAC, which provides lossless audio processing for rich, detailed spatial sound, along with an impressive 130 dB signal-to-noise ratio, allowing listeners to pinpoint the origin of enemy footsteps or gunfire.
Additionally, the integrated AI Noise-Canceling Microphone reduces over 500 million types of background noise up to 95% while preserving vocal harmonics for crystal-clear in-game voice communication.

All these features make the Cetra True Wireless Pro an all-in-one solution that delivers premium sound, high-quality communication, lag-free gaming, and wireless freedom. The series includes ROG Cetra True Wireless, which features a Gaming mode to provide users with low-latency wireless audio that offers greater synchronization with onscreen visuals, making it ideal for competitive gaming. The Cetra True Wireless also includes Hybrid ANC technology that detects and filters noise coming from inside and outside the earbuds for greater audio immersion.

ROG Delta S Wireless and Delta S Core
The ROG Delta S Wireless is the first-ever dual-mode wireless ROG gaming headset. The Delta S Wireless features low-latency 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth modes for incredible listening experiences on consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. 2.4 GHz takes advantage of built-in antennas for almost-instantaneous signal transmission at a range of up to 25 meters. Similarly, Bluetooth mode provides a low-latency connection to ensure seamless audio.

The headset’s concealed AI Beamforming Microphones with AI Noise Cancelation creates an acoustic zone that targets a 40° area in front of the user’s mouth for impeccable voice pick-up. The microphones also reduce up to 95% of background noises for clear communication.

The concealed microphones with the above technology enable a clearer and more natural representation of the human voice with minimal distortion, allowing the Delta S Wireless to deliver high-quality voice communication paired with comfort and style, making it ideal for gaming and streaming.

Exclusive 50 mm ASUS Essence drivers in each ear cup allow for more detailed true-to-life audio. The drivers are also tilted 12° degrees for better sound performance. In addition, a special airtight chamber design delivers a more stable, richer sound. To top it all off, ROG Hyper-Grounding technology uses a multi-layer printed circuit board and a special layout to prevent electromagnetic interference to deliver purer, noise-free audio.

The Delta S series also includes the lightweight wired gaming headset and the ROG Delta S Core. It weighs just 270 grams and features ergonomic D-shaped ear cups that closely match the shape of human ears to reduce unnecessary contact areas by up to 20% for a more comfortable fit. It features 50 mm ASUS Essence drivers and airtight chambers for immersive sound and includes virtual 7.1 surround sound supported by Windows Sonic. The Delta S Core provides clear in-game voice communication thanks to a Discord- and TeamSpeak-certified boom microphone. This headset features a 3.5 mm connector, making it compatible with PCs, Macs, mobile devices, and consoles such as PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.

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