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Review: Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X

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Razer has always been known as a company that makes top-notch gaming gear. The company has always reinvented itself by adding new products to its portfolio, the recent being a device focused on audio aficionados. The new Hammerhead True Wireless X is a pair of truly wireless earbuds that come packed with 13mm custom-tuned drivers to offer good sound quality.

The earbuds and the charging case come neatly packed in a box that also includes a USB-C cable for charging the devices and a pair of ear tips for the earbuds. On each of the earbuds, you will find embedded LED lights, which light up Razer’s signature three-headed snake logo. They look really cool in a dimly lit or dark environment. The build quality of the charging case and the earbuds is quite good.

On the charging case, you will find an LED indicator and the USB-C port. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X is a more affordable offering from the brand, coming in at a price point of £69.99, which translates roughly to AED 356. However, this price point is quite on the lower end, when compared with the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro and Hammerhead True Wireless headphones.

One of the reasons the pricing is lower is because these earbuds do not offer active noise cancellation feature. The earbuds themselves are quite comfortable to wear and they fit snuggly in the ears. They stayed in place even during some headbanging sessions. In addition, the earbuds are water-resistant – so those who sweat a lot, do not need to worry.

The earbuds get connected to devices through the Bluetooth 5.2 standard. Now, you may wonder why would somebody use the Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds during gaming sessions, due to latency issues. Well, Razer thought about that, too. Hence these earbuds come packed with Game Mode that lowers the latency to just 60ms.

In terms of performance, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X hits it straight out of the park. The Hammerheads are actually one of the best sounding wireless earbuds I’ve ever used in recent memory. The custom-tuned 13mm drivers deliver a hell of a punch with impressive clarity and sound stage. The Razer Audio app also comes with an equaliser that lets you personalise your hearing experience. With the Razer Audio app, you can also customise your lighting, remap any of the hands-free commands, and toggle on or off Smart Link for Android devices and Gaming Mode.

When it comes to battery life, the earbuds offer around 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. The charging case offers around 17 hours more, which brings the battery life to a total of 23 hours. This is not bad at all considering the audio quality it offers. The only shortcomings of the earbuds would be the exclusion of the Active Noise Cancellation feature.

However, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds offer outstanding audio quality, great battery life, and Game Mode for low latency during gaming. This makes the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X, a true value for money pair of wireless earbuds.

Price: £69.99 (AED 356 approx.)

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X
  • Final Rating
4

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The earbuds and the charging case come neatly packed in a box that also includes a USB-C cable for charging the devices and a pair of ear tips for the earbuds. On each of the earbuds, you will find embedded LED lights, which light up Razer’s signature three-headed snake logo.

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GameSir Launches Nova Series of Gaming Controllers

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GameSir has announced the official worldwide release of its newest controller series – the highly anticipated Nova Series featuring the GameSir Nova and GameSir Nova Lite. Two next-generation devices with cutting-edge capabilities and a raft of key features, the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite promise to empower users during gameplay and take gaming exploits to the next level.

Billed as ‘the ultimate multi-platform gaming controller’, the GameSir Nova offers unrestricted gaming experiences with its cross-platform adaptability. Compatible with Android, Switch, Steam, PC, and iOS devices, this fabulous controller enables users to conquer their games with style, precision, and incredible performance. The GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks are engineered for increased consistency and smoothness during gameplay with specially optimized algorithms, stylish RGB circles come with personalized lighting effects for unique gaming experiences, and tri-mode connectivity makes for unparalleled hassle-free flexibility with three connectivity options (Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired).

Additionally, the GameSir Nova supports Switch, Dinput, Xinput, Arcade, and MFi as a truly versatile controller, holding the keys to ultimate gaming experiences with less latency, motion control, programmable macro back buttons, and dual actuators for strong and subtle vibrations. The controller is also available in retro white and neon teal. Much like its fellow Nova Series device, the GameSir Nova Lite promises to deliver next-level gaming experiences – empowering users throughout gameplay conquests. Exactly like the GameSir Nova, this innovation comes with the same multi-platform compatibility, GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks for maximized performance, and tri-mode connectivity with Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired.

Another standout component is the turbo function for faster response. The Nova Lite features a 20Hz Turbo function with customizable buttons, meaning gamers have a convenient way to enhance immersive gameplay. Additionally, greater control is assured thanks to the multi-function M button that enables users to seamlessly adjust such as vibration intensity, switch modes, stick’s dead zone and interchange key values in various settings. Gamers also have the option to choose between two colours – Stellar White or Space Purple – with the device catering to every gaming requirement at a super-affordable price.

Commenting on the global launch, Betta Core, CEO, GameSir, said, “After many months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation, we’re thrilled to officially release the Nova Series across international markets. A series sure to be embraced and enjoyed by gaming enthusiasts far and wide, we’re particularly excited because the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite perfectly complement our vision to empower every individual during gameplay and expand the boundary of joy. With the Nova Series now available, we can’t wait to see the reaction and reception from the worldwide gaming community. For sure, these innovations will meet every expectation.”

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Ugreen Debuts Robot-Shaped Nexode RG 65W GaN Charger

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Tech accessory maker Ugreen has launched a unique addition to the fast charger market – the Nexode RG 65W. This charger stands out not just for its powerful performance, but also for its playful design resembling a small robot.

The Nexode RG boasts a compact size made possible by Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. This allows it to deliver a powerful 65W output, enough to rapidly charge laptops in about 30 minutes. Additionally, it features two USB-C ports and a single USB-A port, enabling users to charge three devices simultaneously.

The Nexode RG also boasts functional extras. Removable “boots” offer a playful touch while doubling as a stand and a protective cover for the prongs during travel. For user safety, the charger features a built-in temperature monitor to prevent overheating, short circuits, and overvoltage. Ugreen goes a step further by constructing the Nexode RG with flame-retardant materials, providing additional peace of mind.

Key Features of the Ugreen Nexode RG 65W Charger:

  1. 65W Fast Charging: Power up devices such as laptops and smartphones rapidly with GaN technology.
  2. Triple Port Charging: Charge up to three devices simultaneously with two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.
  3. Compact Design: GaN technology allows for a small and portable form factor.
  4. Robot Design: A playful design with different facial expressions and removable stand “boots.”
  5. Safety Features: Built-in safeguards for overcharging, overheating, and short circuits.

The Ugreen Nexode RG 65W charger is now available for AED 189.

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Ugreen Nexode Pro 160W 4-Port GaN Fast Charger Review: A Powerful and Versatile Charger for Power Users

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Our day-to-day lives are filled with various gadgets – be it smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, tablets, and so on. Thus, a powerful and versatile charger becomes increasingly important. The Ugreen Nexode Pro 160W 4-port GaN Fast Charger aims to be that one-stop solution, boasting high wattage, multiple ports, and GaN technology for efficient charging.

GaN chargers are a powerful and convenient upgrade if you prioritise fast charging, portability, and multi-device charging. So, does the Ugreen Nexode Pro 160W 4-Port GaN Fast Charger live up to its promises? Let’s find out!

Features
The Nexode Pro 160W boasts impressive features that cater to power users with multiple devices. With a total of 160W power delivery, the Nexode Pro 160W can juice up even the most demanding laptops and tablets quickly. This is particularly impressive considering its relatively compact size. The charger intelligently distributes power across its ports, ensuring optimal charging speeds for all connected devices, even when using multiple ports simultaneously.

It also uses GaN technology – Gallium Nitride (GaN) is a next-generation semiconductor material that allows for smaller, lighter, and more efficient chargers compared to traditional silicon-based models. This translates to faster charging times and less heat generation. The Nexode Pro 160W also offers a versatile selection of ports – there are three USB-C ports and one USB-A port. This caters to a wide range of devices, from laptops and tablets to smartphones and even legacy peripherals.

The Nexode Pro 160W supports various fast-charging protocols, including USB PD 3.1 (Power Delivery) and PPS (Programmable Power Supply). This ensures compatibility with a vast array of devices that support these protocols. Ugreen prioritises safety with built-in safeguards against over-current, over-voltage, overheating, and short circuits, providing peace of mind while charging your valuable electronics.

Build Quality
The Nexode Pro 160W offers a premium feel with a sleek, black design and a smooth, matte finish. The casing feels sturdy and well-constructed, and the ports are securely fitted. It’s surprisingly compact and lightweight for a charger with such high power output, making it ideal for travel or carrying in a backpack.

Ports
As mentioned before, the port selection on the Nexode Pro 160W is one of its biggest strengths. With three USB-C ports and one USB-A port, it can handle a diverse range of devices. The three USB-C ports are perfect for charging laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other USB-C-compatible devices. Notably, the USB-C1 port boasts the highest output at 140W, ideal for fast-charging compatible laptops.

The inclusion of a USB-A port ensures compatibility with older devices or peripherals that still rely on this standard. This combination of ports makes the Nexode Pro a truly universal charger, eliminating the need for multiple adapters for different devices.

Performance
Performance is where the Nexode Pro 160W truly shines. It delivers impressive charging speeds, especially with the 140W USB-C1 port. Ugreen claims it can charge a MacBook Pro 16″ from 0 to 50% in just 27 minutes, which is incredibly fast. In our tests, we used the charger to charge a Huawei Matebook D 16. We went from 0% to 100% in less than an hour, which is brilliant. Even when using multiple ports simultaneously, the intelligent power distribution ensures all devices receive sufficient power for efficient charging.

The support for various fast-charging protocols like PD 3.1 and PPS guarantees broad compatibility with most modern devices. You can be confident that the Nexode Pro 160W will charge your devices at their optimal speeds, provided they support these protocols.

Verdict
The Ugreen Nexode Pro 160W 4-port GaN Fast Charger is a compelling option for users who need a powerful and versatile charging solution. Its key strengths lie in its high wattage output, intelligent power distribution, GaN technology for efficient charging, and a wide range of ports for various devices. The build quality feels premium, and its compact size makes it ideal for travel.

Price: AED 440 approx.

Photography by Ryan Chris

Ugreen Nexode Pro 160W 4-Port GaN Fast Charger AED 440 approx.
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3.5

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The Nexode Pro supports various fast-charging protocols, including USB PD 3.1 (Power Delivery) and PPS (Programmable Power Supply). This ensures compatibility with a vast array of devices that support these protocols.

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