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Video Review: ECS LIVA Z3

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ECS is a brand known for its quality mini PCs and the latest to roll out of its assembly line is the new LIVA Z3. Compared to the previous releases, ECS has bumped the specification up – the new Z3 now comes in two flavours when it comes to processing power. You get to choose between an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor.

Our review sample came equipped with the Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor, running at a clock speed of 1.1-GHz:

Inside the box, you get the ECS Liva Z3, along with a quick guide, the power adapter and its cable, a VESA mount, and a pouch with six screws.

The overall size of the Liva Z3 is extremely compact and it also retains the ability to be mounted to a monitor or television with its VESA mount, as mentioned earlier. In terms of IO ports, you get lots of choices. These include three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, a power button, and four built-in microphones on the front.

On both the left and right sides of the device, you get the heat dissipation vents, which is very useful to cool down the device since the Liva Z3 is a fanless mini PC. On the rear of the device, you get an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, a Gigabit LAN port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a power port.

Since the ECS Liva Z3 comes with an HDMI 2.0 port, it is capable of displaying 4K content at a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The Liva Z3 also comes with 128GB of SSD storage – you can also install extra M.2 SSDs by opening up the device. In addition, it also offers 8GB of DDR4 memory, which is also expandable up to 16GB. Graphics meanwhile is handled by Intel UHD Graphics.

You will find all the instructions to open up the device and upgrade it, in the quick guide included in the package. In terms of wireless connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 802.11ax and Bluetooth 4.2. Wi-Fi 802.11ax offers higher connection speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Setting up the Liva Z3 takes no time. Once you get past the initial Windows 10 setup, you can get quickly to start using the device. The Liva Z3 can also be upgraded to Windows 11, however, for this review, we chose to stay with Windows 10.

The overall design and build quality is quite top-notch. In terms of performance, the ECS Liva Z3 does the job quite efficiently when it comes to day-to-day office jobs. In order to gauge the operating temperature of the Liva Z3, we used Core Temp to score it.

During our review process, we saw that the maximum temperature of the ECS Liva Z3 was around 82-degrees, while the minimum operating temperature was around 58-degrees, which is quite acceptable for a fanless mini PC. YouTube streaming in 4K worked really well and the ECS Liva Z3 was able to handle all workloads we threw at it, with aplomb.

During our review process, we did not find any lag or stutter, when using multiple apps. Everything worked well, whether it was creating documents or spreadsheets, image editing, watching movies, or even rendering videos using DaVinci Resolve 17. While the Liva Z3 isn’t made for heavier workloads, it did handle all of it quite charmingly.

The ECS Liva Z3 is an ultra-small form factor mini PC that saves up lots of desk space. It is also extremely power efficient, offers great build quality, is upgradable, and operates quietly. A key feature of the mini PC is that it comes with an HDMI 2.0 port and a mini DisplayPort, which lets you use the Liva Z3 as a central console of your home theater setup, too. The ECS Liva Z3 thus comes across as a highly recommended mini PC!

Pricing Details
LIVA Z3:
N6000/RAM 4G/EMMC 128G/No OS – $239.
LIVA Z3: N6000/RAM 4G/EMMC 128G/with Windows 10 Pro – $269

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The overall size of the Liva Z3 is extremely compact and it also retains the ability to be mounted to a monitor or television with its VESA mount, as mentioned earlier. In terms of IO ports, you get lots of choices. These include three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, the power button, and four built-in microphones on the front

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Review of the Amazfit GTR 3 Smartwatch in UAE

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Huami’s new Amazfit GTR 3 is a follow-up to its popular GTR 2 smartwatch. The new GTR 3 offers lots of bells and whistles without burning a hole in your pocket. The smartwatch comes packed in very modest packaging, which includes the watch itself, along with the charger, and a quick start guide.

The watch itself is quite sleek and lightweight – the company has used durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to build the device. The watch comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display that offers a pixel density of 326-PPI. The display itself is of very good quality and it makes everything look really nice on the watch face – whether it is viewing the stats or shuffling through menu options.

The Amazfit GTR 3 boasts a 66% screen-to-body ratio, and is visible even under bright sunlight, thanks to the 1000 nits of brightness. To personalise the watch, you can choose from over 100 watch faces, including 15 animated watch faces, and 8 editable watch faces.

Though the Amazfit GTR 3 runs on its own operating system called Zepp OS, it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. In order to connect and set up the smartwatch, you will need to install the Zapp app onto your smartphone. Next, log into your Zepp account or create a new one if you don’t already have one.

Once that is done, the app will ask you to complete your profile. After that, go to the “Profile” tab on the Zepp app, and click “Add” in the “My devices” section. The app will then ask to scan the QR code displayed on the GTR 3 and then proceed to connect and set it up.

The overall design of the Amazfit GTR 3 is quite top-notch. On the right side of the watchcase, you get a rotatable crown, which when pressed, brings up the main menu screen. You can then rotate the crown to shuffle through the menu options on the watch’s interface. There is also a button next to the crown, which when pressed, brings up the workout menu.

There are over 150+ sports modes that include multiple activities within running and walking, cycling, swimming, outdoor workouts, indoor sports, dance, combat sports, ball sports, winter sports, water sports, and more. The Amazfit GTR 3 also comes with a water-resistance grade of 5 ATM – so you can go for a swim without any worry.

The Amazfit GTR 3 offers a treasure trove of health tracking features. I was particularly impressed by the “One-tap Measuring” feature, which tests four health metrics in one tap. In 45 seconds, you can measure your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, stress level, and breathing rate. The watch also offers 24-hour monitoring of blood-oxygen levels.

In addition, you also get all-day heart rate monitoring, even when you go for a swim. The GTR 3 alerts you for abnormally high or low heart rates and tracks heart rate zones to optimise your workouts. The watch can also track and log PAI health assessments. PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) is a science-backed health score that measures the heart health impact of physical activity.

What’s more, you also get in-depth monitoring of sleep and sleep breathing quality metrics. The Amazfit GTR 3 also tracks stress levels and female cycles, so you are in control of your health stats. The female cycle tracking feature can predict upcoming menstrual and fertile periods, too.

For outdoor activities, the Amazfit GTR 3 can track your route effectively since it supports GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, and QZSS satellite navigation systems. It also comes with online and offline voice assistants powered by Alexa and an Offline Voice Assistant.

For a price of AED 659, the Amazfit GTR 3 comes across as an amazing (pun unintended) value for money smartwatch that also doubles up as a fitness tracker. The GTR 3 offers lots of features found on most flagship smartwatches out there on the market, but at a very pocket-friendly price. The Amazfit GTR 3 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: AED 659

Amazfit GTR 3 Smartwatch AED 659
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The Amazfit GTR 3 boasts a 66% screen-to-body ratio, and is visible even under bright sunlight, thanks to the 1000 nits of brightness. To personalise the watch, you can choose from over 100 watch faces, including 15 animated watch faces, and 8 editable watch faces.

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Logitech Launches the Signature M650 Mouse with a Left-Handed Option

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Logitech has introduced the new Signature M650 wireless and Signature M650 for Business mouse, a comfortable and personalised mouse with two different sizes and a left-handed option, offering a better experience for more people. The wireless mouse is designed to upgrade any desk setup and improve the overall work experience with features like SmartWheel scrolling, nearly silent clicks, and a contoured comfort design that enables faster, more comfortable work than ever before.

“There are more than a billion knowledge workers in the world, and around half of them don’t use a mouse or have an entry-level or corded mouse with limited functions,” said Art O’Gnimh, vice president of the mainstream business for creativity and productivity at Logitech. “The Signature M650 offers a true Logitech signature experience with simple productivity functions that make working all day easier and faster.”

Whether working on a document or browsing through a website, the Signature M650’s SmartWheel helps to deliver precision when needed and speed in an instant. The Signature M650 and larger size Signature M650 L also feature SilentTouch technology, reducing click noise by 90% compared to the Logitech M185 Mouse, ideal when clicking during a video call. Enjoy a strong wireless connection and a battery that lasts up to two years, giving you complete peace of mind.

With two sizes and a left-handed option, a contoured shape, a soft thumb area, and a rubber side grip, the Signature M650 inclusive design allows you to work comfortably for extended hours and gives you the ability to customize the side buttons to favorite shortcuts with Logitech Options+. The Signature M650, available in off-white, graphite, and rose, works with Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS, ipadOS, and Android operating systems. Connect in an instant via Bluetooth Low Energy or Logi Bolt USB receiver.

Sustainable design considers environmental and social impacts from the moment raw materials are sourced right through to end-of-life. At Logitech, products are designed to deliver great user experiences and minimize environmental footprint, which is why a portion of the Signature M650’s plastic parts are made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic – 64% for the graphite, 26% for off white and 26% for rose.

The Signature M650 mice will be available in January 2022 on Logitech.com and at other global retailers. The suggested retail price for the Signature M650 and larger-sized Signature M650 L is $39.99.

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Starkey Launches AI Hearing Aid in UAE That Automatically Makes 55 Million Hourly Adjustments

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Building on the success of the world’s first Healthable hearing aid, Livio AI and Livio Edge AI, Starkey has unveiled Evolv AI in UAE, the company’s latest hearing aid to set the stage for an entirely new hearing ecosystem. The company unveiled Evolv AI at the 12th Emirates Otorhinolaryngology Audiology and Communication Disorders Congress EROC 2022 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. Starkey is leading the hearing industry into a new era with bold technology that will transform patient’s relationships with their hearing aids.

“In 2018, we reinvented the hearing aid with Livio AI. Today, the smartest hearing aid just got smarter. For example, every single hour, an Evolv AI hearing device will make 55 million adjustments – automatically. We are delighted to bring this latest AI-enabled hearing aid to UAE through the EROC Congress,” said Giscard Bechara, Director, Starkey MEA FZCO, Dubai, UAE.

Evolv AI is built on Starkey Sound™, a ground-breaking technology created by years of refining Starkey’s research and science-based algorithms to power high-fidelity audio, which is modeled after the human auditory system. Like the brain, Starkey Sound is designed to automatically suppress background noise and designed to increase speech audibility and intelligibility with machine learning technology.

As the world leader in custom manufacturing, Starkey is also proud to introduce the industry’s smallest 2.4 GHz CIC, as part of the Evolv AI line of hearing aids. “At Starkey, Chairman Bill Austin pioneered the concept that designing, and manufacturing hearing aids require excellence. Our researchers, engineers, and manufacturing teams have continued that long-standing tradition of handcrafted excellence by dedicating themselves to creating smaller, more powerful, and longer-lasting devices every single day. Evolv AI certainly leads the way in sound quality, but its ease of use is truly game-changing,” added Giscard.

Additional features of the Evolv AI product family include a 40% reduction in noise energy compared to our previous technology, additional refinement of Edge Mode, Fall Alert, and Voice Reminders at all technology tiers, Thrive usability enhancements, and TeleHear first and follow-up fit additions. Furthermore, surface NanoShield helps protect hearing aids from moisture.

The combination of these features creates an effortless hearing experience for users. Evolv AI’s always-on and always automatic approach delivers realistic and genuine sound quality in every environment, without the need to do anything extra. “At Starkey, Hear Better, Live Better is much more than a tagline. It’s our commitment to you to help your patients live better through better hearing. We can’t wait for you to see how Evolv AI does that, in a way that is effortless out in the real world. We are proud to be leading the hearing aids industry at the speed of innovation,” concluded Giscard.

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