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Review: ASUS AX3000 RT-AX58U Dual Band WiFi 6 Router

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ASUS’ AX3000 RT-AX58U is a dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) router that supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology. The router also comes packed with the lifetime AiProtection Pro network security, which is powered by Trend Micro. What’s more, it is also compatible with the ASUS AiMesh WiFi system – so you can create your own mesh network for seamless wireless coverage across your house.

This router supports the Wi-Fi standard 802.11AX (Wi-Fi 6) and 160MHz bandwidth for better connectivity. Due to this, you can expect a total networking speed of about 3000Mbps, which includes 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, and 2402Mbps on the 5GHz band. It also means that the router supports network standards such as IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, WiFi 4 (802.11n), WiFi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi 6 (802.11ax), IPv4, and IPv6.

Inside the box, you get the ASUS AX3000 RT-AX58U Dual Band WiFi 6 Router, the VIP warranty booklets, the quick start guide, an RJ-45 cable, and the power adapter.

The router itself isn’t huge and weighs just 538-gms. On the front, you get a bunch of LEDs that include the Power, 2.4G, 5G, four for the LAN, and one for the WAN.

At the rear, you get all the ports that include an RJ45 Gigabits BaseT port for WAN, four RJ45 Gigabits BaseT ports for LAN, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. At the rear, you also get the power on/off switch, the power port, a WPS button, and the reset button.

The router comes with four external antennas, that can transmit and receive 2.4GHz (2×2) and 5GHz (2×2). It is powered by a 1.5GHz tri-core processor and is packed with 256MB of flash storage and 512MB of RAM.

Setting up the RTAX58U is really easy if you use the ASUS router app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices. Fire up the app and follow the onscreen instructions to connect the router to your modem. It took us less than 15 minutes to get online with this router.

Once connected, we ran the Speedtest to check out the connectivity quality. We got very good connectivity results overall – did not matter whether we were close to the router or in another room with a wall in between the router and our device. The connectivity was consistent with no drop in the connection.

One of the standout features of the RT-AX58U is that it supports the AiMesh function. This allows you to connect the router to another AiMesh supported router, to expand the Wi-Fi coverage. This is particularly useful if you live in a large apartment, townhouse, or villa.

The ASUS RT-AX58U also comes with the AiProtection Pro Antivirus feature, which is powered by TrendMicro. This service is designed to block any website containing malware or virus. During our tests, this feature worked perfectly and did not affect the connectivity speed.

You also get a parental control feature that can block websites for selected users based on a preset category. The built-in Adaptive QoS feature is great – it lets you select which device you want to have a higher priority. It also lets you choose what kind of Internet traffic will be able to enjoy a higher priority. There are multiple QoS modes included such as gaming and video conferencing to optimize the connectivity for that usage.

And you also get some more “bells and whistles”, in the form of features such as dual-WAN, VPN server, VPN client, download master, and lots more. While most users may not end up using these features, you will appreciate these add-ons, if you are an enthusiast.

For a price of AED 598.55, the ASUS AX3000 RT-AX58U Dual Band WiFi 6 Router comes across as a truly value-for-money router. It offers very strong WiFi coverage, lots of customisation options, fast WiFi 6 performance, parental controls, security controls, and accompanies a well-designed app and a great web-based interface. The AX3000 RT-AX58U Dual Band WiFi 6 Router thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: AED 598.55

ASUS AX3000 RT-AX58U Dual Band WiFi 6 Router AED 598.55
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This router supports the Wi-Fi standard 802.11AX (Wi-Fi 6) and 160MHz bandwidth for better connectivity. Due to this, you can expect a total networking speed of about 3000Mbps, which includes 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, and 2402Mbps on the 5GHz band. It also means that the router supports network standards such as IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, WiFi 4 (802.11n), WiFi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi 6 (802.11ax), IPv4, and IPv6.

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Video: Review of the Elgato Wave 3 USB Microphone

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The new Wave 3 is a USB microphone and software mixer from Elgato, a Corsair sub-brand that makes quality products for content creators. Coming in at a price point of AED 718.81, the Wave 3 is a perfect solution for those into streaming, recording, and podcasting.

Upon unboxing the device, you get a quick start guide, a USB Type-C cable, a boom arm adapter that converts from a quarter-inch to a 3/8th and 5/8th inch, and some paperwork. And then, you have the Wave 3 microphone.

Though Wave 3 is built using a mix of plastic and metal, the overall build quality is quite good. The Wave 3 does not have a heft itself, though the desktop stand is quite nice with a rubbery finish on the bottom.

On the back of the device, you get the USB-C port and a 5.5mm audio jack. On the front, you get a metal mesh that feels quite good, and just below that, you get a dial that controls the microphone gain, the volume of the headphones, and the mix level. The LEDs indicate the level of the setting.

On the top of the microphone, you get the mute button which is touch-sensitive. The microphone has a cardioid polar pattern, a frequency response ranging between 70 and 20,000Hz, and it works with both Windows and MacOS.

One of the stand out features of the Elgato Wave 3 is its Clipguard technology. This technology keeps clipping at bay – this is useful especially during live streams when you get a bit excited and your voice goes above normal listening levels.

When input levels peak, Elgato’s Clipguard technology instantly reroutes sound through a second signal path that runs at a lower volume. The result is clean audio output, no matter how loud you scream.

The Wave 3 also supports Elagto’s Wave Link, a software that is built specifically for controlling audio in your Twitch streams, YouTube videos, and podcasts. With the Wave Link, you can have up to nine channels that could include the game audio, voice chat, music, alerts, samples, multiple mics (not supported at this time, but will be available soon), and more. These nine independent input channels can then be blended into a unified audio source in real-time.

Wave Link also allows you to mute copyrighted music in your stream mix to avoid violations, and keep listening via your monitor mix. You can also add Wave Link as a master audio source in OBS Studio to take complete control of your audio workflow. What’s more, Wave Link uses less than 1% of your CPU, and hence, no external audio processing hardware is required.

The Elgato Wave 3 is a great USB microphone that offers an outstanding list of features including the cool Clipguard tech that does not clip your voice, no matter how loud you scream during your streaming session. The intuitive Wave Link software further offers lots of bells and whistles that make the Wave 3 a truly worthwhile investment.

The Elgato Wave 3 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 718.81

Elgato Wave 3 USB Microphone AED 718.81
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4

Summary

The Wave 3 also supports Elagto’s Wave Link, a software that is built specifically for controlling audio in your Twitch streams, YouTube videos, and podcasts. With the Wave Link, you can have up to nine channels that could include the game audio, voice chat, music, alerts, samples, multiple mics (not supported at this time, but will be available soon), and more.

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Review: Logitech MX Keys Mini

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If you are a content creator, you know how important the right keyboard and mouse are. It can either make or break your entire workflow. Logitech is a brand that understands all of that and it kept that thought in mind when it set out to create a perfect keyboard for content creators.

Say “Hello!” to the Logitech MX Keys Mini. It’s the best wireless keyboard I have used in recent years. Featuring a minimalist design, the MX Keys Mini offers the best features of the standard-sized MX Keys, minus the Num pad. While the MX Keys Mini costs the same as the full-sized MX Keys keyboard, at $99.99, it also brings in lots of bells and whistles to make that investment worthwhile.

For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

In addition, there are a bunch of media control buttons such as play/pause, volume up and down, and mute. One of the features I really loved on this keyboard is its proximity sensors. These detect your hands and then illuminate the keyboard the moment your fingers approach the keys.

The backlit keys also automatically adjust to lighting conditions and turn off when you step away. Since the MX Keys Mini runs on built-in rechargeable batteries, this feature can increase the battery life of the keyboard. Charging the keyboard isn’t an issue – it uses a Type-C port to get charged.

According to Logitech, the MX Keys Mini stays powered up to 10 days on a full charge, or up to 5 months with the backlighting turned off. For this review, we used the MX Keys Mini for over two weeks and we still didn’t need a recharge. The keyboard also easily pairs wirelessly to up to three devices at a time via Bluetooth Low Energy.

The keyboard can also connect to PCs and Macs through the Logi Bolt USB receiver. This receiver, however, is not bundled with the keyboard and is to be purchased separately for a price of $14.99. The receiver can connect to up to 6 devices and offers a wireless range of 33 feet (10 meters).

Using the keyboard felt so good. The Perfect Stroke keys are very fluid and accurate and are very easy to hit. The overall build quality is very good, too. Logitech has used premium materials to build the keyboard and it shows. Even though the keyboard is small, it does have a heft to it and that itself is reassuring. The backlighting is also bright and the overall layout is very familiar.

For a price of $99.99, the Logitech MX Keys Mini isn’t a cheap keyboard. It also isn’t a keyboard for everyone. However, if you appreciate extra features on a keyboard that gell well with your overall workflow, you will like the MX Keys Mini. The Logitech MX Keys Mini thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: $99.99

Logitech MX Keys Mini $99.99
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4

Summary

For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

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Review: Honor 50

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The new Honor 50 is the company’s first major smartphone launch since Honor spun out of its parent company Huawei as a standalone brand. The Honor 50 was launched recently on the regional market and will be very soon available on the local market. Since Honor is now an independent brand, it brings along all the goodness of Google Mobile Services.

While the company was working on the Honor 50, it also conducted a market study of its own. In the study, it asked vloggers, what their key pain points were. There were four major pain points – video stabilisation, choosing various angles to shoot, complicated editing process post-shoot, and noisy recorded voice. So when Honor set out to build the Honor 50, it wanted to address those issues.

And looks like it has been able to with the Honor 50. We have been testing out Honor 50 for over a week now and in this review, we will tell you why the Honor 50 is the best vlogging phone on the market right now.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Honor 50 comes in a stunning design. It exhibits a classic modern design with familiar touches such as the curved display, slim bezels, and a reflective rear. On the front, you will find the 6.57-inch 75° curved OLED display, which connects to the middle frame and back panel, with 2.5D polishing glass edges on both the upper and lower sides of the display.

This makes the Honor 50 feel premium and even though the company has used premium material to build the Honor 50, it is quite lightweight at 175-gms and slim at 7.8mm. So, the phone feels far less bulky than many of its rivals.

The display offers an FHD+ resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels and supports 1.07 billion colours and a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. You also get support for up to 120Hz refresh rate and support for low blue light, thanks to the TÜV Rheinland Certification.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Frost Crystal, Emerald Green, Midnight Black, and the brand new HONOR Code. Just above the display is the 32MP 90° Front Camera. On the top edge, you will find two noise-cancelling microphones, while on the bottom edge, you will find the dual SIM tray, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB-C charging port, and the speaker grille.

On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button, while the left edge is flush of anything. Turn the phone around and we come face to face with the most important feature of the Honor 50 – its quad-camera module.

CAMERAS
The camera module sports a dual-ring design, which the company says is inspired by twin-lens reflex cameras. The Honor 50 features a 108MP main camera with a 1/1.52-inch large sensor, ensuring ultra-high-resolution shots of 12032-by-9024 pixels. Its f/1.9 wide aperture allows more light through the lens, enabling greater clarity even in dimly-lit environments. The main camera also supports 10x digital zoom for photos and 6x zoom for videos.

You also get an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 112º angle of view and f/2.2 aperture. The lens is supported by specialised correction technology, thereby minimising perspective distortion to perfectly showcase scenery in full. There’s also a 2MP bokeh camera that brings a pleasing out-of-focus blur to the photo. And finally, you also get a 2MP macro camera to take close-up shots.

In addition to these rear cameras, the Honor 50 also features a 32MP front camera that enables users to take perfect selfies and videos. The front camera also comes with a 90ºviewing angle, allowing more people and scenery to be captured in pictures. Thanks to its AI processing capabilities, it also produces high-quality selfie photos at night.

VLOGGING FEATURES
The HONOR 50 comes packed with six multi-video shooting modes, with combinations that use the front and rear cameras at the same time. In just one take, you can choose from six modes to make the vlogging experience fun, exciting and engaging.

The “Front to Rear Recording” mode, allows you to switch between the front and rear camera while shooting video content. This means, you don’t need to stop recording while switching between the front and rear cameras, which is a brilliant addition for content creators.

The “Dual-View Recording (Front/Rear)” mode, allows you to simultaneously shoot with both the front camera and the rear main camera. The dual view shows what is captured by both cameras side by side. Then, there’s the “Dual-View Recording (Rear/Rear)” mode, which lets you shoot with both the rear main camera and the wide-angle camera at the same time. The main camera also supports 6x zoom while video shooting. The dual view shows what is captured by both cameras side by side.

You also get the “Picture in Picture” mode, which lets you overlay the view of the front camera onto the bigger view of the rear camera or vice versa. It is particularly useful if you want the audience to focus on the content but still let them see the person recording. The “Fast-Motion Recording and Slow Motion Recording” mode allows you to capture the object or themselves with slow or fast motion effects, creating a cool and unique layer to video content. And finally, the “Single to Dual-View Recording” mode allows you to change from shooting in a single camera to dual cameras at any time while recording.

The vlogging features of the Honor 50 don’t stop there! On top of the six multi-video shooting modes, you also get a “Story” mode, which includes nine sets of different video story templates that help you create cool videos based on different shooting scenarios. The HONOR 50 also allows you to use beauty mode while using the front camera, wide-angle shots while shooting a video, and capture photographs from the video content, fulfilling the different needs of content creators and vloggers.

One of the features that any vlogger would like, is to be able to use a pair of TWS earbuds for recording content directly onto their smartphones while vlogging. While using such a setup on most phones out there on the market has been a hit and a miss, Honor seems to have sorted those issues with the Honor 50.

The device now supports long-distance True Wireless Stereo Recording so you can use the microphone in your Bluetooth earbuds and create videos without headphone cables in the way. This feature is compatible with TWS earbuds from major brands, including the company’s very own Honor Earbuds 2 Lite. We did test this feature out with a pair od TWS earbuds and the feature worked really well.

PERFORMANCE
The unit we tested, came with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. In the benchmarks we ran, the Honor 50 performed really well. In fact, it posted similar scores to some flagship Snapdragon 888-powered devices. Even while gaming, the Honor 50 performed well. In terms of connectivity, the Honor 50 has you covered, as it supports 5G, in addition to packing in NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-Fi 6.

When it comes to the camera performance, the Honor 50 does not disappoint. The main camera and selfie shooter, the both, offered versatile images and videos. Since the 108MP main lens packs in a large sensor, it helps the lens capture more light for better results in almost all lighting conditions, even in dimly lit or darker environments. All of the footage had crisp detail, with punchy and vibrant colours.

Another area where the Honor 50 shines is its video capabilities. Honor has put in lots of efforts to offer a multitude of features aimed at content creators and vloggers and quality shows. Whether it was recording using split-screen, picture-in-picture, or a combination of front and rear lenses, the quality was consistent.

VERDICT
Coming in at a price point of AED 1999, the Honor 50 is truly the best vlogging phone out there on the market, since it offers an elegant design and build quality, excellent hardware and software experience, and a boatload of vlogging features. The Honor 50 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: AED 1999

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Honor 50 AED 1999
  • Final Rating
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Summary

When it comes to the camera performance, the Honor 50 does not disappoint. The main camera and selfie shooter, the both, offered versatile images and videos. Since the 108MP main lens packs in a large sensor, it helps the lens capture more light for better results in almost all lighting conditions, even in dimly lit or darker environments. All of the footage had crisp detail, with punchy and vibrant colours.

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