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Review: Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Corsair’s K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is an excellent gaming keyboard that comes in a tenkeyless form factor. For those uninitiated, Tenkeyless is a term used to describe keyboards that do not have a 10-key numeric keypad on the right side.

The tenkeyless design is absolutely amazing for gaming, doing away with the Numpad. This in turn gives your mouse a lot more room to maneuver, since you usually get little use out of a Numpad in most gaming situations. The reduction in size also means a reduction in weight, making it easier to lug your mechanical keyboard around.

Inside the box, you get the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, along with a detachable braided USB Type-C cable to power the keyboard up. You also get a bunch of keycaps and a keycap puller for FPS and MOBA games, the warranty info, and the quick start guide.

The keyboard also comes with a “Tournament Switch”, just next to the USB Type-C, which when flicked, makes the keyboard competition ready. What this means is that it changes the backlighting on the K70 RGB TKL to a single static colour for less distraction and disables custom actions and macros.

Various profiles on the keyboard can be customised using Corsair’s iCUE software. And when you are lugging the keyboard around for gaming tournaments, you can use the profile button on the keyboard to cycle through various saved profiles on the keyboard. You can also choose between various backlighting effects by using the Function key on the keyboard and pressing the button from 1 to 0.

However, using Corsair’s iCUE software allows you to unlock settings such as dynamic lighting, macros, key assignments, and lots more. On the top left corner of the keyboard, you get the media keys, while on the top right-hand corner, you get the profile key, the brightness key, and the Windows lock key, along with the mute button and the volume scroll wheel.

The keyboard is very well built and the design is top-notch. You get a sort of a brushed metal look up top, while the keys themselves are quite nice. Underneath the keyboard, you get the anti-slip pads and the flip-out keyboard legs. In terms of polling rates, at default, the keyboard is at 1000Hz. However, if speed is what you need, you can change it to 8000Hz using the iCUE software.

Using the Corsair K70 RGB TKL for games such as Call of Duty and Elder Scrolls Online was mind-blowing. The sheer performance and comfort this keyboard offers are insane. And since it is a mechanical keyboard, typing on it felt, sort of, an out-of-the-world experience.

The key switches used in the Corsair K70 RGB TKL variant we tested, are Cherry MX Switch RGB, which felt very satisfying to type on! The keyboard also comes with 8MB of built-in storage which allows you to store up to, wait for it… 50 (!!) profiles. You can customise lots of options on the keyboard using the iCUE software.

Gaming experience using the Corsair K70 RGB TKL was excellent. The keyboard is quite fluid and responsive throughout. If you are a hardcore gamer and need a dependable keyboard to take out your competition, the Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Gaming Keyboard comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 699

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The keyboard is very well built and the design is top-notch. You get a sort of a brushed metal look up top, while the keys themselves are quite nice. Underneath the keyboard, you get the anti-slip pads and the flip-out keyboard legs. In terms of polling rates, at default, the keyboard is at 1000Hz. However, if speed is what you need, you can change it to 8000Hz using the iCUE software.

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Huawei Intros its First Sports Smartwatch Called HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner in the UAE

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced its first sports watch, the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner. The latest smartwatch is not only the wearer’s smart assistant but is also a personal training coach. The new HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner in Black and Grey Soft Silicone Strap variants will be available in the UAE from 14th January starting at a price of AED 1,299, with gifts worth AED 598 including HUAWEI Smart Scale 3 and HUAWEI FreeLace. The sports smartwatch scientific fitness system, real-time heart rate monitoring, accurate track positioning, AI running coach, and boasts a 2-week battery life bolstered by the new HUAWEI Health Lab.

Through recording environmental and health data, the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner can formulate a scientific and effective training plan, providing users with a comprehensive and professional fitness experience boosted by the opening of the new 4680m2 HUAWEI Health lab facility in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China. The new HUAWEI Health Lab represents a breakthrough in an R&D project that will support more than 80 types of testing requests for R&D personnel in fields such as professional research, ecosystem co-development, and health and fitness scenario incubation.

Country Manager for Huawei Consumer Business Group UAE, Keith Li, said, “Since 2015, the concept of health management has become increasingly popular. As people pay more and more attention to their health, the demand for health monitoring of smart devices is becoming stronger. We put forward the concept of active health management in 2018, using our leading technology capabilities to provide users with top-notch active health detection management services. This is also in line with Huawei’s vision committed to bringing the digital world to everyone, every family, and every organisation, and build a smart world with all things connected.”

As one of the important means of daily health management for people, running training also has a lower entry requirement and can be beneficial to most users. Therefore, Huawei focused on investing in running projects. Huawei’s strategy for health and fitness does not stop here. In fact, what Huawei wants to do is a whole new set of health systems based on smart wearable devices that connect users’ body data and life scenarios, and HUAWEI TruSport is just a component of this strategy.

In addition, the large amount of data generated during running, such as heart rate, pace, calorie consumption, etc., are like consumers’ personal check-ups, but for most people, it is difficult to interpret the data and provide training guidance based on the results. HUAWEI Health Lab has an extensive professional team, ranging from sports science researchers to medical experts, and from data acquisition engineers to algorithm engineers. These experts cover biology, sports training, medicine, software engineering, algorithm engineering, test engineering, biological engineering, applied sensor technology research, and more.

Huawei’s latest HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner intelligently defines the user’s physical ability level according to the user’s own physical state and exercise habits, and exclusively customise the scientific training plan. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner is compatible with Huawei devices as well as other Android and iOS devices.

After nearly 6 years of development, Huawei finally developed a set of scientific fitness systems and named it HUAWEI TruSport. With the algorithms, it can accurately collect various physical indicators generated by the human body during running, scientifically analyse the collected data, and present the most reasonable training tips. Based on HUAWEI TruSport, Huawei developed the Running Ability Index (RAI). To measure the running performance, which is hard to measure before, Huawei developed the RAI, using the HUAWEI TruSport algorithm to calculate the relationship between heart rate and pace to get a personal score.

HUAWEI TruSport provides training load, which can scientifically evaluate training volume. It can help runners scientifically quantify their training and Huawei proposes to use training load instead of running volume to measure training volume. Training load can also be measured by HUAWEI TruSport to advise runners on the degree of recovery and recovery time for a single training session. In this way, runners can plan a more reasonable amount of training.

Furthermore, HUAWEI TruSport can determine the degree of recovery and monitor short-term fatigue while also providing a training index for users to understand their training status. The HUAWEI GT Runner is a professional runner watch that was built for sports. It features the new HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring technology, bringing a newly upgraded heart rate module, 8 PDs in a circular arrangement, enhanced dynamic heart rate monitoring, more signal input, and an overall improved heart rate monitoring accuracy.

In the development process of the new HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+, Huawei is dedicated to offering a more accurate heart rate monitoring experience. Thanks to the new PPG 5.0 module, the accuracy of heart rate monitoring is greatly improved compared to the previous generation. The deviation of 10 bpm in most scenarios can reach more than 97%, which is as accurate as a heart rate belt. The HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+’s powerful anti-interference and noise reduction design can better cope with the motion noise caused by irregular movement and improves the accuracy of heart rate measurement when working out, including during HIIT, yoga, aerobics, skipping rope, etc.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner has great performance in a small watch body and features five major satellite systems: GPS + Beidou + GLONASS + Galileo + QZSS. In addition, it also has a built-in Dual-Band Five-System GNSS positioning chip with a suspended hidden antenna that hides the positioning antenna in the lugs made of polymer fibre material. This reduces the interference of positioning signals caused by metal material. The innovative design improves the performance of the GPS antenna by 135% compared with the traditional design, which solves the pain points of balancing positioning accuracy and compact design, and further realises marathon track-level precise positioning without trajectory drift.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner focuses on the runners’ circle and gains insight into the in-depth running data. While ensuring the watch body is light and wear-resistant, it also gives the watch an artistic design. Drawing inspiration from the supercar’s air intake grille, HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner delivers a stylish design that represents speed and passion. Moreover, the hollowed-out watch lug increases the contact area with the air when running, so that it is sweat resistant and breathable, which results in a more comfortable wearing experience.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner adopts lightweight materials such as the high-strength polymer fibre body, which is light and comfortable. The weight of the entire watch body is as light as 38.5g, which means runners can barely notice it as they run. The antibacterial silicone watch strap that comes with the smartwatch has good water resistance, so runners do not need to worry about sweat and dirt contacting the strap during training. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner comes with an exclusive data watch face that shows data including training load, RAI, recovery time and weather, and users can customise according to their needs.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner inherits the powerful battery life of Huawei’s wearable family, delivering 14-day battery life in the smart mode under typical usage scenarios and offering 8-day of long battery life in heavy usage scenarios. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner provides continuous, real-time, and precise SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation), sleep and stress monitoring features for comprehensive health management.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner sports the HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 sleep monitoring technology which can perform sleep stage monitoring, real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep breathing monitoring and provide you with an assessment of sleep quality without disturbing your sleep. The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner is also a stress management assistant. This sports watch monitors your stress 24/7 and it will even notify you if your stress levels are high and even help you out with breathing guidance to help relieve some of the stress off you.

The new Healthy Living Shamrock has added many small features to better-fit users’ daily health needs. Through personalised settings, users can receive regular reminders like Health challenges, daily water intake, daily mindfulness, early sleep reminder, exercise volume, and staying positive are all small things related to your health.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner supports Bluetooth calls, which enables users to make and receive calls via Bluetooth connection right from their wrist. Some of us like to listen to music when running, to help pump and get us into the rhythmic vibe, the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner comes with a large storage space which can store up to 500 songs, so that more of your favourite songs can be saved and listened to during workouts. In addition, you can receive, read and reply to SMS messages right from your wrist thanks to the convenient message notifications aboard the HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner.

The new HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner in Black and Grey Soft Silicone Strap variants will be available in the UAE from 14th January starting at a price of AED 1,299, with gifts worth AED 598 including HUAWEI Smart Scale 3 and HUAWEI FreeLace. The offer can be purchased from Huawei’s official e-store, Huawei Experience stores and across select retailers.

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Shure Launches the AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Shure has introduced its AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. Building on the success of the AONIC 50 Headphones and recently launched AONIC FREE Sound Isolating Earphones, the AONIC 40 model broadens the Shure Wireless portfolio to more acutely meet the needs of on-the-go music lovers, commuters, and travel enthusiasts. AONIC 40 Headphones combine a portable and elegant design with industry-leading Shure audio, revered and trusted by musicians and creators of multiple disciplines. “In fact, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Jacob Collier has partnered with the brand to highlight how he relies on Shure’s AONIC line for his audio needs while on the move, drawing inspiration from everyday life,” the company said.

“The first microphone I ever owned was a Shure SM58 microphone. It taught me to listen to the world around me. I’ve relied on Shure, both in the studio and on stage, for my entire career,” shared Jacob. “Shure is bringing that same studio-quality sound that musicians and artists have trusted for decades to music lovers around the world.”

Crafted from premium materials and precision-engineered, the AONIC 40 was designed for long-wearing comfort and durability. Listeners can block out the world with adjustable noise cancellation or activate Environment Mode with the click of a button to hear the outside world without missing a beat. Also featuring up to 25 hours of battery life, premium call quality, and customizable EQ, the AONIC 40 offers a truly superior wireless listening experience, available in two colors (White/Tan and Black).

“The AONIC 40 takes our 96-year heritage of delivering unparalleled audio in stages and studios around the world and pairs that expertise with our best-in-class Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone technology. With a sleek, lightweight design and premium call quality, the AONIC 40 is the ideal headphone for anyone looking for the best combination of studio-quality audio performance, style, and comfort, no matter where the day takes them,” shared Eduardo Valdes, Associate Vice President of Global Marketing. “We’re proud to be partnering with Jacob Collier on this launch to underscore the Shure tradition of providing everyone, from pioneering artists like Jacob to the everyday commuter, with the gear they need to find inspiration on the go.”

The AONIC 40 Headphones are the latest edition to the reliable Shure AONIC line of headphones and earphones, offering a stylish, yet portable design with the brand’s iconic sound at a competitive price point. These new headphones are the all-in-one unit for superior audio, highlighting a collapsible design with a compact footprint, adjustable noise cancellation with Environment Mode, quick charge, crystal-clear call quality, accessible and customizable controls, and more.

  • Portable Design: The foldable, rugged design and carrying case are ideal for compact storage and durable enough to withstand your next adventure.
  • Adjustable Noise Cancellation: Block out surrounding noise and immerse yourself in the AONIC 40 listening experience with three digital ANC settings crafted to deliver users the best noise cancellation, wherever travels lead.
  • Long-Lasting Comfort: Made with premium materials, including glass-filled nylon and aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, the AONIC 40 offers quality comfort and durability made to last.
  • Premium Call Quality: Dial into video conferencing or phone calls with exceptional audio, thanks to dual beamforming microphones. Dual USB audio mode enables two-way mic communication with the included USB-C cable or connect with Bluetooth 5 wireless technology for enhanced stability and a range of up to 30 feet.
  • Accessible Controls: Answer calls, adjust volume, and control Active Noise Cancellation and Environment Mode levels with the push of a button.

The AONIC 40 Headphones were designed to provide grab-and-go durability, so long-lasting battery life was non-negotiable. Enjoy your music and podcasts with up to 25 hours of battery life with ANC turned on. In a rush? AONIC 40’s quick charge feature provides up to 5 hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.

Make your listening experience uniquely you by creating your own custom EQ using the free ShurePlus PLAY app, available on iOS and Android. After you’ve crafted a unique EQ you love, ShurePlus PLAY makes it easy to save your favorite settings directly to your headphones to easily transfer them across devices. Along with customizing EQ and accessing downloadable firmware updates, ShurePlus PLAY lets you select prompts and tones and modify Environment Mode and Active Noise Cancellation settings. Audio enthusiasts will want to take full advantage of the app’s Hi-Res Music Player.

Shure’s new Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, AONIC 40, will be available in White/Tan and Black. Purchase includes the headphones, protective zippered carrying case, 3.5mm audio cable, a USB-C cable, and a two-year warranty.

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Review: Corsair Force MP600 PCIe M.2 SSD

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Corsair’s Force series of SSDs have a very solid name on the market since they are very dependable and offer top-notch performance. So when Corsair sent us their brand new MP600 NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 M.1 SSD for review, we got excited. The MP600 is part of their M.2 SSD lineup that includes the MP600 Pro, MP600 Pro Hydro, and the MP600 Core.

While the MP600 Pro/Pro Hydro drives deliver sequential reads of up to 7000MB/s and the MP600 Core offers around 3950MB/s, the Force MP600 is rated at 4950MB/s of sequential throughput. This is definitely faster than most Gen3 SSDs out there on the market. What’s more, the new MP600 also meets the M.2 SSD expansion specs of the Sony Playstation 5.

The MP600 is available in storage capacities ranging between 500GB and 2TB. The variant sent to us for review offered a 1TB storage capacity. This Gen 4.0 SSD uses a Phison PS5016-E16-32 controller, which is known to deliver a good experience, fast response, and excellent application load times. In addition, the Corsair Force MP600 comes with a 5-year warranty.

The MP600 is quite tiny as it measures only 80mm-by-23mm-by-15mm in dimension. The M.2 SSD also comes with a heat sink installed onto it, which will help in cooling for motherboards that do not provide M.2 heat sinks. If you do wish to install the heatsinks that came with your motherboard, you can remove the already installed heat sink by pressing the sides of the mount on the M.2 SSD.

In order to gauge the performance of the Corsair Force MP600, we used benchmarks such as AIDA64 Disk Benchmark, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, and CrystalDiskMark. On AIDA64 Disk Benchmark, we were able to score 3571.4MB/s in the Random Read test and 1672.3MB/s in the Buffered Read test. In Anvil’s Storage Utilities, we scored 3743.38MB/s in the Sequential Read test and 3972.34MB/s in the Sequential Write test. In CrystalDiskMark, we scored 5109.22MB/s in the Sequential Read test and 4391.18MB/s in the Sequential Write test.

Judging by the performance mentioned above, the Corsair Force MP600 PCIe M.2 SSD does look like it offers a very good overall consistency and performance. With the Force MP600, Corsair has delivered a great Gen4 M.3 SSD. So if you are already on a PCIe Gen4 platform, and are looking for a dependable M.2 SSD that delivers what it promises, you won’t go wrong with the Corsair Force MP600 PCIe M.2 SSD.

Price: AED 892.50

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The MP600 is available in storage capacities ranging between 500GB and 2TB. The variant sent to us for review offered a 1TB storage capacity. This Gen 4.0 SSD uses a Phison PS5016-E16-32 controller, which is known to deliver a good experience, fast response, and excellent application load times. In addition, the Corsair Force MP600 comes with a 5-year warranty.

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