Sony has announced the newest edition of its award-winning 1000X series – the WH-1000XM5 wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. This new model brings a whole new immersive, distraction-free sound experience to its users, and thanks to the implementation of new technologies, they elevate the already industry-leading noise cancelling and audio quality on the WH-1000XM4, to a whole new level.
The WH-1000XM5 has been created with Sony’s most remarkable noise cancelling yet, with two processors controlling eight microphones that dramatically reduce noise, especially in the mid-high frequency range, and an Auto NC Optimiser that automatically optimises noise cancellation, depending on the environment. Whether you’re trying to zone into your work in a busy cafe or aiming to relax during a hectic morning commute, the WH-1000XM5 creates an immersive listening environment.
With the help of the Integrated Processor V1, the WH-1000XM5 unlocks the full potential of Sony’s HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, while the specially designed 30mm driver unit enhances noise cancelling. These features improve sound clarity and bass reproduction, creating incomparable noise cancellation that allows you to totally switch off the world around you.
The WH-1000XM5 headphones are setting a whole new standard for high-quality audio. Sony’s meticulous selection of materials and their assembly means you can enjoy your favourite tracks in the way they should be experienced. The specially designed 30mm driver unit with a light and rigid dome uses carbon fibre composite material that improves high-frequency sensitivity for more natural sound quality. Sony’s unique technologies also include a premium-lead free solder containing gold for excellent connectivity and optimised circuitry that ensures you’re experiencing clear, consistent sound with every track.
You can now enjoy premium, High-Resolution Audio, with and without the wires, thanks to Sony’s industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC[iii]. All your music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme which upscales digital music files in real-time, allowing you to appreciate all the fine details the artist injected into your most-loved tracks.
These new headphones are 360 Reality Audio Certified that allow you to enjoy a custom immersive music experience with personalisation. No location is off limits for taking calls with the WH-1000XM5 headphones. Sony’s precise Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming microphones and an AI-based noise reduction structure to isolate your voice with perfect precision, while a newly developed wind noise reduction structure minimises wind noise during calls. So now a busy street or a noisy work environment can be the perfect place for a quick catchup call with friends or colleagues.
For those familiar with the iconic design of the WH-1000X series, the WH-1000XM5 introduces a beautifully crafted evolution in the style for the range. An all-new noiseless design is beautifully finished in a newly developed soft fit leather with a step-less slider. The new synthetic soft fit leather material fits snugly around the head taking the pressure off your ears and blocking out external noise, so you can keep listening all day, free of discomfort.
Sony knows you’re moving through the world at a fast pace, so when you finish a busy workday and arrive at the calmness of your own home, the WH-1000XM5 makes this transition seamless using Adaptive Sound Control. This automatically tailors sound to suit your situation, recognising your most frequented locations and adjusting the ambient sound settings accordingly. The WH-1000XM5 integrates Quick Access so you can configure these headphones to resume Spotify playback with two or three taps, with no need to touch your smartphone.
Sony also helps you listen to your music safely with the Sony Headphones Connect app, comparing sound pressure data recorded by your headphones with the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO). You will receive instant OS notifications when listening levels are too high. The WH-1000XM5 also comes with smart features to help you effortlessly sail through each day. Thanks to Speak-to-Chat[vii] you can stop for a quick conversation and your headphones will automatically stop the music and let in ambient sound. Once your chat is over, the music plays on, and with the help of an instant pause your personal soundtrack will stop playing as soon as you take the headphones off.
The WH-1000XM5 is also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, helping you with everyday tasks for hands-free help on the go. You can connect with friends and family, get information, listen to music, set reminders, and more. Staying connected has never been easier, as these Bluetooth headphones can be paired with two devices at the same time. When you receive a call, your headphones know which device it’s coming from and instantly connect you to the right one. You can also quickly switch between devices with just the touch of a button.
The WH-1000XM5 support Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature, allowing you to effortlessly pair it with your Android devices. You can also locate where you last left your headphones. Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones to your Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptop, desktop PC, or tablet. Sony has designed these headphones with the environment in mind. There’s no plastic in the WH-1000XM5 packaging, which is designed based on low toxicity design principles and a ‘Made to be Remade’ philosophy that’s more socially responsible. The product box is produced using recycled and sustainable materials developed especially for Sony. WH-1000XM5 also uses recycled plastic materials from automobile parts.
The WH-1000XM5 comes with an impressive 30 hours of battery life, so you can enjoy superlative sound even on long travels, and if you’re in a rush you can now get a remarkable 3 hours’ worth of charge in just 3 minutes using a USB Power Delivery (PD). The WH-1000XM5 comes with a handy collapsible carrying case that can be made thinner for easy storage, letting you easily take your headphones wherever you travel. The WH-1000XM5 headphones will be available in Middle East and Africa from mid-June 2022.
Acer’s ConceptD Laptops and Desktops Get 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA RTX GPUs
Acer has announced new models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs. The ConceptD 5 laptop, ConceptD 500 mini workstation, and ConceptD 100 small form factor desktop now include the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GPUs, while the ConceptD 5 laptop now offers a 16-inch OLED display option. ConceptD PCs are designed and optimized for graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects, developers, and other creators. They feature top-of-the-line technology housed in a timeless design aesthetic.
ConceptD 5 Laptop
The powerful ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops for mobile professionals are ideal for those who need the ability to create or edit work on the go. Less than an inch in height, their sophisticated and durable metal design makes them easy to take on the road. Designed to handle large, complex CAD modeling and advanced digital content creation, they smoothly render up to 6K-resolution videos, effortlessly process 3D animations, and deliver the best encoding and image quality for livestreaming.
Models are equipped with the latest high-performance components including up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor and powerful NVIDIA RTX and GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs; the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU is found on CN516-73G models, while the more powerful NVIDIA RTX A5500 is featured on the Pro configurations (CN516-73P).
They also include up to 32 GB of fast LPDDR5 SDRAM and up to 2 TB of ultra-responsive NVMe PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD storage. Keeping all this power running coolly and efficiently is an advanced thermal design; strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device, while three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.
Acer has collaborated with NVIDIA to bring all the benefits from NVIDIA Studio to the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro. As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers for enhanced performance and reliability in top creative apps. Artists will be able to create at the speed of imagination thanks to dedicated hardware benefits accelerating 3D, video editing, live streaming and graphic design workflows. Users also get access to NVIDIA tools including NVIDIA Omniverse for 3D editing and collaboration, NVIDIA Broadcast for live streaming and NVIDIA Canvas for AI-assisted landscape painting.
An Optional pixel-packed WQUXGA (3840 x 2400), 400-nit OLED display is backed up by several color technologies including 100% DCI-P3 coverage, PANTONE Matching System (PMS) Colors, HDR capability and Delta E<2 color calibration. This all equates to saturated color with deeper blacks, brighter whites and full-spectrum color precision. The extra screen real estate provided by its 16:10 aspect ratio is especially useful for managing application title bars and Windows taskbars at the top and bottom of the screen.
Supporting its powerful but thin and lightweight design, the ConceptD 5 series has the highest capacity battery Acer has ever included in a ConceptD laptop. The 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery powers the bright display and delivers higher maximum sustained power for long wireless web browsing, video playback and streaming up to 11 hours. The ConceptD 5 series also includes a wide range of ports critical for content creation. An HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader make it easy to connect to peripherals and quickly transfer content, while the latest Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors charge devices faster, transfer files quicker, and extend the display onto multiple external monitors.
The full-sized amber backlit keyboard includes individual hard keycaps and a scissor mechanism with 1.55 mm travel for a responsive, comfortable and quiet typing experience. The Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad is 27% larger in comparison to the previous generation, and a fingerprint reader integrated directly onto the top left hand side of the touchpad makes it easy to log in through Windows Hello.
Built-in hotkeys give creators a convenient way to work; the “Snipping Tool Key” enables quick snipping and sharing of a screenshot; the “ConceptD Key” opens the Color Picker window; and the “Swapping Apps Key” lets creators switch between current and previous windows by repeatedly pressing this key. The keys can be changed and customized in the ConceptD Palette, which allows creators to quickly and easily adjust color profiles or internal microphone settings, access favorite apps and adjust sound settings. Users can also monitor the laptop’s CPU, GPU and memory usage, and when necessary, switch between full-performance, balanced and whisper-quiet Eco mode.
ConceptD 500 Desktop
The ConceptD 500 desktop PCs sport a white minimalist modern design with a timeless, aesthetic and warm amber lighting. Beneath its sleek and unobtrusive design, Acer’s powerful mid-sized (20L) ConceptD 500 has some of the most powerful capabilities available, making it the perfect creator desktop PC for intensive tasks such as 3D animation, videos and complex design projects.
Running Windows 11, the newest models (CT500-53A) include the latest tech from Intel and NVIDIA, including a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a choice of powerful graphics — either an NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
With up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz of memory, up to 4 TB of M.2 Gen 4 SSD storage and up to a 4 TB HDD, it offers all the performance and storage needed for the most resource hungry 2D and 3D design applications. The ConceptD 500 runs coolly and quietly; front air intake optimizes cooling and noise levels are kept at less than 40 dbA — as quiet as a library.
A full range of ports for connecting to peripherals are located on the back and front of the unit for easy accessibility. Professionals can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader, and connect quickly and securely to the internet via its high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5Gbps.
ConceptD 100 Desktop
The ConceptD 100 is a space-saving small form factor desktop ideally suited for SMB creative professionals. Its small size and classic design make it ideal for any modern office or studio. It also features a white minimalist design with soft round edges, a faux wood top panel and amber light strip along the front panel for an elegant and timely look. Developed for individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small to-medium sized design studios, it features powerful components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD and BIM workloads.
The latest models (CM100-53A) now offer a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU. They support up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz memory, up to a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD and up to a 2 TB M.2 PCI-e/Gen 4 SSD.
Ports on the front and back make it easy to connect to a wide range of peripherals so creators can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader. It also includes a high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5 Gbps for a fast and reliable connection to the internet. In addition, advanced thermals keep it cool, and noise levels are also kept at less than 40 dbA.
The ConceptD 5 laptop (CN516-73G) will be available in EMEA in June starting at $2,499. The ConceptD 5 Pro laptop (CN516-73P) will be available in EMEA in September starting at $2,709. The ConceptD 500 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,249 . The ConceptD 100 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,039.
Acer Expands its SpatialLabs Lineup of Stereoscopic 3D Products with new Portable Displays for Creators and Gamers
Acer today announced two additions to its SpatialLabs lineup of products: the Acer SpatialLabs View for personal entertainment and Acer SpatialLabs View Pro for commercial audiences. Both are standalone 15.6-inch 4K displays that can be connected to another PC, providing users with portable access to the SpatialLabs suite of experiences. Not just intended for highly-skilled creators, however, this generation of devices brings glasses-free stereoscopic 3D technology to gamers and home-entertainment enthusiasts, too.
Gamers and creators alike will appreciate the series’ lightweight design (less than 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs), making it easy to put in a bag and take to a LAN party or product pitch session. Creators in particular can depend on 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut, but gamers will also appreciate the devices’ 400 nits of brightness.
While the Acer SpatialLabs View comes with an all-new stereoscopic 3D gaming platform, the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro comes with both the technology necessary to realize a user’s creations and also an intelligent industrial design that simplifies deployment — a combination that leads to more impactful storytelling opportunities.
SpatialLabs TrueGame is a new application that brings stereoscopic 3D to the world of gaming, letting players enjoy their favorite titles in their true glory. This is possible because games are mostly created with three dimensions in mind: developers include information about depth into each scene and object they build. SpatialLabs leverages this already-existing information in order to present the games in stereoscopic 3D. A dedicated pre-configured 3D profile will be available for each game title among the 50+ modern and classic titles on launch in order to offer players a seamless experience with their favorite games, and profiles for additional titles will be added on a continuous basis moving forwards.
While these profiles rely on a ton of information and a significant amount of work goes into optimizing each one, the platform itself is incredibly user-friendly. After launching the TrueGame application, users simply need to navigate to the title they wish to play and then press “Play.” The application will do the rest, automatically launching the necessary game files on a user’s system and activating the title’s associated TrueGame 3D profile in order to boot the game up in Stereoscopic 3D.
This is a totally new way of playing that offers immersion, unlike anything players, have experienced before. Rooms appear more spacious, objects appear genuinely layered, and adventures become more exciting—all smooth, in real-time, and without the need for special glasses.
When not playing games, it can also be used as a standard 4K monitor.
Acer’s proprietary solution SpatialLabs Go features AI technology that makes it possible to generate stereoscopic 3D content from almost anything that can be displayed in full-screen, all at the press of a button. Photographs pop off the screen, simple web games become a bit more exciting, and videos (online or offline) take on another level of immersion in real-time. Perhaps most importantly, you can generate your own content, by taking some photos or videos with your devices, and once the assets are imported onto the system, you are able to use SpatialLabs Go to generate simulated stereo 3D images.
SpatialLabs Model Viewer
The Acer SpatialLabs View Pro is about making creators’ lives easier. To this end, out-of-the-box support for all major file formats, including newly added support for Datasmith, means that creators can use 3D design software such as Revit, Solidworks, and Cinema 4D by installing Datasmith export plugins: when a project is ready for viewing, it can be imported into the SpatialLabs Model Viewer. Sketchfab integration further simplifies the creation process by giving users access to a massive online library of free and premium 3D assets that can be leveraged for their own projects. As color accuracy is critical for design work, the View Pro’s 15.6-inch 4K display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.
Not just a tool for creating 3D assets, however, the SpatialLabs View Pro empowers developers with a variety of means to share and display their creations:
- Content can be quickly loaded for sharing — whether that’s to get feedback from a colleague in the office or to give a customer a true-to-life visualization of the item they’re interested in
- Those working in sales or marketing will appreciate the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro’s slim and portable design: less than 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) it’s easy to take on the go, and a collapsible kickstand makes it possible to set up shop virtually anywhere
- A VESA mount makes it easy to affix the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro to kiosks and point-of-sale displays when the situation calls for a more permanent setup, while Ultraleap hand-gesture recognition allows customers to enjoy an even more interactive experience
As with previous SpatialLabs devices, the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro includes several additional add-ons to improve the workflow of 3D creators. The creation can be taken from the 3D software and launched in SpatialLabs Model Viewer with just one click. In addition, Maya and Blender users can connect and edit on a 2D screen while observing their changes being rendered into stereoscopic 3D on the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro — all simultaneously and in real-time.
The Acer SpatialLabs View (ASV15-1B) will be available this summer starting at AED 1,099.
TCL Brings New Mini LED QLED TVs and Home Appliances to the MEA Region
TCL Electronics has announced the launch of its new C Series TV line-up and home appliances in the Middle East & Africa (MEA). As a global technology brand with a presence in over 160 countries and regions, TCL has been providing products to approximately 300 million users globally. In 2021, TCL TV’s market share grew by 11.5 percent with 24.6 million units of LCD TV shipment, while No.1 Android OS Smart TV Brand, according to Omdia TV sets market tracker Q1 2022 and Omdia TV design and features tracker respectively.
“We are proud to unveil TCL’s latest generation of Mini LED and QLED C Series TVs, to offer premium home theater experience to consumers in the Middle East and Africa,” said Sunny Yang, General Manager of TCL MEA.
TCL Mini LED 4K TV C935 and C835, both raise the bar of powerful imagery by increasing the number of local dimming zones to as many as 1920 and offering stunning brightness performance, to achieve striking contrast, show captivating details as well as over 1 billion colors powered by QLED technology.
As a superior QLED 4K entertainment center, C735 and C635 are designed to deliver a comprehensive range of entertainment experiences with Google TV and exceptional video gaming performance. Those line-up TVs will soon be available in the UAE and other countries of the Middle East and Africa region.
TCL also announced the latest home appliances, such as the FreshIN air conditioner, Sweeva Series of robot vacuum cleaners (which received the CES 2022 Innovation Award), Breeva Series air purifiers, P2 Series auto-dose washing machines and its newest range of intelligent IoT small domestic appliances that can be controlled remotely and intelligently through the TCL Home App.
“TCL has expanded already in MEA significantly.” Mohammed Minhajuddin, Senior Marketing Manager of TCL MEA said, “We have great ambitions for the future with an efficient local marketing mapping plan.”
These new products are firmly in line with TCL’s s new brand signature “Inspire Greatness”, which not only carries the brand’s latest corporate message but also reflects TCL’s confidence and ambition to provide consumers around the world with values that inspire and empower people to pursue greatness in their lives. go beyond products.
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