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Review: Linksys Hydra Pro 6E



It’s all about WiFi 6E these days and for good reason. This is because WiFi 6E builds on the existing WiFi 6 (802.11ax) standard by allowing you to enjoy all the features of WiFi 6 but by accessing the new 6 GHz wireless band. Now, this offers a huge difference when it comes to seamless connectivity and minimal latency.

So, to understand the true value of 6E here’s a quick refresher. WiFi 5 only supports the 5 GHz band and hence, devices that only supported 2.4 GHz had to connect using WiFi 4. While 5 GHz offers greater bandwidth than 2.4 GHz, it only covers a smaller area. Hence, devices not within the range of a 5 GHz band, still required 2.4 GHz to connect.

With WiFi 6 and 6E, you get support for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, thus offering your client devices the flexibility to choose the better option. In addition, both WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E are superior to WiFi 5 – a maximum throughput of 9.6 Gbps versus only 3.5 Gbps for Wi-Fi 5.

Both WiFi 6 and Wifi 6E have Target Wake Time (TWT) capabilities that allow devices to determine when they will normally wake up to send and receive data. This reduces power consumption and expands the battery life of wireless devices connected to your network.

While WiFi 5 only allowed a single user per channel, the newer alternatives WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E allow up to 30 users in a single channel. Both the new standards also support up to 8 MU-MIMO beams simultaneously, while Wi-Fi 5 only supports four, thus allowing for more devices to connect simultaneously.

Now, here’s the biggest difference between WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E, and why WiFi 6E is a better option overall. While both standards support 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, WiFi 6E is the only wireless standard that supports the new 6 GHz frequency band.

Hence, WiFi 6E devices can operate within their exclusive area, thus bypassing the other two overutilised bands. This allows them to operate without interference from noisy legacy devices that still rely on legacy protocols.

Now that we got the refresher out of the way, let’s get back to the review. So, in this review, we test out the new Linksys Hydra Pro 6E, a new Mesh WiFi 6E router that extends multi-gigabit speeds to more than 55 devices at the same time.

The Hydra Pro 6E offers coverage to up to 3000 sq. ft. of area, a WiFi range of up to 2700 square feet of area, and connectivity speeds of up to 6.6 Gbps. In terms of specs, the router is powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 4×4 MU-MIMO, 512GB of RAM, and 512GB of onboard storage.

Inside the box, you get the Hydra Pro 6E router, along with an AC adapter, a Cat 6 cable, and a Setup Guide to get you going. The overall design and build quality are top-notch – the router comes with soft rubber feet and inserts for hanging on a wall.

The Hydra Pro 6E comes with a 5 Gbps WAN input port that can help gamers stay ahead of their competition with seamless connectivity and minimal latency. In addition, the router can also be used as part of a Velop mesh system using Linksys’ Intelligent Mesh software.

The router also comes with four downstream 1 Gbps wired Ethernet ports. The router has a USB 3.0 connector that allows you to plug in an external hard drive, thus making its contents available on your network.

At the rear of the device, you will also find an on/off switch, the router’s power port, and a recessed reset button. On the side of the router, you will find the WPS button for tapping into the Wi-Fi Protected Setup to quickly add devices. Unlike other routers out there on the market, the front face of the Hydra Pro 6E isn’t filled with multiple LEDs – it has just one. This single LED bar glows Blue when it’s online, Purple during setup, and Red when offline.

In order to test the performance of the Hydra Pro 6E we ran a few speed tests. We also used a network simulation tool to mimic five data-hungry devices on the network. The setup also included a Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gaming laptop running in performance mode.

At a distance of 15 feet, it yielded 1.012 Gbps over the 6GHz band as well as 627 Mbps and 102.4 Mbps over the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, respectively. That adds up to a total potential throughput of about 1.741 Gbps, which is very good. Overall network coverage was fantastic and I did not encounter any lag or drop in connectivity during my review period.

For a price of AED 949, you get a router that offers fantastic WAN speeds, a generous amount of tri-band coverage, and the ability to expand your network with more mesh nodes. The Linksys Hydra Pro 6E thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 949

Linksys Hydra Pro 6E AED 949
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The Hydra Pro 6E offers coverage to up to 3000 sq. ft. of area, a WiFi range of up to 2700 square feet of area, and connectivity speeds of up to 6.6 Gbps. In terms of specs, the router is powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 4×4 MU-MIMO, 512GB of RAM, and 512GB of onboard storage.

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Sony Intros ULT POWER SOUND Series of Speakers and Headphones



Sony Middle East and Africa has launched ULT POWER SOUND series – a new series of wireless speakers and headphones designed to make you feel like you have dived into the front row of the arena. Built for music lovers, it produces powerful deep sound designed to make your heart tremble. The new range consists of wireless speakers ULT TOWER 10, ULT FIELD 7, ULT FIELD 1, and wireless headphones ULT WEAR. All models in the series include the ULT button, providing signature sound quality by enhancing the music with one or two different sound modes.

Turn your home into party central with massive bass, 360° Party Sound, 360° Party Light and karaoke, thanks to a supplied wireless mic. You can even connect the speaker to your TV to boost the sound of the things you love to watch.

Liven up your day with punchy bass and expressive lighting wherever you go. The ULT FIELD 7 lets you take the party anywhere thanks to the waterproof and dustproof construction plus a long battery life means you can party for longer. You can even connect to a mic for karaoke on the go.

Bring your favourite tunes anywhere with enhanced bass built into a compact package with the ULT FIELD 1. Complete with a multi-way strap for ease of use, take your waterproof, dustproof and even shockproof speaker anywhere for longer, thanks to a long battery life.

With exceptional bass and improved Noise Cancelling, Sony’s new ULT WEAR headphones let you bring your favourite festival or club feel with you, everywhere you go.

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Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter Review: Convenience on Two Wheels



The Marshall MA21 electric scooter carves a niche in the electric scooter market with its focus on portability and ease of use. In this review, let’s deep dive into the MA21’s features, performance, and overall value proposition to help you decide if it’s the right electric scooter for your needs.

First Impressions
Right out of the box, the MA21 strikes you with its compact size. Weighing in at just over 8kg, it’s incredibly lightweight, thanks to its aluminium frame. This makes carrying it on public transport, storing it under your desk, or throwing it in the trunk of your car a breeze. Folding the scooter is a one-step process, making it even more convenient for on-the-go situations.

The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kg. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

The MA21 also offers a range of 12-15km, when fully charged. And it takes around 3 hours to charge the electric scooter from 0% to 100%. However, strong winds or steeper inclines can affect performance.

Ride Quality
Despite the solid 6-inch wheels, the MA21 offers a surprisingly smooth ride. The spring suspension in the front helps absorb bumps and cracks on paved surfaces. However, it’s important to manage your expectations – for rougher terrain, a scooter with pneumatic tires would be a better choice.

Safety Features
The MA21 comes equipped with a basic set of safety features. The front wheel features an electronic brake, while the rear wheel has a mechanical foot brake. These brakes provide adequate stopping power for the scooter’s speed. Headlights and a taillight ensure visibility in low-light conditions.

The Marshall MA21 might not be the most feature-rich electric scooter on the market, but it excels in portability and ease of use. It’s a perfect choice for riders who prioritise a lightweight, convenient, and affordable way to navigate short distances in urban environments.

If you require a scooter for longer distances, or rough terrains, or crave additional features such as a display, you might want to consider alternatives that better suit your needs. However, if you’re looking for a no-frills, convenient, and fun way to get around for short commutes, leisure rides, or navigating a college campus, the Marshall MA21 is a strong contender.

Price: AED 1199

Marshall MA21 Electric Scooter AED 1199
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The MA21 is equipped with a 24V/200W motor, which is suitable for flat terrains and gentle inclines up to 15 degrees. The MA21 can also support a maximum load of 90 kgs. While it won’t win any speed races, it offers a comfortable cruising speed of 23km/hr, perfect for zipping around town or navigating a college campus.

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Razer Launches Blade 18 Gaming Laptop



Razer has launched the Razer Blade 18 (2024) for gamers and creators. Featuring the world’s first 18” 4K 200Hz display with up to UHD+ (3840×2400) resolution, 3.0ms response time, and DCI-P3 100% colour gamut; Calman Verified and factory-calibrated, this Blade 18 offers gamers and creators ultra-high-definition visuals at breakneck refresh rates for an unmatched viewing experience.

The Blade 18 also packs in Thunderbolt 5 technology that allows users to connect multiple high-resolution gaming displays, high-speed storage, and all-in-one docks, through Bandwidth Boost, up to 120 Gbps, three times more bandwidth than the current leading connection protocol. The Blade 18 is powered by Intel Core 14th Gen i9-14900HX processor, which comes with 24 Cores and the ability to unlock overclocking through Razer Synapse.

You also get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Graphics, unlocking up to 175 W Full TGP (Total Graphics Power), and leveraging NVIDIA’s AI-powered DLSS 3 to deliver faster framerates and real-time ray tracing. GeForce RTX technologies are supported in more than 500 popular games and applications, including blockbuster games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Alan Wake 2. NVIDIA RTX Laptop GPUs are packed with specialized AI Tensor Cores enabling unmatched AI performance in creative apps, ultra-efficient productivity, blistering fast gaming, and more.

The Blade 18 accompanies an 18-inch QHD+ 300Hz Mini-LED Alternate Display Option: For even higher-refresh-rate gaming and up to 1K nits peak brightness, this all-new display option provides a stunning alternative that maintains sharpness in gameplay, creative work, or play, wherever one may be. It features QHD+ (2560×1600) resolution, 2K dimming zones with a new toggle on/off feature, and all the colour accuracy that is a hallmark of the newest Blades, including DCI-P3 100% colour gamut and Calman Verification and calibration at the factory.

The Blade 18’s advanced cooling system, featuring the thinnest exhaust fins in its class, maximizes graphics power and maintains desktop-class performance in a thin design. The vapour chamber technology features a 3-fan system, and Razer’s biggest chamber ever, to quickly and efficiently dissipate heat, ensuring optimal performance even under intense gaming or 3D rendering sessions. Equipped with a 5MP webcam, a THX spatial audio 6-speaker array, upgradeable components, a comprehensive port selection, and the latest Wi-Fi 7 connectivity, the Blade 18 ensures constant connection and immersion, whether for gaming, streaming, or online calls. It even includes a GaN charger (Up to 330W) which is up to 60% smaller than comparable silicon-based solutions.

The Razer Blade 18 (2024) is now available for a price of $3099.99.

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