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Review: ASUS ZenWiFi XT9

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If you are looking for a highly effective Wi-Fi Mesh system that provides coverage throughout your entire home, then the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 should be on top of your list. This model is an upgrade from the ASUS ZenWiFi XT8, the first in the ZenWiFi family. One key improvement in the XT9 is the increased speed on the 5GHz band for WiFi clients, now reaching up to 900Mbps.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh system is made up of two ASUS AX7800 tri-band WiFi 6 mesh routers. These feature advanced technologies to provide fast, reliable, and secure WiFi connections for streaming videos, gaming, and seamless connectivity for all your smart IoT devices.

According to ASUS, the ZenWiFi XT9 WiFi 6 mesh system is capable of supporting 160MHz bandwidth, resulting in increased wireless network capacity and speeds. It offers a total bandwidth of up to 7800Mbps, making it up to 2.6 times faster than tri-band AC3000 (WiFi 5) routers.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh system features the latest ASUS RangeBoost Plus technology and the Broadcom WiFi 6 chipset. This significantly enhances the WiFi signal range and overall coverage, thus allowing you to experience seamless WiFi coverage for spaces of up to 5700 square feet with the two-unit package.

The ZenWiFi XT9 is available in four variants and two colours. These include a 2-unit white package, a 1-unit white package, a 2-unit black package, and a 1-unit black package. ASUS sent us the 2-unit white package variant for this review.

Inside the box, you get two ASUS AX7800 tri-band WiFi 6 mesh routers, an RJ-45 cable, a couple of power adapters, a warranty card, and a quick start guide. Both the routers come with ports such as one RJ45 for 2.5G BaseT for WAN, three RJ45 ports for Gigabits BaseT for LAN, and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port.

Setting up a mesh network using the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 is a walk in the park. All you need to do is download the ASUS Router mobile app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, and then follow the simple onscreen instructions. If you are using a 2-unit package, one of the units is the main router which needs to be configured first and then you can move on to configuring the second unit.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 works with OK Google or Alexa Skills for hands-free control of your router. The ZenWiFi XT9 performs exceptionally well in terms of speed. Its 5GHz radios have a quoted maximum speed of 4,808 Mbits/sec, though 160MHz is only available on the backhaul band. In our Wi-Fi 5 testing, it was the fastest mesh system overall.

Even in our Wi-Fi 6 testing, the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh network performed very well. One standout feature of the ZenWiFi nodes is the inclusion of four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a 10Gbits/sec USB socket, which can be used for storage, printing, and modem duties. This level of connectivity is not often seen in mesh products – so kudos to ASUS for including a boatload of connectivity options.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 high-performance Mesh Wi-Fi system is an excellent choice for those seeking a fast mesh network for both wireless clients and the backhaul network.

If you plan to connect the XT9 nodes via WiFi, this model is particularly suitable as it combines the best features of the XT8 (simultaneous triple band) and the XD6 (160MHz channel width on the 5GHz band). Overall, the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 is a great place to start if you are looking to set up a mesh network at your home.

Price: AED 2899 (2 unit pack)

ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 AED 2899 (2 unit pack)
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The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 works with OK Google or Alexa Skills for hands-free control of your router. The ZenWiFi XT9 performs exceptionally well in terms of speed.

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Acer Launches eKinekt Bike Desk

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Acer today announced the eKinekt BD 3 bike desk, a desk combined with a stationary bike to empower sustainable and healthier lifestyles. The eKinekt BD 3 lets users exercise as they work by using kinetic energy from the rider’s pedaling to power the machine and charge devices. The LCD display and a companion smartphone app provide information to help riders stay on track with their progress during exercise regimes or work periods.

Users can seamlessly adjust the bike resistance, seat, and desk height based on desired placement to provide added flexibility and comfort when working or training. The device is equipped with two USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port, a bag hook, and a beverage holder for added convenience whether in the office or in the comfort of home.

As the rider pedals, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge. One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power. The useable energy is then utilized to charge laptops and other devices, so users can get work done and stay active at the same time. Embodying its long-term commitment to finding the balance between creating innovative solutions while protecting the planet, the eKinekt BD 3’s desktop and the casing that protects the bike’s components are made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.

The multi-function bike desk features two USB Type-A ports and a USB Type-C port, allowing for multiple mobile devices to be charged all at once. An LED charging indicator on the back of the bike lights up when pedaling, signaling that kinetic energy is being converted. The eKinekt’s wide desk surface provides the user with ample working space, while the adjustable table height and seat let them sit in a comfortable position at all times. For added convenience, it is designed with a bag hook that lets users easily hang their belongings and a designated beverage holder to stay hydrated and avoid spillage when on the bike.

In Working Mode, the desk surface moves closer to the chair to let riders sit in an upright position while typing and pedaling. In Sports Mode, the desktop sits further forward, giving more room to lean in, similar to the position on a standard bike or trainer, for added leg space and increased pedaling power. The well-thought design lets users take advantage of downtime in between work periods to stay energized and do some exercise within a small area. Riders can then seamlessly revert to Working Mode by just sliding the desk surface back into its original position.

The eKinekt’s user-friendly companion app provides real-time information to check riding duration, distance, and speed, while indicating the estimated number of calories burned and watts generated when pedaling. For more accurate tracking, riders can input personal information such as height, weight, gender, and age on their app profiles. It also records workout history for users to track their progress and compare results over time.

The eKinekt BD 3 will be available in EMEA in June, for $1139.99.

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HUAWEI Launches the MatePad SE in the UAE

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Huawei has launched the new MatePad SE in the UAE. It comes with a 10.4-inch 2K FullView Display, a powerful 6nm Octa-core processor, immersive sound, and a host of other smart features. The HUAWEI MatePad SE is available at a starting price of AED 599 on Huawei Experience Stores, E-shop and across select retailers in the UAE. It comes with gifts worth AED 397 including an original HUAWEI Flip Cover, a Special Huawei Gift Box, VIU-F App 6-month free subscription, and 12 months free Huawei Multi-Country Warranty Service.

The device offers a 10.4-inch 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with an 83% screen-to-body ratio, 2K resolution, and 225-pixel density. It also offers 4096-level brightness adjustment and it has passed TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light and Flicker-free certifications.

The HUAWEI MatePad SE packs two speakers into its slim body, which generate sound from both the left and right to provide a wholly immersive listening experience. The tablet also adopts the upgraded Histen 8.0 that features auto-adaptable, context-based audio effects and fine-tuning.

The HUAWEI MatePad SE comes with Super Device features that allow you to manage your devices and connections from a single place and even share devices between accounts, making cross-device operations easier. The all-new Multi-Window feature turns the tablet into a standout multi-tasking tool by supporting up to four concurrent tasks. The new and improved App Multiplier feature allows you to open up to four ongoing tasks within a single app.

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Sony Intros New Float Run Headphones for Runners and Athletes

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Sony has announced a new model of headphones designed with runners in mind. Sony’s new off-ear headphones Float Run, a novel headphone style that positions the speaker near, but without touching the ear canal, leaving the ear safely uncovered while still delivering a rich sound experience.

The Float Run headphones focus on the runner’s form, for a comfortable and stable experience without having to compromise sound quality. Float Run offers important features to runners or athletes, including a light-weight design with a flexible neckband that doesn’t slip when in motion, and a pressure-free design that sits off of the ears, so runners no longer need to worry about sweat or chafing getting in the way of their workout. This product was well received by crowdfunding, which led to its official launch.

With a special off-ear design, runners won’t have to worry about pressure or stuffiness on their ears. For extended comfort, the Float Run headphones sit on the ears of the wearer, so they can enjoy comfort for longer without disruption. Additionally, Float Run headphones only weigh approximately 33 grams, so runners can focus on their surroundings.

Designed to be stable and secure, Float Run headphones stay in place no matter how the runner moves. Tested on a wide range of head shapes and hairstyles, the headphones will stay with the runner, due to the flexible neckband design. Additionally, Float Run headphones were tested with accessories including hats and sunglasses. Whatever is worn, the stabilising neckband will keep them secure.

The 16mm drivers and precise tuning combined with the off-ear style offer a more natural and wider sound so there is no compromise on sound quality. The Float Run headphones have an open-type design that eliminates echo of the sounds your body makes, like footsteps, chewing, or heavy breathing, and allows ambient sound.

The Float Run headphones are designed to fill the user’s ears, but not cover them, so they can be aware of their surroundings. The Float Run design allows music to naturally mix with ambient sound and be formed by the user’s ear shape. Float Run off-ear headphones keep ears unobstructed, to achieve peak performance in whatever activity they are performing.

With an IPX4 water-resistant rating, consumers don’t have to worry about damage from sweat or from getting caught out in the rain. With long battery life and up to 10 hours of playtime when fully charged, the Float Run headphones will power long runs. In a hurry? A quick charge of 10 minutes will give an hour of play.

With a variety of controls built in, users can control playback and access their smartphone’s voice assistant without having to take it out of their pocket or bag[ Availability of function depends on the smartphone or app version.]. When their run is over and it’s time to get to work, the Float Run headphones have a high-quality built-in microphone to make them just as ideal for productivity tasks. Float Run headphones conveniently charge using USB-C. Additionally, the headphones include a carrying pouch to keep the supplied charging cable and headphones together and protected.

The Sony Float Run headphones will be available in the Middle East & Africa from February 2023.

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