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Review: Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W)

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Anker’s new Nano II 100W charger uses the company’s very own GaN (Gallium Nitride) II technology. The charger is also being touted to be 34% (!!) smaller than Apple’s 96-watt charger while offering the convenience of three USB ports to charge multiple devices simultaneously.

On the rear, the charger features two USB-C ports and one USB-A port and is capable of intelligently distributing power among the ports based on usage. This is done by using Anker’s PowerIQ 3.0 technology, which is the company’s proprietary fast-charging technology that intelligently identifies your device to deliver the fastest possible charge.

When either of the USB-C ports is used alone, it can deliver a full 100 watts of power, making it capable of charging most notebooks out there on the market that use the USB-C port for power delivery and charging.

The Anker 736 charger has a three-port setup, providing a variety of charging options depending on which ports are used. When both USB-C ports are used together, the top port will deliver 60 watts and the bottom port will deliver 40 watts.

By using the top USB-C port in combination with the USB-A port, the charger will deliver 80 watts and 18 watts, respectively. Similarly, when the bottom USB-C port and USB-A port are used together, the charger will provide a 60-watt and 22.5-watt split. When all three ports are used at the same time, the top USB-C port will deliver 45 watts, the bottom USB-C port will deliver 30 watts, and the USB-A port will deliver 18 watts.

For this review, we used the top port for charging a Huawei Matebook 14 and the bottom port to charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 simultaneously. In about an hour’s time, the Huawei Matebook 14 went from 33% to 100%, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was able to go from 10% to full charge.

The Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) is priced at AED 299. That price point is great for a device that offers three ports that can charge three devices at the same time, 100W charging for laptops, and a few bells and whistles. The Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 299
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Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) AED 299
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Anker 736 charger has a two-port setup, providing a variety of charging options depending on which ports are used. When both USB-C ports are used together, the top port will deliver 60 watts and the bottom port will deliver 40 watts.

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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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Logitech Products Now Verified for “Engineered for Intel Evo” Accessory Program

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Logitech has announced Engineered for Intel Evo verification for multiple Logitech mice and keyboards. In partnership with Intel and through rigorous testing, these Logitech peripherals now meet the strict reliability, interoperability, and security requirements for the Intel Evo verification.

“It is a major accomplishment for Logitech to have our most important enterprise and consumer products verified for Intel Evo,” said Delphine Donné, vice president and general manager, of personal workspace solutions at Logitech. “This partnership reinforces our commitment to delivering the best user experiences and addressing IT department concerns related to the interoperability, stability, and security between PCs and our hardware products.”

Engineered for Intel Evo sets the standard for exceptional PC accessories and ensures both consumers and enterprises alike have great experiences with their Intel Evo laptops. Verified products are engineered and tested to meet or exceed strict Intel requirements for real-world features and performance and can help optimize communication, entertainment, and productivity.

“I’m excited that the Engineered for Intel Evo program is expanding to include key human interface devices like mice and keyboards for laptops,” said Eric Mclaughlin, General Manager and Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Group at Intel. “As a global leader in this domain, Logitech is a natural collaborator to verify their devices for this program, further extending Intel’s goal to work with industry leaders to deliver great experiences to Intel Evo laptop users.”

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Review: Sony LinkBuds S

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Sony launched the original LinkBuds wireless earbuds in March 2022 with a unique ring driver design, and the company quickly followed up with the launch of the new LinkBuds S. Unlike the LinkBuds, which focus on allowing ambient sound in, the S model is designed to block out ambient noise with an in-ear fit and active noise cancelling (ANC) system.

These earbuds are also similar in appearance to the Sony WF-1000XM4 but are made of recycled plastic, making them lightweight and comfortable to wear. In terms of sound profile, Sony has moved away from a heavy bass, boomy sound, and towards a more balanced audio experience. Inside the box, you get the Sony LinkBuds S earbuds, four tip sizes, a charging case, the USB-C to USB-A charging cable, and user manuals.

The Sony LinkBuds S come in three colour variants such as Black, White, and Ecru. We tested the Black variant for this review. The design of the LinkBuds S is familiar and easy to use. The earbuds come with four different sizes of ear tips, and their ergonomic shape fits comfortably in my ear.

The sealed fit of the earbuds means that you won’t be able to hear your surroundings as well as the original LinkBuds, but it also means that you can hear the bass in your music more clearly. Additionally, the sealed fit can also help to protect your hearing by reducing the need to crank up the volume during loud environmental noise.

One aspect that carries over from the original LinkBuds WF-L900 is the matte textured plastic of the LinkBuds S and its charging case. On one hand, the texture feels nice, and it’s hard to imagine them ever slipping out of your hand. However, they are also quick to attract dust which actually isn’t a biggie if you are used to regularly cleaning your earbuds.

The LinkBuds S are also IPX4 water-resistant, making them suitable for workouts and commutes. In addition to active noise-cancellation, they also feature an ambient sound or transparency mode that allows you to hear more of your surroundings.

The Sony Headphones Connect app offers 20 levels of adjustment for this feature, providing a significant amount of flexibility. The earbuds come equipped with the same Integrated Processor V1 and DSEE Extreme processor found in the LinkBuds and the WF-1000XM4, allowing it to upscale digital music files to near-high-resolution quality.

The LinkBuds S is easy to control – all the functions can be controlled by tapping on the flat exterior of the earbuds. The controls include toggling between active noise cancelling (ANC) and transparency mode, activating your virtual assistant, controlling volume, and controlling playback.

There is also an awareness mode, which you can activate by holding the side of an earbud for a quick hit of transparency mode, similar to other Sony audio products like the WH-1000XM5. You can customise the control profile of each earbud in the Sony Headphones Connect app, but you cannot set individual controls – you can’t set the left earbud to control playback and the right earbud to control volume, for instance.

The LinkBuds S features Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and support for LE Audio, in addition to Sony’s high-resolution LDAC codec, SBC and AAC. They also have the ability to connect to two devices simultaneously, thanks to a firmware update that allows for Bluetooth multipoint connectivity.

Sony claims that the LinkBuds S can last up to 6 hours on a single charge, and in testing, we found the earbuds to come close to that claim. With a constant output of real music peaking at 75dB (SPL), the Sony LinkBuds S lasted for 5 hours and 41 minutes on a single charge, which is pretty good. The charging case also provides an additional 14 hours of charge, bringing the total to nearly 20 hours.

The Sony LinkBuds S have outstanding consistency in their frequency response. When you get a good fit and seal, you will experience consistent bass and treble delivery with every use. They also have excellent mid-range accuracy. Their frequency range is fairly neutral, which makes vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed.

Additionally, the peaks and dips in the frequency response of the Sony LinkBuds S are excellent. In terms of noise isolation, the LinkBuds S perform excellently as well.

Sony is already well-established in the world of in-ear earbuds, with its WF-1000XM4 being a highly sought-after pair of truly wireless earbuds. The noise cancellation and audio quality on the WF-1000XM4 are superior to the LinkBuds S, making them the top choice if you’re considering Sony earbuds.

However, the Sony LinkBuds S still offer many of the same features at a lower price point, and their more lightweight and compact design may appeal to those who find the XM4 to be too bulky. At their current price of AED 450, they are a solid investment and a marked improvement over the original LinkBuds.

Price: AED 450

Sony LinkBuds S AED 450
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The LinkBuds S is easy to control – all the functions can be controlled by tapping on the flat exterior of the earbuds. The controls include toggling between active noise cancelling (ANC) and transparency mode, activating your virtual assistant, controlling volume, and controlling playback.

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