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Review: Razer Kishi V2 Pro



Many companies make mobile game controllers designed for both Android phones and iPhones, with Razer being one of the top brands. While the initial Razer Kishi set a high standard, the subsequent release of the Razer Kishi V2 further cements its position as a must-have for mobile gamers seeking enhanced controller functionality on their devices.

Razer has consistently increased the performance of its Razer Kishi mobile game controller. The most recent iteration, the Kishi V2 Pro, introduces a crucial element for a fully immersive gaming experience – haptic feedback. Although enabling this feature currently involves a few steps and is limited to Android devices, the Kishi V2 Pro represents a subtle yet appreciated upgrade compared to its non-pro predecessor.

Equipped with microswitches, analogue triggers, and programmable multifunction buttons, the controller enhances your gaming experience with precise controls and lifelike haptic vibrations for every in-game action. The Razer Kishi V2 Pro boasts a sturdy, extendable bridge that securely holds popular Android smartphones, ensuring a stable fit that won’t loosen during gameplay.

In addition, the Kishi V2 Pro also features a virtual controller mode, enabling controller support for touchscreen-only games and allowing you to remap commands to the Razer Kishi V2 Pro. The controller has been designed for extended gaming sessions, since it maintains a slim profile that easily fits into a pocket, prioritising both comfort and portability.

It is powered by the Razer Nexus app, which streamlines your mobile gaming experience through seamless game discovery across a vast library, advanced controller customization, an integrated game launcher, and more. Inside the box, you get the Razer Kishi V2 Pro mobile game controller, a pair of interchangeable rubber cushions, the product information guide, and Razer stickers.

On the left of the controller, you will find a clickable analogue thumbstick featuring a convex pad, a microswitch D-Pad, an options button positioned between the two, and a dedicated share/streaming button near the bottom. On the right side, you’ll find the microswitch ABXY buttons located near the top, a second analogue clickable thumbstick with a convex pad, a Razer Nexus button, and a menu button just below that.

On the bottom edge of the left side of the controller, one of the two visible additions is the 3.5mm audio jack. Meanwhile, on the bottom edge of the right side of the controller, there’s a USB-C pass-through charging port, allowing you to charge your phone while immersed in gaming. The top edge of the controller on both sides, houses the L2/R2 triggers, L1/R1 bumpers, and programmable M1/M2 multifunction buttons.

The expandable bridge on the controller measures 1 1/2 inches in width, slightly over 3 3/4 inches in length, and has a thickness of 3/8 inches. When fully extended, the bridge reaches approximately 7 1/2 inches, accommodating nearly any USB-C Android smartphone attachment to the Razer Kishi V2 Pro. Razer suggests a maximum phone length of 170mm (6.69 inches) and a thickness of 11.5mm (0.45 inches), including the camera bump.

For this review, we used the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE. On each side of the bridge, integrated into the controller, there is a textured rubber pad. The left pad includes a cutout for camera bumps, and both pads are detachable. A thinner, smoother pad is also provided for use with thicker phones and phone cases. Additionally, a USB-C connector is situated on the right side for docking into your smartphone’s USB-C port.

The Kishi V2 Pro also comes with Razer HyperSense haptics, ensuring that any apps and games with native controller vibration support can be experienced as intended by the developer. This extends beyond content from Google Play, as numerous streaming services and popular emulators also benefit from haptic feedback, delivering an experience akin to a console controller. For mobile games lacking native vibration support, Razer has a solution. In specific titles, Razer’s HyperSense Haptics generates vibrations dynamically based on game audio.

The Razer Kishi V2 Pro offers a comfortable grip with textured handles that fit seamlessly in the palm of my hand. As a devoted fan of mechanical keyboards, the microswitch buttons on the Kishi V2 Pro evoke the transition from a standard membrane to a mechanical keyboard. The triggers and buttons also offered impressive responsiveness. With its USB-C connection, concerns about Bluetooth or wireless latency are virtually nonexistent with the Kishi V2 Pro. If you are looking for a dependable mobile game controller, that also offers impressive performance, you can’t go wrong with the Razer Kishi V2 Pro.

Price: AED 539

Photography by Ryan Chris

Razer Kishi V2 Pro AED 539
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Equipped with microswitches, analogue triggers, and programmable multifunction buttons, the Razer Kishi V2 Pro enhances your gaming experience with precise controls and lifelike haptic vibrations for every in-game action.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance



Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

Price: AED 2099

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The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries



Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini



As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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