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Stay connected on the move with Jabra Talk 65

Jabra, leader in personal sound and office solutions, recently announced the Jabra Talk 65, a premium bluetooth mono headset, designed and engineered for people who are always on the move and want to stay connected on the move with Jabra Talk 65. From commuting, working, or just getting things done, the Jabra Talk 65 can handle it for you. On top of this new Jabra Talk 65 announcement, Jabra is also upgrading its existing Talk 15 and Talk 25 mono headsets.

In a new future of work, a hybrid future of work, we might see a mix of working in offices, homes, on the move or outside/remote locations. We might be working in noisy environments, and this Jabra Talk 65 is specially designed for hassle-free calls in such noisy environments as it has an unparalleled 80% noise cancellation with its 2-microphone technology, ensuring clear communication with no annoying sound interruptions, wherever you are calling from.

The Jabra Talk 65 Bluetooth mono headset has a wireless range of up to 100m/300ft, allowing for more mobility on the move and making sure that you have a stable connection. This Bluetooth mono headset can deliver up to 14 hours of talk time on a single charge, allowing you to keep communicating, whether you are commuting or going out for leisure shopping.

The Jabra Talk 65 also allows for the streaming of GPS information and media sources and one-touch access to Siri or Google Assistant*. This device is IP54-rated, that means it’s protected against dust and water, therefore it’s rugged enough to go wherever you do. This headset is flexible enough to be worn on either ear, its lightweight design makes for a secure and comfortable fit, no matter how much you are moving around.

Together with the launch of Jabra Talk 65, Danish brand Jabra also introduces its other upgraded products in the Talk range. The Talk 15 now comes with 7 hours of talk time, while the Talk 25 has 9 hours of battery life. Both Talk 15 and Talk 25 include Bluetooth® 5.0 for enhanced connectivity.

Agnes Koh, APAC Regional Product Marketing Manager, at Jabra said: “The Jabra Talk 65 Bluetooth Mono headset is a great extension of your phone. Because of the 80% noise cancellation with 2-microphone technology and wireless range of 100m/ 300ft, you can use the headset for work and private conversations, no matter where the day takes you. Thanks to its superior comfort and fit, you’ll barely notice it’s there.”

Jabra Talk 65 key features and specifications:

  • 80% noise cancellation with 2-microphone technology and HD voice
  • Up to 14 hours of talk time
  • Wireless range of up to 100 m / 300 ft for ultimate mobility and flexibility
  • Streams GPS and media
  • One-touch access to Voice Assistant*
  • Lightweight design
  • IP54-rated protection against dust and water

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Talk 65 is available in selected retailers at MSRP S$158.

For more information on Jabra Talk 65, please visit https://www.jabra.sg/bluetooth-headsets/jabra-talk-65

Notes:

*Device dependent

** Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and GLOO *

Jabra launched Elite 85t powered by advanced ANC

Jabra recently launched Elite 85t, the latest addition to their family of true wireless earbuds series, in Singapore. The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds is powered by Jabra’s latest and most advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) chip which silences background noise effectively.

From my coverage and review of Jabra true wireless earbuds series, the Elite Active 65t to Elite 75t, the Elite 85t brings great interest to the true wireless earbuds world with its advanced ANC feature. In my earlier article coverage, Jabra introduced free ANC upgrade for Jabra Elite 75t true wireless earbuds range. With the introduction of Elite 85t, users can feel and hear Jabra’s latest and most advanced ANC in action.

The ANC has a dedicated chip allowing users to control their ANC experience in five different levels to determine the ideal amount of background noise they would like to be blocked. At the same time, users can also control how much background sound they would like to hear while having the earbuds on by adjusting the HearThrough function within five levels.

The combination of Jabra’s ANC and HearThrough, their convenient and comfortable features are going to make it a great combination for users to control the transition between places with different background noises while having the earbuds on. For example, users can turn the HearThrough on when crossing a busy road to be aware of the dangers. They can also turn the ANC on when they want to focus on their work while at a café.

The Elite 85t true wireless earbuds has a new oval ear gels and semi-open design, specifically designed to provide enhanced comfort for users. The oval ear gels and semi-open design improve the seal on the ear when the earbuds are put on and follows the natural shape of the inside of the ear to make the fit comfortable. These new features let users enjoy their music and calls comfortably for extended periods of time.

Xuanling Lu, Jabra’s Regional Product Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, said: “We are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to our award-winning Elite range of true wireless earbuds – now with Jabra’s most advanced ANC technology. The Elite 85t is a result of our dedication in listening to our customers’ needs for ANC in our earbuds. On top of delivering premium sound and call quality, the Elite 85t lets users determine their ideal ANC experience by letting them control the ANC within five levels.”

Jabra’s advanced ANC technology

The Jabra Elite 85t is powered by a dedicated ANC chip which lets it dedicate more processing power to noise cancellation. With the chip, the strengths of the noise cancellation and Jabra’s HearThrough functions, which lets users determine how much environmental sound they can hear while they have the earbuds on, can be adjusted in five levels. The difference between each level is approximately 3 decibels, which is the minimum sound level change that most users will be able to perceive.

Users can adjust the ANC and HearThrough levels on the Jabra Sound+ app.

The Elite 85t’s 6-mic technology also help to provide improved noise cancellation. The two microphones on the outside, which are called feedforward microphones, detect and cancel noise from outside the ear (e.g. voices, a moving train, rain). The microphone on the inside, which is called a feedback microphone, detect and cancel noise from inside the ear (e.g. excess noise that has made it past the feedforward microphones).

A more comfortable fit

The shape of the Elite 85t is based on Jabra’s fit simulation model made from thousands of ear scans and the vast database of ears from sister company GN Hearing. This allowed Jabra to squeeze in a lot of tech in the earbuds while maintaining its compact size and comfortable fit.

The 12mm speakers in the Elite 85t lets it produce a big sound and powerful bass while still providing comfort and relieving ear pressure with its new semi-open design. Jabra has also adapted the ear gels to an oval shape to provide a better sealing in the ear. This means that the tower of the Elite 85t does not sit as deeply within the ear, giving users a more comfortable earbud, while maintaining a very secure fit.

Key features and specifications

  • Compact design and oval silicon EarGels™ for a secure seal and comfortable fit
  • Dedicated ANC chip which is more efficient in removing surrounding noises
  • 6-microphone call technology and wind protection for superior calls wherever you are
  • 4-microphone ANC using mics on the inside and the outside of the earbuds
  • 12mm speakers for big sound and powerful bass
  • Semi-open design with natural hear through
  • Adjustable ANC with dual sliders from full ANC to full HearThrough
  • IPX4-rated durability and 2-year warranty* against dust and water
  • Up to 5.5 hours battery on a single charge and up to 25 with the charging case with ANC on, 7 hours battery on a single charge and 31 hours with ANC off
  • Qi-certified, for wireless charging, and compatible with all Qi-certified chargers
  • Customisable equaliser in the Sound+ App makes your music sound even better
  • Voice assistant enabled. Elite 85t works with Alexa, Siri® and Google Assistant™.
  • ‘MyControls’ to define button settings and Jabra MySound for individualised sound

Pricing and Availability

Priced at $348, the Jabra Elite 85t will be available in Titanium Black from all authorised Jabra resellers from 19 November 2020 onwards. Gold Beige, Grey and Copper Black (Amazon exclusive) will be available in the first quarter of 2021.

Promotion!

From 19 November 2020, customers can redeem a free $30 Capitaland voucher with the purchase of Elite 85t Titanium Black.

  • Promotion is valid only for the first 200 redemptions (while stocks last)
  • Customers must bring NRIC and proof of purchase to redeem the voucher
  • Redemption can only be made at Mojito Redemption Centre (Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #04-60/61)

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra Singapore and GLOO PR *

CES 2019 – Three new portable speakers by X-mini

CES 2019 was recently held earlier in the month of January 2019, from 8th to 11th January at Las Vegas, Nevada. I had shared a few articles on them and this would be a continuation of some of the products that were showcased during CES 2019. The next brand and products from CES 2019 that I would like to share is by X-mini and their three new portable bluetooth portable speakers, the X-mini™ TWISX™, X-mini™ CLICK 3 and X-mini™ SUPA 2.

X-mini is well known portable speaker brand in the world with its iconic capsule speaker designs. I used to own the X-mini capsule portable speaker some years back, it’s small and lightweight, yet packed with powerful sound and bass! Their three new portable bluetooth speakers would be of interest to audiophiles and music lovers around the world, with their interesting names and designs!

Their X-mini™ TWISX™ looks futuristic, their X-mini™ CLICK 3 is like the iconic capsule design of X-mini that most folks would associate with and finally, their X-mini™ SUPA 2 looks really cool with their retro design!

Let me share more details and information on the three new portable bluetooth speakers by X-mini that were announced during CES 2019:

Hoong He Hin, Chief Executive Officer of X-mini, says: “This year, in line with our tagline ‘Beyond Sound’, X- mini aims to humanise technology, fusing technology and material for a unique sensorial sound experience. We want to deliver a holistic sound experience for music lovers, not only through audio, but also by invoking other senses like sight and touch. As such, we’ve included design details to help them enjoy seeing and touching our products, as well as hearing them. Our three new X-mini speakers deliver X-mini’s signature clear sound, and all in compact designs which make it easy for music lovers to enjoy their tunes anywhere.” 

X-mini™ TWISX™

‘For Twisted Fun Everywhere’ 

The everyday portable Bluetooth speaker for robust, clear sound 

With its unique cylindrical design and compact form factor, the new X-mini TWISX stands out from the crowd. It delivers heavy music performance, but is also lightweight at only 383g. Its ergonomically curved grip design with textured grooves allows the perfect grip in your hand, so you can carry the portable X-mini TWISX with you anytime. It is IPX5 certified and water-resistant, and its splash-proof design makes it a welcome addition at pool parties and outdoor gatherings. 

The X-mini TWISX uses the X-mini Proprietary TWISX™ Control: a single swivel nub designed to deliver a superior sound experience with an effortless twist of the hand. Twist and hold its knob to the left and right to skip to previous and next tracks, or press down once to pause or play music. You can also twist knobs to the left and right, to control music volume. 

Powered by a 12-watt triple driver system in a precision space design, the X-mini TWISX delivers a powerful, robust sound performance everywhere you go. Designed for optimum sound delivery, its compact speaker body makes efficient use of space, housing its triple driver system which consists of two 50mm active drivers and a 50mm x 120mm passive radiator driver. 

The X-mini TWISX also has two pre-set EQ settings: Vocal and X.Bass. Boost X-mini’s signature clear sound by choosing the X.Bass EQ setting at a click of a button, or double-click the same button to activate True Wireless Stereo pairing. 

To help you share your music everywhere, the X-mini TWISX can be used horizontally or vertically, allowing for flexibility whether you’re travelling, or listening to music outdoors or at home. The X-mini TWISX can also fit into most bicycle water bottle cages for easy transportation. Its multi-function tilt stand is designed at a 26-degree angle, for a maximised sound experience. It is also True Wireless Stereo enabled, offering robust stereo quality sound performance with left and right channel stereo sound when two X-mini TWISX units are paired together. 

X-mini™ CLICK 3

‘Made For Selfies’ 

The ultra portable Bluetooth speaker with X-mini’s signature clear sound 

Lightweight, fun-sized and splash-proof, the new ultra portable X-mini CLICK 3 is ready to travel anywhere with you. Weighing just 92g and fitting easily in the palm of your hand, it offers a big, full sound experience with its large 40mm driver. 

True to its name, the X-mini CLICK 3 is perfect for taking selfies: it’s designed with a camera-inspired shutter release button, just like traditional film cameras. Hold up the X-mini CLICK 3 and double-click the remote shutter to take pictures, and complete your selfie experience with an LED light burst effect, which mimics the flash burst of a camera. 

The X-mini CLICK 3 is ergonomically designed so its curved shape fits snugly in your palm, without restricting sound quality. It offers a better grip when taking pictures, thanks to its waterproof silicone wrist strap, and also has an anti-slip silicone base to keep the X-mini CLICK 3 firmly in place when music is playing. 

Enjoy up to 6 hours of playback time when out and about with the X-mini CLICK 3, which is powered by a 400mAh battery. With its IPX4 rating, it is also splash resistant and rain-proof, so you can take it along easily on your travels. You can also enjoy a True Wireless Stereo sound experience when you pair two X-mini CLICK 3 units together. 

The X-mini CLICK 3 also has a playful element in the form of tri-color LED lights: a red light for charging, blue light for Bluetooth pairing and a white light for its light burst effect mode when taking pictures. It also has a built-in microphone for hands-free calls everywhere you go. 

X-mini™ SUPA 2

‘The Vintage-Inspired Home Stereo’ 

The portable Bluetooth speaker for rich, detailed and full-range sound 

With its vintage-inspired design, the new X-mini SUPA 2 is a portable home stereo speaker that fits right into your home. Designed for working urbanites to enjoy highly detailed, full-range and rich sound, the 30-watt speaker delivers loud, powerful audio. It is also X-mini’s first speaker with a six-driver system, which consists of four active drivers (two 58mm drivers and two 36mm drivers), and two 60mm by 120mm passive radiator drivers for extra clarity and rich details, and enhanced bass. 

Customise your audio experience with the X-mini SUPA 2’s 3 preset EQs – Clarity, Vocal or X.Bass – to get the best of your music. Its multi-functional handle and tilt stand can be set at 30 degrees, the angle designed to deliver the perfect sound experience for you. The handle and tilt stand can also be converted to a carrying arm, so you can bring your music anywhere you go. Powered by a 5,200 mAh battery, the X-mini SUPA 2 offers up to 8 hours of playback time, making it ideal for a relaxing night of music with loved ones. 

While many music lovers are used to controlling their music from their mobile phones or tablets, the X-mini SUPA 2 offers easy music control at your fingertips with its Smart Magnetic Maestro™ remote controller. It automatically powers on or off when the magnetic remote is lifted off the speaker or placed back in position, and controls basic playback functions, volume control, EQ modes and the answering of phone calls. 

The X-mini SUPA 2’s vintage-inspired styling celebrates timeless moments and fun memories. It is designed to complement your home decor, so it looks – and feels – right at home. Convert its multi-functional tilt stand into a carrying arm, so you can place it wherever you like in your home – whether it’s the kitchen, bedroom or living room. It also has dual connectivity, with Bluetooth 5.0 technology and a 3.5mm AUX-in jack. The X- mini SUPA 2 charges via a USB Type C cable, and has a built-in microphone for calls. Its bi-colored light indicator radiates elegantly, helping you relax and enjoy a holistic sound experience. 

Pricing and Availability 

Global Launch Date: Q3 2019

SRP:

X-mini™ TWISX™ : SGD $81.90

X-mini™ CLICK 3 : SGD $39.90

X-mini™ SUPA 2 : SGD $209.90

* Pictures and information courtesy of X-mini and GLOO PR *

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Review

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle series belong to a family of Ultimate Ears portable music players, trendy, colourful, portable, pretty good sound quality packed inside them. Over the years, I had seen, tried, tested and reviewed a few of the Ultimate Ears portable music players such as the Ultimate Ears Roll, Megaboom and Mini Boom.

What are some of my views and thoughts on the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle when I was reviewing it? Today, I am going to share my experiences and review on the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle. Let me share with you the notes/points that I wrote during the review:

  • Trendy, colourful, artistic designs
  • Small, lightweight, portable, easy to carry around
  • Ideal if u want to bring it for travel overseas
  • Good for long driving road trips
  • There is a tough nylon string on the WONDERBOOM Freestyle that you can hook on to your backpack with a carabiner
  • Excellent and ideal for gatherings
  • Easy to pair via Bluetooth, seamless and smooth
  • Solid bass, not too heavy and strong
  • Treble, sharp and clear
  • Although it is a small package, possess good quality sound
  • 360 degrees of sound
  • Battery life is good, close to 10 hours of battery life
  • Waterproof – IPX7 rated

An ideal and fun travel accessory

When the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle was available for review, it coincides with my travel holiday to Hoi An and Da Nang, Vietnam. I brought it along for my holiday trip with my friends, providing us with music from our Spotify accounts played with the WONDERBOOM Freestyle bluetooth wireless speaker when we were traveling to Hoi An from Da Nang International Airport.

During our holiday stay,  we played music with the WONDERBOOM Freestyle in our hotel room while we enjoyed our supper, drinks and playing cards. I also brought it out to the Hoi An Old Town, when we sat down at a café by the river, playing music, enjoying the coffee and watching locals and tourists in action!

This particular series of Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle collection has a few different designs and I chose the Patches design for my review. What does Patches represent, it’s about, “You wear your heart on your sleeve and plaster your personality through patches and pins. Patches is a punch of personality to denim.”

Maybe it’s an omen, maybe it’s fated, there was a big Dragon lantern along the river of Hoi An Old Town when we were there and the ABC design has a dragon on it too! Therefore, on one of the nights in Hoi An, I brought the WONDERBOOM Freestyle to pay pilgrimage to the big Dragon!

My Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle review has been an interesting and fun time with my travel holiday overseas. If you are keen to own a portable and lightweight wireless music player, that has pretty good sound quality, as well as trendy and colourful, do check out the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle.

I would like to thank Logitech for the opportunity to review the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle bluetooth wireless music speaker.

Check out Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection!

Music fans alert! There is a new, trendy and colourful portable bluetooth music speaker available in the market, that would attract our younger millennial generation as well as working adults!

Introducing the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle collection! The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle collection looks really nice and I think they would make great travel accessories, beside bringing it out for gatherings and parties with family, relatives and friends!

I would love to try it out when I go overseas for a holiday and share photos of my Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle travel adventures!

Let me share more key information and details of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle speakers from the press release information:

The latest lineup to join the Ultimate Ears family of portable, seriously waterproof, go-anywhere speakers. Announced today, this collection of pint-sized, portable Bluetooth? speakers, with surprisingly big sound, are decked out in five designs to match every vibe: Concrete, Avocado, Patches, Raspberry and Unicorn.

WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection is an ultimate mashup of music necessity and fashion accessory. Inspired by global music and fashion trends, the fashion-forward colors of the collection include:

  • Concrete: Your look is everyday neutral but never basic. Concrete is inspired by urban texture, paint splashes and shadows.
  • Avocado: Your style is subtle and understated. With Avocado, you’re always ready to “guac” and roll.
  • Patches: You wear your heart on your sleeve and plaster your personality through patches and pins. Patches is a punch of personality to denim.
  • Raspberry: You’re never afraid to go bold. Raspberry is fresh, hot and juicy.
  • Unicorn: Magic is your middle name. Unicorn is a delightful color melt of pastels.

“The new collection is all about expressing yourself,” said Moninder Jain, head of Video Collaboration for Logitech Asia Pacific and managing director for ASEAN. “You curate your playlist and personal style – why not have a speaker that reflects that style too? WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection gives you big sound and the freedom to express your style in a trendy, tough and tiny speaker.”

WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection complements the existing line of award-winning WONDERBOOM speakers, boasting the same crisp 360-degree sound with balanced bass. Waterproof and worry-proof, WONDERBOOM is IPX7 rated (so it can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes), drop-proof from up to five feet, floats on its own and sports a hanging loop so it can be easily attached to any bag. With up to 10-hour battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range, WONDERBOOM is the perfect companion for the shower, beach, music festival or pool party. The Ultimate Ears button on the top of the speaker lets you play, pause, skip and double up two WONDERBOOM speakers for double the fun.

WONDERBOOM received a 2017 GOOD DESIGN Award, presented to the most innovative industrial, product and graphic designs by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

Key Features
  • Surprisingly Big Sound: WONDERBOOM packs bright and bold sound with balanced bass into a pint-sized speaker. Enjoy your music in true 360° sound like never before.
  • Seriously Waterproof: IPX7 rated (it can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes) and able to float on its own, WONDERBOOM is the perfect companion for showers, pools, beaches, muddy fields and rainy days. If WONDERBOOM gets dirty, just rinse it off.
  • 10 Hours of Happiness: WONDERBOOM has up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Double the Speakers, Double the Fun: If you think one WONDERBOOM sounds great, you’ll love how they sound together. Turn things up by connecting two WONDERBOOM speakers together with the press of a button.
  • Easy Play, Pause and Skip: Control your music right from the speaker. Pressing the Ultimate Ears button on the top of the speaker lets you easily play, pause and skip songs.
  • Virtually Indestructible: This little beauty is also a beast. WONDERBOOM is drop-proof from up to five feet.
For more information on the new collection, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

Pricing and Availability

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection is expected to be available from 23 February 2018 at a suggested retail price of SGD$149.00.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Ultimate Ears and SPRG *

Logitech Craft – Reinventing the Keyboard Experience

A new keyboard design was announced recently, I reckon that is going to reinvent the keyboard user experience especially for professionals in the photography, creative and design industries. This keyboard got my attention immediately when I saw the news in overseas technology websites and I was very excited. This new keyboard by Logitech looks very cool, sleek and gorgeous!

On the Logitech Craft keyboard, you can’t miss out on the dial, this design is going to be very helpful to photographers, creatives and designers! A photographer myself, when I am editing my photographs on photography editing software, this would be very helpful in my workflow. I hope to share my experiences with a review unit, if the opportunity arises. Personally, I am keen to add the Logitech Craft keyboard into my desktop and laptop setup.

Let me introduce to you the new keyboard, the Logitech Craft! Here are more information and details on the new Logitech Craft:

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced CRAFT, the first keyboard ever with a creative input dial, setting a new standard for computer keyboards. CRAFT looks and feels better than anything you have typed on and offers a whole new way to immediately access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminium dial. For example, with a touch, tap or turn you can adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in Adobe Photoshop, or create and adjust charts in Microsoft Excel.  Or simply turn the dial to move up and down font sizes in document programs like Microsoft Word. The creative input dial gives you the ultimate control and input at your desk for precision, efficiency and uninterrupted creative flow.

“Our new flagship Logitech CRAFT keyboard is for all of us who spend time creating using photoshop or building powerpoint slides and want to work with greater precision and feel connected to their work,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN and Vice-President for Logitech. “The creative input dial gives you instant access to the functions you need, the moment you need them, allowing you to increase your productivity. CRAFT puts you in your creative element – every time you sit at the desk.”

The touch-sensitive aluminium creative input dial, called the Crown, recognises the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need. With a slight touch of the Crown you can instantly access context-specific functions — like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size — tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. Installing custom profiles in Logitech OptionsTM Software maximises the creative process when working with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint®, Excel® and Word® (Microsoft functionalities work on PC only at this time). The Crown brings comfort, immediacy and convenience to your creative process and allows for increased two-handed interactions. You can also use the Crown to change desktops, navigate between apps, or adjust volume – and assign one additional Crown function in each of your favourite apps.

CRAFT also features smart illumination with backlighting that detects your hands and adjusts lighting automatically depending on the room conditions. The keys are crafted for comfort, in a full-size familiar layout, with each individual key engineered for stability and precision. CRAFT looks great alongside other premium desktop accessories by Logitech, such as the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote and Logitech MX Master 2S.

Additionally with the touch of an Easy-SwitchTM button, you can switch between – and type on – any three connected devices, whether you are using a Windows® PC or Mac®. Select from either a Logitech Unifying™ USB receiver or Bluetooth® Low Energy technology to connect to your computer.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech CRAFT Advanced Keyboard is expected to be available in September 2017 at Logitech.com and select retail stores for a suggested retail price of $329.00.

For more information, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech and SPRG *

Ultimate Ears Brings Music to Life

Ultimate Ears recently launched “Bring Music To Life”, a new global brand campaign celebrating the power of music and how they transform things/people.

For fans of Ultimate Ears, an award winning wireless Bluetooth speakers, there are three bold and creative original illustrations coming to life on the Ultimate Ears by internationally renowned graffiti duo Bicicleta Sam Freio. This campaign brings together music and art to the Ultimate Ears wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Keep a lookout for this global campaign!

“Music has the power to enhance, energize and connect people, and you feel this whenever you turn the speaker on,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN & India Region and Vice President at Logitech. “The belief that you can spontaneously transform any moment with music – anytime, anywhere – is at the heart of every experience from Ultimate Ears. We don’t just make speakers, we bring music to life.”

New limited edition Second Street Collection

Fans of Ultimate Ears, take note! The newest limited edition Second Street Collection is here!

The Second Street Collection will launch globally with eight new patterns and colours for Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM.

  • Cityscape and Urban Zebra showcase bold geometrics and stark, graphic patterns in neutral tones inspired by the monolithic structures in the urban landscape.
  • After Hours and Marina embody a classic palette of red and blue turned up to an electrifying intensity.
  • Midnight Garden, Stone, Cashmere and Lilac feature soft, warm and vaguely luminous tones inspired by the hazy light of spring.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Second Street Collection from Ultimate Ears is expected to be available in select countries globally beginning in June 2017 for suggested retail prices of SGD $249.00 for BOOM 2 and SGD $399.00 for MEGABOOM. Pattern and colour availability will vary by country.

    For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    * Information and pictures courtesy of Ultimate Ears and SPRG *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds Review

This pair of wireless buds are the smallest in the music earphones world, they may look small yet we cannot judge them just by its size. Inside this pair of wireless buds, it is packed with pretty awesome music sound power and strength, with style, design and secure fit features. Let me introduce the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Earphones.

First and foremost, let me start off with the package, the nice looking box when it first arrived. The Jaybird Freedom box has a nice feel with a well thought out design and layout. Take a look as I started to unbox and displayed all the items that were packed inside the box. One nice feature of this package is that Jaybird gives customers a small pouch to keep the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, charger and cable.

There are two aesthetics aspects of Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones that makes it stand out and unique for the music lovers. They are the

  • All-metal housing
  • Silicone ear fins

(1) All-metal housing

The Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones is made up of elegant and premium sand-blasted metal material. This not only gives this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds its unique style, it also improves its durability to its special micro-sized wireless ear buds. With all the top engineering processes, innovation and design, the Jaybird Freedom is a premium, iconic, sturdy, small, lightweight yet powerful wireless earphones to suit almost every music lover. Last but not least, the all-metal housing removes all distortion, giving music lovers the experiences of not just an incredible sound, the noise isolation feature sometimes feels like a noise cancellation feature at times!

(2) Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking. From a personal perspective, put on the silicone ear fins when you are doing sports/outdoors. Do take note on how to attach the ear fins, look out for the letters R (right) and L (left) on the top side of the circle.

Let me continue on with the other components that come with the Jaybird Freedom.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones cable is just nice in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 4 hours with additional 4 hours if the charger clip is attached to the earphones (with on the go charging).

Functionalities of the Jaybird Freedom

  • Music + Calls , easy to use and connects easily
  • Share 1 device with 2 buds
  • Pairing – remember up to 8 devices
  • Multipoint – connect the buds to 2 devices simulatanously
  • MySound App
  • Smartwatch – pair with your smartwatch and leave your phone behind

Announcements/Updates

  • Inform user of battery life percentage when switched on
  • Inform user to charge battery when it reaches 10%

For all the techies, music lovers, the next two areas would be of great interest to you –

Sound

First and foremost, I do not claim to be an audiophile, as much as I love listening to my different types of music on my Spotify with my earphones while traveling between places or during my sports activities. What I am sharing here would be my personal thoughts, views and experiences on the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless produces a clear and sharp treble, with solid and strong bass without being overwhelming. One key and very interesting unique feature is that the user is able to utilise the MySound App, choose, adjust and customise the low, mid range and high range of their sound/music preset to their music/hearing preference.

MySound App

When I first heard of an app for the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, to be honest with everybody here, I wasn’t sure how good it can be or how useful it would be. You have to try the MySound app, I was told and reminded.

Since I am reviewing this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, I have to try it. Once I started using it, I was completely blown away by its features, functionalities and capabilities. This MySound app is a must use for Jaybird Freedom owners!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

The sound quality of the Jaybird Freedom by itself is already pretty solid and awesome. With this MySound app, you can tune it, to your own hard rock mega bass musician style or the soothing and clear classical music style.

I would just like to highlight some observations when I was using the MySound app with the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds

  • Discrepancy between earphone announcement of battery life versus battery life indicator on the app
  • Jaybird Freedom earphones are paired, connected and playing music but MySound app says no earphones connected

I would like to emphasis that these observations DO NOT affect the excellent and powerful sound quality produced by the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds nor does it affect your listening and usage experience.

Overall, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds are a remarkable pair of wireless bluetooth earphones. They are small, lightweight and powerful bluetooth wireless earphones. It is secure and fits into your ears. The noise blocking / noise isolation is very good, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds owner is in a music world of their own! The design is trendy, bright and colourful, suitable for sporty, outdoors, leisure and daily usage earphones. It is sweat proof , they would be suitable for a number of sports/outdoor activities.

In my personal humble opinion, the Jaybird Freedom is an ideal choice for your pair of wireless bluetooth earphones, a worthy investment for music fans who are sporty/outdoors and also for their daily leisure usage. Visit my photography and travel interest site article, on how the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds fits into two different people lifestyles! Power Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom!

The Jaybird Freedom is now available at authorised resellers at the retail price of SGD $259. The Jaybird Freedom wireless buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with them on Facebook.

* I would like to thank Jaybird for the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones. *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Sports fanatics who are also also audiophiles, they would look for earphones and headphones to accompany in their sports regime. The wireless headphones are among the more popular choices taken by the sports fanatics as it is easier to use and carry around, you don’t have to deal with the cable.

The premium sports wireless headphones by Jaybird, the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds, are now in its 5th edition. Being a fellow sports person (running), I like wireless bluetooth headphones, not just for sports, it’s also good for daily usage too!

Let me share with you more information and photos of the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds from the press release information below –

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom. Combining sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package. Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

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The ground-breaking, engineering-enabled Jaybird once again re-writes the rules of earbud design and user experience, marking Jaybird’s continued leadership in wireless headphone innovation.

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“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder and CEO of Jaybird. “These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

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With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes. So from the gym, to the streets, trails, office or anywhere in-between Jaybird Freedom means you’ll never miss a beat.

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One of Jaybird’s hallmark design standards is drop-free music while offering incredibly small products. Jaybird continues to deliver this standard in Freedom, providing a huge win for active people where a lot of movement will not trip up the signal between phone and Freedom. Jaybird takes all these use cases into consideration when developing its products.

Availability

Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorised resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jaybird and SPRG *

 

Ultimate Ears Now Lets You Say It to Play It!

Good news for Ultimate Ears fans who own or planning to buy portable music players UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! Now you can speak up and use your voice on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! I shared about UE MEGABOOM previously and did a review on the UE MEGABOOM too!

Let me share with you more information on the new voice integration feature by Ultimate Ears for the UE MEGABOOM and UE BOOM 2 from the press release information below –

Ultimate Ears wants you to speak up and use your voice by introducing Siri® and Google Now™ voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM. Now, music fans can simply say it to play it, allowing them to stay connected in the moment by providing faster, easier access to their music using Siri and Google Now voice directly from their Ultimate Ears speakers. The new push-to-talk feature brings even more convenience to UE’s award winning on-the-go Bluetooth® speakers.

From cliff to cave, Ultimate Ears’ speakers are meant to be with you, wherever, whenever. They’re waterproof (IPX7), rugged and blast incredible 360-degree sound. This latest integration amps up the possibilities of where you can take your music and how easily you can access it all.

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UE MEGABOOM

“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”

Gone are the days of hunting down your favorite song on your phone as this new voice integration provides access to tunes in just a couple of seconds. Through a quick push of the Bluetooth button and a simple voice request, you can quickly get the party started and never miss a beat.

Pricing and Availability

Siri and Google Now voice integration is available on UE BOOM 2 ($319.00) and UE MEGABOOM ($399.00) through the free UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM apps. The app enhancement is available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores on June 22. Speakers are sold separately. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG*