A little Bluetooth speaker is a quick way to bring some music to the party, but they can be lacking volume and bass due to their size. Ultimate Ears’ $399.99 HyperBoom settles on the most obvious solution to that problem: Go big in every way possible. And boy, does it succeed.
The original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was an interesting phone, as it was a throwback to the flip phones that many of us grew up with. But it was a first-generation product and suffered from first-generation issues as a result. The Z Flip 3 (they skipped 2) fixes a lot of that, and it’s a great look at the current-future of smartphones.
TCL probably isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to true wireless earbuds, but I think that should probably change. The TCL MOVEAUDIO S600 is a solid little set of buds with ANC, Transparency Mode, wireless charging, and good audio quality—all for under a Benjamin.
At the end of August, BLU launched the successor to its G90 Pro gaming phone with the aptly named G91 Pro. It has a few upgrades over its predecessor and a few surprising downgrades. Overall, the G91 Pro offers excellent price to performance, making it a great phone for anyone on a budget.
ZTE is a smaller phone manufacturer in the grand scheme of things, but it has shown itself to be a worthy competitor in the larger smartphone market. And the company’s back at it again with a mid-range Android phone in the Axon 30—competing in the same bracket as phones like the Pixel 5a.
In the U.S., basic hearing aids can cost up to $5,000 and are seldom covered by insurance. The $299 Olive Pro earbuds are true wireless earbuds that are actually hearing aids for a fraction of the price. But like a lot of “it’s both!” products, what you get is a jack of all trades and master of none.
On paper, the Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip paired with the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box looks amazing. In practice, the Sync Box is the most frustrating piece of technology I’ve used in recent memory. When the system works, it’s beautiful. But that’s a big “if.”
The MagSafe Battery Pack is a product I was waiting for since the launch of the iPhone 12. I’ve been a fan of Apple’s Smart Battery Case in the past, and the MagSafe Battery Pack was a product I was hoping to completely fall in love with. Unfortunately, the MagSafe Battery Pack did not live up to the hype.
NZXT isn’t a company that comes to mind for audio peripherals. That’s not for lack of trying, though; the company attempted to release a set of headphones in 2019, which wound up canceled. But now NZXT is taking another stab at audio with the brand new Capsule microphone —so how’d that go?
If you’ve ever had charging issues with a USB-C device, you know how frustrating it can be. Is it the charger? The cable? The device itself? Who knows. An easy way to whittle down the issues is with a USB-C voltage/amperage meter, like the USB-C VAMETER from Plugable.