Cote&Ciel Nile Granite Backpack Review: Unusually Functional


Earlier this year I had the chance to look into the Isar Rucksack, a modern and departing look in the world of backpacks and rucksack. It was very unique in the way that it looked, but with no doubt functions quite well in my day-to-day commute, but with a few difficulties in the way that the bag opened.

Enter, the Nile: it is the successor to the Isar and is designed to take some of the extremely unique Parisian designs from Cote&Ciel, and make it more physically accessible and aesthetically intelligent.

Moto X Pure Edition Review: Almost Gold

P1000031It’s fall of 2015, and Motorola has a new flagship phone that’s come to market. Known overseas as the Moto X Style — in the United States sold directly to consumers as the Pure Edition — this device is supposed to take all of Moto’s three years of producing the X smartphone, and roll it into one, magnificent package running practically-stock Android, and they almost pulled it off.

Moto 360 (2nd gen) Review: Tweaks Make For A Great (Smart) Watch

MOTO 360 v2 ReviewThe original Moto 360 was something of a concept smartwatch that just so happened to be functional. It was great in some areas (design) and lacking in others (speed/battery). Enter fall of 2015, and the Moto 360 has been updated, internal and externally, with lugs added for interchangeable bands, two sizes and full customization via the Moto Maker.

Also, it’s faster and has a bigger battery — so, does anything give?

SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard Review: Once A Rainbow, Always A Rainbow

20150917_171641In July of yesteryear, I took a look at what was SteelSeries’ best gaming keyboard offering: the Apex. An excellent choice of backlit colors, but with too many cramped keys and lackluster actuation between those keys, it was fraught with disappointment. This year however, the Danish gaming peripheral maker has stepped forward with the Apex M800.

Through and through, it’s a mechanical keyboard, with the company’s own style of mechanical switches, complete with individual key lighting and a dual-processor setup  that allows for some very cool effects, macros, and dual USB 2.0 ports.

But, is a high asking price — even among the world of backlit, mechanical keyboards — worth the temporary pain, with the promise of comfort afterwards? It’s time to critique.

Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wired Review: Easy, Breezy, Beautiful

20150913_154521Back in February, I took an extended look at the Momentum 2 Wireless, which at the time, was the wireless headphone of choice for its incredible sound range, battery life, aesthetic beauty and overall splendor. Then, the defect run came a few weeks after, which unfortunately affected the Momentum’s ability to keep a paired connection in urban areas, or anywhere with some frequency interference — a major inconvenience for me, living in NYC.

Despite the design issue being resolved by this point, I still had to review the wire-only version — for testing purposes, obviously.

Luggage, A Duffle Bag And Sheets: Testing Some Top Notch Gear For College

20150905_144943Having only recently moved the Manhattan School of Music dorms in Morningside Heights — as an NYIT freshman — I found myself having an easy transition to dorm life, thanks to the variety of gear that I had on standby. Let’s not get started on the hassle that is main computer setup cables and clothing when moving to a new place for an academic year.

Being that this is a roundup review of sorts, I’ll be addressing each product as its own category, and going through mostly what it’s like to use as well as some of the aesthetic qualities and whether or not I think it’s a worthy buy.

After all, in college every micro penny counts.

Moto Hint Review: You Can Look Good Talking To Yourself

20150831_162328In today’s day and age, hands-free phone calls are quintessential if you’re driving, running , or generally just doing any activity where your hands and most of your concentration would be delegated to another task. What most hands-free peripherals lack is a connection with your phone that is more than just Bluetooth.

That’s where the Moto Hint is supposed to come in: by being a smart, hands-free device, from top to bottom.