Reviews

Victorinox Swiss Army CyberTool Review: A Tool Of Many

20150829_153732A Swiss Army knife is a necessity, to be quite honest. It removes the need for a plethora of separate tools, and delivers them in an all-in-one, portable package — thus becoming a venerable status symbol of adaptability. And the opening of beverages — let’s not forget that.

In today’s technology-driven world, the use of the multi-tool is mostly likely going to require screwdriver and some cutting functionality. Turns out: that’s the CyberTool’s specialty.

Monster SuperStar Backfloat Speaker: It’s Loud And It Floats, Simple

20150814_142353There is an endless river of gear and gadgets that make it seem rather difficult to get the point. In other words, a product that does one thing (or two) and does it well. Of course, such an approach is difficult to realize with say, a phone or a laptop, but a speaker? Well, that’s very to-the-point.

An IP6 waterproofed, float Bluetooth speaker? Now that’s nearing the bulls-eye.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review: Trade Ergonomics For Elegance

20150804_140758Sometimes “edgy” is the best way to go. But when ergonomics are sacrificed to do so, is it really worth it?

The Galaxy S6 Edge is an attempt at answering that question. The S6 which I reviewed earlier this summer has great ergonomics, with metal that’s shaved and finished to help with holding the device. The Edge is a totally different beast in that respect: Samsung wanted a device that not only would get looks (which I can tell you, it does) but also offers some software functionality with the design — more on that later.

Onward!

Acer XB WQHD G-Sync Monitor Review: All Hail 144hz

20150804_140432Gaming monitors require three things: excellent resolution, a fast refresh rate and popping colors. The 27-inch Acer XB at WQHD resolution (2,560 x 1440) on an IPS panel has all of those things, plus one: Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.

That dear reader, is how Acer has built one of the finest gaming monitors available in 2015. Now, it’s time to move on stating how so.

Master & Dynamic MH30 Review: For Those Who Love On-Ears, Sans Myself

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Having reviewed a “mobile thinking cap”, I thought it was high-time to review something more portable. When it comes to headphones, on-ears represent the closest balance between earphones due to portability and the sound quality usually attributed to over-ears. But, they’ve never really been to my taste. If it’s not aesthetic shortcomings, it’s the lack of encapsulating sound, and if it’s not that, it’s a litany of uncomfortable designs that press on the ear lobe rather than rest against it.

Here, the MH30 by Manhattan-based audio company Master & Dynamic comes close to fixing most (if no all) of those problems.

Victorinox I.N.O.X. Watch Review: It Might Last Longer Than I Will

20150801_160455As clever wordplay on the last four letters of the Victorinox brand name — legendary Swiss manufacturer of Swiss army knives and luggages —  the I.N.O.X. watch stands for a rather lengthy name: Impact Neutralizing Object for the X-tremes.

It’s a timepiece that contains a quartz movement and is encased inside of a 43mm stainless steel case of extreme durability. Of course, the glass has to be up to snuff as well, so a scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal is affixed as the window. That isn’t the only extreme thing about this timepiece, either.

A Look At: The Helly Hansen Kordel Leather Shoe

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Price as Reviewed: $100 at Helly Hansen 

It’s comfortable, stylish, and well, it’s a sneaker — so that counts for quite a bit. Thanks to the myriad of navy tones and the white and red flourishes, the Kordel leather shoe is somewhat playful without looking juvenile; I can wear it with a dress shirt and jeans, then attend a media event with my dignity and style intact. It fits comfortably, with enough height and cushioning to feel as if you”re wearing a usually thick pair of socks.

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Review: Audiophiles, Meet The Bourgeois

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Many high-end closed-back headphones have debuted — with equally high prices — in the hopes of being the “it” pair of stylish, technological and acoustically rich headphones. Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve taken a look at offerings in the same category from the likes of Sennheiser, Master & Dynamic and harman/kardon, to name a few.

But never Bower & Wilkins — the makers of the audio systems in Maseratis. So, how does the flagship P7 fair?