Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review: Shameless Favorite

20150205_152320Nearly two years after the launch of the original Momentum, the German audio company has been thrust into the pop consumer spotlight. Critically acclaimed for their design and audio performance, even here, the Momentum have been for a while, the high-end headphones to strive to have, beat, or meet. Or rather, they’ve had momentum. Ah, puns.

Well, the bar is being raised again. Sennheiser has added Bluetooth/NFC connectivity, noise cancellation and a foldable design to the package.

Truly, a venerable piece of equipment, but is the increased price worth the increase in product functionality?

The VAIO Brand Is Resurrected, In Japan, As The Z And Z Canvas

vaio-zAn iconic PC brand, VAIO has been out of the headlines for months now, as Sony ejected the division from its ranks. Now, VAIO has a new parent company, with product launches exclusively in Japan (for now, at least). But today, there are two new VAIO machines, and they’re stating one thing: VAIO is back.

The first, the VAIO Z, is the brand’s laptop with the longest advertised battery life, at 15.5 hours. A 13.3-inch touchscreen, with choice of Core i5 or Core i7 Intel processors, aluminum carbon shell body, and a speedy SSD (solid state drive) that boots the Z from standby to on in 0.3 seconds.

But the most quizzical feature about the VAIO Z is that its hinge allows the display to be flipped, so it faces outwards and acts like a tablet — or to show colleagues what you’re working on. Available for pre-order in Japan, starting today at $1,600.

The Z Canvas is the second machine.A  12.3-inch device with an i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and up to 16GB of onboard memory, it’s mostly a tablet, with a detachable keyboard to round it off. Comes out in May.

Japanese exclusives, for now. Hopefully.

Via: VAIO

LG Spruces Up The G Watch R To “Urbane” Luxury Status

urbaneLG isn’t replacing its G Watch R, one of the best looking smartwatches out there, and the only circular smartwatch out that gives the Moto 360 a run for its money. Instead, it’s adding a luxury edition of the watch, called the G Watch R Urbane, complete with all-metal, swappable leather strap, and gold or silver finishes. Pricing and release date are as of yet, unreleased.

But, there’s no doubt that it looks great.

Via: LG Newsroom

Beyerdynamic T51i Review: Think Small Studio

20150215_104600It’s my first time reviewing a product from Beyerdynamic, a German audio company of seemingly strong reputation. One of their newer headsets, released in fall of last year, the T51i is an on-ear pair of can designed to do something unusual. That is, have the same embodied sound as an over-ear, while still retaining the smaller form factor, but at nearly the same price. Somehow, I get the vibe these are headphones perfect to start your own studio, considering they come bundled with an audio jack adapter.

So, is that even something of noteworthiness? Well, let’s see…

Brevity Review: Harney & Sons Ceylon Wrapped Sachets

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I love tea. In fact, I love nearly all kinds of rich, authentic tea, especially loose and those in sachets. There is a verisimilitude when you have tea leaves wrapped in a triangular sachet, one akin to that of having the tea in its loose leaf form.

In my frolicking of SoHo during the summer of last year, I came across a boutique on Broome street called Harney & Sons. A reasonable 15 minutes later, I spent $30 on a single tin of Japanese green matcha powder, no more than a few ounces.

In college, this might be a problem, but for now, in the pummeling cold of early 2015 here in New York City, nothing hits the spot like a cup of tea…at least to me.

If It Tickles Your Fancy: Windows 10 Technical Preview Out For Phones

windows10phonesThat is, if you have a (most likely lower-end) Windows Phone device that supports it, you can download and run the Windows 10 Technical Preview — for phones. Solely available as a desktop version (previously), Microsoft is ramping up production on the Windows platform, which will span the Xbox, phones, tablets, desktops and laptops.

Besides being unfinished and lacking the new Spartan browser, Windows 10 for phones in its current form does sport some things of note. A better photo browser, universal voice dictation, the new Action Center, and tons of user interface changes.

So! If you have a Lumia 630, 730 or 830 (which I just reviewed), then you can take a look.

Otherwise, just keep your sensors on Microsoft’s development cycle for a while longer.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft Lumia 830 Review: The Grey Zone

20150128_143307While the Nokia brand is technically, no longer, it still is used by Microsoft on varying levels. Thus, it’s kind of like a grey-area: everyone knows it’s a Nokia phone, it’s just not a Nokia phone. No matter what you want to call it, the Lumia 830 is a mid-range smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1, and sports a Pureview camera setup.

Does that make it worthwhile? Well, that’s kind of in the grey, too.

Canon Produces The EOS 5Ds: A 50 Megapixel DSLR Camera

canon5dsdsrlead-2015-wow-much-price-megapixelsHave you doubted the megapixels in your professional DSLR lately? Most likely, no. But Canon doesn’t mind. Enter, the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R: camera equipped with a 50.6 megapixel full frame sensor. It’s so high-resolution that if you were to crop images with lenses made for APS-C image sensors, they’d be 19 megapixels. It’s insane.

Other feats that the EOS 5Ds can pull off are 5 frames-per-second shoot, 61-point autofocus, dual Digic 6 processors, 3.2-inch 1-million-dot LCDs, a mirror vibration control system (to control camera shake) with viewfinders at 0.71x magnification and 100 percent coverage.

On the non-imaging spectrum, there’s Active NFC, WiFi, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, CF/SD card support and 1080p video at 24/25/30/50/60 fps — sadly, no 4K shooting here.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes there are two cameras. They’re identical, sans for one trait: at a $200 premium, the 5Ds R eliminates the low-pass filter effect; that creates a “cancellation effect” specifically to cut blur from images and makes them sharper. On the other hand, the 5Ds does it too, but to a lesser degree.

Both cameras launch in June for $3,700 and $3,900, respectively.