Monday, June 30, 2014

Misfit goes patriotic and Shines Coca-Cola Red for the 4th

In honor of our country’s Independence, Misfit has made their popular fitness tracker available in a new color, Coca-Cola Red.  For those unfamiliar the Shine and why this is a big deal as there weren’t really any bold colors available and were more elegant and sophisticated colors, but what non-tobacco related brand is known for their own color?
This is not my first experience with Misfit’s fitness tracker as my previous review when the Shine first launched can be found here. Those without the time for the long version of my review, the Shine was a virtually flawless fitness monitor that was waterproof, stylish, and did not need recharging.  To date, it still works great when I remember to wear it, but after time the Shine has really grown. Accessories were limited, but now there are a variety of places to stick the Shine that now include socks, tees, leather bands and necklaces.

The patriotic Coca-Cola Red is an eye-catching color that stands out even more with the first time-white athletic wristband. I unboxed mine right before a workout so I stuck mine in the new athletic shirt and immediately forgot it was there.  New features that I gladly welcomed to my experience were the activity tracking by simply triple tapping before starting specified activity and sleep tracking. The Coca-Cola Red Misfit Shine is available now for $99.99, but in the spirit of the holiday, there is also a Star Spangled Set that includes the Coca-Cola Red Shine, Navy Misfit Classic Tee, and a black Sport Band for $119.99. If Coca-Cola Red is not the color you are looking for, there are eight other colors available to choose from at Mistfit’s site.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

RCA's new HDTV antenna is paper-thin, amplified, and last reason needed to cut the cable

Our next piece of functionality at its simplest comes to me from RCA in the form of an ultra thin, omni directional, indoor amplified HDTV antenna, that was a mouth full. Many, like myself, have cut the cable as there has been less demand for it with the numerous streaming services available, but the downside is missing out on the local stations. This ultra thin antenna provides free local channels in up to 1080i by using a patented multi directional 360-degree design and including SmartBoost to amplify week signals. I have known about these HDTV antennas but have not experienced first hand, luckily now is my opportunity to put this bad boy to work.
There is not much to say about this antenna after seeing the results of the channel scan after being plugged in...44 found channels, most of which were in clear HD, only two that did not come in clearly, and a quarter of those being broadcasted in Spanish, so I would expect this to vary based on location as I am in Arizona. Along with all the amazingly clear public broadcast, this antenna is paper thin, has a reversible white or black surface, and includes set and forget two sided mounting tape tabs that are easy to remove and did not rip off paint when removed. Unlike a lot of peripherals, this antenna came with a 12-foot cable, giving plenty of cord for inconspicuous placement.

There was nothing I could complain about in my usage of RCA's super antenna as it was simple to hook up, delivered free public listings in stunning HD and is truly the last reason needed for many others to cut the cable. The price of the antenna is just as nice as what it can do as it costs less than one month of most cable packages and doubles as a backup source of viewing when storms conflict with cable or satellite broadcasts. RCA's ultra-thin, omni-directional, indoor amplified HDTV antenna is available now for the price of $69.99.

Forget Bluetooth and AirPlay, Favi Audio+ uses Set To Connect

We have some great items this week that are simplicity and functionality at it’s finest. I am going to start with the Favi audio+ for the wireless speaker! Simple enough, but I expect Favi to have a trick up their sleeve, as they are the same company that turned my dumb TV into a smart TV with only a dongle. Well they did not disappoint as this speaker doubles as a stand and there is no hassle to sync as Favi uses their Set To Connect technology. Not much more to say about the features, simple and sweet, so let's see how this desk companion fares.
Out go the box this cradle/speaker has a soft rubber texture no slip feet, and a lip at the bottom to fold a phone upright and securely whether sporting a case or going commando. The Set To Connect technology is what vexed me most as I did not need to have Bluetooth turned on in order for the speaker to pick up and amplify what I was listening to, pull the phone away and sound goes back through the phone, it's magic. The audio+ is perfect for Face Time and videoconference, freeing up hands for trying to put together last minute reports or playing solitaire. Like I said about the sound, it amplifies, making that is coming out of the phone louder and not necessarily better. 
Favi's audio+ speaker works great for what it is but don't expect to get the same quality at higher volumes that are seen from Bluetooth speakers. We all know that the iPhone speakers suck, so getting more sound to hear from my desktop without having the volume cranked up on the phone is nice. This speaker can also be used for to actually hear whatever video you are trying to watch from Netflix to YouTube, but only in portrait orientation as the Set To Connect does not pick up the sound in landscape viewing. The Favi audio+ Set To Connect speaker is available now in black or white for $49.99.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I-Mego releases another headphone with retro inspiration, the MAZE

It has been a while since I have done a headphone review so when I got the press release for I-Mego's latest product, the MAZE on ear headphones, I jumped on the opportunity. The MAZE headphones much like the Thrones takes retro design elements and incorporates them to provide a unique look, in this case a vinyl record looking deco plate is used with a metal slider to resemble a tone arm. Within the headphones lies neodymium 40mm speaker that are thirty percent thinner to get the most air cabinet volume. So now that they are unbowed and pumping my playlist to my dome, let's see how they perform. 
To start off, these cans pack some serious bass, a lot more than I was expecting upon first listen and the mids and highs do a good job at trying to keep up. The headphones are very light and field up nicely into the included carrying case, but the best part of the design has got to be the materials used as they do not feel cheap and sport a very modernized look. I have a diverse playlist and like to listen loud, so when cranked up between 60 and 70 percent I was jamming out to my own personal concert, but unfortunately anything higher than that tends to crack or distort based on the genre being listened to. And lastly the cushioned ear pads are nice but my ears got a bit sore after listening to a couple hours straight and a short break resolved the discomfort.

I-Mego has stepped up the design and build of their headphones since the last two models I reviewed. If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, the MAZE is a great product that stands out both visually and audibly, just know that if you are someone that listens at full blast that there will likely be distortion. That being said, at just shy of three quarters volume, was more than I or anyone around me needed while listening. I am also happy that a case is included with the headphones to help protect and maybe their next model will include a hard-shell case.  I-Mego's MAZE is available now for the price of $139.99.