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Unique Melody 3X Review

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The 3X are, along with the 2X, the first universal-fit in-ear monitors (IEMs) made by Unique Melody, a brand that previously dealt exclusively in custom-moulded IEMs.

More than just a first for the company, though, they’re also a pretty rare sight in general for IEMs as they combine both the balanced armature drivers used by most IEMs with a dynamic driver. This should in theory give the ‘phones both accuracy at the top end but plenty of oomph down low too.

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Samson Meteorite Review

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Portable USB microphones are a dime a dozen these days but one of the finest we’ve ever encountered is the Meteor Mic by Samson. Now the company has released a new, even smaller addition to its lineup, and it’s called it the Meteorite.

Coming in at just £35 it offers ‘CD’ quality sampling and a 20-20,000Hz frequency range and weighs just 124g. What’s more it’ll work with your iPad too.

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Logitech G710+ Review

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The G710+ is Logitech’s current flagship gaming keyboard, so plays host to a multitude of programmable keys and multimedia controls as well as so called ‘mechanical’ keyswitches for longer life and a better key action. Coming in at around £140 it may seem outrageously expensive just for a keyboard, but then it really does deliver.

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Turtle Beach Z300 Review

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This wireless headset boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound courtesy Dolby Headphones technology, supports use with multiple devices at once – including a phone – and of course sports Turtle Beach’s unique brash styling.

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Living with a Standing Desk

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Are there any real benefits to using a standing desk? To find out, we set Edward Chester the challenge of using one for a month. Here’s his diary of what he found.

Recent studies into the health risks involved in sitting all day have prompted many to start looking into alternative ways of working at a desk. To avoid the greater risk of heart disease, colon cancer, postural problems, and much more besides many people are turning to standing at their desks, while some are even walking on treadmills or using exercise bikes while they work.

The logic is simple: spending more time standing or moving your lower body engages more muscles so it burns more calories, promotes better posture, increases blood flow to your extremities and thus improves alertness.

While some people have suggested this is reason enough to ditch sitting altogether, others have countered that simply getting up and walking at regular intervals is enough to have the same effect – not to mention, standing all day has plenty of downsides too (varicose veins, anyone?).

So, to put the idea of the standing desk to the test, TrustedReviews asked me to give it a go.

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Varidesk Pro Review

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Off the back of a number of recent reports about the health problems associated with sitting at all day there is increasing interest in other ways to work at a desk. Now standing desks and even treadmill desks are becoming – at least ever so slightly – more common sights.

But let’s face it, completely changing your desk for a standing one, let alone installing a treadmill, just isn’t practical for most of us, which is where the Varidesk comes in. Instead of a wholesale swap to an upright desk, it sits on a normal desk and offers the ability to switch between standing and sitting.

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Best Powerline adapters roundup

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Fed up with flaky Wi-Fi? Can’t conceive of cabling up your whole house? Then Powerline is the technology for you, and we’ve picked out six of the best powerline adapters worth considering for your home.What are Powerline Adapters?
Powerline (also known as HomePlug) is a networking technology that uses your home’s existing power cables to distribute the network throughout your home.As the diagram below shows, you just plug a network cable from your router into one Powerline adapter then plug that adapter into a conventional plug socket.

Then go to the room where you’d like to receive the signal and plug in a second adapter. From there you can connect directly to your computer or plug in other conventional network devices like routers, switches and hubs.

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Unique Melody 2X Review

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The Unique Melody 2X is a dual-driver set of universal IEMs that uses a combination of a balanced armature driver for mids/treble and a dynamic driver for bass.

Along with the Unique Melody 3X, which was announced alongside the 2X, this is the first universal-fit IEM the British company has made, after making its name in custom-moulded IEMs.

Read the full review at TechyTalk

SteelSeries H Wireless Review

 

What is the SteelSeries H Wireless?

The H Wireless is Steel Series’ top of the range stereo, wireless gaming headset that is also just about the best headset I’ve ever used.

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New Google Camera App Review

Google has just released a new Android Camera app that’s free to download from the Play Store for any phone running Android 4.4 KitKat or later. I’ve taken it for a spin to see how it performs compared to the previous standard Android camera app and several others that are available, including the standard Samsung Galaxy S4 camera app.

 

The first thing you notice with this new app is that Google has stuck largely with the clean design ethic of the previous Android camera app. After briefly appearing for a moment to hint at where they can be found, the main menu controls disappear off screen leaving just the shutter button (which will either be black if the camera aspect ratio is 4:3 or semi-transparent if 16:9) and the ‘…’ that signifies the settings menu.

 

Tapping the settings menu brings up options for turning on a guidance grid, toggling the flash and switching to the front camera. Just tap on the image to choose your focus point or let the autofocus do its thing.

 

Further options can be brought up by swiping in from the left edge. Here you can access the photo sphere mode, panorama and lens blur modes, as well as select the normal camera and video modes.

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