Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:50:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 The Best Stands for Your Computer Tower http://reviewtech.info/best-stands-for-computer-tower/ http://reviewtech.info/best-stands-for-computer-tower/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:00:48 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3790 There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having bought and built your very own custom PC. Meticulously scouring the internet for the best deals and the most compatible RAM for your motherboard can be an arduous process taking many hours of your time. But once you’ve finally decided on a keyboard, a monitor, a CPU ...

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having bought and built your very own custom PC. Meticulously scouring the internet for the best deals and the most compatible RAM for your motherboard can be an arduous process taking many hours of your time. But once you’ve finally decided on a keyboard, a monitor, a CPU and whatever else you need, the feeling of completion is triumphant.

But I am afraid to tell you that odds are you may have forgotten one last important component to your computer set up: a stand for your tower!

PC tower stands are a great addition to your set up because of several benefits. Having your computer rest a few inches above the ground can make it easier to move and to clean. You may even have your fans or PSU installed in such a way that this will make ventilation more efficient. Plus, let’s not forget that it will make your work or gaming space look more organized.

Below we have chosen three excellent tower stands, each with their unique advantages. We’ll go through how durable they are, how portable they are and help you decide which one is best for you and your tower.

The Monoprice Multi Media Desktop Stand

Monoprice is a fairly well known brand name with origins in the cable industry. They now offer a wider range of products including 3D printers, HDMI port hubs and even subwoofers. They even have laptop and monitor stands if that’s your fancy too.

Visual Design

It is safe to say that this is easily the most appealing stand on our list. There’s no doubt that one of the main selling points of the Monoprice is its glass base as indicated by the many positive reviews on Amazon. The thick glass is held up by four aluminum legs that makes it look like a small coffee table. It has a simplistic look to it that makes it classy without being distracting. You can probably bet that just about any PC set up would look better instantly with this as your stand.

Because of its transparent design it matches well in just about any room regardless of the style of floor, carpets or furniture accompanying it. If appearance really matters to you then you should heavily consider purchasing one for yourself.

While we’re mainly looking at the standard transparent model, there are actually four different versions: aluminum, black, silver and clear. Black and aluminum are the only ones that are not transparent and may be a better fit based on what your room or even your tower looks like. The silver and clear models look like foggier and discolored versions of transparent which we personally don’t prefer but your tastes may vary.

Monoprice Multi Media Desktop Stand

Utility

Some readers might be turned off by the fact that the Monoprice has no wheels, effectively making it too difficult to move around your computer. If you are the type who needs to move your tower on a consistent basis then it is clear that the Monprice will not give you the portability you are looking for. However, if all you need is to be able to lift your PC a few inches off the ground and don’t require any other adjustments then you should be fine.

This stand has adjustable legs that alter the height of the table by screwing or unscrewing the four legs. This extra versatility really comes in handy if you ever wanted to store anything beneath the stand or simply need the extra space to make your cleaning easier.

Versatility also applies to the actual dimensions of this stand. The Monoprice comes in several different sizes and you’ll certainly be able to find one that fits your PC tower’s size. You may even want a larger one to fit extra components such as speakers or video game controllers. The standard size is 22 inches by 9.5 inches, but you can also order their smallest size 19.5 x 8.5 inches or their largest at 30.8 x 11.5 inches.

Additionally, the four legs are totally detachable if you ever need to put the stand in storage. They require no tools and simply need to be screwed on or off by hand.

Resilience

You may be surprised but this thick glass frame is stronger than it looks. We can’t imagine how heavy your computer would have to be to impede its infrastructure. We wouldn’t recommend standing on it by any means but the Monoprice can easily handle a couple dozen pounds.

And since it isn’t even mobile in the first place the odds of it getting damaged are unlikely. You shouldn’t worry about cracks either as glass of this thickness is pretty hard to put a chip in. This is roughly twice as thick as your standard window and windows are designed to be durable themselves.

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The Kantek CS200B Mobile Stand

Where the Monoprice had visual design the Kantek has mobile design. They’re a brand that excels at appealing to both casual and business based consumers. That means that you’ll be satisfied whether you want a stand that works for a leisure set up or something that will fit in on the job.

Visual Design

As mentioned earlier, the Monoprice is certainly the most visually appealing stand on our list but that’s not to say that the others are not nice looking. The Kantec CS200B was designed for office cubicles and personal spaces. This stand certainly has more in common with the looks of older IBM desktops than the more flashy and modern gaming rigs that are more popular today. You might say it has a more early-2000’s vibe to it.

The stand itself is shaped like an X though that shape is masked once a tower is placed on it. It’s not very distracting but that could easily be attributed to its drab and generic style.

Kantek CS200B Mobile Stand

Utility

The wheels are a big plus when it comes to the Kantec. Moving your computer around on what is essentially a small trolley is safer and easier than sliding it across the ground or picking it up yourself. The wheels are much like the standard ones you find on office chairs or even certain appliances like barbecues. They remain sturdy on a variety of surfaces. And the wheels come with locks so you don’t have to worry about your expensive device rolling away on its own into oblivion as long as you remember to push the mini levers down.

The Kantec does a great job of securing your tower to the stand. The four side brackets are adjustable and will tighten to a variety of sizes. The base itself is also perfectly flat adding extra security to the foundation of the entire mechanism. In other words, it would be very hard to have your tower topple over.

Resilience

Despite being made almost entirely from plastic, this Kantec stand is hard to scuff and damage. It is both light and easy to move but the internal structure is well designed. You’d have to throw this thing under some absurdly extreme conditions in order to really get any noticeable wear and tear out of it. The plastic hinges and swivel functions don’t get any looser over time either so you can rely on its internal mechanisms to hold up for as long as you need them to.

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The 3M Adjustable CPU Stand

The 3M has a lot more in common with the Kantec than the Monoprice. This is noticeable by the X-shaped structure and the inclusion of wheels. They may not be sporting cutting edge aesthetics but they certainly do care about delivering top-notch durability and functionality.

Visual Design

The 3M is a little less drab looking than the Kantec. A darker charcoal is used for the base rather than the kind of grayish blue seen previously. The mounted cylinders add a little texture to the overall presentation though one might say they look more like out of place table legs than anything else.

The wheels look identical to the ones seen on the Kantec, locking levers and all. Though the base has a more noticeable swiveling feature and the lined grooves look more prominent and strategically planned out. This ultimately looks like a stand that was designed for functionality rather than approximating the look of office furniture.

3M Adjustable CPU Stand

Utility

Impressively, the 3M can adjust the width of its stand to over 9 inches. This allows it to easily support just about any kind of PC tower out there including ones used in high-grade server environments. While the wheels look identical to the previous model, they actually have sturdier breaks. This is useful as the 3M has a very high weight limit of 50 pounds, a size very few computers will ever reach even in more professional settings.

Resilience

The swiveling feature of the base is very smooth and easy to operate. It gives the sense that this stand has very well made internal components that can last a long time. The cylindrical arms are also extremely well stabilized. Despite their rounded edges, they firmly secure your PC tower very well and have smooth caps that prevent them from accidentally scuffing or scratching your computer.

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Final Thoughts: What Should I Buy?

It would be easy if we could just name a #1 winner as the overall best computer stand but unfortunately that isn’t how this works. It all really depends on how you are planning on using your stand and what your priorities are.

If you really care about visuals and have a more casual approach to your PC set up then the Monoprice Multi Media Stand is a no-brainer. It may not have wheels but it definitely will serve you well if you don’t plan on moving your PC tower stand much at all in the first place. It’s a great balance of style and durability.

As for the following stands that both have a lot in common we have to say that the M3 Adjustable CPU Stand is our pick if you want something a little more mobile and practical. It’s essentially just a slightly more advanced version of the Kantek Mobile Stand but with higher quality wheels and swiveling functionality. The Kantek is quite good, but the 3M is truly impressive when it comes to its utility.

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Ironside Computers Review: Custom Computer Design for Serious Gamers http://reviewtech.info/ironside-computers-review/ http://reviewtech.info/ironside-computers-review/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:12:08 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3764 Ironside Computers is an online PC builder for serious gamers who want to take a custom approach to buying their desktop or laptop. Basically, they give you a chance to design your own computer from a wide array of possible specs. You use their “Online Computer Builder” to pick out the hardware you want to ...

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Ironside Computers is an online PC builder for serious gamers who want to take a custom approach to buying their desktop or laptop. Basically, they give you a chance to design your own computer from a wide array of possible specs. You use their “Online Computer Builder” to pick out the hardware you want to include, which they then put together and ship out to you.

Although it is of course more expensive than building your own computer from scratch, the entire process is both well-designed and well-executed. Overall, working with Ironside PCs is an overwhelmingly positive experience.

Building Your Computer

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Ironside really makes an effort to make the process of designing your own computer as easy as possible while still leaving room for maximum customizability. To start with, you’re given the option of selecting either a desktop or a laptop. From there, they give you a few baseline models to choose from, along with four different levels of quality/price: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Iron.

Once you’ve selected your baseline computer, it’s now time to customize. You’re given a list of every single part that’s included, and you can swap any one of these out for something different just by clicking “Change.” This gives you total control over every aspect of the product. Want better storage? Buy better storage. Want more processing power? Buy a better processor. It’s as simple as that.

After you’ve decided on the exact setup you want, it then gets custom-built, checked, tested, and shipped in a matter of days. Note, though, that they can sometimes take a little longer than they say they will. They say standard construction takes 10 days while rush takes only five, but they have been known to get a day or two behind schedule.

Be fair, though–they are building an entire computer.

Design

Ironside Series Laptops / Iron

These computers are incredibly sleek and professional-looking. The exact look of your computer is going to be different based on the look you’re going for, but everything that passes out of this company’s hands is definitely aesthetically pleasing.

They also leave a good amount of space for further customization later on, so upgrading pieces after the fact isn’t going to be a problem.

Website

Ironside’s website is definitely user-friendly. When you’re designing your computer, it’s always clear what your different options are and what they will entail. You don’t have to go looking too hard for details on any of your specs–everything is laid out for you.

Customer Service

Customer service is probably one of Ironside’s greatest assets. Unfortunately they’re only available during the work week, 9am to 4.30pm CST, but if you can work out the time to contact them during those hours, you’re not going to be disappointed. This company’s entire business model revolves around customizing their product for individual consumers. And don’t worry if you don’t know too much about computers going into this process, either. They’ll help you figure out exactly what you need, and they’ll be patient with you the whole time, too.

In addition to live HR support, Ironside also keeps you very well-informed about exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. You’ll get a clear, professional email every time your computer passes through another step in the process. And again, if you have any questions, customer service is super willing to work with you.

Performance

Because everything is so variable based on the kind of product you order, it’s hard to give too many specifics about these computers’ performance. In general, though, you can trust everything to run very smoothly, even with the most exacting of programs. These things are built for serious gamers. They’re fast and they’re reliable.

In terms of pre-loaded software, meanwhile, Ironside computers don’t really come with that much in terms of bloat. They have Windows 10 downloaded during the construction process, but beyond that, it’s really up to you.

Ironside’s website claims that they intensively test every piece of your computer before it’s shipped out, with “multiple stress and benchmark programs that heavily stress each individual component in your computer.” If for some reason something doesn’t work the way you expected it to, though, their customer service is extremely helpful, and they’ll usually get the thing fixed quickly and cheaply.

Conclusion

Overall, Ironside Computers is a very good option for any serious gamer who doesn’t have the time to build an entire PC on their own. They have a good system going. And what’s not to love about a custom-built machine with the exact specs you want?

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Sparkster: Decentralized Software Creation Without the Technical Knowhow http://reviewtech.info/sparkster/ http://reviewtech.info/sparkster/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:28:43 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3752 Computer programing is an ever-evolving field. There are many languages, protocols, and technical aspects that interact. Although useful, we rarely teach these skills and languages at schools. This makes even the thought of developing a decentralized app a daunting prospect for the average person. As a result, fantastic ideas often go by the way. That’s what Sparkster hopes to change. Sparkster ...

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Computer programing is an ever-evolving field. There are many languages, protocols, and technical aspects that interact. Although useful, we rarely teach these skills and languages at schools. This makes even the thought of developing a decentralized app a daunting prospect for the average person. As a result, fantastic ideas often go by the way. That’s what Sparkster hopes to change.

Sparkster is a company that intends to give innovative people the ability to create their own decentralized software, even if they know nothing about programming or blockchain architecture. They claim to make building applications very easy, and offer the ability to connect to popular services when the app is complete. In this article, we’ll examine in further detail what Sparkster is, how it works, and how their SPAK token is implemented in their ecosystem.

What is Sparkster?

The Sparkster platform allows people to bring their ideas to reality. That’s the company’s ethos, anyway. They recognize that many people have great ideas for new software, but may be lacking the technical skillset to make them happen. Sparkster allows users of their platform to develop their own innovative software without needing to know any code at all. Their decentralized cloud for smart software enables businesses and individuals to create applications without needing to rely on software agencies or third parties.

The platform gives users the ability to use pre-made blocks in a drag-and-drop format to create their ideal software. Rather than having to learn a complex coding language, each element is described in plain English. This means that entrepreneurs can both define and understand the elements of their own unique software. The code for this is then generated in the backend without the user having to write it.

The UK-based firm has a background in eCommerce and software as a service. In 2014, they began working on the concept of Sparkster, before releasing the platform to a private beta in 2017. The company is currently taking signups for their crowdsale.

Road Map

How Does Sparkster Work?

There are three main components to the platform: 

  • Building Interfaces. The block-based user interface gives users intuitive units of code that they can drag and drop as they require. These interfaces are built in HTML5, meaning that they are compatible across most devices.
  • Logic Blocks. These simple blocks can be snapped together to develop a wide variety of combinations of functionality. This means that users can build applications that are specific to their needs or business niche.
  • Connectivity. Once a user has created their unique user interface, Sparkster allows account holders to integrate their app with other major services. This includes both internal Sparkster apps, and external services. Examples of the latter include APIs, smart contracts, AI, or Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

One of the big selling points of the platform is its scalability. Not only can small enterprises or individuals develop their apps, but larger organizations can too. Part of this scalability comes from the security of the platform. All data transfer is encrypted, regardless of whether it’s external or internal. Furthermore, each data transaction is authenticated too. This scalability and security is inherent to the platform, meaning that businesses of all sizes can make use of it.

Sparkster TECH STACK
TECH STACK

What is the SPARK Token?

As Sparkster state in their whitepaper, “the SPARK token provides a vehicle for consumers of Sparkster-authored components to compensate the author for their contribution, and gives authors an incentive to contribute to our Marketplace.” The ERC20-based token is what powers and incentives the platform. It allows for micropayments to be made to the authors of innovative software and applications developed on the site. It will be the only currency that users can transact in. Miners will also be rewarded for their contribution of processing power from smartphones and IoT devices that run Sparkster software.

A token presale is set for June/July 2018. The total supply of SPARK is 435,000,000, with a total circulating supply of 290,000,000. 250,000,000 will be up for grabs during the presale, with 38,000,000 allocated for the crowdsale and 2,000,000 allocated for marketing. Each token will be valued at $0.15, with a soft cap of $5 million and a hard cap of $30 million.

Sparkster Final Thoughts

The mission of Sparkster is certainly an ambitious one. Software programing is hard to master, so the opportunity for people who lack that knowledge to create software still is an appealing prospect. The company is currently beta testing their platform, which is a good sign. However, it remains to be seen how useful it will prove to be. Their goals for their presale are fairly modest compared to some, yet with enough momentum, Sparkster could prove to be a company and platform that brings a whole new level of ingenuity to the market.


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Cowin E-7: Fair Quality Headphones at a Bargain Price http://reviewtech.info/cowin-e-7-headphones-review/ http://reviewtech.info/cowin-e-7-headphones-review/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:16:52 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3737 Checking in at just under $60 on Amazon, the Cowin E-7 noise-cancelling headphones are built for the music lover on a budget. You might not exactly fall head-over-heels for any headphone set when you get down to this price range, and as a newcomer to the industry, Cowin certainly has some flaws when it comes to product design. ...

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Checking in at just under $60 on Amazon, the Cowin E-7 noise-cancelling headphones are built for the music lover on a budget. You might not exactly fall head-over-heels for any headphone set when you get down to this price range, and as a newcomer to the industry, Cowin certainly has some flaws when it comes to product design. That said, it still pulls through with some surprising strengths, making it a strong contender for the right kind of buyer.

What’s in the box?

Cowin E7 Box
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For an all-plastic pair of headphones, the E-7 is surprisingly stylish. It’s a little bulky around the ears, so it’s not especially well-suited for jogging or other kinds of exercise, but a soft faux leather on the head strap and on the inside of the ear cups makes for surprisingly comfortable everyday wear. The padding is stable around your ears and decently breathable.

The ear cups easily swivel and ratchet up and down can be made to lie flat on the outside for travel. Unfortunately, though, they don’t turn inwards, so this isn’t the easiest pair of headphones to carry around. The travelling pouch these come with won’t protect from impacts or water damage, although a sturdier, rubber carrying case is available.

The ear cups are a little stiff to adjust but will stay firmly in place. The whole thing slides nicely over the ears, and thanks to its adjustable arms, there’s never too much pressure anywhere. It’s also fairly lightweight, at a little over half a pound.

You have your pick of colors with this product, too. They come in black, blue, purple, red, and white, and the glossy chrome outside is pretty nice—if you’re willing to put up with fingerprint smudges, of course. They are still all-plastic, so they might feel a little cheap and their build quality is moderate.

The cable is a little short (48”), but battery life is pretty good. The website lists it at 30 hours, and it only takes about three hours to charge. That’s not a bad deal for $60.

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Sound quality

Cowin E7 Ear PadsThe E-7 offers great wireless range, although it does tend to sound somewhat muffled (especially with active noise cancellation on). The bass, while often a little boomy, is heavy and performs well. The midrange can be overpowering, and the treble, while well-supported, often lacks clarity. The soundstage isn’t the most open, either, though this is somewhat improved with active noise cancellation on.

Overall, the sound has a tendency towards muddiness and distortion. There is an overall warm, round sound, but this product has a great deal of static even at moderate volumes. This gets worse when the volume is lowered, and raising the volume increases distortion.

Additionally, although these are marketed as noise-cancelling headphones, they’re far from the best at retaining quality while actively blocking out noise. In terms of passive noise cancellation, they work fairly well. Even without turning on the noise cancelling function, the E-7 easily blocks out most ambient noises, making it easy to immerse yourself in the music.

Once you try turning noise cancellation on, though, things get a little more complicated. The audio quality is drastically reduced, taking on a canned quality. This is especially true at lower volumes. Moreover, turning on active noise cancellation doesn’t do much to further block out ambient noise. Loud background sounds can still be heard, and it’s not that much better than when noise cancellation is turned off.

Wonky design

Cowin E7 HeadphonesThe E-7’s controls are poorly thought-out. Short-pressing the plus and minus icons on the triangle outside the right ear cup lets you skip forward or back on an audio track. If you want to adjust the volume, though, you have to long-press on these same areas—making it difficult to get the volume exactly as you want. And even with long-presses, volume adjustment is still counterintuitive, since the minus sign is for some reason above the plus sign.

The call function on these headphones is a little off, as well. The microphone is on the upper part of the ear cups and points away from the face, resulting in muffled audio quality. Additionally, double-clicking the play/pause button automatically redials the last number called—a potentially useful function, but easy to accidentally misuse.

In terms of your audio connection, you get the option of toggling between an aux chord, Bluetooth, and active noise cancellation with Bluetooth. These have good wireless connection, and you can listen to them while they charge. One drawback, though, is that you have to use Bluetooth if you want active noise cancellation.

Should you buy this?

That said, they’re only $60. They’re the Amazon #1 bestseller for DJ headphones, with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. They perform well, allowing for easy Bluetooth connection and simple manual controls. They have strong passive noise cancellation and battery life, and their ear cups fit comfortably over the ears.

These aren’t the headphones for an audio aficionado, but they’re a solid choice for the average consumer.

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Car Technology Trends 2018  http://reviewtech.info/car-technology-trends/ http://reviewtech.info/car-technology-trends/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:43:47 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3722 2017 was a difficult year for the auto industry, with overall sales being down against the previous year. Unfortunately, this is a trend that seems set to continue, at least for the short-term. However, despite this gloomy outlook, there is still a lot to be excited about from the automotive industry. New companies continue to innovate the ...

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2017 was a difficult year for the auto industry, with overall sales being down against the previous year. Unfortunately, this is a trend that seems set to continue, at least for the short-term. However, despite this gloomy outlook, there is still a lot to be excited about from the automotive industry. New companies continue to innovate the marketplace, and established names are being forced to pull out all the stops to keep up.

Technology in vehicles had been sadly lacking. Although there have been vast improvements over the last decade, most vehicles haven’t kept pace with the cutting-edge technological developments seen in areas such as smart phones and computers. However, it seems like change is on the horizon as a number of new technologies are introduced and perfected. The remainder of 2018 will hopefully see some exciting developments in car technology trends. In this article we’ll take a look at some that show the most promise.

The Electric Age Continues to Dawn

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There was some good news to come out of 2017; sales of electric vehicles were up considerably. There were big releases from Tesla (the Model 3) and Chevy (the Bolt), as well as announcements for 2018 EVs from Nissan (the new Leaf) and Audi (the e-tron Quattro). It’s great to see companies, both established and new, challenging one another for what will almost certainly be the future of transportation.

Electric cars are more viable than ever before. Tesla has proven that a practical and affordable modern car can be mass-produced, and Chevy has demonstrated that incredibly long ranges can be achieved without sacrificing power or convenience. Expect to see more exciting announcements and concepts from leading brands, as electric vehicles are more widely adopted.

Cars Will Be More Connected

Connected Vehicles

Connected vehicles will finally hit the mainstream in 2018. We mentioned in the introduction that technologies have been lagging behind somewhat, but that’s changing. So what are connected cars? Well, they’re vehicles that allow the driver and passengers to connect a range of devices to use with the car, as well as features like a wireless connection, infotainment unit, and in-dash system. Other features include automated driver assistance, assisted safety features, and the ability to monitor and update car and software vitals.

The impressive array of features that will embody connected cars will continue to grow, and more vehicles in 2018 will be connected. The Internet of Things will play a major role in keeping our smart devices in sync with all areas of our lives, including our vehicles. There are big expectations for the connected cars market, and 2018 will mark the start of its growth.

Developments in Driverless Vehicles

Google self-driving car

We’re still a long way from a world where driverless vehicles are commonplace. The start of 2018 saw a big setback to Uber’s self-driving vehicle trial, in the most tragic of circumstances. It’s clear that there is much to be done to build on the early stages of this technology, and until the driverless vehicles are safer and smarter, they won’t be taking to the roads any time soon. However, 2018 will hopefully see a lot more progress in terms of self-driving vehicles.

You only have to look at a list of the plans for driverless vehicles in 2018 to see that many global companies are committed to developing this technology. We’ll hopefully see a lot of road tests, positive results, and improvements to the technology in 2018.

Emerging AI Assistance

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Although fully-automated vehicles are still a way off, technology-assisted ones are very much a reality. Features such as adaptive lighting control, automatic braking, automatic parking, and collision avoidance systems are all becoming commonplace in our cars. We are more in tune with our vehicles than ever before, thanks to a range of technologies that help us when we drive. And this is just the beginning.

Technology giants NVidia announced their plans to partner with Volkswagen to develop AI systems that will make cars smarter and offer more driver assistance. Elements such as voice, gesture, and facial recognition, technology we’re already familiar with, could find its way into our vehicles. Expect to see more announcements of a similar nature coming from other companies in 2018.

The Continued Rise of Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft

Ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft continued to perform strongly in 2017. Their approach has truly revolutionized the way we get around. Not only are taxi firms struggling to keep up, but there is a definite shift in attitude towards owning a car. This is particularly true of those who live in inner-cities. The costs of owning and maintaining a vehicle in an urban setting are ever increasing. As such, more commuters are turning to ride sharing services to navigate the busy innards of metropolitan life.

2018 will likely see the wider adoption of carpool apps and services, as well as the continued dominance of apps like Uber and Lyft. However, taxi firms are not quite ready to close their doors just yet, and they will likely start pushing their own apps and online services in a bid to compete in the marketplace.

An Exciting Year to Come

Even amongst the struggling sales numbers, car manufacturers are finding ways to innovate and improve their vehicles. 2018 has already shown some glimpses of what’s to come, and there are no doubt more surprises in store. What’s clear is that technology is very much the driving force behind improvements in the auto industry. From increased automation to greater connectivity, the changes that we’re seeing are setting the foundations for the future of cars. Electric vehicles are bringing an ever more environmentally friendly and responsible method of transportation, and ride sharing services are changing the way we think about transportation. So despite a slowdown in overall vehicle tech progression recently, the advancements that will do end up seeing will be exciting, especially with the likes of Nvidia and other tech giants getting involved.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Review: The Best Bluetooth, Noise Canceling Headphones? http://reviewtech.info/bose-quietcomfort-35-series-2-review/ http://reviewtech.info/bose-quietcomfort-35-series-2-review/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 17:43:56 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3684 For years, Bose has been trusted with providing some of the best wireless and sound proof headphones in the entire business. They continue that tradition with the QuietComfort 35 model which aims to take the experience to an even greater height. Bose designed these headphones specifically for the portable and on-the-go crowd. If you want nothing but ...

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Bose QuietComfort 35Much like how the Bose QuietComfort 35 was an improvement over the QuietComfort 25, the series II takes what was great about the QC35, adds some optional wireless tools and tweaks the sound signature for better optimization. We would absolutely recommend that you spend the extra couple of bucks to go for this upgraded model. Many headphone companies have been redoing their bestselling models lately with a more modern or accessible spin, but Bose’s attempt at this trend really stands out from most other iterations.
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For years, Bose has been trusted with providing some of the best wireless and sound proof headphones in the entire business. They continue that tradition with the QuietComfort 35 model which aims to take the experience to an even greater height.

Bose designed these headphones specifically for the portable and on-the-go crowd. If you want nothing but raw audiophile power, you will have to look elsewhere though. These headphones are meant to be brought with you anywhere with their rechargeable battery lasting up to 20 hours of noise canceling performance—there lies their advantage.

The Basics

The QuietComfort 35 II comes in two primary colors, black and silver. The headphones sport two different kinds of chargers, a car charger and a USB based one that is included with the compatible wall plugin. The ear-cups are closed-back rather than open-back, leading to superior outer noise reduction.

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As part of the name implies, this is the second edition of the QC35, an upgraded version of the QuietComfort 25. Both the second edition and the original QC35 sound much better than the older models, but the Series II comes with new “action buttons.”

This new feature gives you access to the Google Assistant voice-activated app. It’s a bit of a gimmick that will probably not be a game changer for most consumers, but it’s an interesting step in the direction of making headphones more integrated with smartphone technology. Speaking of which Bose even created a free app for these headphones that allows you to better calibrate equalization settings and the like.

The build isn’t made of the sturdiest materials considering the price range but the QuietComfort 35 II will surely survive at least a couple major accidents.

Comfort

While they may look a little small or a little stiff, Bose has truly made an incredibly snug fit of a pair. With the circumaural cups (pads that completely envelop your ears), the QuietComfort 35 II really lives up to the “comfort” in its name. Both of the ear-pads and the headband are made from the same material—a very soft and plushy sort of pseudo velour that makes you want to sink into all three spots as if tiny pillows are pushing into your head.

The fact that the QuietComfort 35 II is also quite lightweight only adds to this level of comfort. This headband is different and more minimalist than older Bose models, and we can only suspect that this is what added to the final weight count. These headphones were designed to rest on your head for several hours at a time. Pressure and unnecessary tightness will not build up, leaving you and your music uninterrupted for however long you want.

Style

This is one category that Bose has never really excelled in. While looks never make the headphone, and part of us wants to commend Bose for only putting their time and resources into what really matters, the fact is that Sony and Sennheiser have always made the more fashionable wireless cans. Even newer brands like V-Moda which began their entry into the business with unique looking headbands and geometric shaped cups have carried that habit over into the wireless end of things lately.

If you’ve seen one pair of Bose headphones, you’ve probably seen them all. The QuietComfort 35 II is no exception to this rule of thumb. The oval shaped earcups, the metal and plastic components always resting in the same spots, even the way they fold up to be put in their carrying case is the same.

It’s not that Bose makes ugly looking headphones or earbuds, not at all. It’s more like they look bland and very basic. While style and looks certainly account for some points, we would never really recommend people to buy or neglect any given pair based off of looks alone. If you happen to be the type of person who wears headphones as trinkets and accessories and places functionality second, you probably wouldn’t be shopping for Bose at all in the first place.

Sound

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II SoundBluetooth and other kinds of wireless headphones usually tend to fall behind in the sound quality department. The fact of the matter is, you can either have the highest of hi-fi sound quality or the most advanced new technology in noise-canceling and Bluetooth functionality. There’s a reason why both ends of the spectrum never meet. Companies that make the most advanced technological headphones have to go easy on including the most advanced speakers and drivers in order to keep the price affordable.

Luckily, higher priced cans like the QuietComfort 35 II can still maximize sound quality as much as is practical and feasible. This new model sounds much better than previous entries like the QuietComfort 25, despite looking very similar at first glance.

The QC35 II’s have better clarity, balance and dynamics. Vocals will be more audible and spoken words will be easier to decipher as they are better distinguished from instrumentation. Where the QC25’s had a little too weak high end ranges, the QC35 II’s do a better job of making bass and treble frequencies sound balanced. Even acoustic and electric instruments sound more authentic and crisp, even if both are being played at the same time. And as usual for Bose, electronic instrumentation sounds good.

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Hostgator vs Bluehost for Webhosting http://reviewtech.info/hostgator-vs-bluehost-for-webhosting/ http://reviewtech.info/hostgator-vs-bluehost-for-webhosting/#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:08:06 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3705 There’s no shortage of web hosts to choose from. With so many options, it can get confusing making the right choice. From pricing to uptime, there are a lot of factors to weigh as well. That’s why today we will be comparing two of the most popular webhosts, Hostgator and Bluehost. Uptime, Speed and Security Having ...

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There’s no shortage of web hosts to choose from. With so many options, it can get confusing making the right choice. From pricing to uptime, there are a lot of factors to weigh as well. That’s why today we will be comparing two of the most popular webhosts, Hostgator and Bluehost.

Uptime, Speed and Security

Having a secure and fast website is a priority for any webmaster.

Both Hostgator and Bluehost are some of the most reliable web hosts currently available. How do they pair up? Lets take a look.

Hostgator Uptime

Hostgator guarantees a 99.99% uptime and even offers shared or reseller customers 1 free month if servers fall short. As you can see from this screenshot, they have an extremely consistent uptime. You won’t have to worry about your website going down any time soon.

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Hostgator Speed

The speed at which your pages load is tied to both the user experience and SEO. Faster load times is known to increase your rankings and make your website more enjoyable.

WPBeginner performed a speed test for Hostgator and found the following results.

Their test site loaded in less than 1 second, that’s blazing fast. This is also faster than 94% of other websites, putting Hostgator in one of the top positions.

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Hostgator Security

The last thing anyone wants is their website hacked or compromised. With Hostgator, you can have peace of mind knowing:

  • You have access to SSL certificates which add an extra layer of security to your website.
  • SiteLock and CodeGuard add-ons are available for more protection.
  • You can get daily backups so your website files are always safe.
  • Hostgator has powerful firewalls to stop DDoS attacks.

Bluehost Uptime

Bluehost boasts an uptime rate of 99.98%. That’s only 0.01% behind Hostgator. While not a huge amount of course, every bit counts when it comes to your website.

Hosting Facts performed an uptime test and concluded that over a 12 month period, there was only one hour of downtime total.

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Bluehost Speed

Improving page load speed has been a huge priority for Bluehost in recent years. In the past, their load times were around 1,500ms. At the moment, they clock in at approximately 522ms which beats Hostgator.

If your website fails to load within a few seconds, bounce rates are known to increase by upwards to 70%.

Bluehost Security

Bluehost has some very unique security measures in place to keep your website as safe as possible. The first of which is two-factor authentication. This means that when you log into your account, you’ll also have to enter a special code that is messaged to your phone.

Secondly, when speaking with customer service, a randomly generated token is given to you from the cPanel. This helps prove you are the owner of the account to prevent social engineering from occurring.

Bluehost also offers an SSL certificate with certain plans just like Hostgator. If you plan to run an e-commerce store, you will need one to remain PCI compliant. In general, it keeps websites more safe and your users at ease.

Pricing

Since you’re using your hard earned money to purchase web hosting, it needs to be worth while. Hostgator and Bluehost both have very competitive pricing with some slight differences.

Bluehost Pricing

Shared packages are always the most affordable, no matter which webhost you choose. With Bluehost, their “Basic” shared plan starts at $2.95/month.

Here’s the thing though. You can only get billed annually with Bluehost, not monthly. If you want to just test them out, you’ll get billed for the entire year and then have to make the decision to stay or not afterwards.

Aside from shared hosting, these are the other packages they offer:

  • Cloud hosting: Starts at $6.95/month
  • WordPress hosting: Starts at $19.99/month
  • WooCommerce hosting: Starts at $6.95/month
  • VPS hosting: Starts at $19.99/month
  • Dedicated hosting: Starts at $79.99/month
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Hostgator Pricing

One of the immediate benefits of choosing Hostgator is that you can choose to be billed on a monthly basis. This makes payment, cancelling, and upgrades way more convenient.

Hostgator’s shared plans start as low as $2.75/month as you can see below.

If you want more powerful plans, you can also choose from:

  • Cloud hosting: Starts from $4.95/month
  • WordPress hosting: Starts at $5.95/month
  • VPS hosting: Starts at $19.95/month
  • Dedicated hosting: Starts at $119.00/month

Between the two, Hostgator has cheaper shared, cloud, WordPress, and VPS hosting. Bluehost’s dedicated hosting is much more affordable though.

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Customer Support

Being able to get help when you need it is important. Tons of things can go wrong with a website so customer service is a must when considering hosting.

Bluehost and Hostgator have very similar customer service features. You can reach them through phone, email, or livechat which gives you a nice variety.

Their dedicated teams are available 24/7 365 as well. This means that you’ll always have assistance when you require it.

Hostgator vs Bluehost Conclusion

Both hosts have their pros and cons. When it comes to pricing, Hostgator wins. Most of the plans are cheaper than Bluehost. Unless you’re interested in getting dedicated hosting, most will benefit from choosing Hostgator.

Page speed, uptime, and security are essentially on par between the two as well. The features you get with each plan are also identical. When it comes down to it, the deciding factor will mostly be price. With this in mind, consider your budget and choose wisely.

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How Mainframe Hopes to Change Online Communication http://reviewtech.info/how-mainframe-hopes-to-change-online-communication/ http://reviewtech.info/how-mainframe-hopes-to-change-online-communication/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:01:14 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3669 If the recent news surrounding Cambridge Analytica is anything to go by, it’s clear that the way personal data is being treated needs to change. Although in Europe, changes such as the GDPR are trying to give users greater control over what personal data they hand over, and what it’s used for, there’s still a long way ...

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Mainframe Communications

If the recent news surrounding Cambridge Analytica is anything to go by, it’s clear that the way personal data is being treated needs to change. Although in Europe, changes such as the GDPR are trying to give users greater control over what personal data they hand over, and what it’s used for, there’s still a long way to go. Enter Mainframe, a company dedicated to decentralizing and securing the way organizations communicate online.

Mainframe’s blockchain-based platform uses innovative technology to provide a secure, decentralized network that is resistant to censorship, using end-to-end encryption. Although their goals are lofty, the company has already shown off an early build of their platform. As they ramp up their publicity and funding, we’ll take a closer look at Mainframe. In this article we’ll discuss what Mainframe is, how the technology works, and why we need it.

What is Mainframe?

You can read Mainframe’s full whitepaper over at their website. It gives a good mix of both the technical details of the platform, as well as some layman explanations. As we established in the introduction though, Mainframe is a secure, decentralized communications network. This doesn’t just apply to person-to-person messaging, but encompasses many forms of data packet transfer. It’s resistant to censorship, surveillance, and interference, and relies on a decentralized peer-to-peer network of nodes to power it. This means that no matter what, the network will keep running and keep your communications secure.

Mainframe demonstrated one of their applications, Onyx, at Devcon3 developers’ conference at the end of 2017, and the messaging service is now available in beta stage to download. They promise that it will deliver a secure platform for ‘internal communications for companies dealing with sensitive information and high liability, as in sectors like health care, finance, and government.’ It’s a system equivalent to a decentralized Slack with ‘dark routing’ and other features. Onyx and the Mainframe infrastructure are in their early stages, but what it promises is intriguing and potentially game-changing. As founder Mick Hagen puts it, ‘This isn’t a project, this is a movement. We aim to create a new layer of the internet where privacy and freedom are first class citizens.’

How does it Work?

There are five main points that Mainframe focuses on when explaining how their systems work. We’ve summed up each one below for greater clarity:

  • Encryption

    This plays a big role in the plans Mainframe have for their platform. It’s impossible for an outside party to view content that you send via the protocol thanks to the end-to-end encryption that is used. In layman’s terms, this means that messages you send on the platform, regardless of whether on a P2P or group basis, remain private.

  • Dark routing

    This is one of the features that make Mainframe so impressive. The company claims that it is ‘effectively impossible’ for an outside agency to identify, monitor, or trace the communication between two parties. The platform utilizes multiple ‘nodes’ to disperse data across the network, but only the target node can read the data packet sent.

  • Incentivization

    Mainframe has created their own digital token, known as MFT, to foster growth and participation in their systems. Users can create the ‘nodes’ we mentioned above, whereby they dedicate bandwidth towards the services that run on the Mainframe platform. The user can then determine the services, pricing, and medium of exchange for use of their node. They are rewarded in MFT. Although technically a digital currency, Mainframe stated that it’s not a trade investment in the same way other cryptocurrencies are.

  • Peer-to-Peer Architecture

    In order to combat service outages and preserve the integrity of their network, Mainframe runs on a peer-to-peer infrastructure. This means it’s not reliant on specific nodes or connections to keep it live, services are distributed across the network.

  • Interoperability

    The aim of the company is to provide this secure, persistent, and decentralized platform to any app, network or blockchain that uses it. Providing that a company or service provider can prove that their needs and intentions match up with the Mainframe ethos, a service development kit will be provided to them.

Mainframe Potential

Organizations that are concerned with security breaches, third-party interference, and services outages should take note. Mainframe aims to release the shackles of existing corporate communication structures with their decentralized platform. The implications are potentially huge, and could change the way people communicate online.

However, although the company is making waves online and has shown encouraging progress so far, it’s too early to tell whether their potential will be met. Mainframe’s roadmap and strategy for delivery still seems a little vague, and it’s difficult to see just how they aim to deliver the widespread usage of the platform. Although the Onyx messenger system seems like a solid start, they still have the likes of Slack and many, many others to compete with. But their decentralized privacy offers a distinct advantage to those in need.

Overall, Mainframe is an exciting prospect that deserves close attention. Their ethos seems to genuinely promote a decentralized and secure way of communicating. Giving power and freedom back to the people seems to be their true goal, and the technologies that they’ve built to achieve this are intriguing to say the least. It’s impossible to say right now whether they’re capable of delivering all they intend, but the early signs are certainly encouraging.

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Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless vs Sennheiser HD1 Headphones: Which One Has the Edge? http://reviewtech.info/beyerdynamic-aventho-wireless-vs-sennheiser-hd1-headphones/ http://reviewtech.info/beyerdynamic-aventho-wireless-vs-sennheiser-hd1-headphones/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:33:27 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3639 ‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile ...

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‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile world. They also have a reputation for creating very expensive headphones like the Orpheus or the HD800s.

Beyerdynamic is a company that doesn’t have as much a reputation among newcomers to the world of high fidelity audio, but they do have a strong name that is backed by many knowledgeable enthusiasts the world over. Both of these companies are absolute titans when it comes to delivering some of the best headphones ever made, period.

We felt it was appropriate to put these two German kings head to head and compare a pair of their most recent products: Beyerdynamics Aventho Wireless and the Sennheiser HD1s. Similar in price range, power and style, these are brands that are aiming at the same audience, more or less. But which is better, for specific purposes and in general?

The Specs

Like any curious audiophile, you’re probably wondering how they compare on a technical level, so let’s get that out of the way. Both of these headphones are in the same price range, so they’re virtually identical when it comes to that. Both are closed-back headphones, meaning that the sound will not bleed through the casing. Closed-back headphones provide better isolation from external noise, though typically have less accurate or less authentic soundstage (the quality of emulating the position of instruments relative to your ear).

When it comes to impedance, both are in the same ballpark. Impedance is measured in ohms, and is an indication of a headphones’ power. The higher the impedance is, the more amplification it will require to function at optimal levels, though higher impedance is heavily correlated with better sound quality. All of the best reviewed and expensive headphones often have impedances ranging from 200 to 600 ohms.

The Aventho scores at 32 ohms, and the HD1 scores at 18. Theoretically, the Aventho is the more powerful pair but generally speaking the difference between 18 and 32 is negligible and probably isn’t even noticeable at all. 16-32 ohms is the common range and anything under 50 ohms can be easily powered by any simple portable device like a smartphone, requiring no external amplification. On paper, the Aventho wins by a small amount, but the difference is so minor that it may not even count in the end.

Style

These headphones are very similar in aesthetics and appearance. The Aventho comes in two colors and the HD1 comes in a few, but they all go for the same kind of faux-leather look with muted, calm colors like brown, beige and black. Think of expensive sofas or the interior of luxury vehicles, these things often act as the influence for a lot of stylish looking headphones these days.

Both headphones have the velour faux-leather headband that splits into the adjustable metal bars that connect to the speakers. The pads themselves are the same color and fabric as the headbands. The combination of thin steel and velour gives them a very particular look, one that says they are half modern, half old fashioned, which is very likely a deliberate choice.

It was a hard pick as they both look quite similar but the HD1 wins when it comes to looks. The headband features stitching that gives it just a slight edge when it comes to character, and the metal pieces are more attractive and shinier looking, plus they sport the Sennheiser logo as a holographic symbol.

Comfort

Comfort is a very important factor when it comes to just about any headphones. You are potentially going to have these things on your head for hours at a time, be that for music sessions, movies or gaming. The Sennheiser HD1s are the clear winner of this category.

The Aventho’s, like some of Beyerdynamic’s other brand, namely the DT1350, are a little too tight on the head. It’s ironic because these headphones are very adjustable and can fit any sized head and even feature swiveling ear cups. But they start to get too tight after a couple of hours. The earcups themselves are also supra-aural or on-the ear, meaning they push against your ears instead of completely enveloping them.

The HD1s are circum-aural or over-the ear, so they will completely cover your ears which always makes for a more relaxing experience. The headband is also a little softer and thicker than the Aventho’s and they have a wider girth, resulting in a less tight and more comfortable resting on the head. The HD1 also has much softer and thicker earpads. They feel like miniature pillows resting on your head.

Sound Quality

Here we go; this is arguably the only category that matters for some of you. The Sennheiser HD1s feature very good bass and mid-range frequencies, but are a little muddy on the high end trebles and soprano ranges. This might be a deal breaker if you listen to music that heavily relies on such ranges, like metal music or even some classical. Virtually every other genre of music sounds great, and if you have a very analytical way of listening to music and want to notice every minute detail, these headphones will satisfy your needs.

The Beyerdynamic Aventho is of course a wireless headphone, and often wireless headphones sacrifice quality for this extra convenience. That is not the case with the Aventhos so we have to give extra points to Beyerdynamic for that. All ranges of frequencies, low, mid and high, are represented quite nicely. The bass and the treble never seem to be inadequate and are always discernible and noticeable. The problem here is that they can’t handle heavy instrumentation. Pop and hip hop for example will be fine, but any tracks with lots of instruments (classical or big band) will suffer a bit. These headphones struggle at multitasking several different sounds and textures.

We’ve said this before, but it was a hard one to decide. In most respects, these headphones have a lot in common but ultimately we have to go with the HD1s. They are our winner for both sound quality and are overall the better headphones, even if only slightly. While the high end could be a little more crisp and clear, they are more analytical in their presentation and are better at exposing details. The nail in the coffin of the Aventhos was their lack of handling multiple instruments at once well enough.

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Final Thoughts

These are both great models that have hit the market rather recently, and we earnestly believe that anyone who buys either one of these will be deeply satisfied. It’s true that the HD1s are slightly more comfortable, better looking and better sounding, but it really was a photo finish throughout this article. We hope you enjoyed seeing these two great but slightly flawed products go head to head and we hope you end up having the pleasure of owning one of them soon.

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AKG K92 Headphones: To Buy or Not to Buy http://reviewtech.info/akg-k92-headphones-review/ http://reviewtech.info/akg-k92-headphones-review/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:48:10 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3622 The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they ...

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The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they have remained utterly unrivaled and unchallenged in attracting new members of the audiophile community.

AKG released a new pair that is also trying to gain some ground on this specific demographic. The AKG K92, an even less expensive pair of headphones, is trying to attract the same userbase as the HD598’s, though at an even lower price. Does it have what it takes to compete?

What comes in the box

The packaging of the K92 is standard affair. The cable length is 3 meters long, which already implies that indoor environments are what AKG had in mind with these headphones – more on that later. AKG also included a 6.3mm screw-on adapter, so that anyone who wants to plug in the K92 into an amplifier or a device with a larger input hole can do so. The headphones are fairly light, only weighing about half a pound or so. The earcups are circumaural, meaning they completely envelop your ears, as opposed to pushing against them. This combined with the light weight makes for a very comfortable piece of equipment.

The color and styling of the headphones is quite appealing. The black and gold combination gives it the look of a luxury item, but isn’t flashy or shiny enough to be considered excessive or over the top.

Tech Specs

AKG’s K92 doesn’t have any mind blowing specs that will intrigue audiophiles right off the bat, like with a much more expensive pair such as Beyerdynamic’s DT 990. The K92’s impedance is 32 ohms, which is fairly standard. This means they don’t need much extra power at all, and do not require external amplification from a dedicated headphone amplifier. Again, this is a technical detail that already heavily hints at the kind of consumer AKG is aiming for with these headphones. The K92s will work no problem by being directly plugged into virtually any device that plays audio, including phones or tablets.

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Sound Quality

There’s a couple of things that need to be gotten out of the way before we continue. For its price range, the quality of these headphones are pretty good. With the exception of some of Grado or Audio Technica’s cheapest over-ear headphones, the K92 does demolish a lot of the cheap brands that sell for similar prices like Skull Candy. But does the K92 offer a sound that’s as impressive as, say, the ATH-M20 or the SR-60e, which are just outside the K92’s price range?

For starters, the noise isolation on the K92 is adequate. While external, ambient noise is not completely blocked out, as you can still hear sounds when no music is playing, the noise reduction is perfectly fine as long as you have music playing at a decent volume. This is important as these are closed-back headphones, which means they prioritize noise isolation over characteristics associated with sound quality, like soundstage or imaging.

And how is the K92’s soundstage? It’s okay. Again, these are budget headphones, and that must always be taken into account when trying to compare different headphones, otherwise the only pair anyone would ever recommend in any situation would be the Sennheiser Orpheus. So compared to unknown brands one might find in a department store or HMV, the K92 will give the listener a taste of what the phenomenon of soundstage is like. You will be able to slightly detect different instruments coming from different directions. However, soundstage is a quality best experienced via open back headphones, and as such it is still quite limited on this pair.

It also isn’t the most suitable pair for being an all-rounder on the frequency spectrum. It manages to portray mids perfectly fine. Bass is mostly good and gives a noticeable vibration of a punch to low end frequencies without succumbing to any irritating hissing or buzzing like some cheap headphones do on strong low end frequencies. Vocals and voices in general are not too great, as they are often a bit too drowned out by other instruments. This won’t be a problem if you mainly listen to instrumental music. Having a music player with decent equalizer settings will be ideal if you purchase the K92s.

The treble is fairly weak, regardless of what genre of music is played. A brand like Grado is well known for having cheaper pairs with great treble, which is good news for fans of rock or metal. The K92s seem to be better suited for genres such as hip hop, rap, electronic, and various styles of pop that don’t take advantage of the entire scale of frequencies.

Who should buy these headphones?

While these cans fall short in some ares, it must be said that they are much better than your typical sub-$100 headphones. If you are on a very tight budget and are only used to something like Apple earbuds, the AKG K92 will satisfy your needs. However, if you’re already used to something that is in a higher price range or are simply willing to spend twice the amount of money, you’d be better off with some of the other items previously mentioned in this review. They’ll also work perfectly fine if movies, television or gaming is what you mainly will use them for.

The AKG K92 are a solid effort at delivering a value product for its price range and certainly are the better decision compared to many other cheap brands. Despite its flubs, its a reasonable entry into the ever growing list of gateway headphones that help introduce more people to the world of high definition audio.

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