Wireless headphones aren’t exactly a new development. As of late, in fact, bluetooth has been all the rage, primarily on the ear bud front. But, what used to affect many audio afficionado’s purchasing decesions regarding quality and wireless on full-size cans, the same can be said about buds. Very quickly, wireless earbuds are getting better and better, checking off boxes of “cons” that keeps them from being serious alternatives to their wired variants. Still, there are some very real concerns on two key points: sound quality and battery life. Until then, full-size cans are the way to go. In light of that, there are actually quite a few options on the over-the-head front given the longer time this market has had to bake in the oven. Today, it’s the Sennheiser BT 4.40 that’s on deck.
As we rocket towards the holiday season, a lot of you out there already have a phone of choice that you’ve committed to for at least the next 6-24 months. That said, with all of the deals around various shopping “sub-holidays”, there’s an opportunity to be had, and an increasing desire to wait until this time to pick up a new device. Your’e at least safe in a sense - this is the end of both the calendar year and the phone manufacturers’ release schedules. The next big device to look forward to won’t come until early spring by way of Samsung and the Galaxy S line. That said, there’s beens one rumor that Samsung will push their next-gen release announcement to CES (we’ll see).
In my opinion, LG has long been a manufacturer of sleeper hits. That is, their phones end up being quite good compared to the competition without any of the big media attention that the larger players get. In 2017, it’s much of the same story – Samsung, Google, OnePlus and some of the quickly growing Chinese manufacturers are overshadowing LG’s latest and greatest. Now, LG isn’t the complete victim here. They have a history of at times questionable QA, excessive model count that muddies the waters, and occasional lackluster support on the software side of things.
Putting all that aside though, in actuality the V30 is indeed a great phone. Let’s dive a bit deeper.
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For a number of years now, the Galaxy Note 8 has been the formidable foe of the smartphone world. For those who like everything to be bigger, faster, and top of the charts, Samsung’s Note brand has striven to cater just that. And then there was a setback, possibly major one could say. Last year Samsung had not one, but two recalls on the Note 7 because it had a higher than normal problem with… exploding. Without beating a dead horse (because it’s definitely long been beaten), let’s just say that that problem shouldn’t happen again. Samsung has presumably learned their lesson at least with the specific issue that led to last year’s great recall of 2016.
For 2017 however, the Note 8 is the king to beat for the likes of Google, HTC, LG, et. all. But there’s only so many ways you can create a black rectangle, right?
There are a multitude of wireless routers, hubs, and switches aimed at the consumer market. And while the higher end may have enough features to please even more picky power users and “techies”, there’s something to be said about choices, particularly prosumer choices. One such company that falls under that category is Ubiquiti. They’ve been around for awhile to be fair. But, over time they’re continued to build upon the previous generation’s successes and keep moving forward. The team over at Ubiquiti was nice enough to send over a nice assortment of goodies including their Gateway/firewall, 8 port switch, Cloud Controller key, and an AC Pro access point.
We’ve been using the gear for the last ~6 weeks and have a fairly good assortment of thoughts. And there are a lot of them…