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JBL E55BT wireless headphone review: These modestly priced cans deliver strong features and good sound

JBL’s E-Series headphones are designed to bring the company’s signature sound in a range of headphone models with a focus on style. At the top of the E-series lineup sits the E55BT wireless headphones. If you're looking to grab some signature JBL sound for less than $150, these headphones might just be your ticket.Like all E-Series models, the E55BT comes in five bold monochromatic options: black, blue, red, teal, and white (my review pair happened to be red).  Included accessories are Spartan. There's a 3.5mm audio cable and a microUSB charging cable, but no carrying case or even a 1/4-inch adapter.The JBL E55BT is a circumaural, or over-the-ear, design. The headband is wrapped in a soft, two-tone cotton mesh, with the underside of the headband a darker color than the top. Sizing is adjustable in typical click-stop increments. I had no problems getting a good, snug fit.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Midia InkBook 8 review: This could have been a versatile e-reader had it not been built on such low-end hardware

The Midia InkBook 8 has similar dimensions to Kobo’s Aura One, measuring 6.5 by 1.3 by 8.9 inches and sporting an eight inch e-ink display. It weighs just a bit more than its Kobo counterpart, coming it at just under nine ounces. In exchange for the e-reader’s extra heft, you’ll gain a microSD card slot that can use cards with a maximum capacity of 32GB.Upgradeable storage on an e-reader isn’t a feature we see often, these days; probably because most people just don’t need it. The 8GB of internal storage the Aura One provides, for example, can hold five to six thousand ebooks. E-readers like the Aura One, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis are one-trick ponies: their operating systems and UIs are designed to read electronic periodicals, side-loaded documents, and books from a proprietary store. Period.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cinder Precision Grill review: It’s just like a sous-vide cooker, but with less water and more mess

The Cinder Precision Grill promises to cook your food at a precise temperature, just like a sous-vide device, and then sear it so that you don’t need a grill or a second pan. It mostly lives up to those promises, but it’s big, very heavy, and is a pain in the neck to clean. And at $499 ($399 if you buy it during its Indiegogo campaign), it’s quite expensive.In my home, the only appliance that’s earned a permanent spot on the countertop is the coffeemaker. Everything else gets stored in a cabinet, drawer, or the appliance garage. We made an exception for the Cinder not because we used it so often, but because it’s so big and heavy. We’re talking 27 pounds, 10 ounces—more than four times the mass of our 12-inch cast-iron skillet. And when we did use the Cinder, we had to pull it toward the edge of the counter so that its hinged lid could clear the cabinet above it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse and RX 580 Pulse review: Solid gaming on a tight budget

AMD’s new Radeon RX 500-series offers some of the best bang-for-buck graphics cards around, but so far, PCWorld’s reviews have mostly focused on custom versions with beefy coolers and premium prices, like the $300 Asus Strix RX 580 Top OC and $260 Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+. What if you’re looking to upgrade your PC while keeping costs as low as possible?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring

With a few solid surveillance cameras in its stable, SpotCam’s latest offerings look to expand the idea of home monitoring by not only monitoring the security of your house when you’re away, but also its comfort levels when you’re home. The indoor SpotCam Sense ($150) and indoor/outdoor SpotCam Sense Pro ($190) are outfitted with all the surveillance features of a DIY home security camera along with a range of environmental sensors for tracking things like temperature and lighting. SpotCam
The SpotCam Sense HD Pro can be used indoors or outdoors and is protected from water and dust.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Velv Wine Oxygenator review: Can a $300 gizmo instantly improve your plonk?

The wine world has no shortage of gadgets designed to improve a wine while it moves from bottle to glass. Most of these work along the same principle as traditional decanting: The more your wine sloshes around between the bottle and the glass, the more its flavors open up and become more accessible. The gadgets work in lieu of a decanter, and most of them are handheld aerators that rapidly mix air into the wine as it pours from the bottle.The Velv Wine Oxygenator is a little different. Rather than imbue your wine with ambient air, it uses replaceable canisters to diffuse “99.5% pure oxygen” into your wine. Velv
The mechanism is quite simple, and involves no electronics. A long wand extends from a chunky base: You screw a small oxygen canister (similar to a standard CO2 cartridge, but smaller) into the base and dip the wand directly into the wine bottle. Turn the switch to on and oxygen slowly diffuses down through the wand and into the wine, with tiny O2 bubbles percolating into the juice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Blue Microphones Satellite wireless headphones review: Active noise cancellation you can celebrate

Blue Microphones has finally convinced me that active noise cancellation needn’t be a crime against nature. Call me old-fashioned, but the concept of battling noise by introducing noise—albeit of an opposite frequency, so that the two sound waves theoretically cancel each other out—has long been anathema to me. If the driver is producing noise at that frequency, after all, how effective can it be at also producing music at that frequency?Blue’s solution seems so obvious that you have to wonder why they’re the first to implement the idea: They put two drivers in each ear cup. There’s a 44mm set for reproducing music, and an independent 30mm set dedicated to active noise cancellation. Four omidirectional microphones monitor your listening environment and pick up the ambient noise that’s to be cancelled. I didn’t have an opportunity to use the Satellite in an airline cabin, but its active noise cancellation wiped out all trace of most background noise all around my home, including the whoosh of the too-loud fan on the aging homebrew desktop PC I used to play games on. I also auditioned the phones in a car driving at freeway speed (as a passenger, of course).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The best laptops of 2017: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more

With the arrival of spring, new laptops are everywhere. Companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus have been busy launching revamped versions of popular notebooks and spin-offs of existing lines.These new additions to the scene (like Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1) just keep adding to the wide and varied options already out there, with more to come. Microsoft's recently announced Surface Laptop, for example, will be an attempt to revive the company's battle with Chromebooks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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