Sunday, December 10, 2017

Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater Review

The future of travel entertainment has arrived? It’s in a product from Royole. It’s their Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater. If you’re traveling by plane, especially on long flights, you will want something to do. Sometimes sleep is used, but not much fun. Music on an mp3 player or smartphone, with some headphones, is really popular. So are movies or TV shows on your smartphone. But Royole just introduced a game changer.

Features and specs:
Exterior
ColorBlack, Gold, White
Headset DimensionsExtended 215x220x223mm
Folded 98x220x223mm
Box Dimensions133.6×66.6×14.8mm
Display
Screen Size800-inch curved screen at 20 meters (adjustable screen size)
Resolution1920×1080(x2 displays)
Interpupillary Distance58 to 70mm
Diopter adjustment-7.0 to +2.0 (No need for contact lenses)
Contrast>10000:1
Color Mode24bit RGB
Refresh Rate60Hz
Sound
Noise Cancelling ModeActive noise cancelling
Noise Reduction Percentage>92%
Noise Reduction Rating>22dB
Total Harmonic Distortion<1 db="" khz="" span="">
Sensitivity105±3dB/mW@1kHz
Response Frequency8Hz to 20kHz
Impedance300Ω±10%
Storage
RAM2G
Internal Storage32GB
Battery
Battery capacity6000mAh
Battery Life5 hours of video playback
Charging time2 hours
Connectivity
WLANIEEE 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz
BluetoothBT2.1+EDR / BT3.0
Cable Interfaces
USBMicro-USB(connect to Flash Memory)
HDMIMicro HDMI (connect to game consoles, PC, and smartphones)
Operating System
SystemMoon OS
LanguagesSimplified Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Danish
Video
3D FormatsSide by side, Anaglyph
2D FormatsMP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, 3GP, FLV, M2TS, M2V, M4V, MPEG, MPG, TS, VOB, WEBM, ASF and other mainstream video formats
Subtitle FormatsSRT, ASS, SSA, etc.
Audio
Supported FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC, APE, M4A, MID, MP2, OGG and other mainstream music formats
Lyrics FormatLocal LRC files
Picture
Supported FormatsJPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and other mainstream video formats
Environment
Working Temperature0 to 45°C
Storage Temperature-20 to 60°C
Working Humidity≤90%RH
Storage Humidity


The Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater came shipped in a nice looking color printed box, with photos of the player and it’s specs. They were held in place with custom plastic molding, well protected, and in a soft cloth bag. Materials used in the construction were mostly plastic with some metal and leather. Quality of materials used was excellent as was the fit and finish. They are a solid, well built product, and feels solid in hand. This is a premium product, and it shows.


I love the design of the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater. In terms of travel entertainment, it’s a real game changer. They are a mobile video player with built-in headphones. It looks like a virtual reality device, but instead allows you to watch your movies and tv shows on the go. And it also does 3D!

The concept is actually simple, and the components were high end. The front are closed goggles with a separate small 1080p display for each eye. On the sides is an earcup for the headphones. On top is a headband to hold the device in place. There is a separate controller. The controller is about the size of a smartphone, and also doubles as the battery, and the storage. The outside of both earcups is touch sensitive and provides the navigation. Here is where you will raise or lower volume, pause, fast forward, rewind, and navigate through different media options.

The different parts of the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater are pretty cool. But it’s the synergy of all the parts working together that is off the charts, and the game changer. The video panels were like watching a huge flatscreen TV. The colors were excellent with great contrast and vivid detail. Motion was very smooth with 3D content, the images had excellent depth and really popped off the screen, better so then watching it in a movie theater.

The headphones provided sound that was just as good as the video presentation. Highs were crisp and vocals had nice texture and harmonics. Bass was tight, clean, and provided lots of output with authority, and was only just a tad muddy.


I love the holiday season. I remember as a kid making my Christmas list and sending it to Santa. If you’re looking for gift ideas, the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater is definitely worth your consideration. After all, it has now made its way onto my wish list! Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. Kudos to Royole on such a great product. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.royole.com.


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Nextbook Flexx 11A 2-In-1 Windows 10 Tablet Review

Computers have come such a long way in the last 50 years. Computers that used to have dedicated rooms now fit easily on our laps. And with the internet, a lot of what used to be stored on hard drives now can be accessed through the cloud. So how much computing power does the average user really need? Can a Nextbook do the job? Up for review today is the Nextbook Flexx11A. MSRP in only $229.

Features and specs:

·         11.6 inch High-resolution 1366 x 768 IPS Screen
·         Intel® ATOM Quad-Core Processor 1.84GHz (Z8300)
·         2GB DDR3L; 64GB onboard storage
·         WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
·         Bluetooth 4.0
·         Front and Back Camera 2.0 M
·         Micro HDMI
·         Pogo Keyboard with one USB 2.0 port
·         Micro-SD card slot for expansion to 128GB
·         Support 3 -axis G-sensor
·         Built-in microphone
·         9000 MAH Internal rechargeable battery
·         Charging indicator light
·         Windows 10
·         Office Mobile
Get Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps that are built for Windows tablets for a rich offline experience.


The Nextbook Flexx 11A came packaged in a great looking color printed box with pictures on the product and specs listed on it. Also included was a charging cord, instruction manual and an easy start up guide. Opening the box revealed the product well protected with cardboard cutouts and custom fit compartments. Materials used in construction were mostly plastic with some metal and the unit was wrapped in a fitted cellophane pouch. Quality of materials as well as fit and finish were excellent and it appears to be a solid construction.  It may not be as polished as some tablets, but it’s also a lot less expensive.

The Nextbook Flexx 11A is a two in one product; tablet and computer combined. The screen and keyboard fit together snugly and are held in place with sturdy magnets that make switching modes a dream. The touch screen is responsive and I really enjoyed being able to touch icons instead of moving the mouse and double clicking on them.

Setup was easy. Upon turning on the computer for the first time, the Nextbook Flexx11A walked me screen by screen through the set up process, including setting up cloud accounts and logging into your Wi-Fi. Switching between the laptop mode and the tablet mode was as simple as detaching the screen. The Nextbook automatically recognized when this happened and would switch modes without any further action on the user’s part. The internet is fast and easy to navigate. While there aren’t many programs preloaded, the Nextbook does have access to the Playstore for apps for the tablet mode. I enjoyed customizing the desktop to my needs.

The keyboard is a tad small for full typing, but not nearly as cramped as these keyboards normally get. It is easily compatible with note taking or working with a document. I especially appreciated that there was no delay in typing on the keyboard and the symbols appearing on the screen. The screen and the keyboard worked together seamlessly. The graphics were very nice, with sharp contrast in the colors and brightness levels to accommodate any circumstance. The speakers were adequate. At higher volumes it did have a tinny quality, but that is typical for small internal speakers, and they worked very well. Most of the games I played on this unit were for the tablet mode, but the screen was very responsive to touch while playing games and there was no lag time involved with response. The battery life was very good, with a run time of about 6 hours while using non-stop combination between games and documents, or up to three days with intermittent use. And it charged quickly and can be used while charging.


The Nextbook Flexx11A proved to be a very capable 2-in-1 tablet.  I loved the versatility of being able to just take the screen off and use it in tablet mode.  Yet keeping the screen on provided a nice built-in screen protector when closed, as the keyboard protected the screen.  The screen was very responsive, graphics looked great, and it sounded good too for a tablet. It provided great functionality, and impressive performance.  It’s bang for the buck is off the charts!  Based on it’s design, features, quality, and performance, the Nextbook Flexx11A has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.nextbookusa.com


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

JBL Link 300 Voice-Activated Speaker Review

JBL makes some great sounding products. Up for review today is their JBL Link 300. It’s a speaker system with Google Home built-in. There are a lot of options for Google Home products, but most don’t provide the big sound of the JBL Link 300. MSRP is $249.



Features and specs:
  • Get Help from your Google Assistant 
  • Hands-free voice control 
  • Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android 
  • Chromecast built-in 
  • 24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud 
  • Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in 
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support 
  • Wireless Bluetooth® streaming 
  • Room filling sound

Transducer1 x 89mm woofer, 1 x 20mm tweeter
Output power2 x 25W
Frequency response55Hz–22kHz (-6dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio>80dB
Power supply19VDC, 3.0A
Wireless network802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Bluetooth® version4.2
Supported audio formatsHE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
Dimensions (W x H x D)236mm x 134mm x 154mm
Weight1.7 kg

The JBL Link 300 came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the Link 300. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by custom fit foam. Also included was the quick start guide, and power cord. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some rubber, and wrapped in a black meshed cloth. Quality of materials was excellent, as was the fit and finish. As I have come to expect from a JBL product, the JBL Link 300 was built very well and feels very solid in hand. I couldn’t wait to test it out.

The JBL Link 300 is not a wireless product. So you will want to first figure out where you want it in your home. Setting it up was very easy. All you have to do it download the Google Home app on your smartphone. The app will then walk you through the setting up your JBL Link 300, and it was amazingly easy! And once setup, using Google Home was also very easy. I was quite surprised at how sensitive the JBL Link 300 was. I could be in the other room, and the JBL Link 300 would hear me and respond.

What I really liked about the JBL Link 300 was its Google Home being in a larger speaker size. Not only does it do Google Home, but it is a great speaker. Due to its larger size, it has improved bass response. So now you can have Google Home and a nice home speaker in one device.  The specs show the JBL Link 300 as having only 2 drivers:  a 20mm tweeter, and an 89mm woofer.  When I first unwrapped the JBL Link 300, I saw the rear firing woofer on the back.  That was exciting. The cloth wrap hid the front firing speakers.   Sometimes a speaker this size can have stereo speakers on the front, like a separate tweeter and midrange on each side.  Or due to it's size it can have just a single tweeter and a single midrange.  But JBL must have some faries doing some magic behind that black meshed cloth.  To have just the one woofer on the back and a single tweeter on the front, JBL pulled out an amazing aural magic trick from under their sleeve. 


When it came to the JBL Link 300’s speaker functionality, the Link 300 delivered in spades. It can be used as a stand alone speaker for Google Home, used to play music through the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or Chromecast.  Chromecast will also let you link multiple speakers together to play your music to multiple rooms. When it came to music performance, the JBL Link 300 continued it’s stellar performance.  My only disappointment was the JBL App.  In order to be able to link multiple speakers together in a whole home system, you use the JBL App so your music plays out of all of the linked speakers.  But there is currently a glitch in the app, and I could not link the JBL Link 20 and the JBL Link 300 to play music together.  JBL is working on it, and will post an update once it is fixed.  The Bluetooth functionality worked well, was easy to pair, and worked well at over 45 feet away and thru walls without a loss of signal.

What did not disappoint was the sound.  Initial listening session had me impressed with the sound.  I loved the bass response.  After realizing the JBL Link 300 has only 1 tweeter and 1 woofer, I was in awe, and did some critical listening.  Afterwards I was even more in awe.  As I mentioned before, JBL really pulled a trick from under their sleeve with this one.  The JBL Link 300 actually threw a deeper than expected soundstage, and actually provided imaging.  I wasn't expecting to hear much if any soundstage or imaging in a small speaker like this.  I threw several different songs from different genre, and was very surprised.  Based on my experience from JBL's high quality products, I have come to expect quality sound.  But this was better than expected.  The highs were crisp and clean, mids were not overly warm, and the bass was tight, had impact, and provided depth deeper than expected for it's small size.  Flutes were crisp and had good air.  Vocals were natural sounding with nice texture and harmonics.  Percussion was dynamic with good resolution.    

If you like good sound, and want to have Google Home functionality, the JBL Link 300 should be on your short list.  It provides great functionality, features, and stellar sound for it's size.  With an MSRP of $249, they are a bargain and worth every penny.  Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the JBL Link 300 has earned our Editor's Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.jbl.com.


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

JBL Link 20 Voice-Activated Portable Speaker Review

JBL makes some excellent products.  In the past, we have had the opportunity to review their portable Charge series of speakers.  So when given the chance to review their new Link series, we naturally jumped at the opportunity.  Today we are reviewing their JBL Link 20.  It's a great portable wireless speaker with Google Home built-in, and is also IPX7 level waterproof rated.


Features and specs:

General Specifications

Transducer2 x 50mm
Output power2 x 10W
Frequency response65Hz–20kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio>80dB
Wireless network802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth version4.2
Supported audio formatsHE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
Dimensions (Dia x H)93mm x 210mm
Weight950 g

Battery

Battery typeLithium-ion Polymer (3.7V, 6000mAh)
Battery charge time4.5 hours @5V 2.3A
Music play timeup to 10 hours (varies by volume level and content)

Battery 1

Battery typeLithium-ion Polymer (3.7V, 6000mAh)
Battery charge time4.5 hours @5V 2.3A
Music play timeup to 10 hours (varies by volume level and content)




























 

The JBL Link 20 came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos of the speaker and it's specs printed on the box.  Opening the box revealed a well protected speaker set in custom plastic molding.  Also included was the quick start guide, and wall charger and cord.  The JBL Link 20 is mostly plastic with some rubber and covered in a cloth mesh.  Quality of materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish.  The build quality is very good, as we have come to expect from JBL. 

I was very excited to test the JBL Link 20.  I had some high expectations, and was hoping the Google Home was integrated very well.  The Link 20 came mostly charged, and after plugging it in, I got it fully charged.  There are 4 LED's above the power button that blink as the Link 20 charges and tells you the level of charge.  The power button lights up, as well as a mic button directly under the power button.  Just press the mic button to mute the mic.  On the front of the JBL Link 20 is a wi-fi image that lights up when it's connected to a wi-fi network.  And on the top are a series of 4 white LED light that light up in motion when Google is listening for your request.

Setting up the JBL Link 20 was very easy.  Once it was fully charged, I downloaded the app on my HTC One M9 smartphone.  The app was very simple to follow, and walked me thru setting up the JBL Link onto my home network, and getting it to recognize my voice.  In less than 5 minutes I was up and running.  Although for whatever reason, I had to first turn off the Link 20 and restart it for Google to start working. 

Now it was time to put Google Home to the test.  I asked a couple of the sample questions provided, like what is the temperature outside.  And do I need an umbrella.  These questions had no problems with a response.  Then I started asking many other questions.  When asked what to do for a headache, I was told a cold towel on my neck or soaking my feet in hot water can help, and cited the source and reasoning for why it would help.  I was impressed.  There were a couple times when I did get a response of something along the lines of...I do not know the answer to that question, but I am continually learning.  For listening to music, it does help to have a Google Play Music account for better music selection.  There was also one time that my music was interrupted by some notification, but I wasn't sure what it was doing until I remembered I asked google to set an alarm for me. Lol.

And that leads us to the music test.  When asked to play some soft jazz, Google obliged.  Cymbals were crisp and clean.  Piano sounded natural.  Drums had good impact and depth of midbass.  Sax was nice and smooth with good air.  Vocals also had good resolution and texture.  Bass had good depth and output for a device it's size, and was just a tad muddy.  Mids were smooth without being too warm.  Treble was also crisp without being bright.  For it's size, the JBL Link not only played very well with better than expected sound, it also played really loud for it's size, and can fill most rooms in a house with sufficient sound. 

They also performed well with Bluetooth performance.  Getting the JBL Link 20 to pair to my HTC One M9 was very quick and easy.  And the connection was very good. Having a 3 story location, I was able to go all over the main and 3rd floor with the Link 20 being on the 2nd floor.  But having the Link 20 on the 3rd floor, signal was dropped once I reached the main floor.  I guess the signal did not like going thru 2 thick floors.  Going thru multiple walls on the same floor or a floor above or below however was not a problem.  So the Bluetooth performance was quite good.

The JBL Link 20 entered the ring with high expectations, having reviewed multiple of their wireless speakers before.  And the JBL Link 20 did not disappoint.  From a speaker standpoint, they performed very well! Vocals sounded very natural with good texture, mids were smooth with good resolution and nice harmonics.  Bass was sufficiently deep with good authority for it's size and the highs were crisp with lots of detail. Any music genre I played sounded good on the JBL Link 20.  And the Google Home performed very well.  So well infact that it was able to hear me in the other room!  Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the JBL Link 20 has earned our Highly Recommended award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.jbl.com.



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Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it must be time for our annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide. So if you are looking for some gift ideas, hopefully we can help. This year we tried to include some focus on smart home products. And they are from some great manufacturers. They are Elite Screens Yard Master 2, JBL Link 200, JBL Link 300, Next Book Flexx11A, Royale Moon, and Sound Blaster KatanaX.


The Elite Screens Yard Master 2 is an outdoor screen. If you like to entertain, and this includes watching movies outdoors, an outdoor screen like Elite Screen’s Yard Master 2 is a must have. The Screen is portable, and easy to assemble. You can also use a 2-Way screen material for more viewing options.  MSRP for the 120" 16:9 screen is $234.  Review is re-scheduled for the week ending 12/17/17.

The JBL Link 200 is a wireless speaker system that is also a Google Home product. It’s small and portable. Being water resistant also gives more usage options. So while it’s perfectly home in your home, the JBL Link 200 can also be used poolside, or anywhere else outdoors.  MSRP is $199.95. Review is scheduled for week ending 11/26/17. 

When it comes to memory for your electronic devices, Kingston has you covered.  It started for them with computer RAM memory sticks.  And while they still provide those memory sticks, not they also provide storage for all of your other electronic devices, such as SD cards for digital camera's and camcorders, and microSD cards for smart phones.  They also have flash drives for your computers and smart phones.  Now they have extended this to your iPhone with their new DataTraveler Bolt to store all your phone's photos and videos.  MSRP is $89.99 for the 64GB model.  Review is scheduled for week ending 12/17/17. 


Next is the JBL Link 300. A member of the JBL Link family, it is a Google Home device. So, if you are looking for the weather, or for a show time, just ask the JBL Link 300, and Google will answer. The JBL Link 300 is not water resistant, so it’s home is in the home. The JBL Link 300 is part of the JBL Link family, so it can be linked to any of the other Link products. Link several together and you have a whole home system.  MSRP is $249.95.  Review is scheduled for week ending 12/3/17.

If you are looking for a tablet, Nextbook gives you bang for the buck. Especially the Nextbook Flexx11A. It’s a 2 in 1 tablet with a detachable keyboard. So you can use it with or without a keyboard.  MSRP is $229.  Review is scheduled for week ending 12/10/17.

It’s time now for the Royale Moon. The Royale Moon 3D Mobile Theater is a portable theater with the dual 1080p displays and headphones, you can enjoy your movies and gaming anywhere. Thanks to the foldable design, they are easily portable.  MSRP is $799.99. Review is scheduled for week ending 12/10/17.

Last but not least is the Sound Blaster KatanaX. The Sound Blaster KatanaX is a high quality soundbar with a separate subwoofer. With its multiple inputs and Bluetooth connectivity, the KatanaX provides a lot of options to give you great sound. And I love the LED light show they provide to enhance the gaming experience.  MSRP is $299.99.  The review can be found here:  http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2017/10/creative-sound-blasterx-katana-multi.html


This year’s gift guide has provided some great products. Don’t forget to check back in for the full reviews for any of the products you may be interested in. And hopefully these will give you some gift ideas. Any of these products would make for a great holiday gift.  Thank you for reading, and Happy Holidays from our family to yours.


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