Sunday, February 26, 2023

Withings ScanWatch Hybrid Smartwatch Review

More and more people are realizing the benefits of having a smartwatch. You no longer need to pull out your smartphone to see who is texting you, or calling you. Some smart watches will allow you to answer a call and have a conversation. Some even have advanced medical sensors. And then some take it a step further and are clinically approved. That is the case for the smartwatch up for review today. It’s the Withings ScanWatch, with a $299 MSRP.


Features and specs:



Heart rate: beats per minute

Breathing disturbances: monitoring via respiratory scan

Electrocardiogram: tracing of a 30-seconds ECG recording on a millimetric grid

Clinically validated Oxygen saturation level (SpO2)

Walking and running: steps, distance, calories, based on user’s profile for high precision

Calories: metabolic calories and total calories expenditure

Running: automatically detected, in-app daily recap of duration and distance

Swimming: automatically detected, in-app recap with duration and calories burned

Sleep: deep and light sleep phases, sleep-score, sleep interruptions

Fitness Level: assessment via VO2Max estimation

Elevation: meters and floors climbed



Withings Health Mate is the best way to keep track of activity, sleep, weight, and more.

You’ll see trends, progress, and get coaching to help you improve over time.

Whatever your health goal, you’ll find support for it in the Health Mate app.

Learn more about Health Mate +

AppStore: Google play

Bluetooth:  Bluetooth Low Energy - to sync with Health Mate

Bluetooth connection with location settings permission must be enabled to use the Connected GPS feature



ScanWatch can be installed on a smartphone or a tablet, via the Health Mate app available on iOS (iOS 14 and higher) and Android (8.0 and higher). Cannot be set up from a computer



38mm model: 38.4mm diameter (1.6’’), 13.2mm thickness (0.52’’), 18mm wristband width (0.70’’), 58g (watch only)

42mm model: 42mm diameter (1.65’’), 13.7mm thickness (0.54’’), 20mm wristband width (0.79’’), 83g (watch only)



Analog dial with hands for hours and minutes. Subdial displays progress toward daily activity goal in percentage. The PMOLED screen displays SpO2, irregular rhythm and smartphone notifications, heart rate, steps, floors climbed, distance, calories, activities, and settings.

Workout mode displays timer and heart rate(continuous tracking).

Clock menu with alarm, stopwatch and timer.

Notifications display previews of incoming calls, text messages, calendar events and 100+ apps.


Battery life

Single battery charge lasts up to 30 days in normal use

+20 additional days in power reserve mode (time and activity tracking only)


Charging time

Approximately 2 hours to 100%. About 1 hour to 80%



Comes with a stainless steel (316L) case featuring brass lacquered dial with applied chrome indexes, guilloche subdial (except the 42mm black model), chrome hands, sapphire glass, and a soft, durable & water-resistant fluoroelastomer wristband.


Conditions of use

Note: ECG requires a free in-app activation process and is not intended for use by people under 22 years old. Prescription Use Only.

Water resistant up to 165 feet deep (50 m, 5 ATM)

Operating temperature: -10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°)

Storage temperature: -20°C to 85°C (4°F to 185°)

Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can make ECG recordings inconclusive.



Exclusive multi-wavelength PPG heart rate/SpO2 sensor

Stainless steel electrodes

High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer

The Withings Scanwatch came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the watch. Opening the box revealed a well-protected watch held in place in a pressed cloth bag. Materials used in the construction was glass, metal, and a rubber band. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish, are excellent. Also included was the charging cable and owner’s manual.


I love the design of the Withings Scanwatch. It has the look and functionality of a classic mechanical dress watch. It has working hour and minute hands. The black faced model, which is the version I received, even has luminated hands. The 316L stainless steel metal case feels very high-end, and very durable. The sensors are on the back of the housing, where they need to be, up against your wrist.


Other important features include a long 30-day battery life.  Water resistance is also an impressive 5 ATM, which is over 165 feet. Divers rejoice! The glass is also Sapphire glass to provide excellent scratch resistance.  The simple operation is managed with the crown.


What also sets it apart from other smart watches on the market is its medical features. I have two brothers who have sleep apnea and one of the two also recently had a heart attack. So these features are critical to me. The Withings ScanWatch can measure blood oxygen levels and sleep disturbances. This can monitor the potential for sleep apnea. It also monitors your heart rate, can detect afib, and send you notifications. So if you have a potential heart issue, you can track it, and see a health professional.


After making sure it’s fully charged, it was time to set it up. Pressing the crown gets you into the menu, and rotation the crown gets you to the various features. After downloading and installing the app, it was time to pair it with my phone. I had a hard time pairing it with my LG V40, but restarting the Bluetooth on my phone quickly solved that problem. With it now paired with my phone, the hands on the watch now showed the correct time. 


The app was very simple to use. It walked me through how to use the features. It also helped in setting up which apps I want to get notifications from, as well as my height, weight, age and sex for the health app. Through the app I’m able to track everything. I can see my trends for steps, sleep, breathing disturbances, oxygen saturation, average heart rate, and ECG.  The LCD display is small, but it worked great!  Messages would scroll across the LCD, for texts received, or who was calling.  It’s not as flashy as a full face LCD as most smart watches, but they also don’t get nearly the long battery life as the 30 days with this Withings ScanWatch. The display on the ScanWatch is much smaller, but it works and gets the job done.


What I really like, are the advanced features. As I mentioned earlier, I have a family history of family health issues. In the app I can track my history for heart rate, oxygen, and breathing disturbances. I can take an ECG and oxygen saturation reading at any time with the sensors. And the Withings ScanWatch being clinically approved does give a sense of security.


The Withings ScanWatch proved to be a great performer. It has a classic mechanical functionality and look. Yet also smartwatch functionality. It has a long 30 day battery life, and a nice 2 year warranty for peace of mind. The stainless steel housing and sapphire glass face also provide good durability. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Withings Scanwatch has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Friday, February 24, 2023

VisionTek VT2900 Dual System Dock KVM Switch Review

Electronics have become a daily part of everybody's lives. Having a desktop and a laptop has become more common. But if you're wanting to use a monitor for both of them, things can be a little tricky. VisionTek has your back with their VT2900 dual system KVM dock that is up for review today. MSRP is a reasonable price of $299.99.

Features and Specs:

Compatible with USB-C systems via DP Alt Mode

Compatible with M1 Mac

Supports KVM switching between 2 systems

Supports up to 2 external displays

Up to 100W USB-C Power Delivery to each system*

3 x USB-A 5Gbps Ports

2 x USB-C 5Gbps Ports

1 x DisplayPort 1.4

1 x HDMI 2.0

RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port

Enterprise Features

     o Wake on LAN

     o MAC Address Pass-Through

     o PXE Boot

The KVM came in a box with a colored picture of the product on the top. Features of the product on the back with locations of each plug-in on the back. The KVM was secured in place by custom fitted cardboard that housed the cords for the KVM, the KVM, and the power bank. Materials used in the construction was a combination of metal and plastic.  Quality of materials used was as well as fit and finish was very good.  It seemed to be well made. Also included was the owner’s manual in both English and Spanish, and power cord.

The Design for the KVM is pretty simple. On the top it has the VisionTek logo and the power Button. On the front it has an audio jack for your headset or your microphone, a light indicator showing PC1 or PC2, and two USB 3.0 Type-C ports as well as an USB-A 3.0 port, all support up to 5Gbps. On the back it has the DC power connecter, two USB-C connectors for your systems, the switch button plug-in, a display port, a HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB-A ports for your keyboard and mouse, and a USB-C to power your PC if you choose to.

After the testing, the KVM changed systems perfectly from system one that is my normal system to my second laptop with the button switch. The headphone AUX port works and you are able to use that for your needs. The power button also acts as a switch button to be able to give you another option on how to swap your systems.  While there’s not a lot for a KVM switch to do, the VisionTek VT2900 did its job in spades.

In conclusion the VisionTek VT2900 Dual System Dock is a good KVM that will make your management of multiple systems easier.  The 299.99 MSRP is a fair price.  And the build quality is good enough that it should provide you with years of use.  Based on its design, features, quality, and performance, the VisionTek VT2900 has earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Cobra Unveils New Dual-Mode AM/FM CB Radios with Clearer Audio After Successful Petition with FCC

Marking the biggest change in the CB radio category in four decades, new AM/FM modes will bring improved sound with less background noise for professional and recreational drivers

CHICAGOFeb. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobra Electronics today unveils its new line of AM/FM CB radios after spearheading a four-year petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enable FM mode communication on CBs within the United States. Considered the biggest change to the industry since CB radios were expanded from 23 channels to 40 channels in 1977, the new dual-mode AM/FM capabilities are now featured on Cobra's best-selling CB radio models, including the 29 LTD Classic, 29 LTD Chrome, and 19 MINI AM/FM, available for purchase starting today. The 29 LTD NW will be available later this spring.

Cobra Electronics, the leading designer and marketer of award-winning automotive, mobile and consumer electronics, started this journey back in 2016 when the brand petitioned the FCC for a rule change to Part 95 to allow FM mode to be legal for use in CB radio products in the U.S. During the petitioning process, Cobra turned to input from its customers, sources from multiple online CB radio forums, off-road vehicle clubs, and distributors for support behind the change. The result was 100% acceptance from the FCC to allow FM on the CB band in 2021.

"Our team has been on the forefront of working with the FCC since 2016 to make AM/FM CB radios possible," said Gail Babitt, CEO of Cedar Electronics, parent company of Cobra. "The implications this will have on users like professional truck drivers, fleet managers, and local delivery services will be amazing – making communication clearer and more productive than ever while on the road. The change is also not just a revolutionary new accomplishment for Cobra, but the culmination of the hard work and determination from the many parties that went into this endeavor – and will set a new standard of product innovation as we head into the future of CB radio technology."

With their livelihood and safety dependent on the reliability and clarity of communication via CB radio, the inclusion of FM on professional drivers' CB radios cannot be overstated. Previously, CB radios only operated with 40 channels on limited modes: AM and SSB (consisting of Upper Sideband (USB) and Lower Sideband (LSB)). FM mode will lock onto the strongest signal and is less susceptible to the background noise that that can come through on AM.

Current CB radio owners looking for AM/FM capabilities can learn more about Cobra's new CB radios with dual-mode AM/FM at or at Travel Centers of America, Pilot Companies and Loves Travel Centers throughout the country. For more information on the AM/FM capabilities and Cobra's work behind the FCC ruling, visit

About Cobra Electronics
Cobra Electronics is a major brand of Cedar Electronics, a global supplier of connected automotive and consumer electronics solutions. Cobra's award-winning product line-up for driving safety includes connected radar detectors, smart dash cams, power solutions, walkie talkies, CB and marine radios, and accessories. Its connected driver community and sensor-based network unlocks over 50 million vehicle-to-vehicle and shared alerts annually from speed traps to red light camera locations. Leveraging its 50-year history of producing high-quality, reliable, and dependable solutions, Cobra extends the Cedar Electronics mission to empower people to Drive Smarter and Safer. To learn more please visit

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

PSB Announces the M4U 8 MKII in Espresso Brown


CANJAM, New York City, NY, February 14, 2023 – PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker and headphone design, announces a new Espresso Brown colorway for the M4U 8 MKII wireless ANC headphones at the CanJam premier headphone and audio show in New York City, New York, ahead of the public release. The advanced, wireless active noise cancelling headphones are the company’s leading headphone product and the new finish option will be made available across PSB sales channels in the spring of 2023.

M4U 8 MKll in Espresso Brown
M4U 8 MKll in Espresso Brown

New Color, Same Great Sound

PSB has a long-held reputation since 2011 of creating award-winning headphones. The M4U 8 MKII implements advanced personalization technology by Audiodo Personal Sound™ along with a comprehensive set of features. The new Espresso Brown colorway continues this legacy while bringing added luxury to the mobile listening experience.

Personalized Sound with Audiodo™

Using breakthrough technology and a non-replicable set of algorithms, Audiodo Personal Sound™ calibrates the headphones to adjust to the unique hearing of every listener, revealing the “True to Nature” sound signature which PSB Speakers is known for. Through a quick and easy hearing assessment, Audiodo Personal Sound™ maps out a precise and thorough understanding of the listeners hearing, calculates what changes need to be made based on personal sound perception and hearing abilities, and creates a unique profile for every user. All customization options, including Audiodo Personal Sound™ profiles, are accessed through the PSB Headphones app, a full-featured app that regularly keeps the headphones up-to-date with the latest firmware updates and codes.

M4U 8 MKll in Espresso Brown, above view
M4U 8 MKll in Espresso Brown, above view

Feature and Comfort Rich

Enhanced battery life, aptX™ HD Bluetooth, the latest active noise cancelling technologies and more highlight the M4U 8 MKII listening experience, while PSB’s immersive RoomFeel™ technology delivers the clear, natural sound of a live performance and stunning musicality overall. To ensure fatigue-free listening over long periods, the two-way adjustable ear pads are gyro-suspended for optimal ergonomics and supreme comfort. Soft foam ear pads, an adjustable, expandable headband and a lightweight design provide a customized, unrestrained fit so that nothing stands between users and what they want to listen to. Whether for work or play, the M4U 8 MKII headphones bring comfortable and noise-free extended listening to any hi-fi lover on-the-go.

Key Features of the M4U 8 MKII

  • Bluetooth HD wireless connection with aptX™ HD and Qualcomm® cVc™ technology
  • Separate Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), Active, and Passive Modes
  • All-digital ANC with digital MEMS microphones decreases audio conversion error
  • PSB’s latest RoomFeel™ technology with greater detail and better imaging
  • Personal Sound by Audiodo™ through the PSB Headphones app
  • Access additional features, settings, and over-the-air updates using the PSB Headphones app
  • NFC pairing for supported devices
  • Over-ear, amplified, closed back design
  • Physical controls for volume, playback, and mode selection
  • Unique dual 3.5mm input connections (left or right side)
  • Tangle-free cords for analogue wired and USB-C connection
  • 1/4” stereo and dual-input flight adapters
  • Runs on included rechargeable battery power
  • Up to 25 hrs battery playtime in Active Mode
  • Gyro-suspended ear pads
  • Carry case and easy folding for travel and storage

About PSB Speakers

Since 1972, Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, has been cementing his legacy as an expert in designing and building high-fidelity speakers that incorporate scientific principles in psychoacoustics. More than 50 years later and now a strategic part of Lenbrook International’s global portfolio, PSB Speakers’ products are sold in more than 70 markets where the brand sets the standard for “True to Nature” sound and is critically acclaimed for its value-driven and non-fatiguing speaker design. With an expansive suite of products that include audiophile speakers, ANC headphones, powerful and musical subwoofers, and a family of installed speaker solutions, PSB Speakers is designed and built to bring life to recorded music at world class levels.







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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Targus® Celebrates 40 Years of Innovating Laptop Bags and Tech Accessories that Empower a Seamless and Connected Life

Targus® Celebrates 40 Years of Innovating Laptop Bags and Tech Accessories that Empower a Seamless and Connected Life  

Commemorates milestone with a Limited Edition 40thAnniversary Collection of cases made from recycled water bottles 


Anaheim, Calif. – February 8, 2023 – Targus®, the number one-selling laptop case brand in the U.S.*, and a leader in laptop cases and mobile computing accessories, announced that it is celebrating its 40th year in business since creating the first laptop bag in 1983. To honor the milestone, the company has launched a Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Collection of eco-friendly laptop cases which feature the classic look of the original Targus bags. 


“At Targus, we are proud of delivering 40 years of quality, purpose-driven solutions that mobile professionals around the world rely on to carry, connect, and protect their tech, so they can perform at their best,” says Andrew Corkill, Vice President, Global Marketing & eCommerce. “Our new Limited Edition 40thAnniversary Collection celebrates the original signature look of the early laptop bags that our company created back in the 80s while offering an eco-conscious design that is important to today’s consumers.” 


The Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Collection includes a 15.6” Cypress™ Hero EcoSmart® Backpack and Cypress™ EcoSmart® Briefcase, eco-friendly laptop bags made from recycled water bottles.  


With accents of ruby red, the case honors the original Targus bags, which donned the same red elements. A custom, reflective “40” logo is featured on the front panel and shoulder strap, and the interior features a special edition “Milestones of Targus” pattern. The bags also boast ergonomic shoulder straps, padded back paneling, soft-touch handles, and a sleek minimalist design for ease of use and maximum comfort while on the go. 


Both cases will be available for sale exclusively online starting in early February 2023. The backpack retails for $99.99 and the briefcase for $77.99. 




About Targus  


For 40 years, Targus has been revolutionizing mobile computing accessories for large enterprises and consumers, alike — connecting people and technology in meaningful ways. From laptop bags to tablet cases, to peripherals and universal docking stations, we persistently conceive, design, and produce innovative, productivity-boosting solutions that make the complex, simple; and seamlessly integrate into the lifestyles of mobile professionals wherever they work – at home, in the office, or wherever they go. We cross categories, regions, industries, and lifestyles with a breadth and depth of products that provide you with the solutions you need to live, dream, and do.  


Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Targus has global operations in more than 24 offices and distribution in more than 100 countries. Learn more about us and read about Targus’ history in the making at, and like or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn

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