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3 months ago

Best Third-Party Watch Bands for Huawei Watch

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All the watch band things for Huawei watches

Whether you need to replace a broken watch band or you simply want to try a different style of band, you have many choices for your Huawei watch.

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3 months ago

Grab this 5 port USB charging station for $16 right now!

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Right now you can pick up a 5 port USB charging station for just $16 with coupon code 5AUPOWER. It features a single Quick Charge 2.0 port and four 2.4A ports, and you can use them all at the same time to safely charge your various devices. If you have a bunch of different devices that you like to charge at the same time and don't want to be lugging around a bulky power strip, this is a great choice. The block has built-in safeguards to protect against excessive current, overheating and overcharging so you don't have to worry once you plug your cable into it.

Don't lug around all those wall plugs and power strips anymore, and instead, grab one of these. Remember, you'll need coupon code 5AUPOWER for the full savings here.

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3 months ago

Oculus disables Gear VR functionality on Galaxy Note 7 due to fire concerns

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Oculus, the Facebook-owned company that powers the software inside Samsung's virtual reality ambitions (as well as the Oculus Rift headset, sold separately), has disabled its app from working with the Galaxy Note 7 after a number of replacement phones reportedly caught fire over the weekend.

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3 months ago

Best Chromebox

Chromeboxes are safe, easy to use, and up to just about any task you can throw at it. Here are the ones you should be looking at.

Best overall

ASUS Chromebox M004U

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Don't let the name fool you. The ASUS Chromebox M004U (generally known as the ASUS Chromebox though there are others from ASUS being sold) is dead simple to set up and use. Attach a monitor or television, a keyboard, and a mouse then turn it on. You'll be on the internet in just a few minutes.

The Haswell Intel Celeron 2955U CPU offers remarkable performance for the price, is energy efficient, and an industry staple in countless computers. Paired with a fast 16GB storage drive and 4GB of memory, you'll be able to enjoy everything Chrome has to offer, whether that means Facebook or a spreadsheet.

You also have the option to upgrade the ASUS Chromebox. Adding a larger storage drive or more memory is simple and well-documented. The ASUS Chromebox also makes an excellent HTPC as-is and can be an all-in-one media server with software like Plex.

Bottom line: The ASUS Chromebox M004U is powerful and capable. Chrome and everything you do present no challenges. If you want to explore other software options, upgrades are easy and inexpensive.

Why the ASUS Chromebox is the best

The ASUS Chromebox is the total package.

Chrome is a very lightweight and efficient, yet powerful, computing platform. On a computer like the ASUS Chromebox, you'll be able to experience everything there is to offer with nary a stutter once paired with good broadband internet service. Put the ASUS Chromebox under your TV for watching YouTube or Netflix, or use it at your desk to communicate or work from home. You can have confidence that this Chromebox can do it all.

If you're looking for more, you can upgrade the storage drive and RAM on the ASUS Chromebox using affordable and widely available off-the-shelf components without any complicated disassembly. If you are looking to install software like Kodi to build your own network streaming server, the ASUS Chromebox is widely recognized as the best value and is fully supported.

A package deal

Acer Chromebox CX12-4GKM

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If you're looking for a complete setup and aren't interested in upgrading anything or installing any alternative software, the Acer Chromebox is a solid choice.

It offers a Broadwell 1.5GHz Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB solid state drive in a vertical standing enclosure that's not going to need a lot of real estate. The Acer Chromebox also comes with its own mouse and keyboard.

The Acer is a powerful package that won't crowd your desk or TV stand and is an excellent choice if you're OK with spending a little more and not tearing apart the case.

Bottom line: The Broadwell CPU is futureproofed and plenty powerful for everything you want your Chromebox to do, and many will find the included mouse and keyboard a useful addition

The best value

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox

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The lowest priced Chromebox on our list is also a great combo package.

The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox is another Broadwell 15 watt Celeron CPU offering, and it too comes with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The bundled mouse and keyboard will help you get up and running faster, and the ThinkCentre can be positioned either horizontally or vertically.

As the newest entry on our list, the ThinkCentre hasn't yet been proven to become our top pick, but the initial response looks great.

Bottom line: Great specifications, a bundled mouse and keyboard, and an attractive price makes the Lenovo ThinkCentre a compelling choice. If it stands the test of time, it has the potential to be our favorite.

Conclusion

Any of your choices for the best Chromebox are good ones. We had to consider what was the differentiator between and think long and hard about saying one was better than the others. In the end, the tried-and-true ASUS Chromebox won us over with its excellent support for advanced users and easy upgradeability. While all these Chromeboxes are worth considering, the ASUS is the best all around from features versus price point of view.

Best overall

ASUS Chromebox M004U

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Don't let the name fool you. The ASUS Chromebox M004U (generally known as the ASUS Chromebox though there are others from ASUS being sold) is dead simple to set up and use. Attach a monitor or television, a keyboard, and a mouse then turn it on. You'll be on the internet in just a few minutes.

The Haswell Intel Celeron 2955U CPU offers remarkable performance for the price, is energy efficient, and an industry staple in countless computers. Paired with a fast 16GB storage drive and 4GB of memory, you'll be able to enjoy everything Chrome has to offer, whether that means Facebook or a spreadsheet.

You also have the option to upgrade the ASUS Chromebox. Adding a larger storage drive or more memory is simple and well-documented. The ASUS Chromebox also makes an excellent HTPC as-is and can be an all-in-one media server with software like Plex.

Bottom line: The ASUS Chromebox M004U is powerful and capable. Chrome and everything you do present no challenges. If you want to explore other software options, upgrades are easy and inexpensive.

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3 months ago

REVIEW: udoq corrals your gadgets with style — and a high price tag

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Take it from a guy with too many phones: Finding the right charging station is well worth the effort. Striking the right mix of style and utility in a docking station can be tough — but the folks behind the cheekily-named udoq might just have found it.

It's a machined aluminum shelf that comes in four different sizes and lets you charge smartphones, tablets, or other pocketables... and unlike much of the competition, this docking station lets you use your gadgets while they top up. But is the udoq stylish enough to justify its steep price tag?

Check out MrMobile's udoq 400 review to find out!

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3 months ago

Grab 5 USB-C cables in various lengths for just $15 right now!

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Right now you can grab a 5-pack of Aukey's USB-C cables for just $15 at Amazon, a savings of $21. This is a perfect way to pick up a bunch of cables at an affordable cost to start or build up your collection. They come in a variety of lengths, including three 3.3-foot, one 6.6-foot and one 1-foot USB-A to USB-C cables. Being USB 3.0 cables, they support faster charging and transfer speeds, and the cables are both flexible and durable to stand up to your usage.

This deal won't last long, and you don't need a coupon code to get the savings here. Be sure to act quickly if you are interested in these cables so that you can get them before they're gone.

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3 months ago

Best Workout Cases for Galaxy Note 7

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Whats the best way to work out with your Galaxy Note 7?

Working out in 2016 means you're going to want your phone with you at all times — whether it's for music to keep you energized while you run or lift weights, or so you can confirm plans with friends for later in the evening.

The most popular way to carry a smartphone while you work out is with an armband case. If you've got a Galaxy Note 7, you're going to need one that can accommodate phones with 5.7-inch screens. We've broken down some of your best options.

MoKo Sports Running Armband

Designed to be lightweight and comfortable, the MoKo Sports Running Armband is a great budget option that will hold your Note 7 securely. Made from sweatproof materials and featuring an adjustable velcro band which supports arm girth from 10.8 to 16.5 inches, the MoKo band should fit comfortably on an average sized arm. It also features a slot for a house key, as well as an interior pocket for storing a credit card and/or some folded bills, so you can head out for a run with peace of mind.

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TuneBand Go

This is one we've recommended in previous workout band articles, and there's a lot to like here. The TuneBand Go is a universal workout armband and will accommodate your Note 7 even with a slim case on. In fact, it's recommended that you use this armband with a case, so that the clips around the corner only make contact with the case and not the phone itself. It comes with two armbands that will fit arms from 8 to 18 inches in diameter. For its wide range of compatibility and smart design, the TuneBand Go may just be the last workout armband you ever need to buy.

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Armpocket Mega i-40 Plus Armband

The Armpocket Mega i-40 Plus was designed to carry everything you'd want on you for your run, with versatility to be used with big phones such as the Note 7 — even if you use a case. Everything is kept secure in the zip-up pouch, which holds your phone tight to the touch-through screen with a silicone strap and also includes space for a key and slots for cards and folded bills. The armband is made of soft moisture-resistant bamboo-rayon mesh fabric and available in three sizes, but you'll probably want to go to with the largest option just to be safe. It's machine washable with solid build quality, but at $50 might be a bit pricey for some.

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Belkin Fitness Belt

While armbands are the norm for working out with your phone, you do have other options such as the Belkin Fitness Belt. It's essentially a more stylish take on the fanny pack, that allows you to carry your phone, keys, energy gel and whatever else you want to put in the stretchable pouch. There are three compartment on the belt to help keep things organized, and with it's no-slip design you'll be able to wear it comfortably around your waist (adjustable up to 44 inches) without worrying about it slipping. The one downside about the fitness belt is the lack of a buckle or clasp, meaning you'll have to step into it or pull it down over your head. If you don't like the armband look or feel, Belkin's Fitness Belt might be a better fit.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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3 months ago

Google Home, Google Wifi and Chromecast Ultra hands-on preview

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Google expanded its presence in the Home with Chromecast Ultra, Google Wifi and, oh, Google Home.

Among Google's announcements at its Pixel event in San Francisco were three pieces of in-home technology that on their own are interesting, but together are hugely noteworthy.

In addition to the Google Home assistant-in-a-speaker, which was announced at Google I/O earlier this summer, the company unveiled a streaming stick, the Chromecast Ultra, and a brand new mesh-enabled Wi-Fi router called, appropriately, Google Wifi (yes, lowercase i). Let's break them down a little.

Google Home

This is the first time we're seeing Google Home, and it's quite the compact little speaker. With magnetic replaceable bases made of metal or fabric, the unit can be made to stand out (a bright red flourish, for instance) or blend in (a nondescript slate metal) depending on the environment, and because they're magnetic they can easily be exchanged for various situations.

The slanted top is certainly a bold decision, but it definitely feels like something Google can get away with. The top is also touch-sensitive, and features a set of four dancing lights in the Google color scheme when a command is issued.

While the testing environment wasn't conducive to extensive testing, Google Home promises to be attentive and sensitive, able to hear a voice from across the room using far-field microphones. With Google Assistant built in, Home becomes a place to ask questions and solve problems, or just access information directly from Google Search. The upside is that Google's "knowledge graph" is in many respects the world's vastest and, with your permission, Home can access personal information culled from Maps, Gmail and more.

To convey those details, Home also sports a speaker — a 2" driver and dual 2" passive radiators for deeper bass — which sounds better than we expected, but it's not going to replace your Sonos Play:1 for music playback. What it can do, however, is reach into YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and more to access tracks and podcasts, which is pretty great, and there are more services to come. There's also support for IFTTT and other smart home platforms like Nest, SmartThings and Philips Hue, so you can turn off your lights and turn on your thermostat with one command.

While Amazon's Echo has a pretty invested developer community, this is Google, and it's safe to say that after years of building developer relationships for Android's Google Play Store, Home should gain a lot of traction very quickly. Google is already planning that future with Actions, an SDK for developers to plug into Google Assistant, which works on Home as well as the Pixel phones.

At $129, Google Home appears to be a bargain, and a loss leader that Google is looking to capitalize on, not only to get Assistant into as many homes as possible, but to show off the multi-room synergies with Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and the new Pixel phones. This is an ecosystem, folks.

Look for Google Home at the beginning of November.

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Chromecast Ultra

The Chomecast Ultra is a Chromecast, but better. Google demoed a number of 4K experiences for us at the event, and they looked great, with limited buffering and no skipping to speak of. Of course, much of that smoothness will depend on your broadband speeds and Wi-Fi bandwidth, but Google's got a trick up its sleeve for that: an ethernet adapter that attaches directly to the Chromecast Ultra's HDMI port.

Being nearly twice as fast as the previous Chromecast, it can handle 4K Ultra HD streams and HDR content, where supported, which is great to see.

At $69, the Chromecast Ultra isn't cheap, but it isn't replacing the existing Chromecast, which is highly resembles. Look for it in November.

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Google Wifi

Google Wifi is perhaps the most vexing announcement of the day. Alone it's a small puck whose user experience resembles that of the OnHub that was announced last year, but when paired with one or more friends, or an OnHub itself, it creates a mesh network that, according to Google, creates "fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router." Each puck is AC1200 compatible, with 2x2 Wave 2 MIMO support and dual-band 2.4/5Ghz compatibility. On the back are two ethernet ports, one for a modem and one for a switch or something else.

Google Wifi itself is fairly nondescript, and considerably smaller than the OnHub routers from TP-Link and ASUS released last year, but the value proposition is the same: easy setup, and no maintenance. Plugging in a Google Wifi to your modem is the only thing you need to do, aside from pairing with the app that is set to unify with Google On later this year.

When paired with an OnHub or another Google Wifi puck, Wi-Fi creates a seamless mesh network that we hope truly solves the problem of dead spots throughout homes — my home is full of them, even with an OnHub. The good news is that OnHub isn't going anywhere, and Google is working hard to make sure it and the new set of Wi-Fi products work well together. Google also promises new features for both later this year, once Wi-Fi has launched, including Family Wi-Fi, which allows parents to pause connectivity on kids' devices.

Pre-orders for Google Wifi are expected in early November, starting at $129 for a single puck and $299 for a set of three.

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What do you think?

They're not as flashy as the Pixel phones, but these products represent a Google that is thinking beyond the handset, or the operating system — it's thinking of how the handset and OS are the center of a wide range of products in the home that enable continuous connectivity using either voice or touch.

We'll have lots more on Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wifi in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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3 months ago

Chromecast Ultra supports 4K streaming for $69, coming in November

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A better, more powerful Chromecast is coming next month.

At Google's Pixel event in San Francisco, the company announced a new Chromecast, called Chromecast Ultra, that will debut in November for $69.

The main differences between the regular Chromecast, a puck that was introduced this time last year, and the Chromecast Ultra is speed and connectivity: Ultra supports 4K streaming, through a processor that is 1.8x faster than the previous version.

It also has integrated ethernet through the connector itself, allowing it to connect directly to a router or switch to avoid wireless signals altogether.

The new 4K feature will also work with a rollout of 4K streaming content set to hit Google Play Movies & TV in November. At launch, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube will support 4K at well, which is great to see.

The Chromecast will be available for $69, and will be sold alongside the existing HD Chromecast. The company says that it has sold over 30 million to date, and this update will sure to spur a few million more.

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3 months ago

Grab Samsung's 128GB microSD card for just $33 right now!

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Right now you can pick up a Samsung 128GB microSD card for just $33 at Amazon, a savings of $7 from its regular price. Whether you need extra space in your phone, tablet, camera or other devices, this is a great card to have in your collection. It is a Class 10 card with transfer speeds up to 48MB/s, so you'll be able to quickly move pictures, video and more to and from the card. If 128GB is more than you need, you can grab a 64GB card for $20 right now as well.

We don't know how long this deal will last, so if you need a new card be sure to act quickly. You don't need any coupon codes to take advantage of the discount here, just simply add it to your cart and check out at the lower price.

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3 months ago

Best Accessories For Honor 8

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What are the best accessories for the Honor 8?

The Honor 8 is a great Huawei phone, featuring stylish design and a dual-sensor camera for taking amazing photographs. But you'll definitely to invest in some accessories to make your phone that much more awesome.

We've broken down some of great accessories — from cases and car chargers to connected devices — that will make your Honor 8 experience that much better.

Huawei Honor 8 Case

One of the first accessories most people seek out for their new phone is a quality case. Here, we're inclined to recommend the one made by Huawei.

Made of clear TPU, you can still show off the color and design of your phone while keeping it protected. Since it's made by Huawei, you can be assured everything has been precisely designed for the Honor 8, with cutouts on the back for the camera and fingerprint sensor.

For other case recommendations, check out our list of the best Honor 8 cases.

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AUKEY 30W 2-Port USB Car Charger

When you're heading out the door, the last thing you need to be worrying about is whether your phone's battery is topped up. That's why a quality car charger is always a good accessory to have.

With the AUKEY 30W 2-Port USB Charger, you'll have a trustworthy way to charge your phone in your car without having to worry about excessive current, overcharging, or overheating. With two ports, you can charge your Honor 8 in the 2.4A port safely while a passenger charges their phone in the second port. It's a small and well-built car charger that's backed by a 24-month warranty.

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Belkin Certified 2.0 USB-A to USB-C Charging Cable

If you end up getting the car charger above, you're going to need at least one extra USB-C charging cable so you're not relying on carrying around the one that came with the phone. Whether you'll be using it solely in the car or leaving it at work, it's never a bad thing to have an extra charging cable kicking around.

This cable supports transfer speeds of up to 480MB/s and supports up to 3A of power output. Belkin is one of the most trusted brands in smartphone accessories, so buy with confidence.

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Honor Band Z1

If you're looking for a wrist accessory to go along with your new phone, you may want to consider the Honor Band Z1. Featuring an elegant design and a simple interface, the Band Z1 is a small, lightweight wearable with fitness and sleep tracking capabilities, as well as notification alerts. It has IP68 certification for dust and water-resistance and can pump out four days of usage on it's 70mAH battery, or 14 days on standby.

At well under $100, it's a stylish fitness tracker that will pair well with your Honor 8.

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Chromecast

Chromecast is a fantastic accessory that we can safely recommend alongside any Android phone.

This little dongle connects to your TV via HDMI and lets you cast all sorts of media from your phone over Wi-Fi. You can choose to mirror your phone display, or stream content from a growing number of Chromecast-enabled apps such as YouTube, Netflix, HBO Now and more. With its portable size and ease of setup, it's simply one of the best accessories you can buy.

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Spigen Style Ring

Given the Honor 8's design, it's a perfect candidate for the Spigen Style Ring.

If you place of the ring just off-center on the back of your phone, your finger should slip perfectly through the style ring and land right on the fingerprint scanner every time, giving you added peace of mind every time you go to pick up your phone. Beyond that, it's also an amazing kickstand and also works as a car mount with the included hook mount for your dashboard.

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3 months ago

Grab this Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C car charger for 50% off!

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Tronsmart is currently offering its Quick Charge 3.0 car charger for just $8 at Amazon with coupon code USBCCHAR, a savings of $8. The charger itself offers two ports, one USB-A (without Quick Chare) and one USB-C (Quick Charge 3.0), so you can charge multiple devices while on the go. Using a USB C-to-C cable you can get super-fast charging speeds, allowing you to get maximum battery life, even during a short commute. It is made from premium materials and is on the small side so you can easily carry it around with you when needed.

This deal likely won't last long, so be sure to act fast if you are interested. Remember, you'll need coupon code USBCCHAR for the full savings here. Don't let any of your vehicles go without a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in it!

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3 months ago

Samsung Gear IconX review: Bluetooth earbuds that do more

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Are the Samsung IconX worth your money?

Bluetooth earbuds have a single job: to deliver audio wirelessly from somewhere else. We muse about the quality of that audio and the battery life of the various products delivering that audio to help determine which is "best" for everyone. Sometimes we find models with nice things like touch controls or the ability to connect with Google Now, but the core feature of your average Bluetooth headset is to deliver audio wirelessly.

Samsung upended that idea with the Gear IconX earbuds, because looking at these as simply Bluetooth earbuds kind of misses the point. They work as fitness trackers, a MP3 players, audio filters, and while delivering audio wirelessly from somewhere else. Packing all of that into something that all but disappears into your ear is no small task, and like all first generation products some sacrifices are made along the way.

An absurd but useful set up process

The small pill-shaped container that slides out of the IconX box is everything you need to get started. The microUSB port on the back of the case and three small LED lights — one for each earbud and one for the case itself — tell you everything you need to know about the status of your earbuds. This little battery case slides into your pocket or your bag until it's time to slide the separate earbuds into your ears. A handful of pin connectors on the earbuds themselves rest on charging contacts, keeping each of the two buds charged while the lid is closed.

You need a PC to update these headphones, something you should never see in 2016.

Once the earbuds are removed from the casing, the infrared sensor on the body waits until skin is detected, and a quiet tone confirms to the user that these earbuds are ready to use. These are small earbuds with a simple set of instructions — push and twist. The small, flexible fin squishes the earbuds into place as you twist, and no amount of shaking your head or jogging will dislodge them. The earbuds just barely escape the ear profile, making them just difficult enough to see that you look extra crazy when talking on the phone in public.

Any other Bluetooth earbuds would be ready for pairing at this point. But Samsung instructs users to install the Gear Manager app and adjust settings accordingly. This is both tedious and incredibly important. It's tedious because Samsung will immediately prompt you to install software updates on the Gear IconX by connecting the battery case to a computer and installing a separate app, something no Bluetooth anything should ever do in 2016. Once you get over that hurdle, though, you're able to designate a "primary" earbud and access settings for things like having notifications read to you and workout guidance when in fitness mode.

There are no buttons on these earbuds, which is perhaps the most impressive part of the execution.

Setting a primary earbud is only important if you're ever planning to use your IconX as a Bluetooth headset, because that becomes the earbud used for calls. You can switch back and forth at will, and if you drain the battery on one you can easily switch to the other, but it's an important setting to be aware of when using them. This primary earbud connects to the phone, while the other connects directly to the other earbud. If there's a delay in audio created by connecting earbuds this way, I certainly couldn't hear it. Never once in the two weeks of testing these earbuds did the audio ever fall out of sync.

There are no buttons on these earbuds, which is perhaps the most impressive part of the execution. The outer shell is a touch surface, which allows you to control audio by swiping up and down, skip tracks by swiping left and right, and pause by tapping anywhere. If you want to access settings from inside this interface, you press your finger to the pad and listen as options are read off to you. When you get to the option you want, remove your finger and the option will be activated. It works very well given how small the touch area is on these earbuds, unless of course your hair gets stuck in between you and the touch pad.

Flawless fitness

The same sensor that detects when you've inserted the earbuds into your ear acts as a fitness tracker that plays nice with Samsung's S Health app. With the earbuds connected you get a constant stream of heart rate data during workouts, and the earbuds work with the app to keep you informed of your progress. When you tell S Health you're going to go a certain distance, you get notifications when you reach the half way point, and weird robotic encouragement messages when you get close to the virtual finish line. This kind of extra data is fantastic if you're actively using S Health, but it's limited to only chatting with that app right now.

Basically, these earbuds are great if you're only using them for a commute or if you're hitting the gym before or after work.

On top of logging fitness data, you can store up to 4GB of music in the earbuds themselves and go running without bringing your phone along. You load music by connecting the battery case to a PC with the Gear Manager app or directly to your phone with an adapter cable. This is a little outdated and tedious, but the end result is an MP3 player baked in to your earbuds, which is quite useful. The same touch controls exist in this standalone playback mode, which works great even when you're running. You lose access to the cheery robot messages and the GPS data that comes from having your phone in your pocket, but it's a nice option if you'd prefer to avoid strapping something as big as an S7 Edge to your arm for a run.

If you're the type to run to a specific location, maybe for a bottle of water or a snack break, the Gear IconX offers another fantastic feature to help you out. Press and hold on the earbuds to activate audio pass through mode, and the microphones on the earbuds will let you hear the world around you. This works really well, especially if you're going to be speaking to other people. It means you don't have to remove the earbuds, and can quickly get back to the task at hand. It'd be nice if every Bluetooth headset could offer this, but since it requires decent stereo microphones in order to do it well it's not surprising that so many don't.

Mediocre music for minutes

It's a good thing these earbuds do so much more than play music, because they don't do that particularly well. Even compared to other Samsung Bluetooth earbuds, which admittedly all include cables and batteries in conveniently stashed places that don't exist on the Gear Icon X, the experience is lacking. There's no bass to these earbuds at all, and the highs couldn't get much more tinny if they were $10 at Radio Shack. It could be argued that no Bluetooth headphones produce "great" audio, but this experience is especially lacking.

If you're looking for earbuds that will get you through an entire day of music listening, these are not what you want.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for battery life. If you manage three hours of constant audio streaming with your Gear Icon X, consider yourself fortunate. The average is around 2.5 hours on a single charge, after which you'll need to put the earbuds back into the battery case to charge. The case itself is good for at least one full charge, but it's going to take nearly an hour, and you can't use the earbuds at all during this process. Once you reconnect the earbuds you're good for another couple of hours, but if you find yourself needing a second charge there's a good chance you'll come back to one one earbud being mostly charged.

Basically, these earbuds are great if you're only using them for a commute or if you're hitting the gym before or after work. If you're looking for earbuds that will get you through an entire day of music listening, these are just not what you want.

Should you buy this? Probably not

Samsung has crammed a ton of great ideas into a very small space. These earbuds easily outpace all of the other earbuds out there when it comes to features, especially when it comes to acting as a fitness accessory. If you're looking for earbuds that help you when you work out, these might be for you.

If you're looking for the traditional Bluetooth earbud for listening to music all day, this isn't for you. There are other, cheaper options with better audio that aren't limited to Samsung's hardware. But a second generation IconX that addresses some of these issues is something you should absolutely keep your eye out for.

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3 months ago

Charge quickly while on the go with this $22 battery pack!

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Jackery is currently offering its 10050mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery pack for just $22, a savings of $8 with coupon code THUNDERJ. That's right, Quick Charge 3.0 on the go, right from your bag, without needing to be tethered to a wall. Now, as you walk between business meetings or wait for the bus to arrive, you can charge your phone up quickly and easily. At just over 10000mAh, you'll be able to charge most phones up to four times, and thanks to its dual USB outputs you can charge more than one device at a time.

If you don't want to spend hours waiting for your phone to charge, you'll want to grab one of these before the deal runs out. Remember, you'll need coupon code THUNDERJ for the full savings here.

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3 months ago

Save $35 on this Bluetooth speaker that will keep your party going!

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Right now you can grab Sharkk's Commando+ Bluetooth speaker for $75 at Amazon, a savings of $35 with coupon code Sharkk35. This powerful speaker has a 20w driver inside to get your music going loud, and the battery will last around 16 hours per charge to keep it flowing all night. The rugged design is paired with an IP65 rating so you can get it wet, just not fully submerge it. Unlike some other speakers, this one has the play/pause, volume adjustments, skip track and answer/end call buttons on the top of it, so you can do things without reaching for your phone.

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