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The JBL Synchros E40BT: A Bluetooth on-ear headphone set well worthy of consideration

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth headphone set, you owe it to yourself to consider the JBL Synchros E40BT. It’s an on-ear set that boasts excellent sound, is designed very well, is easy on the eye, and can be relied upon to last quite long on just a single charge.
 
The world, it seems, has gone crazy for Bluetooth, and for good reason. The increasing quality and battery efficiency of Bluetooth connections mean that going wireless doesn’t automatically mean you have to put up with poor sound and bad battery life. The sound quality of Bluetooth sets is in many cases not exactly as good as that of wired sets, it’s true, but it’s not all that far off any longer.
 

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The AKG Y40 – not perfect, but still a standout

 The AKG Y40 – not perfect, but still a standout
 
Today we’re taking a close look at AKG’s Y40 wired on-ear headphone set.
 
We’ve found that the set isn’t without its flaws, but by and large it’s worth a close look, thanks to the strength of its design and construction and its overall charm.
 
The time’s never been better for would-be buyers of headphone sets of this sort. The market’s awash in them at this point in time; a full range of units is available and buyers can have their pick in terms of price, size, quality and other key considerations.
 
Does the Y40 have what it takes to rule the roost – or at least to gain a little traction and carve out a...

Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini

The Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini: mini footprint, maxi appeal
 
Audio enthusiasts worth their salt know and respect the Harman/Kardon brand – it’s got a pedigree that many other brands can only dream of attaining.
 
While it’s not perfect, the Esquire Mini Bluetooth speaker is a product that’s well worthy of bearing the Harman/Kardon logo. It’s an eminently portable and versatile speaker set that also happens to sound great and sips power – and it’s classy and stylish, too.
 
We’ve put a test unit through its paces, and here we tell you how it did.
 
Styling, features and initial impressions
The Esquire Mini doesn’t come with very much in the way of accessories. Slide open the drawer-style box (by tugging on either of two fabric tabs, a nice touch) to reveal the unit resting on a bed of black foam. Beneath it is...

The O+ Grande is a good phablet for media junkies

If you’re in the market for a large phone or "phablet" and you love consuming media, the O+ Grande might just be what you're after. It’s very much in keeping with other phones that have been released in response to the phablet craze that’s swept the industry.

Overall, the Grande’s a value-laden device - it’s not perfect, but it can certainly offer prospective buyers quite a considerable package.

What’s in the box
Pry open the orange-and-white box and you’ll be greeted by a velveteen enclosure that surrounds the phone - a nice touch considering that the Grande is far from a range-topping unit.

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The Sony Alpha 7 II: worth the weight


Smartphone cameras are getting ever more powerful and capable nowadays – as a matter of fact, some think it’s just a matter of time before a new innovation or app surfaces and gives these cameras the power and capabilities of a DSLR.

That day may be far off, if ever it is indeed to come – and until then, we’ll have to look to cutting-edge cameras like the Sony Alpha 7 II to help us take truly awesome photos.

Details and specs
The Alpha 7 II is one of the latest in the company’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras, which aims to meet the needs of more serious photography buffs who want cameras that can take killer photos, but which aren’t as bulky as the usual DSLR.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Perhaps the most impressive release of Samsung this year points to the Galaxy Note 4. The Korean company went all-out both on the hardware and material design. Check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 below.

It’s been 4 years since Samsung introduced an oversized smartphone that everyone said no one would use.

Today, the Galaxy Note is the poster child in this category where everyone else tries to emulate and perhaps the most iconic...

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