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Aftershokz Aeropex Review

Turning them on and hearing audio, purely based on the vibrations against your bones, is a bizarre experience. At fifty per cent volume, I felt no noticeable vibrations against my skin and audio sounded clean, if a little flat.

Turning the volume up to 80 really helped improve the quality of audio for podcasts and music like pop and rock. Switching to bass heavy hip hop I could feel tiny little taps behind my ear, as the bands vibrated to create the effect. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it was still an odd sensation. Either way, bass heavy music sounded flat and hollow, but I really didn’t expect deep bass from these buds.

Read More at SMH: Bone conduction headphones make podcasts while biking a breeze

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Google’s Nest Wifi is the simplest mesh network system I’ve used

After a few weeks using Google’s latest Nest hardware, I’m happy to count myself as a novice. The Nest Wifi is just too easy to set up; after plugging the base station into an Ethernet port of the NBN supplied modem, and choosing a wireless name and password, it did the rest.

Read the full review at SMH.

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Finally, an Apple Laptop with a great keyboard

The much maligned butterfly keyboard has finally been replaced with a new and improved scissor mechanism. The keyboard is so much more comfortable to type on than the butterfly keyboards it replaces; keys have a satisfying bounce and 1mm of travel, and are far quieter.

Reliability and repairability have also been addressed; now if a crumb falls under a key, you can pop that single key off, instead of replacing the entire top cover of the keyboard; just like most other laptop keyboards on the market.

Read more at SMH: MacBook Pro 16″ fixes the keyboard and increases the screen size

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B&O’s Beosound Stage looks gorgeous, but under-performs

The Beosound Stage is a modern work of art. It would not look out of place in MoMA, the Rose Seidler House, or even the home of the Brady Bunch. The design feels completely modern but so wonderfully retro at the same time. The smoked oak finish is incredibly smooth, and contrasts with the stressed grey pattern of the speaker grille.

Read more at SMH: B&O’s debut soundbar looks the part but lacks immersion

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AirPods Pro review: better than the original buds in every way

For the last year, when I’ve been asked for recommendations about truly wireless earbuds, my answer has been “if you’re an iPhone user, and you want convenience, battery life and just a great user experience, go AirPods, but if you value noise cancelling and don’t mind in-ear, the Jabra Elite 65t are better for you.” Now, the answer is simpler; buy whatever AirPods your budget can afford.

Source: AirPods Pro review: the best wireless buds for iPhone users

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UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: Great updates to the best bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers generally fall on two sides of a spectrum; they’re either cheap junk that sounds awful, or they sound great but are too expensive. Since the original UE Boom, Ultimate Ears has made durable, great sounding speakers at a reasonable price.

Read More at SMH: UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: indestructible speakers get even better

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IKEA’s Tradfri smart lights review

Despite the lack of publicity around this range and the difficulty setting them up, it is clearly popular.

The first time I tried to buy a handful of downlights at the Richmond store they were completely sold out.IKEA’s Tradfri dimmer can be stuck anywhere and operated with a twist.A store assistant said the downlights in particular tend to sell out immediately, which makes sense when you consider IKEA charges $14 per downlight compared to $59 for a Philips Hue. Thankfully you can order online and once I did a box full of downlights arrived the next day.

Read more at SMH: IKEA’s Tradfri smart lights offer illumination for less

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Sonos Beam is my favourite Soundbar

The Beam produces remarkable sound for its tiny weight and size. Inside the unit, four woofers fire off in different directions to create room-filling sound. Audio is warm and clear, but what really amazes me is the level of bass from this tiny unit; it’s hard to believe it’s coming out of the Beam without a connected, dedicated subwoofer, although Sonos would be happy to sell you one if you still need more rumbling.

Read more at SMH: Tiny Sonos Beam bests some of the biggest home theatre hi-fi

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GoPro Hero8 review

A few years ago it was easy to write off GoPro, the California-based action camera company. But GoPro’s had a terrible few years, losing market share to no-name knock-offs on the low end and seeing its core value proposition — the waterproof, go anywhere camera — included in almost every mobile phone. It was hard to see a way forward. (read more)

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