The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.
In most homes, the router isn’t something you tend to think about until something goes wrong with it. The “unplug it and plug it in again” ritual of addressing misbehaving routers has been commonplace for so long that South Park lampooned it back in 2008. If you’re looking for a router that offers a robust feature set that won’t get in your way, you’ll want to consider the Linksys E8350.
When you are out and about, where do you keep your smartphone? I tend to keep mine in either my front pants pocket or the inner breast pocket of my coat – easy to reach locations that make it a simple matter to pull out my phone when I need it. Of course, there are disadvantages to these locations: sitting down, for instance, makes it a chore to pull the phone out of my pants pocket, and both of those locations are default storage spots for spare change and keys, which is not so friendly to the screen of my smartphone. The folks at Clipless (from Port Hope, Ontario) have come up with an alternate location with the use of their new product – and that location is: practically anywhere. Toronto Thumbs checked out the Clipless kit that was sent to us from their office, and it’s a really interesting and useful gadget.
Back at the end of 2013, I reviewed a set of Parrot Zik headphones and was duly blown away by their audio awesomeness. Since then, more than a few different listening devices (both wired and wireless) have come through our doors, with very few being able to top the Ziks in terms of audio quality and functionality. So how much better is the Zik 2.0? What does it bring to the table? Well, Parrot sent us a set to try out so we could answer those questions. In short, I found them to be amazing – most likely better than Parrot’s previous outing into this space. However, there are some caveats that need to be mentioned…
Well, when I first heard about Woojer, I was somewhat skeptical. How could a tiny device that clicks to my clothes possibly make my games and music more immersive? Even as I opened the box sent by Woojer to check out their product, I was still a little doubtful. Well, folks, the body is a wondrous machine – and some intelligent people (I’m referring to the folks that developed Woojer) have figured out how to fool it, so that you really do feel like part of the action.
Most of the headsets with three-button remote controls that I have seen on the market are geared more for iOS devices than for Android ones. While it may not sound like it is inconvenient, until you have used a three-button remote to control your hand-held device you don’t know what you are missing. Degauss Labs, makers of the Pocket Couture, have created a set of decent-sounding earbuds that have a three-button remote that can be used with Android devices. It is called the Dual Driver, and it is a pretty slick set of earphones.
More and more consumer companies are increasingly focused on home automation and smart connectivity; and who can blame them for wanting to tap into the success of the trail blazers like Nest, makers of the smart home thermostat that Google bought for more than a billion dollars a couple of years ago? The potential to connect so many things together and make them accessible is an attractive prospect for many reasons – and at the moment there is a lot of room in the market. Enter D-Link; no strangers to connectivity in the home (they have an established base composed of routers, switches, and home IP-enabled camera units), D-Link aims to add some interesting home automation tech to their repertoire in the form of their Connected Home Family. D-link sent us their Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH-S150) and thier Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110) to check out. Given my latest dive into home automation, I was excited to see what set these apart from the competition.