Gadgets


Reviews
Master & Dynamic
MH40 Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 30th, 2014

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If I had to choose between the different types of headphones (to wear or recommend to others to use), I would select over-ear headphones every time. And in a market dominated by Beats (due more to marketing than the actual quality of the product) there are a number of different models to choose from. Master & Dynamic is a relative newcomer to the fray, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at their own entry to the over-ear headphone market, the MH40. This high-quality product, dubbed “the modern thinking cap”, sounds as good as it looks, and if you’re looking for a premium product that is durable and effective, this should be one of your first choices.

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Reviews
PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 28th, 2014

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While there are a bevy of personal sound delivery solutions for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 from third parties, Sony’s own headphone solutions have always been a welcome one. Both the Wireless Stereo Headset and the Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Headset are great products, delivering great sound quality while remaining conveniently portable and durable – all for a reasonable price. Sony’s PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is the latest in their line of listening technology, and it should come as no surprise that this full-featured headset meets and exceeds the bar set by the previous two headphones.

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Reviews
ZTE Grand X
Affordable Quality

By Seán O'Sullivan - September 23rd, 2014

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With the launch of the $150 off-contract ZTE Grand X in Canada, ZTE claims that they are delivering “all the features consumers want, at the price they need.” Does the Grand X deliver on the lofty promise of delivering a premium experience for a fraction of the cost of the top-end?

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The Future is Now
Future Shop’s Smart Loft
VIZIO Smart TVs and Audio Goodness

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 8th, 2014

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The other night, a few Thumbers were invited by Future Shop to hang out in the Smart Loft and check out a brand that will be making its debut in their stores (and in Best Buy) on September 12 of this year. That brand is VIZIO, a California-based company that has made a name for itself south of the border for making great televisions priced at an extremely competitive level. At least, televisions are all I thought that they made. It turns out they also have some great audio products as well.

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Reviews
Linksys AC1200 MAX
Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 5th, 2014

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Last year, I reviewed two different routers: the Linksys EA6500 and the D-Link 868L. Both routers are powerful customers, pushing dual-band connectivity through the air like nobody’s business. Of course, it doesn’t matter how powerful your routers are, as dead zones can exist in the oddest of places, contributing to a lack of signal in areas that we might really want connectivity. Thankfully, one can usually overcome this obstacle by employing the use of a Wi-Fi range extender, making dead zones a little less of a problem while extending the range of your local Wi-Fi network. LinkSys sent us their AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500 to review, and I am pleased to say that it does what it says it’s supposed to do – and it does it quite well.

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Giveaway
POPSCOPE Prototype Model

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 3rd, 2014

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Last week, we reviewed a prototype for POPSCOPE, a neat selfie-aid and tripod all rolled into one (Kickstarter page here). Rugged and useful, the POPSCOPE is pretty cool product – even more so when you consider that the units that we were sent to check out were not even a final build.

We at Toronto Thumbs love to share goodness with our readers; and so, with the permission of the creators of the POPSCOPE, we are going to give one away!

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Cool Kickstarters
POPSCOPE
Selfie-Helpie

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 28th, 2014

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The number of selfies being taken seems to grow every day, if you pay attention to social media. More often than not, self-shot photos tend to lead to awkward head positions (the downward tilt) and, consequently, duck faces. Part of the problem is that our arms are not long enough, so unless you plan on undergoing some sort of somatic mutation in order to gain the arms of an orangutan, you will need to use some sort of mechanical device to help you put a little distance between your hand-held and your face. Enter the POPSCOPE, a selfie-taker’s best friend – but also so much more useful, as you can see from its Kickstarter page.

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