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A sound bargain from MPow.


First up is a huge shoutout to MPow for sending this unit out for the review. You should definitely check out the web page at the link for all their products and a new section being added to the site for giveaways.

Unboxing video

The MPow Muze touch BT 4.0 Headphones are by no means the loudest headphones you can find, but at this price point there aren’t many, in my opinion, to beat them.

The touch controls, once gotten used to, work well and I had no problems with them at all, very smooth and intuitive. A neat touch if I might say so.

Review video

From a sound point of view, they are driven more towards the bass happy of us. When connected via Bluetooth to a device I found the best thing to do was turn the device to it’s max. volume then use the touch controls to find your happy place, they are pretty bass laden but connected via iOS I could not get them to distort, believe me, I tried with many genres of music and the limiting on the volumes prevents it but still allows them to be loud, and the sound cancellation prevents the wife or kids from lowering your enjoyment. A full range of sounds is easily heard right through to some pretty high trebles too.

If you run out of battery, though 12 hours is more than enough, then you just plug them in via the supplied flat anti-tangle cable using the 3.5 mm headphone jack and you’re good to go again. Once home you just plug in via the micro USB for a couple of hours and you have that care free unto 12 hours of wire free music again.

They have plenty of soft padding in all areas and you only start to feel them after long 3-4 hours sessions of listening and even then I didn’t find them too uncomfortable to carry on listening. If you’re in the market for such a set of cans and you’re on a budget then you can’t go far wrong with these.

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The MPow Streambot mini Bluetooth 4.0 Music receiver.


I’ve been enjoying some music connectivity in my car lately. The thing is though I do not have a car with any connectivity in it.
So lets explain.

 

I have recently been given the opportunity to try out a great little device by MPow.

Little is the key word here as you can find out from watching the above video. The compact size was my first shock, the second shock was it’s great ability to stream music from my iPhone 5 to the sound system in my car seamlessly and without any problems whatsoever.

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It also has the ability to stream your calls however it has no microphone so an external mic would be somehow need to be connected to the setup, rendering it a not such a viable option for making and receiving calls although the sound quality when I tried it was impeccable, I just could not be heard by the caller or recipient of any call.

This brings me to the point of such a gadget. I have a good quality Surround sound hi-fi system which when purchased, some years ago before connectivity was used to transfer large amounts of data, was a rather expensive set up by Technics which is now relatively old but without cables is no use for modern forms of playing music digitally. This small but powerful device from MPow sorts this problem out and allows me to play high quality music tracks from all my connected devices.

So what are you waiting for? The financial benefit of this over buying a Bluetooth connected speaker is a no brainer.

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I’d like to extend a huge thank you to MPow for sending me this review unit and the links below direct you to the Amazon product pages for the respective countries.

US http://amzn.to/1qpt6ZC

UK http://amzn.to/1jKxwHy

The Mpow V4.0 Bluetooth headset.


When opening the box you are immediately treat to a well presented package, with a USB cord held in a nice reusable clip, a 12v car USB charger and 2 spare ear buds, all of which can be carried in the snap top pouch supplied.

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I have been testing this headset for some time now and have to say it has to be the most comfortable and easy to use headset I have ever had, I have tried it next to spectacles too and it still stays on my ear without feeling heavy or floppy as some can.
It has performed flawlessly since I got it, with no hiccups what so-ever.
Ease of use with devices like this is very important and this one does not fail in this department with only needing a volume rocker and a call-answer/ power button, which also when in use allows you to listen to music at a single press on or off. The music or perhaps sat nav app will reduce in volume as a call is made or received.

The call quality is the best I have ever had from this kind of device, even with my car window open the air noise could hardly be heard by the person on the other end of the line, therefore the noise cancellation is very good. I also had no echo or sound drop and a very good range of volume. If you are in the market for such a device and don’t want to have to disconnect from your car when near by to it then this is definitely a good option for it’s very fair price. MPow have definitely ticked all the boxes with this device, check out their website here http://www.xmpow.com and hit the Amazon links below for the latest prices.

Amazon product link UK: http://amzn.to/1m0pWZj
Amazon product link US: http://amzn.to/1hLQntS

NEWTRENT Airbender 2.0 for iPadAir


After nearly a week now of using the Airbender 2.0 I can now say that a keyboard of this size is definitely a little too cramped for every day use, for my hands at least.
As an inbetweener, and by that I mean in between a touch screen and a laptop, there is an area of usefulness for these sort of devices for people from many walks and jobs. I could see a business man or maybe even a reporter who wants to travel fast and light could definitely make use of one with plenty of practice with the narrow set of the keyboard. The chiclet keys were a pleasure to work with.

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I have found a very slight lag in the use of function keys occasionally but when purely typing like this it is quick, smooth and faultless.
The case fitted the back of my iPad Air 64Gb model with a sound secure snap and grips it securely but I get the feeling the polycarbonate used for this part will not take a heavy impact. The ability to detach this part is a big plus but needs a little practice to detach it quickly.

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The hinge part to this device is my main area of concern. It just seems so. . .well, fiddly.
I think the addition of some kind of clip/clamp to fasten the bottom or side depending on orientation to the hinge as this would aid opening the shell without having to touch the screen of your beloved iPad Air and affecting any app which may be open.

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A pleasant surprise that I didn’t expect to see with this was the support for the sleep wake function, a small thing I know but nevertheless nice. My only other minor niggle is the rubberised clasp, as I can see it either wearing relatively quickly or snapping all together.

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My unboxing and first thoughts
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In closing as a final point I can recomend this item as a useful aide to writing your emails or any typing process on an iPad as it is most definitely faster and easier. On a scale of 1-5 despite the minor points I have mentioned, I would rate it a 5, and if I were in the market for such a device these things would not put me off buying one for the price as it stands on Amazon right now.

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