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23
Dec

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0s are for sure the most technically advanced sneakers I’ve ever put on my feet. That has nothing to do with whether or not they’re good shoes, and everything to do with the reason why they cost so much money: the tech.

Here are a few things you should know.

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They are silly-expensive

$720 per pair in the US — is your wallet ready for that?! Nike has yet to announce HyperAdapt 1.0 pricing and availability for the UK and Australia, but that cost converts to about £585 or AU$995.

There’s only one way to get them

You can’t walk into a store and buy the shoes just yet, and unless you’re willing to pay $2,500 and up for a pair on eBay, the only thing you can do is wait. The shoes were available by appointment at five Nike Stores on December 20 and 21. (I scored an appointment, and bought these for my own personal collection.)

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But they’re still super hard to get

Remember the self-lacing shoes from “Back to the Future 2,” the Nike Mags? Since Nike only made 89 pairs of those, they were basically impossible to cop. Well, Nike made a lot more than 89 of these HyperAdapts, but the company won’t say how many exactly, or when you’ll get another chance to buy them.

Yuuup. They self-lace as advertised

You put them on, stand up, and vvvvvrvrrrvvr, they tighten right on your foot.

A sensor in the heel detects your foot’s position when you put them on and they register your weight. Then, they automatically tighten to the shape of your foot. There are buttons on each side of the shoes that further control their snugness, which lets you fine-tune the fit. This worked perfectly for me each time — it was dope.

They don’t tighten as fast as the ones in the movie

As you can see from the video (above), the shoes don’t tighten nearly as fast as the ones in “Back to the Future Part II.” Maybe a few versions from now they’ll be faster, but who cares? They freaking self-lace!

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About those lights…

There’s an LED light on each side of the shoe and little LED dots on the back. They’ll light up for a few seconds when you first put the shoes on.

The battery lasts a good while

According to Nike, the shoes will hold a two-week charge. You can check the battery status by pressing one of the buttons on the side, and it will glow different colors to indicate how much juice is left. Nike says there will always be a bit of reserve power for one last unlacing before a charge, so you won’t get stuck.

Two charging pucks connect magnetically to the bottom of the shoes. It takes about three hours to fully charge.

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They are perfectly good athletic shoes

Nike says it’s tested the sneakers for running, training and even basketball (mostly running, though, to make sure it’s durable enough for real wear and tear). I’ve only had them for three days by the time I sat down to write this, and I can say that I ran, jumped and walked around in them all day and they were totally comfortable.

But let’s get real. I’m honestly not going to be wearing these to do any intensive exercise because I don’t want them to get beaten up. I’m still going to wear my Jordans to play basketball, and that’s because these are just too rare to trash so fast.

They don’t track anything

As high-tech as the lacing mechanism is, the shoes don’t do anything else like track your steps or sync with your Nike+ profile.

They’re light on your feet

They weigh 0.9 pound per shoe and 1.8 pounds for the pair. Surprisingly, they don’t feel clunky or heavy at all.

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They won’t fall off. Period.

The sensors got the fit right each time I put them on, and you can always use those buttons on the side to tighten or loosen them a little more.

But they do come off easily when you want

Just hold down the button for a second or so to loosen the shoe and slip your feet right out.

Only men’s sizes for now

Unfortunately there are no women’s sizes at the moment, but you can get around that with a little shoe math. The HyperAdapts come in men’s sizes 5 through 14. To convert to women’s sizes, add 1.5 to the men’s size, so a men’s 5 is a women’s 6.5 and so on.

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You can get them wet, but…

The entire lacing engine is enclosed in a plastic section on the midsole. They are definitely splashproof and can get them wet, but they haven’t been tested for underwater use. Apologies in advance to those of you who need to wear your sneakers in the pool.

There’s a Pixar connection

  • Nike added the name “E.A.R.L.” (Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing) to the shoe’s tongue, a nod to the way Pixar named two of its characters in “Wall-E”: EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) and WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-Class)
  • The blue glowing midsole is inspired by EVE’s own LEDs
  • The shoe’s sole echoes WALL-E’s tire tread
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This is just the beginning

Nike isn’t going to stop here. It plans to bring the HyperAdatp’s self-lacing technology to future kicks. Nike says the price and weight will also drop over time.

You shouldn’t buy them (unless you really, really want to)

Look, I’m the guy who got the first iPod, iPhone and iPad. I’m an early adopter and a sneakerhead. This is life imitating movie magic and it doesn’t get much cooler than that. But for the vast majority of people, it’s probably best to wait for the cost to come down in future shoes before picking up a pair of your own. But I wouldn’t blame you if you put these on the top of your wish list anyway.

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23
Dec

The Last Pebble: Pebble 2 review and commentary with MrMobile


Marking the end of an era, the Pebble 2 is the last of its kind, the last smartwatch from the now sold, but long-beloved company. Many Pebble fans may not even get their hands on the latest, and last smartwatch not made under the Fitbit brand.

In case you missed the news, Fitbit, one of the biggest fitness tracker companies in the world, bought most of Pebble’s assets in December. As a result, this will be the last smartwatch under the Pebble name.

The Pebble 2 is a unique smartwatch. That’s why we’ve decided to forgo our traditional review format and do something a little special this time around. We’ve reached out to fellow Pebble fan and industry friend, Michael Fisher, to talk about the very last Pebble device. We hope you enjoy our Fitbit 2 review.

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Overview

The Pebble 2 should be very familiar to those who owned the first Pebble smartwatch

As one of three products in Pebble’s last Kickstarter campaign, the Pebble 2 is a familiar device for original Pebble owners. A larger display and a bit more polish are noticeable at first glance, with the new watch being a nice update from even the Pebble Time, maintaining the square watch design. The inside exemplifies where Pebble was headed with their software, something we’ll talk about in a bit.

Around the edges of the Pebble 2 is the familiar button layout, offering that satisfying click and function from previous watches. More specifically, that’s the navigation buttons on the right and the back button in the top left corner.

The rear of the Pebble 2 sports the same magnetic charging contacts as we’ve seen before, with the inclusion of the new heart rate sensor. As the main upgrade in the Pebble 2, the heart rate monitor marked a shift to a more health-centric focus, which plays into their acquisition from Fitbit.

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  • Pebble Time Round review

Allowing for interchangeable watch bands, we really like the look of ours with a full width band installed – that is, our band is as wide as the watch itself, which didn’t detract from the iconic design of the Pebble line.

Still rocking a black and white display (the Pebble Time was the color variant in the line), Pebble stuck to their guns, offering up the very best in simplicity, without sacrificing functionality.

Performance

Truth be told, performance is one of the few things that strike us when using the Pebble 2. Obviously any lag or delayed responses would stand out for us, but this is not a smartwatch like we’ve seen from some of the larger players. Instead of driving a high quality color display, navigating through image rich pages and cards, Pebble keeps it quite simple, but does so with a passion.

In typical Pebble fashion, the Pebble 2 will last almost a full week on a single charge

Adding to their own software by adopting and promoting an open source atmosphere around their products, most functionality is as simple as can be. As such, overall device performance remains smooth and without lag. This also adds to the excellent battery life of the Pebble 2, rocking close to a full week of life between charges.

Software

The Pebble 2 has one of the most unique and fun software experiences on a smartwatch to date

The software in the Pebble 2 exemplifies the nature and philosophy of Pebble as a company. We’ll just have to wait to see what Fitbit does with the brand moving forward. For now, Fitbit has pledged support for Pebble users and devices through 2017, at least.

The core of the Pebble experience is in a fun and playful approach to not only how things are done, but in the very flow of the software. One can only be so creative with an LCD looking e-paper display, but Pebble has done a great job at putting its own spin on things. Little things like the alarm clock are represented as an animated character bouncing around the display, for instance.

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Telling the time is a basic starting point for this, as with any smartwatch, and popping up notifications is an important feature. The Pebble 2, in Michael Fisher’s words, “executes on those fundamentals pretty well.”

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Our thoughts on Pebble

Mr. Mobile here. I never got to spend time with the Core or the Pebble Time 2, but I was delighted enough by my experience with the standard Pebble 2 that I don’t think I missed out on much. Josh already covered most of the Pebble 2’s bits and pieces so I won’t retread them. Instead I’ll tell you what I loved most about this upgrade:

Pebble didn’t sacrifice its fundamental simplicity. Part of that is the aforementioned preference for tactile buttons over touch screen swipes, and part of it is the use of well-designed software. Some may find the animations a little cutesy but to me they gave Pebble a personality that’s missing from other wearables … and that, plus the small footprint and rock-solid notification reliability, is something I’m really going to miss.

I feel like the Pebble gave itself a license to be geeky in a way that most of its competitors are a little too shy to do.

Pebble was one of those products that you just wanted to succeed. A lot can be said about the company and how it handled itself, but it stands that the product was not only different, but effective. Tactile feedback and input offers a critical interface with a smartwatch that isn’t present in a touch screen display. Android Wear, as the predominant wearable OS in these parts, relies on you to view the display, then accurately touch or swipe to make anything happen. There is gesture support as well, but none as easy as finding a side button without looking.

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Pebble built a community upon which developers came to build apps and services. This was a small community, granted, but one that was passionate, with an open source community. Something that was destined to continue with the Pebble Core, Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble 2, only one of which ever making it to backers.

That’s all a thing of the past now – with Fitbit acquiring much of the company, the future of existing Pebble devices will run into 2017 with no word on what will occur after. If you do have a Pebble 2, cherish it – it is quite literally the very last of its kind.

We’d like to thank Michael Fisher (MrMobile) for joining us here today. You can find him at his YouTube channel giving his thoughts and takes on today’s tech, from mobile to robots to Star Trek gadgets made reality. You can hit him up on Twitter as well, he’s @theMrMobile.

22
Dec

Channel Master Flatenna 35 review – CNET


The Good The Channel Master Flatenna is a solid antenna at an incredibly low price. It outperforms more expensive designs in both the number of channels it can pick up and the strength of the signal.

The Bad The antenna has a short, non-replaceable cable. There are no fasteners included in the box.

The Bottom Line With its super simple design and strong performance the Channel Master Flatenna 35 is the ultimate gateway drug to cutting the cord.

If you’ve shopped for an indoor antenna in the past few years you’ve likely come across the Mohu Leaf. It’s a flat square antenna you can bung up anywhere — a window, wall or the side of an entertainment unit. Its simple design has spawned a crowd of imitators which, in the case of Channel Master Flatenna 35, is able to do a similar job for a lot less. At 10 bucks, the Flatenna a no-brainer.

Despite its on-the-nose “flatizza” name, the Channel Master is actually a likable piece of equipment. It’s remarkably simple: a flexible sheet of plastic with a captive coaxial cable trailing from the bottom. The sheet itself is quite light, but add in the cable and it comes in at three ounces, while the antenna portion measures 13×9 inches.

Sadly, the coaxial cable is quite short at about six foot long, so if you need more length you’ll need to spend another $10 on a male-female coaxial extension cable or adapter.

Unlike some of the competitors, there’s no adhesives or fasteners in the box so you’ll need some poster putty to attach it to a window or wall.

22
Dec

2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow


22
Dec

LG Stylus 3 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


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The Stylus 3 comes in Metallic Titan or Pink Gold.

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If you’re after a cheaper phone with a stylus, LG wants to show you what it’s got. Announced ahead of the tech Bacchanalia that is CES 2017, the LG Stylus 3 is the third in the South Korean tech giant’s stylus range.

The Stylus 3 has a fairly impressive feature list, with a removable battery, expandable storage, fingerprint scanner and Android 7.0 — which isn’t bad at all, considering LG is billing the device as midrange (the Stylus 2 sold for just a couple hundred bucks).

The stylus itself has also gone through a bit of a facelift, with a more sensitive fibre tip to give that real pen feel and finer point of contact. There are a few of those de rigueur stylus features rolled in as well, including a proximity sensor if your phone strays too far from the stylus, screen-off note-taking and automatic memo apps.

Pricing and availability for the LG Stylus 3 is yet to be announced, but expect to hear more from the CES show floor. Follow CNET’s coverage of the show here.

Key specs

  • 5.7-inch, 1,280×720-pixel resolution screen
  • 3GB memory
  • 16GB storage (expandable to 2TB)
  • 8-megapixel front camera, 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 3,200mAh removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 155.6 mm by 79.8 mm by 7.4 mm
  • 149 grams
  • Stylus
  • Fingerprint scanner
22
Dec

LG K10 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


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LG’s new K10.

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LG’s new K range has dropped on us ahead of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, and rather than one phone to rule them all, the South Korean electronics giant has pulled out key features in line with the “original philosophy that all customers do not want the same things in a smartphone.”

At the tippy-top of that range is the K10. While the full lineup of midrange phones packs in useful (but increasingly absent) features like removable batteries and expandable storage, the K10 is the only one you might mistake for a flagship, with the latest version of Android, fingerprint scanner and metal construction.

LG K10 key specs

  • 5.3-inch 1,280×720-pixel resolution screen
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB storage, expandable to up to 2TB
  • 5-megapixel front camera, 13-megapixel rear camera
  • Removable 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.7 mm by 75.3 mm by 7.9 mm
  • 142 grams
  • Fingerprint scanner

The original K range was LG’s play for the midrange, and by roping in its flagship G-series features like fingerprint scanning and wide-angle cameras, there’s a hope that the new K10 will turn heads. The original K10, announced at last year’s CES, sold for $299 (around £240 or AU$410, converted). While the 2017 model has more grunt and the latest Android software, I wouldn’t expect it to clock in at much more.

Moving down the range, LG also announced the K8, K4 and K3. No second prizes for guessing how the numbering works. See below for what the rest of the range is packing.

Pricing and availability for any of the K-series phones is yet to be announced, but expect to hear more from the CES show floor. Follow CNET’s coverage of the show here.

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The new range of K-series phones from LG.

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LG K8 key specs

  • 5-inch 1,280×720-pixel resolution screen
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, expandable to up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel front camera, 13-megapixel rear camera
  • Removable 2,500mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 144.8 mm by 72.1 mm by 8.09 mm
  • 142g

LG K4 key specs

  • 5-inch 854 x 480-pixel resolution screen
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, expandable to up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera
  • Removable 2,500mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 144.76mm x 72.6mm x 7.9mm
  • 135g

LG K3 key specs

  • 4.5-inch 854×480-pixel resolution screen
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, expandable to up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel front camera, 13-megapixel rear camera
  • Removable 2,100mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 133.9 mm by 69.75 mm by 9.44 mm
  • 132g
22
Dec

Sling AirTV Player Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


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Before its possible announcement at CES, Sling TV revealed some details about its forthcoming bright-blue-and-white streaming box. Sadly hardware pricing wasn’t one of them. But the AirTV Player box adds live TV capabilities with a built-in antenna rather than necessitating partnerships with traditional over-the-air broadcasters to stream the limited live content they agree to. It also supports all the other Sling TV streaming options, but it won’t require a subscription unless you want to sign up for services other than OTA.

It’s fashionably late to the OTA party, but all your channels and services are unified into a single screen, a priceless convenience for some people. According to the FAQ on the company’s site, the box connects to your TV via HDMI and it’s portable because you can only stream video to a single display at a time. (Based on the box’s aesthetic, I’d say that’s in your teenager’s bedroom. Just my 2 cents.)

The remote supports voice as well, and has dedicated buttons for Netflix and Google; it’ll be interesting to see which Google services it supports, since there’s a gazillion. It’s not clear if it has local DVR capabilities but could have cloud-based recording.

Dave Zatz seems to have sleuthed his way to figuring out what’s inside, and thinks it’s the Technicolor box that recently earned FCC certification and runs on Android.

Given that Sling TV’s parent company, Dish Network, isn’t holding a press conference at CES this year, we’re not sure of the timing of the official announcement. So stay tuned.

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22
Dec

HP Sprocket Photo Printer review – CNET


The Good The HP Sprocket is exceptionally easy to use and prints straight from your phone. The image editing tools bring fun to an otherwise ordinary task.

The Bad Print quality is average and the cost of replacement paper can add up quickly.

The Bottom Line If you can afford its initial and ongoing costs and aren’t looking to hang your work in a museum, the HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a simple and enjoyable way to get photos off your phone.

Like with other digital cameras, I’d wager that most photos you take with your phone never make their way into print. That’s a shame since your photos (or some of them, at least) are meant to be seen, not just live in a gadget’s memory.

HP’s Sprocket Photo Printer lets you show your work to the world quickly, easily and with a little fun. Its small enough to carry in a bag, you don’t have to hassle with ink cartridges and the internal battery lets you print anywhere for immediate photo gratification.

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About the size of a deck of cards, the Sprocket is smaller and lighter (6 ounces) than most phones you’ll be printing from. It’s covered in a smooth plastic skin that comes in either basic black or white. Controls are minimal, as well. There’s just a power button, a battery indicator light and a port for the USB charging cable.

Setup couldn’t have been easier when I used it with my iPhone 6. Just charge the Sprocket, connect it to your phone via Bluetooth or NFC and download the free Sprocket app (available for both iOS and Android). Then, you can print shots straight from your phone’s camera roll or connect to your Facebook, Instagram or Flickr accounts. From the app you can even edit your shots with effects like graphics, borders, text and filters before you print. That’s a welcome touch on otherwise strictly practical gadget. You also can share shots via text or email directly from the app.

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Edit your photos before you print on the Sprocket’s mobile app.

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Printing each wallet-size photo takes about 40 seconds and happens so silently, I wasn’t sure the thing was even on. Print quality through the Zink “Zero Ink” technology is just average; I could see lines in most prints and colors are muted. But, really, what do you expect from something so small? No, I wouldn’t use the Sprocket to showcase my vacation or wedding photos, but it’s perfectly fine for having some fun with your camera phone shots. And you never have to replace an ink cartridge.

HP sells the Sprocket for $129.99, £99 or about AU$179 (there’s no official Australian pricing). In the box you get 10 sheets of printer paper, each of which doubles as a sticker when you peel off the back. Given that HP sells full desktop printers for less, you’re paying a premium for a gadget that doesn’t feel like anything more than a toy. I’d say that you’d need to use it a lot to get your money’s worth, but additional photo paper costs $10 (£10 or about AU$14) for a pack 20 sheets. But if the Sprocket fits your budget, it’s easy to get carried away and you’ll have blast doing it. Polaroid sells a similar product called the Zip for the same price, but with a couple of extra features and cheaper replacement paper.

21
Dec

Apple AirPods review – CNET


The Good The ultra lightweight Apple AirPods are fully wireless headphones that offer a reliable wireless connection, effortless pairing with Apple devices, decent sonics and good call quality. The included compact charging case quickly charges the buds.

The Bad Their open design allows for a lot of ambient noise to leak in. There are no controls on the buds (except Siri). Similarly priced wireless models deliver better sound. And yes, they look pretty dorky.

The Bottom Line Look past their offbeat design and you’ll find that Apple AirPods’ compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination.

Yes, wearing Apple’s AirPod headphones makes you look positively goofy. But you already knew that.

Here’s the bigger question: Are they actually good headphones? And are they worth buying versus other “true wireless” models, with separate left and right earpieces, let alone versus “regular” Bluetooth in-ear headphones, those quaint old-fashioned wireless models that connect the two earbuds with an actual cable?

The short answer is that these $159 Apple headphones (£159 in the UK and AU$229 in Australia) are better than you’d expect, especially for Apple product owners. But their unique design makes them somewhat limited and occasionally frustrating.

I tested the retail version of the AirPods, now that they’re finally available after being announced alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus way back in September. That’s how long my colleague Scott Stein has been living with preproduction versions of the headphones. Check out his first take, essentially an FAQ on the AirPods, and know that this review represents a consensus on our shared experience with the product.

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The AirPods and their charging case.

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What I (mostly) liked about the AirPods

There’s a lot to like about the AirPods. Here’s what I found to be good — or great — while wearing them.

Fit and comfort: The AirPods are super lightweight and stayed in my ears better than Apple’s EarPods. Although the AirPods look similar to their wired siblings, they have some small design upgrades that are supposed to help create a better fit. The EarPods’ cords are slim but still add weight to the buds, which can cause them to slip out if your ears aren’t EarPod friendly (mine aren’t). But with nothing dragging them down, the AirPods sat loosely nestled in my ears.

I also found them very easy to get in and out of my ears and very comfortable to wear, thanks to how light they are.

W1 chip makes for seamless pairing: Apple’s custom Bluetooth chip, the W1, is designed to allow for automatic pairing with Apple devices running iOS 10, WatchOS 3 or MacOS Sierra. And it totally delivers: Just place the headphones near your compatible device and they’ll automatically be detected and ask for pairing, no diving into settings menu needed. You can also transition easily between Apple devices, toggling between the sound of your computer to your iPhone or iPad’s.

Yes, AirPods work with non-Apple Bluetooth audio devices (I paired them to a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge), but you can’t access their special features.

Flexibility and special features: The AirPods work very well as a stereo or mono headset — if you want, you can use only one bud, left or right. According to Apple, they’re equipped with a pair of “beam-forming microphones to focus on the sound of your voice.” I made several calls and the people I spoke to were generally impressed with the call quality.

Thanks to dual optical sensors and accelerometers in each earpiece, the connected device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) knows when the AirPods are in your ears and will pause your music when one or both of them are removed. Depending on the music app you’re listening to, they’ll unpause your music when you put them back in your ears.

Not surprisingly, everything works flawlessly with Apple Music, but with Spotify, when I took both AirPods out of my ears, the music had to be restarted manually.

Reliable wireless: The wireless connection between the two earbuds is almost rock solid, with only the occasional hiccup. I’ve tried several “truly wireless” earphones and some of those early models were prone to dropouts. The AirPods’ latest competitors, including Jabra’s Sport Elite, Bragi The Headphone and Skybuds, offer reliable connectivity, but the AirPods are at the top of the class in this department.

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The AirPods nestled in their case.

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Good sound quality: The sound has an open, airy quality to it because, well, these are open, non noise-isolating earbuds. That means the buds don’t require a tight seal to get the best sound. You just plop them in your ears and you’re good to go.

The AirPods sound good in a quiet environment. They’re fairly well balanced and deliver a reasonable amount of bass. The upcoming BeatsX have more bass — at least that was my impression from my short session with a preproduction unit — but the AirPods had more than I thought they would.

Although the treble isn’t great — it’s got a little bit of an edge to it — compared to other totally wireless earphones, the AirPods’ sound quality is above average. The Jabra Elite Sport, which has a noise-isolating design and integrated hear-rate monitor, arguably sounds better but costs more.

The AirPods’ sound is similar to that of the wired EarPods, so if you like those you should like the AirPods.

The charging case and battery life: The AirPods slide beautifully into a charging case that’s the size of a container of Glide dental floss (and looks like one, too). The case and AirPods charge via an included Lightning cable. The case seals shut magnetically. It’s pretty sweet.

21
Dec

Kenmore 27132 review – CNET


The Good The $950 Kenmore 27132 top-load washing machine is extremely gentle on clothes and you can find it on sale at Sears for $700.

The Bad This washer’s instrument panel looks nice enough, but its small digital screen isn’t very easy to read. Competing models perform better.

The Bottom Line Kenmore’s 27132 doesn’t distinguish itself in any significant way. Consider other top-loaders before you buy this model.

Order from Sears.

Everything about Kenmore’s $950 27132 top-load washing machine is middle-of-the-road.

  • The 27132 looks fine, but the digital screen on its display is small and difficult to read
  • This washer has a steam function, but fewer advanced options than GE’s $900 GTW810SSJWS
  • It performs decently well, but not as well as Kenmore’s $720 22352 or GE’s $650 GTW485ASJWS

The 27132 is ultimately tough to recommend given its average performance and lack of features.

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Gettin’ to know the 27132

While this $950 Kenmore top-loader has a standard white design finish, its LED status lights, transparent top lid and curved display panel give it a slightly more luxury look. The 27132 also features a high-efficiency impeller cleaning mechanism in its 4.8-cubic-foot bin. That’s something you won’t find on Kenmore’s 22352 or GE’s GTW485ASJWS, both of which rely on traditional agitators to wash clothes.

Want more details on the difference between impellers and agitators? Check out my washing machine buying guide.

Take a look at this chart for an overview of the 27132’s specs versus other sub-$1,000 washers:

Comparing washing machines

Kenmore 27132 Kenmore 22352 GE GTW485ASJWS GE GTW810SSJWS
$950 $720 $650 $900
White White White White, Metallic (for $1,000)
4.8 cubic feet 4.2 cubic feet 4.2 cubic feet 5.1 cubic feet
11 12 13 13
169 kWh/year 238 kWh/year 152 kWh/year 152 kWh/year
27.5x37x27.9 inches 27.5x37x28 inches 27x44x27 inches 28×44.5×29 inches
1 year, limited 1 year, limited 1 year, limited 1 year, limited
120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz
No No No Yes, Android and iPhone

As far as side-by-side comparisons go, Kenmore’s 27132 holds its own pretty well. It may have one or two less cleaning cycles than the competition, but it has a larger cleaning capacity than Kenmore’s 22352 and GE’s GTW485ASJWS (due to its space-saving impeller).

But when you compare it directly to its closest competition — GE’s GTW810SSJWS, the 27132 loses appeal. GE’s GTW810 has a larger cubic-foot capacity, two additional cleaning cycles and a related app for advanced automation. The GTW810 also has a larger digital display on its control panel, making it easier to read how much time is remaining on a cleaning cycle.

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Cleaning power

To test a washer’s ability to remove stains from clothes, we run fabric strips stained with skin oil, mineral oil, pig’s blood, cocoa and aged red wine through three identical cleaning cycles. Then we calculate how much of the original stains remain. The lower the stain remaining score, the better the washer removed stains.

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