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The hardest things to escape from today are capitalism and consumerism. A portmanteau of both would mean mindless materialism, but a winning combination of the two would be an educated consumer (that’s you!) who is empowered to make informed decisions and wise purchases. This is what the Gear vertical wants to help our readers achieve, and our mission begins now!

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

As an avid traveller who needs to get work done on the go, having a quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones is an everyday bag essential. My daily driver was the Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones (2017), and it was my go-to when I simply wanted to unwind and drown everything else out. First Impressions The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones immediately caught my eyes (and ears) at SITEX 2018’s Sony booth. I remember being amazed at the comfortable fit and the active noise cancellation when I first laid my hands on the headphones. It got me wondering: how much could Sony…
Sony FDR-X3000 Review: Giving the GoPro A Run For Their Money

Sony FDR-X3000 Review: Giving the GoPro A Run For Their Money

Home to a stabilized 4K camera, the Sony FDR-X3000 action camera has taken a slice of the market from its biggest competitors. How does it still stack up against its fierce rivals after almost two years of its release? Hang on tight to your adventure pants while we break it down for you!  Stabilisation Released in the late September of 2016, the FDR-X3000 turned a lot of heads when it brought Sony’s BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) stabilisation to the table. This technology allows the EXMOR R CMOS Sensor and the 17mm ZEISS lens (35mm equivalent) to be able to move…
Review: The Philips SpeedPro Max Makes Cleaning Swift, Smooth and Stylish

Review: The Philips SpeedPro Max Makes Cleaning Swift, Smooth and Stylish

The SpeedPro Max, a new cordless cleaner from Philips, is said to be one of the better cordless vacuums in the market. The two-in-one cleaner clocked in the fastest cordless cleaning experience. The vacuum is able to deliver suction in every direction through its 360-degree nozzle (that comes with stylish LED lights) and is powered by a 25.2V lithium-ion rechargeable battery that allows for a cordless vacuuming time of up to 65 minutes. The Philips Speedpro Max is the perfect home appliance to clean up every nook and cranny of your home. The vacuum is designed to address the tiresome…
A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

Music is a display of one’s individuality whether it is the listener or the performer. It is an essential part of our life where we indulge in to get away from our hectic lifestyles, and which better way to do that than to get a device that replaces those disturbing white noises during our daily commutes with quality audio? Sleek and precise. The Jaybird Freedom 2 overwhelms your hearing senses by giving you the ability to distinguish the different layers of the music. It feels like ecstasy being able to hear all the different highs and lows of the music…
Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

There are so many things to love about the Voyager 8200 UC that it is difficult to decide where to begin. The boomless Bluetooth stereo headset, released end-2017, was made specifically with working professionals in mind. In short, the product delivers on what it promises – the Voyager 8200 UC makes for a practical work companion. One would immediately notice the comfort of the muffs putting the headset on. They feel exceptional, like the softest leather encased pillow one will ever feel. This writer was wearing glasses when testing the product, and even so, the headset felt luxuriously comfortable –…
Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Renowned Korean portable audio manufacturer iRiver has recently announced two new high-resolution Digital Audio Players under their Astell & Kern (A&K) brand – the A&norma SR15, and the A&futura SE100, to complement their flagship, the A&ultima SP1000. iRiver also introduced a new entry-level In-Ear Monitor, the Jerry Harvey/Astell&Kern Billie Jean. This completes the rebranding of the A&K player lineup, with the A&norma representing the standard, entry-level lineup, the A&futura representing the premium, sub-flagship tiered players, and the A&ultima holding the spot for A&K’s flagship offerings. I was recently at Smoke & Mirrors to witness the launch event, hosted by AV…
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Megaboom: Does Size Matter?

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Megaboom: Does Size Matter?

Ultimate Ears is known for standing alongside the likes of JBL and Bose when it comes to producing good quality portable speakers, and these speakers can often be seen being used by dancers and performers all around Singapore, whether it is for producing good music for dance practice or rehearsals in open spaces. Or, simply used as a subtle way to holler at passersby that dancers are in ‘da house. As a dancer myself, I have known that a significant number of people from my social circle – friends and mentors alike – are advocates of UE speakers, and they…
Vivo V7 Plus (V7+): Another Premium Phone For An Affordable Price

Vivo V7 Plus (V7+): Another Premium Phone For An Affordable Price

At first glance, the Vivo V7 Plus resembles an OPPO. That’s because both Vivo and OPPO are made by the third largest smartphone manufacturer (just behind Apple and Samsung) that you have probably not heard of: BKK Electronics. The Vivo V7 Plus feels exceedingly premium with the matte black aluminium finish and the antenna bands that are both functional and adds to the aesthetics of the phone. The V7 Plus’s minimal front bezel creates an illusion of a larger display despite measuring at a whopping 155.9 x 75.8 x 7.7 mm – next to the iPhone X, the V7 Plus…
B&O Beoplay H8i & H9i: Headphones That Keep Ahead

B&O Beoplay H8i & H9i: Headphones That Keep Ahead

Music is one of those great things that you live for, which is already more than I can say about life itself sometimes. As someone who is personally more attuned with introversion, it has been an invaluable part of my life, letting me cope with the white noise of everyday routine and making the silence of crowds more palatable for my ears. In the age of modernity, it is no longer a question of accessing music, but of how to best consume it—how do we make music a part of our everyday lives with the best experience possible? Answering this…
Logitech MX Sound 2.0: For Home, and House Music

Logitech MX Sound 2.0: For Home, and House Music

At S$149, the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 will serve as a hefty first upgrade to your default PC speakers. Yes, you definitely need an upgrade once you know how great Logitech’s new MX Sound is. Why, you ask? Don’t you listen to music? What, still using Spotify with ads? Wha… what are you doing? The Logitech MX Sound 2.0 is clearly designed for the good ol’ desktop – you won’t be lugging them around, that’s for sure. They have a depth of 16cm and a diameter of 8.4cm, but don’t let the seemingly unassuming specs fool you – they’re easily…
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