Oh boy, I didn’t see this coming but it looks like we have a brand new competitor in the wireless headphones with active noise cancellation, and it comes from the most unlikely of companies: Microsoft. It’s called the Surface Headphones.
I was enamoured with Sony’s WH-1000XM2 headphones. They were so effortlessly brilliant at what they were designed to do that it was almost a no-brainer. Honestly, the only thing that would stop me from recommending these awesome wireless headphones to anyone was their RM1,599 price tag. Granted, it was still excellent value considering the competition, but it is still a lot of money.
Now though, things are a little different. Actually, they’re RM570 different because that’s exactly how much you’ll be shaving off the RRP if you pick up a pair during this sale.
Jabra‘s got a brand new pair of wireless earbuds called the Jabra Elite 65t and you can pre-order them right now. But, unlike normal pre-orders, the company is actually encouraging you to give them a try out first before placing your pre-orders.
I have a problem. It’s an incredibly first-world problem, because it’s one where no amount of gear is ever “enough”. Literally the week after I ordered my brand new Audio Technica ATH-M40X, I was already scouring the internet for a brand new pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC).
And it’s not like I’m some big audiophile. My ears are decidedly plebian in the sense that I know what I like and I know what I don’t — there isn’t really a super deep spectrum. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from wanting to get the best ones there are.
After weeks of reading, listening and researching, I managed to narrow down the list to a few prime candidates. Sony’s original MDR-1000X headphones were not at the top of the list. Then, everything changed when I got a hold of the WH-1000XM2.
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In a world where the device you keep with you all day is devoid of a 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless headphones suddenly become far more attractive than they have been in the past — at least, for me. I’m currently living the dongle life, and let me tell you, it’s awful. Those nasty things are fragile, tiny and infuriating to use on a daily basis.
Bluetooth, then, looks like the most viable alternative. But when you buy Bluetooth headphones, you don’t just want plain old Bluetooth headphones. At least, not when you have the option to pick one up with state-of-the-art noise cancellation technology.
That, young grasshopper, is where Sony‘s stunning lineup of 1000X headphones come in.
Recently, I’ve been obsessed with wireless noise-cancelling headphones. More specifically, I’ve been obsessed with Bose‘s QuietComfort 35 headphones with active noise cancellation. They’re comfortable, light, sound great, and look so dapper. But, one could make the case that, Sony has the better pair of ANC cans with the MDR-1000X and its successor, the WH-1000XM2.
Sony’s headphones are definitely the better value proposition and they’re a lot more high-tech but I’ve always preferred the QC35’s fit. Now, though, there’s a second contender and it’s JBL’s Everest Elite 750 NC headphones.
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Several modern cars have wireless charging built-in which makes it extra convenient to charge your smartphone without those messy cables. Since some hybrid cars need a juice up every now and then, BMW has introduced its own wireless charging pad that’s not for your phone, but it’s for the car.
Malaysians really love their mobile internet and our data consumption is set to increase exponentially in the coming years. According to Maxis’ Q2 2017 report, average data usage on their network has almost doubled from 3.7GB/month to 7.0GB/month year-on-year. In addition, Ericsson predicts that mobile data traffic will increase by 11X for South East Asia and Oceania by 2022.
While our telcos are continuously upgrading their network, there’s one major problem that would hinder our demand for more data and it’s up in the air. Based on UTM’s report on our mobile broadband development, Malaysia needs more spectrum in order to fulfil the growing need for mobile data. If Malaysia doesn’t take appropriate action, the quality of our mobile internet would deteriorate.
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Jaybird is probably one of the more popular brands when it comes to minimal wireless in-ear headphones. Their wildly popular X1 and X2 headphones offer great sound and portability for a great price so it’s really not that surprising.
If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on a pair of Jaybird headphones here in Malaysia, you’re in luck because Funsportz (the people who bring in GoPro gear) are now officially distributing them locally.
If you’ve been looking for a pair of truly wireless in-ear headphones for fitness and are not impressed with Samsung’s Gear IconX, there’s good news. Jabra just released their Elite Sport in-ear fitness headphones in Malaysia. They say that the Elite Sport is the “most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds”.
The only catch is, they’re almost twice the price of the Samsung Gear IconX.