Gadget Inspector, Master of the Gadget-verse
Posted on Friday, April 12 @ 15:15:00 PST by Gadget_Inspector
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PlayStation PULSE Elite Edition Wireless Stereo Headset ReviewThis was actually released in 2012 but was recently brought to my attention due to Sony working directly with Irrational Games to develop an exclusive audio mode for the headset that works with BioShock Infinite. Eager to hear what all the fuss was about, I charged up the headset and put a few hours in with the GOTY frontrunner. The sound was instantly impressive.
But then I realized there was a mode button on the side of these sleek, swank-tastic 7.1 virtual surround sound beasts. Turns out, you have to download an app from the PlayStation Store (for free), and download the BioShock Infinite mode and change the settings on the headset to get it to work. You’d think Sony would have pointed that out to me in the manual or even on the box (not for BioShock, but the app itself).
Now, with the mode finally enabled, it’s pure ear-gasm. Goddamn, this headset sounds phenomenal. Bullets and melees sound even more brutal and the audio tracks are that much more clear. Occasionally, there’s a force-feedback “pulse” that gently vibrates the earpads for some extra added immersion. Having used the headset with BioShock Infinite, I can’t go back to playing without it. I only hope that Sony gets more developers to create these exclusive audio modes for their games.
But that’s not all the headset does. There are other modes for movies, music, and game genres—though no specific games other than BioShock. It’s got a noise-cancelling mic built-in for voice chat, a bevy of options for audio, and it even has an audio jack on it so it works with the PS Vita, an iPod, or anything else with a jack of its own.
Gadget Inspector Says: Go-go. It’s expensive at $149.99, but you get what you pay for. Only high-quality for Moss Man’s unflocked ears.
Boombotix Boombot2 ReviewThis one is a weird one. For the price of $69.99, this is hands-down the best quality Bluetooth speaker I've heard. It's loud and clear, and can be tethered to other speaker systems via the audio jack with something the company calls SoundHub technology. But I would never be caught dead with its ugly skull-shaped design.
However, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and given some of the limited edition designs and customizations available (like swappable eyes), I can see it being a fashion statement—just not my fashion statement. At the very least, it's a unique product and it's of high quality at a reasonable price compared to similar speakers out there.
Gadget Inspector says: So-so. It’s not my slice of pizza, but some people love pineapple and ham. [Why, aloha! ~Ed. Nick] Or maybe I just don’t like the resemblance to Skeletor.
Jackery Giant and Jackery Mini ReviewWe’ve all been in this situation. You’re out and about, checking email, getting directions on Google Maps (or getting lost with Apple Maps), or the most battery-draining of all—actually making a call—when your smartphone battery is low. I’ve done everything from stick my iPhone on airplane mode to conserve battery while I’m not using it, to outright shutting it off then turning it back on when I need it. But that’s not the point of having a phone, right? You need it to be on to receive that emergency phone call saying your kid got suspended from school. That’s where Jackery saves the day.
The Jackery Mini is said to be lipstick-sized, but I’ve seen my share of ladies’ cosmetics and it’s bigger than that, but not by much. It’s definitely small enough to fit into a pocket or small purse with ease, and it charged my iPhone 4S twice on one full charge. Yeah, you have to charge the Jackery too. Where did you think the power came from? I’ll be keeping this one in my car’s glovebox for emergency back-ups, since Jackery claims it can hold its charge for up to 6 months. That, I cannot yet attest to. It can charge anything that can be charged via USB, like a PS Vita, or tablet. Just don’t expect to fill an iPad battery with the Mini—that’s the next one’s job
They also sent over the Jackery Giant, the biggest brother of the Mini. There’s also the middle child, the Jackery Bar, that Jackery neglected (just like any real middle child) to send me. The Giant features two USB ports (though only one port can handle an iPad) and a massive 10400 mAh battery to charge two devices at once. Now this is great to help the GR team in a pinch at E3 this year and keep our electronics as charged as our double-shot coffee does for our battered bodies. The Jackery Giant’s got more power, so it’s more than sufficient to fill an entire iPad in full.
Gadget Inspector Says: Go-go. With Jackery you can scream “I have the power!” and turn into a smartphone-charging He-man.
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