Tech Reviews| One-stop solutions1 min read . Updated: 01 Apr 2014, 08:50 PM IST
Whether the requirement is party music or work, these new products will not disappoint
Harman/Kardon Go + Play Wireless speaker
It seems like a mix of a steam iron, an alien’s helmet, a ghetto blaster from the 1980s and a woman’s handbag. Harman/Kardon has clearly not compromised on the quality of materials in the Go + Play Wireless speaker. The top has the on/off/source-select button and volume controls on a non-slip rubber surface. The standout element, the aluminium handlebar, runs from edge to edge, ending up creating two of the four rubber-capped metal feet.
The one niggle is that the mid-range isn’t very detailed. This speaker is great for uptempo music—trance, remixes and rock music, but you cannot really expect it to shine with the classics.
What continues to impress, however, is the power it packs. The system can be really loud, and is enough to drive a house party. Go for it if you want one speaker that is equally comfortable in a small room and for a party.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac Battery: D-cell
Plantronics Voyager Legend UC
The UC headset includes a Bluetooth dongle for connecting to the PC, and a charging case that doubles up for storage. The case itself is brilliantly designed, with the smoked translucent lid. The battery in this case can be charged via the micro-USB port.
Hooking up to Bluetooth is simple. It works with any PC or Mac, and is designed for use with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, like Skype.
Plantronics has positioned the Voyager Legend UC more for the business user than someone who needs a Bluetooth headset just for a smartphone. The price isn’t the most affordable, but the dual use is brilliant for the workstation. The call quality is super, thanks to the improved mics, and the battery life is very good. Consider this, if you want one solution between your smartphone and Skype.
Compatibility: Mobile phone/tablet
Connectivity: Bluetooth, v3.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate) Headset weight: 18g
*Ratings out of 100.