Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7 Prioritizes Battery Life

Bang & Olufsen’s heritage in the audiovisual market is astounding and continues to produce stylish high-end solutions. Some time ago, the Danish designer introduced the H6 and H8 range featuring a beautifully stitched calf leather headband, lambskin ear pads and aluminium frame. The H8 added wireless functionality containing a battery capacity of around 14 hours.

The BeoPlay H7 is a cheaper, over-ear version of the H8 which opts for an increased battery life of 20 hours. This was achieved by removing active noise cancellation technology and focusing on the headphone’s raw signature sound. The H7 hasn’t been scaled back in any other way and still utilizes the highest-grade of materials include memory foam ear cushions.

On another note, the ear-cups contain a touch sensitive control pad which allows you to adjust the volume, play/pause and cycle between tracks. In terms of pricing, the H7 is available to purchase for £329.99 directly from Bang & Olufsen’s store. Interestingly, this is an identical price to the wired H6.

Currently, there is only one basic colour scheme in traditional black leather. Although, I expect to see some limited editions and more ostentatious designs. As someone who has used the H6, I can highly recommend them in terms of comfort and sound quality.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information. 

Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Cryorig are back on eTeknix once again today and I welcome them with open arms after their last product, the H5, walked away with our Innovation Award. Cryorig may be fairly new to the cooling market, but they’ve already got off to a great start thanks to their sleek designs and competitive prices. We even stopped by their booth at Computex to see what else they had to offer and things certainly looked promising for the brand.

The H7 certainly ticks a lot of boxes; support for most major socket types and limitless ram clearance are always welcome features.

The packaging is really nicely designed, giving the H7 a premium quality straight away.

In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate, fan retention clips, the manual, high quality thermal grease and interestingly, only four screws and four spacers for the mounting kit, suggesting a very simple installation process.

The cooler comes with a fan pre-installed out of the box, so the extra clips in the box are for adding an extra fan should you want to use a push-pull configuration. The fan is of a very good quality and looks stunning with those white fan blades and that colourful CR sticker in the middle. The fan also comes with anti-vibration rubber pads on all four corners, on both sides of the fan.

The fin stack is very well made, with their proprietary Hive Fin structure at the front, the fins change shape as they pass through the fin stack to create Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction. Cryorig says this will improve performance, as well as provide structural strength to the cooler. From handling it and inspecting it, I have to agree, the cooler does feel pretty robust and looks very well made.

There are three heat pipes in the H7, fitted with a U-shape design to give us three vertical pipes on each side of the cooler.

There is a black top plate and the pipes have been capped, further adding to the premium look and feel of the H7.

The cooler comes with the X-Bar quick mount system, which will allow for incredibly quick and easy installation and removal of the cooler.

With the brackets in this position, the cooler supports AMD.

Simply twist them into the next position and they support Intel; very easy!

Cryorig Unveils H7 CPU Cooler

Cryorig is a relative new player on the cooling market only being around for a little over a year, but it’s a company built by seasoned people. Now Cryorig has presented their second model in the H series after presenting us with the Cryorig H5 a couple of months ago. Now it’s time to make room for the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler.

When we say make room, that’s of course a figure of speech as the H7 comes with zero ram interference and a total height of 145mm that should make it fit most mid-towers. As the H5, the H7 is also built upon the HiveFin technology, a design that allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction while strengthening the structural strength of the fin stacks at the same time.

At the same time, the H7 introduces the new line of 120 mm QF120 PWM fans built with Cryorig’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet that is a system of four aerodynamic intake holes strategically placed on the four corners of the frame to increase the total air output. The new QF120 fans will also be released separately shortly after the H7 as Silent, Balanced, and Performance models. The Balanced version with the maximum fan speed of 1.600 rpm is the one included with the H7.

A really cool thing Cryorig is providing for their current models is the compatibility tester that you can download and fold origami style. Hold it onto your motherboard or into your chassis and instantly see if the clearance is enough for your components.

Thanks to Cryorig for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cryorig

Gigabyte Force H Gaming Series Headsets Revealed

When you think of Gigabyte, you likely think of their graphics cards or motherboards, but they’ve also been creating some very impressive, award winning peripherals over the years; a trend they look to continue with their new Force H gaming headsets.

The Force H headsets have been designed with the high-end consumer in mind, as Gigabyte aim to offer premium quality for music lovers and audio-savvy gamers alike. The H series offers up five new headsets, each packed with a unique design, high quality components, and a promise of high-end performance.

Each Force H headset has been designed with a different audio technology, making each one uniquely suitable to different consumer requirements. The H7 and H5 are the flagship models in the range, offering true 5.1 and virtual 7.1 respectively. The H3 and H3X feature a pair of powerful 50mm neodymium drivers with inclined chambers that are said to offer ” crisp in-game details with explosive bass and incredible positional audio to hardcore gamers”. Finally we have the H1, which comes with wireless Bluetooth technology, making it ideal for wireless desktop usage as well as mobile gaming.

All of the headsets are really nicely designed and feature a retractable uni-directional microphone. The H7 and H5 feature in-line controllers and the H1 has on-board controls. The H3X will be the first to hit the market this October, the H7 and H5 will follow shortly afterwards and the H1 will ship in October. No details on price just yet, but we expect Gigabyte to reveal this information shortly.

Thank you Gigabyte for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gigabyte.