Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

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SilverStone SST-EBA01 Hi-Fi Audio Headphone Stand

Introduction


SilverStone may be well-known for their high-end chassis, power supplies and cooling solutions, but in recent years they’ve also been creating some premium grade audio products. Earlier this year we reviewed their SST-EB03 Desktop Headphone Amp & SST-EB01-E DAC (Digital Audio Converter); both of which were targeted at the enthusiast audio market. They’re incredible products and I’ve personally been using them for all my desktop related audio tasks ever since. Now they’re looking to complete the set with a simple accessory, the EBA01 Hi-Fi Audio Headphone Stand.

The EBA01 comes constructed from high quality aluminium, matching the aesthetics of their SST audio range. It has been designed as the perfect way to store two headsets; keeping them within easy reach at your desktop or listening area of choice. I’m sure many of you simply leave your headset on your desk, or even chuck it in a drawer when you’re not using it. Many people wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing, especially for those who paid a lot of money for a high-end headset or a set of audiophile grade headphones.

The EBA01 comes in a nicely designed slim box with a nice image of the stand on the front of the box.

Around the back you’ll find another picture of the stand with a set of headphones on it; pretty self-explanatory really.

The box is surprisingly heavy and when you open it you’ll find three large pieces of aluminium set in thick padding to keep them safe, as well as a simple user manual.

In the box you will find three pieces of aluminium that form the stand, as well as the screws required to assemble them.

Win One of Three Attitude One Almaz Headsets

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These headsets are really versatile, not only are they premium grade headphones, but they also come with a detachable boom microphone, as well as Android and iOS compatible mobile cables that each feature in-line microphones and controls, making them perfect for when you’re sitting at your desk, or when you are out and about.

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EIZO Anounces the 6mm Ultra-Slim Frame 23.8″ FORIS FS2434 Gaming Monitor

EIZO has just announced its latest addition to its gaming monitor series, the FORIS FS2434, featuring a 6 mm Ultra-Slim frame, vivid display colours and EIZO’s “Smart” technologies for a more delightful gaming experience, having the monitor said to be ideal for RTS, MOBA and MMORPG genres in terms of PC gaming, as well as all genre types in terms of console gaming.

The 6 mm frame is said to consist of a 2 mm bezel and 4 mm border at the LCD panel edges, creating a smooth viewing when in a multi-monitor working environment, as well as providing an immersive gaming experience. Also, the FORIS FS2434’s IPS LCD panel along with its wide 178 degrees viewing angle is said to provide vibrant colors with few contrast changes, while the extremely low 0.05 frames input lag is said to provide no delay between signal input and image display on the screen.

Being a FORIS FS monitor, the 23.8″ 6 mm frame FS 2434 display also comes with three of EIZO’s own Smart technologies in order to improve visibility and clarity during gameplay. The first is Smart Insight 2, available in the “Game” preset mode, having it identify and enhance dark areas of an image by increasing the brightness in order to make it easier to see enemies. The FS2434 also adds an extra feature to the Smart Insight 2, having it enhance saturation in addition to brightness in order to bring greater contrast between characters and the background in a game.

The second technology is Smart Resolution, having it analyse an image for noise and blur in order to correct the blur without accentuating the noise, having to adjust only the areas where it is most needed. The third is Smart Detection, where the technology identifies the designated area on the screen where a video or game is played and applies the Smart Ironsight 2 or Smart Resolution whenever required.

Other technologies included in the FORIS FS2434 consist of the LED backlit, having it be controlled by a hybrid direct current and high-frequency pulse-width modulation in order to grant a flicker-free viewing at all brightness levels, as well as having a remote control and the company’s G-Ignition utility software. The G-Ignition is said to grand gamers access tp download presets created by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export the user’s own customised colour modes to other gamers who also own a similar display. The software can also be used to assign hotkeys in order to quickly turn the monitor’s power and mute to ON/OFF, adjust the colour mode and aspect ratio.

In terms of connectivity, the FORIS FS2434 comes with two HDMI and one DVI-D ports, having it be compatible with PCs, consoles, Blu-Ray players and cameras. In addition, a USB 3.0 hub featuring one upstream and two downstream ports grant users the ability to connect to USB 3.0 storage devices or even connect their keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor. Also, the line-out jack allows for external speakers to be connected directly to the monitor as well, while the headphone jack grants further audio functionality.

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TteSports Chao Dracco Captain Headset & Dracco Headphones Review

Introduction


We kick things off today with a look at not one, but two new products from the ever popular gaming brand TteSports. TteSports have been carving a solid reputation for themselves over the last few years, with countless great products hitting the market each year, most of which have walked away with a multitude of awards from us here at eTeknix. These awards have not only been for their great value for money, but also because of their laser like focus on the gaming market. Listening to what gamers want is vital, and TteSports involvement in the LAN gaming and eSports scene has been instrumental to their success. They’ve got pro-gaming teams of their own, while also sponsoring a few others, and that can be seen in products like the Captain headset we have here today, which is endorsed by legendary pro-gamer White Ra.

On one hand we have the Chao Dracco Captain gaming headset, a versatile PC headset that is ideal for online multiplayer and desktop use. On the other hand we have the Chao Dracco headphones, which keep much of the same styling we’ve come to know and love from the Chao range, but ditching the microphone entirely so that you can enjoy the same performance and quality when you’re out and about. While this is a comparative review, there is obviously a limit due to them both having different applications, but I am keen to see if the new headphone range is anything as good, or of course better in terms of performance than the desktop headset. A lot of headset companies forget that while online play does focus on voice chat a lot, some people (like myself) just prefer to play solo online, and never really need the microphone anyway. So long as audio performance is great, that’s often more than enough for some gamers.

Both headsets come nicely packaged, with White Ra on the front of the gaming headset, while the headphones feature a larger window to show off their highly flexible folding design.

Around the back of the boxes we have a quick run down of the major features and specifications.

The Captain headset ticks all the major boxes for a good gaming headset, with a 3 meter cable, large 50mm drivers, gold 3.5mm jack plugs, an omni-directional microphone, in-line controller and a removable cable.

The headphones have been tweaked a little and feature a shorter cable of just 1.5 meters, a single gold-plated 3.5mm jack plug, very similar sensitivity with just a +4DB at 1KHZ when compared with the headset, while still featuring large 50mm drivers like the headset.

The Dracco comes bundled with a little extra box of accessories.

In the box I found a high quality braided cable with gold-plated 3.5mm jack plugs and an in-line controller, a soft protective pouch for the headset and a warranty information leaflet.

The Chao comes with a similar box of accessories.

You’ll find a protective pouch for the headset and a warranty policy.

Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Mobile Headset Review

Introduction


In the last 12 months we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a wide range of products from Mad Catz and their related brands, Tritton, Saitek and Cyborg. In that same time we’ve had the further pleasure to review not one, but two Kunai headsets, the first for the PS3 / PS Vita and we followed that with a review of the Wii U / 3DS edition. Today we complete the set and bring you the third in the Kunai series with an in-depth look at their new mobile edition aimed at users of Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Mad Catz already have one of the hottest ranges of peripherals on the market that spans PC gaming, consoles and mobile and the Kunai Mobile is just the latest addition to their already very successful range. Priced at around £43 here in the UK it is also competitively priced against brands such as Rapoo and Genuine, as there are very few, if any popular gaming brands making headsets anywhere near this price range. However, Mad Catz have long been known for their excellent value and if the Kunai Mobile prove worth just as headphones, then the extra mobile features could be a huge win for the Kunai.

As you can see from the specifications below, the headset features a good cable length, powerful 40mm drivers, in-line controller, built-in microphone and interchangeable covers. However, what we really want to do is see how the headset looks and the of course, put it to the test, so let’s get right to it and see if the Kunai have the looks and performance required to survive in the mobile arena.

Specifications

  • Cable Length: 3.9ft/1.2m
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
  • Resistance: 16 ohms
  • Audio Input Types: 3.5mm

Box contents

  • Kunai Stereo Headset with In-line Audio Controller Featuring Integrated Microphone
  • 2 Additional Sets of Interchangeable Speaker Tags

The packaging is nicely styled, matching the rest of the Tritton range with a great image of the product on the front as well as a few details about the headsets features. Also detailed at the bottom is the compatibility, which is listed as iPod, iPad and iPhone. It is worth pointing out that this really applies to the in-line controller, other wise the headset and microphone will work with any standard 3 or 4 pole 3.5mm audio output.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the features, as well as a simple user guide to the main functions of the in-line controller. This includes details on answering calls, the location of the microphone and adjusting music volume.

Removing the slip cover and opening the box we find that the headset is very well packaged, with just one side exposed to be visible from a window panel on the side of the retail packaging.

In the box we found a few extras, these include a simple upset setup guide, warranty information, a few Tritton stickers and two sets of clip on covers.

Noontec Zoro Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Review

Introduction


Up until recently I had never heard of Noontec as a brand, had I not been shown more details then these headphones would have passed me by otherwise! I have listened to RF and bluetooth headphones in the past and the technology just wasn’t good enough back then to offer high enough quality music or for audio to be in sync with what’s happening on screen for those who watch movies or play games.

I checked the details of the Zoro on the Noontec website which labels them as “Fashion” headphones (I’ll come to this later on) and that they also have a HD version which appears to have a $20 lower RRP but is an older model.

The majority of buyers who are looking for wireless headphones today will no doubt be using them on their smartphones and tablets, so for the bulk of this review I will be basing my findings from a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is the best of both worlds, better known as a phablet. I’ll also be adding additional thoughts on the performance when connected to a Hi-Fi amplifier with the supplied cable.

Will this new Noontec model offer a solution to those issues or will they disappoint, let’s find out!

The Zoro comes neatly packed in a folding cover box. Without focusing at the logo or brand name you could be forgiven for mistaking the headphones on show as a pair of Beats by Dr Dre, they have clearly taken some inspiration from the good Dr, not necessarily a bad thing for attracting a wider audience.

The presentation is good, not excessive but not cheap looking or feeling either. These headphones can be bought for around £40 and I feel the packaging and presentation quality exceeds what other headphones offer in this price range.

In the box are the headphones, 3.5mm detachable ribbon cable and a soft satin pull lock pouch. The ribbon cable, for when you don’t want to connect wirelessly.

Computex: Silverstone Display Their Latest HTPC Cases, Audio Products & More

Silverstone make some of the best compact PC solutions on the market and while they make a wide range of HTPC chassis, they are certainly not tied down to one thing. The DS380 (pictured above) is a mixture of a HTPC mini-ITX chassis, but it features 8 SAS/SATA hot swap bays that can be accessed from a key lock front panel, making this idea for a NAS based system. Those with extensive home networking requirements will love this.

The HTPC market is as popular as ever and Silverstone seem to have a solution for every setup, from TV wall mounts, multi monitor swing brackets,  there are 11 HTPC cases in this picture and many more out of shot. each one a different shape and size that will cater to just about any system configuration from silent running low power systems to high end gaming rigs.

For those that want their HTPC to be more suited to music, Silverstone now also produce these gorgeous headphone apllifiers, they look great but I personally can’t wait to really get stuck in and test these in a more suitable environment, aka not at a noisy trade show.

Silverstone even have a new Raven themed HTPC case and while it’s not going to be to every ones taste I rather like it, it makes a nice change from the usual flat fronted HTPC boxes.

It’s also quite large, as you can see, the mini-ITX board takes up about 1/4 of the chassis, leaving plenty of room for storage solutions and a full size ATX PSU.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. Mobile Power Roundup Review

It wasn’t all that long ago that we took our first look at some of the products on offer from the new division at Antec, known as Antec Mobile Products, or A.M.P., if you missed that article the first time around you can check it our here. Today I will be continuing our look at their new product range and seeing just what else they have to offer to the world of mobile components.

Today I’ll be taking a closer look at two of their mobile power products, the PowerUp 6000 and the PowerUp Slim 2200, both of which are USB rechargeable recharges for mobile products such as tablets and smartphones. I’ll be taking a look at their USB car power adaptor and finally their USB recharging hub, which should be everything you need to keep your devices powered on the move.

“Antec Mobile Products (a.m.p.) is a global consumer electronics company committed to putting state of the art mobile and audio technology into the hands of every user. As a division of Antec, the world-renown market leader in PC hardware, a.m.p. is committed to bringing Antec’s winning VIP principles of Value, Innovation and Perfection to the mobile world.” – www.antecmobileproducts.com

“Technology is taking on an increasingly greater role in our lives and changing the relationship between user and device. People are not only demanding products that make their lives easier, but are also seeking devices that let them use, share and interact in new ways. By harnessing new technologies, Antec is changing the way people experience life through their mobile devices. a.m.p. understands that mobile products are more than just devices, they are extensions of ourselves: our tastes, habits and curiosity. a.m.p. is committed to the concept of fashion technology by providing you with devices that are not only attractive, but reflect your own unique personality.” www.antecmobileproducts.com

Antec is absolutely right with their statements, the mobile market is too big to ignore, and the demands of mobile consumers are just as demanding as any other industry. Even the biggest computer component manufacturers can’t ignore the scale of the mobile market and Antec are right to make a move into this sector.

So let’s get started and take a closer look at what these devices have to offer, starting with the PowerUp batteries.