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12 travel gadgets for your next trip

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Traveling is cathartic. There is no other thing that will give you as much perspective as seeing the world.

People travel for different reasons. Whether it be for leisure or work (or you know, you’re just running away from something *ehem*heartbreak*ehem*), a good trip will always leave you refreshed and looking forward to the next grand adventure.

From mountains to foreign cities and new beaches, you must always make sure you travel prepared! Be it a short road trip or an intercontinental flight, make sure you have all bases covered with top tech we’ve picked out for you to travel with.

Snap Spectacles

These sunnies are not just great-looking, they have built in 180-degree cameras that automatically upload footage to the Snapchat app on your phone. Hands-free, fuss-free, and fashionable, these shades are perfect for every summer beach trip or city escapade you have planned. Now your ex will see every fun adventure you’re having without him or her.

Native Union Tag Cable

This stylish and unassuming bag tag is actually your Lightning cord. No need to worry about packing those long pesky cords and bothering to untangle them. This luxury leather accessory comes in black and tan.

Zhiyun Smooth 3

This smartphone stabilizer will ensure you have flawless and fluid smartphone footage. This useful tech has 14 hours of running time and real-time charging through the gimbal itself. You may not be emotionally stable yet but at least your videos will be!

Clip-on smartphone lenses

If you can’t be bothered to lug around a DSLR on your trip, consider buying these clip on lenses for your smartphone. These compact accessories allow you to take your travel photos from a different point of view. We all need a different perspective in life — and in love — every now and then.

Insta360 Camera

Capture the whole view and even stream it on Facebook Live! The nifty device clips on to your smartphone and allows you to preview photos and videos via the Insta360 app. This means your overanalyzing brain will get to see every detail.

RJ Electronics Armadillo Speakers

These portable speakers come in four different colors and are dust- and waterproof. Perfect for any adventure, these handy things are unbreakable, unlike you.

Nilkin Car Charger

For road trips of any length, it’s always good to have this wireless car charger. Never worry about driving without Waze again!

Romoss UPower Travel Mate

This powerbank has a built-in plug which means you don’t have to bring an additional cord to charge it during the trip. Less cords, less fuss — you don’t need to be attached at all.

Xiaomi Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote Shutter Tripod Holder

Sometimes you have to do things by yourself — including travel photos. Make sure you get the the best possible shots even when you have no one to take your photos for you. You are a strong, independent person and you won’t need anyone again!

Sony FDR-X3000

Make sure you have photos and videos of (quite literally) everything you do with this action cam. Bungee jumping? Click away! Snorkeling? Sure! Don’t let anything stop you from making memories. This camera makes sure you’re getting action. ?

ASUS ZenBook 3

For those who can’t travel without a computer, the ASUS ZenBook 3 is the perfect trip companion for you. It’s super light and thin which means it’s so much easier to bring.

Travel Home Wall Charger USB Plug

Let’s be honest: Hotel room plugs are never enough to charge all these devices! This multi-port USB wall plug solves that problem. Now you have choices, and I’m not just talking about this plug.

These are just a few of my top travel gadget picks. What technology do you swear by while on the road? Let us know in the comments section below!

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Barcelona with the Huawei P10

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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020

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Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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Sony’s WF-H800 h.ear in TWS headphones offer rich sound

Available in five colors

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Already a leader in noise-cancelling headphones, Sony is offering something a little different in the true wireless headpones department — the Sony WF-H800 h.ear in headphones.

One of the first easily noticeable things is how the WF-H800 is available in five colors: red, orange, green, blue, and black.

Noticeably missing is the active noise-cancellation feature. However, it makes up for it with other Sony staple-features, primarily the 360 reality audio. The effect of which can only be truly felt once you experience it for yourself.

It also has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver a wide range of audio frequencies as well as a feature Sony calls DSEE HX or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. This tech restores the high-range sound that’s lost in compression. It reproduces digital music files with rich, natural sound.

It’s also lightweight and designed to fit your ears perfectly. The WF-H800 promises up to eight hours of music playback plus another eight hours with the carrying case giving you a total of 16 hours. Additionally, 10 minutes of charge time will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time.

Just like other Sony headphones, these are compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Price and availability

The Sony WF-H800 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centers, Sony authorized dealers and the official Sony store on Lazada from March 2020. It will retail for SG$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Masterclass in noise cancellation

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality

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With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on Samsung.com, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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