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Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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When there’s talk of tech innovation, we don’t usually think of hair dryers. Dyson might just change that.

The Dyson Supersonic is today’s top-of-the-line luxury blow dryer. I say that because it costs more than any normal hair dryer would — much more. Just what would justify a steep price tag?

The Supersonic is a sleek-looking device

Girl using Dyson Supersonic

And, though “sleek” is not usually a word associated with hair dryers, the Supersonic manages to pull it off. It’s smaller and lighter than its counterparts and the pretty pink detail is a touch that brings joy to this pink-lover’s heart.

Dyson Supersonic

It comes with a non-slip mat and three attachments for your different styling needs: the smoothing nozzle, for same-time smoothing and drying; styling concentrator, for precise styling; and diffuser, for wonderful frizz-free curls.

The attachments are magnetic

They stick on the hair dryer so easily, and it’s pretty stable, too! They stay on throughout my blow drying process and have never accidentally fallen off during use — a usual concern with things attached magnetically.

It’s bladeless!

That means there’s nothing your hair will accidentally get caught in — a struggle all of us with long hair know and understand all too well.

Redesigned for balance

Dyson Supersonic motor in the handle

The motor, usually found on the top part of hair dryers, is moved to the bottom of the handle. This may not seem like a big thing, but it makes a world of difference when you actually use the dryer.

Because of this change, the Supersonic doesn’t feel as heavy. Unlike hair dryers of old that can be such a great pain to use because of weight and size, the Dyson is easier to handle and hair drying becomes less of a chore.

There are high-tech settings

Dyson Supersonic buttons

There are three speed settings and four precise temperature settings on the Supersonic; air temperature is also measured 20 times each second to make sure this is maintained. True to its word, I never felt this dryer get too hot during use.

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All the above changes, when put together, result in a huge improvement to the unchanging design of the old hair dryer. With the Supersonic, the overall experience definitely becomes a better one — which is something that’s long overdue.

Using the Dyson Supersonic

If you had the money to buy the Supersonic, why not! This wonderful innovation, a product of years of research and development, doesn’t come cheap: PhP 21,500 in the Philippines or US$ 400 in the US. Definitely not an amount most people are willing to shell out for vanity.

But, make no mistake: To the right person — actresses, hairstylists, Rapunzel — it can be a very good investment. And that particular person will totally have rocking hair.

 

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Alta HR review

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Pixel Buds suffer from laggy audio and uneven battery, users complain

Google responds to one problem

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Contrary to the technical superiority of wired earphones, wireless earbuds are now as commonplace as smartphones themselves with every brand coming up with their own branded version of the popular device. Among these are Google’s new Pixel Buds released earlier this year. 2020’s Pixel Buds successfully blends audio performance and Google’s suite of functionalities inside a Google-friendly package.

However, all is not right in Google’s wireless world. Spread across social media, numerous complaints are piling up on the device’s various flaws. For one, the audio can apparently cut out if you move or shake your head too vigorously. Naturally, the flaw completely deflates the Pixel Buds’ effectiveness for runners and joggers. Additionally, some users are reporting that the audio in one bud lags behind the other, creating a garbled distortion.

Further reported by Forbes, the battery drain can also differ from bud to bud. The difference can get as high as 30 percent, wherein one bud is considerably more drained than the other. However, Google has already replied to this particular concern. Apparently, the Pixel Buds can optimize battery drain by limiting some features to only one bud, prompting the uneven battery drain. As soon as the affected battery reaches a certain threshold, the device taps the other earbud for the feature, eventually leveling them out.

In any case, the company does not have an explanation for the uneven audio issues yet. Affected users can turn in their defective devices for a replacement. If the replacement device is still faulty, Google can issue a full refund.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel Buds 2: Unboxing and Hands-on

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vivo introduces TWS Earphone Neo

Joining the TWS party!

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Another one has joined the TWS party!

vivo is launching its TWS Earphone Neo — a companion to the upcoming X50 series. It’s built to provide a stellar audio experience for everyday music lovers. It also features voice-activated smart controls and AI noise cancelling for clearer phone calls.

Neo runs Qualcomm’s 4th-generation TWS platform named QCC3046, offering low latency, high precision, and stable listening experience. Moreover, it’s equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, reaching a maximum of 10-meter range.

This pair of wireless earphones carries a design-centric compact body. It has a 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit and a bio-fiber composite diaphragm, promising to deliver enhanced audio and powerful sound.

In 2012, vivo pioneered the Hi-Fi chip technology, being the first smartphone to incorporate the chip to deliver unparalleled audio experience. Together with the X50 series, the TWS Earphone Neo is the realization of vivo’s decade-long investments and commitment to improving consumers’ lives with their devices.

Pricing and availability of the TWS Earphone are yet to be announced.

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Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

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In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.

The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.

For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.

The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.

The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.

These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.

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