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EPOS enters PH, targets IT, BPO industries

Premium audio solutions

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EPOS, a premium audio brand from Demant Group, officially made its debut in the Philippines on Friday.

Operating in more than 30 countries worldwide, EPOS’ launch in the Philippines is aligned with the brand’s continued commitment to develop, innovate and offer premium audio solutions for the more digitally-accustomed professionals.

As the business world transitions into the new normal, it is only crucial for enterprises to adapt and be ready.

And EPOS has released three separate lines of audio devices to cater to those needs: ADAPT, EXPAND, and IMPACT.

Audio problems persist at remote work

The switch to remote and virtual setups have led to a handful of frustrating work-related experience that in turn negatively impacts businesses and customer satisfaction.

Research from EPOS has found that 95 percent of today’s workforce admit that their concentration and efficiency at work have suffered due to audio setbacks.

This has resulted in 35 percent reporting feelings of frustration, irritation, and annoyance due to bad audio.

In the same forecasts report mentioned above, 20 percent is said to have bad audio, which leads to dissatisfied clients. In addition, 15 percent even lost at least a client because of bad audio experiences, affecting finances directly.

These mean decision makers will have to act now to address immediate audio issues and avoid long-term business-related risks.

Understanding employee needs also means meeting them to create an efficient hybrid working model that is safe and secure for the future.

Work from home: Preferred for the future

As he benefits of virtual working are now well-known, and businesses are keen to maintain some of the convenience, flexibility, and adaptability that remote work promises.

According to the Recalibration of the Philippine IT-BPM Industry Growth Forecasts for 2020-2022, 73 percent of 161 Filipino business leaders surveyed see their organizations continuing to implement a work-from-home setup even after the COVID-19 pandemic situation eases.

As digital advances continue to be utilized along with the transformation of working habits into a more technology-driven one, phone calls, conference calls, and voice customer interactions have also increased.

According to EPOS’ 2021 Understanding Sound Experience Report, the information technology-business process outsourcing sector is also projected to add more than 130,000 jobs by 2022.

This is where EPOS comes in to help enterprises take excellent sound experience to the next level, with a clear purpose of helping teams across the Philippines achieve their full potential through crisp and barrier-free communication.

ADAPT for more comfort

The brand is introducing three key product lines offered to enterprises for their working setups: ADAPT, EXPAND and IMPACT.

The ADAPT line features premium headsets with wireless functionality and active noise cancellation (ANC) for those who want to make flawless business calls from anywhere.

These headsets are built to address users’ primary needs and help them work in a more comfortable manner.

The product line is inspired by professionals who need to collaborate and work from several locations and environments on different devices without ever compromising on style or crystal-clear audio.

Included is the ADAPT 100 Series uses EPOS Voice technology with a noise-cancelling microphone to optimize the user’s voice and enhance their calls, and integrated EPOS ActiveGard technology protects users from acoustic shock.

EXPAND for seamless conference calls

The EXPAND line is a series of premium speaker phones made for collaboration.

With enhanced voice pickup and superior sounds, participation in conference calls is made more engaging and hassle-free.

People involved can now speak with more confidence, as they can be heard with more clarity as if just conversing in person.

The EXPAND 80 Series presents a scalable Bluetooth speakerphone for up to 16 in-room participants, designed to unite colleagues within and beyond meeting rooms across the world.

IMPACT to provide office comfort

Lastly, the IMPACT range is perfect for professionals who work in dynamic office spaces and spend long hours talking on the phone.

The IMPACT line is created to improve efficiency and deliver excellent customer experience.

Every model is designed to be comfortable to wear and is fully compatible with other devices and systems.

For instance, the IMPACT MB Pro Series delivers natural audio experiences with EPOS Voice technology, and optimized speech with an ultra-noise-cancelling microphone.

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic

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Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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SteelSeries unveils Arctis Nova Pro series

The almighty future of audio

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SteelSeries has released the Arctis Nova Pro series. It’s latest and most advanced gaming and esports headsets yet from the company.

The series has two variants — the Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The new series is enhanced by SteelSeries’ Sonar Audio Software Suite. It helps deliver the ultimate sound quality and clarity.

The software is the first in-gaming Pro-grade Parametric EQ which gives gamers even more control over sound across games, team chat, and the microphone and allows them to adjust individual frequencies on the fly seamlessly.

Both variants come with immersive 360° Spatial Audio which is fully compatible with Tempest 3D audio for PS5 or Microsoft Spatial Sound.

They also feature Multi-System Connect which allows users to switch between platforms easily. Complementing the next-level sound experience is an AI-powered noise cancelling and broadcast-quality bidirectional microphone.

Price and availability

The Arctis Nova Pro will retail for US$ 279.99 for both the PC/PlayStation and Xbox options, while the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is priced at US$ 379.99.

In Singapore, pricing are as follows:

  • Arctis Nova Pro – SG$ 439
  • Arctis Nova Pro (Xbox) – SG$ 449 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – SG$ 599 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox) – SG $620

There are also booster packs for users to be able to customize the headsets with headbands and metallic color speaker plates of their choice.

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Huawei Sound Joy vs JBL Flip 5

Which one is the smarter choice?

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Summertime is party time. And parties are never complete without music you can vibe with. To get that party vibe, you gotta have the right speakers. So now, we choose: The Huawei Sound Joy or the JBL Flip 5? 

At first glance, it looks like an event match. But a closer look will reveal which one is the smarter choice. 

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. First thing that people consider is how much they’re shelling out.

Price and sound quality

And these two speakers have the same suggested retail price — PhP 6,999. Tough start. But let’s see how these two are different.

Naturally, the next most important thing to consider is sound quality. JBL has proven themselves in this space. They are a go-to brand, especially for audio devices. 

Meanwhile, Huawei is backed by a history of excellence in hardware products. The Flip 5 has one 20W full frequency speaker. And two passive radiators.

Huawei has the same aforementioned components and adds a 10W tweeter to the mix. Additionally, the Sound Joy is tuned by Devialet — a brand known for its high-fidelity products.

The two brands are no strangers to each other. They also worked together on the Huawei Sound X. 

Check out the video above to hear how each one sounds like.

Battery Life

Battery life might be something not too many think about when getting a speaker. But it’s definitely something to look at. Especially when you plan to take the speaker outdoors. 

You don’t want it running out of juice just as the party is getting started.

The Flip 5 has a 4,800mAh battery with a promised play time of about 12 hours. It charges via USB-C. 

Meanwhile, the Sound Joy nearly doubles those numbers with 8,800mAh of battery with a play time of about 26 hours. Charging should also be a breeze with its support for 40W dash charge, also via USB-C.

Connectivity

Connectivity should be a no-brainer, right? Just a bluetooth connection that works and we’re all good. Well. Not exactly. 

This is where the Sound Joy really kicks it into high gear. 

The JBL Flip 5, as expected, has bluetooth support. BTS.1 to be exact. But the Huawei Sound Joy immediately trumps that with BTS.2. 

And it gets even better with these four features: Shake Stereo Link Up, Automatic Discovery, One-touch transfer, Huawei Watch control. 

Shake Stereo Link Up is quite literal. You just shake two Sound Joys, 3 meters apart, and they will instantly connect to form a stereo speaker system.

Automatic Discovery brings up a pop-up on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop whenever you’re near a Sound Joy. Making pairing a breeze. 

One-Touch Transfer requires NFC tech which most flagship phones have. It’s also a straight-forward feature. When a song is playing on your phone, simply tap the Sound Joy and the music will play from your phone to the speaker.

HUAWEI Watch Control also functions as expected. You just tap your supported Huawei Watch to the speaker, and it lets you control the music it plays. 

These four smart features definitely elevate the way you interact with a portable speaker. 

Design

Design-wise, the Sound Joy and Flip 5 look similar at first glance and in some of the ways they function.

Both can operate vertically or horizontally. They can also be carried. But the Sound Joy adds a few things to the mix. 

For one, it has an IP67 water and dust resistance. Unlike the Flip 5 which only has IPX7 water resistance. 

This feature allows for this cool thing that you can do on the Sound Joy. The top of the speaker has a light ring. It’s a battery life indicator. The circle comes undone as the speaker discharges. But it also shows multicolor effects when you play music. Now, splash it with water, and just observe the coolness. 

The smarter choice?

After going through all the set of features, picking isn’t so hard now is it? It also helps that the Sound Joy is part of the Huawei Super Device system. 

That means it will work seamlessly with the rest of your Huawei devices. If it’s unclear what that is, we have a whole other video explaining what it is. 

With its Longer battery life, smart connectivity functions, and overall sound quality, the Huawei Sound Joy is easily the smarter choice. 

 

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