Accessories

Moshi Arcus: The perfect travel bag for creatives

A bag match made in heaven

Published

on

Finding the perfect laptop bag these days is a horrid modern matchmaking story. Each person, depending on their needs, interests, and preferences wants specific things for their packs. It’s then a matter of scoping out what’s available for you. Bag finding, like dating, is easier said than done.

Also in bag shopping (and in dating, but I digress), when an opportunity presents itself, you take it. When Moshi promoted a line of products designed for creatives which included a spacious multi-function backpack, I took the opportunity to test it out.

The Moshi Arcus backpack is one serious-looking bag. It comes in a responsible black (or a more laid-back gray) and is made out of textured cloth, a material that feels soft but sturdy. It’s structured and seemingly engineered for support (unlike your lazy ex) so it’s always in shape (also unlike your ex).

It’s a big bag so there’s space for choices in this thing. Yes, you can fit all your excess baggage in this pack (and I’m not talking about your dating history here). It’s so spacious that I have, in fact, fit three days’ worth of clothes plus my laptop and vlog gear in it.

The Arcus’ best trait, however, is compartmentalization (which is a good treat to have too, girl). It’s “spaciousness” is owed to the bag’s many pockets. I kid you not, there’s a compartment for everything.

There’s a side pocket that allows for easy stuff-grabbing. Also available is a camera insert which makes this the ultimate shooter’s bag — anyone who’s ever covered an event would tell you it’s a pain to keep grabbing the camera from your pack.

Sunglasses and easy-to-break materials? Those have a spot, too! This top pocket ensures none of your fragile stuff ever gets crushed (your heart is an exception) in your backpack.

There are also a host of other smaller zipped pockets for other random things…

… and an open pocket on one side for your water bottles, or even a tripod.

A hidden pocket on the back is a feature I love, especially for when I travel and I need to keep documents like my passport somewhere reachable but safe.

My favorite feature, however, remains to be the separate laptop compartment found on the bag’s back side. Think of it as a computer bag that’s stuck onto your pack. It’s pretty convenient, especially for trips, as you don’t have to rummage through your packed bag just to get to your laptop, which is something I do a lot because I work on the go. There are also a number of other pockets in the laptop compartment itself which ensure your life is always organized (at least, in that context).

As serious-looking as it is, it’s also something that’s built with comfort in mind. The cushioned back and padded straps will make sure you’re never hurt (which isn’t something I can say about the boys you’ve dated).

All in all, the Moshi Arcus bag is a winner. It’s built for business and utility, in a serious-looking package. Its many compartments make for an optimized bag-toting experience without compromising user comfort.

Now that I think about it, seeing as I actually love the Arcus, backpack-matchmaking isn’t so hard. I wish I could say the same for people.

Accessories

Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering

The price is unbelievable

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Accessories

Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

iPhone production is next in line

Published

on

By

Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.

Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.

A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.

It says mine are made in Vietnam but all other ones say China ? Should I be worried or it has nothing to do with it?? from r/AirpodsPro

Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.

Photo by Kara Verlaney (The Verge)

A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.

Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.

A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.

Continue Reading

Accessories

OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods

Why are we not surprised?

Published

on

Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.

Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.

Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.

 

On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.

OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.

Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Gadget Reviews

Trending