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Sony just doesn’t miss and the WH-1000XM5 is another testament to that. The aforementioned headphones is the latest in Sony’s cream-of-the-crop line of personal audio companions. The WH-1000XM series has consistently gotten rave reviews and the XM5 looks to continue the trend.

Noise cancellation king

WH-1000XM5

The XM5 — that’s what we’ll call it from here on out — is a travel must-have. Its noise cancellation is still king of the hill! Perfect for drowning out all sorts of sounds wherever you may be. One time, I was using this while my brother was in the same room. I didn’t even notice him move at all even though we were in such a cramped space.

Easy controls

WH-1000XM5

You can cover the right ear cup for quick conversations or change to adaptive sound for full awareness, with a single button press.  And most buttons and ports are within reach along the sides of the left ear cup. While the usual controls are still on the right. In this regard, not much has changed, so if you’re upgrading from the XM2 or XM3, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with the controls.

Travel buddy

Oh and it’ll stay powered on, even if you’re on a long haul flight. I used this almost non-stop, fully charged, on a 19-hour flight and we landed with it still having around 20 percent of battery left. That was probably the most intense scenario that I was ever in while using the WH-1000XM5. In the few weeks that followed where I didn’t use it as much, it took about two to three weeks before I came reaching for the power cable.

Superb sound

And the sound is the same high quality we’ve come to expect from Sony. Clean highs. Solid mids. And a bass that just hits the spot. The sound kind of dances in your head, making it extra immersive. Sony produces this really round and full sound that I haven’t quite experienced with any other headphones that I’ve tried. Which isn’t a lot. I’m keen on trying the AirPods Max as well as the ones from Sennheiser. From what I heard, those should present some real competition.

WH-1000XM5

You can also tweak it to your liking on the Sony headphones app. One setting you might want to toggle off is the Speak-to-Chat feature. That’s only because it works a little too well. Too many times I found myself just mumbling sounds like “eh,” or even just humming and the XM5 would cut-off what I’m listening to.

Should you upgrade to this?

This really depends on what pair you’re using at the moment. If you’ve always been a Sony headphones fan and are coming from the same line, it’s likely a worthy upgrade EXCEPT if you’re coming from the XM4. Why? The XM4 is the peak of that particular form-factor. That one’s more compact, requiring less space in your bag. The sound quality and features also don’t stray too far from the WH-1000XM5. In fact, that might be the more economical buy at the moment.

But if you have to have the absolute latest Sony WH-1000XM headphone, then you won’t regret getting your hands on the XM5. It’s great, it is still very light and tough. Plus all the noise cancellation and sound quality goodness you’ve come to expect are better than ever.

If you’re coming from any other headphones, I dare say, this is an instant upgrade. Can’t have it any better than this.

Of course, I’m saying this with the caveat that I have to personally try the AirPods Max which I’ve heard many good things about. That is especially true if you’re also tied into the whole Apple ecosystem.

Other than that, you can’t go wrong with the Sony WH-1000XM5.

 

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OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

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It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus officially teases Nord Watch

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Best iPhone 14 Accessories: Battery Packs, Mounts, Wallets!

Also meant for those with iPhone 12 and 13 series

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Are you one among those users rocking the newest iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Series?

Or maybe you’re still using any of the phones in the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 13, and 13 Pro lineup?

Well, this one’s for you!

Look no further as we’ve rounded-up top accessory picks in three easy categories: battery packs, mounts, and wallets.

Curious to find ’em out? Head over to our Best iPhone Accessories video now!

SEE ALSO: Best iPhone 14 Cases

SEE ALSO: Best MagSafe Accessories

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CASETiFY release new Apple Watch-compatible cases, bands

Choose your color

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CASETiFY has added new options in its lineup of accessories with the release of Apple Watch impact cases and stainless steel Monolink watch bands.

The CASETiFY Impact Watch case comes in plastic and metal variants, both made of durable PC material with a matt sandblast finish to make it water and sweat-resistant.

Moreover, the metal variant comes with an aluminum finish. The plastic and metal options are both available in black, gold, silver, and rose gold colors for US$ 30 and US$ 39, respectively.

Meanwhile, the CASETiFY Monolink watch bands are made of premium 316L stainless steel with a fine brushed finish, making it corrosion-resistant as well.

It is compatible not only with the Apple Watch series 1 to 8, Ultra, and SE, but also other brands of smartwatches, using 20mm and 24mm straps. The watch band will be available for US$ 89.

Lastly, CASETiFY also offers customers essential watch bands made out of upcycled plastic. These come with personalization options and print choice.

With more than 40 designs, these bands retail for US$ 50.

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