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Treblab X2 Hands-On: Give in-ear headphones a chance

For people done with wires getting magically tangled

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In-ear headphones aren’t exactly stylish and there’s always this fear that you’ll easily lose either one. I used the Treblab X2 for roughly three weeks and this is how it went.

Before we proceed, I need to get a few things out of the way. This is by no means an expert review; I’m nowhere near an audio expert; I’m just like a lot of you — a casual listener who enjoys a good tune or two. With that said, let’s go.

Design

When Apple’s AirPods were first announced, it wasn’t received warmly. Two small in-ear headphones sticking out your ear is not exactly a good look. It also didn’t look secure and appeared like one might fall off at any given moment.

These concerns remain true today, even for other in-ear headphones. I did a quick poll on Instagram stories to ask people if they dig the look of the Treblab X2. It was a landslide victory for the no votes.

While taking photos for this article, our Creative Director Chay even said, “It looks like there are tiny hammers sticking out of your ear.”

I have to admit, in the beginning, I shared this opinion. Not anymore.

Nope, that’s not Mjolnir in my ear

The Treblab X2’s hammer-like design actually helps in keeping the headphones inside your ear. It’s something our Lifestyle Editor Isa isn’t too fond off, but it doesn’t bother me.

I had these on while doing some light basketball shooting drills for a little over an hour and not once did it feel like they were going to fall off. Those drills involve a lot of running and jumping, but even then, the Treblab X2 stayed firmly in place.

It also has an IPX4 rating which means it can withstand body sweat and even a little rain.

Ballin’ with the Treblab X2

I did get weird looks from some people as I made my way to the basketball court. It went on as I was going through the drills. It may take a while before people are used to seeing in-ear headphones out and about.

Basics

Inside the box are, of course, the two in-ear headphones. Each one has two buttons and are labeled L and R at the bottom tip so you know which one goes where.

It also comes with a charging dock that doubles as a carrying case. The dock can provide one full charge for each earbud. There’s a carrying strap for the dock so it’s easier to grab.

The Treblab X2 looks nice if you ask me

You’ll also find three sizes of silicone eartips, three sizes of expandable foam eartips, and three sizes of X-Drop ear-fins so you can find the one that works best for you.

Pairing is a breeze. Turn on the right earbud first. When you turn the left one on, it should immediately connect to the right earbud.

Press and hold the power button for about four to five seconds. If you have them on, you should hear a voice prompt say “pairing.” Otherwise, there is an LED light indicator that should blink red and blue to indicate the device is ready for pairing.

The Treblab X2 is made of beryllium — it’s the same material used in other high-end sound devices. How exactly does it perform?

Performance

In a word: Fantastic.

I’ve had a rough go with previous wireless headphones. The previous two or three I used didn’t quite live up to their billing and would quickly disconnect from the device even if I’m about 10 or 15 feet away. That’s not the case with the Treblab X2.

It can be paired with two devices and has a range of 38 feet or roughly around 11.5 meters. Once turned on, it pairs to your preferred device right away. There were moments when I would wonder why no sound was coming from my phone. I didn’t realize they quickly connected to the Treblab, but that’s just me being stupid.

Pairing the Treblab X2 is a breeze

The pairing and quick connection is key for me since I’ve used Bluetooth headphones wherein the connection didn’t feel seamless. It’s a little detail that users should not have to worry about and Treblab does it well.

How about sound quality?

As mentioned earlier, I am by no means an audio expert. However, I do deal with audio a lot. I have been in the business of video production for roughly five to six years now (yikes, I’m old), so it’s imperative I always have a good pair of headphones with me to make sure audio is good for publishing.

I’ve edited several videos and some podcasts already with the Treblab X2, and I am more than satisfied.

It produces a clear and loud enough sound that I can maintain focus despite editing in a noisy environment. But it’s not too loud that it would hurt my ears.

Video editing with the Treblab X2

The bass doesn’t come at you with full force. Using the Treblab X2 feels more like watching a low-key gig at a bar than being in a jam-packed coliseum concert.

Its passive noise cancellation is great for when you still want to hear what’s going on around you despite having the headphones on. That’s perfect since I also use them while walking to and from work.

I still need to hear if there’s anything coming my way despite “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy blasting in my ear.

In case you were wondering, I like listening to upbeat tracks while walking so I can keep my pace up. Here’s my playlist if you want to give a try.

Final thoughts

Its battery is supposed to last for up to 10 hours. During my test, it actually felt like it lasted longer. I’ve gone two days without charging and I usually use it for roughly six hours per day.

I don’t recommend having it on for longer than four hours. Make sure you let your ears breathe after two or three hours of use. That goes for any in-ear headphones.

Take the earbuds off every two or three hours

Will I use it even after completing this hands-on review? The answer is yes. It does everything I need it to do and accompanies me while playing ball or walking home.

The Treblab X2 performs probably better than you would expect from any wireless in-ear headphones. The look might put some people off, but if you’re after headphones you can use while working out, this is a solid option.

If, like me, you’re fed up with wires magically getting tangled inside your pocket, I would give the Treblab X2 a chance.

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BAUBAX 2.0: A travel jacket for all your needs

Pockets for all your gadgets!

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Traveling can be a pain with all the gadgets and gizmos we carry around. One company sought to solve all these problems with a travel jacket that will cater to your every need while in transit.

The BAUBAX travel jacket, with 15 different utility features (including dedicated pockets for your phone and your tablet), was born for this. Backed by almost 50,000 people with a total of US$ 9 million pledges on Kickstarter, this travel jacket has shipped out and is hailed as the “Swiss Army Knife of travel jackets.” Yep, it’s that good.

But now, BAUBAX is back with a new travel jacket and it has even more functions than the last one. Introducing, the BAUBAX 2.0:

Aside from our favorites which include a dedicated phone pocket and power bank pocket…

… there’s also a tiny pocket for your AirPods.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are built-in AirPods straps so you’ll never have to worry about losing them.


There’s even a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket! Don’t worry, there’s a pocket for your iPad, too.

Other cool features include a retractable keychain, a zipper pen, a foldable water bottle, travel blanket, and a whole lot more.

Despite all these amazingly useful functions, the best part is it actually looks good. It comes in four styles: vest, windbreaker, bomber, and sweatshirt. There’s a perfect one for each of your different travel itineraries, whether it be a camping trip, road trip, long plane ride, or just everyday wear.

Women are not left out! The four designs also come in women’s sizes which is a great thing because as we girls know, there’s a different fit that looks better on women’s bodies.

You can check out more of what the BAUBAX 2.0 can do on their Kickstarter page — there’s still a few days left to pledge!

Travelling will never be the same again — and in a good way. I’m definitely sold on this jacket. I want one of each color. 😛

SEE ALSO: Drones fly luxury Dolce & Gabbana handbags on the runway

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Xiaomi announces Mi Crowdfunding program for products in India

Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod are currently available

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced a new program called Mi Crowdfunding in India. Under this program, Xiaomi will post a curated list of innovation-driven products and the company will start selling these products only when a specified number of people support the product.

Crowdfunding is used by companies to test consumer interest for unique products, usually when companies aren’t sure of the product’s success. Under this program, the interested customers show their support by paying the product’s price in advance.

However, only after reaching a certain sales number will the product be shipped to the customer. In case the product fails to meet the targeted sales in the set timeline, customers will get their money back.

To kick off Mi Crowdfunding, Xiaomi has introduced two new products: the Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Mi Selfie Stick Tripod, which are priced at INR 999 (US$ 15) and INR 1,099 (US$ 17) respectively. The first is a headphone amplifier that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.2. The tripod selfie stick does exactly what it says — it’s a combination of a tripod and a selfie stick. It also comes with a Bluetooth shutter remote control.

Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Mi Selfie Stick Tripod

 

The platform accepts payments via most online payment methods, but Cash on Delivery (CoD) is not accepted. Online payment methods include credit card/debit card, internet banking, and payment wallets. Further, in the event that the price of a certain product is changed, those who have already paid will not be affected.

Xiaomi India’s Online Sales Head Raghu Reddy said that the crowdfunding platform, which was only operational in China until now, will help Xiaomi gauge what products buyers want. Xiaomi will bring new products to the platform every quarter.

SEE ALSO: Mi MIX 2S hands-on: Xiaomi’s pride and joy

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset First Look

It ‘hears’ audio in 3D — just like how our ears work

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Sennheiser has once again proven its authority when it comes to audio equipment.

The German company recently launched its inaugural Sound Forum in the Philippines following Indonesia and Thailand. This comes as their very own audio education initiative that offers insights based on Sennheiser’s expertise from years in the industry.

Things like selecting the right headphones for you, the right microphone for video-related production, proper maintenance of gear, and more are tackled at the forum.

A slew of audio solutions were also on display, but one of the products that caught our attention was the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset. It was made available towards the end of last year and not only does it offer high fidelity audio, it also features noise cancellation, speech enhancement for calls, situational awareness, and true binaural sound recording.

In layman’s terms: True binaural recording means it records audio just like how your ears perceive sound.

Sennheiser teamed up with American digital audio company Apogee Electronics to come up with this device. It basically uses microphones embedded in each ear to mimic how the ears hear sound. With them around, you can shoot a video on your phone and audio will be recorded just like how you hear things at that moment.

We tried it for a short while and we’re actually impressed at how faithful it reproduced sound happening around us with extra depth and space.

We weren’t able to save the short video we took but above is a sample of the Sennheiser AMBEO at work.

As of the moment, this headset is only compatible with iPhones through a Lightning connector. Although the company says it will also be available for Android devices in the future.

Sennheiser believes 3D audio is the future of enhancing users’ listening experience and the AMBEO line might just be a step in the right direction.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset retails for US$ 399.

SEE ALSO: Sony WH-1000XM2 hands-on: A new experience

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