I’ve known UGREEN as an accessory brand fluently pumping out innovative charging equipment. While I’m familiar with their audio devices, I haven’t explored what the brand can offer.
So when the UGREEN HiTune X6 came as a package right in time for the holidays, I knew I had to try it and be open to trying out new wearables that I might come to love.
The HiTune X6 came in a streamlined black box emanating a classy, functional wearable.
There are no extra gimmicks when you open the box. It’s just the charging case containing a pair of wireless earbuds, along with extra silicone tips to fit your ears comfortably. Underneath, you can find the manual and a charging cable.
Taking the HiTune X6’s charging case out of the box, you can feel it’s light enough to carry — with or without the pair of wireless earbuds inserted.
But before we talk about the listening experience, let’s talk about the weird in-ear design. The first time I took the pair of wireless earbuds, I was baffled, trying to put in my ears and back on its case.
The bizarre design was quite compliqué to figure out at first, but you’ll get the hang of it, too. And when you do so, you’ll find this pair of wireless earbuds sitting snugly in your ears without any extra heft. It’s just like wearing a light earring; you’ll barely notice you have a wearable stuck on you unless a sound starts coming off it.
Real, rich sound
The HiTune X6 uses Bluetooth 5.1, making it easy to pair with several smartphones. I had no trouble pairing it with the latest smartphones from this year, as well as old slates from three to four years ago.
It supports both AAC and SBC — high-quality audio codecs suitable for different music types from any device. I’m no audiophile but knowing the compatibility between your devices, the platform you play your music with, and the codecs used can help elevate your listening experience.
I used to just enjoy rich detail in high-end wireless earbuds, so it comes as a surprise that the HiTune X6 can deliver a natural, real, yet deep audio experience.
I like how it connects easily as soon as you take one pair of wireless earbuds out of the charging case. And in a single tap, you can play or pause your music. Or even answer or hang up a phone call.
Tap twice on the left earbuds, and you lower the volume. Tap twice on the right earbuds, then you can increase the volume. When you tap three times, you can go back to the previous song via the left earbuds, or switch to the next song through the right earbuds.
However, you can toggle between music and gaming mode when you tap four times either through the left or right earbud. In between my medical appointments and visits to the hospital, I enjoyed listening to the beautiful soundtracks of my favorite game, Sprite Fantasia. There was no delay in the music and sound effects despite using the HiTune X6.
On another note, one second of long press can toggle the ANC mode. Meanwhile, two seconds of long press allows you to reject a call or access your voice assistant. Yes, it works with Alexa.
Keeping everything isolated
The HiTune X6 takes pride in using a 35dB hybrid active noise cancellation, along with six microphones. My morning drives and afternoon chill-outs made me feel like I’m in a summer romance montage while I listen to Lany, Lauv, and Ben&Ben.
This also helped me block out noise since the holiday season invites people, coming over and bringing laughter. It helped me take a rest in my only vacation and found repose.
When it comes to calls, I was astounded how crystal-clear everything was. While I know that the HiTune X6 uses six microphones — a feedback microphone, feedforward, and call to name a few — I didn’t realize my friends would be elated to have juicy catch-up sessions at night while I was wearing the pair of wireless earbuds.
From both calls, the wearable perfectly isolates the environmental noise and the vocal voice. It ensures clear calls so that you can focus on hearing what the person on the other line is saying.
I once got a late-night check-in with my best friend for the holidays, and I realized halfway we weren’t complaining how we didn’t hear any noise coming from an electric fan. And we both have a habit of sitting in front of the fan, no matter how cold the weather is.
Lasts longer than expected
One thing I’m going to point out first is how thrilled I was to see a budget device sporting USB-C. It’s like… “wow, they’re keeping up with the times, ‘no?”
Nevertheless, it makes it easy for the Type-C folks, since you can bring a universal cable for your trips and not worry about having to bring separate cables for all your devices.
And with that, you can fully charge the pair of wireless earbuds in just an hour and a half. Further, you can fully charge the case in two hours.
You’re guaranteed a total of 26 hours of battery life if you include the charging case’s reserves. Though, the HiTune X6 really lasts six hours of music playback in just a single charge. That’s quite long for a device carrying a 50mAh battery in each earbud.
And if you quickly charge them for ten minutes, you already get an extra boost of one-hour playtime. Sweet, isn’t it?
Is this your GadgetMatch?
The UGREEN HiTune X6, while it looks sleek due to its matte finish and serious colorway, doesn’t appease the upper-class. But that’s probably not what they’re going for.
This wearable offers a stellar audio experience without costing an arm and a leg. Proof that you can get a decent audio quality without breaking your wallet.
What I’m most euphoric about is the crystal-clear call experience — I rarely get good feedback about my voice quality when going through calls. And that’s what you can delight in if you decide to try the HiTune X6.
It only retails for US$ 80. So, if you’re looking for a value-for-money pair of wireless earbuds, then the HiTune X6 might be the one you’re looking for.
Anker announces new Prime power bank, earbuds, stick vacuum
Redefining how people use gadgets
Anker has announced its latest line of accessories that shall help people redefine the way they use their gadgets, particularly the iPhone 15.
In an exclusive event in Bonifacio Global City, new Anker, Soundcore, and Eufy products have been introduced.
The lineup includes the Anker Prime 12K mAh power bank that retails for just PhP 6,995, making it a perfect complement to the iPhone 15.
The power bank comes with a travel-friendly design and a high-speed charging capacity for those who are always on the go and need extra power for their devices.
Meanwhile, the Soundcore Aerofit Pro earbuds that costs PhP 8,495 ensures that users can fully enjoy listening to music while still being connected to what is happening around, with its open-ear design, waterproof rating, and long-lasting batteries.
Lastly, the Eufy MACH V1 Ultra simplifies household chores as the world’s first all-in-one cordless stick vacuum with a steam mop.
The general availability for these products shall be made known on Anker Philippines’ official pages soon.
The GameSir G8 Galileo is great for PS Remote Play
While we wait for the PlayStation Portal
We happen to be in a region where the PlayStation Portal has yet to be released. Good thing, PS Remote Play is available and GameSir has a controller you can hook up to your smartphone that’s readily compatible. Enter the GameSir G8 Galileo.
You might not see it right away, but the biggest difference with the G8 Galileo compared to other smartphone controllers (even the ones GameSir made themselves) is it’s actually full size.
Most smartphone controllers prioritize portability. Thus, they’re more compact. That means smaller face buttons, smaller thumbsticks, and generally smaller overall profile.
Usable, sure. But not exactly ideal for people with chubby hands like yours truly.
This is also one of the primary reasons why, despite owning a Backbone One, I’ve rarely used it for its intended purpose. And the reason why the PlayStation Portal is appealing to me.
The GameSir G8 Galileo changes all of that because of its size. It’s also not just larger. Its ergonomics are great too. Your hands will sit nicely on the nice, curved handles for a more comfortable, more enjoyable handheld gaming session.
PS Remote Play
Another big area of convenience is you don’t necessarily have to have the GameSir app to make it work. Simply download the PS Remote Play app, register, and fire it up.
To make sure it’s on PS Remote Play compatible mode, just press the Share and Options buttons simultaneously. Those are the tiny buttons on the left and right hand side of the controllers right above the left thumb stick and the face buttons.
Upon pressing simultaneously, make sure the color on the GameSir logo on the lower right part of the controller is white. That’s how you know it’s on PS Remote Play mode.
Once done, just easily plug-in your smartphone with a USB-C port on GameSir’s signature flexible USB-C plug and off you go.
Actual play time
Here’s a quick Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay using the GameSir G8 Galileo along with the HONOR Magic5 Pro with Remote Play:
— rodneil (@rodneilquiteles) November 30, 2023
This under a minute clip, naturally, isn’t representative of the entire Remote Play experience. Anyone who has tried it before knows that with extended play time, you’ll likely experience a few hiccups here and there. That’s just the nature of the beast.
That said, this whole set-up has been generally great. Other than Spider-Man 2, I’ve managed to play a handful of quick NBA 2K24 games like this. I still racked up a handful of wins despite suffering from occasional latency trouble.
The feel of the controller is fantastic and is easily the most enjoyable out of every other smartphone controller that I’ve tried before. And I’ve tried a few other than the Backbone One. There’s the GameSir X3, GameSir X2 Pro-Xbox, and the Razer Kishi V2.
Compatible games, mapping
Depending on the platform you’re on, the GameSir G8 Galileo will work on multiple other games. If you’re an iPhone 15 Series user, Remote Play, select Apple Arcade games, and even the AAA games set to release for that iPhone will work with this controller.
For Android users, it’s the usual handful of controller supported games that will work with this. For everything else, you’ll have to resort to mapping — a task for those with patience.
You can buy the GameSir G8 Galileo here: https://bit.ly/gsg8galileo
Use G8Creator on the Coupon Code for 10% off.
iPhone 15 series will get the first Qi2 wireless chargers
More chargers are coming by Christmas
While wireless chargers are already viable charging solutions today, the technology is still clawing its way to upending wired charging as a universally accepted solution. The technology is constantly growing, though. After announcing the new standard at the start of the year, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has confirmed that Qi2 wireless chargers will start appearing in time for the holidays.
Today, the WPC announced a lineup of brands which will rock Qi2 first. Coming by Christmastime, the first chargers will come from Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge. Additionally, over a hundred devices are already in the process of getting certification for the standard.
Besides the usual suspects of charger manufacturers, the WPC has also confirmed that the iPhone 15 series will start the train of Qi2 chargers for the holidays. That doesn’t come as a surprise, though. According to the WPC’s announcement months ago, Apple lent its MagSafe technology to help develop the Qi2 charging standard.
Naturally, the promise is faster charging than the current generation. By how much is still a question that will also depend on manufacturers. Additionally, the standard will have a better magnetic system. Like in Apple’s MagSafe chargers, devices will automatically snap into the optimal position when connected with Qi2 chargers.
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