We took the decision to review another product made by Medion. This time it was the company’s $569 Akoya E6228 (MD99050).
A new low end laptop
The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) works with the following specifications: a 15.6″ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Core 2.4GHz i3-2370M processor, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 750GB hard drive and an Intel HD 3000 GPU.
Medion did not dare make their latest laptop look different than what the are used to on their other models. In a nutshell, the deign is very nice. Its body will not be bothered by fingerprints.
If you want a very light laptop, look further than this one. Because it weighs quite a bit: 2.6kg. You can safely use it on your legs or lap, because it stays cool.
Don’t be afraid of the display showing reflections. It won’t. But we had to make sure the display was tilted before looking at pics or clips in order to see them in a better quality.
The kinds of scrolling that this device’s touchpad works with are 3-finger flicks and 2-finger types. You will get along very well with this touchpad. The buttons on the keyboard also provide great feedback. We wrote this review on them, during our tests, and we did not run across problems.
Limited battery life
Thanks to the fact that the processor is a fast one compared to what Medion used on previous models, the overall speed in our case was good. Encoding sessions took 1 minute each. But because of the slow hard drive and the poor amount of RAM, this CPU will not make it through a task that is more complex.
The battery supplied inside the Akoya E6228 (MD99050) delivers 4 hours on a single charge. If you don’t think that’s enough, then you can always lower the display brightness level.
Connectivity translates into 1 HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 DVD burner, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, ports for connecting a mic or a pair of headphones, 1 VGA port and 1 SD card slot. You also get Bluetooth to go.
Games that are really big right now won’t be able to look good on this laptop. Because its GPU does not deliver what is needed from it in this case.
We advise our readers to buy a pair of headphones, because the quality of the speakers is not great at all.
Movies, songs and other types of content in high definition looked good on the laptop’s display. To control what we watched, we employed either the keyboard or the touchpad. Yes, there is no remote here. However, before kicking this device into life, be sure to set up its USB-based digital TV tuner. There is also an antenna that offers portability. To get the best out of it, you will have to take care where you sit and live. Because it will not work all the time. But with that USB-based digital TV tuner, you will need no adapter. The product offers a full-sized antenna connection to go by. That is very good thinking from the part of Medion. The number of channels we got was 3: they were the ones called Ten, Seven and ABC. But if you take your time and allow it to dig deeper, it is going to offer many more channels.
The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) does not count as a great laptop in the big books. And it’s a pity, since it actually is reliable. And the performance it delivers is good.
We are already living in a day and age where gadgets have to be thinner, lighter, more attractive and so on than ever before. So every manufacturer out there is looking for ways to make it happen. Panasonic decided to come with something new in the TC department. Enter their Viera TC-L42ET5 set. About which we will expand in the review we prepared for today.
A 42-inch new HDTV
The Panasonic Viera TC-L42ET5 ships with a 42″ screen with 1080p of full high definition, 120Hz and many more. When we measured it, we got the following figures: 39.3″ x 2.1″ x 23.8″. The weight was 48.5 pounds.
For once, the newest Panasonic TV set is larger than its competition. The bezel of this product is surrounded with beautiful acrylic. That and the matte finish make this set look good.
In order to be able to control the Viera TC-L42ET5, you have several options: either the keyboard, the display or the remote control that comes with this TV. The latter worked best, in our tests, with both our tablet and our smartphone. The keyboard proved to be very easy to use.
Easy 3D Technology
This ET5 series features something brand new called Easy 3D Technology. Which allows for content in 3D to play in a fairly good way on this device. Maybe if the number of pixels was bigger, then the results would have looked better. As it was, though, colors had a nice feel. Likewise, depth was decent. All of the major cons were not present. And by that we are referring to flickering and negative crosstalk. Smoothness, though, was a missing factor. All of the six pairs of 3D glasses that you get once you buy the TC-L42ET5 have a great pro: they are both comfortable and light. Besides being so many.
This model that we introduced to our tests did not deliver the kind of judder we saw with other reviewed models. And that was due to its Cinema Smoother mode. Which proved to be a great ally in the way this set handled content. This feature basically interpolated extra frames into images. This was done in order to offer smoothness to movies that had 24p. After the Cinema Smoother did its job spotlessly, we could enjoy content that had fast action scenes without experiencing the much-dreaded judder.
The scanning backlight feature is another strong point. Its main role is to deliver 360Hz that also smooths out any type of fast action there may be on the screen. We saw plenty of great black levels thanks to the superb quality of the contrast. Moreover, when watching something in 3D, the TV’s full high definition option kicked in and made everything look extra great, colors included.
To be able to surf the World Wide Web with ease, this model offers several options. One of them is named Viera Cast Internet TV suite. The second one is via a web browser. The TV suite we mentioned offered us the possibility to watch clips on YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Twitter and so on. The web browser is a full one and it works great, too.
So as to be able to look like a 360Hz panel, this TV sports a technology known as 360 Back Light Scanning. Which also did an astounding job of mimicking that 360Hz panel we talked about a bit earlier.
In the end of things, the Panasonic Viera TC-L42ET5 will not go wrong on that many levels. Its pros outweigh its cons.
Today we want to occupy your time with an unknown manufacturer that have just released a tablet. We are talking about VeeDee and their very own Rs 6,490 D13 tablet. The review below will introduce you to this device and all it can, or cannot, do well.
A low cost Android tablet
In lieu of an introduction, we’ll just name all the specs the VeeDee D13 presents itself with. From our hands-on experiments, we observed the following: a 7.5 touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels, a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A10 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 512RAM MLC 8 GB memory (that can be expanded till it reaches 32GB), and one 1.3-megapixel cam. All of this fits into a body that measures 192 mm x 122 mm x12.8 mm and weighs 360 g.
There is no support available for a CDMA dongle or Bluetooth of SIM for that matter. What you do get is Wi-Fi connectivity.
The D13 made by not-so-unknown VeeDee manufacturer doesn’t deliver much in the looks department. For one, it does not have a very slim or light body. But it is well-built (still needs more work in this aspect) and quite easy to hold.
Videos and other types of content will look good in high definition. Even if the resolution on this tablet is not among the top-notch ones. If you are after excellent image quality, we can recommend you other tablets that perform way better in this area.
Since we mentioned the magic word, “performance”, let us take a look at how the D13 delivers. VeeDee says that their device is one with great performance. Well, seeing what we saw in the tests we did, we beg to have a different opinion. When we fired up our browser, we were disappointed to see that it took an eternity to watch clips on Dailymotion and YouTube. We had the same problem when we wanted to open several sites we wanted to check.
The same poor performance was to be had with the device’s camera. Its features are not at all extraordinary. The most important ones, like exposure and white balance, are not even among them. However, this camera is quite capable of delivering the following types of resolution: 1.3 MP, QVGA and VGA. Videos were equally poor in quality. Despite the cam playing videos in 2160p. We were not fans of how videos sounded. Audio quality was not a disaster, but not a wonder either.
If you love using Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, there are no apps for them on this model. But fortunately Google Play store features every single one of them. As for apps, this tablet features stuff like Gtalk, YouTube and all the other important ones. Clips that are posted on the World Wide Web can be viewed with the help of the device’s flash support. Since there is a preloaded book, it means that the tablet sports Aldiko, which is a book library application.
The battery lasted for an amount of 3 hours and a half. Which is plain little.
Looking back at our review above, we would like to recommend the VeeDee D13 to tablet beginners. Because if you have already used such a gadget before made by a popular manufacturer, you won’t like this model. Its performance is now what you would have in mind. That and the poor battery life are cons that not many of our readers would be able to ignore.
Look no further than the following gaming laptop if you are a gamer: Alienware’s $2,599 M17x R4 is one of the best devices in its category. After we tested it, it gained a special place in our gamer heart. If you consider it, you will have one of the best experiences ever. Guaranteed.
A powerful 17 inch laptop
It is easy to see that this laptop comes with a screen of 17″ from its very name. The resolution that this type of display carries along is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The CPU is a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-3720QM, the GPU is an Nvidia GeForce GT 680M (there is a second graphics card of Intel HD Graphics 4000), there are 8G of RAM, a 32GB mSATA cache drive, a 500GB 7,200rpm primary drive, the operating system is Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium version, graphics memory is 2048 and storage capacity is 532GB.
The design of this Alienware M17x R4 is similar in chassis with the M17X made by the same manufacturer and recently reviewed. The touchpad, keyboard and logo of this device can display different colors if you chose an option called AlienFX.
The new Dell M17x R4 weighs quite a lot for its category: 9.6 pounds. The keyboard features backlight, a much necessary pro. The feedback we got from it during the test was superb. We could perform multitouch gestures on the trackpad without encountering issues.
Battery, though, sucks. You get only 2 hours and a half.
But the display is smashing. The whole experience of either playing a game or watching a film was amazing. Details in the background of movies both in 2D and 3D were all visible. We saw excellent colors and brightness, great contrast and viewing angles, no lags and no other major con. The only problem to be had is the fact that the glass panel will bring a lot of reflections with it.
There are no unnecessary additions here. The desktop features a single icon and that is about it. Both the graphics unit and the processor deliver amazing quality when it’s about to get down to business, aka play games.
To be able to use the World Wide Web, you are offered the following options: dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and wired Gigabit Ethernet. That does not end there: in order to watch Blu-ray and DVDs, you get one Blu-ray player/DVD burner combo drive.
Connectivity is something that is needed on any gadget nowadays. To cover the user’s needs, the M17x R4 uses a 9-in-1 media card reader, 4 USB 3.0 ports, audio ports, 1 HDMI-out port, 1 HDMI-in port, 1 eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port with USB PowerShare charging, 1 Mini DisplayPort jack for monitors and 1 VGA port. The port that this system needs to be complete is a Thunderbolt one.
When we threw some tasks in our Photoshop CS5 test to this laptop, the system’s processor took very good care of them and they were finished in 3 minutes.
If you want to keep your work protected from prying eyes, then you can use the device’s antivirus program. There is also an Internet security suite. But this one will be thrown to the recycle bin soon by any gamer who knows his stuff.
And that’s a wrap on the Alienware M17x R4 gaming laptop. You will have a lot of fun using it, as we did. It may not be perfection, but it’s very close to it. So give it a try one of these days.
No matter how much we would like to see a cheap camera with a dazzling performance backed up by excellent features, we can’t. Those which are affordable have a poor performance in general. And those that cost a lot are known to deliver a majority of goodies. The Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam will cost you quite a lot: £199.99. But you will get, in turn, a device with great results. And we can confirm this by offering our readers this review.
A dedicated webcam
The Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam is 470 g in weight. It has the following measurements: 169 mm x 147 mm x 344 mm. It is made especially for people who work in the business sector. Its specs mean On-board H.264 encoding, Full HD 1080p30fps video calling, 78-degree field of view, USB video class (UVC) supported applications, 180-degree pan, 55-degree tilt, Carl Zeiss Optics with 9 point auto focus and many more. Connectivity translates into the presence of a 3.5mm analog headset jack, 1 bAC adapter and 1 USB 2.0 data cable. This device is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (and higher versions), Windows XP, Microsoft Lync, Windows 7, Skype and USB video class (camera and H.264).
The BCC950 is both a combination of speakerphone and high definition web camera. Its 3MP are able to show clips in 1080p at 30fps. This device will deliver a 55-degree tilt along with a 180-degree pan. All throughout our tests, we could easily control whatever setting with the help of this hybrid’s remote control.
Videos looked great when we looked at them. We never once saw an artifact. Content had the right amount of colors and sharpness. The Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam has a 78-degree field of view, With that in mind, this model was superb at tracking more than 1 subject in its line of view and dealing with them accordingly.
Pan-tilt function included
While we were taking a look at this cam, we saw that its pan-tilt function did not give its all in a great manner. That was due to the fact that the motor-drive mechanism lacked enough smoothness. This resulted, for us, in videos that looked jerky and unfocused .
The way this combo of a device deals with adjusting colors and brightness levels is interesting. It practically uses a technology called RightLight 2 to find subjects’ faces in the frame.
Since businessmen deal with video conferences almost every day, this model is a very handy tool. Because it assures a video conference whose maximum number of participants is 4. The quality of audio is really good in the tests performed by the review team.
But this hybrid is also good for 1 person sitting at a desktop. But not as good as for a group of four people. In the latter case, the cam features the possibility to be placed on a desk and then surrounded by a laptop that is connected to a monitor. If you want to speak to someone in private, the device’s audio jack offers the option of using headphones. Likewise, should the people participating in a video conference wish to speak at the same time, no problem at all. There is a full-duplex omnidirectional speakerphone for that exact purpose.
Conducting a video conference nowadays has become a very easy affair. There are many products which offer this possibility. And now the BCC950 ConferenceCam made by Logitech is another model to assist with that. This means that the user will escape the annoying fate of having to install a standard system meant for a room.
A lot can be said about the camcorder we are going to review today. Its name is HC-V700M, it’s made by Panasonic and it costs $599.99. That “a lot” includes some very good specs and superb video quality, as shown in our tests about which you will read in the following paragraphs.
A new Full HD camcorder
Those specifications we mentioned earlier can be summed up like this: a 3-inch LCD display with 460k-dot of resolution, a 28-717.4mm focal range, a 21x optical zoom lens, up to f/1.8 aperture, a 1/2.33-inch MOS sensor, an 1.700mAh battery, 16GB of memory and a filter of 46 mm. The Panasonic HC-V700M is 9.6 ounces heavy and has 2.2″ x 2.7″ x 4.7″. Ports and inputs and everything else in between means 1 3.5mm microphone input, 1 mini HDMI, AV out and 1 mini USB. There is no Wi-Fi available. Luckily, the one miniHDMI port makes it possible for playing back content on a high definition TV set. Memory cards like SDXC, SDHC and so on are handled by this model’s card slot.
The screen has a menu navigation that gives great feedback. Brightness and sharpness are both awesome. Using our fingers on the display worked very well and we saw no lags. We even reviewed the display outside and we could see everything even under the brightest of suns. Exposure was accurate and colors were superb. When we returned inside, the quality of the content still looked swell. However, a slight con was given by the fact that we saw some yellowing at some point. But it was not catastrophic. Every scene had lots of details, no matter how low the light was inside. There was a complete lack, during our testing phase, of image noise.
Up to 10x optical zoom
This camcorder’s image stabilization feature worked like a charm. This translates into lack of severe blurring whenever we would pan across a scene or zoom in. Action looked smooth when we shot clips in 1080p at 60Hz. The V700M has a lens that is capable of opening at f/3.5 at its telephoto reach and also at the wide end. Which is always advisable on such a device. The quality of still image quality was not great.
If a user wants to shoot something which is situated in a crammed place, he or she can use this device’s wide angle lens. Because it features a zoom that is longer than the 10x reach used by other manufacturers for their cameras.
The kind of format used by this product is AVCHD. It does not employ other formats than this one. And it’s a considerable limitation since the user will have to convert the videos he or she will be shooting. That happens because the majority of editing programs don’t offer support for this type of format.
We didn’t experience a lot of frustrations with the audio delivered by the HC-V700M. Except those times we used this camcorder in our garden. There, the videos we captured featured all kinds of outside noises.
If you want a camcorder that is able to put on a good show when it comes to video performance, we feel like Panasonic’s HC-V700M is a good option to consider. This product delivers even if the light is very bright or very poor. Its consistency is one of its greatest pros. But if you want more features, you are going to be better off with another camcorder.
Toshiba made it big when they released their AT200 tablet a while back. Then they told themselves it was time for a new model. Which became the AT300. This version quickly rose to the top of our list of best tablets revealed this year. On this page we will tell you what our first, middle and last impressions were about this product.
A new Android 4.0 ICS tablet
First of all, we compiled a list of this tablet’s specs. Which includes the following: a touchscreen measuring 10″ and complete with a res of 1,280 x 800 pixels, an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor, 2 cameras (one with 2 megapixels and the other one with 5 megapixels, each of them with LED flash), 16GB or 32GB of storage space, 1GB DDR3 of RAM running at 667 MHz, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 1 full-size SDXC memory card slot and a battery. The pixel density of the display is 149 ppi with a total weight of the tablet of 590g.
The looks of the Toshiba AT300 are not what your typical tablet sports. It has the following measurements and weight: 9mm and 590g. Its corners are rounded this time around. But it is a bit thicker than its predecessor. However, that doesn’t take away from its elegance. The rear is made of a special textured material so that you will not see the device slip from your hands that quickly. This model is a solid one.
That also shows in the 10″ display, which uses the Corning Gorilla Glass technology to help it stay strong and scratch-free. Which it did in all of our tests for this review. There is even aluminum thrown in the mix for the tablet’s edges. But this display has a bezel which, besides being of an elegant black color, sports glossiness. And that is always a bad idea, no matter the kind of gadget that has it. From whatever angle we looked at content, the latter did not change the fact that it showed great backlighting. Furthermore, the colors we noticed looked really good.
Good battery life
The battery that has a pivotal role in every type of device manages to offer this Toshiba AT300 enough punch for all sorts of daily activities. We registered an amount of 10 hours.
The power of the processor featured on the AT300 is really strong. Especially if, like us, you want to simply look for something on the World Wide Web; or just play all kinds of games, both demanding and less so. Everything else you want to do with this tablet will not make its CPU lag or freeze.
Next in our review is connectivity. This aspect supported by these inputs, outputs and everything else in between: one microUSB, one microHDMI, as mentioned before and one headphone/microphone jack. We were very impressed with the inclusion of a full-size SDXC card slot. The reason for that: the majority of tablets sold today do not have something like this. Its two main purposes are to renounce the idea of buying an additional adapter and just insert a memory card from any cam; two, you can make the tablet’s memory reach 128GB. So you are left with plenty of unspent money. Other connections are Bluetooth 3.0 and, of course, optional 3G and Wi-Fi of the N type.
The Toshiba AT300 was released a couple of months ago. It is still a fresh and hot item. And with good cause. Its performance is almost perfect and there are not many things that it lacks.
Like in the case of many other gadgets being released these days, finding a great laptop is always an activity that requires lots of patience, time, personal needs, money and so on, depending on the consumer. Some will disappoint you, some will make you want to buy them all. Today we are going to talk about Asus’ $1,299 Zenbook UX32VD. It has a high price, but you will find, if you read our review, that this device sure merits your money. Let’s see why below.
Out of all the laptop Asus has helped create so far, the Zenbook UX32VD does not share the same beauty as its predecessors. But all in all, we liked its looks.
Here are the specs this device uses: Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (a 64-bit version this time around), a 1.7GHz Core i7-3517U processor, 13.3″ for the screen, an Intel HM77 chipset, a 500GB 5,400rpm 24GB SSD hard drive, an Nvidia GeForce GT 620M / Intel HD4000 graphics unit and 4GB, 1,333MHz DDR3 of memory. The ultrabook has the following dimensions: 12.8″ x 8.8″ x 0.2 – 0.7″.
The internal storage is limited to 500GB if you choose the 24 GB SSD version, or up to 256GB if you choose the 256GB SSD option. The battery is a 48 Whrs polymer one. The connectivity options includes: 3 HDMI ports, one SD card reader, one mini VGA connector and 3 USB 3.0 ports. This laptop weighs 3.3 pounds. Kind of on the heavy side this device. However, still not as heavy as many of its counterparts sold nowadays, which are many.
Throughout our tests, the latest Zenbook laptop was easy to hold with two hands and move from our room to the kitchen.
The keyboard provides the user with backlight. Thanks to that, we could type this review into the wee hours of the morning with the light turned off. The buttons had a good feedback and feel to them. And the space between each of them is definitely more generous than before. The clickpad is, on this model, the most notable con. Because multitouch gestures simply weren’t that effective in tests. Also, the touchpad was very easy to use and the feedback we got from it was good.
Full HD display
The display on the Zenbook UX32VD is not a strength for Asus. Its 1,920 x 1,080 pixels of resolution and the fact that this is a screen with a full high definition option does not change the fact that quality is not a pro. We were witnesses to the display showing signs of light bleeding, for instance. The way that text also looks is not that great. It should have been very easy to make out letters, but it wasn’t the case here. And not to mention that, if you are an avid gamer, you would want a better display. The GPU is also not up to task to allow for heavy gaming. But you can play a lot of less demanding games without fearing that the graphics unit will blow into a million pieces.
Connectivity is as follows: 3 USB 3.0 jacks and dual video outputs. It would have been better to see more variety, though. The processor is ready to deliver a good performance whatever task you submit to the Zenbook UX32VD. We threw all sorts of activities on this CPU and it showed that it could do them really well. Which is almost all that matters in a laptop these days.
The warranty you get for this product is 1 year. And if there are problems at any point while using the laptop, you can use the company’s phone support that is available every day at any hour.
The Asus Zenbook UX32VD has a price that will bring some of you to tears. But as a whole, this laptop will get you through a lot of activities and maintain a good face.
It is nice that projectors are starting to become popular once more. Especially with the invasion of gadgets the likes of smartphones, tablets, TVs and digital cameras. And it really helps that manufacturers lowered the price tag of their projectors. £400 Viewsonic’s Pro6200 is the latest device to come this month. In the battery of tests we did on this product, we were left with a very good impression, thanks to its design and, most important of all, its performance. Here is a taste of what we observed in this review.
Usually, projectors tend to come in big sizes. Not the Viewsonic Pro6200. And adding to this portability feature are the good looks. And also the fact that its body is really compact, compared to competitors. But the glossiness of this projector will mean that it will attract fingerprints.
The setup of this product will mean time loss. Because there is no optical lens shift. The latter translates into the possibility to do things like side to side and up/down movement. In other words, content will look straight.
In terms of connectivity, the Pro6200 is well endowed. Here are the options you get: 2 VGA, 1 composite,1 HDMI port, 1 mini-jack audio, s-video, outputs ports and a 5W speaker.
Other features of this projector are a frequency between 50 ~ 120 Hz (vertical) and 31 ~ 100 kHz (horizontal). The gadget is compatible with the next standards: SECAM, NTSC, PC and PAL and with resolutions between 480i / 480P and 1080i / 1080p. The standard brightness is about 2700 lumens at a contrast ratio of about 3000:1.
Good colors provided
The calibration tools used by Viewsonic’s latest projector are all varied and professional. The same can be said about the device’s picture presets.
After we inspected the looks and what it contained in the specs sheet, we clicked on the Power button. And we saw stars at first. Because its brightness levels are simply a bit too much. Nut we worked on tweaking them to our liking and it was much better. Contrast was good and colors were great.
The Pro6200 employs a projection system that is known to produce artefacts. They are not many, though.
The resolution is 720p. This implies plenty of details. And great color quality. And we saw no such thing as screen door-effects during our usual tests. A very important pro compared with other reviewed projectors.
Some problems with shadows
The one con that we found annoying was how much shadow detail was lost when there was bad light. This is caused by the device’s poor quality of colors and contrast caused, in its turn, by the lack of depth where black levels are concerned. It is something that tends to occur when the light doesn’t have great quality or it is turned off. There is no smoothness in the case of how actors’ skin tones appear. This may count as a big drawback if you want an (almost) perfect projector.
The latest Viewsonic projector is one that has a system called single chip DLP. With it comes trouble. A sign of that is the rainbow effect. Especially once there are objects on the screen that are really bright. We saw it quite a few times, enough to consider it a con. Then we also noticed another con. It made its appearance when the projector had to deal with a couple of different colors, which were the following: white and black. Despite this, we cannot say anything bad about how motion was performed. We personally noticed this a couple of times. Maybe some if you will not, because it is not something that visible to every single person out there.
Anyhow, the Viewsonic Pro6200 should be considered as a worthy projector for being used at home. And it doesn’t cost an arm, nor a leg.
Not much has been heard or seen in Bluetooth speakers land lately. Everyone’s busy with either smartphones or tablets. But things changed once Genius came with a new product. Which bears the name SP-900BT and has a price of $49.99. This one is unlike all the others that have been released so far. While it is not phenomenal, it still merits a spot in our list. So here is the review that we got to write about this new creation.
Setting the Genius SP-900BT up does not require you to be a specialist. A fact that is an important pro nowadays when you need a bazillion user manuals to start working with gadgets. All this product needs is a recharge. That usually ends after almost 2 hours. Afterwards you just have to turn it on and press the key labeled Bluetooth for a second. After you see a light coming from the device’s LED, everything is set and ready for use.
Speaking of recharging, the amount of playback we were offered during the tests we did was 17 hours. Something we really enjoy seeing in Bluetooth speakers of this kind.
The most important specifications of the product are: 2.9 x 3.2 x 2.2 inches, batteries which offer about 8 hours of playback time and a total weight of 6.5 ounces.
However, we noticed something that turned into a con. If this Bluetooth speaker is turned on and then you don’t play around with it, it will give out a sound that will continue for hours if you don’t turn the device off.
Good overall performance
On the rear, this gadget is painted our favorite color: black. The surface of this product is a combination of silver and black. If you don’t like it, you can opt for the lime and white version. The 6.5″ weight of this product translates into easy operation. The bottom features a pad made of rubber. Which is there to protect the latest Genius from falling and getting broken.
The performance of the speakerphone is a good one, compared with other reviewed products. After we connected the product to our smartphone, we could either answer a friend’s call via the same speaker or the speakerphone. We could do the same with the phone itself. The quality was more than we bargained for.
As for the quality of the sound that came through the Genius SP-900BT, we don’t really have big complaints or cons to talk about. But remember to always avoid listening to music, for instance, with the volume turned at its loudest. Voices of singers sounded good, whatever the vocal range. Basses, however, had a tendency to have a hollow sound. An instrument that shone through very clearly in some of the songs we listened to was the piano.
Another con we discovered while testing the SP-900BT was its volume lowering. We disliked that it was an automatic one. We would have liked to modify it ourselves, as in choosing what we wanted to listen to.
Alas, Genius did a good job with their newest SP-900BT. The fact that it can be used as a speakerphone is a very nice idea. You don’t see many such creations feature this possibility. Not to mention that the looks of this product are very inspired. There are many other devices like this one which deliver better battery. And audio. They also do not have that annoying automatic volume lowering. But even with these cons, the pros are in a bigger number. So we will recommend this creation to every consumer wanting to own something which offers value for money.