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CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth Speaker Review: High Quality Crippled By Mediocre Tuning

Portable speakers are a dime a dozen these days, running the full gamut of prices from $30 to $300 (and likely beyond). They come in all shapes and sizes, too - from the small Satechi Swift to the almost-a-boombox Jambox Big. Short story long, there are many to choose from, no matter your requirements.

The most well-known is the Jawbone Jambox. It puts out solid sound, comes in a portable and attractive package, and has good name recognition. But though the sound is good, it isn't necessarily the best, and you pay a premium for the name. Nevertheless, it seems Edge has drawn its inspiration the slightly smaller and more expensive Jambox - but can it measure up?

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Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 Review: Yes, You Want One

I'd like to think that I'm pretty picky about keyboards - after all, I do type thousands of words every single day. I've tried many, many different brands and keyboard models, and it's one of the key features that can make or break any laptop that I'd even consider buying. Thus, when I heard about Logitech's K810 cross-platform Bluetooth keyboard (Logitech, $99), I knew I had to give it a shot.

For those who may not be up to speed with the latest keyboard offerings, the K810 is a full-size backlit Bluetooth keyboard that works with Windows, Android, and iOS.

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Sony MDR-X10 Headphones Review: So Much Bass That Even I Feel Old

I can't claim to have a solid grasp of what exactly makes dubstep appealling, nor can I understand Bieber Fever. I don't get swag. I do, though, know what the kids are into putting on their ears these days: Beats.

Let's not beat around the bush: the Sony MDR-X10's are ridiculously overwrought, flashy, made out of plastic, and endorsed by Simon Cowell. The Beats market is squarely in Sony's crosshairs with this headphone. Even the price point ($300 - street and MSRP) matches up with Dr. Dre's previously top-of-the-line Studio model.

I'm not being particularly fair to Sony here, though, by immediately lumping the X10's unceremoniously into the "designer headphone" pile - they're certainly not without their own points of distinction.

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Buhbo Tablet Case For Kids Review: Dawwww

If you're thinking of getting your little munchkin a Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble Nook HD, 7" Kindle Fire HD, or a similar 7-inch tablet/e-reader for Christmas, then you'll undoubtedly want a way for them to keep it safe. But c'mon - this is your kid we're taking about. They don't want a folio, gel case, or even a nifty Active case for their device. They want something fun. Something unique. Something cute.

They want a case from Buhbo.

"But who is Buhbo?" you may be asking. It's a company that specializes in making cute-ass cases for kids to keep their tablets and/or e-readers in.

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SPIGEN Coated Backpack Review: It's Like A Black Hole For Your Back

When it comes to gadget bags, I'm like a woman with purses: I have a selection to choose from. Not because I just love buying new bags all the time, but because I'm always on the hunt for something better, though ninety-five percent of the time, I have no idea what that "something" is. So I'm always open to new options.

Thus, when SPIGEN reached out to me to take a look at the newest member of their backpack lineup - the Coated Backpack ($99, SPIGEN, Amazon) - I was all in. Plus, I thought it would be good to see how they improved on the Kalasden series that I reviewed back in May.

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[Update: Winners] Seidio Active Case For The Nexus 7 Quick Review + Giveaway

When I first got my Nexus 7, I ran it naked. Not because I had no other choice, but because I wasn't interested in any of the cases that were available at the time. Then, at the Big Android BBQ, I happened to see the new Active cases from Seidio ($35-45, SeidioOnline). I really liked the Active case for the Galaxy Nexus back when I reviewed it, and Seidio's offering for the Nexus 7 looks equally as protective and comes with a nifty cover/stand. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

After having used the case for the last few weeks, I have to say that I like it.

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V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Review: The Sound Quality Is Exceeded Only By The Durability

Most headphones are relatively straightforward. They're usually built around a simple metal or plastic frame, have leather or pleather ear pads, and if you're lucky, are comfortable. Hopefully they sound good, too. What they aren't, usually, is bendable or droppable. Nor do they have Kevlar-coated cables, steel frames, or military-level testing.

That's exactly what makes the M-80's so unique. That military testing certainly means they're durable, but with a $230 price tag, you would hope they sound great, too.

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Specs:

  • On-ear noise isolating headphones
  • 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers
  • Two detachable Kevlar-wrapped headphone cables - a 3-button and a 1-button, both with 24k gold 45° plugs
  • Flexible steel headband, brushed aluminum cans
  • Microfiber suede covering the headband, memory foam on the headphones
  • Hard rubberized carrying case

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The Good

  • They sound absolutely fantastic.
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Phorus PS1 Review: A Multi-Room Wi-Fi Speaker System For Android That Won't Break The Bank

Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth? It's a question that most audiophiles have answered resoundingly when it comes to wireless sound: Wi-Fi, of course. Uncompromised fidelity (from the original audio source), more stable connection, fewer interruptions, and did I mention fidelity? In the last year or two, though, we've basically seen Wi-Fi speakers pushed into a corner of the market, as a niche product, while ever more ubiquitous Bluetooth speaker systems have taken the lead.

The reason for this is quite simple: Wi-Fi is hard, Bluetooth is easy. And not just in the setup sense, but in terms of actual audio playback. Wi-Fi speaker systems, like the well-known Sonos, are basically limited to whatever kind of functionality Sonos decides to implement as part of its player software.

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SuperTooth Disco 2 Bluetooth Speaker Review: A Little More Livable, But Perhaps Less Loveable

Since I reviewed the SuperTooth Disco, oh so long ago (I still had my Nexus One!), I've never found anything quite like it. It was loud, it was heavy, big, and frankly, a bit silly looking. It was also exceptionally good value for money. It's like that big, old pickup truck from the 70's - a modern substitute is really no substitute at all.

The Disco 2 has made some sacrifices when compared to its progenitor. However, it has evolved and improved, as well. It's smaller, cheaper, and smarter - it's one of the first Bluetooth speakers on the market to fully utilize the Bluetooth 4.0 standard, and that does have benefits.

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Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speakers Quick Review: Epic Sound, Crazy Style

In an age where everyone wants wireless everything, we're slowly seeing more traditional products integrate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi into their feature repertoire, particularly since the start of the smartphone revolution. Today, we're talking about speakers. Specifically, some pretty crazy looking ones called the Spinnakers, made by a company called Edifier.

I reviewed Edifier's Prisma 2.1 BT speaker system in August, and was thoroughly impressed with what $130 got you in terms of raw sound. The Spinnakers, though, are a tad pricier. And, by a tad, I mean a little less than three times as much, at $350 ($330 on Amazon).

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