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Sony WH-1000XM3 Review: The Best Noise Canceling Headphones

You know that Sony’s 1000X line of wireless headphones have become the market leader for noise-canceling headsets, and this year at IFA 2018, the company has announced the latest (and greatest) model: Sony WH-the 1000X M3, which offer better noise canceling, an updated design, USB-C, and more.

I’ve been using the 1000X M3s for a few days, including a long seven-hour flight, and in short, they’re the real deal. It was a high bar to clear since the original 1000Xs were already some of the best noise-canceling headphones out there, and the 1000X M2 improved on that even more. But the new 1000X M3s are the best pair of noise-canceling headphones that Sony has made yet, thanks to a host of improvements both big and small. We haven’t had time to put them through their paces for a full review yet, but they’re possibly the best noise-canceling headphones on the market.

They’re minor annoyances, though, and they fade when compared with Sony’s incredible noise-cancelation and eminently enjoyable music performance. At $348 they’re not inexpensive, but I feel more confident recommending them than I do Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35, which in comparison are now showing their age. Sony just does a better job at isolating you from the annoyances of the outside world.
That has obvious appeal if you’re a frequent traveler, but I found it also pays dividends if you’re simply listening to music more normally.

Several times, taking the WH-1000XM3’s off, I was surprised at just how much ambient sound there was – even if, beforehand, the room had seemed relatively quiet. Being able to shut a virtual door and step into your own imaginary music room, and have the comfort and battery life to enjoy that for hours on end, makes Sony’s headphones a winning combination.

Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation

Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies

All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time

Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly

Sony has also tweaked the design on an aesthetic level. The buttons are nicer with a new gloss finish, the faux-leather texture has been axed, and there are new copper-tone highlights for an overall more polished look.

The 1000X M3s are set to cost $349.99 when they launch in September. In fact, they’re available on Amazon already with immediate shipping. The price is on par with what competitors like Bose’s QC35 IIs cost, but if you’re someone who just spent $300 on a pair of M2s last year, you’ll likely be displeased at the thought of shelling out for an upgrade so soon.

And as the saying goes: silence is golden. What’re a few extra bucks compared to that?

It’s only music. Nothing else. Sony’s industry-leading noise cancellation evolves to further immerse you in your music with a proprietary noise cancellation processor, quick charge capabilities, and an updated comfortable design.

You can listen all day with up to 30 hours of battery life.
Quick charging gives five hours of playback with just a 10-minute charge.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Google Pixelbook: Review

Google is a company that’s in a class by itself and it has continued to grow into the super internet giant that it has become today. I visit the Google search engine everyday as do the same as billions of other visitors, too. Google has entered the new zones lately and mastered them to the fullest.

Meet Pixelbook — the new high performance Chromebook — and Pixelbook Pen1 — the smart, responsive stylus — designed to enhance the way you work and play. It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. From its ultra-thin design to its collection of apps, Pixelbook is beautifully versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features 3.

Google is the most trusted company

Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen1 : simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant. And there is an offer to save $100 from 3/25 – 4/7

The best and most versatile

At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. The 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever you’re doing, too. You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device5, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.

Complete peace of mind

With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates3 in the background. Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are, too: it starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery6 that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge7

Apps for work and play

Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red and Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi.

1. Pixelbook Pen is sold as a separate accessory, subject to availability.

2. Requires internet connection.

3. Auto-updates and auto-backup require an internet connection.

4. Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of the Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

5. 500 most recently opened and 500 most recently shared with you. Accessible offline through Drive when enabled in Drive settings.

6. Battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use. Charging time requires a battery to be at least 5% charged, the device to be inactive, and use of included charger. Actual results may vary.

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Best Buy & Staples: Printer Shopping Made Easy

Online shopping is increasingly becoming the new black. From the simplest items such as groceries to office equipment, people are now turning to online platforms such as Best Buy and Staples to shop for almost everything. Due to that, such online stores are now on the rise and every day we wake up to news about the launching of a new shopping platform. However old is gold and the old online shopping stores remain the best especially for office equipment like printers. To help you prepare for what you should expect, my team and I went hunting in platforms known for providing the best selection of printers. We have put together a list showing differences between printers in these two shops and the overall shopping experience.

Brands available at Best Buy

At Best Buy you get to choose between HP, Epson, Canon, and Brother. All these come from well-established brands and which are known for their efficiency.

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Epson printers-Printers from Epson are the most common sight at any office which goes a long way in proving that they are efficient. They boast a 3-in-1 functionality, inbuilt wireless networking, a 100 sheets input tray and even borderless printing. Through Best Buy you are now able to buy this printer.

Canon– Printers from Canon take you a notch higher with their four in one functionality, and different print speeds. They too offer you wireless and inbuilt networking.

Hp– These are simply the best from Best Buy, and they pride themselves over Wi-FI, four in one functionality, a 35 sheet automatic document feeder, a 100 sheet input tray and they can print up to 9.5 black sheets and up to 6.8 ISO colored papers.

Brother -These too, bring with them some remarkable features, and they have an even higher capacity of tray input as they can hold up to 250 sheets. They also boast a touch screen and four in one functionality. They can print up to 32 papers.

Staples is your Office Superstore

Printers at Staples

At Staples, you get printers from the same brands as those at Bestbuy just that, Staples goes on to add your options by offering those from Kodak, expression, and Dell.

Kodak– With the latest printer from Kodak, you get to do everything from scanning, downloading and printing projects all in one step. They are wireless, and some of them have LCD screens. You get to buy them quickly from Staples.

Expression-They come in a compact size which allows you to use them even in minimal space but they are highly functional, and you can scan copy and print freely. The 2.7 LCD screen enables you to navigate effortlessly.

Dell -These have 3 in 1 functionality, have high speeds, they allow two-sided printing which saves you on time and they have USB and Ethernet inputs.

 

Best Buy expert services and Unbeatable Prices

Overall shopping experience

Both shops offer you a good shopping experience, if you are doing it online, the response is quite fast, and the delivery is always on time. They stock printers from some of the best brands which ensure that you get nothing but the best. Also, they offer a diverse array to select from regarding size and price. Both shops are more than willing to replace printers which have issues hence your money does not go to waste if you buy a product which is not functional.

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Best Buy: Xperia XA1 Ultra And Xperia XZ Premium Review: Is It Worth It?

When it comes to electronics, you are definitely thinking of Best Buy! After all, we are one of the best electronic equipment retailers and have all the best selling models of top makers such as Sony, Apple, Samsung, Canon, Microsoft, Lenovo to name a few.

What’s more? The deals that you get at Best Buy are impossible to get anywhere else. The unbelievable deals are coupled with secure online payments, timely delivery and easy and hassle free returns for the valued customers. Now, where else will you get such service?!

In the world of smart phones, there is no store like Best Buy. Whether the model is the latest one or even if you are looking for specific features, we have something for everybody! And with the Xperia XA1 Ultra and Xperia XZ Premium, things are about to get heated up. So are you ready? Get set for an amazing smart phone experience with these two models.

Xperia XA1 Ultra

In a nutshell:

This model is nothing less than a monster that Sony has unleashed on the market and even though it has the same hardware as the XA1, it is a more improved version of it, a sleek design packed into a solid metal frame and a …wait for it…a full HD screen. Now let’s get into the details:

1. Design:

With the classic Sony smartphone design, this big smartphone has non-slippery back and sides that allow you to use the phone single-handedly and looks sleek and stylish, just like you wanted it.

2. Display:

With a 6 inch display on this one being the centerpiece it is nothing less than a treat for your eyes. The panel is a full HD one and with the pixel density of 367 pip, it should be more than comfortable for day-to-day use. For a mid-range phone, this phone is has a pleasant colour reproduction.

3. Camera:

The camera and picture quality is pretty impressive with the 23 MP main camera that has generally been seen only in Sony’s flagship smartphones and a 16 MP front facing camera for you to take selfies like never before! The front camera has also been upgraded to include a 23 mm wide angle lens.

The Xperia XA1 ultra is the perfect mid-range phone with its colourful display, convenient size, impressive pictures and other features. This phone has certainly heated up the competition in the smartphone market and we are betting our money that everyone who tries it is bound to fall in love with this one.

Moreover, at Best Buy, you get this phone at a price that you never even imagined. And the icing on the cake? The unlocked version of this phone is available here that works smoothly with popular carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Cricket. So come over to Best Buy if you are thinking of picking up an Xperia and giving your life a complete makeover!

Xperia XZ Premium:

If you are not a Sony fan yet, then the Xperia XZ Premium will definitely make you one. Giving you your money’s worth, this phone has is packed with awesome features. With its 4K display and slow motion camera, you are bound to be left thoroughly impressed. This is a flagship smartphone of the maker and has high end power within the frame along with a stylish design.

Design:

Being an expensive phone, it is natural to expect excellent features in this phone and Sony is not going to let you down. With Gorilla Glass on the front and rear, you get the much needed toughness and the finger-print scanner is mounted on the side, that makes handling easier. The bezels around the display make it an ideal phone for gaming and watching videos.

Performance:

The Xperia XZ Premium comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 64 GB. Use a micro SD to get more storage. Now you can create amazing super-slow motion videos, watch 4K HDR videos and play the latest games on PS4 remote play. Your entertainment will reach the next level with this phone and you shall simply love it!

Camera:

This is the first phone that uses Sony’s own ‘Motion Eye’ capture system and gives you impressive photos, just like you always expect from a Sony camera. The 19 MP main camera has improved pixels which improve their picture quality even in low lighting conditions. Capture the right shot with the ‘Predictive Capture’ and use the super slow motion video recording to make memorable videos that will last a lifetime!

If you are looking out to get a new smartphone that gives you an impressive display and unparalleled picture quality, then the Xperia XZ Premium will be the perfect choice for you. The whole smartphone market has been eagerly awaiting its launch and Sony has not disappointed anyone with its designs and features. So make sure, that your next smartphone is the Xperia XZ Premium and you are all set!

Get it at Best Buy:

This unlocked version of this model is also available at Best Buy. So if you are eager to get the Xperia XZ Premium, but the thought of a locked phone is keeping you back, then you know where to get this phone and feel free to choose the carrier of your choice – AT&T, Verizon and Cricket – all the famous carriers will work smoothly on our phones.

At Best Buy, you will have your money’s worth. They have the best deals under the sun available at the stores and we do everything that one can think of to give you 100% genuine products so that we can see that lovely smile on your face.

Millions of customers trust Best Buy when it comes to electronic equipment. If you’re looking to get hold of these two impressive smartphones – you can buy from us, at a price that you’ll love!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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