First impressions of the WESC headphones are good. Â They are light weight with a nice quality feel to them. Â The extenders are smooth and easily operated with a nice sheathed lead which will really reduce the tangle problems you usually get. Â For extended distances you are given a 3.5mm female to male extender. Â The colour choice are great, funky and fun andÂ definitelyÂ got my attention when “browsing”.
When playing music the sound is loud and clear with reasonable to good bass definition. Â The tight fit around the head keeps outside sound to a minimum and whilst at high volume there is some sound “leak” it’s pretty good and wouldn’t annoy anyone in an office environment.
Overall they are good. Â There are options ranging from Â£40 to Â£100 and obviously sound improvment grows with price. Â I’d love to test out the “Alp Horn” model but given the price and the inability to test these in the shop I wasn’t going to put out the money for them. Â Anything over Â£60 for a pair of head phones requires on site testing and without I’m not going to bother. Â I made that mistake with a Â£300 pair ofÂ sennheiser headphones a number of years ago.
You can see more of their products at:Â http://www.wesc.com/stuff/986
Boy do I want to get my hands on one of these (the new Zune HD)! Â I can’t really justify the cost considering I have an iPhone but the HD device with music and good compatibility to things like Napster (which I still somehow subscribe too) make it a really desirable device.
It’s looking like they are not available in the UK as of yet and with a price tag of $219 in the USA you can bet that a similar number, in Â£ will be the price. Â Probably a nice Â£199. Â Still, it looks stunning and if ONLY it contained a phone!
Find out more about the Zune here:Â http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/zunehd/default.htm
Apple’s rumoured iTablet at $999?
Engadget posted a story about Apples rumoured tablet which will ship in February 2010 for a eye watering $999.
I have an iPhone and indeed a Macbook Pro (old generation) and whilst I do appreciate the Mac hardware I also run Windows on my Mac Â I just can’t understand how Apple are going to charge an almost identical amount for a tablet as they would for the macbook.. Â Personally I’m waiting on the TechCrunch CrunchPad and although it’s going to be a fairly limited device in terms of horse power it’s built on Linux and thus will become an utterly hackable and at a $400 price tag it’s much cheaper.
XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker
Some time ago I bought this little GEM. Â The X-Mini speaker is about the size of a slightly over-sized golf ball. Â You can unscrew the central part to create a slightly taller version which allows the base to ring through much more clearly. Â It’s an EXCELLENT little speaker and put with an iPhone or a laptop on holiday it’s brilliant. Â The sound is loud, clear and whilst not perfect it takes the usual laptop sound and seriously improves upon it.
The internal battery life for this speaker is big - I’ve charged it once or twice in a few months of ownership with a reasonable use between each charge. Â Charging is done via a small 5V USB connection.
I picked mine up for Â£20 but I noticed Amazon is now making these available for Â£13.99. Â If you’re looking for a decent smaller portable speaker then this is good.
Max Value USB 2.0 to Widescreen SVGA Adapter (MV42431)
This week I bought the “Max Value USB 2.0 to Widescreen SVGA Adapter” from Amazon. Â Â£31 for a additional monitor extension is not bad value and allowed me to have three monitors working together, one for code, one for email and firebug and the other for a browser. Â So far the product is doing fairly well though it basically kills Windows 7 Aero feature but I suspect this is more a driver issue than hardware.
Overall the device is good.. It’s small, easy to install and does the job. It’s not fast, it doesn’t have the best picture but I didn’t buy it for this reason. Overall I’m pleased and it increased my productivity - but not as much as the transition of one to two monitors.