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A lot happened this week. Amazon has held his second annual Prime Day, and there are still many gadgets for sale. Microsoft held its big Surface event this week, unveiling its next-generation computers (more on that below). Kodak apparently can’t keep up with demand for film.
There were also new product announcements. Here’s what you should know:
KEF has announced Mu7, the first pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. At $400, they’re designed and priced to compete with other flagship noise-cancelling headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM5. Mu7 sports custom 40mm drivers and aptX HD support for high-end sound. Thanks to a partnership with Ross Lovegrove, who KEF has helped design a number of super expensive loudspeakers, they have their own industrial design (aluminum). Available in two shades of his gray: silver or charcoal.
Beyerdynamic has announced the second generation model of the Xelento Remote (drawn, $999) and Xelento Wireless ($1,199) are wired and wireless (neckband-style) in-ear headphones, respectively. And they aren’t cheap. Both models ship with the same 11mm dynamic drivers, gold-plated connectors and silver-plated cables. Xelento Wireless supports Bluetooth 5.2 and promises 14 hours of playtime.
price: $999 (remote); $1,199 (wireless)
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Plus
The Surface Studio 2 Plus is a sleek all-in-one desktop update that features a 28-inch touchscreen display that folds almost flat on your desk (so you can draw more easily). This new version has an updated chipset (both CPU and GPU) that Microsoft claims has doubled the performance of his and on the back are his three Thunderbolt 4 ports. . No, it’s not cheap. It will be released on October 25th.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5
The Surface Laptop 5 is a fairly modest update to its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 5. This is because Microsoft has provided newer Intel processors (although there is no AMD chip option as before). It also has a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 4. You can order it in 13.5 inch or 15 inch models. It will be released on October 25th.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Surface Pro 9 is Microsoft’s latest 2-in-1 tablet. It’s very similar to the Surface Pro 8, but it has a new Intel (12th Gen) or ARM chipset and is available in a colored aluminum finish. I used to have a Surface Pro 8, and I could deck it out with a colorful keyboard and other accessories. It has the same 13-inch display as the previous model. It will be released on October 25th.
Acer swift edge
Acer claims its Swift Edge is the world’s lightest 16-inch OLED laptop. It weighs 2.58 pounds, which is actually lighter than Apple’s latest 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, which weighs 2.73 pounds. The most notable thing under the hood is that the Swift Edge is powered by a new AMD Ryzen processor. This is supposed to be more energy efficient than Intel’s latest processors, and that efficiency would be required to power such a large, bright OLED display.
The Quest Pro is the company’s best and most expensive virtual reality headset to date. Compared to the $399 Quest 2, the Quest Pro is better in almost every way — it comes with a better display, better processor, more memory, and a much improved controller — but gaming It’s positioned as a more productive device than , with new full-color passthrough capabilities for mixed reality experiences, so you can see the real world with real-time graphics, alerts, and notifications.
Roku smart home
Roku has unveiled its own ecosystem of smart home devices that compete with the likes of Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. Called the Roku Smart Home, it consists of indoor and outdoor security cameras, video doorbells, smart lights, and smart plugs. All of these devices work with Roku Voice, Roku’s voice assistant, and are compatible with Roku’s new Smart Home app. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so buying Roku’s ecosystem doesn’t lock you in completely.
price: Varies by device
Acer Chromebook 516GE
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE is the first Chromebook designed for gaming. Equipped with a 16-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Since it is a gaming laptop, it has an RGB keyboard. No enhanced processor and graphics card. real But it’s not a gaming laptop, it relies on a fast internet connection (supports Wi-Fi 6E) for cloud gaming.
The Sony ZV-1F is the company’s latest compact camera for vlogging. At just $500, it’s the cheapest option yet, and it’s designed for entry-level vloggers looking to upgrade from their smartphones. The Sony ZV-1F is basically a more budget-friendly option than the Sony ZV-1 ($748). It has a similar 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor, but with a less versatile 20mm f/2 lens than the ZV-1’s 24-70mm lens.