The Beacon Blazar is a definite upgrade from your cellphone’s speakers, but is it worth the hefty price-tag? It depends on what you’re looking for.
The portable device relies on Bluetooth technology to pack both a quality speaker and microphone into one small package.
From the unboxing, it’s clear Beacon wants you to think you’re in possession of something special. It comes in a novelty, leather box with heavy duty zipper.
Beacon Blazar. (Supplied)
The Asus Zenbook UX303LN doesn’t know what it wants to be.
The Ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, which makes it a little too small to be a laptop. But it’s a tad too large to pick it up and use that touchscreen like it was a tablet.
Asus Zenbook UX303LN. (Supplied)
So if you’ve seen the BlackBerry Passport, which launched back in September, the one thing that probably sticks out to you is the size.
An almost square device, the phone looks like it would be a monster to carry around. And, frankly, the demonstration that it was roughly the same size as a passport didn’t placate me as passports aren’t that small either.
BlackBerry chief executive John Chen shows a Canadian passport along with the Passport smartphone during an official launch event in Toronto, Sept. 24, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris
At the launch, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and company showed that the Passport could easily fit in the inside pocket of a blazer. But I’m not a Bay Street businessman who wears a suit to work every day. I generally wear a golf shirt and pants and so it seemed that it would be considerably more uncomfortable to carry the Passport around.
Or at least, that’s what I thought. In fact, it fits reasonably well into the front pocket in my pants. Jeans could be an issue, but most men’s pants have big enough pockets.
You’re out for a jog or run but you need to carry around your smart phone, keys and probably a few other things. You don’t have that many pockets and your tired of those very in attractive armbands and things bouncing up and down in your pockets. So the good folks at FlipBelt have come out with a cool little fitness accessory of the same name, so you can carry all of the above, including something as big as an iPhone 6 Plus and more, right around your waist.
It’s not quite a mini Star Wars Lightsaber, but the Satechi LightMate, a 4-in-1 flashlight, emergency light, glass breaker and portable USB charger that can possibly save you in a time of need. And unlike the immortalized Hollywood prop, LightMate is a real product, solidly built – made from an aluminum steel alloy that the company says can withstand the weight of an average sized car.