Leveraging Logitech’s deep audio expertise, the Zone series of headsets claim to deliver superior sound quality so users can take conference calls, listen to music, or block out distractions with active noise cancellation (ANC). As the first Logitech headsets that offer Qi wireless charging, Zone Wireless provides convenient charging at the user’s desk.
“Many professionals bring their own headphones to work, however they do not address the typical needs of an open office,” said Philippe Depallens, vice president and general manager of Logitech Audio. “Logitech Zone Wireless is designed with contemporary style, supreme comfort, and audio call clarity, as well as active noise cancellation and great sound quality for music, whenever and wherever you need it.”
With Active Noise Cancellation, it eliminates background noise so one can focus, regardless of the ambient noise level in the workplace. The soft leatherette ear pad material and silicone padded headband make it comfortable to wear all day, which complements up to 15 hours of available talk time and music. Users have up to a 30m/100ft range, as well as a noise-cancelling microphone for greater call clarity.
Designed for today’s mobile-first workstyle, the headset uses Easy-Switch technology to connect and switch easily between a mobile device and computer through Bluetooth or through a Bluetooth dongle. Once paired with the downloadable companion app, Logitech Tune, users can control the headset using the app, from activating the mute or ANC functions, to adjusting the sound equalizer for tuning the bass performance, as well as providing firmware upgrades.
Its interface claims to be easy to use while on calls or listening to music. One can push the main button in the center of the ear cup to answer/end calls or play/pause while listening to music. Users can also mute the headset by raising the microphone boom. At the end of the workday, simply fold it up and place it on a Qi wireless charger or connect it to the included USB cable for a slightly faster charge.
The headset is on display April 9-11 at the Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco.
Logitech Zone Wireless with Bluetooth is expected to be available in April 2019 for $199.99. Local pricing has not yet been announced.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2 – 85″ panel for workspaces
Microsoft has unveiled an 85-inch model of its Surface Hub 2 interactive wall display, much larger than the original model. The product is aimed at businesses that want a smarter collaborative board.
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Microsoft’s Chief of Surface, Panos Panay, introduced the new 85-inch model at Microsoft’s Surface Event in New York this week, and briefly showed it between two of the Surface 2S 50-inch panels.
The panel is likely to include features of the 2S, including a removable cartridge that will be upgraded next year. This will allow businesses to upgrade their computers with a new CPU, RAM, and GPU, and won’t have to replace the expensive display panel.
Pricing and regional availability has not yet been announced, but the company says it’ll be available in 2020.
Xbox One S – All Digital Edition
Putting the first nail in the coffin of physical media, Microsoft has launched a disc-less version of its Xbox One S. It also saved the company on the costs of embedding optical disc drives.
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In efforts to make gamers ditch the discs, Microsoft’s Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is being sold with the premise of building a library of digital games in the cloud. This way, players can take their cloud saves on the go, and enjoy the ability to preorder and pre-install upcoming games so they’re ready to play the moment they launch. The console comes with three games preinstalled: Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3.
The Xbox Game Pass subscription allows for a Netflix-style of gaming, where one can play games from a large library of games for as long as one has an active subscription. This seems to be a response to Google Stadia’s gaming platform.
Apart from the disc drive, it comes with all the features of the original Xbox One S, including 4K gaming, HDR support, Dolby Atmos spatial audio output, and a 1TB hard drive.
The console will launch on 7 May and is available for preorder now on Microsoft’s website. The recommended retail price is $250 in the US, while local pricing and available has yet to be announced.