All about that Extra Bass
These speakers are designed to sustain and focus on “deep bass” and “punch bass”, which is aimed at enhancing bass-heavy music such as EDM, grime, and hip-hop. Users can also create a three-dimensional music experience with the Live Sound mode, which creates a concert experience in the living room.
Durable new features
Available in three colours, the new fabric material design of the speakers is claimed to be robust and washable, so the odd spillage shouldn’t be an issue. They’re also waterproof and dust proof with an IP67 rating, meaning one can take the speakers to the beach or pool. Added to that they’re rust-proof too, making them safe from long-term water-induced damage.
These wireless speakers are lightweight, compact and easy to carry, and are claimed to have a 24 hour battery life, which means users can take the Extra Bass anywhere and the party can carry on all night long.
Sony speakers can now connect with up to 100 different speakers. Users can fill a room or build a wall to create a vast Extra Bass sound experience. It can be used like an instrument and can detect tapping from five different directions, thanks to a Party Booster feature, a built-in accelerometer that generates a sound and lighting reaction. This creates a music listening experience full of interactive opportunities.
All the lights
The SRS-XB31 is equipped with multi-colour line lights and flashing strobe effects, while SRS-XB21 has a single colour line light. The SRS-XB41 creates an EDM atmosphere with speaker lights, multi-colour line lights, and flashing strobe lights, creating great vibes by mixing up sounds and light effects.
SRS-XB41 is available now in South Africa in black, red and blue at R3,999.
SRS-XB31 is available now in South Africa in black, red and blue at R2,999.
SRS-XB21 is available now in South Africa in black, red and blue at R1,599.
All three speakers are available at Musica, DionWired and Incredible Connection.
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.