The MOXYO Mission Wireless Earbuds

Moxyo Mission WirelessIt’s been a year since we have reviewed a MOXYO product, and I enjoyed their earbuds, charging cable, and powerbank. Today, I had a chance to review a Blueooth set of earbuds with the Mission Wireless. I’m not certain if they are called Mission Wireless as a sequel to the Avenue earbuds that I reviewed before (you know, like Mission Avenue), or it is some kind of spy reference like Mission: Impossible.

I will have to say that I will describe the design as minimalist, but this is for lack of a better word. I mean, we live in a world where Bluetooth earbuds are a dime a dozen, even though they don’t cost that much. I find that MOXYO has a good price, and it gives a lot.

I’ll start by getting the specs out of the way, as the Mission Wireless is good for six hours of playtime. The range is the usual 33 feet (10 meters), and I say “usual” because that is what I have discovered is the range for most Bluetooth.

The Mission Wireless has a controller with a quick press for the volume control and long press for skipping forward/backward. The last remaining button is for the on/off to take a phone call, which is again a usual feature for Bluetooth earbuds.

I hope that you aren’t noticing the word “usual” and think that these earbuds are so-so. There is an interesting cable cinch allowing for a “perfect fit”, and that is pretty great.

You should be able to purchase the MOXYO Wireless Earbuds for about $39.99 on the MOXYO site.

Our Review of the eGeeTouch TSA Smart Travel Lock

eGee TouchWe really live in an age where everything just has to be “smart”. I honestly believe that there will come a time when if an object can’t connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or NFC, it will be classified as “useless”. It seems pretty obvious that the padlock will become smart, and we already reviewed the Master Lock last year. For those of you who want to have some kind of padlock when you are traveling, then you should consider the eGeeTouch TSA Smart Travel Lock.

This is essentially one of those padlocks, but without any combination for you to forget. Instead, you just give it a gentle tap on the eGeeTouch lock with an eGee Touch NFC tag or a Bluetooth device. As expected, there is an eGeeTouch App that is good for Apple or Android smartphones and tablets.

The set-up is easy enough, and it can use IDs to identify each paired device. By the way, you can set up the App to deny access of an old ID in an event of losing a mobile phone or a tag. Speaking of a lost device, there is a proximity sensor in the event of unintentionally leaving your bags behind.

By the way, the eGeeTouch is TSA-accepted, which means that it can bypass TSA authorized personnel at your airport. It is also rated for IP43 for protection of water splash.

In case you are worried about the battery, it is protected so someone can steal it and pick the lock. The battery is good for two years, and that is based on 3 time locking/unlocking. If you are worried about it running out, you can use the battery backup USB.

You should be able to get the eGee TSA Smart Travel Padlock on sites like Amazon for about $39.99 on sites like Amazon. You can find out more information about it on the eGeeTouch site, but you can’t purchase it from there.

WinnerGear Hero True Wireless Earbuds

Winner gear Hero 2Every once in while, I get something in the mail, UPS, or FedEx that I never expected, but I feel obligated to review. In this case, this is something from WinnerGear, a company that I am only familiar with is the MicFlip, but I was pleased to review the Hero Smallest True Wireless Sports Earbuds.

So, this is one of these wireless earbuds where there is no wire between them, and you always got to like that. In fact, this is more than the beginning of the trend and every Bluetooth earbuds will be wireless in this fashion. Of course, I have talked about that many times before.

I have to admit, I like this weird boomerang thing on it made to fit in the ear. Yes, this is one of those Bluetooth earbuds that are designed for fitting in the ear, because they are made for those who have active lifestyles. They even have a sweatproof coating to seal that deal.

Winnergear HeroSo, given that is made for those that are active, what else do they have? Well, that 3 hour playtime is good enough for most people, and I like that it has 12 hours on the go as well. As for the sound, it has a 8mm Large customized dynamic driver.

So yeah, those are the specs, and they are not too much different than most wireless earbuds of its type. It does have that portable charging case as well as a build-in microphone.

If you want to get with this product, head on over to the WinnerGear site and pay $149.99 for them.

Thonet and Vander Frei Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet and Vander FreiI’ve reviewed a lot of Thonet and Vander products in the past year, but they are usually big speakers of some type. The Frei is one of those Portable Bluetooth Speakers that I have reviewed, and it certainly is something small but great at the same time.

Like all Thonet and Vander products, it has the avant-garde design and German engineering that the company is so proud of. You can see that it is pretty minimal with a small box design that is a 2.1 speaker with 50 W of peak power. it has a 2-inch full range for a good driver and it also has a great passive radiator for better bass depth.

From what I can tell, this isn’t one of those Bluetooth speakers that I have been reviewing that are set up to be very water-resistant and durable. However, the Frei does seem to pride itself with a shockproof sleeve to make it very portable.

So, it might not be as durable as other speakers of their type, like the Life Jacket from Altec Lansing. I will go through the specs for the battery, 8 hours for the music playing and 160 hours on standby.

I will have to say that one of the best things about the Frei is its side panel. It has this X-shaped control with the volume and track forward/back buttons. You got to see it to believe it.

In fact, you should be able to purchase the Frei on Amazon for $49.99. You can find out more on the Thonet and Vander site here.

Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC Will Rock Your Workout

prod_9229655020We have another pair of wireless headphones to review. These are the HA-ET50BT Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC. These are a great accessory for those who want to complete their workout without being attached to their devices.

These headphones do have a wire that runs from one earbud to the other. It’s not like the wireless earbuds that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, but these also are relatively less money, so if you don’t mind a wire touching your neck, then you should be good with these.

When you open your cool magnetic package, you will find an included charging cable(micro USB), an open type ear piece in 3 sizes that allows for ambient sound to filter in for safety, and also 3 sizes of regular ear pieces if you don’t need to hear your surroundings.

The headphones are water resistant, which is good if you are running in all kinds of weather. There is a cute advertising video for how well they stay in when everything is thrown after the jump:

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Review of Etón Multi-Powered Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®

frx5bt_img1Outdoor lovers will appreciate this item I am reviewing now- especially those who might need to charge their phones or tablets while outdoors. This would also be useful in case of a storm when the power has been knocked out. Today I’m talking about Etón’s FRX5-BT Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®. 

In the past, we reviewed a similar radio from Etón- the SolarLink FR360.  I can’t find the review we did for that, but I’ll say that it worked okay for us, and we have taken it camping. The cell phone charger on it is not reliable unless you want to crank it for a while, and then you might only get a few minutes to call. This new FRX5, though, is a vast improvement.

For example, the FRX5 has a big solar panel that covers the whole back of the device, instead of the small panel on top of the handle. Where the solar panel was on the SolarLink handle, you now have an ambient light panel- in addition to the LED flashlight and emergency beacon on the side. After you turn off the flashlight or light panel, the strips around them will glow. The charging of cell phones/tablets seems to work much better on the FRX5.  I didn’t have to crank anything to charge my phone this time.

FRX5_lightSideThis product has Bluetooth capabilities in addition to being able to play tunes off the radio. In addition, you can get NOAA weather alerts and S.A.M.E. alerts.

There are a few ways of charging- with the solar panel on the back, by turning the crank, or charging through the included USB cable. The first two methods are going to come in really handy in situations where the power is out, or you are out camping. Cranking won’t give you much time for your effort, so hopefully you will have some sun to help out.  Or you can make sure it’s fully charged before you go. There is a handy little display on the front that will show you how much battery it has.

With this emergency radio being splashproof (not waterproof), and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft (depending on drop situations according to the website), I think this would make a great addition to camping supplies, and emergency prep kits.

You can buy it for $99.99 on Amazon.com.

Earin True Wireless Earbuds Review

Only_Buds_front-620x400With all the activity we do, it’s great to not to have to be tied down to something. Many earbuds have you hooked up to a line trailing down your arm, neck , back, or leg. There’s an option, though, for those who don’t want strings to hold them down. We were sent these wireless EARIN earbuds to review, so here we go.

Coming from a Swiss startup, these Bluetooth- enabled earbuds come in a nice package. The box that holds them looks like a cardboard box, but it opens and closes magnetically, and the magnets also attract the earbuds so that they don’t fly out when you open the box. We still recommend that you carefully open the box because there still is a chance for them to fly out, and those little guys are miniscule and round, and they roll.

The box contains the wireless earbuds, a charging capsule reminiscent of the flashy-thing in the Men in Black movie, a micro USB cable to charge the flashy-thing, stabilizers to make extra sure they won’t come out of your ears with heavy activity. There’s also the Comply foam tips that give a tight seal, or if you would rather, there are Silicone tips.

The case, or flashy-thing, will hold the earbuds as they charge, and you had better be sure to put these earbuds in the case when you aren’t using them, as that is the only way to turn them off. If you just put them in your pocket, the battery will drain on them, so it’s best to keep them in the case. It will likely be a safer place to keep them anyway. A simple light will turn on while it’s charging the earbuds, another light on top indicates that the case is charging itself.earin-true-wireless-earbuds-with-charging-case-and-aweni7-5

There are complaints that sometimes the right ear bud will cut out, and there is sometimes lag when watching videos. The left ear bud is the one that connects to your device, and the right one is a slave, so it’s not always as reliable as the left.

Other wireless earbuds on the market might run less expensive on price, but we haven’t been able to compare the sound quality of them. We have reviewed the Jabra wireless earbuds, and they are about $100 more, though the Earins used to be the same price, and the Jabra had the addition of being able to take calls because of the microphone. You can’t take calls on the Earins. You can also check your heartrate with the Jabra pair.

Earin does have a special app that you use on your phone to control the bass boost, the balance of volume in each ear, and you can see how much battery life you have left in them. Speaking of battery life, there is about 3 hours of battery life in them, and you can charge them up to 3 times in a fully charged capsule.

Earin is coming out in the future with the M-2 earbuds. These look to be more advanced with a microphone and a way to control them with touch interface on the earbuds. The question will be whether they are comparable in price and quality to the other wireless earbuds out there. Still, at $149, the M-1 might be what you are looking for.

The Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds Review

jabra elite sport 1And now it is time to review another fine Jabra product! This time, it is the Elite Sport, a pair of wireless earbuds. And this isn’t the type that have the wire connecting them together, but one of those ones that look like earplugs.

I have talked many times at length about how Bluetooth earbuds are entering a new age as they have one microphone each. I see no reason to go into detail about this concept again, but needless to say, these are probably going to be the new standard of Bluetooth earbuds by the end of the year. I’m certain that as the prices go down on these, everyone will have a pair. That, or have one, and you lost the other one.

Not only are these one of those wireless earbuds, but they are made for sports. This means that they are made to stay in your ear in spite of strenuous exercise and be immune to sweat. In fact, it comes with a 3-year warranty against it. If you are concerned about them staying in your ear, they have ear gel and ear wing sizes that will keep them in.

jabra elite sport 2The Jabra Elite Sport is set up for exercise, but it has an integrated fitness application known as Jabra Sports Life. It has an in-ear precision heart rate monitor and you can monitor your absolute fitness level. There are other features with the app that syncs to your earbuds and allows personalized coaching speaking to you through the earbuds, as well as monitoring reps, predicting racing time, and much more!

So let’s talk about sound. Oh yeah, it is completely great. At this point in time, Jabra is one of the Bluetooth masters of sound, and so there is no point in denying how great the sound is. You can opt to block out all sound of the world around you, or maybe you need to filter in some background noise to be better aware of your surroundings. The option to do both is there!

So, how is the battery life? Well, how is 9 hours for you? I have to say that is excellent, and there is even a portable charging case that will give you two additional charges.

If you want to get in on this, head over to the Jabra site and lay down about $249.99 for it.

Thonet and Vander HOCH BT and LAUT BT Speakers

thonet-and-vander-1It has been a while since I have reported on a Thonet and Vander product. The last time was with the Kürbis BT Bluetooth Speakers, and these are speakers that very much rock. Also, they really like to brag that they have “German Engineering”. Today, I’m going to discussing the HOCH BT and the LAUT BT Speakers.

Let’s start with the HOCH BT, and it has some “pure, authentic sound” with 70 W RMS (35W + 35W) Power Output with 350 watts of peak power. I know those numbers are important to audiophiles, but let’s just say that it is loud, loud, and more loud.

Also on deck with these HOCT BT stereo speakers have a high desnity acoustic absorber that “prevents vibration and ensures sustainable performance”. They are also made of some HDAA wood and mesh as well. The HOCH BT is a 2.0 Speaker for crystal-clear sound and a great bass boost with 350 W peak power.

As far as connectivity, what do you think the BT stand for? Yeah, it can do Bluetooth, which will connect to any mobile device with Bluetooth compatibility. Oh, it can do RCA stereo input for wired devices as well.

You can find out more information about it on the Thonet and Vander site and it looks like you can order them on Amazon for $249.99.

thonet-and-vander-2And now it is time to talk about the LAUT BT, which is a 2.1 speaker characterizes for having a balanced and harmonic sound. It has a Crystal Clear, Authentic Sound, with its 68W RMS (34W + 17W x 2) Power Output for delivering 340 watts of peak power.

Remember what I said about the bragging of German design? It has the sophisticated acoustics with a high density acoustic absorber for the highest sound resonance. The LAUT BT is apparently made to become a home theater, and it is made for really bringing some serious sound to life!

What is very interesting is how there is an option for Bluetooth and RCA connectors, and yet there is a Bluetooth extension that is good for up to 132 feet. I have to admit that is pretty great.

Anyway, the LAUT BT is available on Amazon for a special price of $106.95, which is a markdown from $179. You can always go to the Thonet and Vander site for more information as well.

Jam Audio Xterior, Voice, Xterior Plus, and Xterior Max Rugged Wireless Speakers

jam-audio-3So, being that I have reviewed two Jam Audio products already this week with the Jam Symphony and Jam Rhythm, and now I am reviewing more. I’m going to review four products from Jam Audio, and they are all Bluetooth speakers.

Let’s start with the Jam Xterior. I’m going to say that I believe that these people have misspelled the word “exterior”, and that is all. I will have to say that the Jam Xterior is very similar to the Superstar Hotshot Bluetooth Speaker from Monster.

It has one of those clip-on things so you can take it to a lot of places. If these places have dust, water, or if you might drop it, that’s fine. This small stereo speaker is made to take some damage.

If this is the type of speaker that you want, it is available in black and red on the Jam Audio site for $59.99.

jam-audio-4Now, I’ll move on to the Jam Voice, which is a portable WiFi and Bluetooth Speaker. Nothing new about that, but this seems to be a speaker made for Amazon Alexa.

In this way, you can just tap this speaker and ask about stuff. Not only that, you can pair with other speakers in the Jam Audio family, so you can get the answer for the question.

Not only can you get some great answers from Alexa, but you can answer calls directly. So far, this is the only product from Jam Audio that says “free Jam App”, and I find it odd that the other products say that.

If this is something that you like, you can get it on the Jam Audio site for about $79.99.

jam-audio-5Now, let’s talk about another Xterior speaker with the Xterior Plus. This particular speaker is made for going outside, as it is one of those waterproof ones.

I have reviewed a lot of speakers like these, and usually they just say that they are waterproof and make it so you feel comfortable taking to the beach and getting the occasional sand or water on it. This particular speaker prides itself that it floats, so I wouldn’t leave it too close to the shore or the tide will get it. So this is IP7 rated, and yes, it is drop and dirt proof.

It also has a screw mount for taking on a bike. If you want to take it on long trips, it is good for 8 hours of playtime. Then there are other bonuses like a speakerphone and voice prompts.

Yes, this really is quite the speaker, and it is available for purchase for $79.99 on the Jam Audio site.

jam-audio-6Well, it is time to conclude this review with the Xterior Max. It is another one of those tough speakers, but Jam Audio doesn’t seem to brag that it floats, so let us assume that it doesn’t.

It does have a rubberized exterior that will keep it protected, as well as integrated USB port to be a backup charger for other devices. Yes, this will come in handy when it is on the road, and it is good for 12 hours of playtime. By the way, it has the screw-on mount.

So it is good to go just about anywhere, which is why it is called the Max, I suppose. It might not be floating, but it is waterproof, as well as drop and dust proof.

You should be able to get it on the Jam Audio site for $119.99.