If you want a portable speaker, Sonos is looking for anyone who doesn’t already have one. , the Roam is more expensive than many Bluetooth-only portable speakers, but it’s also Sonos’ cheapest speaker.
Contrary to (Sonos’ old mobile speaker, if not quite portable), the Roam has a smaller, narrower design and weighs only about a pound. The battery should provide 10 hours of playtime, and it automatically goes into low-power sleep mode when not in use. There’s also dust and water protection, and you’ll be able to pair two speakers for portable stereo sound. You can even connect the new speaker to existing Sonos devices in your home, to complement your sound system.
The company is tacitly aware that the market for portable Bluetooth speakers is incredibly crowded – so Sonos features will be important if they are to convince many of us to switch from our existing beach speaker. The Roam’s versatility pitch, however, is compelling. Let’s see how it sounds.
Pre-orders for the Roam are open now, and the speaker will be available on April 20.
– Mat Smith
New features include a phone hub and nearby sharing.
Google’s operating system, Chrome OS, gets a bunch of features and a new style to celebrate a decade of existence. Now is the right time to hit: . Phone Hub might be the most useful update. It’s a small dashboard that accesses your phone’s controls so you can see its status for things like battery life and data connectivity. You can ring your Android device when you misplace it and enable remote tethering with just one click. We reveal all the new features here. Continue reading.
Great for workouts, but not much else.
Bose is renowned for its great sounding headphones. The latest company buds have an “open” design that sits on the outside of your ear. Not only does this increase comfort, it also means you can hear what’s going on at all times – a key safety feature for runners. Bose decided to allow you to be hyper-aware of everything around you was paramount, and according to editor-in-chief Billy Steele, who reviewed the Bose Sport open-ear headphones, that means accepting sacrifices for sound quality. Read on.
A practical intensive course.
If you are an iPhone or iPad user, Apple help with your digital spring cleaning. With shortcuts, you can quickly perform a specific task or a more complex task sequence with just a touch or a voice command. Mobile editor Chris Velazco walks you through a shortcut for erasing your excess notes and describes everything you need to create your own shortcut routines. Read on.
Cheaper, but …
Samsung has finally introduced a 980 SSD that isn’t part of the high-priced Pro line, and that’s especially good news for performance-conscious PC users – with one caveat. With read speeds of up to 3,500MB / s and faster writes (up to 3,000MB / s versus 2,500MB / s) than the 970 Evo it replaces, Samsung says it also offers higher power consumption. 36% lower energy, 54% higher energy efficiency and cooling improvement, which should prevent overheating. However, Samsung is also ditching built-in DRAM on the regular 980, joining the ranks of lower-cost SSDs. That’s promising “identical” speeds to faster DRAM drives in part using Host Memory Buffer technology to directly access system RAM, but it’s clear it’s a trade-off to keep prices low.
Fortunately, these prices are low. The 980 will start at $ 50 for a 250GB model, $ 70 for 500GB, and $ 130 for 1TB. Continue reading.
This is the concept of nothing 1.
Little is yet known about Nothing, a new hardware startup from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. One thing we do know is that its first product will be wireless headphones, which we assume is informative from what we are looking at above. The transparent casing of what appears to be a concept of wireless headphones is a nod to making tech devices less intrusive. The shape is apparently inspired by “a grandmother’s tobacco pipe”, which is at least different from the q-tip cut look that has embodied the most popular wireless headphones so far. Nothing’s first products are launched this summer. Read on.
The company promises to share something “awesome”.
Two months ago, Samsung hosted an Unpacked event to announce the , but the company is already sending out invitations for another event they are planning to host . Read on.