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Blue Introduces the sleek Ember XLR Microphone for Professional Recording, YouTube Production, and Streaming.
Blue has announced Ember, a premium, cardioid XLR condenser microphone designed for the perfect capture of vocals and instruments. Ember is ideal for music applications like SoundCloud, capturing professional sound for YouTube video production, and live-streaming.
Ember’s tight pickup pattern helps reduce room and background noise. Featuring premium components and precision design, Ember is perfect for on-camera applications.
Tommy Edwards, director of product management at Blue Microphones told GadgetyNews:
Ember is designed to help video creators, podcasters, and musicians deliver professional productions from their home studios with superb detail and depth. Its precise cardioid pattern and ability to handle loud sound sources delivers clear and focused sound, while the sleek design ensures optimal placement or low profile for on-camera productions. Ember is perfect for home studio creators who want their productions to stand out with rich, professional-quality audio.
Featuring a proprietary, hand-tuned custom condenser capsule, Ember delivers superbly clear, open, and detailed performance for recording or streaming a wide variety of voices and instruments.
Furthermore, the tight cardioid pickup pattern focuses on the sound source directionally in front of the mic. As this minimises room noise, the result is a clean, up-front sound with excellent isolation. Also, Ember’s sleek form factor and compact side-address design make it perfect for placement in tight spaces.
Custom-designed phantom power circuitry and a precise cardioid polar pattern ensure remarkably consistent frequency response with minimal noise. Clean, high-output gain provides impressive headroom for even the most dynamic speech and instruments.
Finally, Ember comes with a mount for any standard microphone stand and is also compatible with Blue’s S3 Shock suspension mount and Compass boom arm accessories.
Pricing and Availability
Ember will be available in February at authorised Blue Microphones dealers at an RRP of £99.99.
Acer has launched two new Predator Triton gaming laptops at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
The Acer Predator Triton 900 and Acer Predator Triton 500 were unleashed at CES 2019. Acer claims that both laptops come with new and powerful internals that rival gaming desktops.
The latest power-houses from Acer naturally have impressive spec lists. However, they can be controlled just by a smartphone. Thanks to the company’s PredatorSense mobile app you can use your phone to manage fan speed, lighting, audio modes and processor clock speeds. That said, this feature will not be available out of the box but it should land by the end of the year.
The Acer Predator Triton 900
The Acer Predator Triton 900 boasts a 17-inch 4K display with a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that enables you to flip, extend or recline the screen according to how you want it.
Powered by up to Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 processor paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, the Triton 900 comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM along with an SSD.
Furthermore, the Triton 900 comes with an Xbox wireless receiver that lets you play PC games on Windows 10 with an Xbox controller. To round out the package, it features audio by Waves. We are told that Waves Maxx delivers superior sound quality made immersive with Waves NxTM head tracking for a hyper-realistic 3D audio experience.
The Acer Predator Triton 500
The Acer Predator Triton 500 sports a 15.6-inch full HD display and can also be powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 processor paired with the GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. Additionally, the 500 has the option of up to 32GB of RAM along with an SSD.
At just 17.9 mm (0.70 inches) thin and weighing 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs.), it has a durable, all-metal chassis and narrow bezels for an impressive 81% body-to-screen ratio.
The 15.6-inch 300 nits IPS display brings games to life with 144Hz refresh rates in overdrive at 3ms.
Finally, both of the laptops come with the company’s own advanced cooling system that increases airflow by 45%.
Price and availability
The Predator Triton 900 will be available in North America in March with prices starting at US$3,999; in EMEA in March, with prices starting at €4,199.
The Predator Triton 500 will be available in North America in February with prices starting at US$1,799; in EMEA in February, with prices starting at €1,999.
Archer AX11000 Gaming Router Named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree.
TP-Link has unveiled a full product line of WiFi routers that support the new 802.11ax wireless standard, also known as Wi-Fi 6. The new TP-Link line for Wi-Fi 6 features numerous products and pricing options from entry level to high end.
TP-Link Deco X10
Leading the lineup is TP-Link’ first AX Mesh WiFi product —the Deco X10 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System.
Featuring Mesh technology overlaid with AX speeds, the Deco X10 is designed to provide blistering AX2700 tri-band speeds to every corner of your home. Additionally, it does this with a stable and robust backhaul up to 1.95Gbps. The combination of AX and Mesh technology makes it the perfect choice for homes that require a network with corner to corner coverage and less interference for a high number of devices.
Next up is the Archer AX11000. Here is a next-gen tri-band gaming router that was named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree.
The AX11000 is TP-Link’s first AX Wi-Fi gaming router and is specially designed for users who insist on the highest performance and latest functionality.
This ultra-fast latency-ripper delivers sublime network performance for the ultimate gaming experience. The AX11000 transmits data at astonishing tri-band speeds up to 10756 Mbps in total, and its revolutionary OFDMA technology and Gaming Accelerator combine to demolish latency and interference. The upshot is that it is a networking hub for your high-bandwidth gaming needs.
Another star in the lineup is the Archer AX6000. This uber-powerful Wi-Fi 6 router provides 1148 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804 Mbps on the 5GHz band.
Furthermore, the router supports multiple high-demand applications such as ultra-HD 4K/8K video streaming and gaming at the same time. The Archer AX6000 is designed to speed up your connection and serve more devices simultaneously. So, the perfect router for the modern home or office. The AX6000 enables you to make full use of 1Gbps internet service with a 2.5Gbps WAN port that genuinely takes advantage of those blistering speeds. Additionally, the Archer AX6000 intelligently ignores signal interference from your neighbour’s wireless router to ensure the smoothest and most stable performance.
TP-Link AX1800 and AX1500
For price conscious consumers who still want a fantastic Wi-Fi 6 experience, check out the dual-band Archer AX1800 router. The budget-friendly AX1800 is ideal if you want the speed and performance of Wi-Fi 6 at an entry-level cost. For those who want to experience the newest AX technology at the best price, TP-Link also offers the Archer AX1500 WiFi router with slightly lower speeds.
Also making waves is the AX1800 WiFi Range Extender RE705X, TP-Link’s first AX WiFi range extender to the market. Featuring both 5GHz and 2.4Ghz bands, the AX1800 is a superior choice for families who want advanced Wi-Fi 6 features at an affordable price. The AX1800 eliminates dead zones while delivering incredibly fast and stable WiFi to desired areas.
Louis Liu, CEO at TP-Link USA, told us:
Our comprehensive line-up of Wi-Fi 6 systems represents our most advanced offerings to date. These next-generation, state-of-the-art routers offer the fastest and most powerful WiFi experience available today, making them the ideal choice for demanding customers that require the highest WiFi performance possible. With numerous products and pricing options, there is a TP-Link AX router for every taste and every budget.
TP-Link’s networking solutions will be on display during CES, January 8-11 at the Sands, Halls A-D – Booth 42756. You can also check out TP-Link at Pepcom on January 7 at the Mirage hotel.
Pricing and Availability
The Deco X10 is scheduled to launch in the Q3 2019 with an MSRP of $349.99 for 2-pack.
The Archer AX11000 will be available in January 2019 with an MSRP of $449.99.
The Archer AX6000 is currently available and carries an MSRP of $349.99.
The Archer AX1800 is scheduled to launch in Q3 2019 with an MSRP of $129.99.
The RE705X is scheduled to launch in Q3 2019 with an MSRP of $99.99.
Vogel’s collaborate with Leowe for motorised wall mount.
Loewe has expanded its portfolio of innovative and smart AV solutions in cooperation with Vogel’s, the market leader in TV, audio and multimedia device mounting systems. Previously previewed at IFA 2018, Loewe and Vogel’s have gone official with this motorised wall mount system that can be controlled with Loewe’s remote.
Vogel’s NEXT 7355 TV mount
Now available with the latest firmware upgrade, Loewe TVs can benefit from superb integration with Vogel’s premium motorised TV wall mounting solution NEXT 7355.
Switch on the TV, and the wall mount automatically moves forward and swivels into its last position for the perfect viewing angle. When switched off, the TV retreats silently to become flat to the wall, for a neat and tidy solution.
Multiple pre-sets are also available. So, you can tweak the set-up to watch television from a range of locations, be it the kitchen, sofa, dining area, wherever. In fact, you can program up to 10 positions in advance, and select your viewing location via the Loewe TV menu. Then, your TV will automatically angle itself to the perfect viewing position. Of course, there is also intuitive manual operation using the Loewe TV remote control, too.
Vogel’s Motion Mount NEXT 7355 is exceptionally well made and will perfectly complement Loewe TVs. It’s compatible with screen sizes from 40-inch to 65-inch and offers 120-degree swivel with movement out from the wall of up to 72cm.
Everyone loves a motorised mount solution and thanks to this joint development, it’s never been easier both to integrate and to operate a Loewe TV with a motorised mechanism. The wall mount and TV act as a single integrated unit. This means that you can enjoy the finest picture quality and audio together with a beautifully smooth and simple motorised operation.
Mark Hüsges, CEO of Loewe told us:
This exclusive collaboration with Vogel’s is very exciting for us. Lovers of Loewe TVs can now benefit from a smart motorised solution for their wall mounted TV, fully controllable within our UI and making use of the familiar Loewe technology, design expertise and superior quality ‘Made in Germany’.
Gerdi Vogels, CEO Vogel’s added
I am very pleased to join forces! This fruitful relationship is just another example of our company leading the market for more than 45 years. And all bear the Vogel’s ‘Quality Signature’; the assurance for reliability, ease of use, design, innovation and ease of installation. Characteristics also found in Loewe TV sets, that’s why both products really strengthen the full experience for the end user.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has landed. We’ve been using it daily since launch so here’s our review.
I have been living with Huawei’s latest flagship phone, the Mate 20 Pro, for some weeks now. I have already given my first impressions but what is the smartphone like after the honeymoon period has passed? Read on to see my longterm test thoughts.
I was totally hyped when I first got my hands on the Mate 20 Pro. It looked and felt so good. Taking a few snaps and short video clips and I was suitably impressed. At that point, I was prepared to declare the Mate 20 Pro as being the most impressive phone that Huawei has ever produced. So, if you’re considering one of the two other smartphone titans of 2018, the Apple iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, give me a moment.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro design
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro looks and feels like a Samsung Galaxy S9, but better. Was that a sharp intake of breath I heard? Well, you’d better buckle up as there’s more where that came from.
When first lifting the new Huawei out of its box it feels like you’re holding something special. In fact, in the little enclave of press folks gathered, there were plenty of knowing nods to one another. Let’s face it; the precision curved glass design sets the theme for the rest of the device — those smooth curves of the 3D glass stretching seamlessly over to merge with the phone’s thin metallic frame.
Huawei bigged up its claim that they had “built a design that is truly iconic”. Yes, the square lens placement on the phone’s rear is unique, but I’d argue that Samsung was here first with the overall design. That said, Huawei has taken that and improved it with a more luxurious flare.
Holding a friend’s S9 in my hand and the Mate 20 Pro in the other, the Sammy feels quite lighter (163 grams compared with the 189 grams of the Mate 20 Pro) and the Huawei feels more quality for it. Additionally, on my Emerald Green model, the hyper optical pattern tech on the backplate adds yet more premium exclusivity to the handset.
Notch-lovers rejoice! The new flagship boasts an ultra-thin bezel. Yes, it does mean that the Mate 20 Pro has a bit of Apple iPhone XS about it. However, the very slick finish only has a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port and SIM card slot, as well as a right-mounted volume rocker and colourised power button, breaking the device’s lines.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro perfomance
Mate 20 Pro screen
The Mate 20 Pro’s 6.39-inch screen has a resolution of 1440 x 3120, and it’s gorgeous. The 19.5:9 OLED panel packs in 538 pixels per inch (ppi) as well as boasting HDR.
Even though this could be classed as a rather large screen, it never feels that way. Not only is it comfortable to hold, thanks to the tapered edges, but it’s a joy to behold. The curved OLED is a thing of beauty, and the long aspect ratio means there’s plenty of screen space. Add to that the rich HDR capabilities, and crisp 2K+ resolution with sharp 538 ppi, means that everything looks good.
Slip on some high-resolution, HDR content from Netflix or Amazon and impress your friends. Sit back while they marvel at all that detail, the vivid colours and impressive levels of contrast.
Colour reproduction is also remarkable, which not only helps with the videos but also makes viewing your photos taken using the phone’s equally impressive camera super sweet.
Mate 20 Pro hardware
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is rocking some excellent hardware muscle. Firstly, the 7nm Kirin 980 CPU is the fastest mobile processor in the world. Furthermore, that chip is hooked up to a generous 6GB of RAM.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was awarded a multi-core score of 9,800. That score totally bests the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which showed 9,016 in the same test. Additionally, the Huawei currently sits at the top of the AnTuTu ratings although my personal device ranked number 10.
It’s all well and good having a powerful engine, but you’ve got to get that power to the track. In other words, power is nothing if it isn’t useful. Thankfully, the Mate 20 Pro’s robust hardware package translates to super smooth performance. Android 9.0 Pie and EMUI 9.0 are silky, and apps and games run without hiccups.
Tekken, Asphalt 9, PUBG Mobile and Darkness Rises all run exceptionally well. Additionally, downloading and installing these titles was done in no time at all.
Granted, you would expect a brand’s flagship blower to be able to run apps and games without any hassle. However, it’s not only good to know that the Mate 20 Pro does indeed achieve this, but that it should be able to do so for a good few more years too.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro I have here has 128GB of storage space, which is what should be the going rate for a top phone. There’s also a humongous 4,200 mAh battery keeping the lights on – more on that later.
Mate 20 Pro camera
As well as the looks, the feel and the power, Huawei is pretty proud of the cameras on their flagship phones. The Mate 20 Pro is another case in point. The latest smartphone builds on the already legendary system found on the Huawei P20 Pro.
The Huawei P20 Pro’s triple-Leica set-up is excellent and saw many people leaving their DSLRs, not to mention compact cameras, at home. So, I was excited to see what the Mate 20 Pro could do.
What you get here is another triple lens grouping on the rear of the range-topping Huawei. The trio consists of a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle lens partnering a 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle and 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens to bring far things closer.
Also, around the front, there’s an equally impressive 24MP f/2.0 selfie snapper. This camera also takes care of face detection duties as well as 3D-scanning.
Backing those Leica lenses up are the likes of autofocus, laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus, and artificial image stabilisation. Additionally there’s advanced dual tone flash and, on the front-facer, 3D depth sensing.
Modes, filters and settings
I have been very impressed indeed with how fast, responsive and intuitive the Mate 20 Pro’s camera system is. There are many modes to assist your shooting. The selection of modes includes Photo, Night, Portrait, Video, Pro, Panorama, Monochrome (unlike the P20 Pro, all three lenses on the Mate 20 Pro are colour), Time-lapse, Light painting, Watermark, Underwater and so on. The main thing is that the camera is extremely fast, responsive and intuitive.