Ah, fall. Which, in the midwest, can just as easily swing into winter, back up into Indian Summer, then zip back to throwing some snow on the ground. Which means – along with the furnace being turned on – it’s time to break out the jams. The warm pajamas, that is. And hey, why not mix a stout in there too? Well, the Begyle Flannel Pajamas will cover off on both of those bases.(more…)
Over the last year or two, I’ve reviewed a number of watches in the Casio ProTrek lineup. Those most prominently have featured their Triple Sensor technology, which give you compass, altitude/barometer, and temperature readouts on your wrist. Well, friends, we’ve now reached the realm of the (wait for it) quad sensor. What does this do, you ask? Well, read on for our review of the Casio ProTrek PRT-B50.(more…)
Ah, yes. Friends, we’ve made it to the end of the work week. Don’t know about you, but there have definitely been some highs and lows in the week, so yeah, we’ve earned this one. This one what? Why, an afternoon beer break, of course. Today, we’re going to tell you about the 4 Hands Contact High Juiced.(more…)
The promise of digital note-taking is an alluring one. Sure, you can bring your laptop into a meeting and type your notes, and that gets the job done. Most studies point out that you actually retain more if you write – rather than type – as you’re forced to make decisions about what you’re writing down, instead of simply transcribing (most of us type much faster than we write). This is why an eInk device like the Mobiscribe is so interesting to me, as it seems to be the best of both worlds – notes recorded digitally, but in your own handwriting.(more…)
When you think hot fun in the summertime you rarely think about Sony. The venerable electronics company has had a rough go of it and they’ve recently rebuilt their image as a purveyor of great gear. My go-to travel headphones, a pair of Bose Quiet Comforts, have been replaced by the Sony WH-1000XM3, a set so surprisingly great that I gushed about them last year.
Now I’m here to report that the euphoniously-named XB501G EXTRA BASS Google Assistant built-in BLUETOOTH Speaker – let’s call it the XB501G – is another winner.
Priced at $248, this speaker connects to your phone or can hook up to your Wi-Fi via Google’s Home app. This gives you access to Google Assistant and, if you have Google Play or Spotify connected, you can ask this speaker to play playlists and albums.
The speaker offers full, rich sound indoors and out and it’s rugged enough to drag around the back yard during barbecues and parties. The case is 10.1 x 10 x 11.6 inches and it features a 16-hour battery and charging cable. It weighs 6.83 pounds and is very portable.
As you can see our test model has hung out outside for a bit and has survived condiments, grease, and sloppy hands with aplomb. It’s been a summer favorite.
The best part? This thing lights up like a Croatian disco. The lights on the side of the front panel glow in multiple colors in time with the music and bright LEDs along the top of the speaker flash and shimmer. It’s a fun effect that you can easily turn off with a single button press.
The speaker is a real delight and I don’t offer that praise lightly. It works well with any phone – Bluetooth is seamless – and the Google Assistant features are very convenient. The sound quality is what you’d expect from a Bluetooth speaker – not amazing but not bad – and bass response is solid. There aren’t many specific audio settings but there is a LIVE setting that simulates surround sound and built-in Chromecast lets you connect multiple speakers together for real multi-unit sound.
There are loads Bluetooth speakers out there. This is one of the best. It’s well worth the price and, if you’re looking for a fun way to play music at events and parties, we encourage you to check it out.