Steam Deck and Huawei MateBook 14 both shine

It has been a busy week in the tech world as several companies unveiled new phones at the CMM 2022 event in Barcelona. But that didn’t slow down our review treadmill.

This week we looked at several new devices, including headphones, laptops, TVs, and even a new Nintendo Switch rival. Let’s take a look.

steam bridge

steam bridge

Steam Bridge is a game changer for PC gaming, with an excellent portable design that lets you play virtually any Steam game on the go, be it Stardew Valley or Ring of Elden.

Since this is a PC, you still have a lot of settings to change to get the best performance. And with the inclusion of a Google Chrome browser, you can play through the cloud or even stream videos on Netflix or YouTube if you feel like taking a break from gaming. It will never be the same again.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

Samsung QE43QN90A

Samsung QE43QN90A now playing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re looking for a compact 4K TV to plug into your PS5 or Xbox Series X, then this is a big shout. The Samsung QE43QN90A boasts an outstanding 43-inch panel, which delivers exceptional picture quality thanks to Mini LED technology, while seeing a host of features including HDMI 2.1 to get the most out of next-generation consoles.

Like the larger models, this QLED doesn’t completely fix backlight bleed and bleed, but that doesn’t detract from the bright, punchy and sharp images it offers. It would be hard to find many ambitious 43-inch TVs like this one.

Verdict: 4/5

Huawei MateBook 14s

Huawei MateBook 14s 12

Huawei MateBook 14s is a sturdy and stylish laptop that is the perfect choice for work or education. It includes a nice 14.2-inch display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio that makes it easier to work with multiple cards.

With an improved webcam setup and an 11th Generation Intel Core processor that delivers fast performance, it’s a fantastic alternative to the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air M1, especially if you need a laptop to work on the go.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

Denon AH-C830NCW

Denon AH-C830NCW vinyl record box and earphones

No one knows why it took Denon so long to release true wireless in-ear headphones, but the wait is finally over with these new Denon AH-C830NCW earbuds. In terms of sound, there is a lot to admire here, offering balanced, balanced, musically realistic and periodically exciting listening.

Active noise cancellation is handled by a few microphones in each pavilion, while call quality is handled by three others. With ANC on, you barely get five hours of battery life from the headphones themselves; turn off the ANC and you can expect more than six hours.

Verdict: 4/5

Corsair K70 RGB Pro

Corsair K70 RGB Pro 1

The Corsair K70 RGB Pro is one of those gaming keyboards that stands out as an all-round bright choice because it features one of the sturdiest bezels around. Along with that, the fast linear switches are ideal for gaming and the power of an 8000 Hz polling rate for the most competitive gamers.

It’s undoubtedly expensive, but if you can afford it, the K70 RGB Pro is a keyboard that will serve you for a long time, considering the long lifespan of its large selection of different MX switches.

Verdict: 4/5

Ear Fun Air Pro 2

EarFun Air Pro 2 headphones with closed case

The EarFun Air Pro 2 are a fantastic pair of headphones that pack all the basics (and more) for under £ 100. Noise cancellation and a Transparency mode could be pushed further and EarFun has definitely played it safe with the design.

Still, the sound is detailed and full of energy, the fit is comfortable, and a 6-7 hour battery life makes these headphones a solid choice, however.

Verdict: 4/5

Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3 9

The Acer Swift 3 has long been one of the best mid-range laptops money can buy and this new edition brings some notable improvements.

This fantastic mid-range laptop packs a powerful six-core processor and fast 1TB SSD, making it a production powerhouse. Acer hasn’t skimped elsewhere either, with a punchy 14-inch screen with 1080p resolution and an all-silver outer shell that helps deliver a business-class look. As for mid-range laptops, this is excellent, although you can get a more flashy look by spending a little more.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

Shokz OpenRun Pro

Shokz OpenRun Pro on a tree branch

OpenRun Pro continues Shokz’s trend of creating truly lightweight and comfortable sports headphones that sound great while being a safer way to hear audio when running in crowded environments.

The promise of delivering more powerful sound didn’t go the way we hoped, and you’ll eventually sacrifice the kind of sound quality you’d get from cheaper true wireless sports headphones anyway. But if you like the idea of ​​bone conduction headphones for running, these are still some of the best sports headphones you can buy right now.

Verdict: 4/5

Anker Freedom 3 Pro

Anker Liberty 3 Pro earphones in the charging case

There’s a lot to love about Anker’s Freedom 3 Pro headphones – they’re comfortable to wear, have great sound, and last a long time before needing a recharge. The app is also very useful, offering a number of customization options.

These gems also do a great job of minimizing unwanted external noise thanks to excellent noise cancellation. However, it’s worth pointing out that they may seem a little precarious to the ear, which means they’re not exactly fit for the gym or running, although they’re splash-proof.

Verdict: 4/5

Russell Hobbs Scandi digital microwave oven

Russell Hobbs Scandi Digital Microwave Hero

While it won’t fit larger dishes, the Russell Hobbs Scandi Digital Microwave Oven isn’t as small as a 17-liter capacity might lead you to believe. It stands out in its low-budget peer group by adding a few simple automatic cooking programs that calculate cooking time based on the weight of the food.

While the faux wood design isn’t for everyone, the handle is sturdy and the build is generally of good quality. The control panel adds another step to activating the microwave, but it’s pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

Camera in standby

Heroes of Eve Cam

If you’re an iPhone user looking for a security camera that integrates well with HomeKit, Eve Cam might be for you. Installed via the Home app, this camera can record to your iCloud storage via HomeKit Secure Video and automate the recording based on your location.

It’s a bit pricey for a basic 1080p camera, but for someone living in an Apple world, it could be a nice addition to your home’s security.

Verdict: 4/5

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