Samsung is showing off their audio chops with three new premium headphones and a Bluetooth speaker. The Level series by Samsung includes the Level Box (Bluetooth speaker), the Level In (in-ear headphones), the Level On (on-ear wired headphones), and the Level Over (over-ear wired/wireless headphones). The $350 Level Over packs in a lot of headphone tech, including Bluetooth audio with Apt-X support, NFC, and active noise cancellation. I’ve been testing the Level Over for several weeks and have enjoyed its wireless convenience and sound quality.
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The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a terrific 2-in-1 Windows 8 Ultrabook. It has a gorgeous display that you can interact with in fun and unique ways. It was even voted the best Ultrabook in a recent Lifehacker reader poll. Unfortunately, Lenovo chose to include a wireless card that doesn’t match the rest of the Yoga 2 Pro’s performance and modern appeal.
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Mobile device manufacturers still charge a big premium for devices with additional memory. The cost difference between a base iPad Air with 16GB of memory and the 128GB version is a whopping $300. There is, however, no shortage of secondary Wi-Fi storage solutions available. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is one of most portable I’ve seen and is definitely a keeper.
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There are a variety of wireless mobile storage solutions available to consumers these days. Wireless portable hard drives, wireless flash drives, wireless docks, and wireless memory card readers can all supplement the limited amount of storage that are typical of most mobile devices. Seagate introduced the first wireless mobile storage drive back in 2011 (GoFlex Satellite) and is back with an all new drive called the Seagate Wireless Plus.
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Sharing media files and content with mobile devices isn’t always an easy task. The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a compact Wi-Fi device that aims to simplify file sharing while on the go and provide additional storage for devices with limited memory. Basically a Wi-Fi enabled card reader, the MobileLite Wireless comes without any on-board storage. Instead, it has a USB port and a built-in SD card reader that allows the user to plug in their own USB flash drives and microSD/SD memory cards. It also doubles as an external battery pack, capable of charging your mobile devices. Could the MobileLite Wireless be an ideal mobile travel companion? Read on to find out.
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The Netgear N600 WNDR3800 is a dual-band, gigabit wireless router that adds a strong set of new features to the critically-acclaimed WNDR3700. The “premium” in the description, refers to ReadyShare Print, ReadyShare Cloud, ClearChannel selector, dedicated video mode, Time Machine compatibility, and extended TiVo storage capability. I tested the WNDR3800 to see if the premium features were worth the upgrade from the WNDR3700.
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I’ve wanted a wireless headphone/headset for use on my PC for years. I came really close to buying one of the cheaper Sennheiser models, but also had looked at some Sony IR and Bluetooth models as well. In the end, I convinced myself that it wasn’t worth it. Most of the wireless solutions available had one problem or another and realistically, weren’t going to sound as good as wired headphones anyways.
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