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Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2020

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A Bluetooth speaker is a reliable companion to any party or outdoor gimmick. Speaker sets are a thing of the past. And with the rise of smartphones and connectivity, you need to adapt to these new technologies. So, listen to your favorite tunes by getting one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2020.

1. Anker Soundcore Flare 2

As one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2020, Anker Soundcore Flare 2 has become an audiophile’s favorite. It’s hailed as one of the best outdoor speakers because of its 360° audio, 20W of sound, and bass. 

The lights of the Flare 2 are a plus because it follows the beat of any song. You can even customize the lights on the Soundcore app to match the mood.

Other than that, the speaker is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about bringing this to a pool party or the beach. 

Have any friends with the Soundcore Flare 2 and bring more life to your party? Easily connect to all those speakers and party harder. You can connect to over 100 Flare 2 speakers, thanks to the PartyCast technology.

Pricing: $69.00

2. Sonos Move

Here’s another Bluetooth speaker perfect to use for outdoor parties. One of the many cool features of the Sonos Move is the built-in virtual AI integration. You can connect either Alexa or Google Assistant. Most speakers in this list don’t have that.

Prone to dropping things? Don’t worry when the Sonos Move slips from your hand. It has a shock-resistant case protecting it from any damages. Perhaps you’re worried that it might fall into your pool? It’s also water-resistant. Not only that, it’s even weather-resistant. It withstands harsh climates, dust, UV rays, and salt.

Plus, enjoy listening to your favorite tunes for up to 11 hours!

Pricing: $399.00

3. JBL Clip 3

The JBL Clip 3 is a favorite by many users. This one’s perfect when you’re camping and hiking with friends. It’s portable, and you can clip the speaker anywhere. The carabiner will keep it from falling off your backpack. Plus, it’s also waterproof! So, whenever you’re out on the beach, you can keep it close to shore or as you swim. That’s why many consider this as one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2020.

Pricing: $39.95

4. JBL Flip 5

This may not be pocket-sized like the JBL Clip, but the JBL Flip 5 can bring life to your small gathering or when you’re doing outdoor activities. This is also great when you’re on the beach, or it suddenly rains because it’s waterproof. Not only that, its fabric and rubber housing keeps it in good shape for a long time.

Connect the JBL Flip 5 with another JBL speaker thanks to their PartyBoost technology. So, you can blast the bass and all your favorite music with friends.

You can have this on with all your favorite jams for 12 hours.

Pricing: $69.95

5. Tribit Stormbox Micro

The Tribit Stormbox Micro is a formidable competitor against the JBL Clip. Even if it’s $10 more than the JBL, it still packs a punch. Even if it’s small, it brings out the boom and bass.

The speaker has a strap you can secure on your bike handles or your wrist when you’re outside. As with most speakers, it’s water-resistant and dust-proof!

As for battery life, you can use this all-night-long as it can play up to 8 hours of music. And if you want to crank it up, connect with other Tribit speakers as you enjoy your favorite tunes with friends.

Pricing: $49.99

6. Tribit MaxSound Plus

If the Sony or JBL options for a portable speaker seems much more expensive, the Tribit MaxSound Plus is the best alternative. It has 24W of sound. This reduces any distortion and provides clarity. Plus, as with other Bluetooth speakers, it’s also waterproof. You could also enhance the bass by pressing the built-in XBass button.

Juice up this one and listen to your favorite songs for up to 20 hours. 

Pricing: $55.99

7. Sony SRS-XB23

The Sony SRS-XB23 isn’t as large as the Soundcore and Hyperboom, so that you can bring it anywhere with ease. Aside from that, its shape allows sound to be clearer and won’t have any distortion.

Apart from that, you can expect to have the speaker for a long time because of its durability. If you drop it accidentally many times, it will remain working. Plus, it’s also dust-proof and waterproof. You can even wash it before you go on your next adventure.

Like the Anker Soundcore, it has its party technology: Party Connect, so you can connect with other Sony speakers during a party.

Pricing: $79.99

8. UE Hyperboom

The UE Hyperboom is the biggest out of the bunch here. And as the biggest one, you can expect louder sounds and so much more bass.

You can play songs from four different devices and switch between them too. Or, if you have the other BOOM devices from UE, you can connect them and pump up the crowd.

Party getting rowdier than ever thanks to spilled drinks? Not to worry, it’s splash-proof.

This is the only speaker on the list that has 24-hour battery life. So, you can play your favorite tunes all day and night.

Pricing: $399.99

9. UE Wonderboom 2

If you’re a fan of the Hyperboom but want to have a portable version, the UE Wonderboom 2 is the right speaker for you. It’s bigger than its predecessor, the Wonderboom. However, you can expect bigger sounds, longer playing hours, and more bass. And it’s why many think this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2020.

Plus, it’s water and dust-proof. And it has an Outdoor Mode, too. This means you can still hear that bass even when you’re in a crowd.

Pricing: $169.99

10. Bose SoundLink Micro

As compared to small portables like the JBL Clip and the Tribit, the Bose SoundLink Micro is much more expensive. However, what makes it stand out is its AI integration. Connect Siri or the Google Assistant to relay your commands. Not to mention, you can download the SoundLink app, too, so you can customize listening settings.

Don’t worry about getting wet too, since it’s waterproof. And you can bring this anywhere since it has a clip you can secure on your bag or bike. Plus, it’s durable, too, because of its silicone rubber. So, if you accidentally drop it, it won’t break or scratch easily.

Pricing: $99.95

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Suunto 9 After 3 Months: Review

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The Suunto Baro 9 isn’t for everybody. It isn’t trying to beat Apple or Samsung or trying to replace your Fitbit. The smartwatch has a specific audience in mind – ultra athletes and those who need a reliable smartwatch when all else fails. The Suunto Baro 9 is the success of the Spartan and many considers it the Spartan V2. If you’re an athlete, an ultra-marathon runner, or an avid adventurer seeking a feature-rich smartwatch with insane battery performance and built like a tank, then continue reading.

What’s in the box?

The Suunto 9 comes in an all black paper box. It’s no frills packaging gets the job done and lets you access the watch without too much unpacking. Inside you’ll find the watch itself, a magnetic charging cable, sticker sheet, and a comprehensive manual covering multiple languages.

Overall, we appreciate the smaller footprint packaging. It is 2021 after all, and we’re glad brands are ditching cumbersome packaging to inflate the value of what’s inside.

Size & Weight

This is beefy watch without a doubt. Coming in at 50mm in diameter and 7mm deep, the size is noticeable especially on average to smaller wrists. The case and bezel are made of stainless steel and a composite materials. The watch feels sturdy and reliable in your hands. The weight is evenly distributed along all the surfaces making the overall feel of the watch actually light.

The Screen

The Suunto 9 sports a 320×300 pixel resolution touchscreen. The face is covered by sapphire glass making it resistant to scratches and normal wear and tear. The 3 buttons on the side lets you do all of the adjustments along with the touchscreen display. The display is a bit on the basic side. There aren’t many flash animations or even transitions. The background is black, I suspect that’s mainly to optimize for battery life.

Navigating the different features and functions of the watch is fairly easy and intuitive. Manual isn’t necessary so long as you put a bit of time into learning the different menus.

Navigation

One of the core selling features of the Suunto 9 is its accurate GPS that uses the United State’s GPS, Russian’s GLONASS, and the Japan’s QZSS satellites. Being capable of using all 3 makes this watch far more accurate and reliable than other smartwatches that can only use the United State’s GPS satellites.

The watch also comes with Fusedtrack, a proprietary feature developed by Suunto’s engineers to optimize performance by combining GPS signal and motion sensor data to give reading on your current location. This help reduce battery strain and keeps the GPS function running even when you have limited signals.

Battery Life

Battery life is where the Suunto 9 outshines many of it’s competition. The Suunto 9 is built on the promise that this watch will be with you for the whole journey. Many of the built-in apps offer 3 different performance modes you can select from, letting you know roughly how much you can squeeze out of the battery.

Performance mode with everything turned on will get between 20 – 25 hours. Endurance mode will give you about 40 hours. Meanwhile, Ultra mode can go as far as 120 hours on a single charge. That’s impressive battery life.

During our testing, we had a hard time getting the watch down to 50 percent through our daily activities. Even on Performance mode with GPS on and screen brightness at 80%, the Suunto 9 easily survived 2-3 days on a single charge. This is easily one of the best battery life we’d ever tested in a smartwatch.

Final Verdict

We felt like we cheated on the review a bit. Testing the Suunto 9 during a pandemic lockdown while logging average workout activities seemed a bit underwhelming. It’s like reviewing a Ferrari while driving the 25mph speed limit.

However, even with our limited activities to test, the Suunto was impressive in everything that mattered. This is a high performance, accurate, and reliable smart watch built for the ultra athletes. The Fusedtrack technology can also be a lifesaver if you’re a runner who often explore areas with sketchy signals.

The Suunto 9 is an easy smartwatch to recommend to athletes given it’s capabilities, build quality, and extreme battery life. For the average consumer who’s afraid of the wild, $600 can be a tougher sell.

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The Jaw-Dropping Finale of The Mandalorian: A Recap and Review

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Warning: Spoilers

Last year, Disney+ became available and promised a slew of original entertainment to its subscribers. While they have yet to follow through on the quantity, the quality of their material, namely The Mandalorian has surely delivered. The finale to the second season was released on Friday and the tale of the lone bounty hunter and ‘the child’ seemingly came to an end. Fans of the series are clamoring with excitement. All of them are asking the same question: what’s next?

Synopsis

In the finale episode of The Mandalorian, our hero must rescue the child from the clutches of the evil Moff Gideon. The Mandalorian recruits the help of fan favorite, Boba Fett along with Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan, and Koska Reeves – four of the gnarliest heroines the galaxy has ever seen.

Cut to action

The episode wastes no time as Mando and crew literally crash land onto an Imperial vessel and start blasting. They are met with the usual incompetent stormtroopers. At one point, Cara Dune’s machine gun/blaster jams. So, she uses it to bludgeon a whole squad of troopers without sustaining so much as a scratch. Seriously, where does the Empire find these guys? While the stormtroopers don’t provide much opposition, the darktrooper droids are a different story (cue the twisted dubstep). The Mandalorian faces off against one and barely escapes with his life.

Trouble strikes in the end when the child is safely in the Mandalorian’s arms and Moff Gideon is in cuffs. The darktroopers come back in higher numbers. Defeat is surely imminent.

Guess who’s back

And that’s when the show delivers a surprise ending that had every viewer’s jaw on the floor. A young Luke Skywalker shows up to save the day. He arrives in an X-Wing donning his signature green lightsaber.

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The show ended how we knew it always would: The Mandalorian rescued the child and finally delivered him to a Jedi. This was only after sharing a tear-inducing moment.

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We found out that some Imperial troopers could be dangerous. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the scene after the credits where Boba Fett and Fennec Shand take over Jabba’s Palace with “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021” flashing over the screen.

Series: Success!

The past two seasons of The Mandalorian have developed an aesthetic of simple storylines, dynamic action sequences, and memorable characters – all while staying true to the tropes that Star Wars fans have loved for decades. The series walked the line between a nostalgic tribute and a new approach to a universe beloved by sometimes overly critical fans. The finale was no different. Lightsabers and blasters, TIE Fighters and X Wings – the finale funneled Big Screen cinema into our living rooms. It can be difficult to execute the end of a story arc while keeping fans happy. For this, The Mandalorian busted out the big guns in a way only Star Wars could pull off – with Luke freaking Skywalker! Poor CGI notwithstanding, this made for a satisfying ending.

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25 Best Gifts For Men (He’ll Think You’re A Mind Reader)

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Many guys will keep their mouth shut on the things they want to receive as a gift. Either they are not sure what they need, or they want you to play a mean mind-reading game. Whatever their reason is, we have here the best gifts for him

1. MoCuishle Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager 

This amazing back shoulder and neck massager has eight kneading massage nodes where your man can enjoy a deep massage to his muscles and tissues. It also uses infrared heating that gives that subtle warmness that can ease one’s tension. Because it’s compact, you can bring it anywhere you go. 

Price: $49.98 

2. YETI 14-oz. Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug 

If you want to give the best-engineered insulated mug to your guy friends, YETI has got you covered. It is also made for wider hands if you will give this to someone larger than most people. The best part is, it’s dishwasher safe – because we know guys don’t like washing dishes manually.  

Price: $24.99 

3. Coco & Breezy ZEN 103 Sunglasses 

This classic pair of sunglasses is a must-have and could give any wardrobe that extra flavor. What’s good about the style is that it is timeless. And if you are a girlfriend or wife reading this, you can use it too. Now that’s a wise investment. This pair is not just fashionable, it’s intended to give your eyes optimal protection.  

Price:$285 

4. Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones 

One of the best gifts for him is a pair of wireless earphones from Powerbeats. These are built for people with an active lifestyle – athletes to be specific. At least with this, they are able to workout without the uncomfortable wires distracting them. Take note that each earbud has nine hours of listening time. Now that’s what we call efficient. 

Price: $199.95

5. Garmin Dash Cam Mini

If you will look at the photo, you can see how tiny this Garmin Dash Cam is. But don’t be fooled because it is jam-packed with great features. It’s a reliable camera that could go unnoticed if you place it in your windshield. It uses a 140-wide angle lens and captures 1080p HD videos. Just make sure that your jurisdiction will allow you to use this. 

Price: $95  

6. Great Useful Stuff Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station 

Guys can be cluttered. So one of the best gifts for him if he has a lot of gadgets is this charging station. With this, they will never have to misplace their chargers and they will keep their cords as organized as possible. It is also durable and uses eco-friendly bamboo. Perhaps, this is the first step to influence him to make better choices in life.  

Price: $44.99 

7. YnM Weighted Blanket

No one is ever too old for a comfortable weighted blanket. This one from YnM is made from premium quality and it assures you that it will last for years. There are many colors and sizes to choose from. This blanket helps to calm one’s body which allows you to have a nice long rest at night. Thus, it is ideal for our hardworking partners. 

Price: $64 

8. Q Timex Reissue Watch 

A classic watch is a no-fail gift for any man. This particular model mixes traditional and modern styles, making it the perfect present for all ages. It is made of stainless steel, has a day and date window, plus it is water-resistant to 50 meters. 

Price: $179 

9. Bombas Men’s Solid Calf 

Maybe it’s high time that you get your man a new set of comfortable and durable socks. It’s practical, affordable, and what they badly need in their drawer. The Bombas Men’s Solid Calf has a cushioned footbed that provides extreme support and comfort. It has a seamless toe so your man won’t be annoyed with the bumps.  

Price: $12 

10. Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer 

Who says guys can’t cook good food? With this air fryer, they can roast, bake, and do some serious grilling indoors. The Ninja Foodi can certainly seal the flavors of your favorite meals. And you can even use it to defrost your dinner. It’s everything you need and cleaning this is a breeze. 

Price: $199.99 

11. A-Cold-Wall Black Stirling Card Holder 

Get this matte leather card holder made in Portugal. You get two card slots and one note slot with this. Come to think of it – only a few carry a bulky wallet around. That’s not surprising because most of us are used to cashless transactions. Perhaps, it’s about time to introduce him to this. 

Price: $160 

12. ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat 

If you know someone who loves to have an acupressure session, getting this ingenious acupressure mat is an outstanding choice. The mat and pillow set has 6,210 acupressure points that will help you relax. It also reduces stress and tension. As a result, you would feel more energized. 

Price: $22 

13. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter 

Does your man enjoy the outdoors? If yes, then get him this LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. It is highly durable, lab tested, and is BPA-free. Cleaning it is easy too. Its membrane microfilter can last up to 1,000 gallons of water. That’s more than enough to last you for five years! 

Price: $19.95 

14. Mixology & Craft Whiskey Stones Gift Set 

This gift set is perfect for whiskey lovers. You have whiskey glasses, a stone set, coasters, whiskey cards, and a vintage-looking gift box. We highly recommend this for fathers, husbands, and boyfriends. Their loyal customers can get a three-year warranty too. In addition, they have great customer support available 24/7. 

Price: $39.97 

15. Office Star Deluxe Breathable ProGrid Back FreeFlex Coal Seat Armless Folding Chair 

As most people now are working from home, buying a good chair for work seems like a brilliant idea. It has a breathable back with built-in support. And according to its users, the chair is both comfortable and functional. It’s a good alternative for bulky office chairs. 

Price: $194 (set of 2) 

16. Soma Brew Bottle 

The Soma Brew Bottle is one of the best ways to get your daily fix of coffee or tea, either at home or on the go. You don’t have to worry about getting burnt because the double-wall glass serves as your protection. And with the impeccable design, you are sure not to taste any sediment. 

Price: $40 

17. Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

We have never seen such a compact blanket like this one from Matador. Once again, this is perfect for adventurous guys who enjoy nature. This can sit two people comfortably and is water and puncture-resistant. And if you think this is hard to fold, you just need a few seconds to do so. 

Price: $19.99 

18. Red Wing 6-inch Classic Moc Boots 

Get these classic Red Wing boots, and we guarantee you that it’s a wise investment. Red Wing is a brand known to withstand the test of time. Thus, farm and factory workers swear by this product. Don’t be surprised if these can be passed on to the next generation. 

Price: $280 

19. Bevel Shave Brush 

Some men think they don’t need a shave brush, but of course, we know better. With the right priming oil, they are sure to avoid nicks and cuts. And because of this, they can also stay away from irritation. Trust us, they will thank you for this simple gift. 

Price: $29.95 

20. Dodow Sleep Aid Device 

Do you know anyone having a hard time sleeping? Then give them this Dodow Sleep Aid Device. This device has over 500,000 users and most of them can testify how effective it is. Dodow is a metronome with a light system that naturally assists you to fall asleep. If it takes you an hour to sleep, using Dodow can trim it down to 25 minutes. 

Price: $59.80 

21. Garmin Forerunner 35

Many people are investing in a good running smartwatch. And if your man wants to have one, get him this Garmin Forerunner 35. It’s easy to use and connecting to the app is a no-brainer. With this watch, you can monitor your heart rate, track your run, and you can pair it with your smartphone to get notifications. 

Price: $169.99 

22. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker 

Who doesn’t love sandwiches? Instead of buying him one every day, give him this awesome breakfast sandwich maker. And yes, you can even prepare lunch and dinner with this too. In just four easy steps, you can have your own gourmet sandwiches. It also has easy-to-do recipes in store for you. 

Price: $24.99 

23. Nisolo Luis Weekender Duffle Bag 

Everyone needs a good duffle bag. One of the best gifts for him is from Nisolo. It’s what they need for a quick weekend getaway. You might think it’s a bit costly. But take note that this duffle bag is handmade. Just imagine the craftsmanship put into this. 

Price: $250 

24. Lighting Ever WiFi Smart Table Lamp 

This lamp works well with Alexa. So if someone wants to upgrade to a smart home, this could be a good start. You can go hands-free with its voice control too. This lamp is compatible with Alexa, Amazon, and Google Assistant. The Lighting Ever is so smart, it could remember your preferred settings. Lastly, this is also ideal if you want to get quality sleep. 

Price: $38.99 

25. Gilette Labs’ Heated Razor

Every man who shaves will adore this heated razor from Gilette. It has a warming bar that heats up in less than a second. You can also adjust the heat depending on your preference and is waterproof. Your guy will also enjoy using this because of the razor’s sleek handle.  

Price: $199.99

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