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Master & Dynamic MW07 Review: Beauty & Performance

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Business owner wearing master and dynamic MW07 while looking out window

True wireless earbud has been the hottest tech wearable trend in 2018 and will likely remain the case heading into 2019. The competitive space is packed with heavy hitters like Sennheiser, Apple, Samsung, Nike, and Jabre each with their unique product claiming their fair share of the market. Enter Master & Dynamic MW07, a true wireless earbud that debut in the later quarter of 2018. With a price tag of $299 and a laundry list of features rivaling every other major player on the market, Masters & Dynamic MW07 is a serious contender in the space.

Master & Dynamic is a New York-based company that launched in 2014 and have since made a name for themselves among the creative community. The company is founded on the belief that their products should be beautiful and built to last without compromising sound quality. And every bit of that philosophy can be seen and felt when unboxing the MW07 for the first time.

Unboxing the MW07

Front and back picture of MW07 Wireless earbuds

The box is well designed and looks simple, it has almost an Apple feel to it. Upon unboxing, you’re greeted to the usual wires, different silicon ear-wing sizes, manual, and interestingly – a USB-C charger. Not many wireless earbuds come with USB-C charging ports, so it was a surprise to see it on the MW07. They also included an adapter to regular USB for your convenience.

And of course, there’s the unmistakable shiny box that’s housing the earbuds. Its polished steel construction gives both a beautiful yet sturdy feel in your hand. It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheaply made, simply because it wasn’t.

The polished steel case

The polished steel casing deserves some attention. Given the casing is 50% of the product and something you need to carry around all the time, it needs to be well designed and well thought out. And Master & Dynamic absolutely nails the design of the case. It’s easily one of the most beautiful tech gadgets you’ll see this year and easily mistaken as a jewelry case.

It’s polished steel all-around. No complicated buttons, dials, exposed hinges, obnoxious branding, or anything that would distract you. On top, you’ll find the Master & Dynamic logo subtly laser engraved. Other than that, you won’t find MW07 or any branding on the case. After all, why would they need to? The case is already distinctive and unique compared to anything else on the market. There’s no need to shout when your presence is already known.

One downside to the case is that it’s heavy. And that can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. It’s heavy enough to assure you it was built to protect your $299 earbuds, but the weight can be distracting if you plan to carry it out for a jog.

The Case’s Features

The MW07 isn’t flashy, and it isn’t intended to be. That design philosophy can be seen on how the case indicates battery level of the case and of the left and right earpieces. The power indicator is presented by 3 tiny lights on the front of the case. The left and right lights indicate the left and right earbuds. The center light indicates battery level of the case itself.

Opening and closing the case is secured via a solid hinge that doesn’t have much wiggle room and feels sturdy. The magnetic clasp for opening and closing is strong and satisfyingly tight. It’s strong enough to keep everything secure, but not strong enough to be annoying to open with one hand.

On the back is a USB-C port for charging. The MW07 also comes with a regular USB adapter for convenience, a nice touch.

The Earbuds

One thing I appreciate about Master & Dynamic is their subtle branding. The piece feels very personal and the branding is kept to a minimal. The top lid has a minimalistic laser engraving of their logo. Opening the case, you’re greeted to the same subtlety. The earbuds don’t feature any eccentric edges, sharp corners, or exotic flairs. It’s a simple and minimalistic design that’s elegant and stays true to the maker’s design philosophy.

The right earpiece has one button on top. Double click to skip a song and triple click to go back to the previous song. Left earpiece has seesaw buttons for adjusting the sound. There’s no touch sensitive feature or gesture controls. At this price point, I was expecting some level of gesture control or more functionality that their competitors offer.

The Fit

Master and dynamic MW07 Ear tip

The ribbed wingtip looks weird at first, but it does provide a secure and comfortable fit even while jogging. The MW07 also comes with several other sizes of tips for you to try on. Our tester was able to get a secure and snug fit with the medium size. During jogging sessions, long walks, and a casual day in the city, the Master & Dynamic MW07 managed to stay secure all day. There were a few occasions where it loosen up a bit but never fell out.

The Looks & Performance

Business owner wearing master and dynamic MW07 while looking out window

Although it fits well, it is highly visible and not something that will go unnoticed. But it does have a simplistic and functional look. There aren’t protruding buttons, weird angles, or ridiculous air vent designs to make it look futuristic or “advanced”. And that choice of design can work for a more sophisticated audience.

And when it comes to sound…my goodness. It absolutely performs as promised and more. The bass is deep, rich, and gives you a nice surround experience without being too overwhelming. Voices and instruments are crystal clear. And the MW07 is surprisingly louder than many other wireless earbuds on the market. There’s plenty of sound to be had and you’ll rarely need to crank the volume to the max just to bypass pedestrian noises on the street.

The 4.2 Bluetooth connection was solid. We never once lost connection, although there were some skipping every now and then when we’re moving and the phone is inside a jacket.

Closeup of MW07 in ear

Similar to the Apple Airpods, it auto-detects when you put it on. As soon as you put it on, it auto-connects to your phone (or whichever device you paired it with). That is one thing I personally appreciated about the MW07, was that there was always a seamless connection. I never had to worry about whether it was going to connect. Didn’t have to unpaired and repair in my phone settings. The connection always works, and that’s a major win for a wireless device.

The Battery Life

Battery life is about 3.5hrs and the case can give you 3x charge before it needs to be recharged. Overall, not the best in class in terms of battery life, but during real life testing, we didn’t experience any issues with the battery life.

Final Verdict

The MW07 was made for a very specific audience. It wasn’t designed to impress anyone except those who demand artistic design, elegant engineering, and won’t compromise either for performance. The Master & Dynamic MW07 is a rare species of wireless earbud that’s able to accomplish all 3. From the over-engineered stainless steel case to the beautiful sound it generates, the MW07 is an original and unique animal in it’s own right. It’s not trying to compete with the Apple Airpods or out-feature Jabra or Sennheiser. It’s a beautifully designed, well engineered, reliable, and high performing wireless experience that knows who it’s target is, and priced accordingly. At $299, it’s certainly not cheap. But it’s worth every single penny.

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Qista Creates Eco-Friendly Mosquito Trap

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Qista is about to save our summers. 

Mosquitos are the worst, right? Those little suckers with their high-pitched “eeee,” and their disease carrying proboscis are an offense to our skin and our moods. The females in particular violate our physical autonomy by sucking our blood and leaving us with a super itchy bump. 

Not cool, skeeter. Not. Cool. 

We cover ourselves with Off! Deep Woods (the only one that works), we have cute citronella candles, and we slap our arms and legs. But none of that seems to work. Those little suckers keep coming back. 

Until now. 

Tiger Mosquitoes Have Invaded France

Here in America, especially on the east coast, we are used to Tiger mosquitos. Immediately recognizable by their white stripes, these little buggers are great at ruining a BBQ. In France, Tiger mosquitoes have exploded in population this year. 

To combat this problem, French businessmen Pierre Belagambi and Simon Lillamand founded and created Qista. Without the use of chemicals, tiki torches, or a very quick slap, Qista creates a clever, eco-friendly trap for mosquitoes. 

No more Off Deep Woods, no more citronella candles, and no more itchy bumps. Qista is going to save our summers. 

How Does It Work?

The entire process is surprisingly simple. So simple, in fact, one wonders why Qista didn’t exist sooner. 

First, Qista disperses recycled carbon dioxide that simulates human breathing. This draws female mosquitos towards the device. Second, Qista releases an olfactory lure that mimics the human body scent that draws female mosquitoes even closer. Finally, a small vacuum sucks mosquitoes into a trap like they suck our blood. 

That’s called karma, skeeter. 

Female mosquitoes are specified because Qista ignores male mosquitoes. Rather, male mosquitoes ignore Qista. Males, bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and all other insects are not attracted to anything released by Qista. They get to continue to play their role in biodiversity. 

The combination of the trap and the consumables are what make Qista so effective. Plus, you can control the device. You can turn it on or off, check weather conditions, and see how many of those tiny suckers you’ve caught and trapped. 

If you don’t give yourself an “evil laugh moment” when observing that detail you’re missing out. 

Kill Them, Kill Them ALL!

Tiger mosquitos, originally from Asia, first entered the United States in the mid-1980s and France in 2004. They can survive a broad range of climates and spread very rapidly. They cover the entire United States and 70% of France. 

The Tiger mosquito is also an incredibly efficient vector of a variety of mosquito-borne pathogens that cause several diseases. Encephalitis, all four serotypes of dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and more are all at risk when bitten by one of these buggers. 

That being said, there is currently no evidence that Tiger mosquitoes are spreading disease in the United States. But the risk is very real, nonetheless. 

These aggressive biters primarily feed during the day and lay their eggs in any container of standing water. 

Because the Tiger mosquito is so effective at reproducing and spreading, Qista may be the most effective method of combat we’ve encountered. 

We are continuously searching for clever, innovative ways to combat prevalent issues like mosquitoes. Qista is one of the smarter ideas put into practice. We are so sick of chemicals, candles, and smacking our legs only to miss. 

Thanks to Qista, it’s time to die, skeeter. Time. To. Die.

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Build A Home Gym Instead Of Going Out To Exercise—Here’s Why

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Although many are hopeful that the vaccines can help us return to the normal we once knew, the Delta variant brings a much bigger threat to everyone who steps foot outside. It’s clear that staying inside remains necessary. Fitness buffs, in particular, have paused their regular gym routines. As a result, some build a home gym to stay fit despite the ongoing pandemic. Here’s why you should do the same and know which equipment you need for your exercises.

Gym-Goers Choose to Stay Home

Despite the virus, some gyms in Texas or Indiana remain open. Mask-wearing varies depending on the state’s policies. Even with observed health and safety precautions, the risk of contracting the virus is higher when you’re exercising with others.

Plus, even if you may be protected with a vaccine and want to continue your fitness routine, you may still be at risk of getting the virus. That’s why many fitness buffs around the world express the same sentiment that it’s much better to exercise and build a home gym.

Nirbhay Metha from India says he doesn’t want to go back to commercial gyms anymore. Similarly, Ben Barbanel from the UK has also expressed his intention of never going back to the gym and relying on technology to work out. Plus, Shylah May has also been fond of home workouts, and she’ll stick to that routine.

Why It’s Better to Build a Home Gym

Well, aside from the obvious spread of the virus, building a home gym can help you save some cash and time in the long run. Run Repeat reveals that an annual gym membership charges less than $500. But it can go upwards of $950, depending on the gym.

For one, you no longer have to share gym equipment (and a shower) with other people. That thought alone keeps you safe from getting the virus or spreading it to others.

Sure, you’ll be surprised at how expensive most gym equipment is. But most quality gym equipment can last a few years. With proper use and maintenance, home gym equipment can last up to seven to ten years.

If you have a home gym, you no longer need to commute, drive, or walk to your nearest gym. Therefore, you’ll no longer have to spend a few bucks on a bus ride or gasoline for your car when you can immediately use equipment at home.

Although a trainer may not keep a close eye on your form, you can always subscribe to online exercises. Most of them will give you detailed instructions on moving properly or remind you of your form when you exercise.

Equipment You Should Have to Build a Home Gym

Before you splurge on equipment you might not even need, it’s best that you assess which ones you’ll regularly use. Think about the exercises you usually do at the gym, for example, cardio or strength training. From there, determine which equipment is best suited to complete your daily workout routine. But, if you don’t have the luxury of having an ample space to fit all of the gym equipment you need, there are space-saver options.

Dumbbells

Dumbbells won’t take up too much space in your home. You can store them by using a drawer or a sturdy rack. Examples of dumbbells you can purchase are from Core Home Fitness or BWSS. You can move up or down a weight, depending on your workout.

Price range: $299 to $499

Mat

A mat is essential to your home gym. Even if you won’t do yoga, it’s best when you do exercises lying down. Plus, it’s an alternative if you don’t have a carpet. The ones from Yoga Zeal or Lululemon are worth buying.

Price range: $79 to $145

Suspension Training System

This one has different straps, which you can use at home or on the go. You can anchor the straps on a sturdy pole or column, and you can work up a sweat with the right exercise. A highly recommended suspension training system comes from TRX.

Price: $167.95

Bike

A bike is another useful gym equipment when you want to build a home gym. It’s not bulky like most treadmills or ellipticals. And in a few minutes, you can burn a lot of calories.

Price range: $130 to $399

Treadmill

Standard treadmills do take up space, but there are some you can fold and store. Plus, you can even multitask with some treadmills that you can put under your desk while working from home.
Price range: $270 to $600

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Is A Digital Detox Worth It? This Study Says No

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According to a 2019 study by Loughborough University in Britain, 24 hours of smartphone abstinence had no effect on mood and anxiety. This data flies in the face of all those lifestyle blogs encouraging people to go on a “digital detox.” If someone tries to tell you the first step to solving life’s problems is to simply log out and look around… 

…they may be full of it. 

Put the Phone Down

This is not to say that you shouldn’t take a break from the screen. The study doesn’t say, “Keep your eyes glued to your device, you sheep!” Rather, it comes to the conclusion that there’s way more to detox than just putting the phone down. 

It is very likely nonsense to say that one simple trick like switching off your phone can lead you to live a happier life,” says Andrew Prybylski, experimental psychologist at Oxford Internet Institute. 

As human beings, we’re always trying to fit together all kinds of things, like being a father, being a husband, being a professor … there’s always a balance that you have to strike.” 

There’s no question that it’s a good idea to look away from the screen occasionally. Anyone whose job requires them to stare at a laptop all day knows the physical pain that can occur right at the back of the eyes. 

You know what I’m talking about. 

We Crave Our Smartphones

The 2019 study, led by Dr. Thom Wilcockson, asked participants to place their phones in a sealed bag and leave it there for 24 hours. Psychologists then measured three variables: mood, anxiety, and craving. 

The only variable that had any effect was craving. 

The craving results indicate that, as expected, people enjoy using their smartphones and miss them when they are unavailable. However, our results indicate that it may be inappropriate to consider smartphones in the same framework as behavioral addictions as we found little evidence that they meet important behavioral addiction data,” says Dr. Wilcockson. 

There are plenty of blogs that compare an addiction to smartphones or social media as the same as, say, an addiction to alcohol or heroin. That may not only be an unfair comparison, it may be irresponsible. 

The growing popularity of ‘digital detoxes’ has been encouraged by claims that removing oneself from technology can help reduce stress and improve well-being. However, our results suggest that a short-term digital detox from your smartphone is unlikely to provide any health benefits,” adds Dr. David Ellis. 

There’s More To Detox Than Your Phone

There was a time when reading newspapers was seen as harmful to one’s personal health and damaging to society as a whole. Before that, books. Before that? I don’t know… rocks? 

There will always be voices yelling that the shiny, new thing is dangerous. That it should be cast aside for tried and true methods. In fifty years there will probably be people yelling about how we should log out of our brain chips and return to our smartphones for “good ol’ fashioned reading.” 

Moderation is key in every aspect of life. You don’t want too much of anything, or too little. Tap into your inner Goldilocks… minus the breaking and entering. 

If you have a habit you want to break, here are a few methods you can try. 

Are digital detoxes worth it? Short answer, probably not. It’s always a good idea to put the phone down once in a while. But if you’re counting on that minor lifestyle change to be the first step in a wellness adventure, you may want to try a little harder. 

Go ahead and put the phone down. Log out and look around. It’ll be good for you. But don’t pretend that lifestyle coaches know what they’re talking about.
Don’t forget, these lifestyle coaches trying to get you away from the screen are counting on you to look at their screen.

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