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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Hedgehog Umbrella: The Umbrella For All Seasons
With the stormy season just over the horizon, what better time to invest in a high-quality umbrella other than now?
Introducing the Hedgehog Umbrella; a compact umbrella that is able to withstand strong winds up to 70mph without breaking. Yes, 70 miles per hour winds, that’s a category 1 hurricane.
The structure was inspired by automobile technology. Its WINDFlex system can confidently withstand anything nature has to offer. Its carbon fiber construction, a sturdy stainless steel frame, and polycarbonate joints makes it feel indestructible.
You might be wondering, why in the world would someone need an umbrella that can hold up or withstand hurricane-level winds? Why not? I can’t even count how many umbrellas I’ve gone through these past few years. Not many can survive an entire year of normal wear and tear. And if ever given the opportunity to go Mary Poppins in a Category 1 hurricane, count me in!
But the hedgehog umbrella provides a solution to a problem we always tend to sometimes overlook. As its company has boldly stated, “the hedgehog umbrella is engineered to be unbreakable, tested to the extreme, and backed by a global lifetime warranty.”
To understand this statement, let’s have a look at the different aspects of what makes the hedgehog umbrella amazing.
Fashionable and Customizable Canopies
With the hedgehog umbrella, you can choose from a variety of colors. The canopy is comprised of a 210 thread count Pongee fabric that is water repellent – which is thin sturdy. It is also built in a way that you can easily switch out canopies if the need arises.
The hedgehog umbrella will also be releasing an option in the near future to customize your own canopy via uploading an image. Now your dream of having an umbrella with your dog’s face on it can come true- or not.
Short and Practical Umbrella Shaft and Handle
The hedgehog umbrella also comes with a nylon slip-on cover so you can easily store it all tight and snug like. Once collapsed and ready for storage, the umbrella is only 13 inches long and weighs 1 lb, making it easy and practical to bring along with you anywhere.
Unfortunately, the hedgehog umbrella does not come with an automatic button for deployment. Though priced at $99, it is a fully manual umbrella. But at the same time, the automatic machinations are what makes umbrellas weak, so though the hedgehog umbrella sacrifices a little bit of luxury, it makes up with emphasizing its bold statement of being “unbreakable”.
On that note, to deploy the umbrella, one just needs to hold the handle and use the other hand to push the frame up towards the lock at the top. To close it, one just needs to press the button at the center to unlock the lock mechanism.
The handle is thick, making it easy to grasp giving out a feeling of sturdiness and dependability. The overall feel of the hedgehog umbrella gives out a sense of comfort. Even though it’s made of high-grade materials able to withstand hurricane-level winds- it’s petite structure and design can sometimes make you forget.
When fully deployed, the hedgehog umbrella can comfortably fit two people within its canopy span. So you don’t have to worry if this umbrella can fit you and your significant other because yes, it can.
To summarize, the hedgehog umbrella has the ability to:
- Be unaffected by 70MPH winds
- Interchange canopy
- Design your own canopy (for the fashionista inside all of us)
- Provide lifetime warranty
- Ensure practicality and be built using high-grade materials
Gone are the days when you have to lower your umbrella or to make sure you’re walking downwind just so your umbrella won’t break. Gone are the days where you have different separate umbrellas for different occasions; be it windy, rainy, or sunny – the hedgehog umbrella is a star for all seasons. The hedgehog umbrella can be the best friend you never knew you needed. Be it rain or shine, it will be there for you – protecting you.
At $99, the Hedgehog umbrella is an investment. Given the solid and unbreakable construction, elegant design, and life-time warranty, it’s well worth it. There aren’t many premium umbrellas at this price range that can compete with the Hedgehog in terms of sheer value and utility.
How To Successful Deal With Stress Like A CEO
You’ve encountered stress countless times. And everyone has their own way of dealing with stress. Whether it’s taking a quick walk, drinking some water, or reading, knowing how to deal with stress effectively is essential to both your personal and professional life. Stress is a natural part of existence and knowing how to deal with it effectively will be the difference between success and failure. Here are some effective stress management techniques used by some of the most successful people in the world.
Taking A Walk
Despite its simplicity, taking a walk does several things for you. First, it removes you from the environment or situation that’s causing the stress. And by removing you and taking you as far away as possible from the source of stress, you’re much more likely to be able to think more clearly. Taking a walk also has the added benefit of promoting more blood flow to your brain. Your legs are powerful pumps that help circulate more blood throughout your body. And taking a stroll outside also gives you a nice breath of fresh air. All these factors combine to give you an edge in thinking more clearly and then deciding what to do with the situation.
Take A Nap
Or get a good night sleep. Your ability to think clearly can be inhibited if you’re not well rested. Taking a quick nap or attempting to get a good night sleep will help reduce tension and allow you to wake up with renewed energy to tackle the problem at hand. Taking a nap or getting some sleep is also effective at removing you emotionally from the problem. Constantly dwelling on the source of stress might not yield any immediate answers. However, waking up from a good nap may give you some newfound perspectives on the situation.
Writing Things Down
Sometimes the thoughts in our head aren’t as clear as we’d like them to be. Sitting down and writing down what’s stressing us out and clearly detailing the event/incident can often give us insights into the situation. Writing things down also helps to calm us down if the stress is high and caused anxiety. The simple act of writing and keeping the notes also helps us recall past events that are similar to this one. And you can look back at some previous notes you’ve written to see if there are similarities and draw conclusions.
Do Something Nice For Someone
As odd as it sounds, the more we think to ourselves and about ourselves the more likely we are to obsess over our own stress. Sometimes we forget that we’re all in this together and that everyone also goes through stress – just like us. By doing something nice for someone else, it removes us from our current self and allows us to empathize and think about another human being. It’s a simple act of kindness that helps someone else and at the same time, buys us a bit of good karma. Helping another individual also helps release dopamine, a chemical that helps us feel good about yourself. And sometimes we just need a bit of boost to give us the confidence to go back and face the situation at hand.
Ask For Advice From A Colleague
Talking to someone can certainly help. But you don’t want to come off as venting or complaining about your life. It’s better to consider carefully who you’re going to reach out to and frame the conversation as getting advice on a situation, rather than needing to vent. Because when you’re venting or releasing steam, the other party is less likely to add value to the conversation, since you’re not looking for anything other than someone to vent to. When reframed as getting advice, you’re giving someone the permission and space to review your situation, ask productive questions, pick at the problem, and hopefully help you see the problem from a new perspective that you didn’t see before.
X-TEND: Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage
Since the dawn of time, mankind has been driven to explore to mark those uncharted maps of personal experiential wealth. Especially now in this digital age, where scenic places are easily seen from our day-to-day relationship with social media, the urge has never been greater.
Yet today, we see new innovations in making traveling so much easier. From new model airplanes, multi-leveled tours, and thousands of resorts and hotels sprouting from every beach and every island. Yet why, even when technology has changed the travel industry so much, have our suitcases stayed the same? For the longest time we have had to put up with:
- Easily broken wheels,
- Awkward handles,
- Loose zippers,
- And the timeless luggage dilemma of having too little or too much space.
Introducing the Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage! Your travel buddy that covers all your travel needs. This suitcase ensures efficiency, security, practicality, and is just plain beautiful. But what makes this product different from all the other existing types of luggage you say? Well here are five reasons why:
Not enough space? Now you can avail of a 2-in-1 suitcase!
The timeless problem of either packing a small carry-on to the brim or to check in a large suitcase. The Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage is expandable. Yes, expandable! You no longer have to choose between a small carry on or a large suitcase because this suitcase is both!
Kabuto boasts their suitcase as the first smart expandable carry-on. Go from a carry-on to a full-size suitcase with ease in just a few seconds! Yes! With XTEND’s Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage, you can now have the best of both worlds.
TSA approved fingerprint lock
You read that right. Fingerprint locks are coming to the luggage industry. With this, the Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage protects your luggage from unwanted invaders. Keep your belongings secure with a fingerprint lock.
Not only is it secure, but it is also practical. You will never have to worry about losing a key, or having a padlock broken in. All you need is your finger.
But what if you want to lend the luggage to a friend, or when you’re traveling with family? Don’t worry! The fingerprint lock can register up to 10 different fingerprints.
Ultra built-in battery for the connected traveler
So let’s say you’re on an inter-connected trip where it requires you to be on the go for multiple and long periods of time, and you just can’t reach that power bank at the bottom of your suitcase. Worry no more, the solution is here!
The Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage has built-in power and a convenient charging pocket that will charge all your devices on-the-go. Yes, ALL devices from a smartphone, laptops, cameras, etc. The battery has 4 sockets:
- USB A 2.4 A
- USB A 2.4 A
- USB C 2.4 A
It also has a digital indicator of how much battery percentage is your device charged. It boasts a 20,000mAh battery and can charge your iPhone up to 10 times!
Set the trend, because it’s all about the design
It all started with a dream. A dream to make an ergonomic, practical, elegant, and digital suitcase. The suitcase can provide the following:
- Laptop Sleeve – that keeps your valuable electronics protected and handy, allowing space up to a 15” laptop.
- Access Pocket – it also has a direct and quick access back pocket that is protected by an armored PE plate (polyethylene plastic) to protect your personal items. It can fit a 13” laptop.
- Improved Handle – this suitcase also boasts an extra-wide handle and a super flat interior providing you extra space and at the same time giving you great ergonomic steering comfort.
- Extra Compartment – the suitcase also offers an extra compartment at the base for shoes, books, magazines, a jacket, hats, and many more!
Noisy wheels are but a thing of the past. With large 5 ½-inch wheels, mounted on a double ball-bearing – rubber wheels roll quietly on any terrain. From sidewalks, stairs, and curbs, these wheels will be with you rolling all the way!
The Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage was designed with style and durability. Now, you can walk comfortably and confidently anywhere!
To sum it all up, the Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage is not only more advanced than all other suitcases and carry-ons, but it also surpasses them in terms of design and quality!
Your suitcase is a tool used to make traveling easy. Explore the world and live life by making this suitcase your best friend. With the Kabuto Smart Carry-on luggage, you can never go wrong.
So what are you waiting for? As with their slogan; Kabuto – travel that moves you.