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Top 10 Apple Airpod Alternatives

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Many users have been raving about Apple Airpods since it first came out in 2016. After all, what’s there not to like? You can enjoy the same sound quality sans the wires. 

Now the absence of cords may seem trivial, but if you’ve ever tried working out while wearing traditional earbuds with dangly wires, you’d know.

So, if Airpods were so great, why would you want to find an alternative? The price point is one. A pair will set you back $159, and AirPods Pro costs a heftier $249. 

Besides, it’s never a bad idea to check out Airpod alternatives, given that many of them offer high-quality sound and cool features. Here are some products you may want to consider:

1. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

If an earbuds’ look is as important to you as its function, check out Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. This comes in a unique bean shape and four beautiful color options: black, white, red, and bronze. It promises to fit in the user’s natural surroundings and optimize their listening experience. 

Price: You can buy Galaxy Buds for $119, given that you’re eligible for a trade-in. Samsung also offers discount programs for first responders and those in the military, government, education sector, and other industries. 

2. Anker Liberty Air 2 

If microphone quality is as important to you as the sound quality, check out Anker Liberty Air 2. It features diamond-inspired drivers that increase the sound frequency bandwidth by 15% and deliver twice the amount of bass. It’s also equipped with two mics and environmental noise reduction by 60 percent. These features make it an excellent option for home office use.

Price: Liberty Air 2 costs $99.99 from Anker’s website.

3. EarFun Air 

EarFun Air is one of the more affordable Airpod alternatives that offers quality sound without breaking the bank. It’s the Winner of CES 2020 Innovation Award and iF Design Award 2020, so that tells you a lot about what it has to offer. It features intuitive touch control, custom-built composite cellulose drivers, and a single earbud option. Added to that, its IPX7 Waterproof with Sweatshield™ Technology keeps it sturdy even if you sweat buckets during a workout.

Price: If you’re looking for cheap Airpod alternatives, this is a great option at $59.99 from EarFun’s website.

4. SONY WF-1000XM3 

Next on our list of Airpod alternatives is SONY WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones. This product takes pride in taking noise cancelation to the next level with its HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e. Once you plug it in your ears, it’s just you and your music. It also features dual microphones – one for feed-forward and one for feedback.

Price: You can buy WF-1000XM3 at $168.00 from Amazon, with free shipping and free returns. 

5. SoundMAGIC TWS50

Some reviews claim this to be one of the best Airpods for android at an affordable price range, but we’ll leave the deciding to you. SoundMAGIC TWS50 offers a wide transmission range and high efficiency and stability, thanks to its 5.0 Bluetooth chip with AAC. In addition to that, it also has a fingerprint touch control tailored for active use. It provides over 30 hours of playtime and a standby time of 45 days. 

Price: SoundMAGIC TWS50 costs $55.99 on Amazon.

6. Bose Sport Earbuds

Bose Sport Earbuds promises lifelike sound coupled with a comfortably secure fit. If you’ve tried using earbuds before and found the tips uncomfortable after long wear, this product may be for you. The product was designed to sit snugly in the user’s ear without causing a strain.

Price: This earbud sells for $179.95 from Bose’s website. They offer a payment option that allows four installments of $45 with Bose Pay. They also offer a 90-day risk-free trial, free standard shipping, and free return shipping.

7. JBL Reflect Flow

Don’t you hate it when your earbuds run out of juice in the middle of a run or a workout? You’re not likely to have that problem with JBL Reflect Flow. A ten-minute rapid change will let you use it for a full hour, making it a fitness partner that works as hard as you do. In addition to that, it provides better comfort with ergonomic silicone tips and Freebit™ enhancers available in 3 sizes. It comes in four colors: blue, black, green, and teal.

Price: JBL Reflect Flow sells for about $175.

8. Powerbeats Pro 

Given its look, Powerbeats Pro won’t exactly make the list of the best Airpod clones. When it comes to performance, however, it certainly can hold up its own. This product is made for movement, given its adjustable and secure-fit ear hooks that stay in place with multiple ear tip options. It’s also sweat and water-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about wearing it during your workout sessions. It comes in a variety of colors, including Cloud Pink, Spring Yellow, Glacier Blue, Lava Red, Ivory, Black, and Navy. 

Price: Powerbeats Pro sells for $199.95 from Beat’s website. 

9. Jaybird Vista

Jaybird Vista prides itself on being the “lightest, most compact, and most advanced headphones” the Utah-based consumer electronics company has ever made. It offers 16-hour battery life with charging case, waterproof and sweatproof sport fit, and premium sound with custom EQ. And if those features aren’t enough to convince you, maybe their Runner’s World Editors Choice 2019 award would. It comes in three colors, namely Black, Nimbus Grey, and Mineral Blue. 

Price: Jaybird Vista costs $299 on Jaybird’s website. Given its price point, it’s more of an Airpod Pro alternative.

10. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Last but not least, on our list of Airpod alternatives is Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. Any music lover would dig these earbuds, given its “deep bass, natural mids, and clear, detailed treble.” It also has built-in equalizers that would allow you to enjoy sound quality tailor-fit to suit your unique taste in sounds.

Price: Momentum True Wireless 2 retails for $299.95 at Sennheiser’s eCommerce store. Now that’s a heavier price tag compared to Airpods Pro, but if you’re after an ergonomic and personalized listening experience, you may want to give it a go.

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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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Best Unlimited Graphic Design Companies Of 2021 (+25% Promo)

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Looking for an alternative to a freelance graphic designer or trying to scale your business using your existing team? A new wave of companies who call themselves “Unlimited Graphic Design Services” are disrupting the creative industry, providing a solution to what is usually an expensive and unpredictable task. Here’s what their offerings have in common:

  • Monthly subscription model
  • 24-48 hour turnaround time
  • Work with their vetted team of designers
  • Unlimited design requests
  • Cancel anytime

Which Provider Should You Choose?

We’ve done the homework and curated a list of Unlimited Graphic Design providers for you and also negotiated special deals on your behalf. You can see them all below and decide which one fits your needs.


Unlimited Graphic Design Providers

What Does Unlimited Graphic Design Mean?

These unlimited graphic design services have a monthly subscription business model. That means you can sign up and cancel whenever you like. What sets them apart from your typical freelancer, agency, or in-house designer is you gain access to a workflow that is designed to be quick and to the point.

You’ll communicate with their team through Trello, email, or an online platform. The option given is dependent on the company you choose. For example, only a small selection of services provide a custom built online platform for their customers.

Once you’re connected to their workflow, you can begin submitting as many design requests as you want. Although they all claim “unlimited”, it generally means you can “create” unlimited design requests. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll work on them all at once. Usually, they just work on one design at a time. When one completes, they start the next design.

The usual turnaround time is between 1 – 2 days, and that’s just for the first draft. It doesn’t mean your entire request is complete. If you don’t like it, you can request as many revisions as you want, and that will take more time. So it can take up to a week to actually get the design complete if you have a lot of revisions.

Another thing to keep in mind is content. You need to be able to have everything ready and provide all the content needed in order for their designers to get started.

Are they worth it?

If you have a lot of design needs, they’re definitely worth it. Being it’s a monthly recurring investment, you’ll need to make sure that you have the need for an ongoing graphic design service. This graphic design service model is comparable to outsourcing a designer yourself, except much of all the management work is done by the company. The quality of designs and turnaround time also tends to be significantly better when outsourcing a designer yourself.

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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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