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Top 10 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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There’s no shortage of options when it comes to noise-canceling headphones nowadays. Choosing the right one with the right features AND fits your budget can be a challenge. We’ve done the scouting for you and put together a list of the best noise-canceling headphones for every budget and needs.

Top 10 Noise-Cancelling Headphones 

To make our list comprehensive, we chose noise-canceling headphones priced at least $100 and have all the necessary bells and whistles of a modern noise-canceling headphone. We won’t be listing out all their features, as there are many overlaps, and if you’re interested in a more in-depth review, check out our independent reviews of each one.

1. Sony WH-1000XM3 

Sony needs no introductions. If you want outstanding noise-canceling headphones packed with features and versatile for both classroom and living room use, then the Sony WH-1000XM3 is a safe bet. Its active noise-cancellation technology is among the best in the industry.

The design is clean, minimalistic, and functional. The earcups are generously big and comfortable enough to use all day without feeling ear-fatigue. The headset offers a precise sound that’s a step above anything you’ve ever used before. It also features touch controls on the side so you can swipe to skip songs.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 has a clever design that lets you listen to your surrounding just by covering one of the earcups with your hand. Gone are the days when you have to pause your music and take your head off to listen to oncoming traffic.

Battery life is also outstanding and manages to squeeze 36+ hours of use before needing to recharge. With that kind of battery life, you’ll be able to sit through an entire trans-Atlantic flight without plugging in.

Price: $348 | BUY IT HERE

2. Bose 700

This list wouldn’t be complete without at Bose headset would it? Some hail the Bose 700 as the perfect noise-canceling headphones. While I’m not bold enough to make that claim, I absolutely agree that it’s one of the best noise-canceling headphones of 2020.

Similar to the Sony WH-1000XM3, the Bose 700 features intuitive touch controls, aluminum constructions, and a whole list of features to elevate your listening experience. What separates the Bose 700 from everything else on the list is its augmented reality audio technology that promises the best listening experience.

At $399, it’s not an affordable option, however a worthwhile investment for enthusiasts and audiophiles.

Price: $399 | BUY IT HERE

3. Skullcandy Venue

Marketed towards students and aspiring artists, the Skullcandy Venue gives you exceptional noise-canceling performance at less than half the cost of rivaling headphones on this list. The budget-friendly gadget features ANC (active noise cancellation) technology that works reasonably well for the price.

It can last up to 40 hours on a single charge and features quick-charge that can give you 2 hours of listening for every 10 minutes of charging. One of Skullcandy’s best features is the Tile integration. Never worry about losing your headphones again with the integrated Tile chip. You’ll need to download and install the Tile app separately, but it’s a nifty little feature that gives added security.

Price: $129 | BUY IT HERE

4. Beats Solo Pro

Beats Solo Pro is a headphone made for people who are always on the run. It offers exceptional ANC technology that’s on par with more expensive headsets. The Beats Pro also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 built-in for fast and reliable connections.

The “Fast-fuel” charging also lets you enjoy 3 hours of music for just 10 minutes of charge, similar to the Skullcandy Venue. The sound quality is still heavy on bass. But that’s already expected from a Beats product. The Beats Pro will play nicely with all your Apple devices if you’re married to Apple’s ecosystem. The downside is that it doesn’t come with a Mic, so you won’t be able to make any calls with this headset.

Price: $299 | BUY IT HERE

5. Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

We did try to keep Bose from having more than one product on this list, but we couldn’t help it. The Bose SoundLink is a fantastic value proposition from Bose. Think of this as their “budget” headphone.

The headphone offers bose-quality ANC and delivers crystal clear audio playback. The sound packs quite a bit of punch considering its size. It’s perfect for smooth sounds but not the ideal for hip-hop or bass-intensive playlists.

Its battery life is recorded at only 15 hours, so it’s nothing to write home about. It regularly charges via USB without any quick-charge tech. It can be used as a regular headphone if the batteries run out. However, the sound quality is greatly diminished, and ANC won’t work as well running from 3.5mm jack.

Price: $229 | BUY IT HERE

6. Lindy BNX-60

You’ve probably never heard of Lindy before, and that’s for a good reason. The company doesn’t have a strong presence in the United States, but they do make excellent quality ANC-enabled headphones at an affordable price. Probably one of the cheapest headphones you can get with a decent ANC.

Price: $59 | BUY IT HERE

7. AKG N700NC

There is so much to love about AKG N700NC. It has a smart design that can fold completely flat for secure storage. Build quality is impressive, especially at this price range. The sound quality and ANC are also no slouch, either. And unlike some headphones twice its price, the AKG comes with a decent set of mics for you to make calls with if you ever need to.

Price: $99 | BUY IT HERE

8. JBL Live 650 BTNC

Looking for a quality pair of headphones that you can comfortably wear all day? The JBL Live 650 BTNC offers comfort, sound quality, features, AND build quality of premium headphones at half the price. It offers good ANC. The generously sized earcups deliver punchy and dynamic audio, perfect for tracks with a lot of bass.

It’s also an excellent looking headphone that looks more expensive than it is. At $199, you’re getting a lot more bang for your bucks than competing brands.

Price: $199 | BUY IT HERE

9. Bowers & Wilkins PX Active

The Bowers & Wilkins PX Active is an expensive headphone that offers decent performance. It features adaptive noise cancelation instead of active and has a handful of useful features. If you lift the earcups up to listen to someone talk, the headphone will automatically pause your music and instantly resume when you put the earcup back.

What makes the Bowers & Wilkins PX Active stand out is its design. It’s a gorgeous pair of headphone that looks and feels premium. Expect to turn heads when wearing this on your next trip.

Price: $219 | BUY IT HERE

10. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 has a ridiculous name that’s impossible to remember. But it makes up for it by being comfortable, spacious, and well built. It’s not the sexiest thing on the market, but it’s a pair that will last you. It comes with every feature you’d expect, including a mic. The one function that’s missing is a rechargeable battery. I’m not quite sure why the engineers at Audio-Technica opted for AAA batteries instead of lithium ions, but it’s a technical choice that might not sit well with younger audiences.

Despite the flaw, it’s still a solid set headphone that made the list because you can easily get this $199 headphone for about $70 – $100 on a sale.

Price: $199 | BUY IT HERE

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15 Binge-Worthy Horror Netflix Series

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Some people are creeped out by zombies, while others, by psychologically-disturbed hoteliers. Without a doubt, each horror junkie craves their own flavor of scary. Luckily, Netflix offers a large buffet of spooky options guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies.

We know just how hard it can be to browse title cards and watch an incredible amount of trailers. So, we did some research to give you a list of the best Netflix horror shows worthy of binge-watching. You’re welcome!

1. Dracula

It’s impossible to list the best Netflix horror shows without talking about this classic story based on the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker. The series stars Danish actor Claes Bang as Count Dracula and British actress and writer Dolly Wells as Sister Agatha Van Helsing. Just as one can expect with a material featuring the archetypal vampire character, expect much gore from this series. The strong female characters provide an excellent balance to the plot.

2. Dark

You can’t get any darker than a series called Dark. This German horror-cum-science fiction thriller revolves around the events following the disappearance of a child. The plot exposes the hidden connections and secrets of four families that unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy. Aside from its creepy storytelling, the series is praised for its sci-fi noir style and artistic cinematography.

3. Hannibal

Fans of Thomas Harris’ suspense novel series, Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising, are sure to get a kick out of this program. The TV show premiered in 2013 on NBC and starred Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Fans praise the show for its top-notch acting and the sleek but grotesque depiction of Dr. Lecter’s cannibalistic nature.

4. The Haunting of Hill House

This series got a lot of attention when it first came out in 2018. Loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, the series holds up on its own. The story features five siblings in two timelines – one when they were kids and the other, during the present time. The freaky events in the past continue to haunt the siblings throughout their adult life.

5. American Horror Story

If you haven’t had the chance to catch this anthology horror series since it first aired in 2011, Netflix is giving you the chance to catch up. Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, each season is a mini-series in itself. Fans have different favorites among the show’s nine seasons, but many favor Cult (season 7) and Hotel (season 5), which earned Lady Gaga a Golden Globe award.

6. Bates Motel

If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, then you might find this series as one of the best Netflix horror shows worthy of your time. The show features Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the mother-and-son ensemble in a contemporary prequel prior to the movie’s plot line. If you’re curious about the series of events leading to Norman Bates’ mental issues, don’t miss this series.

7. The Order

This Canadian-American horror drama TV series is top-billed by Jake Manley. The story revolves around a college student, Jack Morton, as he joins a secret society that teaches and practices magic called the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose. Jack’s journey deeper into the society uncovers magical dark arts and werewolves.

8. Castle Rock

Castle Rock is an American psychological horror anthology based on the stories by Stephen King and his fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, the series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, and Bill Skarsgård. Online critics describe the series as a basket of Easter eggs for fans of the world-renowned author. 

9. Glitch

This Australian series, which premiered in 2015, follows seven people who return from the dead with perfect health but zero memory. This is somewhat a very close cousin of the French series, Les Revenants, which was also adapted into an American show, The Returned.

10. Mist

Mist is one of the best Netflix horror shows to watch if you love sci-fi. Based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King, the story features a mysterious mist that enveloped the town of Bridgeville, Maine. Eventually, residents learn that the mist is more than what it seems to be.

11. Ares

If you’re wondering how the Dutch do their horror series, Ares will give you an excellent picture. Top-billed by Jade Olieberg, the story revolves around a medical school freshman in Amsterdam who joins a secretive student society called Ares.

12. Strangers From Hell

Also called Hell Is Other People, this 2019 Korean series is based on a webtoon. The plot follows a young man who moves to the city for an internship and finds a cheap dormitory to stay in. Strange occurrences cause him to start fearing his co-tenants in the dorm.

13. Diablero

This Mexican series is based on a book by Mexican writer Francisco Haghenbeck, titled El Diablo me obligó, which loosely translates to “The Devil Forced Me.” The series follows the story of legendary demon hunter or “Diablero” Elvis Infante, who joins forces with a priest,  Father Ramiro Ventura, and Nancy Gama, who can invite demons into her body.

14. October Faction

If you’re a fan of comic book-style storytelling, you’ll find October Faction as one of the best Netflix horror shows. This supernatural drama web television series is based on the comic series of the same name by Steve Niles and Damien Worm. The story revolves around the family of a monster-hunting couple and their twin teenage children. A death in the family sparks the revelation of a whole box of dark secrets. 

15. Marianne

When online critics describe a series as “pure nightmare fuel,” you know you have to proceed with caution. This French horror series stars Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah, and Tiphaine Daviot. The story revolves around a novelist who realizes that her horror novel’s characters exist in the real world.

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11 Best Korean Dramas of 2020

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Korean dramas have become a constant companion for viewers around the world. They’ve made people cry, laugh, scream, swoon, and even frustrated. Sometimes, all at once. It has become a guilty-pleasure and obsession that it can be difficult to pin down what is considered the best among the best.

In this article, check out our list of the 11 best Korean dramas 2020 to keep you glued to your screens. Don’t worry, these are all spoiler-free too!

1. Crash Landing On You

This drama is by far the biggest hit of 2020. It tells the story of a South Korean heiress named Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) and a North Korean soldier, Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin). Fans of the drama would consider their romance as Romeo and Juliet-esque because of their circumstances. Plus, their chemistry is off the charts too.

It’s not all romance because it mixes action and comedy as well. The drama will keep you at the edge of your seat and wanting more. For any Korean drama enthusiasts, the secondary couple is as important as the leads. You’ll find yourself rooting for them too.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Netflix

2. Itaewon Class

Park Sae-ro-yi (Park Seo-joon) aspires to become a policeman. However, his dreams of becoming one were thwarted following an accident causing him to end up in jail. Once released, he opens up his pub called DanBam. He then forges relationships with different individuals that will help his pub prosper while seeking revenge on those who wronged him.

This drama comes highly recommended by its viewers because it deviates from the norm. Viewers love the plot twists, character growth, and messages tackled in the drama. As such, it has become one of the best Korean dramas 2020 that many love to binge-watch.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Netflix

3. The World of the Married

The World of the Married is the Korean remake of the BBC One drama, Doctor Foster. It’s about a couple who seem to have everything because of their marriage. However, their seemingly happy union would be tested and eventually turn toxic because of the husband’s affair. As the characters’ marriage crumbles, viewers will see the consequences of the affair. Plus, the ripple effect on the people in their lives.

Still, even if that’s the case, the drama was gripping. It got viewers hooked and wanted to see more of the story progress as it ended.

Kim Hee-ae plays the wife, Ji Sun-woo, while Park Hae-joon plays her husband, Lee Tae-oh. 

Presently, The World of the Married is the most-watched drama in South Korea.

Number of Episodes: 16 + 2 Specials

Where to Watch: Netflix

4. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Mental health isn’t a widely talked about topic in South Korea. However, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay challenged that, making it one of the best Korean dramas 2020. It blends romance, family drama, and even comedy. There are some horror elements to it, but don’t let that stop you from watching it.

The story focuses on Ko Mun-yeong (Seo Ye-ji) and Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun). Mun-yeong is a children’s book author who exhibits anti-social behavior, while Gang-tae is a psychiatric caregiver. 

Oh Jung-se also stars as Moon Gang-tae’s brother, Moon Sang-tae, a man with an autism spectrum disorder. His character is also central to the story of the two leads.

The two leads end up meeting one another and learning how to overcome their pain and emotional trauma. Eventually, as they fall for each other, they’ll discover a haunting secret that intertwines their past and might jeopardize their future.

The chemistry of the trio was one of the strongest points of the drama. Their connection with the side characters helped viewers understand their character and personalities more. Plus, through storytelling, viewers can understand lessons interlaced with fairytale elements.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Netflix

5. Hospital Playlist

Fans of the Reply Series and Prison Playbook will enjoy this new drama by acclaimed writer, Lee Woojung.

Hospital Playlist is about five doctors who have been friends for 20 years. They juggle the challenges they face as physicians while managing their personal lives. Get ready to cry and laugh, thanks to the fantastic and talented cast. It’s one of the best Korean dramas 2020 because of the slice-of-life element, making their stories relatable to the audiences. Plus, if you watch the drama, you’ll know why Playlist is part of the title.

Fan favorites Jo Jung-seok, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Jung Kyung-ho make up three of the quintet. Rising stars Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do round up the main cast.

Don’t worry about its short run, because it’s coming back for a second season in 2021!

Number of Episodes: 12

Where to Watch: Netflix

6. Hi Bye, Mama!

Prepare tissues as you watch Hi Bye, Mama because every episode will leave you ugly crying. 

This drama is about Cha Yu-ri (Kim Tae-hee), who gets a second chance to live with her family. Romance isn’t the central theme. But it’s a heartwarming tale about reconnecting with your loved ones and living life to the fullest. There’s also talk of grief. Even so, viewers will learn more lessons along the way, as they finish the drama.

Lee Kyu-hyung from Prison Playbook stars as Kim Tae-hee’s husband, Jo Kang-hwa. Seo Woo-jin plays their adorable daughter, Jo Seo-woo.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Netflix

7. Hyena

Hyena deals with two lawyers that represent only the filthy rich. Hot-shot lawyers Jung Geum-ja (Kim Hye-soo) and Yoon Hee-jae (Joo Ji-hoon) repeatedly cross paths as they try to one-up each other. Both characters are brilliant and cunning as they fight their way to reach their goals.

It’s the amazing undeniable chemistry between the two leads that keeps viewers hitting the Next Episode button. Aside from that, many fans praise Geum-ja’s characterization. Joo Ji-hoon also carries his character well throughout the series. That’s why many people root for their characters.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Netflix

8. Extracurricular

Extracurricular revolves around high school students who choose to do the wrong things and suffer its consequences. What makes this one of the best Korean dramas 2020 is because it deviates from stereotypes. 

It’s not your typical chipper high school drama. They explore the dark intentions of each character while not giving them a good or bad label. It started slow, but it gets intense as you watch every episode. Plus, the leads are impressive, making for a great viewing experience for those who binge-watch it.

Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Joo-hyun, and Nam Yoon-soo are the show’s four main stars.

Number of Episodes: 10

Where to Watch: Netflix

9. Mystic Pop-Up Bar

If you’re thinking about watching fantasy comedy, Mystic Pop-Up Bar is your best bet. The story is about a trio who runs a pop-up bar for the dead. Wol-ju (Hwang Jung-eum), the owner of the bar, must help comfort and resolve 100,000 souls for a certain time. Or else she’ll be sent to hell. But she isn’t alone, since she has Chief Gwi (Choi Won-young) and Han Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae) to help her before time runs out.

Avid Korean drama viewers will compare this story to Hotel del Luna. However, it does hold its own through humor and the heartwarming scenes. Moreover, viewers believe that the drama deserved more attention because of the lessons everyone can pick up while watching the show.

Number of Episodes: 12

Where to Watch: Netflix

10. My Unfamiliar Family

My Unfamiliar Family is one of the most underrated Korean dramas on this list. Most would fawn over most of the titles here, but this is a realistic family drama that anyone can relate to. Kim Eun-hee (Han Ye-ri) is the main protagonist where she’s distancing herself from her family. At this time, she’s also growing closer to Park Chan-hyuk (Kim Ji-suk). However, when things unfold, she must decide who to turn to.

It’s one of the best Korean dramas 2020 because it focuses on family issues that may hit close to home. Most fans praise the writing and the ensemble. There’s also a discussion about LGBT, which remains a sensitive topic in the country. But it’s the lessons that many take away from this show and leave an impression on them.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Viki

11. Memorist

Memorist is a supernatural crime thriller that follows a detective named Dong Baek (Yoo Seung-ho). When he touches someone, he can see their memories. Opposite to him is a skilled profiler named Han Sun-mi (Lee Se-young) who solves cold cases. They will come together because of a serial killer case. This will then test their abilities and reveal a truth about their past.

The plot is worth-noting as it integrates crime with a supernatural twist. It left viewers at the edge of their seats as they tried to solve the thrilling case alongside the leads. Plus, the leads work perfectly with the whole cast that made viewers stick with it until the end.

Number of Episodes: 16

Where to Watch: Viki

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My Honest Review Of The Opkix One After 3 Months Of Use

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The Opkix is unlike anything else on the market right now. If wearable tech and action-cameras had a child together, the result would be the Opkix. We previously reviewed it on Owner’s Magazine. See the review here.

However, our team was so impressed with the Opkix that we decided to test it for 3 months and write a much more in-depth look at what it can really do. In our extended review of the Opkix we discovered a lot of things that weren’t obvious at first. We found even more things to like about it and also unearthed quite a few issues.

Here’s what we found after 3 months of using the Opkix on a daily basis.

How Did I Use It?

The Opkix comes with accessories to clip it onto your glasses or hat. Luckily I wear prescription glasses 24/7, so it was fairly easy to adapt it to my daily routine. For the most part, I just carry the Opkix in my bag with me and have one of the cameras clipped onto my glasses at all times.

One of the best use for the Opkix that I found was having it as a video camera that was literally always on and always within reach. Whenever an opportunity for a video comes, I would simply press the bottom on the camera, and it would start recording.

The Opkix Is A Game Changer…

If I wanted to record something smartphone where I’d have to take it out of my pocket, unlock it, open the camera app, choose “Video”, focus…and then finally hit record. I’m usually discouraged from trying unless the moment absolutely NEEDS to be captured.

Everything changed with the Opkix. One of the most amazing yet subtle features of the Opkix is that there’s no on/off buttons on the cameras. You just tap the “record” button and it begins recording. The fact that it’s always on and always available makes it so easy and seamless to record quick clips. It was so easy to record that I find myself recording even the silliest moments in my day that I would’ve never thought of capturing.

At the end of the week, I’d have a whole collection of these short funny clips of my week that I never had before. This little device completely changed the way I capture moments in my life. It’s not just the important moments that deserve to be captured anymore. Now it’s everything in between.

Immersive 1st Person View

This is the first time you’re able to create immersive 1st person view content. Holding your phone up to your face is awkward. Having a Go-pro mounted in front of your chest or helmet makes you joke in normal settings. The only product on the market right now that lets you actually record AND be a part of the conversation and experience is this Opkix. For the first time, you can record people singing “Happy birthday” AND clap at the same time.

The cameras can also be used in any orientation. No matter what orientation you record in, your videos will never be upside-down.

My one concern with the Opkix is that the halo light around the camera can’t be turned off when you’re recording. This is often obvious and glaring to others that you’re recording them and can also take you out of the moment. The lights are especially noticeable under lowlight. Hopefully, this gets fixed in future updates.

Battery Life & Portability

The actual record time is about 10 – 15 minutes for each camera. After they’re depleted, I can just put them back into the egg and recharge. Recharging the cameras from 0 – 100% is fast and I’m usually able to get back into the action quickly. Considering the cameras are always on, battery life is pretty good. Leaving the house with a fully charge egg it’s able to last me an entire day and returning home usually with 20 – 25% juice left.

Having the cameras always on my glass also wasn’t much of a hindrance because it’s so lightweight you forget it’s there. Although I do get a lot of questions about it since it does stand out.

Video Quality

This was a hit and miss for me. Video quality was capped at 1080 resolution, which isn’t a problem. The problem is the quality of the videos. The lenses are great during day-time and when there’s an abundance of light. However, the camera fails to accurately capture colors when you’re indoors or in low-light situations. The halo light around the lens doesn’t do much.

There’s also a lot of over-saturation in some of my clips. I certainly can edit these clips to be perfect, but that defeats the purpose of the Opkix. It’s meant to be a user-friendly device for the average everyday person to capture moments. I shouldn’t need to boot up any video editing software to correct the clips.

If this was a $99 device, I wouldn’t complain. But given its $299 price tag, most would expect better quality videos.

Connectivity Issues

After a day’s worth of recording, I usually plug both cameras back into the egg and then try to extract the clips. You can’t plug the egg into your computer via USB to extract the clips. The only way to get the clips off the cameras is through the App via Bluetooth. The App is very well designed and you can see a lot of work went into refining it. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and has a lot of great features. Overall, a polished product.

The connectivity on the other hand – a complete failure. Pairing the egg with your device the first time was easy. But connecting the egg with your device afterward is a nightmare. It would connect sometimes but not always. When you hit “Connect” on the App, it takes a lot longer than it should connect. The wait is usually between 10 – 15 seconds before it tells you connection failed and to try again. I tested this with an Asus Zenfone 6 (Android), Samsung S20 Ultra, and iPhone 11, all with the same connection problems.

Eventually, I learned that the device connects best when the egg is above 30% battery. I don’t know if this is a bug or done for a specific purpose. However, a warning or some instructions on the App to connect would be appreciated.

Recording videos with the Opkix is an enjoyable good experience. Exporting them is another story.

The App

The App is about 50% of the product if not more. The egg can’t function without the app. It’s available for both Android and iOS. Usually, tech hardware that has an app companion tends to overlook the user experience and functionality of the app. Not this time. The team over at Opkix invested heavily in the design and development of the App, and it shows. The main connection screen shows you a neat image of the egg.

The app works flawlessly and does everything you’d expect it to. However, there is one major downside. Exporting videos from the cameras to your device takes far too long. For a 10 minute clip, you’d probably wait about 5-10 minutes to be fully exported.

Image stabilization

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The image stabilization process is actually done via software through the App. And for the most part, it’s pretty good. After you’ve exported the video clips from the camera, there’s an option for you to Stabilize the video. Again, this was another source of pain for me. I wish video stabilization was done automatically. Given the nature of 99% of the video clips, I can’t imagine anyone NOT choosing to stabilize their videos.

Time-consuming Video Processing

I do believe the folks at Opkix thought extensively about their user’s experience. However, they missed a major one. The time it takes to export and process the videos. My smartphones, although clunkier to use, can automatically stabilize everything I record in real-time.

I understand there may be a hardware limitation given the size of the cameras on the Opkix, but having the video stabilization be an extra step AFTER I export the videos is a mistake. The export time is already extensive. Now I have to wait just as long all of the videos to stabilize.

Not to mention, there’s no option to “stabilize all”. I have to sit there and manually click “Stabilize” on every single video. All the fun, seamlessness, and intuitiveness of the Opkix is completely derailed because of this.

Final Verdict

The Opkix is trying to do something new and for that alone, it should be celebrated. For my 3 months of using the Opkix to replace my smartphone as a primary video camera, I enjoyed every moment of recording. The portability, ease of use, and plethora of attachment accessories made it incredibly simple to integrate the Opkix into my day.

My biggest surprise after 3 months was the sheer volume of video clips I now have. Scrolling through my collection, I’m amazed at all the tiny little moments in my life that had been captured.

The Opkix is an innovative tech that found a specific niche in the wearable market. There’s simply nothing like it. Despite the connectivity and time-consuming video processing issues, I still think it’s a great product with massive potential. At $299 it might look expensive, but trust me you’ll be recording with this thing a lot. For countless hours of footage you’ll be able to capture on-demand with the Opkix, $299 is a steal.

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