How do I review a $500 vacuum cleaner? That’s the first question that came to mind when Dyson sent over its new Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum (and in fact, I reviewed the $700 bundle). “The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet” CNBC liked TNW Conference that much FIND OUT WHY I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, so the idea of spending that kind of moolah on a vacuum cleaner always seemed absurd to me. But Dyson has been able to sell expensive hardware for decades somehow, and now I see why: The Dyson V10 is really cool. About as cool as a vacuum cleaner gets, anyway. Let me make clear that I’m no expert in vacuum cleaners. This is the first vacuum I’ve given quite this much thought to, and my perspective is mainly that of someone curious to see why some people spend this much on one. With the V10 it all comes down to one thing: versatility. That convenience comes in a few forms. First and foremost is the V10’s cleaning … [Read more...] about Review: Dyson’s Cyclone V10 vacuum is $500 overkill, but I love it anyway
What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring electronic music duo The Knocks. The Verge is in The Knocks’ HeavyRoc Music Studio, based in Chinatown. The room is lined with synths, and two golden Maneki-Nekos (lucky cats) keep watch on high perches. It’s a cozy place that’s played host to the likes of Sofi Tukker, St. Lucia, and was the same space where The Beastie Boys rehearsed. Of course, it’s where The Knocks — made up of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Jpatt” Patterson — craft their music as well. The New York producers have a knack for catchy, funk-infused feel-good jams, like “Kiss The Sky” featuring Wyclef Jean, “Classic,” and their new single about not wanting to grow up, “Ride Or Die” with Foster The People. While The Knocks are normally … [Read more...] about What’s in your bag, The Knocks?
When you venture into the world of high-end audio gear, you realize expenses quickly add up – and not just in the obvious ways. Sure, you’ll spend a lot of money on top-of-the-line headphones or speakers, but in order to achieve a real improvement, you’ll need to also invest in a powerful amplifier, DAC, and high quality files in order to really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Some people even spend thousands of dollars of cable. Point is, there are amazing headphones priced over $1,000 that sound like trash when simply connected to your smartphone out of the box. The $1,500 Focal Clear are not one of those headphones. Focal has long been one of the biggest names in high end speakers, but its recently ventured into headphones and has been on a roll with its first few hi-fi offerings. The Clear are the first of the company’s headphones I’ve tried, but they immediately shot to the top tier of my favorite gear list. “Europe's … [Read more...] about Review: The Focal Clear are $1,500 headphones worth every penny
May 16, 2018 - Written By Justin Diaz The KIICAA MIX is a stylish phone that won’t cost you a lot of moneyLEAGOO is one of many Chinese smartphone brands that have been available to consumers in the region for a few years now, and one of the company’s more recent devices, the KIICAA MIX, is a device we’ve been spending the past week or so with to see how it stacks up and how well it works as a device. One thing to note is that while this is a modern Android smartphone with most of the same capabilities as other phones released in 2017 and 2018, this isn’t an international device so it can’t be used for voice calling and messages over a cellular network within the U.S. That said it does still function for anything else if it requires data as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi. Let’s take a closer look at the KIICAA MIX and see what it has to offer.SpecsTo start things off the KIICAA MIX is equipped with a 5.5-inch display making this a … [Read more...] about LEAGOO KIICAA MIX Review: Bezeless Screen On A Budget
The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music isn't your typical smartwatch . It doesn't have a colorful touchscreen display, it doesn't have cellular connectivity, and it doesn't have a whole lot of apps to offer. What it does have is a battery that lasts a week, on-board storage for 500 songs, support for wireless payments, and a suite of sensors to keep precise track of your exercises. But ultimately, is it worth dropping $450 on one? I spent some time with it to find out. In the box: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Watch Silicone band Clip-on USB charging cable A thick stack of papers Design and comfort Yup, this is a sports watch alright! The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music has a plastic shell with no less than 5 buttons sticking out of it, while the circular screen is protected by scratch-resistant glass and surrounded by a thick, metal bezel. I wouldn't call it elegant or stylish, but it is definitely among the most comfortable smartwatches I've ever tried. The Forerunner 645 Music is … [Read more...] about Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Review