[REVIEW] Edifier W296BT - Checked All The Boxes for Best Wireless Workout Earphone

Today we will be reviewing the Edifier W296BT Bluetooth Wireless earphone that claimed to have 8 hours of battery with a single charge. Just like the Edifier W293BT, the earphone is AptX certified that able to produce enjoyable listening to music at the highest audible quality wirelessly.



Specification
• 5.8mm Driver Unit
• 16Ohms Impedance
• 20 Hz - 20 KHz Frequency Response
‍• CSR Chio with Bluetooth 4.1 (Low Power)
‍• Supported protocol: HFP / HSP / A2DP / AVRCP
‍• Battery life: 8 hours (300 hours standby mode)
‍• IPX7 Water Resistance

Inside the box are the earphone, operating instructions, microUSB cable, different sizes earbud tips, earphone clip and a round metal container to keep the earphone.





Design & Built

The W296BT has this ear loops design which is perfect for active outdoor or indoor workouts. The soft loops are able to hook on ears perfectly even with intense workouts.

The drivers are encased by an IPX5 earbud shell that shields it from sweat or water shorting out the earphone.

The outer piece of earpieces are made out of metal or aluminum and it has a cable linked on both sides of the earpiece along with the inline controller.

They are comfortable and fit pretty well once you change the correct size of earbud tips.



The inline controller as 3 buttons, +, - and o coated with rubberized materials. Buttons are felt tactile and not too stiff to press.

"+" : Volume increase / next track
"-" : Volume decrease / previous track
"O" : Multi-function key

If you are using iPhone, you can activate Siri by pressing and hold the + & - buttons concurrently. LED indicator is located next to the microphone.



The charging port is covered by a rubber flap which protects any liquid from going in.



Audio Quality

It's more towards to deep bass that caters to Rock and Pop music lovers. It integrated CVC technology that allows the W296BT to have better noise suppression while keeping noise out.

Although its tend to have more bass, the mid and high weren't muffled out by the bass. The vocal and instruments sounds are pretty well separated in details.



Battery

Battery life is not a concern with this earphone as it can last me a week with just a single charge. Based on the spec sheet, it has an 8 hours of continuous music playback or 300 hours of standby.



Edifier W296BT bundled together with an embossed Edifier logo on a metal container case which I find it pretty neat.



Price & Verdict

When comes to sports wireless earphone, stable fit, waterproof durability are ultimately important. You will appreciate the ear loops design as it can hold well even on an intense workout. When comes to audio quality, the bass gave a nice rhythm to follow during workouts and at the same time delivers clear highs and mids. Edifier W296BT checked all of the boxes.

The Edifier W296BT comes in three color options; Black with Gold, White with Gold and Black with Red. The price is ranging from RM 279 to RM 298 where you can get it from the official/authorized Edifier in Lazada Malaysia. If you are more into casual wear, I would highly recommend the Edifier W293BT/Edifier Oxygen which is more value for money.

Build - 8/10
Design - 8/10
Sound Quality - 8.5/10
Comfort - 9/10
Battery Life - 9/10
Value - 8.5/10

Overall - 8.5/10

HUAWEI nova 3e - Budget HUAWEI P20

It's back-to-back smartphone launch today after the honor 10. Now HUAWEI Malaysia is unveiling its latest mid-range nova-series smartphone, nova 3e.



The nova 3e was known as P20 lite in certain countries carrying very close DNA with the HUAWEI P20. It's a mid-range spec-ed P20, powered by Kirin 659 SoC and mated with 4GB of RAM. It features 5.84 LTPS IPS with Full HD+ resolution and a notch on top of the display.



nova 3e is more towards to Selfie centric and budget constraints. It equipped with a 24-megapixels front selfie shooter and dual rear camera, 16-megapixels plus 2-megapixel camera. It packed with 128GB onboard storage and can further expand via the SIM2 hybrid slot.



To keep the lights on is a 3,000 mAh battery and runs on the latest EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.



The nova 3e is priced at RM 1,399 and will be available starting 25th May 2018 at all HUAWEI official stores and e-commerce.

HUAWEI Malaysia also offered an advanced GST zero-rated discount for the nova 3e by giving off RM 79. Meaning the official price will be at RM 1,320. Not forgetting a FREE Selfie-stick for those who purchased it early.

honor 10 is Now Official! It's Way Cheaper Than We Expected

honor Malaysia has officially unveiled their latest flagship here in Kuala Lumpur. The budget HUAWEI P20 is priced at only RM 1,699 and there's gonna be RM 100 off for those who pre-order it from 24th to 31st May 2018. Basically, honor is offering the honor 10 at GST zero-rated earlier.



Under the hood is the company's latest flagship SoC, Kirin 970 with dedicated NPU (an A.I. processor) and mated with 4GB of RAM and whopping 128GB storage.

Display wise is an IPS 5.84-inch Full HD+ resolution with a notch on top of the display just like the HUAWEI P20.

The cameras on the rear are placed vertically with a camera bump. Housing it is a 16-megapixel RGB sensor plus 24-megapixel monochrome camera sensor. Meanwhile, the selfie camera is a 24-megapixels same with the P20 and P20 Pro.

Surprisingly the 3.5mm audio jack is retained on the honor 10 which was removed from the HUAWEI P20-series. It packed with 3,320 mAh battery and runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8 skin on top.

Pre-order start on 24th May till 31st May at major honor authorized store and honor official e-commerce stores.

First Impression & Hands-on: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

I was invited to ASUS Malaysia's office here in Kuala Lumpur to check-out the soon to launch ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1). The device was announced last month in India and received an overwhelming response from in India due to budget-friendly and great performance for its price.

Here are my first impression and hands-on of the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)



It sports an IPS 5.99-inch 18:9 ratio display with Full HD+ 2,160 x 1,080 resolution. It has 450 nits brightness with 1,500:1 contrast ratio. The screen is bright, wide viewing angle and great color production with 85% NTSC color gamut.



It wrapped with an unibody premium metal and packed with an enormous 5,000 mAh battery. To be surprised, the Max Pro (M1) is sleek and weighs only 180g which is lighter than most of 4,000 mAh capacity smartphone out there.

On the back is the dual rear camera, 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel (6GB/64GB variants) or 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel (3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB variants). The secondary 5-megapixel help to create perfect portrait effect with artificial bokeh/depth-of-field.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the back and the device also supports face unlock.



3.5mm audio jack can be found at the bottom alongside with microphone, microUSB port and powerful 5 magnet speakers that have NXP Smart Amplifier. The speaker is loud and solid despite it only have one down-firing speaker.



There is a 16-megapixel (6GB/64GB) or 13-megapixel (3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB) selfie camera with soft-light LED flash for better photo taking in dark or low light environment.



It has triple slots tray: dual SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. You don't need to sacrifice the storage expansion to make way for second SIM or vice versa.

Performance wise, the ZenFone Max Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 based on 14nm process that offers powerful and power efficiency. On AnTuTu benchmark test, it scored over 115,000 points which good enough to handle the daily task and even modern games.



ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) will be the first Android device by the company to run an almost Pure Android system, this allows much fast Android OS and security patches update. Android 8.1 Oreo will be available out-of-box when it's launched.

The company claimed the ZenFone Max Pro's 5,000 mAh battery is able to have continuous 12.4 hours of gaming or 199 hours of music playback. That's one hell of battery monster.



ASUS Malaysia has confirmed the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) will take place on the 31st of May 2018 and set to be available on 1st June 2018 (0% GST).

The company also confident that the price positioning will be very attractive and may even undercut the closest competitor; Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. It gonna be the most powerful smartphone at this price.

Our guestimate price of the ZenFone Max Pro will be around RM 649 for the base model.

Could this be your ideal smartphone? We will provide a comprehensive review of the device when we able to obtain the review unit from ASUS Malaysia.

OnePlus 6 is Now Official! Price Starting From US$ 529

OnePlus held an event yesterday in London announcing their new flagship device, the OnePlus 6.

As all the rumors speculated, the OnePlus 6 will be adopting a notch on the top of the display. The 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display covered almost 84% screen-to-body ratio display. The rear is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and where the fingerprint scanner located.


Not hard to guess, underhood the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM. The base storage starts from 64GB and up to 256GB with no storage expansion.



Camera wise are 16-megapixel (SONY IMX 519) plus 20-megapixel (SONY IMX376K) dual rear camera setup. Both of the cameras have f/1.7 aperture lens and same focal length. The rear camera is capable to shoot 4K @ 60fps and Super Slow Motion at 480fps at 720p resolution. Only the 16-megapixel camera get OIS and EIS As for the selfie camera is a 16-megapixel f/2.0 aperture with no Auto Focus.

The OnePlus 6 packed with 3,300 mAh battery and support Dash Charge (5V/4A) fast charging.

It comes in three colors options; Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White. The OnePlus 6 will be available starting 22nd May with starting price of US$ 529 (about RM 2,099) and up to US$ 629 (approx. RM 2,497) for topline.

No words it will be available anytime soon here in Malaysia.

More info about the OnePlus 6: https://www.oneplus.com/oneplus-6