PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam Review

Upon its entry to the US market last year (2013), PAPAGO! has made quite a head-turn especially with their pioneered dashcam products like the PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam, which is a product that will not fail to be your witness on those unforeseen occurrences on the road. This car dashcam has a 130-degree wide viewing angle and most impressively records in Full HD. Although this device is not the latest amongst its products (P3, P2Pro are the latest models), its features has gained its merit and popularity in Russia, China, Singapore, and Japan. Know more about this device through this PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam Review.

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Thanks to its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function and 3.5 mega pixels CMOS sensor, this dashcam records a better quality video even in situations where there is poor lighting. It offers many safe driving alerts as well as temperature protection. It also has an HDMI output for an easy HDTV playback.

What are the best features of this In-car Dashcam?

The PAPAGO P1 Pro Dashcam has the dimensions of 3.75″ x 2.50″ x 2.40″ and it weighs around 0.25 lbs. It has a glossy white finish and a 2.4” LCD panel with 320×240 pixels resolution display. The best part that makes this device ahead of the other dashcams in the market are its safety features. These safety features are the Stop and Go Alert that tells you to go when the front vehicle has moved, a light reminder that will tell you to turn on the headlights when driving in the dark, and lastly a driver fatigue alert at which a timer can be set to remind the driver to rest after a specified hours of driving. All these three features can only be found in PAPAGO! driving recorder series products.

The recording features of the P1 Pro will make you like this dashcam even more. Aside from its auto-recording feature that allows non-stop loop recording upon turning the device on, there is also a G-sensor that instinctively backs up the video to prevent overwriting on the files in situations where there are unexpected force to the driving recorder. The temperature sensor also makes sure that the device is protected for high and low changes of the temperature in the environment.

PROS

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 2.4″ LCD display for viewing from driver’s side
  • Uses Aptina 3.5 Mege-Pixel Image Sensor for clearer images
  • 130 Degree Wide Viewing Angle field of view
  • Records Full HD 1080P high resolution video 30 in frames per second
  • Diagonal WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology creates clear and balanced videos
  • Snapshot Feature can take still photos
  • HDMI output is available for HDTV playback
  • Can be mounted in the car’s windshield or dashboard
  • Loop recording allows old file to be replaced automatically with new files
  • Car safety features: Stop and Go, Driver Fatigue Alarm, Lighting Reminder
  • Protects the device on low and high temperatures
  • Can extend external storage to a 32GB SD Card HC

CONS

  • No GPS capability (but this feature is available in Papago! P2 Pro Dashcam)
  • Does not have the best resolution on its LCD display but nonetheless give out quality HD videos on playback.

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Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder Review

Last January of this year, Canon announced their release of their revitalized VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders. The Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder is one of these new products in the line-up. This video recording device records Full HD with 1920 x 1080p resolution straight from a removable memory card. Know more about this camcorder through this Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder Review.

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This digital camcorder boasts on its top class quality images along with its easy and convenient shooting capabilities. Thanks to its  3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, this device is able to capture exceptionally striking and realistic 1920 x 1080 on 60 frames per second in Full HD video.

What are the best features of this Digital Camcorder?

The Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder is a compact camera that weighs approximately 10.1 ounces including its BP-718 battery, memory card and grip belt. From its size and weight, it makes it very convenient to bring it along wherever you go. It features a 57x Advanced Zoom that marked the upgrade from previous the model. Users will certainly experience enhanced the image quality along with its dual function capabilities with live streaming and high-quality remote monitoring. It also has a SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and a three-inch capacity touch panel LCD on a fast and intuitive interface.

The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization is a really useful feature of the Canon VIXIA HF R500. What it does is that it corrects camera shakes almost instantly, which makes it very ideal for those who does not have steady hands (more likely not a pro). Hence, even if a handheld video is taken at long focal lengths it will appear to be sharp and steady. This Dynamic Image Stabilization system of this camcorder stabilizes rotational camera shake where the entire zoom range will also be continuously adjusted, making corrections to a broad range of motion.

PROS

  • Lightweight and small (easy to bring when traveling)
  • Capacitive 3″ LCD Touch Panel Display
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Canon 3.28MP Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Supports AVCHD & MP4 Recording Formats
  • Advanced Baby Mode
  • 57x Advanced Zoom
  • Records up to 1920 x 1080 in 60 fps HD Video
  • Intelligent IS with Four Shooting Modes
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Smart AUTO & Audio Scene Select
  • With SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • With microphone input and headphone jack (also with HDMI, USB and A/V terminal)
  • High-capacity battery pack (BP-718)

CONS

  • No Built-in Light/Flash
  • No Wi-Fi capability

The best feature of the Canon VIXIA HF R500 Digital Camcorder would be its ability to control the horizontal, vertical and roll axis rotational camera shakes. This enables any user to get a smooth and distortion-free video – even when you’re walking while shooting.

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AudioFlood Waterproof iPod Shuffle Review

AudioFlood took a rather exceptional track for their product by essentially making the iPod Shuffle itself waterproof instead of making a waterproof case.  Yes, you have read it correctly. With this device, there is no special case or visual covering over the device.  Truth of the matter is, there is no visual difference of it to a standard iPod Shuffle except for the fact that it is fully waterproof for a depth of up to 200 ft.  Read more about this device through this AudioFlood Waterproof iPod Shuffle Review.

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To make clear, the company AudioFlood is not in any way affiliated with Apple. This company is an independent company and they specialize in waterproof solutions of devices. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.

What are the best features of this Waterproof iPod Shuffle?

The latest generation iPod Shuffles manufactured by Apple is expertly waterproofed by AudioFlood. This device that comes with a built in clip can be easily attach the iPod to your goggle strap (when swimming) or to your shirt collar, or even to work out clothes without having the worries of the device getting wet with your own sweat while working out. With regular playtime, it lasts for about 15 hours of battery life and has ample storage for approximately 500 songs (for a 2GB capacity). The device’s  VoiceOver button is also tell able you song title as well as the playlist name or even its battery status.

The AudioFlood Waterproof iPod Shuffle is the only device with a true short cord waterproof headphones that you can find in the market. With this feature, the user does not have to worry of excess dangling cord that annoyingly tangles or sometimes even dragged in the water. Its large speakers deliver a better sound quality and also includes six soft rubber ear piece options to makes sure to find a perfect fit. The Headphones has an extension cable if in any case that you would want to use them as standard length headphones.

PROS

  • Great and durable quality
  • Unique waterproofing process made it one of the highest rated waterproof MP3 players in the market
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Impervious to chlorine and salt water
  • Short cord headphones make it convenient to use while swimming
  • Long battery life (15 hours)
  • Genuine 5th generation (newest) Apple iPod shuffle
  • Built in clip allows the device to be easily attached anywhere
  • Can store approximately 500 songs on a 2GB storage
  • Six ear piece options available to find perfect fit
  • Extension cable available for other uses aside from swimming

CONS

  • Ear bud holders are a bit bulky but minimally burdensome

The AudioFlood Waterproof iPod Shuffle is an easy choice for a waterproof MP3 player. What makes it ahead from other waterproof players in the market is its unique waterproofing processes, where they have completely encapsulated the electronic components in sealant. The inside of the shuffles are entirely filled with sealant resulting in no voids or empty air spaces so there is no way for water to access the electrical components.

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Olympus WS-823 Voice Recorder Review

Olympus has recently released their new models of WS Series audio recorders that highlights intuitive design and remarkable storage capabilities for an even easier and better audio capture and note-taking either you are in the classroom or at work. One of these models is the Olympus WS-823 Voice Recorder that prides with a high recording quality and profound stereo feeling. Know more about this recording device through this Olympus WS-823 Voice Recorder Review.

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This recording device is engineered with an idea of making it a smart tool for business. It has an 8GB internal memory, a microSD slot and built-in USB where you can have around 1,980 hours of recording time (or more) and you’ll be able to capture notes, lectures, and more – and still have more space to store documents.

What are the best features of this Voice Recorder?

Even with the small and lightweight package, the Olympus WS-823 Voice Recorder showcases formidable capabilities that gives overwhelming performance of uninterrupted long sessions without having to replace its batteries or worry about memory capacity. This device has an impressive 37 hours of battery life and you can record and listen to your recordings and files through popular audio media formats. This device is also makes it easy to transfer the recordings and other stored files by connecting it to your computer.

Another interesting feature of this device is the zoom microphone mode which allows you to focus on a distant voice. This features is very important when recording is done during a discussion or lecture from a distant position  or when recording in an environment in which there is a lot of background noise by zooming in on audio sources. The new zoom microphone mode adjusts the recording level higher according to the zoom making your recording more accurate on the sound that you wanted to hear. All in all it has the voice detection functions, scene selection and noise cancellation help you record and listen to only what you want.

PROS

  • Small and lightweight
  • Internal 8GB Memory that can be expanded up to 32GB (MicroSD)
  • USB Connectivity for PC/Mac is available
  • With Voice Changer & more improved Voice Balancer functions
  • With noise cancellation function
  • You can charge the AAA battery via direct USB connection
  • Can support up to 99 index marks per file
  • Zoom Microphone is very useful in recording audio
  • With Built-In FM Tuner
  • Helpful Calendar Search & Scene Select Feature
  • Great CD Quality Recording (PCM)
  • Transcription mode is one of the playback scene modes which helps users during transcription by eliminating dead air during playback
  • Long lasting battery life (37 hours)
  • You can use either 1-AAA alkaline or NI-MH rechargeable battery

CONS

  • Supports only 3 types of recording formats (LPCM/MP3/WMA)

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Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker Review

A device that lets you make conference calls wherever with the best-in-class performance is the Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker. This conference speaker features four omni-directional microphones that impressively picks up voices in all 360 degrees. These four microphones can pick up your voice to a maximum of 16 feet away with an impressive  echo-cancellation technology that makes sure a clear sound is being delivered. Read more about this device through this Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker Review.

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The Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker easily connects with your iPhone, iPad or Mac via Bluetooth or any other compatible mobile devices and allows you to have conference calls with clear and smooth conversations done with ease.

What are the best features of this conference speaker?

With a small, slim design and dimensions of approximately 4.3 x 4.3 x 1.1 in inches, the Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker is lightweight (around 6.4 ounces) and is ultra-portable.  The device’s vaulted metal grill accentuates in giving an output from every direction. Its design is even more amplified by the placement of a unique button that is located in two of the four corners to maintain the call that controls the on/off,  as well as the volume and mute control. Durable materials such as metal for the grill and appealing features such as a behind tinted plastic disappearing charging LED articulates the overall balance between the ambiance of a home and modern office environment without dismissing the focus on a professional character in function, features and portability.

The Philips WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker is engineered with a powerful built-in speaker that has a 2-inch high-sensitivity, low-distortion neodymium magnet speaker. This has a specially designed low-profile cone that consequently result in a wide-range response and wide audio dispersion. Hence, the user can talk while walking around the room and from anywhere in the room without a drop in quality. It makes the device also great for music playback.

PROS

  • Slim and compact design for high portability anywhere you go
  • Advanced noise cancellation creates clear sound
  • Advanced echo suppression delivers smooth conversations
  • Four microphones for perfect voice pick up in 360 degree
  • Advanced HD audio technology for natural voice
  • Easily connects to Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices
  • WeCall app for quick and intuitive conference calls
  • Talk time lasts to up to 8 hours
  • Impressive powerful speaker can easily hear voices and play music
  • Has LED status indicators for call, charging, and mute functions
  • USB connectivity allows you to makes calls through your laptop
  • 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award

CONS

  • Output from the other end of the line can sometimes be inaudible but varies from one device to another as well as the background noise.
  • In comparison, the Logitech P710e is a bit louder and richer in audio output while the Philips is extremely accurate on the high pitches and perhaps a little more muffled on the lower end

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