Technology The best sound and image products to give away this Christmas

The best sound and image products to give away this Christmas

The new Nothing Ear (stick) – NOTHING

With the Christmas season fast approaching, there are many users who take advantage of the fact that Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men are at home to write down in their respective letters the cravings they dismissed on Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

Among some of the devices that are not usually missing on such important dates are the headphones, speakers and others from the image areawhere curved screens and even virtual reality (VR) viewers are gaining more and more strength.

For those who have run out of ideas or are looking for the most recent releases, at Portaltic we have compiled some of the essentials in the life of every lover of audiovisual-focused ‘gadgets’.

In the sound section, the Fidelio FS1 mono speaker, presented by TP Vision within the framework of the international technology fair (IFA) a few months ago, can be used both paired in stereo or as a satellite speaker. Dolby Atmos.

This device (329.99 euros) can be connected to other speakers through the Philips wireless system for a multi-room experience, or connect to an Ambilight TV as a stand-alone sound bar, to deliver surround sound. It can also be combined with both the Fidelio FB1 sound bar and the FW1 ‘subwoofer’.

If what you are looking for is a quality ‘subwoofer’, Sonos stands out as one of the great manufacturers in today’s technology market thanks, in part, to one of its most recent releases: the new Sub Mini.

This portable device (499 euros) is capable of reproducing balanced bass and avoiding vibrations, which is appreciated if it is placed on the ground. In addition, it has Trueplay adjustment technology, which optimizes the sound to adapt to each space, and offers a force canceling effect that neutralizes distortions.

Sonos finds a parallel with Nothing in the commitment of both companies to design. If the aforementioned speaker manages to integrate into the home thanks to its elegant format, the company founded by Carl Pei seeks the same with women’s cosmetics.

Nothing Ear (stick) (199 euros) are the latest headphones launched by the brand that created Nothing phone (1) and have a cylindrical charging case “inspired by the silhouettes of lipsticks, with a unique rotating opening”, according to the CEO of the Chinese brand.

Jabra, for its part, opts for a more classic design, with a rectangular charging case in white. The Elite 5 (149 euros) include hybrid active noise cancellation technology and powered by Qualcomm QCC3050.

They also allow you to answer calls thanks to its technology of six uninterrupted active microphones and other internal ones, so that the voice is heard clearly even in windy situations.

A cheaper proposal is that of Xiaomi with the new Redmi Buds 4 Pro (99 euros), which are resistant to water and dust (IP54), have the Hi-Res Audio Wireless certificate, and incorporate two ‘drivers’ (10 mm and 6 mm).

In the image section, it is worth noting the importance that technological brands have given to curved screens, the result of a constant commitment to the immersive experience in their products.

One of the most interested in this type of technology has been LG, which has recently launched in Spain the LG Flex (LX3) model, a 42-inch television that can be curved in up to 20 positions.

This flexibility is possible thanks to factors such as OLED technology, which integrates self-luminous pixels, which achieve in this panel (2,999 euros) purer blacks and brighter colors.

Despite the fact that curved screens seem to find their place in the market, there are brands that maintain their interest in the traditional or flat format. Among them, Xiaomi with the 55-inch Xiaomi TV Q2 (699 euros).

with panel QLED 4K UltraHD, With clarity of 3840 x 2160 pixels, it is capable of delivering 1.07 billion vibrant colors and promises an immersive experience thanks to Dolby IQ and Dolby Atmos technology. It also includes Chromecast Built-In and Miracast for viewing content.

Other image-focused devices are virtual reality (VR) viewers. Meta’s bet with Quest Prowhich went on sale last October for 1,799 euros, focuses on mixed reality, which also supports augmented reality, and has two high-resolution LCD screens and an eye and facial expression tracking system. .

Compared to the Quest 2 VR headset, this device uses 40 percent thinner lenses with 37 percent more pixels, and offers a 1.3 times wider color gamut.

For professional photography, on the other hand, there is Sony’s Alpha 7R V camera (4,500 euros), which integrates an autofocus technology for advanced subject recognition, as well as the BIONZ XR image processing engine, to improve image quality.



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