Category: Technology

Fellowes Powershred 125Ci Cross-Cut Shredder

Are you looking for a high-performance shredder for your office? While identity theft is at an all-time high, it’s more important to protect your private information that ever. What you shred doesn’t matter any more – it’s how smaller you can shred it. A shredder with the smaller cut size can help secure your information and increase the level of security that you expect from your shredder. Do you wan something that can work quietly and is 100% jam-proof, as well? Have a look at the review of one of the best shredders available in the market – Fellowes 3312501 Powershred 125Ci 18 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder.

Quiet performance, always

Shredding shouldn’t be noisy. This is why 125Ci features and ultraquiet performance technology, called SilentShred, which will almost and eliminate the loud shredder noise that could disturb your office environment. Now, you can shred whenever you like without any noisy interruptions.

Excellent jam prevention technology

This shredder has three different levels of advanced jam-prevention along with a 100% jam-proof system that will never disappoint you. Level I is designed for preventing overfeeding by proper analysis of paper thickness. Level II is designed for tough jobs caused by folds or wrinkles that may occur when paper is being shredded. Level III is for maximizing productivity and providing an instant feedback regarding the ongoing job.
Superb efficiency and performance

It’s built to last with a powerful motor, solid steel cutters and parts that are designed to outperform any other shredder on the market. It’s tough enough to cut through paperclips, credit cards, junk mail, staples and CD/DVDs.

Easy waste disposal

Apart from delivering an effortless shredding experience, it also has a 14 gallon pullout bin for mass free, easy waste disposal. So, you don’t have to worry about cleaning it regularly, considering the amount of space it has for storing the waste.

Saves energy

It also features the Fellowes’ energy-saving system for high energy efficiency, all the time. This means that you won’t observe any spikes in energy consumption that usually occur during the jam situations.

Who would buy this?

If you want to securely shred just about any kind of material in your office, but don’t want any noise or disturbance – Fellowes’ 125Ci is for you. The size is compact enough to fit in your small office space and get the job done without any hassles.

Value for money?

There’s a good use of technology and functionality in this shredder. Considering the number of features, high-performance and the peace of mind it is engineered to deliver, this shredder is certainly worth its price.

Creative D200 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Creative Labs is an audio company known for high quality computer speakers, and as the market shift from wired speakers to Bluetooth portable speakers, they turn their efforts to making quality wireless speakers. Bluetooth technology has opened the way for various mobile devices to stream audio wirelessly. These wireless devices include smartphones, MP3 players, laptops and even modern desktop computers are now Bluetooth-enabled. This makes Bluetooth speakers the more viable choice in the market. That’s why their newest bid in the Bluetooth speaker’s arena is the Creative D200.

It’s compact and weighs at 3.6 pounds and has a simpler but stylish design – it only has a cloth to cover for the speaker drivers unlike the JBL Flip 4 which has aluminum grills on the front. Although, the speaker shell has a glossy black finish, but you may need to polish this speaker from time to time, because it can easily acquire smudges and fingerprints.

Does It Have A Good Design?

If you’re looking at the Creative D200 from a distance, you will notice its simple and understated design. It resembles a small center-channel speaker which is common among home-theater systems. It also has an auxiliary mini-jack input, which is used for connective other non-Bluetooth audio devices. You will also find the power button, volume controls and the requisite Bluetooth button. When you want to pair the speaker with other mobile devices, you simply hold the Bluetooth button for a few seconds till you see a blue light that flashes – this indicates that it’s already in pairing mode.

Is It Easy To Pair With Other Mobile Devices?

Your smartphone, laptop, tablets or any portable media player can stream music into this speaker at a maximum range of 30 feet. If you want to control the volume or change the track, you can use the mobile device to remotely control your music. In case someone calls you on your phone, the music automatically pauses; it then starts again if you end the call. However, the Creative D200 has no speakerphone capability which is a common feature in most Bluetooth speakers nowadays.

What about Its Audio Performance?

This Bluetooth speaker is surprisingly loud and capable enough to fill a small to medium-size room. Although its bass is not deep enough but for its price – it’s more than a bargain. Compared to other wireless speakers on the market, the D200 can perform well in the midrange and is good at playing ballads and acoustics. But don’t expect too much when you’re playing bass-heavy materials like hip-hop and techno music.

Another noteworthy feature is the apt-X, it’s a codec specifically designed for Creative devices.
The apt-X is known to improve the quality of music being transmitted to the speaker. Creative claims that the music produced in a speaker with an apt-X codec is at par with CD quality sound. However, this will still depend on the quality of your source.

Pros:

  •  Above average sound performance
  • Integrated with apt-X codec that can improve audio quality
  • Simple to pair
  • Solid connection without any signs of dropping
  • Powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers

Cons:

  •  It doesn’t have a  speakerphone capability
  • No battery option

 

Final Verdict – Good quality audio but won’t break your budget.

Creative D200 is a decent Bluetooth speaker to have and not as expensive as other portable speakers on the market. The only gripe I have with the D200 is the lack of battery option, which means this speaker is not so portable after all – it’s only a Bluetooth speaker, plain and simple.

Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo Headset

I do a lot of online RPG (Role Playing Games) and have been using an older headset/mic, and when it finally gave us the ghost, I decided to spend a little bit more money and get a much better set. I opted for the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset. I found the set at Best Buy for $79.99. Plantronics is a great name when it comes to headset technology. I expected the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset would give me what I needed with the company’s reputation. I will say that the sound quality on the headphones is great. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the microphone.

First, the headphones on the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset is an open ear format. I have always been accustomed to the closed ear type, but I have found I like this type. You do get a bit of ambient room sound through the headphones, but if you have the volume up on music or the game, it is not overwhelming.

You have two choices in connecting the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset. You can plug directly into the stereo jack, or plug into the 5.1 Dolby USB adaptor. I tried the adaptor, and as I said the sound is great. My games have never sounded so good. The adaptor has a one touch on and off switch, and a blue light to let you know the surround is on.

I should mention that the USB Dolby adaptor for the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset does not give you actual surround sound. What it does is simulate surround sound. This is a fine distinction perhaps, but one worth mentioning.

Another issue with the Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset is the USB adaptor itself. It is extremely touchy. If you barely touch it, it will lose the connection, and you lose sound.

The Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset microphone is hidden, and is integrated into the design of the headset. The problem is with the sound quality of the microphone. I tried talking to other players, and was told they could not hear me. I finally did a little research and found a work around. I had to plug in the headphones to the USB adaptor, and the microphone to the front microphone input on my computer. Problem solved.

The Plantronics Gamecom 777 Stereo headset has good sound quality, but as mentioned there are a couple of issues. I expected much more from Plantronics, especially with the price I paid. I was able to come up with a work around for the issues I had.