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The tech world was humming this week. Sonos is apparently gearing up to announce a cheap soundbar and launch its very first voice assistant. Apple finally started selling refurbished models of the Apple Watch Series 7 — and they start at $339. Ultimate Ears released a “hot pink” colorway of its UE Fits wireless earbuds. And a bunch of other cool gadgets were actually announced, too.
Here’s what you need to know.
Marshall Willen and Emberton II
Marshall announced two new portable and rugged Bluetooth speakers this week. The Willen ($120) is a brand-new speaker for the company — and it’s by far its smallest. It’s roughly the size of your smartphone (although slightly thicker) and comes with strap so you can attach it to things, like your bike’s handlebars or a backpack strap. The Emberton II ($170) is a slightly larger second-generation speaker that boosts improved battery life and app support adjusting the EQ and software updates. Both speakers have Marshall’s signature rock n’ roll aesthetic.
Price: $120 — $180
Pro-Ject E1 Turntable
The Austrian hi-fi maker has introduced a new entry-level turntables, named E1, which stays true to the company’s ethos of using high-quality components. Each model has a true sub-platter design, a solid MDF plinth and comes with the Ortofon OM5e cartridge (which costs roughly $70 on its own). Pro-Ject will offer the E1 turntable in three different configurations: one bare bones (E1, $349), one with a built-in phono preamp (E1 Phono SB, $399) and one with a Bluetooth audio transmitter (E1 BT, $499).
Anker 633 Magnetic Battery
This is a 10,000-mAh portable battery that magnetically clicks to the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 and wirelessly charges it. (For reference, Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack only has a capacity of 1,460-mAh.) It also has a built-in kickstand and USB-C and USB-ports for charging additional devices. It’s important to note that the Anker 633 Magnetic Battery doesn’t fully support MagSafe — it won’t fast charge your new iPhone at 15 watts, but instead tops out at 7.5 watts when wirelessly charging.
Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable (3 m)
Apple is finally starting to sell its extra-long Thunderbolt 4 cable. It’s braided (which kind of prevents it from coiling) and measures three meters in length, making it one of the only Thunderbolt 4 cables that length that you can buy. It’s the perfect partner for Apple’s Studio Display and Mac Studio, albeit a very expensive partner.
Wyze Room Sensor
Another week and Wyze has launched yet another smart home gadget to expand its growing ecosystem — this time it’s a room sensor. It works in tandem with Wyze’s smart thermostat (released in late 2020) to help better regulate the temperatures in specific rooms of your home. It can only work with the Wyze Smart Home Thermostat.
Optoma’s newest 4k projector is relatively affordable yet delivers pretty impressive specs. It’s rated at 3,600 lumens and project a picture that’s up to a 300 inches (huge). It can deliver a 4K image at 60Hz or a 1080p image at 240Hz refresh rate, the latter of which is more than enough to handle the speed of next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X or PS5.
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