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Product Review: Bluei Echo 3 Wireless Neckband

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The trend of having wireless neckband is gradually increasing among millennials but finding the right one becomes very challenging. Also, you cannot judge any neckband earphone based upon its looks and design, you need honest and detailed reviews to understand the performance which makes the biggest difference. We have reviewed a recently launched wireless neckband named Echo 3 from brand Bluei. This is a budget category earphone and comes under 2K. Does Echo 3 neckband really make difference in its category, let’s check it out-

Echo 3 Design and Build Quality

Unlike other neckband earphones available under the 2K price segment, which seems fancy, the Echo 3 comes in a very decent and simple design. You will not be disappointed though, as it looks very classy even in a simple design. The neckband is quite flexible and is not made of hard plastic which causes discomfort when you wear it around your neck. Even, you can keep it in your pocket after turning it. The build quality of the Echo 3 is average and you cannot expect premium type quality under this budget. The color of this neckband is black and every part of the neckband stick to black even the earbuds as well. The earbuds are also made of plastic and rubber cups are not found at the end of these earbuds. The drawback of earbuds made of plastic is that if you are wearing neckbands for a long time, you will feel pain. Rubber cups prevent this kind of trouble, but here you are not getting it. The earbuds have their mouths inward, allowing the music to reach your ears directly. Earbuds carry a comfortable design and fit securely in the ears.

The latch of the Echo 3 neckband is also made of hard plastic and has multifunction buttons for play / pause, volume up and down. Pressing the buttons seems a bit difficult as the quality of the button is a bit average. The size of these buttons is satisfactory, so you can easily use them. The Echo 3 neckband has a magnetic latch to help manage it while wearing it. Micro USB port is provided near the latch for charging. The neckband does not take much time to charge as you can charge it in about 1.5 hours. 

Specifications 

The Echo 3 neckband boasts an array of top-notch features for an enriched user experience. The neckband is based on Bluetooth 5.0 technology which helps in a stable connection with the device. The pairing is very easy and when we paired this neckband with our smartphone, it got connected within a few seconds so the connectivity is really impressive. Also, the Bluetooth range of this device is 10 meters. This transmission range is average as you get the same range in other neckbands available in this price range. A surprising factor about Echo 3 neckband is that it has a waterproof design so there will not be any issues with water dropping on the neckband. Or in case the neckband falls into water, it will work flawlessly. So it is nice to see that this budget category neckband comes with a waterproof design as now you can use it in rough conditions too. 

Battery Life

Bluei Echo 3 neckband comes with a 200 mAh rechargeable battery and Bluei says that the neckband can give up to 10 hours of playtime and 150 hours of standby time. But when we used it, we got around 8 hours of battery backup. However, the battery life depends upon the volume at which you use the device. According to Bluei, you get 10 hours of playtime when you use the device at 70% of volume. So, the battery performance can vary according to one’s usage. We used the neckband at 100% volume thereby we got 8 hours of playtime. Eventually, 10 hours of playtime is pretty much and as you can charge it in 1.5 hours, there won’t be any battery-related issues. 

Performance

Everything depends upon the performance of the product and we used it for a long period to evaluate the performance of Echo 3. First of all, Bluei has gone into deep technicalities to ensure the best sound output. The Echo 3 neckband has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20 KHz. Also, the sensitivity is kept at 102 Decibel on 1 KHz. The sensitivity of Echo 3 is really impressive because, at 102 decibels, we were able to feel the music even at a very low volume. We were able to notice very small changes in the music and every detail was clear and smooth. In our opinion, the music quality is very good and soft bass made our listening experience par remarkable. 

When we played the music on low volume, the bass was coming in a soft way and smoothly flowing through the ears. And when we played the music on high volume or we can call it maximum, the music was punchy and bass thrilled us. The overall listening experience was totally amazing and we did not really expect such nice sound output knowing that the neckband falls in the budget category. 

Telecom Today Verdict

This is a good option for those who want to buy a good wireless neckband under 2K. It offers superior sound quality, battery life and comfort. Although the design is very simple, it does not let you down in terms of sound quality. This is different from the other neckbands available in its range, except for one factor in the Bluetooth range, which is similar to the others. You can consider this Echo 3 neckband if you are looking for a value for money device as you can buy this at INR 1849/-. 

Pros: Nice build-quality I Comfortable I Decent sound quality I Solid bass I Easy to use 

Cons: No rubber cups on earbuds

Rajeev has witnessed the growth of technology across all verticals since he started his career in journalism. With a vast experience of almost 11 years in the technology market in India, he has worked closely with the industry leaders and has been part of this revolution in IT & communication market in India. He started his career as an entrepreneur in 2009 in the technology world. Currently, he is Director of News Dot Media Pvt. Ltd., Chief Editor for Digital Terminal (Magazine & Online) & Telecomtoday.in  

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Product Review: oraimo FreePods 3

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The wireless earbuds are in huge trend these days because of the comfort, tangle-free experience and excellent sound quality. The TWS earbuds are becoming the major point of attraction in the market today thus we reviewed oraimo FreePods 3 to give you an option to consider. We used these earbuds during our review to check whether these earbuds really offer good sound quality or not. Read below the quick review:

Stylish and lightweight design

The first thing someone look at while buying a set of earbuds is its design. The oraimoFreePods 3 are quite stylish and looks elegant. These earbuds can fit perfectly in ears as it has a special ergonomic design for perfect fit. If you like going to gym or jogging than this is a good option because it has IPX5 rating. The earbuds has touch controls in place of the buttons so controlling the music and calls become easier. You can even access the voice assistant through touch sensors built-in both earbuds. There are LED lights on the rear side of the earbuds just near to the touch controls.

Portable charging case

The charging case of the earbuds is good in design and has a good finishing on the edges. Its compact and dynamic design is really attention driving. You can literally hold it in your palm and the weight of the charging case is very less. The case is made of plastic and it has branding on the front along with some LED lights. The charging case gives an excellent in-hand feel. The build quality is decent and it seems durable as well. The type-c charging port is at the bottom of the charging case.

Features for great user experience

The most important part of any earbuds is the features that can match the expectations of users. One must check all the features before buying the earbuds. oraimoFreePods 3 has latest Bluetooth 5.2 for seamless connectivity. The pairing process becomes faster and you don’t need to wait to establish connection with your smartphone. The Bluetooth range of the earbuds is 10 meters. The earbuds has two different smart modes in each pair. Bass mode blocks the ambient noise and stops air leakage to boost the bass. Awareness mode will let you adapt to your surroundings. It is quite a nice feature that most of the earbuds miss under this category.

Also, the earbuds can be very useful for calling because it has 4-mic beamforming technology to provide high-quality voice signal. The ENC technology reduce the surrounding noise and make your calling experience wonderful. oraimohas made sure to offer dynamic audio with powerful base by integrating 13mm high sensitive drivers. You can literally listen to every music detail and get a smooth but powerful sound quality. The battery backup of the earbuds is also great as each earbud comes with 45mAh of battery and the charging case has 500mAh battery. The earbuds can give up to 8 hours of playtime on a single charge whereas the charging case gives additional 28 hours of playtime. Now you can be more relaxed about battery backup.

Verdict

oraimoFreePods 3 fits perfectly in the ears and it leaves no space for air to pass on. Such a comfortable design of these earbuds makes the listening experience better. In this category, these earbuds are offering something out of the box. As far as sound quality is concerned, it delivers good listening pleasure. After wearing these earbuds, you can set your own world of noise free music. The ultra-low latency rate in these earbuds further elevate the sound quality. We got a great listening experience with these pair of earbuds from oraimo. If you are looking for a budget but quality products, you can go for oraimoFreePods 3. You can buy this TWS at Rs. 2450 across leading online platforms.

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ASUS Chromebook C223

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We got the recently launched ASUS Chromebook C223 laptop for review. The Chromebook is affordable and may help the students who want a good laptop for studying online or for basic home use. It is compact and has some unique features, unlike traditional laptops. Read this complete review if you are looking to buy a laptop under a small budget.

In-box accessories

The box carries of course the ASUS Chromebook C223. Apart from it, we get a power cable, a 45W power adapter, and some documents (Quick start guide). There is nothing else inside the box.

Connectivity ports

This Chromebook laptop has many connectivity features that allow you to connect other accessories. On the right side of the laptop, there is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-c port which supports display port, power delivery, and data transfer. On the other side, there is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-c port, MicroSD card slot (Expandable up to 2TB), 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port.

Design and built quality

To begin with design, we must accept that the ASUS Chromebook C223 is extremely lightweight. It weighs only 1 KG and it is compact as well so you will not face any difficulty while carrying this. The Chromebook has a very decent and eye soothing design. It has a plastic body which of decent quality. Moreover apart from these all in this category, you can’t expect premium built material.

We tried to open the lid with one finger but we were little disappointed. We had to use both of our hands to open the lid. The laptop has 11.6 inch display to give you a good experience. However, the bezels around the display are little big for a laptop being launched in 2021. Due to these big bezels, the screen to body ratio is 74%. Just above the display, there is a 720P HD webcam for attending the video chats. Below the laptop, ASUS has given dual speakers that promise a good sound quality.

Keyboard and trackpad

The Chromebook comes equipped with an edge-to-edge keyboard which gives you a hassle free typing experience. The keyboard is completely spill free and the keys are easy to press and help in fast typing as well. Along with the keyboard, you get a multi-touch trackpad which is very smooth.

Display

ASUS Chromebook C223 features an 11.6 inch Anti-glare HD LED Backlit display with 1366 x 768 Pixels resolution. The display can’t be rotated 360* and it is a non-touchable display so you can’t use this laptop in a tablet mode. It has 200 nits brightness which justifies as per its price. The display is super bright and vibrant so the content over the screen looks pretty good. We played some 4K videos on this laptop to test the display quality and it was good. Also the stereo loudspeakers make the experience even better. However, watching the videos from side angles will not give you good experience.

Refreshed OS

The Chromebook runs over Chrome Operating System (OS) which gives a unique and immersive computing experience. Operating this Chromebook is almost similar to operate an android smartphone because of the features and operations. You can download android apps from Google Play Store as per your choice. You can operate the laptop with your voice through Google Voice Assistant feature. It is a much needed feature in today’s time. With Chromebook C223, you can have a different experience.

Specifications

As far as features are concerned, ASUS Chromebook C223 comes packed with some great features that support basic day to day tasks. It comes with Intel Celeron N3350 Processor which is clocked at 2.4 GHz. Also, it has Intel HD Graphics 500 for a seamless computing. The Chromebook has 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and the internal storage is 32GB. But you can expand the storage up to 2TB through microSD card. It is indeed a great feature in this laptop as you feel bounded with limited storage space but with this feature, the expandable storage sets you free to download new apps, documents or any other files.

The laptop packs a 38Wh high-quality Li-ion battery with 45W type-c fast charging. You can get up to 10hrs of battery life which is true as we tested it during our review period. The battery backup is really incredible and it provides you extended hours to finish off your work. The 720p HD webcam and stereo loudspeakers allow you to enjoy crystal clear video conferencing. It has dual band Wi-Fi 5 for ultra-fast connectivity.

Price and availability

ASUS Chromebook C223 is an affordable laptop as it is designed for those who want a laptop under budget category. You can buy this laptop at Rs. 16,990 from Flipkart.

Telecom Today Review

ASUS Chromebook C223 is a good laptop for budget buyers. The laptop has a good design and built quality, which seems durable. Accessing chrome OS on a laptop is quite a different experience and it allows you to operate it with ease. The battery backup is good so we were able to use it continuously for long hours. Executing the normal day to day work becomes easy on this device due to Intel Celeron N3350 Processor. Also, we had a great video chat experience all because of the 720p HD webcam. Laptop performance was excellent during our review.

Ratings

Pros

Built Quality is Decent

Chomebook is very lightweight

Bright Display

720p HD Webcam

Type-C Charging

Cons

Screen to body ratio is less

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Infinix SMART 5A

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What’s inside the box? 

The in-box accessories always remains almost same in all the phones by Infinix. So in SMART 5A’s box, we get a 10W charging adapter, 1 micro USB cable, some documents, a back cover, and a screen protector film. There is nothing extra in this box except JioOffer card which allows you to get Rs. 550 upfront cashback. 

Stylish and Lightweight Design

As expected, Infinix SMART 5A is a very slim and lightweight smartphone. The actual weight of the phone is just 183gm and it is only 8.75mm thin. In budget category, the phone comes with very heavy body but Infinix has kept its weight very less which is appreciable. The back panel of the smartphone is amazing as it comes in all new prism flow design which looks spectacular. The pyramid shape on the back is ultimate and you can flaunt this smartphone among your friends. The smartphone comes in three stunning color options Ocean Wave, Quetzal Cyan, and Midnight Black. 

Big & Bright Display 

Infinix SMART 5A seems to resolve some basic issues related to display in budget category. Infinix claims that the smartphone offers a great viewing experience as it comes with a big 6.52 HD+ Drop Notch Display. The HD display delivers a clean video and picture quality which ultimately results in a remarkable viewing experience. With 20:9 Aspect Ratio, we get edge-to-edge access of the display. So watching a movie or playing games on this smartphone becomes very interesting and you will never be disappointed. It is often seen in entry level smartphones that the display remains a weak area. Despite this factor, the colors and the smoothness remain missing which disappoint the users. 

So to check the compatibility of display with high definition videos and pictures, we played several videos in 1080 pixels. We were totally amazed as the colors, contrast and the saturation levels were very accurate. The 500 nits brightness is also a key thing to discuss as it is a very important thing. While being in outdoors, you can see the on-screen content also and there will be no issues with the visibility in sun light. 

Enhanced Security at Fast Speed

Yes, Infinix SMART 5A comes with fingerprint sensor which can unlock the phone within one second. We tested the speed to confirm if company’s promise is true or not. It worked really well in our test and the phone gets unlocked in less than 1 second which is really great thing in this phone. Besides fingerprint security, the phone also has face unlock security feature for the ease of users. The face unlock feature is also very good as far as speed is concerned. However, sometimes the phone fails to recognize the face but it can be due to the angle at which we keep the phone. But overall it was a nice experience with these two security features in Infinix SMART 5A. 

Surprizing Battery Performance 

Battery is always considered as a big factor in smartphones as people now do not want to stick to the charger all day. Phone must have a good battery which can sustain for full day despite heavy usage. So keeping this requirement in mind, Infinix has given a large 5000 mAh battery in SMART 5A. Also with 10W charger, users can charge their phone in a short time. However, the charger is micro USB which can disappoint you a little but we must consider that this is an entry level budget smartphone. 

After full charge, the phone gives irresistible battery backup. You can get up to 19 hours of Video playback, 28 hours of Music playback, 13 hours of Gaming time, 16 hours of Web surfing, 33 hours of 4G Talk-time, and 35 days of Standby time. This is quite good battery life for all type of usage. Also, the users can get up to 121 hours of music playback while using the headset. The battery is surely a strong part in this phone. During our review, the battery’s performance was quite well and we hardly charged the phone despite playing games, watching videos and using camera on frequent basis. 

There is also one surprizing factor in SMART 5A which makes this phone more desirable. It is Power Marathon technology which enhances the battery life by 25%. This is an amazing feature as it automatically deactivate the apps running in background. These apps keep on consuming the battery despite not being in use. So the Power Marathon technology will help you use the phone all day without worrying about the battery. 

Stunning Camera with LED Flash 

In today’s time, people are very fond of photography and taking selfies. So to support their photography interest, people buy smartphones that come with good camera. But the smartphones that come equipped with good camera are very expensive. So it becomes impossible for the budget smartphone buyers to expect a great camera in budget phones. But SMART 5A solve this issue as it comes with an 8MP AI Dual Rear Camera and f/2.0 Large Aperture.

The rear camera also has triple LED Flash which helps in night photography. The rear camera comes with AI Scene detection Modes so it can automatically detects 18 different scenes and adjust parameter to deliver best photo quality. Apart from scene detection, the rear camera has various other camera modes to support photography. The other modes include, AI HDR Mode, AI 3D Beauty Mode, Custom Bokeh Mode, and Panorama Mode. Users can also record full HD videos with rear camera so its great deal for customers who are looking for a smartphone with stunning camera in budget segment. 

For selfie lovers, Infinix SMART 5A has an 8MP Selfie Camera with dual LED flash. This will make the selfies more brighter and clear in night as well. Selfie camera also has some interesting modes including Portrait Mode, AI 3D Beauty Mode, Auto Filters and Wide Selfie Mode. We took some pictures and used the camera in indoor as well as outdoor to check the picture quality. All the pictures have come very well and everything is good about these pictures whether it is color, saturation, brightness, contrast or sharpness. 

Hardware to Support Performance

The smartphones are now being used by people who love to do multitasking. So the smartphone should be compatible with heavy apps and must have a great speed to support multitasking. Infinix understand this aspect very well thus SMART 5A has been developed to please multitaskers. The phone comes equipped with Helio A20 12nm Quad-Core processor which is clocked at upto 1.8Ghz. The phone is well equipped with strong processor to run heavy apps. This processor takes the smartphone experience to a whole new level and impresses with the speed. 

Online learning is being supported by apps like zoom. Infinix SMART 5A with this strong processor can support the online learning apps and can deliver a seamless experience to users. The phone comes in 2GB+32GB storage option so it is good storage to store the data and run the phone smoothly. If needed, users can expand the storage up to 256GB. Infinix SMART 5A runs on XOS 7.6 based on Android 11 Go. The latest android OS is designed to give faster user experience. 

During the review, we played several games on this phone, used social media platforms and ran multiple apps to test the compatibility and speed of the phone. The performance of SMART 5A during our review remained impressive and we did not face any issues regarding its performance. So this phone is most prominent contender in entry level segment. 

What’s the Price?

As Infinix SMART 5A is an entry level budget smartphone, so the price of this smartphone is also very affordable. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 6499 and is available exclusively at Flipkart. 

JioExclusive Offer 

The users can avail Rs. 550 cashback by registering on My Jio App where they will have to lock their smartphone with Jio SIM for 30 months. After filling their UPI details in the app, you can get instant 550 cashback. Or if you purchase the smartphone from Jio POS Authorized retailer, the retailer will lock the smartphone with Jio SIM and will give you 550 discount.

Pros:

  • Stylish & Lightweight Design
  • 360 Security
  • Good Battery Backup
  • Excellent Camera Setup
  • All-round Performance

Cons: 

  • Type-C Charging

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