If you think that you’ve seen it all in projectors then think again, for Samsung’s new Freestyle, first revealed at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, really ups the ante.
Designed for portability, flexibility and complete ease of use, the Freestyle doesn’t look like your typical projector, nor does it behave like one. It combines classic LED projection technology for the 21st century with smart speaker and smart lighting capabilities, all in one very handy little package that weighs in at a mere 830 grams.
While the image from traditional projectors isn’t particularly manoeuvrable, the Freestyle’s cradle design allows for ease of aiming of its 1080p – or Full HD – HDR-capable image; just change the angle however you wish and project your vision on, well, pretty much anything, without the need for a dedicated screen. Want to watch on the ceiling while lazing in bed? Just angle your Freestyle straight upwards – relax time sorted!
Able to go from unboxing straight into viewing action within a matter of minutes, there’s a whole lot of clever technology at work inside the Freestyle. Auto-levelling features can take a skewed image and automatically sort it out for a neat, properly rectangular presentation. This works hand-in-hand with autofocus that allows projection onto pretty much any surface, and it even has the ability to adjust its image to suit walls that aren’t perfectly white – if you don’t have expansive lily-white surfaces then it doesn’t matter, as you can still project and get crisp, clean and vibrant vision thanks to the device’s inbuilt cleverness.
“Want to watch on the ceiling while lazing in bed? Just angle your Freestyle straight upwards – relax time sorted!”
Sure, but what about the sound? The Freestyle packs a “dual passive radiator”, which means clean and deep bass that’s radiated 360-degrees from the unit. So, no matter where you’re sitting in relation to the unit, you’ll still receive an immersive sound experience.
Additionally, the versatile Freestyle can even serve as a mood lighting generator, thanks to a special translucent lens cap, and this feature can be coupled with the Bluetooth smart speaker integration to deliver magical musical light shows synced to your tunes.
Whether you’re watching the latest blockbuster or using it to provide the lightshow vibes, the conveniently portable Freestyle can be wherever you go, too, as it will run off a compatible USB power bank instead of a wired standard USB-PD connection or mains power outlet. So, your next movie night could be anywhere from the backyard or balcony to a campsite somewhere the other side of Woop Woop!
The new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G packs the flagship model features that fans love and want into an affordably priced, premium Android smartphone.
FE stands for Fan Edition, and the Samsung smartphone ecosystem has a legion of fans who are well served by the company’s new Galaxy S21 FE 5G, which incorporates many of the features found in flagship models, making it stand out from the crowd of similarly priced competitors.
The S21 offers a generous screen real estate of 6.4 inches, with a Full HD AMOLED display at 2340 x 1080 resolution and an ultra-responsive 120Hz refresh rate, making it a smooth operator. There’s even an Eye Comfort Shield to reduce harmful blue light when streaming after dark.
Under the hood, the S21 is powered by the next gen Exynos 2100 chipset (an upgrade from the S20 series’ 990) for peak performance, delivering hyper-fast streaming and downloading speeds, boosting power efficiency, and facilitating smoother camera zooming. Internal storage is also generous – choose from 128GB or 256GB models
A smartphone is often judged by the quality and performance of its camera, and the S21 FE’s Pro Grade triple system incorporates a 12MP wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide and 8MP telephoto lens, as well as a 32MP front-facing camera for superior selfies, which auto adjusts to ultra-wide if it’s a group shot. Moreover, Portrait Mode uses AI to analyse surroundings in real time and adjust depth, lighting and clarity for a photo every bit as good as a DSLR camera. Night Mode increases clarity and brightness in low light settings, and 10x hybrid zoom and 30x Space Zoom minimises pixelation on extreme close-ups of distant subjects.
Versatile and intelligent, the S21’s camera system allows you to snap multiple shots at once with different lenses, and the dual recording function will switch between cameras when shooting 4K video, or capture footage in a single take. Vloggers, take note!
At just 177 grams, the S21 FE is streamlined and lightweight but plenty tough, with Gorilla Glass Victus to protect the screen, and an IP68 splash-proof rating. The 4,500mAh battery is good for all-day use, and 25W super-fast charging delivers a full charge in mere minutes – wirelessly.
Available in four colours – graphite, lavender, olive and white – the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G brings premium smartphone features and functionality to the mid-range market at a great price, and this edition is certain to please existing fans and win new converts.
Take mobile gaming to the next level with this smooth operator that’s built to last, and built to win!
Featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G mobile platform for boosted speed and performance, get the edge in gaming with a responsive 360Hz native touch sampling rate, AirTrigger 5 game controls, ASUS GameFX audio, and a big 6,000mAh battery. Choose between four cameras – 64MP main wide-angle, 13MP ultra-wide, macro, and 24MP front for live streaming – and shoot 8K video with HDR. The unique ROG Vision rear matrix colour display features a variety of animations, or you can customise your own.
Jabra is well known for bringing earbuds to market that deliver on sound and features but won’t break the bank, and that’s exactly where the Jabra Elite 4 Actives fall.
Many of us tend to start a new year with a zeal to change something, which generally veers into the health and fitness realm. Having a good set of earbuds to accompany you on that fitness journey can sometimes be half the battle – working out to your favourite tunes is a great incentive to get – and keep – moving.
Designed – as the name suggests – with the active in mind, the small, comfortable Jabra Elite 4 Actives earbuds fit snuggly, and the profile doesn’t protrude too far from the ears.
The IP rating sits at IP57, which is what you’d expect for earbuds designed to be worn at the gym or while running, offering protection from sweaty workouts. Active noise cancellation, included here, is a neat feature that’s generally not found in earbuds around this price range, and this is customisable. If you’re using ANC and running near a busy road, for example, and want to be alert to your surroundings, a mode called HearThrough will allow ambient noise in. It’s a great safety touch.
And they don’t disappoint on the sound front either. There’s plenty of bass, as you’d expect from a pair designed for working out, with good clean detail right across the board. An equaliser allows users to tweak audio settings through the Jabra Sound+ app. Four in-built microphones make for good call quality, too.
All of this is wrapped up in seven hours of battery life, with a further 28 hours in the case. Jabra proves time and again that you don’t have to steal from your child’s savings account to get a solid performing pair of earbuds. If you’re out and about getting active this summer and need some affordable sonic accompaniment, the Jabra 4 Active earbuds warrant closer inspection.
Garmin adds new connectivity features to its Venu 2 range with the Venu 2 Plus GPS Smartwatch.
Garmin’s versatile Venu 2 smartwatches strike a balance between a stylish lifestyle watch and a smartwatch with advanced fitness and wellness tools.
Where the Vivomove Sport includes the essentials, the Venu 2 Plus offers a wider gamut of tracking tools and options to paint a greater overall picture of health and wellbeing.
You can do a lot from your wrist when the Venu 2 Plus is paired with a compatible smartphone (Android and iOS) – receive smart notifications, access up to 600 downloaded songs, and use contactless Garmin Pay if you’re out without your wallet.
The ‘Plus’ relates to even greater connectivity; users can now also take phone calls and respond to texts while on the move using voice assistant support (Siri, Google, Bixby), and supported smart home devices can be controlled from the watch.
The suite of advanced fitness and wellness features is considerable, with over 25 preloaded sports apps, built-in GPS, safety and tracking, detailed workout activity profiles, sleep and stress tracking, ‘Body Battery’ for energy levels, strength training, HIIT, and animated workouts for a variety of activities (yoga, Pilates, cardio and more). It’s a veritable personal trainer on your wrist!
A two-minute exercise session logged using the ‘Health Snapshot’ function records your vital stats, which can then be aggregated into a report using the Garmin Connect app. It’s a great way to track your progress.
The user interface is simple and responsive – use three buttons or the touchscreen for menu access and navigation – and battery life is good for up to nine days in smartwatch mode and eight hours when using GPS, with fast recharging.
You can now leave your phone in your pocket. With added connectivity for calls and voice assistant support, the Garmin Venu 2 Plus has got you well and truly covered wherever you are.