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Epson launches new, fast and powerful large-format document scanner

Epson Australia has launched their WorkForce DS-32000 large-format document scanner, expanding their existing line-up of commercial scanners. The scanner has been designed to meet the needs of high-volume enterprise and service bureau office environments.

With modern offices increasingly turning to digital document management systems, it is important that paper documents are properly scanned and legible for their intended user. The ability to quickly scan large volumes of documents to create archive-quality, searchable documents is essential to ensure the smooth running of the modern office. Continue reading Epson launches new, fast and powerful large-format document scanner

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

I’ve reviewed a fair number of headsets, usually of the gaming variety, but I can’t say that I’ve ever tried a pair with active noise cancelling. Skullcandy’s Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset is a stylish bit of kit incorporating active noise cancelling and a few other surprises.

Active noise cancelling works using a microphone to listen out of ambient noise and then outputting an opposing wavelength, effectively cancelling out background noise. Anything below the frequency of a human voice tends to be shut out. So, you are still, unfortunately, going to hear the kids screaming at each other.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

Another stand-out feature, which is new to me, is the optional, and adjustable, haptic feedback. As a life-long fan of bass, this feature, that Skullcandy calls Sensory Bass, vibrates the earpieces to match the bass sound, allowing you to “feel” the bass. I kind of like it, even though I feel it emulates having your volume turned up too much.

The headset’s sound quality is superb. And, with the active noise cancelling, I didn’t feel the need to crank the volume up high. The Sensory Bass at a moderate setting emulated an eardrum shattering audio experience, without actually shattering my eardrums. Of course, you can max it all out with the volume and vibrations taking me right make to my clubbing days standing right next to the speakers.

From a practical point-of-view, I found the headset to be an incredible addition to my PC gaming setup. In the Sydney heat, the gaming review PC’s cooling system is working hard to chill all those tweaked components. Whilst I have a top performing PC, it can get noisy in the Summer months. But, with Skullcandy’s Crusher ANC, the active noise cancelling completely shuts out PC case fan noise, enabling even the most subtle sounds to be clear and crisp without a fan droning in the background. To be honest, it’s going to be difficult going back to gaming with a regular headset.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

I’m certainly not groovy and extrovert enough to wander about sporting such a beautiful headset for general mobile phone audio use. I’m sure, however, that many of you would have no qualms showing off what has to be one of the stylish headsets I’ve worn.

The Crusher ANC is available in black and red. I was sent the red to test, a deep burgundy red, with soft leather-look cushions. The headset folds up to fit in a neat-looking protective zipped travel case that has a space for the included audio jack and USB-C charging cable, as well.

The headset is well constructed. Whilst initially I was concerned that was a bit flimsy, there is a flexible metal strip running between the cups that give it a bit of reinforcing. Overall, the headset has a nice finish and feels a lot less plasticky than other headset offerings.

Using a downloadable mobile app, the headset audio can be tuned to create a personal sound profile, just for you. Whilst I was able to pair the headset with my phone, the app couldn’t find the headset. You may have better luck.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

Being Bluetooth, the headset does not come with a wireless dongle, so your devices will need to be Bluetooth compatible. This shouldn’t be a problem for mobile devices, but if you want to use the headset with a PC, you may need to check that it supports Bluetooth. If it doesn’t, you can pick up a USB Bluetooth dongle for under $20. You can also use the included wired audio jack.

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC is not cheap at A$599.95/NZ$599.95, but unlike many prestige-priced headsets, Skullcandy are offering some premium features. The active noise cancelling and haptic bass feedback are so effective that you’ll wonder how you coped without them. Be it for use with your phone around town, on an aeroplane or gaming on a PC/console the Skullcandy Crusher ANC offers a fantastic audio experience.

D-Link DIR-3060 EXO Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router review

D-Link’s EXO Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router is designed to provide fast wireless networking for today’s modern internet enabled homes.

The way we use the internet is far cry from that of a decade ago. Most homes now have a multitude of devices of vying for valuable Wi-Fi bandwidth. Continue reading D-Link DIR-3060 EXO Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router review

D-Link Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera review

D-Link’s mydlink HD camera range gets a boost with the DCS-8600LH outdoor Wi-Fi Camera.

Whilst camera looks the same as those supplied with D-Link’s DCS-2802KT Omna wire-free outdoor camera kits, instead of needing to be regularly recharged the DCS-8600LH is powered via a USB cable connected to an included power supply. Continue reading D-Link Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera review

Aspire release the affordable GEN 4G dual-SIM smartphone for AU$149

Australian phone manufacturer, Aspera Mobile have launched the GEM, a 4G dual-SIM device, the latest in its range of affordable smartphones. The full-featured Android Pie smartphone is available for AU$149. Continue reading Aspire release the affordable GEN 4G dual-SIM smartphone for AU$149

Western Digital speeds up your gaming with the WD_Black P10 Game Drive

With the WD_Black USB Game Drive, veteran hard drive manufacturer, Western Digital seeks to solve gamers’ storage dilemma.

Remember when you thought that 1TB of hard drive space in your PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X would be more than enough? Twice as much space than the OG versions of the current gen consoles, it’s still a paltry amount. Whilst Sony allows users to prise open their machine and put in a larger drive, it’s still a fair bit of fiddling about. Xbox One owners have no alternative but to plug in an external hard drive. Continue reading Western Digital speeds up your gaming with the WD_Black P10 Game Drive

Hands-on review: Skullcandy Push wireless earbuds

Skullcandy’s Push wireless Bluetooth earbuds add another offering for users in an increasingly crowded market. I’m not a regular user of earbuds, but I’ve got to say, with the number of wireless earbuds out there, there’s really no reason to have wires hanging from your ears anymore. Indeed, my Huawei phone doesn’t even have a headphone socket. Continue reading Hands-on review: Skullcandy Push wireless earbuds