BURO Gadget Guide: 5 New tech gadgets on our radar this November 2021


By Natalie Khoo

BURO Gadget Guide: 5 New tech gadgets on our radar this November 2021

This month, there are new gadgets designed for work, for play, and for daily use. Some highlights include Acer’s new eco-laptop and Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, whereas Jabra and JBL have both introduced headphones with practical features for the modern, digital-savvy user. Ahead, we round up the best tech products on our radar for November 2021.

Jabra Evolve2 75 Headset

Those who have become accustomed to the WFH life will understand the importance of having a powerful computer and peripherals. The Jabra Evolve2 75 Headset is specially engineered to fill the gap in the latter, especially where communications (think Zoom calls and Microsoft Teams) is concerned, making flexible working simpler and more productive for everyone, everywhere.

Launching as the first of Jabra’s Evolve range to offer fully adjustable Jabra Advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), the headset promises to deliver crystal-clear calls and pitch-perfect music in any surroundings, backed by its advanced triple chipset and 8-microphone technology. The mute and auto-answer-enabled microphone boom arm is 33 per cent shorter than before, allowing for greater flexibility while ensuring better-sounding audio. Additionally, the Busylight now offers 360-degree visibility to alert others when you’re in an important call and should not be disturbed, ensuring total focus.

The Evolve2 75 comes with up to 36 hours of MusicTime, 24 hours of TalkTime (without ANC and Busylight)—up by 33 per cent compared to its predecessor. Complete with an ergonomic fit for the ear cups, reimagined leatherette, and dual cushion design to improve ventilation and reduce ear pressure, the headset is fully equipped to take you seamlessly from work to play in comfort. It comes in MS Teams and Unified Communication (UC) variants, each optimised for the respective platforms.

Price: RM1,950 (Black or Beige) | RM2,230 with a charging stand (Black only)

Availability: From November 12th through Jabra authorised resellers in both MS Teams and Unified Communication (UC) variants

For more information, visit the website.

Acer Aspire Vero

In a technology-driven age, e-waste is a matter of increasing concern. Acer is doing its part to cater to eco-minded users with the Aspire Vero, an eco-friendly laptop made from recycled materials. The chassis is made from 30 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and the keycaps are made from 50 per cent PCR plastic. Acer claims the screen is 99 per cent recyclable, whereas the packaging is fully recyclable.

To highlight its thoughtful design, the R and E keycaps are mirrored—reinforcing the message to (re)duce, (re)use and (re)cycle. Moreover, the chassis is paint-free to lower the negative impact of VOCs and the laptop is built in such a way that it can be easily repaired or upgraded.

The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch 1080p LED display, stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and a battery that lasts up to 7 hours. It is powered by 11th generation Intel processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and is sold in two variants: the Core i5 and Core i7. The i5 model has 8GB of RAM while the i7 model has 16GB of RAM, with both models equipped with 512GB of flash storage. For connectivity, both models come with Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 as standard.

Price: RM3,399 (Core i5 model) | RM4,299 (Core i7 model)

Availability: From 11 November onwards via the Acer Malaysia StoreShopee and other authorised resellers nationwide

For more information, visit the website.

Sony Xperia Pro-I

Sony has unveiled the new Xperia Pro-I—the high-end variant of its flagship smartphone line—designed with professional imaging performance for photographers, videographers, and cinematographers. (Hint: the ‘I’ in its name stands for imaging.) This is supported by a large 1.0-type image sensor, a Zeiss Tessar Optics lens, and Sony’s advanced image signal processors, resulting in high-resolution content with realistic textures and incredible detail.

It comes with a triple rear camera setup, including a 12MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Meanwhile, there’s an 8MP front camera for selfies. In terms of display, the Pro-I arrives with a 6.5-inch OLED display with 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a 21:9 aspect ratio. Audio-wise, it features stereo speakers and stereo microphones. And yes, the headphone jack is retained.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, paired with 12GB of RAM. It comes with 512GB of onboard storage, supporting up to 1TB of additional storage with a microSD card. The battery is rated at 4,500mAh and supports 30W fast charging. It comes with IP68 dust and water resistance for durability.

Price: RM7,199

Availability: Pre-orders start from 15 November to 15 December 2021 via the official Sony Online store with deliveries scheduled for 17th December onwards

For more information, visit the website.

JBL Tour One

In conjunction with the brand’s 75th anniversary, JBL has brought its latest additions to the Tour Series to Malaysian shores. Fronting the series is the JBL Tour One, the brand’s smart over-ear noise-cancelling headphones which offer True Adaptive Noise Cancellation technology that adapts to the optimised level of noise cancellation for the user’s environment. It’s powered by 40mm dynamic drivers and 4-mic technology for superior sound and call quality.

On top of JBL Pro Sound, it features Smart Audio Mode that allows users to optimise the Bluetooth connection for normal listening, increase fidelity in music mode, or watch videos with the low latency video mode. The battery is good for up to 50 hours of total music playback with Bluetooth only or 25 hours with Noise Cancelling and Bluetooth on. With Speed Charge, 10 minutes of charging offers up to two hours of playback, while a full charge can power up to a full week of activity.

Price: RM1,699

Availability: From November onwards via the JBL Online StoreLazada and Shopee

For more information, visit the website.

DJI Action 2

If you’re in the market for action cameras, there’s the new DJI Action 2 for your consideration. It comes smaller, more versatile, and more powerful than its predecessor, allowing users to capture their adventures in 4K. The camera features a 1/1.7-inch sensor that records up to 4K/120fps video with rich detail, as well as a super-wide 155-degree field of view to capture more immersive footage.

Equipped with RockSteady 2.0 and proprietary Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology, it boasts a new level of smoothness even when taking highly dynamic shots. Thanks to its compact, interchangeable and adaptive magnetic design, the camera can be used with a range of DJI’s tools and modules to frame, shoot, and monitor the camera, without compromising its stabilisation systems.

In terms of display, it comes with a 1.76-inch OLED touchscreen with an additional OLED screen on the front touchscreen module. Plus, the camera offers a variety of features including slow motion, hyperlapse, timelapse, livestream, QuickClip, and UVC. As for the battery, the Camera Unit has a run time of 70 minutes on its own, 160 minutes when connected with the Front Touchscreen Module, and 180 minutes with the power module.

Price: RM1,999

Availability: Now available from the DJI Store and Shopee

For more information, visit the website.

Find more new launches in last month’s BURO Gadget Guide here.

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