Review and Giveaway! K380 & M337 Combo as Logitech is 34

TGIF Giveaway No 2! Logitech is 34 this October and as part of the celebrations, they have kindly offered two sets of the K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the M337 Bluetooth Mouse for you readers and supporters! I tested one set of the K380/M337 and I like it. Would’ve love to keep one for myself but will share the joy. However, since I used one set for review, one set will be opened (and used for a week).

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard Review

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I especially enjoyed the K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard, since it can pair and toggle through a single button across three devices. Perfect for pairing your computer, phone and tablet. Need to send a lengthy Whatsapp message to your boss? Toggle the keyboard and you have the comfort and convenience of desktop typing.

It’s a good keyboard too. I like that the keyboard is compact and well-built. Although compact leads to smaller spacing and smaller keys, which requires some time to adjust. But it didn’t take me long. The keys offer a moderately quiet tactile response, with sufficient travel to make quick typing a breeze. The Logitech K380 also features round key buttons, which I personally felt round keys help in reducing typos.

The keyboard is designed to work with phones, tablets, Android, iOS, Windows computers, Macs, and more. As such, there are a whole lot of mobile device functions such as your Home, Settings, Back button at easy access. This special functions are also set to default, and the traditional function keys require the Fn+F* combination. This leads to a mild annoyance when using it with my Windows computer, since F2, Alt-F4, are combos I frequently used. The K380 uses two AAA battery, which is apparently good for two years. Batteries are included too!

The K380 is quite similar to the K480 keyboard but I prefer the K380 as it doesn’t have the tablet / phone dock. This allows it to be lighter and more compact, although you would still feel the heft of approximately 420g. It can fit your carry bag, but may not be an accessory that you would want to lug around all the time. If you want a more portable option, the Logitech Keys to Go comes to mind.

Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse Review

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The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse is less fanciful compared to the K380 keyboard. While you can switch across multiple devices at ease on the keyboard, you are limited to one bluetooth pair on the mouse. It looks and feels good though with it’s slight oft angular shape and textured plastic for a comfortable grip. Like other Logitech devices, there’s a programmable navigation button which defaults to mission control on a Mac or Task View on Windows, as well as left and right toggles on the scroll mouse. You can choose to install the associated Logitech app to change the features, but otherwise, it works great just by plugging it in.

The M337 uses a Laser-grade optical sensor which means it can work on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favorite study desk. Great for a portable laptop mouse. I heard that Bluetooth mice tend to suffer drop outs as compared to the more traditional RF 2.4 GHz wireless mice, but I didn’t really notice any issues when using the mouse. Felt as responsive as a normal wireless mouse, without the hassle of requiring a separate dongle.

How to take part in GadgetReactor TGIF Giveaway:

The Logitech K380 is priced at $54, and the Logitech M337 mouse is priced at $49. AND there will be two lucky readers to walk away with the full set. Just do three simple steps.

1) On my Facebook post, tell me why you would like to win the K380 & M337 in the comment box below and the two most creative post will stand to win a set! Don’t forget to hashtag #Logitechis34 and like Logitech’s Facebook page to qualify!

2) Do so before Saturday 31 October 2015.

3) If you haven’t yet, like GadgetReactor Facebook page too :)

That’s all!

Terms & Conditions

Contest is opened to people based in Singapore only (Sorry!).
Have fun!

Review: Jaybird X2 Sweatproof Wireless Earbuds

Been using the Jaybird X2 (review set) for a couple of weeks now. They are a sweet pair of in-ear sports wireless earphones that promises good music as you work out with great sound isolation.

Box Contents

The Jaybird X2 comes with :

  • X2 Wireless Buds
  • Comply™ Foam Ear Tips
  • Silicone Ear Tips
  • Secure-Fit Ear Fins
  • Cord Management Clips
  • USB 2.0 Charging Cable
  • Silicone Sport Carry Case

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The different sized cups, as well as different materials offer a snug, customised fit. There are holders for over or under ear placement to make them even more secure. Audio quality is decent, with good all around sound largely helped by securing an excellent fit. And they are perfect for the gym or for an outdoor run. Other earbuds have a tendency to slip out once your start perspiring but these Jaybirds stay snug in the ears.

Although personally, I find them a tad uncomfortable when worn for over an hour. I am already using the smallest holders and ear plugs. I might have small ears?

The Audio Experience

I’m not able to compare it to the previous version but the ear buds held up nicely against a variety of songs. Bass is good, coupled by the tight, secure fit, especially if you use the Comply tips. I like that the overall response was quite neutral, with the lows, mids, highs not overpowering each other. The Jaybird X2 excels in sound isolation, and when fitted properly, it is able to remove significant portion of background noise, leaving just you and the music.

The bluetooth does skip / drop slightly, not sure if it’s due to a congested bandwidth when stucked on the MRT, but otherwise performance has been quite stable. I noticed that skipping audio become more frequent when the battery is low. That’s also about the same time the Jaybird X2 cues you that the battery level is low. On that note, battery life is rated at 8 hours and it’s true to spec, often able to last a decent 8-9 hours on a stretch.

Features

8 Hour Battery Life

The battery life is rated at 8 hours and it’s true to spec. Typically it lasts me about a week for my daily up / down commute. The charging port is located under the right earbud cap.

Pairable to 8 devices

You can pair it to your mobile phones for commute, to your tablets when you are couch surfing, or to your smart watch (like Sony Smartwatch 3) if that’s what you take with you for jogs.

Sweat-Proof

The earphones are designed for the sports enthusiasts. I had a couple of bluetooth earphones damaged by sweat but this particular pair looks pretty sturdy. Jaybird X2 also a lifetime warranty against sweat.

Super Light and Snug Fit

At only 13.8g, the Jaybird X2 is super lightweight, I won’t even notice it if it’s draped around my neck. The included ear fins allow you to wear the Jaybird X2 both over and under ear, so you can choose your own preferred way. I prefer the over ear, since the cords don’t dangle around your neck.

Verdict

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The Jaybird X2 retails for $259 in Singapore, at major retailers, and you can also buy in online from Lazada. Worth it for the sports enthusiast? Mostly. It’s a tad expensive but you get a great pair of sweat proof bluetooth earbuds that stays in place during your workout. While research haven’t show that music during runs boost performance, it does help with the boredom and monotony of running for me!

Jaybird releases the next gen wireless sports ear buds X2

Designed for the sport enthusiasts, the new sweat-proof Jaybird X2 will be available in Singapore from today. They are the second generation to the rather popular BlueBuds X, which are standalone bluetooth earbuds for the sports enthusiasts. The new X2s have improved ear fin ergonomics, longer battery life, new vibrant colours, and an enhanced bluetooth signal to match your active lifestyle. This time around, the retail package will also include three sizes of comply sport memory foam ear tips, which were previously sold separately. These foam tips help ensure a better ear canal fit for you to immerse yourself to your workout tunes.

The X2 will be available at all leading electronic retailers from October (today), at the recommended retail price of $259. We will follow up with a review soon!

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Review: GoGear Splash n Dash Speaker

The Splash n Dash is a Bluetooth portable speaker under the GoGear brand, that’s splashproof, wireless, and suitable for those who enjoys singing in the shower or party outdoors. The big suction cup below allows it to stick on flat surfaces or even to prop up your phone. It’s rechargeable and compatible with any Bluetooth device (iPhone, iPad, Android phones, tablets, computers etc). I received it as a door gift at the GoGear launch event and here’s my review.
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