Month: January 2010

Review: The Sony Satio 12mp Camera Phone – Re-visited (Phones)

Posted by – January 27, 2010

As a phone – it’s okay. It has a great screen (the built in videos are quite impressive) although it’s not as colourful as the Nokia’s OLED screen. Acceptable touch screen – although I’m not a big fan – so never really got completely used to (or happy) using this phone. The stylus seems quite loose – which has resulted in me loosing it once, and nearly loosing it a second time. The phone feels a little cheap – very plastic – although the sliding lens cover is quite nice and the shutter button feels decent. It’s interesting (and a little surprising) to see Sony ditch Sony M2 memory cards and instead include an 8gb Micro SD cards. (It looks like Sony are doing the same with all their cameras and giving the option of Sony MS or standard SD cards). What else does it do… find out below…

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Ultimate Ears Super fi 5 silver earphones (Review)

Posted by – January 21, 2010

Ultimate Ears Super fi 5 silver earphones by Logitech. These are expensive earphones, priced at around £87 on Amazon UK. They come with 3 different sized rubber covers (aka “silicone ear cushions”, you get 4 sets in total, 2 are the medium size), and 1 size grey foam earpieces (you get 2 sets of these).

ultimate ears super fi 5

They provide a scary amount of noise isolation – especially with the foam ear tips – which I found the most comfortable. Walking down the street, you couldn’t hear cars driving past. They provide better noise isolation than the Sennheiser CX-300 IIs, and the foam ear tips are more comfortable in my opinion.

However, the sound is not necessarily better than the CX-300 II’s in my opinion – the CX-300s have louder bass, and crisper treble. The difference in sound quality is quite subtle, and the most noticable difference is in comfort, and noise isolation (it’s like wearing foam earplugs). Although the price is also noticeably higher for the Super 5s, costing three times as much as the CX-300s (currently £30)!

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One thing I’m not overly keen on is the slightly firm feeling cable – the CX-300s feel a little softer to the touch and the silicon / rubber ear tips are harder / firmer than the CX-300s – which seems to make the Super Fi 5s a little uncomfortable when wearing the silicon earpieces.

If you’re looking for excellent noise isolation and comfort then the UE Superfi 5s have the best options and most choice available regarding size and type of ear tip, however, I think it could be worth saving money by trying some Sennheiser CX-300 IIs first, or even Creative Labs EP-630/A Noise Isolating Earphones which are excellent performers considering they only cost £8. Especially if you’re upgrading from the free ones that came with your mp3 player.

UE Superfi 5 Specs:
Frequency response: 15 Hz – 15 kHz, Impedance: 13 ohms at 1kHz, Sensitivity: 115 dB SPL/mW at 1 kHz, Noise Isolation: 26dB, Gold plated 3.5mm jack

Sennheiser CX-300 II Specs:
Frequency response: 19 Hz-21,000 Hz, Impedance: 16 Ω, Sound pressure level: 113 dB (1kHz/1Vrms), Noise Isolation: not stated, Gold plated 3.5mm jack

Creative Labs EP-630/A Noise Isolation Earphones Specs:
Frequency response: 6 Hz – 23,000 Hz, Impedance: 16 ohms, Sound pressure level: 106dB, Noise Isolation: not stated, Gold plated 3.5mm jack

SuperFi Box Contents:
Super fi 5
Three sizes of soft silicone ear tips
2 sets of Comply foam ear tips;
cleaning tool
pocket ready pebble-shaped case.