Razer Kaira headphones for PlayStation go pro with wired and wireless PS5 audio

Razer just revealed their top-tier headphone line for the Sony PlayStation 5, equipped with high-end audio and matching aesthetics. The Razer Kaira is a name you might’ve heard in the past, if you’re looking for high quality gaming-aimed headphones. Here the company has a few versions of the headphones/headsets with some key PlayStation features.

The company revealed two headsets this week, one Kaira Headset for PlayStation, one Kaira Pro for PlayStation. They also revealed a Razer Quick Charging Stand for PlayStation for DualSense controllers. If you’re looking for the least expensive Razer headphones made specifically for the PS5, you’ll want the previously released Razer Kaira X for PlayStation – that will give you just the basics!

The Razer Kaira Headset for PlayStation works with TriForce 50mm Drivers, while the Pro version works with TriForce Titanium Drivers. The Kaira works with a Razer HyperClear Cardiod Mic, while the Pro works with a similar mic that’s also detachable. Both headsets work with Razer SmartSwitch, enabling quick switching between 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and Bluetooth.

You might want to switch between devices – especially if you’re the sort of gamer who uses a PlayStation 5 some of the time, but switches to a cloud gaming or mobile gaming platform whilst on-the-go. Low-latency Bluetooth in the headset works with Quick Connect functionality for easy flipping between devices.

Both versions of the headset work with wireless connectivity as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both also have FlowKnit Memory Foam Cushions around each ear, and a set of external colors that match the colors of the PlayStation 5 – blue and white.

The Karia Pro for PlayStation also comes equipped with Razer Hypersense. Razer’s “Smart Haptic Technology” allows sound from the PlayStation 5 console to be paired with physical rumbling in the headphones.

The Razer Kaira for PlayStation will be released for a price of approximately $100 USD. The Razer Kaira Pro for PlayStation will cost around $200. There’ll also be a Razer Quick Charging Stand for PlayStation available in White, Black, and Red colors for approximately $40 USD. Each of these peripherals should be available this week (mid-November, 2021) from Razer’s online store and at retailers across the United States.

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Xiaomi HyperCharge shows off 200W wired and 120W wireless charging

Battery technology, especially for smartphones, hasn’t evolved that much in the past years. That’s why smartphone makers have, instead, tried to upgrade the part that they can have more direct control. Charging technology, in contrast to batteries, has grown by leaps and bounds and we’re now looking at charging output at looks almost too dangerous to be true. But that’s exactly what Xiaomi is showing off with its newest HyperCharge technology that can fill up your phone in just 8 or 15 minutes.

Xiaomi, along with the likes of OPPO, Vivo, and even OnePlus, has been pushing the boundaries of smartphone charging where bigger companies like Samsung fear to tread. Xiaomi was one of if not the first to demonstrate 100W wired charging which it did eventually make available to consumers as 120W charging with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. Now it’s trying to break the Internet again with two charging claims that may get too hot for comfort.

Xiaomi HyperCharge, at least based on this video, supports both mind-blowing fast charging on both wired and wireless. Of course, wired will always be faster than wireless but it’s almost unbelievable that a phone could be charged to 100% in a matter of minutes using wireless charging technology.

With 200W wired charging, the phone in the demonstration goes from 0 to full in a matter of 8 minutes. For 100W wireless charging, the time almost doubles as expected. It does take 15 minutes for the same phone to charge to 100% using wireless technology.

Of course, Xiaomi does note that the phone shown in this video is a modified Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro with a 4,000 mAh battery. It will probably take some time before the technology actually becomes available to consumers but, given the risks involved, Xiaomi should take all the time it needs to perfect it.

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Sennheiser IE 900 high-performance wired earbuds are made for audiophiles

Sennheiser is back with a new pair of wired earbuds designed for audiophiles seeking high-quality audio in a portable form factor. The newly unveiled Sennheiser IE 900 in-ear headphones sport the maker’s X3R transducer with a triple-chamber absorber system and housings milled from an aluminum block. The design, Sennheiser says, makes ‘even the subtlest nuances of sound audible.’

The X3R is, according to Sennheiser, a refined version of its 7mm Extra Wide Band transducer. The design is intended to deal with the masking effect, which refers to an acoustic phenomenon in which the listener will not be able to hear higher frequency sounds at a lower volume if lower frequency sounds are playing at a louder volume at the same time.

Sennheiser says its triple-chamber absorber works to address this issue by stripping energy from the masking resonances, squashing unwanted peaks to make the ‘subtlest nuances’ audible. Joining the X3R is the Fidelity Plus MMCX connector, giving users the option to use their favorite cable with the earbuds.

Sennheiser ships the IE 900 earbuds with balanced 2.5mm and 4.4mm cables, as well as an unbalanced 3.5mm cable. These cords are para-aramid-reinforced and can, the company says, handle thousands of instances of bending. Users can expect a frequency range of 5Hz to 48kHz, minimized distortion, and adjustable ear hooks alongside memory foam and silicone ear tips for an ideal fit.

Sennheiser product manager Jermo Kohnke said:

No detail is too small when you’re striving to set a new benchmark in portable audio fidelity. We designed every component of the IE 900 to work together to deliver extraordinary audio performance. Whether in long listening sessions at home or on the go, listeners will never have to compromise on their music experience.

The Sennheiser IE 900 wired earbuds will arrive next month for $1,299.95 USD.

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Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro adds radar for less annoying motion alerts

Ring has a new addition to its camera-toting security light line-up, with the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro promising smarter detection and more useful alerts. Like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, launched back in February, this new floodlight camera borrows tech more familiar from modern cars, with a radar sensor to power 3D Motion Detection.

With that radar, the system can gather much more precise distance information for anything that might move in range. Not only can it understand that movement, but the distance at which it’s doing so, allowing for more granular control over what threshold homeowners get notifications.

So, you can choose not to have an alert if someone passes past your driveway, but to be notified if they walk up to the front door. Ring offers customizable motion zones to trigger recordings, and conversely privacy zones which can be established where motion won’t trigger those recordings. Video is secured as part of Ring’s ongoing end-to-end encryption preview.

The 3D Motion Detection allows for Bird’s Eye View, which is a top-down perspective of the area in front of the camera. It can show the path people take, including what movements were made before an alert might have been triggered. So, if you get that notification, you can also see where the person was walking beforehand.

As you’d expect, there’s HD video support, along with color night vision. The LED floodlight can be triggered when motion is spotted, along with a 110 dB siren. Ring Audio+ promises better two-way audio quality, with the company now using a microphone array for better pick-up as well as echo cancellation.

Just as the name suggests, the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro needs to be hard-wired for power. If you’ve already got a security light, you can most likely use the existing wiring for that. While that may be a relative annoyance in contrast to battery-powered security cameras and lights, the fact is that mains-powered versions typically react faster and can record more information, since they don’t have to come out of a low-power mode first.

As for data, that’s handled via WiFi. You can access the recordings, and the Bird’s Eye View captures, through the Ring app, as well as summon a live video on Alexa-powered smart displays like the new Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen).

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is available for preorder now, priced at $249.99. It’ll ship from May 6, 2021. The original Ring Floodlight Cam will remain on sale, meanwhile, with the price dropping to $199.99.

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