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Review: Sennheiser HD 471G Headset with Inline Mic and 3 Button Control

The following is a review of the Sennheiser HD 471G Headset with Inline Mic and 3 Button Control, received as part of the Amazon Vine program.

High build quality, and terrific sound

Probably a decade ago I had a coworker who leant me a pair of her Sennheiser headphones for a couple hours one day. I was looking at picking up some nicer headphones, and she thought that listening to her's might sway me, I think. While they certainly sounded good, I'm not much of an audiophile, so for me, compared to cheap headphones the difference in quality just wasn't that different.

Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but after trying out the Sennheiser HD 471G headphones I'm a convert. Wow.

Let's first talk about what comes in the box. We have the headphones themselves with a standard plug, as well as a 6.3 mm adapter. However, it also includes a second, longer cable, with the ability to swap them out. It also includes a nice bag to put the headphones in, which I didn't end up using. It's soft, instead of a hard case, so you shouldn't expect it to keep them protected in bags.

The headphones feel pretty dang good, with a nice balance between being light, but not feeling cheap. On the head they also feel quite nice. The thickness of the top portion did take me a litle while to get used to, but wasn't a big deal. Otherwise I generally didn't even notice these were on, save when the top bumped up against something when I rested my head back. Super comfortable, with no risk of slipping off.

Now we've got the sound quality. I used these with a Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD 8, an Asus Transformer Book, and a Surface Pro 4. Quality across all of them was great, with a mix of Google Play music, YouTube videos, Netflix, and hours of a series on Funimation. I tried a wide range of sound, from both quiet talking to louder shows/movies, and was quite impressed by the sound, with no distortion.

All this said, as someone who had looked at Sennheiser in the past, but not been impressed after a short time with them, I can honestly say that I might have just needed to do so in order to get an idea of how good they actually sound. If you're already looking at these, I'd say they're worth it. They sound great, and they seem to have a good build quality. If you're on the fence about whether it's worth dropping so much on a set of headphones, if you see yourself wearing them a couple hours a day, or every other day, it might actually be worth giving these a go.

Personally, I give the Sennheiser HD 471G Headset a full 5 of 5 stars. For better or worse, I think my time with them made me a convert.

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Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2015 release) Case

The following is a review of the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2015 release) Case - Slim Lightweight Standing Custom Fit Cover with Auto Wake/Sleep for Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet, received as part of the Amazon Vine Program.

Nigh Perfect

A few weeks ago I was looking at tablets since my second generation Nexus 7 is starting to get rather slow, and doesn't seem to want to hold a charge as well as it once did. After taking a look at a handful of devices I decided to pick up a new Amazon Fire 8.

Naturally, when you buy a new tablet you have to buy a case for it, so I was glad to see Amazon's case up for review on Amazon Vine. While I had initially looked at the case when I was purchasing an SD card for the tablet, I was a little turned away by the price. In fact, I was definitely turned away by the price.

However, having now used the case for over three weeks I can honestly say this is one of the best cases I've had on a tablet.

The first nice thing about the case is that it leaves all of the buttons free. While a case with button covers doesn't necessarily mean the buttons require more pressure to be used, having them clear is so much easier.

The case also features a pretty powerful magnet, which combined with the case wraps around the device, means that the cover stays in place, but can still be removed with relative ease. It also sticks quite well to the back of the case, which means that it has the same profile open or closed, with no slippage. Do note that since the case can switch the power off automatically, once you put it into place initially you will have to switch it back on.

The oddest thing about the case is that the cover folds in half diagonally. Within the box itself is the two ways this fold can be used to stand it up either in portrait or landscape view. Honestly, I still haven't gotten used to this, and have to play around with the flap a bit before I get it right.

Finally, the case feels pretty ridge, but still has some flex to it. It fits fairly snug around the tablet itself, but leaves enough of the device free for it be relatively flat on the top of the tablet itself. This initially lead me to believe that it might pop out of the case, but thus far have had no issues with it.

The only minor complaint I have with this case is the fold to get the tablet standing up. However, since I do keep it mostly open, this is probably more due to lack of use. For this reason, I have to give the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2015 release) Case - Slim Lightweight Standing Custom Fit Cover with Auto Wake/Sleep for Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet a full five of five stars. The case itself is pricey, especially compared with the AmazonBasics line, which I'm most familiar with, but the case quality is high, and works very well.

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Review: Verso Fire 7 2015 Case - Sea Blue Classic Slim Fit Premium PU Leather Book Folio Style Protective Case (7 inch Display - 5th Generation, 2015 Release Only)

The following is a review of the Verso Fire 7 2015 Case - Sea Blue Classic Slim Fit Premium PU Leather Book Folio Style Protective Case (7 inch Display - 5th Generation, 2015 Release Only), received as part of the Amazon Vine Program.

If only the hinge were better

A few weeks ago I was looking at tablets since my second generation Nexus 7 is starting to get rather slow, and doesn't seem to want to hold a charge as well as it once did. After taking a look at a handful of devices I decided to pick up a new Amazon Fire 8.

However, over the course of the next couple days the price of the Amazon Fire 7 kept nagging at me, and since I'm a developer, and had some interest in developing for the Amazon Appstore, decided that I could splurge and get myself an early Christmas gift. Of course, that also meant that I needed to get a new case.

The first thing I immediately noticed was the material the case was made with, and the second was the smell. While I've since forgotten the smell, it lingered for the first handful of days, but was gone within a week.

The texture of the materials is still about, but hard to explain. It's smooth, but it has something that gives it a very slight texture. It's hard to explain, and is better than the inside texture, which is much more noticeable. I'm not sure what it is, but if I rub my thumbs back and forth on it the sound and texture causes 'tingles' in my upper back/neck.

Next we have the hinge, which based upon my review title, is the key sticking point for me. Unlike many other cases the back doesn't stay attached to the back of the case, but instead about two thirds fold away and are used for the stand.

While nice in principle, I instead found that if I wanted to hold the device as I would with a book, that the flexibility of the back and hinge caused the hinge to either fold oddly, or the top and most of the bottom to be too loose.

The other feature of the note are the buttons on the top of the case that cover both volume buttons and the power. While the volume buttons seem fine, with little more pressure required, the power button does require more pressure to switch on/off. The impact of this is fairly minor.

Finally, the case itself fits snugly around the Fire 7, and the top cover can be held in place, covering the screen, with the attached band. In practice I found that putting one edge of the band in place was sufficient most of the time. It seems sturdy enough, but time will tell how long it lasts.

Overall, the hinge is the biggest issue I have with this cover. For the 7-inch tablet I feel like my use case is as reading device, which means I ran into the hinge either buckling or sliding down far too often. Because of this I knock a star off and give the Verso Fire 7 2015 Case 4 of 5 stars.

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