LucidSound has announced their new LS100X Wireless Gaming Headset

Founded in 2016, bought out by PowerA in 2020 – it’s safe to say the LucidSound name is here to stay. And that’s great for fans of gaming headsets, for it is they who have been able to deliver some pretty tasty options to the market. The latest is the new LucidSound LS100X Wireless Gaming Headset.

A feature-rich gaming headset that promises to be lightweight, comfortable and utterly perfect for long gaming sessions, the LucidSound LS100X Wireless Gaming Headset will cater for players on Xbox, PC and mobile.

Crafted specifically with the Xbox Series X|S audience in mind, but fully compatible with Xbox One, PC and mobile, LucidSound have gone about carefully considering consumer feedback in order to create the ultimate high-value wireless headset with a groundbreaking collection of features.

Whether you are on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10/11 or mobile devices via Bluetooth, the Designed for Xbox LS100X is available now at as well as Amazon. Expect to pay around $99.99 for it.

We’ve been hands on with a multitude of headsets and accessories over the years, so what’s special about this one? Well, the LucidSound LS100X is wireless for starters, but thanks to an Extended Play Battery Life you’re looking at 130 hours of playtime through Bluetooth and 72 hours via the USB adapter. That’s huge numbers.

Further, it’s lightweight, it’s got memory foam padding and tons of comfort in the headband. You’ll also find quick access controls on both earcups, a dual-mic system and some custom tuned 50mm drivers.

In all, the key features of this one include:

Comfortable Marathon Gaming – With the LS100X, the fun doesn’t have to stop thanks to its impressive Extended Play Battery Life that gives gamers up to 130 hours of playtime when connected via Bluetooth or up to 72 hours in Game Mode when connected via the Wireless USB adapter. Gamers can finally play multiple marathon gaming sessions in a row without having to break just to charge their headset. Plus, the headset is engineered to look and feel great during all that playtime. The ultra-lightweight frame and memory foam padding on both the earcups and headband provide a superior level of comfort.
Built for Xbox, PC, and Even Mobile Gaming – This versatile headset features two ways to connect to your favorite consoles, PC, and mobile devices. In Game Mode, LS100X connects seamlessly to the included Wireless USB Adapter, providing a low latency interference-free connection that is strong even in crowded Wi-Fi environments. Switching to Bluetooth Mode allows the headset to connect to a device through Bluetooth. This can be a mobile device, PC, or a compatible Bluetooth enabled device. With two connection types to choose from, gamers can pick one that meets their audio needs and switching between the two is as simple as holding down a button.
Competitive Gaming Edge – The LS100X features Quick Access Audio Controls located on the left and right earcups, providing a simple method to quickly adjust a variety of audio settings for the headset. This along with the dual-mic system, optional mic monitoring, and voice prompts to operate the headset, gives gamers a personalized audio experience without having to fumble with small dials.
More – This headset comes with custom tuned 50mm drivers, which provide amazing sound quality in games and voice chat. Users can choose from 3 different EQ modes: Signature, Bass Boost, and FPS to give gamers the biggest advantage depending on what they are playing or listening to. For the best audio experience when playing on Xbox or PC, the headset offers premium spatial sound through Windows Sonic.


Sneak peek at the user experience we can expect with the PS VR2 headset

Sony Interactive Entertainment has given us a sneak peek into the user experience we can expect when the PlayStation VR2 is released later this year.

The virtual reality headset will be supported by the world’s top gaming developers who are busily creating next generation games and experiences.

PS VR2 will include a see-through view which means users can easily check their real-life surroundings without needing to remove the headset.

This is enabled thanks to the PS VR2’s embedded front cameras which can be accessed using the function button on the headset to switch between viewing your surroundings and the content through the headset.

The PS VR 2 will also allow you to broadcast yourself while you’re playing by connecting a PS5 HD camera to the console.

The PS VR2 will also allow you to make best use of the space you have at home.

The onboard cameras can scan the room while the controllers can map the play area so the game will be adjusted to fit your environment.

Also onboard the PS VR2 is VR Mode and Cinematic Mode.

In VR Mode users can enjoy a 360-degree view in a virtual environment with content displayed in 4000 x 2040 HD video format – that’s 2000 x 2040 per eye with a 90Hz/120Hz frame rate.

In Cinematic Mode, the PS VR2 can view the PS5 system and UI along with non-VR game and media content on a virtual cinema screen.

Cinematic Mode will be displayed in 1920 x 1080 HDR video format with either 24/60Hz and 120Hz frame rate.

Meta is hiking the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by US$100

Meta is hiking the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by US$100
It’s a US$100 price increase for both models, though Meta is sweetening the deal by including a killer VR app for free.

If Meta’s Quest 2 virtual reality headset has been on your shopping list for a while, you might want to pick one up before Aug. 1.

Meta has confirmed that the start of August will also mark the beginning of a new, pricier chapter for the Quest 2. Both models of the fully wireless VR headset are having their prices increased, with the 128GB capacity model jumping up to US$399.99 and the 256GB capacity model jumping up to US$499.99. They’re still selling at their lower prices now, as of July 26, so you can save yourself the US$100 if you act before the month is over.

Meta announced the news in a pair of tweets that clarified some of the thinking behind the decision. “In order to continue investing in moving the VR industry forward for the long term, we are adjusting the price of Meta Quest 2 headsets,” the tweet reads.

In a move that’s surely meant to soften the blow, Meta added that new headset purchases will include “an offer to download” the popular rhythm game Beat Saber. A welcome bonus, as Beat Saber is easily one of VR’s top “killer apps” at this point.

But it’s a US$30 game that’s powered in part by in-app purchases that grow your music library — none of which you get for free — so it hardly offsets that US$100 price hike. Especially since the Beat Saber freebie is only an option until the end of 2022.

Meta lays out some of the thinking behind its decision in a related blog post. If you’re looking for the short version, here it is: This stuff just costs more to make now, according to Meta.

“The costs to make and ship our products have been on the rise. By adjusting the price of Quest 2, we can continue to grow our investment in groundbreaking research and new product development that pushes the VR industry to new heights,” the post reads. You can also expect to see prices increase on Quest accessories and refurbished headsets.

While Meta is correct in pointing out that the Quest 2 is “the most affordable VR headset with a comparable feature set on the market,” that statement also slides by an important detail. So far, very little has come along to challenge the Quest 2. So there isn’t a comparable wireless headset on the market, period.

The Quest 2’s closest competitors are either considerably more expensive, as is the case with the US$1,000-plus Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2; or they fail to measure up, with Sony’s PSVR (US$350) several generations behind the hardware curve and HP’s Reverb G2 just plain costing more for a lesser experience. The Reverb G2, just like all the other competitors named here, delivers wired-only VR. So the Quest headsets are unrivaled in that sense, as the only fully wireless high-powered headset.

All of which frees up Meta to do whatever it wants with headset pricing and set the pace in turn for future releases. Given what’s ahead in the VR space, that could be even more meaningful.

We know already that a successor to the Quest 2 is incoming. Meta’s so-called “Project Cambria” is set to offer a higher-end VR experience than the company currently offers, with improved, full-color front-facing cameras that make “mixed reality” experiences more of a possibility on (and focus of) the new platform. By raising the floor pricing for Quest 2 hardware, Meta is setting Cambria up to launch at an even higher price.

It could work, given the lack of competition. But it’s also impossible to ignore the fact that Meta announced the price hike news on the same day that Sony shared its latest look at the PlayStation VR2 headset. While that hardware can’t compete on the wireless front — you’ll need to connect it to a PS5 — its fundamental dependence on console hardware also makes more competitive pricing possible.

Meta Quest 2 VR Headsets Receiving Drastic Price Increase

While Meta has had a huge advantage in the virtual reality space for quite some time thanks to the low cost of entry with its Meta Quest 2 headsets, this won’t prove to be true for much longer. Starting at the beginning of next month, Meta has revealed that it will be increasing the cost of both Quest 2 devices. And while it might be assumed that this price increase wouldn’t be too large, the value is actually going up by a drastic margin.

Meta revealed that it’s planning a $100 increase across the board for its Meta Quest 2 headsets. For the baseline model of the Quest 2, this means that the hardware’s cost has gone up by a sizable 33%. Even though this might seem like a baffling jump, Meta claims that the price increase will help the company further double down on VR.


Is this the future of VR headset design and the Metaverse?

Meta has teased a vision of what the future of headsets might look like with a concept vision of a slimline headset being used for training purposes.

The company has released a page on its site titled “The impact of the Metaverse” and on that page it has stated that it is “…building incredible things for the metaverse”. Those things include the technology to help connect people to new virtual experiences. Those experiences include immersive training like allowing a surgeon to practice intricate surgery in virtual reality.

Meta has teased a vision of what the future of headsets might look like with a concept vision of a slimline headset being used for training purposes.

The company has released a page on its site titled “The impact of the Metaverse” and on that page it has stated that it is “…building incredible things for the metaverse”. Those things include the technology to help connect people to new virtual experiences. Those experiences include immersive training like allowing a surgeon to practice intricate surgery in virtual reality.

Apple MR headset launching in January 2023

While WWDC is still going on, we got all the announcements yesterday which we recapped in this keynote wrap-up article. One of the rumors heading into the event was that Apple might give us a sneak peak at its mixed reality headset but that did not pan out. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now giving us an expected timeframe as to when we’ll actually see the product.

Due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns in China and Shanghai in particular, Apple was forced to backtrack on its MR headset development and Kuo believes the product will enter its EVT (Engineering Validation Test) stage later on in Q3 2022.

After the headset is finalized, Kuo predicts a media launch event in January 2023 with developer toolkit units shipping 2-4 weeks after said event. Pre-orders are expected to start in Q2 2023 while open sales will likely start around WWDC 2023. All these dates are still far away at this point so we’ll just have to wait and see if they actually hold up.

Meta finally adds parental supervision tools in its VR headset

Meta is bringing parental supervision tools to its Meta Quest VR headsets, almost three years after the first release. Three years! Now, concerned parents can limit what can be accessed on the headsets, but the features aren’t quite ready yet.

Instead, parents will have to wait as Meta gradually rolls out its supervision tools. The first feature will be an expansion of the existing unlock pattern, starting in April.

In its current form, pattern unlock only works when the headset is first accessed. Meta is going to make it so you can set unlock patterns for specific apps.

In May, Meta says it will start age-gating apps in the Quest app store. Teens 13+ won’t be able to download age-inappropriate apps, as determined by the International Age Rating Coalition.

However, parents will be able to unblock individual apps if they trust their teen’s maturity levels.

Also in May, Meta’s suite of parental supervision tools will appear. Parent Dashboard lives in the Oculus mobile app and provides controls for blocking specific apps, access to Link or Air Link, and things like screen time statistics. It will also show any purchases the teen makes.

It’s a good start for Meta, who doesn’t exactly have the best track record on limiting harm to teens. Parental controls are only as good as the parent using them; so it remains to be seen how well they work once available.


Your earbuds are gross: Here’s how to clean them properly

It’s a bit stomach-turning when you think about the germs, viruses, grime, and other crud covering our devices.

Wiping away the crud
Compared to other gadgets, earbuds rack up an extraordinary amount of nastiness. They collect dirt and skin particles, earwax, grease, and sweat. They’re like portable Petri dishes for our biological debris. Yuck.

Luckily, it’s not hard to wipe it all away. First, grab a microfiber cloth. I like this 6-pack from EliteTechGear, which you can get for less than $10.

Lightly dampen it and wipe down the cord and body of each earbud. You can use these steps for your earbuds’ charging case, too, but avoid anything wet on the speaker area of your headphones.

If you prefer cleaning wipes as I do, grab a big affordable pack, so you never run out.

Pro tip: If you have white corded headphones covered in dirt and scuffs, use a pencil eraser to buff the dark streaks away.

When cleaning your earbud speakers, you need to be careful. Sharp objects like toothpicks or safety pins can do severe damage. A plastic tool, like a flosser, is a safer option for scraping earwax or other buildups from around the edge. Once you’re done, use a dry cloth to wipe away the junk gently.

One viral TikTok trick recommends Blu Tack, the reusable adhesive putty used to hang up posters, as a safer option. Sculpt it into a ball and press it into your earbud speakers. When you pull it away, it should have picked up all the junk inside your buds.

Here’s what you need to avoid
Whatever you do, don’t run water over your earbuds. Sure, you can use a slightly damp cloth or cleansing wipe – but make sure you soak up that moisture with a dry, soft, and lint-free cloth when you’re done.

Avoid metal or wire brushes. You’ll also want to skip chemical detergents. Plain water should be more than enough for the cord and body of your headphones or earbuds.

Of course, make sure to be super careful when you wipe — no rough tugging or harsh pulling over the mesh speakers. Avoid any cleaners here.

And once you’re done, be sure to dry your earbuds with a clean, soft cloth. Don’t charge them until you’re 100% sure they are moisture-free.


Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds review

Comfortable fit
Excellent sound quality
Very good noise canceling
Very good transparency
Good call quality
IPX4 water resistance
No wireless charging
No EQ or control customization
No Bluetooth multipoint
Require frequent fit adjustment

Though late to the true wireless earbuds party, legendary Japanese audio brand Denon has taken the plunge with two new competitively priced models — the $159 AH-C830NCW with active noise cancellation (ANC) and the $99 AH-C630W. We check out the noise-canceling model to see how Denon’s first try at true wireless compares to similarly priced earbuds from the leaders in this space.

Familiar design

It’s pretty clear right from the get-go that Denon is making a play for the folks who like Apple’s AirPods Pro. Placed side by side, the Noise Cancelling Earbuds and AirPods Pro look very similar, especially given that the Denons come in white (you can choose black as well).

There are some subtle differences: Denon’s stems are a bit thicker, and capped in an elegant chrome-finished tip. And instead of Apple’s pinch controls on the stems, Denon uses the more common touch-based style that Apple uses on its first-and second-gen AirPods.

In the box, Denon includes three sizes of silicone eartips to help you get a good seal, and a short USB-C charging cable.

The relatively large charging case has a flat bottom so it can stand on its own, and it features an elegant, angled lid that’s easy to open and close. Unfortunately, getting the earbuds out of the case can be tricky. The super-smooth plastic used on the outer shell makes it difficult to get a good grip, so you must master the technique of using your thumb as a lever to nudge each earbud out of its socket high enough so that you can grip them with your index finger. Unlike the AirPods Pro, the case doesn’t support wireless charging.


Denon says the Noise Cancelling Earbuds are Class 1 Bluetooth devices, which usually means they should get better range than non-Class 1 devices. But I found the range to be about average — 30 to 40 feet indoors and 50 to 60 feet outside. Within these distances, the connection was very stable and latency was never an issue while watching videos.

Android users get Google Fast Pair, which makes the initial connection as easy as flipping open the case lid and tapping the connect button on your phone’s screen.



Jabra has carved out a stellar reputation for its range of truly wireless earbuds over the years. The company decided to overhaul its lineup of TWS earbuds with the launch of three new models – the premium Jabra Elite 7 Pro priced at Rs 18,999, the sporty variant dubbed the Jabra Elite 7 Active with a price tag of Rs 15,999, and finally, the entry-level Jabra Elite 3 priced at Rs 6,999. Jabra sent us the Elite 7 Pro and the Elite 3 for review. In this article, we will be reviewing the former. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro sports the same price tag as the Jabra Elite 85t that launched in India late in 2020 and it shares a lot of features with the Elite 85t for that reason. However, Jabra is positioning the Elite 7 Pro as the successor of the older Jabra Elite 75t. In comparison to the Jabra Elite 75t, the Elite 7 Pro comes packing some upgrades in terms of IP rating, wireless charging, and more. At this price range, the earphones compete against stellar options in the market such as the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the Apple AirPods 3. However, owing to Jabra’s strong reputation and history in the true wireless space, we were cautiously optimistic when testing these earphones. Did these new earbuds meet our expectations or not? Let’s find out.


With the Elite 7 Pro, Jabra has gone back to their tried-and-tested design formula of rounded earbuds – that they used and popularised in the Elite 75t and 65t lineup – over the semi-open oval-shaped design that the company adopted for the Elite 85t. This design creates a much more secure fit as compared to the Elite 85t but you may get the plugged-up ear feeling that some users may dislike. The earbuds have to be twisted and locked in place to create a snug, secure fit.

Both the earbuds and the charging case are significantly smaller than the Elite 85t; which makes them more portable, but also makes the buds easier to lose. However, we prefer this design language over the clunkier one of the Elite 85t. According to Jabra, the shape of the earbuds has been designed “using data from 62,000 ear scans”. The earbuds are extremely comfortable and don’t cause any fatigue even after hours of usage. You also get a snug and secure fit that helps during activities such as gymming, running, walking, and more.

The earbuds have a matte-black finish that looks understated yet elegant. They are also rated IP57, so you don’t have to worry about dust or water damage. The charging case’s hinge, however, isn’t very robust since it is only reinforced by plastic, so keep that in mind.

Since the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is positioned as the successor to the Elite 75t and not the 85t, these earbuds come packing 6mm drivers. The Elite 75t also housed 6mm drivers, but Jabra has stated that the 6mm drivers used this time around are re-engineered. In contrast, the Elite 85t housed much larger 12mm drivers that brought in oodles of punch, especially in the low-bass region. The Elite 75t has a similar frequency response curve in the bass region as the Elite 85t but due to the smaller drivers, you can feel a drop in low-bass impact and also, overall volume levels. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro has a pleasant V-shaped sound signature with emphasised lows and highs. The mids are, surprisingly, accurately produced which results in detailed vocals and lead instruments reproduction.

The lows have a nice weight to them without sounding boomy or muddy. These buds won’t extract as much detail in the sub-bass region as compared to the Elite 85t, however, it’s pretty good for casual listening. These earbuds do sound much more controlled in the bass region in comparison to the Elite 75t. Another thing in the Jabra Elite 7 Pro’s favour in comparison to the Elite 85t is that the mids are better reproduced so the problem of auditory masking isn’t as jarring as on the Elite 85ts. So, vocals sound engaging in the mix without being overshadowed by the lows. The highs are also pretty decent, however, there’s a prominent drop-off post 6kHz that robs some detail from cymbals and hi-hats. Also, the region from 2kHz to 4.5kHz sees a spike on the graph that results in bright-sounding highs that may become slightly fatiguing to listen to over extended periods of time.

As for imaging, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro impresses with the accurate positioning of elements in tracks within the soundscape. However, the soundstage is mediocre, at best, mainly due to the smaller driver size and the closed-off design. This contrasts with the Elite 85t’s wide soundstage due to the semi-open design. Overall, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is warm sounding pair of earbuds that produce pristine mids and decent highs as well. So, genres such as pop, EDM, rap, and hip hop should be right up the Elite 7 Pro’s alley but these buds aren’t well-equipped enough to excel with classical and rock tracks.

Now, moving on to the microphone, this is one area Jabra earphones consistently blow us away. This time is no different. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro houses four microphones with a VPU (voice pick up) sensor in each bud. These sensors use bone conduction technology to transmit your voice via the vibrations in your jawbone, according to the company. Jabra’s algorithms then cancel out other ambient sounds such as wind and voices. During our testing period, we were supremely impressed with the Jabra Elite 7 Pro’s microphone quality. Be it calls or voice recordings, the speaker’s voice sounds crystal clear with barely any distortion. Ambient sounds are also reduced drastically making this one of the best microphone systems we’ve come across on a TWS pair of earbuds.

While the microphone impressed us thoroughly, we were disappointed by the choppy wireless connectivity. The earbuds come with Bluetooth v5.2 and 33 feet of wireless range. In our testing period of two weeks, the earphones’ wireless connection suffered from many lags and stutters and there was also the occasional connection drop altogether, which did get frustrating over time. A firmware update did alleviate the issue slightly, but we still experienced the occasional lag and stutter after that as well, although it was considerably less frequent. This could be an issue with our particular review unit but we had a similar experience on the Elite 75t as well. We also noticed that a few other reviews (global reviews) also complain about the same issue, so keep that in mind.

One of the most enticing features of the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is Active Noise Cancellation. We raved about the ANC quality of the Jabra Elite 85t and we were expecting to do the same for Jabra’s latest and greatest. However, we were met with disappointment since the Active Noise Cancellation on the Elite 7 Pros isn’t half as effective as the 85t’s ANC performance. Not only do these buds struggle with cancelling out mid and high-end sounds, they also surprisingly struggle with cancelling out all low-end sounds such as the hum of an AC. The buds’ saving grace on this front is excellent passive isolation facilitated by the snug seal provided by the earbuds. In fact, we could barely tell when the ANC mode was not and when it wasn’t, which speaks volumes for how ineffective the ANC is on the Elite 7 Pros. We’d even go as far as to advise you to turn on ANC mode altogether to save some juice.

The Elite 7 Pro also comes with a HearThrough mode that heightens environmental sounds, allowing users to be aware of their surroundings. This mode worked pretty well and sounded quite natural as well, although they don’t come close to how natural the AirPods Pro’s Ambient Mode sounds. But it is pretty comparable to the Sony WF-1000XM3’s ambient sound mode. Both ANC and Hearthrough modes are adjustable; users can choose the intensity of these modes via the Jabra Sound+ app.

Aside from Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode, another excellent feature on the Elite 7 Pro is Jabra Sound+ app support. Jabra’s Sound+ app has consistently been one of the most versatile accompanying apps for headphones in the market. The app comes with a 5-band customisable EQ that allows users to customise the sound as per their liking. You can also switch between noise-cancellation modes, check battery levels on the earbuds as well as the charging case, choose between music presets, listen to some white noises, and more. The app also allows you to customise earbud controls for music playback and calls, however, there is no option for adding volume controls which is disappointing.

The Sound+ app also has a fit test feature that lets you know if the eartips you’re using is providing you with an adequate fit. There’s also a MySound feature that customises the sound according to your hearing profile but we didn’t hear a major change even after using this. Nevertheless, this should be of great help for people who have any kind of hearing impairment. The app also lets users name their headset, personalise ANC according to their preference, find a lost earbud that’s connected to your phone, update the firmware and more. It is an extremely feature-laden app that honestly, not many others on the market can beat easily.

As for other features, the earbuds allow mono earbud usage where you can use either earbud independently of the other. There’s also Voice Assistant support which you can set up within the Jabra Sound+ app. Sadly, there’s no multipoint connectivity support right now which Jabra earphones are usually known for. However, Jabra has mentioned on their website that this feature will make its way on these earbuds sometime in January 2022, so any day now, hopefully. The earbuds’ charging case is also Qi-compatible, so you can charge it wirelessly on any Qi wireless charger. Lastly, the earbuds are rated IP57. So, you can use these earbuds in most conditions without having to worry about damage from elements such as dust and water. Whether you take them with you during trekking, running, walking, or to the gym, the earbuds should do just fine.

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro comes with 8 hours worth of wireless playback time on the buds alone and 30 hours of total playback time with the charging case, according to Jabra. This number proved to be pretty accurate as per our tests as well. With ANC set to max, we got a little over 8 hours of playback time on the buds alone. The charging case was able to provide 2-3 additional charges as well. The battery life on these buds is impressive. It beats the AirPods Pro’s 4.5 hours of battery life on the buds with ANC on and it matches up to the Sony WF-1000XM4’s 8 hours of playback time on the buds.

The earphones also support fast charge as well, so plugging in the earbuds for 5 minutes will net you an hour’s worth of listening time. The charging case is Qi-compatible as well, so you can use any Qi-enabled wireless charger to quickly power up the buds. All in all, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro can go without a charge for days, especially if you only use the earphones for about 4-6 hours every day.

If you’re looking for a premium pair of truly wireless earphones with excellent microphone performance and a warm-sound signature, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is a compelling choice under 20K. Although the earbuds are priced at Rs 18,999, you can get these for as low as 13K during sales. At that price, the Elite 7 Pro becomes one of the best TWS we can recommend with a pleasant sound signature, great battery life, tons of customisation options via the Sound+ app and IP57 water and dust resistance. The one area where these earbuds falter though is Active Noise Cancellation. There are many options on the market that provide better ANC quality in the same price range including the Sony WF-1000XM4, OnePlus Buds Pro, and even Jabra’s own Elite 85t.