2018 is shaping out to be a year filled with a push towards minimalism in the cell phone space. Companies are realizing that some consumers are feeling overwhelmed and anxious by the constant sensory and information overload that modern smart phones provide. The Blloc smartphone is the latest iteration of these devices. Created to place productivity first and distractions second, the phone uses a monochrome UI to simplify your workspace and only display relevant apps when needed. The controls and interface is built around principles of 'less is more' so that you won't constantly get distracted every time you pick up your phone. The phone will debut later in the year and can be pre-ordered now from Blloc directly.
Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth Headphones
What do we look for in Bluetooth headphones? Well obviously they have to have good sound quality. A lot of Bluetooth headphones skimp out on the bass either to cut corners or to save on battery life. That said, they have to have exceptional battery life. If we’re going to be taking these headphones with us on the go, they have to last all day. And it naturally follows that if they can last all day, well they have to be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time too. And for all of this we’d rather not have to pay an arm and a leg. Some headphones are completely unexceptional in all of those areas but are still outrageously priced. Sound quality, battery life, comfort, well priced. Those are the big ones and the Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth headphones ticks all of those boxes. The sound quality is great, with deep bass, the battery can deliver 14 hours of music playback, the soft leather ear cups are comfortable and smooth, and it’s priced well below similar products of similar grade quality.
Qwerkywriter - Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard
If you’ve ever written on a typewriter, you know that no modern keyboard can compare. There is something about the sound, the feel, the tactile nature of a vintage typewriter that makes writing a pure joy. Traditional mechanical keywords have done a decent job of bringing some of this back to the digital age, but they still are missing something. The Qwerkywriter aims to fill this gap in the market. Launched on Kickstarter in 2014, it is a mechanical keyboard that is 100% inspired from the classic typewriter. Made of a chassis body constructed entirely from scratch-resistant aluminum alloy, this is a sturdy and durable writing instrument. Its aesthetics are beautiful and the tactile nature of the keys - produced by Cherry MX switches - brings the feel of the typewriter into your home. Qwerkywriter is the perfect balance of modern and retro.