ET Recommendations: Altec Lansing MZW300, a value for money bluetooth headphones
The headphones have a comfortable on-ear design, which makes them great for long hours of use.
Get it for: Rs 3,490
You don't normally have too many options if you are looking for Bluetooth headphones from a good brand in the sub Rs 4,000 price band.
Altec Lansing has made the first move - these wireless headphones are meant for users on a budget. The headphones have a comfortable on-ear design, which makes them great for long hours of use.
The adjustable headband has a smooth finish with the Altec Lansing logo printed on top. They cannot be folded for portability — it would have been a welcome addition but one can overlook this considering the price.
On the left ear-cup is a power button that also works as a pairing button and an answer button to accept incoming calls. There are separate volume buttons that double as next/previous track with a long press.
Finally, there is also a small LED for status indication. In terms of audio quality, the headphones impressed us with their loud volume output. Bass levels are about average but vocal clarity is topnotch — this makes them great for movies and listening to most genres of music.
However, if you love deep, thumping bass, this is not for you. Voice call quality is good and the builtin microphone works well — the person on the other end could hear us clearly even in a noisy location.
Battery life is the surprise element. While the company claims up to six hours of battery life, we typically got about eight hours from a single charge.
Even after the headphones warn you with a low battery indication, it will last for over 30 minutes of music playback before shutting down. For the price, the Altec Lansing MZW300 is value for money.
Light House; Game for Android; Get it for: Free
This puzzle game is based on light physics. You objective is to deliver energy from the lamp (the power source) to the lighthouse so that it can light up.
Tap the lamp and energy will start flowing — you need to make sure that it travels along the right path and reaches the lighthouse. Mirrors and other tools can be used in order to make the energy flow correctly.
There’s no tutorial since the early levels do a good job of hand-holding. As you move through the levels, you will find the difficulty increasing. Sometimes, you will have fewer mirrors — this means you have to move them around while the energy is flowing.
Sometimes, blocks can move, requiring precise timing. You might have to move energy from one lamp to another and you might have multiple lighthouses in one level. Energy is limited too — if too much energy moves off the path and is lost, you have to start over.
Not only will it test your analytical skills but also your dexterity. There are a total of 8 packs available (No. 9 is a work in progress according to the developers, Banana Development). We liked that the app does not ask for any special permissions and has no ads either.
Circle SideBar; App for Android; Get it for: Free
Finding the app you want from among the hundreds you have installed can take time. One of the ways around this is to have an app launcher — a quicker way to access the apps you need.
Circle SideBar is a completely configurable launcher that you can access with just a swipe. Just swipe in from the edge and the app icons will float on the screen — you can scroll through them all in a fluid motion and just tap any app to launch.
The important thing is, you can pull up the launcher from any screen — even within other apps. You can alter everything about it: the apps you want to see, the width and position of the sensitive area, the brightness of the background, size of icons and the intensity of haptic feedback.
The app doesn’t need any special permissions and is free. A Pro version of the app (Rs 120) lets you add shortcuts to activities in addition to apps and sort the way the icons appear. It is a great addition if you are always spending time searching for the app you want.