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ICYMI: We put the MacBook Pro M1 to the test

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However, the Pro M1 is fan cooled, while the Air does not have a fan and the Pro M1 is more expensive starting at $ 1,299. The Pro M1 is also limited to 16GB of RAM and a single external display, which could impact the ability of business users to work efficiently. Not to mention that there are still software and plugins, like Autodesk Revit and other music apps, which don’t work well with M1 emulation. Devindra called it a solid workhorse, but admitted that compatibility issues could make the Air M1 the best overall buy.

The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earphones have excellent sound quality but poor battery life

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Razer’s first set of true wireless earbuds, released last fall, were designed to be appealing to gamers with a mode that promised latency as low as 60ms. This year’s refresh, the $ 200 Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, brings many of the same business features Opus Headphones, including stick-bud design, active noise cancellation, THX sound, and this low latency gaming mode. Billy Steele was delighted that the True Wireless Pro earphones provided a good assortment of tips to help users get a comfortable fit. He said he had no problem wearing them for hours at a time.

Despite a number of promising features, Billy found downsides. Battery life, which was a specific complaint in the earliest version of the headphones, is also lacking here. Low Latency Game Mode, which reduced latency, did not sync well during audio / video testing. Also, although he said the sound quality was great, the noise cancellation was not as good as he expected. But the excellent sound quality, extensive customization of touch controls and comfortable fit made Billy declare this model a pleasure to use.

Alba: a wildlife adventure is a relaxing game nature centered

Alba: a wildlife adventure

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UsTwo Games made a name for themselves with the release of Monument valley, a puzzle game that took its heroine through visually stunning mazes of illusions inspired by Japanese art and sculpture. Latest version of UsTwo, Alba: a wildlife adventure, is a family game that continues this tradition while focusing on nature. Nick Summers says the game is relaxing to play, good for all age groups, and can be completed in one evening (it took him four hours).

Available via Apple Arcade, Steam or GOG.com, the 3D game follows its titular character through various attempts at cataloging animals on an island that echoes the goal of Pokémon Snap. Primarily using a traditional camera and control system, players can find and photograph over 60 animal species for the Alba Wildlife Book while working to restore the island’s nature reserve. Nick said the game was laid back and he found the mundane missions quite satisfying.

Atom SQ is a pad controller designed for Studio One

PreSonus Atom SQ

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Terrence O’Brien wants to be clear: he’s not a Studio One guy. He is generally an Ableton user but has spent time with the alternative software specifically to review the Atom SQ. As PreSonus built the Atom SQ explicitly for Studio One, the two are well unified – and when paired, the SQ adds a step sequencer. Terrence said the Atom SQ’s build quality was solid for the price, and the device was compact enough to be reasonably portable.

However, since they work perfectly in sync, the Atom SQ is primarily aimed at those who already use – or want to use – the PreSonus DAW. Terrence stated that he couldn’t eliminate the mouse from your workflow but would reduce your dependence on it. Additionally, the controller pads were unique and adaptable, and the sequencing and live playing tools are intuitive and generally helpful. For those who are already in the Studio One ecosystem, the Atom SQ is a safe bet.

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