Kiwi 4 OBD2 Adapter Review – issues on hardware and connection

Kiwi 4 is an OBD adapter. It is the 4th gen of Kiwi OBD scan tool by PLX Devices. The company added some new features such as micro SD card slot, Self-Run mode, audio alerts and warnings, etc.

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It has a very stubby design. This design may be good for some cars, which has the OBD port inside a fuse block because the adapter is so short that you can close the cover with the adapter plugged.

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However, there is a problem for some other cars because of not length but width. It’s not noticeable, but it’s wide. It’s wider than any other adapters on the market. Some cars have the OBD port deep inside a plastic molding. The adapter hits the plastic molding and doesn’t fit without using an extension cable. It’s so disappointing. Kiwi 4 is exactly the same dimension as the predecessor, Kiwi 3. The company should have known the issue and redesigned.

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Kiwi 4 is compatible with the original app, Kiwi OBD and many other third-party apps. I tried Kiwi OBD app, but there is nothing special. It only works in a landscape mode. All gauges and meters are pre-set. I think it’s not worth of paying around extra $50 to obtain all licenses and activate all the features. You may activate most of the features for free if you backed their Kickstarter project (details here), but to be honest, this app is boring.

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With Torque app, you can freely customize the display with many gauges, meters, and graphs. With OBDLink app and OBDLink MX+ adapter, or BlueDriver app and adapter, not only can you scan the engine computer but you can also access to ABS, SRS, TPMS, Transmission modules on supported models. Those apps are free with a purchase of the adapter, and the adapters are less expensive than Kiwi 4.

When I tried to use the Torque app, the connection wouldn’t be established. It seems that Bluetooth connection is OK, but a communication to the engine computer is not. It restarted the app or the engine, but that didn’t fix the problem. I exited the Torque app and opened the Kiwi OBD app again, and now the Kiwi OBD app stop working, too.

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If I unpluged the adapter and plug it back, it works again. But when I closed the app and re-opened or opened the other app, it couldn’t get a connection. It was so frustrating. The adapter is not reliable.

There is a brand new feature, a Micro SD card slot on Kiwi 4. It’s used for Self-Run Mode. It allows you to log engine parameters without using a smartphone. But, as long as the connection issue exists, this feature is also reliable. It’s not a useful feature to me, anyway.

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At the time of writing, Kiwi 4 is available for around $150 on PLX Devices website or eBay.com. But, I can’t recommend this adapter. Even if there weren’t connection issues, it doesn’t have a specialty to justify its high price.

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A variety of Remote Control Organizers, Ideas and Solutions for cluttering remote controls

You may have a lot of media devices in your living room. Unlike a half-century ago, a TV is not the only device to entertain people in a house these days. There are DVD player, AV receiver, streaming player, cable box, and so on. You may have purchased a TV rack to store all these devices neatly, but what about remote controls that come with all the devices. Aren’t these scattered in your living room? Aren’t you sick and tired to search for them when you urgently need them? The problem is simple. They don’t have a particular place to be put. Getting a remote control organizer would be a solution. Here are some popular types of remote control organizer.

It’s simple and basic, but they are a variety of designs, size, and materials. Some have smaller compartments for keys or pens, and some can rotate 360 degrees on the bottom.

They are hanged on an armrest of the couch, sofa, recliner, etc. The side with pockets for remote controls faces outside, and the other side is tucked into a seat of a chair. It may have a pole on end to prevent an organizer from slipping. You can adjust the length hanging outside by rolling up on the pole. If an armrest is wide enough, you can choose ones with a tray on the top.

If you have a TV in your bedroom, needless to say, the bedside is the best place to store the remote control. They are the same as ones for a chair. One side hangs outside of the bed, and other is tucked under mattress or frame of the bed. You may want to consider an organizer with a pocket for a tissue box or a large slot for a magazine.

Most of them are made by acrylic, and they are clear, so they fit anywhere in the house. Not only can you mount it on a wall, but you can also hang it on furniture. Hardware such as screws and adhesive pads are most likely included.

Getting a Universal Remote to reduce the number of remotes

For those who don’t like the idea of getting something extra item on a coffee table or hanging on an armrest, you should consider getting a universal remote control. The benefit of a universal remote is to pair multiple media devices so you can consolidate some remote controls. The less number of remotes, the more easily you can keep track of them.

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A basic universal remote can be bought for around $10, and it can pair multiple media devices. For example, the remote in the picture above costs less than $10, and it can pair up to 4 devices.

Logitech Harmony 650 Infrared All in One Remote Control

image of Logitech Harmony 650 Infrared All in One Remote ControlIf you invest more, you can get a remote with a color LCD. The LCD helps you navigate, assign, and select a favorite channel easily. You can also configure One-touch Activity buttons. For example, pressing a single button will turn on the TV, AV receiver, and DVD player, and then open a tray of the DVD player. The Logitech Harmony 650 costs around $40. It can pair up to 8 devices.

Premium Universal Remote to pair all devices and smart home integration

image of logitech harmony elite remote controlThe first two (GE and Logitech 650) universal remotes are IR (InfraRed) based. You can pair them with devices that use only IR remote controls. If you want to consolidate other types of remote like Amazon Fire TV (Bluetooth) or Roku Streaming Stick (WiFi), you will need Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls. They come with a hub, and the hub is connected to your home WiFi network. This expends features even more. It can control and communicate other smart home devices such as Philips Hue and Amazon Alexa. Click here to see more details about Logitech Harmony Hub-based Universal Remotes.

Conclusion

What do you do to organize a bunch of remote controls? You may pick and use two solutions as a combination. For example, you buy a cheap universal remote to consolidate 4 of your media devices. You have one more device, say Amazon Fire TV, but you can’t pair it with the cheap universal remote. So, you keep and continue to use the original Fire TV remote. There used to be 5, and now 2. It’s much easier to keep track of, but you can also buy an organizer for a wall to make your living room even tidier and neater. You can choose whichever you like to tackle the problem of scattering remote controls according to your budget.

Using a smartphone as a Dash Cam with Android Dash Cam Apps

Dash Cams are getting more and more attention for protection and safety measure these days. It’s definitely better to have one in your car especially in case of a car accident. The advent of technology, Dash Cams have lots of features like extended recording using cloud storage, mapping using a built-in GPS, and a high quality of a camera. But wait, aren’t these features something you need to pay the extra money and get a new device? Well, your smartphone already has all of them. And, there are already some apps that allow you to use your smartphone as a dash cam. Here are some popular dash cam apps for Android.

AutoBoy Dash Cam – BlackBox

AutoGuard Dash Cam – Blackbox

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Dash Cam apps does a simple job. They use a camera on a smartphone to record your drive. But instead of using regular camera app, you can make a continuous recording just like dedicated dash cams. So, you don’t have to erase the recording manually over and over. Among these apps, their features are almost the same. You can use whichever apps above you prefer about its design or ease of use. And, all these apps have a pro version for $2.99 to $4.99. Pro versions basically offer No-Add in the app.

Dash cam apps work great. However, if you want a dash cam because you need extra security in a case of a car accident, you will definitely need a dedicated dash cam because it has more features that may help you in a case of car accident. So, it’s important to know that the pros and cons of dash cam apps and a comparison to dedicated dash cams.

Pros and Cons of Dash Cam App for smartphone

Pros

  • Free or less cost – Many apps are free, and some apps have pro versions that cost less than $5. You need a smartphone, but you probably already have one. You may have many unused smartphones in a drawer if you upgrade very often. Another item you need is a car mount. But, you may also have one already. Even if you don’t have a car mount, you can get a decent one for less than $15.
  • Front Camera – You can also use a front camera to shoot inside your car. You can switch back and forth with a single tap. Thus, it’s suitable for recreational use. For example, during a road trip, you capture the view of a scenic road and sometimes switch to a front camera to shoot your family enjoying inside your car.

Cons

  • Narrow FOV (Field of View) – Dedicated Dash Cams have a wider FOV than cameras on smartphones. It’s important because it captures a lot of information. For example, when you have an accident at an intersection, the other car ignores the stop sign and hit you on the side of your vehicle. Depending on the speed of your car and the others’, it may not have captured the other car’s driving at all.
  • No Motion and Impact sensors – Most dedicated dash cams have built-in motion and impact sensors. These sensors trigger the recording when a vehicle is parked. And, impact sensors also trigger when driving. For example, when you have an accident, it automatically stores the recording in the different section of the storage, includes 30 seconds before and after the impact from the crash, so it prevents the recording of the accident from erasing or overwriting by mistake.
  • No Optimal Night Mode – Although the quality of a smartphone’s camera is superb, it’s not meant to be for shooting a video in a dark environment.
  • Possible Overheating or Freezing – Smartphones are prone to overheating or freezing under heavy load. Besides, they aren’t created for long hours of video recordings. If you are out of luck, this may happen when you need it the most.

Read AlsoHow to choose the best Dash Cam for your car

5 Unique Universal Remote Controls for TV you may want to know

If you want to consolidate a bunch of remote controls of your entertainment devices, a universal remote will do the job. Many of them are similar in appearance, but some of them are so unique that you might want to see and get for yourself or a gift.


Jumbo TV Universal Remote

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It measures approximately 11″ x 5″ x 0.75″and each button approximately 0.75″ x 0.75″. This jumbo TV remote control can pair with up to 8 devices. It’s good for seniors or those who lose your TV remote very often.


Flipper Big Button Remote for 2 Devices

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Flipper Big Button Remote can combine your TV and cable box remotes. There are 6 large and color-coded buttons, and that’s all you may need to control your TV and cable box. You can program up to 30 favorite channels. And, the lock feature prevents you from messing up a preset accidentally. It’s good for seniors or those who use only TV and cable box.


LUTIONS New DC 3V Mini Learning Remote Control

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While there are jumbo remote controls, of course, there are small remote controls. This remote can pair with only one device. It’s ideal for use as an extra or a combination with other remote controls.


The Harry Potter Remote Control Wand

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From the Harry Potter films, the wand is finely modeled. 9 gestures are programmable. It comes with a collector box and comprehensive illustrated instructions. It’s good for Harry Potter fans, both for yourself or for someone as a gift.


Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control

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Authentic flick to open extending design, Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver can learn 13 different remote control functions on 3 separate memory bank. It means that you can program up to 39 remote buttons. It also produces 12 different beeps, buzzes, and scanning sounds from the universe of Doctor Who, science fiction TV series by BBC.


Please note that all remotes in this post are IR (Infra-Red) remote controls. If you need to consolidate the remotes that use Bluetooth (e.g., Amazon Fire TV) or WiFI (e.g., Rock streaming stick), you will need Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls.

What should you do when you broke or lost remote control of your TV, DVD player, Cable box, etc?

If you lose or break a remote control of your electronics such as TV, DVD player, streaming play, cable box, and so on, don’t panic. These days, you have several options to get a replacement. Here are the solutions when you broke or lost remote control.

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Buy the original remote from manufacturer and third-party seller

It’s as simple as it sounds. You can search on the internet with the model number of your device. You will find websites of the manufacturer or third-party sellers that sell the original remote online.

Call Satellite or Cable Box company

If you are a subscriber of Cable or Satellite channels, and the remote and box are supplied by the company, you can call the company for a replacement. If the remote is broken, you may get a replacement for free. If the remote is lost, you may have to pay a cost for a replacement.

Replace with Universal Remote Control

Universal remote controls are not brand specific. They work with various devices from different brands. Directly go to the store and get it. You can find them at not only electric stores but may find them at supermarkets, or drug stores. Or, you can order online.

Read Also: Best Universal Remotes recommendations by BestReviews

If you need a replacement of a remote for your TV or DVD Players, you can get a decent one for around $10. And most of these types of remote can work with multiple devices. Keep in mind that most inexpensive universal remote uses IR (Infra-Red) light. So, the original manufacturer’s remote has to be IR remote.

image of logitech harmony elite remote controlSome devices like streaming players use other signals than IR. For example, Amazon Fire TV uses Bluetooth, and Roku streaming stick uses WiFi direct. If you want to control these devices with one universal remote along with your TV and DVD Players, you will need to Logitech Harmony hub-base remotes.

  1. The Logitech Harmony hub-base remotes are much more expensive than IR universal remotes, but there are various benefits.
  2. They are compatible with almost all media devices.
  3. They can control more devices than budget universal remotes. For example, Harmony Elite can pair up to 15 devices.
  4. They allow you to customize the buttons. For example, pressing a single button turns on a group of devices or switches to your favorite channels between different media players.
  5. They connect to your home WiFi network and the internet through the hub. It allows you to connect to your smart home devices, Philips Hue lights, or even Amazon Alexa smart speakers. With Alexa skill, you can control your devices with your voice.
  6. It’s easy to pair devices and assign buttons on remote with your computer or mobile app because it’s connected to WiFi and internet.
  7. They  have a mobile app that controls them all as well. It’s handy when you can’t locate the remote or the battery of the remote runs out.

Read Also: Logitech Harmony Elite review and comparison with Companion and Ultimate

What to do until you get a replacement

Whether you decide to purchase the original or universal remote, it’s ideal to have a makeshift by you get a new remote. Mobile apps come in handy in this situation. Just go and search with a phrase “remote control app” + “your device name and brand (or model number).” Many devices have their remote control app. You can use them and perfectly make it work with your devices. If you can’t find it, you can try using a universal remote control app. They can work with a range of TV, DVD player, streaming players, and so on.

OBDLink MX+ now access to All OEM Data for free – enhanced diagnostics addons

Scantool.net announces that with OBDLink MX+, you can now access to all OEM data for enhanced diagnostics for free. Here is how to activate them.

Read Also: OBDLink MX+ professional OBD2 adapter review and comparison

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If you already paid for an additional add-on, which used to cost $9.99 per add-on, you can get a refund. Send a purchase receipt with the order number to support@scantool.net, and they will issue a refund.

OBDLink MX+ is the latest OBD diagnostic adapter by ScanTool.net. The MX+ has all the features of the original MX and free add-on activation in their OBDLink app. With add-ons, you can access the modules or sensors of ABS, Airbag, Transmission, Tire Pressure Monitor, and so on. Supported modules and sensors you can access depends on vehicles’ models, makes, and years.

Now that you can activate all supported vehicles’ add-ons for free, OBDLink MX+ becomes comparable to BlueDriver, the professional OBD adapter by Lemur Vehicle Monitors.

Read Also: BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool review

If you think about purchasing an OBD adapter that is capable of enhanced diagnostics, you may want to consider these two. And, here are some differences between them, which helps you choose the right one for you.

  1. OBDLink MX+ is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows. BlueDriver is compatible with Android and iOS.
  2. OBDLink MX+ is compatible with third-party apps, such as Torque, DashCommand, obdCaneX, and many others. BlueDriver works with BlueDriver app only.
  3. With OBDLink MX+, you can get enhanced diagnostics on Ford, GM, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota vehicles. With BlueDriver, Ford, GM, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Honda, VW. (As of 12/31/2018, both companies are work on to get more manufacturers to be supported.)

As you see, if your primary purpose with the adapter is vehicles diagnostics, BlueDriver has an advantage over OBDLink MX+ because of more manufacturers supported for enhanced diagnostics. But if you have in mind using third-party apps, you need to choose OBDLink MX+. The original prices of these adapters are the same, $99.99. Click here to see the latest price of OBDLink MX+ or BlueDriver.

Kiwi 4 OBD2 adapter is on the way

Backers of Kickstarter project of Kiwi 4 OBD2 adapter gets notified that the adapter is shipping and arriving in 4 to 6 weeks. There is some good news along with this update.

Read AlsoKiwi 4 OBD2 Adapter Review – issues on hardware and connection

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First, the Kiwi OBD app will be available for an update to version 2.0 in a few weeks.

Second, all backers will have a basic license of Kiwi OBD app for free. It usually costs $9.99 and includes MultiGauges, Diagnostics, and Fuel Efficiency.

Lastly, you will also get Video Overlay and Data Logging for free after you register Kiwi 4 for warranty and like PLX Devices’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PLXDevices/ Then, send a message to them, and you will receive the codes to unlock the features of Video Overlay and Data Logging. They usually cost $9.99.

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Kiwi 4 is the new version of OBD2 scan tool by PLX Devices. It has some unique features like a micro SD card slot for data logging and a built-in speaker for an audio alert. Click here to see more details about Kiwi 4 OBD adapter.

OBDLink MX+ professional OBD2 adapter review and comparison

image of obdlink mx+ mx plusOBDLink MX+ is a Bluetooth OBD adapter that turns your mobile device into a sophisticated diagnostic scan tool for vehicles. The MX+ has all features of the MX, plus some exclusive features. There are two major distinctive features. One is that it’s compatible with iOS devices in addition to Android and Windows. And the other is that it’s capable of enhanced diagnostics on selected manufacturers.

Specifications

  • Dimension: 1.97 x 1.77 x 0.91 in (50 x 45 x 23 mm)
  • Weight: 3 oz (85.1 g)
  • Interface: Bluetooth

What’s in the box

  • OBDLink MX+ adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

Free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on

Enhanced Diagnostics allows you to access other modules such as ABS, Airbag, Transmission, Body Control, and so on. You will be able to get more parameters of sensors than ones from standard OBD2. Please note that availability of additional parameters over Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on depends on your vehicle’s make, model, and year.  At the time of writing this post, supported makes are Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, and GM.

How to Activate Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on

You need to activate Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on in OBDLink app. Click here to see the instruction. A purchase of OBDlink MX+ come with ONE free add-on activation. If you need another one for different make, year, or model, it will cost $9.99 per add-on.

OBDLink MX+ vs. OBDLink MX (Bluetooth)

image of obdlink mx+ compatible with iosBoth MX+ and MX are Bluetooth OBD adapters. However, the MX+ is compatible with iOS devices while the MX is not. And the MX+ comes with a free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on activation. Except for these, all the features are the same. MX+ may be a little faster, and also battery consumption is a little less. But, the differences are too subtle to notice.

Read Also: OBDLink MX review

OBDLink MX+ vs. OBDLink MX WiFi

Both MX+ and MX WiFi are compatible with iOS in addition to Android and Windows. MX+ uses Bluetooth to connect to your mobile device, and MX WiFi uses WiIFi. MX WiFi and standard MX were released at almost the same time, and they have been on the market for years. However, the MX WiFi isn’t as popular as the MX. Reportedly, its WiFi connection is not as stable as Bluetooth. Above all, the price of the MX WiFi is always more expensive than the MX by $50 or so. And, it’s more expensive than the new MX+. So, if you have iOS devices and think about purchasing an OBDLink-line adapter, you should choose the MX+ for stable connectivity, a free Enhanced Diagnostics Add-on activation, and more reasonable price.

Read Also: Bluetooth vs. WiFi OBD2 adapter Which is better?

OBDLink MX+ vs. BlueDriver

BlueDriver is a professional OBD adapter. It uses Bluetooth, and it’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. BlueDriver app is specialized for vehicle repairs related OBD2. And enhance diagnostics feature is also available on the following manufacturers. GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan (available worldwide), BMW, VW, and 2003+ Honda (available in North America) at the time of writing this post. Unlike the MX+, there is no in-app purchase. You don’t need to pay for enhanced diagnostics feature for other makes, years, or models. Update 12/29/2018 all add-ons are free.  You can also access to free vehicle-specific Repair Reports drawn from a database which is verified by certified auto mechanics and frequently updated.

image of obdlink mx+ compatible with iosAs you can see, BlueDriver has more coverage for enhanced diagnostics, and it’s much better than any other OBD adapters on the market when it comes to vehicles diagnostics. The only drawback of this adapter is that it exclusively works with the BlueDriver app. With BlueDriver adapter, you can’t use Torque, DashCommand, obdCANeX, or any other third-party apps.

Read Also: BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool review

Conclusion

image of obdlink mx+OBDLink MX+ is a Bluetooth OBD adapter, upgraded version of OBDLink MX. It’s added iOS compatibility. OBDLink app has also added a feature of enhanced diagnostics. The MX+ comes with one free enhanced diagnostics add-on activation, But activation for other makes, years, and models will cost $9.99 per add-on. For this reason, this adapter is not for an auto mechanics who work on many different makes, years, and models. BlueDriver is the best choice for auto mechanics. However, if you want to use many different apps such as Torque, DashCommand, and obdCANeX, OBDLink MX+ is the only adapter which meets the criteria. Click here to the latest price of OBDLink MX+.

Oculus Quest overview – Release Date, Price, Specs, etc

image of Oculus_Quest_FrontOculus Quest is a highly-anticipated standalone VR headset which will be available in Spring 2019. It’s an all-in-one VR headset, no wires and no PC like Oculus Go, but six degrees of freedom (6DOF) experience like Oculus Rift. Oculus Quest is expected to take VR gaming to the next level and bring Virtual Reality industry into the mainstream.

All-in-one VR headset

Everything you need to start VR with Oculus Quest is inside the box. Setup is as easy as Oculus Go, and performance is as high as Oculus Rift.

Read Also: Oculus Go all-in-one standalone VR headset review

Insight Tracking System

image of Oculus_Quest_Lifestyle_3With Oculus Quest, you can move forward, backward, left, right, up, and down. All your movements in real-world reflect in the world of virtual reality. It’s the same experience as Oculus Rift, but Oculus Quest uses a new tracking system called Oculus Insight. Four wide-angle sensors are built into the corners of a front plate of the headset. Insight tracking system eliminates the need for any external sensors to track your movement.

Read Also: The Best Virtual Reality Headset for a stater – three different types of VR headset

Speakers

Just like Oculus Go, Oculus Quest has built-in speakers into side straps. They provide 3D spatial audio without the need for headphones.

Head Straps

Unlike Windows Mixed Reality or PlayStation VR headsets, Oculus Quest utilizes similar head straps to Oculus Rift. Both sides and top of the head strap have an adjustment. And a flexible spring system allows you to slip the headset on your head like a baseball cap.

Display

With a resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye. It’s the same optics as Oculus Go.

Touch Controllers

image of Oculus_Quest_ControllersTwo fully tracked hand controllers are included. They have the same amount of buttons as ones for Oculus Rift. But, rings for tracking sensors are on the grips, rather than under the grips. That’s probably better for the tracking sensors of Oculus Quest to see the controllers. If you put the controllers behind you or where the tracking sensors can’t see them, it loses track. This is the problem found in all Windows Mixed Reality headsets. But, tracking sensors of Oculus Quest are wide-angled. So, this problem may less frequently happen than Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Read Also: What’s the best Windows Mixed Reality VR headset?

Beyond Room Scale

image of Oculus_Quest_Lifestyle_2No external sensors give you not only a benefit of ease of setup but also use anywhere. It doesn’t matter space is big or small. Oculus Quest fits and works with all your environment.

Miscellaneous

Quest will have an internal cooling fan, rather than a heat-dissipating front plate of Oculus Go.

There is a power button, a charging port (USB-C, it may be possible fast-charging), and 3.5mm headphone jack if you want to use your headphones. On the bottom of the headset, there’s an IPD (Inter-Pupillary Distance) adjustment slider and volume buttons.

Games

50 game titles are expected to be released at the launch of Oculus Quest, including a popular climbing simulator, The Climb, and adventure-puzzle game, Moss.

What’s in the box

  • VR headset
  • Touch controllers for Oculus Quest
  • Power adapter
  • Eyeglass spacer
  • Oculus Insight tracking system

Price

It will be $399.

Release Date

Oculus Quest will be available sometime in Spring 2019. There is no official date yet.

Click here to see the updates, questions and answers, setup email you when available.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano review and comparison

image of anova nano sous vide cookerAnova Nano Sous Vide cooker is launched in 2018 with updated technology. It is smaller, quieter, more efficient than the previous model. It only has Bluetooth. There is no WiFi to control remotely away from home. The dial has been eliminated. All settings are done by touch buttons on display on the top or mobile app on Android or iOS devices.

Specifications

  • image of anova nano sleek designDimension: 4.1″ x 2.2″ x 12.8″
  • Weight: 3.04 lb
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2
  • Precision: ±0.1° precision
  • Power: 750 W
  • Anova App: Includes Anova App
  • Recipes: 1,000+ Recipes
  • Voltage: 120V

Anova Nano vs. Anova WiFi version

Anova Nano doesn’t have WiFi. So, you can’t control it when you are away from home. But, I strongly doubt the necessity of remote control of sous vide cooker. You always need to be home to prepare a water bath and put food in it. What’s the significance of starting a cooker remotely? You can stop the cooker on the way home, but the food remains in a water bath, anyway.

Read Also: Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker review

Anova Nano has Bluetooth only just like the 1st version of Anova cooker. You can control via the Anova app on Android or iOS devices or using touch buttons on the display of the cooker. A dial to set temperature or timer has been eliminated. You can set temp and timer with touch buttons on display. Speaking of the timer, you will probably find out how to set it without looking up a manual or anything. (setting a timer on the previous models is like a secret command. I believe you never find out how for yourself. Watch the video below to see how to do it.)

WiFi version outputs up to 900W, and Nano does up to 750W. It seems WiFi version is more powerful than Nano, but actually, there is not much difference in performance. So you can consider it as an improvement. Nano is more energy efficient than the previous model. And it’s noticeably quieter.

The previous version can remove the bottom part that is called Skirt to clean heating element, circulator, and an inner wall of the skirt. But, Nano is almost all solid, even the clip is not removable. Thus, it is more difficult to dry or clean than the previous model. Instead of this inconvenience, Nano is waterproof. An accidental drop in a water bath won’t be a problem.

How do I clean the Nano?

Anova Nano vs. ChefStep Joule

ChefStep Joule is much smaller, but it’s more powerful than the Nano or any other Sous Vide cooker on the market. You can use Joule in a larger water bath, but, you can also use it in a shallow pot or frying pan thanks to its sophisticated design. It has both WiFi and Bluetooth. So you can control it remotely. The only drawback of Joule is that you always need a mobile app to operate it. Without a mobile app and device, it’s completely useless. If you cook the same food many times, you probably remember the cooking temperature and time. In such cases, you may feel bothersome to open the app to set temp and start the cooker.

Read Also: Chefsteps Joule sous vide immersion circulator review

Conclusion

image of anova nano sous vide immersion circulatorAnova Nano has many improvements over the previous model. It got more stylish, more efficient, and waterproof. The display on the top looks more sophisticated, and it’s a lot easier to use, especially setting a timer. It doesn’t have WiFi for you to control it remotely. So, if you want the cooker that you can control away from home, the Nano is not the right product for you. But, a WiFi feature is not that practical. You may use WiFi feature or a mobile app to start a cooker for several times at first, but you will probably end up with only using directly on the touch buttons on the display when you get used to sous vide cooking.

If you already have the previous model, I don’t think you need to upgrade because overall performance is not much changed. But, the Nano is recommended for those who need the first or another sous vide cooker or for Joule owners who don’t like about having to use a mobile app every time. Click here to see the latest price of Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano.