Why Is Bluetooth Called Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is named after a 10th century Scandinavian King, know the story behind it

The introduction of Bluetooth in technology came as a revolution, which not only improved the utility of mobile phones, but also made sharing of files a pushover. It gave a new meaning to the world of wireless communication. But have you ever pondered how Bluetooth got its name in the first place? Have you ever wondered where the origins of the term “Bluetooth” came from?

However, there is a very interesting story behind this.

In 1996, a number of companies – Intel, Ericsson, Nokia, and later IBM – were looking to standardize the industry around a short-range radio link for doing a number of things. Each company had been developing their own short-range radio technologies, but all the names they came up with sucked. That is when an obscure Scandanavian king came from the Middle Ages.

King Harald Gormsson is famous for ruling Denmark and then Norway between about 940 and about 986. King Harald was also famous for completing his father’s work of unifying the various Danish tribes into one Danish kingdom around 970. Even though, he was only able to maintain this unification for a few years.

Like many medieval rulers, he also had a nickname: Blatonn in Old Norse (a member of the Germanic family of languages) or Blatand in Danish. It means Bluetooth. The exact origin of the nickname is up for debate, but many scholars believe that King Harald was called Bluetooth because he had a conspicuous dead tooth that exactly looked black and blue. It does make sense.

So, what does a turn-of-the-last-millennium Viking king have to do with wireless communication? He was a uniter!

In the mid-1990s, the wireless communication field needed some uniting. Many corporations were developing competing, non-compatible standards. Several people saw this growing division as a weakness to widespread adoption of wireless.

That is when Intel engineer Jim Kardach took on the role of a cross-corporate mediator devoted to getting various companies together to develop an industry-wide standard for low-power, short-range radio connectivity. He was equally supported by Ericsson engineer Sven Mattisson.

While having a conversation on history, Mattisson told Kardach that he had just read a book called The Longships by Frans G. Bengtsson that compiled the travels of Danish warriors under the reign of King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson. Later, Kardach read The Vikings by Gwyn Jones that featured the reign of Harald, whom he viewed as an ideal symbol for bringing competing parties together, as he explained:

“Bluetooth was borrowed from the 10th-century, second king of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth; who was famous for uniting Scandinavia just as we intended to unite the PC and cellular industries with a short-range wireless link.”

“Harald had united Denmark and Christianized the Danes!” Kardach wrote in a column a decade later. “It occurred to me that this would make a good codename for the program.”

All the different interested parties finally came together to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which developed the agreed-upon standard we know and love today. “Bluetooth” was originally meant to be just a code name for the technology. It ultimately ended up sticking though and became the official name of the standard.

The millennium-old story doesn’t end there. The Bluetooth logo also derives from “Harald Blatand”, with the long-branch Nordic runes for “H” and “B” comprising the design you see in the blue oval of the logo. The now iconic Bluetooth logo is in fact a combination—officially known as a bind rune—of King Bluetooth’s initials in Scandinavian runes: ᚼ and ᛒ. When you join the two to make a bind rune and drop it on a blue background, you get the acquainted Bluetooth logo.

So, this is how, we got this name and the symbol! Interesting, isn’t it?

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The Gene Box: Startup that charts out algorithms for better healthcare

The Gene Box co-founders Pranav Anam, a qualified geneticist and Shiraz Siddiqui, a fitness and nutrition consultant, have been friends and business partners for close to two decades. Each of them were fighting their own personal battle on the health front – Pranav with his obesity issues which made him overweight by a whopping 50 kgs and Shiraz with blood cancer and bone marrow transplant, which he battled with overcame after almost a decade. Pranav and Shiraz contemplated starting The Gene Box as they were becoming more and more inclined towards venturing into the personal genomics space owing to their personal and professional experiences. Thus, they formed The Gene Box in September 2015. They developed a pan-India commercial and collaborative platform to help stem cell scientists, academicians and medical practitioners create therapeutic products and services.

Shiraz, being a wellness expert used his insights and experience to devise The Gene Box food, fitness and wellness programs. “These are carefully designed in line with the client’s age, gender, lifestyle and occupation that follow a comprehensive health analysis and give a complete blueprint of health,” shares Anam.

The company currently works with less than 10 people, but they have key departments outsourced. “We sell The Gene Box and provide health and fitness solutions to the people and five years down the line, our plan is to be present in all Tier II and Tier III cities. We also plan to create experiential centres across cities for people to experience their body type in a better way. Our plan is to increase our work force and spend more on improving our tech. We are also exploring the possibilities of coming up with retail centres,” says Anam, sharing growth plans for the company.

Anam adds that the concept is new to people at large, which they see as a business opportunity. “Yes, there are competitors. Our assessment and algorithms are different from our competitors. Our products and services are meant for daily application of your DNA insights and we make this journey easy and exciting. Moreover currently the analysis and recommendations of most players in the nutrition and fitness industry are symptomatic in nature (solely focused on physical attributes like the individual’s body type and subjective interpretations of food and fitness habits and tendencies). No analysis is done to gauge whether the recommendations are in line with the individual’s genetic constitution. The Gene Box does exactly the reverse – it studies the person’s food and fitness specifics in the guiding light of his/her genetic makeup thereby arriving at tailor-made recommendations that are free of generic conclusions or convenient conjectures,” he explains.

Anam says that they offer an integrated platform for Nutrition, Fitness and Genetics. Using sophisticated algorithms and recommendations engine The Gene Box will help users achieve a better lifestyle. Anam explains that The Gene Box takes into account the key difference of user life stages and progressively evolves recommendations for their body or health. “The Gene Box will enable a collaborative, tailored and accurate plan for your body’s nutrition and fitness needs taking into consideration your current health. We also advise you on lifestyle diseases you are genetically prone to and how to keep them at bay,” he says.

The Gene Box hasn’t raised any funds since inception but now are looking to raise some around a million dollars. The company is keenly investing in IT and developing machine learning. The Gene Box is working towards building advanced algorithms to tailor recommendations for their consumers. As its next milestone, the startup is aiming to increase its digital outreach and looking to partner with right business to improve distribution.

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Rock Jaw Clarito Review

  • The Rock Jaw Clarito is available online for approximately Rs. 2,100
  • The sonic signature is bass-oriented, with a distinct V-shape
  • Gadgets 360 rates the headphones 3.5/5

Rock Jaw has come a long way since we reviewed the original Alfa Genus over a year ago. Although the company’s lineup has now grown a bit smaller and is headlined by the Alfa Genus V2, the company continues to ship good, affordable earphones all over the world.

The latest product in the range is also Rock Jaw’s most affordable pair of earphones yet, the Clarito. Despite its somewhat silly name, the Clarito promises to be a solid upgrade to the bundled in-ears that come with your smartphone. Priced at GBP24 (Approximately Rs. 2,100), these British-engineered earphones are on the review bench today. Find out how they perform in our review.


Design, specifications, and comfort
While the company’s earlier products were made of wood, the current range has switched to a more modern-looking and durable metal construction. Like the Alfa Genus V2, the Clarito is also built almost entirely of metal, with plastic featuring only in the stalks that connect the cables to the ear casings. The small size of each earphone keeps the headset light, and the overall design is simple and sophisticated. The back of each casing features the new Rock Jaw logo.

The 1.2m cable of the headset is rubber coated, which makes it durable and resistant to strain, but also extremely tangle-prone. There’s no microphone, but a shirt clip and soft carry-pouch have been included in the sales package, along with a handful of silicone ear tips. The Clarito is easy to wear and comfortable over long periods.

The Rock Jaw Clarito is powered by 8mm dynamic drivers, has an impedance of 16Ohms, a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz, and a rather high sensitivity rating of 108dB. As a result, it’s incredibly loud at peak volume, which will appeal to a lot of users looking for a loud pair of earphones.


We tested the Rock Jaw Clarito with our reference Fiio X1 high-resolution audio player, as well as theiBasso DX80, a OnePlus 3 (Review), and a Windows laptop. Focus tracks for the review were Martin Solveig’s Intoxicated and Alt-J’s Taro.

Starting with Intoxicated, we were immediately treated to an intense bass-oriented sonic signature, which could be felt and heard right from the beginning of the track. It’s occasionally a bit too powerful and attacking, overpowering the mid-range but not the highs, in much the same way that any product with a V-shaped signature operates. The sound might seem a bit too aggressive at times, but bass-lovers will enjoy it for what it is.

With Taro, the sensitivity spike in the low-range can be heard even more distinctly, although vocals aren’t as weak as with Intoxicated. The detail in the track can be heard fairly well for headphones in this price range, and the soundstaging and imaging are about as good as we’ve heard as well. It’s also worth noting that the Clarito can get very loud without much distortion or loss of detail, and it’s helped along by its comfortable fit and noise isolating design.


Where most budget in-ears fail is in boosting volume. That’s where the Rock Jaw Clarito succeeds in a big way. It’s loud, bass-happy and exciting. While that sound can occasionally become a bit too much to handle, it’s still enjoyable to a certain extent.

The added bass doesn’t get too much in the way of the rest of the sound, and detail and soundstaging remain excellent for the price. Along with comfort, good looks and decent build quality, this makes the Rock Jaw Clarito an option worth considering if you’re looking for a good pair of earphones.

Price: GBP 24 (Roughly Rs. 2,100, not including import duty and taxes), available via Rock Jaw


  • Comfortable fit
  • Good looking and well-built
  • Extremely loud


  • The bass can occasionally be a bit too much
  • Tangle-prone cable

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 3.5
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5

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iPhone 7 to Launch in the Week of September 12: Report

  • The iPhone 7 Plus may sport the dual camera setup
  • Noted tipster claims early/mid-September launch
  • The iPhone 7 will sport the new A10 processor

Apple traditionally holds its iPhone launch event in September every year, but there is no official announcement on the iPhone 7 event date yet. However, a fresh leak now points at a tentative launch time frame. The iPhone 7 may be launched in the third week of September, specifically in the week of September 12.

This time-frame comes from tipster Evan Blass, who is noted for his accuracy when it comes to leaks. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 9, however it came to India a month later. The same pattern is also expected this year.

The iPhone 7 was expected to launch in three variants – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and a new iPhone 7 Pro version. However, new leaks hint that Apple may just stick to two variants this year. There is also expected to be a new base storage variant – 32GB. The probable storage offerings are going to be shuffled to 32GB, 128GB, and a possible new 256GB variant.

Apple may also introduce a new dual camera setup in its large iPhone 7 Plus variant. There is also going to be the addition of the Smart Connector at the back, again exclusive to the large variant only. To accommodate all this new hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus may get a bump to 3GB RAM.

The variants are expected to sport slightly bigger batteries, and the new Apple A10 processor for faster performance. The Home Button is expected to perform multiple functions, and be Force Touch enabled. Because of the new chip (and if the rumoured death of 3.5mm audio jack is true), the iPhone 7 is also expected to be at least 1mm slimmer than its predecessor.

There’s also a lot of chatter about the 3.5mm audio jack. Conflicting reports on the removal of the audio output make it difficult to really nail a presumptive conclusion on whether it will be included this year or not. There’s also expected to be a new Space Black colour variant with this year’s launch.

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Sony teases Xperia XA Ultra India launch for Monday

Sony Xperia XA Ultra features a 16MP front-facing camera with optical image stabilisation and LED flash

Sony could launch its Xperia XA Ultra smartphone in India on Monday. Sony had launched Xperia X and XA in India on May 30.

Sony Xperia X series smartphones were first showcased at Mobile World Congressin February. Back then, Sony had announced Xperia X, XA and X Performance as the initial lineup. The company had announced dual SIM variants of Xperia X and XA in India.

Sony Xperia X series features edge to edge display and they all come in wide range of colours. Sony Xperia XA Ultra is pitched as a camera-centric device here. The Xperia XA Ultra is the first smartphone to feature to OIS in the front camera.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with a 6-inch display, offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone is 8.4mm thick and weighs 202 grams. The display features a scratch-resistant glass and supports up to 4 finger multi-touch.

Under the hood, Sony Xperia XA Ultra is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali-T860MP2 graphics processor. The MediaTek Helio P10 processor used here is clocked at 2.0GHz. The smartphone comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, further expandable up to 256GB.

On the camera front, Sony Xperia XA Ultra gets a 21.5MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Interesting feature of Sony Xperia XA, however, is its 16MP front camera with optical image stabilisation. There is also a front LED flash and the front camera supports 1080p video recording.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra is backed by a non-removable 2,700mAh battery and is likely to be launched in White, Graphite Black and Lime Gold colour options.

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Your iPhone can be hacked just by sending a message

Android Stagefright like attack for iPhone, All it takes is a specially crafted message to hack your iPhone

If you remember the Stagefright vulnerability in Android discovered in July last year, you will know that a potential hacker can gain full access to your smartphone just by sending a specially crafted multi-media message. The Apple’s iOS  operating system also has a similar vulnerability which can be used by potential hackers to remotely take over your iPhone

This highly critical bug in iOS was discovered by Cisco Talos senior researcher Tyler Bohan, who described the flaw as “an extremely critical bug, comparable to the Android Stagefright as far as exposure goes.”

The critical bug has already assigned a CVE-2016-4631 and resides in ImageIO – API used to handle image data – and works across all widely-used Apple operating systems, including Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. According to Bohan, the that the potential hacker needs to do is create an exploit for the bug and send it via a multimedia message (MMS) or iMessage inside a TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) format file. Once the hacker sends the message to an iPhone owner, the exploit is executed. The user would have no chance of detecting the attack, which would begin to write code beyond the normal permitted boundaries of an iPhone’s texting tool.

.The attack could also be delivered through Safari web browser. For this, the attacker needs to trick the victim into visiting a website that contains the malicious payload.

The attack which is similar to Android’s Stagefright vulnerability can also be exploited by making the iPhone owner visit a malicious website containing the malicious payload through iOS default Safari browser. As in Stagefright, the iOS bug also requires no explicit user interaction would be required to launch the attack since many applications (like iMessage) automatically attempt to render images when they are received in their default configurations.

As said above, the bug can be exploited unknown to the hapless iPhone owner and can give the hacker access to the victim’s authentication credentials stored in memory such as Wi-Fi passwords, website credentials, and email logins. However, for taking full access to the victim’s iPhone, the hacker would need a further iOS jailbreak or root exploit. That’s because iOS enjoys sandbox protection, which prevents hackers exploiting one part of the operating system to own the whole thing.

The bugs uncovered by Bohan work across all widely-used Apple operating systems, however, including Mac OS X, tvOS and watchOS. Bohan noted that as Mac OS X doesn’t have sandboxing like iOS, it offers the potential hacker a full opportunity for exploiting the above bug and remotely taking over the Mac with the victim’s password. This makes Apple’s MacBooks highly vulnerable to a remote takeover through simple specially crafted email. “Exploitation wise, Talos estimates there is about a two-week effort to get

“Exploitation wise, Talos estimates there is about a two-week effort to get from the information we disclosed publicly to a fully working exploit with a decent amount of reliability,” Bohan added. also found memory corruption issues in iOS’ CoreGraphics, which helps render 2D graphics across those OSes.

Bohan also found memory corruption issues in iOS’ CoreGraphics, which helps render 2D graphics across those OSes. Another serious flaws patched by Apple this week resided in FaceTime, permitting anyone on the same network as a user to spy on their conversations. As per Apple’s description, “an attacker in a privileged network position may be able to cause a relayed call to continue transmitting audio while appearing as if the call terminated.” Martin Vigo, a security engineer at Salesforce, uncovered the bug.

Details on all 43 flaws addressed in 9.3.3 can be found in Apple’s advisory. Apple has taken congnizance of the severity of the bug and put out separate advisories for iTunes on Windows,Safari, tvOS, watchOSand OS X El Capitan.

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Google launches new API to help understand machine language

Google launches new cloud service that will help you parse natural language

Google launched a new open beta Cloud Natural Language API on Wednesday to expand its intelligent cloud developer tools and help developers create applications that understand human language. This new API will give developers entrance to Google-powered view analysis, syntax analysis, and entity recognition.

This new API joins Google’s other pre-trained machine-learning APIs like a Cloud Speech API, that is now also accessible in open beta, a Vision API and a Translate API.

Currently, the new Cloud Natural Language API supports texts in English, Japanese and Spanish. Google here is looking to offer a service “that can meet a scale and opening needs of developers and enterprises in an extended operation of industries.”

It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers are competing to host new applications put together with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps that can tackle the challenging task of understanding how humans communicate, and it is important for things like building intelligent assistants and chat bots.

The new API as previously stated will support three different types of analysis. Sentiment analysis will help you understand the overall sentiment of a block of text, entity recognition will allow you to identify the most relevant entities for a block of text and label them with types such as person, organization, location, events, products and media and will perform the basic function of identifying parts of speech and creating dependency parse trees for each sentence to disclose the structure and meaning of text.

The natural language API entered public beta along with Google’s already-announced Speech API, which allows applications take in recorded voice clips and get text back. It is possible for developers to build an app by connecting the two APIs that can listen to a user’s voice and then understand what that person is saying. The service is available in 80 different languages and it is the core that powers products such as Google Search and Google Now. Apparently, more than 5,000 companies signed up for Speech API alpha.

By launching these two services in beta, Google carries on its competition against the Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM, which are also introducing intelligent capabilities in their public cloud platforms.

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Meet RentoMojo, a furniture rental startup from Bengaluru

Startups have managed to get Indian audiences buy furniture online, but there are others who are now trying to redefine it further. RentoMojo is an online rental company (web andAndroid app) for appliances and furniture. In a city like Bengaluru, with some pockets known to be occupied by the young, many would find the option of renting furniture feasible when they have guests or parents visiting. Or even others, like working professionals who are always on the move, would find this a great solution for rented apartments. Founded in 2014, it has 10,000 active subscriber base and aims to reach 1 lakh subscriber base by 2017.

RentoMojo was founded to address issues concerning working professionals moving cities across their career. Their struggle with heavy relocation expenses led to formation of RentoMojo. “Like many other young working professionals we were living in rented apartments, working long hours and we faced a lot of trouble each time we had to equip our house when we moved. That got us thinking, since ages we’ve been fixated on the idea of owning stuff and after a while when it’s out of fashion or doesn’t suit our lifestyle we simply sell it for peanuts. That’s when we got the idea for RentoMojo,” Geetansh Bamania, CEO and founder at RentoMojo tells us.

Bamania along with Ajay Nain founded this startup. Bamania, a serial entrepreneur completed engineering from IIT Madras. He has worked with companies like Flipkart, Pepperfry and KPMG. Today, RentoMojo is a team of more than 200 people and across six cities in India. Bamania says that it is the affordable rentals and elimination of the intermediary margins that sets them apart from other similar offerings. “We wanted to provide a furnishing solution that is affordable, high on quality and very smooth on customer experience at every touchpoint,” he adds. Tech2 checked out the website and saw some lucrative deals such as a three seat sofa for as low as Rs 699 per month and a mini studio with a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study table, chair and bean bag for Rs 1329 per month. However, when we clicked on it, it was out of stock.

The company uses technology to offer hassle-free shopping experience to its customers. One can login into the RentoMojo website or app, select from its product range or even curated home packages, pay a refundable deposit and the RentoMojo team will get in touch to confirm the order and delivery time. “We provide free delivery, free re-location of our furniture if you decide to move, free maintenance,” Bamania points out.

“We introduced the quickest payment solutions for our existing subscribers to enable effortless rental payments. It’s beautiful the way our app authenticates you in one go without a password and lets you manage your account without any hassle. Come back after a year and we’d still remember you without asking for one caps, one small letter, one numerical and a special character because every customer is special to us,” he further adds.

RentoMojo has received $2 million in pre-series A in June 2015 and $5 million in series A funding from Accel Partners and IDG Ventures. It follows an asset- light model wherein they’ve tied up with vendors for the inventory that is rented out to customers and in return charge a servicing fee for it.

“We are primarily targeting working professionals with decent disposable incomes and mostly living out of their home city. We all are moving into an era where owning depreciating products has become a thing of the past. Today’s millennial wants to have access to lifestyle products rather than own them. Thus RentoMojo, being the provider of this access to a better lifestyle will positively impact the lives of our target audiences,” he further adds.

On the roadmap for 2016, RentoMojo plans to expand to few more cities and also add more categories.

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Creo Mark 1 Gets July Fuel OS Update With Focus on Privacy Features

  • The Creo Mark 1 runs the India-developed Android-based Fuel OS
  • Creo promises a ‘new phone every month’ with OS updates
  • This is the third update Creo has rolled out since April

Creo, the maker of the Mark 1 smartphone, on Wednesday announced the July update to its indigenously-developed Android custom ROM ‘Fuel OS’. To recall, the Creo Mark 1 was launched in April, and the company had promised monthly updates to the OS to add new features.

The third, July update for Fuel OS is “aimed at letting users reclaim privacy on their smartphones.” Nearly 66.7 percent of the Fuel OS community members said that they would use pro-privacy features that allowed them to lock apps and hide photos and videos, the company said in an emailed statement.

The updated Fuel OS provides a deep integrated privacy setting that allows users to lock apps and hide photos and videos in a secret hidden folder.


Fuel OS users can now use a pattern or a pin code to lock and unlock applications. When a user has to pass on the phone to someone, all they need to do is to simply toggle on the ‘App locking’ mode from the notification shade. This prevents others from accessing any locked app on the user’s phone.

User can now also securely move private images and videos to Hidden Files, in order to remove them from the gallery. The hidden files folder will only be viewable after the lock pin code is entered. The company in its statement reiterated that user suggestions from the Fuel Community are looked at closely for potential integration in Fuel OS.

“The July update to Fuel OS is designed to give users privacy with the toggle of a button,” said Sai Srinivas, CEO and co-founder, Creo, in the statement.

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Brainwavz XFIT XF-200 Review: Excellent sound, in a feature-rich package, though difficult to wear

The oddly named company Brainwavz has come out with another pair of earphones designed especially for sports enthusiasts. Being not much of a fan of the design, I was keen to know how Brainwavz, in particular, handled it.

Build and Design: 7/10
The earphones are oddly shaped with an over-and-behind the ear design, aimed at sports enthusiasts who want their earphones to stay in place during vigorous activities. Due to the shape, these earphones are not for the casual user as these require more care during earphone insertion, more about this in “The curious case of missing Bass” in Performance section below.


The two variants available, the see-through white is a little weird

The unique shape is such that it lends itself to perfectly stay on no matter what. It is meant for vigorous sports activities without the fear of falling off. However, it is not sweat resistant like the Sennheiser PMX 686G reviewed before. Though for the price of one PMX 686G, you can go through several pairs of Brainwavz XF-200’s.

One extended benefit of this kind of design is for motor-bikers who like wearing earphones with their helmet on. The earphones stick inside the ear well, unlike regular protruding pairs that can press uncomfortably against the ears with the helmet on. Please note that this is dangerous as earphones + the helmet creates quite a noise-isolating seal and the situation becomes worse if you have music on.

The remote is a simple 3-button operation that controls volume, skip tracks, pause/play, plus a microphone for taking phone calls. Brainwavz S3 earphones have a much better design with protruded markings, making it far easier to access the controls without looking.


The remote works with Android, iOS and Windows phones flawlessly

The earphone cord doesn’t make any cord noise though it is prone to tangling. The cord also has a thoughtful adjustment to keep the unwieldy wires well together.


During sports activities, the cord adjustment really comes handy

For the price, Brainwavz really gives a lot of quality accessories. I was pleasantly surprised to see a really nice striking sturdy case (the guys over at Evidson ought to learn from this) which is the same in their high-end line of earphones too.


The hard case also comes with a shirt clip and two pockets inside

Also, the earphones come with several ear tips to please everyone and that too multiples of each. Even “Comply” ear tips are thrown in for good measure for those who like it. Brainwavz really spoils its consumers with a lot of quality goodies out of the box.


Ear tips galore!

Performance: 8/10
We tested the Brainwavz XF-200 with our Android phone, Windows PC with FiiO Q1 DAC + amp attached, with all enhancements off.

Overall, the sound is really good, well-balanced and clear. You’ll get a nice open soundstage when listening to music. Though the earphones do not have the same refinement of sound that their very own higher-end S3 earphones have, but the S3’s also cost four times as much.

The highs are just right, not too flat and not sibilant even with noisier Heavy Metal tracks there was no fatigue while listening to music.

The mids are crisp, and sharp, tracks with a focus on voice sounded well, and none of the snares nor the tom-toms of the drums sounded lean or tinny. There is a full body to the sound.

Am happy to say the bass is just right, I personally quite enjoy a sound that balances well across the sound spectrum without giving too much emphasis on any one particular frequency. For bass heads, you’ll just need to up a few notches higher in the lower range and you’ll be just fine, if you desire more bass, then perhaps the Sennheiser CX 3.00 would suit you better.

The curious case of missing Bass
At first, the bass sounded quite lean, pumping it up in the EQ helped but not sufficiently without altering the sound. I was ready to write it off saying “lean bass”, but interestingly my cousin brother blurted, “Hey, it’s bassy” during testing…wait, What?? I checked my fitting and it certainly sounded lean, I re-inserted the earphones being careful to insert in the ear by stretching the ears and pushing the earphones further than I’m used to with regular pairs. Aligning flat with my ears, the bass, and the overall sound improved immensely.


(Left) The earphones not completely inserted properly leading to a loss in seal and bass (Right) The earphones fully inserted correctly leading to better sound and noise isolation. And OMG, I didn’t know my ears were so hairy!

Coming back to my cousin, the reason why he found them bassy, is simply because his ears are smaller than mine and I tend to use large ear cups, the wrong size created too much seal, therefore, more bass.

Interestingly, a lot of users online have shared their experience on Amazon customer reviews indicating the same issue that the earphones don’t have much bass. This I can completely understand, my advice would be to check the fitting by using the right ear tips, stretch the ear when inserting the earphones for a better seal and if none of these work, last resort is to adjust the bass in the EQ.

This sort of design is certainly tricky to wear, you cannot casually insert the earphones like regular designs and get away with it. Similarly designed sports earphones from Evidson Audiosport W6 gave me quite the tiresome time during testing.

Call Quality: 9/10
The call quality was really good, after all, the earphones were inserted in both ears with the mic hanging close, just behind the ears, ensured that there was less interference in the sound. The earphones do have quite a good noise isolation capability as there was no drop in conversation nor any noise of any sort. The person on the other end of the call could hear me very clearly.

One thing to note of this over-and-behind the ear design is that it isn’t as easy to remove the earphones from the ear unlike regular straight designs. So you’ll see yourself struggling to casually pop the earphones out as it tends to stick to the ear by design.

Verdict and Price in India
These earphones are a definite recommend. They are an excellent pair, with a lot of added accessories not seen in this price and they cost just Rs 1299 street price. If you are into vigorous activities like sports, jogging and the like, these pairs are for you.

There is one thing you ought to be careful of is that the design and the fitting are a tricky thing to get right, a lot more deliberation needs to go into it when wearing. Those who don’t like earphones going that far deep inside should stay away from this kind of over-and-behind the ear sports designs.

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