Weekly Gadgets: Logitech MX Keys mini, Sony’s new home theater system and more

Tech companies such as Xiaomi, Realme, Logitech, Sony, Ambrane, pTron, and Anker, among others, launched new smartphones, headphones, home theater system, keyboards, and more this week (January 17-23)

DH’s weekly Gadgets edition lists the latest top personal tech products to keep you up to date with everything happening in the world of consumer electronics.

Logitech’s new MX Keys mini-keyboards

MX Keys Mini comes with Perfect Stroke, the company’s best non-mechanical keystroke technology. It features a minimalist form factor that aligns users’ shoulders and allows them to place the mouse closer to the keyboard for less reaching, resulting in better posture and ergonomics.

It also sports spherical keys that put every key, command, and shortcut within easy reach, without cluttering up space with extra keys that aren’t needed. Increased key stability reduces noise while maximizing responsiveness – and tactile reference for hand positioning makes it easier to orient fingers and stay in the flow of typing.

Logitech’s new MX Keys mini keyboards. Credit: Logitech

It features three new features designed to optimize the work experience when using Logitech. Options are available in MX Keys Mini: a dictation key (a feature provided by Windows and macOS, available in some countries), a microphone mute/unmute key, and an emoji key. .

It supports USB-C fast charging and the MX Keys Mini can easily connect with up to three wireless devices with Bluetooth and is compatible with Windows, Chrome, Linux and Android, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Bluetooth and the Logi Bolt USB receiver. There is also a separate MX Keys Mini for Mac and is optimized for macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Both models cost. 12,995 rupees.

Sony’s new home theater systems

Japanese tech giant Sony launched two new home theater soundbar systems earlier this week: HT-A9 (7.1.4ch) and HT-A7000 (7.1.2ch). They are equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technology.

They promise to deliver the widest sound field ever with its unique 360° spatial sound mapping technology and powerful 804W sound output (HT-A9 with SA-SW5 subwoofer) and 800W (HT-A7000), respectively.

They deliver an immersive audio-visual experience with Up-firing, X-Balanced Speaker Units and 8K/4K HDR for a top-notch entertainment experience and they top it off with Sony TV -BRAVIA Acoustic Center Sync. They also support voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.


The new home theater systems from Sony. Credit: Sony India

To get the most out of the new speakers, customers will have the ability to customize home theater systems and choose two wireless subwoofer options for the HT-A9 and HT-A7000. Additionally, for a more immersive and cinematic experience with the HT-A7000, they have the option of the optional SA-RS3S rear speaker.

Sony offers HT-A9 & SW3 for Rs 1.70, 980 and the HT-A9+ SW5 for Rs 1,97,980. While the HT-A7000+ SW3 and HT-A7000+SW5— for Rs 1,50,980 and Rs 1,77,980, respectively. Consumers can even purchase the SA-RS35 audio system separately for Rs 30,990.

Panasonic Lumix BS1H

It is a full-frame mirrorless camera and promises professional photo and video quality worthy of cinema, live streaming and other multi-camera users.

It’s equipped with 6K video, multiple recording modes as well as high connectivity and mobility, and the company says the Lumix BS1H promises the best of both worlds for filmmakers looking to customize their configuration for high-end productions, as well as a better continuous recording/streaming camera for live video and other longer duration video productions.

Maximizing the use of pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the Lumix BS1H is capable of delivering 6K resolution that delivers smooth and fine video quality as well as a bouquet of recording modes that help users capture stunning photos in all conditions. It is also well-equipped with heat management that ensures long-lasting use without having to worry about quick wraps during shoots.


Panasonic Lumix BS1H. Credit: Panasonic

It supports DMI/SDI output, Genlock IN/Timecode IN/OUT. To provide stable and robust connectivity, the camera comes with two SD card slots, Φ3.5 audio jack (in/out), USB 3.1 Type-C, 3G-SDI (BNC), HDMI Type-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, signal lamps (front/rear), XLR microphone compatibility have been integrated to provide excellent and hassle-free connectivity to users. Additionally, retaining Panasonic’s V-Log format, the camera contains over 14 stops of V-Log/V-Gamut allowing users to capture images with over 14 stops of dynamic range in a very wide color spectrum. The camera also features HDR recording with HLG, RAW video data output (Apple ProRes RAW / Blackmagic RAW) enabling high image quality recording with less noise, even in low-light environments such as indoors or at night. It costs Rs 3,39,990 in India.

PTron Force X11 connected watch

The new Force X11 sports a 1.7-inch color touchscreen and comes in a corrosion-resistant zinc-alloy case with a top ring and push buttons. It also has an IP68 rating, which means it can withstand water pressure up to 1.5 meters (five feet) underwater.

It supports heart rate tracking, SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation level) meter, blood pressure, seven active fitness modes, and users can view call notification, messages, control phone cameras, control music tracks and more.


PTron Force X11 connected watch. 1 credit

It is compatible with Android and iOS phones and connects via the DaFit mobile app. It requires three charges and can last for seven days under normal use.

It is available in Onyx Black and Suede Pink for Rs 2,799.

Anker Powerport Atom III Slim Charger

As the name suggests, it comes with a slim form factor. It features a 0.7 inch design and weighs around 141g.

It offers 65W of power in a portable, space-saving form. The Powerport enables high-speed USB-C charging, which can charge USB-C laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 and 2018 MacBook Air at full speed through a 45W USB-C port.

Atom III can charge four gadgets at the same time. One USB-C port equipped with Power IQ 3.0 provides a maximum output of 45W to charge virtually any USB-C device at maximum speed, while three USB ports share a total of 20W to provide optimal charging for mobile devices.


Anker Powerport Atom III Slim charger. 1 credit

Gallium Nitride powers the ultra-thin appearance without sacrificing power, which improves efficiency. The incorporation of Anker’s patented Power IQ 3.0 technology provides high-speed charging to almost all devices, including Apple, such as MacBook, iPad, iPhone and others. It costs Rs 3,999.

Ambrane Dots Muse True Wireless Stereo (TWS)

It promises to deliver powerful, deep bass that enhances warm mids and crystal clear highs with 10mm drivers. Even at full power, the headphones can pick up the full audio spectrum without artificially boosting bass or distortion. With up to 23 hours of total playtime and a good eight hours on a single charge, the ergonomically designed TWS delivers an unlimited sound experience.

The compact, classic-style headphones feature high-quality built-in microphones for crystal-clear conversations, delivering reliable speaking anywhere, even in the noisiest environments. The earbuds deliver outstanding and trouble-free call performance.


Ambrane Dots Muse True Wireless Stereo (TWS). 1 credit

The wireless headphones offer fast and stable transmission without any lag up to 10m range and are designed with the latest Bluetooth 5.1. The TWS allows for quick pairing and comes with intuitive controls for easy access. The headphones also have voice activation for Google Assistant and Siri. It costs 1,999.

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Liberty Buds Pro Labels

The new True Wireless (TWS) headphones come in two two-tone color options – matte black and piano white – with an IPX5 rating. The headphones promise to deliver 45ms latency, for a smooth gaming experience. The headphones support Bluetooth 5.1, come with 4 mics with background noise cancellation for crystal clear voice quality during calls.


Liberty Buds Pro label. 1 credit

Along with instant auto-pairing, the headphones offer 3 built-in EQs that can be changed with 3 taps: ultra-low latency gaming, punchy BassX mode, balanced mode for acoustics and vocals.

It can last up to 30 hours with the case and six hours with the TWS. For fast charging, the Type-C headphones offer 75 minutes of playtime with 5 minutes of charging. It costs 1,199.

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Tecno Pop 5 Pro

It features a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD display with 269 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density, IPX2 rating, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB), Android 11GB OS, supports 14 regional languages, houses a dual camera module – 8MP with secondary AI lens, rear LED flash, 5MP front camera with dedicated selfie LED flash, and a 6000mAh battery. It can offer up to 54 hours of talk time. It costs Rs 8,499.


Tecno Pop 5 Pro. Credit: Tecno Mobile

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Xiaomi 11T Po 5G

It has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and supports 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, triple camera module – 108MP main (1/1.52-inch sensor, f/1.75) supported by 8MP 120-degree ultra-wide-angle sensors (f/2.2 aperture) and 5MP (f2/2.4) tele-macro AF camera (3cm-7cm) with rear LED flash. Adreno 660 GPU. It is backed by 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage (UFS 3.1), 5000mAh battery with 120W charger support.


Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

It comes in three configurations – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – for Rs 39,999, Rs 41,999 for the 8GB+ 256 GB and Rs 43,999, respectively.

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Realme 9i

It comes with a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2412 x 1080p) LCD display, triple camera module – 50MP main (with Samsung JN1 sensor, f/1.8) supported by a 2MP (f/2.4) B&W portrait camera and 2MP (f/2.4) 4cm Macro with rear LED flash, 16MP front camera, 6nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 with Adreno 610 GPU, Android 11 OS, 4GB/6GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 64GB/128GB (UFS 2.1) storage and 5000mAh battery with 33W charger.


Realme 9i. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

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It comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – for Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,999, respectively.

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