This week at Reviewed.com, we had our hands full with a slew of new gadgets. Most notably, we saw the return of the best headphones we’ve ever tested. They had big shoes to fill, but lived up to their predecessors by earning a singular score of 10.0. Some other products we tried out included a relatively inexpensive new robot vacuum from NeatO that was…well, neat, and a new pair of on-ear headphones from Sony.
In our news and features department, we learned that lab-grown meat has fallen in price by more than $300,000 – but we’re still not convinced we want one. We also covered a robot that can print pancakes in a variety of artful patterns, toy kitchens that got a grown up redesign, and a restaurant that served up some garbage (and people ate it, happily).
Lab-grown burgers get a $325,000+ price cut
When lab-grown beef made its debut in 2013, you’d have to plunk down some hefty change for one – around $325,000, actually. That’s a lot of money for something we’re not sure we wanted to try in the first place. Now, thanks to a new technique for creating “meat” developed by Dutch scientists, that price has fallen considerably to a more reasonable $11 per burger. But will that be enough to entice people to eat fake meat?
Return of the king: These headphones are the best around
Beyerdynamic’s Custom One Pro earned the title of best headphones on the market from us last year, and the latest iteration of these headphones – the Custom One Pro Plus – improves on an already great thing by doubling down on the “custom” part of their title. The audio hardware is practically identical to last year, but now you can add faceplates (that look a lot like pogs) for extra personality on your headphones.
PancakeBot prints breakfasts too pretty to eat
The PancakeBot is a Kickstarter-backed 3D printer that can print pancakes into nearly any pattern. You simply download any image you like onto your computer, and use the PancakeBot software to trace the image. The printer then does the rest of the work for you by printing out your artful pancakes. Its creator even acknowledged its one flaw: The pancakes look so nice, you won’t want to eat them.
Neato Robo vacuum looks straight from the 90s
This robot vacuum from Neato satisfies at least one criteria for buying one: At around $320 online, its price is pretty appealing. It offers a unique, nostalgia-friendly appearance as well – its grey and purple exterior might recall toys from the 90s (like a Super Nintendo, for example). As for its cleaning abilities, it’s certainly powerful and picks up dirt, but it’s heavy and often lacks the agility to maneuver around furniture effectively.
Toy kitchens are getting a high-end renovation
You may have fond memories of making pizza and hamburgers out of Play-Doh as a kid. Well, as adult food has become more sophisticated, kids’ toy kitchens have followed suit. Toy kitchen-makers like KidKraft and Sears have rolled out souped-up kitchen sets for kids that feature (fake) stainless steel appliances and food options that include fake chocolate fondue and toy crepes.
New monitor fills a niche for animators
BenQ is a company known for their high-end gaming monitors, but now it’s branching out into another specialized domain: monitors for animators and designers. If those labels describes you, you’ll find a lot to like with this monitor. At $1,099, this monitor is also cheaper than we’d expect for a 32-inch monitor of this caliber. Ultimately, the image quality could be better, but you’re still getting a good deal if you’re an animator or editor.
Let them eat waste: Chefs turn trash into fine dining
A restaurant in New York City offered a novel ingredient on its menu: garbage. Well, sort of. For a little over two weeks in March, it served up food that would normally be discarded by restaurants, to illustrate how much food is wasted on a daily basis. Dishes served included juice pulp burgers and fried skate cartilage. (Yum?) In the process, it also managed to earn rave reviews.
Sony MDR-V55 on-ear headphones
On-ear headphones aren’t exactly known for their audio quality, and this new pair from won’t exactly change that perception. Where these do shine is in their appearance �?? with a slick black and red look, you’ll at least look stylish as you wear them. And at $79, they’re a fairly solid budget option. Just don’t expect to get sound quality that’ll satisfy you if you’re an audiophile.
Do you really need a robot vacuum?
Vacuuming robots have captured our imagination since Rosie the Robot of Jetsons fame, but now they’re increasingly becoming part of our homes. We get around to the question of whether you should actually buy one, and the answer is…well, it’s complicated. There are a variety of factors to consider, including the type of flooring you have, the size of your living space, your physical ability to vacuum, and more.
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