These days, work happens anywhere — from traditional offices to coworking spaces to coffee shops and airport lounges.
The only problem is that not all places where work can happen are equally equipped to support the needs of modern white-collar workers. Laptops and smartphones largely solve this issue, but their smaller screens make them less than ideal for certain tasks, such as juggling data between two spreadsheets.
While traditional monitors don’t exactly fit in the average backpack, an ultralight portable monitor like the Desklab 4K does, and remote workers are not the only group of users who can benefit from it.
The Desklab 4K is a 15-inch large portable touchscreen monitor that weighs just 1.3 pounds (725 grams) and is slimmer than the iPad mini (0.23 inches versus 0.35 inches or 6 mm versus almost 9 mm).
On the left side, there’s a power button, control wheel, and microUSB port. The right side is where you can find a 3.5 mm port, two USB Type-C ports, and a single HDMI port.
The monitor has an integrated magnetic stand that doubles as a cover when flipped around. The stand works as advertised, allowing you to use the monitor in portable and landscape mode, but it does feel considerably cheaper than the monitor itself.
Even though portability is the main selling point of this monitor, there’s actually no battery inside the compact case. That’s because the monitor is so power-efficient that it can be powered directly by the laptop or smartphone it’s connected to.
That’s good because you don’t have to worry about charging it before use, but it also means that the battery inside the device you connect the monitor to will last much longer.
The only time when the monitor does require its own dedicated source of power is when you connect it using an HDMI cable instead of via USB Type-C, so keep that in mind if that’s how you want to use it.
The first thing we noticed when we turned on the monitor for the first time was its sharpness. Thanks to its 4K resolution, text is perfectly smooth even when set to a small size, and the smoothness makes it easy to use the monitor for a long time without any eye fatigue.
In addition to being sharp, the monitor is also very bright. At 400 nits, it’s just as sharp as the latest MacBook Air, so using the monitor outside isn’t a problem.
If you’re into photography or graphic design, then you’ll be pleased to know that the monitor is fairly color-accurate. Sure, it’s no match for professional monitors, but its true LED backlight technology really does help with color reproduction.
Since the Desklab 4K monitor is compatible with Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4, and other popular video game consoles, we should also mention that the monitor has a lightning-fast 10 millisecond response time, so even fast-twitch gaming is a pleasure.
Of course, gaming on this monitor would be even more pleasurable if it supported ultra-high refresh rates, but that would make it far less efficient in terms of energy consumption. Fortunately, it does support low-flicker technology for increased comfort when using the monitor at lower brightness levels.
Because the Desklab 4K monitor is equipped with both USB Type-C and HDMI video inputs, you can use it with basically any device that can output 4K video.
Lower resolutions are supported as well, but image quality, and sharpness in particular, goes down considerably with them. If you want to use the monitor primary with a device that can output only 1080p video, then you should consider getting the 1080p model.
As far as setup goes, there’s really nothing to set up because the monitor doesn’t require any additional software and is designed to work as soon as you plug it in.
The Desklab 4K has a touch layer that allows you to navigate with your finger and use familiar gestures, like tap, drag, pinch, zoom, scroll, or spin. The touch layer works great even when the monitor is connected to a MacBook, which is a pleasant surprise considering that Apple has yet to release a Mac with touch support.
- Screen Type: IPS
- Weight: 725 grams
- Thickness: 6 mm
- Resolution: 4K (3840×2160)
- Panel Size: 15.6 inches
- Response Time: 20 milliseconds
- Ports: Type-C / mini-HDMI / Micro-USB
- Color Range: 16.7 M
- Viewing Angle: 178 degrees
- Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
Overall, the Desklab 4K is an excellent portable monitor that’s well worth its price of $399.00. Unlike other similar monitors that you can find online for less money, the Desklab 4K is bright enough to be usable outside, and it does have plenty of other features that make it suitable for regular use.
The two things we don’t like the most about this monitor (the poorly designed on-screen menu and the flimsy stand) could certainly be improved, but they’re definitely not huge issues that would make you regret your purchase. You can get your Desklab 4K portable monitor directly from the company on their official website.
Tribit FlyBuds C1 Earbuds Review: The Ultimate Bang For Your Buck
In our in-depth review of the Tribit FlyBuds C1, we explain how the pair of TWS earbuds challenge the value-for-money proposition of Apple’s AirPods.
The world isn’t running short on True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds inspired by Apple’s AirPods; they’re everywhere you look. Yet, few can genuinely claim to offer greater value for your hard-earned cash. The Tribit FlyBuds C1 are an exception to this.
So what sets them apart from the rest? Is it their remarkable audio quality, powered by Qualcomm’s QCC3040 Bluetooth audio chipset? Or perhaps their insane battery life that promises to keep your tunes playing longer than any other earbuds in its class? Read our full review to find out.
Price And Availability
When Tribit unleashed the FlyBuds C1 onto the market in January 2021, they were priced at $69.99. At that price point, the earbuds were already receiving praise for offering a lot of value without burning a hole in your pocket. Fast-forward to today, and you can get a pair for $39.99 on Amazon. At that price, it’s almost a steal, considering what these earbuds bring to the table.
Now, if you’re the type who enjoys personalization in your tech gadgets, there’s something you should know: the FlyBuds C1 only come in one color scheme. But it’s a good one: a sleek mix of matte black, glossy gunmetal, and a dash of red trim to add some zing. It’s a color palette that’s universally appealing and goes well with most other colors.
Design And Build
Upon first glance, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 might remind you of the iconic Apple AirPods. But unlike many AirPod-inspired earbuds on the market, the FlyBuds C1 carry enough unique design elements to stand apart, including their already-mentioned black & red color scheme.
One area where these earbuds these earbuds do echo their Apple counterparts is comfort. The FlyBuds C1 manage to emulate that same snug, yet unobtrusive fit that has made the AirPods a household name. Whether you’re hustling through a busy commute or settling in for a long-haul flight, these buds sit comfortably in your ears without causing fatigue — you just need to use the pair of ear tips, which is easy since there are six pairs in the box.
Each bud houses two microphones and a tactile control button (more about how the button works later in this review). When you’re done listening to music or wrapping up that last conference call of the day, the FlyBuds C1 slide effortlessly into their designated charging case.
The case features a four-LED battery level indicator, so you’re never guessing how much juice is left. Additionally, it has a USB-C port for charging, plus a reset button that lets you perform a quick reboot in case you experience any pairing or power issues.
If there’s one thing that the Tribit FlyBuds C1 absolutely nails, it’s the sound quality. At the heart of these earbuds lies Qualcomm’s QCC3040 Bluetooth audio chipset, which supports Bluetooth 5.2 technology and Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3).
These technologies ensure that even if you’re streaming audio that doesn’t boast the highest bitrate, you still get a sound quality that punches above its weight. But if your audio source does have a high bitrate, then the 6 mm dynamic drivers can truly shine.
The FlyBuds C1 certainly prioritize lows above other frequencies (a common theme among consumer-grade earbuds and headphones), but they do so without turning it into a one-man show.
Mid-range frequencies are slightly dialed back, but by no means lacking. Vocals come through with natural warmth and a lively presence — though they’re not as meticulously detailed as what you’d get from pricier competitors like the Sony WF-1000XM4.
The highs are well-behaved, offering sparkle without shrillness, although they might get a tad lost when the mix gets too busy. Equalization can help remedy this, but keep in mind that the earbuds don’t come with a dedicated app for in-depth sound customization, so you’re on your own here.
If you can’t imagine listening to music without active noise cancellation (ANC) protecting your listening experience from outside interference, then the Tribit FlyBuds C1 might not be the best choice for you because they rely entirely on passive noise isolation.
Sure, they manage to hush a good chunk of ambient noise — thanks, by the way, to their comfy silicone tips — but let’s be real, they can’t touch the level of noise attenuation you’d get from pricier competitors like the aforementioned Sony WF-1000XM4 or Apple’s AirPods Pro.
That said, life isn’t all bad without ANC. Crank up your favorite playlist and you’ll find the FlyBuds C1 effective enough to make passing cars and chatty neighbors feel like they’re whispering. Just don’t expect complete silence in a noisy coffee shop.
That said, it’s not a total loss on the noise-cancellation front. For calls, the FlyBuds C1 come equipped with Qualcomm’s cVc 8.0 noise cancellation tech. One mic’s job is to reduce background noise, while the other microphone amplifies your voice. The end result is usually excellent, but it has its “are you kidding me?” moments, particularly when dealing with sudden gusts of wind.
In terms of day-to-day usage, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 leave very little to be desired. Their IPX5 rating means that they can withstand sweat and light rain, making them an excellent companion for your morning jogs or even an impromptu dance in the rain. Of course, they won’t survive a plunge in the pool.
The pairing process is almost always hassle-free, with the earbuds automatically connecting to your phone as soon as you take them out of their case. Unfortunately, you can only pair them to one gadget at a time. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s something to consider if you’re juggling multiple devices.
The biggest enhancer of the overall user experience is the physical button located on each earbud. A single press on either bud will play or pause your music, while a double-click on the right or left will skip to the next or previous track, respectively. You can manage volume levels by simply pressing and holding the button on the respective sides. No need to reach for your phone. These earbuds also allow you to answer or reject calls and even activate your voice assistant.
However, the FlyBuds C1 miss out on one feature that could have made them nearly perfect: proximity sensors for auto play/pause. Many budget wireless earbuds available today offer this feature, and it’s hard to go back to anything less once you’ve had a taste of earbuds that automatically pause your music when you take them out and resume when you put them back in.
Let’s get to one of the most talked-about aspects of any wireless earbuds — the battery life. The company touts an impressive 50 hours of total playtime with the charging case, with each earbud being able to run up to 12 hours on a charge and the case providing four extra full recharges.
Now, how do these claims hold up in real-world usage? Pretty well, actually. In our tests, the earbuds managed close to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge, falling just a tad short of the official 12-hour claim but still putting many rivals to shame. That’s enough power to keep your playlist going for almost an entire workweek.
Once you finally run out of battery, you can expect to wait about 1.5 to 2 hours for a full charge of the earbuds and about 3 to 4 hours for the case itself.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the earbuds and charging case only support USB-C charging — there is no wireless charging option available. So, if you’re someone who’s moved entirely to a wireless charging ecosystem, you may find this to be a slight inconvenience.
What’s In The Box
Inside the Tribit FlyBuds C1 box, you’ll find the earbuds in their charging case, five extra ear tip pairs, a USB-C cable, and a user manual — everything you need for a comfortable, easy-to-set-up listening experience.
Verdict: Excellent Value For Money
|Great sound quality with strong bass||No active noise cancellation|
|Affordably priced||Limited to single-device pairing|
|Superb battery life||No proximity sensors for auto play/pause|
|Comfortable fit||No wireless charging option|
|IPX5 water resistance|
|Intuitive physical control buttons|
|Support for Bluetooth 5.2 and LC3|
In the overcrowded world of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 manage to stand out by offering impressive sound quality, snug fit, and long-lasting battery life, and more while being more affordable than most competitors. While they lack some advanced features like active noise cancellation and proximity sensors, the FlyBuds C1 are a solid choice for those seeking high performance without the high price tag.