Bowers & Wilkins | P5 Wireless

Over the past few years, Bluetooth headphones have entered the market. High-end brands such as Bowers & Wilkins decided to stay out of the market because the company claimed Bluetooth did not provide the ability to deliver high-quality audio. B&W has entered the market with the help of aptX which delivers higher quality audio – however devices such as the iPhone do not support aptX. The P5 Wireless headphones bear a resemblance in hardware to the P5 Series 2 headphones (Wired). The wireless headphones are in the luxury price range at $400, a $100 increase from the wired P5.

The design of the wireless headphones is basically the same as the P5 Series 2. It sports the aluminum design along with leather ear pads that provide an elegant design. It is evident that B&W carefully thought through the design challenges of a wireless headphone. For example, below the right ear pad, the MicroUSB charging port is cleverly hidden. In the event, the headphones run out of battery, one of the ear pads can be removed to insert an audio cable. The headphones come with a beautiful quilted case to store the headphones with a hidden compartment to store the charging cable and audio cable.

When testing the P5 wireless headphones on an aptX supported device, the audio quality was incredibly clear. Compared to the wired versions of the P5, it was hard to tell a difference in audio quality. On non-aptX devices (such as the iPhone), there was a marginal change in audio quality, but the difference was only noticeable to trained ear.

The P5 wireless headphones are not noise cancelling headphones, but it does a good job for the most part. The only time I notice a difference is on flights when noise cancelling headphones are necessary. One benefit of the P5 wireless headphones not being noise cancelling is the extended battery life, it is reported to play for 17 hours (compared to Beats Studio Wireless noise cancelling headphones at 9hrs). If noise cancelling is a must, these headphones are not for you. In my testing, I didn’t notice a huge difference except on airplanes. I preferred the 8-hour battery life gain since I rarely ran out of battery and it gave me one less thing to worry about charging.

The P5 wireless is a beautifully designed headphone that delivers a high-quality audio experience. These headphones require some compromise and this experience is not for everyone. But, if you are looking for high-quality headphones that block most noise and desire longer battery life, these are the headphones for you.


Review: Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

While Beats by Dr. Dre are becoming very popular with the younger generation, adults are wondering, “What kind of headphones should I get?” Most adults don’t want to be wearing big flashy headphones. They want something classier, and that is exactly what the C5s have — a lot of class.



The Bowers & Wilkins C5 do not disappoint with the very classy and elegant look that B&W is so famous for. The earbud itself is bullet shaped and comes with some very nice ear tips. The one down fall in the earbuds look is the micro porous filter, that when hit by lights looks like a bunch of mini diamonds, making it look flashy instead of classy. Another downfall of the C5s is the wire that feels rather weak and flimsy.




There are also very many special features of the C5s. For example, the micro porous filter (on the back of the earbuds) are made up of hundreds of mini steel balls and makes your music sound like you’re at a live concert.  The MFI Cable that the C5s use is Apple approved and has a remote control/microphone.

Bowers and Wilkins claims that their C5s have a perfect fit and so far they are right as they stay put in your ears and do not fall out allowing you to move around. Many people who have looked at the C5’s ear loops may be wondering how they fit in and if they are comfortable. The C5s fit in your ear similar to the Sennheiser ear fin design. With the Sennheiser, the fin rests inside the ear’s inner groove. However, the C5s ear loop goes from the middle of the inner ear groove to the bottom providing a more snug fit. If you would like to have a less snug fit, you can adjust the secure loop. The C5s’ snug fit does take a while to get used to.


Sound Quality:

The sound quality is astounding! The bass of the C5s are powerful without sacrificing the clarity of the vocals and background music. The C5s are also great for listening to classical music making you feel like you are in a room listening to the orchestra. The only downfall I could find is a little distortion of vocals while turning the music up to full volume.

The C5s has fairly good noise isolation, especially because the ear tips seal the inside of your ear. However, it’s not perfect and I was still able to hear loud outside noises. B&W wants to make sure you can hear outside noise so that you can be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are out and about.


The Breakdown:

-Brand: Bowers and Wilkins

-Name: Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

-Price:  $180 USD

– Frequency Range: 10Hz to 20kHz

-Color: Black/ Silver

-Intended for: iDevices with 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack

-Cable Length: 1.2m

-Weight: 20g

-Special Features: Micro Porous Filter, Noise Isolation, and Secure Loop

-Comes With: a Semi-Hard Shell Case (Similar Design to the P5’s Case), and Four Total Pairs of Silicon Earbuds

Point-Scaled Grading:

For reviews of all products by The Real Mac, a point-scale grading system is used to cover each individual aspect of the product. Said grades on varying scales are then weighed to determine a final score, which is then translated to an overall grade, as follows:

Style: 1-25 Given: 24
Price: 1-15 Given: 10
Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 13
Sound Quality: 1-10 Given: 10
Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15
Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 15
Comfort: 1-5 Given: 4

OVERALL: 91/100 A-
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Continued Evaluation:

All in all, the Bowers and Wilkins C5 are a great buy for anyone looking for a pair of quality earbuds that sound great, look great, and feel great. But with everything great, there are some downfalls like the $180 price tag, the shine of the porous filters, and the need to get used to the snug fit of the earbuds.


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How to use OS X Mavericks 101



OS X Mavericks Intro


The latest version of OS X has brought even more comfort to Mac Users. The powerful OS X Mavericks has so many new features that you may miss some of them if you’re not careful. So to help you become a Mavericks expert, we’ve decided to provide you a few tips and tricks for more efficient use of the new operating system.


By pressing Command + T, now you can open tabs in your finder, a lot like browser tabs in Safari. Furthermore, the previous Mac OS X Lion Finder could label folders and files with various colors. Now with Mavericks, these color labels could be assigned specific meanings under Finder Preferences.


Few years ago, Apple enabled notifications from websites on Safari. Now, these notifications can be delivered even without having to be on the website that is sending the notification. These notifications can be managed under Safari preferences. Mavericks also allows a Do Not Disturb Mode which can be set under System preferences. This allows you to be free from notifications disturbing you for a certain period of time. In addition, Update notifications can be delayed through clicking the Later button on the Update notification.


App Nap  is a new feature that aims to extend battery life while enhancing overall performance. The App senses windows behind others and slows them down until they are switched back in to main focus. For example a video will stop playing once it is not visible in the window, to save power. In addition, the new OS X automatically frees up memory space when needed and compresses memory of other applications when inactive.

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App Review: Osmos

After playing Osmos on the iPad, I can clearly say that this one is a game changer. Osmos brings together melodic sounds, as well as a seemingly intense play. The game involves the player as a blue cell who absorbs smaller cells. The goal is simple, absorb the others yet Hemisphere games makes the process so ever rewarding. Osmos features two game types: Odyssey and Arcade. Odyssey is the story mode while the arcade mode is more to jump in and play. Osmos offers a unique gaming experience that draws the player into the world of survival that is boosted by fluid control, stunning graphics, and an addictive story mode.

Osmos comes on both the iPhone and the iPad. I would say, if you have an iPad this game is an absolute must, while for those with iPhones I would recommend this to those who use their iPhones mainly for games.

Price: $4.99 (iPad) $2.99 (iPhone)

Producer: Hemisphere Games


Review: OmniFocus

After being swamped with a multitude of tasks, the next step was to determine how to finish all of these tasks. When OmniFocus launches, it becomes apparent that the developers of OmniFocus wanted to build a great Getting Things Done (GTD) application. OmniFocus is a complex beast, but the features OmniFocus provides are invaluable. OmniFocus can be found on the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Task Management

OmniFocus excels in task management. The key to the OmniFocus task management is that it allows the user to create a task and have the actions required to complete the action. One of the reasons why task management programs do not provide success for the user is because the task added can be very abstract. The abstract task they want to accomplish requires many different actions to complete the task. OmniFocus aids the user to breakdown the task into the actions that will bring successful completion of the task. This is one of the most powerful features of OmniFocus.


OmniFocus launches to a basic user interface that allows complete customization of the application from the toolbar to view. Since OmniFocus contains complexity in the organization of actions, this requires you to open the Inspector using more screen real estate.


Unlike other GTD applications, OmniFocus triumphs in the syncing of the application. OmniFocus allows for local network, MobileMe, WebDav, Disk or even the Omni Sync Server. The Omni Sync Server allows for Over-the-Air (OTA) syncing. This is a definite plus not only to backup the current OmniFocus database, but to also sync the database to other mobile devices.


The Omni Group does a great job implementing the application in the mobile environment. Currently, OmniFocus is available for iPhone and iPad and can sync your OmniFocus Mac version OTA, so you will always have your tasks on the go. Additionally, the option of OTA allows for an automated and cloud stored version of the OmniFocus database as well as no hassle between syncing versions. The iOS version of OmniFocus does a great job of providing the majority of features of the Mac version to the iOS versions. The iOS versions use location for its advantage by providing helpful information for the user when creating or using a task.

Closing thoughts

OmniFocus helps ensure that projects will be completed through the breakdown of actions that are required for a project to be completed. In addition to the breakdown of actions, OmniFocus provides users with an option of OTA syncing which can allows for the backup of the database as well as no hassle syncing between devices. A major setback to the adoption of OmniFocus is the price of the application. OmniFocus for Mac costs: $79.99 and the iPhone version costs: $19.99, but the value of OmniFocus outweighs the cost. OmniFocus provides the tools to mark tasks off of your tasks list. Take OmniFocus for a spin, visit the site the OmniFocus site.