GADGETS by Gregg Ellman :: August 4, 2021

I never thought I’d be reviewing a desk chair that offers medical advice. But the Nexvoo Health Ergonomic Adjustable Desk Chair has a USB port for charging a built-in health monitor that takes readings of heart rate, blood oxygen level, HRV, and fatigue index.

What makes the chair stand out is the right armrest, which has built-in health controls.  Before using the controls, the included proprietary magnetic USB-A cable has to be connected for charging and you’ll need the free Nexvoo App (iOS and Android).

After downloading the app, a Bluetooth connection must be made between the chair and the app. The app records the health data and displays it in real-time. The app stores the history of tests and has resources of information of health categories of the collected data.

Once the charging and app are ready, while sitting in the chair place your right index finger on the top side measurement unit for 3 seconds to activate it and then 15 seconds to run the test. You can watch the data being collected, and like I did, you’ll run it a few times for comparison. Hopefully, nothing alarming will be revealed, but if so the next step should be contacting your family doctor.

As for the chair, it’s first-class in comfort. Putting it together was simple with the included instructions. The ergonomic features are adjustable along with both 3D armrests. Levers on the bottom allow for moving the seat forward and back. A left-side lever allows for the back to be adjusted to recline back or forward, up to 140 degrees, and then locking it in the position of choice. And one on the right is for adjusting the height of the seat.

Like any piece of furniture, it takes some getting used to but once the adjustments are set to the right position, the chair is very comfortable.

The backing and headrest are made with soft mesh to promote cool air circulation. The foam seat is 2.3-inches thick with a waterfall seat edge. Once charged, the rechargeable battery should last for 30 days if used once per day. $499 in choices of blue and black

Campfire Audio is a company I wasn’t familiar with but after testing their new wired Satsuma In-ear monitor earphones I’m familiar now.

The company touts itself as making world-class IEM earphones, which are designed and assembled by hand in Portland, Ore. The new Satsuma earphones have what Campfire describes as uncommon features at these price points, including patented 3D-designed acoustic chambers, full-balanced armature drivers, and ultra-high-quality cabling.

After using the Satsuma’s, I came away totally impressed by the performance, construction, looks, and design. My first impression of the Satsuma earbuds was the color (orange fizz) and design. The exterior is made from an all-new smooth, durable, and lightweight shell material. I can see these lasting long-term, especially for touring musicians.

Part of the durability comes from the included silver-plated copper Litz cable, which is a new design for Campfire Audio. It features 4\four silver-plated copper conductors and custom Beryllium Copper MMCX connectors to attach to each earphone stainless steel spout. It’s designed for thousands of pulls and connections over its lifetime.

But what’s really important is the sound and the high fidelity IEM earphones deliver. Since I’m not a musician, I do not have personal instruments or vocals to listen to, so I had to resort to my eclectic playlist, which includes the 70s, 80s, and 90s mixes along with a touch of current tunes. Everything sounded great, crystal clear, natural with a nice amount of bass, but not overbearing. After listening to this variety, I could see the Satsuma’s working great for any musical genre.

The ergonomic and lightweight fit was comfortable right out of the box, even for several hours at a time. If adjustments are needed, they include a nice supply of tips (final audio, Campfire audio, and silicone earphone) in a variety of sizes. A cleaning tool and storage case are included.

The technical specifications listed on the Campfire site have them as 5Hz–18 kHz frequency response and 46.4 Ohms. $199

by Gregg Ellman

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