BEOSOUND SHAPE: THE LOUDSPEAKER AS A WORK OF ART ON THE WALL

Only professionals can recognize this speaker. The new BeoSound Shape from Bang & Olufsen looks more like a work of art on the wall. It’s a wireless speaker system.

BeoSound Shape is a modular loudspeaker system consisting of hexagonal tiles that can be attached to the wall in any number and pattern.

BeoSound Shape will also provide resonance damping functions to reduce reverberation in large rooms.

BEOSOUND SHAPE

BeoSound Shape consists of several tiles, each containing a loudspeaker, amplifier or acoustic damper. At least six tiles are combined to form a whole. Not only can the arrangement of BeoSound Shape be customized, the speaker system also offers a wide range of colors and fabrics.

Bang & Olufsen also wants to offer a tool to design tile patterns online.

The BeoSound Core connection hub, hidden behind one of the hexagonal tiles, allows wireless streaming via AirPlay, Chromecast or Bluetooth. As usual with Bang & Olufsen, the tiles also have a multi-room function. Different music tracks can be played in different rooms or one track can be played in the entire home.

BeoSound Shape is available from August 2017. Of course, the price depends on the size and the fabric selection. Depending on the individual selection, the price for a standard setup is expected to be around 4,000 euros.

Dyson smart air purifier – Pure Cool Link Test

A smart air purifier, this is Dyson’s latest addition: the Pure Cool Link. The air we breathe is not very healthy. Surrounded by polluting particles, we got used to it. So Dyson developed something to break these bad habits. Follow the guide, we have tested its effectiveness.

  • Brand: Dyson
  • Category: smart air purifier
  • Availability: Available
  • Price: 579 euros
  • Connection: WiFi
  • Compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Tested with: Alcatel One Touch Idol 3

Unboxing of the Pure Cool Link

An imposing product, an imposing box. The Pure Cool Link has the advantage of being light and, above all, practical. Indeed, it does not open from the top but from the front, which allows the purifier to be removed without having to lift it or get in the head with the whole thing. The product appears already assembled and equipped with a filter, which allows it to be functional from the moment it leaves the box.

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Next to it, you will not be surprised to find the user manual, on which is written the product serial number and the WiFi code of the purifier, which you will need for the application.

Design and ergonomics

For its size, the Pure Cool Link is rather lightweight and can be easily installed in any corner of the room. With a neat and minimalist design, it consists of a cylinder, containing the air filter and the tower that distributes it throughout the room. Its refined style allows it to be installed in most interiors without any problems. In our country, at least, he was doing very well.

Lightweight, but strong. In any case, this is Dyson’s wish for this smart air purifier. If you are interested in its material, you should know that it is ABS, the same material used for motorcycle helmets. For example, Dyson claims to have dropped a Pure Cool Link in concrete stairs to prove its strength. We have not gone that far, and even if we doubt that the aircraft can withstand such a fall, it has already fallen a few times to the ground without any problem.

The practical side of this air purifier also lies in the fact that it is possible to remove the remote control. On top of it is a magnetic holder on which the remote control is placed. Last but not least: the Pure Cool Link comes in two models: one to be placed on a table and the tower. This is the one we tested for you.

Pure Link Application

Once your purifier is connected to the Pure Link application, available on iOS and Android, you can access details of your home’s air quality. The humidity level and even the temperature are indicated.

We must recognize that the application is particularly intuitive and easy to use. With a few finger movements, the user becomes able to program his Pure Cool Link to automatically turn it on at certain times of the day. And if you don’t know how to use it and you don’t like reading the manual (seriously, who likes to read the manuals?), you can always click on Product Guide.
A real virtual user guide, everything is detailed so that you can use the smart purifier without difficulty: purification modes, replacing the remote control battery or filter or how to clean the Dyson.

Using the Pure Cool Link

According to the application readings, the air is effectively purified and after a few hours (depending on the size of the room), the first differences in air quality can be noticed. It is difficult to judge its purity effectively without professional equipment. On the other hand, we can say that the odours of perspiration or food are well filtered (which is useful when your colleagues eat while working and do not open the window, we know about it).

In terms of use, the Pure Cool Link will be more or less noisy depending on the level at which you run it, but it remains generally relatively discreet and has a quieter night mode. Note, however, that with headphones on, the device hardly hears at all.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier is actually equipped with a 360° HEPA fiberglass filter. This technology removes 99.95% of allergens and air pollutants, however small they may be. The intelligent sensors in the device detect pollution peaks to adjust the purification level. And Dyson also allows you to cool your room in the summer with the fan mode.

In conclusion: the Pure Cool Link works well, the dedicated application is intuitive and has an elegant design, even if some people find it to be plastic. The main black spot remains its price, 499€ for the small model and 579€ for the tower. A little high compared to those practiced by the competition, which range from 100€ to 700€ depending on the models (less than 200€ for the Xiaomi air purifier). Not surprising considering that Dyson presents its Pure Cool Link as a quality product, but it is likely that this price prevents it from settling in the majority of homes.