Mobile chips keep getting more powerful. Which begs the question: What makes a PC, a PC? Is it the chips inside, the OS it runs, or what you can do with it? If it's the latter, then the Remix Mini Android PC is as much a "personal computer" as any vanilla Windows box. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit chipset, it runs a version of Android Lollipop called Remix OS that's been customized to provide a more desktop-like experience. That includes a Windows-like taskbar, multiple overlapping Windows for multitasking, and mouse and keyboard support. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, dual USB ports, and an HDMI port, supports 4K output, has either 1 or 2GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of internal storage, and yet uses only 10 watts of energy. Oh, and it starts at only $20.
Grado's been making headphones in Brooklyn since the early '50s, and the family has run one business or another out of the same building since 1918. These Grado GH1 Brooklyn Tree Headphones honor that tradition by sourcing some of their materials from the same neighborhood. Built using a maple from Sunset Park that was otherwise destined to become furniture, the GH1 features a wooden body that imparts a dynamic sound with strong bass and crisp highs. The headphones otherwise feature Grado's classic styling, and arrive with a signed letter from third-generation headphone maker Jonathan.
Based on classic keyboards from years past, Yamaha Reface Keyboards promise to bring professional-level sound on the road. Each of these mini-keyboards offers 37 keys, with actions taken from the flagship Motif XF synth, built-in speakers, turning knobs and sliding faders to control the sound, and the ability to operate off battery power alone. The CS is based on the Control Synthesizer from the '70s, while the CP is based on the Combo Piano played by everyone from Billy Joel to Keane. The YC is based on the combo organs of the late '60s, and the DX — perhaps the most notable of the collection — draws inspiration from the DX7, the keyboard that helped to shape the sound of the mid '80s.