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The best Huawei Mate 30 Pro cases

With the ongoing trade war between the Trump administration and China — and the targeting of Huawei as a company on the U.S. “entity list” that limits American companies doing business with the vendor — the prospects of getting a western or international version of the much-admired new Huawei Mate 30 Pro mobile phone in the U.S. appear nil.

Even those who can get their hands on the Chinese model that sells on Amazon will not be able to easily or safely procure popular Google apps for their phones. Huawei is running EMUI 10 on top of an open source version of Android 10 on the Mate 30 Pro.

Despite that, millions in China and outside the “war zone,” such as the Asia Pacific region and perhaps parts of Europe, will likely buy this high-end phone, and they’ll want to wrap a case around it for the ultimate protection. We’ve rounded up some of the best Huawei Mate 30 Pro cases that owners might want to consider.

Tianyd Thin Fit Case

The Tianyd is a stylish, high quality, minimalist style case that’s thin and light but nonetheless provides great protection and a soft shield for the exterior of your phone. Its structural design and precise cutouts offer perfect access to all ports and buttons while the case provides precise coverage all around to combat everyday damage and impact with no added bulk. It comes in eight bright jeweled colors.

Qualino Wallet Case

The scratch-proof Huawei Mate 30 Pro wallet case shields the smartphone’s screen with a perfect fit that’s both lightweight and protective. The ultrathin cover also has great bumper protection while the precision design allows full access to all buttons, ports, camera, and speakers. You can use the smart lenses to check the time and answer calls. It’s made of a combination of genuine leather paired with a microfiber lining, and handcrafted with perfect stitching and heat treatment for the edges. It comes in a variety of bright colors.

Futanwei Rugged Drop Protection Kickstand Phone Case

This Futanwei double-layer rugged drop protection kickstand case prevents damage from every angle as if your phone were wearing a suit of armor. At the same time, it allows full access to all ports, buttons, and smartphone functions. Featuring a raised edge bumper to lift the screen and camera off of flat surfaces, it protects your phone from scratches, breaks, and cracks. The shockproof four corner bumper cushions and provides drop protection. The hard exterior PC layer joins with a softer TPU layer to create a defensive hard case and protection against drop damage, impact, bumps, and scratches. The kickstand is handy for reading, video watching, web browsing, and chatting. You have a choice of 16 colors.

Futanwei Credit Card Wallet Kickstand

Made of high-quality PU (polyurethane) leather and soft TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) inner lining, this case protects the body and edges of your phone. Lightweight and slim, the design ensures that your smartphone fits comfortably in your pocket or bag. An invisible built-in metal plate is helpful when using a magnetic car phone mount or a magnetic holder at home or in the office. The card slot holder has four slots for cards and cash. You can convert the stand to a comfortable angle for hands-free video chats or for watching video.

ESR Mimic Tempered Glass Case

The ESR clear case features a 9H tempered glass back and a hybrid structure that includes a soft TPU frame to offer complete protection for your phone against accidental drops and impact. You can keep the original phone style visible but this case strengthens your grip. It is scratch and shock resistant and tough enough to withstand common nicks and scrapes. Its soft corner material is shock absorbent to protect your Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s glass back.

Anccer Grinding Surface Hard Slim Cover

This beautiful case is an ultrathin hard cover skin of 0.8mm thickness that feels like it’s almost not there, but it’s a shockproof hard case that’s fingerprint and scratch-resistant and protects against bumps and impact. A 0.3mm thick hole design protects the camera lens on the phone and a 0.4mm lip outer design rises slightly above the screen to shield the glass from hard surfaces. The precision design fits the location of all buttons for easy access to ports and controls. It comes in black, blue, red, or gray.

Taiaiping Huawei Mate 30 Pro Case

With its gorgeous leather-like styling, available in an assortment of stylish colors, the Taiaiping case protects your phone with thin PU leather that gives you a soft, smooth and delicate, nonslip surface to grip onto. Ultrathin and lightweight, with precise cutouts that make it easy to reach all buttons for control over your phone’s functions, it guards against scratches, drops, dust, dirt, and other damage.


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Sennheiser GSP 670 headset review: premium price, subpar performance

The search for a new headset can really get frustrating. Sure, there are a million options on Amazon for under $50, but when you want something premium, where do you start? If you’re looking for the best possible audio quality, you start with the Sennheiser GSP 670 and hope you can find it on sale because these things don’t come cheap.The GSP 670 is a premium headset with sound quality and a price tag to match. Launching at $350, you’re paying for the Sennheiser name and quality. We’ve tested multiple Sennheiser headsets throughout the years and have almost always come away impressed. That’s the same story here.The first thing you may notice about this headset is just how big it is. It looks big before you pick it up and it feels big once you put it on. Coming in at just shy of 400g, it has the weight to make those extremely long gaming sessions taxing, but luckily Sennheiser included one of the best headbands I’ve seen in a headset yet. It’s big and comfortable without looking too ridiculous.The earcups are equally nice with large plus fabric cups that will keep your ears away from the driver covers. If you prefer leatherette cups you’ll want to find another option, but I did find these to be one of the most comfortable headsets to just sit and listen to music on. The clamping force is just right (although uneven; more on that later) and the earcups provide a wonderful seal to keep the noise of the world away from your ears.One the outside of the headset, there’s a small tactile wheel to adjust chat volume if you’re using a gaming console, a large volume knob, and a multifunction button that will provide audio prompts for battery level and put you into pairing mode when you hold it down. The only thing we’re missing here is a physical switch to move between Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards, and we’ll tell you why that matters in a bit.The microphone is on the left side of the headset and provides a nice tactile click when you flip it all the way up. This is how you mute your microphone and comes in handy when you need to have a quick conversation and get back to whatever you were doing before.I wish I could report that the microphone provided better audio quality but I was pretty disappointed. It’s been a struggle to find a wireless headset that really gives great performance in this area (I’m guessing there’s a bandwidth issue) and the Sennheisers fall disappointingly short. I think they sound much the same as every other headset released in the last decade, which isn’t saying a lot.Both Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards are here. Plugging the USB dongle into my computer, the headset paired almost instantly and opened up a world of opportunity to tune through the Sennheiser app. There are options to tune your EQ, how the microphone sounds, and even provide a noise gate in case you have a noisy background. I didn’t find much difference in how the microphone sounded using these options so hopefully, they continue to be tuned in future updates.The sound that comes through these headphones is a completely different story. This has been one of the best audio experiences I’ve had in my time reviewing tech. I’d put it up there with the Sony WH-1000xm3 in terms of enjoyment. Where Sony offers amazing noise cancelation, the Sennheiser GSP 670 takes the crown in terms of audio quality.I found music pleasingly bass-y without feeling like I’m slogging through the mud just to listen. Mids are very clear while highs are crisp without being piercing.I just wish I enjoyed wearing these more. I can’t overstate how heavy these things are. At just under 400g, they’re one of the heavier headsets I’ve tested and it can be exhausting during long sessions. With 16 hours of battery life, those sessions can last all night, but you’ll need breaks.Additionally, I don’t like wearing these because of how the cups sit on my head. While the cups themselves are large enough that my ear doesn’t touch anything, the clamping is uneven and annoying. You can use the sliders in the headband to adjust your clamp, but I always end up with more pressure on the bottom of the cups than at the top.Frankly, these don’t look great and certainly don’t look like something I’d pay over $300 for. They’re big and bulky with muted colors and an … aggressive? design. I’m not entirely sure what to call this design language but there are definitely better-looking options on the market. This won’t matter to some, but for those who do care, it’s a bit of a killer and makes the cost harder to justify.ConclusionThere are always trade-offs when you’re using a wireless headset. Sennheiser smartly did not skimp on the audio quality and if you’re looking for a wireless headset that sounds great, this is definitely where you want to start. I put it at the top of the list in that respect.But, where it falls apart is pretty much everywhere else. Tradeoffs become pretty obvious when you use these for more than a few hours.Yep, they’re built solidly and the plastic design means they’ll hold up to some abuse. But, these look cheaper than competing options like the Astro A50s and Arctis Pro Wireless. Plus, as I’ve said a few times, they’re heavy.It’s awesome that they have both 2.4ghz and Bluetooth standards. But there’s no way to manually switch between them and the second that your computer plays audio via the USB dongle, the Bluetooth cuts out completely. If you’re using these to take a phone call or listen to music on your phone and you accidentally click on a YouTube link on your computer, say goodbye to your audio. This would be an easy fix with a manual switch and we hope to see that in a future revision.Best over-ear headphones (spring 2020)I can’t state enough how crappy the audio from the mic is. Maybe I’m spoiled by streamers who invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars into their audio equipment, but this sounds like every headset I’ve heard the last decade of gaming and that’s pretty disappointing.If your voice quality matters to you at all, I’d suggest getting a standalone mic. But you have to ask yourself if you’re grabbing something like a Blue Yeti, is there a justification for the GSP 670 when you can buy a wireless headset for far cheaper?I know it probably looks like I hate the Sennheiser GSP 670 but I don’t. In true dad fashion, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. While they’re best in class in terms of audio quality, the things they miss on are a killer and make them harder to recommend over other competitors.After a bit of searching, I’ve found the Sennheiser GSP 670 around $300 and sometimes cheaper on sale. I think if you can find these cheaper than that, go for it. Your ears will thank you. At full price, they’re a tough sell.Buy the Sennheiser GSP 670 at Amazon

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