Gregg Ellman | Tribune News Service (TNS)
Your dad doesn’t want a new shirt, shorts or a tie for Father’s Day. It’s all about him. That’s why I asked some local fathers about two potential gifts — a new power drill or a prominent Bluetooth speaker — and they all approved. Some even asked me to tip off their families about them.
DeWalt, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, recently launched a pair of tools to make any dad happy. The 20V Max Brushless 1/2-inch Drill/Driver (DCD793) is an amazingly small and powerful cordless tool. It’s built with a more petite body than previous models (about 2 inches shorter) but with 16% more power.
The new light and powerful tool (6.38-by-7.88-by-2.49 inches, 2.38 pounds) is built with an efficient brushless motor and 15 clutch positions, and it’s keyless, so no chuck key needed. It works off a 20V MAX 2.0 Ah rechargeable battery and has easy-to-control variable speeds. An on-tool LED helps light up tough-to-get dark areas.
A more powerful 20V Max Brushless Cordless 1/2-inch Hammer Drill Kit (DCD798) is built with a body over 1 inch shorter in length compared to previous models with 16% more power. If your user drills into concrete, this is what you want. It features a hammer mode for concrete and masonry applications. The hammer drill provides power up to 28,050 beats/blows per minute in hammer mode.
The hammer drill (6.93-by-7.88-by-2.49 inches, 2.49 pounds) works off the same portable battery and without a loading key, and it has a brushless motor and an on-tool LED work light.
Both models have a 0.5-inch ratcheting chuck, produce 404 unit watts out of power, and run up to easy-to-control variable speeds up to 1,650 revolutions per minute.
Both are available as a single tool or in a kit. The kit includes the device, a DeWalt 20V Max 2.0 Ah rechargeable battery, a charger, a belt hook and a bag. The battery and charger are also sold separately. The DCD793 Compact Drill/Driver Kit is currently $99 at Lowes through Aug. 2, and the DCD798 kit is $184.
DeWalt’s 20V Max line, a portable tool collection, has cordless tools for almost any job inside or out and perfect gift choices for future dad gifts. They include saws, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, vacuums, lasers, impact wrenches and more.
Soundcore’s new Motion X600 Bluetooth speaker, called by the company “the world’s first portable high-fidelity speaker,” is Father’s Day-ready, summer-ready, and any music listening at any location-ready.
Dad can take it poolside with its IPX7 water protection, or grab it by the handle and have it play his favorite playlist while tinkering in the garage. Consider it his modern-day boombox. There are no locations it’s limited to, and if you want it to be the life of the party, that’s no problem with its booming 50-watt power, enabling it to provide a room full of sound.
Inside the aluminum speaker is a 6,400 mAh rechargeable battery (USB-C to C charging cable included), suitable for about 12 hours of playtime at half volume. The 5- watt sound comes from a 20-watt left channel, 20-watt right channel, and 10 watts from the sky channel, all covered by a stainless steel grill.
The decorative features are essential, but the sound counts the most, and the Motion X600 doesn’t disappoint. Its clarity at low levels or in room-filling settings provides robust and high-quality sound. Bringing it to the higher volume levels brought both the great sound and very high volume levels, so much so that it had to be lowered a little not to annoy my neighbors during testing.
For those wanting to control the sound with customized settings, the Soundcore app will do that to achieve peak performance. Soundcore states that if you have two Motion X600 speakers, they can be paired simultaneously for authentic stereo sound.
Touch controls are responsive and easy to access across the top. An aux-in port is on the back, and there’s a built-in microphone.
https://us.soundcore.com $199.99, available in polar gray, lunar blue and aurora green
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