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Moment Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Soundmatters

soundmatters-moment-2One thing that I love about being a gadget and tech reviewer is how good it is to review more than one product from one company. Oftentimes, I lose contact with a company, but when I reconnect, reviewing their product is like being reunited with an old friend. Such is the case with Soundmatters, as it has been years since I reviewed the FoxL DASH7 and the Dash-A, but I finally had a chance to review the Moment.

The Moment is a speaker that will fit in the palm of your hand, but you would be surprised at how much sound it can put out. It is billed as an ultra-portable audiophile speaker, the company says that it uses patented carbon-poly acoustic drivers and carbon-fiber infused body in order to provide near-field listening. I paired the Moment with my smartphone to listen to music, and I will testify to the ultra-precise, wide-frequency sound, as well as clear detailing and deep dynamics.

soundmatters-moment-1The battery life is good for up to 10 hours, with 90 minutes on a full charge. Now would be the time to talk about how it can charge. There is a place on the back of the moment that is one of those Energizer Wireless Charging technology stamps. In fact, the Moment comes with a stand that you can see here that allows connection to a USB/micro USB cord. All you do is just stick it on, and it is like the Moment is a bust, and the stand/charger is the neck. By the way, the charging cord can be used on the Moment speaker itself.

All in all, the Moment is one terrific Bluetooth speaker, and it can be purchased for about $169.00 ($249 MSRP) on the Soundmatters site.

Posted by on December 2nd, 2016 No Comments

FINsix Dart, the “World’s Smallest Laptop Charger”

dart-1I must say that there are a lot of products that I have seen for months, but finally get a chance to try for myself. I believe that I saw the Dart at CES 2016 last January, and I faintly remember seeing it at CES 2015. Of course, I could be mistaken, but this is the FINsix Dart, which is the world’s smallest laptop charger.

I’ll go ahead and talk about its main purpose. You plug it into the wall to charge it, and you have a battery that you can use to charge your laptop. I am told that it will work on 95 percent of laptops, and it has charging cord with nine interchangeable power tips. Just to let you know, that 5 percent includes the Apple MacBook and Microsoft Surface (you’ve been warned).

It delivers 65 W of power, and it can charge a laptop just as good as the charging cord that your laptop came with. Not only is it good for charging your laptop, but it has a USB device charger with 2.1 A output. By the way, you can charge a laptop and a USB powered device at the same time.

By the way, the Dart includes overvoltage, overcurrent, and overheating protection, in case you are worried about stuff like that. It has a 90 percent power conversion efficiency as well.

You should be able to pick up the Dart on the FINsix site for a price of $99.99. I will have to say that it is worth it. I mean, it is light, and useful. In short, it is something that we all need, and should make a good gift this year.

Posted by on December 1st, 2016 No Comments

M-EDGE Part 2: Folio Pro for 7-8 inch Tablets, Shockdrop Case for the iPad Pro, and the Sport Case for the Surface Pro 4

m-edge-4Well, I am going to conclude my M-EDGE review with three products that are cases and/or folios. I’ll go ahead and start with the Folio, with the Folio Pro that fits most 7-8 inch tablets.

Most of you are familiar with how the folio works. It is a device that allows a tablet or even smartphone to be mounted on it, and Bluetooth makes it possible for you to type on your mobile device. I’ve done several reviews on these devices, and how people like me, who were raised on keyboards and not touchscreens really need them.

I will have to say that I found something strange with this keyboard. I found that on certain circumstances, I would get weird results. ittitt wouldldd lookkokk likeike thisis. Seriously, sometimes sections would repeat themselves for some reason. I’m not going to say that it is not worth buying because of that.

I think that part of the problem is that this keyboard is smaller than a conventional keyboard, and it was a little difficult to use. I think there might be a bit of a learning curve this this one.

You should be able to purchase the Folio Pro for 7-8 inch tablets for about $49.99 on the M-EDGE site.

m-edge-5Now, there’s a great ShockDrop case made for the iPad Pro (the 12.9 inch version). This is pretty much a cover without the keyboard.

Again, this is another product that I have seen before, and it is designed so you can angle the iPad Pro at many angles. It has a flap that magnetically closes, and then there is some things that look like tire tracks that hold the iPad at the proper angle. Seriously, I can’t think of a better way of describing it other than that.

Well, you should be able to pick up the M-EDGE Shockdrop for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch version on the M-EDGE site for…wait, I just checked, and I can’t find it on the M-EDGE site. I did find it on Staples for $49.99.

m-edge-6And so, it is time to conclude the review with the M-EDGE Sneak Shell (or Sport Case) for the Surface Pro 4. As you might have guessed, it is pretty much like the Shockdrop, but for the Surface Pro 4.

It has the magnetic flap, and it is made of faux leather/microfiber leather. It has those tracks made to hold up the the Surface Pro 4 touchscreen at about any angle. Then you can put the keyboard down and get to work.

So, you should be able to purchase the M-EDGE Sneak Shell for the Surface Pro 4, on the…come on, not again! Seriously, this product is not on the M-EDGE site again? Well, I found it on Amazon for $34.84.

Posted by on December 1st, 2016 No Comments

Our Review of the iKlip Grip Pro from IK Multimedia

iklip-grip-pro-3I have reviewed IK Multimedia products before, and I will have to say they make some very interesting products for iDevices. This particular iKlip Grip Pro is one of the most unique, as it can do a lot of things.

At this point, I feel that I have to create a new category for what this product does. I’ll just say what the website says:

iKlip Grip Pro is the new large-grip, compact multifunctional iPhone and camera stand with an integrated detachable Bluetooth shutter control that is really 4 accessories in one: super secure tabletop tripod, large-grip video handle, monopod handle and standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro can securely hold any iPhone with or without a case, and features a standard mounting system for connecting small mobile video cameras like GoPro®, compact digital cameras and stand-mount audio field recorders.

Normally, I don’t put a lot of stuff in blockquote, so I’ll go into the four accessories one at a time. You can see that there is a grip that is ergonomic, and you can attach a Bluetooth smartphone shutter remote with a click. This allows you to put your iPhone on a stick.

iklip-grip-pro-2So how do you mount your iPhone on this thing? Well, you need to use this thing that allows you to screw it on with a spring-loaded clip. I am told that this will hold any type of iPhone, but could it hold any other type of smartphone? Seriously, I don’t know.

Once your iPhone is mounted, you can take photos and videos, and, as you can see, in this photo to the left, you can extend this thing up to 62 centimeters for a super selfie stick. It locks in place, and you can also pivot the iPhone at the end of the stick in a 90 degree angle adjustment with 360 degree rotation capability.

By the way, this is a good time to talk about how it can not only hold the iPhone spring-loaded clip, it has that standard mounting system for connecting GoPro or other small mobile video cameras, not to mention other cameras as well.

iklip-grip-pro-1Okay, now it is time to discuss its next ability. That particular ergonomic stick can actually fold out into three places, which makes it into a tripod.

So, if you want to take some pictures of yourself (or something else), you can use this tripod to get the perfect shot. The only problem is that it took me a while to figure out how to get that tripod to separate. Seriously, it requires extending the selfie stick completely, and then you can spread the legs apart. You know, I cannot stand how that sounds, and I’m just going to forget about it.

Anyway, if you want to get in on this cool tool, then you can head to the IK Multimedia site and lay down $59.99 for the iKlip Grip Pro.

Posted by on November 30th, 2016 No Comments

M-EDGE Part 1: 17-inch Bolt Backpack with Built-in Battery and 8000 mAh Power Bank

m-edge-1It has been quite a while since I have reviewed any M-EDGE products. Today, I am going to talk about two products that can be used to charge things.

The first is the 17-inch Bolt Backpack that has a built-in battery. This is a type of product that I have seen before. I’ll go ahead and start by talking about the battery. It is a 6000 mAh type that fits in the backpack (in a special pocket) and can then be taken out and charged separately. The battery gives up to 40 hours of battery life for a smartphone or 10 hours on the tablet.

What is really interesting is how you can recharge your device. There is a plug-in on the strap, which makes it really convenient. Most of these charging backpacks that I have encountered have their battery in the backpack, and you have to awkwardly connect your device to it. Here, it is very simple.

The Bolt backpack is made for 17-inch laptops. I’m not certain what material is made of, but it sure feels smooth. I am told that there is 1075 cu of storage space, and it has two big pockets right on the front, made for accessories. The actually backpack part of the backpack (the one that holds the laptop) is cushioned.

If the M-EDGE 17 Bolt Backpack sounds like something that you might use, it can be purchased at the M-EDGE store for about $99.99.

m-edge-3Okay, now here is a time to talk about another M-EDGE product that everyone probably has, a mobile battery. This is not a 6000 mAh battery like the Bolt, but this one has 8000 mAh.

This one is designed to charge anything with a micro USB or Lightning cable. It tucks away in battery, and it is sufficient for charging a phone for an additional 50 hours (that’s 16 hours on most tablets).

By the way, there is an automatic energy-saving feature that shuts off the battery after 15 seconds in standby mode. It also protects the device and battery from over-charging. There is also four indicator lights which are a standard for these mobile batteries.

You can get the M-EDGE 8000 mAh Power Bank for about $29.99 on the M-EDGE site in black, lime, or brown.

Posted by on November 30th, 2016 No Comments

The BACtrack Trace Pro

bactrack-trace-proOkay, at the risk of sounding too much like an after-school special, I will have to say that we are heading into the holiday season, which will create a lot of trips to the bar, which will create the toxic by-product of drunk drivers. Every once in a while, there comes some device that can test a user’s Blood Alcohol Level, and BACtrack makes a lot of them.

The BACtrack Trace Pro (or simply Trace) is a police-grade sensor that is apparently used by the police. I realize that this sounds redundant, but if law enforcement and hospitals trust it, then a regular user can trust it too. Just to let you know, it meets the requirements for a breath alcohol screening device.

There is a one touch operation, which is perfect for intoxicated people. You can get your results in seconds, and there is an easy-to-read display in bright LCD blue. You need to blow for 5 seconds, and the response time is about 3 seconds. It has Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor technology, and six mouthpieces for optimal breath capture.

You should be able to purchase the BACtrack Trace Pro on the BACtrack site for about $99.99, and it is good for 1,500 tests on 2 AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, so this BACtrack is really a good deal. In fact, this is one small investment that could save a lot of life, so you should check this out.

Posted by on November 29th, 2016 No Comments

Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BT Fully Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

audio-technica-turntableIt’s time to talk vinyl. Yes, this is one of those formats that you just have to be in to, and a lot of of people are. Audio-Technica occasionally makes a lot of products for vinyl, and we had the chance to try out the AT-LP60WH-BT.

I suppose what gives the AT-LP60WH-BT its unique power is the fact that it is wireless, thanks to the help of some Bluetooth connectivity. So if you want to hook up this Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BT to a Bluetooth speaker, you can do that with about eight different pairs of speakers, in fact. By the way, you can connect it to wired speakers if you really want to.

Then there is the ease in play. For example, you can just push a start button to play a record and then stop button to turn off the record. Wow, that has got to be the easiest way to play a record since…honestly, I don’t know what. Then again, Audio-Technica has had a lot of experience with working on record players, because they had to do something before making all of those wireless earbuds, right?

The AT-LP60-BT has a Dual Magnet cartridge with a replaceable stylus, and it can play both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records with an adapter.

If you are wanting to play some of those old records of yours, you can get the AT-LP60-BT on the Audio-Technica site for about $149.00.

Posted by on November 29th, 2016 No Comments

Porter Cable 20V MAX 1/2 Inch Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver (PCCK607LB)

porter-cableThe other day, I was doing a little house project of hanging Christmas lights, and I was attempting to screw a…screw into my porch. Unfortunately, I could only get the screw to go so far before it just locked up on me. I was using the Black and Decker SMARTECH 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver for that job. At the risk of sounding like Tim Allen, I needed something with more power (grunt grunt grunt) which is why I will recommend the Porter Cable 20V MAX 1/2 Inch Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver (PCCK607LB).

Just to let you know, Porter Cable’s parent company is Stanley Black and Decker. The 20V Max 1/2-inch Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill enabled me to screw in that screw that I mentioned before, and I believe it is the lack of brush that does it. Yeah, I don’t know what the lack of brush had to do with anything. Clearly, I am not a power tools man.

From what I can tell, the brushless motor provides 50 percent more runtime. The motor itself has a 370 MWO of power duty with a transmission with 1,800 MAX RPM. I’m not certain how much work you can get out of a single charge, because honestly, I’m not going sit there and just press the trigger for even a few long minutes.

You should be able to purchase the Porter Cable 20V MAX 1/2 Inch Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver (PCCK607LB), you can get it places like Amazon for about $149.99. The price includes two 20 V Lithium batteries, a charger, and the drill driver itself. It is quite a good holiday gift if you have someone who is really into power tools and such.

Posted by on November 28th, 2016 No Comments

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless In-Ear Headphones

audio-technica-quietpoint-1I have had a terrific time reviewing Audio-Technica products before, and there are a lot of them out there. This particular ATH-ANC40BT QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless In-Ear Headphones has a lot going for it.

I have said before that wireless products like these are probably going out of style due to the new age of the wireless earbuds, but the ATH-ANC40BT have a very different design to them. You might be able to tell from the picture that they are the type that fit around your neck, but the controls are at your shoulders. The microphone is able to pick up ambient noise and tune it out like a noise eraser, so I am told.

The purpose of the controls are to have in-line mic controls for operating hands-free in answering and ending calls. By the way, these particular In-Ear headphones can pair up to eight Bluetooth enabled deices, and you can shift from one device to the other. By the way, there is a detachable 3.9 foot (1.2 meter) cable for a wired connection with an 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug.

As for the sound, they are able to distract background noise up to ninety percent, and it has 13.5 mm drivers. If you have any doubt about how great the sound is, it has aptX sound-improvement technology.

You should be able to pick up the ATH-ANC40BT QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless In-Ear Headphones on the Audio-Technica website for about $129.99.

Posted by on November 28th, 2016 No Comments

Olloclip Core Lens Set for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

olloclip-1It has been a long time since I have reviewed a good Olloclip product, and I would love to say they are the best of their type. Seriously, I am not certain if any company makes such great lenses for smartphones, particularly iPhones. I was pretty glad to review their latest product for the iPhone 7/7 Plus with the Olloclip Core Lens Set.

Most of the time, the Olloclip products are made for specific sizes of iPhones, but the Core Lens Set is made for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus at the same time. So no matter what one you have, you can use it.

If you aren’t familiar with Olloclip products, their latest models have been able to snap on the top of the iPhone, and then you have improved camera action. In this case, the Core Lens Set has a lot of lenses for it. One of them is a Super-Wide with over 120 field-of-view, and so you can capture a lot of width with your shots. Another is the Macro 15 X with 15 X magnification, and you can attach a Fisheye with a spherical effect.

What is interesting is how you can insert these lenses with a spring-loaded snap-in, and I wouldn’t be surprised if their Connect Lens system is patented. It is unique, but it is so unique that you might see it on some other product. Best of all, you can mount a lens and then flip it to the lens on the other side. It is highly convenient.

olloclip-2What is also convenient is how the Olloclip has a necklace mount and a clip as well. This pendant stand can be opened up and then used as a pocket-sized tripod, which is just even more cool! If you don’t believe me, check it on your right!

In short, this is one of the greatest lens holders for an iPhone that there is! You should be able to purchase it on the Olloclip site for $99.99.

Posted by on November 27th, 2016 No Comments