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Our Review of the D-Tangle

D-TangleOkay, today I am going to talk about something that isn’t really high-tech, but it does solve a big problem that is inherent with any pair of wired earbuds. I am talking about the tangling of the cords, and there is nothing more efficient to de-tangle them than D-Tangle.

So what is D-Tangle? Well, it is made by Laidback Life, a company out of Cyprus to help everyday products easier. Surely, you have had a problem with your earbuds getting tangled up, because it happens on my desk every day. What makes it harder is when you keep your earbuds in your pocket or purse.

Like most reviews of a unique product, I decided to simply embed a video here so you can see how it works. As you can see, you pop off the plastic thing on back, and then put your earbuds in. Then you pop the plastic thing on top, and a switch allows the earbuds to retract on both ends: the jack end and the earbuds end.

There’s not a lot more that I can say about this product other than praise its super-usefulness. You can purchase it on the D-Tangle site for €11.90 in blue, red, black, white, and yellow.

Posted by on March 23rd, 2017 No Comments

UAG ICE Case for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touchbar

UAG macBook Pro 15So, it is another time to review another UAG (Under Armor Gear) product. I have reviewed cases for their various products, and they are quite good at providing protection for mobile products. Today, I am going to be reviewing the ICE (a clear case) made for the MacBook Pro 15-inch with touchbar.

The UAG Case for the MacBook Pro 15-inch is essentially two hard plastic sheets joined by a piece of rubber. The part that covers the back of the keyboard has a lot of holes for ventilation as well as some rubberized “feet” for non-sliding purpose.

As for the part the covers the back of the screen portion, it is almost completely transparent, with a window ready for making certain that the Apple logo shows. I think this is all part of the contract that Apple has.

Also, there are some impact resistant bumper that are hard and rubber. By the way, all of the case is shaped for structural rigidity. If you want to purchase this, check it out on the UAG site for $79.95.

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR

Turtle BeachSo, it looks like it is another great day to review a great another pair of gaming headphones, and this is from Turtle Beach with Stealth 350VR. I believe that this would be the first time that I reviewed Turtle Beach product, and I hope that it is not the last.

I’m not certain why it is called the Stealth 350VR, because I am not certain why 350 is in the name. I mean, the VR is obvious because the Stealth 350VR has an ergonomic VR design which is good for VR headband cables like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. To this writing, VR hasn’t really taken off, and maybe it is necessary to make it more…comfortable to an average user.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR has large 50mm Neodymium speakers which has over-the-ear cushions that has some great highs and lows. To make this even more great, it has battery-powered amplification, and it is rechargeable to make it good enough for 30 hours. Some of these controls are on the earcups themselves.

Oh, there is also a noise-cancelling microphone, and it will plug in and can be removed for things like listening to music.

So, this is quite something, and the only thing that it doesn’t have is wireless capability. Perhaps there is another time for that. In the meantime, it can be purchased on the Turtle Beach website for $79.95.

Posted by on March 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Wilson WeBoost Drive 4G-X

weBoost 1When you think Wilson, what do you think? Maybe it is that volleyball from Cast Away or the next-door neighbor from Home Improvement. Honestly, you should be thinking cellular phone booster, because Wilson makes them. In fact, they make them really well, as you can read in my previous reviews of DT4G 5-Band SmarTech III or Sleek 4G Home/Office Accessory Kit. Now there is the weboost Drive 4G-X, which the company says is “the most powerful, professional grade 4G vehicle booster”.

The way this works is going to be simplified. Essentially, there is an antenna within this kit that allows low-level signals to be channeled into something that is much higher. There’s a video of this that you can watch here to see how this interesting process works.

You may notice in the video that the bars on your phone could be different depending on your phone. For example, an amplification of one bar on one type of smartphone could equal two on another type. One thing is for sure: the Weboost Drive 4G-X works on both carriers in the United States and Canada.

weboost 2So how much of a boost are we talking about? In some cases we are looking at about 32x of the 4G LTE and 3G signals. This works for fewer dropped calls, better voice quality, faster uploads/downloads, as well as 2 hours of additional talk time in weak signal aeras.

Everything that you need is available in this package that includes the Drive 4G-X, the outside antenna, and inside antenna, as well as a power supply to plug in to your car’s cigarette lighter (now mostly used as a cellular phone charger).

You should be able to purchase the WeBoost Drive 4G-X here for about $479.99. That might sound like a high price to pay, but if you are on the road a lot and need great coverage, then this could be better than anything Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or US Cellular can give you.

Posted by on March 10th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the MyCharge HubPlus-C

MyCharge HubPlus CI am certainly no stranger to MyCharge products. In fact, I have reviewed three of them in the past two months. Now, I had a chance to review the HubPlus-C, and all I can say is: it’s about time.

You see, I happen to have a phone with a USB C port, the HTC 10. I honestly believe that this gives me the power to charge my phone very fast.

I’m not certain if I am getting ahead of myself, as I am describing something that I may or may not have properly introduced. Generally, I reviewed a lot of mobile batteries, and it is usually the standard shtick of charging them (generally via USB) just so you can charge a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device later.

The HubPlus-C is the first of its type that I have encountered with a built-in USB-C cord, and it also comes with a micro USB cable as well. There is also a USB port, in case you want to charge some other third thing. Also, this is a battery with prongs that flip out so you can charge the myCharge HubPlus-C with a typical wall outlet.

So yes, the MyCharge HubPlus-C is a very convenient product to have. About the only thing left is to give the stats. It is good for 6700 mAh and an output of 18 W Max. About the only thing that I don’t have is the price. So far, I don’t see the product on the site, but I’ll see about getting a price and updating this blog with the proper link.

Posted by on March 9th, 2017 No Comments

Another Patchworks Review of Screen Protectors, Botanical Garden Cases, and Air Straps for the Apple Watch!

ITG-Privacy-Stealth-Packages-for-iPhone-7-plus-for-Shopify_1024x1024This is another time where I get to review Patchworks products, and I am very pleased to review three types today. I will start with the screen protectors.

The ITG Plus Galaxy S7 is a scratch resistant screen protector is one that we have discussed before, but for iPhones. It also has that great oleophobic coating which is great for wiping off fingerprints and other types of stains. And it is of course, shatterproof. You can purchase it for $18.99 on the Patchworks site.

Then there is the ITG Stealth Screen Protectors. In addition to having the shatterproof and oleophobic coating, the Stealth has a unique privacy filter. The privacy filter is made from 3M technology allowing you, and not some stranger watching over your shoulder to see what is on your smartphone.

What makes it better is that the version for the iPhone 7 also works for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. This goes for the Plus sizes too. You can purchase the ITG Stealth for the iPhone 7/6S/6 here for $34.95 and here for the iPhone 7 Plus/6S Plus/6 Plus at the same price.

Patchworks-Level-Botanic_Garden-image-002_1024x1024And now it is time to review another product that we have reviewed before from Patchworks, cases for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. These ones are of the Botantical Garden series.

This means that they have some serious floral print on them, and they come in Rose, Hydrangea, Blue Bird, Wild Flower, and Russian Blue. There is more than just flowers for these cases, but some rib pattern that traps some air in order to provide some protection for your smartphone if it is dropped. In fact, it can survive 26 consecutive free fall drops at 4 feet at all kinds of angles.

If you are the type that is into floral print, then you can purchase it on the Patchworks site here for the iPhone 7 and here for the iPhone 7 Plus for the price of $26.95.

Patchworks-Air-Strap-for-Apple-Watch-Series-2_001_grey_1024x1024So, let’s end this review with a product for the Apple Watch with the Air Strap. The purpose is to make the Apple smartwatch a lot more classy as the Air Strap is made of premium leather and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

The Air Strap is so named because it has a tunnel structure that allows air to flow, for your skin needs to breathe and you won’t have that sweaty wrist that comes with most watches.

You should be able to purchase the Air Strap on Patchworks for the 38 mm version here and the 42 mm version here. The price is $49.95 in black, gray, white, brown, and red.

Posted by on March 1st, 2017 No Comments

The Master and Dynamic ME01 Earphones Review

master and dynamicOkay, I have to admit that I am not familiar with every electronic device, but I am familiar with a lot of companies that make headphones and earbuds. I have never heard of Master and Dynamic, but that sounds like the Russell Crowe film Master and Commander (which I found to be quite boring). However, the ME01 from Master and Dynamic is not boring at all.

In fact, I’m going to say that these are a hidden gem in the littered world of earbuds. So, what does the ME01 have? We’ll start with the 8mm titanium high performance drivers, with a machine aluminum body. So yes, the sound is great.

Then there is the tangle resistant rubber cables, and it has a remote and mic controls for volume and such. There is also an omni-directional microphone as well, and an in-ear monitor.

All this, and it comes with a leather case as well as four sizes of silicone ear tips. It can be purchased on the Master and Dynamic site for $129 in Black Metal/Black Rubber as well as Gunmetal/Gunmetal Rubber.

Posted by on February 28th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of Patchworks PureCover 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro Protection Case

Patchworks iPad ProI have spoken at great length about ITG Patchworks products that includes a lot of reviews of screen protectors and cases. Today, I’m going to talk about some protection for the iPad Pro with the PureCover case.

It is a soft PU leather cover, which means that it is quite classy. Seriously, the first thing that I am going to say is that if you have a 12.9 inch iPad Pro, then you should just purchase this. Oh, and it is also has a 9.7 inch version.

The PureCover has the ability to fold up and be a stand, and it can be done two ways. It can lay flat at an angle, or stand upright at an angle. So this is quite a thing for viewing video footage. By the way, there is an auto sleep that can turn the iPad Pro on and off.

Of course, that is just for protecting the front of iPad Pro. As for the protection of the back of the iPad Pro, it has a clear body and UV coating. Don’t worry, you will be protected.

The PureCover also has an interesting pocket to protect the Apple Pencil, which you will also love to have.

So, I’m going to recommend this Patchworks product, and it can be found on the Patchworks site for $45 in Champagne Gold, Black, Gray, Navy Blue, and Pink. Oh, and don’t forget the 9.7 inch version as well.

Posted by on February 27th, 2017 No Comments

Beyerdynamic Byron BT Wireless, Premium Wireless Earphones

Beyerdynamic Byron BTIt’s time for me to review another terrific Beyerdynamic product, and this one is the Byron BT wireless. Now, just to let you know, this is not one of those wireless earbuds that are like earplugs, but I’m hoping to review one of those type from Beyerdynamic later this year.

No, this is one of those earbuds that have some wires, but they connect to each other so they can go behind the neck. Speaking of connection, they connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, which is not new in any way. However, this uses Qualcomm aptX codecs with acoustic transducers. By the way, it has a three-button remote that allows for a hands-free microphone for taking calls.

So, yes, I have reviewed wireless earbuds like this before, like those from Jabra and others, so let’s talk about the specs. If you are concerned about the playtime, it is good for about 7.5 hours. I am assuming that is a long time, but it takes time to charge it (about two hours).

I suppose that I can recommend these, but with so many companies making these type of wireless earbuds, I’m not certain that I can recommend one brand over the other. Of course, I am always going to recommend anything from Beyerdynamic, and you can purchase these on the Beyerdynamic website for $99.00.

Posted by on February 21st, 2017 No Comments

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station

Powramid AirIt’s been a few years since I have reviewed an Accell product, and I am back to reviewing the Powramid once again. This is the Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station, and it is a sequel better than the original.

I believe that the original was called the Powramid because its shape resembled a pyramid. I believe that worked well because you know how certain plug-ins are big these days? However, the new Powramid Air is more of a discus. It is not totally flat, but it can hold a lot of big plug-ins (six), as well as two USB ports.

There is a six-foot power cord, and a scratch-resistant base. There is an odd on-off power button like right in the middle. I hope that won’t get triggered by accident and shut off the whole thing.

So if you are looking for a surge protector that is pretty good with 1080 Joules of surge protection, then head on over to the Accell Cables site and get the Powramid Air in white or black.

Posted by on February 21st, 2017 No Comments