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Thonet and Vander Frei Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet and Vander FreiI’ve reviewed a lot of Thonet and Vander products in the past year, but they are usually big speakers of some type. The Frei is one of those Portable Bluetooth Speakers that I have reviewed, and it certainly is something small but great at the same time.

Like all Thonet and Vander products, it has the avant-garde design and German engineering that the company is so proud of. You can see that it is pretty minimal with a small box design that is a 2.1 speaker with 50 W of peak power. it has a 2-inch full range for a good driver and it also has a great passive radiator for better bass depth.

From what I can tell, this isn’t one of those Bluetooth speakers that I have been reviewing that are set up to be very water-resistant and durable. However, the Frei does seem to pride itself with a shockproof sleeve to make it very portable.

So, it might not be as durable as other speakers of their type, like the Life Jacket from Altec Lansing. I will go through the specs for the battery, 8 hours for the music playing and 160 hours on standby.

I will have to say that one of the best things about the Frei is its side panel. It has this X-shaped control with the volume and track forward/back buttons. You got to see it to believe it.

In fact, you should be able to purchase the Frei on Amazon for $49.99. You can find out more on the Thonet and Vander site here.

Posted by on June 24th, 2017 No Comments

The Trainr Pro from Bodyguardz

Trainr ProI’ve seen a lot of great products from Bodyguardz, and the Trainr Pro is one of their more unique ones. They are really great at making screen protectors, but the Trainr Pro is both a case and an armband.

The Trainr Pro has a transparent case that has “unequal technology”, which means that it has some kind of design for an active lifestyle. The case is made of some kind of transparent plastic to show off the back of the Apple device. It also has some padding on the sides on the inside and out on the sides.

I suppose that it is called the Trainr Pro because it is made for the workout. This Trainr Pro has a removable armband that pops on and off, and it is also have some elastomer construction as well.

It is something that I would recommend, and it is available on the Bodyguardz site for $49.95 in Black and Gray, as well as Gray and Mint. Granted, that is for the iPhone 7 Plus, and there is also something available for iPhone 7.

Posted by on June 23rd, 2017 No Comments

Thonet and Vander Vertrag BT Review

vertrag-bt-introslide03I have reported on many products from Thonet and Vander since I first encountered them at CES 2016, and I had a great chance to try out the Vertrag BT. Just so you know, I did a translation of Vertrag, and it is apparently German for “contract”. It’s very clear that they want to give a contract to its users to give them great sound.

Okay, there’s my pitch for a great slogan. After reviewing the Kurbis and the HOCH and LAUT BT speakers, I was confident that the Vertrag BT would be up to speed, and it is.

As usual, Thonet and Vander brags about “German Engineering” with its “Avantgarde Design”, and it also has some “Hammer Bass”. If you aren’t certain what “Hammer Bass” is, it is the optimized resonance for bass reflex. This really makes the mesh breathe as the great sound plays.

I’ll go ahead to get rid of stats now. There is a 4-inch woofer and a 0.5 inch tweeter. Again, I’m no audiophile, and I am really getting sick of writing that when it comes to writing about these speakers. There is something called Drone FX for a “clear and enhanced sound”, and it certainly has that with some great treble, bass, and 180 PMPO. Again, not an audiophile, but hey.

So, if you like the wooden speakers with the Bluetooth 4.0 action, then I would recommend the Vertrag BT. You can find out more about these speakers on the Thonet and Vander site, and you can get them on Amazon here.

Posted by on June 23rd, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipcard Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipcardLet’s consider this a sequel to the Flipstick Portable Power Pack that I reviewed yesterday. Yes, this is another review of another mobile battery back, but it is quite something.

I have to admit that I really like the Flipcard. While it may not be small and compact as a credit card, it is a little thick because it is made for 5,000 mAh. That’s good, because you can get 2 full charges on a regular smartphone.

Much of what is on the Flipcard is on the Flipstick, with the LED battery level indicator lights and made for micro-USB, Lightning, and Type-C connector. This is one of the issues with mobile batteries, is they tend to be all alike. Oh wait, there is something different as the Flipcard has a 2.4 Amp output.

Okay, it really is quite a product, and you need to get in on this if you want a great mobile battery. You can purchase it on the TYLT site for about $49.99.

Posted by on May 9th, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipstick Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipstickSo, most people now have one of these mobile batteries because most smartphones can’t go a few hours without needing a charge. I suppose that we are to blame for what we put our phones through. I have reviewed so many that I have lost count, and today it is the Flipstick from TYLT, another company whose products that I have reviewed.

There is brand known as PocketJuice that it very cheap and does its mobile battery job. I don’t know if this is by design, but TYLT’s Flipstick has a similar shape.

I can’t remember what the stats are for a typical PocketJuice, but the Flipstick has a 3,350 mAh battery, as well as an input/output for 1 Amp USB port. Most mobile batteries have a USB port, and the Flipstick has that, plus some connector for the Micro, Type C, or Lightning Connector.

So what else does it have? Well, it has the typical LED battery level indicator lights, and it has a 3 hour charge time for the internal battery. I’m told that it provides about 1 full charge to the smartphone.

The Flipstick will be available on the TYLT site soon in colors of blue, white, and black for the micro-USB, Lightning, on USB Type C Connector.

Posted by on May 8th, 2017 No Comments

Yesgo Cases for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6/6S

YesgoWe do a lot of reviews of iPhone cases on this website, so it is always refreshing to receive one that I have never heard of. In this case, it is the company of Yesgo, which I am going to just assume is not from this country. The issue is for a product that does so much, it comes at a good price.

But we will get to that (the price). The Yesgo cases have a slim design that allow for full protection with dual layers of shock absorption. The interior of it is textured with all the rubberized goodness that comes with more expensive cases.

In spite of the rubberized case, there is a strange metallic feel on some of the cases. I got to try out the Gun Metal and Rose Gold variations of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they feel like metal, assuming that they aren’t. Yeah, I don’t know if that makes sense.

Okay, so I will recommend them, especially because the price is pretty good at $14.73 CAD, and I’ll let you do the translation for currency, but it is quite good. I will give you the link to the Yesgo website, and you should just purchase one if you are in the market for an inexpensive website.

Posted by on April 6th, 2017 No Comments

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2. Generation (2nd Generation)

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd GenerationIt’s a brand new day, and we are going to review another great pair of headphones with the MMX 300, 2. Generation, or second generation. The new MMX 300 is a professional gaming headset which is “designed for champions”, and you can read our review of the first generation here.

The MMX 300 has some pretty huge earcups that are made to completely block out all sound, which makes a lot of sense as they were originally developed as a headset for the private aviation industry. That doesn’t surprise me in the least, honestly.

So yes, the sound is quite good. Right now, I’m just using them to listen to something on Netflix, and I can hear a lot of minutia in the sound. I can’t help but think the sound would be much weaker if I was using my regular earbuds.

You might notice the microphone on it, and the gooseneck is quite flexible. There is a high-quality condenser on it, and it is made so any ambient noise is kept out thanks to its cardioid polar pattern and pop shield.

There is also a remote control that is integrated into the cable, and it is very helpful for in case you want to mute the mic, not to mention accepting a phone call. The volume control is also there as well, so you know this is going to be good.

There is only one bad thing about this product. If you go to the Beyerdynamic website, it says that the MMX 300 2. Generation is temporarily unavailable as noise interferences may occur in certain applications. I didn’t find any applications as yet, but I am not certain if I will find it. It is available with 299 EUR.

Posted by on April 4th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Solo Sullivan Briefcase Messenger Bag

Solo Bradford BriefcaseWell, I have to say that I haven’t heard of Solo before, but I have reviewed a lot of products from companies that have turned up on my doorstep. So, this is the Sullivan Briefcase Messenger, which is good for 15.6 inch laptops.

I suppose that is good enough for a MacBook of that size, and it is fully padded. For those that are Apple fans and have an iPad an iPhone, there are pockets for them. While there is a pocket inside for the tablet (about a good size for an iPad), and your iPhone can fit in the two front pockets. `

I’ve found that many bags are full of pockets, and I will say that this particular model isn’t quite full of pockets. However, how many pockets do you need? Well, in addition to the inner one, the inner tablet one, the two on the front, there is another in back.

Other features include a self closing magnetic flap, padded carry handles, and an adjustable strap. I’m going to say that this is something really great to have, and I will recommend it if you have the need. It can be purchased on the Solo website for $59.99.

Posted by on April 1st, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 6: iFrogz Plugz, Charisma, Summit, and Impulse Wireless Earbuds

ZAGG Plugz WirelessOkay, we are going to conclude ZAGG week with not one, but four pairs of earbuds, and they are all wireless. I’m really going to be cramming a lot of information into this, but I will start by saying that they are all under $39.99. This includes the Plugz Wireless, Charisma Wireless, Summit Wireless, and the Impulse Wireless.

The Plugz Wireless are basically a very standard lightweight pair of Bluetooth earbuds. It has a wireless Bluetooth hub that can clip to the shirt collar, and this is a magnetic clip, which gives full control to the user for calls and music. By the way, it can store the earbuds when not in use.

I’ll get to the price eventually, but I will let you decide if it is worth its low price because it has 9 mm drivers. In case you are concerned about the fit, it has three sizes of earbuds, and they are IPX-2 certified to be resistant to sweat.

All right, let’s get to the price. You can get them on the ZAGG site for $29.99 in silver and blue.

ZAGG Charisma earbudsOkay, so let’s talk about the Charisma Wireless, which looks a lot like the Plugz. They seem to be targeted for females in bragging that they were “designed by women, for women”.

I’ve reviewed earbuds for women before, such as the Maroo GEM earbuds, and these are less pink and feminine looking. Apparently, they are trying to forget about the drab design.

Much of the specifications are similar to the Plugz, and this includes that wireless hub that can clip magnetically to the shirt. They are also IPX-2 standardized, so they are resistant to sweat. Also, it is good for 10 hours of battery life, which is something that I forgot to report about when it came to the Plugz.

Now, here’s where it differs. The drivers are about 6 mm, so that is a little bit smaller. It is available on the ZAGG site for the same price of $29.99 in Black/Red, White/Rose Gold, and Gray.

ZAGG Summit WirelessNote that both of the earbuds that I have reviewed are sweat-resistant, but the Summit Wireless are made for an exercise culture. You will notice that each individual earbud has a wing on it that are made to hold it in place.

Other than the shape of the earbud, it doesn’t seem to have any improvements over its sweat resistance, I guess. It does have 8 mmm drivers, so that is something great.

It looks like in addition to being wireless, it has that wireless hub that has a clip to secure the earbuds when not in use. Oh, it also has the three sizes of earbud tips, and the 10 hours per charge.

You can find the Summit Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in Black or Red.

ZAGG Impulse WirelessAnd now, we are on the last iFrogz wireless earbuds with the Impulse Wireless. About the only difference is that this brags of reflective acoustics which is “advanced audio technology engineered to create premium sound and rich, natural clarity”.

Oh wait, there is another difference. This has 11 mm drivers, so I guess this makes it the largest of the drivers of the four we are reviewing today.

This has the sweat-resistant design and a wireless hub that clips to the shirt collar. By the way, I feel that I should have said that all four of these have an Earbud Tips for Life limited lifetime warranty, so if the eartips get worn or damaged, they will be replaced.

You can get the Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in White/Rose Gold and Black/Silver.

Posted by on March 31st, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 5: Rugged Book Pro for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

ZAGG Rugged Book ProThis would be the second “book pro” that I have reviewed this week specifically made for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. I am going to attempt to write this without sounding like I am repeating myself on the Slim Book Pro.

Because of that, I will get several things out of the way. The Rugged Book Pro has a very thin keyboard with a detachable screen. I guess that was something that was unique to the Slim Book Pro, but I suppose that I was wrong. Also like the Slim Book Pro is the Apple Pencil holder, the Power App from Mophie, and the three different pairing buttons.

Okay, that is out of the way. Let us talk about that which is different. Well, it wouldn’t be called Rugged if it wasn’t made to withstand some serious stuff. In this case, the Rugged Book Pro has a durable silicone rubber layered throughout the case itself, and underneath that is a stainless steel frame. Also included is a rugged polycarbonate in the case, not to mention some reinforced on the corners.

So, what does this mean? You can survive a drop of six feet. This means that I would recommend the Rugged Book Pro to anyone who keeps their iPad on the road and want that type of protection. If you want to get this for yourself, head on to the ZAGG site and lay down $149.99 for it.

Posted by on March 30th, 2017 No Comments