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ZAGG Week Part 4: Invisible Shield glass + luxe and glass + privacy for the iPhone 7 Plus

Invisible Shield Glass LuxeOkay, it is more for ZAGG week, and this time it is a word from Invisible Shield. If you are not familiar with Invisible Shield, they used to make these really interesting plastic covers. I’ll always remember when I first met them at CES, when they threw in their products into a Tupperware box filled with nails and screws, and then they shook the box. The company grew a lot, and they sell a lot of products like screen protectors, such as the glass + luxe and the glass + privacy.

The most obvious feature of the Invisible Shield is it offers 3X shatter protection, so you can hit it with an hammer. You also have some serious scratch protection, so feel free to throw it into the box of screws. Oh, and there is also some serious smudge protection, which makes it very easy to clean.

All of that, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available on the ZAGG site for $44.99, and it comes with complementary colors of black, rose gold, white, gold, and titanium.

Invisible Shield apple_iphone_7_plus_screen_privacy_glassOkay, now it is time to talk about the glass + privacy. This has a 3X shatter protection, which means that it should stand up to smashes, scratches, and smudges. It seems to brag about Ion Matrix technology, and I’m not certain if the previously mentioned product has that.

What makes it a glass + privacy is that it has two-way and side-view privacy. This means that you can check your email, text messages, and anything on your smartphone and not worry about someone else checking it out. There is also the special feature of reinforced edges.

Unlike the glass + luxe, it doesn’t come in any different colors. You should be able to purchase the glass + privacy for $44.99 on the ZAGG site.

Posted by on March 29th, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 3: Slim Book Pro for Apple 9.7 inch iPad Pro

ZAGG slimbook_pro_ipad_pro_detachWell, this is going to be the second keyboard for the iPad that we will be reviewing this week in our ZAGG week. I’m going to start with the Slim Book Pro, specifically for the iPad 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

At first when I saw that Slim Book Pro (one of several products that have been sent to me for review), I thought that I was looking at your typical Folio Case. You know, one of the keyboards that folds up to protect the iPad, which we have all seen before. To my surprise, the Slim Book Pro has a keyboard that is detachable.

In other words, you can detach the keyboard from the iPad, and you will still have a good stand for yourself. It comes in handy for when you are typing, and you can put your favorite tablet somewhere else. How handy is that? The answer is pretty darn handy, for sure, especially when the keypad and case lock together magnetically.

By the way, the stand for the iPad is made for many viewing angles. The keypad itself also has a kickstand in case you want it that way. While I am on the subject of the keypad, I will say that it is very, very thin. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to typing on it. I guess that I could say that about any keyboard, honestly.

I found that pairing with it was simple, but even more simple is how you can switch off. There are three Bluetooth buttons, so you can toggle between your iPad, iPhone, or whatever device you have. I paired it with my Android smartphone, so it does work that way.

So that’s the high points. I can’t say that there are any low points. The Slim Book Pro has a holder for the Apple Pencil, and it is compatible with the mophie Power App so you know when it is time for a recharge.

Is this something that you want? Head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $149.99 for it.

Posted by on March 28th, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 2: Flex Arc Wireless

ZAGG Flex Arc WirelessOkay, it is another day with a set of Bluetooth headphones, or some kind of earbuds, really. I have to admit that the Flex Arc Wireless is a pretty unique design.

The might not be the earbuds that look like earplugs, but I keep talking about how all earbuds are going that direction. Most Bluetooth earbuds have this essential design of a wire connecting them that hangs on the back of the neck, and the Flex Arch Wireless takes a different twist on this.

You see, this nape-dwelling wire is actually some kind of hard yet soft horseshoe thing. They have some retractable earbuds that have a thin wire and will pull back with the touch of a button.

In addition to that unique feature, the Flex Arc Wireless is a speaker as well earbuds. You can change from sound from the buds to the speaker, but I will have to say that the speaker sounds pretty weak in comparison to the buds. I guess if you want to allow your friends to hear your music, it will do. This is strange, as the earbud drivers are 6 mm and the speaker drivers are 13 mm.

As for the other features, it has eight hours of playtime, as well as a built-in microphone and voice controls. So if you are wanting to get in on this, head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $79.99 for them.

Posted by on March 27th, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 1: The iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones

iFrogzLast week, a big box full of ZAGG products appeared on my doorstep, and I’ve decided to devote a week to reviewing them all. If you aren’t familiar with ZAGG, they put out a lot of great stuff, and they also have acquired the rights to a lot of other great brands like Invisible Shield (coming later this week), and today’s iFrogz. The company of iFrogz made a name for itself with iPod accessories back in the days of those, and I got a chance to review the iFrogz Impulse Headphones.

I would have to say that the seventies have met the present with this particular design. The aesthetic seems to borrow from that bygone era, and it uses a color scheme of both black and red. Since it is Bluetooth, it has no wires. If you want to go old school, you could go with the included 3.5mm headphone jack wire.

What else has been updated for the modern age? Well, for starters, it has 40 mmm drivers complete with noise isolation, so that is a definite step forward. You can see the padding on the headband and earcups if you want proof of that noise isolation thing.

As standard for a product like these, there is a built-in mic in order to take your phone calls. I’m not certain how much of a standard this is, but there are some controls on the headphones themselves for power, volume up/down, track forward/backward, as well as pause/play.

All this, and they have a very great folding feature as well. You can get the iFrogz Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for a price of $59.99.

Posted by on March 26th, 2017 No Comments

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 (Urban 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