Three Cygnett Products to Charge Your Devices

cygnett_chargeup_digital_6000It has been a while since we’ve reviewed Cygnett products, but the opportunity to do so has come to us again. Like the last time, we have a portable powerbank- the ChargeUp Digital 6000. We were also given a Lightning™ to USB cable, and a Micro-USB to USB cable.

The first item I’ll cover is the ChargeUp Digital powerbank. This particular one at 6,000 mAh is one of their mid-range as far as power goes. They also have similar products that are at 10,000 mAh, and lower ones at 4,000. This change is mostly reflected in the price. The super thin devices are black with your choice of blue, green or red accents. They have a nice digital display in the corner to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  *Note: On the box, it says it is precharged and ready to use. When I pulled it out, there was only 78% charge. Other reviews I have read seemed to have various percentages. One review said there was no charge. I’m guessing your mileage may vary.

It comes with a Micro-USB charge cable, and also works with Lightning™ to USB cable(not included). There are two USB ports on the powerbank, so you can charge two devices at once. The lithium polymer battery gives it the ability to hold more charge and to charge devices at a high speed. The 6,000 mAh ChargeUp Digital can be purchased on Cygnett’s site for $69.95.

Lightning-black_e2e579d2-060e-48d7-86c6-c7ee608e9893_1024x1024The Lightning™ to USB cable we received is a reinforced, braided cable made for iPods, iPhones and iPads. There is 13 ft/4 m of cable, which is a nice length to charge devices without having to be right on top of a USB port. You can buy as short a cable as 1 m, and that will reduce the price. This cable costs $49.95 if you buy it on the Cygnett site

And finally, we have a Micro USB to USB Cable. This one Cygnett sent to us to review is also 13 ft/ 4 m. As with the Lightning™ cable, it is also braided to make it durable. It provides rapid 2.1A charging. This cable is available for $29.95. You can also get the white PVC style cord for the same price. 

MiLi iData Pro Smart Flash Drive for iOS/Android/PC

mili-idataproThis is my second and last review of a MiLi product this week, and I have actually reviewed MiLi products before with the iData Flash Drive. I got a chance to review what I believe is the follow-up with the MiLi iData Pro.

The MiLi iData Pro that I got to try is a Smart Flash Drive wtih about 16 GB of storage. There are models that have more storage, but I will get to them later. The Smart Flash Drive is made for importing photos from a smartphone or tablet.

I honestly have to say that I forget how the first iData Flash Drive works. I seem to remember it coming with a Lightning connector and it is just a backup drive for your iPhone/iPad. The MiLi iData Pro can connect with just about any device, provided it doesn’t have USB C charging, like my HTC 10.

So, you got yourself a backup drive for just about any device, and the 16 GB will cost you $69.90 on the MiLi Site. It is available in silver, gold, and rose gold, and it has storage for 32 GB ($99.90), 64 GB ($129.90), 128 GB ($189.90), and 256 GB ($269.90).

ChargeHub X7, a 7-Port USB Universal Charging Station

chargehub-1Now that we are into the holiday season, there are a lot of people clamoring for the ultimate gift. I will have to say before I get into it that the ChargeHub X7 will make a perfect gift for just about anyone.

The reason why is because everyone now has a whole bunch of electric devices, and everyone needs some way to power them. The ChargeHub X7 is a 7 Port USB Universal Charging Station is a place where you can just plug it in and plug in your smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth earbuds, and anything else you want to do.

In fact, this particular device is so simple to use and so useful, I am not certain if I should even write about it anymore. I have actually tried this out once before, and even remember meeting the founders of Limitless Innovations at an early time, when their booth was nothing but a table at a CES.

I do admire how the ChargeHub comes in a circle or square shape, and when it is plugged into the wall, it exudes a lovely glow. You should be able to purchase the ChargeHub X7 for $59.99 on the company website, and it comes with a Micro USB CableLinx.

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

Matias Ergo ProThis isn’t the first time that I have reviewed a Matias product, and after I saw them at CES 2016, I was pleased that they developed an ergonomic edition of their “quiet mechanical” keyboards with the Ergo Pro.

So, this would be my first time typing on one of these ergonomic keyboards. Seriously, I have actually not tried this. I realize in this day and age, it sounds like I am telling you that this is the first time that I am using a touchscreen. I believe that I am actually doing as fast as I would if I were typing on a regular keyboard, so this is a bonus. So far, the only problem I have had is that I am used to typing the number “6” with my left hand, but I have to use my right with this one. Nice to know that there is a quick learning curve with an ergonomic keyboard, at least with me.

I have said before in my review of the first Matias product that my laptop keys are quieter, but I will give points to the Ergo Pro for making some metal keyswitches on this guy.

The lists of the bonuses on this keyboard are numerous. I am assuming that this is better for your wrists, and there are a pad on each side to rest the wrist. There are also some foldable legs on it, but they work like tripods. I don’t know if I am using them correctly, but using the legs on their highest height makes the keyboard sides buckle a bit.

There is also 3 extra USB 2.0 ports on this guy, which comes in handy, because you will lose a USB port on your computer. There are also some dedicated keys for Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo, that that really comes in handy.

The only drawback is the cords. The one tying the two keyboards together is kind of bulky, but the micro USB/USB cable is just right, and for some reason, and extra is thrown in. It also took a while for my computer to recognize the new keyboard, but it did.

Overall, I’m going to give this keyboard a high recommendation, and if you want to have it for yourself, head over to the Matias site and pay about $200.00.

SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB

Skross World Adapter USBI have to admit that I never really heard of SKROSS before, but this device is more than useful. What you are seeing here is some interesting slots so you can create a plug for pretty much every country.

Okay, maybe not every country, but darn it, it is set up for Euro, UK, USA, Australia/China, and Japan. That is just the input side, and I am not even going to discuss the outputs as yet. By the way, the slots are made to hold very well, with a button for release.

Then you have the twin USB charger ports, directly integrated to the SKROSS travel adapter for the first time. The dual USB port is good for connecting and charging two devices at the same time. By the way, you can connect 1 unearthed plug.

For those that want to get this, you can find it on the SKROSS site for about 39.95 EUR, and I’ll let you do the conversion.

Yubico YubiKey Gives Serious Protection

YubiKey-4-1000-444x444It is interesting to see Yubikey at a recent conference (CES 2016, in case you didn’t figure that out). Developed by Yubico, it looks to be some serious kind of authentication key, in the highest degree.

Basically, it plugs right into the USB port and it can get your password in instantly. So if you are at a computer that you don’t know, have trouble remembering your password, then you can just pop in the Yubikey in the USB port and get that password on. Considering all of the passwords that have to remembered, that just makes a lot of sense. It is made to be portable like on a keychain, and there is a tiny button to recall the passwords.

Some kinds of Yubikey can use NFC, which means that a smartphone or tablet can interact with it. I’m going to recommend this product as well as the Yubikey Nano, which fits into the USB port completely and stays there.

The Yubikey 4 is about $39.99, and the Yubikey 4 Nano is about $50. Both of these products are available on the Yubico website.

MiLi iData Flash Drive

MiliSo, now that I have been back from CES, I can finally write about all of the cool stuff that I saw there. It is going to take all year to write about, honestly. This is the iData Flash Drive from MiLi,and I have been wanting to review it for a while.

Simply put, the MiLi iData is essentially a thumb drive for an iDevice. As you can see, it has a Lightning connector and it has some gigabytes on it so you can download photos,videos, and music on it. That way, if you need to free up some space on your iPhone or iPad, and can’t get to a computer for downloading, there it is.

So how much can it hold? Well, the one that I tried out has 16 GB, which is good for 8,000 photos, 7 Hours of video, and 4,500 songs. The iData also comes in 32, 64, and 128 GB models, so you can do the math to see how much those versions will hold of music, video, and songs.

Another bonus with the iData is the data within is safe and secure as there is no data sent through a 3rd party service like a cloud, where it can be hacked!

As I mentioned before, the MiLi iData comes in different models, but I found the 16 GB version is about $58.99 on Amazon. More information can be found on the MiLi site.

Our Review of the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball from Kensington

Kensington Orbit WirelessI had a great time reviewing another fine Kensington product with the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball, and I have to admit, it is a pretty fine product.

Personally, I am more of a mouse person myself, as I need to move something around the desk. The Orbit takes your mouse and use it like a trackball, kind of like the controller on Centipede, the arcade game from 1981. Yeah, that might be a reference a lot of people don’t get.

The left and right click buttons are on the sides, so speaking of things that people might not get, it might take me a while to get used to this. Of course, that’s me, the mouse guy. I can’t even do a trackpad very well.

Set up for the Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball is pretty easy as plugging in the 2.4 GHz wireless dongle and the drivers happen. Then the mouse needs 2 AA batteries.

If this is something that you want, feel free to head over to the Kensington site and lay down $59.99 for it.

Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Recording System

audio Technica LP turntableI’ll be honest when I say that the Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB LP-to-digital recording system is definitely for a niche crowd. I think it is just plain odd that I got into cassettes back in the early eighties, and then when the nineties happened, I was doing CDs. I think that the rest of the world was with me on this, so those who still have vinyl albums will love the AT-LP60-USB.

I think it is strange that vinyl is still a working format, when I will have to scrounge to find a new album on cassette or 8-track. Fortunately, the AT-LP60-USB allows for a direct connection to the computer with a USB output. From there, you can put your tracks on an MP3, and the AT-LP60-USB also has a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that allows connection to a stereo system equipped with either a phono or line-level input.

To help out getting the your tracks as digital files on your computer, there is some Mac and PC compatible Audacity software. I’m not certain what more can be said about the AT-LP60-USB other than vinyl enthusiasts will love it. In fact, there are reviews of it on the Audio-Technica site that are positive, and I like it to. If you are a vinyl enthusiast yourself, you can get for about $149.95.

We are giving away an iRig Pads from IK Multimedia!

iRig PadWe’re probably not going to have a lot of posts this week, just like we had last week. The reason why is it is a holiday, plus I will be traveling to CES in Las Vegas and will have to take a few days off for the excess trip.

Since it has been a while since we had a giveaway, I thought I would end this year with one final one. It is the iRig Pads from IK Multimedia. It is a product that we have reviewed before, and you can read the review here. It is a MIDI Groove controller, if you want the short form.

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We will have our final drawing on New Years Day. I will send a Facebook message to the winner, and if you, the winner, send me your address, I will send you your prize. Yes, this is a way for me to get the word out on this site, so what are you waiting for? Enter! By the way, if you want to leave a comment on this article, that counts as an entry.