Speck Christmas, Part 2: Presidio Ultra (iPhone X), Presidio Wallet (iPhone 6S/7/8), ShieldView GlassPro (iPhone 6S/7/8), Presidio Metallic (iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus), and Presidio Clear + Print (iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus)

Okay, it is time to review some more Speck, and we have a lot going on here. Unlike last time, when we reviewed Samsung-related accessories, we are going to cover what Speck has for Apple with

Speck Presidio ULTRA for the iPhone X

I have to be honest when I say that I am surprised that the Presidio Ultra is not one of those waterproof cases. As far as I know, it isn’t, because it would have bragged about it on its packaging.

As it stands, the Presidio ULTRA for the iPhone X will give you the protection for Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, at least from dust and dirt. If that sounds good to you, let’s throw in a little 15 foot drop protection. Oh, it has a no-slip grip, and 360 degrees of port protection.

Not only that, but this has four layers of protection thanks to our old elemental friend of Impactium. It also comes with this rugged holster as well.

In short, it looks like the Presidio Ultra for the iPhone X has it all, and it is available on the Speck site for $49.95.

Speck Presidio Wallet for the iPhone 6S/7/8

So, this is another interesting military-grade case with the Presidio Wallet. This one is made with two layers of protection, and it has that Impactium shock barrier. Did I mention that it is military-grade, drop-tested at 10 feet? Because it is.

You can see why it is called the Wallet, and it can hold up to 3 cards. I’m actually seeing this feature as practically standard these days, but that depends on how you shop. I still use a wallet, but I think the next generation will just use a driver’s license and a computer program to pay.

If this is something that you desire, head on over to the Speck site and pay $44.95 for it.

Speck ShieldView Glass Pro for iPhone 6S/7/8

Okay, it looks like I’m going to briefly not talk about cases to talk about screen protectors, and they do go hand in hand. The ShieldView GlassPro is tempered glass with sapphire treatment, and it is shatter resistant with a sapphire perimeter.

I always like how easy they are making screen protectors these days, and this particular one is easy to put on. You can then have the protection against scratches and oil.

It is quite good, and you can get it for about $49.95 on the Speck site. And by the way, you should really just get a screen protector if you don’t have one already.

Speck Presidio Metallic for the iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus

Well, this is a case that is quite something, with the Presidio Metallic. Like other cases of its type, it has two layers of protection and that Impactium as well.

I would have to say that Metallic isn’t really accurate, as it doesn’t appear to be made of metal. I mean, it feels like some kind of hard plastic, something that is not soft to the touch.

It certainly is very decent, and it is available on the Speck site for about $24.97. At least for now, as that could be a holiday rate.

Speck Presidio CLEAR + PRINT for iPhone 6S Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus

Well, I have already talked about the CLEAR in my aforementioned Samsung review, and gone into detail about how it is military grade and drop tested for 8 feet. It also has that Impactium that I keep bringing up, and this will be the last time that I bring it up.

What makes the CLEAR + PRINT different is that it has a design on it. I suddenly realize that as I have been writing about all of these and have not mentioned the color of any of these. The CLEAR + PRINT is all about the cool design, and for some reason, there are bikes and flowers on these cases.

I highly recommend going to the Speck site and checking the patterns out for yourself. You can get it for about $24.97, and that is a possible discount price for some of the patterns.

UAG (Urban Armor Gear) Plasma Cases for the Google Pixel 2 and XL 2

By now, I have become pretty familiar with Urban Armor Gear (UAG) and their line of cases. I was very pleased to try out the Plasma case for Google’s line of smartphones with the Pixel 2 and XL 2.

I will have to say that the Plasma is a design that I have seen and reported on before, the last time was with the HUAWEI P10 and Mate 9. The Plasma has this hard plastic thing going on as well as this mesh thing with a cool rubberized frame.

Part of what makes the Plasma work is that it is feather light, which means that you can barely feel the weight. The issue is that you get the protection, which is what you really want. It certainly has the military drop test standards pass.

Now, the ones that I got to try were ice, which means that they are clear. They are also available in Ash, which is black in its color. You can get the Plasma for the Google Pixel 2 for $39.95 here, and the Google Pixel XL 2 here for the same price.

The iRig Keys I/O 25 by IK Multimedia

I always like when I get the chance to review some IK Multimedia products, and when it came time to review a keyboard from them, I jumped at the chance. The iRig Keys I/O 25 is named due to its 25 piano keys (which is about two octives), and it is a 25-key ultra-compact MIDI controller with input/output audio interface for the PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad.

You can see the touch-sensitive sliders, buttons, as well as the knobs on it. The slider strip is for pitch and modulation, and there are 5 programmable encoders, as well as 8 velocity-sensitive pads.

Just to let you know, you will be needing some software if you want to be making music on this thing. I will readily admit that I am not the type who is adept on that, but my daughter is. She would appreciate the sampling rate up to 96 kHz, with bit depth up to 24 bit. We had a bit of a difficult time getting the software, as the iRig Keys I/O 25 need software to work. I’m talking programs like the SimpleTank 3, Syntonik Pro-V, and T-RackS Deluxe, all available from IK Multimedia. I really wish that these programs, available for the iPad and iPhone, would be available for Android devices.

By the way, this guy is full of ports. It’s got a Neutrik combo input jack for line, instrument, or mics. It will also run on 4 AA batteries, not to mention USB power.

So if you are a music nut (not to be confused with a music note), and you want to do your keyboarding on something that saves space, I would recommend the iRig Keys I/O 25. It is available on the IK Multimedia site for $199.99, and the I/O 49 is available for $299.99.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case with Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker and Voltrox Power Bank

Today is a good day for a great review, and these products from Vibes Audio are something really fantastic. It isn’t every day that I see products that are very useful, but this is up there with the Fingerpow Magnetic Charger.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case

I believe that this particular device is called the Baserox because it is the start of a base to build your foundation on. The Baserox Modular Phone case is made with a particular large hole in back, but this is for a specific purpose. This hole is made to fit the Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker as well as the Voltrox Power bank, but I will go into detail about later.

I am not certain what kind of materials that the Baserox is made of, but it is made for drop protection in a thin form factor. What I really want to talk about is the giant hole known as the StickMount Adapter.

That Adapter is made so you can put in the Vibes Audio Sound Engine for a Bluetooth Speaker or the Voltrox Power Bank battery. I believe that this system is set up so you can swap out one for the other. Not only that, you can remove your Vibes Audio Bluetooth Speaker or Mobile Battery so you can share it with a friend.

You should be able to purchase the Baserox for the iPhone 6/7/8 (also for the Plus models) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 for a low price of $29.99 on the Vibes Audio site in black or white.

Vibes Audio Voltrox Power Bank

Okay, the Voltrox is a mobile battery, and by now you know the drill. You know, if your smartphone needs some juice, you just plug it into one of these. How many times have I reviewed one of these? Better yet, how many times have I mentioned that I have reviewed one of these?

The Voltrox Power Bank has the unique ability of clicking to the back of the Baserox. You can also just remove the battery to plug it into something else. The one I had was for a USB-C, but it is available for the Apple Lightning and USB Micro.

If this is something that you like, you can go to the Vibes Audio site and lay down about $49.99 for it, but you might not stop there.

Vibes Audio Vibrox Sound Engine

Again, this is a Bluetooth Speaker, and yes, I have reviewed these before too. Of course I am going to talk about how I have done this before, but how many Bluetooth speakers can fit snugly in back of the Baserox.

If you see the site, you can see the Vibrox has this unusual speaker that can make water ripple. I suppose that is to show off that the Vibrox is waterproof, and how its sound works. I found that after I had paired my phone with this speaker (who had a very seductive voice, if I might add), I was able to put this on the table and have an interesting amplification effect.

Not only can you attach this speaker to your smartphone with the Baserox, the Vibrox also comes with a detachable stand so you can really rock out. Oh, by the way, it has a built-in microphone, so you are capable for 2-way calling.

You can get the Vibrox on the Vibes Audio site for about $149.00 in black or white.

J5Create Part 3: JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter, JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery, and JUC 100 Wormhole Switch

It’s time once again to re-visit one of my newest favorite companies with J5Create, as they make some high-quality and useful computer accessories.

JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter

I would say that the JUA 365 has a function that you can easily see from its image, and I would be right. All you need to do is plug in the Dual HDMI monitor into a USB 3.0 port, and you have two HDMI ports ready for two monitors.

In fact, it feels similar because we recently reviewed a product similar to it with the JUD 380 USB 3.0 Mini Dock. This is because the JUA 365 comes with three viewing modes like: 1) Primary, with individual applications open on each monitor 2) Extended mode, to allow you to extend your desktop across multiple displays, and 3) Mirror mode, for cloning one screen to another.

In today’s world, where it seems every household and business computer needs more than one monitor, the JUA 365 is welcome. By the way, this is good for 4K UHD playback up to 3840 x 2160. It can be purchased on the J5Create site for $79.99.

JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery

Here’s an interesting device with the JCA 379. This particular device is made for the USB-C port.

Go ahead and plug this in to the MacBook, Chromebook, or other USB-C compatible device. Then you will need to plug the JCA 379 into the wall, and you have two ports. One of them is for the HDMI and the other is for the USB.

Not only does this device provide power delivery as well as extra connectivity with 5 Gbps transfer speed, but it can also support 4K HDMI. In short, it is a very excellent device, and it can be purchased on the J5Create site for $49.99.

JUC 100 Wormhole Switch for Windows and Android

This last device from J5Create is the JUC 100 Wormhole Switch. That sounds like something from science fiction, but it is quite something.

It feels like something that I have reviewed before, but that would be the JUC 400, as far as I can tell. The JUC 100 is made to plug into a USB port, and you can plug the other end into something else. It is compatible from Windows to iPad, Windows to Android, or just plain Windows to Windows.

The JUC 400 is what you need to transfer files for copy and paste procedures. Yes, it is very good at what it does, and it is available from the J5Create site for $24.99.

BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case with Unequal Technology for the Apple iPhone 6/7/8

I’ve been reviewing a lot of BodyGuardz products lately, and this company does really provide quite a bit of protection from your smartphone. I was very interested in reviewing the BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case, which I am told is compatible with the Apple iPhone 6/7/8.

The Trainr Pro is a smartphone case made for those that are active, and it has a hashtag of #saynotocracks. It has this sport grip thing going on along with its “battle-ready composite padding”. Yes, this another great review of a product that gives great protection to your iPhone.

There is also this terrific armband that is one-of-a-kind. Yes, I took these descriptions from the website, but I will testify that this is the first time I have seen a smartphone case made for an armband. This armband had these clips that somehow fit into the indentations of the smartphone case.

You should be able to purchase the Trainr Pro on the BodyGuardz site for $49.99 in Gray/Mint or Black.

IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru

I must be on a kick with these computer accessories devices with J5Create, OWC, and this is my second one from IOGEAR (here’s the first one). I don’t know if this is going to be my last one for this holiday, but this is the Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru (GUD3C03) is advanced.

You can see in the image how there is a male USB-C port to attach into such devices as a Windows USB-C laptop or a MacBook. Just to let you know, a Windows USB-C laptop can handle two extra monitors, while the Apple laptop can handle only one.

Since you can see the ports, I will let you know what they are. I’ll start with memory card readers for both SD and MicroSD, which means you have something to read your data with. Then there are also three USB 3.0 (Type A ports), good enough for charging and relaying data from any device with a USB output.

Then there is also three video connectivity options like HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and VGA ports. There is also an audio port in case you want to attach a pair of headphones or something of that nature. Oh, lest we forget ther is a GbE LAN port as well.

In addition to the 4K or Dual HD Monitor (1080p) setup, this can work as a mirror monitor possibility. There is also a way to charge your laptop when this device is docked. Just connect the manufacturer’s USB-C AC power adapter directly to the docking station while you work. All this, from a very portable device, and it fits in a purse or a large pocket.

It is hard to believe that something like this is available for such a small price of $99.95 on the IOGEAR site.

IOGEAR Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K DisplayPort Adapter (GTC3DDP)

For some reason, I am reviewing a lot of computer accessories, as there are several ways to get your laptop/desktop to do more, provided you have the right tool. I’ve been reviewing IOGEAR products for a while, and I really like their Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K DisplayPort Adapter (GTC3DDP).

Basically, the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K DisplayPort Adapter has a Thunderbolt 3 port and then gives you the capacity to plug in two DisplayPort 4K monitors in the two DisplayPort ports. You can also plug in a 5K monitor, provided you use both the ports.

So, it is a super handy graphical workstation, which means that you don’t need to purchase expensive graphical workstations. It has a capability to cycle the screen for up to 60 times a second, which is going to give you some really high quality video.

One thing that I really like about the Thunderbotl 3 to Dual 4K DisplayPort Adapter is how shiny the exterior is. I feel like it should be made durable, but I am not certain if it is.

You should be able to purchase it on the IOGEAR site for $99.95.

Patchworks Cases Omni Review

Today’s review is going to be very different today. This one comes from a company known as Patchworks, and I have reviewed their products in the past before. The last time was for the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, and the Note 6. Yeah, you heard that last one right.

So, I am going to talk about all the cases that I received, starting with those for the iPhone X. Some of these reviews will have pictures, but some will not, and others will have prices that are only temporary.

Patchworks iPhone X Case Level ITG

Not certain what the ITG stands for, but maybe its Integrated…I can’t think of anything. Anyway, the Level ITG is certified U.S. Military Standard Drop Protection (MIL-STD-810G) for four foot drops.

Part of the reason for this protection is the shock absorbent Air Pocket on the inside that looks like a net. The rest is polycarbonate, and there is some kind of air pocket interior that helps the impact energy dispersion. It even has a pre-built space for a metal plate for a magnetic car kit.

You can purchase it on the Patchworks site in red, white, black, and pink for about $12.95.

Patchworks iPhone X Case Pure Shield EX

Unlike the Level ITG, the Pure Shield EX is a clear case, but with color on the edges. At least I know what the EX stands for, and it is “extreme”.

The Pure Shield EX has the same drop protection of four feet, but does not have that mesh thing going on in the inside. The edges have some kind of air pocket thing going on as well, and it has a real smooth grip about it.

The iPhone X Case Pure Shield EX is available on the Patchworks site for $12.95 with edges of black, gray, white, and red.

Patchworks iPhone X Case Silhouette

This next particular accessory is really minimalist, as it is just the edges. I have to admit that it has been a while since I reviewed anything like this.

It has that usual four-foot drop test passing grade, and it has an edge around it that has the same air pocket as the Pure Shield EX.

This really shows off the front and back of your iPhone X, but could leave the glass exterior a bit more vulnerable. It is available on the Patchworks site for red, white, black, pink, and gray.

Patchworks iPhone X Case Flexguard

Now this particular case looks a lot like the Level ITG, but it has a bit of a dotty texture. I don’t know how else to describe the exterior of it other than that.

As for the interior, it has that netted mesh look, with corners protected by the Poron XRD Extreme Impact Absorber, a very advanced shock resistant material. It is pretty lightweight, and quite rubbery.

This case is available on the Patchworks site for about $11.95, and only in black.

Patchworks iPhone X Case Level Aegis

If you are not familiar with “aegis”, it is another word for shield. It has that U.S. Military Standard Drop Protection, and has that four foot protection.

There is a German Polycarbonate with corners of Poron XD for extreme impact protection, with the mesh look of TPU. It also has the great air pocket interior, and you might notice that the exterior looks quite different.

It is available on the Patchworks site in black, red, white, and pink fpr $14.95.

Patchworks iPhone X Glass Screen Protector ITG Silicate

Now I am going to switch over to talking about iPhone X screen protectors. In this case, I will talk about another Patchworks product with ITG in its name with the ITG Silicate.

The ITG Silicate brags that it is 40 to 60 percent stronger than normal tempered glass screen protectors. So if you are trying to scratch it, good luck.

You can purchase the ITG Silicate for the iPhone X on the Patchworks site for $15.95.

Patchworks iPhone X Glass Screen Portector ITG Full Cover 3D

And now we have another great screen protector to review with the Full Cover 3D. I am assuming that the 3D is in its name because it makes the whole screen…protected. Yeah, the 3D covers the lip and so it is kind of three-dimensional.

Yes, the Full Cover 3D has a 9H hardness, anti-fingerprint, beveled edge, and a lot more. Considering the iPhone X being made of glass, you should have a lot of protection with this particular one.

The Full Cover 3D can be purchased on the Patchworks site for about $16.95.

Patchworks Chroma Cases for the iPhone 8/7 and iPhone 8/7 Plus

Okay, I am going to switch gears into the older and newer versions of the iPhone, but this is the Chroma. I am assuming it is called that because it is colorful, but it isn’t like it has a rainbow on it.

It is more vivid and metallic and it has the German polycarbonate on the outside and the TPU layer on the inside. The case can survive that four-foot drop, and it feels more smooth than it does rubbery.

You can purchase the Chroma for the iPhone 8/7 on the Patchworks site for about $13.95 in colors of silver, white, black, rose gold, and champagne gold (doesn’t look like the champagne gold is in stock, though). The one for the iPhone 8/7 Plus can be purchased on the Patchworks site here for the same price and colors.

Patchworks Galaxy S8 ITG Level Case

As someone who has recently purchased a Galaxy S8, I can say it is a slim phone, and this ITG Level Case is made for it well.

Of course, I have already talked about the ITG Level Case for the iPhone X, and the Galaxy S8 has the four-foot test going on, and that rib pattern on the inside made to take damage.

The Patchworks ITG Level Case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 is available on the Patchworks site for $12.95 in both black and red.

Patchworks Galaxy S8 Glass Screen Protector ITG Full Cover

So, there is a Patchworks ITG cover for the Galaxy S8, and it is no surprise that it comes with most of the same features as the one for the aforementioned iPhone X.

If you want a review, this means a 9H oil resistant coating, as well as scratch resistant. It is very easy to install with the double-coated adhesive, and it has a heat binding effect for the curved edge of Samsung’s latest smartphone.

The Patchworks ITG Full Cover for the Galaxy S8 for $14.95 on the Patchworks site.

Patchworks Galaxy Note 8 Level ITG Case

Okay, here’s the Level ITG case for the Galaxy Note 8, and this is what I will focus on for the next few cases/screen protectors. So what are we looking at here?

I would have to say nothing new, as it has passed the 4-foot drop test and has the rib patterns on the inside. I believe that in my previous reviews of the ITG Level cases that I didn’t bring up the anti-reflective ring around the camera hole.

You should be able to purchase the ITG Level Case for the Galaxy Note 8 in red, white, and black for $12.95 on the Patchworks site.

Patchworks Galaxy Note 8 Flexguard Case

Like I talked about with the Flexguard before, the Flexguard case has a rubbery feel, and it has the dotted texture so it keeps it from slipping out of your hand.

It also has that PORON XRD Extreme Impact absorber, which is good for taking what you want to lash out on the Flexguard, which shouldn’t be any more than life itself.

Looks like you can have the Flexguard in any color, provided that it is black. It is available on the Patchworks site for $11.95.

Patchworks Galaxy Note 8 Pure Shield Case

Like the other model I reviewed for the iPhone X, the Pure Shield case is completely clear. This one doesn’t have the “EX” in the title, but that doesn’t meant that it is not “extreme”.

This has a strong German polycarbonate with those aforementioned air pockets on the side for extra protection that is, of course, military grade. Yes, it has done the drop test and the protection test, so it is good.

The Pure Shield Case for the Galaxy Note 8 is available on the Patchworks site for $9.95.

Patchworks Galaxy Note 8 Contour Case

And now for a most unique case with the Contour! You can see how the back of it has this patch of transparency on it, for some reason. It is a good aesthetic, combining the clear cases with the opaque ones.

Apparently, this is the most rugged case ever, but the website says that it has survived the same amount of tests. It has polycarbonate and TPU, so yes, it is very good at what it does.

The Contour for the Galaxy Note 8 is available on the Patchworks site for $13.95 in Orchid Gray, Contour Gold, Black, and Deep Blue.

Okay, I am going to go ahead and end my review here, with just a few notes. First, there is a Full Cover for the Galaxy Note 8, and the one that I received said “Full Cover 3D”, which I believe is available on the Patchworks site for $14.95.

As someone who is personally using the Flexguard for the LG G6 (available on the Patchworks site for $11.95), as well as the Screen Protector for $11.95 on the Patchworks site. I can highly recommend Patchworks products, and look forward to reviewing more in the future.

Wilson Drive Sleek Vehicle Signal Booster Kit

I always like to review Wilson products, as they make excellent cellular phone signal boosters designed for both the consumer and the business. This time, I had a chance to review the Drive Sleek, and it is a terrific vehicle signal booster kit.

The Drive Sleek is made for the vehicle. What you do is stick the outside antenna onto the roof with its super strong rare earth magnet, and I still have no idea what that is, but it should make it stick to your roof. Fortunately, there is a non-magnetic roof option with an adhesive disk.

The antenna connects with the 5V/2.1 Amp charging port, and that connects to the cradle. This particular cradle can hold phones that are 7.5 inches long or small as 5.1 inches. They say that the newest version of the iPhone and Galaxy Note should fit just fine.

Speaking of things that should fit just fine, the Drive sleek should be compatible with all US and Canadian cellular networks like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and more.

Can I recommend this? Absolutely. I mean, if it is trusted by first responders, how can you lose? I mean, you can get up to 23 decibels of gain. All of this is available for $199.99 on the Wilson site.