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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

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 Airbar Gives a PC/MacBook touchscreen functionality

Airbar PicI am still terribly upset about missing CES this year, and one of the receivers of the Innovation awards was the AirBar. The AirBar is a product that can turn an ordinary screen into a touchscreen.

I know what you’re saying: aren’t all screens touchscreens? Yeah, you would think that, or at least I would. I mean, I just started a job where we have these somewhat old looking mobile devices, and they have touchscreens.

Anyway, with the Airbar, you do all the gestures that you can do on a touchscreen. You know, like the pinch, swipe, zoom, and scrolling. What is interesting is how you can do things that you normally can’t on a touchscreen smartphone or tablet. For example, if you have gloves on, you can totally use it. Also, if you have a brush or stylus, it works!

What is great is how easily that it installs, at least for the MacBook 15.6 inch version. Seriously, the Airbar sesnor just kind of plugs in there.

You should be able to purchase the AirBar on the main website for $69.

Posted by on January 26th, 2017 No Comments

JCPAL LINX Ultra Slim USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

jcpal-3I don’t know why I have never heard of JCPAL products before, but I can tell you that they certainly make some useful stuff. Today, I am going to be looking at the LINX Ultra Slim USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub.

I believe that the purpose of the 4-port Hub is to connect to a range of USB A devices to your MacBook’s USB-C port. This way, you can access a hard drive, printer, or anything else that uses USB, which is just about everything.

MacBooks aren’t the only thing that the 4-port Hub is good for. I had a chance to try it out on my HTC 10, and I was able to use the 4-port USB A Hub to read files on thumb drives. I could also use it to recharge USB devices, as I just used the battery in my HTC to charge my Bluetooth headset.

In addition to that, the 4-port Hub has the latest 3.1 standard for high speed data transfer, and if you like it, check it out on the JCPAL site. It can be purchased in gold and silver for $49.99 CAD.

Posted by on January 6th, 2017 No Comments

Merry SKECH-mas, Part 2: Polo Book for iPhone 7 and Journal for Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro 9.7

skech-4Since I am on a series about SKECH products, I decided to end it with things that close. So I am going to write on the Polo Book for the iPhone 7 as well as two Journal slim fit folio style case for the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro 9.7.

The Polo Book for the iPhone 7/6S/6 puts Apple’s most famous smartphone in something that looks like a wallet. Most products that I see like these hold about three credit cards, and this one has one as well. This one has a transparent cover which is perfect for a driver’s license, and there is even a small pocket for cash, assuming you folded your bills and have no coins.

So it shuts on the iPhone 7 like a wallet, and it has a magnetic clasp to seal it shut. What is interesting is that Polo Book has an iPhone case that magnetizes and becomes a folio, so it is perfect for watching videos.

You should be able to purchase the Polo Book on the SKECH site for about $39.99 in Black, Brown, and Pink.

skech-5Now it is time to start reviewing the Journal, or at least one of them. I will start with a slim folio style case for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I will have to admit that this has an interior shell to provide maximum protection.

It looks black, like it could be leather, but it really is not. It has an anti-slip lining so you can view your Surface Pro 4 from many angles. It is compatible with the Surface keyboard, so you can find the perfect typing angle. Oh there is also a pen holder made for the stylus. Those things always help, really.

In short, it is very slim fit design, and it is a pretty interesting product. You should be able to get it on the SKECH site for $39.99.

Those who know my usual routine that I usually put separate pictures by the text about this, but I found that the picture for the Journal for the iPad Pro 9.7 looks just like the image that I found for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Since I had both to review, I can tell you that they are different, but not completely different. I mean, they have a slim-fit design, hard shell, faux leather design, anti-slip lining for positioning, but the Journal for iPad Pro 9.7 has an Apple Pencil holder.

Oh, the price is different at about $34.99 on the SKECH site.

Posted by on December 17th, 2016 No Comments

Our Review of the MicFlip 2.0

micflip-2This is another time to review a MicFlip. This is the MicFlip 2.0, and it has a major difference than the other, unless I am wrong.

You see, I reported the MicFlip 1.0 (I am told this was the first version) had a flip-able micro USB, but not a flip-able USB port. The MicFlip 2.0 can flip both ends.

I don’t know if that makes sense, but hey, there is a lot of cool stuff that a charging cable can do. So if I had to use one charging cable, I would use the MicFlip 2.0. At this point, I don’t know what the MicFlip 3.0 can do.

I wasn’t able to find a link to the MicFlip 2.0 on Winner Gear website, but here it is on Amazon for $19.99.

Posted by on December 17th, 2016 No Comments

Merry SKECH-mas, Part 1: Crystal, Jewel, and Matrix Cases

skech-1It has been too long since I have received a SKECH product, but I am actually reviewing several today. This is a two-part review, and I’ll start with the SKECH Crystal.

The SKECH Crystal is a case for a smartphone, and the one particular product that I go to review is the one for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is one of those transparent ones that has a super clear UV coated scratch resistant PC panel. It can also protect the side with a shock absorbent molded frame.

In addition to this, it has some raised front screen rim that lines the case for “optimal screen protection”. If this sounds like something that you want/need, it is available on the SKECH site for $24.99.

skech-2Now, we have the Jewel Case. I realize that sounds like a case for jewelry, but this is a way to put some jewels on your smartphone case.

Well, it is a way to put “elegant stones carefully crafted and placed onto the back of the case for the ultimate fashion statement”. Yes, I took that from the website. I will have to say that it looks pretty shiny, but the jewels actually serve an alternative purpose.

The many jewels give it “griptape” feel. If you don’t know what that is, then you probably have never skateboarded. This is tape that feels like sandpaper so your feet can stay on it. In the same way, the jewels allow you to to keep a good grip on the phone.

You should be able to purchase the Jewel for the iPhone 7 in Rose Gold, Silver, or Gold for $49.99 on the SKECH site.

skech-3This next product here is the Matrix, named because the Matrix is so…oh come on, it’s 2016, who cares about the Matrix series anymore?

Yeah, I don’t know why it is called that, and if you called it the Cyrstal, no one would be able to tell the difference. It is, after all, a pretty transparent case, but it has a soft shell on the inside. It also has the raised rim for screen protection, and it has great side protection.

I will have to say that is an interesting case, and it is available in Clear, Gold, Rose Gold, and Space Gray for about $34.99 on the SKECH site at least for the iPhone 7/6/6S Plus.

Posted by on December 17th, 2016 No Comments

The Mod Mic 5 from Antlion Audio

mod-mic-1Yes, this is the ModMic 5, and I have actually heard that there are four of them before this. I haven’t really heard of them, but is it really possible to hear about every tech product in existence? I’m trying to keep up with them on this blog alone.

Needless to say, the ModMic 5 has an interesting function. It is made to add a high performance microphone to any pair of headphones. In fact, it has dual microphones for maximum flexibility. I suppose that people who don’t have a microphone on their headphones really need this product. It can attach to a pair of headphones with magnetic clasps, and it has a cable clasp for protecting wires.

It also comes with a Y-adapter and a powered USB adapter to allow for current generations of whatever devices that you could bring up. I should probably tell you about some of the features, it has a noise canceling uni-directional cardioid capsule for loud environments or a sensitive omni-directional capsule for high quality voice recordings. It has a modular mute switch and a flexible design.

So, if you want to get into the ModMic 5, head on over to the AntLion Audio site and lay down $69.99 for it.

Posted by on December 15th, 2016 No Comments

A Very Ventev Christmas: Chargesync, Mini Charger, Powercell, Minipro Window Dashmount, and Wallport

ventev-3I have had some great experiences with Ventev products before, and it began several years ago when I encountered them at a conference like CTIA or something. This is a company that makes some great accessories that can do just about anything. Today, I am going to be reviewing five products from them that were sent to me.

I’ll go ahead and talk about the Chargesync Alloy Apple Lightning Cable. There are several charging cables that you can buy from Ventev alone, and this one is for Apple devices and the one I got to review was 4 feet long.

I am told that this has “an ultra-sleek brushed aluminum housing and is braided with a high tensile wrap providing a premium finish and ‘no-fray’ durability”. The end result is a cable that feels very hard and tough, like a metal chain without the links.

It is pretty great, and it is available in eight colors for a price of $29.99 on the Ventev site.

ventev-2I’ll start with the Dashport r1240 mini, which is made for a cigarette lighter. Okay, those that don’t smoke probably use that thing near the radio as a charger, and so do I. It is kind of interesting how we learned to adapt, right?

Anyway, the Ventev r1240 mini charger is able to give your car an extra USB port, and it will charge up a 2.4A output. This allows for charging a smartphone or tablet at its most fast rate.

You should be able to purchase this at Ventev’s website for a price of $24.99.

ventev-4So let’s talk about the Powercell 3015+ Battery Charger, which is a portable battery and wall charger.

It isn’t anything that we haven’t seen before, and this is one of those types that have one of those retractable prongs so you can just plug it into the wall. What makes this really interesting is that instead of having 4 little lights to indicate how much power it has. Instead, it has a percentage on the side, so I will give them points for being different.

This mobile battery can deliver 12.5 hours of extra talk time, and it costs about $39.99 on the Ventev site.

ventev-1As for the Ventev Minipro Window Dashmount, this is one of those things that allows you to attach your smartphone to your windshield.

How does it do that? Well, it has one of those suction cup things where you push a handle down, and it will stick there. I’m sure that this thing has a proper name, but I’ll be darned if I know what it is.

Anyway, the suction-cup thingy is attached to a claw. This claw is spring loaded so it can open up and you can plant the smartphone in it. You can then use the phone’s map function safer on the road, and you can adjust the angle thanks to a ball-in-socket functionality.

This can be purchased on the Ventev site for about $24.99.

ventev-5Okay, it is time to write about the last product, the Ventev wallport r2240 charger. I’m not certain how to describe it other than a universal dual output USB port.

So yeah, you have not one, but two ports that you can use on a typical outlet. And yes, it can charge two devices at the fastest possible rate, and this includes tablets.

Yeah, I’m not certain what else I can say about this. I mean, I had to review it because it was sent to me. Okay, that is the first and last time that I will say that about any product that I am reviewing.

Anyway, all five of these products would make great stocking stuffers or gifts, and this one is available on the Ventev site for $29.99.

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 No Comments

Gumdrop Cases for the Holidays 2: DropTech Microsoft Surface

gumdrop-2Okay, now that we are in a series about Gumdrop Cases, it is time to talk about another one. This is the impact resistant, dual-layer silicone/ABS construction DropTech Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Case.

I’ll go ahead and say that it has that clean tire tread look that is characteristic to Gumdrop Cases. I’ll also go ahead and say that the design is very similar to the Hideaway Case for the iPad Pro 12.9. That is, it has a rubbery flap in the back to allow the Surface Pro 4 to lean back and become a kickstand.

gumdrop-2aBy the way, there is a full integration with the Surface Pro 4 kickstand, and the ports for the keyboard connection are fully accessible.

By the way, there is a built-in Microsoft Pen slot. Oh, and I think we can’t ignore that Tech and Learning magazine named the DropTech Microsoft Surface Pro 4 case a winner for their 2016 awards of excellence.

You should be able to get the DropTech Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Case on the Gumdrop cases website for $69.95.

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 No Comments