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.

Catalyst Products for the Holidays, Part 2: Impact Protection Case for the iPhone X

It’s been about a week since the new iPhone X has come out, and Apple’s newest, most expensive, and smartphone with no home button certainly needs a case. As usual, Catalyst has a solution with the Impact Protection Case for the iPhone X.

Now, I am going to have to say that this is one of Catalyst’s first cases that is not waterproof. It certainly is a change for the company, and I don’t know if it is a welcome one. I’m going to have to let the fans decide. Yes, Catalyst has its share of fans, right?

This has a grippy rubber bumper that has a clear back as well. It also has a lanyard attachment and rotating mute switch. but enough about that, what about the drop protection? It is good for about 9.9 foot drops.

In addition to this, the Impact Resistant Case includes a wrist lanyard, and I am not certain if that is a new feature or not.

Well, whatever the case, you got to like Catalyst’s new Impact Resistant case for the iPhone X, ad it comes in Black, Blueridge/Sunset (Blue/Orange), Army Green, as well as Coral for $39.99 on the Catalyst site.

Catalyst Products for the Holidays, Part 1: Waterproof Cases for the Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3

It is always great to review Catalyst products, as they usually make waterproof products for mobile devices that can get you through life itself. I reviewed one for the iPhone 7 at the beginning of this year, and I was pleased to review three for the Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3.

Catalyst Waterproof Case for 42mm Apple Watch Series 1

It’s hard to believe that the Apple Watch is on its third series, but this is made for the Series 1. The Catalyst case for the Apple Watch Series 1 is IP-68 waterproof for up to 165 feet, and I have no idea why would be going that deep, but there it is.

This is all thanks to the high impact polycarbonate case front, allowing access to the touchscreen, then a layer of clear silicone that connects with the tactical side button with the crown dial. Even though you need to screw it together, it comes with the screwdriver you need and keeps water out and protection in.

If you want this for your Apple Series 1, head to the Catalyst site here and lay down $59.99 for it. It is available in Stealth Black, Rescue Ranger (black with orange dial), and Green Pop (variation with white and green dial).

Catalyst Waterproof Case for 42mm Apple Watch Series 2

Okay, it would appear that Catalyst really upped its game when it came to the Apple Watch Series 2, as this case is also IP-68 waterproof for up to 330 feet. Dang, you can go super deep with this! Also, you can drop it from 6.6 feet, something that you can do with the Series 1, which I really should have mentioned in my review prior.

Near as I can tell, it looks like the construction is similar. It has that impact-resistant polycarbonate housing and the silicone waterproof sealing wrap. Yes, you have to screw it in like the other one for the iPhone Series 1, but you get that protection!

You can get this Catalyst Waterproof Case for the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 for the same price ($59.95), and it is available in Stealth Black, Alpine White, Army Green, and even a special glow-in-the-dark model.

Catalyst Waterproof Case for 38mm Apple Watch Series 3

This particular waterproof case for the Series 3 can also accommodate the Series 2, which is quite something. Like the one made for the Series 2, it can also go 330 feet deep and survive drops of 6.6 feet.

The construction of the case is similar, so I won’t bore you with the details about the polycarbonate outer shell, the inner membrane, and all. However, I will say that the features of the watch are fully functional including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, Siri, Digital Crown, Side Button, Hear Rate Sensor, and Magnetic Charging.

You should be able to pick up the Waterproof Case for the 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 for $69.99 on the Catalyst Site, but is only in one color: Stealth Black.

X-Doria Wood Defense Lux and Defense Shield

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since I have reviewed an X-Doria product. The last time was a case for the iPhone 5 for crying out loud! Fortunately, I had the chance to review some other cases, and these are for the iPhone 7/8, so hooray!

X-Doria iPhone 7 Case Defense Lux Wood

X-Doria is well-known for its cases, and the Defense Lux case for the iPhone 7 (and 8) is made of some impact resistant polycarbonate. You can see the wooden exterior, but there is also an aluminum frame around this guy.

The end result is an iPhone 7/8 case with military grade protection, and it has soft kind of rubber interior lining and allow you to snap in Apple’s smartphone. In fact, the frame opens out in a very unique manner that I won’t even both to describe.

I am told that it has been drop tested to survive six-and-a-half feet drops on hard surfaces like concrete. You should be able to receive the iPhone 7 case Wood Defense Lux for about $39.99 on the X-Doria site, but it looks like its wooden cover comes in one color: bamboo.

X-Doria Defense Shield for the iPhone 7

Now, let us talk about the Defense Shield. It has the hard polycarbonate, soft rubber, and anodized aluminum, but as you can see, it lacks the wood of that previously mentioned Lux case. Part of it is its machined metal, and it looks like there is also some rubber on there too.

I’m going to say that the review units that I have been sent look nothing like the image here. It’s just a weird pattern in the rubber on it, but I’m going to just bring it up here.

I’ll also bring up that the Defense Shield can withstand drops of 9.9 feet, which is slightly more than that Wooden Lux. Something I should also mention is how there is some kind of sound channel that can amplify the bottom speaker and redirecting the sound to the front.

I’m not certain how much these X-Doria Defense Shield cases cost, as they seem to be sold out on the X-Doria site. I may need to alter this article if something changes on that front.

Armpocket Flash i-40 and Ultra i-35

It has been a while since we reviewed a good Armpocket product and yes, we have reviewed the Mega i-40 Plus and the i-35 armband before. I am assuming that these are this year’s models, or something.

I suppose that if you have never heard of an armband, then you would be surprised to find there is a way to put your mobile device on your arm in order to access the touchscreen through a window. Oh, and there is a way to listen to your music thanks to earbud access.

Armpocket Flash i-40

The Flash i-40 is made for devices up to 6.5 inches/16.5 cm, with an arm strap that fits up to 15 inches (38 cm). that’s good enough for the iPhone X/8/7/6 Plus, Galaxy S8+, Note 5, Google Pixel XL, or Pixel 2 XL. You can also carry your ID, credit cards, money, or even your keys in this thing, all thanks to some multiple interior storage compartments.

In the case of the Flash i-40, it is made of an ultra-soft bamboo/rayon mesh that is some great eco-friendly fabric made from recycled plastic. You can put your device inside, and it will be safe from both weather and sweat.

This would probably be a good time to talk about the multi-mode LED lights that can change functions with an easy squeeze button. By the way, the battery is included.

So, if you are looking to do some running in the day or the night, I would suggest wearing this Flash Mega i-40 on the Armpocket site for $49.95.

Armpocket Ultra i-35

Now, the Ultra i-35 can fit devices up to 6 inches (15.2 centimeters), which is good for the iPhone X/8/7/6, not to mention the Samsung S8/S7, or Google Pixel 2/Pixel. It also has the room for ID, keys, and cash.

It does not have the flash, and by that, I mean those flashing lights. It is made of that same ultra-soft bamboo/rayon mesh with some dual zippers for some protection against weather and sweat.

Not only is it a quality armband equal in quality to the i-40, but this one is available in a lot of great colors like Arctic Blue (a blue camo design), Arctic Berry (red camo), Arctic Storm (black camo), as well as purple and black. It is available for purchase on the Armpocket site for $39.95.

J5Create Part 2: USB Type-C Multi Adapter, USB 3.0 Mini Dock, and 5-Port USB Super Charger

Okay, it’s time to review some more J5Create products, and today I am looking at these docks/adapters. I’m not certain that this is a good way to organize “Tomorrow’s Products Today” but hey, I really like their slogan and should have mentioned it in my first article.

J5Create JUD380 USB 3.0 Mini Dock

Okay, so let’s say that you want some kind of external dual monitor for your PC or Mac, so you should just use the USB port. The JUD380 has that 3.0 plug, and then there are a lot of ports like two USB, one for the firewire, an HDMI port, and a VGA. Also, there is an optional Micro 8 DC in 5V.

The whole thing is very good at what it does, which is made for plugging in an adapter without some crazy expensive video card. All that is required is that you use the JUD380 to load the drivers, plug the adapter into the USB port, and then plug in the VGA or HDMI port.

It 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.

Sound like something that you like? Head on over to the J5Create site and pay $79.99.

J5Create JCA374 USB Type-C Multi-Adapter

The JCA374 is very similar to the JUD380, but it is a USB Type-C Multi-Adapter with HDMI/Ethernet/USB 3.1 HUB/PD 2.0 ports. It provides extra connectivity from your computer with 5 Gbps transfer speed.

As stated before, you might notice that the ports are similar, almost exactly alike when compared to the JUD380. However, this one has that USB-C, which J5Create says is the new standard for connecting desktops and laptops, but I am not certain if it “will eventually replace all current USB cables and connectors”.

I have a USB port on my HTC 10, and I love how fast it charges. so there’s a great powering and it has fast data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps. Oh it is also good for 4K video, and has some surge protection.

You should be able to purchase the JCA374 USB Type-C Multi-Adapter for $79.99 on the J5Create site.

J5Create JUP50 5-Port USB Super Charger

This last product of the JUP50 40W 5-Port USB Super Charger is pretty simple. I mean, who doesn’t want an extra 5 ports for just about anything?

In this case, the JUP50 has Intelligent Identification technology, allowing you to detect devices and give them a great charge. Each one has 2.4A, which is good enough for some surge protection as well.

So, if you want to get in on this, head on over to the J5Create site and pay $29.99 for it.

J5Create Part 1: JDA159 Mini DisplayPort to 4K HDMI Adapter and JUC500 USB 3.0 Wormhole Switch

It has been a good long while since I have reviewed a decent J5Create product, and I am not certain how to describe what it is that they make. Generally, their products are accessories for your computer designed to link one thing to another, and these first two products are a demonstration of that.

J5Create JDA159 Mini DisplayPort to 4K HDMI Adapter

The JDA159 is a Mini DisplayPort to 4K HDMI adapter that is made to connect your Mac or PC to to a 4K HDTV or some other device that can use an HDMI port. It is compliant with both DisplayPort 1.2 and Thunderbolt 2, as well as compliant with HDMI 1.4 specifications. Oh, while we are talking about specs, it supports resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD (4096 x 2160, 30Hz) and 3D video formats over HDMI.

The best part is how easy it is to install. It is a true plug-and-play technology, and all that is required is plugging the JDA159 Mini DisplayPort to the computer, then plug the existing HDMI cable from your display into the Mini DisplayPort adapter. It can’t get any simpler than that, seriously.

You should be able to purchase the JDA159 Mini DisplayPort to 4K HDMI Adapter on the J5Create site for $39.99.

JUC500 USB 3.0 Wormhole Switch

The JUC500 is essentially a double-duty USB 3.0 cable that allows you to do all kinds of things between two computers, even if one is a Mac and the other is a PC. Oh yeah, this is all about compatibility here, with new drivers to download.

What is really interesting is you can link two computers, and you can use a keyboard or mouse on either on the other computers. Does that make sense? I hope so. Perhaps it is better to say how you can drag and drop files from one computer to the other.

So if you have some file that you want to transfer to another computer, just select it, and then drag and drop it over. You should be okay for all types of file transfers, and it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

You should be able to purchase the JUC500 USB 3.0 Wormhole Switch on the J5Create site for $59.99.