So, 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.
I must say that there are a lot of products that I have seen for months, but finally get a chance to try for myself. I believe that I saw the Dart at CES 2016 last January, and I faintly remember seeing it at CES 2015. Of course, I could be mistaken, but this is the FINsix Dart, which is the world’s smallest laptop charger.
I’ll go ahead and talk about its main purpose. You plug it into the wall to charge it, and you have a battery that you can use to charge your laptop. I am told that it will work on 95 percent of laptops, and it has charging cord with nine interchangeable power tips. Just to let you know, that 5 percent includes the Apple MacBook and Microsoft Surface (you’ve been warned).
It delivers 65 W of power, and it can charge a laptop just as good as the charging cord that your laptop came with. Not only is it good for charging your laptop, but it has a USB device charger with 2.1 A output. By the way, you can charge a laptop and a USB powered device at the same time.
By the way, the Dart includes overvoltage, overcurrent, and overheating protection, in case you are worried about stuff like that. It has a 90 percent power conversion efficiency as well.
You should be able to pick up the Dart on the FINsix site for a price of $99.99. I will have to say that it is worth it. I mean, it is light, and useful. In short, it is something that we all need, and should make a good gift this year.
Well, we have reviewed Lander products before, as they have that black iPhone case that looks like the bottom of a plastic raft. Now, I had a chance to review the Lander Brenner MacBook Sleeve for MacBook Pro 15-inch.
This particular case for the MacBook has one of those Magnetic clasps, and it can give your MacBook some “weather resistant” powers. Yeah, I’m not certain if you want to use this sleeve and throw your MacBook in the lake, but you get it.
Apparently, this thing has “heat molded edges”, and it is “thermaformed” to fit the MacBook. This Illumaweave has a reflective jacket material for quick location in the dark.
Hey man, it is a tough world out there, and if you need this particular product for your MacBook, and you have one that is 15-inches, head over to the Lander site and pay $49.99 for it.
Okay, this is not the first time that I have reviewed something from STM Bags, and this one is just in time for back-to-school. This is the Drifter Energy backpack for 15-inch backpacks.
So it is a laptop backpack, big deal, right? Well, it is has a smart Joey energy supply that is integrated with it so you can charge a smartphone or tablet. What is funny is that it took me a while to find the power source, but it is in the bag.
Get it? It’s deep in the backpack, and on a little hook to take it out. Now, you need to connect a cord to battery pack to charge it, and then use another cord to charge your smartphone and tablet. That is good enough for 15-20 hours of talk time, and give your tablet some extra power as well.
So not only is there some great spot for your 15-inch laptop, there is a lot of great pockets. There’s like three of them, and then on the inside, there is some serious levels of pocket in this guy. Seriously, I love having pockets that are really overdoing it on the pocket.
The Drifter Energy for 15-inch laptops is available in camo, graphite, and navy for about $239.95 on the STM Bag sites.
Right now, there is a big consumer electronics show known as Computex, and I hope that I will attend it someday. If I was there yesterday, I would have seen Asus unveil four new products.
The first is the ZenBook 3, and ultralight ultrabook that weighs 910 grams with a 12.5 inches, and extremely thin bezel. It also has an aluminum alloy and also have an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of 2133MHz RAM and USB Type-C.
As for the three smartphones, they include the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone Ultra. The base model is 5.5 inches with Qualcomm 625 processor. The Deluxe has the same size, but with a 23 Megapixel camera and Sony IMX319 image sensor, f/2.0 aperture lens, and it is capable of 4K video. The Ultra has a 6.8 inch full HD screen and 4,600 mAh battery. All three smartphones have USB Type C charging ports and fingerprint sensors on the back.
These devices should be out soon, but there is no word on a release date.
Well, it is time again for us to review a fine Kensington product, and today it is the Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball. I suppose that this is a step up from the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball, which we reviewed here.
What makes this one different from the Orbit and other wireless mouse is that you don’t need a wireless dongle. If your computer can do Bluetooth, then you can use the Bluetooth 4.0 LE to pair it.
The Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball also comes with some customizable software for some precise cursor control. There is also the possibility of using the Scroll Ring, some award-winning technology to scan up and down web pages or long documents with ease.
All of that, and it has that trackball fun, and makes me want to play Marble Mountain again. Other features include a detachable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort, and there is an ambidextrous design for right and left-handers. That, and it has four programmable buttons.
All in all, it is a pretty sweet deal, and it can be purchased on the Kensington site for about $99.99.
Just like when I reported on the Moleskine Smart Writing Set, it is difficult for me to report on the Roost Laptop Stand, a Portable, Lightweight, Adjustable, Ergonomic Stand without comparing it to the iFold from Matias. I believe that I used as many descriptors that I could at the beginning, and this image should show you what it is.
As you can see, it is one of these devices that removes “the old painful laptop hunch”. You can see that the laptop screen is at the level of your eye instead of a little below it.
Now, the things that make products like this work is how simple that they fold up. I had to admit with the iFold is that I always had to look at the picture to see how it unfolds. This one actually folds up to something that looks like two windshield wipers into something that has only length and not length and width like the iFold.
It folds into a small 1 x 1 x 13 inch mass that weighs about 5.8 ounces. It unfolds by just pulling it apart, and it took a while before I got the knack of it. The Roost Stand is also able to adjust to 3 height settings to math the screen height to the user’s eye level.
The laptop comes in this place where there are some little adjustable hook things to hold it in. What is also interesting is how the user can literally tilt the laptop while in the Roost Laptop Stand, and it won’t fall out. So if you are worried about the laptop accidentally just falling out, that won’t happen.
So, if you are interested in getting this Roost Laptop Stand for yourself, you can get it on The Roost Stand website for about $74.95.
I was pretty pleased to review another Matias product, and instead of another keyboard like the Ergo Pro Keyboard, this is a laptop accessory known as the iFold.
As you can see in the first illustration, the iFold is a way of putting your laptop so it is at eye level. After trying it out, it is handy to have, but you will need to use another keyboard like that aforementioned Matias one. Why not? They are terrific products.
In case you are wondering why it is called the iFold, I have included this second picture to the left so you can see how it folds up. It is actually quite cool and easy to figure out, and just these pictures alone with the product are all the accessory origami instructions that you will need. Since it folds up neatly, it makes it portable, and there is a bag that it comes with.
What is interesting is how you can put the laptop on the folded up iFold, and it will give an “open air” design to keep the laptop cool and quiet. This could extend the life of your computer, not to mention the battery.
You can get this on the Matias site for about $59.95.
There is nothing like a good STM products, and they make a lot of them. It has been a few weeks since I received the Atlas Wallet case before the iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6/6S Plus. Now we will be doing the Haven Laptop Backpack.
So I have reviewed a lot of laptop backpacks on this site. In this case, the main pocket can probably both hold a tablet and a 15 inch laptop. The next pocket has a bunch of pockets including a zippered pocket, there is a strange hole in this, which looks to be made for the earbuds or cord or something.
Yeah, it holds an elastic power pocket for the laptop’s charging brick, a place for sunglasses, and much more. For exmaple, there is an internal document sleeve, so you can put in stuff like file folders and not get them wet. Why not wet? Well, as it turns out, the backpack has some water resistant fabric.
All in all, it is quite a good way to transport your laptop, and it comes in black, frost gray, Moroccan blue, and steel. It costs about $99.95 on the STM website.
Lenovo announced the YOGA 900 and the YOGA Home 900, and they are two new Windows 10 PCs.
The YOGA 900 is a very thin convertible laptop with a 13.3 inch QHD (3200 x 1800) screen and a watchband hinge with 800 intricately woven individual pieces. The purpose of the convertible laptop is the conversion between laptop and tablet modes. The battery has been heightened to over 50 percent more, and it has a Samsung Solid State Drive.
As far as the YOGA Home 900 Portable All-in-One Desktop is concerned, this has about three hours of battery life. The screen is absolutely huge at 27-inch screen, which means that you will be looking around this thing as a family, which I believe is the purpose of its creation with its AURA 3.0 interface. I’m not certain how much of this will be a portable computer, but it really has an NVIDIA GeForce 940A graphics and an Intel 5th Gen Core i7 processor.
The Lenovo YOGA 900 will start at $1,199.99 will come in a variety of colors including clementine orange, platinum silver, and champagne gold. The Lenovo YOGA Home 900 will start at $1,549.00.