TomTom GO 52 Navigation Unit

I’m going to go back in time to about a decade ago. I rented a car for CES 2008, and for some extra money, I could get a GPS unit. This was back in the days before everyone had a smartphone, and the unit that I was using was quite huge, too big for the glovebox. This was the days when companies like Garmin and TomTom were making a killing, and I thought that had ended when Google put their Maps up for free. Clearly, this is not the case as I have recently reviewed TomTom’s GO 52.

Just opening the packaging really took me back, even though the GO 52 looked like your average smartphone. Granted, it was one with an easily reversible mount, but you can see in the image what I am talking about.

The GO 52 is set up for Wi-Fi, but if you don’t have one of those cars that is also a Wi-Fi hotspot, don’t worry. You can link your smartphone to the GO 52 thanks to the MyDrive app.

Not only will you get all the functionality of a GPS device, but this device will allow you to hear your text messages from your smartphone. This way, you can keep your eyes on the road and not on your device.

Oh, and if you want to access Siri or Google Now, you can do that. As it so happens, the TomTom GO 52 has a built-in microphone.

Now, just to let you know, this device only has one hour of battery life. I guess some cuts had to be made somewhere, but there is a charging cord and charger with your purchase.

You can purchase the GO 52 on the TomTom site for a price of $179.99.

The iRig Mic HD 2 High Digital Microphone from IK Multimedia

I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products in the past before, and for some reason, I remember them for their microphones, particularly the iRig. In the past, I have reviewed the iRig Mic Sutdio, the iRig Mic Field, and the iRig Acoustic. But enough cross-references, let’s talk about the latest is iRig Mic HD 2.

Yes, apparently the iRig is an important brand from IK Multimedia, and they have created a great tool for audio content creation in the form of a mic. It is for the iPhone, iPad, Mc, and PC, and it has high definition audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz and a low noise preamp.

As you can see, the iRig Mic HD 2 has the handheld form factor of a microphone, and it has all the cables and accessories, even the tripod seen here. I am told that it is “iPhone ready”, which is made Apple certified MFi hardware for iDevices, plugging right into the Lightning port.

By the way, the iRig Mic HD 2 comes with over $170 of software and apps, and that includes Ableton Live Lite, a Digital Audio Workstation app, T-RackS Classic collection of audio processing plug-ins, as well as Mic Room, virtual models of the most desirable microphones of all time.

You can find out more about the iRig Mic HD 2 on the IK Multimedia site, and it costs about $129.99. Get it now for the holiday season, and I hope to review another IK Multimedia product here soon.

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.