Beyerdynamic’s Soul Byrd Wired In-Ear Headphones

It’s time for another Beyerdynamics review. This one is for the Soul Byrd series. We’re about to review another great pair of wired in-ear headphones.

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Soul Byrd Wired In-Ear Headphones Comfort and Build

You know with the Beyerdynamic name, there will be quality material used for these headphones. The earbuds and their tips are flattened to fit in the ear. It comes with a set of tips in five sizes, so you can fit the perfect fit for your ear. The silicon tips are soft and silky for great comfort. You can also use Comply 400 series eartips on all Soul Byrd products. The eartips casing is made of anodised aluminum.

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The wires are built to last, the cable is a 1.2 m cable (both-sided, fixed) with 3.5 mm plug. A three button remote lies along the wire and includes a mic. The buttons are easy to use. The soft surface on the wires prevent them from becoming entangled and noisy.

Soul Byrd Sound

Of course, the sound quality is going to be good on these quality headphones. The sound is balanced and the resolution is well-done. The bass is not heavy in these.
Here are some other specs:

  • Frequency Response:  10-25,000 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance:  18 ohms
  • Sound Pressure Level (SPL):  103 dB

What Else do you Get?

Along with the headphones and interchangeable eartips, you also get a quality made hard case to store the headset and prevent damage while not in use. A wire clip is also included to help manage things and keep the wires more secure if you need that.

How to buy Soul Byrd In-Ear Headphones?

These run for $89 on the Beyerdynamic website.  It’s also available on Amazon.com.

If you are looking for a high quality set of wired headphones at a decent price, these will probably be what you are needing.

Thanks to Beyerdynamic for sending us a pair for free to review. No other compensation was given for our fair and unbiased evaluation.

Review of Black Eye Combo G4 Universal Mobile Device Lenses

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Smartphones have given us the ability to take quality pictures that look like they were taken with a nice DSLR camera. DSLRs have different lenses to assist in getting the perfect picture. Thanks to companies like Black Eye, your cell phone can have similar lenses to get those pictures as well. We will review a set of lenses today. They are the 4th generation of lenses from Black Eye- the G4 Combo set.

We’ve reviewed cell phone camera lenses in the past. The last one was a clip-on from Olloclip for the iPhone7. That lens was very specific for the phone, but I think Olloclip makes clip lenses for other phones as well. The clip that we are about to review is universal for most phones, and specially optimized for phones released in 2018. This includes the ability to work with dual lens devices.

Wide G4 Lens

I played around the the wide lens while at a Christmas lights parade. Here’s an example of what I got without and with the lens.

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without lens

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wide angle lens

The lens takes a little practice clipping on just right. I ended up taking off my case to make the lens align. I’m not sure how it could be easier unless it was perfectly designed for one single design of phone. I’m sure it will get easier over time to line up immediately. There are some tricks and tips in this video:

The Macro G4 lens

It’s pretty basic to switch out lenses from the clip. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist, and that’s good. The macro lens gives 15x the close-up shot, and allows you to take really detailed shots. I didn’t get any macro shots of my own, but here are some examples from the Black Eye website:

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Macro G4 lens

What Comes in the Black Eye Combo G4 kit?

You will get

  • 160° Wide lens
  • Macro lens
  • Universal Clipper
  • 2 x lens cap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Microfiber bag
  • Black Eye sticker
  • Manual

All of this retails for $64.99, which is a great price in comparison to the Olloclip. If you’re in need of something to enhance your phone’s photo capabilities, I would suggest you go take a look on the Black Eye site.

Thanks to Black Eye for sending us this product to review for free. No other compensation has been given, and our opinions remain unbiased and fair.

Congratulations to our Turtle Beach Headphones Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our giveaway!

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Preston has certified his entry, and will be wearing these great headphones soon…

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Thanks to Turtle Beach for sending us these great headphones for our giveaway. Please continue to follow our page and encourage your friends to join! There will be more giveaways ahead!

Wreck It Ralph 2 (Ralph Breaks the Internet) Review Pumped Up on Rotten Tomatoes, Has All the Problems with Disney Mediocre Sequels

I have to admit that there wasn’t really any film out that I wanted to see, and I recall from my review of Wreck It Ralph years ago that the film did not need a sequel. However, a friend of mine stated that the film was getting “a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes”, but I recently checked, and it was settling in at 86 percent. In fact, I just checked about a few days later, and it is now at 88 percent at this writing.

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This isn’t the first time that I have seen numbers on Rotten Tomatoes high upon a film’s initial release, and then go terribly down later. I believe that all of DC’s Cinematic Universe films are guilty of this. I feel like there is a way to just “mess with the numbers” when it comes to a film’s initial release, like someone who alters figures on their taxes.

Either way, I feel manipulated. It is my belief that movies are a subjective experience, which is what makes them so great. I believe that everyone’s favorite film is probably someone’s least favorite film. However, there are films that are considered just “bad” because most do not receive it well.

I believe that when we are watching a good movie, we “feel” it, because it produces a legitimately positive response, even if we can’t explain why. I’ve explained that one of my favorite films is Speed Racer, even though it is a very low-rated film and was a flop for Warner Brothers. I’ve already explained why I like it, but I don’t think it is wrong to have feelings involved with my reasoning.

The issue with Disney of late is they have created some really great and original films such as Moana and Coco. However, they have this really annoying habit of creating sequels that are made to be surefire hits, but aren’t really necessary, like Incredibles 2 and Cars 3. These sequels have their moments, but they really are not good, overall. I just don’t get that initial feeling that I felt with the original.

Wreck It Ralph 2, or Ralph Breaks the Internet, is just like this. The initial premise is really, really forced, and the idea of Ralph hitting the Internet seems even more forced. There are spoilers ahead at this point, so hit “more” for more.

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G12 Professional Headphones by Base-Audio

I think it’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a professional set of headphones. Looking back, it looks like the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro were the last ones we’ve tried out. We have a new set of professional headphones from a company we haven’t done a review for, so we’re happy to introduce the G12 professional headphones by Base-Audio.

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Build and Comfort of Base-Audio G12

This is a beautiful set of professional headphones that are lightweight and comfortable. They have a sturdy build with a spring steel headband and brushed aluminum finish. The soft, cushioned earpads have both comfort and design in mind as it was made to work in harmony with the newly designed sound structure. Also, the headphones are open backed. This is for those who want that open and airy sound surrounding their head, as opposed to closed-backed which keeps the sound in your head.

How does the Base-Audio G12 Sound?

Sound is what you might expect from a professional set of headphones at this price range. The top middle and bass are well balanced, and not disappointing at all.

What’s in the Base-Audio G12 Box?

• Hard Cover Carrying Case
• Two detachable connecting cables
• Soft, replaceable ear-pads
• Jack plug (3.5 mm) & 1/4″ adapter (6.35 mm)

These headphones are designed for use by both portable devices and traditional amplifiers. We think it would be a good investment for those serious in studio sound mixing. The price tag is high at $349.00, but for those in the market for quality headphones, you can find them here at Amazon.com. Learn more about these headphones on the Base-Audio site.

Thanks to Base-Audio for sending us a free pair in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Rocketbook Color and Rocketbook Wave Review

Rocketbook is a company who creates innovative notebooks that can be easily scanned and re-used. We had a chance to review their product back in August. This time we’re reviewing a couple of other types that they create. We’ll be covering the Rocketbook Color and the Rocketbook Wave.

Rocketbook Wave

 

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This innovative notebook is a great gift for the students in your life. As with the Everlast we reviewed last time, this notebook also uses FriXion pens. One is included. Instead of wiping away the ink after scanning to your desired source, you can easily clear your notes by tossing this notebook in… THE MICROWAVE!

These notebooks are spiral bound with polypropylene binding. It comes in two sizes- both with 80 pages. The standard size is 8.5 x 9.5 inches and costs $27.00. The executive size is 6 x 8.9 inches and costs $25.00. Both have dot grid patterns on each page. The pages can be re-used and erased 5 times.

Here’s a video that shows off this cool notebook

Rocketbook Color

Now kids can also get in on the eco-friendly notebooks. The Rocketbook Color is a 12 page, 8 x 9.5 inches notebook that uses dry erase or wet erase markers. The markers are generally not included, but the company recommends Crayola. The notebook is composed of 8 blank pages for free-form art, 2 dot-grid pages for making graphs and such, and 2 lined pages for practicing handwriting. The scanning process is the same as the other Rocketbooks. You can assign each page a symbol that will direct the shared page to your desired destination.

Here’s a video that shows how:

The Rocketbook Color costs about $22, and will make a good Christmas gift for the young artist in your life.

Thanks to Rocketwave for again sending us these products to review for free. No other compensation was given, and our opinion is our own.

Make Quick, Delicious Cold Brew Coffee with Gourmia

This might not really be the time of year for cold brew, but that’s okay. The Gourmia product we’re about to review works for those who want warm coffee, too. More on that in a bit. We have reviewed some great kitchen items by Gourmia in the past, and this item is exciting as well. We’re reviewing the Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Machine.

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Cold brew coffee is becoming pretty popular now, and there are many ways to prepare cold brew, but it’s often an overnight process. This product is designed to bring you a fresh brewed cup of cold brew coffee in about 15 minutes.

Why Cold Brew?

Even if you would rather drink your coffee hot, the cold brew process takes some of the bitterness of coffee out. Many people like to drink iced coffee- especially in the warm months, and refrigerating hot coffee is not as good as cold brew since the bitter taste is different when cold.

 

How it Works

Depending on how much coffee you want, and how strong you want it, you put the desired amount of water in the pitcher. The coffee grounds go in the coffee basket, which slips over the fountain, and the top filter goes on. Set it to brew to the strength desired. You may need to adjust the amount of grounds and water and time to your desired strength through trial and error. I used the manual’s suggested amount of grounds to water, and set the time to six minutes for the strength of medium. It took more like 10 minutes to get the strength to medium.

By the way, the booklet that comes with the machine says something different than the online manual. Also, the first time I tried brewing some, it took longer to get the water to even change colors. I don’t know if it was user error, or maybe just the first time takes longer. This is what it looks like for three cups of water and 7 tablespoons of grounds at 4 and 10 minutes:

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After you finish brewing the coffee, you can choose to do the cold brew with the ice bucket. The chilling cycle runs for 6 minutes, although you can cancel it early. It gets pretty cold without chilling the full time.

I’ve used this machine to brew both a cold brew, and also to brew some coffee to heat up in the microwave. I found both ways to make delicious coffee. If you’d like to get one of these cool machines for your kitchen (or maybe as a gift for another coffee lover), they sell for $34.99 on Amazon.com. The Gourmia website says it has an MSRP of $99.99, so I definitely think it’s a good deal.

Thanks to Gourmia for sending us this product for free to review. Our opinions are our own, and not influenced monetarily.

Native Union Phone Case Review: Clic Canvas and Clic Marquetry

We have some more phone cases to review. These are from Native Union. We haven’t reviewed a product from them in a while, but they make lots of products for phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Today’s review will be about a couple of phone cases they sell.

Native Union Clic Marquetry

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This stylish case is made of premium Italian leather in a tri-color geometrical pattern. The leather will age naturally over time with a true patina. There are different color options to protect your phone. They have this option in black. There’s also Rose, Canary, Petrol Blue, and Desert Pink. It’s available for a variety of iPhones as well. Right now they are having a sale, and the cases cost half as much. Currently, the price is $34.99.

 

 

Native Union Clic Canvas

This fine case has a weaved fabric texture on the back of the case. It’s slim and lightweight as well. Offered in different colors as well, the two tone case comes in Slate, Marine, Rose, Olive and Taupe. This case is also on sale, and while less expensive than the other, offers a classic look and added protection to your iPhone. Currently it’s on sale for $16.99.

Thanks to Native Union for sending us these two cases for the iPhone Xs Max. These were free for us to review, but our review remains fair and unbiased. No other compensation was given.

Review of MyCharge PowerDisk+ and Unplugged 10K Powerbank

MyCharge always has some cool products that will help keep your devices juiced up. We’ve reviewed these in the past- such as these items for the Nintendo Switch and a portable power outlet. We’re glad to review some more products. One is the PowerDisk+. The other is the Unplugged 10K powerbank. Both will give you power for you QI enabled phones.

MyCharge PowerDisk+

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This Qi charger is similar to many out there. It’s a wireless charger that delivers up to 10W of wireless output. The Qualcomm 3.0 Quick Charge 18 watt adapter will charge up your phone quickly when you put it on the wireless charger. A bonus USB port is on the Disk, so you can even charge an additional phone or tablet at the same time. This item is available for $49.99 on the MyCharge website.

The Unplugged 10K Powerbank

This little gadget is also a Qi enabled charger. The difference is that this is a portable powerbank. It has 10,000 mAh capacity, so you can charge a phone about 4 to 5 times. It charges your Qi compatible device simply by placing it on top, but there are also two USB ports, so you could charge up to 3 at a time! This is definitely nice for people on the go with more than one device, or you can keep all that power to yourself. If you don’t need all that juice, you can buy smaller capacity ones for less money.

The dimensions are 5.83 in x 0.8 in x 2.79 in, and it weighs only 0.4 lbs- which is light for a charger of this capacity. A small USB recharge cable and charger is included.

For $69.99, you can buy this quality powerbank on MyCharge’s website.

Thanks to MyCharge for sending us these products for the purpose of our reviews. No other compensation was received, and our reviews are fair and unbiased.

 

Our Black Friday 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

So, now that the holiday season is in full swing, you might be thinking of purchasing certain items over the holidays. They have some order, but whatever you are looking for, you can find out more info about here.

Automotive Products for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

This is the FIXD, a plug-in your car that could prevent some costly repairs.

Here’s a decent product from Cobra with a DriveHD Dash Camera.

Speaking of Dash cameras, check out the Roav Dashcam S1 by Anker.

Apple Products for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Here’s a review of the fantastic IONA dock from Landing Zone. Oh, there is the USB-C Hub for MacBooks. And then there is the Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station.

Oh, and Promise Technology also sent us a similar Thunderbolt product.

We got a ton of Catalyst products for the Apple Pencil and phones. Check it out.

You should see this EVO1 from Understands.

Chargers for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Then the Anker has the Power Port Qi 10 for wireless charging. Oh, there is also a PowerCore Fusion 5000 and Powerline II Lightning cable. We also got the Powerwave 7.5.

We also had a chance to review the Mophie Charge Stream Power Station, Travel Kit, and Pad+.

Oh, you really need to try out the Omnicharge.

We had a chance to review the Nomad BaseStation.

Here’s a great Limitless Innovations product with the Jumpstart.

We tried out the Louie from Coal Power. We reviewed more Coal Power products here.

We also tried out the ToughTested Jolt All Purpose JumpStarter.

You should check out the Weego Jump Starter 22.

Here’s our review of Re:Fuel and Digipower products.

Bluetooth Speakers for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

So, Anker has some great products with the Soundcore Boost Bluetooth Speaker. We also reviewed the Soundcore Flare+.

We reviewed a color changing speaker from iHome iBT76.

Check out Kempler and Strauss X2 Wireless Speakers.

JBL sent us the really cool Link 300 Voice Activated Speaker and the Pulse 3.

Creative Labs also sent us the fun Halo Bluetooth Speaker. We also got the iRoar Go.

Lifeproof also sent us the AQUAPHONICS AQ10.

Can’t remember if this is Bluetooth, but here is the Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speakers.

We had a great chance to review the Waterproof WOW-Sound speaker.

We also had a chance to review the iHome iBTB2 Aquio a waterbottle speaker.

Limitless Innovations sent us the TikiTunes.

Smartphone Accessory Gifts for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

We forgot to mention the MERGE for VR viewing as well as the MERGE Cube.

So, here is some terrific products from ZAGG with the Invisible Shield Glass and more.

Speaking of glass, here’s a PureGear Extreme.

Well, we had a chance to review a HEX case, as well as a backpack.

Check out this Marble case from Casery!

We did a lot of UAG reviews, and here is our review of the Monarch and Plyo case. Like our review for the Samsung Galaxy S9 accessories. Then there is the Trooper and Metropolis cases. We also reviewed the PLYO and Monarch for the Note 9. Oh, here’s our Monarch and Pathfinder review. The Google Pixel 3 has the Pylo and Monarch case as well.

Oh we also got to review some Man and Wood products that I loved.

The Jisoncase is pretty unusual as well.

I’m hoping to review more Element cases later, but here is the one for the Rev.

We have also reviewed ITSkins cases, a lot of them.

Speaking of a lot of cases, we reviewed a bunch of Krusell cases.

We had a heck of a time with Catalyst products like the ones for the Apple Watch. Then we reviewed the Impact cases and Waterproof Backpack.

Oh yes, and our Otterbox cases like the Symmetry for the iPhone X. We also did the Pursuit case for the S9. There is also some more cases here. We had some Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XR cases.

We had our chance to try out the Tech21 cases.

Oh, we also reviewed Lifeproof FRE for the Samsung Galaxy S8. We also got the SLAM for the S9. Oh we also got to review some NEXT cases.

We also got to try out the Patchworks products as well. Then we reviewed a whole lot of ITSkins.

Hard to classify this product, but it is the ANGLR Bullseye Fishing Tracker.

Oh yes, we got Nomad cases for iPhone and S9. Then there are several cases for the iPhone XR.

We also got some X-Doria products for the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

So, you might want to check out the Toast Wood Cover as well as the Presidio Grip Case from Speck.

Your smartphone will be greatly improved by the LoveHandle.

ZAGG sent us some products with a Universal Keyboard and two Invisible Shield products.

Tablet Accessory Gifts for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

If you want a keyboard for your iPad, please get the Brydge 10.5 inch.

There are many that we reviewed from Nite Ize, and hope to do so again.

These are two great iOttie products Easy Smart Tap 2 and Wireless Fast Charging Car and Desk Mount.

I wasn’t certain how to classify this, but there is the Kwilt. See what it is here.

Toy Gadgets for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

So, you can check out the Makeblock Neuron Inventor Kit.

You can really make paper airplanes fly with the PowerUp 3.0.

We should probably talk about a drone like the Zoopa Q900. We also reviewed a Sky Rider Eagle 3 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera.

If it is a music player that you are looking for, check out the Jooki.

We got to review the Cubelets from Modular Robotics: the Twelve Kit and Discovery Kit.

Headphones and Earbuds for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Ah, yes, we love Jabra, and we loved the Elite 65t and we also reviewed the Evolve 75e.

We also reviewed the Soundot AF1 from Blackcloud.

Here’s our review of the Buddyphones WAVE for the OnanOff.

Creative Labs has send us a lot this year, like the Outlier Sports and Aurvana Trio Earbuds. Also, there was the SoundblasterX H7 Tournament edition. Oh, did we mention the Outlier One Plus and SoundBlasterX P5.

We had a chance to review the Optoma Nuforce BE2 Wireless Earphones.

We also had our Review of the Audio-Technica Solid Bass Wireless Headphones ATH-WS990BT.

We had another great review of the RHA MA750 Wireless Headphones.

Not similar to the last one, you might want to look into the Cozyphones.

Beyerdynamic sent us the Aventho Wireless for review as well as the DT 240. We also got the DT 990 Pro.

Then there is a kind of cool headphone with the Sennheiser HD 660S.

Here’s the 1Voice Sleep Headphones/EyeMask review.

We had a chance to SGNL HB-N50 Wireless Earphones.

Then we were fortunate enough to review something from Plantronics like the Voyager 6200 and BackBeat FIT 300.

Office Gifts for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Then there is the Sonoff S20 Smart Socket.

For those who want some group communication, check out the BONX Grip.

This one, the RapidX X4 Home Super Compact 4-Port Charger, is quite amazing.

Oh, then there is the Keysmart Pro and Keysmart Catch.

You should see this awesome keyboard with the Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard with RGB backlight.

Then there is the BlueLounge products like the Posto.

Here is a terrific Mouse from Cherry with the MW 4500 Wireless Mouse. We also reviewed the DC 2000 and EZClean KC 1000 Keyboards from Cherry.

Those who want a unique kind of scanner should check out the IRIScan.

Here’s some interesting products with the Rocketbook Everlast.

This is our review of the weBoost 4G Connect.

We got to review the D-Link AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router.

Oh, and we reviewed some HEX products with the Supply Laptop Tote. There is something to the Berlin Backpack.

For lack of a better place, let’s go with the Intuos Tablet from Wacom.

What also is good is the Amber Personal Hybrid Cloud Storage Platform.

I didn’t know where to classify this, but here’s a review of the Matrix Powerwatch X.

Security Gifts for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Here’s the Yubico security key in case you want some security for your passwords.

Protect your house with the OOMI Starter Kit.

Check out this N-Range by SureCall to improve cell phone signals.

D-Link has a great product with the Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera.

Oh, we had a chance to review a D-Link Covr AC3900 router.

We also reviewed the PHICOMM KE 2P AC1300 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router.

We had to review the D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera and Full HD Wi-Fi Camera.

As for security, you should try the 2GIG Rely.

So we had the chance to review the EZVIZ Mini Plus Home Security camera.

Health Gadgets for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Check out this Digital thermometer from Bewell Connect.

So, here is a way to beat nausea with the Reliefband 2.0.

Again, I don’t know how to classify this, but here is the BACtrack Scout Breathalyzer.

This is a great product all around with the Chilipad.

Oh, and you should check out the Evolv and TENS from Omron Technologies.

The Oska Pulse coudl also heal your pains.

Home Gadgets for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

So, we got to review two Simplehuman products with the 8-inch Round Sensor Mirror. We also reviewed the Simplehuman Foam Cartridge Sensor Pump.

We had such a great time reviewing the Eufy Robovac 30C.

I’m going to have to put the Memory box of the GNARBOX.

So, there is a great product known as the Pet Photo Saver.

We also got to review some Digital Picture Frames this holiday like the Photospring and the Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi Cloud Photo Frame.

Oh, we got to review the Unbelievabrella. Just check it out and buy it.

Here’s terrific smart Wi-Fi Meat Thermometer known as the LOKI.

So there is a great baby monitor known as the Eufy Spaceview.

Gaming Gadgets for Black Friday/Holiday 2019

Then there is the 3dRudder for a great VR gaming experience.

And 1More sent us the Spearhead VR Gaming Headphones for review.

We also got the SoundBlaster Siege M04 Gaming Mouse from Creative Labs, not to mention the Vanguard K08 Gaming Keyboard.

Oh, and then there is the Gamevice for the iPhone.

I could have put this under the charger, but myCharge made a Portable Power Outlet and PowerGame for the Nintendo Switch.

Here’s another charger for the Switch with the PowerCore 13400.

There is a terrific pair of gaming headphones from Turtle Beach called the Elite Atlas.