Monster Christmas, Part 3: Power and Charging Station

monster-3Monster might be known for their cables, but they put out quite a bit of great products for audio, as well as some power strips. This Monster Power and Charging Station is one of the more high quality ones that you can buy.

This Monster Power and Charging Station is part of the company’s new Living Spaces collection, which means it is made for the “demands of today’s charging lifestyle”. So what does a charging family need? How about 4 power outlets and 4 USB ports (4.8 A).

The Power Outlets have Monster Fireproof MOV technology, as well as power filtration shields that protect from EMI/RFI. Anyone know what that is? Oh, it has a 6 foot power cord.

You can’t really see this in the picture, but from the side, the shape is like that of a house. You can use the “roof” as a stand for a phone or tablet, so that is handy if you keep this power strip on your desk, like many do. Another interesting feature is the back light, made for an accent or night light.

The Monster Power and Charging Station is quite an office-themed gift. It can be purchased on the Monster site for $79.95 (MSRP of $89.95).

Monster Christmas, Part 2: iSport Victory Bluetooth Athlete’s Headphone

monster-2I once reported last year for Monster that they want to “get rid of the crappy earbud” with the Clarity earbuds. It looks like Monster is keeping their promise of not making crappy earbuds and have made some Bluetooth ones for athletes.

The Monster iSport Victory Bluetooth is made for those who want to keep their tunes with them as they are working out. If you are the type of person who exercises about 8 hours a day, the iSport Victory should do it.

I believe what makes it a sports or athletic earbud is the fact that it comes in two sound profiles, warm-up and sports, along with Turbo Mode. It is also quite durable and sweatproof, and the cable is reflective for night running.

By the way, they are not only Bluetooth wireless, but they have some very light weight going on them. They have some secure fit ear-hooks, so they will stay in the ear, unlike a plain set of earbuds.

If this is something that you want or need, head on over to the Monster site and lay down $99.95. They are available in Black, Green, or Blue.

Monster Christmas, Part 1: SuperStar HotShot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

monster-1Well, it has been a while since I have reviewed anything from Monster. I don’t know if I will go to their party at CES 2017, but I did get a chance to review three of their products: the Superstar HotShot Bluetooth Speaker, the iSport Victory Athlete’s headphone, and the Monster Power.

The Monster SuperStar HotShot is known as a “Little Speaker with a Loud Attitude”. The HotShot is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and you can see that it has a loop there for a clip.

Yes, this is made for life on the road, but it doesn’t look as waterproof as speakers that I have seen from other companies. It does have a 5.5 hour play life, so it is good for at least the afternoon.

Oh, it is also NFC capable, and it can be used as a speakerphone for conference calls. It also is able to connect to any audio source with a wire as well.

All in all, it could make a good stocking stuffer provided your stocking has a wide mouth. Yeah, you might want to put this on top. It is available on the Monster site in black with neon-blue, black with black platinum, white with chrome, and black with gold for $49.99.

Some New Monster Products, Part 2: Mobile PowerCard

Monster PowercardWell, it is time to review another product from Monster, and this time it is the PowerCard. I will be quick and honest with my review.

The PowerCard is a Mobile Portable Battery, and it is a product that I have reviewed many a time. I am going to have to say that this version is different because it is smaller and very convenient.

The PowerCard is about the thickness of a small stack of credit cards, so it could fit in a wallet. I’m guessing that it could fit in the Trooper from UAG that I reviewed last week. There is a USB 1.5 Amp quick charge for output charging, and it has 1.650 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

So, that is the product, and I need to continue my thoughts about the Monster Awards at CES 2016. For starters, my wife and I were told that seating begins at 7:30, so you would think it would begin at 8:00 or 8:30, right? Nope. Try after 9:00 PM. Then we had to wait through the awards, which was like all the boring parts of the Academy Awards times 10. By the way, there were terrible mistakes on the PowerPoint, putting Calgary in China.

Then Magic Johnson came out to host it, and he had a Xeroxed copy of his notes, with the page hanging there. Like someone handed him this script on the way in. We then had to wait for a performance by Ne-Yo, and it didn’t look like he wanted to be there, to the point where the hosts were asking him to stay.

When Rick Ross was supposed to come out, he didn’t. However, there was music playing, then there was “technical difficulties” followed and then Rick Ross came on.

Eventually, they got to the Jacksons. They brought down the house, man I was glad. I shouldn’t complain about the performance, as it was free. And hey, I get to say that I saw Magic Johnson and the Jacksons live. Not bad.

Monster’s products are also not bad. Here is the site where you can find it, for about an MSRP price of $39.95 on the Monster Site.

Some New Monster Products, Part 1: Selfie Case

Monster Selfie CaseI’ve been in touch with Monster a lot lately, and after attending their press conference at CES 2016 as well as their awards ceremony (which I’ll detail at some other time), I have just been given the chance to try out the Selfie Case.

It’s pretty clear that we live in a selfie-obsessed society, as I have a daughter who takes at least a few per day. I don’t think it is a sign that we are too narcissistic. For those that don’t want to hold their phone, they can always stick it someplace, due to the Selfie Case.

There is some special material that allows you to mount the smartphone to glass, mirror, acrylic, marble, and other such flat surfaces. It uses a lot of suction cups to hold it there. So all you got to do is just put it on some surface like a mirror, set the camera on a few seconds of timer and smile.

IMAG0258Now you can get rid of those selfie sticks, if you desire. Speaking of selfies, I’ll show you this one that I took, and it was at Monster’s awards. It is about time that I brought this up.

My wife and I were there, and it was Magic Johnson, the legendary basketball player, who told me to take this. Beyond that, and a performance by the Jacksons (all the Jackson 5 minus Michael), the show was a trainwreck. Yeah, it was pretty horrific to watch, as it was just full of technical errors. In fact, the hosts were stalling so bad it looked like it hurt.

I could easily talk about this performance for another article, and perhaps I will tomorrow. If you want to head to the Monster site and lay down $29.99 for it, you can. It is available for the iPhone 6/6S, 6/6S Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, and iPhone 5.

Monster ClarityHD High Definition In-Ear Headphones

Monster Clarity HDIn case you aren’t familiar with Monster, it does refer to a place to find an energy drink, find a job, a Charlize Theron movie, and a place to get cables and other tech products. I see this company every year at CES, and I was very impressed with their Head Monster Noel Lee, and sat down with him for an interview. I had the chance to try out their ClarityHD High-Performance Earbuds.

These are some pretty good earbuds, and there are some ergonomically good design to fit into the ears for a better fit. There is some good noise isolation as well, and there is a Universal ControlTalk for making clearer calls.

So what else can I say about earbuds that you can only read about at this juncture? Well, Monster has a campaign about “Get Rid of the Crappy Earbud”, and there is video after the jump by BachelorsPadTV. I’m going to be honest when I say that I don’t really like the video and the end is just mean-spirited. Yes, Monster sent me this to review, and they are good, but that don’t mean that I can’t say “meh” when it comes to their actual ad campaign.

So yes, you should get yourself a pair because the earbuds that come with Apple products just aren’t well-made. You should be able to get the ClarityHD High Definition In-Ear Headphones on the Monster site for about $49.95.

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