Ultimate Ears has recently introduced a bold new portable wireless speaker to replace its cheeky little $100 UE Mini Boom that is supposedly the company's "most adventure-seeking speaker yet". The UE Roll as it's called is a small, spherically-shaped and ultra-compact portable Bluetooth speaker that blasts beats in a full 360-degrees and is designed to be used in all sorts of tasking environments thanks to its durable, shock/drop-resistant and IPX7-rated waterproof construction – including its ability to attach onto almost anything using a built-in marine-grade bungee cord feature. In other words this is a miniature UE Boom waiting to be tossed around and played with. The UE Roll borrows a lot from its larger and more expensive brother – the UE Boom, but the question is how does it stack up in the real world? More importantly, is the UE Roll an improved UE Mini Boom successor at $100? Let's find out!Read More
You could always pick up a well designed external backup battery from a well known brand at some ridiculous cost, which in most cases barely has enough of a capacity to keep up with all of your gadget charging needs. Or you can take a seemingly riskier bet on an unknown external battery that offers ten times the capacity of a popular brand name battery, but at more than half the price. It'll always seem to good to be true, and in some cases it is. We're always up for testing out faster, better, higher capacity portable external batteries and this one in particular turned out to be a solid winner.
So that's why we've been hard at work testing out Intocircuit's new 2nd Gen Power Castle backup battery pack and all of its promising advertised charging prowess. It's a 15,000mAh external battery bank with dual USB charging ports that can simultaneously deliver 2.4A of charging power for quick charging of pretty much anything that charges over USB. Intriguing consider most other similarly sized batteries will only have one high-speed USB charging output while the other will only deliver a measly 1A of power. More on the Power Castle's charging performance in our in-depth review after the jump!Read More
Master & Dynamic makes some of the most amazing high-end headphones money can buy at under $400. We were very impressed with the amount of quality and attention to detail when we tested the company's flagship MH40 over-ear headphones, which are fairly large but immensely comfortable to wear. And for those looking for something a little more portable to use while out and about, we have finally gotten our hands on Master & Dynamic's MH30.
These are the company's smaller and lighter on-ear model that boasts just as much refinement and quality as the larger and slightly more expensive MH40 - like a solidly built forged aluminum frame with beautifully designed details, detachable woven audio cables with built-in audio controls, a durable cowhide leather covered headband and detachable memory foam ear pads covered in supple lambskin leather. Unlike the MH40, the MH30's portable design allows them to be folded for more convenient carry. And while the MH30 are made using the same premium materials and general design aesthetics as Master & Dynamic's MH40, on the inside, the MH30 in fact have smaller 40mm Neodymium drivers versus the 45mm drivers found in the MH40. So you're thinking about a pair of Master & Dynamics and still need help deciding which one to get? We've made it easy for you.Read More
Are you ready to take your Apple Watch game up another notch? Because if you are, this is what you need. This is the Epik for the 42mm Apple Watch - it's the most epic of all Apple Watch cases and and third party bands combined. Or so it looks that way. The company that started the whole iWatch phenomenon with its wrist wearable accessory for the iPod nano is back with another conversion kit made for none other than the Apple Watch. The Epik is the rugged and tough case and strap Apple never made for the Apple Watch. Designed to take a rough beating and still look awesome, Lunatik’s Epik will transform your Apple Watch into a 50mm+ wearable beast. Because why not? While Lunatik is taking its time Kickstarting it’s more premiumly made, solid aluminum variant of the Epik, this arguably more affordable model is the cheaper polycarbonate equivalent of the Epik conversion kit for the 42mm Apple Watch that’s available right now for $70.
The Epik features a padded shock-absorbing interior lining for maximum impact protection, covered microphone and speaker ports for added durability, as well as a specially designed enlarged Digital Crown and side button so that you’ll still be able to use every little feature on your Apple Watch through all that toughness; including of course the heart rate monitoring sensors and magnetic charging. If you were thinking about picking one of these up for your Apple Watch, you might want to check out our full review first.Read More
Haven't you heard? Apple has a new wearable out and it requires your care and protection. Naturally this means a bevy of exciting new accessories, much like how the original iPhone opened up the world's most profitable mobile accessory industry of our time. The Apple Watch is a shiny new gadget, and apparently one that arguably needs to be covered with a case. It's not like you're going to drop your Apple Watch like you easily could an iPhone, but chances are good enough that you will bump it into things and that might end badly for your first Apple-made wearable. So companies are jumping on the case making bandwagon now that the Apple Watch is up for grabs, arguably the most popular smartwatch on the market.
Spigen is one of the very first and notable accessory maker to take a shot at selling cases for the Apple Watch. Spigen is bringing all of its fan-favorites from the smartphone category to the Apple Watch with popular names such as the Tough Armor, Rugged Armor, Slim Armor, Thin Fit and Liquid Crystal. Sadly, the Spigen's Neo Hybrid has yet to make itself available for the Apple Watch. The good news? We've used and tested every single one of these cases for the Apple Watch so you won't have to be a beta tester yourself. Be sure to catch our full review and comparison of Spigen's entire Apple Watch case lineup after the break!Read More
Apple is unforgivably late to the accessory game with its new iPhone Lightning Dock it only just recently released...yet again. There are plenty of really great options available from third parties, however, none are quite as minimalist as Apple official offering. Low in profile and as compact as a functional dock can get, Apple's iPhone Lightning Dock is an upright iPhone charger equipped with a very useful audio line-out port and made from the all too familiar sleek white plastic as every other dock that came before it, only it's more versatile than ever before. Well, not exactly as versatile as some other third party alternatives.
The iPhone Lightning Dock is a universal iPhone dock that supports any iPhone or iPod touch with a Lightning connector. It's also the first dock Apple has introduced that plays nicely with protective cases and skins. It stands to reason that many hardcore Apple fans will prefer the Apple-made Lightning dock for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but is it truly worth forking over $39 when you can get great docks like the Twelve South's HiRise or the Fuz EverDock with support for the iPhone and iPad?Read More
Charging your Apple Watch every night is not as jarring as charging an iPhone or an iPad thanks to that new magnetic connector, which makes everyday charging just a little easier. But if that's not enough and you want to take charging to the next level, you can get a permanent charging solution to help make charging your Apple Watch more confident than ever before. Meet the S330 from Spigen - a charging dock that's also a stand made from a single, seamless piece of Apple-grade aluminum. The S330 is one of the more inexpensive charging docks made for the Apple Watch – yes, even cheaper than the NightStand by Elevation Lab – that doesn't skimp on quality or functionality, and it's even quite good looking too. Spigen's S330 even made it onto our list for the top best Apple Watch docks, and here's our up close and personal detailed review of itRead More
Master & Dynamic for those of you who may still find the name unfamiliar is a new up-and-coming company offering really unique, high-end headphones to shrewd audio enthusiast around the world. This obscure company set its sights way up high on notable names such as Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen with its ambitious plan to engineer insanely good, natural sounding headphones – masterfully crafted from posh materials and designed to (hopefully) last decades. Although the company has two different, thoughtfully designed in-ear offerings and a pair of on-ear headphones geared for portability, today we're going to be taking a close look at the MH40 – Master & Dynamic's flagship over-ear headphones that were inspired by greatness. If you're hungry for tremendously special over-ear headphones and don't mind spending as much as $400 to own a pair of your own, you won't want to miss our in-depth review of the MH40 including Master & Dynamic's minimalist Headphone Stand down below!Read More
Portable speakers let us enjoy our music wirelessly at home and on the go. And with the smaller, more powerful and longer lasting models offered recently, it's no wonder everyone wants one. Back when Ultimate Ears introduced the UE Boom more than a year ago – the cylindrically-shaped $200 speaker most known for its durable svelte design and immersive 360-degree sound, the company really impressed us with its advanced portable speaker design. So much so that it was worthy of our Editors' Choice Award. The only thing that held us back from giving the UE Boom the highest score possible was that it didn't quite have enough bass under the hood. Despite that, the UE Boom was considered as one of the best portable speakers at $200. But since then many companies like JBL released drastically improved offerings that surpassed the UE Boom's once firm reign over the portable speaker market.
Fast forward to present day, Ultimate Ears used its legendary portable speaker design chops to craft the UE Megaboom, the step-up speaker for people who loved the UE Boom but wished it offered more oomph in the bass department. Its a strikingly familiar looking portable sound producing gadget that promises to deliver ridiculously amazing 360-degree worth of sound with deep bass and magical unicorns thrown into the mix. Okay, maybe the latter isn't true. But everything else is. Or so Ultimate Ears claims. So let's get to it, our full and in-depth review is waiting for you after the break!Read More
It's not a secrete by now, we absolutely love Magpul's smartphone and tablet cases. The company just dropped off their long-awaited Field Case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so naturally were super excited to get the opportunity to use it on Apple's slimmest iPhone ever. And if you were expecting something different this time around, more unique looking than the previous Field Case for the iPhone 5s, then preper for another round of repetition. Remarkably, Magpul has not changed the design of its Field Case since the days of the iPhone 3G. The tactical firearm accessory manufacturer is sticking to its iconic PMAG-inspired ribbed rifle magazine styling it created years ago – and we're fine with that. Because it's a design that actually serves a real purpose, and that is grip. The Field Case, which amazingly is still being made in the U.S.A, is one of the few protective iPhone cases on the market that truly focuses on providing the user with the best possible grip without any special coatings and unergonomic shapes. Magpul's Field Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is of course slimmer than ever before, yet familiar in all the best ways. Look for our full review after the jump! Or just click that buy button now to save time because this case is straigt up brilliant.Read More