Monday
Oct272014

The Best Ultra-Thin iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Cases Guide

For this edition of the Gadgetmac Guide we've rounded up a very particular set of minimalist cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Cases that that are so thin and slim you won't even noticed you're using protection. We're talking about the elusive ultra-thin class of impossibly slim cases that aren't made to offer drop protection, but are designed to make it feel like you're holding onto the bare naked body of your seamlessly rounded iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. At only under 0.4mm, all these cases have got left to offer is light protection against scratches, nicks and small dents that can be caused from normal everyday use. The goal in using such a thin case is to add a nearly indiscernible layer of lightweight protection that will not interfere with the original design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Because no one really wants to make a big iPhone, especially the iPhone 6 Plus, even bigger. While there are plenty of slim cases on offer, we are only going to be featuring the slimmest there are at 0.4mm, all the way down to just 0.35mm thick. How slim is that exactly? To put things into prospective – as thin as an eggshell. These cases are so slim that even the back-facing camera on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will still protrude above the flat surface of the case.

The tradeoff of course is that these ultra-thin and slim cases aren't going to provide any screen protection like an ordinary case with a lip surrounding the glass, which fortunately means that you'll be able to slide your finger off that perfectly rounded glass edge. And what iPhone 6 and 6 Plus user is going to argue with that. It's also worth mentioning that every single one of these cases is compatible with tempered glass screen protectors in case you'd like to protect the front side of your device and not only the back, sides and edges. So if you're someone that's looking for a case to keep all of that super slim all-aluminum unibody construction in mint, out-of-the-box condition without adding a single ounce of bulk, this guide is for you. These are some of the best thinnest, skin-tight cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the full list is right down below!

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Tuesday
Oct212014

JBL Charge 2 Portable Wireless Speaker Review

JBL recently updated one of its most sought-after portable speakers with the second generation Charge 2 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker. If you thought the original award-winning Charge speaker sounded good, wait until you hear the Charge 2 in action. It has been outfitted with larger, better dual 45mm drivers and a pair of passive side-firing radiators for that much needed special delivery of bassy low-end goodness to liven up your music experience. With the addition of improved internal hardware, the Charge 2 has been redesigned to look sleeker than its predecessor with a more contemporary design along with a more polished build quality. JBL's Charge 2 still features the same useful added features like the ability to charge external portable devices while you're on the move, and make hands-free speakerphone calls thanks to a built-in microphone with noise and echo-cancelling technology. The Charge 2 sounds like a worthy successor, but is that enough to compete with today's leading portable Bluetooth speakers? Let's find out!

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Thursday
Oct092014

Mod-3 Radius iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Aluminum Case Review

It's that time of the year where we get the opportunity to review and show you guys one of the most unique cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...in the world. The Radius by Mod-3 has been around since the introduction of the iPhone 5, and it is now again without a doubt the strangest, most interestingly designed iPhone 6 case you can get your hands on right now. That's because it's not really a case per say, but rather an exoskeleton frame that when installed, protects all four corners of the iPhone, including protecting its front glass and the back from damage much like an ordinary case. Talk about a unique concept for an aluminum iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case. If you're looking for something different than what everyone is currently using to protect your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you should take a look at our full and in-depth review after the break!

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Spigen Tough Armor & Slim Armor iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Cases Review

We've recently looked at what Apple had to offer with its minimalist Silicone Case, and now it's time for us to step things into third party gear with some Spigen case goodness for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In particular, Spigen's toughest series of cases – the hugely popular Tough Armor and Slim Armor series of sensibly priced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases. If you're looking for a drop protective case, this insightful review will hopefully make your buying decision easier than ever. So what are you waiting for, the full review is waiting for your after the break!

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Friday
Sep262014

Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Silicone Case Review

Apple's next-generation line of larger than life iPhones have hit the market by storm. And our job is to test the latest and greatest in iPhone protection. It isn't easy picking a case for the hottest smartphone on the market when there's a overwhelming selection of cases to choose from. And if you want to play it safe, considering one of the official Apple-made cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is generally the easiest decision you can make when looking to protect your investment. Instead of releasing one case as it has for the iPhone 5s, this year Apple has released two cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: one made from genuine leather and the other from a less premium silicone material. Both options mirror last year's iPhone 5s Leather Case design, albeit precision made to fit in with Apple's new rounder design trend of the iPhone 6. Naturally we were more interested in checking out Apple's new Silicone Case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which should appeal to a lot more users than Apple's more expensive leather variant. The question is should you encase your slick, bigger and better iPhone in one of Apple's silicone cases? You can catch our full, in-depth review down below to find out.

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Saturday
Sep202014

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Review

Let's face one of life's unavoidable chores...cleaning. More specifically, vacuuming. Yes that's right, the 'v' word. Unless you're someone that's extraordinarily wealthy or you have nothing but hardwood/tile flooring, you frequently vacuum like the rest of us. And if you're anything like me, you too hate that mile-long cable that gets in your way during an already miserable time, which suffice it to say you'd rather be spending doing something else. And if that wasn't enough (cue first world problems), your vacuum lacks the required suction power to pick up that freshly ground espresso you've accidentally dropped all over that floor. Are you tired of inadvertently exercising your arm when vacuuming? Worry not, Dyson's lightweight and very much cord-free digital vacuum stick wants to make your life more tolerable with its long battery life and incredibly powerful sucking power. 

The DC59 Motorhead is Dyson’s latest flagship cordless vacuum that bills itself as the most powerful and versatile handheld cordless stick-style vacuum on the market. Dyson even says it will out-perform some of the best selling full-sized corded upright vacuum cleaners. It all sounds very impressive on paper and it certainly looks stunning by design, but how will the DC59 Motorhead fare under our control? If you’re all about looking into the latest in advanced home gadgetry, you won’t want to miss out on our Dyson action down below!

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Sunday
Sep142014

Sony SRS-X3 Portable Wireless Speaker Review

The thing about portable speakers is that while they make listening to music super conveniant and more social in a mobile lifestlye, most of the ones that you can actually carry around with you willingily aren't capable of providing a that low-end bass you otherwise hear when listening to a large speaker setup, which typically means you can't fit that kind of audio gear into your backpack or move it around as effortlessly as a more compact portable speaker like the $150 JBL Charge 2 and many others. We do know of one such device capable of delivering a convincing amount of bass while still being an extremely easy to carry wireless speaker, and that's the Bose SoundLink Mini. It wasn't until recently that we had trouble finding a portable speaker that was as small as the SoundLink Mini and that could also match its outstanding level of audio richness.

We're talking of course about Sony's SRS-X3. As of today, we think that it's Sony's best sounding portable Bluetooth speaker you can buy that's as moderately sized as many other highly popular and noteworthy alternatives such as the UE Boom, JBL Charge 2 and the Bose SoundLink Mini itself. Sony is clearly taking a jab at Bose with its similarly specced and more competitively priced SRS-X3 speaker. Can Sony's $150 SRS-X3 beat the more expensive $200 SoundLink Mini at its own game? Find out which of these can drop a more satisfying bass punch in our full review and comparison down below!

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Thursday
Sep042014

Solarade Portable USB Solar Charger Review

Out of all the Kickstarter products that were recently introduced into the consumer market, the Solarade has got to be our favorite new gadget that sadly didn't receive the recognition it deserved. Designed by a small independent design studio and manufactured in Korea using U.S-made components, the Solarade bills itself as the world's smallest solar charger that is capable of charging virtually any USB-powered device out at a remote location as fast as you can charge at home. It's the slimmest, most lightweight and minimally designed solar panel charger we've seen so far that's as functional as that white USB power adapter you use to charge your iPhone with.

And yes, if you can't live without your technology outdoors you can use the Solarade to individually charge your tablet, your phone, camera, flashlight and pretty much anything else that can be charged over a USB connection. That's because the Solarade claims that it's the most compact portable solar panel charger on the market that's capable of delivering true 1A (5V) output current through its USB charging port using a powerfully efficient 5Watt solar panel. Meaning it's as quick of a natural energy source charger as a typical USB wall charger, and that is without a doubt an impressive feature to have when it comes to portable solar energy. More solar charging goodness awaits you in the full review down below.

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