Friday
Jan232015

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom Review

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!

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Friday
Jan162015

Magpul Field Case for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Review

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.

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Thursday
Jan082015

Shumuri SLIM Ultra-Thin iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Case Review

Ultra-slim cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are an increasingly popular option for those looking to add a basic layer of protection to their device without really changing its appearance and super sleek and slim form factor. We recently reviewed one of these so called ultra-thin cases called the Slight by Desmay, and found it to be a surprisingly great case for the right type of person. Shumuri's SLIM and Slim Extra cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look and feel just like Desmay's Slight case apart from a few minor differences, also bill themselves as extraordinarily slim and semi-translucent cases at just 0.35mm in thickness, featuring 360-degrees worth of scratch protection with an anti-scratch matte finish. And although the SLIM and Slight both have a lot in common as far as protection and minimalist design, Shumuri's SLIM and Slim Extra cases do in fact have a few little details that make them a more appealing alternative. Be sure to catch our full, in-depth review down below!

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Wednesday
Dec312014

Alpine Over-Ear Headphones Review

Many of you may know them by their top of the line in-car audio and Apple CarPlay-supported navigation systems, but Alpine is now starting its journey into the personal audio gear realm with the Alpine over-ear headphones. It's the company's first ever pair of headphones with an aggressive plan to outshine all other headphones in the higher-end category with unique proprietary technology and a distinct design. Starting with Alpine's "feel your music" slogan for its headphones. Powered by a set of built-in amplifiers, digital signal processing and Alpine's TKR3 Full Frequency Immersion technology, the high-performance 40mm drivers are engineered to deliver deep and powerful immersive audio quality that you can feel reverberating throughout your head. The selling point in Alpine's TKR3 technology is that the Alpine headphones are capable of producing very rich low frequencies without damaging your ears or sacrificing detail. Bundle that in with the Alpine's posh styling and you've got yourself a seriously attractive pair of headphones. We spent a fair amount of time with these, so be sure to jump below for our full and in-depth review to find out if they're worth your $300 investment!

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Thursday
Dec112014

Desmay Slight Ultra-Thin Case for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Review

If you took the time to check out our recent Gadgetmac Guide featuring some of the best ultra-thin cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, then you would already know by now that Desmay is one of those brands that has one of the best, insanely thin cases around. This is the Slight case from Desmay – a case so thin and inconspicuous that you can barely tell it's even there. At just 0.35mm-thick, the Slight is one of the slimmest and most complementing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases...in the world. Like the naked feel of holding onto your iPhone yet you can't risk putting a scratch on that sleek aluminum body? Want to know a little more about what it's like to actually use this unbelievably thin case on an iPhone 6 or the much larger iPhone 6 Plus? Well in that case (just having pun), be sure to check out our in-depth review down below!

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Wednesday
Nov262014

Bose SoundLink Color Review

Bose is back with its second highly portable wireless Bluetooth speaker called the SoundLink Color. Not to be confused with the more premium aluminum-made SoundLink Mini, this isn't quite yet the successor to one of the greatest portable speakers ever made, but instead a more affordably priced and colorful addition to Bose's growing lineup of wireless speakers. Offered in white, black and three other vibrant colors to match your style, the SoundLink Color has a compact form factor and boasts a quirky new original design we haven't yet seen before, and up to 8 hours of battery life. Like the SoundLink Mini, the new SoundLink Color features dual passive bass radiators and dual dynamic drivers that Bose claims produce clear, full-range balanced audio. As always, we're going to put it to the test to see how the SoundLink Color compares to its more expensive metallic brother as well as a few other noteworthy portable Bluetooth speakers. Our full and in-depth review can be found waiting for you just below this bit of text.

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Monday
Nov172014

Nocs NS500 Aluminum In-Ear Headphones Review

In the market for a new pair of in-ear headphones under $100? Nocs has got you covered with its most recent offering – the NS500 Aluminum. Let's face it, if you're an iPhone user you probably still haven't taken your EarPods out of the packaging and that's perfectly understandable. The EarPods have an outstanding microphone and audio clarity, but they also lack isolation, and therefore bass. Almost any third party alternative is going to offer you better overall sound quality and a more secure in-ear fit. Over the years Nocs has consistently amazed us with its in-ear headphones, most notably the dual dynamic driver-equipped NS600 Crush model that we reviewed a couple of years ago. Unlike the NS600 Crush, the newer NS500 Aluminum feature a solid build made entirely out of CNC-machined lightweight aluminum that has been given an Apple-esque quality finish complete with a jewelry-like chamfer-cut highlight that literally begs to be paired up with an iPhone or iPad.

The NS500's titanium-coated diaphragm 8mm dynamic drivers claim to deliver the listener with an "amazing sonic experience that offers impeccable balance, rich detail and a deep bass". A flat tangle-free Kevlar reinforced cable features Nocs' slim and lightweight, Apple iDevice-compatible 3-button remote with MEMS microphone for headset use and music playback control. Don't fret though, there's also an Android-supported version of the NS500 available as well. Be sure to catch the full and in-depth review to find out if Nocs' impressively made NS500 Aluminum sound as phenomenal as they are stunningly beautiful.

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Saturday
Nov012014

Elevation Lab Anchor Under-Desk Headphone Mount Review

Ever thought about treating yourself to a headphone stand? You know, one of those platforms with a tall hanger attached to a space-wasting base that you place on your desk to proudly show off and hang your headphones on when you're not using them. But if you care more about saving valuable desk space and less about displaying your on-ear or over-ear cans, there's an even better way of doing just that. The Anchor by Elevation Lab, the same company that brought you the hugely popular aluminum-made Elevation Dock for iPhone and recently the Elevation Stand for iMac, is a new under-desk headphone hanger that essentially mounts your headphones underneath your desk or any table for that matter. Unlike traditional headphone stands, the Anchor is purposely designed to put an end to headphone clutter in that it will hide your headphones away from plain sight, yet within a convenient arms reach all while freeing up more valuable workspace. Needless to say it's every headphone user's ideal desk accessory. Be sure to catch our full review on the Anchor down under!

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