Wednesday
Jul142010

Rockford Fosgate Punch Plugs w/Mic & Button Control 

Audio for Rockford Fosgate isn't something new, they are the pros of audio sound systems mainly for cars. And now they have produced the Punch Plugs in-ear earphones. Iv'e had great expectations from these and they definitely did not disappoint. I have received the newest model of Punch Plugs that include an inline mic with control buttons to control your music and calls. The Punch Plugs deliver outstanding bass performance that will make you not want to stop listening to your music. The bass is very clear and solid, very similar to what you will find on the Monster Beats Studios by Dr. Dre headphones. So all of you who just can't get enough of great bass, I would highly recommend the Punch Plugs for you. The overall sound quality is very warm and clear sounding, no distortion or muffled sound to be found. Inside are 15mm dynamic drivers.

The Punch Plugs really let you enjoy your music, whether you are listening to some great heavy bass songs or vocal and acoustic songs. They really do a great job with sound quality. Now how is the build quality? The only con I see with the Punch Plugs is their flat tangle-free cord. Yes the cord does a great job at not getting tangled however it's too thin and flimsy. It would be better to make it a little thicker to add more strength to it. The housing of the Punch Plugs are made out of strong plastic and are very solid. 

Sound isolation is great once you find your perfect silicone ear tip. The silicone tips that come with the Punch plugs block out a good amount of outside noise, also sound leakage is at zero which is a great thing. The Punch Plugs are very comfortable even for long hours, you just forget they are even in your ears. The Punch Plugs will not sit flush in your ear but stick out some bit, so this might be an issue for you if you plan to lay in bend listening to some music. With the Punch Plugs provided is a nice compact semi-hard carry case with silicone tips. Price $129.99 and $99.99 for the non-headset model.

RockfordFosgate.com

Saturday
Jul102010

iBallz For iPad

These balls are not something you see everyday that's for sure, the iBallz for iPad consist of four balls that are made from a very firm foam like material with a rubber cord connecting them all. What iBallz actually are supposed to do is protect your iPad from drops and spills, but there are big issues with these balls it turns out. First I will talk about how they actually work with your iPad. The iBallz slip onto each corner of your iPad and in order to keep them on you need to pull tightly (but not too tight) on the rubber cord and secure it. Once the iBallz are installed on the iPad, they will securely stay in place and you could even grab your iPad only by the rubber cord if you wish. You can use this rubber cord when you play game and you might find it pretty comfortable but it does need getting used too. Also, when the iBallz are installed on the iPad, you are able to lay it on a flat surface on both sides with having your iPad actually touching the surface, this is nice is you spill your drink on the same surface. A nice and quick feature that iBallz let's you do is position one ball out of the four right near the edge of your iPad's back in order to give your some tilt for a better hands free viewing angle or even typing. This works both in landscape and portrait positions, however there are some cons to this.

Now like I said earlier in the review, there are issues with the iBallz's functions. When you want to start typing, the two button balls will always interfere with your hands and you will then find typing isn't an option anymore. You will also find yourself looking for your headphone jack and that's because the iBallz fully cover the headphone jack port as well as the power/sleep button, you will have to remove a certain ball to use it, which isn't useful at all. Another thing that will really irritate you is the actual rubber cord the goes along the side of your iPad and it will make it uncomfortable to actually hold you iPad and use it's functions, and not to mention the excess cord with the secure button that just dangles to the side. 

So how do the iBallz really protect the iPad against drops? Well I'm certinally am not going to test that out for myself because my common sense tells me I shouldn't. But than again I would rather have iBallz on my falling iPad than no balls at all. iBallz are currently available in black, blue and gray. Price $19.95.

iBallz.info

Thursday
Jul082010

Noreve Tradition Leather Case For iPad

Noreve's Tradition iPad case is fully made out of leather of your choice of texture and color. The Tradition case has a folio style design that has some functions to let you use your iPad in both landscape and portrait positions. Once you slide in your ipad from the top into the tradition, you will notice that you iPad is fully usable and uncovered. When inserting the iPad into the Tradition case, you will get a very tight fit that is very secure so your iPad will stay safely in the case without you wanting it to come out. The overall design of the case is very simple and without any writing of logos except a very little badge on the front bottom corner which is a nice touch. The finishes on the outside of the Tradition case will vary depending on your choice, you have the choice between various finishes of leather and textures. On the inside there is a nice embossed texture of Noreve writings on the surface where the iPad slides into the case. Also, this part is lightly cushioned to help protect your iPad's back side. Surprisingly the Tradition case has a slim form factor and keeps a low slim profile.

Protection: The Tradition case is a great protective folio case all around. When your iPad is inside the case it's protected from front to back. The front side is of course protected once you close the flap over the iPad. The Tradition is lightly stuffed with padding. The Tradition fully covers and does not expose your iPad when fully closed. I still cannot say that you can drop your iPad with this case on and hope for the best however, it will give you great protection considering it's a folio style case that fully protects the glass screen once closed. 

Functionality: The Tradition case offers some great useful functions, however I found that only one single function actually works correctly. The landscape function works the best and is very stable when type and touching the screen. This is done by flipping out the stand that is located at the back of the case that is held in place by two small clips. The landscape angle cannot be adjusted but it is set in a perfect viewing angle and stays very stable on flat surfaces and works very well. With that same stand you are able to set your iPad in a portrait position but because the stand does not click into place or securely latches it will eventually fold back if you touch your iPad's screen a few times. Also, the Tradition's flap will have to stay opened to the side and it will be in your way of work. Another function you can use is for typing in lanscape by flipping over the front flap and setting your iPad on a flat surface to start typing at a low angle. All your ports and buttons are always accessible even when the Tradition case is fully closed with a magnetic closure.

The Tradition case also has four slots on the inside of the flap for business cards, credit cards and also slip pockets for small documents. I would not recommend using credit card and such because once you decide to open up the flap, your card will be exposed. I would recommend the Noreve Tradition B for more security or even the Noreve Sleeve if you don't plan on using those slots and pockets. The Tradition is available in various colors and leather textures. Price $81.

Noreve.com

Monday
Jul052010

Quirky Beamer Case For iPhone 3G/S

Feeling left out since the new iPhone 4 now has built in LED flash? Well you can now get a little closer to enjoy the experience of the iPhone 4's LED flash with the Beamer case by Quirky. The Beamer case is a slider style case with a built-in LED flash that is so blinding bright, it's not even funny. The Beamer case has a very nice soft touch finish with a matte texture that also gives you a great grip. There are some downsides to this case, starting with the big side button that is used to turn on the LED flash. This button is very big and positioned right where you hold the case in your hand, making it very uncomfortable to hold. The button sticks out and is very noticeable. To turn on the LED flash, you just click the button and the LED flash will turn on for 4 seconds and then will turn off by itself. You cannot turn the LED flash off, so you will always have to wait 4 seconds until it turns itself off, which is very limiting. So basically this LED flash can be used as a flashlight as well and does a fantastic job at it. 

The Beamer case is nicely made and feels very sturdy. You have full access to your ports and buttons. The Beamer's LED flash is powered by two coin type batteries that are located inside the case and are user replaceable. The Beamer case does add bulk to your iPhone because of the built-in LED flash and batteries, but it does not add any weight and using it with your iPhone on an every day basis could get a little uncomfortable to some because of the button on the side. Because of the 4 seconds that the LED with stay on, using it as a flash isn't really going to work and instead it will act as just a very bright light. The Beamer is available is both black and purple. Price $38.

Quirky.com

Tuesday
Jun292010

iSkin Duo Case For iPad

The iSkin Duo case for the iPad is a beautifully looking high quality silicone case. The first thing you notice once you put on the Duo on your iPad is the color combination that flows so beautifully with the iPad's design. The Duo has a black front frame which fully covers the iPad's black bezel and also adds outstanding finger grip thanks to the attracting circled pattern design. The Duo also has a micro texture pattern on the back for even more grip and traction on both sides, and all this actually works to give you a good grip of your iPad. The Duo is a very slim a non bulky silicone case. Although the Duo protects your iPad all around, you might still want to look out for dropping your iPad on the ground. 

The Duo is a very unique case that is also dockable and made to work with both Apple's iPad Dock and Keyboard Dock. We all want to protect our iPad's and use a case that we don't have to take off in order to dock, and iSkin has hit it big with the Duo. All the cutouts on the Duo are cut perfectly while the power/sleep and volume bottons are covered and stay super responsive. Also, a nice little feature you will notice is that the Duo has an integrated port cover for the headphone jack which protects from dust and other particles from entering the port while it's not in use. The Duo does attract lint but very little and on most of the colors that the Duo comes in, it's almost unnoticeable.

The iSkin Duo for the iPad is really one of the best silicone cases on the market with very high quality materials and design. The only small downside to it would be a price, but I believe that once you do purchase the Duo case, you will no longer need another. The Duo is available in seven different vibrant colors. Price $49.99.

iSkin.com

Friday
Jun252010

iAngle Stand For iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4

The iAngle is a mobile stand for the iPhone 3G/S and it also works with the iPhone 4. iAngle keeps your Apple earphones neatly stored and also acts as a mobile stand to watch videos or use your iPhone as a digital clock. iAngle is made out of tough rubber and will allow your iPhone to be used in both landscape and portrait modes, however in the portrait position, your iPhone will not be as stable and can easily tip over with one touch. Using the iAngle with the iPhone in landscape mode is very useful and stable. The viewing angle cannot be adjusted but it's still perfect. The iAngle is very portable and provides two functions for a nice price. iAngle is available in both black and white colors. Price $9.99.

iAngle.net

Monday
Jun212010

Twelve South BookArc Stand & Dock For iPad

The BookArc by Twelve South is yet another incredible piece of accessory made for an Apple product, this time it's the iPad. The BookArc is made out of anodized solid heavy steel and aluminum that easily goes along with your other Apple products and of course the iPad. Not only does the BookArc look great but it also works very well. The BookArc is a stand for the iPad and can also be used as a dock. There are two soft silicone inserts, one is designed to work with your iPad without a case on, and the other is designed to work with most slim cases. The insert that will hold your iPad without a case will allow you to position your iPad in both vertical and horizontal positions while keeping your iPad in an upright angle. You can also position your iPad in a slightly tilted position. 

The second insert that allow you to use your iPad with most slim cases including the Belkin Vue Grip, will only allow you to position your iPad upright in both vertical and horizontal positions. The BookArc is very sturdy and securely holds your iPad in place. While touching and pressing on the iPad's screen, you will notice that is sits in place and will not tip over like Apple's iPad Dock. The BookArc has rubber feet that work great on any surface and will provide great traction. After using the BookArc for a while, I realized that it's the best stand and dock available for the iPad. It's a great alternative to the Apple iPad Dock and it works great, whether you want to dock your iPad neatly on your desk or pair an Apple Wireless Keyboard and work with your favorite typing app, the BookArc is just a beautiful and well designed stand for the iPad. The BookArc is also available for any Macbook. Price $39.99.

TwelveSouth.com

Friday
Jun182010

Neat NeatReceipts For Mac

NeatReceipts for Mac by Neat is a very portable scanner for receipts, documents and business cards. NeatReceipts comes with software that organizes your scans and picks up information on receipts like types of services and vendors, dates, prices and more. This also works the same way with business card. NeatReceipts works very well with scanning receipts and saving them on your computer with the supplied NeatWorks software, however the software itself does need some work. The scans at first don't some out very well at all, you must calibrate the scanner with the supplied tools and tweak the settings inside the NeatWorks software. After that's done, the scan quality improves much more (see sample in the video). 

NeatReceipts scans quietly and quick for a mobile scanner. I would not recommend getting this scanner mainly for documents as the quality is not great. You can scan documents directly to a PDF format with a single push of a button, which is very useful. NeatReceipts connects via USB and does not require any power source other than the USB connection. The design is very sleek and slim with a white glossy finish. The build quality of the NeatReceipts is very solid and built well. On the bottom, you will find rubber feet that provide great surface traction. NeatReceipts only has two buttons on the front, one to scan and one to scan directly to a PDF format. In the box you will the NeatReceipts, a travel bag, NeatWorks for Mac software, calibration tools and documentations. Price $199.99.

Neatco.com 

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