Friday
Jun112010

Incipio Tek-Nical iPad Sleeve

Incipio's Tek-Nical iPad sleeve is a great carrying solution that also provides storage to carry your little power brick, USB sync cable and some more. The Tek-Nical has two open pockets on each side that can also easily store away they carrying handles. I would have liked for those two pockets being able to securely close with velcro at least. The Tek-Nical sleeve looks like it's made out of neoprene but it's not, it has somewhat of a rough texture and feeling to it. The outside material is not very soft but a little stiff. On the inside of the Tek-Nical you will find a nylon lining, and I think a material like microfiber would have been better to use on the inside. The Tek-Nical provides great protection for your iPad with it's cushioning memory foam padding all surrounding your iPad. 

While the Tek-Nical sleeve is thin, it will not be compatible with cases and will only fit a bare iPad which is an issue because most people use cases on their iPad's. The Tek-Nical is currently only available in black with a price tag of $34.99.

Myincipio.com

Thursday
Jun102010

DachaWorks Module iPhone 3GS Case Review

Dacha Works really wanted to make the Module iPhone 3G/S case different from others. While the Module case is supposed to change they way you hold your iPhone and make it more ergonomic, I did not really adapt to it that way. The Module adds some curves to the tempered back of the iPhone and it does add some grip but it does not make it more comfortable or ergonomic. The Module case has a clip-on style and provides very little protection. The Module has a wavy design on the front to supposedly help protect your iPhone's screen and metal bezel, but that is not the case. The wavy pattern is not even raised above the bezel and screen leaving both unprotected.

The back of the Module has a cut-out to give you a better grip, however that also isn't actually helpful other than pushing out your iPhone out of the case itself. Cut-outs on the Module case are perfect because they do not even cover the top and button giving you an easy access and less protection. The Module case is smooth, glossy and also very lightweight. Dacha Works came up with a nice concept but did not deliver a functional protective iPhone case. The Module case is available is four colors, black, pink, white and red. Price $19.95.

Dachaworks.com

Wednesday
Jun092010

Jays v-JAYS On-Ear Headphones Review

v-JAYS by Jays are the most sleekest and most simple headphones I've seen and used by far. The v-JAYS are on-ear headphones and are extremely lightweight and portable. The v-JAYS also fold up by collapsing each side except for the headband making them very portable and usable while traveling. The construction and build quality is very high but there are some small issues.

The foldable design does not click or lock into place, so you are left with two parts that always want fold inwards. However that does not actually affect comfort but it would be nice to have those two ear piece parts click into place. The v-JAYS are extremely comfortable and have very simple but comfortable ear pads that are replaceable. I can see these ear pads not lasting very long though. Each speaker unit has a ball joint that enables them to tilt and conform onto your ears. The audio cord is nice a thick and is also detachable from the middle point of the cord itself. This is a great thing to have if you need to leave you sound source quickly without taking off your headphones. 

The v-JAYS sound really great. The sound quality is amazing and very clear. The v-JAYS pack some nice tight and very noticeable bass. Nothing seems to distort or muffle out any of the sounds which is fantastic. The v-JAYS have fantastic crisp highs and mids as well. The overall sound quality is very "lightweight" with great bass. It's amazing how these thin lightweight headphones produce such great sound. With the v-JAYS, included are extra foam pads. Price $98.

Jays.se

Thursday
Jun032010

V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones Review

The Crossfade LP are V-Moda's newest and first headphones added to their very popular line of in-ear earphones. The Crossfade LP feature V-Moda's unique style of design and they certainly do not disappoint, from outstanding packaging to their exoskeleton hard carrying case. The Crossfade LP feature patent-pending 50mm High-Definition drivers that produce fantastic deep and strong bass without any batteries. The bass is just outstandingly clear and not muddy or overpowering. The sound quality is very clear and warm with deep lows and clear detailed highs. I think V-Moda has made an outstanding pair of headphones that are definitely worth taking a look at. I have listened to many great headphones in the past and the Crossfade LP are one of the best sounding headphones out there. Also, sound will even improve with burn-in time and use.

The Crossfade LP headphones isolate outside noise very well with their memory foam ear cushions and surprisingly leak very little sound making them great to use in public and quiet areas which is a huge plus. The Crossfade LP are over-the-ear headphones and while being very comfortable, after a few hours of using them my ears started to hurt from the ear cups. After looking into the ear cups, I found out that there is no padding for when your ears are inside and touch against the insides of the driver's hard wall except for a thin mesh screen.

The build quality is very solid with lightweight metal accents and steel frame. The headband is very flexible and well padded, it also features memory foam. With the Crossfade LP, provided are two long detachable Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables that are supposedly meant to be very durable however I can see future issues with those cables fraying. The cables are 69" long and may tangle up sometimes but not always. One of the two detachable cables features a three-button remote control and mic that transforms your Crossfade LP's into headsets and lets you control calls, music and even your Mac. The audio jack is 3.5mm gold-plated with a 45 degree angle that is compatible with many devices. 

The Crossfade LP headphones are not foldable but can still be portable when using V-Moda's special and great looking exoskeleton hard carrying case which is somewhat portable depending on your travel. 

V-Moda's Crossfade LP headphones are very attractive in style and sound just as good. The Crossfade LP are available in three different colors that include Gunmetal Black, White Pearl and Phantom Chrome (which is the color used in this review). The Crossfade LP are a little pricy however they are a great alternative if not better to the Beats By Dr. Dre Studio by Monster that need batteries, leak a lot of sound and poorly isolate outside noise. Price $249.99.

V-Moda.com

Tuesday
Jun012010

Vaja Ivolution Top Case for iPad Review

The Ivolution Top is one of Vaja's top cases that they have released. It is made out of smooth leather available in almost every color imaginable. It is handcrafted in Argentina to ensure best quality and fine craftsmanship.  The Ivolution costs $150 USD, but is well worth its value. No leather case is as comfortable in your hands or on your lap as the Ivolution. 

The Ivolution has a back piece that covers and protects the back of the iPad and comes up to the iPad's bezel. Then there is the front piece which attaches onto the front of the iPad to protect the iPad's screen while it is not in use. The front piece is also embellished with Vaja's silver logo, which adds a nice sleek look that  catches the eye. 

The Ivolution is great and seems flawless, but not quite.  The only minor flaw found in the Ivolution is that from being handmade, so it has a snug fit, which can cause some trouble when taking it in and off. Other than when the case is being applied, the Ivolution is the best case imaginable for its job.

Vaja demonstrates true dedication by using only the best leather made by real craftspeople. They have great service and make high quality cases.  But all this takes time, so you must wait 45 days for the made-to-order handicraft process to take place. The wait is well worth it though. And sure, it is expensive, but the leather serves as a luxurious cushion for the more expensive iPad. If you really have the money to spend and want an individual accessory to personalize and protect your iPad, Vaja even offers customization, which allows you to select a color(s), pick a style, add an image, and have your name stitched onto the case. 

The Ivolution crushes competition with its hand-crafted fine leather and protective fit. But with its snug fit, this case may not be for all people though. It may be for more dedicated users who carry their iPad around --  to, from, and at the office or the classroom --  or even for somebody who loves to spend their time reading e-books at the beach or at home. 

Vajacases.com

 

Tuesday
Jun012010

Marware SportShell Convertible For iPad

Marware's new SportShell Convertible for the iPad is a do-it-all case with a few issues. The overall style of the SportShell Convertible is a snap on case that clips onto your iPad leaving your bezel exposed. The biggest issue with it is, it's very hard to get on your iPad and removing it is even harder. By doing so, your iPad had a big chance of getting scratched because of how hard it is to insert and remove your iPad in and out of the SportShell Convertible. Also, there are many sharp corners and edges making it slightly uncomfortable to handle, and on the inside it is not completely smooth. The SportShell Convertible has a grainy plastic texture finish unlike the matte and rubbery iPhone 3GS version.

With all that said, the SportShell Convertible has many useful features like being able to be used as a stand with it's four fold-out hinges that can be set for a low angle typing that angles your iPad upward. Also, you can set a landscape viewing or display angle which gives you a great movie or video viewing position, and of course you can use that angle to display your photos. But there is an issue with this angle being unstable even on a flat surface such as a table. If you slightly touch the screen once it's in the landscape position it could tip over easily. With the SportShell Convertible you get two interchangeable back plates including the standard black cover and one clear cover that can be used to display you iPad's Apple logo and part of it's aluminum body.

The SportShell Convertible also has a removable and comfortable hand strap that helps you grip and secure your iPad when holding it. The SportShell is pretty lightweight and comfortable to hold but it could be a problem installing it on your iPad and even scratch it. Price $59.99.

Marware.com 

Friday
May282010

STM Jacket For iPad

STM's Jacket for the iPad is a very useful carrying bag for the iPad with a sleeve design. The STM Jacket has a very modern look and is very slim even with extra pockets. It's made from a water resistant nylon with a very nice looking white dotted pattern. The STM Jacket perfectly fits the iPad insides it's soft padded interior that opens up using a zipper. If you're using a slim case with your iPad, it will fit very snugly into the STM Jacket. The STM Jacket is very well padded so your iPad will stay safe and secure from bumps and minor drops.

Having a protective bag for your iPad might not be enough for you, so with the STM Jacket you have three extra pockets and come in handy. On the front of the Jacket there is a slip pocket for your iPhone that is lined with soft material. Also, there is a larger pocket with a zipper that can hold your cables, charger and whatever you might need. On the back of the Jacket you will find a slip pocket that's made to hold your documents and even a magazine, preferably a gadget magazine. The STM Jacket is very comfortable to carry around and it even has a very comfortable grab handle. If you choose, the Jacket also comes with a shoulder strap that's detachable. With all these options, the STM Jacket still manages to stay very slim and lightweight making it one of the best carrying bags for the iPad. Price $24.95.

Stmbags.com

Tuesday
May252010

Etymotic HF5 In-Ear Earphones Review

Etymotic's HF5, are one of the most popular in-ear earphones in the audiophile world. The HF5 are exactly like the Etymotic HF2 model, except the HF5 do not have a headset feature. The Etymotic HF5 are one of the best sound-isolaters I have ever tried, and this is all thanks to the outstanding ear tips Etymotic provides. So if you are looking so a good pair of earphones that sound fantastic and block almost all outside noise, the HF5/HF2 are for you. Full review after the break.

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