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April 20, 2016 • Reviews

V-MODA ZN In-Ear Limited Edition Headphones Serve Up Audiophile Quality Sound On the Go

The V-MODA ZN In-Ear Headphones offer luxurious materials, deliver top acoustics engineering, embody military-level durability, and are remarkably comfortable. In short, these $180 in-ear monitors are among the best I have tried. They look amazing and sound even better. They are the only in-ear headphones you need. Bottom line…I love them and they have become …

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April 12, 2016 • Reviews

Monowear Bands Dress Up Your Apple Watch!

At their last event Apple introduced the iPhone SE, the 9.7″ iPad Pro and…new overpriced bands for the Apple Watch. Let’s face it, the Apple Watch is pretty great and being able to customize it with swappable bands is nice. Still, Apple overcharges for their spare bands. (I know! How shocking?!) That’s where Monowear comes …

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April 7, 2016 • Reviews

Phiaton BT 460 Let You Cut the Cord and Keep the Sound

We recently took a look at the latest in-ear headphones from Phiaton. While not a familiar brand to most, the company produces great audio products and deserves a look. Case in point: the Phiaton BT 460 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. Comfortable and great sounding, they have an MSRP of $249 but can be had at Amazon …

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April 6, 2016 • Reviews

Phiaton MS 300 BA Hybrid Earphones Offer Great Sound at a Good Price

Phiaton isn’t a brand name when it comes to audio products. (It isn’t a brand name for any products actually.) It should be. Their headphones have consistently impressed me and their new Phiaton MS 300 BA Hybrid Earphones are no exception. They look good. They are comfortable. They sound good. And you can get them …

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Moshi IonBank 10K Has Style, Features and a Huge Battery

We have the chance to review a lot of external batteries on the site. For one to stand out these days it has to have an amazing industrial design, special features or a shockingly low price. The Moshi IonBank 10K has great industrial design and numerous special features. It’s just under $100 but, hey, two …

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Waterfield Staad Attaché

Yes, Waterfield, one of my favorite bag and case companies, has done it again. The Waterfield Staad Attaché takes its cues from the Staad Backpack Judie and I reviewed some time back and brings its amazing design features to an attaché case that is small and easy to carry but large enough for your iPad …

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March 29, 2016 • News

ZAGG’s Ready for the iPhone SE and 9.7″ iPad Pro. Are You?

It should come as no surprise that ZAGG is already rolling out protection and accessories for the new Apple iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. First out of the gate is InvisibleShield Screen Protection for both devices and keyboards for the new iPad Pro. Personally, I’m most excited for the ZAGG SlimBook’s protection and …

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March 28, 2016 • Reviews

Timbuk2 Command TSA Friendly Laptop Is Ready to Go!

Timbuk2 describes the Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack as “a dressed up TSA-compliant backpack for road warriors.” All I know is I’m a huge fan. I’ve used it for my last three trips and it served me quite well. It looks good, is well made and keeps my gear safe and organized on the go. And …

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March 25, 2016 • Reviews

Quality Recordings on the Go Thanks to the Shure MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

Shure describes the MOTIV MV88 IOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone as “The Documenter.” Having used the MV88 for the past few months, including at CES 2016 and for any YouTube video I’ve shot in 2016, I can say it is that and much more. The MV88 plugs directly into your iOS device and lets you …

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March 20, 2016 • Reviews

SuperStar Monster Blaster High Performance Portable Bluetooth BoomBox

In my younger years, I was one of those people who walked around with a huge rectangular boombox. In fact, it was a boombox blasting Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes that became the soundtrack for my teen tour of Israel when I was 15. Well, the Boombox is back in a Monster-ful way, thanks …

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March 16, 2016 • Reviews

Avea Flare Smarter Light Is Beautiful and Movable

I’ve become enamored of smart lighting recently and have been playing around with a few brands. Elgato, who just recently rolled out their Eve smart home accessories, also offers a line of smarter lights. These aren’t part of the Eve system but they are impressive. I was sent the $99.95 egg-shaped Avea Flare for review.

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March 14, 2016 • Reviews

From Box to Better Night’s Sleep Thanks to the Eve Mattress

A little over a year ago, I received a “bed in a box” for review. Fast forward a year, and my wife Raina suggested we move from a queen mattress to a king. Eve Mattress was one of two companies kind enough to send one of their kind mattresses for review; I’ve been sleeping on …

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March 8, 2016 • Editorials

The Surface Pro 3 Is Ready to Meet All Your Computing Needs

Years back, I got caught up in the UMPC — UltraMobilePC- fad. (I blame James Kendrick and his JKontheRun blog.) None of those devices lived up to their promise of a full PC in a small, touchscreen device. Fast forward, and that promise has been realized in the Microsoft Surface line of computers. microsoft, via …

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March 2, 2016 • Reviews

Audioengine HD6 Powered Bookshelf Speakers Offer Great Looks and Even Better Sound

The first time I went to visit Raina, I made fun of the huge speakers attached to her stereo. “Those are freaking huge!?” I said.  Fast forward a year, and I’m using the AudioEngine HD6 Powered Speakers. These speakers are fairly large bookshelf speakers. They are also the best speakers I have heard in a …

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March 2, 2016 • Reviews

Listen and Travel in Quiet Luxury with the AKG N60NC On-Ear Headphones with NC

When AKG says the AKG N60NC Noise Cancelling Headphones deliver, “First class noise cancelling headphones fine-tuned for travelling” they aren’t using hyperbole. No, they are describing their newest on-ear headphones with NC. I used them for a weekend trip to Atlanta and they were nothing short of terrific. They sound great, are comfortable, and the …

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February 29, 2016 • Reviews

The Essentialist Wallet Keeps All Your Essentials Safe!

If you are looking for a minimalist wallet that isn’t minimal in style or functionality you don’t want to look any further than the Essentialist Wallet. This wallet is serious about carrying your cards and cash and that’s just the beginning. Plus it looks like it means serious business. Add in the optional bottle opener …

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February 23, 2016 • News

ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard and Detachable Case for the Apple iPad Pro

I held out before getting the Apple iPad Pro longer than I expected but finally gave in. I didn’t love the Apple keyboard case and opted for the ZAGG Slim Book for the Apple iPad Pro. The company was kind enough to send a review sample and I am thrilled! I love using this keyboard.

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February 20, 2016 • Reviews

Carry Your 13″ MacBook Pro in Style in the KNOMO Kinsale Messenger Bag

I have a new favorite bag for days when I travel light. If I only have my iPhone, headphones, an external battery, and either my 13″ MacBook Pro or iPad Pro with the ZAGG Slimbook I am currently reviewing, I take my gear along in the KNOMO Kinsale Soft Leather Messenger Bag. Its as gorgeous …

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February 17, 2016 • News

MiPow PlayBulb Comet Shines Hidden Light Wherever You Want

The MiPow PlayBulb Sphere lets you take your smart light with you. The MiPow PlayBulb Color lets your smart light also rock your tunes. The PlayBulb Comet applies the same smart lighting approach to strip lighting that can bring light under your cabinets, behind your television or, for that matter, pretty much anywhere you want. …

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February 15, 2016 • News

Brighten Your Room with Light and Music Thanks to the MiPow PlayBulb Color

If you’re looking to add both smart lighting and Bluetooth audio to a room easily you don’t need to look much further than the MiPow PlayBulb Color. For under $70 you can have a smart bulb that screws into a standard light socket and a Bluetooth speaker that’s hidden away in the bulb itself. It’s …

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February 12, 2016 • Reviews

MiPow Playbulb Sphere Lights the Night…Anywhere

In the past few months, I have found myself enamored with smart lighting technology. I have lights that can be controlled through my Amazon Echo in three rooms and when Raina and I get a house, I plan to have it throughout. One of the items I expect I’ll put in some rooms is the MiPow …

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