Tiny, barely there Bluetooth earbuds have been all the rage so far this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for big, powerful, immersive headphones. Skullcandy asked us to take a look at their new Crusher Wireless headphones, which eschew the skinny in favor of bold, powerful sound. Do they live up their promises?
Mobile Phones & Gear
We cover a lot of portable batteries here, but it’s not often that we review one that is targeted at (and powerful enough to charge) laptops — the 12″ MacBook in particular — like the myCharge RazorPlatinum.
The Bodyguardz Ace Pro case for iPhone 7 Plus provides excellent drop protection while staying light weight and maintaining a slim profile. When you add the Bodyguardz Pure 2 screen protector, you’ve got 360-degree protection for your iPhone that won’t break the bank. The Ace Pro case retails for $14.95, and the Pure 2 screen protector retails for $44.95.
It would be easy to go into this review with a list of negatives, simply because the Hercules WAE Outdoor 04Plus doesn’t have the depth and power of some of the other portable Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed. But let’s back up for a sec and acknowledge that this is a multi-featured, water-resistant, and versatile portable speaker that only costs $79.99!
The Incase Level Case for the iPhone 7 Plus ($49.95) is a shock-absorbing bumper case that’s not only original but adds to the beauty of Apple’s latest flagship phone. We had an opportunity to check out the case, and it’s personally a favorite. To be completely honest, I don’t think there’s an Incase iPhone 7 Plus case I haven’t enjoyed. Compared to others…
After reviewing the Bragi Dash last year, the popular wireless headphone company sent us over their latest truly wireless earphones, simply named ‘The Headphone’ to check out. We explore some of the differences between this and the previous model to see if Bragi is the truly wireless headphones worth purchasing.
After owning an iPhone 7 plus, no longer having the 3.5 mm headphone jack has really changed my listening habits. I do not want to use dongles, so my search is for everything wireless. I recently got a chance to try out Skybuds truly wireless earbuds ($219.99) and they are a good entry into the world without wires.
The Nokia 3310 was a phone with an iconic look that was as striking as it was simple. Now Nokia has brought it back- at least from an anesthetic perspective. As they put it, the 2017 Nokia 3310 is “A modern classic reimagined.” If you love retro gear you are going to love this phone.
LG took to MWC 2017 here in Barcelona today to announce their latest flagship, the LG G6!
Moshi sent over four of their iPhone 7 Plus cases that are very affordable. If you know anything about Moshi products, then you know that they are not only high quality but they will also make your smartphone look awesome.
I’ve been using a BodyGuardz Pure 2 for Google Pixel XL for about two weeks. While that’s hardly enough time to test the claimed 3-5x improvement in scratch resistances or the 25% improvement in drop performance (resistance), I can say one thing; the visibility on this AlumiTech Accessory Glass 2 by Corning screen protector is about the best I’ve used.
Huawei’s focus has been making affordable smartphones with top-notch features for the past few years now, and a lot is the same with the Honor 6x, their latest smartphone that’s targeted at users who don’t want to spend a lot of money for premium features.
iClever’s BoostRun BTH07 Sweat-proof Bluetooth Sport Headphones are a good budget option if you’ve got an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus without a headphone jack. The BoostRuns stay on your ears thanks to the built-in ear hook, and they are certified IPX4 waterproof to protect itself from rain and sweat. At ~$22, The iClever BoostRun are worth checking out.
Pioneer describes their new Rayz earphones as “Lightning smart” and “The iPhone’s perfect accessory.” After using them since Judie brought me a pair from CES, I would agree with that and add they are “brilliant at noise cancellation” and “among the best deals around.” Priced at just $99.99 and $149.99, they are worth every penny.
It would be impossible for me to guess how many iPhone cases I’ve reviewed over the years, but I can count the number that have genuinely impressed me on one hand; the PITAKA Aramid Fiber iPhone 7 Case makes that list. It’s incredibly light and thin, and it provides minimalistic protection with no compromises.
Beginning Monday, February 13, 2017, you’ll once again be able to purchase unlimited data plans on Verizon Wireless starting at $80 for an individual or $45/ea for a family (min 4 lines).
With wireless being the way that so many headphones have been going, and with built-in 3.5mm jacks becoming rarer, it might seem, I don’t know, maybe a bit retro to review a pair of wired-only headphones. Even so, the Focal Listen Closed Back Over-Ear Headphones are worth a look.
Picture Keeper Connect is the thumb drive you never knew you needed. We’ve all been there, running out of room on your mobile phone, struggling to clean out old photos, videos, and apps. Picture Keeper Connect is a USB thumb drive with a built-in lightning adapter that allows you to easily backup your iOS media and starts at $119.99.
I recently reviewed the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 headphones; now I’ve got their slightly more upscale brother, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE, in hand. Everything I enjoyed about the BackBeat PRO 2 is present (do check out their review if you haven’t already), but with the PRO 2 SE headphones, there is even more to love.
I’ve tried plenty of phone holders in my vehicles, but the one thing that always stops me from wanting to keep using them is that they can be bulky, ugly, or they require special attachments to use. The Just Mobile Xtand Vent is a sleek, minimalistic vent holder for your phone. It works well, and it looks good.
One of the things that I used do when packing to go overseas was to make sure that I had my collection of plug adapters and a bulky international power strip ready to go; these days I just make sure that I have the Oneadaptr Twist+ World Adapter DUO.