"If it's too loud, you're too old" doesn't mean much if what you're listening to is distorted and fuzzy. Fortunately, IK Multimedia's new iLoud mobile monitor (you can call it a speaker) delivers a crystal clear, blow-the-door-off-the-hinges output and a built-in feature that has a special appeal to Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous and other iRig-loving musicians.
Every iPad case maker uses a specific approach or two. It might be low weight, a high level of protection, attractive, artistic design, or the ability to be used in multiple orientations to name a few. Chil has taken its own approach which is novel and effective, but it may not suit everyone. John Martellaro sizes up this unusual but quality case called the Notchbook for iPad Air.
Jeff Butts had been looking for a quite a while for a decent Bluetooth headset that wouldn’t cost him my an arm and a leg. The iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones fit that need nicely, as he explains in this in-depth review.
The LaCie Fuel is a small, battery powered, good looking terabyte drive that augments the storage of iOS devices and is focused on the Apple customer. It acts as a Wi-Fi source, and can transmit HD video to up to three devices simultaneously. Its storage is easily accessed with the Seagate Media iOS app. John Martellaro reviews it, in-depth.
Stylus technology continues to evolve both in the materials used for the nib and new electronic technology that makes the stylus feel more natural. That means a smaller nib, more along the lines of a ballpoint pen. The LYNKtec TruGlide Apex Fine Point Active Stylus is one of the first of that new breed, so it requires some magical help from Maxwell's equations.
The Active Mount holds an iPhone 5/5s wearing a case, and the Air Vent Mount makes it possible for drivers of small cars to enjoy the convenience of having their iPhone at their finger tips. It couldn’t be sweeter.
If getting organized is on your to do list for the New Year, Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous says the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 will help you stick to your resolution well after the last strains of "Auld Lang Syne" have faded into the winter night.
The Macally Clear Case with Reversible Cover consists of a clear plastic back and a soft cover that's reversible and detachable. Each piece weighs just over 3.5 ounces, and even when using both, the iPad air is both fully protected and retains most of its featherweight feel. It earned a TMO 4.5/5 rating.
Jeff Butts is one of those odd folks who simply cannot wear ear buds of any sort, even Apple's famed Ear Pods. Because of this limitation, Jeff's always on the lookout for over-the-ear headphones that not only provide excellent sound, but also provide a microphone. He might have finally found the perfect match for his needs, all at a perfect price.
Automatic is a gadget with a companion iOS app that gives just about any car built since 1996 advanced features, including some that even address the "nut behind the wheel." Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous takes Automatic out for a spin and comes back impressed with its style, fuel-saving behavior modification, and the ability to answer that age-old question: "Does anybody remember where we parked?"
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