Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves
This week I have four more great gift ideas for the geeks in your lives, all tested personally and given the Dr. Mac seal of approval.
Silk Folio Wallet Case: Great Gift for iPhone Users
I’ve seen many iPhone cases that purport to replace your wallet, but most of them don’t hold enough stuff. The Folio Wallet Case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is the exception, with separate pockets for 4 credit cards plus a full-sized place for cash. It provides more than adequate protection; includes a screen protector and wrist strap; and folds into a stand for viewing movies. With all that going for it, its lifetime warranty and ultra-low price—just $14.99—are the icing on the cake.
Reach Bluetooth Audio Receiver: Turn Wired Headphones into Wireless Headphones for Under $25
If you know a geek who is tethered to his or her iDevice by a headphone cable, the Reach Bluetooth Audio Receiver ($24.99) will let them use their favorite wired headphones without the wires. Just pair the Reach with your iDevice, and then plug your wired headphones or earbuds into the Reach. It’s tiny—about the size of a book of matches—yet it offers a full array of controls including volume up and down, track control, an answer/hang up/play/pause button, and a built-in microphone so you can use the telephone hands-free.
Olloclip iPhone Lenses: Make a Great Camera Even Better
I’ve loved using Olloclip lenses with my iPhones for many years, so I’m pleased to report that their latest and greatest—the Core Lens Set for iPhone 7/7 Plus—may be the best set yet. For just $99.99 you receive three lenses—a fisheye, a super-wide angle, and a 15X Macro, all with new and improved premium multi-element optics. There’s also a new Connect interchangeable lens system, so it’s easier to use other lenses (not included) like a 2X telephoto. My favorite new feature, however, is a new hinged lens base that not only keeps the lens flush with the camera for improved optical performance, but also lets you use lenses with (most) screen protectors. YEA!
Blue Raspberry Microphone: A Sweet Gift for the Vocalists (or Podcasters) in Your Life
Finally, as much as I love the Blue Yeti USB microphone ($129.99) I use for podcasts, voiceovers, and GarageBand and Logic Pro recordings, it’s a little too bulky for travel. So, for years I’ve been on the lookout for a portable mic that sounded as good as the Yeti and the new Blue Raspberry mic ($199.99) is it. With its new, patent-pending Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) to minimize environmental sounds on your recording; an integrated stand with a connection insulator and shock absorbing feet; and both USB and Lightning cables, it’s the best sounding microphone I’ve ever used on the road.
and that’s all he wrote!