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EERO WHOLE HOME WIFI SYSTEM

eero creates a simple to set-up mesh network that covers everywhere you need it to. The software behind the eero is called TrueMesh, which understands how all the eeros in your home are connected. The system finds the best route for data so that it is the fastest possible connection throughout your home. It’s the first home WiFi system made up of three base units. One unit connects directly to your router and then the other two that are strategically placed in your home, automatically connect to the primary unit. If you have ethernet wired throughout the home, you can choose to plug them directly into the network through a wired connection, but otherwise, the eero units will connect wirelessly.

Eero is impressive because of its performance and its incredibly easy set-up. The system relieves stress by providing a consistent WiFi signal.

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ORBI WHOLE HOME WIFI SYSTEM

Orbi is the first tri-band home WiFi system. It makes sure that you have your home WiFi signal anywhere around your home – inside your home office, outside on your deck, or even in your pool. It’s an advanced system that is specifically designed to work with many devices on the same WiFi network. Orbi provides better coverage through its high power amplifiers and has faster speeds than first generation mesh systems and range extenders. Orbi will reach up to 5000 square feet of space and can press through barriers like walls, stairs, and doors.

In my opinion, the Orbi is a clear winner for ‘best mesh network system’. It has a very quick and easy setup, provides a solid, uninterrupted WiFi signal throughout our home and outdoor property, and it hasn’t faltered once since we installed it.

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DROBO 5D3

The 5D3 was designed for lightning fast workflows for creative professionals and small businesses that needed superior performance and high capacity storage. With it’s five drive-bay design and ability to hold up to 64TB of storage, it’s great to use as a central backup system as well as media storage for live video editing. Because it uses Thunderbolt 3, the 5D3 can transfer at speeds up to 800/346 MB/s read/write (with SSD + mSATA). The increased speed and Thunderbolt technology allow for more pixels and clarity on 4K/5K displays for editing purposes. You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices together.

The Drobo 5D3 is made with the customer in mind. Drobo product designers and executives really did their research when they went to the drawing board for this impressive storage solution.

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RING FLOODLIGHT CAM

The Ring Floodlight Cam is the world’s only motion-activated HD security camera with built-in floodlights, a siren alarm, and two-way talk. The camera provides crystal-clear HD video with a 140-degree field of view, 8X zoom, and a 270-degree field of motion that allows you to detect motion around corners and monitor blind spots easily. The two ultra-bright LED floodlights (1,500-lumen LED bulbs that have a 3,000K color temperature) that are triggered by motion — or manually through the app — make it very easy to keep watch over your property. There are dual sensors with object and facial detection and ultra wide-angle motion sensors that can cover a very large, customizable motion zone.

As a security solution, I don’t think you can get much better than the super user-friendly Ring Floodlight Cam. It’s easy to install, connect to, and operate.

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RING VIDEO DOORBELL 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2 provides users with a very capable security camera for the front of your house. The camera is a 1080P HD camera. It is an amazing home automation gadget. It allows you to know when the doorbell has been rung from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. I’ve tried a few options when it comes to this style of product and have not been very enthusiastic about the results until now.

I’m very happy to have the Ring Video Doorbell 2 available at my home. Not only does it provide me with the ability to communicate with welcome visitors, it also gives me a warm sense of security from potential threats to our home and family. I can’t recommend this system enough. I feel safer knowing that my home has the watchful eye of our Ring Video Doorbell on it.

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TWELVE SOUTH JOURNAL IPHONE CASE

Twelve South used full-grain leather inside and out on this case. There is a composite shell that holds the iPhone in place and even it has a leather inlay. The interior iPhone shell does not come apart from the rest of the wallet case. It is carefully stitched into place and very secure. The Journal has two slots for cards and you can comfortably fit 2 cards in each slot. There is a clear window pocket for your ID and a hidden pocket where you can stash cash or other loose cards.

The case comes in two colors — black or cognac. The Journal has a reinforced spine and hardcover that helps protect against drops and dings. Like the RelaxedLeather case, the shell of the Journal provides a nice cover for the iPhone’s camera bump. The iPhone’s camera sits flush with the rest of the camera back and it’s just a really nice touch to the design.

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BLUELOUNGE SPECIAL EDITION CABLEYOYO

The Cableyoyo is designed to give you a safe place to store your wired earbuds. It’s a cord spool with a magnetic center that keeps your earbud wires wrapped up and tangle-free. The spool coils your earbuds so that they are ready for action the next time you want to use them. The unique feature of this device is the magnet in the center. The magnet pulls the earpieces toward the center so that they don’t twist and tangle when in transit from place to place.

The Cableyoyo is another daily companion of mine. Even though I tend to use my Apple Airpods quite a bit these days, I still have my yo-yo stowed away in my laptop bag with my wired earbuds in case the Airpods run out of battery power. It’s a tough little device and it’s a very welcome accessory to my laptop’s entourage.

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BLUELOUNGE SPECIAL EDITION CABLEBOX

The Cablebox is a very innovative device that provides users a sleek place to store their cables beneath their desk. Designed to work with power strips and surge protectors, the Cablebox is made from high-density, flame-retardant plastic. It’s very easy to install your existing power strip into the Cablebox. There are cutouts on each side of the box that allows for cables to pass through seamlessly. So you can simply lift your existing power strip or surge protector and lower it down into the Cablebox.

Even though you can use them to hide power strips in plain sight, you can also use them just to keep your cables organized. For example, we have our two Cableboxes stored inside of our networking cabinet. They keep all the power adapters and excess cabling tucked away so that when we have to reconfigure anything or restart our router, we aren’t fighting bundles of cables.

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TWELVE SOUTH RELAXEDLEATHER IPHONE CASE

This case really provides a nice layer of protection without taking away from the style of the phone. The case is a burnished leather wallet shell and is made with genuine leather. Because it’s ‘real’ leather and not synthetic, the case will develop a lovely patina naturally with regular use. The inside of the case has a soft microfiber quilted backing to protect the phone’s outer casing from scratches.

Because it’s meant to protect and not just be a fashion accessory, Twelve South designed the RelaxedLeather case with a 1mm raised front edge to protect your phone from drops on its face. One major design change that Twelve South did for this case for the iPhone X launch was to add exterior pockets for IDs or credit cards. You can fit two cards quite easily in these pockets, but it’s recommended that you remove them when you charge wirelessly.

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MASTER & DYNAMIC MW50 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

The MW50s are built with form and function in mind. Master & Dynamic created a beautiful, powerful product that provides its user with a rich, full listening experience. M&D uses premium materials to construct these exclusive headphones. Heavy grain premium cowhide is used on the exterior surface of the headband and ear cups while lambskin is used for the inside of the headband. The main frame is constructed with stainless steel and aluminum.

The MW50s are very comfortable to wear. I’ve used them for hours on end and found that my head doesn’t tire of having them on and my ears don’t get overheated like they do with some over-the-ear headphones. The MW50 On-Ear Wireless Headphones are a high-quality spectacular way to experience music and movies. They are comfortable, easy to use and are great for any type of user.

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LANDINGZONE DOCKING STATION

LandingZone has a great solution for the desk space-challenged — the Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The LandingZone dock has 16 ports incorporated into its design. I have included the details from LandingZone’s website below. I’m very happy to have the use of the SD and Micro SD card slots without needing to plug in a card reader into my laptop. For my purposes, I decided to use the dock as with my laptop in standard mode so that I could continue to have a clean desk space and not overload it with an external monitor.

I think the LandingZone dock is a must-have for any MacBook Pro user with a limited amount of desk space. It makes it easy to connect to various devices without the need of multiple dongles and connectors and it cleans up your desk space.

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ANKI OVERDRIVE BATTLE RACING SYSTEM

Anki Overdrive is an advanced racing track that allows you to race against AI-powered supercars. The racing system comes packaged with a multi-configuration racetrack and two self-aware A.I. powered race cars. As a racer, you will control the vehicles wirelessly on a smartphone or tablet. The cool thing about the Fast & the Furious edition is that the characters from the film series apart of the game. You have the option of either racing with or racing against the Toretto crew from the movies. Each character has their own set of moves and it can make the game very interesting.

Anki Overdrive is sort of a cross between a video game and a Hot Wheels playset. I think that anyone of any age would have fun with this kit. It’s really enjoyable and it gives you that kid-on-Christmas-morning type feeling.

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MOCAHEART ALL-IN-ONE SMART HEART TRACKER

This device gives users the peace of mind that their vital signs are being monitored at a moment’s notice. MOCAheart measures your pulse wave velocity using its EKG and PPG sensors, and gives you an easy understanding of whether your PWV is in a healthy range using the Blood Velocity Index (MOCA Index). Combined with heart rate and blood oxygen measurements provided by MOCAheart in just 25 seconds, you’ll receive a holistic view of your heart health and by taking regular measurements, you can track how it improves over time. The MOCAheart app makes it easy to share your heart data with your doctor and loved ones, giving them reassurance and peace of mind.

MOCAheart is very easy to use an for a limited time, its being offered at special discount rates through the holiday season.

Original Price $119
11/20-12/3 $90
12/4-12/10 $99
12/11-1/3 $90

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INFOTHINK GROOT BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

The Groot Bluetooth Speaker features the ‘toddler’ Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which was released earlier this summer in theaters. The device is officially authorized by Marvel so you know the details are precise. The speaker itself is fairly simple, but what makes this truly unique is Groot sitting atop the short, round cylinder. Connecting to the speaker is very easy. You simply flip the power switch and the device will appear as INFOTHINK BSP200 in your Bluetooth device menu. You will hear a tone play when your phone (or another device) successfully connects to the speaker. Probably the best part of this speaker is that it greets you with “I am Groot” every time you switch it on.

The Groot Bluetooth Speaker is definitely a must-have for any GOTG fan. Even if you don’t use it as a speaker, it’s a fabulous conversation starter and it’s just cute! The details that went into the statue part of the speaker are remarkable.

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SOLO SAG HARBOR BRIEFCASE

Inspired by New York’s seaside retreat, Sag Harbor, the briefcase has a fresh look with very careful tailoring and rich textures throughout the bag. It provides ample storage for all your daily needs and is perfect for when you have extended needs for travel as well. The bag has a fully padded laptop compartment that will house computers up to 15.6 inches. Just on the outside of the laptop compartment is a tablet pocket. Both sections are secured with a Velcro strap. I will tell you that it has come in handy more than once when I’ve upended the bag by accident. My laptop and iPad Air 2 have stayed safely in place.

When you carry a laptop and accessories to and from work every day, you want something reliable, comfortable to carry, and something large enough to fit all of your items. For me, the Sag Harbor briefcase is that bag.

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SPEIDEL TWIST-O-FLEX WATCH BANDS

These watch bands provide a very stylish option for Apple Watch users that is similar to other high-end watches. The band features stainless steel construction and provides high strength and resistance to water and sweat. The band expands up to 5”from its original size. It’s available in several different colors including brushed, black, and silver. The Twist-O-Flex band is great for casual or business wear. There are three sizes available – S/M, M/L, and L/XL and the bands are available for only the 42mm Apple Watch.

The Twist-O-Flex band is a great gift for Apple Watch users. It’s tough and installs really easily on the Apple Watch body. I’ve been using the band now for about a week and it’s comfortable, but will pull arm hair just a bit. I really love this band because it reminds me of the same type of band that my grandfather used to have. It’s a classic style and very durable.

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ARLO HD SECURITY CAMERAS

If you are looking for a home or office security system that works, I would strongly consider the Arlo camera system. It’s a battery-powered video camera system that is 100% wireless. The system is built to withstand all weather conditions and it can be used indoors or outdoors. The cameras are easy to install. They are magnetic and can be placed anywhere that there is metal. The cameras offer full 720P HD video and they record using H.264. The Arlo cameras have full motion detection capabilities and send you automatic email alerts and push notifications. The night vision is impeccable and illuminates up to 25 feet. A cameras field of view is approximately 110º.

Even though the Arlo system is a bit more costly than its competitors, it is really a nice, well-thought out system that works extremely well.

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BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONES II

I’ve been a fan of Bose products for many years because they have a reputation for designing great, high-end audio gear. I’m happy to say that the QuietComfort 35 II’s don’t disappoint and they really live up to the Bose quality name. The QuietComfort 35 II headphones are a follow-up/update to the headphones with the same name that were released in 2016. Both models have the same form factor, but the series 2 version has a few additional new functions. These headphones boast a 20-hour battery life and can be paired through Bluetooth or NFC. The headphones are built to last using impact-resistant materials, glass-filled nylon, and corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

I think the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are the best wireless headphones on the market right now. I’ve officially made the switch over to them as my primary listening companions.

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TWELVE SOUTH HIRISE DUET

The HiRise Duet is made from metal but has napa leather at the base for the watch to rest on. The stand includes both the Lightning connector and Apple Watch charging disk so that you don’t have to sacrifice your own cables to the stand gods. The Duet has an adjustable back support for the iPhone so that it will work with a variety of iPhone sizes with or without cases. I typically use my phone sans case but having the ability to make that choice and not have to switch charging docks is wonderful.

The HiRise Duet really is the ideal charging companion for Apple users. I’ve used it to charge my iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and even my iPad Pro. It’s a quality product and it provides a useful purpose as an accessory. The HiRise Duet is a powerful investment for your charging needs.

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TWELVE SOUTH CURVE STAND

The Curve is an aluminum stand shaped to complement the MacBook Pro. It comes in one color — matte black — and it has a flowing ergonomic design. The Curve elevates the screen of your laptop 6.5-inches and keeps 70% of the base exposed. This promotes airflow to the laptop and prevents overheating of your MacBook Pro. The stand also has a small lip on the end of the arms that allows users to open and close the lid with ease. Twelve South actually refers to it as ‘one-handed’ lifting. The Curve actually has a unique history. It’s a redesign of the very first MacBook stand in the world.

The Curve laptop stand is the upgrade that any laptop owner should consider. It’s beautiful, smooth, and lyrical. Its shape suggests movement and my MacBook Pro sit prominently on top of it.

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AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-DSR7BT WIRELESS OVER-EAR HEADPHONES

The ATH-DSR7BT headphones look and feel great. They have a nice build to them and the ear cups feel good for hours at a time on my head. They have a 15-hour battery (with regular talk and music listening time) and 1,000 hours of standby time. I like knowing that I can use them for four or five hours without them dying and then pick them back up the next day and blast my favorite tunes for five more hours without having to think about charging them. This is definitely a winning feature for me. The sound quality is excellent and audio technica did a superb job of designing headphones that produce a clear sound while still having a decent amount of bass.

When it comes to headphones, I know audio technica puts real quality effort into designing the most excellent audio experience possible for their users.

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ORICO PIGGY HUB WITH CARD READER

The Piggy Hub with Card Reader is a 3-port USB-A hub with one SD card slot and one TF (Micro SD) card slot. The USB slots are USB 3.0 and the hub is designed to provide protection against over current, over voltage, short circuits, and electric leakage. The hub is available in four colors — pink, blue, green, and gray. The hub is powered by USB interface and a blue indicator light will illuminate when it’s connected to power.

I didn’t notice that the hub got overheated even when transferring data. I have actually found recently that many hubs do start to radiate heat when transferring data or power, but I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case with the Piggy Hub. This is a delightful little device and it seems to be quite functional in addition to being cute.

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APPLE IPHONE X

I feel that this is the iPhone that people have wanted for several years. It’s a true next-generation device and the future direction of the device. It’s a full-screen, no-home button phone that feels perfect in your hands. The overall design of the iPhone is stunning and even though it’s glass on the front and back, it doesn’t feel fragile to me. It’s a solid, stylish mobile phone with extremely advanced features.

All in all, it’s a wonderful, but expensive upgrade. In addition to the retail price, Apple Care is $199 for the iPhone X. The upgrade is worth it depending on your circumstances. If you live on your phone like I do, it makes sense to make the move to the iPhone X, but if you just need it for texting and playing games, I would suggest only upgrading to the iPhone 8.

APPLE AIRPODS

The Apple AirPods are truly a revolutionary, innovative product that has grossly been overshadowed by other products within Apple and outside Apple. I’ve tested dozens and dozens of wireless earphones in the past couple of years and one thing remains true — the connection is key. With most wireless headphones, you have to set the device into pairing mode and then fumble through your phone’s Bluetooth menu to select the correct Bluetooth connection. On top of that, you have to worry about competing for wireless signals between devices.

No matter what your decision is for wanting the AirPods — a status symbol or great wireless earbuds — you won’t be disappointed. Despite any issues, I found the with the AirPods, I am thrilled to have them and find myself using them as my primary listening devices now. With them being so hard to find, the Apple AirPods are a runaway hit for sure.

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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[QacQoc USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=50141&preview=true&preview_id=50141 2017-11-17T21:13:21Z 2017-11-17T21:13:21Z A very capable connection assistant. Even though I use a newer model MacBook Pro that utilizes USB-C as its main connectivity, I do still work with USB-A as a utility connection. My work computer is a 9-year old custom-built PC. I do have a Steel Series Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard which has two USB-A ports built-in. […]

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A very capable connection assistant.

Even though I use a newer model MacBook Pro that utilizes USB-C as its main connectivity, I do still work with USB-A as a utility connection. My work computer is a 9-year old custom-built PC. I do have a Steel Series Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard which has two USB-A ports built-in. Unfortunately, sometimes the two ports aren’t enough for me. So, I picked up an affordable USB Hub from QacQoc.

QacQoc USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet REVIEW

This aluminum USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 3-port hub provides a nice level of connectivity with the added bonus of an Ethernet port. Because it’s a USB 3.0 hub, it will transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0) and the Ethernet connection will provide a gigabit (10/100/100M) hard wired connection. The product description states that the hub will support syncing and charging, but some of the notes at the bottom of the page indicate the following features may be limited:

1) Can not work with high power-consumption devices such as some large-capacity hard drives
2) Some 2.4Ghz wireless devices (keyboards, mice, etc.) may not work around USB 3.0 ports. Try connecting your wireless device to a USB 2.0 connection.
3) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect all devices such as your flash disks or camera or a USB cable for both syncing and charging.

The hub arrives in a simple box with QacQoc branding on the exterior of it. There is minimal information about the product on the packaging itself. When you open the box, you will find the hub wrapped up in a small plastic bag. Because its cable is integrated, there isn’t anything else included in the box. The hub is long and squared so it sits nicely on a flat surface even when its plugged in. It’s nicely weighted doesn’t pop up or try to flip over like some lightweight hubs do.

QacQoc USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet REVIEW

As a test, I plugged the hub into my work keyboard. The computer went through a bunch of checks but eventually approved the external device. The first item I plugged into the hub was a SanDisk Cruzer thumb drive. It was a USB 2.0 flash drive, but it mounted very quickly and I was able to access the files with no issues. The next device I plugged in was a unique one. I have a small USB powered fan that I use at my desk when my office gets too hot. When I plugged it into the hub, the fan did not kick on. I wasn’t surprised about this since my keyboard isn’t providing a lot of power output.

QacQoc USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet REVIEW

So, I then plugged the hub into a USB charging hub I have. The LED on the hub turned on, but the fan still did not work. When I plugged the fan directly into the same port, it finally kicked on. There is a note on the product page of QacQoc’s website that states that the hub “cannot work with high power-consumption devices,” but I wanted to test out the fan anyways. This means that you probably won’t be able to use this hub with external hard drives and some other USB-driven products.

QacQoc USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet REVIEW

All in all, this is a very capable USB hub. QacQoc mentions on their website that this device is designed to work with USB-C laptops, but now that some of Apple’s computers only have USB-C, it’s not really a practical descrption of the product.
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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[HEX Announces New Cases For iPhone X NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=50206&preview=true&preview_id=50206 2017-11-17T18:05:00Z 2017-11-17T18:05:00Z HEX returns with a slate of new cases and wallets for Apple’s new iPhone X. The collection features three of HEX’s models: The Icon, The Solo, and The Focus. Each is made of genuine leather and come seven iterations, including black, brown, camo/reflective, black/gold, stingray, parchment, and snake. The Icon Wallet case ($49.95) includes three […]

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HEX returns with a slate of new cases and wallets for Apple’s new iPhone X.

The collection features three of HEX’s models: The Icon, The Solo, and The Focus. Each is made of genuine leather and come seven iterations, including black, brown, camo/reflective, black/gold, stingray, parchment, and snake.

The Icon Wallet case ($49.95) includes three card slots features a cash pocket behind the card storage, and an elastic strap closure. The Solo Wallet case ($44.95) is a wallet case two slots intended for storing credit cards, an I.D., or cash all in a super-slim profile design. Lastly, the Focus Case ($39.95) is a custom molded protective case wrapped in premium genuine leather.

HEX’s new lineup of iPhone X cases are available now.

For more information, visit hexbrand.com.
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A unique protective, stylish iPhone case.

When the newest iPhones were released, I immediately started looking at cases. I wasn’t sure if I would be upgrading or not, but I wanted to see what new innovative designs were available for the newest iPhone styles. One company I looked at was Case-Mate. They have been designing fashion-forward cases for mobile technology since 2006 and they have recently developed some of their existing product lines into cases for the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X. Case-Mate prides themselves on having an extensive collection of cases for any style and occasion.

The first case I decided to take a closer look at was from the Karat collection. This line of cases is designed as a 2-piece case for added protection. The case has an ultra slim profile and full shock-absorbing bumper. The exterior of the case is infused with anti-scratch technology and the Karat case meets MIL-STD-810G drop test standards. Now, what caught my eye was the unique gold flakes embedded inside the case, but when I started researching the features of the case, I was impressed by its protective coverage for the iPhone.

Case-Mate Karat Case for iPhone REVIEW

The unique flair of this case is the metallic rose gold leaf highlights inside the backing of the case. The Karat case was inspired by turquoise jewelry and Lucite handbags from the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to the colored case exterior and the gold flakes, the case also has metallic buttons to finish the look. The case has a lifetime warranty and will work with wireless charging. As I’ve been looking at cases, I’ve noticed that some don’t work too well with wireless charging so it was refreshing to hear that this case would.

The packaging of the Karat case is simple and clean. There is a clear Case-Mate brand logo at the top of the box with the name and color of the case indicated with a stripe across the front. There are some basic details of the case printed on the back of the box and the case rests inside. As I mentioned above, the case is in two parts — and interior bumper and exterior plastic shell. I’ve found that the easiest way to install the phone into the case is to remove the interior bumper and wrap it around your phone. Then, push the phone and the bumper into the shell. The case adds a little bit of weight, but it’s not overbearing. The case feels pretty good in the hands, but because the backing is smooth, it will slide in your hand a bit. The buttons are very responsive and there is easy access to the ports and speakers on the bottom of the phone.

Case-Mate Karat Case for iPhone REVIEW

The case for the 6/6s/7/8 is the same size. I do not have the iPhone 8, but I do have an iPhone 7 and I used it with the smaller version of the case. Because it’s made to fit all of those models, there is a cutout for a headphone jack for the iPhone 6 users. I was also able to take a look at the fit of the case on an iPhone X. I was surprised to find that that Karat case fit much closer than it did on the iPhone 7. With the iPhone 7, I was able to pull out the inner bumper in order to remove the phone from the case, but the iPhone X was a bit more of a chore. The bumper and shell were a very tight fit with the iPhone X.

Case-Mate Karat Case for iPhone REVIEW

I can recommend this case based on its stylish nature and protective properties. There are several colors available including Turquoise, Rose Gold, Gold, and Mother of Pearl. The Karat Case is available for the iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.
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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[IK Multimedia Releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 Keyboard Controllers NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=50154&preview=true&preview_id=50154 2017-11-16T16:46:20Z 2017-11-16T16:46:20Z Feature-rich, ultra-light keyboard controller series for iOS, Mac, and PC with full-size keys, onboard 96kHz/24-bit audio interface, Class A preamp and a massive software collection IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig Keys I/O, the revolutionary keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide. iRig Keys I/O is much more […]

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Feature-rich, ultra-light keyboard controller series for iOS, Mac, and PC with full-size keys, onboard 96kHz/24-bit audio interface, Class A preamp and a massive software collection

IK Multimedia is proud to announce that iRig Keys I/O, the revolutionary keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide. iRig Keys I/O is much more than just a simple controller, it is a true studio centerpiece providing users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment that is unmatched for speed and simplicity of use. iRig Keys I/O comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a professional, high-definition 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its convenient combo 1/4″/XLR input. Plus, it provides all the creative controls expected from a premium keyboard controller such as velocity sensitive, multicolored pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs.

Built-in professional audio interface for studio quality sound
iRig Keys I/O is the only keyboard controller range currently available on the market to feature an integrated professional 96kHz/24-bit audio interface. The intelligent, elegant layout makes it possible to keep all cabling to a minimum and makes setting up as fast and easy as just plug and play. The combo input sports a high-quality Class A preamp and accepts both 1/4″ and XLR sources including dynamic and condenser microphones (with 48V phantom power), line instruments, guitars, and basses. When used live, the 1/4″ balanced stereo output can be used to run the signal directly to a PA or mixer. All of this makes iRig Keys I/O the ideal creative tool for studio or live use, in any situation, providing a solution that is more convenient and affordable than having to purchase a controller and audio interface separately.

Full control at the touch of a finger
iRig Keys I/O represents a huge step forward and introduces the next generation of IK keyboards. Both models feature a fast synth-action keybed, a volume/data push knob, 4 touch-sensitive knobs in 2 banks (acting as 8 total controls) and 8 multicolored LED-lit velocity sensitive pads. There are also 2 fully programmable touch control strips, set by default as Pitch and Modulation controls and a complete touch sensitive transport and button section, for a true “hands-on” approach to controlling all the most important functions of a DAW or virtual instrument. All available controls exploit the latest-generation capacitive technology for ultra-fast action and immediate feedback, displaying the related parameter value at the touch of a finger for instant visual reference.

True plug-and-play
iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest iPhone. The included Lightning cable allows for easy connection to iOS devices while the included USB cable connects to Mac and PC computers. iRig Keys I/O works seamlessly with the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Logic Pro®, Ableton® Live™, GarageBand®, and many others.

The traveling producer’s dream
iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 are the smallest controllers with full-size keys on the market today and are 25% lighter than the nearest competitor. This is a great advantage when working on the road, in small studios or in any environment where space is at a premium. Their design makes them also ideal for the traveling musician/producer who demands utmost portability but without sacrificing performance. Furthermore, iRig Keys I/O can be powered via USB, using an optional external power supply (that simultaneously charges the connected iOS device) or with 4 AA batteries, for complete mobile music production. For added convenience, there are travel bags, available separately, for carrying the 25 key and 49 key versions of iRig Keys I/O. For recording vocals on the go, iRig Keys I/O Mic (sold separately), is a gooseneck condenser microphone that plugs directly into the input jack eliminating the need for a stand.

Full suite of professional software included
With over $/€550 (in the 25-key version) and $/€750 (in the 49-key version) worth of IK’s professional software and apps included, iRig Keys I/O provides users with everything they need to start, develop and complete their musical productions from A to Z, both inside a professional DAW or using recording software like GarageBand®. Included in both versions of iRig Keys I/O is Ableton® Live 9 Lite™ digital audio workstation, IK’s SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, with over 43GB and 5000 inspiring sounds, T-RackS 4 Deluxe mix and mastering suite, with 9 powerful EQ and dynamics processors and the Pro-V vintage synthesizer, which is derived from Syntronik, IK’s legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC. iPhone and iPad users will also receive the full version of SampleTank. Additionally, the 49-key version comes with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation for Mac/PC and the mobile edition for iOS.

Pricing and availability
iRig Keys I/O is available from the IK Multimedia online store and IK authorized dealers worldwide for just $/€299.99* for the 49-key version and $/€199.99 for the 25-key version. In addition to the massive bundle of included software, iRig Keys I/O comes with 4 x AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables and a device stand for iPhone and iPad.

Stay tuned to MacSources for our full review of the iRig Keys I/O 25. 

For more information, visit www.irigkeys.io
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