Accessories Reviews

Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

DIY home security — it seems like everyone is doing it. After being privately funded, Scout is ready to toss their hat into the ring as well. The interesting thing with Scout is that you get a bit more off-the-grid security, but still remain connected. In bridging the gap between modern hardware and software in new ways, Scout is aiming to become the new darling of the home security world. Is Scout worthy of praise, or is their system too clumsy and dated for a modern world?

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Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?

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Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

With the iPad Air 2 in tow, we've had a go at the three newest Logitech keyboards this November, seeing how each of these machines fares in the field. With the "Keys-To-Go" model we've got the simplest machine - thin, tiny, and coming with not a whole lot else other than portability. The Type+ provides a cover for your iPad Air 2 along with a keyboard, allowing you to protect your iPad in-between typing sessions. The Ultrathin acts as a Smart Cover, but doesn't protect the way the Type+ does - instead you get an awesome hinge that allows you to adjust your iPad Air 2 at will.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

Third-party accessories for iProducts are a dime a dozen, but finding one that's truly worth carrying around and using regular is a rare occurrence. One of the few rare gems happens to be Olloclip's new 4-in-1 lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unique among camera add-ons because it works for the front and rear simultaneously. Portable, with a twist in design allowing you to clip it onto a pendant or keyring, the Olloclip has been hanging from my belt over the past few weeks; read on for my full review.

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MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

You might take a lot of pics with your phone, but do you take really good ones? Sometimes, things like a sunset or fast-moving clouds require a bit more patience than we’d like, should we want a really good time-lapse. Even if we just want to capture a moment in time, a shaky wrist can ruin the shot. The MOS Kick wants to solve those issues for you, but is the crowdfunded stand the real deal, or another ho-hum Kickstarter project?

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Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a keyboard, and nobody can blame you for that. Apple’s offerings may be some of the best around, but are pricey, and lack key features. Are there keyboards that can take their place? Is anything good enough to really make you forget about all the research and development Jony Ive and company put into their home-grown devices? Maybe! We’ve found two keyboards that have the same functionality (or more), and won’t break the bank.

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IOGEAR Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix Review

IOGEAR Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix Review

Five HD sources of media with HDMI cords out, one box in, two sources out. This is what the IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HD Matrix (GWHDMS52) is all about. You've got a bunch of different TV boxes, gaming units, and media center units in your home, but they're all relegated to the living room. What if you want to watch TV with one box in one location and play games in another? You're not going to take one of those boxes and haul it back and forth every time this situation arises, are you?

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Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Up until now, Corsair has been a bit of a silent attendant when it comes to gaming accessories. Now, here in 2014, there's a brand new label: Corsair Gaming - and they've got some fine competitors for the finest gaming peripherals on the market. This season they've released an RGB collection of mice and keyboards, the lot of which we're having a peek at today. Metal undercarriages, fully customizable button sets, and so many color combinations you wont know what to do with em all.

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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These 5 products will help your cables stay untangled

These 5 products will help your cables stay untangled

Cords. Everywhere you look, there are cords. We were promised this cord-free utopia long ago, but it’s not arrived. We’re left to manage our tethered, tangled existence all alone. there is good news, though — we’ve found products that can help. Rather than suffer the indignity of tangled headphones and chargers everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of some products that can help you avoid the cat-and-mouse game of cord management. Whether you’re at home or on the run, these products can help!

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