Accessories Reviews

BB-8 by Sphero Review: the best Star Wars toy ever made

BB-8 by Sphero Review: the best Star Wars toy ever made

The "BB-8 by Sphero" is a robot toy that combines the high-tech remote-control spherical fun of the original Sphero with the life force of the newest droid hero from Star Wars. This is the "ball droid" you've likely seen in the first, second, and/or third teaser trailer video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This device incorporates remote control with a smartphone, augmented reality, and the ability to roll around and act entirely autonomously all around your house, recording data and exploring your hallways as he does so.

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BatteryBox Review – MacBook power with MagSafe workaround

BatteryBox Review – MacBook power with MagSafe workaround

If obsessively glancing at the power meter in your MacBook's status bar is giving you eye-strain while you're away from an outlet, it might be time for an external battery. Not every power pack is created equal, however, and BatteryBox claims not only to have made a smarter and much longer-lasting battery, but one which neatly works with Apple's proprietary MagSafe connector, too.

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Monster SuperStar BackFloat Review: the best waterproof bluetooth speaker yet

Monster SuperStar BackFloat Review: the best waterproof bluetooth speaker yet

The Monster SuperStar BackFloat speaker is a simple concept - it pumps out the jams while it floats in water. Water to which it is resistant. You can toss it in the pool and not worry about it exploding, shutting down, or otherwise being wrecked. While the price isn't something you're going to want to pay for your everyday average speaker this size, what you receive is immense: reliable, full sound in a package that wont sink when you toss it in the drink.

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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

If you’re only going to do one thing, you need to do it really, really well, so the stakes are high for Amazon’s 2015 Kindle Paperwhite. Slotting in-between the $79 Kindle and the well-esteemed - but, at $199, expensive - Kindle Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite now gets a 300 dpi E Ink screen not to mention new software intended to make reading more immersive. Question is, does the new Kindle suffer from middle-child syndrome, or has Amazon managed to eclipse not only its entry-level ereader but its flagship. too?

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The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

It's time for another war, this time between the best of the best accessories made for the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you're one of those users that wanted to get extra fancy and picked up the Galaxy S6 Edge, we've got a few tips for you as well. If you picked up a Galaxy S6 Active and still think you need extra protection, we're going to have to direct you back to our original review. For now, it's time for the big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

One day the tech world will have embraced the USB-C connector - until then, we’re reliant on devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive to bridge old and new. The double-sided thumb drive sandwiches between 16GB and 64GB of storage in-between a pair of plugs: a regular USB 3.1 on one end, and a USB-C 3.1 on the other. As a new MacBook user, I’m understandably curious about anything that works around the ultraportable’s notorious lack of ports: read on for my review.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech has been on a roll with wireless mice lately, resurrecting the MX Master name for its excellent flagship peripheral, and now following that with the MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse for travelers. Buffing the rough edges from the original Wireless Anywhere Mouse, and throwing in support for the gestures common in today’s software, it’s a smaller, cheaper version of the high-end model intended to slip neatly into a bag. Question is, has the shrinking process also reduced the Logitech’s charm?

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Mophie Watch Dock for Apple Watch Review

Mophie Watch Dock for Apple Watch Review

Splash out $10k+ on an Apple Watch Edition and the gold-plated wearable's box doubles as a charging dock; the rest of us have to look elsewhere. Mophie waded in with its Watch Dock back in April, a $60 stand promising to elevate your wrist jewelry with the same sort of style that Apple might reserve for its own hardware. Having squeezed its aluminum and leather foot onto the cable-madness that is my desk, though, does Mophie's dock fit the bill?

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Xbox One TV Tuner Review

Xbox One TV Tuner Review

The following review is of two devices, combined making the Xbox One capable of running over-the-air digital TV. The first item is the Hauppauge digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The second is the Mohu Leaf 50 antenna. These two devices are what's needed to pick up TV - if you're not about to pay cash for your local major cable provider and want to enjoy over-the-air TV right alongside gaming content on your Xbox One. While the process of purchase might be odd, the result is excellent.

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