Accessories Reviews

Philips hue Review

Philips hue Review

Philips has been pushing color-changing lighting for years now, but with Philips hue the concept may finally have come of age. No longer amorphous lamp blobs, the hue bulbs screw easily into your existing light fittings and, on the face of it, do everything a regular bulb might. Reach for your phone or tablet, however, and you can soon be bathing in a near unlimited range of custom colors. So, the dawn of a new age of home automation, or just a dreary DIY disco? Read on for our full review.

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Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Review

Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Review

For all that we're told to live digitally in the cloud, there are still plenty of people who rely on handwritten notes in a Moleskine or similar to keep their lives in order. Livescribe wants to build a bridge between paper and digital, and the new Livescribe Sky WiFi smartpen is its latest attempt: a digital pen that can record all of your handwriting and sketches, as well as audio, and upload it wirelessly to the ever-popular Evernote. New sharing features, and the promise of toolkits for integrating the smartpen with iPhone and Android apps, gild the deal, but do we really need a pen that can squirt ink onto the internet? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Loop Mummy iPhone case review

Loop Mummy iPhone case review

Smartphone cases are a mixed bag nowadays -- some are great, some are good, and some are just pretty awful. On top of the fact that cases are a hotly-debated item in the first place, it’s pretty difficult for case manufacturers to get the attention of smartphone users, and only a few have done it successfully. Loop Attachment has made a pretty unique silicone case called the Mummy, and it’s arrived just in time for Halloween. I ended up trying one out for myself to get a first impression and see how well it worked.

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Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector Review

Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector Review

It's time to get giant with the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector, the newest fun and entertaining light pusher on SlashGear's own review bench! This device connects to whatever device you've got on hand that can push images via HDMI, with a set of controls that so simple to understand, you'll not need to peek at the instructions even once. What we've got a demo of here is the device working with an iPad - but the limits of your HDMI-connected greatness are up to you!

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HiddenRadio wireless speaker Review

HiddenRadio wireless speaker Review

There's a brand new wireless Bluetooth speaker and FM radio on the block, and it's name is HiddenRadio - and we've got one right here to take a look at, as it were. This device works in several different ways, the first and most important of these being via Bluetooth 2.1. You'll be connecting to your smartphone, tablet, or whatever other device you've got that has the ability to work with Bluetooth and cranking out the tunes will be as easy as twisting the device's top.

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Monster Inspiration Active Noise Cancellation Headphones Review

Monster Inspiration Active Noise Cancellation Headphones Review

It used to be that you were judged on what music you listened to - now it's what brand of headphones you choose to listen to it with. Monster segued from cables to cans back in 2008 and, with the dissolution of the Beats Electronics partnership this year, is now pushing its own brand on models like these, the Inspiration. Promising active noise cancellation with some relatively restrained style, they also carry a significant $299.99 price tag, but do they deliver? Read on for our review.

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Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

This week we've had an opportunity to take a peek at a rather interesting - and extremely simple - accessory for the iPad. It's a magnetic stand called "Magnus" and it's made by the folks at Ten One Design. This combination of aluminum and integrated magnets makes for just about as invisible a stand design as you're going to get, and it's essentially the same color metal as the rest of your Apple products - so it matches!

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SuperTooth DISCO 2 Review

SuperTooth DISCO 2 Review

This week we've got our hands on the next generation in Bluetooth (or wired!) stereo sound with the SuperTooth DISCO 2 A2DP wireless speaker. This device touts the ability to connect with style to any Bluetooth A2DP device - including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - as well as a variety of PCs, MP3 players, and more. This next-generation device takes all the great qualities of the original SuperTooth Disco and adds a whole new body, color collection, and an upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0.

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Olympus LS-100 Sound Recorder Review

Olympus LS-100 Sound Recorder Review

It's time to take a peek at a sound recorder the likes of which we don't see very often around these parts, the Olympus LS-100, fully equipped to be your mobile recording studio on the go. What you've got here is a sound recorder that can act on its own completely independent of add-on accessories, or it can be the hub that brings your sound recording game up to professional level in a snap. Inside the box you've got the device, a strap to ring it around your wrist if you like, a simple manual, and a lovely Olympus carrying case - and that's all you'll need.

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Octa iPad TabletTail Whale Kit Review

Octa iPad TabletTail Whale Kit Review

This week we're taking on one of the strangest accessories in the history of mobile devices, the iPad-friendly TabletTail Whale Kit. This accessory comes in two pieces: one of them bubble you see connected to the back of the tablet, the other being the adjustable WhaleTail. You pump the plunger to the tablet and connect the tail and you're ready to go - in as oddball a fashion as you could ever have hoped for.

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