Accessories Reviews

Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone's UP is back for 2012, and like that gym membership you signed up for and only used once, it's begging you to give it a second chance. The original UP launched last year to rave reviews, but the shine quickly faded as owners struggled with batteries that refused to charge and hardware that would unexpectedly stop working. Jawbone dragged it back into the lab and returned with a new version, all-change in hardware and software, and the subject of near 3m hours of testing. The wearable tracking market hasn't stood still in the meantime, however, so can the UP regain its lost momentum? Read on for our full review.

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AERIAL7 TANK DIY over-ear headphones Review

AERIAL7 TANK DIY over-ear headphones Review

The folks at AERIAL7 have come through with a lovely pair of over-ear headphones in the TANK, here in their newest iteration bringing you a completely do-it-yourself aesthetic. The DIY TANK model comes in all white with a set of materials on the surface that allow for great connections with markets, paint, ink, and everything in-between. Got an artist in the family that also likes to customize everything they own? This might be just the ticket.

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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Review

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Review

Along with Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has released a handful of new keyboards, trying to cover the wide range of people who need a physical keyboard regardless of it they're working on desktop or on a tablet. Of all of these keyboards, the new Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is probably the most interesting. The Sculpt is another ergonomic keyboard in a sea of products that claim to cut down on wrist strain and actually make typing easier. The question is whether that's actually the case, or if it's all PR fluff meant to get us to hand over cash for a keyboard we might not even need. Read on to hear the verdict.

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Spigen SGP GLAS.tR for iPhone 5 Review

Spigen SGP GLAS.tR for iPhone 5 Review

It's time again for the hardcore excellence of Spigen SGP with their newest in all-glass screen protectors for mobile devices - here with the GLAS.tR for the iPhone 5. This screen protector takes the protection of your iPhone 5's front-facing display more than just a little seriously - making sure that not only to do you get the most hardcore glass protection with a super 8H hardness rating, but round edges as well. The R in the title of this product stands for "rounded", a noted improvement on the edges of this protector compared to previous releases from Spigen.

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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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