Category Archives: iPad Accessories

Review: Mission Workshop Spec Laptop Sleeve

If you have a laptop or a tablet, you had better have something that provides adequate protection to carry it in. The world is a hard place for electronics, with drops and the weather putting your expensive investment at constant risk. Mission Workshop’s Spec Laptop Sleeve is a good choice that I have been testing recently.

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Review: ElevationLab’s DraftTable for the iPad Pro

If there is one accessory that the world has no shortage of, it is tablet stands. They come in all shapes and sizes, and range from cheap and generic to fairly expensive and iPad-specific. They exploded onto the scene right after the release of the original iPad, and are still readily available pretty much anywhere you look for mobile electronic accessories.

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Review: ElevationLab’s BatteryPro

A few weeks ago, I took a look at a couple of battery packs from Griffin and Belkin for the Apple Watch. My interest in Belkin’s Valet Charger and Griffin’s Travel Power Bank was related to the increased battery demands that LTE and Apple Music streaming can place on the Watch’s battery life. Using these new features extensively will require topping off the battery during the day at times, and what better way than with compatible portable battery pack. With watchOS 4.2 now released, everyone with an LTE-enabled Watch can use Apple Music streaming and it wouldn’t surprise me if these battery packs suddenly become a lot more popular because of it.

Another Watch-compatible battery pack caught my eye when I was researching for the original review, and I was fortunate that the manufacturer was kind enough to send me one to take a look at this week. This is the BatteryPro from ElevationLab, which is also has an MFi-certified magnetic Watch charging pad built-in. This manufacturer is well-known for their high quality accessories, most notably the DraftTable for the iPad Pro (which I will also be testing over the next week for a coming review). After spending a few days using the BatteryPro, I can assure you that it is no exception, but another high-quality and very useful accessory in the ElevationLab lineup.

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Review: Carved Wood Power Bank and Acoustic Acorn Bluetooth Speaker


There is something to be said for finely crafted wood products. I grew up appreciating quality woodwork, as my father is an avid gun collector, and has always preferred classic firearms. He had several over the years that had beautifully stained stocks, with hand-carved engraving. As for me, I have been a percussionist for 30 years and have owned many finely crafted drums over that time. My current drum set has a beautiful black to blue fade stain and I have a hand-made custom snare drum with a dark maple stain against gold hardware and natural finished wood rims that looks really striking, as well. In the case of both the classic firearms and my drums, the objects perfectly combine form and function. They serve a purpose, but their craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal set them apart from everyday items.

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Review: eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior


If you are a working professional who requires a laptop on a day-to-day basis, you know that a good bag or backpack that fits your work environment is absolutely essential. Somewhere between 90-95% of my job is performed between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad Pro, so having a reliable bag that can hold all my gear and stand up to some wear and gear is absolutely essential. I have been through many such bags over the years, and have built up a solid collection that meet various needs. However, when it comes time to take your show on the road, the requirements change, and for those who travel often, they may be different enough to require a completely different approach.

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I Really Hate Apple Keyboards


Several years ago, before I ever got my first iPad-specific keyboard case (the Logitech Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard by ZAGG for the iPad 2), I purchased an Apple Wireless Keyboard to see what it would be like not having to type on the screen of my original iPad. Even though it was a little awkward to carry around with what was supposed to be a mobile device, I still absolutely loved this keyboard. The layout and key spacing were perfect. The action felt good and the keys were responsive. The battery life was great, even if it ran off of actual batteries. It worked very well for me at the time.

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Review: iFrogz Impulse Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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In my opinion, one of the best features of any mobile accessory is versatility. I spend a lot of time on the go during the day, and do a fair amount of travelling for work, so earning a place in my gear bag is a badge of honor, and it usually requires a certain measure of versatility. The more bases a device or accessory can cover, the better the chance that it holds a spot there.

In the past, versatility was a given with headphones and earbuds. You plugged them into a jack and they just worked. With Bluetooth headphones, there came more freedom of movement, but with the conditions of only being compatible with certain devices and limited battery life. Now, iOS users are faced with even more complications with the removal of the iPhone’s headphone jack going forward, with several other smartphone manufacturers now making the same move right behind them. If you own both an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and an iPad, complications with earbuds or headphones will ensue.

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Review: 360 Gripstand by Lynktec


Like so many smartphone and tablet accessory categories, stands have become exceedingly commoditized. If you don’t know what I mean, I dare you to search for “iPad Stand” on eBay or Amazon and see how long you can stand browsing the never ending list. Half of what you will find there probably comes out of no more than 5 factories in East Asia.

For all the difficulty in finding a good device stand that is versatile and stands out from the crowd, it’s an accessory we all find ourselves in need of at one time or another. I’ve had several over the years, but they all had flaws. They didn’t last. They would only work for certain devices, or in certain use conditions. Frankly, I had never owned one that I was really all that happy with. That changed when I got Lynktec’s 360 Gripstand.

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Reflecting On The Past Year of Apple Pencil Ownership

When I first bought the Apple Pencil in late 2015, I thought I’d bring it everywhere. It was one of the coolest iPad accessories I’d ever seen, and the low latency and high accuracy for drawing and handwriting was just unbelievable. I’d used a lot of third party stylii — including the Pencil by Fifty Three — before the Apple Pencil’s release, but none of the competitors even came close to Apple’s product.

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Most Versatile Tablet & iPad Stand – iBeani

PRODUCT REVIEW

ibeaniecatsiBeani Tablet and iPad Stands are very good products with very practical functionality. We’re a big fan of iBeani iPad stands. iBeani Tablet and iPad Stands are hand made in UK and sold online. My initial thought when I first saw it, “It doesn’t look all that impressive, it looks kind of simple”. However, I’ve discovered its simplicity is, among others, it’s strength.

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Quick Look: Mountie Monitor Extender

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Tell me if this sounds familiar to you–you’re working on your laptop and you wish you had just a little more real-estate on your screen.  Having another window open can go a long way unmaking you more productive.  Maybe it’s your email–maybe you are a heavy Twitter user, and you like to keep the app open and active, or perhaps you want the extra screen for a  FaceTime or Skype call.  Whatever the reason, there aren’t too many functional and affordable options out there to choose from.

While searching for options, I came accross the Mountie from the folks at Ten 1 design.  Not only was it pretty much exactly what I was looking for, but the minimalistic design and affordable price tag were icing on the cake.  Available in both green and blue, the Mountie offers a convenient and easy way to add an additional monitor to your MacBook or PC without adding unwanted bulk to your set-up.

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