When it comes to over-the-ear headphones, the number of options is a bit dizzying. You have the ultra high end coming in north of $300 while the low end, the sub-$50, often leaves a lot to be desired. And why you may find a pair that gives you reasonable audio, it may not work great on Bluetooth or even given you the option to go wired if you wanted to do so.
One of the newer player in the headphones and headset market is Tribit. The Chinese company makes a wide range of Bluetooth enabled audio accessories that are aimed at providing a premium experience without the premium price. The Tribit XFree Tune Headphones hit that mark.
Recently the company sent me a XFree Tune unit for review and I have to say, for the sub-$45 price tag, you will be hard pressed to find a better option out there, especially one with a built-in microphone to use for phone calls. Yep, they are versatile too.
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USB charging stations for your desk are, frankly, dull. Most of them, while functional, are black or white boxes with a row of USB ports and not much pizazz. That’s what makes the Jelly Comb Charging Station stand out. This 5-port USB station for your desktop has a unique design that makes it easy to plug in your accessories while not looking like a slap of plastic on your desk. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology and has a blue LED light to let you know when it is powered on. It’s a different take on what is usually a utilitarian accessory for most of us.
The team over at Jelly Comb sent me the charging station a few weeks back to test and review. It is the first product from the China-based company I have reviewed and for its unique look and technology supported, the $14.99 price tag is hard to beat. Here’s my review.
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Like many of you, I have a lot of gadgets around my office that require charging. It is logical, therefore, that I’m usually hunting around for a cable to charge said gadgets. In my office, I’ve pretty much got it setup the way I want but when I go on the road, I have to take some of those cables with me. Inevitably I forget one (or two) at home. Or, worse, I have one break. That’s where bundles of cables really become a great value for me personally and I suspect I’m not alone.
Choetech has been making accessories for Android and iPhones for several years now and recently they sent me their 6-Pack of USB-C to USB-A cables to review. I accepted the review cables because, having reviewed several Choetech items here on the site, I suspected that they would be good quality, solid construction and great performers. I wasn’t disappointed. I tested all of the cables in the pack for this review and all of them did exactly as I would have expected. Considering that you are getting 6 of these cables in the pack for $19.99, they are also a good value.
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When it comes to travel, there is always the need for USB wall chargers. The question is how many you want to carry and if they are really designed for travel. For me, when I’m on the road, I have a separate charger for my Nexus 6P, my Nexus 9 and my Fitbit Blaze. That’s a lot of cables and a lot of chargers. Then the team over at iClever sent me their recently redesigned dual-port USB wall charger. I now carry one less wall charger.
The iClever BoostCube series is actually made up of several different models but the one they sent me to review, the IC-WB21W, is perfect in so many ways. It is truly designed for travel with folding AC prongs and a compact design. Recently the team at iClever sent me this newly redesigned charger to review and I’m quite pleased with what they have done with this simple yet important accessory.
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Like many readers, I travel a lot and often times I’m trying to charge my Nexus 6P at the airport. More airports today have seats with USB ports on them so even if you can’t find an electrical outlet, you can still get charged up before or between flights. The trick, however, is how much you use your phone while it is charging. We all know that using your phone while it is charging increases the charging time. But by how much? Wouldn’t it be great to see how much your phone is consuming energy as you charge it? Enter the Choetech Current Voltage Monitor cable.
The Current Voltage Monitor cable allows you to see how much voltage is running to your phone as it charges and equally, how many amps are being consumed by your phone to charge it. Not only will you see how your usage is impacting the charging time, you will see if that USB port in that chair at the airport is only putting out 2-3v instead of 5v which also slows down charging time. Recently the team at Choetech sent me one of these cables to review and its quite handy having this knowledge in the palm of your hand. Here’s my review of this handy little accessory.
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Like many aspects of healthy living, understanding your blood pressure and the impact it has on your body is critical. This is especially true for those with a genetic predisposition to heart disease and high blood pressure. High blood pressure can have long term damaging impacts on your body that can include heart attack and stroke. Monitoring your blood pressure and your pulse can be done at home with the Withing Blood Pressure Monitor.
The Withing Blood Pressure Monitor allows you to take your blood pressure at home, leveraging the Withings app on your Android or iOS phone to keep track of it on a daily or weekly basis. While it is not as accurate as a medical office checking your blood pressure, it does serve as a solid tool to help you understand what you eat, drink, weight and exercise do to your blood pressure. I’ve been using the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor for many months as part of keep track of my blood pressure as heart disease runs in my family. It has become an valuable tool, giving me information that I can readily share with my doctor to discuss and make dietary or lifestyle changes. Here is my review of this great medical tool.
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While it is handy to have a nightlight in a room, having one that serves a bit more than just soft light at night is a bonus. That’s exactly what Choetech has aimed to do with their nightlight. The Cheotech Nighlight certainly gives the soft, LED light that you would expect from a nightlight but it has the bonus of two USB ports so you can charge your devices while you sleep. Best of all, Choetech designed this nightlight for energy efficiency, safety and automatic turning on and off as natural light fills the room.
The company sent me one of these nightlights to review and having used it over the course of the past few weeks, I have to say I’m pretty impressed. For sure it isn’t going to be the fastest charging ports you will find but given that you will be using them as you sleep, they get the job done. Equally, the lighting provide is soft and relaxing. All this for a under $15 makes it a great value. Here’s my review.
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Finding a sports Bluetooth headset can be challenging. Either you get stuck with sub-par sound quality or have to pay a reasonable percentage of the cost of your actual phone for them. I’ve noted on other products that iClever has seemed to have found a balance between these too challenges. I’ve reviewed multiple products from them over the past year and they always seem to pack a lot of punch for the price. The iClever BoostRun headset is no exception. With outstanding audio quality, solid battery performance and a lightweight, don’t-really-notice-it-is-there design, the BoostRun meets the need for a resilient headset that you can use in the gym or on a run.
Recently the iClever team sent me the headset, which by their product name is the IC-BTH06, for review and after using them for the last few weeks, I have no problem in recommending this headset if you need a lightweight headset for your workout.
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