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Native Union Switch Speaker Review

IMG_8303The Native Union Switch is a portable bluetooth speaker that offers some big sound. It is a versatile device that does more than just playing music. It comes in a variety of different colors and the standard colors retail for $149.99 on their website (link) or view it on Amazon, where it is currently priced at $75 (link).

The speaker is larger than some of the portable speakers on the market so it is less travel-friendly than some speakers but makes up for it in features. The speaker allows users to make conference calls, charge one’s device while using the speaker, play music in two different positions, and has a volume dial to adjust sound.

The Switch has four different ports which include the auxiliary port, the phone port (for conference calls), micro USB in for charging the speaker, and USB out for charging one’s device. Included with the speaker is a braided aux cord and micro USB cord that are the same color as the speaker. The braided cords are an added bonus because they do not fray as easily and do not tangle as easily than the conventional cords.

The volume dial is great for adjusting the sound of music or calls to the perfect level because it is precise and easy to turn. There is a feedback sound when the full volume is reached indicated that it has reached the maximum output of sound. Inside of the volume dial is the multipurpose button for turning off/on the speaker, putting it into pairing mode, playing and pausing music, and answering and hanging up calls. The LED next to the volume dial indicates what mode the speaker is in so in pairing mode, the speaker will alternate between white and red flashes. On the opposite end of the volume dial, on the speaker, is the LED indicator that shows the battery percentage left on the speaker.

The battery life on the Switch is impressive. I usually only have to charge it once every few weeks. I use the device about every few days for a couple of hours on average.

Build quality is great on the Switch. It is made of a soft touch plastic with a matte finish so it does not pick up fingerprints or scratch easily. The speaker looks sleek and fits nicely in any room.

The Switch can be used in the horizontal or vertical position and offers the same sound in either position. This is a unique feature of the speaker so if the user has limited space, the speaker can be used in the vertical position.

The sound quality is clear on the device. It fills a small or medium room well. The sound on the speaker carries well. The bass on the device has a nice thump to it. The highs, mids, and lows are present. There is also some good treble. The speaker is also great for adding some surrounds sound to a movies, videos, etc.

Overall, the speaker offers a nice alternative to the speaker on one’s device.  It packs a loud punch in the sound department and offers some extra dimensions of sound that may not be available on one’s laptop, phone, or mp3 player. I would recommend this speaker to those looking for a bluetooth speaker that has good sound quality and many other features.




My Macbook Case Review

IMG_8336My Macbook Case offers many options for protecting one’s Macbook. They have many color options to choose from including pink, purple, blue, and more. The Macbook pro 13″ with Retina display case currently retails for $34.98 on their website (link).

The case is build with quality material because it has not had an issue even when I have bumped it against multiple surfaces. Also, the finish on the case is fantastic as every little detail, such as the apple cutout and curved cuts on the sides with the ports, is included in the case. The case is a soft touch plastic case and comes in two pieces. All of their cases are see thru so adding a decal to the Macbook works well. The case has a matte finish so although it is a fingerprint magnet, they do not appear on the case as easily as a glossy finish would.

The bottom piece does not reach all four corners of the Macbook for functionality reasons (see video). Rather the case exchanges some protection for the ability to open the top of the Macbook (the screen) all the way. Some other cases limit the angles that the Macbook screen can open to because the top and bottom piece of the cases will conflict, but that problem does not occur here.

The case is flush against the Mac and does not add to much bulk. It is a thin case but offers a lot of protection as I have bumped the Mac against multiple surfaces with no problems with the computer or case. The bottom of the case has four small foam pads that elevate the Macbook from the surface for ventilation, keeps the case from scratching the surface, and keeps the laptop from sliding around. The cutouts on the bottom of the case also reduce the added weight of the case and provide more ventilation.

There are two small things about the case that are specific, but should be mentioned. The left corner of the computer closest to the trackpad sometimes does not stay flush with the case, but can be pushed back into place easily (see video). Also, it is not easily noticeable so there are not too many complaints about that. Secondly, when I first got the case, the bottom piece was a bit rough on my wrists but have since smoothen out so there are no more problems with that (see video).

Overall, the case does a great job of protecting the Macbook while adding minimal bulk. The different color options allow one to personalize the Macbook and make it unique. Also, the ability to see a decal through the case adds even more options for customizing one’s laptop. I would recommend this to people who are looking for a case that offer protection, minimal bulk, and has the ability to see decals through the Macbook.



OsoMount U-Grip EX and Dash Grip Review

IMG_7413Oso has many different mounts to choose from and their mounts work with many smartphones and some other devices. The U-Grip EX and Dash Grip are similar in functionality and design but still has some unique features that set them apart. The U-Grip EX retails for $29.99 and the Dash Grip retails for $26.99 and you can pick them up on Oso’s website and the U-Grip EX on Amazon.

U-Grip EX

The EX comes with two different attachments. There is the on-the-dashboard mount and an over-the-dashboard mount, which attaches to the base/ suction cup part. Both work with the universal phone mounting portion. I mainly use the on-the-dashboard mount because it is the style that I like compared to the over-the-dashboard mount that gets in the way of my car’s A/C and heating buttons and knobs. But some people prefer the over-the-dashboard mount because it does not hinder their vision or distract them like the other mount does. The EX has solid build quality and does not feel like it will fall apart any time soon. It has a nice red accent color that is subtle but still stands out against the rest of the body that is black. The suction cup is strong and holds the mount to the surface well. One can wash the suction cup off with water if too much dust and debris gets on the suction cup and causes it to decrease in stickiness. The mount is simple to use and features a spring-like mechanism for holding the phone in place or taking the phone out of the mount. The rubber portions that hold the phone in place is made of high quality material.

Dash Grip

The Dash Grip only comes with the clamp mechanism to attach one’s device to the mount, which is an on-the-dashboard mount. This mount is made with quality material and is also accented with a bit of red. The red accents are featured on the rubberized contact points inside the clamp where the phone will rest. The suction cup is the same one used in the EX so it is also strong and adheres the mount to the surface well. The clamp is manually opened by the user so the user must open the mount with one hand and place the phone in the mount with the other hand, but the process is fairly simple.

Functionality/ Features/ Etc.

Both the EX and Dash Grip allow the user to mount his/her phone in landscape or portrait mode and at various angles so the user can find the perfect position for his/her device. They keep the phone fairly stable while in the mount so one does not have to worry too much about the phone when on the road. I find the EX is better with stability than the Dash Grip because the phone is flush against the mount with more contact points.

They can be used in numerous ways such as for mounting one’s device in the car, on one’s desk, on one’s bedside table, as well as other locations. The mount needs to be mounted on a flat surface that will adhere to the suction cup so there are many possibilities. I mainly use the EX in the car for GPS purposes and keep the Dash Grip on my desk to mount my phone. Both mounts can be used to Face Time, make Skype calls, record memos, play music, and just display the phone.


Overall, I enjoyed using both mounts because I can use them in various ways and they both work well at their jobs. Both are built well and I have had no issue with either one. I would recommend the EX to those looking for the ability to choose between over and on-the-dashboard mounts and increased stability and would recommend the Dash Grip for those looking for a mount for their device and are fine with on-the-dashboard mounting.


id America Spark Headphones Review


The id America Spark headphones come in a variety of color combinations including aluminum silver (which I have for review).  The Spark headphones retail for $59.95 on id America’s website or you can find it for less on Amazon (prices may vary).

id America Cosmopolitan Case for iPad 2/3/4


The Cosmopolitan Case comes in three different colors: green, burgundy, and black. The case is available for the iPad Mini or iPad 2/3/4. The iPad 2/3/4 version retails for $49.95 and can be found on id America’s website.
 The case is a leather folio case. It features three different viewing angles in the landscape position. The bottom half of the iPad, unlike most other folio style cases,  detaches from the case and is positioned in the stand away from the case (explained in the video).

Jabra Revo Corded Headphones Review


Jabra is best known for their bluetooth headsets and accessories, but have ventured into the headphone market. The Jabra Revo headphones come in a wireless or wired version (I have the wired version for review). The headphones retail for $199.99 and can be purchased on Amazon (prices may vary).

TeknMotion Air Capsule Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Portable speakers are handy pieces of technology to have and use. There are many different types and shapes and they all cost different prices. The TeknMotion Air Capsule speaker retails for $39.99 and can be found at CompuExpert (link) or on Amazon (link). The speaker includes a micro usb cable, a 3.5 mm cable (or auxiliary cable), a non-slip pad, and the speaker itself. It does not include a wall charger or a travel case, but those do not affect the speakers performance.