Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
Company: Kanex
Price: $40

Kanex Mini USB Keyboard and StandI recently had the opportunity to review the Kanex Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Stand Cover, and I am impressed. Inside the box are the keyboard itself, a magnetic cover (which doubles as a stand for your tablet or phone), and a USB charging cable.

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About Peter Nikolaidis

Peter is an entrepreneur, IT security guy, mountain biker, role-player, open-source legend, and naturalized Kryptonian. His latest string of letters after his name include CISSP, GCFE, GCIH, GPPA, GSNA, and is quite NSFW, JKLOL. Often splitting his time between rural Vermont and urban Boston, MA, while not negotiating galactic peace treaties, he enjoys coffee and networking of various types, and occasionally co-hosting a Podcast. He can be found sharing useful, amusing, or annoying tidbits on various social media platforms.

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Rebel BT On-Ear Headphones EM-JH101-BK
House of Marley
Price: $70 U.S.
Available in three colors

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The Rebel Bluetooth Headphones allow you to listen to music from a mobile device wirelessly. The audio quality is not perfect but it is resonant and clear. My guess is that most consumers will find the sound perfectly acceptable. The middle range and bass are warm and luxurious, a real treat in a $70 set of BT over the ear headphones.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

Manufacturer: Audio-Technica
Prices: $80 to $250 (MSRP shown after model number; lower prices online)

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It’s not often we have the opportunity to test a range of headphones across any given manufacturer’s range. For this group test we received four sets. All model names are prefixed ATH- to identify them as Audio-Technica products, but omitted here for improved readability. Clockwise starting in the top left of the photo they are:

WS99BT over-ear; S700BT over-ear; CKS55XBT in-ear; SPORT4BK in-ear.

All are Bluetooth enabled and the sports designated model is washable (not waterproof) under running water. All are equipped with a microphone and controls that allow you to wirelessly answer/end calls, control music, and adjust the volume level on compatible Bluetooth devices. The two over-ear devices are cable-connectable to conventional outputting devices in the absence of a Bluetooth signal.

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About Ian Scott-Parker

After training as a cartographic surveyor and then draughtsman, Ian worked in the haulage and manufacturing sectors before retraining to operate a short-run digital-color print studio. He spent the larger part of the last century of the previous millennium in the UK and the larger part of the present millennium in the USA, but claims to look younger than that makes him sound. Now retired, he lives as an Internet recluse with his wife Beth, whom he met through MyMac, and four unruly rescue dogs, Tika, Sammy, Gracie, and Truffie.

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The Nyne Mini Bluetooth Speaker – Review

On December 31, 2015, in Audio, Bluetooth, Review, Speakers, by Mike Breed

Nyne Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Company: Nyne
Price: $50 at Amazon.com in USA

 

Nyne Mini Bluetooth

With the myriad of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market these days, it’s easy to get lost in the mix. Nyne has done an exceptional job at creating a product in this category that stands out above the rest. With that being said, the Nyne Mini Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is just as easy to carry around as your phone and yet delivers big sound from a small package.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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iHome Fit Wireless Bluetooth Earphones iB73
iHome
$79.99

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I listen to podcasts when I’m working out at the gym. I have a pair of earphones that I really like; however, the cord is always getting in the way. Wireless Bluetooth solutions I’ve tried usually fell out after a few minutes or were uncomfortable. I was offered the opportunity to test the iHome Fit Wireless Bluetooth Earphones, and I’m so glad I did. These are now my go-to earphones.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard – Review

On October 19, 2015, in Keyboard, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Multi-Device Keyboard
Model: K380 (Blue)
Manufacturer: Logitech
MSRP: $39.99

Logitech’s new K380 Multi-Device Keyboard can be connected to three devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. Say you have a Mac, an iPhone and, an iPad. Link each one to the keyboard and its settings will be remembered. When you want to use one of them, you just press the appropriate button and you’re connected.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Bluedio M2 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Sports Running Headphones Black
Bluedio
Price: $15.89 (US), £12.95 (UK)

It would be easy to dismiss a set of headphones costing less than $20 as basic, even if those headphones feature Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluedio Melody M2 Bluetooth headphones set aside that notion, providing great functionality at a great price in the form of a competent set of headphones that equal those white buds from the fruity based company. 

Bluedio M2 Sports Bluetooth Headphones

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About Mark Chappell

Mark’s a guy who lives in a shack by the sea in far western England, binge watching Netflix series in between reviewing tech and Mac related goodies. The switch to Macintosh was easy when using dreaded WinVista and adding a printer proved nigh on impossible. That tipped him over the edge and since getting a Mac he’s never looked back, including the Hackintosh years. Wanna be guitar player, intermittent podcaster, and a Taylor Swift fan.

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Sound Blaster Roar Megastereo Cable
Company: Creative
$10 U.S.
Hint: Read this review first.

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I continue to use Creative’s Sound Blaster SR20 Roar Wireless Speaker daily for personal listening and music teaching. It is the best one piece speaker I have ever heard for the combination of clarity, volume, and price. I recommend it to my students and friends. Many of them purchase it, and they are immediately amazed at how good it sounds at all volume levels.

Now I have a second Roar speaker, plus Creative’s $10 Sound Blaster Roar Megastereo Cable. Wow and double wow. Read the procedure below to learn how they work together for maximum stereo delivery.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller – Review

On February 9, 2015, in Review, by MyMac

NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller
Company: 8Bitdo

Price: $34.99

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As someone who grew up playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), I have very fond memories of this game controller. Remember, this came out right after the Atari Joystick so the NES controller was radically different. There have been many companies offering NES style controllers that work on modern computer gear for many years but the NES30 gets much of it right.

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TechFan #196 – Audioengine B2

On February 6, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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The Featured Product for this episode is the Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. Is this the $299 speaker you have been waiting for? Also, great feedback from listeners, as well as discussions on Pixelmator, Debalelizer, batch file processing, Alex’s Apple Orchard, Open Doc, and a lot more.

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Links:
Tim Robertson interview on The Podcast Digest
Pixelmator
Debabelizer – Now Free, no support, does not support after Lion
Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker – $299

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan 188 – Are You Blue

On December 5, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim talk about a few different BlueTooth audio products, including the LuguLake Portable Wireless Speaker, the Genius headset, and more. Tim talks more about his iPhone 6 Plus, and David took the plunge on a iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. And Owen is flying to Hawaii, so we hate him now.

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Links:
Genius HS-920BT Bluetooth Headset – Review
LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Review
Nemo’s 2014 Hardware Accessory Roundup, Part 4
8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller
Shure SRH145 Portable Collapsible Headphones

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Mio Alpha Heart Rate Sport Watch and iHomeAudio iBN10 Executive Music Station – Nemo Memo


 

Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Sport Watch
Company: Mio
Price: $199 U.S.

ALPHA

Mio’s ALPHA is a stylish, rugged, easy to use fitness watch that is as versatile as it is light weight. Within seconds of opening its carton you will be charging its battery via the dedicated, custom USB cable, and within hours you will be using this attractive watch to its optimum capability.

An insufficient written manual is included. The full manual is online as a PDF. If you have never before used a fitness watch you may be confused by the terms and features described, plus the device itself. One helpful phone call to the toll free USA phone number will have you fully acquainted with Alpha’s modes of operation. Email and web support are available.

ALPHA provides two basic statistics: heart rate and workout timing. That’s it, in addition to a digital clock. Users can monitor or record this information as desired, including synched Bluetooth iOS app record keeping (not tested).

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds – Review

On September 8, 2014, in Audio, Bluetooth, Headphones, by Russ Walkowich

PUMP HD Sportbuds Waterproof/Bluetooth Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $129.95 MSRP

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I have been running and working out for many years now and since the advent of portable electronic devices, the one pet peeve that I’ve had is that I have never really found a set of headphones that will work properly once I’ve started to sweat during the workout. Apple’s earbuds or any major brand in-ear headphones always seem to have the same issue; sooner or later my sweat will cause one side or the other of the in-ear headphone to stop working properly until I’ve dried it out. So when BlueAnt said that they had a waterproof bluetooth headphone, I knew that I had to give them a try.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Review

On July 21, 2014, in Review, Speakers, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Manufacturer: Inateck
Amazon (US) price: $16.99
Portable Speaker

The little speaker that could. Here’s an impressively small speaker for impressively little money. It doesn’t deliver audiophile quality sound, but for a little speaker, it does what you’d expect for about half the price of its nearest competitors.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones – Video Review

On February 6, 2014, in Features, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones
Company: Antec
Price: about $150 on Amazon

About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Review

On February 3, 2014, in Review, Speakers, by Elisa Pacelli

SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Company: Antec
Price: $50.75 on Amazon as of publication

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I’m not an audiophile, but I love listening to music. There’s always music on in my house; I even bring my iPhone out to the pool so my tunes can keep me company. Dragging out a large speaker and outdoor extension cord is very inconvenient and bulky. This is where the SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker comes in.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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ZAGG Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System
Company: ZAGG
Price: $249.99 USD

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The days of the highly expensive component stereo systems are gone. No more turntables, tape players, CD players, tuners and amplifiers. (although I still have my complete system) The influx of Bluetooth capable speakers, headphones and everyday items has been steadily increasing over the past few years as users demand more from the items that they purchase and utilize everyday. One shouldn’t be surprised when that capability has been translated into speaker systems that provide portability and ease of use. ZAGG’s latest item, the Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System, provides the user with both in a well designed product that provides both in a unique way.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Nakamichi BT Headphones – Review

On January 3, 2014, in Bluetooth, Headphones, Review, by Tim Robertson

Nakamichi BT Headphones
Model BT304
Company: Nakamichi
Price: $69.99

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First, if you read my review of the Nakamichi Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker, you will know that Nakamichi is a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment that I loved from the 80’s and 90’s but had left the U.S. market a decade ago. The trio of products they have recently launched back in the U.S. are all budget priced in a very competitive and busy market. The first product I reviewed was the Bluetooth Speaker and while I liked the build quality and features, the actual audio was sub-par and left me wanting more. I feared that the second product I was to review, these Nakamichi BT Headphones, would suffer a similar fate.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Shuttr – Review

On December 16, 2013, in iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Shuttr
Manufacturer: Muku Labs
MSRP: $39.95
Shuttr

Shuttr began life as a Kickstarter project. It is a beautifully designed and executed remote shutter release for the iPhone (and Android phones). Once it is set up, you simply press the camera button on the remote to take photos from a distance. Simple selfies!

Shuttr

Shuttr is a breeze to set-up and use because it pairs with the iPhone effortlessly. Turn it on when Bluetooth is in the discoverable mode on your phone and connection is almost instantaneous.

Muku Lab’s design is sleekly minimal with a satin matte case that has only three controls. On the right side is a sliding on/off switch, on the left side is an iOS/Android switch, and front and center is the camera button that releases the shutter. There is a tiny green LED that indicates pairing and also glows when the device is on.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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BTSA1 Long Range Bluetooth Speaker Adapter
Amped Wireless
Price $69.99

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With this Bluetooth speaker adapter from Amped Wireless, you can wirelessly send music from your iPad, computer, smartphone, or other Bluetooth enabled device to any speaker in your house. Set up is simple and takes less than five minutes.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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