Techsafe Cable Lock System
Review

On December 16, 2011, in Adapter, Features, Macbook, Review, by Sam Negri

Techsafe Cable Lock System
Griffin
Price: $29.99 U.S.

 


It was a great relief to find that the Techsafe Cable Lock System performs exactly as advertised. The combination lock works with a clip that slips through the hinge that connects a laptop monitor to its keyboard. Because the flat side of the clip rests against the display, my initial thought was,  “Go carefully because if this isn’t in place correctly, you’re going to destroy the screen.” Some people like to say that worry is like a rocking chair because it doesn’t get you anywhere, but I that’s never stopped me. In this case, I went slowly but found my concerns were needless.

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iPad sales are phenomenal so it should come as no surprise that everywhere you look there’s another iPad accessory. Apple reported that in the quarter that ended on Christmas Day 2010, it sold 7.3 million iPads. That’s just one quarter. Sales of that magnitude have spawned a fertile and highly competitive accessories industry. I recently dipped one toe into the accessories pond and found that quality and usefulness ran the gamut from good to downright chintzy. Here are a few examples of both:

Concerti
Company: Moshi
Price: $55

The Moshi Concerti is one of the nicest of the accessories. It’s a stylish iPad case that is made from a hybrid silicone/microfiber fabric, but it looks and feels like suede. I handed it to my wife as she was about to leave on a two week trip. She found it functional in most respects but with limitations.

The Concerti opens like a book. The right side has a rubber frame that accommodates the iPad with a snug and secure fit. The frame holding the iPad has openings for all cable interfaces and buttons. When open, the left side of the case has two ridges that allow the user to easily prop up the iPad in its horizontal position. The ridges are stiff enough to make the iPad feel secure if it’s sitting on a desk or the seatback table on an airplane, but it’s far less stable if it’s sitting on your lap.

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iPad Sleeve, Stylus, Stand, and Case
Review

On December 8, 2010, in Cases, iPad, Keyboard, Messenger Bag, Review, Stand, by John Nemerovski

WaterField iPad Wallet, Hard Candy Stylus and Pen, Griffin Technology iPad Tablet Stand, and Griffin Technology Elan Passport Graphite iPad Folio Case

Guest iPad gear review by Jackie Richards – Part Four. Many of the items reviewed below will make great stocking stuffers any time of year.

iPad Wallet
Company: WaterField Design
Price: $79 U.S. (plus optional straps and D-rings)

WaterField’s iPad Wallet has an clever design for storing and carrying an iPad plus an Apple Wireless Keyboard and several accessories. It is a premium all-weather product. The construction and design are stylish, attractive, and suitable for men and women. This tote can be ordered with or without two kinds of strap and/or D-rings, as customized from the company’s web site. Six outer colors are available.

The Wallet’s rectangular shape is enhanced by genuine leather edging, in addition to rugged outer material. Interior padded pockets “keep your iPad and Keyboard separate and safe,” according to WaterField, and that claim is accurate. A loose premium nylon mesh rear pocket is deep enough for a small purse, several cables, or a book.

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Review – Elan Holster Metal

On October 14, 2010, in Apple, Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Elan Holster Metal iPhone 4 Case
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $34.99

When I was evaluating the Elan Form Graphite iPhone 4 case, I was also working on evaluating Griffin Technology’s Elan Holster Metal case for the iPhone 4. Unlike the Form Graphite, the Elan Holster Metal case is a case that sits horizontal on your belt and provides wrap-around protection for your iPhone 4.

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iPad Accessories Roundup — STANDS — simple, elegant, or elaborate?

By Guest Reviewer Jackie Richards, and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

Loop Stand for iPad
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $30
Product web page

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Griffin Stylus for iPad versus Just Mobile AluPen

On October 6, 2010, in iPad, Review, by John Nemerovski

By Guest Reviewer Jackie Richards, and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

Stylus for iPad
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $20
Product web page


AluPen
Compan: Just Mobile
Price: $25
Product web page


Jackie loves her Griffin iPad Stylus, with its short stub length and round shape. She wouldn’t use the pocket clip, but she thinks many men and some women will be glad to have the clip. Jackie threaded a thin pink ribbon through the lanyard loop end, to help her keep track of the stylus.

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Review – Elan Form Graphite Case

On September 17, 2010, in Cases, iPhone Cases, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Elan Form Graphite iPhone 4 Case
Company: Griffin Technology
Price: $34.99

We’re all aware of the infamous “Antennagate” media circus surrounding the debut of the iPhone 4. Hold it this way, don’t hold it that way, give me a bumper; it just goes on. iPhone 4 users clamored for cases to prevent the problem from occurring and Griffin Technology and others stepped up to the plate, providing an assortment of cases for iPhone 4 users. Among the cases offered by Griffin Technology is the Elan Form Graphite case.

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Small speakers don’t get any cooler than Ice from i.Sound. They are tiny, with a surprisingly robust audio. Power them via USB from your computer, or with a clever AC adapter

iVoice Pro
Company: MacAlly

Price: $50
http://www.macally.com

iVoiceIII
Company: MacAlly

Price: $40
http://www.macally.com

TuneTalk Stereo
Company: Belkin

Price: $70
http://catalog.belkin.com/

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Griffin iClear with Armband for iPhone 3G – Review

On November 24, 2008, in iPhone, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Griffin iClear with Armband for iPhone 3G
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $29.99
http://www.griffintechnology.com

With all of the cases that have appeared for the iPhone 3G, there are always special cases designed to fill a specific niche for certain users. Griffin Technology’s iClear case for the iPhone 3G fills a specific spot for the active user who wants to take their iPhone along with them whenever they are on the go. Whether you are into running, bicycling or walking, then you need to check out the iClear case.

Having been into running for many years, and used to having my iPod along for the run, I was just a bit hesitant when it came time to look at and try out a case for my iPhone 3G. Something kept telling me that you just don’t take your phone along with you when you’re out there running, calls can wait. However, the capability of having the iPhone with its many capabilities outweighed that voice in the back of my mind and I chose to try out Griffin’s iClear. To begin with, the iClear case comes with a frosted hard polycarbonate back piece with a rotating belt clip, a clear front bezel piece, a static peel screen protector, an adjustable stretchable armband and, of course, a cleaning cloth. Installing your iPhone into the case is a snap, place the belt clip into the arm band, plug in your earphones and off you go.

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PowerDock2 Charging Station

On November 19, 2008, in Dock, iPhone, iPod, iPod Mini, iPod Touch, Review, by Alan Walkowich

PowerDock2 Charging Station
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $49.99 USD
http://www.drbott.com

An era of technology has metamorphosed our homes into a brimming mass of cords and assorted gadgets. How can you organize such chaos? Griffin Technology’s PowerDock2 will calm the obsessive-compulsive organizer in you. A charging station that conveniently charges two iPod or iPhone devices at once using universal docking wells with easy-to-use adapters.

Designed to adapt to multiple versions of iPods and iPhones (See compatible list at end of review) the PowerDock2 offers distinction and efficiency in a humble package. The brushed aluminum design allows the PowerDock2 to compliment a corner of your office to a breakfast nook in the kitchen. A slim design, allows the charger to discretely blend in with its surroundings or spotlight itself when on its own. Included with the charger is a power supply cable (6’) and six plastic dock adapters. Each adapter has a corresponding number, which you match with a provided table to allow your device to seat properly.

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iTrip AutoPilot

On August 29, 2008, in Review, by Rich Lefko

iTrip AutoPilot
Griffin Technology

Price: $99.00
www.griffintechnology.com

Need an FM transmitter so you can play songs from your iPod through your car radio? How about one that charges your iPod AND transmits data to RDS (read on to discover what “RDS” is all about) enabled car radios. Look no further than the iTrip AutoPilot from Griffin Technology.

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Three FM iPod car adapters
Reviewed

On December 27, 2007, in FM Transmitter, iPod, Review, by John Nemerovski

Our MyMac.com rankings blend objective quality with subjective personal experience. Your audio signal mileage may vary a lot from mine. If you can try before you buy, or return/exchange if not completely thrilled, you’ll eventually be satisfied by one of these units.

Three FM iPod car adapters:

iTrip Auto SmartScan FM Transmitter and Car Charger for iPod
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $80
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itripautoss

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Griffin iClear, Reflect, and Elan Form hard cases for iPod nano (3rd Generation)
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $19.99, $24.99, and $29.99 respectively
http://www.griffintechnology.com/

Newly available from Griffin is their revamped hard case lineup for the iPod nano, ranging in price from $19.99 for the iClear to $29.99 for the all new Elan Form, with the $24.99 Reflect staking out the middle ground.

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Elan Holster for iPhone
Review

On August 21, 2007, in Cases, iPhone, Review, by Dan Robinson


Elan Holster for iPhone
Company: Griffin Technology

Price:
$29.99

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/elanholster/

Style

Griffin’s Elan Holster receives 3 out of five stars for style. Its black leather sheath is embossed with two rows of dots that visually sets off what must, by necessity, be a box with a belt clip. As we would expect from a name brand such as Griffin, attention to detail has produced a well-made product.

Substance

Substance gets 3 1/2 stars. The biggest drawback to the Elan Holster is one of the necessities. It holds the iPhone snugly. and you feel confident that it won’t slide out of the open-end holster during normal movement.

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PowerBlock Travel – PowerDuo
Review

On July 10, 2007, in Review, by David Cohen

 


PowerBlock Travel/PowerDuo Travel
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: PowerBlock Travel $34.99, PowerDuo Travel $39.99
www.griffintechnology.com

I bought my first iPod around three years ago – a second generation 10 gigabyte model. Back then, USB support was a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye, and it was Firewire that was the interface du jour. More importantly, the iPod also shipped with an AC charger.

Nowadays, you don’t get Firewire support or a charger. USB 2.0 is an adequate data transfer interface, but it is not a good way to charge a power-hungry device with a colour screen. It is fairly low voltage, so it charges an iPod very slowly – and in fact, on my machine it won’t charge at all (due to the number of devices on my USB hub). And I hate having to sync my iPod just to charge it! Apple do offer an AC charger for the iPod range – a small block with a USB port. However, all you get is the charger, so you have to use your existing iPod data cable, which is not very convenient if you have it hooked up to the back of your Mac.

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Griffin AirDock
Review

On May 30, 2007, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


AirDock
Griffin Technology

Price: $69.99
www.griffintechnology.com

Like iPod cases, there are a lot of iPod docks on the market. There are docks that are only docks and they only charge and sync your iPod, and there are docks that do more. Griffin’s AirDock is one of the docks that does more. It is actually several of their products rolled into one clean, nice looking, package.

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iTrip nano
Review

On May 1, 2007, in iPod Nano, Review, by Donny Yankellow


iTrip nano
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $49.99
griffintechnology.com

Griffin has been in the iPod FM transmitter game for many years. As the iPod evolves, so does the iTrip. Griffin has evolved the iTrip once again with the iTrip nano.

The iTrip nano is designed to fit the 2nd generation Nanos. The Nano slides on the iTrip and connects to a dock connector and a headphone connector. The unit is extremely light, so minimal weight is added to the iPod when connected. While the iPod is easy to connect, it is not easy to remove from the iTrip. The fit is tight, and removing it is a little awkward. I was always worried that I would snap off the headphone connector while I wiggled the iPod to remove it.

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iKaraoke
Review

On April 24, 2007, in Review, by John Nemerovski

iKaraoke
Griffin Technology

Price: $50
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ikaraoke/

It’s hot. It’s cool. It works. It sounds good (but not great). It takes less than ten minutes to set up the first time, and ten seconds afterward. It speaks iPod, and iPod speaks and sings through it. So do you. It’s a terrific bargain, and a brilliant innovation. If you don’t have it already, stop reading and get it now.

It’s iKaraoke from Griffin Technology. Apple Store staff tell MyMac.com it’s flying off the shelves, week after week. (Editors note: this was one of the most wanted giveaway items during our AppleQuiz at the Apple Store in Grand Rapids. Everyone wanted this!) You use it to sing or speak via iPod through your stereo system. Fifty dollars? Ha! Once you try it you’ll be hooked, and go out of your way to find opportunities to use iKaraoke as often as possible. You’ll start telling friends and strangers about it, and drive them nuts until they obtain one and do the same ad infinitum.

Extract iKaraoke from its sealed plastic package, plug it into your iPod dock connector, configure a few basic settings, and sing along with whoever and whatever is playing on your iPod. Griffin gives you a choice of FM transmission or auxiliary cable connection to a stereo system. In our tests, “FM Mode” was inconsistent, so MyMac.com recommends “Line Out Mode” for best music and vocal quality. A printed manual is included with iKaraoke, so you don’t need to guess how to use the darn thing.

“The thrill of karaoke on your iPod” may not ring your chimes, but there are many other potential uses for iKaraoke. Music, dance, and other performing arts instructors will immediately see its benefits for enhanced teaching and rehearsing. Family sing-a-longs will never again be dull, assisted by iKaraoke. It “isolates the lead vocals and fades them into the background,” exactly like genuine karaoke recordings, using a physical Vocals switch.

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Reflect iPod Case
Review

On April 3, 2007, in iPod, iPod Nano, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Reflect
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $24.99
www.griffintechnology.com

The Reflect case for the iPod with Video and the 2nd Gen iPod Nano is hard shell case that protects your iPod with a touch of style. I had the chance to try the Nano model, but I imagine the full sized model would not be much different.

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iTalk Pro
Review

On January 24, 2007, in iPod, Microphone, Review, by John Nemerovski


iTalk Pro
Company: Griffin Technology

Price: $50
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italkpro/

If I could prepare this review in the same amount of time it took me to figure out how to operate Griffin’s new iTalk Pro iPod microphone, you would already be finished reading. Here’s how to use the microphone:

• Remove cute little black gizmo from its package, pry off plastic cover for iTalk Pro’s iPod generic 30-pin connector, insert iTalk Pro into your latest-model (5th generation) iPod with video or (2nd generation) iPod nano, wait a couple of seconds, press iTalk button in the center of iTalk Pro, and start speaking.
• Press iTalk button again when you are finished recording.
• There is no step three. Where did I hear that previously?

A dated iPod voice memo is created in WAV format, that can be copied to your computer via the USB cable provided with your iPod. This file is very large, approximately 10MB per minute. Its name will be something like “20070119 094404.wav.” The WAV file can play on your iPod or computer, and iTunes can convert it to much smaller compressed MP3 or AAC formats. Let me know if you need help with that conversion method.

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