MagnetyzeSinead O’Connor once said: “I do not want what I haven’t got. I say: “I do not want what I do not need.” That’s what this installment of my weekly gadget round up is all about. Some people just want gadgets no matter if they need them or not. This week’s featured gadgets serve a specific consumer with a specific need – efficient charging, ear splitting gaming sound, and tablet aesthetics.
Magnetyze phone charging system
Sooner or later, the gadget situation at your home will get out of hand. Cell phones, tablets, game controllers, eReaders … they all seem to multiply. As they take over your home, their charging cables snake around every corner, dangle out of your junk drawer, and clog up your outlets.
The Magnetize charging system from BuQuTech can square one of these problems away for you. I set it up in two minutes and was impressed immediately.
It’s not revolutionary, it just works.
The Magnetyze applies patent-pending magnetics technology to keep iPhone and Android smartphones charged and synchronized – no cords or cradles. When it is time to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the Magnetyze protective cover needs to be replaced. The desk stand, AC wall charger, car charging stand, magnetic charging cable and other Magnetyze-branded accessories will continue to work with any available Magnetyze smartphone case – Android or iPhone.
Just slide the new smartphone into the lightweight Magnetyze protective case or use the Magnetyze replacement back cover. Magnets integrated into both the case and the various charging bases enable seamless attachment and simultaneous charging and data synchronization.
OrigamiOrigami Vertical Smart Book
The iHome Origami Vertical Smart Book is a protective case that features a patent-pending design for your iPad or iPad Mini. It adjusts to four different viewing angles and allows you to wake or put your tablet to sleep simply by opening or closing the case.
Compatible with iPad 2, iPad 3rd gen, and the new iPad with Retina Display, the Origami Smart Book is available for $39.99. The iPad Mini version retails for $29.99. Of course both models offer full front and back protection as well as access to all buttons and ports.
Earforce TangoEarforce Tango
Turtle Beach is known in the industry as a quality maker of headsets for the hardcore gaming audience. When it comes to multiplayer first person shooter sessions, these cans are the weapons of choice.
The Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ear Force Tango Limited Edition Headset is their finest example yet. The wireless headset has fully programmable audio presets, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, 2.4/5GHz Dual-Band Wi-Fi, a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, Bluetooth technology and wireless chat for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
Does all that matter if you’re playing Skylanders or Castle Crashers? No. But online shooters are all about twitch reflexes and proper detection. The Earforce Tango lets you pinpoint the direction of every attack with 360-degree audio for an immersive experience, while adjusting the position of the virtual speaker angles provides enhanced customizability. That means configuring up to nine different presets for game and chat/mic audio paths so you can hear the boom of explosions without losing the audio of your teammates.
This headset is for hardcore FPS fans, and is priced accordingly – $299.95.