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June 2020 - October 2021

Welcome to Tested with 9to5Toys, your home for reviews and hands-on coverage of everyday essentials. From charging cables, batteries, and cases, to Mac accessories, and more, you’ll find our thoughts on products you case use each day.

At 9to5Toys we regularly feature the best prices on products we ourselves use. This is where you’ll find all of our thoughts on the latest products from mainstream brands like Anker, Aukey, Satechi, Twelve South, and many more. Those add-on products that we all need to make our lives a little bit easier. However, some times find a trusted source with hands-on experience with these products can be hard to find.

That’s where Tested with 9to5Toys comes in.

Tested: Nomad’s new Sport iPhone 13 MagSafe cases deliver eye-catching gloss finishes

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Normally Nomad is known for its leather cases, but the brand is looking to change that with its latest iPhone 13 case lineup. Debuting with a slick new appearance, the just-released Sport MagSafe cases deliver a candy coat finish in five fresh colors. Should Nomad just stuck to its basics or is its latest yet another hit? Dive into our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review for all of the details.

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Tested: Is CASETiFY’s anti-microbial iPhone 13 MagSafe Impact Case worth the $70 price tag?

Today we are taking a hands-on look at the new CASETiFY iPhone 13 MagSafe Impact Case. The brand has always stood out for its wild, Instagram-ready designs, and this year’s collection is no different. The 2021 lineup features a number of recycled options as well as a stronger focus on environmentally-conscious designs with MagSafe compatibility entering the fray on just every model available. Today’s we are diving in with a review of the CASETiFY iPhone 13 MagSafe Impact Case in the latest entry to the Tested with 9to5Toys series. 

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Tested: Hands-on with CYRILL’s $19 MagSafe vegan leather iPhone 13 case

Today we are getting hands-on with the CYRILL Brick vegan leather iPhone 13 case. CYRILL – a Spigen sister brand – launched its new iPhone 13 cases lineup just after Apple announced its latest handsets with a series of MagSafe-ready options as well as its Cecile flower designs and its Classic Charm crossbody option. But for today, we are diving in with the CYRILL Brick vegan leather iPhone 13 case in the latest entry to the Tested with 9to5Toys series. 

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Tested: Spigen’s iPhone 13 Ultra Hybrid Mag is one of the best clear cases yet, now at $19

Today, we are diving in headfirst with a hands-on look at the new Spigen iPhone 13 Ultra Hybrid Mag case. This case joins the rest of the wide-ranging Spigen iPhone 13 lineup, including its MagSafe-ready Armor Case with Air Cushion we reviewed previously, as the brand’s clear, magnetic offering boasting that all too familiar MagSafe logo on the back. While we have seen our fair share of similar-looking cases from other brands, it’s time to see how Spigen’s clear iPhone 13 Ultra Hybrid Mag case stacks up in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys

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Tested: Is Coach’s luxurious pebbled leather iPhone 13 Wrap Case worth the price tag?

Today we are taking a hands-on look at the new Coach iPhone 13 Leather Slim Wrap Case. The Coach iPhone 13 case lineup was one of the first out of the gate this year alongside the Incipio models, and it’s time to take a closer look at the fashion brand’s latest covers for Apple’s new handsets. Head below for a closer look at our Coach iPhone 13 Leather Slim Wrap Case review in the latest entry to the Tested with 9to5Toys series. 

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Tested: iOttie’s new Velox MagSafe Air Vent Mount delivers a premium in-car upgrade

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Despite being one of the more popular brands in the iPhone car mount game, iOttie was still one of the last brands to get in on the MagSafe action. So when it unveiled the new collection of Velox accessories, I was excited to see if the delay was worth the wait. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review goes hands-on with the new Velox MagSafe Car Mount to see just what iOttie has delivered after all this time.

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Tested: Incipio’s Slim iPhone 13 clear case protects against 14-foot drops and bacteria build-up

The new Incipio lineup of covers for Apple’s latest handsets has been one of the most popular among 9to5 readers this year, and it’s time to take a closer look at the Incipio Slim iPhone 13 case. The Slim provides a translucent design to show off your new iPhone 13’s colorway while maintaining a robust design to protect against up to 14-foot impacts and more. Head below for a closer look at our Incipio Slim iPhone 13 case review in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys entry. 

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Tested: Is OtterBox’s luxurious leather Strada iPhone 13 wallet case worth the price with no MagSafe?

We are now ready to weigh in on the latest OtterBox iPhone 13 wallet case known as the Strada Series. OtterBox is among the most popular third-party Apple gear accessory makers out there and well known for its particularly protective models. The Strada Series OtterBox iPhone 13 wallet case continues that trend, but instead wraps your device up in a premium leather folio-style cover that is about as stylish as it is protective for your precious new Apple handset. Head below for a closer look and our hands-on Strada Series OtterBox iPhone 13 wallet case review in the latest entry to the Tested with 9to5Toys series. 

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Tested: A closer look at Spigen’s iPhone 13 MagSafe-ready Armor Case with Air Cushion

For the latest 9to5Toys Tested review we take a hands-on look at the new Spigen iPhone 13 Mag Armor Case. Spigen is among the best third-party brands out there with affordable options for Apple’s new handsets every year, and the 2021 lineup is no exception. Today we’re zeroing in on the brand’s magnetic Mag Armor Case, but you’ll likely have noticed its offerings featured in our “best of” roundup for years now, and rightfully so. Its cases are typically better quality than the price tags might suggest (especially with the far more affordable Amazon listings) and it’s now time to check out the 2021 Spigen iPhone 13 Mag Armor Case in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. Head below for a closer look. 

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Tested: Nomad’s iPhone 13 MagSafe cases continue to be the best leather covers around

Nomad’s new leather MagSafe cases dropped right after we saw the iPhone 13 hit the scene and are now shipping to those who have picked up Apple’s latest. If you’re still searching for that perfect everyday driver case, we’ve gone hands-on to see if Nomad’s new collection of iPhone 13 MagSafe cases continue to be the best leather option out there. Head below for all of the details in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Hands-on with Spigen’s dual 40W ArcStation Pro USB-C wall charger

After recently taking a hands-on look at the MagSafe ArcField Wireless Charger, today we are diving in on the Spigen 40W Dual USB-C Wall Charger. Known as the ArcStation Pro 40W Wall Charger, this is Spigen’s tiny-GaN wall charger with up to 40W output, USB-C ports, and compatibility with 20W MagSafe gear. While expensive direct, pricing on Amazon is quite digestible considering the dual output here, and with iPhone 13 out in the wild now, we thought it was a fitting time to take a closer look. Head below for our Spigen 40W Dual USB-C Wall Charger review in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys

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Tested: Is Speck’s new clear MagSafe Presidio iPhone 13 case worth the price tag?

Speck’s iPhone 13 case collection landed shortly after the new handsets were unveiled, and we are now ready to dish up some hands-on impressions of the new Speck iPhone 13 Presidio Perfect-Clear Case. Speck’s iPhone accessories have been a mainstay in our yearly roundups for years now, and it’s time to find out whether the new Presidio Perfect-Clear Case lives up to the brand’s reputation. Head below for our Speck iPhone 13 Presidio Perfect-Clear Case review in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys

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Tested: eufy SoloCam S40 delivers endless smart surveillance with a solar-powered design

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With the holiday season around the corner, keeping an eye on your front porch or property at large becomes even more valuable to secure all those packages on their way. Delivering peace of mind in more ways than one, the new eufy SoloCam S40 arrives with a solar-powered design so there’s never a worry about the battery dying and missing out on coverage. But is it a worthy addition to your smart surveillance kit? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys seems to answer.

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Tested: Give back to charity with LifeProof’s recycled SEE MagSafe iPhone 13 cases

Now that its 2021 case collection has been unveiled, it’s time to take a hands-on look at the LifeProof SEE iPhone 13 case. Now complete with magnetic MagSafe charging capabilities, LifeProof’s SEE line features an environmentally conscious design with the brand’s usual attention to creating a safe and secure home for your precious Apple handset. Head below for our LifeProof SEE iPhone 13 case review in the latest edition of Tested with 9to5Toys. 

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Tested: Totallee clear iPhone 13 case offers logo-free and near-weightless minimalism at its best

Deliveries have been landing with 9to5 writers nonstop since the new Apple handsets were announced, and we are now ready to take a hands-on look at the new Totallee clear iPhone 13 case. After taking a closer peek at the brand’s popular minimalist lineup for iPhone 12, and coming away quite impressed, we are now ready to weigh in on the Totallee clear iPhone 13 case in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. 

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Tested: Hands-on with Spigen’s MagSafe ArcField Wireless Charger

Today we’re taking a quick hands-on look at the Spigen ArcField Magnetic Charger — the brand’s take on the puck-style magnetic wireless charger. Now regularly sitting in a much more affordable category than when it first launched, we recently had a chance to give one a go for a few weeks to see how it stacks up these days, just in time for the new iPhone 13. Compatible with all of Apple’s magnetic handsets, today’s Spigen ArcField Magnetic Wireless Charger review is the next entry in our Tested with 9to5Toys series.

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Tested: Anker’s PowerWave 2-in-1 MagSafe stand is an iPhone 13 must-have

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Anker’s collection of PowerWave accessories provide more affordable alternatives to Apple’s first-party chargers, and today we’re taking a look at one of its latest. Arriving just in time to pair with new iPhone 13 handsets, our latest Tested with 9to5Toys dives in to look at the new PowerWave 2-in-1 MagSafe stand from Anker to see just how it delivers as a nightstand or desk upgrade.

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Tested: Enbrighten Outdoor Alexa/Assistant Lights deliver multicolor lighting effects to your patio

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Fall has arrived, and if you’re looking to add some ambiance to the patio or outdoor space, these new Enbrighten Outdoor Smart Lights may very well be the perfect upgrade. Alongside Alexa and Assistant support, you’ll find multicolor illumination with various lighting effects and a weather-resistant design. But just how worthy of your smart home are they? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys looks to answer.

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Tested: Hisense HS218 Soundbar delivers a value-packed home theater upgrade

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Even with the picture quality of new TVs getting better and better, the internal speakers on even the latest releases are just no match for a dedicated system. I’ve recently been testing out the newer Hisense HS218 Soundbar, which arrives with an affordable price tag attached. But does it actually make a difference for movie night? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys looks to answer.

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Tested: GravaStar Venus Bluetooth speaker pairs unique mecha vibes with solid sound

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GravaStar might not be the most well-known speaker brand out there, but it’s certainly one of the more unique. After seeing a photo of its recent Venus speaker online, I knew I had to try one out for myself, which leads us to our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. Packed with a futuristic, mecha-inspired design, we’re taking a closer look to see just how eye-catchingly unique the GravaStar Venus Speaker is.

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Tested: Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac has finally sold me on mechanical switches

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For someone who spends as much time typing as I do, chiclet-style keyboards have long been my preference. Recently, the folks at Das Keyboard reached out about changing that, which has led me to spend the past few weeks using the Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac. Walking away quite impressed with its German-engineered build, you can get all of the hands-on insight in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Greenworks 48V Electric Mower has finally converted me away from gas/oil

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Greenworks has long been one of the most popular electric tool brands around these parts at 9to5Toys, with its selection of mowers particularly being some of the more standout offerings on the market. Now, after sharing discounts over the years, Greenworks offered to send over one of its latest releases so we can offer some additional insight. As my first foray into electric tools, our Tested with 9to5Toys review dives into a closer look at the Greenworks 48V Electric Lawn Mower.

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Tested: This handmade oak and walnut monitor stand shelf takes your desk to the next level

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After recently going hands-on with the brand’s new felt MacBook and iPad sleeves, it’s time to take a look at the Oakywood Desk Shelf. The handmade wood and steel shelf is designed to sit atop your desk to raise up a pair of monitors or to add some additional organization space to your work area. After putting it to use for a couple weeks now, we are ready to weigh in as part of the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. Head below for a closer look. 

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Tested: Satechi’s new GaN USB-C chargers refuel your Apple kit with up to 108W of power

After being released earlier in the year, Satechi finally got in on the USB-C GaN chargers with its own collection of new offerings. Arriving with premium designs and up to 108W of power to refuel your entire Apple kit, our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review is checking in to see if these are worthy upgrades to your charging setup. Head below for a closer look.

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Tested: Incase’s BIONIC collection turns recycled plastic bottles into premium MacBook bags

Incase recently rolled out a new collection of its popular MacBook backpacks and accessories in partnership with BIONIC, resulting in some fresh new marine-inspired colorways. Running with that nautical theming, the collection is notably comprised of 100% recycled plastics, which are repurposed from discarded bottles. With a premium price tag to match the environmental focus, our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review will be getting a closer look at the new debuts. Head below for more.

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Tested: CASETiFY MagSafe Wallet delivers first-party form and function without the Apple tax

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Apple’s MagSafe wallet entered last year as one of the more exciting iPhone 12 accessories, but was of course paired with a premium price tag to match. The folks at CASETiFY are now looking to deliver much of the same form factor but with a faux leather build that doesn’t skimp out on the quality. Now we’re taking a hands-on look at the new accessory to see if the trade-offs are worth the more affordable price tag. Head below for all of the details on the CASETiFY MagSafe Wallet in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Smartish brings MagSafe to its slim Gripmunk cases with finger divots at $20

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After featuring the new magnetic Cable Wrangler recently, it’s time to take a closer look at the Smartish MagSafe Gripmunk Case for iPhone 12. This new version of the Smartish classic carries the “super grippy” sides the brand’s previous-generation sheaths are known for as well as protective corners, an overall slim fit, and compatibility with Apple’s magnetic charging and accessory platform. Head below for our Smartish MagSafe Gripmunk Case review in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys feature. 

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Tested: Fabric-wrapped Smartish cable wrangler brings magnetic organization to your charging rig

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It’s time to take a look at the new Smartish magnetic cable organizer. Known as the Cable Wrangler, this small tabletop stump sits atop your desk (or anywhere else you might want some cable organization) to hold your cables neatly in place with its built-in magnet. The fabric-wrapped magnetic cable organizer even ships with some simple “collars” to effectively magnetize your existing cable collection. And we are about to take a closer look at the whole thing in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review

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Tested: Anker’s new PowerConf C300 delivers a notable webcam upgrade for Mac

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With temporary working from home beginning to turn into a long-term hybrid schedule, the need for a good webcam has presented itself as yet another issue to address for out-of-office work. As some of the worst offenders of that, Apple’s lineup of Macs have long been scrutinized for their less-than-stellar internal webcams. But that’s where Anker’s new PowerConf C300 enters the mix.

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Tested: Twelve South’s MagSafe SurfacePad delivers an ultra-thin iPhone 12 wallet case

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Earlier in the year, we took a hands-on look at one of Twelve South’s latest wallet cases, and our readers’ reaction was mixed, to say the least. While the BookBook stylings aren’t for everyone, the brand’s new SurfacePad for iPhone 12 looks to be a much less polarizing way to store ID cards, cash, and more with your handset. Sporting an ultra-thin design comprised of leather, our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review looks to see just how much more of a people-pleaser the new Twelve South MagSafe SurfacePad case can be.

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Tested: Nomad Titanium Apple Watch Band delivers premium stylings for less

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Earlier this year, Nomad launched its latest collection of Apple Watch bands to deliver a series of premium offerings. Comprised of either titanium or steel, the latest releases look to match Apple’s in-house styles at more affordable price tags. So does Nomad deliver? That’s what we’re finding out in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys. Head below for all of the details on Nomad’s Titanium Apple Watch Band.

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Tested: Oakywood’s felt and eco-friendly washpapa leather alternative MacBook sleeves

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Just ahead of summer, Oakywood launched its new felt MacBook and iPad sleeves featuring an eco-friendly leather alternative known as washpapa. After being pleased with our hands-on experience with the brand’s felt AirPods case as well as its walnut and polycarbonate iPhone 12 Bumper Case, it’s now time to dive into the new washpapa felt MacBook and iPad sleeves in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. Head below for a closer look. 

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Tested: Nomad’s new AirTag Leather Loop sport a unique, yet premium Horween design

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Standing out from the cacophony of AirTags cases on the market, the folks at Nomad showcased a series of more premium offerings earlier in the year sporting the brand’s signature leather stylings. And now that the new releases are finally shipping, we’re taking a hands-on look to see if going with a higher-end offering is actually worth the added cash. So dive into all of the details in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys for all of the details and our thoughts on the new Nomad AirTag Leather Loop accessories.

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Tested: Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD is a must-have for beach trips and outdoor adventures

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With summer travel and trips to the beach on the table in the coming months, having a reliable power bank to keep all of your gear charged up is a crucial aspect of any vacation kit. After taking a much-needed weekend beach trip recently, I’ve landed on the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD being a must-have for my Apple charging setup. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys dives into just how compelling of a portable power bank the brand’s off-grid solution is for all of your outdoor adventures. Head below for all of the details.

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Tested: Is this $7 under-desk headphone hanger from 6amLifestyle worth the savings?

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There are loads of under-desk headphone organization systems available on Amazon and elsewhere, but today we are taking a closer look at the affordable 6amLifestyle Headphone Hanger. The particularly low-cost solution sells for not much more than a couple cups of coffee, but the question is, does it actually hold up and do what it’s supposed to as well? Head below for the latest Tested with 9to5Toys to find out. 

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Tested: Anker’s new Nano II GaN chargers overhaul your Apple EDC with compact designs

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The arrival of Gallium nitride chargers shrunk USB-C wall adapters into offerings that could fit in the palm of your hand, and now, the latest GaN II releases are looking to deliver even more compact upgrades to your everyday carry. Anker’s latest releases arrive with just that exact emphasis, looking to put an end to compromising over a lightweight carry and high-end features. But do the ultra-compact form-factors on the new Anker Nano II lineup actually make a difference at this point? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys looks to answer. Head below for all of the details.

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Tested: Twelve South’s ActionSleeve 2 delivers an improved Apple Watch workout experience

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Apple Watch bands come in just about every style imaginable at this point, but the folks at Twelve South are still managing to mix things up from the norm with the recent launch of its ActionSleeve 2. While the upper arm form-factor isn’t entirely new, the more durable materials and improved design look to make the brand’s latest debut an even more compelling exercise companion. But does the band actually deliver on that? We’re finding out in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Twelve South’s new iPhone 12 wallet case backs leather form with MagSafe function

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With Apple’s own MagSafe wallet being a bit of a sore subject among iPhone 12 owners, third-party brands have stepped up to deliver better value in the space for touting around cash and cards with your handset. One of the more premium options as of late comes from the folks over at Twelve South, which just recently unveiled its new Book Book Leather MagSafe Wallet case. Now we’re seeing if its higher-end $70 price tag is worth paying up for in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Move over, AirPods – Skullcandy Dime earbuds are a compelling fitness companion at just $25

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Skullcandy made headlines earlier in the year by launching its latest pair of true wireless earbuds at an eye-catching $25 price tag. We were eager to get our hands on the new Skullcandy Dime to see just how they’d actually stack up, and after a week of use, we’re ready to drop some first impressions. So should you just save your money for a more expensive pair, or are these the best bang-for-your-buck earbuds on the market? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review aims to answer.

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Tested: ComfoBuds Pro pack ANC and 28-hour battery for under $100, but what’s the catch?

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Having launched earlier in the year, the new 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro arrived to offer a low-cost competitor to AirPods Pro. It’s a line we’ve heard many times before, and a claim that’s very seldom met. So in order to try and deliver, active noise cancellation arrives alongside 28-hour battery and an under-$100 price tag. But is that enough to take on the gold standard in the true wireless headphones space? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review aims to answer.

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Tested: Nomad’s stainless steel MagSafe Mount justifies its steep price with an unmatched build

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Since the launch of MagSafe last fall, accessory makers have been jumping in on the magnetic wireless charging action to pair Apple’s first-party charger with various docks, stands, and mounts. We’ve previously taken a look at some more affordable models, but we’re turning our attention today to the opposite end of the spectrum. Nomad’s new MagSafe Mount arrives with a premium stainless steel build that stands out from just about every other option on the market. But is it worth pre-ordering at such a steep price tag? That’s what our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review aims to answer.

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Tested: Satechi’s Dock5 is the all-in-one Apple charging station I’ve been searching for

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Satechi has long been in the market of supplying those in the Apple ecosystem with a variety of accessories that not only look great with matching aluminum finishes but also upgrade some aspect of your setup. Earlier this year, the brand launched its first charging station geared towards tackling the power requirements of five devices with its Satechi Dock5. Today, we’re taking a hands-on look at the unique charger to see if its versatile design is actually worthy of gracing your desk setup or nightstand. Head below for all of the details in our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review.

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Tested: Slypod Pro, a smart video slider that works at any angle

A slider is a handy tool for videographers that allows them to get smooth sideways footage while also emulating a dolly in allowing for forward and backward motion too. The Slypod Pro takes this a step further than most, adding in vertical motion also.

But it also has a completely different form factor to a conventional slider. Rather than a sled on rails, the Slypod looks exactly like a high-end monopod.

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Tested: ESR’s HaloLock charging stands deliver MagSafe while on the road or at home

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Amongst all of the iPhone 12’s new features, MagSafe has easily emerged as one of the most defining characteristics of this generation of Apple’s handset. While there are plenty of alternatives to the official MagSafe charging cable, more affordable stands aren’t quite as prevalent yet. So today, we’re taking a look at two different models from ESR’s HaloLock series, which bring magnetic wireless charging to your desk or car’s dashboard. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys explores just how good these budget-friendly ESR MagSafe Charging Stands can be.

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Tested: Anker’s first Thunderbolt 4 dock is future-proof, compact, and perfect for M1 Macs

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Thunderbolt and USB-C docking stations have long been the go-to solution for those who want the perks of a desktop workstation setup and the freedom to work away from the desk. And with the launch of Apple’s latest M1 Macs last year, Thunderbolt 4 hit the mainstream. Today, we’re taking a look at the new Anker PowerExpand 5-in-1 Mini Dock, the brand’s first Thunderbolt 4 offering, which arrives with a future-proof design that’s ideal for MacBook setups. But is it worth the more premium price tag? Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys answers that and more.

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Tested: Casely’s iPhone 12 case prints and wild patterns aren’t just pretty to look at

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After featuring an exclusive price drop on its latest lineup of covers, we thought it was time to take a hands-on look at the Casely iPhone 12 cases. More specifically, the iPhone 12 Bold Collection, which is the brand’s most protective case and is available in a range of fun and wild prints, colors, and patterns — much like the rest of its gear. While at first glance they might just appear as gimmicky, overly designed iPhone cases for teenagers, and they are great for that, you are looking at quite a cable sheath that offers all of the most important elements in a mid-tier offering. Head below for more details and a closer look in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review for the Bold Collection Casely iPhone 12 cases. 

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Tested: Is Bellroy’s antimicrobial Tech Kit gear organizer worth the $65 price tag?

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After taking a look at the brand’s latest MacBook sleeve, we are now diving into the Bellroy Tech Kit. The latest entry in its gear accessory organizer lineup features the same antimicrobial tech found on the MacBook sleeve alongside providing a home for all of your chargers, cables, power banks, and more. In today’s Tested with 9to5Toys we are taking the Bellroy Tech kit for a hands-on spin to see if it’s worth the price of entry. All of the details are down below. 

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Tested: BenQ’s GS2 Portable Projector delivers AirPlay 2 and crisp, colorful visuals

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As one of BenQ’s first portable projectors, its recent GS2 release arrives with a compelling list of features like 1080p visuals, AirPlay 2, and three-hour battery life despite its compact design. But how does it stack up to other portable offerings in the market? Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys is putting this projector through its paces to see if the BenQ GS2 is a must-have for summer movie nights or not. Head below for all of the details.

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