Tested with 9to5Toys Overview Updated November 23, 2020

Tested with 9to5Toys

Your home for reviews of everyday tech essentials

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: Monoprice 35-inch Zero-G Curved Ultra-Wide 4K Gaming Monitor is somehow $300

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First world problem, I know, but I often find myself running out of room on my iMac’s 27-inch 5K display. I like to have things like Twitter, messages, Discord, music, or Slack kind of running off to the side while I’m hammering away on articles or paperwork. Also, I wanted something to play games on when work time was over.

Enter the Monoprice 35-inch Zero-G Curved Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor with 3440×1440 resolution and 100Hz refresh rate. And at a current sale price of $299.99, it ticks off all of the boxes and I’m now using that 5K iMac display as the side monitor. Head below for my hands-on review.

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Tested: Hands-on with MUJJO’s luxurious leather iPhone 12 cases

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Today, we are taking a closer look at the new MUJJO Full Leather iPhone 12 case lineup. Another mainstay in our yearly roundups of the best options for Apple’s latest, the 2020 lineup shines again with premium Japanese microfiber, vegetable-tanned leather, and stealthy, debossed branding. But with so much competition in the leather iPhone case category, it’s time to go hands-on to see how MUJJO’s $40+ iPhone 12 cases stack up in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys. 

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Tested: A closer look at Totallee’s barely there iPhone 12 case lineup

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The 2020 Totallee iPhone 12 case lineup has landed. The brand is well-known around these here parts as being among the best options for those looking for that barely there coverage for their iPhone of choice, and the 2020 cases are no exception. Totallee’s latest matte and transparent offerings carry the proven ultra-thin design over from last year’s covers while ensuring compatibility with latest iteration of Apple’s MagSafe system. Head below for more details and some hands-on impressions in our Tested with 9to5Toys on Totallee’s iPhone 12 case lineup.

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Tested: Satechi Quatro powers Apple Watch, iPhone, more at a pricey $100

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Last month, Satechi unveiled its latest creation for iPhone and Apple Watch: the Quatro Wireless Charger. With a premium build, wireless charging, and integrated Apple Watch support, this battery differs from many of the other alternatives we feature on 9to5Toys with a heavy focus on materials. Satechi has long been known as one of the standard bearers in the Apple accessory ecosystem, but at $100, it’s asking a lot of consumers that have already shelled out $1,000 or more for an iPhone. So is the Quatro worth the high price tag? More below in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Herman Miller x Logitech Embody gaming chair brings flash to the iconic brand

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Herman Miller is one of the most iconic furniture brands in United States manufacturing history. They are known for employing some of the 20th century’s most well-regarded designers, such as Ray and Charles Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson. When Herman Miller announced that it was pairing up with Logitech back at the start of the year, it struck me as a surprise given how tightly the iconic brand has guarded its designs over the years. Flash forward to this summer, and the new Herman Miller Logitech Embody Gaming Chair came to market with an impressive response from hardcore gamers looking for a new home at their battlestation. I’ve been able to spend some time with this new partnership’s first creation, using it as a daily driver during my work here at 9to5Toys. Head below for an unboxing and overview of how Herman Miller and Logitech are shaking up this stale product category.

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Tested: Twelve South BookBook iPad Pro case delivers a leather home for Magic Keyboard

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A few months back Twelve South introduced a line of new cases for Apple’s latest iPad Pros. Where Twelve South has stepped out from the competition is that its latest cases offer up support for Magic Keyboard, as well. It’s a case for your case, as you might say. Twelve South continues to offer up high-end materials and smooth finishes for its BookBook iPad Pro cases, making it a professional-looking way to improve your everyday carry. Head below for a quick overview and a few hands-on thoughts in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: elago ice cream cone case for AirPods Pro brings fun protection

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Recently, elago introduced a set of AirPods Pro cases with a fun ice cream-inspired design. This hardly the brand’s first foray into nostalgia geared towards Apple devices. But the elago ice cream case takes a fun approach that’s a bit different than its other offerings. Available in a host of different flavors, we’re checking out the latest accessory release from elago in today’s Tested with 9to5Toys review. Head below for a quick overview and a hands-on look at the elago ice cream cases for AirPods Pro.

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Tested: Grado Hemp Headphones offer a warm sound stage that hits high and low

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Earlier this summer, Grado Headphones announced that it would once again be exploring a new type of material for its popular over-ear headphones. While hemp may be thought of for its other use-cases, Grado says that the material is precisely what is needed to create the “brilliant, warm, and precise sound” its headphones have often been associated with. However, bringing hemp into the mix and blending with Grado’s favorite maple wood is a new adventure. I’ve been testing these new headphones for a few weeks now, and you can find a quick overview down below in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: elago R4 case brings Nintendo styling to your Apple TV remote

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Today’s Tested with 9to5Toys takes a look at elago’s latest creation, the R4 Apple TV Remote case, which recently hit the market. With a colorful design and retro Nintendo vibes, there sure is a lot to like about this low-cost add-on for Apple TV fans. Down below, you’ll find a quick overview and a few hands-on thoughts from the latest elago accessory for Apple TV.

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Tested: Nomad Modern Strap delivers Apple Watch style for less

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It’s Apple Watch season, as you may have heard following this week’s big virtual keynote. So we’re turning our attention to some of the best third-party alternatives out there. You see, Apple’s pricing for its own alternative Watch bands have always proven to be a tough pill to swallow. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives out there from various manufacturers. Today, we’re taking a look at the Nomad Modern Strap. It undercuts Apple on pricing at $70 and delivers a sleek approach to a leather band. Full hands-on and a brief overview can be found after the jump.

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Tested: Satechi USB-C Slim Multi-port Adapter delivers premium connectivity

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If you’re currently packing one of the latest MacBooks from Apple, chances are you’ve considered adding a USB dongle to the mix. There are plenty of options out there at various price points. But perhaps none match the look and feel of Apple’s ecosystem quite like the Satechi USB-C Slim Multi-port Adapter. Packing Ethernet, an aluminum design that matches your MacBook, and a slim design, there’s a lot to like here. As long as you’re willing to shell out $80. Head below for a quick overview and some hands-on thoughts from the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Anker PowerCore Play 6K is an affordable iPhone and Android controller

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A month ago, Anker introduced its PowerCore Play 6K Mobile Gaming Controller, which is a sort of hybrid accessory that checks many boxes. It’s a battery pack while also serving as a controller. There’s also a universal build, which makes it a suitable companion for iPhones and various Android devices. Being that it covers so much ground, the PowerCore Play 6K is a unique offering that differs from other gaming-first controllers we’ve seen on the market. A brief overview and a few hands-on thoughts await below in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Choetech Charging Hub brings everything for iPhone and Apple Watch

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When it comes to powering up your devices each night, the options are nearly endless. Low-priced offerings and high-end solutions are available across a wide range of styles. A recent addition to the market comes from accessory-maker Choetech. With a sleek base, included charging puck for Apple Watch, and all the necessary cables, this model eliminates any additional work on your part. And it’s less costly than many of the alternatives we’ve explored before. You’ll find a brief overview and our full review of the Choetech Charging Station down below.

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Tested: Nomad Rugged Folio gives your iPad Pro a high-end leather home

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Each year that we get a fresh batch of iPads, you can just about bet on a flood of new takes on the classic folio case. We’ve seen affordable options to keyboard-equipped models and everything between. Longtime purveyors of luxury leather accessories Nomad is out with a handful of new cases for Apple’s latest iPad Pro. For today’s Tested with 9to5Toys, we’ll be checking out the Nomad Rugged Folio for the 4th-generation 12.9-inch Pad Pro. Hit the jump for a brief overview and a few hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: Anker PowerPort III Pod delivers 65W USB-C charging without much fuss

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Anker has been working hard to expand its power offerings in 2020 as societal shifts and a global pandemic have increased the number of people working from home. We’ve detailed their latest PowerExtend strip in recent weeks, but today, we’re turning our attention to a more portable solution. The new Anker PowerPort III Pod arrives with a smaller footprint at 65W of power. That puts it right in the middle ground of today’s highly-competitive power adapter market. Listed at $40, it undercuts the price of more powerful alternatives. Hit the jump for full details and some hands-on thoughts in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: elago Mini Charging Hub is an affordable home for your Apple devices

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I’d venture to guess that most of us these days are toting around more than one device at a time. If you’re within the Apple ecosystem, that might mean an iPhone and Apple Watch. Or perhaps a pair of AirPods. In my experience, that has largely resulted in two problems. Keeping things fully charged and ensuring that might nightstand power setup isn’t a complete mess. The elago Mini Charging Hub arrives as a low-profile (and low-cost way) to do both. We’ve explored some of elago’s offerings before on Tested, but this will be the first all-in-one charging solution. A quick overview, hands-on review, and pricing information can all be found below.

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Tested: This Nike-style Pride Apple Watch Band is close enough at under $10

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Apple’s line of Pride bands has long been a popular accessory for Apple Watch. A few months back, Apple introduced a pair of new options, including its first Nike-style option. It’s not a rarity to see third-party brands copy Apple’s styling, but often, the result can be hit or miss in both quality and replication. A new Pride band with Nike styling hit the market last week, and I’ve been checking it out for a few days. Its major selling point is a price that’s 80% less than the official Apple counterpart. The question is: Does the price deliver a product with compromises? Hit the jump for more in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Satechi Trio Wireless offers a sleek and pricey home for your devices

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Remember AirPower? Yeah, me either. But anyways, Satechi is out recently with its new Trio Wireless Charging Pad, a 3-in-1 power solution for your Apple gear. Its sleek design arrives with dedicated spots to power up your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch, seemingly fulfilling promises Apple never did. The latest Tested with 9to5Toys explores this all-in-one charging solution and whether its $120 price tag is worth it. Head below for more.

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Tested: Twelve South AirSnap Pro provides a leather home for your AirPods

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Twelve South is known as one of the top producers of accessories for Apple products, often delivering handmade leather goods and aluminum add-ons. The AirSnap Pro arrives as a luxurious home for your AirPods Pro, differing from some of the other alternatives we’ve featured here on Tested with 9to5Toys. The question is, does the added price deliver value to match? Head below for a quick overview and a few hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: Joby Gorillapod Rig is a do-it-all home for your DSLR camera

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Joby’s Gorillapod lineup has long been known as one of the best ways to safely secure your iPhone, Android, or DSLR while filming on-the-go. We’ve waxed poetic about its various releases before, but one of the more recent options of note has been upgraded with an even more robust build. The Joby Gorillapod 5K now features a “rig upgrade” which allows it to handle even more weight along with additional accessories for the ultimate video setup. At $125, it’s a pricey add-on given its size, but the portability is what makes it a particularly intriguing accessory for capturing footage wherever your adventures take you. Like previous versions, it arrives with bendable legs and arms, which make it all the more flexible. Hit the jump for a quick overview, hands-on thoughts, and more in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Mophie’s Powerstation Hub is a versatile portable charger with Qi, USB-C, and USB-A

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It’s rare to find a portable USB charger that really sets itself apart from the throes of competition nowadays, but the Mophie Powerstation Hub is able to do just that. The Powerstation Hub packs two USB-A ports, USB-C PD fast charging, and Qi wireless charging. Keep reading for a deeper look at the Powerstation Hub in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Anker PowerExtend brings juice to your desk with multiple ports/outlets

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Anker recently introduced a new line of power accessories including a batch of surge protectors designed to bring expansive connectivity to your setup. Headlining is the PowerExtend USB-C Power Strip that packs up to 45W Power Delivery along with multiple USB-A and C ports and a trio of outlets. It’s on the pricier side of things at $70, especially when compared to Anker’s other power strip offerings, but there’s no denying that this is a one-stop solution for adding ample power to your setup. Full-on surge protection is another level of functionality that makes this power strip stand out from the rest of Anker’s power strip lineup. Hit the jump for a deeper look in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Satechi wireless AirPods charger wins with an ultra-portable design

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A few months back, Satechi introduced its USB-C wireless charging dock for AirPods. After a few weeks of use, it’s time to offer up some thoughts on this unique add-on for Apple’s latest truly wireless earbuds. This $30 charger offers the benefit of USB-C connectivity, which can be leveraged alongside a wide range of devices, including MacBooks and iPad Pro. In theory, it’s a great idea. In practice? Head below to find out in the latest episode of Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Aukey Omnia USB-C GaN Charger delivers 100W to your MacBook, more

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When Apple made the move to include a 96W wall charger with its 16-inch MacBook Pro, it suddenly became more obvious than ever that our EDC needed to expand. While the bundled wall charger delivers the power, it’s certainly quite beefy in size. Aukey is amongst a host of other manufacturers that have begun to roll out 100W power adapters with smaller footprints. The new Omnia USB-C Charger with GaN technology arrives as a notably smaller alternative that also costs much less at around $50. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys tackles the question of whether or not this third-party alternative should become the star of your mobile power setup.

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Tested: Twelve South Compass Pro arrives as a premium home for high-end iPads

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The Twelve South Compass Pro arrives as a premium stand for iPad, iPhone, and various other smartphones or tablets. It’s made of aluminum with a matching space gray design that goes well with Apple’s inventory of products. There are certainly plenty of lower-cost alternatives out there than the $60 Compass Pro, but few match the level of quality, without a doubt. The latest Tested with 9to5Toys explores where the Compass Pro shines and if the premium price tag is worth it. Head below for more.

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Tested: Aukey Graphite Qi Charger pushes 15W speeds with LED lighting

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With nearly every smartphone on the market today supporting wireless charging in one way or another, it makes more sense than ever to have a Qi-powered solution on your nightstand. There are plenty of options on the market, of course, at varying price points from uber affordable to high-end. Aukey’s Graphite Qi Charger arrives in the middle at $40 with a metal design, fast 15W charging speeds, and an illuminating LED light. There’s a lot to like here as a mid-range option that won’t break the bank. Hit the jump for some quick hands-on in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: elago’s latest AirPods Pro cases re-create iconic designs

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elago has been cranking out fun Apple accessories for a while now. In recent years, the brand has turned its attention to unique add-ons for your iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. Almost all of them are made from a soft and flexible plastic, which allow for each product to easily slide in and out when needed. Not to mention, the material won’t scratch up your beloved tech either. On the latest episode of Tested with 9to5Toys, we’re taking a close up look at elago’s newest AirPods Pro case. In recent months, elago has introduced a range of new products for Apple’s high-end AirPods, and now we’re going to see what all the fuss is about.

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Tested: Wansview 1080p USB Webcam improves over MacBook, great for desktops at just $30

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If I have one major gripe about Apple’s MacBook lineup, it is that their webcams are way too “potato” for $1,000 machines. I get it, there isn’t much depth in their razor-thin displays to fit a good camera module, but with a lot more Zoom/Skype/Hangout/Meet/etc calls during the past months, I wanted to see if a low-cost $30 Wansview 1080p upgrade would improve the situation.

In short, it did…

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Tested: Anker PowerExpand Thunderbolt 3 dock arrives with ample connectivity

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Anker has been around for years, offering everyday essential accessories for iPhones, Android devices, Macs, and PCs. So when Anker introduced its first Thunderbolt 3 dock, you better believe that it got our attention. There is no shortage of USB-C docks on the market today, adding a few extra I/O ports to your setup. However, making the jump to Thunderbolt 3 contracts the number of offerings notably. Given Anker’s track record and the competitive price of its new docks, it was a no-brainer for a review here at Tested with 9to5Toys. Below you’ll find a breakdown of specs and the various pros and cons of going with Anker’s first Thunderbolt 3 dock, the PowerExpand Elite.

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