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June 2020 - July 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: 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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Tested: 50-hour battery life makes Tribit FlyBuds C1 a notable AirPods alternative

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Lately, we’ve been taking a look at some higher-end earbuds that look to go head-to-head with AirPods, but today, we’re moving onto the more budget-friendly end of the true wireless spectrum. The recently-released Tribit FlyBuds C1 enter with a more than impressive list of on-paper specs for the $70 price tag, but are they actually worth the cash? Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys dives in to take the earbuds and their 50-hour battery life for a spin.

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Tested: Hands-on with Bellroy’s new magnetic antimicrobial MacBook sleeve

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We previously took a hands-on look at the new Bellroy iPhone 12 lineup of cases, and today, it’s time to review the new antimicrobial MacBook sleeve. We have started to see more and more brands introduce some kind of antimicrobial tech to their lineups of Apple gear accessories, and Belloroy is doing much of the same with a new family of gear featuring Swiss-engineered HeiQ V-Block — protection for fabrics against contamination from microbes — as well as a new Basalt colorway. Hit the jump for our latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Aukey’s magnetic wireless charger delivers MagSafe features for less

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MagSafe debuted last fall as Apple’s latest and most novel way to refuel your iPhone 12. Since then, we’ve seen a collection of third-party accessories flood the market bringing similar magnetic charging features into your kit. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the latest offerings in the MagSafe-compatible sphere, with Aukey’s new 15W Magnetic Wireless Charger. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys dives into whether you should add this more affordable alternative to your everyday carry or if you’re just better off going with the official Apple offering.

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Tested: Anker’s Powerline III Flow Lightning Cable delivers a premium, soft-touch finish

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Apple’s official Lightning cables have received a lot of flack over the years for how poorly they hold up to prolonged wear and tear, making third-party MFi offerings a go-to for many. Anker has time and time again rose through the ranks to deliver some of our favorite options out there, and the brand’s new Powerline III Flow cords continue that, but arrive with a new soft touch design and USB-C connectivity. Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys answers whether these unique cords deserve a spot in your charging setup or everyday carry.

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Tested: Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro enters as a true AirPods Pro competitor

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Having originally been announced back at CES, Anker’s latest addition to its stable of Soundcore earbuds arrives as a true AirPods Pro competitor with a bevy of eye-catching features for the price. Centered around the oh-so-popular true wireless design we’ve all come to expect, you’ll find added active noise cancellation, up to 26-hour playtime, and plenty of customization. Not to mention a price tag of just $130. Head below for a quick look at the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro and a few hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: Hands-on with Oakywood’s walnut and polycarbonate iPhone 12 Bumper Case

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Today, we are taking a look at the wood iPhone 12 case from Oakywood. Known as the Oakywood Wooden iPhone 12 Bumper Case, it combines a real, hand-polished wood layer across a solid polycarbonate frame to offer a touch of natural protection and style to all of Apple’s latest handset models. As wood iPhone 12 cases go, it also falls into the more affordable category compared to brands like Pad & Quill and others. Head below for a closer look at the Oakywood Wooden iPhone 12 Bumper Case in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys review. 

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Tested: 8BitDo Arcade Stick brings pizza place gaming vibes to Nintendo Switch

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Last summer, popular gaming accessory-maker 8BitDo unveiled its newest gaming controller for Nintendo Switch and PC. Appropriately dubbed the “Arcade Stick,” this add-on for various platforms delivers retro vibes and a serious at-home gaming experience that’s made for vintage titles. With Nintendo bringing so many old school games to the Switch in the last year, this arcade-style controller appears to be a perfect pairing at first glance. Head below for a few first-hand thoughts and an overview on the 8BitDo Arcade Stick.

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Tested: New elago MS2 Charging Dock brings HomePod mini vibes and MagSafe

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Earlier this week, elago introduced a new line of MagSafe-compatible accessories, including various charging docks, cases, and more. Alongside that announcement, elago is also bringing two more iPhone standalone docks to market with MagSafe functionality, too. Today, we’re taking a look at the elago MS2 Charging Stand for MagSafe, which has a familiar HomePod mini kind of design that won’t take up too much space on your nightstand. Head below for a quick look and a few hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: Anker Powerhouse 100 delivers AC and USB-C connectivity on-the-go

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Anker’s PowerHouse batteries have long been a favorite here at 9to5Toys. The latest of which arrives with a smaller design and capacity but still packs an AC outlet, which is one of the defining features of this line. With multiple USB-A and C ports along with a flashlight, this battery can do it all. Head below for an overview and brief hands-on of the Anker Powerhouse 100.

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Tested: elago M5 stand for iPhone delivers Pro Display XDR vibes

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Chances are, you’ve seen some of elago’s Apple Watch and iPhone accessories we’ve featured here over the years. While there are plenty of add-ons that feature fun and nostalgic designs, elago has also made a push into the more premium side of this product category. The new elago M5 stand for iPhone and select tablets. With a brushed metal design that looks right at home next to Apple’s Pro displays, there’s a lot to like here. Head below for a quick overview and a few hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: A closer look at Bellroy’s vibrant hybrid leather iPhone 12 case

Founded in 2009, Bellroy is the maker of a wide range of accessories, from bags, cable folios, and backpacks to wallets, laptop sleeves, and more. But today, we are taking a closer look at the Australian-based company’s new covers for Apple’s latest handsets in our Bellroy Phone Case review. Head below for a closer look in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Tested: Predator Orion 3000 i7 32GB 2070 gaming rig will make you forget PC part-pickers

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I’m usually a Mac user and have been for decades. But my son wanted to build a PC so he could compete with his online friends in high power games during the Pandemic. For just over $1,000 and a ton of time, he built a mean PC.

I’m now jealous and want to play Flight Simulator 2020 and some other games but don’t have the time to meticulously pick through the perfect build parts. Thankfully the whole package, including the gaudy RGB Frostblade fans configurable with PredatorSense App that make him jealous, are available in just a click or, if you are short on time before Christmas, a trip to Costco.

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Tested: ElevationHub delivers extra ports + an SD card reader to your MacBook charger

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A few months back, ElevationLab introduced its latest accessories for Apple’s line of MacBooks. The new ElevationHub takes your USB-C wall charger and brings a level of added functionality, including an extra USB-A port and SD card reader. The included USB-C cable brings it all together in one tidy package that makes it a unique option for frequent travelers. Head below for a brief overview and hands-on thoughts.

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Tested: meross Smart Lamp delivers HomeKit control at an affordable price

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While there are plenty of HomeKit accessories on the market that bring Siri control to your outlets, you’ll find fewer illumination options that feature an all-in-one design. Of course, Philips hue comes to mind, but its fully integrated lights tend to be on the pricey side. Enter meross. The affordable HomeKit accessory company has to come market with a slew of new products in recent months with Apple’s blessing. That includes its Smart Wi-Fi Ambient Light that packs compatibility with HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa, all for under $40. Head below for a quick hands-on review and a few thoughts on this popular affordable lamp.

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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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