Element Ronin Au case makes a gold iPhone even more pretentious

Element Ronin Au case
Come along with me as I explore the rarified realm of high-end iPhone cases. Today I’m reviewing the Element Ronin Au, a case specifically created for the gold iPhone 5S (but it fits the iPhone 5, too). Put this on that fancy phone and you’ll feel like a one-percenter, even if all you have to your name is $189.95. Continue reading

Mint iOS app refreshed, adds cool new features [REVIEW]

Mint iOS app
Mint, the best service in the world for managing your money, just got better with an iOS 7 update. Besides its newly designed icon and overall sprucing up of its design, Mint’s developers added new features to the free iOS app that let you use two of the browser-based Mint’s most powerful capabilities. Let’s take the updated Mint iOS app for a spin. Continue reading

Sonos Play:1 speaker packs powerful punch, costs less

Sonos just rolled out its lowest-priced speaker yet, the $199 Sonos Play:1, but don’t let its tissue-box size fool you. It’s built like a truck and exudes high quality throughout. Sonos sent me a pair of these self-powered, networked speakers, and I put them to the test.

Pricing a single speaker at just under $200 sounds expensive, but this is Sonos, a company that charges a lot of money for its products, and for good reason: You get what you pay for. I’ve tested the $399 Sonos Play:5, the smaller Play:3 ($299) and its formidable “Sub” subwoofer ($699), and I’ve been impressed by all of them. How would the Play:1 measure up? Continue reading

Unusual JBL Spark Bluetooth speaker sounds as good as it looks [REVIEW]

JBL Spark

Designers at JBL went wild with the JBL Spark, a megaphone-shaped Bluetooth speaker made of plastic that sounds solid as a rock. Whether you hang it on a wall or set it on your desktop, this unusual speaker backs up its stylish good looks with serious sound.

One look at its unique design and you’ll realize that the JBL Spark is about as portable as one of those cone-shaped collars dogs are forced to wear when they’ve been treated at the vet. Nor is it a wireless speaker, instead depending on a color-coordinated wall wart to bring power to the unit via its bright yellow woven-fabric cable. Nor does it have an auxiliary input, requiring you to connect with it via Bluetooth or nothing. Continue reading

Logitech G602 wireless mouse might even satisfy hard-core gamers [REVIEW]

Logitech G602
Is there such thing as a wireless mouse that hard-core gamers will use? The Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse is the company’s latest attempt to convince gamers to cut the cord, but is it fast and responsive enough to cut the mustard?

Before I answer that question, let’s just wrap a hand around this beautiful mouse for a few minutes. It’s a medium-sized mouse that fits perfectly in my medium-sized hand. Its surface is just grippy enough, not too smooth and not too rough, and the sound and feel of its click is excellent — Logitech perfected that crucial characteristic with its mice long ago. Continue reading