Tech & Gadgets
Fjorden is a tool that makes the most of your iPhone’s camera. It’s a comfy camera grip that not only feels right, it offers DSLR-like controls so you never miss the shot. Unlike the phone’s internal controls, Fjorden responds like a real camera. It features a 2-stage shutter button, custom control dial, multi-function button, and a zoom lever. All together, they give you unrivaled creative control. A funded Kickstarter.
Sony’s Dolby Atmos-equipped HT-A9 surround sound system is comprised for 4 identical wireless cylindrical speakers that can be placed anywhere in the room & use internal microphones to recognize obstacles like walls, and echo, then self-adjust to optimize audio. A small control box drives the 4 speakers, it connects via wi-fi & is compatible with both Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.
PC gamers have been waiting for this one. The Steam Deck from Valve is a new handheld—basically a Nintendo Switch. It’s a pocketable PC that runs SteamOS through a 2.4-3.5GHz processor. It features a seven-inch touchscreen with 1,280 x 800 rez at a 16:10 aspect ratio. Brightness is 400 nits. 64GB of eMMC internal storage let’s you take your favorite titles on the go.
Going “beyond rugged” is kind of what Pelican does. All their gear is built for hard-hits and harsh environments. The Rugged Lens Cover follows suit. Designed to work with & protect every lens you own, the silicone cover fits most pro-grade lenses. Constructed of high-density elastic silicone, it will keep your glass covered & keep out dirt, moisture, and guard against impacts, offering total protection.
Designed specifically for its iPhone 12 lineup, Apple’s 5W MagSafe battery pack attaches magnetically & fits on all models in the 12 series, providing backup power on the go, as well as offering wireless Qi-charging for other accessories like AirPods and Watch.
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Sony’s LSPX-S3 is a tabletop Bluetooth speaker with a truly unique design. It features an organic glass tweeter with three actuators to emit full 360º sound. A 46mm driver provides bass & mids for rich, room-filling audio. Internal lights sync to music, a built-in mic enables calls, and battery life is up to 9 hours.
101 decibels is loud for a home speaker, especially when you consider a live rock show will hit about 115dB. But there’s more to the Kube4 all-in-one audio system than loud volume. Designed in partnership with SoundHub, it’s a portable wi-fi & bluetooth speaker that supports AirPlay 2.0, Spotify Connect, and uses the Kube app to deliver a full-range premium audio experience. It has a waterproof rating of IPX5 for indoor-outdoor versatility and with 40-hours of battery life, it’ll keep the soundtrack pumping all weekend long. A funded Kickstarter.
Designed to work seamlessly with the M1 Mac mini, Satechi’s Stand & Hub with SSD Enclosure makes your mini into an efficient desktop performer. It features a USB-C data port, three USB-A data ports, micro/SD card readers, a 3.5mm headphone jack port, and is equipped with an internal SSD enclosure, to provide convenient access to all of your peripherals.
The Smart Clock 2 from Lenovo is a bedside alarm clock powered by Google Assistant. It’s got a 4-inch touchscreen that offers access to other smart home controls, an optional Qi-charging adapter, and it even functions as a night light. It’s available in 3 colors and 85% of the plastic used in the clock is made from recycled material.
Nintendo players have something new to fiend for with the release of the Switch OLED model. This new variant of the popular portable console offers a larger 7-inch 720p OLED display with support up to 1080p in TV mode. This means sharp, crystal clear game-play with a healthy 9-hour battery-life. With few internal changes other than the display, it’s compatible with all existing Switch games.
Purpose-built for hauling a camera safely & securely in extreme environments, Shimoda’s Explore V2 pack is an updated & upgraded version of their original. Sized for carry-on, it features padded & removable internal organization, TSA-friendly locks, padded laptop storage, and a host of pro-grade features for unquestionable function in the field. Another funded Kickstarter.
Dell’s high-end UltraSharp webcam is a USB-C camera that packs impressive capabilities into its small, cylindrical design. For optics, it’s got a Sony STARVIS CMOS 8.3-megapixel sensor capable of recording & streaming in both 4K & 1080p with variable frame rates. Field of view is also adjustable from 65º-90º. AI-driven auto-framing keeps you focused & in the frame even as you move for seamless motion tracking.
Designed to keep all your Apple devices in one place as they power-up, Kensington’s StudioCaddy is a desktop dock that gives you a sturdy stand for your iPad and MacBook plus it delivers wireless dual Qi-charging for iPhone, Airpods, & Watch. USB-A and USB-C ports allow you to power other devices.
The latest addition to Nikon’s compact mirrorless lineup is the Z fc, which, if the aesthetics don’t make it obvious enough, stands for “film camera.” Oddly, it happens to capture your images on a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor, not film. Digital not chemical! The nostalgic design also extends to its manual control set. An ISO range is 100-51,200, so yeah, a bit more dynamic than film, too. And it’s not just for stills, the fc captures 4K motion at up to 30fps and it’s compatible with all Nikon’s DX/APS-C lenses.
Whether you use Zens’ new 4000mAh Dual Powerbank and stand in portrait or landscape mode, the magnetic connection holds your MagSafe compatible device securely while charging another on its backside. The rear charging pad is not magnetic but this little guy has enough juice to recharge your phone 1.5X.
Made of solid lucite polished to a mirror finish, the crystal-clear domed design of the NightWatch creates a bold magnifying effect that turns your Apple Watch into a legit bedside alarm clock. Your watch charger snaps into position to offer easy drop-in charging and the device also amplifies the sound of your alarm. Compatible with all Apple Watch models
The latest high-efficiency gallium nitride (GaN) charger from Razer is a pocketable device offering 130W of power. That’s enough to charge two USB-C devices simultaneously at 100W plus two more USB-A devices at 18W each. Plug prongs fold away for easy carry & weight is a travel-friendly 12 ounces.
For the first time since bowing out back in 1996, Atari is releasing a new gaming console. The all-new Atari VCS system comes with a copy of VCS Vault, which includes 100 classic Atari arcade and 2600 titles. The system also supports an online marketplace with over a dozen titles from independent developers. Adding even more versatility, it offers a PC mode allowing it to run Windows, Linux, and Chrome operating systems.
The unique array of modular controls in Monogram’s Creative Console empower your creativity and productivity on everything from the AdobeCS ecosystem to music production to your favorite games. The system offers shortcut buttons, sliders, dials, joystick, and mouse actions plus an Orbiter module for seamless app control. The modules can be connected in custom configurations to suit any workflow.
Built into an actual Pelican brand hard case, the DemerBox DB2 Indestructible Speaker blends a heavy-duty & waterproof design with premium-quality bluetooth 5.0 audio. It offers a solid 40-hours of battery life, dry internal storage, and its on-board USB port lets you charge other devices while it plays. 6 DemerBoxes can be linked at once.