Bringing a smartphone or tablet into the bathroom has become commonplace for those who want to listen to their tunes while in the shower. But before you follow suit, consider this. It’s said that a majority of mobile phone failures are due to accidental damage, with the leading cause being water damage.
Enter the iShower2. With the iShower2’s 200-foot Bluetooth range, your phone or tablet stays safe and dry, while still giving you control to Play, Pause, Skip tracks, and even answer or ignore phone calls. That’s right, now you can participate in that boring morning conference call while you enjoy a nice soak in the tub.
We recently had a chance to try out the iShower2, and it’s really an impressive product. While it’s not the first water-resistant Bluetooth speaker on the market, there are a number of things that help set it apart from the pack (along with it’s predecessor). The iShower2 features new speakerphone functionality, extended battery life and improved sound quality.
Like I said, with the addition of a speakerphone, you never have to worry about missing another phone call again. This is huge for me, because I’m constantly missing calls when I’m in the shower, and I come out to see that dreaded “Missed Call” notification. On the flip side, it’d be nice if the iShower2 displayed the number of the person calling. Additionally, callers on the other end might notice some echo or water sounds on their end.. But what do you expect, you’re in a shower after all!
The iShower2 is powered by 3 AA batteries, which are good for 25 hours of battery life. Frankly, I was a little surprised by this, as most Bluetooth speakers are rechargeable these days. But considering that you’ll only use the speaker for 10-minutes a day, you shouldn’t have to change the batteries that often at all.
Sound quality is another area where the iShower2 really impressed us. When I first turned it on, I turned the volume up to 10 (it’s max) and the music was still rather low. But after thinking about it for a minute, I went and raised the volume on my iPhone. All of a sudden, the iShower2 came to life! Considering the small size of this device, I was really impressed with the amount of volume and bass this put out!
There’s a lot to like about the iShower2. The Bluetooth water-resistant speaker lets you listen to music, audio books, podcasts, sports and more without the fear of water damage! The iShower2 features a 200 foot range, speakerphone capability, 5 user profiles and a clock display (so you’ll never be late for work again).
The iShower2 retails for $99.99, and we think it’s money well spent.
Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In
When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.
Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.
But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.
When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!
Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.
You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.
Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.
Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
Visit www.libratone.com to learn more about the TRACK+ earphones.
Alpine Unveils 9-Inch Aftermarket Head Unit With Floating Design At CES
Many of today’s newer cars come with huge infotainment screens (like the Lexus LC 500 with it’s 10.3″ dash-mounted screen). But if you’ve got an older car and want that big screen experience, you’re pretty much out of luck, as most single DIN and double DIN radios only give you so much space to work with.
Alpine Electronics came up with a unique solution to this common problem with their new 9-inch iLX-F309 in-dash system, which they debuted at CES this week. This AM/FM/audio/video receiver uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation, with a 9-inch touch screen “hovering” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversized screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.
Installation of the Alpine iLX-F309 sounds like a breeze, as described here:
The 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount connected to a 1-DIN chassis. Once installed, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis for a sturdy installation. The screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off cleanly at the edges for a thin, modern silhouette. At its default position, the screen’s sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90-degree angle and the bottom of the screen is centered with the 1-DIN chassis.
At this point, the screen can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard. The screen can be positioned 20 mm back from its default position, to move it closer to the dashboard. It can be moved up or down 30mm from its default position and can be tilted up/down at a maximum of 45-degrees, depending on the position of the up/down location.
The iLX-F309 has a suite of entertainment features sure to please the most discerning of techies, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Alpine TuneIt App integration, AUX, HDMI, and rear camera inputs, and more. The system doesn’t include a CD or DVD slot.
If you’re interested in getting the Alpine iLX-F309 for your vehicle, you won’t have long to wait, as the system will be available at authorized retailers in February, with a suggested retail price of $1,100.
What do you think of the Alpine iLX-F309 with it’s 9-inch floating screen?
This Is The Gravity-Defying Death Star Speaker You’ve Been Looking For!
Unbound from the laws of gravity, Plox is bringing the might of the Empire to your home with the Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Speaker. Amaze your friends and yourself as your Death Star speaker delivers 360 degrees of uncompromising sound for up to five hours on a single charge.
The gravity-defying orb combines 360° Bluetooth sound projection with an out-of-this-world levitation system using Plox’s force technology. This exclusive Star Wars collectible is the Death Star you’ve been waiting for.
This is a great sounding speaker that any Star Wars fan would want. Sadly, this model does not come with the planet-destroying super laser. Hopefully, they can add this to their later models. For now, you can only ‘blast’ some cool tunes.
The Empire’s ultimate weapon can now be yours. May the force be with you!