During my commutes to and from work I regularly enjoy listening to some good music or a podcast to turn a humdrum moment into something a little more desirable. Part of what makes that experience enjoyable was the BlueAnt Ribbon, a nicely designed Bluetooth streaming device that can be used with most headphones. Allowing my phone to stay in my pocket during simple operations like answering a phone call or changing the music is an indispensable feature for me. Well, today all that came to an end. Continue Reading
Bluetooth headphones were suppose to give us the benefits of their physically connected counterparts but without the entanglement and limitations of wires. Outside of a select few brands Bluetooth headphones have mostly been a non-starter among audiophiles of many levels due to uncomfortable designs, poor sound quality, and flaky bluetooth connections. Designs can be improved and changed but for most there is no one size fits all solution. And when you start comparing price points, Bluetooth headphones usually don’t get the same speaker refinements as equally priced wired headphones either. So we are left to rely on and hope that manufacturers implement better available Bluetooth technologies. Continue Reading
Mophie has been around for quite some time creating products to keep our mobile gadgets fueled up and ready for action. So when my ZaggSparq 2.0 bit the bullet in a freak accident, I instead, took the opportunity to try out one of Mophie’s portable power supplies. The 6000mAh Juice Pack Powerstation Duo was the obvious choice because it’s the only comparable product to the ZaggSparq in Mophie’s lineup. It offers all the same power benefits at the same price. Of, course as one should expect from any competing product, there are a few design differences. The first of which, is that it’s not an all-in-one unit like the ZaggSparq, requiring a microUSB cable to recharge. Secondly, it’s a more compact design at 2.28 in. x 4.30 in. x 0.78 in. which should make it easier on pockets and small bags. The third, is that both USB ports are optimized for charging mobile devices whereas the ZaggSparq has only one optimized port. Does this work as well in day to day use? Let’s take a look.