17 Terrific Tech Gifts

17 Terrific Tech Gifts

With Black Friday coming up very soon, the rush begins to get our loved ones the perfect Xmas or Holiday gift. At The iMums we love seeing all the great new technology that is being created, and seeing how the connected home is evolving year upon year.  We have been busy creating all our Holiday Gift Guides to showcase some of our favorite products and help you choose the perfect gift for your loved ones. Here are 17 of our favorite Tech products for the adults on your gift list, be sure to also check out our kids gift guide, our gifts for health and wellness, our gifts for parents and our gifts under $30.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

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Orbi- Whole House Wi-Fi

rbk50_lifestyle_livingroom_00820_medresThe single most important thing to keep all our connected home, computing and entertainment technology working well is a strong internet signal. With all the connected devices a typical household has competing for bandwidth, it is important to have a great router to optimize your Wi-Fi signal. The Orbi Home Wi-Fi system is designed to meet high demands for Wi-Fi connectivity, and comes with a base unit and a satellite. It is a mesh Wi-Fi system with a difference- the world’s first Tri-Band Wi-Fi system that has one channel dedicated entirely to connecting the router base unit and the satellite. What this means in practical terms it is delivers fast internet speeds without dead spots over a 4,000 square foot area. It is also incredibly easy to set up. As you move around your home your devices automatically switch to whichever unit is giving you the best signal, and the dedicated channel makes sure the Wi-Fi from the satellite is as strong as from the router. The Orbi router and satellite create a single high speed network where your devices can move between bands and to different parts of the home without ever having to reconnect. I love how the Orbi has eliminated Wi-Fi dead spots from my home, even in hard to reach areas where the signal has to go through interior and exterior walls. Available from Amazon,  Best Buy and other retailers  RRP US$399

 

SingleCue Gen 2

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Until recently the idea you could control your home entertainment with the hand movement was the stuff of science fiction but with SingleCue it is a reality. The newly released 2nd generation Singlecue allows you to control your TV and a whole host of other devices including Media Streamers such as AppleTV, Roku and Hulu; Cable TV boxes, audio systems; soundbars, and even your Nest Thermostat or Phillips Hue lightbulbs.  A full list of compatible devices can be found here, it doesn’t yet work with game consoles or DVD players but the manufacturer is working on adding new devices (Nest was only added this month.) You can set up shortcuts for your favorite combinations such as turning on your TV & Apple TV together and automatically switching the TV to the right output for the AppleTV. You can also mute your TV instantly with a simple ssh gesture.  You don’t need to wear any special ring or have anything in your hand, it is all controlled via simple finger movements picked up from the SingleCue box. SingleCue is a really cool device for your living room and saves hours of hunting under the sofa cushions for lost remotes! Available from Amazon for US$149

 

Sengled Pulse Link

sengledWith TV screens getting bigger and bigger we often find ourselves sitting further from the screen for an optimal viewing experience but that can lead to a less than optimal audio experience. The Sengled Pulse link is a simple solution providing surround sound without the need to wire in new speakers. The Sengled Pulse link starter set combines 2 products- a pair of Sengled Pulse Bulbs and a Pulse Link. The Pulse is an innovative smart bulb which combines a dimmable LED light and a JBL Bluetooth Speaker. The Link is a box that connects to your TV, via included 3.5mm or RCA cables. and allows it to remotely connect with the Pulse bulbs. They work with the Pulse app allowing you to control your lights from the app, listen to your TV through the Pulse JBL speakers and play music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet. A really simple, flexible way to bring surround sound to your living room and play audio from your TV or audio device to JBL speakers . Available from Amazon for US$179.99

 

Petcube Play

petcubeplay The newly released Petcube Play might just be the ideal gift for the pet lover on your list. This new version of the Petcube is more compact and has an upgraded 1080 HD camera with night vision, 2 way audio and 3x digital zoom. It also features a built-in laser pointer controlled via the Petcube app so you can play with your pets when you are away from home, keeping them active and entertained. Even when your schedule is busy you can still get them playing by using the autoplay mode. The camera can recotrd 24/7 and for an extra fee you can subscribe to Petcube care for 10 or 30 day storage of recording history. Available from  Petcube.comAmazon , Best Buy and major retailers RRP US$199 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $50 OFF! $149

 

Drop Connected Scale

drop1The Drop Connected Scale is the perfect gift for the home baker or chef. The smart scale connects to the Drop Recipes app on your iPad or iPhone. Drop Recipes is an interactive cookbook with hundreds of tested recipes for Cooking, Baking and Cocktails. The Drop Scale weighs your ingredients accurately and can scale a recipe based on how much of an ingredient you have on hand. If you are out of an ingredient I will suggest substitutions, and there is even a community section in the app where users can upload and share their own recipes. Available from Amazon, Target and other retailers from  RRP $99.99 Currently US$78.99 at Amazon

 

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR

animated-arloIf you know someone who wants to keep a secure eye on their home inside or out, but wants the freedom to quickly and easily install cameras with the minimum of fuss the new Arlo Pro system from NETGEAR is a great gift. Like the original Arlo the cameras are totally wireless and mount via magnetic ball and socket style joint- making them a snap to install and move. The new Pro cameras run on rechargeable batteries with a staggering 5 MONTH battery life in normal use! The cameras are weatherproof and  have 2 way audio, night vision, motion detection, 130° camera angle, a smart siren, local backup option plus 7 days free cloud storage. A great gift for use in or outside the home  – for home security, watching a babies room, checking on a pet or elderly relative when you are away from home or a myriad of other uses. Available from  Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers systems from US$249

 

JBL Pulse 2  Portable Speaker + Light Show

jblpulse2The JBL Pulse 2 is a great sounding. splash proof,  portable speaker  with colorful light effects that make it fun to take the music with you where ever you go. It has a battery life of up to 10 hours and you can use it as a standalone speaker, or wirelessly connect multiple speakers via the JBL connect app. The Pulse2 can be used to answer calls and connect to Siri or Google Now. I really enjoy its interactive light show, which is also controlled via the JBL Connect app.  There are 8 different light shows to choose from including fire, rain, fireflies, stars, fireworks, traffic, hourglass and canvas- where you draw the light pattern. You can interact with each of the shows, for instance increasing the size of the flames, or the intensity of the rain or adding shooting stars. Many of the light shows also have accompanying sound effects. If you switch off the music you can listen to the sound of a fire crackling or rain pouring down as the light show mirrors the sounds. You can also change the light color to match a color in your environment by scanning it with the light sensor.  The Pulse2 is a 84mm diameter x 195mm tall (approx 3″ x 7.7″)  and weighs 775gm (approx 1.7lb)  A great gift for the music lover, this speaker sounds great, has a good battery life and some really fun interactive light shows with accompanying sound effects. Available from  JBL.COM, Amazon and other retailers RRP US$199.99 (currently on sale for $119.95)

 

Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater

moon_airplane-closeupFor the movie lover or serious gamer the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater is the ultimate gift. With the Royole Moon you can enjoy an immersive 3D cinema or gaming experience anywhere you wish. Two Full HD 1080p AMOLED displays at over 3000 ppi resolution simulate a giant 800” curved screen with stereoscopic 3D, and active noise cancelling headphones complete the experience. Moon’s screen is scalable, allowing full control over the screen size for a personalized viewing experience. It features a patented foldable design, ultra-soft headphone covers, and a premium breathable eye cover to ensure comfort even after long periods of continuous use. It also includes 32GB of internal storage and battery life of up to 5 hours of continuous video playback. Advanced optics allow most eyeglass wearers to enjoy Moon without their corrective lenses. Available www.royole.com and Amazon  MSRP  $799

 

01: The World’s First Dimensioning Instrument

instrumments_01_main_hero_rgb01 from InstruMMents is  billed as the world’s first dimensioning instrument. This makes it a great gift for anyone who wants to easily measure things- crafters, home handymen, and anyone who wants to design or create .01 rolls over straight, curved or contoured objects to intuitively capture, log, and share dimensions. Elegantly carved in aluminum, 01 is contained within a pen, pencil or stylus, and wirelessly connects to smartphones. Although it is currently being launched via Indiegogo it is already fully functioning and due to ship in time for the holidays.  Available from Instrumments.com or Indiegogo from US$159

Custom Made iPad or iPhone case from Dodo Cases

dodo-case-ipadair2_grandeEvery tablet or smartphone deserves a case to protect it. A really personalized gift is to have a case custom created just for your loved one’s iPhone or iPad. Dodo Cases is a San Francisco-based company that uses traditional book binding techniques to create iPad and iPhone cases, and offers a custom case making service. For the iPad cases you can choose from a range of solid or patterned fabrics or 4 colors of leather. You can choose a single or two-tone exterior. For the interior fabric you can choose from a variety of solid colors or patterns or  from a selection of city maps. The maps are a great way to personalize if you choose a city that has particular significance to the recipient. You can add final touches by picking the color of elastic and even have a name or message embossed on the front on gold or black letters. A truly one-of-a-kind gift! Available from DoDoCases.com custom iPhone cases start from $49.99 and custom iPad cases from $79.99.

 

SanDisk iXpand Flash storage for iPhone and iPad

ixpand1A problem most iPhone and iPad users suffer from is lack of storage space- unlike Android phones you can’t just slip in a micro-SD card to increase storage and it costs a lot to buy iOS devices with large amounts of internal storage. The iXpand Flash drive from SanDisk is a simple solution to this problem.  It is a very small, light flash drive that connects via the Lightning port of your iOS device.  It is very easy to transfer content from your iOS device to the drive to create space and you can then use its USB connector to transfer them to your computer. You can also set it up to automatically backup your camera roll whenever it s connected. If you are traveling and want to take a movie with you, you can load it on the drive from your computer and watch it directly on your device without ever downloading it ! It has a flexible connector that allows it to be used with most cases, and is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB versions.  Available from Amazon and other retailers  from US$59.99

 

RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge

razorplatimunumOne of the cool features about the new MacBooks is that they can now to powered via a USB-C instead of needing a proprietary Mac charger. This opens up more possibilities for charging on the go. The new RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge has a built-in USB-C port and enough power to recharge a MacBook as well as USB-A port for your other devices. This 13400mAh Lithium Polymer battery has ultra fast charging and recharging. It measures 6.5 in x 4.8 in x 1.1 in and weighs in at under 1lb, making it very small and light for a battery of this capacity. Available from MyCharge.com and Best Buy for US$99.99

 

Amazon Echo

echoOne noticeable trend in the Connected Home market in 2016 is that more and more connected home devices are having Amazon Alexa integration . This means that if you have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot you can control them via your voice. The Amazon Echo is a pretty cool device all by itself but with the integration of other connected home devices its uses keep multiplying. The Echo has immersive 360º omni-directional audio with far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from across the room even while music is playing. It plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice, and controls a whole host of connected home devices. Echo also answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and lets you shop on Amazon using the Alexa Voice Service. Available from Amazon  for US$179.99 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $139.99

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo DotIf you already have a speaker system in the room you are using your Echo in, you may prefer to get the more affordable Echo Dot, as it can connect to your existing speakers via a 3.5mm cable. Apart from the large speaker it has all the other features of its bigger brother the Amazon Echo. Like the Echo it has far-field voice recognition and can plays your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. It also controls a whole host of connected home devices, answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and lets you shop on Amazon using the Alexa Voice Service. It has a small built-in speaker and you can use Echo Dots in multiple rooms to provide Alexa enabled control throughout the home. The Echo Dot is Available from Amazon for US$49.99 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $39.99 and is also available in 3 packs at a $20 savings or six packs where you buy 5 and get one free.

 

SMARTvr Virtual Reality Viewer from Dodo Case

shopify_smartvr-hero_grandeWith the invention of Google Cardboard there is more and more Virtual Reality content becoming available in iTunes and Google Play stores. This is great as it means more people can access Virtual Reality content without needing to buy an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift.   SMARTvr is a great way to access the content made available by Google cardboard on your smartphone, but using a more stylish and durable viewer than the original Cardboard. If fits most iOS and Android smartphones and folds to a flat package about the size of an iPhone 5  when not in use. The case is made from cast aluminum and ballistic nylon with a microsuede lens cover & light blocking shield. It is Google Cardboard certified and really simple to use You just unfold it, scan the QR code to link, slip the phone into the clips on the back, fold down the light shield, and you are ready to enjoy your VR apps. It is a great VR viewer- compact, portable, durable, affordable and flexible to fit different size smartphones

Available from DodoCase.com for US$39.99

Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar from Belkin

 

belkin_lightningaudiochargerockstar_1 The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus no longer have an audio jack as they are designed to use Bluetooth headphones. However, not everyone likes Bluetooth headphones, so there are several new headphones on the market that use the iPhone’s Lightning connector as an innovative way around the problem. This does however create a new problem- if your battery starts to run low you can’t charge the phone and continue to use your Lightning headphones at the same time. Belkin has solved this problem with the Lightning Audio Charge Rockstar which doubles your Lightning ports – providing one for listening and one for charging. RRP $39.99  Available from Belkin.com, Apple and other retailers.

VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite

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Do you have a friend or relative who still has lots of home videos lying around on VHS tapes or on camcorder tapes? This could be the perfect gift for them. Tapes deteriorate over time and it becomes harder and harder to find ways to play them, so its important to get them transferred to digital formats or you may lose the content entirely. Instead of taking them in to be professionally copied (which can be cost prohibitive if you have a lot of tapes to transfer) you can convert them at home with VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite. To use VIDBOX you need a VCR or camcorder that can play your tapes, and a Mac or PC. The Video Conversion suite comes with a key to download the software or you can install it via the included CD-Rom. The VIDBOX little white box is the key to connecting your video output device to the computer. You wire it to your VCR/ camcorder via RCA to RCA cables (included) or RCA to S-Cable (not included) and connect it to your computer via the included USB cable. Once it is connected launch the VIDBOX software and follow the on screen instructions. The video will record as a digital file on your computer in real time as it plays on your VCR/ camcorder. Once the recording is finished you can preview it and save to iMovie or iTunes (on Mac). The Video conversion suite includes software for both Mac and PC or you can buy Mac or PC only versions for slightly less. Available from VIDBOX.COM or Amazon RRP Suite $99.99 or PC or Mac only $79.99. Suite currently $69.99 on Amazon


For additional gift ideas check out all our Holiday Gift Guides

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
Review of GoNoodle and #Giveaway for a  New #Apple TV (4th Generation)

Review of GoNoodle and #Giveaway for a New #Apple TV (4th Generation)

GoNoodle for Apple TV

What we love…

Great variety of channels to suit different ages and tastes, gets kids active, stress reduction tools, fun for all the family

What we’d love to see…

A way to bookmark favorite videos and create your own compilations

Summary

GoNoodle a great free resource with a great selection of fun active videos to get kids up, moving, exercising and dancing, perfectly suited to the Apple TV. Highly recommended.

Our Rating

 

Over the last year or so my kids added a new verb to their vocabulary – on the way home from school they could often be heard telling each other I “GoNoodled today”. This was usually responded too with an enthusiastic “me too” or occasionally a “No fair, I didn’t .” I couldn’t really get a good explanation from them as to what “GoNoodling” was, just that it was fun. So I was left scratching my head wondering was this some kind of dance? Yoga move ? Strange exercise involving spaghetti? Now I’m wondering no more as I’ve recently had the pleasure of GoNoodling with them at home !

GoNoodle started with the aim of getting kids more active at school. Teachers could subscribe to Go Noodle and access fun videos to get kids active. For schools it is available as a free subscription and a premium version is also available with extra content that incorporates common core standard academics as well as the exercises. My local school district has installed Smartboards in all the elementary school classrooms and my kids’ teachers have been using GoNoodle on the Smartboards. My kids love using GoNoodle in the classroom and when I asked my daughter’s teacher what was good about GoNoodle from a teacher’s perspective her reply was “everything!”

After it was launched for schools many kids started asking for GoNoodle at home and GoNoodle started to let families sign up for a free account on their website and watch at home on their computer, or via a web browser on their iPad or tablet. With the launch of the new Apple TV came the ability for developers to release apps for Apple TV, and GoNoodle has just launched an Apple TV app (N.B. Apple TV apps only work on the 4th Generation Apple TV not on older models.) Go Noodle is a free app with no adverts or in-app purchases.

After hearing about GoNoodle from my kids and their teachers I was happy to get the chance to check it out for myself on our new Apple TV. My initial assumption was that GoNoodle would be all active videos to get kids up and dancing, but I soon discovered it has a lot more to offer. It has dance and exercise videos set to music, for when you want to get kids active, but it also has calming activities too, including yoga and mindfulness exercises.

When you open the app there are 2 choices: mixes and channels. The mixes are great if I’m not sure what to watch but I want a particular effect such as getting the kids active, de-stressing or getting them calmed down before bed. They are 15 minute collections of videos around a theme e.g Kick Start Your Day, Zumba Dance Party, Stress Busters or Mega Workout, they are also a great way to discover new channels.

There are currently 13 different channels to choose from that will appeal to different kids, and have different themes. My 8 year-old son’s favorite channel is Moose Tube. On Moose Tube kids dance and sing along to a variety of chants and active songs such as Professor Ding-a-Dong (a variation of “Father Abrahams) and watch out for the big red dancing moose! My daughter prefers dancing to pop songs on the Kidz Bop channel. Although Go Noodle is designed primarily for kids from 3-12 there are some channels that older kids, and adults will enjoy. Fresh Start Fitness is a great way to get an active work out and “grown up” enough that my Middle Schooler and I can enjoy working out together with it.

The active channels are great for getting the kids exercising or getting out excess energy on a rainy day but there are also channels that are great for quieter watching. One of my favorites is the Flow channel which I like to watch with my kids when I feel they are stressed. It has a series of calming, meditative videos to help focus and relieve stress and tension. My kids also enjoy watching the “brainercise with Mr Catman” videos, it is really challenging trying to do different actions with both hands or feet at the same time but a great way to work on your co-ordination skills.

One nice additional feature is when the kids are Go Noodling via the Apple TV they will get a 30 min warning to let them know they’ve been playing for 30 minutes and might want to take a break, I wish all apps had this!!

Overall, I have found GoNoodle a great resource – it has a great selection of fun active videos to get kids up, moving, exercising and dancing – getting fit and active and having fun at the same time. It has a great selection of different channels to suit different ages and tastes and I love that new videos are being added all the time. As well as the exercise videos it also has some great tools for improving co-ordination, relieving stress, and calming down after a busy day. I love that it is a totally free kid safe app- no adverts or in-app purchases and think it is a perfect fit for the AppleTV as its much easier to join in and dance or exercise along with a video on the big screen of your TV rather than on a computer or tablet screen. Highly recommended!

For more information visit

GoNoodle Website

GoNoodle Facebook Page

@GoNoodle on Twitter

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NOTE: An Apple TV was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Giveaway

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier 2.0 by Griffin Technology – Review

Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier 2.0 by Griffin Technology – Review

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What we love…

stylish, well made, simple to use, high quality music playback

What we’d love to see…

the ability to change volume via a smartphone when using it with the TV (as you do when streaming music from the phone)

Summary

The Twenty is a great way to bring new life to old speakers and bring them into the digital age.  I love how simple it is to use and the quality of the music playback. Not only does it allow music streaming from a Smartphone or other Bluetooth device but enables listening to movies and music videos from your TV in clear high quality stereo.

Our Rating

 

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Do you have an old audio system gathering dust or a set of high quality speakers that you never use anymore? Many of us, myself included, keep most of our music collection in digital format these days stored on a computer, tablet or smartphone and our old stereos go unused. The Griffin Twenty 2.0 provides a way to put those speakers back to use.

 

The Twenty is a digital audio amplifier that connects with a wide variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, TVs,and game consoles such as the Xbox. As the name suggests it delivers up to 20 watts per channel. It will connect to devices via Bluetooth and also comes with an optical TOSLINK cable to connect to compatible devices such as TVs and Game Consoles.

The Twenty has a white metal casing, black front grill and large aluminum volume knob; it feels very solid and well-made . It is stylish with clean curved lines and looks like quality piece of audio equipment.

I recently tested the Twenty with a pair of Acoustic Research Speakers that my husband bought 20+ years ago. Alongside the rest of his  music system they have been sitting in the corner gathering dust the last few years, whilst we listen to our music collection on Bluetooth speakers streamed from our iPhones and MacBooks. As well using them to listen to our digital music collection I also wanted to use them for listening to movies. We have a nice, big Samsung Smart TV but haven’t yet invested in a Sound bar to go with it, so although we have great picture quality the sound can be rather underwhelming.

Setting the Twenty up for Bluetooth streaming is very simple. You connect your speakers to the Twenty (bare wires or banana plugs both connect in seconds). Switch on Bluetooth on your device then connect your Bluetooth device, choose a song and start playing- it’s that simple! If you set the volume control on the Twenty to mid-range you can use your phone or tablet’s volume control to change the volume from the speakers. The Twenty can remember 2 connections at once making it easy to switch back and forth between 2 people. It has a  30-foot Bluetooth range, and is a great way to listen to your digital music via speakers you already own.

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It can also be used with devices with optical outputs such as TVs, Game consoles and older Apple TVs (the 4th generation Apple TV has no optical output). Set up  is simple with the included optical TOSLINK cable. I’ve used this with a Samsung SmartTV, an Xbox 360 and a 3rd generation Apple TV. I usually leave it connected to the Smart TV and it will work via the TV with whatever devices I have connected to the TV such as Xbox, Apple TV, DVD, Blu-ray. I really like the ability to connect my TV to the Twenty to get real stereo sound especially when watching music videos or watching movies.

When using it with  the TV you do need to use the volume knob on the Twenty to change the volume – using the remote from your TV (or Apple TV etc) only changes the volume coming through the TV’s built-in speakers not the volume through the speakers connected to the Twenty.  I would like to have the ability to change volume via my iPhone (as you do when streaming music from the phone) for those times when you don’t want to get up in the middle of a movie or show to change volume.

I did find a few quirks with the system. If I connect the Twenty to my Smart TV and use the Netflix or Amazon Prime app on the TV I get bad feedback, but if I use Netflix on another device that is connected to the TV (e.g. Apple TV or streaming Blu-ray player) it works fine. This happens with a few other apps too, though most work perfectly.

Overall, I really like the Twenty, it is a great way to bring new life to old speakers and bring them into the digital age.  I love how simple it is to use and the quality of the music playback. Not only does it let me stream music from my iPhone (or other Bluetooth device) but it also lets me watch movies and listen to music videos from my TV in clear high quality stereo. It also has the option to add a subwoofer, if your speakers need upgrading it is also available bundled with NHT speakers.

Available from Griffin Technology  and Amazon Price: US$149

 

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
iSkelter ‘s Apple TV Station – Review

iSkelter ‘s Apple TV Station – Review

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iSkelter is a company with a mission – to create fine, hand-crafted, desks and accessories in the USA, their company slogan is “hand-built by people who give a damn”. They create beautiful handmade pieces from Bamboo, and their latest product is the Apple TV station.
If you have an Apple TV you’ll know the remote control is very “Apple”- sleek, silver, minimalist, but tiny! Because it is so tiny it is really easy to lose. I live dread that the kids will lose it between the sofa cushions and we’ll never see it again, so the idea of having a special place to keep it really appeals.

The  iSkelter Apple TV Station is simple and elegant. It is made from a piece of bamboo that has been polished so it is very smooth to the touch. The top surface has custom cutouts for the Apple TV and the remote. Both slots are lined with a black felt-like material, and the same material is used to make 4 small feet for the base so it doesn’t scratch your furniture. The remote slot has little cutouts to make to easy to pick up.

 

apple-tv-accessories1-510x652 The base is laser etched with iSkelter’s logo and slogan.

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The iSkelter Apple TV Station is a beautiful, organic, eco-friendly way to display your Apple TV and to keep the remote safe. It is well designed and very well made with good attention to detail. It is hand made in the USA and is available online from iSkelter.com RRP $39.99 but currently on sale for $32 with free shipping, this is a great price for a high quality, hand-made product.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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