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Mac: Satechi Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for iMac

While the new iMac Pro lacks the internal expansion capabilities of prior “Pro” desktop Macs, Satechi at least has some of that covered with its new Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro. Available for pre-order today and shipping in January, Satechi’s new hub connects to one of your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and then clamps onto the bottom of your iMac — either the 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K, and 27-inch iMac Retina 5K — and provides a front-facing data-only USB-C port, three front-facing USB 3.0 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speeds, and a Micro/SD card reader.

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Review: TEAC AI-101DA Integrated Amplifier with USB DAC

Recently we've reviewed some big, expensive, powerful speaker amplifiers. We've found that big, expensive, powerful gear often sounds very good. It is important, however, to remember that audio equipment can sound good even though it's small, inexpensive, and relatively low-powered. Sometimes a little box can do it all. Today we're looking at a tiny, affordable integrated amplifier from Japanese manufacturer TEAC. We think that for many users, TEAC's AI-101DA may be the "Swiss Army Knife" of stereo components.

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Daily Deal: CrossOver 17

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up CrossOver 17 for only $19 — that’s 52% off the regular price, and if you use the coupon code GIFTSHOP15 you’ll get an extra 15% off, bringing the total price down to $16.15. This handy app lets you run Windows software directly on your Mac without having to buy a Windows license, reboot into Windows, or deal with a virtual machine. Whether it’s games, productivity software, or utility apps, CrossOver lets you run them natively on your Mac just like any other app, bringing the two worlds into harmony.

Get CrossOver 17 now for only $16.15

Review: JBL LSR305 5” Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor

We have reviewed several of JBL's speakers and headphones over the years. Many have touted the "JBL House Sound," but we've never really talked about what that means. Though JBL's current product line includes some interesting consumer lifestyle products, the company's history is in pro audio — chances are that the last movie theater or concert venue you visited used JBL speakers or, at least, many of the songs in your library were mixed using JBL speakers. One of the most important products in JBL's pro audio lineup, the entry-level LSR305, has become more than just a studio monitor — it's become a go-to recommendation for new audiophiles looking for their first set of high-quality speakers. We think they've earned their reputation as one of the best value-for-dollar speakers available.

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Review: iHome iSS50 SmartMonitor HomeKit-enabled Sensor

We've seen a number of environment sensors designed for Apple's HomeKit home automation platform in the past couple of years, with most typically designed to monitor temperature, humidity, or motion, and while some include obvious combinations such as temperature and humidity, iHome's new iSS50 is the first we've seen that actually ties together five different environment sensors into a single device; it's capable of measuring temperature, humidity, and motion, as well as light and sound levels.

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Daily Deal: Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger + Triton Cable

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger and Triton Cable for only $34.00 using the coupon code GIFTSHOP15 — that’s more than 50% off the regular price. The ultra-thin, energy efficient battery is made of strong and lightweight carbon, making it easy to take with you anywhere while still offering up to 10,500 mAh of extra juice. Two USB charging ports allow for simultaneous charging of two devices, and the package comes with a non-adhesive NanoStick PRO pad so you can attach the charger to your iPhone along with a 3-in-1 Triton Cable.

Get the Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger + Triton Cable now for only $34

Gear: PureGear GlassBak 360 for iPhone X

PureGear’s GlassBak 360, now updated for the iPhone X, is a case of a different sort. Eschewing the traditional one-piece protective case design, GlassBak focuses more strongly on aesthetics, combining a tempered glass back with an aluminum bumper, creating an attractive case for those who want to add a bit of protection to their iPhone X without sacrificing sleekness of style.

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Review: Optoma NuForce BE2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Recently, we reviewed the Optoma NuForce HEM Dynamic IEM and found that although it sounded good, its narrow sound channels didn't hold its ear tips well enough, making it all too possible to end up with ear tips left deep inside your ear canals. This week, we're trying a new headphone from Optoma's NuForce line — the BE2 Wireless. We find that the BE2 is very affordable, sounds good, and keeps its ear tips where they're supposed to be.

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Fishball 360 lens for iPhone fully funds on Indiegogo

The Fishball 360 lens has just fully funded on Indiegogo, so the clip-on attachment is likely to see production. The lens simply snaps over the iPhone’s camera with no batteries or cables required and captures 360-degree images using the iPhone’s existing camera in tandem with the attachment’s lenses. The makers call the lens “futureproof” and promise it will remain compatible with future iPhones, saying it is currently compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Images taken with the lens can be posted to any platform that supports 360-degree photos, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. The lens is expected to ship by June 2018 and is still available on the Indiegogo page for $49.





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