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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: PureGear

Website: www.pure-gear.com

Model: PureTek Roll-On Screen Shield Kit

Price: $30-$35

Compatible: iPad Air, iPad mini

PureGear PureTek Roll-On Screen Shield Kit for iPad Air + iPad mini

Following a version for iPhone 5/5s, PureGear has released its PureTek Roll-On Screen Shield Kit for iPad Air and iPad mini ($20-$25). Available in antiglare and anti-fingerprint finishes for both sizes, the film is most notable for its included installation tray. Instead of having to try to line up a sheet of film, you simply insert the tablet into the plastic tray, pull the film over the screen, and used the included roller to work out the bubbles. It doesn't extend quite as far to the edges as most films do, but we found the process easy. A cleaning cloth is included.

PureGear PureTek Roll-On Screen Shield Kit for iPad Air + iPad mini

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Company: Olloclip

Website: Olloclip

Model: 3-in-1 Photo Lens

Price: $60

Compatible: iPhone 5c

Olloclip 3-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5c

The most recent addition to Olloclip's lineup of add-on camera lenses for iOS devices is the 3-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5c ($60). Offered in five different colors designed to match the hues of the plastic-bodied handset, it offers the same three lens options as the original iPhone 5/5s edition: wide-angle, fisheye, and 10x macro. The wide-angle twists off to reveal the macro lens. Also included in the kit are two lens covers and a drawstring carrying bag.

Olloclip 3-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5c

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Company: Amzer

Website: www.Amzer.com

Model: Pudding TPU Case, SlimGrip Hybrid Case

Price: $4-$8

Compatible: iPhone 5c

Amzer Pudding TPU Case + SlimGrip Hybrid Case for iPhone 5c

Here's a quick look at two very affordable iPhone 5c cases from Amzer: Pudding TPU Case ($8, aka TPU) and SlimGrip Hybrid Case ($4, aka Hybrid). The former is a take on thermoplastic cases, similar in some ways to Incipio's NGP. Instead of a fully matte finish though, it's glossy on the sides and matte on the back. Eight colors are available, each of which skips button protection, something that's generally present on TPU cases. The openings along the bottom edges of our review units were slightly off-center. SlimGrip Hybrid Case is very much like Reveal from Griffin, or any number of similar cases. It fuses together an opaque soft border and a clear plastic back, exposing most of the rear shell of the iPhone. This one does include button protection.

Amzer Pudding TPU Case + SlimGrip Hybrid Case for iPhone 5c

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Company: Heckler Design

Website: www.hecklerdesign.com

Model: Headphone Stand

Price: $29-$49

Compatible: Over-the-Ear Headphones

Heckler Design Headphone Stand for Over-the-Ear Headphones

It's a rare category of accessories, but headphone holders do indeed exist. One year ago, Just Mobile debuted HeadStand, and now Heckler Design has an alternative called Headphone Stand ($29-$49). Made entirely from scraps left over from producing its Windfall Stand, Headphone Stand is a piece of metal with round segments sticking up on either side. They're sized to hold the earcups using only tension, at about the width of a head. Five colors are available at the lower price point, with a polished stainless steel version coming in at a premium.

Heckler Design Headphone Stand for Over-the-Ear Headphones

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