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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: Griffin Technology

Website: www.GriffinTechnology.com

Model: Woodtones Over-The-Ear Headphones

Price: $100

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPods

Griffin Woodtones Over-The-Ear Headphones

Griffin's Woodtones Over-The-Ear Headphones ($100) are part of a family that also includes significantly less expensive earbuds. Available in walnut, sapele, or beech woods, the headphones pack 50mm drivers. Inside the wooden cups are soft pads that fit against the ear, and help isolate outside noises. The audio cable is removable, has matching wood at either plug end, and comes with a remote and mic module built-in.

Griffin Woodtones Over-The-Ear Headphones

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Company: Griffin Technology

Website: www.GriffinTechnology.com

Model: Kazoo MyPhones

Price: $20

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPods

Griffin Kazoo MyPhones Headphones

Designed specifically for young listeners, Griffin's Kazoo MyPhones ($20) come in two molded plastic designs: frog and penguin. Both are bright, colorful options with padded ear cups and adjustable hand bands. Around the headphone plug, you'll find the appropriate food for the respective animal, either a fly or a fish. Internally, the handphones are limited to 85 decibels, which is a safe level for children.

Griffin Kazoo MyPhones Headphones

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Company: Kensington

Website: www.Kensington.com

Model: BlackBelt 3rd Degree Rugged Case

Price: $80

Compatible: iPad 2, iPad (3rd/4th-Gen)

Kensington BlackBelt 3rd Degree Rugged Case for iPad 2, iPad (3rd/4th-Gen)

Taking on the field of of highly protective iPad case options, Kensington has introduced its BlackBelt 3rd Degree Rugged Case ($80). Made for full-sized iPads, the case isn't the prettiest around. It starts with a plastic shell at its base, which is then surrounded by a thick rubber layer; a sheet of screen film is included as well. Button and camera protection is built into the case. A locking anchor allows you to conenct to the company's line of security devices. Optional accessories include a $30 kit with a hand strap and shoulder strap.

Kensington BlackBelt 3rd Degree Rugged Case for iPad 2, iPad (3rd/4th-Gen)

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Company: Kensington

Website: www.Kensington.com

Model: SafeGrip Rugged Case & Stand, SafeGrip Security Case & Lock

Price: $50-$90

Compatible: iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad (3rd/4th-Gen)

Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Case & Stand for iPad mini + Security Case & Lock for iPad

Kensington has released two distinct products under the same family name: SafeGrip Rugged Case & Stand for iPad mini ($50) and SafeGrip Security Case & Lock for iPad ($90). The latter model supports second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPads. Although it's not identical, the iPad mini holder reminds us of i-Blason's ArmorBox Kido Series. The foam case has a hinged-handle that can also act as a stand. This one includes a stylus, which can fit into a groove on the back, as well as screen film and an applicator. It only comes in green. SafeGrip Security Case & Lock has a similar outer piece, but the iPad first fits inside a hard plastic case with a locking mechanism. Included with the pack is a ClickSafe lock. This one comes in bright orange, and looks pretty monstrous -- gigantic, and without a particularly good match between the inner and outer layers. The last photo below shows how awkwardly the parts come together.

Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Case & Stand for iPad mini + Security Case & Lock for iPad

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