Speck MightyPack

Speck, known for its cases, has introduced its first backpack — MightyPack ($80). The debut backpack for the company can hold up to a 15” MacBook, and there’s plenty of space for other accessories, including an iPad and iPhone. A vegan fur-lined “Tech Locker” pocket near the top of the bag has a hardshell for extra protection, and a hole inside the bag allows users to pass cables between compartments for charging purposes. We received the black and dark blue version of MightyPack — there are also two-toned blue and pink versions of the bag. Speck has also introduced MightyPack Plus, which retails for $100 and opens to fold flat to meet TSA travel requirements.

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$80 | Bags

Speck CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition for iPhone 6

Speck’s CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6 case was released around the same time as Apple’s iPhone 6, and the company has now added a new premium edition to that case line.The CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition for iPhone 6 ($50) features new hi-res graphics. These new “luxury” cases will set you back $10 extra compared to the original iPhone 6 Inked cases.

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Just Mobile AluCable Duo, AluCable Duo mini + AluCable Duo twist

Just Mobile has introduced three new USB cables with built-in versatility — AluCable Duo, AluCable Duo mini, and AluCable Duo twist. The “Duo” in the name comes from the functionality, as all three cables can charge devices via Lightning or micro-USB — an attached Lightning plug can be linked to the micro-USB plug for iOS device charging. AluCable Duo and Duo mini are out now, while Duo twist will be released in the near future.

 

 

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$20-$25 | Cables

STM Bowery Energy 13" Laptop Brief

STM has added power to its bags in the new Bowery Energy 13” Laptop Brief. We first saw the company’s plans for the bag at CES this year — Bowery Energy can hold up to a 13” MacBook, along with other accessories, but its most notable feature is where the “Energy” comes from, as the bag comes with its own battery. The included Joey charger allows users to charge devices while within the bag. There’s also a 15” version of the Bowery Energy Laptop Brief.

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Hex Infinity Cross Body

Hex’s Infinity Cross Body ($70) is a compact bag that can accommodate an 11” MacBook Air or 12” MacBook. The water-resistant bag also has pockets for an iPad mini, iPhone, and other items. The front flap stays in place with a magnet.

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$70 | Bags

Hex Stinson Collection Relay Duffel + Echo Backpack

Hex recently introduced its Stinson Collection, a new collection of three different bags coming in seven different designs — 21 bags in all. We received the charcoal canvas version of Relay Duffel ($110) and the denim/dot-design Echo Backpack ($80). The former has external pockets for electronics, while the backpack can hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro.

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$80-$110 | Bags

G-Project G-Tube

G-Project has unveiled G-Tube ($40), a new miniature Bluetooth speaker. G-Tube is IPX5 water-resistant, which means it should stand up to water jets. (Our unit’s packaging differed from the website, as it only claims IPX4 protection, but we checked with G-Project and verified G-Tube is indeed IPX5-rated.) As you can see in the first picture, G-Tube is slightly shorter than an iPhone 6 — the cylinder-shaped speaker is 5.25” long and just short of 2” in diameter. Two 1.25” stereo drivers supply the sound. G-Tube has a rechargeable battery which G-Project claims can last up to 6 hours, and the speaker should fully recharge in 3.5 hours.

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$40 | Speakers

Booq Boa saddle

Booq’s latest bag is the black Boa saddle ($195), a briefcase-style leather-accented laptop bag that can accommodate up to a 15” MacBook Pro. Boa saddle’s ballistic nylon exterior comes with water-resistant coating to ensure the bag stands up to the elements. The adjustable nylon shoulder strap (with shoulder pad) is reminiscent of a seatbelt, and an extra strap on the back of the bag makes it luggage-friendly. Boa saddle comes with Booq’s Terralinq feature, which makes it easier for someone to return your lost bag by contacting Booq.

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$195 | Bags

Bluelounge Posto

Bluelounge’s Posto ($20) is a new three-piece headphone stand. Made of a plastic base, an aluminum center piece, and a flexible rubber top to hold your headphones of choice, Posto isn’t meant to be taken apart after initial assembly. The headphone stand comes in white or black.

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Scosche strikeLINE Rugged LED

Scosche’s strikeLINE Rugged LED ($20) is the third LED Lightning to micro-USB cable we’ve seen in recent weeks. Like the others (Scosche’s flatOUT LED and Just Mobile’s AluCable LED), strikeLINE Rugged LED is meant to tell users when a device is done charging at a glance — it glows red when charging, and blue when fully charged, via a small LED on the Lightning side of the cable.

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$20 | Cables

Griffin LightRunner Universal Armband

Griffin’s new LightRunner ($40) adds LEDs to an armband for safer running. Users can select between three light patterns, or turn off the lights all together while the band is in use. The armband fits “small to medium smartphones” — according to the box, this includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. LightRunner adjusts to 18” in circumference.

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$40 | Fitness

SwitchEasy PowerAmp

SwitchEasy’s PowerAmp ($50) is a compact charger with four USB ports that can be covered for their protection. Each port is labeled — there are two ports allowing for 1-2.3A output, one iPad port (up to 2.1A output), and one iPhone port (up to 1A). PowerAmp can deliver a total max output of 5.4A — do the math on which devices you’ll be able to charge at full speed simultaneously — and the charger uses “automatic device identification” to intelligently and efficiently charge your devices. The square charger also protects against overcharging and power surges, and its input support for 100V-240V ensures that PowerAmp is world travel friendly, presuming you have a proper plug adapter — a standard AC wall plug connector is included.

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Toast Custom Phone Cover for iPhone 6 Plus

Toast, known for creating customized wood covers, has sent over a Custom Phone Cover for iPhone 6 Plus ($64-$74). The wooden cover is essentially a wood-coated sticker that fits around the outside of an iPhone, with four shades of wood available. Customers can submit their own high-resolution art to Toast for customization. For an iPhone 6 Plus, the back cover costs $64, and for $10 more, Toast adds a front panel. Stickers are also included for the phone’s buttons.

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$64-$74 | Cases + Covers

Scosche flatOUT LED

Scosche’s flatOUT LED ($20) is the second recent Lightning cable we’ve seen that uses a built-in LED to inform users if a iOS device is charging or fully charged. Unlike Just Mobile’s AluCable LED, which contains a small LED on the USB plug of the cable, flatOUT LED’s indicator is next to the Lightning plug side of the cable. A flat, tangle-free cable is another key part of the 3-foot flatOUT LED’s design.

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$20 | Cables

Just Mobile AluCable LED

Just Mobile’s AluCable LED is a 1-meter aluminum-accented Lightning cable with a small LED built into the USB plug head. The light lets users know whether or not an iOS device is done charging without having to look at the device’s screen — the LED is designed to pulse amber when charging, and glow solid green when a device is fully charged.

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$25 | Cables
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