Mophie External Batteries Review: Juice Pack Powerstation, Reserve, Boost

Mophie has a lineup for all you iOS and Gadget freaks out there. Whether you are always on the go or you have a phone with poor battery life you can get the juice you need without being tied to a wall outlet. I’ve been using Mophie products for a while now and they never fail to disappoint. Check out the review video below

Juice Pack Reserve

Lightweight and compact design with a convenient key ring & integrated charging cables means you’re always ready for a quick charge whenever you need it.

Battery Capacity: 700 mAh

$34

Juice Pack Boost

With a new innovative design, the juice pack boost is a sleek, pocket-sized backup battery and a convenient stand all in one! The low-profile boost is ultra slim and slips right in your pocket.

Battery Capacity: 2000 mAh

$49

Juice Pack Powerstation

This powerful 4000mAh external battery can charge virtually any USB device in the world including the iPhone and iPad.

With completely reengineered battery and electronics, the powerstation can charge your device at super-fast speeds.

Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

$79

Panasonic Lumix GX1 Announced

I have been a huge fan of Panasonic’s Micro 4/3s camera system.  Check out my GF1 and G2 unboxings.  I never felt like the GF2 and GF3 were worthy upgrades, so I defaulted on picking up a G2 as work around.  I must say, that this new GX1 is exactly what should have succeeded the GF1.  Panasonic has finally switched its focus back to more experienced photographers.  The GX1 is the first in the small-body series to get an upgraded 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and has better low-light performance along with an ISO 12,800 sensitivity ceiling.  Customization is also once again more important: it now has C1 and C2 modes that support a total of four user presets, two programmable buttons, and a thumb wheel.

Panasonic delivers the GX1 in mid-December in three versions.  A plain body-only kit will cost $700, while a version with the conventional-zoom 14-42mm, f3.5-5.6 lens will cost $800.  Opting for the power zoom 14-42mm, f3.5-5.6 kit intended for videographers raises the price to $950.  Both black and silver colors will be available. An optional DMW-LVF2 electronic viewfinder gives a 1.44-megapixel eyepiece with complete coverage and a 1.4X zoom factor.

Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers Unboxing and Review

I have been a fan of Audyssey products since I met them at Pepcom back in 2009.  At that time, they were showing off their South of Market Audio Dock and were chatting up how they have been in the business for years making components for auto and home entertainment systems.  I did a little research and found that Audyssey has a huge track record of companies they have made audio systems for.  Don’t believe me?  Google it.

I was extremely impressed with the audio quality of the South of Market Audio Dock.  The sound was astounding.  For the price of $299, the South of Market Audio Dock was definitely not for your average joe. Everyone loves an underdog and seeing Audyssey stick it to brands like Harmon Kardon and Bose made me feel like this company is going places.

Fast forward about 16 months and I hear word that they are working on some media speakers.  This time around, their minimalistic focus was on the optical port for Apple TV and video game systems.  Although the Lower East Side Media Speakers appear to be your average desktop computer one/two punch, these things will knock you out.

The Audyssey LES media speakers are very versatile.  I didn’t really care to watch movies on my computer, but after hearing these, I would consider using these in my living room (small living room).  Music is my first reason for wanting good speakers.  My music library mostly consists of rap/hip hop, R&B and techno.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The sound of the speakers were very powerful.  They were very crisp and deep on the mid to low frequencies.  The real audio tech reviews out there may not care too much for the heavy sound, but it made all the difference when watching a movie with explosions.  When a company makes speakers like this, you have to understand that there won’t ever be a perfect desktop speaker.  Especially, if you want them to be an all purpose setup.

Coming in at a price of $199, you have to wonder, can Audyssey really compete at that price.  To be honest, I think so.  They took a risk with their aggressive pricing and obviously it has paid off.  Apple doesn’t just sell any audio equipment.  They pick the creme of the crop.  Check out a local Apple store and try these out.  I assure you, an Apple employee will probably tell you to turn these babies back down.

If you take a walk around an Apple store you may find some other viable options out there.  The Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D sports a 2.1 system that brings a little bit more versatility at maximum volume.  If $200 is too much for a sound system, then there are other options out there but, let’s face it.  This post is about the Audyssey LES and it’s bang for the buck.

ASUS Transformer Prime Coming in December for $500

The ASUS Transformer Prime has been detailed alongside the official launch of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip that powers the device.  The tablet will be going on sale globally in December and will start at $500 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model with a 64GB Wi-Fi model going for $600.  When it goes on sale, it will take the mantle as the world’s first quad-core tablet.

The device will center on a 10-inch 1280×800 Super IPS+ display protected by Gorilla Glass.  It will have a wide 178-degree viewing angle with a maximum brightness of 600 nits.  Its quad-core Tegra 3 processor will be matched with 1GB of RAM, while it will also have a GPS module, a gyroscope, SonicMaster audio and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Prime’s rear camera will be 8-megapixels and is capable of capturing 1080p video courtesy of its CMOS backlit sensor.

Although rumored to have a battery life lasting up to 14 hours, it will in fact last around 12 hours using its 22Wh battery according to ASUS.  The $150 keyboard dock accessory will add an additional six-hours of battery life, while it will continue to sport a USB 2.0 port and a full-size SD card slot.  The tablet itself has a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a micro HDMI port.

The tablet is 0.33-inches thin and weighs 1.29 grams.  When it ships, it will be available in two colors, amethyst gray and champagne gold.