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7 Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub Review – 500mA per Port


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It’s time for an intervention. Your computer and I want you to know that the USB hub you’re using just isn’t working out well. It’s time to take a look at something new – something better! The NewerTech 7 Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter is a fantastic replacement for that tired old hub you’re using now.

It has both type A and type B ports. It’s powered by way of an AC adapter and comes with a cable, as well. Why is this one better than others? Each and every one of these ports gets up to 500mA per port. That means you can run all of your high-powered devices at once, right from the hub.

You’re likely gonna spend about the same for any other hub. This only cost $30.00. Why not spend your money wisely. Your computer wants the best there is. This was sent to me to review, and I’m very happy with this. It’s now my hub of choice!

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On the Hunt for the Perfect iPad Case

Not long ago, I featured a guest blog post written by Adrian. He talked to us about the i.Con screen protector for the iPad. Adrian has written in again, this time to share with us their journey to find the “right” iPad cases.

Hi Chris,

I would like to thank you for sharing my previous letter about the “i.Con iPad Screen Protector” with your community. I hope that other people found the information and my experience helpful. In a related matter I was also considering buying the “NewerTech NuGuard Black Premium silicone Protective Casing for the iPad.” As I indicated in my previous letter to you; ordering from “Other World Computing” and shipping to Canada is much too costly. By the time everything is taken into account it is equal to Canadian retail prices. Again, I was impressed by–what looks like from the images on the website–a solid silicone casing from NewerTech, so I decided once again to see what similar options were available locally in Southern Ontario, Canada.

I found one that looks comparable to the NewerTech NuGuard case. It is the iFrogz Silicone Wrapz for iPad (click here for iFrogz coupons). Despite the disconcerting “Wrapz Rap” marketing that is shown on the product page, the product is actually quite good. I decided to order this product from the Bestbuy Canada website for $39.99 CDN ($29.99 US). The iFrogz Wrapz casing fits securely around the iPad, and it seems as though the back of it is slightly thicker to offer more protection. While this casing provides protection and more grip while holding the iPad, it does have a small down side. By the home button, on the edge where the iPad’s three speaker slits and USB connection port is located, the case’s silicone is a bit flimsy. it is understandable that the these areas of the casing needs to be exposed, but I think that the designers should have reinforced that entire edge with more silicone to compensate for those cutout portions of the casing. The end result its that the casing along that edge does not fit as tightly as I would like, but in any event it is only a minor drawback (perhaps I am too discerning regarding things that most non-geeks would consider inconsequential).

As I had explained in my previous email the iPad belongs to my Mom. After she held the device with the iFrogz silicone wrap on it she had two major concerns: she didn’t think that it would offer adequate protection if it were dropped, and she was afraid to put it in her bag with just the iFrogz case as protection. Another case was required. After a few days of research online we found the Tucano Doppio Neoprene iPad sleeve. We were in luck because our local Bestbuy stores are selling it (Canadian Bestbuy retail price = $44.99 + tax), and it was only $5.00 more than price on their official website price. We still had one more concern…would the iPad fit in the Tucano Doppio Sleeve with the iFrogz Silicone wrap still on the iPad. We decided to take the iPad into the store to test it out. While we were looking at the sleeve a Bestbuy employee approached us; he said that it might not fit. If he was correct and it indeed did not fit, he suggested trying the Belkin Pleated iPad Sleeve (Canadian Bestbuy retail price = $49.99). At this point I think that we were both praying that it did fit in the Tucano Doppio Sleeve because the Belkin option left something to be desired. The Belkin Sleeve has these ugly pleats in the side, it’s more cumbersome, and it’s more expensive. All things considered, the Belkin Sleeve is not nearly as stylish or as practical as the Tucano Doppio Sleeve. With the Belkin/the various other sleeves still on the horizon I slid the iPad –with the iFrogz Silicone casing on– into the Tucano Doppio Sleeve and… SUCCESS!! It fit perfectly and zipped up without any snags.

The black neoprene exterior of the Tucano Doppio sleeve will offer a high level of protection for the iPad. The interior where the iPad sits is made of a soft microfiber material. The Tucano Doppio has two sleeves on either side; one is for the iPad, and the other is for accessories/miscellany, respectively. I have been scrutinizing the Tucano Doppio sleeve to see if I could find any flaws. I have found none except for maybe the fact that they offer it in white as well. The white Tucano Doppio sleeve just seems like a bad idea for the same reason that wearing white shirts, pants, or sneakers is a bad idea…it will look terrible when it gets dirty. This is a valid concern because the sleeve will be handled numerous times during the course of your iPad usage lifetime.

Another piece of advice that I gave my Mom, and I would like to extend this advice to everybody else as well. DO NOT DROP THE iPad!! Even with these two levels of protection I still feel uneasy about the iPad™ taking any kind of shock by falling from either standing or table height. While I am confident that these two cases would mitigate the effects of a drop, I don’t think that it would benefit the iPad’s sensitive hardware in any way (especially the accelerometer).
I will include photos of these two products.

Well Chris, I would like to thank you for indulging me once more, and for you actually taking the time to read these emails. I can only hope that others benefit in some way from these experiences through which I have been.

Thanks,

Sincerely,

Adrian

What are your thoughts? What case have you chosen for your iPad or other notebook-type device… and why did you choose it?

How to Apply an iPad Screen Protector


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Newer Technologies sent me their NuVue screen protector to try out on my iPad. I want the screen to be more of a matte finish than the glossy one it is. I also want to try to keep fingerprints, dust and debris off of the screen. Putting a screen protector on isn’t an easy task, but the NuVue actually went on fairly easily.

The information on their website about this product states that:

Custom fit to your iPad, this smudge and glare reducing screen protector is peel-and-stick easy to install. And unlike other screen protectors with adhesives that can cause air bubbles and rob you of touch sensitivity and precision, the NewerTech NuVue Screen Protector’s static cling design provides years of smooth, trouble-free usage.

I did have some issues with air bubbles during installation, as you can see in the video. I used my iClean by Monster to thoroughly clean the iPad before attempting to put the NuVue on it. There still seemed to be a lot of dust and other icky particles floating around on that glossy screen, though.

When applying a screen protector, make sure you take your time. It’s NOT something you can just peel the backing off of and then slap down on the surface. Clean your screen perfectly, and keep canned air handy to blow away dust. Also keep some scotch tape on hand to grab those pesky hairs and things. Make sure you pull some type of license or credit card out of your wallet (or purse!) to help smooth away the little air bubbles you will inevitably have.

This is precise work, and frustrating. But once you have a good screen protector installed, you’ll be much happier. Your screen is protected from most surface scratching and marring. You’ll not have fingerprints on there, and you will cut down on most of the glare.

Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Stay tuned for an upcoming video where I check out a different type of screen protector for the iPad. There were a lot of fingerprints on top of this particular one, as well as not really even being a matte finish.

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