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Monster Cable TRON Edition iPod Identity Disc Dock

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If you have followed me on any website for more than five minutes, you’ll know that my favorite movie is TRON. The good folks at Monster helped me out by sending me this kickass-looking speaker system for my iPod touch (and iPhone!).

This Monster Cable TRON Edition iPod Identity Disc Dock just LOOKS fantastic, before even using it for the first time. The dock resembles Tron’s iconic identity disks. Cool blue rings highlight the case, and even the lettering on the system’s display mimic the style of the movie’s fonts.

You can download the (free!) Monster Visualizer app to your device to give your iPhone or iPod touch control of the lights on the dock. Enjoy a slick light show that combines pulsing graphics on the iDevice screen with the lights on the dock – all nicely synced to your music.

The sound is – just… wow. The system features four 1-1/2″ speakers to handle mids and highs with clarity and precision. In back, a long-throw 3-1/2″ woofer pumps out the lows. Other features include:

  • compatible with 160GB iPod classic, 6th generation iPod nano, and 4th generation iPod touch
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • four 1-1/2″ drivers with a 3-1/2″ long-throw woofer for low tones
  • dual pipe blue lights with over 80 LEDs
  • backlit display with Tron-inspired fonts
  • free Monster Game Grid Visualizer app (lights change intensity along with music, Tron graphics will display on your player and graphics and light display are synchronized to the music).
  • auxiliary stereo mini-jack input
  • remote

I can’t say it enough: this thing just LOOKS cool as hell. I am more than happy with the light show and the sound – and plan to use it daily right here in my home office.

What speakers are you using? Are they anywhere near as cool as this setup?

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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The Beats by Dr. Dre and Monster

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I’m checking out the newest in products from the folks at Monster – The Beats. Would you believe that Dr. Dre himself sent these to me? Ok, so maybe he didn’t. But it’s still pretty cool to think he might have!

Experience music the way the artist wants you to. Beats high definition headphones are precision engineered to reveal the full sound of today’s digital music including the most sonically demanding rock, hip hop and R&B. With advance speaker design, power amplification, and active noise canceling, Beats delivers all the power, clarity, and deep base today’s top artists and producers want you to hear. Beats headphones are luxurious, high quality, and worth every penny.

I have reviewed noise canceling headphones a lot. I won’t go on trips without them. I’m not a big fan of earbuds, so I prefer regular headphones. There are a couple of reasons why I like the Beats more than other noise canceling headphones. One is that I love the way they fit perfectly over my ears.

Another thing I love is that I feel completely immersed in whatever I’m listening to. I’ve tried the surround-sound earphones before, but never really heard the surround. With the Beats, I feel completely IN surround sound. It was a completely new experience, and an amazing one.

I love the cabling of these things. I was confused as to why the cabling is separated from the headphones. Then, I took a better look. I noticed a little box attached to the black wire… and was like WHOA! Connect that wire to the headphones, and something like your iPhone. You can use your Beats with your iPhone, and even take calls without having to remove your very comfortable headset!

Lastly, I am happy with the batteries in this set. They take just regular old AA batteries, instead of a proprietary battery. I’ve been on trips where my old headphones would be completely dead and unusable, due to the battery draining itself. That’s so frustrating. With the Beats, I don’t have to worry about that.

There’s also a small mute button on the side. You can just push the button to stop playback of whatever you’re listening to, in order to focus your attention elsewhere. Once you’re done, push the button again and return to your music or podcast.

If you’re going to spend the money for a good music device, then spend the money on a good pair of noise canceling headphones. If you’re asking my opinion in terms of quality and features – you want the Beats.

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