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  • PenPad Review: The perfect accessory for iPad artists who use Procreate

    One O/T question. What is the keyboard case shown in the first picture. I have an iPad Pro on the way and am weighing the various options.

    That's actually an Apple Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro (or the iPad Air 4). Honestly, the thing is one of the biggest improvements to my mobile workflow. It has a USB-C port in it that can charge your iPad while you're using it, and then, should you want to pull it off the keyboard, it's magnetic so it just pops right off. It's extremely handy if you're someone who swaps back and forth between needing a keyboard and needing to use your iPad in a more handheld way, I think that it's one of the best options. Being able to just swap from one mode to the other on the fly is awesome.
  • Review: Kanex iAdapt 7-in-1 Multiport USB-C Hub blends seamlessly into your workflow

    Dave Kap said:
    HDMI port facing down and can cause damage to USB ports and you gave it 4.5? That’s like the rating you gave the earbuds that can cause extreme pain ☠️
    Circumstantial in both.

    In both reviews, I cited that these aren't common problems. Not everyone who uses the Flye Sport Rush earbuds is going to have the same pain that a couple of people who tried them felt. Ears, like most things on a humans body, vary wildly from person to person. If your concha is particularly close to your ear canal opening, or if your tragus is situated further forward than average, then sure, it'll probably hurt when you wear them. Your ear is going to experience constant pressure and after a while that translates to pain. If you've got more space, chances are you'll like the earbuds. Again, I cited that in my review, saying that people with small ears would be best served elsewhere.

    It's worth noting that I can't wear Apple EarPods or AirPods without extreme pain either, but almost everyone else I know seems to love them. 

    Like the earbuds, I don't think every person is putting their MacBook in a Twelvesouth BookArc, which is a vertical MacBook stand. By using it, the HDMI cable is directed down. Otherwise, as you can see from the picture, the HDMI cable is directed outward from the back. My criticism there is that because the HDMI port isn't on the side with the rest of the ports, you may want to be mindful.

    I'm all about giving people observations that could prevent them from buying something that doesn't work for their situation.

    If you go to a bakery and you see a sign that points out that their award winning walnut brownies are unsafe for people with tree nut allergies, I don't think that it means that the walnut brownies are inherently worse because they don't work for a certain type of person.
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  • Review: Tiger & Rose wireless earbuds are super comfortable and super stylish

    lkrupp said:
    Super Stylish? Super Stylish? Are you kidding me?! Hey, @Amber Neely, imagine what you would be writing if these were made by Apple. You’d be apoplectic and having a cow over how horrible and gaudy these things are.
    I wouldn't, but go off.
  • Review: BuddyPhones help protect your kids' hearing with built-in volume limiting

    As someone with young kids I appreciate this writeup - from the Amazon reviews it looks like neither version is completely 100% there yet (what products are) - I'll investigate further before pulling the trigger on a purchase but they appear to be products definitely worth looking at.

    If you're going to pull the trigger on it, I'd absolutely go for the Play over the Wave. The Wave seems like it could use some refinement, mostly because it's a bit fiddly to plug it in and the sound quality is medium-average. The Play is definitely a more refined product.

    Like I said in the review, the Wave seems like it might be a better choice for kids on the spectrum/with sensory issues. I have a cousin who has a 12 year old with autism who uses headphones to prevent overstimulation. However, he's extremely particular about headphones and the way they press on his ears. He won't do earbuds (understandable!) but he also has an issue with any ear cups that apply too much pressure to his ears. His go-to are some JVC Flats, but I worry he does like to turn the music up too high  :#
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  • Review: The Doxie Go SE portable scanner will help you organize your life

    This review skips over the most crucial piece of information -- how long it takes to perform a single scan of an 8.5 x 11 page. 
    Good catch. I added in the times. It took the Doxie a little over 7 seconds to scan a 8.5 x 11 at 300DPI, at 600DPI it tipped over 11 seconds. 

    Your hypothetical example of taking the Doxie Go SE to a friend or relative's house is a total fantasy. A single box of files would take many hours of nonstop scanning. 

    And I've helped my parents go paperless with my Doxie from 2016 or so. Yeah, it's slow going, but like, they're my parents. I gotta help 'em where I can.