A kind of Bluetooth
This week's roundup of iOS accessories offers just about every variation of Bluetooth wireless speaker imaginable. Oh, and there's other stuff, too.
The $40 ESB100 Bluetooth speaker has a built-in microphone and is compatible with Siri, letting you issue voice commands to control the device. It has a 30-foot Bluetooth range, offers 35 hours of playback on a single charge, and features replaceable speaker grills for customization.
The $699 MultiDock lets users charge and store up to 10 mobile devices—iPhones and iPads—in a single station. A $2,400 option lets you stack the MultiDock three deep on a rolling cart, allowing your devices to become mobile even when they’re at their most immobile.
The $80 TouchTone portable Bluetooth speaker sports 4 Watt of power to deliver big sound in a tiny package; offers four hours of playback on a single battery charge; and works wirelessly from up to 33 feet away.
The $120 iRig Pro is an audio/MIDI interface that fits in your pocket and plug into your iPhone to make sweet, sweet music. It includes an XLR-1/4" combo jack for connecting microphones and instruments, as well as the same MIDI interface featured in the company’s popular iRig.
The $130 JBL Spark is a wireless Bluetooth speaker notable mostly for its playful design: It looks like a colorful megaphone that can be sat on a shelf or hung from a wall. It features two drivers and a bass port, and it comes in red, blue, or yellow.
The $50 Earshots Stereo Speakers come in a right-left pair, with each speaker contained in a shot-glass-size aluminum package. Each speaker offers five hours of playback on a single charge, though the Earshots aren’t Bluetooth speakers—you’ll need to plug in with a 3.5mm cable from your phone or iPad.
The $330 PNH2200 is a desktop/portable speaker system equipped with Bluetooth, a USB connection, an iPhone dock, a DVD player, and a radio—you’ll be able to get your music every single way you want it. The company also offers the $250 PNH2100 and the $200 PNH1000, each of which offers a similar design but with fewer features.
The limited edition Sphero 2.0 is a robot that looks like a softball and can be controlled from your iOS device. It offers “mixed reality” gameplay involving iPhone and iPad apps, plus the usual rolling around. More than 25 compatible apps are available; you can control the Sphero from a range of up to 50 feet.
Ten One Design
The $80 Pogo Connect Bluetooth stylus is now compatible with five different interchangeable magnetic tips—three rubber tips of varying sizes, plus two brushes. The rubber tips sell for $10 apiece; the brushes come in a $25 two-pack.
The newest cable from USBFever is just $7 and features both a three-port USB hub and a Lightning connector, allowing for efficient charging and syncing of your recent-model iOS device.
The company has also announced the $8 Camera Tripod Mount for iPad, which attaches to your old photo equipment to either display the iPad’s screen or let the iPad serve as the camera for making thoughtfully composed pictures and videos.
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