Wood makes everything better
This week's roundup of accessories includes several speakers made more beautiful by using natural materials, as well as docks, keyboards, stands, and more.
The $100 Sanctuary4 is a tablet stand that also has four USB ports so that multiple iOS devices (or other smartphones or accessories) can be charged at once. The device is pitched for hotels and retail businesses, but if you have a device-heavy family, you might find some room on your kitchen counter for it.
The $249 Legato is a hardwood ash speaker dock for the iPhone. Rather than using a powered speaker, it passively channels the audio from your iPhone’s own speaker through an ambient radiator to create richer, warmer sound. Also, it looks pretty cool.
The $100 Pulse is billed by Felt Audio as “the world’s first ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker” because it clips to bag straps, car visors, beach chairs and more. It’s the size of a deck of playing cards, and it enables speakerphone calls or out-loud music playing for up to eight hours on a single battery charge.
The $40 LuxePad i9010 is a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad mini. It offers up to 180 hours of use on a single charge of its lithium battery. A magnetic clip secures the keyboard to the iPad, and the keyboard itself can be used as a screen cover when the tablet is not in use.
The $80 Portable Power 5400 is “compact, lightweight and powerful enough to charge your iPhone twice,” the company says. The battery contains a 5,400 mAh battery, and it weighs just about a third of a pound.
The $40 ClipR is an NFC/Bluetooth adaptor that works with iOS devices. Just pair the ClipR with your device, plug your earbuds into the ClipR, and you can wander while getting tunes streamed wirelessly. The ClipR runs up to seven hours on a single charge.
The $35 Nomad Mini 2 is a paintbrush stylus, with “a soft, retractable brush tip on one end, and a highly responsive rubber tip on the other,” says the company. The 5-inch stylus can collapse to a smaller size when it’s not in use.
The $79 OCDock sits firmly in place at the base of your iMac or Cinema Display, giving your iPhone a place to sit, sync, and charge while you’re busy during the work day. It comes in two sizes: regular for an iPhone in a case, and “mini” for a bare iPhone.
The $30 Glif is an updated version of the company’s popular tripod mount and stand for iPhones. It’s pictured here in stand mode; it can also be attached to a tripod so you can get the best still and video images from your phone. The Glif made from recycled rubberized plastic, and it fits easily into a pocket or your carrying bag.
The $400 Wren V5BT is a Bluetooth speaker notable for the beauty of the materials involved: The speakers come in either a bamboo or rosewood finish. The device includes an AC power adapter, as well as Micro- and Mini-USB charging connectors.