The week's best accessories
This week we include the best new cases in our roundup. See new offerings from Twelve South, elago, and more. Read on!
Apple nerds, this accessory is made for you. The W3 Stand ($20 MSRP; on sale for $14.83 through elago or $16 on Amazon) is an Apple Watch stand that, when your watch is in place, looks like an old-school Mac monitor from the 1980s. It’s made from scratch-free silicone to protect against damage to your watch.
The Boostsound BTS-09 ($80 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker that lets you get rich sound via its dual passive radiators and 2*10W full range driver. It comes with a dimmable LED background light, as well as a 4,000-mAh battery that lets you play tunes for up to eight hours between charges.
The iStand7 ($64 pledge through Indiegogo) is a portable stand case with a wireless charger and 3000mAh backup battery power. It even comes with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, if you miss having the old wired earbuds on your iPhone 7. It’s expected to ship in April.
The Doubledown ($50 MSRP) is a splash-proof portable wireless speaker—but the makers want you to buy more than one. “If you buy one, it’s awesome, but if you buy two, you can pair them for spectacular stereo sound,” they say. They come in blue, red, and black.
The Keplar Immersion VR headset ($25.49 MSRP, on sale for $19.49) is built for both iPhones and Android smartphones; it offers a 120-degree field of view and cinema-quality playback. Say the makers: “With headphones built into the headset that add an extra dimension, you'll be to truly immerse yourself in virtual reality.”
The new Relaxed Leather ($40 MSRP) line of iPhone cases is “crafted in rich tones of taupe, herb and marsala”—each made of genuine leather that evolves over time: “Constant use and handling continues to soften the leather and darken its original tone.” In other words: It gets cooler the more you use it.