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First Look: m?k Sound Case for iPhone 5/5s


Although we’ve seen iPhone cases that offer passive audio amplification before, m?k Sound Case for iPhone 5/5s ($20), from the company of the same name, offers the feature in an inexpensive and unobtrusive package. The rubber case is like many others, with built-in Sleep/Wake and volume button protection. There’s also one opening for the headphone port and microphone, and another for the Lightning port, but none for the speaker. This is because…

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First Look: iBackFlip TabKeeper 360 for iPad


It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from iBackFlip, but now the company is back with its latest — and least expensive — bag, the TabKeeper 360 ($55). Able to be worn as a messenger bag, sling style backpack, or briefcase, depending on how you position the detachable strap, its key feature is the same as previous carriers from the company. That is, it can fold down for hands-free access, with straps holding the tablet perpendicular to…

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First Look: IK Multimedia iRig KEYS PRO


Building on the success of last year’s iRig KEYS (iLounge Rating: A-/B+), IK Multimedia has released iRig KEYS PRO ($150), essentially a big brother to the company’s earlier portable MIDI keyboard controller. iRig KEYS PRO provides all of the same features as the smaller model, including the relatively compact, bus-powered design, while delivering a three-octave set of full-size, velocity-sensitive keys. It can be used with any Core MIDI compliant…

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First Look: STM Cape for iPad Air


Although it goes by a different name, STM’s Cape for iPad Air ($40) is highly similar to the company’s Skinny that has come before it. Covered in fabric, the folio has a plastic shell to hold the iPad. There’s no button or port protection, but rather openings for each. A tongue sticking out from the edge of the front cover serves double duty. It can hold the case shut, or keep it in a standing position….

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First Look: Incipio [OVRMLD] Clear + Rowan for iPhone 5c


Incipio has announced two new variations on its [OVRMLD] case, both for iPhone 5c. [OVRMLD] Clear ($35) is almost identical to the plastic-backed, rubber-bordered original, with one big difference: it’s transparent. The clear plastic expertly transitions into clear rubber, making for a case that can truly show off the colorful shell of the iPhone 5c. Rowan ($30), is a two-toned case, with a checkered texture on the back. Both cases offer button protection,…

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First Look: Skech Bello for iPhone 5c


Bello ($20) is Skech’s first iPhone 5c case to make it to us for review. Like many we’ve seen up to this point, it combines rubber and hard plastic into a single piece. Here, the plastic makes up the majority of the case, and is available in seven translucent to transparent colors. The opaque rubber comes into play around the front edge, and over the buttons….

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First Looks: OtterBox Preserver Series Cases for iPhone 5/5s/5c


In a somewhat surprising move considering its recent purchase of LifeProof, OtterBox has released a case that’s competitive with Fr? and other similar cases. Preserver Series Case ($90) is available for the iPhone 5, with iPhone 5s and 5c versions coming soon. The case takes classic OtterBox aesthetics, and transforms the handset into a waterproof, drop-proof device, halfway between the Armor and Defender cases. Of course this includes full button…

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First Looks: Grove WoodPrint Case for iPhone 5/5s


WoodPrint Case for iPhone 5/5s ($99) is a customizable version of the Grove’s earlier Bamboo Case. This one is made of maple, but the shape and overall design are the same. What’s different is the fact that you can upload your own images to the company’s website, decide on the shape you want printed, and then have the customized case sent to you. There’s even an option to have up to three different images printed on the same case….

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