Category: Gear Reviews

PadGadet’s Sound Stage: Hands-on with IK Multimedia’s iLoud

iLoud_comp_cutWelcome back to another installment of our weekly music column. Each week, we bring news, reviews, and information on apps and accessories that musicians and fans of music will love. Last week, we told you about the Roadie Tuner. Your strings will never break unexpectedly again.

With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve got a few hands-on reviews in the works for the music lover in your life. Our first review is of IK Multimedia’s newest product to launch this year. The iLoud speaker is a studio monitor-quality speaker that is great for solo musicians. It is also the perfect speaker to fill your holiday party with festive music.

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My 2nd Brain Tablet Case for iPad/iPad mini – Gear Review

My-2nd-Brain-Tablet-Black-1Let me start out by stating that I am a bit of a klutz. Well, more than a bit really, and last week my iPad fell out of my bag as I bent down to pick something up. I usually keep it in a case, but on this day, for whatever reason I had left it at home. The screen was completely shattered, so much so that bandaids couldn’t save my fingers from even trying to swipe it on. I’m still a bit devastated…

I have just replaced my departed iPad, and now I’m in the market for a case I certainly won’t be leaving behind. Luckily enough, our friends at Think Tank just sent us their awesome new My 2nd Brain Tablet Case for us to try out. I have been testing this out for only a day, and must say, I am loving this case. Not only does it sport my new iPad, but it has pockets for everything – my iPhone, charging cables, headphones, sketchbook, keys, wallet, and business cards, and its not even close to being full. If you’re like me and want a great case to carry your tablet, and lots of personal goodies around in, please read on.

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Califone Speaker Perfect for the iOS Enhanced Classroom


As an educator I love the idea of using an iPad in the classroom but with small built-in speakers and a relatively small screen, it is not a device that can effectively be used without a little help. Califone has released a new speaker / mobile device stand that provides a possible solution.

The PA-MBiOS is capable of filling the room with sound from your connected iOS device and any other 3.5mm capable sound source. iPhones and iPads can be connected directly via the old 30-pin connector or through a Lightening adapter, which isn’t included.

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FiftyThree Releases Gorgeous iPad Stylus to go with their Hit Drawing App ‘Paper’


FiftyThree is building on the success of ‘Paper’ and has released a very intriguing new stylus called ‘Pencil’. This stylus can be used with any tablet and app, but when paired with the Paper app it has additional functionality. If you use Paper on a regular basis then you should really consider purchasing this new product.

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PED4 Planet IPM10 Pivoting Stand for iPad Mini – Gear Review



The clever folks over at Thought Out have created some really innovative stands and mounts for all of your devices, and recently shared with us the PED4 Planet IPM10 Pivoting Stand for your iPad mini. This stand has been uniquely designed to not only provide 360 degree rotational flexibility, it is also designed to detach from the base and connect to any tripod.

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The Joy Factory aXtion Pro Case for the iPad – Gear Review



If you are in the market for all-around extreme protection for your iPad in just about any environment, The Joy Factory has a new ultra-rugged waterproof case for you iPad [and iPhone]. Whether you’re on a job site, in a laboratory, in mud, water, or snow – the aXtion Pro may be just the case you need to keep your device safe, secure, and waterproof.


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Kinivio BTK330 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – Gear Review


Our friends over at Kinivio, makers of the very cool wireless portable speaker we reviewed this summer, have sent us another new wireless accessory to try out – the Kinivio BTK330 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard.  In fact, I’m using this keyboard paired to my iPad to write this Gear Review now!

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JAVOedge iPad mini Folio Case – Gear Review


Its been one year this week since Apple introduced us to the iPad mini, and in that year, hundreds – maybe even thousands – of cases, keyboards, and other accessories have hit the market touting their features and all trying to lure you in for the buy. In that year, I’ve had the privilege to try many of them out, always looking for the next great one. One case that really stands out as being both feminine and durable is the Folio Case series for iPad mini by JAVOedge.

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Targus Takes Wraps off New Case and Accessory Lineup for iPad Air

Midnight Series

The number of iPad Air cases on the market continues to grow as more companies announce new and updated lines. Targus has joined the party by officially releasing their new Midnight Series, which includes 7 different case options.

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Flexible iPad mini Stand PED4 Coil IPM10 – Gear Review


Our friends over at Thought Out have yet another clever and innovative new iPad mini stand – the PED4 Coil IPM10. This is a long, snake like, flexible, gooseneck coil stand that can be manipulated into any shape to hold your iPad mini. Made from solid, yet flexible, steel, this stand can be mounted anywhere.

If your iPad mini goes everywhere you go – this is the stand for you. The coil allows you to bend and flex the stand to work where you need it to go. Prop it up, hang it, hook it – there are endless possibilities.

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