Category Archives: Accessory

Product Review: W-18 Thunder Plus Fast Charging Wireless Charger

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Product Reviews – After I purchased an iPhone 8 last fall, I saw these Qi chargers for sale in one of the Malls in Singapore. We purchased a pair of these as my wife also has an iPhone 8.

So far they have worked well for us. I should have placed a ruler in the photo to give a feel of the size of the charging pad. It is 4″ square and about 1/4″ thick. Power is supplied to the charging pad by a USB Micro connector from any 5V 2A source. As you can see from the photo, the charging pad is lit by a green LED when not in use. When you place your device on the charging pad the LED changes to a slowly pulsating deep blue.

Pros

  • The convenience of just laying your device on the pad to charge
  • Supports iOS 7.5W charging
  • lightweight, easy to transport

 

Cons

  • pulsating blue light while charging might be a little distracting when at your bedside at night for some

 

This is a product that I would recommend.

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Mac Accessories – Sutter Slim Backpack

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Product Announcements WaterField Designs, a San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, introduces the Sutter Slim Backpack, a lightweight, executive-style pack for work or travel. The meticulously-designed laptop backpack includes padded compartments for both a MacBook Pro and iPad and evenly-distributed pockets to balance the load for comfort and efficiency. With its sleek, streamlined aesthetic, the Sutter Slim Backpack is the ideal bag to carry a day’s work essentials. Customers who order the Slim through January 31 will receive a complimentary WaterField Tech Pocket.

“When gathering customer input for WaterField’s recent Sutter Tech Sling crowdsourced-design project, it became clear that there’s a strong need for a lightweight, executive backpack to carry a day’s work and tech gear,” explained owner Gary Waterfield. “The Slim’s weight-balanced design makes efficient use of space. No matter how much you stuff the bag, it keeps its svelte shape and remains comfortable on your back.”

Highly-functional features enhance the comfort and sleek styling of the Sutter Slim Backpack:

  • Two plushly-padded compartments cushion up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • Rear panel slides over wheeled-suitcase handles for hands-free airport navigation.
  • Efficiently-placed pockets in distinct zones prevent bulging and ensure a balanced carry.
  • YKK waterproof zipper secures exterior top pocket for ultra-convenient, quick access, especially when the bag is set down or resting on suitcase handles.
  • Interior open-topped pockets organize tech accessories.
  • Swing-around front pocket, accessible from either side with the bag still on one shoulder, lies behind a full-grain leather panel that extends beyond the zippers to protect contents from the elements.
  • Key fob inside the front pocket allows quick key retrieval without fully removing the bag.
  • Gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior for increased visibility.
  • Stiffened side and bottom panels prevent sagging and help keep bag more upright when set down.
  • Ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and rear mesh padding enhance comfort and airflow.
  • Comfortable leather handle facilitates an easy grab-and-go from a car seat or overhead bin.
  • Rugged tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon with a premium full-grain leather panel presents a look that will upgrade any wardrobe.

Early adopters who order the new Sutter Slim Backpack by January 31, 2019, will receive a matching complimentary Tech Pocket. WaterField’s newest gear pouch, the Tech Pocket organizes the frequently-used, small tech gear ubiquitous in today’s digital society. Lined with super-soft, almost cashmere-like padding, the case closes with a silent, snap-shut magnet. The main compartment and two internal pockets organize dongles, adapters, keys, an iPhone and more. A front pocket for additional accessories closes with a self-locking YKK zipper. Loops at either end of the case can attach to a strap or carabiner.

Pricing and Availability:
The Sutter Slim Backpack:

  • Price: $229
  • One size: 15.5 x 11.5 x 3.75 inches; 2.2 lbs.
    Colors and materials: Tan waxed canvas with distressed, full-grain chocolate leather panel or black ballistic nylon with full-grain black leather panel.
  • Padded laptop compartment: fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro or 15-inch Surface Book.
  • Padded tablet compartment: fits up to a 13-inch iPad or Surface Pro.
  • Pre-order now. Shipping begins February 1, 2019.

The Tech Pocket

  • Price: $49. (Complimentary with Sutter Slim Backpack orders through January 31, 2019.)
  • Colors: Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon.
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.75 inches; 2.5 oz.
  • Available now.

Mac Accessory – Leather Desk Accessories Collection

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Product Announcements – WaterField Designs, a San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, unveils its premium Leather Desk Accessories Collection in time for the holidays. Four new sumptuous, full-grain leather accessories; the Charging Valet, Desk Pad, Mouse Pad, and Stylus Pencil Case, keep furniture surfaces protected and organized while conveying an exquisite look for any desk, nightstand or dresser.

Having a clean organized workspace helps me think more clearly, said company owner Gary WaterField. The beautiful Leather Desk Pad protects my desktop and adds an elegance that motivates me to keep my work area clean. My mouse glides smoothly on the Leather Mouse Pad, and my Stylus Case keeps small office supplies organized and accessible. At night I empty my pockets into my Charging Valet and plug in my iPhone and Apple Watch, so when I wake up, everything I need is ready to go and easy to find.

The WaterField Valet Charging Valet in luxurious, 10 oz. vegetable-tanned, brown leather serves as a go-to place for charging phones and an Apple Watch, and for keeping track of keys, glasses, coins, and other pocket contents or frequently-used items. Forged from thick leather held together with stainless steel rivets, the Charging Valet includes an opening for power cords, so iPhones and Apple Watches can remain flush while charging. The interior safeguards phones and glasses from scratches and the exterior preserves wooden surfaces. Maintaining a dedicated holding spot for these essentials, keeps them easy-to-find quickly, thus maximizing efficiency when rushing out the door.

WaterField’s new Leather Desk Pad, made from thick and smooth full-grain, distressed, chocolate leather, protects expensive furniture from spills and scratches. The rich chocolate color helps lessen eye strain by reducing glare, and it lends an elegant, warm feel to any workspace. Large enough to fit a MacBook or monitor and a keyboard, the Leather Desk Pad prevents items from slipping while providing a comfortable surface for hands and arms, and a level surface for typing or writing. Made from the same premium leather, the matching Leather Mouse Pad provides a frictionless surface ideal for a Magic Mouse.

The WaterField Stylus Pencil Case, now available in distressed, chocolate, full-grain leather, is a padded, pouch with a dedicated slot for the Apple Pencil that insulates them from pens, pencils, and small cords in the main compartment. An additional interior small pocket is optimal for stowing extra tips and keeping other small items organized. A self-locking, waterproof zipper closes the compact leather case. The elegant new WaterField Leather Desk Accessories are all hand-crafted in San Francisco from naturally-tanned, luxuriant leather and make welcome gifts to give or to get this holiday. Individually or as a set, they transform any desktop into a sophisticated workspace.

Availability and Pricing:
Leather Charging Valet
Price: $59
Colors and materials: Thick, dark brown, 10 oz. vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather; stainless steel rivets
Dimensions: Bottom base: 9.5 x 7.5; Top opening: 11.25 x 9.5; height: 1.5 inches

Stylus Pencil Case
Price: $59
Colors and materials: Chocolate, distressed, full-grain premium leather. (Also available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon: $39.)
Dimensions: 7.25 – 8.0 x 2.25 x 2.0 inches
Weight: 2.5 oz

Leather Desk Pad
Price: $79
Colors and materials: Chocolate, distressed, full-grain premium leather
Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.75 x .7 inches
Weight: 0.7 lb

Leather Mouse Pad
Price: $29
Colors and materials: Chocolate, distressed, full-grain premium leather
Dimensions: 10.375 x 9 x .7 inches
Weight: 0.2 lb

Pre-order now. Shipping begins November 27, 2018.

Mac Accessories – Mac mini SleeveCase and Mac mini Travel Case

Product Announcements WaterField Designs, a San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, introduces the Mac mini SleeveCase and Mac mini Travel Case for creatives, developers and other professionals who tote the new Apple computer from place to place. The custom-fitted SleeveCase shields the device inside another bag. The Travel Case serves as a minimalist Mac mini bag for the keyboard, cables, mouse or trackpad, and more. Whether the new Mac mini is used for coding or power-editing video, or even as an entertainment center at home and on trips, the SleeveCase and Travel Case protect Apple’s portable power tool for creators on their road to inspiration.

“In addition to our classic SleeveCase, we wanted to create a minimalist, protective Mac mini case for everything you need to hit the road with Apple’s highly portable workhorse,” explained company owner Gary WaterField. “Whether you’re using your Mac mini as your live concert sound engine or you’re running Final Cut Pro, 3D rendering or coding, the Mac mini Travel Case keeps the computer and accessories organized for quick accessibility, with pockets for the Mac, various cables, mouse or trackpad, keyboard, and more.”

The WaterField Mac mini SleeveCase combines a rugged waxed canvas or nearly indestructible ballistic nylon outer shell with a high-grade neoprene interior that absorbs shock as it cradles the computer. A loop at one end lets users grip the Mac mini sleeve in order to easily remove the device. A grizzly, full-grain leather strip adorns the waxed canvas SleeveCase, and an animal-free black textile accents the ballistic computer sleeve.

The new Mac mini Travel Case in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with premium, full-grain leather accents is a slim folio that holds everything but the monitor. The TSA-friendly case opens like a book to reveal four soft, padded pockets two on one side for the Mac mini and a Mouse or TrackPad and two on the facing side for the Apple Magic Keyboard and an HDMI or USB-C cable. A quick-access, pleated pocket on the bag’s face is lined with gold, water-resistant lining making items inside easy to spot; the pocket includes three internal mesh pockets to organize multiple cords and accessories and closes with a waterproof zipper. Two small D-rings attach to a removable shoulder strap, and dual handles offer a briefcase-style carry option for the compact and lightweight Mac mini bag.

Mac Mini SleeveCase:
Price: $59. Optional D-rings $5; Simple Strap $12; Suspension Strap $22.
Colors and materials: Tan waxed canvas with distressed, grizzly, full-grain leather; or Black ballistic nylon with black, perforated vegan textile
Dimensions: 9.3 x 9 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 11 ounces
Pre-order now. Shipping begins November 16, 2018.

Mac Mini Travel Case:
Price: $179. Simple Shoulder Strap included. Optional Suspension Shoulder Strap: $10.
Colors and materials: Tan waxed canvas with distressed, chocolate, full-grain leather; or Black ballistic nylon with black, full-grain leather
Dimensions: 14.25 x 8.75 x 2.25 inches
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Pre-order now. Shipping begins by January 15, 2019.

Disney Wallpapers for the Holidays

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Disney – If you like Disney and want to bring the spirit of the Holiday Season to your computer or mobile device, the official Disney Parks Blog has just what you need. You can see a sample of these in the montage above. The site has 24 different images available, most in both desktop and mobile formats. You can even pick the size of your wallpaper.

If you have a Mac, it is easy to set up these wallpaper images to randomly appear as your desktop.

Mac Accessories – Sutter Tech Sling

Product Announcements WaterField Designs, a San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, introduces the Sutter Tech Sling bag, a sophisticated one-strap backpack in two sizes, with dedicated pockets to hold Apple’s new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, or new MacBook Air. Designed for comfort and easy accessibility, the meticulously-crafted Sutter Tech Sling combines the utility of a sling with a professional aesthetic, a smart choice for creative professionals, commuters and travelers.

“The lifestyle of a 21st-century creative professional calls for a comfortable, agile bag with a refined look,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “When we set out to design a Sling that creatives could carry for work, commuting, and traveling, we focused on comfort and function. Thanks to extensive ergonomic testing, you’ll feel how nicely the bag sits against your back and how easily you can access your gear.”

The Sutter Sling is intentionally designed with features for easy-access and comfort:

  • While remaining on one shoulder, the bag easily shifts to the front, allowing quick access to items in the exterior pocket from either side
  • A unique swivel strap attachment grants 180-degree rotation so the bag rests flat against the body whether worn over one shoulder or crossbody
  • A wide shoulder strap with a built-in, moveable shoulder pad distributes weight evenly
  • A one-handed cam lock buckle lets users adjust how the bag rests against their body without removing the bag
  • The thoughtfully-placed iPad compartment keeps the back of the bag comfortably flat
  • Rear mesh padding enhances airflow and cushioning
  • Double, waterproof zippers enable entry to the main compartment from either side
  • A gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior of the bag for increased visibility
  • An interior key fob attachment keeps keys quickly findable

Available in two sizes and a choice of premium materials, the Sutter Tech Sling remains compact even when fully packed. A tailor-fitted, padded laptop/tablet compartment in the Standard size holds: the new 11-inch Apple iPad Pro or Surface Pro 6, and the Full-size holds: the new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, the new MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, or the Surface Laptop 2. Three pen pockets ” for the Apple Pencil and ballpoints ” and an open-topped pocket, help keep gear organized inside, leaving ample interior space for a water bottle, notebook, wallet, and more. An exterior pocket, hidden behind the leather panel, is protected from the elements with inset waterproof zippers and keeps items like a phone, train tickets, and mints within quick reach.

Ideal for creative techies, WaterField’s new Stylus Pencil Case is a plushly-padded waxed canvas or ballistic nylon pencil pouch with a dedicated Apple Pencil compartment and an interior pocket for extra tips, caps or other accessories. The Stylus Pencil Case and the Sutter Tech Sling join a wide range of WaterField iPad bags and accessories, including a variety of iPad sleeves, the iPad Pro Gear Case, and the Leather Case for the Apple Pencil.

Standard size: 11.5 x 8 x 3 inches; 1.25 lbs. Fits 11-inch iPad Pro, and similarly-sized tablets

Full size: 14 x 9.5 x 3 inches; 1.5 lbs. Fits 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina or Touchbar, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and similarly-sized devices

Colors: Tan waxed canvas with distressed, full-grain chocolate leather panel or black ballistic nylon with full-grain black leather panel

Pricing and Availability:
The Sutter Tech Sling Bag is priced at $169 – $179 (USD). The Stylus Pencil Case is $39.  Colors: Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon. Dimensions: 7.25~8 x 2.25 x .75~2 inches; 2.5 oz.

iPad Pro Gear Case: $49. Waxed canvas with leather. Leather Case for the Apple Pencil: $29. Grizzly, full-grain, distressed leather. Available now.

Mac Accessories​ – Leather Sleeve for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros

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Product Announcements WaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom-fitted laptop sleeves and designer bags and cases for consumer electronics, announces the sumptuous, full-grain, distressed Vero Leather Sleeve in custom-fitted sizes for Apple MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch models. Handcrafted from the strongest part of the hide, the leather laptop sleeve is built to last and develops a beautiful patina over time. An ultra-plush liner cushions the MacBook Pro inside. Slim and elegant, the Vero Leather Sleeve ups the style quotient for any professional.

“The first step to protecting your laptop is to have a perfectly-sized laptop case to cushion it while in transit,” explained company founder, Gary Waterfield. “The custom-fitted, Vero Leather Sleeve includes cut-outs allow you to charge your MacBook Pro with it still inside the sleeve. The interior is so soft, you’ll probably wish you could crawl in there yourself to take a nap, and the leather gets better and better looking the more you use it.”

The new Vero Leather Sleeve secures and protects the Apple MacBook Pro without zippers; a snug fit keeps the laptop inside while a leather strip on the sleeve’s base serves as a hand grip to assist with quick removal. Inside the luxurious leather sleeve, an exceptionally plush liner absorbs shock as it safeguards the laptop. Corner cut-outs allow users to charge the MacBook while the laptop remains safely inside the sleeve. Travelers passing through airport security can leave the laptop protected while it makes its way through the x-ray apparatus, thereby maximizing efficiency while minimizing potential damage.

Features at-a-glance:

  • Custom-fitted to each specific laptop for a snug fit that keeps the device securely inside
  • Made from one continuous piece of premium, full-grain leather taken from the butt and shoulder, the strongest part of a hide
  • Ultra-plush, soft lining cushions the laptop
  • Corner cut-outs permit laptop charging while the laptop is inside the case
  • An extra leather strip along the bottom helps reinforce the base and acts as a hand grip to ease removal of the laptop
  • TSA friendly

The Vero Leather Sleeve is available in grizzly or chocolate premium, distressed, full-grain leather. The new leather laptop sleeve is available in custom sizes for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar, as well as the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Microsoft Laptop 2. Additional WaterField Designs bags and sleeves available for MacBooks include the SleeveCase, the Dash Sleeve, the Maxwell, the Suede Sleeve and the Outback Solo.

Pricing and Availability:
Price: $119: 13-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2. $129 ; 15-inch MacBook Pro with TouchBar.
Colors: Grizzly brown or chocolate distressed, full-grain leather.
Available for pre-order from the WaterField Designs online store.
Shipping begins October 19 for MacBook sizes; November 2 for Surface sizes.

Other compatible sleeves: SleeveCase ($69), Dash Sleeve ($89), Maxwell Sleeve ($99-$119), Suede Sleeve ($29), Outback Solo ($159). All products are available exclusively from the WaterField Designs online store.

Singapore, Singapore – P20 Mobile Accessories

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Locations – I recently had to buy a new iPhone. I woke up one morning and my 32-month-old iPhone 6 was simply dead. I ended up replacing it with an iPhone8, which I really like so far.

I have kept my last two iPhones in Otterbox Defender cases and I have been very pleased with the protection they provide. I dropped my iPhones on several occasions and these cases really came through. Unfortunately, the new iPhone 8 does not fit the Otterbox case I have for the old iPhone 6. The camera lens is larger on the 8. I needed to find a new case.

Now here in Singapore, there are phone accessory stores everywhere. The problem is that they only carry the fashionable cases, not Otterbox cases. I finally located a shop less than a kilometer away that carried Otterbox. I walked over there a couple of days ago and found the small shop “P20 Mobile Accessories” located at 175 Bencoolen Street #01-03 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649.

It was a little hard to find, but they had what I was looking for. In fact, the small shop had a good selection of iPhone and iPad cases, cables, and other accessories. If I am looking for items not carried by the Apple Store in the future, I will know just where to go in Singapore.


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Mac Accessory – 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter

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Product Announcements QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas has released its newest product, an innovative, high-performance 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter allowing for one of the fastest and most efficient charging experiences for the newest smartphones, all 12-inch MacBook’s with USB-C, 2016-2018 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro’s, and other USB laptops and notebooks alike.

It includes both a USB-C port enabling up to 45W of power delivery and a USB-A QC 3.0 port enabling up to 18W of charging power. It is also compatible with QuickerTek’s Most Powerful Battery, giving our batteries the capability to work with both MagSafe 1 and 2 as well as any Mac charged through USB-C.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2″ x 2″ x .75″
  • Input: 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc
  • Output: 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A
  • USB-C Port
  • USB-A QC 3.0 port
  • Built-in PD Chipset

The built-in PD Chipset dynamically detects devices to deliver optimum power level for maximum battery life and performance. It is equipped with the advanced circuit protections to prevent overcharging. This product features an input of 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc and an output of 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A.

Pricing and Availability:
The USB-C Power Adapter is available at $49.95 (USD) from QuickerTek. Members of the press please contact Rick Estes.

Mac Accessory – Tech Folio Plus

Product AnnouncementsWaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, an innovative leader in custom laptop sleeves, bags, and device-specific cases, introduces the Tech Folio Plus, a premium gear organizer aimed to protect an iPad and electronic accessories that IT consultants and specialists in their field carry with them every day. The Plus opens like a book, and its unique pocket storage system holds both bulky and slim items in an efficient, easy-to-spot fashion. Developed through its pioneering crowdsourced design method, the Tech Folio Plus is the third and most extensive of three gear cases WaterField has announced this month.

“After reading every single survey response submitted from our ‘customer design team,’ we identified three distinct needs. The Tech Folio Plus, our third new case born out of this latest crowdsourced project, is designed for IT consultants and other experts who need a professional way to organize and protect significant amounts of gear on a daily basis. It is organized, flexible, and handsome, it allows people quick access to all their gear, and it fits beautifully into any professional environment.”

The Folio Plus opens like a book via smooth-gliding waterproof zippers. Inside, a multitude of stretch mesh pockets allows users to quickly and easily spot USB cords, dongles, adapters, Air Pods, SD cards, flash drives, a headset, a power supply, and more. Cords can be bunched and easily inserted into the pockets – a significant time saver as there is no need to perfectly coil and strap them in. Two soft, open-topped pockets hold and protect a hard drive and external mouse or other bulkier items including small foldable headphones. Behind one panel of pockets is a padded tablet compartment that fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad.

The front of this new gear organizer sports a premium, full-grain leather flap that lends it a professional look. Rounded waterproof zippers around the flap open to reveal quick-access pockets for an iPhone, the Apple Pencil, ballpoints, and other frequently-used items. Inside, WaterField’s distinctive gold liner brightens the interior, making items easy to spot. A carry handle and D-rings to attach to an optional shoulder strap allow the case to be used on its own as a small satchel or inserted into the WaterField Bolt backpack or another bag. The Plus is available in sturdy waxed canvas and chocolate full-grain leather for a sporty look, or black ballistic nylon and black full-grain leather for a more classic look.

WaterField designed the Tech Folio Plus using its unique customer-collaboration process that results in highly-functional products specifically tailored to address customer needs. After analyzing survey data gathered from hundreds of customers, the company identified the need for three unique cases. It then began to design prototypes, while continuing to gather feedback and to provide project participants with design updates. The resulting Tech Folio Plus, WaterField’s third gear case unveiled this month, incorporates details that reflect how people interact with the product on a daily basis.

Colors and Materials: Black ballistic nylon with black, full-grain leather; or tan waxed canvas with distressed, chocolate, full-grain leather.

  • Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 oz lb.

Pricing and Availability:
The Tech Folio Plus is priced at only $149 (USD).