One other week is behind us, in addition to the Client Electronics Present (CES) 2021. It was an attention-grabbing one too, because it was the primary time that CES was solely digital. Regardless, there have been some cool stuff that we noticed from the present, and I need to spotlight a number of standouts that I am significantly interested by.
First off, one in all my favourite bulletins was from OtterBox with its new Cellular Gaming Assortment of equipment. OtterBox is a model that’s recognized for making extremely sturdy instances for the perfect iPhone and different units, and I’ve a number of OtterBox instances constantly in my iPhone 12 Professional case rotation. The brand new Cellular Gaming Assortment consists of the Straightforward Grip Controller Shell to your Xbox One or Xbox Sequence X controller. This shell covers every part besides the face of the controller, so that you get safety from nicks and scuffs, and the antimicrobial materials on the grips wicks the sweat (and germs!) away for a strong grip whereas gaming. It additionally seems to be incredible, with one of many coloration choices even glowing at nighttime. I’m slightly unhappy that it is solely obtainable for Xbox controllers proper now although, however hopefully OtterBox makes this shell for DualShock 4 or DualSense controllers sooner or later.
To high it off, the complementary Cellular Gaming Clip works seamlessly with the Straightforward Grip Controller Case. I like that the Cellular Gaming Clip has three clips on the mount (as a substitute of the same old 4 on different mounts), as a result of which means it will not intervene together with your smartphone’s facet buttons — intelligent! The Cellular Gaming Clip additionally doubles as a stand whereas it is not in your controller, which is handy. And your controller with the shell and cell gaming clip can all be saved away properly within the accompanying Gaming Carry Case. I’ve the gathering already and am wanting ahead to placing them to the check — keep tuned later for a evaluate!
One other fairly cool accent, which truthfully feels lengthy overdue, is the PopSockets MagSafe-compatible lineup. This consists of magnetic PopSafe Grips, PopMounts, PopWallet+, and PopGrip Slide. Actually, once I first noticed the unique PopSockets a number of years in the past, I assumed the product appeared fairly dumb, and I used to be at all times like, “why would I want such a ridiculous wanting factor on the again of my telephone?” However ever since I purchased one and slapped it onto the again of one in all my iPhone instances, I understood — it grew to become simpler than ever for me to take a selfie, kind and use my telephone with one hand, and simply felt extra comfy to carry my telephone. One in all my favourite telephone instances is the Otter+Pop, which is a collaboration between OtterBox’s Symmetry line with a built-in PopGrip, and I’ve simply beloved having PopGrips on my telephone every time I can.
However one of many issues I at all times hated concerning the unique PopSockets is that it’s important to stick it on through an adhesive pad. Whereas they’re detachable, it may put on out over time, and truthfully, it takes slightly work typically. I am tremendous stoked to see MagSafe-compatible variations of PopGrips and different equipment, as a result of getting them on and off will likely be that a lot simpler. It simply is sensible, actually.
Anker is one other firm that’s going all-in with the MagSafe compatibility. That is one in all my most beneficial manufacturers on the subject of energy equipment and the like, so I am excited for its new Magnetic Sequence assortment. This consists of magnetic wi-fi energy banks, magnetic charging stands, and MagSafe-compatible instances. I’ve by no means been disenchanted with an Anker product, so I am desirous to get my arms on these once they’re obtainable.
The Kensington StudioDock is one other distinctive product that goals to make your iPad Professional or iPad Air much more productive. It is a dock that has many I/O ports so you possibly can join quite a lot of peripherals to your iPad, and it may even cost up your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch. This seems to be prefer it’ll be an ideal desk accent, particularly when you use your iPad as a secondary show through Sidecar. Nonetheless, no value was introduced, which is certainly going to be an enormous issue for most individuals.
These have been the primary bulletins from CES 2021 that caught out with me. I am fairly excited to take a look at the entire new stuff as soon as they are going to be obtainable later this yr. If you would like extra CES 2021 protection, be sure to take a look at our Better of CES 2021 awards, in addition to a roundup of the finest MagSafe charger options and all new HomeKit and AirPlay 2 units.
Till subsequent week of us!
- Christine Romero-Chan