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2 months ago

Ticwatch 2 review: Just give it a tickle

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Fitbit has bought Pebble and Vector; the world of smartwatches grows smaller each day. If you're in the market for a smartwatch and not interested in a Fitbit, you're lacking for options, but the good news is some of those options are good and reasonably priced. The Ticwatch 2 is a well-rounded smartwatch available for under $200. Does it do everything you want at that price point?

MrMobile is a wearable fanatic; while others decree the smartwatch dead, Michael Fisher extols their virtues and provides hope for the future, and wearable tech is the future (have no doubt). Click this video and venture down the smartwatch rabbit hole with MrMobile (it's an Alice in Wonderland reference, right? And the hole was full of clocks and other assorted timepieces? Enh? Enh?!)

Stay social, my friends

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2 months ago

Best Accessories For Honor 6X

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So what if the phone cost you nothing? Use the savings on accessories!

The Honor 6X isn't particularly outstanding, but it's capable enough to keep up with everyone else without costing you an arm and a leg. If you're looking for some basic accessories for your very basic smartphone, read on.

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2 months ago

Best clear cases for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

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Best clear cases for OnePlus 3

What's the best clear case for OnePlus 3? Here are our favorites!

The OnePlus 3 and the identical (newer) OnePlus 3T might be budget phone options, but that doesn't mean you don't want to protect your investment.

Their aluminum bodies are beautifully designed and if you love your OnePlus 3 or 3T naked, but know you should protect it, go with a clear case!

Here are a few to get you started.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is one of the finest clear cases I've ever used. It's relatively slim, but feels sturdy and strong, and the softer TPU glaze isn't slippery at all. The button covers provide excellent tactile response, and the fit is perfect — no shifting or wiggling around.

This case is super clear, so your OnePlus 3 or 3T will shine through beautifully. If clarity, protection, and a great fit are all things you're looking for in a clear case, then check out the Ultra Hybrid.

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TUDIA Ultra Slim

TUDIA Ultra Slim

TUDIA's clear cases are some of the best money can buy, and that's because they fit very well and stand up to short drops, bumps, and scratches quite valiantly.

The Ultra Slim is made of clear TPU, which is soft and flexible, but not so smooth that your OnePlus 3 will fall out of your hand. Quite the opposite, actually – it has a grippy textured that makes it feel solid in your hand.

The raised bezel on the front and back keep your screen and camera safe from scratches and all ports and buttons are precisely cut out, so there's no need to take it on and off to charge.

If you're after a well-fitting, great-feeling clear case for your OnePlus 3, then check out the TUDIA Ultra Slim.

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Love Ying Ultra Slim

Love Ying

Love Ying makes some great minimalist cases that show off your OnePlus 3 in style, since you can opt for the completely clear version or you can go for translucent mint, pink, or purple.

No matter what color you choose, you'll get a great-feeling case made of soft TPU, which is excellent for shock absorption and its flexibility makes it easy to put on and take off.

All the necessary buttons and ports are cut out, so there's no hassle when it comes to usage and its ultra slim design means that there's little to no bulk or weight added to your OnePlus 3. It's like one of those flesh-colored body suits – for your phone! (Also it's clear).

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Ringke Fusion

Ringke Fusion

The Ringke Fusion is the perfect blend of solid bump and scratch protection and flexible shock absorption. It's made of hard polycarbonate, but all around the edges of your OnePlus 3 is soft TPU. Having your corners covered in TPU is paramount, since we all know what happens to a phone when it's dropped on its corner (if you don't, Google it and weep along with the owners).

You can opt for the Crystal View version, which features a totally clear TPU bumper, or you can go with the Smoke Black version, which has a translucent black bumper, for a bit of added flair.

The neat thing about the Ringke Fusion is that you're sent a DIY template for dressing up the back of your case. It's basically a piece of cardboard that's the perfect size so that you can cut out photos, trim them, and stick them in your case. Change the look of your case every day if you want or just keep it clear.

The Ringke Fusion is the perfect blend of minimalism and protection and the option to customize the back is just gravy!

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit

Cruzerlite's Bugdroid Circuit case is a must-have for any Android superfan. The case is clear with a circuit pattern and the Bugdroid logo featured on the back. So, if you want a case that shows off your OnePlus 3 but still want a bit of a design and something to spruce it up, it's perfect.

You don't have to go with totally clear, if that's not your jam. The Bugdroid Circuit case comes in eight translucent colors, from black to bright teal, so take your pick or buy a few, since they're only about $10.

These cases aren't just pretty faces for your OnePlus 3; they're made of durable TPU that absorbs falls and keeps scratches at bay.

If you're up for a clear case but want something with a little more oomph, then check out Cruzerlite's Bugdroid Circuit.

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Orzly Fusion

Orzly Fusion

Orzly's version of the Fusion features a hard, totally clear polycarbonate back and a reinforced rubber bumper all around the edge of your OnePlus 3 that really takes the cake for shock absorption.

Instead of being cut out, the buttons are covered and raised, which makes pressing them – especially while in your pocket – that much easier. The cutouts for the ports are precise and do not impact function whatsoever.

The rubber bumper around the case gives your OnePlus 3 a solid, grippy feel that's secure in your hand and that reinforced rubber adds a teeny bit of weight, but it's a good, strong-feeling weight.

If you're up for some excellently solid protection, then check out the Orzly Fusion.

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HOTCOOL Ultra Thin

HOTCOOL Ultra Thin

If you really want to go for the absolutely naked look, then the HOTCOOL Ultra Thin is your best choice by far. It's incredibly thin, weighs less than 2 ounces, and honestly looks like it's not even there.

It's made from soft, flexible TPU, which is better for shock absorption than hard cases. It covers the power and volume buttons and raises them slightly so that you can be more accurate when your OnePlus 3 is in your pocket, but they won't feel obtrusive with your phone in your hand.

The best part of this case is just how minimalist it is. A great phone feels great in your hand and this case is about as close as you'll get to that naked feeling without compromising protection. That being said, the thinner the case, the less protection you'll receive, so understand that the HOTCOOL Ultra Thin is best-suited to protecting from scratches, light bumps, and short falls – it is by no means rugged.

If you don't want to go for clear, it also comes in translucent black, gold, mint, and pink.

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Poetic Affinity

Poetic Affinity

Poetic's Affinity is a neat almost-twist on the clear case in that it's not completely clear, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't for you. If you like a clear case with a bit of an accent, then check it out. The outer rim is black, with a black line design on the back, offering grip and extra shock absorption.

These cases fit very well, and the frosted 'P' logo on the back actually looks kinda cool. This case is mostly hard polycarbonate, so if you prefer a more flexible option, this may not be for you, but if you like that solid, rigid feel, then definitely check this one out.

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What's on your phone?

Are you using an awesome clear case on your OnePlus 3 that I neglected to mention? Let me know what you recommend in the comments below!

This article was originally published on August 26, 2016. It was recently updated in January, 2017 with the following changes: Added Spigen Ultra Hybrid and Poetic Affinity.

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2 months ago

Make the switch to Bluetooth headphones for just $8 right now!

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Right now Aukey is offering a set of its great Bluetooth headphones for just $8 with coupon code 6MHX7EOV, a savings of $12. Featuring a design that wraps around your ears, the headphones will stay in place when you are being active, and with around 7 hours of playback per charge, you won't have to worry about the battery life. The lightweight headphones have built-in volume controls to easily adjust while on the go, and the noise isolation will help improve audio quality.

Whether you need a spare set of headphones to keep in your travel bag or want to see what all the hype is about, you won't want to miss out on this deal. Remember, you need coupon code 6MHX7EOV for the full savings.

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2 months ago

BoomTouch first impressions: The 'As Seen on TV' speaker isn't ... horrible?

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There's no way something this inexpensive and lacking any real tech can be any good, right? RIGHT?

You can spend a lot of money on a speaker. Or you can spend a little. But you'll forgive my skepticism of a cheaply produced commercial that lauds the merits of a speaker that lacks Bluetooth, or even a line-in option.

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No, BoomTouch is one of those things that you see on on TV — As Seen on TV!!! — and think "there's just no way this thing can be any good, right?" I mean, it's a $20 speaker that uses magnets to transmit sound from your phone to the speaker. No wires. No Bluetooth. Just magnetic magic.

Well guess what. It sorta kinda works not too horribly! I know, right, that's not exactly a glowing endorsement. But have a listen. It's surprisingly good! Or at least surprisingly not horrible. Is this the sort of thing I'd want in my living room? No. Is this the sort of thing I'd send with my kids to the beach, to be baked in the sun and buried in sand? Absolutely.

More: The best portable Bluetooth speakers

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3 months ago

Essential Accessories For Moto G4 + Moto G4 Plus

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Essential accessories for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

What are the essential accessories for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus?

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are awesome. We know it, you know it. And awesomeness deserves, well, more awesome. We've rounded up all the very best essentials for your favorite new phone.

Screen protectors

For some added protection and security, a tempered glass screen protector is an excellent investment. No need to worry about cracks or shattered glass with one of these in place.

Jasinber tempered glass screen protector

Jasinber tempered glass screen protector

A quality tempered glass screen protector won't interfere with the touch screen on your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, and that's true of the screen protector from Jasinber. For good measure, your purchase comes with two.

The adhesive on the back of the tempered glass spreads automatically when applied to the surface of your phone, so installation is precise and simple. It offers exceptional clarity; you won't even realize it's there, but you'll be glad it is.

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OMOTON tempered glass screen protector

OMOTON screen protector

OMOTON's tempered glass screen protector offers a lifetime warranty; pair that with the two-for-one pricing and you've got security and a great deal.

Application is bubble-free and it won't leave behind any gooey residue if or when you remove it. It's clear, oleophobic, hydrophobic, and completely scratch resistant, which means you don't have to worry about fingerprints, oils, and all the daily crud that tries to get onto your phone screen.

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Cases

Make a statement or enhance the look of your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus with a case that protects and fits like a glove.

Orzly FlexiCase

Orzly's FlexiCase has a non-slip gloss finish so your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus will be easier to grip. It's a slim fit that won't bulk up your phone, and it's made of a flexible silicone gel that won't move around or let dirt and dust get it.

The case allows you access to every port, button, and screen feature you want, and it's available in black, blue, red, purple, or a simple clear finish that shows off the hardware on your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus.

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Abacus24-7 flip cover wallet

Abacus24-7 flip cover wallet

Odds are, if you're leaving the house with your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, you're also leaving with cash and cards. The flip cover wallet case from Abacus24-7 will keep all of your essentials in one convenient place.

Take your pick from four colors of vegan synthetic leather that feels like the real thing. Your phone stays safe and the screen stays protected while you get space for three credit cards (one with a clear window that's perfect for your ID), and separate compartment for some cash.

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Headphones

Take your tunes and your talk on your daily run, walk, or commute with the right headphones for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth headphones

At just under $130, the Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth headphones are the best way to listen to music and podcasts on the go — even in the rain!

You can choose an under-ear or over-ear fit, and either way they're not going to budge no matter how active you are. They ship with multiple tips so you're virtually guaranteed to find the perfect, comfortable fit. You'll have up to eight hours of music or talk time, and the sweat proof lifetime warranty is a huge bonus.

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SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

For HD sound, noise cancellation, and a low price point to boot, SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones are where it's at. The nine vibrant color variations give you plenty to pick from; maybe match a pair to your favorite case?

You'll get up to six hours of play or talk time, and they're sweat-resistant, so run all you like and don't worry about a thing. SoundPEATS include several different sizes for the ear tips which means you can find a comfortable fit that won't move on you.

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Bluetooth speakers

Bring the party with you wherever you go with portable Bluetooth speakers. Your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus has the soundtrack, and you can have the ultimate sound system to match, wherever the party may be.

UE Boom 2

UE Boom 2 speaker

The waterproof, shockproof UE Boom 2 is an impressive Bluetooth speaker. Its six color options range from the vibrant to the subtle, and they're among the best-reviewed portable speakers out there.

With a 15 hour battery life and a 100-foot range, they suit virtually any environment. You get 360-degree sound with excellent bass; no one will believe all that sound is coming from such a tiny speaker. The Blockparty feature allows you to go between three friends' devices on one speaker, or you can choose to pair a second speaker to your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus.

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JBL Flip 3 portable speaker

JBL Flip 3 speaker

If you want quality and a speaker that stays under the $100 mark, the JBL Flip 3 portable speaker is right up your alley. It's splash proof (because water happens) and comes in eight different color options.

The bass radiator creates sound that will keep the party going long into the night. If you feel like sharing, you can connect up to three devices to the same speaker (but everybody knows your playlist is the best).

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Car Mounts

Always on the road? Keep in touch and get where you're going safely with a car mount that will keep your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus secure and hands-free.

iOttie Easy One Touch XL

iOttie Easy One Touch car mount

You can choose a dashboard or a windshield mount with the iOttie Easy One Touch XL car mount. The XL will fit your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus even with a case on, so you don't have to constantly take it out of the case to install it.

The car mount really is a one-touch device to lock your phone into place or to remove it. It's fully adjustable with 360 degrees of rotation, which is necessary if you're using your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus as a GPS device.

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New Trent Arcadia magnetic car mount

New Trent Arcadia car mount

The New Trent Arcadia car mount offers an alternative to windshield or dashboard mounting by using your car's air vents and a powerful magnet. The mount is available in black or blue.

The slim magnet adapter will fit inside virtually any phone case and hold your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus securely in place. The car mount allows you to fully rotate your phone without the need for an extended arm, and there's no cradle; just pop on your phone and go.

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Charging accessories

Keep your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus charged to the max no matter where you are with some handy charging accessories for home, office, or the road.

APLUS desktop charging cradle

APLUS desktop charging cradle

The APLUS desktop charging cradle is specifically designed to fit the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. It keeps your phone propped up and plainly in sight while it charges, which is perfect for speakerphone calls or video watching.

The charging cradle can also become the regular resting place for your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, even when it's not charging. Keeping it up off of a flat surface means you won't misplace it or lose it under papers and other desk junk again.

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AUKEY 30W 2-port USB car charger

AUKEY 30W 2-port USB car charger

When you're going to be on the road for a good stretch, why not use that time to charge your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus? The car charger from AUKEY allows you to charge two devices at once at equal speeds.

It includes a 3.3-foot USB cable, so you can charge your phone and use it in a car mount for speakerphone or GPS purposes. There are built-in safeguards to protect your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus from overheating and overcharging so you can be mindful of the road and not worry about how the charging is going.

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3 months ago

Save 15% on any accessory or case from Otterbox right now!

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Right now you can save 15% on any single item at Otterbox with coupon MN15OFFOB, making it even more affordable to add some great protection to your phone or tablet. Otterbox has been around for a few years and is well-known for its protective cases for phones like the Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7, and many others. Recently the company started offering some more stylish, thinner options, like the Symmetry line and even offers tempered glass screen protectors for select devices.

Whether you want to pick the colors and design your own protective case, or just want something a bit slimmer with some style, there is likely a case to meet the design you have in mind. You can also find a number of different chargers, armbands, and more. This coupon is only good for a single item, so be sure to pick the one you want and use code MN15OFFOB to save 15% on the purchase. Which case will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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3 months ago

Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

Make your pocket or purse lighter. Wallet cases have it all!

Most wallet cases feature a cover that folds over to protect the screen of your Galaxy S7 edge. This tends to add a bit of bulk, but since most wallet cases have room for cards and cash, it's a great way to be able to leave your wallet at home. So in the long run your pocket or purse will feel a bit lighter.

These are our picks for best wallet cases for your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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3 months ago

How to change the Amazon Echo 'wake word' using Alexa app

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How can I address my Echo as "Computer"? Just follow these steps!

There's a new way to address your Amazon Echo, and it's about as fun as wearing Combadge — only with fewer stares in public. Amazon has updated the Echo and Echo Dot to respond to the wake word "Computer," instead "Alexa" or "Echo," and it's easy to change. Here's how to do it!

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3 months ago

Save 25% on select Anker accessories for a limited time only!

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Anker is currently offering 25% off a variety of its products for a short period of time. The 48-hour sale can save you on charging cables, portable batteries, and even a Bluetooth speaker. Anker makes a number of different types of products, most of which have great reviews on Amazon, so you are looking at high-quality accessories here. Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself or something for a friend, you won't want to miss out on the savings here.

The deals include:

These deals are only good through January 25, so you'll want to act quickly if you are interested in any of these items. Be sure to check them all out, and use the corresponding coupon codes to get the full savings on the items you want!

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3 months ago

Best Cases for Honor 6X

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Even cheap smartphones deserve protection.

You may have dropped only a few Benjamins on the Honor 6X, but that doesn't mean you have to throw it around and scratch it up! Before you hit the purchase button on Amazon, here are a few cases to consider placing in your shopping cart to protect your new purchase.

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3 months ago

Best accessories for Samsung Gear VR

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Samsung Gear VR

Make the most of your Samsung Gear VR experience with these accessories.

The Samsung Gear VR is currently the most affordable entry point for people interested in exploring virtual reality. As more and more developers start working within this emerging tech space, the hope is that you'll have plenty of reasons to pick up and use your Gear VR more often for more applications.

As your usage increases, you'll want to invest in some essential accessories to get the most out of your Samsung Gear VR. Here are a few recommendations to get you on your way.

Gamepad

Not every game for the Gear VR requires a ganmepad, but most of the best games are made even better by not having to tough the pad on the side of your headset. Enhance your gaming experience on the Gear VR with what we call the best gamepad for this headset.

SteelSeries Stratus XL

SteelSeries Stratus XL Bluetooth Controller

As mentioned above, SteelSeries makes a quality controller. So while the SteelSeries Free has been priced out of consideration, the Stratus XL is arguably your best bet — as long as it's bigger size isn't an issue.

The Stratus XL similar in size and feel to an Xbox One controller with analog sticks laid out similar to Sony's DualShock controllers. It's a great compromise between the two leading console gaming standards and will instantly feel familiar the moment you pick it up. This Bluetooth controller is compatible with Android devices and Windows 10.

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Headphones

A fully-immersive VR experience is only possible with the right pair of headphones. Whether you prefer the over-the-ear variety or in-ear buds, we've picked out some prime options that pair well with the Gear VR headset so you can block out reality as you delve into your favorite VR games and apps.

Over-the-ear headphones

Sennheiser HD 598 C

If you are looking for the best audio experience with your Gear VR, this is where you start. This is by far the best set of headphones you can get for under $150, and the included cable is short enough you can have them connected to your Gear VR without worrying about getting tangled up.

This isn't designed to keep the rest of the world out, so there's no active noise cancellation to be found here, but you'll get quality audio from headphones comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time.

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One more thing: If you're looking to go wireless or you need noise cancellation in your life, check out MrMobile's review of the Bose QC 35 headphones!

In-ear headphones

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds

Samsung ErgoFit TCM125 If you're looking for simple, straightforward in-ear headphones, Panasonic has what you need. They're pretty basic in-ear headphones, which include a mic and a pause/play button built into the main cord, but they'll deliver great sound comfortably at a great price. With three different pad sizes available, you should be able to find the right fit for your ears, and they should stay in as you move about wearing your Gear VR

ErgoFit buds are available in a variety of colors, but they've also been lumped in with a few other Panasonic in-ear options — drops360 and drops360 Luxe. If you're switching around the colors and suddenly see the price jump up, it's because Amazon is showing you one of those higher-end models instead. And you might be inclined to spend a bit more for the better drivers, which provide better bass and build quality, if that's important to you.

Otherwise, the ErgoFit earbuds come with a 90-day warranty and should be more than serviceable — especially at such a low price point.

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Want something nicer? Check out our Samsung Level In headphone review!

Microfiber cloths

AmazonBasics microfiber cloths

Another thing that might distract from your VR experience with your Samsung Gear VR is dust or smudges on your device or the VR headset lenses. To prevent that problem, it's a good idea to have some microfiber cloths around to give things a good (but gentle) cleaning.

AmazonBasics offers a 24-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths for under $10 — that's less than $.50 a cloth. Better yet, they're machine washer safe, so you'll be able to keep your gear clean for months and months with this small, one-time investment. And of course you'll also have microfiber cloths on hand for cleaning all your other devices. Also available in packs of 36, 48, and 144 — which may essentially constitute a lifetime supply.

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microSD cards

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB

This is a must-have accessory, especially if you're using a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge — the only current Gear VR-compatible mobile devices with microSD slots. Loading up your favorite movies, tv shows, apps and other media onto the microSD card allows you to use your Gear VR to its full potential without clogging up your phone's internal storage, or continually cycling through content.

We've broken down a list of the best microSD cards to use with your Galaxy S7, but to save you a bit of time, we'll recommend the Samsung EVO Plus 128GB, which is sure to provide you with more than enough storage for hours upon hours of VR entertainment.

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What do you use?

If you own a Samsung Gear VR, we're curious to know what your must-have accessories are. Anything we've omitted on our list? Let us know in the comments!

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3 months ago

You can charge two devices quickly in the car with this Quick Charge 3.0 charger for just $9

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Right now you can pick up Aukey's Quick Charge 3.0 car charger for just $9 with coupon code OHBVOTE9, a savings of $8. It features two Quick Charge 3.0 ports, so you can keep all your favorite gadgets topped up while on the go. Quick Charge 3.0 can charge compatible devices up to four times faster than a regular charger, so whether you spend 10 minutes or two hours in the car each day, this will get you the most power during your commute.

Aukey builds in safeguards to protect your devices from overheating, overcharging or drawing excessive current from the charger to keep your phone and car safe. Remember, you'll need to use coupon code OHBVOTE9 for the savings here. Be sure to grab one for each car you have, you'll thank yourself later.

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3 months ago

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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Take your music with you with a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to take those excellent audio waves with you everywhere. Compatible with practically every device out there, Bluetooth speakers will make sure that, as long as your phone, tablet, or laptop is around, your music is loud!

We've rounded up some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you just about anywhere!

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3 months ago

This travel charger has a 3000mAh battery built-in for just $20 today!

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Right now you can pick up Belkin's 3-in-1 travel charger for just $20 at B&H Photo, a savings of $40 from its regular price. With a 3000mAh battery built-in, you'll be able to charge your phones, tablets, and more while on the go with ease. Once you reach your destination you'll be able to plug it into the wall and utilize its two wall plugs and single USB slot, while being protected from surges as well. The battery pack is super small, so you can easily stick it in your travel bag or purse and not have to worry about it.

If you are looking to make charging while on the go easier, you won't want to miss out on this deal. The $20 price is only good for today, January 23, so don't wait too long to make your purchase!

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