Published on May 2nd, 2013 | by Greg0
Moshi Accessories: Listen, Transfer, Protect
It’s time to get out, and travel a bit, hit the park and the coffee shop and cafe. We bring a fair bit of gear with us- namely an iPad and sometimes a Macbook Air and always a music source. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been testing out three accessories from a company called Moshi. You might be familiar with them, but they make a wide range of gear, and always with classy packaging and design, suitable for pretty much everyone. We’ve liked several of their items before.
Let’s start with the iGlaze VersaCover for the iPad 3 or 4 (technically, the New iPad). It’s got a few advantages over your basic smart cover, namely the plastic back protection, and the origami-style folding design that let it support your tablet in a few different ways for typing and watching. It still has the magnets built in for the iPad’s sleep/wake function, and spaces and slots for unhindered operation of all iPad buttons and cameras. We really like the felted cover and color, a classic style that looks professional without being boring. On the other hand, we did face some issues trying to remove the VersaCover rear panel- like the iGlaze Air that we tested, over time the material can crack fairly easily. It looks great, and is lightweight and offers a decent grip, but we’re not convinced of it’s durability. Available now for $60, in either black or translucent backing.
We’ve also tested and enjoyed Moshi audio accessories before, specifically a couple of pairs of interesting but somewhat pricey headphones. They sent us their new Mythro earbuds, and we’re actually pretty impressed. Unlike many in this price range, these offer multiple colors and a comfortable fit, as well as an integrated mic/remote and decent sound quality, all for $30. Especially if you tend to lose your earbuds, these are perfect- some of the best in this category. You can’t expect thumping bass, but these performed better than expected, and are better than the stock earbuds for most any device for instance. The cable isn’t great, but we did like the interesting shape and design, which sets these apart from competitors and adds a bit of fashion. It was weird to lack volume controls, but that was the only sore spot in these otherwise solid, portable earphones.
Finally, if you need a card reader, and especially if you have an Apple laptop, the Moshi Cardette 3 memory card reader is a slick choice. It offers support for most every format that you might need, including CF (Compact Flash) and SDHC/XC, MMC, MemoryStick, and pretty much everything else. Further, it’s one of the only ones we’ve seen with USB 3.0- which might not matter if you’re using and trying to transfer a few files, but is really handy if you’ve got a 16GB card full of high-resolution images. Even better, it acts as a miniature dual-port USB 3.0 hub, handy since they are fairly rare still. And the integrated cord is great, meaning that there is nothing to lose or keep track of. It’s the best card reader that we’ve tried, and can be yours for a reasonable $50.