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The iMainGo XP Ultra Portable Stereo Speaker case is the ideal case for the iPad 1 & 2 owner who loves to use their iPad as a multimedia device. Whether you want to listen to music, watch movies, give presentations, or even play video games, the iMainGo XP will give you the functionality that you need while protecting your iPad at the same time.
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• Four premium output speakers
• Dual Headphone Jacks
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During the chaos of last years NAMM and the birth of more iPad, iPhone musical devices than ever before, only the Numark iDJ Pro made me sit up and pay attention. It’s not the first of its kind, and there have previously been well… unsuccessful attempts at an iPad based DJ controller, with none being able to give professional features or controls. So it seems Numark were the first manufacturer to have a proper attempt and simply by looking at the images you can see that it’s not a novelty and was designed with proper gigs in mind. I’ll be looking at whether it’s as good in practice as it is in appearance.
If you’ve used any of Numark’s recent DJ Controllers there’ll be no great surprises in terms of the layout. It’s got two touch-sensitive platters that are used for cueing, scratching effects but also loop in and out, ½ and 2x loop length; pitch fader and bend controls. You’re not exactly spoiled for features but it is enough to do a successful set in a respectable club, and iPad or not, for unit of this price range that is to be expected.
The introduction of the iPad however does give unfamiliarity to the middle of the unit. The iPad provides the music library and all-round control of the unit. One positive that comes with integrating an iPad is the benefit of a well designed and produced app, in this case the Algoriddim djay app. They were both designed to partner each other so this is the recommended purchase but it is compatible with other DJ apps so you can experiment around. Continue Reading
Thanks to several Zagg accessories, it is possible to convert your iPad 2 experience to a mobile office platform similar to a laptop usage. These gadgets include ZaggFolio keyboard case, Invisible Shield for iPad 2 and ZaggSparq. Now, we will briefly cover each item and what advantages bring to the owner.
ZaggFolio is a protective carbon fiber style case which includes a QWERTY keyboard inside. The case is converted into a stand when you open it and the keyboard is revealed instantly. After you press a button on the keyboard, it pairs with the tablet using the bluetooth technology. There are a few more great features, you can read all list on Zagg website.
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Apple always has the habit of taking people up with surprise with the kind of work it performs in the field of technology and accessories for the same. BookArc is one of the few things in the field that it has designed in order to help its favorite customers of iPad and iPad2. The heavy gauge steel that has been used by the company to support the gadget is said to be extraordinarily exclusive.
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Since the time iPads have become a universal thing, all new kinds of products and accessories are being launched around it, in order to make the usage and accommodation of the product easier for the individuals. Thus, a brand new product type has been made in the field with iPad1 and 2 dash board holders. This $100 holder does not only keep your iPad safe but even allows you to comfortably use it while you are driving. With this, one would be able to draw the benefits of the product in a much better manner.
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Some of the other conveniences that this holder offers are that of the ability to be able to listen to Pandora music for absolutely free of cost. Also, you can easily use the applications of Google while on the go, for example, you can use Google maps and locate your destination in a much easier way than you could have expected. No one needs to hold it for you and direct you; you can just switch on your iPad and let it direct you through the difficult lanes anywhere in the world. You can even check your email on road and get the latest updates of work comfortably.
Other than this, in case you get your eyes on a great restaurant and need to know certain other details of the same while you are in a rush, just type in the name on Google and you would know if they provide express service and other necessary information.
Lastly, your iPad can even help you entertain the rest of the people with you in the vehicle.
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When iPad was first introduced, many musicians were excited upon the possibilities it would bring to the portable music making and mixing with the promising apps. But, there was a problem with both iPad and iPad 2. It is no way to connect musical devices and instruments together directly. iPad camera connection kit only allowed one device at a time with tethering. Was is helpful? Absolutely no even for the novice musicians and hobbyists. Hopefully, we have Alesis iO Pro dock. It is a docking station with slots for both iPad and iPad 2 fitting. Musical properties include MIDI In and Outs, USB MIDI, Stereo outputs, guitar / XLR mic inputs (two), Video Out and a footswitch port.
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Octiv Stage was a hit accessory for the original iPad in 2010 and even managed to win a few awards including 2011 CES Innovations Award for ”Outstanding Design and Engineering”. Being a popular and qualified device, iPad 2 owners demanded to be able to use it and Altec responded to the demand. It is possible to use Apple iPad 2 on this dock with the help of the adapter now. (Full features on Amazon.com)
After the good news, let’s start our short review about Altec Lansing Octive Stage speaker dock for iPad2.
First the main features as a list:
- 2 inch Dual full-range neodymium speaker drivers
- Charging iPad 2 on the dock
- Support for both orientations: portrait and landscape
- Adjustable viewing angles
- Easy to use remote control with many functions
Sound quality is very sophisticated if we consider the small size. We have listened music, podcasts and a few audio books for voice clarity; watched a HD video. All was crisp and bass and treble sounds were clean of noise on high volumes as well. But, do not force to the limits. It is not a Harmon Kardon !
The unit is stylish, secure and not that heavy. As a design, it suits to iPad 2. Remote control will work from distance such 15 feet away as we tested and approved.
We believe that MP450 Octive Stage for iPad 2 will open a new entertainment channel for your home. So far, it is one of the best iPad 2 dock devices which we have reviewed.
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Having 2 x 2 Watts per channel power output, Logic3 i-Station Podium will not surely replace your aging surround home sound system but it achieves what it promises very well. Producing decent sound and being a home for iPad 2 in your room or kitchen.
The dock is stable and securely holds the iPad even though it is made from plastic. It will rotate to provide both portrait and landscape modes for the tablet. Footrest is adjustable for multiple viewing angles.
You can download free app from the Apple market and get more features such as alarm clock with modes, calendar, equalizer, photo album, music player, Internet radio dock etc. The accessory is compatible to iPad and iPad 2.
It is possible to connect other audio resources using the standard stereo line-in slot.
We would appreciate more if it had the recharging of the tablet as well. The price tag is another downside. If you really need a dock anyway (for example; in kitchen for recipes while listening to music), it can be an option.
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In our previous post, we had reviewed Apple iPad 2 dock. Now, we will talk about a much cheaper alternative. It is sold online by MiniInTheBox.com for a super low price of $4.99
This charging dock for iPad 2 also syncs up with the tablet. Very similar to original dock design by Apple. It functions the same way. You get a stand for your tablet to watch movies or type on the virtual keyboard easily. While doing this, iPad2 is charged. There is a safe charging integrated circuit to protect against overcharging. It weighs about 100 grams. So, be careful when your iPad sits on it.
There is 3.5 mm line out for audio listening.
So, why do you think that the price is such low if it basically does the same thing. Well! It has no Apple brand on it and you can not know what will happen after let’s say 6 months of usage. Such cheap accessories are always open to malfunctioning. But, anyway you are paying only a few bucks and you will not be so sorry if it happens.
So, you are welcome to buy this on MiniInTheBox.com alongwith some other accessories.
I am quite disappointed the fact the functionality of the Apple iPad 2 dock. It is not about the design. The white accessory is stylish, unexpectedly heavy and looking secure, but the real point is the lack of functions. Why would you pay around $27 just for a charging stand? It has no cables and we get only audio out. It is portrait only. And, you can not put iPad 2 on the docking station with smart cover or most probably with most cases on it. This is a big downside in my opinion.
There are many alternatives from 3rd parties now to provide a better experience as a base station for iPad 2. For example, iLuv ipad2 dock or iSound are just two of them. Both of them provide built-in speakers. If your sole reason is to use it for typing with a bluetooth keyboard, ZaggMate keyboard case or ZaggFolio would be better choices. Because they feature an integrated keyboard, case and multiple angle stands.
There are positives surely. The build quality is impressive. If you have owned a Time Capsule, you will understand me. The white plastic is very sticky and sturdy. Do not worry. Your iPad 2 will not fall even though this gadget looks very weak to support it. It is not.
So, my rating would be 6/10.
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