You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. (Save some dough for apps!) Instead, check out our gallery of 20 handy iOS accessories for under $20. There's bound to be something you'll want to drop a Jackson on.
Need a stylus? If your answer is "meh, not really, but sort of, I guess," let me submit that maybe you'd get some good use out of a stylus, but you're probably not gung-ho enough to drop $30 on one. Luckily our favorite destination for dirt-cheap cables-n-more, Monoprice.com, sells this great pen-slash-stylus for under $7.
Hat tip for these goes to The Wirecutter, which is the best kind of gear site because instead of inundating you with review after review (like we do!), they just tell you what thing in each category is THE thing to buy. For cheap -- really cheap, sub-$10 -- earbuds, they recommend these, from cheap-stuff emporium Monoprice. And we were skeptical enough at their price that we had to order some for ourselves.
Apple's switch to Lightning could have gone better. On iPhone 5 launch day, my local Apple Store had plenty of the $19 Lightning-to-USB cables, but the promised 30-pin adapters (both cable and dongle) weren't shipping yet, and lower-cost third-party cables hadn't hit yet either. Finally our preferred destination for low-priced cables, Monoprice, stepped up with a 3-foot Lightning cable, certified by Apple, for under $12.
If you've ever bought inexpensive cables or other accessories from Monoprice.com and wondered how they can sell them so cheaply, BuzzFeed has a great little story this week on how the company does what it does so well, and how it's expanding beyond the low-cost cables that have earned it such loyal fans. But there's plenty more you might have missed on Tuesday, so take a few minutes and get caught up, won't you?
Conventional wisdom tells us that death and taxes are unavoidable, but if you own any type of computer, home theatre equipment or gadgets of any kind, there’s another that should be added to that list: Cables! We all need them and nobody likes paying extra for them, so let’s take a look at shopping for the best deal and how to avoid paying too much for brand names.
Christmas means plenty of new toys, as well as the need for cords and wires to power that sweet new home entertainment system. However, most HDTVs and and other newfangled gadgets don't arrive equipped with the appropriate cables right out of the box, causing stress to those eager beavers anxious to plug in their new television and watch a flick. But no matter: there is such thing as a "the best" HDMI cable, and we've broken down some of the best options available to you, including those for your iOS devices and other essentials.