Hardware in the short test: Bluestein Armband, Riva Audio Festival and more
Apple Watch Bracelet | Apple demands more than 500 euros for its stainless steel limb bracelet. Bluestein undercuts Apple drastically over the price.
Apple demands more than $ 500 for its chic stainless steel link bracelet. Certainly, high-quality bracelets can sometimes be more expensive than a watch itself - the Apple Watch is no exception. Among the bracelets offered by Apple itself, the stainless steel limb bracelet is one of the highest quality and most expensive variants at the same time. The timeless design, the material and the workmanship still arouse the desire to buy. Bluestein offers with his limb bracelet a comparable quality for significantly lower price - and undercuts Apple downright drastically. As a material comes according to the manufacturer, the same stainless steel alloy used. In practice, the tape proves to be equal in terms of comfort, handling and resistance. Slight scratches and scratches are unavoidable over time, but can be controlled with polishing cloths. The mechanism for lengthening and shortening the bracelet is particularly clever: individual segments can be removed or added without tools. This bracelet is a good copy of the original. sm
Rating To Blue Stone Bracelet
Price: 150 Euro
Pro: Great material, well made
Contra: Clasp sometimes gets stuck
Conclusion: At first glance, not to be distinguished from the expensive Apple original.
Bluestein® Bracelet for Apple Watch, Premium Stainless Steel Band Strap, with double fold closure, fits Apple Watch 1, 2 & 3 (42 mm, Silver)
Riva Audio Festival
The parcel courier has something to carry: The Riva Festival weighs just six and a half pounds - and has earned the title of "big brother" for the arena presented in the previous issue of Mac Life earned. Elsewhere in the Sonos Play 5 competitors everything seems a bit more adult and more uncompromising: The lush seven-channel amplifier technology of the two-color US-American consists of three Trillium woofers and tweeters, which support both side and front by four passive radiators to let. In terms of sound, the audio beauty enveloped in noble piano lacquer brings 200 watts of output power, which flows into rich and well-defined bass as well as extremely high-resolution highs.
The festival is connected to the Mac, iPhone and iPad via AirPlay protocol. An update to its multiroom-enabled version 2 is already announced, as soon as Apple delivers. But the competitors Chromecast and Spotify Connect are also on board. Even via USB and Bluetooth music may be used for playback input - then, however, must be dispensed with the multiroom sound. tr
Rating to the Riva Audio Festival
Riva RWF01B-UN Festival Wireless Multi-Room Speaker Black
Power Bank : Powerbanks are an "always-and-everywhere-in-the-wall" power outlet. The noble Powerstation USB-C XXL perfected the concept of the mobile power reserve: With 19,500 mAh capacity, the power bank with its smart material jacket holds enough energy to fill an iPad Pro with around 20 hours of additional battery life. iPhone users "survive" with the Powerstation even about a week away from a power outlet, via USB-C-PD iPhone 8 and X extra charged quickly. sm
Rating to the Mophie Powerstation
Price: 150 Euro
Pro: MacBook compatible, high capacity, very well made, non-slip
Contra: included cable a bit short
Conclusion: Luxury Power Bank.
Artwizz TPU Card Case
iPhone Case : If you take the TPU Card Case from Artwizz for the first time into the hand, the pleasant quality is not just the low weight of the material. The TPU feels soft, it is flexible and durable and slip-resistant even on smooth surfaces. The frame of the case extends a little beyond the edges of the iPhone, so that the screen is spared from scratches. Very useful is the card slot on the back, which gives the case its name and is handy for traveling. tf
Rating of the Artwizz TPU Card Case
Price: 19,99 Euro
Pro: soft, sturdy case with cleverly built compartment
Contra: Space for one card only
Note : 1,2
Conclusion: The card compartment makes this stylish, matt black case very effective.
Artwizz TPU Card Case for iPhone X made of elastic TPU with card compartment - iPhone Case designed in Berlin - Black - 6335-2170
USB flash drive : Most data is shared today using the cloud, but the good old USB stick still has its right to exist. The peculiarity of the U363: Its case is made of metal and fits already visually excellent to many current Macs. Nevertheless, the compact memory bar with only 18.1 grams is a true flyweight, which also fits every keychain. The stick is available with 32, 64 and 128 GB storage capacity, we have read in the top in the field test reading values around 90 MB / s. sm
Rating to the Toshiba U363
Price: 16 Euro (32GB), 30 Euro (64GB), 50 Euro (128GB)
Pro: Reading performance, 5 years warranty
Contra: Writing Slowly
Conclusion: Chic & Functional.
Toshiba THN-U363S1280E4 128GB U363 Transmemory USB3.0 Flash Drive
August EP 735
Bluetooth Headphones : The complete equipment of the EP735 makes a good impression when unpacking: In addition to a sturdy transport box, there is also an adapter for connecting to aircraft plugs. Also, the operation by means of the four easy-to-reach tip buttons is right and the active noise cancellation does a good job. However, the over-ear is not convincing in terms of sound: the sound is too undefined and somehow "flat" without earning the predicate "neutral". Unfortunately, the really cheap price does not comfort that either. tr
Rating to August EP 735
Price: 70 Euro
Pro: 18 hours battery life, noise-canceling
Contra: disappointing undefined sound
Note: 3, 6
Conclusion: Prefer to invest a little more and grab the really good August EP750.