It was not that long ago that true wireless earbuds were a novelty. Now there’s an endless amount to choose from, so look for features to make them stand out. Workout enthusiasts will like what Monster has with their new DNA Fit In-Ear Bluetooth true wireless earbuds, designed with ear hooks, making them a perfect choice for active or seated users.

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The DNA fit earbuds have an IPX5 water resistance, protecting the earbuds from sweat, light sprays and quick rain showers. Monster suggests cleaning them under running water.

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While the design and water ratings are important, the sound is equally critical if not more so, and they deliver. The Monster sound quality has aptX Lossless Audio, with full-body bass and crisp and clear treble from each side.

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The active noise cancellation works well with the six built-in microphones to block ambient noise from the world around you, or use transparency mode to let some of the outside world in. The transparency would be ideal to hear oncoming vehicles or other noises while jogging or riding a bike.

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Along with the Qi charging storage case, 33 hours of playtime are available, with nine hours of use before a charge is needed. A rapid 15-minute charge produces one hour of playback.

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https://monsterstore.com $129.99

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The Smartish Case Clinger attaches to any full-framed smartphone case to transform it into a hands-free smartphone with a crossbody or around-the-neck style.

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A D-ring insert is attached to the inside of your fully covered case, and a small hook comes out of the bottom by the iPhone’s charging port. And don’t think you can’t charge your phone when you have this attached, because you can. After the ring is connected, you’ll have full access to the charging port with unobstructed charging.

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The hooks attach to the D-ring, and you see a secure attachment. The chain is 52 inches long but extends only 26 inches, since both ends are connected to the D-ring. Now you can carry the Smartish Case Clinger ($29.99) over a shoulder, around your neck, or cross body. Whatever your choice, it works well.

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The chain can come on or off with the D-ring attached, depending on your situation. The Case Clinger does not affect wireless charging, so if you could wirelessly charge before securing it, you can wirelessly charge after.

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Installation is easy, and just as Smartish’s motto says, the Case Clinger makes everyday life a little easier with phone cases and stuff just clever enough to solve unexpected needs.

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I’ve mentioned the Smartish Crown Joule universal charging cables ($19.99) in previous reviews, but it’s worth repeating since they’re one of the best and most versatile USB charging cables. At one end of the 6-foot fabric-wrapped cable is a USB-A connection. The other end is the universal 3-In-1 connectors with attached but swappable MicroUSB, USB-C, and Apple Lightning charging tips.

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If devices need a charge simultaneously, solve the problem early and get multiple Crown Joules.

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https://smartish.com

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Anker’s Ace line of new mobile charging accessories is optimized for Samsung smartphones with the Anker 45-watt 313 Charger and the small-sized 25-watt USB-C Anker 312 Charger.

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The 313 charger ($29.99) is built with GaN technology to have a small profile with a foldable AC prong design. Ten internal safety charging features, including short-circuit protection, high-voltage protection, and temperature control, give your device a safe charge. The 312 charge ($14.99) is foldable and has the same safeguard charging features.

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Anker has promoted chargers to be perfect for Samsung devices. The 313 Charger is rated to charge a Galaxy S23 Ultra in under an hour fully. The Anker 312 Charger will fully charge a Galaxy S22 in under 1.5 hours.

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Both are built with PowerIQ 3.0 technology enabling them to work with almost any device, including iPads and iPhones.

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www.anker.com

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(Contact Gregg Ellman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.) ©2023 Gregg Ellman. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

this story was originally published March 29, 2023, 10:56 AM.

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