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Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station coming soon

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station    Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

If you’ve got a Surface Pro 3, you already know how productive you can be on this tablet / laptop hybrid. But if you want to really maximise its capabilities, then you can turn it into a workstation with this official docking station!

The docking station makes it easy to use the Surface Pro 3 on your desk, by adding easy-to-access ports that allow you to connect many more peripherals and devices. You’ll have more USB ports (6 in total!) than many desktop computers, allowing you to connect hard drives, mice, keyboards, gamepads, CD drives and printers.

Connecting multiple monitors is possible too – you can have three displays in total, including the Surface’s own screen, which is fantastic for having multiple windows open at once. For example, you might have Word open on the built-in display, while you look at a reference webpage on a monitor.

There’s even an ethernet port to provide the fastest possible network access with minimal lag and no risk of poor wireless performance.

Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

As well as adding ports, you’ll also find that the Docking Station is a great home for your Surface. You’ll benefit from a convenient upright viewing angle that’s perfect for work or play. Your Surface will also charge while it’s in the dock, ensuring that your battery will always be topped up when you’re ready to hit the road.

Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station    Official Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is the ultimate upgrade for your Surface. For more information, including live pricing and availability data, please visit the product page linked below. You can also see more accessories in the relevant category, also linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the accessory in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun, so feel free to chat to us on there too!

Official Nexus Wireless Charging Pad coming soon

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Official Nexus Wireless Charging Pad    Official Nexus Wireless Charging Pad

Today we’re going to take a look at the Office Nexus Wireless Charging Pad.

As you might expect, this item provides rapid wireless charging for the members of the Nexus family of smartphones and tablets that support Qi wireless charging – at present, this includes the LG-made Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, as well as the latest Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet (released in 2013). No matter which device you’re using, you’ll find wireless charging an easy alternative to micro USB wires.

It can be difficult to remember to plug in your Nexus every time it could be charging, but with wireless charging this is quite straightforward – just place it on top of your wireless charger and forget about it. Your Nexus will charge up to its full capacity, then automatically disengage from charging until it hits a low enough level once again. This practice is thought to extend battery longevity and prevents unnecessary heat and power use.

The coolest feature of the Nexus Wireless Charging Pad is its built-in magnets, which allow the Nexus tablets with magnets – the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet and Nexus 5 smartphone – to easily stick to the charging pad, locking in the device at an angle that ensures optimum wireless charging. This keeps your Nexus from sliding around or falling off, and makes placement a (literal) snap.

Of course, as this is an official wireless charging pad produced by LG, you’ll find that it matches the style of the Nexus family quite well. It is nondescript but well-proportioned, and will be a nice addition to your desk or bedside table.

For more information on this wireless charger, check out the product page linked below. I’ll also throw in a link to the rest of our Qi wireless chargers, which should also work with the Nexus lineup of smartphones and tablets.

Thanks for reading and be sure to let me know what you think of the article!

How to identify which iPad you have

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The easiest way to identify which iPad you have is to check the model number on the iPad’s back case. Just find your number in the table below, then click on the model name to see compatible accessories.

Wi-Fi only Cellular
iPad Air (late 2013) A1473 A1474 A1475
iPad Mini 2 (late 2013) A1488 A1489 A1490
iPad Mini (late 2012) A1432 A1454 A1455
iPad 4 (late 2012) A1458 A1459 A1460
iPad 3 (early 2012) A1416 A1430 A1430
iPad 2 (2011) A1395 A1396 A1397
iPad 1 (2010) A1219 A1337

 

Of course, there are other ways to check which iPad you have without looking up the model number – just follow the steps below, looking at the iPad’s size, its connector, and its thickness.

1. Full-size iPad or iPad Mini?

First things first – do you have the iPad Mini or the full size iPad? The full size iPad has a screen that’s ten inches along the diagonal, while the iPad Mini is smaller at about 8 inches. If you’ve got a full size iPad, skip to the next question. If you’ve got a small iPad, read on.

If you’ve got the smaller kind of iPad, then you have either the iPad Mini or the iPad Mini 2 (also known as the iPad Mini with Retina display). The iPad Mini with Retina display will look sharper due to its higher resolution screen and will be 0.3 mm thicker, but if you don’t have two iPads to compare then the effect won’t be obvious.

Instead, have a look at the back for that model number. For A1488, A1489 and A1490, you’ll want iPad Mini 2 accessories. For model numbers A1432, A1454 and A1455, you should have a look at our iPad Mini accessories here.

The iPad Mini 2 (late 2013) aka the iPad Mini with Retina

The original iPad Mini (late 2012)

2. Full-size iPad with Lightning connector – but does it have a thick or thin bezel?

The most recent iPad is the iPad Air – a newly retitled and redesigned iPad with a very thin bezel, like the iPad Mini. The big difference to previous full-size iPads is the thickness of the bezels. The Air has very thin bezels, and a lighter and thinner design overall as well. If you have a thin-bezeled iPad, then check out our iPad Air accessories.

iPad Air (late 2013) with noticeably thinner bezels than the iPads shown below

If you have wider bezels, then the most recent iPad it could be is the fourth generation iPad, or iPad 4. It’s very similar in shape and size to the third generation iPad, but it has the small micro-USB sized Lightning connector instead of the earlier wide and thin 30 Pin Apple connector. The iPad 4 was released in late 2012.

If you’ve got a thick-bezeled iPad with a Lightning connector, it’s the iPad 4, so have a look at our iPad 4 accessories here.

The 4th generation iPad aka iPad 4 (late 2012)

3. Full-size iPad with 30 Pin connector?

If you’ve got a thick-bezeled iPad with a 30 Pin connector, then you have either the iPad 3 (marketed as “the new iPad”), the iPad 2, or the original iPad.

Third, second and first generation iPad models. Aside from the model number, the only real difference between the Wi-Fi models is the thickness of the chassis.

Telling the difference between the first, second and third generation iPad models is more difficult, because the only real physical difference is the thickness – the original iPad is noticeably thicker (12.7 mm or 1/2 an inch), the iPad 2 is thinner (8.6 mm or .34 inches), and the iPad 3 is slightly thicker than that (9.4 mm or 0.37 inches). The iPad 1 was released in 2010, the iPad 2 in 2011, and the iPad 3 in early 2012.

If you’re still not sure what iPad you’ve got, why not check out Apple’s article on the subject?

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The ultimate smartphone and tablet car charger: the Kensington Powerbolt

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Modern smartphones and tablets are definitely power-hungry beasts, requiring up to 2.1A to charge at full speed. While you can get car chargers that’ll dispense the necessary power, usually they’re 2A split between two USB ports – not enough to charge a tablet and smartphone simultaneously at full speed.

That isn’t a problem for this Kensington Powerbolt Dual Car Charger, though – it dispenses a mighty 3.4A all told, with 2.4A on the top port and 1A on the bottom. That’s more than enough to charge even the latest iPad and iPhone at full speed – no more waiting around for the iPad to charge, or even having it lose charge faster than it gains it back!

This Powerbolt also comes with a rather useful extra – a free Lightning USB cable that’ll allow you to charge any of Apple’s latest devices, including the iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPhone 5. The cable is a meter long too, so it should be quite convenient to use as an iPad charger or for other devices too.

You might worry that you’d mix up which socket is which, but Kensington have thought ahead and included labels on both USB ports to ensure that you’re always going to be charging at maximum speed.

The Kensington has a simple, professional looking design, with a very small size that’s only as big as is necessary to include the two USB ports. That means it’ll never get in the way of other nearby connections or buttons. It’s so small and light that it’s easy to toss in a bag or take on holiday without issues.

All in all, the Kensington Powerbolt 3.4A charger is a complete in-car charging solution, particularly for Apple devices as you’ve got that extra Lightning USB cable. Of course, the USB ports will work fine with your own cables for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, as well as other USB charged items like e-readers and headsets.

What do you think of the Kensington Powerbolt – do you reckon it’s the best iPhone 5 and iPad 4 charger? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a good one!

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Otterbox Defender for the Kindle Fire HD – all the protection you’ll ever need!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

It’s no surprise to hear that the Kindle Fire HD sat under a lot of Christmas trees this year: the tablet boasts some really impressive specs and a small price tag making it the perfect tablet for all the family.  The Kindle Fire HD is a great media hub too, thanks to the movie and music streaming apps and the Kindle technology Amazon is well known for – it really does give the Nexus 7 a run for its money.

Here at Mobile Fun we’re all about keeping your gadgets safe and looking newer for longer and no brand is as protective as Otterbox – so we’re really pleased to announce that we’ve sourced the Otterbox Defender Series for the Kindle Fire HD. Here’s why the Otterbox Defender case is so good:

  • It’s protective – more protective than any other case available. The Otterbox Defender Kindle Fire HD case uses three layers of protection to keep the Fire HD looking like it’s fresh out of the box for longer. The first layer is a strong and solid polycarbonate layer which protects against bumps and drops. Layer two is a silicone skin which absorbs all shocks, especially those on the delicate corners; whilst the third and final layer is a built-in screen protector that stops the vital display of the Fire HD from becoming scratched, which could ruin your experience with the tablet.
  • It has a built in stand – great for viewing media. As the Kindle Fire HD has media at its heart, any case for the tablet needs a built-in stand to make it perfect – the Otterbox Defender has this. The stand simply pops out when you need it allowing the tablet to be docked at the most comfortable angle for typing, swiping and streaming media. Pop it back in when you’re finished and the stand is there waiting for whenever you need it.
  • All the ports are protected yet accessible – so the tablet can stay in the case. When using the Otterbox Kindle Fire HD cover all of the ports and features of the Fire HD are fully accessible so that the tablet doesn’t need to be removed from the case to be used – it’s always protected. However, even the ports of the Fire HD are protected with the Otterbox: silicone plugs are used to keep the ports covered and you just remove them when you need to access the port – it’s a great feature for if you’re using the tablet outdoors.
So what other reasons do you need to buy the Otterbox Defender case for the Kindle Fire HD?

 

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