New Logic3 headphones deliver Ferrari-inspired performance

Ferrari fans everywhere should be queuing up for the new audio collection from Logic3. Primarily featuring the famous Prancing Horse emblem on a crimson red colour scheme, the new range of earphones and headphones are sure to appeal to the petrol heads amongst you.

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Split into two different distinct collections, Ferrari and Cavallino, both ranges all deliver eye-catching design with outstanding audio quality. The iconic Ferrari badge is a guarantee of the high standard of workmanship that has gone into each item in the collection, and is everything an F1 fan could wish for. Unless, of course, you happen to that peculiar breed of Lewis Hamilton fans who hate Fernando Alonso.

The complete collection includes over-ear headphones, earphones, on-ear headphones, and price-wise range between £99 for the S100 earphones right up to £229 for the T250 headphones. The majority of products feature TFAT and noise isolating technology, and all deliver superior sound quality.

Logic3 have also announced a range of Ferrari-emblazoned speakers and Active Noise Cancelling headphones to add to the collection, which will be released in the coming weeks. Blimey. Where will it all end?

For further information, you can purchase the earphones and headphones at www.ferrari.com, Harrods Department Store or by visiting www.ferrari-by-logic3.com.

iPad 2 and the race of the third-party accessory makers

Steve Jobs had barely left the stage and my inbox began to fill with third-parties eager to give me their take on the iPad 2. Apple’s obsession with thinness has trimmed the old iPad to a shadow of its former self and left the rich ecosystem of cases and knick-knacks looking to upgrade. As with the iPad 1, Apple debuted a pretty clever case system – this time using folds and magnets to simultaneously shield and show off your new device. Third-parties will have their work cut out.

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Scosche Industries were first in my inbox:

“We take pride in consistently being one of the first accessory manufacturers to market following a new Apple product announcement,” said Kas Alves, Executive Vice President of Scosche Industries.  “This time we are taking our commitment to being a market leader to a new level by delivering all our new iPad 2 products in the same month as Apple’s announcement.”

And what did they have to show? The Scosche glosSEE p2 is a translucent, flexible rubber case for the new tablet that provides an enhanced grip and superior protection while the Scosche snapSHIELD p2 is a low profile polycarbonate case for iPad 2.  The shatterproof snapSHIELD is $29.99 and the glosSEE is  $39.99. There was also the $59.99 Scosche freeKEY, a water resistant, Bluetooth keyboard, perfect for working on the go (presumably if you are around a lot of liquids).  The silicone keyboard has a wireless range of up to 30 feet, a retractable USB cable for charging, and rolls up for easy storage.  Although as it works with all Apple Bluetooth iOS devices, sneaking it in under an iPad 2 press release is probably cheating a bit.

Logic3 were quick to email and remind me that their iPad dock range covered here works just as well with an iPad 1 as an iPad 2. Duly noted.

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However, I was most impressed with Proporta, the Brighton based manufacturer of protective gadget cases and accessories, simply as they went all out – releasing 17 new products designed specifically for the new Apple iPad 2 – 15 different protective cases ranging from £19.95 to £59.95 and two Advanced Screen Protectors. The range includes two styles of Proporta’s unique Aluminium Lined Leather Case, an eco-friendly Proporta Smart Recycled Leather Case, two exclusive Mizu flexible TPU shells, five fashion-focused cases from the Proporta Shine collection and a distinctive Maya II pouch range. Two Leather Sleeves, Profile Hard Shells, Leather Style Cases and a Black Leather Case complete Proporta’s Apple iPad 2 protective case offering.

As for our actual thoughts on the iPad 2? Well I’d be foolish to opine so strongly on a device I’d not yet touched but I retain some cautious optimism until I get one in my hands. More than most gadgets, tablets and smartphones need to be played with before you can get a decent sense of them. I’m a big fan of my iPad 1, have been underwhelmed by most (but not all) rival offerings and write most of my LG articles on it – the tiresome dictum that iPads (and tablets in general) are solely for consumption rather than creation should surely be put to bed now. An iPad that is faster, lighter and throws in a few new toys (cameras, HDMI out and gyroscopes) can’t be a bad thing. Now does anyone want to buy my old iPad?

iPodium: Oh brave new world that hath such iPad docks in it.

As anyone who attended CES and was a fan of Zoolander would tell you, tablets are so hot right now. King of the castle is clearly Apple’s iPad – although the Blackberry Playbook and Motorola Xoom are snapping at it’s heels. And just like the smartphone market, third party accessory manufacturers and app developers go where the heat is. iPod docks are almost ubiquitous – with some being harder to differentiate than others. iPad docks are however a rarer beast.

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Dipping their toes into these relatively untested waters are Logic3 – makers of the pretty cool cube alarm dock we had a look at here.

iPad docks are curious – half the cases out there add stand functionality – even the default made by Apple case has a built in stand and the default speakers are decent so the need for dedicated iPad stands is a little less obvious.

However Logic3 have gone the extra mile with the I-podium in making a device that is both cool and functional. The I-podium has a power supply so is a useful charging dock for your iPad. One bonus tick. It also has a massive boom tube in the base that beefs up the iPad’s sound system a could power a small party – one unlikely to trouble the resident’s association. Another bonus tick. And coolest of all the podium allows you to swivel your iPad between portrait and landscape rotation – cool for when you want to write (with a Bluetooth keyboard) or if you just want to show one of the many excellent “display” style apps – the Guardian photography app, Weather HD or Nightstand all spring to mind. Massive bonus tick.

Not to be outdone, Logic3 have bundled an app with the stand that includes weather, internet radio music and photography. And here is where the amazing experience falls down.  The app is optimised for the iphone and can only run on a small screen or with pixel doubling. And looks horrible as a result. Which is a tremendous shame as all other aspects of the stand are a joy to use. I’m sure this will be fixed in an upcoming update. And there are plenty of other excellent apps you can use in the meantime.

Logic3 release six iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch docks

Logic3 has decided that there aren’t enough iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch docks on the market. So they’re launching six. Six. It’s a sound policy: probability dictates that at least one will be pretty good.

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Two are devoted to the iPad – the i-Station Podium and the i-Station Base. Both have the typical dock features of playing music and charging the device. That’s where the simplicity ends, however.

The Podium has a unique rotatable dock for twisting the iPad between orientation modes. Watch movies in landscape, for example, and spin it round for music listening or e-mail browsing.  The footrest moves, too, ensuring you get the best viewing angle whatever you’re doing.

It also comes with a free downloadable app that’s got a massive amount of functionality: clock, calendar, internet radio, alarm, voice recorder, sleep, weather information, equaliser control, nature sounds and a photo album. Essentially, your iPad becomes the perfect alarm clock-beating, wake-up companion. £69.99.

The i-Station Base is the compact option. It includes the above app, as well as a remote control and a clever cable management function to allow easy iPad rotation. £59.99.

The other four devices are all for iPhone/iPod Touch. The Combo brings a CD Player to the traditional dock, as well as an FM radio alarm (you can choose to wake-up to a buzzer or your iPhone, too). There’s a big LCD for telling the time, as well as a remote for distance control. £99.99.

The SoundBar is a heavy-duty dock. It’s got a powerful 30 RMS speaker system, which includes two 2-inch mid-range drivers and two 2.8-inch sub-woofers. Basically, it’s loud and full of bass. No CD player, but you will find an FM radio and two auxiliary inputs, for plugging in a TV, PC, another MP3 player – anything audio, really. £99.99.

The i-Station26 is aimed at the space-conscious SoundBar-buyer. The two speakers are 1.8-inch mid-range drives, and a single 3-inch sub. The auxiliary has also been dropped, but otherwise the rest of the SoundBar is here. £69.99.

Finally, there’s the Lite – the small, portable one. Charge it up at home and listen to your iPhone wherever you go. You can even plug in your iPhone while the Lite charges up, powering both devices. More FM radio has been included, too £34.99.