I’ve had a cell phone/smartphone for… well who knows how long now but one thing remains true: a good companion to a good phone is a good accessory. Whether that’s a case, a Bluetooth headset, or maybe a car mount, accessories are an integral part of the mobile phone experience and I think I may have just found my new favourite accessory. Meet the Caseco Core 360° the “World’s Smallest Universal Magnetic Mount.”
The mount really is quite ingenious in its simplicity and its compact form factor. The kit consists of a small magnetic mount that attaches to your car and a small silver ring (about the size of a quarter) that attaches to your phone or case. Both the mount and the ring feature adhesive from 3M so you shouldn’t have to worry about residual residue if/when your remove either piece. You also get a second ring for a secondary device and a second adhesive pad for the mount just in case you need to reapply it down the road.
Set up is incredibly simple. Attach the mount to your car wherever you deem best, attach the ring to your phone or case (it’s probably best to place it in the center of the device to balance it) and your done! Now when you enter your car, simply line up the silver ring to the mount and let the magnet grab onto your phone! When you’re ready to hop out of your car, easily grab your phone and go. Easy peasy!
The magnet is strong enough to keep your phone in place while driving but not so strong that it’ll damage your device in any way. The mount also features a 360° hinge so you can rotate and twist your device whichever way you need. I did find the hinge to be a tad on the stiff side and would accidentally pull my phone off while trying to rotate and twist but I suppose its better that it be a little stiff than too loose.
In all honesty, this is thee best mobile accessory I have ever used and by far the best car mount I’ve had (and I’ve gone through my fair share of them). I love the compact size and its simple yet brilliant design but, like all things, there are a couple of draw backs.
If you so choose to apply the silver ring directly to the phone then using a case becomes a little bit challenging. While many cases would likely still fit with the ring attached, you would have to remove your case each time you hopped into your car and throw it back on when you’re getting out. Not a huge nuisance but an extra step nonetheless. Now if you place the ring directly onto the case then, well, you’re kind of stuck with that case. You do get two rings in the box but if you swap cases often, you may run into some problems. You can purchase additional adhesive pads from Caseco for $6.99 (that get’s you two more ring adhesives and two mount adhesives) but then that’s just more money you’re having to invest. Speaking of money, the $44.99 price tag for the Core 360° is a tad on the high side for a car mount but after using it and loving it, it’s a price I’d be willing to pay.
***Core360 is now $39.99 Adhesive set is $5.99
Caseco Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie provides warmth and music on cold winter nights.
I love music. I try to take some with me everywhere I go, and it’s actually kind of rare that you don’t see me with headphones on in some form. This is the one time of year this lifestyle sort of falls short – the winter. In my part of the world, when it gets cold – it gets really cold. So, it’s hard to go out and about without covering my ears and head. Fortunately, Caseco designs a form of Bluetooth headphones that are safely concealed inside a sock hat-beanie. Honestly, when I got the chance to review it I thought, “Review a beanie…what?” Then I found it was no ordinary beanie.
Caseco makes products that are ‘designed for life’ and made to ‘fit your lifestyle and meet the demands of your busy workday.’ And as such, they have an entire line of Bluetooth Beanies available to keep you enjoying your music, while also keeping your head and ears warm. Caseco has a unique way of delivering music to you with their built-in earphones, Bluetooth technology, and even a microphone so you can accept phone calls without removing the hat. The electronics are completely removable so that you can clean the fabric of the hat without damaging the unique nature of the Bluetooth Beanie.
Caseco actually has more than 60 styles of Bluetooth Beanies. I tested the Relaxed Chunky Cuff Blu-Toque beanie in gray. The style is very sleek and smooth, and looks like a standard beanie. The Blu-Toque beanie is universal and works with any Bluetooth device – not just your phone. The knit is made from a synthetic wool and certainly keeps you warm. The beanie charges in about 2 hours and gives you approximately 6 hours of music time.
The Blu-Toque beanie has really been a great addition to my winter weather gear this season. It connected to my phone easily and provided a excellent sound. The one thing I don’t like about this Bluetooth beanie is the cable that connects the two speakers together inside the hat. The cable is supposed to be hidden under the fold of the beanie and you can easily keep it hidden by keeping the cable under the flap, but this limits how stretchable the beanie is on your mind cap. So I’ve found, and maybe this is how it’s suppose to be, that if you pull the cable out and let it hang freely, not hidden, then you can stretch the fabric and adjust the beanie as you need. The downside there is that now the cable is visible. To me, it’s not a deal breaker though.
The Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie is a very nice option for listening to music on the go in the cold. It’s got a premium sound and does a great job keeping your head and ears warm.