Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset

Bought the Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset from Apple’s West 14th Street Store in Manhattan for USD$116.96 and after 8.875% tax, it comes out to USD$127.34 (SGD$161.50). The usual price is USD$129.95 but Bose in USA is giving a 10% discount during the holiday period. With the 10% discount, it is about SGD$37 cheaper when you compared it to the official retail price of SGD$199 in Singapore.

I am pretty impressed with the Bose MIE2i, it sounded better than Klipsch Image S4i II with regards to clarity and bass and from a non-audiophile point of view, the sound quality is on-par with the Klipsch Image X10.

The Bose MIE2i took a different approach when it comes to in-ear earphones. They called it the StayHear tips which instead of putting the earbuds in your ear canal, the earbuds just rest on your ear. Of course by just resting on the ears, it does not isolate outside noises. I find it very comfortable and it doesn’t fall out from your ears easily when moving around as compared to the Klipsch Image S4i II or the Image X10.

The carrying pouch looks a bit bulky because it is meant to hold your mobile phone (without case) as well.

The box content includes the MIE2i In-ear headphones, 3 pairs of StayHear tips (S, M, L), a carrying case and clothing clip.

Features

  • Tonally balanced sound with crisp highs and deep low notes
  • StayHear ear tips remain comfortably and securely in place
  • Durable construction designed for the rigors of on-the-go listening
  • A variety of options for enjoying music and making calls

Box Contents

  • 1x MIE2i In-ear Headphones
  • 3x Pairs of StayHear tips (S, M, L)
  • 1x Carrying Case
  • 1x Clothing Clip

Bose MIE2i - Box Front
Bose MIE2i – Box Front

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Bose MIE2i – Box Back

Bose MIE2i - Box
Bose MIE2i – Box

Bose MIE2i - Box Contents
Bose MIE2i – Box Contents

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Victorinox Swiss Army Slim USB 2.0 Flash Drive (32GB)

· · · Storage

I bought the Victorinox Swiss Army Slim 2.0 USB Flash Drive (32GB) when I visited the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets because I got nothing else to buy from there because I am not that into branded stuff.

It costs USD$19.99 and after a 8.25% tax, it cost USD$22 (SGD$28) which is pretty cheap, considering Amazon is selling for USD$38.99.

The Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive feels sturdy and looks durable, lets hope it is the case. The flash drive itself can be detached from the casing.

Since this flash drive is small, it shall be attached to my keychain like what I did for my Kero – Micro USB Nomad Cable and Kero – Lightning Nomad Cable.

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive - Packaging Front
Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive – Packaging Front

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Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive – Packaging Back

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive - Packaging
Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive – Packaging

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive - Front
Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive – Front

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)

· · · Apple, Cable

Apple’s first Lightning to USB Cable was 1 meter in length when it was first launched in September 2012.

In February 2013, Apple released a shorter variant of it which halved that length and again in September 2013, Apple released a longer variant of it which is twice the length.

The 0.5m & 1m Lightning to USB Cables are retailing for the same price of SGD$28 while the 2m one is retailing for SGD$42. I wonder why Apple can’t sell the 0.5m Lightning to USB Cable at a slightly cheaper price than SGD$28.

I got the Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) also from the Apple’s Fifth Avenue store for USD$19 and after a 8.875% tax, it came up to USD$20.69 (SGD$26.33) which is about the same price as you get it from Singapore.

Personally, I prefer the 0.5m variant because it is shorter and is perfect to be brought out alongside with your portable battery charger.

When I was in the US, I have my iPhone 5s in my jeans pocket and my portable battery charger in my coat pocket and the 1m Lightning to USB Cable was just dangling out in between the 2 pockets. You can keep the tangling cable in the pocket but because I used my phone very often to check for direction on Google Maps, it is easier to leave it tangling rather than keeping the cable in and out of the pocket.

If you are using a charging station like the Griffin PowerDock 5 at home or in the office, the 1m cable will be too long and it will look messy if you have 3 or 4 of them together. The 0.5m Apple Lightning to USB Cable will be a better fit.

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box Front
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Front

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Back

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box Contents
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Contents

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)

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EverDock

EverDock was a Kickstarter project which got funded successfully on the 17th October 2013 after raising USD$452,457 despite their initial goal was only USD$50,000.

What is EverDock?

Stunning aluminum design. Single or dual dock. Works with Lightning, 30-pin, micro-USB. iPhone 5S,5C,5,4, iPad, iPad mini, Samsung, HTC

I backed the project on the 15th October 2013 for the USD$128 level:

Get the EverDock Duo Two-Pack bead blasted and anodized in your choice of Silver, Space Gray, or Gold. Includes 2 EverDock Duos with silicone protector, 4 micro-USB cables, and 6 cable adapters. Huge $50 savings from retail price of $178.

Shipping is by Fedex and it cost only USD$20! It got shipped on the 20th December 2013 and I got it on the 23rd December 2013! Including shipping, I paid USD$148 (SGD$188.33) for 2 sets of EverDock Duo (1 for my brother).

There are two versions of EverDock as stated above, the EverDock Single and EverDock Duo. I bought the EverDock Duo because I have two phones and I have not seen a dock that allows you to dock two phones yet.

In the office, I am using the Elevation Dock to dock just my iPhone 5s while leaving my HTC One on the table. With the EverDock Duo, I can dock both my iPhone 5s and HTC One!

Because I am using case on both my iPhone 5s and HTC One, the included silicone protectors would not fit, so I have to use without it. Without the silicone protectors, there is no base and your phone is basically resting on the cable head and hence it is a little wobbly! I hope the new thinner silicone protectors will solve the problem.

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box Open
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box Open

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box Contents
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box Contents

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Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown)

Bought the Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown) from the Apple’s Fifth Avenue store because I have to get something from that iconic flagship store! It is just slightly cheaper than Singapore if you pay by cash. Over there, it is retailing for USD$39 + USD$3.46 (NYC 8.875% tax) = USD$42.46 (SGD$54), whereas in Singapore it is retailing for SGD$58.

I got the brown to match my Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)!

Heard from my friend that it gets easily dirty/seasoned and that is why Apple did state “This case is made from natural aniline leather. Its appearance will change as you use it.” at the back of the box. Let’s see how it goes!

Apple iPhone 5s Case - Box Front
Apple iPhone 5s Case – Box Front

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Box Back

Apple iPhone 5s Case - Front
Apple iPhone 5s Case – Front

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Back

Apple iPhone 5s Case
Apple iPhone 5s Case

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