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Computerized Investing > September 2010

Agent 18 StandHear Travel Stand

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Over the last several months that I have been providing these product reviews, I am usually on the lookout for gadgets with some “wow” factor. It seems that these days, gadget makers are constantly trying to out do each other in terms of offering the latest bleeding-edge technology. It seems rare these days to find a piece of technology that grips us for its utter simplicity. Fortunately, I was fortunate enough to run across just that with the Agent 18 StandHear travel stand. Agent 18 is perhaps best known for its cases for Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads. This unassuming little device can make a train or plane ride much more enjoyable by allowing hands-free viewing of video and audio sharing from your iPhone, iPod, Blackberry Storm, or Palm Pre.

Very Small, Highly Functional

The StandHear is roughly 3” square, a half-inch thick, and weighs less than three ounces, making it very easy to pack for a trip. Flip open the StandHear and you have the backrest for propping up your handheld device for hands-free viewing of video or documents. The “kick-stand” allows you to adjust the angle for optimal viewing.

The StandHear also has a built-in headphone splitter, which allows you to share your favorite movie with a friend without disturbing those around you. Even better, the splitter offers true-stereo sound to both listeners.

Once you are done, simply fold up the StandHear and it fits in your pocket, purse, or carry-on.

At $24.95, the StandHear is a worthwhile travel accessory. If I had one complaint, it is not big enough to handle my iPad. However, I have a feeling that we will be seeing an iPad version in the future.

Agent 18 StandHear Travel Stand

www.agent18.com

$24.95

Pros:

  • Small enough to carry in your pocket
  • Provide hands-free viewing of a variety of hand-held devices
  • Built-in headphone splitter provide stereo sound to both listeners

Cons:

  • Not big enough to accommodate an iPad

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is the author of “Gadget Corner.” All reviews are based on firsthand experience of the product or service. No third-party compensation is received for opinions on products, services, websites or topics. However, sometimes the author is not required by the manufacturer or their PR firm to return the product under review. In such instances, it is our policy to convey this within the review. The views and opinions expressed in these reviews are strictly those of the author. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @WayneTAAII.


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