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Make your Siri Remote a Survivor

November 3rd, 2015

Apple has recently launched gaming on the Apple TV, and with it, the possibility of accidentally hurling your Siri Remote across the room has increased exponentially.

In fact, problems have already started arising. In this Reddit post, user right2pandaarms complains that a two foot drop from the sofa arm completely smashed his Siri Remote, leaving it looking like this:

Siri remote completely smashed

Credit: /u/right2pandaarms

And that’s before someone started trying to play Guitar Hero with the Siri Remote.

Now, I’m not sure about you, but I expect my TV remotes to take something of a bashing. They’re constantly slipping off the sofa arm, getting lost under tables, or hiding under the cushions. The amount of times the back has come flying off, or the batteries have fallen out are innumerable. TV remotes are everyday items, and it’s weird to not expect them to be able to take one for the team every now and again.

With that said, a similar argument could be applied to the current generation of smartphones. They’re everyday items, but we treat them with tender loving care; we gasp when they fall, we hunt endlessly for them when they’re lost, and we lovingly slip them inside a bag of rice when they’re wet. Or something like that.

My point is, isn’t it time we started treating TV remotes with a little more care? Especially something as revolutionary as the Siri Remote. That’s why we here at GearZap are happy to have the Griffin Survivor Play Non-Slip Case for the Siri Remote available for pre-order!

Griffin Survivor Play Non-Slip Case for the Siri Remote

Griffin’s Survivor range are well known for being able to take a blow, and they’re a popular choice for all the latest devices. From the Surface Pro 4 to the iPad Air 2, the Survivor range has offered incredible impact resistance combined with a fearsome non-slip surface to aid grip. And now, they’ve turned their pedigree gaze on the Siri Remote, offering a premium silicone case perfectly moulded to fit the contours of the Siri Remote. Added cushioning protects the most vulnerable edges and corners of the remote, and turns the Siri Remote from the accident you saw above, to something truly… smashing.

Have you bought, or are thinking of buying an Apple TV? You really can’t go wrong with getting Griffin to protect your Siri Remote.

Surface Pro 4 cases from Urban Armor Gear

November 2nd, 2015

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a wonderful machine. It has all the power of a laptop, with the versatility of a tablet, and the cutting edge technology to back it all up. Whether you need it to be an easily transported and easily used tablet, or to use it as a mobile work station with the Microsoft Type Cover, the Surface Pro 4 has you covered.

And because it has you covered, it’s tremendously important to keep your Surface Pro 4 covered. The Surface Pro 4 is a beautiful machine, but it’s hard to keep anything look as pristine as the day it came out of the box. The Surface Pro 4 is not a fragile device, but accidents happen; edges get dented, sleek surfaces accumulates scratches, and – heavens forbid! – screens can smash.

Urban Armor gear Surface Pro 4 case from the front

Sure, every tiger earns its stripes, but that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise the elegant style of your Surface Pro 4.

That’s why we’re happy to introduce the Urban Armor Gear range of protective cases for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, available as the “Scout” (black), the “Acolyte” (blue), and the “Rogue” (red). When paired with the Microsoft Type Cover keyboard, this range of rugged cases is drop tested to military standards and designed to keep your precious Surface Pro 4 as safe as possible, without altering the all-important usability of your device.

The Urban Armor gear Surface Pro 4 cases are tested to military standards

This amazing protection comes in many forms; a soft inner core absorbs the destructive forces of impacts and drops, the force being dissipated through the material, while the outer armour is coated with a material known as “Frogskin” – specially formulated to provide a non-slip, easily grippable material that gives you the purchase you need to use your Surface Pro 4 one handed as a tablet, or to allow it to hold onto a fold down desk during a bumpy train ride, or airplane turbulence. The construction of the case itself even contributes to the overall sturdiness, the case being formed in a way that specifically adds structural aid to the design of the Surface Pro 4.

The Urban Armor gear Surface Pro 4 case protects your screen

But what use is a case if it impinges your use of the device? Urban Armor Gear have clearly worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen with their cases – all of the Urban Armor Gear Surface Pro 4 cases come with an inbuilt aluminium stand that replaces the standard stand of the Surface Pro 4 and supports a variety of viewing positions, including a portrait viewing option – easily the most easily overlooked, yet vital, options available for the Surface Pro 4.

The Urban Armor gear Surface Pro 4 case from the back

The Surface Pen also has its own specialised storage on the Urban Armor Gear cases, and even come with magnetic holder capabilities, giving you the option to quickly pack up and go – vital in a world where a few seconds of scrabbling can lead to a missed train, or being late for an engagement. The buttons gain their own protection, with the material of the case moulded to form a perfect seal over them, offering important protection while still giving the usability that you need. The ports and audio capabilities are similarly unaffected, providing the same use as if the case wasn’t attached.

It’s important that accessories add to your experience, without taking anything away. And the Urban Armor Gear range of hard protective cases for the Surface Pro 4 offers just that – amazing protection for the most important parts of your Surface Pro 4, without restricting the use of your device in any way. Buy it, fit it, and forget about it. Urban Armor Gear’s hard cases will armour your Surface Pro 4 against the worst that life can throw at it. And you’ll probably be glad you did.

The Urban Armor gear Surface Pro 4 case stands in portrait orientation

We have our full range of Surface Pro 4 cases available, and you can check out some of our other Surface Pro 4 accessories while you’re at it for our amazing speakers, bags, and more.


Introducing the Moshi iGlaze Range

October 14th, 2015

With MacBooks becoming ever popular amongst consumers, a top priority for them is protecting their MacBook. Consumers are also leading very busy lifestyles and are constantly on the go, often taking their MacBooks with them on the busy commute to work or university or anywhere else they may find themselves going. With this in mind, questions which are constantly occurring with consumers are which case should I choose for my MacBook, will it actually protect it and does it look good whilst doing so?


Well the new iGlaze range from Moshi may answer these questions. Moshi have clearly understood the needs of MacBook consumers by introducing a range of high quality cases for the MacBook 12″, MacBook Air 11″ and 13″ and the MacBook Pro Retina 13″ and 15″.

With protection in mind the iGlaze range has been designed by being precision-tooled from a light-weight poly-carbonate into a two part case which clips onto the top and bottom of the MacBook, ensuring full protection from scratches and drops, without adding extra weight.


The case also comes with a specialised coating which resists scratches, further ensuring that scratches are harder to come by when left in your bag with the likes of house keys, pens or any other things your MacBook may come in contact with.

Another key feature of the iGlaze range are the four non-slip feet which raise the MacBook for improved ventilation. This is an important feature, as any electronic device requires cooling and so the raised feet on the the iGlaze range allows air to circulate beneath and as a result improves cooling and performance of your MacBook. Additionally the non-slip nature of the raised feet, makes sure your MacBook will not slip away on any surface you find yourself placing it on.

55561-eThe final feature of the iGlaze range is that all ports of your MacBook are easily accessible, due to the precision-tooled design. This allows for connecting the MagSafe charger and accessing any other ports (USB, HDMI etc.) without removing your case.


Available in clear, gold and black, the iGlaze range is the perfect case to allow the Apple logo to shine through, due to its simple, yet effective design.


See our whole range of Moshi iGlaze MacBook cases here.

What MacBook do I have? – The Quick Guide to Identifying your Mac!

September 24th, 2015

A MacBook is a precious thing; a small, sleek machine that’s reliable, fast, and supremely useful.  You might have scrimped and saved for one, or you might have gotten one as an amazing present. But regardless of how you got your MacBook – whether it be a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro Retina – there’s one thing that’s certain. You love your MacBook, and now you want to protect it with a case, sleeve, or bag that’ll shield it from the knocks, bumps, and scratches that come along with life.

But there’s only one problem. Which type of MacBook do I have? MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina… the types seem endless. And that’s before you factor in the year it was made, or, God forbid, the screen size.

Sometimes you can go back to the original documentation you had from when you first bought your MacBook. But who keeps that stuff? I know I don’t. And if you’re one of those people – congratulations! You don’t need me, and you don’t need this guide. You can go straight ahead to our MacBook Accessories section and start shopping – see you at the checkout!

…is he gone? Good. I never liked that guy.

So, if you’re still here, you need help. And there’s no shame in it! As we’ve already covered, your MacBook is a precious but enigmatic figure – you use it every day, but you might not necessarily know what makes it “tick”. But there comes a time when you need to know – and shopping for a bespoke case, sleeve, or cover is one of those times. So let me lift that great curtain for you, and let me show you what you need to know.

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SuperSpot FreeMe PS4 Bluetooth Headset Dongle

August 20th, 2015

Playing online against friends and family, that’s one of the beautiful features of the PlayStation 4, however, playing online against them without talking to them at the same time? What would be the point.

One of my favourite pass-times is playing Fifa 15 against friends and family, beating them and then spending the next half an hour mocking them about the scoreline until they decide they want to go again. However, one of the disappointing features of the PS4 is the included headset which you get with the console. Sure, it’s free so you can’t really complain about it, but with it’s one earpiece and lack of freedom (especially if you’ve got your controlled on charge) you’re restricted to where you can go or how you hold the microphone.


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iPhone 6S release date leaked

August 19th, 2015

As the month creeps along, more and more details about the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are released. And now that the release date has been earmarked at the 18th of September, you might start to understand why.

The legend surrounding the worst kept secret in mobile phones continues, as leaked internal memos from Japanese site ITHome and German tech site Macerkopf place the date of release on the 18th of September, 2015, making the release of the 6S and the 6S Plus almost exactly a year after the iPhone 6. These dates mesh perfectly with the dates put forward in leaked UK Vodafone memos, so it’s pretty likely that this is the great “chiseled in stone” release date we’ve all been looking for.


The original leaked pictures of the iPhone 6S.

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iPhone 6S pictures leaked?

August 3rd, 2015

It’s coming to that time of the year again – new iPhone time!

September has traditionally been the time of the year that Apple chooses to release the latest iPhone model, and so it comes as no real surprise to be greeted with these pictures of a suspected iPhone 6S.

front and back view of the suspected iPhone 6S


At this point, speculation is rife about the identity of the iPhone model, although (as you may have guessed from the earlier paragraph) our money is on it being the 6S. It’s too early for it to be the iPhone 7, and an ‘S’ version of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus would make sense, from a traditional point of view.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

July 28th, 2015

It’s only been a handful of days since Samsung unveiled their latest addition to their premiere Galaxy tab range, but the August release date for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is already around the corner. And I can’t wait to see it arrive.

It’s clear that Samsung have gone all out with the new Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, because it’s an absolute powerhouse. In a massive step up from what we’ve previously seen from Samsung, and with the new 9.7  packing Samsung’s Exynos 5433 processor – essentially two processors stuck together to create a very impressive eight-core processor – it’s likely to be a very powerful beast indeed. The practical upshot of all this technical mumbo-jumbo? It’s going to be fast. Very fast. And it will also support switching between various apps, with each of the different eight cores being able to take the load off of the others. The 3GB of RAM also helps, and this means that pretty much regardless of your lifestyle, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is going to be able to handle anything you throw at it.

Front and back view of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

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Top 5 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Cases

July 16th, 2015

One question which I constantly find myself answering is “which case works best with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3?” and the reason for this is there’s some many cool features with regards to the hybrid tablet that a simple sleeve case won’t do the device justice.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Cases

The best Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Cases

Although we do sell some nice sleeves for the Surface we find that the cases are where people tend to spend their time browsing and asking questions with regards to the cases compatibility with the Surface’s features such as the stand and the stylus. For this reason I decided to create a quick run-down of what I consider to be the top Microsoft Surface Pro 3 cases and here they are :-

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Check out these custom MacBook lids by Uncover

July 3rd, 2015

We’re big fans of the MacBook here at GearZap, and so when we discovered this cool new customisation service we had to share it with you. It’s called Uncover, and it’s a way of replacing the backlit Apple logo on the lid of your Mac with custom artwork. That could be a subtle take on the original, a complete replacement with a different logo, or a full-scale replacement and engraving.

Whichever you choose, you’ll end up with a MacBook that stands out from the crowd. The process is fairly simple from your end – just upload your design or ideas, and a designer at Uncover will work with you to get to a final design. From here, you send in your MacBook or order a new one through the service, and a week or two later you’ll get your MacBook with its new design. It’s also possible to rush production for a bit extra, in which case you could see a turnaround of only a few days.

Screenshot 2015-07-03 12.37.16

For the talented designers and engineers at Uncover, it’s a bit complicated. Once a good-looking and practical design is agreed upon, they have to form the plexiglass that will let the backlight through. Then, it’s time to gently remove the lid from the screen, and laser cut in the new design. Finally, the semi-translucent plexiglass and aluminium are married together, and reinstalled onto the MacBook. The process takes many hours and a range of expertises, so it’s not surprising that Uncover are the only company to offer this kind of service in Europe.

Prices for the Uncover service start at €399 for a simple design, €499 for a more complex design and an extra fee of €99 for additional engraving. You can also rush the process for €150. It’s a fairly high fee, but it seems justified given what the company is able to accomplish.

You can check out the Uncover site here. Be sure to let us know what you think too!