January 5

Speck is known for its transparent cases which protect MacBook models against scrapes and scratches without hiding them from sight, but they’ve so far done nothing to guard against impact damage from knocks and falls. All this is set to change, says the company, with its new Presido Clear range of cases, which protect against falls of up to four feet.

Presidio Clear for MacBook is made with Impactium Clear, a dynamic transparent material that absorbs and disperses shock upon impact and protects MacBooks from drops up to 4 feet. Impactium Clear is co-molded into a raised edge around the perimeter of the case that also provides a secure, no-slip grip, so you’re less likely to drop your device. The case’s dual-layer, two-piece design easily clips onto the MacBook.

The first model available will be for the 13-inch MacBook Pro

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October 17, 2016

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk Storage up to 40% off, Apple Watch 42mm (1st Gen) $219, Speck iPhone 6/s Case $8, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Auxillite combines Lightning and 3.5mm ports in a slim adapter for iPhone 7

Gold Box – Monster SanDisk storage sale: 200GB MicroSD $59, 200GB Wireless $68, much more

Grab a 1st Gen. 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Gray for $219 shipped (Orig. $399)

Put a Speck CandyShell Grip Case on your iPhone 6/s for $8 or 6/s Plus for $10 Prime shipped (Reg. $20+)

Pick up Apple’s entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro for $1,030 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB is back down to $1,600 shipped (Reg. $1,999)

Apple offers 50% off top tier games on the App Store: BADLANDS 2, Monument Valley, Sword & Sworcery & many more

App Store Free App of the Week: Shadow Bug and its ninja action go free for the first time (Reg. $4)

The Apple Award winning Threes! puzzler is now available for $1 on the App Store (Reg. $3)

The Best Console Game Releases for October: Mafia 3, Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, Dark Souls 3 DLC and more

Giveaway: Mophie’s new modular Hold Force lineup gives your iPhone 7 flexibility ($220 value)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Nearly the entire Samsung SmartThings lineup is on sale: Home Monitoring Kit $200, Outlet $44, Motion Sensor $32, more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Luvvitt iPhone 7/Plus cases/screen protectors (multiple colors/styles) from $4.50 Prime shipped (Reg. $13)

Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Base Station (cert. refurb) drops to $100 at Best Buy (Orig. $199)

June 2, 2016

Review: Speck iGuy case is a must-have when kids inherit iPads

It happens all the time. Parents upgrade old iPads with new ones and lucky kids inherit magical (and expensive) tablets. But kids aren’t nearly as careful with pricey pieces of glass and somehow always messy hands. That’s what happened in our house late last year, and Speck’s iGuy case for iPad has made a world of difference.

May 11, 2016

While cases from Speck Products are known for their military-grade protection and helpful features, the aesthetics are just as important. Speck’s cases have long used high-quality materials, inks, and shades, and for 2016, the company is taking it to the next level. Since your smartphone’s case should compliment you well, Speck’s in-house design team has designed a series of new cases optimized for the latest spring and summer fashion trends this year. Below, we take a look at Speck’s latest cases with designs that will truly fit your seasonal wardrobe.

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Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover

April 4, 2016

Speck Products has unleashed a series of new, high-quality accessories for Apple’s latest line of mobile devices. For the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE, Speck has created new designs in addition to some of their most popular iPad and iPhone case designs. All of the new cases are great choices to protect your new Apple device because of their high-quality materials, snug fit, reliable engineering, cool colors, and low prices. Three of Speck’s latest offerings stand out: StyleFolio Pencil for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, CandyShell Grip for the iPhone SE, and CandyShell Clear for the iPhone SE.

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January 29, 2016

Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings results were historic in more ways than one. While Apple’s revenue during the holiday quarter was an all-time record for the company, Apple did indicate that iPhone unit sales would drop year-over-year for the first time next quarter. “We do think that iPhone units will decline in the quarter,” Cook told investors on this week’s call, though observers are quick to point out that this may not be a negative outcome. This simply raises the question: why?

Perhaps users are holding out for the iPhone 7 after the comparatively minor iPhone 6s launch was Apple’s sole-iPhone debut in 2015. Another possibility, however, is that people are holding on to their older devices longer because protective case accessories allow iPhones to last longer.

Indeed, Cook did tell investors on the call that the existing iPhone 5s “continues to do quite well” and that 60% of active iPhone users are using models older than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which were launched in the fall of 2014. That means that only 40% of iPhone users are working with the latest form-factor found with the 6 and 6s lines.

With all that in mind, cases such as its the CandyShell Clear from Speck Products contribute to older models lasting longer, giving consumers a way to stretch their dollars until their next upgrade. Speck created a case packed with protective features and a slim design to help consumers get the most out of their iPhone. The following are the features of the CandyShell Clear that help it stand out from the competition:

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January 5, 2016

Speck today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has taken the wraps off of its foray into the virtual reality market. The popular accessory maker has unveiled the Pocket VR viewer, which features a collapsible design and is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

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September 22, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard $40, Brother Printer w/ AirPrint $48, Speck iPhone 6/6s case $14, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

The best USB car charger (Aukey 4 port/48W) is just $7 Prime shipped, Lumsing 6000mAh Power bank: $10

Logitech mice, keyboards, speakers up to 50% off: Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac $40, Bluetooth mouse $22, more

Brother AirPrint All-in-One InkJet Color Printer: $48 shipped (Reg. $80+)

Wrap your new iPhone 6s with Speck’s CandyShell Grip case for $14 shipped (Reg. $25+), more

Amazon teases one day sale that’ll discount Prime memberships down to just $67

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi up to $150 off (all colors): 16GB $349, 64GB $449, 128GB $549 (Reg. up to $699)

Giveaway: This is Ground’s Mod Laptop 2 is a road warrior’s dream bag, up to $499 value

More new gear from today:

Grand Theft Auto iOS titles $3 ea: Chinatown Wars, Vice City and GTA III (Reg. $5 ea.)

More deals still alive:

LG 49-inch 60Hz Smart 4K UHDTV: $550 shipped (Reg. $800+)

The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle: 15 solid Apps including MacBooster 2, Disk Drill Pro & More $25 (Orig. $564)

MacUpdate Bundle: 10 apps including Toast 14, DevonThink, ExpanDrive, Boom, iMazing and more for $50

New products & more:

Infento’s Constructible Rides are a K’NEX-like bicycle system that grows with your kid

The Makerarm 3D prints, laser engraves, and even assembles your electronics

September 10, 2015

With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus debuting next week, it’s important to start thinking about how to make sure your new phone is protected as soon as you get it. At some point, you’ll probably want to resell your phone for top dollar to upgrade to the iPhone 7s, and getting the best price will require your device to be in like-new condition. The smartest way to protect your iPhone is with the updated Speck CandyShell series or new MightyShell line. “Designed for Impact” and available in all-new styles, Speck’s CandyShell cases have a perfect combination of great looks, protection, and accessory compatibility for your new iPhone.

We’ve checked out Speck’s all-new CandyShell series for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and the cases are certainly impressive. Each one-piece case is made with two bonded layers — one soft, one hard — together creating a snug fit and incredibly easy installation. But unlike competitors, the CandyShell cases have almost no bulk, keeping your iPhone nearly as thin as they’d be without cases. And the latest clear CandyShell lets you see your iPhone 6s/6s Plus’s colors through an all-new design, available for the first time for both 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone sizes. Below, you’ll get a first look at some brand new CandyShell and MightyShell versions at great prices, available to order today…

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August 7, 2015

While I wasn’t immediately convinced of the need to ever hide a beautiful Apple Watch under an arguably unattractive protective case, seeing my wife’s experience accidentally damaging the sapphire display solidified my spot in Apple Watch Case Camp in some contexts.

Because Apple Watch materials — aluminum, stainless steel, gold, Ion-X glass, and sapphire glass — are strong but not entirely resistant to scuffs, scratches, shatters, and all the same ailments that strike our iPhones in normal use, it makes sense that accessory makers want to apply the same formula used to produce iPhone cases when making protective solutions for Apple Watch.

But Apple Watch has to look good, so does porting that same formula actually work? That’s the question I’ll tackle with my hands-on experience with Speck’s $29 CandyShell Fit hard shell case for Apple Watch. expand full story

April 15, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Speck iPhone 6 cases from $19, 2015 MacBook Air deals, GoPro HERO4 Silver $329, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Amazon Gold Box: 50+% off Speck cases for iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air starting under $19 Prime shipped

iOttie Easy View iPhone 6 windshield car mount $10 Prime shipped (Orig. $23), more

2015 MacBook Air 11 & 13-inch models from $829 w/ free add-ons and discounts

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest version) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera $329 shipped (Reg. $400)

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in Gold or Space Gray $600 shipped ($99 off)

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Space Gray $529 shipped (Orig. $929)

Apple AirPort Express Wireless Router w/ AirPlay and Wireless Printing $79 or refurbished $65 (Reg. $99)

Review: SOL REPUBLIC’s Shadow wireless headphones w/ Bluetooth 4.0 offer an upgraded audio experience, $100 giveaway

More new gear from today:

Stream the entire first season of Orphan Black on Amazon for free without a Prime membership

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Over-Ear Headphones w/ Hard Case $135 shipped ($200 value)

More deals still alive:

Choice of 2 rugged, highly-rated Bluetooth speakers from Lumsing: $19 Prime Shipped

Fleksy customizable keyboard app w/ GIF support goes free for iOS (Reg. $1)

New products & more:

Guitar Hero returns w/ new gameplay modes and a refreshed controller, pre-order today

February 26, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Printer Pro for iOS goes free, Speck 50% off sitewide, iPad Air 2 $99 off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Readdle’s wireless printing app Printer Pro goes free on iOS for the first time (Reg. $7)

Speck 50% off sitewide sale: MacBook cases starting at $25, iPhone 6/Plus cases from $17, more

64GB iPad Air 2 $500 shipped or 16GB for $400 shipped ($99 off)

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

Small States: Etwas builds timeless bags with legacy and heirloom design in mind – giveaway worth $380

More new gear from today:

Jabra Solemate Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ NFC in black $60 shipped (Reg. $95+)

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

February 17, 2015

I prefer to start iPhone case reviews with a photo showing the iPhone within a case, so you can immediately see how your device would look inside. For Speck’s new iPhone 6 Plus versions of the super-popular CandyShell, I’m doing something different, because the magic here is hidden inside the case. CandyShell’s one-piece, co-molded design — textured rubber inside with hard plastic outside — has been copied (and admired within the accessory industry) more than almost any case feature in the past five years. With military-grade drop protection and the ability to absorb scratches, CandyShells are the cases I’ve historically used to keep all of my personal iPhones in perfect shape, and I’ve loved them.

That changed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Until now, Speck didn’t have a plain old version of CandyShell available, so I switched over to Incipio’s thicker, steel-pinned Trestle. But Speck has just released CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6 Plus ($45, available for $37 and up based on color), joining the earlier CandyShell Grip for iPhone 6 Plus ($33 to $40, also color-dependent). Unlike the standard CandyShell, which still hasn’t been released for the iPhone 6 Plus, both of these cases are visually intense: Inked is offered in a handful of multi-colored versions, while the two-toned Grip adds extra rubber ridges to the back. If you’re looking for a super-protective and distinctive-looking case, one of these CandyShells should be at the top of your list.

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December 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Speck iPhone 6/Plus cases 50% off, PlayStation 4 $329, Retina MacBook Pro $550 off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Speck CandyShell iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple colors/styles from $17 Prime shipped (50% off)

PlayStation 4 hits all-time price low of $329 in Walmart last-minute gift sale

  • Add-on! Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked Membership, get 20% off all video games for 2-years: $30 shipped (70% off)

13″ Retina MacBook Pro 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (late 2013) $1,449 (orig. $1,999)

Holiday Gift Guides:

More new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promos/info:

November 10, 2014

With every new model of the iPhone, Speck has hit the market with a new version of the famed CandyShell case. These three models of the CandyShell—including the CandyShell, CandyShell Inked, and CandyShell Card—follow that tradition, and they do a great job of providing some standard protection for your new iOS device.

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June 23, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Speck MacBook cases $24, Seagate Slim 1TB portable HDD $55, Logitech iPad Air KB case $35, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Apple deals:

Kindle Tablets (certified refurb):  Kindle e-Reader $45 (Reg. $59), 16GB 8.9″ Fire HD $139 (Reg. $199)

Apple iPad mini Smart Cover (multiple colors) as low as $17 from Best Buy (58% off)

Mac $400 Bundle for $10: Fantastical, Gemini, Flux 4, PathFinder 6, Tunes cleaner, DVD Ripper, more

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promotions:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

April 15, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: SquareTrade protection plans 40% off, Speck/Incase accessories, Kingston memory products, more

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This weekend’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Save 40% on SquareTrade protection plans for smartphones, tablets, and more

Speck and Incase Apple accessories up to 90% off

Up to 65% Off Select Kingston Memory Cards and USB Drives

Wacom Intuos Creative iPad Stylus w/ Bluetooth $70 shipped (Reg. $100)

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS/Android Flash Drive: 64GB $80 (Reg. $100)/32GB $50 (Reg. $60)

Other deals from today:

More deals still alive:

New products/useful info:

Microsoft/Google/Android:

November 13, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: 3TB Apple Time Capsule $360, Speck iPad case giveaway, Anker 5-port USB charger $16, Black Friday, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Time Capsule 3TB (newest version) 802.11ac wireless router $360 shipped (Reg. $399), 2TB $289

Giveaway: Speck FitFolio iPad protective cover and adjustable stand

Anker 5-port Family iPad/tablet/Phone USB charger: $16 shipped

Best Buy & Walmart Black Friday ads bring the year’s best Apple deals

Other great deals from today:

The best deals that are still alive:

Black Friday:

New product announcements & reviews:

March 15, 2011

As if yellow tinting wasn’t enough, some early adopters are reporting dead pixels on their brand new iPad 2 and other spooky stories. Matt is our north Texas reader and he sent this in:

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August 28, 2010

A few weeks back we reviewed Speck’s PixelSkin for the iPhone 4, and much of that review still stands strong for the PixelSkin HD. Right of the bat, the PixelSkin HD is my go-to case as it offers great protection, usability, portability and design. The PixelSkin HD is thinner then the standard PixelSkin yet the protection it offers is very similar. Your iPhone 4 is protected at all corners with this touch-silicon case.

The volume rocker is protected by the case, yet is still fully functional. The silent/ringer switch is accessible and won’t be affected by drops and knocks. The same goes for the top noise-suppressing microphone and the earphone jack. The sleep/wake button is fully protected like the volume rocker and the 30 pin dock connector is fully usable with any cable. The iPhone ear-piece and front facing camera are fully open so you won’t run into any communication issues.

The back camera and LED flash are also open and you should not experience any of those LED flash issues that some other cases create. In terms of camera/LED flash and screen protection, this case does a great job without covering those functions. The case extends higher than the screen, camera, and LED flash to when hit, dropped, or knocked into, it won’t be affected. This ensures that screen shattering and camera breakage are less likely to occur.

Speck’s PixelSkin HD is a fantastic case and is surely one of the best on the market. It has a great design and offers fantastic protection for your iPhone 4. It also does this at a great price and the lowest we found for you is just around $22 and you can get that here.

We would also like to thank Speck for sponsoring our iPad case of your choice giveaway on Twitter. The contest ends at 10 PM EST. tonight and all you need to do is follow @9to5mac and RT this tweet. We also would like to congratulate reader, Noah D. on winning yesterday and we can’t wait to find out who wins tonight and tomorrow night!

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