Modular accessories systems: in the words of Mugatu, they’re so hot right now. Apple’s new MagSafe system on the iPhone 12 makes it magnetically compatible with cases and mounts, and fancy bag vendor Peak Design is working on a similar mounting platform with ceramic hardware. Now Mophie (a subsidiary of Zagg) is releasing its own modular mounting accessories.
Razer is, arguably, one of the most bombastic brands out there. It’s the originator of the “gamer” aesthetic, due in no small part to its extreme branding stretching back to its founding in the late ’90s. And a big part of that branding is in its names.
On the heels of Apple’s latest event announcing the new iPhone 12 models, phone accessory brand PopSockets promises it will create PopSockets using Apple’s MagSafe technology. The fun accessory makes it easier to hold and use your smartphone, and add a splash of personality to it.
SteelSeries makes some of the best-regarded gaming headsets around, and the company is preparing a line for the new Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5. While older headsets should work fine, the new wireless Arctis 7 series is definitely worth a look if you want something new. It comes in 7X and 7P flavors, for Xbox and PlayStation respectively, for $150.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is well-regarded for its high-quality hardware in a good looking package. But at a starting price of $1,000, it’s relatively expensive. The new Surface Laptop Go aims to solve that problem, thanks to its affordable starting price of $549. Microsoft also unveiled a new Surface Pro X option, with a custom processor and some colorful PC accessories.
Realistic flight simulation is kind of a niche gaming genre at this point, but for fans, a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is about as close to combining several birthdays at once. If you want to jump in to this exciting new entry fresh, or you haven’t played in a while, you’re going to want some flight controls.
PopSockets, the little pop-out phone grip that’s quickly becoming the 2020s version of POGs, has a surprisingly robust collection of add-ons that extend its functionality in really useful ways. The latest is the FlexMount, a bendy silicone thingamajig that clips onto a PopGrip and then stands up or grips whatever you want.
Otterbox wants to transport you to a galaxy far away with its Baby Yoda-inspired Echo Dot stand. It’s a soft non-slip stand that gives your Echo Dot a cute pair of Yoda ears! Fans of The Mandalorian can preorder the stand for $25 and expect delivery on August 20th.
Now’s not a great time to sell action cameras. To make up for its slumping sales, GoPro just launched a line of durable outdoor accessories, including backpacks, bottles, camera bags, and hats. Like GoPro’s cameras, the company’s accessories are gray, lightweight, weather-resistant, and expensive.