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Jul

Intel’s 10nm ‘Cannon Lake’ processors won’t arrive until the 2019 holiday season


Intel chief engineering officer Venkata Renduchintala said the company’s 10mn processors won’t appear in products until the 2019 holiday season. He revealed the new launch window during Intel’s second quarter 2018 financial results conference call, reporting that the yields are improving to the point that products based on the 10nm chip will arrive in that time frame.

“The systems on shelves that we expect in holiday 2019 will be client systems, with data center products to follow shortly after,” he later explained during the Q&A session. Robert Swan added that Intel had a “very good lineup” of 14nm products in the mainstream and server markets as the company continues to ramp the 10nm process technology.

We first experienced Intel’s 10nm “Cannon Lake” chip in action within a 2-in-1 PC in January 2017. Products based on the chip were slated to arrive by the end of 2017, but that never happened. Intel instead pushed back its Cannon Lake rollout until 2018 due to manufacturing difficulties stemming from the 10nm process. The smaller the processor components, the more problematic the manufacturing process becomes, producing a higher number of defective chips.

But Intel warned in its first quarter 2018 results that its 10nm chips wouldn’t arrive until 2019 due to the problems related to 10nm process technology. The company is still pushing 10nm chips in extremely low volumes, as we saw in a recent laptop listing, but mass production won’t happen until late 2019.

“Recall that 10nm strives for a very aggressive density improvement target beyond 14nm, almost 2.7x scaling,” Renduchintala said during the call. “And really, the challenges that we’re facing on 10nm is delivering on all the revolutionary modules that ultimately deliver on that program.”

Although he acknowledged that pushing back 10nm presents a “risk and a degree of delay” in the company’s road map, Intel is quite pleased with the “resiliency” of its 14nm roadmap. He said the company delivered an excess of 70 percent performance improvement over the last few years. Meanwhile, Intel’s 10nm process should be in an ideal state to mass produce chips towards the end of 2019.

Intel’s Cannon Lake chip is essentially a shrink of its seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” processor design. Given the previous launch window, the resulting chips presumably fell under the company’s eighth-generation banner despite the older design. But with mass production pushed back to late 2019, the 10nm chips will fall under Intel’s ninth-generation umbrella along with CPUs based on its upcoming “Ice Lake” design.

Intel claims that its 10nm chips will provide 25 percent increased performance over their 14nm counterparts. Even more, they will supposedly consume 50 percent less power than their 14nm counterparts.

A roadmap leaked in 2017 revealed “H” and “U” processors, with the H models drawing between 35 and 45 watts of power and the U models drawing between 15 and 28 watts of power. The H chips will supposedly sport two, four, and six cores while the U chips will only have two cores. Intel typically reserves the U suffix for ultra-low power chips while saving the H suffix for processors with high-performance graphics.

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28
Jul

Best microSD Cards for Samsung Galaxy S9


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64GB is a lot of onboard storage, but sometimes you need a little more!

I know, I know. Onboard phone storage has grown a ton in the last few years, but I still prefer to have all my contacts, physical music, and app files on a microSD card. That way when I inevitably upgrade phones, I can have everything come along for the ride. If you’re upgrading to the Galaxy S9, then pick up one of these SD cards and broaden your storage horizons.

Let’s take a look at things in terms of performance and value.

  • Performance options
  • Value options

Performance options

These selections all have a U3 rating, which offers a minimum sequential write speed of 30MB/s. This way your Galaxy S9 can record 4K video to an external card.

Side note: Even if your S9 technically allows the new 960FPS slow-mo footage to be recorded to a card, I wouldn’t trust that much data throughput to the SD card. It just can’t handle it, captain!

SanDisk Extreme 64GB

Best Performing

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SanDisk’s microSD cards are just great. I’ve been using them for years and they’ve never failed me. The Extreme line boasts read speeds of up to 90MB/s and write speeds of up to 60MB/s, which is exactly what you want if you’re recording video directly to the card. As mentioned above, this one has the UHS-3 speed class rating and even comes with a lifetime warranty from SanDisk.

The best part is the price. A 64GB card starts around just $33. You could go down to 32GB for about $20, but why not double your storage? This card also happens to be the Wirecutter’s top pick for the best microSD card.

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Samsung EVO Select 64GB

Budget Pick

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This is another card that’ll obviously double your Galaxy S9’s storage, and it features transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s. I’ve been using one of these in my phones since my Galaxy S5 and love it. This particular card even comes with a full-size adapter so you can easily transfer data between your phone and computer.

Pricing here is excellent, with the 64GB option at under $20 (and you can drop to 32GB for only $13).

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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB

Most Storage

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If you need a ton of space and performance, then Samsung’s EVO Plus line is one of the best around. You get read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s, and at roughly $85 for 256GB, it’s not a bad deal. These cards are water-resistant, heat- and cold-resistant, and awesome if you’re looking to record all the 4K video. You’ll also get the full-size adapter in this pack — perfect for offloading video and photos on the go.

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Value options

If you simply want more bang for your buck and aren’t terribly concerned with recording 4K video directly to an external card, then consider these options and just try to fill up both your phone and the card. I dare you.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB

Best Value

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Boom, out of the gate, this 200GB microSD card is only about $60 on Amazon. That works out to only 35 cents per GB. You’ll still get read speeds of up to 100MB/s, but being a U1 rating, you won’t get write speeds that fast. This is still, however, a class 10, so full HD video shouldn’t be much of a problem.

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Samsung EVO Select 128GB

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I mean, what can I say, prices are awesome at the time of this writing. The 128GB EVO Select from Samsung is only $35 right now on Amazon. That’s roughly 31 cents per GB. And with that, you get a UHS 3 speed class rating, transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and a whole whack of space that you’ll likely never use up. You get the full-size adapter and a 10-year limited warranty. As frugal as I am, I’d probably grab a couple of these just because SO MUCH SPACE. In terms of bang for your buck, a high performance, large storage card like this doesn’t get much better.

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SanDisk Ultra 256GB

Best Speed

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SanDisk’s 256GB Ultra card is about the same price as Samsung’s EVO Plus at about $90 (though the EVO Plus regularly retails for more), but that does come with some compromise in speed. You’ll get read speeds of up to 100MB/s, but write speeds will be slower, and you’re only getting a UHS 1 speed class rating here, so full HD video should be fine, but forget about writing 4K video directly to the card. That being said, you’ll have all the space you’ll probably need forever.

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What’s your go-to?

Do you have a favorite microSD card that you use with every phone you buy? Sound off in the comments below!

Update July 2018: Updated pricing for each card. These are still the best microSD cards you can buy to expand your Galaxy S9’s storage.

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28
Jul

The PlayStation VR Doom Bundle is $75 off right now


Shoot some demons in virtual reality.

The PlayStation VR Doom Bundle has dropped to $224.99 on Amazon. That’s $75 off its regular price and the lowest direct price drop we’ve seen on Amazon. We did share a previous deal that featured this same bundle as low as $200, but that was several months ago and we haven’t seen it drop anywhere close since.

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This bundle includes the PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation camera and Doom VFR game – just what you’ll need to start playing in virtual reality as long as you have a PlayStation 4 console on hand too.

Bethesda announced a sequel to this game, called Doom Eternal, at E3 this year. You can bet that will make its way into VR eventually, too, so get your practice in.

By the way, the F in Doom VFR is the same F in BFG. In case you were wondering.

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28
Jul

Dyson air purifiers, PlayStation VR, Fallout cookbooks, and more are all discounted today


Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the PlayStation VR Doom bundle, Dyson’s air purifier, the official Fallout cookbook, and more! Most of these prices will be gone when the day ends, so don’t miss your chance to save big!

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28
Jul

Totallee Samsung Galaxy S9 Case review: It’s like nothing’s there


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An excellent option for case-haters.

I’ve been rocking the Galaxy S9 for the past couple weeks, and while it’s an absolutely stunning piece of hardware, having to wipe smudges off its glass back every few minutes is less than fun.

Skins from companies like Dbrand are good solutions for hiding glass backs without adding any bulk to your phone, but they do so while offering absolutely no protection at all.

While looking for a way to make my Galaxy S9 a bit more useable while also keeping it thin and light, I came across Totallee’s ultra-slim cases. I loved the Totallee case I reviewed for the Pixel 2, but how’s the company’s S9 variant hold up? Let’s find out.

Totallee Samsung Galaxy S9 case



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Price: $14.99

Bottom line: The Galaxy S9 is a slippery slab of glass. Totallee’s case adds grip and makes fingerprints a thing of the past.

The Good

  • Fits perfectly and has precise cutouts
  • Seriously doesn’t look or feel like a regular case
  • Multiple colors + textures available
  • Easy to take on and off

The Bad

  • Picks up scratches easily

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This is my favorite alternative to traditional cases

Totallee Galaxy S9 Case What I like

If you caught my Totallee Pixel 2 case review, a lot of what I said there echoes over to this one for the Galaxy S9.

Totallee’s cases have the form factor of a traditional case, but once it’s on your phone, looks a lot more like a skin. It’s still shocking just how thin these things are, and while that does result in less protection, that’s something that’s given up on purpose.

This is a case that’s designed to be as thin as possible, and in those regards, it absolutely excels.

Measuring in at just 0.02-inches thick, this really is like a glove for the Galaxy S9. It’s easy to take on and off and doesn’t add any amount of bulk to the phone. You get to use the Galaxy S9 as it was intended while not having to worry about nonstop smudges or accidentally scratching its glass back. For that point alone, this case is well worth the money.

I didn’t find myself having any issues pressing the GS9’s buttons with the case applied, the cutouts for the fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone hack, and USB-C port work without any issues, and I love that you’ve got your choice between a matte or glossy back with the different colors that are available.

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Wear and tear

Totallee Galaxy S9 Case What I don’t like

While Totallee’s case does do an excellent job at keeping scratches away from the Galaxy S9, the same can’t be said for the actual case itself. After using the matte Pitch Black case regularly for a few days, I noticed multiple scratches all over it.

They’re nothing serious and only really visible in certain lighting, but even so, it doesn’t bode all that well for the case’s longevity.

I suppose you could try and counter this with the Jet White or Frosted White colors, but that’ll be up to you.

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Totallee Galaxy S9 Case

The Galaxy S9 is one of the most stunning phones on the market right now, and with the Totallee case, you get to use it the way Samsung intended while also not having to deal with the pains that come with an all-glass back.

This isn’t a case you should buy if you’re particularly rough on your phones or want something that can withstand numerous drops. Instead, this is a case to buy if you want to protect your Galaxy S9 from daily wear and tear without compromising its design.

4.5
out of 5


At $14.99 a pop, Totallee — once again — has a winner on its hands.

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28
Jul

How to claim your free copy of the Moss soundtrack


It’s a beautiful score, well worth getting.

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Since its launch, Polyarc games have continued to expand the availability of its brilliant VR game Moss and today, they are adding even more incentive to buy.

Anyone who has purchased Moss on any of the platforms it is available on — which currently includes PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality — can now download the entire soundtrack for free. In case you are one of those people who doesn’t listen to the music when playing, the Moss soundtrack is simply wonderful and would be a calming playlist for any day.

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How to claim the soundtrack.

The process is slightly different on each system but Polyarc has made it as easy as possible to do, just follow these instructions and you should be good to go.

Note: The free download is only available for people who buy the game before August 17th 2018. Polyarc will be offering the game as a bundle with the Soundtrack for $29.99 until August 17th, rising to $34.99 after that.

PlayStation VR

Gamers can go to the Moss Soundtrack page in the PlayStation Store to download it directly from there. At the time of writing the soundtrack isn’t available but we will update this post when it does arrive, possibly on August 3rd to coincide with the steam release.

Steam

Gamers will find the soundtrack in the DLC section of Moss as part of the game update hitting August 3, 2018. Players have until August 17, 2018 to download the MP3 files before the soundtrack is removed from the DLC section of the single-game purchase.

VivePort

HTC will send gamers an email with a code allowing them to redeem and download the soundtrack from Bandcamp after August 17, 2018.

Oculus Rift, Gamestop, and Physical Purchase

Polyarc will send gamers a code allowing them to redeem and download the soundtrack from Bandcamp after August 17, 2018. Note: gamers need to send soundtrack@polyarcgames.com proof of purchase by August 18, 2018 to be eligible for the free copy of the soundtrack.

Let us know what you think.

So there we go, some simple ways to get the soundtrack, and some more convoluted but hey, free stuff is free stuff. Did you get your free copy? what do you think of the soundtrack and of moss? Let us know in the Comment section.

28
Jul

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!


Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9!

Now more than ever, Samsung’s Galaxy S+ phones are becoming eerily similar to the Note series. The Note used to be Samsung’s way of touting all of the latest and greatest tech it had to offer, and while this is still the case, the same can be said for this year’s Galaxy S9+.

Samsung needs more than just the S Pen to make the Note 9 stand out from its own phones and the rest of the competition, and luckily, all signs are pointing to something exciting for this year’s release. Here’s what we know so far!

July 27, 2018 — Samsung releases two more teasers for the Galaxy Note 9

After releasing its first Note 9 teaser video to hype up the phone’s battery life, Samsung’s published two other clips that focus on hyping its performance and storage.

On the performance side of things, we’re expecting the Note 9 to come equipped with the Snapdragon 845 and 6 or 8GB RAM. We already saw the 845 in the Galaxy S9 series, but the 8GB RAM would be a step up from the S9+’s 6GB.

In regards to storage, current rumors point at three different configurations — including 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

July 26, 2018 — Fortnite for Android will reportedly be exclusive to the Note 9 for 30 days and come with V-Buck pre-order bonuses

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Note 9, but there’s even more excitement for the phenomenon that is Fortnite. We’ve been anxiously waiting for more info about the game’s Android release since Epic confirmed it last May, and now a report from 9to5Google is here to shed a lot more light on the matter.

Fortnite will reportedly come to Android first as an exclusive for the Galaxy Note 9. It’ll stay that way for 30 days, and after that, be released for other compatible Android handsets. If the Note 9 is expected to launch at some point in late August, that’d put Fortnite’s general Android availability at some point in late September.

Along with this, it’s also said that an optional pre-order bonus for the Note 9 will be $100 to $150 worth of V-Bucks (the in-game currency for Fortnite). If you don’t care about that, you can choose to get wireless AKG headphones instead.

What will the Galaxy Note 9 look like?

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Quick answer — a lot like the Note 8.

We’ve seen one collection of renders for the Note 9 so far (pictured above), and save for the fingerprint sensor being moved below the rear camera sensor, the phone’s shaping up to be nearly identical to last year’s model.

As such, we can expect a large Infinity Display with slim bezels, an all-glass back, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung’s event teaser suggests that we’ll get at least one bright yellow color option, but I’m still crossing my fingers the Galaxy S9’s Burgundy Red gets a wide release on the Note 9 🤞.

What specs can we look forward to?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are always home to some of the best specs around, and the Note 9 shouldn’t be any different.

Based on the current rumor mill and what we’ve seen from other 2018 flagships, here’s what we think we’ll see this year.

Operating system Android Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810
Screen 6.3-inch Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel 18.5:9 aspect ratio
RAM 6GB / 8GB
Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Expandability microSD up to 2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh
Connectivity USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack
Security Fingerprint sensor Iris scanning Face unlock
NFC Yes

What’s going on with the S Pen?

The S Pen has always been one of the biggest draws to the Galaxy Note phones, and this year with the Note 9, we’re expecting Samsung to give the accessory one of the biggest updates we’ve seen in years.

One of the biggest changes this time around is that the Note 9 S Pen is rumored to come with Bluetooth. On one hand, this means the S Pen will need to have a battery and be charged somehow. Although we can’t confirm this, it’s likely Samsung will design a system that allows the S Pen to charge up while it’s inside the Note 9.

On a more exciting note, Bluetooth could allow for the S Pen to be useful even when it’s not in direct contact with the Note 9. Its button could act as a camera shutter, slide-show clicker, give you better alerts when it’s away from your phone, and more.

There have also been hints at some sort of gaming-specific features, but it’s unclear how exactly these will pan out.

When will the Galaxy Note 9 be released?

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The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced on August 9, 2018, at an Unpacked event in New York City.

We can expect retail availability to come in a 1-2 week time frame after the announcement, if any previous launches are any indication.

How much will the Galaxy Note 9 cost?

Pricing for the Note series has steadily been going up each year, as has the majority of the smartphone industry.

The Galaxy Note 8 costs $950 unlocked, and I’d expect the Note 9 to cost either the same or slightly more. Apple proved with the iPhone X that people aren’t afraid to shell out $1000+ for a new smartphone, and I don’t consider it to be out of the question for Samsung to follow suit with the Note 9 – especially if it adopts newer technologies like an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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28
Jul

New York is kicking Spectrum out of the state


The ISP failed to expand its services to enough residents.

Spectrum, the home internet brand from Charter, is getting kicked out of New York in the U.S.

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On Friday, July 27, ABC7 reported that state is giving Spectrum the boot after it failed to meet demands that were set in place back in 2016. Although Spectrum says it made its network available to over 86,000 residents, New York was planning on 145,000 businesses and homes being serviced.

Commenting on this, New York’s Public Service Commission Chair, John B. Rhodes, said:

Charter’s non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitates the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval.

In addition to being kicked out of New York, Spectrum is also being hit with a $3 million fine and must have all operations run per usual while New York finds a replacement for the ISP’s exisitng subscribers within 60 days.

If you live in New York, what’s your take on this decision?

28
Jul

Apple May Turn Fantasy 80s Movie ‘Time Bandits’ Into a TV Series


Apple is close to securing a deal for the rights to turn 1980s fantasy movie “Time Bandits” into a TV series, reports Deadline.

Directed by Terry Gilliam, “Time Bandits” featured the story of an imaginative 11-year-old boy, Kevin, who gets sucked into a fantastical adventure with a band of dwarves during the Napoleonic Wars in Italy.

Kevin and the dwarves travel through time using a magical map, visiting places like ancient Greece and the Titanic and fighting off an evil being intent on stealing the map for his own purposes.

The original film starred John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Kenny Baker, David Warner, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, and others.


According to Deadline, the new TV series based on the movie will be a co-production between Anonymous Content, Paramount Television, and Media Rights Capital. Gilliam is set to serve as a non-writing executive producer.

If Apple secures the rights to the “Time Bandits” TV spinoff, it will join the other more than a dozen television shows Apple has in the works, which span genres from drama to comedy to shows for children.

In other related news, comedy writer Regina Hicks has signed on to be a co-showrunner for Apple’s upcoming animated television show “Central Park” alongside Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad.

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28
Jul

Elevation Lab’s New NightPad 7.5W Wireless Charger is Perfect for Bedtime Use


Elevation Lab, known for its popular line of wired dock options for the iPhone, recently came out with its first wireless charging dock, the NightPad.

The NightPad, which is a 7.5W charger, looks like a lot of other wireless chargers on the market, but there are some premium features to be aware of. It’s covered in a soft silicone material that holds the iPhone in place while it’s charging, and there’s also a raised ring that makes sure the iPhone stays secure.

While the design of the NightPad is simple, that silicone material has such a matte finish that it makes the charging pad look super black, so it does stand out from your average charging pad. There is subtle Elevation Lab branding on the top of the charger, but it can be hard to see just because it’s so dark.


Size wise, the NightPad is palm-sized and a little larger than a coaster. As with most wireless chargers this size, you do need to make sure to get the iPhone lined up in the center because if it’s off to the side a bit (which can happen — especially in the dark) it won’t charge.


There is no LED on the NightPad at all, which is a deviation from most chargers. This was done so that it can be used in a dark room, and it’s a decision that I understand. It’s easy enough to tell when the iPhone is charging because there’s a buzz when you first put it on the charger.


A 6-foot braided micro-USB cable is included with the NightPad, so this is a great choice if you need a long cable. I don’t, so it was a bit of a nuisance, but Elevation Lab does include a velcro cable wrangler to wind up extra cord.


You can purchase the NightPad with or without a power supply, and the version with 15W QC 3.0 power supply is $10 more expensive. 15W+ adapters are required for Apple’s faster 7.5W charging, so people without a QC 3.0 power adapter will want to purchase the version that includes it.

If you already have a compatible power adapter, you can use that and get a discount on the NightPad.


In my testing, the NightPad charged at 7.5W as advertised. I drained it to 1 percent battery and then put it on the charger for an hour. With the first test, it charged up to 37 percent, and with the second test, it charged to 39 percent.

That’s in line with other 7.5W charging speeds I’ve seen during the summer, where the indoor temperature is about 74 degrees. Temperature can impact wireless charging speeds quite a lot, so expect to see a lot of variance depending on ambient temperature and other factors.

Elevation Lab says that the NightPad can charge the iPhone 50 percent faster than standard Qi wireless chargers, but that must be in optimal conditions because the NightPad charges the iPhone at the same rates as other 7.5W chargers and the difference between a 7.5W charger and a 5W charger in our experience is not typically 50 percent.


While designed for iPhone, the NightPad will work with other Qi-based devices and it supports Samsung’s 10W fast charging.

Wireless charging is no match for wired charging so it’s not always ideal when you need a lot of power in a short amount of time, but it’s ideal for charging over the course of the day or at night.

I tested the NightPad with a standard Apple silicone case, but Elevation Lab says that it will officially work with cases up to 3mm thick and unofficially, it supports cases up to 6mm thick.

Bottom Line

All of the 7.5W iPhone wireless chargers charge at about the same speed. so choosing one comes down to the features that appeal to you.

The NightPad is a good choice if you’re going to use your wireless charger at night, because there’s no LED to add extra light pollution to the room.

It offers an appealing pure black color and a silicone base that holds the iPhone in place, plus it has an extra long braided cord. The $40 version is worth it to make sure you get the faster 7.5W charging speeds, and it is competitively priced with other premium chargers on the market.

How to Buy

You can purchase the NightPad from the Elevation Lab website for $39.95 standalone and for $49.95 with a 15W QC 3.0 power supply included.

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