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Cult of Mac’s reviews policy

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Here's what you need to know about Cult of Mac's reviews policies.
Here's what you need to know about Cult of Mac's reviews policies.
Photos: Jim Merithew and David Pierini/Cult of Mac

At Cult of Mac, we review all sorts of products, from the latest electronics lovingly created by Apple (and by Cupertino’s competitors) to smartphone accessories, sporting goods, kitchen appliances and other essentials — basically, anything that makes our lives better.

If we review something, we’ve spent time putting the product through its paces, messing around with it, comparing it to similar products and generally evaluating it to death. We’re here to represent the interests of our readers, not manufacturers, and will confidently and honestly report back on what we experience without bias.

Positive reviews should be read as recommendations to the reader and not as promotions for the manufacturer. With that said, Cult of Mac makes these promises as part of our effort to be transparent about our ground rules for writers and our policies on review units and affiliate links.

Reviews and affiliate links disclosure

  • We don’t mix business with editorial.
  • We clearly mark every review we publish.
  • We use affiliate links when applicable, but they have no bearing on our editorial ethics. Writers have no involvement in our affiliate link program.
  • We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
  • We receive no money or compensation for reviews aside from the usual advertising revenue generated by pageviews, and the small commissions paid by affiliate sites when a reader follows a link from our site to their store and makes a purchase.
  • We disclose when we receive a review unit from a company.
  • We cannot review every product we receive.

Please submit review requests to reviews@cultofmac.com. We treat all correspondence as confidential. If you like, you can send review units for possible review to:

Cult of Mac
3150 18th Street
Suite 277, PMB 201
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sponsored posts on Cult of Mac

From time to time, we run sponsored posts, which are clearly marked as such. These sponsored posts take many forms, and sometimes read like reviews.

Cult of Mac’s reviews policy

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Here's what you need to know about Cult of Mac's reviews policies.
Here's what you need to know about Cult of Mac's reviews policies.
Photos: Jim Merithew and David Pierini/Cult of Mac

What we review and how we test

At Cult of Mac, we review all sorts of products, from the latest electronics lovingly created by Apple (and by Cupertino’s competitors) to smartphone accessories, sporting goods, kitchen appliances and other essentials — basically, anything that makes our lives better.

If we review something, we’ve spent time putting the product through its paces, messing around with it, comparing it to similar products and generally evaluating it to death. We’re here to represent the interests of our readers, not manufacturers, and will confidently and honestly report back on what we experience without bias.

Positive reviews should be read as recommendations to the reader and not as promotions for the manufacturer. With that said, Cult of Mac makes these promises as part of our effort to be transparent about our ground rules for writers and our policies on review units and affiliate links.

Reviews and affiliate links disclosure

• We don’t mix business with editorial.
• We clearly mark every review we publish.
• We use affiliate links when applicable, but they have no bearing on our editorial ethics. Writers have no involvement in our affiliate link program.
• We receive no money or compensation for reviews aside from the usual advertising revenue generated by pageviews and the small commissions paid by affiliates when a reader follows a link from our site to their store and makes a purchase.
• We disclose when we receive a review unit from a company.
• We cannot review every product we receive.

Manufacturers: please submit review requests to reviews@cultofmac.com. We treat all correspondence as confidential. If you like, you can send review units for possible review to:

Cult of Mac
Attention: Reviews editor
3150 18TH ST
Suite 277, PMB 201
San Francisco, CA 94110

From time to time, we run sponsored posts, which are clearly marked as such. Find more information on Cult of Mac’s sponsored posts.

Harber London leather desk mat and mouse pad really class up the joint [Reviews]

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The XL Harber London desk mat adds soft, supple leather to your workspace.
The XL Harber London desk mat adds soft, supple leather to your workspace.
Photo: Harber London

You may not be into overstuffed leather sofas, leather car seats and jackets worthy of the wardrobe department of The Sopranos. But it’s hard to deny the sense of class and luxury leather accessories can add to a computer workstation. And you can really dress up your desk with Harber London’s leather desk mat and mouse pad combo.

Why I still love Beats X, Apple’s world-beating wireless earbuds [Reviews]

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Beats X Earphones
Sleek, light and compact, Beats X Earphones are the perfect wireless companion.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

I’ve racked up dozens of hours wearing Beats X wireless earphones over the past month, and I still think they blow away the competition — even Apple’s AirPods.

For Cult of Mac’s latest video review, I’ve put together a definitive list of my thoughts on the innovative earpods.

Even your cat can’t destroy this chew-proof Lightning cable [Reviews]

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Paracable, hard to chew but quick to charge.
Paracable, hard to chew but quick to charge.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

The charging cable Apple includes with each iOS device may not seem all that interesting, but to a kitten with razor-sharp teeth named Baxter, the rubber-coated cord was an exciting chew toy. Baxter gnawed through four iPhone 5 lightning cables and left Travis Beck no choice.

Beck formed Paracable, a company in Houston, that makes cat-proof charge and sync cords for iOS devices.

Oddly shaped Apple Watch charger brings joy of … video? [Reviews]

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Ugreen's magnetic charging station for the Apple Watch.
Ugreen's magnetic charging station for the Apple Watch.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: When it’s standing there all by itself, the Ugreen Apple Watch Charger Stand looks like a giant joystick. For me, it triggered an instant flashback to the ’80s and the golden years of gaming.

That nostalgic blast wasn’t necessarily a positive, though: I didn’t find the Ugreen Apple Watch charger’s design instantly appealing. In fact, it was almost game over before I even gave it a try. I’m glad I did, because it’s ultimately a handy little charging hub.

Versatile backpack carries the load with style [Reviews]

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The Moshi Arcus backpack wants to shoulder the weight of all you carry for a day's work or travel.
The Moshi Arcus backpack wants to shoulder the weight of all you carry for a day's work or travel.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Red flags go up for me when a shoulder bag or backpack is described as having a “minimalist” design. Minimalist is code for “won’t carry all my crap.”

However, in the case of the new Moshi Arcus multifunction backpack, the minimalism actually conceals an ample and well-thought-out space. A surprising number of pockets in various sizes accommodate all the tools of a daily carry.

These iPhone lenses work the corners to deliver super-sharp images [Reviews]

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The OOWA Pro Kit for iPhone with case and two lenses, a 15 mm wide and a 75 telephoto.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Screw the 15 mm wide-angle lens into the case, point your iPhone at breathtaking scenery and snap the shot.

If the experience made you say “Oo-Ah,” you will then know how to pronounce the name behind a pair of new lens attachments for the iPhone created by Singapore-based DynaOptics. The OOWA wide-angle and telephoto lenses for the iPhone 6 and 6s series were designed to create that kind of wonder, both in image quality and the sound your mouth makes while looking at your photos.

$10 Milanese loop for Apple Watch rivals the original [Reviews]

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Milanese Loop
Get the look of Apple's Milanese Loop for a fraction of the price.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The internet brims with knockoff Apple Watch bands that are nearly as good as the real deal at a fraction of the price. Determining whether a knockoff is actually any good, however, is another story.

I’ve taken a look at one such band by Cambond, which mimics in appearance the popular Milanese loop by Apple. Retailing at $149, the Milanese is indeed pricey as are most of Apple’s bands whereas Cambond’s version is about 10 bucks.

Belkin Car Vent Mount is a smart, sturdy way to go hands-free [Reviews]

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Belkin Car Vent Mount
You really shouldn't be holding your smartphone while you're driving. The Belkin Car Vent Mount is here to help.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

You’ve got your car. You’ve got your iPhone. You want to use your iPhone in your car, but driving with a smartphone in your hand is supposedly dangerous — and can get pretty pricey if you get caught doing it in California and other states that mandate hands-free driving.

The Belkin Car Vent Mount is a low-cost, low-profile way to keep your phone within reach (and you on the right side of the law, depending on where you drive).

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