Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:06

3SIXT says enhance my GS8 (review)

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3SIXT has a range of cases and USB-C accessories for the new Samsung GS8/+ that are keenly priced and very well made.

3SIXT is a wholly owned, Cellnet Group, Australian and New Zealand “house-brand”. Cellnet also distributes many third-party brands of cases including tech21, LifeProof, OtterBox, Incipio, Kate Spade, and more. It is important to understand that each 3SIXT products fills a specific niche.

You will find 3SIXT’s distinctive red and white boxing at almost all electronics major retailers, department stores, newsagents, and Australia Post.

With that in mind, iTWire tested the GS8 range and results are below.

Cases

The range includes (for both the GS8 and GS8+)

  • Pure Flex Case, a clear 23g bumper style that provides a good grip for the Gorilla Glass 5 clad phone. My advice would be to add a glass protector for good all-around protection.
  • Wrap around Edge to Edge glass screen protector. At $34.95 in black or gold these tempered glass protectors offer 9H hardness on refers to Mohs hardness scale – regular glass is placed at 5 and a diamond is at the highest 10. It has a nanocoating which is anti-fingerprint, oil rub resistance and effectively filters ultraviolet rays. The application is easy – clean the screen with the swab supplied and place the glass protector over it. It can be easily repositioned. Considering a glass replacement is north of $300, it’s a wise investment.
  • SlimFolio  at $29.95 is one of the lightest flip covers at 70g and has two business card slots. It also doubles as a landscape stand and its rubberised material provides an excellent grip.
  • Neo Case at $39.95 is a leather flip case that holds up to three cards and has a magnetic plate for use with a magnetic car mount like the NeoMount or NeoVent (or the many third-party mounts).

In tests, the cases all supported PMA and Qi fast charge and were easy to fit and remove. They have a two-year warranty.

3SIXT cases

USB-C

USB-C is the new standard for Samsung, Google Pixel, HTC, Sony, Moto, and many more. 3SIXT products are tested and warranted to work without voiding warranties.

The GS8 uses Samsung’s adaptive fast charging which delivers 5V/2A and 9V/1.67A using special feedback circuitry in the phone and charger. It is most compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Class A, otherwise standard charging at 5V/2 or 3A occurs.

  • Dual USB Type A and C car charger at $29.95 provides a USB-A output at 2.4A and USB-C at 3A. The main benefit is two outputs with enough amperage to handle tablets.
  • Dual USB Type A and C wall charger at $39.95 provides a 5V/3A USB-C output and a 5V/2.4A USB-A output. It is safe to charge devices that have a lower amperage and in most cases, will shorten the charge time.
  • Single USB-A Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 car charger at $24.95 delivers Class A 5/9/12V charging to Qualcomm Quick charge enabled devices (almost all late models using Qualcomm SoC) for up to 75% faster charging. Works with GS8 fast charge.
  • Singe USB-A Qualcomm Quick Charge Wall Charger  at $39.95 provides a single USB-A output to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standards. Note Quick Charge can be used as a standard charger and will charge Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard devices at a slower rate.

3SIXT qualcomm

Cables

  • USB-A male to USB-C male 3.1 charge and sync cable. At $34.95 this cable supports both high speed 3.1 and legacy devices.
  • USB-C male to USB-C male 3.1 charge and sync cable. At $39.95 this reversible cable supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10GBps) for power, data, and Thunderbolt connectivity.
  • USB-C to Ethernet/VGA/HDMI/USB-A socket adapters cost from $29.95 to $54.95.

3SIXT connectivity

In summary, all cables and cases tested met standards for build quality and data/charge – 3SIXT is a safe, value brand to look for. 


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