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Roocase and QUBE2 ideal for Nexus 7

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When it comes to accessories for the Nexus 7, they’re definitely more difficult to find than those for iDevices. Being a Nexus tablet fan, I keep searching. Wanted to share these two I found at the latest International Consumer Electronics Show.

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RooCase Leather Portfolio

I’ve used a soft sided slip-on case for my Nexus since I bought it, but I’ve always been on the lookout for something more protective and something that would double as a reading stand.

I found RooCase on the last day of the show and I’m so happy I did. They’ve got an excellent portfolio case that holds my Nexus 7, my stylus and some notepaper or business cards.

The Nexus 7 is wrapped in a fitted leather frame for the first layer of protection and then that frame fits inside the heavy duty portfolio zip-up case, lined with microfiber. You’ve got a lot of impact and shock protection built in.

The back of the interior frame is a felt material which enables the tablet to be positioned either horizontally or vertically. The inside of the portfolio has a large oval of matching Velcro. Merely remove the frame, turn 90 degrees and re-engage the Velcro.

A magnetic, flip out easel folds out on the outside to position the case at a convenient viewing angle.

Check out their entire line of phone, tablet, computer and camera cases at http://www.RooCase.com. This particular model is available in Black, red and Magenta.

Matrix Audio QUBE2 Speakers

While not specifically for the Nexus (it’ll work with any Bluetooth device) I’ve been using my new QUBE2 speaker whenever I want to listen to music with my Nexus 7. Tagged as the “smallest stereo speakers” it is super convenient to carry and use with my tablet.

At only 185 grams, you’ll never notice it in your backpack or purse. About 3-1/2 inches long and 1-1/2 inches square, it fits just about anywhere. If that’s still not small enough for you, there’s the QUBE at half the size.

Don’t let the small size surprise you – with 2 x 3Watt speakers, this thing can handle all the sound my Nexus 7 can put out without distortion. It uses PVB (passive vibrating bass) technology which seems to deliver.

The cases are all made out of rich aluminum housings in red, black, silver, blue or purple.

Connectivity is Bluetooth or line-in with a specialty cable (supplied). The rechargeable battery lasts up to eight hours and recharges with a micro-USB cable in about 2-1/2 hours. .

Check out their entire line at http://www.matrixaudio.com/ Load up Pandora on your tablet and enjoy.

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