Everyone here at The Gadgeteer would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day with family, friends and good food. Make sure that you eat plenty of turkey so you’ll have enough stamina for all of your Black Friday shopping adventures tomorrow. And if you’re like me and would rather stick a fork in your eye than go shopping with the masses, stay home and keep an eye on this site for some fun reviews, a shopping deal or two and a holiday contest! But most of all, don’t forget to give thanks for all the good things in your life
I enjoy using leather products because of their beauty and durability. Recently I had the opportunity to review Waterfield’s Cozmo 2.0 laptop leather bag. It was a very well made, wonderful laptop bag but a little too spacious for my personal preferences. I recently received the Kanzek Slim Safe Portfolio to review. I discovered that it is a beautiful, high quality, well-made leather portfolio large enough to accommodate a 13″ MacBook Air (according to Kanzek). But surprisingly, the document pockets do not fully accommodate Letter-sized paper (only A4 size). There are a couple of other minor issues that I found that may or may not be overlooked based on your personal preferences, so is it worth the purchase? I’ll let you know what I think then you can determine if it will suit your needs.
When I play music on my ukulele, I’m usually doing so in front of my computer, which I use to display the sheet music. I have a large collection of songs that are in .PDF and .TXT formats. There’s one problem that I have been trying to solve for a long time, how to flip pages without stopping my playing. Printing the music on paper is a solution, but if the song is more than two pages long, it requires too much desk space to arrange the pages. So I went searching and found the AirTurn Duo BT-106 hands-free wireless controller which promises that I can keep my hands on my ukulele while playing an entire song. Let’s see if it works.
Last year I reviewed the Kenu Airframe+ cell phone car mount. It made my list of my top gadgets for 2014. It was the ultimate combination of portability, price, functionality, style, and performance for any car mount I have ever used. So simple in design, and yet so awesome. This year, Kenu came out with the new Airframe+. How could they possibly improve it? What witchcraft could they possible conjure to exceed the goodness that is the Airframe+? Let’s find out! [click to continue…]
I think that everyone who has ever screwed in a screw has stripped a screw head (or two) at one time or another. When it happens, you can either just leave it alone, muttering to yourself, “Good enough!” Or you can bore out the screw with a drill bit and replace it. There is an easier way to handle this problem. Grabit is a drill bit used to extract those damaged screws. It has two ends. [click to continue…]
Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. It’s traditionally the day when stores offer their best deals for people who are shopping for holiday gifts. But why wait until Friday when you can take advantage of some great deals right now from Amazon. From now until November 27, Amazon is running some excellent deals like magazine subscriptions that start at only $5 for a year’s subscription. These are print magazines, not digital. I don’t know about you, but I still enjoy flipping through an actual physical magazine. Amazon isn’t offering a bunch of boring titles that no one wants, they have a very good selection of magazines from tech titles like Wired and Popular Mechanics, to other interests like Car & Driver, Health, O, and many more. Check them out on Amazon’s Magazines page. [click to continue…]
I am currently obsessed with pens. But not just any old run of mill type of ballpoint pens, I’m interested in uniquely designed pens that you can’t buy at your local Walmart superstore. I am looking for a combination of good looks, good feel and of course, good writing. The newest pen that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing is the Maxmadco Bolt Action retractable pen. Does it tick all my boxes? Let’s find out.
I have a confession to make. I am a caseaholic. I already had three iPhone cases before my iPhone 6 Plus even arrived. I had a black leather folio case, a knock-off of a Twelve South BookBook brown leather wallet case, and a blue slim case with holster from Best Buy. I had wanted to switch to a case with better protection and a holster. My most recent case was a black on black, rubber/plastic case with a holster that my son let me use. The protection was fine, but it was a pain to slide out of the holster. Needless to say, when the opportunity came along to review the Ballistic Tough Jacket MAXX iPhone 6 Plus case, I jumped at it. Let’s get to it.
As much as I like people to read reviews and consider expert opinions on headphones and earphones, this reviewer is not the definitive word on what is the best headphone. No reviewer is. Headphones are only as good as the user thinks they are. So then—if any reviewer (including me) is not the final word, then how do you know if you’re getting the best headphone for your tastes and budget? Besides reading as many differing reviews as you can find, look at other sources, such as the zZounds 2016 Headphone Buyers Guide. [click to continue…]
We review a lot of leather products on The Gadgeteer, but out of all the companies that we deal with, the leather products from Colonel Littleton are my favorite. Their leather is the softest I’ve ever felt and their designs and craftsmanship harken back to a time when quality really meant something. Did I really use the word “harken” in the previous sentence? See, just holding a Colonel Littleton product makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time.
Today I have something for journal lovers like myself. It’s Colonel Littleton’s No. 27 and No. 28 Pocket journals. They are simple covers with a classic look and feel, but there is something really special about them. Let me show you.
Preparedness seems to be on the minds and hearts of an increasing number of folks these days. Whether you are a “prepper” getting ready for the doomsday scenario, a back-country hiker or a suburban warrior, an entire industry has been built around survival and preparedness. It’s not always easy to carry survival gear with us, but Alpenlore has developed a line of products to help with this task. Billed as “The most compact rescue adventure belt in the world,” their AlpenLITE Belt System (the “Hyper Belt”) is built around a ProWEB Core with a ProCORD Outer-Shell and choice of either polymer or Cobra buckle. Each belt also TrangleRing loop, a Survival Kit (3 matches, surgical blade, 2 fish hooks & knots guide) a Pocket Guide Book and Mini Ferro Rod for fire starting. Customizable in a variety of colors and patterns, pricing is $69.99 for belts with polymer buckle, $84.99 for belts with Cobra buckle. What’s holding you up? Head over to Alpenlore and check them out.
Sometimes, one has to be careful what they wish for. Case in point: I was given the opportunity to review the new Aiaiai TMA-2 modular headphones, I eagerly said, “Sure!” Later I received a box with every part available for the TMA-2 to help make a recommendation about what combinations might work best depending on a listener’s desires and tastes. Simple, right? How naive I am.
The Lumen flashlight is a unique flashlight – it doesn’t need an external power source to use it. All it needs is your body heat. How does it work? According to the Kickstarter page,
you touch TEG (Thermoelectric Generator) – small ceramic bar that can produce electric current when we provide temperature difference between upper and lower parts of TEG…[the] difference between temperature of your body (about 98 °F) and environment (at least 82 °F) is enough to generate power for single LED. [The] Metal body of Lumen serves as a radiator.
With a temperature difference of at least 16 degrees, it will produce 15 mA at 3v. If there is a greater temperature difference, the additional energy is stored in a capacitor for later use. There are two versions of this flashlight: a titanium version and an aluminum one. They are both about 40 mm x 13 mm x 80 mm or 1.6″ x 0.5″ x 3.2″ and have a 5mm ultra bright CREE LED which gives off about the same amount of light that your phone screen does. The aluminum flashlight weighs 45 grams (1.6 ounces) while the titanium one weighs 60 grams (2.1 ounces). You also have the option of adding a tritium vial to your Lumen (the glowing bar located just above the fingerprint area in the photo above). Apparently, the vial will glow in the dark for over a decade and will make finding the flashlight easier. [click to continue…]
We’ve seen iPhone cases with built-in batteries, built-in multi tools, and even an iPhone case with a built-in charger with prongs that can plug directly into a wall outlet. The TurtleCell case for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 6, is an iPhone case with built-in earbuds. The TurtleCell case features built-in retractable earbuds with an in-line microphone that are connected to the phone’s earphone jack. All you need to do to listen to your tunes is to press the switch on the bottom of the case to engage the earphone jack and then launch your favorite music app. The 42-inch long earbud cords pull out of the case and retract back in when you’re done. The case even has a kickstand on the back to orient the display at a convenient angle. TurtleCell cases come in several colors and are priced at $59.95. For more info visit TurtleCell.com
Most of us use our smartphones in our car for navigation, music, podcasts, etc. Unless you’re an early adopter of Android Auto or CarPlay, chances are you need a safe and easy way to keep your phone accessible while driving. It’s not hard to find a smartphone mount for your car, they’re a dime a dozen on Amazon. What is challenging is finding one that’s compact, easy to use, and reliable. EasyAcc makes a small, magnetic mount that claims to meet that challenge.
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By next week at this time, Black Friday will over and the rest of the holiday shopping season will be looming in front of you. Before you start stressing out, how about taking a few minutes to relax by reading some great gadget related news and reviews. It’s the time of the week for catching up on your favorite site. Just click through to see the entire list of articles that we’ve posted in the last week. Enjoy!
How do you get your images, videos and files onto or off of your iOS devices? Do you email them to yourself? Share them to iCloud, Google Drive, Facebook, Dropbox, etc? The iAccess from Leef is an alternative to those methods that adds a microSD slot to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. They sent me one to try with my first generation iPad mini. Let’s take a look.
When fellow Gadgeteer, Dave Rees, came to me and asked me to review a garage door controller, I was unsure, since I had no experience messing with garage door openers. Since it came with free installation, I agreed. A garage door controller and monitor is quite a bit outside of the box for me, but webcam surveillance was not. So, when Dave came over with the Neposmart Intelligent Garage Controller / Security Camera, I was confused to see the big webcam for a garage door controller! With that, I was much more eager to try it out, as I love items with multiple uses.
Have you given much thought about split keyrings? No? Ok, me neither. But let’s do that now. The split keyring has remained virtually unchanged in decades. That is until now. The HANDGREY KNOX is the keyring reinvented. HANDGREY is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and sent me one of their KNOX keyrings to try along with one of their H3 Titanium carabiners. Let’s check them out.
I’ve done a couple of Bluetooth speaker reviews in my short time with The Gadgeteer and have had the good fortune to review some really nice speakers. Despite that, I keep volunteering to review speakers because I really love listening to music. Reviewing these speakers gives me an excuse to blast some music and get some work done around the house.
Up for review today is the boomBOTTLE+, a waterproof, dust proof, Bluetooth speaker by Scosche. Will it reign supreme over my growing Bluetooth speaker collection or end up in the scrap heap aka my closet?