2014 fall gadget giveaway!

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Summer is over, the leaves are turning colors and there’s a chill in the air. What does all this mean? It means it’s time for our 2014 Fall gadget giveaway! We have more than $650 worth of great prizes for one lucky winner. So click through to get the full details on how to enter. Hint: It’s easy!

Prizes:

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B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver from AudioEngine – Streams your music farther and better than other Bluetooth streaming devices. We’ll be having a review soon! $189.00 list price.

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Mbox Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Speaker from Mpow – Portable Bluetooth speaker that features bass booster, speaker phone and a 10 hour battery life $99 list price.

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RP-PB22 Deluxe 13000mAh Portable Charger from RAVPower – Smart and fast charger that can charge an iPhone 5s almost 7 times, a Galaxy S5 over 4 times or an iPad Air once. $99.99 list price.

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Magnus Air stand from Ten One Design –  Super cool aluminum magnetic stand for the Apple iPad Air. iPad Air not included. $39.95 list price.

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Pentel EnerGel X Metal-Tip Retractable Gel Ink Pen from JetPens – $1.35 list price.

Uni-ball Jetstream RT BLX Ballpoint Pen from JetPens – I love Uni-ball Jetstream pens. They are inexpensive pens that write so smooth. Check out my review. $2.60 list price.

Morning Glory Mach 3 Roller Ball Pen from JetPens – This pen features a window that shows the ink level. $2.00 list price.

Kum PenCut Pen-Style Scissors from JetPens – Pen sized pair of scissors that fit in a pocket or bag. $15.25 list price.

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Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen from JetPens – This pen has a new ink type that is smooth like oil-based ballpoint inks but has the vibrant colors of a gel ink pen. $1.65 list price.

Pilot FriXion Ball Knock Retractable Gel Ink Pen from JetPens – Like ink pens but don’t like when you make a mistake? No worries with this one because you can erase the ink! Check out our review. $3.80 list price.

rapoo

3920P Wireless Laser Mouse from Rapoo – 5 GHz wireless mouse with 800 DPI. $39.99 list price.

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Universal Headrest Mount from Satechi – Headrest mount for smartphones and tablets which is capable of being rotated 360 degrees. $24.99 list price.

kenu

Airframe from Kenu – Portable universal smartphone mount attaches easily to any car air vent. Check out our review. $24.95 list price.

juno

Hue Pro from Juno Power – 10,000 mAh portable battery with dual USB ports and a built in flashlight. $59.99 list price.

toddy

Toddy Wedge from Toddy Gear – Microfiber silk stand that props up and cleans your devices. $14.99 list price.

808

Canz from 808 Audio – Ultra-portable, Bluetooth speaker with 6 hr battery life. $34.99 list price.

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. This past weekend I changed the site’s theme (most noticeable is the home page) in an effort to get back to a minimal, easy to use, easy to read website. I’m looking for your input on this change. So between now and 10/05/2014 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page telling me at least one thing you like and one think you don’t like about the current layout of the website. Feel free to elaborate or provide even more input. I always love reading your ideas.

2. (optional) Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:
Win a huge gadget prize pack from @thegadgeteer http://wp.me/p3LRkH-HnC

Make sure you come back and leave a 2nd comment on this page with a link to your tweet.

3. At some point on 10/06/2014, I’ll pick 1 random winner using random.org. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other random.org drawings till the prizes are gone.

Rules:

1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for the winner not accepting their prize within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on the contest page, contest comments and will be emailed. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address (sorry, this isn’t my choice…).

Update:

The winner is comment #57 from Luis Velez. Congrats to Luis and thanks to everyone who entered and to the sponsors. I’m now going to take all your comments and get busy implementing some of the ideas to make The Gadgeteer better.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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  • Rick October 3, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Ease of use/navigation is great, and the simple, minimalist layout is perfect. I don’t like a cluttered page.

  • Nick Pavlinac October 3, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Nick Pav (@NICKatKNIGHT) tweeted at 0:26 PM on Fri, Oct 03, 2014:
    Win a huge gadget prize pack from @thegadgeteer http://t.co/WwthxHGzsj
    (https://twitter.com/NICKatKNIGHT/status/518074606507536384)

  • Nick Pavlinac October 3, 2014, 12:39 pm

    I agree with most of the comments liking the simpler design. I like to use my Galaxy 10.1 2014 tablet at night while surfing the net. It would be nice if you had a toggle on the Web page for a dark or bright layout. All that white page in a dark room is hard on my eyes.

  • Ray T October 3, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I would suggest that you change your menu tags to something like “Info” and “Categories” “Menu”). I also want to see the Gadgeteer logo at the very top of the page (not someone else’s ad at the top). I understand that the ads bring in money, but they shouldn’t get the top billing on your homepage. Overall a clean and easy to use site, perhaps just a tad too simple for your great articles. Thank you Judy.

  • Michael D October 3, 2014, 12:51 pm

    It’s my first visit to your site. I like the layout. It’s clean and unobtrusive.

  • Michael Demone October 3, 2014, 12:52 pm
  • Fred Reich October 3, 2014, 1:00 pm

    I actually liked the previous page design better. I don’t like all that space at the top for the ad and that the name of the site starts so low-down. Funny, but all I can think of is things I don’t like but if I have to come up with one, for some reason, it seems to be a longer column with the stories like there are more reviews.

  • Fred Reich October 3, 2014, 1:00 pm
  • Rajesh Krishnan October 3, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I like the everyday approach to tech reviews, without the hype cycle and Bay Area airs. I wouldn’t mind a really compact index page of recent reviews – one line each.

  • Marjorie Cunningham October 3, 2014, 1:34 pm

    Although I love graphics and pictures, I’m glad that you’re employing smaller photos on this page now. To be picky, I thought the prize list was oddly ordered, had thought the prizes would go from most expensive to least expensive, but that’s just me, and in no way do I not love The Gadgeteer! (Simpering suck-up, I know!) Really, your site is always interesting and I love reading about the latest inventions, even though I’m probably way over the age norm for your users (think: Granny), and I really enjoy your newsletters each day.

  • TonyW October 3, 2014, 1:43 pm

    I rather like the blue theme over all, it is my favorite color. Very vibrant.

    I would prefer the search window to be on the header bar instead of sandwiched in between two ads, it almost looks like part of the add.

  • tonyw October 3, 2014, 1:45 pm
  • Luis Velez October 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I like the simply look . Very straight forward and easy to find things

  • jeremy October 3, 2014, 3:48 pm

    This is my first visit, but I like the layout. It’s uncluttered.

  • poqeteer October 3, 2014, 3:51 pm
  • Brent S October 3, 2014, 4:04 pm

    I like the simple, clean design – it is really easy to read and navigate

  • Jhon October 3, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Like: Much better and simpler layout that matches almost identically your mobile site.

    Dislike: The menu dropdown. It doesn’t render that well with my browser (most likely *MY* fault for not updating in a while).

  • Brent S October 3, 2014, 4:05 pm
  • Anne H. October 3, 2014, 5:59 pm

    First time visit. Zite brought you to me. Love the gadgets. Format straightforward. Easy to follow. Good connection to each gadget makes getting it a snap.

  • Steve October 3, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Like: The color scheme. The dark blue with the light blues/grays works.

    Don’t Like: This is just a personal preference, but I’d like your top menu items (About, Contact, Featured Reviews, etc.) along the left side of the screen. Maybe that shows my age in liking the old-school blog styles of yesteryear…

  • Steve October 3, 2014, 6:49 pm
  • Philip Elliott October 3, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Like: clean layout, colour palette
    Not like: dropdown menu for ‘Categories’ ruins the page aesthetic. Categories and Featured Reviews should be transposed so that the Categories dropdown menu is aligned to the left page margin.

  • Craig Huang October 3, 2014, 6:54 pm
  • Kelly D October 3, 2014, 6:55 pm

    I like the categories drop box on top, but I would rather the subscription box be right in the side bar, rather than clicking the link at the top.

  • Kelly D October 3, 2014, 6:56 pm
  • e michelle October 3, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I love the colors , not distracting and i like the fact that even though you have ads they are not in th way or anybit annoying popping up at the bottom of the screen!

  • Dave October 3, 2014, 9:18 pm

    I like the simpler layout, it’s easier to navigate on my mobile devices

  • Anthony Kimball October 3, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I really like the ease of navigation…especially the popular tags (I’m a headphone geek…makes it easy to find the relevant articles!). I thought that your search bar is a little hard to find (just type & hit enter…alot of people will likely search for the “send” or “search” button.

  • Anthony Kimball October 3, 2014, 10:09 pm
  • Alan October 4, 2014, 12:05 am

    I do like the new look, it looks cleaner with no fuss.
    As I am still catching up from my vacation I have not had much time to view all of the site so I can not comment on any negatives.

  • Alan October 4, 2014, 12:23 am
  • Phil Protasio October 4, 2014, 5:28 am

    The ‘new’ site appearance is great, for me, it is less clunky. Much easier on the eye. So thanks.

  • Phillip Z October 4, 2014, 10:06 am

    This is great….

  • paige October 4, 2014, 10:45 am

    Like the minimalistic layout. I’m usually on a reader app and click into articles, so not very familiar with the old layout.

  • Donald Schoengold October 4, 2014, 11:56 am

    I like the older format. You could quickly scan all the new items on one page instead of having to scroll through them.

  • Javier October 4, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Is very intuitive and easy to browse and read. I not like the categories drop-down menu, It must be in a column to the right

  • Jolyon Thurgood October 4, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Love the clean look, it’s uncluttered and allows your content to stand out.

  • Sharon October 4, 2014, 4:54 pm

    I like the simplicity of the layout and the ease with which the page loads. I like your ‘What review is Julie working on right now?’ feature. No social media link buttons?

  • Sharon October 4, 2014, 4:55 pm
  • Norman Fong October 4, 2014, 6:07 pm

    I haven’t been on the website for a while but the layout of this website is alot cleaner than I remember. The colours are nice. The website is really inconvenient to navigate, I have to scroll to the top to access the menu. Perhaps you can incorporate something that resembles an app where the menu appears and you scroll up but disappears when you scroll down.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Mark October 4, 2014, 9:30 pm

    I like the use of the san serif font — nice and readable. I think the the dates should be in a more universal format (e.g., 5 OCT 2014). That’s all for now.

  • Alan C October 5, 2014, 1:25 am

    Simple, clean, loads fast. These are always the best pages on the internet. I like the idea someone mentioned about toggling light/dark layout. Too much white space can be a head killer sometimes.

  • Alan C October 5, 2014, 1:30 am
  • P Ting October 5, 2014, 8:05 am

    Love the new format — simple and straightforward, especially on the mobile platform.

  • Bryan Spellman October 5, 2014, 9:00 am

    I like the top menu bar being so unobtrusive. The two rows with the drop down menu on the bottom row feels like you’ve cleared out the top of the site and draws the eyes to the first article.

  • Bryan Spellman October 5, 2014, 9:03 am
  • Chris Braden October 5, 2014, 9:37 am

    Very clean, say to read.

  • Mel Rupinski October 5, 2014, 10:16 am

    Like: I’m a fan of the minimalist approach…it makes for a clean look and easy navigation.

    Dislike (really a minor quibble): The layout verges on almost too minimalistic…it doesn’t grab my attention and scream “read me.” Luckily the posts and reviews more than make up for it.

  • Marcos October 5, 2014, 10:32 am

    I like the clean look and use of white space.

    From the mobile experience, on the home page where the postings are listed, it would be nice to see the first picture for each post/entry. The title and preview of the body is great, but could be enhanced with the first picture in the post perhaps.

  • Walt October 5, 2014, 10:36 am

    1 Like: Less busy look.
    1 Dislike: Need to provide hover text (more info) when mouse is on menu items.

  • Alba October 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Have grown to like the new format, looks better on my tablet.

  • Tony kwok October 5, 2014, 1:14 pm

    I love the minimalist layout. The new format makes it even easier to navigate on a smartphone or tablet.

  • Tony kwok October 5, 2014, 1:16 pm
  • Tabitha M. Powledge October 5, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Like everyone else, I think the uncluttered look is nice. I’m not crazy about the black and dark blue combination of menu strips at the top, though. Might be nice to change the dark blue to the same blue as your Gadgeteer logo. That’s a better color with the black, and it would make the page seem even cleaner.

  • Trevor Grady October 5, 2014, 2:35 pm

    I’m on mobile and it looks really mice and simple! Menus are clean and coherent.

  • Laura Ricardo October 5, 2014, 2:36 pm

    I like the clean layout and easy navigation, but the page is a bit bright for me.

  • Laura Ricardo October 5, 2014, 2:37 pm
  • Darren Borrilez October 5, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I like the minimalist layout and the unencumbered background.

    I don’t like that I need to scroll all the way down to look at the different articles… it would be nice to have a quick link section or a category area to see articles of interest instead of having just a search bar.

  • Colton October 5, 2014, 2:56 pm

    It is easy to navigate, but seems a little busy to me.

  • Maxwell Evans October 5, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Great site!

  • Nick Ashton October 5, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Very IOS Positive. Please expand into other Smart Phone operating systems.

    I like your honesty in your reviews, continue

  • Ned October 5, 2014, 4:15 pm

    User interface is good.
    Advertising is a bit too much or big.

  • Jack Boeth October 5, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I like the clutter-less format the best, along with the ease of quickly finding a particular catagory that interests you, if you’re down for browsing. Although I have to agree the search box is a bit too simple for some.

  • VJ October 5, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I like the current layout with everything on one side, vs it being ‘flip-flopped’ from one side to the other.
    Much simpler!
    (I understand there must be advertising – it could be placed wherever, it does not matter)

    Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything I don’t like!
    Keep it just like it is.

  • Jack Boeth October 5, 2014, 4:18 pm
  • Jay October 5, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Like: minimalist design is very clean, scrolling page makes the site look less cluttered.

    Dislike: Just a few minute details. Why have the Gadgeteer logo beneath the page banner? Seems a bit out of place.

    Keep up the good work, and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Melodie Parola October 5, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Zite brought me here. Nice site.looked around and found it easy to navigate. I love gadgets, will check back more often! No negatives.

  • acer October 5, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I love the clean design and simple colors. But fonts are too big for my taste.

  • Derek October 5, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Two things I really like about your layout:
    1)Very clean “magazine” format
    2)Convenient categories dropdown (has most subcategories I could ask for)

    Only complaint I have is that I have to scroll back to the top to select a different category.

  • BladeVII October 5, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Love how much mobile friendly the website is. I was surprise how quickly it loaded. Just wish the font size was adjustable for those with less than stellar eye sight.

  • Derek October 5, 2014, 8:05 pm
  • Bill October 5, 2014, 8:24 pm

    I find the new layout great; it’s easy to navigate and has little clutter.

  • Bill October 5, 2014, 8:25 pm
  • Cody October 5, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Looks good.

  • Carl October 5, 2014, 9:03 pm

    I do like the Categories.
    I would like to see the photos with the review when looking at the categories.

  • Kendall Brown October 5, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Great picture quality, you should bold the menu icon

  • John October 5, 2014, 9:22 pm

    I like that more information is available for each post, making it easier to decide whether to click through. However this change allows for fewer posts per page, requiring additional page navigation to see more total posts.

  • Chris Townsend October 5, 2014, 9:54 pm

    Basic layout is eye pleasing and the simple format is easy to navigate. I like it.

  • Valeria October 5, 2014, 10:14 pm

    I like how well organized everything is and how easy to find things are.I don’t like how everything is laid out on a white background without separating the articles, the tags, the trending articles, etc., and also I find the font to be slightly too large for the articles and comments.

  • Paul October 5, 2014, 10:22 pm

    The layout of each article or review is good.
    The archive portion really is not useful as you would have to scroll thru thousands of pages to find anything.

  • Arthur Padilla October 5, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Looking good!

  • Alex October 5, 2014, 10:44 pm

    Good simple and clean.
    Bug-when you hover over items in menu bar they become white and underlined, but the Home stays underlined and white all the time.

  • Steve October 5, 2014, 11:14 pm

    The good stuff – tags, categories and such..
    Suggest under featured items to define what featured means.
    thanks

  • Lloyd Schmid October 5, 2014, 11:51 pm

    I like the format overall. It is definately minimalist. However, your comments are uneven. Some tell us only that you like something without saying WHY.

  • Greg October 5, 2014, 11:54 pm

    The paged errored out when I tried to submit. This first one errorwed and I lost everything I typed. The second one errored for duplicate info but I can’t find my feedback. Trying again.)

    Your site sure is easy and simple. I really appreciate your commentaries! It keeps the story not too long and not too short. Packed with actual real life scenarios with things like had to send phone back; didn’t work here; testing this long; even down to reevaluating a gadget for what it’s potential really can be instead of leaving it at a “no good” status. It also brings home the simplistic real life ordering ordeals helping those of us who are “I want it now” people back to reality that there is always a process.

    I found myself lost in one article after another. (This is a good thing because most sites are the actual company or one sided reviews and although I work in the medical industry and read more then I did in school and don’t like reading, I did not find myself scrolling through an article.) Instead I found I was hitting the bottom of an article and was reading things I had no idea even existed or going there were other gadgets like the ones I was reading about! (This was spot on!)

    I liked the related articles at the bottom!

    The one thing I noticed was in drilling down from one article to another reading I was not sure where I was in the site. I may have missed it but a link at the top and bottom for home or a “content” menu would be excellent actually awesome a category of gadgets! Then you could almost stay in that same category or the likes and read away! Definitely a top menu would be nice to go back to at anytime and see maybe a content menu? I’ve bookmarked this page!

  • Greg October 6, 2014, 12:00 am
  • Julie Strietelmeier October 6, 2014, 9:02 am

    The winner is comment #57 from Luis Velez.

    Congrats to Luis and thanks to everyone who entered and to the sponsors.

    I’m now going to take all your comments and get busy implementing some of the ideas to make The Gadgeteer better.

    THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

  • tivoboy October 15, 2014, 9:26 am

    The new layout (AKA, the old layout) is better than the previous NEW layout (which you know I never liked) Glad to see it back, makes reading easier and consumption easier. Also, I think there’s now maybe a bit fewer junky items on the page, either frivolous reviews or scraped content.

    Trust me, you’ll get more traction this way..

    • Julie Strietelmeier October 15, 2014, 9:32 am

      @tivoboy can you please elaborate on what you mean by “I think there’s now maybe a bit fewer junky items on the page, either frivolous reviews or scraped content.”?

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