Andy Chen

In 2011, I reviewed the AntLion ModMic, a boom microphone that you attach to your own headphones.  The latest version is the ModMic 5, which now includes a mute switch, selectable omni/cardioid pattern, and more.  How does it sound?  Let's find out. The latest ModMic comes in a much more polished package vs. the paper [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear, Reviews

Waylens Horizon dash cam review

  The dash cam market is a crowded place.  It's so crowded, I've kind of given up on searching for "the best".  Recently, Waylens released a dash cam called the Horizon that not only boasts excellent image quality but gives the driver the option to overlay vehicle information such as speed, RPM, GPS and more, all [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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APC Back-UPS BE850M2 review

Despite the power-hungry gadget count in my home, I don't have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).  I just never got around to it.  Power outages aren't very common where I live.  However, my son has been doing a lot of writing for homework on the computer, and it would be a shame to lose his [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

I knew a co-worker who swore by those misshapen "ergonomic" keyboards.  I never quite understood them until I saw the Kinesis Advantage keyboard about 10 years ago in person.  I was intrigued by the dual concave shape and layout.  I finally got to try the latest version, the Advantage2. For those who are familiar with [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

IPEAK wake up light review

Many years ago I created my own "wake up light" by setting up a timer to a lamp next to my bed.  It was clumsy and blasted full light in the morning.  Now there's a more refined way to achieve the same results with the IPEAK wake up light. I noticed the box was unbranded. [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks

Ever wanted a hidden camera that streams over the web via WiFi and records to a MicroSD card?  You want battery powered portability or the option for AC power?  How about motion activated recording or constant video recording like a dash cam?  SpyGearGadgets offers a camera that does all that in a plain-vanilla black box [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

One feature I miss on my iPhone is the LED "blinky" that lets you know if you've got a message waiting, missed call, etc.  This was one of my favorite Blackberry features.  What if you could add some light to your computer in the same way?  Today I've got my hands on the Luxafor Flag [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Another USB charger... another USB charger... wait, how come this one has an AC outlet?  That's right, if you've EVER needed a portable AC outlet, take a look at the RAVPower AC Portable Charger.  I was just about to go on a camping trip, so I thought I'd bring it along. The battery comes in [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

I was not prepared for this.  I thought I was going to review a rugged Bluetooth speaker.  I didn't expect to unpack something that looked AND felt this rugged.  This is the DreamWave Tremor- probably the only Bluetooth speaker I've tried that could double as a battering ram. When you're a Gadgeteer, you see a [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Galaxy ZEGA tank game review

I've always loved remote controlled toys, and my son (age 10) has always had a fascination with tanks.  Recently he made a Lego tank of his own design, complete with the treads.  When I saw the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank game, I knew I had to give it a try. I had never heard of [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews

Not too long ago I bought what I thought was a pricey insulated cup for my cold drinks.  When I spotted the Takeya ThermoTumbler 20 oz., I thought "this looks familiar", so I thought I'd see if there were any differences. • Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your drink cold or hot for hours. • Clear [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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I'm not much of a gamer anymore, but my son (currently age 10) enjoys playing Minecraft and asked for an alternative to the flat-keyed Apple USB keyboard.  I thought this would be a great time to take a closer look at a mechanical keyboard- in this case, the Drevo Gramr 84-key Backlit Mechanical Keyboard. Most [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear, Reviews

I like simple phone cases.  Unfortunately, most cases kind of detract from the original, simple lines of the iPhone.  The Terrapin TPU cases are simple and effective.  Let's take a look. I was sent a white and a black sample. The cases are smooth and shiny on the outside, and unusually matte on the inside. [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews

Let's get this out of the way:  I cannot wear earbuds.  Well, I can, but I simply choose not to.  I'm an over-the-ear kind of headphone fan.  But, tiny earbuds that don't even have a cord?  Let's see what this is about. The SmartOMI BOOTS is a set of Bluetooth ear buds that don't require [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

My son Joey is now 10, and like many his age, loves Minecraft.  I've seen other attempts at creating educational products with Minecraft, but nothing quite like the Piper Computer kit.  A "build it yourself" computer that plays Minecraft?  I decided to take a hands-off approach and let my son build it all by himself. [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Kid Gadgets, Reviews