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WaterField Designs Franklin Tote review

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Here at the-gadgeteer, we are equal parts gadget and bag fans.  Some of the best bags come from WaterField Designs, makers of some of the niftiest tech totes around.  Today we look at their new Franklin Tote. Read More →

Tablift hands-free tablet stand review

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I constantly struggle with the tablet vs. laptop decision.  Laptops are great, but tablets are lighter.  But tablets don’t exactly do the hands-free or lap TOP bit very well unless you have some fancy case or stand.  Today let’s take a look at the uniquely-shaped Tablift.

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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision review

belkin netcam HD+01I’ve avoided playing with “home” monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we’re past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of this technology.  Today I’m looking at a Belkin Wi-Fi camera that boasts better image quality due to an actual glass lens.  This caught my attention. Read More →

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5S case review

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Yes, I’m still looking for a smartphone case that’s “just right”.   Lately I’ve been leaning towards rugged-looking cases.  Today let’s look at the Urban Armor Gear case for the iPhone 5S. Read More →

IDAPT Universal HUG Desk Holder for tablet review


The market is flooded with tablet holders.  What works in one case may not work for another.  And what if you change tablets from an iPad to an Android to something different?  The IDAPT Universal HUG Desk Holder addresses all of that in a cleverly designed tablet stand. Read More →

Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven review


I am not a cook, chef, or even a glorified food preparer.  In fact, I view cooking as nothing more than a DIY project with heat and chemistry.  I’d like to also point out that I failed chemistry numerous times in school.  Along comes the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven.  Pressure oven?  OK, you have my attention.

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Just Mobile AluBolt lightning dock for iPhone/iPad review

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Sometimes I feel like Don Quixote on some quest to find… the perfect iPhone dock.  The Just Mobile AluBolt is the latest iPhone dock to grab my attention.  Will it be the one for me? Read More →

Epson LabelWorks Safety Kit review

epson labelworks safety kit-01I’ve had the same “Brand B” big-name label maker for nearly 15 years.  Why would I need another one?  Sure, my old one is heavy, hard-to-read, and often frustrating to use… Okay, maybe it’s time to give the Epson LabelWorks Safety Kit a look. Read More →

Coalesse Free Stand portable worksurface review

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Do you use your laptop ON your lap?  Give your thighs a break with the Coalesse Free Stand portable worksurface, an ingenious and elegant fold-flat work surface.
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Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 electric toothbrush review

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“He needs to brush longer,” said my son’s dentist.  Funny, I seem to get that from my dentist as well.  What good could an electric toothbrush do that can’t be accomplished with a regular toothbrush?  Today we look at the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 Electric Toothbrush.

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Kamerar KamPro Handle Kit review

kampro handle kit-01The GoPro action cameras are synonymous with capturing exciting video.  But what if you want to hold the tiny camera instead of strapping to your helmet or the handlebars on your bike?  The Kamerar KamPro Handle Kit is a flexible and clever way to do just that.

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IPEVO AT-ST Articulating Video Stand for iPhone and iPod Touch review

ipevo at-st stand-01Let’s just get this out of the way:  If you even have a shred of geek cred, you probably saw “AT-ST” in the title and wondered if this had anything to do with Star Wars.  Well, the IPEVO AT-ST Articulating Video Stand isn’t for Stormtroopers, but for gadgets such as the iPhone and iPod Touch. Read More →

Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand review

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Are you fighting a never-ending battle for desktop organization?  The Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand just might be the ticket.  But how can a monitor stand help?  Let’s take a look.

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Andy C.


What does my desk look like?  I was afraid someone was going to ask!  There it is, in all it’s unvarnished glory.  Let me take you on a tour.

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Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS review


Over the years, video quality has gotten better on smartphones, but if there’s one area that hasn’t changed much, it is the audio recording side of things.  Have you ever wished your Lightning connector-equipped iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) had a better microphone?  The Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS gives you just that in the palm of your hand.  Read More →

SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD action camera review


Recently I had the chance to review the SpyTec SJ-3000 action cam.  It was good for the price.  Today we’re looking at the 3000′s sibling, the SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD Action Camera which features auto record on external power for use as a dash cam.
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Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam review


In my seemingly never-ending quest for a decent dash cam, I had the opportunity to review the Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam.  It may seem like another dash cam with an LCD screen, but the P2 Pro includes GPS, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning as well.  How do they do that? Read More →

Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera review

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Tiny digital action cams seem to be everywhere, from bike handlebars to snowboarder helmets.  Even if you’re not the extreme sport type, you’ll probably find a use for one at some point.  The Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera promises to rival the ubiquitous GoPro at a third of the price. Read More →

Nextware Bloom: Handcrafted Wood Case for iPhone 5/5s review


I’m always on the lookout for new cases for my iPhone.  I’m pretty particular about fit and finish.  These handsome Bloom Handcrafted Wood Cases for the iPhone 5/5s by Nextware, which are still actively seeking funding on Kickstarter, caught my eye.  Thanks to Nextware for sending us an early sample so we can give them a closer look.

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Henge Docks Gravitas Lightning iPhone/iPad dock review


When I’m at my desk, I like to have my iPhone propped up somehow while charging.  The problem is, most docks that have a charging cable attached to the bottom require you to use two hands to insert and remove the device.  That is, you hold down the dock with one hand, pull iPhone up with the other.  But what if the dock stayed in place?  Enter the heavyweight Henge Docks Gravitas Lightning dock.

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Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts for smartphones and tablets review

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Car interiors are becoming increasingly cluttered places.  When I got my new car, I decided not to mount my phone because I could not find a spot I liked.  When I heard of the new Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts, I had to take a closer look.  Would this give me more mounting options than I thought of before?

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IPEVO USB SuperCharger review

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got more than a few USB-charged devices.  How many iDevices, smartphones, tablets, and gizmos do you have craving a nightly fill-up?  To complicate matters, larger devices (iPads, tablets) usually require a charge that’s beefier than your regular phone charger.  Enter the IPEVO USB SuperCharger to the rescue! Read More →

Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer review

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Got that sleek new laptop that’s missing an optical drive?  Or maybe you just need to add Blu-ray writing?  The Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer may be just the thing you need.

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SleuthGear ZoneShield Night Vision SC8000 clock radio camera review

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If you’ve ever wanted to covertly record something in your home or office but didn’t want to leave an obvious camera out in the open, then the ZoneShield Night Vision SC8000 clock radio by SleuthGear just might be the thing – hiding in plain sight, disguised as an ordinary desktop clock.  But is it convincing enough to pass as an innocent appliance?  And, what does the video look like?

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Daily Use Apps – Andy Chen

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If you’re like me, the arrival of a new phone means determining what apps to keep or toss.  Here’s a shortlist of a few that made the cut that I use nearly every day.
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