Andy Chen

case logic kontrast-06

On the heels of my recent review of the GOcase Compact GoPro Case, we have the Case Logic Kontrast action camera case.  Yes, THAT Case Logic.  The very name conjures up memories of cassette and CD organizers of my youth.  Let's see what today's Case Logic comes up with. Compatible with up to 2 action cameras, [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Cases, Covers, Reviews
choetech C0045S-01

More power!  That's the cry of today's desktop.  If you're anything like me, you probably have a tangled web of mismatched chargers, or you may find yourself looking behind furniture for that spare outlet to test out some gadget.  The CHOETECH Desktop Multi USB Power Strip aims to address this in one simple package. The CHOETECH Desktop [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Computer Gear, Reviews
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inatek hb4009-01

So you've got two computers on your desk.  Windows, Mac, or one of each?  OK, now what if you wanted to move files between the two?  Instead of flash drives, setting up a home network and storage, or even emailing yourself a file (we've all done that before!), how about just one USB device that [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
xport E1-01

You can't have too many USB charging outlets when traveling, I say.  Today we look at the XPower E1, a rather unique take on the 12V to USB accessory with 3 ports, a built-in voltage display and a long power cord. Published Specifications: Input:  DC12V/24 V Max Output current:  7.1 A Blue USB port output [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
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tylt ribbn 01

I love flat charging cables.  Ever since I came across the flat micro USB cable that came with the Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom speaker, I've been snapping up flat cables if there's a choice.  Now, there's a car charger with a flat cable! The TYLT RIBBN comes in red, yellow, blue or black in both [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
miggo agua 13

We love bags at the-gadgeteer!  We've seen so many, the only drawback is it takes quite a bit to surprise us.  That's why the Miggo AGUA camera bag Kickstarter campaign got my attention.  Is it a bag, or is it a case?  Or something totally unique? Bags are all about trade-offs.  Convenient, protective and weather-resistant? [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

The GoPro is a popular action camera, but I've found it's got so many accessories, it sometimes needs a little help keeping things organized.  I think I have parts scattered in at least three boxes, which is pretty inconvenient.  GOcase has a solution for that. The packaging says "H3-Case" but the website calls this the [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
best AC adaptor hidden camera 01

I've had my eye on something like this for a long time:  A self-contained camera hidden in plain sight that doesn't require any fancy installation.  The Zone Shield AC Adaptor HD DVR is disguised as an ordinary "wall wart" power adapter.  Just plug it in and go!  Let's see how well it works. I'll get [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews
roamwild surround pillow-02

I do not like those inflatable neck pillows I see other use when traveling by plane.  To me, they look ridiculous and they're about as comfortable as sleeping on an air mattress (not comfortable).  I thought I'd give the Roamwild Surround Travel Pillow a try.  Would this be a step up? Side pillows?  This is [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

I've been downsizing the weight and quantity of "stuff" I carry around.  This includes my pockets.  RC Fibers makes a series of lightweight wallet products made in the USA, so I thought I'd take a look. First up is the Classic RC Carbon fiber money clip.  Measures 2.5 L x 1.75 W x .5 H (inches). This [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets
sena vettra st-01

I can never decide if I want a case on my iPad Air or not.  It's thin and wonderful to hold without a case, but you're at risk of damaging your tablet without one.  The Sena Vettra ST Leather Case provides a functional case that manages to remain slim. The Vettra ST comes nicely packaged [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
ivation acoustix-04

As a rule, I don't get that excited about Bluetooth speakers anymore unless there's a feature that really grabs my attention.  The last waterproof Bluetooth speaker I reviewed was the NYNE Aqua floating Bluetooth speaker.  What's so different about the Ivation Acoustix waterproof Bluetooth speaker? In the box, you get pretty much what you expect:  A [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
satechi bluetooth home button-03

Recently, Julie and I reviewed the iBolt Command Remote, a Bluetooth button that you can control various aspects of your smartphone.  It was okay, but had some shortcomings especially for the iOS version.  Today, I've got the Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Home Button) to review. In the box, you get the remote, an adhesive pad, instructions, [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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Not too long ago I was caught in a situation where I had to wait somewhere for several hours without access to a charger.  As I watched my iPhone drain down to nearly empty, I vowed to keep my eye open for one of those battery packs.  Today, I've got one to try out:  The EasyAcc [...]

Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

Roughly two years ago, I reviewed Aluminyze's photo printing product:  My own digital image printed on sturdy aluminum.  At the time, I chose a glossy finish.  I was given an opportunity to try something different. As before, there are only a few simple steps, but so many more options to choose from.  Now you can [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Another Bluetooth speaker?  Been there, done that.  Waterproof?  Yawn.  Okay, how about one that floats?  If that caught your attention, check out the NYNE Aqua floating Bluetooth speaker. Connectivity:  Wireless Bluetooth Enabled and 3.5mm Aux-in Wireless Range:  33 feet or 10 meters Sound:  2.0 Stereo Channel Output Power:  2200 mA Rechargeable Battery with 10 hrs. [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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A scanner?  What is this, 1996?  Not too long ago I discontinued my home fax landline.  When was the last time I needed to fax, when everyone uses email?  Boy was I wrong.  I'm in the middle of a house remodel, and I'm finding lots of reasons to electronically scan and send documents, not just [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews, Wireless

Tic Stac Toe game review


We are a family who loves board games.  Every night we attempt to play something as a family (mom, dad and Joey, age 8).  Today we've added Tic Stac Toe to our library of games.   As the name implies, Tic Stac Toe is a three-dimensional twist on the classic "tic tac toe".   It's [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews

Flote Orbit tablet stand review


As long has there have been tablets, gadgeteers everywhere have been trying to find ways to hold them hands-free.  Today we look at the Flote Orbit, which on Flote's website is described as "Elegant. Ergonomic. Erresistible". (Click on images for full size) The Flote Orbit comes partially assembled in three parts:  The weighed base, arm, and [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

I used to carry tools around for a living.  A good tool bag was critical.  I ended up with a variety of boxes with wheels on them just to lug them around town.  I don't do that anymore, but since I rent and don't live in a house, space is at a premium.  Maybe what [...]

Posted in: Bags, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews