Andy Chen


An apron?  What?  Yes.  If you've ever undertaken a household repair project by yourself, you immediately discover that we humans are cursed with only two hands and not enough pockets.  This may be the next best thing. I just moved into a "new" home originally built in the 1930's.  Can you say "Honey-Do List?"  However, [...]

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

I usually tote an iPad and my iPhone with me around the house, looking for a comfortable place to read.  I also reference cookbooks every so often, with no clever way to hold them up.  The Mükava Tablet and Mobile Table may have just solved both problems for me. No assembly required – plug and play [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
fluance fi50-13

I'm starting to lean away from portable, battery-operated speakers for my home listening needs, since I don't move them around much.  Hopefully, something larger and mostly stationary produces better quality sound.  How does the Fluance Fi50 bluetooth speaker stack up? 2 Way 4 Driver Bluetooth Music System with Integrated Amplifier Dual 3/5inch Coaxial Mounted Silk [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
inStream SeptimusB-07

The battle for USB charging ports rages on in 2015.  Today we look at yet another multi-USB charger with a grand total of 7 ports. The SeptimusB comes with a simple AC power cord and a short microUSB cable. The listed specs can be found in the manual.  There's no external transformer for this charger, [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

Aside from my car, I generally don't listen to music unless I have headphones on.  I don't know why this is.  I think I'm embarrassed by my strange taste in music.  Since earbuds are uncomfortable to me, I decided to take a look at the Samson SR550 Over-Ear Studio Headphones. Over-ear studio headphones Dynamic, detailed [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

I still don't own a laptop.  Somehow, the iPad has worked out well for me.  There are times I wish it had a keyboard, so I'm always on the hunt for a decent keyboard, but not a laptop.  Is the Felix WriteOn Bluetooth Keyboard the one? Bluetooth(R) technology and a lithium ion battery with intelligent [...]

Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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fluke linksprinter300-02

When it comes to home networks, I always prefer a wired internet connection over WiFi.  When you've got a bunch of unmarked cables hidden behind the walls, you need all the help you can get.  I'm not an IT professional, but I thought I'd add the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter to my "bag of tricks" when [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
EasyAcc 8 port USB-01

It doesn't seem that long ago that I reviewed my first desktop multi-USB charger.  That one had four USB ports, which of course, I quickly filled up.  Today, my desk graduates to 8 USB charging ports. Here's what you get in the box: 1 x EasyAcc 8-Port USB Desktop Charger 1 x DC 12V 5A [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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Marley Get Together-01b

I've been on a personal quest to find the "perfect" Bluetooth speaker.  This time, I get to check out one unit that struck me with handsome good looks from The House of Marley called the Get Together.  Do sound and function match outward appearances? According to their website, The House of Marley "is built on [...]

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