Andy Chen

Nanoleaf Bloom LED bulb review

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"Want to dim your lights but don’t have a dimmer switch installed? Too bad! Until now."  That's the tagline of the Nanoleaf Bloom, an odd-looking LED bulb that you can dim just by flicking a switch.  How does this work?  Let's find out. DON'T MISS: LOFTEK Outdoor/Indoor Rechargeable LED Light review Yes, it's shaped like a [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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aardvark HD_13

Our sewer line needed replacing recently.  The plumbers used a really long "snake" with a camera at the end to see where they were going.  I have no plans to repair toilets or examine indoor plumbing, but the Aardvark HD3M waterproof wireless inspection camera might take me places I never thought possible. The camera comes [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
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samson RTE2-15

I seem to be on a bit of a wireless headphone binge lately.  Earlier this year I got to try out the JBL Everest Elite 700 headphones, which I liked quite a bit.  Today I've got my hands on a pair of Samson RTE2 wireless headphones.  They're not around-the-ear headphones that I prefer, but the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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modrobotics cubelets-14

  There's a never-ending stream of "smart" or robot-themed building toys out there, but there's just something different about the Modular Robotics Cubelets.  I think it's because out of the box, they just plain work the way you'd expect with minimal effort. What are Cubelets?  Well, I'd try to explain, but I think this Modular [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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celluon picopro-14

For years, I thought all video projectors were gigantic behemoths with giant fans and stone-age resolutions.  I guess a lot has changed from the 80's, and there's no better example of this than this smartphone-sized Celluon PicoPro projector. From the Celluon website specs: 1/2” Thickness Infinite Focus: No need for manual focus adjustment HD Resolution: [...]

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Clug bike clip review

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Want to park your bike against a wall, but want to use the absolute smallest hardware you can find?  The Clug bike clip is a teeny tiny clip that promises to do just that, and is a snap to install. Modern art?  Baby chew toy?  This is the Clug, a clever two-part plastic clip that comes [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews
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kidde remote lync 08

First it was portable USB chargers, then Bluetooth speakers.  Lately I'm seeing a lot of "web" cameras designed as security or monitoring devices.  Today I've got the Kidde RemoteLync Smart Home Camera to try out. Wait, Kidde?  Yes, the people that make safety devices such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.  But a home security camera? [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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BYB E-0454 LED lantern review

BYB E-0454 lantern-01

I've got quite a few flashlights, but not so many lanterns.  Today we look at the BYBLight BYB E-0454 LED lantern which promises light weight, durable design, and high brightness. When collapsed, the BYB E-0454 is about the size of a small oil filter. From the Amazon page listing: Military grade* exterior is water resistant [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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JBL-Everest-Elite-700-30

I was recently invited to a JBL launch event for the new Everest series of headphones, where I was given a chance to look at various Everest models.  I was very fortunate to be given a pair of the Everest Elite 700 headphones to take home to try. The Everest series include an in-ear version [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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jbl-everest-event-02

JBL has officially released the Everest series of wireless headphones, featuring five models of around-ear, on-ear and in-ear styles. I attended the JBL launch event in San Francisco, CA and got a chance to see four of the models (the in-ear version was, for obvious reasons, behind a display). The models are broken down into the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, News
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Maverick PT-100-01

Since I know so little about cooking, I approach it like I would any engineering problem:  I follow directions when possible.  One essential cooking tool I need is a reliable thermometer.  Let's see how the Maverick PT-100 thermometer works out. • Commercial Grade Thermometer with NSF approval • Type K Thermocouple with integral stainless precision micro [...]

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Alt_mount_system

A while back I reviewed the Mod-3 Radius case for the iPhone 5.  It was a crazy cool minimal case that protected all corners with a simple x-shaped frame.  Now Mod-3 is introducing a new version for the iPhone 6s and 6s+ called the Alt. Unlike the Radius, the Alt is constructed of a soft-touch, [...]

Posted in: iOS, News
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Fenix FD40-10

My name is Andy, and I'm a Flashaholic.  I have a lumen problem.  Ever since my first "cool" flashlight 30 years ago, the MagLite, I've been chasing the next go-to handheld torch.  This illumination arms race has only escalated in the past 15 years with the introduction of better and brighter LEDs.  Today I've got the [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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Noontec Zoro II-07

I have many pairs of headphones lying around the house.  They're coming out of my ears.  Really.  I still dislike the in-ear style (IEMs, ear buds), so I'm restricted to headphones that rest outside my ears.  Today, I look at the Noontec ZORO II wireless headphones that not only cut the cord, but fold up [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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genius pack hardside21-03

I avoid checking bags in while flying whenever possible.  Additional bag fees?  No, it's the hassle of waiting for checked bags at the carousel, the risk of lost luggage, and the tendency to overpack.  I tend to travel with lots of loose items (charging cables, wall warts, adapters), so what if I could find a [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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EasyAcc2portdock-02

Why didn't I think of this before:  A charger that doubles as a dock?  Or a dock that doubles as a charger?  Which is it? The EasyAcc 2-port USB charging dock is simply your typical USB charger but with two slots cut out to rest your tablet or smartphone.  It comes with a microUSB cable. [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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Garmin GDR33 dash cam review

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Dash cams can be pretty useful, or even capture some interesting footage, but consumers are faced with a motley assortment of brands you've probably never heard of before.  Garmin is a name synonymous with quality GPS units, so this time I get to check out the Garmin GDR33 Dash Cam.  Does the Garmin name live up [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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allreli LCD dual chg-01

You've got a USB charger, but what is your smartphone or other gadget REALLY doing with that power?  The Allreli LCD Dual USB Charger gives you a glimpse under the hood with a handy display that shows current and voltage. In the box you get the dual USB charger, four prong adapters, and a set [...]

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A8 HUD-01

I love the idea of a heads up display, or HUD.  Jet fighters use them!  Fancy sports cars have them!  It's the stuff of the future, right?  I jumped at the chance to try out the A8 HUD unit with OBD connectivity. The A8 HUD unit consists of a flat, smartphone-shaped bar with a large [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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shure srh145-20

I know Shure from their line of audio gear, including the famous SM58 microphone.  But headphones?  Not so familiar.  Today I get to try out the Shure SRH145 headphones. Sensitivity:  100 dB SPL/mW lmpedance:  34 Ohms Frequency Range:  25 Hz–18 kHz Weight:  5.28 oz (150 g) without cable Cable Length:  5 ft (1.52 m) Cable [...]

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northstar-leather-apron-4

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
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mukava-27

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 and Kitchen, Reviews
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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 [...]

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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
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samson-SR550-01

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 [...]

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