Andy Chen

netscout aircheck G2-04

Back in 2015, I moved into my remodeled home and discovered various ethernet issues with the wiring in the house.  Thankfully, I had some help with the Fluke LinkSprinter 300 network tester.  But what if you need some help troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues?  With the Netscout Aircheck G2, now you've got some help. The hardware may look [...]

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kinesis savant elite2-01

In my recording/audio booth, I'm constantly finding ways to make things a little more efficient in such a tiny, 5x5 foot space.  I like to keep my hands free when recording, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try out the Kinesis Savant Elite2 Dual Pedal. I was immediately struck by how [...]

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iRig Mic Lav2-02

If I've said once, I've said it a hundred times:  One of the first rules in audio is to put the sound where the people are.  The same goes for microphone placement.  Sometimes, the microphone built in to your smartphone just won't cut it.  The iRig Mic Lav microphone kit allows daisy-chaining two lavaliere microphones [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Music Gear, Reviews
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ipazzport bluetooth keyboard amazon-16

Ever try to enter in your username and password using nothing more than a handheld remote?  I have several bluetooth keyboards I could use with my various streaming devices, such as Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, but I never seem to have one handy.  The iPazzPort is a Bluetooth keyboard that comes with two [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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keybiner-09

I don't like putting keys in my pockets.  Since I don't always carry a bag, I've been looking for a clever way to keys onto things.  But what if you could combine both?  That's where the Fortius Arms KeyBiner Carabiner comes in. That's right, a carabiner that actually holds your keys.  If you use a [...]

Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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nyne rebel 14a

What is it with strange looking bluetooth speakers?  Earlier this year I had a chance to listen to the hole-in-the-middle Fluance Fi70.  This time, we're going to look at the distinctively angular Nyne Rebel splashproof portable Bluetooth speaker. If you're not familiar with Nyne, we've had a chance to review other speakers, such as the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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plugged crown headphones-19

I generally avoid two things when it comes to headphones:  I steer clear of closed-ear models, as well as brands I've never heard of.  The Plugged Crown headphones are closed design, and Plugged doesn't exactly enjoy the name-brand recognition as Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, etc.  Still, there was something about the appearance I kind of liked, [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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Fluance_Fi70-01

Your eyes do not deceive you.  There's a hole in this speaker.  The first time our own Bill Henderson mentioned the Fluance Fi70, I knew I just had to try it.  But would the unusual looks translate into a something that sounded decent?  I've got enough speakers.  Why would I want another?  I told myself I [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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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 [...]

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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? [...]

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