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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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Pittasoft BlackVue DR550GW-2CH dual dash cam review

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Not too long ago I tested the cylinder-shaped, wifi-enabled Pittasoft BlackVue DR5000GW-HD dash cam.  Now there’s a new model that adds a secondary camera for those rear-facing shots.  Pittasoft calls it the BlackVue DR550GW-2CH, available September 2013.  Let’s take a look. Read More →

Mod-3 Radius case for iPhone 5 review

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For some reason I can never find a case for my iPhone 5 that I truly like.  The truth is, the iPhone 5 feels great in the hand, and most cases spoil the smooth, sleek design.  The Mod-3 Radius case (provided by protects the corners with a bare minimum of bulk.  Here’s a closer look. Read More →

Beanco Mobile Home Bluetooth Siri Remote review

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So your car has built-in Bluetooth for your iPhone, but how do you activate Siri without fumbling for your handset?  Until all cars get Siri integration, the Mobile Home Bluetooth Siri Remote from Beanco might just be the solution. Read More →

Reliable Überlight 9000C SMD LED Task Light review

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Need a task light for your desk or workspace but want something that runs cool?  The Reliable Überlight 9000C SMD LED Task Light is something you should consider.  Let’s shine some light on this one.

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Lukas LK-7500 FHD CUTY Dash Cam review

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I’ve been experimenting with different car dash cams since I discovered that the GoPro cameras don’t feature an auto-record-upon-power-up function.  The last dash cam I reviewed was the Pittasoft BlackVue DR5000GW-HD, and before that, the DashCam Dually in 2010 (see related links for reviews of these products).  I thought the BlackVue DR5000GW-HD did a pretty good job.  How does the LK-7500 FHD CUTY from Lukas stack up?

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Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition review


“Now when you hit ‘print’, it actually prints” says the Lantronix website.  I’ve heard of methods to print from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, but I never cared about it… until I needed to print something and I was too lazy/unable to get to my desktop iMac.  Would the xPrintServer Home Edition from Lantronix deliver this promise?

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PanaVise PortaGrip 15504 Universal Phone Holder review

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I don’t use a phone holder in my car anymore.  I just can’t seem to find one I like.  I also needed a way to keep my phone within easy reach at my desk.  Maybe the PanaVise PortaGRIP 15504 Universal Phone Holder will do the trick!  Let’s take a look.

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Stash the power of the sun with SunStash

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Since I reviewed the Gomadic SunVolt Solar Power Station and Solar Cache High Capacity Battery Pack, I’ve often wondered what would happen if I needed to charge something more demanding, such as a laptop?

Now there’s a new Kickstarter project for a neat “upgrade”:  A thin, light and powerful battery companion called the SunStash.

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Weller SP25NUS LED-lit Soldering Iron review



Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron.  I’ve been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I’ve had quite a few soldering irons over the years.  I’m currently using a Weller soldering station that I’ve had over 20 years (still going strong), so when I had a chance to try a new Weller soldering iron with built-in LEDs, I jumped at the opportunity.  I received the 25W Standard Duty soldering iron.

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