Andy Jacobs

Since I began participating in (and actually completing) GORUCK Challenges back in 2014, I've thought a lot more about headlamps than I ever thought I'd think about headlamps. I have one that I have worn for thirteen GORUCK events and for tasks around the house, and it has performed fairly well for me, but it's starting to… Read More

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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With the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it's cool to be a Rebel again (like it ever wasn't). And although he didn't appear in Rogue One, Han Solo is certainly one of the most popular Rebels, so who wouldn't want to imitate him? Prometheus Design Werx must agree, because they've released the Solo… Read More

Posted in: News
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If you've been a patron of The Gadgeteer for some time, you may likely surmise that I've been on a quest to identify a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that will perform well for me in a variety of situations, but mainly for use during heavy exercise. After evaluating a variety of similar products, all of which basically… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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A while back, I posted a news item about the Magpul DAKA Pouch. Made in the U.S.A. from polymer-infused, chemical-resistant, non-hygroscopic (will not absorb moisture) textiles with an anti-slip texture that are impenetrably RF-welded on all seams, the DAKA Pouch is one of the toughest gear carrying items you may ever find.  Not content with… Read More

Posted in: News, Wallets
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When Julie asked us to create EDC update posts, I initially thought I'd just include the handful of items that I carry on my person at all times.  But then I thought, "Nah.  Not my style.  My style is to go overboard."  Thus behold, all of my current EDC items.  Incidentally, the EDC items I carry… Read More

Posted in: Articles
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The night my wife purchased her iPhone 6 Plus a few years ago, she also wanted a case to protect her investment. Among the many iPhone cases in the Apple Store that night, the tech21 Impactology case was her choice. Although it was the color that initially caught her eye, she also liked that it seemed… Read More

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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I'm an EDC (Everyday Carry) user. You know, those little tools, tech and other items that you use regularly to help with tasks throughout your day. However, EDC often consists of several items that you have no good way to organize while carrying. There are many pouch-type cases out there, but often these provide just… Read More

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews, Wallets
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Need a USB flash drive but the everyday ones just aren't tough enough for you? GorillaDrive might be your new data storage best friend. It's crush- and water-resistant and includes a metal lanyard loop. Plus, it looks tough. Gadget on! Host Interface: Universal Serial Bus 2.0/1.1 (USB2.0/1.1), UHCI (Universal Host Controller Interface) Supported Operating Systems… Read More

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
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Welcome to the next chapter in my ongoing quest to find a pair of Bluetooth headphones that I can use while working out. I've tried a few pairs of wired Bluetooth earbuds with limited success, but for a while now, I've had my eye on the latest version, the completely wireless style. The QCY Q29… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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Several months back, in August 2016, I reviewed the Optoma NuForce BE6 Bluetooth wireless headphones. Not long after that review was posted here, Julie let me know that Optoma had already released an updated version of the NuForce BE6, called the  NuForce BE6i. Overall I'd been happy with the NuForce BE6, with the exception of some issues… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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In the Star Wars stories, the faithful little astromech droid R2-D2 had many gadgets to help his friends out of numerous bad situations. Brought to you by our friends at ThinkGeek, here's an R2-D2 feature we never saw in the films: a Coffee Press. Yes, Star Wars fans, R2-D2 can help infuse you with your daily… Read More

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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I really like the Apple Watch. Or at least the idea of the Apple Watch. But for all its amazing-seeming functionality, it just doesn't seem like it would be tough enough for me. I'd want to wear it 24/7 and for the activities that I engage in, it would need to be pretty durable. The folks… Read More

Posted in: Cases and Covers, News, Watches and Clocks
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With so many power-hungry gadgets out there, small, portable power supply devices are all the rage. Sometimes I wish I had something that I could just strap on and have at the ready to power my GoPro or top off my iPhone or my DSLR. The GO PUCK folks must have been inside my head because their… Read More

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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Go ahead, tell me you don't wish---on a daily basis---that you had an on-hand way to translate Aurabesh (the Star Wars alphabet) into English. No? Well, I do. OK, maybe I don't. But that doesn't mean I don't want one of these super-cool translator rings from Retroworks. In addition to the Aurabesh-to-English one shown above… Read More

Posted in: News
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I've been on the hunt for a set of wireless headphones for quite a while, even before Apple declared is "war on wires" (my words, not theirs) with their latest iPhone 7 models. My main criterion for wireless headphones was that I could wear them while working out, meaning that they wouldn't be negatively affected by… Read More

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