Dave Rees


Difficult to believe that it has been nearly three years since I reviewed the original Jaybird BlueBuds X wireless sports earbuds. Jaybird was one of the first manufacturers to create a minimalist wireless set of earbuds engineered to survive a rainy run or extra sweaty workout. Well as we all know, three years is a long [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

The Gatekeeper carabiner is currently a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $25,000 in funding. And while it does not require a battery, plug, cord, etc…it definitely qualifies as an interestingly designed gadget. It is a finely machined accessory engineered to securely clip your keys, tiny flashlight, micro tool, etc to your belt-loop or gear bag. Note: Images can [...]

Posted in: Gear, Reviews

It is difficult to believe I reviewed the Surfire T1A Titan compact flashlight more than 6 years ago...crazy how fast time flies. To this day, I use the T1A often to light my way. It has withstood the test of time and continues to operate flawlessly. Recently Surefire has released an updated follow-on to the [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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Earlier this year I reviewed the Polar M400 sport watch and was pleased with how feature packed and fitness oriented it was. I have used it on and off throughout 2015.  When Polar gave me the opportunity to put their latest flagship training device through its paces, I jumped at the chance. The Polar V800 is one of [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews, Watches and Clocks

While living less than 20 miles from downtown Seattle, we live out in the middle of no where at the end of a very long gravel road on a piece of property that we can't see any of our neighbors. It is a quiet and relatively peaceful place but remote enough people could drive up our [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

The bar for any smartphone or smart device keeps going up no matter what tier its specs and build quality put it in. This, in conjunction with the middle and entry level device pricing continuing to come down, only means a better and better bang for the buck. Add in the fact that Samsung and [...]

Posted in: Android, Reviews
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The Whipping Post roll top backpack is a nice looking bag reminiscent of days gone by. This backpack is made of brown polished leather with a vintage look and feel that reminds me of walking to school a hundred years ago. The rustic bag is large enough to hold a laptop along with your daily gear. Let’s take a [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews

My wife and her 'wine club' meet most Friday evenings to relax and enjoy a bottle or two of some new wine they have discovered. They have done this for years. So when Julie has some new wine gadget that looks like it has the potential to be fun for me and the Club, I [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

Over the past few years, NKMOS Design Technology has created several versions of their premium smart-device car mounts: the Ultima and Ultima S, both of which began as crowdfunded Kickstarter efforts. Late last year (2014) they began a new Kickstarter project attempting to raise funding for a high end universal tablet stand. The AirStand is [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

My family and I live on 10 acres in Washington State and while we live about 20 miles of downtown Seattle, our place is pretty rural. Many critters and creatures live on and transit through our trees and fields all year long. This is especially true during the spring, when some years the deer are like [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

I am a huge advocate for the use of screen protectors. I have been a fan since the beginning; starting with those overpriced, thin sheets of plastics to the messy liquid applied protectors to tempered glass and now engineered systems to keep your smart device's round-edged screen safe and protected. The engineers at Bodyguardz have [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, Reviews

I travel a great deal for work and pleasure (aka when my wife drags me on vacation). Much of that time away from home spans more that just a few days and is usually pretty hectic. So, remembering everything and staying organized is critical for making the time away from home go smoothly and stress-free. [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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Back in 2012, the gadgeteer Kid and I did a joint review of the original Sphero programable, robotic ball. We had a good time playing with it; using it to not only entertain ourselves but the dog and cat as well. Recently the Orbotix engineers and designers have introduced a second generation Sphero robot ball [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

Julie and I have reviewed many Withings living-well products over the years, primarily smart-scales and activity trackers up to this point. Though in the past year, they have expanded their line-up to include baby, sleep, heart, and home products as well. In this case, Withings sent us several of their new high definition surveillance cameras to [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Home and Kitchen, iOS, Reviews

I love the ease and convenience of wireless charging. I have Qi charging pads and stands strategically placed throughout my world. They all get the job done but none are really all that noteworthy or eye catching. All are made of some sort of plastic varying in size, shape, and quality. Until recently that is. [...]

Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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I enjoy and definitely prefer nice writing instruments. Occasionally one is introduced on Kickstarter or the like that is noteworthy. In this case, the designers at Dimond Point have recently began a crowd-funded project so that they can bring The Patriot, their precision-machined, military-inspired pen to market. The Patriot Pen is sleek, lightweight and made from high-quality military grade 6063 aluminum, [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
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As I have said before, I prefer earbuds, having tried literally dozens of them from stock earbuds to wireless sport headphones to extravagant, handmade monitors and everything in between. I like their small, compact, transportable form-factor for travel, working out, puttering around the house, etc. Be that as it may, it surprises me how many people are [...]

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

The Colonel Littleton No. 37 Satchel in American buffalo is a beautiful bag bringing Old World quality, artistry, and charm to modern times. As the title states, this eye-catching bag is made from buffalo leather instead of the more classic cowhide. The combination of both design and rugged, marbled leather makes the No.37 Satchel unique to [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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I truly believe charging your devices without having to plug them in is a great feature and the way of the future, that all cellphone/smart device manufactures should embrace. The TYLT VÜ wireless charger was one of my favorite review/tech products of 2014. It's build quality, upright orientation and triple coil design make it the hands [...]

Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
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Seems like everyone is getting into the fitness band market these days and as a runner, I find them nice enough but limited as a 'get in shape/get off your butt' tool in many respects. To bridge this gap between fitness and training, the engineers at Polar have created a hybrid device designed to, not only track your [...]

Posted in: GPS, Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews, Watches and Clocks