I have a thing for nice computer keyboards. I type all day, both for work and at home, so having a good keyboard is important to me. I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice PC keyboard, especially for gaming and frequent typing. Along came the opportunity to review the Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard, by Func, so let’s see how it stacks up!
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Pebble has just announced a new version of their popular smartwatch, the Pebble Steel. This version of the smartwatch is made of milled stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, and it comes with metal and leather straps. It’s fully compatible with existing Pebble apps for iOS and Android. The Pebble Steel runs for $249, and you can reserve yours today via their website GetPebble.com.
There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping. Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me. Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook at a campsite? I recently had the opportunity to review the Power Pot V, by Power Practical, which can do just that. Originally a Kickstarter project in 2012, the Power Pot is a thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Let’s take a look!
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Working in the computer field and being a computer geek, I love using nice handbags and backpacks to carry all of my gadget gear. I have a weakness for leather and nicely crafted canvas and military inspired items. I recently got the opportunity to review the Staad Laptop BackPack by Waterfield Designs, so let’s take a look! Read More →
I am a huge fan of the DIY/maker movement that has come up recently. Every year since 2010, my significant other and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY. It sparks my interest in what people create and hack, and gives me ideas of my own. There are many vendors that show off DIY kits of various kinds, and one of them was from Spikenzie Labs. At Maker Faire I learned how to solder with their Solder: Time Watch kit, so when I had a chance to assemble the Solder: Time Desk Clock, I grabbed the opportunity!
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Having extra microUSB cables in my bag is such a necessity these days with all the devices that I own. I have two Android phones (one for work, one personal), an Android tablet, and various other gadgets that need a microUSB cable to sync or charge. I had the chance to review the microBOX retractable charge and sync cable from Scosche, so let’s take a look! Read More →
I like working in a mixed-media environment with my computer, paper notebook, and mobile phone all at my desk. Sometimes I’ll jot down notes in my notebook with a pen, since it’s easier to do, as I take a phone call, or when someone is speaking. After I write down a bunch of notes, sometimes I take a photo with my phone, then keep it in my Evernote or other note taking app for simplicity,without having to type it over again. I recently had the opportunity to review the Cam Mouse by Genius, which is a computer mouse and camera all-in-one. Perhaps it would be useful to incorporate in my workflow? Let’s take a look.
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Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup. The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6″ IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs. A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging, so you can use a microUSB cable you have on hand (although you might need at least a 3A charger). You also get 100GB of Google Drive storage free for 2 years, a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access ($9.99 after that), and 12 free sessions of GoGo inflight internet. It comes in white, black, or four color options (blue, green, yellow and red). It is available for pre-order in the Google Play store for $279.99, as well as online and in-store retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. It’s shipping soon!
There are often times when I need just a little bit more battery life on my mobile phone, especially when I go to an event where no outlets are available. I recently had the chance to review the Mugen Power 6400mAh Extended Battery with Battery Door for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from Mugen Power. The battery life on the Note 2 is already pretty good, so imagine a battery that gives me even more life! Let’s take a look. Read More →
Technology is awesome and convenient, especially smartphones and tablets. They are getting smaller, faster, and can have pretty good battery life built in. Sometimes you go to an event where your mobile phone is searching for signal constantly, in which you find yourself in the predicament of losing battery charge quickly. It’s always a good idea to keep a spare battery handy. I recently had the chance to try out the Super Slim Portable Battery with Flash Memory from Brando, so let’s see how it did!
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Are you a Windows 8 user that wants their start button back, along with more improvements to the OS? If you already have tried the Windows 8.1 preview, Microsoft has finally announced that Windows 8.1 will be officially released on October 18th worldwide. It will be a free update for current Windows 8 customers, and will be available on new devices after that date. With this new update comes a start button, Internet Explorer 11 powered by Bing search, and a few new built in apps – Food & Drink as well as Health & Fitness. You can read more about it on the official Microsoft blog.
I am a big fan of tablets for my everyday reading of news, setting reminders, and writing down notes. I’ve tried a couple of styluses back when I owned my first iPad, and I continue to try them for my Nexus 7. I also enjoy a good old-fashioned pen when I need to write down thoughts on normal notebook paper and in my journals. I recently had the opportunity to review the BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 Pen, so I jumped at the chance! Read More →
I love listening to music or podcasts on my home PC and at my office. Sometimes you just need to tune into something upbeat to get your work done! My desk space is limited, so since I was given the opportunity to try out the Dual Sonic speakers from Satechi, I grabbed the chance. Read More →
Nothing is more important to me than my first cup of coffee in the morning! The Clever Touch Temperature Sensing Coffee Mug with Digit LED Indicator will ensure you know the temperature of your coffee or tea before you take a sip. You can see if it’s “cool”, “warm” or “hot”, with a little heart LED in the center of the mug, which also “beats” when you touch it. It’s powered by two AA batteries and can hold up to 380 ml. It’s available for $36.90 via Brando.com or other popular online retailers such as Amazon and DealExtreme for around $30.
Being a techie junky, I’m always on the lookout for a good satchel or briefcase-type bag to carry all of my gear. I’m a computer technician, so something sturdy and roomy with lots of pockets is something I always need for work. I was given the chance to review the Bridle Leather Briefcase from LederMann recently, so I jumped at the chance. Does it meet my expectation for a nice quality satchel to carry my laptop and other trinkets in? Let’s take a look!
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I’ve always heard great things about the Dremel line of tools. They are known for their good build quality, and can be used for cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and etching various materials. I recently had the opportunity to review the Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, so let’s take a look at what is inside the box.
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I’ve always been on the hunt to make my own at-home security camera. I’ve fiddled with low-res webcams and my Raspberry Pi, which have given me interesting results. When I recently got the opportunity to review a small form-factor security camera, I jumped at the chance. Let’s take a look at the Intelligent Security Z12 Camcorder by Zetta. Is this camera is as intelligent as it looks? Let’s find out!
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Recently Julie asked us to do a post on what we carry every day. My two bags vary depending on if it’s a weekday or a weekend. Read More →