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John Schettino

The Misemet r.pod multifunction electronic pod and solar charger is not only a mouthful to say, it's also a multifunction workhorse for off-the-grid power and light. Available in red, yellow, or green colors, it consists of the r.pod itself, which looks for all the world like a gigantic cold capsule, a handful of accessories, and [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Outdoor Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
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ZOMM Wireless Leash review

The ZOMM Wireless Leash (available in white, pink, or black) is a small key-fob sized Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone and alarm for any Bluetooth-enabled phone or, for that matter, any other BT device that can partner with it. It's touted as having three features: It sounds an alarm if it loses connection to its paired device, it [...]

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The Freedom i-Connex Combi iPad case and stand with Bluetooth keyboard solves three common needs for either a heavy user of the iPad 2 or newer  user. In one package, you get a "smart cover" that also can contort into a stand in either portrait or landscape orientations, a heavy-duty, rubberized case, and a decent but [...]

posted in Bluetooth Gear, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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The CamelBak All Clear UV purification system and Eddy everyday/outdoor bottle offer you two choices in portable liquid haulers. Both bottles consist of all BPA-free and ruggedly-constructed materials.They come with lifetime guarantees that don't cover damage due to use, just defects - but CamelBak does stand behind their products. Since the Eddy is the low-tech [...]

posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews, Travel Gear
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LapDawg O-Stand Review

The LapDawg O-Stand is a strikingly versatile and equally odd-looking stand for a wide range of tablet/reader devices. It arrives in a somewhat imposing box, which hints at the scale of stand you're about to encounter. Even so, you may not be prepared for the coiled mass that awaits inside. However, if you've struggled to [...]

posted in eBook Readers, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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The Air-Fi AF9 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Microphone from MEElectronics is a small Bluetooth receiver (with controls and mic) and stereo headset. It provides hands-free talking and Bluetooth stereo media playback/control in a convenient-sized device providing unconnected (to your phone, anyway) use with any Bluetooth-enabled device. The AF9 comes with a generous supply of [...]

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The Intellinet Wireless 450N Dual-Band Gigabit Router and Wireless 300N Dual-Band USB Adapter are two high-performance, if somewhat bare-bones dual band MIMO 802.11n devices from Intellinet Network Solutions. For this review I swapped out my existing 802.11n router for the Intellinet 450N and tested its performance with a number of different clients. To test the [...]

posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews
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The BookWedge inflated wedge is, well, a wedge. A wedge that inflates. At this point you know just about everything you need to know about the product, including its website. I'll go ahead and prattle on for a few hundred more words anyway, because not only is this a wedge that inflates, it's actually a [...]

posted in eBook Readers, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Travel Gear
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The ePillow by Veyl Products LLC is a large, soft pillow with a U-shaped ridge designed to comfortably and securely hold a tablet or e-reader in a usable position for extended periods. If you have an Android tablet, iPad, or one of the heavier eReaders (for example, a Kindle Fire which comes in at about [...]

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Sena makes a full line of iPad 2 cases - the two reviewed here are a "basic sleeve" design, the Ultraslim (Smartcover), and a more substantial "box" design, the Kutu. Both claim to work with an Apple smart cover in place, but in actual use only the Kutu really delivers on that promise. Both cases [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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The OGIO Squadron RSS backpack (reactive suspension system - more on that later) is, as you can see in the photo above, a beast of a bag. You can put a lot of stuff into it, and thanks to all the various pockets and compartment, all that stuff will stay put. There's a dedicated section [...]

posted in Bags, Reviews
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NAEB500 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones from Nyrius are a refreshing departure from the run of the mill $10 in-ear earphones one usually runs into. They're priced at $49.95 but are widely available around $30, and as such they cost about as much as 2 or three of those knock-off earphones you'll find in the big-box [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
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The NuGuard GripStand/GripBase Bundle from Newer Technology  is a combination base (the GripBase) and iPad case/stand/handle, bundled into a single package. This version is specifically for the first generation iPad - if you have a second generation iPad, you can assume the GripStand 2 version is essentially identical to the version reviewed here - except [...]

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The Pantech Breeze III and Persuit II phones are two low-end GSM phones available on the AT&T network for under $100 (currently and often just under $50 with rebate) for new customers with a 2 year term. While both offer decent (and different)  functionality, they have significant limitations when compared to current and last generation [...]

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The Data Watch DataTale PAIR 2.5-inch 2-Bay RAID Enclosure is an external dual-2.5" drive enclosure with just about every interface possible, along with actual hardware RAID capabilities. It comes at a hefty price premium, but if you've got the need for external speed, and the right interface option on your target device, it delivers the [...]

posted in Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
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The Built NY 15-16" Laptop Sleeve and foofbag MacBook Pro 15" Sleeve are two of the many Macbook/slim notebook sleeves available from GearZap - "a specialist online retailer of Netbook and Laptop accessories." This retailer only ships to the UK and most EU member countries, so be sure to check their delivery information page if [...]

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The Level8 15" & 17" Atlas Backpack is a workhorse backpack that will haul your 15-17" laptop along with a small mountain of additional "stuff" with a bit of style, a ton of protection, and a lot of comfort. Thanks to it's adherence to TSA standards, your laptop can ride through the X-Ray screening station [...]

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The Energizer Inductive Charger and the iPhone 4 Qi (pronounced chee) Sleeve is the newest wireless charging system promising to simplify your charging experience for your myriad rechargable devices. It uses the Qi standard for charging, which is a global standard for wireless charging systems. What this should mean is that as more devices ship [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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The iHome iDM12 Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker System for iPad/iPhone/iPod is iHome's entry into the every growing portable/battery powered Bluetooth speaker market. Like the Monster iClarityHD speakers I reviewed in January, the iMD12 aims to give you mobile sound without the headphones. Unlike the iClarityHD, the iDM12 doesn't bother with a microphone - it's not a [...]

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The Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano Flow is the latest version of the Vulkano product line, and represents a simplification of the feature set to focus on "place shifting" (streaming) of live television while greatly simplifying the setup of the device and software. I reviewed a pre-release version of the Flow, so there may be very minor [...]

posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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