Julie Strietelmeier


I hate winter with a passion. I think snow is pretty to look at from inside a warm house, but I loathe being outdoors when the temperature drops to less than 40 degrees. I usually get my gloves out by the end of October so I can keep my hands warm when I'm going to and from work. Gloves [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

I have never liked to eat avocados by themselves or prepared in guacamole. But I recently found a recipe that uses an avocado to make healthy chocolate pudding. I was skeptical at first, but after trying it I was surprised at how good it is! Every time I make the pudding, Jeanne asks me to save [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that I have a LOT of gadgets that charge via USB, but this 49 port USB hub from Brando has enough ports for all of my gadgets and all the gadgets of my friends and family. The hub features 49 ports that supply 0.5 - 1.5A per port [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News
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At the end of November I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and found it to be one of the nicest Android smartphones to date. Although I liked it very much, I didn't lust after it enough to end up upgrading to it from my LG G3. It seems that the current crop of high end Android [...]

Posted in: Android related, Featured Items, Reviews

I've been a Mac fan for many years now, to the point where we're an all Apple household with three MacBooks. Jeanne has a 2010 15" MacBook Pro, while I have a 2014 13" MacBook Pro with retina display and a 2011 13" MacBook Air. The MBP has been my main workhorse for Gadgeteer reviews and Photoshop work, and the [...]

Posted in: Articles, Laptops and Gear

I used several iMacs over the years until I decided to downsize to a MacBook. I still love the iMac for its style and gorgeous display, but I've always questioned Apple's choice to locate the USB ports on the back side of the computer. I understand that they want to preserve the clean lines and [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News
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No date for Valentine's Day? No problem, I have the next best thing for you. You can catch up on all the great news and reviews that we posted this week on The Gadgeteer. Click through to view a list of the gadget news, reviews and articles that we posted this week. United P2 Pocket [...]

Posted in: News

How's that new year's resolution to lose weight going for you? Give up already? Maybe eating healthy and being more active hasn't worked and you need some extra help. Here's an idea, wear the Cold Shoulder vest. It's a vest with ice packs arranged on the back and shoulders that you keep in the freezer. [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News

Do you want to know which gadgets and products that we're still using weeks, months and  years after we've posted our original reviews? For the last 10 weeks we've brought you a list of updates from our team of reviewers. This week it's Elizabeth's turn. Click through to see her list of updated reviews and [...]

Posted in: Reviews

Adding a second screen to your desktop computer setup is not uncommon, but adding a second screen to your smartphone is a completely new "thing". Meet the InkCase Plus from OAXIS. The InkCase Plus is a 3.5 e-Ink display that pairs via Bluetooth with your Android smartphone. The InkCase Plus was a very successful Kickstarter [...]

Posted in: Android related, Reviews

Developed closely with Microsoft Corp. and Intel, the Nextbook Windows 10.1" 2-in-1 tablet from E Fun is the first Windows 8.1 device that can be used as both a laptop or a tablet that also has an MSRP below $200 ($179 at Walmart). It features a detachable POGO keyboard, a free one year subscription for Office 365 Personal [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

One of the most popular activity trackers on the market is the Fitbit Flex. This is an easy to wear, easy to use tracker that helps you track your activities and sleep. The only thing it doesn't do well is surviving a dunk in water. That means people who want to track swimming as an [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News

Pens like other EDC gear provide a personal statement about the owner. People see the items others carry and can tell that they like rugged gear, home brew gear, gear with bling, etc. The United P2 Pocket Pen from United Machining LLC shows people that you like gear that is elegant, unique and has been designed to stand the test of [...]

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

The Illuminating Piano from McCarthy Music is an integrated system that includes a piano with software and a cloud-friendly piano learning system. The Illuminating Piano has been designed to make learning to play the piano easy and fun for people of all ages. The system includes a MIDI keyboard with 61 full-size keys that are velocity [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News

Don't let this week go by without making sure that you've read all our posts from this week. Click through to view a list of the gadget news, reviews and articles that we posted this week. Incase ICON Pack and City Collection Compact backpacks review Truffol Station 5 USB desktop charger review Moshi Audio Clarus [...]

Posted in: News

We've featured Brando's premium tempered glass screen protectors for smartphones, but now Brando Workshop is offering screen protection for the Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. These durable glass screen protectors protect the watch face from scratches and everyday wear and tear without lessening the touch screen's sensitivity. The protectors install easily and do not [...]

Posted in: Android related, News, Watches, Clocks

Flashback to several weeks ago... It's 3:30pm and I race home from my day job so I can work on Gadgeteer reviews for 90 minutes until Jeanne gets home from work. I sit down in front of my MacBook Pro for some quality writing time when the phone rings. I answer the call. It's Jeanne. "Can [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

When I was a kid, I loved taking things apart to find the magnets, gears and other cool little components. I even had my own little toolbox which I kept under my bed where I stored tools and parts that I had scavenged. I would have loved a multi-tool in those days. The folks at [...]

Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News, Pocket Gear

In keeping with the whole Throw back Thursday thing that we see on other sites, every Thursday (or Friday if we forget) we take a look at some of our older reviews to let you know if the products are still working for us or if they've been shoved in the back of a junk [...]

Posted in: Reviews

Last week I posted a gadget diary entry with a long overdue update to my EDC (every day carry) gear. That was my before post and today is my after post. I performed an audit by consolidated and simplifying the gear I actually use. Here are the results. When you carry a medium to large sized messenger bag like I [...]

Posted in: Articles, Gear