Julie Strietelmeier


The Boogie Board eWriter was first introduced back in 2010 (see my original Boogie Board review for more info). If you're not familiar with it, it's a plastic slate that you can draw and write on using a stylus. Whatever you write on it will remain on the screen until you press the erase button. [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews

Products like the Dropcam, now called Nest Cam, have made home security cameras a very popular gadget category. I have a Dropcam Pro that I have really really enjoyed using, but since they switched hands to Nest, the web-based viewer feels sluggish and there's also the monthly cloud subscription cost which makes it prohibitive to [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

The Lexar Professional microSDXC/SDHC UHS-II cards are not just fast, they are 1000x fast. That means their high-speed performance is perfect for the capture of high-quality images and extended lengths of 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video that you capture with your smartphones, tablets and action cameras. And if you don't have a smartphone, tablet [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

How would you like to own a writing instrument that never needed an ink refill or never needed its point sharpened? The Beta,Pen from German design company Axel Weinbrecht Design is such a writing implement. DadsGifts sent me one to try, so let's see if it's a novelty or a useful pen/pencil for your gear [...]

Posted in: Paper and Pens, Reviews

If your idea of a perfect notebook is a combination of a day planner and a journal, you will want to take a look at the BASICS Notebook Kickstarter campaign. The campaign ends on 08/29/2015, but has already greatly surpassed their original funding goal of $10,000. They sent me a prototype of their BASICS Notebook [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

  There are a variety of device mounting solutions for vehicles including dash mounts, cup holder mounts, vent mounts, windshield mounts and more. I'm really picky when it comes to which ones I want to use in my car, because I will not use adhesives, I don't want to drill holes, I'm not a fan [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

I have an addiction to notebooks that surpasses my ability to fill them. There is something irresistible about a brand new notebook, especially ones that I've never tried before. When the folks at Code&Quill asked if I would like to take a look at their Traveler and Origin notebooks, a little voice in my ear [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Backpacks are a must have accessory when hiking and camping. They are constructed to let you easily transport all your important gear while exploring the great outdoors. But one of the main problems with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off in order to get access to your stuff. Paxis has designed [...]

Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear

Happy weekend gadget fans! You know what time it is, it's time to catch up on your favorite tech site's (that's us in case you didn't know) news, reviews and articles from this past week. To make sure that you're up to date on our latest gadget news and reviews, click through to see the [...]

Posted in: News

Each month my electric company (Duke Energy) sends me an energy report to let me know how my electricity usage compares to similar homes in my area. Ever since they began sending these reports, my house has always been shown to use more electricity, which translates into paying higher bills. Even after switching most of [...]

Posted in: Articles, Home and Kitchen

I take more pictures with my smartphone than I make calls with it. I rarely take a stand alone camera with me on vacations, parties or family events. The majority of the pictures I take stay on my phone and don't get shared with friends or family. Sure, I can go home and print the [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews

Yesterday's Samsung Unpacked event left me feeling disappointed about their new hardware announcements. However, their Samsung Pay announcement caught my attention. If you aren't familiar with Samsung Pay, it's Samsung's mobile payment application. Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay (not available yet) and CurrentC (also not available yet), it's a way to use your phone to pay [...]

Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS

I'm on the hunt for a comfortable, good sounding Bluetooth headset with long battery life that will allow me to enjoy music while also letting me answer incoming calls. You wouldn't think it would be too difficult to find a headset that ticks all those boxes, but it always seems like there's one feature that doesn't [...]

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

What happens after we review a product? Do we shove it in a drawer never to be used again? Do we continue using it long after we've posted our review? Our regular review updates will answer those questions. Check out this week's updates after the jump. Plantronics BackBeat FIT headphones review by Raul Sanchez Incase [...]

Posted in: Reviews

It's been almost three years since I put my iPhone 4s in a drawer and switched over to an Android device as my full-time smartphone. Since I made that switch, I've used a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and my current phone, an LG G3. I've also used Android tablets like the Nexus [...]

Posted in: Articles

Popular San Francisco based bag and accessories maker WaterField Designs has recently created a new line of bags designed especially for women. The new line is called PERALTA and will start out by offering the Balani Backpack, the Etta accessory pouch and a leather key tether. The backpack which is made here in the USA [...]

Posted in: Bags, News

The next time you go fishing, you won't have to guess where the best spots are if you have an iBobber. The iBobber is a small castable fish finder that works with your iOS device to show you where the fish are, how big they are, how deep they are (up to to 135ft) and [...]

Posted in: iOS, News, Outdoor Gear

It's time to take a break from mowing the yard so you can catch up on all the news, reviews and articles that have been posted on your favorite gadget website. Click through to see the full list of everything we've posted this past week. Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB portable external hard drive [...]

Posted in: News

I enjoy reading eBooks with my tablet, but after an hour or two, my hand will cramp from holding it. The Wingo case solves that problem for iPad mini owners by adding fold-out wings to the back of their case. The snap-on case is compatible with all of the current iPad mini models and snaps [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News

Tokyoflash is known for their unusual watches which require a learning curve in order to tell the time. When I saw their new Kisai Katana Link watch I was really surprised because at first glance it looks like a wristwatch with a traditional analog watch face. But upon closer inspection I discovered that the watch [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks