Smythe Richbourg

There are times you want to watch TV, not the computer, and those in the general vicinity don't really want to hear the sound. (This is known as an opportunity for innovation, or the start of an argument, depending on how it's handled and the personalities involved.) Recently, I was offered the Noontec Hammo TV… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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How many of you wake to sounds from your smartphone, charging on or near your bed? How many of you still have a clock in your bedroom for timekeeping (not for decoration)? These two questions will determine your interest in the latest gadget to cross my review desk: the Sandman Alarm Clock. Note: Photos may… Read More

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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We all need to listen to things on our devices from time to time without the distraction of other noises, or without causing interruption to those around us. Earbuds are the quick-and-dirty solution, but if you're watching a movie, or sitting down for a good long study/work session, you're going to want something a little… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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From almost the very first day selling iPads, I was asked some version of this question: "Can I control my Mac with it?" Over the half-decade since the launch of the iPad, that answer has moved from "sorta" to "yes, and there are a few solutions, but they are really hinky" to, finally, "Yes. Full… Read More

Posted in: iOS, Reviews
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Cases for smartphones are a constant subject of review here on The Gadgeteer. The latest craze I've seen in the case market is adding a place to store a few ID/Credit cards and some cash. The Slider, from DesignSkin, is one such case recently sent to me for testing. Note: Photos may be tapped or… Read More

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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Power for USB-charged devices has been the subject of many discussions surrounding the growing "mobile-first" mindset. Since we can (and do) use these devices pretty much anywhere, it's a safe bet that a power outlet is not going to be near where we need one. Solution? Enter the large capacity portable power source - a… Read More

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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Watching video in a large format usually requires a huge TV or a projector. LED projectors have brought the price of a projector far down from what it was just a few years ago. We were offered the ELEPHAS 1200 Lumens LED Mini Video Projector to test, and I won the office pool to get it… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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One can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many USB charging options. I think that's a real saying. If not, it should be. Choetech thinks it is and has created the Q3-5U multiport USB charger to address the glaring need for more ports. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a larger image… Read More

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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The items we Gadgeteers schlep around rivals the best standing armies on earth for pure variety and sophistication. I love seeing what others are carrying and thinking about how it may affect my regular bag contents. I don't routinely travel or even commute for work anymore, so my EDC kit tends to match whatever trip I… Read More

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When you're working with or just using an iPad for long periods, a stand is essential. Whether it's part of your case, or your keyboard, or just something you have around, it's necessary. I have stands in almost every room of the house. Even so, when I was sent the EasyAcc Flexible Phone and Tablet… Read More

Posted in: Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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I love my iPad Pro 12.9", but it is so large, I really have a hard time mentally juggling it without adding a case to get more bulk. It's just so thin! One of the first companies to step forward with a case designed for this new form factor was Logitech, with their Create keyboard… Read More

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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LED Flashlights continue to multiply like Tribbles. The bright, clean light of an LED is so much better for working, wayfinding, or just searching under the bed between the dust bunnies for something dropped. Recently, we were offered a light from a new company for us, ThruNite. They have many different models to choose from and… Read More

Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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I walk and listen to music or podcasts pretty regularly. Because of the heat this summer, I started doing it in a mall about ten minutes from my house, and have kept at it through the rain and cold this fall and winter. I was recently sent a Lucid Audio AMPED Bluetooth neckband system, which I've… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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LED technology keeps getting more and more common. As it does, the costs keep going down, and the cycle of innovation and placing them into more and more common items continues. Sansi, through their Loftek brand, has an LED bulb that doesn't need a hub to be "group-able" and controllable from an app on your… Read More

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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Bluetooth speakers outnumber the grains of sand on the seashore, it seems. Hardly a week goes by that I don't see a review of a new model on some website, especially in what has ecumenically been called "The Gift-Giving Season." /eye roll/ During this period, iClever just released a few new models, and I was… Read More

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