Smythe Richbourg

TenbaDNA13 - 1

Photography tools have changed considerably over the past fifteen years. Used to be, you had to have a large camera body, many varied lenses, and dozens of filters, flashes, and meters to capture the perfect photo. True photogs shot on film, so there needed to be a place to hold unexposed rolls and exposed rolls. [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
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Tribe Wallet 3.0 review

TribeWallet - 4

I have been using a front pocket wallet for over a decade, but still haven't decided that the one I'm using is my ultimate. I remember a year or two back reading about the Tribe Wallet on Kickstarter, but hadn't backed it. Not sure why. When Julie offered the team the Tribe Wallet 3.0, a [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets
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LEDs are working their way into everything - vehicle headlamps, flashlights, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, kids toys, and our light sockets. With the advent of computers in offices over the past few decades, desktop task lighting has grown and expanded, so it's only natural that the cool, low-energy, relaxing light of these devices should invade [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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Wouldn't it be nice if people didn't steal our stuff? You could just leave things on your table, backyard deck, or car seat, walk up to the counter for coffee or whatever, and not have to keep watch on your stuff. OK, Leave it to Beaver moment is over. Fact is, everybody is trying to grab [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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When I want to listen to music, I prefer over-the-ear headphones, but those are not really a good fit when out and about. I've used both of Apple's earbuds/pods that came with the iPhone's I've owned over the years, plus many others, trying to find that sweet spot of durability, good sound, and sound isolation. [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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Years ago, in the early days of the iPad, there were few innovators who went beyond the basics of what Apple offered in their iPad cases - the basic folded angles that propped up the iPad at two angles for video or keyboard use. One of the few case manufacturers of the era to go [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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We Gadgeteers love our flashlights, don't we? Small and large, piercing the darkness like a searchlight or dimly preserving our tactical night vision, we love them all. I was recently sent my first Klarus unit to test, the AR10 rechargeable flashlight. It's a pretty straightforward torch, at first glance, but there are hidden superpowers within. [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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Jackery - 7

I know of almost no one worth his or her Gadgeteer lifetime membership badge who doesn't have some sort of power backup for their smartphone and/or tablet. This category has exploded, along with the move from cheaper, low-quality batteries to safer, more robust, and highly focused battery packs. Jackery, Inc. has recently introduced a range [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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10-tablet

Before 2010, there were no touch-centric tablets, only laptops that had stylus-driven screens. Suddenly, when the iPad burst upon the scene and gave tablet makers permission to dream of a touch-oriented screen and apps that could be on a larger screen than a phone, the world changed. Tablets that vaguely resemble the iPad have come [...]

Posted in: Android, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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Shot with DxO ONE

Recently a curious thing happened - I was given the opportunity to use an Android phone with a 5" screen, and I didn't hate it. We know Julie has a love/hate relationship with iOS, as do several others here at The Gadgeteer. I've been a bit deeper into iOS than some, having used iPhones exclusively [...]

Posted in: Android, Reviews
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lightning-sd

In a nod to the on-going increase of using iPhones for photo editing and photo management, Apple has today released a new version of their Lightning to SD reader. According to Dan Moren at Six Colors, the new cable will support all previous iPads with Lightning ports, as well as iPhones going back to the [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News
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AppleWatchStandNews

According to the excellent AppleWorld.Today, Apple is adding a new item for in-store and online purchasing on Friday: an Apple-branded charging stand for Apple Watch. The white saucer-shaped unit will feature a flip-up charging puck, so that the user can have the Watch flat or on it's side, in order to use "Nightstand Mode". This [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Watches and Clocks
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Okay, so you're the proud new owner of an Apple Watch. Maybe you've even acquired a second band - something a little dressier than that sport band you got with the watch itself. When you're traveling, you'll need something to carry both the charger for your watch, as well as the extra band(s) you may [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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I used to carry a backpack when traveling. Everywhere. I had decided that with the two laptops I used for demos (a Mac and a Windows machine, before the days of Intel Macs and virtual machines!), their chargers, hard drives for content and backup of presentations for the products I was training on, a single-shoulder [...]

Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
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Gear Gripz review

Shot with DxO ONE

Incredibly smooth finishes on whisper-thin slabs of slick metal and glass. Gravity. Hard landing surfaces. Does this combination sound familiar? Of course it does - it's our Gadgeteer shared nightmare of dropping a piece of tech and seeing it shatter to the ground in slow motion as we're diving to the rescue. We could always [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews
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GraceDigital - 2

We've all had it happen - that shiny new gadget of yesteryear (or yestermonth, in many cases!) suddenly can't use the all new and shiny cutting edge things that all your friends are raving about. How can I play my music from across the room since my stereo doesn't have Bluetooth? Note: Photos may be [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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Luxa - 4

There have been many wireless cases, which add the ability to phones or tablets built without a charging system, but the folks at Luxa2 removed the case, and thus, freed up the idea of wireless charging for everything.  I've been interested in wireless charging, just hearing the smack-talk from all the users of non-iPhones here [...]

Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, Reviews
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Avantek20000mAh - 3

I saw the above cartoon on Twitter a month or so back. It shows the symbols all Gadgeteers fear: No wifi, the "waiting" pinwheel from your phone's weak processor, the flashing red battery icon, and, of course, No Cell Service. While service coverage will vary depending on geography and location, and the processing power of your [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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GrainAudioOEHP - 6

The magic of natural materials is never lost on a true gadgeteer. While silicon, glass and aluminum (the most common building blocks of our current most popular gadgets) are natural, we also like to ensconce them in other natural materials - leather, wool felt, and wood. The individual uniquenesses that each of these bring inspires [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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Not all gadgets require electricity. Many things are developments and improvements on existing products that make you think "I shoulda thoughta that!" Such it is with the latest item in my gadget queue, the P-Lock. These red corkscrew-like tie-downs are sold in pairs (the reason will become obvious) and will enable you to secure anything [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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BiennaWireless - 3

Ah, the freedom of wireless sound! Bluetooth has freed us from the tyranny of wires connecting our keyboards, mice, and the sound coming into and going out from our various devices. I truly love speakers that I can use with my phone or iPad out on the deck or in the den. In the last [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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CoocheerHomePowerCenter - 3

So, show of hands. Who doesn't have at least one power strip active in your home? Anyone? And who doesn't have at least two USB chargers plugged into those? Again, no hands? OK, I have the right audience. Coocheer has hit the trifecta of geek power needs with their latest device, dubbed the Home Power [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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CarteBlanche - 1

Oops, they did it again. The nice people at Apple, with their new products and popularity, are inspiring an entire ecosystem to sprout up around Watch accessories. We've reviewed several here, and I'm sure that trend will continue. This latest charging stand that I was sent comes from Boostcase, and is a rather formidable presence. [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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Kole1

There's a new Kickstarter campaign for something we've not seen a lot of on The Gadgeteer - a thermal flask. It's called the Kole, and is handmade from stainless steel and oak. It can hold 2.4 ounces, and hold hot espresso (4 shots!) or cool whiskey, unaffected by the atmosphere in your pocket, bike bag, [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear
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OptechSmartSling - 2

Back when our belts were bristling like Batman's utility belt and fanny packs were seen constantly, I read a humorous piece about how we male geeks carry our gear. The author was proposing that we have to have a popular, masculine person start using something before it becomes socially acceptable. No one really carried a [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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