Smythe Richbourg

Everyone has devices of some sort today. Whether it's the shipping crew in your warehouse or the executive team meeting in the boardroom, they all have phones, tablets, and wireless earbuds that frequently need a power bump during the day. Students hover around outlets between classes and in the cafeteria. I was at a baseball… Read More

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Like any Gadgeteer worth his/her salt, I love, Love, LOVE flashlights! Even though the most common use is when walking the dog at night, I still like to have a light that can pierce the darkness at the push of a button. The Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight is very similar to many that you've seen… Read More

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Wifi is built into most laptops and tablets these days. Sometimes, however, you have a box you're building or a desktop system that, for whatever reason, doesn't have a decent Wifi adapter. Or, perhaps, it's in a location that just doesn't pick up your base station well enough for stable internet access. That's when you… Read More

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I love my 12.9" iPad Pro, but, like most folks have mentioned in reviews, I find it a bit difficult to balance when trying to carry it around during use. I've found a case that I like for use around the house or on the road, but it's more a stand, even though it has… Read More

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I have been reviewing charging stands almost since the first day having an Apple Watch. We have seen everything from metal folding stands to exotic wood travel stands to charging gizmos that take over every function on your nightstand but the controller for your electric blanket. Some have been great, others have been - um… Read More

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Phone, tablet, phablet. The market parlance around these three items is somewhat murky, but I'm still not sure there are folks for whom a phablet isn't a better device than a phone. To test this theory, I volunteered when Julie offered the team the Gearbest Cube WP10 4G Phablet, a Windows 10 tablet with phone… Read More

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Security cameras and nanny cams have become a huge market. Even baby monitors have added night vision capabilities, so you can just grab your phone from your pocket, desk, or nightstand and check on anything you've decided to secure at a moment's notice. D-Link, a longtime maker of routers and wireless equipment, recently sent The… Read More

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So, external batteries are something that everyone who uses a smartphone is aware of needing. Ventev has released a new take on the battery pack, the ChargeStand. What makes it different? Take a look. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a larger image. The ChargeStand comes with a flat USB to microUSB cable… Read More

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As good as the speakers on some smartphones and tablets may be, there are times you want more depth to the sound. Bluetooth speakers bring this sound to you, but sometimes there are tradeoffs - the speakers are too large, too twiddly, or run out of power too quickly. In an effort to try and… Read More

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I doubt there's anyone reading this who doesn't have at least one multiport power cord in their work area. Between computers, monitors, task lights, phone chargers, headset chargers and the like, it's almost impossible to have enough outlets. Add to that the fact that most of those things are sensitive electronics that need to be… Read More

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With the iPhone 7 series leaving out the headphone jack, the market for wireless earbuds has exploded. There are two types of wireless earbuds/earphones out there: tethered and free. Apple's Airpods are the most visible expression of the free variety, but there are others. The tethered camp, however, is very crowded. I've reviewed several pairs… Read More

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We are in the middle of a popular photo explosion, in case you've been hiding under a rock for the past decade. Not since the introduction of the Brownie camera in 1900 has there been such interest in photography by the general public. For $1 (about $30 in today's money), normal everyday people could make… Read More

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Carrying around enough potential energy to fuel our increasing appetite for connectivity is a never ending balancing act. Hardware engineers make energy-efficient phones and tablets, and Developers respond with ever-increasingly sticky apps and websites. Engineers make better, lighter, more efficient batteries, and we leave them on longer and whine that the device is larger. Into… Read More

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The first phone earpiece I got was from a company called Jabra. I thought it a funny name, but due to the build quality and excellent functionality, I came to trust that name. I was recently sent my third product from the company, the Jabra Speak 710. It's in a crowded category, but, to me… Read More

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We all know the logic: the larger the speaker, the better the bass. With headphones, this means that over-the-ear units are going to sound better than similar quality on-ear or earbud units. So I was really excited when I was offered the SoundMagic BT100s to test. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a… Read More

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