Smythe Richbourg

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Security cameras are nothing new. Even internet connectable cameras are pretty easy to find at this point. What can a new company bring to the table? Vimtag has put together a handsome weatherproof cloud-based IP camera that can be set up by most anyone. It offers 2-way voice, compatibility with a private cloud server, and [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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If you work at a company or go to school where a lot of folks have MacBooks or other pretty much identical laptops, you know the feeling: in a class or meeting, there's no way to tell which one is yours. Rather than have the same blank laptop, folks add stickers, decals, or snap-on plastic [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, Laptops and Gear, Reviews
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In this new world of touch-enabled devices that we are constantly checking, having to manage them, your passport, SIM cards, credit cards, cash and other small items during travel can really be a chore. Even traveling around town, you need coupons, business cards (yours and those you collect), maybe a notepad - loads of things [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear, Wallets
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I'm a sucker for a good infomercial. My Lovely Bride is always scolding me when I purchase something wacky online or from TV. Lately, with the numbers of projects being released on crowdfunding sites, I've not had too bad a streak, though. So, imagine my delight when Julie offered the team the Insta-shiatsu massager. I [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews
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Sandworms.  Admiral Ackbar. Dual-lens Camera. These are a few of the things folks said this Bluetooth speaker looks like. I thought the speaker market was nearing its endpoint with different designs, but this tubular doughnut came out of nowhere. SumSonic calls it the LLX-01 - which is not helpful in imagining what it looks like. But, the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear, Reviews
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I've got a water bottle I've carried for about 5 years. I don't think I've biked anywhere without it since I bought my current bike. It's steel, has one of those pull-up spouts, and sweats worse than I do in our Southern humidity. So when the opportunity to test the AVEX thermal water bottle with [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
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