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Many people would agree with me if I said that the Sonos wireless speaker system is the gold standard if you want to play music wirelessly in your home or business.  The feature set and options for Sonos are pretty extensive and performance is great. But it comes at a 'gold standard' price in my [...]

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In my never-ending quest for power, with thirst-hungry gadgets all over my house, my car, and my office, one of the biggest problems I have is being able to charge multiple devices at once.  For example, when you travel and stay in hotel rooms, if you are lucky you have one of those lamps beside [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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Back in March I reviewed the Kenu Airframe portable car mount.  To say I love the device is probably an understatement.  It goes with me everywhere.  Everyone I have shown it to has envied it.  And I have to keep a close watch on my wife for fear that she will steal it.  So when [...]

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Portable battery packs are hitting their stride nowadays, with so many great options available to you that it will surely make your head spin.  I have reviewed many of them here on the Gadgeteer, and I still use most of them.  But I am always in search of better batteries… bigger capacity, faster charging, smaller [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews, Travel Gear
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Torn. Conflicted. Confused. Verklempt.  Ok, maybe not verklempt, but conflicted, yes.  I am one of those people who gave up the traditional digital camera and exclusively use my Samsung Galaxy S4 as my digital camera.  It’s with me all the time, right?  And like many of you I have struggled to take good pictures consistently [...]

posted in Android related, Camera Gear, Cases, Covers, Reviews
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"Slip sliding away.  Slip sliding away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away."  Paul Simon wasn't singing those words about how your cellphone acts inside your car when you are driving, but they couldn't be more apropos.  I have lost track of the number of times I have placed my [...]

posted in Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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My wife told me I had to get rid of it.  I have used this one backpack for every family vacation for the past 10 years and more trips than I can recall.  Half the zippers don't work anymore, and there are holes in several of the pockets.  But it was my go-to bag, with [...]

posted in Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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I have been looking for a solution for some time to play music throughout my whole house. Spending time and money to run wires throughout the whole house is not an option in my current house, so of course I looked to wireless solutions. I don’t have a sophisticated stereo or audio system of any [...]

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I have become a huge fan of the portable battery backup solutions.  I have reviewed numerous ones here on the Gadgeteer and purchased numerous ones for family members.  In fact I have 3 backup battery solutions right now among the items in my daily gear, so I am a fan.  But all those solutions only [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Laptops and Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
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In my search for awesome portable speakers, I have had some luck as of late.  I have done a few reviews here on The Gadgeteer for portable Bluetooth speakers that are solid choices for the audiophile looking to untether take his or her tunes from the confines of the living room.  But until now, I [...]

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The portable battery market is heating up.  You can find these portable batteries in all shapes and sizes, in varying capacities, and in just about every store you come across.  I even saw some for sale in a gas station. And the prices of these portable backup batteries keeps surprising me, because you can buy [...]

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If a superhero needed a portable charger to make sure that he (or she) always had backup power for his (or her) smartphone and gadgets, I imagine the Mophie Juice Pack Universal Powerstation Pro would be their go-to charger of choice.  With rugged looks and a rock-solid feel the Powerstation Pro is intimidating just to [...]

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I have a confession to make. When I am on the go, I live in constant fear of running out of juice, and I love being able to charge my multiple gadgets almost as much as owning my multiple gadgets.  I get a slight thrill by seeing that '100%' in the status bar.  I admit [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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I have a problem.  It's a personal problem, but I can admit it publicly.  I need power.  Lot's of it.  I crave it all day (or, at least my gadgets do), and I have a fear of being without it.  So I have chargers everywhere - my house, my vehicles, my computer bag, my office. [...]

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Trying to select my top 5 Android apps is a bit like choosing your favorite child.  I use my phone all day long every day for just about everything... email, calendaring, music, texting, searching for information, surfing, gaming, processing credit cards, social media engagement, taking pictures, video chatting, navigation, and everything in between. So as [...]

posted in Android related, Articles
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I am a gadget guy, so I am always in need of a power source.  I have gadgets of all shapes and sizes which of course need to be charged.  So my eyes are always peeled for a portable power source.  So when I spotted the Iron Man Power Pack (hereafter referred to as the [...]

posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear
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A little late to the EDC party, but then again I was busy cleaning out my bag for spring cleaning!   I regularly carry a laptop bag with me on a daily basis since my laptop is my daily work computer as well as my work-at-home computer.  Not pictured are a couple of ink pens, [...]

posted in Articles, Gear
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I have reviewed other speakers here on the Gadgeteer, and recently found an incredible little Bluetooth powerhouse called The Phoenix by Beacon. It has some awesome features and sound.  But when I saw the Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker with its sleek, sexy profile (can a speaker be sexy??) I wondered if that larger size packed [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear
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I have owned a bunch of portable speakers over the years.  Ever since my first boombox in high school my love affair with portable music has led me on the quest for the perfect portable audio companion.  My ideal companion must be small, have big sound, crazy battery life, cheap, high quality workmanship, and multiple [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear
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With the exception of my cellphone, no other gadget spends more time in my hand than my Nexus 7. I use it for gaming, email, web surfing, social media engagement, music, videos, RSS reader, Skyping, and as a bedtime alarm clock. I am always looking for accessories for it.  Kinda like those people who are [...]

posted in Android related, Cases, Covers, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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