Steve Holt


If you have used computers for any length of time, you have experienced it.  Your computer hard drive or your cellphone dies for one reason or another, and all your files are gone, including all those photos and videos you painstakingly organized into those little yellow folders.  In fact, if you are me, that has [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

I have owned many Bluetooth headphones and earbuds because I just hate wires.  Some of them have been pretty nice, and some of them have been a bust.  My favorite up until now has been the Arriva Leo, which I reviewed way back in 2011.   But in general, Bluetooth headphones suffer from two problems in [...]

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

I spend a great deal of time on my feet walking around.  And a great deal of that time is spent outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold.  About a year ago while I was walking around in the freezing cold and unable to feel my toes, I had a dream.  I dreamed that one [...]

Posted in: Gear, Reviews

One of the gadgets that I use almost on a daily basis is the 20,000 mAh Roving Power power pack.  I use it to charge basically everything that I have to charge... my cellphone, my Bluetooth headset, my tablets, and my laptop.  It is one of the few portable power packs out there that can actually [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

I have a Swiss Army knife, which is pretty darn useful.  It is useful not only because it is small and easy to carry, it is also extremely useful because of all the things it can do.  So when I saw the Coolstream Car Chat+ I thought about my Swiss Army knife, because the Car Chat+ [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews

If you are looking for gift ideas for that music lover for Christmas, or any occasion for that matter, you have no shortage of choices in the Bluetooth speaker department.  They are everywhere, even in gas stations.  We have a half dozen in my house of all shapes and sizes, and I have reviewed numerous [...]

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

Portable backup batteries for our gadgets are plentiful.  They come in all shapes and sizes and prices and capacities, and I have reviewed more backup batteries here on the Gadgeteer than just about any other category of gadgets, I think. I use them every day of my life and I have them in my house, [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

I have 4 kids, all of whom are actively involved in all sorts of activities.  So I am regularly engaged in video-recording their school and community activities.  The problem for me, as well as many other parents I am sure, is that when you are recording something like a soccer game, you often miss the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

I used to be an earbuds-kinda guy, because frankly, I was cheap. I didn't want to spend a small fortune on something to listen to my music. So I struggled for years with finding affordable earbuds that wouldn't fall out of my ears with the simple turn of my head, and ended up spending more money on one [...]

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

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 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

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

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 [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

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

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, Camera Gear, Cases and Covers, Reviews

"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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews