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A minimal TV remote control for the tech phobic

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I’ve seen one of those funny, captioned pictures you so often see on the internet with one of those big, multi-buttoned TV remotes that some one had fixed for their grandmother to use.  They had taped over every button except for the power, channel up/down, and volume up/down so their less than tech-savvy family memberRead More…

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Zetta Z16 HD Wide Angle Intelligent Security Camcorder review

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We live in a gated community and just a few years ago, things were stolen out of our car while it was parked in our driveway in broad daylight (we had forgotten to lock it that day). We never found out who had perpetrated the crime, but I remember wishing I had some kind ofRead More…

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Creative comes out roaring with a new speaker

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

It was only a matter of time before a sound card company would take their expertise and apply it to a portable speaker. Creative, maker of the famous Sound Blaster card, has come out roaring with the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 speaker. This speaker is appropriately named Roar, not just because it can be loud,Read More…

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Set phasers to stun… er, volume control!

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is the universal remote control for the dedicated Star Trek fan.  This Star Trek Original Phaser Universal Remote Control is an exacting replica of a Star Trek phaser.  It was 3D scanned from the last remaining prop phaser in existence, and it has a detachable MK I phaser unit (seen on the top).  TheRead More…

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VOXOA HD Wireless Headphones review

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’m not normally a fan of over the ear style headphones because they feel a little too isolating and usually aren’t that comfortable to me. When the VOXOA HD Wireless Headphones were offered to me to review, my first thought was to offer them to Bill H. or the rest of the Gadgeteer team, butRead More…

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Samson Meteorite USB microphone review

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

  I enjoy my occasional Skype or Google hangout with friends, and have the idea to one day record some video tutorials. Instead of using the internal microphone of my iMac, I’ve wanted to try an external microphone.  One look at this Samson Meteorite USB microphone and I couldn’t resist the chance to review it.Read More…

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Add a Bluetooth speaker to your lamp

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and I love everything about it except for its wimpy speaker.  I do like that it has an external speaker so I can – in theory – listen to sounds from the mini without having to plug in headphones.  In practice, I can barely hear the thing,Read More…

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Focal Spirit Classic and Professional headphones review

on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Focal (pronounced foe-kal) may not be a name consumers are familiar with, but they should be. Focal is a French maker of high-end (expensive) speakers. Their award-winning design and sound are famous among the upper-crust audiophile crowd. The Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers look like nothing else and their $180,000 per pair price looks likeRead More…

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LG 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED monitor (29EA73) review

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

When I sold my 27 inch iMac a few years ago and switched to a 13 inch Macbook Air, it took me a little time to get used to having less screen real estate. For the most part I haven’t had too much trouble doing my work on the small screen. But for the lastRead More…

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RCA Ultra-thin Multi-directional Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna review

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

It’s been about 12 years now since we’ve dropped cable TV. At the time, we were living paycheck to paycheck and decided that cable (among other things) was one of those expenses that was not necessary. We bought an antenna (rabbit ears style – they were cheap) to receive over-the-air (OTA) channels and dealt withRead More…

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Audioengine A2+ speakers review

on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

A year ago, I reviewed the monstrous but wonderful Audioengine A5+ speakers. These behemoths will rattle not only your windows, but the neighbor’s as well — yet still sound good doing it. But let’s be real, unless you have a big desk (I do), the A5+ speakers are just too big and loud for mostRead More…

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MuseMini ClipR review

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We all probably have our favorite pair of headphones/earphones that we like to use with our smart devices. The problem I find is that I am often in situations that make it hard to use my headphones/earphones with my smart device. Situations like working out or traveling when I don’t want my cord to dangleRead More…

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iHome iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock and USB Charge/Play review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Monday, June 16th, 2014

I’ve had my iHome docking alarm clock since the 3nd generation iPod Touch came out. I enjoyed the easy interface that iHome brought, and that it worked with my iPhone when I got one. Sadly, when they upgraded to the Lightning connector the dock no longer worked with my phone, but I had grown soRead More…

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone Amp review

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Whenever I try to explain what a digital audio converter (DAC) does and why it’s a cool thing to have, I almost always get that “deer in headlights” look. Then – if they’re still listening – I tell them the cost of this cool DAC. That’s when the look changes to “are you nuts?” Sheesh,Read More…

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The Braven Mira speaker is all wet

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Do you like to sing along to the radio while in the shower? Now, Braven lets you hear your backing group much louder with the new Mira; a speaker that you can play IN the shower. In fact, it has a built-in hook which allows it to be hung from a curtain rod or showerRead More…

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Let geeRaf tame your headphone cables

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We’ve all been there, we stick our earbuds in our ears, turn on our favorite music, start enjoying the tunes and then an earbud falls out of your ear just when the song was at the best part. Headphones falling out of ears at the worst moment isn’t a new problem, but a new solution to that problem is theRead More…

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Now you can have a TV in your shower so you’ll never miss a moment of your favorite programs again!

on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Do you wonder sometimes if you watch too much TV?  Well, you’ll know the answer is probably “yes” if you install one of these Home Spa Waterproof TVs in your shower at home.  It’s a 17″ 720p HD TV that’s completely sealed against water and steam.  The screen is scratch-proof and is heat-treated to prevent fogRead More…

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Amazon Prime customers can watch HBO content without an HBO subscription

on Monday, May 26th, 2014

HBO and Amazon have signed a multi-year agreement that will allow Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to a variety of HBO programming.  Amazon will have exclusive access to this programming over the life of the deal.  At no extra cost, Prime members will be able to watch all seasons of series like The Sopranos,Read More…

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X-mini WE and ME Thumbsize Speakers review

on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Love music but just wish your phone’s speakers were a bit louder?  On the go and hate carrying around one of those brick sized portable speakers?  X-mini has the perfect solution for you!  The X-mini WE and ME speakers are a whole lot of loud in a tiny package.

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If you have a MINI JAMBOX speaker, you’ll want to get this update

on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Jawbone has released an update for the MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth speaker that you’ll want to be sure to get if you own one of these little speakers.  With the Multi Play update, you’ll be able to connect two of them to the same audio source.  You’ll be able to use them in unison mode, whereRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphone review

on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The release of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones was a shot across the bow to other headphone makers that the high-end audio industry had woken up and taken notice of a coming trend in personal listening. That trend has now become a wave as other high-end speaker makers have followed B&W’s lead. We areRead More…

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Easily record cellphone calls with this little recorder

on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

When I have reviewed Bluetooth headsets, I’ve tried various methods of recording calls so I can include sound clips in the review.  If I had had the Cellphone Calls Recorder, I wouldn’t have needed to do all the steps I had to do.  I could have just plugged this recorder into the microphone jack onRead More…

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SuperTooth Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headset review

on Monday, May 12th, 2014

If you are an old timer like myself (allegedly born, not hatched in the 60′s) then you probably remember early personal headphones. You know the ones, that were called “cans”, I guess because the looked like two cans on your ears. The ones with the coiled cords and the big plugs that went into your phonographRead More…

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Nyne aims LOW with the BASS speaker

on Friday, May 9th, 2014

In 2013, I reviewed the Nyne NB-200 Bluetooth speaker. I was impressed with the sound relative to its size. Now, because everyone and their uncle make decent Bluetooth accessories, Bluetooth speakers need something extra to stand out. Nyne thinks they have done that with the new BASS speaker. As with similar speakers, the BASS comesRead More…

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Travel light with this speaker / backup battery combo

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Like to travel light, but don’t want to deprive yourself of needed gadgets?  With the Pebble Aria, you’ll have a 3500mAh backup battery and a portable speaker in one small package.  The reserve power is enough to charge a phone up to two times, or it’s enough to power the speaker for up to seventyRead More…