Computer Gear

Buffalo01

One of the shortcomings of my smartphone is the limited storage.  The Moto G I purchased has 8 GB and is not expandable, making it hard to carry around my media and files.  I've moved some music and photos to cloud storage that can be streamed, but then I'm liable to exceed my data plan [...]

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macpro-deck

The Mac Pro is sleek and beautiful, and it looks great on your desk.  (Click the image for a better view.)  All the peripherals you attach to it may not look so beautiful cluttered around your desk top, though.  Hive73 created a beautiful, compact aluminum deck that neatly arranges those devices to keep your work [...]

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landingzone-dock-8

Only a few years ago, my personal computer was a large tower unit that took up way too much space in the corner of my office (aka Gadgeteer HQ). That computer had all sorts of peripherals attached to it including a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, external hard drive, scanner, printer and more. These days I prefer a 13" Macbook Pro [...]

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mobo-computer-station-2

Sitting at a desk while working on a laptop or desktop computer can be very tiring.  If your desk height and chair height aren't right for you, you can get back and neck pain, and you can even develop carpal tunnel problems with your wrists.  You can take the desk out of the equation with [...]

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NoScope glasses Demon serires

Have you ever found yourself deep in the jungle searching for bad guys, or how about deep in space looking for those aggressive aliens? If you play video games, especially FPS (First Person Shooters) games, you probably know what I am talking about. One issue I have noticed when putting in long sessions of gaming [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear, News
wd-mypassportwifi

I'm not a very good geek because I don't have a backup of my backups. I use an Apple Time Capsule with a WD USB drive hanging off of it. Lately that drive has been acting a little wonky, so it's time to replace it AND come up with a strategy for backing up that backup, preferably offsite. [...]

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blink1-2

The blink(1) is a small USB LED status light that plugs into your PC, Mac, Linux or even Raspberry Pi device and can be set up to flash a certain color and pattern when something happens that you need to know about. That "something" is entirely up to you. For example: Do you want to know [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
Audioengine_B1

Will Bluetooth ever get any respect? It will if Audioengine has anything to say about it. Audioengine – known for dynamite speakers and DACs – have released their first Bluetooth product, the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver. The B1 streams audio from any media player (iTunes, Amarra, Youtube, etc.) and connects to any music [...]

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Rapoo-3300P-Mouse-02

Personally, I can't get enough peripherals for my desktop or laptop.  I needed a mouse that was small enough to throw into my bag whenever I went out, but nothing clunky.  Since I've reviewed other Rapoo products before, I grabbed the chance to  review the Rapoo 3300p Wireless Optical Mouse.  Let's take a look! Note: Images can [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews, Wireless
Edifier_Luna_Eclipse_5

Among all the Bluetooth and desktop speakers I’ve reviewed, I’ve never tested both form factors in one speaker system. The Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speakers combine the look and stereo separation of a dedicated desktop speaker with the convenience of Bluetooth. Not only that, they look like nothing else either. They even won the 2014 iF [...]

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satechi-spectrum-mouse-2

If you're tired of your boring white or black mouse but you can't decide on a new color, get the Satechi Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse and get all the colors!  The mouse has an ergonomic design that's comfortable in the hand, and it has 1000dpi resolution for precise mousing.  It may look white in some [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News
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Many people who are integrated into the Apple ecosystem – or BORG, as I like to call it – would never think about buying a router from anyone except Apple, no matter how good or cheap another brand may be. I know, because I paid $200 for an Apple Airport Extreme. I wondered if I [...]

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If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers, [...]

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MS Keyboard Closeup from End

I decided that I would write this review with the product I’m reviewing, the Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard, and I’ll tell you right from the start that it is likely the last thing that I’ll type with this keyboard. After several weeks of cramped typing at my desk, I’m really looking forward to getting back [...]

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powersensor

Philip's has just announced two new PowerSensor LED displays that cut energy costs up to 80% by detecting a user's presence and automatically reducing the brightness when the person steps away from their computer. This not only reduces energy consumption and your electric bill, but it also helps prolong the life of the monitor. The [...]

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qwerkywriter

When I was a kid, I used my mom's old Underwood typewriter to write my own stories and newsletters that only myself and my sister read. I loved that typewriter, fitting in a piece of paper, twisting the knob on the platen to position the paper, pressing down the keys and seeing the individual type [...]

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grovemade-desk-collection

It's important to have your monitor at the proper angle to improve your working posture and reduce strain.  There are a lot of monitor stands on the market, but these wooden ones from Grovemade are perhaps the most elegant I've seen.  The Monitor Stand is a sculptural piece that can hold up to 200 pounds, [...]

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lg-29ea73-1

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 last [...]

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kano-computer-kit-2

The Kano computer kit was successfully funded on Kickstarter in December 2013 - and when I say "successfully", I mean it got more than 15X its $100,000 funding goal.  Kano will be shipping in July, and the company is now taking pre-orders for those of us who didn't get in on the Kickstarter campaign.  The [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
Audioengine_A2_1

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 most [...]

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