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Now you can control your Phillips Hue lights from your Mac computer

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got the Phillips Hue lights starter kit for Christmas, and I control them with an app on my iPhone or iPad.  Sometimes I’m at my computer and would like to turn on the lights, but I can’t unless I have one of my mobile devices with me.  Phillips made the API available for third-partyRead More…

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Just Mobile AluDisc review

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, Reviews

Recently, I reviewed the Just Mobile HeadStand Headphone Hanger. It was my introduction to the minimalist design ethos of an accessory company whose products could have been made by Apple themselves. They are that beautiful. Just Mobile sent me their AluDisc 360-degree pedestal for iMac for review.


mBack de-clutters your iMac’s desk space

on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Running low on desk space due due to that external hard drive, cables and other clutter? Check out the mBack from mLogic, a “Zero-Footprint Hard Drive for iMac and Apple Displays.” Designed to attach to the circular cutout in the display stand of an Apple iMac or Apple display via a threaded cap, the mBackRead More…


You spin me right round, baby, right round

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

It’s irritating when you need to slide your monitor so someone else can see it or your all-in-one computer so you can reach ports on the back to connect a new peripheral.  If you have an iMac or an Apple display, the aluminum-colored i360 iMac Turntable from Rain Design can make it easier to turnRead More…


Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand makes working less of a pain in the neck

on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Having your monitor at the right height prevents neck strain and poor posture, and the F1 Smart Monitor Stand from Satechi has two pre-set height positions to help you find the best height for your monitor.  The empty space under the stand becomes a place to store your keyboard and mouse when they aren’t inRead More…


Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One review

on Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Sometime around 1975, it was suggested that because of computers, paper would become obsolete.  It hasn’t happened yet and I find myself buying a new printer every now and again.  I’ve never been completely satisfied by the output quality or performance of my purchases, but maybe things will change now that I have the XP-950Read More…


LogMeIn remote control software is no longer free, but TeamViewer is!

on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Earlier this week it was announced that LogMeIn, a popular software application that allows remote control of computers, would no longer be free. I’ve been using the free version of this software off and on for several years, so I was a little bummed with the news. I regularly need access to my home computerRead More…

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Thecus N2310 NAS Server review

on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

The “cloud”, a mystical place where we can store and access information from almost anywhere with almost any type of device. The thing is, I have a few issues with the cloud or at least the commercial free service offered by several outlets. My first issue is the security and availability of the data IRead More…


Get all the juicy details with the USB Power Current / Voltage Tester

on Monday, January 13th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

The USB Power Current/Voltage Tester from Brando lets you easily measure USB power and device operating current/voltage. Just plug the small USB adapter between the device and your computer or AC outlet and the built-in display shows current and voltage. It will work with smartphones, tablets or any devices with a USB charging port. ItRead More…


Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard Review

on Sunday, January 12th, 2014

I have a thing for nice computer keyboards.  I type all day, both for work and at home, so having a good keyboard is important to me. I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice PC keyboard, especially for gaming and frequent typing.  Along came the opportunity to review the Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard,Read More…


Add extreme sound to your computer with this sound bar

on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The XtremeMac Tango Bar looks deceptively simple at first glance.  It has a single USB cable that’s used to deliver power and sound from your computer.  It’s not minimalist inside, though.  This 10W speaker has a “six-speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers, and passive radiators gives you best-in-class audio.”  It also has anRead More…


Kanex simpleDock review

on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

I love things that help me organize and/or simplify my crazy, hectic life. I am typically overbooked and multitasking 90% of my day. So, a clutter-free world helps me be more efficient, which theoretically enables me to get more accomplished on any given day. So, when Julie offered up the simpleDock from the folks atRead More…


Ground Control to Major Tom… now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, News

Whether you want to be Ground Control, Major Tom, or Sandra Bullock in Gravity, you’ll like this little USB light from ThinkGeek.  The Astronaut USB Light looks like a suited astronaut out for an extravehicular activity.  The cable is posable, so you can have him floating above your desktop to provide light where you needRead More…

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Ergoption OysterMouse Wireless review

on Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Let’s face it, the computer mouse changed the way we worked on computers. For better or not, the mouse has allowed just about anyone to be able to do basic functions on the computer. The thing is, there are as many different types of computer mice as there are computer types – wired, wireless, trackball,Read More…


ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow mechanical gaming keyboard review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

When it comes to PC gaming, one of the sounds you hate to hear is that “beep!” when you’ve pressed down too many keys. This is due to most average keyboards having a set number of keys allowed to be pressed at the same time. The way to combat this is to pick up aRead More…


Easily convert your conventional desk to a standing desk without permanent modifications

on Friday, November 15th, 2013

There’s been some interest here at The Gadgeteer in standing desks.  Standing while you work offers great health benefits, and many desk-bound workers could benefit from being able to stand while they work.  There are many solutions that allow you to work as you stand, but most of them seem to involve replacing conventional desksRead More…


LifeLink claims to be be the world’s thinnest smartphone charging cable

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

LifeLink is an ultra-portable USB cable that can be carried in your wallet, purse, or even on your keychain. Available in 3 styles, LifeLink cables are compatible with all Apple and Android Smartphones and Tablets. There’s a micro USB, Lightning and 30-pin versions. With a thickness of only 2 credit cards (0.098 inches or 2.5mm),Read More…


Sharkoon Drakonia Black gaming mouse review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I’ve considered myself a PC gamer since high school, yet I never really have spent the money on high-end gaming equipment. Since I was doing fine with my plain-o mouse, I just never saw the need. Plus, the cost of many gaming accessories are out of my budget. When I was offered to review theRead More…


Add USB ports and a charging station to your laptop

on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Those ultra-small computers are a boon for travelers, but you find one of the costs of the light and small form-factor when you need to plug in more than 2 or so USB devices.  My 11″ MacBook Air has only two USB jacks, and the simpleDock from Kanex would be a perfect accessory to useRead More…


Doxie Flip mobile flatbed scanner review

on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

The Doxie Flip is a small flatbed scanner that runs on batteries for true portability. Unlike other small mobile scanners that we’ve reviewed over the years, this one doesn’t require you to slide the scanner across the document that you wish to capture. The Flip has been designed like a true flatbed scanner, only muchRead More…


ROCCAT Power-Grid app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a controller for your PC

on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

ROCCAT has opened up their Power-Grid app for public beta testing. The setup consists of a free smartphone app, which runs on iOS and Android devices, and accompanying host software, which runs on Windows. Using WiFi, it turns your smartphone into a fully customizable PC and game remote control that can do tasks ranging fromRead More…

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Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer review

on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Got that sleek new laptop that’s missing an optical drive?  Or maybe you just need to add Blu-ray writing?  The Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer may be just the thing you need.


Kancha Laboratory has the answer to where you put your headphones when you aren’t wearing them

on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Where do you put your headphones when you aren’t wearing them?  However you store them, they’re likely to be taking up some desk space.  With the Kancha 0.2 hanger, designed for the latest iMac (2012-2013) by Kancha Laboratory, you’ll free up that space.  You hook the Kancha 0.2 over the top of your iMac, andRead More…


Audioengine shows that big things can come in small packages

on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Computers and headphones are replacing the home stereo as the primary source for listening to music. Wireless speakers, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and a host of other technologies have developed and matured as a result. The external digital audio converter (DAC) also belongs in this group as a solution to the problem of lousy audio from desktopRead More…


Add USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet to your computer

on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Kanex says their DualRole is a “perfect companion for laptop users who need additional USB 3.0 ports for instant connection to peripherals and to connect to a secure wired network using Gigabit Ethernet simultaneously.”  It’s especially useful for those who have the tiny laptops (Windows or Mac) that sacrifice the number of USB ports forRead More…