Reviews

Carrying around enough potential energy to fuel our increasing appetite for connectivity is a never ending balancing act. Hardware engineers make energy-efficient phones and tablets, and Developers respond with ever-increasingly sticky apps and websites. Engineers make better, lighter, more efficient batteries, and we leave them on longer and whine that the device is larger. Into… Read More

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the nicest looking smartphones ever to be created. So why would you want to cover it up with a generic plastic case that adds bulk, and takes away from the aesthetic of the phone? One case that protects the phone without detracting from its beauty is the Full… Read More

Cherry, a German company known mainly for its high-end mechanical keyboard switches, also sells a line of keyboards. The Cherry MX Board Silent is the first to feature Cherry's noise-optimized silent MX key switches for a mechanical keyboard feel minus the traditional click-clacking that might be disruptive in some office environments. For the high price though, the Cherry MX Silent… Read More

I've got quite a few flashlights, but I don't really have a portable "floodlight" when I need to light up a large area.  This time I got to try out something different. It's not quite a flashlight, and it's not really a camping lantern.  It's the Loftek 15W Portable Floodlight. Includes: 1xUSB cable, 1x 15W… Read More

There is no question that I, and probably many of you readers, take a lot of photographs on a cell phone. It is always on you, and the cameras on them are getting better and better. I purchased the iPhone 7 Plus because of the camera, and I was intrigued to find out that there… Read More

What's the worst tech catastrophe that is only a few minutes or hours away from occurring to you every single day? A dead smartphone battery! If you're not near an outlet, the threat of no juice is a real nightmare. Am I being melodramatic? Only barely. We count on our phones for so many reasons… Read More

It's time for another round of quick updates to some of our past reviews. We like to revisit reviews days, weeks, months, and even years later to let you know how the product stands the test of time. This round of updates includes a review from over 8 years ago. Click through to see the… Read More

The first phone earpiece I got was from a company called Jabra. I thought it a funny name, but due to the build quality and excellent functionality, I came to trust that name. I was recently sent my third product from the company, the Jabra Speak 710. It's in a crowded category, but, to me… Read More

Take a look at your phone. I mean, really look at it. Chances are if you've purchased or acquired a new phone in the last few years, it's shiny and sleek and svelte. Or at least it was until you put that bulky case on it. Do we really need to wrap our sexy communication devices… Read More

Chances are very high that you own a smartphone if you're reading this post. Chances are also high that your smartphone has a Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint SIM card in it. Those four carriers may be the most popular, but are they the most economical? If saving money is a big concern for you… Read More

I have been building home theater PCs ("HTPCs") for almost fifteen years.  My current HTPC configuration includes an Intel Celeron CPU capable of decoding various AV codecs, a high end Nvidia GPU card, a large capacity hard drive, and an M-Audio sound card capable of 7.1 surround sound.  The entirety of this system is housed in a… Read More

In my quest to find a great minimalist leather wallet, I was given the opportunity to review a Benjamin Bott Design wallet called the Chickadee English Tan ultra minimalist leather wallet. When it arrived, it was love at first sight. The wallet arrived in a drawstring bag to protect it from scratches during shipping. There… Read More

In 2014 I had a chance to review the cylindrical Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker.  At the time, it was a uniquely shaped speaker paired with a 360-degree sound.  There have been other versions of this speaker such as the Boom 2 and the Megaboom, but the squat, softball-sized Wonderboom caught my eye.  Let's take a look… Read More

As I have said before, I have many pocket knives stashed throughout my hectic world...in my cars, desks, tool bag, EDC gear, etc. They are a very useful tool to have around when needed. Most of my knives range in quality from good to very nice and the Zero Tolerance 0460 by designer Dmitry Sinkevich is… Read More

Charging your devices while traveling is a pain - a small one, granted.  Remembering to bring the right "wall wart" for each device is something you generally think about when you check into the hotel.  The problem only gets worse at home - with every device having its own power adapter, you quickly develop dangerous… Read More