Reviews

In 2015, I had the privilege (and it was a privilege) to review Master & Dynamic’s new MH40 headphone. At the time, nothing else looked like them. The MH40 has that classic, timeless look—like they’ve been around for many years, yet they were a brand new headphone from a brand new company. The MH40’s combination… Read More

I am a total sucker for nice leather gear and fine woodworking. I find the old world craftsmanship and artistry very appealing in today's disposable world. So when Julie asked if I'd like to review some handmade items from Istanbul, Turkey I jumped at the chance. In this case, Galen Leather is a small leather… Read More

Before receiving Cubetto, the thought of teaching computer programming to our young boys, ages four and six, never crossed our minds. Even though I am an engineer, I had not yet considered how to give them some basic tools that would perk their interest in STEM subjects, specifically computers.  Our kids are as efficient as any… Read More

Adding extra light where none exists can be a huge hassle and expense when wiring, and new electrical work is concerned. An easier way is to add easy to install stick up lights like the OxySense T-01 DIY Stick-On Anywhere 4-LED Touch Tap Light and the Motion Sensor Night Light from OxyLED. Let's check them out… Read More

In January of 2017, I wrote a news post about the Joopic CamBuddy Pro. The folks at Joopic enjoyed the news post and provided me a Joopic CamBuddy as a sample to review. The CamBuddy provides WiFi control of the camera's settings and also provides shutter release triggers from four different sensors: Light, sound, laser… Read More

I think I've indicated before that I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to home security. I have several cameras in and outside my house, and I'm always considering adding more. Not only are the cameras great for deterring burglars, but they often help find toys my children lost. Recently I volunteered to review a DVR… Read More

It's summertime again, and that means pool parties, camping, canoe trips, picnics, and barbecues. But what's a great summer get-together without a killer soundtrack? There's just one problem... how are you going to get everyone to actually hear that bangin' playlist you spent all day making? Ditch the awkward phone-in-a-cup sound hack and stop worrying… Read More

            Topo Designs, makers of unique outdoor gear and apparel, has collaborated with Opinel, the venerable French knife makers, to bring us a new collaborative project. It’s a limited-edition version of the classic Opinel knife, combined with a sheath custom-made by Topo Designs for the collaboration. How cool is that? Let me tell you about… Read More

The Blast Motion Blast Softball Swing Analyzer is a tiny sensor puck crammed with some big technology. Along with its companion app, it's easy to set up, attach to your bat, and get right to swinging. At $149.99, it's a great, affordable way to improve your swing and get some incredibly useful stats in the… Read More

The more I review Focal earphones and headphones, the more impressed I become. Yeah, French speaker maker Focal makes outrageously priced products such as their $4,000 Utopia headphone—rated by many reviewers as the best headphone available today. But kudos to Focal for also offering affordable audio for the rest of us. Case in point: The… Read More

Last year I reviewed the original Switchmate Smart Light and now they have recently come out with version two which they've named the Switchmate Bright. Let's give this smart light switch controller a try. The Switchmate Bright is a wireless controller for your existing light switch (toggle or rocker style) that physically toggles the switch… Read More

I love my 12.9" iPad Pro, but, like most folks have mentioned in reviews, I find it a bit difficult to balance when trying to carry it around during use. I've found a case that I like for use around the house or on the road, but it's more a stand, even though it has… Read More

If you think back to your favorite toys when you were a kid, were they video games or were they toys that let you use your imagination like construction sets and other building toys? I'm going to show my age here, but some of my favorite toys when I was a budding gadgeteerling were Lincoln Logs, Tinker… Read More

The next stop on my gaming gear journey has us looking at a gaming mouse. Now, Kingston is not a brand I usually associate with gaming peripherals, rather, I think of internal components instead. When the Kingston HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse was offered up for review, I thought I would give it a chance… Read More

An electric kettle is a really useful appliance to have around the kitchen. The AICOK Electric Kettle not only promises some new design & safety features but gives you a set of 6 preset temperatures for more refined control of your hot water for teas and coffees (in addition to a boil). How does it… Read More