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Julie’s Favorite Gear


Hey folks, here’s my ever evolving listing of the gear (and other favorite things) that I use on a daily basis. Each category has been sorted in order of usage. The most used item is on top. I’m also posting regular gadget diary posts and EDC updates where I talk about the gadgets I’m using and adventures I’m having on any particular day.

Smartphone and Related Accessories:

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LG G3 Android smartphone – I upgraded to the LG G3 from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and love it.
LG G3 Quick Circle Qi Wireless Charging Cover – Adds Qi charging capability to my G3. I ended up cutting the flip cover off after I finished my review.
TYLT VÜ Wireless Charger review – Qi wireless charging stand that I use on the night stand next to my bed.
Nokia DT-910 Wireless Charging Stand – I have 2 of these. One in my office and one on my desk at my day job.
Cailifu Tempered Glass Screen Protector – I am a recent convert to using screen protectors. This is the first glass protector I’ve used for any length of time and it protected my LG G3 from a mishap with a spoon.

Computers and Accessories:

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Apple 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina display – I use this computer for everything from gadgeteer work, couch surfing to travelling.
Google Nexus 7 2013 (LTE, 32GB) – The Nexus 7 replaces my iPad mini. Loving it so far.
Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse – I use this with my Macbook Air. I like the smaller size and fact that it doesn’t require me to plug in a USB dongle. The down side is that it sometimes I have to manually reset/pair it because it will lose connection after I wake up my laptop.

Other Office Equipment:

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LG 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED monitor (29EA73) – 29 inches of widescreen goodness!
Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer
Coalesse Power Pod – Power “strip” cool enough to put on your desk instead of hiding it underneath.

Cameras and Related Gear:

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Canon 70D DSLR, Canon 430EX II speed light, Canon ST-E2 wireless flash remote – This is the setup that I use for all my Gadgeteer review pics.

Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card – If you take a lot of pix and don’t have one of these yet, get it now. Trust me!

Audio / Video Home Theater Gear:

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Samsung 55″ LED TV
Samsung Blu-ray DVD player with WiFi
Onkyo TX-SR608 AV Receiver

Roku 2 XS - I’m use this streaming media player for watching free movies and shows with my Amazon Prime Instant Video account. It’s tiny, silent and never seems to have a hiccup.
Dropcam Pro – I keep an eye on my house with this remote Wifi camera.
Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset – Current favorite earbuds. I hate in-ear style buds, and have found these to be the most comfy (and great sounding) so far. It comes with a nice zippered storage pouch too.

Car Gear:


Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit – I am using this adapter to stream audio from my LG G3 to my MINI Cooper stereo. It works great!
Cobra DriveHD Dashcam – Reviewing coming soon.

Miscellaneous Gear:

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GoSmart STYLUS – So far the best capacitive stylus I’ve tried for both writing and drawing.
ANicelyDone Stylus Handpad – Cushioned pad that allows you to rest your entire palm on the tablet’s display while drawing/writing.
Sensu Artist Brush Stylus – Looks and feels like a traditional paint brush.
Uniball Jetstream – My favorite ink pens. They put down a smooth thin line that never skips.
Intelli IMT-500 Chromatic Tuner – My favorite clip-on tuner for my ukuleles and guitars.


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ICON Link Flashlight – This is my current quick grab flashlight.
Coast LED Lenser LED Lantern (TT7105CP) – I grab this one whenever our power goes out at home. It’s still using the original batteries!
Huntlight FT-A3 – I keep this one in my gear bag.
Photon X-Light Micro – Keychain flashlight.

Gear Bags, Pouches, Cases, Wallets and other items of holding:

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Timbuk2 Custom Laptop Messenger Bag – I prefer traditional messenger style bags and this one is roomy and looks great. I’ve been using one for years now. I recently replaced the one shown in the review due to damaging it. The one I have now is made of waxed canvas with a Blue stripe.
Quiver Moleskine Pen Holder – So far, my favorite way to keep a pen with my journal.
Waterfield Finn Wallet – I’ve been using a Waterfield zippered wallet every day since 2005. I recently updated to their Finn wallet.
Waterfield Cableguy Pouches – My favorite way to organize the stuff in my gear bag.
Waterfield Outback Duffel bag – My travel bag.
Timbuk2 X-Small Classic Messenger Bag – I use this one when I need to carry more gear than the Waterfield Indy will carry, but not enough to fill the Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger.
Kensington iPad mini cover – My current favorite iPad mini case.
Col. Littleton Front Pocket Wallet – My current favorite minimalist / travel wallet when I don’t want to carry a bag or have a jacket with pockets.

Other Geek Gear

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Sprira Odyssey Running Shoes – Most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever worn!
Keyport Slide 2.0 – The best keychain ever!

Favorite Apps

… I’ll be updating this list soon…