It’s always interesting to see high-end audio companies enter the world of portable speakers. They almost always up the game by bringing a level of quality and detail that cheaper companies sometimes miss. Oppo Digital is known for their planar magnetic headphones and have branched out by introducing the Sonica Wi-Fi speaker system. It’s called a system, because the speakers can be grouped wirelessly into a multi-room setup—or remain a stand-alone speaker. Additional speakers can be added to the system as budget allows. Each football-sized Sonica speaker has Apple Airplay, Bluetooth and DLNA so you’re covered no matter which streaming method you prefer.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, News


I’ve some quick updates today from five of my past reviews. One of the reviews I just updated a few days ago, but I found a solution to my problem and decided to update it again. We like to do these review updates on a regular basis so that you will know how well a product stands the test of time long after we post the original review. Click through to see a list of today’s updates and then scroll to the bottom of each review to read the latest update.
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While each generation of smartphone squeaks a bit more life out of the battery than the last, many of us still find ourselves having to recharge our phones throughout the day.

There have been several times when my phone’s battery was low and I would begin to charge it, only to discover I needed to use my phone for a moment, go back to charging it, and then need it again.

While it’s not the world’s biggest hassle, it can be a pain to plug and unplug your phone repeatedly. This is especially true if it’s late at night or you’re in a dark room and you can’t see the charging port.

On multiple occasions, I’ve attempted to insert my charging cord in the dark and somehow, no matter how times I’ve rotated the plug, it won’t go in. For the nerdier among us, this problem is known as “Schrödinger’s USB”.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews


It’s time for another selection of crowdfunding campaigns that have caught my interest in the last week. This time around we have five projects that range from paper planners to wearable cameras. Click through to read about this weeks notable crowdfunding campaign picks. [click to continue…]

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I am about as AR as it gets when it comes to my tech-gear. I do my very best to keep it in perfect condition but hate bulky cases that take away from the devices’ sleek and slim form factor. I would prefer using my smartphone naked (aka no case) but would mentally kick myself if anything bad happened to it. Minimalistic cases help but still take something away from the feel of the naked device. The Naked Case Kickstarter effort is about as not there as you can get. The Naked Case is engineered to help those with Apple’s latest flagship smartphones protect their finish with the same space-age material that protects expensive supercars from scratches and rock chips.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, Reviews


We’ve covered several PhotoFast products over the years, but this is their first portable storage adapter that features 4 ways to connect. It has a USB Type-C connector, a USB 3.0 connector, a Lightning connector and a micro USB connector. What’s the iType-C 4-in-1 portable storage adapter used for? All kinds of things. Plug the adapter into a MacBook with a Type-C port and you can transfer data (music, video and more) to its built-in 64GB – 200GB flash drive. Then plug the PhotoFast into your iPad, iPhone or Android device to view that data directly from the adapter’s flash memory without having to go through iTunes. You can also use the PhotoFast app to back up your iOS device with the press of a button. The iType-C 4-in-1 portable storage adapter is priced at $145 for the 64GB version, $225 for the 128GB version and $299 for the 200GB version. For more info about the iType C visit PhotoFast.

Posted in: iOS, News


Here at the Gadgeteer we review lots of car chargers.  I mean lots.  All shapes and sizes.  But the Nonda Zus car charger is different.  We all know how anemic standard car lighter charging ports can be, right?  I have long since given up on them and in fact, the last 3 cars I have purchased had USB ports built-in because the lighter port simply isn’t sufficient to charge anything anymore with all these modern gadgets.  So one thing that makes the Zus different is that it claims to charge at a much higher speed than the standard car lighter port.  But where the $29.99 Zus really shines is that it will enable you to locate your car when you can’t remember where you left it.  Yep, that’s right.  So does it work?  Let’s find out.

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews


For lucky gadgeteers, Saturdays are for sleeping in late, relaxing and taking the time to catch up on your favorite gadget news and review site… The Gadgeteer! To help you out with that last task, I have a complete list of everything we’ve posted this week on the site. Click through and enjoy.
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There are only nine days until Halloween. Do your kids have their trick or treating costumes picked out and do you have your Halloween party costume picked out? Don’t give up, there is still time. You can head over to Amazon and check out their vast selection, including the Harley Quinn and Deadpool costumes shown above. If costume parties aren’t your thing, no problem, Amazon has other ways to entertain you on the scariest holiday of the year like streaming the following scary movies for Prime members:  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Geek Toys, News


Our smartphones are slowly evolving into the ultimate “Swiss Army Knife”. They have become an all-in-one device, replacing several of our most useful tools, gadgets, and devices.

Along with becoming our go-to music player, GPS unit, and gaming device – for many – our smartphones have become our primary camera and writing instruments.

I doubt there is a person reading this who hasn’t taken hundreds, if not thousands of photos with their phone.

While perhaps not as common, I’m willing to bet many of you have written or edited documents, taken notes, or even written articles on their phone.

With so many important documents and photos on our phones, wouldn’t it be great to have an easy way to print them directly from our phone?

Enter the Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One, a compact, wireless printer, that allows you to print directly from your Android or iOS device.

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews


I’m not a frequent traveler, but we do go on at least two vacations a year which usually involve air travel. Preparing for these trips involves decisions about the gear to take with me and I always have the same dilemma each time: weight and bulk vs. usability. I know vacations are for relaxing, but I’d be stressed to the max if I wasn’t able to keep on top of emails and do a little light Gadgeteer work while away from home. This usually means that I end up taking a laptop with me and the whole time I’m walking around the airport with a heavy bag on my shoulder I’m saying to myself that for the next trip I’ll take less gear. And each year I wish I could just get by with just my phone or my tablet. But I’ve always run into one problem that has prevented me from being able to do that – Gmail. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS


About two years ago, we told you about a Kickstarter project for the Pearl Compact Mirror and USB Battery Pack. After just a couple of days, Kickstarter removed the project because someone had filed a copyright infringement complaint against it.  HYPER by Sanho Corporation quickly moved the Pearl project to indiegogo and funding continued.  I had almost forgotten about the Pearl until I stumbled upon it at HYPER recently.  It’s now available for purchase in a variety of colors.  Amazon also offers the Pearl for the same price as HYPER, so I ordered two for my daughter and me from Amazon and benefitted from the free Prime shipping.  Read on to learn how well Pearl works.   [click to continue…]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews


Are you a beverage drinker? Gotta have your java in the morning (like yours truly)? The travel container in which I carry my daily coffee works fine, but it does take up a lot of space in my EDC. That’s one reason why stojo caught my eye. It’s a 12-ounce (355 mL) beverage cup that collapses down with the help of a flexible, ribbed design from a 5-inch height down to 1.75-inch height once you’re done with your drink. This not only saves space, but saves you from wasting disposable coffee cups at work or even at your favorite coffee shop. Stojo’s patent-pending design is very simple with four parts all made from food-grade materials. When assembled, the three main components form a liquid-tight seal, but are easily disassembled for dishwasher or hand washing (and it’s microwave safe, t00). Stojo is available in six colors for $15 each. Visit stojo.co for more info and Amazon order.

Posted in: News, Travel Gear


I have always been a big fan of Kenu products.  I have owned many of their products and their simple design, high-quality materials, and ease-of-use are top shelf.  So when I heard about the new Kenu Stance, I was intrigued.  My smartphone is the main camera that I use to document the moments in my life, and every holiday I invariably find my phone perched atop a large stack of boxes and books as I try to position it without falling over for that perfect family group shot in front of the fireplace.  Some of you are grinning because you have done the same thing!  The $24.95 Kenu Stance solves this problem by providing you a mini-tripod that attaches to the power port on the bottom of your phone.  Did it measure up to the high standards that I have come to expect from Kenu? Let’s find out.

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews


You’d never know it with this heat wave we’re having in the south this week, but it’s autumn now and time for sitting around a campfire or the fire pit in the backyard.  You’ll be able to roast hot dogs or marshmallows without having to hunt for the perfect stick, and without worrying about splinters in your food.  The Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster has a maple handle and a powder-coated steel roaster.  It’s long enough that you’ll be able to roast your food without getting too close to the fire.  The Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster is $19.99 each from UncommonGoods.

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear