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Back in July, I posted a review of the Ring Smart Video Doorbell, a battery powered wireless doorbell with a built-in camera and two-way audio. I liked the product because it brought new functionality to the push button doorbell and I was impressed by the ease of installation and the overall quality of the hardware. Ring recently offered me their outdoor Stick Up Cam to review. This is also a battery powered wireless camera that can be installed anywhere that you have a WiFi signal. Let’s take a look.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

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With only 20 shopping days till the big event, it’s time to get a plan in place to get your shopping tasks under way. One way to do that is to visit Amazon’s 12 days of deals page. Amazon calls day 2 Title Loves day. Yeah, I’m as clueless as you are about the name, but I did find some good deals like:

$80 off Amazon Fire 16GB + Amazon Tap Bundle — Today ONLY ends 11:59 pm PST (While supplies last)
Save on the iRobot Roomba 614 Robotic Vacuum
Save on Fast & Furious 7-Movie Collection
AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries (8-Pack) Pre-charged
Texture $3 a month for 3 months access to over 200 digital magazines

Visit Amazon’s 12 days of deals page to find more holiday savings.

Posted in: News

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This week I have two Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns and three Indiegogo campaigns for your crowdfunding shopping pleasure. Click through to read this week’s list of crowdfunding projects that have caught my eye. [click to continue…]

Posted in: News

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I had a chance to review a great little wallet from A-SLIM, the Sapphire Black Chikara. After using the wallet in real world situations I can say that this wallet is exceeding my expectations when it comes to the smaller slimmer thin billfold wallets.

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Posted in: Reviews, Wallets

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Earlier this spring I reviewed the Blink Wire-Free HD Home Monitoring system and since then they’ve gone on to sell over 250,000 of their battery powered security cameras. Today Blink is announcing the addition of a new camera. The Blink XT is an outdoor version of their battery powered camera which features a two-year battery life when used with two off-the-shelf AA lithium batteries. The Blink XT has a weatherproof design and is IP-65 rated to ensure water-resistant. This camera also has infrared night vision unlike their indoor cameras which use a flashlight illuminator.

The Blink XT will be available for pre-order starting today Monday, December 5th for $119 and will ship by February 2017. Also, just in time for the holiday season, they are offering a free Blink XT to customers who purchase a 5 camera system before the end of the year. For more info visit blinkforhome.com and Amazon to order.

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

Harry’s razors review

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I’m what leaders in the razor sciences refer to as “follicly gifted”; I have five o’clock shadow by 9 a.m. While being the only kindergartner with a full beard was great, as I became older, the facial grooming necessary for work became a hassle.

Additionally, I have mildly sensitive skin; I’m prone to razor burn, dry skin, and ingrown hairs.

As you may have surmised, I abhor shaving.

For most of my life, I shaved with the Gillette Thermonuclear Warfare 87 blade shaving system. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but I’ve always purchased whichever Gillette razor had the highest number of blades.

While Gillette provided an excellent shave, I was paying an obscene amount of money for replacement blades.

For the last few years, I’ve experimented with every shaving system possible. I’ve tried generic razors, the Dollar Shave Club, electric razors, and even an old-fashioned double-edge safety razor.

While every system has its pros and cons, I’ve yet to discover a shave with the right combination of cost, shave quality, shave comfort, and shaving time.

Recently, I was given the chance to review Harry’s razor blades. Here’s to hoping they transport me to shaving paradise.

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

amazon-xmas

I haven’t started my holiday shopping, have you? No worries, Amazon has us covered. Beginning today we can follow Amazon’s version of the Twelve Days of Christmas with 12 Days of Deals. Each day for the next 12 days, Amazon will offer big discounts on great gifts for everyone on your list. Don’t worry, there won’t be any turtle doves or lords a leaping included. Today’s deals are just for kids and include $10 off the Kindle for Kid’s Bundle. This bundle features the Kindle eReader, a cover and a 2yr warranty for $89.99.

Posted in: News

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I’ve always wanted to try a self-balancing scooter or hoverboard but I decided I valued unbroken bones and a bruise free body even more. But turning a hoverboard into a go-cart was just too fun to pass up. So when Jetson offered me their JetKart universal hoverboard accessory, I said let’s do it!
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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

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We’ve been busy this week with 24 posts. That’s a lot of reviews and news. Did you get a chance to read all of them? If not, click through for a handy list of all the posts.
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Posted in: News

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I’ve been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for almost a week now and I’ve enjoyed it significantly more than I thought I would. The size and weight make this convertible laptop perfect for everyday and travel use. I’m even seriously considering switching from MacOS to Windows 10 if you can believe that! Having said, that, will I ditch my one-year-old 13″ MacBook Pro for the SP4? Keep reading to find out.
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Posted in: Articles

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Back in September of 2015, I reviewed a pretty interesting take on the slingshot, The Pocket Shot. I thought The Pocket Shot was a good product not only for everyday adventure but also as a survival tool. I was aware of another add-on for The Pocket Shot that would allow you to shoot arrows using The Pocket Shot as the base. The conversion consisted of a new pouch, an end cap, and arrow knock covers. Having previously reviewed The Pocket Shot the owners of Pocket Shot sent me everything I would need to convert The Pocket Shot to shoot arrows in The Pocket Shot Arrow Shooting Kit.

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Is there someone on your holiday shopping list that is wishing for a tablet? If you act fast, you can save 20% off Amazon’s Fire HD 10 16GB Black Variant (Certified Refurbished) tablet. The Fire HD 10 features a 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, and 16 GB. This special offer takes the price from $199.99 to $159.99. This is a special deal that will end on 12/10 (11:59 pm PST) or till supplies last. All you have to do is head over to Amazon and use the promotion code FIREHD10 at checkout.

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

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Even though my Nexus 6P doesn’t have wireless charging, I’m still a huge fan of the oh so convenient method of charging called Qi. If I was shopping for a new monitor AND my phone was Qi capable, I’d be seriously interested in the new AOC P2779VC 27 inch monitor. The P2779VC features a Plane to Line Switching (PLS) panel that provides a 178/178 degree viewing angle, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 5ms response time. This monitor also has VGA and two HDMI inputs which gives you high-definition video and audio. The AOC 27 inch PLS Monitor featuring a Qi Wireless Charging Base has an MSRP of $249.99 but will sell at discounted prices this December at Amazon, Best Buy, and NewEgg.

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

truckerfriend

The Trucker’s Friend is a tough, all-purpose tool that was designed for truckers, but it looks perfect for walker (zombie) head splitting, nail pulling, tree chopping, ice scraping, etc. This tool is made of heat treated steel with a shock absorbing fiberglass handle. It combines the essential functions of an axe, claw hammer, nail puller, crow bar, wire twist, spanner wrench, grapple hook, tire chain hook and more. It is made here in the USA, is backed by a lifetime guarantee and is priced at $59.99. The Trucker’s Friend is available now from Innovation Factory.

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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I have been a writer for the-Gadgeteer a very long time and over the years I have developed a systematic process for doing reviews. I am pretty AR about order and method but occasionally an item gets left on my doorstep that causes me to throw out my rules and tear into the package like it’s Christmas morning. Well, that happened to me today…in this case, the Ultra Sabers folks sent me one of their custom made battle blades (aka fancy high tech lightsaber) to give a try. I’ve back burnered everything so we can give it a look 😀  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews