Epson’s Home Cinema 3500 2D/3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector uses 3LCD 3-chip technology to provide a bright, immersive experience on a big-screen of up to 300 inches. Epson says it provides up to 3X brighter colors than competitive models; it provides 2500 lumens of color brightness and 2500 lumens of white brightness and up to 70,000:1 contrast ratio. It projects full 1080p HD video in either 2D or 3D. Positioning is easy with wide vertical and horizontal lens shift and the 1.6x zoom lens. The Home Cinema 3500 includes two built-in 10W speakers. The Home Cinema 3500 2D/3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector is $1599.99 at Epson.
2 years ago, I reviewed Atomic Floyd’s SuperDarts hybrid in-ear headphones. I liked them then and I like them now. I often still use them despite how many earphones I’ve reviewed or have yet to review. I like the sound signature and I really like the hybrid speaker design—an armature and a dynamic speaker working together. Atomic Floyd managed to exploit the strengths of each speaker design while minimizing their weaknesses. However, one major issue I had—and still have—with the SuperDarts is weight. They are HEAVY.
Atomic Floyd has now put the SuperDarts on a diet with the new SuperDarts Titanium. Titanium is lighter and stronger than the original SuperDart’s steel construction. The lighter weight should allow the SuperDarts to be worn while the user is active. Plus, The speakers have been re-tuned to take advantage of the newer metal. The SuperDarts Titaniums lose the hot-red accent color, but are still attractive in their all-black and pewter-colored clothing.
The SuperDarts Titanium in-ear headphones sell for $399-$480 from Amazon and are available now.
Here’s a low tech alternative to the expensive hi-tech problem of viewing movies on your smartphone. Instead of crowding around your phone’s screen, project the image on a wall using the Smartphone Projector. This DIY kit is made of sturdy cardboard and a comes with a glass lens that will magnify the image on the screen and project it on a blank wall. Just follow the directions to fold the box, insert your smartphone with the brightness turned to the max in the specially designed tray in the back of the box, turn off the lights and you’re all set to watch movies and videos without feeling cramped. Most smartphones will work with this projector as long as they are no larger than 3 x 6 inches. There is room to connect a power cord to your phone and even speakers. When you place the projector approximately 6 feet from the wall it will project a 30-32inch image. You can find this smartphone projector at Uncommon Goods for $27. Don’t forget the popcorn.
Getting power from point A to point B when there’s no electrical outlet on one end usually means that you have to employ the aid of an extension cord. I’m sure you probably have at least one orange extension cord in your garage or home. Long extension cords are obviously handy, but uncoiling and coiling them back up once you’re done using them can be a chore that involves tangles and knots. I’ve been testing the RoboReel Power Cord System, which is a fantastic solution to this first world problem as long as the price doesn’t scare you away. But before we get to the price, let me show you how it works.
The Hobbit Limited Edition Clothbound Notebook from Moleskine is the perfect gift for any Middle Earth aficionado. This is a large-sized Moleskine, measuring 5″ X 8.25″. It’s covered in a nutmeg fabric, and the front is decorated with a graphic that looks like a page from Bilbo’s own diary. Inside are 336 ruled pages, seven reproductions of Tolkien’s original illustrations from the first edition, and quotes from the novel. There’s also a Thror’s Map insert; hold it up to the light to see the Moon Runes. The Hobbit Limited Edition Clothbound Notebook is $34.95 from Moleskine. They have other limited-edition Hobbit notebooks available, starting at $16.95.
We like to make sure you are always up to date with what we’re writing about, so here is a full list of all the news, reviews and articles that we posted this week on The Gadgeteer.
Now that you have an iPhone 6 Plus, how are you going to protect it from everyday wear and tear? Are you using a rubber bumper case? Boring… Maybe you have a snap-on plastic shell on the back. Even more boring… If you want an iPhone 6 Plus case that looks fantastic while also doubling as a minimalist wallet, check out the new 80° leather wallet from Mujjo. Available in tan or black vegetable tanned leather with a suede-lined case interior, this wallet features a wrap around design that protects the back and sides of your phone while also providing a card pocket on the back that is placed at an 80° angle. This gives the case some style while also keeping the cards tightly secure and in place. This case is priced at $51.37 for the iPhone 6 Plus and $46.23 for the iPhone 6 version. For more info visit Mujjo.
We cut cable a long time ago and opted for over-the-air (OTA) channels using antennas. Back in the day, we also bought DVD recorders to record our favorite shows but had problems with ALL of them, and never got around to replacing them. Most of the time I’m at home when my shows are on, but I sure have noticed the lack of a DVR when I’m not. Recently, Simple.TV became available for review here at the Gadgeteer. It is an OTA and unencrypted digital cable “whole planet DVR” (meaning you can record to your Simple.TV device from anywhere and watch from anywhere). Would it work for us and fill the hole in our entertainment AV arsenal? Oh, how I hope so.
Flying these days can be a big hassle, long lines, short tempers and that’s just at the security checks. But there was a time when flying and being on an airplane was a more civilized venture, with hand mixed cocktails and plenty of elbow room. You can’t do anything about the elbow room, but you can now get a civilized cocktail (or at least an Old Fashioned) by bringing a Carry On Cocktail Kit. The Carry On Cocktail Kit is the brain child of two companies, W&P Design and Punch, both based out of Brooklyn New York. The kits consist of the following:
- Carry on tin
- Recipe card
- Aromatic Bitters
- Cane sugar
- Linen coaster
The Carry On Cocktail Kit contains enough mix to create two Old Fashioned cocktails, all you will need to do is order the mini bottle of Bourbon, mix up the ingredients, then sit back and remember the more civilized days of flying. The Carry On Cocktail Kit will cost you $24 from the Carry On Cocktail Kit web page and the sellers of the product say it will make it through security just fine.
You’ll make short work of dinner preparations when you use the set of knives in the Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block. The block is made of of silver plastic and has individual knife sheaths built in. It’s weighted to prevent tipping. The set includes five, one-piece knives with high-quality blades. You’ll receive a chef’s, bread, carving, paring, and utility knife. The officially-licensed Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block is $99.99 from ThinkGeek. It’s the perfect gift for any padawan or chef!
Celebrate with the Force this Christmas by decorating with these Kurt S. Adler Star Wars lawn ornaments. Each 36 inch character (which includes Darth Vader, R2D2, a Storm Trooper, and Yoda) contains 50 lights and is decked out in Christmas apparel to join you in celebrating the holidays. When decorating this Christmas, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” They can be used indoors or outdoors and are available through Home Depot (online only) for $69.98 each.
Here’s a little something for our gadget loving fisherman readers. It’s the Hook-Eze and it claims to help you quickly and safely tie a fishing hook to your line without drawing any blood. It’s a simple gadget invented by Ross Bain of Australia, that is basically a holder that snaps over the hook’s barb so it doesn’t end up in your hand when you’re trying to tie the fishing line to it. It’s also great for covering the hook when you’re not fishing. The Hook-Eze is available in different sized packs, starting at $12 for a pack of two. Visit the Hook-Eze site for more info or Jerry’s Fishing Ideas for US orders.
Home internet, wired or wireless? That’s a big question now days with more folks working from home. With a lot of newer homes being built today having the house pre wired for Ethernet connections is a common practice. In older homes wireless seems to be the way to go, especially with faster speed wireless routers. But, what happens when you live in an older home and your wireless signal wont reach all of your desired computing locations? TP-Link has a solution, the AV600 Gigabyte Powerline Adapter starter kit.
With the PetziConnect, you can see, talk to, and dispense treats to your cat or dog while you’re out of the house. Install the PetziConnect, connect it to your WiFi connection, install the free, secure app to your smart phone, and you and your fur babies will be in contact any time you like. The HD camera lets you see your pet in 720p resolution, and you can snap pictures or record video at 30fps; you can even capture low-light video. The PetziConnect has clear audio so you can speak to your pets. When they hear your voice, they’ll come running to listen to you and get a little treat. The treat doesn’t just drop; one to three pieces will be tossed out so the pet will have to chase down the treats to add some fun and play to your little visit. You can share the videos and photos you capture through the app, and the app will notify you when it’s time to reload the treats. You should give yourself the gift of seeing and interacting with your fur babies when you can’t be there with them. The PetziConnect is available now for pre-order for $169.99 from Petzila, with shipping in time for the holidays. Watch the video to see the PetziConnect in action. After you see it, you’ll want a PetziConnect and a couple of adorable little chihuahua friends!
The i-FlashDrive is an easy way to transfer data between your computer to your iPhone or iPad, and it also increases the storage available to your iOS device. Simply insert your own microSD (HC) card into the i-FlashDrive, copy over files from your computer, and then use the Lightning connector to connect the i-FlashDrive to your iPhone or iPad. The drive offers secured file encryption for private files. You’ll be able to manage data directly from the iOS device, such as create, copy, move, delete, rename, open, and more. You can playback music and video files directly from the external memory, and you can backup/restore your contacts list. The i-FlashDrive provides a document viewer for major file types, a text editor, and a voice recorder. It even has Dropbox support. The i-FlashDrive is compatible with all iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches with the Lightning connector. Brando offers the i-FlashDrive for $30.00.
The Kenu Stance is a handy tripod that plugs into the Lightning port on newer iPhones using a patent pending MicroMount which is made of a composite material called Grilamid. The stand features a zinc-alloy construction providing a stable base with non-slip feet and a ball-and-pivot joint that lets the iPhone tilt and rotate freely for taking pictures, using Facetime and more. With the legs folded flat, the Stance can position your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. With the legs folded the Stance is about the same size as a pack of gum and weighs only 1.2ozs (34g). And if you need to pop the cap on a beer, the Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs. The Kenu Stance for the iPhone is available now for $29.95 on Kenu.com. An Android, Windows Phone version that uses the microUSB port will be available in 2015.
I always get excited when Apple announces new products, but I’ll admit the latest iPad announcements left me a bit disappointed. As you know if you’ve read any of my reviews, I love my iPad mini with Retina display. I planned to update to the newest mini – until I watched Apple’s keynote. I was excited to hear about how much faster the iPad Air 2 would be with the newest chips. I’ve gotten accustomed to the thumbprint reader on my iPhone 6 Plus, and I found myself wondering what was wrong with my mini when it wouldn’t read my thumbprint and open. I also love the gold color of my iPhone 6 Plus and was looking forward to having a matching iPad mini 3. I liked the idea of a thinner, lighter product, and I was expecting to hear the same improvements added to the iPad Air 2 would be added to the mini with Retina display. Imagine my surprise when they hardly mentioned the mini at all in the keynote. When I got back online after the keynote ended, I realized why they had glossed over the iPad mini updates. The mini 3 is basically the mini with Retina display with a thumbprint reader and the addition of the gold option. I was incredibly disappointed, because I absolutely wasn’t going to give them another $600 for what I already had, thank you! I debated with myself before finally deciding I’d try the iPad Air 2. I had tried the Air last year and quickly returned it because I just preferred the smaller size of my mini with Retina display. I knew I could return this one if I decided I’d rather stick with the mini with Retina, so I went ahead and placed my order. I received the Air 2 on release day, and I’ve been using it since then. I have to admit that it’s taken me a while to decide how to review the new Air 2. I’m going to keep it and use it instead of my mini with Retina, but I think most people with the Air will probably be happier just waiting to see what the next generation offers. [click to continue…]
In the past few years a lot of people have traded their power sucking incandescent bulbs for CFL bulbs as a way to cut energy costs. They get a big thumbs up for cutting energy, but there are problems with CFL bulbs including the fact that they have mercury in them. Not disposing of these bulbs properly when they burn out means this deadly chemical will end up in landfills and eventually in the soil and water which is obviously a not good thing. An alternative that saves even more energy than CFL bulbs, and lasts even longer, are LED bulbs like the new 4Flow LED bulbs from CREE. Starting Friday (Nov. 14, 2014) in NYC you can trade one of your CFL bulbs for one free CREE 4Flow LED bulb. CREE will also be visiting Boston and Washington DC where they will end up giving away 15,000 bulbs throughout their entire tour. Click through for more details about these events.
Tokyoflash Japan has introduced their new Kisai Satellite-X watch with two case/strap options. Both watches display time on the same set of circles, and both are available with blue or red LEDs behind a dark mineral crystal lens. The Satellite-X watches both feature an animation mode, and they are USB-rechargeable. The Kisai Satellite-X (left image) stainless steel version features brushed grooves and a comfortable silicone strap. The Kisai Satellite-X Acetate version has a “blue urban-camouflage effect acetate case with matching strap.” Both versions are limited editions, and they are available at the introductory price of $139 (including free shipping) until Friday, November 14th at 1pm Japan time. Learn more about these watches at Tokyoflash Japan.
It’s pretty fascinating watching the Chinese headphone and earphone market move upscale in both audio and build quality. There are Chinese earphones that now rival anything else available. However, it’s also not surprising, because many of these Chinese companies have been making earphones for other companies for years. Now, they are flexing that knowledge under their own names.
Most people have never heard of Fidue. That could change with earphone models like the Fidue A83. The A83 is a triple-hybrid earphone with a dual-balanced armature speaker paired with a dynamic driver speaker. Fidue has incorporated what they call a 3D Acoustic Chamber Design that can exploit the benefits of both speaker technologies: the accuracy of an armature tweeter combined with the warm bass of a dynamic woofer speaker.
Fidue uses replaceable silver-plated copper wire cable with gold-plated connectors. Also included is a hard case and many ear tip choices. The A83 is worth exploring if you’re interested in a serious upgrade over lesser earphones.