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Zagg rugged folio for the Apple iPad mini review

on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I enjoy my iPad mini, but I worry about dropping it or otherwise damaging the unit when I travel.  Also, it serves most of my needs, but there are still occasions where I need to set up a laptop to write a review or extended emails.  Now, with the rugged folio from Zagg, I have convertedRead More…

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The Cardiff Skate Company S1 skate review

on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Skate technology has come a long way since the first patented version of roller skates from the 1760’s. Things like polyurethane wheels over steel wheels, strap on skates over lace up boot skates and four wheel inline over the quad version skate. So, where’s the next big improvement? The Cardiff Skate Company thinks they haveRead More…

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Polar Loop activity tracker review

on Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Polar, who is well known for their heart rate sensors and sports watches, have a new wrist worn activity tracker called the Loop. The gadget category of activity trackers is so crowded that competition is fierce. Let’s see how the Polar Loop measures up. Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. Design TheRead More…

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Plantronics BackBeat FIT headphones review

on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

With so many headphones nowadays, I’m really surprised that wireless Bluetooth doesn’t come standard in every pair of headphones. When I moved away from the typical corded headphones I never looked back. If I had it my way, it would be wireless or nothing.  When I got the opportunity to review the BackBeat FIT headphones fromRead More…

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Shomer-Tec Covert Escape Compass review

on Friday, September 12th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

Which of these objects does not belong? Would you be surprised if I told you they are all compasses, even the nickel? It’s true. The nickel that you see in the image above is actually the Covert Escape Compass from Shomer-Tec. I was intrigued to learn how an ordinary nickel could be used as aRead More…

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TYLT ENERGI 5K+ 5200 mAh Battery Pack review

on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Backup batteries are a necessity for me and my husband. There have been times when both of our phones were on their last leg while sight seeing on vacation and we only had one portable battery. It would charge one device at a time and would do so very, VERY slowly. Nothing screams “Get aRead More…

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Fugoo Bluetooth Speakers review

on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

There are now so many portable speakers available that have Bluetooth, speakerphone capabilities, really good sound for their size, and decent battery life, that choosing one is getting harder and harder. But really, who cares? Just a few short years ago, these technological perks we take for granted were mind-blowing. This really is the startRead More…

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Martian Watches Notifier smart watch review

on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

  Last year, I reviewed the Martian Watches G2G smart watch, and I loved it.  Not only did that watch display information about incoming calls, emails, text messages, and other notifications, it had a Bluetooth speakerphone built in.  I loved the vintage styling of the G2G, and I loved that I could replace the watchRead More…

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Altego Lunar Mirror Messenger bag review

on Monday, September 8th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Reviews

I have always had a fascination with messenger bags, but have never found one that fit my needs. I love the roominess of messenger bags but I hate the lack of compartment separation and a secure location for my laptop or iPad. The Lunar Mirror Messenger from Altego has a solution for my problem. Note:Read More…

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Nock Co. Lookout, Sassafras and Brasstown pen cases review

on Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Posted in: Cases, Covers, Reviews

We’re fans of all manner of writing instruments as well as accessories to carry and organize them here at The Gadgeteer. When I stumbled upon the Nock Co.’s pen cases during their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign a while back, I was immediately interested in their styling and utility—they reminding me of Tom Bihn’s excellent travel items inRead More…

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Balls of Steel with Arctic Core review

on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

About a year and a half ago I reviewed a set of Balls of Steel, a drink cooler with a snappy name and ties to testicular cancer research; fifteen percent of their net profits are donated towards the cause.  They recently reached out again to ask if I’d like to review their version 2.0–Balls ofRead More…

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Garmin vivofit activity tracker review

on Friday, September 5th, 2014

I have a thing for activity trackers, fitness trackers, pedometers or whatever other name you like to call them. I’ve reviewed at least a dozen of them in the last couple of years and don’t see an end to their popularity anytime soon. The latest tracker to track my steps is the vivofit from Garmin.Read More…

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HEX Convertible Laptop Briefcase review

By: Greg Carter
on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I can work anywhere, as long as I have my laptop computer. Sure, with cloud access I can manage pretty well with just a smartphone – and even better with a tablet – but the laptop still makes it much easier to work and store or access everything I need. Therefore, I rarely travel veryRead More…

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UnoTelly SmartDNS and VPN review

on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

I am what many people would call, a “cord-cutter”.  In my living space I don’t subscribe to cable, and generally watch my TV online with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube.  A few years ago I lived in England and loved watching BBC iPlayer, but now that I live back in the US, IRead More…

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Rocki Play WiFi streaming audio adapter review

on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Many people would agree with me if I said that the Sonos wireless speaker system is the gold standard if you want to play music wirelessly in your home or business.  The feature set and options for Sonos are pretty extensive and performance is great. But it comes at a ‘gold standard’ price in myRead More…

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Rokit Boost SwageU Bluetooth headphones review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Monday, September 1st, 2014

When I go out for a walk around the neighborhood, I always have to have music to listen to. Normally, plugging in my headphones and dropping my iPhone in my pocket works well, but lately I’ve been using an arm strap instead of my pockets. While it feels better for walking, the cord is startingRead More…

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Sumo Lounge Omni Reloaded review

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I love my Lazy Boy couch and my double recliner, but most furniture items want you to adapt to them instead of the other way around.  You can’t easily move a recliner around your home from room to room or fold it up and shove it under the bed when you don’t need it. But withRead More…

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Sanrao SiPolar 10-port USB charger review

on Friday, August 29th, 2014

I’ve reviewed many portable power options, as well as a dock or two, but this is a first, and something that we may see more of: it’s a USB charger for up to ten devices! Talk about Nerd Nirvana! It’s from a company called Sanrao, who makes industrial-grade USB chargine stations for testing labs andRead More…

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Buck Knives 941 Travelmate Kit review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let’s take aRead More…

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Monkeylectric Monkey Light M210 and M232 wheel light review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

My son finally took up an interest in learning to ride a bike, so I’ve been looking into ways to increase visibility.  Bright clothing and reflectors are important, but a wild array of LED lights on the wheel?  This could be hard to ignore! (All images can be clicked for a full size image) WhatRead More…

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Bench Soft 2X USB Charging Cable for Android review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Charging devices is one of the unpleasant and time-consuming tasks that we gadget addicts must endure, thanks to the primitive state of electrochemical energy storage.  While ultracapacitors have not yet set us free from the torturous charging wait time, there are products that purport to make that wait time shorter.  Bench Soft sent us thisRead More…

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Pivos Xios XS Media Center review

on Monday, August 25th, 2014

There are a lot of TV set top boxes out there. The closest I’ve come to using one is using Chromecast or our Xbox for streaming various forms of media. That’s not to say that I haven’t been interested, so when The Gadgeteer was offered the Pivos Xios XS Media Center for review (an Android/XBMCRead More…

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Logitech Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speaker Jettison Edition review

on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Yes, another Bluetooth speaker.  Maybe I’m a grouch, or old fashioned, or something else, but I see very little use or need for Bluetooth speakers.  The only one I own is the a secondhand Jawbone Jambox, and I never use THAT.  Then I found out the Logitech Ultimate Ears UE Boom model was highly rated, so I thoughtRead More…

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Walhub switch plate storage review

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Do you frequently misplace your keys in your house or apartment? Share your keys with others in your household and need a common access point? Like to dump your keys as soon as you come in so they’ll be accessible when you leave? Leave outgoing mail near the door so you don’t forget to postRead More…

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Viatek Night Stars Landscape Lighting review

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she’s been asking when I was going to put “Fairy Lights”  in the trees around the house.  I’ve been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were “who needsRead More…