Audio, Video, TV

It's that time of year again; the days are longer, nights are warmer, and the nature is calling. Like many of you, I enjoy spending time outside as Summer approaches. For me, a beautiful day outdoors isn't complete without something playing in the background. Almost a year ago I reviewed the Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush Bluetooth… Read More

The Resonate earphones are the third pair I've reviewed from the UK based Rock Jaw audio company. For the last few years, Rock Jaw has made quite good, yet inexpensive earphones almost anyone can afford. The Genus and Clarito earphones have veered towards a warmer, more forgiving sound anyone but extreme bass heads could really… Read More

Introduced at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Korean company Cremotech’s flagship Pico projector, the Laser Beam Pro C200 earned an Honoree Innovation Award. The C200 touts 780P resolution, a quad-core Android-based operating system, Bluetooth, and WiFi. I purchased one of these units as a portable alternative to my bulkier projector. The C200… Read More

Keeping up with your favorite TV series can get expensive when you are tied to providers like cable and satellite companies. The only option in my area is DirecTV or Dish. I've been with DirecTV for over 20 years and am happy with their service and content, but not the monthly bill. Ouch! A few… Read More

Swedish company Urbanears, who are known for their colorful headphones and earphones, have just launched a new line of equally colorful Connected Speakers. The speakers are available in six colors and two sizes that have been named Baggen and Stammen. Baggen is the larger speaker and Stammen is the smaller one. Both models feature multiple… Read More

When I reviewed Blue’s original Mo-Fi headphones in 2015, I compared its unique headband system to my wife”s over-engineered door hinge on her 1997 Lexus SC300. Fast forward two years—Blue has kept the still unusual headband design with its hinge, yet has improved on the Mo-Fi with the new Sadie headphone and vastly improved on… Read More

The Amazon Echo costs $179.99.  Would you like the same functionality (and then some), but save $50?  Of course!  Introducing the Lenovo Smart Assistant, featuring Amazon Alexa.  This will be released by Lenovo in May 2017, at a cost of $129.99.  Don't want a giant black tower in the middle of your room?  The Lenovo… Read More

I'm a firm believer in futurism, the coming-true of farfetched science fiction concepts. One of the seemingly impossible devices I remember reading about was featured in Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. The main character's wife would lie awake at night listening to the "beetles" in her ear — tiny radio earbuds — chittering away deep… Read More

Creative is known mainly for SoundBlaster sound cards and speakers. I’ve reviewed their wonderful Roar wireless speaker series. Creative’s newest speaker is the BlasterX Kratos S5 is a 2.1 gaming speaker system with Aurora Reactive lighting system. It comes with powerful 4” satellite drivers and a 6.5” subwoofer in wooden enclosures, delivering clear highs, detailed… Read More

Seems like just yesterday the world was introduced to wireless headphones, now they're everywhere. So many models and price points to choose from it can literally make ones head spin. So what makes a good pair of wireless headphones? Well, that can vary from person to person. For me its a few things. Style, comfort… Read More

If you've been a patron of The Gadgeteer for some time, you may likely surmise that I've been on a quest to identify a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that will perform well for me in a variety of situations, but mainly for use during heavy exercise. After evaluating a variety of similar products, all of which basically… Read More

(Updated 30 March 2017 to reflect ability of Hammo TV to connect to two headsets at once.) There are times you want to watch TV, not the computer, and those in the general vicinity don't really want to hear the sound. (This is known as an opportunity for innovation, or the start of an argument… Read More

As a frequent business meeting presenter, I have a variety of device-to-display adapters in my travel bag.  And this collection continues to evolve over time when newer technology such as USB-C video output becomes more prevalent.  Keeping up with this trend, StarTech offers a line of USB-C video adapters and provided VGA and HDMI versions to… Read More

These Mpow Bluetooth headphones are a decent, moderately priced option for people who prefer traditional over-the-ear headphones versus earbuds. They are stylish, portable and offer the choice of a wired connection as well as Bluetooth. Mpow Bluetooth Headset 3.5mm Audio Cable USB Charging Cable Packing Bag User Manual Bluetooth Version: 4.0 Range: 33 feet (10 meters)… Read More

Grace Digital must have adopted the slogan, “Go big or go home,” because the EcoBoulder Waterproof Bluetooth speaker from their ECOXGEAR speaker line is, well—B.I.G. This thing is huge—and heavy. The EcoBoulder comes with a retractable handle and wheels. From a distance, it could easily be mistaken for a small travel suitcase. It also doubles… Read More