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Bolse 5-port USB desktop charger review

By: Greg Carter
on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Perhaps, like me, your bedside table has evolved over time into a charging station. I run down the batteries in my devices during the day, and the nightstand is the most convenient place to both recharge the devices while I sleep and keep them nearby for nighttime reading, email or phone calls. I haven’t adapted gracefullyRead More…

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Jimi provides easier access to iMac USB connectors

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

When I was using an iMac as my main computer, I loved almost everything about it except for one thing… It was always a pain in the you-know-what when I needed to plug a cable or flash drive into one of the USB ports. In Apple’s infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) they located the USBRead More…

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ADATA DashDrive Durable UD320 USB OTG flash drive review

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Here’s another portable and relatively inexpensive way to expand the memory of your Android device. It’s the ADATA DashDrive Durable UD320 USB OTG flash drive, which comes in 16 and 32GB capacities. I was sent the 32GB version to test. Let’s see how it works.

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Leef Access microSD card reader for Android review

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

If you’re an Android user with a device that lacks a microSD card slot, you need to pay attention to this review. Don’t worry, I won’t take much of your time because there’s not a whole lot I can say about the Leef Access microSD card reader for Android, other than it’s tiny and onlyRead More…

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A lighter for computer geeks – Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

So you’re out in the wilderness, Les Stroud style, and you need a fire.  Stat.  You would have bought a lighter but they didn”t allow them on the plane.  Fortunately, you remembered to pack your Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter!  Available for $19.99 at ThinkGeek, $11.99 at Amazon and reportedly (from reviews) for less thanRead More…

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This bird doesn’t fly or tweet, it humidifies

on Monday, March 24th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Even though the seasons have just changed and it’s officially Spring time (finally!), the air is still very dry – at least it is here in Southern Indiana. Who cares if the air is dry you say. Look down at your hands, are they rough and chapped? That can be a sign of low humidity.Read More…

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ChargerLeash review

on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It’s happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we’re going toRead More…

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Get all the juicy details with the USB Power Current / Voltage Tester

on Monday, January 13th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

The USB Power Current/Voltage Tester from Brando lets you easily measure USB power and device operating current/voltage. Just plug the small USB adapter between the device and your computer or AC outlet and the built-in display shows current and voltage. It will work with smartphones, tablets or any devices with a USB charging port. ItRead More…

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Bracketron Smart Lantern review

on Friday, December 20th, 2013

If  you’ve ever been in a situation where one of your mobile devices has run out of power and there is no outlet around, you’d probably appreciate having a battery backup.  Bracketron’s solution is their Smart Lantern, which not only supplies the power, but also lights your way in the dark.  Here’s something you mayRead More…

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Just Mobile Highway Duo car charger review

on Sunday, November 17th, 2013

iPhone car chargers, cannot live without them, good quality reliable well made ones are often hard to come by. And, when you do find a good one to use you have to supply your own cable to use with it. And, what happens if you need to charge another device while charging your iPhone? TheRead More…

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LifeLink claims to be be the world’s thinnest smartphone charging cable

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

LifeLink is an ultra-portable USB cable that can be carried in your wallet, purse, or even on your keychain. Available in 3 styles, LifeLink cables are compatible with all Apple and Android Smartphones and Tablets. There’s a micro USB, Lightning and 30-pin versions. With a thickness of only 2 credit cards (0.098 inches or 2.5mm),Read More…

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CINQ adds more screen real estate to your laptop without needing any table top space

on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

We’ve told you about USB monitors before, but the CINQ includes a special clip that allows you to mount the 10.1 inch 720p monitor right to the side of your laptop’s display. The monitor is compatible with PCs and Macs and has a max resolution of 1280 x 720. It features a matte / anti-glare coating,Read More…

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Leef Bridge USB Drive and Magnet USB 3.0 Drive review

on Friday, October 4th, 2013

The folks at Leef sent me two of their USB flash drives to try. What’s so exciting about a USB flash drive you ask? Well, the Leef Bridge allows you to easily move files from your PC or Mac, to your Android smartphone and visa versa, all without requiring WiFi, a network or any extraRead More…

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Brando’s 10-Port USB Charging Station enables your gadget obsession

on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

If your family is threatening to take away all your gadgets and gizmos because you are always using all the AC outlets to charge them, I have a potential solution for you. It’s the 10-Port USB Charging Station from Brando. Yes, we’ve seen USB hubs with more than 10 ports before, but, this charging station offersRead More…

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Blue Microphones Nessie USB Microphone review

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013

At first glance, the Nessie by Blue Microphones  looks like an award one might receive at a music award ceremony because of its impressive stature. But it is named after the mythological Loch Ness monster and resembles it with its “S” curve and long neck silhouette. But it begs the question, does it stand upRead More…

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AOC’s latest USB monitor offers faster performance in a thinner package

on Sunday, August 4th, 2013

When I downsized from a 27″ iMac to a 13″ Macbook Air for my main computer, It felt liberating being able to carry around my computer anywhere I needed to go. But giving up a huge display for one much smaller did take some adjustment. When I’m couch surfing, I don’t really mind the smallerRead More…

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Satechi Dual Sonic Speakers review

on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I love listening to music or podcasts on my home PC and at my office. Sometimes you just need to tune into something upbeat to get your work done!  My desk space is limited, so since I was given the opportunity to try out the Dual Sonic speakers from Satechi, I grabbed the chance.

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Brando MicroUSB OTG 3-Port Hub with Smartphone Stand review

on Saturday, July 20th, 2013

A true gadgeteer is always looking for ways to make their gadgets do more than they were originally intended. The MicroUSB OTG 3-Port Hub with Smartphone Stand from Brando is a $10 accessory that effectively turns your Android smartphone into a mini workstation by giving it 3 USB 2.0 ports. Laptops all over the world just gaspedRead More…

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Stay moist with the Satechi USB Portable Humidifier

on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The Satechi USB Portable Humidifier is a small screw-on device that fits on most brands of bottled water and can be used as a humidifier, mister or aroma diffuser. Just fill the bottle with purified water, screw on the device/filter and plug in to a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. The USB Portable Humidifier willRead More…

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USB Utility Charge Tool – A pocket gadget charging multi-tool

on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The USB Utility Charge Tool looks like multi-tool or pocket knife, but it’s really a multi-bladed charging tool. There are several “blades” that you can use to charge your gadgets, including a 30 pin connector for the iPhone or iPod, a micro USB and a mini USB connector. There’s also a USB adapter to connectRead More…

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Mimo Monitors Magic Monster 10.1″ Resistive Touchscreen USB Monitor review

on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

It doesn’t make a difference if you use a desktop computer connected to a huge display, or a laptop with an 11 inch display, you will always want more screen space. I know for me that it was a pretty big adjustment when I downsized from a 27″ inch iMac to a 13″ Macbook Air.Read More…

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Victorinox Swiss Army Jetsetter USB Flash Drive review

on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

The Victorinox Swiss Army Jetsetter USB Flash Drive combines a few “tools” with a removable USB flash drive which is available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Will it become your new favorite EDC tool for home and office? Let’s see.

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Smartronix USB Power Meter reveals the power needs of your favorite USB devices

on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

If you like to tinker with your own electronics projects or are a data geek who needs to know how much juice your tablet, smartphone or other USB device really needs to charge via USB, the Smartronix USB Power Meter will provide that info. It can also tell you how much power a USB portRead More…

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USB Writhing Tentacle – Best worst office gift

on Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This USB-powered tentacle is firmly ensconced in the novelty department.  When plugged in, it wiggles and squirms back and forth, (somewhat) realistically emulating an octopus.  However, it holds no other use than being creepy-cool.  The current version holds no data, and judging from the consumer feedback, that’s a bit of a sticking point.   It’sRead More…

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Keep your data on the chain with LaCie PetiteKey USB drive

on Friday, November 9th, 2012

LaCie has produced a key-shaped USB drive for some time, and their new PetiteKey is a tough little brother of their original Iamakey that Julie reviewed a few years ago.  The PetiteKey is only 1.61″ X 0.83″ X 0.14″ and weighs 0.26 ounces.  This USB 2.0 drive has transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps.  It hasRead More…