BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 Pen giveaway!

A few days ago we posted a review of the BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 Pen and now thanks to BIC you have a chance to win one! All you have to do is post a quick comment about what you like and don’t like about The Gadgeteer. Full contest details after the break.


5 winners will win one BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 in their color choice (silver, blue, pink and aqua).

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 08/14/2013 11:59PM EST leave a comment with some constructive criticism about The Gadgeteer. What do you love? What do you hate? What do we need to do differently or better? Don’t be afraid. I have thick skin 🙂

2. At some point on 08/15/2013, I’ll pick 5 random winners using The winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to choose their prize(s). If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Anyone associated with The Gadgeteer may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. Winner must have a US shipping address.


The winners are:

#19 Jamie G – Did not have a US mailing address 🙁
#35 Mike Matthews
#38 poqeteer
#45 Tammy Adams
#49 johnkes
#4 Adam

Thank you to BIC and to everyone who entered!

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59 comments… add one
  • cal August 12, 2013, 1:12 pm

    Love this site and I have to read it everyday

  • James Ledbetter August 12, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Neat product!

  • OKE August 12, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Huh. Must not be a popular item/gaw about which to comment? I think it would be cool to test one of these BICs…

    Anyway, I’ve liked the site since before the Tapwave Zodiac 2 review, just fyi – but if I had a nitpick – I think it would be neat to incorporate – either across the top or along a side, sections or tabs or just quicklinks to categories or tags like the news, deals of the day, reviews, or types of gadgets (popular or not), like the writing instruments or cellphones or tablets, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for this opportunity. 🙂

  • Adam August 12, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I really don’t have an criticisms. Maybe the site design seems a little dated and the number or categories makes it difficult sometimes to pin point exactly what I’m looking for, but neither of those things are really detrimental to my experience. Cool pen btw, keep up the good work!

  • TonyW August 12, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Sometimes I find it hard to find previous posts through the search window. I’m not sure how this could be improved. Eventually I stumble upon the correct search term/tag.

  • Joe Natale August 12, 2013, 1:54 pm

    not sure if the rubber will offset having a pen on hand, but we’ll see!

  • AFlacks August 12, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Long time fan of the site. You were my sherpa during my transition from Palm to Handspring to iPhone to Android. Glad your health is well and keep up the good work.

  • Betty Widerski August 12, 2013, 2:08 pm

    I know that the ads support the site and there’s only one type I find annoying: the ones that overlay the bottom of review-related photos, since they frequently obscure some element of the item being illustrated. I’d be happier if the ad could land just above or below the review photo.

  • jimlat August 12, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Love that you eliminated the Twitter share in contests…I use Twitter, but not like I check the page…

    Have been visiting and using your reviews since my Palm 1000 days…keep up the great work!!!

  • Erwin August 12, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Now THAT’S a pen I could use with my tablet!

  • Chris Miller August 12, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Love the site, pool it in my RSS reader all the time!

    The only comment that I have is that some of the design/navigation is confusing/dated… The site could use a bit of a navigation overhaul to make it easier to find and read older/past reviews/features.

  • Josh Weinstein August 12, 2013, 3:51 pm

    A quick comment indeed.

  • carrie August 12, 2013, 4:08 pm

    i love how i found a review of the optech strap from your site very informative and ordered the strap!!

  • Dawn S August 12, 2013, 4:53 pm

    I love this site and drink my morning coffee reading it. Now for the criticism, and it is minor.

    #1. I wish you would not do so many Apple (iPhone) product reviews. I understand you have the product, however I have Android. The thing that bothers me is I will see 2 or more Apple product reviews, or stuff for iPhones or iPads, in one daily email and nothing that I use.

    #2. I have a slightly hard time finding older reviews of things. Maybe an easier to find contents list.

    Other than that, I LOVE this site and I wouldn’t know what to do if I could not drink the morning coffee reading the reviews of products. I have ordered a few products because of your reviews. They are so useful.

    I would love to win a Stylus!

  • Bill Greene August 12, 2013, 5:45 pm

    I always look forward to new Gadgeteer posts. I especially enjoyed spotlighting what Gadgeteers carry & use. Would you entertain guest posts? Thanks for the great work and this contest!

  • mike August 12, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Love the site, I check it every day! The only thing I could ask for is more gadget reviews! More, more, more!

  • VernC August 12, 2013, 6:38 pm

    I go here for a quick read at coffee break time. Mostly like subjects and reviews, but there one or two times when your reviews are way off track. For example, I got some flashlights based on the review and they turned out to be pretty poorly made and unreliable.

  • Everett Harper August 12, 2013, 7:07 pm

    Would like to see a better search capability for finding/categorizing older reviews.

  • Jamie G August 12, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Hi All, love the site and read it daily, really like the EDC sections and have followed many a tip, love the reviews. Now to the criticism, site could be updated as it has been the same for a long time but I realize this is a time consuming process, slightly better site search function would also be great, other than thanks Julie and the team for a great gadget insight website, keep up the good work

  • chris August 12, 2013, 9:20 pm

    I usually like your reviews. But the Google search is not the best on most websites. I’m sure it’s easier to implement but a custom search feature could be more useful

  • Alex Ohannes August 12, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I love the Gadgeteer! I really have no suggestions.

    I sure hope I win this. I would like to use it on my old HTC Vogue.

  • Paul August 12, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Great site! Wish I had more time and money for all the great toys!

  • VJ August 12, 2013, 10:30 pm

    I like the fact that you are attempting to better your website with contests like this that openly and honestly take in the opinions of the user(s).

    Maybe making the the screen ‘full sized’ would serve to view the review better. I only have half of the with of my computer screen to view.

    Also, I have to agree with Everett Harper – having an easier way to search archived reviews.

    Everything else is awesome! I look forward to visiting here almost every day!

  • Linda August 12, 2013, 11:27 pm

    I love the variety of gadgets on your site, and your deals of the day. I just started looking for a laptop for my son and already found some recent deals. As far as the not like (I hate to say hate), I agree with Chris, the search could use some improvement like sorting by date. THANKS!

  • Jak G August 13, 2013, 12:43 am

    It’s hard to stay ahead of the crowd with Tech reporting, but The Gadgeteer has kept up their side of the deal for many years. Good on you. My side of the deal is to read it, which I do weekly.

  • Ann C August 13, 2013, 2:24 am

    I read the Gadgeteer because it keeps me current and sometimes useful. The Gadgeteer has helped me find ways of improving communication and make toys accessible for my toddler with a severe disability. I also love that The Gadgeteer is practical and sensible, not merely swayed by the gadget glitz. I like that there’s an appreciation for the greens in my wallet- the Gadgeteer will comment on overpriced items and I appreciate that!
    The cons? It’s sometimes hard to find what I’m looking for and the search functionality is mediocre. The ads-(I know they fund this great venture) but they can get annoying and sometimes look just like the articles.
    Thanks for the opportunity to comment!

  • Ed Hubert August 13, 2013, 7:46 am

    I also think the site is a little dated but check the site at least two or three times a day as I enjoy the reviews and insights into products I might never know about.

  • RobB August 13, 2013, 8:16 am

    As already mentioned before by others, it’s hard to find previous reviews. Sometimes I know they exist but cannot find them anymore. And I know there are a lot of reviews 🙂
    Outdated look? Maybe. But it is very easy to read and that’s the most important thing.

  • Fred Schiller August 13, 2013, 9:49 am

    Howdy, Gadgeteer!
    I stumbled upon your site this morning following your review of the EiMIM X, Y, and Z Pen.

    My only comment/suggestion for improving your site would be on the ‘Julie’s Favorite Gear’ page. I would have liked it if there were thumbnails of the items to scan for things that interest me. I did eventually click on all the links, and then click back to the Favorite Gear page, but that was a bit of a drag.

    Count me as a new fan of your site and keep up the great work.


  • vn33 August 13, 2013, 10:35 am

    Love your website .. been reading it since my Palm days.
    What I love about your site is how diverse the products you have introduced and reviewed.
    What I feel you can do better is a perhaps a mobile-version website (didn’t you used to have this ?). Also, perhaps a standalone App which allows us to read your website on our smartphones.

    Thanks for running this site … even if I don’t win anything 🙂

  • Michael August 13, 2013, 11:24 am

    I love this site, but it seems like the slant is mainly towards women. Other than that, I think it’s awesome!!!

  • Ben Connelly August 13, 2013, 12:50 pm

    No matter the technology involved, the Gadgeteer seems to cover it all. Thanks

  • Mina Rohde August 13, 2013, 1:02 pm

    I like how frequently the site is updated with new posts. Not so many that I can’t find where I left off or that it seems articles are rushed to publication, but a few new articles every day.

  • Douglas Johnson August 13, 2013, 2:52 pm

    This site has always been handy for me to check back on old reviews when I am making a decision to buy something and verify if item got a good review or not.

  • Mike Matthews August 13, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I love the EDC series and the plethora of the items reviewed! I hate that there is not an iPad app. One improvement from a website layout would be the option to load more posts while scrolling down or a more button like on i09 or lifehacker instead of clicking the the Previous Entries button.

  • forfaden August 13, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I don’t like how the article takes up like a third of the website. To me the main article that I am reading should take over the majority of the webpage, the right side takes almost as much space as the article. And I think the borders on the sides are a bit too wide with not much going on within them.

  • John August 13, 2013, 4:11 pm

    A better search function would be nice…

  • poqeteer August 13, 2013, 4:58 pm

    I think you need to do more watch reviews… The original pocket/portable gadget?

  • Sandee Cohen August 13, 2013, 5:36 pm

    I still think you should warn people in the headline that a product is only a crowd sourcing project and doesn’t exist in reality.

  • Hank August 13, 2013, 7:05 pm

    would like to see more camera/home security reviews

  • Dennis August 13, 2013, 9:30 pm

    This is one of my main Web sites which I check frequently being a 3G (Genuine Gadgeteer Geek) fanatic – especially small little mechanical gadgets.

  • Amfishy August 13, 2013, 11:50 pm

    I loved your grin on your Mini expose. I’d be grinning largely too. A dual purpose pen would make me grin too, but not as much as a blue mini…reminds me of my blue ’83 Civic that I called “Little Blue Meanie.” Ah, back to the site, I like the diversity in the reviews. The daily deals could use some mixing up…too many laptops.

  • valentine August 14, 2013, 2:45 am

    I read the-gadgeteer with my morning beer. Thanks for the Bic stylus.

  • Bob August 14, 2013, 8:44 am

    I love the site/email digest.

    I love that your reviews have saved me from buying some products I think I would’ve been unhappy with.

    I hate that your reviews have lengthened my wishlist beyond reasonable spending allowances.

    My only real criticism is that your reviews are perhaps overly positive–I haven’t kept a tally, but my perception is that you *like* a lot of the items you review.

  • Tammy Adams August 14, 2013, 9:40 am

    I have learned so much with this website on gadgets. I love them. The squirrel shock device is on my purchase list now. Thanks

  • John Casey August 14, 2013, 9:58 am

    I am really cheap. Many of the products tested here are not. I love the content however.

  • Brad August 14, 2013, 10:55 am

    What I love about your site is all of the new and interesting gadgets that you inform me about. I do not have time to search the net myself, so appreciate this aspect. I don’t really hate anything. To improve, I think it would be good to do some short videos of various products when applicable.

  • Ray Tanaka August 14, 2013, 11:49 am

    Hi Julie,

    I’ve been a fan of the site for a long while (ever since the Palm Pilot days). Over that time, I’d have to say the site hasn’t changed very much. For me, that’s a good thing, and I thank you for great reviews of interesting products. For others… you might be losing people to flashier sites.

    One think I don’t like to see is “deal of the day” in the older article pages. If they aren’t available anymore, I don’t really want to see them. If others want a historical perspective, perhaps you can move that to a “past deals of the day” link.


  • johnkes August 14, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I carry a pen all the time, so with this pen/stylus, the stylus would be readily available.

    I have been following this site for years. The only thing that could be improved would be better organizing categories and fewer articles that seem more like product ads.

  • Steve August 14, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I love The Gadgeteer and have followed it for almost as long as it has existed. I am so jealous that they get to play with all the new gadgets (being a fellow gadget person)! Their reviews of new stuff are essential in my buying process.

  • Wiley Johnson August 14, 2013, 5:47 pm

    I absolutely love the site. I am glad I found it several years ago and read it daily.
    I have found numerous cool gadgets and have actually purchased several for myself and family members
    Keep up the good work
    Houston, TX

  • Fran Thibadeau August 14, 2013, 10:06 pm

    First of all, I LOVE BIC products. They write so well, it seems the pen glides over the paper. When I saw this Stylus a couple of days ago on this site I got really excited. First, because I am a stylus fan — I have been since my first cell phone, and there are some high quality stylus’ out there with an equally hefty pricetag and you never know what you are getting until it arrives. There is no risk in the BIC, it is a good pen and a stylus at a reasonable price.

    I would love to win a BIC Stylus/Pen. I hope you will give my entry a serious consideration. Thanks for all the great offers you post on Gadgeteer. I never miss a post — afraid I might lose out on one of your good products.

    Thank you,

  • jegan August 15, 2013, 1:14 am

    my homepage, cant go a day without seeing the new reviews. Love the site and the writers but the layout of the website could definitely use an upgrade

  • Donald Schoengold August 15, 2013, 2:43 am

    Leads me to gadgets I would never have found/

  • Julie Strietelmeier August 15, 2013, 12:50 pm

    And the winners are….

    #19 Jamie G
    #35 Mike Matthews
    #38 poqeteer
    #45 Tammy Adams
    #49 johnkes

    Thanks to all who entered!

  • Julie Strietelmeier August 15, 2013, 9:08 pm

    #19 had to step down due to not having a US mailing address.
    #4 Adam takes that spot.

  • John Kes August 21, 2013, 11:25 pm

    I received the pen. Thanks. This is the best Bic I have ever used. The side button is very ergonomic, and the pen writes smoothly. The stylus is a hollow conductive rubber dome. It glides smoothly and accurately across my various touch screens. If I press down a bit harder, the metal rim gets close to the glass (makes me edgy) but it never touches.

  • Fran Thibadeau August 22, 2013, 12:06 am

    CONGRATULATIONS to the winners !!


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