2014 holiday gadget giveaway!


It’s now officially the holiday season. That means you have to get in the holiday spirit – it’s mandatory! Need some help? Ok, here’s a contest with a wide assortment of great gadgets that you can win by just writing a simple comment to this post. If you’re willing to jump through a couple of hoops, you can get 2 extra chances to win, for a total of 3 chances. We have a lot of good stuff to giveaway, so don’t waste any time, please click through to see the list of prizes and instructions on how to enter.



Audioengine B2 Bluetooth speaker

With a 24-bit DAC, extended wireless range, and a aptX Bluetooth audio decoder, this speaker combines the great sound quality into a great looking hand built wood cabinet that is available in Walnut, Black Ash or Zebrawood. Winner can choose the B2 wood type they would like.

Prize value: $299
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Audioengine ; @audioengineusa ; audioengineusa.com   


Skylink: SkylinkNet Alarm System Kit

All-in-one, DIY kit offers homeowners a complete alarm system solution, conveniently controlled by a smartphone app

  • Alarm System Kit is controlled by the Internet Hub and includes a motion sensor, keychain remote, and 2 door or window sensors
  • Comes equipped with back up battery in case of power failure
  • Starter kit’s Internet Hub can be easily set up through a wireless Internet router to coordinate the activities of all receivers and sensors
  • Monitor and control your home alarm system with your smartphone with sensor activation
  • Secure cloud server safely brokers connection with no networking knowledge required
  • Works with up to 100 wireless sensors and controllers & 10 wireless cameras
  • Track all recent sensor activations and know who armed and disarmed the system
  • App allows up to 6 users to monitor one or various locations at the same time
  • No additional monthly fees or long-term contracts
  • Can be paired with cameras to monitor and control your home with the smartphone app
  • Can be customized with additional home security accessories, including a water leak sensor, a garage door sensor, an outdoor solar siren, telephone dialer
  • Can be customized and paired with other kits and accessories for home automation, including a telephone dialer for users to be notified during a power failure
  • iOS smartphone app sends push notifications when sensors are triggered or if the alarm is armed or disarmed

Prize value: $149
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/skylink.home ; @skylinkhome ; www.skylinkhome.com   


Saffron: Drift Light Bulb

1 each of:
Drift Light Bulb – Eco-friendly LED smart bulb gradually drifts from light to dark to help user rest easy. Read our review.
LED Light Bulbs – Energy efficient LED bulbs that look and feel like traditional incandescent bulbs
Sense Light Bulb – Outdoor lighting system with sun-aware sensors that self-adjusts with sunrise and sunset

Cost-efficient with automatic on/off feature and 1/8 the average cost to power
Each bulb features a 30,000 hour lifespan

Prize value: $70
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/sewelldirect ; @sewelldirect ; www.seesaffron.com


Recoil: Automatic Cord Winders
Retractable cord organizer designed to automatically wind & store cords, keeping them tangle free & ready for use

  • Portable winders easily organize cords and cables instantly
  • Spring-loaded technology offers the fastest way to manage & organize electronic cords
  • Small Winder: Designed for earbuds and headphones without microphones
  • Medium Winder: Designed for USB cords, headphones & lightening cables up to 4 ft. long
  • Large Winder: Designed for laptops, tablets, phones, gaming & cords up to 6 ft. long
  • SML Combo Pack: Features 1 small winder, 1 medium winder, 1 large winder & a Recoil Rack
  • MML Combo Pack: Features 2 medium winders, 1 large winder & a Recoil Rack
  • Available in 5 stylish colors, including blue, black, green, red, & white
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Prize value: $27.99
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/LifeUntangled ; @recoilwinders ; www.recoilwinders.com


Tego: NOVA Mini Wireless Speaker
Bluetooth wireless speaker delivers powerful sound in an ultra-portable package

  • Boasts version 3.0 Bluetooth Technology for fast and easy connections with superior sound quality from up to 33 ft. away
  • Ability to daisy chain allows an infinite number of NOVA’s to play at the same time for greater sound
  • Expanding bass chamber delivers 360° of sound to fill a room
  • For non-Bluetooth devices, a 3.5mm audio built-in input is available for maximum device compatibility
  • Speaker weight is 5.5 oz., allowing for maximum portability
  • Available in Onyx Black, Rubine Red and Cosmic White
  • Achieve up to 5 – 7 hours of playback with rechargeable internal Lithium Ion battery

Prize value: $49.99
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/TegoAudio ; @tegoaudio ; www.tegoaudio.com/


Blast Motion: Blast Athletic Performance

The world’s most accurate and consistent motion-capture technology for action sports 

  • Removable motion sensor analyzes and records motion metrics for 8 hours, allowing users to quantify progress and share highlights via social networks
  • Paired iOS app performs Smart Video Capture automatically detecting, capturing and personalizing your video highlights with overlaid metrics, creating ready-made sharable videos
  • Intelligently detects metrics like height, rotation, speed and direction and it helps athletes identify trends through stats and graphs
  • Sensor has ability to store data when it is out of range from the app
  • Proprietary sensing technology maintains accuracy within less than one mile per hour
  • Bluetooth® Smart (Bluetooth® low energy technology) connects the sensor mounted on the waist clip attachment to your iOS device
  • Blast Athletic Performance app is designed for iPhone 5, iPad 3 / iPad Mini 2 and iPod Touch 5th generation or new
  • Charges in 1.5 hours with included wireless charging base

Prize value:  $149.95
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/BlastMotion ; @blastmotion ; www.blastmotion.com


Catalyst: Waterproof Sleeves

Stylish and versatile (3 bags in one) waterproof sleeves that carry and protect your electronic devices

  • Features EVA foam lining to keep electronics protected from drops
  • Seams and zippers heat welded with double lock construction for waterproof protection
  • IP66 water tight closures ensure contents stay dry and dust free
  • Durable waterproof exterior made from Ripstop Nylon
  • Multiple products in one – Sleeves can be used inside a bag as protective covers or quickly transform into a backpack, briefcase or tote by adding removable straps
  • Available in small, medium and large sizes to fit the most popular electronics including: MacBook, iPad, Galaxy Note 8, Microsoft Surface and Kindle Fire, among others

Prize value:  Small $39.99
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Catalyst.Lifestyle ; @cataly_st ; www.catalystlifestyle.com


Zivix: PUC

Wireless link connects MIDI compatible musical instruments with iOS devices via Wi-Fi, providing seamless music creation

  • MIDI interface directly connects instruments to the iOS device wirelessly without a host Wi-Fi network to create music
  • Integrates with MIDI-enabled keyboards, DJ controllers, drum pads, floor pedal controllers and more for ultimate portability and to minimize cable clutter
  • Leverage your existing iOS apps to create music and experiment with MIDI devices
  • Proprietary MIDI interface is designed specifically for iOS devices
  • For use in both studio or live applications to wirelessly connect to Logic, ProTools, Live, Cubase, Sonar, Reaper and Garageband
  • Can be switched to function as MIDI input or output
  • Features MicroUSB port for charging, or two AA batteries for up to 15 hours of continuous use
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Prize value: $129.99
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pucwireless ; @Zivix_LLC ; www.mipuc.com


Glider Gloves Touchscreen Gloves

These special gloves will keep your hands warm but you’ll still be able to interact with your phone. Winner can choose the color.

Prize value: $29.99
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/GliderGloves ; @glidergloves ; www.glidergloves.com


Quiver A5 double pen holder for large Moleskine notebooks or the iPad mini

Keep your two favorite writing instruments right where you need them, attached to your notebook. The Quiver A5 double pen holder is made of leather and slides over the hard cover of notebooks 8″ – 9.25″ tall. It also works great with an iPad mini in a flip cover case. Check out our Quiver review for more info.

Prize value: $26.95
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quiver-Pen-Holders/144458462260661 ; www.quiverglobal.com

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

1. Between now and 12/04/2014 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page telling me the one thing you’d change about The Gadgeteer if it was up to you. Feel free to elaborate or provide even more input. I always love reading your ideas and criticisms.

2. (optional) Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:

Win a huge gadget prize pack from @thegadgeteer http://wp.me/p3LRkH-IhR

3. (optional) Get a 3rd bonus entry by posting on your Facebook timeline (to the public):

Win a huge gadget prize pack from @thegadgeteer http://wp.me/p3LRkH-IhR

Make sure you come back and leave a 3rd comment on this page with a link to your Facebook post.

3. At some point on 12/05/2014, I’ll pick 1 random winner using random.org. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my email in that time period, I’ll do other random.org drawings till the prizes are gone.


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

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for the winner not accepting their prize within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on the contest page, in the comments section and will be emailed. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address (sorry, this isn’t my choice…).

Update 12/5/14:

The winner is #48 Azat Salikhov. Congrats to Azat! Thanks to everyone who entered and our sponsors.

Update 12/7/14:
No response from first winner so I drew another winner: #160 Chris Deckrow. Congrats to Chris.


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182 comments… add one
  • Heather C December 2, 2014, 9:47 pm

    I really do enjoy the site with a few suggestions. On the main page, the ads and comments on the right margin are large and can be distracting from the original blog posts. I would also like to see the categories broken down into smaller sub-catgeories so the drop down list is not so long. Maybe phones, computers, toys, etc.

  • Heather C December 2, 2014, 9:48 pm
  • pescokid December 2, 2014, 10:17 pm

    Would love to see more frequent giveaways from the Gadgeteer!

  • pescokid December 2, 2014, 10:22 pm
  • Craig Huang December 2, 2014, 10:41 pm

    Maybe a comparison chart of similar devices that highlights pros/cons, pricing, etc of each item.

  • Holiday December 2, 2014, 11:09 pm

    Let the giving begin!

  • Lake December 3, 2014, 5:27 am

    When I do research about consumer electronics, I usually do it to compare similar products in order to decide which to buy. So, in addition to the blog-format articles, I’d have pages for common items (digital cameras, laptops, etc.) that were kept reasonably up to date with both subjective and objective information about the products (in chart format, when applicable) so as to make it easy for consumers to figure out what the best product is in a given category when they’re shopping.

    PC World does this reasonably well, if I recall correctly. Few other websites do, however, so I have to rely on whichever is the most recent “device X vs. device Y vs. device Z” blog article that has been written. That means I’m going to whichever website has the most recent post on the matter (since new products come out so often) as opposed to going to the same site every time.

    Happy holidays!

  • Lake December 3, 2014, 5:29 am

    I tweeted for an extra entry here:


  • Lake December 3, 2014, 5:30 am

    I posted on Facebook for an extra entry here:

  • Sherry W December 3, 2014, 6:18 am

    This is the first time I looked at the website. I generally read the articles using feedly and so I don’t see the actual website only the articles I am interested in reading. I will say that I much prefer reading the articles on my phone or tablet. I am not impressed with the look of the site. The site has a lot of useful information on gadgets, but it seems very cluttered at the top with the pictures, the ads and the content boxes.

  • James Choat December 3, 2014, 8:27 am

    I really like the gadgeteer style and objectivity. My suggestion is to add an index or drop down menu to the beginning of the email to help us all prioritize our interest of that day.

  • David Bock December 3, 2014, 8:41 am

    I’d really like an “update”. We all try new stuff. Some of us try more than others, and after a while we develop a liking for certain items. I think it’d be cool if after using something daily for 5-6 months you give a deep dive type readout. “Like this, don’t like that, scratched my cat, washed it in my jeans and….” Know what I mean?

  • BOB CHUPP December 3, 2014, 8:41 am

    I would be interested in reading about wireless phone plans.

  • Lex December 3, 2014, 8:57 am

    I can’t think of any improvements! When I have thought of one I let you know and you did it!

  • Steven Field December 3, 2014, 9:35 am

    Nothing to improve. Gadgeteer is my “go to” website/blog for the most complete listing of really cool, yet practical tech products. That’s the good news. The bad news is the amount of money I’ve spent on items I’ve discovered on Gadgeteer!!!!!

  • Stacy December 3, 2014, 9:47 am

    I would enhance the search functionality. I would also like to be able to log in and pin/save items and articles so that i could go back and see/purchase them.

  • Stacy December 3, 2014, 10:06 am
  • John Jester December 3, 2014, 10:17 am

    Hey Julie – I like the flow and feel of your site and wouldn’t want to see any hardcore changes. If anything, maybe a section/page of what gadgets to avoid or what’s not worth the money.

    Have a great holiday!!

  • James Nocon December 3, 2014, 11:01 am

    I wish you would make this site a little bit sexier! I know it’s about gadgets, but that doesn’t mean it has to look sooo dull

  • Richard Schulte December 3, 2014, 11:14 am

    I have been visiting the gadgeteer since about 1998 and this is my favorite site. I have purchased a number of items that have been reviewed here. I have seen several iterations of the site and this is my favorite version. I don’t have any suggestions right now. Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!

  • David December 3, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Love the reviews, and a good one would be to have a collection of reviews of the top holiday electronic gifts

  • CRUTCH December 3, 2014, 1:15 pm

    No changes to recommend but want to give a big THANKS for the big bold print that makes it so easy for an old timer like me to read the information.

  • David Maas December 3, 2014, 1:19 pm
  • Ken Merchant December 3, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I rely on this site to cue me in to eclectic and unusual gadgets. I’d like to see more of them, but not at the expense of the mainstream products you review. Only one answer, do many more reviews!

  • Charles Babcock December 3, 2014, 1:45 pm

    all I’d change would be to have more frequent posts.

  • Ed December 3, 2014, 1:45 pm

    The wood finish on this Audioengine B2 Bluetooth speaker is very classy. Looks really nice. Wonder how it would perform?

  • Jim Latimer December 3, 2014, 1:46 pm

    Second (or third or whatever) the improve search capability.

  • Mike December 3, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I would love to see The Gadgeteer use guest bloggers for reviews. Not necessarily techy bloggers, but more self-described “normal” blogger. A layman perspective is what I’ve appreciated in the past when shopping for phones.

  • AlanH December 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I also don’t like the new horizontal scrolling iPad layout. and I like the idea of a gift guide.

  • Ron H December 3, 2014, 3:16 pm

    I do like the layout of the site and since I’m a new Windows Phone owner maybe: A great App To Check Out Section.
    Also I keep going back to your review and I think I gonna treat myself to the
    Audioengine W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter for Christmas.

  • Neil December 3, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Let me start off by saying the things that I do like about your site. It’s informative, detailed and the pictures are rather large. If I was to change anything it would be the structure of the site and comparing products otherwise good job and thank you!

  • Philip Elliott December 3, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Great website but the ‘Categories’ dropdown is way too long. The font is also very large, as is the line spacing, which leads to excessive scrolling to access content.

  • Craig Huang December 3, 2014, 6:41 pm
  • Lynn December 3, 2014, 6:49 pm

    More pictures of the product. Perhaps some user anecdotes as well.

  • James Mcknite December 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Not to be a kiss a$$, but I dig everything except the mobile site. It’s very touchy on my iPhone…unless it’s my fat fingers. Then it’s my problem.

  • Alba December 3, 2014, 9:00 pm

    I like the reviews, would like to see long term reviews to see if opinion changes.

  • Marty December 3, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Add categories for gadgets. For example: fun gadgets, work gadgets, analog gadgets, and life gadgets for those particular gadgets that you cannot live without.

  • Brian December 4, 2014, 12:02 am

    An easier way to look up or search for articles. I love it otherwise!

  • Brock December 4, 2014, 2:48 am

    Honestly i think its time for a different layout. While i do appreciate the old school blog look of the site, I think it can be modernized a bit and maximized for tablets as well. Also, as others have suggested, better search capabilities on the site could really improve its usefulness. Keep up the good work, reeeeeeeally hope I have the opportunity to win.

  • Chris Deckrow December 4, 2014, 4:15 am

    I would like to see and April Fools product review. Maybe even from one of the fake products from other sites that post them “for sale” on April 1st. Or maybe something your staff have made up themselves. You could even run an internal contest to come up with a the fake product/review, so you have a full year to come up with a hit product.

  • Chris Deckrow December 4, 2014, 4:25 am
  • Chris Deckrow December 4, 2014, 4:26 am
  • Jason Couture December 4, 2014, 10:07 am

    Hi, love the site and information you provide! The one thing I would add is a category just for pen/notebook related items. Thank you!

  • Benjamin Middaugh December 4, 2014, 11:43 am

    I’m not a big fan of one-size-fits-all site layouts. In this day and age it’s straightforward to have different layouts for different device sizes, and one of my personal pet peeves is designing like everything is a mobile device. I want to use my 15.5 inch laptop lika a laptop, not a cell phone! (This is something more people than you are guilty of, so I’ll give you a bonus change.) Also, call me anachronistic, but there are really cool things going on in the world of writing implements and accessories. I know that’s not your main focus, but that was what brought me here. (The pen-format scissors review.) If you could make those more accessible (and even have more of them) I’d appreciate it.

    THanks for the wonderful site. I’ll be stopping by more often.

  • TonyW December 4, 2014, 11:47 am

    I would shrink the right hand panel’s width to allow for less scrolling of the main content.


  • Don Fye December 4, 2014, 12:19 pm

    This is hard, i like so much about the gadgeteer site.

    I normally view all email by phone, I’d like to quickly tag things to easily look at when I get back to PC.

  • Beers91214 December 4, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Love the reviews; Keep them coming!

  • Patrick December 4, 2014, 12:31 pm

    It would be great to have some filters built into the search function to help narrow down the results generated.

  • Chris December 4, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I’d love to see more audio products reviewed. Thanks…

  • Brad Zinser December 4, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Please improve “Popular Topics”. I would love to see added categorization and sub-categorization. Also its ability to pick up product tags. For example, currently “Headphones” lists on 21 articles. However, when I clicked there I couldn’t find the excellent reviews you’ve done on V-Moda cans. By chance I thought I’d search for v-moda and BAM found them. Perhaps you could do something like:
    – New Releases
    – On-Ear
    – Over-Ear
    – In-Ear
    Regardless, thanks for the holiday giveaway and for the quality of your product reviews… perfect for a gearhead like me! Happy Holidays!!

  • Valerie December 4, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Love the vertical waterproof bag listed in this guide! Pls I look forward to your constant good gadget choices! I have purchased many of them over the years! Great cocktail party info to share!

  • John Kes December 4, 2014, 5:35 pm

    I wish you had more time to test solar powered gadgets. I get the feeling that most do not work very well.

    Thanks for all of your reviews!

  • Jane P. December 4, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I would appreciate if you would label your product announcements as Ads or product announcements. After all your reviewers are not analyzing the products, they are simply passing on the announcement/press releases from the manufacturers.

    This would, in fact, save me time when going through your web page looking for “hands-on” reviews.


  • swisspotluck December 4, 2014, 10:15 pm

    I am not sure what I would do to improve the site. It seems like I had a suggestion years ago and gave it, but can’t recall what it was now. I usually come to Gadgeteer from @gadgeteer twitter posts when something interests me. It has always worked for me so far.

  • swisspotluck December 4, 2014, 10:17 pm
  • swisspotluck December 4, 2014, 10:21 pm
  • Eric Garduno December 4, 2014, 10:29 pm

    The Gadgeteer needs more contests like this more often! Good stuff.

  • Larry December 4, 2014, 10:35 pm

    I have been a fan of your site for ages. One of my favorite things from the past was the two sided reviews of a product. You and Julie would go back and forth with an almost completely different idea and concept.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the opportunity.


  • Alan December 4, 2014, 11:57 pm

    I would like it for the mobile website format to change, when I view the site on my Nexus 7 2013 I have to scroll the site sideways (not very natural), also the picture get sliced and the “Pros and Cons” are not shown on reviews. Also the comments are dropped, I always have to choose to download the desktop version.

  • Alan December 4, 2014, 11:59 pm
  • Julie Strietelmeier December 5, 2014, 9:47 am

    Update 12/5/14:
    The winner is #48 Azat Salikhov. Congrats to Azat! Thanks to everyone who entered and our sponsors.


  • Julie Strietelmeier December 7, 2014, 10:20 am

    Update 12/7/14:
    No response from first winner so I drew another winner: #160 Chris Deckrow. Congrats to Chris.

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