2016 Spring gadget giveaway


To celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring, we invite you to participate in the Gadgeteer’s 2016 Spring gadget giveaway! One very lucky person will win a huge prize pack of 10 different prizes. So click through to read the details on each of the prizes and then submit your entry for a chance to win them!


1 person will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the 10 products shown below:


This is a premium, aluminum, keyboard with backlit keys & a hinge for 180 degrees of positioning to turn your iPad Mini into a tiny, sleek, and ultra-portable laptop. This keyboard is ideal for an on-the-go business person or student who does not want the bulk, extra weight, and inconvenience of bringing a laptop to travel or to class. It is available in three colors to perfectly match your iPad Mini.

Price: $129.99
Website: www.brydgekeyboards.com/products/brydgemini?variant=7753018625


Polk Boom Swimmer Jr.

The Swimmer Jr. by Polk BOOM is perfect for music on-the-go. It is an ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker that is both water and shock proof. It boasts an 8 hour battery life and includes a flexible “tail” that can be wrapped, looped or hung from any object such as a belt loop, backpack, bike handlebar, etc. The Swimmer Jr is the foolproof, go-anywhere companion, ensuring you’ll have the perfect soundtrack to narrate your outdoor adventures. The speaker is available in three colors on target.com and on the Polk Website.

Price: $39.99
Website: www.polkaudio.com/swimmer-jr/d/1256


Monoprice  10,050 mAh Power Bank

For thrill seekers, they can keep devices powered while exploring in gritty or damp environments with these tough-as-nails IP65 rated Rugged Power Banks. The sealed case protects the battery from dust and driving rain, and the USB port cover preserves battery function in harsh conditions. Durable materials and heavyweight construction provides long-lasting, worry-free power.

Price: $29.99
Website: www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=108&cp_id=10852&cs_id=1085202&p_id=14576&seq=1&format=2


Monoprice Dual driver earbuds

You won’t find dual driver buds at this price point. Each earpiece contains two 6 mm speakers guaranteed to deliver deep bass and immersive sound at high and low frequencies. The cable sleeve is made of high tensile strength and bend-resistant materials for durability and flexibility, and includes and in-line mic and controls.

Price: $19.99
Website: www.monoprice.com


Monoprice Medium Tactical Backpack

This simple, classic style backpack is the perfect tote for short and long hauls. Rather than divide the storage space into multiple small, specialized compartments, it features a single, large compartment, which gives you the flexibility to carry all of your gear. Fill it with books and a 16” notebook computer before going to class, then swap in a change of clothes before heading to the gym. Two exterior front pockets provide storage for pens, keys, and other small items, as well as a small tablet, such as an iPad mini™ or Kindle Fire™. The elastic side pockets are ideal for a water bottle or a can of your favorite energy drink.

Price: $29.99
Website: www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14340


Bracketron: Earth Elements Si Dash Mount

Attaches directly to most hard and textured surfaces for effortless hands-free driving. Simply adhere the Mounting Plates to the back of your device or inside back of your case. Device effortlessly clicks onto mount for safe driving. The 3M adhesive will ensure the plates stay securely attached to your phone. Integrated cord management for charging cables to keep them out of the way. Collapsible and adjustable support feet help keep your phone securely mounted. Perfect for travel and added support for larger phablet-style phones.

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Price: $39.95
Website: bracketron.com


808 Audio: Hex TL

Precision tuned dual-speaker system with bass resonator for huge sound

  • Hex TL offers a balanced response from a full-frequency driver and thumping bass from a rear bass resonator
  • Listen to rich, detailed, room-filling audio via Bluetooth from up to 30 feet
  • Features 3.5mm input for playing wired devices
  • Two power options: listen continuously using the included AC adapter, or use eight AA batteries for up to 12 hours of wireless listening
  • 808 Audio was born from expression, so whatever your taste is, hear music like it was meant to be heard
  • Available in black and white

Price: $79.99
Website: www.808audio.com


808 Audio: Canz
Ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker provides BIG sound in a small package

  • Listen to your music for up to 6 hours on a rechargeable internal battery
  • Mobile speaker connects to any Bluetooth enabled device for crisp, clear sound
  • Streams music from up to 30 feet away with 3.5mm input for multiple connecting options
  • Ultra-portable design with non-slip bottom
  • Available in blue, white, red, black and purple

Price: $34.99
Website: www.808audio.com


Hercules: DJControl Glow
Affordable DJ controller with built-in lighting effects for the budding disc-jockey

  • First DJ controller with built-in lighting effects to make the deck glow bright, neon green
  • Perfect for beginners or casual DJs learning to hone their skills
  • Features two decks, central mixer, dual jog wheels, a cross-fader and two volume faders
  • Personalize your mix and store for later using the EQ buttons, adding effects, loops and saving as an audio track to share with friends
  • Weighing just over 2lbs. and measuring 7.5×10.4 inches, its portable to carry nearly anywhere
  • All you need is a PC or Mac with a USB port to connect the controller, a pair of speakers and audio files to begin mixing and scratching

Price: $79.99
Website: www.hercules.com


Hercules: WAE Outdoor 04Plus Pack Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Ideal Ruggedized Speaker for Extreme Sports – BMX & Skateboarding

  • Ruggedized speaker is perfect for BMX and Skateboarding Crowd that use music to pump them up
  • IP66 Certified means it is totally protected against sand, mud and even the finest dust particles as well as high-pressure water jets and snow
  • Features a rugged design, solid rubber end-pieces, protective metal grille, and reinforced access cover for its connectors to ensure excellent shock-resistance, as well as protection against extreme outdoor use conditions
  • Accessories pack includes a bike mount and an exclusive backpack attachment
  • Features a standard-size screw thread, allowing users to attach it to the included accessories or to any other ¼” attachment device
  • Built-in battery provides 12 hours of battery life, while 0.6 lbs. weight makes it easily portable
  • Inspired by skatewear fashion, two new exclusive colors available are charcoal and light camel
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Price: $89.99
Website: www.hercules.com/us/wireless-audio/bdd/p/252/wae-outdoor-04plus-pack

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

1. Between now and 03/15/2016 midnight EST leave a comment on this page with any good or bad comments you have about The Gadgeteer. Ideas for improvement, product reviews you’d like to read, etc.

Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:
Celebrate spring and win a giant prize pack of 10 gadgets from @thegadgeteer http://wp.me/p3LRkH-OK7

Get a 3rd bonus entry by linking to The Gadgeteer on Facebook.

Make sure you come back to this page and leave a separate 2nd and 3rd comment with a link to your tweet and / or Facebook post. To get the links for Twitter and Facebook, just click the time stamp of your post and it will give you the page with that post so you can grab the link.

2. At some point on 03/16/2016, 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 emails 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 and family members 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 offer within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on this contest page, in the contest page comment section and will be emailed. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address.

Update 3/16/16:

The winner is comment #47 Congrats to Chris!

Thank you to everyone who entered, I’ll be reading the comments and hope to act on any requests or ideas mentioned.

Thank you to all the sponsors!

This contest is now closed…

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158 comments… add one
  • Fred March 14, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I like this website just the way it is now.

  • Ronnie H March 14, 2016, 8:22 pm

    No I don’t see a need to change anything about the site I enjoy reading everything here. I like to read as much as I find about Bluetooth/Wifi – Devices and Gadgets, I was so interested in that Grace Digital Encore that you gave great reviews on a while back. Do you still have one and still like it?

  • Eric March 14, 2016, 8:31 pm

    I like the way you added links to your tutorials. Especially the link to the leather store in the travers notebook tutorial! That’s the best price and quality I’ve found after searching other sites.

  • Thomas Lee March 14, 2016, 9:49 pm

    Love gadgeteer. Always thorough reviews of products I’m interested in.

  • Eric March 14, 2016, 10:53 pm
  • French McLemore March 15, 2016, 10:32 am

    This is the first site I visit each morning before work. Great information on this site!

  • michael tarpey March 15, 2016, 10:53 am

    This will be great I need it ALL

  • Ben Jacobs March 15, 2016, 11:45 am

    Thanks for continuing to post such great reviews and articles.

  • Brian Shorey March 15, 2016, 12:02 pm

    i enjoy the reviews you do and i have purchased items based on them. i would like to see you do electric bicycle reviews. i put one together a few years ago and it is a fantastic way to get around. i work just as hard riding it as i do a non-motorized bike but i go about 3 times as far. or put another way i can go the same distance with 1/3 the effort. (statistics unverified but that what it seems like). thanks for the good work!

  • Nitin March 15, 2016, 12:05 pm

    Please select me, I’m in need of a DJ Controller to learn DJaying, I can’t afford that. I’m from a poor place. Please help me 🙂

  • Arthur Padilla March 15, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I would like MORE content. Enjoy the variety of products reviewed, just want more.

  • Joe Barry March 15, 2016, 2:24 pm

    What about apps? Apple/Android features top apps, but some insight from the Gadgeteers would be useful.

  • okester March 15, 2016, 3:10 pm

    Liked the site since before that review: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2003/11/13/tapwave_zodiac2_review/ And I think one article I’d like to read is how a gadget freak can successfully rotate all the gear. Seems like, with planned obsolescence and new products, you all are buying and selling items all the time. What’s your best method of getting rid of the old items you don’t want to use anymore? It just seems like a hassle to always be early adopters and trying out new stuff and then having to (hopefully) recoup costs by selling the old stuff.

  • James Bayley March 15, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Enjoy the honest gear reviews. Check the site almost daily. Great mix of products and I usually find at least one new review per day that interests me.

  • Carl March 15, 2016, 3:33 pm

    I’ve been coming to The Gadgeteer I think since my Palm V days. (maybe earlier)

  • amanda whitley March 15, 2016, 3:42 pm

    nothing negative to say. I love that you review smaller gadgets i have never seen or heard of.

  • amanda whitley March 15, 2016, 3:43 pm
  • Bill Greene March 15, 2016, 3:54 pm

    Have you given any thought to ‘fan reviews’? Love the work you do.

  • Bill Greene March 15, 2016, 3:55 pm
  • Lex March 15, 2016, 4:18 pm

    I tweeted: https://t.co/9Mm0826spl

    Been at the Gadgeteer site since the original Palm Pilot ! Yes, they were powered by huge car batteries. Ok AAAs.

  • Lex March 15, 2016, 4:24 pm

    If that link isn’t enough I’m @Crossstick at Twitter. Can’t seem to copy a tweet with an iPad.

  • AMBER ANDREWS March 15, 2016, 4:49 pm

    Would love to win some free stuff! This is the first time I have been to Gadgeteer’s website, but interested to check it out!

  • Rainer Mueller March 15, 2016, 5:51 pm

    As a high school Computer Science teacher I love gadgets. Specially something I can use my classroom.

  • Cal March 15, 2016, 5:51 pm

    I would like to see a review for the dash headphones (http://www.bragi.com/). Go winter contest!

  • Jude R March 15, 2016, 6:38 pm

    My daily visits to gadgeteer has made my life easier and not technology deprived

  • Chris March 15, 2016, 7:36 pm

    This website is a no nonsense review site that I’ve come to utilize over the years. I read it as if my friends were doing the reviewing. This is important to me because there is real feeling in the writing and reviews. Keep it up!!

  • Chris March 15, 2016, 8:02 pm

    Today is the first time visiting the site. I love gadgets and someone at work told me about it. I’m sure I’ll be back!

  • Chris March 15, 2016, 8:11 pm
  • Chris March 15, 2016, 8:13 pm
  • Adriana March 15, 2016, 8:17 pm

    Wow amazing!!!

  • Ryan F March 15, 2016, 9:43 pm

    I purchased the Zeppelin wireless speaker after reading the review on the Gadgeteer. Love this site, and love my speaker!!!

  • German Lopez March 15, 2016, 11:11 pm

    I would like to see some android app reviews. Ios apps are reviewed everywhere but not enough honest android app reviews.

  • Marina Smiley March 15, 2016, 11:55 pm

    Good one!

  • Marina Smiley March 15, 2016, 11:59 pm
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  • Ken March 16, 2016, 1:49 am

    I love the Gadgeteer! It has helped me with more than a few purchases over the years.

  • Ken March 16, 2016, 1:53 am
  • Julie Strietelmeier March 16, 2016, 1:14 pm

    The winner is comment #47 Congrats to Chris!

    Thank you to everyone who entered, I’ll be reading the comments and hope to act on any requests or ideas mentioned.

    Thank you to all the sponsors!

    This contest is now closed…

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