2016 Spring gadget giveaway

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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.

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

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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  2. Reviews posted on The Gadgeteer are more personal than reviews on the other sites. These folks relate how the gadget being reviewed work out for them.

  3. I would love to possibly see a bit more content posted on a daily basis and I feel like I haven’t seen those deals of the day or week that I used to see, would love to see that again. Only caveats really and they aren’t bad in any way, Love the site and I visit daily!

  4. I visit the Gadgeteer at least Monday through Friday. I like the wallet, headphone, and bag reviews as well as other cool stuff (I couldn’t afford the R2D2 fridge). I bought a Finn Wallet after reading your review.

  5. I love your reviews and would like to see more Windows phone reviews and maybe a review of devices that are compatible with Windows phone.

  6. I really appreciate the reviewers responding to comments or questions about reviews. This gets lost on most other sites! Thanks!

    Oh yeah, I like the giveaways too!

  7. I’ve been reading The Gadgeteer for several years now and usually check it every day. Everything is good except I’m beginning to tire of the kickstarter and other crowd-funded products.

    All of the contributors do a very good job! Thanks!

  8. Keep reviewing “everyday” type products, your staff has a very good knack for considering the pros and cons of a new item and how it may (or may not) be better than currently available items.

  9. I enjoy that you have an uncanny way of testing products that I am looking for right as I start looking for them.

    Are you running spyware on my machine, Julie? 😉

  10. I love that you review products that are unique. I also love your writing style. I find it interesting and thought provoking. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  11. I’d like to see more wireless products reviewed. I’m fascinated with all things wireless (NFC, Qi, Bluetooth) and I love to read about new products that have those features.

  12. I think you guys do a pretty good job. At first, I didn’t like your updated site, (quite a few months ago), but I’ve grown into it. Keep up the good work!!! Thank You for all your time and effort to make a great site!!!

  13. I’d like to see comparative reviews. Same product by a few different members of the team. Or each member chooses their favorite product for a solution, and compare.

  14. I look at The Gadgeteer daily! There are always interesting items and articles that I do not find anywhere else. I have bought products because of finding them here and will continue to make it a go-to site for my daily tech info. Keep up the good work.

  15. Love the site!! I think you should add a chat or shoutbox for the site to get more communication going between readers. Or add a forum. =)

  16. I like Kathleen Champan’s quirky news stories. I don’t like when Kickstarter items are reviewed – we can’t buy the product, and who knows if it’ll even be released.

  17. I love to see reviews on photography, fitness and of course Android and PC stuff. I have a Surface Pro 4 so anything to do with those would be awesome also.

  18. I love how you do practical, hands-on, real world reviews…much more useful than the more canned review on many other sites.

  19. I have purchased a number of items based on reviews on your website. I have been following your site for almost ten years. Thanks, ken

  20. Have been reading the site for about 10 years and have followed up on the recommendations. What a wonderful resource!

  21. I like the reviews of ‘Every Day Carry’ objects as well as high tech gadgets. I’m much more likely to buy a small item like a wallet or pen than another tablet.

  22. I appreciate the personal approach for the reviews, as well as the number of folks who respond to offer their personal experiences as well. One thing I do from time to time is skim to the bottom before reading to check the price. Some of these awesome bags carry an equally hefty price tag, so I skip the review so I’m not too tempted. Perhaps play around with the summary details, including price at the top of the review? Sometimes that’s all I’m looking for, and other times I read every word!

  23. I really like your web page, but when i see in my phone, often to be confused trough the menu. All review are great with no expensive gadgets great page !!

  24. I love the fact that your site is about real people giving their honest opinion about real products.

    I’d like to see more drone/drone-related item reviews, now that I’ve gotten my own…

  25. I’ve been coming to The Gadgeteer for nearly 15 years! Always great to see new products and ideas, like the PalmPilot! Keep up the great work! -Mark

  26. I have been following Julie’s exploits 1 3/4 decades and I am always impressed with the quality of the reviews.

  27. I read the Gadgeteer every day — and like the in depth reviews. I’ve ordered several things after reading about them.

  28. I agree with some others about not reviewing Kickstarter projects till they are commercially available. I would like to see more reviews on backpacks. Messenger bags just don’t work for me.

  29. I depend on you all for your unbiased reviews. Saved me from buying something that would not meet my needs on more that one occasion. Thanks!

  30. A very well-established & trustworthy blog. I enjoy the multiple comparative images in the posts which hardly anyone else online bothers to provide. I’d love to see more program/software/app.-related posts. Keep up the excellent work 🙂

  31. I like the variety of tech that your site reviews. Case in point: the micro-CPAP machine. I never would have known about it along with other products if it wasn’t for your site. Thanks.

  32. I love you site and have been checking it out for years. I really like the audio products you review. Keep up the GREAT work!!

  33. I love gadgets but I always need a little bit of “help” with all the little tips and tricks to get the most out of them so The Gadgeteer comes in really hand with that. 🙂

  34. I have been digging the site for a long time. The mobile site gets goofy sometimes, but a minor annoyance.

  35. Love the reviews. They are genuine and honest. Have used them to help decide weather or not to purchase numerous items. Thanks Julie!

  36. Lillian Iwatsuki

    My go to place. I trust the reviews and would be happy if there were more. But only if that did not change the quality of the reviews. Keep up the good work.

  37. I’d like to see more EDC reviews and less crowd-funding reviews. I’ve soured on Kickstarter/Indegogo after some recent unpleasantness…

  38. sharron ogomori

    Wow…I didn’t know you existed. We’re big gadget fans…looking forward to reading your reviews.

  39. Gadgeteer is always a good read – at home or on the move – one of my most used bookmarks – I have made several purchases based on the recommendations on this site. Keep up the good work and all the best to all other readers
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  40. I love this site, and the pages are very descriptive. sometimes i think the reviews could use a more broken down format ie. Overview, features, flaws, conclusion, etc. minor point i know. Keep what you’re doing!

  41. The Gadgeteer is my go to site when I want to research something I want to buy. You can’t beat the quality and honesty of your reviews.

  42. Whenever I get the itch to buy new gear, I come here first. I like the news articles of upcoming comapnies’ stuff and other sneak peaks.

  43. I’m very pleased with the website as a whole. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing some gaming content once in a while

  44. I’ve no gripes about the reviews, I actually find the few I’ve read to be good reads. Only gripe is how easily I end up on a different page should my finger flick left or right. I suppose that’s more my fault than this site’s own though.

  45. Reading the Gadgeteer is an excellent way to relax, and find out about some of the most interesting stuff out there. I don’t miss a day.

  46. articles about more “mainstream” products are always welcome. how about trying to review some products that come out from Kickstarter from time to time?

    i’ve been reading The Gadgeteer for a long while now, and i’m still very happy with the content i read. keep it up!

  47. I appreciate the honest value (“is it worth it”) assessment of the reviews. Love that these are practical items I’m likely to make use of at home or work.

  48. I enjoy the diversity of gadgets reviewed. The Gadgeteer keeps me up to date on new gadgets and allows me to choose gadgets I want to purchase in an informed way. Thank you for everything!

  49. I love The Gadgeteer. Julie’s reviews are great because she gives a true review complete with her opinion of the gadget. Some of the other reviewers don’t do that. They tell you all about the product, but I don’t sense that they ever used it themselves. They don’t say if it’s magnificent or lame.

  50. The gadgeteer is the best site I visit. Have been a fan since around 2001 and it is the only site I check up on with great frequency. Love the review and love the authors. Have purchased several items based on these reviews and have not had a bad experience. #1 on the Internet.

  51. I’d like to see more reviews on EDC (everyday carry) gadgets. And maybe feature some guest gadgeteers and have them post “what’s in their gear-bag”.

  52. Debra Nicholson

    Love gadgets. Look forward to reviewing your website. This is first time here and there is a lot to read. Thanks

  53. I love any reviews or articles that give me ideas of must-have gear for my tech go-bag. I enjoy seeing what others have in theirs and how it changes and why.

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

  60. 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!!

  61. 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!

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

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

  64. 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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