Summer 2016 gadget giveaway!


To celebrate Summer, Christmas in July and Friday, we present the Gadgeteer’s 2016 Summer gadget giveaway! One lucky person will win a huge bundle of 15 prizes. Entering is as easy as answering 3 questions. So click through to read the details on the prizes and to submit your entry for a chance to win them!


1 person will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the 15 products shown below:


Roku Streaming Stick

The Roku Streaming Stick is a small media streaming device that plugs into an HDMI port on a TV or AV receiver to stream media from online services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and more.

Price: $39.99

ue-roll2Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2

This is a uniquely shaped waterproof Bluetooth speaker from a premier speaker maker Ultimate Ears. It will play your favorite tunes for up to 9 hours per charge and you can dunk it in the lake, beach, pool or even your bathtub and it will keep playing tunes without any problems.

Price: $99.99


Boogie Board: Jot 8.5
Boogie Board’s most popular eWriter is now 50% brighter and works with the new iOS app to easily save and share, while eliminating the need for paper

  • Exceptionally bright reflective LCD is engineered to feel like writing with pen on paper
  • Sleek, ultra-thin & light product design makes it ideal for the home, office, school, or on-the-go
  • Free companion iOS app lets you view, edit or share your notes, drawings or doodles
  • Built-in kickstand and magnets on the back make it easy to leave notes, to-do’s or messages for family members or roommates
  • Battery life lasts up to 7 years without needing a new battery
  • Boogie Boards are eco-friendly, with each eWriter saving over 50,000 sheets of paper
  • Available in Blue, Pink and Gray

Price: $24.99

trackr-bravoTrackR: bravo
Thinnest tracking device to locate any lost or misplaced item in seconds

  • Keeps track of keys, pets, bikes, mobile devices or anything  else you value that may go missing
  • Two-way ringer means your phone can find anything connected to your TrackR bravo, and anything connected to your TrackR bravo can find your phone, even on silent
  • Uses TrackR’s Distance Indicator to find items within 100 ft. via Bluetooth or Crowd GPS to find items world-wide
  • Features beautiful anodized aluminum construction for the thinnest and most durable tracking device
  • Custom separation alert notifies you before you leave items behind
  • App integrates with home Wi-Fi and Nest network to disable alerts from sounding when wandering around the house
  • Uses a reusable battery which cuts down on lifetime costs, and keeps the crowd GPS network strong
  • Named #155 on Inc. 500’s list of the nation’s fastest growing companies in 2015

Price: $29.99


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


Hercules: WAE Outdoor 04Plus 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
  • Optional mounting hardware allows for easy mounting to the top tube of a BMX bike.
  • 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: $69.99



Ultra-compact portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker blasts vibrant HD sound on the go

  • Pocket sized Bluetooth speaker designed for optimal portability
  • Equipped with flexible carrying loop for easy hanging or strapping on to a bike or bag
  • IPX7 waterproof rating allows for full submersion in 1 meter of water up to 30 minutes
  • Lithium-ion battery gives enough power to rock wirelessly for up to 8 hours
  • Available in seven vibrant colors, including Black, Alpine, Electric, Sunset, Raspberry, Periwinkle and Energy

Price: $59.99



Heavy-duty portable Bluetooth speaker braves any outdoor adventure with crystal clear sound

  • Ultra-rugged shockproof exterior guards against accidental drops and shields against dirt, dust and sand
  • IPX7 waterproof rating protects up to 30 minutes when fully submerged in 3 feet of water.
  • Easily secure onto any surface with built-in tie-down bars, heavy-duty strap, and GoPro® compatible mounting system
  • Built-in 2200mAh power bank keeps mobile devices charged and delivers up to 12 hours of continuous music
  • Make hands-free calls in any environment with built-in noise-cancelling microphone
  • Available in black, red, and gray color combinations.

Price: $99.99


Power bank keeps you powered and connected in any conditions

  • 100% waterproof power bank is designed to provide complete protection from the earth’s elements
  • Engineered with 3200mAh built in battery to charge any USB device
  • Fully waterproof and shock resistant to survive the most adventurous days
  • Includes a Bright Cree LED Flashlight (150 Lumen) to provide plenty of light when camping, hiking or in an emergency situation

Price: $39.99


Ballistic: Urbanite Select ZEN
Limited-edition slim series offers elegant design and great user experience 

  • Inspired from fashion trends and the adult coloring book fascination that is in style today
  • Features high-end design in multiple “sketch-like” designs and black and white finish
  • Offers protection and personalization to fit unique personalities and traits
  • Crafted from premium materials, ultra slim, lightweight, pocketable designs
  • Despite the slim build, still offers over 6 ft. of drop protection

Price: $40


Elgato: Avea Flare
A portable, battery-powered, wirelessly-charged LED lamp that illuminates any environment for more than 8 hours on a single charge

  • Avea Flare automatically connects to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Android phones using Bluetooth Smart technology, without the need for a gateway or a bridge
  • A portable addition to Elgato’s Avea mood light that transforms any location with dynamic light
  • Creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic setting, relaxing after a hard day’s work, lighting up an outdoor space or even setting the scene during a party or gaming session
  • Its IP65 water resistance means you can extend your home’s lighting atmosphere outside without worrying about water damage
  • Relax and unwind in one of Elgato’s ten curated dynamic scenes: Magic Hour, Northern Glow, Cherry Blossom, Mountain Breeze, Cozy Flames, Sunny Fields, Fairy Woods, Caribbean Sea, Candy Land or Calm Provence
  • The Avea app is available as a free download from the App Store and from Google Play

Price: $99.95


Bracketron: TekGrip Power Dock

Universal, 360-degree rotating mount doubles as power dock for effortless hands-free driving

  • Universal for iOS, Android or GPS devices; easy-to-use one button push release
  • Mount holds device while charging; double socket is perfect for road trips
  • Listen to music, videos or your navigation system while being hands-free
  • Holder expands up to 4 inches wide twists 360-degrees; passengers can swivel to view
  • Collapsible and adjustable support feet help keep your phone securely mounted
  • Easily remove the mount and re-attach anywhere on your dash
  • Foam pads protect device from scratching against the mount
  • Perfect for travel and ensuring safe driving
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Price: $34.99


Bracketron: SmartCord Sling Bag

Lightweight travel bag protects your earbuds and belongings from the elements

  • Colorful, soft-touch silicone pouch protects earbuds and cords when you’re on the go
  • Lined, cushioned storage compartments perfect for iPads and tablets
  • Adjustable, removable shoulder strap for ultimate flexibility
  • Five zippered pockets
  • Available with green or white silicone earbud/cord holder

Price: $24.99


808 Audio: HEX XS

Bluetooth wireless speaker that features a pocket-size cabinet with a high-end look

  • Features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and 12 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • Precision-tuned stereo system with bass resonator delivers higher volumes and a deeper range for superior sound
  • Single button operation makes it easy to power, pair and play from smartphone or tablet
  • Lightweight, a mere six ounces, fully portable design that fits wherever you go
  • Aux input to enjoy music from wired sources
  • Available in black, blue and white/gold

Price: $59.99


808 Audio: Performer Headphones
New suspension ear cup technology designed by DJs and sound engineers for an instant, tailored fit and long listening sessions  

  • New Technology: First ever headphone with ear cup suspension technology for the best possible ergonomic fit for heads of all sizes and designed for long listening sessions and all-night spinning
  • Perfect Fit: The fit with silicone headband padding provides more bass than found with a flat curve – ideal for those DJs who want to “feel” their music; and also has a 90° vertical ear cup rotation for single ear monitoring
  • DJ Inspired: Sound engineers and influential DJs, including EDM DJ and producer Audien, hand-selected the Performer’s robust features, ensuring they are perfect for both casual listeners and professionals
  • Budget-friendly: Substantial headphone with quality materials for the casual listener or aspiring artist at an accessible price point – $79.99 with standard detachable cable and $99.99 with full wireless Bluetooth functionality with up to a 15 hour battery life

Price: $79.99 (Wired) and $99.99 (Bluetooth)


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

1. Between now and 07/13/2016 midnight EST leave a comment on this page answering these questions:

  1. Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?
  2. Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?
  3. What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?

Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:
Celebrate summer and win a giant prize pack of 15 gadgets from @thegadgeteer

Get a 3rd bonus entry by linking to The Gadgeteer home page 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.

At some point on 07/14/2016, I’ll pick 1 random winner using 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 drawings till the prizes are gone.


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

2. Gadgeteer writers and their immediate family members may not enter this contest.

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

4. 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 using the email provided in the comment section. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address.

Updates 07/14/16

The winner is comment #29 from TonyW. Congrats to Tony and thank you to everyone who entered and to the sponsors for contributing the prizes!

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176 comments… add one
  • Stephen July 11, 2016, 11:36 am

    1) I am a new visitor
    2) I usually access via my laptop (sometimes phone)
    3) Really enjoy EDC, so many of the items you review are of interest to me.

  • Abel Flores July 11, 2016, 11:45 am

    1.- Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?
    Frequent visitor, i review the page everyday.

    2.- Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?
    I love desk version, but when i am out, take the phone a read some reviews.

    3.- What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?
    A mobile site friendly with navigation, I can’t follow the news from newest to older is pretty hard to follow the actual navigation design.

  • DJKH July 11, 2016, 11:48 am

    I am a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site.
    I always read the site on my desktop computer.
    The Gadgeteer would be better for me if i didn’t have to link to an article – it was all in the email. That’s why I don’t use my phone.

  • Ron H July 11, 2016, 11:49 am

    I’m a frequent viewer for a few years now who uses a desktop, got to keep up to date with electronics. I can’t think of anyway to make Gadgeteer better but I sure do like the chance to enter into these contests. Thank You

  • Abel Flores July 11, 2016, 11:50 am
  • Edward Hubert July 11, 2016, 1:49 pm

    1. Nope; your page is one of my home pages every day
    2. computer and work and phone everywhere else.
    3. Like the mobile app, but wish it had a widget (like Android Central has)

  • Beth Fischer July 11, 2016, 2:00 pm

    New visitor.
    Nice site, no change suggestions.

  • John Kes July 11, 2016, 2:06 pm

    1) I’m a frequent visitor.
    2) I normally visit via desktop computer.
    3) It would be nice to have numeric ratings of some kind for each gadget review e.g. likes, stars, etc.

  • TonyW July 11, 2016, 2:20 pm

    1. Frequent visitor, couple of times a week.
    2. Primarily on a desktop computer.
    3. Being able to customize the subscription for tags I’m interested in.

    • Jay Dadhaniya July 14, 2016, 1:17 pm

      congrats Tony!! If there are items you don’t plan on using I would love to see if I can buy them off you! Or donate to me! your choice!

  • Alan July 11, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site? Very Frequent, for almost every twitter post I read the article.
    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer? Tablet
    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you? There are so many gadgets released it is hard for you to keep up with them all, you do seem to review a lot of Bluetooth speakers though 🙂 Just keep up the good work and try to vary the caegories. I always welcome gadget bags though.

  • Alan July 11, 2016, 2:56 pm
  • Bryan A July 11, 2016, 3:36 pm

    1. I am a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site!
    2. I mainly read the site on my desktop but sometimes on my phone and tablet too.
    3. I love Gadgeteer and even though you do a lot of reviews I would like even more. I would also really like to see even more giveaways!

  • Keith G. July 11, 2016, 3:39 pm

    1. I am a long-time reader.
    2. I read the blog primarily on my laptop computer.
    3. I cannot think of anything I would change. I enjoy the variety of things reviewed here.

  • Lynn L. July 11, 2016, 3:50 pm

    1. I am a frequent long time visitor
    2. I always read on my computer screen
    3. I can’t think of anything you really need to change. I love this site.

  • Gary Daake July 11, 2016, 5:12 pm

    I am a frequent (daily) visitor.
    Both my desktop and tablet.
    Love as it is!

  • bryan harvey July 11, 2016, 5:44 pm

    New to the site within the last month.
    Mainly my desktop.
    I would like a forum or a searchable archived article section but otherwise love the site.

  • jeff goodstein July 11, 2016, 6:22 pm

    1- frequent visitor
    2- desktop computer
    3- review all the EDC/pocket tools that come from Kickstater’s so I don have to buy them and be disappointed with the fit and finish or quality

  • Daniel Bradford July 11, 2016, 6:36 pm

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?

    I have been visiting The-Gadgeteer regularly since around 1999. I remember reading your review’s for the Palm m100 and Casio Pocket PC before buying them. Can’t believe how long it’s been now lol. I was only 11 years old and now I’m 28. 🙂

    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?

    I actually visit mostly from my desktop but as of late I’ve been visiting alot more from my phone and tablet too.

    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?

    Hmmm…well it’s already an amazing site. Julie does the best reviews of anyone I’ve ever seen I especially love your squeeze test lol. As far as how to make the site better I would like to see more follow-up reviews after using a product for a while say maybe a year later. Also, maybe take a second look at some older reviews from say 10-15 years ago such as older PDA’s and how they compare to today’s devices. I think that would be really interesting to see! 🙂

  • John Knox July 11, 2016, 7:12 pm

    1) I am a new visitor and I dig the site!
    2) Although I use them all to surf, I prefer a desktop computer.
    3) I would appreciate more gadget review videos so that I can see how the cool new technology/innovation works (or not).

  • Sharon July 11, 2016, 8:51 pm

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?
    Email subscriber and occasional visitor.

    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?
    mainly on a laptop

    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?
    hands on video reviews are one of my favorites when contemplating a purchase

  • Sharon July 11, 2016, 8:53 pm
  • Sharon July 11, 2016, 8:54 pm
  • Hersh Patel July 12, 2016, 12:22 am

    1) I’m a relatively new visitor of the Gadgeteer.
    2) I mainly consume my news content, including The Gadgeteer on my desktop computer. I find it much easier to switch between various articles and absorb more information.
    3) I would love it if I could subscribe to certain categories of reviews that The Gadgeteer posts. For example, if I only like Music Gear and Camera Gear, then I would only receive posts that have updates in those specific categories.

  • Hersh Patel July 12, 2016, 12:23 am
  • VJ July 12, 2016, 12:56 am

    1. Frequent visitor.
    2. Desktop mainly – iPad a close second
    3. I’ve been asked this question before, and I think of the same response: I can’t think of anything to make this site better. It works quite well the way it is. I guess that I’m easy to please.

  • ghousuddin alikhan July 12, 2016, 2:32 am

    First time visiting on my Windows Phone plus would like to see more compatible Apps for it including gadgeteer maybe help out Microsoft to understand more streamline functionally less errors when it comes to better smartphone operators like iPhone, Android…etc..

  • buddy del rosario July 12, 2016, 2:34 am

    frequent visitor, macbook pro, maybe more reviews on gaming devices

  • Arthur July 12, 2016, 11:27 am

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site? I generally check daily

    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer? Usually on laptop

    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you? Would like more reviews

  • Linda July 12, 2016, 11:31 am

    1. I am newer but have been here before.
    2. I read mainly on my desktop.
    3. I already love the reviews.. so helpful.. keep them up, especially videos to go with them!

  • Linda July 12, 2016, 11:39 am
  • Jay Dadhaniya July 12, 2016, 1:29 pm

    1. I am a new visitor to this site.
    2. I read mainly on my desktop
    3. Provide more DIY videos instead of pictures.

  • Amer July 12, 2016, 1:48 pm

    1. I am a frequenter.
    2. Mostly in my mobile.
    3. Better mobile support, perhaps a dedicated app.

  • Rebecca B July 12, 2016, 4:13 pm

    I am a new visitor, viewing your site on a laptop. Some articles about best gadgets for new moms would be great.

  • Jay Dadhaniya July 12, 2016, 4:20 pm
  • Spencer Byrne July 12, 2016, 5:47 pm

    I am a new visitor.
    I am mostly on my laptop.
    I wouldn’t change anything

  • Dave Wiesmore July 13, 2016, 8:36 am

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?
    –no but I love the daily email
    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?
    –desktop computer
    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?
    –less quick short reviews, more in depth reviews.

  • Bob Cento July 13, 2016, 9:00 am

    I am a frequent visitor, and I use my tablet to access your site.
    I cannot imagine how the gadgeteer could be any more perfect than it is right now.

  • Tammy Adams July 13, 2016, 9:12 am

    1. Several times a week
    2. Desktop computer
    3. Oh gosh. I love it just the way it is. You have such a huge variety of items to read about. Something for everybody

  • Tammy Adams July 13, 2016, 9:13 am
  • Mark Thomas July 13, 2016, 9:53 am

    I’ve been visiting Gadgeteer site regularly for at least 2 yrs and enjoy reading the reviews that interest me 🙂 I mainly read the reviews on my desktop with a cup of coffee, but also do go mobile with my phone. The only thing that might help make Gadgeteer site be better is perhaps a video unboxing, a possible grading system for each product so you could quickly view if the product was rated high or low. Or maybe a community grading system. That’s it love what you guys do. Thanks

  • ryan July 13, 2016, 10:03 am

    – have been a frequent visitor since i found myself here way back in 2000s reading up on Palm Pilot articles!
    – mainly on a PC. haven’t tried browsing on the site via my mobile phone yet. 🙂
    – nothing really, just keep those gadget reviews coming! maybe there is some interest trying out the “cheap” stuff coming out from the likes of Aukey, Taotronics, etc. since they’re usually rebranded items from some company…

  • ryan July 13, 2016, 10:05 am
  • ryan July 13, 2016, 10:07 am
  • Richard Raborn July 13, 2016, 10:43 am

    I am a frequent visitor.
    I mostly visit the site on my desktop, occasionally on my Note 5
    Make Gadgeteer better by having one suggestion daily on my Everyday Carry of Gear!

  • Elliot Beraha July 13, 2016, 3:44 pm

    I am a frequent visitor
    I mainly read the site on my desktop computer
    Nothing, I like it just the way it is!

  • Jeremy July 13, 2016, 3:46 pm

    1) I’d say I’m a frequent visitor, I love learning about new gadgets and this is my go-to site! 2) I usually visit using my desktop, but also use my mobile phone occasionally. 3) Don’t ever try to change or make the site over complicated. Right now I love it being easy to navigate and honest reviews of new products

  • Jeremy July 13, 2016, 3:56 pm
  • Nicholas Ashton July 13, 2016, 3:58 pm

    Go here every day a frequent visitor
    I read the site on my desktop
    More Liquid Cash to spend on products on the Gadgeteer

  • Larry July 13, 2016, 4:05 pm

    Are you a new visitor or a frequent visitor to the Gadgeteer site?
    I visit your website multiple times a day…for 10+ years.
    Do you mainly read the site on your phone, a tablet or a desktop computer?
    What would make The Gadgeteer better for you?
    PODCAST – I think a Gadgeteer Podcast would be amazing. You could have people submit questions online and offer helpful advice on general gadget stuff.

  • Melinda G July 13, 2016, 10:04 pm

    Occasional visitor
    I like the site as is, you do you.

  • Jae July 13, 2016, 10:54 pm

    I visit the site once a day.
    I visit via my iPad.
    More long term, comparative analysis and review.

  • Kent July 14, 2016, 2:28 am

    Frequent visitor on mobile. I love the amount of reviews, and especially the hands on reviews with details. Keep it up

  • Kent July 14, 2016, 2:31 am
  • Julie Strietelmeier July 14, 2016, 1:13 pm

    The winner is comment #29 from TonyW. Congrats to Tony and thank you to everyone who entered and to the sponsors for contributing the prizes!

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