Spring 2018 gadget giveaway!

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2016spring contest

To celebrate spring (finally!), we are giving away seven awesome prizes. One winner takes it all! Entering is easy! Just answer three questions in a comment at the bottom of this post and if you’re willing to jump through a few extra hoops, you can earn up to three additional entries which will greatly increase your chances of winning. Please read the details on the prizes and the rules before you submit your entries for a chance to win our spring gadget giveaway prize pack!


One person will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the 7 products shown below:

Keyport Pivot Outdoor Bundle

keyport contest

The Keyport Pivot Outdoor Bundle = Keyport Pivot + Pocketknife Module + Mini-Flashlight Module + MOCA 10-In-1 Multi-Tool combines the most universal keychain tools into a single indispensable device. Includes:

Price: $57.99
Website: mykeyport.com


yevo labs contest

A new generation of smart headphones without any wires for total freedom of movement

  • Experience freedom: Bluetooth 4.1 connection and Near-Field Magnetic Induction – NFMI pairing for secure flawless connectivity
  • Excellent music experience: Integrated the latest advancements in audio quality with balanced armatures from Knowles delivering safe, crystal clear audio quality, fine-tuned to hit crisp highs and deep lows for a fully mesmeric experience
  • Audio transparency: Allows users to remain connected to their surroundings by letting sound in with just a tap
  • Two-touch sensors: 4 built-in microphones allows users to take phone calls, control music and volume, and access Siri or Google Now
  • Battery life: 20 hours of battery life* with the beautifully designed, elegant and slim charge and storage case
  • Available in Jet Black, Ivory White and Onyx Black

Price: $249
Website: YevoLabs.com

Skylink: SkylinkNet Alarm System Kit

skylink prize

Connected home security kit integrates directly with Alexa Voice Services and nearly all major smart home devices on IFTTT (If This Then That)

  • Utilizes Alexa Voice Service technology for maximum integration into the connected home
  • IFTTT function allows users to connect their kit to other industry leading connected home accessories including Amazon Echo, Nest® Cam™, WeMo®, and Phillips Hue
  • Homeowners can run recipes for functions unrelated to smart devices, such as receiving immediate email notifications for any occurrences in the home
  • Equipped with back up battery in case of power failure
  • App allows up to 6 users to monitor one or various locations at the same time
  • Works with up to 100 wireless sensors and controllers and 10 wireless cameras
  • No monthly fees or long-term contracts
  • Kit includes an Internet Hub, 2x motion sensor, 2x keychain remote, 2x door or window sensors, and 2x plug-in dimmers
  • Wireless Indoor Camera features 2-way talk with night vision and an audio output jack
  • Controlled by an Internet Hub that connects through a wireless router to coordinate sensor and receiver activity
  • iOS & Android smartphone app sends push notifications when sensors are triggered or if the alarm is armed or disarmed

Price: $212.99
Website: www.skylinkhome.com  

V-MODA: Crossfade 2 Wireless

vmoda contest

V-MODA’s most versatile model boasts virtually identical sound quality in both analog and wireless playback

  • Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones offer the best of both worlds with wired and wireless modes for hybrid listening
  • Simultaneous Device Pairing – Multitasking users can pair the headphones with two sources at a time, such as a smartphone and laptop for work or a smartphone and smartwatch for working out
  • BLISS Large Enhanced Memory Foam Cushions – Unparalleled supple comfort
  • VAMP – Legendary V-MODA VAMP AMP/DAC technology condensed
  • Qualcomm aptX (On Rose Gold version) – State of the art audio codec enables CD-like quality sound over Bluetooth which allows for the best lossless wireless listening experience
  • Passive Noise Isolation – Naturally cut the distractions of jet engines and unwanted noise without the hiss and pressure of Active Noise Canceling (ANC)
  • Crystal Clear Communication – Hidden mic and included 1-Button SpeakEasy™ cable allows calls on-the-go, at the office or gaming
  • CliqFold Hinge – Luxury lighter-like hinge mechanism precisely folds the headphones into impossibly small exoskeleton case perfect for on the go and traveling
  • V-PORT Vents – New ventilation system for air circulation after use on stage or working out
  • 15% Longer Battery – Bigger battery provides up to 14+ hours of music, unlimited hours in wired analog
  • Custom Shield Kits – 3D print or laser engrave your logo, change your shield material and color
  • Available in Black Matte, White Matte and Rose Gold (with aptX)

Price: $330.00 (Matte Black and Matte White); $350 (Rose Gold with aptX)
Website: www.V-MODA.com


Portable Bluetooth speaker with light

lunax prize

  • The ideal table lamp for your bedroom, dorm, or living room
  • For all your outdoor adventures (camping, hiking, picnic, beach, or pool)
  • Travel with Luna X–it fits in most standard-sized cup holders (car and boat)
  • LED white light with 2 brightness settings
  • The lamp function can be used for emergency situations

Price: $29.99
Website: rapidx.io

SOUL Electronics: X-TRA Wireless

soul prize

Performance Bluetooth over-ear headphones features a myriad of functions to fit any workout

  • Boasts advanced HD drivers and circuitry design for a balanced bass and clear mids and highs
  • Provides up to 24 hours of playtime and includes an extra cable to connect directly to the music source
  • Features fast charge function that provides 150 minutes of playback time with a 15 minute charge
  • Features safety LED lights with still and flashing options for added safety during night workouts
  • Includes removable and washable earpads for added convenience and cleanliness
  • Equipped with a breathable headband designed to provide a cooling sensation
  • Features a foldable and lightweight design for easy storage
  • Available in black and blue

Price:  $149.99
Website: www.soulelectronics.com


beem united contest

Eye-catching colors and cutting-edge tech deliver customizable sound and high-performing Active Noise Canceling for a unique listening experience

  • Dual mic features Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with Adjustable Awareness
  • Keep your volume at safe listening levels with ANC to enjoy a pure, premium audio experience
  • HD Audio for a full digital – not analog – audio experience
  • Use the BEEM UNITED app to enable 10-band equalizer control
  • Delivers studio-quality bass for personal use
  • Striking LED light display brings the listening experience to life
  • Lightning connector cable supplies superior sound quality
  • Lightweight with no battery needed
  • 4 different sized ergonomic eartips for a secure fit with included carrying case
  • Available in fashionable colors including Rose Gold, Rebel Purple, Black and Flash Green

Price: $139.99
Website: http://beemunited.com/

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

Between now and 04/28/2018 midnight EST leave a comment on this page answering the questions below.

  1. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both?
  2. What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer?
  3. How would you make The Gadgeteer better?

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Make sure you come back to this page and leave a separate 2nd comment stating that you subscribed to the newsletter, a 3rd comment with a link to your tweet and a 4th comment with a link to your 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 04/29/2018, I’ll pick one 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 prize pack is claimed.


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. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for any lost packages due to 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 using the email provided in the comment section. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address.


The winner of this contest is comment #20 from Lisa L. Congrats to Lisa and special thanks to everyone who entered and to the sponsors you are supplying the prizes.

125 thoughts on “Spring 2018 gadget giveaway!”

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    What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer?
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  14. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both? Mostly reviews.
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  15. Primarily for the great reviews, but learning about new gadgets is icing on the cake.

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    Don’t fix what ain’t broke…but, can I have some more?

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    I really appreciate that the Gadgeteer offers stories on a wide variety of items, and provides personal insight into how the items function.

    I can’t think of any major improvements, unless the news or reviews were clearly labeled as such…unless I’m missing that!

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  20. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both? Gear Reviews
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    2. I like the CF reviews as well as the hands-on reviews (not press releases, like some sites).
    3. Maybe some “my favorite things” posts where your staff share some of their tried-and-true gadgets they use, even if they’re not new products?

  23. 1. Both: The reviews primarily, the news second.
    2. The wide variety of gadgets & tech covered.
    3. Better organization or categorization of the type of gadgets. If you have to wade through stuff you aren’t interested in like backpacks, briefcases, etc. to get to electronics, it would make for a better experience. It’s too helter-skelter.

    Also, maybe you should separate between news & future or kickstarter/possible product from stuff that’s available for sale now.

    ps. apologies for the name of my humble (and neglected/obscure) blog. I had no idea of the existence of your excellent website. If I ever get it off the ground as something more ambitious, it’ll really give me some agita to come up with a wowza domain that hasn’t already been snapped up.

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    3. More reviews of EDC stuff. Knives, flashlights, possibly even survival tech.

  25. 1. Reviews
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    3. Roundups of similar devices reviewed to recommend favorites

  27. 1) I enjoy both the news and seeing the new products on the market or soon to be hitting the market.
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    3) Would like to see a future follow up of the most popular reviews- how did the items do say after using for a year or more….
    Have been a faithful newsletter subscriber

  28. 1. I come here for reviews more than news, but the read the news too .
    2. The reviews are from actual use, not just looking at stats and estimating how products will perform.
    3. Tiny picture/headshot of reviewer by their name in each review 😉

  29. 1. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both? I come here for both. Julie and the gang are helpful and what they share is often noteworthy.

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    3. How would you make The Gadgeteer better? Not sure if it would be better, per se, yet I think it might be neat/interesting to give “armchair” gadget users/reviewers (or, those who don’t have the ability to commit to being reviewers with The-Gadgeteer) the opportunity to receive samples to provide their own reviews.

  30. 1. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both? Both
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  31. I come here for both the news and the reviews.

    My favorite thing about The Gadgeteer is being introduced to products I might have missed otherwise and with a review that lets me decide whether additional research might be warranted.

    How would I make The Gadgeteer better? By not changing the format or the frequency. It is just right as it is.

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  32. I come to the site for the reviews, but do end up reading some of the news.
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    I like The Gadgeteer just the way it is, But I do wish you could find a smartphone that you would love & keep :-)…

  33. 1. Both, but I prefer the reviews.
    2. The wide variety of gadgets covered.
    3. I can’t think of anything.

  34. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both?
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    What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer?
    Honest opinions, enjoy more “personal” type content compared to a big site.

    How would you make The Gadgeteer better?
    The big reviews are great – the reviews of more random items aren’t great. I’d rather less content but higher quality.

  35. 1) I visit to find out any new gadgets at all – so reviews and news both
    2) Best thing is finding new items I’ve never heard about
    3) Happy with it as is – not easy to keep it this fresh after 10+ years

  36. William Haskett

    1. I come for the news and the reviews.
    2. Love the fix I get for my gadgetry obsession, even if I can’t afford all the gadegets!
    3. More contests! 😉

  37. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both? Both
    What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer? True user reviews and follow-up reviews
    How would you make The Gadgeteer better? More pictures!

  38. 1. Reviews mostly.
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    3. I definitely like the list of articles on the front page, rather than an article with a bunch of headlines under it.

  39. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both?
    What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer?
    I love every new products
    How would you make The Gadgeteer better?
    I keep reading once a week

  40. Why I’m here: I check Gadgeteer 2-3 x / day for news and reviews
    Fave thing: I have purchased items of interest based on the thorough reviews done here.
    Improvement: Nothing comes to mind. Keep on keepin’ on !

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  41. 1. I come here for reviews. We have a tech inspired blended family and I love being able to find reviews on items I might purchase for them.
    2. I like that the site is easy to navigate the website and there is always something new for me to learn and new products.
    3. It’s a great site. I wouldn’t change anything but maybe add more smart home items? We just purchased a radon detector / tracker for our home and it was hard to find reviews on this item. We love adding smart home items to family gift baskets at teh holidays.

  42. I come primarily for the review and the read the news while I’m here. I like the objectiveness of your posts the most. My thing I would change would be no Icrap reviews.

  43. 1. Reviews and little bit news
    2. Love reviews written simple language for people like me)
    3. Hmm…. maybe modern design? Current design is ok, but look like 10 years back)

  44. I just come here for both the reviews and news.
    Love the quality of reviews. Quick, easy, and simple to read.
    I agree with what a previous poster wrote – some follow up reviews would be cool.

  45. Been a longtime fan of The Gadgeteer. Mostly interested in the reviews, but also enjoy the news.

    My favorite thing about The Gadgeteer is the depth and relatability of the reviews.

    Only way I could think to make The Gadgeteer better would be… more giveaways! 😉

  46. I come here for both, but mainly new product reviews.
    I like the reviews the best.
    More stories on culture and the impact of tech, I find these interesting.

  47. 1) Mostly reviews, but news too (in nowadays Twitter is the best news source).

    2) I like clear and understand reviews, without tons of graph and charts.

    3) Everything seems ok, but more product photos in reviews will be better.

  48. 1. I come here entirely for the reviews.
    2. My favorite aspect of The Gadgeteer is the relatively down-to-earth tone of the reviews. It’s great when you notice the little things that I would care about most.
    3. At times I get a bit frustrated at the level of proofreading – spelling and word choices really affect the readability of some reviews.

  49. I like to see the reviews, there are actually so many gadgets that I have started a wish list for them!
    I think the content is easy to read, understand, you don’t have to be a techie to read and understand the reviews and I appreciate that. Plus the fact that you are impartial and list the positives and negatives is very helpful!
    My 16 yr old daughter likes to read the reviews and check out the stuff she likes, she has mentioned that it would be cool to see a section for teens, maybe reviewed by teens, or for the 13-19 age frame.

  50. 1. I enjoy both.
    2. The reviews have become my “go to” before I make a new purchase, or before I get tempted to impulse-buy something that looks “cool”.
    3. On certain products, it might be nice to have 2 reviewers give different opinions/perspectives. I would also be nice to have a list of Categories or a way to Sort reviews. I can use the search function but may miss something interesting if I don’t use the right keyword. I would also like to see more reviews on consumer healthcare products (I’m a physician) and cooking gadgets (I love to cook).

  51. 1. both
    2. in depth reviews on new gadgets
    3. not sure how you could make it better that is always a tough question to answer especially when i think it fine the way it is.
    i subscribed to the news letter

  52. Do you come here for news, reviews, or both?

    What is your favorite thing about The Gadgeteer?
    Detailed reviews and great photos.

    How would you make The Gadgeteer better?
    Add a night theme.

  53. Reviews of new products for the most part

    I like the fact that you folks cover products somewhat off the beaten path of technology

    You cover a lot of tech that is financially out of the reach of the average person

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