Alex Birch

Lention 11-in-1 USB-C Laptop Docking Station review

REVIEW – Does your laptop have fewer ports than you’d like? Are you plugging in more than one cable every time you settle in at your desk? If you’ve answered yes to either of these then congratulations, you should check out a dock. There are a lot of options out there varying in size, form …

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Vinci Express Cold Brew review

REVIEW – I’m not sure if you can find a more subjective beverage than coffee. All the different brands and blends, not to mention milks, alternative milks, creams, sugars and other add-ins. And none of that even accounts for different brewing processes. You’ve likely heard the term “cold brew” and it’s a bit of a …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Alex Birch

ARTICLE – I was already working from home at the beginning of last year (and had been off and on over the last decade) so there wasn’t a big shift as the stay at home recommendations began to roll in. The big shift came in March when I was laid off and my wife’s company …

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OBSBOT Tiny webcam review – An AI-powered PTZ webcam

REVIEW – I think we’re all much more familiar with webcams than we were just a year ago. That said, there are some unique options and feature sets out there if you’re willing to look beyond the standard built-in or clip on versions. OBSBOT Tiny is one of those products stepping into new feature areas …

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Mophie 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Mat review

REVIEW – Chances are increasingly good that that your phone supports wireless charging, and probably your earbuds too. It’s not hard to find chargers out there, but options dwindle the more charging spots you need. That selection further reduces when you want it to be attractive as well. Enter the 4-in-1 Charging Mat from Mophie. …

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Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Dual 4k Dock review

REVIEW – Until laptops start adding ports back (and maybe still even when they do) it’s necessary, or just super helpful, to be able to connect all your accessories to a dock. That way you’re only plugging in a couple cables or in the case of Kensington’s new Thunderbolt 4 Dual 4k Dock, just one. …

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Jamstack 2 – Does your amp mount on your guitar? This one does!

NEWS – If you’re a guitar player then you know that it’s hard to compete with the feel and sound of plugging into and playing through a good amp. Maybe you don’t have room for a 2x cabinet amp, or perhaps just want to minimize your gear. You might want to check out the Jamstack …

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Kew Labs UTS-1 Wireless Charger review – Invisible wireless charging

REVIEW – Wireless chargers are here to stay and we’ve reviewed countless here at the Gadgeteer. Usually they are stands, pucks, catchalls or some combination. Or maybe they charge multiple devices at once and as a result take up some real estate. But what if it didn’t take up any space at all? At least …

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bitplay Wander iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro case review

REVIEW – I’ve been fascinated with bitplay for a while now. To date their cases have been focused on photography and use with their premium lenses. The Wander Case is a bit different and built for getting out and about. For most companies that means drop protection. While bitplay has drop protection covered well, they’ve …

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Element Case Black Ops X3 iPhone 12 Pro case review

REVIEW – The Black Ops case from Element Case has been on my want list from their first version which I believe was for iPhone 5. It’s always been expensive and has frequently used exotic materials or had unique accessories. Needless to say when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to review …

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Otterbox Figura Series iPhone 12 series case with MagSafe review

REVIEW – Finding a case that works and looks the way you want it to can be a real challenge. For me it results in purchasing many more cases than most people to find ones I enjoy using. When it comes to the new iPhone 12 line, MagSafe compatibility comes into play and that’s an …

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UAG Anchor Series iPhone 12 Pro case review

REVIEW – It can be difficult to find a case that you really like. Between design, function, form and color there’s a lot to consider. UAG is a company that has consistently been able to keep their customers happy with their original “tougher” designs while breaking new ground with some cleaner designs like last year …

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Satechi 100w USB-C PD Compact GaN Charger review

REVIEW – Laptop chargers can be annoying. They’re usually larger than you’d like and if not they are either proprietary or have a single USB-C cable or port for your laptop. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? That’s Satechi’s approach with their 100w USB-C PD Compact GaN Charger. Sound …

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