Alex Birch

Tempest Chess Clock review – This clock rocks!

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Maybe you watched the Queen’s Gambit, maybe you’ve always been into it, or maybe your kid dragged you into it like me. Chess is an awesome game that seems to increasingly sink it’s teeth into you the more you play. If you haven’t used a clock when playing, I think you’ll be …

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Rolling Square MagSafe® Desk Stand review – A wooden stand designed to take it, or leave it

REVIEW – MagSafe charging for iPhone has been out for a while now and it works really well. Apple’s charger is pretty slim, packs easily for travel and all but guarantees location on your phone when it’s time to charge. There’s lots of options out there when you’d rather have a dock, but they typically …

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Mackie Element Series Carbon Microphone review

REVIEW – I was already working remotely from home when the lockdowns started, but video conferencing didn’t really kick into high gear until everyone else was also working from home. Since you all have been through the same gauntlet, I don’t need to describe what that’s been like. However, I made a point to do …

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FreeX Thermal Label Printer review – Say goodbye to ink cartridges

REVIEW – I’ve had a number of multi-function printers over the years (anyone remember printing on CDs?) and they’ve all more or less done their job. I haven’t however had any single purpose printers, and that’s where this review is leading. Both my wife and I work on consumer products and we always have samples …

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ManaDrink and ManaPowder meal replacement products review – Complete meal solutions made easy

REVIEW – You don’t have to be on a diet or an athlete to benefit from dietary science. The rule of thumb when it comes to food is really just to know what you’re eating. Mana has created complete meal solutions that come in either a powder that needs to be mixed or a ready-to-drink …

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Logitech Combo Touch review – A near perfect keyboard and trackpad case for iPad Pro

REVIEW – Many of us have had those moments where we’re trying to decide if we can take a trip without the laptop. iPad has made that possible for a while, but depending on what you need to get done, a keyboard is almost a requirement. When Apple enabled trackpad support it got even closer …

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Twelve South MagicBridge Extended review – Connects Apple Magic Trackpad 2 to Apple Magic Keyboard

REVIEW – Twelve South started joining Mac keyboards to Mac trackpads back in 2011 with their original MagicWand. This was back when you had to use a penny to unscrew the AA battery compartment on those Apple devices. Good times. Well it’s 2021 and they’ve released the updated, extended version of their MagicBridge which connects …

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Nomad Base Station Mini and 20w USB-C Power Adapter reviews – Beautiful chargers that charge beautifully

REVIEW – Nomad has created a similar look and feel with all their products and the Base Staion line of products is no exception. The new Base Station Mini certainly takes its cue from previous versions while defining its own diminutive footprint that looks classy on any desk. Their 20w USB-C Power Adapter fits right …

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Nomad MagSafe Mount review – A MagSafe charger holder

REVIEW – If you haven’t used a MagSafe charger yet, it’s hard to describe how satisfying that magnetic snap-into-place function is. The magnetic attraction is strong enough that if you were to quickly grab your phone and start to walk away, the puck stays attached and you could knock over some stuff on your desk. …

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Fender Mustang Micro guitar amp review – Your guitar’s new best friend

REVIEW – Learning to play guitar, and getting to a point where others might want to listen, can be a very large gap. Even when you sound really good, the required repetition to nail a lick can take a toll on anyone listening. Headphones have long been a great solution for this, but without good …

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Horizon 7X RIC-S hearing aids review – Hear.com brings better hearing to your doorstep

REVIEW – The Horizon 7X RIC-S hearing aids came up for review and I wanted to try them because I knew I needed some help with my hearing and I wanted to learn everything I could to help my mom whom I know needs hearing aids. What I didn’t know is just how much of …

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Aura Air review – An air purifier that mounts on the wall

REVIEW – I’ve been using air purifiers for the past 10 years or so and have found them to relieve or remove the symptoms of my mild allergies and helping me sleep in the process. I’ve also found that while usually well designed for function, their aesthetics tend to leave a lot to be desired. …

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