Alex Birch

Keychron Q1 review – A stunning QMK Custom Mechanical Keyboard

REVIEW – My son and I discovered Keychron about a year ago. We’re both Mac users and were looking to see what all the fuss was about with mechanical keyboards. We bought him the K1 model (104 key with brown Gateron switches) and were almost immediately obsessed. I picked up a K1 and then a …

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YHE BP Doctor Pro Smartwatch review – it’s a blood pressure cuff on your wrist

REVIEW – According to the CDC, nearly half of adults in the United States (108 million) have hypertension or high blood pressure as of 2018. That’s defined as readings greater than 130/80 or on medication. If untreated this can lead to increased chances of heart disease or stroke and by itself is a primary or …

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Pitaka Pita!Flow MagEZ system for tablets review – A case, folio and stand that just may change how you use your iPad

REVIEW – I thought I used my iPad Pro a lot. Then this new system from Pitaka arrived and I quickly realized how important the positioning and accessibility of the iPad comes into play at your desk. It’s called Pita!Flow and is made up of a few of Pitaka’s different MagEZ accessories for iPad. And …

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Mackie Element Series Chromium Microphone review – A desktop mic for musicians

REVIEW – Hot on the heels of my Carbon Microphone review, another Element Series mic arrived. This time it’s Mackie’s top-of-the-line Element Series model, the Chromium Microphone. What is it? The Mackie Element Series Chromium Microphone is a desktop USB Mic with built-in support for instruments and aux sources with level and mixing controls all …

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Datacolor ColorReader EZ review – Match and find paint colors in a click

REVIEW – Color is big business. It’s something most of us take for granted, but getting the color right can be quite complicated. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about paint colors, or the space gray of a MacBook Pro; in either case, there’s someone (or many someones) behind getting that exact shade right. It’s …

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Acoustik Attak review – Technical guitar picks that add unique qualities to your sound

REVIEW – Guitar news typically focuses on the artists themselves (and why shouldn’t it) or the core equipment (guitars, amps, strings, pedals). However, there is an unsung component that rarely gets mentioned… the guitar pick. It could be that it’s just taken for granted, relegated to band merchandising or that everyone assumes a pick is …

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Kensington StudioCaddy review – Your desk might just thank you

REVIEW – How’s your desk organization game? Mine seems to ebb and flow with the phases of the moon, or maybe it’s just when inbound review products start to gang up on me. Regardless, I strive to keep my desk clean whether it’s cables, chargers or where my laptop sits. Kensington has a new solution …

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Scosche MagicMount MSC 4-in-1 review – A versatile, MagSafe compatible dashboard mount for iPhone

REVIEW – Our phones are indispensable when driving, often providing directions, music, audiobooks and more. But, did you know that at least 24 states here in the US ban the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving? That doesn’t mean you can’t use your phone for directions, but it does mean that you need …

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Nomad Leather Loop for AirTag review

REVIEW – The jury is still out on why Apple’s AirTags need an accessory to be able to attach to anything, but it does create an opportunity for the accessory companies out there. There’s a ton of silicone and leather holders, but Nomad’s Leather Loop is different, minimalistic and very secure. Let’s look closer. What …

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NumWorks Graphing Calculator review – You can teach an old calculator new tricks

REVIEW – I’ve always thought graphing calculators just looked cool. I can also say I’ve never had to use one for anything other than normal calculator functions. My son on the other hand starting using one for Calculus in high school and has since pretty much had to use it daily. When this NumWorks Graphing …

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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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