Alex Birch

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

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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

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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

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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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Cameraready Lighting Deluxe LiteBar Kit review

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REVIEW – Cameraready Lighting is a company whose name very clearly explains the products they make; lights that make things camera ready. Their Deluxe LiteBar Kit includes everything you’ll need to elevate your video conferencing game and can handle photo shoots as well. Does it meet the need? Read on. What is it? The Deluxe …

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Mophie Wireless Charging Stand+ review

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REVIEW – Wireless chargers come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the best one for you comes down to what you need to charge and where you’ll be using the charger. Earlier this year I reviewed Mophie’s 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Mat which was a perfect solution for charging up to 5 devices and probably worked …

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Treblab HD77 Outdoor Rugged Wireless Speaker review

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REVIEW – Sometimes your phone or laptop audio doesn’t cut it. You don’t need anything massive; just something that sounds bigger. Headphones are great, but not very social. Enter the Bluetooth speaker. It seems like they’re everywhere, in all shapes and sizes and available from a lot of different brands. Treblab’s a relatively new company …

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Fluidstance Lift review – A laptop stand that’s also a whiteboard

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REVIEW – If you thought Fluidstance didn’t have further tricks up their sleeves for ways to optimize your workspace, think again. This time they’ve introduced Lift, a powder-coated steel laptop stand that integrates a whiteboard. I previously reviewed and really liked Slope (their angled whiteboard that sits in front of a monitor) and was excited …

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Nomad Rugged Case with Magsafe for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro review

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REVIEW – When Apple announced MagSafe for the iPhone 12 series they mentioned that more 3rd party cases would be following in the coming months. They’ve finally started to trickle out and I couldn’t help but wonder how some of these might compare to Apple’s own cases. Nomad Goods has updated their Rugged Case and …

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Yakima’s new EXO System is like a bunk bed for your trailer hitch

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NEWS – I’ve been hauling bikes and snowboards on my cars for decades and during that time there’s been numerous advances that have made things easier; I have stories for another time. Yakima has been my go to brand for a lot of reasons and so I always keep an eye on what they’re cooking …

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Wayzn Smart Sliding Glass Door Opener review – An automated dog door solution

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REVIEW – Dog lovers have long struggled with ways to let their dogs in and out of the house outside of the requisite walks. There are the in-door flaps and other dog doors, but what if you have a sliding glass door? There’s a couple of “inserts” for sliders, but they’ve got their own issues. …

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

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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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