Andy Chen

Former electronics technician for the FBI, current Fire Prevention Officer. Background in electronics, trained EMT, Eagle Scout/Assistant Scoutmaster and dad.

EPOS H6PRO wired open acoustic gaming headset review

REVIEW – I like a good pair of headphones, and my son likes to play games online with friends. What a good way to introduce him to quality audio gear! This time, we got to try out the EPOS H6PRO wired open acoustic gaming headset with an open acoustic design. What is it? The EPOS …

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Dyson Humdinger handheld vacuum review

REVIEW – I may have too many vacuum cleaners. There’s one for the upstairs, another for downstairs, and a few handheld units around the house. I wondered if the new Dyson Humdinger would be a handheld vacuum to rule them all? What is it? The Dyson Humdinger is billed as the most powerful, lightweight handheld …

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iPhone 13 cases from Speck are here!

NEWS – Once again, it’s new iPhone season, and that means new matching cases. Speck has once again produced some durable, high quality cases with their Presidio line, with something for everyone to show off your latest from Cupertino. This Presidio Perfect-Clear is so tough, I’m actually giving it a hard squeeze. It barely budges, …

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Selk’bag Nomad wearable sleeping bag review

REVIEW – There’s always someone in any household that’s always cold. If you don’t know who that is in YOUR home, it’s probably you! Well, we’ve got that someone where I live, and I’ve got the ultimate in cozy-wear: The Selk’bag Nomade wearable sleeping bag. What is it? The Selk’bag Nomad is a wearable sleeping …

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Function101 Heartsync for Apple Watch Review

REVIEW – My indoor rower has a heart rate function, and I’ve been on the hunt for the “just right” bodyworn heart rate transmitter. I’ve tried chest straps and arm straps. But what if I could use something I was wearing already: my Apple Watch? This is where the Function101 Heartsync comes in. What is …

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Smartish Gripmunk with Magsafe Slim Case Review

REVIEW – I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect” clear case with Magsafe for my iPhone 12 Pro. I found the original Apple clear case with Magsafe to be too slippery, and the buttons were too stiff. Would the Smartish Gripmunk with Magsafe Slim Case fare any better? What is it? The Gripmunk with …

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Satechi Apple Mac Mini Type-C Stand & Hub with SSD Enclosure review

REVIEW – One of the main frustrations I’ve had with the Apple Mac Mini (M1, 2020) is the low number of ports, and that they’re always on the back. I’ve tried various hubs but none seem to be as slick as the Satechi stand that sits neatly under the Mac Mini itself. I got to …

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Speck Presidio Perfect Clear iPhone case with MagSafe review

REVIEW – When the iPhone with MagSafe charging came out last year, there was only one clear case with Magsafe- the Apple one. I found that case extremely slippery with buttons that were hard to push. Eventually, a few “no name” brand cases trickled out into the market. I tried a handful, and they were …

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Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged with Air Compressor review – A portable battery with extra features

REVIEW – About 20 years ago, I had one of those older lead-acid jump start battery packs. It was very heavy, but it saved the day more than once. It even had an air compressor on board! Newer jump start battery packs are much smaller with lithium batteries. Today I get to try one with …

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LA Police Gear Expedition packable waterproof rain jacket review

REVIEW – As I’ve written before, I’m active in Scouting (Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster). One of the Ten Essentials for the outdoors is appropriate rain gear. I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve had crippling droughts in California for years, but I actually don’t own a packable rain jacket. Thankfully, now I have one to …

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Scosche FrescheAir portable HEPA air purifier review – Clean air for your car

REVIEW – Spring is here and allergy season has begun! This time, I’ve got a new weapon in my aresenal: A portable , USB powered air purifier from Scosche called the FrescheAir that fits into a cup holder. What is it? The Scosche FrescheAir is a compact air purifier with a 3 stage HEPA filter …

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Lamp Depot Honeycomb touch sensitive modular wall light review

REVIEW – I’ve thought about ways to spruce up my video calls with interesting things in the background. I’ve seen these LED tiles before but the price seemed out of range. I had a chance to take a look at these hexagonal shaped LED lights from Lamp Depot. How did they work out? What is …

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