Andy Chen

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

digiZoid zo “Personal Subwoofer” Review

“Blow Your Mind.  Not Your Ears” was the tagline that caught my attention. In the 1980s, I was always seen walking between high school classes wearing my skinny ties and jeans with a portable cassette player.  At one point, in an effort to improve my listening experience, I even had a battery-operated portable 5-band graphic …

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Plantronics .Audio 476 DSP USB Headset Review

When it comes to headsets, I’m really picky.  In 2004 when I started playing on-line co-op games with my younger brothers in-law, I shopped around for various stereo headsets with microphones for gaming.  They were all either too uncomfortable, or had poor outgoing audio.  Eventually, I took drastic measures and made my own, and I’ve …

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Plantronics Explorer 395 Bluetooth Headset Review

The Plantronics Explorer 395 is the company’s newest reasonably priced bluetooth headset.  Now before I go any further, to put this review into full perspective, I’m also the Moderator at HowardForums for all things Bluetooth.  I sadly own more headsets that I have holes in my head, and every new headset that comes out gets …

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IDAPT Universal Multi-Charger Review

I tend to recharge my cell phones over night, whether I really need to or not.  I charge everything on my desk, which happens to double as a nightstand.  As you can imagine, this gets pretty cluttered pretty fast, once you add bluetooth headsets and other gadgets. In an effort to combat this cable clutter, …

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Face detection? Fuji Z700 series features pet detection

Many digital cameras feature face detection, even smile detection.  But what about Buddy and Fluffy? The FujiFilm Finepix Z700-series digital camera features Pet Detection.  Billed as the world’s first, the Pet Detection camera, it can detect up to 10 dog or cat faces at a time. How does it work?  More info after the jump.

Auto-Finder Review: “Dude, where’s my car?”

In the mid 1990s, my best friend and I took a trip to DisneyWorld in Orlando.  Every time we returned to the parking lot, we faced a familiar scenario:  We couldn’t find our rental car.  Simply too many cars!  Adding insult to injury, our rental car was a red Chevrolet Corsica… which was a staple …

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Dash Cam Dually Review – A black box video recorder for your car

Ever been in a hit and run accident?  Well I have.  I made a left turn and I noticed a white Honda Civic with a giant whale tail spoiler closing in fast from my right.  “That car isn’t gonna stop for the light” I thought to myself.  I slammed on the brakes but it was …

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XGear Shadow Premium Carbon case for Macbook Pro Review

If you’re like me, you may have a problem with wanting to keep your new toys shiny. For years, I struggled with this issue on my laptops. For some reason, those “Invisible Shield” type skins never work out for me because I could never get dust and bubbles out of them, and the imperfections bothered …

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