Andy Jacobs

I'm a husband to a great wife, a dad to two awesome teenagers, and a mechanical engineer for a biomedical device company in my day job. And as an engineer I've been a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. I'm also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Optoma NuForce BE Live 5 wireless earphones review

REVIEW – We’re big fans of wireless earphones ’round here at The Gadgeteer, and every of us have reviewed many pairs, myself included.  I’m always on the lookout for a pair that is moisture-proof and durable enough to survive my fairly rigorous workouts.  Having reviewed a few pairs of Optoma NuForce Bluetooth wireless earphones in …

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Matrix PowerWatch X review

REVIEW – Smart watches are one of the hottest tech trends in recent years, but one of the main drawbacks of these popular “wearables” with their wealth of features is their battery life, or lack thereof. Many smartwatches require daily charging, which can be a bit irritating and sometimes inconvenient.  That’s why the Matrix PowerWatch …

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Horizon Vest on the way from BluffWorks

NEWS – BluffWorks, makers of great-looking, comfortable, and well-designed men’s travel and everyday clothing will soon be releasing its Horizon Vest for sale.  With a polyfill insulation, water-resistant shell, lots of pockets, and a few other details, the Horizon Vest is intended to accompany you just about anywhere.  It’s even been designed to complement BluffWorks’ Gramercy …

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GORUCK launches GR2 26L, a smaller option for travel or EDC

NEWS – It began with the GR2, a large 40L ruck (AKA backpack) that GORUCK designed and built for travel (but also great for EDC).  A few years later, the GR2 34L arrived, a slightly smaller, shorter ruck for folks of lesser height and frame who really wanted to use the GR2, but found the …

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EACHINE E58 RC Pocket Quadcopter Drone review

REVIEW – Drones are all the rage today, and they have become significantly more complex and feature-rich.  While high-end drones like the DJI Mavic Pro are capable of all sorts of aerobatics and videography, not everyone can afford one, so there is a large and growing market for less expensive drones that are still fun …

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Knockaround Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary “Rodger Dodger” Fort Knocks sunglasses review

REVIEW – Rule #1 is “Always look cool.”  And what better way to look cool when the temps outside are hot than a pair of cool shades?  Knockaround Sunglasses is keen to this; they’ve been doing cool shades since 2005, and for one of their cool brand collaborations check out these Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary …

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Renogy 10,000mAh Solar Panel Water Resistant Power Bank review

REVIEW – Voice in your Head: Here we go again, another portable charging solution.  Me: Ah, but this one has a bit of a twist.  The Renogy 10,000mAh Solar Panel Water Resistant Power Bank has not only a solar panel for backup charging, but is also water-resistant.  Other products may offer one or the other of …

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AIKO 10W Fast Wireless Charger Stand review

REVIEW – Since Apple (finally) threw its hat into the wireless charging ring with its latest iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X models, wireless charging products have been multiplying in the market like rabbits.  One of the latest that we’ve had the opportunity to evaluate here at The Gadgeteer is the AIKO 10W Fast Wireless …

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RAVPower 10,000mAh 5W Wireless Portable Charger review

REVIEW – All these personal devices make our lives easier, but they demand the juice, don’t they? Enter the portable charger, the market for which has exploded (thankfully figuratively, not literally).  I own and/or have reviewed a handful of portable chargers and I’ve been fairly happy with most of them, but the RAVPower 10,000mAh 5W Wireless …

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Baron Fig Card Sleeve fits with simple, minimal style

I’ve been a fan of Baron Fig’s products since reviewing their Confidant Hardcover Notebook a while back.  Their products have a simple, minimalist style while beginning functional a durable.  Their successful leather notebook covers provided a natural segway into the wallet world, and their first product in this space is the Card Sleeve, a slim, …

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Mission Workshop Axis Modular Waist Pack review

We all love our gadget and gear hauling bags, but sometimes we don’t want or need to lug around that full-sized backpack or messenger bag.  I’ve seen several smaller alternative options pop up over the years, but many of them either looked like a strange purse, a European man-bag, or just plain weird.  The Mission Workshop …

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The future is NOW: MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat!

I’ve been a daily watch wearer for over 30 years now, and one thing I’ve always wished for has been a watch that never needs a new battery (or a recharge, in the case of today’s smartwatches).  The clever folks at Matrix Industries, Inc. may have finally made that dream a reality.  Their MATRIX PowerWatch …

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CHOETECH Wireless Charging Pad review

While wireless phone charging is certainly not new (Android phones have this capability for some time), it has exploded in popularity in the past several months due, arguably, to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X having incorporated the wireless Qi charging standard into their newest feature sets.  With this has come a …

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