Andy Jacobs

IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru review

We recently bought a new Apple MacBook Pro for my wife.  It’s a fantastic device, but one of its limitations (I’m sure Apple would say advantages) is that basically the only ports on it are four USB-C ports.  I do like USB-C and I’m looking forward to the day when old-school USB is phased out …

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Optoma NuForce BE Free8 Bluetooth wireless earbuds review

Two words: wireless earbuds. If there has been one product one that’s absolutely exploded in the past few years, it’s probably been these little buggers. And, since Apple released their AirPods, the competition has become increasingly sophisticated. I’ve had the opportunity to review several wireless earbuds here at The Gadgeteer, and always up for trying …

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Look casually sharp (or sharply casual) in an UNTUCKit shirt

Ever tried to leave your smart-looking dress shirt casually untucked? Yeah, for most dress shirts, it looks sloppy because their tails are just too long. The folks at UNTUCKit wanted to solve that, so they did a ton of customer research to determine exactly how long an untucked dress shirt could be before it went …

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Power Practical Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review

Every once in a while, a gadget comes along that, at first glance at least, appears to be basically superfluous and unnecessary…but cool and fun, nonetheless. That was exactly what I thought when I first saw the Power Practical Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting. Heck, just the name “Luminoodle” had my attention. Truth be told, I’d …

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Spoke Pencil Model 4 is a bespoke update to its predecessors

Way back in 2012, we posted a news article about the Spoke Pencil, which at the time was the first foray into Kickstarter campaigns for inventor, designer and maker, Brian Conti. Brian has since launched several brands and Kickstarter campaigns which all sprang from the success of his original Spoke Pencil. Brian has recently released …

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Catalyst Waterproof Apple AirPods case will protect against bumps and splashes

I don’t have an Apple Watch (yet), but if I did, I’ll probably have it in a Catalyst Waterproof Case to protect it. Why do I mention this? Because I don’t have a pair of Apple AirPods (yet), but if I did, I’d probably have them in a Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods, as shown …

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Add storage to your water bottle with PACELid

Fortune may favor the prepared, but sometimes survival depends on it. PACELid grew out of this philosophy when creator Chris Way, a backpacking, mountaineering and all-around adventure expert, thought about how he could customize his gear to make it more useful. He realized that one of his pieces of kit—his Nalgene bottle—was with him at all …

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Dango Products Loop Hook + Wall Mount lets your stuff safely hang out in style

I like multi-functional gadgets, ones that can serve multiple purposes. I stumbled upon the Dango Hook and Wall Mount, and they seem to fit that bill.  The Hook portion is in the shape of a capital letter “C” and machined (in the USA) from aluminum. It allows you to hang your bag or purse all …

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SmartOmi ANT Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker review

Sometimes one portable audio is a bit more portable than other portable audio. What the heck am I talking about? I’m talking about little speakers, people. Really little. I’ve reviewed a few other portable speakers here at The Gadgeteer, and I’d had varying degrees of satisfaction with them, so I hadn’t really been looking to …

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Case Boss Heavy Duty Protective iPhone Case might be better for touchscreen touchiness

I’ve tried a few über-protective cases for my iPhones, with mixed results. Most have protected well, but their downfall is often a thick, plastic, built-in screen protector that severely reduces the touch-sensitivity of the screen.  Perhaps Case Boss has solved that with their Heavy Duty Protective iPhone Case. In addition to being armored against bumps, drops …

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Rhinoband Rhino Runner is like a tank for your Apple Watch

I’ve posted on this before: I don’t (yet) own an Apple Watch. When they were first released, I thought they looked very stylish but delicate, and I felt that I’d be afraid to engage in the types of heavy-duty fitness and other activities that I tend to favor. But as usual, 3rd-party companies have stepped …

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Memobottle is a slim way to stay hydrated

I’ve been trying to get better about staying hydrated throughout the day. In addition to the fitness and health benefits, I just feel better when I’m hydrated. To that end, I’ve been on the lookout for unique containers to carry water, and I stumbled on Memobottle. Its unique shape is what caught my eye. Memobottle …

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Midori Memorandum Card might be the world’s smallest notebook!

Always on the lookout for small items that I can use in an emergency, I happened upon the Midori Memorandum Card and just had to share it. Made by Midori in Japan, these tiny 31-page notepads are only 2.25 x 3.33 x 0.1 inches, which makes them about the footprint of a standard credit card, …

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SmartOmi ACE Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds review

The quest continues! For my perfect set of wireless earbuds, that is. Well, for me, anyway. I’ve tried out multiple products, but none has been the “perfect” one yet. Would the Smartomi ACE Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds be “the” ones? With their small size and charging storage case, they looked sleek and all, but would they survive …

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Baron Fig Squire rollerball pen review

As with many of us Gadgeteers, most especially our fearless Gadgeteer-in-Chief, Julie, I like writing implements of all kinds, but I really like pens. Something about a well designed and built pen elevates the experience of handwriting, which feels increasingly like a lost art, to a higher plane of enjoyment.  That said, I’ve been a …

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