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. ;-)

NOMATIC Notebook and Planner have useful added features

NEWS – We’re big fans of notebooks, journals and planners here at The Gadgeteer, especially ones that have unique, extra features, like the NOMATIC Notebook and NOMATIC Planner.  Both of these notebooks are 5.5 x 8.75 inches and include whiteboard paper, three bookmark ribbons, dual elastic straps, pen holder (see photo above), back pocket, perforated …

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SnapCap lets you securely hang your cap almost anywhere

NEWS – As I’ve shared previously, I’m a fan of caps—I have several of them that I wear in heavy rotation and many of mine are either fitted or elastic-fit, so they don’t have that adjustable strap in the back.  For my fitted or elastic-fit ones, I often wish I had a way to attach …

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Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket will help you carry, protect, and organize, for travel or EDC

NEWS – Most of us gadget fans carry several items on our person at nearly all times.  There are quite a few pouches, pockets and packs to help organize your smallish EDC or travel essentials, but here’s one that looks great, will protect from moisture, dust and bumps, and can help organize several of your …

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Tactikey is a close-at-hand self-defense device

NEWS – Some of the main principles of self-defense are vigilance, self-awareness, and readiness, and having a personal protection device close at hand helps facilitate this readiness.  Tactikey was developed for just this purpose.  A simple patented device in design, build and use, it is a single piece of molded TPE plastic material weighing on …

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All Passport Covers has you covered with several cool themes

NEWS – I travel outside the USA for work a few times per year, and though I typically just shove my passport into my pocket, I’ve found myself wishing I had some sort of cover for my passport to protect it. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the edges of its cover fraying quite a bit, …

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Helikon Baseball Folding Cap literally fits in your pocket

NEWS – I wear baseball caps a lot, and sometimes I wish I could just stuff my hat into my pocket without destroying it.  The Helikon Baseball Folding Cap appears to have been designed and built just for this purpose.  Made of ripstop 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester in multiple colors and with a one-size-fits-most Velcro closure …

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Griffin Pocket Tool puts up to 16 tools on your keychain

NEWS – ‘Round these parts, we’re big fans of small, multi-purpose gadgets.  That’s why the Griffin Pocket Tool is appealing: it packs 16 tools into a single item small enough to fit on your key chain.  Griffin has a wide range of Pocket Tool models/sizes, ranging from the Mini (9 tools), to the Standard (11 …

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Bluffworks Horizon Quilted Vest review

REVIEW – I’m a big fan of Bluffworks.  Several of their clothing items have become part of my office and especially travel staples.  For example, their dress shirts and pants are super comfortable, have just the right amount of stretch, and are nearly impossible to wrinkle, and the same goes for their jacket and slacks.  …

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Fillit Pocket is a stick-on, reusable pocket for tablets, laptops or just about any smooth surface

NEWS – Does anyone else wish they had a way to carry or store just a small item or two on their oft-used devices?  Then have a look at Fillit Pocket.  It’s a reusable, adhesive-backed storage pocket that can be attached to laptops, tablets, or just about any flat, dust-free, lint-free, smooth surface to give …

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Hex Brand Ranger Clamshell DSLR Backpack review

REVIEW – Smartphone cameras may have overtaken point-and-shoot cameras as the most ubiquitous photography equipment today, but the powerful and feature-rich DSLR systems will be around for a long time to come.  With that in mind, many companies are continuing to produce well-designed and durably-built bags and packs to carry a DSLR plus its accessories …

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Bluffworks continues their travel wardrobe with Departure Jeans

NEWS – Hot off the press, Bluffworks continues their travel/smart casual clothing line with their recently-released Departure Jeans.  Available in Regular Fit or Slim Fit, these are traditional 5-pocket blue jeans but in typical Bluffworks fashion, they include two hidden, zippered pockets in the back waistband (see right image above) to help with securing important …

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Bond Travel Gear Attache 13, Escapade Pouch, Venture Pouch, Field Journal and Travel Wallet review

REVIEW – It’s 2018, and most of us haul gadgets around with us these days, ranging from a just what we can stuff into our pants pockets to a treasure trove of EDC or travel items.  To meet the demand for organizing and protecting all of these items while on the go, Bond Travel Gear …

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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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