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. ;-)

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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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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