Bob Patterson

I'm a digital marketer and an illustrator with a passion for user experience. I constantly dabble in gadgets and technology, with a particular interest in bags & EDC products, cooking, and creative tools. I'm also an old school punk rock guy and a rabid fan of sci-fi and fantasy genres... I have the Yoda tattoo to prove it.

Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Bob Patterson

ARTICLE – When COVID hit, we knew we were in for the long haul when it came to the work at home situation. So I redid my home office. Here’s my desk setup. If you look closely you’ll see find a number of my past review items that are still in service including my Vertex …

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Zinmark backpack review – a bag with a split personality

REVIEW – The Zinmark Backpack has a sneaky secret. It starts as a sleek, low-profile bag for your office essentials. That’s only part of the story though. When needed, the bag transforms into a fully-featured gear hauler. Let’s explore, shall we? To the review! What is it? It’s a laptop backpack designed for school work …

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Tom Bihn drops a heaping helping of new stuff in their February Pre-Order!

NEWS – It looks like Tom and his crew have been busy getting ready for Spring, dropping thirteen (!!) new items in this pre-order collection. You’re going to find a variety of totes, accessory bags, and slings that have been available before, now re-issued and offered in some new materials. You’ll also get an opportunity …

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Rumia Stovetop Espresso Maker review

REVIEW – I love coffee in all of it’s glorious forms. For this review we’re checking out the Rumia Stovetop Espresso Maker, which is essentially an upgraded version of the classic Moka Pot. It’s shiny. It’s pretty. But how does it do the brew? To the review! What is it? It’s a Moka pot style …

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Azpen DockAll D115 review – A wireless charger with extra features

REVIEW – I love me a good desktop multitasker, and the Azpen DockAll D115 promises to do all the things. This phone stand charges wirelessly plays your music and more from one device. How does it To the review! What is it? It’s a phone stand that includes wireless charging, stereo speakers, and a microphone …

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Highlights from the Timbuk2 2020 Holiday Gift Guide (plus 3 mini reviews)!

REVIEW – When people ask me for bag recommendations, Timbuk2 is always at the top of my list. This year they’ve compiled a handy gift guide to help you find something for everyone you may be shopping for. I’ve got samples of some of the new designs to check out: the Vapor Cross Body Bag, …

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AUZAI 21.5″ computer monitor review

REVIEW – I’m all about that dual-screen work life. The AUZAI 21.5″ 1080P Computer Monitor seeks to solve that problem for me with a lovely HD display that’s also super inexpensive. How do it do at making my dual-screen dreams come true? To the review! What is it? It’s a lightweight, inexpensive 1080P computer monitor. …

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Oakywood Desk Accessories review

REVIEW – Looks like we’re gonna working from home for a while, folks, so it’s time to spruce up that home office! I’m checking out a couple of handcrafted desk accessories from Oakywood that promise to add both function and style. Too the review! What is it? Oakywood makes all sorts of desk accessories from …

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AUKEY Omnia Mini 20W USB C charger review

REVIEW – We’re always looking for chargers, right? Especially with all those new USB C compatible gadgets coming out! The AUKEY Omnia Mini 20W USB C Charger fits the bill perfectly and does it well in a tight little package as you can see from the pic above. To the review! What is it? It’s …

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Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review

REVIEW – The Amazfit Band 5 Smartwatch is a wellness-oriented solution that provides 24 hour monitoring of your biometrics for overall health… even when you sleep! This thing is chock full of features, (including typical smartphone stuff) and I’ll try to cover as many of them as I can. Let’s get busy! What is it? …

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Coumi wireless active noise canceling earbuds review

REVIEW – The Coumi Wireless Earbuds are intended for active lifestyles. A rugged design, snug fit, and IPX7 waterproofing (along with active noise canceling) check all the right boxes. How do they work when you’re doing the work? Fire up the music and podcasts. To the review! What is it? They’re wireless earbuds that come …

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Trakke wants to add some Whisky to your carry with their new collection!

NEWS – Trakke gets a lot of well-deserved love in the everyday carry world. Specializing in waxed canvas products, this Scottish bag maker has a reputation for award-winning designs, handmade quality, and superb craftsmanship. Their latest collection pays homage to another Scottish treasure: Whisky. Trakke has always been about clean functional designs that showcase a …

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Saddleback Leather introduces a big, beautiful leather cover for your big, beautiful notebook

NEWS – Saddleback Leather keeps the new goodies coming faster than I can keep up with them! We’ve seen new style big and small backpacks, a new briefcase, and even a phone stand in recent weeks. The latest addition is in the small carry category, specifically a large version of their leather notebook covers . …

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The Bento Bag by Rickshaw Bagworks: your essential EDC, personalized

NEWS – Sometimes you just don’t need a big ol’ bag for all of your stuff. That’s where the Bento Bag from Rickshaw Bagworks comes in. This tight little design is all about maximizing the space for your EDC with modular compartmentalization. If you’re an artist, a carry minimalist, or you just carry more stuff …

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Calling all adventurers! Customize your character miniatures at Hero Forge… and now you can add color!

NEWS – This one is for my fellow role playing game aficionados out there (I’m a Dungeons and Dragons guy myself). You may already know about how you can use Hero Forge to create completely custom miniatures that they’ll print for you in a variety of materials. But they recently upgraded their service, and now …

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