Brooke Hall

Brooke and Mason Hall are a mother-son team. She’s a freelance writer with a journalism background. He’s a teenager who loves all things electronic, which he often buys secondhand to fiddle with and dissect.

Creative Sound Blaster Katana V2X soundbar review – Compact system, big sound

REVIEW – As it turns out, this is the sound system we didn’t know we needed. My son and co-reviewer Mason picked this out after having a good experience with Creative speakers for a previous review. Our main TV already has a nice soundbar, and I have a portable speaker to use around the house, …

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Nexar Beam GPS dash cam review – little device can eliminate big headaches

REVIEW – Even though my teenager has been asking for a dash cam for months, I never really saw the value in one… until I was recently T-boned by a driver who blew through a stop sign. Now I’m much more open to the idea, seeing firsthand how helpful that footage could have been for …

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Ganiza cordless stick vacuum review – great for quick cleanups

REVIEW – Every home needs a stick vacuum, but if you have children or pets, it’s really non-negotiable. I run through my house at least once a day to keep the dog hair at bay. I even bought my parents a stick vac for Christmas last year, after watching them deal with the hassle of …

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Growatt Infinity 1500 power station review

REVIEW – After a power outage that lasted more than three days, we’ve been researching options to keep our fridge cold and devices charged in case it ever happens again. At the time, we borrowed a friend’s gas-powered generator, but those are loud, expensive and cumbersome. We’ve tested power stations before, but they tend to …

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INSE W5 wet dry vacuum review – A self-cleaning mop that clears dirt in its path

REVIEW – I’m always looking for gadgets that make my household chores faster and easier. The idea of a vacuum and mop combo, which would theoretically cut in half the time it takes to clean my floors, is an exciting prospect. I’ve tested other wet/dry vacs, but the INSE W5 stood out because it’s cordless, …

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Marbrasse retractable drying rack review – Works for drying water bottles

REVIEW – I’ve had an ongoing dishwashing problem: I can’t seem to get reusable water bottles completely dry, and we use a lot of water bottles in my household. After unloading the dishwasher or even after I wash them by hand, I set them on my drying mat… and no matter how long I leave …

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WaterGuru SENSE pool monitor review – Keeps your pool sparkling clean all season

REVIEW – We’ve had a pool for five years since we moved into our current house. It’s been a real learning experience! And no matter what testing kits or chemicals we use, we always hit a rough patch over the hottest spell of the summer when the water gets cloudy or even worse, yellow or …

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FLEXTAILGEAR One-Key Automatic Inflatable Lounge review

REVIEW – Are you headed to an outdoor concert or music festival this summer? Going camping? Or even thinking about a picnic or day at the beach? Rather than hauling around folding chairs on your adventures, inflatables are becoming a popular alternative. If you’re looking for a packable recliner that’s lighter and smaller to carry …

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