Danny Welsch

Solaari Ka-Yogen Elite Lightsaber review – Jedi fun, more than a toy

REVIEW – Just about anyone born in the last 50 years or so has grown up with some aspect of Star Wars, and the iconic weapon from those films, the lightsaber. Most reproductions up until now have been flimsy toys that were really not satisfying at all.  A “true” lightsaber is pretty much impossible to …

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Maestri House Electric Gooseneck Kettle review – hot water, with a few extras

REVIEW – Most of us drink coffee from a good old electric drip coffee maker.  But if you are into specialty coffee and enjoy the ritual of the brew as much as the taste (and caffeine!), then a gooseneck kettle is necessary.  True coffee aficionados prepare coffee not with a drip coffee maker, but with …

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Worx Nitro 20V Compact Brushless ½ inch Drill Driver review – All the power in a much smaller package!

REVIEW – A cordless drill/driver is one of the most useful and versatile tools available. I use mine for drilling holes, driving screws, tightening bolts, and even with a brush attachment scrubbing soap scum from the shower walls!  My “go-to” for cordless tools has typically been “old yeller,” DeWalt.  My current main cordless drill/driver is …

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Sensibo Elements smart indoor air quality monitor review – know what you’re breathing inside of your house!

REVIEW – We heat our house with a wood stove, and I’ve always been concerned about indoor air quality as a result. A lot of research says indoor wood burners can have a pretty detrimental impact on your health.  We’re really careful; we burn only clean seasoned wood, work to eliminate smoke while adding wood, …

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CZUR Shine Ultra Pro document scanner review – Easily and quickly convert paper docs and books to digital images!

REVIEW – During the pandemic, a lot of face-to-face activities were quickly converted to online.  This meant that a lot of the paper tools typically used in face-to-face interactions also needed to be converted to digital. A scanner works well, but what if it was something you needed to demonstrate with?  Or, what if you …

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GOOLOO GTX300 Power Station review – convenient power in a tidy package

REVIEW – Portable power stations are becoming increasingly popular because they are incredibly useful.  Now they are available in a number of different sizes, to meet varying needs.  Some of the larger ones are upwards of 2000 Wh, but that’s definitely not something you’d want to carry with you.  Those typically have wheels built in!  …

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Logitech MX Mechanical Mini Keyboard for Mac, and MX Master 3S Mouse for Mac review – great stuff, now Mac-specific!

REVIEW – Like many of us these days, I work at my computer a lot.  I have a laptop, but that spends most of its life plugged into a docking station, so a good external keyboard and mouse are critical components.   The Logitech MX Master series have emerged as go-to products for professionals across many …

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Cyansky HS3R mini headlamp review – Light and powerful, in a package about as big as your thumb

REVIEW – Are you looking for the best rechargeable headlight?  What about one that is also a normal handheld flashlight, and can attach to anything magnetic?  The Cyansky HS3R mini headlamp might fit that description.  And did you know that headlights make great gifts?  Everyone can always use a bit more light – especially ones …

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Yes Electric Scooter review – A beautifully designed but flawed commute enhancer

REVIEW – If you’ve been in any medium to large city lately, you’ve likely seen rental electric scooters littering the sidewalks and zipping by you as you walk the streets.  Perhaps you’ve even used one.  While they are rather annoying for pedestrians, they are an efficient way to get around cities, and quite a bit …

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Wacaco Exagram timer / scale and Wacaco Exagrind hand coffee grinder review – For the portable coffee obsessed, a great pairing!

REVIEW – Are you looking for the best hand coffee grinder? Perhaps the best coffee scale and timer? The Wacaco Exagrind and Wacaco Exagram may have you covered.  These compact, effective, and well-built pieces lead the way not only in home coffee brewing, but also in the emerging movement known as “trail coffee.” or the …

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ThruNite T3 rechargeable flashlight review – this flashlight would make a great gift!

REVIEW – The holidays are just around the corner, and everyone can use the flashlight. I can’t tell you the number of flashlights I have stashed around the house.  I have two in the garage, one in each vehicle, one in the basement so I can see into the deep freeze, a few in the …

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Vevor Outdoor Pizza Oven review – Good pizza, with a few big drawbacks

REVIEW – Wood-fired pizza is all the rage, but most pizza ovens are VERY expensive!  I’ve long wanted an outdoor wood-fired oven for homemade bread and of course, pizza.  I had visions of building one of the big bee-hive-shaped ovens made of brick and clay on our patio, but that has obviously never materialized.  When …

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Twelve South Curve Flex laptop stand review – Puts your laptop at eye level, and looks good doing it

REVIEW – No one likes to look up your nose.  But that’s likely what is happening if you use your laptop on your desk for video meetings (unless you’re sitting on a milk crate!).  The camera is a foot or two below your eyes, so with the screen tilted back and framing your face, the …

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SMONET 7500L projector review – Family movie fun, on a budget

REVIEW – Projectors used to be an item of decadence.  I remember my uncle had a home-theater setup built around a projector mounted on his ceiling, and that he was proud of how much it had cost.  When I was teaching college courses, we would need to seriously consider our budget if we had to …

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OneOdio FM1 Condenser Microphone review – Make sure you’re heard, clearly!

REVIEW – Did you know that poor audio is one of the biggest complaints about remote meetings?  Zoom and Teams are great, but if you can’t hear or understand your colleagues, it creates a frustrating experience for everyone. To make it worse, most people never hear themselves on a meeting, so you often have no …

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