Dave Rees

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000 review

REVIEW – We live pretty far out in the sticks which definitely comes with its pluses and minuses. One of the biggest hassles being when the power goes out. Now I grant you this occasionally happens to everyone but one tree can take us off the grid for days, if not weeks at a time. …

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SKINNERS 2.0 ultraportable footwear review – A sock that’s a shoe

REVIEW – In pre-pandemic times I traveled quite a bit for work and pleasure with many of those trips being pretty minimalistic in what I took with me. Typically this “just what I need and not much else” travel-style included everything from my tech to my workout gear. I know I’m stating the obvious here, …

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Jabra Elite 85t ANC wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – The Jabra Elite series of wireless earbuds have been my go to choice in earbuds for years.  Their secure fit, great sound, compact design, and rugged engineering just continues to evolve and improve. I have my Elite Active 75t‘s with me nearly everywhere I go.  Like many of you, during 2020 I have been on …

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Level Touch smart lock review – Open doors with a touch of a finger

REVIEW – Back in August I reviewed the Level Bolt Invisible Smart Lock and loved it so much I purchased several more to install throughout our home. Its ability to transform any deadbolt into a stealthy smart lock is an impressive bit of engineering. Well, the folks @Level have recently introduced the Touch, the ‘smallest smart …

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TerraMaster F2-422 10GbE 2-bay Professional NAS review

REVIEW – Earlier this year, Mike reviewed the TerraMaster F5-422, a profession grade 5-bay network attached storage (NAS) device.  The 422 series is TerraMaster’s latest small to medium business class network storage solutions. But for many of us WFHers, a 5-bay NAS might be a wee bit of overkill. So when TerraMaster offered up the …

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PITAKA MagEZ case for the iPad Pro and Apple Magic Keyboard review

REVIEW – Back in February, I reviewed the PITAKA Air iPhone 11 series case and loved it. I typically go case-less (aka naked) with at most a thin skin to add grippability to my very slick iPhone. But the PITAKA Air’s minimalistic design, high tech material, and build quality convinced me otherwise…the case hasn’t been …

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Brydge Stone Pro Thunderbolt 3 Multiport Hub review

REVIEW – As I have discussed before…dongles, docks, and hubs are a needed reality in today’s near port-less world. With a majority of laptop manufactures eliminating many of our classic input and output options, there are still those of us who need something to bridge the gap between them and a single port to rule …

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Swann NVR-8580 4K Ultra HD NVR security surveillance system review

REVIEW – Back in 2016, I reviewed the Swann SWNVK-873004 3MP surveillance camera system that has stood guard over our home for nearly half a decade. At that time, this 8 channel, “Platinum Grade” 3MP PoE system with an internal hard drive and integrated smartphone app was pretty high tech and cutting edge. It was engineered …

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Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q USB 3.2 / Thunderbolt 3 SSD review

REVIEW – Remember way back in the day when solid state drives were measured in dollars per megabyte? And it wasn’t that long ago the measure was dollars per gigabyte. Though while still relatively expensive, today’s default order of magnitude is well into the terabytes range. This all adds up to solid state drive capacity, …

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Level introduces their latest stealthy smart lock: the Level Touch

NEWS – Level has just announced its latest smart lock: the Level Touch. Earlier this month I reviewed Level’s Invisible Smart Lock (which they now apparently call the Bolt), that transforms your existing deadbolt into a connected smart lock you’re able to control/manage via your iPhone or Android device. The Level Touch keeps all the stealth …

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Level Invisible Smart Lock review – A smart door lock that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb

REVIEW – Over the years, I’ve installed a bunch of tech around our place: Sonos speakers, PoE surveillance systems, fancy connected entry gate opener, NAS, WiFi extenders, etc. But I’m pretty much a noob when it comes to smart home integration. Though in the past few years, I’ve have been considering trying out connected smart …

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Vacos Cam wireless surveillance camera review

REVIEW – I am a firm believer in surveillance cameras. We live out in the middle of nowhere and having situational awareness while we’re away is invaluable. To fill this need, we still use the Swann SWNVK-873004 Professional HD Security System I reviewed 4 yrs ago. And while it continues to get the job done, this old …

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