James Garriss

The MeatStick Wireless Meat Thermometer review

REVIEW – Around here, we’re big fans of the Butcher Box.  It’s a monthly meat delivery service that sends boxes of meat straight to our house. Their beef is 100% grass-feed, and their chicken is free range organic, things that are important to us.  When it comes to cooking meat, especially thick cuts like briskets and …

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BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P 144Hz 24-inch e-Sports Monitor review

REVIEW – Without a doubt, the two most important components of a good gaming system are the video card and the monitor.  The monitor is what gamers are looking at while playing, and the video card is what renders the games on the monitor.  When I designed my current system, I included a GeForce GTX …

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Brightech Maxwell Floor Lamp with Wireless Charging Pad review

REVIEW – When our family first started buying mobile devices several years ago, I purchased an Anker USB charging hub and put it on our pie safe.  This created one central location in the house where everyone could put their gadgets for high-speed charging.  These days, however, it seems that we always want to keep …

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The ZeroLemon Charging Station – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The ZeroLemon Charging Station from Lauco is a small charging station that can simultaneously charge two USB-C devices and two USB-A devices while wirelessly charging a phone that supports the Qi wireless-charging standard and an Apple Watch.  It has a 130 W for full-speed charging for all devices, 90 W for the USB-C, …

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Cosori Premium 5.8-Quart Air Fryer review

REVIEW – Fried okra?  Yes, please!  Chicken-fried steak?  Of course!  Fried chicken?  You betcha!  When it comes to home cooking, it seems that I’m a bit of Southern boy.  But while I love fried foods, I don’t like cleaning up the mess that frying makes, and I really shouldn’t be consuming all that oil.  What …

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VOAMOKO Mouse Pad with USB Hub review

REVIEW – Our family computer is a MacBook Pro that lives on the kitchen table but floats around the house wherever it’s needed.  It’s not a particularly powerful laptop, but we only use it for ordinary things, like banking online, writing documents, and checking Facebook.  In general, our setup works, but it does have a …

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VAIO gets that more ports are more better!

NEWS – VAIO recently announced a new laptop, the SX12.  What’s unusual about this computer is not the 12.5 inch screen, the 8th generation Intel processors, or its less than 2 pounds weight.  What’s unusual is the number of ports.  It has USB-C (for charging), 3 USB-A, HDMI, SD card, headphone, Ethernet, and VGA ports.  …

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Letscom Fitness Tracker (ID115PlusHR) review

REVIEW – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that American adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.  This roughly translates into taking 10,000 steps a day.  The Mayo Clinic, however, estimates that the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, far short of what …

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Soundcast VG5 weather resistant Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – Recently I reviewed the Bunktrunk footlocker for my daughter.  It came with a cute, little Bluetooth speaker about which I wrote, “It may not be loud enough to fill my house with sound, but it will be plenty loud in a dorm room.”  Looking back, I think this is how I thought about …

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