James Garriss

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini review – an enclosure with a SATA drive

REVIEW – In a digital world, one of the most important assets that we have are the files on our computers.  They can be photos of family, spreadsheets with our budgets, papers for school, or a thousand other things.  Whatever they are, we don’t want to lose them.  Part of protecting our data is backing …

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini review – an enclosure with a SATA drive Read More

CharCoder – a chording keyboard for faster typing

  CROWDFUNDING NEWS – CharCoder’s mission is “to elevate average human text transmission speed (40 wpm) above and beyond average human text comprehension speed (250 wpm).”  Their first product was a strange-looking gadget that allow users to type by chording, but it certainly didn’t function as a normal keyboard, limiting who could use it. Their …

CharCoder – a chording keyboard for faster typing Read More

Tevaplanter – a water bank for indoor plants

NEWS – I love plants.  I love growing flowers, veggies, and fruit trees.  While I’m pretty good at growing things outdoors, I really suck at growing things indoors.  Mostly that’s because I can’t seem to remember to water the plants, which explains why I’m so intrigued with the Tevaplanter.  It’s a water bank; that is, …

Tevaplanter – a water bank for indoor plants Read More

ChefWave Chefe review – a multicooker that uses steam

REVIEW – A multicooker is an appliance that has many of the cooking capabilities of other appliances, which means it can perform a variety of functions, like boiling, frying, stewing, baking, and steaming.  This should allow someone with limited kitchen space to replace several single-function appliances, like a slow cooker, a steamer, an air fryer, …

ChefWave Chefe review – a multicooker that uses steam Read More

Jackery Explorer 300 review – a rugged yet practical portable power station

  REVIEW – We’ve been reviewing a lot of power stations lately here at The Gadgeteer, including models from Oupes, OKMO, and Puleida.  Whenever you look through the marketing material for these stations, they always have pictures of people camping.  While that is a fine use for one of these gadgets, we have a somewhat …

Jackery Explorer 300 review – a rugged yet practical portable power station Read More

Targus announces new backpack with builtin Findmy

NEWS – I love the idea behind Apple’s AirTag:  I can find stuff that I lose no matter where I lose it.  What could possibly be better than an AirTag?  Having all the features of an AirTag without having to actually buy the AirTag itself.  Last spring, Apple announced that they were opening up their …

Targus announces new backpack with builtin Findmy Read More

PIXEL K80RGB Lighting Kit review – wonderfully bright but fatally flawed

REVIEW – These days I often create a short video to add to my reviews here at The Gadgeteer.  A couple of recent examples include the setup of UREVO’s treadmill and Flexispot’s standing desk.  As we’ve said many times on this blog, lighting is key to good photography, and that’s also true for good videography.  …

PIXEL K80RGB Lighting Kit review – wonderfully bright but fatally flawed Read More

Strap Bandits Basket Glen Watch Band for Apple Watch review

REVIEW – My wife purchased a Series 6 Apple Watch earlier this year and had to settle for buying Apple’s unattractive sports band to go with it.  I recently reviewed Bellroy’s watch strap, which is a nice upgrade for when she wants to look a bit classier.  She really likes the strap, but she also …

Strap Bandits Basket Glen Watch Band for Apple Watch review Read More

UREVO Folding Treadmill review – too many problems

REVIEW – Lately I’ve been making an effort to be a little healthier while around the home.  The first step was to add a sit-stand desk to my home office setup, which allows me to stand and stretch during meetings at work.  The second step is to add a treadmill, which will allow me to …

UREVO Folding Treadmill review – too many problems Read More

This is the craziest umbrella I’ve ever seen!

NEWS – If it’s raining, you need an umbrella to stay dry, right?  Not according to maker Ivan Miranda.  He 3D printed a motorized hat with an internal propeller that uses a curtain of air to keep the rain off.  Ivan does a fabulous job of walking through the engineering process, explaining how he designed …

This is the craziest umbrella I’ve ever seen! Read More

Flexispot Kana Pro Standing Desk review

REVIEW – I’m a software guy, working in the areas of DevOps, cloud engineering, and data modeling.  What does that really mean?  Just this:  I spend a lot of time sitting, working on my computer at my desk, and I don’t spend nearly enough time during the day standing, walking, or exercising.  As I’m a …

Flexispot Kana Pro Standing Desk review Read More