James Garriss

Raspberry Pi drops microcontroller, and it’s only $4!

NEWS – The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been building mini computers for years now.  I have one on my local network that hosts PiHole.  Recently they’ve decided to dip their toes into some new water:  microcontrollers.  They just released the Raspberry Pi Pico, a small microcontroller board that only costs $4!  If you’re ever wanted …

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Kensington SD5600T Dock review – Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and 7 USB ports!

REVIEW – Earlier this year I was able to upgrade to a new 16-inch MacBookPro for my work computer.  I love this laptop; it’s fast, powerful, and responsive, a perfect computer for programming and engineering work.  Like all Apple laptops, it suffers from a shortage of ports; it has four Thunderbolt 3 ports with USB-C …

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LEVEL8 Elegance Carry-On Luggage review

REVIEW – We didn’t travel much in 2020 due to COVID; instead, we chose to be cautious and hang out at home a lot.  Hopefully things will look better in 2021, especially if these vaccines work well.  If they do, then we’ll definitely take a vacation or two.  Maybe we’ll head down to Myrtle Beach, …

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HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset +7.1 review

REVIEW – HyperX recently announced a new high-end headset that is targeted at “the elite PC or console gamer.”  Gamers are the typical audience for HyperX—their motto is “we’re all gamers”—but in an interesting twist, the webpage for the Revolver says that it’s great for working from home and for online education.  I’m a teleworking …

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Should you grab a DJI drone while you can?

NEWS – Are you big of drones and quadcopters and other flying machines?  Here at The Gadgeteer, we are certainly are!  We’ve reviewed three different drones this year (along with one other I’m-not-really-sure-what-it-is).  If you’re into drones, you’re probably already familiar with the name DJI, a maker of high-end drones.  What you might not know …

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Function101 Button Remote review – A better remote for your Apple TV

REVIEW – I’ve used Apple TVs for several years, and I really like them.  The hardware is high quality, and the software is easy to use.  There’s one thing about the Apple TV, however, that I really don’t like:  The remote.  It’s so minimalistic that it’s often a pain to use.  Entering text at a …

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ESHLDTY T1 RGB Waterproof Power Tower power strip review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Power strips are just power strips, right?  There’s nothing interesting or amazing about them.  Some are wide, some are tall, some are round, some are square, but they are still all basically the same.  Along comes ESHLDTY, and they put some modifiers on a power strip that are not expected, words like …

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Andar Helm leather MacBook Pro case review

REVIEW – We live in a world where most gadgets are made from plastic or metal, and where they are often more functional than beautiful.  Last year I reviewed a pair of handmade, leather wallets from Godbolé, and I fell in love with their craftsmanship and the beauty of full grain leather.  Can this same …

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TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Wireless Earbuds review

REVIEW – In the evenings I like to kick back and relax by watching videos on my iPad.  Usually I’m watching a movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime, videos on YouTube, or a Dota 2 tournament on Twitch.  For my audio, I typically use a pair of Apple headphones, the older wired variety.  Lately I’ve …

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