James Garriss

Hauswrit Grind & Brew Coffee Maker review

REVIEW – Our kids are in college now, but one day they’ll graduate—or so we hope—and they’ll head out on their own.  They’ll get a job, get a car, and get an apartment.  As a parent, I’m always trying to look ahead and help my kids to figure out what they’ll need to kit out …

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Sleepgram Bamboo Sheet Set and Silk Pillowcase review

REVIEW – Over the years, my wife and I have tried a variety of different materials for sheets and pillowcases, including cotton, flannel, satin, silk, and microfiber.  All have their place.  Some are warmer, and some are cooler.  Some are rougher, and others are smoother.  For the past three weeks my wife and I have …

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TONOR TRL-20 Ring Light Kit review

REVIEW – Part of being a writer for the Gadgeteer is also being a photographer.  We have to take all our own pictures of the products that we review.  I don’t know about the other writers, but I am not a professional photographer, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of the …

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HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse review

REVIEW – HyperX makes quality gaming gear for every type of video gamer, from professional to streamer to weekend warrior.  Their gaming mice, for example, span the gamut from 11-button programmable to the wireless Pulsefire Dart to RGB lighting.  HyperX recently announced the newest member of their gaming mice lineup, the lightweight Pulsefire Haste. What …

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IMALENT UT90 Predator Flashlight review

REVIEW – I live in a neighborhood that’s out in a more rural part of the county.  There are not many streetlights here, and it’s rather dark at night.  I’ve added a pair of motion-sensing lights for the driveway and a solar-powered, motion-sensing floodlight for the back porch, but there’s still a lot of my …

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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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