James Garriss

How the gadgets my daughter took to college are working out so far

Previously I have reviewed three different gadgets with the intention of giving them to my daughter as she headed off to her first semester of college:  the Osprey Tropos everyday backpack, the Kensington Thunderbolt 3 Nano dock, and the BunkTrunk PhD footlocker.  At the time of these reviews, I believed that each of these would …

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Altair Aerial Outlaw SE Drone with 1080p HD Camera review

REVIEW – I saw a t-shirt on Etsy that said, “A bad day flying is better than a good day working,” and in the middle was a picture of a quadcopter drone.  I love my job, but after a couple of weeks of flying Altair Aerial’s Outlaw SE, I’m inclined to agree with that t-shirt. …

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ZWraps Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps review

REVIEW – We live on planet Earth. We are stewards of our world, and as it’s the only world that we have, we should probably take care of it.  In our culture, there’s a growing awareness that as individuals and families we should live a manner that damages the Earth as little as reasonably possible.  …

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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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