Joe Porletto

Joe became a Maker at the age of ten after piecing together a Sinclair ZX80 that his grandfather had given him. The bug bit him hard and he’s been tinkering, building, deconstructing and generally creating gadgetry mayhem ever since. Joe lives in Seattle with Addy, his rescue pitty, and Chino, his blind kitty.

Fix It Sticks – The Works Gun Field Maintenance Kit review

REVIEW – I’ve acquired quite a few new hobbies in the past year. The reasons for that are simple; global pandemic, boredom, no social life to speak of, etc. But what I can’t figure out is why each new hobby seems to be more costly than the last. There’s a clear, indirect relationship between my …

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AVerMedia PW315 1080p Wide Angle Webcam review

REVIEW – Since working from home became the standard for me, along with millions of others, I’ve started to upgrade a lot of the equipment I use most frequently for my job. One item that has long needed upgrading is my webcam. I’ve been working remotely and attending endless daily video meetings for close to …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Joe Porletto

ARTICLE – Having spent the majority of my life living and working in NYC, I’ve gotten pretty adept at making the best of small spaces. From the tiny one-room apartments I used to live in, to the slightly less tiny studios and startups I’ve worked for, space in NYC is always at a premium. Now …

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AUKEY KM-G12 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard review

REVIEW – Working from home has brought about some serious challenges for a lot of people. Along with those challenges are some headaches that just aren’t quite as severe, but annoying nonetheless. For those of us who split our time between working and playing on the same computer, trying to find a setup that works …

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Govee Flow Pro Wi-Fi TV Light Bars review

REVIEW – Since it’s pretty much impossible to see movies in a theatre right now, I’ve been looking for ways to make my home cinema experience a bit more exciting. One easy fix was to add backlighting, also known as bias lighting, to my television. Bias lighting helps increase picture contrast and reduce eye strain …

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DEPSTECH DS430 Dual-Lens Industrial Endoscope review

REVIEW – I have a lot of hobbies. Unfortunately for me, most of my hobbies require expensive equipment that constantly need maintenance. As a result, I’ve learned to make a lot of my own repairs and over the years I’ve acquired a good amount of specialty tools. Every year or so though I come across …

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Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC review

REVIEW – I work for a software company that is obsessed with security. The training sessions, emails, and reminders are endless, and with very good reason. Security, particularly the cyber variety, is a huge headache for everyone from national governments all the way down to corner bodegas and regular people like me. According to a …

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GameSir X2 Type-C Mobile Gaming Controller review

REVIEW – During this global pandemic everyone is slowly making their way through, video games have offered many a welcomed respite from the daily challenges they’re facing. Gaming subscriptions and purchases are on the rise compared to the same period pre-pandemic and this influx of interest and dollars is helping drive a lot of innovation, …

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JLAB Audio Talk USB Microphone review

REVIEW – Since a good portion of the country’s workforce has shifted into a work-from-home scenario, tools that make working from home a little easier have been in great demand. My personal work-from-home setup was severely lacking in the audio department. Constantly having to don a headset for all of the neverending video and audio …

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Acumen XR10 Digital Rearview Mirror review

REVIEW – As dashcams become more popular and affordable, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. Device manufacturer Acumen took a novel approach to the problem by mating a dashcam with a rearview camera and using your car’s standard rearview mirror as a mount for the screen. Even though installation …

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