Julie Strietelmeier

I created The Gadgeteer in 1997 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets which began when I was a little kid. Some of my other interests include ukulele, photography, productivity hacks, and minimalism. Learn more about me and my favorite gear.

Orangewood Guitars Harper Concert Acacia Ukulele review

REVIEW – If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play an instrument but were intimidated with all the keys on a piano or guitars with 6 strings, you should consider trying a ukulele. They are easy to learn, don’t take up a lot of room (unless you get addicted and start collecting them), and they …

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The struggle is over! This gadget will let you cut a straight piece of wrapping paper

NEWS – Most people fall into one of two camps. Those who like to wrap gifts because the result looks awesome and those who really suck at wrapping gifts. One way to get from group B into group A is to be able to cut a straight piece of wrapping paper. Unless the paper has …

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Here’s a diy multi-tool kit for your kids

NEWS – Have your kids seen your multi-tools and wanted one of their own but aren’t old enough for such a tool? The Wooden Multi-Tool Kit from CRKT is the perfect alternative. It’s a DIY kit that comes with all the parts needed to construct a model of a multi-tool. Recommended for kids ages 7 …

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Multi-tool news, Theragun, Grovemade headphone stand, and more – Weekly roundup

NEWS – If you’re new here or if you have been visiting for decades, Saturday afternoons are a great time to relax and catch up on some gadget news, articles, and reviews. We have all three for you this week so enjoy this complete listing of all our posts from the past 7 days. ARTICLES …

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Carved wood and resin thin wireless charger review

REVIEW – Phone gear and accessories are normally not described as beautiful because the majority of them are made of black plastic. That might be the favorite color most men, but for those of you out there (men and women) who like a little your gear to look unique, check out the wood and resin …

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Galen Leather A5 Leather Zip Folio review

REVIEW – I’m a journal, notebook, stationery, and pen addict, so if someone offers me any of the above to review, it’s crazy hard for me to resist. When the kind folks at Galen Leather Co., offered me one of their A5 Leather Zip Folios AND some of their notebooks, the word no didn’t come …

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Thumb rings might look weird, but this one makes music

NEWS – Guitar players can take their music to the next level with the Guitar Ring from Muca. It might look like an ordinary ring that has been designed to be worn on your thumb, but it’s actually a percussive instrument. Check out the video below to see/hear what I mean. The Muca website doesn’t …

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Here’s another unique multi-tool for your EDC collection

NEWS – We first told you about the TAG SUPRA folding multi-tool back in February of 2018 when it was seeking funding on Kickstarter. Now they are offering their credit card-sized tools to the public. The TAG SUPRA is available in either Titanium or stainless steel versions and features a set of pliers, a knife, …

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Pixel 4 XL, unique multi-tools, iPhone 11 Pro cases, and more – Weekly roundup

NEWS – Checking out a full listing of all the articles, reviews, and news that we posted in the last 7 days is the perfect way to wrap up the week. Enjoy! ARTICLES Julie’s gadget diary – The Pixel 4 XL makes me want to switch to an iPhone November 5, 2019 by Julie Strietelmeier …

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SwitchBot now makes a robot that closes your curtains

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Making your home smarter is awesome. For example, I love my Neato Botvac robot vacuums and my Liftmaster WLED smart garage door opener. But one thing I don’t yet have are smart curtains because they are expensive and I’m a little intimidated to install them myself. And that’s why I’m so interested …

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Shark IQ Robot vacuum with self-empty base review

REVIEW – When a gadget becomes popular we get offered a lot of those gadgets for review. After a while, it can become a little boring to review yet another one of those gadgets. Robot vacuums are in that category for me right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love using them in my home, …

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Logitech MX Keys keyboard and MX Master 3 mouse review

REVIEW – I’ve been using a Logitech Craft keyboard and a Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse for over 2 years. I’ve always liked Logitech’s keyboards and mice because they are comfortable to use and well made. When I was offered the chance to review the MX Master 3 mouse and the MX Keys keyboard, …

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FLUX beamo CO2 laser cutter/engraver review

REVIEW – Crafters, makers, and DIYers will be excited about the beamo CO2 laser cutter/engraver from FLUX which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Let’s take it for a test drive. What’s is it? beamo is an easy to use small tabletop unit that will allow you to cut and/or engrave a variety of materials …

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Just when you thought all multi-tools looked the same, there’s this one

NEWS – Here’s an unusual EDC multi-tool worth taking a look at. It’s the strangely named SMALLRIG Folding Screwdriver Kit Hunter. It features seven tools that include a flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, Allen wrenches, and Torx T25 drivers. The flat screwdriver slides out with a push of a button, while the other drivers fold out …

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