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.

The BIC 4 Color multi-pen from your childhood just got an update

NEWS – Check this out pen and pencil fanatics! The wonderfully retro 4 Color multi-pen from BIC is celebrating its 50yr birthday and has been updated to now include a mechanical pencil.* You get red, blue, and black ink pens, along with a 0.7 mm retractable lead pencil that replaces the green pen that is …

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Waterfield Design wallets, Tom Bihn wallets, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – We’re back with updates to 8 reviews from last year. Click on each link below and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the dated updates. Why do we update our past reviews? Because we feel that gives our readers a better idea of how a specific product will hold …

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A multi-tool for those times when you want to feel pretty

NEWS – When most people think about multi-tools, they don’t normally think of them as being pretty. That’s where the Tulry Utility Necklace changes that. Tulry (tools + jewelry) is a multi-tool that you can wear around your neck. Its stainless steel, 14kt gold plate chevron design has removable tools that slide out to provide …

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Flexispot S6G MonitorStand Workstation review

REVIEW – Ergonomics is important when it comes to how you have your office setup. Right now there are millions of us working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s a good idea to evaluate your current work setup. Do you use a monitor? Can you raise the display so that it is …

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Spoke Designs pen, Waterfield Design’s products, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – We have 10 more review updates to share with you today from Andy Jacobs. These are all reviews that he wrote in the last year. These updates will give you an idea of how the products that we review stand up over time. Take a look at the list below and then …

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Don’t clean your glasses on your shirt tail, use Insider Cloth instead

NEWS – I wear glasses and if you also wear them, you know how easily they can get smudged. If you don’t wear glasses, then I’m sure that your phone screen gets smudged multiple times per day. Do you use your shirt to polish off the grime? It might work but that material is abrasive …

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Prune faster with these battery powered pruning shears

NEWS – These battery-powered shears popped up on my Facebook feed this morning and most of the time sponsored Facebook ads are usually for junk, but these pruners look like a dream tool for me. I’ve been imagining breezing through yard cleanup in minutes with these bad boys. They feature a trigger and a rechargeable …

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Go Hang It all-in-one picture hanging & leveling tool review – Hang pictures with fewer cuss words and tears

REVIEW – We recently did a complete remodel of the upper level of our house, but even though it’s been done for several months, we have yet to hang any artwork back on the walls. Why? We’re mainly afraid that we’ll make a mistake getting multiple framed art pieces to line up. That’s where a …

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SUNS shoes magically turn colors when you go outside in the sun

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you’re a sneakerhead, here’s a pair of shoes that are a unique addition to any shoe collection and they give back to the environment too. SUNS shoes are classically styled canvas sneakers for kids and women that turn colors when exposed to sunlight. Indoors these shoes just look like ordinary white …

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This whimsical lamp is touch controlled and charges wirelessly

NEWS – Check out the Dragonfly Lamp from EP Design Lab. It’s a self-balancing LED lamp that is made from bamboo and features touch controls and charges wirelessly on its specially designed branch stand. The Dragonfly will balance on almost anything from your finger to the edge of your laptop. With 2 brightness levels, it …

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Terraplanter, Botanium Vega planter, Roadie 3 tuner, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Today we have gadgets that will let you grow plants, play stringed instruments in tune, and more. terraplanter – visibly follow the journey from seed to plant What is it? The terraplanter is a specially designed planter that you can use to grow plants without worrying about under and overwatering. Why do …

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