Smythe Richbourg

A gadget nerd from childhood, Smythe has always been drawn to solving everyday problems with clever tools. An Apple fan since his Mac Plus in 1987, he's sure the company will one day do great things, despite being perpetually doomed by their competition.

Nuwave Brio 6-quart air fryer review

REVIEW – Pandemic cooking is a thing. Other than bread baking, I think the most articles I have seen have mentioned air fryers. I tried one in the before times but returned it due to its size and the noise. But recently, an opportunity was presented to the Gadgeteer Squad to test the Nuwave Brio …

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Zagg Messenger Folio 2 for the iPad Pro 10.5” review

REVIEW – I’ve been using Bluetooth keyboards with iPads since the original model shipped in 2010. I’ve mostly used them separate from the case, however, because the original sized iPads were smaller, which made the keys tinier on those keyboards. Recently, I was sent the Zagg Messenger Folio 2 for the iPad Pro 10.5”, and …

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Ucam Private HD Security Camera review – with 100% data privacy

REVIEW – As data breaches become more common, there is a growing desire for secure online storage of data, particularly from in-home security cameras. No one wants to feel they are being spied on, and with unknown security practices in the data storage area of large companies (despite statements from wealthy CEOs to the contrary), …

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Gig Gear Cam-a-lot chair-mounted green screen background review

REVIEW – The move to remote work brought about by the current pandemic has forced a lot of us to be on-camera much more than previously. For those of us who don’t have an area we can use to create a camera-friendly background, virtual screens have become a life-saver. But many things in the actual …

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Jabra Speak 750 conference call speaker review

REVIEW – Raise your hand if you’re quite over the fact that every meeting and relationship that used to take place in person is now a video-conference. The fuzzy video, poor lighting, and Carl, who can’t ever seem to keep his mike muted are grating on everyone’s last nerve. (You hear that, Carl!!) Well, one …

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Android Nougat security certificates are expiring in 2021

NEWS – Came across this news item recently, and haven’t heard much about it elsewhere. Turns out the 7.1.1 version of Android (Nougat) may not be able to access secure websites starting in 2021, unless you update their operating system. I’m not worried about those who read The Gadgeteer who are in the Android camp, …

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SandMarc Motion Filter Variable Neutral Density Filter for iPhone review

REVIEW – Photography, as we’ve stated before, has a lot to do with light, and today’s gadgets let you create, filter, and otherwise adjust the light getting into your phone’s camera in myriad ways. Recently, I was sent the Motion Filter, a variable Neutral Density filter for iPhone from SandMarc, a company that makes quite …

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The pandemic has caused a resurgence of gadgets

NEWS – While those of us here at The Gadgeteer are constantly checking out various gadgets, it seems a large part of the world had been falling prey to the “let the smartphone do it” syndrome. At least it was, before the recent global pandemic and resulting quarantine brought back uses for small, single-purpose items. …

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SandMarc ProLight RGB review

REVIEW – With the huge improvements in camera phones lately, the procedures for getting better shots have migrated from the “megapixel/lens” level of discussion to such perennial photography topics as light quality management and filters. To this end, SandMarc has recently released two light sources that promise much more control over some of these issues. …

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Sansi SGLEDs outdoor floodlight review

REVIEW – During this pandemic, many of us have been spending more time at home, and have possibly added lighting to our outdoor areas for variety and interest. I was recently sent a sample from Sansi of their SGLEDs outdoor floodlight, and have been amazed at the depth of color and flexibility of this single …

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Booē Waterproof DayPack backpack review

REVIEW – Summertime is here, and with it, trips to traditionally wet and sandy places. But, as Gadgeteers, can we really enjoy the beach, lakeside, or pool without our gadgets? What about the severe reaction to water and sand that electronics are susceptible to? Won’t someone think of the gadgets!?!?! Booē (pronounced like the water …

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Onson Goovi D380 Robot Vacuum review

REVIEW – There are certain trade-offs we have to make when living indoors and using technology. One is that we need to keep things relatively clean, or the dust bunnies and hair-ball tumbleweeds will cause our tech to heat up and malfunction. Of course, for technical folks, there are technical solutions to all problems, and …

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GameSir T4 Pro multi-platform game controller review

REVIEW – Gaming has taken a hard turn into mobile of late. Used to be, you had to get a fancy PC rig or a console to have the speed and video rendering capabilities needed for action-filled, high-processor games. Now, many phones or tablets can play pretty heavy-duty titles. But what about the control aspect …

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Taotronics Wide Coverage Air Purifier review

REVIEW – Many of us have been spending much more time inside with family during this lockdown. Over the spring, it was nice to have outside air filtering in, but that also meant pollen. And now, with summer, comes no outside air and stuffy pollutants. Happily, I was recently sent the Taotronics Wide Coverage Air …

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