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.

Brightech Owen Nightstand review

REVIEW – It’s back-to-school time, and folks are thinking about changing where they live, setting up dorm rooms, and generally getting ready to snuggle down and study. Having a cozy corner with a lamp and a place to sit your coffee/tea/adult beverage has been a necessity since students read by oil lamps and candles. Nowadays, …

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PurePort promises clean and clear Lightning plugs and ports

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – For iPhone users, especially the ones who put their iPhones in a pocket (isn’t that everyone?), the curse of pocket lint and random moisture tends to fill the ports of those devices with a substance that refuses to be extricated, especially once you’ve jammed the plug into it a few times when …

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VogDUO Charger Go USB-C car charger review

VogDuo Charger Go and USB-C cable

REVIEW – We all have charging units in our cars. It’s part of the Gadgeteer Code. Some of us even have power inverters that provide AC power. With today’s larger devices, however, the trickle of power our cars provide needs to be stepped up a bit for the larger phones, tablets, laptops, action cameras, and …

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Reolink Argus Eco security camera with solar charger review

REVIEW – Security cameras are everywhere. Given the advancements in camera resolution and solar technologies, the price of a solar-charged security camera that would have cost hundreds of dollars just a few short years ago is now in the realm of possibility for anyone who has property that needs securing. Reolink has several cameras, but …

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Underwater Audio Swimbuds MP3 review

REVIEW – Earbuds that can withstand sweat and weather are getting pretty common on the market, but what about waterproof sources for that sound you’re listening to? I was recently sent a set of waterproof earbuds with a built-in MP3 player designed for swimming. Is such a thing possible? I took the plunge to test …

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Nomad offers a free Lightning cable if you plant trees in the Amazon

NEWS – No one ever has enough Lighting cables, and no one who isn’t a land developer hates trees. What if you could plant trees and be given a free cable for your trouble? Nomad is offering exactly that in their Free Cable for the Planet program. Donate at least $5 to plant 5 trees …

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Baseus S17 wireless headphones review

REVIEW – Completely wireless earbuds require that the earbuds balance or seal into your ear canals through pressure, shape, or some combination of the two. There are many add-ones out there that add hooks, different shapes, and tethers for these small individual units. Baseus has created a new model – the Wireless Headphone S17 – …

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Targus CityLite Pro Compact Convertible Backpack review

REVIEW – Continuing in the trend of “commuter packs that can hold any screen, so long as it’s skinny”, we’ve got a new contender from an old friend. Add to the required main large, narrow screen sleeve a flexible set of pockets and versatile straps, and you’ve got a winner. This one is from Targus, …

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Padmate PaMu Slide TWS earbuds review

REVIEW – Wireless earbuds are being released and changed at a rapid rate. Only two years ago, there were few options. Now, companies seem to bring out new styles and feature-sets daily. Today’s model is the Slide, from PaMu. This is the third set of totally wireless earbuds I’ve reviewed from this company, and they …

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Lecone wireless charger and desk caddy review

REVIEW – Wireless charging is included in almost every smartphone these days. Since they all use the Qi charging protocol, the market is being flooded with chargers in all shapes and sizes. The latest one to pass through my hands is the Lecone Wireless charger and desk caddy. What is it? A fabric-covered wireless charger …

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