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.

Moshi’s Tego Sling messenger bag offers cut-proof protection

NEWS – The tide is turning toward sling bags. Thin devices and larger screens are convincing users that bracing their device against their back is great for protecting those fragile slabs of glass from breakage. Being able to slide the sling around and not lean on it while on public transit or for security in crowds …

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Sbode M400 Multi-Function Bluetooth speaker review

  REVIEW – Music in a cylinder. Ten years ago, no one thought of having a complete music system in a handheld unit about the size of a 24-ounce can of malt liquor or a sleeve of tennis balls. Yet, on sites like ours, there are dozens of these cylinders that vie for the attention …

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Cowin E8 over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones review

REVIEW – Noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones are a great investment for this time of year. If you’re traveling, you’re probably needing the soothing envelope of your own sounds, whether it’s a podcast, an audiobook, music, or something calming like a neutral soundscape. Corded is fine, but if it’s wireless, so much the better. Cowin recently sent …

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BluFixx repair gel kit review

REVIEW – Fixing broken things is one of the Gadgeteer superpowers. We use a lot of different materials for this, and we were recently offered a new product that can fill those patching and repair needs. It’s a series of light-curing products called BluFixx. These are liquids that are designed to repair everything from your …

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Z-Edge T4 front and rear dash cam review

REVIEW – Dash cams can be a great help in an accident. If the events are not being reported accurately, showing an actual film of an accident or incident does a lot to prevent someone from “remembering” things differently. Recently, I was sent the Z-Edge T4 touchscreen dash camera, and it includes a second, rear-facing …

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Choetech Desk Charger and Car Charger review

REVIEW – As the market for wireless (primarily Qi-compatible) chargers heats up, I’m starting to enjoy the benefits of this technology. I was sent a different brand wireless car charger a good while back, but am always interested in testing the approach other makers use. I was recently sent two items from Choetech: their desk …

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Tribit XBoom IPX7 Bluetooth speaker review

REVIEW – Tribit may not be the first name you think of for Bluetooth speakers, but that is beginning to change, based on several of their last few releases. I was sent their Xboom cylinder, a black, fabric-covered monolithic unit that stands 7” high and is 2.5” in diameter. With three prominent buttons stacked in …

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Tronsmart Trim 10,000 mAh power bank review

REVIEW – By now, everyone in the world who uses technology daily has at least one power bank. Those little portable chargers that can top up your phone or iPad while away from the grid have saved everyone’s bacon at some point, I’m sure. Now, the move to USB3 is taking hold, and phones, laptops, …

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