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.

WaterField is preparing us for “the other side” with their new Air Caddy

NEWS – Hey! Do you folks remember when we rode in airplanes regularly? And we actually left the house to “go to work?” Yeah, me neither. But the fine folks at WaterField Bags in San Francisco are providing inspiration toward the end of sheltering in place and resuming air travel and once again enjoying this …

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Bruce Charles Designs spinning tops review

REVIEW – There are fiddly little things that we Gadgeteers like to see, touch, and have around us. For some, it’s little (or big) action figures, trade-show tchotchkes, or gaming miniatures. For some, it’s a stress ball, worry stone, or a fidget spinner. And, for some, it is highly precision-made things of beauty. The Schulte …

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Sandmarc iPhone lenses review

REVIEW – Photography has entered another new age. With each move, from glass to tin to film to electronic sensors, changes arose in how images were captured. Now, we are in an era of Computational Photography, where large-scale computing within our tiny phones can put together data from those sensors and construct images of nature …

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LA Police Gear Men’s Basic Operator Pant review

REVIEW – With all the gear Gadgeteers carry around, where do we carry it all? Some opt for bags, some for slings or belt clip-ons. And some of us just use pockets. (Sorry ladies, I know this is a sore point, but I’m not a clothing designer. I’m just reporting the news.) One of the …

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Speidel Twist-O-Flex Apple Watch band review

REVIEW – Bands for the Apple Watch have become yet another cottage industry spawned by a technology product, right on the heels of iPhone cases, screen covers, and USB chargers. One of the most nostalgic entries into this category I was recently sent is the Twist-O-Flex band from Speidel. I’ve been wearing it pretty much …

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MOFT-Z is a 4-position standing desk in the size of a magazine

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – MOFT (Mobile Office for Travelers) just launched their latest Kickstarter project – the MOFT Z. Billed as the world’s first invisible sit-stand laptop desk, it is an origami-inspired stand that has 3 seated angles and will extend to 10 inches in seconds, to allow you to place your laptop or tablet high enough …

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Tech21 Studio Colour Phone 11 Pro Max case review

REVIEW – Protective cases are almost a given for smartphones, since, as I tell my customers, they are basically “two slabs of glass that are allergic to both gravity and water, which are pretty common things around here.” Tech21 has been building cases for several years that provide great drop protection without making your phone …

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RAVPower Portable Charger 10,000 PD review

REVIEW – The world of power banks is changing. Manufacturers are using newer circuits to better protect your devices while allowing them to get the full measure of power offered by the various batteries they are connected to. RAVPower, no stranger to this website, has recently released the smallest 10,000 mAh battery pack I have …

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Cleer Audio FLOW II headphones review

REVIEW – We live in a hyper-connected world. Almost everyone we see on the street, for better or worse, is wearing a listening device on their ears. If you need to filter out background noise, having noise-cancellation in your listening devices greatly aids audio performance, and can allow you to listen at a much lower …

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Stomp Bluetooth Page Turner and App Controller review

REVIEW – I have performed music since the age of three. Usually, I memorize lyrics and tunes, but lately, I have played more with a chart or fake book or just a lyric sheet. Being that these things are now totally electronic (i.e., on my iPad), reaching up to flip to the next page involves …

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Victorinox SwissChamp knife review

REVIEW – Intro paragraph The Swiss Army Officer’s Knife has a reputation as the original multi-tool. MacGyver made them famous by using one to craft improvised tools, traps, and defensive weapons out of whatever was on hand. We were recently sent the ultimate model of the Swiss Army knife – the Victorinox SwissChamp! I’ve been …

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