Smythe Richbourg

Carrying around enough potential energy to fuel our increasing appetite for connectivity is a never ending balancing act. Hardware engineers make energy-efficient phones and tablets, and Developers respond with ever-increasingly sticky apps and websites. Engineers make better, lighter, more efficient batteries, and we leave them on longer and whine that the device is larger. Into… Read More

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The first phone earpiece I got was from a company called Jabra. I thought it a funny name, but due to the build quality and excellent functionality, I came to trust that name. I was recently sent my third product from the company, the Jabra Speak 710. It’s in a crowded category, but, to me… Read More

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We all know the logic: the larger the speaker, the better the bass. With headphones, this means that over-the-ear units are going to sound better than similar quality on-ear or earbud units. So I was really excited when I was offered the SoundMagic BT100s to test. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a… Read More

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(Updated 30 March 2017 to reflect ability of Hammo TV to connect to two headsets at once.) There are times you want to watch TV, not the computer, and those in the general vicinity don’t really want to hear the sound. (This is known as an opportunity for innovation, or the start of an argument… Read More

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How many of you wake to sounds from your smartphone, charging on or near your bed? How many of you still have a clock in your bedroom for timekeeping (not for decoration)? These two questions will determine your interest in the latest gadget to cross my review desk: the Sandman Alarm Clock. Note: Photos may… Read More

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We all need to listen to things on our devices from time to time without the distraction of other noises, or without causing interruption to those around us. Earbuds are the quick-and-dirty solution, but if you’re watching a movie, or sitting down for a good long study/work session, you’re going to want something a little… Read More

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From almost the very first day selling iPads, I was asked some version of this question: “Can I control my Mac with it?” Over the half-decade since the launch of the iPad, that answer has moved from “sorta” to “yes, and there are a few solutions, but they are really hinky” to, finally, “Yes. Full… Read More

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Cases for smartphones are a constant subject of review here on The Gadgeteer. The latest craze I’ve seen in the case market is adding a place to store a few ID/Credit cards and some cash. The Slider, from DesignSkin, is one such case recently sent to me for testing. Note: Photos may be tapped or… Read More

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Power for USB-charged devices has been the subject of many discussions surrounding the growing “mobile-first” mindset. Since we can (and do) use these devices pretty much anywhere, it’s a safe bet that a power outlet is not going to be near where we need one. Solution? Enter the large capacity portable power source – a… Read More

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Watching video in a large format usually requires a huge TV or a projector. LED projectors have brought the price of a projector far down from what it was just a few years ago. We were offered the ELEPHAS 1200 Lumens LED Mini Video Projector to test, and I won the office pool to get it… Read More

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One can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many USB charging options. I think that’s a real saying. If not, it should be. Choetech thinks it is and has created the Q3-5U multiport USB charger to address the glaring need for more ports. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a larger image… Read More

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The items we Gadgeteers schlep around rivals the best standing armies on earth for pure variety and sophistication. I love seeing what others are carrying and thinking about how it may affect my regular bag contents. I don’t routinely travel or even commute for work anymore, so my EDC kit tends to match whatever trip I… Read More

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When you’re working with or just using an iPad for long periods, a stand is essential. Whether it’s part of your case, or your keyboard, or just something you have around, it’s necessary. I have stands in almost every room of the house. Even so, when I was sent the EasyAcc Flexible Phone and Tablet… Read More

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I love my iPad Pro 12.9″, but it is so large, I really have a hard time mentally juggling it without adding a case to get more bulk. It’s just so thin! One of the first companies to step forward with a case designed for this new form factor was Logitech, with their Create keyboard… Read More

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LED Flashlights continue to multiply like Tribbles. The bright, clean light of an LED is so much better for working, wayfinding, or just searching under the bed between the dust bunnies for something dropped. Recently, we were offered a light from a new company for us, ThruNite. They have many different models to choose from and… Read More

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