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June 27, 2016 • Reviews

ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard and Detachable Case Is a Must-Have for Your Apple 9.7″ iPad Pro

I had the original iPad Pro but found the size a bit of a challenge. When the smaller 9.7″ iPad Pro was released, I jumped on it. It works with the Apple Pencil but is the same size and weight as the iPad Air 2. The $129.99 ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard makes my favorite …

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June 19, 2016 • Reviews

With the JBL CLIP 2, Summer Just Got a New BFF

We are fans of JBL audio products and the new JBL Clip 2 is no exception. The small Bluetooth speaker packs a punch, but that’s just the beginning. It gets great battery life, doubles as a speakerphone, has an integrated carabiner clip, and for good measure is waterproof. And with a price under $60, it’s …

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June 15, 2016 • Reviews

Ultimate Ears Rolls Out the UE ROLL 2

“Designed to take your music wherever, whenever, UE ROLL 2 is the perfect musical companion for your next adventure.” That’s how Ultimate Ears describes the new UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker. I describe it as a worthy update to one of my favorite portable Bluetooth speakers. It offers all-around improvements AND is under $100! The …

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June 11, 2016 • Editorials

Welcome Home; Now That’s Smart

Raina and I closed on our new home last month. It is on a lovely street with gorgeous, architectural homes. Ours is not one of them. No, we bought a cute, and fairly non-descript split level. We love it and, along with a traditional renovation, we are updating the technology; here’s what is going into …

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June 1, 2016 • News

The WaterField Designs Duo Dopp Kit Is a Great Father’s Day (or Self’s Day) Gift

I love Waterfield products and always get excited when they introduce something new. In this case, “something new” is their new Duo Dopp Kit. The Duo Dopp Kit is designed for both daily use and travel use and is a fantastic way to organize grooming items. It works great for organizing and carrying tech gear …

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May 24, 2016 • Reviews

Libratone ZIPP, Is It Worth the Extra $50 Over the ZIPP MINI?

We recently took a look at the new Libratone ZIPP MINI. I was impressed with the design, the features and, especially, the sound. The ZIPP MINI is, as the name suggests, the smaller version of the Libratone ZIPP. That begs the question, what do you get for the extra $50 you’ll pay for the regular …

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May 15, 2016 • Reviews

Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard Is a Multi-tasking Maven

In a span of just minutes, I may find myself switching from a task on my iPhone 6S to a different task on my iPad Pro, to a third task on my MacBook Pro, and then back again. The Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard was designed for people like me and, I suspect, like you.

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May 10, 2016 • Sponsored

#ad Diamond Tears On-Ear Headphones (Rose Gold) via Apollo Box

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are mine. I have reviewed the Monster Diamond Tears on-ear headphones previously, but this time, I am reviewing them through the online store called Apollo Box. Although these fashion headphones aren’t my style, but they are comfortable, sound great, and they make a statement.

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May 9, 2016 • Reviews

Libratone ZIPP MINI Is a Great-Sounding Reboot of One of My Favorite Speakers

The Libratone ZIPP was one of my all-time favorite speakers. It looked great, sounded amazing, and let you customize the look with exchangeable covers. With portable AirPlay it was as close to the perfect speaker for an iOS-user as you could find. Now Libratone has rebooted the ZIPP and they are offering the smaller, and …

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May 3, 2016 • Deals

Gear Diary’s Review of the Eve Mattress Featured on Their Site: Check It Out and Save!

We recently reviewed the Eve Mattress. A British company fast making inroads into the US market, the mattress is remarkably comfortable and priced amazingly well. Better yet, Eve Mattress has agreed to offer Gear Diary readers a special discount for the next two weeks! That’s right, you can save an EXTRA $100 on a great …

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May 3, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Backs Up, Frees Up and Entertains in a Flash!

When the iPhone 6S came out I went for the maximum storage, 128GB. On my 9.7″ iPad Pro I went with 128GB again despite the fact that 256GB was available. That’s a ton of storage but, with the way I am using the iPad now it actually isn’t enough. Thank goodness for the new SanDisk …

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April 29, 2016 • Reviews

Logi BASE from Logitech Is a Smart Connecting Charging Stand That’s Super Smart

Logi BASE from Logitech is the first non-Apple iPad accessory I’ve tried  that uses the new iPad Pro Smart Connector. Not only does Smart Connector work with Apple’s keyboard case so you don’t need to pair via Bluetooth but it also can serve as a charging port. That what the Logi BASE does, and it is …

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April 24, 2016 • Reviews

Raumfeld Stereo M Bookshelf Speakers: For Those Who Love to Rock!

There’s a new player in the high-end U.S. home audio market and they’re gonna blow you away. Raumfeld’s initial stateside offerings are impressive. We’ll be looking at three of their products in this series of reviews. First up are the oh so impressive Raumfeld Stereo M Bookshelf Speakers. These speakers get seriously loud and sound …

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April 20, 2016 • Reviews

V-MODA ZN In-Ear Limited Edition Headphones Serve Up Audiophile Quality Sound On the Go

The V-MODA ZN In-Ear Headphones offer luxurious materials, deliver top acoustics engineering, embody military-level durability, and are remarkably comfortable. In short, these $180 in-ear monitors are among the best I have tried. They look amazing and sound even better. They are the only in-ear headphones you need. Bottom line…I love them and they have become …

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April 12, 2016 • Reviews

Monowear Bands Dress Up Your Apple Watch!

At their last event Apple introduced the iPhone SE, the 9.7″ iPad Pro and…new overpriced bands for the Apple Watch. Let’s face it, the Apple Watch is pretty great and being able to customize it with swappable bands is nice. Still, Apple overcharges for their spare bands. (I know! How shocking?!) That’s where Monowear comes …

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April 7, 2016 • Reviews

Phiaton BT 460 Let You Cut the Cord and Keep the Sound

We recently took a look at the latest in-ear headphones from Phiaton. While not a familiar brand to most, the company produces great audio products and deserves a look. Case in point: the Phiaton BT 460 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. Comfortable and great sounding, they have an MSRP of $249 but can be had at Amazon …

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April 6, 2016 • Reviews

Phiaton MS 300 BA Hybrid Earphones Offer Great Sound at a Good Price

Phiaton isn’t a brand name when it comes to audio products. (It isn’t a brand name for any products actually.) It should be. Their headphones have consistently impressed me and their new Phiaton MS 300 BA Hybrid Earphones are no exception. They look good. They are comfortable. They sound good. And you can get them …

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Moshi IonBank 10K Has Style, Features and a Huge Battery

We have the chance to review a lot of external batteries on the site. For one to stand out these days it has to have an amazing industrial design, special features or a shockingly low price. The Moshi IonBank 10K has great industrial design and numerous special features. It’s just under $100 but, hey, two …

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Waterfield Staad Attaché

Yes, Waterfield, one of my favorite bag and case companies, has done it again. The Waterfield Staad Attaché takes its cues from the Staad Backpack Judie and I reviewed some time back and brings its amazing design features to an attaché case that is small and easy to carry but large enough for your iPad …

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March 29, 2016 • News

ZAGG’s Ready for the iPhone SE and 9.7″ iPad Pro. Are You?

It should come as no surprise that ZAGG is already rolling out protection and accessories for the new Apple iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. First out of the gate is InvisibleShield Screen Protection for both devices and keyboards for the new iPad Pro. Personally, I’m most excited for the ZAGG SlimBook’s protection and …

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March 28, 2016 • Reviews

Timbuk2 Command TSA Friendly Laptop Is Ready to Go!

Timbuk2 describes the Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack as “a dressed up TSA-compliant backpack for road warriors.” All I know is I’m a huge fan. I’ve used it for my last three trips and it served me quite well. It looks good, is well made and keeps my gear safe and organized on the go. And …

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