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August 27, 2016 • Reviews

The Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat is So Smart and Cool That It’s Hot!

Raina and I continue to add smart features to our home. We love the Haiku Smart Fan we installed and reviewed here on Gear Diary. (Read the review!) The next step in the process was adding a smart thermostat. I received a Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat for review. This second generation unit is small but …

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August 22, 2016 • Reviews

OnePlus 3 Equals an Awesome Android Phone for Under $400

Just about twice a year I leave my iPhone behind and flirt with Android phones for a period of time. Most of the time I’m happy to get back to my iPhone. Most recently, however, the transition back to iOS was tough. I was using the OnePlus 3 and absolutely loved it. Raina, however, wanted …

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August 16, 2016 • Reviews

You’ll Snap Your Fingers for the Libratone ONE Click Portable Speaker

I’m a huge fan of Libratone’s speakers. We reviewed the first generation of the ZIPP here on Gear Diary when it first came out, and the current iteration of the ZIPP (which added Bluetooth) in both sizes a few months ago. Now we are looking at the Libratone ONE Click and … I love it.

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August 14, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector Will Keep the Tickets at Bay

Some people habitually drive too fast. For them, a good Radar Detector is a great way to keep tickets at bay. For me, however, a good radar detector is an effective reminder to pay attention and watch my speed. The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector is just such a tool, and it is an impressive one …

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August 12, 2016 • Reviews

HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer Truly Delivers a Mobile Office

Your computer is now thin, powerful, and gets great battery life. Your tablet is even thinner, often just as powerful, and gets even better battery life. Your workflow is truly mobile. And yet, if you want to print a document, you need to go into the office. Thanks to the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer, …

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August 10, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2 Makes Your iPad Air 2 More Productive Than Ever

The right keyboard case for your iPad Air 2 will not only keep your tablet investment safe but makes using the iPad more productive than ever. The $149.99 Incipio ClamCase+ iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard is such a case. It offers a variety of uses, a nice assortment of specialty keys, and it even offers …

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August 8, 2016 • Giveaways, Reviews

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones Review and Giveaway!

I tried a pair of bone conducting headphones a few years ago. The idea behind them caught my eye and I found the technology quite interesting. Unfortunately, the sound didn’t capture my ears. They were barely passable. Fast forward a few years. Will the Trekz Titanium pass muster? Read on to find out and to …

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August 7, 2016 • News

My @Starbucks Summer Blogger’s Box Is Filled With Delicious Summer Drinks

While the back to school sales are already in full force, the summer isn’t quite over. Starbucks sent me a Starbucks Blogger Package of delicious summer goodness that is perfect to enjoy the last weeks of the slow warm season. Let’s take a look at what was in this box!

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

With the Bodyguardz Shock Case and SpyGlass, Your iPhone 6S is Safe from Drops and Prying Eyes

The iPhone is rather delicate, so a good case can be the difference between pristine and trashed. The iPhone has all your important information, so a privacy screen protector can keep your private information private. With the BodyGuardz Shock Case and SpyGlass Screen Protector, you get dual protection without adding significant weight and bulk. The …

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

The Moshi Endura iPhone 6S Case and System Is an iPhone 6S Case for Active People

Moshi makes some fantastic accessories for mobile devices. Their Endura Case is one example. It is not only Moshi’s toughest case, but it also works with two fantastic accessories that are perfect for active people who love their iPhone. The three parts of the system are pricey but are worth it for people those who …

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August 3, 2016 • Reviews

A Skeptic’s Review of ActiveEdge Gear

When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product.

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August 2, 2016 • Reviews

Tune Up Your Morning Routine with the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with Bluetooth Speakerphone

Raina and I are finishing up the first phase of our home renovation. When we set out to redo the kitchen and both of the upstairs bathrooms one of my goals was to add smart features wherever possible and have speakers in each and every room. That’s where the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with …

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July 26, 2016 • Editorials

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

After a week in Israel, I met Raina and we set out on a road trip to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and now Bryce and Zion National Parks. For cameras, Raina brought her iPhone 6 while I brought my iPhone 6S and the OnePlus 3 I am currently reviewing. Do we regret not bringing dedicated …

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July 20, 2016 • News

Ztylus Pencil Case Makes Apple Pencil More Pen and Pencily

I bought the smaller Apple iPad Pro for one primary purpose: I wanted to be able to use the Apple Pencil to create handwritten notes. But the Pencil is so long and thin that it gets uncomfortable. With this Ztylus Pencil Case that problem is solved. It’s an inexpensive iPad Pro accessory I know I’ll …

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July 11, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s Cove Is a One Stop Charging Shop

Raina and I are setting up our newly remodeled home and thinking through how to be keep it organized. One challenge? With iPhones and iPads, laptops and more we’re the epitome of the multi-device household. We want to avoid having a tangle of cables and wall adapters. That’s where the Cove comes in. Cove is …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Torque Audio t096z Are Six High-End In-Ear Headphones in One!

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to review some incredible earphones but never before have I experienced anything like the Torque Audio t096z. This one pair of earphones is actually six different pair, thanks to the innovative use of 6 different TorqueValves. Each offers a different sound in order to meet …

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July 9, 2016 • Reviews

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Sports Headset for the Win!

Can a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that sell on Amazon for under $60 sound decent? That’s the question I brought with me when I began my review of the TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset. While they have an MSRP of $99.99 you can get them for $40 less on …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

Haiku Series L Fan with Integrated LED: It’s Like a Glorious Caribbean Breeze

When Raina and I bought our house, I knew I wanted to add ceiling fans and smart functionality. (I know, you are shocked!) The Haiku Ceiling Fan from Big Ass Fans covers both of those “wants”, and the company was kind enough to send a Series L fan along with their Wall Control Module that …

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July 6, 2016 • Reviews

Brooklyn Bedding Has “One Mattress to Rule Them All”

Brooklyn Bedding’s website offers the tagline “One Mattress to Rule Them All.” It’s an interesting statement but slightly inaccurate. You see, this is the third “bed in a box” I’ve reviewed, and it’s the one that offers the most options. In addition to a range of sizes, it also offers a range of firmness. And …

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June 30, 2016 • Reviews

JBL Charge 3 Offers Kick-Ass Waterproof Sound with Power to Go

JBL describes the JBL Charge 3 as a “waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with a high-capacity battery to charge your portable devices.” Available in black, blue, grey, red and teal, the speaker puts out serious sound, can go pretty much anywhere you want to go and doubles as an external battery for your smartphone. At $149.95 …

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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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