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September 1, 2016 • Reviews

Jackery Jewel Lightning Power Cable Review: Sync, Charge, and Power!

Most of us keep a charging cable (or two) in our bags or in our car, and many of us keep an extended battery pack in our bags. Sometimes it’s a bit much to carry that extra battery, but if you carry the Jackery Jewel lightning Power Cable, you’ll have a two-in-one power solution.

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August 31, 2016 • News, Reviews

A Force to Be Reckoned with: Moto Z Force Droid Edition Review

I have had my Nexus 6 for over a year, and while it was still good, I really like the fingerprint reader on my work’s iPhone and wanted a MicroSD card. So I upgraded to a Moto Z Force Droid Edition  from Verizon. Is it a worthy replacement to my trusty Nexus 6? So far, it …

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August 31, 2016 • News, Reviews

The Tile Slim Is the Best Thing In Your Wallet Besides Money

A few of us here at Gear Diary are very fond of Tile’s bluetooth tracker, which is a helpful piece of gear that can help you find your keys or your smartphone, but what if you wanted a little bit more? Well, you’re in luck! As of today Tile has introduced their Tile Slim, which …

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August 30, 2016 • Reviews

Spy Lantern Surveillance Camera Offers Stylish Security

A problem I see with surveillance systems is that they look like surveillance systems. They stand out and for many that is what they want; for the criminal element to immediately see this property is being monitored somehow. For those wishing there was a more stylish substitute, Invent plus has the answer with the Spy …

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August 28, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk Extreme 500 480GB Portable SSD Review: Small, Quiet, Durable, and Fast!

If you haven’t purchased a portable Solid State Drive (SSD), then you might not know what you’re missing. When comparing an SSD to a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), you’ll find that SSDs are faster in every way, quieter, cooler-running, more durable (no moving parts to break), they have a smaller form factor, and bonus — they …

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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 27, 2016 • Reviews

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden: The Garden Anyone Can Grow Just About Anywhere

I like to joke about having a black thumb, but the truth of the matter is that ever since I got a Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden, I’ve been feeling a lot better about my gardening prowess.

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger Review: The Charger That Should Have Come with the MacBook

The new MacBook comes with a 29W power cube that serves its purpose well enough, but there are no bells and whistles like, oh, say, an extra USB charging port or a way to wrap the long USB Type-C power cord neatly. With that in mind, the RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger comes awfully close …

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews

VAVA Voom 20 Portable Speaker Review

It seems like everyone has a cylindrical portable speaker for sale, so at first glance, the VAVA Voom 20 may seem like a me-too product. But once you check out the features — and see the price — it might just win you over.

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August 25, 2016 • Reviews

ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable: One Cable with a Flippable End for MicroUSB or Lightning. What?!

If you live in a household with both iOS and microUSB connected phones, then you might be interested in the ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable; with a simple flip of the business end, it can sync and charge devices that use either a Lightning Cable or a microUSB cable.

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August 24, 2016 • Reviews

Swann Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone Takes Flight

Let me begin this review of the new Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone by saying I have never flown a drone before. I am familiar with Swann flying products in the form of miniature RC helicopters but this is my first drone. I flew, I crashed, I flew, I crashed…I FLEW!

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August 24, 2016 • Reviews

Ground’s Tech Dopp Kit Is the Perfect Companion to All of Your Gadgets

Over the past month I’ve taken a trip almost every weekend, and with the plenty of gadgets that I have to carry, I knew I was in great hands with This is Ground’s Tech Dopp Kit.

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August 23, 2016 • Reviews

UrbanEar’s Sweatproof Headphones Get Rid of Adjusting While Working Out

For a few months, I would purposely wear the Plattan ADV Wireless headphones from UrbanEars in the gym, but I longed for a true pair of workout-friendly pair of cans from the company, so when the company sent over their UrbanEar Hellas, I didn’t even have to open up the packaging before knowing I found …

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August 23, 2016 • Reviews

Protect Your Laptop’s Privacy with GateKeeper

One thing that I’ve always wanted the ability to do is unlock my MacBook without having to type in my password numerous times. So I’ve been testing out the GateKeeper 2.0 security key the past few weeks and it has made a tedious task much easier.

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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 22, 2016 • News, Reviews

Jaybird Makes Working Out Great Again with Their Freedom Bluetooth Headphones!

One thing that is really hard to come by when it comes to getting yourself in shape is a good set of headphones that are not only durable, but will not hinder your experience in the gym,or on the run. That’s where Jaybird’s new Freedom Bluetooth Headphones come in.

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August 21, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

BloomSky SKY1 Solar Powered Weather Camera Kit + Solar Panel Review

We’ve reviewed several weather stations in the past, but the BloomSky SKY1 is in a class of its own. Not only does it give you up to the minute weather info from your chosen location, it creates a time-lapse movie of the entire day, and it allows you to share your info and movies easily with …

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August 21, 2016 • Reviews

Toast Offers Gorgeous Engraved Wood Covers for Your Mobile Devices

I think I’ve found my favorite juxtaposition in technology; a natural, soft-looking wood cover for my high-tech iPhone 6 Plus. Toast makes a drop dead gorgeous mobile phone cover with three finish choices and a ton of designs that can be etched into the wood with the option for custom engraving. Covers for the iPhone …

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August 18, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45W Laptop Adapter Review

The 29W power cube that comes with the Apple 12″ MacBook is small enough, but without the storage prongs that snap in and out of most of Apple’s laptop cubes, the 2-meter cable that comes with it has to be wrapped on its own. This seems like a weird oversight from a company that’s usually more …

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August 17, 2016 • Reviews

There Are a Lot of Cords Needed for Tablo’s Cord-Cutting DVR System

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to test out and review Tablo’s $179.99 Over the Air DVR Tuner, and there are certainly a lot of things to like, as well as some minor hurdles. One thing I’ve noticed that a lot of people are attempting to do is cord-cut, so I figured it …

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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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