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December 26, 2015 • Reviews

The Anova Precision Cooker is the Harbinger of the Sous-Vide Revolution

The Anova Precision Cooker is, in essence, a high-quality consumer-grade sous-vide water circulator. It is dipped into your own cooking vessel and it heats and circulates the water to a very precise temperature, gently cooking whatever is placed in the water bath. It features WiFi and Bluetooth connections for simple control via iPhone and sells …

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December 24, 2015 • Reviews

Synology Surveillance Station Is the Simple Surveillance Solution

The Synology DS1515 is an incredibly versatile and powerful NAS. The feature that intrigued me is its ability to be a fully functional surveillance system. The Synology DS1515 sells for $599.99 on Amazon as of the time of this writing.

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December 19, 2015 • News

Synology Adds Two New Exciting Products to Their NAS and NVR Lineups

Synology, one of my favorite NAS manufacturers, has announced two new additions to their product lineup. The DS216 NAS targets small workgroups and offices, featuring 111.18 MB/s read, 112.79 MB/s write. The NVR216 Network Video Recorder targets offices and retail spots where space is at a premium and features a dedicated 1080p output and supports …

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December 12, 2015 • Reviews

Beddit Smart Sleep Tracker is a Sleepaholic’s Dream Come True

Beddit is a completely unobtrusive sleep-tracking device that’s installed under your bed sheet and gives you a sleep score in the morning. Beddit measures your total sleep time, respiration rate, heart rate, time to fall asleep, and more. When you wake up in the morning, Beddit gives you a detailed overview of your night’s sleep. …

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December 11, 2015 • Reviews

The Oral-B Black 7000 Bluetooth Toothbrush Review: One Smart Brush!

Are you still using a manual toothbrush? I did for years until I found out that I was over-brushing to the point that I needed a gum transplant on the left side of my mouth. Gross, right? I’d brushed my gums so hard that they had prematurely receded! How did I correct my bad habit? …

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December 9, 2015 • Giveaways

Gear Diary’s Valve Games Key Giveaway: Part Deux

Hey guys, remember that awesome giveaway we did in conjunction with our Alienware Steam Machine Review?  Well, the prize was so nice, we’re doing it twice!  Thanks to a glitch with our previous giveaway, Alienware was kind enough to provide a second Valve Games Key to give away!  Read on for more about the Giveaway …

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December 6, 2015 • Reviews

The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Speaker: A Beautiful Beast

I’ve been intrigued by the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speakers since Doug reviewed the Zeppelin back in 2008, followed by Dan’s Zeppelin Air review in 2011. Now it’s 2015, and B&W has released their most refined Zeppelin yet, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Speaker, and now it is my turn to see what all of the fuss is …

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December 6, 2015 • Reviews

Boogie Board Play n’ Trace eWriter for Kids is my #1 Holiday Gift Winner

The Play n’ Trace eWriter is a fantastic use of Boogie Board’s existing LCD writing technology, now targeting improvement in children’s learning and development. With this transparent eWriter, children can practice writing, drawing shapes, sketching freehand, and more. With the included tracing templates and companion iPad app, there is no end to creativity! Play n’ …

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December 6, 2015 • Reviews

Take Control of the Temperature with Elgato Eve

Earlier in October we mentioned the Elgato Eve, which is a HomeKit product designed to show you data on the air quality, temperature, humidity, and air pressure in your home for a reasonable price. I was sent the Elgato Eve, which is the world’s first battery-powered accessory compatible with HomeKit, and I couldn’t be more …

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November 30, 2015 • Crowdfunding

EverLights Are Festive Year-Round App Controlled Lights That Need Never Come Down

I’ll admit that I have a bit of bah-humbug when it comes to decorating for the holidays; if I could stick up a Festivus pole and call it good, I’d be happy. BUT we have kids and grandkids who like to see a tree, lights, decorations — the whole shebang. I draw the limit at …

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November 29, 2015 • Reviews

The Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio Shines on My Night Table

Looking for a last minute gift for that person who’s so difficult to shop for? Check out the Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio! It features a white LED digital clock face, motion activated night light & snooze function, gradual wake up lighting, dual alarm with weekend cancellation, and more. You can pick up this neat …

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November 27, 2015 • Deals, Gift Guides

TRNDlabs Is Offering 20% off Everything Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

TRNDlabs, the guys who brought you the SYEYE Mini Drone and other cool gadgets, are having a 20% off sale site-wide in celebration of Black Friday!  You can finally pick up that limited edition black SYEYE Nano Drone, or even the new SKEYE Hexa Drone, which Gear Diary will be reviewing shortly. Be sure to …

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November 24, 2015 • News

Withings Adds Baby Monitoring Mode to Their Home HD Camera

Just in time for the holidays, Withings has updated their Home monitoring system to include a baby monitor mode. Previously the unobtrusive Home would “just” monitor your house (and its air quality) and allow two-way interaction with the people inside, snapping photos and recording video clips (like that wasn’t already awesome). Now, they’ve added Baby …

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November 23, 2015 • News

The Logitech Z533 Multimedia Speaker System Offers Big Sound for Under $100

There are lots of ways to get better sound from your laptop or tablet but perhaps the best, and simplest, is to plug a decent desktop audio system with two speakers and a subwoofer into it. The Logitech Z533 Multimedia Speaker System is just such a system. It offers 120 watts of impressive sound and …

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November 22, 2015 • Reviews

Gear Diary’s Alienware Steam Machine Review and Valve Game Key Giveaway!

The Alienware Steam Machine is unlike any computer I’ve ever used before. It’s built small enough to fit seamlessly with your living room entertainment center while also providing an excellent gaming experience. While the game library leaves something to be desired, this is a giant leap in the right direction. Buy your Alienware Steam Machine …

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November 21, 2015 • Reviews

Keep Your HVAC Healthy with FilterSnap’s Subscription Filter Service

I have a confession to make: Kev and I once forgot to change the filter in our HVAC central return unit for over 6 months. The first clue of our negligence was that there was more dust than usual floating around our home. We live in the country, so dust is an issue anyway; I didn’t catch on at first.

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November 18, 2015 • Reviews

The Dyson AM10 Humidifier: Puts Humidity Where It Belongs — in the Air and Not on Your Floor!

Unless you live in a humid climate, it’s almost always a good idea to have a humidifier running in your home. They can help with everything from breathing issues, to preventing sinus infections, or providing relief from dry skin and hair. But knowing which humidifier to buy can be tricky. I’ve tried several brands; my favorite is …

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November 18, 2015 • News

Improve Your Wireless Connection with InFlux!

There are a lot of first-world problems in the world, and one of the more complained about is stronger wi-fi signals. I know I’ve personally had issues with slow downloading speeds and long buffering times, but INFLUX might finally have the answer to our problems. Announced this week, Influx has released their new Router Dock …

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November 13, 2015 • Deals

ZVOX Announces Black Friday Prices Early — No Need for Standing in Line!

I recently reviewed the ZVOX SoundBase 450, and it is currently serving as our home theater sound system. It is impressive, and even when it was full price, it was affordable. ZVOX has just announced their Black Friday deals that start on the 15th, and let me tell you — this is a great time …

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November 5, 2015 • Reviews

Orbitkey: Banishing Keyring Jingle and Looking Good Doing It!

I rarely pull my keys out of my bag. My car has a push button ignition, and by the time I am home from work someone is already there. Despite this, I seem to have accumulated a lot of keys, and so I jumped at the chance to take a look at Orbitkey, which reimagines …

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November 1, 2015 • Reviews

The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 Will Fix Your Television’s Puny Sound

No high-definition television purchase is complete without some kind of speaker system; it’s like there’s a conspiracy among HDTV makers that no unit — no matter how large it is or what it costs — can leave the factory with a sufficient speaker system for anything but the smallest room. The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 can fix that for …

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