August 2016

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 has exceeded my expectations!


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 is the world thinnest bluetooth tracker, designed specifically for your wallet! As someone who is infamous for losing their wallet in between the couch or leaving it in a pair of pants that I’m not currently wearing, the Tile Slim came at the perfect time….




Unify Your Device Docking with the Clever and Good Looking Udoq

If you have more than one mobile device, and let’s face it — these days we all do — charging them all at the same time can be a bit of a challenge. Udoq is a unique new way to charge your Kindle, iPad, Android phone, iPhone and other devices at the same time with a row of built-in chargers.


The Amp Case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro & iPad Air Series Will Fill a Room with Sound

If you are an iPad user and looking to get a truly immersive experience when watching movies on your Air, Air 2, or your 9.7-inch iPad Pro, you’re in luck! A company by the name of OIO has released the AMP, which is the ultimate portable theatre case for your iPad. The super sleek case for three of Apple’s more popular tablets comes with a top of the line design and stereo sound, which includes two ultra-low profile electromagnetic exciters, multiple audio codecs, and two resin finer honeycomb acoustic panels covered with microfiber. Watch the video: Gregg Davis, Owner and Founder…


The MSTRKey is Essentially a Tool Box on Your Keys

There are plenty of multi-tools on the market, but none quite like the MSTRKey, a twenty-in-one stainless steel tool for your key ring. The MSTRKey is practically the same size as the key to your home, the difference is it serves a host of different functions that the user never actually thinks about until they are needed and it’s too late. Why not have this everywhere you go? With functions like a bottle opener, box opener, line cutter, staple remover, zip tie pick, bicycle spoke wrench, Philips screwdriver, hex wrench, and a host of other tools that you will certainly…


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 Lantern Surveillance Camera.


2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Finally!

What do you get when you drop a Toyota RAV4 body on a Prius powertrain? The RAV4 Hybrid. And surprisingly, even though both RAV4 and Prius have been on the market for some time, it was not until this past year Toyota put the two together to form the newest gas/electric hybrid vehicle in its showroom.


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 don’t require defragmenting.


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 packs a punch. It’s awesome!




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.



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!




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 my new workout headphones!


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.


Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link: Intelligent Purification, Heat, & Cooling

I use the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower every day; I keep it running on automatic in my oldest stepdaughter’s room, where it not only keeps her cool, it also keeps her room smelling fresh. I’m in the process of building a new office outside, and so news of the new Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link definitely caught my attention.