February 2019

Gear Diary’s Best of the 2019 New York Toy Fair

Once again we explored the New York Toy Fair, going in search of some standout products. I walked over five miles trying to discover the toys worthy of our “Gear Diary’s Best of” moniker, and … I think I found them. There were many great items to see, but these are the seven that stood out to us.


Grovemade’s New Premium Apple Watch Dock Adds Flair to Your Nightstand

Grovemade is known for their innovative take on accessorizing your tech products, with everything from monitor stands for your MacBook down to speakers and even chargers for your iPhone. But one thing we’ve been waiting on the brand to make accessories for is the Apple Watch. And now Grovemade’s new Apple Watch dock adds a fresh take on making sure your smartwatch has power.




Jabra’s Move Style Edition Offers Good Sound at an Amazing Price

When I reviewed the original Jabra Move Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, I was impressed. For under $100, the Move headphones offered good sound without breaking the bank. Now Jabra has released the Jabra Move Style Edition. While still under $100, the Move Style Edition improves on the original Move headphones; they look more substantial without raising the price. 


The Supreme Arrogance of Apple’s Publishing Subscription Plans

There’s a cliché phrase, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try again”. Apparently, that’s how Apple feels about publishing, because they’re convinced their prior explosive failure at eBooks was a one-off, and they’ve got a great new subscription plan in the works. I’m sure publishers will love … wait, giving a 50% cut to Apple? Does Tim Cook have a head injury?




Wireless Charging Is Taking Over the World (And It’s About Time)

Remember the days when ribbon cable was popular? Okay, maybe you’re too young to remember its popularity, but if you’ve cracked open a computer, you’ve likely seen flat ribbons connecting drives to the motherboard. While flat cables are still used to connect components inside certain devices, they’re no longer used externally. Cable styles have shifted along with technology, leaning toward the thin side.


The Family Tablet Gets Sleeker and Smarter with the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite

Tablets went from being the next big thing in computing to almost an afterthought. Phones have gotten bigger, computers have gotten smaller and even picked up touchscreens, so it means the humble tablet has to work even harder to stand out. Luckily for Huawei, the new MediaPad M5 Lite covers what you need and what you didn’t know you wanted!


Atmotube Pro: Easily Track Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality on the Go

You don’t have to suffer from a respiratory condition to care about the quality of the air you breathe, and the wearable Atmotube Pro makes it easy to instantly know if the air quality in- or outdoors is unsafe. By tracking volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as Particulate Matter (PM) pollutants, the Atmotube Pro can help you breathe easy.



The Nomad Titanium Band Is a Classy Apple Watch Band with a Clasp

I loved my original Apple Watch but eventually stopped wearing it. Since buying the Series 4 Apple Watch, I’ve been wearing it daily. I’ve tried plenty of nice Apple Watch bands, but the Nomad Titanium Band (available in Silver or Space Gray) is in a league of its own. Sure, it’s pricey, but this is one beautiful and comfortable band.




Rec Tec Smokes the Competition by Announcing Four New Grills

Rec Tec is turning up the heat in 2019 with four new grills that promise to enhance your outdoor cooks. Featuring a “wyld” Argentina style grill, a “big freakin’” pellet grill, a “beast” of a custom-built pellet grill designed for pitmasters, and a trailer-mounted version of the Beast designed for on-the-go cooks, we’re in for a wood-smoked treat this summer!


Sleeping on the tulo Mattress Is Amazing

If you’re looking for a mattress that you can customize to your liking, be it soft or firm, at a more than reasonable price, you should consider the tulo Mattress. We got our hands on one, so let’s dive in.  


Charge Two Devices Simultaneously with Choetech’s Dual Fast Charger

Wirelessly charging your devices may seem pointless to some skeptics, especially if you have a habit of checking your phone while charging, but if you’re looking for a great way to get full battery life without wires laying around everywhere, Choetech’s PowerDual 5-Coil Dual Fast Wireless Charger may be the way to go.