Articles by Dan Cohen


AKG Ara Microphone Review: Easy to Use, and It Sounds Great

Cameras and microphones have become part of daily life for many of us during the pandemic. While most external video cameras have built-in microphones, they’re usually only slightly better than using the microphone integrated into a laptop. Unfortunately, the best external microphones are often rather complicated to use. However, the AKG Ara microphone is an excellent dual pattern USB mic, and it’s easy to use.


2021 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals You Won’t Want to Miss

Have you noticed that Black Friday seems to start a bit earlier each year? Well, this year, the sales are starting even earlier. Better still, the 2021 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings are pretty impressive. Here are some of the products we love that are currently available at steep, sometimes incredibly steep, savings.






SleepPhones Wireless Bluetooth Sleep Headphones Review: Back & Stomach Sleepers Will Love These

There are many nights when I enjoy winding down by listening to music in bed. Most of the true wireless earphones I have worked just fine initially, but the hard material that houses the electronics eventually becomes uncomfortable when leaning on a pillow. That’s where the SleepPhones Wireless Bluetooth Sleep Headphones come in. SleepPhones were designed for bedtime music. But are they comfortable?



Coalatree Trailhead Pants Review: Ready for Your Next Adventure

Coalatree Trailhead Pants are described as “the outdoor pant you can wear to the office.” Waterproof, antimicrobial, tear-resistant, and made for activity, their four-way stretch makes them comfortable regardless of what you are doing. Plus, they’re available in a range of colors and in a regular or slim fit. A unique and unisex take on hiking pants, they’ve got a new member of their fan club.






Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 Is a Compact but Powerful Scanner

Scansnap scanners have been a mainstay of my workflow for years. Rarely does a day pass by that I don’t use one. In January, we brought word of two new scanners, the iX1600 and iX1400. This morning Fujitsu announced an addition to that lineup; the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 has a compact design but includes some impressive features.


OWC Thunderbolt Hub Review: Small, Powerful and Well-Connected

Apple’s commitment to minimalism has gone too far. For example, my MacBook Air has just two USB-C ports; it’s nuts, and it means I need to use hubs that add the connectivity I need. The new OWC Thunderbolt Hub hits a sweet spot between the massive hubs I’ve reviewed and the smaller, portable ones I keep in my gear bags.


Shure MV7X Podcast and MV88+ Stereo USB Microphones: Perfect for Content Creators

Shure makes some of the best microphones on the market, and their portfolio just got a bit bigger. They’ve just introduced two new microphones, the Shure MV7X Podcast Microphone and the Shure MV88+ Stereo USB Microphone. Each serves a different kind of creative and, if past experience with Shure microphones holds as I expect it will, both will be awesome.





Nomad iPhone 13 Cases Revealed Along with an Amazing New Feature

Nomad makes some of the best cases for the iPhone; in fact, their Rugged Leather Case has saved my iPhone from drops countless times. It should be no surprise that their iPhone 13 lineup is impressive. The new Nomad iPhone 13 cases feature built-in MagSafe magnets and come with a new, killer feature —  NFC Digital Business Cards! With a Digital Business Card, you’ll never need to worry about carrying business cards again. Here’s a close look at the new Nomad iPhone 13 case models.