Articles by Judie Lipsett Stanford

Gear Diary’s Best of 2018 Toy Fair

We’ve spent the last couple of days scouring the aisles at the 2018 Toy Fair in NYC to find the coolest new toys. Whether you are looking for toys that will encourage your kids’ interest in STEM, get them more active, ignite their creativity, or help them imagine worlds far, far away, there is something for everyone.



Monster Power & Charging Station with Phone and Tablet Stand Review

Can you ever have enough plugs or places to top off your gadgets? The answer to that question is no, always no. One of the places I usually come up short is in the kitchen; the Monster Power & Charging Station has tidied up my former snarl of chargers, cables, and remedied a chronic shortage of outlets.


Oneadaptr EVRI 45W USB-C Car Charger: Enough Power for Your MacBook

All car chargers are alike. Right? Wrong. Just as different USB wall chargers can push out varying amps of power, so can car chargers. The Oneadaptr EVRI 45W USB-C Car Charger has a Type-C port that is powerful enough to charge your MacBook while it charges your mobile device.


Oneadaptr EVRI 80W USB-C Charging Station Review

We’ve reviewed quite a few charging stations, but never one that offered four Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ports and a USB-C port that supports Power Delivery 2.0 Quick charge. With the Oneadaptr EVRI USB-C Charging Station, you can charge your latest-gen iPhone or iPad Pro up to two or three times faster with a USB-C to Lightning cable.


Automate Your Indoor Growing with the Cloudponics GroBox

As it becomes legal in increasingly more states to grow your own medicine, the people who would most benefit from doing so may be the least able to take advantage. The Cloudponics GroBox removes the guesswork from growing your medicine while keeping it inside your house and in a manageable space. The GroBox makes hydroponic farming accessible to everyone.


The Braven Ready Elite Can Easily Handle the Great Outdoors

It’s hard to talk about pool parties and camping trips when many of us are still waiting on at least one more winter storm, but spring is coming — and gone are your excuses to stay inside. The Braven Ready Elite is ready for all of your upcoming outdoor adventures; it’s waterproof, shockproof, and it gives 12-hour battery life.


Shinola Canfield On-Ear Wired Headphones Review

Fact: Some things are inexpensive and they perform poorly, and then there are some expensive things which are made to last which perform splendidly. When I received the Shinola Canfield On-Ear Wired Headphones, I had no doubt that their construction was top-notch; I couldn’t help but wonder, though, if their sound would justify their $495 price. Shall we find out?



Epson FastFoto FF-640: The Ultimate Archiver for Photos and a Paperless Office

Printed photos have been around since 1827, and if you have boxes or albums full of them, sitting in storage, you might be tempted to either pay someone to digitize them or to forget them. Another option is using the Epson FastFoto FF-640; it’s a high-speed photo scanning system perfect for digitizing, and that’s just the beginning of its usefulness.


Reliefband 2.0: Kill Your Nausea Before It Kills You

I wish I’d had the Reliefband 2.0 all the times I’ve had to deal with motion sickness. Examples? I get queasy when I ride in the backseat of a car and cool air isn’t blowing directly on me. I once lost my breakfast and had to quit early while on an all-day deep-sea fishing trip in Aruba; ugh, choppy water.


Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1: The Best of All Worlds

Buying a new laptop is stressful — especially when you want something that is light enough to carry every day, something you can use in every scenario you might find yourself in, and yet is powerful enough to work as your primary computer. For your consideration, I submit the Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1; it’s the best of all worlds.



Monster Airlink Elements: Jewelry in Your Ear, Jewelry You Can Hear

Among the many headphones and wireless speakers that we saw at Monster’s CES booth, was a small display with three pairs of truly wireless in-ear headphones. They were all similar in style, but one set was aimed towards work-outs. The other two sets were what we were eyeing, though; one look at the Monster Airlink Elements, and we were smitten.


Nomad Wireless Hub Review: Organized Power with Wireless Charging

A few months ago I reviewed the Nomad USB Hub (which I still use every day), and now Nomad has upped their game by releasing the Nomad Wireless Hub. It’s similar in appearance to the USB Hub, yet the Nomad Wireless Hub is even more powerful and, for those of us with wirelessly charging devices, more convenient.


Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2018 Awards

With more than 4,000 companies exhibiting at CES, choosing the best of CES was a challenge. Even so, we want to recognize the products we saw that are truly innovative, take technology in new directions or, in one case, make something great accessible to every consumer.


OLFINITY Intelligent Air System Makes Your Home a Safe Air Space

When you think of aromatherapy, you probably conjure up a mental idea of essential oils that smell good, that can soothe and relax or energize you. But OLFINITY wants us to know that air pollution is the real problem, and that adding essential oils from candles or diffuser reeds to polluted air is not a solution.


Oblend Is Your Personal Essential Oils Bartender

Essential oils, as room vaporizers, personal vaporizers, lotions, drinks, and any other way to consume them, have become a very big business. People are becoming more and more aware of the various health benefits from plant extracts, but it can be prohibitively complex and expensive to customize.


Pitaka MagHive: Much More Than Simple Organization

I’ve found that the best way to make sure I don’t forget anything before I leave home is to have a central spot where I keep all the things I might need. Phone, keys, battery pack — all go in a bowl by the door. It’s low-tech, but it works. The Pitaka MagHive takes my strategy into the 21st century.



JBL Boombox: Say Hello to the Star of Your Next Backyard Party

While at IFA, I had a chance to check out the JBL Boombox, their largest and most powerful portable speaker to date. Available in forest green or black, the Boombox offers a 20,000mAh battery, best in class sound, and up to 24 hours of battery life. Most importantly, it probably sounds better than most home stereo speakers. No, really.