Articles by Judie Lipsett Stanford

Gear Diary’s 2024 Mother’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway: Ideas to Help You Spoil the Most Important Mom — Yours!

May 12th is Mother’s Day, and if you’re stumped on what to get her, we’re here to help with a plethora of thoughtful gifts! Whether Mom is a culinary queen, a wellness enthusiast, a fashion maven, or a bookworm, we’ve got you covered with gifts for every budget. So dive into our 2024 Mother’s Day Gift Guide; we’re positive you’ll discover the perfect present that will warm Mom’s heart and make her feel seen. As always, we’ve included a great giveaway at the end, so be sure to enter!


Beatbot Aquasense Pro Review: Spend Less Time Cleaning Your Pool and More Time Enjoying It

Pool season is fast approaching, and if you’re in charge of keeping yours clean, the Beatbot Aquasense Pro will help you keep it in tip-top shape with minimal effort. Keeping our pool clean and ready to swim in is my husband Kev’s domain; when I was offered an Aquasense Pro to try, Kev was intrigued. After using it for over a month, I figured it was time to let you all know how it’s been going. Long story short, this pool-cleaning robot has made his life (and, consequently, my life) so much easier.


Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour Bring Something Exciting to the eReader Space

It’s been a while since we wrote about Kobo and the Kobo Reader, but here’s some exciting news — Kobo Rakuten has unveiled the Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour eReaders. These devices mark Kobo’s debut into color E Ink technology, departing from the traditional black-and-white digital reading experience that most, if not all, of us are used to on our eReaders.


Morel Audio BIGGIE Portable Speaker Provides Impressive Wireless Sound in a Stylish Package

Morel Audio, known for its premium speaker designs, has introduced its latest innovation, the BIGGIE portable speaker. Designed to deliver impressive audio performance in a compact, stylish form, the Morel Audio BIGGIE is crafted for accurate bass and clear high frequencies. Integrated advanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology further enhances sound quality, promising a powerful and immersive listening experience despite the speaker‘s compact size.


Yale Approach Lock with Wi-Fi and Yale Keypad Offer Easy DIY Smart Security Options for Renters

Today, Yale has introduced its first retrofit smart security solution, which will make the brand’s security products available for the first time to most US renters. The Yale Approach Lock with Wi-Fi and the wireless Yale Keypad are designed with first-time users, renters, and those hesitant to modify their locks in mind; these products promise an affordable, top-tier, and user-friendly solution, with a myriad of access options for key-free convenience.


Samsung EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD Cards Bring More Storage at Faster Speeds

Gamers and those who keep a lot of media on their devices will appreciate the latest Samsung EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards, which feature enhanced speeds and expanded storage. These new cards can deliver up to 23% faster transfer speeds than their predecessors, clocking in with speeds up to 160 MB/s. Notably, this lineup includes introducing 1TB capacity microSD cards, a storage capacity previously reserved for Samsung SSDs.


Simple Spread Is a Clever Lid-Mounted Spreader for Peanut Butter and More

Imagine this: you’re making a quick sandwich, reaching for that jar of peanut butter or mayo, and instead of fumbling for a knife and a plate, you simply twist open the lid and start spreading. That’s the magic of the Simple Spread — a nifty invention that turns your jar lid into a spreading tool, making snack time and meal prep a breeze.


Xiaomi 14 Review: A Perfectly Pocketable Flagship Smartphone

Not everyone wants to wrangle a larger smartphone, so it’s always nice to find a slightly smaller flagship, like the Xiaomi 14, that doesn’t feel like a compromise. It boasts all the bells and whistles, including a top-of-the-line processor, a stunning AMOLED display with a dynamic refresh rate, super thin bezels around the display, all-day battery life with fast wired and wireless charging, and an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Xiaomi’s partnership with photography icon Leica is also a 14 feature, with its Summilux optical lenses, 75mm floating telephoto lens, and Leica photo tuning. Intrigued? Well, let’s dig in!


Astronaut Foods Can Make Your 2024 Eclipse Safe and Tasty

Get ready to mark your calendars because a rare celestial event is on the horizon! The last time North America witnessed a solar eclipse was back in 2017, and we won’t get another chance until 2044. But on Monday, April 8th, skygazers in parts of the US will be treated to an awe-inspiring sight. What better way to get kids interested in science and space exploration? Astronaut Foods, known for its freeze-dried ice cream and fruit, is stepping up to make this celestial celebration one to remember.


Cross-Promotional Spring Sale: Limited Time Deals from Nomad, Nanoleaf, Camp Chef, BYLT Basics, and Toad&Co

Nomad is a long-time Gear Diary favorite, and we’ve just got word that they’ve teamed up with four other sites to offer a cross-promotional sale with great incentives when you shop at Nomad, Nanoleaf, Camp Chef, BYLT Basics, and Toad&Co. Read on to find out why this is a great time to see if any of your gear needs updating—the price is right, but the sale will be over on Sunday!


Lenovo ThinkPad L Series and X Series Business Laptops Focus on Performance, Efficiency, and Sustainability

If you’ve been holding off on buying a new business laptop, you’ll want to take a look at the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad L and the ThinkPad X13 series. Reflecting Lenovo‘s ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability, these laptops boast enhanced repairability, increased use of recycled materials, efficient power management, and robust processing capabilities with built-in security and manageability tools.




The TCL Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Cooler Will Properly Chill up to 20 Wine Bottles and 78 Cans of Beer

Are you looking for a sophisticated setup to keep your adult beverages at the right temperature and ready to serve? If so, the TCL Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Cooler might be the perfect addition to your home or office. What, you thought that TCL only makes TVs, phones, and tablets? Surprise! Originally priced at $799, the cooler is available for just $599 until March 13th. Obviously, time is of the essence on this offer, so here’s what you need to know.


FreedomPop Teams Up with Basketball Legend Julius Erving to Bring Attention to Its Senior-Focused Wireless Service

Since its launch in 2011, FreedomPop has offered budget-friendly wireless service everywhere, from Target and Walmart to the internet. But now, they’re exclusively catering to seniors, a move they believe is long overdue. To bring awareness to their service and its features, they’ve teamed up with basketball icon Julius Erving, also known as Dr. J, in their latest campaign targeting seniors.


OnePlus Watch 2 Review: It’s Close to Android Smartwatch Perfection

Android users have long expressed frustration with the lack of compelling Wear OS smartwatch options compared to the seamless integration and features enjoyed by Apple Watch users through the iOS ecosystem. We’ve seen multiple companies try and fail at Android Watches for multiple reasons, including a lack of features or simply horrific battery life. The OnePlus Watch 2 aims to tackle these issues with a premium design that uses a dual-engine architecture with two flagship chipsets to optimize performance so the Watch 2 can deliver up to 100 hours of battery life in Smart Mode with full Google apps integration.


OnePlus 12R Genshin Impact Edition: The Perfect Smartphone If You’re a Fan of the Game (or the Color Purple)

If you read Dan’s review of the OnePlus 12R, you already know it delivers a premium experience in almost every way. But if you’re a Genshin Impact fan or the Iron Gray and Cool Blue colorways don’t quite do it for you, you’ll be glad you waited for this. The OnePlus 12R Genshin Impact Edition inherits the OnePlus 12R’s flagship specs, specifically tailored for Genshin Impact enthusiasts.


Box Refresh Is a Great Way to Give 50 Shipping Boxes a Second Life

If you’re like me, you do a lot of shopping online, and you know what that means — tons of cardboard boxes that need to be broken down for recycling (best case) or trash pickup (worst case). I try to reuse as many boxes as possible, but some are so stickered up that I’ve nearly destroyed their integrity by ripping the top layer of cardboard down to the inner ribs while trying to remove some of the shipping labels. Box Refresh offers a practical, eco-friendly alternative to reusing your boxes without dealing with that.


Xiaomi 14 Series: Flagship Smartphones with Advanced Imaging, Powerful Performance, and Innovative Features

Xiaomi has been collaborating with Leica on their flagship smartphones’ camera optics since last year’s Xiaomi 13 series, and now they have just announced the global launch of the Xiaomi 14 Series featuring Leica Summilux optics. Well, to clarify — it’s a global launch as long as you don’t include the United States, which is, unfortunately, pretty typical with many of the cool smartphones coming out of China these days. So, what does the Xiaomi 14 series bring to the table beyond excellent cameras?


Get the ZVOX AccuVoice AV120 Compact TV Soundbar with Bluetooth for $49.99, and You’ll Be Able to Hear the Dialogue in All Your Favorite Shows

If you often find yourself rewinding to catch the dialogue in your favorite shows or relying on closed captions during intense TV moments, ZVOX’s range of TV speakers, soundbars, and headphones might be the solution you need. We’ve just got word that the $149.99 ZVOX AccuVoice AV120 compact TV soundbar with Bluetooth (in Bronze) will be available for under $50 for a limited time, so there’s never been a better time to give AccuVoice technology a try!


3 Legged Thing WRAPZ Review: A Way to Separate, Shield, and Keep Your Gear Dry Without the Need for Custom Cases

How many times have you started to load a bag with gear for an outing, only to realize that you didn’t have a good way to separate and protect your more delicate items, like cameras, lenses, lights, filters, or, in my case, multiple smartphones when I’m going out for a day of taking comparison shots? 3 Legged Thing WRAPZ is a new, versatile solution that keeps your valuable gear separated, shielded, and dry in any environment.