Articles by Perry Brauner


Anker is Ready to Power Your New iPhone 11 at Home and on the Road

Anker Innovations, one of our favorite gadget manufacturers has been working diligently to release new chargers and accessories for the new lineup of iPhones. Newly released are the PowerPort III Nano, PowerPort Atom III Slim, PowerPort III Duo, PowerCore 10000 PD Redux, PowerPort PD-2, USB-C to lightning cables, and the PowerWave+ wireless charging pad. Read on to learn more!




Craftsman V60 Cordless Tools Are Powerful, Quiet, and Convenient

What’s better than a good cordless tool? Six great tools that all work on the same lithium-ion battery system. Craftsman’s new V60 system of outdoor power equipment offers homeowners durable cordless tools to help them power through the yard work without the noise and inconvenience of gas. With interchangeable batteries of three sizes, we’re impressed with the Craftsman V60 system.



Thermoworks Signals Is the Best Smart Thermometer for your BBQ

Thermoworks is our favorite thermometer producer because they are known for producing high quality, highly accurate thermometers and their Signals 4-channel thermometer follows suit. Signals was built for the serious BBQ pitmaster who wants to keep track of four different temperatures at once over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Signals retails for $229 and includes three cooking probes and one air probe.


Roku Launches Pre-Orders for New Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer

Roku, long known for their streaming devices, has decided to up the ante in the audio market by introducing the new Roku Smart Soundbar and Roku Wireless Subwoofer.  The Smart Soundbar is said to produce excellent sound on its own, but the new Wireless Subwoofer should a punch of bass.  Preorders are open now on Roku.com for October 2019 shipping.


Anker has the Gadgets to Cure the Back to School Blues

Anker has got your students covered for the dreaded back to school blues with some great music accessories as well as a fantastic power bank. All of these gadgets are small enough to travel with while offering great features and functionality at a reasonable price. Anker sent each of these products my way to test before I recommended them.



ThermoWorks IR Gun Thermometers Are Perfect for Many Uses

An accurate IR (infrared) Gun thermometer like the ones made by ThermoWorks can be an invaluable tool for a number of different activities. An IR Gun thermometer measures surface temperatures from a distance, so it’s great for the kitchen and BBQ, HVAC repair, construction, and maintenance. ThermoWorks offers a range of accurate IR Gun thermometers starting at $69.00.


Rheos Sunglasses Are Built for Summer Adventures in the Water

The perfect summer accessory has leveled-up thanks to Rheos Gear and their floating sunglasses. These stylish shades are built for summer adventures; with polarized lenses for extreme clarity and anti-fog, anti-glare lenses. Rheos was kind enough to send my wife and I “his and hers” sunglasses for testing and review, so read on to find out what we thought.


The Forno Bello Wood Fired Oven Ignited My Love of Cooking

Everyone knows that one house that has a fancy outdoor kitchen in the backyard with a built-in grill and pizza oven, right? You don’t need a huge, expensive masonry oven anymore to be the house that throws the best parties. All you need is the Forno Bello from BackyardBrickOvens.com. At $1,599, it represents the best value full-size pizza oven available.


Ecovacs Deebot 500 Is a Great Robot Vacuum That’s Easy on the Wallet

In a world of expensive robot vacuums, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 is an affordable option for families looking for a quality clean without spending a fortune. Deebot 500 is compatible with smart home assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and can also be controlled via the Ecovacs mobile app. The Deebot 500 retails for $279.99.



Are the Jabra Elite 85h the New Gold Standard in Bluetooth Headphones?

The Jabra Elite 85h are the most well rounded Bluetooth headphones I’ve ever used; checking the box on almost every category including sound quality, active noise canceling, clear phone calls, great battery life, intuitive controls, and water resistance.  When paired with Jabra’s companion smartphone app, I’m not sure any other Bluetooth headphones can compete.  The Elite 85h retail for $299.99.


Thermoworks Thermapen IR Is the Ultimate Chef’s Accessory

I used to be nervous about grilling for my family and friends, never sure if the steak, burgers, or chicken would be cooked to the proper, or even safe, temperature. With the Thermoworks Thermapen IR, my confidence has grown immensely knowing that I’m getting an accurate internal (or surface) temperature reading within seconds of inserting the probe.


Ecovacs DEEBOT 711 Is a Lean, Mean, Smart Cleaning Machine

We’ve covered many robot vacuums here at GearDiary, but I haven’t seen many as smart or quiet as the Ecovacs DEEBOT 711. Packed with features like visual mapping technology, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and 110-minute runtime, the DEEBOT 711 stands as one of the better robot vacuums on the market. You can get yours today for $429.99.


New West Knifeworks American-Made Cutlery Is a Cut Above the Competition

What do you look for in a knife? Is it steel quality, aesthetics of the blade or handle, balance, and ergonomics? Whatever it is you’re looking for in your next knife, New West Knifeworks has you covered with their gorgeously impressive G-Fusion knives. Made with high-performance powder steel and a beautiful yet comfortable handle, these knives deserve the highest praise.


Schmidt Brothers Cutlery Deserves a Turn in your Kitchen

Schmidt Brothers Cutlery is run by, you guessed it, a couple of brothers named Schmidt who have a passion for design and sharp knives. Jordan and Jared set out on a mission to improve the classic German steel knives and craft beautiful, functional knife blocks using fine woods. Based out of New Jersey, they trying to make quality knives affordable again.


Yoder Smokers Legendary Pellet Grills Get Smart with New S Series Line

How do you make one of the best pellet grills in the world even better? You make the grill smarter. Yoder Smokers has upgraded their controllers to a new Adaptive Control System (ACS) with two integrated food probes, added Wi-Fi connectivity via Fireboard Labs, and upgraded the igniter to a ceramic version capable of lighting twice as fast.