Articles by Carly Z

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!



Monster Illuminessence Is a Cool Novelty Concept but a Hard Sell for Everyday Needs

Half my household has really enjoyed testing the Monster Illuminessence lighting kits the last few weeks. The new Monster fan enjoyed the intuitiveness of the remotes, the tremendous number of flashing patterns, and of course, the color options. I found them to be a fun novelty more than a permanent lighting choice, but I’m also not 5 like my other…


Solo NY Unbound Backpack Is the Perfect Travel Companion

A few weeks before we headed to CES, Solo NY reached out and asked if we were interested in reviewing their Unbound backpack. Since there’s no better torture test than a week lugging gear around Las Vegas, it came with me every step of my trip, and impressed me deeply with the amount of gear it held without being bulky.


The Theranos Story Unfolds Further in ABC’s New Podcast “The Dropout”

I am utterly and completely fascinated by the saga of Theranos. The story is so insane it’s hard to believe it is true, and every new bit of information makes you wonder all over again how it all unfolded. Now ABC has waded into the discussion with a podcast expanding on their research on Theranos for an episode of Nightline!


LifeSaver Portable Water Filters Can Keep You Safer in the Great Outdoors

I took a survival class once that said to remember the rule of 3’s: 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. Next to breathing, water is incredibly important and if you’re spending any time outside or where you can’t access fresh water, you need a plan, and that’s where LifeSaver products can help.


Apple Pay Is Coming to Target!

I love Apple Pay. It’s hands down my preferred way of paying for things. Yes, it’s secure and all, but really, I just like not having to whip out my wallet. Since <checking my budget> approximately 80% of my spending is at Target or Wegman’s, my wallet can now go on vacation since Target now accepts Apple Pay!


Western Digital Brings Speed, Power, and Cooling to Their New Gaming SSD

We’ve covered a lot of amazing gaming rigs here, especially during CES. But the truth is, a gaming rig is only as good as all the components, and you definitely want your storage working as hard as your gaming fingers. Western Digital knows you need the best, and they’re aiming for it with their new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD.


Gillette, #Boymom, and the Baby Steps to True Equality

I don’t spend much time on social media anymore, but one of the things guaranteed to make me grit my teeth whenever I did was #boymom.  Gillette razors apparently agree, with their controversial new ad asking men to be better. #bemoreliketheGilletteAd is a little awkward, but it’s way better than #boymom.




STM and Element Bring Style to Their New Device Accessories

STM brands consistently put out bags and accessories that look good, work hard, and protect your devices daily. Their sibling company, Element Cases, does the same for your phones. Both their offerings at CES expand on that, bringing new accessories to help your everyday tech work even more efficiently for you!



Lenovo Yoga Adds New Devices to the Family; the Yoga S940 Wows

Lenovo is known for two major computer lines: ThinkPad and Yoga. They’ve announced a bunch of ThinkPad updates too, but the real star today is the Yoga line, which is adding an all-in-one to go along with their 2-in-1 laptops, plus there’s a fancy new mouse to round out the Yoga family!



Dell G Series Gaming Laptops Get Faster Processors and Thinner Bodies

Dell isn’t anywhere close to done with their CES announcements yet. Alienware takes all the gaming attention, but if you like to rock the Dell logo while you’re playing World of Warcraft, Dell’s G series gaming laptops have your name on them! (Not literally, unless you’re Michael Dell, in which case it would be very strange for you to be…


Dell XPS Shrinks Bezels and Webcams but Not Your Wallet

Dell may not always get pulses racing with excitement, but if anything in their lineup is designed to turn heads, it’s the XPS. The new XPS 13 crams so much good stuff into one computer you’re almost going to be excited enough to tell people “Dude, I’m getting a Dell!”




We’re Not Using Grandma’s Toilet Anymore, Toto!

Bathrooms are one of those areas where you may not give too much thought to innovation. Maybe you change the taps on your sink, or swap out the showerhead, but have you ever considered a zero-gravity bathtub? Or a toilet inspired by a pottery wheel? TOTO has, and they’ve blessed us all with the news of a $13,000 toilet.