Articles by Carly Z

The Mystery of the Phantom TCL SOCL500TWS Wireless Earbuds

I’ve got something of a mystery on my hands, and I’m hoping the readers of Gear Diary can solve it. I have a pair of TCL SOCL500TWS Wireless Earbuds, which are great, but they fell out of my regular headphone rotation about nine months ago. There’s no real reason for this, they didn’t do anything wrong; I’ve just been reaching for others for work and exercise. Apparently, they felt neglected because a very strange event happened today…


New Lenovo ThinkPads Rolled Out Just in Time for Spring Upgrading

There are new Lenovo ThinkPads, just in time for you to get your tax refund and justify that urge for a new shiny upgrade! There’s a lot here, so brace your wallet and get ready. Even better, you can feel good about upgrading to a new computer since Lenovo has been aggressively targetting reducing their environmental footprint, lowering it by 92% relative to 10 years ago. On to the good stuff, the gear!


Extract Labs Puts Anxiety Relief on Sale This Weekend!

We’re big fans of Extract Labs here at Gear Diary. Their muscle cream saved the day at CES 2020, and we’ve had great experiences with their tinctures, gummies, and softgels. However, the one caveat whenever we sing their praises is that the kind of quality you get from Extract Labs is not cheap. Luckily, they’re having a huge sale this weekend, with an automatic 20% off discontinued flavors and 15% off the others if you use code FREE15.


AfterShokz OpenComm Bone Conduction Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

I’m a huge advocate of AfterShokz, especially if you’re the type to listen to music while running, walking, hiking, etc. Having your ears open while still being able to enjoy music is a home run. AfterShokz thinks hearing your surroundings is important when you’re working too, and they’re applying their bone conduction headphones concept to a work-centric headset with the AfterShokz OpenComm. Does bone conduction spiff up well for the office? Read on to find out!



MediaTek M80 5G Modem Brings mmWave 5G Support for Even Speedier Browsing!

5G is, if not yet everywhere, in a lot more places than it used to be. While it seems to be the biggest in cities, the suburbs and the rest of the world will eventually get that sweet, sweet speedy internet on the go. You may not be paying attention to how you’re getting that 5G, but under the hood of all your devices are new chips and modems to handle all that internet, and they’re making sure you’re getting the most out of your connectivity with their new MediaTek M80 5G modem.


Alienware Celebrates 10 Years of Alienware x Team Liquid and Kicks off Liquid+ with a Big Esports Party!

Alienware has long proven they’re about more than just hardware; they believe in nurturing and building the larger gaming community. They announced today they’re continuing to build further on their 10-year partnership with Team Liquid, a highly elite esports team that’s won more prize money than any other in history, as well as being one of the highest valued and most-watched.


Victor DCX610 Height Adjustable Standing Desk Review: It’s Great for My Back and Knees!

One of the downsides to working from home is that there are fewer reasons to get up and move around. At work, I would get up from my desk and walk to visit coworkers, get coffee, or visit the printer; at home, that just doesn’t happen. I was starting to feel pain from this loss of routine movement in my back and hips, which is why I was excited to give the Victor DCX610 Standing Desk a whirl!



Led Zeppelin Pinball Sounds Like a Great Way to Rock Out in 2021

Sometimes you don’t think of two things as complementary, then when you see them together, it all clicks. The first person to combine peanut butter and jelly probably got some odd looks, and we all know bacon makes everything better. Another combo you might not consider, but that works surprisingly well? Led Zeppelin + Stern Pinball = Led Zeppelin Pinball!




Alienware Beefs Up Their Gaming Rigs with “New Guts More Glory”

You can’t talk PC gaming without including Alienware, and that’s because they’ve consistently pushed the envelope of power and aesthetics to create computers that look amazing and perform even better. Brace yourself and get your gaming chair warmed up for the Alienware m15 and m17 R4 laptops and the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 desktop!


Fresh Lenovo ThinkBooks Launch with Power and Performance

Lenovo knows that we use our computers constantly as a tool to stay connected. They’re not just terminals; they’re the main tool determining if you’re getting your work done effectively. If you need a laptop that’s designed to help you power through, the Lenovo ThinkBook line is the gold standard, and the company has made an already impressive line of computers into an even more powerful lineup this year!


Lenovo Legion Ready to Make Gamer’s Dreams Come True with Powerful New Gaming Gear

You might hear “Lenovo” and think “excellent business laptop,” but they do more than work hard. The Lenovo Legion line of gaming laptops aims to bring the same level of power and excellence to your gaming as they do to your day job (unless your day job title is Gamer). The latest Legion laptops and accessories are here to bring your gaming to the next level!


Fluo Labs Flo Can Tame Seasonal Allergies without Drugs? Yes, Please!

Like many people, I suffer from seasonal allergies. Apparently, I’m allergic to trees, which is unfortunate since they’re everywhere and kind of key to a healthy ecosystem. Luckily, companies are working on alternatives to popping copious amounts of Zyrtec. Fluo Labs Flo has a particularly intriguing concept, where they use handheld light therapy to reduce nasal inflammation caused by Allergic Rhinitis.



Lenovo ThinkReality A3 Brings Super-Futuristic Augmented Glasses to Enterprise Users

Lenovo does more than just computers and accessories; they also own Motorola, and that leads to a whole new mobile world as well. While most of us laughed off the sci-fi future that Google Glasses showed, there’s a market for a hands-free way to access all sorts of data safely and easily. Lenovo is taking that to the next level with ThinkReality A3, augmented-reality glasses for the enterprise user.



Acer Makes Gaming Sessions Even Clearer with New Predator and Nitro Monitors

Laptops and tablets get all the attention, but for long-haul working and gaming, you want a monitor. 10-15″ screens are great for when you’re on the go, but when you’re home, you can settle into the true luxury you get from 27″+ screens, insanely high definitions, and a screen refresh rate that makes you the absolute envy of Spider Solitaire players everywhere. If that sounds good to you, then read on for Acer‘s updated gaming monitors, the Predator XB273U NX, Predator XB323QK NV, and the Nitro XV282K!