Reviews



House Cleaning Made Simple Thanks to Shark

The terrible truth is cleaning your house after working hard all week is dreadful. No one enjoys doing it, but it must be done. But if you want to clean effectively, leaving little to no doubt that you’ve completed the mission, Shark’s UpLight & the Shark IQ Robot vacuums are the way to go.



A Review of the All-New Nvidia SHIELD TV

Complete with an all-new design and a host of upgrades that users of the previous NVIDIA Shield, Nvidia’s new SHIELD TV is faster, smarter, and even more portable. I’ve had my hands on one for the past few weeks, and it’s becoming one of my favorite streaming devices.




Huawei Watch GT 2: Smarter Bio-Tracking with Excellent Battery Life

Earlier this year, I reviewed the Huawei Watch GT; I was a huge fan of its long battery life and sleep tracking, but I felt its larger size might be an issue for those with smaller wrists, and I lamented the limited selection of watch faces. Well, the updated Huawei Watch GT 2 is here, and I’ve been wearing it for the past month. How does it compare?


Philips 3200 LatteGo Automatic Espresso Machine: Worth the Price of Admission

Listen, we all have better things to do than stressing over making the perfect espresso, right? For those who love espresso but don’t want to spend hours fidgeting with difficult to use equipment to end up with a mediocre espresso drink, the Philips 3200 LatteGo is for you. The Philips 3200 LatteGo retails for $799 and makes a great cappuccino.


Keep Warm with the HOMI Pro Jacket

The HOMI Jacket is currently on Kickstarter. The project has already passed its goal, but there are still a few days left for those who want to get in on this project at substantial savings compared to what it will cost at retail. I was sent an early version and am pleased to share some initial thoughts.



Pitaka MagEZ Mount Qi Lets Your Phone Go Places

My new lease vehicle has Qi wireless charging built into the console; it works fine but requires the phone to be hidden away in the center console. There are, however, times when I need my phone within view for navigation, and there’s no better way to do that than with the new $49.99 Pitaka MagEZ Mount Qi Magnetic Car Mount Charger.




Flux Beamo Is a Powerful, Compact, and Affordable Laser Cutter

You know the feeling you get when something just works right out of the box?  That’s the feeling I got when I did my first engraving with the new Flux beamo laser cutter and engraver.  The relatively small footprint beamo uses frickin’ laser beams at different intensities and speeds to engrave or cut multiple materials for DIY projects.


The Automonous ErgoChair 2 Is a Comfortable Task Chair at a Great Price

What’s worse than being stuck at a desk for hours in an uncomfortable chair?  Nothing.  Autonomous is here to fix your aching back with their ErgoChair 2.  The ErgoChair 2 is perfect for desk work, video gaming, and more when you’ll be sitting for hours at a time.  The ErgoChair 2 is made of quality, long-lasting materials and is selling now for $319.



GrillEye Pro Plus Helps Perfect Your BBQ

BBQ is actually a simple idea. Get perfect seasoning and perfect meat temperature and you create great food. While the idea is simple, getting those temps perfect can be tricky. The GrillEye Pro+ ($99.99) is a hybrid wireless Bluetooth smoking thermometer which will ensure perfect temperatures every time without babysitting your smoker. Let’s take a look.


Braven BRV-X/2 Is Ready for Winter Adventures

We’ve followed Braven from the company’s first appearance on the scene. Back then they were a small company looking to make their mark in the crowded Bluetooth speaker market. They succeeded. The company, now owned by ZAGG, continues to innovate. Their latest? The Braven BRV -X/2. It’s small, gets great battery life and is tough as nails for under $100.


Google Nest Mini Is Small but Mighty Connectivity for Your Home

I’ve been all-in with Amazon’s Alexa smart devices since they first came on the scene. In recent months, however, devices leveraging Google’s smart assistant have been winning me over. The new Google Nest Mini is, in part, responsible for that. It is under $50, sounds surprisingly good, and it lets you control your home and more using only your voice.


MyCharge UnPlugged 10k Is Made for Your New iPhone

Raina finally updated to an iPhone 8. She wasn’t initially interested in its wireless charging, but after I put a wireless charging pad in her home office she changed her mind. Now she’s a fan, so I got her a myCharge 10K. We looked at this affordable wireless battery pack some time ago; it’s worth a second look.