Reviews


FireBoard Brings WiFi while Watching BBQ

I smoke a lot of meat and closely monitor temps in the pit as well as the meat. Some of these cooks can be up to 16 hours which can be a long time tied to the smoker. I recently was able to try out the FireBoard WiFi thermometer ($189-$249) and it has been a game changer. Let’s take a look.


Going Places This Summer? Why Not TravelPro

There’s a lot of trendy looking luggage out there with battery packs and a bunch of tricks and gadgets, but sometimes, it’s better to keep it basic, especially you plan on traveling with more than two nights worth of clothes. This where TravelPro comes in handy.



Nomad’s New Cables Are Kevlar-Strong

Wireless charging has finally taken but cables for charging and syncing devices are still a necessary evil of modern life. My cables of choice come from Nomad. They are the most durable I’ve found and are pretty much the only ones I use. Now Nomad has rolled out a new line of cables that are even better.







Shoot Your Shot with JOBY’s Tripods

JOBY’s a household name in the photography world, known for making long-lasting products that come in a variety of sizes and combinations that fit every scenario. I’ve had the opportunity to check out three of their latest products, and there hasn’t been a situation that they haven’t made my life a bit easier.


It’s Wedding Season, Do You Have Your ModernTies?

If you’re like me, one thing you dread about most weddings as a guy is the need for ties. Having essentially a collar around your neck is already a hassle, on top of the need to wear a tie under that fabric is a bit much. But what If I told you that a company wants to diversify your tie game, without the need to pop your collar to get…


Keep Cool with the Alexa-Enabled CoolSmart Oscillating Fan

There are a lot of products out there that promise to be “smart”, and there are plenty of products that come complete with Alexa integration including outlets, lamps and even speakers. But the CoolSmart Fan is one of the first that I’ve seen that choose to be smart at keeping you cool.


The Pixel 3a Is a Problem…

Judie has a Google Pixel 3XL and loves it. And why wouldn’t she? The phone is fast, has a gorgeous screen and, by all reports, has the camera to beat. Currently $699, that’s a good $200 less than it was initially. The Pixel 3a has a similar design, costs just $399, and it is a problem.


Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro Improves Protection

I have been using the Vivint Smart Home for some time, and it has really become a regular part of our lives. The initial install and thoughts can be found here (pt1) and here (pt2). The Outdoor Camera Pro has since been released, and I have had the chance to take a look at it. The new camera and features are fantastic.


Capture Adventures and Spare Your Wallet with the AKASO V50 Pro Action Camera

As phone cameras become more and more powerful, it has driven traditional digital cameras to find new niches in which to compete.  On the other hand, if you’re looking to capture your adventures, especially in gnarly conditions, there’s no competing with a dedicated action camera. You don’t have to spend a fortune, though-enter the AKASO V50 Pro!


The myCharge HubMax Universal Is the Best Dual Mobile Device Charger

This is a love story, but it ends in tragedy. It begins on a ranch in West Texas, travels to New York City, then Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem, and then it all ends tragically in Paris. I’m talking about my experience with the myCharge HubMax Universal, the best battery pack I’ve yet owned … and then lost.


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.


RHA TrueConnect True Wireless Earbuds are Truly Impressive

When Raina got a job that required her to commute to the city I bought her a pair of AirPods. She loves them; I’m not a fan. I don’t like their fit, and I think they sound like crap. The RHA TrueConnect True Wireless Earbuds have the same design but, unlike the AirPods, I’m a fan!



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.