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Audioengine A2+ Wireless Speakers Take a Classic and Cut the Cords

My first website was an iPhone app review site. When we expanded into covering hardware, I was fortunate enough to get a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers as my first review item. Now Audioengine has refreshed the line and added Bluetooth. The new Audioengine A2+ has a classic look, but they are an entirely new offering from a fantastic company.


BoxLock Is a Clever Smart Lock Aiming to Thwart Porch Pirates

BoxLock is a clever smart lock that will protect your precious packages from porch pirates after they’ve been delivered. When paired with a secure parcel box, BoxLock is a strong line of defense to thwart package thieves. BoxLock has a built-in barcode scanner, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity, and a 30+ day rechargeable battery. BoxLock retails for $129.


Protect Your Home from Water Damage with GROHE Sense Guard

High-end plumbing fixture manufacturer GROHE has entered the smarthome market with their new GROHE Sense Guard water controller. The Sense Guard monitors your water consumption, can detect micro leaks, and will protect your home in the event of a pipe burst. When paired with the GROHE Sense accessory, you’ve got an outstanding system to protect your home against water damage.


Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Hands-On Impressions Featuring Chef Dan Richer

Breville’s new Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is specially designed to make restaurant-quality pizza in your home kitchen; it’s the first domestic countertop oven that reaches 750F, similar to a brick oven.  Breville connected me with Dan Richer, chef and owner of Razza Pizza Artigianale, to give me a demonstration; I left impressed with both the oven and the chef.


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 tester…


Rec Tec Smokes the Competition by Announcing Four New Grills

Rec Tec is turning up the heat in 2019 with four new grills that promise to enhance your outdoor cooks. Featuring a “wyld” Argentina style grill, a “big freakin’” pellet grill, a “beast” of a custom-built pellet grill designed for pitmasters, and a trailer-mounted version of the Beast designed for on-the-go cooks, we’re in for a wood-smoked treat this summer!




The Logitech K600 TV Keyboard Makes Couch Browsing So Much Better

Looking for an all-in-one solution to browsing, searching, and navigating your TV menu? Look no further than the Logitech K600 Smart TV remote. We’ve had the opportunity to test it out for ourselves and it’s one of the best solutions to typing with your television and getting things done faster.


Withings Sleep Monitor Made Me Realize I Need to Change My Sleeping Habits

I’ve been intrigued how Withings might change since their split from Nokia. At Gear Diary, we’ve been fans of the brand for years! So I jumped at the chance to review the Withings Sleep, the company’s newest sleep tracking pad. I was curious if the pad would help me focus on getting and maintaining proper sleeping patterns.





6 Technologies for Wine Lovers

Every wine aficionado waits patiently to drink that glass of Cabernet they’ve been saving for years, or takes longer perusing the wine menu than the food menu at dinner. Drinking a delightful glass of wine is a whole experience that involves multiple senses.


Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2019 Awards

We found so many great new products this year at CES that we could have easily awarded 20 with a “Best of CES” designation, but alas, we could only pick ten. Here, in no particular order, are Gear Diary’s top 10 picks for Best of CES 2019.


Nanoleaf Shines at CES Debuting Innovative Nanoleaf Canvas Light Panels

Toronto-based Nanoleaf, who is best known for their popular triangular-shaped Nanoleaf Light Panels, has wowed onlookers at CES 2019 in Las Vegas with their new product, Nanoleaf Canvas. Canvas is made out of edge-to-edge light squares that are touch sensitive, react to music and sound, and integrate with Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa.






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.