Laptop Gear


Goal Zero SHERPA 100PD Power Bank Review: It Saved the Day When the Power Was Out

A storm some weeks ago left us in the cold, literally. We had no idea how long the power would be out, but my wife and I still needed to work. Thankfully, we’d been sent the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank and Yeti 200X Portable Power Station for us to check out; these power sources kept our phones, tablets, and computers going until our electricity returned.


SanDisk, WD, and WD_BLACK Announce 4TB Updates to Four of Their Most Popular SSD Lines

This week, Sandisk, WD, and WD_BLACK have announced that four of their popular portable SSD lines will soon be available with 4TB updates. If you’re a photographer, content creator, or gamer, you’ll definitely want to check out the larger capacities now available in the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2, WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and the WD My Passport SSD.


2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Staying at Home During the Pandemic Edition

This Holiday Season will be unlike any we have previously experienced, and gift-giving will be too. After all, people feel the financial pinch and, many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever. Here are some of the items that might make meaningful and practical gifts this year. You might see something for you, too!



Thanks to Seagate and LaCie, I Don’t Have to Purchase a New MacBook Pro

Back in 2016, when I purchased my MacBook, I thought that 1TB of storage would go far. At the time, I was using Dropbox to store larger files in an attempt to go all-in on cloud storage. Four years later, and I once again find value in having my crucial documents and files readily available without having to use a browser to get to them. And thanks to these LaCie and Seagate portable storage solutions, I’ve been able to do just that.





Western Digital My Passport SSD Now Available in up to 2TB

Cloud backups are great, but there is nothing better than knowing you have a hard copy of everything important — whether it be your computer backup or all of the photos that you have ever taken. The thing is that all these types of files can take up a lot of memory space, and that’s where the Western Digital My Passport SSD comes in so handy. It was already available in 500GB and 1TB sizes, but now you can get one with 2TB.




Sheltering in Place During a Pandemic – How We’ve Made It Work

Due to the global pandemic, those of us who have been unexpectedly thrust into working from home have had to figure out how to get our work done while sheltering in place. We wanted to share some of the things that have helped us stay productive and more-or-less content since we began physically distancing ourselves from our loved ones and friends who live outside of our homes.


The Aukey Omnia 65W Fast-Charge USB-C Dual Port Charger Is Tiny and Powerful

I’ll never understand why chargers with only one USB port are sold. 9 times out of 10, if you’re charging your laptop, you’ll want to top-off your phone as well. And since many modern laptops only include one Type-C port, you’re SOL unless you have a separate charger. With the Aukey Omnia 65W Fast Charge USB-C Dual Port Charger, that’s not an issue.



Resolve to up Your Charging Game in 2020 with Aukey Omnia Series

Everything we own these days needs to be charged. Phones, computers, earbuds, toothbrushes, watches, hats…if it’s an item you carry, it probably has a charging cable. Which means you need lots of power bricks. Aukey wants to help, and their new Omnia Series will make your life at least a little easier, even if you need to charge your shoes.


OWC USB-C Travel Dock V2 Is a Noteworthy Update

OWC products are a mainstay of my computing these days. At home, my MacBook Pro functions as a dual-screen desktop computer thanks to the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. When I’m on the go, OWC’s Travel Dock has helped compensate for the laptop’s two meager USB-C ports. The company has released an update to the OWC USB-C Travel Dock; it’s great.



Become a Podcasting Hero with the MXL APS Podcasting Bundle

For the past few years, I’ve been trying to increase Gear Diary’s presence on YouTube. Sure, we are approaching nine million lifetime views but that’s not enough. But do make a decent video requires a good microphone. I’ve tried a few, but MXL Podcasting APS Bundle promises to make it even easier.



Mophie Powerstation Hub Is My New Go-To Travel Companion

When I used to travel, I would take numerous power adapters and cables so I could make sure my gear stayed charged. I moved to carrying an adapter with multiplied inputs, but the new mophie powerstation hub has taken things to a new level. It’s great for home but awesome for travel. Here’s why.