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Reviews and hands-on experience reports of some of my favorite gadgets, including home security cameras, noise-canceling headphones and more.

The Best Universal Travel Adapters in 2019

The Best Universal Travel Adapters in 2019

I have been traveling internationally for over a decade, and I’ve had a chance to try dozens of travel adapters and plug converters. So I thought it was time to recap my experiences and crown the very best universal travel adapter. As a result, I’d like to present you with: The Top 6 Universal Travel …

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Bitdefender Box 2 Review – Smart Home Cybersecurity Hub

Bitdefender BOX 2 in my office

The Bitdefender Box 2 is a smart home cybersecurity hub that protects your local network and all connected devices from malware, identity theft, hackers, and other threats. Cyber Threats and Smart Home Security Most of the time when we hear of network breaches or the theft of sensitive (personal) information, it’s related to large organizations …

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Kharbon True Wireless Earbuds: Endurance Headphones Made for Endurance Athletes

Kharbon True Wireless Earbuds: Endurance Headphones Made for Endurance Athletes

Endurance athletes like swimmers, cyclers, cross-country skiers, and runners share a love for pushing themselves to the limit. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a pair of wireless headphones that worked just as hard? Finally, there is. The Kharbon true-wireless waterproof Earbuds are the most durable, comfortable, and longest-lasting headphones for athletes. Most wireless headphones …

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PIQO Preview – 1080p Projector That Fits In Your Pocket

PIQO Pocket Projector Review

Update [8/7/2019]: I still haven’t received my PIQO, but others have and disassembled the unit. The findings of those users are shocking and make it relatively clear that PIQO is likely a scam. That’s incredibly unfortunate. The lesson I have learned from this experience is to never preview products again, unless they come from reputable …

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Jabra Evolve 75e Review and Comparison

Jabra Evolve 75e Wireless Headphones

I’m on a quest to find the best office headset that I can also take with me when I’m traveling. For this review, the GN Group sent me the Jabra Evolve 75e — the world’s first professional UC-certified wireless headset. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a chance to test these professional earbuds extensively …

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Zyxel Nebula Review – Cloud Network Management

Zyxel Nebula Cloud Managed Networking Platform

Zyxel Nebula is a cloud-managed networking solution consisting of Wi-Fi access points, Ethernet switches, security gateways, and a management console. Zyxel developed Nebula to help business customers and their service providers to manage networking infrastructure more cost-effectively. For this review, I wanted to find out how much value Zyxel Nebula would provide to prosumers who …

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Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC vs. Savi 745 Office Headsets Comparison

plantronics voyager 6200 uc vs. savi 745

As a sales executive, a quality headset is one of the most important tools I have in my tool belt. For the past few years, I relied on the excellent Plantronics Savi W745 because I could connect it simultaneously to both my iMac and iPhone. A few weeks ago Plantronics sent me their Voyager 6200 …

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Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Review

Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC review

The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC stereo Bluetooth headset is one of the most well-rounded, active noise-canceling headphones I have tested. For this review, I have compared the Voyager 8200 UC against the older Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 (SE) and the Bose QuietComfort 35. Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Review  Pros 24-hour battery life Sweat- and moisture-resistant …

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Bose Sleepbuds Review – Noise-masking Technology at its best

Sleeping with the Bose Sleepbuds

The Bose sleepbuds are incredibly comfortable earbuds that mask ambient noise in an attempt to help you sleep better. That’s at least what Bose designed them for. For this review, I have slept wearing the sleepbuds, but I also set out to discover additional use cases for them. I was particularly interested in finding out …

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Review – Impressive Tech with Comfort Issues

Bowers & Wilkins PX Review

The Bowers & Wilkins PX are impressive over-ear headphones that offer premium sound quality, innovative technology, and adaptive noise cancellation. Unfortunately, this set of headphones also has a number of comfort issues when worn for an extended period of time. In this review, we’ll take a deep dive and explore the pros and cons of …

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Soundbars vs. Home Theater Speakers – How To Decide

Soundbars vs Home Theater Speakers - How To Decide - Guest Blog

How to get the best quality of sound from your television? The age-old question that most of us ask ourselves at some point in life. Television has advanced drastically regarding display technology. However, it has come at a cost. As TVs get slimmer, they don’t have the capacity to produce the sound that would have …

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34 Cool Travel Gadgets For Techies

Cool Travel Accessories and Gadgets for Techies

Here is my top 34 list of the best travel accessories and cool gadgets for techies. You can find many of these gadgets in my backpack, regardless of if I am traveling for business or leisure. Range Leather Travellr Case  Benefits Hand-made from full-grain Horween leather in Wyoming Lifetime warranty Beautiful and versatile Comes in two different …

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How to protect your home network from hackers with CUJO

CUJO - smart home firewall

In this article, I will show you tips and tricks on how to protect your home network and connected devices from hackers. So you don’t become the victim of a cyber attack. I will also introduce you to CUJO, a smart home firewall for your entire home network. Update: CUJO has discontinued its AI firewall. …

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How To Improve Your WiFi Signal & Coverage

In this article, I will share some tips on how to correctly position WiFi routers to improve your home’s WiFi coverage significantly. I will also talk about a new web app from AmpliFi, called the AmpliFi Web Controller, that can help you with finding the perfect position for your WiFi equipment based on your home’s …

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Kanex GoPower USB-C portable battery pack for 12-inch MacBook

Review: Kanex GoPower USB-C portable battery pack for 12-inch MacBook

The Kanex GoPower USB-C portable battery pack is a slick, lightweight and versatile companion for the 12-inch MacBook and other USB-C equipped devices. As a bonus, it can charge a MacBook and a phone simultaneously. I usually travel light and with the least amount of gadgets in my backpack. That was one of the reasons, …

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Bose SoundSport vs. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Bose SoundSport - Wireless workout headphones

In this article, I’ll review my two favorite wireless workout headphones for running and jogging: the Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds and the Plantronics Backbeat Fit Wireless headphones. Until the summer of 2018, my workout routine consists of Crossfit-type exercises or running. When I run alone, I like to listen to music. Before I got the …

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Avoid This Mistake When Buying a Surge Protector

Lightning strike - surge protector

Most electronic devices are very sensitive to electrical power surges and can get easily damaged if one occurs. So it’s a smart idea to invest in a good surge protector. But if you make the same mistake I made, you may still end up with damaged equipment. We have had a lot of thunderstorms and …

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Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. But often Apple TV takes forever to load movies from iTunes. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Apple TV streaming issues can have various root causes. In this …

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How Handoff Between AirPort Base Stations Works

Handoff between AirPort Extreme Base Stations

In this post, I’ll explain how handoff works in a network with multiple Apple AirPort Extreme base stations. With the influx of connected devices in modern households, good internet connectivity has become increasingly important. Many devices are pretty useless when they are not connected to the outside world. When that happens, productivity suffers. Just think …

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