Samsung Tab 10.1 Vs Apple iPad II
Apple introduced its first iPad in April of 2010. Just like the iPhone before it, the Apple iPad was an instant sensation and Apple sold three million iPads in less than three months. In the consumer electronic field being first out of the gate with a new product doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to hold your lead when your competitors introduce competing products. The question becomes can Apple keep its lead as other companies introduce tablet products?
Data TravelerLocker +
The Kingston Data Traveler Locker + physically looks like any other knife blade style thumb drive. See photo. The significant difference is that this drive is designed to encrypt everything that you load onto it using a hardware based AES-256 bit encryption.
IPods + Mikey=
High Quality Voice & Music digital Recorder
The Mikey is an Apple certified product that will work with the IPod Classic, IPod Touch, and even your IPod Nano (2nd Gen or above). It is definitely a microphone that visibly tells whoever sees what you are doing that you have the equipment for serious recording.
Rebit Save Me
Rebit AUTOMATICALLY saves EVERYTHING, for FAST INSTANT RECOVERY. If it is on your computer Rebit will find it, copy it, and place it at your disposal. If you need to restore a single file or perform a total restoration to a new or reformatted hard disk drive, Rebit does make it quick and painless.
Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515
The Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 system makes it a snap to broadcast your music from your computer or
any device that supports Bluetooth. The actual radio signal is strong enough so the Z515 and your computer can be at different ends of your home. I tested the Z515 on a number of devices and found it extremely easy to create the wireless connection on everything that I threw at it.
The Muzx Ultra earbuds have a built in remote control that can change volume, skip songs, start and stop your player, and skip back to the start of a song without you needing to touch your compatible Apple device. See photo. The microphone built into the remote control will allow you to use this set of earbuds for hands free conversations on your Apple compatible device.
If you twist and turn rather than move the scanner in a straight line, you can turn just about anything into a piece of art.
Magic Wand Scans Straight
Or can scans image into a work of art
3M MPro 150
The newest Pico Projector is still palm sized. The MPro 150 has built in speakers and the OS to run Microsoft Office files, movies, and photos from its internal 16 GB micro SD card. To find out what else it can do, you will just have to read the full story.
Don't Drive Off
Bringrr (MSRP $ 34.95) is a new product that will make it very difficult for you to drive off without your bluetooth enabled cell phone inside your car. See photo. Installation is as simple as plugging Bringrr into your car’s accessory port; the port that on some cars still includes a cigarette lighter.
Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
I dictated this review into a microphone. My typist was Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Professional. It had the job of setting my words into type using Microsoft Word on a Netbook computer.
Any correction that was made during the editing process was marked so you can see specifically how well Dragon handled my dictation.
Solid State Drives
Google’s new Chrome OS is about to show up in a slew of new netbook computers that will all have SSDs.
Flash memory, which is a form of Solid State Memory, is already the mass storage system of choice in cell phones, many iPod models, and most other small handheld electronic devices.
Is the SSD about to become the mass storage device of choice?
How is an SSD superior to an HDD?
How difficult is it to replace an HDD with an SSD in a Netbook Computer?
SSD vs HDD
the Battle Begins
A Simple Way to Synchronize Two Computers
The ASUS CrossLink isn’t much to look at. It is a USB 2GB thumb drive with its own synchronizing cable and built in software. You use it to connect two computers together so the data on each machine can be synchronized.
When CrossLink is connected both computers will then show you the same dialog box for you to choose which operation you want to perform. The instruction manual for CrossLink is a PDF file on the thumb drive.
Imation Pro WX
World's first Secure Wireless External Hard Drive
The Imation Pro WX is a wireless external hard drive that provides secure read/write communication to and from your computer without a wired connection. See photo 1. It is packaged with a pre-matched USB host adapter that you plug into one of the USB ports on your computer. The Pro WX establishes secure 1:1 wireless communication with your computer through this adapter.
Roku helps TV Join the Internet
Many new TV models now come with built-in modules that allow viewers to easily stream Internet content from their home broadband wired or wireless network.
A TV Internet link from Roku, Sezmi, Boxee, Neuros, Vudu, your game machine, or other portal device is not the same as purchasing the next generation Digital Video Recorder (Tivo).
This column explores TV's evolution to the internet.
iTilt by Backetron ($19.95)
If you have an e-Reader, tablet computer, or other flat product with a viewing screen it is nice to have a stand that you can use when it is inconvenient to view and hold your device at the same time. It is simple to setup and use. The perfect device to use to support your iPad or other brand tablet while watching a movie on an airplane.
PowerSlice by Fuse ($89.95)
Do you have a tangle of recharger wires plugged into a wall or power strip? The
Fuse charging station can eliminate the tangle. This product contains a round power base ($49.99) that is designed to hold 4 charging slices ($9.99). You purchase the slices separately to match your electronics. How did the product perform when we tested it? Read the full review.
System Mechanic ($49.95)
This program will make certain that your hard drive doesn’t get too fragmented, system clutter is removed, registry errors are repaired, and the Central Processing Unit (CPU) isn’t tied up
performing unnecessary operations.
Having most computer problems fixed automatically --- priceless.
Workstation Portfolio ($130.00)
The iLuv Professional WorkStation Portfolio is a beautifully designed leatherette case with a micro suede interior. It is the perfect packaging for
its removable keyboard and your tablet.
($99.95 - 2GB, $149.95 - 4GB, and $179.95 - 8GB)
The Echo Smartpen (photo 1) is a tape recorder and a computer that also writes just like an ordinary pen. This pen catches and links what people say to the notes that you jot down on special notebook paper. The pen lets you jump through the recording by touching points in your notes.
An iTwin is “Two ends of a cable, no cable” see photo. This invisible cable can be any length you need. It will connect your computer to another computer regardless of how many miles separate their locations.
The iTwin is now cross compatible so you can access files between a Mac system and a Windows system with either computer serving as the home machine.
2 Week free trial, $4.99 a month
PlayLater is a PC DVR that is married to an Internet browser. It lets you record shows from all the channels shown in the photo. You need an Internet connection to record your shows, but you don’t need a connection to watch them.
16GB $49.99 32GB $89.99
The Wi-Drive establishes a private Wi-Fi network. It is about the same size as an iPod Touch and it lets you supersize the storage capacity of your handheld devices. It can broadcast different content to up to three different-brand handheld units at the same time.
OllioClip iPhone Lens $69.99
The OlloClip is an auxiliary slip on lens system for the iPhone 4 and 4S. To use it your iPhone will have to be removed from its case. You just slip the OlloClip onto the corner of your iPhone so it covers your phone’s camera lens. See photo.
TP-Link TL-WR700N $29.95
The TP-Link WR700N is a pocket sized wireless router that can instantly convert that lonely network cable into a secure WPA/WPA2 encrypted wireless modem, that can serve all of your Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time.
Yurbuds Headphones MSRP $59.99
Their shape is dramatically different from standard headphones because they have been designed to twist lock in place in your ears. You can see how they work online. (Click to Watch Yurbuds Video)
It does however take some time to get used to putting them into each ear. See photo 2. The way they lock in place in your ears does prevent them from falling out while you exercise.
LifeProof Case MSRP $79.99
The LifeProof case protects electronics by preventing water from getting into the device. The engineers and designers created a case that adds only 1/16" to each side of a phone.
They say that their case makes an iPhone water, dirt, snow, and shock proof.
D-Link Streams Surveillance Video to Your TV, iPhone, iPad, and/or Android Device
Products Reviewed: MovieNight (DSM-310) MSRP $48.00 & Day/Night Network Cameras DCS-932L & DCS-942L - MSRPs of $149.99 & $ 199.99
The mydlink™ streaming Surveillance System allows you to view streaming video from one or more D-Link networked cameras. You can view the video on your TV, iPod, iPad, or Android device.This video looks at the MovieNite (310) Player and 2 D-Link cameras (DCS-932L and DCS-942L) cameras. Both cameras have remote viewing, night vision.
Jam HMDX MSRP $39.99
Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
They named it Jam because it is the perfect sweet awesome sounding speaker for you to Jam to music with. They package it in a Jam food jar because it comes in 6 food colors grape, apricot, apple, blueberry, and strawberry.
My Charge Portable Rechargers
Power Bank 6000 MSRP $79.99
Peak 6000 MSRP $99.99
The Portable Power Bank 6000 and the Peak 6000 both allow you to charge three different devices at the same time. Both units have a molded Apple and a micro USB plug. What makes them different ...
iPhone 4/4s Mirror Case
The RHP Multimedia Mirror Case allows you to take photos and videos while your phone is in a horizontal position. Since horizontal is not the normal iPhone position for shooting videos and photos it is unlikely that the people in front of your phone will know that they are being photographed.
D-Link SharePort Go DIR-506L (MSRP $89.99)
The D-link SharePort Go does so many different things that it can best be described as a digital Swiss Army knife. Instead of separate blades it has receptacles for the wires that will let you do different types of internet sharing and file streaming.
Testing included putting it through its paces streaming to an Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Smartphone, and a Samsung 10.1 Tab.
Click to read over 200 other stories on new & emerging technologies.
The NewKube MP3 Player
The NewKube MP3 player is so tiny that it reminds me of something out of a spy novel. I found that the sound that it delivers is as rich, crisp, and clear as the sound produced by my
If you use your own 32GB micro SD card you can probably play your entire music collection from this little device. All is not perfect so you should read the full review.
Simplicikey (MSRP $249.99)
A SimpliciKey deadlock can be opened with a key, built-in touch pad, wirelessly with its keyfob, or, by the end of this year, with your smartphone. However their KeyCloud and Apple and Android Apps won't be available until perhaps September 2013. Without KeyCloud you can accidently unlock your door from 20 feet away and not know it. We will cover KeyCloud when it goes live. Click below to read the full story on what's new in Keyless entry.
Geneva’s World Radio
If the only time you listen to a radio is when you are in a car, you still might find this new Geneva product very interesting. It is actually a Bluetooth auxiliary sound system for your Smartphone or tablet that can also function as a radio. It is perfect as a radio in an emergency and a sound system for all other occasions.
The Mohu Leaf ® Indoor HD TV Antenna MSRP $39.99
Television was once free to watch. If you have ever contemplated returning to free TV there are many things you need to know. This review of the Mohu Leaf antenna covers it all.
iFi (I Found it)
Smart Electronic Key Fob
Apple IOS 5 and higher MSRP $ 34.95
Android 3.2 and higher MSRP $ 39.95
Does the statement “I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached” sound like something you might say? If you answered yes, then the iFi Smart Tag might be a product you would like to own. It is a small Bluetooth electronic key fob that you link to your telephone through a free iFi app. If you misplace or forget your cellphone or the key fob item this smart tag system will help you retrieve them.
Tivo Premiere 4 Vs Optimum Multi-Room DVR
(Tivo Premiere 4 MSRP $249.99 + $14.95/month +$2.00 Cable Card)
(Optimum Multi-Room DVR $12.95/month)
The Tivo Premiere 4 DVR is a replacement cable TV box that can record four different TV shows at the same time. To use it you need an Optimum cable card.You can store 75 hrs of HD or 300 hrs of SD recordings. What is most significant is...
With the Optimum Multi-Room DVR your shows are stored in the cloud not on your TV cable box. You can watch them in any room that you have a cable box. You can store up to 300 hrs SDTV or 75 hrs of HDTV and record 10 shows at the same time. Cloud recording and playback is the future but using the Optimum system now demands patience because...
Kingston's Mobilelite Wireless (MSRP $59.99)
mobi's Eye-Fi (8 GB MSRP $49.99 & 16 GB $79.99)
mobi's Eye-Fi -Your standalone digital camera can’t directly transfer pictures to Facebook or other websites.
mobi’s Eye-Fi is a Wi-Fi SD card that will let your new or old digital camera communicate with your iPhone,
iPad, or Android equivalent.
Kingstom Mobilelite Wireless -The Smartphone that you carry is so central to your life that you wouldn’t dream of leaving home without it. They have limitations and Mobilelite Wireless can eliminate many of these limitations.
Active Noise Cancellation Technology
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 9 MSRP $ 349.95
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 33iS MSRP $ 79.95
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 9
Active noise cancellation technology reduces background noises by creating an opposing sound wave. Audio-Technica headphones have 2 miniature microphones inside each ear cup that pickup the noise from your surroundings. The electronic circuitry of the units then creates a sound wave that is 180° out of phase of the offending sounds.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 33iS
I used the same testing procedures to test Audio-Technica QuietPoint® ATH-ANC33iS earbuds which also have active noise cancellation. They work using the same basic technology that was explained above and covered in detail in the review. They only have one microphone in each earbud.
Vivitar 787HD Waterproof Camera (MSRP $ 119.00)
The Vivitar 787HD waterproof camera is the perfect camera to catch the action around you when you are swimming, surfing, biking, boating, fishing, skiing, or snowboarding. If you are into more extreme sports it is also the perfect camera to record those activities.
If you are not looking for an inexpensive waterproof camera this is not the camera to buy. Read the review - You will find my reasons in the not so cool section of the review.
The Matrix Quick Connect System separates what all the above tools have in common from the working end that does the drilling, sawing, screwing, and other cutting functions. When you purchase the Matrix 20 Volt Max Drill/Driver you get the power source, handle, drive motor, and the trigger switch that will run all of the different attachments listed above. For a full understanding of the system read the full review. My YouTube video shows what this system can do.
Brinks’ Home Security Push Pull or Rotate Locks
Brinks Push, Pull or Rotate Key-in-Knob Lock MSRP $ 29.97
Brinks Push, Pull or Rotate Key-in-Knob Lock lets you enter your home by pushing the handle in with your elbow, finger, or a full body bump. You can also turn the knob the old fashioned way to gain
access to your home. From the inside,
when the lock is not locked,
you can pull on the handle to open
your door or just twist the knob the
old fashioned way.
These opening features are disabled
on both sides of the door when the
lock is locked with your key or thumb
turn on the inside handle.
Black & Decker Matrix Quick
Connect Power System
Matrix 20 Volt Max Drill/Driver MSRP $ 70.00
Oscillating Tool Attachment MSRP $ 40.00
Impact Driver Attachment MSRP $ 40.00
Jig Saw Attachment MSRP $ 30.00
Detail Sander Attachment MSRP $ 30.00
Trim Saw Attachment MSRP $ 40.00
Router Attachment MSRP $ 40.00
Reciprocating Saw Attachment MSRP $ 40.00
Cobra SPX 7800BT Radar Detector
MSRP $ 259.95
All radar detectors attempt to determine if you are passing through an area where the speed of vehicles is being monitored by law enforcement. The SPX 7800BT has no internal battery so it needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle. It has an extra USB receptacle for you to plug in your cellphone or other accessory that needs charging or constant power frrom your vehicle.
During testing it detected X, K, Ka, VG-2, speed cameras, an approaching ambulance, and signals from the safety alert traffic warning system. It can pick up other traffic enforcement warnings, but they did not occur during testing. Each signal showed up clearly on the unit's screen and also on my cellphone. The Android and Apple apps are free without a yearly subscription.
The Sleek 4G Cellphone Booster
MSRP $ 159.95
The Sleek 4G uses an outside wired antenna and a cellphone cradle to boost your cellular signal. See photo and watch the video. It has no internal battery so it needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle. To use it you will also need to place a magnetic base antenna on to the roof of your car.
The way it works is the rooftop antenna collects the weak cellular signal and adds enough gain to get it to the Sleek 4G cradle booster. The cradle passes on this stronger cellular signal to your phone.
Wireless Range Extender
To boost your signal in a weak area you place the DAP-1320 near the area where your Wi-Fi signal is weak. It simply receives your protected signal from your Wi-Fi wireless router, boosts it, and then retransmits it further into the area where your signal was previously too weak to be effective.
Since it is wireless, it only needs you to plug it directly into any standard electrical outlet. The last step is to give it access to your protected network so it can start to boost and retransmit your Wi-Fi signal.
Absolute Technology MSRP 29.95
The engineers at Absolute Technology have created the LINKase to increase the strength of your Wi-Fi signal and add some physical protection at the same time. This case has a popsicle stick antenna that you slide up to provide a Wi-Fi signal boost. Read the full review to see what that slide up antenna can do. The case does come in different colors and each case comes with two different color antenna sticks.
Ventev Powercell 5000 MSRP $54.99
The Ventev Powercell 5000 is a backup charger that delivers recharging power from its 5000mAH lithium Polymer battery. It is designed to charge two devices at the same time. It has a 1A 5V charging port for cellphones and a 2.1A 5V rapid charging port that is ideal for charging your tablet. The Powercell 5000 has built in temperature protection, short circuit protection, and it will automatically shut off charging when your device is fully charged.
by AudioSource® (MSRP $39.99)
The Sound pOp is a water resistant Bluetooth speaker system that is rugged enough to play your music in the shower. Since it is also a hands free speaker phone, you can use it to avoid missing calls when you are wet or when you are dry.
It is the water resistance of this device and how it attaches to smooth surfaces that makes this product very interesting. Sound pOp is the only audio device that I know of that has a suction cup base so it can be quickly attached to any smooth wet or dry surface.
Tactslider Game Controller
MSRP $ 19.95
This tiny joystick can definitely enhance your video game play. You simply stick the Tactslider onto the surface of your smartphone or tablet and without batteries, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, or other software it instantly gives you surgical control of the animated action figures in hundreds of popular game.
Rayovac Wilderness Cellphone Chargers MSRP PS71 or PS72 $ 9.99
At this year’s CES Rayovac's $ 9.99 chargers won a CES innovation award. These new chargers could be the cheapest or most expensive charger you ever buy. It all depends on how you use them. You see the battery inside these chargers is a Rayovac Lithium CR123A non- rechargeable battery.
SanDisk Connect Wireless
Media Drive MSRP 32GB $ 79.99 64GB $ 99.99
The Wireless Media Drive is the Wireless Flash Drive's big brother. The significant differences - this drive can stream five videos at the same time (Flash Drive 3), its internal battery can supply up to eight hours of continuous streaming (Flash Drive 4), its flash memory is built into the unit (The Flash Drive’s memory is on a micro SD card), and the media drive has a standard SD slot that you can use to expand its built in storage capacity.
Wireless Flash Drive
MSRP 16GB $ 49.99, 32GB $ 59.99, 64GB $ 99.99
This flash drive can wirelessly connect to eight devices at the same time. It lets you view or share files between your computer, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android smartphone or android tablet all at the same time. It supports two way communications so you can wirelessly upload and/or download files or just stream videos to 3 of the above devices at the same time.
Bberii Pegasus II Screen Share
The Bberii Pegasus II is a wireless Android and IOS converter that lets you shift viewing from your small smartphone or tablet screen to your HDTV. The promise is real time mirroring of video and audio on any HDMI enabled TV set. It has a Miracast mode for use with Android devices that support mirroring and a DLNA mode for Apple and all Android devices. Before you purchase you will want to read this full review.
MSRP 16GB is $169.99, 32GB is $199.99, 64GB is $299.99
The i-FlashDrive has been designed to allow you to transfer files between Apple and android products directly without the need of a computer or Wi-Fi connection. The device has 4 connectors - Apple Lightning, Apple 30 pin, USB, and USB Micro. You just plug in one device at a time into the appropriate slot on the i-FlashDrive and transfer your files to and from the flash memory that is built into the unit.
Cellphone Protective Cases
LifeProof nuud MSRP $89.99
Ballistic SG MAXX $50.00 Jewel $20.00
The student Egg Drop Technology Challenge requires technology and engineering students to build a system that will keep an egg from breaking when it’s dropped from a considerable height. Manufacturers’ of protective smartphone cases are all involved with this same kind of tech challenge. The difference is they are treating your phone as the egg.
The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
Can you shoot photos and video on your watch? Can the watch on your wrist serve as a hands free telephone? If it can’t perform the above tasks perhaps it can at least control what music is playing on your smartphone or let you read and answer text messages. At CES 2014 Samsung introduced their newest product the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a communication Swiss Army Knife.
D-Link AC1300 (DGL-5500)Gaming Router
MSRP $ 199.99
The D-Link AC1300 (DGL-5500) Gaming Router has a performance technology created by Qualcomm called Streamboost ™ . This technology lets this D-Link router act like a traffic cop allocating bandwidth to your different network devices based on their moment to moment needs.
The Polar Loop Exercise Tracker MSRP $ 109.95
The polar loop is a wrist exercise tracker that can tell how much running, walking, sitting, sleeping, moving, and jogging you do each day. On the Polar Loop app you can see what you should do the next day to get your activity up. The Polar Loop is really waterproof so you can wear it when swimming or snorkeling. It is a great device to use if you are trying to lose weight or measure how much exercise you get in your day. It definitely motivates you to do more exercise.
Soundbook X3 Bluetooth Speaker MSRP $ 299.95
I have written many reviews on these external speakers in the past, but never found one with the quality of sound that is produced by the Bayan Audio Soundbook X3. This sound quality comes from the 20 watts of power that Bayan built into an audio case that definitely resembles a book. In one package you have 1. Auxiliary speaker system (Aux) 2. Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone a perfect system for group chats (Blue). 3. A standalone FM radio (FM) The display shows the radio station being selected.
Kingston Mobilelite G2
MSRP $ 78.00
Kingston came up with a name that perfectly describes what this product can do. It is the wireless (Wi-Fi) accessory that bridges all of your other mobile devices weaknesses.
Your smartphone and tablet probably can’t wirelessly run, copy, or transfer files from or to a memory stick and SD card. Not only can the Mobilelite G2 perform these transfers it allows you to share the contents of the SD card or memory stick simultaneously with 8 friends all watching different things. To see what else it can do read the review.
MSRP $ 79.98
The PNY PowerPack ID10400 is a backup charger that delivers recharging power from its internal 10,400 mAh lithium Polymer battery. This is the largest mAh consumer portable power supply that I have seen to date.
It is designed to charge two devices at the same time. What really sets this battery charger apart is its charging power and its small video screen that provides real data. The screen can tell you how much energy your devices are pulling and how many more times you can charge them before the PowerPack 10400 will need to be recharged.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 70 Noise Cancellation Headphones
MSRP $ 199.95
The best way to prevent hearing loss is to reduce the volume of hazardous noise from a roar to a quiet whisper. The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint ® headphones can remove 90% of the normal noise that surrounds you. If you don’t have to pump up the volume of your music or video game to drown out airplane engines you just might avoid hearing loss later in life. For gaming at home they aren’t my first choice because they are designed to eliminate environmental noise not increase the dynamic sound of your music or video game.
A good set of gaming headphones can increase your gaming reaction time by eliminating extraneous noise. They can also allow you to sense the direction of very low physical sounds created by your foe and help you determine where that sound is coming from. Your ears and eyes working together could locate a hiding place in time to get the shot the moment your foe starts to move out from a hiding place. The Kingston HyperX gaming headphones in combination with your peripheral vision could get you past difficult levels in a game that has stymied you in the past.
Kingston's HyperX Gaming Headset
MSRP $ 79.95
Smartphone Breathalyzer MSRP $129.95
Drinking and Driving is Dangerous
If you drink alcoholic beverages you should make certain that you are sober enough to drive before you start your car. BACtrack ® Mobile is a small personal breathalyzer that works with your smartphone. It measures your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and on the spot tells you how much time should pass before you get behind the wheel of a car. Before you purchase BACtrack you will want to read this full review.
Da Vinci 3D Printers
MSRP DaVinci 1.0 $499.00, DaVinci 2.0 $699.99
MSRP Da Vinci 1.0 AiO $799.99
The Da Vinci 3D Printers (except DaVinci Jr.) are all built using the same housing, heated building table, internal carriages, drive motors, drive belts, etc. All three models have the same ability to build a 7.8 X 7.8 X 7.8 inch object. They all use the same building software (XYZware).
The review will show you how each model is unique. The review gives you reason to drool and also the things that aren't so cool.
The At every tourist site today you see people using a “selfie stick with their smartphone to take self portraits. The selfie stick is a generic name for a device that extends your reach allowing more people or scenery into your self portrait. These devices vary in price and quality and they are made by many different manufacturers.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset has 7.1 surround sound and noise cancellation. The noise cancellation enhancement comes from its new digital microphone that cancels out echoes and also provides gain control through their new USB sound card.
Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II
Gaming Headset MSRP $ 99.99
SelfieStick (GoTech Ion)
MSRP $ 24.99
TextNow Cellphone Service
Service Plans Start at $18.99 and Cellphones at $13.99
The TextNow hybrid cellular service handles as many of your calls, texts, and Internet access using available Wi-Fi streaming. When Wi-Fi isn’t possible it handles these same services using the Sprint Cellular Network. They even have an app that will let you make phone calls and send texts using any Wi-Fi connected device you own.
The photo shows a girl listening to her music using a headset that rests outside of her ears. The music she hears is transmitted through her cheek bones. Sounds crazy but it works and this review will describe to you how the Bluez-2 bone conducting headphones works and their positive and negative features. Before getting into specifics I just want to point out that this is a great product for anyone who wants to hear what is going on around them while wirelessly blasting their tunes directly into their head.
AfterShokz Bluez 2
MSRP $ 99.95
Ventev New Products CE Week NY
Ventev USB Charging Hub 400
Has 4 USB power outlets. The outlet on the extreme left side of the Charging Hub 400 provides a fast 2.4 amp charge and the other 3 outlets share 3 amps.
Global ChargingHub 300
It will provide you with charging power in 150 different countries. The housing has 2 USB outlets which you can use directly with your charging wires and it also has a universal outlet which will allow you to plug in a standard plug.
New myCharge Portable Chargers
for Apple & Android Devices
They vary in Power but have many common Features
HubUltra (12000mAh) - HubMax (9000mAh) -
HubPlus (6000mAh) - HubMini (3000mAh)
All of the chargers listed above have a built-in integrated Apple Lightening cable and also a built-in integrated micro-USB cable. You can use any one of them to charge two devices at the same time. Note that you can’t charge 2 Apples or 2 Androids at the same time since you only have one Apple and one Android built-in cable. Since they are built around these two cables, if your devices require a different cable this is not the battery recharger you want to purchase.
My Wireless TV by Actiontec
With the My Wireless TV system you can temporarily bringing your HDTV into your backyard, hang a new HDTV in a new room that never had cable or satellite wiring installed, or avoiding the cost and mess that the installers will make running new wires through your walls to your new TV.
The My Wireless TV MWTV200Kit includes a transmitter, a receiver, and all the needed cables for a standard HDMI installation. The transmitter and receiver will recognize each other as soon as you plug them into an electrical outlet.
The Martian Smartwatch
Envoy G10 MSRP $249.95
Most smartwatches are built on a smartphone metaphor which means their designer’s goal was to shrink what you usually look at on your smartphone so it can be seen and addressed on a device strapped to your wrist. The Martian smartwatch is built on a wristwatch metaphor. See photo. Its designer’s primary goal was to create a time piece that can run about two years on its watch battery and also provide many smartphone functions.
TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case
vs Phonesuit Elite Pro
(Both have an MSRP $79.95)
Do you ever have that one text message that you have to send when your phone dies? Do you often have one more fact to check for school when your phone’s power supply reaches rock bottom. It will take twice as long for this to happen if you are using a TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case (photo 1) or a Phonesuit Elite Pro (photo 2).
TYLT FLYP Duo Cable
The FLYP-Duo Cable is amazing and I expect many other companies will soon try to duplicate its features. See photo. It is the perfect travel cable because it is two cables in one neat small package.
At the power end of this USB cable you have a plug that can go into your PC, charging block, or charging station facing left or right. Look carefully at the image at the location of the green arrows.
At the other end you have a micro USB with a lightening adapter attached to it. To keep this adapter from getting lost it has a safety cable.
Huawei Smartwatch Review
(MSRP $349.99 to $799)
Every model of this smartwatch, regardless of price, has the same functionality and the same extremely difficult to damage sapphire crystal protecting its display. It is as luxurious looking as the newest Apple and Samsung product and much prettier than the rest of the competition. Besides its outer beauty it will work with your iPhone (running iOS 8.2+) or almost any brand Smartphone or tablet (running Android 4.3+).
Ditto is a small clip-on vibrator that you attach to your clothing or its wristband so it can silently inform you that your smartphone needs your attention. You can set custom vibrations for phone calls, texts, emails, calendar appointments, smartphone alarms, and also its smartphone tether. The tether vibration will inform you that you have moved out of Bluetooth range from your smartphone.
Review of the RiF6 Cube Projector
The designers of the Cube created a tiny powerful projector that weights only 4.8 ounces and it is also extremely small; it is a 2 inch cube. See photo 1. It is a handy device to have when you want to project still images or videos for a small group. With the Cube you can project up to a 120 inch WVGA (854 x 480) image for group viewing. At 50 lumens its LED bulb projects a very bright image that can be seen in a room without turning off the lights.
NETGEAR ® Nighthawk X4S AC2600
The Nighthawk X4S AC 2600 is a Mu-MIMO enabled device. This means it is designed to simultaneously upload and download data to a number of devices at the same time. If you have multiple users in your home and many electronic devices that use WiFi, Mu-MIMO can significantly improve communication. This Nighthawk also runs QoS (Quality of Service) algorithms to determine which internet traffic needs the fastest transmission rates and if you are a gamer this should give you lag-free gaming
Jabra Halo Smart Bluetooth Earbuds (MSRP $79.95)
They first thing you notice about these earbuds is the plastic headband that you wear around your neck. All the electronics, including the charging port are located in this band. The Jabra Halo Smart earbuds are the first Bluetooth unit that provided enough volume for me to clearly hear the soundtrack of the Netflix and Hulu videos that I watch while testing on a treadmill. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of these wireless earbuds is how simple it is to go from listening to music to a phone call
VAVA Voom 20
Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (MSRP $99.99)
The Voom 20 is a 20 watt Bluetooth splash proof speaker system with a number of perks that makes it kind of special. The most outstanding feature, besides its rich sound, is that you can connect two smartphones at the same time. Once this connection is done you just need to pause the music on one to instantly start playing your music from the other smartphone. I never saw an iPhone and a Samsung work so well together. I will list all of its features later on in this review.
My Charge Razor Ultra Review (MSRP $99.99)
The Razor Ultra is a backup charger with an extremely large 12,200 mAh lithium polymer battery. Battery power is measured in milli-ampere hours (mAh). The mAh number of a portable battery tells you how much electricity the battery can deliver before it will need to be recharged. The larger this number, the more electricity a battery has to recharge your devices. The Razor Ultra has the ability to deliver more amps than most other rechargers.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Review (MSRP $119.99)
The first thing you notice about the HyperX Cloud Revolver is the two metal bands that kind of float above the regular headband that sits on your head. All headsets are designed so that their headband will accommodate big and small heads. The larger your head the more pressure you therefore feel from the headband. The HyperX Cloud Revolver has an active suspension system, which reduces the contact force between the headset and your head. This headset also reproduces a richer more encapsulating sound.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 3
Review (MSRP $99.99)
They first thing you notice about these earbuds is the fact that they come with a case that has a built-in battery charger. See photo. A finger press on this display will cause the display to light up one to three bars to tell you the remaining charging capacity of the case’s internal battery. To charge the earbuds you pop the cap open on the right earbud and attach the micro USB cable from the case. This photo shows the earbuds in the case charging.
BenQ i500 LED Smart Short-Throw Projector Review (MSRP $ 749.99)
I see the BenQ i500 LED Smart Projector as the perfect easy to carry (2.87 lbs) bright projector (500 Lumens) for teachers and professionals to carry with them when they travel to give a presentation in a small to medium size venue. BenQ wanted to create a projector that could do more than that so they designed this machine for home or road warrior use. Photo 1. How would you use it in your home? The best way to answer that is to say that the i500 is a WiFi enabled Android tablet without a built-in viewing screen. Your screen becomes any blank wall in your home.
Whistler CR90 Laser Radar Detector Product Review (MSRP $ 168.95)
The Whistler CR90 GPS enabled radar detector could prevent you from getting a speeding ticket if you occasionally or often drive faster than the posted speed limits. One of its many detection features might stop you from running a yellow light and getting a traffic violation in the mail. This unit also has a Traffic Flow Signal Rejection (TFSR) setting that you can turn on and it can alleviate most of these annoying signals causeb by car collision avoidance systems. It has many other interesting features.
BackBeat Pro Wireless With Active Noise Cancellation (MSRP $ 249.99)
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro are extremely well designed and have some amazing features, which includes extremely long battery life (up to 24 hours per charge) and an automatic pause and resume sensor for music and video. See photo 1. When you take these headphones off your head your iPhone, iPad, or Android equivalent senses that you have stopped listening and automatically pauses your show or tunes until you place the headphones back on your head. You can pair two devices at the same time to allow you to watch a movie on your tablet and instantly switch to your phone to answer a call.
SanDisk’s New iXpand Lightning+USB 3.0 (MSRP $49.99 to $129.99)
iXpand is a small, portable backup drive that plugs directly into the lightening port of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The other end of iXtend has a 3.0 USB plug for transfer of your backed up files to your computer. See photo. iXpand lets you backup, store, and transfer your files between two devices.
The best part about iXpand is that people spend a lot of money for iCloud storage and you can quickly get the same level of backup using iXpand and your computer at a fraction of the cost; since you only have to purchase it once.
Ventev rq600 USB Charging Hub
Do you might have six or more electronic devices that need recharging at the same time? You definitely don’t want to overcharge them by leaving them plugged in overnight. The Ventev rq600 can charge six things at the same time. Its built-in processor and software actually monitor each device to prevent overcharging.It also automatically lowers its current feed as your devices reach their full charge and won’t overcharge them even if you leave them plugged in overnight.
EZVIZ Security Cameras Husky (MSRP $129,99),
Mini Plus (MSRP $99.99), Mini O (MSRP $79.99)
Locks are designed to keep people out. Alarms are designed to make a lot of noise and call the police if someone manages to bypass your locked perimeter. The third element to improve your safety is security cameras and EZVIZ has the hardware so you can inexpensively add them to your home or office. You can monitor these cameras yourself using an app on your smartphone. This review provides an in depth look at the EZVIZ Husky, Mini-Plus, and the Mini O.
AMPED Bluetooth Neck-Band Earbuds & Streamer (MSRP $ 199.99)
You kind of expect a set of earbuds that are developed by a subsidiary of a company that makes hearing aides to have some special features. I expect that Hearing Lab, LLC had this in mind when they created the Lucid Audio™ subsidiary, the manufacturer of the Amped Bluetooth Neck-Band. This product, see photo 1, is more than a simple neck band set of Bluetooth earbuds. It has a volume limit setting designed to protect young ears from the destructive effects of loud noise.
Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Earbuds
When working out at the gym or outdoors you really want wireless earbuds. The full review will describe all the reasons why the new Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Earbuds are an excellent choice. They are a sweat, shock, weather resistant' and actually meet US Military Standards. They are easy to control and most important they have over the ear hooks so they won’t fall out of your ears while you are working out.
Samsung Gear SM-R 323 VR
This review describes the features of the Samsung Gear SM-R323 VR headset and the virtual world that it lets you explore. It is almost identical to the VR headset that provides the synchronized virtual world experience at six flags. Will it provide you with the virtual world that you want to explore at home? To find out read the review.
Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds (MSRP $249.99)
The first thing you notice about these earbuds is that they are completely wireless. No wire to plug into your smartphone and no wire stringing the left and right earbud together see photo 1. They will work equally as well with your Apple or Android smartphone.
Their carrying case is a charger and they carry an IP67 waterproof rating. They believe enough in their waterproofing and other design features to include a three year warranty.
(MSRP $49.99 - $149.99)
The Pixie system is there to help track down your lost items like your phone, wallet or car keys. To set up Pixie Points you first download its application from the Apple App Store onto your iPhone or other Apple device. Then the app gives you detailed instructions on how to connect wirelessly with your Pixie Points.
Urban Armor Gear - Monarch Case
(MSRP $ 59.95)
Yale Lock Look Door Viewer
Yale Lock has developedt a video door viewer. The camera on the Living Look Door viewer observes what is going on in front of your door. With a press of a button lets you see what the camera is seeing on the viewing screen mounted on your door or on your smartphone. The app has many features that you can set to know when someone is at your door, see them, and talk to them even when you are miles from your home.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
With multiple layers of shock absorbing rubber and plastic that is beefed up in all four corners of the case it should deliver a good deal of protection if you accidentally drop your phone.
Case has a layer of shock absorbing rubber ribbing fused into the case’s layer of plastic to give a solid grip when holding your phone. This ribbing goes inside the case to provide more shock absorbing qualities if your phone is dropped.
Speck Vs UAG
Kenu Airframe ® Car Mounts
(MSRP $19.95 - $29.95)
In 2013 Kenu developed the Airframe Portable Car Mount. It is a simple device that attaches to an air vent in your car. Though simple in design its well crafted construction helped the company sell 2 million of them. They now have a full line of smartphone holders and they are all well constructed and also still very reasonably priced. I tested all the ones shown in the pictures in the reivew and they all worded extremely well.
Mini & Micro U Speakers
(MSRP $35.00 -$45.00)
The Mini and Micro U speakers really surprised me because even though they are tiny they are loud but not tinny, act as a selfie remote, and can even work as a hands free speakerphone. The Mini is a little larger than the Micro and it has one more feature it allows you to pair two Mini’s together.
Omron Evolv Blood Pressure Monitor
(MSRP $ 99.99)
Omron Heat Pain Pro TENS
The Evolv by Omron is a new BPM that has all components built into the cuff that you place on your upper arm above your elbow to take your own blood pressure. The unit is a perfect size for travel and home use.
Combines heat and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to try and calm nerve and muscle pain by alternating heat for the muscle pain and TENS for the nerve pain into 30 minute treatment sessions. This Omron device lets you select what type of treatment will take place during each 30 minute session.
Switchmate Smart Lighting
Switchmate manufactures inexpensive smart wall switches and electrical outlets that install in seconds. Their products are an inexpensive way of creating the illusion that you are at home when you are out for the evening or away on vacation.
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EZVIZ Mini Trooper Security Camera
(MSRP Bundle =s Base Station + One Camera $149.99 Extra Cameras MSRP $79.99 each)
EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus Security Camera (MSRP $79.99)
The mini trooper security camera has its own internal power supply and works with a separate base station.To increase battery life of the Trooper’s internal power source (4 CR 123A Batteries) this camera is always in sleep mode with its Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor active.When PIR picks up body heat it wakes up the camera to record the event.
The Mini 360 Plus is a 1080p Wi-Fi camera that can view 340 degrees of its environment by silently panning around, inside its dome. When you have access to the Internet the app will let you see what your camera is seeing in real time and also let you review what it has seen earlier in the day or past days perhaps back to the day you installed it.
20 Volt Reciprocating/Scroll Saw
The Axis has been designed as a 20 volt scroll saw that converts with the simple press of a large button into a reciprocating saw. It’s unusual because both cutting configurations are equally effective and look just like the two individual power saws that Worx has combined into the Axis. See photos 1, 2, and 3.
Cube Tracker -
Find Lost or Misplaced Items
(MSRP $ 24.95)
You download the app (Cube Tracker) from the Apple App or Android Play store and attach the Cube to your keys or other item. When you can’t find the item that the Cube is attached to you use the app to locate the item. To do this you must be in Bluetooth range so the app can tell the Cube to ring.
Kingston’s Nucleum 7 Ports From 1 USB-C
At CES 2018 Kingston introduced Nucleum. Plug it into any computer with a USB-C port to run your accessories. Use its charging port to charge your MacBook at the same time Nucleum’s other ports are running all your other accessories. The review shows all it can do and includes a link to a video that shows it in action.
OWC Thunderbolt 3
13 Ports From 1 USB-C
OWC Thunderbolt 3 provides connectivity needed if your occupation demands
the full transfer rate of thunderbolt USB-C 40 Gigabits per second - now found on the new iMac and the MacBook Pro. The review shows all it can do and includes a link to a video that shows it in action.
Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds
At CES 2018 Jabra released its newest completely wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 65t. These earbuds refine some of the design characteristics and features of their very successful Elite Sport earbuds that were released in 2017. The first thing our testing determined is that the Elite 65t will work equally as well with your Apple or Android smartphone. The full review goes into specific plus and minus features of these earbuds. See photo 1.
Sound Oasis BST-400
Sound Oasis has built the perfect product to blast your music during the day and help you sleep at night. It combines a Bluetooth Speaker with a white noise machine that runs 8 hours of sound masking recordings to help you sleep. Sound Oasis is a company that sells products designed to create the optimal sound conditions for a user to fall and stay asleep.
Black & Decker LCS 1020 20 Volt Max Cordless Chainsaw (MSRP $ 129.99)
My original review of this saw underestimated its capabilities. So this re-write will describe how this saw is much more capable than I originally thought. The last Nor’easter storm that hit the Northeast gave me the opportunity to see how large a cutting job this Black and Decker 20V Max could handle. The largest parts of these trees came close to the maximum 10 inch cutting capacity of the saw and the review describes how well the saw performed.
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Operation YOU A Virtual Reality Book
(MSRP $ 19.99)
This VR book is the first of a series of virtual reality books produced by The Quantum Storey Company Inc ™. Operation YOU allows its VR user to replay a bullying situation on a school bus to learn how to not be intimidated by bullies.
It comes with a VR viewer that you attach to your smartphone. Kids who are used to fast action video games might find the experience rather slow. It only works with the supplied viewer or a viewer like Google Cardboard. At this time you cannot use high tech viewers such as Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear.
BeHear Now Can Improve Your Hearing (MSRP $249.00)
The BeHear Now earbuds look like a normal set of Bluetooth wireless buds that you would use for your smartphone or tablet to listen to your music and make phone calls. They do all that quite well but their outstanding feature is they are also a decent digital hearing aid. The engineers at Alango Technologies, in Israel, designed this wireless headset so its built-in microphones and in-ear speakers can improve your hearing.
EARGO Max Hearing Aids Review (MSRP $2,500)
At CES 2018 I talked to the representatives of EARGO about their newest product the EARGO Max.I found their EARGO Max hearing aids, in a sense very similar to a high quality set of fully wireless earbuds. The earbuds boost the volume of your favorite tunes for personal listening and the EARGO Max boost the sound of your natural environment to compensate for your slight loss of hearing.