I love gadgets. This is the archive for all my articles pertaining to gadgets.

I-Venstar Bluetooth Speakers

I-Venstar Bluetooth Speakers Reviewed


I-Venstar sent me two portable Bluetooth speakers to review--the colorful red and black "Taco" (also available in silver and black), and the rugged, waterproof I-Venstar Waterproof Sport model S406. When I first opened the pair of I-Venstar speakers, I was impressed. I had previously looked at the speakers on Amazon, and for Bluetooth speakers in the under $50 range, these looked well made and stylishly packaged. I was also pleased to see that both speakers came with a carabiner--I am a sucker for carabiners! See the rest →

Lynktec 360 Grip Stand

LYNKtec 360 Grip Stand Review

The LYNKtec 360 Grip Stand is a tablet grip and stand which attaches to the back of any tablet with microsuction technology. The grip stand is comfortable to hold and rotates to any position as a stand for portrait and landscape viewing. See the rest →

Gripster Wrap Case and Stand Back View

Gripster Wrap Review

I had known for some time that the Gripster I knew and loved from my iPad 3 days had been redesigned for the iPad Air and renamed the Gripster Wrap. Now, instead of being designed to work with Apple Smart Cover, they had designed it with an integrated cover of its own. I wasn't too thrilled about the addition of a non-removable cover on the Gripster Wrap, but the redesign of the back grip/stand portion intrigued me. See the rest →

GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus

GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus Review

The GoSmart Crossover 400 is a touch-screen stylus and ballpoint pen combo designed for accuracy. The stylus is attractive and well-built, while the see-though wire cross-hair tip provides a great deal of precision. And if you find yourself often switching between a stylus and an ink pen, you'll be happy to know there is one built in. Learn more about the Crossover 400 stylus in this review. See the rest →

The Oontz Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Oontz and Oontz Angle Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review

Earlier this year, I was in the market for a new portable Bluetooth speaker. My iShower up and died, and my Satechi speaker, though I still like it, began to sound distorted–and it has never had enough volume to use outdoors. The Oontz Angle from Cambridge Soundworks went on sale just in time for my birthday, so I jumped on it. See the rest →

Iced Coffee

Delicious Iced Coffee in 3 Minutes

I'm not real big on kitchen gadgets, but the one kitchen gadget that gets used daily in our house is our AeroPress coffee press. All geeks needs their caffeine fix, and here in the hot Florida humidity, we like to get ours via iced coffee in the morning. Here's how we use the AeroPress to make delicious iced coffee in about 3 minutes. See the rest →

The Best Way to Hold the iPad

Ever since I got my first iPad two years ago, I've been grappling with… well, the iPad! Specifically, holding it comfortably and using it in a variety of positions. The Apple Smart Cover is great, but it doesn't let you use the iPad in the portrait orientation, it doesn't help you hold the iPad with one hand, and the two landscape propped positions just aren't enough. I've been through a number of holders and stands for my iPad and have recently found the holy grail. What follows is a summary of all the holders I've tried, what's good and bad about them, leading up to my current holder, the fabulous Gripster. See the rest →