Posts Tagged ‘Geeky Gadget Review’
Geeky Gadget Review: Dry Case DryBUDS
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:42 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:42
Water is the biggest fear and the mortal enemy of geeks. It can slip in through the smallest of weak spots and wreck untold damage on our favorite gadgets. Many of us have been in the predicament of dropping our phones in puddles but some of us have had a device stop running due to steam and sweat. Plenty of products have hit the market to protect our digital buddies from the dreaded H2O but what about accessories? Are they doomed to a life of wet death or can they survive to fight another day? Well yes and no.
Thanks to our friends at Dry Case, makers of the DryCASE, we have a new way to jam out in the shower or sing in the rain! How? Why with the DryBUDS Sport of course! The DryBUDS Sports are a set of waterproof headphones, submersible up to 10 feet with a waterproof microphone. The earbuds are attached to over the ear clips that allow users to adjust the buds to fit better inside their hearing holes.
So now you know what they are let’s talk about how they work. Hit the break and I’ll tell you just that!
Geeky Gadget review: Carson CS-50 Screen Cleaners
Last Updated on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 03:44 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 6 June 2012 03:44
I hate grime on my phone, I hate fingerprints on my phone, I hate dust on my phone. What I hate even more than those things are the flimsy cleaning clothes companies are pumping out to combat the ever-growing fingerprint smudge epidemic on touchscreen phones. They clean for a little bit then they smear more than they do anything else. Plus they fold up into teeny tiny balls in your pockets, balls that can easily get lost when you grab your phone out of your pocket.
So what’s a geek to do? Well they can use the sleeve of a shirt or jacket but that has the inherent risk of smearing or even scratching the screens of certain devices. Better option is to pick up a dedicated cleaning apparatus, something like the Carson screen cleaners. I had a chance to toss a couple of these around with my phones and see how well they kept them clean.
The first thing I noticed about the CS-50 is the portable size. The cleaning pad retracts into the plastic body, keeping the space requirements low. The body has a handy-dandy hoop to slip it on your keychain or any other clipable device you have. Since the CS-50 keeps the cleaner inside, there’s very little chance of it falling out of your pockets unnoticed. But how does it hold up to the cleaning process? Hit that break geeks!
Geeky Gadget Review: Power2U Wall Outlet.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:14 Written by LoganDX Monday, 14 May 2012 04:13
Let’s face it folks, USB charging for gadgets isn’t going anywhere. It’s a handy way to avoid numerous device specific chargers but we still need the charger for wall based power drinks. If you happen to own a few juice hungry devices, you still can end up with a clogged energy receptacle. We’ve seen a few different wall outlets that do away with the charger and instead allow users to plug the cable directly into the outlet. Newer Technology sent over their version, the Power2U for us to put through its paces.
The Power2U is set up to satisfy plenty of geeks out there with its feature set, ease of use and insanely easy installation. The P2U is a standard two 3-prong outlet with two additional USB slots on the side. The outlet is built with a “Smart Power” sensor that shuts off power to the USB ports when the cable is unplugged as well as delivering just the right amount of the juice needed. To combat the constant drain unused but still active ports steal, the P2U has ‘Safety Shutters’ that slide closed after the cable has been popped out. No electricity flows to the port if the shutter is closed. Take that hippies!
Installation is a breeze so don’t start freaking out, calling your electrician cousin who owes you a favor – if you’ve ever swapped out a dead outlet at home, you can do this. The guide included by Newer Tech is straightforward enough, covering all the basics that most of us should know. It took me less than the stated 20 minutes to pull my old plug-in out and slip the new P2U in. One note of warning geeks, due to the abilities of the P2U, it is bigger than your old outlet so pay attention to the electrical box you’re installing it in. As long as you have the clearance room and you connect the hot, neutral and ground wires, you have the battle won.
Thoughts after the break…
Geeky Gadget Review: Cobra Universal Cig Mount
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:22 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 20 December 2011 01:00
We tech addicted geeks are always in need of some way to keep our toys active during our car rides through the mean streets of…wait, where are you from again? Anyways… most of us roll around in our DeLoreans with a GPS engaged smart phone. Might be following navigation clues to the nearest Kripsy Kreme or possibly hitting up a new hidden geek cellar. Maybe we need to jam to some tunes streaming down from Google Music. Then again some of us want to scream at people via speakerphone. The biggest deterrent to that? Who really wants to hold their phone while driving!?! That’s where Cobra’s new Universal Cig Mount comes in.
Cobra fused a flexible shaft to a standard cigarette mount, added an USB charger and polished it off with a super sticky holding plate to craft something for geeks with all sorts of gadgets. Plug it into your cigarette socket, twist it to your liking and then slap (gently) your chosen device on the super sticky pad. It combines the usefulness of a car charger with a hands-free mounting kit that can be carried from vehicle to vehicle. I received a test unit from Cobra and put it through its paces. How did it stand up to Mr. Destructo? Hit the jump to find out!