Gadgets


Reviews
Polar A300
Fitness and Activity Monitor

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 27th, 2015

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Fitness bands have been all the rage for a while now, but most of the time I find that most people, once buying a Fitbit or a Nike+ Fuelband, adhere to their newly discovered interest in getting into shape for a short time, and eventually start to “forget” their new wearable tech on the top of the dresser. I, personally, have never been into the bracelet-style of fitness tracker. When Polar sent us their A300 to check out, though, I was far more receptive to trying it out due to its more traditional aesthetic. Of course, it is a lot more than just a watch, and now I am addicted to it.

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Giveaway
Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 23rd, 2015

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If you have been a subscriber for a while (or if you are some kind of crazy marathon reader or have been searching specifically for this), you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Muse brain sensing headband. This great device offers the ability to train your brain to be calmer (check this article for more details). Well, the fine folks at InteraXon have been kind enough to provide a Muse brain sensing headband for our final contest! Check out the details after the jump.

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Reviews
Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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‎If you have never had the chance to use a gaming mouse, you don’t know what you are missing (yes, even if you are not a “gamer”). Gaming mice tend to be more comfortable than your typical run-of-the-mill pointing devices; on top of that, they are also very precise. Though they carry a higher price point than their “plain” cousins, I think that they more than make up for this thanks to their high level of tracking and durability. For those that still are unconvinced, you can take the plunge with the relatively inexpensive Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it is also a surprisingly capable interface for gaming and non-gaming applications.

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Reviews
Noir Headphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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For the record, this review was written after the site closed. However, due to some shipping shenanigans, I didn’t receive it until the second last day – definitely not enough time to review it. So I am back-dating this post because I am anal retentive and I promised I would review this piece of tech. – ed.

‎Degauss Labs has been on the mark with their Android-friendly headphones. The last pair that I reviewed, the Dual Driver, was impressive – especially at the price point it occupied. Degauss’ latest product, the Noir, demonstrates their continuing commitment to quality and great sound. These headphones are a little bit more expensive than their Dual Driver cousin – but they are worth every cent of that small jump in price.

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Pro-Tech-Tive
Kiband
Keep Your Friends Close…

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 12th, 2015

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Photos courtesy of Kiband.

While I don’t personally subscribe to tracking devices for kids, there have occasionally been moments when I wondered about the benefits of having one (honestly, some of the stories on the news can be pretty scary) – but I have never really given it too much thought (I am a firm believer in trust and common sense). A few months ago, the Kiband was brought to my attention. It’s a neat solution that works in tandem with smartphones for people who want to be able to keep tabs on their kids – but set custom distances. Kiband also makes the interaction more active: it alerting the child when they are approaching the perimeter limit; it informs the parent when they leave the set limit or when they are immersed in water. While it may seem like overkill, it has enough flexibility to be used as a learning tool to help children learn about location awareness.

I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Spencer Behrend, CEO of KiLife Tech, about this neat product (which had a successful Indiegogo run).

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Reviews
Asus Republic of Gamers
Gladius Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 6th, 2015

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‎It has been a while since we reviewed a mouse – but there are always new offerings to help gamers refine their gaming experience. ASUS has been pushing their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line over the last year (see our review of the G20), with their optical Gladius Gaming Mouse being a promising entry in the interface space. Aside from the testosterone-laden reference to warriors from ancient Rome, the Gladius is a solid contender with great performance and some neat features that enable a fair amount of customization.

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Giveaway
RCA Digital Flat Antenna (ANT1650F)

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 17th, 2015

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If you’re looking to save a little coin by taking advantage of over-the-air (OTA) signals, then you might want to pay attention to this little contest. RCA has been nice enough to donate an indoor digital flat antenna for us to give away to one of our lucky readers. While we haven’t reviewed this particular unit, I have had personal experience with a similar product, and it was quite impressive. So what are you waiting for? Check out how to enter the contest after the jump.

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