Gadgets


The Future is Now
Future Shop’s Smart Loft
VIZIO Smart TVs and Audio Goodness

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 8th, 2014

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The other night, a few Thumbers were invited by Future Shop to hang out in the Smart Loft and check out a brand that will be making its debut in their stores (and in Best Buy) on September 12 of this year. That brand is VIZIO, a California-based company that has made a name for itself south of the border for making great televisions priced at an extremely competitive level. At least, televisions are all I thought that they made. It turns out they also have some great audio products as well.

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Reviews
Linksys AC1200 MAX
Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 5th, 2014

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Last year, I reviewed two different routers: the Linksys EA6500 and the D-Link 868L. Both routers are powerful customers, pushing dual-band connectivity through the air like nobody’s business. Of course, it doesn’t matter how powerful your routers are, as dead zones can exist in the oddest of places, contributing to a lack of signal in areas that we might really want connectivity. Thankfully, one can usually overcome this obstacle by employing the use of a Wi-Fi range extender, making dead zones a little less of a problem while extending the range of your local Wi-Fi network. LinkSys sent us their AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500 to review, and I am pleased to say that it does what it says it’s supposed to do – and it does it quite well.

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Giveaway
POPSCOPE Prototype Model

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 3rd, 2014

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Last week, we reviewed a prototype for POPSCOPE, a neat selfie-aid and tripod all rolled into one (Kickstarter page here). Rugged and useful, the POPSCOPE is pretty cool product – even more so when you consider that the units that we were sent to check out were not even a final build.

We at Toronto Thumbs love to share goodness with our readers; and so, with the permission of the creators of the POPSCOPE, we are going to give one away!

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Cool Kickstarters
POPSCOPE
Selfie-Helpie

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 28th, 2014

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The number of selfies being taken seems to grow every day, if you pay attention to social media. More often than not, self-shot photos tend to lead to awkward head positions (the downward tilt) and, consequently, duck faces. Part of the problem is that our arms are not long enough, so unless you plan on undergoing some sort of somatic mutation in order to gain the arms of an orangutan, you will need to use some sort of mechanical device to help you put a little distance between your hand-held and your face. Enter the POPSCOPE, a selfie-taker’s best friend – but also so much more useful, as you can see from its Kickstarter page.

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Reviews
ViewSonic VP2772 Pro Graphics 27” Display

By Evan Bergstra - July 22nd, 2014

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There is an episode of Corner Gas where a couple of the characters get into a strategic battle of luxury, with each side trying to introduce the other to new, rich tastes and experiences, thereby ruining otherwise acceptable pedestrian alternatives for the recipient. I think it starts with a fountain pen and escalates from there. The good people at ViewSonic sent me one of their premium displays to try out for a couple weeks, and it may well have ruined all lesser displays for me.

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Reviews
Snugg iPod Touch 5th Generation
Silicone Rubber Case (Black)

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 16th, 2014

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Owning a smartphone, tablet, or some other smart hand-held device is like wielding a two-edged sword. On one hand, you’re essentially carrying a computer around that can fit in your pocket. On the other, the interface is not bulletproof, and dropping the device can result in disaster. Snugg makes some great cases that are functional and protective. They sent me their Touch 5th Generation Silicone Rubber Case to check out, and while it does not provide absolute protection1, it’s up to Snugg’s usual high standard.

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Reviews
Viewsonic PJD-7820HD

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 12th, 2014

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Projectors are something that I don’t normally get too excited about. My house doesn’t have too many surfaces upon which I could effectively use it, and getting a screen installed would be a pain. Still, the Viewsonic PJD-7820HD that was sent to us to check out gave me pause, causing me to re-think my position on projectors. A relatively affordable offering, The 7820HD packs a lot of value under the hood, especially when you consider that it is supposed to be an entry-level viewing device.

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