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Sungale 8-inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on August 12th, 2009

Sungale ID800WT 8 inch Digital Photo FrameThe folks from Sungale gave us a chance to check out their recently released 8″ touchscreen, WiFi digital photo frame and while we were initially excited by seeing the features we felt the actual implementation fell a little short of our expectations.

By reading through the features included in the picture frame we found that the designer was going for much more than just a picture frame, and we liked the direction they were heading. After all the list of functionality includes utilizing the WiFi connection to view weather, YouTube videos, Picasa photos, news, Gmail and internet radio. And of course you can view your photos as a slideshow on the device, but that’s the easy part, right? And this is all accessed through a touchscreen which for the most part usually makes this pretty intuitive and easy to navigate.

Belkin TuneBase FM with HandsFree Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2009

belkintunebasehf-sbToday I am going to look at a cool new FM transmitter for the iPhone and other iPods from Belkin called the TuneBase FM with Hands-Free. The device is actually several devices rolled into one so if you need a holder for your phone or iPod, a charger for dockable iPods, a hands free kit, and an FM transmitter this is the device for you. Read on for all the details.

Sporting Seven Displays with HP’s USB Graphics Adapter

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on August 2nd, 2009

HP USB Graphics Adapter background image across multiple monitorsRunning multiple monitors on a single computer is just plain cool. At least it is for us here at the ‘Brick, and the more the better. So, when we heard about HP’s USB graphics adapters which allow you to connect multiple monitors via USB, we had to try it out. HP says a single computer can run as many as six of them and we wanted to see just how well.

THE SETUP:
We ran our testing with some pretty standard equipment. We used an HP ultra-slim desktop PC running Windows Vista with 2GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, along with six average 19″ displays and a single 20″ display. And of course six USB Graphics adapters (actually we had seven adapters but we’ll …

Speakal iPig iPod Dock Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

speakalipig-sbIt seems like just about everyone has an iPod today. What some of those iPod users may not realize is that you can play the tunes back without connecting to your PC if you have a speaker dock. Not all speaker docks are the serious looking electronic devices that we are used to. Today I am going to look at the Speakal iPig iPod dock. You may be surprised at the iPig, read on for all the details.

Eagle Arion ET-AR402IR-BK 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on July 24th, 2009

eaglearion-sbAn iPod is a great thing and the iPhone is even greater for many of us. The devices allow us to carry around huge music libraries without needing big catalogs of CDs. One of the most common accessories that iPod and iPhone owners add to their devices is a speaker dock. Today I am going to check out the Eagle Arion 2.1 iDock Speakers with Subwoofer. Read on for the details.

ProClip for iPhone Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on July 17th, 2009

proclip-sb2I have mentioned before that I have a big problem with my new car not having space for me to put my iPhone down while I am driving. The car has only two cup holders and if I am using both of them there is nothing to do but leave the phone in my pocket. With a five-speed car, it’s very hard to take the phone from a pocket and answer it when driving or to see who is calling before I answer with my Bluetooth headset. Today I am going to look at a new device form ProClip USA that is a vehicle specific cell phone holder for specific phones. I will be looking at the ProClip vehicle mount for the Ford Mustang and the device holder for the iPhone. Read on for all the details.

Photonic Disrupter Laser Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on June 29th, 2009

Photonic Disrupter Laser From Wicked LasersWe’ve seen some pretty cool lasers come across our desks in the past so it’s always refreshing to see a unique twist like what we have with the Photonic Disrupter. The folks at Wicked Lasers have taken an already powerful 100mW laser and modded it into non-lethal, “Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator”, (TALI for short) weapon.

The main feature that makes the Photonic Disrupter different from other 100mW lasers is its adjustable lens, allowing you to create a broad or very focused non-lethal beam of green light. The intent of the laser is for military and law enforcement use in dark or low-light situations, allowing the wielder of the light to temporarily blind and overwhelm the senses of the other person.

BlueAnt Q1 Voice Control Bluetooth Headset Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

blueantq1-sbLast week I looked at a sun visor Bluetooth hands free kit from BlueAnt and found that it worked very well. The thing some drivers don’t like about the sun visor type of hands free device is that everyone in the car with you can hear your conversations. If you prefer an in-ear Bluetooth device, we are checking out the BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset today. Read on for all of the details on the BlueAnt Q1.

Hands on: K-box portable speaker

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

K-box turns tables and walls into giant speakersWe told you about the K-box from Kerchoonz a few weeks ago. The portable speaker that aims to turn nearly any surface into a speaker with an emphasis on bass. It’s targeted at those who want sound on the go, but don’t want to carry bulky speakers with them.

It’s about the size of the iPhone and yes it really does turn your tables, walls and other flat surfaces into giant speakers. It works by plugging into your laptop, portable gaming device, netbook, mp3 player etc. Anything equipped with a headphone jack.

BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 19th, 2009

blueants1-sb1I am not a big fan of Bluetooth headsets. I don’t really care for the way they look in your ear and I don’t like how they feel. Recently I bought a car with a convertible top and a manual transmission and I decided it was time for a hands free device. It’s nearly impossible to drive a 5-speed in traffic and talk on the phone without a hands free device. Today I am going to look at the BlueAnt S1 Sun visor Bluetooth car kit. Read on for all the details on the BlueAnt S1.

SKYlaser Power Adjustable Laser Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on June 16th, 2009

SKYlaser adjustable power laserThe guys over at SKYlaser gave us the opportunity recently to check out there version of a 150mW green laser pointer with a unique adjustable power feature. We’ve reviewed a number of types of lasers and laser pointers here on the ‘Brick but this is the first we’ve gotten our hands on one that has this type of adjustable power.

The nice thing about getting a powerful laser of this caliber is just that; it’s powerful. This laser has enough oomph to put a green dot on something from pretty much as far away as you can see, and that’s during the day. At night it makes a seemingly unending saber-like beam of green laser light visible for miles.

Hands on: Kinesis K3 power generator

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Kinesis K3 power generatorHere at the ‘Brick we’re always on the lookout for gadgets that can give us sweet gadget juice, without it costing money on our electric bills. So we checked out Kinesis’ K3 power generator. The device sports both a windmill and solar cells, plus you can charge its internal battery with external electricity sources. So you can charge its 4,000 mAh battery using a USB adapter or a car cigarette lighter if you absolutely need power on hand.

According to the company, one hour of sun and wind will give you 30 minutes of talk time on a cellphone. Fully charged, the K3 can load the battery cells for an average mobile phone five times, or an MP3 player more than ten times. It costs $100.

iON Universal Mobile Power Bank Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 11th, 2009

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I can always use more battery life from my iPhone. The thing is great but if you spend any length of time, playing games, or surfing the net the battery gets sucked down very swiftly. Today I am looking at a product called the iON Universal Mobile Power Bank that promises up to 50 additional hours of power for iPods and works with the iPhone as well. Read on for all the details.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2009

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When it comes to talking about mice and keyboards there are opposing fronts. Gamers want wires on everything for better speed and accuracy. The average computer user wants to lose the wires for a less cluttered desktop. Today we are going to look at a wireless desktop set from Microsoft called the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000. Read on to see how well the wireless desktop performs.

OCZ Neutrino 10-inch DIY Netbook Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

oczneutrinoI am a big fan of netbooks and use a MSI Wind U100 when I am traveling and have never missed my larger and much more bulky Dell laptop. Being a big fan of computers and gadgets, my desk is full of old notebook and desktop hard drives and sticks of RAM. If you have the same sort of hardware lying around, today we are going to check out what could well be the perfect netbook for you. The OCZ Neutrino is billed as a DIY netbook and if you are the type who builds your own PCs, it’s not nearly as DIY as you are used too. The machine lacks storage, RAM and an OS. What it does have comes at a lower price. Is the OCZ Neutrino right for you? Read on to find out.