gift guide 2010

  • Review: Phosphor's E-Ink World Time Watch

    Review: Phosphor's E-Ink World Time Watch

    I’m not a big fan of gimmick watches. While I love that guys like Tokyoflash are pushing design forward when it comes to wrist wear, I worry that much of their work is too esoteric and could alienate some potential watch nerds with their complexity. The biggest problem, I feel, is that on the low end the watch world is separated, like computer RPGs, into two two camps – the… Read More

  • Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn

    Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn


    It’s very rare to find a game that is 100% acceptable for my 5-year-old. Many games are just a bit too violent – Super Smash Brothers was pretty rough and Super Paper Mario encouraged self-mutilation – and others, like Mario Kart Wii, are so boring at this point as to induce coma in a healthy 35-year-old. That’s why I was excited to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn. This… Read More

  • Review: Tonka Ricochet RC Car

    My son has it tough. He comes home from school now and asks if “Anything came from UPS” and most of the time he’s disappointed – just some dumb phone or something. But a few days ago he was pleasantly surprised. Inside a big old box was a Tonka Ricochet RC Car, a remote control car with a few crazy tricks up its sleeve. The car runs on a rechargeable 9.6 volt battery… Read More

  • Review: Palmer Pocket Amp

    Review: Palmer Pocket Amp

    I’ve had the Pocket Amp from Palmer Musical Instruments for a month now. It’s fantastic and it has actually stopped me from buying an amp just because I want to have a good sound. I almost bought the Apogee GiO! But then the Pocket Amp came to me. Read More

  • Review: Parrot AR.Drone

    We’ve seen the AR.Drone floating around multiple events this year including CES but we never really got a chance to play with it until this week. Before I get into my review, I’m going to tell you a story. People ask me all the time “What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen” and like a football stadium toilet attendant being asked how his Sunday went, I always… Read More

  • Review: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

    Review: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse


    Short version: An interesting little gadget, but practicality seems to have given way to design a bit more than is necessary. Read More

  • Review: Dyson AM02 Tower Fan

    Review: Dyson AM02 Tower Fan

    Short Version
    It’s been a long, hot summer here on the homestead. John-John gets the whoopus when the dust kicks up and the house, such as it is, is about as hot as an oven most days. Most of August, when one of the neighbors rides into to town to check the bank thermometer and we find out that it’s well into the nineties, we usually just headed out to the old horse trough and… Read More

  • Review: Leica M9

    Review: Leica M9

    This review is by photographer Rich Svinkin. “Nice Equipment.” It took a second to process that the wedding photographer was talking about my camera. It was the shock of phrasing, not the awe displayed, that startled me. When I’m carrying this beauty around I get stopped by strangers all the time. Camera junkies are boundary blind like dog lovers. And like a champion breed… Read More

  • Review: Orb Home Theater Speakers

    Review: Orb Home Theater Speakers

    Short version:
    While you may not have heard of this brand, if you are looking for a complete home theater setup or even stereo setup, complete with powered sub, for $1k or less, you will likely be impressed with Orb. Try them in your home for 30 days. Read More

  • Review: NOX Audio Specialist Gaming Headset

    Review: NOX Audio Specialist Gaming Headset


    Short version: NOX’s first entry into the crowded gaming headset market sets itself apart with its portability, comfort, and ease of use. Read More

  • Review: Toy Story 3

    Review: Toy Story 3

    We don’t do many movie reviews here at CrunchGear, mostly because we’re into gadgets and movies are, in a way, the anti-thesis of the physical. Semantics aside, Toy Story 3 was great. The story is simple: Andy, the toys’ owner, is leaving for college. His toys, resigning themselves to a life in the attic, prep themselves for the coming change but, instead of the must and heat… Read More

  • Review: Canon Rebel T2i DSLR camera

    Review: Canon Rebel T2i DSLR camera


    Short version: An outstanding consumer DSLR and liberating video recorder, the T2i is a powerhouse media device in a small and relatively affordable package. What I think of as killer features, however, may not be viewed as such by the buying population at large. Read More

  • Review: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO

    Review: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO

    Short Version
    The hardware is a little old but the fact you can by a fairly capable ebook reader for under $150 is an interesting thing, especially in this overpriced world of iPads, Nooks, and Kindles. A great device for those who want to experience the ereader revolution with no frills. Read More

  • Review: The Apple iPad

    Review: The Apple iPad

    In these times we have little opportunity for mystical religious experience. By “religious” I mean the feeling that something exciting is about to happen – whether after death or immediately, through the intercession of a divine being, a miracle in life. The neophilic mind has craved magic, craved the new and spectacular, since prehistory. Man deified thunder, worshiped the… Read More

  • Review: Alienware M11x

    Review: Alienware M11x


    Short version: It’s not an all-in-one gaming solution, but for under $1000 it’s a sleek and relatively powerful machine with a few compelling features. Hope you like LEDs. Read More

  • 64GB Zune hits the streets

    64GB Zune hits the streets


    To follow up with earlier rumors we’re happy to report that the Zune HD 64GB is now a reality. Microsoft just announced the Zune HD 64GB for $349.99, available April 12, just outside of the event horizon that is the iPad ship date. This new device will run the 4.5 firmware. Read More

  • Review: Kodak Playsport rugged pocket camcorder

    Review: Kodak Playsport rugged pocket camcorder


    Short version: The 1080p is pretty worthless, but if I had to pick one camcorder to take on vacation, the Playsport is the easy choice. Read More

  • The Logitech Harmony 300 doesn’t have a screen but it’s still a Harmony remote

    The Logitech Harmony 300 doesn’t have a screen but it’s still a Harmony remote

    The Logitech Harmony 300 might be the last Harmony remote released for a while. It seems the Logitech has refreshed nearly the entire line with the 300 being the latest. It doesn’t offer anything new per se, but rather a simple universal remote with the Harmony magic sans LCD screen. This configuration might be kosher for some setups, but be careful if you have anything more than a… Read More

  • Review: Nintendo DSi XL

    Review: Nintendo DSi XL

    Short version: Nintendo’s new DSi XL is aimed squarely at the older generation of casual gamers. People that appreciate something that’s a little easier to read. The people who wear their reading glasses while they sit down for their morning glass of fiber and read their copy of the AARP Journal. And heaven help me, I like it. Read More

  • Latest Battlefield: Bad Company 2 map pack locks, loads (even though maps can’t lock nor load, per se)

    Soldats, je suis contents de vous! EA and DICE just released the second VIP map pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I take it I’m the only person on Planet Earth to buy the game strictly for the single-player mode, but go ahead and have fun without me! Read More