reviews

  • Review: Addonics NAS 3.0 Adapter

    Review: Addonics NAS 3.0 Adapter

    We reviewed Addonics's first NAS adapter in early 2009, somehow missed the second version of the same, and now present our review of their NAS 3.0 Adapter. Like the previous iterations, the NAS 3.0 Adapter is an extremely small device. It sports two USB ports, an RJ-45 port, and a power socket. As with the original version, the power adapter is not a wall wart. Say what you want about Addonics… Read More

  • Quick Review: Dungeon Siege III (PC)

    Quick Review: Dungeon Siege III (PC)

    I can’t write a full review of this game because I have no intention of finishing it. I am a huge fan of Dungeon Siege and its sequel, and of the hack ‘n slash genre in general, but I felt it to be my duty to warn you guys away from Dungeon Siege 3 right now, in case you were thinking about picking it up. I’ve played a little over two hours of the PC version of the game, which… Read More

  • Review: Klipsch S5i Rugged In-Ear Headphones

    Review: Klipsch S5i Rugged In-Ear Headphones

    Short version: A solid pair of headphones with some token efforts towards ruggedness. Aside from an increased resistance to water, they’re not remarkably tough, but the sound is good and the remote is nice and chunky. Read More

  • Review Of The Cartier Calibre Watch

    Review Of The Cartier Calibre Watch

    There is a word that is thrown around a lot in the watch world that means the public takes a watch (or anything else for that matter) seriously. That word is legitimacy and I love to hear the French pronounce it. Cartier is what they call a legitimate brand. They have heaps of reputation, a solid history and plenty of important people who wear their products. Classic Cartier designs are also a… Read More

  • Review: Vue Video Network With Motion Detection

    Review: Vue Video Network With Motion Detection

    When I last looked at the Vue Video Network in 2009 I found it to be fairly rough. These tiny, battery-powered cameras were very cool and you could set them up and then “visit” them via the web to see what was going on. However, they weren’t a real security system in that you couldn’t be alerted to motion, making the cameras overly simplistic. However, with the launch of… Read More

  • Review: ThinkGeek iCADE iPad Arcade Game

    Review: ThinkGeek iCADE iPad Arcade Game

    Few things will grab a middle-aged man's attention like an iPad full of old Atari games and a ball-end joystick. There is something about that specific mix of electronic nostalgia, the promise of adventure, and the experience of sweet limbic release that allows him to relax into the experience at hand, his face slack, his hand jazzing the stick like a rat trained to respond to reward… Read More

  • Review: The Fretlight FG-421 Guitar

    Review: The Fretlight FG-421 Guitar

    Years ago I thought I could be in a rock band (right around the same time I thought I could make money writing poetry) but I eventually resigned myself to the fact that I'd never be a great guitarist. I didn't have the drive to practice and the act of soloing confounded me completely. How did you play along with the Zep and the Beatles? How do you get great? How do you meet groupies? As time… Read More

  • Review: The Barnes & Noble Nook

    Review: The Barnes & Noble Nook

    Short Version: After a few days with the new Nook I was hooked. It is a pure reading experience condensed into a device the size of a paperback and with a super-crisp e-ink touchscreen. The Nook is, in short, the best e-reader from a major player I’ve used thus far and is well ahead of its competitors in terms of usability and form factor. Read More

  • LUM-TEC's 500M-3 Watch Reviewed

    LUM-TEC's 500M-3 Watch Reviewed

    US-based LUM-TEC's first dive watch is the 500M. I've written about it before but now have the chance to offer a full hands-on review. When LUM-TEC wanted to make a dive watch - they knew the expectations would be high. Going along with the futuristic and modern theme of the brand, the goal was likely to come up with something visually fascinating, highly legible, durable, and of course… Read More

  • Bell & Ross Reimagines The First Wrist Watch

    Bell & Ross Reimagines The First Wrist Watch

    As Bell & Ross retreats into the history of timepieces to create more "vintage, original, and heritage" timepieces, we see an increasingly interesting range of retro designs as only Bell & Ross can do it. This year Bell & Ross has gone all the way back to the origins of the wrist watch with the "WW1." The name means "wrist watch 1," but not so ironically sounds like world war I. This… Read More

 
  • Review: HTC Flyer

    Review: HTC Flyer

    Short version: A promising aberration. The Flyer is barely a viable product, but it hints at potential that is almost surely being unlocked in the labs of HTC right now. Read More

  • Review: Psyko Carbon Surround-Sound Headset

    Review: Psyko Carbon Surround-Sound Headset

    Short version: While the technology is interesting and unorthodox, the Carbon seems to miss out on the most important role of a headset: sounding good. Read More

  • Tutima's Fashionable Aviator: The Grand Classic Power Reserve Watch

    Tutima's Fashionable Aviator: The Grand Classic Power Reserve Watch

    It is a good time to be Tutima. The recent announcement of their new movement manufacture launched with the Hommage Minute Repeater watch signals a bright future for the German brand. A brand that already has a reputation for making quality timepieces and finely regulating the movements contained within them, Tutima watches tend to fall in three categories at this time. First are their more formal… Read More

  • Breguet's Sexy Vintage-Style Type XXI 3810 Watch In Titanium

    Breguet's Sexy Vintage-Style Type XXI 3810 Watch In Titanium

    Among many other things I like about this Breguet watch are the applied hour indicators. These are most certainly ranked among the best hour markers I have ever seen. They are done in a brushed metal (likely titanium to match the case) and are applied to the dial. The finish on them is very smooth and they appear luxurious as well as being very clear to the eye. What exactly makes them look so… Read More

  • Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Khaki Watch Review

    Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Khaki Watch Review

    Marvin is one of the most interesting brands out there that common people can afford. This is in large part due to the brand's leadership - a spunky and creative woman named Cecile Maye. Her view of design is highly emotional which lends to theme and philosophy being one of the main driving forces behind the design. Plus talent, of course. On Marvin's current list of designer credits are the famed… Read More

  • Breitling Superocean 44 Watches

    Breitling Superocean 44 Watches

    Last year Breitling came out with an entirely new Superocean watch. It featured a modern looking design in a smaller 42mm case. While a lot of people wanted a smaller Breitling diver, even more didn't. So, just one year later, the Superocean II has been refreshed and enlarged. Now, for 2011, Breitling offers the Superocean 44. It comes in two versions: A three-hand, and a chronograph. There is… Read More

  • Review: Blancier Desert Wolf

    Review: Blancier Desert Wolf

    A lot of watchmaking is aspirational. Since the 1700s, watchmakers have wanted to create simulacrum of the items that explorers, engineers, and soldiers carried into their daily scrum for dandies on the boulevard who ascribed a sense of romance to their professions. That's why watch collectors love war watches. They basically allow folks who may have never been to war to feel like they own… Read More

  • Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Futuristic Dive Watch Review

    Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Futuristic Dive Watch Review

    According two Gerald Clerc, the founder of Clerc watches, there are two types of watch brands: those that sell watches due to large marketing and lifestyle campaigns, and those that sell watches due to originality and quality. Clerc is one of those latter brands. I have admired their work from afar since I learned about them a few years ago, and was happy to do this hands-on review of their… Read More

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Repetition Minutes a Rideau Watch With Siding Metal Curtain

    Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Repetition Minutes a Rideau Watch With Siding Metal Curtain

    One of the more interesting high-complication watches for Jaeger-LeCoultre this year was the Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau. The oddly named watch (if I see more than one accent mark my eyes start to glaze over) actually just translates into minute repeater via curtain. Being a Reverso the watch has two dials, one of which is covered with a sliding metal curtain. Using your finger, you… Read More

  • Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 Watch

    Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 Watch

    The oft neglected (in the US) Audemars Piguet Millenary is getting a major re-haul for 2011 with the Millenary 4101 collection. Using the same ovoid shape of case as the previous Millenary, the dial and movement are totally new and based on the very rare and high-end Audemars Piguet Millenary AP Escapement collection (see image of one below). Those models had a special high-beat escapement and… Read More