Reviews

  • This Monstrous Linksys WRT1900AC Router Is For Folks With A Real Appetite For Networking

    This Monstrous Linksys WRT1900AC Router Is For Folks With A Real Appetite For Networking

    There are wireless routers, and then there are wireless routers with a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvel Armada SoC processor and 256MB RAM that supports USB 3.0 drive transfer speeds and has four massive antennae that can blow wireless connectivity through almost any environment. The $250 Linksys WRT1900AC (which you can win here) is the latter. So what’s so special about this massive wireless… Read More

  • The Ultra-Dense Seagate Fast 4TB Portable Drive Is A Speedy Hunk Of Storage

    The Ultra-Dense Seagate Fast 4TB Portable Drive Is A Speedy Hunk Of Storage

    With the rise of the cloud, external hard drives have nearly gone the way of the dodo. After all, who needs a fiddly, easily broken hard drive in an era of always on, high-speed Internet. But sometimes you want a super-dense, high-speed hard drive for backups and storage and the $299 Seagate Fast HDD USB 3.0 4TB fits the bill. Read More

  • Garmin’s Vivofit Has Some Neat Features, But How Does It Compare To Other Wearables?

    Garmin’s Vivofit Has Some Neat Features, But How Does It Compare To Other Wearables?

    Garmin had the world by the tail. With their amazing in-car GPS devices and great sports watches, it looked like things could only go up. Until every phone on the market got a GPS chip and Google mapped the world. Now, Garmin has to play catch-up and they’re coming after one of the most popular wearables to date – the Fitbit. Their new band, called the Vivofit, looks like a… Read More

  • YC-Backed Orankl Gives Small Vendors The Same Tools As Amazon

    YC-Backed Orankl Gives Small Vendors The Same Tools As Amazon

    Customer reviews are the backbone of sites like Amazon (where they have turned into a platform for some of the most inspired comedic writing on the Internet), but it can be difficult for smaller retailers to convince shoppers to leave feedback. Orankl, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to give all e-commerce businesses the same tools as their larger rivals. Read More

  • Building On The Solidoodle 4, A Sub-$1,000 3D Printer With Solid Hardware But Sad Software

    Building On The Solidoodle 4, A Sub-$1,000 3D Printer With Solid Hardware But Sad Software

    3D printer prices are falling steadily, something that shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the vagaries of the electronics market. What cost a few thousand last year is now hovering at less than a grand while knock-offs are going for around $500 or less, depending on the model. It’s a great time to be a 3D printing hobbyist. But are these new printers worth picking… Read More

  • Minecraft, The Book

    Minecraft, The Book

    If you read one book this year about green pixelated monsters that were originally supposed to be malformed pigs, make it Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson. This slim volume by two Swedish tech journalists tracks the creation of Minecraft from the bedroom of a quiet, driven programmer named Markus Persson to the ballroom of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas where thousands… Read More

  • Hands On With The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer, A Rugged Printing Rig For Home And School

    Hands On With The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer, A Rugged Printing Rig For Home And School

    In the kennel of 3D printers, I’d equate the oddly-shaped and homegrown RepRap printers to lovable mutts. The Makerbot is a golden retriever, ready to please. And the $1,599 Afinia H-Series is a solid, scrappy Jack Russell terrier, willing to get dirty and able to take on all comers. The H-Series looks like it was built by the same industrial design team that built the original… Read More

  • The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

    The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

    When I was a kid I was amazed by advances technology. I went to a friend’s house when I was in fifth grade and his father had a PC – an IBM PC, I believe – with a built in hard drive. We loaded King’s Quest and Colossal Cavern in seconds and he even had a menu of apps that you could select by tapping a key. As a kid who grew up with tapes and later floppy disks, this… Read More

  • Trainspotting: Hands On With The Mondaine Retro Automatic Watch

    Trainspotting: Hands On With The Mondaine Retro Automatic Watch

    This weekend’s watch review is focused on the Mondaine Automatic, an older model that hovers right about the $500 price point – a rare departure into the bargain section for this series. The model I tested is unique for a few reasons although, in the end, this watch is less about the feature set and more about the iconic design. Read More

  • Weekend Watch Review: Grappling The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

    Weekend Watch Review: Grappling The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

    Girard-Perregaux, to those not familiar with watch lore, is a watchmaker founded in 1791 and that now produces handmade, manufacture pieces in the mid- to high-level range. I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand – they usually come up with designs that are timeless and more classic than, say, Concord, and less fuddy-duddy than IWC and other traditional makers. The watch… Read More