Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • The LUMOback Is An Infuriating, Ingenious Posture-Saving Device That May Drive You Crazy

    The LUMOback Is An Infuriating, Ingenious Posture-Saving Device That May Drive You Crazy

    As a quantified-self junkie and a huge slob, I enjoy attaching all manner of electronics to my body. That’s why I was excited about the LUMOBack. It’s basically a position sensor that you strap around your waist – under your clothes – and use to measure your posture and sleeping positions. It is, in a word, amazifuriating. Read More

  • Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    While we normally focus on flagship hardware on TC these days, I thought this new Olympus tough camera – an upgrade to the TG-1 released last year – was interesting enough to feature. Why? Because it’s not every day you can hand a camera to a team of toddlers and get it back in one, working piece. Read More

  • Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google has quietly launched a new program called Google City Experts to encourage more high-quality local business ratings and reviews on Google+. The program is currently limited to select cities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan, and will reward users who have left at least 50 reviews to date, and who produce at least five new reviews each month. Read More

  • A Newbie’s Impressions Of Logic Pro X

    A Newbie’s Impressions Of Logic Pro X

    Pro-level audio and video software has always been daunting. While the average computer user knows how to operate them in a general sense (the advent of non-linear editing has essentially changed how we think about what we shoot and record) the addition of pro-level features like effects, mixing boards and MIDI instruments may make Trent Reznor drool but frightens bedroom guitarists. Read More

  • A Week With The Sync Burn, A Battery-Powered Fitness Band

    A Week With The Sync Burn, A Battery-Powered Fitness Band

    Fitness bands are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone has one, it seems, from audio manufacturers like Jawbone to upstarts like Fitbit and Basis. Now the EB Sports Group, a company that makes fitness devices under a number of brands including Everlast and Men’s Health. I’ve historically been wary of “no name” bands like this one – bands that are created to cash in… Read More