Reviews

  • Exclusive: CrunchGear's Kindle 2 unboxing

    Welcome to KrunchGear’s Kindle 2 Dekontainment, a video in which we unbox the Kindle 2 and show off some of its various and sundry features. Here are our initial photos including the Kindle Kover (k) which is konsiderably better than the original cover. This one actually snaps into the Kindle and can’t fall off. Click through for our unboxing video. Read More

  • iPhone app review: Fieldrunners

    The iPhone is a wonderful little gaming device. It can play computer games, like the classic SimCity as well as classic arcade games like PacMan. It’s also breeding a whole class of new games, like the inimitable DuckDuckDuck. But I’m not going to talk about any of those now. Instead, I’m going to talk about Fieldrunners! Read More

  • Review: BlackRapid RS-4

    A camera strap is just one of those things; you have to have the “right one” that works for you, or you’ll go crazy. I bought a new Nikon not too long ago, and during a trip to the San Francisco Zoo discovered that what was a minor irritation, turned into a major pain in the neck with extended wear (pun intended). By the end of the 2 hour walk-through the strap had rubbed my… Read More

  • Test Drive: Ford Flex

    A wee bit ago I took a spin in the Ford Flex here in NYC. While it’s not a geek’s dream, it does have a few high tech goodies that kept my interest. That’s what we’re going to focus on with these Test Drive features going forward since we’re not an auto blog. Read More

  • Review: Casio Oceanus Cachalot OCW-P500TDJ-1A1JF solar radio watch

    This ain’t your daddy’s Casio. The Cachalot, the latest solar radio watch from Casio’s high-end brand, Oceanus, is inching into high end territory and I’m pleased to report that you get quite a bit of watch for the $1,200 ($900 retail, from what I’ve seen) or so you’ll spend on this beast. First off, the Cachalot looks great. I’ve seen a few Casios in… Read More

  • Review: Halo Wars

    Finishing Halo Wars must have been bittersweet for Ensemble Studios. On one hand, they’ve created a fine addition to the Halo franchise, but on the other hand, it was their final project and they had the pressure of turning a shooter into an RTS for a console. It could have ended up brilliant or absolutely horrendous. But you need only look at their pedigree and know that the franchise… Read More

  • Video Review: Spyder II GX laser

    There are lasers and then there are lasers. The Spyder II GX is a crazy 200-300mW green laser that can burn through paper, balloons, and skin and generally blind you if you’re not careful. How much does all this fun cost? $1,699 including a pair of absolutely essential shades that will keep you from blinding yourself. Read More

  • Review: Spotlight flashlight

    There’s not much you can do to improve the flashlight. You turn it on, point it at things, and turn it off. Maybe you make it smaller or brighter or more rugged, but you’re still just talking about a flashlight. That’s why I’m willing to say the Spotlight mini flashlight is worth a second look. Instead of being just a flashlight, it’s a flashlight that fits into… Read More

  • Review: Griffin Technology Clarifi iPhone Case

    I am the kind of guy who can appreciate damage. It is the way of things. Entropy is part of the natural order of events—an unstoppable phenomenon.  For some, it is hard to accept this after forking over $400 for a fancy Smartphone. I mean, you don’t want the thing getting all scratched up right?  You don’t want it subjected to the elements, right? You want it to look… Read More

  • Review: Scosche reviveLITE iPhone dock/nightlight

    Today we have the Scosche reviveLITE on the bench for review. This thing is a iPhone dock and night light in one package. It does have quite a few things going for it, but with a few kinks and a rather high price, is it worth it? Click on to find out. Read More

  • What's the deal with: video game reviews (for the 1,000th time)

    Oh, look, someone doesn’t enjoy the game reviews racket anymore. Well, not so much the act of reviewing games but all the drama that surrounds game reviews. Nasty message board threads, podcast after podcast wherein professionals discuss until their throat is sore what makes a good review and how to “properly” review a game, and so on. No more, no more, no more! Read More

  • iPhone App Review: PRO casino games

    At the Columbus CrunchGear Meetup in December I met Brad Dunnington, CEO of Avalinx, a local software development company that makes the PRO series of card games for the Apple iPhone. I met Brad for lunch a couple weeks later to learn more about the PRO series, as well as Avalinx as a company. Read on to learn about them! Read More

  • Review: Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive

    Short Version: A good value for a NAS drive thanks to nice extras like a built-in print server, easy setup, and a straightforward interface. The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive would be right at home in a small office or a multi-user household. Read More

  • Review: Sharp Gaming Aquos 32-inch 1080p TV

    This attractive, wine-colored Sharp Aquos HDTV is aimed at gamers with a few specific features. Its 32 inches may not satisfy the more home theater-orientated of you, but maybe its wealth of inputs and the mysterious “Vyper Drive” will make it worth your while. Read on for our full review. Read More

  • Video Review: Novocaine Relaxation Drink

    Novocaine is a relaxation drink made by Malava Beverages that offers a bit of relaxation in a can. Does it work? The first can I drank made me very mellow – my mouth was literally numb – but after four cans of the stuff I’m pretty much used to it. Does it work? Sure. It’s relaxing, doesn’t taste horribly bad, and apparently it goes well with vodka. If you see it… Read More

  • Review: JVC Everio GZ-MG330

    Pros: Small size. Sturdy. Zoom. Records to 30 GB hard drive. Affordable.
    Cons: Light balance in low light a bit yellow in automatic. Not HD. The JVC Everio GZ-MG330 is all about simple and easy. It’s not much bigger than my fist and packs in a 30 gigabytye hard drive for up to 37 hours of recording in the most compressed mode. This camcorder is so small, that on my way out the door… Read More

  • Review: TravelRest pillow

    I may bitch and moan about having to travel every couple weeks for some press conference or event, but my job is probably better than most and I get to play with gadgets all day. Life is rough, I know. But when you’re crammed like a sardine into an airplane for at least six hours it starts to wear on you. I’m not one to sleep with my head hanging forward. As a kid I always fell… Read More

  • Review: Microsoft Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard

    The rebirth of the Sidewinder brand is, I think a good thing for Microsoft. Their flashy, chunky game gear is functional and actually different — witness the X5 mouse, big enough for a Kodiak, and its upcoming big brother the X8, which looks even bigger. I was pumped to check out their new keyboard, and while it’s not exactly suited to my style of play, I can see it being very… Read More

  • Review: SensorKlear Loupe

    It’s notoriously hard and scary for amateurs to clean the image sensors inside digital SLRs. Just by touching the delicate surface of the sensor you risk permanent damage or misalignment, which is why some DSLRs now offer dust detection and removal software – they basically say don’t touch the dust, the computer will interpolate the missing portions of the image. Me, I just… Read More

  • Review: Health Energy Potion

    Health Energy Potion is a tiny 1.69-ounce energy drink that resembles a health vial from a video game. And sure enough, the drink promises “to add +160 to gamers’ HP.” Video and review after the jump… Read More