Reviews

  • Review: I dig the iRig

    Review: I dig the iRig

    Anybody out there remember the Rockman? It was this little personal guitar amplifier, about the size of a Sony Walkman (adding “man” to anything portable was all the rage in the 80s, you know).The Rockman let you play distorted guitar through headphones and it curiously made everything you played sound like BOSTON. The AmpliTube iRig combo for the iPhone is kind of like the Rockman… Read More

  • Review: Mission Workshop Vandal weather-proof backpack

    Review: Mission Workshop Vandal weather-proof backpack

    Short version: Versatile but not particularly compact, the Vandal is a good choice for the hardcore urban biker/family man who needs to fit everything in his backpack, rain or shine. Read More

  • Hotel reputation management service ReviewPro has big international plans

    Hotel reputation management service ReviewPro has big international plans

    [Spain] I like writing about startups coming out of Spain that clearly have international competition, and not just in the US. It’s a very good sign. Clearly, if more than one company in different parts of the world sees the need for a solution, then they're probably onto something. It also makes it really interesting to see which ones will succeed and which ones will fail and why. Hotel… Read More

  • Gaming on the Throne: Review of Ten Pin Championship Bowling for iPhone

    Gaming on the Throne: Review of Ten Pin Championship Bowling for iPhone

    Of course, nothing can really ever compare to the two bowling extravaganzas forever etched into my memory. These would be Shawnee Lanes and the inconceivably named Mr. Bill’s Bowling Center. Edificial landmarks that stain the Midwestern memory of my youth. I was no bowling champion. I was no bowler at all really. In fact, I don’t even like bowling. So when I was asked to review… Read More

  • Review: ColorSnap for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams

    Review: ColorSnap for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams

    So I’m going through my twitter stream a while back and I see several links from some former colleagues of mine, pointing to a new iPhone app called ColorSnap, by Sherwin-Williams. So what right? There are a million (ok, fifty thousand) iPhone apps out there—what’s so interesting about this one? Well, two things. One, it was developed by my former employer, Resource Interactive… Read More

  • Review: The Elektron Machinedrum

    Review: The Elektron Machinedrum

    The Machinedrum is not something you can easily acquire. It’s hard to find Elektron in your local drum machine shop – not that there are many drum machine shops out there but fortunately all their products can be ordered online – if the price isn’t too steep for you. Anyway, I was eager to try this little beast out so let’s see what it can do. The Machinedrum is a… Read More

  • Review: Guitar Hero Smash Hits (Xbox 360)

    Review: Guitar Hero Smash Hits (Xbox 360)

    I’m no marketing wizard, but Guitar Hero Smash Hits could have been called Guitar Hero: Songs From The First Guitar Hero Games Before The Drums and Microphone Existed But Now You Can Play the Good Songs from Those Games on the Drums and Sing Too. Again, I’m no marketing wizard. And Guitar Hero Smash Hits isn’t a bad game at all. It is what it is, though: a greatest hits game. If… Read More

  • Review: Acer easyStore H340

    Review: Acer easyStore H340

    Windows Home Servers are dropping in price and the Acer easyStore H340 is leading the charge; I like that. This server doesn’t offer a lot of extras like the HP MediaSmart line, but it’s amazingly low price outweighs everything else. Read More

  • Review: LEGO Battles for the Nintendo DS

    Review: LEGO Battles for the Nintendo DS

    I don’t get a bonerd for LEGOs like some people I know whose names start with a J and end with an S and work for a site that rhymes with shmimono, but I have fond memories of spending countless hours as a youth erecting LEGO fortresses and castles and whatever else my imagination could conjure up. It was always about smashing the other fortress and kicking some tiny LEGO ass, but that was at… Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: Razer Sphex mousepad

    Review and Giveaway: Razer Sphex mousepad

    Quickie: A paper-thin gaming mouse pad that stays in place thanks to a sticky backside and a surface that really does improve mouse tracking. And the Razer Shpex is only $15. Read More

 
  • Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) with MotionPlus

    Short Version: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 with the Wii MotionPlus accessory is the closest you can get to a true golf simulation for $60. The already-great series gets a nice boost this year with true one-to-one motion sensing, addictive online play, and a bevy of other new features that easily justify the purchase. Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

    Review and Giveaway: HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

    Short Version: The LX195 is great back-up solution for both PCs and Macs. It’s a tad overpriced and lacks expandability, but is still a solid Windows Home Server. Oh, and there’s a contest. Read More

  • Feet-on with the VholdR ContourHD

    Feet-on with the VholdR ContourHD

    Here it is, action sport stars, some real POV footage taken with the VholdR ContourHD instead of the garbage office tour I took earlier in the week. Turn down the volume on your speakers! I've included the video that's currently live on VholdR's site and YouTube for the full HD video. Read More

  • Our iPhone 3G S review: You can't haz it

    It’s not here. We’re not big enough to get one in the first wave of releases and we clearly haven’t “gone native” with the PR persons involved. We’ll have a thorough and intelligent review up after the weekend. Until then, enjoy the above video of Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. For a great examination of this situation by a site that we should all respect and… Read More

  • Review: Samsung SMX-F34 flash memory camcorder

    Review: Samsung SMX-F34 flash memory camcorder

    Short Version: Samsung has put out another well-priced, nicely-featured camcorder in the SMX-F34. If you’re looking for a little more than a simple handheld flash memory camcorder but don’t want to pay top dollar for a high-definition video camera, this model deserves a closer look thanks to marathon battery life, good image quality, 16GB of built-in storage, and a 34x optical zoom all… Read More

  • Review: Maingear PC X-Cube 3D

    Review: Maingear PC X-Cube 3D

    Boutique PC companies have it rough these days, unless they come up with something truly original or compelling, it's extremely difficult to fight against the bargain brands. However, for those willing to spend a few extra dollars, some amazing machines are out there. One such brand is MainGear PC, one of the relative newcomers to the game. Maingear recently sent us one of their X-Cube 3D Vision… Read More

  • Video Review: Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer

    Sure you've seen wireless 3D mice but have you seen one shaped like a loop? No, you haven't. That's why there's the Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer, a loop-shaped remote control that costs $99 and promises compatibility with Macs, PCs, and the PS3. It's obviously great for presenters but they're also billing this as a media center controller. It was fairly accurate in our limited testing and would… Read More

  • Hands-on: Chrome Corsair and Vega utility bags

    Hands-on: Chrome Corsair and Vega utility bags

    We jumped on the chance to take a look at two of Chrome’s newest bags: the Corsair and Vega. As Peter Ha told me, Chrome is one of the last true makers of messenger bags. He is rarely right about anything, but this time he was dead-on. These bags are rad. Read More

  • Review: JBL Roxy reference 430 & 250 headphones

    Review: JBL Roxy reference 430 & 250 headphones

    “Aww, those are so cute!” says my wife as I took the new JBL Roxy headphones out of the shipping box. Me? I could not care less how my gadgets look, as long as they work well. But my wife instantly reminded me that looks are more important to some, so I came up with the idea to send the headphones to high school with my little sister-in-law for some teenager hands-on. Read More

  • Review: HUGlight adjustable, wearable 4-LED flashlight

    Review: HUGlight adjustable, wearable 4-LED flashlight

    Short Version: The HUGlight is a flexible foam rubber flashlight-type apparatus that can be worn around your neck. It can also be bent and positioned to illuminate hard-to-reach areas, making it more useful than just a simple wearable flashlight. Read More