Gear & Gadgets - Results from #180
  • HVER Pro RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Kaliber Gaming HVER Pro RGB Gaming Keyboard

  • Soul Byrd earbuds review

    Beyerdynamics Soul Byrd Headphones Review

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    WhiSki Poles - For When You Need a Drink After a Great Ski Run

  • SureFire SideKick Is The King of Keychain Flashlights

    SureFire SideKick Is The King of Keychain Flashlights

  • Tile locator in wallet

    Now When I Lose My Wallet, Tile Finds It Quick

  • Legion Y530: Gaming Laptop For Those That Work Hard & Play Hard

    Legion Y530: Gaming Laptop For Those That Work Hard & Play Hard

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Gear and gadgets from smartphones to backpacks
  • It's that time of year again and boy does it suck! While some people enjoy the fall for cooler weather, football, and baseball playoffs - that also means weekends in the yard picking up leaves, sticks and other rubbish. So... like many of you... I'm going to take a break from that yard work. Let's procrastinate a bit and think of some ideas to use your new Rubbermaid® Roughneck™ Wheeled Refuse Trash Can from Home Depot!

  • It's "Game 5" and your team is in the championship - but then you need to run to the store to pick up some more root beer, what are you going to do? Or maybe you're away from home and want to watch your favorite show with your wife together even though it's 11 pm on the East Coast and she's back in California. These are two very real situations where conventional TV really has no answer for us but they can be fixed with Slingbox as I've discovered this week.

  • This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Freedom for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    What can't you do with your phone these days? Over the past 10 years, your mobile "phone" has gone from something you talk on to virtually everything that you can imagine. Now we're about to add one more thing - mobile gift cards so you can redeem cash back rewards that you earned through using your Chase Freedom credit card. Think about it - you don't need to worry about heading home to calculate your points – instead, you just redeem them through the new Chase Freedom Mobile App in the store at select merchants including Regal Cinemas, Lowe's, and Best Buy.

  • Winter is coming and that means that you are about to put away your leaf blowers and string trimmers but also prepare your winter gear like snowblowers, chainsaws, and generators. When I was younger I thought it was simply enough to empty the gas from these machines and store them away where it was dry. While that's is still important (unless you use TruFuel!), over the years I've learned that the harsh winter conditions need more preparation than this to ensure that my machines are ready to fire up again in the spring.

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    I've been fortunate to have avoided breaking my last few phones and that can be mostly credited to my choice to purchase a great case within a few hours of getting a new phone. Years ago I wasn't so smart and it is a decision that still haunts me today. 

  • I know this comes as a shock to the devotes of craft beer here in San Diego and the rest of California for that matter, but Shock Top is actually pretty good. Not only does it taste great, but the company actually cares and has had a spirit of supporting innovation that is core to the existence of the company. Their most recent campaign though departs from simply creating innovative flavors like Pretzel Wheat and instead goes to support entrepreneurs and inventors who are working to create solutions to help conserve water. A couple weeks ago we were invited to join them as they celebrated the funding of a "Smart Shower" at the Dodgers / Angels game in Anaheim.

  • More than 10 years ago when I got married we registered at a "home and bath" retailer and while it was fun to run through the store zapping barcodes I wish we had gotten something for "me" that we could share. I love 5,000 thread count sheets, tortilla makers, and apple core removers as much as anyone. However, think about how much fun you can have  together watching a movie on a 4K TV?

  • Creating a space that is "our own" is the dream of pretty much every guy shortly after they get married or move in with the partner of their dreams. This isn't a new tradition but as the roles of men in the house have become blurred from what they might have been for our fathers, this trend is even more important. Your man cave is a safe place where you can just relax and be yourself without bothering anyone. While it's good enough for many guys to simply hang out in the garage and relax on a couch that you've salvaged from the curb, while playing video games on an old TV - we can do better and Best Buy wants to help us shine.

  • A few weeks ago we shared the story of an alligator wrangler, but today we have the story what it's like to be a truck driver. In fact though, this isn't your everyday truck driver, Shannon NeSmith is a female truck driver!

    As you can imagine, this isn't an easy job but she shares the good and the bad in the video below that is part of the Kronos American Worker Campaign.

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    California is an amazing state with some of the best and brightest people in the entire world that live here. Unfortunately that same great weather and beautiful landscape that attracts those people can sometimes turn on us and right now the state is in a historical drought that is causing lawns to dry up, toilets to be flushed less often and communities to work hard to conserve what water they can.

  • In a past life, I had a basement and mancave that was all my own... I had space to mount big speakers and the time to tune them perfectly for the optimal sound. Today though, I am unfortunately long past that stage and I now live in a loft. Not only do I not have a "TV room" to mount speakers, but if I did it would look strange and out of place hanging there. Plus, space is now a big concern so those big floor speakers of my bachelor days aren't practical either. I've heard of "sound bars" before but I never really gave them the attention that they deserve. I always assumed that they were either too expensive or not "that much better" than what I already had on the built-in speakers on my TV. Unfortunately,neither of those assumptions was accurate but now I am thrilled to be able to enjoy great sound quality in a very compact footprint thanks to the VIZIO Sound Bar that they sent me to test out.

  • By conventional wisdom, summer is almost over but for those of us in the South West the hottest months of the year are just beginning. So far, I've survived them pretty well compared to the misery I experienced last year. For better or worse, I live in a loft with no air conditioning and the windows are not able to support a standard window box so I pretty much thought I was SOL and destined to cope with the way I did last year (cold showers and mid-afternoon retreats to sit in the car with the AC going). A couple months ago though I received a portable AC unit from NewAir - their AC-12200E and have been testing it out as well as doing some DIY projects to make it even better for our home.

  • e-Cigarettes are super popular these days and so I'm not here to tell you about the "dangers" of smoking. We are all adults here and that's for you to decide what to do with your body. However, as someone who is interested in gadgets and how things work, the concept of an e-cig is sort of fascinating.

  • It's back to school time and as I look around, I see so many cool things that the kids today have that I wish I did 20 years ago. Probably the biggest change I see is that everything today is digital and it isn't just a laptops. The kids today have tablets, photo frames, music players, digital cameras, and probably other devices that I'm just not cool enough to know about. Despite our age differences, there is some wisdom that I'd like to pass down to our kids and to the young guys out there to help them become King of the Campus.

  • I love my my phone and all the music and videos I can play from it, but frankly the speaker sort of sucks compared to what I can enjoy at home. So when I go to the beach or travel it's a bummer. I recently checked out these two speakers from Insignia that you can find at Best Buy and put them to the test!

  • This is the stuff that dreams are made of - the chance to sleep on the outfield grass of a real MLB team! I am constantly impressed by the Padres organization for offering its membership great opportunities to get even closer to the team and this is no exception. My only suggestion is that they should do this event again - but just for adults and pair it with the Padres Beerfest. However, as a family friendly event, the Padres hit a home run and it's something you should consider doing next year if you are a Padres member like I am.

  • I've been a cigar smoker since my early days in the Navy, now 25 years later I've upped my cigar storage to the next level. Recently we received a NewAir CC-100 Cigar Humidor.  After having had it 3 weeks now we think it’s great!  This "Cigar Cooler" is a new idea for me but makes sense.  I once lost a couple of hundred cigars because I bought a few hand rolled from a vender in the Dominican Republic that were buggy.  A few weeks later I discovered why you don’t buy questionable cigars!

  • This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Ever sat in a crowded area and wondered who might be looking over your shoulder at your laptop screen? Even if you aren't working on some top secret CIA documents, chances are you value your privacy and want to keep things just between you and your laptop. That's where the 3M Privacy Filter comes in and there are versions of it available for desktop monitors, laptops, and even mobile devices.

  • It's summer finally and that means it's time to chill out and relax - but what about your drinks? You KNOW you're going to go through a ton of ice this summer between icing down the keg, making margaritas, and simply keeping your water ice cold. Bags of ice are a pain in the butt too since you need a place to store it until you are ready to use it and they can get expensive too. A portable ice maker might be the perfect solution for you this summer - just like it is proving to be for me!

  • Pretty much every guy I know loves gadgets and exploring new frontiers, seeing things from a different angle, and showing off their accomplishments, so probably the ULTIMATE gift you can give a guy this Father's Day (or even as a graduation gift) would be this incredible Solo smart drone from 3D Robotics. Heck - I might just go out and buy it myself, it's that cool.

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