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  • Drinkmate OmniFizz Proves That Just Because You Can Carbonate Any Liquid, It Doesn't Mean You Should!

    You've probably heard of Soda Stream... for the past few years it's been the rage of suburban housewives and kids who refuse to drink plain ole' water but love pop. Well I'm not sure what happened recently but it seems like there are a ton of competitors fighting it out on the market all of a sudden. Well, compared to Drinkmate OmniFizz, Soda Stream just feels old and tired. We've run our Drinkmate through the paces over the past few months and added bubbles to everything from whiskey to cold brew coffee but we settled on a simple classic sparkling lemon water as a practical favorite.

  • Packtalk Edgephones Enable Seamless Off Road Communication For Riders, Drivers and Spotters

    It's honestly been a while since I've had some time to get dusty on the trails but I'm hoping to break that streak soon now that things are getting more stable and the weather is starting to cool off again. Plus, now that I'll be in Michigan - I have a whole bunch of new trails to explore. One thing though that remains the same, whether I'm cruising through sandy washes in 120 degree heat or ice crusted forest trails in Michigan - being able to communicate with the other folks in your pack makes things more fun and far safer too. While mobile phones are good on highways, on the trails they don't always work and that's where Cardo Systems comes in with their Packtalk Edgephones ORV.

  • Now On Kickstarter: The Klydoclock Changes How We Look at Time

    Klydo, a visionary tech startup, has released the fun and revolutionary Klydoclock, a groundbreaking amalgamation of digital animation and timekeeping that is reshaping the way we perceive both the fourth dimension and our personal spaces. With a resounding launch on Kickstarter, the Klydoclock surged to prominence, raising more than $200,000 within a mere 20 minutes, a testament to its innovative fusion of technology and artistic expression.

  • The INKBIRDPLUS Vacuum Sealer Is The Perfect Helper For Weekend Guys Trip Meal Planning

    Meal planning is an important part of any guys trip - you have multiple guys with multiple different preferences for meats - and there’s always that one guy that is vegetarian or only does keto. In the past, we’ve just planned to stop at a grocery store once we were on site wherever that might be but if you are doing just a quick weekend guys trip - for instance to a lake house or hunting cabin - it’s way easier to go shopping before you leave. In the past that’s meant throwing piles of packaged meats and veggies into the cooler and there’s probably been leftovers that go to waste. Now though, with the INKBIRDPLUS vacuum sealer, you can plan those meals ahead of time and package exactly what you need for each guy.

  • TRANYA Nova Hybrid ANC Wireless Earbuds

    Tranya is one of our favorite mid-priced wireless earbud companies and they may have found a perfect balance here with their new Nova ANC earbuds since they are priced at an affordable (sub $100) price but deliver some big features and excellent audio quality... especially for the price point. That's why I passed them on to Jim to use while he was in the hospital and see how they'd work in a fairly unique situation where I'm sure they were never originally designed to perform.

  • With IQAir's HealthPro Plus My Home Has Medical-Grade Air Quality

    For the first few months of my time living in Toledo, taking care of my Father-in-Law, the focus at home was on my wife and I's comfort but now that Jim is out of the hospital and living at home again, Heather and I have been working to make his home environment as safe and easy for him to both live... as well as ultimately become independent again. As someone who has COPD, is on medical oxygen, and suffers from allergies - his indoor air quality was one of our biggest concerns. Thankfully the folks at IQAir provided one of their HealthPro Plus air purifiers to us so we can help him breathe easier.

  • Breeo Y Series Portable Fire Pit Is Perfect For Family Gatherings, Tailgating, and Camping

    For many years I had a big aluminum tub that I lugged to the beach in San Diego to use as a makeshift fire pit. It worked... not well... but it worked and it fit in the back of my car so that was all I needed. Now though, I have a Breeo Y Series portable grill that is pretty much perfect in terms of being portable and multi-talented. Last night we used it to celebrate my father-in-law's continued improvement in health by setting it up in his front yard so he could watch as Heather and I roasted marshmallows and ate some s'mores. We of course gave him some as well. Afterwards, we just let it cool and picked it up by the hand to take it back into the garage.

  • The INKBIRD IAM-T1 Smart Air Quality Monitor Is Helping Me Breathe Easier

    Indoor air quality isn’t something we usually think about but this year I’ve been living in my father-in-law’s house and working to get it healthier for his ultimate return from spending several months in the hospital due to pneumonia and associated breathing issues from COPD. Unfortunately his house is older and windows have been painted shut over the years. While we can install air filters to remove particulate matter, one challenge we had was simply understanding the actual air quality in his house - and specifically CO₂, that we were facing. With the INKBIRD IAM-T1 Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor, we’ve been able to discover some surprising things about the house that we didn’t expect.

  • MeatStick 4X Takes Wireless Grilling Thermometers To The Next Level

    We've taken a look at the original MeatStick previously and were quite impressed. The brand is locked in a head to head battle with Meater but MeatStick appears to focus more on innovation while it's competitor is more focused on simply doing one thing and doing it well. The right choice ultimately depends on your needs and what type of grilling you're doing. However, the fact that MeatStick managed to put four different temperature zones in one wiress meat probe is a pretty freaking cool accomplishment!

  • The Yaber K2s Video Projector Is Your Answer To Outdoor Movies This Summer And Big Screen Entertainment Indoors All Year Long

    The Yaber K2s projector is a top-quality device that offers an exceptional audiovisual experience. It features superior audio with Dolby Audio technology and dual 10W JBL stereo speakers, providing immersive sound that elevates movie nights, gaming sessions, and presentations. Men would love this projector in their mancaves because it creates a dynamic atmosphere for watching movies, sports events, or playing video games. However, with it's compact size and easy setup, the K2s makes an excellent model for bringing outdoors to project against a screen in your back yard after those summer BBQs

  • How Bad Is The Air In Your Home? Sensibo Elements Indoor Quality Monitor Can Tell You!

    For the past decade while living in California, I knew my indoor air quality was bad since we never closed our windows and that meant dust and soot came in... but was never going to leave. We used everything from duct taping filters to window fans to professional air purifiers to try to pull stuff out of the air where we could. That worked somewhat but I have really no idea how bad the situation actually was or what the ultimate impact of our efforts was... aside from being "better" based on the particles we collected.

    Now that I'm living in a house with a central AC system though I'm actually more concerned since large particles (easily collected by the intake filter on our AC system) are taken care of - but smaller ones that you don't notice are almost certainly in the air. That's why I was excited to test out the Sensibo Elements Indoor Air Quality Monitor that the company sent over.

  • The INKBIRD IBT-26S 5GHz Wifi Meat Thermometer Is Your Secret To Being King Of The Grill This Summer

    Cooking the perfect steak or burger isn't easy. You need to get the temperature just right, and that can be a challenge. That's why I'm excited to review the INKBIRD IBT-26S 5GHz WiFi Meat Thermometer. 

  • Why Private Internet Access Is The Only VPN I Trust To Protect My Data

    As a self-taught cybersecurity expert who has been active in the space for more than 30 years, I cannot stress the importance of using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) enough when accessing the internet, especially when using public Wi-Fi networks while traveling. VPNs use encryption technology to create a secure connection to the internet, protecting your online activities from prying eyes, hackers, and other cyber threats.

  • Puro Sound Labs PuroPro Noise Canceling Headphones

    I'm very impressed with the new headphones that arrived this week. While normally I prefer high-end brands, these guys piqued my interest because of the story behind the company and their dedication to producing great products at an excellent price point. That's frankly something we don't see much these days and when we do - I'm happy to support it!

  • How To Mow Perfect Lawn Stripes And Make It Look Like A Ballpark

    Have you ever wanted to make your lawn look like a pro ballpark? It’s easier than you think! With the right grass, mowing techniques, and a striping mower like the Toro 60V Max Stripe, creating beautiful stripes that will turn heads is possible. I'm here to show you how easy it is to add a professional and eye-catching look to your yard with just some basic tools. Keep reading for tips on creating the perfect striped lawn that will be the envy of your neighborhood!

  • SWAY Premium Audio Speakers Perfect For Summer Picnics, Projects, And More

    A few months ago, we bought a condo in St Joseph, MI and there have been lots of projects that had to be done before we moved in. One thing was for certain though, some good music would go a long way and we wanted to share this with our contractor as well so that he could connect his phone to the speakers and have it loud enough to enjoy even if he wasn't in the same room. The folks over at Sway Premium Audio offered to send us a couple of their latest products for this effort, including Splash Extreme, and Flame Hydro Go. Our goals were simple - rugged enough that they wouldn't fail if some water (or dust, paint, etc.) and affordable enough that if something did happen, we wouldn't care about replacing them. These two speakers did that with very good audio quality and were designed well enough that even after dropping them a couple of times, they still work fine.

  • 3 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day with BLUETTI

    They say that the perfect Mother's Day gift should light up her face - well - here's a way to do that, or at least make sure that you've got plenty of power to make it happen! Our friends over at BLUETTI have a great set of deals going on right now so let' check them out.

  • Arcade1up NFL Blitz Legends Arcade Machine Review

    I had the chance to check out the Arcade1Up NFL Blitz Legends Arcade Machine recently and I'm pretty impressed. While ideally, we'd all be able to afford the authentic coin-op machines that we remember playing as kids, this is a great alternative that has been designed for more compact spaces at home. This 4-player cabinet includes NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz '99, and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition and even comes with a custom 13' arcade game riser for free-standing play. The NFL officially licenses it, has online multiplayer and leaderboards so you can compete against your friends, and is perfect for any game room or man cave. I’ll tell you all about this amazing machine - from its key features to assembly - so that you can decide if it's right for you!

  • Logitech G Cloud Handheld Portable Gaming Console Review

    The Logitech G Cloud Handheld Portable Gaming Console is a revolution in the gaming world, offering an experience that's as powerful and thrilling as a rollercoaster ride. It's the perfect device for gamers looking to take their gaming experience on the go, giving them access to cloud gaming and remote play with support up to 1080p and 60fps. With its comfortable handheld design, 12+ hour battery life, lightweight design, haptics and remappable controls, this console is sure to offer an unforgettable portable gaming experience for any avid gamer.

  • A Good Battery Backup Can Save Lives: BLUETTI EB3A Review

    We've been fans of BLUETTI power stations for a couple of years now, but what most of you don't understand is that it goes deeper than simply the fact that I enjoy working with the team there as they are focused both on innovative technology but also developing products that help make lives better. I'm also an active user of their technology and about a year ago they also provided my father in lawn with one of their EB3A power stations to help him main his ability to use his CPAP machine despite an extended power outage due to a winter storm.