The Gadgeteer

Gadget reviews and news by Julie Strietelmeier and friends since 1997

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Botley the Coding Robot 2.0 review

REVIEW –  Being the mother of two children and also working with elementary students for a living, I am always in the market for educational learning tools that can be used at home and/or in the classroom.  With so many of our toys and activities linked to screen-time, I am always interested and attracted to options that don’t require the use of computers,...

The CIGA Design Z-Series Mechanical Titanium Watch just went from awesome to awesome!! awesome!!

NEWS – Back in January 2020, I reviewed the CIGA Design Z-Series Mechanical Titanium Watch and simply loved the build quality, design, function, and sleek and classy look. I was impressed enough that despite my collection of watches, I found myself choosing this watch as a regular option. The fact that it is a mechanical automatic watch fits into my...

Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer and 4 Speed Fan Controller switches review

Review In today’s day and age, a lot of people are moving towards smart homes. Starting out can be a daunting task as there are so many options available. The Leviton fan speed controller and the Leviton voice dimmer with Alexa are two great devices to start with as they don’t require a hub and they integrate with other systems that may already be...

Aviator Slide wallet review

REVIEW – If you’re still sporting a chunky bi-fold style wallet, it’s time to consider upgrading to something slimmer and way more stylish. One option worth checking out is the Aviator Slide wallet from Germany. It’s a minimalist wallet with maximum features. What is it? The Aviator Slide is a minimalist wallet that can hold your credit cards, coins,...

CIGA Design J Series Zen Karesansui Mechanical Timepiece review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – For many years, I have been a watch collector, with mechanical automatic watches being my preference and dominating my collection with the exception of my smartwatches. Earlier this year, CIGA Design sent me their Z-Series Mechanical Titanium Watch and I loved it, so I am so happy that they have now followed up by sending me this...

Edifier TWS NB true wireless earphones review

REVIEW – True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds have been around since 2015 and have become a distinct market segment in consumer electronic devices. Now several models exist with built in noise cancellation including the Edifier TWS NB. I have a pair to review – read on to see what I think!                                                            ­ What...

This cooler will keep things cold for up to 10 days without ice!

NEWS – QOOL Box is no ordinary cooler, my friends. This Germany engineered cooler will keep its contents at a constant temperature for up to 10 days without ice or power! How does it work? It uses special sealed vacuum insulation panels made of a Phase Change Material (PCM) that are installed in the walls, lid, and in the bottom of the cooler. The panels...

DOOGEE S95 Super 2020 Rugged Smartphone review

REVIEW – Many years ago, I was an Android-only user for all of my cell phones. I resisted IOS and anything Apple for years except for the iPod music players of which I probably had every model. A few years ago, just on a whim, I decided to try what was probably the iPad V2, and I was hooked. Since them I have been using the Apple ecosystem and after...

AUKEY Basix Pro 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank with Stand review

REVIEW – Portable charging power banks feel like a dime a dozen with very little in the form of variety. But once in a while, an interesting feature pops up, like AUKEY’s Basix Pro Wireless Charging Power Bank. What is it? The AUKEY PB-WL02 Basix Pro is a combination wired/wireless 10000mAh power bank with a unique standout feature — a built-in stand...

Julie’s favorite gear, WORX cordless lawn mower, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – This week we have three review updates from Michael Strange and I’ve reviewed my favorite gear page to reflect the changes I’ve made in the last 6 months since my last update back in January. I think one of the updates will be a surprise for many of you! So click on each review and then scroll down to the bottom to read our updated...

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