The Gadgeteer

Gadget reviews and news by Julie Strietelmeier and friends since 1997

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BlitzWolf BW-FUN7 oscillating rechargeable fan review

REVIEW – If the Swiss Army knife is first and foremost a knife, then the BlitzWolf BW-FUN7 may be the Swiss Army knife of fans. It is an oscillating, rechargeable, telescopic, foldable, multi-speed, run timer, nightlamp, remote control fan. I have reviewed it to see how it works. Read on to see what I think! What is it? The BlitzWolf BW-FUN7 fan is...

Sakobs GC1032 Metal Detector review

REVIEW – When I was young I always remembered this inexpensive, orange-handled metal detector in the Radio Shack catalogs. Never got one. I’ve quietly wondered how well these things work. I finally got my chance with the Sakobs GC1032 metal detector. The hunt is on! What is it? The Sakobs GC1032 is a portable metal detector with an LCD display and...

TruSens Z-2000 Air Purifier review

REVIEW – With wildfire season at its peak right now, the air quality in my city of Seattle has declined drastically. With all of that smoke blowing into town, this was the perfect time to review a device specifically designed to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by the toxic haze, along with my seasonal pollen allergies. Luckily, the TruSens...

Creative SXFI Trio USB-C in-ear headphones review

REVIEW – In an engineering feat, the Creative SXFI TRIO Earbuds manages to pack an entire 7.1 surround sound system — or at least the impression of one — into a tiny package. What is it? The Creative SXFI TRIO are USB-C powered earbuds, featuring award-winning Super X-Fi headphone holography. They are imbued with a hybrid triple-driver system to deliver...

Vaja Pro-Mask 1.0 review

REVIEW – Who would have thought in 2019 that in less than a year hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and face masks were going to be some of the most sought after items in 2020. To help with this demand, many manufacturers have jumped in and are now producing these critical products. Some folks are embracing the moment and are wearing some pretty fancy,...

PopSocket’s PopGrips can do more with a PopMount Flex 2

NEWS – PopSocket’s PopGrips help you keep a grip on your phone, but now they can do a whole lot more when you add the new PopMount Flex 2. The PopMount Flex 2 is a specially designed silicone holder with flexible arms that you can bend into a stand for your phone, a holder to attach to a pole or tree limb, or even turn it into a selfie stick, and more....

Smartta SliderMini 2 motorized camera slider review

REVIEW – There are many types of gear that photographers and videographers use to capture different types of scenes and footage. One such device is a slider that can be used for great video, including time-lapse footage, video with movement and interest, etc. Over the years, I have purchased 2 quite expensive motorized sliders that are also quite large...

SleepPhones Bluetooth Headphones review

REVIEW – I am a terrible sleeper. As far back as I can remember, I’ve used all manner of audio devices to help me relax, quiet outside disruptions, and get my mind off the day’s events. I was happy to give SleepPhones a place in my bed to see if they could enhance my slumber. What is it? SleepPhones are wireless headphones enclosed in a soft, comfortable,...

Check out the world’s first all Damascus steel sports watch

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – For many years I have collected watches and predominantly automatic watches. I love elegant designs that ooze sophistication and command the attention of all eyes around. However, in many cases, I have had to settle for cheaper but still good looking watches because of price tags that start at as much as $20,000 US. One of these...

Artisan Revere Paring Knife review

REVIEW – Friends, the last pepper from my summer garden is about to be sacrificed. We’re testing Artisan Revere’s new Paring Knife, a companion to their superb Chef’s Knife that I reviewed last year. Oh sweet pepper… we barely knew ye. To the review! What is it? It’s a paring knife hand made in the USA. Hardware specs Elmax 3rd-generation particle...

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