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August 28, 2017

Thinkware F800 Review

Introduction

Several months ago, we reviewed the Thinkware X550 and walked away quite impressed. While some of the driver safety features were a bit more gimmicky than Thinkware would have you believe and the pricetag is relatively higher than competing dashcams on the market, the Thinkware X550 still proved to be an excellent dashcam with great picture quality and more importantly the ability to record well at night which is an issue for many of the cheaper dashcams on the market.

New for the company this time around is the Thinkware F800, which is the new flagship in the Thinkware F-series dashcams. Unlike the Thinkware X-series dashcams, the F-series are more [...]

 
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July 30, 2017

Thinkware X550 Review

Introduction

In the premium dashcam product category, one of the most well known manufacturers is Thinkware, an innovative Korean company which has been in the automotive electronics business since the late 1990’s.

Currently their primary product line is their dashcams and today we’ll be reviewing the Thinkware Dash Cam X550 which is a new premium dashcam from the company sporting not only high quality video, but also a few more features such as parking mode recording and some innovative driver assistance features as well.

Let’s take a closer look.

SpecificationsManufacturer ThinkwareModel X550Display 2.7″ Color LCD [...]
 
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July 29, 2017

Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Review

Stop Sitting, Start Standing

Over the past few years, numerous studies have been released linking sitting for prolonged periods of time as a contributor to health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even death. What’s more, the this is true even if you spend several hours a week engaging in vigorous exercise. (1, 2, 3) As a result, sitting/standing height adjustable computer desks have become quite popular over the past few years as a way to help mitigate against the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

As a tech reviewer, the new studies on prolonged sitting is quite concerning as I spend a lot of time sitting and writing at my [...]

 
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July 20, 2017

Review: ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

The Smartest Thermostat Ever?

Ever since the Nest introduced their smart learning thermostat back in 2011, smart thermostats have become one of the most popular upgrades for people looking to make their homes just a bit “smarter”. While Nest is without a doubt the most popular name in home automation thanks to Alphabet Inc’s (Google) acquisition of the company back in 2014, numerous other entrants into the smart thermostat market have appeared with one of the most promising being Ecobee, a Canadian home automation company currently specializing in smart thermostats.

The flagship Ecobee smart thermostat which we’ll be reviewing today is the ecobee3. [...]

 
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November 22, 2016

Review: Transcend DrivePro 520 Car Video Recorder (Dashcam)

Introduction

Think about the last time you, your family or your friend got into a car accident. Was the insurance process easy? Or was it difficult? Did the other party make up or exaggerate what happened?

In the lawsuit-happy society that we live in, the need to record what happens on the road has become more important than ever and although car video recorders are common outside of the US, these devices are only starting to gain traction here.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Transcend DrivePro 520 which is a car video recorder which is designed to help give drivers evidence of events that occur on the road to ensure that parties are truthful about what really [...]

 
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August 13, 2017

Neat Scanner NeatConnect Review

Going Paperless

As a tech journalist, one of the things I’ve always been a bit ashamed to admit is the fact that I’m still rocking a lot of paper. From business cards to receipts, there’s simply a ton of paper I keep locked up in the filing cabinets, and while numerous attempts to go paperless have been made at one point or another, it’s always ended in complete and utter failure.

Recently, after receiving what is a mountain of business cards, receipts, and paperwork at the “supposedly” innovative and forward thinking CES (Consumer Electronics Show), I received a very welcome e-mail from the guys over at Neat, who offered to help clear [...]

 
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June 19, 2013

XCom Global International MiFi Rental Review

Staying Connected on the Go

While preparing for Computex in Taipei this year, one of the biggest considerations I had was to make sure I had a means of staying connected on the go. Given the fact that it was my first time in Taipei and I had a ton of meetings  to make, I definitely wanted to make sure I had access to at least Google Maps, my e-mail, and of course LINE, which I quickly realized was the Whatsapp/Viber/WeChat alternative of choice in Taiwan.

Since I use AT&T wireless here at home for my cellphone service, I decided to check with them first to see what type of packages were offered for global data. Taking a quick look at the AT&T Wireless Global Data [...]

 
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December 14, 2012

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 Review

Camera Bag for the Professional

As requested by a number of my YouTube subscribers last year, I compiled a list of the equipment I keep in my camera bag and while cameras, lenses, microphones, etc. are covered, one thing I didn’t do is cover the camera bag. The reason for this is because I simply didn’t really like the camera bag I had. It was bulky, it was obvious it was a camera bag, and it just plain looked a bit ugly. Since it wasn’t something I’d personally recommend, I decided to go out and search for something I would.

This then brings us to our review for the day, the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 v2.0 camera bag. For those unfamiliar [...]

 
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July 9, 2012

NZXT HUE Review: One Size Fits All RGB LED Case Lighting

One Size Fits All RGB LED Case Lighting

Since 2004, NZXT has been bringing all kinds of unique and innovative case accessories, cases, and CPU coolers to the enthusiast/gamer markets. One such case accessory of course is case lighting, which is probably one of the easiest ways to give your windowed case a brand new look.

This is why today, we’re going to be taking a look at NZXT’s latest case lighting kit, the NZXT HUE. The HUE, unlike most LED lighting kits on the market, is a fully customizable RGB (Red Green Blue) LED light strip. Because the HUE uses LEDs to produce lighting, it allows the HUE run cool and be very power efficient while still being able to [...]

 
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July 17, 2012

Lamptron FC Touch and FC9 Fan Controller Review

Two High End Fan Controllers Reviewed

Being PC enthusiasts, we love to buy huge cases and load them up with tons of fans. This is beneficial as more fans typically translate into better airflow and of course, better cooling performance to chill our hot hardware. However, with more fans, more cooling, and more airflow, one problem that’s bound to happen is increased noise. While a bit of noise is perfectly acceptable when you’re doing something intensive like rendering a video or playing Battlefield 3 with a headset, it can get annoying when you’re trying to appreciate some Beethoven and your PC sounds like a 747 about to taking off. To make a PC a bit more [...]

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