Thursday, October 1, 2020

PYLE BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER

PYLE BLUETOOTH® SPEAKER ~ Wireless 150 Watt Audio System…. © 2020 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT The PYLE PBMSQG9 WIRELESS PORTABLE BLUETOOTH® SPEAKER SYSTEM, is a 150 watt audio sound system with stereo speakers capable of 60db s/n and a frequency response of 100-16Khz that serves many purposes. It includes capabilities such as an FM radio with auto-tuning, a USB Flash Drive reader along with a Micro SD Memory Card reader, both for playing your MP3 prerecorded tunes, a Bluetooth® streaming receiver and an auxiliary audio 3.5mm input jack. All this is packed in a small twin-speaker case measuring 11.2 x 4.5 x 4.7 inches and including a rechargeable battery. The battery uses a standard USB wall charger, or computer’s USB port for charging with its supplied cable. (TIP: Do not operate while the speaker system is connected to the USB wall charger, or a USB computer port. The system is not designed to operate from the USB cable. While the system will function this way it will diminish the life of the battery. This, by the way, holds true for many other electronic items that require charging i.e. shavers, headsets, etc. Charging takes 3-5 hours. When charging is complete the red charging indicator will extinguish. The unit should not be left in the charging mode for longer periods of time even though you are not charging, or using it.)
Most of the features serve obvious uses, but the auxiliary 3.5mm input jack can be very handy. If you live in a condo, apartment complex, or just a homeowner who participates in small gatherings, the need for using a microphone with a small amplifier can be handy. Now I did mention that this amplified speaker system includes an “AUX” input. Such inputs do not support typical Low-Z microphones. So to make this work you will need to acquire a microphone preamplifier such as the Sound Devices single channel MP-1, or a pre-owned (no longer manufactured) Shure FP11, both commonly found on EBAY. They are easily connected with commonly available audio cables.
Prices on these external battery powered devices will vary from $300 (Sound Devices ~ new) to $45 (Shure ~ pre-owned). I found the sound quality of the PYLE PBMSQG9 to be exceptional. Higher sound output models with much more wattage are also available. However for small gatherings the 150watt model is just fine. My only negative is the FM Auto-tuner, It can be very difficult to locate/lock into a station and/or returning to that station once you’ve changed input modes and want to return to the station. The Bluetooth® receiver works very well in receiving a signal up to 30’ away, but is limited to working with streaming devices only. MSRP: $40.00 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★ (Based on poor FM Tuning) For more information go to: https://amzn.to/3euGpm5 Available at Retail, Amazon and the manufacturer’s web site. Graphic credits: Amazon & Google Images Please note that BLOGSPOT.COM provided by GOOGLE has changed the Style/layout/format of our column. This is totally out of our control. Perhaps they will return to the previous layout after receiving numerous complaints from our readers. Sorry for the inconvenience! Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Be sure to catch the latest episode of “CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GADGETEER”. THE GADGETEER'S latest podcast is now published and available. This episode is entitled, APPLE WATCH AND MORE ABOUT APPLE. A PODCAST discussion about the Apple Watch and some other Apple products with Marc Saltzman author of his book, APPLE WATCH DUMMIES. Our discussion includes tips, tricks and features, and much, much more. Simply double click on the link, or logo below for quick access: http://thegadgeteer.libsyn.com/
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

BAVIN ~ PC558 World-Wide Power Block

BAVIN ~ PC558 World-Wide Power Block © 2020 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT Electrical strips and USB charging stations are quite common. What’s not common is a power block that does all of this and interfaces with around-the-World electrical voltages and sockets. The BAVIN PC588 5.4 amp power block is a unique power system that provides 3 AC surge protected power outlets and 6 USB charging ports. Included in this layout is an on/off power switch. Each of the 3 AC power outlets are configured to accept most electrical power plugs, male or cable end, from around the World (US/UK/AU/EU
WORLD-WIDE OUTLET CHART No need for individual plug adapters to mate with your various appliances. In addition, six smart fast charging (3.4 amp) USB ports in two groups of three, identify charging current required by electronic devices. A five-foot power cord with a US plug is hard wired into the unit. Unfortunately, you will need a plug adapter that matches the outlet in the country where being used. Please note, this unit does not convert voltages, it simply provides plug adaptation! I found the BAVIN POWER BLOCK PC588 to be most convenient and practical, especially its compact size of 6.10” L x 3.94” W x 1.2” D and 12.2 ounces. MSRP: $17.99 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ For more information go to Available at Retail, Amazon and the manufacturer’s web site. Graphic credits: Manufacturer & Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Be sure to catch the latest episode of “CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GADGETEER”. THE GADGETEER'S latest podcast is now published and available. This episode is entitled, APPLE WATCH AND MORE ABOUT APPLE. A PODCAST discussion about the Apple Watch and some other Apple products with Marc Saltzman author of his book, APPLE WATCH DUMMIES. Our discussion includes tips, tricks and features, and much, much more. Simply double click on the link, or logo below for quick access: http://thegadgeteer.libsyn.com/
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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Wireless Sport Style Ear Buds by ATHENS


ATHENS SPORT IP67 ~
Wireless Sport Style Ear Buds….

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In today’s gadget world of communication and entertainment devices, we are going to look at a better way to enjoy using them. In this column we’ll discuss earpieces that provide both stereo sound to our ears and a microphone for smartphone calling.

The ATHENS “True Wireless” SPORT is just such a device. It comes with a compact storage case that not only stores the enhanced noise canceling ear buds, but also serves as a charger and reserve battery supply. Mounted on the side are four illuminated charge/charging indicators. The ATHENS SPORT earpieces retain 8 hours of playtime before quickly recharging from the case’s built-in power reserve. This reserve provides three additional charging cycles without being plugged into a, not supplied, standard USB power source. This feature enables the unit to be on-the-go for up to 32 hours before a full system charge is required. Charging time about one hour. Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, a built-in mic for use with your smartphone with a waterproof IP67 specification. The IP67 code means that the ear buds can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour.  They are also dust resistant.  Works well in the shower and heavy rain!

The ATHENS SPORT is compatible with IOS, Android, SIRI and Google Now. Pairing works the same as any other Bluetooth device, and once paired is always at the ready unless you turn off your devices Bluetooth function in settings. The SPORTS’ controls for on, off, play, pause, volume adjust, track advancement, call answering, and disconnect as well as SIRI are all activated on the side of each airbus’s logo insignia. Voice control calling assistance is also possible and a feature generally not found in similar products. Comes with three pairs of GoFits to adapt to any ear size. Midnight black is the only color offered.

I found the ATHENS SPORT ear buds system to work well. It’s size and well thought out features offer much for our active lifestyles. The fidelity is remarkable considering how compact it is. As with any new device you acquire you’ll need a little bit of time to become acclimated to its operation, but you’ll soon appreciate the Swedish thought and design created by well respected European audio engineer Axel Grell.


GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★

MSRP: $129

For more information go to: https://bit.ly/2YoermX

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Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer. Your doctor, prior to using any product or procedure, should always first approve medical devices and procedures for your specific use. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CLICKR Universal Phone Grip


CLCKR ~ Universal Phone Grip & Stand….

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SmartPhones are typically designed to fit in the palm of your hand. That works well when you’re simply answering, or making a phone call. However, today’s SmartPhone devices have evolved into so much more than a “phone” device. We use them for streaming, viewing videos, video chats, speakerphone conversations, selfies and so much more. So, the ability to hold your SmartPhone steady, and for longer periods of time, can become challenging.

The CLCKRS”, for small, 34290 Universal Phone Grip & Stand may be the inexpensive SmartPhone problem solver you’ve been looking for. This handy little gem prevents phone dropping and fatigued hands. Thin and stylish it easily attaches to most phones since it uses a 3M adhesive that leaves no residue should you desire to remove it. When affixed, wireless magnetic charging is still possible. You can handhold your SmartPhone by simply slipping your fingers into the grip’s strap, or use the straps pullout feature to place it in a portrait or landscape position on almost any surface.

(TIP: The CLCKR S 34290 fits most current models of SmartPhones. It does not fit most cases or battery pack style cases.)

The grip is available in several different colors and two sizes as well as a case model that also incorporates the grip feature. The larger model is designed for iPads and similar devices. Like most heavy use items the durability will be determined by the use you give it. Being an inexpensive accessory it’s easily replaced if tattered or worn.

MSRP: $7.99 - $14.99 ~ based on size model

GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★

For more information go to: https://www.clckr.com


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Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings.
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