Friday, January 1, 2021

CLCKR STAND & GRIP CASE COMBO

CLCKR STAND & GRIP CASE ~ For iPhone PRO 11 & 12 Users…. © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) In a previous column we featured CLCKR’s universal Phone grip and stand, a very useful accessory easily attachable to most smartphones. https://bit.ly/3epinKD Now CLCKR has introduced the CLCKR STAND & GRIP CASE for the iPhone 12 PRO. We tested a case specifically marketed for the iPhone PRO 12, 6.1” model, but found this model also nicely accommodated the 11 PRO version as well. I noted a slight, but tolerable up/down slippage of the inserted phone. The CLCKR STAND & GRIP CASE includes both the collapsible stand and grip features that are all built in to a fabric type of material. It prevents dropping your phone and fatigued fingers in constant use situations. This style case also offers some protection to the phones housing while still allowing access to the side buttons, lower mic, speakers and the lightning connector. Obviously, it can’t prevent the glass from breaking since it has no protective covering over it. Perhaps the best feature is the ease of positioning the phone on a surface for landscape, or portrait photography as well as making FaceTime, SKYPE and ZOOM calls. It may take a little usage of the grip to get it to position itself without it wanting to return back to its collapsed position. A visit to CLCKR’S web site will reveal various models, sizes and versions of this useful accessory. Considering the low cost it should be an easy decision and a worthwhile addition to your iPhone accessories and picture taking fun. MSRP: $34.99 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ For more information go to: https://www.clckr.com/us/clckr-case Available at manufacturer’s web site above. Graphic credits: CLCKR Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore 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. ##

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

APPLE TV 4K/HD - The Missing User Guide 2019

APPLE TV 4K/HD ~ The Missing User Guide – 2019 Edition (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2020 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED I’m sure you’ve heard lots about a device called Apple TV? No, it’s not a television flat screen, but rather an add-on box that plugs into a spare HDMI port of your flat screen. It’s much like Roku, Firestick and Android TV, but much more advanced. It comes with some preloaded apps and has the capability of adding many additional apps. All these apps generally are not selectable on your flat screen, or DVR, so Apple TV allows you to secure programming not normally available by broadcast television with these apps. Apple TV was first introduced in 2006 and released in early 2007, but since that time many features have been added including the possibility of adding to the app selection. Apple has also added Apple TV+, its own programming subscription service that offers original, made for Apple, programming. Look for the Apple TV App to be added to some new flat screen models in the near future. As I mentioned in my subtitle, APPLE TV 4K/HD USER GUIDE, is truly the manual that should have been included with your purchase of the Apple TV device. As is quite common these days most electronic gadgets don’t include much in the way of written instructions, but expect the user to already have the operational skills to use them. Such is the case with Apple TV. APPLE TV 4K/HD USER GUIDE, is a book that’s laid out in sectional topics as opposed to chapters. If there’s a question you have it relies on the reader to see if it’s listed in the index that show pages and then directs you to one of those 130 pages. Typical topics include setting up various functions, adding apps, linking most flat screen remote functions to Apple’s remote and how to use the unusual Apple TV remote control. I say “unusual” because most functions on Apple’s remote require sliding your finger on what’s commonly thought of as a discrete touch pad. Incidentally this remote is a very poor design on Apple’s part. I’ll be reviewing a SALT alternative remote in a future column that runs circles around Apple’s. This book is certainly filled with tons of valuable, good operational information even though the numerous grammar and spelling errors are surprising and do stand out. GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ MSRP: $9.95 paperback (Also available in a Kindle Edition at less cost) For more information go to: https://amzn.to/3jVFJbJ Graphic credits: 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. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore Also, be sure to listen to 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/

Sunday, November 1, 2020

CASIO HR-170RS ~ Mini-Desktop Printing Calculator

CASIO HR-170RS ~ Mini-Desktop Printing Calculator BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2020 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED The CASIO HR-170RS is a simple, but powerful little calculator. It can be battery powered by 4 AA batteries, or powered with the supplied AC adapter. A twelve digit, 1-line display not only shows the numbers you’re working with, but when selected displays either the time or date which can also be a part of the printed receipt. Features include selectable last digit erase, paper print out, cost, sell, margin and correction functions. A reprint function lets you print duplicate copies while the double check feature corrects up to 150 steps. Once you’ve made corrections, the After Print function makes it easy to reprint the receipt. Automatic currency conversion is also possible. The replaceable CP13 ink roller allows printing in both black and red. The compact size, 11.61 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches, makes it ideal to transport to any job site. The CASIO HR-170RS is a fantastic feature packed calculator at a very reasonable price point. Many of its features/functions don’t even exist on much more expensive calculators. MSRP: $54.99 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ For more information go to: https://bit.ly/2SJAukL Graphic credits: Manufacturer 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. ## Please note that Google's "Blogspot" publication has changed its format. So, if this column looks a bit unusual it's due to Google. 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 below for quick access: http://thegadgeteer.libsyn.com/

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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CORRESPONDENT


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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CORRESPONDENT


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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