Chromecast Audio is a very simple product, and that’s probably the best thing about it from a consumer’s standpoint. You plug it in to power and then into an audio output source like an A/V receiver or a powered speaker. The Chromecast Audio supports either standard stereo audio cables or optical via a mini-digital connector. From there, just open the Chromecast app and get the device set up on your Wi-Fi network. That’s it - you’re done.
Now, any cast-enabled device within a reasonable proximity of the Chromecast Audio can tell it to play audio, regardless of whether it is on your Wi-Fi network, just like Chromecast. Read More
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there are a few brands that I find to be consistently awesome. After spending a few weeks with the Xtreme ($299) and Flip 3 ($99), I think JBL may have made itself a mainstay on that shortlist of manufacturers that make great speakers, because these are two of the most impressive pieces of Bluetooth audio equipment I’ve ever laid, um, ears on.
Seriously — I was not expecting either of these speakers to be as awesome as they are. Let's start with the big one.
I like to put BT speakers into a few categories: ultra-portable, portable, boombox, and bookshelf (or non-portable). Read More
Google has been branching out into new areas of hardware in recent years. It bought Nest and Dropcam, and now the Google Store acts as a storefront for Google to push its own hardware, as well as products made by others. The OnHub was an unexpected twist for Google's hardware aspirations, though. It does make some sense when you think about it. Routers are usually ugly and annoying to use, but is the $200 OnHub the best way to fix that? Read More
FLIR Systems is one of the premier makers of thermal camera technology at the high-end of the market, but in recent years it has also been branching out to the consumer level. The first-generation FLIR ONE smartphone thermal camera was only available for the iPhone and it was a bulky case design. Now the second generation unit is coming out for Android in a few weeks, but it's not cheap. So, what does it do and is that worth $250 to you? Let's find out. Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the Inateck MercuryBox, a cheap speaker that left me extremely unimpressed. Like I mentioned in that review, I'm normally really skeptical of speakers that cost less than $100 -- especially ones that hit around the $50 range. But while I was writing about the MB, I got my hands on the new hotness from G-Project: the ultra-portable, water-resistant G-Tube.
I'll say this: at $40, the G-Tube changes everything. A new bar has been set.
Appearance and Features
Like its name suggests, the G-Tube is a cylindrical speaker. It has dual 1.25" drivers in the "center" (not on the ends like some speakers), a sort-of ridged design that allows it to easily be positioned with the audio pointed in a number of directions, and all the controls/ports on either end. Read More
I wouldn't say that I've reviewed a ton of keyboards that are compatible with Android, but I would say I've spent my fair share of time pecking away at various keyboards that work on various operating systems. One thing I've noticed over time is that most ultra-portable keyboards just aren't very good. The keys are generally too small to be useful or the keyboard itself is too big to really be considered "portable." Or there's some other weird design flaw that comes along with making it easy to carry. It's really pretty annoying.
And that was all true until the Logitech Keys-To-Go ($69). Read More
I may have more than half a dozen Bluetooth earphones lying around home and at work, but my personal preference is almost always skewed toward Plantronics. The BackBeat GO 2 has been a mainstay in my purse for almost two years, and the BackBeat Fit is my absolute favorite workout headset. Both provide a great balance of features, battery life, and portability that fits with my needs. That's why I was eager to see what the company has in store with its newest foray, and the BackBeat SENSE didn't disappoint me. But before I go into my thoughts on this pair of headphones, let's start with the specs. Read More
A charger is a charger is a charger, right? Pff, nope. Not all chargers are created equal for even basic charging, and if you have a device that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0, that's even more true. Sure, all Quick Chargers charge, um, quickly...but there's more to it than just that.
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By now I figure that most of you know I'm a cyclist. If not, well, now you do. As such, I love to review every piece of Android-related cycling gear I can get my hands on (which, unfortunately isn't as broad a market as I'd like at this point). Moov, a $99 wearable fitness tracker that does a lot more than the average watch-style unit, has been on my radar since day one...but before we start with the cycling talk, I first want to point out exactly what Moov is.
Basically, Moov is a small, fitness-oriented wearable that essentially extracts data from your workouts, including running/walking, swimming, cardio boxing, and cycling. Read More