Category: reviews


Review: 60″ Vizio M-Series Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D

With my 47″ flat panel starting to show its age (it’s 5+ years old, and having just moved into a bigger place, I set out to find an attractive, moderately priced 60+” LCD HDTV during the 2013 holiday shopping season.
After a quick trip to Costco (my preferred retailer for expensive electronics due to their flexible …



Moto X: The pocketwatch of smartphones

Having originally dismissed the Moto X when it came out, I unexpectedly found myself considering Motorola’s recent Cyber Monday deal. For $349 (30% off the usual $499) unlocked and off-contract, the idea of keeping my unlimited data plan and maintaining my upgrade eligibility on Verizon without signing a new contract became very intriguing. Not to …


Review: Belkin Snap Shield for iPad 2

Update (7/1/11): Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 corners have begun to crack under very light use. I’ve contacted Belkin, will report back. 🙁
Alas! I’ve finally found the “case” I’ve been looking for since I first got my iPad 2 – the Belkin Snap Shield.
Available in both clear (right, which is still lightly frosted) and …


Review: 32GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 with Smart Cover

Apple has once again raised the bar on industrial design. The iPad 2 is unreasonably thin and one of the most impressive pieces of hardware to date. With that said, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
It should come as no surprise that Apple’s latest iOS device is a real work of industrial art. iPad …


Quasi-Review: HP Pavilion dm4t “Entertainment” laptop

I’ve been in the market for a new laptop (PC) for a little while now. Having long grown out of my need to be on the bleeding edge of gadgetry, especially considering that I spend most of my computing time at home on my desktop and smartphone, I was still searching for an attractive, well-made, …


Inspired by nature: Protect your Droid Incredible with a shell

Previously, I wrote about how much I liked Verizon’s generic silicone case for the HTC Droid Incredible. I stand by that post, but I’ve also found a worthy replacement – the HTC Droid Incredible Shell Holster Combo.
I’m not one to use a phone holster (more on that later), but the sub-$10 shell/holster combo is a …


Arm your Droid Incredible for battle with VZW’s silicone case

Let’s be honest. The HTC Droid Incredible is, well, pretty incredible. It’s quick as a whip, has a beautiful, highly sensitive touch display, and it takes pretty solid photos, among other things. It is also not cheap.

Although you can grab an Incredible (whenever they become available again – currently VZW’s site says June 4) for …


VZW HTC Incredible: This Is The Droid You’re Looking For

The HTC Incredible is the Droid you’re looking for. Here are my first impressions of Verizon’s new darling…

Let’s start with a list of negatives to get them out of the way. Like every gadget on the market, including the (gasp!) iPhone, the Incredible (“INC”) is not perfect. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of …


Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is, well…pretty fantastic

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson flicks. Starting with Bottle Rocket all the way through The Darjeeling Limited, I have enjoyed each and every one of his movies very much (some more than others). With that said, it should come as no surprise that I had really …

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Review: Dell Studio XPS 435MT with Windows 7 Professional

Now that I’ve upgraded my Studio XPS 435MT from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, I felt like I should post an update to my original review of the Studio XPS desktop. After a couple of weeks of use, I am happy to report that the system runs quicker and seemingly quieter than ever.