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Review: Joyor X5S Electric Scooter

By |2020-10-14T15:23:15-07:00Jun 18, 2020 - Thursday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

My first experience with an electric scooter was met with excitement, joy, freedom, and... sadness once I learned about California's prohibitive regulation that governs it. However, Joyor's X5S -- as a product and ride -- surprised me in a few ways, and two of my friends and a neighbor took notice. See why the four of us purchased one.

Review: SONOS Arc and SONOS Audio System

By |2020-10-01T18:34:54-07:00Jun 11, 2020 - Thursday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

When my wife and I had purchased our home, I wanted to wire the entire place with speakers for entertaining and relaxing. The cost of doing so took me by surprise, and when I discovered the Sonos wireless speakers, there were many reasons for why our family decided to go with that solution. Many years later, we got more invested into the Sonos ecosystem because of the excellent sound quality, convenience, and smart features offered by their products. Recently, the Sonos Arc was released, the company's newest and best-sounding TV soundbar yet. How does it compare to the Playbar, Beam, and Playbase? Read on to find out.

Review: Foho 55qt Car Freezer/Fridge (BCD-52)

By |2020-09-13T13:28:43-07:00Jun 1, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Did you know that there are refrigerators/freezers available that can be powered by the 12V port/battery of a car? One that could be operated with a battery power station and supplemented with solar panels? In this review, I purchased one for extended road trips, camping, and a 3-day simulated power outage, but most importantly: to surprise our children with ice cream in the middle of nowhere. How much power did it use? Was food kept frozen? I was pleasantly surprised.

Review: Beelink U57 vs X55 Mini PCs

By |2020-10-15T17:46:20-07:00May 26, 2020 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Half a year ago, I chose the Beelink Gemini X55 Mini PC as a TV-connected, video conferencing system that would fit inside a drawer. The coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic a few months later had the family utilize it more for school, work, and video chats with friends and family, resulting in a noticeable drop in performance. Beelink recently released the Core i5-based U57 model that promised better speed for just $50 more. How did it compare?

Review: Goal Zero Yeti 500x

By |2020-09-16T13:38:51-07:00May 9, 2020 - Saturday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Goal Zero products are expensive. They are also the industry leader in portable power stations with a safety record to brag about. After having reviewed a handful of batteries, I finally took the plunge to look at the newly-released Yeti 500x. What I learned over the past five weeks surprised me.

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