Accessories Reviews

ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

I'm obsessed with sleep. Of all the metrics that make up the quantified self, it's probably the one which most intrigues me, not to mention most confuses me. Until now, though, it's also been one of the toughest to accurately measure: wearable monitors wrapped around your wrist can themselves disturb your patterns. So, while ResMed's S+ observing you from your nightstand and doing entirely contactless sleep tracking might seem creepy or far-fetched at first, the potential usefulness could well exceed any weirdness about being watched. I donned my most fetching nightcap to test it out.

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Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

The democratization of the smart home continues, and nowhere is it more visible than in color-changing wireless light bulbs like Elgato's Avea. Pairing Bluetooth Smart with multi-color LEDs and a simple iPhone and iPad app to command them all from across the home, Avea isn't the first such bulb to the market, but with a street price of around $39.95 it's certainly one of the more affordable options. Beyond questions of whether remotely-controlled bulbs are actually necessary, then, has Elgato made a hue-killer or just another flash in the pan? Read on for my full review.

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Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Cooking can be confusing and difficult for some, as can technology. So what happens when you merge the two? Will it become a disaster of epic proportions, or do cooking and technology make an odd couple who end up balancing each other out. Drop, a connected kitchen scale that links directly to your iPad, wants answers to those questions. So do we. In our review of Drop, we’re going to run it through its paces, as well as enjoy delicious (or possibly terrible) things we make along the way.

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review

Of the three Razer Chroma devices we've reviewed this week, the BlackWidow gaming keyboard is by far the most complex. In color, anyway - instead of just a couple of different ways to display color, this keyboard works with a wide variety of color blasts. It's one of the finest gaming keyboards on the market, too, of course. Since it first launched in 2010, the Razer BlackWidow has been one of the most popular gaming keyboards on the circuit - the pro eSports gaming circuit, that is - this is one of the keyboards the top gamers in the world use when they're competing for millions of dollars in cash prizes.

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Razer DeathAdder Chroma Review

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Review

The DeathAdder mouse is a go-to piece of equipment for many gamers around the world. Razer has done an excellent job of releasing products - high quality products - with both the look and the abilities needed to be highly sought-after. This year they've released Chroma - a line of devices that take their predecessors and add millions of colors via embedded LEDs. Does this little bump make all the difference? NOTE: This is one of three reviews of Chroma devices. Also check out the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma headset and stay tuned for the keyboard, too!

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Tranquil Moments Bedside & Sleep Sounds Bluetooth Speaker Review

Tranquil Moments Bedside & Sleep Sounds Bluetooth Speaker Review

The market is saturated with many types of Bluetooth speakers, but Brookstone’s Tranquil Moments Bedside Speaker & Sleep Sounds offers something unique. The portable device comes with preloaded sounds to help its owner sleep and relax, and as someone who suffers from Tinnitus at an early age, I am always on the prowl for something to help me doze off quicker. With that in mind, I am putting the Tranquil Moments speaker to the test.

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer has cemented itself as an industry leader in the gaming peripherals business, and here with their "Chroma" line, these accessories get colorful. To be clear - these are the same devices that've been on the market for some time - they're just being released in the Chroma line with light-up bits. We've got the Razer BlackWidow mechanical keyboard, DeathAdder mouse, and Kraken 7.1 USB headset. The review you're seeing here is for the headset specifically - you can also catch our DeathAdder and BlackWidow reviews lighting up immediately if not soon.

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Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Avid photographers know lighting is important. Often times, those dedicated to getting the perfect picture have expensive meters meant to allow them insight on which is the best exposure and filter (among other camera controls) to use. Lumu, a new plug-in for your iPhone, wants to help lighten your camera bag by getting you to leave the meter at home. Along with a few apps for iOS, the aim is to get you plugging into your audio jack rather than carrying a bulky meter.

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SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

It's time for a quick look at the latest from SkinIt here with a couple of skins from their newest Marvel Comics collection as well as a classic skin from Star Wars. SkinIt sent us samples for three rather different devices to get a good feel for the quality of their product on different sorts of surfaces and at different scales, as well. What you're seeing here is a MacBook Pro, an LG G3 smartphone, and the Xbox One gaming console.

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Adidas Originals smartphone case Review

Adidas Originals smartphone case Review

Can the brand with the three stripes bring the same quality to their smart device accessories that they do their sneakers and active wear? That's what we wanted to know when we first heard Adidas Originals would be getting in to the smartphone case business. Our first couple of units are both sleeves made for a wide variety of smartphones and smartphone-like devices. White and black, as simple as they come, ready for everything from the Nexus 4 to the iPhone 6.

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