Hardware

Bass Egg Verb

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor January 27, 2015 Hardware

Every now and then, a product just falls into your lap and you find that it is a solution to a problem that  you hadn’t realized that you had. This is a skill that some companies, like Apple, tend to do constantly. When done well, it leads to some absolutely amazing products! Today’s review is a product that I believe fits in this category. The problem that I didn’t realize I had? When I get up in the morning and get ready for work, I need to sync my phone and load up my daily dose of podcasts, but at the same time, I need to keep my phone with me to play podcasts while I feed the cats, and gather together everything I need to take in to the office. I usually carpool to work, and my time is limited, so I really need to do both at the same time. The solution I didn’t know I was looking for? The Bass Egg Verb.

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Apple TV

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor January 17, 2012 Featured

This is a review that I’ve planned to do for a long time. It seems like each time I get geared up to do this review, the manufacturer changes something about the product and sets me back to square one. Which means that I’m trying to do a review of a very good, unsung piece of hardware and software, and then they do something that just makes it better. Darn them!

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EEE Pad Transformer

by Scott Roche September 26, 2011 Android

I’ve been wanting a tablet for a long, looonnnnng time. To tell you the truth, apart from the coolness factor, I couldn’t tell you why, but I was told to get whatever I wanted for my birthday. My Mom had planned on throwing me a big party, and that hadn’t materialized. So, she gave me the money she would have spent. Now was my time to decide. So what did I chose and why? The former should be answered by the title of this review. The later is a much larger answer.

I could have gotten the bottom end of the iPad range with the money I had. I thought about it though, and the iPad is still a flawed device in my opinion. As sexy as it is, a lack of Flash support, internal SD card support, and dual cameras – in the model I would have gotten – are all major short-comings.

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Tweakers

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor May 9, 2011 Hardware

These days we have so many digital devices that play audio it isn’t funny. Smartphones, computers, MP3 players, even handheld games. Some of these devices have built in speakers to let you play audio, but most of them just come with earbuds, if they have anything at all. For the most part, those speakers are pretty low quality, and the earbuds aren’t really comfortable enough to wear for any length of time. You can get a decent pair of headphones, but those aren’t useful if you want to share your audio with friends. What you need is a decent pair of speakers that also happens to be small and portable. Something that goes with your mobile device.

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Craptech: The Apple iPad Dock

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor January 17, 2011 Craptech
 

Normally, here at The Nifty Tech Blog, we try to bring you examples of the best and most useful technology available. If it doesn’t measure up to that yardstick, we just don’t mention it. Or we wait and watch it to see if it manages to rise above the pack and ask for our notice. But sometimes we run into a product that just utterly fails to provide any kind of utility. For those products, we created the category of Craptech. These are the products that are full of so much fail that everyone had best be warned not to waste their money on them. And the first one of these products that we are going to talk about is the Apple iPad Dock.

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ZOOM H1 Handy Recorder – A microphone shootout.

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor November 22, 2010 Featured

This is a review that has been a long time in coming. For some of you I’m sure it seems like it was too long. But we won’t review something on The Nifty Tech Blog until we have had a chance to work with it for at least a month, so if you’ve been waiting anxiously for this review since we posted the Zoom H1 Unboxing back at the beginning of September, we’re sorry for the wait. We’ve spent that time learning the Zoom H1 thoroughly and determining how it stacks up against other products. We hope that you’ll agree that the wait has been worth it.

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First Look: Zoom H1 Handy Recorder Unboxing

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor September 8, 2010 Hardware

One of the products that I’m looking at for a future review is the Zoom H1 Handy Recorder that was just released in August and sold out almost immediately! I finally got a hold of mine after having my pre-order shipped, canceled, and then back-ordered. So I figured that I’d do an unboxing video to demonstrate how easy the Zoom is to set up and get using out of the box. At least that was what they told me. Actually Zoom has a very good reputation for portable audio and the H2 and H4 models are very respectable portable recorders.

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AirPort Extreme

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor July 19, 2010 Hardware

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Simultaneous Dual-Band) (MC340LL/A)As mobile devices become more popular, the need for wireless networks increases in order to provide the most demanding apps with the bandwidth they require. And eventually, one begins to look at setting up your own home network. These days, many internet providers are filling this demand by providing uplink devices with built in wireless modems. For some it is an option, for others it is a premium service with an accompanying monthly fee. For some people, letting Comcast or Verizon or whomever set up their wireless network is good enough. But others want more control over the network, and who is allowed on it. In this review, I’d like to show this last group of people one of the easiest, fastest, and most robust ways to set up your own wireless network: The AirPort Extreme.

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ThermaPAK HeatShift Laptop Cooler

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor July 5, 2010 Hardware

Today’s review isn’t software. In fact, it doesn’t even use electricity, but there is a lot of technical research behind it, and it is designed to prolong the life of your legs, and your laptop. I’m talking about the ThermaPAK HeatShift Laptop Cooler, a laptop pad that cools your laptop through thermal conductivity instead of using USB power driven fans that will eventually clog with hair and dust and create a horrendous noise.

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Google Voice Update

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor June 24, 2010 Phones

Back in the original Google Voice review, I had mentioned that Google Voice was one of those Google projects that is eternally in Beta. Well, it seems that Google disagreed with me on that point. On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010, Google announced on the Google Voice Blog, that Google Voice was coming out of Beta and is now available for new subscribers in the United States without the need for an invite!

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