Getting to Know Cree LED Lightbulbs

Cree has come up on my radar in the past, but mostly because of a publication I write for that tracks investible tech companies. (Cree stock went on a bit of a tear in 2013 and 2014, by the way.) I also see Cree’s LED bulbs every time I’m in the lighting section of Home Depot. But I never picked one up. The company recently sent me a box of samples to try out, and they’ve worked quite well. Read More

IPhone 7 Plus: Mobile Photography Game Changer

IPhone 7 Plus: Mobile Photography Game Changer

When I upgraded to a new iPhone this round, I also made the jump to the larger size model. My iPad Mini’s display has been failing and I thought I might be able to kill two birds with one stone. But primarily, I was intrigued by the dual-lens camera system Apple put in the iPhone 7 Plus. Its optical zoom capability is a game changer. Read More

Cork: Micro Bluetooth Speaker Uses Empty Bottles to Boost Sound

Cork: Micro Bluetooth Speaker Uses Empty Bottles to Boost Sound

I don’t often cover crowdfunding campaigns, but this one is kind of cool. Plus they have a shipping product (which I was able to review hands-on) and they’ve already met their funding goal—so not much in the way of risk. Cork is a micro Bluetooth speaker that sits on top of an empty bottle (like a cork), using the bottle itself to amplify and color the sound produced. Read More

ASUS ZenBook 4K (UX510UX): If You Need an Ultra HD Laptop…

ASUS ZenBook 4K (UX510UX): If You Need an Ultra HD Laptop…

As part of my work with another outlet, ASUS has sent me eight laptops (and counting) for review consideration over the past few months. One in particular was pretty cool and I thought GeekDad readers might be interested in it: the ZenBook 4K. Or, technically, the UX510UX. I’m not sure I would make full use of a 4K laptop, but the display sure is nice. Read More

Tentsile Flite Tree Tent: Camping in the Trees

Tentsile Flite Tree Tent: Camping in the Trees

I just wrapped up what is likely the final camping trip of the year with my family. This trip was different, though. My 13-year-old twins, Jon and Aidan, slept suspended from the trees instead of in the trailer with the rest of us. They were helping me test out the Flite tree tent from Tentsile. Spoiler alert: it got a huge thumbs up. Read More

Camping Tech Gear Roundup

Camping Tech Gear Roundup

I just wrapped up a few weeks of camping, including a week in Algonquin Park, the nearly 3,000 square mile Canadian gem that’s home to an estimated 2,000 black bears, plus moose, wolves, and other assorted wildlife. As usual, I had a large collection of gear with me. A few of those items stood out and will definitely be added to my regular camping rotation going forward. Read More

Looking at a Surface for Your Student? Consider Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 Instead

Looking at a Surface for Your Student? Consider Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 Instead

Parents are gearing up for back to school and for many of us, that means having to invest in a computer as well as new clothes, shoes, and backpacks. One of the hot categories right now is 2-in-1 laptops (which give you both a Windows laptop and a tablet in one package), and Microsoft’s Surface line is a leader here. If you’re shopping the Surface line, have a look at Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 and you could save yourself a sizeable chunk of cash. Read More

GeekDad Review: Anker Lumos A1 LED Desk Lamp

GeekDad Review: Anker Lumos A1 LED Desk Lamp

A few months ago, I reviewed the BenQ WiT LED light. It was easily the nicest and more feature-rich desk lamp I’ve ever used, but it was also $299. The Anker Lumos A1 LED is a little more scaled back in its ambitions, but it does a decent job of illuminating your workspace at a much more budget-friendly $25.99 price tag. Read More