Sonos Play:3 HiFi System Review

I got a chance to review the new Play:3 unit from Sonos, and I must say I am very impressed. Not to talk up the Sonos brand any more than I already have in the past, but the Sonos Wireless HiFi System is a group of devices that let you stream music wirelessly throughout your house. You can stream music from your iTunes Library that is located on a computer that is connected to your home network, or choose from a number of sources including, but not limited to:

…And over 100,000 free radio stations worldwide

What makes Sonos an ideal choice for those looking to distribute music throughout their house is the fact that you don’t need to run any wires (with the exception of a power cord) to use any of the equipment. Simply connect one of the Sonos devices to your router, and you can keep adding units to anywhere you want music wirelessly because the devices create a wireless mesh network that doesn’t interfere with your current network.

Review & Giveaway – 6ft In-Wall Rated HDMI Cable

Don't fall for the "Snake Oil"

Don’t let Monster Cable “High-end” cable manufacturers sell you any Snake Oil by saying the only way to get high quality performance out of your Audio/Video gear is to buy $60-$100 cables. If the cables you buy to hook all of your gear up alone cost anywhere near half of what it cost to buy the actual equipment, you just got played.

Which should segway very nicely into the 6ft. In-Wall Rated HDMI cable the nice folks over at Triangle Cables sent me to review. Since I am still an A/V guy at heart, I jumped at the chance to try out the cable. I must say for the price, this cable ROCKS. One of these cables will run you approximately $27 dollars plus shipping…if they weren’t on sale. Right now, you can grab a pair in the 6ft length from the Triangle Cables website for $9 Dollars. Honestly, you really don’t know how good a deal that is, so let me break down the quality of this cable:

[Review] Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L

I. Got. MiFi.

A while ago, I posted a picture on Twitter of all the mobile gadgets I carry on almost a daily basis with the caption “I. Need. MiFi.” Now, I have been taking advantage of the mobile hotspot option on my carrier’s plan, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about my smartphone being virtually attached to other devices. It’s convenient to have an all-in-one device, but battery life and the inconvenience of having to drop my connections when I receive a phone call can be annoying. The nice folks from Verizon Wireless responded to my tweet and kindly sent over a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L to try out (and send back of course) to see if they can get me on the 4G MiFi bandwagon.

[Video] Sonos Wireless HiFi System – First Look

Yes, I'm still an A/V geek

Shout out to the folks over at Sonos sending over a pair of their new Play:3 Players and a Sonos Bridge to review. I must say, as a long fan of Sonos gear, I was beside myself with joy (yes, men can use the word joy) when the gear showed up at my house yesterday.

So much so that I decided to shoot a little video just to get in the habit of doing more videos.

Wrapsol iPad 2 Clean Screen Film – Review

I’ve got kids…two little angels (3 and 1 years old). I have to keep reminding myself that they are in fact, angels every time they touch my gadgets. Don’t get me wrong, since I’m a techie, I want my kids to learn the ways of the geek pretty early, so I let them (my 3 year old in particular) play with my iPad 2. Now of course, I try to monitor what she’s doing with my pricey toy in her hands, but there are sometimes that I look away for a while, only to be alerted by Mrs. Tech when my daughter is doing “something other than what she’s supposed to be doing” with my tablet.

Normally, I don’t like stuff on my gadgets – No cases, no covers, or screen protectors – I like my gadgets like I like my women Mrs. Tech – Naked. But the more and more my kids want to emulate Daddy and touch all over my stuff, the more I realize that it’s about time that I grow up and get some protection. So, the nice folks over at Wrapsol sent me a Clean screen protector film to try out and see if in fact I’ve been unnecessarily gambling with the future of my iPad 2’s screen by not protecting it from my kids the “elements”

Powermat Dual 1850 Backup Battery for Mobile Devices – Review

Portable mobile power at my fingertips

In the last two weeks, I’ve been doing some heavy traveling going to events and conferences. As a result, I haven’t always been able to take a break and charge my smartphone. Since I use them for just about everything related to a business trip:

– Flight/Hotel/car rental information
– Viewing event information
– Maps, locations, and directions
– Taking pictures, video, and conducting interviews
– Remembering where I parked my car

…I REALLY can’t afford any “2% battery remaining” messages from my smartphone. Sure, I could hunt out a wall outlet at every chance I get, but in most cases, I’m not the only one needing “juice”. So there is a good chance that all the outlets are already used up…AND it’s just lame praying to the wall outlet Gods hoping they can spare some power to save your device from turning into expensive pocket decor.

So, I have invested in a Powermat Power! Dual 1850 Rechargeable Backup Battery (Read: I had to pay for it myself).

CableJive xlSync Cable for iPhone – Review

"Daddy Long...Cable"

As a result of my review of the iStubz super short sync cable for iOS devices, The nice folks over at CableJive were kind enough to send over one of their featured longer sync cables to try out.

The xlSync cable is an extra long (hence the name) 6.5 ft. sync cable for iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, and iPad that essentially gives you more options when you are limited in your charge/sync location options.

Giveaway: Documents To Go for Mobile Productivity Awesomeness

If you’re a mobile whiz-kid man like me, or just looking to get more things done via your smartphone, you might want to take a look at the powerful Documents To Go application by DataViz, Inc. for mobile devices.

Upon first look, Docs 2 Go is just a mobile Microsoft Office Suite editor. Sure, you can view, edit, and create Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents and PDF files. Dig deeper and you will find that Doc 2 Go is an all-in-one file management system, complete with desktop and cloud synchronization that ensures your files can be accessed, modified, and managed on all of your devices for the ultimate in mobile productivity.

CableJive iStubs Bundle Review

Have I told you all that I hate tangled cords? Well, I do. I am constantly going behind my entertainment center, computer desk and inside my laptop bag to untangle cords. So when I stumbled on the CableJive website, I immediately ordered a black iStubz Bundle....