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Tablets are great devices, but many of us still find it vexing to use them for serious typing or entering of text and data. What else explains the multitudes of keyboards and cases available for them? We have tested keyboards in the past, but the approach taken by a small startup in creating the Brydge+ keyboard for the iPad is unique. It claims to bridge the gap between an iPad and an Apple MacBook Air. How does it deliver on its promise? Read on for our full review!

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 6/27/13, updated 5/16/2014

For the past year, Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy series has dominated the Android market, and it finally makes its way to Virgin Mobile with the Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE Android Prepaid Cell Phone. But does it hold up to the competition? Read our review to find out!

Thomas Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/14/13


Audio quality matters. When using your computer for audio and/or video chat and conferencing it is crucial that your voice comes through clearly and background noise is kept to a minimum. For years we at MER have used and reviewed Blue Microphones, one of the best-known manufacturers of quality microphones, from the Snowball to the Yeti. The Tiki is one of their latest products. To learn how well the Tiki works, our crack investigative team takes a look and a listen, and spends time checking it out.

A. D. Coleman, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, Posted 6/6/13

Here's a hard truth: Your computer's OS can fail at any moment. Any backup strategy should include a bootable copy of your internal drive on an external disk or drive, complete with such salvage tools as Carbon Copy Cloner and Disk Warrior. A. D. Coleman narrates the steps by which those apps, and a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro portable drive, helped in an emergency.

A. D. Coleman, Posted 6/1/13

In this review we look at the microStreamer, the successor to HRT's excellent HeadStreamer external Digital to Analog (DAC) Converter and see what's different in the new unit. With a new industrial design, new components, and a line-level output, the microStreamer ups the ante in this suddenly populated product space. Curious if this still-affordable DAC/Headphone Amp will deliver even better audio? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 5/28/2013

At the end of the night after a Digital Experience event for the press we finally had a chance to stop by and chat with the nice folks from Dropcam, manufacturers of a palm-sized wireless webcam that promised a quick no-fuss, no-muss setup and installation. They promised we'd be streaming video wirelessly in a few minutes. Wondering if this affordable webcam actually delivered on that promise? Could it really be possible to have a 24/7 live feed of your cat sleeping or your dog barking in a just a couple of minutes? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 5/20/2013

In this review we look at the NEC 23” NEC MultiSync P232W LCD LED Backlit Display. NEC has a long tradition of leadership in the display industry, and this affordable new display is no exception. With an IPS panel, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a unique integrated ambient light sensor, could this be a display for your digital imaging workflow? Read our review to find our thoughts on the new unit.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 4/16/2013



We have previously reviewed Magellan GPS units and found them to be well-designed, nicely crafted units. However, we discovered that they lacked one important feature.  What was that notable exception? Macintosh compatibility. Recently Magellan quietly revealed an important change – native Macintosh compatibility even for older units. Read our review to find out what this means for you!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 3/18/2013

It's now about one month since Mac Edition Radio returned safely from 2013 International CES and we've taken our measure of this year's massive show. More stories and product reviews will follow, but here are ten thoughts from this year's CES.

John Mulhern III, posted 2/29/13

As one of the first portable Thunderbolt drives on the market, the bus-powered Buffalo Mini-Station Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 external hard drive is a well designed product. It comes in 500GB & 1TB capacities, it has both Thunderbolt and USB ports, it includes a 18-inch Thunderbolt cable (as well as a USB 3.0 cable) and has a reasonable price point. Read on for our full review.

Ken Kramar, posted 2/28/2013