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I Scream, You Scream! “Ports, Where are the Ports?” So, which is it, lighter and thinner, with no room for ports, or a bit heavier and thicker, and more built-in ports? Personally, I like the idea of not needing adapters, but hey, I’m probably a Luddite. Still most new laptops never have enough ports, and many newer drives, like the USB drives listed above, have single ports, so don’t permit daisy-chaining. What to to? Docks are the answer! In this review we look at two portable docks, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock and the EZQuest USB-C Multimedia Hub Adapter.

Harris Fogel with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, Frank Schramm, and Ken Kramar, posted 12/9/2021

When digital cameras first emerged on the scene, as a photographer I used to think, “How many shots can I fit on this 256 MB card?” and I would know that I’d need to have expensive storage available to download the files. Well, those days are still with us, but instead of MBs, we are talking about gigabytes, terabytes, and even petabytes. Fortunately, vendors have you covered, with affordable, incredibly fast, light weight, and durable storage options. Here are some favorites from LaCie, Seagate, SanDisk, and Other World Computing

Harris Fogel with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, Frank Schramm, and Ken Kramar, posted 12/9/2021

Our 2021 Holiday Gift Shortlist is a gathering of fun stuff, covering tools, phone cases, VOIP, and accessories! Products from WORX, Ooma, Catalyst, Scosche, and Avadar.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, with Editorial Assistance from Frank Schramm & Ken Kramar, posted 12/6/2021

Most listeners appreciate the importance of both high-quality audio products and high-quality sleep. The pursuit of each used to be mutually exclusive, but not any longer! Read on to learn more about 1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless In-Ear Headphones. We promise you won’t fall asleep!

Nancy Burlan, posted 12/3/2021

Apple's recently introduced MacBook Pro 14-inch system is an upper-midrange notebook that features Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, along with a host of other changes inside and out. John Mulhern III distills over a month spent testing in a detailed review of Apple's new pride—the most changed MacBook Pro in at least five years.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/2/2021

We like to focus on products that we think are the cat’s meow. So when we had the chance to check out ökocat’s premium plant-based clumping litter, we pounced on it! We learned about ökocat, when we met with a representative from ökocat during one of Alyson Dutch’s Consumer Product Event in Los Angeles. We chatted about cats, and she said, you need to try this litter, it’s really special. So we did! Was she right? Read our review to find out.

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, with assistance from Grayson and Sandy, Posted 10/17/2021

During the long months of the lockdown, folks found many ways to pass the endless hours at home. Many became obsessed with bingeing TV shows and movies, baking bread, Zoom birthday parties, clearing out the garage, and organizing around the house. A few of those activities we’d like to leave in the past, but cleaning and organizing are good habits to bring along to post-pandemic times, and YouCopia’s line of organizers can help. Read on to learn how you can catch the good vibes that come with an organized home.

Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/12/2021

It's not often that we refer to cleaning albums as fun. But the unique Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System and VRC Restore! vinyl record cleaning film, provided more excitement than we expected. In previous articles we've looked at different approaches to cleaning LPs, all of which used the same process – get the records wet, wash the dirt out, then dry. In part one, we looked at a new process from The Vinyl Record Cleaning Company of Australia. In part two, our own vinyl loving Frank Schramm listens carefully to before and after tests, and we discuss the process after having had time to spend with it. Read on for our take on this unique process. Part two of a three-part article.

Frank Schramm and Harris Fogel, with editorial input from Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/6/2021

HIFIMAN’s reputation is built upon its pioneering use of planar magnetic driver technology throughout its product line. Into those flat drivers a bit of dynamic drivers must fall, and the recently released HIFIMAN HE-R10D Dynamic Headphones with Bluemini Adapter is their new top-of-the-line dynamic offering. Visually, it’s a clone of the HE-R10 Planar Headphones, which tip the scale at $5,499, whereas the HE-R10D Dynamic models are a mere $1,299. How good are these new headphones? Read on to learn more!

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan and Frank Schramm, posted 9/22/2021