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Amazon is known as a big time retail player, but its own products have a less than stellar track record. Does anyone remember the Amazon Fire phone? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Echo is a high concept product that brings the usefulness of Siri and Cortana to a stationary in-home assistant. She’s a sleek black cylinder packed full of...

The Gadget Insight team has waited for this game since…well…birth. It’s the final game in the Arkham trilogy of Batman games and everyone short of hermits and hillbillies looked forward to playing it. The PC version released and people gobbled it up on Steam, but soon it was apparent that something was very, very wrong. Holy crappy gameplay, Batman!...

When was the last time you had a delicious and healthy smoothie? Okay, when was the last time you made a milkshake? Alright, there are those hands. The Gadget Insight team has been known to partake in various blended concoctions, but the perfect smoothie has always eluded us. Electrolux has developed a new blender that may be the best...
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GI Mobile

Microsoft recently announced that its suite of office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is now available as an app for Android smartphones. The app was previously available on both Windows and Apple phones, but for some reason Android was left behind the technological curve. Regardless, the announcement is good news because it means that Android users can finally...
Do I Need Apple Pay Now?

If you’ve been wondering if you should upgrade your iPhone in order to get access to Apple Pay, you probably want to know more about it first. I always have too much stuff in my wallet. It weighs too much. It takes up too much room. I often look at all of the plastic and dream of a time...
Best External Keyboards for iPad

Any time I’ve bought a tablet, the first thing I want is an external tablet keyboard. The first time I bought one, I went cheap and bought some no-name brand that had mushy keys, tended to drop the Bluetooth connectivity, and it was $50 down the drain.The next time, I bought a Logitech keyboard and found that it made...
Consumers love their phablets

Consumers love their phablets. At least that's what researchers at Flurry Analytics have found. A recent story on the 24/7 Wall Street Web site said that from January of 2014 through January of this year, consumer demand for phablet-style mobile devices has grown by 148 percent. That's much faster than growth for any other kind of mobile device, according...
Galaxy Note 5 Set to Come Out in September

Samsung has announced the release date of their newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 5.  The updated device is set to come out in September 2015, though it's possible that may be pushed to October.  For those not familiar with it, the Galaxy Note class of devices occupies a niche category.  It's bigger than a cell phone, but smaller than...
Have Apple's Devices Become Too Simple?

In an interesting article, TechCrunch proposes that Apple has reduced their products to an archetype. By purifying the iPad Air 2 to the purest, most minimal and understated vision of what a tablet can be, for example, they posit that Apple will begin to (or already has begun to) run into trouble convincing their customers that they are capable...
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GI Gaming News

The Gadget Insight team has waited for this game since…well…birth. It’s the final game in the Arkham trilogy of Batman games and everyone short of hermits and hillbillies looked forward to playing it. The PC version released and people gobbled it up on Steam, but soon it was apparent that something was very, very wrong. Holy crappy gameplay, Batman! It got so bad that Steam pulled the game from its site until the developer is able to patch it up with a little spit and bailing wire.A Noteworthy BeginningThe...

Ok, Nintendo, you either like mobile gaming or you don’t. Despite a development deal with DeNA, Nintendo has once again reaffirmed its stance that none of its console games will make it to the smartphone screen. It’s more than happy to create new content, but recent remarks made it clear that the company isn’t a fan of mobile gaming. In fact, they were downright insulting.The Nintendo StanceWhile Microsoft, Sony, and countless other game developers jumped on the smartphone bandwagon, Nintendo was curiously absent. Everyone thought with its extensive classic...

We gamers are a nostalgic bunch, especially us old fogeys who have been gaming since Atari asked us to break blocks with a little ball. Many gamers’ first machine was the original PlayStation and while the system and mechanics have changed greatly through the year, we all still remember that ugly gray controller and flip top to put the weird brown colored discs in. Sony is bringing back that controller for the PS4 with a few design modifications.What Made It Great?Why is the PS1 controller so iconic? It had...

Xbox has always been a popular console for racing games, and now fans of Forza Motorsports can pick up a custom console that even comes with racing sounds and a racing color scheme. Yeah, the Gadget Insight team wasn’t too excited either, but whatever floats your boat. It comes with some pretty cool extras, so it might be worth getting if you’re a racing fan.Custom EverythingThe system comes with 1 TB of storage, which is pretty standard for the themed consoles, but it’s still twice the memory of your...

The Wii was revolutionary in gaming and brought the pastime to a whole new group of people, the casual gamers. For the first time in years, Nintendo was ruling the roost, but when the Wii U was unveiled, it died on the vine. It never took off despite being a supposed next-gen console of the Wii. Everyone loved the Wii, but it’s well-meaning brother couldn’t get the sales numbers. Why?This has been a question that plagued Nintendo and gamers for years. Nintendo finally came forward with the answer; not...

In the electronic industry, especially gaming, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a.k.a. E3, is Christmas, Easter, and Halloween all rolled into one. Every video game maker, console developer, and accessory guru has a booth or presentation in the hopes of wowing the press or getting the attention of that big developer. Along with all that, the big dogs always release the hottest news and info during this time, which can be a complete overload of information.In the hopes of saving your sanity, the Gadget Insight team found a great recap...
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Laptops & Computers

Laptops have come a long way in terms of their speed, capacity, and capability. You no longer have to pay through the nose to get a decent machine. The following laptops all give you the most bang for your buck -- while keeping the price tag under $500, new.Toshiba Satellite C55-C5240 Toshiba Satellite E45-B4100 Acer Aspire E5-571 -58CG Dell Inspiron 5000 i5547 -7450sLV Lenovo G50-80 80E 501U3USRAM 8 GB 6 GB 6 GB 8 GB 6 GBStorage 1 TB 750 GB 1 TB 1 TB 500 GBProcessor Intel Core i5, 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Intel Core i52.2 GHz Intel Core i5-4210U Intel Core i5, 2.20 GHzOS Windows...

Because gaming at 4K is so demanding on your graphics processing unit (GPU), it can be tough to keep framerates high unless you have the proper supporting equipment. As a result, gaming at 1440p is still generally the preferred way. Acer’s Predator XB270HU has some excellent features that make it a great choice for gaming display.An Overview of the Acer Predator XB270HU’s FeaturesThe Acer Predator XB270HU is a 27” IPS monitor with WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440) providing high quality images with excellent visual detail. It utilizes NVIDIA G-Sync...

Mono bluetooth headsets may eventually go by the wayside in favor of stereo and speakerphone varieties, but they still provide some of the best sound quality in the market. Sound quality isn’t the only important factor either -- there’s also battery life, ease of connectivity, a comfortable fit, and of course, price. The following three mono bluetooth headsets have the right balance between all of the above factors, and represent some of the best that the bluetooth market currently has to offer.Plantronics Voyager EdgePlantronics is known for its high...

Sound quality isn’t the only factor to consider when buying a bluetooth headset. You also need to think about the device’s capabilities in the realms of noise cancellation, battery life, style, comfort and range. Then there’s also the choice between mono or stereo bluetooth headsets, and of course, price point.Consider that there are thousands of bluetooth devices on the market to wade through, and it can seem challenging to find what you’re looking for. Here’s an excellent article from PC Mag that will help you sort it all out...

Trying to find the best computer microphone for recording can be a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. While the everyday mic you may have on your computer or one you can pick up for cheap from the department store works fine for everyday situations, you’ll want something more specialized if you’re serious about your intent to create high quality audio recordings. Here’s a few of Gadget Insights favorite microphones for recording.The Best USB Mics For Home RecordingUSB microphones don’t really belong in the category...
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