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Our Top 3 Pick: Best Standing Desks

Top Standing Desks

Gain more energy and brain power with these standing desks.

Standing desks are growing more popular as people try to find ways to stay healthy while working – and burn a few more calories, too. For people who are interested in trying out the new fad, the first step is, of course, buying a standing desk. Here’s where the trouble begins…and where Gadget Review is standing by to help out.

There’s a surprising amount of variation in standing desks, which can be used in a variety of spaces and for many different purposes. Even the basic standing desk with a flat top and traditional supports can be augmented with gadgets like cable holes, holders for your iPhone or iPad, and more.

Another key point is if the desk is stationary, or can be adjusted to multiple levels for different people. Stationary desks are far less expensive, but may not work in an office setting, and cannot switch back to a sit-down position when necessary. Among the adjustable options, the best standing desks have electronic systems that move the desk and remember various heights, although this will tend to raise the price even higher.

If you are short on room but still want a standing desk, there are smaller cool furniture solutions to fit nearly anywhere in an office or entryway, solving your problem and saving you space. Here’s a look at a few of the best standing desks around, and just how they differ.

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Top 2: Best Gaming Laptop

Top Gaming Laptop

Go any where and game any where with these best gaming laptops.

We’ll let you in on a poorly kept secret: gaming laptops are more interesting and powerful than ever before. The best gaming laptop of 2016 proves that you can go mobile without sacrificing too much gaming power, no matter what you prefer to play. And thanks to the latest laptop computer inventions, such as new mobile ports for high-end GPUs, performance and display quality has never been better.

Power and durability are, of course, important when searching for the best gaming laptop. You’ll have to sacrifice some weight to get everything in one package, so we also suggest considering a gaming laptop pack or case that can hold everything easily. As always, features specifically devoted toward gaming, like a powerful but quiet cooling system, are worth buying as welll. When it comes to storage, a hybrid or SSD is your best bet, but you will have to pay more for the privilege, so start saving up. Check out our electronics reviews for more information.

As far as the screen goes, don’t even think about going below HD – and if you have enough to spend, 4K gaming laptops are now readily available. While most gaming laptops have acceptable keyboards with solid design and customization options, you may want to take a look to make sure the setup is to your liking before buying.

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Our Top 2: Best Wireless Routers

Best Wireless Routers

Maximize your home’s broadband with our top wireless router picks.

When wireless routers do their job, you rarely notice them. However, the latest wave of the best routers is seeing exciting gains in speed and new features for home monitoring and other tasks. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your router, we have some exciting Wi-Fi options for you.

First, let’s talk about what’s making the best wireless routers in 2016 interesting. First, an increasing number are using smart technology to target individual mobile devices, which means a lower chance of running into a dead zone inside your own home. Additionally, more are using app management to give families greater control over who is on the wireless network and what they are browsing. Also, let’s not forget about important new technologies like the MU-MIMO standard, which are making routers far more efficient and dependable by changing the way they communicate.

When looking for a router, pay particular attention to what extra feature it has and if they fit your current needs. You should also note how many bands the router operates on: Both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz    bands are used, although the 5GHz band is typically more short range and used to take some of the load off of a full 2.4GHz band. A web app or other way to manage settings with computers is also a big plus. Let’s take a look at some of the best wireless routers around and what makes them special.

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Our Top 2: Best DSLR

Best DSLR Camera

Choose the right DSLR camera and get the features and price that you’re looking for.

There are times when an ordinary camera just won’t do – and whether you are an experienced amateur, a professional, or just want an exciting new camera, nothing combines portability and exceptional image quality like a DSLR. DSLR stands for “digital single-lens reflex”, which combines high-quality interchangeable lenses with digital tricks to make operation easier.

Today’s best DSLR cameras come loaded with features that combine cutting edge digital technology with the highest quality lenses and operation. These cameras come loaded with customization options that allow you to tweak every setting as much as you want. If you don’t know how to use a burst mode, what ISO means, or when to use the RAW format, then you have no business with this type of camera.

However, if you do have experience and are willing to pony up for a new digital camera (DSLRs are, unfortunately, still very expensive), there are some truly amazing photography devices out there. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best yet.

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Our Top 2: Best Laptops for College

Best Laptops for College

Get the power to complete all your school work with the college laptops.

Chances are good you already have a few ideas about what laptops for college need. Great streaming capabilities, a long-lasting battery, and all the tricks or software that you (or your loved one) need for specific classes. But when the time comes to find the right model, the choices can easily overwhelm. That’s why we’re here! We have collected a list of the best laptops for college students around.

When picking out one of these school-oriented laptop computers, several specs are worth taking a look at. The size and weight are surprisingly important, because that laptop will get carried around a lot. The processor and RAM are also key, because that laptop may have to run some demanding software, depending on the college class. The goal, then, is to find something powerful enough, but with all the mobility necessary. If entertainment is particularly important, then dorms rooms will also appreciate a larger, high definition display.

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Our Top 3: Best Ultrabooks

Top Ultrabook Picks

We’ve done the homework and found the top 3 Ultrabooks

Are you tired of tablets but still want an ultra-portable, fast-acting laptop that you can use for a variety of tasks on the go? That’s why the best ultrabooks exist – and these lightweight machines continue to hold their own against tablets thanks to their power, affordability, and those handy keyboards.

Yes, you sacrifice some power and storage with an ultrabook (they pair well with an external storage drive), but you also gain unique features. Chromebooks are also a good example – these cloud-powered machines are very affordable, super light, and use the Chrome OS, making them ideal for fans of Google who don’t mind working in the cloud. Plus they’re fairly inexpensive.

When looking for the best ultrabook, it’s smart to pay attention to several key factors. The first is, of course, the OS – do you need a Windows computer, a Mac, or a Chrome machine? Many programs and apps are not compatible across different operating systems. You should also compare battery life and storage. Battery life can vary, but is usually around 10-12 hours – preferably more if possible. Storage also varies, but if you are willing to pay high prices you can find a model with a 256GB SSD, which will improve speed over a traditional hard drive.  That all in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top models.

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PocketBands – Wristbands With a Hidden Pocket


We’ve all experienced it: You’re working out and that damn key knotted on the drawstrings on your pants keeps getting lost…

Yup, it’s annoying and distracting. Even though pockets are great, they’re not so great when you’re engaging in athletic activities. But now you can eliminate that problem with the new Kickstarter campaign, PocketBands, a wristband with a hidden pocket.

The bands are great for when you’re running, surfing, biking, skating, swimming and other sports or activities you do where you don’t want to hold things in your pockets; simply stash away a key or some cash in the hidden compartment that each band features. But besides being functional, they’re also comfortable and pretty stylish, available in a variety of colors and patterns. They’re made using a stretchy, surgical-grade silicone, which makes them durable, water-proof, and pretty comfy to wear. You can get them in four different sizes (small to extra large) and in a bundle of 3 if you pledge $20 toward the campaign.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ Gadget Review ]

This Controller Works for Wii, Wii U and Android

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

ThinkGeek has a multi-function controller for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U that also works with select Android devices via Bluetooth that’s called the Pro Controller. But the cool thing about the Pro Controller is that it actually combines a Wiimote and Wii Classic Controller into one easy-to-use controller that will make all your Wii gaming experiences as fun as ever.

Not only is the third-party device sturdy and comfortable to hold, but it’s also accurate and pretty darn clever. So all you need to do is flip a switch on the device and the Wii U console will recognize it as a Wiimote, but flip it the other way and it will think it’s a Wii classic controller. And its D-Pad is great for all of your favorite Virtual Console titles, too, making this Pro Controller the one device you’ll want to definitely use over and over again when playing your favorite games on Wii or Wii U. You’ll get non-stop gaming with its rechargeable battery and it also features analog joysticks, triggers, speakers and vibration. When using with Android devices, simply download a Wii Remote app and then pair the controller to your device via Bluetooth. ThinkGeek has this all-in-one Wii Pro Controller for $39.99.

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

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Case-Mate Launch Fuel Battery Pack For The Blackberry Bold And iPhone 3G

By Christen da Costa

By now we’re all too familiar with the endless array of iPhone battery packs. So what about the other guys? Officially announced today, the Case-mate Fuel Battery Pack does double duty as a hip holster and back up battery pack for the Blackberry Bold. The company claims that you’ll get 7 additional hours of talk time or up to 20 additional days, yes days, beyond the Bold’s standard battery. And in case (pun slightly intended) you’re averse to over-charging, Case-mate has tossed in an on/off switch allowing you to kick in the fuel for when you want it.

Case-mate has also built a Fuel battery pack for the iPhone 3G – they’d be idiots not to. Expect to get 9 additional hours of talk time or 250 hours beyond the iPhone’s standard standby time.

Both Fuel packs are available now for $79.99.

[ Case-mate – Fuel Battery Pack ] VIA [ GadgetReview ]