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OhGizmo Review – Tom Bihn Imago Yin

Tom Bihn Imago Yin (Image courtesy Tom Bihn)By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve been using the same messenger bag for about three years now mostly because I’ve found nothing better to replace it and because the bag itself was a bit of an investment. A few weeks ago when Tom Bihn sent me their Empire Builder laptop bag to review they also sent along one of their newest bags for me to look at called the Imago.

The quickest review I can give of the Imago is that it has slowly and steadily begun to replace my old messenger bag for day to day use. The Imago’s biggest advantage (which also happens to be its biggest drawback) is that the bag is extremely light and convenient to carry. However this lightweight design is a result of the bag lacking any kind of padding or reinforcement so any electronics you pack inside would probably benefit from the extra protection of their own cases. But that being said I still highly recommend the Imago. It’s a great little shoulder bag with a clean, trendy design and a large collection of pockets placed exactly where you need them to be.

Read my full review with more pics after the jump?

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Franklin Wireless USB EVDO Card

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By David Ponce

The guys at MobilityToday got their hands on a Franklin Wireless USB EVDO modem. This is good for all the folks who go about bitching about their laptop’s, or UMPC’s lack of a PCMCIA drive. Simply connect this fugly card to your portable PC of choice (or, well, even a desktop I imagine) via USB, and using Sprint’s Power Vision Network, you’ll be surfing the web in no time.

The reviewers note that the card is able to get very good speeds: up to 525kpbs downstream on a given file. Visit the site for a bunch more pictures.

[MobilityToday Review] and [Franklin Wireless Press Release]

OhGizmo Review – WaterField Designs SleeveCase

WaterField Designs SleeveCase (Image courtesy Waterfield Designs)By Andrew Liszewski

A few years ago I was in the market for a new messenger bag and I knew I wanted something that would last me for a while. Since I also knew I wouldn’t find what I was looking for around where I live I started an epic online hunt to see what was available and what would suit my needs.

I ended up stumbling across the WaterField Designs website after reading a couple of reviews and like a lot of people the first thing that caught my eye about their bags was the use of an actual aluminum aircraft seat buckle to hold the front flap closed. I thought it was a really unique design element so I bought one of their bags and have been using it almost daily for a few years now.

Well WaterField Designs is also known for their great laptop bags (and a wide assortment of other cases and bags for your electronic gear) and today I’ll be reviewing their laptop SleeveCase.

The quick review is that the SleeveCase is a lightweight, streamlined solution for carrying your laptop that will keep it more than well-protected from loads of abuse. It’s available in a large variety of sizes which ensures a safe, snug fit for your laptop without adding a lot of extra weight and bulk to the whole thing. The SleeveCase is also quite versatile and can be used as a standalone laptop bag, in conjunction with one of the larger WaterField bags, or with any other bag of your choosing. If you want more than ample protection for your hardware while avoiding something that’s large and cumbersome then I highly recommend taking a look at the SleeveCase.

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OhGizmo Review: Tom Bihn Empire Builder With Brain Cell & Soft Cell

Tom Bihn Empire Builder (Image courtesy Tom Bihn)By Andrew Liszewski

My affinitiy towards computers, gadgets, gizmos and generally anything else electronic is well-known and as a result I am regularly asked by friends for my opinion on a specific product or brand that I would recommend. When it comes to giving advice on laptop bags and cases the Tom Bihn website is always one of the first places I send people.

For a few years I survived solely with the use of a laptop at home so I can understand the importance of wanting to protect the device that for some people stores their entire life and for others can be an integral source of their income. (Bloggers etc.)

In this review I’ll be taking a look at Tom Bihn’s Empire Builder coupled with a Brain Cell & Soft Cell. For those seeking a Reader’s Digest-esque condensed version of my review the Empire Builder is probably one of the best, if not the best solution for those seeking a more professional looking means to haul around their laptop and assorted gear. While courier bags have become increasingly popular they’re not always suitable for all work environments and more often than not do not protect a laptop as well as some people would like. Tom Bihn’s Empire Builder is an extremely well constructed bag and it’s obvious the company put a lot of thought into its design. When coupled with one of the company’s Brain Cells or Soft Cells I simply do not know of a better way to safely transport a laptop short of renting a tank or other heavily armored vehicle.

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OhGizmo Review: Wicked Lasers’ Spyder Series

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By David Ponce

[Let me start by letting you know that Wicked Lasers is a sponsor of this site. I have gone out of my way, however, to be impartial in this review, and have included a video for your enjoyment/amusement/ridiculing-of-the-author.]

Let me be quite clear: the Spyder is about as scary, as potentially dangerous, as insane a laser as your money will probably ever be able to purchase you. You’ll never be able to get as many stares, finger points, old-lady yelps and crying children as you will when you wield it and it will be hard resisting the temptation of getting yourself in heaps of trouble by pointing it in all the wrong places.

The company claims it is shock proof, water proof up to 5 meters, with a 100% continuous duty cycle and a 90 mile range. They claim that “The Spyder Series? are the most powerful green lasers in the known universe”, and after playing with this beast for a few weeks, I have few doubts about the truth of that statement.

Come inside for all the details.

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OhGizmo Review: Gelaskins (Updated)

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By Bruce Eaton

When it comes to my babies (a 4gig black iPod Nano, and my wife?s 30gig black iPod Video) protection is needed. Well, help came not from a new company, but one with a new design: Gelaskins. Combining 3M adhesive and vinyl technology with what has to be the coolest designs around, Gelaskins offers up a big spoonful of style and for not a lot of the green stuff.

But with a cheap price tag of $15 per skin come a few shortcomings, such as lack of full coverage; I was left a little wanting. More after the jump and lots of pretty photos, and by pretty I mean obviously taken on my own.

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OhGizmo First Look: Nokia E61

Nokia E61 (Image property of OhGizmo)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Nokia E61 has just been released and unfortunately at the moment is not officially available from any of the major carriers in North America. (Though its crippled wifi-less little brother the E62 is rumored to be soon carried by Cingular if I’m not mistaken.) However the E61 is available in an unlocked OEM version from most of the larger online cellphone stores.

After using the device for only a few days I have to say I’m quite happy with what Nokia has put together. So far it’s been a fantastic phone and an even better mobile email/web device. It has a great keypad and an amazing screen that even works well when outside. The E61 also uses the latest Symbian OS which I’m mostly accustomed to thanks to the SE P900 and I personally think it makes for a great UI for mobile phones.

So if you’ve been interested at all in the E61 or just want a little end-of-the-week gadget pr0n you can find more of my thoughts and pics of the phone after the jump.

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The PQI U510 Reviewed. Verdict: Not too shabby

By David Ponce

Y’all might remember this. PQI makes credit card sized flash drives, called U510, that go all the way up to 16GB. It’s really cool stuff, and Everything USB had some one-on-one time with a 1GB version. The verdict?

In the end, the deciding factor on whether or not to pick up the U510 comes down to how much you dig the new Card Drive form factor. While the performance is sub-par compared to the other offerings on the market, a stronger adhesive is needed [to keep it together], and the bundled software is just pitiful, PQI has nonetheless succeeded in creating a highly scalable flash drive that breaks out of the ordinary.

For a full review, follow the link love.

[Everything USB Reviews The U510] VIA [I4U]

GearLive Reviews Sprint’s Samsung MM-A920

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By David Ponce

The summer’s here, the skirts are short, and it’s finally time to get a new cellphone. If you’re not feeling like giving everyone’s favorite new MVNO, Helio, a shot, well, you should know there’s plenty of fish in the sea. One such big fish is Sprint, and the guys over at GearLive gave their flagship phone, the Samsung MM-A920, a thorough review.

Long story short, the phone’s a winner, the service is ‘spensive. They were particularly impressed by one feature called VoiceSignal.

VoiceSignal is more than just for dialing contacts, you can make voice requests for battery life, signal strength, and even to launch programs. Good stuff.

However, the 15fps video clips (pretty good) taken with the phone are limited to 30 seconds (pretty bad).

Wanna get more deets (who says “deets” anymore?), head on over to GearLive.