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The Pocket Shot: Built for Speed


The Pocket Shot is an improved and commercially-manufactured version of those homemade slingshots at least some of us used to make with latex gloves and bottle caps. It’s a simple design: a rubber sleeve is held in place in a plastic screw camp that’s curved on the side for an easy grip. The Pocket Shot promises to shoot ammo at up to 350 feet per second.


The basic model costs $25 and it provides a lot more firepower than anything you’re going to find at that price. It’s definitely not a toy but it’s also not going to give serious hunters the kind of accuracy they demand. It’s awesome for backyard target practice, though. Check out the video below:

You can use your own pellets or buy more from the company’s website. Replacement sleeves are reasonably priced (best deal: 8 regular for $20/8 blue pro sleeves for $25). The Pocket shot is also available with a $25 Whisker Biscuit adapter caps that allows you to shoot arrows.

You definitely don’t want to let a group of middle school kids use this unsupervised, but the Pocket Shot is a blast for backyard target practice (if your neighbors don’t live too close by) or for hunting/scaring off wild varmints who are getting into your garden.


Review: Focal Sphear In-Ear Monitors


Focal is a French hi-fi manufacturer strong reputation in the pro audio community for their monitor speakers and they’ve made a significant dent in the car stereo market over the last few years. Their Focal Sphear in-ear monitors have just been released. I’ve spent an incredible amount of time with a pair over the last few weeks and I’m blown away. +Continue Reading

Zoom Q8: Low-Cost Video With Outstanding Audio


Japanese company Zoom is know for its outstanding audio recorders. I’ve known dozens of journalists and documentary filmmakers who won’t use anything else. Zoom just released the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder (retail $399), which aims to combine its world-class audio expertise with a video camera. +Continue Reading

Soundfreaq Revamps Their Sound Kick Speaker

  • August 21, 2015
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Soundfreaq’s original $99 Sound Kick was the first great-sounding affordable Bluetooth speaker and the first realistic alternative to the overpriced Jambox. Over the last three years, hundreds of speakers at every imaginable price point have flooded the market and now Soundfreaq has released a redesigned Sound Kick 2.  Still priced at $99, the new speaker improves on the original and holds its own with the competition. +Continue Reading

Even Better Headphones for Marshall Amp Lovers

  • August 11, 2015
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The Marshall Monitor over-ear headphones are an upgrade from the Marshall Major on-ear model we reviewed last year. The Monitors retail for $199 but you can find them for about $150 online. They’re a great gift for the Marshall amp-loving guitarist in your life. +Continue Reading

iHome Power Clip Backup Battery Can Take a Beating

  • August 4, 2015
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The iHome Power Clip backup battery comes in three sizes (2600 mAh, 5200 mAh and 7800 mAh) and comes with a carabiner clip to attach it to your backpack or bag. It’s incredibly simple: two ports on the back (micro USB to charge the battery and USB out to charge your device) and a button on the front to illuminate the power level indicator lights on the battery’s loop. +Continue Reading

Review: Cambridge Audio G2 Bluetooth Speaker

  • July 27, 2015
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The Cambridge Audio G2 advertises itself as a mini portable bluetooth speaker. While it may be just a bit large to be called mini, it represents a real effort from the manufacturer to create a smaller, more portable and sturdier speaker without sacrificing too much in the audio quality department. +Continue Reading

A Pair of Quality Bluetooth Adapters

  • July 14, 2015
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If you’re looking to add a Bluetooth connection to electronic gear you already own, check out the Kinivo BTC450 car adapter kit and the Grace Digital 3play Bluetooth Receiver. Both get the job done for a reasonable price. +Continue Reading

Soen Transit: A Wireless Speaker That Makes a Perfect Gift

  • June 25, 2015
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The Soen Transit wireless Bluetooth speaker ($169.95) is an incredibly nice piece of gear. It’s beautifully designed. The box is beautifully designed. The Transit’s fit and finish makes it exactly the kind of electronic device that makes a perfect gift. +Continue Reading

Lifeworks’ Camo Computer Bag


Lifeworks makes a full line of computer and phone accessories: cases, covers, backup batteries, laptop sleeves, cables and bags. Aiming for an outdoors/military audience, they’ve created a camo design they’re using for a shoulder bag, backpack, 13″ laptop sleeve and go bag. We took a close look at the shoulder bag. +Continue Reading