The Gear Journal

RAZER USB-C GAN CHARGER

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Remember when I mentioned that my charger end game was a small charger capable of juicing my MacBook Pro, my iPad Pro, and my phone? Well… Looks like Razer gets me. Their new brick has two USB-A ports and two USB-C ports that deliver 130W! This could be a total game changer.

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Bellroy Folio Mini

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To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Bellroy. I love their design work, but feel like they use inappropriate materials for long term usage. Their leather is too soft and too thin for a “buy it for life” wallet.

But yeah… they know how to design… and this folio is further proof of that.

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The Destroyer Lamp

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A new drop from Van…

I was afraid that was going to happen because of that god damned…

Van Neistat

Saddleback Wallet

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Still playing with that little app of mine that finds things… This time, I did leather front pocket wallets. And the winner is?

The Saddleback leather ID Wallet. It’s not fancy, not at all innovative, but you know it will last forever just because of who made it. I have to admit though, I was a little surprised this one was so well known.

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Satechi iPad Stand

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Speaking of iPad Pros, Satechi just came out with a new hub that essentially helps you turn your iPad into more of a desktop experience. Lots of extra ports and what not, so it’s un-plug and go type of deal.

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Best Tech I’ve Discovered

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Real question from a real reader this time:

What’s the one piece of tech you’ve bought in the last year that has changed your life the most?

Jerry from Houston

Typically, this would be hard for me to answer… but last summer I bought a used 2018 12.9” iPad Pro. It has changed the way I work on a lot of levels. As a guy that loves physical paper and tactile writing utensils, I didn’t think this would happen… and while the iPad Pro is much more than just a note taking device, I use the app “GoodNotes” every day and it has replaced both my “Shop Projects” notebook as well as my “Daily To Do List” notebook.

On top of that, the iPad Pro is my 3D modeling machine of choice. I’ve always had issues manipulating 3D environments on a desktop. My brain just can’t connect a mouse and key strokes with the object on the screen. However, using “Shapr3d” on my iPad changes that interaction. I now use my hands and fingertips to navigate objects and it just makes better sense to my brain.

And then finally… If I’m just consuming content, the iPad is a far better machine to do so than a laptop or a desktop. You can get more comfortable, it’s more natural, and it’s really hard to beat that gorgeous display.

If you haven’t tried the big iPad yet, I highly recommend seeking out a good used example and giving it a shot. And if you have, you are probably dreaming of owning the new M1 right alongside me.

The Seiko Revival

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Seiko just released two new watches in their Prospex line – one from 1965 and the other from 1970. Both kick serious ass. No brainer if you need an EDC watch.

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