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Greetings, fair citizens of GameRevolution! I am Gadget Inspector—not to be confused with Inspector Gadget. That hack has been ripping off my signature look for years! He’s got it all wrong, too. And seriously, have you seen my mustache? It’s glorious.

I am here to perform the difficult task of inspecting gadgets (and other goodies) loosely related to gaming… hence my name, duh! If you’d like to have your gadget featured here, email gadgets@gamerevolution.com.

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Edifier Predator e1100 Multimedia Speakers Review

The look of this speaker set might set Sigourney Weaver’s progress back ten years in her battle with PTSD, but for the typical gamer, it’s just darn cool. It’s called Predator, but the sub-woofer looks more like the head of an Alien from, well, Aliens. Maybe the folks at Edifier watched Aliens vs. Predator and weren’t sure which was which (I kinda can’t blame them).

But aside from the look, this speaker system has very clear sound and punchy bass, tested on everything from music to PC games. It’s a 2.1 surround sound set that compliments any PC gaming rig beastly enough to sit beside something called Predator. There are better sets out there, but for the price of $79.99, this one is a value buy. Too bad is suffers from a fatal design flaw.

The volume dial is located on the top of the downward-facing sub-woofer, forcing you to get on the floor or reach under a desk to access the controls. If you want it to be easy to reach, you could place it on your desk, but the bass will rattle the keys out of your keyboard. Why no remote? Or at least put the volume dials on one of the two speakers, leaving the dial for the bass itself on the sub-woofer since that’s something you’re less likely to change often. It kills the experience, making changing volume more of a hassle than it’s worth. Shame.

Gadget Inspector says: No-no. Function always beats form factor.



Divoom Bluetune Solo Bluetooth Speaker+Speakerphone Review

This one got the function and form right. While this Divoom Bluetune may not be the loudest Bluetooth speaker I’ve come across, it definitely produces the most bass at the $49.99 price range. You get what you pay for, so don’t expect this to keep up with the Jawbone Jambox or the Beats by Dre Pill. It’s also sufficient as a hands-free speakerphone.

But its best selling point is its cylindrical design, making it easy to fit into a cup-holder in a car, by the pool, or at the movie theaters (you inconsiderate asshole). You can also daisy-chain more than one of these together for more sound and boom. But at $49.99 each, buying a better quality Bluetooth speaker is a better option than carrying around two or more of these.

Gadget Inspector says: So-so. Mid-level sound for a mid-level price, with a couple smart design features.


ECBC Hercules Laptop Backpack Review

God, I love this thing. When it arrived at GR headquarters, I thought to myself, “Who sends a backpack? It holds stuff, that’s it." Anyone thinking that is an idiot. It made covering events like PAX East and GDC a breeze. Especially at the airport, as the bag flips open to reveal a TSA-compliant laptop compartment, so you don’t even need to take your expensive Alienware laptop out of the bag, letting shady-looking people get a glimpse of your goods.

And that’s just one of many handy-dandy compartments. You can fit all your chargers, your handhelds, consoles, nudey magazines, and more. I especially liked the side-compartments that held my water bottles, saving me money while at tradeshows that usually price-gouge on essentials like Dasani.

The fabric has a metallic-like sheen to it. Not like glitter, it’s manlier than that. I can tell the backpack is well-made and will last a long time. I plan on stashing gadgets in there for years to come, so it's well-worth the $139.99 if you travel often and bring a lot of electronics with you. That describes me to a tee.

Gadget Inspector says: Go-go. This is more than just a backpack.


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