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Review Of The iGrill Bluetooth Thermometer

by Rod on December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

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Cons

  1. The iGrill can only pair with a single device. This is a downside of the owner of paired device need to run out to grab ingredients. With a dedicated wireless grilling thermometer this is not an issue
  2. The devices connect via Bluetooth which has a short range than traditional thermometers. For example my Maverick ET732 has a rather long range. I was unable to leave my go to the front of my house without the device disconnecting.
  3. Some type of WiFi connection would have been amazing so you could leave home and still check temperatures on long smokes of thong like pork shoulder.
  4. It does not come with a probe for monitoring the surface temperature of your BBQ.

Pros

  1. Pre set temperatures for alarms one each probe. Think checking temperature on beef and chicken.
  2. When you sit on the couch you are more likely to grab you phone vs a wireless grilling thermometer
  3. The mobile app is extremely easy to read and figure out. While there is a manual it really is not necessary as it is  simple to use.

The iGrill is a useful way to bring technology to grilling or as the dedicated people would say to Barbeque. First and most important the iGrill is not limited to iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users as they have an app for Android and iOS devices. Essentially it turns your mobile phone into one element in a wireless grilling thermometer scenario.

Our friends at AT&T loaned us an iGrill to checkout to setup and usage. IGrill uses Bluetooth to wirelessly send probe temperatures from the sensor to your Android or iPhone and we found the device extremely easy to use. Simply download the iGrill app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store then power on the device and pair the device using Bluetooth.

During the initial setup the order in which you do things is important. For example, you should download the iGrill App, pair the devices via Bluetooth, then launch the mobile app. The iGrill comes with two food probes which is nice if for example  you are cooking two chickens or a chicken and pork tenderloin. The downside is if you are Barbequing (smoking) something like a pork butt where you need to monitor the cooking temperature and food temperature over hours. While a ambient temperature thermometer (surface) is an available $20 accessory it makes this device even more pricy.

The simplicity at which you can select you food temperature, set and alarm and cook is fantastic. This is extremely easy to use for short or long cooking sessions. The biggest downside was the use of Bluetooth vs WiFi. Ideally we would love if you had one of two options. Pair via Bluetooth then configure you home WiFi settings so you could have more range. Another option would be exactly the same but the iGrill could connect to the iGrill web server so you could check temperatures when you are away from home like a Nest thermostat. This is really valuable when you are cooking something that takes 14+ hrs.

Bottom Line

The iGrill is fantastic but expensive. You could purchase a dedicated device like the Maverick ET732 for $55 where the iGrill runs $79.99 from AT&T Accessories site or if you prefer, you can get it from Amazon.com. The other downside is the iGrill is rather large especially when you put it next to other dedicated devices. I used it with both my Big Green Egg and cooking in my oven and it worked flawless. The simplicity of the device is the only reason I would recommend the iGrill but if you are price sensitive consider dedicated hardware.

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Review Of The Hauppauge PVR 2 Gaming Edition

by Chris on November 12, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on November 12, 2012 · 0 comments

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Over the last few weeks we had a chance to unbox and play with the Hauppauge PVR 2 Gaming Edition which is a digital video recorder capable of recording the video output from a gaming console such as an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation. After using the device to record various game-play we just cannot believe how we went so long without a PVR before. We found the Hauppauge PVR easy to setup and use while it created very clean and good looking videos. The only downside we found is with the video pass-through requiring the PC to be woken up if it was sleeping but overall that really is not a big deal.

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Unboxing The Hauppauge PVR 2 Gaming Edition And Early Thoughts

by Chris on October 20, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on October 20, 2012 · 0 comments

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Hauppauge sent us their new HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition device and so far it is absolutely awesome. For those that do not know, PVR stands for Personal Video Recorder and simply put, the Hauppauge PVR allows you to record content so you can watch it anytime you want. One of the coolest things people like to do with their gaming console is to record their game play either for creating a walk through or just to share the videos with their friends. The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 makes doing that task really easy and for the most part is no different than hooking up a DVD player. We will have a full review later on however for now take a look at what’s in the box.

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SkyDrive For Android Released To Google Play App Store

by Chris on August 28, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on August 28, 2012 · 0 comments

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A few weeks ago we wrote that Microsoft was working in a Skype for Android application and today that app has been released into the Google Play Marketplace. There now exists a SkyDrive app on Windows Phone, iOS, and n Android phone systems which shows that apps really should be on all devices.Android users will now be able to access their SkyDrive their pictures, Music, Documents and more right from their Android Powered device.

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Unboxing Pictures Of The Android Galaxy S3 And First Impressions

by Chris on August 12, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on August 12, 2012 · 0 comments

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The folks at AT&T have sent us the Galaxy S3 for review and so far, we like the phone a lot. The LTE speed was phenomenal when we tested it on one of AT&T’s new regions and there is no doubt that this device is blazingly fast. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S3 has some quirks that we are not sure if they attributed to Android or Samsung but it has not hurt our overall impressions. Finally, the camera is blazingly fast and we can really see why many people should get this phone.  Currently AT&T is selling the Galaxy S3 is $199.00 with a two year contract and comes in Pebble Blue, White and Garnet Red.

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Review Of The Plantronics BackBeat Go Bluetooth Headsets

by Chris on August 7, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on August 7, 2012 · 0 comments

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AT&T has sent us another smartphone accessory the Plantronics Backbeat Go Bluetooth Headsets for review and we love these headsets. The Plantronics BackBeat Go are a Stereo Bluetooth wireless headset which sound great when playing media. The Sound is very full for a Bluetooth headset however we wish there was more volume. We would have also loved to have seen memory foam styled earbuds as opposed to the rubber ones but that does not mean they are not comfortable wear. The lightweight beautiful Plantronics BackBeat Go Headsets will make anyone who uses them happy. Check out our BackBeat Go Review.

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Unboxing The Plantronics Backbeat Go Bluetooth Wireless Headphones And Early Thoughts

by Chris on May 31, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on May 31, 2012 · 0 comments

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AT&T not only sells phones but they also carry many smartphone accessories for the mobile devices as well and recently they sent us the Plantronics Backbeat Go Bluetooth Wireless Headphones which are really nice and go for 99 dollars. These headphones are very nice because they are stereo which makes them great for not only taking phone calls but also listening to music. We have been playing with the Backbeat Go headphones for the last few days and so far like what we have seen.

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Use PayPal At Home Depot And Other Retailers

by Chris on May 25, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on May 25, 2012 · 0 comments

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I was in my Local Home Depot store yesterday and too my surprise there was an option to use PayPal when I was checking out. As it turns out PayPal has signed a deal with 15 retailers to allow PayPal payments for their point of sales systems. I really like this option as it does not require you to use NFC which many of the current smartphones do not have.

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The New iPad, is it Worth the Upgrade?

by Rod on March 17, 2012 · 5 comments

by Rod on March 17, 2012 · 5 comments

iPad 3

After checking out in person the new iPad 3 we are prepared to guide our readers into whether or not they should get Apple’s latest tablet. AT&T invited Chris and I to check out the Launch of the iPad 3 at their Bethesda location and we are glad we went as we were able to determine that the iPad 3 is a great device however so was the 1 and 2.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Review

by Rod on March 15, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on March 15, 2012 · 0 comments

Samsung Galaxy Note

AT&T has sent us the very divisive Samsung Galaxy Note for review which is one of their newest 4G LTE Smarphones running Android. The Samsung Galaxy Note straddles the line between phone and tablet. It has an ultra thin 9.65mm thickness which is almost identical to the iPhone until you see the mind blowing 5.3 inch display. The Galaxy Note won’t fit in the pocket of skinny jeans then again you will have no problem catching up on Amazon VOD, Hulu, or NetFlix on this brilliant display.

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