The Best Consumer Desktop 3D Printers of 2016

by Patrick Hyde •

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3D printing has been around since the 1980’s, but the prohibitive price and size of most units kept them out of consumer hands. Over the past decade, 3D printer manufacturers have made a concentrated push to get the devices into consumer hands. Predictably, a flood of cheaply produced models that deliver low quality prints hit the market. These lower-end models aren’t capable of much more than churning out the odd novelty. Luckily, a few professional grade desktop 3D printers are now available at a fraction of the cost of larger industrial units. I’ve detailed the two best to come out in 2016.


The Best Mechanical Keyboards Of 2016

by Justin Thomas •


A mechanical keyboard can make your typing experience enjoyable and efficient. Almost all keyboards are made with cheap “rubber dome” switches. Apple keyboards use a slightly better “scissor” switch. For fast typing, you really want a mechanical switch keyboard.

The Best Portable Scanners of 2016

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The Best Overall Portable Scanner: Doxie Go Wi-Fi The Best Dual-Sided Portable Scanner: Fujitsu SnapScan The Best Handheld Scanner: MSRM iScan Wand The Details Paper is on the way out, but it isn’t gone yet. Offices around the world are full of documents produced before the digital age, filled with boxes full of memos and important documents. Scanning and uploading …

The Best Waterproof and Shockproof USB Drive

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The most durable thumb drive on the market is the Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth 64GB USB 3.0 drive. This rugged military-style data transport is constructed from hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum. It is waterproof, shock resistant, and has a limited five year warranty.

The Best Spill-Proof Keyboard

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The best spill-proof keyboard is the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310. It is washable, waterproof, spill-proof, and dust resistant.

The Thinnest Laptop of 2016

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The Microsoft Surface Book is the thinnest laptop of 2016 that runs Windows 10. This powerful machine is just half an inch wide and has a 13.5-inch screen. The MacBook Pro is the thinnest Apple laptop. It is just as thin as the Surface Book, measuring .51″ at its thickest point.

The Best Computer Speakers of 2016

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The best computer speakers are Audioengine’s A2+ Desktop Speakers. These speakers have excellent sound and are housed in hand-finished wood cabinets.

The Most Reliable Mouse Of 2016

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The most reliable mouse 2016 with wireless capability is the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse. It has a 250 hour battery life and its 11 programmable buttons are tested to over 20 million clicks. It costs about $60.

The Best Portable External Hard Drive Of 2016

by Justin Thomas •


The U32 Shadow is the best portable external drive currently available. This compact device is a fast Solid Sate Drive (SSD) drive with no moving parts, and it’s housed in durable aluminium case. It is compatible with USB 3.0. It comes with a 3 year warranty, and the manufacture (Oyen Digital) is quite responsive to customer requests.

The Best Flash Drives Of 2012

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Best Overall: The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive Rating: Average of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 176+ reviewers on Amazon The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive¬†is one of the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives available (and you’d hope so with a name like that). Specifically, the¬†writing speed of this flash drive is about 11 MB/sec and the …