Author: Steven Lawrence Sr

Steve Lawrence is the lead writer of product reviews for TechSpective.

9.0
Audio

Vehicle manufacturers only recently began offering fancier infotainment systems, and they aren’t available for all makes and models. The factory radio that came with my car did not come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capabilities, which is something I wanted, so I was thankful for the chance to review a factory radio upgrade kit provided by Infotainment.com. They sell several different ones for different model vehicles. I got one for my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. So what I received is called “2014-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee GPS Navigation 8.4 4C NAV UAQ Radio with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto” Ease…

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8.0
Reviews

I recently had the chance to test out a 16-Port VGA LCD KVM Switch from ATEN–the CL5716IN-A1A-AA model. This unit enables you to control up to 16 Servers, PCs or any other system that has a VGA interface. For the most part I love this thing. I’m sad I have to send it back. I only found a couple of downfalls. Pros Control up to 16 Machines Supports machines that have mouse/keyboard control via USB or via PS/2 (different cables needed) Daisy-chain capable–so if you have more then 16 servers you can connect another KVM and control 16 more systems.…

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2.0
Household

Unfortunately, this won’t be very pretty. Let me share my experience with a Bosch 500 Series (SHP865WF5N) dishwasher and the struggles I’ve had with Bosch Customer Service. Back on November 15, 2018, I bought a brand new Bosch 500 Series stainless steel dishwasher to replace my GE Dishwasher that came with my house. After 8 years of service, it finally went out of commission. I got the dishwasher home and after maybe a week it just stopped working. I contacted Bosch Customer Service. They sent out a local appliance repair contractor who told me the whole unit needed to be…

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1.0
NAS / SAN

Today I am going to (try to) review the Netgear ReadyNAS 4312 enterprise rack-mountable storage solution. I have been using–I’m sorry, let me rephrase that–attempting to use this device for the last few months but the experience has been a nightmare. The unit has 12 hot swappable hard drive bays and came loaded with 8TB hard drives–for a total of 96TB of storage. With the RAID configuration I chose, about 75TB of actual storage should be available. That’s all great, but based on my experience I cannot recommend this unit. While I’ve atempted to use the ReadyNAS 4312, every one…

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9.0
Reviews

I have been using for almost a month now the DT301T Rugged Tablet by DT Research, and I gotta say I am really impressed by this beast even when it is like their entry level model. I’d like to see what their other models can do. DT301T Specs SYSTEM ======================== CPU: Intel® 8th Generation Core™ i5 or i7 quad-core processor RAM: 8GB or 16GB STORAGE: 128GB to 1TB flash OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise DISPLAY: 10.1” LED-backlight, high-brightness (800 nits) screen with capacitive multi-touch, outdoor viewable DISPLAY RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 NETWORK INTERFACE: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2.4GHz/ 5GHz dual…

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2.0
Reviews

I originally reached out to Ubiquiti Networks to try and review the US-48-750W 48-port switch and UniFi Cloud Key Gen2. I had heard mixed reviews on the street and wanted to verify for myself–and our audience–whether these devices are a good investment or not. The response I received is that Ubiquiti Networks is not currently sending out enterprise-grade equipment for review at this time. Instead, they offered to send me their AmpliFi HD mesh wireless router for review. Not to be too salty, but I did a search on YouTube and discovered a number of videos reviewing the sort of…

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I am going to be reviewing the BlackVue DR900S-2CH (4K) vehicle dash camera. I have been using this camera for a few weeks now and I love it. Note–I’ve been using their DR750S-2CH for a year now, and I’ve got to say I love their dash cams. I’ve used a wide variety of dash cams, and the BlackVue are the best on the market in my opinion. With that being said, there are some aspects they could improve on to make it actually worth the price tag. For example, to add more then one camera you must subscribe to their…

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9.0
NAS / SAN

The izzbie ONE is now live as a Kickstarter campaign. I recently had a chance to test out one of the devices so I can share my thoughts with you here. About izzbie ONE izzbie ONE allows individuals and businesses to securely and remotely access their home and office network easier than ever before. Also, since you are accessing your own private network, all your online activities are protected with encryption without going through any third-party providers and it allows you to access geo-restricted content. Therefore, users will enjoy the safest online experiences with complete privacy. I’ve had a VPN…

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10.0
Household

Today I am reviewing the Tovala Steam Oven ($299 USD) as well as their Meal Plans ($36 USD a week or $72 USD a week for 2 people–so double the meals). As soon as I got this and set up on my counter my wife used it before I had a chance and she loves it. So, like they say, “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” Enough said. Everyone go buy one right now. End of review…Just kidding–though my wife really does love it. So, how does it work. Well, first you need to go to Tovala.com and you can buy just the…

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9.5
Reviews

There is a recent trend to issue credit cards on metal rather than plastic. The metal card is heavier and has a few unique benefits: durability, exclusivity and perceived status. Metal cards issued by banks are generally reserved for only the most prestigious accounts, and often come with exorbitant fees and requirements. There are services out there, however, that allow you to transform your standard plastic credit card into a metal one. Let me share my review of a metal credit card by Metal-CreditCard.com. The Metal Credit Card Metal-CreditCard cards are made of high quality stainless steel. There are a…

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