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Bodum French Press Coffee Travel Mug

| May 1, 2013 | 1 Comments

Bodum French Press Coffee Travel Mug

Can making coffee French style really be that easy? Yes! The Bodum French Press makes your favorite coffee taste even better. It’s not complicated. You put coarsely ground coffee beans in the container and pour hot to boiling water over them. After a few minutes when coffee is brewed to your satisfaction, push the coffee press down all the way to the bottom of the glass canister and voila!

This is the true coffee lovers favorite way of brewing coffee. Even coffee tasters use the French press to define the quality of various coffee beans. When you push down the press, your coffee stops brewing. No more over-cooked burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot. You can use this practical little gadget to brew just the right amount of coffee, at the strength you want, anytime you want.

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Cigar Box Speakers

| April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cigar Box Speakers Owens And FredSome men are passionate about cigars, some men are passionate about music, and some men want it all. If you fall into any of these categories, these hand crafted Cigar Box Desk Top Speakers by Good Deed Audio are a must have. Built in the USA from authentic cedar cigar boxes, these gorgeous satin lacquer finished speakers bring a whole new meaning to term smokin’ hot tune.

These genuine cigar boxes come complete with their original brass hardware and labels, but have been reinforced with internal bracing and custom tuned for the 2.5” aluminum cone speaker. The ¾” tube port adds a surprisingly deep bass tone to complement the sweet mid-range of these natural sounding speakers and a 10 watt internal amplifier provides ample power with no need for external connections.

With a 3.5mm audio jack and 120 volt wall outlet the only requirements connecting these re-purposed stogie boxes is simple. While not exactly loud enough to shake the fillings out of your teeth, these speakers will fill a room with full, rich sound and are a perfect addition to a desktop or bookshelf stereo application. They are certainly more interesting than generic speaks from the box store. Sorry, stogies not included.

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Umbra Talk Bubble Cable Management

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Umbra Talk Bubble Cable Management
If your man cave’s audio/video cables look like a nest of untamed snakes and you need a map to find out where they go, these Talk Bubble cable organizers by Umbra will be your new best friends. These white plastic cord clips designed by Carolina Kim and Matt Carr are molded in assorted talk bubble shapes so you can easily label them with their respective destinations. With a generous 1.5 X 1 inch surface there is ample room for the most childish scribbling. Sold by the six-pack and, get this, they even come with their own dry erase marker so you can wipe them clean with a rag and re-purpose them with every new gadget addition. Now even after a six-pack you and your buddies can easily figure out where to connect that shiny new game console so all of it’s cool new features will actually work.

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Watch Your Kindle Fire HD on the Big Screen

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

B004C3AW40 Cable Matters Micro HDMI Cable
Watching movies on a Kindle Fire HD is great when you’re on the go buy why limit yourself to a small screen at home? Cable Matters Micro to Type A HDMI cable connects your Kindle Fire HD or any device with a micro HDMI output to your HDTV. The cable supports multiple color depths, 1080p resolution, full 4K HD video and 8-channel audio with gold connectors. Available in 10 or 15 foot lengths but we recommend the 15-foot cable; who wants to sit that close?

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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Roku added to their lineup of stellar streaming media devices by with the release of Roku 3. This device targets HDTVs and comes “full-loaded” offering every feature offered by Roku 2XD plus some added goodies for HDTVs and gamers. Roku 3 offers HDTVs their standard entertainment package including over 750,000 channels and subscription servies such as Hulu Plus and live sports. The Roku 3 is aimed at HDTVs and is not compatible with standard definition TVs but Roku 3 does support 720p or 1080p HDTV resolutions. Roku’s interface has always been easy to use and is now enhanced with “one-stop” search functionally. One-stop search allows you to find movies, shows, songs and actors across multiple channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon. Roku 3 includes a new remote with wireless audio and ear buds allowing you to watch TV without disturbing anyone around you. We’d recommend upgrading the ear buds to something better, MUNITIO perhaps? The remote also provides gamers with motion control to play games on their Roku. You have no excuse to continue paying for cable after adding a Roku 3 to your man cave! We’ve been Roku fans since our first Roku LT and as they say, every TV needs a Roku.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G is an upgrade worth getting even if you’re an iPad fan. Kindle Fire HD 4G displays movies, television, eBooks or games on an impressive 8.9 inch, 1920×1200, 1080p high definition screen. The Amazon Kindle Fire displays sharp images at any viewing angle using a polarizing filter applied to the LCD panel. Two stereo speakers provide rich sound using Dolby Digital Plus technology but there is a headphone jack for traveling. The Kindle Fire HD also downloads content faster than Google Tablet or iPad 3 through dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi. This little device can download at speeds up to 31MBPS! If you want more than Wi-Fi there is a 4G LTE package offered through AT&T. Amazon’s Kindle lineup has moved beyond e-readers and these features make the Kindle Fire HD 4G a slam dunk upgrade.

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X Rocker Gaming Chair

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

X Rocker Pro Series Video Game Chair

Serious gamers will appreciate hearing and feeling the sounds offered by this X Rocker gaming chair. X Rocker’s Pro Series Video Gaming Chair surrounds you with sound and makes you feel the action of your favorite video game while relaxing in stylish comfort. The sound is provided via wireless 2.1 speakers and a powerful subwoofer. There are two speakers in the headrest with the subwoofer buried in an ergonomic back support. The X Rocker Pro Series works with xBox, Playstation, Gameboy and any home theater system. You can also link multiple chairs together to add an extra dimension to multi-player games. This chair is mounted on a tilt and swivel base making it great for man caves but probably not-so-hot for desks. When you need to keep a quiet profile there are headphone jacks built into the X Rocker gaming chair’s side control panel.

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Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System

The Energy 5.1 Take Classic home theater system won CNET’s Editors Choice Award in 2009 and still is a great choice for under $400! Energy has done audio research and development since 1973 and knows how to build a high quality audio system. The Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home theater system includes five high quality 2-way satellite speakers and a 200 watt subwoofer. Each speaker is stylishly encased in a high gloss black finished cabinet with silver hardware. Energy’s “Ripped Elliptical Surround” technology delivers crisp dialogue and appropriately room shaking explosions. The Energy 5.1 Take Classic home theater system has been around a while but is still a great system for budget conscious man cavers.

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Yamaha PDX-11 Portable Speaker

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yamaha PDX-11Play your favorite music anywhere with a portable speaker system that doesn’t suck. The Yamaha PDX-11 offers style and toughness in its sleek octagon design. Its metal handle, speaker grill and screws ooze coolness; this speaker looks like it belongs on stage with the band! You can run the Yamaha PDX-11 on AC or battery power and control it remotely. The PDX-11 contains a two-way speaker system including 1-3/8” tweeters and a 4” woofer. Yamaha’s PDX-11 packs a surprisingly loud punch and impressive range. iDevices dock on top of the PDX-11 making it easy to carry it while still playing music. An AUX port makes it compatible with just about anything, just in case one of your friends has one of those “other” devices. It also comes in four colors in case you need to match it with the drapes!

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Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard

Logitech has released a washable keyboard, neat freaks rejoice! The K310 washable keyboard gives germ fearing man cave dweller a durable full-sized keyboard they can sanitize. You can run this keyboard under a faucet and wash it with dish washing liquid soap. The K310 even includes a keyboard brush for scrubbing out ground in cookie bits from your keys. The full-sized keyboard works with any Windows PC and offers 12 shortcut hot keys for email, web browsing and music playing. You can’t throw it in the dishwasher and don’t submerge the USB cable OK?

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Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless HiFi Music Player

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless HiFi Music Player

Forget weak speakers on a cheap iDock, you’re playlist deserves better! The Sonos PLAY:5 wireless HiFi music player houses five high quality speakers powered by five digital amps enclosed in a sleek gray and white design. The Sonos PLAY:5 requires a wireless internet connection and offers access to Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify and over 100,000+ Internet radio stations. Your iTunes playlist can be played and the unit controlled via free apps for our iDevice. You can also expand the system with additional units and play different songs in different rooms!  Don’t just take our word for it; check out all the rave reviews on Amazon.com! Lounge on your man couch and enjoy your music library wirelessly like never before with the Sonos PLAY:5.

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Maverick ET732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Maverick ET732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer

Summer grilling season isn’t over yet! Grill meats to perfection with precise temperature control using the Maverick ET732. This brilliant barbeque thermometer is wireless allowing a grill master to mingle without burning their biscuits! Temperature alerts allow you to set what temperature you’re interested in reaching and forget about the grill until it’s reached. It will also alert you if the temperature is too low by programming a temperature range to monitor. When the alert goes off pull the meat off and be back before the game returns from commercial! The Maverick ET732 can handle temperatures up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit with a wireless range up to 300 feet away. If your grilling at night the Maverick ET732 BBQ meat thermometer is back lit for easy reading on a dark patio.

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Audio Technica Turntable: AT-PL60

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Audio Technica Turntable AT-PL60

Audiophiles will tell you nothing provides a sound quite as authentic as vinyl but to unlock that sound you’ll need a good turntable. Audio Technica’s AT-PL60 is a compact and fully automatic belt-drive turntable you can connect to your existing man cave stereo or surround sound system. This Audio Technica turntable will play 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records with a pre-amp “PHONO” output of 2.5 mV at 1 kHz. If you need 78 RPM theAT-PL60 isn’t the right turntable for you. The stylus can be upgraded for even better sound quality but for under $100 this little turntable delivers. When the lid is closed its sleek sliver design could easily be confused for something Apple designers created. You’ll get confused looks from the iPod generation when dusting off old 45’s, but even they won’t be able to deny the sound quality of an old LP!

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Yamaha YHT-S401: Front Surround Sound in a Sleek Package

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yamaha YHT-S401

The Yamaha YHT-S401 front surround home theater system delivers a high quality sound for its price. It’s optimized for digital (read Blu-Ray) sound using an oval center speaker which provides a natural sound without vibration. The sub woofer is built into the receiver providing a compact unit that can be stored horizontally or vertically. The sub woofer is wired which we prefer at Man Cave Gadgets for the low range outputs. The sound bar is sleek, wireless and darn sexy. It provides clear voice sounds through a three speaker design. Yamaha balanced the sound well making voices easier to hear and explosions enjoyable rather than deafening. Your iPod or iPhone connects via a USB port if you prefer to fill a room with your favorite tunes. One of our favorite yet simple features is UniVolume which keeps programs and commercials at the same volume level; nothing worse than a pitchmen screaming at you when the game goes to commercial. Yamaha’s YHT-S401 is a decent option to add surround sound in your man cave without mounting speakers or spending a fortune.

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Logitech Harmony One: This Universal Remote Control’s Pros and Cons

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote Control

The Logitech Harmony One universal remote control is the best addition I’ve made to my man cave this year.  I bought the Logitech Harmony One to replace six standard remote controls laying around my cave. Remembering how to use each remove control and replacing their batteries every few months was getting old! I wanted a universal remote that would control all my cave’s devices and cost me one set of rechargeable batteries. I found what I was looking for in Logitech’s Harmony One universal remote control!

The Pros

Logitech’s sleek design and rich features could make it the iPhone of universal remote controls!  The Harmony One replaces up to 15 remotes and works with old and new technology such as HDTVs or old DVD players. It’s on board database allows you to control over 225,000 different devices and Logitech updates the database to ensure your universal remote control keeps up with technology.  Setup is done via the internet using a web based setup guide.  I had no problems with setup; just attached it to my PC and picked my devices.

During setup you’ll also configure what kind of activities you want your Harmony One to control such as watching television or listening to music. These enable the quick access buttons on the Harmony One’s color display.

The color touch screen display is 3.5” and very easy to read.  With one touch you will easily access activities configured during setup including your favorite moves, television programs or music. The Harmony One knows what device it should use for each activity so all you have to do is press “listen to music” for example, and relax.

Hate trying to find the right button on a remote in a dark room? The Verizon FIOS remote I had previously drove me insane when the lights were out. Useful buttons such as the channel numbers or jog/shuttle were not backlight while useless buttons were. I routinely selected the wrong button and would end up having to recover whatever I was watching from the mistake! Logitech’s Harmony One has backlighting on every button and shaped for easy identification.

Logitech’s Harmony One fits easily into any size hand and has a non-slip grip. The “dpad” or directional pad allows you to change volume or channels easily with one finger.

The package contains a USB connector to configure and keep the universal remote control up-to-date via your computer’s internet connection.

The Cons

Touch screen reliability appears to be the largest issue with Logitech’s Harmony One universal remote control. There are a handful of customers reporting their touch screens lost their “touch” after a few months of normal use. Interestingly they seem madder at Logitech’s support than the product. Many customers said they liked the product despite the touch screen problem and wanted another Harmony One, but dealing with support was difficult. The product has a one year “limited hardware” warrant but beware, if your touch screen fails it may be a bumpy ride to get it replaced.

Harmony One also RF compatibility which means you’ll need to leave the man cave to control a device somewhere else in the house.

Finally the buttons are notorious for becoming sticky and not working so keep it clean.

Final Thoughts

The Harmony One is Logitech’s “mid market” universal remote control. There are more expensive universal remotes with more features but Harmony One will fit anyone with fewer than 15 devices to control. I personally love this remote because it allows me to control all of my electronic devices with one rechargeable device the wife and kids can easily use. I recently bought a new Blue-Ray DVD player and synched it easily with a new 65 inch HDTV with my Harmony One.

Man Cave Gadgets marked it down on reliability due to the screen issue but if the screen holds and you don’t have to deal with Logitech, the Harmony One universal remote control is a dandy man cave gadget!

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BANG! Desk Lamp

| June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

BANG! Desk LampHow do you make a desk lamp cool? You could buy AK-47 lamp stands or you could just shoot it. BANG! is a desk lamp from bitplay which is turned on or off with a gun-shaped remote control. When the lamp is on you shoot it with the gun to turn it off. The lamp shade will slant over indicating it’s been hit. Shoot it again to turn the lamp back on and yes, the lamp shade rights itself for even lighting. Check out the video from bitplay below. It’s available online through authorized distributors such as dynamism for $299.00.

Photo Credit: bitplay

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Nine Millimeter Headphones

| May 16, 2012 | 1 Comments

MUNITIO Nine Millimeter HeadPhones Man caves provide us a sanctuary to retreat to but sometimes we need to escape a little further. Strap on a pair of Munitio SITi S Nine Millimeter Earphones and enjoy your favorite music with sound “dark and rich like a 20 year old scotch”. MUNITO’s SITI (Standard Issue Titanium) nine millimeter earphones are fabricated from high quality materials including aircraft grade aluminum and fitted with a trademarked silicone “hollow point” earpiece. The result is a deep base, clear mid-ranges and enjoyable hi-ranges in one stylish looking earphone. The latest edition includes volume controls and Kevlar reinforced fabric cable with 24K gold plated 3.5mm stereo plugs. Get them from Amazon.com for $169.

Photo Credit: MUNITIO

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Scientific Swearing Goes Mobile

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Modern Toss - Periodic Table of Swearing

Crush your thumb with a hammer or lose a bet in Vegas and the salt will fly. Swearing is elemental but until now we didn’t have a classy way to express ourselves. Every guy knows someone who has Sffb and needs to Gfb but if you haven’t studied the Periodic Table of Swearing you’ll have no idea how to express our thoughts scientifically.  You’re vocabulary will be as colorful as the poster after memorizing 102 elemental symbols of swearing. The element symbols are also handy for getting your point across in a text message.

The Periodic Table of Swearing was so popular Modern Toss offered it again with a limited edition print of 300 posters. Unfortunately they are almost out of inventory and the poster isn’t any good when you need a creative curse on the go. Fortunately Modern Toss has packaged the Periodic Table of Swearing in an app for your Android mobile phone, apparently iPhone users don’t swear.

The Periodic Table of Swearing is available online for 90.00 Euro.

The Android version is available online for 0.69 Euro.

The poster would make a nice companion to the Periodic Table of Mixology we featured a while back.

Unfortunately with higher education comes the risk your message be lost in translation. The element codes won’t do you any good if the recipient doesn’t know WTF Yba means. Seriously, just tell the guy he is a big fucking arse. Just saying…

 

Photo Credit: Modern Toss

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HiddenRadio: Very Cool Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

| December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hidden Radio Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerMan Cave Gadgets is always looking for the latest cutting edge gadgets for your man cave, and this one is so new you can only pre-order it! Hidden Radio Design has created a Bluetooth wireless speaker that would make Steve Jobs proud. Its modern design has no knobs, buttons or displays to clutter its sleek lines. To adjust the volume you simply twist the sleek metallic or graphite black housing.

It provides several functions: it’s a wireless Bluetooth speaker with AM/FM radio that works with leading electronic devices like iPhones, iPods, iPads, or any other smartphones, tablets and computers. It runs on rechargeable batteries, which last over 30 hours on a single charge. There is also a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting with non-Bluetooth devices.

The HiddenRadio and Bluetooth Speaker delivers pure, powerful sound to over 80 dB – so it can easily fill a small apartment with gorgeous music.

The designers are using Kickstarter.com to fund HiddenRadio’s development, and you can only order it through Kickstarter.com. Supporting the project with a pre-order will get you the HiddenRadio for $119, which will normally retail for $175. This will secure delivery of a limited-edition product directly to their homes with global shipping included.

The designers have already invested over $50,000 to develop the product and the capital raised through Kickstarter.com will be spent on injection molding tools, Bluetooth certification, initial inventory, and other equipment necessary for mass production. Just in time for the holiday gift season, this is a chance to promote and support the production of this simple, useful and elegantly product before it hits the main market.

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Protect Your iPad from Falling Bowling Balls, and Skydiving

| December 7, 2011 | 2 Comments

G-Form Extreme Sleeve

From home automation to iCloud and iZon, Apple’s iPad 2 is a required man cave gadget. Protecting the delicate device can be a challenge. iPad cases typically protect against minor bumps or scratches, but good luck if you drop it! We’ve seen many cased iPads shatter after being dropped, especially if they land on a corner. How can you protect that shiny new iPad? We’ve found a case that takes protection to a new extreme.

G-Form is a company that started creating impact protection and vibration dampening products for use in sports. Their polymer technology is used in bike shoes, elbow pads, knee pads, shin pads and more to protect athletes from injury. It wasn’t long before they realized you could protect bones and iPads with the same technology. G-Form’s Extreme Sleeve can protect your shiny new iPad from being dropped, tossed from a speeding car, crushed by bowling balls and even dropping it while skydiving!

Editor’s note: we don’t recommend playing Angry Birds while hurling toward the earth at terminal velocity, just saying.

G-Form posted several “Extreme Sleeve” protection videos on YouTube to demonstrate their technology. The scenarios are absurd but they get the point across, the Extreme Sleeve is very effective at absorbing impacts. G-Form has tossed iPads from a speeding Porsche, nailed them with a batting cage pitch, dropped a bowling ball on them, and dropped them while skydiving. In our personal favorite, they launch an iPad into concrete using gigantic slingshot.

In this video, a G-Form Extreme Sleeve reviewer smashes his iPad directly with hammer.

The drawback to all this protection is the Extreme Sleeve isn’t practical for daily use. You can’t actually use the iPad while it’s protected within the case. There is no camera opening and you can’t access or charge the iPad while it is cased. We think the G-Form Extreme Sleeve is a great case for traveling, or general protection when your iPad is not in use.

The Extreme Sleeve 2 for iPad offers more edge protection in case you drop your iPad on a corner. It is available at G-Form’s website for $69.95.

Photo Credit: G-Form

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