The Man Table

There are very few gadgets out there that become an instant classic, The Man Table as soon as I saw it went into the Gotta Have Gadget Hall of Fame?

So, what is a “Man Table”?  Perhaps you have seen one, but never knew the true secret of the man table.  The man table is a beautifully hand crafted end table that would look great in any living room or man cave.  I know what you are saying, what makes this an instant hall of fame gadget is that within this beauty, is a built in refrigerator!

I knew this was an instant classic as soon as it arrived.  My wife said, “That will look wonderful in our living room!”  Of course she didn’t realize it was a refrigerator!  That is what makes this such a great item.  I actually have fun when guests come over and I send them into the living room to get a beer out of the fridge.  They stand in the middle of the room looking around helpless as they search for the beer.  When I go over to the Man Table, they cannot believe it!  When their wife or girlfriend tells them the man table would look great in their living room, they all rush to the internet to visit www.mantables.com.

These end tables are Armish made and you can truly see the craftsmanship the day it arrives.  Available in tobacco, espresso and black, there is a man table for even the most decorative living room.  The debate will begin between men and women if the man table is an elegant end table or a classic refrigerator.  Honestly, who cares, it functions perfectly as both.

The Man Table eliminates the sprint to your kitchen or basement during commercials of the big game as it easily holds a 30-pack of your favorite beverage.  You will find the most popular seat on game day is next to the man table!

Crosley Radio iJuke

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For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a Jukebox! Tracking down a real 45’s (if you know what that is) record jukebox is next to impossible, so I turned to my friends at Crosley Radio! Known for their audio products, I knew Crosley would have something cool. The iJuke® Premier is a desktop jukebox which has an iPod dock and CD player. With blinking neon lights, and authentic jukebox look, this not only would look great in any game room, but it sounds great as well. Listen to your iPod or favorite CD using the fully functional remote control. The iJuke® Premier is lightweight, so on warm summer nights I bring it out on my deck and relax to my favorite tunes. My goal is to find a spot where I can upgrade to a full size Crosley Jukebox! If you have that person on your list who has a cool game room or mancave and is impossible to buy for, check out www.crosleyradio.com and check out all their unique audio products.

Xbox360 and Kinect

I’ve been a big fan of Xbox360!  I have reviewed several games and consider myself a gamer.  Then Kinect for Xbox 360 arrived!  Unlike most of the other motion games, you don’t need any wires or controllers for the Kinect system.  Out of the box and installed within minutes, I was dancing like a fool playing “Dance Central!” A camera records all your moves and interacts live with the game, I realized quickly I cannot dance, but we had a lot of fun playing.  We quickly moved over to “Kinect Sports,” so I could show off my true talents.  Boxing, soccer, bowling and a few more with no strings attached, I felt like Pinocchio when he was turned into a little boy. Plus sequel titles, “Dance Central 2” and “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” will be available this holiday.  For more intense workouts, try “EA Sports Active 2” or “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout!”  If you think you can’t get a good workout from a video game, think again!  Try to dog it, and you will learn quickly what the personal trainers think of your effort!  No matter what Kinect games you chose, you will probably work up a good sweat and have a lot of fun.  So if that special someone has an Xbox 360, Kinect will be a great present!  Check out all Xbox has to offer, as well as Kinect games at www.xbox.com.  If you dare, check out my testing of Dance Central!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXjdDY4sfw

 

RC Remote Cooler

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This could make it into the Gotta Have Gadget Hall of Fame!  The RC Remote Cooler will be the topic of conversation at any party.  It certainly isnt as nice as having your favorite Hooters Girl bring you a beverage, however when you are out on your deck, next to the pool, or in your living room its pretty sweet picking up the remote control and having this cooler deliver your beer.  Read the rest of this entry »

Margaritaville® Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker®

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Ill admit it, when it comes to frozen drinks, I suck at making them.  The blender never seems to chop the ice just right, or the beverage to ice ratio is off.  But the folks at Margaritaville® have made me a better bartender with their ultimate Margaritaville® Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker®.  I hesitated calling it a frozen concoction maker, however, there is no way I can call this a blender.  Where do I start?  Read the rest of this entry »

Another great gift for Mom! Gateway NV7901u notebook

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At a time where computers are getting smaller and smaller, you know mom deserves something bigger and better.  The Gateway NV7901u notebook gives mom the power and size she needs!  Netbooks might be great to log onto the web and check e-mail, but if mom wants to create home movies, or photoshop, some of her favorite pictures, mom will need a powerful laptop!  The Gateway NV7901u notebook has a 17.3 inch widescreen ultrabright high definition display with an impressive 1600×900 resolution.  Plus, it has ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650 graphics, so mom can see videos, graphics and photos that look truly incredible.  The i5-430 Intel®Core processor and 4096mb dual-channel ram will give her the power and speed she needs to edit movies, watch DVDs or play her favorite games.  Read the rest of this entry »

LG SL90 LED HDTV and LG SL90 Blu-ray player

width=262width=300Only seven letters in the alphabet separates i from p.  However when it comes to 1080i and 1080p the difference is huge!  What I am talking about is high definition television.  I thought I had it good with a 60 inch 1080i high definition tv in my living room.  That was until the LG SL90 LED HDTV showed up at my door.  Honestly, I cannot believe how great this picture looks.  The picture seems to jump off the screen.  I love seeing changes in technology and LG Electronics seems to lead the way!  One nice thing about the LG SL90 is LG has given you plenty of opportunity to get the best out of all your inputs.  There are a total of four HDMI inputs giving you plenty of room for a blu-ray player, gaming system, HD-DVR or satellite receiver.  The hidden speakers add to the sleek design which will fit in any room in the house.  Mounting options make it easy to wall mount, or place on a table top.  To truly see LG Electronics leading the way, visit their website at www.lge.com.

Rome SDS Slash Snowboard

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The best way to spend a day or week in the winter is up on a mountain snowboarding!  If you like free styling, glade running or all around boarding, Rome SDS has the right board for you!  The Rome Slash is the perfect board if you like to mix up your day and hit all the trails.  A triax laminate lets this board turn easily at slower speeds, but its still responsive off jumps and holds its edge when youre moving fast.  A carbon reverse-v stringer in the nose and tail help with response too.  Romes signature impact edges are extra thick to prevent damage when hitting the rails or grazing a tree.  In addition, Rome uses proprietary impact plates below the bindings to make the board 2.5x stronger than traditional wood core boards.  I wish I could truly test out all those features; however I am just not that good on the slopes and really didnt want to visit the local emergency room.  Thankfully my 15 year old son is that good, and could test out all the features.  To choose the best board for your riding style, visit Rome on-line at www.romesnowboards.com.

EA Sports Active

EAI’m sure you have all heard the term Freshman 15!  It is very common to go off to school and gain at least 15 pounds in your freshman year.  I have the perfect gadget to help keep the weight off.  If you are bringing a Wii with you to school, make sure you also bring EA Sports Active for the Wii.  I will be the first to admit to saying, OK what can a video game do to help me lose weight?  Read the rest of this entry »

Taylor Made R9 Driver

r9-exploded-view_cmyk_r4The Taylor Made R9 Driver would be the perfect gift for any dad. What makes it such a great gift is Dad can adjust this club to fit his swing and the golf shot he would like to hit. I was amazed at how many different adjustments you can make with the R9. With the Taylor Made R9 Driver, it is like you were giving your dad 24 drivers for him to pick the best one for his swing. I was a big fan of the R7 with adjustable weights when Taylor Made Golf released it, and they have out done themselves with the adjustability of the R9. Now all the adjustability is great, however if the driver doesnt produce results the adjustability wont matter. Well fear not, the Taylor Made Golf faithful will find everything they love about Taylor Made drivers, and those who are faithful to other brands will be pleasantly surprised if they visit their local pro shop or demo days and hit the R9 driver. As technology evolves, dad can take advantage of this technology and have more fun on the golf course. After all, isnt that what it is all about, having fun on the golf course? Well that and out driving your buddies by 10-15 yards doesnt hurt either! For all the technical specs on the Taylor Made R9 driver visit www.taylormadegolf.com.

A must for your man cave! The Epson MovieMate72 Projector

moviemate-72-front-swivelWhen it comes down to watching your favorite sports teams or playing video games in your man cave, you could purchase a 60-inch high definition television OR you could watch them on 120-inches from the Epson 72 MovieMate Projector.I have a 60-inch high definition television in my living room, but let me tell you there is nothing like heading down to the man cave and watching or playing on 120 inches of an incredible picture.Taking up an entire wall playing Madden Football or watching a game is like being on the field.Dont have a lot of space in your man cave?Thats OK too as from only 6.5 feet away the Epson MovieMate 72 projector can still project over 80 of 720p high definition picture.The other nice thing about the Epson MovieMate 72 is it is very easy to set-up using an HDMI connector or standard RCA plugs.The built in DVD player makes it extremely easy to watch your favorite movie.Priced at about the same or a little less than an HD television set, I will tell you this is an attention getter when you turn this on and people see the picture quality.When playing a multiplayer game, there is no need to squint when two or four players divide the screen.There is also a computer connection, so if you have a presentation for work, you dont have to worry if there will be a projector there, just pack up the Epson MovieMate 72 and you are on your way.For all the Epson MovieMate 72 has to offer, check out www.epson.com. When it comes down to watching your favorite sports teams or playing video games in your man cave, you could purchase a 60-inch high definition television OR you could watch them on 120-inches from the Epson 72 MovieMate Projector.I have a 60-inch high definition television in my living room, but let me tell you there is nothing like heading down to the man cave and watching or playing on 120 inches of an incredible picture.Taking up an entire wall playing Madden Football or watching a game is like being on the field.Dont have a lot of space in your man cave?Thats OK too as from only 6.5 feet away the Epson MovieMate 72 projector can still project over 80 of 720p high definition picture.The other nice thing about the Epson MovieMate 72 is it is very easy to set-up using an HDMI connector or standard RCA plugs.The built in DVD player makes it extremely easy to watch your favorite movie.Priced at about the same or a little less than an HD television set, I will tell you this is an attention getter when you turn this on and people see the picture quality.When playing a multiplayer game, there is no need to squint when two or four players divide the screen.There is also a computer connection, so if you have a presentation for work, you dont have to worry if there will be a projector there, just pack up the Epson MovieMate 72 and you are on your way.For all the Epson MovieMate 72 has to offer, check out www.epson.com.

iPod touch

08touch_front2 I have been a big fan of the iPod video or now known as the iPod classic and thought there was no reason to upgrade. That was until I got my hands on the iPod touch. All the features that I loved in my iPod classic are incorporated into the iPod touch, plus so much more. The best feature is being able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. Its great to be able to roll over in the morning before a round of golf and check the weather radar to know what to wear before I even get out of bed. Also, it was incredibly easy to connect to the iTunes store and download an album. Every day it seems I find something cool about the iPod touch. There are applications and games that can be purchased or free for download to add to your iPod touch experience. So if you want to check the weather, browse some videos on youtube or check the latest scores everything is at your fingertips with the iPod touch. Of course the main feature of the iPod has always been the music. With all the added features of the iPod touch, it was nice to see Apple didnt forget that it was all about the music. Browsing albums, artist and tracks is even easier with the big video display. A simple turn of the iPod touch and you are in widescreen mode making everything bigger and better.  I have had the iPod touch for a few months now and it seems like everyday I find something new to do with my iPod Touch.  Since I received my iPod touch, there has been a new version released with a built in speaker and new sleek design.  At night I listen to my favorite playlist to relax before I fall a sleep, and in the morning I am checking the weather or checking my e-mail before I start the day.  There are so many application you can download (some for a fee) to enhance your iPod touch.  Some of my favorites are the 1000s of games, a cookbook, drink guide or my local weather radar.  The iPod Touch easily connect to your wi-fi and is extremely easy to load your favorite mp3 files through iTunes.  For more information on the iPod touch and some of the new features, visit www.apple.com/ipodtouch

Bowflex Revolution® and the Bowflex SelectTech® Dumbbells

selectech-1090-dumbbellsbfx_rxp_leglat_3qFitness Gotta Have Gadget hands down goes to Bowflex with the Bowflex Revolution® and the Bowflex SelectTech® Dumbbells.The only thing these machines are missing is a size 10 boot that could come up behind me and kick me in the butt to use them more.Millions each year make their resolution to lose weight (like me again) and if you are serious about putting together a home workout routine, Bowflex should be part of your plan.The Bowflex Revolution® is a compact, complete home gym.


The patented SpiraFlex® plates of the Bowflex Revolution® home gym enable smooth, consistent resistance through the entire range of motion, a principal ingredient in developing lean, strong muscle.The Bowflex SelecTech® Dumbbells lets you easily select your workout weight by turning the select dials to the desired weight.Once you select the weight, lift them from the optional stand and the selected weight is in your hands ready to go.For more information, check out www.Bowflex.com.


Kobalt 53″ Tool Chest

kobaltThis Gotta Have Gadget is for you tool guys. I will honestly tell you my brother John Conrad would laugh his ass off every time he came to my house and I pulled out my little red toolbox. Well I have the last laugh now! The new Kobalt 53 Stainless Steel Tool Chest will be the envy of the neighborhood. It will take me 10 years to fill up the 16 heavy-duty drawers, and with the 1,000lbs casters and 4,000lbs weight capacity I will have plenty of shopping to do at Lowes. Im willing to bet my credit limit will run out before I fill this tool chest and test the weight limits! Not only will the Kobalt tool chest save me time running back and forth to get more tools, but when its break time I just reach to the bottom left door, open the built in 1.6 cubic foot refrigerator and pop open a cold one. Read the rest of this entry »

Nike Victory Red Irons

victory-irons-btyThe ultimate gift for any golfer is a new set of irons. Although you may not play like Tiger Woods, you can play the same irons as he does. The Nike Victory Red (VR) Irons hit the shelves on November 1st and will surely be on holiday lists around the world. The first time I hit these irons, I could feel my confidence build with every swing. Believe me I gave these irons every lie imaginable during my test round. Of course you get a good solid feel from the fairway, but you all know with my go big or go home attitude I am not going to be in the fairway all the time. These irons were true from the short rough, long rough and even out of the pine needles of the woods. Even on off center hits, I carried the distance I needed to avoid further trouble. Tiger maybe hitting them from the fairway often, so I took it upon myself to test these from every lie the average golfer will find. Time and time again the Nike Victory Red (VR) Irons gave me solid contact, great feel but more importantly the confidence needed to know no matter what the situation, I could recover and make par or better. Nike offers three different versions of the Victory Red irons for every level of golfer. The Victory Red Full Cavity, Forged Split Cavity or Forged TW Blade will surely benefit every level of golfer. For the perfect gift for any golfer visit www.nikegolf.com.