QUESTION: What Review Items Should Eli Try to Get?

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So the show is “down” to a backlog of only about 12 items to review which is about a months worth of videos.  When we get to this point it’s generally time to start reaching out to companies to request items to review. As with all things in business even if the PR department says ,”YES!” immediately it still takes up to two months to get the items in our hands. (I have a Drobo being shipped in that’s taken 4 months to get)

The items that we look to review on the show generally have to be physical products.  Physical products are simply easier to assess than software.  Hardware is generally simple to determine the quality of.  It basically either works or does not. Software on the other hand can be a quirky mess that can turn into it’s own troubleshooting project.

I’d like to demonstrate items that are less mainstream than what most consumers think about.  In the current line up we have a Drobo being shipped in, a Telepresence Robot, a Home Automation Security System and such.  These are devices that IT professionals should become familiar with, and many “normal” people may have a need for, but they are not being discussed in the mainstream.

Finally I’d like to review equipment that comes from reputable vendors. A $20 widget that has a 40% chance of showing up DOA just isn’t something I want to get involved with.

If you have any ideas please let me know in the comments section. Now that I have 370K subscribers it is surprisingly easy to get PR departments interested in shipping us items, but I just need some help coming up with products to go after.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. jaime_lion August 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I would love to see you review the Gerber Cable Dawg. Also if your willing to test another android as a desktop device the Dell Wyse Cloud connect.

  2. Rickosic August 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hello Eli. I like wen you show us networking test equipment like Fluke i,e.

  3. Razor512 August 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    If you get the chance, you should review some of the AC2500 routers using a program such as ixchariot. It would be good to see how well 802.11ac is scaling.

  4. Katy Pillman August 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I always would love to see more HP products, knowing they are usually crappy, but they might have a good product. Chrome-box seems to work nice except the keyboard issue.

  5. Ebey Pradeep August 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Hey how about portable cooling pads for laptops, age of bulky Desktop PC’s might not yet come to the end cause of heating problems ..just a suggestion..I had i friend of mine whose laptop got heated up so bad after playing heavy games ,for long time he was pouring water on the bottom of his Lenova laptop I think..pretty sure some reputed brand lol

  6. John R August 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Synology DSxxx NAS devices as iSCSI for Backups

    • Mohammad Salem August 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Yeah I agree if there is any changes in this tech

    • Jeff Newman August 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm


      I have three Synology DiskStations here, a DS1010+ with expansion unit (ten bays total), and two smaller two-bay NASes. The DS1010+ is running the latest version of DiskStation Manager.

      I’ve used iSCSI with VMware on the DS1010+ in the past. It was less than reliable (with vSphere 4.x), but both Synology and VMware have made numerous software improvements since then. The problem experienced with iSCSI at that time was that when the NAS lost connectivity to ESXi, it required a reboot of ESXi to recover after connectivity was reestablished.

      I have tried Synology iSCSI with Windows Server as well (using Microsoft’s iSCSI initiator).

      I can tell you that iSCSI on the Synology units generally works. I can also say that a review is not likely to uncover incompatibilities or stability issues, but you never know.

      I never tested performance. I’d like to see a comparison between Synology and QNAP and Thecus (I have a couple of Thecus NASes as well) in regard to setup and performance.

      Synology seemed easier for me to set up than Thecus on both the target and initiator sides of the connection.

  7. Jimmy Simpson August 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    As a geek – I would love to see one of the Google powered nest thermostats, or one of the Monoprice IPS monitors (Really just interested in their quality and seeing it “hands on”

    As a business person – I would love to see your take on Windows Azure? More over, if you tried to do ADFS or any of the other cool “easy” solutions they offer I know they have trial credits out there.

  8. Jyri Valta August 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I’d really like to see a review of these completely wireless smart earphones called The Dash, their coming to open market sometime in the winter. Wouldn’t it be cool to review something before everyone has access to it? Here’s a link to the developers website in case you’re interested.

  9. Martin Lehner August 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

    How about one of the bluethooth locks for homes ? Like deadbolts. There’s everywhere, and I’m interested in them, but am leery about how reliable they are.

  10. Jay Wolff September 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I’d love to see you review one of these new 3D printers.

    • Warren Galloway October 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Me too. I emailed him on that weeks ago. But I’d like to see three. At least ONE cheap, one mid class and one expensive one. MakerBot being the mid class one. Would interesting to see. Of course Eli could record one full day and cut it up into 30 minute episodes and time a release every day. Post editing would be nice.

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