• An Early Holiday Gift for Last Minute Shoppers: Our Favorite Things of 2013

    An Early Holiday Gift for Last Minute Shoppers: Our Favorite Things of 2013

    We received such a great response to this when we posted it last week, we decided to post it again as we head to the final stretch of holiday shopping. Need some last minute gift ideas? Take a listen to YourTechReport Radio’s Favorite Things episode–and hopefully find that special gift for that special someone before all of the stores close. …and Happy Holidays! The first category is Toys, Games and Computers–and in this category we talk all about the XBOX One, NVIDIA Shield, Swann Bubblebomber, the Wii U and Traxxas QR-1. On the computer side of things we touch upon the Alienware x51, MacBook Pro lineup and Mac Mini to name a few. Take a listen. Of course we can’t omit Tablets and Mobile Phones–and we have plenty to share, including the Lenovo Yoga tablet, iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note, HTC One and One Mini, […]

     
  • (Video) Sphero 2.0 Review – Apps, Driving, and Swimming with Orbotix Spherical Robot

    (Video) Sphero 2.0 Review – Apps, Driving, and Swimming with Orbotix Spherical Robot

    I like robots. I like robots a lot. Reading Asimov as a little kid, I thought being a robopsychologist was a real job. It wasn’t, but Orbotix might just have the next best thing. Rolling out their updated Sphero 2.0 robot, I was really excited to get my hands on one. Let’s open it up and take Sphero for a spin! I only managed to get two “ball” puns into this description. I hope to see more puns in the comments on this video! For more info on Sphero: http://www.gosphero.com/

     
  • Review: Swann’s iFly Micro Lightning RC Helicopter

    Review: Swann’s iFly Micro Lightning RC Helicopter

    I suck at RC. I had a little race car when I was a kid. Just trying to get it to run around an oval track was a frustrating experience–especially when friends of mine were going to track events on a regular basis. Lately I’ve been getting my hands on some incredible RC flying toys. From $20-ish mall kiosk jobs, to the Force RC fighting copters, to the gorgeous AR Drone. Swann dropped the iFly Micro Lighting in my hands, and after some of these premier devices I was a touch skeptical. Thankfully, the iFML has a few tricks up its rotors…

     
  • Versatility Without Compromise: The Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta from Traxxas

    Versatility Without Compromise: The Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta from Traxxas

    In the world of motor sports, the skills necessary for gymkhana are almost contradictory: Cars need to have precision handling for the technical demands of the timed course, while at the same time be loose enough to drift and spin when required. When Traxxas was tasked with creating a licensed version of the Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta, they had to craft a vehicle that was versatile enough to handle all of the demands of a gymkhana road course; unfortunately, when we think of something being “versatile,” we usually think “Jack of all trades, master of none.” This is NOT the case with the Traxxas. Read on, and find out how this 1/16 scale beast will satisfy both the road racer AND the drifter in the family…without making any compromises.

     
  • Swann’s Air Attack RC Helicopter: Our Review

    Swann’s Air Attack RC Helicopter: Our Review

    I think our own Editor-in-Chief, Mitchell Whitfield, put it best when saying that there is nothing wrong with “embracing your inner man-child.” So when I was asked to review the Air Attack RC Helicopter from Swann, my inner man child and I both jumped for joy. After all, there’s nothing like getting a new toy when it isn’t Christmas or your birthday–but this toy was special to me, since Ive loved anything and everything RC ever since I was little. Cars, boats, airplanes, the whole sha-bang. But most recently, because most of them are so affordable and easy to fly, helicopters have been at the top of my list–and the Air Attack from Swann has definitely been one of my favorite copters to fly. Alright, lets fly into the hardware, shall we? Ah, word play. Anyway, if you read Mitchell’s review of the Micro Hornet, you know that Swann has […]

     
  • For Under $40, Swann’s Micro Hornet Has it All

    For Under $40, Swann’s Micro Hornet Has it All

    I learned years ago that there’s nothing wrong with embracing your inner man-child; because of this, my love of toys, video games and RC has never dissipated. One particular segment that’s captured my heart in the last year is RC helicopters. Unlike radio control planes, helicopters can be flown indoors and are pretty easy to fly–and the prices are much more reasonable. So after getting a bunch of emails from you, our loyal readers, we realized that you were getting a bit confused and overwhelmed by the number of helicopters you’ve found at your local malls and hobby shops, and needed a little push in the right direction to help you find a great little heli for less than $50. Well guess what? Help has arrived–and our recommendation may surprise you…

     
  • The Traxxas 1/16 Summit VXL: Scaled Down Design, Full Size Thrills

    The Traxxas 1/16 Summit VXL: Scaled Down Design, Full Size Thrills

    I just got back from my photo shoot with the Traxxas 1/16 Summit VXL, as well as a quick test run…and I wish you could see the smile on my face; because more than any specs, photos, or information I could give you, this smile will tell you everything you need to know about this fantastic RC truck. After we posted our article on the Traxxas Slash back in December of last year, we received some great emails asking us for more RC car coverage; and us much as you all seemed to love the Slash (as do we), many of you were interested in finding a slightly smaller vehicle to add to your collection, that would still be a blast to drive. Thanks to our great relationship with Traxxas, we’re able to deliver just that. When our friend John Collins (marketing product manager for Traxxas) told us that he had […]

     
 

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