Moto Z review: Do we need modular phones?

motorola moto z style cover

When Motorola first announced the Moto Z and its modular attachments, I was excited. I loved the modular phone concept that LG started with the G5. But unlike the G5, the Moto Z could swap modules without shutting down the phone. I was baffled at how clunky LG’s modular design looked next to Motorola’s. However,… Continue reading Moto Z review: Do we need modular phones?

Beats Pill+ review: Improved sound but still a poor value

Beats Pill+

  I really hoped Apple would turn Beats around and make truly great sounding audio gear. The Beats Pill+ has improved tremendously over the original, but it's still not enough. I found the original Beats Pill to sound thin, even though it had a strong bass emphasis. The Pill+ improves on the Pill's sound in… Continue reading Beats Pill+ review: Improved sound but still a poor value

Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

Subaru BRZ Nameless Axleback

The stock exhaust on the BRZ sounds asthmatic. You can tell Subaru and Toyota wanted the car to be a relatively quiet daily driver but for us enthusiasts want a bit more sound. Subaru and Toyota engineered a sound pipe that connects to the intake tube to pump induction noise into the cabin but sounds… Continue reading Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

This Pokéball shift knob cover will make me the coolest kid at the car meet

  My stainless steel WC Lathe Werks shift knob combined with the hot California sun add up to create a molten ball of pain when left baking outside. I love the weight, look, and feel of my metal shift knob but its biggest downside is that it gets too hot to the touch if I… Continue reading This Pokéball shift knob cover will make me the coolest kid at the car meet

The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece

LEGO Ferrari F40 front

The new LEGO Ferrari F40 model did justice to the car I obsessed over as a kid. At the time of its release, Ferrari was known for its V12 engines, which made the twin-turbo V8 F40 a bit of an oddball. The car made 471 HP and only weighed 2,400 lbs, which is about 300… Continue reading The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece

Mountek nGroove vs. Koomus CD-Eco: comparison and review

Mountek nGroove

  There are a ton of ways to mount your smartphone in your car from suction cups to vent mounts. However, not all vent mounts work in every car and suction cups may fall off when the temperature changes. The best solution for me has been CD slot car mounts, which cannibalize the CD slot… Continue reading Mountek nGroove vs. Koomus CD-Eco: comparison and review

11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

Foggy BRZ mountain

  The Subaru BRZ isn’t perfect. I’ve already written about the 12 most frustrating things about the BRZ but after three years of ownership, I’ve never been tempted to sell or trade in the car. The BRZ has always been a controversial car with critics lamenting its lack of power and its fans lauding its… Continue reading 11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

12 most frustrating things about the Subaru BRZ

I love my Subaru BRZ but it’s not without its frustrations. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise since the car is a cheap Japanese sports coupe after all. There are always compromises that manufacturers make when creating a car. Family sedans compromise fun and handling for luxury and utility. Sports cars compromise utility and… Continue reading 12 most frustrating things about the Subaru BRZ

Review: Anker TC930 Ultra-Slim keyboard for the iPad Air 2 and Air

Anker ultra-slim keyboard for iPad Air and Air 2

The Apple iPad is now a legitimate productivity machine but that wasn't always the case. When the first iPad debuted, I remember explaining to customers at the campus computer store where I worked why they were better off buying a laptop. But times have changed and my iPad is now powerful enough for my needs… Continue reading Review: Anker TC930 Ultra-Slim keyboard for the iPad Air 2 and Air

Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Subaru BRZ satin white pearl black wheels

  Disclosure: I won a set of Mann Engineering lowering springs from NorCal 86Drive end of summer raffle. I paid for installation and alignment. When it comes to modifying my Subaru BRZ, I'm relatively conservative. The car is so good from the factory, I don't want to mess up its handling and balance. When I won… Continue reading Mann Engineering BRZ lowering springs (25mm) review

Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S

Grimmspeed may be late to the lightweight crank pulley game but I'm glad it's finally out. When I saw the group buy thread on FT86club, I jumped on it immediately. So was it worth the wait? The Grimmspeed crank pulley isn't that much different from its competitors. It comes in a range of colors (I… Continue reading Review: Grimmspeed lightweight crank pulley for BRZ and FR-S