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Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center and Cloud technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles, and speaks at various conferences and user groups. His professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. Rod was a Microsoft MVP for 10 years and is a charter member of the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program. He's an avid gadget fan, a die-hard old television show and cartoon buff, a health and exercise freak, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

Review: VAUX Speaker and Portable Battery for Amazon Echo Dot
I could honestly begin and end this review in a single sentence: This is absolutely the most brilliant Alexa device accessory and you definitely need one.
Review: Third-party Quickfit Band for Garmin Fenix 3 HR and 5X
Another ding is that Garmin decided to price their Quickfit band at $50 or more. Seriously: watch bands that cost $50 or more. That’s highway robbery in my book. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until third-party options began showing up.  So, of course, I jumped at the chance to get a set into my hands to test. And, I’m glad I did.
Review: AUKEY Wireless Headphones
All-in-all, these are a comfortable set of headphones with optimal sound. Personally, I think I’ve graduated beyond this design (I still prefer my Bragi Dash over everything else), but for the price, they are well worth it. And, as a gift, the price and quality makes this set of headphones a pleaser.
Review: ATailorBird 15-inch Laptop Sleeve
If you want a quality, well-built, and affordable laptop sleeve, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Review: USB Endoscope Waterproof Inspection Camera
I mention it quite a bit, but a number of cool things just show up at my door for review – and periodically some of them surprise me. Such is the case for this latest gadget, an actual USB endoscope. Yes…an endoscope.
Review: EasyAcc 16750mAh Power Bank with Type C Input
I’ve recently been testing the EasyAcc 16750mAh Power Bank. While this one is not quite as powerful and versatile as the 20000mAh version, its still a powerhouse.
Review: All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
There are a number of small enhancements in Amazon’s latest round of tablet refreshes. Like Apple has done with its latest MacBook, there’s nothing major or monumental here. There’s nothing earth shattering or future defining. Its just that everything works better and is more fluid.
Review: iXCC Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Sweatproof Sport Earbuds
Finding just the right pair of earbuds for active sports is a fool’s task, it seems sometimes. Good connectivity, usability, features, and the ability to stay comfortably attached to your head with constant jarring all seem like things that should be easy enough to accomplish, but there’s never a perfect option.
Review: Unitek Aluminum Car Charger for Front and Backseat Charging
When this car charger arrived I couldn’t wait to try it out. Our youngest is always running out of tablet battery in the back seat and I’ve always wanted to find a way to keep her gadgets powered on long trips. This car charger from Unitek does the trick.
Review: Unitek Dock – a Poor-man’s Surface 3 Dock
Docking stations for Surface devices can get expensive – particularly if you buy the Microsoft brand.  Though it supports a number of tablets and smartphones, Unitek’s USB 3.0 dock is actually marketed as a Surface 3 dock on the box, i.e., “Best Mate of Surface 3”
Review: EasyAcc 20000mAh Compact Power Bank
What a life saver. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back during my testing of the EasyAcc 20000mAh Compact Power Bank.
Review: Unitek 10-Port USB Charging Station with Quick Charge 3.0
If you want a beast of a charging station, right now I can think of no other option than this Unitek 10-port edition.
Review: iXCC Third-party Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4
A few weeks ago, a family member sat their Surface Pro 3 keyboard on a working toaster. This resulted in some melted keys. I wanted to grab another keyboard quickly, but noticed that Microsoft is currently only offering its high-end Alcantra material option. I’ve tried this keyboard out and its simply not worth the $160 price tag. So, I set about looking for a third-party option.
First Look: CHUWI Hi13 2 in1 Tablet
I have been waiting for this to show up, excited to give it a good test. However, just the tablet showed up today, so I’m still waiting for the keyboard to arrive. Without the keyboard its really just a tablet and not a full-fledged 2-in-1. So, while I wait for the keyboard to arrive, I’ll give you some initial thoughts, specs, and photos.
CUVR Amazon Echo Case Cover
You might think that since the Echo isn’t intended as a device that’s carried around from place to place, like the Tap, that it wouldn’t need a cover. However, the tall profile of the Echo and its placement in your home could make it a topple target.
Robot Hacker Takes Alexa to Creepy Level 10
January 30, 2017

I don't think there's anyone here in editorial that would disagree with you.

Windows 10 Updates Not at Fault for New #BatteryGate Issue, Says Microsoft
September 23, 2016

I'm not sure exactly how common it is to forget about your laptop for a week. But, I could be wrong. :)

More Movement in Microsoft’s Health Platform?
September 23, 2016

I've unofficially started to do that:

And, will definitely continue. I suspect this is where we'll see...

Using Microsoft Band App without Microsoft Band
September 21, 2016

For Windows 10/8.1 and it was intended to capture steps (and distance, etc.) that the Band might miss when it was being charged (not worn). However, it didn't work for Android...

The State of the Microsoft Health Platform
September 20, 2016

"Microsoft HealthVault was developed and introduced in October 2007 and in June 2010 expanded its services beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom" - are you...

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