About TechGearLab

At TechGearLab  we test every product we review extensively  in detailed side-by-side comparison tests that seek to determine real world performance in a scientific and objective manner.
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Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
TechGearLab

Last Updated:
Wednesday
October 26, 2016

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Have you ever wanted to buy a technology or consumer electronics product and been stumped about which product is best? Or, worse, bought a product only to learn later that you didn't buy the right one for your needs? I have, and that is why I started TechGearLab.

The TechGearLab mission is simple: to create world's best technology product reviews.

We believe the world's best tech gear reviews are the ones that help you select the right products for your specific needs, budget, and interests.

Our secret sauce is side-by-side comparative reviews.

Here's how it works:
  1. We select the top products in each category.
  1. We buy all the products we review ourselves, at retail just like you, to help assure complete objectivity and independence in our ratings. We will not accept free evaluation units from manufacturers.
  1. Our Review Editors put the products through detailed side-by-side tests, both in the lab and in the field, and score each product across a range of weighted categories.
  1. We rank the products, explain why, and give awards to the best.
  1. After our testing and reviews are finished, we sell reviewed products on eBay at big discounts.

Our review process starts with selection: we look at hundreds of products to determine the top contenders in each category. We then buy the top contenders for detailed hands-on testing.

To provide a fair basis for scoring, we develop a set of objective lab tests for each category that will help us quantify important differences between competing products.

In addition, we put each product through a set of real world field tests where we use and abuse each product to see how it holds up to its competition. Our Review Editors come from a science and engineering background, from top schools such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Princeton, and Oxford. Our team brings a thoughtful approach to each review, and the rigor of scientific and engineering standards to product testing and rating.

In the end, our mission is to help you find the best product for your situation, keeping in mind that each person's needs are unique. To achieve that goal we publish the scores of each product relative to its competition, both overall and across important attributes for each category. That means you can find the one that best meets your individual needs.

Editors' Choice Award


The TechGearLab Editors' Choice Award is given to products that we would recommend a consider buying friend when asked  "what is the best product in the category."
You'll find that our Editors' Choice award goes to those products we believe are the very best overall, and you'll learn why we selected them by reading our detailed reviews.

Best Buy Award


The TechGearLab Best Buy Award is given to products that offer exceptional value  delivering better than average performance  at an attractive price.
Our Best Buy award goes to quality products that offer the most bang-for-the-buck.

Top Pick Award


The TechGearLab Top PIck Award is given to products that excel in a certain niche application. These awards always carry a designation of that niche  such as Top Pick for Ultralight  etc.
Our Top Pick award goes to those products that stand out for specific applications, and our review will explain the details of why and what for.

Our reviews should provide the information you need to select the right gear for your budget and needs, enabling you to buy with confidence.

Our review process takes a lot more work than the typical gear reviews you find online. But we strongly believe that the best gear reviews are those that objectively compare and contrast. When we read reviews, it's not enough just to know if the reviewer liked or disliked the product. We want to know how it stacks up against all the other top products out there, and why one product may be better than another. It's the rigorous style of comparing and contrasting though objective tests pioneered by Consumer Reports magazine that we aim to bring to the tech community.

So check out our reviews and let me know if we are living up to our goals. If you have more questions please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us. I'd love to hear from you, and especially encourage feedback that can help us improve. You can help us make TechGearLab the world's best source of information for consumer electronics enthusiasts like you.

Chris McNamara
Founder and CEO
TechGearLab.com

P.S. If you love the outdoors, check out our outdoor gear review website, OutdoorGearLab. OutdoorGearLab applies the same ethics we use on TechGearLab, to create the world's most detailed, scientific, and objective reviews of outdoor products.

P.P.S. If you have a baby, you'll enjoy our sister site, BabyGearLab, which reviews baby products. While I'm not personally involved with BabyGearLab, both sites share a similar commitment to side-by-side comparison reviews, and use the same underlying technology platform.

Chris McNamara
Chris McNamara
About the Author
Chris is the founder of TechGearLab and serves as Editor-in-Chief. A lifelong gear-guy, Chris is an accomplished author, adventurer, and entrepreneur. In 2010, he started OutdoorGearLab, which has since become the most popular and highly regarded outdoor gear review website. At OutdoorGearLab, Chris personally authored numerous tech product reviews, including portable solar chargers, external batteries, electric skateboards, and Personal Locator Beacons. His fascination with tech gear started in high school, when he became obsessed with state-of-the-art big wall rock climbing gear and its X-Men power to allow a human to climb impossible cliffs. Within three years, Chris had become a rock gear master, one of the world's best big wall rock climbers, climbing Yosemite's 3,000 foot El Capitan over 70 times and setting nine big wall speed climbing records. Chris's knack for gear and adventure led him to take up wingsuit BASE jumping, and hacking together his first wingsuit by sewing wing sections onto a Walmart sweatsuit. Chris surrounds himself with tech gear, whether it is his Fiat electric car, his smart-home, or his love for all things solar and electric-powered. He attended Princeton University (briefly before dropping out to climb cliffs in Yosemite), and eventually earned his Bachlor's degree from UC Berkeley. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter or ChrisMcNamara.com.

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