May 20, 2019

Today in Gear: HP’s Mobile-First Printer, We Obsess Over a Pocket Knife & More


May 20, 2019 Briefings By

Today in Gear is our daily roundup of all the latest product announcements, drops and deals. Comments or concerns? We’d love to hear from you at tig@gearpatrol.com.


What if a laser printer didn’t have to look like a laser printer? That’s the question HP asked itself when it was developing the Tango X, which certainly diverges from the typical chunky, obtrusive boxes that feel like they only belong in a corporate office. The Tango X sidesteps that with a compact, minimalist design, featuring rounded corners and a woven linen cover, which wraps around the outside of the printer to help the Tango X blend into a room.

On top of its furniture-grade design, the wireless-focused Tango X offers plenty of technical capabilities for printing, scanning and copying, including voice-activated controls. But where this printer really stands out is with the use of HP’s mobile print app to make adjustments or send documents straight from your phone or laptop, a feature set that makes it the perfect addition to your modern home office.

New & Noteworthy Releases

Toyota Already Has Upgrades for the New Supra
Toyota Already Has Upgrades for the New Supra

Toyota released a few TRD upgrades for the 2020 Supra already, but what the performance gains aren't worth the ridiculous price.

This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker
This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker

The Spezialist SeaQ vintage-inspired dive watch is the first in a new family of sport watches from respected German brand Glashütte Original.

The World of Overlanding Is on the Verge of a Seismic Shift
The World of Overlanding Is on the Verge of a Seismic Shift

The Rivian R1T made an appearance at Overland West this past week, marking the first time an all-electric vehicle attended the event.

These Badass Boots Will Take a Beating
These Badass Boots Will Take a Beating

Featuring black rough-out leather and Vibram Gloxi-cut soles.

There Are Only 20 Of This Rad New James Brand Knife
There Are Only 20 Of This Rad New James Brand Knife

Lucas Beaufort and The James Brand combine forces to launch The Hell Gap LTD.

The Aurora Dimmer Switch Cleverly Solves Smart Lightbulbs’ Most Annoying Drawback
The Aurora Dimmer Switch Cleverly Solves Smart Lightbulbs’ Most Annoying Drawback

The Aurora wireless dimmer is not just a dimmer switch. It's also a way to make sure no one accidentally turns off your smart bulbs.


Fresh Deals


Raen Remmy Polarized Sunglasses
Save 50%: Today at Nordstrom, you can save 50 percent on some excellent sunglasses from the California-based brand Raen. Typically these sturdy, high-quality shades would run you upwards of $140 per pair, but thanks to this sale you can grab some before beach season hits for much, much less. Nordstrom carries a whole range of eyewear from Raen — and there are a lot of great options — but if your first priority is a good deal, you can’t go wrong with the polarized Remmy style. — John Zientek


Seiko Baby Monster Dive Watch
Save Over 50%: Right now, you can nab a Seiko 5 SRP48X “Baby Monster” for just $139, which is over half-off an MSRP of $320. The Baby Monster, which is available in both white and orange dials, features now-iconic thick lumed indices and hands, a stainless steel 43mm case with 100m of water resistance, a mineral crystal, a notched unidirectional dive bezel and Seiko’s 4R36 automatic movement with day-date complication, which is viewable via an exhibition case back. — Oren Hartov


Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Sale
Save 25%: If you’ve never heard of Patagonia’s Black Hole duffel bags, you’ve likely spotted one in an airport, foreign train station or strapped to the roof of an overlander. Patagonia built the weather-resistant and sturdy bags to last decades with a rugged TPU-laminated ripstop nylon. They also include removable backpack straps that make carrying one a breeze, even when it’s fully loaded.

The 60-liter version is arguably the most versatile size; it’s big enough to pack everything you’ll need for a weekend or a week, and it still fits into the overhead bins on planes. We’ve put this bag through its paces on all kinds of adventures, from a ski weekend in Vermont to a month-long trip to Ecuador. It’s one of the best rugged duffel bags available, and right now it’s also 25 percent off at REI through May 27th. — Tanner Bowden

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Adidas Ultraboost Sale
Save 20%: Pick up a pair of Adidas’s feel-good running sneakers for just $144 today. The Adidas Ultraboost is normally $180 but is 20 percent off. Here at Gear Patrol, the Boost sneakers we’ve tested have been some of our favorites — including the Solarboost — one of our best new running shoes of 2019, that’s also 50 percent off today, too. The hype around the new Adidas Ultraboost 19 is real, which means the original Ultraboost has been on sale quite frequently this year, but who know how long that will last. It’s responsive, so each footfall is soft yet fast. You can’t go wrong with a Boost purchase. — Meg Lappe

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Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Portable Power Station
Save 25%: Goal Zero’s Yeti 1000 is one of the best portable power stations you can buy and today you can score a pretty rare deal on one. The normally $1,100 battery is down to just $825 right now on REI’s website; plus shipping is free if you pick it up at your nearest brick-and-mortar REI store.


Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can
Save $20: Simplehuman’s top-of-the-line Rectangular Step Trash Can is engineered to last 150,000 steps (about 20 years of normal use); it features patented technology that dampens the noise from opening and closing the lid; its internal hinge is designed in such a way that you can place it against the wall without scratching it; and, perhaps most importantly, it’s airtight and keeps foul odors at bay.


Apple AirPods (First Generation)
Save $30: Apple introduced its second-generation AirPods a few months ago and, in doing so, started to phase out its original AirPods. As for comparison, the new AirPods are a little better than the originals — they can pair quicker to your iPhone and you can just say “Hey Siri” to initiate the voice assistant (no double tap needed) — but they look and sound the same. The good news is that since the new models are here, you’re going to see more frequent deals on the original AirPods. For example, you can buy them for $129 on eBay right now, which saves you $30. Essentially, if you don’t want to pay the $159 premium for AirPods, you don’t absolutely have to.


Today on Gear Patrol

8 Places to Explore With Dad and the Gear You Need to Bring Along
8 Places to Explore With Dad and the Gear You Need to Bring Along

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8K TVs Are the Future. Should You Upgrade Now or Wait?
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Here's what you need to know about the current state of 8K TVs.

The First Solar-Powered Watch Was Far Ahead of Its Time
The First Solar-Powered Watch Was Far Ahead of Its Time

The Synchronar 2100, developed by an ambitious engineer way back in 1972, anticipated technology that's commonplace today.

Meet the Man Rehabbing the Best Mid-Century Design on Oahu
Meet the Man Rehabbing the Best Mid-Century Design on Oahu

John Reyno left his life in California to spend his days refurbishing mid-century furniture in Hawaii. See his life behind the scenes.

The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for Dad
The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

If you let Father's Day sneak up on you and find yourself needing a great gift shipped in a hurry, we've got you covered with ideas for all kinds of dads.

The 6 Best Coffee Makers of 2019
The 6 Best Coffee Makers of 2019

The best coffee maker is the one that fits your kitchen, budget and style, but never compromises on excellent coffee.

This Tiny Knife Made Me Change the Way I Think About Pocket Knives
This Tiny Knife Made Me Change the Way I Think About Pocket Knives

I used to think that small pocket knives weren't practical enough. Now, my favorite knife is the size of a USB stick.

The Best Budget Father’s Day Gifts for Any Dad
The Best Budget Father’s Day Gifts for Any Dad

If you're willing to think outside the box and give Dad something that's thoughtful and well-made (or just plain fun) you can make his face light up for less than a Benjamin.

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