Guides


Guide: Awesome Coffee Gear

Let’s assume you’re interested in brewing awesome coffee on a regular basis. Making great coffee from home is almost entirely a matter of having decent gear, fresh beans, and a recipe. The bulk of this guide focuses on the gear. … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to iPhone Travel Gear

The iPhone is a fantastic, portable computer that’s almost always connected to the Internet. As such, it makes for a fantastic travel companion. It’s a once a concierge, a storage cabinet, a camera and so much more. A few accessories … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to Backyard Cooking

In this guide to essential grilling equipment, we aim to list the best gear needed for grilling and smoking meat. Alas, we don’t have any suggestions for a security system that will keep the neighbors away during dinner time. Below … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to Research Implements

Our guide to research tools aims to help equip you with the tools needed to best organize your research projects, whether it be for a tech purchase, a home project, a blog article, or even a school paper. Apps for … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are no longer an old man’s game. Whether you are a complete novice or an ink-stained guru, here are our favorite fountain pens for each type of user. Starters: The Lamy Safari Though there are easy-to-find disposable fountain … (More)

The Battle of the Buds

Apple’s newish, poorly-named EarPods are more comfortable than their old built-in white earbuds, but I still don’t enjoy wearing them for any amount lengthy amount of time. Mostly because I have tiny ear canals and the white ear pieces that … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to Fine-Tip Gel Ink Pens

Digital-shmigidal. Who doesn’t still appreciate quality analog products like a good pen? Here is a look at some of the best fine-tip gel ink pens you can buy. Pilot Hi-Tec-C The pen that launched a thousand Kickstarter Campaigns. The Pilot … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to Cable Management

While the cables under your desk might not be as plentiful as the ones above, there’s no reason your home or office can’t be as neat and tidy as a professionally-built network room. The principals of cable management are pretty … (More)

The Tools & Toys Guide to a Paperless Office

“Going paperless” is one of those terms that gets tossed around the Internet. While the term is often used rather vaguely, we here at Tools & Toys have the advice you need to make the idea of leaving paper behind … (More)