GadgetReview first broke on the scene back in 2002. Yeah, before the days of blogs and cheap servers. The site was built on a custom content management system and due to resource constraints went dead. The site was relaunched in 2005 as a gadget blog containing a mix of daily news and occasional reviews. Today, GadgetReview covers the latest gadget news, reviews and tech deals. The site is owned and operated by Christen da Costa and supported by a small, but hungry team of writers.
Christen da Costa – Founder
Born and raised in Lincoln, MA (a small Boston suburb) Christen has been pushing buttons (the human and mechanical type) since a small kid. He completed a film degree at Emerson college only to find that the industry wasn’t for him. He soon pursued an online career managing affiliate programs for handful of top retailers until going full time on GadgetReview. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles, CA for great weather and to absorb the emerging tech scene. His favorite gadgets are his iPhone, Macbook and Dell 22-inch LCD monitor. To contact Christen write: christen [at] gadgetreview [dot] com
James Pikover – Smartphone/Laptops/Apple Reviews Editor
Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights at other people’s houses, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button he ever saw. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed. They call it ‘pushing their buttons’ for a reason.
That love of button pressing grown more sophisticated, from playing with simple radios to testing cellphones, game consoles, computers and much, much more. His love of causing a nuisance has evolved into interviewing product makers into submission, until they have no answers. But the search for having fun has never changed – it still bothers the hell out of some people, just the way it should.
James is a product reviewer and tech reporter. He’s written for Gizmodo, Total PC Gaming Magazine, Destructoid, Tom’s Hardware and more, covering consumer tech and videogames. He lives in lovely southern California. James can be reached at james [at] gadgetreview [dot] com.
Shawn Kline –
Outdoor/Home Reviews Editor
Shawn Kline no longer writes for Gadget Review. If you have any questions please email info[at]gadgetreview.
Born in a lazy suburb of Pittsburgh, Shawn was surrounded by machinists. He started learning the trade, until he found it much more fun to tear things apart and see how they worked. While he cut his reviewer’s teeth on video games, he always felt called to do “more”. Fast forward a few years, and while he’s held many positions in the industry (from EIC to Community Manager), it’s only now that he feels completely at home. Shawn lives in the sleepy town of Meadville, Pennsylvania with his girlfriend of five years, his nine year old son, and his two teenage step daughters (18 and 16). While no one can be sure what the future holds, you can bet he’ll be here reviewing for a long time to come.
Kristie Bertucci – Contributor
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can’t live without her MacBook Pro. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies given she’s a work-a-holic. She’s definitely a Mac girl despite not having an iPhone (well not until her upgrade next year). She loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.
Troy Coutu – Deals Editor
I was born and raised in the state of Massachusetts. Spent most of my life in a small town, but regardless am a dedicated PC builder and gamer. Most of the time you’ll find me tinkering with some sort of technology, but when I’m not I spend a good deal of time with friends, writing the best deals here on Gadgetreview, or hosting our weekly live tech show called Tech Talk.
Shawn Sanders - PC Gadgets/Personal Audio Reviews Editor
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For over a decade he’s straddled both the comic book and video game industries, as a journalist, writer, editor, marketing officer and producer. Shawn got his start in tech and games as an editor and Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and The Shroud. When he is not offering his two cents on tech at GR, he’s talking about games and consulting for a number video game and tech companies.
Marshal Rosenthal – Home Theater Reviews Editor
Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture.