The MOVO UM700 USB Desktop Microphone is the ideal tool for creators that plugs directly into your PC without any extra set-up or programs to download. The microphone’s adjustable polar patterns allows users to record a variety of recording types in various settings like recording music, live streaming, vlogging, podcasting, and conference calls.
Use the “stereo” setting to record music; then switch it to the “bidirectional” to record a two-person podcast. You can also switch it to the more directional “cardioid” setting to record a voiceover or “omnidirectional” to capture audio from all directions.
The mic gives you high-quality audio that captures 48kHz/16 Bit broadcast quality sound resolution, latency-free, with a powerful frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz.
The UM700 USB Desktop Microphone features a solid metal build, triple mic capsule array, gain control, headphone monitoring, headphone volume control, mute button, a desktop swivel stand and 5/8″ thread for mounting.
MOVO UM700 USB Desktop Microphone Product Review:
When you unbox the MOVO UM700 Microphone you will find, the microphone, USB cable, and user manual. After unboxing the next step was setting up the microphone following the below steps.
- Unscrew the knobs on both sides, adjust the microphone to the desired angles, then screw the knobs clockwise to tighten the microphone.
- Plug the mini USB cable into the USB port of the microphone.
- Connect the other plug into the available USB port of your PC.
- Connect your headphone to the 3.5mm headphone output (if needed)
Following connecting the microphone to my PC the next step was going into my “Settings” to properly set it up. Please note my PC runs Windows 10 so the below are instructions using that OS. If you do not have Windows 10, the user guide also gives you instructions on how to connect via Windows 8 and Apple iOS.
After going into “Settings,” I chose the “Sound” option. Within the “Sound” settings, my next step was choosing the “Speaker UM700” as the output device in the drop-down box. The last step within settings is to select “Microphone UM700” as the input device.
Once I completed the set-up, I tested the audio but first I did an audio clip of my PC’s internal microphone so you can hear the difference in sound.
Audio Clip with PC
Next, I did audio clips of the Stereo, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bi-directional patterns.
Audio Clip of UM700 Stereo Pattern
Audio Clip of UM700 Cardioid Pattern
Audio Clip of UM700 Omnidirectional Pattern
Audio Clip of UM700 Bi-directional Pattern
As you can tell there is a huge difference between the PC internal microphone versus the MOVO UM700 USB Microphone, especially in the 4 different patterns. Out of all the patterns, I think the one I would use more frequently would “Stereo” as my voice just sounded better in my opinion (though I know that pattern is usually used for recording music).
All in All, I found setting up the UM700 USB Microphone to be a very simple process and recording was a breeze. If you are looking for a quality USB microphone for live streaming, vlogging, podcasting, conference calls and recording music that won’t break the bank the MOVO UM700 USB Microphone is a great buy!
The MOVO UM700 USB Microphone retails for $99.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.movophoto.com/products/movo-um700-usb-microphone-with-adjustable-polar-patterns?_pos=9&_sid=40da1aabe&_ss=r.
The Coral UV 2 Sanitizer with eco-friendly UV-C LED technology is the world’s first UV multitask device that sanitizes, filtrates, and smart-dries, all-in-one. While most sanitizers just sanitize, the Coral UV 2 eliminates the harmful contaminants completely and is reinforced to provide dual layers of protection for the user.
In just 10 minutes, the device kills up to 99.9% of harmful germs by using 12mw LED lights that are SIX times more powerful than any other LED sanitizers. Furthermore, the Coral UV 2 captures 99% of airborne contaminants such as dirt, dust and vapor, ensuring that only clean air enters the sanitizer.
The Coral UV 2 can be used to sanitize your daily items like a wallet, keys, phone, mask, desk accessories, small electronics and more. It comes with a wire chamber for your smaller items that need to be sanitized. The smart-dry feature dries washable items such as: baby bottles, CPAP masks, and toys. The dryer ensures a safe temperature that reaches up to 140F/60C to dry without damaging your belongings.
Coral UV 2 Product Review:
We recently received the Coral UV 2 Sanitizer to review just before the Kickstarter Campaign was launched on April 7, 2021. The Coral comes with the sanitizer/dryer device, 3 HEPA Filters, wire basket and the user manual. On top of the device you will find the control panel that includes On/Off, Sanitize + Dry, Sanitize Only, and 24-Hour Storage plus a LED screen that indicates time.
The “Sanitize + Dry” function sanitizes within the first 10 minutes, followed by a drying cycle for a specific time. With the “Sanitize Only” function, the setting runs with UV lights only and is recommended for items that cannot be washed or need to be dried. For the “24-Hour Storage” function, the setting runs a 50 minutes “Sanitize + Dry” cycle followed by a 2 minute “Sanitize only” cycle every 2 hours for the next 24 hours.
To get started with the Coral UV 2 and before starting the first sanitize cycle I needed to follow the below steps:
- Use a damp cloth and gently wipe the chamber.
- Use a dry cloth to ensure there are no water droplets remaining.
- Securely close the lid and press the power button to start.
- Run an empty sanitizer + dry cycle for 70 minutes.
Please note before placing items in the Coral chamber to start your first cycle you must follow these rules:
- Remove all lids and separate all parts of the products
- Remove excess water from all objects
- All openings must be facing up or sideways
- Ensure there is adequate spacing between objects
- Flip large items and repeat the cycle to sanitize other sides
First Cycle “Sanitize Only”
Next, it was time to start my first sanitize cycle, again, I followed the below steps first by using the “Sanitize only” function.
- Place items in the Coral that only need to be sanitized and not dried.
- Securely close the lid and press the power button to start.
- Press one of the functions located on the control panel. For this demo I chose “Sanitize Only.”
- The button and the number of 10, 15 or 20 minutes will blink on the display.
- Continue pressing the function button until you reach the desired number of minutes.
- Stop pressing the button and wait for the timer to sop blinking.
- The cycle will start and run for the specified time.
In this demo I used my Amazon Luna controller, Amazon Fire Stick, 1More ComfoBuds, Samsung Smartphone, car keys and sunglasses to fill the Coral.
Santize + Dry
When using the “Sanitize + Dry” function you follow the above steps but instead choose the “Sanitize + Dry” button and choose between 40, 50, 60 and 70 minutes. In this demo I used 12 empty canning jars since I make homemade jam!
The same goes for the 24-hour storage function but instead choosing the “24-Hour Storage” button. In this function you only have one time to pick from (50 minutes “Sanitize + Dry” cycle followed by a 2 minute “Sanitize only” cycle).
The Coral comes with three replacement HEPA Filters. To remove the filter, simply twist the arrow to the unlocked position with a coin or a flat object. To secure the filter, twist the arrow to point towards the locked position. *Child-proof filter locks prevents the little ones from accidentally opening the filter.
Given the need to sanitize everything now more than ever, the Coral UV 2 is a great buy for families and busy homes, especially while most of us are still working from home! I especially recommend this products for new moms needing to sanitize baby bottles on the regular.
As stated above the Coral UV 2 was launched on Kickstarter with a $5,000 goal to be fulfilled by May 12, 2021 and an early bird special of $119.00. To back the campaign, please visit: https://bit.ly/3dnTT4a.
Source: Coral UV
Let’s be honest, applying makeup on the go is a challenge, especially if you are in flight, in the back seat of a taxi or touching up between meetings. MISS SWISS is a multi-functional hard shell makeup case with individual holders to prevent makeup spillage.
A major reason for makeup spillage is due to friction of the makeup items’ lids. MISS SWISS prevents friction of the makeup items’ lids as each makeup item is held in a holder preventing them from rubbing against each other or other items.
The case is 7.25 inches long 4.25 inches wide and 1.25 inches deep with a large acrylic mirror to help with makeup application.
MISS SWISS Product Review:
We received the MISS SWISS to review and at first, I was confused on why I would need something like this as it was a tad larger than I thought but there is a reason for this!
MISS SWISS is easy to get started with, just open the lid, remove the protective film from the mirror and gently move holders to upright position. There are four holders within the case, small, medium, large and extra-large.
Next just insert corresponding sized makeup into each holder, gently pivot holders to original position, close lid, enjoy and mix and match makeup as needed. If you are curious which brands of makeup fit in each holder the MISS SWISS site has a great list of various sized cosmetics located here: https://www.missswiss.com/pages/makeup-fixed.
MISS SWISS has pivoting holders that allow makeup wearers an “extra hand” to hold the base of the makeup item while they apply their makeup. The mirror on the inside lid also allows makeup wearers to see where they are applying their makeup when they need it.
After putting my makeup on the MISS SWISS, I realized why it’s a tad large as the size is needed to hold the various sized makeup in place.
I unfortunately some of the makeup I wear (like Fenty’s Match Sticks) did not fit in the holders however my mascara, eyeliner, and rollerball fit perfectly. I suppose this means I need to purchase more round makeup applicators.
MISS SWISS comes in Monaco Pink, Silhouette Black, Blue Hydrangea, Fiolet Purple, and Summertime Shandy Yellow. MISS SWISS retails for $30.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.missswiss.com/.
Source: MISS SWISS
ECOFREAKS, a producer of quality sanitizers made in the USA, is dedicated to providing your family with hand sanitizers that fit all your needs all while partnering with eco-friendly non-profits. Throughout the year most of us have had to deal with hand sanitizers that dry out our hands, made from strong-smelling alcohol (like the brands made from Tequila or Vodka) or are not strong enough and a tad runny. It’s been one rough year for using hand sanitizers during the pandemic, to say the least.
ECOFREAKS makes their hand sanitizer with 80% Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic, and aloe; plus, scented options like peppermint, orange, or unscented. Humbly made in the USA, ECOFREAKS products kill 99.9 percent of the most common germs. FDA Registered & CDC Compliant
ECOFREAKS Product Review:
Recently ECOFREAKS sent me their Scent Free Family pack to review. Perfect for a decent sized family, the bundle includes (1) 12 OZ bottle w/ pump + (1) 6 OZ bottle w/ flip cap + (1) keychain bottle + (12) on-the-go sachets. All items feature their Scent Free formula and ships in a decorative drawstring bag for easy gifting.
ECOFREAKS Hand Sanitizer 12 OZ bottle is packaged with a single pump and perfect for the counter top at home or at the office.
The ECOFREAKS Hand Sanitizer 6 OZ bottle w/ flip cap is ideal for at home as well but it also fits in the cup holder of your car.
The ECOFREAKS Hand Sanitizer keychain bottle with the rubber casing is great to attach to your back pack, belt bag, purse (if your ok with that look) or travel luggage.
The single use 2 ml sachets (packets) to stuff in a pocket, school backpack, lunch box, gym bag or purse!
The fantastic thing about ECOFREAKS you’ve pumped the last drop of your hand sanitizer, keep the bottle and simply order a refill pouch for a “freaky” deal that helps sustain a better environment.
ECOFREAKS is focused on helping the environment by partnering with How2Recycle, One Tree Planted, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The iLive Electronics’ sleek and lightweight 29” HD Soundbar is a great audio addition to your home that connects via Bluetooth, aux in, or RCA input. With a cloth speaker grill, the iLive Soundbar can be set on a stand or a desk and also wall mountable with a wireless range of 60 feet.
It comes with right side controls on the Soundbar which include power, volume, Bluetooth pair buttons and a 3.5mm audio cable line in. Also, on the right side of the SoundBar in the back, you will find the DC power port, aux-in and optical audio input.
Additionally, the Soundbar can be controlled by a remote with the power, mute, Bluetooth pairing, aux/line-in, optical, skip back/forward, play/pause and volume buttons.
The iLive Soundbar is easy to pair and set up with no app needed, just your Bluetooth if you are connecting wirelessly.
Review of the iLive Soundbar:
As you unbox the iLive Soundbar you will find the 29” HD Soundbar, a remote control, RCA stereo audio cable, mounting hardware, AC/DC power adapter and user’s guide.
To power on the Soundbar connect the AC/DC adapter into the DC input located on the right backside of the unit to a standard wall outlet. The Soundbar will say “Power On” when it’s powered on and the red light indicator on the front will turn on.
Before powering on I set up the Soundbar on my office desk. After powering on, the first thing I did was try pairing via Bluetooth to my PC. Pairing to multiple devices is simple, as you do not need to download an app, just make sure in your Bluetooth setting are “on” and able to add a new device.
To pair the devices you can either press the pairing button on the Soundbar itself or with the remote’s Bluetooth pairing button. The Soundbar will say “Bluetooth is connecting” and once your device is found it will say “Bluetooth connected.” The first Soundbar pairing I did was with my PC.
I then tested out the sound all the way to the max.
Next I tested with my iPhone in a new area of my condo.
Lastly I tried my hands at installing it via Aux In to my bedroom TV that has never really had one before so that was a new experience. To connect via Aux In you will need to use the RCA cable provided and connect the corresponding white/red jacks into the Aux inputs on the Soundbar and audio outputs on the TV. After that it’s fully connected!
All and all, the sound quality, setup and ease of use of the iLive 29” HD Soundbar is better than what you expect for the price point of only $39.99.
To purchase the iLive 29” HD Soundbar please visit: https://iliveelectronics.com/speakers/soundbars/29-hd-sound-bar-with-bluetooth.html.
The Nooie Cam 360 is a 360-degree Wireless IP Camera that automatically senses and tracks actions in your home that can be used as a baby monitor, WiFi pet indoor camera, nanny camera or home security. The Nooie Cam features a 1080P HD camera lens and two 940nm infrared LEDs that allows it to have night vision up to 32ft (10m) in pitch-black. It has a 101° field of view that rotates 355°horizontally and 94°vertically.
With Nooie’s two-way audio, users can listen and talk to family or pets with built-in anti-noise mic and speaker. It offers 24/7 live streaming with real-time motion and sound alerts plus continuous or motion-detected recording options. Nooie Cam comes with local storage that can store up to 2 weeks of recordings. Secure and reliable cloud storage is also available from Amazon Web Services or you can buy a Micro SD Card separately.
The Nooie Cam setup with the app is easy to install from the App Store or Google play and compatible with 2.4GHz WiFI network. It also works with Alexa/ Google Home.
When you unbox the Nooie 360 Camera you will find the Nooie Cam 360, power adaptor, wall mount and screws and the user manual.
To set up the Nooie Cam, you must scan the QR code located in the user manual to download the Nooie Cam App. After you download the app and create a new account, next you connect the power adaptor to camera then plug into a power outlet.
Once plugged in, wait 15 seconds for the red light to flash then open the app and click “Add Camera” on the front page. It will then give you a list of 4 different Nooie Cams to choose from. After clicking Nooie Cam 360 to pair make sure the camera is turned on and you are connected to WiFi. You may wait up to 15 seconds until the LED indictor light flashes red to show you have paired.
Next you will have a QR code pop-up on the app that you will need to display in front of the Nooie Cam 360 till the LED light turns from flashing red to a steady white. Following the pairing, the next screen will ask to name your camera and then ask to allow access to your microphone. Please note there was a recent firmware update and will need to follow the instructions within the app to continue.
When fully set up in the app, you are directed to your home screen with the LIVE camera feed and 4 options below; record, screenshot, speak and listen. At the upper right-hand corner you will find the settings tab where you can customize your Nooie Cam preferences like motion tracking, night vision, motion/ sound detection and more app settings. The Nooie app sends alerts to your phone when movement has been detected in front of the camera.
Through the app, you can pan and tilt the Nooie camera easily around the room LIVE to monitor, take a picture or video. My first test was panning around the room with the Nooie Cam 360 within the app.
Next, I tested out it’s motion tracking, walking from my front door through my condo to see how quickly it keeps up via my iPhone so you could see the Nooie Cam in action.
I then tested the video recording option within the Nooie App doing the same path.
With the Nooie Cam App you can also link your Alexa to the Nooie 360 Cam. I have to be honest it’s a bit of a process. Through the Alexa App, you need to go to settings, search for “Nooie” and once located enable to use. From there you need to enter your Nooie sign in information, next “Authorize” and now you are successfully linked.
After linking you need to now find/ add the device, in the next screen choose camera as the device, choose the Nooie Brand in the following screen, and finally authorize. By connecting your able to ask Alexa to “Show Nooie Cam.”
I did not test mounting the Nooie Cam 360 but the kit seems fairly easy to use and install.
After testing the Nooie Cam 360, I found it to be a great addition to your smart home, especially if you have kids or pets. It can also pair with other Nooie products as well like the baby monitor or the outdoor security cam.
The Laptop Power Bank by Eggtronic, an Italian electronic company operating worldwide, is a universal 20,000mAh, 63W backup battery. The 63W Universal Power Bank has smart universal USB-C/USB-A Compatibility with two high-power fast-charge ports (USB-C and USB-A Quick Charge 3.0) to deliver power at 2x the speed.
The power bank can charge 3 devices simultaneously with its three power outputs: 1 x 45W USB-C PD, 1 x 18W USB-A Quick Charge 3.0, and 1 x 5W USB-A 2.4A.
With the power bank’s ultra-fast charge, you are able to charge your MacBook*, Macbook Air, iPhones, tablets and other fast charge compatible devices. Perfect for on the go or traveling, the power bank is covered in soft waterproof linen canvas and a soft touch frame. The LCD display shows the remaining battery life to keep you well-informed of how much charge the power bank has.
Eggtronic sent us the Laptop Power Bank to review and in perfect time as Texas experienced a catastrophic winter storm causing many folks to lose power all over the state! When unboxing the product you will find the Laptop Power Bank, USB-C to USB-C cable (3ft/0.91m), USB-C to USB-A adapter tip, user manual.
After unboxing I immediately charged the power bank using its USB-C output port and connecting the included USB-C cable to a power adapter. As stated above the power bank has 3 different power outputs to charge from. You will know it’s fully charged when the LCD display shows “100” (if the LCD display isn’t on just press the power button on the side of the power bank).
Once it was fully charged, it was time to test it on my HP Laptop and iPhone. With my HP Laptop, it can be charged with the USB-C cable and with the USB-C cable connected to the USB-A adapter tip by connecting it to the power bank’s USB-C output.
To test the power bank with my iPhone I connected my USB-C to Lightning Cable to the USB-C output.
Next to test it’s multiple charging capabilities, I connected both my laptop and my iPhone to the power bank. To do this I used my iPhone’s lighting cable to connect to the USB-C on the power bank like above and for my laptop I used the USB-A adapter tip connected to the power bank with the USB-C cable.
Since we were in the midst of rolling power outages in Texas, this power bank was a life saver to keep our electronics charged throughout the winter storm! Not only is the product ideal for traveling it’s also great for unforeseen emergencies like power outages due to an epic winter storm.
The Eggtronic’s Laptop Power Bank retails for $69.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.einova.com/shop/laptop-power-bank-canvas/.
Given the current times of the pandemic, staying safe and healthy is critical especially if you are currently sheltering at home alone and your loved ones are located elsewhere. Introducing SelfSafe, a USB emergency identification bracelet designed to protect you and your family, wherever you are.
SelfSafe has a removable 8GB drive that holds all your important information: medical, financial, insurance, and more. It attaches and snaps on the back of the bracelet. After attaching the drive to the Selfsafe the bracelet, the adjustable band is easy to snap into place for all day wear.
SelfSafe is PC-compatible and a simple drag-and-drop features make adding and updating information easy. Everything you enter into SelfSafe is secure because it’s encrypted and password-protected. It’s not in the cloud nor do you need an Internet connection, in face no one can access your information if the bracelet is misplaced.
How To Set Up:
When you unbox the SelfSafe you will find the bracelet and the 8GB drive and that’s it. The user guide for the SelfSafe is located on the 8GB drive. To get started you must plug in the 8GB drive to your USB port on your computer.
Within the SelfSafe drive, double click on the file named “StartSelfSafe.” Next, enter the password “Safety1st” in the EasyLock Login window. (Note: It is case sensitive.) SelfSafe comes set up with a default password for use when accessing the device for the first time. Click “Login.” In the next window, read the End User License Agreement and choose “Accept” if you agree to the terms.
After such need to change the password. For safety reasons, SelfSafe strongly recommends that you change the default password of your device. To do this, click on “Options” in the menu of the EasyLock navigation window, then choose “Change Password” from the dropdown menu.
The next step requires Adobe Reader to be installed on your computer and that it is your default pdf viewer. To open SelfSafe, double click on “SelfSafe.pdf,” located on the right side of the EasyLock navigation window. Make sure it has opened in Adobe Reader or SelfSafe may not work properly.
It is now time to set up your SelfSafe bracelet by entering your first, middle and last names in the spaces provided on the SelfSafe home screen.
After you’ve entered your name on the Home page, click on Emergency in the main menu bar. Begin entering your information by clicking on the black triangle in the Blood Type field.
This will open a drop-down menu containing all blood types and the option “I don’t know.” Choose one. Next, click in the “Date of Birth” field. SelfSafe requires a month, day and 4-digit year in this field. Continue to fill out the remainder of your emergency information on the page. For more information about what to enter in a specific field, hold the cursor over the field and hover.
The next steps require you to enter your Information on the “General Information” tab. When you arrive at the General Information tab, you will see that some of your personal information is already filled in. These were auto-filled from previous categories.
Following the General Information page, the remainder of the pages requires you to enter your personal information in each of the below categories starting with Family History.
Health information about your family members that might be helpful to providers as they care for you. Doctors Contact information for all of your health-care providers so you or other providers can contact them during your travels, or whenever deemed necessary.
A detailed list of your medications, including prescribing physician, what each is treating, dosage, refill instructions and pharmacy contact numbers.
A list of your past and current health conditions, surgical procedures, illnesses and allergies.
Your immunization records and most recent results of health screenings and diagnostic tests.
Account and contact information for all of your insurance policies, as well as contact information for your credit card providers, should cards become lost or stolen.
Information about Medical Power of Attorney, wills and organ donation, as well as descriptions of other fi les you are storing in SelfSafe.
information, including passport number, airline and hotel reservations, and locations and emergency contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates near your travel destinations.
Once you are finished entering personal information into SelfSafe, you will need to save your changes to the SelfSafe encrypted device. You will need to follow the instructions within the user guide (as I did) to make sure you save it to drive and a backup to your PC.
After it’s all set up you’re ready to hit the road with your SelfSafe with all your important and emergency information safely fastened around your wrist.
Overall I think the SelfSafe USB Emergency Identification Bracelet is a great product for those who have cancer, a serious disease, medical problems or allergies that need medical attention ASAP. The amount of information that is stored on the bracelet is extensive and for those with a disease, sickness, or in an urgent medical situation, it could be a lifesaver.
The SelfSafe retails for $29.95 and can be purchased here: https://selfsafe.net/product/selfsafe-usb-bracelet/.
First Look Product Review: Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset with Surround Sound, Head Tracking and Bluetooth
The Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset with Surround Sound, Head Tracking and Bluetooth is the first premium high-end, fully immersive 3D gaming headphones designed for high-end PC gaming. The over-ear gaming headphones are powered by Audeze Planar Magnetic drivers, internationally acclaimed for their superior sound quality.
For these new gaming headsets, Audeze partnered with Waves, the world-leading developer of audio DSP technologies and Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient, to integrate their NX technology into Mobius. Waves NX™ Head-Tracking and 3D Audio technology introduce a final and critical layer of immersion to the listening experience.
Mobius is the first headset ever created to provide a truly believable and fully immersive Surround Sound listening experience with no additional software or hardware required. The 3d Gaming headset is able to process 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound audio with Head Tracking and Room Emulation.
Mobius’s high-quality detachable boom mic and support for USB, Aux, and Bluetooth connections, offers compatibility with a wide range of devices and use cases.
- Planar magnetic drivers for audiophile-grade cinematic sound
- Full 3D emulation with support for popular surround sound modes (7.1/5.1)
- 1000 times/second integrated head tracking
- Anatomy calibration to tailor the sound to the user
- Mobius integrates Waves NX technology for real-time onboard 3D processing
- Wired and Wireless Bluetooth Connections
- Compatible with PC, Mac, Gaming Consoles, and Mobile Devices
Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset Review
We recently received the Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset to review and unboxing the headset is an experience all in it’s own. The box includes:
- Mobius Headphone
- Detachable Microphone
- USB-C to USB-C cable
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Analog 3.5mm cable
- Quick Start Guide
- User Guide and Warranty
- Travel Bag
The Mobius headset comes fully charged out of the box. The power button is located on the left ear cup and once you power on you will hear “Power On.” After I powered them on I was ready to pair them to all my devices. Pairing the headset via Bluetooth is simple by double clicking the power button. Once the headset finds a device you will hear “Pairing.” I paired it with my iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S10 and my PC in no time.
In order to have the 3D experience you must first press the “3D button” on the front of the left ear cup. There are three 3D modes: manual, automatic, or 3D off and to cycle through each you just do long presses the 3D button. I chose manual, which after you center your head and press the 3D button the headset will indicate “centered.”
I first tested Mobius with my iPhone first just with music, which felt like I like I was actually at a Foo Fighters concert due to the Surround Sound Technology. I then tried “Need for Speed” just on my iPhone. After testing that I tried playing “Need for Speed” on my Samsung Galaxy S10 that I broadcasted to my TV with my gaming racing chair and all! The 3D emulation and audiophile-grade cinematic sound was mind blowing.
Next, I tested Mobius on my PC with Apex Legends Season 7 Ascension via steam. I honestly didn’t think the Surround Sound could be better, but it seemed so much more immersive on my PC. Even the 3D experience better! The one thing I loved was the complete noise cancellation, even when not playing music or gaming you can’t here much outside noise.
This is just a first look product review of the Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset as I’m not done reviewing yet. In the next review I will be testing out the Audeze HQ app which allows you to customize your listening experience with personalized HRTF parameters and sound profile selection.
To get the app to work you do need to download the Audeze Reveal+ Plugin and will need DAWs and playback software. I currently have an older version of ProTools so I will be getting the new version to test out this feature. I also need to test the headset out on more games to fully try out the head tracking technology.
While most of us are staying home or working from home more than usual, cybersecurity is very important, especially for those with children. Firewalla Blue Plus is a tiny smart cybersecurity firewall appliance that plugs into any router to enhance the security of home networks, including various smart home devices connected to them that most households now use. It monitors all devices on the network, blocking unwanted sites and ads, with customizable parental controls, and a personal VPN server for security away from home.
Below are Firewalla Blue Features:
- Protects your devices from cyberattacks
- Advanced insights into your network
- Safeguards your personal and business data
- Dynamic content filtering
- Monitors and controls internet usage
- Blocks unwanted ads
- Built-in VPN server and VPN Client
- Simple Smart Queue to reduce latency and congestion
- 500 Mb Packet Processing Power
- 1 YEAR WARRANTY
- 30 DAYS RETURN POLICY
- No Monthly Fee
We received the Firewalla Blue Plus to review which is the Firewalla Blue with a slightly faster processor and 2GB of system memory.
The following features are unique to the Firewalla Blue Plus.
- The ability to block more regions (increased from 3 to 10)
- Simple Smart Queue to manage congestion and buffer bloat
- Docker container support
When you unbox the Firewalla Blue Plus will will find the tiny device, ethernet cable, micro-USB cable to connect to the power source provided. The first step in setting up the Firewalla is downloading the App from the Apple app store or Google Play. After downloading you will need to sign up within the app using your email address to register the product.
Next you will need to wire up the box by connecting the Firewalla box to the main router of your network using the Ethernet cable provided in the package. Then, connect the device to a power source using the Micro-USB cable provided in the package.
Once connected it’s time to pair the Firewalla with your phone. You will know if the Firewalla Box is ready to be paired when you see either ‘+’ or ‘New Firewalla’ icon, or see both icons. Please note, in case you have multiple networks, your phone needs to connect to the same router that your Firewalla box is plugged in. You will also need to make sure the VPN is disabled on your Phone.
It may take up to 5 mins for Firewalla Box to completely boot and upgrade process when powered on.
After the pairing, a setup dialog will appear on the installation wizard. Tap “Continue”, it will automatically set up the device by learning your network. The entire process may take several more minutes.
When fully paired you will be directed to the main dashboard where you can view:
- A chart of your uploads and downloads
- Devices on your network
- Alarms of new activity on your network
- Active Protective Rules
- Smart Queue to prioritize traffic and reduce delays
- Data Usage
- VPN Server settings
- Ad Block
- Parental Control
- Open Ports Reachable from the Internet
- Firewalla Monitoring Mode
- DNS over HTTPS options
I tested out all of the features and found the devices and alarms features were the most useful for my home office. I live downtown in a condo and sometimes other try to connect to our network either on accident or purpose, so that was interesting to view. Connecting to the Firewalla VPN is another great feature for when I get to travel again and need to connect to a secure network.
Within the parently control features, I did test out the social hour block which lets you block social media to all those connected for an hour for family time. I don’t have kids so much of the other parentl control features aren’t really used in my home. If you do have children, this feature is great at monitoring their browsing, social media and gaming.
We utilize several smart home devices connected to our router along with several PCs so if you have a lot of devices used within one home you will get constantly notified. It was a simple fix of changing the notifications options within settings in the app.
Overall, after testing the Firewalla Blue Plus I have learned a lot more about my network, abnormal uploads going on in my home and security threats! If you’re looking for a smart cyber security firewall appliance, the Firewalla Blue Plus is ideal, especially if you have children.
The Firewalla is on sale for $199.00 and can be purchased here: https://firewalla.com/products/firewalla-blue-plus?variant=32071548141635.
Founded in 2018, LastObject’s mission is to eliminate single-use items by creating reusable sustainable alternatives. All their products must have at least 10x real environmental impact vs the traditional single-use products they replace. Since the launch of their first product, the LastSwab, the company has launched several other sustainable alternatives that include the LastTissue and the LastRound. We’ve received all three products to review for Hi-Tech Chic and have recently tested them all out.
LastSwab provides an eco-friendly alternative to the many uses of single-use q-tips without the large environmental footprint. This reusable q-tip comes in two different models for different applications.
General Q-tip Uses
They are both made from durable yet flexible, high quality, and non-toxic materials which are gentle on the skin and easy to clean, in fact, all I had to use was some soap and water. Both LastSwab versions come with a convenient and cornbased carrying case that keeps your reusable q-tip stored away safely. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lastswab.
LastTissue is an eco-friendly alternative to paper tissues and takes 3 times less energy which saves several tons of resources globally. One LastTissue box contains 6 reusable tissues made from 100% organic cotton that fit into a sleek minimal case made with 100% silicone. The case is dishwasher safe and you can wash the tissues 520 times each.
LastTissue was easy to use/ test out by simply taking a tissue from the bottom, use it, and then store it on top of the marked-tissue barrier. Please note, you’ll know you’re on your last tissue when the marked one appears – that means it’s cleaning time. After washing, you repack and use them all over again. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lasttissue.
LastRound is a reusable and sustainable alternative to single-use cotton pads. Out of all of the products test from LastObject, the LastRounds are something I use almost daily. I didn’t even realize how many cotton rounds I use to go through in a week! Every pack consists of 7 reusable cotton pads and a bio-based case. Simply grab a LastRound from the top of the pile, apply some water or other liquid if you prefer, and wipe!
After using the pad, you can wash it by hand or in the washer, just don’t forget your laundry bag! Lastly, put the clean pad under the case to use it again and again. To shop please visit: https://lastobject.com/pages/lastround.
By choosing LastObject’s environmentally friendly, reusable products, you are contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment in our oceans. In celebration of Green November, for each product LastObject sells in November, their partners at Plastic Bank® will prevent 1kg/2lbs of ocean-bound plastic from entering the waterways in vulnerable coastal communities.
Together with Plastic Bank®, LastObject is helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities.
To shop their products during Green November please visit: https://try.lastobject.com/green-november/.
Introducing Cheetah Mobile’s new CheetahTALK Plus Portable AI Real-time Translator that is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo. CheetahTALK Plus provides users with instant two-way translation in 73 languages on a device smaller than a standard smartphone.
The AI Real-time translator provides customers the ability to communicate with 90% of the world with its Microsoft’s automatic speech recognition software and OrionStar AI Technology.
The CheetahTALK Plus 1.54” IPS-LCD touch-screen offers a text-to-speech function to make it easier to learn new words and verify translation results. CheetahTALK Plus weighs 2.7 oz and has an active battery life that lasts up to 12 hours, although the device can be switched to standby for up to 50 days.
Conversations can be recorded for up to two hours and from a distance as far as 3 metres in HD audio with crystal-clear playback due to the dual noise-cancelling microphones. Recordings can be played back on the device with its customized 1.5W speakers or uploaded to a smartphone via Bluetooth.
The CheetahTALK Plus comes with the device, USB charging cord and user guide, which is truly all you need to get started besides downloading the CheetahTALK App.
When I first received the CheetahTALK, I immediately plugged it in to get the full 12-hour charge and downloaded the CheetahTALK app while charging. After powering on, to get started you must have the CheetahTALK app open so the device can sync. (don’t forget to make sure your Bluetooth is on)
Here’s is the video on how to set of the CheetahTALK Plus for the first time.
As you can tell from the video set up was simple and translating between the two languages did not take much time if any. You can also play back your translation on the CheetahTALK as seen below.
After my first test from translating English to French I decided to try a different language to check out the ease of use on the product. Here’s my video of the CheetahTALK Plus translating English to German.
Another feature that the CheetahTALK Plus offers is the recording option by simply using the same middle button that you would use to translate.
After you are finished recording the file will be available to listen to on your smartphone with the CheetahTALK app. Here’s the recoding demo which may give the CheetahTALK team a chuckle.
Overall, I enjoyed reviewing and testing out the CheetahTALK Plus. It’s small enough to fit in my purse, translates in a timely manner and surpassed the 12 hours active battery life by a couple hours. Even though due to the pandemic I won’t be able to use it on my Europe and Mexico trips I had planned for 2020, the CheetahTALK Plus will be my best travel gadget when I travel in 2021!
For a limited time, CheetahTALK Plus is available for an early bird price of $99 on Indiegogo, down from a $199 retail value. Customers can also purchase a 2-pack for $179 for the duration of the campaign, down from a retail price of $399.
To order the CheetahTALK Plus via Indiegogo please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cheetahtalk-plus-portable-ai-real-time-translator#/.
To learn more about Cheetah Mobile please vist: https://www.cmcm.shop/.
Source: Cheetah Mobile, Indiegogo
While we are still social distancing we can still go outside for a walk or work out and what better way to enjoy nature than to listen to music with premium audio. HELM Audio, a British-American venture focused on audio innovation, sent us their Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones to review. With the longest battery life on the market, the HELM Sportsband has 25 hours of playtime featuring IPX5 waterproof technology.
The HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones has audiophile sound quality featuring Qualcomm Bluetooth 5 with APTX HD low latency technology and AAC for the best immersive sound quality available for music, movies and gaming. Featuring true studio-quality sound, the Sportsband Triple Driver Technology captures every musical nuance, crisp highs, smooth mids, and deep bass.
HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones Product Review:
When unboxing the HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones you will find the Sportsband, a custom case and soft carrying case, micro USB cable, quick start guide, 3 extra-sized ear tips, and ear fins.
After unboxing, I charged the earphones via micro USB cable till the LED lights on the earpieces turned from red to blue indicating they were fully charged. After charging to turn on the Sportsband you press the “play” button located on the in-line controller. Once on you will hear “HELM on” and next “HELM Pairing.” The HELM logo located on the earpiece will blink red and blue indicating it’s ready to pair.
Since I have an iPhone, to pair all I had to do is make sure my Bluetooth was turned on and choose HELM Sportsband in settings. You will hear “connected” within the earphones to confirmed that the Sportsband paired.
The audio for these earphones is no joke, it’s phenomenal! Probably the best sound quality I’ve tested for wireless earphones let alone a Sportsband. When working out in downtown Austin I must have the audio on full blast to drown out all the noise and my music of choice is rap or rock so I was blown away on the deep bass! Also, a major plus was that they stayed in my ears and didn’t slip out even when I was running in the heat of the day.
Some of the features I love about the Sportsband is the magnetic earpieces and the ultra-lightweight sportsband which didn’t make me perspire behind my neck. Another great feature are the lighted earpieces, which when working out in the evening (like I occasionally do) helps you be seen in low light conditions. Living downtown and in Austin where people aren’t the best drivers this feature is key, I’ve almost been hit by a car on the regular.
The inline controller has enhanced mic for calls, controls for volume, track changes and voice assistant. I conducted a few phone calls with the earphones and my only complaint was it was too loud, even on the low volume. I love my volume maxed out while working out but not on a call however this is a minor complaint if even that.
Overall, these are the BEST earphones I have tested in a while and I believe they are the best on the market currently with its 25 hours of playtime. If you are looking for the perfect earphones to workout or travel with (when we can again) I would suggest checking out the HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones.
They retail for $129.99 and can be purchased here: https://helmaudio.com/products/sportsband.
**FRONT LINE HEROES SPECIAL OFFER (50% off) – If you are a Teacher, Medical Professional, First Responder, Armed Forces or Veteran stationed in the US, HELM is giving back to help support recharging through music, movies or games and to stay connected to your loved ones.
To learn more about HELM Audio please visit: https://helmaudio.com/.
Source: HELM Audio
Deminuage™ recently sent us their QuickPore™ NanoPen Anti-Aging Rejuvenation & Repair Kit to review and though I am only two weeks into using the kit I wanted to share with you all my initial review. The QuickPore™ NanoPen is a fast, non-invasive at-home microneedling tool that safely and effectively reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smooths skin’s texture, and fades dark circles, pimples, melasma, and blackheads.
Within the kit you will find the NanoPen Prime which has a single-speed and is battery-operated for ease of use and portability. The Prime Pen creates microscopic absorption channels in the skin’s outer layer, making your favorite serum up to 20x more effective within 20 minutes. There is also the NanoPen Lux (sold separately from the kit) is three-speed and rechargeable for more precise and faster treatments.
This kit also features Booster NanoChips, which are made for use 1-2x weekly and are good for achieving even deeper repairs. Pair with their Blanq Brightening Serum to smooth, moisturize, and restore. Please note the NanoPen needs NanoChips to operate and can be used with any facial serum, making it beneficial for all skin types.
When you unbox the kit you will find the NanoPen, NanoChips, Serum, and instructions (which are very helpful). Setting up the pen was simple by just putting the battery, then screwing in one of the Nanochips and pressing the power button. Please note you must fully wash your face before you start using the pen. Here’s the demo video of how to start using the NanoPen.
As you can see it was easy to use and like I said in the video make sure when using the pen you do not go over the same spot more than 3 times. I say less if you have sensitive skin like I do.
Next, it was time to put together the serum bottle and apply it to my skin. It’s key to attach the top to the serum bottle tightly as you don’t want any leaks. Here’s the demo video for applying the serum.
Besides the Daily NanoChips, I’ve also used the Booster NanoChips two times thus far and have noticed that my skin is starting to look more blended and even. After using the NanoPen, the kit comes with a soft case for storage and so you can take it on the go when traveling.
The kit is designed to use for a month and since I’ve only been using it for 2 weeks my results will vary by the time I’m finished. I will be doing a follow-up review after I’ve done the kit for the entire month including before and after pictures.
The QuickPore™ NanoPen Anti-Aging Rejuvenation & Repair Kit retails for only $169.99 and can be found here: https://deminuage.com/collections/pen-kit/products/deminuage-kit-706-nanopen-prime-device-kit.
For more information about Deminuage please visit: https://deminuage.com/.
This summer we announced that 1MORE, a global premium consumer audio company, launched ColorBuds True Wireless Headphones and they sent us a pair to review, in Sakura Pink (though they also come in Midnight Black, Twilight Gold and Spearmint Green). Tuning wireless in-ear headphones audio perfectly is always tricky therefore 1More partnered with Luca Bignardi, a Grammy award-winning sound engineer, to masterfully tune the ColorBuds so you can hear music the way it should be heard.
The 1More Colorbuds come with the earbuds, charging case, ear tips, USB charging cord and user guide. Atfer unboxing it was noticeable that each earbud weighed only 4.1g and including the case at 40.3g this seemed to be the ultra-portable solution, but we had to put them to the test.
The earbuds already came charged in the case (thank you 1More) so as soon as I unboxed them they were ready to pair. After taking them out of the case, with the blue and red LED signals to let you know if it was pairing, it took seconds to connect to my iPhone and my PC but due note it’s one device or another.
The convenient touch controls that were easy to use include answer, end call, play, stop, with a double-tap and voice assistant with a triple tap however there is no skip to the next song. Testing incoming and outcoming calls using the earbuds was crystal clear so using these during your conf. calls or zoom meetings won’t be an issue.
My favorite feature was the smart playback which plays music back automatically THEN pauses when your earbuds are removed and THEN resumes when you put them back on. This is a major bonus for those on the go who have no time to press pause or like me who throws their earbuds in their purse sans the case.
Given the pandemic and where I live currently I wasn’t able to test them out on a run around downtown of Austin but I did chase my dog around my condo & took her out for a walk with the Colorbuds and they stayed in. Though the true test is when they open the parks/downtown again so I can do a proper outdoor workout in 107 degrees in Texas. Stay tuned for an update!
**How to update firmware: https://usa.1more.com/blogs/reviews/how-to-update-the-firmware-on-the-colorbuds. The 1More Colorbuds retail for $99.99: https://usa.1more.com/collections/headphones/products/colorbuds-true-wireless-in-ear-headphones-ess6001t or on Amazon here. They also have a back to school sale sitewide using “SCHOOL20.
1More has solid audio products that we have had the honor to review throughout the years and this product is just another great product that delivers quality. For more information about 1More please visit: https://usa.1more.com/
When using wireless Bluetooth headphones or earbuds there is always a connection issue when using in-flight entertainment or to connect with a device that only uses a 3.5mm jack. The RHA Wireless Flight Adapter is a Bluetooth adapter capable of turning any analogue signal from a 3.5mm device or double 3.5mm flight audio socket into high-fidelity Bluetooth signal compatible with any Bluetooth wireless headphones. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the modular 3.5mm connections retract into the durable adapter casing when not in use.
With 16 hours of playback, the adapter uses the aptX codec with compatible earphones or headphones, enabling Bluetooth streaming with CD-quality audio. aptX Low Latency compatibility also optimises audio sync, ideal for watching video or playing games. A quick tap of the Wireless Adapter’s button allows another headphone to be paired; enabling simultaneous audio playback.
RHA Wireless Flight Adapter Product Review:
RHA sent us their Wireless Flight Adapter to review and though the nation is on lock down and not flying much this adapter can be used for much more than just an in-flight adapter. When I unboxed the Wireless Flight Adapter, I noticed the different ways you can retract the double 3.5mm audio jacks to fit whatever device your connecting to.
Next, I charged it via the USB cord provided in the box till the red LED light on the Wireless Flight Adapter turned white for a full charge. After fully charged it was time to pair the adapter with my RHA wireless Bluetooth headphones. Please note to pair you must first put your wireless Bluetooth headphones in “pairing mode” and the adapter must be OFF.
Once my headphones were paired, I then paired the adapter buy holding the side button for 3 seconds till the LED light started blinking. When pairing your headphones, you will hear a pairing tone and the LED light on the adapter is blue for 3 seconds.
Since I could not test out the adapter in-flight, I decided to test it on my PC without Bluetooth enabled. Immediately after I plugged adapter into my PC’s 3.55mm jack there was sound in my headphones, and in great audio quality I might add!
Key Features Include
- 16 hours battery with USB-C charging
- Compatible with in-flight entertainment, portable gaming, gym machines and more
- Simultaneously broadcast to two headphones
- Bluetooth 5.0 streaming
- High-fidelity aptX™ and aptX Low Latency
- Modular single 3.5mm or dual 3.5mm inputs
- Signature RHA international 3-year warranty
What’s in the Box
- Wireless Flight Adapter
- USB-A to USB-C charging cable
I fully intend on writing a second review for the RHA Wireless Flight Adapter once we are all safe to fly again, till then I will be using it at home.
To purchase or learn more about the RHA Wireless Flight Adapter please visit: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/headphones/accessories/cables-and-adapters/wireless-flight-adapter.The RHA Wireless Flight Adapter: Bluetooth 5 Audio Transmitter can also be purchased on Amazon.
SUAVS is an Austin-based shoe company that makes sustainable sneakers made with an average of 8 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and 100% vegan materials. SUAVS creates stylish and comfortable shoes featuring a breathable design and sweat-wicking technology that are lightweight. Their new proprietary sustainable knit fabric is softer and more comfortable than the competition without sacrificing on style!
Legacy High-Top Sneaker Product Review:
Recently SUAVS sent us their Legacy high-top sneaker in olive green to review for Hi-Tech Chic!
After unboxing the sneakers, I noticed right away how ultra-soft and very lightweight they were and unexpectedly I liked the olive-green color.
After trying them on I immediately thought these will be my new festival and live show shoes as they were so comfortable and fit perfectly. The soft and breathable fabric makes them versatile so you don’t necessarily need to wear socks.
I personally doubt you will get new shoe blisters with the Legacy sneakers, unlike when you purchase new athletic shoes.
The Legacy can also be your travel shoes go-to since they pack flat, which for an over-packer like myself is ideal!
The digitally knitted high-top sneaker can be dressed up like boots, worn like sneakers, and feel like comfy socks, I chose the jean shorts route!
Below are the full product specs of the Legacy Sneakers:
- Soft and Comfortable Digital Knit
- Breathable Fabrics
- Wide, Natural Toe Box
- Rubber toe cap keeps your toes dry in rainy weather.
- Moisture Wicking Insoles (For wearing with or without socks)
- Washable & Dries Quick
- Removable & washable polyfoam insole is covered with microfiber terry for moisture absorption.
- Flexible, stitched Rubber Sole
- Packs Flat (Perfect for any bag or your travels)
- Made with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Threads
I originally received these from SUAVS in hopes of me wearing them during Austin’s SXSW 2020 and upcoming festival season but due to the COVID-19, I didn’t get to sport them yet.
I have however been wearing them on my porch while I practice social distancing and while it’s getting hot in Austin, these shoes are very breathable!
Hopefully, in Fall 2020 I will get to try them out during Austin’s ACL Music Festival b/c the Legacy sneakers would be perfect, especially on the hot or wet days!!
SUAVS The Legacy retail for $110.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.suavshoes.com/collections/women/products/womens-the-legacy?variant=31202478358551.
SUAVS was created in 2015 with one goal in mind: to create the most comfortable, stylish, and versatile shoe imaginable. Headquartered in Austin, TX, SUAVS has debuted three styles of lightweight, easy to clean, easy to transport shoes for men and women that can truly go anywhere and do anything. Whether you are traveling, hiking or running errands, SUAVS will be your go-to, all-in-one shoe.
Beginning in 2020, all SUAVS shoes are being manufactured with 100% recycled knit. By mid-2020, all new launches and current SUAVS styles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, the brand is committed to further expanding their sustainable practices including:
- 100% vegan materials, even down to the glue used.
- Donating all unsold SUAVS footwear to organizations such as Soles4Souls and LifeWorks.
- Sustainable production to reduce material waste during manufacturing.
- SUAVS’ shoe boxes are dual purpose as they function as the initial shipping box and return packaging.
For more information go to suavshoes.com.
Comfy is a wearable plush blanket that keeps you warm & cozy with the fit of an oversized hoodie. Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, it’s the original invention by 2 brothers who pitched the concept on the show & received backing from Barbara Corcoran. The name itself says it all, you can pull your legs into the plush fluffy sherpa to cover yourself completely on the couch, roll the sleeves up to make yourself a snack, & move around freely without it dragging on the floor.
The Comfy Lite Product Review:
Recently Comfy sent me their newest product the ‘Comfy lite’ in Heather Pink to review while we have been sheltering in place in Texas for the past month. Talk about perfect timing! The new Comfy Lite is the lightest luxurious Comfy yet with a single layer of luscious microfiber that’s so soft, you’ll feel like you’re wearing a baby blanket. I loved the one size fits all oversized comfortable design which is a great fit for almost all shapes & sizes.
In a time where we are binge-watching TV series and movies, the Compy Lite is your ideal go-to while couch surfing or lounging around your home.
- Features: single-layered, huge hood, giant front pocket, high low hem, and ribbed cuffed sleeves
- Care-Free Wash: toss it in the wash then tumble dry on low – it comes out like new
- Contents: long fleece microfiber. 100% polyester
- Free 30 Day Return/Refund Policy
I’ve rather enjoyed lounging around with the Comfy Lite, it’s so comfortable and a staple now in my living room! The Comfy Lite retails for $39.99 and can be purchased here: https://thecomfy.com/collections/the-comfy-convertible-sweatshirt-blanket/products/new-the-comfy-lite?variant=32444540485771.
The Comfy® brand has partnered together with Susan G Komen® and in 2019-2020, they will donate to Susan G. Komen $50,000.00 regardless of sales. #COMFYCARES💕
To learn more about the Comfy Brand please visit: https://thecomfy.com/.
Save the Girls is an innovative purse company with a unique design that allows owners to use their cell phones to text, answer calls and other smartphone functions while still in their purse. During these interesting times this is not only convenient, but it keeps your phone clean of germs from setting your phone on unclean surfaces or handling it as much in your hands Recently STG sent us their fashionable Timeless Touch Screen purse in Warm Grey for my iPhone 11 Pro Max to review.
STG Timeless Purse Product Review:
The STG Timeless purse in warm grey has a convenient, interactive touch screen backing and is an elegant wallet purse with a classy silver fasten in the front. It comes with a shoulder strap to be worn as a crossbody or traditional purse.
When I received the STG Timeless purse and unboxed it, I was impressed, especially for the price point of $42.00! The beauty of this purse is the touch screen pocket size easily works with all smartphones, even plus phones like mine!
I’m not one to populate every pocket or department of a purse or wallet so after fitting my iPhone 11 Pro Max in the pocket I filled it simply with a few cards, sunglasses and makeup must-haves with room to spare. The STG Timeless Purse has 10 credit card slots, two extra pockets for a checkbook or cash, plus a change purse and two deep pockets for keys and makeup.
Unfortunately due to social distancing, I have yet to flaunt this bag in front of my friends and only in my condo or to the grocery store but can’t wait till I can.
I love that it can be worn as a crossbody or as a traditional purse, making it the perfect transition purse from daywear to evening wear. As a lady who lives downtown with a busy schedule this is ideal!
- The touchscreen window allows Smartphone use. Make calls, answer texts and use social media through the protective, see-through touchscreen backing
- Pockets for keys, 10 credit cards, money or other items
- Shock-resistant, lightweight, stylish, 1 middle zipper pocket
- Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
- Made of durable faux leather
- Compatible with Smartphones between 4 1/2 inches wide to 6 3/4 inches tall
- Interior Dimensions: 7.0 inches x 4 1/4 inches x 2 inches
- Exterior Dimensions: 7 3/4 inches x 5 inches x 2 inches
- Adjustable strap length can range from 29 inches to 62 inches
The STG Timeless purses come in black, warm grey, navy blue, leopard brown, leopard grey, Egyptian gold, dazzling blue, precious pewter, and first blush. The STG Timeless purses retail for $42.99 and can be found here: https://savethegirls.com/collections/allstyles/products/timeless.
STG has several different purse styles and colors from $30.99 and above to fit all your phone carrying needs. Also, Save the Girls donates 10% of their profits to breast cancer research. To shop STG purses please visit: https://savethegirls.com/.
Source: Save The Girls
In these unprecedented times now would be a great time for people to check out emergency roadside kits for their car because you never know when you’ll be facing an emergency, especially if you’re an essential employee who needs to commute. Recently, GadgetPlus, a global leader in innovative auto products, announced the debut of its second-generation AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Car Jump Starter and the launch of their Kickstarter campaign.
Autowit’s SuperCap 2 is a great addition to your car emergency and/or home preparedness kit as it won’t require charging a lithium-ion battery overnight to operate. Instead, SuperCap 2 is a supercapacitor jump starter that uses your car’s dead battery to charge so your car is always running during emergencies.
Unlike traditional jump starters that require to be pre-charged before use, AUTOWIT SuperCap2 Jump Starter uses a car’s weak battery power, or any other external power resource, to charge itself first before jumpstarting a car instantly. Its supercapacitor technology activates power physically to keep users from risk of sparks or explosion. Therefore, pre-charging at home is not required, although the function is available to instantly charge within a few minutes from any power outlet.
AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter is compatible with most car types (Up to 7.0L Gas/4.0L Diesel Engine), offering 800A Peak/600A Instant Jump power. In the box, you will find the jump starter, alligator clamps, cigarette lighter, USB charging cable and carrying case.
After a short pre-charge, Autowit can be connected to jump-start your own car. All you do is connect the alligator clamps to the jump starter and the dead battery. Next turn on the jump starter using the button located on the side. Once connected accordingly then you start your vehicle and begin charging.
Lastly, once the vehicle has a full charge you can detach and store it in your trunk. As you can see it’s so small making it easy to store in most vehicles.
Generally, a lithium-ion battery jump starter has a lifespan of 2 to 4 years. However, AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter has a longer lifespan up to 20 years. Thanks to its built-in supercapacitor, the starter can withstand more than 100,000 times frequently repeated use in its lifetime.
It can also work in extreme temperature conditions (-40℃/40℉) during snowstorms or blizzards and resist high temperature (70℃/158℉), e.g. desert dry-heat environment. If your car battery is totally dead, don’t worry. SuperCap 2 can be applied to other quick pre-charge alternatives.
The AUTOWIT SuperCap 2 Jump Starter is available at a discounted $89 ($149 MSRP) Super Early Bird Special via a Kickstarter campaign, please visit Kickstarter for more information https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/autowit/supercap-2-car-jump-starter?ref=baemz2&utm_source=Hi-Tech%20Chic.
GadgetPlus is a global personal electronics brand providing consumers worldwide high-quality, elegantly-designed smart devices engineered with the latest innovations in technology matched with precision craftsmanship. GadgetPlus commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of our lifestyle products to bring consumers highly affordable quality devices. Headquartered in China, GadgetPlus was founded in 2017 with operations in Los Angeles and Texas.
Source: GadgetPlus, Kickstarter
After the COVID-19 pandemic we are socially aware of what we touch and what germs we may encounter just going to the grocery store. Keebos Crossbody Phone Cases are the perfect cases for those wanting to just take their phone and credit cards on their outing whether it’s just to walk your dog or go on a walk yourself. In a world when touchless delivery and purchasing is the new norm the Keebos Crossbody Case may be your best bet in keeping as germ-free as you can while accessing your phone and credit cards.
Recently, Keebos sent me their Crossbody Phone Case Necklace in Flower Pink to Review. Once I received the Crossbody Phone Case Necklace for my iPhone 11 Pro Max I immediately unboxed it to find a lightweight case with a brightly pink adjustable rope.
The adjustable length for the Keebos is great as you can wear it as a crossbody phone case or as a necklace. Another perk of the case was the cardholder pouch for credit cards & cash, key when working out or running errands.
The case fit my iPhone perfectly with no problems and I automatically populated the case with my ID, credit card and building key fob.
Once I put on the case I was on my way to my 3 miles social distancing work out. When I first got the Keebos case, I honestly thought I wouldn’t like the rope considering it seemed rather thick. After my first mile, the rope proved me wrong, in fact, I was sweating, and it didn’t chafe my neck at all.
During my workout, I also tried taking pictures with the Keebos case on to see how easy it would be and had no problems. I have to be honest, this case is now my go-to when I need to make an essentials store run, walk my dog or go on my social distancing workouts.
Below are the full product details:
- Size/ Rope: Keebos comes with an easily adjustable cord for classic crossbody or as an necklace
- Cord: The premium cord is made with a strong, reinforced core so you never have to worry about it tearing apart. The smooth, luxurious feel of the plush fibers is comfortable even on sensitive skin.
- Card Pocket/ Wallet: The convenient card pocket on the Keebos’ rear side is sealable and oriented sideways, so your cards are safe and secure.
- Finger Grip Loop: On the Keebos cardholder, you’ll also find an elastic strap carefully crafted to help you grip your smartphone. This is especially useful for bigger phones, which are tricky to hold in one hand when taking photos or typing.
- Durable Case: Keebos’ 4-corner bumper protection absorbs shocks and impacts to your phone. The case even features a unique, 3mm raised lip to protect your front screen and camera.
One Keebos Purchased = One Tree Planted
For each Keebos purchased, Keebo’s help plant a tree through their partner organization One Tree Planted. A 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Keebos strongly believe that individuals and businesses can do their part to help protect and preserve the environment. With their One-for-One program they aim to do their part to protect our planet. With your support for reforestation, we can accomplish six significant environmental impacts: Air, Water, Biodiversity, Social Impact, Health and Climate.
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Keebos’ cross body cases start around $28.95 and can be purchased here: https://keebos.com/collections/crossbody-phone-cases. For information about Keebos please visit: https://keebos.com/.
In the age of selfies and now with shelter in place becoming the new norm taking pictures or videos of yourself or the partner you have quarantined with are more popular now than ever! Moon UltraLight is a new, ultra-portable lighting accessory designed with intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness and color tone, making it the perfect accessory for selfies!
We received the MOON UltraLight to review and test out while working from home! First, the packaging of this product is innovative, it’s rare I’m impressed with a products box alone. When unboxing the MOON UltraLight you will find the MOON UltraLight, Micro USB Cable, Carrying Case, and User Manual.
After unboxing I promptly charged the MOON UltraLight via my PC with the Micro USB Cable. On a full charge, the MOON UltraLight can last 2-3 full days depending on intermittent usage and 2-3 hours with continuous use.
After charging it was time to turn it on by pressing and holding both sides of the moon for simultaneously for 1.5 seconds. FYI to turn off the MOON you hold both sides for 3 seconds.
Next, I tried fitting it on my iPhone 11 Pro Max and also my HP laptop to see the versatility. The MOON is designed to fit without limitations and designed to fit multiple devices that include phones, laptops, tablets and more.
Whether your location is dark or dim, you can adjust the brightness level with precise accuracy from dull to bright by touch. MOON’s color temperature feature is easily adjustable from a daylight hue to a golden warm also by touch.
To adjust brightness on the MOON press right to brighten and left to dim. To switch modes press and hold both sides of the moon for 1 second. When switching to brightness mode both LEDs on the MOON will pulse twice simultaneously. While switching to color mode both LEDs will pulse twice alternatively.
After attaching it to my iPhone and turning on the MOON I took some selfies and also took some nature shots off my balcony while sheltering in place! Below is my selfie of before I attached the MOON and the second is with the MOON on the brightest mode.
Even though the MOON is designed more for selfies and close-ups, you can see the difference in brightness when I took the below picture off my balcony. The top picture is without the MOON UltraLight
All and all I think the MOON UltraLight is perfect for people that do selfies frequently and need the extra lighting to make it that perfect shot!
Below are the technical specs:
- Able to fit devices 6mm – 10mm thick
- Manually adjustable clip to fit thinner or thicker devices
- Tungsten color tone 2700K
- Daylight color tone 5000K
- Lux: 400
- Frosted diffusion lens
Size & Weight
- Height: 1.38 inches (35mm)
- Width: 0.98 inches (25mm)
- Depth: 0.94 inch (24mm)
- Weight: 2.11 ounces (6 grams)
- Anti-flicker lighting: Smooth transitions and continuous lighting (i.e. videos)
- Smart power management: Maintains performance and brightness even on low battery
Power & Battery
- Lasts 2-3 days on intermittent usage
- Lasts 2-3 hours with continuous use (e.g. video mode)
- Fast-charge capable: Up to 60% charge in 30 minutes
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Charges via Micro USB
The MOON UltraLight retails for $49.99 and comes in black or white. To shop or learn more please visit: https://moonultra.com/shop.
Source: MOON Ultra
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is a documentary about a unique time in music history where musicians, hippies and creative types all lived in a rustic canyon in the heart of Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Slated to have premiered at SXSW 2020, the film celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Love, The Mamas And The Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors, Frank Zappa and more. Laurel Canyon provided an outlet for musicians to create some of the most influential and infamous albums.
FYI if you plan to watch the film below will have a few spoilers but it’s mostly historical anyhow. Throughout the film there are cameos and footage of artists from that time at Laurel Canyon. The principal cast of Laurel Canyon included Henry Diltz, Nurit Wilde, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Chris Hillman, Graham Nash, Steve Martin, and Micky Dolenz.
While watching Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, you learn that several pivotal albums were made during this era at Laurel Canyon. For instance, while at Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote and created her infamous third album, Ladies of the Canyon, released in 1970 that went on to be a gold record.
It’s interesting how artists within Laurel Canyon all collaborated one way or another on each other albums or jam sessions. In fact, the song “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN) was written about Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon.
Furthermore, the cover of CSN’s album was photographed by artist and Laurel Heights resident, Henry Diltz. Taken in front of an abandoned house with an old sofa outside the members are, left to right, Nash, Stills, and Crosby, the reverse of the order of the album title before they decided on the name “Crosby, Stills, and Nash”. The band went back to the house a couple of days later to redo the cover in the correct order however the house had already been torn down.
There were so many more compelling stories throughout the Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time documentary. I felt like it was a journey back in history to a time that was simple, free and full of beyond creative talented artists from the 60’s and 70’s.
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is executive produced by Frank Marshall, The Kennedy/Marshall Company; Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Amblin Television; Craig Kallman and Mark Pinkus, Warner Music Group; Alex Gibney, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello, Jigsaw Productions; and Jeff Pollack. The film is produced by Ryan Suffern, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Erin Edeiken, Jigsaw Productions and directed by Alison Ellwood.
Source: SXSW, EPIX
When you think of Johnny Cash you think of a few things; Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line and June Carter but what about his first wife, Vivian Liberto? In My Darling Vivian, a South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film documentary, audiences for the first-time get to know the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us firsthand HER story. Vivian’s story is a life of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival that viewers will see throughout the 90-minute film.
Just a heads up, the below review may have a few spoilers about the film in case you plan to watch it. The story begins in San Antonio, Texas in 1951 when Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local skating rink. After a three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany and what seems to be thousands of letters later, they married when he returned to the U.S. in 1954.
At the beginning of their marriage, they dealt with newspaper headlines referring to Vivian as black ethnic origin though she was of Italian American descent. At that time it made her and Cash a target for white supremacist group and from what I can see the start of her pulling away from the public eye.
After a Honeymoon in Memphis, within a year Cash’s career blossoms and the young couple had started a family. By 1961, “Johnny Cash” is a household name, number one on the music charts, and constantly on tour which took a toll on the marriage. Being the supportive wife and only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters.
With Johnny constantly on the road, their house was plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits and from fans. Growing with resentment toward her husband’s absence of 3 to 4 weeks to almost an entire year, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point, especially with Cash’s ongoing drug use.
Vivian and Johnny divorce in 1966, leaving Vivian alone with all 4 children while Johnny was on the road and flaunting his relationship with June Carter. When Johnny and June married, Vivian was almost cast aside as the mother of their 4 girls even though she had been raising them by herself. When Carter went on TV claiming Cash and her were raising the girls, it was Vivian’s last straw asking the couple to acknowledge she is the mother of her children.
Towards the end of the documentary, you see how the relationship evolves between the two as co-parents till Johnny Cash’s death in 2003.
Throughout My Darling Vivian, you have a great sense of what a strong woman Vivian was enduring the public eye and scrutiny of her family while still being in love with Johnny Cash even after their divorce.
My Darling Vivian stars, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash Tittle, Cindy Cash, Tara Cash Schwoebel, Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto. It was directed by Matt Riddlehoover and produced by Dustin Tittle, Matt Riddlehoover (Producer) and Tara Cash Schwoebel (Co-Producer).
To learn more about the film please visit: https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/.
Source: SXSW, https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/
FOR MADMEN ONLY is a documentary about the comedic legend, Del Close, that shows his journey of creating his autobiography for D.C. Comics titled “Wasteland.” Del Close co-authored the graphic horror anthology with John Ostrander and one story in almost every issue of Wasteland was an embellished portrayal taken from the comedian’s intriguing life. The 90-minute documentary directed by Heather Ross was slated to have its world premiere during the now canceled South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival as part of the Documentary Feature Competition category.
The below review may have a few spoilers of the film so keep that in mind if you plan to watch it. The film is a colorful blend of D.C. Comics artistry and an array of interesting stories from Del Close life starting from when he was a child when he ran away from home at the age of 17 to work in a traveling side show.
It follows his journey to Chicago in the early 60’s to perform and direct at Second City but was subsequently fired due to substance abuse. After that, he relocated to San Francisco where he was the house director of improv ensemble “The Committee” where he developed and taught his techniques of long-form improvisation known as “Herald.” Unfortunately, substance abuse continued to plague him along will mental illness while he was in San Francisco as well.
In the early 70’s Del, returned to Chicago and to Second City where he taught and directed famous comedians like John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy and many more from that generation. He also later directed and performed for Second City’s troupe in Toronto. In the mids 1980s and 1990s continued to teach improv by collaborating with Charna Halpern at Yes And Productions and the ImprovOlympic Theater with Compass Players producer, David Shepherd.
Throughout the film it was obvious that Del Close taught so many great actors and comedians, yet he never got his big break or the financial success that his former students now had.
Students of Del Close Include:
- Dan Aykroyd
- Ike Barinholtz
- James Belushi
- John Belushi
- Matt Besser
- Stephen Burrows
- Heather Anne Campbell
- John Candy
- Stephen Colbert
- Andy Dick
- Brian Doyle-Murray
- Rachel Dratch
- Ali Farahnakian
- Chris Farley
- Jon Favreau
- Tina Fey
- Neil Flynn
- Aaron Freeman
- Pete Gardner
- Jon Glaser
- Wavy Gravy
- TJ Jagodowski
- Jay Chandrasekhar
- Tim Kazurinsky
- David Koechner
- Shelley Long
- Adam McKay
- Tim Meadows
- Susan Messing
- Jerry Minor
- Bill Murray
- Joel Murray
- Mike Myers
- Joey Novick
- Bob Odenkirk
- Tim O’Malley
- David Pasquesi
- Amy Poehler
- Gilda Radner
- Harold Ramis
- Ian Roberts
- Andy Richter
- Mitch Rouse
- Horatio Sanz
- Amy Sedaris
- Brian Stack
- Eric Stonestreet
- Miles Stroth
- Dave Thomas
- Vince Vaughn
- Matt Walsh
- Stephnie Weir
- George Wendt
Within the film, you get to hear some of the most interesting stories of Del’s life that he included within Wasteland from drug use to witchcraft. One story that stuck out more than some of them from the documentary was about his encounter with writer L. Ron Hubbard, author of horror and science fiction and founder of Scientology. Apparently, Hubbard was complaining about how much he pays in taxes and Del Close recommends opening a church.
Towards the end of the documentary, you find out Close was hospitalized dying with emphysema in 1999 but not before his former student and friend Bill Murray threw him a party at the hospital. The constant teach delivered his final speech to his students on March 3, 1999 and passed on March 4th.
FOR MADMEN ONLY was a fascinating documentary about an established actor and comedian with an off-beat sense of humor, a life with ups and downs and a man’s love of improv. To learn more about the movie please visit: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/.
Source: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/, SXSW, IMDb
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS is a compelling documentary about man’s best friend from Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo and SXSW alumns Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker that was to premiere during SXSW 2020. They work together on the film as a two-person crew with Matthew as director and cinematographer and Rose as a producer and sound recordist. The Official Selection SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature takes you on a global journey learning of how different cultures treat dogs in Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Starting with “Chino” AKA “Quiltro” AKA “Rucio” AKA “Coloso” AKA “Titan” a community dog that made a difference in different families lives within one neighborhood.
The documentary goes further with a heartbreaking story of former child soldiers in Uganda and how dogs made a positive impact on an otherwise devastating situation for the community.
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS also takes you to a local pub in a Scottish town to senior citizens/ rehabilitation center showing how dogs unconditionally love and help with coordination and rehab.
Also interesting to watch in the film was dog walker on the streets of Istanbul. I personally didn’t realize there were dog walkers in smaller countries that are like the USA (which has the reputation of spoiling dogs).
The film is series of unconventional portraits of dogs globally including learning about the fact there are still cultures out there that eat dogs as an entrée. As a dog owner that was one of the harder moments within the film to watch.
This documentary shows how dogs accept you as who you are and how they can help so many people, in so many regions and in so many ways.
The WE WON’T DESERVE DOGS runtime is 84 minutes and the languages spoke throughout the documentary includes: Spanish, Luo, Italian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, Romanian, Vietnamese, Nepali, and English.
About the Filmmakers Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are an Australian born, Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo. Their debut feature ‘Barbecue’ world premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2017 and went on to be picked up for a global release by Netflix. The film was the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Documentary.
Their short documentaries have won awards and played at festivals around the globe. ‘Pablo’s Villa’ was the recipient of the 2014 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary, and ‘Central Texas Barbecue’ was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 New York Food Film Festival.
Their films are consistent festival favorites, screening at the Sydney Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival (Summer Series) and Melbourne International Film Festival – over 30 film festivals in the past 6 years.
Partners in life as well as art, Matthew and Rose have collaborated for over a decade. They work together as a two-person crew – Matthew as director and cinematographer, Rose as producer and sound recordist. Their films are often international in nature, and they have been fortunate to film in over two dozen countries around the globe. Making their films with a crew of two brings a unique perspective and sense of intimacy to their work.
Source: Urtext Films, Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
In the United States alone, Americans throw away 10 Million batteries every day even though nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries can be recycled. Twenty-three years ago, the 1996 Federal Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act was passed to facilitate the recycling of nickel-cadmium and certain small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries, yet we are still being wasteful with batteries! Introducing Pale Blue USB rechargeable smart batteries, the world’s first Lithium Polymer battery technology (LiPo) with an onboard micro-USB port.
LiPo is a type of Lithium Ion battery who’s electrode is made of a polymer instead of a liquid. LiPo batteries provide a number of performance improvements over traditional rechargeable batteries. In fact, one pack of Pale Blue USB rechargeable lithium cell batteries can replace up to 4,000 alkaline batteries.
Pale Blue batteries come with a built-In LED charging indicator and charging time is roughly under 1 hour for AAA’s and under 2 hours to charge the AA’s batteries. Pale Blue batteries have a micro-USB port right on the battery and comes with a 4 ended micro-USB cable. With the advanced LiPo technology, Pale Blue batteries will last over one thousand charges.
We received the Pale Blue AA and AAA batteries to test out which was a smart battery Hi-Tech Chic product review first! Both packs came with 4 batteries that were fully charged and 4 ended micro-USB cable.
After unboxing I immediately starting trading out the alkaline batteries with the Pale Blue batteries. After using them for the first time I did notice a small change in battery performance vs. previous alkaline batteries.
Throughout the years, rechargeable batteries haven’t had the best performance track record so I had my concerns but no concerns were needed. There was no lack of performance vs. alkaline batteries, in fact, even slightly more powerful. Even though all batteries were mostly charged I did test out charging all four batteries to check out the LED light and if the cord could charge all four batteries, to which it did flawlessly.
Overall this experience and the environmental information I learned while reviewing the Pale Blue batteries have made me want to make a full switch to LiPo rechargeable smart batteries.
Through their Indiegogo campaign, you can purchase AAA 4 Pack at $28 USD $30 (6% OFF) and AA 4 Pack at $32 USD $35 (8% OFF) with estimated shipping on December 2019. Just in time for the holidays! To purchase Pale Blue batteries or back their campaigns please click here.
To learn more about Pale Blue batteries please visit: https://paleblueearth.com/.
Source: Pale Blue, Indiegogo
The SwitchBot “Bot” lets you retrofit all existing appliances or light switches in your home, instead of replacing them. This makes it the newest DIY way in creating a smart home without the hefty price tag. The SwitchBot Bot can be controlled by the SwitchBot App or the SwitchBot HUB Plus however you do not need to the HUB to operate the bot, just the App.
Below are the key features of the Bot:
- Works with just about any rocker switch and button of any appliance. Smart button pusher for your smart home.
- Easy to set up with a 5-second installation. Tape it right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. No swapping, no tools are required.
- Use the SwitchBot App to schedule built-in timers, run without phone or Hub. Turn lights or home appliances on/off automatically even when you’re away.
- You can use the Bots for your lights, fans, coffee makers, garage door, and more. With the add-on, a rocker switch could be flipped at both directions, push or pull for ON/OFF by 1 SwitchBot!
- With a SwitchBot Hub (Plus), you can remote control over the Internet or voice control the Bots. Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and IFTTT.
SwitchBot Bot Review:
We received the SwitchBot products to review and test out how to set up them all up in your home. The last of our product reviews for SwitchBot was the “Bot.” Within the box for the Bot your will find the Bot, 1 extra 3m square sticker and 2 add ons stickers as well.
Since I already received other SwitchBot products I already had the App downloaded but for those that don’t that is the first step I suggest doing before installing. After removing the tab located on the Bot to initiate syncing I decided to test out the Bot on one of the light switches within my condo.
As the features above stated and per the below demo video the set up took no time after unboxing and applying to the light switch.
I tested the Bot with the App, Alexa and also using the SwitchBot HUB Plus with ease. In advanced settings, you can change modes after using the light switch add-on by switching the inverse on/off direction.
The only downfall I found when using just one bot on the light switch is you do need another to control the type of light switch I tested it on. For instance, with 1 bot it will turn the light on but not off, therefore, you do need a second bot. I did not test it on other buttons within my home because most of my home and appliances are already smart home enabled products. I did like the quick set up and using it to turn the lights off in another room via the App, the SwitchBot HUB Plus or voice control.
Technical Details Include:
- Part Number: SWITCHBOT-S1
- Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.4 x 0.9 inches
- Item model number: SwitchBot S1
- Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
- Color: Pearl white
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Batteries Included? Yes
- Batteries Required? Yes
- Battery Cell Type: Lithium Manganese Dioxide
- Description Pile: Standard
- Average Battery Life: 600 days
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer monitors and track your home temperature and humidity easily. With the SwitchBot App users are also able to manage the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer making it a smart DIY device for your home.
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer features include:
- View temperature and humidity at a glance with the clear and high-resolution LED screen.
- Magnet the Meter on your fridge directly or any vertical surface with the iron plate inbox.
- The Swiss-made sensor monitors the environment reliably and 24/7.
- The Meter maintains the most recent 30 days of data while you are away. You could export all the data you care about using the App.
- Set the desired condition and relax. The Meter alerts when you are near via Bluetooth. With the SwitchBot Hub, you can be alerted from anywhere through the Internet.
- With the SwitchBot Hub, the Meter works with IFTTT for home automation. For example, turn ON/OFF air conditioner for your desired condition.
- Remotely monitor your home environment with the SwitchBot App
We received the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer to review along with the SwitchBot HUB Plus. Before unboxing the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer, I had already installed the SwithBot App and connected to the SwitchBot HUB Plus. When you receive the device I suggest download the SwitchBot App first and foremost to get yourself familiar with the easy to use app.
When you unbox the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer you will find the meter, 2 AAA batteries, add-on sticker and user manual. After you install the batteries, press the button located on the back of the meter to sync it to the SwitchBot App.
Here’s my demo of initially setting up the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer:
As you can see in the video once the button is pressed it sync’s right away in about 3 seconds. Within the app, I created nicknames for room of my home and also decided if I wanted it to read Fahrenheit or Celesius within the “preferences.”
In the meter setting within the App users can calibrate the meter, pick desired conditions, cloud services options and check on the battery life or latest version of firmware.
The Meter stands upright for tabletop use. It also features a wall-mountable design and magnetic back, allowing the Meter to be mounted quickly and conveniently in any room.
All and all the set up was simple and I have been testing it in different rooms throughout my home and it’s been accurate. If your looking for a DIY solution for your home with ease of use I would suggest checking out the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer.
- Resolution: 0.1°C/0.1°F, 1%RH
- Temperature Range: -20°C~80°C (-4°F~176°F)
- Temperature Accuracy (-20°C~0°C/-4°F~32°F): ±0.4°C/±0.7°F typical, ±0.7°C/±1.3°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (0°C~65°C/32°F~149°F): ±0.2°C/±0.4°F typical, ±0.4°C/±0.7°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (65°C~80°C/149°F~176°F): ±0.3°C/±0.5°F typical, ±0.6°C/±1.1°F maximum
- Humidity Range: 0~99%RH
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 10%~90%RH): ±2% typical, ±4.5% maximum
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 0%~10%, 90%~99%RH): ±4% typical, ±7.5% maximum
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer retails for $25.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter. The SwitchBot App is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter.
SwitchBot, the creator of smart home products, recently send us some of their new innovative products to review. The first of their products that was unboxed was the Switch HUB Plus that is an all-in-1 smart IR remote control plus a Bluetooth to Wi-Fi gateway for SwitchBot’s products.
SwitchBot HUB Plus features include:
- Pairing your air conditioner, TV, and any appliance to the Hub Plus with the SwitchBot App. Toss out all IR remotes.
- Controlling your entire smart home by asking SwitchBot to communicate with Alexa, Google Assistant and more.
- Integration of the Hub Plus to IFTTT, and tailored the use cases to your needs. Best choice for DIY and creative makers.
- Access to any appliance on your mobile phone and Internet, with a gentle press. Turn on air conditioner remotely, make room cool before arriving home.
- Ability to give all your nearby SwitchBots (the Bots) access to Wi-Fi, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and enable remote control.
- A spinning rainbow cloud night light were you can pick your favorite from 16 million.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Review:
Within the box you will find the HUB Plus, Power Outlet, and Quick Start Guide.
Setting up the SwitchBot HUB Plus was simple. After connecting the power cord and turn on the device the next step is to download the SwitchBot app for pairing. As you can see in my demo video below, after downloading the app and setting up the account I powered on HUB Plus to begin pairing.
To pair to your WIFI, make sure you have your pin & password to your home wireless network. After putting in that information it didn’t take long for my smartphone to sync with the HUB Plus. With the HUB Plus, you will notice you are connected when it turns all rainbows.
If it doesn’t work on the back of the device there is a reset button next to the on/off/auto switch. Once it’s synced, within the app you can now add devices, set preferences like color or set a schedule.
The 3 Ways to add new appliance (AC, TV, etc.) to the SwitchBot App include:
- Smart learning (recommended): The Hub Plus may identify the appliance from your existing remote automatically.
- Manual selection: Select your appliance’s brand and model number in the library, or try each stored code scheme under your appliance brand to find a closest match.
- Customized: Create a customized device by learning each button of your existing remote one by one.
We also received the SwitchBot Bot 3A and the Thermometer/Hydrometer to review as well. We will be doing a product review for both to show you all how to connect devices with the HUB Plus.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Product Specs Include:
- 120 x 78 x 35 mm
- 73g (excluding accelories)
- 802.11 b/g/n
- 2.4GHz only
- Version: 4.2 or higher
- Range: up to 80m in the open field
- Feature: Patented low power BLE mesh
- Learning Mode: Smart Learning, Manual Selection, Customized (DIY)
- Compatibility: Direct support for more than 5,000 brands of Air Conditioner, TV, fan, etc. Customize mode for any other devices.
- Range: up to 10 meters, vertical 360 degree, horizontal 180 degree.
- Input: AC 100V-240V~, 50/60 Hz 0.25A
- Output: DC 5V 1A
- Type: US, UK, EU, AU
The SwitchBot HUB Plus retails for $49.00 on Amazon or $99.00 that includes the HUB Plus and 2 Bots on the SwitchBot site located here: https://www.switch-bot.com/hub-plus. To learn more about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/.
The T|W lunch tote, designed by Thomas & Wynter, is the newest and stylish way for business professionals to carry their lunch into the office. The vegan leather, two-compartment design allows for you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote allows for you to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. T|W lunch tote’s handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. With its sleek design you can pair the T|W tote with your favorite suit or seasonal attire in style.
T|W lunch tote Hot and Cold Features Include:
- Comes with an insulated interior
- Keeps items hot up to 8 hours
- Keeps items cold up to 16 hours
For those weeks you have lunch meetings out you can also use the T|W Lunch Tote as your everyday bag or briefcase with it’s insulated sections. The inside of the tote has a medium-sized pocket to store your valuables like keys or your wallet.
You can also use the T|W lunch tote to carry a variety of drinks in style to take a pool party or summer party instead of a bulky cooler.
I fit a 6 pack of adult beverages with an extra cooling pack for EXTRA cooling since it’s 100 degrees in Austin. There was room to spare to pack some light snacks as well.
T|W lunch tote Product Specifications Include:
x 9.4″w x 5.5″d
Handle: Vegan Leather
Exterior Material: Vegan Leather
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Material: Durable, Water Repellent
Interior Color: Black
T|W Lunch Tote serves both purposes, whether you’re looking for a fashionable lunch carrier or to upgrade your professional lunch bag. Even though it was communicated that the tote was ideal for male professionals I also think it’s very functional for women professionals.
The T|W lunch tote retails for $49.99 and comes in Black with black interior or Guinep with red interior. To shop their collection please visit https://twtote.com/.
Source: Thomas & Wynter
The 1MORE Triple Driver THX® Certified Headphones Experience at Aerosmith’s “Dueces Are Wild” Residency
On July 7th I was asked to cover the Aerosmith “Dueces Are Wild” Las Vegas Residency using 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones for a full THX Certified experience throughout the show in the VIP section. The 1MORE Triple Driver headphones are the World’s First THX Certified headphones and Aerosmith is currently the only show offering this unique and immersive audio experience.
In order for any artist to use 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones they passed hundreds of tests to provide the highest quality audio possible to become THX Certified. The certification program gives special attention to ensure that the headphones provide a well-balanced frequency response with minimal channel imbalance. They also have sufficient sensitivity to achieve a premium level of audio output while maintaining minimal distortion at the required sound pressure level. This also includes a high degree of isolation to effectively attenuate external noise.
Experience and Review:
Once arriving to the show VIP fans will receive a pair of THX Certified 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones to use during the show and to take home. While at the show, the guests will also experience MIXhalo, a brand-new audio technology that will connect them directly to the Aerosmith soundboard. This enables VIP fan to access high-fidelity audio in real-time and just the way Aerosmith hears onstage using the MIXhalo app.
The headphones are connected via 3.5mm jack to a previous version of an iPhone and the staff was great helping VIP guest adjust their headphones before and throughout the show (should you have any issues). At show start, simply insert your earbuds and hit “play” on the MIXhalo app.
One has to wonder why you would need headphones during a rock show (including myself) until I experienced it myself. Anytime you go to a show even stage side its hard to hear everything, sometimes not even till a song is halfway through before you realize which song it is. With the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones and THX Certified experience, you could hear every word Steven Tyler was singing, all the band’s instruments as if you were at a movie theatre.
I did take them out to see what was the major difference and it was significant! I couldn’t hear anything, not even Steven Tyler’s voice, it was all noise since I was so close to the stage. How will I go to another show again without this THX experience?
Throughout the show the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones fit well, I did have a minor audio set back at the beginning of the show which the staff immediately helped me fix the issue.
At the end of the amazing Aerosmith show VIP guests simply just turn in the iPhone and take the headphones home with them.
What makes the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones THX Certified stand out from other headphones?
- Three Drivers – two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power
- Expertly Tuned – by Grammy® Winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi, to deliver a precise representation of your favorite music
- Comfortable Ergonomic Design – the oblique angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals. 9 sets of included ear tip sizes ensure a proper fit for all
- Intelligent Control Technology – in-line controls are conveniently located allowing you to control volume, select songs, and take calls. A superior MEMS microphone eliminates cross-talk and background static.
- Lightweight aluminum-alloy body and sandblasted textured surface provide an aesthetic appeal with fingerprint resistance while the cable consists of interior enameled copper wrapped around Kevlar fiber to greatly increase durability and tensile strength.
Within the box you will find:
- In-Ear Triple Driver Headphones
- 9 Sets of Ear Tips ( 6 Silicone, 3 Foam)
- Magnetic Clasping Traveling Case
- Quality Dual Prong Airline Adapter
- Matching Shirt Clip
1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones retail for $79.99 and come in either black or titanium. To shop or learn more about the 1MORE’s Triple Driver THX Certified headphones please visit: https://usa.1more.com/collections/headphones/products/triple-driver-in-ear-headphones.
Source: 1MORE, THX, Aerosmith
Late last year, 2019 RHA launched their True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones for retail globally and we finally got a review unit to test out last month! The True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones offer superb call and streaming quality with ergonomic stem design, market-leading 25-hour battery life (5 + 20, built to RHA’s exacting standards with an IPX5 rating and three-year guarantee and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility and 10 meter range. When we first received the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones to review we quickly did an unboxing video so you all would know what you would get in the box.
Per our initial unboxing post about the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones hold 5 hours of charge; with another 20 hours in the metal-reinforced, flip charging case. From empty, the earphones can be charged to 50% in just 15 minutes. The signature stem design of RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones and high-bitrate Bluetooth 5 streaming – maximizes signal strength between headphone and phone, delivering crystal clear calls and uninterrupted audio. Simple tap controls on the right and left earphones starts, stops and skips any audio playback, changes volume, controls calls and activates your digital assistant for advanced device and connected smart functions. (case pic)
Getting started with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones was simple after the unboxing. I immediately put both earbuds in the flip charging case and plugged the case in via the USB charging cable. One thing to note about this powerful charging case is that it’s light in weight and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
After fully charged it was time to pick which Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips work with my ear canels. Once that was figured out I turned them on, paired the earbuds to each other and paired it with my iPhone which immediately detected the earbuds once turned on. Similar to the small size of the case both tiny earbuds fit in the palm of your hand. (hand pic)
I decided to test out the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones while working out and also leisurely walking in downtown, Austin, Texas.
Starting my work out with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones at the beginning was a good fit. Most people worry they will fall out while moving to which they did not for a good portion of my workout. After starting to run and sweat in the latter of my workout they did feel like they would slip out especially while sprinting.
They also would sometimes slip out when I was running in the rain however their waterproof feature worked perfectly as I never lost connection or audio. Given the Texas heat and the sweating factor they only fell out a couple times but enough for me to note in this review.
The sound quality was great, they were comfortable in ear and the tap controls on the side of the earbuds were easy to use.
Next I tested them while leisurely walking around downtown and did not have the same problem with them slipping out. They didn’t even look bad paired with my Swarovski earrings! Even though the color is matte black they were small enough to not look to bulky or unflattering.
Full features of the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones include:
- IPX5 sweat, splash and weather resistance
- 5+20 hours battery, with fast charging
- Secure, comfortable fit; ideal for active use
- Stem design maximises call quality
- Full device and digital assistant control via touch and mic
- Durable flip charging case carries 4 charges
- Supplied with Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips
- 3 year warrantyTop of Form
Full RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones Product Specifications include:
- Sweat/splash resistance: IPX5
- Driver: 6mm dynamic
- Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz
- Range (unobstructed): 10m
- Weight (earbuds): 13g
- Charging (from 0%): 15m to 50%; 1h40 to 100%
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 3 years
We enjoyed review the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones recommend them for anyone looking for quality audio wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are an alternative to Apples Airpods. Though they occasionally slipped out during my runs for the most part they were reliable wireless Bluetooth earbuds leisurely.
The RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones are $169.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/products/headphones/true-connect.
Source: RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones
Bollie is a stylish and affordable fashion brand that creates quality clothing for all different types of bodies. Bollie Brand recently sent us the Tropical Wrap Dress, The Perfect Robe and Navy Blue Button up dress to do a fashion review. We loved all three and below are the garment features & review.
I love this dress b/c it’s adjustable and very comfortable, I even played Top Golf in it! I paired it with a mesh bodysuit since it was a tad chilly outside but you can definitely wear it without one.