Product Review: Movo UM300 Multipattern USB Desktop Microphone

The Movo UM300 Multipattern USB Desktop Microphone allows users to create quality audio content for recording music, livestreaming, vlogging, podcasting, working remotely, or taking online classes on the go. It features adjustable cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns letting you record a variety of recording types in a variety of settings. Ideal for those on the go, the UM300 requires no drivers or installations, just plug it directly into your computer or Android smartphone and start talking.

UM300 Key Features:

  • Adjustable polar patterns, cardioid and omnidirectional
  • Broadcast quality audio featuring a 3-capsule array that captures 48kHz/16 Bit broadcast quality audio with no latency
  • Compatible with WIndows, Mac and Android Smartphones for instant use, just plug & talk
  • Small compact design for easy transport

Specifications: 

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz 
  • Sensitivity: -36dB ± 3dB @ 1KHz 
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional
  • Power Consumption: 5V/60mA 
  • Sample Rate: 48 kHz 
  • Bit Depth: 16 Bit 
  • Connectors: USB-C to USB, USB-C to USB-C

MOVO UM300 Product Review:

When unboxing Movo’s UM300 USB Microphone you will find the microphone, 3mm Type-C to USB-A Cable, 2m Type-C to Type-C Cable and user manual. The microphone infrastructure consists of a metal mesh windscreen, headphone volume/ gain control, polar pattern LED indicators, polar pattern switch, fastening knobs, desk stand, type-c audio output, 3.5mm headphone jack and 5/8” threaded mount.

To set up the microphone, I first loosened the knobs on each side of the stand counterclockwise, adjusted the microphone to the desired angle and then tightened the knobs on each side of the stand again but now clockwise.  Next, I connected the microphone to my PC with the type-c cable and connected my headphones to the 3.5mm located on the microphone.

Once all connected to my PC, using Windows 10 I went into “settings” and chose “sound.” Within the sound settings, I selected under output “Speaker UM300” and under input I chose “Microphone UM300.” It’s a pretty easy plug-and-play set-up. Please note that when using Windows 7 or iOS that the set-up instructions are different but included within the user guide.

Now it was time to test out the audio using the polar patterns omnidirectional and cardioid.  

Omnidirectional

Cardioid

The Movo UM300 is a great USB microphone for those needing a small but powerful mic that won’t break the bank. It’s incredibly light, small in size and ultra-portable making it the perfect USB microphone for traveling or for small workspaces.

The Movo UM300 retails for $59.95 and is available on Amazon or the Movo website. https://www.amazon.com/Movo-Desktop-Microphone-Computer-Smartphones/dp/B099SFKM57/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Movo+UM300&qid=1629237628&sr=8-1

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Product Review: SKG F5 Body Massager

The SKG F5, by Wear Future Technologies, is a body massager that delivers a 7mm body muscle massage while also providing a heating element to give you the ultimate relaxing experience. Its palm-sized length, ergonomic design, zoned buttons make it easier to operate the gun with one hand.

It comes with three different massaging heads, soothing massage head (soft), deep relaxing massage head (hard) and hand-simulating massage head.

Featuring an upper button to activate massage and a lower button to activate the heating function, the SKG F5 can provide up to 3200 pulses per minute. The heating gear adjustment is a unique SKG functional design, you can apply a hot compress first and then massage.

The massage gun features a pistol shape, smooth and lightweight appearance design, and a visual reminder of the gear of the light belt. Below is the different light belt colors and modes are shown on the massage gun while in use.

SKG F5 Power state

  • Green: Two tails are always on indicates completion of charging
  • Red: Two lights on the tail flash indicates Battery level ≤10%
  • Orange: Two lights on the tail flash indicates charging after power-off

Massage Gun Operating status

  • Blue and cyan-blue: Intensity 1 mode
  • Blue and purple: Intensity 2 mode
  • Orange/red:  Intensity 3 mode 

Hot compress state status

  • Blue: Always on shows low temperature
  • Orange: Always on shows medium temperature
  • Red: Always on shows high temperature
  • Red flashing for three times: will shut down the massage gun at high temperature

With a long battery life and circulating rechargeable batteries, the SKG F5 can last 8 to 10 minutes each day to massage with a one-time charge for 23 days. The massage gun comes with a matching type C charging port and portable storage bag. In battery low indication, charge it by connecting one end of the Type-C USB cable into it and the other end with the charger. The power indicator is orange during charging or green after full charging.

SKG F5 Product Review:

SKG sent Hi-Tech Chic the SKG F5 massage gun for a product review. When you unbox the SKG F5 you will find the massage gun, Type-C charger cable, gentle and storage bag, user manual, soothing massage head (soft), deep relaxing massage head (hard) and hand-simulating massage head.

Before using the gun for a massage, I first choose a massage head and inserted it into the round hole at the front end of the gun. Next, I simply did a long press on the power button to power on (same as when you power off the massage gun). Please note it is suggested to use the massage gun 5 seconds after you power it on and to not use it while charging. After I powered it on to activate the message gun, I did short presses on the power button to switch to intensities between 1,2,or 3.

When testing the hot compress state, I did a long press and held the heating key, located under the power key to activate (the same goes to deactivate). After powering on, I did a short press the heating button to switch the temperature, and it can switch three states: low temperature, medium-temperature and high temperature.

In this day and age where we are still working from home, the SKG F5 is the perfect remedy for the long hours you spend crouching over your PC. For those that work out, the heating element is great to relax muscle cramps or prep you before you use the massager for those tough spots. It’s simple to use and easy to store with the storage bag provided. I personally have not had to charge it yet, which is proof it does last 23 days without a charge.

At just $69.00, regularly priced $129.00 the SKG F5 is a fabulous home massage remedy, especially after those long workdays! To purchase please visit https://www.amazon.com/SKG-F5-Handheld-Percussion-Equipment/dp/B08R91TMTW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=SKG+F5&qid=1625467919&sr=8-1.

For more information about SKG products please visit https://www.skg.com.

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Product Review: myFirst Sketch Book Portable Drawing Pad with Instant Digitization

myFirst Sketch Book, powered by tech company OAXIS, is a portable smart drawing pad with instant digitization featuring a built-in memory to save your child’s masterpieces. This Sketch Book delivers a seamless experience to transfer your child’s work into a JPEG to your preferred devices by pairing it with myFirst Sketch book app.

Within 2 seconds, your child can start up the device and draw out their great idea immediately all while being green and not using paper. myFirst Sketch Book comes with a fine tip stylus with 8192 pressure-sensitive points. When paired with the Sketch Book app, your child can adjust the font thickness, pens, tip size, and color that creates a different feel of writing and drawing. With a lightweight of 12g, the Sketch Book can be utilized anywhere and it lasts up to 2 weeks on a single charge.

myFirst Sketch Book Product Review

We recently received the myFirst Sketch Book to review for Hi-Tech Chic and also for our back-to-school guide! myFirst Sketch book comes with the Sketch Book, Smart stylus, Pen tips set, Free leather case, Charging cable, and a Quick Start Guide.

Before using the myFirst Sketch Book, first, you need to charge the device and stylus using the USB cable plus download the Sketch Book App from Google Play or the Apple App Store. After charging and downloading the app my next step was to power on the device by holding the button for 2 seconds till the green light indicator turns on.

Now it was time to start sketching using the already charged stylus. After sketching your first piece of art to save to the device itself you press the save button for 1 second until the indicator flashes red. My drawing was now saved to the device and erased from the screen. If you need to delete your drawings from the screen at any time just press the delete button twice. Please note when your memory is full the device will blink red and green. 

In order to retrieve your drawings, you must use the Sketch Book App. I followed the below process:

  • Turn Bluetooth on my iPhone
  • Open the Sketch Book App and I choose the device “Sketch Book”
  • Clicked “+” within the App and selected “Retrieve Works”

After following the above instructions, the App connected automatically, started scanning the device, retrieved my artwork, and lastly saved them to my iPhone. Once your drawing is retrieved through the app it will now erase from the device. Within the App, you can also draw real-time by selecting “Real-time Drawing” and the device will sync automatically.

When I was finished with my doodles, to power down I used the power button on the device and exited the app. The device will fall asleep after 1 hour of inactivity and the stylus will go into sleep mode after 4 minutes of inactivity.

The myFirst Sketch Book plug and play setup were easy to navigate once charged and the app was downloaded. This is ideal for children just getting started on a tablet and learning how to navigate technology at a young age. myFirst Sketch books are also great when your kids are traveling since it’s light in weight and the charge lasts

Tablet Specs

  • Dimensions : 256 x 160.5 x 11.7mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Battery Capacity: 1000mAh
  • Input: 5V/1A
  • Usable Time (Fully Charged): continuous use for about 50 hours
  • Memory Storage: continuous use for about 8 hours

Pen Specs

  • Dimensions: 138.3*11.8mm
  • Weight: 12g
  • Battery Capacity: 80mAh
  • Input: 5V/1A
  • Usable Time (Fully Charged): continuous use for about 200 hours

myFirst Sketch Book retails for $98.50 and can be purchased here: https://store.myfirst.tech/products/myfirst-sketch-book?variant=34691425894533. To download the App via Google Play please visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oaxis.sketch_book&hl=en_US&gl=US.

To download the App via the Apple App store please visit https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sketch-book-app/id1490211022.

About myFirst:

Powered by OAXIS, myFirst is a brand conceptualized to bridge the gap between technology and good old-fashioned toys! myFirst aims to enrich a child’s learning process by molding experiences through fun and innovative gadgets.

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Product Review: ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE

In June 2021, ThermoWorks, the leading brand for thermometers, announced the Thermapen ONE, the “instant-read” thermometer, was available for pre-order. After much anticipation, the world’s fastest cooking thermometer, the Thermapen ONE, is now available to purchase in ten different colors.

As the first and only one-second instant-read thermometer, the Thermapen ONE allows you to focus exclusively on the quality of your work. You’ll know your lightning fast Thermapen ONE reading are always accurate with an accuracy spec of ± 0.5°F (± 0.3°C).  It also comes with a NIST-traceable calibration certification verifying its accuracy to national standards.

Featuring motion-sensing sleep and wake mode, the thermometer intuitively turns on and off or when picked up or in use then off when set down to save battery. The patented 360° auto-rotating display uses accelerometer technology to intuitively turn right-side up. The automatic backlight is brighter and the light sensor is more sensitive to changes in ambient lighting conditions. It’s also shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof with an IP67 rating for water-tight seals.

The Thermapen ONE is not only used for a variety of meat, you can use it to detect the temperature of boiling water, making candy or chocolate on the stove top, check the temperature of dough or of an ice bath and much more!

Product Review:

ThermoWorks sent Hi-Tech Chic the Thermapen ONE to feature for review. The Thermapen ONE comes with the device, NIST-traceable calibration certificate and operation instructions within the box. To get started you just need to unfold the thermocouple probe until the display comes on. Do not force the probe further than 180° when opening or damage to the rotating hub may occur.

After the device turned on (as soon as I unfolded the probe) we were ready to start grilling to test out the Thermapen. It is important to know before getting started that the micro-thermocouple sensor is located at the tip of the probe shaft. Minimum immersion is only 1/8″ (3 mm).

Following the instructions, we immersed the probe into the chicken we were grilling so the probe tip was at the center of the thickest part.

As you can see in the video, it took seconds to read the temperature of the chicken. We also tried it on a chicken shish kabob the next day with the same fast results.

After using the Thermapen ONE, you must clean the probe with either a sanitizing wipe or a damp towel with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution to avoid potential bacteria growth before storing.

Following cleaning the Thermapen ONE, I simply folded the probe away by lightly pressing the tip into the rubber probe retainer located at the bottom rear of the instrument to turn it off. Please note it is recommended to store the probe in the closed position when not in use.

Though I’ve only used the Thermapen ONE for grilling, as stated above it can be used for much more than just that. I fully intend on using this during the Holidays where I make everything from baked goods to a full-sized turkey. The accuracy will no doubt help you in the kitchen especially while making huge meals, as I do, for your family. It also helps you make the best steak if you have struggled with that in the past!

Thermapen ONE Full Specifications:

  • Range: -58.0 to 572.0°F (-49.9 to 299.9°C)
  • Accuracy: ±0.5°F (±0.3°C) from -4 to 248°F (-20 to 120°C) otherwise ±1.8°F (±1.0°C)
  • Resolution: Factory set to 1° (user reconfigurable to 0.1°)
  • Response Time: Full reading in 1 second (0.2 seconds time constant)*
  • Probe: 4.3 L inches, High Performance Type K Thermocouple
  • Display: 1 H x 1.54 W inches (25 H x 39 W mm) LCD, rotates 360°, Intelligent Backlight
  • Sleep Mode: 10 to 180 seconds, user selectable (user reconfigurable to disable)
  • Water Resistance: IP67
  • Operating Range: –4 to 122°F (–20 to 50°C), max ambient limits of Thermapen body
  • Battery: 1.5 volt AAA, 2,000 hours typical (without backlight)
  • Dimensions: 6.1 W x 1.7 H x 0.74 D inches (156 W x 48 H x 19 D mm)
  • Weight: 0.25 lbs (115g)
  • Warranty: The newly designed rugged, waterproof case features a 5-year warranty against defects.
  • Certificate: Includes NIST-traceable calibration certificate

Thermapen ONE is available immediately priced at $105.00 here and at select retailers. It is available in 10 colors: red, blue, black, green, orange, yellow, grey, white, purple, and pink. For more information, please visit: https://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-ONE

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Product Review: Olita Organic Sun Care Products

Many may not know that chemical sunscreens are killing our coral reefs. Olita creates safe sun care products using organic, natural, non-toxic ingredients that won’t hurt the ocean. Made 100% in the USA, Olita’s sun care products protect and nourish your skin before, during and after playing outside with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants.

Olita’s products include:

  • Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
  • Tinted Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
  • Mineral Sunscreen Sunstick SPF 30
  • Organic Mineral Sunstick SPF 30 – Tinted
  • BABY Organic Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50
  • KIDS Mineral Sunscreen Sunstick SPF 30
  • Mineral Lip Balm – SPF 15
  • “Lips” Balm – SPF 15
  • AfterSun Hydrating Body Serum
  • Beach Be Gone Sand Remover

Olita Product Review:

I received the Organic Mineral Sunstick SPF 30, AfterSun Hydrating Body Serum, Mineral Lip Balm – SPF 15, Mineral Sunscreen Sunstick SPF 30, and Beach Be Gone Sand Remover to review. Below is a brief description and my experience testing them.

Mineral Sunscreen Sunstick 1 review SPF 30 mineral sunscreen in a convenient sunstick that shields against harmful UVA/UVB rays. I love that this is chemical-free and fragrance free, last thing I need before applying sunscreen before a run in the sun is coconuts! The sunstick is a little thick for my taste though it did withstand perspiration and I did not get burnt. Retails for $12.00

Tinted Mineral Suncreen Sunstick SPF 30 is a tinted organic mineral sunstick for your face or other places that protects skin while adding the perfect tint to blend in with all skin tones. It’s REEF Safe, made of all certified organic ingredients and 80 minutes water resistant. It’s available in Light Tan and Coco Bronze and I received both to test out. I loved how well it blended into my skin, gave me a great glow. Again like above the sunstick was a little too thick for my taste. Retails for $12.00

AfterSun Hydrating Body Serum is a nutrient-packed light oil-serum is perfect for cooling down after a day in the sun and deeply moisturizing but never greasy. The carefully curated blend of plant extract oils and Vitamin E restores essential nutrients and leaves skin with a nourished glow. This has been perfect after my afternoon runs in 100-degree heat. Since you can use it all over your body it provides great all-over replenishment after being in the sun! It’s definitely not greasy but I suggest getting the unscented smell. I received the Cool Coconut scent and though I like smell short-term, you smell like coconuts for a while after applying. Retails for $20.00

Mineral Lip Balm SPF 15 is formulated specifically for the more delicate and sensitive skin this healing broad spectrum sunscreen balm glides on to keep lips hydrated, healthy and happy. It’s untinted and flavor-free which is perfect for working out! I personally never realized how dehydrated my lips get in the sun or that they can actually get burnt! This is something you definitely want to keep in your beach bag or workout bag! Retails for $5.00

BEACH BE GONE® Sand Remover started on the beaches of California to remove sticky sand from hands, feet and other places. The body powder wicks away moisture and sand from your skin, leaving it clean and fresh. I have not gotten to try this out yet, as the country is just now starting to open up and I have not been to the beach YET. However, check back for an update on this whenever I do get to the beach. Retails for $14.00

Olita is great eco-friendly sun care brand, and I would recommend checking out their products before heading out to the beach or lake. As a brand that gives back, Olita donates 10% of all sales to the Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization helping to save the world’s coral reefs by working collaboratively with communities, conservationists and scientists.

To shop all their products please visit: https://olitashop.com/collections/all.

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Product Review: DuoTurbo Dual-Modem Mobile WiFi Hotspot

The DuoTurbo dual-modem mobile WiFi hotspot by GlocalMe, a mobile data connection solution brand, provides the power of dual modems with hotspot connectivity for up to 10 different devices. Designed with Cloud SIM technology and a user-friendly 2.4-inch touchscreen, DuoTurbo enables users to monitor which devices are connected to its network in real-time.

It’s dual modem feature allows you to have one modem in operation while the other is always on standby to provide backup which gives you continuous WiFi with seamless 4G failover.

DuoTurbo’s patented CloudSIM technology allows for SIM-free connectivity, supporting pay-as-you-go and smart-choice for best network connection, avoiding roaming free services. Its 3,500 mAh battery gives users up to 12 hours of continuous connectivity and use.

To easily manage their hotspot and purchase data plans at low cost, users can download the GlocalMe App. The App uses the most security protocol to keep your WIFI connection safe with a self-Identified SSID name and password via Web Portal. Within the GlocalMe APP, you can also manage the data usage effectively plus easily track detailed interaction with the data, connect to your personal network, and purchase data.

DuoTurbo Product Review:

When you unbox the  DuoTurbo you will find the device itself, USB charging cable, user manual and quick start guide. For first-time users will need to download the GlocalMe App and register but since I’m already a previous user I simply opened the App to set up the  DuoTurbo.  

My next step was to turn on the device to retrieve the QR Code located on the display screen which you will need to get started in the App. The  DuoTurbo display screen has four options: Data Usage SSID, QR Code, Wi-Fi Client and Network Optimization.

Once the QR Code popped up on the device, using my iPhone, I scanned the code to the GlocalMe App and activated the device. Per the user guide, you must restart the  DuoTurbo after this step.

After restarting, I next inputted the IMEI code, password and selected the “bind” button on the bottom of the screen. In the next screen it will inform you that the bind was successful.

If you aren’t a previous user it will next ask you to use your current location however I was redirected into my existing account to view my data plan and manage my account. Please note that the DuoTurbo comes with free 1.1GB global data and 8GB US Data.   

Now, it was time to go into my phone settings to select the  DuoTurbo in my WiFi settings which my phone automatically detected. Following setting up the Wi-Fi fully, it was time to test the  DuoTurbo’s dual modems testing it was two devices at once.

The second device was my PC after all when I’m working remotely and there is no WiFi access, I need access to both! In my Windows Settings, I went into the Wifi options, switch on the Wifi and found the DuoTurbo. To connect you do after enter the same password used while setting up your first device. After entering the password in my PC, I was in business, using the DuoTurbo for both my iPhone and PC.

As this was not my first GlocalMe device, setting up the DuoTurbo was a no-brainer even with two devices at once! The ease of use within the display options made setting up multiple devices and managing your network within the device a breeze.

Since I live downtown, I found the WiFi Client within the display options the most useful b/c people will definitely try to jump on your hotspot when desperate! It was nice to know and view how many devices are connected, making sure my devices are secure!

The DuoTurbo is perfect for those working from home or remotely with the need to connect multiple devices at once with a reliable and secure WiFi hotspot.

Full DuoTurbo Specs Include:

  • LTE-FDD:Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 66
  • LTE-TDD:Band 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 (194M)
  • WCDMA:Band 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 9 / 19
  • GSM:850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • MAX Speed:LTE: DL 150Mbps / UL 50Mbps
  • BATTERY:3500mAh
  • Input:DC 5V/2A
  • Ports:Type-C
  • Optional Color:Black/White
  • Item size:126mm x 66mm x 12.6mm / 4.96 * 2.60 * 0.50 in (L * W * H)
  • Item weight:Approx. 148g / 5.2oz

The  DuoTurbo retails for $169.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.glocalme.com/US/cloudsim/DuoTurbo. With GlocalMe, users can choose a suitable data plan and get extra data from the Glocalme App anytime. Their flexible data plans allow you to buy service by the Day, Month, Region or GB.

To learn more about GlocalMe please visit: https://www.glocalme.com/US/m/about/glocalme.

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Product Review: Triforce 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot

TriForce by GlocalMe, a mobile data connection solution brand, is one of the most durable and versatile mobile Wi-Fi solutions on the market providing you with the utmost reliable 4G LTE connection. Designed with anti-slip and shockproof casing, it features CloudSIM technology, extended battery life and three separate universal charging ports. The TriForce also can provide up to 28 hours of secure Wi-Fi connection for up to 10 devices.

The patented CloudSIM technology allows for SIM-free connectivity, supporting pay-as-you-go and smart-choice for best network connection, avoiding roaming free services. The TriForce also works as a power bank with its built-in 7000mAh battery that provides up to 28 hours of non-stop using and one full phone charge. Compatible with a wide range of devices, users can choose between USB-C, lightning or Micro USB for recharging plus share your WIFI connection with up to 10 devices at once.

Users can download the GlocalMe App to easily manage their hotspot and purchase data plans at a low cost. GlocalMe uses the most security protocol to keep your WIFI connection safe with a self-Identified SSID name and password via Web Portal. Also, with the GlocalMe APP, you can manage the data usage effectively plus easily track detailed interaction with the data, connect to your personal network, and purchase data.

TriForce Product Review:

The TriForce comes with the device itself, USB charging cable, user manual and quick start guide. To get started the first thing I did was to turn on the device (it came fully charged), download the GlocalMe app and setup my account. Once registered I was prompted to select my device and then scan the QR code located on the back of the Triforce. Following scanning the QR code, I next inputted the IMEI code, password and selected the “bind” button on the bottom of the screen.

In the next screen it will inform you that the bind was successful and next ask you to use your current location. After selecting location, I was now into my account where I could set up my data plan and manage my account. Please note that the TriForce comes with free 1.1GB global data and 8GB US Data.   

Now, it was time to go into my phone settings to select the TriForce in my WiFi settings which my phone automatically detected. With my network now fully set up I decided to test out the power bank by charging my iPhone, Helm SportsBand, and 1More earbuds at once which worked perfectly fine.

Setting up the TriForce was pretty simple and worked immediately! I loved that it was not just a WiFi hot spot but also a power bank with 3 ports for all my devices which is ideal when traveling or on the go around town!

The battery life is superb, in fact, I haven’t had a charge it as often as I thought I would. Given the sleek size of the TriForce, it fits well in your tote or backpack and with its durable case, I didn’t have to worry about it getting destroyed in the hustle and bustle of my bag!

Full Product Specifications Below:

  • LTE-FDD:Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 66           
  • LTE-TDD:Band 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 (194M)           
  • TD-SCDMA:No           
  • CDMA&EVDO:BC0/BC1           
  • WCDMA:Band 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 9 / 19           
  • GSM:850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900           
  • MAX Speed:LTE: DL 150Mbps / UL 50Mbps           
  • BATTERY:7000mAh           
  • Ports:Type-C, Micro, lightning           
  • Input:DC 5V-2A           
  • Color:Black           
  • Item size:143 x 69 x 16 mm / 56.3 x 27.2 x 6.3 in (L x W x H)           
  • Item weight:Approx. 208g / 7.3oz          

The GlocalMe Trifoce retails for $139.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.glocalme.com/US/m/mall/product_choose?deviceType=TriForce. With GlocalMe, users can choose a suitable data plan and get extra data from the Glocalme App anytime. Their flexible data plans allow you to buy service by the Day, Month, Region or GB.

To learn more about GlocalMe please visit: https://www.glocalme.com/US/m/about/glocalme.

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Product Review: MOMAN EM1 USB Condenser Microphone and RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter

The MOMAN EM1 USB Microphone and RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter combination is the ideal mobile recording studio for podcasts, live-streaming, gaming, zoom calls, ASMR and more. The EM1 USB Microphone features a 3.5mm monitoring jack for latency-free audio monitoring and a shockproof mic holder with an adjustable ergonomic design.

With an easy plug and play set-up, the recording microphone offers 6.5 ft USB/USB-C and 4.9ft USB anti-Interference cables to plug into your device. The MOMAN EM1 USB microphone not only supports Windows and Smartphones, but also works with Mac without an adapter or the need to download extra software.  

The USB condenser microphone is designed with “Gain Control” for easy volume adjustment and “Mute Mode” to timely stop recording. It boasts high sensitivity (-45dB+3dB re 1 Volt/Pascal), reproducing a well-rounded voice in your device. Featuring a cardioid polar pattern, the EM1 condenser mic aims at picking up sounds with low self-noise.

The MOMAN RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter features absorbing cotton insulation and designed to isolate noises and restore your authentic voice for recording, singing, dubbing and more. The lightweight five folding panels with adjustable angle can be collapsible (L*W*H: 200*170*260mm) to be carried around without complicated installation.

The filter has a 3-layer noise shield to reduce sound reflection:

  • The absorbing layer to absorbs audio waves and prevents sound reflection.
  • The filter layer which weakens sounds that cannot be absorbed.
  • The reflective layer that isolates ambient noise without affecting sound clarity.

The microphone isolation shield set includes 3/8” to 5/8” adapter for shock mount and other accessories. It can be used on the table with a microphone, or with Z stand (not included) and microphone on the floor. Constructed to be able to utilize indoor or outdoor, its made of high-density absorbent EVA foam and constructed of premium ABS.

MOMAN EM1 USB Condenser Microphone and RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter Product Review:

The EM1 Microphone comes with one microphone, wind muff, desktop holder, USB Cable and USB to Type-C Cable. The microphone itself has a working indicator, gain control, mute mode, 3.5mm jack and USB output. The RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter comes with Microphone Reflection Filter, Supporting Rod, Supporting Rod Nut, Balance S crew, Gasket, 5/8” Screw, 3/8” to 5/8” Adapter and Microphone Base.

I decided to set up the RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter before setting up the microphone since it will need to be attached to the filter. The filter comes almost put together besides a few nuts, screws and microphone base that is fully explained in the user guide. After following the instructions in the user guide and the stabilizing the microphone base it was time to set up the microphone.

My first step in setting up the EM1 was installing the wind muff to the microphone. For the next step if you don’t have the RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter you would screw the microphone on to the shockproof desktop mic holder. Since I have the reflection filter, I attached the microphone to the microphone base on the filter. Following that step, I attached the USB cord to the microphone and then to my device which immediately turned on the mic.

Per my above video, setting up the microphone to your PC is simple after plugging it. I just went in into my sound settings and within the dropbox for input/ output I chose “Speakers USB MIC Audio” and “Microphone USB MIC Audio.”

Audio Test

I first tested it without the filter on medium gain, so you can hear the general difference from using a filter versus without.

Without Filter

I then tested with the filter on different gain/ volumes with the RF30 Filter.

Low Gain
Medium Gain
High Gain

As you can tell from the 4 audio clips, the filter does make a major difference in sound especially if you are in an open room.

For a first time podcaster, vlogger, recording artist, live streamer or anyone else who needs their first USB microphone and reflection filter this bundle is perfect. It is easy to set up, even without using instructions, and both products work seamlessly with each other.

When looking for an affordable mobile recording studio MOMAN EM1 USB Microphone and RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter combination is a terrific option and very affordable at only $79.99 for the bundle. The MOMAN EM1 USB Microphone itself retails for $49.99 and RF30 Microphone Reflection Filter retails for $59.00.

To learn more about MOMAN please visit: https://MOMANx.com/.

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Product Review: Movo UM700 USB Desktop Studio Microphone with Adjustable Polar Patterns

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.

Setting up:

  1. Unscrew the knobs on both sides, adjust the microphone to the desired angles, then screw the knobs clockwise to tighten the microphone.
  2. Plug the mini USB cable into the USB port of the microphone.
  3. Connect the other plug into the available USB port of your PC.
  4. 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.

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Product Review: Coral UV 2 Sanitizer

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.

Set-Up

To get started with the Coral UV 2 and before starting the first sanitize cycle I needed to follow the below steps:

  1. Use a damp cloth and gently wipe the chamber.
  2. Use a dry cloth to ensure there are no water droplets remaining.
  3. Securely close the lid and press the power button to start.
  4. 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.

  1. Place items in the Coral that only need to be sanitized and not dried.
  2. Securely close the lid and press the power button to start.
  3. Press one of the functions located on the control panel. For this demo I chose “Sanitize Only.”
  4. The button and the number of 10, 15 or 20 minutes will blink on the display.
  5. Continue pressing the function button until you reach the desired number of minutes.
  6. Stop pressing the button and wait for the timer to sop blinking.
  7. 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!

24-Hour Storage

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).

Filter Replacement

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

The Coral UV 2 will be available for purchase online at CoralUV.com and Amazon in June. For more information about Coral UV, please visit: https://www.coraluv.com.  

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Introducing MISS SWISS: The Multi-Function Makeup Case

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/.

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Product Review: ECOFREAKS Hand Sanitizers that Give Back to Eco-Friendly Non-Profits

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 ECOFREAKS Scent Free Family Pack retails for $14.99 and can be purchased here. To learn more about ECOFREAKS please visit: https://ecofreaksusa.com/.

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Product Review: iLive 29” HD Soundbar with Bluetooth Wireless

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.

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Product Review: Nooie Cam 360

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.

Nooie Cam 360 Review:

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 Nooie Cam retails for $49.99 and can be purchased here: https://nooie.com/products/nooie-cam-360. To learn more about Nooie please visit: https://nooie.com/.

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Product Review: Universal Laptop Power Bank by Eggtronic

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.

Product Review:

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/.

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Product Review: SelfSafe USB Emergency Identification Bracelet

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/.

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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.

Features Include:

  • 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.

The Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset retails for $399.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.audeze.com/products/mobius. To learn more about Audeze please visit: https://www.audeze.com/.

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Source: Audeze


Product Review: Firewalla Blue Plus Cyber Security Firewall Appliance

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

Firewall Blue Plus Review:

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.

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Source: Firewalla


Celebrate Green November with LastObject’s Reusable Sustainable Alternatives

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

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

Beauty-oriented 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

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

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/.

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Source: LastObject


Product Review: CheetahTALK Plus Portable AI Real-time Translator

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. 

Product Review:

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/.

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Source: Cheetah Mobile, Indiegogo


Product Review: HELM Sportsband HD Triple Driver Wireless Earphones

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/.

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Source: HELM Audio


Initial Product Review: QuickPore™ NanoPen Anti-Aging Rejuvenation & Repair Kit

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.

REVIEW:

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/.

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Source: Deminuage


Product Review: 1More Delivers Another True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Experience with Colorbuds

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.

Unboxing:

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/

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Source: 1More


Product Review: RHA Wireless Flight Adapter with Bluetooth 5

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.

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Source: RHA


Fashion Product Review: SUAVS The Legacy Sneaker

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.

About SUAVS

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

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Source: SUAV


Product Review: The Comfy Lite

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.

Product Details:

  • 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/.

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Source: Comfy


Product Review: Save The Girls Timeless Touch Screen Purse

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!

Features:

  • 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

Dimensions:

  • 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/.

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Source: Save The Girls


Product Review: SuperCap 2 Battery-less Supercapacitor Car Jump Starter

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.

PRODUCT REVIEW:

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.

About GadgetPlus:   

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.

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Source: GadgetPlus, Kickstarter


Product Review: Keebos Crossbody Cases

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.

Keebos REVIEW:

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.

Keebos iPhone Necklace Cases / Crossbody Phone Cases are available for all iPhones: iPhone 6,  iPhone 6 Plus,  iPhone 7,  iPhone 7 Plus,  iPhone 8,  iPhone 8 Plus,  iPhone X/XS,  iPhone X Max,  iPhone Xr, iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung S9, Samsung S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10E. Click here to see other phone necklace colors.

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/.

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Source: Keebos


Product Review: MOON UltraLight

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!

REVIEW:

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.

In picture: Necklace and Earrings Provided by Lustro Stella: https://www.shoplc.com/promotions/c/lustro-stella.

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:

Compatibility:

  • Able to fit devices 6mm – 10mm thick
  • Manually adjustable clip to fit thinner or thicker devices

Lighting

  • 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)

Advanced Features

  • 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

What’s Included:

The MOON UltraLight retails for $49.99 and comes in black or white. To shop or learn more please visit: https://moonultra.com/shop.

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Source: MOON Ultra


SXSW 2020 Film Review: "Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time"

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.

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Source: SXSW, EPIX


SXSW 2020 Film Review: My Darling Vivian

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/.

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Source: SXSW, https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/


SXSW 2020 Film Review: FOR MADMEN ONLY

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.