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Thursday, January 17, 2019

USB Microphone,

USB Microphone, Recording Microphone Plug &Play Metal Studio Microphone for PC/Laptop/Desktop/Notebook, Cardioid Studio Recording Vocals for YouTube, Voice Search, Games (Computer Microphone)
Microphone installed easily.  I plugged it into the USB port and right clicked on the speaker icon on the task bar.  I went to sound and setup microphone.  I tested it with Cortana.  It worked fine.  It is substantially nice than the all plastic microphone I had been using and it is at a very reasonable price of $16.99 at Amazon.

·        PLUG & PLAY -- Simply plug computer microphone into any available USB port, select it as your input in your software settings, and you're ready to create your own audio. Windows and Mac compatible.
·        ADVANCED MICROPHOEN CHIP--The computer microphone use updated chip to solve PoP sound quality problem and static noise problem to make your voice be more clear without any other sound.
·        FLEXIBLE GOOSENECK DESIGN -- PC microphone allows you to adjust the perfect angle , height or swivel to record your voice. The on/ off button setting of the steady wide stand allows you to fix the unexpected noise.
·        MULTIFUNCTIONAL USAGES -- This type of desktop microphone is good for network chatting, singing, home studio, gaming, Skype, Discord, Speech, Yahoo Recording, YouTube Recording, Google Voice Search, Steam, podcast and desktop recording.
·        SATISFACTION GUARANTEE -- A quick note before you use it, you’ll find the Windproof sponge was deformed by pressure in the box, Don't worry, this is normal,when you take out the mic to use, after 1-2 days, the sponge will recover to the original shape. We are so confident in the quality of the computer mic that we offer a 12 month satisfaction guarantee!

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Woods Pro 4658 6 Outlet Metal Power Strip, 10 foot cord, Yellow

This is a heavy weight power strip.  I suspect you could drive nails with it although I don’t recommend that.   The cord is also heavy and this will be a welcome addition to any workshop or garage.

From the vendor:
HEAVY DUTY metal housing makes this 6 outlet power strip perfect for use in your workshop or any other rugged work area
6 GROUNDED OUTLETS that allow you to power multiple appliance at once
2 SPACED OUTLETS for adapter plugs
HIGHLY VISIBLE 10 foot yellow power cord adds extra safety and prevents tripping
BUILT IN CIRCUIT BREAKER for over load protection, limit excess current to your electrical devices to protect them from damage
LIGHTED SWITCH shows when power strip is on and outlets are ready to use
CONVENIENT mounting hole to keep your power strip off of the ground when not in use

BUILT IN CORD WRAP for storage and to help maintain a more organized work space

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Moonrays 90042 Metal Solar, 4 Pack Path Light, 8 Lumens, Black

Note annoying styrofoam block.

These are far more substantial than the solar lights I already had.  The body is metal although the posts are plastic.  The globe is glass not plastic.  My single complaint on these lights was the block of foam that was put in to protect the glass globe.  It was hard to get out and made a major mess of shredded Styrofoam.   I was tempted to ding them a star for that but the lights are nice so I contained my frustration of the little pieces of Styrofoam floating about.

From Vendor:
90042Item Weight1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions6.1 x 6.1 x 19.5
inchesItem model number90042Batteries1 AA batteries required. (included)
Size8 Lumens
Power SourceSolar-PoweredItem
Cell TypeNiMhWarranty DescriptionLimited one year.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

StarTech USB to Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter

Never Did Get It To Work
This was disappointing.  I followed the instructions faithfully and could not get this to be seen by a Windows 10 desktop.   I have attached photos of the screens I got.  Number 3 on the installation instructions said to enter the folder “Bluetooth Dongle”, there was no such folder.  I went to the “Setup.exe”  and 20 minutes later it finally stopped installing.  I rebooted as requested and then plugged in the adapter(step 5). Windows was supposed to automatically detect and then install drivers.  It did neither.  I went to my Bluetooth icon and told it to turn on. It said “turning on”, I went to lunch and came back and it still said turning on.  Another annoying thing that is not specific to this product is the tiny cd’s that have the installation software on them.  My computer system has a CD/DVD drive that is vertically mounted which meant I had to lay it on its side after multiple aborted attempts to keep the tiny little CD from falling out.  Twice it fell out in the machine and that was a joy getting it back out.   For me this product did not work. 

From the vendor:
Add Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR capabilities to your computer through USB
Mini USB Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter
Class 1 EDR Wireless Network Adapter
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR compliant
Mini USB Bluetooth wireless adapter with support for Enhanced Data Rate (data transfer rates up to 3 Mbps)

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

TaoTronics TT-MS004 50ft Garden New Expandable Hose,Double Latex Core, Black

Put this on your spring shopping list. 
I hooked this up today and ran it through its paces.  I tried the different spray patterns.  It is still just shy of weird when the hose is filling or when you drain it due to the snake like way the hose moves as pressure is either applied or removed.  The beauty of the hose is the lack of space needed for storage. I used this to replace a 50' "kinkless, HA no hardly" hose that needed to be curled up in a 32 gallon trash can.   This hose fits neatly in a small bucket and takes not effort to coil it.   Don't know if it will hold up but at the moment, I love it.

From the vendor:
·        All-Around Yard Use: An expanding hose that fits standard spigots, sprinklers, and irrigation accessories and is perfect for around the yard wherever you need it
·        10x Longer Lasting: Made with double-layer, high-performance latex with crush and leak-proof brass couplings, this hose is reinforced for high-burst strength and can withstand high water pressure for up to 2000 uses compared to the standard TPE at only 200 times
·        Extended Reach: Expands 3 times in length to reach 50 ft / 15 m for a powerful high flow spray over a farther distance around the yard; contracts to save space when not in use
·        10-Pattern Spray Nozzle: Featuring an ergonomic insulated handle, this heavy-duty nozzle offers 10 different patterns to suit all your watering needs
·        Convenient Storage: Simply place the kink-resistant garden on the hanger over your spigot for easy storage

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Posh And Practical iOn Wireless Charger.

This is the first wireless charger I have gotten that looks like it was designed with both effectiveness and style.   It will fit in on any desk.   Gray flannel is just so traditional, I love it.   It does charge fast.  It is the first wireless charger I have gotten that includes the power plug which is also a nice touch.  Overall I am impressed.   

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Amazon Basic Good Suitcase And It is Purple

This is a very nice suitcase.  It is lighter than the ones I have in the same size.  The spinner wheels are smooth and roll easily.  The TSA lock on it is a good touch.  There are ample inside pockets and a very large outside pocket.  There is a handle on both the top and bottom of the suitcase.  That should not be a surprise but it was a pleasant one as I was complaining recently about the lack of a handle on the bottom on my existing suitcases.  This is a good purchase.

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