FTC Disclosure

Life is complicated enough without getting into hotwater with federal agencies so: TAKE NOTE Many things I review I got at no charge in exchange for an honest review. Consider this as informing you that ALL things I review may have been gotten at no charge. Realistically about 60% but in order to keep things above board just assume that I got the stuff free. Words like, “sponsored,” “promotion,” “paid ad” or even just “ad” are clear ways to disclose that you’re being paid to share information and links so BE AWARE that some of what I write can be described as an AD by the government. BTW I will NEVER say a product is great, super or even acceptable if it isn't whether I got it free or NOT!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Fossil Q Marshal Display Leather Touchscreen Smartwatch

I am struggling to come to terms to Dick Tracy on my wrist.  The ability to interface my phone with my watch is very interesting.  So far I have used the apps to download a Halloween watch face which my 2 year old granddaughter found highly entertaining.   The pedometer may or may not keep me fit.  Sadly the thing that I like the best is not very smart at all, it is the ability to select different watch faces and I selected one for my default that is so big I an see it on my desk from the door way.  The watch band is very good looking too.

Documentation could be better.  Noting that it must be charged prior to first use seems obvious but it still should be noted.   I do not suggest trying to synch to your phone unless you are on your home or office network.  Synching was SLOOOW.   Really, not to much complain about.  I am still playing and it appears to have lots to play with. 

 From the vendor:

·            Leather
·    Stay connected with display notifications for texts, calls, emails, and app updates. Control your music on your favorite music player through Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, GooglePlay, iTunes, or Apple Music.
·    With built-in activity tracking, you can track your everyday accomplishments including steps, distance, and calories burned.
·    Fit your style with customizable watch faces and interchangable straps - compatible with all Fossil brand 22mm straps.
·     Use the built-in microphone and speaker to do a variety of tasks on your Android smartwatch using just your voice.
·    Stay charged for up to 1 day (based on usage) with the wireless conductive magnetic charger. Compatible with Android Devices 4.3+ and iOS 8+ / iPhone 5+.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mini Cobra Goggles - Clear/Blue

These are very nice goggles.  They fit snugly against the face and remain clear while swimming.  There was next to no fogging.  A good purchase to keep the chlorine in the pool and out of the kids’ eyes.
  • Kids-specific version of the Cobra Mask
  • Ideal mask for swimming and many other water sports.
  • The Cobra Mask features a 180 degree view lens
  • Flexible frame with integrated skirt for superior fit, flexibility and comfort.
  • Skirt forms a complete watertight seal around the face.

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Honeywell T83240HB220 LED T8 Light Tube - 32 Watt Equivalent - G13 Base - 4 foot

Confusion abounds in my life. For some reason I thought these were 6' bulbs not 4' bulbs. No big deal as I could use 4' bulbs in the light over my work bench. That became a lot more problem than I anticipated. In moving the light to change the bulbs I noticed the cord insulation was flaking off. That necessitated on rewiring the wall switch to the light as it seemed a definite fire hazard. Once I got everything rewired, I decided to replace the old fixture with a new one anyway. So a simple change the light bulb ended up as a 2 hour project. Eventually I got the bulbs in. The one bulb seems to output at least 50% or more light than the previous fluorescent bulb. The other seems to output roughly the same light. This is why I am hesitant to go five stars when there is such a dramatic difference in light output between the two bulbs that came out of the same two bulb packaging. If the LED tube holds up as to it's lifetime rating, they are worth the price of $20.00 at Amazon particularly as you can drop $15--$18.00 for the much shorter life fluorescent bulbs. 

From the vendor:
·                        FILL ANY ROOM WITH LIGHT INSTANTLY - Honeywell LED tube lamps do not need to warm up before they come on so when you're walking into a darkened room you'll be able to safely see all around you the second you switch it on. This is safer and more convenient than CFLs which have delays before they fully light up.
·                        MAKE SAVINGS ON YOUR POWER BILLS - With a low energy usage rating of just 18 watts, you'll be able to save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills especially if you replace all your current fluorescent tubes. The energy consumption of LED tubes can be over 80% less so it adds up to a huge amount over time.
·                        SAFE FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT - Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED lamps do not contain any mercury so this makes them safer for the environment. LED tubes are also cool to the touch which renders them easier and safer to clean. They are more durable than fluorescent, CFL or incandescent bulbs which reduces the risk of them shattering and injuring someone.
·                        BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE - Your LED tubes will provide you with 1800 lumens of consistent white light when they are lit. This will provide excellent lighting for domestic properties, garages, offices and even industrial premises. To add to their adaptability they are also suitable for use with troffers that have electronic ballasts.
·                        VERY LONG LIFE SPAN - The lifespan of your LED tubes is a jaw-dropping 45 years. Just think of the time you will save not having to change bulbs frequently. Let's not forget how much money you'll be able to save by not wasting your hard earned cash buying bulbs and replacement tubes.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, Grey Edition

My first reaction was that the toothbrush tickled.  Once I got accustomed to the sonic feature I liked the brush.   It has a variety of features and it is hard to tell how effective they are but the charging station part is very nice.  Keeps the toothbrush ready to go.  The timer part is a bit hard to determine, you don't know if it is a stutter or the timer.  Overall I like the toothbrush and I guess only my dentist will be able to tell if it is more effective than my old brush.

From the vendor:
Featuring nine customizable brushing options, an intuitive pressure sensor, and our most advanced brush head technology, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is your total solution for an invigorating, deep clean and exceptional plaque removal.
Utilizing patented Sonic technology, this rechargeable toothbrush removes up to ten times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Choose from three cleaning modes and three intensity settings to create a brushing experience that’s just right every time. The unique Deep Clean mode, combined with our AdaptiveClean brush head, offers Philips Sonicare’s deepest clean yet! The FlexCare Platinum also features timer options to help you reach the dentist recommended brushing time of 2 minutes, an intuitive pressure sensor to reduce harsh brushing, and an extended battery life to keep you brushing for up to three weeks between charges.

What's in the box:1 Philips Sonicare toothbrush handle , 1 AdaptiveClean brush head, 1 travel charger, 1 hygienic travel cap and 1 deluxe travel case.

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

DS18 HDPBT Noise Isolating Over Ear Foldable Bluetooth Headphone with Mic and FM Radio

Overall I liked these headphones.  Initially I was not happy with the connectivity.  I first tried to connect to my Galaxy tablet and they would not connect.  Then I tried my Kindle Fire and they connected immediately.  Next I tried my S7 phone and it connected immediately.  I went back to the tablet and tried a few more times to connect and finally it connected. Not sure why there was an issue with the tablet. I had difficulty getting the headset to connect to the device I wanted to use.  After experimenting, it seemed to prefer to automatically connect to the Kindle and I had to distant myself from the Kindle to get any other device to connect.

I read some of the other reviews and was a bit surprised at the negativity regarding the FM reception.  I was not surprised when a station would get static as I moved around.  Considering all the metal 2x4 replacement studs, I am often surprised to get any radio reception.   I thought the FM aspect was acceptable.

The Sound quality through Bluetooth was fine, not exceptional but fine.   The headset was as comfortable as headsets get.  I have never found a pair, regardless of price, that I found comfortable for any length of time. 

Somebody must make a headset that can be controlled via a menu on your phone or device, I find the buttons on the headset to be impossible to use when I am wearing the headset.

The headset did not do well for making calls.  People complained they could not hear me.

Watching videos the headset did just fine.  Considering the  price, this headset is a decent value. 

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

YS831 Water Flosser - Portable Oral Irrigator with Nasal Wash and Orthodontic toothbrush - 4 Modes Cordless IPX7 Waterproof Rechargeable by USB With Inductive Non-Contact Charger for Dental Care Green

I’m a firm believer in water flossing or water picking.  This is cordless, rechargeable and highly portable.  This allows successfully cleaning my teeth when I am traveling.  I have tried some portable units before but this is the first that was rechargeable.  In addition, it works better than the last two I purchased.  It is not as powerful as the plug in type but it is far smaller and certainly portable.  I like it.  I did receive this product at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

From the vendor:
  • ★ Great after-sale service. If any question of your order, please don't hesitate to contact YASI seller service team. YASI team will handle your case within 12 Hours.
  • ★ 4 clean modes (Normal, Soft, Pulse,Point Control) with LED indicating light provide the needs of oral care for you and can remove harmful bacteria and food debris deep between teeth and below the gumline.
  • ★ 135ml high capacity detachable water tank and convenient water tank mouth at the bottom help you fill and drain water fast.360 degree compre hensive cleaning, Convenient to clean your oral area.
  • ★ Two minute auto-timer: It is stop operating automatically in two minutes in order to avoid any accident happened when you forgot to turn off the device after finished washing. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery lasts for long time.
  • ★ Oral Irrigator can flush out the food leftovers easily, Pulsating jet-water flush effectively; Orthodontic toothbrush clean the exposed spaces between the roots of molar teeth due to periodontitis and gum recession, keeping furcations clean; Nasal Wash Prevent periodontitis and other gumline diseases such as sinusitis, allergic rhin.

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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ode to Donuts

On this National Donuts Day I wish to pay tribute to one of my favorite things.

Ode to Donuts   

Never did I see

A more perfect food for me!

So round, so firm so fully packed,

I must admit my brain is racked,

To come up with a better snack.

So well rounded as a treat,

The zero calorie center that can’t be beat.

Life’s paths are leaved so well,

With May’s donuts that were simply swell,

With First Street Bakery’s kind souls

Who filled our bags with glazes so gold,

With Ronnie’s Hilton Head knarly treat,

With Hornburger’s cream filled oh so sweet,

With Publix’s maple glaze dream,

Only beat by YumYum’s cruller of sour cream.

My life defined by donut’s sweet road.

Three exercise bikes worn to a nub,

In an effort to keep donut’s sweet love,

from making me a happy but lardy tub.

On this day celebrate the wonder

Of this wonderful, awesome treat

This ode’s to you oh donut delight,

Your ability to turn darkness to light,

To defeat depression and stifle blight,

There is no mental state so dire

That a donut can’t un-mire.

There is no treat so sweet

That the wonderful donut cannot beat.



Monday, May 29, 2017

VonShef Deluxe 12 Hole Electric Mini Donut Maker Snack Machine, Red

This was my favorite Christmas present. I made my first 3.5 dozen donuts the day after Christmas.  I used a cake mix and the cake donut recipe I found online. Take the dry mix, put in one egg, 1/4 cup of veggie or olive oil and one cup of water.  Whisk until smooth.  I sprayed the trays before and after each batch and did not get one stuck donut.  Getting the batter into the donut cups was a bit troublesome.  I finally cut the corner off a gallon baggie and put the batter in it and added it to the cups like I was icing a cake.  My first batch was spice donuts with a maple glaze.  The maple glaze was easy, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, 1 cup of powered sugar and (to me) the most important part to super charge the maple flavor I added a teaspoon of pure maple extract.  Let the donuts cool and swirl them in the glaze and set on wax paper.  The donuts were a hit with the entire family!

This machine is a great gift for the foodie in your life.

 From the vendor:.
·                        Makes 12 mouth-watering donuts in minutes
·                        Ultra-fast heat up - Get cooking rather than waiting around the kitchen!
·                        Power and ready light indicators so you know when it's time to get baking
·                        Automatic temperature control to ensure perfect donuts every time!
·                        Cool-touch handle

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

Lest We Forget

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Diesel Men's DZ4453 Rasp Chrono Black Watch

Buttons on "Wrong" side. 
My first thought was what a beautiful watch.  Very masculine, like the black on black wheels on the limited edition Ford 150 Raptor.  My next thought was that it was a left hand person’s watch.  The buttons are on the “wrong” side.  I’m not sure what determines wrong but I went back to the selling page and there is no mention that this is a left hand person watch.  As good looking as it is, it is hard to read particularly in low light conditions.  I think a light button would have been a good idea.  A common complaint I have about watches may be, note I say may be, age related.  The tiny little dials are impossible to read.  Of course, the manual is equally hard to read.  It is sub pt 6 font and I had to use a magnifying glass to read it.  Note I have 20/20 vision with my glasses.  Overall I like the looks of the watch, in spite of the slight weirdness of the buttons on the wrong side.  

From the vendor:
  • Band material: stainless steel
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 46mm
  • Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
 If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

FindX Find Anything: Track, Locate , and Camera Trigger, Compatible with iOS and Android

Conceptually I like this.  This is a small, 1 5/8" x 3/8" approximately, device that is used to keep track of your stuff.  You install the application on your phone.  The setup and connection is quick and easy, it uses Bluetooth.   Hold the button on the device and it rings your phone.  Press the button on your phone and it sets off a tinny sound from the device.   It is a bi-directional divining rod for your gear.   If you constantly lose your keys, put the device on your key ring and when they are MIA you trigger it via your phone.  This assumes you don't consistently misplace your phone as well.   The vendor hope is you buy a bunch of these and attach them to your stuff.  A feature that appears to be a bonus is you can turn on the camera from the phone application and trigger the photo with the device.  I, frankly am one of those manually anti-dexterous folks who have trouble holding my phone and pressing the shutter.   This allows you to trigger the shutter with the FindX device.  It also would be good for group shots, prop your phone up and get a larger group.

The device also registers the last time a connection was made and apparently stores that info.  So if you have misplaced your tablet and have attached one of these, you can see on your phone via GPS the last place your phone had a connection with the FindX device.  You go to that location and trigger bluetooth to find the tablet.  

The sum total of directions is a tiny fold out with the device.   It says their is a tutorial in the application but it is more like a diagram than a tutorial.   I went to their website to see if there was more information there and nope, there wasn't.   So good gadget with tepid documentation. 

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

K'NEX Education Maker's Kit Simple Machines

This is a great DIY kit for the young builder.  There are a lot of great parts for building the 22 machines that have plans that are included.  However with the number of parts that are included, the sky is the limit.  This kit will provide your young builder and perhaps his father many hours of fun.   K'NEX makes a very durable, high quality product and even better it is made in the good old USA

 from the vendor:
22 different simple machine models
3 individual instructions books
Build up to 3 models at the same time
Contains 590+ parts
For ages 8+

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Western Union: Beware of Hidden Fees

Recently I attempted to pay a book illustrator for her work by using PayPal.   I have used the PayPal service to send my illustrator money for several years.  The December payment went through just fine.  Imagine my surprise when the March payment would not process.  I spent hours, that’s hours, not minutes on the phone with PayPal who never did figure out the problem.  I was forced to find an alternate method of paying my illustrator.

I turned to Western Union whose $34.00 fee was less than the $65.00 bank transfer fee my bank wanted.   Now the hidden fee part comes because if you use a credit card to fund a Western Union transfer, you get charged Cash Advance Fees by your credit card company.  That added an additional $11.99 in fees to the already $34.00 fee from Western Union

Now my illustrator lives in Bosnia.  I don’t know why PayPal could not re-do a transaction they did multiple times over multiple years.   That remains a mystery.

This is under Buyer Beware, there may be fee’s you never considered when you try and pay someone through the Internet. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Amped Wireless APOLLO PRO, Long Range HD Wi-Fi Camera (LRC200)

Update I did get a call back from tech support today, 18 hours after I left a message.  They left a trouble ticket so I called and after a short wait got a tech.   I was advised to reinstall the software as that might have a bearing on the lock ups.   The tech was not sure if the camera stores photos on your phone as well as the cloud or only on the cloud.   The user manual wasn't clear on that either but their application does save the snapshots to your phone storage.  I can not find any way to dictate that it save if to the flash card rather than the  phone memory itself.  The shots I took yesterday right before the software locked up are nowhere to be found.  I moved the camera away from my desk and my router.  It is now six feet away from a network extender that is showing a strong signal on my meter.  The camera however is showing a weak signal and black and white instead of color.  The tech said that the quality of the picture including color is directly related to the wifi signal strength.  I am not sure why it is not seeing the network extender.   It uses the same set up as the main router.  Overall it was reassuring that someone did return the tech call but the product still doesn't thrill me.  I will keep working at it and if I get some revelation I will report back here. 

My initial reaction to this camera was not positive.  I had followed the instructions to download the application for my Android phone from playstore. It installed and then asked me to set up an account.   My attempt to set a password was immediately thwarted.  It kept telling me to put in 8-20 characters and I was inputting the correct number of characters.  What it did NOT tell you was that you can not use any special characters.  I discovered this after calling their tech support and hanging up after having been on hold for 21 minutes.   I was just shutting the application down on my phone when I had an ah HA moment and tried a password without any special characters.   From that point forward the installation went smoothly.  

The camera is clear and the ability to record or take photos is pretty simple.  It attached to my network with no hassles.   It does have Cloud recording but only 30 days free with the camera purchase.   They do appear to have a reasonable price for cloud storage.   I did try and log in from my desktop and was told that they only support Internet Explorer and Firefox.   I did download the necessary plug in for Firefox and was able to view the camera live.   You could also look at your cloud recordings and manage them from the browser. 

Once again I am surprised that there is no support for Chrome which is my browser of choice.  Firefox is my second choice so it won't be a major hassle to use it when I want to check the camera from my desktop.  

Overall after the initial frustration with account setup, things went smoothly until I shut the application down and then reopened it.  The software would show a live picture but would not change screens or open any menus.   I had taken two snapshots to illustrate the 10X digital zoom but after rebooting the software, I could not get to them.   This appears to be a work in progress.  I am not impressed with their software.  I got the camera at no charge for purposes of review, frankly if I had spent $189.00 on this I would be most unhappy. 

 from the vendor:
See more with a camera that can be installed virtually anywhere in your home or office. Long Range technology means the camera can connect to Wi-Fi from up to 3X further than other cameras.
With the APOLLO App you can talk and listen with 2-way audio, receive instant notifications when the camera detects sound/motion, watch the HD feeds and control settings from your mobile device.
Relive, share and save all of your videos, from anywhere, with Cloud Recordings that are accessible from the app. A free 30-day cloud recording trial is included with your purchase.
You’ll never miss a moment with Advanced Night Vision that provides a clear view in complete darkness. And you’ll see both near and far with 10x zoom capabilities.
Having any trouble? Give Amped Wireless' free, US based, in-house, technical support a call, email or chat - 7 days a week.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kudos to Jockey Brand

Jockey Brand Rocks!
I recently made a purchase of some Jockey brand items on Amazon.  They arrived and I was dismayed to see I had ordered the wrong size.  My first reaction was negative thinking now there will be the hassle of a return and this is why brick and mortar is better and what an idiot I am for not realizing the size returned to the default medium when I changed color and yes this is an excellent example of a dreadful run on sentence.

Cutting to the chase, there was a Jockey packing list with an 800 number.  I called and explained it was my error and asked what I could do to remedy it.  The delightful customer service rep asked my email address and promptly sent me a free mailing label and told me to re-order the correct size at Amazon.  Talk about Easy Peasy!

The product is excellent and now I know the customer service is just as excellent!
Kudos to Jockey!

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

How to FIX Home Group Failure

After a recent Win10 upgrade my Homegroup stopped working.  The computers that not long ago happily shared data, pics and docs now refused to see each other.   Goggling the problem led me to all kinds of useless information.  The solution is actually quite simple. 

If Homegroup stops working, you must turn off all the computers that were in the group and start over.  Go to control panel or network, find Homegroup and it will let you set up a new one but you must have all the other computers in the Homegroup turned off for your main computer to allow you to set up a new Homegroup.   (Main computer can be which ever one you  want to use as your main computer.) When you set the new Homegroup up you will get a password for use with all the other computers.  Turn them on and go to control panel and Homeroup.  It will ask if you want to join the Homegroup.  Go through the questions and be sure to share all that you want to share.  Input the password and after a couple of agonizing minutes it should welcome you to the NEW Homegroup.  

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

PayPal Failure

PayPal Failed Me!
I am sad to report that after eight days PayPal tech support had no interest or ability to solve my inability to send payment to an illustrator who happens to live in Bosnia. It appears that there is some hidden firewall erected between December 2016 and now that has shut the door on payments to individuals in Bosnia. In an attempt to determine if it was a problem with my system, I used a VPN and thus a different IP address and that did not work. I sent the money to a relative and they were not able to send the money to my illustrator. Paypal told my illustrator that they have no idea why the money won't transfer. This is a young lady that has illustrated many books for me and I was unable to pay her in the method I have used countless times in the past. Western Union was happy to send the money. The $34 fee was well worth the fact that it took me 10 minutes which included the time to set up the account. 10 minutes and $34 vs. a minimum of 4 hours on the phone with PayPal and multiple emails and messages, priceless 😡

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PayPal Fails

Alas PayPal, I Thought I Knew You Well

I've been using PayPal for years.   Recently I have run into a PayPal wall.

I have tried to send money to a book illustrator for one week. I have talked to several tech support people. I have tried two different computers and three different browsers and ALL of the Paypal options to send this money. I have paid this same illustrator as recently as December for her work. Now sending money to Bosnia seems to be impossible. Is there some government boycott or regulation that I am unaware of? I am mystified as to Paypal's inability to solve this problem. A transaction of less than 5 minutes in December has now cost me hours of my time and damage to my reputation due to my inability to pay for work that was done.

One of PayPal's customer service reps suggested my illustrator invoice me and I pay her that way.  I just  tried to do that and got another error message.

Paypal international payment has a major problem.

 After speaking to my fourth customer service rep today, I am no closer to sending payment to my illustrator who happens to be in Bosnia. I have WASTED 5 hours or more in the last 7 days trying to get an answer as to why a payment will not process. I have gone through the same diagnostic procedure with very pleasant customer service reps multiple times, multiple browsers, multiple computers and multiple headaches. I posted on this page and received a message to message, which I did, a note said immediate response is normal. I got NO response from posting here.

Transferwise is a very inexpensive method of sending funds internationally. Look into it!

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lenovo Flex 4 14.0" 2-in-1 Laptop,

Lenovo Flex 4 14.0" 2-in-1 Laptop, Black (Intel Core i5-7200U, 16GB, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10) 80VD000FUS

This flexible hinge is an interesting concept.  You can use it just like any other laptop.  It can be folded tent like to use it as if it is on an easel.  You can flip it all the way around and make it act like a tablet.  I just downloaded a sketching ap and played with it as if it is a tablet.  The touch screen is suitably touchable.  It allows me to touch rather than click.  It seems reasonably fast but that is expected.  Overall my initial perceptions are very positive.
From the Vendor:
Screen Size      14 inches
Max Screen Resolution           1920x1080 pixels
Processor         2.5 GHz None
RAM   16 GB
Chipset Brand Intel HD Graphics 620
Card Description         Integrated
Wireless Type  802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports      2
Average Battery Life (in hours)          9 hours
Other Technical Details
Brand Name    Lenovo
Series   Flex
Item model number     Flex 4 14 (80VD000FUS)
Hardware Platform     PC
Operating System       Windows 10
Item Weight    3.8 pounds
Product Dimensions    13.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H   13.24 x 0.82 x 9.13 inches
Color   Black
Processor Brand          Intel
Processor Count          2
Flash Memory Size     256.0
Optical Drive Type     None
Batteries          1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zyliss Control Chef's Knife 8 Inch

This is a handy knife.  I particularly like the thumb indent.   I felt it added a control feature missing in many knives.  There is also a non-slip pad that fit my little finger on the underside of the handle.   On the top front there is a indent to help hold the knife when you rock .  Once again I like additional control.  I'm not a chef, I want to keep all my fingers and control features help.

From the vendor: 
Bottom of Form
  • Multi-purpose 8" Chef's Knife making cooking with ease, control, and accuracy; perfect for chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing
  • Safety touchpoints on top of blade for a more controlled "rocking" motion and comfort rest for thumb/index finger
  • Antibacterial protected and contoured handle for both large and small hands creating hassle-free manuvering
  • High quality X50CrMoV15 German steel, is razor sharp, rust-resistant, durable, tarnish-free and easy to re-sharpen
  • Lifetime Zyliss Warranty, Dishwasher Safe remaining sharp wash after wash

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

MoKo Case for Fire 7 2015 - Slim-Fit...

The case seems like good quality.  It fits well and snaps securely.   I like the hand strap that allows you to hold it.  The only problem is there is a touch too much play in the case.  Please note the two white arrows in the photo.  If you are holding the case by using the back strap, the fire tends to torque to the outside. The arrows show how the fire twists.  That isn't the problem as much as if you do put your hand at the edges of the fire, your fingers (at least mine do) may overlap the edge and then impact the touch function.   It is not a reason to overlook the case but if you have large hands, it may be an issue.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

StarTech 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 External SATA III SSD Hard Drive Enclosure with UASP (S2510BPU33)

Wow!  The description said tool-less and easy install and it WAS!  It took me slightly less time to install the hardrive in the enclosure than it took me to walk to the end of my driveway to get the package out of the mailbox.  The drive slid in, the enclosure closed, I put the cable on, plugged it into my computer and it was recognized before I could pull up explorer.  Slick and easy, finally plug and play is becoming a reality.  $15.00 at Amazon

·                           Compliant with USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) Transport Specifications
·                           Compatible with SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gaps) drives
·                           Tool-less installation
·                           Compliant with USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) Transport Specifications
·                           Compatible with SATA revision I/II/III (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
·                           Tool-less installation
·                           Powered Directly from the USB Port

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Manhattan Toy Little Jurassic Chomp Dinosaur Plush

This is soft and cuddly.  The weighted feet are kind of strange but they do able it to stand up right easily.  I am somewhat concerned about the eyes though.  I removed that type of eye from the last plush toy I got for a grandkids due to my concern about them biting off the eyes and swallowing them.  I embroidered eyes on the other dinosaur.  I will have to check with the parents before I give this as a gift as the eyes are, in my eyes, a possible safety issue. $22 at Amazon also seems a bit pricy for the size of the toy. 

From the vendor:
·        Stuffed animal dinosaur features ultra-soft fabric that begs to be held and is impossible to put down
·    Weighted feet for plush toy to stand comfortably in place while not being toted around the Jurassic jungle
·    Durably constructed stuffed animal to withstand years of love
·    For all ages, surface washable only
·    Measures 7" x 15" x 4"

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Delsey Luggage Passenger Lite Expandable Trolley Suitcase Carry On Color: Merlot

This is an attractive suitcase in a color that should stand out if on a luggage carousel.   The handle pops up easily and seems very sturdy.  The four caster wheels swivel smoothly and the suitcase pulls with ease.  It has an expandable feature utilizing a separate zipper that increases the size by about 3" in depth so roughly 800 cubic inches more.   Considering it is roughly 2520 cubic inches without the extra 3 you get roughly a third more storage.  I did the math in my head so if you use a calculator and I am wrong, such is life.  The suitcase has a nice feature that one half is separated by a zippered compartment so when opening, everything doesn't just fall out of the up side.   Overall this is a very nice carryon.  If after I actually carry it on to an airplane and have any negative issues, I will report back here.

From the Vendor:
Extremely durable and lightweight and is made of 100 percent ABS with a protective polycarbonate film
Features a TSA approved lock for maximum security
Fully lined interior, dual locking trolley handle and four spinner wheels
Fully featured at a great value

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