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Monday, February 27, 2017

TP-LINK AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender AV1200 Powerline Edition with Outlet Pass-Through (TL-WPA8630P KIT)


This installed correctly from the quick start sheet.  I admit that was a pleasant surprise.  Altogether too often quick start is a misnomer.  Another thing to consider is that I am running multiple routers, signal extenders and wireless paraphernalia.   I fully expected some conflicts.  I got no conflicts.

The one button wireless connected and used the system config so no extra passwords were needed.  Signal was strong and steady.

I particularly liked how plugging in and using the house wiring and providing hardwired connections at the other end worked cleanly.  I have a mini cellular tower that must be hardwired and sometimes there is no close hardwire connection.  (BTW off topic, if you are unlucky enough to be in a dreaded dead zone cellular wise, I strongly recommend the Samsung mini-cell tower.  With it I can use my cell phone at home, without it, I have to stand on one foot, hold the front pillar and lean off the front porch to get half a bar.)

Back to the TP Powerline, it configured easily and I got a hardwired 100mps at another location in the house.  This product passed all my tests with flying colors.

  • Wi-Fi Adapter Only
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  • Connect anywhere - two power line adapters expand your network using electrical wiring, sending signal through walls and floors and into rooms needing better coverage
  • AC1200 Wi-Fi - game and watch HD movies in any room with AC1200 Dual band Wi-Fi
  • AV1200 power line - home Plug AV2 compliant with AV1200 power line speeds over electrical wiring
  • Two-step setup - Plug and play with No configuration required
  • Extra power socket - integrated Pass-through power socket with built in noise-filters keep your outlet free for other uses


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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

StarTech.com Dual Port Car Charger with Micro USB Cable and USB Port, High Power, 21 Watt/4.2 Amp, White (USBUB2PCARW)


Over the years I have had positive experience with StarTech gear.  This is no exception, it functions as I expected.  Grand kids are connected and their gear always needs charged.   This unit fits the bill.   Two charging and one time with enough juice to do the job.

  
From the Vendor:

·                        Charge two tablets simultaneously using your car charge port and         our high-powered charger
·                        Charge two tablets in car
·                        2 port Micro USB charger
·                        White Dual Port Car Charger with Micro USB Cable and USB Port - High Power (21 Watt / 4.2 Amp)
·                        White
·                        Ensure all your mobile devices charged while commuting
·                        Compact Design

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Turtle Beach - Stealth 420X+ Fully Wireless Gaming Headset - Superhuman Hearing - Xbox One


If you have a gamer that is truly serious, these are the headphones to grab.  They are comfortable which is crucial in those long overnight sessions.  They sound is clear and the microphone appears to be sensitive.   The rechargeable battery is a nice touch as a 15 hour charge should last for the most committed gamer.  Oh, they also work great on the phone and for skype. 

 From the vendor:

·                        100% Fully Wireless for Xbox One - No wires anywhere. Experience crystal clear game and chat audio using the latest intelligent, channel-hopping technology for interference-free wireless gaming
·                        Superhuman Hearing - Offers players a competitive advantage by allowing them to hear soft sounds like enemy footsteps sneaking up from behind and weapon reloads off in the distance
·                        Mic Monitoring - STOP SHOUTING!!! Mic Monitoring lets players hear their own voice in the headset to avoid shouting at teammates and other players
·                        Independent Game and Chat Volume Control - Players can independently adjust game and chat audio levels to their preference
·                        15-Hour Rechargeable Battery - An onboard rechargeable battery delivers up to 15 hours of wireless gameplay


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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coravin One Wine System, Cobalt Blue/White/Grey



This is a pretty nifty Gadget. The instructions could be clearer but since they used pictographs it was easy to pick up. The method of tapping in to a bottle of wine was pretty simple. You merely installed the tube of gas which then allows you to pour the wine without letting any air into the bottle. It is an ideal way to sample different wines without having to open the entire bottle. I kind of doubt they will let me take it into the wine store though for my own sampling experiences. It certainly seems to work easily and if you're the kind of person that only drinks a glass of wine and doesn't want to open the whole bottle this is perfect.  Sadly for those of us who tend to drink the entire bottle at one sitting it will be of limited utility.


From the vendor:
User-friendly wine system keeps your wine safe from oxidation, allowing it to continue to age naturally.
Non-coring, faster pouring needle allows access to wine without cork damage, allowing it to reseal and continue protecting the wine.
Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Proprietary capsule cap creates a tight seal between capsule and product.
Press the trigger to pressurize the bottle, release to let wine pour out. Ergonomic handle and angled spout make wine pouring easy.
Bottle clamp with grips makes it easy to attach, providing a secure hold on the bottle, ensuring the system remains stable while pouring. Fits on a variety of sized standard bottles.

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

3Doodler Create 3D Pen














3Doodler Create 3D Pen - The Latest Edition of the World's First 3D Printing Pen - Ultimate Art Tool & Crafts Pen Kit - With 50 Plastic Strands, No Mess, Non-Toxic (Spring Green)
by 3Doodler

This works ok, it isn't as easy to use as a competing product I also tested.   It is a plug in device and the cord does have a small impact on freedom of movement but for someone who vaguely remembers a wood burning pen this is way easier. I only scorched my thumb once.  

Plastic was not real durable. 
The plug in factor does allow for a longer use of the pen.  They suggest no more than two hours and then give it a 30 minute cool off period.  I would caution the kids to NOT touch the tip.  I don't know if it was a better plastic on the other pen but it certainly was more durable.   It appeared to be  extruded slightly thicker than this pen.   The end product was certainly more durable.  This isn't a bust, it just will take a certain amount of finesse to use, more so than the competition.

From the vendor:About the Product
·                 WORLD'S FIRST AND NO. 1 BEST SELLING 3D PEN: 3Doodler Create is the newest model from the maker of the world's first 3D printing pen. The slimmest, lightest, strongest 3Doodler yet. Enhanced design, easy to manage, and improved drive system for quieter and smoother operation, and endless creation. Latest features also include simplified and intuitive controls, and a new ambient light bar.
·                 DOODLE IN 3D: Draw vertically. Draw horizontally. Lift your imagination off the page! The 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic, which instantly hardens, allowing you to literally draw in 3D, freehand or on paper. Change colors quickly and easily. The possibilities are endless.
·                 3D ART MADE EASY FOR ALL ADULTS: From hobbyists to crafters, artists and professionals, 3D creation has never been easier. It's the perfect gift for all men and women. Precision crafting and art is easier than ever with the ultimate 3D craft pen.
·                 MOST VERSATILE 3D PEN: 3Doodler offers the widest range of plastics, no mess, safe and non-toxic. It's the only 3D Art tool with changeable nozzles and unique accessories. Plus, you'll find hundreds of FREE 3Doodler stencils available online for family friendly inspiration. Draw in 3D for hours!
·                 NO RISK PURCHASE, COMPLETE 3D SET: 360 days FREE replacement policy and unrivaled 24-hour global customer service. THE BOX INCLUDES: 3Doodler Create 3D Pen, 50 FREE Plastic Strands in a selection of multiple colors and materials, Power Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Tools & a ton of creative potential!If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

18k Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Round Champagne Cubic Zirconia 4mm and White Cubic Zirconia Love Knot Stud Earrings


These are very pretty and seem well made.  The price is very reasonable and they should make a nice addition to anyone's costume jewelry line.   A great gift  from Amazon. 

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

SYMA X5UC 2.4G RC Quadcopter with HD Camera


This was easy to assemble.  It flies fine.  The controls are sensitive and will require some practice to master.  The struts that protect the blades are a great feature.  After knocking into the door when testing the motors, no damage.   Outside in flight tests it decided to go into the tree house.  This thing is quick.  Again, no damage due to the blade protectors.   The battery charged quicker than I expected.  The manual is bad.  This was an obvious translation from Chinese (I assume as that is the country of orgin.)  to English without any consideration for syntax and grammatical rules.   Annoying but hardly a major detriment.   The main issue is that the drone has a camera with zero, none, not a single line on how to get the photos out of the camera.  There are directions on how to take a photo but nothing in the manual to tell how to get the photos out of the camera.  I went to the SYMA website and the online manual is an exact duplicate of the paper manual so there is apparently a useless camera on the drone.  As a plus the manual is large enough and in a reasonable font that you can read and see the diagrams.   Recently I have noted things seem to have manuals for microscopic vision both in physical size and the size of the font used to produce them.   So that was good but the lack of info on the camera means if you want a drone to play with, this is fine but if you want photos I wouldn't get this drone.

Amazon exclusive Syma X5C upgrade: extra battery, auto take-off and landing, hover function, upgraded motors.
Equipped with HD camera, easily take aerial photos or videos. Memory card not included.
The X5UC hovers in place without user control, a great feature for beginners or photographers. Press a button for automatic take-off and landin
Different flight modes for all skill levels, and a button on the transmitter allows for exciting flips on command.
Two batteries included, each provides a 7 Minute flight and takes 100 minutes to charge


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