Product Reviews

Comfitude Velvet Weighted Blanket

By S.P. – Stylish Comfort

5/5

I always had sleep issues, so I’ve been wanting to try a weighted blanket for a while now. They are meant to help with anxiety and nervousness, and can have additional benefits as well like decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone), causing a growth in serotonin and melatonin levels to get that desired good night sleep.

I recently had the chance to try out one of the Velvet Weighted Blanket from Comfitude and it has been such an instant improvement in my sleep! Since I always had issues falling asleep- and staying asleep- and while it’s not 100% fixed, it has honestly gotten significantly better. The weight of the blanket calms my body down and keeps me from tossing and turning constantly, and trying to get comfortable. It feels like a giant, warm hug and is so snuggly!

Some weighted blankets can have issues with retaining too much heat, but I haven’t found that to be the case of this one because of the natural cotton shell. Even with the heat on in my room, I’ve been comfortable all night.

This blanket in particular is also awesome because the quilted outer layer can be machine washed and is dryer safe! You can even remove the outer cover and use the inner blanket on it’s own in the warmer months to keep a little cooler. It’s versatility which is a huge plus compared to other weighted blankets!

The blankets comes in 4 different colors ( Charcoal, Grey, Electric Blue, Taupe), and 3 different weights (10 LBS, 15 LBS, 20 LBS).

Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X Open Air High-Fidelity Gaming Headset

By S.P. – Comfort and sound quality

5/5

The Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X open-air gaming headset gives users advanced, high-fidelity sound and a comfortable, secure fit. The all-metal honeycomb housings keep the headset light and cool, providing an open, natural sound.

The ATH-ADG1X comes equipped with a premium gooseneck microphone to handle all your in-game communication. The microphone’s supercardioid element is rejects unwanted ambient noise, so the user’s voice will come through clear every time. It comes with a windscreen that slips onto the mic to further combat wind and breath noise. The headset’s 1.2 m (3.9′) cable includes a simple volume/locking mute switch for easy one-hand operation, and comes with a 2.0 m (6.6′) extension cable for greater versatility.

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X Features:

  • Advanced 53 mm drivers provide accurate soundreproduction for FPS (first-person shooter) and other games

  • Open-air design provides unrivaled sound quality,clarity and comfort

  • Improved 3D Wing Support system offers hours ofcomfort and a secure fit

  • Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art microphone enablesclear in-game voice communication

  • Simple volume control and locking microphone muteswitch enable one-hand operation

  • Soft earpads provide superior comfort for extendedgame play

  • Equipped with 1.2 m (3.9′) attached cable and 2.0 m(6.6′) extension cable

  • Included microphone windscreen reduces unwanted wind and breath noise

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X Specifications:

  • Type: Open-air dynamic

  • Driver Diameter: 53 mm

  • Frequency Response: 5 – 35,000 Hz

  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW

  • Sensitivity: 99 dB / mW

  • Impedance: 48 ohms

  • Weight: 285 g (10.1 oz), without cable

  • Cable: 1.2 m (3.9′)

  • Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated stereo mini-plug(4 pole)

  • Accessories Included: 2.0 m (6.6′) extension cable;windscreen

  • Type (Microphone): Condenser

  • Sensitivity (Microphone): -41 dB (0 dB = 1 V/Pa, 1kHz)

  • Frequency Response (Microphone): 100 – 12,000 Hz

  • Polar Pattern (Microphone): Supercardioid

Super X-Fi Headphone

By S.P – Very Impressive

5/5

Headphone holography is the next big thing in audio.

The Super X-Fi recreates the soundstage of a multi-speaker surround system in a pair of headphones and personalises it by scanning the user’s head and ears so that the custom-fit audio experience becomes natural.

Here is how it works:

Super X-Fi is computational audio; it uses complex algorithms and computationally intensive techniques to custom fit audio, for every individual, through a sophisticated Head and Ear-Mapping process. This is done by simply taking three photos of your face and ears with your phone.

Hundreds of anthropometric parameters are extracted from the features of the head in high precision using real-time image detection and analysis. An artificial intelligence (AI) engine then uses these parameters along with the dynamics of the targeted headphones, and synthesizes them with a multidimensional map of the desired room acoustics.

 

About the SXFI AMP:

The SXFI AMP delivers the best of two worlds in advanced personalized headphone audio. It incorporates the all-new ‘mind-blowing’ and award-winning Super X-Fi technology which is miniaturized into a dongle no larger than a finger. The SXFI AMP is also a premium high-performance headphone amplifier that is capable of driving even studio-grade headphones.

The SXFI AMP connects to your devices via USB Type-C. You can also add-on appropriate converters to connect other port types. With a USB connection to your PC or Mac, the SXFI AMP can support an advanced feature that lets you enjoy 5.1 and 7.1 cinematic audio content from movies and games, with the magic of a holographic Super X-Fi sound stage that sounds as good as the real thing!

The on-board Super X-Fi UltraDSP chip processes pristine digital audio from the USB port in accordance with your Super X-Fi profile. Such digital audio is then converted to analog by a high-precision DAC and amplified by the on-board amp. The amplified output goes to your headphones via a 3.5mm jack at the other end.

The SXFI AMP’s powerful amplifier can drive any headphone, all the way to studio grade headphones with up to 600 ohm impedance. It uses a separate 128dB high-end high-precision AKM 32bit DAC. This provides maximum audio fidelity and pristine quality yielding up to 120dB SNR, and 0.0003% THD – easily beating some of the most expensive headphone amps on the market today. 

SPECIFICATIONS: Physical

● Chassis: Fine textured black Anodized Aluminium Unibody

● Dimensions: 9.7 x 17.5 x 67 mm (0.38 x 0.69 x 2.6 inches)

● Weight: 15g (0.5 ounces)

● Connector: USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack

Audio

● DAC: AKM AK4377 (32-bit, 192 dB)

● Format: 2.0/5.1/7.1 channels, 24-bit/96KHz ● SNR: Up to 120 dB

● THD+N: Up to -110 dB (0.0003%)

● IMD: < 0.0022%

● Crosstalk: < -75 dB

Audiophile-Grade Op-Amp

● Gain: 3X Amplification ● Max Power: (16 ohm) 425 mW, (32 ohm) 370 mW, (300 ohm) 51 mW, (600 ohm) 26 mW

Get in the right mood with these amazing Speakers by Creative

Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Lightshow Speaker

By S.P

5/5

Since there are so many choices to choose from nowadays the Creative Halo definitely stands out among the crowded market of Bluetooth speakers, bringing something new and exciting to the table your own personal lightshow.

Creative Halo brings a fully programmable lightshow with support of up to 16.8 million colors. The Halo’s lights can also be set to a solid color,  if you like.

Creative Halo supports multiple color runnings on the light panel. Each effect also has customized settings that can be modified via the free Xpectra Lightshow Control app on an iPhone or Android phone.

A button on top of Halo toggles between the different lighting patterns (glows, blinks, etc) and there are also other playback controls. These do not have background lighting and have the same color as the panel, which can be challenging to see in the dark. Another great feature is to have the Halo pulse along with the your favorite tune. Design wise; Creative Halo looks really beautiful and futuristic.

Apart from Bluetooth, the speaker also supports the good, old 3.5mm wired connection which supports a wide range of audio devices. Surprisingly, the speaker also has a built-in microphone so you can use it to take calls. It weighs half a kilo and has an attached strap, making it pretty easy to carry around with a battery life of roughly around 8 hours which depends on which lighting effects you have it on. It has a great sound and deep bass.

This is a great device to take to a party and a great eye candy.

Creative Nova Alexa-Enabled Wi-Fi Multi-Room 5-Driver Portable Smart Speaker with Bluetooth for iOS Devices

By S.P.

5/5

I really love the speaker. There so many options not only is the sound great, you get the added benefits of all these cool sound spa options and light/color options that are super fun. It’s waterproof so you can use it in the shower, take it on camping trips or simple relax with it.

Overview:

  • Alexa-enabled speaker access information and thousands of songs from the internet Nova also works with Smart home devices and fixtures.

  • Wireless multi-room playback play music or stream music directly on one Nova or synchronize Nova speakers wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Stream music directly online without connecting your phone.

  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth speaker The Nova packs a 5-driver configuration consisting of two far-field drivers, a down-firing built-in woofer, as well as two passive radiators that delivers big sound.

  • Sound and light Span experience Nova’s mood changing feature -Creative Nova comes with a 16.8 million color ambient Lamp for a customizable Audio and light experience for relaxation.

  • Sound Blaster interconnect app for iOS for iPhone users, the app allows you to control multiple Nova speakers around your home or office via Wi-Fi and customize light and sound Span settings. (No Android support )

Ion Audio Mustang LP Ford 4-in-1 Classic Car Styled Music Center, Red

A fun way to listen to Vinyl again – By S.P.

5/5

Here’s an exciting way to enjoy all your favorite music. The Mustang LP is a 4-in-1 music center with exciting retro automotive styling that recalls the great road cruising’ music of yesteryear. Everything you need is here: A quiet belt-drive 3-speed turntable plays every record in your collection and records them to a USB flash drive. The unit has built-in speakers and an internal amplifier so you don’t need any extra equipment. There’s an Auxiliary input for connecting other devices and even a headphone jack for private listening. But what really sets Mustang LP apart from the crowd is its FM tuning dial that looks just like the speedometer of the classic 1965 Mustang, right down to being flanked by round dials on either side. This unit delivers great music with unbeatable style. Just be careful not to exceed the speed limit!

  • 4-in-1 retro music center with turntable, radio, USB and aux input

  • 3-speed belt-drive turntable plays all your records

  • Records your albums onto USB flash drive

  • Sensitive FM tuner with speedometer look

  • Built-in speakers and headphone jack for private listening; Auxiliary input for connecting and playing other devices

Mpowerd LUCI Inflatable Smart Solar Light

Comes in handy in a Power Outage – By S.P.

5/5

Luci is an inflatable, affordable, solar lantern that generates continuous light with zero emissions anywhere on earth, independent of the grid. It can be charged under direct sunlight or cloudy skies.It’s easy to use as it is to deflate and stow, Luci’s durable, waterproof design makes it ideal for everything from boating and camping to outdoor entertaining, and power outages. In fact, lack of electricity was the inspiration for the idea. MPOWERD was co-founded by Jacques-Philippe Piverger, John Salzinger, and Jason Alan Snyder. Principal inventor Jason Alan Snyder worked hand in hand with John Salzinger to develop the Luci lantern after an earthquake in 2010 left thousands without power in Haiti. Now, MPOWERD is on a mission to illuminate the lives of people who live in energy poverty all over the world.

Unlike other solar light products, Luci incorporates the functions of a task light, flashlight, and diffused lantern. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery weighs only 4.5 ounces. In your car, at home, or for those in need, Luci has the power to shed light on all types of tasks and all kinds of situations.

Luci Connect is an inflatable solar light with Bluetooth wireless technology that is completely powered by the sun. Set it in direct sunlight for 14 hours or charge via USB for 2-3 hours and Luci Connect lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge

  • Luci Connect app (compatible with both iPhone and Android devices) lets you customize your light by choosing from unlimited color options, 3 preset moods or the ability to create and save your own moods

  • App allows you to control brightness, hue, speed of transition between colors and conveniently check battery life when light is out of reach

  • 36 LEDs (24 pure white + 12 multi-color) surround the perimeter of the disk facing in allowing the light to emanate toward the center and shine up to 250 lumens

  • Luci Connect is perfect for camping, pool & patio lighting, yoga & spa, mood lighting, event decor, holidays and as a unique gift

  • Weighs less than most mobile phones at 15 oz. / 426 g

  • Inflatable, lightweight, durable and waterproof (rated IP67)

  • MPOWERD offers a 1-year manufacturer’s on all MPOWERD products sold by authorized sellers.

BuddyPhones best Headphones for Kids of 2019

Colorful fun Headphones for Kids – By S.P.

5/5

These days, we’re more connected than ever, and kids are using headphones all the time. Whether they’re watching cartoons in the car, listening to music on their phones, or playing video games in the basement, it’s important for your kids to have headphones that won’t damage their ears.

The BuddyPhones children’s headphones are safe, comfortable, and designed to withstand the heavy beating kids typically give their gear.

What’s more, these audio listening devices feature safe volume limits that provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to cap the maximum noise level at either 75, 85, or 94 decibels.

Beyond that, these headphones are compatible with any Bluetooth device, which means you get to altogether eliminate the hazardous cord you probably associate with headphones.

What’s more, these headphones charge up quickly and maintain an average of 14 hours of battery life per full battery. When used for only a few hours per day, this easily can amount to two or three days of use per charge. As such, these are a great product for forgetful youngsters.

The BuddyPhones are extremely comfortable. They boast hypoallergenic cushions with tons of ear padding. Needless to say, the band can be adjusted to fit a growing head.

One of the most unique features of these headphones is they are water and spill-proof with a rating of Ip67. They are also compatible with all Bluetooth devices within 30-feet.

While these headphones are compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, they also feature an optional 2.5-foot AUX cable for when your child wants to connect directly to their listening device.

What’s more, they come with a 3.5-millimeter gold-plated “buddy” cord that allows users to sync their audio with up to four additional children. The headphones boast a diverse array of colors, including Safari yellow, Light pink, Amazon green, and Glacier blue.

Each pair of headphones comes with a soft storage bag and a set of kid-friendly decorative stickers. They are designed and sized for children three and older. What’s more, they collapse for storage and travel.

WHOOSH! Screen Shine

Makes your devices look like new – By S.P.

5/5

WHOOSH! Screen Shine is a powerful screen cleaner that rids your cell phone and devices of dirt and grime. The proprietary formula leaves a nano – thin, anti-static, and invisible coating that repels and resists dust, smudges, oils, and fingerprints. 

Screen Shine is safe for you and your devices. The non – toxic and odorless formula contains no alcohol and no ammonia, and leaves behind no harmful residue. It was designed to be completely safe for all screens and devices, including tablets, HDTVs, wearable tech, and eyeglasses.

Available sizes

Includes one standard 6 x 6 in (15 x 15 cm) antimicrobial microfiber cloth, except where indicated Pocket – 0.3 fl oz (8 mL)

Go – 1 fl oz (30 mL)

Go Big – 1.7 fl oz (50 mL) Go XL – 3.4 fl oz (100 mL)

Duo – Pocket and Go XL – includes two standard antimicrobial microfiber cloths.

Professional – 16.9 fl oz (500 mL) – does not include antimicrobial microfiber cloths – not for retail sales.

Also available:

Screen Shine Wipes. The same Screen Shine formula, in a handy disposable wipe.

12 Pack – includes one mini antimicrobial microfiber cloth 30 Pack – includes two mini antimicrobial microfiber cloths

CAR LOVERS MEET STYLE AND FUNCTION IN THE NEW AUTOWIT MINICYCLONE CORDLESS HANDHELD VACUUM

Savvy handy little device

5/5

By S.P.

Genhigh, the leader in innovative car accessories, unveiled its upcoming cordless handheld car vacuum the AUTOWIT MiniCyclone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for MiniCyclone to give consumers an opportunity to get their hands on this cutting-edge vacuum before anyone else.

AUTOWIT MiniCyclone is designed to meet consumers’ needs for efficient cleaning and chic styling. The sleek black and silver model boasts improved functionality with higher suction power with multiple attachments for various cleaning needs. The petite cordless handheld vacuum is small enough to store in your car yet powerful enough to use on heavy-duty jobs.

“We’re excited to offer consumers an opportunity to get early access to the AUTOWIT MiniCyclone vacuum through our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo,” said Minming Gu, Co-Founder at Genhigh. “The Autowit MiniCyclone cordless handheld vacuum makes cleaning effortless and excels both in functionality and design. It will be a very competitive model in the market.”

Weighing less than two pounds, the ergonomic, sleek industrial design is also jam packed with features like a 7.2V/2000mAh battery that gives you over 15 minutes of uninterrupted battery life, straight air passages that maximize vacuum efficiency, low noise levels, and outstanding 4200pa suction power.

AUTOWIT MiniCyclone is currently available for pre-order through Indiegogo starting at the super early-bird price of $39. You can find the live campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/autowit-minicyclone-cordless-handheld-vacuum#/

Core Gaming Backpack by Mobile Edge

5/5

By S.P.

The Core Gaming is great backpack designed for any gaming enthusiast and others on the move. It comes with a lot of great features such as a built-in charge port and a charging cable that runs throughout the backpack which allows you to add a portable charger anywhere inside the backpack. It also comes with an USB plug outside the backpack so you can charge your cell phone or other devices easily. Also it can carry any kind of mobile devices from gaming gear, laptops, mobile phones, tablets to fit everyone’s need there is enough room. Another great feature is there are 3 storage pockets inside to store your memory cards and extra pockets for pens, credit cards etc…as well as 4 outside pockets for extra storage. It’s a solid backpack, thanks to the durable ballistic nylon and padded air-mesh shoulder straps and back panel that makes carrying so much easier. There’s also a padded carry handle for easy lifting and a convenient trolley strap to stack it on top of you luggage. The Core gaming pack comes in a black and red color combination. This backpack also comes with a lifetime warranty. Mobile Edge’s Core Gaming Backpack is one of the most well-made packs I tried out so far. This one is a must-have backpack for any user that’s constantly on the move.

For more information visit www.mobileedge.com and use the special PromoCode: 30offCES2019

Surfit Qubo Mini Projector Takes Entertainment On-The-Go to New Levels

By S.P.

GenHigh unveiled its Surfit Qubo mini projector during this year’s 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Surfit Qubo is light enough to travel with and provides up to four hours of cable-free projection time thanks to a detachable battery that also serves as a power bank. Surfit Qubo features 2.4G/5G dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 3.0 to easily connect anywhere anytime. In addition, Surfit Qubo runs an Android System so you can easily install apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV and more. Gamers and movie fans can easily enjoy a super-sized screen anywhere they go with this portable slim projector that easily fits in a bag or backpack.

Surfit Qubo Mini Projector Key Features:

  • Detachable Battery Module: Surfit Qubo includes a wall charger, but those who want an on-the-go solution, can easily attach the magnetic battery module that doubles as a power bank for prolonged battery life or to charge other gadgets.
  • Display: Boasting a real 150 ANSI lumens WVGA bright display, Surfit Qubo has a native resolution of 854×480 pixels with an optimal display size of 20-100 inches.
  • Pocket-Sized Modern Minimal Design: Surfit Qubo is enclosed with aviation alloy case, measures a toast size (5.2 x 5.2 in / 13.2 x 13.2 cm) making it the perfect travel companion.
  • Connectivity: Surfit Qubo is 2.4G/5G dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 3.0 enabled to seamlessly connect to the internet, mobile devices and flash disks thus eliminating the need for extra wires when operating.
  • Dual Speakers/Audio Jack: Built-in speakers on each side of the mini-projector provide mobile entertainment for the family or simply plug in headphones for a more private experience. A 3.5mm audio jack also means you can plug in external speakers to take the sound up a notch for larger groups.
  • Local Storage: Surfit Qubo also features a 2G RAM and 16G ROM, making it possible to store your favorite contents locally within the projector itself and view them anytime.
  • Heat Dissipation: Most projectors release heat horizontally, but Surfit Qubo dissipates heat flow vertically to prevent discomfort when sitting next to it.  

For more info visit www.genhigh.com

Loop Earplugs

5/5

By S.P.

Stylish, Comfortable and Easy-to-Use

Designed specifically for listening to music, Loop uses an acoustic channel that imitates the function of your ear canal. At the end of this channel is an acoustic mesh filter that reduces sound by 20 decibels across all frequencies. The combination of the channel and the filter produces a clear sound and lets you enjoy the music without destroying your eardrums.

I tried out a pair at a rock concert during the 2019 CES recently and must say the work effectively.

The Loops lowered the intensity of the volume, but didn’t smother it. The sound of the bass and drums were reduced, while the singers’ voices and guitar riffs remained clear. Every now and then I’d remove the Loops from my ears to experience the loudness for a few minutes, but put them right back in “what a difference”. They are extremely comfortable with the clever “ring” design they fit securely in your ear you don’t have to constantly push them back in, like other earplugs.

They come with assorted sizes of foam tips to ensure you’ll get a good fit inside your ear and a little leather bag to store them inside your pocket or purse. There are five different colors to choose from and they retail for $ 29.95.

Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT

4.5/5

By S.P.

Audio-Technica introduced a headphone with 70 hours of battery life. At $99, the ATH-SR30BT is a great deal for any budget.

The SR30BT are very light and just big enough to be over-ear headphones and they fit perfect without feeling too tight. And the sound isolation is decent with no compromise on comfort.

What sets these headphones apart from the pack is the battery life. With 70 hours of charge, this headphone will outlive any other device. Unfortunately, the SR30BT does not have a wired capability. There’s no input for a cable, so you can’t use these in passive mode. And you’ll just have  to recharge them with the included micro-USB to USB cable.

Another defining quality of these headphones is that they employ Bluetooth 5 technology. And although this is slowly becoming the standard for newly released wireless headphones, it’s still hard to find a pair with Bluetooth 5 for this price. The SR30BT comes with all the usual functions; 3 buttons on the left earcup allow you play, pause, skip and control volume. You can also invite Siri or Google Assistant over for a chat by holding down the middle button. Audio-Technica headphones tend to be easy to pair. When you take them out of the box, all you have to do is turn them on, and you’ll find the headphone in your Bluetooth settings. After you’ve first paired them, they will connect automatically every time you turn them on.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Driver: 40mm

Frequency Response: 5 – 40,000 Hz

Sensitivity: 100dB

Impedance: 35 Ohms

Weight: 180g

For more info visit

Oska Pulse

4/5

By S.P.

Oska Pulse is a wearable pain-relief device intended to help reduce muscle stiffness, relieve minor pain and increase mobility through its proprietary eTec pulse technology. eTec pulse technology optimizes pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapeutic technology to help individuals live a more active, pain-free lifestyle. Oska Pulse is a small, portable, wearable, safe, noninvasive, drug free technology that has no side effects and is made in the USA.

So how does Oska Pulse work if we don’t see or feel it physically doing anything?

Fundamentally, pain radiates from a damaged area of the body and the same area exhibits inflammation. In the case of a knee injury, irrespective of whether it’s due to damage to your nervous system, your bone, your cartilage etc, when PEMF ( Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy ) is applied, it stimulates your body to repair and renovate the damaged area. Almost immediate relief is delivered via a reduction in inflammation and longer term relief results from the repair mechanisms your body implements under the influence of Oska Pulse.

I have to admit I was amazed by this device is so cool and futuristic looking. I turned it on and I didn’t feel a thing; It doesn’t vibrate, buzz, get warm, hum or do anything visibly other than seeing it light up in its blue color so you know it’s on. It’s super simple to handle, you just turn it on with the back button then you can lay it next to the painful area of your body; against clothing or you can use the adjustable strap (which is included) and wrap it around your painful area. Here is the cool thing… you don’t even have to have it touching your body, as long as it’s within 8 inches from the effected area you’re good to go and it’s working! It’s an amazing little device, easy handle, great for traveling and office use.

For more information visit www.oskawellness.com

ANTOP 400-BV - Best Outdoor TV Antenna

5/5

By S.P.

After testing the Antenna on multiple TVs in different rooms in an area with the worst reception to begin with, I must say this is so far the best outdoor TV antenna.

The ANTOP Flat Panel Smartpass Amplified Outdoor/Indoor HDTV antenna (AT-400BV) is encased in rigid white plastic that has been UV coated and has a weather resistant finish. It is a large antenna measuring 22″ x 10″ x 4.7″. It comes with a Smartpass Amplifier and 4G filter for “balanced reception range and blocking unwanted 3G/4G interference”. It also has a white plastic indoor stand for occasions when you may want to set this antenna on a flat surface.

The AT-400BV is also referred to as the “Big Boy” model. It can be mounted either on a roof or roof peak as well. The antenna has a metal bracket on the back of the panel for mounting. It comes with all the hardware needed for installation. That includes a 39-foot cable with a thick weather resistant coating.

Getting yourself a TV antenna can change the way you look at your finances, and your cable subscription. If you properly set up a TV antenna, there’s an excellent chance that you will get a much better HD quality picture compared to cable. Channels like CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC, The CW and FOX are all yours for the taking and looking better than your pay-TV subscription.

TV antennas are pulling in digital signals directly from a broadcast tower. Cable companies like Comcast,Cox etc…have to compress the broadcast at the expense of picture quality to send it through the cable cord going into your home.

Digital broadcasts only began around seven years ago, and a surprisingly small number of Americans know about free high definition signals despite the best efforts of the federal government. That’s beginning to change in a dramatic way.

An estimated 22 million people are expected to drop their cable TV subscription this year.

So whether you’re a football fan who wants to watch NFL and NCAA games, or a PBS addict who wants every episode of America’s Test Kitchen, a TV antenna gets you free high definition programming for life.

Receiving sub-channels:

Sub-channels are not offered on cable: There’s a good chance that your local network affiliates like NBC are broadcasting more than one channel from their broadcast tower. These sub-channels might not all be in HD quality. Many of them aren’t. But there has been a rise genre-specific channels with programming as good as many a cable channel. If you’re a true crime fan, you might find a sub-channel like ESCAPE. Episodes of Forensic Files and American Greed are broadcasted regularly. Those two shows are regularly shown on cable channels like HLN and CNBC.

Range:

Being able to pull in channels from a far distance, and have a decent gain to pull in VHF and UHF signals is one of the more important aspects of any antenna you choose. I recommend using an amplifier with an antenna because in many cases it can help with getting channels.

Other antennas that I’ve tested here have struggled with picture quality. I noticed right away that the ANTOP was getting a stronger signal even from a less-than-ideal placement. This was probably due two features in particular. The ANTOP AT-400BV comes with a Smartpass amplifier that you can actually switch on and off. A small bulb on the amp turns green when it’s on, yellow when it’s off. This TV antenna also has a 4G LTE Filter, designed to block 3G and 4G interference from cell towers.This is by far the best of all of the antennas that I have tried so far .

The Package Contents:

  • Flat Panel Smartpass Amplified Outdoor/Indoor HDTV antenna (AT-400BV)

  • Two plastic coated VHF enhancing rods

  • Indoor Table Stand

  • AC/DC Power Adapter

  • Power Inserter with Smart Switch

  • Wall/Pole Mounting Bracket

  • 39 ft Coaxial Cable

  • Instruction/User Manual

Technical Specifications:

  • Application: Indoor/Outdoor

  • Amplification: Smartpass Amplified

  • Reception Pattern: Multi-directional

  • Distance to transmitter: 60/70 mile

  • Frequency Range: 87.5-230MHz, 470-700MHz

  • Gain: Switch-OFF: 10dB; Switch-ON: 33dB

  • Output Level: 100dBuV Max

  • Noise Figure: <3.5dB

  • Impedance: 75Ω

  • Power Supply: DC 12V via power adapter

  • Cable Length: 39ft

  • Color: White

  • Size: 22″ x 10″ x 4.7″

  • Operating Temperature: -40° F to 140° F

  • Whole house solution: Can feed multiple TVs

  • Enhancer Rods to strengthen VHF reception

  • 4G LTE filter: Blocks unwanted 3G and 4G signals

  • UV coating, weather resistant finish

  • Easy home exterior installation: wall, roof, balcony (can be installed in attic and used on table too)

  • Online customer support, installation assistance

  • 12-month warranty

 

For more information visit https://antopusa.com/

Escort Max 360c Review

5/5

By S.P.

Escort released the new Max 360c ($699), their successor to the original Max 360 ($649). The updated 360c adds WiFi for automatic updates which means it’s now the first windshield mount radar detector that can automatically keep itself updated over time as new software updates are released. Let’s take a closer look at the Max 360c.

An interesting new feature are the Escort Live & Automatic Updates that Escort has introduced with the Max 360c is integrated WiFi. (The “c” stands for “connected” as in “connected car.”) If you have WiFi built into your car, your radar detector can connect to Escort Live without requiring your phone.

Using WiFi, the Max 360c can also automatically update both its firmware and built-in red light camera database, something that’s not available over Bluetooth like with the original Max 360. To update your radar detector, you no longer have to bring the detector home, plug it into your computer, and run the update software. The Max 360c is now the first radar detector that’s able to keep itself updated for you automatically.

When a new firmware update is available, the Max360c will notify you, ask you if you want to update, and then the update process takes about 5-10 min. You can also go into the detector manually at any time and check to see if there’s a new update available. This is a great feature and convenient.

Escort doesn’t notify users of updates except for posting notifications on their forum, so unless you’re actively keeping an eye out for updates it’s nice to have the detector taking care of this for you.

While it is possible for Escort to update their detectors over Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE is really slow to transfer files in a reasonable amount of time which is one of the main reasons why Escort has opted to use WiFi for the update process. The AntiLaser Priority laser jammer can do automatic firmware updates over Bluetooth, but its firmware update files are much smaller.

The Max 360c can also automatically update its built-in red light camera and speed camera database over WiFi, a nice feature since Escort updates their RLC database pretty regularly. Normally you’d have to bring your detector inside periodically, plug it into your computer, and run Escort’s update software, but now the detector can take care of that for you while driving. Pretty cool.

You see, as long as you’re connected to Escort Live, whether it’s through your phone via Bluetooth or over your WiFi hotspot, you’ll always have access to the latest red light camera database. If the RLC database built into your detector is out of date, it actually doesn’t matter because your detector will reference the latest database online and use that instead. Since the detector is designed to automatically connect to Escort Live every time you get in your car, as long as you take your phone with you, you’ve already have access to the latest RLC database so it’s not a big deal if you haven’t updated the detector’s built-in database recently.

If you want to use WiFi, there’s several different different ways to give your Max 360c the WiFi connection it needs.

The Max 360c works best if your vehicle has a dedicated WiFi hotspot built into it. This way you start up your vehicle, your detector automatically hops online, and everything works seamlessly while you drive.

As far as your phone many cell phones have tethering capabilities where they can turn into a WiFi hotspot and share their internet connection with other devices. I use this all time time when traveling to give my laptop an internet connection, for example. This would work with the Max 360c, particularly on Android. On iOS it wouldn’t work as well.

Whichever type of phone you’re using, if your phone is going to act as a WiFi hotspot, you’ll need a second phone to set up your Max 360c. You’ll need your primary phone set up as a hotspot and a second phone to control the 360c and connect it to the first phone. Once you do that then yes, your 360c will work with tethering.

Max 360c features includes:

  • Latest Magnetic Sticky Cup Windshield Mount

  • Included Escort USB SmartCord (for an additional savings of $34.95!)

  • Flexible Travel Case

  • FREE 1 Year Subscription to Escort Live!

  • FREE 3 Month Subscription to Defender Database

For more information about the Escort Max 360c Radar/Laser Detector visit www.https://www.escortradar.com

Petcube - Interactive Pet Camera

4/5

By S.P.

The Petcube Camera is a device which lets you check in via video and audio with your pets, while you’re away from home. But the Petcube is far more than a simple pet monitor.
The Petcube interactive wi-fi pet camera is truly interactive: It has a laser ‘toy’ built in, which can be remotely activated to play with your pets while you are away. There is also two-way audio: You can speak to your pets and hear them. A significant part of the Petcube experience, is the Petcube app for both Android and Apple phones. This is not only how you interact with your pet, but it also provides a powerful social networking tool. Via Petcube Care, your pet’s activities can be recorded on Petcube video and viewed at your leisure.


Specs: The Petcube plugs into the mains power, and uses WiFi to connect to the rest of the world. It ships in a neat 4-inch aluminum cube with a black plastic face that shields the camera and laser. The camera offers 720p HD and offers a wide angle 138-degree lens so you should” be able to see your pet in its main room.
Laser Pointer: The laser is a mere 5 milliwatt model, so there’s no risk of singe marks on your cat or dog, but by dragging your finger across the smartphone screen, you can guide the laser across the floor or up a wall for the pet to play with as a laser toy, helping coax them out of destructive behavior.
Access Control: Users can share access to the camera and app with family, allowing them to play with the pets too – and there’s a special Petcube social media site where owners can gather and show off their pets in action. That public mode may be not for everybody regarding privacy, but it is there.


Pros:
Excellent video quality
Unobtrusive design
Multi-purpose app
Barking and movement alerts


Cons:
Erratic laser
Non-adjustable camera
The other great use is for animal shelters and establishments such as cat cafes. Petcube works with a number of shelters across the US, and it’s nice that you’re able to help keep the animals entertained. Even if you don’t have a Petcube of your own, you might enjoy the app just to be able to play with and observe animals from around the world.



NutriBullet Balance

5/5

By S.P.

I love smoothies for my breakfast and throughout the day, especially after a work out. It’s an easy, healthy solution and I love that it doesn’t take me much time to make myself a nutritious meal. I use plant-based protein powder, almond milk, fresh spinach, and whatever other ingredients I feel like, such as beets, bananas, carrots, pineapples, kale etc. to make a healthy smoothie.

So I tried the NutriBullet Balance it’s compact, easy to use, even easier to wash, and it can blend up just about anything. Even more than that, though, this smart blender hooks up to an app on your phone and helps you track everything you put in your smoothie. It tells you how many calories you’re consuming with every smoothie, along with all your macros.

The NutriBullet Balance, is a smart nutrient extractor that has a built-in scale and a Bluetooth connection. With the NutriBullet Balance blender and its companion app, available for iOS and Android, you can build NutriBlast smoothies that have been customized to meet your dietary preferences and needs.

Using this blender has been a huge help for me, because I can now see that some of my smoothies in the past have simply contained too much food for one meal. If you’re trying to lose weight and you love smoothies, you might fall in love with this product!

Here is how it works:

Before you start using the NutriBullet Balance, you should get the Balance App. The App is available for Apple iOS and Android mobile devices, and you can download it in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once you have downloaded and installed the App on your smart phone or tablet, you can launch it, and it will quickly connect via Bluetooth.

The App lets you choose your eating style, with options such as low-sugar, dairy-free, and paleo. Based on your tastes, nutrition goals and dietary restrictions, the App will search its database of hundreds of recipes, and show you recipes that match your preferences. In addition to smoothies, the database contains recipes for soups, desserts, dips, and other liquid meals and snacks. Each recipe is accompanied with nutritional information, including calories, protein, carbs, sugar, and fiber.

After choosing a recipe, you can place the blending cup on the NutriBullet Balance and start adding ingredients per the App’s instructions. The built-in scale of the blender measures the weight of your ingredients as you add them to the blending cup, and sends the information to the App via Bluetooth. Once you hit the right amount of an ingredient, the App gives you visual and audible cues so you know it is time to move on to the next step.

Once the ingredients are in the blender, you can initiate the blending process. Based on the ingredients, the NutriBullet Balance automatically sets the blend time, so each NutriBlast smoothie should come out nice and smooth. During the blending process, you can watch the second countdown to your perfect smoothie on the App.

Tenba Transport Air Wheeled Case Attache 3220W (Black)

5/5

By S.P.

Photographers wishing to up their travel game will appreciate the black Transport Air Wheeled Case Attache 3220W from Tenba. The case has a zippered, spacious main compartment with touch-fastening dividers for storing and organizing two video/DSLR cameras or lighting gear, up to ten lenses, flash, and related accessories. Under the lid is a clear-mesh, zip pocket for cables, cards, batteries, and more. The lid is tethered for easy access to gear. Carry the case with the three soft-rubber grip handles, or roll with the heavy-duty wheels and extending handles. Knowing how hard life can be on a photographer’s gear, Tenba has designed the case to withstand a stacked load of up to 400 pounds. The front of the case has a clear I.D. window for your business card. Strength and durability are ensured by the 1680D ballistic nylon construction, YKK zippers, welded steel D-rings, ABS molded rim, air-channeled polypropylene walls, high-density EVA foam, and more.

Hard Case Safety
Air Cases provide the strength and rigidity of a hard case at a fraction of the weight. They are strong enough to withstand more than 400 pounds stacked on top, yet they weigh up to 35% less than the average plastic hard case.
Impact Protection
Patented layered construction absorbs and disperses impact better than the single-layer wall of an injection molded hard case.
Durability and Weather Resistance
Built with the finest materials and hardware, including water-repellent 1680D ballistic nylon (exterior), soft brushed tricot (interior), hypalon-reinforced corners, YKK® zippers and heavily-reinforced stitching.
Heavy-duty Wheels and Extending Handle
Corner mounted wheels give the case a wide wheelbase and ensure excellent stability when rolling. Aircraft-grade aluminum handle extends to comfortable walking height, easing the strain on the back and shoulders when wheeling through long airport stretches. Ergonomic handle has soft coating for a comfortable grip.
Tethered Case Lid
Keeps lid upright when opened so it works as a mobile workstation. Helps the Air Case maintain a small footprint in tight environments.
Soft Rubber Hand Grips
Comfortable to carry even when the case is fully loaded. Three handles per case ensure that heavy loads can be shared with a second person when needed.
Zippered Interior Pocket
Keeps cables and other small items organized.
Versatile Divider System
Reinforced, adjustable dividers to customize layout. Gray dividers are flexible and blue dividers are rigid for additional support.
The Tenba Air Case retails for $399.95, www.tenba.com