Feb 05

Polaroid 2×3 inch Premium ZINK Photo Paper ★★★★★

Polaroid 2×3 inch Premium ZINK Photo Paper – Compatible With Polaroid Snap, Z2300, SocialMatic Instant Cameras & Zip Instant Printer

I couldn’t use my Polaroid Snap Camera without buying ZINK Photo Paper. It feels like real photo paper. It is real photo paper. Just make sure to insert the pack with the blue card’s bar code facing down and the printer paper on top of that with the shiny side up. The photos come out quickly. Colors are a little bit off on the last edge coming out, but I don’t notice unless I look.

This product was provided for review by C&A Marketing.

Feb 05

LightDims Black Out Edition ★★★★★

LightDims Black Out Edition

Such a simple concept, yet amazing. My son has problems with LED indicator lights in his room. We tried using duct tap. Believe it or not, the lights can penetrate duct tape. He resorted to throwing clothing over the gadgets, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. This solution absolutely works. LightDims come in all sizes and shapes. I’ve found the two smallest size dots most useful. They block out ALL light. I can’t tell if my Kindle or laptops are charging, and that’s a good thing. I placed it on my USB travel charger, which has the brightest of lights. Now, nothing. I love it.

This product was provided for review by Dobi Brands.

Feb 05

ipegtop Vidonn X6s Fitness Tracker ★★★★☆

ipegtop Vidonn X6s Fitness Tracker,Touch Key Accurate Sleeping Monitor Pedometer Smart Band Wireless Activity Wristband with OLED Calling and Text Display Bluetooth V4.0

I had another Vidonn fitness tracker once that I wore for the longest time until it broke, so I knew what I was getting into with the Vidonn X6s. I really like this fitness band because it’s slim and lightweight. It has metal prongs that worried me, but only at first. I thought the prongs would poke me or irritate me, but I can wear it all day and not really notice it’s on.

I like the large text display for the time. We can have it displayed horizontally or vertically. I chose horizontal. In addition to time, day, and date, it also displays steps, Calories burned, and meters walked. Text messages are understandably in much smaller font.

This is a water-resistant tracker that I’ve been wearing all day every day except when showering (it’s not waterproof). After more than a week, here’s what I’ve found:

PEDOMETER

The pedometer works rather well as an activity monitor. It is less likely than other activity trackers to falsely record arm movement as steps (I used it at the gym during upper body workout and it did not record steps for most arm exercises). When I walk and mentally count 100 steps, it comes up close. Considering we don’t calibrate this thing, I’m impressed.

SLEEP MONITOR

The sleep monitoring is pretty spot on. We have to enter our normal bedtime into the system via the app, but when I look at the results, it’s an accurate reflection of how much I think I slept the night before.

BLUETOOTH NOTIFICATION

I tried the anti-lost function to verify that it works (it does), but I quickly turned that off, because I’m often away from my phone and don’t want to be reminded that the phone is not glued to my hip.

What I do like is the messaging. Whenever I get a text, it shows up on the tracker. I don’t have to dig the phone out of my purse to see the messages or who is calling.

APP

Most of it is good. I don’t care for the activity bar graph, because the bars are all over the place. I mean, the readings look accurate, but the bars themselves are not in any sort of order. The dates skip around and some dates are represented twice. I don’t get it.

Everything else is good, especially the alarm clock. I accidentally set one alarm to 2 AM instead of 2 PM and it woke me in middle of the night, vibrating strongly. Luckily, there’s no noise, and my husband didn’t wake up. This is a great feature if you want to set an alarm for yourself without waking your partner. Once the tracker is programmed, we don’t need to be near the phone for it to work. At least I wasn’t near my phone when the tracker woke me up.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

I’m very happy with the new Vidonn tracker. I will be wearing this all day every day for as long as it works.

This product was provided for review by ipgetop.

Feb 05

Powerlead Pvtd Pl-z666 Professional Portable Aluminum Tripod ★★★★☆

Powerlead Pvtd Pl-z666 Professional Portable Aluminum Tripod for Camera Includes Carrying Case

The Powerlead Pvtd Tripod replaces another one that just broke. The Powerlead tripod has many of the same features of my old tripod, like the quick locking extendable legs. Quick and easy extension is a must in my book. It also has the quick release plate, so I can instantly mount and unmounts my camcorder. It is more lightweight than my old tripod, which is a plus; and the head is completely adjustable so I can angle the camcorder however I need it. The tripod can go from as low as 18 ½ inches to as high as 57 ½ inches (neck raised). It’s very stable (believe me, I’ve had some that have trouble staying upright), and there’s a bubble level to make sure everything is level when on uneven ground. We even get a carry bag.

The only con I can think of is the Powerlead tripod is a little bit stiffer than my last tripod. It’s nothing that will cause problems, but I would give it five stars if it were less stiff.

This product was provided for review by Powerlead.

Feb 02

Intelligent Drawing 3D Printing Pen ★★★★★

Intelligent Drawing 3D Printing Pen With LCD Screen + 2 Filament Refills (Green)

My daughter initially struggled with frustration as she tried to make her Intelligent Drawing 3D Printing Pen work. I told her the temperature was too low, but she’d argue. Finally, I took over, and it started working. “What’d you do, Mom?” I turned up the temperature.

This is our third 3D pen, and it’s my favorite. It’s not my daughter’s favorite. I suspect she just doesn’t want to admit it works, even though she was able draw out the cutest dog. “Too thin,” she says. When she turned down the temp, the printing stopped.

There are several features this pen has that is lacking in the competition we own:
* temperature control
* speed control
* auto-sleep
* auto-feed
* LCD screen

There’s a stand with a suction on the bottom, but I’m not listing it, because it keeps toppling over. Really, it doesn’t work.

The auto-sleep function is a wonderful safety feature. I heated my pen up while I typed. When I got back, it was in sleep mode, but it only took seconds to heat it back up to working temp.

Auto-feed is much better than the alternative, which requires holding down the feeder button. Believe it or not, holding down that button while working can get tiring. I’m happy not to have to do that anymore.

Overall, my daughter gives this fours stars for the thin printing. It is thinner than the competition, but I find it much easier to work with. Between us, it is 4 1/2 stars.

This product was provided for review by 3D Technology.

Feb 02

Kidde 21005779 Pro 210 Fire Extinguisher ★★★★☆

Kidde 21005779 Pro 210 Fire Extinguisher, ABC, 160CI

Thankfully, I haven’t had a chance to test this Kidde Fire Extinguisher, but I am deducting a star because the wall mount did not come with screws and drywall anchors. It’s still sitting on the floor in my pantry, because I haven’t gotten around to finding the supplies needed to attach it to the wall. On the other hand, it does come with a giant red sticker to let everyone know where the fire extinguisher is.

Feb 02

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera ★★★★☆

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (Black) with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology

It’s always been either instant photo or digital file. Leave it to Polaroid to give us both! I love the concept. The paper photos turn out nice for being instant, much better than the Polaroids of yesteryear. That’s for sure. The Polaroid Snap prints much faster than the old-school snapshots, and we don’t have to wait for them to develop.

One problem I ran into is a lack of instructions. I had to go online to find out that the second button up top is to print frames.

The lens cap is magnetic, which has a coolness factor. I just keep forgetting to take it off and wasting precious paper. I wish taking the lens cap off is what turns it on instead of opening the viewfinder. (There is no screen. You will use the viewfinder.)

You’ll need to buy Polaroid 2×3 inch Premium ZINK Photo Paper, if you want prints, or just use a microSD card. It will record to the card and print at the same time if both are inserted. Yes, prints come out automatically. Now that’s something I wish I could control. If I don’t want it to print, I have to take out the paper. Still, I love that it prints anything at all.

PROS:
+ prints in seconds
+ filter mode
+ stores images on microSD card
+ auto flash
+ prints frames
+ selfie timer

CONS:
– no instructions
– no screen
– paper not included
– indicator lights difficult to see in bright sunlight
– keep accidentally pushing the different buttons up top
– can’t turn off printing feature when paper is inserted

This product was provided for review by C&A Marketing.

Feb 02

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer ★★★★★

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30

We bought Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer on the advice of my son’s dermatologist. She specifically recommended the one with the purple cap, which we couldn’t find in stores. (They only carry the blue cap.) He uses this moisturizer every day. When he doesn’t, he says his skin feels so tight and dry — the result of Retin A. It works, most definitely. Even better, I’m happy to see it comes complete with SPF 30. With all the acne treatment, he needs the sunscreen. So far, no sunburns.

Jan 29

Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo ★★★★★

Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo – 4x Concentrated – For Machines & By Hand – Sulfate-Free & Non-Toxic – Child & Pet Safe – Fresh Citrus

In case you’re wondering how long one bottle of Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo will last, it uses 1/4 of the amount typically used, per the maker. For my Bissell Big Green Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, that’s 2.25 ounces, or about 4 1/2 tablespoonfuls per tank. Each bottle will roughly fill 11 tanks. (Big Breen tanks are huge).

I decided to clean my family room today. There was still some Bissell detergent left from before, so I used that up first. Perfect, now I can compare the two. Part of the carpet was cleaned with Bissell, the other half with Puracy. Puracy definitely foams up more than Bissell, but they both produced equally disgusting brackish water in the dirty water tank. When it’s jet black, you know it’s working.

The only thing I didn’t care for is the instruction to rinse the carpet when done. I know that’s an instruction on some detergents and some carpet cleaners. Heck, if I had the manual for my Bissell carpet cleaner, it would probably be there, but I’ve been cleaning my carpet for as long as I’ve had my house (more than a decade), and the carpets look terrific without any need for rinsing. So . . . I did not rinse, and it looks fine. Maybe it will dirty faster, I don’t know. For now, I’m happy with the results, although I’m tempted to take one star off for telling me I need to rinse, because that’s a step I don’t need to know about.

This product was provided for review by Puracy.