Nov 28

Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter Kit With Camera ★★★★★

Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter Kit With Camera Ready To Fly and Bonus Battery – Yellow/Black

I practiced and practiced on Hubsan X4 and could never get very good at it. My video game playing thirteen year-old picked it up and put me to shame. I guess video games are good for something.

He has excellent control. It doesn’t fly wildly unless he wants it to. He can make it hover like a hummingbird. He can walk behind it and follow. It looks like some sort of droid out of Star Wars.

The kit comes with replacement propellers and an extra battery. Pay attention to the markings. All the propellers aren’t the same. If you replace them with the wrong one, your quadcopter won’t fly. I recommend the Crash Kit, or at least buy more propellers. Everything is durable, but the propellers break easily. If you’re like me, you’ll need a lot. If you’re like my son, you won’t need many.

The controller is more advanced than another quadcopter we own. We can adjust sensitivity or put it in expert mode. My son hasn’t tried expert mode yet. I think he should. He’s so amazing with it.

This is too difficult for young children to fly, or even old persons like me. Video game addicts will have the easiest time. Give it to your teenage kid.

NOTE: My kit did not come with a blade guard.

This product was provided for review by Kaliber Global.

Nov 28

Mocreo® Portable Bluetooth Speaker ★★★★☆

Mocreo® Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Microphone + Touch Switch + Rechargeable Battery Wireless Speakers for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4; HTC One M8; Nexus 6, Nexus 9; LG G3; iPad Air; iPod; MP3 Players – MOSOUND Echoes (Black)

Did a space ship lay an egg? Talk about modern. I love the Mocreo® Bluetooth Speaker design. I’d even go for the glossy, fingerprint magnet surface, except that mine came a little marred with light scratching/smudging/fingerprints that I couldn’t remove with buffing.

The full size makes for full sound. I can’t turn it all the way up. That’s too loud. Save that for the parties. It can definitely be used for parties.

The Bluetooth function is all standard. It pairs easily, reconnects automatically, has a good range.

All the controls are on the front and it takes phone calls. Honestly, those calls are a little garbled on the caller’s end, though it’s clear on the speaker’s side. I can hold a conversation, but I wouldn’t want to do it all the time.

I like the egg. Make that surface spotless, get rid of that proprietary charging cord, and it would be five stars.

This product was provided for review by Mocreo.

Nov 28

McAfee Inc LiveSafe 2015 ★★★★★

McAfee Inc LiveSafe 2015

I’ve been using McAfee LiveSafe since it became available. I guess I could pay McAfee directly to extend my subscription, but I don’t. I’d get a new subscription card, which forced me to uninstall McAfee from my computer to install the subscription that came with the new card. 2015 was different. I didn’t have to uninstall. When I signed into McAfee, it knew I had more than one 2014 LiveSafe subscriptions (one was a 30-day trial that came with a new computer) and asked me if I wanted to extend one of my subscriptions with this card. How wonderful! I don’t have to uninstall my subscription from any of my computers this year.

I’ve recently experimented with Norton and Kaspersky on one of my PC’s. In time, I realized Kaspersky was a bother, and slowed my system down. Norton is a dream in the background. I don’t notice it at all, but I still go back to McAfee. Why? It offers better protection for my mobile devices.

With Norton, I had difficulty logging into the website to locate or lock my phones and tablets. I never have that problem with McAfee.

With Norton, I could uninstall the app with ease. Don’t tell the thieves that.

With McAfee, I need a passcode to uninstall the app. I need a passcode to install a new SIM card. A few times, McAfee took photos of me and emailed them to me because I kept using the wrong password to unlock my phone. I feel secure with the mobile security suite that comes with LiveSafe.

McAfee also includes parental controls, which I have on all my children’s computers. I’ve never had a problem with that failing.

There’s a lot to like about McAfee. Every now and then I stray, but I always come back.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Nov 28

Del Rossa Women’s 100% Cotton Flannel Pj Set ★★★★☆

Del Rossa Women’s 100% Cotton Flannel Pj Set – Long Pajamas, Medium Navy Blue Dots (A0509N15MD)

I’m having a hard time rating this Del Rossa Pj Set . They weren’t what I expected, but I like them. Out of the package, they were thin with only the fuzzy warmth on one side. That’s not what I think of when I think of flannel. Now that I’ve been wearing them, I find them quite comfortable and I like the look, so it’s hard to rate it down for not being the flannel I was looking for.

Nov 26

Beacon Audio Blazar Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker ★★★★☆

Beacon Audio Blazar Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker (Aluminum)

Wow. The Beacon Audio case that comes with this speaker dwarfs my camcorder case. I readied myself for a beast of a speaker. Instead, I got one half that size. Rest assured, the Beacon Audio Blazar is well-protected. That zipper, though, it sticks.

The share button confused me. I thought “share” meant “pair.” Instead, it meant share with another speaker, as in left speaker and right speaker. I don’t have two speakers to try out that function, so I just have to trust that it’s there.

The Bluetooth button is on top, totally separate from the “share” button. Once I got that right, pairing came easy, and it reconnects automatically. The range isn’t bad. I could go a whole other room away with walls interfering and still get a signal.

The music is okay, but it doesn’t have the clarity I’ve heard in other speakers. No, there’s no static. It’s just not crisp. I don’t think the average Joe would care, but someone who is more atuned would.

Phone calls are clear enough to hear the caller, and the caller has no problem hearing me. There’s no echo. That’s better than most Bluetooth speakers I’ve tested.

This product was provided for review by Beacon Audio.

Nov 26

Avery Pearlized Address Labels ★★★★☆

Avery Pearlized Address Labels, 1 x 2.62 Inches, Pack of 90 Labels (80509)

I’m happy Avery has ditched the software installation in favor of printing from the web. It’s so much easier. We can choose a style, print it, then apply that style to another Avery label or card to coordinate the printables for an event. For instance, I printed Thanksgiving place cards earlier. Then, I placed that pattern onto the Avery Pearlized Address Labels (choose template #5160). It was instant, and the result is beautiful. My printer prints clearly on these thick labels, and their pearlescent quality make them ideal for the most elegant occasions.

Just one problem: Though advertised as permanent, they are not. I placed them on paper and peeled them off the next day. If you need permanent labels, look elsewhere.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Nov 26

Bazic Jeweltones Color Rulers ★★★☆☆

Bazic Jeweltones Color Ruler, 12 Inches, 4 Per Pack

I didn’t get the colors shown on Amazon. Instead, I got hot pink, lime green, blue, deep purple. The Bazic Rulers measure in inches and centimeters, but it’s hard for me to read the measurements on the purple ruler. The dark printing on dark purple isn’t enough contrast. All the other colors are easier to read, as long as they are not placed on dark surfaces. If necessary, then pink and green read best. I recommend those who work in low light conditions on dark surfaces buy rulers that are more opaque.

Nov 24

DBPOWER® 33W 5.0V 6.5A 6-port USB Intelligent Charger ★★★★☆

DBPOWER® 33W 5.0V 6.5A 6-port USB Intelligent Charger ICH-03, Family-Sized, Super Charger Desktop Charger for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Tablets, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Galaxy Note 3 2, HTC, Sony, Nokia, Asus Google Nexus and Smartphones, Tablets, iPods, Most Digital 5V USB-Charged Devices (White)

I’ve used the DBPOWER® Charger to charge every phone, tablet, and power bank I own. It’s even charged my son’s quadcopters. There are two iPhone ports, one iPad port, and one Samsung tablet port, one Samsung smartphone port, and one Android port. I have one iPhone, three Android phones, one Kindle tablet. The power banks and quadcopters qualify as “none of the above.” Does it matter? No. Do I plug in one Android phone and wait it out with my other two Android phones? Nope. What do I do with my quadcopters and power banks? The answer? I don’t care. They all go to whatever port is open . . . and they all charge. Sure, for optimum performance, the iPhone goes into the iPhone port, but if that’s not what you have, don’t worry about it.

It’s a good charger. My only wish is for more 2.1 amp ports. Only the iPad port is 2.1 amps. The Samsung tablet port gives 1.3 amps, and the rest are 1 amp or less.

This product was provided for review by DBPOWER.

Nov 24

Silicone Tongs ★★★★☆

Silicone Tongs 12-inch

I like the design of these Silicone Tongs. Pull the latch to lock closed, push to open. I own another set that works just like it. They seemed a tad flimsy when I got them, but they have held up and they perform well.

I’ve used them in the frying pan and in the oven, and I’ve washed them in the dishwasher. They’ve been through all the paces. I don’t think they’re flimsy anymore.

This product was provided for review by Makimy.

Nov 24

Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light ★★★☆☆

Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light Battery Powered – Weatherproof/waterproof – Wireless Security Lighting (No Extra Batteries Required) / Dusk to Dawn Dark Sensing Auto on / Off – No Tools Required; 3m Double Sided Stick Tape Included

This Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light works, but it’s just not bright enough to illuminate an area. There’s a motion sensor that turns the light on. I can see the light. I just can’t see much of the area underneath it. It’s a light best placed closer to the ground along a wall to light a path. Above our heads is too high up.

This product was provided for review by Orksun.