Feb 28

Avery Color Laser Print Brochure Glossy Paper ★★★★☆

Avery Color Laser Print Brochure 1 Crd/sheet Glossy Paper Coated Mail Seals Incl

The good news is the Avery Brochure Paper is scored — very lightly, but it is. The bad news is Avery now makes us fill in our name and email address to use their online designer.

The glossy paper feels smooth to the touch, very professional. Be aware that this is laser paper. Inkjet ink will smudge. Trust me, I tried that.

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

Feb 28

AGPtEK® Mini GPS/GSM Pet Tracker ★★☆☆☆

AGPtEK® Mini GPS/GSM Pet Tracker Locator for Cats Dogs Support iPhone 6/ 6 Plus/5/5S/4/4S Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/S2 Samsung Galaxy Note – Black

I was hoping the AGPtEK® Pet Tracker would replace my other dog tracker, which requires a monthly subscription.

This dog tracker only needs a SIM card. How cool is that? I figured maybe if I could just pay $10 for 100 days and only use it when the dog gets out, I would save money. She doesn’t escape very often.

Be aware that if you choose this tracker, you are stuck using the included collar. You have to slide the collar through two slots on the tracker. Most collars have clasps and buckles that won’t fit through those slots.

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

The instructions are difficult to decipher. If you can read broken English, you’re good. I didn’t know that “shock” meant “shake.” I thought “monitor” meant keep an eye on my dog, not turn off tracking and listen to her surroundings when I call. I had no clue what “authorized number” was. The number on the device? A password? The SIM’s phone number? No, it’s the phone number of the cell phone you want to use to communicate with the tracker. I still don’t know what SOS in the app does. I turned it on and didn’t see any changes.

Not only are the instructions poorly written, they are incomplete. Through my interaction with the vendor, I found a lot of commands that weren’t included on my sheet.

APP

The app is confusing. There are two portions. Hard to describe, but one half is for sending SMS commands and the other half is more app-like. The SMS half sends commands via texts. It’s supposed to, but those texts never make it to my tracker.

The app-like half is not specific to this tracker but rather a whole slew of devices like OBD, vehicle, and person. “Dog” was not an option, so I chose “person.” I got a live map of the location right off the bat, but I couldn’t get geofence to work.

TEXTING

I like texting the commands directly for programming the collar and skipping the app all together. After I figured it out, it wasn’t so hard. You text the commands like you would text a friend. The hard part is remembering the commands (or figuring out that “shock” means “shake”) and keeping track of where you are as far as what you’ve commanded.

Call the collar and it will text back a location. That was my favorite part. Select the coordinates and a map pops up.

GEOFENCE

This is what I really wanted. After nearly thirty email exchanges, I haven’t gotten it to function. I am going to give it up now, as I’ve drained one SIM card of money. I didn’t know it would take so many texts to test this thing out.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

I’ve only had this tracker for a little more than a week. Just as I was giving up on setting the geofence, the tracker stopped working. Maybe it’s the SIM card? No, I reloaded it with cash. Maybe it wasn’t charged? No, I plugged it in and let it charge until the red light turned off (i.e., fully charged). I took the card out and placed it back in to reset it. It no longer works.

When it did work, it had a huge learning curve, partly because all the programming terms are ambiguous and the English is so poor.

Even after I got the hang of it, I couldn’t tell what was programmed into the tracker, except by looking back at the texts. If we’re playing around with it trying to get it to work, it’s hard to tell what’s on and what’s not.

I think I’ll keep my other tracker. The competitor may require a subscription, but it has a geofence and doesn’t require much learning.

This product was provided for review by Mambate.

Feb 28

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Shampoo ★★★☆☆

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Shampoo

Teodora’s rainforest doesn’t smell like rain or tropical flowers. Instead, the herbal scent conjures images I can only describe as tribal.

Teadora Shampoo’s scent is very strong. The first time I used it, my eyes burned a little. I’m still using it three weeks later. They don’t burn anymore, but I still feel a tingle.

This product was provided for review by Teodora.

Feb 28

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Conditioner ★★★★☆

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Conditioner

When I think rainforest, I think rainwater and leaves. Teadora thinks medicine man herbal. Every time I wash my hair, visions of tribal men beating drums dance through my head.

The Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Conditioner pleases me more than the shampoo. It’s creamier and the scent doesn’t overpower me. It doesn’t detangle my hair completely. My hair is quite long and difficult to detangle right now, so I’ll give the conditioner a little pass for that.

This product was provided for review by Teodora.

Feb 28

Mosiso® Ultra-Thin Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale ★★★★★

Mosiso® Ultra-Thin Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale (12 lbs Edition), Tempered Glass in Elegant Black

I didn’t have to calibrate the Mosiso® Digital Kitchen Scale. All I had to do was weigh my 500 gram calibration weight to see it weighed exactly 500 grams. Units include pounds and ounces, milliliters, fluid ounces, and grams. It has a tare option and a maximum capacity of 5050 grams (11 pounds).

The volume measurements are clearly just conversions.  We don’t weigh volume, after all.  That would make it accurate for water at room temperature at sea level.  Just keep that in mind.

The scale is built for kitchens. Just look at the glass top. It’s sleek and easy to clean, with no cracks and crevices for food to hide. I like it.

This product was provided for review by Mosiso.

Feb 28

Egg Poacher Cups ★★★★☆

Egg Poacher Cups – Set of Two (2) Blue Cups – Unique Design for Easy, Convenient Poaching – No Mess – Top Quality Silicone – Dishwasher Safe & Heat Resistant – Effortlessly Cook Perfect Poached Eggs

Instructions for the Egg Poacher Cups include oiling or nonstick spray before poaching eggs. I didn’t oil, but it wasn’t necessary. The egg pealed out unharmed.

Instructions also state that the silicone poacher should not be washed with detergent. Just rinse with water or else the detergent may seep through and affect the flavor of the eggs. I’m too lazy for that. It went in the dishwasher, and the eggs taste fine.

I like how the egg poacher floats on boiling water. There’s a bit of novelty in it. After I’m done, I just stack and store it. Like silicone muffin cups, they don’t take up much room at all.

This product was provided for review by Slippery Kitchen.

Feb 28

Wedding Gifts USB Flash Drive 8GB ★★★★☆

Wedding Gifts USB Flash Drive 8GB – a Groom Design 8GB & a Bride Design 8GB – Gift Package

What a cute flash drive set. This Wedding Gifts USB Flash Drive set would make a great party favor for a wedding. I got mine in a tule bag, so I wouldn’t even need to wrap it. Just make sure the guests know what they are. They resemble erasers.

What about performance? Speed is okay. Using a USB 3.0 port, it took 2 minutes, 44 seconds to write a 1.71 GB file to the flash drive. I consider that slow but tolerable. Small files will not be a problem.

This product was provided for review by Enfain Brand.

Feb 28

All Natural Imported Turkish Dried Figs ★★★★☆

All Natural Imported Turkish Dried Figs

When I was a kid, the only figs I knew about were in Fig Newtons. Yum. Well, All Natural Imported Turkish Dried Figs are like the inside of a Fig Newton, only better. They are a sweet surprise wrapped in a leathery shell.

I’m a little sad the package so small. There are about a dozen figs in each, enough for each person in the family to try a few.

This product was provided for review by Marz Direct.

Feb 28

aLLreli® Lightning to USB Data Sync Charging Cable ★★★★☆

[Apple MFI Certified] aLLreli® Lightning to USB Data Sync Charging Cable 3M / 9.8 Feet – [High Speed] [Extra Long] for iPhone 6 (4.7″) / Plus (5.5″) 5S 5C 5, iPad Air, Mini, Mini 2, iPod 5th generation, and iPod nano 7th generation

My son uses this the aLLreli® Lightning Cable for charging his iPod Touch. No complaints from him so far. He says it’s just like the OEM cable, except it’s longer. I think it’s thick and looks durable, but I prefer something I could wad up into nothing so I can fit it in my purse better. My son just uses it at home, so it works for him.

This product was provided for review by aLLreli.

Feb 28

IBSound IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker ★★★★☆

IBSound IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker – Portable / Wireless Hands-Free Speaker – Work with iPhone 5, 5s, 4s, 4, iPod, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, 2, Tablets, MP3, Notebooks, Laptop, PC and Other Smartphones – 1 Year Warranty (Black)

I use the IBSound Bluetooth Shower Speaker every day in the shower, listening to music streaming from my HTC One M8. Pairing was no problem, and reconnecting works every time without a hassle.

The speaker mounts to the shower wall via a suction cup. It sags under the weight of the speaker so that the speaker appears to be looking down a little, but it’s been three weeks. That suction cup is still holding strong.

Acoustics in the shower will improve the sound of any speaker, but the blast of water will drown out any nuances you want to hear. I find the music from this speaker acceptable, clear and a bit on the cool side.

My complaint is with the charging cable. It is proprietary, which I never consider necessary. If I lose the cord, I won’t be able to charge it. Why couldn’t it be like every other speaker and use a micro USB cable?

This product was provided for review by IBport.