Jan 25

Gembonics® Desktop USB Charger ★★★★★

Gembonics® 40W High Speed 5 Port (8 Amps) Desktop USB Charger Travel Power Adapter with Auto Detect Technology for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Tablets, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Galaxy Note 4 3 2, LG G3, HTC One (M8); Nexus, Smartphones, Tablets, iPods and Many other USB Charged Devices (Black)

I’m only going to take smart chargers from now on. Why worry about which port I’m plugging into when I can use a charger that figures it out for me?

The Gembonics® Desktop USB Charger is great. I’ve been using it for more than a week without trouble. I own phones, smart watches, tablets, power banks, lamps, radios, speakers, and more. They all require USB charging. I often have all the charger’s ports occupied at once, which it handles like a champ. Fast charge when I need it. That’s all I ask for in a desktop charger.

This product was provided for review by Gembonics.

Jan 25

CPR Call Blocker ★★★★★

CPR Call Blocker V202 – Caller Display – 1200 Number Capacity – Block Telemarketer Calls, Solicitor Calls, Junk Faxes – Block All Robo Calls

Call Blocker, where have you been all my life? The other day, I blocked a local call from someone selling solar panels. Yay! It’s as easy as hitting the big, red button. Make sure you do it when you want to hang up, because hitting that button will cut off your call immediately.

What if you’re not near that big, red button? Push #2 on your DECT phone. (That only works on DECT phones.) I tried doing that to my cell phone. Instant success.

What if I want to unblock a number? Easy, just find it on the list of blocked calls and press the little button to the left of the big, red button.

What really happens to blocked callers? What do they hear? Well, my other phones (the one not connected to Call Blocker) ring once, then nothing. The caller hears one ring, then silence.

Use this to control calls from telemarketers, stalkers, or anyone else you care to block. This device has earned a permanent home next to my phone. I’m thrilled to have it.

This product was provided for review by CPR Global.

Jan 25

Osgar Ultrathin 7 inch 16GB Tablet PC ★★★★☆

Osgar Ultrathin 7 inch 16GB Tablet PC, Google Android 4.4 OS, Allwinner A33 1.3GHz,Quad Core CPU,Dual Camera, Wi-Fi (Navy Blue)

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a casual tablet user. I read, surf the web, check my email, stream music. Heavy game use is not for me.

So far, I’ve been using the Osgar Tablet PC for a week and it hasn’t given me any problems whatsoever. Battery life is excellent. I feel like I hardly ever have to charge it.

Surfing is fine. Streaming YouTube videos works well. Emails, check. I read Amazon books on the Kindle app. The resolution isn’t high end, but I don’t have trouble reading. Streaming music sounds like it’s coming from a small speaker. It will do in a pinch.

What’s the biggest drawback of this tablet? There’s Wi-Fi but no Bluetooth capability. Bluetooth users will have to look elsewhere. Other than that, it’s a good budget tablet.

This product was provided for review by Osgar.

Jan 23

Soundpeats Qy7 Bluetooth Earbuds ★★★★☆

Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for iPhone 5s 5c 4s 4, iPad 2 3 4 New iPad, iPod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices (black/green)

I’ve been using Soundpeats Qy7 Bluetooth Earbuds to listen to music as I walk my dog. Sometimes, I’ll put the phone down and run around the house to do a few tasks while still streaming music into the earphones. Of all the earphones I’ve done this with, these earphones have the best range. Where other brands fail, this one continues stream. I’m impressed.

The earbuds stay in my ears, thanks to the little silicone loops that keep them in place. It also blocks out ambient noise very well. In fact, I turned on the vacuum with these on and I didn’t have to increase the volume on my earphones to compensate. The sound quality doesn’t blow me away, but it’s good enough to satisfy my tastes.

This product was provided for review by Soundpeats.

Jan 23

Culina Steamer Cookware ★★★★★

Culina Steamer Cookware with Insert 18/10 Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel 5 Qt Silver

Can a steamer be sexy? What luscious, smooth curves it has. I loved it at first sight. I love it even more now that I’ve used it. Not only can I use the Culina Steamer without the insert, there are markings inside the pot to tell me how much liquid I’ve put in. No more guessing games.

Tonight, I had steamed veggies. They came out delicious but on the soft side, because I neglected to watch the pot. Next time, I’ll be more careful.

Beautiful lines, solid weight. You know another nice thing about the pot? It has a completely flat magnetic bottom that makes it ideal for induction cooking.

This product was provided for review by Culina.

Jan 23

Culina 12″ Fry Pan ★★★★★

Culina 12″ Fry Pan Tri-ply Bonded 18/10 Stainless Steel Cookware with Lid, Silver, Dishwasher safe

The first time I cooked on the Culina Fry Pan, it cooked up so well. Then, I washed it. Having caramelized sugar, I was sure the pan would be difficult to make like new. Sure enough, after washing and drying, the whole bottom looked like it was tarnished by the food I was cooking. I couldn’t believe how things turned out after just one meal.

Then I remembered Cameo. I simply sprinkled some onto the pan and started wiping in circles, no elbow grease required. In just seconds, the marks came off and the pan looked like new once again.

This is a high quality pan with the weight to show for it. It’s a great addition to my kitchen cookware. Just know how to clean it and it will always look beautiful.

This product was provided for review by Culina.

Jan 23

Culina Pasta Pot ★★★★★

Culina Pasta Pot Cookware with Insert and Lid, 18/10 Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel 6-Quart, Silver, Dishwasher Safe

We eat a lot of pasta, but I’ve never owned a pasta pot. I boil the pasta, then drain it in a strainer in the sink. With the Culina Pasta Pot, I just have to lift the insert out and the pasta comes out with it, all drained. I just have to throw the pasta straight into a bowl, what I did the other night. This is so convenient, and I can use the pot to cook other things without the insert.

Anything with weight feels like quality, and this pot does that. The only problem is the size, but they don’t make collapsible pots yet. If you need a pot this size, you just have to deal with storing it. I happen to like large pots. It’s easier to cook for the family if I don’t have to cook more than one batch of whatever it is.

This product was provided for review by Culina.

Jan 23

Culina Steak Knife Collection ★★★★☆

Culina Steak Knife Collection 8 pcs in Wooden Box

My husband thought the Culina Steak Knives were butter knives. “No, not butter knives,” I said. “Steak knives.” But the serration isn’t deep enough, he thought. So, I washed them and used them every night for chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, and whatever else we were having for dinner.

My son said last night, “These knives are sharp.”

The question danced in my head, “Compared to butter knives?”

No, he meant they are sharp. They cut through every meat, though I admit they had a rough time with my nearly burned and toughened pork chops. A little more serration would have been appreciated, but I’m not sure if knives exist on this earth that could hack easily through that.

I store these knives in the wooden box that caught my eye from day one. It has a beautiful finish, and the hidden magnetic closure only adds to the look. Imagine opening this up to serve a party.

Overall, I these are nice knives. I agree the serration could be deeper, but they work well for most meats, and the presentation can’t be beat.

This product was provided for review by Culina.

Jan 23

PDP Afterglow Nur PS4/PS3 Headset ★★★★☆

PDP Afterglow Nur PS4/PS3 Headset – Black

Alright, folks. Calm down. Amidst the five star reviews and accusations they’re all fake, I just couldn’t resist. Is the PDP Afterglow Nur’s mic great or as bad as they say it is? I had to listen for myself.

Now, I know this says “PS4/PS3,” but I don’t own either. The manufacturer says it can work with PC’s. Check. Windows 7, it is.

I wondered if using the PC would make this wireless headset not-so-wireless, but my fears were unfounded. In fact, it’s simpler than even the instructions state. I was supposed to connect both a micro USB cable and the auxiliary cable. Instead, I connected a micro USB cable to the stand. Lo and behold, no auxiliary cable required.

Audio is great. I spent the evening immersed in music, my head cradled in comfort, my ears insulated from the world around it.

And the big question, what about the mic? I’d say better than some other headsets I’ve used, but not the best audio quality. I sound distant and muffled, but anyone listening would be able to understand me.

The headset gives off a slow color changing light show. If you don’t want to see that, turn the lights off. The light on the stand is always on. Wish I could turn that off, as well. It wouldn’t be a good idea in the bedroom.

I like everything about this headset, except for the mic, which works well enough but won’t impress anyone.

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

Jan 23

Amazon.com Birthday Cupcake Gift Card Tin ★★★★★

Amazon.com Birthday Cupcake Gift Card Tin

My mother-in-law has sent met Amazon gift cards with the birthday greeting cards. They usually come with the card separate from the gift card ready for assembly by the giver, not really the effect I think she intends. The Amazon.com Birthday Cupcake Gift Card Tin is another story. It made an impression from the moment I opened the package. I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was some sort of product I had ordered and forgotten about. Not until I opened the tin did I see it was a gift card. What a lovely presentation.