Feb 08

GranVela Wireless Bluetooth Portable Headphones

GranVela Wireless Bluetooth Portable Headphones X3 Foldable Classic On-Ear Stereo Headset with Microphone, FM Radio, Micro SD Player, AUX

These headphones sure have plenty of sound. I can hear them even without wearing them on my head. You can hear them in the video, as loud as can be recorded by my camcorder. The only problem I had was with the aux cable, which had too much static, but Bluetooth, radio, and micro SD card worked fine.

This product was provided by GranVela.

Jan 20

Marswell Plug Power Adapter

Marswell Plug Power Adapter Converter for Travel to US

This adapter was made for those traveling to the USA. The plug is a type A, two-prong plug, while the socket on the back is made for several different plugs, one of which is type I (found in China, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia). My turtle nightlight has a type I plug. I tried it and it works!

This product was provided by Marswell.

Jan 09

Smallcar External USB 3.0 DVD-RW Reader/Writer

Smallcar External USB 3.0 DVD-RW Reader/Writer (Portable CD/DVD Player/Burner)

Sometimes, we really do need an optical disc drive, and not all laptops come with them. Enter the external DVD drive–aka portable CD player/burner, DVD-RW reader/writer (anything else?). The instructions booklet was rather sparse. Actually, no instructions. I played around with the two cables that came with it and the only way my Windows 10 laptop would work with it is if both cables were plugged in. So, you’ll need two open USB ports. No software installation needed on my end. It was completely plug and play. I used it to store files on a CD and watch an old video from my daughter’s six grade class. You can see the opening sequence of that video on my laptop screen showing with the countdown and sound effects.

This DVD burner/player works as it should. I would prefer a motorized ejection mechanism, even though the presence of gears just ups the anty on the number of parts to wear down over time. Non-motorized does mean more lightweight, so that can be a plus.

This product was provided by Smallcar.

Dec 16

GM Seating Bodylux Executive Chair

GM Seating Bodylux Smart Genuine Leather Executive Chair

The GM Seating Bodylux Office Chair comes laden with features, enough to make it worth its weight in gold. I’ve owned plenty of leather office chairs–executive chairs–but none quite like this. There are so many options that I don’t think any two people would have this chair adjusted exactly the same way. It’s personalized for comfort. There’s even a posture alarm. I’ve never seen one like it. Still trying to get that to work, but everything else is fully functioning as expected.

This product was provided by GM Seating.

UPDATE 1/11/17: The posture alarm works! I just have to unlock the seatback from the reclined position. The chair doesn’t like it when I’m hunched over my desk. It beeps to remind me I need to straighten up.

Dec 06

Mifine Mini Digital Portable Speaker AM/FM Pocket Radio

Mifine Mini Digital Portable Speaker AM/FM Pocket Radio

This radio may be small, but it has amazing sound quality. Frankly, that surprised me, because it has no visible antenna. Nice that the battery powered radio can be recharged with a mini USB cable (included).


* small size
* crystal clear sound
* battery operated (battery included)
* rechargeable
* AM/FM scanning to preset channels
* mp3 player (micro SD card slot and flash drive)
* digital display
* headphone jack
* AUX port to turn this into a speaker

* seriously none

This product was provided by Mifine

Nov 28

Shinngo 6700mAh Ultra Compact Power Bank

Shinngo 6700mAh Ultra Compact Power Bank

I want a small power bank that won’t weigh me down, and Shinngo fits the bill. This one comes with a super short micro USB cable and a drawstring pouch. There’s even a single-bulb LED flashlight built in. What a seriously great idea for a stocking stuffer.

Just remember, small battery equals lower capacity. If you want more, you’ll have to pay for it in space and load-bearing muscle.

This product was provided by Shinngo.

Nov 25

GRDE Solar Battery Charger

GRDE Portable Dual USB Solar Battery Charger

The GRDE solar power bank is listed on Amazon with a capacity of 15000 mAh. It’s about the size of a large smartphone but more lightweight than I expected. I real world tests, I found the capacity closer to 10000 mAh. That’s enough to charge a smarthphone several times or a tablet once, depending on the device. The charger has a flashlight with six LED bulbs built in, bright enough to light the way in a pinch.

Like many other solar power banks, the solar charging is to be used as backup only, perhaps to extend the life of the battery while outdoors. From my tests, I found that one hour of sun gives about 260 mAh, which is enough to give my phone a 10% charge. That’s impressive for such a small solar panel.

This product was provided by Greentimeszone.

Nov 02

MengK Bluetooth 4.1 In-ear Stereo Earbuds with Mic

MengK Bluetooth 4.1 In-ear Stereo Earbuds with Mic

The ultimate solution to peace with your roommates is Bluetooth earphones. These earphones paired easily with my HTC One M8. They stayed in my ears, no problem. Controls are not hard to find by feel. The sound would work for the average user. (Let’s face it. They’re not high-end.) My only problem was the shutter control, which did not work with my phone’s camera.

This product was provided by Big Corn.

Oct 12

Onirii Compatible Brother P-touch Label Tape

Onirii Compatible Brother P-touch Label Tape M231 MK231 M-k231 12mm Wide X 8m Length 0.47″ Black on White

One of the things I love about the P-touch tapes is the durability. When my children were young, I label all their plastic food containers with their names and send them off to school. At night, I’d toss them all in the dishwasher for use the next day. P-touch tape faded slowly over time, but not before I’d gotten countless washings out of them. When I could read them no more, I’d peel them off. It amazed me that they could stick through all that punishment yet come off without leaving a trace of residue.

Today, I’m beyond forcing my label tape to endure such harsh conditions, so I tried Ptape, a generic of the Brother brand. This prints on a matte surface, as opposed to the semi-gloss tape I was used to seeing, and the Ptape is thicker. It sticks on everything I’ve tried it on, and it peels off nonporous surfaces with ease. I even tried washing my Ptape-labeled container in the sink like the good old days, but I admit I haven’t tried the dishwasher. Yes, the tapes differ, but I don’t think it would matter to most users.  Which one is better is a matter of preference.

This product was provided by Onirii.