Jan 19

Marswell Led Nightlight/Turtle Charging Station

Marswell Led Nightlight/Turtle Charging Station with Voice & Light Sensor

If you’re travelling to China, Australia, New Zealand, or Argentina, you might want to bring this little guy along. It comes with a travel adapter that will fit the U.S. two-prong plugs (sorry, not American three-prong plugs). It’s a nightlight, converter, and USB charging station all in one.

If you’re not traveling outside the USA, well, the vendor sent me a separate adapter. I plugged it in and the turtle turned on!  I can’t seem to figure out which switch is for what mode, though.  There’s supposed to be a light/sound activation and light activation or always on mode.  It’s just always on for me.

This product was provided by Marswell.

Jan 16

JQstar Portable Portable Garden Stool

JQstar Portable Portable Garden Stool With EVA Kneeling Pad, Handles, and Bonus Tool Pouch

The JQstar garden kneeler is much bigger and sturdier than I expected it to be. It definitely has heft, no doubt about that. I was surprised by how high it sat off the ground. It’s a little too high to do gardening, but I can use it for resting or as a stool. In kneeling mode, the bars provide a good source of support and stability. (As I age, I need more help getting off the ground.) One advantage over regular kneeling cushions is the cushion on this kneeler doesn’t ever rest directly on the ground, so no mud dirties up the seat when I flip it over.

This product was provided by JQstar.

Jan 15

George Lucas: A Life

George Lucas: A Life

by Brian Jay Jones

I have read other biographies of George Lucas, but nothing quite as incredible as George Lucas: A Life. I blazed through the 560 pages–such easy reading, so full of detail, yet didn’t bog me down. Every page was a page turner, starting from Lucas’s teenage years to after the sale of his empire. We learn about his relationships, his movies, and of course his relationship with his movies. What did he really think of The Force Awakens? His personality spilled through the pages, so it surprised me in the end when Brian Jay Jones noted that this was an unauthorized biography. A shattering of glass! I could have sworn Lucas was interviewed every step of the way. If you knew that then pay no mind. Jones obviously did his homework, making this a must read for any Star Wars fan.

Jan 13

Instant Read Pocket Thermometer with Backlight by SuCoo

Instant Read Pocket Thermometer with Backlight by SuCoo

Changing the battery on this SuCoo cooking thermometer can be tricky. It’s not as easy as pushing a button. You have to open the battery case, but the switch is hidden behind a metal panel. The battery doesn’t just pop out, either. Look here to see how it’s done.

This product was provided by Ibeato.

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 21

FREETOO Sling Bag

FREETOO Sling Bag Backpack: Adjustable Single Shoulder Bag Strap Chest Bag for Outdoor Hiking, Cycling, Camping, Travel

This sling bag sports two compartments containing multiple pockets, including one pocket large enough for an eReader or small tablet. I like the adjustable strap and that bright liner that keeps my things from getting lost in a deep, dark abyss. The material is a little slick for my taste, as I prefer leather or canvas over nylon. It works for me overall, though.

This product was provided by FREETOO.

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 09

Potensic Upgraded UDI 818A HD 2.4GHz CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter

Potensic Upgraded UDI 818A HD 2.4GHz CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter

I love the design of this drone. Blades protected on all sides, big and sturdy, a camera but not lots of extraneous features that make me feel I have to use it to the max. Just fly — headless or regular mode. Take photos and videos along the way. It’s so great that I don’t need to pair the drone with my phone to do that. What? No Wi-Fi or FPV? Nada, but trust me. You’ll learn to appreciate the simplicity.

This product was provided by Potensic.

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).

PROS:

* 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

CONS:
* seriously none

This product was provided by Mifine