CS Hope In-Ear Headphone Review

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I was supposed to post this on Tuesday. I forgot. These are CS Hope nylon-wrapped headphones. The audio quality is tuned heavily toward bass and mids, but I’ve found it perfect for podcasts and audiobooks and it’s not pad with most of my workout music, either. I’ve taken these to physical therapy and they’ve been hung in equipment, dropped, snagged, and abused — and they’re still working fine.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Briefton’s Vertico Spiralizer

tl;dl version: Not great, Bob. But not terrible, either.
DISCLAIMER: Brieftons sent me this unit in exchange for an honest review.
 
This device has nearly 1000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Most people love it. I didn’t. I didn’t hate it, either. I was perfectly ambivalent. And, currently priced at less than $25, maybe I don’t need to be impressed.
 
Don’t get me wrong, the spiralized veggies were great. They cooked up nice and it was really like having veggie pasta. The cleanup was a little harrowing. Maybe I made it harder than it needed to be, disassembling the unit. Really, though, even if it does take up less space than a traditional spiralizer, I don’t have room for it to stay out on my countertop or in my cabinets.
 
I’m perfectly willing to admit that my negative impressions may be mostly based on unfamiliarity with vegetable spiralizers in general. Maybe it’s not the Vertico’s fault, I’m just not equipped to appreciate it. Perhaps the Breifton’s Vertigo Spiralizer really is much better than other options on the market. It sure takes up very little space and it actually does create usable, spiraled veggies. However, I’m still giving it 3 stars, mainly because there were at least 3 manufacturing defects with the unit I received — which is indicative of some quality control issues at the factory that produced this units.
 
Other reviewers have noted that what I saw as “waste” was actually a safety measure to prevent the mechanism from getting caught in the blades. In fact, the “waste” was cut up and eaten, so it wasn’t really waste. However, there was 1/2 worth of uncut vegetables out of everything we spiraled — 2 inches total out of 2 zucchini. There was also a lot of seepage from the container that’s supposed to catch the spirals; simply designing the back of the tray so that it was a half inch taller than the other two sides would have stopped that.
 
At any rate, it’s not bad. I just wan’t impressed. I wanted to be. Maybe I had my expectations set too highly. Maybe the problem is me, not you.
 
You can read more of the positive 5-star reviews and buy your own Verico Spiralizer here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015Q7ESF4?m=A2PQTWPWP4OTEY&ie=UTF8&keywords=spiralizer
 

Product Review: DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth Speaker

Disclaimer: DKnight sent me a unit for free in exchange for an honest review.

The DKnight MagicBox II puts out impressive sound for such a small speaker. It’s a 10 watt, bluetooth 4.0 speaker with incredible battery life. I’ve had mine for 2 1/2 weeks now and it still shows a full charge.

While DKnight includes a bass pad and promotes the MagicBox II on its bass-producing abilities, the music I listen to really doesn’t require much bass output. However, when listening to classical, the MagicBox II has a bright sound with a high degree of clarity and you can hear the separation of instruments. It’s truly an incredible experience, especially for speakers at this price range.

The MagicBox II is advertised with a range of 30 feet, and I’ve found that the range is indeed very good. However, when listening indoors, walls do tend to reduce the range, and even if I’m very close to the speaker, I experience intermittent interruptions playing music off my phone when my phone is in my pocket. However, I can leave my phone on the kitchen counter and take the MagicBox II outside and listen on the patio with no interruptions.

Overall, I really love this device. I think anyone shopping for a bluetooth speaker should check it out. It won’t provide the same sound experience as big name brands like Beats, JBL, Bose, or Sonos, but for the price, the sound is absolutely incredible. I highly recommend it.

Product Review: Ben-Q WiT Intelligent E-Reading Light

Can any lamp be worth $249?

The Ben-Q WiT can be if you think of it less as a lamp, and more of a piece of lighting technology.

For professionals who work on computers all day, who suffer from eye-strain or eye-fatigue, this piece of technology could actually provide relief. This is probably a product best suited for corporate and enterprise use. For everyone else, it may be a stretch.

However, the Ben-Q is a solid, high-quality, well-built piece of lighting technology unlike anything else on the market — with intelligent ambient lighting technology and adjustable LEDs, it’s definitely head and shoulders above any $20 lamp you’ll find at the local hardware store.

If you think this lamp might be right for you, you can purchase through Amazon here: http://www.amztk.com/task-light

DISCLAIMER: Ben-Q sent me this item in exchange for an honest review. If I sound impressed with this device, it’s because I really am.

Technical note: For some reason, my equipment never cooperated with for this review. I probably shot nearly two hours of footage only to end up using a take with hissy audio. The take that I had clear audio had severe focus issues, and I have almost an hour of review footage with no audio whatsoever. I tried to do better, but I hit a deadline on this one…

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Bael Wellness Seat Cushion

I’m trying my hand with product reviews. This particular review is for the Bael Wellness Seat Cushion, which is designed to help with a number of back problems. I have degenerative disc disease and had spent two weeks bedridden because of a tailbone problem prior to receiving the Bael Wellness Seat Cushion, so the timing couldn’t have been better.

DISCLAIMER: Bael Wellness sent me this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review. You can purchase or see other reviews of the Bael Wellness Seat Cushion here: https://www.amazon.com/Bael-Wellness-Sciatica-Orthopedic-Tailbone/dp/B00HUJWBHY

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