Saturday, October 1, 2016

FORE® Evolution Ear Buds with Built-In Microphone (Transparent Red) by FORE

The FORE Evolution is an entry-level set of wired ear buds. The red speakers are distinctive as is the fact that you can remove them from the wire. I have no idea why you would want to do that, though.
The FORE Evolution with all that it comes with: the ear buds,
the case and the extra ear bud tips.

The sound is good but not amazing. I listened to audiobooks and streaming music on the Chromebook and my phone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the audio and they are certainly not a bad set of headphones (I own a bad set that are my emergency back up set - these are very good in comparison) - they are just not an amazing set of ear buds. But, then again, they don't cost a ton, either.

They come with a nice little case and two extra ear bud tips.

These ear buds come with a built-in microphone so you can use speak on your phone with them. This is a pretty common thing to add nowadays. When I use them with my phone I am told that I sound slightly worse than if I were using the speaker phone mode on my phone. Not horrible, but I wouldn't recommend having a long conversation while using them.

The only real issue that I have with these ear buds, besides the so-so microphone is the way you have to put them on. They are designed to loop the wire over your ears so that if they get tugged on the wire doesn't just pull the ear bud out of your ear. They do accomplish that goal but it does take some practice to get used to putting them on. You have to put the correct ear bud in the correct ear and they only go in a certain way. Once you learn the trick, it's not that hard but it does take some practice. 

Note: I received a free set of these ear buds in exchange for an honest review. I think these will become my new backup ear buds.

When this review was written, these ear buds cost $15.99 on Amazon. Check here for current pricing: FORE Evolution Ear Buds.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Melkco Herman Series Book Style PU Leather Case With 3 card slot by Melkco

The Good News and the Bad News

The Good News:

-This is a beautiful case, made of soft PU leather. 

-It is well-stitched.

The Bad News (and the most important news for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus owners):

- It does not fit the phone! 

I tried and I tried and I tried and I cannot get my phone to fit into the plastic mold that holds the phone inside the case.

I have three other phone cases for this phone and all three of them snap right on. I pushed, I pulled and I just tried to force my phone to fit and it just won't.

Cases in this product line for other phones seem to fit, but the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus case does not.

I was sent this case for free in exchange for an honest review. I tried to contact the person who sent me this phone case to find out if there was some sort of manufacturing glitch and if they were willing to send me another one that actually fit. My e-mail was ignored for more than a month.

I rate this case 1 star out of 5.

This product can be found on here: Melkco Herman Series Book Style Phone Case.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wired Earbuds with Microphone,Tangle Free Flat Cord Stereo in Ear Headphones with Mic Bass by AIKONSOUND


These wired earbuds by AIKONSOUND are a solid entry at the entry level. There is nothing particularly fancy about them except that the flat cord is pretty much tangle free like the manufacturer promises and gold and black color scheme is striking.

These headphones will not compete in a head-to-head with pricey big-named earbuds, but then again you're not shelling out big bucks for this set either. If you lose them or leave them behind in the gym, it's not such a big deal.

Music sounds good, but not great, on these earbuds. Certainly there is nothing to complain about, but also nothing to brag about. I also listened to audiobooks with these earbuds and I thought they were excellent for voice audio.

I used the microphone feature on the headset as a phone and found that it worked quite well. I was told by the people I spoke to that I sounded better than when I am on my speakerphone and almost as good as when I am talking on the phone normally. I did not use any of the buttons on the microphone when I called. I hate all of those tiny buttons so I just my phone's screen to answer. 

The earbuds come with no instructions and no replacement ear tips, which are typically included. The case it comes is striking, but would be impractical to re-use.

Bottom line, great price, better than entry-level headphones you'll get for the same price in a big box store but not fancy. Workaday headphones, for sure.

I rate these headphones 4 stars out of 5.

Note: I received a free set of these earbuds in exchange for an honest review. I have been using them for about a month with my phone and two different Chromebooks. I listened to music, audiobooks and watched streaming video with them while assessing them.

As of the date of this review, these earbuds cost $9.58 on Click here to check out current pricing: AIKONSOUND Tangle Free Wired Earbuds.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hippih Men's Roman Quartz Wrist Watch with Stainless Steel Case Leather Band

Hippih sells these entry level watches that look much nicer than the price suggests. 

The classic Roman numerals are easy-to-read. There is a second hand and a little window that shows the date.

The band is black PU leather and it is adjustable. The watch is water-resistant but not waterproof.

This watch would be a great gift for someone, especially if you are on a budget. It comes in a nice presentation box so it looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

I rate this watch 5 stars out of 5.

This watch cost $9.99 at the time of this review. Check here for current pricing: Hippih Men's Roman Numeral Wrist Watch.

Note: I received a free watch so that I could evaluate it and write a review. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hippih 10" Silent Quartz Decorative Wall Clock with Glass Cover

I have had the pleasure of having multiple Hippih clocks offered to me for review and they have all been great. So when a vendor came to me and offered this clock for free in exchange for an honest review I knew it would be a great clock. And I was right.

This clock has a very simple, easy-to-read face - white with black numbers. The simple design would be great for an office. It is a 10 inch clock, which means it is smaller than some office clocks.

The clock comes with a battery and a special hook to hang the clock with. The clock keeps great time, which is, of course, the most important thing.

I rate this clock 5 stars out of 5.

As of the date of the writing of this review, this clock cost $12.99 on Click here to check current pricing: Hippih 10" Silent Quartz Decorative Wall Clock with Glass Cover.

3Cworld Multifunction Kitchen Shears/Scissors - Heavy Duty (Take Apart) Kitchen Tool (Green and Gray)

This is a serious pair of kitchen shears or scissors.


-Insanely sharp.

-Both sides of the scissor blades are sharp for different kinds of cutting.

-The scissors can be easily taken apart. That's great for cleaning but it also means that the sharpened "backs" of the scissor blades can be used as knives.

-It has a nutcracker feature. I can't imagine why I would need that but it's better to have it than not have it.

-Rubberized handles provide a little cushion for the hands as well as making them anti-slip.

-The backs of the handles have a flathead screwdriver head and a bottle opener.

-These scissors are so strong that the seller claims that they will cut through bone. 

-Includes a matching sheath with a strong magnet so you can attach it to your refrigerator. The magnet is very strong. This pair of scissors does not move.


-Sometimes the screwdriver head and bottle opener get in the way. It takes a while to re-learn how not to run them into things.

Neither positive nor negative - the instructions. The box is covered with printed instructions in what may well be some of most amusing and confusing translations of the English ever printed. For example: "after cutting and pasting, scissors and good, don't play with scissors to play. Cut out of things to clean up. Make it a habit to clean and tidy" and "set multiple functions, the parties meet the ingredientsManage demand."

But, I didn't get these scissors for the wonderful language on the box. I got them to be a useful tool in the kitchen and they certainly are that.

I rate these scissors 5 stars out of 5.

Note: I received a free set of shears so that I could write an honest review. We have used for almost 9 months and we love them.

As of the time of this review, these shears cost $7.95 on Amazon. Click here to check on current pricing: 3Cworld Multifunction Kitchen Shears/Scissors - Heavy Duty.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

AUKEY Surge Protector 6-Port 30W/6A USB Charger with 8 Outlets Power Strip & 5ft Cord

This is the surge protector of your dreams.

It comes with 8 traditional 3-prong plugs and 6 USB charger plugs and a five foot long cord. It can also be mounted on a wall.

I have been using this surge protector for about two months, including taking it with me for a week long hospital stay. It was fantastic for charging my computer, my phone, my Fitbit and powering the devices my family came with when they spent the afternoon.

I have since moved it to my bedroom where it powers everything around my nightstand, including charging my phone, my Kindle and all kinds of other devices that are charged with a USB cord as well as powering a clock and a light.

It would also be great for a desk - you could easily power your computer but not fill up its USB ports with all your little devices.

I rate this surge protector 5 stars out of 5.

NOTE: I received a free surge protector so that I could evaluate it and write an honest review. This one is a keeper, for sure.

At the time of this review this surge protector was listed at $29.99 on Click here for current pricing: AUKEY Surge Protector.