Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6 Count by Scotch-Brite


This is a variation on the sponge with the scrubbing side glued to the sponge. The scrubbing side on these sponges is not nearly as harsh as the typical scrubbing sponge. Scotch-Brite does make a variation on this model that is a little tougher.

The sponge itself was excellent, but I found the "scrub dots" side to be a bit of a disappointment in a couple of ways. It was just okay - I found it to be less effective than the traditional scrub sponge and tended to collect grease from what I was washing rather than removing it. Even worse, the scrub side came loose after about 10 minutes of use.

So, I am giving this 2 stars out of 5. The sponge itself is excellent, the "scrub dots" are a disappointment.

Note: I received a free 6 count package of this product for review purposes as a part of the Amazon Vine Program.

The Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6 Count by Scotch-Brite can be found on Amazon.com here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ECR4Kids GelWriter Premium Multicolor Gel Pens in Coloring Box (36-Count)

Unlike many people who buy gel pens, I did not get these gel pens to color in one of those adult coloring books.

I got them to grade papers. Everyone thinks you have to use a red pen to grade but what you really need is a pen that is not black or blue. Gel pens are wonderful to grade with because they glide like a marker but write much more precisely. Plus, I like grading in non-traditional grading colors like orange and pink and with glitter.

So, how do they work? They are excellent. They flow smoothly and practically glide across the page.

Note: these are not fine tip pens so if you are getting them to color very tiny areas, these may not be your best choice.

The pens come in a cardboard box with an attached lid that you flip open. The box is about 50% bigger than a boutique tissue cube. Inside, the pens are all arranged by color so that you can see the lids and pick out your color. The lids match the actual color of the gel ink very well.

I rate this collection of gel pens 4 stars out of 5.

As of the time of this review this set of gel pens cost $14.95. It is available on Amazon.com here: ECR4Kids GelWriter Premium Multicolor Gel Pens in Coloring Box (36-Count).

Note: I received a free sample of these gel pens as a part of the Amazon Vine program.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ZIPIT Colorz Jumbo Pencil Case, Stripes by ZIPIT

Excellent Pencil Case

My almost 6th grade daughter has been using this case for the last month. She carries around a lot of colored pencils with her because she loves to draw. Turns out she had 74 in this case when I took the pictures that accompany this review and easily had room for 20 more. I asked her opinion on the case and enthusiastically praised it.

The case measures 9 inches by 5.8 inches by 0.8 inches. 

The case is one giant zipper that can unzip into one giant zipper, which is kind of cool but pretty pointless. The fact that it can unzip so much does make for an interesting feature, though, if you just unzip it twice it makes a sort of bowl so that you can get in and out of the case very easily. 

I would not recommend this case for younger children only because the temptation to unzip it all of the way may be too much and you could have a mess on your hands.

It seems very sturdy and comes with a one year warranty that can become a lifetime warranty if you register on the ZIPIT website.

There are four colorful designs in total: Stripes, Large Bubbles, Small Bubbles and Triangles.

At the time of the review, this pencil case cost $6.86 on Amazon.com and can be found here: ZIPIT Colorz Jumbo Pencil Case, Stripes.

Note: I received a free sample pencil case as a part of the Amazon Vine program.

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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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.