Monday, January 15, 2018

Hisense RS09DR1SS 2.7 cu. ft. Single Door Compact Refrigerator, Silver by Hisense

This is the type of refrigerator that I would call a "dorm" refrigerator because it's they type I had in college nearly 30 years ago. Actually, it's nicer than the one I had 30 years ago because I had one of the 1.7 cubic foot cube freezer. This fridge is 2.7 cubic feet.

This fridge is really designed for holding drinks and leftovers. There is a freezer that I have never tried out because, in my experience, the freezers in these types of refrigerators don't really freeze things - they just keep them colder. I have used this refrigerator for more than 6 months in my garage and it has maintained a steady temperature in the heat of summer and the cold of winter.

The door is reversible, meaning you can change it so it opens to the left rather than the default of opening to the right. It is not very heavy so it can easily move into a dorm or an office.

The only complaint that I have with the fridge is the shelving on the door. I am not fond of the can holding contraption because I keep the fridge on the floor and it is really hard to work when you have to bend over. If it were on a table it might be easy to use, I suppose. and there is a lot of wasted space next to it.

I rate this fridge 4 stars out of 5.

This refrigerator can be found on here: Hisense RS09DR1SS 2.7 cu. ft. Single Door Compact Refrigerator, Silver.

Note: I received one of these refrigerators as part of the Amazon Vine Program so that I could write an honest review.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Magnavox DSP 360 Degree Sound Effect Portable Speaker with NFC and Bluetooth Wireless Technology (MMA3630) by Magnavox

I have been using this speaker for 4 months - I put it on a shelf next to my shower and stream music while getting ready in the morning.

This speaker can connect to a cell phone with by way of a wire with plugs on both ends (included) or Blue Tooth. It takes about 15 seconds for the Blue Tooth to completely connect to a previously paired phone. That is little longer than normal for most speakers or headphones, in my experience. 

The speaker claims a 10 hour battery life. While I have never measured it, I can tell you that I go a long time between recharges.

The speaker sounds great with music - it has a nice deep sound with a lot of bass for such a little speaker. The size is compact enough that you can put it on a desk or on a shelf (like me) and have room for other things. 

I rate this speaker 5 stars out of 5.

This speaker cost $77.95 on at the time of this review. It can be found on here: Magnavox DSP 360 Degree Sound Effect Portable Speaker. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sunex 30080 3/8-Inch Drive 80-Tooth Low Profile Chrome Ratchet with Teardrop Handle by Sunex

Confession time. I am not really a tool guy. This doesn't mean that I don't have just all of the tools that most guys have, it just means that I don't go in for the top-of-the-line tools. 

Priced at $32.77, this is by far the most expensive ratchet that I own. It probably costs more than both of the very basic metric and standard sets that I own - put together.

So, I took this ratchet to my father for his opinion. He worked in appliance repair for more than 30 years and knows his hand tools.

Here are his comments:

-Nice ratcheting action (the manufacturer is very proud of this - the ratchet has 80 teeth which means you don't have to move the ratchet handle much to get a new angle on things).

-He liked the fact that the handle has a fat part for you to hold in your hand - it's a simple touch but it makes it easier to use over the long haul (my cheap ratchets do not have a "fat" handle).

-He also liked the fact that the handle does not have grips in the handle. Over the long haul those grips start to hurt your hand. 

No eject button

-He did not like the fact that it does not have an eject button in the head to kick off the socket. If you use the finest sockets on the market, this might not be an issue, but...see my comments in the 2nd paragraph.

So, I rate this ratchet 4 stars out of 5 because of the eject button.

This ratchet can be found on here: Sunex 30080 3/8-Inch Drive 80-Tooth Low Profile Chrome Ratchet with Teardrop Handle.

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 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 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 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.